Thursday, January 27, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Government contracting workshops planned KEDS to hold public hearing Nikiski chamber awards to be held CPHC elects new officers Homer chamber awards mixer set

Caffeine keeps business humming
While many retail businesses close down for the winter, there are some that keep humming all year.

Art Briefs
Talent show seeking acts Quilting entries wanted Made in Alaska workshop scheduled Students invited to enter contest Writers conference slatedSummer arts camp takes registrations

Born to bead
FAIRBANKS — Ann Goessel looks at her glass beads as rich paints and the felt or moose hide she sews them on as her canvas.

'Aviator' up against 'Baby' at Oscars
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif — Martin Scorsese may finally be positioned for Academy Awards glory, but his Howard Hughes epic ''The Aviator'' will have to duke it out with Clint Eastwood's boxing drama.

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

From the bookshelf: Disabled man's life told with love, candor
Many Alaska homesteaders have been profiled in print, but "Onward, Crispy Shoulders!" stands apart. This humble little book chronicles the life of Jim Haakenson as told by his sister, Mary Haakenson Perry. Jim had Down syndrome but, with the aid of his loving family and supportive small town, led a happy and, by any but the most cynical standards, successful life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Help is on the way
It's been said that planning for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race begins the day after the previous year's race because of the amount of work involved.

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.

Fish board makes changes
Depending on who you asked Wednesday evening, changes passed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in Anchorage on Cook Inlet management plans were either a step in the right direction or a stumble backward.

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.

Counterfeit bills found in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Merchants are being warned to examine closely any big bills they receive because counterfeit money is circulating in Fairbanks.

Hearing ends in Forster case; ruling expected by mid-April
A Kenai court hearing to determine whether evidence in the David Forster murder trial should be suppressed, concluded Wednesday afternoon and a ruling on the admissibility is expected to be made by mid-April.

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.

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

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

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

Border-crossing illegals easily could be terrorists
Alaska's vulnerability to terrorism in these tumultuous times was underscored earlier this month when a state trooper during a routine traffic stop just outside Anchorage discovered five Mexicans illegally in the United States.

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.

Snow berm blocks police chief's view, collision follows
The Soldotna police chief was involved in a two-vehicle accident on the Kenai Spur Highway near Knight Drive on Monday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Around the Peninsula
Hazard trees presentation slated KPBA schedule meeting Healing Touch classes available Rodeo association to meet Indoor soccer leagues forming

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Redoubt Elementary
Second quarter report cards were sent home Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Lewis sentenced to four months in prison

Is there a doctor in the house who will tell T.O. 'No?'
And so while it was uplifting to hear Terrell Owens say, ''Spiritually, God is healing me and I'm way ahead of where a lot of people expect me to be,'' it's a good thing he bothered to get a second opinion. Even if it wasn't the one he wanted, it was the one Owens needed.

Waldorf in crowd atop Hope Classic leaderboard
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Duffy Waldorf rolled in eight birdie putts, didn't make a bogey and still had lots of company atop the leaderboard.

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.

Mellowed Spielman prepares for coaching
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Spielman was known for his ferocity during an 11-year NFL career. As an All-American at Ohio State, he said his goal was to see a ball carrier's eyes roll back in his head.

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

Terrapins take down Duke
DURHAM, N.C. — Maryland coach Gary Williams brought in a few experts before facing second-ranked Duke.

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.

LeBron nets 27 on injured ankle
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 27 points with a career-high 15 assists and nine rebounds, finishing in pain on a sprained left ankle to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 victory Wednesday night over the shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies.

Williams beats Sharapova
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams finally beat Maria Sharapova in a big match, saving three match points and defeating the Wimbledon champion 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 Thursday in the Australian Open semifinals.

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