Wednesday, January 12, 2005

On the move
NEW YOR — Even in winter, there are baseball doubleheaders in New York.

Johnson, Beltran headline busy day
NEW YORK — A month's work of trades and free-agent negotiations were finally completed Tuesday, when Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran, Shawn Green, Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez and Juan Gonzalez found new homes.

Seafood Is See-Food
(NAPSA)-Many may find it hard to see it that way but certain fats in your diet can be surprisingly good for the health of your eyes.

Counting our fine feathered friends
About 25 local bird enthusiasts traded their warm sofas and News Year's football games Sunday to get outdoors and participate in the 105th Annual Christmas Bird Count.

Best & Worst of 2004 America is list-crazy. (See, for example, the column you are currently reading.)

VISTA Volunteer helps KEDS
The Kenai Economic Development Strategy (KEDS) Committee made up of some 20 local officials and community members presented their first draft plan Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Making it clear Agrium will close as announced
Although it came as the year was waning, the official announcement of Agrium's closing quickly rose to the top of the list as the number one story in the year 2004.

Moore takes Copper Basin
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Allen Moore, a veteran musher from Two Rivers, has won the 2005 Copper Basin 300, his first victory.

America is list-crazy. (See, for example, the column you are currently reading.)

Forget-Me-Not thanks multiple contributors
The Forget-Me-Not Center would like to give Doyle's Fuel a big thank you for sponsoring our annual Christmas party. The sandwiches and fruit tray were delicious, and the cheesecakes were a big hit. All of the seniors were delighted with their flowers. Without Doyle's support, our holidays would not have been as joyous. Once again we thank them for being so supportive of our community throughout the year.

Hockey boosters appreciate hard work
The 2004 alumni hockey game was a success due to the efforts of a few dedicated people. On behalf of the Skyview Hockey Booster Club, I would like to thank those who stepped forward to help put on a great game.

Gas prices too high on peninsula
Residents of Kenai and Soldotna, you are being ripped off with gasoline prices even worse now than three weeks ago. Local gas stations are now an average of 44 cents per gallon higher than in Anchorage.

Biffle excited about road-racing opportunities
Greg Biffle, a NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck series champion, will try his hand at sports car racing next month in a Ford Multimatic Daytona Prototype at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

Labonte names stops on retirement tour Office Depot to sponsor Edwards' car for 8 races Operation Marathon

Teams in Daytona this week for test sessions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Construction crews inside the Daytona International Speedway painted new walls and built new signs as part of a massive renovation project.

All women are invited to attend the Peninsula Take A Break "stress busters" luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Solid Rock Conference Center.

Hi, neighbors. Can you believe this weather? I hope by the time you read this we have snow and cold weather. While I am writing this it has been raining and making my driveway very soggy and slippery. I put on my warm coat, hat, gloves and spiked grippers on my shoes and carry my ski pole just to get my newspaper in the morning.

Hello, neighbors. Thanks to all of the people who work so hard trying to keep ahead of the road problems on the peninsula. I appreciate the efforts of those who are trying to keep the potholes from swallowing us up, even if it means filling them after dark.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Good thoughts are beautiful flowers, promoting good deeds and making others happy, thereby enriching our lives and bringing us happiness." — author unknown.

Cooper Landing
Skyview High School Russian language teacher Gregory Weissenberg is giving a presentation titled "What's in a Name," for the historical society program Saturday afternoon. The program is a result of Weissenberg's research of Alaskan place names of Russian origin and usage of Russian in Alaska vernacular.

Hi, neighbors. Are you like me and often have to send belated birthday greetings? Intentions were good, and perhaps a card was even purchased well in advance, but executing those good intentions just didn't happen until the date had passed.

Greetings from beautiful downtown Kasilof. Good Tuesday to you. If the weather is any indication, we're into January and under its cold spell. While I might complain of sub-zero temperatures and my subsequent slavery to a wood stove when the mercury drops, it's not very often and I never forget how fortunate I am.

Couch Potatos
Clancy Skipwith (foreground), Brooke Jasky-Zuber and Heather Roesing cheer for their fellow Skyview High School Panthers from a couch near the finish line of a ski race Saturday afternoon at Skyview.

Cannery sale may benefit value-added fish market
A group of area commercial fishers are negotiating a deal to purchase Dragnet, a shut-down seafood processor, said Jack Brown, business development manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The purchasers plan to make a portion of the new operation a value-added processor in what Brown believes could be a boost to the value-added processing market.

Avalanche death due to unique conditions
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The operator of a Nevada ski resort where a 13-year-old snowboarder was swept from a chairlift to his death by an avalanche said the slide appeared to be the result of a unique combination of circumstances.

Program to start sheltering soon
The Kenai Interfaith Shelter Services organization hopes to begin sheltering homeless families on the Kenai Peninsula by the first week in February.

Weight is over
Hours of debate, clarification and rationalization finally yielded a change in the weighted grades system at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board meeting Monday night.

Man found knocked out behind area bar
Soldotna police are trying to piece together what happened early Saturday morning that left a 29-year-old man unconscious and with serious head injuries in the parking lot of the Maverick Bar.

Demand for sand
Sandra Schroeder sands her icy driveway in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for more cold temperatures today.

Helicopter reaches Kaktovik with power plant technicians
ANCHORAGE — An Alaska National Guard helicopter reached Kaktovik on Tuesday with technicians who hoped to repair the village's damaged power system.

Woman will work to promote Love
A former board secretary and member of the board of directors of Love INC (In the Name of Christ) of the Kenai Peninsula has stepped into her new position as executive director.

Garbage fire sparks inquiry
The Kenai Peninsula Borough solid waste department is trying to determine what caused an early morning fire Sunday at the Sterling solid waste transfer site.

Generating a plan for power
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and Homer Electric Association have launched a detailed study of a power development plan for the Pebble gold-copper-molybdenum deposit north of Lake Iliamna.

Ima Jean (Gray) Stoop
Longtime Kenai resident Ima Jean (Gray) Stoop died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 74.

Benjamin Roland Clark Jr.
Benjamin Roland Clark Jr. died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital in Anchorage after a long battle with heart disease. He was 61.

Some efforts to aid victims of tsunami deserve attention
As relief pours into countries devastated by the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, some efforts to help are particularly noticeable.

Feeding eagles should be illegal
Unfortunately, eagle feeding has resumed on the Homer Spit and in some neighborhoods. Last April a public opinion survey by Ivan Moore Research in Anchorage revealed 55 percent of Homer area respondents believed intentional feeding of wild bald eagles should be made unlawful, except by permit from wildlife agencies for research or other special circumstances. Only 37 percent thought feeding should remain legal. Up to 650 eagles have been counted locally!

Balanced budget amendment won't fix state finances
Anchorage State Reps. Norm Rokeberg (R) and Ethan Berkowitz (D) are right about a couple of things.

Around the Peninsula
Volunteer training set Fish and Game committee to meet Women voters meeting set Community services board to meet Brown bag lunch planned for agencies Youth basketball tourney set

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG meeting scheduled Recycling group to meet Garage sale fund-raiser Public health plans one-day closure Help for home day care providers 4-H rally day planned T-200 seeking youth riders

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to Fun Buck winners for this week who completed good deeds around Soldotna Elementary School. Congratulations to Jazshe Nushart for being the Box Top winner for this week.

Nikski North Star Elementary.
Congratulations to the following sixth-grade Quest students who represented Nikiski North Star at the "Cook Inlet Classic" Lego League Robotics Tournament.

Mountain View Elementary
The school placed first and second in the state for the elementary school division for the Stock Market Game that was sponsored by the University of Alaska. Teams were given $100,000 in play money to invest in the stock market for three months.

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

Redoubt Elementary
Yearbooks for the 2004 - 05 school year are on sale now for $18 and will arrive in May.

Cook Inlet Academy
The annual spring mission trip will be to China in March. The group traveling will meet each Sunday afternoon to prepare for the trip. The group is made up of students, parents and staff.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

The Lifeskill we are learning this week is Effort - to do your best.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The 17th annual Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament begins Thursday at Nikiski High. Visiting teams include South Anchorage, Skyview, Girls Lathrop and Boys Cook Inlet. Check the school Website for game listings. Hockey will host Kenny Lake Thursday at 7 p.m. and Houston High School Friday at 4 p.m. Both games are scheduled at the Jason Peterson Ice Rink depending upon ice conditions. They will compete against Homer High Tuesday at the Kenai Ice Rick.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
First grade classes are in need of half-gallon milk cartons for each student for centers on Friday. Students will make a simple machine. If each student has a milk carton, they can take it home.

Ninilchik School
The Science Fair will be held at the school Jan. 26 and will include grades kindergarten through nine. Parents are invited to view the projects.

Kenai Central High School
The school got into the holiday giving spirit before the break with its annual canned food drive. In the guise of a class competition, students and teachers were encouraged to bring canned food items for donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. During the two weeks, more than 1,700 cans were collected. Congratulations to the VICA organization for sponsoring the food drive with the assistance of the student council.

Sears Elementary
Students may wear their favorite pajamas to school for "Pajama Day" on Friday. Please make sure pajamas are appropriate for school and remember they will be going outside for recess.

Kenai Cooperative School
Today the children are learning about Italy. They are making a boot map and pasta collage and will take a trip to Pizza Hut.

Soldotna Middle
Congratulations to our Maroon boys basketball team and Silver girls basketball. Both took first place at boroughs.

Tustumena Elementary School
Today, Mrs. Knobf's third-grade students will present their wax museum show in the gym. This event will be open to parents and patrons from 1 to 3 p.m.

Students fish for salmon science
It is the hope of fisheries biologist Patti Berkhahn to instill good stewardship and environmental ethics in area school kids. She's been educating through real experience as she takes her students where they can get their hands on the knowledge.

Kenai Middle
Report cards will be mailed out at the end of the month. For students owing a fee, their report card will be held in the office until the fee is paid. For more information, call 283-4896.

Kenai Montessori School
Last week was a week of festivities celebrating the 98th anniversary of the first Montessori school that opened on Jan. 6th 1907 in Rome.

Chapman School
Eligible fourth- through eighth-grade students competed in the National Geographic Bee, which is a nationwide contest designed to test a student's knowledge of geography. The winning student for the school is David Jolly from Mrs. Demers fourth- and fifth-grade class. The runner up is Phillip Whitney.

Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus
Kenai Peninsula College just finished up general walk-in registration last week, but that doesn't mean college is out of the question for the spring semester. In fact, late registration is designed to give Alaskans who are unable to attend walk-in registration a week to drop by the campus and sign up for classes. Students can continue to register for classes, Monday through Friday during business hours.

Senior Menus
Anchor Point Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Anchor Point Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Celtics stop Magic
BOSTON — Tony Allen led Boston's backups on a 14-point run early in the second quarter and the Celtics rolled to a 119-101 win Monday night over Orlando after the Magic traded starting guard Cuttino Mobley.

Marino, Young among 15 finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
The two retired quarterbacks are among 15 finalists for the hall announced Tuesday. The class of 2005, which will have from three to six members, will be announced Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

Armstrong still not sure about Tour de France
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Lance Armstrong's mind is on Belgium in April, not Paris in July.

Star leader
As the only senior on the Soldotna girls basketball team, Soldotna's Brittany Howard is both a link to the past and a bridge to the future.

Split with coach gives Goebel new outlook
PORTLAND, Ore. — Tim Goebel went from ''The Quad King'' to one of the world's best all-around skaters under Frank Carroll, winning an Olympic bronze medal and two silvers at the world championships.

Ninilchik runs past Nikolaevsk
The Ninilchik High School boys and girls basketball teams picked up Peninsula Conference victories over the visiting Nikolaevsk Warriors Tuesday.

Small, speedy Suns prepare for Shaq
PHOENIX — Amare Stoudemire was a reluctant center when the season began. Shaquille O'Neal is liable to remind him why.

Do these Colts have what it takes to go the distance?
INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton manning knows his NFL history. He sees his name among the great quarterbacks who have won league MVP honors: Joe Montana, John Unitas, John Elway, Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw. He also knows something is missing.

Boeheim collects 300th Big East win
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Gerry McNamara had 22 points to lead No. 7 Syracuse to a 70-61 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night, making Jim Boeheim the first coach with 300 Big East wins.

Stoudemire, Suns burn Heat 122-107
PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns added the Miami Heat to the growing list of NBA teams they have run past this season.

Manning wins second straight MVP
INDIANAPOLIS — When Peyton Manning sees his name alongside some of the great players in NFL history, he beams with pride.

Demon Deacons shoot down Terps
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Justin Gray scored 25 points, including a season-high six 3-pointers, to lead No. 4 Wake Forest to an 81-66 victory over Maryland on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Courier enters tennis hall of fame Facing deadline, Leinart still undecided

Sports Briefs
Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning Kings deal Christie to Orlando

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