Wednesday, February 16, 2005

2005 Alaska Jr. Miss is Kenai's own Elena Bird
Since 1981 the Central Peninsula has been host to the State Junior Miss Scholarship Program. The largest scholarship program of its kind for college bound high school seniors from all over Alaska.

Hospice Event outstanding success
The primary mission of Hospice of the Central Peninsula as a community organization is to bring care and comfort to enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill.

A call to help our community and the world
Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia, a call went out from President Bush and past President Clinton for leaders to rally help for their community and world.

Job Shadow encourages students to come home
With declining resources and predicted industry closures there was increased interest by Kenai Central High School juniors at this year's Job Shadow day, sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
The recent big snow fall we were blessed with here on the Kenai Peninsula the past few days reminded me of growing up in Wisconsin or living in and working in the oil fields of North Dakota.

Musher banks on discarded dogs in Quest
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Rookie Sam Perrino of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, was the first musher to arrive late Sunday at the Braeburn Lodge checkpoint in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Those who believe in evolution are not misguided, amoral
In Gene Stockton's letter to the editor Monday, he listed four reasons why people support the "myth" of evolution. I read this with my chin on the floor, realizing that if I replaced the word "evolution" with the word "religion" throughout his letter, it would have been far more accurate.

Remember, oil and gas resources belong to Alaska
Perhaps someone needs to address the fact that our oil and gas industry extracts a non-renewable resource from the lands of Alaska. Folks, this means that tax breaks or "incentives" cannot extend the life of our known reserves. The result of giving away our resources in the form of tax breaks and "incentives" to oil producers guarantee that we, as a society in Alaska, will have less options and much less money when the bulk of our petroleum is pumped and shipped out. Don't believe the rhetoric that we can give industry our tax dollars to keep the good times rolling. It doesn't work that way.

Robby Gordon launches own team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Alone in his tent in the African desert, Robby Gordon realized he had a lot of growing up to do.

Kenai
Good morning neighbors. Welcome to our winter wonderland. Just when you thought winter was about over, here comes the big snow. Allow me to express appreciation to all who labor many hours to plow, sand, clear, and remove the snow that local winter sports lovers are rejoicing over.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Snow has finally arrived and spring is close on its heels, so I hope you are taking advantage of this opportunity to break out the skis.

Cooper Landing
Hi. Katie Green sent information about the Cooper Landing Activity Divas latest event, the Mardi Gras party at the community hall Saturday at 6 p.m. Katie wrote: "The theme for food is Cajun, southern or whatever shows up on the tables.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the final battles and victorious conclusion of the Second World War. On Saturday, hundreds of WW II veterans will gather in Fredericksburg, Texas, for the celebration of the Battle of Iwo Jima, for it was on Feb. 19, 1945, that the Marines landed.

Nikiski
Good morning. Words to get you through the week: "Truth is like fine china: It can be broken. It can be mended. But it can never be the same again." Author unknown

Soldotna
Hello. A huge applause to the Performing Arts Society. They have again presented the Sitka Summer Music Festival winter concert and it was Tony Tiger great!

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. If you're like me, chances are you are still shoveling out from under last week's snow. Not only does nature have to dump over a foot of powder, then the temperature must obligingly drop to what else, but to zero. Thank the Lord and Fritz for our wood stove and what goes in it. I won't say "what's next?" because, I'm afraid to find out.

Dragnet facility to open
A driftnet fisher and setnet fisher are in the final stages of leasing the former Dragnet cannery in Kenai and plan to turn it into a profit-sharing seafood processor that will handle a large portion of value-added fish, including Kenai Wild brand salmon.

Nikiski community center compromise heads to assembly
A resolution on tonight's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agenda would open the door for the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area to use at least a portion of the old Nikiski Elementary School building at a cost far below that which killed a similar idea last year.

Bagley named Games head for now
With just 13 months to go before the start of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, the organization charged with producing the event has lost its chief executive.

House approves fish labeling resolution
JUNEAU (AP) — The state House of Representatives approved a resolution Monday, asking Congress to support labeling fish and fish products in the marketplace by country of origin and identifying whether the product is wild or farmed.

Flu cases show up at hospital
The first lab-confirmed cases of influenza have reached the central Kenai Peninsula, according to health experts.

Drifter
A moose browses for food in deep snow alongside Beaver Creek Tuesday morning.

Dragging the line
Alden Bookey samples the snow as his dad ,Terry Bookey, pulls him and his brother, Corvin, through the family's neighborhood in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon.

New chief selected for CES
The environment of the central Kenai Peninsula and the activities of Central Emergency Services are what attracted the new chief to Alaska.

Arctic Slope Native Assoc. chair dies
BARROW (AP) — Joseph Upicksoun, chair of the Arctic Slope Native Association, has died, the association said Tuesday. He was 73.

Samantha (Sami) Anne, Jesse Lynn and Katherine Kadee Jo Marie Davis
Port Alsworth residents Samantha (Sami) Anne, Jesse Lynn and Katherine "Kadee" Jo Marie Davis died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, in a plane crash in Lake Clark. They were 9, 7 and 5, respectively. Memorial services were held.

Elizabeth L. Adolf
North Kenai resident Elizabeth L. Adolf died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of liver disease. She was 51.

Vernon Earl Fisher
Kenai resident Vernon Earl Fisher died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 62.

U.S. students need to learn about freedom
On Memorial Day, Veterans Day and other patriotic holidays, America's children surely must hear about the great sacrifices earlier generations made to defend the Constitution and ensure the nation's freedom.

Voices of the peninsula: Bear sanctuaries no place for hunting
This letter is in opposition to Proposals 137 and 129, which would, if implemented, open the Kamishak Special Use Area (KSUA) and the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary, respectively, for brown bear hunting.

Time has come for state to pump up steroid law
Through the ages, children have been fed many fantastic prohibition lines, from TV-induced blindness to the dreaded chocolate-acne link — see-through scare tactics that probably only further a teen's natural tendency to test limits.

Around the Peninsula
Deep Creek user fees head talk Open house set Musical scheduled Dinner, dance fund-raiser set Community dance planned RCAC to meet Youth seeking funds for hungry

Around the Peninsula
AmVets to meet Financial workshop slated After-graduation committee to meet Memorial, yurts to be discussed Coalition meeting scheduled SoHi after-prom meeting set Dance concert set Youth seeking funds for hungry

Reads
Students have begun practice on the spring performance, scheduled for March 4.

Kenai Middle
The school thanks parents and guardians who made it to conferences last week. The participation is appreciated.

Kenai Central High
There will be a Student of the Month luncheon Feb. 24 and a site council meeting at 5 p.m. that day.

Soldotna Elementary
Students in fifth grade are completing Terra Nova testing this week and beginning Analytic Writing Assessments. Please encourage fifth-graders to eat an extra nutritious breakfast and get a healthy night's sleep so they can do their best at school.

Nikiski Middle- Senior High
JV and varsity basketball will host the Seward Seahawks at 3 p.m Friday, and the Kenai Kards at noon Saturday .

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Cook Inlet Academy
Applications are being accepted for teachers for the 2005-06 academic year. See Principal Kevin Spence for more information.

Announcements
Host families needed for international students

Wings Christian Academy
The kindergarten class is studying the country of Kenya.

Connections
Connections is sponsoring a home school day at H2Oasis in Anchorage on Friday at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 for kindergarten through sixth grade and $11 for seventh through 12 grade and adults. Lunch is provided for an additional $3 and towels are $2. Please call the office to sign up.

Sterling Elementary
The school also recognizes fifth-grader Katie Clonan and sixth-graders Sam Skuse and Carol Clonan for their sixth-place finish in Battle of the Books.

Grace Lutheran
The school congratulates Ryan Burow for a his trip to the state spelling bee competition. He made it to the final 35 students.

Soldotna Middle
On Saturday at 10 a.m. is the Rubber Chicken Classic Wrestling Tournament. The tournament is a regular bracketed middle school tournament but the champions will be awarded a rubber chicken instead of a medal. Come out and join the fun.

Kenai Cooperative
Today, the kids are practicing dental hygiene. They are making homemade toothpaste and counting their teeth. There will be "molars" to play with in the texture tubs. On Friday the kids will make toothbrush paintings and apple smiles. They will practice molar math and healthy food science. On Monday the kids will learn about health and the body. They will learn about microscopes and germs along with digestive systems. For more information, call the school at 283-3100.

Class is rolling in the dough
Fresh cinnamon rolls, made from scratch, would be good on any cold morning. To be made by students at Nikiski North Star Elementary makes it even better.

Soldotna High
Saturday school will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 25, March 5, 12 and April 2. After the Bell also is available Mondays through Thursdays for additional help.

Job Shadow
Every year my school, Kenai Central High School, has a Job Shadow Day. On Job Shadow Day, students get to pick one of their favorite jobs in the community and go with one of the employees to that job.

Ninilchik School
Saturday — Basketball with Cook Inlet Academy at home; and

KPC Around campus: Survey says: Open mic night too hot to drop
The Kenai Peninsula College Student Union has announced it is reviving last semester's KPC Open Mic Night due to popular demand. According to Amber Tirado, communication officer, and Lacy Grubb, production officer, a recent survey of students indicated that Open Mic Night came out as a clear winner in the "activities to continue" category.

Sears
Ms. Ralston's first-grade students worked on creating a learning project where they combined art, writing and science. The students put together a hanging art piece which is displayed in the hallway. The students also learned about suffixes and prefixes, contraction, compound words and several other letter combinations. In math, the students worked on different types of graphs using Valentine's Day candy.

Scholarships
Eagles Auxillary KBEA KPCLC Rasmuson Soldotna Rotary

Conservation District poster contest
Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District will accept poster entries through March 8. The speech contest is 6 p.m. March 17 at the Kenai Conservation District office. Prizes for the poster contest are $50, $25 and $15, respectively, for first, second and third in each age category. Prizes for the speech contest are $200, $100 and $50, respectively. Winner's expenes are paid to compete in state finals in Anchorage.

Mountain View
Fifth-grade AWA testing is this week and next.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer senior, Friendship centers Nikiski Soldotna

Senior Menus
Homer Homer Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

South Carolina rips Wildcats
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tarence Kinsey scored 17 points and Carlos Powell had 12 in the second half to lead South Carolina to a rare victory over No. 3 Kentucky, 73-61 on Tuesday night.

The next level: Hakkinen takes 14th in World Cup
Having already qualified for the Olympics next winter, Kasilof's Jay Hakkinen showed Friday that he plans to do more than just show up.

Effort equals excellence
When Nikiski senior Krystal Gladden says she likes basketball and volleyball, she's not talking about the fact that the sports give her a chance to hang out with friends, burn off some energy after school and take road trips.

German shorthaired pointer takes it all
NEW YORK — Posing like the very symbol of the Westminster Kennel Club, a German shorthaired pointer called Carlee became America's top dog Tuesday night.

Parents gone wild
Four tournaments into his PGA Tour career, and Sean O'Hair is done talking. Not about golf, because he'll gladly tell you about the 30-footer that went in on No. 7, or the drive he drilled down the left side of the fairway on the ninth.

With season on brink, dealing continues
But they were talking. Early Tuesday evening, the league had made a take-it-or-leave-it pitch of a $42.5 million salary cap to the players' association. The union responded with a cap figure of its own: $49 million.

'Juiced' flies off shelves
NEW YORK — Jose Canseco's autobiography accusing several top players of steroid use and charging that baseball long ignored performance-enhancing drugs appeared to be a hit on its first day in bookstores.

Nikiski girls, SkyHi boys register wins
The Skyview High School boys basketball team held on for a 62-59 win Tuesday as the visiting Nikiski Bulldogs turned their game into a track meet but couldn't quite catch the Panthers at the finish line.

Talks break off, NHL season all but dead
NEW YORK — With its do-or-die deadline come and gone and no deal in sight, the NHL circled Wednesday as the day it would call off what little was left of a decimated season, The Associated Press learned Monday.

Steroid topic rules spring training
TAMPA, Fla. — Usually, the start of spring training is a time of clean slates, sun-splashed fields and endless hope.

Martin loosens up for final full season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Whether Mark Martin wins his final Daytona 500 or not, or finally wins a series championship, he plans to have fun, fun, fun this year.

Sports Briefs
CIA boys take Bristol Bay tourney VanMeter, Carr in second

Sports Briefs
Seward girls finish 2-1 in Valdez Little takes lead in Yukon Quest VanMeter, Carr lead Iron Dog

Fowler agrees to buy Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Poised and proud to become the NFL's first black owner, Reggie Fowler is ready to buy the Minnesota Vikings from Red McCombs.

Texas Tech upsets No. 2 Kansas
LUBBOCK, Texas — Darryl Dora hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give Texas Tech an 80-79 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Monday night, the Jayhawks' first conference loss this season.

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