Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Baseball-steroid ties keep coming
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds' personal trainer told federal agents he gave steroids to several baseball players, according to documents released Tuesday.

Yanks, not Red Sox, complete A-Rod deal
Red Sox owner John Henry just emerged from an office at Fenway Park and saw his shadow. That should be good for at least six more months of winter in New England.

Rodriguez, Yanks: Rich get richer
While the New York Yankees were welcoming newcomer Alex Rodriguez, the Chicago Cubs were busy Tuesday luring back a familiar face Greg Maddux.

Hospice doubles proceeds from Annual Winter Event
This year's Hospice Winter Wine tasting gala called, "An Evening With Hospice," a special kind of evening for a special kind of caring, was sold out three weeks in advance according to executive director Marquitta Andrus.

Vadla returns Jr. Miss Title to Soldotna
From a group of twenty-four contestants from all over Alaska, a team of out-of-state judges selected SoHi senior Kaitlin Vadla to become the 2004 Alaska Jr. Miss.

Kenai Performers ready to open new play
On the wave of great performances of such well known productions as "Fiddler On The Roof", "The Sound of Music," "The Music Man," and "Hello Dolly," Carol Ford and her Kenai Performers bring to the Renee C. Henderson auditorium at Kenai Central High School this weekend a much lesser known musical, "My Favorite Year."

SoHi Stars celebrate new Wax Shack
The SoHi Star's Nordic Ski Team were in a mood to show off last week, no not another championship trophy, but something extremely important in helping them earn those championships, a new waxing facility.

Soldotna Chamber honors community champions
Several community members and Peninsula business people in a single word, "elegant!" summed up the 2004 Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala.

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Many contribute to evening set aside to honor those who serve
The 45th Annual Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet was truly a successful event enjoyed by many in the community. Thanks to everyone who attended this special evening held on behalf of our award recipients.

Many contribute to success of Peninsula Reading Carnival
The Reading Carnival Planning Committee would like to thank the residents of the Kenai Peninsula who attended the second annual Peninsula Reading Carnival on Jan. 31. The event was a huge success. We estimate more than 1,200 people attended! We could never have done this without the support and enthusiasm we received from so many in the community.

Nikiski residents who captured bad guys deserve praise, not jail
A couple of weeks ago a thug or two got caught out in Nikiski with a whole bunch of stolen property. The public (local home owners) did the capturing, not the cops.

North Korea is what happens when good people do nothing
Did you notice how Troy Wise did not mention the 3,000 that died at the World Trade Center? He said "I wish I could undo the suffering we've inflicted on the families of U.S., British and Iraqi casualties."

Many take advantage of event in order to keep kids safe
Another great event took place Jan. 24 at Soldotna Middle School. More than 115 parents and grandparents took the time to attend the fifth annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness Event with their children. Snowmobile safety awareness information was stressed, and more than 185 children's certified snowmobile helmets were purchased at $25 each.

Weary Earnhardt wins another Daytona race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. All Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to do Monday was take it easy and enjoy his Daytona 500 victory.

Employees honored
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education honored two residents Monday night with Golden Apple Awards.

Photo feature: Making it shine
Valarie Johnson dries her truck after giving it a wash in Kenai Tuesday afternoon. Colder temperatures should keep the roads dry for now.

Education talk heard statewide
From counselors and secretaries to cocurricular activities and supply funds, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education spent about seven hours Monday discussing the wide range of cuts that may be made in order to balance the 2005 district budget.

KRSMA voting makeup draws attention
Members of the Alaska Senate Resources Committee raised questions Monday about the efficacy and fairness of changing the voting makeup of the Kenai River Special Management Area Board as proposed in a bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai.

Photo feature: Out of this world
Dessie Ozhuwan and Jennifer Hamman explore the other-worldly ice formations on the beach in Kenai last weekend.

Public ideas sought for CPGH design
Central Peninsula General Hospital is seeking the public's opinions on interior and exterior design features for the hospital's upcoming $49.9-million expansion plan.

Sports manager hired for games
The Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society has hired an Anchorage School District employee with an extensive background in youth athletics as the games' sports manager.

Jury: Trickels, Salvation Army guilty
Jurors in a civil case found Monday that a former Salvation Army minister in Kenai did sexually abuse four girls, that his wife was negligent in not reporting the incidents, and that The Salvation Army was negligent in not taking action.

David Allen 'Pat' Colby
Kenai resident David Allen "Pat" Colby died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 66.

Lorena Keating
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Lorena Keating died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in Mesa, Ariz., after a long battle with cancer. She was 79.

New Oilers GM gets down to business
Ron Lucia's welcome to the Kenai Peninsula was somewhat chilling -- his pipes froze during a cold snap last month -- but things have thawed out since then, and the new general manager of the Peninsula Oilers has been able to dive headlong into his job.

Independents hold power to decide election
WASHINGTON When President Bush swooned in the polls this winter, the growing doubts of independent voters were the leading cause.

Conference of Alaskans didn't use rubber stamp, offers solid suggestions
We have to hand it to the delegates of the Conference of Alaskans for pulling out a few surprises last week.

Greenspan provides lessons to Congress in national economics
In his semi-annual report to Congress (last) Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan put on a masterful performance, cramming a semester's worth of economic lessons into one sitting.

Out of touch with Americans
Here are two examples of how out-of-touch and silly the two major parties' presidential campaigns have become already.

Around the Peninsula
Womens group plans brunch Road service subcommittee to meet Health center plans board meeting Parents support group to meet Master gardening class slated WRCC to hold board meeting Charter school enrollment lottery planned

Around the Peninsula
Aviation safety meeting set for todayMembers wanted for drum groupHistorical society to meetBasic skills program offered to familiesSoHi parents of juniors to meetFish and Game committee meeting set

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team for placing second in the district competition last week.

Flag poetry entries sought
The Alaska Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 is sponsoring the American Flag Poetry program.

Cook Inlet Academy
The first-graders held a reading contest by tracking the number of pages and books read. Participants and contest winners received books as prizes.

Deadline for Rotary scholarship looming
The deadline to apply for one of four Soldotna Rotary Club $1,000 scholarship is Feb. 28. Scholarships are awarded for community service. Grade point average is not a criteria. Soldotna, Skyview and Cook Inlet Academy high school seniors are eligible. Applications can be obtained from students' counselors.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the talent show last week. The first-place winner was Cassie Harris. Second place went to Kris Larson, and Molly Watkins took third.

Spenard Builders Supply offers scholarships
Applications now are available to high school seniors interested in applying for the Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) scholarship.

Skyview High
The girls' and boys' basketball teams will host Wasilla, with games starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

KPBSD to offer scholarships
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is sponsoring two, full-year tuition waiver scholarships for the 2004-05 school year. One will provide a year of tuition at Alaska Vocational Technical Center and one will apply at Kenai Peninsula College.

Wings Christian Academy
Ali Thompson and Naomi Pettey educated the Upper Learning Center last Friday afternoon in the second part of a report trilogy. They have been acting out and describing the origins of various nursery rhymes.

Women represent majority of college students, minority of tenured faculty
NEW YORK When Hunter College salutatorian Chamion Thomas peers into the future, she sees graduate school followed by a professional career but not in higher education.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
There will be no activity Wednesday due to testing this week.

Honor Rolls

Soldotna Middle
Theresa Ramponi and Monica Maryott are participating in the qualifying problem for State Future Problem Solving this week.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Students in grades three through six will take Terra Nova and Alaska Benchmark tests through Friday.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
This is test week, and all students are participating in either the Terra Nova, Alaska Benchmarks or High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. Students should make every effort to be in school, as attendance for these tests is vital.

Open mic night, other events slated for weekend at Soldotna campus
The KPC Student Union presents another open mic night from 7 to 10 Thursday in the commons at the Soldotna campus. The fun-filled evening will feature a variety of readings and music.

Soldotna High
This weekend, the cross-country ski team is at Skyview for the Region III ski meet.

After parents die, California siblings look out for each other
LIVERMORE, Calif. The first call to 911 was a shock: A mother of eight had died at home, her heart suddenly giving out. Two weeks later, another call from the same quiet street The father had collapsed.

Grace Lutheran
Testing has been the word of the week. The students are taking Alaska Benchmark and other standardized tests. It has been a challenging week, but they still have had fun.

In their words... Day offers student a look into the future
As juniors, most of us have no idea what we want to do with the rest of our lives. If you ask us about college, we just shake our heads and admit we don't have a clue where we want to go. At Kenai Central High School, the general majority of the 11th-graders could reply, "undecided" to practically every question about our futures.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Students at Kenai Cooperative Preschool visited the Forget Me Not Center last week to spread some joy.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
This month the children are continuing to learn about the continent of Africa. Some of the parents have brought in items from Africa to share with the class.

KCHS students try out careers
About 138 juniors from Kenai Central High School participated in the school's 10th annual Job Shadow Day last Wednesday, taking an opportunity to spend a day in the working world, trying out the career of their choice.

Tustumena Elementary
Cross-country skiing begins its second session Thursday and will run through March 4. Parents with the desire and equipment are welcome to join the group. Parents wanting more information should contact coordinators Dave Michael or Colleen Sinnott.

Congratulations to fifth- and sixth-grade Battle of the Books team members DeAnne Martin, Quinn Sawyer and Olivia Bowen, as well as coach Natalie Kant, for a third-place finish in the district competition.

Soldotna Elementary
Soldotna Elementary's Title I program will celebrate Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 2 with "Suessentenial" crafts, readings, snacks and games in the gym.

Sears Elementary
Love of Reading Month activities are planned throughout the coming weeks. Fun days include:

Aurora Borealis Charter
Aurora Borealis will host this year's Alaska state Charter School Conference at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on April 2 and 3.

Chapman Elementary
The Snow Rondi Pinewood Derby Race is Feb. 28. Weigh-in is from 10 to 11 a.m., and the race starts at 11 a.m. The race is sponsored by the Chapman Parent Advisory Group. For more information, call (907) 235-8671.

Artists sought for school program
The Artist in Schools Program is looking for professional performing artist interested in sharing their skills with Alaska students and teachers.

Journalism contest set
The Alaska Press Women will hold its annual high school journalism contest. The contest is open to students in grades nine through 12 whose work was published between March 1, 2003, and Feb. 29, 2004. Seniors who graduated in the spring of 2003 and whose work was published between March 1 and graduation also may enter.

Redoubt Elementary
Students in grades three through six will take Terra Nova and Alaska Benchmark assessment exams through Friday. Students can do their best when they have had plenty of sleep, good nutrition and arrive at school on time.

Improving fitness can boost aging adults' brain functions
WASHINGTON (AP) Improving fitness also can boost the thinking ability of aging adults, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

Treasured family rings comes full circle
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) Shortly after her husband died, Judie Vann gave her gold and diamond ring to his best friend in appreciation for the kindness he had shown her family.

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Davis, Palin lead Iron Dog into Nome
Soldotna's Scott Davis and teammate Todd Palin of Wasilla led the 2004 Iron Dog snowmachine race field into Nome, covering the distance from Fairbanks to Nome in 15 hours, eight minutes.

Islanders rally to tie Los Angeles
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Arron Asham scored early in the third period and Rick DiPietro stopped 29 shots, rallying the New York Islanders to a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

Much will be decided in NBA's second half
LOS ANGELES Jason Kidd walked off the interview podium after the NBA All-Star game and delivered a nifty parting shot that could pass as a prediction: ''See you at the finals.''

Pacers' shooting woes lead to Hornets' stinging
INDIANAPOLIS Jamal Mashburn had 20 points, and Baron Davis added 19 points and eight assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets past the Indiana Pacers 89-75 Tuesday night.

NCAA finds Washington culpable in Neuheisel flap
SEATTLE The NCAA cited the University of Washington for lack of institutional control Tuesday in the gambling flap that led to the firing of former football coach Rick Neuheisel.

Sports Briefs
Lumen Christi boys top Homer ChristianZack Steer maintains Quest leadKings activate WebberDodgers hire DePodesta as general managerUSOC: Toth tested positive for THG, modafinil

TCU drills Louisville
FORT WORTH, Texas Corey Santee scored 20 points and TCU gave coach Neil Dougherty his first win over a ranked team, a 71-46 victory over struggling No. 10 Louisville on Tuesday night.

ASAA rules on transfers must change
The Alaska School Activities Association officially let its high school basketball season become a farce last week.

Ellis puts team unity ahead of limelight
After entering the fourth quarter of last year's Class 3A state basketball championship game tied with Barrow, the Nikiski girls extended their defensive pressure and rolled to a 48-41 victory.

KPHA Squirt B splits a pair of games
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team played a pair of games this weekend.

Flyers crash, burn in Lightning storm
TAMPA, Fla. Brad Richards and Cory Stillman each had a goal and two assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Ancient Foreman says he's ready to rumble
MIAMI George Foreman agreed to a tentative $20 million deal to return for a fight celebrating the 30th anniversary of his epic bout with Muhammad Ali, Don King said Tuesday.

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