Thursday, February 3, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules KEDS to hold public hearing Tesoro donates money

Work far from done
Jon Faulkner believes his business interests can have a hand in preserving pieces of history.

Leading 5 Soul Train nods go to Usher
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Usher collected a leading five nominations Tuesday for the annual Soul Train Music Awards.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Quilting entries wanted Made in Alaska workshop scheduled Art classes for kids offered Alaska women sought for TV show Students invited to enter contest Writers conference slated Summer arts camp takes registrations

Broadway playwright, Hollywood screenwriter tries again
LONDON — Like many aspiring novelists, author William Nicholson once looked down on TV and movie screenwriters as wannabe artists, people who did such work because they couldn't really write.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Anchorage events

Twice the comedy
If the comedians can't make you forget it's still the dead of winter in Alaska, maybe the hypnotist can.

Flanders — highly valued 'Simpsons' member
NEW YORK — Good heavens! Ned Flanders has come into his own. A zealous instrument of God, Ned has long been instrumental to ''The Simpsons'' as it lampoons organized religion (that is, when not mocking virtually every other human institution, from business to democracy to its own TV network).

In Mesner's world, puppets rock
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Paul Mesner romps around his studio in shorts and tennis shoes, pointing out the special mouth hinges and weighted eye balls that go into making the perfect puppet.

From the bookshelf: Printed plea for ANWR skirts the issues
This could be the year Congress authorizes oil exploration on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain. Meanwhile, controversy on the subject rages.

State could save millions by not building road to Juneau
Let us say, here and now, that saving millions is a wonderful thing. I for one believe it would be a first, if it really turned out to be true.

Student's stance on KCHS graduation deserves support
As a graduate of Kenai Central High School (class of '79), I would like to commend the writer of the Jan. 31 letter to the editor in the Peninsula Clarion. For this young person to stand up for what she believes in means only one thing — that Kenai Central High School is still putting out top senior graduates.

State agencies do more harm than good to children
It is time to resort to suing the state of Alaska and all of it's government representatives and agents. How much blood do we have to give before they are satisfied?

Area gas prices out of whack; legal action should be taken
Is there a good class action tort lawyer on the Peninsula? If so, there is a bundle of money just sitting out there waiting for that hungry hard hitting lawyer. The Alaska Attorney General's office assures me there is nothing they can do for our problem. The price gouged gasoline-buying citizens of the Peninsula need better sharks than the local gasoline distributors.

Volunteer mentors from around peninsula help area students
The Aspirations Advocate Program is celebrating its fourth year in high schools and middle schools around the Kenai Peninsula.

School funding issue too important to ignore
As a member of this community, I am writing to express my concerns about the inadequate state funding for Alaskan schools and the effect it is having on our local district and ultimately all of our children.

Construction labor shortage expected to only get worse
Brought on by the field's growth and an aging work force, thousands of jobs in Alaska's construction industry could go unfilled — or be filled with untrained or inexperienced workers — over the next eight years.

Bed tax receives mixed reviews
An ordinance that proposes to ask voters next fall whether the borough should impose an 8-percent bed tax on hotel and motel rooms got a mixed review from the few who testified at the measure's introduction by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday in Soldotna.

LeeShore worker retires after 22-year relationship
When June Harris saw an article in the Peninsula Clarion 20 years ago about a group of Kenai people hoping to build a shelter for women in trouble, she liked the idea.

Alaska to join slavery fight
Each year, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children around the world are spirited across international borders and into involuntary servitude and sexual slavery.

Caught in the act
Seth Hallstead catches a pass from Justin Monette on the bluff in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Elections bill passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to give local governments the option to avoid special elections on voter initiatives.

Skiing permit sparks lawsuit
Three environmental groups, along with several private citizens from Moose Pass, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal district court challenging a U.S. Forest Service permit that would expand the area available to heli-skiing in the Chugach National Forest.

Small boy faces big odds
Two-year-old Landon Rogers of Kenai has a mighty big spirit but without further specialized help, his tired and diminutive body might not be able to grow big enough to accommodate it.

CPGH tries new angle
Therapists interacting with patients, people being greeted by a volunteer as they enter the hospital and a child with a toy stethoscope listening to a stuffed bear's heart — a hospital is not the only place to witness such scenes.

Dorothy E. Israel
Soldotna resident Dorothy E. Israel died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 43.

Henry 'Hank' Brooner
Soldotna resident Henry "Hank" Brooner died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage after a brief bout with cancer. He was 49.

Velma Ruth Edens
Longtime Homer resident Velma Ruth Edens died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, from cancer at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 67.

Election proves democracy can work in Mideast
Ink-stained index fingers put their mark on history Sunday. Despite the ever-present threat of violence and death, Iraqis voted by the millions. Participation exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts.

Biggest step still to come for Iraqis
Upon hearing an explosion apparently caused by terrorists, a middle-aged man in Baghdad headed for a polling station, saying, ''I will challenge the criminals.'' In Mosul in the northern part of Iraq, a Sunni leader went to a polling station earlier than anybody else, declaring that casting a ballot was a citizen's duty, and thus moving his fellow citizens to action.

Around the Peninsula
Public comment sought Retirement set for Harris Fish and Game to meet Quilt exhibit scheduled Refuge plans winter fun day Event offers appetizing evening Historical society to meet Ferry service highlights agenda

Around the Peninsula
Gillnet fishers to meet Soroptimist gathering planned Special Olympics set meeting SoHi parents of juniors to meet Teen night set

Grace Lutheran
Congratulations to seventh-grader Ryan Burow for winning the school spelling bee. He will represent the school at the state spelling bee in Anchorage.

Hands-on class has helping hands
Sherri Baktuit, second-grade teacher at Soldotna Elementary School, has found that students respond to learning through real, personal experience and she decided to capitalize on that through a national program celebrating its 32nd year in Alaska.

Tustumena Elementary
Tustumena students will travel to Kenai Central High School on Thursday to attend the Alaska Jr. Theatre production "Sharon Katz and the Peace Train." This group has performed world-wide and features contemporary jazz-folk music. Students in grades four through six will attend the morning session and grades kindergarten through third will attend in the afternoon. Written parent permission is required.

There is a Web site available for you to see what is happening at school. Thanks to Stephani Green for her time in designing this. Visit

There are testing materials in the office but some need to be ordered now for arrival before testing.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Community members interested in the process of finding a new principal should attend a meeting with Dr. Peterson on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the library. Peterson also will take comments about this position at her e-mail address, by Feb. 11.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to Character Counts winners Audrey Forrest and Ben Gilman.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Students will participate in a safe, low-impact sport ideal for cardiovascular and total-body conditioning. Students' social skills, direction following, sportsmanship and outdoor skills will be enhanced.

Wings Christian Academy
The students have begun practicing a play titled "The Tale of Three Trees." For the time being, practices will be held on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m.

Ninilchik School
The following students earned ribbons for science fair projects:

Student seeks Alaska information
Dear Readers,

February Book It goals will be sent home Monday. Call the office for more information.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to scholarship winners Jenna Zufelt and Thomas Minelga, who each will receive $1,500 from the Vera Horwath Memorial Scholarship; and Ramsey Arneson will receive $1,000 a year for two years from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. The students thank staff member Rhonda Orth for helping to prepare scholarship applications.

Redoubt Elementary
Teachers will send home conference forms this week which should be returned as soon as possible to confirm conference dates and times.

Interior Distance Education
The winter curriculum sale is Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything is 50 percent off the marked price.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Year books are available.

Kenaitze Head Start
Head Htart will be closed Thursday as the staff will attend "The Ten Habits of Successful Couples" class. The school will be open the rest of the week.

Soldotna High
Seniors are asked to bring baby and senior pictures to Mrs. Smith in the library for the senior video.

Soldotna Middle
The spelling bee winner was Chelsea Magee and the runner-up was Jasmine Woodland. Chelsea will respresent the school at the state spelling bee in February.

Kenai Central High
The school has been raising money for tsunami victim relief through its annual Penny Drive. The final count is over $500 was collected for Red Cross relief efforts.

Mountain View Elementary
Congratulations to students who participated in the Kenai Middle School-Mountain View Talent Show. First place went to Katarina Anderson, second to Keir Johnson and third to David Dormady.

Talking smack is usually a waste of breath
Old-timers argue that running your mouth was a lot more dangerous back in the day.

Sports Briefs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Running back Emmitt Smith is expected to announce his retirement Thursday, according to several media reports.

Hockey talks set to resume
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and the players' association will hold their next round of labor talks Wednesday in yet another undisclosed location.

The Next Level
Christensen plays for Cornell women Bosick makes plays for William Woods Liebner finishes second in ski marathon

Orlando spoils LeBron's return
ORLANDO, Fla. — Steve Francis scored 30 points and tied a season high with 13 assists, and the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-102 on Tuesday night to spoil LeBron James' return.

SoHi, Seward split on court
The Seward and Soldotna basketball teams split a pair of nonconference games Tuesday at Seward.

Seward boys sink Soldotna
The host Seward boys basketball team defeated Soldotna 59-58 Tuesday night in nonconference action.

Rockets knock off 76ers 118-95
PHILADELPHIA — Tracy McGrady outperformed the NBA's leading scorer, and the Houston Rockets knocked the Philadelphia 76ers out of first place in the Atlantic Division with a 118-95 victory Wednesday night.

Sports views: NFL plays battle of the bulk
Brad Culpepper particularly remembers the Thanksgiving dinners, when he would stuff himself silly with food and then two hours later try to find a way to cram some more down his throat.

NHL's offer to players rejected as time running out on season
NEW YORK — Nearly five months into the NHL lockout, the players' association still won't accept the league's demand for a salary cap. The league says it's too late to talk about alternatives.

Illinois bombards Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Dee Brown backpedalled with his right arm held high and wrist cocked after making a 3-pointer.

Patriots' Dillon leads cast of Super Bowl retreads
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As Corey Dillon left the field after his final game as a Cincinnati Bengal, he tossed his shoulder pads, cleats and helmet into the stands at Paul Brown Stadium. It was a snapshot of the talented but tempestuous running back's seven years with one of the NFL's losingest franchises.

Owens says he will play in Super Bowl
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Terrell Owens strolled onto the field, claiming a podium near the 25-yard line. It would have been more appropriate to put him right in the middle of the field.

Demon Deacons down Blue Devils
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chris Paul scored 23 points and Wake Forest withstood a flurry of late 3-pointers to hang on for a 92-89 victory over Duke on Wednesday night.

Peninsula teams face off in North Star tourney
The Kenai Central, Soldotna and Skyview hockey teams will stage their own tournament within a tournament starting today at the North Star Conference Tournament at the Palmer Ice Rink.

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