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Monday, January 19, 2004

NOW PLAYING: Along Came Polly
Think back to the last time you went to McDonald's and ordered a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Now, assuming you like McDonald's, and the Quarter Pounder in particular, you probably came away from the experience feeling full and vaguely satisfied. (My wife, who loathes McDonald's, would likely disagree with this analogy.)

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.

Making history ...
Alaska students would be better educated and perhaps better citizens were they to emerge from high school with a healthy understanding of the state's rich past, say supporters of legislation that would require a passing grade in Alaska history for graduation.

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.

Martin Luther King Day observed today
Many government offices will be closed today in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Game face
Garrett Ellis, 3, doesn't miss a bite as he keeps his eye on the game at a basketball tournament at Nikiski High School Saturday. His dad Brant is keeping pie steady.

Will flat tax fly on planes?
An ordinance that would impose a flat tax of $75 per engine on personal aircraft on the Kenai Peninsula is scheduled for a final public hearing and a vote at Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Willard G. 'Woody' Mahurin
Former Soldotna mayor Willard G. "Woody" Mahurin died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at his home in Webb City, Mo. He was 88.

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

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.

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.

Civil Rights Leaders: At A Glance
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HORACE JULIAN BOND JOHN LEWIS JOSEPH E. LOWERY FRED SHUTTLESWORTH HOSEA WILLIAMS

Keeping the dream alive
ATLANTA The names of Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph Lowery, John Lewis, Julian Bond and Hosea Williams have become synonymous with the grassroots movement for equality that came to define their generation.

Dr. King's dream still offers vision for U.S.
Editor's Note: Today the United States observes Martin Luther King Day. In honor of the occasion, excerpts of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech follow. The speech was delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., o

'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.

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.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Peninsula People
Apker, Cromer become Marines Baldwin named to honor roll Haring to study economics abroad Peters to study in England Huges wins Alaska Junior Miss Medallion Raffle

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

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.

Births
Jordyn Renae Flynn Xander Zhen Amend Imogene LonniAnn Bras Davis Emery Louise Talent-Mitchell Isabella Joy Smith McKinley Rain Warren

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced Kenai Historical Society elects new board members Soldotna Historical Society plans meeting

Community News
Reading carnival planned Kenai performers move, seek volunteers T-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduled

Good shots
Winners and sponsors of the Soldotna Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Competition, held Jan. 10, display their trophies.

Around the Peninsula
Public health to observe Martin Luther King Day Women voters to meet Health center to hold board meeting Grant writing workshop slated Food handlers class planned Fish and Game committee to meet Hospice seeking donations Subsistence management taking nominations SoHi selling discount cards

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Nobody's perfect
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. As coach of the only undefeated women's basketball team in the country, Minnesota's Pam Borton could sense the expectations weighing on her players.

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.

Kings stop slide against Chicago
CHICAGO Alexander Frolov scored with 8:26 left, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a 14-game winless streak.

Els plays it cool to win playoff in Hawaii
HONOLULU Ernie Els is getting used to this kind of excitement.

Phoenix rises to defeat Portland
PHOENIX Joe Johnson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead rebound basket with 18.1 seconds to play, and the Phoenix Suns handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth loss in a row, 96-92 Sunday night.

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.

Destiny denied
PHILADELPHIA Sorry, Eagles. Not this time, either. The surprising Carolina Panthers are Super Bowl-bound instead.

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.

Patriots freeze Indianapolis
FOXBORO, Mass On a cold day in New England, Ty Law and the Patriots put Peyton Manning on ice.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Kenai outskates SkyHi; SoHi slips
Kenai goalie Garrett Myers stopped 27 of the 28 Skyview shots he faced to lead the first place Kardinals to a 5-1 win in North Star Conference action Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

33 sign up for peninsula race
What do you get when you put together 110 dogs, 33 mushers, 100-plus volunteers and 10,000 pounds of dog food and supplies? You get the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race -- an event hailed by many mushers as the toughest mid-distance race in the state.

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