Thursday, January 29, 2004

E-mail inbox trauma: New tools fail to combat unwanted spam
NEW YORK Software makers have spent millions of dollars developing new tools for battling spam, and a federal anti-spam law went into effect Jan. 1.

Halibut board ups catch limit
JUNEAU (AP) Southeast Alaska halibut fishers can look forward to higher catch limits and a longer fishing season in 2004.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleJob Shadow hosts wantedSoldotna chamber to hold annual awards receptionNikiski council to hold officer electionsPeninsula Winter Games bags for sale

Cell phone provider switch has users calling deal off
A number of wireless phone customers in the Kenai area whose service provider was switched from AT&T to Cellular One in November, have been receiving unusually high bills, some as much as triple the previous rate, but the company is making things good.

Report profiles Alaska Marine Highway travelers
KETCHIKAN (AP) Visitors who traveled aboard state ferries last summer were less well-heeled than their cruise and air visitor counterparts, according to a tourism survey.

Eloquent travelers pen memorable essays
Most travel books about Alaska are written as introductory material for tourists. In contrast, "Travelers' Tales Alaska: True Stories" is an advanced course with plenty to entertain and teach any reader.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Tenor takes on Schubert's despair
IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES, England David Pisaro has lost his bearings. Appropriately enough.

Art Briefs
Juried show open for entryCommunity choir holds rehearsalsPratt Museum closed for maintenanceKids' art classes offeredArt guild to meetPainting group to meetTalent show applications availableWriting submissions accepted for annual eventLogo design contest announcedStudents' stories, photos wantedSexual assault awareness writing contest held

Company offers slices of 1950s Elvis recording to fans
NEW YORK (AP) A New Jersey company is offering Elvis Presley fans a chance to buy what it says is a slice of history.

World-class performers bring music to hometown settings
A German, a Russian and a New Yorker walk into a room ... .

Girl Scouts say thanks to those who give time, money, support
Girl Scout Troop No. 50 would like to thank the generous people of Kenai for their support of our troop this year. Thanks go to Susan Akaran and to Dr. McCartan for the time they spent teaching us useful information and new skills and to Unocal Alaska for its generous donation to fund the activities of our troop.

Blood bank event big success; thanks to all who participated
The Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center's donor appreciation open house was a great success thanks to many businesses and individuals who contributed goods and services for door prizes, media coverage, food and blood donations.

Donations provide dinner, clothes, toys for 65 families
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals, families, organizations and businesses that helped make our 2003 Christmas Drive a success.

Actions speak louder than words; governor's plan benefits wealthy
In his Jan. 4 Peninsula Clarion Voices of Alaska article Gov. Frank Murkowski claims to be interested in the future of 210,000 Alaskans under the age of 20. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth deeds speak much louder than words!

Grant helps sweeten time in after-school reading club
In many families, a very important tradition is the after-school snack, and at Soldotna Elementary a snack is a part of the transition from school to reading club. The students in the after-school reading club look forward to the snack, and it is an important factor in their continuing to learn after school.

Gun control laws save lives, don't keep hunters from obtaining guns
I'm tired of people accusing gun control advocates of being opposed to all guns, including those used by hunters.

Gun law only hurts citizens who enjoy shooting, collecting
I would ask Mrs. Dean: please define assault weapon for me. This misused, misunderstood term, dreamed up by the liberal news media, strikes fear in the heart of most ignorant members of the public. People fear that which they do not understand. Guns are no exception.

Community support appreciated for renaming softball park complex
On behalf of our committee I, once again, would like to thank the Kenai City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission for their consideration and approval of our project. In addition, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the community for your overwhelming support.

Newsmaker: Richard Petty
When Richard Petty started his racing career, the championship was given to the driver who finished the most laps. Now the sport will use a made-for-television system that puts an emphasis on the final 10 races the part of the season that goes head-to-head with the National Football League. The seven-time series champion talks about all the changes planned for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.

Newsmaker: Bob Snodgrass
Bob Snodgrass has been involved with road racing for 32 years, first serving as general manager at Brumos Racing in Jacksonville, Fla., and now as the team owner. His teams once dominated the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, but it's been 25 years since one of his cars rolled into Victory Lane. He will send two Porsche-powered Fabcars to the Daytona International Speedway this weekend in an effort to break the streak. He talked about returning Brumos Racing to the podium in sports-car racing and the state of the sport itself.

Points system divides circuit
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The creation of a 10-race ''Chase for the Championship'' has created a division on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit. On one side are the fans, drivers and car owners. On the other are television and the racetracks.

NASCAR officials will signal with hands
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. NASCAR said it plans to use hand signals in the same manner as football, basketball and hockey referees for some of the common violations on pit road.

This week: Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
WHO: Grand American Road Racing Series.

24 Hours could signal resurgence
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Every time Roger Edmondson is asked what he will say if another GT-class car wins the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on Sunday, his tone instantly turns confident and powerful.

Bill Elliott is doing what many older drivers wish they could do. He is leaving on his own terms.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. There are a lot of empty squares on Bill Elliott's calendar during the first three months of the racing season.

Prank calls considered form of harassment
Almost everyone has experienced a prank phone call at some point, whether on the giving or receiving end.

School budget woes worsen
Despite rumors floating around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the school board on Monday night will not consider consolidating or closing any area schools, the district announced Wednesday.

Bill targets DNR's powers
A bill introduced Friday in the Alaska House of Representatives would repeal the power of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to waive local land-use ordinances when considering shallow natural gas development leases.

Kenai Peninsula not alone in facing financial problems
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced this week that its budget may be in worse shape than previously expected. But it's not the only district in the state feeling the strain of tight financial times.

Group starts effort to recall governor
A loose-knit group of dissatisfied Alaskans launched a Web-based effort Tuesday to remove Gov. Frank Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Loren Leman from office, hoping eventually to secure enough signatures to put a recall measure on the fall ballot.

Ballot issue topic at chamber
On March 8, Kenai Peninsula voters will begin receiving ballots in the mail asking whether they favor the Kenai Peninsula Borough directly funding a wide range of school district programs ranging from band to basketball.

Mary O'Halloran
Kenai resident Mary O'Halloran died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 58.

Q & A on State of the State
Editor's Note: The following was prepared by Gov. Frank Murkowski's office in response to questions received following the governor's State of the State address on Jan. 13. This is the third in a series of questions and answers that will be printed this week.

Q & A on State of the State
Editor's Note: The following was prepared by Gov. Frank Murkowski's office in response to questions received following the governor's State of the State address on Jan. 13. This is the last in a series of questions and answers that will be printed this week.

Time to cap dividends and use fund earnings to help pay for services
We find it difficult to believe that some legislators are questioning whether the permanent fund should be used for the purpose for which it was established.

Conference of Alaskans will provide opportunity for state to move ahead What others say
Gov. Frank Murkowski has taken a step important for Alaska: His decision to create a broad panel to consider how, or whether, the Alaska Permanent Fund should help pay the cost of state government.

Around the Peninsula
Parents support group to meet Food handlers class planned li> WRCC board meeting slated Peninsula Winter Games sets schedule Hospice seeking donations

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board meeting setCharter school info to be discussedBuilders association to meetSportfishing group to discuss its futureKDLL elections slatedSoHi to host dance showSubsistence management accepting nominationsWinter fun day plannedSocial Security reps to visit area

The Analytical Writing Assessment will be offered at the Connections computer lab. Families should call 262-6315 to schedule a test time.

High-tech degree doesn't guarantee jobs for graduating college seniors
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) Eager to ride the high-tech tide, Andrew Zhou double-majored in computer science and finance when he arrived at Rutgers University in 2000.

Mass choir to practice, perform next week
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District mass choir will practice Monday and Tuesday at Kenai Central High School.

Wings Christian Academy
Students in the Lower Learning Center had an exciting trip to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward earlier this week.

English professor to have multicultural literary work published
Kenai Peninsula College is fortunate to have a talented slate of faculty members it has on staff. These professionals do much more than just prepare for and teach the classes they deliver to their students. Not only are KPC faculty members asked to perform a number of jobs not directly related to their teaching duties, such as serving on campus committees and acting as advisers to students, they also are encouraged to do outside work in their fields.

Soldotna Elementary
Linnea Powers was the winner of the Soldotna Elementary geography bee, with Eddy Seguin as the runner-up.

Kalifonsky Christian
The students enjoyed participating in Spiritual Life week. They now are getting back into their usual schedule.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary students will attend a performance by the Alaska Junior Theater next month.

Project Roadrunner: Businesses team up to help area school
Two area businesses have partnered with Redoubt Elementary School to help provide support for educational endeavors.

Redoubt Elementary
Bingo for Books will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Redoubt students, staff, and their families are invited. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Book donations would be appreciated and can be dropped off at the school office.

Strong academics help ease path to college for home-schooled students
Home-schooling advocate Karl Bunday used to get a lot of blank looks when he visited college fairs in his native Minne-sota and pitched the virtues of students educated around the kitchen table.

Nikiski Elementary
Ms. Morrow, Ms. McCubbins, Mr. Wingbigler and Ms. Jones will represent Nikiski Elementary at the Peninsula Reading Carnival on Saturday with a literacy booth focusing on storytelling.

Frosty fun: Students fish for lessons
Students at several Kenai Peninsula elementary schools got a chance to see yet another stage in the life cycle of salmon last week.

Kenai Middle
The student council will sponsor a KMS Family Night from 5:30 to 7 Feb. 5.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Family Night is Monday.

Kenai Central High
There will be a pep assembly to recognize the wrestling and hockey teams at 1:40 p.m. today.

Skyview High
Skyview will host an informational meeting to discuss the possibility of a new charter high school at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library. All central peninsula parents and community members are invited to attend. For more information, contact John Pothast at 262-7675.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Representatives from University of Alaska Southeast and University of Idaho will visit Nikiski High School on Feb. 12. Juniors and seniors who are interested in attending these schools, as well as their parents, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call the counseling office at 776-3456.

Soldotna Middle
SMS is in need of a refrigerator for the student snack bar and for the parent-teacher-student association. If anyone has one they are willing to donate, call Marti Shirley at 262-4344.

Students take state exams
Students in grades five, seven and nine at area public schools are taking the Analytical Writing Assessment this week through Feb. 6.

Mountain View Elementary
Thanks to Patti Berkhahn and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for an excellent ice fishing experience.

Cook Inlet Academy
The drama class is selling sub sandwiches, chips and cookies for the next two Fridays. The cost is $4, and the proceeds will be used to offset expenses for the upcoming drama trip to Oregon.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
First-graders finished their machines unit by editing their books. They will share these with parents at conferences. The students also set writing goals for their next unit, which will be on transportation.

Soldotna High
Saturday school and after school tutoring (Tuesdays and Thurs-days) are available to all students. Both are opportunities for students needing extra help with schoolwork and preparing for the Terra Nova and High School Graduation Qualifying exams, scheduled for Feb. 17 to 19.

Grace Lutheran
In Christlight class, students are learning about a woman named Rahab.

Tustumena Elementary
Intramural cross-country skiing began this week for students in grades three through six.

Media day stranger than usual
HOUSTON Super Bowl media days don't come any stranger than this and players hardly cared a whit.

Late flurry lifts Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. Maxim Afinogenov scored to spark a three-goal third period that lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Frank gets win in debut
PHILADELPHIA Richard Jefferson and the New Jersey Nets made Lawrence Frank's first game as interim coach a success.

Sports Briefs
Sno-cross motors into Twin City RacewaySilver Salmon host Snowball InvitationalStrausbaughs, Berkhahn win at BradfordTour of Anchorage set for March 7

Elder explodes for 36 as Tech drops Tigers
ATLANTA B.J. Elder scored a career-high 36 points to lead No. 14 Georgia Tech to a 76-69 victory over Clemson on Tuesday night, hardly resembling the guy who was shooting less than 31 percent in Atlantic Coast Conference games.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
The Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll as compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, with first-place votes in parenthesis, record and total points awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Bullet Bob Hayes gets his last, best chance
HOUSTON The penalty, fair or not, has been served. Bob Hayes didn't live long enough to witness a vote that could finally put him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Chaney nets career win No. 700
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple's double-digit lead was slipping away and John Chaney was cussing in the huddle when David Hawkins quieted his tempestuous coach.

Celtics coach O'Brien quits
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Jim O'Brien quit as coach of the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, after half a season under new boss Danny Ainge.

Louisville rolls over Houston without Pitino
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Louisville didn't miss Rick Pitino in its first game without its ailing coach.

Clijsters hurts ankle in victory
MELBOURNE, Australia Kim Clijsters aggravated an ankle injury in her Australian Open quarterfinal victory over Anastasia Myskina on Wednesday, leaving the second-seeded Belgian star questionable for the semifinals.

Pacers snap skid with win over Suns
INDIANAPOLIS Al Harrington had 24 points and six rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 101-79 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Pitino could be back on bench by weekend
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino might miss only one game after treatment for an undisclosed condition that has caused him pain for months.

Caps knock out Lindros, Rangers
NEW YORK Olaf Kolzig made 32 saves Wednesday night and the Washington Capitals held on for a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, who lost Eric Lindros to another concussion.

Winter X Games shine under bright lights
ASPEN, Colo. Lights, camera, action sports.

One Super play can define a career
HOUSTON One throw, one catch, one miss, one premature touchdown celebration. In the biggest game of the season, one play can overshadow everything.

Nikiski boys cagers get revenge on Skyview
Jeremiah Taylor poured in 34 points as the Nikiski boys basketball team avenged an earlier season loss to Skyview Tuesday in nonconference action at Skyview.

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