Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Giambi battles Boston
Jason Giambi quieted the caustic Red Sox crowd with his first homer of spring training. Tim Hudson and Mariano Rivera silenced their opponents with their dominant pitches.

Cardinals keep signing players
Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green dipped into the free agent market for the third time in five days, signing defensive end Chike Okeafor to go with quarterback Kurt Warner and offensive tackle Oliver Ross.

Johnson makes much-anticipated debut for Yankees; Mulder shows top stuff
Randy Johnson didn't display his overpowering fastball or his menacing glare in his first spring start. No matter, the New York Yankees were just happy to see The Big Unit take the mound.

Be Cool is one of those movies that is trying desperately to be exactly that: cool. Unfortunately, the weight of all that cool rests squarely on the rather shaky premise that the movie-going public has been clamoring for a sequel to 1995s hit comedy Get Shorty. Now, in 1996, maybe even 1997, a sequel to Get Shorty might have played to grateful audiences, but now, ten movie-filled years later?

Green eggs & ham return to Redoubt Elementary...
Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday has become a tradition at Redoubt Elementary school, started by Sharon Hale, parent liaison, long before Seuss's 100th birthday.

Ready to Win a Brand New Home?
Alpine Alternatives, Inc. 9th Annual Spinell Homes Raffle kicks off. Who wands to "WIN A NEW HOME." It's that time of year again. Alpine Alternatives is offering this unique yearly fundraiser. Sound too good to be true? It is not!

Winning CFK idea saves Adopt-a-Stream program...
The annual Caring For The Kenai (CFK) program sponsored by Unocal and Agrium was summarized at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce recently, by Soldotna High School sophomore Marit Hartvigson.

Something new for the Kenai River
By the time those mighty Kenai River Kings start returning to their spawning grounds this year, Mike Richardson, of Cast Away Outfitters in Sterling, will have his first shipment of an all new pontoon fishing boat designed by Dave Scadden especially for sport fishing on the Kenai River.

KPHA hosts Pee Wee Tier II Hockey State Tournament
Families and young hockey players from all over Alaska traveled to the Kenai Peninsula last week for the Pee Wee Tier II Hockey State Tournament held at the Soldotna Sports Center.

News from the trail
Robert Sorlie, the 2003 champion from Hurdal, Norway, was the first musher into Nikolai, an Interior Alaska town of 120 people on the south fork of the Kuskokwim River, on Day 3 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Sorlie moves to the front
NIKOLAI — Dogs, not mushers, are tested for steroids, stimulants and other performance-enhancing drugs in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Boulding: The musher's musher
RAINY PASS, Alaska — Charlie Boulding, a man who reinvented himself a few times and came out of the woods to change sled dog racing, ought to make his next career in Hollywood now that he's running his last Iditarod.

Forcing people to wear seat belts violates civil rights
In reference to your article on Senate Bill 87, a bill that was passed last week in the state Senate and was sent to the House for consideration, this bill would authorize a police officer to stop a vehicle without probable cause to check if seat belts are being used.

Program's donation of car seats appreciated
I would like to thank Jane Fellman of the Kids Safe Program for donating 10 new car seats to my daughter's preschool (Kenai Montessori School). I thought this was very generous, and I appreciate their efforts and what the program offers to our community.

Zoning Lawton Acres for business use a bad idea
I am perplexed by the Kenai City Council's recent passing of a zoning ordinance that allows residential homes and commercial businesses to coexist. Council members were reported as saying the zone would allow for better land use where areas of homes and businesses are in close proximity. I am wondering how clear cutting natural forest buffers between these areas creates a better transition?

State Capitol should be moved from Juneau to Anchorage
Governor Murkowski, I believe that spending any amount of money to design or build a capitol building in Juneau is a waste of our states funds.

Help support state funding for agencies that help others
I am writing in response to the March 4 Clarion article "Rally aims to protect funding." It has inspired me to write my legislators in Juneau and voice my concerns on budget cuts that adversely affect agencies that help the disabled. Why does this concern me, and why do I even care?

Star skiers thank several for supporting successful season
With the cross country ski season over for another year, the Soldotna High School Stars Nordic Ski Team would like to take this opportunity to thank area businesses and members of our great community for their generous support. As our high school sports programs face funding decreases as costs continue to rise, community support becomes increasingly vital.

Job Shadow hosts help program succeed
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Kenai Central High School, we want to thank our Job Shadow hosts for taking the time from their busy schedules to host 120 11th-grade students.

Hi. Linda Story accompanied by Conrad Kilmer attended the 2005 National Engineers Week Awards Banquet at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art on Feb. 26.

Hi, neighbors. How swiftly February passes and how quickly the daylight hours lengthen. The winter "blahs" that one hears so much about don't seem to have plagued our Ninilchik neighbors, for they have kept a full schedule of activities, some wishing they could get even more accomplished.

Good morning. Something to ponder: "Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it." Norman Vincent Peale.

Greetings from Kasilof. I'm on my second gallon of windshield fluid and the lines at the car wash are long, it must be just a bit closer to — dare I say it — breakup.

Cooper Landing
Cheerio. Check the faces of the seniors serving your pancakes Saturday morning for extra big smiles.

Hello, neighbors. The running of the Iditarod is an exciting time for Alaskans, but this year it seems even more so because many peninsula mushers are involved.

Hi, neighbors. Hazardous waste day is here again. On Saturday, the Central Peninsula Facility will accept paint, pesticides, anti-freeze, etc.. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Estimate shows Pebble site looks richer than thought
An independent mineral resource estimate of the Pebble porphyry gold-copper-molybdenum deposit north of Lake Iliamna indicates even higher amounts of gold, copper and molybdenum than earlier predicted, according to a press release Friday issued by the future mine's owner, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.

Passing judgment
Friends and associates of Kenai District Court Judge David Landry packed a courtroom to standing room only Friday to witness the oath of office being administered to the newly appointed judge.

Fire shuts down 1 Agrium plant indefinitely
A fire at Agrium's North Kenai fertilizer plant about noon Tuesday left one plant shut down for an indefinite period of time, said Lisa Parker, a spokesperson for Agrium.

Worth a thousand words
Students in Celia Anderson's intermediate painting class at Kenai Peninsula College have a hunger for art. For the past three weeks, the 11 students have fed their hunger by painting a 24-foot-long mural that will grace the outside of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

School board holds out hope for more funds
Once again, proof has been published in the form of scientific research that shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District gets the short end of the state funding stick. Yet the Alaska Legislature still does not appear to be getting the message.

Legislators keep slow pace
More than nine weeks into its first session, the 24th Alaska Legislature has passed just one appropriation measure and eight resolutions and sent them to Gov. Frank Murkowski for his signature.

Outside audience to explore Alaska
Paul Gray thinks Alaskans have a healthy balance between hard work and hard play. It is easy for him to imagine a person working on a power generator, trading the work jacket for the fishing one and heading for the river to catch a salmon.

Kenai gets new look from project
Janie Odgers made a colorful impression at last week's Kenai City Council meeting. The executive director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce visited the council March 2 in order to present them with copies of a glossy new full-color business attraction brochure that's the result of a joint partnership between the city and chamber.

Feeling fuzzy
Can spring be far behind? Pussy willows bud in Cooper Landing as a sure harbinger of warmer days to come.

Stanley Howe Woster Jr.
North Kenai resident Stanley Howe Woster Jr. died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Virginia Margaret Kvasnikoff
Anchorage resident Virginia Margaret Kvasnikoff died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Alaska Native Medical Center from heart disease. She was 74.

Ella Dena 'Eldy' Covich
Kenai resident Ella Dena "Eldy" Covich died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Attorney general should be elected
The departure of Gregg Renkes as Alaska's attorney general again is spurring debate over whether the state's top law enforcement officer should be appointed or elected.

Gun control idealism runs counter to reality
It was the ultimate paradox last week when a gun control activist was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm.

Around the Peninsula
Brain injury support group may be formed Lewis to speak at chamber SoHi after-prom planning continues Recycling group to meet Little League begins registration PSDRA plans fund-raiser race Rogers benefit dinner planned

APHEA convention planned Friday
Call (907) 733-3317 or go to for more information.

Soldotna Montessori
The enrollment lottery for the school ends at 4 p.m. Thursday. For information, call 260-9221.

Standards-based assessment practice tests are available in the office for grades three through nine. SAT practice materials also are available.

Kenai Central High
No school for students Friday. It is the end of third quarter. There will be a Homegoing Dance Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Tustumena Elementary
Students raised over $1,800 for the American Heart Association during the Jump Rope for Heart activity. Fourth-grader Reanna Bell was the top individual fund-raiser. Sixth-grader Annita Braun took second place. The class earning the most money was Mrs. Knobf's sixth-grade class. They raised $567 and earned an ice cream party from Mr. Chase.

Kenai Montessori
The students are learning about the different cultures and traditions in Asia. They will learn simple words and greetings in several Asian languages as well as to use chopsticks. The students also will listen to the different types of music that comes from Asia.

KPC: Around campus: Native Alaskan artist Ron Senungetuk to visit college
KPC art professor Celia Anderson has a twinkle in her eye these days. Her excitement is palpable when the subject of internationally known artist Ron Senungetuk comes up. Senungetuk is known for his work in silver and wood.

Kenaitze Head Start
Home visit parent-teacher conferences will start Tuesday. Teachers will contact parents to set up times.

Soldotna Middle
Parent-student orientation for incoming ninth-graders will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Soldotna and Skyview High Schools.

Nikiski Middle-High
The Nikiski Dance Troupe will perform in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium Friday and Saturday. The performances begin

Sterling Elementary
For the Dr. Seuss celebration, students were invited to the library to for activities that included a drawing for a stovepipe Seuss hat for each group. During lunch, birthday cake was served to each student by the Cat in the Hat. The staff thanks the volunteers that worked to make the Dr. Suess birthday party a success.

The students had their spring performance. The theme was summertime fun.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Today the kids are learning about volcanoes and fossils and will have a dinosaur taste-test. They will make a tye-dye dinosaur shirt.

Wings Christian Academy
Bowling for the Upper Learning Center is coming to a close. Three teams are still completing for first place. Last week, Joel Consiel set a new record for the high scratch game at 187.

Redoubt Elementary
Friday is the last day of the third quarter and is a district in-service day. There will be no school for students and no school newsletter.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Cook Inlet Academy
Mr. Gherman's eighth-grade science class put the finishing touches on its Power Point presentations on the human body. Slide shows on each of the 11 systems are being completed. Students who are chosen will use the presentations to teach the preschoolers.

Invention Convention
Lately, Soldotna Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Karlene Meyer's classroom looks more like a shop-class as evidence of a thousand brain storms and inventing processes clutter the classroom.

The life skill of the week is patience which is to wait calmly for someone or something.

Kalifornsky Beach
Monday — Site council at 3 p.m.

Soldotna High
Monday is eighth-grade parent visitation night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library. Parents of incoming freshmen will be given an overview of course offerings, policies and activities. School tours will be provided by members of student government.

The students thank the staff for their work on Love of Reading Week activities. Also, thanks to Mary Fischer who coordinated many activities to celebrate reading at the school, and to the families that came to the Read Around.

Scholarship deadline April 1
The Ladies Auxiliary at the Eagles is awarding five $1,000 scholarships to area students. Students at Nikiski, Kenai central, Soldotna High, Skyview, and Cook Inlet Academy are eligible. Any students interested may contact their guidance counselor. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

Soldotna Elementary
Soldotna Middle School representatives visited the school Tuesday to speak to sixth-graders about next year. Counselor Cindy Litzenberger and an exploratory teacher came to discuss choices for students.

No school Friday
There will be no school Friday district-wide due teacher in service.

ACCFT award deadline approaches
The Alaska Community Colleges' Federation of Teachers announces the second annual ACCFT Champion of Academic Freedom awards.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska
The Scholastic Book Fair was held. The staff thanks the families who purchased books and for helping the library to grow.

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Only in Vegas
The mayor came calling on major league baseball a few months ago with a showgirl firmly attached to each arm. He didn't get a team, but Las Vegas is a city that usually gets what it wants, and it wants big league ball.

Gonzaga takes West Coast Conference
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Adam Morrison scored 30 points and keyed a big second-half run to lead No. 11 Gonzaga to its sixth West Coast Conference tournament title in seven seasons, 80-67 over Saint Mary's on Monday night.

Peninsula Conference tourney kicks off
Not only has the name of the Peninsula Conference Basketball Tournament changed, but the story line has changed, too.

Homer hosts girls state wrestling
Homer High School played host to the fourth annual United States Girls' Wrestling Association state championships Sunday.

Heat top 76ers for 10th straight home win
MIAMI — Looking nothing like a team playing its fourth game in five nights, Miami got 32 points from Dwyane Wade and 25 more from Shaquille O'Neal to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-100 on Monday night.

Gentle giant
Soldotna senior Matt Hicks has used his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame to become a standout football, basketball and track and field athlete at Soldotna High School.

Let's bowl
The 45th annual Alaska Women's Bowling Association Championship Tournament will be held at AlaskaLanes in Kenai starting today.

Golden State upends Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — Jason Richardson scored 22 points and Mike Dunleavy added 21 to lead the Golden State Warriors to just their eighth road win of the season with a 104-85 victory over the tired Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

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