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Thursday, February 5, 2004

Forest Oil cuts back at Redoubt Shoal
ANCHORAGE Forest Oil has re-evaluated Cook Inlet's Redoubt Shoal and reduced estimated proved reserves by 49 million barrels to just 8 million barrels.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleJob Shadow hosts wantedSoldotna chamber to hold annual awards receptionGovernment contracting workshop scheduled

Trident closing Chignik plant
KODIAK (AP) Seattle-based Trident Seafoods is closing its Chignik salmon-processing plant, leaving a five-village community with one processor for the 2004 salmon season.

Oregon gov says painful cuts inevitable
SALEM, Ore. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski directed state agencies Wednesday to seek ways to protect vital services after voters rejected an $800 million tax increase. He said painful spending cuts are inevitable.

Seafood marketing tax faces criticism
JUNEAU (AP) Bering Sea fishers say a Senate bill subjecting them to a marketing tax would constitute taxation without representation.

Tourism industry projects increase in Juneau cruise ship visitors
JUNEAU (AP) The number of cruise ship passengers visiting Juneau is expected to grow this year, according to the president of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Scientist sounds alarms about salmon's future
Imagine Alaska without salmon. Not a pleasant thought, is it? Yet other parts of the world where teeming runs of salmon once filled rivers have lost these valued and common fish.

Master of the legal thriller, John Grisham returns with 'The Last Juror'
NEW YORK Year after year, for more than a decade, John Grisham has been writing best sellers that bring criticism from both readers and critics alike.

Art Briefs
Painting group to meetArt guild to meetCommunity choir holds rehearsalsTalent show applications availableWriting submissions acceptedLogo design contest announcedStudents' stories, photos wantedAssault awareness writing contest heldStatewide poetry contest announced

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Marilyn Monroe shown at ease, happy in Berlin photography exhibit
BERLIN A new exhibit of Marilyn Monroe photos, many previously unpublished, show the actress in some of her happiest, most off-guard moments cuddling with playwright Arthur Miller, shopping in New York City, splashing at the beach.

Artist takes old-fashioned look at state fair memories
There is very little that better defines a rural community than its county fair a traditional end-of-summer celebration of the life the land has provided to those who work and play on it.

Pageantry: Jr. Miss to grace stage again
Twenty-four ambitious and hopeful young women have descended on the central Kenai Peninsula this week to vie for the title of Alaska's Junior Miss 2004.

Movie has suspense despite known ending
Nearly everyone already knows how ''Miracle'' ends, even though a generation has been born since the underdog U.S. hockey team upset the dominant Soviets during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.

Soldotna Senior Center volunteers honored for 5,429 hours of service
Soldotna Senior Center's recent Volunteer Awards Banquet honored and recognized volunteers and area businesses who dedicated 5,429 hours of service in 2003 in support of nutrition, transportation and support services for area seniors.

Auction benefits youth mission trip
I would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to the Mexicali Auction: Acapulco, Froso's, Orca, K-Beach Pizza Boys, Schucks and Soldotna Florist.

Soldotna Elks honor outstanding students with scholarships
The Soldotna Elks Scholarship Committee has completed the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student judging for the Soldotna area, which includes Skyview High School and Soldotna High School.

Percent of market value plan step toward solving budget dilemma
I am a long-time advocate for the 5 percent of market value payout because it inflation-proofs the entire permanent fund and because it makes the fund's payout policy compatible with its evolved investment strategy that includes real estate and equities rather than only the income-producing investments originally allowed.

Here's an idea for protecting state's permanent fund, balancing budget
We would like to suggest a possible option to settle the permanent fund debate: Transfer $1 billion worth of the stock investments of the permanent fund to the general fund with the requirement that no further request for draws be made from the fund for the period of five years.

Janet Jackson incident not nearly as offensive as disrespect for flag
I, like many Americans, watched the Super Bowl on Sunday. I saw the Janet Jackson incident and thought it was what it appeared to be, an accident. It did not particularly offend me.

'Faithful 4' shop till they drop to make holidays better for others
"Shop till you drop" is often a term for recreational shopping for the hard-core shoppers. However, the faithful four ladies who put together the Sears, Mountain View and Kenai Middle School Christmas Drive this year were very dedicated and hard-working shoppers.

HJR 3 provides best protection for permanent fund, dividends
It is time for the residents of Alaska to consider supporting an alternative plan strictly created by the voters for the legislators to correct the current political mess in Juneau.

Nikiski drama students give great show, plenty of memories
Our family recently attended the delightful performance of "Courage Thanks for the Memories." What a great way to spend a Saturday night.

Is community aware of homeless youths? What can be done to help?
Did you read the article in the Dispatch a few months ago about the Kenai Alternative High School? I was surprised to learn that at any given time between 15 percent and 40 percent of the students attending the school are homeless.

No-confidence vote in legislators hurts cities' chances for funds
Let's recall all the Alaska mayors who disgraced our state with their no-confidence vote of our state Legislature!

Private schools achieve more with less, could be model for all schools
Recently there have been several articles about educational funding in Alaska newspapers. As a retired Alaska educator who was involved in teacher negotiations as a NEA member, I would like to make a few comments as there seems to be some misconceptions about school funding.

Support helps spread word about Anchor River watershed issues
Community Rivers Planning Coalition and the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank the Alaska Conservation Foundation for its support of the newsletters and thereby our Community Outreach Program in the Anchor River Watershed.

Are we better off without Saddam? Ask the families of dead, wounded
Since the fall of the Baath Party and Saddam Hussein, many Americans and their politicians have posed the question in support of the Iraq war: "Aren't we better off without Saddam?"

Design of Taurus is team effort
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The development of the 2004 racing model of the Ford Taurus not only represents a collective effort, it might prove to be the blueprint for the rest of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Drivers often take to the track before graduating high school
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The next six months are important for Reed Sorenson.

Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is carrying on a family tradition at the Daytona International Speedway. Like his father, he continues to dominate races at t

Season of change ahead for NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Just about everything in NASCAR is changing this season. Then, there's Daytona.

This week: Budweiser Shootout
Where and When

1 charter passes, 1 on hold
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Edu-cation on Monday approved a five-year charter for an arts and sciences-based elementary school in Kenai and postponed action on a proposed academic high school.

Independent review reveals problems in school cost study
A study of the state's area cost differential for school funding has flaws, according to a peer review presented to a legislative committee Tuesday.

Photo feature: Going deep
Knee-deep in snow, a moose browses for food alongside Bridge Access Road recently. This winter's snowfall makes eating and getting around more difficult for wildlife.

Education committee meeting rescheduled
A meeting of the House Special Education Committee was canceled Tuesday, but area residents still will have an opportunity to weigh in on education issues this week.

Area teachers to stay with NEA
Teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District voted recently to remain affiliated with the National Education Association-Alaska.

Shallow gas lease bill hearing scheduled today
A bill that would direct the state to buy back eight shallow gas leases covering 22,000 acres on the lower Kenai Peninsula is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee at 1:30 p.m. today.

School board meeting highlights
In other action Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board:

Photo feature: Sweating it
The newest member of the Steffensen family keeps a wary eye on Wednesday's warmer temperatures. Forecasters are calling for a chance of snow today, with temperatures dropping to the single digits Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday may warm up again, though, with highs in the low 30s.

Assembly coasts through hospital appropriations, language for ballot
It was a relatively easy Tuesday night for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly as they quickly moved through a succession of public hearings on several pending appropriations measures that had long since moved beyond any controversy or question.

Budget issues monopolize district meeting
The future of school consolidations in the Kenai Peninsula Bor-ough School District remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: Mass school closures will not solve the district's $5.2 million budget problem for the 2004-05 school year.

Bernard 'Bernie' White
Longtime Kenai and Soldotna resident Bernard "Bernie" White died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from complications of surgery. He was 70.

Bernard 'Bernie' White
Longtime Kenai/Soldotna resident Bernard "Bernie" White died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, from complications of surgery at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 70.

Terror panel should get extension it requested
Opposition from the White House and congressional Republicans to granting the commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks an extension past its May deadline is unconscionable. It is nothing less than playing politics with our national security.

It's now Kerry's race to lose
WASHINGTON Even defeat is kind to Sen. John Kerry, not that the Democratic front-runner has tasted much of it in the latest round of presidential primaries and caucuses.

Democrats will have field day with deficit, congressional pork
The Congressional Budget Office says federal deficits over the next decade will total $2.4 trillion, according to The Associated Press.

Finding poison in Frist's office reminder U.S. can't let down its guard
The detection of ricin, a deadly poison, in the mailroom of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a pointed reminder that bioterrorism is a threat that cannot be discounted. Although it appears that no one has been harmed in this incident, the potential for harm is undeniable. ...

Better methods to deal with foul language than what FCC would impose
It's hard to remember the time when profanity on stage or screen could get you arrested. These days, with profanity so prevalent on cable television and in rap and rock music, it's more likely that spewing curses earns you a pile of money.

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold blood driveSoroptimists to meetOutdoors woman workshop setIndoor soccer registration deadline FridayWinter fun day plannedInternet class canceled

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski council to meet KAEYC meeting slated for Monday PFLAG schedules meeting Homer youth wrestling to begin Fish and Game advisory meeting scheduled Healthy communities meeting slated

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to Fun Buck winners for the week: Lilah Boone, Zoe Garoutte, Forrest Robinson, Colin Walrath, Lily Zufelt, James Lester, Ryan Reid, Taran Edmonson, Blake Thibodeaux, Shara Redford, Michael Hanson, Shay Harrison, Billy Haviland, Forrest Hrinkonich, Molly Nyland and Alexis Wallis.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to the sixth-grade Battle of the Books team members: Vanessa Dukowitz, Sarah Rector and Ashley Smith for winning their practice battle with West Homer Elementary this week.

Nikiski Elementary
The Nikiski club house is providing homework help and after-school activities for both North Star and Nikiski students. Call Ann Holloway at 776-4144 to sign your student up.

Soldotna Middle
Colten Jensen has been selected as the SMS Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month.

Sterling Elementary
February is "Love of Reading Month," and Sterling Elementary is kicking off the celebration. "Read with Me," the 2004 community reading challenge has begun.

Kenai Central High
Juniors, as well as a handful of other students, will participate in Job Shadow Day on Feb. 11.

Redoubt Elementary
All drivers are reminded to observe the school zone speed limit of 20 mph, stop for children at crosswalks and slow down in the school parking lots, where the speed limit is 5 mph. Local law enforcement has been asked to increase their patrol in the area. Drivers are asked to allow plenty of time to reach their destinations and to drive with extreme caution.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The National Honor Society will induct new members during an assembly at 1:55 p.m. today.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Kenai Montessori students just finished a month studying Australia. The children learned where Australia is, what kind of animals live there and about their culture from sister Montessori schools in Australia and New Zealand. In February, students will study Africa.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Teachers will conduct home visits Monday.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Today's Wednesday activity is computer games from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the IDEA office. This activity is for students in seventh grade and older. There will be no activity next Wednesday, due to testing preparations.

Honor rolls
The following students were named to the Chancellor's List for earning 4.0 grade point averages for the fall 2003 semester at Kenai Peninsula College:

Around Campus
It's no mystery to anyone that life is full of challenges. Each person faces a different set of circumstances that makes their life unique. Why is it that some people face adversity and find a way to overcome life's difficulties? The answer to that question can be found in the stories of the incredible students that walk the halls at KPC.

Report: Student behavior similar in cities, suburbs
WASHINGTON People who flee urban schools in pursuit of more wholesome settings may be surprised by this report card: Suburban students engage in just as much sex, drugs and fighting as city kids do.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Congratulation to Mrs. Sotello, one of three finalists nominated for the National Shell Oil Teaching Award for Excellence in Science. She was invited to the National Science Convention and will bring back ideas and activities to share with the rest of the staff and children at Soldotna Montessori. Thanks Mrs. Sotello, for your enthusiasm and hard work.

Chapman Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 13 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16.

Sears Elementary
"Love of Reading Month" activities are coming to Sears Elementary beginning Feb. 17. Parents should check their classroom newsletters for details.

ACT registration deadline approaches
College-bound high school students will have the opportunity to take the ACT Assessment on April 3. The registration postmark deadline is Feb. 27. The test fee is $26. The late registration postmark deadline, which requires an additional fee, is March 12.

Connections
Central Peninsula Connections students will take the Benchmark, Terra Nova and High School Graduation Qualifying exams at the Soldotna Bible Chapel, on the corner of Kobuk and Marydale in Soldotna.

School in-service days approach
There will be no school for students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Feb. 13 and 16, due to parent-teacher conferences and teacher in-service. Classes will resume Feb. 17.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
February is "Love of Reading Month," and K-Beach is celebrating. Congratulations to the winners for the most books read during the first semester at K-Beach.

Aurora Borealis Charter
The second-graders have been studying China and Japan. As part of this unit, they had a Japanese tea party complete with kimonos and a low table.

Cook Inlet Academy
The preschool classes warmed up their spirits this past week by having a Cabin Fever Party. The students had a lot of fun playing games, watching a movie and eating popcorn. Ms. Becky also surprised them by providing pop.

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

Grace Lutheran
The students at Grace Lutheran School celebrated the 100th day of school Jan. 29. The lower-grade students each brought 100 items to count and sort.

Pat on the back or privacy violation? School honor rolls under fire
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The school honor roll, a time-honored system for rewarding A-students, has become an apparent source of embarrassment for some underachievers.

Wings Christian Academy
Last week, students in the Lower Learning Center gave their European reports. The children gave oral and visual presentations.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The preschoolers at the co-op had a tummy tickling, tasty field trip to Pizza Hut. A special thanks to the Pizza Hut staff for their patience and treats.

Skyview High
Parent-teacher conferences will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 16

Students of Month
The following students were named January Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School:

Soldotna High
Test week is right around the corner, and students are encouraged to prepare by attending Saturday school and after-school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These programs are opportunities for students needing extra help with schoolwork and preparation for the Terra Nova Assessment and the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Cramer's class celebrated Penguin Day with many fun and educational black and white activities.

North Star Elementary
Christianna Garcia, Lincoln Johnson, Bo Reilly, Madeline Knoll, Jayden Tumbaga, Jessica Samskar and Jesse Carrasco represented North Star Elementary School at the finals of the Kenai Elk Hoop Shoot.

Tustumena Elementary
Battle of the Books assemblies were conducted last week, and at the conclusion of each assembly, the school's battle teams were announced. Representing grades three and four, coached by Mrs. Worsfold, are Phoebe Napolitano, Stefany Malatesta and Elizabeth Schoessler.

Skaters set to take center stage
A quick look at the North Star Conference high school hockey standings might lead one to believe that the Kenai Central Kardinals, owners of a 9-1 conference record, should be the favorites as the conference tournament kicks off today at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Super Bowl champs enjoy Patriots' day
BOSTON The New England Patriots held high their second Super Bowl trophy in three seasons before a raucous downtown crowd Tuesday, celebrating a championship that was as thrilling as the first one.

Senior VP Marino's first move is to quit
MIAMI Dan Marino's visit was a surprise to Wayne Huizenga. The purpose of it was even more stunning. Five weeks removed from asking for an executive position with the Miami Dolphins and only three weeks after accepting the senior vice president job created solely for him, Marino resigned Tuesday and left the team he quarterbacked for 17 seasons.

Patriots are guests of honor in Hawaii for Pro Bowl
HONOLULU Willie McGinest stood on the sideline at Aloha Stadium, sweating in the Hawaii sun and gulping air. He put one hand on his knees and raised the other to salute a small group of fans cheering, ''Super Bowl! Super Bowl!''

Sports Briefs
Wolverines romp in NikolaevskLegion ballclub to have informational meetingUSC the class of college football recruiting

Marshall, Rose lead Raptors to win
TORONTO Donyell Marshall had a season-high 32 points and Jalen Rose had 21 as the Toronto Raptors enjoyed a rare blowout with a 110-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Nikolaevsk boys top Ninilchik
The Nikolaevsk School boys high school basketball team defeated Ninilchik 41-35 in a District 3/2A game Tuesday at Nikolaevsk.

No. 6 Louisville upset by Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Rodney Carney scored 19 points and keyed a second-half rally, helping Memphis upset No. 6 Louisville 62-58 Wednesday night.

Dream story turns nightmarish
His story was believable enough, even coming from behind prison walls.

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

Stars stop Kardinals
Brian Herring scored 20 seconds into the overtime to lift Soldotna to a 5-4 North Star Conference victory over Kenai Central Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The goal was assisted by Matt Vasilie and Johnny Mills.

Blaze of glory: Bon Jovi draws spotlight to Arena Football League's Soul
PHILADELPHIA Putting singer Jon Bon Jovi's name on the marquee has been good for business.

Niittymaki earns win in first start
PHILADELPHIA Antero Niittymaki made 19 saves in his first career start, and John LeClair scored the go-ahead goal in Philadelphia's 5-1 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

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