Thursday, January 6, 2005

Boggs, Sandberg headed to Cooperstown
NEW YORK — Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were caught off guard. One thought the telephone call was a hoax. The other didn't expect to learn his fate until later in the day.

Cooking up new business
Adry Ramos thinks that engineers also can make wonderful cooks.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Employees help at food bank RE-MAX to host open house Nonprofit workshops set in Homer

Plenty to see
Whether it's visual art or music that's in demand, there is plenty of both going on today in Kenai and Soldotna as part of the First Thursday program.

Witty book traces warden's escapades
Fish and game management is a perennial hot-potato topic in Alaska, so anyone who made a long and successful career in that field must have had a gift for grace under fire.

Acclaimed comic book, graphic novel pioneer Will Eisner dies at 87
MIAMI — Will Eisner, the artist who revolutionized comic books, helped pioneer the graphic novel and taught generations of soldiers how to maintain their equipment with the ''Joe Dope'' series, has died. He was 87.

Art Briefs
Student, adult classes planned Art wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campus Writers conference slated

Writer turns sights to battling AIDS
South African writer Nadine Gordimer, 81, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, is noted for her novels and short stories about the inhumanity of apartheid. Several were once banned in her own country. Gordimer was in New York recently to talk about her latest project, ''Telling Tales.'' It is a compilation of 21 short stories ''that capture the range of emotions and situations of our human universe,'' she writes in the book's introduction. The stories are by world renowned authors — five Nobel prize winners including Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Gunter Grass, and writers who likely will be on the shortlist for future Nobel literature prizes.

Teens' documentary about cop shooting earns spot at festival
NEW YORK — It began as a small documentary by two teenage filmmakers about guns, death and grief at a Brooklyn housing project.

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Anchorage events

Potluck results in successful ending
"Appreciations" to the Clarion and Joan Hanson for being so nice to put out the information on our Filipino Amer-Asian potluck held Sunday.

KeyBank VP offers online safety steps
You recently published an article about customers receiving what have been called phishing e-mails that claim to come from reputable companies, such as KeyBank ("KeyBank Customers Targets of Fraud," by Mark Quiner, Jan. 5). These e-mails ask recipients to enter personal information, such as credit card numbers, user identification numbers and passwords.

Peninsula effort makes a difference
Alaska National Guard family programs would like to thank the entire Kenai Peninsula, Seward and Homer communities for their overwhelming support of the Alpha Company, 3rd Scout Battalion, 279th Infantry. The community's Alaska Hometown Gifts brought the deployed soldiers of this unit tremendous holiday cheer during this otherwise difficult time. Your thoughtful and generous efforts are sincerely appreciated during this time of deployment.

Letter about Agrium closure touches reader
Regarding Sheryl Main's letter (Jan. 3) regarding the closure of Agrium's plant. My heart was touched by the story about her dad helping to build the plant, and the fact it was always referred to her as "her plant."

Fort Lewis man notes correction
The story, "Mom wishes for respect, safe return for son at war; Woman plans to start support group for parents of soldiers," by Victoria Steik, noted that Spc Tommie Alley had completed "boot camp" at Fort Lewis (in Washington state.)

Road crews earn reader's gratitude
First I'd like to say thank you to the road maintenance crew. I know you do all you can do as fast as you can get it done so we can drive on safe roads.

NASCAR Notes
NASCAR outlaws Hutchens safety device Nextel drivers to race in 24 Hours of Daytona

Getting back to work
The shortest off-season in professional sports ended almost as quickly as it started. Thanksgiving to New Year's Day isn't a lot of time to recharge the batteries perhaps literally. Starting this week, though, the focus shifts from Caribbean trips and hunting junkets to the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.

2005 Previews
This season will be Martin's last on the Nextel Cup circuit, and he could go out on top. Martin's parent team, Roush Racing, has won the last two series titles with Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch, and Martin finished fourth in the points race in 2004. He won his first race since 2002 in the spring race at Dover and finished second in five other races.

Veteran Rudd aims for Chase in 2005
Ricky Rudd, 48, isn't like many of the other veterans on the Nextel Cup Series. He's not thinking about retiring and he feels the Wood Brothers Racing team is on the right track to returning to Victory Lane.

Teen lets gift go to the dogs
During the holidays, many parents try to imbue their children with the idea the spirit of season is in giving, not receiving gifts.

Assembly accepts grant for CES
If they aren't already, Central Emergency Services firefighters and medical personnel should soon be pumping iron, building biceps and showing off button-poppin' pectorals in short order.

Plant closure will leave void
Her voice choked with emotion and fighting back tears, Agrium spokesperson Lisa Parker told a packed house at Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon that despite the best efforts of corporate officials to find a way to avoid it, Agrium will close its Nikiski fertilizer plant Nov. 1 as announced last month.

Community Schools return with new classes
Now that the holiday vacation is over, many Kenai Peninsula residents are returning to work and school again, and Soldotna Community Schools is hoping people will return for their classes, as well.

RV park planners a no-show
The appeal hearing for Washington-based developers who were denied their request to build an RV park near VIP Estates by the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission was over not long after it started.

Soldotna boy is first 2005 baby
Soldotna residents Jessica and Glenn Rodman Jr. thought they knew what their Christmas present to each other was going to be — their second child.

In the news
Flags lowered Fraud info available

Party Time
Ravens queue for food during an avian tailgate party in Soldotna on Wednesday. Other birds were feeding from trash bags in the truck's bed.

Torgerson says new approach needed for development
Alaska needs a new approach to resource development, one that could ease the journey from project concept to construction and that also might help avoid plant closures like the one announced by Agrium U.S. Inc. for later this year, a former state senator said Tuesday.

Ruth Herford Gainer
Ruth Herford Gainer died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 86.

Katharina 'Kitty' E. Steele
Longtime Alaska resident Katharina "Kitty" E. Steele died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 78.

Benjamin Roland Clark Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Benjamin Roland Clark Jr. died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, in Anchorage after a long battle with heart disease. He was 61.

ANWR drilling poll results questioned
Public opinion polls play a curious role in policy debate: Lots of people look at them and they get a fair amount of media attention, and then any number of people say the polls cannot be trusted, that the results reflect the biases of the people phrasing the questions. That may be the case with a recent poll regarding public attitudes on opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Vehicle-pedestrian death numbers need to be more visible
Very few Alaskans, we suspect, knowexactly how many men, women and children have been killed in Alaska this year in vehicle accidents on our streets and highways. We post up-to-the-minute totals on how many moose are killed on our highways. But not people.

Around the peninsula
Diabetes support group meets today Caregiver support meeting scheduled RurAL CAP to meet Genealogical society meeting slated Historical society plans movie Fisherman's Fund meeting set Community services board to meet

Around the Peninsula
Swim club resumes practice Rec center plans early closure Soroptimist monthly meeting slated Photography exhibit delayed Fish and Game committee to meet Board of Fisheries public hearing set Developmental screening offered Nutrition classes slated

KPC open house offers a time to explore, engage, enroll
Just because the holidays have passed and the New Year is underway doesn't mean Kenai Peninsula College is done celebrating. The public is invited to the annual spring semester open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai River Campus. Walk-in registration will coincide with the open house and continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Mountain View Elementary
The spelling bee is at 9 a.m. Thursday in the library.

Rope, ride for college cash
The movement to keep the cowboy heritage alive in America has been officially spurred in Alaska.

Logo contest announced
The SPCA of the Kenai Peninsula Inc. is looking for students to help it design a logo. The organization rescues domestic animals as well as livestock, so the logo must be unique. The winner will be published in the newspapers, on the radio and on Channel 2 with the new logo (copyright protected), and the winner will receive the following a certificate of accomplishment, a trophy with their name engraved and a $50 savings bond.

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Nikiski North Star Elementary Reflections results
Musical Composition Literature Winners Visual Arts Winners

Science fair slated for home-school kids
The Interior Distance Education of Alaska home school education program (IDEA) will host its fourth annual science fair May 16. Debbie Mackie, IDEA field representative, said the fair is for any IDEA student in the Seward, Kenai, Soldotna and Homer region (IDEA Region K).

Kenai Middle School
The club schedule starts Jan. 21. Students will attend their selected club activity from 1:44 to 2:27p.m. Students will not miss out on regular core or exploratory classes because each class period has been shortened six minutes to allow for a 40 minute club period. This is an opportunity for staff members to get to know different students in the building, while sharing their talents. Parents are encouraged to visit a class or spend time observing a club activity.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The hockey team will travel to Glenallen and Kenny Lake from Thursday through Saturday.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
This week the students are celebrating Chinese New Year. Today the students are making click crickets for good luck. They also are going to make giant dragon masks and have a dragon parade.

Tustumena Elementary
Mr. Michael's fourth-grade class will travel to Sport Lake on Thursday for a morning of ice fishing hosted by Alaska Fish and Wildlife. Classes that participate in the salmon incubation project are offered this outdoor experience each winter.

Connections
Lego team members will conduct a demonstration of their award-winning project 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the borough assembly chambers. Information will be available on how to prepare for a successful Lego team with samples of Lego programming.

Students show patriotism
Kaitlin Walker, left, and Shina Wen Chea, center, the overall winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship, pose with program chair, Billie Huddleston, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

O'Neal sinks 55 to lead Pacers to win
INDIANAPOLIS — Jermaine O'Neal scored a career-high and NBA season-high 55 points and had 11 rebounds to carry the Indiana Pacers to a 116-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
49ers dismiss Erickson, Donahue Manning easily wins Offensive Player award Roethlisberger top offensive rookie

Saban goes to work with Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. — In the weeks ahead, new Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban must revamp the coaching staff, evaluate the players he inherited, trim payroll to meet the salary cap, hire a player personnel chief, shop for free agents and prepare for the college draft.

O'Neal, Wade continue to fuel Heat
MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points and 18 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21 and the Heat limited the Knicks to two field goals in a seven-minute stretch of the first half on the way to an 102-94 win Wednesday night.

College arrest shouldn't affect Cavs sale
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The man buying the Cleveland Cavaliers said Tuesday he doesn't think a gambling-related arrest when he was in college will affect the deal.

Home teams all are favored in the first round of NFL playoffs
So the oddsmakers automatically give the three points for home-field advantage, plus a few more for being better. That's the case as the playoffs start this weekend.

Team of the decade already? Sports view
Calling this one a statement game doesn't do it justice.

Henson ready to return to Aggies sideline
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lou Henson has watched enough film, been to plenty of practices. It's time for one of college basketball's most successful and durable coaches to get back to the bench.

Trojans grab national title
MIAMI — Matt Leinart and his Southern California teammates bounced around the end zone, then broke into a victory dance.

The easy answer is the right one
For the first time since Southern California set out to defend the championship it won last season, Matt Leinart failed to show up.

Illini pound Ohio State
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — James Augustine tied his career high with 21 points as No. 1 Illinois all but abandoned its outside game for inside jumpers and layups in a 84-65 win over Ohio State in its Big Ten opener Wednesday night.

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