Sunday, January 18, 2004

Finally, educators waking up to importance of teaching 3 Rs
One evening 25 years ago, I sat with my daughter and her homework. Struggling with what had become known as modern math and sight spelling, I suffered through a few comments such as "I just don't get it."

Legislators should not be forced to march to Republican Party's beat
I just read of the childish "wrist-slaps" given to Rep. Bob Lynn for his longevity bonus vote. It would be very interesting to poll the constituents in his area who elected him to office to see if he is voting the will of the people, as he is supposed to do, rather than "falling into line" just because he is a member of a political party.

Wolf looking into KRSA operations
Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, has begun an investigation into the finances of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, one of the area's most visible and influential nonprofit organizations.

Sears educators, parents start process
A group of educators and parents at Sears Elementary School is preparing an application to start a new elementary charter school in Kenai.

District considers charters
Two groups of educators and parents on the Kenai Peninsula are exploring the idea of new charter schools to open next fall in the Kenai-Soldotna area.

Cold facts: Sports center needs help with refrigeration
Anyone living in Alaska in the winter may think making and maintaining ice is about the easiest thing in the world to do, but it can be quite a tricky and expensive process just ask maintenance workers at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Photo feature: It's pretty, but ...
A tiny patch of frost grows on a cold window in Kenai on Saturday morning. With more subzero temperatures on the way, the ice probably won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

Elizabeth Dianna Stauffer
Kenai resident Elizabeth Dianna Stauffer died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna of an extended illness. She was 57.

Lita Crossman
Lifelong Alaska resident Lita Crossman died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at her home in Nikiski. She was 36.

James Oliver Ellsworth Morehart
Sterling resident James Oliver Ellsworth Morehart died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in Sterling. He was 27.

Hit by another milestone
I've hit another one of life's little milestones.

When did it become government by the party, not the people?
It used to be an honorable thing for people to stand up for what they believed to be right. They were respected. They were role models. They were leaders. They were the people elected to office because they were courageous in their convictions.

'Average' person doesn't exist
WASHINGTON The editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac once explained why he has no use for averages. If you've got one foot in a bucket of boiling water and the other in a bucket of ice, he said, on average you should be feeling fine.

Around the Peninsula
Childbirth film offeredSki team plans fund-raiserT-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduledWRCC board meeting slatedFAS to hold training workshop

In TOPS, weight loss is a group effort
Holding down the front lines in the battle of the bul-ge is a unique support group standing united in the fight against calories. It's not always easy, but together, members of Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS, for short) are committed to winning their war on fat one meeting at a time.

Vancouver Krispy Kreme opens to slim lines
VANCOUVER, Wash. The spotlight's searing beam roamed the ink black morning sky. Off-duty state troopers patrolled the parking lot maintaining order in the drive-through. And inside Clark County's first Krispy Kreme, the crew readied for the opening-day rush on a recent Tuesday morning.

Despite health scare, eaters mad for cow brain sandwiches
EVANSVILLE, Ind. Fear of mad cow disease hasn't kept Cecelia Coan from eating her beloved deep-fried cow brain sandwiches.

Ellington, Seward plan February wedding
Teri Ellington of Soldotna and Michael Seward of Cooper Landing have announced their plans to marry at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at the Regency Hiatt garden grounds in Kauai, Hawaii.

My best friend
Regina Sauchuk of Soldotna says her 2-year-old husky mix, C.D. (Cool Dog), is sweet and intelligent and enjoys the sweet smells of summer.

Doggy data
So you think you know your canine companion pretty well? Test your pet knowledge with this mini-quiz.

Sports Briefs
Seward ski and skijor race set for todayAlaska Anchorage tops St. Cloud State

SkyHi boys make huge statement
It's the season of making a big campaign statement. With their win in Kenai Friday,the Skyview boys made one as big as any of the Democratic presidential candidates can hope for come Monday in Iowa.

Grizzlies ring 76ers' bell in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA Mike Miller hit a running layup with 36.6 seconds remaining to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 91-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Kardinals skaters hit iron, Eagles hit net
The Kenai Central High School hockey team dropped a nonconference game to West, 3-1, Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Nikiski boys defend Tipoff crown
Miles Jorgensen came to the gym Saturday ready to go to work.

Seward girls roll past Anchorage Christian Schools
The Seward girls basketball team picked up a 66-22 District 3/3A victory Saturday in Seward.

Devils work into overtime to bring Capitals down to lowercase
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias scored both New Jersey goals, including the winner 2:17 into overtime, lifting the Devils a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Cold forces postponements
Cold weather caused the postponement of two high school sporting events this weekend.

Skyview skaters top Homer in clean game
The Skyview High School hockey team defeated Homer 5-3 Friday in a nonconference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Skyview's Hutchison sets takedowns mark
The Skyview High School wrestling team tied for second at the Glenn Vandergaw Dimond Classic tournament Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

McCants' late 3-pointer lets UNC beat No. 1 UConn
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Rashad McCants hit a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds to play to give No. 9 North Carolina an 86-83 victory over No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday.

Nikiski's Ellis nails clutch 3-pointer to top SoHi
Nikiski's Lynzie Ellis nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday to lift Nikiski to a 34-31 victory over Soldotna at the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament.

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