Wednesday, March 10, 2004

A-Rod blasts tater, Sheffield ducks surgery
Alex Rodriguez showed off his power and made a mistake on defense.

Sheffield, Nevin out with injuries
Some of baseball's best sluggers can't seem to stay healthy in spring training. Gary Sheffield, Phil Nevin and Jim Thome are all sidelined with injuries, hoping to return in time for opening day.

Baseball gets a weekend reprieve
The Yankees played the Red Sox, and it seemed as if last season never ended. At Dodger Stadium, fans lined up by the thousands to buy tickets for a team that can't hit.

Dent named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
18-Year-Old Kristopher Dent, and Nikiski High senior, has been selected by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula as the 2004 Youth of the Year.

Agrium hopeful, but in need of new gas supplies
Underscoring the economic value of Agrium's Kenai Nitrogen Operations to Alaska and specifically the Kenai Peninsula, Bill Boycott, manager of the Nikiski plant, updated the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance at their noon meeting at the Paradisos restaurant in Kenai.

SoHi swinging into Branson
The Soldotna High School Swing Choir, under the direction of Trudy Petersen will be representing the State of Alaska at a national choral competition this summer in Branson, Missouri. "It's called the American Show Cup and it's an invitational competition where one choir from each state gets to enter and they are the best in the nation.

An Evening with Ed Tussey
Hosted by Frames & Things at Blazy Mall, Ed Tussey introduced his newest oil on canvas, Tern Lake. You were able to see a perfect example of the intricate detail in his work. Collectors are drawn to the style in which Ed carefully defines and realistically portrays birds, mammals and marine life in their natural setting.

Leaping into Family History
As medical science uncovers more and more information about our DNA and how we are linked to our ancestors, the more interested people are becoming in tracking their family history.

Iditarod Web site goes down
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The official Web site for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was virtually frozen part of Tuesday by an unusually heavy rush of hits by Internet surfers, Iditarod officials said.

Backen sets quick pace
NIKOLAI, Alaska Norwegian Kjetil Backen took the lead Tuesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but said that was not his intention.

Iditarod leaders set fast pace
RAINY PASS More than 200 hundred miles into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Bill Cotter gave his team a long rest Monday while he mulled over the nasty bump on his forehead.

School spending gets big push
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski is willing to go along with an increase of more than $80 million in school funding next year to prevent districts from having to lay off teachers.

Alaska in big trouble
In 44 years I never approved of anything any member of the Begich family said or did until Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich engineered the well deserved no-confidence vote on the Alaska Legislature.

Games coverage appreciated
Great job! Living in Anchorage, the Daily News was barely aware of the games. They were too busy paying attention to their usual themes to notice hundreds of great Alaska kids, parents and coaches doing something very positive for the state and the country.

Challenge: Find other financial resources, protect permanent fund
Dear Creative-Thinking Alaskans:

Borough residents should vote 'Yes' for Proposition No. 1
Please vote "Yes" for Proposition No. 1 on your mail-in ballots.

Couple recognized for volunteerism
Spirit of volunteering: Recognition and sincere thanks go to Bob and Mary Lambe.

Cousin's death from hypothermia raises questions about community
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many will wax cold." (Matthew 24: 12)

Story unfairly portrays budget increase for governor's office
A recent Associated Press article claimed that the governor's office is seeking a 21.9 percent increase in its budget "that administration officials say is necessary to pay for increased employer costs."

Those who commit violent acts should be first to be incarcerated
My question is: What happened to the law around here? Why is it that men who beat, stalk and try to kill women are running around town here free? Why is it OK for a man to drive over a woman twice, put her into a vegetable state and now he can continue his life as he knew it while she lays helpless in a hospital bed? Why is it OK for a man to walk up and shoot someone point blank and he walks free because he had no record? Why is it that someone who is convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl is still walking around free to do it again? Why are they letting all this violence back on the street?

Alaskans may have opportunity to give something to Anchor River
As one of several thousand people who enjoy the Anchor River every spring, summer and fall, I was relieved that borough planners postponed the subdivision and sale of land near the river's mouth, but I'm sure the owners must be less than pleased. They naturally expect to profit from their land and could post it and keep us all out.

Road to Point Possession would hurt peninsula's quality of life
Your quality of life on the peninsula is soon to be extremely impacted if the borough gets its way with its plan to extend the North Road to Point Possession. This is not new, but it's in its planning stages. Some people, mostly ones with monetary goals in mind, want the road and progress.

Assembly members get no promises
No promises. That's what a contingent of Kenai Peninsula Bor-ough Assembly members heard from the Alaska congressional delegation last week during a trip to the nation's capital.

Bill encourages doctors to stay
Alaska ranks 49th among all states in the number of physicians per capita, and the state's contingent of doctors is growing older, currently averaging age 51.

Not through yet
Snow flurries scurry across the Kenai Spur Highway near Nikiski on Tuesday. Forecasters are calling for snow showers for most of the week, with temperatures topping the mid-30s and bottoming out in the mid teens.

Open seats draw HEA candidates
Three open seats on the Homer Electric Association board of directors have drawn five candidates in this year's cooperative election.

Disappearing shore focus of workshop
The western shore of the Kenai Peninsula is slowly sliding into Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay, according to researchers with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve in Homer.

Show featuring Soldotna teen to air Thursday
An episode of the television show "Switched" featuring Skyview High School senior Amber Spauld-ing is scheduled to air Thursday.

Presidential candidate to visit peninsula
In advance of the upcoming Kenai Democratic caucuses, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will visit the Kenai Peninsula on Friday.

Insurance goes up to $1 million
All credentialed providers at Central Peninsula General Hospital need to get $1 million in professional liability insurance coverage by June 1, according to a resolution passed recently by the hospital's board of directors.

Sheri Ann Fain
Soldotna resident Sheri Ann Fain died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 23.

Kenneth James Marquis
Kenai resident Kenneth James Marquis died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a lengthy illness. He was 55.

Telling nation it should stay the current course not enough to win re-election
I'll be the first to admit that the Bush campaign's recent TV ads appear to be a huge waste of money. With references to Sept. 11, they appeal only to his core supporters, while giving his detractors misplaced but effective ammunition with which to attack both the president and his political tactics.

Iraq takes landmark step in right direction
The landmark document signed Monday by Iraq's Governing Council could prove to be a truly epic moment in world history the birth of the Mideast's first democratic constitutional republic outside of Israel.

New frontiers left to explore
So, we may not be alone after all.

Library bill provides parents a little help
It's tough being under age 18. There's no privacy.

Community Schools
This list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768.

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers needed for restoration projectTAG meeting plannedVillage fair slated for SaturdayWolf to hold town meetingWooden ski festival plannedCommunity dance slatedLions to serve St. Patrick's Day supperCPGH auxiliary to meet

Around the Peninsula
Food bank to hold open house Charter school enrollment deadline today Fish and Game committee meeting set Developmental screening offered Social Security reps to visit area Johansen to discuss hydroponics Preschool to hold fund-raiser Soroptimists to meet

Sophomore Nicole Osmar claimed the Junior Iditarod championship. She has competed in this event twice before. This year she came in nine minutes in front of the runner-up.

Spring break approaches
There will be no school March 22 to 26 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for spring break. March 19 will be a minimum day for students, as well, with school letting out early. Parents and students should check with their school for the March 19 dismissal time.

Tustumena Elementary
Mrs. Worsfold is coordinating the memory book. The task of gathering pictures for this publication is a huge undertaking that requires many hours of work by dedicated parents and staff members. Parents are asked to submit their photos and special messages to the school by Friday.

Grace Lutheran
In seventh- and eighth-grade science, students are wrapping up their module based on the physics of motion. Students have been learning how gravitational forces affect the planets and comets in the solar system. They also have studied Einstein's general theory of relativity and its relationship to why gravity exists.

UA President Mark Hamilton brings his message to the Kenai
KPC is excited to host University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton's visit to the central and southern Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday and March 17. Hamilton will tour the campus and address the KPC faculty, staff and students on both the Soldotna and Homer campuses. He also will speak to the KPC College Council.

Wings Christian Academy
The high school basketball teams won all of their home games against Eagle River Academy last weekend. Teams will be traveling to the state tournament at Peters Creek. The tournament runs Thursday through Saturday.

Soldotna Middle
School counselors from Skyview and Soldotna high schools will visit the eighth-graders from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Monday. They also will be in at lunch times next week to answer any questions students may have about their high school schedule.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Brenda Trefon will present in the classrooms today.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Dates to remember:

Soldotna High
Showin' Off the Kids and the Village Fair will be Friday and Saturday.

School board to meet
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the assembly chambers at the Borough Building in Soldotna. The meeting is open to the public.

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to the students who were honored Friday at the awards assembly: Kathrine Vengley, Jacob Kirk, Tyler Dolan, Georgia West, Kassey Ferganchick, Jaimee Morris, Bud Sparks, Sean Dean and Catherine House.

Education on wheels Kenai family takes home-school studies on the road
Blair and Ronna Martin school their kids at home, which usually means at their house in Kenai. However, for four and a half months last fall, home was a vintage 1976 school bus and the classroom was the western United States.

Skyview High
The staff congratulates the Battle of the Books team. They took the state championship honors with a nearly perfect score, missing only one question throughout the entire day's competition. Team members were Kim Martin, Becky Kilfoyle and Rachel Osterman. Rachel Beatty was the alternate. Twenty-three teams competed in this year's event.

Kenai Central High
Elementary forensics will be Saturday at the school.

Sears Elementary
Students are reminded to continue to bring hats and gloves to school even though the weather is warmer. Students will be going out in all kinds of weather.

The Boys and Girls Club will offer Saturday dance classes. There will be a movement and music class for children ages 3 to 5, a ballet class for those ages 6 to 8 and a jazz dance class for students ages 9 to 11. The cost is $50 per class. For more information, call Kim Lee at 283-2682.

Redoubt Elementary
Parents are reminded that students may safely exit and enter vehicles at any point along the sidewalk in front of the school, which will allow several students to be dropped off simultaneously. This will greatly reduce traffic congestion before and after school. The parent support is greatly appreciated in this matter.

Cook Inlet Academy
Students in grades three through eight participated in the Cook Inlet Academy speech meet. Speech categories included puppets, dramatic poetry and patriotic oration.

Mountain View Elementary
The third-graders are participating in an IditaRead race to Nome. For every 15 minutes a student reads, he or she gets to move one checkpoint closer to Nome. There will be a Nome celebration March 19 for all children completing the trail.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Overturf's kindergartners learned about the different layers of the earth by building each layer with a different color of clay.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Region basketball will be hosted this year in Anchorage by Grace Christian. Thursday games will be played at Grace Christian. Friday and Saturday games will be at Dimond High School. Please check for game times.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Federal program helps ease retirees back into work force
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Financial pressure split Melton Potts from his retirement plans when he started drawing Social Security at age 62.

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

Bertuzzi in trouble for punch
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Colorado forward Steve Moore will miss the rest of the season with a broken neck, the result of a sucker punch from Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi that is being investigated by police.

Owens won't play for Ravens
Instead of taking a physical with the Baltimore Ravens, Terrell Owens bided his time Monday, waiting to see if he will be declared a free agent by a special arbitrator.

Miller more interested in speed than Cup title
SESTRIERE, Italy Brandishing a go-for-broke style that sometimes gets him in trouble on the slopes, Bode Miller can become the first U.S. man since 1983 to win the overall World Cup title.

Habermann unsung hero for Stars
When Matthew Habermann first enrolled at Soldotna High School, his goal was to be a part of the Stars hockey team.

Flyers rip Devils, control Atlantic Division
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. John LeClair had a goal and two assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers opened a seven-point lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 victory over the Devils on Tuesday night.

Cleveland gets Garcia
Jeff Garcia's search for a new team ended quickly in Cleveland.

Nuggets break Wizards, three-game skid
WASHINGTON Voshon Lenard scored 27 points and rookie Carmelo Anthony had 26 in his first NBA homecoming to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 117-87 rout of the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

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