Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Ankiel still hoping for comeback
JUPITER, Fla. Rick Ankiel has been out of the major leagues since 2001, and he has been ineffective since the year before that.

Reyes could miss Mets' opener
Jose Reyes can only use his speed if he keeps his legs healthy.

Young presents Amelia Earhart Award to Cadet Nathan Hansen
The Amelia Earhart Award was created in 1964 by the Civil Air Patrol in honor of the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviations infancy, and was lost while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

The Arctic Winter Games torch will be out until it is next ignited in Alaska
The torch of the 2004 Arctic Winter Games may have been extinguished for the next 24 months, but the memories of the experience will burn forever in the hearts of the athletes, fans, volunteers, and reporters that shared the experience.

There's still no business like show business
With another fantastic performance behind them, the Kenai Performers are wasting no time in jumping on the Bandwagon for the grand opening of their new home to be known as "Old Town Playhouse."

KCVB welcomes 5th Executive director
Michelle Glass, following in the footsteps of Sue Carter, Kim Booth, Kathy Tarr, and Ricky Gease, has become the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau's (KCVB) fifth executive director since the facility opened in 1991.

Rent-A-Center announces grand prize winner
Bryan Scott, store manager of the newly opened RentACenter in Soldotna congradualates Brian Hopper. Hopper, of Sterling, was selected as the grand prize winner of a 43" Phillips HD big screen TV. His winning entry was submitted during Grand Opening ceremonies held at Rent-A-Center February 29th.

Chinese Petroleum Corp. visits Peninsula
Lt. Governor Loren Leman and Borough Mayor Dale Bagley recently hosted the General Manager LNG Purchase Division of the Chinese Petroleum Corporation (CPC) in Taiwan, Jane Liao, for a tour of Cook Inlet petrochemical facilities.

Swingley unsure of future
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) The future of Doug Swingley's dog mushing career is unclear. Like his vision.

Seavey clings to Iditarod lead
KOYUK Norway's Kjetil Backen tried to snatch the lead Monday from Mitch Seavey in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with both racers leaving the Koyuk checkpoint seconds apart.

Mitch Seavey wins
NOME Mitch Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, finishing the 1,100-mile route across Alaska in nine days, 12 hours, 20 minutes and 22 seconds.

Fifth annual CANstruction event help Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank recently celebrated the fifth annual CANstruction, a national community service project benefiting community food banks. Local engineers, Denise Barth, Phil Bryson and Jack LaShot, judged the entries displayed at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Universal health care good reason to vote for Kucinich for president
Dennis Kucinich is definitely worth your vote in the Democratic caucus. Dennis Kucinich promises free health care cradle to grave.

Not even winning mushers can afford average dog care
Re: "Like father, like sons: Mackey family sets record" (March 14, Clarion)

Denali National Park should be allowed to return to natural state
I am writing in regard to the Game Board leaving the wolf buffer intact. First, Denali National Park should always want to expand and keep what it needs for its precious creatures to thrive. The people in and around Denali need to stand up for the park and what it represents.

Community support helps family
On March 2, 2004, a young truck driver by the name of Kevin Hall was tragically killed when his semi-truck overturned at Mile 15 of the Seward Highway. Kevin was new to Alaska. He came up to visit a brother in January of this year and in a very short time decided that this was where he wanted to settle with his wife, April, and their three young daughters.

Orchestra members are examples of power of music; cast 'yes' vote
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra (KPO) urges voters to support our children and the high quality of life we have here on the peninsula by voting "yes" on the mail-in ballot for Proposition No. 1.

Gov. Murkowski take-charge leader, not waiting for things to happen
A number of state newspapers recently carried an AP article in which Gov. Frank Murkowski's travel in 2003 was superficially compared with Gov. Tony Knowles' in 2002.

Response to tourists is choice; we will benefit by being grateful
Let us unify and build community in response to Les Palmer's column of March 12.

KPHA U-16 Midget Team says thanks for community support
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association U-16 Midget Team would like to thank Hutchings Chevrolet and Cadillac for its generous support for youth hockey. Sean Hutchings sponsored the Alaska State Hockey Tournament for the U-16 Midget teams March 5-7. The sponsorship allowed the team to print programs and host a successful tournament.

League enjoys fund-raiser dinner
The Central Peninsula League of Women Voters thanks all those who made the fund-raiser dinner such a success Saturday evening.

Permanent fund isn't broken, doesn't need proposed POMV fix
Perhaps common sense is no longer common or just doesn't apply to our state Legislature. The old saying "don't fix it if it ain't broke!" must not apply to our permanent fund. The governor's proposed percent of market value, or POMV, plan is a fix to one of the few systems that isn't broke

Residents barely making ends meet can't afford to pay any more taxes
I poured $800 worth of concrete into the floor of an existing garage and my property assessment increased by $30,000. That's over $300 a year more tax on top of a recent mill rate increase for an invisible fire department out east and a new wing on a hospital no one can afford to go to.

School board schedules vote on proposed balanced budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education continued budget conversations Monday and likely will do so for many weeks to come, despite the impending deadline for approving a balanced budget.

UA president says peninsula relationship right on track
The Kenai Peninsula is on track with its relationship to its University of Alaska campus, but the rest of the state still has a way to go.

Photo feature: Alaska gold
Light from the setting sun illuminates clouds above spruce trees in Soldotna last weekend.

Gas board tours plants
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey needed few words Monday to express to a meeting of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Author-ity board of directors in Kenai why bringing North Slope natural gas to Southcentral Alaska is so important to the economy.

Soldotna man OK after bear mauling
A 53-year-old bear guard working with a seismic crew near Anchor Point was mauled by a brown bear sow Tuesday morning, according to Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement Troopers.

Little League to begin registration
The Soldotna Little League will hold player registration at its office on 374 Lovers Lane in Soldotna above Alaska Great Skate on the following dates: from 5 to 8 p.m. March 24; from noon to 4 p.m. March 27; and from noon to 4 p.m. April 3.

Hamilton plans visit to touch base
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will be on the Kenai Peninsula this week visiting with community members and students and providing an update on the state of the state's university system.

Soldotna ready for St. Patrick's Day events
Soldotna's ready to paint the town ... green.

Bruce Freeman
Kasilof resident Bruce Freeman died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, in an Anchorage hospital after a brief illness. He was 72.

Virginia Hilton McNamara
Homer resident Virginia Hilton McNamara died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at home with her husband at her side after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 74.

Christina Lewis Grimm
Soldotna resident Christina Lewis Grimm died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her home from sarcoidosis. She was 35.

Life not always like we tell it
My Uncle Monte died 20 days ago in a hospital bed near Galt, Calif., the small agricultural town where he grew up, off Highway 99 between Stockton and Sacramento in the San Joaquin Valley.

State should conduct business of public in full view of public What others say
If you were surprised by (the recent) headlines announcing Gov. Frank Murkowski's decision to move the Alaska Marine Highway System from Juneau to Ketchikan, you weren't alone. (The) announcement more than caught the ferry system's employees and Juneau residents off guard.

Alaskans should look beyond high oil prices, exercise fiscal caution
Back in June, this newspaper encouraged Alaskans to look beyond the summer's high price of oil and to act responsibly in supporting much-needed change in how the state government acquires revenue to pay for the services it provides.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital auxiliary meeting setLeague of Women Voters to meetEagles to host dinnerDancing, dessert fund-raiser setHistorical society meeting scheduledKCHS students plan blood driveDistrict 33 Democratic caucus to meetScorekeepers clinic slatedPreschool to hold fund-raiserHelp available for home day-care providersSafety day scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Fish and game advisory to meet Democrats to caucus Saturday Snowman-building contest canceled AARP of Alaska to offer tax assistance Little League to begin registration Davis to speak at Kenai library Senior service board to meet April 7

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Last week, preschoolers ended their transportation unit by visiting the city's dump and watching working trucks in action. They also learned about recycling and received pencils made from old blue jeans.

Soldotna High
Friday will be a minimum day, and students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m.

Sears Elementary gets 'Creative Ticket'
Sears Elementary School in Kenai has a longstanding tradition of art and music integration in the classroom.

Nikiski Elementary
The committee planning the closing ceremonies for Nikiski Elementary is looking for memorabilia, pictures and anything of interest to help celebrate the history of the school.

Grace Lutheran
The lower-grade students had a fun time following their adopted mushers as they ran the Iditarod. Each student had a dog they moved across a map of the race as they checked the progress of their racer each day. This fit in perfectly with their study of Alaska's history and geography this semester in social studies.

Soldotna Elementary
Sixth-grader Ryan Sanders has been named the school's Outstanding Masonic Student of the year, and Jenna Jensen was the first runner-up.

ATOSS program keeps 'kids who make bad choices' out of system
At one end of the spectrum exists a group of high school students who always behave, turn in their homework, get good grades and graduate.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Students who walk home will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m. Friday, and the buses will depart school at 1:55 p.m.

Skyview High
The freshman class is putting on an all-school dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. Home-school students or students enrolled in another high school are required to sign up as a guest of a current Skyview student.

Mountain View Elementary
Mr. Daniels' class will culminate its investigation into Newton's Laws of Motion by constructing and launching rockets this week. In order to further their investigation, students will use various motors, calculating the apogee of the rockets and comparing the results.

Cook Inlet Academy
National Honor Society Students of the Week were Holly Kopp, for character and having a happy heart; Kelsey White, for having the highest junior high grade point average; and Ramsey Arneson and Brian Beeson, for having the highest senior high grade point average.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
A two-for-one Scholastic book fair will be held all this week. Volunteers still are needed to work and help clean up Friday.

Kalifonsky Christian
Students in the kindergarten, first- and second-grade class are celebrating good behavior and Mrs. East's birthday this week with a jungle party.

Aurora Borealis Charter
The second-grade class has begun the IditaRead. So far, five students have reached Nome by reading for eight hours.

Redoubt Elementary
Third-quarter Project Reward students will be recognized this week.

Public schools play broad role in communities
COTTONWOOD FALLS, Kan. Half an hour before classes begin at Chase County Elementary School, dozens of children congregate in the gym, their conversations creating an overpowering din. Dozens more eat breakfast in the adjacent cafeteria.

The next high school sport eligibility check date is Friday; e-mail your grade check to your advisor if you are participating in a sport. Seventh- and eighth-grade track eligibility begins March 29. Bring the cocurricular form to be signed by the principal.

Financial strain confronts first-time college students
KUTZTOWN, Pa. As long as they've known each other from their days in middle school to their freshmen year at Kutztown University Victor Nivar and Danny Hernandez have also known financial hardship.

Kenai Middle
Friday is a minimum day, and school will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m.

Open Mic Night a growing tradition at KPC
KPC's Student Union would like to invite the public to the next installment of Open Mic Night at 7 Thursday in the commons. The general admission is two cans of food or dry goods that benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Persons 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and mature subject matter may be presented.

Soldotna Middle
Rosemary Houglum was selected to be the school's representative for the Outstanding Masonic Student.

Youth facility keeps kids in class
Much like at many schools, kids in the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility classroom want to attend classes. Some even have competitions between each other to see how much homework they can turn in and make their teacher grade.

Kenai Central High
The Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday in the school library.

District teams clean up at state competition
Teams of students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District participated in the statewide Battle of the Books competition Feb. 23 to 27. Peninsula teams took the state championship in three of the four divisions, with a sixth-place standing in the remaining category.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Congratulations to the girls varsity basketball team, which will compete in the state competition at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage this weekend. Their first game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Tustumena Elementary
Visitors are encouraged to view the student artwork now on display adjacent to the principal's office. March has been designated as "Youth Art Month," and a variety of classroom creations will be featured the entire month.

Kid correspondent shares stories from campaign
Alexandra Conway is, in many ways, a typical reporter on the campaign trail.

Half-day kicks off spring break
Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be dismissed early Friday to allow teachers to prepare third-quarter grades. The third quarter ends Friday, and parents should check with their child's school brief or school office for dismissal times

Sears Elementary
Friday is minimum day, and students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Nikiski's Taylor named District 3/3A MVP
Jeremiah Taylor, a senior on the Nikiski High School boys basketball team, was named District 3/3A MVP Saturday at the conclusion of the district tournament hosted by Grace Christian.

Nets show Kings how it's done
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Rodney Rogers hit his first six shots and the New Jersey Nets showed the Sacramento Kings a thing or two on both offense and defense in posting a 94-77 victory Tuesday night.

Trio keeps 93-game string going
As freshmen, many high schoolers make mistakes they hope to never again repeat before graduation.

Playoff-hungry Islanders avoid Lightning bolt
TAMPA, Fla. Mattias Weinhandl, Justin Papineau and Jason Blake scored third-period goals, and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Tuesday night.

Thirty-seven compete in Kachemak Marathon
A field of 37 competitors took to the Baycrest Trails Sunday for the Kachemak Marathin freestyle cross-country ski race in Homer.

Buccaneers continue to add veterans
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep getting older.

Owens goes from Ravens to Eagles
In the end, Terrell Owens got his wish. He'll play next season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Suns' Johnson buries Houston
HOUSTON Joe Johnson made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper with 1.4 seconds to play in overtime and the Phoenix Suns snapped the Houston Rockets' five-game winning streak, 99-97 Monday night.

Leafs come back to belittle Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. Tomas Kaberle's goal with 1:15 remaining in overtime capped a stirring comeback for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Monday night.

District 3/2A Basketball Tournament
Wednesday-Saturday at Lumen Christi, Anchorage

Sorenstam, Wie set to cross paths
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. (AP) Annika Sorenstam has won 48 LPGA tournaments, six of them majors. She is a Hall of Famer, the undisputed best in her sport.

District 3/2A tournament should be a doozy
One of the most intriguing tournaments in Alaska high school basketball kicks off today as teams representing Region II, District 3/2A converge on Lumen Christi, a small Catholic school in Anchorage, to battle it out for the right to go to the state tournament.

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