Thursday, March 17, 2005

Congressmen criticize baseball's drug policy; no immunity for witnesses
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress called baseball to task for its new drug-testing program Wednesday, a day before Mark McGwire and a handful of other past and present stars were to appear at a congressional hearing on steroids in the sport.

Tigers cut center fielder Sanchez
The Detroit Tigers cut center fielder Alex Sanchez because they weren't happy with his defense. The Toronto Blue Jays might have a hard time leaving Gabe Gross off the big league roster.

Committee drops Giambi
NEW YORK — Jason Giambi can concentrate on hitting instead of testifying.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules

Sorlie leads out of White Mountain
UNALAKLEET, Alaska — The church bell rang and the whole village came out to welcome Robert Sorlie on Tuesday when he arrived at the White Mountain checkpoint, just 77 miles from the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog.

Sorlie makes it 2
NOME — A Norwegian firefighter traversed one of the slushiest trails ever, dropping half his dog team along the way, to win a four-way surge to the finish line Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Fake to the finish
When slapping someone across the face, eye contact is key. The same goes for throwing a punch, hair pulling, sword thrusts and kicking someone in the groin.

Performers plan busy season
Kenai Performers is doing a community service for theater lovers with the behind-the-scenes and directing workshops the group is offering this month and next, but its motives aren't entirely selfless.

Art Briefs
Theater workshops offered Human-nature poetry wanted from Alaskans Student, adult classes planned Actors wanted for one-acts Homer concert series seeks musicians Concert on the Lawn looking for acts Young Alaskan Artist Award open for entries Writers conference slated Summer arts camp planned

From the bookshelf: Novel blends science, psychology, religion
Deep in Alaska's Interior stand arrays of sophisticated electronic equipment trained on the sky. Scientists use them to study the atmosphere, radio waves and the aurora borealis. Some of that work is top secret, and the projects inspire wild rumors.

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

Cheating part of the game in NASCAR
''Being creative is my job,'' crew chief Chad Knaus said when he earned his first major penalty in 2002. ''If I am going to get fined and penalized for being creative, then that's just part of it.

Newsmaker: Las Vegas winner Johnson reflects back, ahead
Jimmie Johnson has won five of the last nine races and finished second twice on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit dating back to last season, and his victory Sunday at Las Vegas solidified his position as one of the favorites to win the series championship.

Taking life step by step
HAMPTON, Ga. — Kelly Sutton is reminded daily of the things that are supposed to be impossible.

Green Flag
NASCAR ratings continue to shift into high gear

Science gets whale of a chance
Knee deep in mud and shoulder deep in blood, scientists and volunteers carefully cut away at the innards of the washed-up humpback whale calf just north of the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge on the Kenai River in Kenai.

Corned beef going fast before Thursday
Every year seniors from across the community flock to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center for the annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner, said Kathy Romain, assistant director of the center.

Iraq vets return
Two graduates of Sterling's Academy of Higher Learning, now serving in the U.S. Army, shared their recent experiences in Iraq during a welcome home dinner Sunday at Ministry of the Living Stones Church, which operates the academy.

Pebble project has 1 owner
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. officials announced this week that the company is set to acquire a 100 percent working interest in the Pebble Project property north of Lake Iliamna.

Open government the only way to go
Many federal government agencies and state governments — in the name of security — advocated less openness with records and meetings after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Mulling a future with Ted Stevens
Alaska is well known as a land of earthquakes, from calamitous ones to minor temblors. Somewhere along that scale of magnitude fall the words of Sen. Ted Stevens, who speculated aloud on Friday that his end in the Senate may be drawing near.

Around the Peninsula
Parade scheduled today Corned beef dinner planned Applications for visitor services available Little League begins registration FAS training planned Red Cross offers renewal classes

Around the Peninsula
AWG fashion show slated Bear baiting clinic set Community dance planned Ducks Unlimited fund-raiser set YCC applications available FAS training planned

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Soldotna Middle
Report cards were mailed home this week. If you do not receive your child's report card, notify the front office, there may be an outstanding fee due.

Skyview High
There will be a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday.

KPC around campus: New paramedic degree here for the saving
Kenai Peninsula College announces the new two-year Associates of Applied Sceince degree in Paramedical Technology has been approved by the University of Alaska. Applications for the program are currently being accepted for the Fall 2005 semester. Applicants will be evaluated by a selection committee that will score the applications based on a predetermined set of criteria. An informational brochure and the application form can be downloaded from the KPC Web site at Application deadline for the Fall 2005 Paramedical Technology program is April 15, 2005.

Sterling Head Start
Students have been learning about community workers. They were able to go on field trips to the Soldotna police station and the Sterling fire station. The school thanks those who shared with students and for all they do for the community.

Kenaitze Head Start
The Whales and Salmon class has been studying pirates complete with a ship, castle and buried treasure. The students will build wooden boats, as well.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Thursday — Intermediate students musical; and

Mountain View Elementary
There will be a dance performance at 4 p.m. today.

Soldotna High
Freshman Assessment tests and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams are coming up. All freshmen and sophomores are required to attend all three days, in addition to juniors and seniors who have not passed one or parts of the test. More information about testing may be obtained from the counselors.

Every student should have received a letter outlining the location and times of Standards Based Assessments and the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. SBA practice tests are available in the office for grades three through nine. SAT practice materials also are available. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held during April test week. Fliers are available in the office.

Sterling Elementary
Many thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, families and teachers who spent hours preparing, running and cleaning up after the annual spring carnival.

Ninilchik School
The Close-Up students will host a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. April 1 to raise funds for a trip to Washington DC. There will be two auctions for this last fund-raiser.

Tustumena Elementary
The school's intramural cross-country skiing program concluded. Mr. Michaels and Mrs. Sinnott thanks parents for their support.

Wings Christian Academy
The Upper Learning Center recently competed in the fifth annual Junk Yard Wars. Each team started out with a large piece of plywood representing a plot of land. They were challenged to develop their "land" in a way that would appeal to the founding fathers of the country. Each team captain named their team after a Veggie Tales character. First place was awarded to the French Peas who constructed their interpretation of heaven. This team consisted of Julianne Pettey, Rebekah Wood, Joel Consiel, Amber Kent and Jaycee McGee; second place winners, The Larry Girl team of Leah Howell, Ali Thompson, Amy Wood, Krimsen Kent and Mickelle Waters, made a theme park titled "The Blast from the Past"; and third place was the Bob the Tomato team for making a football stadium, members Kaylee Burger, Troy Consiel, Alex Pettey, Kasey McGee and Ashlynn Burger.

The life skill for the week is perseverance — to keep at it.

JA classes available
One week Junior Achievement classes focus on the basics of staying in school and compares the socioeconomic status of different levels of education. For more information about bringing JA classes to your school, call Febra Hensley at 398-7173 or 262-1770.

Team tightens with time
The Skyview High School National Ocean Science Bowl team may have lost the state competition by a mere two-tenths of a point, but the bowlers agree there's no bad blood about it. They gained something in spite of the loss.

Grace Lutheran
Congratulations to eighth-grader Tom Werth, who qualified in the top 100 geographers in the state. He will represent the school at the Alaska State National Geographic Geography Bee in Anchorage.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the varsity girls' basketball team for another season. The school thanks coaches Greg Bell and Pixie Lewis. Parents and staff thank Diana Thornton for managing the concessions stand.

AlaskaAdvantage Program
The Alaska Commission on Post secondary Education will fund education grants to qualifying Alaska students with financial need. Grants of up to $2,000 per academic year will be made to Alaska residents attending accredited Alaska institutions of higher education. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 15. Grants totaling approximately $600,000 will be made for the 2005-06 academic year.

Sears Elementary
Interviews for the new principal will be from 6 to 9 this evening in the library.

Students attended a puppet performance at Kenai Christian Church. Several of the performers were previous students of the school.

Spring Break coming up
The districtwide spring break vacation will run Monday through March 25. Classes will resume March 28.

Parents who can help with the Project Reward movie for grades one through three from 1 to 2 p.m.Friday should call the school office at 262-9006.

Kenai Central
James Halliday won a medal for his essay at the State Academic Decathlon competition in Anchorage. The school's team won the KPBSD competition in February. Congratulations to James and all team members.

Kenai Cooperative
The children are learning about chickens and eggs. They will make cotton ball chickens and learn the life cycle of a chicken. They also will learn about basket weaving and will dye eggs.

Nikiski Middle Senior High
Basketball regions will be Thursday through Saturday in Seward. Check with the school calendar, or call to get the correct game times. Qualifying teams will travel to the State competition at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Redskins courting Courtney
The Washington Redskins made the first overtures to Courtney Brown, with coach Joe Gibbs flying to Cleveland on Tuesday to try to woo the one-time top draft pick who was cut by the Browns the previous day.

Cinderella's still playing
DAYTON, Ohio — It took eight years in Division I for Oakland to get its first win in the NCAA tournament.

76ers' Iverson foils Bryant, Los Angeles
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson outperformed Kobe Bryant, scoring 36 points and leading a decisive third-quarter run in the Philadelphia 76ers' 108-91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Let the games begin: Conference tourneys tip off
The Kenai Peninsula's class 3A and 4A basketball teams head to Seward and Soldotna, respectively, on Thursday to begin the task of sorting out which teams will advance to the state tournament.

Redd, Smith point Bucks past Cavs
MILWAUKEE — Michael Redd scored 32 points and Joe Smith tied his season high with 21 as the Milwaukee Bucks withstood 34 points from LeBron James and defeated the Cavaliers 96-88 Wednesday night, extending Cleveland's road losing streak to eight games.

CIA, Ninilchik head to state
The Kenai Peninsula's two powers of Class 2A basketball — the Ninilchik girls and Cook Inlet Academy boys — will once again be in the hunt for state titles this weekend at the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Service High School.

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