Thursday, January 13, 2005

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.

Baseball to unveil new steroid policy
NEW YORK — Baseball players and owners have reached an agreement on a tougher steroid-testing program that will include a penalty for first-time offenders, The Associated Press has learned.

D-Backs add Estes, trade Hillenbrand
NEW YORK — The retooling Arizona Diamondbacks made two more deals Wednesday, finalizing a contract with pitcher Shawn Estes and trading infielder Shea Hillenbrand to Toronto.

Business Briefs
Chambers announce schedules Date changes for nonprofit workshops Bishop's Attic closed for remodeling Homer chamber looking for recipes Kenai chamber to celebrate 50 years

Summer sales climb
Consumers appear to have been in a buying mood during the past summer season, according to the latest figures from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Division of Community and Economic Development.

Book examines art of intuition
NEW YORK — Malcolm Gladwell, whose best seller ''The Tipping Point'' explored how minor events can lead to momentous changes, got the idea for his next project simply by letting his hair grow long.

'Sideways' leads award nominees
LOS ANGELES — The road-trip comedy ''Sideways'' led contenders Tuesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, including honors for lead performer Paul Giamatti and the ensemble cast.

From the bookshelf: Miner's biography a rare treasure
In 1926, Yupik prospector Walter Smith found something unexpected in his gold pan near Goodnews Bay. It was odd and didn't glitter, but he sensed its value. The strange nuggets turned out to be platinum, one of the few metals on Earth worth even more than gold.

New 'Battlestar Galactica' series includes old face
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Sci Fi Channel is bringing back ''Battlestar Galactica,'' ABC's campy 1970s space opera, with a boost from original series star Richard Hatch.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

New light
Once again, "Rarefied Light" sheds light on what's new with Alaska photographers.

CBS fires executives over Guard story flap
NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation that said a ''myopic zeal'' led to a ''60 Minutes Wednesday'' story about President Bush's military service that relied on allegedly forged documents.

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.

Advice for the fish board
The Alaska Board of Fish (BOF) will meet soon regarding the Upper Cook Inlet management area. This every-third-year event will gather fishers of many kinds, managers, lawyers and scientists, all of whom will advise the seven members of the board regarding proposed changes to fisheries management. From this large gathering, conflicting advice will be heaped on 14 ears in rapid redundancy. I know that because I've attended numerous such meetings in the past 25 years.

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.

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.

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

Ice jams up Kenai River
It's finally been cold enough to freeze the most popular river in the northern hemisphere and nearly bring it to a halt. Though it's slowing down and freezing, the Kenai River is still dangerously active.

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.

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.

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.

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

Power on for most Kaktovik homes
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Electricity was restored Wednesday to most homes in Kaktovik after the Alaska Air National Guard delivered technicians and equipment to the village, thrown into a deep freeze four days ago when it lost power in a blizzard.

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.

Hearings start Friday
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will hold a public hearing in Soldotna on Friday and Saturday to gather information and public comments concerning proposals and issues to be addressed by the board at its Upper Cook Inlet Finfish regulatory meeting Monday through Jan. 29 in Anchorage.

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.

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.

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.

Tsunamis raise questions about why, why not
The deepest ethical, philosophical and theological questions are raised by the tsunami disaster in south Asia and the wonderful outpouring of global solidarity in response to it. How, ask many Christian and other religious believers and those who are skeptical of such faith, can a good and omniscient God have allowed it to happen?

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
Swim club resumes practice Teen dance scheduled Developmental screening offered Aquaculture board meeting Saturday Pioneer officers to be installed Nutrition classes slated Contracts, fees top discussion list for Parks Fish fry planned in Sterling Hazard trees presentation slated

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

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

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 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.

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.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jayson Williams begins comeback attempt
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Hoping to return to the NBA, Jayson Williams began his comeback bid Wednesday night.

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

Head, Brown lead top-ranked Illini to win
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Luther Head and Dee Brown each made five 3-pointers to lead No. 1 Illinois to a 90-64 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.

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.

Roethlisberger isn't ready for Steelers' ride to end just yet
PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger glances quickly from his left to his right, looking for a defender who might break at the last second and disrupt his pass. With no one in sight, he throws a perfect line-drive into his receiver's chest.

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.

Dakar: Adventure can be deadly
DAKAR, Senegal — The race has lured drivers for a quarter century, a bone-jarring adventure through the Sahara's baking heat in one of the sport's most harrowing competitions on the planet.

Sports Briefs
Ten Star hoops camp taking applications Winter Games basketball tourney scheduled KPHA PeeWee B goes 1-3-1 in weekend set Short-course swim meet slated for Feb. 18-19

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.

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