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Thursday, February 19, 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.

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.

Bush retreats on predictions of new jobs this year
WASHINGTON President Bush distanced himself Wednes-day from White House predictions that the economy will add 2.6 million jobs this year, the second embarrassing economic retreat in a week and new fuel for Democratic criticism.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleGCI to hold investor conference callHomer Hockey Association representative to speakKenai River Center puts permit applications onlineCash flow, budget management seminar scheduledState launches online tax systemNominations available for health care excellence

Cingular must improve customer satisfaction
ATLANTA Cingular Wireless, a patchwork of smaller companies, is on the verge of becoming the nation's largest mobile phone provider with its planned purchase of AT&T Wireless, but the company must fix service problems if it wants to become an industry leader in its own right.

Making dreams true and clothes clean
Dreams come in all shapes, sizes and colors. It's a safe bet that few, however, include a rinse cycle.

Steer maintains Yukon Quest lead
EAGLE (AP) Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain kept a narrowing lead Wednesday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race as racers headed toward the Canadian border and the next checkpoint at Dawson City.

Kenai Performers stage 'My Favorite Year' show
It is not unusual for the Kenai Performers to make their productions as elaborate and polished as possible, but in their latest musical, "My Favorite Year," the group truly goes to excess.

What's Happening
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Author makes whales' tale a real winner
The beluga whales of Cook Inlet have become a classic case for ecosystem concern.

Art Briefs
Painting group to meetTalent show applications availableHomer holds community conversationWriting submissions acceptedLogo design contest announcedStudents' stories, photos wantedArt workshops offeredAssault awareness writing contest heldStatewide poetry contest announced

Gaming action gets put on hold
A controversial resolution that would have supported pending state legislation seeking to add the use of electronic gaming machines to the types of gambling permitted in Alaska was tabled at the request of its sponsor at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Bill would impose tax on gas reserves
The state is reviewing applications to build a natural gas pipeline, but a legislator is worried there might not be an adequate supply of gas.

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Chenault bill first one signed
A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, giving municipalities the ability to reduce tax assessments on property destroyed or damaged by disaster became the first law of the legislative session to be signed into law by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

U.S. should appeal Tustumena decision to nation's highest court
A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision demonstrates once again how misguided and misinformed the 9th Circuit is.

Young Alaskans need to stand up against injustices against seniors
Perhaps most young Alaskans don't realize what happened when Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoed the $250 longevity bonus. Senior citizens deserve this modest stipend to pay rent, utilities, fuel bills, purchase food and medical drugs, wheelchairs, canes and numerous medical paraphernalia while still having enough money left for some modest entertainment and to attend church on Sunday.

Parent volunteer sees 'Battle of the Books' from the front lines
During the past two weeks, I have had the privilege of being a parent volunteer at two different schools during the recent "Battle of the Books" competition.

Column adds laughter to life
Here's to A.E. Poynor's weekly column, "Of Moose and Men," and the laughter it brings to my life! I often share this column with my son who lives in Fairbanks who also finds it humerous.

Income tax would fund government services better than piecemeal plan
It was stimulating to witness the recent convention of Gov. Murkowski-sponsored delegates discussing Alaska's fiscal crisis and suggested remedies. The 55 in caucus recognized one possible and logical solution, the reimposition of the state income tax.

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.

Nikiski center gets mixed response
Many of the two dozen people who showed up at a special meeting of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area in Nikiski on Monday night expressed opposition to a planned Nikiski Community Center, but the board approved a 2004-05 budget that includes money to fund a center.

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

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: 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.

Forster hearing delayed again
David S. Forster was given two more weeks by Superior Court Judge Harold Brown to determine whether he can get a private defense attorney.

Young honors CAP cadet
While in town Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Don Young took time to make a special presentation to a local youth who has gone far above literally the call of duty.

Congressman wants national transportation addressed
Alaska Congressman Don Young said Wednesday he wants to get the nation moving, telling the Kenai Chamber of Commerce he believes government's top priority should be improvements to the nation's transportation infrastructure.

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.

Contractors not only overcharing, they're underpaying taxes
We've all heard horror stories about government contractors overcharging. There was the $127 washer that could have been purchased for $10.50. And there was the recent $6.3 million check Halliburton wrote the Army Materiel Command to reimburse it for a suspected overcharge for services provided in Iraq.

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.

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.

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.

Elected officials sworn to keep law, not break it
It's easy to sympathize with the elected officials in San Francisco who have begun issuing marriage licenses to gay couples they believe in this issue passionately, and they're doing something they believe in.

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
Blood drive scheduled todaySPCA to hold fund-raiserSoroptimists plan board meetingDisabled veterans to meet'Builders Jeopardy' presentation setMaster gardeners to discuss water gardensKenai River advisory board meeting slatedVillage fair seeking vendors, volunteers

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Connections
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Honor Rolls

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
The Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll as compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner with team, first-place votes in parentheses, record through Feb. 14 and total points awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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.

Islanders send Penguins to 16th straight defeat
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Mariusz Czerkawski scored a pair of power-play goals, and Garth Snow stopped 18 shots as the New York Islanders held on for a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night that sent the Penguins to their 16th straight loss. Since the Penguins lost in overtime on Saturday to St. Louis, their official losing streak ended at 13 games.

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.

Frank sets record for best coaching start
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Lawrence Frank set a record for the best start by an NBA coach with his 10th straight victory when New Jersey defeated Atlanta 98-92 Wednesday night.

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.

St. Joseph's still undefeated
NEW YORK Jameer Nelson had 18 points and nine assists to lead the second-ranked St. Joseph's Hawks to a 72-54 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night.

Daly playing golf, living his life from the rough all the time
He stood in the 18th fairway locked in a playoff and needing to airmail his golf ball 262 yards to clear a pond, which at that moment must have looked as wide to John Daly as the Pacific Ocean shining in the distance.

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

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