Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Kasilof duo still near top of Quest
Lance Mackey and Jon Little of Kasilof continued to challenge for the top spot in the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race Sunday.

Veteran, rookie combine to take 2005 Tesoro Iron Dog title
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A veteran and a rookie combined to win the world's longest snowmobile race.

Sled dog races are no place for the family pet
I recently had the privilege to serve as a volunteer at the Tustemena 200 Sled Dog Race the last weekend of January. Many volunteers worked hard and long hours all weekend long, but what I noticed was the alarming amount of spectators who brought their own pets to the starting line.

Mushers, massage therapists helped make retreat a success
Something wonderful happened last month. It was not the sort of thing that would make headlines or ever get written down for posterity. Rather it was the quiet act of simple, selfless kindness.

Seniors appreciate support on graduation issue
As members of the Kenai Central High School graduating class of 2005, we would like to thank the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the Kenai City Council for allowing us time to share our concerns about the location of our graduation and for their letter and resolution of support for keeping our Kenai graduation in Kenai. Thank you to the Kenai Fire and Police Department for their support and willingness to help with training the personnel who will be staffing graduation in crowd control techniques. It is great to see these organizations care and their commitment to Kenai's youth. We would also like to thank the community of Kenai for their overwhelming support on this issue so important to us with their phone calls, letters, and other forms of encouragement. Lastly, but certainly not least, we thank the Peninsula Clarion and KSRM radio for their unbiased coverage in reporting the advantages and disadvantages of both locations and providing means for our community to be informed of our predicament.

Students know the truth: liberal media distort the real facts
The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Ga.) editorial in the Feb 16. Clarion is a joke. They talked about how U.S. students need to learn about freedom? Of the press? And they at the liberal Augusta Chronicle said they were "depressed to findthat athird of the students were hostile to a free press and another 13 percent were indifferent."?

Legislators appreciated help with special committee meeting
I want to take this opportunity to commend the many people who participated in the Joint Senate and House Resources Committee meeting on Feb. 11 at the Challenger Learning Center.

Use sensible solutions to solidify Social Security
Is the proposed privatization of a person's Social Security contribution inaccurate as a way to strengthen this vital program? Social Security needs to be strengthened for out children and grandchildren — but the "solution" should not be worse than the problem. Present Social Security program funding will allow 100 percent of benefits to 2042. It is possible to make adjustments now that will pay 100 percent after 2042.

Gordon wins wild one
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon kept looking for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his rearview mirror. When he finally saw him, ''I thought it was over, done,'' Gordon said.

Nikiski
Good morning. Words to think about this week: "Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time." — Abraham Lincoln

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. Hopefully your week is off to a good start. The earlier sunrise is a welcome addition to my day, as well as the extra minutes added to the hour commonly referred to as dusk.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Remember the Bingo for Books I told you about, where the Sterling PTA was raising money for a reading program? Well it was a success. They raised close to $500 for the Reading is Fun program.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Have you noticed how much daylight is left at the end of the workday? The days are getting over five minutes longer a day, which shakes out to be over a half hour a week, or two hours a month. Won't be long until we're firing up our lawn mowers instead of snowblowers.

Soldotna
Hi. Your neighbors Jim and Betty Harris and daughter Nancy Myers spent a wonderful week and a half in San Diego visiting with Nancy's children and the Harris grandkids Jason and Chelsey.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. America has been blessed to have had the presidents whose birthdays we have remembered this month. I love to read about our past presidents and their wives. In The Presidents' Cookbook by Patricia Brooks, there are not only recipes enjoyed by each president from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson, but there are interesting facts not found in ordinary history books.

Cooper Landing
Greetings. Marilyn Gravenhorst heads up the book club at 3 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at the library. They choose books, fiction and non-fiction, from a variety of subjects to read and discuss. I think the most recent one is about the lives of pioneering women as told from letters written home. New non-fiction books available at the library include "To War in a Tin Can," "The Birder's Guide to Bed and Breakfasts," and " The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks."

Kids catching cabin fever? Put them on ice
What do you do to entertain a bunch of kids, but it's not quite time for an Easter egg hunt? How about a colored ice-cube hunt? That's just one of the children's activities planned for this Saturday at Winter Fun Day in Sterling.

Moonlighting
The moon rises Saturday behind a bald eagle perched in a tree at the Soldotna landfill. Earth's satellite will be full on Thursday. Clear skies are not likely this week, though. Forecasters are calling for cloudy weather through Saturday.

Commercial fishing rights in western Alaska change
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Tens of millions of dollars worth of commercial fishing rights have been shuffled among six companies working on behalf of villages in western Alaska.

Plan for more testing may fail at school board
The expanding No Child Left Behind education overhaul has brought about an increase in the amount of tests students take. For fear that there may be too much testing in schools, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board will discuss its own proposed testing program — certified diploma — in that light.

Forget fillets, try fish patties
Midwest pork producers, look out. A pinker and leaner breakfast sausage will be hitting breakfast plates across the country in the next 45 days.

Nikiski site could fly for aviation company's plant
Nikiski is being eyed as the location for an aviation company's operations which could generate about 800 new jobs directly and indirectly, said a Kenai Peninsula Borough report.

In the swing of things
Kaleb Reaves gets a helping hand on the swing set from his dad Dave and brother Luke during an outing at Redoubt Elementary School Saturday morning.

Boy's health hangs in balance of Medicaid negotiations
The state of Alaska has issued emergency regulations through the state Department of Health and Social Services in order to expedite the treatment of 2-year-old Landon Rogers of Kenai, who suffers from severe failure to thrive caused by an underdeveloped gastrointestinal tract and the inability to absorb nutrients.

Bulkhead collapses, workers avoid injury
SITKA (AP) — Two workers at the Halibut Point Marine boatyard escaped serious injury when a waterfront bulkhead collapsed, releasing tons of gravel fill and sweeping the men into the ocean.

Rough times face coastal management
Two bills introduced in the Alaska House and Senate last week seek to provide coastal communities more time to revise their district coastal management plans that currently are due in March.

Elizabeth Beth Lawrence
Sterling resident Elizabeth "Beth" Lawrence died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 45.

Calm Dean could help Democrats
Before the Iowa caucuses, presidential hopeful Howard Dean was the most popular Vermonter since Ben and Jerry. Like ice cream, Dean didn't hold up well to intense heat. The former governor let out a war whoop during his concession speech in Iowa, and the media destroyed him. Rumors of Dean's political death were greatly exaggerated. On (Feb. 12), he was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee. ...

Justices should consider retiring
The Supreme Court returns to business this week without Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the bench.

Community Events
ICAN to meet Senior Olympics planned Relay For Life to hold meeting Financial workshop slated Ford to perform at library RCAC to meet Dodgeball league forming CES seeking volunteers

Peninsula People
Area students make dean's list KCHS class reunion planned

Food for thought: Kids will fast for charity fund-raiser
On Friday and Saturday, 12 Nikiski teenagers, all members of the Bible study group Crosseyed, will experience something millions of American teens have never known — hunger.

Club News
Soroptimist to meet Soldotna Elks table tennis results Recycling fund-raiser begins Pop Warner registration begins Wildlife volunteers sought Home building workshop set

Community Schools
Soldotna Community Schools Homer Community Schools

Around the Peninsula
Public comment on design concepts sought Home building workshop planned KPFA meeting set Bed and breakfast group to meet KPBSD honor band concert scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Forest service to host workshops CPGH to hold board meeting Blood drive slated Home building workshop set Winter fun day set

Senior Menus
Homer Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

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

Red-hot Redick leads Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. — J.J. Redick scored a career-high 38 points after coach Mike Krzyzewski shook up the starting lineup, and reserve Lee Melchionni added 15.

Olympic delegates assess New York
NEW YORK (AP) — The city, digging out from a snowstorm, rolled out a warm welcome Monday for the 13 delegates charged with helping select a host city for the 2012 Olympics.

Crowd cheers Giambi
Jason Giambi wasted no time beginning his rehabilitation with the New York Yankees' fans after a season wrecked by injury and an offseason filled with steroid allegations.

Scott finds silver lining at wet Nissan
LOS ANGELES — Adam Scott rarely feels a sense of urgency in the second round, but this was different. It was Sunday in the Nissan Open, with clouds gathering on the horizon, and he was one shot out of the lead.

NBA teams face trading deadline
DENVER — In the hours before the All-Star game, Kevin Garnett wondered how the Minnesota Timberwolves might regain the lofty status they recently lost.

Short day earns Scott big check
LOS ANGELES — Adam Scott has his name on the Nissan Open trophy.

Big show doesn't disappoint
DENVER — Primping, preening, playful and preposterous, The Big Entertainer gave the NBA All-Star game a supersized dose of personality — though he wouldn't go so far as to do it while wearing a shoe phone.

Sunday's epic race turns team's tragedy into triumph: Sports views
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — You could walk the length of this oval two times and be hard pressed to find anyone connected to the sport who wouldn't call this one fitting.

Kansas loses third straight game
NORMAN, Okla. — Terrell Everett scored 19 points and freshman David Godbold added a career-high 15 to help No. 22 Oklahoma beat Kansas 71-63 on Monday night, handing the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in nearly 11 years.

Little holds lead in Quest
Jon Little held the lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Monday night.

A payoff fit for a King
All the hard work is finally paying dividends for Skyview senior cross-country skier Noah King. King's senior ski season has been marked by a string of successes. He won his first Kenai Peninsula Borough ski title, followed that up with making Alaska's Junior Olympics team for the first time, then had a personal-best, second-place finish at the Region III ski meet.

CIA boys top Su Valley
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team defeated host Susitna Valley 54-43 Saturday in nonconference basketball action.

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