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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Mets back in Delgado hunt; Clark to D-Backs, Aurilia to Reds
NEW YORK — The New York Mets were back in the bidding for Carlos Delgado on Monday, competing with Florida and Baltimore to sign the free-agent first baseman.

Trails volunteers leaving their mark
Thank you to the Tsalteshi Trails Association volunteers for hosting the Besh Cup cross country ski races. The races were a spectacular success, great snow and more than 250 competitors from kids to seniors. Without the volunteers, it would not happen.

Safe Kids safety event reaches many
Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids for the Central Peninsula Area and Central Peninsula General Hospital hosted the sixth annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event Jan. 8 at Soldotna Middle School.

Hometown support appreciated by National Guard troops
During a morning formation on Dec. 19, 2004, our company commander read the following letter that accompanied gifts of 150 Wave Leatherman tools for each soldier in our company. Each were engraved beautifully "Alaska Supports You."

Reporter's column earns applause
Layton Ehmke receives my nomination for the Purple Heart for writing an article (Clarion, Jan. 23) that tells what is wrong with this country and the crazies in Hollywood who are making such trash that is being shown on cable, dish and regular TV.

Soldotna
Hi, neighbors. The Spenard Builders Supply weekly quote is, "Mentors changing the future one youth at a time."

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Have you noticed we have a lot more light at the end of our days than we had a month ago?

Nikiski
Good morning. Words from a bright man: "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not upon your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." — Charles Dickens

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. As I watched the inauguration of President Bush, I was reminded anew of my responsibility toward him.

Kasilof
Greetings from beautiful downtown Kasilof. For most of us, there usually aren't enough hours in the day. But you might want to make time for some of the great things there are to do this weekend on the Kenai Peninsula.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Bob Oakes said the ice at the rink next to Sterling Elementary School is great, except for along the edge of the northwest side where it is a bit thin.

Cooper Landing
Hi, neighbors. A new map of the Sterling Highway project from Mile 45 to Mile 58 received from HDR Alaska Inc. will be on display during the Cooper Landing Community Club meeting at the community hall Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

Second newspaper hits Gustavus streets
The first issue of The Fairweather Reporter, published by retired state employee Carolyn Edelman, showed up in kiosks this month. The February issue is about to go to print.

Accident traps passenger, blocks Kenai intersection
According to Kenai police, Amanda Westerfield of Kenai, driving a 1988 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on the Kenai Spur Highway, pulled into the left turning lane on the Spur Highway at its intersection with Bridge Access Road and Main Street Loop. Westerfield had a green light, but not a green arrow, so she was required to yield to oncoming traffic in turning onto Main Street Loop.

School budget gets A for effort
A preliminary schools' budget under discussion at a round of public hearings on the Kenai Peninsula this week could require spending as much as $1.7 million from the district's savings to bring it into balance, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's chief financial officer said Monday in Homer.

Alaska may court teachers
Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has proposed a bill that would provide financial incentives to new-hire teachers by repaying education loans in an effort to fill a shortage in elementary and secondary Alaska schools.

Picking dog-gone good racers
Dogs are an integral component of sled dog racing, but what may not be so obvious is how much goes in to selecting the 14 dogs with which mushers choose to start a race.

Picture perfect
The 2005 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster contest winner's participation in this year's Peninsula Winter Games is turning out to be less risky than her experience last year.

Experience reigns with chamber president
Longtime resident of Soldotna and member of its chamber of commerce Sammie Cole relishes the friends she has made throughout the years and her involvement with the Soldotna chamber, she said.

Expert raises sanity issue
A defense expert psychologist witness testified Tuesday that David Forster was delusional and displaying psychotic behavior when he waived his rights to remain silent and to be represented by an attorney after allegedly murdering Kenai Police Officer John Watson 13 months ago.

Michelle Maheras
Soldotna resident Michelle Maheras died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at her home. She was 42.

Roland Rollie Henry Duyck
Former Soldotna resident Roland "Rollie" Henry Duyck died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Ore. He was 69.

Yukiko O. 'Miko' Rosko
Kenai resident Yukiko O. "Miko" Rosko died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005 in Kenai. She was 69.

Orvetta Louise (Betty) Miller
Longtime Anchorage resident Orvetta L. (Betty) Miller died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of congestive heart failure, with her family by her side. She was 82.

Informed debate, not sloganism, urged in oil tax talks
As political rhetoric goes, "Stick it to the oil companies" and "Let's get our fair share" rank right up there with the often uninformed, knee-jerk calls of "Don't touch my dividend" and "Don't raid the fund." They all hold lots of emotion, but a little inquiry sometimes can show that those screaming the loudest often know the least and haven't done much to educate themselves.

What others say
Terror wrong by whatever name Death offers chance at reflection in China

Voices of Alaska: Clarifying control issue
The basis of ADFG's predator control programs is to rebuild moose and caribou populations that have declined significantly, not to repeat research projects. ADFG has done intensive research on predator-prey relationships in several areas of Alaska over the past 30 years. We are now using that knowledge to conduct predator management programs in five areas of Alaska. These five predator management programs, occurring on less than six percent of the state's total land mass, are based on solid science.

Around the Peninsula
JA seeking volunteers Quilt guild to meet Reading carnival planned Wine, auction fund-raiser set Women's ski races slated

Around the Peninsula
Spaghetti dinner slated in Old Town ICAN to meet Hempstead to speak at PSDRA Beekeepers meeting set Public comment sought

Reads
Congratulations to this week's super students. Kindergartner, Adaya Pollock, has done well writing in her journal. First grader James Butler has done well participating in class and exhibiting good study habits; second-grader, Maurie Knowlton has had a positive attitude while completing her January Book It goal.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Cramer's third-grade class will have Penguin Day on Friday for the reading unit. Students will wear black and white, snacks will be served all black or white, and have black and white activities.

Kenai Montessori School
This is the last week of studying Australia. Students have been learning about the many different animals unique to the continent as well as singing several Australian folk songs. Mike Morgan has taught the students several new songs this month including the popular Australian song "Waltzing Matilda."

Chapman School
Friday the Chapman Student Council hosted the annual Junio. High Nightly under the direction of Mrs. Wright. Students enjoyed basketball, pizza, movies, trivia and music.

Nikiski North Star
The sixth-graders have been invited to bring their guitars to practice in music class for the next three weeks. They will learn the C, G, D and A7 chords. Students without guitars may use the two school guitars or the autoharps.

Cook Inlet Academy
Students need hats, gloves, mittens, boots and snow pants every day.

Kaleidoscope
"Initiative" is the life skill this week: to do something, of one's own free will, because it needs to be done. The submission deadline is March 15. A lottery will be held April 12.

Connections
The end of semester activity is tubing at Solid Rock tomorrow from1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

Wings Christian Academy
Tommy Eide and Jesse Puletau were awarded the office of the week award last week.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyu'tanen Head Start
The Whales and Salmon will learn about space, stars and aurora borealis. They will practice Dena'ina dances and songs. They will use puppets to role-play problem solving.

Tustumena Elementary
Students in good standing with the Lynx Tracks program will travel to the Soldotna Sports Center today or Thursday for ice skating. Written permission is required with a fee of $3, paid prior to attending.

Kalifornsky Beach
Mr. Daniels, Mrs. McBee and Mrs. George's classes put on an Inaugural ball for family and friends Thursday. There were 43 presidents represented, nine patriotic songs, the Virginia Reel dance, and refreshments made by the students.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to Megan Herrick, Michael Alvey, Hannah Pothast. Michaela Suave, Haley Cunningham, Jessica Lester, Joelle Wearly, Bree Mucha, Dillon Briggs, John Gomez, Sean Endsley. These srudents are recognized for their encouragement of fellow students and kind in words and deeds.

Soldotna Middle
Participants in this year's Battle of the Books have amassed a total of 9.5 million words read. Approximately 10 students participated. Chris Michal, Leslie Meyer, Sky Lauber and Emily Culhane came out on top in the school contest and will represent SMS.

Soldotna High
Counselors will visit language arts classrooms this week to begin the registration process for the 2005-06 school year. Parents should review graduation requirements and course selection with students prior to signing registration forms.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Dr. Donna Peterson will meet with parents and community members Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in the library to gather input regarding recommendations toward the hiring of a new school administrator.

Space sparks Sterling students
Next week, Sterling Elementary teacher, Allan Miller, will go to the Space Exploration Educators conference at National Aeronautics Space Administration headquarters in Houston, Texas to expand a network of those who teach the science of space. Miller's class has seen success working with NASA due to the connections Miller made while interviewing and testing to become an astronaut.

Ninilchik
High school basketball teams travel to Lumen on Feb. 5. Junior varsity boys will play Aquasuk in Ninilchik at 4 p.m.

Kenai Peninsula College: Around campus
Kenai Peninsula College will host Driftwood, Dr. Barbara Christian's project more than a decade. Driftwood is KPC's venue for local literary works and has been published approximately every two years since1989.

Redoubt Elementary
Second quarter report cards were sent home Monday.

Scholarship opportunities
Vicki Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship Full-year tuition waiver from Alaska Vocational Technical Center and a full-year tuition waiver from Kenai Peninsula College

Soldotna Montessori School
Mrs. Overturf's kindergarten class and Mrs. Sotelo's fourth- to sixth-grade classes are collaborating on a Valentine's Day fund- raiser to be held Feb. 6 and 7. The students, teachers and parent volunteers will assemble and package dry brownie mixes sold by the students.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

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

Sumo purists wrestle with big problem
TOKYO — Japan is slowly losing its grip on its national sport.

Williams, Sharapova advance to semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams shrugged off the searing heat and beat second-ranked Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday to set up a semifinal showdown against Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open.

NHL talks to resume
NEW YORK — The NHL and the players' association will resume talks this week in a bid to save the season — and they'll meet yet again without commissioner Gary Bettman or union head Bob Goodenow.

Roethlisberger makes Brady look good
As Tom Brady prepares for his third Super Bowl and Ben Roethlisberger heads home, Big Ben's playoff struggles only accentuate how remarkable Brady's 8-0 postseason record is.

Philly fans still cheering
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson had 45 points and 11 assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-98 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Sports Briefs
Olson donates $1 million for cancer research

Suns burn Knicks with 16 3-pointers
NEW YORK — Quentin Richardson made seven of Phoenix's 16 3-pointers, Jim Jackson added five shots from behind the arc and the Suns had their highest point total of the season in a 133-118 victory Tuesday night over the New York Knicks.

NHL talks to resume in hopes of saving season
NEW YORK — The NHL won't be bringing a new proposal to the next round of discussions with the players' association, even though time is clearly running out to save the hockey season.

An American booter in London
LONDON — He is a long way from Green Bay, Wis., where he played high school soccer, just another sport thrown into the mix with basketball and track and field.

Unbeaten Illini end Badgers' home streak
MADISON, Wis. — Luther Head scored 18 points and top-ranked Illinois ended Wisconsin's 38-game home winning streak, the nation's longest, with a 75-65 victory Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Feltman fastest at snowmachine drag races Delgado accepts $52 million deal with Marlins

Davenport into quarterfinals after tough win
MELBOURNE, Australia — Lindsay Davenport overcame determined local hope Alicia Molik 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 on Wednesday to reach the Australian Open semifinals for the first time in four seasons.

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