Thursday, February 10, 2005

Business Briefs
Business Briefs Kenai Wild to hold meeting Business workshop to be held BLM to present in Kenai Kenai chamber to host After Hours Republican women host Lincoln Day dinner

Cool work
John Iverson and Scott Hanson said they feel lucky to make art. And they feel lucky to have an all-expense-paid trip to Boston. But to top it off, they feel really lucky to be able to make an ice carving of a fish that will have beverages flowing from its mouth.

From the bookshelf: Women's wilderness experiences make a lively read
Gone, thank goodness, are the days when girls were expected to fear bugs and avoid skinning their knees. The relationship between women and wilderness has inspired a modern movement combining introspection and action. Many outdoorswomen have found that the solitude of wild places offer treasures and challenges well worth writing about.

Art Briefs
Art classes for kids offered Alaska women sought for TV show Writers conference slated Summer arts camp planned

Summer sounds in wintertime
The Sitka Summer Music Festival performers return to the Kenai Peninsula this week and bring Wolfgang Motzart and Richard Strauss with them for a concert today in Soldotna.

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

Under the spell
The stories in Skyview High School's musical production this week may be familiar from Bible camps and Sunday school, but the humor, upbeat music and loads of neon are a new take on an old message.

Bush fails to disclose details of Social Security plan
President Bush hides the cost of his secret privatization plan. Bush's privatization scheme will require the American people to borrow $2 trillion (that's two trillion — 12 zeros) in the 10 years following its implementation, $6 trillion over the next 20 years, and $15 trillion over the next 40 years. Young people will have to pay that debt, through both higher taxes and less effective government.

Nikiski students, community helped aid tsunami victims
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School has once again shown its caring nature by helping those who have suffered from the tsunami disaster in December.

Many contribute to carnival's success
The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council would like to thank the residents of the Kenai Peninsula who attended the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival on Jan. 29. The event was very successful. We estimate over 1,300 people attended and over 700 books were given away to children. We could have never done this without the support and enthusiasm we received from so many in the community.

Soldotna should pass bicycle helmet ordinance
I urge the Soldotna City Council to pass the bike helmet statute-Ordinance 810. I also hope our law enforcement agencies are granted the resources needed to enforce it.

Tax burdens should be shared by all Alaskans
A bed tax might not be a bad idea for the tourist industry. They annually get money from the state treasury and perhaps this would be a gesture of justification. No doubt the issue will be eloquently argued by all sides, and I laud assemblywoman Glick for introducing it.

Reader: Clarion coverage lacking
As I read the Clarion each day, it amazes me how often local news is overlooked or just completely ignored. Events that took place during the Peninsula Winter Games went with little (T-200 race) or no coverage at all. Events like the Native Youth Olympic Competition, the ice carvings, dog weight pulling contest, the list goes on.

NASCAR Notes
Shootout a preview of season to come Cities compete to be home to Hall of Fame

2005 Previews
Elliott Sadler No. 38 M&M's Ford — Ninth in 2004 pole leader

Ganassi focused on winning first NASCAR title
Chip Ganassi has fielded championship teams in the CART Champ Car Series as well as the Grand American Road Racing Series. All that's missing is a title in NASCAR.

Keeping an eye out
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Smaller spoilers and softer tires were supposed to be a big reason why 42 teams tested last week at Las Vegas and California. But no reason was more important than the competitive nature of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series itself.

Soldotna couple killed in crash
A Soldotna couple was killed Wednesday afternoon when their vehicle crashed head-on with a tractor trailer on the Seward Highway.

KEDS makes way for its plan
Paving the way for completion of a final draft of its development strategy, the Kenai Economic Development Strategy working group held a public meeting Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

On the rise
Alaska's current population is expected to grow by more than a third over the next quarter century if births, deaths and in- and out-migration take their expected natural courses, a state demographer has predicted.

Something to sing about
Students practice before Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough School District High School Mass Choir Festival at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. The event featured students from across the peninsula and was directed by Evin Lambert of Washington. At right, Lambert works with the students to improve their performance.

Main break causes minor flooding
A water main break during subzero temperatures in Soldotna on Saturday caused a temporary disruption in service to a half dozen homes and an icy cleanup for city workers.

Fulfilling a dream Kenai senior earns Alaska Junior Miss title
Ever since Kenai Central High School senior Elena Bird was a little girl, she dreamed of participating in the Junior Miss Scholarship Program. However, up until Saturday she didn't think she was going to win it.

Agrium task force named
Gov. Frank Murkowski announced the members of an Agrium task force Wednesday aimed at assisting employees losing jobs and exploring ways to spur economic development in the Cook Inlet basin, said Murkowski spokesperson Becky Hultberg.

CISB hopes Boston goes 'Wild'
Kenai Wild brand will make an appearance in Boston next month.

Fire chief, family believed killed in fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A volunteer fire department chief, his wife and their daughter are believed to be the victims of a house fire that killed three people in Copper Center.

Kathleen Mary Warnke
Anchorage resident Kathleen Mary Warnke died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 78.

Frances Mae Munger
Soldotna resident Frances Mae Munger died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 82.

Judge decisions more in lawyers' hands than state's
The legal fraternity, made up of lawyers who are members of the Alaska Bar Association, pretty much believes that it is the be-all and end-all when it comes to matters of judicial wisdom. And it particularly considers itself to be the sole proprietor when it comes to the selection of state judges.

Rights difficult to understand until they're lost
According to a recent opinion poll, many American high school students are OK with the idea that the government should be able to approve news stories before they are published in newspapers. Some found this shocking, but it's nothing new, and it's probably not all that surprising if you think about it.

Work rules erode personal freedoms
Quitting time has taken on a whole new meaning at one Michigan company. On Jan. 1, Weyco Inc., a health benefits administrator, went smoke free. Good news for employees' health.

Around the Peninsula
Bake sale fund-raiser set Genealogical society to meet Community dance plannedDinner, dance fund-raiser set RCAC to meet

Around the Peninsula
Multiple sclerosis group to meet Women voters meeting planned KPC council meeting set Teen dance planned Historical society meeting set Interagency council meeting set

Tustumena Elementary
Battle of the Books district competition was completed Wednesday and Thursday. Third- and fourth-grade battlers were Kailee Skjold, Rachel Blossom, Dylan Webb and Makinna Halverson. Fifth-and sixth-grade team members were, Erik Skjold, Anita Braun, Cassie Sheridan, Dallin Carlson and Peter Rogers. The staff thanks the students and Mrs. Knobf, Mrs. Blossom and Mr. Faris for the hours they committed to the competition.

Kaleidoscope School of the Arts and Sciences
If you have not turned in your form stating whether your child will return to Kaleidoscope for the 2005-06 school year, please let the teacher know your intent during your conference. Friday is the deadline for reserving your child's spot for next year.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Grace Lutheran
Congratulations to Heather Wiley of Soldotna who the recipient of the "Peter Rabbit" book that was given away by the school at the Reading Carnival.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to parent volunteer Lauri Lingafelt for being awarded the Community Outstanding Performance Award by the Alaska Department of Education for 2004-05. She will receive her award at the Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference in Anchorage.

Kenaitze Head Start
The children are learning new Dena'ina words and phrases each week. "Ida" means to friend and "heyi" means winter.

Kenai Middle
Good job to cross-country skiers in their meet Saturday. Maya Johnson placed third, Anders Nyquist placed first, Molly Watkins placed fifth and Kristi Louthan placed seventh. For the sixth-grade race, James Watkins placed first and Shawna Lukassen placed second.

Mountain View Elementary
Spring portraits will be taken Feb. 16. Preschool pictures will be taken at noon.

Peninsula teen bound for Oxford University
Seventeen-year-old Shiloh Schlung of Soldotna is taking the leap to higher education, a great leap, in fact.

Cook Inlet Academy
The students of the week are Reva Lovett. Kellsi Ulrich, Richele McGahan, Tyler Fenton, Caleb Lyons, Mariah Wall, for improvement in self-control, Megan Bauder, Chloe Nelson, Robbie Smithwick and Tiana McGahan.

Soldotna High
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. in the commons and gym.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
The school participated in this year's Battle of the Books, an Alaska reading motivational and comprehension program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians.

Soldotna Montessori
A schoolwide Valentine's Day and Love of Reading celebration is planned Monday. Students can bring a favorite book, dress up as a book character or wear a shirt that has been decorated with a theme from a story.

Ninilchik
On Tuesday, the school will host a college fair. There will be representatives from a variety of colleges, including Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.

Wings Christian Academy
Last Friday, several of the Upper Learning Center girls helped with a project at Heritage Place. They interviewed the senior citizens, took pictures and helped put together a scrapbook about their lives.

Kenai Central High
If you noticed a bunch of the school's juniors around the community today, that was the annual Job Shadow taking place. The school's juniors were out "shadowing" professionals in a wide variety of occupations. This program was designed to give students an opportunity to experience jobs and the skills that may be required to succeed at those jobs.

Connections
Congratulations to the third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team of Hope Steffensen, Ellery Steffensen, Mika Morton, Vienna Schmitter-Schrier and coach, Natalie Kant, for winning the district championship. Homer Connections high school Battle of the Books team of Sigrid Colman, Emily Riedel, Katie Connor and coach, Nancy Kleine, also won the district championship.

Reads
Congratulations to students for successfully completing all of their monthly Book It goals thus far.

No school Thursday, Friday
There will be no school Thursday and Friday due to parent-teacher conferences and teacher inservices.

Redoubt Elementary
Parents should return the forms to confirm their conference date and time.

KPC Around campus: Students encouraged to take advantage of tax credit
According to Carrie Burford, Kenai Peninsula College's financial aid advisor, many students are not aware there are education tax credits available which would reduce the amount of income tax they have to pay. This also applies to parents who have dependent students claimed on their taxes.

Sears Elementary
The Scholastic Book Fair has been postponed until further notice.

Peace Train hits Peninsula
The beats of South African music were contagiously dance-inducing to students who attended the Sharon Katz and The Peace Train concert for students Friday morning at the Kenai Central High School Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Skyview High
Basketball teams are away at Grace Christian on Thursday and Wasilla on Friday.

Soldotna Middle
The times for parent-teacher conferences are from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Parent-teacher conferences are by appointment Thursday and Friday mornings. Drop-in conferences are scheduled Thursday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m.

Interior Distance Education Alaska
Steve Hackett and Janice Habermann will present math workshops for parents and children on enrichment and test-taking strategies. The workshops will take place in Homer on Friday at the Islands and Oceans Visitors Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Soldotna on Feb. 16 at the Kenai River Center from 1 to 3 p.m.; and in Seward on Feb. 17 at the Seward Chapel from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
First-grade classes started research on trolleys. The students wrote about what the different parts of trolleys are. They also researched when and who invented trolleys and how many different kinds of trolleys there are. The students are doing well with their research questions. Thanks to those who have helped answer questions at home. Parents may keep thinking of unique types of transportation to make out of cardboard boxes.

Kenai Montessori
This month the children will study South America. This week the children have been making masks and costumes in preparation for Thursday's celebration of South America's Carnival. Senora Whitmore, a native of Venezuela, will teach the children about this South American tradition and help the students with their masks and costumes they will wear during the party to be held at school Thursday afternoon.

Nobody likes a stoolie
Every word in Jose Canseco's book could be true. Or only a few. Either way, it's exactly what baseball deserves. Just about everybody else involved in the game tripped over themselves trying to blur the lines between fair and foul for the last 15 years or so.

Duke hangs on to beat North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. — J.J. Redick scored 18 points, freshman DeMarcus Nelson added 16 and No. 7 Duke forced 23 turnovers to hold off No. 2 North Carolina 71-70 on Wednesday night.

U.S. wins World Cup qualifier
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Fifteen years later, the United States still knows how to spoil Trinidad's party.

Sports Briefs
Chow hired as Titans' offensive coordinator

Kenai, Homer set for state hockey
The Kenai Central High School hockey team lost a little bit of its swagger after dropping the North Star Conference tournament championship game to Wasilla Saturday, but the Kardinals are hoping they can turn the defeat into motivation as they prepare for the state tournament this weekend.

McNabb disputes sickness claims, Brady still feels good
KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Donovan McNabb has no apologies for his Super Bowl performance. He won't allow his teammates to make excuses, either.

Bettman: Deal must be in place by weekend to save NHL season
The lockout reached its 147th day Wednesday. If a deal is reached, Bettman said, there would be a 28-game regular season and the 16-team playoff structure would be preserved.

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