Friday, February 11, 2005

All Giambi can say is he's sorry
NEW YORK — Jason Giambi twiddled his thumbs, crossed his legs and fidgeted in his chair.

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.

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

Outside enthusiasts discover husky power
OGDEN, Utah — The lot at Hardware Ranch was in a frenzy. But it wasn't snowmobiles — several trailers sat empty, but not a distant engine whine remained — or kids leaping about, looking at hundreds of elk, begging for a sleigh ride.

Hollingsworth tops at Bradford-Clark races
Dori Hollingsworth and her team clocked the fastest times at the Bradford-Clark Memorial Sled Dog Races sponsored by the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association in conjunction with the Peninsula Winter Games Saturday at the course by the Soldotna Airport.

Fish forecast good
Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are forecasting a moderate to good return of sockeye salmon to upper Cook Inlet in 2005.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Reckless Seward Highway drivers need to slow down
I have been driving Seward Highway weekly in all weather conditions for the past 12 years. On Feb. 9, I crossed over the Canyon Creek bridge going northbound about 30 minutes before the head-on collision happened there. It was snowing and it was slick. Most drivers were going way too fast for conditions. Many would roar up behind me and tailgate until I had a chance to move over and let them by. The trucker claims he was going 35 mph?! Bull. I can't even begin to count the number of times I have seen these semi trucks racing down the Seward Highway. They can really get moving down that hill just before the northbound approach to the Canyon Creek bridge. They get away with speeding most of the time, and when they get caught of course they will say whatever it takes to save their butt. And it is not just the truckers. As a general rule, most people drive too fast on the Seward Highway, and then they get annoyed if anyone holds them up for even a minute.

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.

'88 graduation was in gym; '05 event also should be at KCHS
I was reading the online edition article about KCHS seniors wanting to graduate in the auditorium, etc. As a graduate of the 1988 class, I wanted to clarify this statement:

Family, friends should be taken into consideration
Being the parent of a 2004 KCHS graduate and having moved recently from Kenai to the Lower 48 to be closer to family who missed out on most of my kids' activities during their school years, in addition to understanding both the loyalty together with the Kenai-Soldotna rivalry and having had a senior who was probably more anti-Soldotna than I would like to admit (especially during football season, winter and spring sports), I was thankful and proud when he put his feelings aside to consider how much it meant to his parents to share his accomplishments with all of our friends and family that could and would attend.

Many helped make weekend ski races a big success
A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped with last Saturday's high school and middle ski meet held at Tsalteshi Trails. Even with the cold temperatures, the ski meet was a huge success because of the great volunteers. The volunteers included parents and teachers from Kenai Central High School, Seward Middle School, Soldotna High School, Soldotna Middle School, Kenai Middle School and Skyview High School; community members and Tsalteshi Trails Association members. We appreciate Safeway, Jersey Subs and Subway for their continuous support in donations for our middle and high school cross-country skiing teams.

Students' choice the most important thing to consider
I just read one of the articles written regarding the heated graduation issue at Kenai Central High School and, quite frankly, I don't understand what the issue is.

Shootout pole goes to Jarrett
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dale Jarrett is still at the front in the Budweiser Shootout.

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

Advisory board members quit in protest
Saying the Alaska Board of Fisheries process has been hijacked by special interest groups, three members of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee have resigned from the committee in protest.

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.

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.

Murder suspect arraigned
Adam Israel, the 22-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his mother, was arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday afternoon on a grand jury indictment charging him with the crime.

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.

Graduation to stay in Kenai
Kenai Central High School seniors will graduate in Kenai this spring.

Snow day hits peninsula
Just when it was starting to look like the Kenai Peninsula might ease through winter with little more than some ice and cold, nature went, well, natural, delivering a major dump of snow accompanied by high winds.

Rita W. Botelho
Longtime Kenai resident, Rita W. Botelho, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at her home with her family and friends by her side. She was 63.

Samantha, Jesse and Kadee Davis
Samantha, Jesse and Kadee Davis of Port Alsworth died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, in a plane crash in Lake Clark. They were 9, 7 and 6.

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

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.

Bed tax best way to bring in new revenue
Let's get this out of the way first: No one likes taxes.

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.

Scraping branches, stinging insects and travails of the trail can't deter author
"I love nature." It's what my field crew and I have been saying to each other all summer.

Sounds of the aurora reported over history
JUNEAU (AP) — William Sheetz still remembers the night in the Mendenhall Valley 15 years ago when an aurora borealis display crackled in the sky, like static electricity on a shirt.

Around the Peninsula
Breakfast fund-raiser setHistorical society to meetBake sale fund-raiser setCare giver training setAsian relief fund-raiser plannedCajun dinner, auction fund-raiser setYouth seeking funds for hungry

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

Church Briefs
Valentine's theme plannedChurch changes meeting placeCouriers to sing at serviceMatrix church to meetMOMS to meetBible study group to meetAddictions group to meetClothes 2 Go openClothing availableChurch production slated

Heeding instruction key to lifelong happiness
A great American institution took place this week. It was a time of face-to-face meetings, of surprise and delight. In some cases it meant surprise and despair.

Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Ski Trails
Tsalteshi Trails — Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

Skier uses success to spread the word on adaptive skiing
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — In nearly every way, Truckee resident Bill Bowness is a remarkable skier.

Skiers feast on fresh snowfall
With this week's weather, groomers on the Kenai Peninsula's cross-country ski trails have gone from scratching up every little bit of ice to make trails skiable to just trying to keep up as snow blankets the region.

No. 6 Wake Forest gets past North Carolina State
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Justin Gray scored 18 points, Eric Williams added 15 and No. 6 Wake Forest held off North Carolina State 86-75 on Thursday night.

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.

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

CIA sweeps Unalaska
The host Cook Inlet Academy basketball teams swept Unalaska Tuesday in nonconference action.

NFL beats college football when it comes to minority hiring
The NFL's gain is college football's loss and further evidence that the two are going in different directions on minority hiring.

Turin Olympics are one year away
TURIN, Italy — The clock flashed the numbers: 365 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes and 52 seconds. Fifty-one, 50, 49 ...

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.

Lefty notches 10-under 62
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson keeps hitting it long and going low.

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.

NHL, union break off talks
NEW YORK — The NHL and the players' association broke off talks Thursday as the clock ticked down to a weekend deadline for saving what little is left of the season.

Pistons still have Lakers' number
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. —Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points to help Detroit rout the Los Angeles Lakers 103-81 on Thursday night in their first meeting since the NBA Finals.

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.

Vick hoping to impress teammates in first Pro Bowl
HONOLULU — Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb huddled at their lockers at Aloha Stadium on Thursday, goofing on any NFC teammate crossing their paths and making plans for a night out on Waikiki Beach.

Sports Briefs
Chow hired as Titans' offensive coordinator

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.

Maier wins first gold since accident
BORMIO, Italy — Hermann Maier let out a scream in the finish area at the world championships, a major title finally his again.

Dimond roughs up Kardinals
The Dimond Lynx showed why they are the No. 1-ranked high school hockey team in Alaska, while the Wasilla Warriors continued to ride the hot goaltending of sophomore Ronald Walker in the morning session of the Frozen Pond Class 4A State Hockey Tournament Thursday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Elk-watching attracts interest in Pennsylvania
BENEZETTE, Pa. — On a crisp, gray winter morning, two dozen elk graze on still-green grass.

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