Thursday, March 10, 2005

Ankiel walks away from pitching, moves to Cardinals outfield
Rick Ankiel gave up on trying to resurrect his pitching career when the stress became too much to handle, and Kerry Wood walked off the mound after feeling stiffness in his right shoulder.

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.

Baseball's biggest sluggers subpoenaed
NEW YORK — Major league baseball responded with outrage to congressional subpoenas for Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and other top stars, vowing to fight them all the way to court.

Cooking wild
Chef Ernie has cooked with salmon before. However, Saturday was the first time he had ever used Kenai Wild brand salmon in his dishes.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules SBDC to hold workshop Fraud prevention seminar slated Seafood processing course set Job center to host workshop

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.

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.

Carved in time
When Ron Senungetuk was growing up in Whales on the Bering Strait, his carving talents and knowledge of his Inuit people's artistic traditions were used to get him treats at the local store, much like a kid in a Lower 48 suburb hawks lemonade for spending money.

From the bookshelf: Scientist creates primer on polar seas
The 21st century is shaping up to be a busy one for polar-region science. Issues such as climate change, pollution and threats to marine resources are forcing people to ask more questions about these remote and harsh places.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Fair focuses on health
This year marks the 10th for the Village Fair in Soldotna, which promotes health and wellness on the central Kenai Peninsula. Organizers say there will be more than 100 booths representing the community between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna High School.

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.

Bridging the gap
Juan Rodriguez has seen cars backed up in the summertime by the bridge in Soldotna for a number of years now. This can make it difficult for the traffic to reach his business, the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, on the north side of the bridge.

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.

Bill seeks to pay cities
Although the law says it must, the Alaska Legislature has not been living up to a promise it made to municipal governments in 1986.

Perry H. Cannon
Soldotna resident Perry H. Cannon died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, in Nevada. He was 80.

Raymond Leonard Callaway Sr.
Raymond Leonard Callaway Sr. of Grand Rapids, Minn., died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, in Grand Rapids. He was 88.

Caution should be used with fund talk
Most everyone has something to say about the Alaska Permanent Fund. At more than $30 billion, it's just too big to not talk about. But many Alaskans by now have learned that discussion about the fund and what to do with the money it earns comes fraught with a mix of truth and fiction, observation and deception.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Pet photos wanted Dinner, auction fund-raiser set MS support group to meet Parent organization to discuss gangs Band concert planned Parade scheduled Family dog class offered Red Cross offers renewal classes

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 had their spring performance. The theme was summertime fun.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peninsula skiers compete at Junior Olympics
Several cross-country skiers from the Kenai Peninsula competed at the Junior Olympics in Truckee, Calif., in long-distance freestyle races Wednesday.

Colts' James might be on trading block
Two-time NFL rushing champion Edgerrin James might be on the trading block and could be a big bargain for someone.

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.

Celtics slip past Hawks; Raptors win
BOSTON — Antoine Walker stole the ball from Al Harrington with 35 seconds left and fed Ricky Davis for the clinching basket Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics withstood the unusually feisty Atlanta Hawks for a 95-91 victory.

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

Ninilchik beats CIA to advance to final
The first round of games at the 2005 Peninsula Conference Basketball Tournament came to a close Wednesday night as the Ninilchik girls knocked off Cook Inlet Academy 42-30 at Soldotna Middle School.

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.

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