Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Athletes test their skills
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada About 40 young athletes from the Kenai Peninsula are in Fort McMurray this week representing their region and state in the 2004 Arctic Winter Games.

Alaska pulls ahead in medals
After three days of competition, Team Alaska pulled ahead in the 2004 Arctic Winter Games, leading the 10 participating teams with 29 medals. The Yukon team was in second, with 24 medals, while Northern Alberta was in third, with 19 medals.

Different worlds: Games open doors to learn others' cultures
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada Beating sticks and shaking rattles to keep time, a group of Kenaitze Indian Tribe drummers and dancers shared their traditional songs and dances with residents at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray on Monday.

Cubs' Prior must rest Achilles'
When the Chicago Cubs start spring training games, Mark Prior will be resting his right foot instead of firing fastballs.

Standing with the Shadows
So when did you decide what you wanted to be when you grew up, what school would be best to help you meet your goals, and what any of your interests were really like in a 9 to 5 setting.

Local nursing students receive scholarships
It will take thousands of communities like the Kenai Peninsula, and thousands more individuals like Don Bradford to meet the nursing shortage that is facing our nation, but the local effort of the Nursing Education Consortium is having an impact.

AWG 2006 Host Society names Sports Manager
In just a few weeks the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Alberta Canada will be history, and the eyes and hopes of athletes from participating nations will turn to the Kenai Peninsula, host for the 2006 Games.

ACS contributes connectivity for Challenger Center
Keeping the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska connected and making E-missions possible in remote locations is expensive. An expense that Alaska Communications Systems is happy to be able to contribute, "We're very proud to able to support the Challenger Center for another year.

Peninsula AWG delegation heads to Wood Buffalo
What is probably the largest and broadest representative delegation of Kenai Peninsula residents ever assembled in one place other than here at home, is now in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada for the 2004 Arctic Winter Games (AWG).

7th Annual Trustworthy Ice Fishing Derby draws to a close
It's been a great winter for ice fishing, and a banner year for the 7th Annual Trustworthy Ice Fishing Derby. Scott Miller, store manager of the family owned Trustworthy Hardware Store in Soldotna, created the Derby and says its been growing year after year.

Senate backs stay of fish fry decision
The Alaska Senate has passed and sent a resolution to the Alaska House requesting the U.S. Depart-ment of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that has banned salmon stocking in Tustumena Lake.

Wagoner Funding a Loser
After reading the Peninsula Clarion Feb. 26 article "Senate seeking appeal in fish stocking case," I felt compelled to respond.

Donations will benefit kids
Soldotna Little League's board of directors would like to express their deepest gratitude to the family and friends of Lowell Gdula who so generously donated money in his loving memory to this nonprofit organization. These funds will benefit hundreds of children in our community who take part in Little League baseball and softball.

Too many people destroying too much habitat, hurting fish and game
The Native Americans now in Alaska's wilderness and those in dire need should be the only people to receive the right to subsistence living. Alaska's precious predators are now becoming victims to non-Native people and their explosive ways. The game numbers remaining the same or decreasing is because of these people taking more than they need or there sheer unnatural numbers impacting the environment for what they need.

Rich minority too powerful; wealthy are running the country
The United States is the only third world among the advanced countries of the world: Wages are going no where for the majority yet, benefits are being reduced; public education gets federally hyped at re-election time but doesn't seem to be taken seriously despite the bravado & stern looks; Who can afford higher education, health care, housing, & transportation w/out mom & dad both working.

Gibson's film an embarrassment to informed people of faith
"The Passion of the Christ" is a very disappointing movie. It is not really about the suffering Christ who endures humiliation for me. It is a brutal horror film that could be called, "The Torture of Christ."

Many contribute to success of Alaska Junior Miss program
The Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program held its annual competition Feb. 7 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Twenty-three high school seniors from around the state converged on the peninsula for a week-long stint to compete for the coveted title of Alaska's 2004 Junior Miss. Because we are a nonprofit organization, it takes the generosity of others to make our program a success. Therefore, I would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions:

Highway crash kills Kenai man
A 25-year-old Kenai man died Tuesday when the tractor-trailer truck he was driving struck a guardrail and flipped over on the Seward Highway north of Seward.

Truck plunges through lake ice; man dies
A Kenai man died and four others survived after the U-Haul truck and a GMC pickup they were riding in plunged through the ice on Skilak Lake late Monday night.

Resignation offered by district's Whiteley
HOMER Of the $3.5 million in cuts to next year's budget proposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, those to the Quest program drew the most scrutiny by the board of education at Monday's meeting in Homer.

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Trees may be finding way to fight back against beetle
Alone, standing green and tall, a healthy white spruce seems almost out of place amid the stand of graying deadwood killed by bark beetles.

DEC commissioner: Cuts won't affect spill protection
The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation stressed last week that no matter what cuts are made to state government, DEC remains committed to protecting Cook Inlet from harmful oil spills.

James Blake McMahan
Sterling resident James Blake McMahan died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Rodney Craig Nicholas
Rodney Craig Nicholas died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage of complications from a long illness. He was 51.

Donna B. Higley
Kenai resident Donna B. Higley died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at Washington State University Medical Center of lung disease. She was 67.

Laws bad substitute for good parenting
Here's a tip for moms and dads who are getting a little tired of all their parental duties: Get a legislator to sponsor a bill so someone else will pick up your responsibilities.

Democrats play it safe with guns
WASHINGTON Doug Hattaway tells a cautionary tale for the candidates of 2004 from the annals of the last campaign.

Turnout key to 2004 election
A recent survey conducted by a company called Research 2000 shows President George W. Bush with a narrow lead in Florida against John Kerry. While I'm not familiar with this particular polling firm, a quick examination of the survey suggests they are on the mark.

Board of Game not in need of different name, more members
''A rose by any other name would smell as sweet ...''

Around the Peninsula
Dr. Seuss birthday celebration set for todaySenior service board meeting slatedNikiski senior parents to meetHEA nomination deadline loomingCharter school to hold enrollment lotteryVillage Fair seeking vendors, volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Church plans workshops Community science evening planned Historical society to meet PFLAG schedules meeting Greco to speak at Solid Rock

Cook Inlet Academy
The preschool classes made homemade fishing poles for an ice fishing adventure at Scout Lake. Many students caught fish and cooked their prize catch for dinner. The class thanks the Millers for hosting the outing.

Tustumena Elementary
Picture day is March 10. Magic Moments will take class pictures as well as individual pictures. Payment information will be sent home this week to all parents.

Molly Hootch Hymes recalls famous Native education case
ANCHORAGE Molly Hootch Hymes' name is synonymous with the struggle for equal education in rural Alaska.

Farm Bureau to offer scholarships
The Alaska Farm Bureau will award two $1,500 scholarships to students who are entering an agricultural or natural resources field.

Kenai Middle
Trevor Schaffner and Jennifer Sassi were our General Mills Box Tops winners this week. They won a dollar coupon to the school store.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
There will be parent training at 2:40 p.m. Thursday in the Title 1 room. The "Fear Factor" style Student in Good Standing activity will be Friday. The site council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The preschoolers finished up the week "All Things Prehistoric Dinosaurs."

Mountain View Elementary
Mr. Knudsen's and Mr. Vedders' classes would like to thank fishery biologist Patti Berkhahn for sharing her expertise with the third-grade students.

Sterling Elementary
On Friday, classes were visited by Paula Mohler and Kris Rose from Dr. Tom Kobylarz's office. They talked to the students about dental health and hygiene. They emphasized the importance of brushing and flossing. The staff and students would like to thank them for their time and information.

No parent left behind? Law's promises prove elusive
WASHINGTON As the mother of three black children, Loraine Carter wanted to know how minority students were doing in her suburban Philadelphia district. She uncovered even more: the powers promised to today's public school parents.

The staff would like to congratulate the Alaska state Battle of the Books winners third- and fourth-grade team of Hope Steffensen, John Shirley, Jesse Sandoz and Mika Morton. Their coach was Marti Shirley.

North Star Elementary
The school forensics meet was Feb. 24. The staff would like to thank the students who participated and volunteer judges, Donna Rooper, Colleen Wik and Laura Rooper for their time.

Kenai Central High
The staff would like to congratulate Anna Krismer, Manu Leppert, Rachael Uponen, Jon Sanchez, Kayla Kiech, Maddie Moore, Adam DeMello and Hannah Watkins, who represented the school in the ASAA State World Languages Declamation Contest in Anchorage on Feb. 21. It was the first time in 10 years a Kenai Peninsula team has participated.

Redoubt Elementary
Turn off your TV week ends Sunday. Evening activities planned are family science night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the gym and the Imaginarium Science Festival from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Grace Lutheran
Cara Zarnstoff, a sophomore majoring in elementary education at Martin Luther College, spent the past week in the upper-grade classroom as part of her field experience. She assisted the class with cross-country skiing, accompanied them on the piano during music class and taught various classes.

KPC students take plea for more funding plea Legislature
The following story is brought to you by KPC Student Union Communications Officer John Lagoutaris. John interviewed his fellow student onion officers after their recent trip to the Alaska State Legislature and here is their story, in John's words:

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The students enjoyed sharing their Winnie the Pooh things.

Most parents raise, spend money for schools, poll finds
WASHINGTON The three-campus Capitol Hill Cluster School needed it all: paper, paint, ink cartridges, locker parts and those little metal glides to fix wobbly chairs.

Observations about the No Child Left Behind law and its promises to parents:
''The information is out there, but it's difficult to find. Most parents do not have time to get on a computer and look for it, and some parents don't have access to a computer. That's what we have to do: Get to them and get the word out.''

Aurora Borealis
The kindergarten class has begun studying Australia.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Overturf's class are learning about the water cycle and clouds. The three types of clouds they will be graphing over the month are cumulus, stratus and cirrus. Mrs. Overturf is looking for a small aquarium. She is considering a new pet anole for the classroom.

Soldotna Elementary
Students celebrated 100 years of Dr. Seuss with a day of Seuss learning activities and a schoolwide birthday party. The administration would like thank the staff and Title 1 teacher Katrina Cannava for the many activities.

100 years of Seuss
From the front of the building to staff members and students decked out in "Cat in the Hat" costumes, Soldotna Elementary School was undoubtedly celebrating the 100th anniversary Tuesday of the birth of Theodor S. Geisel, known to millions as Dr. Seuss.

Nikiski Elementary
There will be a joint Nikiski PTA-North Star PTO meeting at 4 p.m. today at Nikiski Elementary in the music room. The topic of discussion will be whether the new school should have a PTA or a PTO. All parents are encouraged to attend.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Federal judges leaving bench for greener pastures
PITTSBURGH U.S. District Judge Robert Cindrich has a lifetime job and could have retired in less than six years with full pay though not a pension of more than $155,000 a year.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Sports Briefs
Judge delays testimony of Bryant's accuserTexas' Crocker sets 50-meter butterfly record

Report: Bonds, others received steroids
Barry Bonds walked silently through the San Francisco Giants' bustling clubhouse. Asked about a report that he had received steroids and human growth hormone from a nutritional supplements lab implicated in a drug-distribution ring, Bonds softly replied: ''Get out of my locker.''

Blount's 20-20 propels Celtics past Orlando
BOSTON Mark Blount had career highs of 28 points and 21 rebounds the Celtics' first 20-20 game in 10 years and Boston scored the first 25 points of the fourth quarter Monday night in beating the Orlando Magic 117-96.

Manning gets record deal as teams prepare for free agency
Peyton Manning got a record new contract Tuesday, solving a major salary cap problem for the Indianapolis Colts on a day most NFL teams also cleared cap room for free agency.

Kards take two from Cats
Tuesday night was senior night at Skyview High School, but it was Kenai Central's seniors that prevailed in tight Region III/4A boys and girls contests.

Free throw helps Hawks rally past Lakers
ATLANTA Jason Terry's free throw with 11.9 seconds left put Atlanta ahead, and Gary Payton and Shaquille O'Neal missed last-second shots as the Hawks rallied for a 94-93 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Oklahoma State claims Big 12 championship
STILLWATER, Okla. Joey Graham scored 20 points, including a thunderous dunk on an alley-oop pass from John Lucas seconds before the buzzer, helping No. 8 Oklahoma State claim a share of its first Big 12 title with a 76-67 victory Monday night over 10th-ranked Texas.

Anxiety pervades in Athens
The Olympic stadium and swimming pool remain roofless. Housing is unfinished. The marathon route is still not all paved.

Canadiens top Devils, stretch win streak to five
MONTREAL Jason Ward gave the Montreal Canadiens their latest last-minute win.

Portis agrees to deal with Redskins
On a day other teams were figuring out ways to cut costs to get under the salary cap, the Washington Redskins as usual were spending money.

Union upset over Baker signing ban
''It is outrageous for the NBA to prevent Vin Baker from signing with any NBA club,'' union director Billy Hunter said. ''The league's action is a clear admission that Vin is not only fit to play professional basketball, but there are numerous teams willing to sign him today.''

Barnes' play, not his deafness, draws attention on hardwood
Kenai Central senior Nick Barnes is deaf, but that's not the reason Barnes frequently draws attention on the basketball court.

Sundin powers Leafs past Bruins
TORONTO Mats Sundin scored twice to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Boston 3-2 Tuesday night and move ahead of the Bruins atop the Northeast Division.

St. Joe's still undefeated
PHILADELPHIA Un-de-feat-ed!

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