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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Local Project GRAD leaders attend national conference
Leaders from Project GRAD sites across America gathered recently in Columbus, Ohio to share ideas and develop new strategies for Project GRAD's mission of transforming the lowest performing schools into high-performing schools.

Snowshoe Tourney winners
Jon Wackler Memorial Snowshoe Tourney Recap. There were 4 teams competing this year in the Snowshoe Tourney Championship.

Junior Miss Week proclaimed in Soldotna
Once again the City of Soldotna was host to the State final competition for the Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship program. Ever since 1959, Alaska has participated in the Program and sent a representative to the national finals, which this year is celebrating their 47th anniversary.

'Fair Days' show at Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik means a lot to the people who call the Kenai home. For the first time just how much the Fair means has been captured in black & white photos by a native born Peninsula woman Natasha Ala Johnson.

Kenai CVB prepares for Summer Art Show
For the past four years, the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), along with partners Kenai Peninsula College and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, have produced major exhibitions that have included some of the most renowned wildlife artists from around the world.

A lifetime of winter memories
The 2004 Peninsula Winter Games certainly lived up to it to their slogan of "Something For Everyone in 48 Hours."

Officials feel heat to fund schools
JUNEAU Pressure is mounting on the Legislature to put more money into education as school districts around the state write budgets that call for deep staff cuts next year.

Citizen will fly flag upside down until he feels good about USA
I fly the flag of the United States in my front yard.

'Thanks for Memories' was great, not-to-be-missed entertainment
I am writing today to express my review of "Thanks for the Memories," the musical performed by the Nikiski Drama and Dance Troupe at Kenai Central High School.

There's a big difference between being vigilantes, being vigilant
Nikiski is no different than other communities plagued by scoundrels who chose to steal from others.

Reader presents conditions under which he would give up dividend
I read the governor's insert, "Securing Alaska's Future," and the article in an Anchorage newspaper, "Future of Fund is Now," and studied the graphs and charts.

Hospice workers help family deal with loved one's death
My father, Edward King, has been featured in articles in your paper concerning smoking, cancer and, most recently, the Kenai Peninsula hospice organization. Dad died on Sept. 7, 2003.

Soldotna chamber award winner humbled by group's recognition
As a recipient of the 2004 Soldotna Pioneer Award, I feel especially privileged to have been honored for this Alaska award.

Sterling community comes together to help neighbors during holidays
Thanksgiving and Christmas 2003 were made brighter for several families due to the combined efforts and generosity of the community of Sterling.

Sitka festival's winter concert warms, thrills peninsula audience
The Sitka Summer Music Festival Winter Concert program of the Performing Arts Society brought the warmth of sheer perfection to the ears and hearts of a large and appreciative audience of snowed upon and chilled listeners last Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Labonte brings Gospel to Daytona 500 fast lane
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. When Bobby Labonte takes the green flag in Sunday's Daytona 500, he'll be racing for victory and the Lord.

Superior court upholds Redoubt Shoals decision
A Superior Court judge has upheld a state decision allowing commercial development of the Redoubt Shoals oil and gas prospect in lower Cook Inlet.

Musher, dog injured by moose
Kasilof musher Jason Mackey was injured Sunday when he and his dog team were attacked by a moose while training for the 2004 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Vadla wins Junior Miss crown
After a week of rehearsals, luncheons, volunteer service projects and more rehearsals, when the show was over Saturday night, Soldotna High School senior Kaitlin Vadla walked away with the title of 2004 Alaska Junior Miss.

Bill would remove politics from salmon
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has introduced a bill he said could enhance the numbers of salmon available to all user groups and take politics out of fish management by leaving escapement decisions to the biologists.

Hammond to address Conference of Alaskans with fiscal plan
FAIRBANKS It didn't take long for delegates to the Conference of Alaskans to stray from the agenda set by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Look out below
Marvin Tate catches air while snowboarding with friends at the Karen Street hill in Soldotna last weekend. Sledders and the occasional skier also utilize the location.

Delegates back POMV plan
FAIRBANKS Most delegates to the Conference of Alaskans quickly endorsed a change in the way money from the Alaska Permanent Fund should be spent.

Salvation Army abuse case goes before jury
Attorneys presented closing arguments Monday in Kenai Superior Court in the civil case against The Salvation Army and a former Salvation Army minister convicted of sexually abusing minors while assigned to Kenai in the late 1990s.

Quake rattles Kenai Peninsula
A strong earthquake rattled Southcentral Alaska late Tuesday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Photo features: Standout
A peak in the Kenai Mountains rises above spruce trees near Moose Pass earlier this week.

Lisa Marie (Marquis) Haviland
Soldotna resident Lisa Marie (Marquis) Haviland died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, after a lengthy illness at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 33.

Debra Byers
Sterling resident Debra Byers died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at her

Vernard E. Jones
Kenai resident Vernard E. Jones died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at home with his family by his side. He was 81.

Randy D. Esquiro
Nikiski resident Randy D. Esquiro died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at his

Betty-Gay Marie Poe
Soldotna resident Betty-Gay Marie Poe died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

E-mail junkie's confessions
"Hello, everyone. My name is Sandra and I am an e-mail junkie."

Democrats rush to beat Bush
WASHINGTON In an anti-Bush voting spree, Democrats are racing through their front-loaded election calendar to crown a presidential nominee making John Kerry all but unstoppable in the delegate chase.

Among jobs of governor's Conference of Alaskans is education of the public
The Conference of Alaskans opens this week in Fairbanks. And while the stated goal is a majority position on the Alaska Permanent Fund's relation to the state budget, the conference also will find itself with an unstated goal: the further education of the public.

Not everything should be for sale as government looks for creative funds
Money is becoming tighter and tighter for municipalities and nonprofits. Everyone is searching for new (and) creative revenue ideas.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game advisory meets today CIRCAC meeting planned Inter-Faith shelter meeting set Historical society to gather in Kasilof Cemetery association sets annual date Blood drive planned at Borough Building Master gardening class planned

Around the Peninsula
UAF extension to hold workshopPFLAG schedules meetingHomer youth wrestling to beginBasketball teams to hold fund-raiserAviation safety meeting slated

Mountain View Elementary
Spring portraits will be taken today. Preschool pictures will be taken from noon to 1 p.m.

Wings Christian Academy
The Lower Learning Center will have an art class Thursday. The class will begin at 10:10 a.m. and end at 11:10 a.m.

Connections
Congratulations to Hope Steffensen, John Shirley, Jesse Sandoz and Mika Morton, members of the Connections third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team, and their coach, Marti Shirley. The team won the district competition Friday and will advance to the state competition.

State testing approaches
Students in the district will take a series of state-mandated standardized tests next week. Parents are encouraged to make sure students get a good night's sleep and healthy breakfast prior to testing and to get students to school on time. Check with your school for testing details.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Aurora Borealis Charter School, a public school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, will conduct an enrollment lottery April 14. Personnel from Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., CPA, supervise the lottery.

No school Monday, Friday
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed for parent-teacher conferences and teacher in-services Friday and Monday. Classes will resume Tuesday.

Sears Elementary
The cooking club, sponsored by the Salamantof Native Association, meets every Friday. Students learn basic cooking skills, use small appliances and learn about other cultures. Thanks to Mrs. Haddox for doing such a great job with the Cooking Club.

Students of Month
The following students were named January Students of the Month at Sterling Elementary School:

Grace Lutheran
Grace Lutheran's preschoolers have been busy learning how to find hidden pictures in a big picture, reviewing their numbers and alphabet, learning three-story sequencing, mixing white with colors to make them lighter and playing together.

Honor Rolls
Students named to the Honor Rolls in scools around the district.

Mass Choir performs in Kenai
The Kenai Peninsula Mass Choir a compilation of high school choirs for Homer, Kenai, Nikiski, Skyview and Soldotna high schools, as well as Cook Inlet Academy performed Feb. 10 at Kenai Central High School. About 380 voices joined together in songs ranging from lyrical Scottish music to southern gospel music.

Nontraditional students take second chance to gain education
Laurie Marta is what is considered a nontraditional student at KPC. At 52 years old, she is a self-employed hairdresser who developed a repetitive motion injury because of her work. She rents

Soldotna High
Parents of seniors will meet at 7 p.m. today in the library to discuss after graduation plans.

Teachers build relationships with rest of world
When Barbara Knapp and her daughter, Laura, visit China this summer, they'll spend most of their time teaching English to middle school-aged Chinese students.

Redoubt Elementary
February is Love of Reading Month. Students and staff will participate in a reading challenge, door decorating and other activities to promote the love of reading.

School readers do battle
Battle of the Books is just one of several literacy-related activities slated for area schools during February Love of Reading Month.

Soldotna Elementary
The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team participated in the district competition Friday and won second place. The team included Hannah Cristiano, Kati Dutcher, Bree Mucha and Brianna Norris. They made it to the finals, where they battled with West Homer Elementary and Connections

Kenai Middle
Student-involved conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Cook Inlet Academy
The following students placed in the district spelling bee, held in Homer on Friday: Adam Uchtman, first, and Mac Wynkoop, third, second grade; Owen Phillips, third, fourth grade; Cody Munn, first, and Michael Horton, second, fifth grade; Hillary Domke, third, sixth grade; Garryn Munn, second, and Holly Kopp, third, seventh grade; Madison McConnell, third, eighth grade; and Garryn Munn, first, and Michael Horton, third, overall. The students who placed in the overall competition will compete in the Regional ACSI spelling bee in Wasilla on March 15.

Soldotna Middle
Report cards were mailed last week. If you did not receive your student's report card, contact the front office.

Kalifonsky Christian
The first- through sixth-graders have started their swimming lessons at the Nikiski pool three days a week.

Chapman Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, from 8 a.m. to noon Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
February is Love of Reading Month. Students at Kenai Cooperative Preschool read author Leo Lionni's book, "Swimmy."

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Students will take the Terra Nova and Alaska Benchmark exams Tuesday through Feb. 19. Grade three through five teachers can provide strategies for test taking.

Tustumena Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday and Monday. Parents are asked to confirm their conference appointments as soon as possible.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered Tuesday through Feb. 19. All sophomores are required to attend. Juniors and seniors who have not passed one or more tests or who are new to Alaska are required to take the test.

Skyview High
Congratulations to the wrestlers and coach Neldon Gardner for finishing second at the state tournament. Skyview had three individual state champions, Eli Hutchinson, Brandon Cleveland and Dallas Seavy.

Kenai Central High
All juniors, the foreign exchange students and a few 10th- and 12th-graders in English 11 are participating in the annual Job Shadow Day today. Students will see up-close and personal what happens in jobs they are interested in pursuing.

Sterling Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences will be Friday and Monday. Parents are asked to contact their student's teacher if they have not been notified about a conference time.

North Star Elementary
The North Star Elementary ski club is in full swing with skiing through March 18. Students in grades four through six may choose to ski after school on Tuesday and-or Thursday. Contact Mr. Bailey or Mr. Anderson for more details.

Nikiski Elementary
The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Redoubt Elementary
February is Love of Reading Month. Students and staff will participate in a reading challenge, door decorating and other activities to promote the love of reading.

No school Monday, Friday
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed for parent-teacher conferences and teacher in-services Friday and Monday. Classes will resume Tuesday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Students will take the Terra Nova and Alaska Benchmark exams Tuesday through Feb. 19. Grade three through five teachers can provide strategies for test taking.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
February is Love of Reading Month. Students at Kenai Cooperative Preschool read author Leo Lionni's book, "Swimmy."

Teachers build relationships with rest of world
When Barbara Knapp and her daughter, Laura, visit China this summer, they'll spend most of their time teaching English to middle school-aged Chinese students.

Wings Christian Academy
The Lower Learning Center will have an art class Thursday. The class will begin at 10:10 a.m. and end at 11:10 a.m.

North Star Elementary
The North Star Elementary ski club is in full swing with skiing through March 18. Students in grades four through six may choose to ski after school on Tuesday and-or Thursday. Contact Mr. Bailey or Mr. Anderson for more details.

Grace Lutheran
Grace Lutheran's preschoolers have been busy learning how to find hidden pictures in a big picture, reviewing their numbers and alphabet, learning three-story sequencing, mixing white with colors to make them lighter and playing together.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Aurora Borealis Charter School, a public school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, will conduct an enrollment lottery April 14. Personnel from Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., CPA, supervise the lottery.

Kalifonsky Christian
The first- through sixth-graders have started their swimming lessons at the Nikiski pool three days a week.

Honor Rolls
Students named to the Honor Rolls in scools around the district.

Cook Inlet Academy
The following students placed in the district spelling bee, held in Homer on Friday: Adam Uchtman, first, and Mac Wynkoop, third, second grade; Owen Phillips, third, fourth grade; Cody Munn, first, and Michael Horton, second, fifth grade; Hillary Domke, third, sixth grade; Garryn Munn, second, and Holly Kopp, third, seventh grade; Madison McConnell, third, eighth grade; and Garryn Munn, first, and Michael Horton, third, overall. The students who placed in the overall competition will compete in the Regional ACSI spelling bee in Wasilla on March 15.

Mass Choir performs in Kenai
The Kenai Peninsula Mass Choir a compilation of high school choirs for Homer, Kenai, Nikiski, Skyview and Soldotna high schools, as well as Cook Inlet Academy performed Feb. 10 at Kenai Central High School. About 380 voices joined together in songs ranging from lyrical Scottish music to southern gospel music.

Skyview High
Congratulations to the wrestlers and coach Neldon Gardner for finishing second at the state tournament. Skyview had three individual state champions, Eli Hutchinson, Brandon Cleveland and Dallas Seavy.

Nikiski Elementary
The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered Tuesday through Feb. 19. All sophomores are required to attend. Juniors and seniors who have not passed one or more tests or who are new to Alaska are required to take the test.

Mountain View Elementary
Spring portraits will be taken today. Preschool pictures will be taken from noon to 1 p.m.

Kenai Central High
All juniors, the foreign exchange students and a few 10th- and 12th-graders in English 11 are participating in the annual Job Shadow Day today. Students will see up-close and personal what happens in jobs they are interested in pursuing.

Chapman Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, from 8 a.m. to noon Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

Soldotna Middle
Report cards were mailed last week. If you did not receive your student's report card, contact the front office.

State testing approaches
Students in the district will take a series of state-mandated standardized tests next week. Parents are encouraged to make sure students get a good night's sleep and healthy breakfast prior to testing and to get students to school on time. Check with your school for testing details.

Kenai Middle
Student-involved conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Students of Month
The following students were named January Students of the Month at Sterling Elementary School:

Connections
Congratulations to Hope Steffensen, John Shirley, Jesse Sandoz and Mika Morton, members of the Connections third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team, and their coach, Marti Shirley. The team won the district competition Friday and will advance to the state competition.

Nontraditional students take second chance to gain education
Laurie Marta is what is considered a nontraditional student at KPC. At 52 years old, she is a self-employed hairdresser who developed a repetitive motion injury because of her work. She rents

Tustumena Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday and Monday. Parents are asked to confirm their conference appointments as soon as possible.

School readers do battle
Battle of the Books is just one of several literacy-related activities slated for area schools during February Love of Reading Month.

Sterling Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences will be Friday and Monday. Parents are asked to contact their student's teacher if they have not been notified about a conference time.

Soldotna Elementary
The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team participated in the district competition Friday and won second place. The team included Hannah Cristiano, Kati Dutcher, Bree Mucha and Brianna Norris. They made it to the finals, where they battled with West Homer Elementary and Connections

Sears Elementary
The cooking club, sponsored by the Salamantof Native Association, meets every Friday. Students learn basic cooking skills, use small appliances and learn about other cultures. Thanks to Mrs. Haddox for doing such a great job with the Cooking Club.

Soldotna High
Parents of seniors will meet at 7 p.m. today in the library to discuss after graduation plans.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

CDC: Dangerous drugs prescribed to elderly patients in some doctor visits
ATLANTA Dangerous drugs were prescribed to elderly Ameri-cans in about one out of every 12 visits to the doctor in 2000, federal officials said Monday.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Woods faces biggest challenge in five years
Forget the streaks and statistics that identify the best two players in golf. The real comparison starts now.

Hawks rally past Mavericks, 102-96
ATLANTA Stephen Jackson had 11 of his career-high 30 points during an early fourth-quarter rally, helping the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-96 Monday.

Homer, Skyview split in hoops
The Homer girls basketball team survived a tough night at the free-throw line Tuesday in picking up a Region III/4A victory over visiting Skyview.

Nets stay red hot
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Richard Jefferson had 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Nets posted their ninth straight win eighth in a row under new coach Lawrence Frank, rallying to beat the Detroit Pistons 89-78 on Tuesday night.

Shaken up Knicks, Nets on winning streaks
Ruthlessness is a prized virtue in pro sports. New York Knicks president Isiah Thomas came in with that attitude and is still imparting it, hinting of more trades to come, and telling his star guard, Stephon Marbury, to start ''stepping on people's necks when you've got them down.''

Majerus says he won't return to coach Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rick Majerus said Tuesday he will not coach the University of Utah again this season, ending his 15-year association with the school he brought to national prominence.

Sixers fire Ayers, promote Ford on interim basis
PHILADELPHIA Randy Ayers lost his job after less than a season as the Philadelphia 76ers' coach. If the team doesn't turn things around, others might be on their way out, too. And star guard Allen Iverson would like to have some input.

Barbour lights it up for winning Wildcats
LEXINGTON, Ky. Antwain Barbour, making his second start of the season, scored a career-high 23 points and No. 8 Kentucky beat Alabama 66-55 on Tuesday night.

Races tighten up in NHL's sprint to the finish
Chris Pronger welcomed a few days to get away from the close race in the Western Conference.

Flyers' Niittymaki still solid in net
PHILADELPHIA Rookie Antero Niittymaki stopped 35 shots for his third win in as many starts, leading the Philadelphia Flyers over the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Big, barking dog takes early lead at Westminster Kennel Club dog show
NEW YORK His barks bouncing all around the arena, Josh looked eager to get going. And with a lick of a fan's face and guided by his lucky leash, the big, black Newfoundland bounded back onto the green carpet at Madison Square Garden.

Solid: Verhelst keeps Stars on even keel
Entering this year's high school hockey season with a new coach a young team, the Soldotna Stars knew it would be tough to pick up many wins.

Changes abound at GM meetings
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Hoping to increase scoring in the NHL, general managers proposed Tuesday that goaltenders wear smaller pads and not be allowed to handle the puck behind the goal line.

A big dog rules at Westminster
NEW YORK (AP) America's top dog is a big, slobbering, barking dog named Josh.

Red Wings' Hasek out for season
DETROIT Dominik Hasek's season is over because of a groin injury. He's determined not to let it end his career.

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