Thursday, January 20, 2005

SBDC helps ideas become reality
Keith Holland, co-owner of Aardvark Pumping, aims to transform the septic pumping business into a state-of-the-art green revolution. And he knows that is no easy task.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Ronald McDonald to visit peninsula Business workshops offered KEDS to hold public hearing

From the bookshelf: Kodiak's famed bears get fitting tribute
For many people, the name "Kodiak" is inextricably linked with bears — great big brown bears. For a century, Alaska's largest island and its archipelago have been a mecca for big-game hunters worldwide seeking trophy bruins.

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

'Aviator' soars at Golden Globes
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Golden Globes set up an Academy Awards rematch between Hilary Swank and Annette Bening, while Jamie Foxx firmed up his Oscar front-runner status. And a win for "The Aviator" gave Martin Scorsese the edge for finally coming away with a best-picture win at the Oscars.

All-mom bands rockin' the house and babies' cradles
DALLAS — They're housewives, workaholics, PTA members and ... rock stars?

Strung out
When Dave Coleson isn't fixing up a fellow's flat-top, he's carving away at a mandolin's hollow-body top.

Art Briefs
Writers Group meets today Writers' Night accepting submissions Talent show seeking acts Quilting entries wanted Made in Alaska workshop scheduled Writers conference slated Summer arts camp takes registrations

Teacher grateful for community support
I want to publicly thank this community for all they have done for my family and me over the past seven months. As I returned to teaching Tuesday, I also wanted to express my gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and employees for all they have done for this family during the recent events that caused me to miss the first semester of the school year.

Trout, Dolly decisions not based on sound biological information
The first study was conducted around 1987 and involved Fish and Game going up and down the upper Kenai in a power boat electrocuting the rainbow trout.

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.

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.

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

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.

Replacement sought for retiring borough clerk
Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk Linda Murphy has announced she will retire from the job she has held since 1997, effective at the end of April.

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.

OCS calls increase with new year
The month of January is one of three periods each year when the central Kenai Peninsula Office of Children's Services receives the most complaints, according to the office's chief investigator.

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.

Future rests with mine
Millions of dollars are being spent, ore samples drilled and analyzed, power delivery investigated, and a full-scale study of the feasibility of mining the Pebble deposit north of Lake Iliamna is under way.

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.

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.

Emergency center gets help
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to move forward with a project to build a $5.3 million multiuse emergency response center in Soldotna.

Juneau schools close after snowfall
JUNEAU (AP) — Heavy snow and the threat of freezing rain forced the closure of schools and most city and federal offices Wednesday in Juneau.

Crystal Clear
Wednesday's bitter cold works to form frost on a window in Kenai.

Betty J. Nelson
Longtime Kenai resident Betty J. Nelson died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 85.

Sondra K. Harris
Cooper Landing resident Sondra K. Harris died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at her home, after a long fight with cancer. She was 62.

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.

Lost credibility should not be taken lightly
Nearly two years into the war to rid Iraq of its alleged ''weapons of mass destruction,'' the Bush administration officially called off the search for them last week. ''Based on what we know today, the president would have taken the same action (to invade) because this is about protecting the American people,'' said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. ''Protect them from what?'' would be a fair question, given that no such WMDs were found and that the president made those WMDs the primary justification for his decision to preemptively attack.

'Crossfire' demise may signal new era
Klein told a Washington Post writer that he agreed with comedian Jon Stewart, who famously used a ''Crossfire'' appearance last fall to rip into the show for ''partisan hackery.''

Around the Peninsula
Brown bag lunch planned for agencies Youth basketball tourney set T-200 seeking youth riders CPHC seeking new members Book sale planned Hazard trees presentation slated Reading carnival planned Writers club to host dinner

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

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.

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.

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

Lunch menus

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 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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Carry on: Kansas stays unbeaten
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wayne Simien scored all 12 of his points in the second half and No. 2 Kansas remained unbeaten Wednesday night with a shaky and sloppy 59-57 victory over Nebraska.

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

Donovan ready for the German Bundesliga
LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Landon Donovan had to pick up his pace. He's not in Major League Soccer anymore.

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.

Linden, Hotchkiss make progress in labor talks
The bid to jump-start NHL labor negotiations has done just that, spawning a second round of talks in an effort to save the hockey season.

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.

No swelled head for big man on campus
Five days after taking what might be the biggest risk in sports history, here is the short list of things Matt Leinart still does not have: Millions in the bank. A new car in the driveway. Regrets.

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.

76ers handle Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Allen Iverson scored 24 points, and Kyle Korver and Corliss Williamson made big plays down the stretch to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-105 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
PeeWee B squad third at Polar Bear Tourney Robbins charged with attempted murder

Venus, Davenport advance
MELBOURNE, Australia — Venus Williams wore down Peng Shuai and closed out a 6-3, 6-1 win Thursday with a stinging crosscourt forehand that put her into the third round of the Australian Open.

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