Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Local nurses plan for Serum Run '25
The original Serum Run to Nome Alaska in 1925 during an outbreak of diphtheria was a history making event credited with saving the village.

Big Green Eggs arrive in Alaska
For nearly three decades owners of foreign autos have depended on Glen King at Glen's Foreign Car Repair in Sterling to keep their buggies rolling.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Early last fall my daughter Jessie asked me if I thought she could bring a couple of her college friends home with her for Christmas break. No wait let me rephrase that, Jessie told me that she was bringing home a couple of girls that she went to college with in Longmeadow' Mass. Two girls who had never been to Alaska before and when one of them told Jessie that she wanted to go some place different for Christmas break, Jessie suggested Alaska. The girl responded with only one word, Ok!

29th Peninsula Winter Games kick-off this weekend
Twenty nine years ago a log cabin and dog sled building missionary by the name of Al York and his wife Bernice decided it would be a good idea to have a day in the dead of winter to get families together to enjoy outdoor arctic fun and games, and thus the Peninsula Winter Games were born.

Annual Hospice Winter Wine Event scheduled
As the days start getting longer and weekend calendars fuller, Hospice executive director Marquitta Andrus and bereavement coordinator Sue Zurfluh encourage all Hospice supporters or supporter want-a-be's to circle the first Saturday of February to join them and the many local Hospice volunteers at their annual Winter Wine fun and fund raising event.

Residents once again share generously with those in need
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals, families, organizations and businesses that helped make our 2004 Christmas Drive a huge success.

Daytona trucks race promises more speed
The season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at the Daytona International Speedway has long been regarded as one of the best races of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.

Unlike peers, Jarrett not pondering retirement
Unlike many of the other veterans in the Nextel Cup Series, Dale Jarrett isn't thinking about retirement.

Nextel Cup drivers relocate to truck series
Jimmy Spencer and Brendan Gaughan have landed on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Dodge Revival - Charger model made famous by Richard Petty returns
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The Dodge Charger has a proud pedigree on the Nextel Cup Series.

Hi neighbors. Our community can be thankful for the good job our local department of transportation (DOT) road crew do in keeping our roads plowed and in good condition.

Hi, neighbors. Thanks to Connie Ferguson for submitting a grant application for Sterling Elementary School, which has been selected for an Artist in Residence grant.

Haley Smith, a 2003 Soldotna High School graduate and daughter of Scout and Lucki Smith, has returned to Washington State University after her visit home for the holidays.

Have you bought your ice cleats yet? There are certain things that are standard operational items of Kenai winter survival gear, and one of those is a good pair of ice cleats.

Greetings from a balmier Kasilof. You know what they say about the weather here in Alaska: If you don't like it, just wait a while. Whatever you do don't let the weather keep you from enjoying the 29th annual Peninsula Winter Games beginning this weekend and running through the end of February, respectively.

Good morning. Words for your week: "Without love and kindness, life is cold, selfish, and uninteresting, and leads to distaste for everything. With kindness, the difficult becomes easy, the obscure clear; life assumes a charm and its miseries are softened. If we knew the power of kindness, we should transform this world into a paradise." — Charles Wagner

Cooper Landing
Butch, the moose from Sportsman's Lodge, may be long gone these 35 years, but he is still fondly remembered by his families. Jerry Moore from Daniels Lake north of Kenai called after I wrote about Butch last month.

Emergency center faces assembly vote
A relatively sparse agenda greets the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday night in Soldotna, but the municipal solons are expected to vote on a spending measure that would appropriate funds to build an emergency response center in Soldotna.

Fishing for regulation change
Every three years, Kenai Peninsula residents have a chance to change state fisheries law — everything from how many rainbow trout an individual angler can harvest each day to the type of gear commercial salmon fishers can use — through Alaska's unique Board of Fisheries process.

Murkowski declares disaster in Kaktovik
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Gov. Frank Murkowski issued a disaster declaration Saturday for the city of Kaktovik and the North Slope Borough in response to a severe winter storm that knocked out power to most of the community.

Sky light
The northern lights fill the morning sky above Sterling on Monday. The very active aurora borealis could be seen across the Kenai Peninsula in the northern sky, the western sky and directly overhead.

Sockeye votes may hit snag
As any good angler knows, getting on the water early is often the best way to guarantee action. That principle was mirrored Monday during the first day of the Alaska Board of Fisheries Upper Cook Inlet meeting in Anchorage, as the most interesting bit of business took place within the first hour.

Conoco begins winter exploration
ANCHORAGE (AP) — ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. is gearing up for winter exploration on the North Slope, with seismic crews in place and ice roads under construction.

Kenai chamber: All's well that ends with Wells
Going on 28 years in Alaska — many of those in Kenai — Roy Wells has been educated in more ways than one about what is important to the city of Kenai.

Pacific Star Seafoods to continue operating
The death of Dan Foley two weeks ago left an empty spot in the hearts of his family and friends. But as the owner of Pacific Star Seafoods, it left many concerned about the fate of Foley's company, its employees and its impact on the seafood industry.

Plane rise, sun set
Passengers in an Era Aviation de Havilland Dash 8 have a view of the sunset as they take off from Kenai Municipal Airport recently. Forecasters are calling for clouds to roll in today and stay through Sunday.

Lawmakers balk at confidentiality clause for report
State lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula currently are split over whether they'll sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to make public the contents of a consultant's report that measures Alaska's competitiveness in the world oil and gas market.

Cassie M. Williams
Former Nikiski resident Cassie Marie Williams died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway north of Cooper Landing. She was 11.

Lori Lynn Sarchet
Longtime Kasilof resident Lori Lynn Sarchet died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 50.

Lawmakers' inability to get to Juneau not cause to move capital
Those people who want to move the capital because they say Juneau is ''inaccessible'' are whining again.

What a difference a few extra hundred million dollars makes
There's no denying that there's a bit more optimism among elected officials in Juneau. It was evident in Gov. Frank Murkowski's State of the State speech on Tuesday. Amazing what a few extra hundred million dollars can do.

Around the Peninsula
AMVETS to meet Title 1 workshop today Group offers stress relief for women Brown bag lunch planned for agencies RC and D to meet Autism workshop scheduled T-200 volunteer orientation set

Around the Peninsula
Car seat check today Fish fry planned in Sterling Quilters sew for children Hazard trees presentation slated Healing Touch classes available Wine event offers appetizing evening Group offers stress relief for women

All second-graders received a perfect score on their spelling tests last week. First-grade students completed a math test on place value and numeration with some terrific scores. Kindergarten students have been reading a book and a preprimer reading paper each day.

Kenai Cooperative
Today students are learning about Australia. The kids will make wallaby stew, use marsupial math and do nocturnal science experiments. The kids will do the kangaroo hop at music time.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska
Congratulations to all the participants of the Scripps Anchorage Daily News Spelling Bee. The winners are Sarah Cobb, first, Esther Knox, second, and a three-way-tie for third between Mattie Cobb, Minna Bogard and Joanna Daniels. Sarah will travel to Anchorage to compete at the state qualifying bee. Good luck, Sarah.

Tustumena Elementary
Tustumena will join other schools in collecting money to donate to the Glorious Children Fund to aid tsunami victims in India. This organization is recognized by the government as an officially approved relief agency. Participating schools call the program "Loose change can change the world." There will be a collection jar on the front counter of the school's office.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The C basketball team will travel to Skyview on Thursday and the first game is at 3 p.m. The C teams also will host Seward on Tuesday.

Sears Elementary
The theater department will attend a performance sponsored by the Alaska Junior Theater Company. Parent permission forms will be sent home next week and students will be transported on school buses to the Kenai Central High School auditorium.

Wings Christian Academy
Students who made the A honor roll for the second quarter include Kade Foust, Kassidy Foust, Leah Howell, Kasey McGee, Alex Pettey, Julianne Pettey, Jesse Puletau, Megan Ruffridge, Brandon Saunders and Alisha Thompson. B honor roll students are Kaylee Burger, Kelsey Jose, Caden MacLellan, Jaycee McGee, Melissa Newton, Jessice Saunders and Jared Wood. Students who had perfect attendance were Kelsey Jose, Jesse Puletau, Rebekah Wood, Amy Wood, Joel Consiel, Kaylee Burger, Leah Howell, Troy Consiel, Ashlynn Burger and Elizabeth Wood.

Soldotna Elementary
The PTA will be at the Reading Carnival on Jan. 29. Look for the booth selling popcorn and pop. Volunteers are needed to help run the booth. Please contact Lauri Lingafelt at 262-7126 to sign up to help.

Grace Lutheran
We celebrated Tom Werth's third straight victory in the geography bee. All of the children did a wonderful job, including runner up, Scott Habermann. Tom took a final test to participate in the state competition in Anchorage.

Soldotna Montessori
Teachers Susan Larned, Kathy Holt and Anne McCabe are attending Montessori follow-up training in Seattle this week.

The life skill for the week is flexibility, to be willing to change plans when necessary.

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

Sterling Elementary
The school is continuing the fund-raising drive to collect jars of change to send financial support to the victims of the Asia tsunamis. This fund-raising effort was initiated by second-grader Micah Sterling. Later this spring, Sterling Elementary will host peninsula musician Mike Morgan as part of the Artist in Residence program sponsored by the Alaska Council on the Arts. Watch for more details in March.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Jane Fellman and the Safety Seal will visit Thursday and speak about winter safety.

Mountain View Elementary
The first runner up in the schoolwide geography bee is Shane Spalding and the schoolwide champion, for the National Geographic Geography Bee at Mountain View, is Colt McDonald. Colt will take a test to qualify for the state championship in Anchorage this spring.

Kenai Peninsula College: Around campus
Classes are under way at Kenai Peninsula College and indicators are pointing toward increased enrollment at the Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses. According to Bill Howell, student services director, "We are still showing good growth compared to this time last year."

An EMT I class will be offered the end of the month. Interested high school students or community members should contact Sue Simonds.

Scholarship opportunity announced
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is sponsoring scholarships for a 2005-06 full-year tuition waiver from Alaska Vocational Technical Center. and a 2005-06 full-year tuition waiver from Kenai Peninsula College. These apply to this year's 2005 graduating seniors. Applications are available at or through school counselors. Applications must be postmarked by March 14, 2005. For more information, call 714-8885.

Redoubt Elementary
Mrs. Dusek and Mrs. Hurst are hosting a cupcake and cake walk during Fun Fest on Friday. Cupcake and cake donations can be brought to room three or five any time Friday.

Lunch menus

Skyview High
Skyview held its 14th annual girls basketball tournament last weekend. Thanks to all the booster club members, Mary Driefuerst and Charlene Smith for their hard work and dedication.

The end-of-semester activity will be tubing at Solid Rock on Jan. 27. from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5. Call the office to sign up.

Soldotna High
There will be a dance Friday night in the commons from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5. Parents are invited. Guests must be enrolled in high school and signed up in advance.

Cook Inlet Academy
Students of the week for this week are Sarah Baktuit, Emma Lyons, Hannah Udelhoven, Andrew Barlow, Zach Taplin, Kayla Haus, Skyler May, Jacob Boudreaux, Tiana McGahan and Keven Powers.

Kids aid India orphanage
The massive tsunami death and devastation three and a half weeks ago delivered equally massive grief, and, due to donations from all over the globe, it brought in substantial relief. Aid pledged by mostly first world nations has nearly reached $1 billion dollars with charitable donations following closely.

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Niners tab Nolan as next head coach
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Mike Nolan's lineage on and off the field made him an ideal choice to rebuild the San Francisco 49ers.

Cowboys spurred in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — Daniel Gibson had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Texas shook off any distractions about P.J. Tucker's future with an impressive 75-61 victory over Oklahoma State on Monday night.

NHL labor talks to resume today
Get together a small group of representatives from NHL management and the players' union and try to find some middle ground that would jump-start talks toward ending the 125-day lockout.

Serena Williams, Sharapova advance
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams cruised through the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, while Maria Sharapova struggled against Lindsay Lee-Waters and the heat before winning 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Tuter loves task of leading Division I team
Growing up in Soldotna, Molly Tuter had some pretty well-defined career goals. "My two goals growing up were to play Division I college basketball and play professional basketball, and to coach Division I college basketball and eventually be a head coach," said Tuter in a phone interview earlier this month.

Hall one of two Atlanta holdovers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Keith Brooking made it to the Super Bowl in his very first season — playing for the Atlanta Falcons, no less.

Pistons' Prince adds to Suns' misery with 26 points
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Detroit Pistons past reeling Phoenix 94-80 Monday, the NBA-leading Suns' fourth straight loss.

Francis, Turkoglu lead Magic past Pistons
ORLANDO, Fla. — Steve Francis scored 32 points and Hedo Turkoglu added a season-high 29 as the Orlando Magic snapped the Detroit Pistons' six-game winning streak with a 103-101 victory Tuesday night.

Memo to Vijay and company: Have a little fun out there
Here's a few things you might have learned, had you been snowed in somewhere and needed a golf fix so badly that you watched the Sony Open.

Florida State snaps Wake Forest streak
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Todd Galloway scored nine straight points in overtime and finished with a career-high 21 to help Florida State snap No. 3 Wake Forest's 10-game winning streak with a 91-83 victory Tuesday night.

Roddick advances, Kuznetsova denies doping
MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Roddick withstood a frenetic start by Irakli Labadze and won his opening match at the Australian Open 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday after the out-of-condition Georgian player wilted.

Homer beats improving 'Dawgs
The Homer hockey team defeated Nikiski 12-0 Tuesday at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility in Greatland Conference action.

Hakkinen makes Olympics
Jay Hakkinen, who is from Kasilof and is a Skyview High School graduate, earned a berth to his third-straight Olympics with a 15th-place showing in a World Cup biathlon race Sunday in Ruhpolding, Germany.

Sports Briefs
Silver Salmon host Snowball Invitational Seward girls top Homer Soriano, Izturis avoid arbitration

Sports Briefs
Clemens asks for $22 million; Gagne gets deal

NHL, NHLPA agree to meet Wednesday
NEW YORK — For the first time in more than a month, a group of officials from the NHL and the players' association will meet Wednesday in what could be a last-ditch effort to save the hockey season.

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