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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Red Sox will get championship rings while Yankees are at Fenway
The Boston Red Sox will ring in the home portion of their schedule by getting their World Series rings at their home opener April 11 before a full house of 35,000 fans — and the New York Yankees.

Northern Dynasty to purchase Teck Cominco's Pebble interest
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. announced Wednesday that the company would purchase the residual 50-percent working interest in the Pebble project's Exploration Lands held by Teck Cominco American Inc.

The sky's the limit
The co-owner of Natron Air along with his wife, Janet Pope, is about to purchase this new airplane to increase the amount of passengers he can carry in one load making it easier to service Anchorage and many of the fishing and hunting lodges in the area.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Nonprofit workshops to be held Roberts honored

Mackey leads Quest field into home stretch
Kasilof musher Lance Mackey and his team were the first to pull into the Angel Creek checkpoint Wednesday night, just 100 miles from the finish of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and Fairbanks.

Feel free: Artists share show, interest in organic forms
One prefers graphite and watercolor work and moved to Alaska in 1972, another has a degree in painting and came to the Kenai Peninsula in 2002, and the third spent six years in Guam before putting her degrees in art education and ceramics to use teaching at Soldotna Middle School.

Art Briefs
Student art classes slated Kenai Juried Art Exhibit nears Tile-making workshop slated Students invited to enter contest Money available for artists Homer concert series seeks musicians Concert on the Lawn looking for acts

Feeling blue: NYPD Blue TV show wraps up after 12 years
LOS ANGELES — Sure, the nudity was startling. But the proof that ''NYPD Blue'' would be a bold and unsettling new force on TV was police Detective Andy Sipowicz's snarled insult.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

From the bookshelf
Alaska contains the largest mountains in North America, so it is no surprise that a comprehensive history of the continent's mountaineering has much to say about our state.

Donation helps council help others
The Salamatof Tribal Council would like to thank First National Bank Alaska for its generous contribution of $5,000 to our "Home to School" tutor program. This donation supports our community by providing educational support via our tutoring program to Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, Sears Elementary, Kenai Middle School and part-time tutors at Nikiski North Star, Tebughna and Kenaitze Head Start.

Walleyball provides fun, healthy activity
I want to express my thanks to the Boys and Girls Club; particularly to Lisa Diorec, Kase McClure and Taryn Reese for organizing the Walleyball Valentine's Tournament last Saturday, as they have done for the past eight years, and to the sponsor Coca Cola.

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.

Letter questions writer's oil-gas facts
After reading "Remember, oil and gas resources belong to Alaska," (James Price, Feb. 15), I found myself somewhat disheartened by his lack of true facts. First off, Mr. Price claims BP made $16 billion in fourth quarter profits for 2004. If you researched your information correctly, Mr. Price, you would see that BP's fourth-quarter profits were actually $2.53 billion, worldwide, I might add.

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.

Gordon reflects back on career after Daytona win
Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500 last Sunday, and he hopes to turn that into his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship.

This Week's Race Auto Club 500
Where: California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

NASCAR moves qualifying to Saturday to save money, time
FONTANA, Calif. — Kyle Petty the car owner was glad to get NASCAR's help against Kyle Petty the driver.

Green Flag
New spoiler rules may spoil California race Lepage on roll with high Daytona finish Daytona 500 ties TV ratings record

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.

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

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.

Snow-thrower
John Snyder sends soft snow from his driveway on its way Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies through the weekend with highs in the mid-30s — just enough to keep the snow soft.

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.

Lost snowmachiner rescued near Seward
A 31-year-old Anchorage snowmachiner was rescued Monday evening after spending five hours lost in the vicinity of Lost Lake near Seward.

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.

Students remain top priority
As federal mandates flourish and federal funding for education fizzles, it becomes increasingly critical for states and local governments to pick up the load. Board members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District went to Juneau this month to lobby for much-needed finances.

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.

GTL plant not done yet; more tests on tap
The $86 million experimental Gas-to-Liquids Plant in Nikiski will fire up again later this year and conduct additional testing on aspects of the process, a BP official said Tuesday.

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.

A.T. Jack Cooper
Former Alaska resident A.T. "Jack" Cooper died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005. He was 82.

Robert E. Bob Lee
Longtime Kenai resident Robert E. "Bob" Lee died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 72.

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

Legislators should reform Alaska's retirement system
Watching legislators discuss the problems in the state-run employee retirement system is enough to put people to sleep, yet the financial mess confronting the system that serves so many Alaska governments and entities should be enough to keep everyone awake.

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

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold board meeting ICAN to meet KCHS after-prom meeting set Senior Olympics planned RCAC to meet Musical scheduled Dance concert set

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lunch Menus
Elementary Secondary

KPCLC
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.

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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."

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

Skiers make tracks for Fairbanks
The bad news for Kenai Peninsula high school cross-country ski teams is that due to a lack of snow in Anchorage two weeks ago, the state championship meet was moved to the Birch Hill Recreation Area in Fairbanks, where it has been held for the last three seasons.

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.

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.

Sooner or later, Bonds will have to answer
Barry Bonds talks a game every bit as good as the one he plays, and that's really saying something. For 37 minutes during a televised news conference Tuesday, the San Francisco slugger talked about truth, justice, race, threats to the public health, the working man, jealousy, envy and fairness, pausing at one point to insist ''Don't edit this, make it live.''

Unbeaten Illinois thumps Northwestern
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dee Brown scored 20 points, 18 on 3-pointers, to lead top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois to an 84-48 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night that clinched a share of the Big Ten title for the Illini.

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.

Cavaliers pin loss on Bulls
CLEVELAND — Zydrunas Ilgauskas and LeBron James scored 41 of Cleveland's 57 points in the second half, and the Cavaliers returned from the All-Star break with a 100-91 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

Kings deal Webber to 76ers
The Sacramento Kings traded Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76ers late Wednesday night, parting ways with the cornerstone of their renaissance in a six-player deal that dramatically reshaped both teams.

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.

The Next Level
Hakkinen 29th in mass start race

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.

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