Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Northern League team re-signs Pete Rose Jr.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Pete Rose Jr. is ready to give it another try.

Twentieth Tusty 200 to be terrific
For twenty years Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race enthusiast and board member Evy Gebhardt has promised mushers and spectators the biggest and best sled dog race on the Peninsula, and she has been right every year, "It has just continued to grow and evolve into a great community event on an annual basis," Gebhardt told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week.

Chief Tucker makes the Polar Bear jump in Seward
Central Emergency Service (CES) Chief Jeff Tucker is trained to run into burning buildings, but Saturday was his first time to jump into the frigid waters of Prince William Sound.

Ice breaking for Peninsula Winter Games
While many Alaskans gathered around wood stoves and big screen TV's last weekend staying warm and enjoying indoor activities as temperatures rose to -25 in the heat of the afternoon sunshine, Soldotna Rotarians and other businessmen gathered for an outdoor barbeque at the pond off of Marathon Rd. in Kenai.

Appreciating donors who give the gift of life
Last week officials from the Blood Bank of Alaska came to the Peninsula to show their appreciation for the donors that keep the Blood Bank in operation, "The donors are gold to us," said President and CEO Jack Williams, "They are the people who take their time to give us part of their body so that we can go out and on our life saving mission, and we truly appreciate each one of them, they are our customers and they give of their time to save lives" said Williams.

Senior programs created to honor those pioneers who made Alaska
Fact vs. fiction: There was a time when this former territory experienced tremendous difficulty attracting and maintaining quality men and women in order to establish the infrastructure of the comforts we all enjoy today.

Setting record straight on scientific debate, Board of Fisheries meetings
I rarely respond to letters to the editor, but when I am personally attacked without justification, I feel compelled to respond. Ken Tarbox, former commercial fisheries employee and current consultant to commercial fisheries, stated that I "stifled scientific debate" at the February 2002 Board of Fisheries meeting.

I'm sure you're a wonderful father, but your son needs some guidance
Dear Sir, I met your son a day or so after Christmas. He was riding his new Ski-doo along with three of his friends. I was clearing the mess the snowmachines had made of my driveway when he pulled up to the snow berm. I asked the boys to go around the end of my driveway and enter the power line easement again at the other side of the driveway.

What's so fair about hunting with high-powered rifle?
Mr. Pollard claims that his definition of "fair chase" is the one that should govern how people hunt in Alaska. Quite presumptuous. He says that baiting bears is unsporting. He states, "Fair chase means hunting the animal on the animal's terms, not yours."

Coal-bed methane leases should be bought back; water at risk
Dear Governor Murkowski, I have owned property, including a cabin out East End Road since 1976 and have resided in the Homer area at this cabin since 1994 whenever I'm in Alaska and not visiting "outside."

Community's generosity makes new year brighter for children
To: Credit Union One members, employees and the community

Survey from community rivers coalition doesn't factor in residency
The Community Rivers and Planning Coalition loves to wave its "Draft Survey Results" compiled in March of 2001 in the face of all its detractors. The coalition repeatedly claims that the numbers contained within this "survey" provide the justification for all of its socialist tax and take projects.

ESPN tackles Intimidator
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) The life Dale Earnhardt will be the subject of a made-for-TV movie produced by ESPN to air late this summer.

Morphet clarifies subsistence
Navigating the murky waters of subsistence management in Alaska can be a daunting task. With both state and federal law to deal with, many people often are confused as to which laws apply to their area and why.

Sterling, Nikiski team up in effort to work with NASA
Sterling Elementary and Nikiski Middle-Senior High schools are teaming up in an effort to be selected to participate in a unique partnership with NASA.

PFD in good shape, says board trustee
Continuing the Alaska Perman-ent Fund Corp. board of trustees' campaign for a percent of market value (POMV) spending formula, one board member told the Kenai Rotary Club on Monday that at $27.6 billion in assets, the fund is in healthy shape.

Effort mounts to keep moose safe from cars
Only halfway through the reporting year, the number of moose killed on Kenai Peninsula roads since July 1 is already at the five-year annual average, but plans by the Alaska Moose Federation may soon change the unfortunate result of beast and machine competing for the same travel corridors.

Peninsula to get break from cold
Bitter cold continued to grip the Kenai Peninsula from Homer to Whittier over the past week, but forecasters were predicting daytime temperatures in the 20s by today and into the30s later in the week, bringing high winds and several inches of snow.

Body found in burned Caribou Hills cabin
The remains believed to be those of an Anchorage man were found in the charred ruins of a Caribou Hills cabin that burned to the ground sometime Friday.

Freda K. (Peters) Marchant
Soldotna resident Freda K. (Peters) Marchant died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 82.

Mark Barnette Sr.
Kenai resident Mark Barnette Sr. died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Alaska must consider using portion of fund to pay for government
Gov. Frank Murkowski took an important first step in his State of the State message by launching a

Alaska needs more legislators like Lynn
The fallout from a recent decision by an Anchorage Republican member of the state House to vote against the GOP leadership regarding the Longevity Bonus has caught the attention of people way up here in Fairbanks.

Gas line route: Alaska's future at stake
Don't be fooled again.

Heyday of railroad not over
As an Alaskan and especially as a parent and grandparent I believe the time has come to build the Alaska, Pacific and Canada Railroad, first envisioned by a wealthy New Yorker named Asa Whitney in the 1860s.

Around the Peninsula
Lions selling Sees candy Womens club plans brunch KPC to show film Gandhi GT-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduled KDLL to hold elections Annual reading carnival seeks vendors Subsistence management accepting nominations

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank in critical need of donationsCommunity Schools to sponsor financial classFood handlers class plannedFish and Game committee to meetSubsistence management taking nominationsHospice seeking donationsSoHi selling discount cards

Grace Lutheran
The kindergartners at Grace Lutheran have been busy constructing Abraham Lincoln's log cabin, drawing Frosty the Snowman and singing his famous song, and learning two-letter phonograms.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Congratulations to Stacey Groeneveld for her selection as the Elks Club Student of the Month in December, and to Ben Quesnel for the month of January. The December Student of the Month for the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was Nick Russell. Christine Strickland is the January Student of the Month.

Soldotna Middle
The physical education classes will start the country line dance unit next week.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The preschoolers at Kenai Co-op are becoming world travelers. This month, they have enjoyed tea and scones while learning about Britain, created the Eiffel Tower with toothpicks while studying France, constructed their own African drums and found the United States and Alaska on a map and a globe.

Soldotna High
Beginning Tuesday, the first of three important assessment tests will be administered. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) runs Tuesday through Thursday, and the Terra Nova achievement test and the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam are scheduled for Feb. 17 to 19. The Terra Nova is required of all ninth-graders.

Kenai River Sportfishing Association to award $28,000 in scholarships
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association recently announced the establishment of two scholarship programs aimed providing full-tuition scholarships for students pursuing studies in biology, fisheries management and other conservation-related fields.

Art part of everyday life at charter school
JUNEAU Students at Juneau Community Charter School sat in a semicircle as art specialist Dianne Anderson showed them a reproduction of Van Gogh's ''Starry Night.''

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The Caribou Crafters Club starts its second session Tuesday. The club meets from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and is open to students in fourth through sixth grades.

Kenai Central High
The Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday.

Lessons well in hand
Students mill around the classroom, paper, pencil and Palm Pilot in hand, chatting with classmates and testing their response time on a game on their handheld computers.

Skyview High
Skyview will host the annual Skyview Invite wrestling tournament this Saturday.

North Star Elementary
Congratulations to North Star's 2004 geography bee champion, Ari Bennett.

Cook Inlet Academy
Drivers are reminded that CIA needs to maintain emergency access to all parts of the school buildings at all times. It is required that clear access is available completely around each building.

Redoubt Elementary
Report cards will be sent home today.

Wings Christian Academy
Wings Christian Academy is proud to have a cheerleading squad this year. The cheerleaders are Leah Howell, Cassie Sutton, Elisabeth Wood, Lindsay Thompson, Melissa Newton, Rebekah Wood and Alisha Thompson. Mrs. Thompson is the cheerleading coach. Special thanks to Mellie Cronce and Mrs. Howell for making and decorating the girls' uniforms.

Soldotna Elementary
The Fred Meyer Foundation has awarded the Soldotna Elementary Title I program a community grant to help with the after-school reading program.

Tustumena Elementary
The following students participated in the school spelling bee Thursday: fourth-graders Jared Duncan, Phoebe Napolitano, Keana Gauss, Joe Saunders and Elizabeth Schoessler; fifth-graders Dallin Carlson, Jason Johnson, Brittany Russell, Cassie Sheridan and John Stenglein; and sixth-graders Kaile Duncan, Ryan McMaster, Sarah Mallette, Emily Culhane, Kris Klunder, Shayna Mullins, Serena Marquis, Cameron Harvey, Chris Closson and Derek Pace.

Science emporium gives students a look at college
FAIRBANKS (AP) A pair of forks with wires extending from their ends was the centerpiece of the ''electrifying glowing pickle'' display at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Accidents drop with graduated licenses
WAUSAU, Wis. The number of crashes involving 16-year-old drivers and related fatalities dropped significantly in Wiscon-sin after the state placed new restrictions on beginning drivers, an Associated Press review found.

Mountain View Elementary
Congratulations to all the participants in the 16th annual National Geographic Bee. Competitions were held in the fourth- and fifth-grade classes to determine who would represent the class at the schoolwide bee.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Driver rehab tells seniors when it's time to turn in keys
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. In six decades of driving fire engines and other vehicles, Richard Blanchard never had an accident.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Lucky 13: Detroit ties team record
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups scored 18 points to help Detroit beat the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 85-77 Monday for their franchise record-tying 13th straight win.

UConn hands Pitt first loss of season
HARTFORD, Conn. Denham Brown scored 20 points to lead fourth-ranked Connecticut to a 68-65 victory over No. 8 Pittsburgh on Monday night, leaving three unbeaten teams in Division I.

Williams opens with victory
MELBOURNE, Australia Venus Williams is ready to make up for lost time.

Two-week break great for coaches to plan, networks to hype big game
Bill Belichick is pleased his New England Patriots have two weeks to prepare for the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. Even though he won a title two years ago with a short break.

Roddick, Agassi win Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia Top-ranked Andy Roddick and defending champion Andre Agassi breezed into the third round of the Australian Open by winning in straight sets Wednesday over Czech rivals.

Pacers snap Detroit's win streak
INDIANAPOLIS The best team in the Eastern Conference kept the Detroit Pistons from establishing two historical bests.

Canadiens thump Flyers in Philly
PHILADELPHIA Jose Theodore made 22 saves, and Richard Zednik scored two power-play goals to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Blues prevail in OT
SUNRISE, Fla. Pavol Demitra's second goal of the game 48 seconds into overtime gave the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Kenai cagers edge Bulldogs
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team faced off against the Nikiski Bulldogs for yet another gritty game Tuesday, and the Kardinals won the nonregion affair 39-35 at Kenai.

Patriots, Panthers put team ahead of egos
Even ardent football fans would have trouble naming more than five players between the two Super Bowl teams.

Common thread: Teams' role players play great defense
FOXBORO, Mass. Just who is Jarvis Green? And how did he get three sacks for New England in its 24-14 victory over Indianapolis in the AFC title game?

Wildcats take Vols 69-68
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Chuck Hayes scored off his own miss with 3:49 left in overtime to lead ninth-ranked Kentucky to a 69-68 victory Tuesday night over Tennessee.

16 players settle before arbitration; Sasaki won't return
NEW YORK Seattle pitcher Joel Pineiro got a $14.5 million, three-year deal and Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee agreed to a $6.9 million, one-year contract Monday as 16 players settled with their teams a day before the annual exchange of salary arbitration figures.

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