Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Performers make impression
Carol Ford is bringing the magic of "Brigadoon" to appreciative audiences, as the Kenai Performers pull off a most difficult and charming musical from the heyday of Broadway.

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.

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.

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.

Maine resident disagrees with hunt
Below is a transcript of a letter sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Gov. Frank Murkowski outlining the outrage that many American citizens feel about the mismanagement and slaughter of the wolf population in Alaska and the general disregard that Alaska has shown for its responsibility to protect an irreplaceable natural legacy.

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

Paper delivered boroughwide today
Today's Peninsula Clarion is being distributed to approximately 23,500 locations throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Included with the newspaper is a foreclosure list on real property, which state law requires be published annually.

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.

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.

Homeowners getting tax break
Nearly 8,400 Kenai Peninsula Borough homeowners have applied for the increased property tax exemption approved by voters last fall. In the past, a total of between 8,600 and 8,700 applied for the exemption, borough assessor Shane Horan said.

Permanent fund fraud a felony?
JUNEAU — The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants to make lying on permanent fund dividend applications a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Graduate fishes for career options with Kenai Wild
Last commercial fishing season, Brian Chase made a special trip to the fish buying station to deliver a single Kenai Wild fish.

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.

Happy Valley man dies in shooting
Alaska State Troopers are treating a shooting in Happy Valley on Sunday evening as a homicide investigation.

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.

Budget cuts may dampen fire mitigation
Wildland fire management programs could lose as much as $283 million nationwide under President George W. Bush's proposed fiscal year 2006 federal budget, according to an analysis of the budget conducted by the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Healing stitches
Instructor Sandy McIntyre helps Nick Phillips with a sewing machine at Kenai Alternative High School on Tuesday morning during a class project to make quilts for soldiers injured in the Iraq War. See story, page C-1.

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.

Lila B. Rozak
Longtime Kenai resident Lila B. Rozak died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 90.

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

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
Quilt guild to meet Senior Olympics planned Food bank plans open house, events Dog races slated Relay for Life meeting set Ford to perform at library

Kenai Cooperative
Children are learning about the food-pyramid today. They continue to learn about their bodies and germs.

Soldotna High
Congratulations to the musicians for being chosen to attend the All-Northwest Honor Music Festival in Bellevue, Wash. Tim Lybrand and Dustin Miller were selected to participate in the choir, and Aleks Pfaffe was chosen to play French horn in the band.

Redoubt Elementary
Love of Reading Month activities include Family Math and Science Night Thursday; the reading challenge continues and students should turn in their forms.

KPC around campus: Video gamers, card players unite for club
According to KPC student Brett Encelewski, the ship has finally arrived for peninsula gamers. Gamers engage in any gaming activity ranging from cards to the most advanced online video games. Gamers focus on mind dexterity and strategy and competition. They have a new place to go to find others of like mind; enter the Kenai Peninsula College Gamers Association (KPCGA).

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. George's class is connecting the social studies curriculum of the Kenai Peninsula and early homesteading with the "Little House" series. Students are reading "Little House in the Big Woods," by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and doing related projects such as a map study, making butter and sampling "cracklins."

Lunch Menus
Elementary Secondary

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Classes are learning about dental care and and doing activities focusing on taking good care of their teeth. They also have been making food pyramids, talking about healthy snacks and the Iditarod.

Rotary Club scholarship deadline March 1
Soldotna Rotary Club is offering five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. The scholarships are based on the Rotary motto, "Service above self," and the community service the applicant has participated in during their high school career.

Skyview High
Nordic ski team competes at Birch Hill in Fairbanks this weekend.

Deadline for VFW scholarship nears
The deadline for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 Vicki Webb Nelson memorial scholarship is Monday.

Wings Christian Academy
The kindergarten class can count by fives and recognize the special sounds for various letters and pairs of letters. They also are studying China and learning about calendars.

Youth court classes begin
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court is holding classes to train new student attorneys. Any junior high or high school student is eligible to serve in Youth Court, including home-school students.

Kenai Central
There will be a student of the month luncheon Thursday.

Tustumena Elementary
The staff thanks the PTO and Brenda Cisneros for providing lunches during parent teacher conferences. Staff said the fare was delicious and much appreciated.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to the seventh- and eighth-grade battle of the books team. The school placed second in the state. The team members were Maya Johnson, Vanessa Dukowitz, Molly Watkins, Kirsten Lawrence and Devon Cowans.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Cramer's third-grade class is having a "Read In" Thursday in honor of Love of Reading month.

Stitches for soldiers
As the U.S. administration continues to lead its preemptive strike in the name of democracy and war on terrorism throughout Iraq, Americans will continue to be divided on its purpose, philosophy, mechanics, methodology and questions of humanity. But these questions don't matter to people who want to support the troops who carry out the orders of war.

Nikiski Middle Senior High
The cross country ski team traveled to Fairbanks Tuesday for state competition Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The staff congratulates second-grader Tanner Wortham; first-grader Isabelle Luze; and kindergartner Jasmine Carter for their hard work.

Chapman School
Title I teacher, Mrs. Crum, hosted Thursday night's Bingo for Books for enhanced literacy. The event featured homemade desserts, bookmark craft projects and bingo. Every participating child and adult won a book at their specific reading level.

Sears Elementary
First-graders in Ms. Ralston's room are finishing up their day and night unit by creating spaceships to travel to their favorite planet. They also are writing stories to go along with their spaceships.

Pudewa Excellence in Writing Workshop for grades fourth and fifth will take place in March. Call Natalie to sign up.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to Cory Heitzman for helping another student at school. He was honored for the deed with a movie pass.

Cook Inlet Academy
Ms. Becky, preschool teacher, thanks the students who work as teacher aids. She thinks that they do a terrific job.

Soldotna Middle
This year's celebrity pie auction, featuring auctioneer Norm Blakeley, is March 8 after the choir and band concert. There will be a silent auction and preview prior to the concert. Anyone interested in donating a pie should call Jennifer at 260-3030.

Interior Distance Education Alaska
Congratulations to the seventh- and eighth-grade IDEA Battle of the Books Team and to the fifth- and sixth-grade IDEA Battle of the Books Team for taking first place in the state competition. We are proud of these students for their achievement.

Monday through March 4 is Love of Reading Week. Watch for classroom newsletters outlining the activities.

The Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council is offering scholarships to Kenai Peninsula graduating seniors or graduating home-school students. Last year the council was able to award six scholarships; two for $500, two for $250, and two for $100 to local students.

Senior Menus
Homer Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

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

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.

In PGA Tour's eyes, it's a small world
The logo is a spinning globe with colors that represent the six major golf tours. And the name of this marquee event is a dead giveaway — the World Golf Championships.

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.

Bonds steps in to face media
Barry Bonds was surly as ever on his first day of spring training, angrily dodging questions about steroids and pronouncing himself ready to resume his pursuit of baseball's home run record.

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.

Toronto rips New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The sight of his old team made Vince Carter look like the player the Toronto Raptors wanted to get rid of.

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

Teams issue franchise tags
Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the hero of two of New England's three Super Bowl victories, was protected by the Patriots on Tuesday by being tagged as the team's franchise player.

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.

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.

North Carolina bests North Carolina State
RALEIGH, N.C. — Melvin Scott replaced the ill Rashad McCants in the starting lineup and scored 12 points to lead No. 2 North Carolina past North Carolina State 81-71 on Tuesday night.

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

The Next Level
Hakkinen 29th in mass start race

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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