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Thursday, March 18, 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.

Baseball bans recently unmasked steroid
NEW YORK Major league baseball has banned THG, the recently unmasked steroid at the center of the case against the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

Alaska oil may impact imports only a little
WASHINGTON Opening an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil development would only slightly reduce America's dependence on imports and would lower oil prices by less than 50 cents a barrel, said an Energy Department analysis released Tuesday.

Nigerian credit card scam hits home for Kenai business
If you own a small business and receive a call from a potential customer in Nigeria, just hang up.

RV rovers on the rise
INDIANAPOLIS With customers like Mary Jo Athman, it's easy to see why RV makers and sellers see a bright future.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleEntrepreneurship and banking workshop scheduledTourism marketing seminar offeredWeb site development workshop offeredWeb site design seminar scheduledContest to reward business ideasArea businesses support blood bank

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.

Seavey credits dog team for victory
NOME Even as Mitch Seavey sped into the winner's chute with his eight dogs, he had a little difficulty believing he'd won the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.

'Lost' private papers by creator of Sherlock Holmes to be auctioned
LONDON It was a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes himself.

Giving digital its due
More and more often in recent years, a new trend has been cropping up in area art shows. In some cases, examples of this trend are unmistakable, while in others it is only given away by words like "manipulated" and "inkjet print" on the artwork's labels. Some read those terms and view this trend with disdain, seeing it as a hobby at best or a corruption of art at worst, while others see it as a new frontier in art and especially photography.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Solstice festival T-shirt design wantedContest entry deadline coming upArt workshops offeredAssault awareness writing contest heldChurch soliciting for religious art entriesSelf portrait show open for entryStatewide poetry contest announced

Illustrated autobiography illuminates science, glaciers
The title "With a Camera in My Hands" doesn't explain what this book is about. But coming up with a better title to describe William O. Field's multifaceted life would be difficult.

District can save money by not filling assistant superintendent job
It has come to my attention that the assistant superintendent vacancy is being advertised for the 2004-05 school year. Wouldn't it be more prudent to take the money saved by not filling this position and apply it to programs that directly benefit students which have been targeted for cuts or elimination like music, dance, drama, debate, art, physical education, Quest, etc.? Or maybe use the money saved to hire teachers to relieve overcrowded classrooms?

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.

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.

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

Students enjoy ice-fishing trip
The eighth grade from Kenai Middle School would like to thank Three Bears, IGA Country Foods and Wally Martin for their donations to the KMS eighth-grade annual ice-fishing trip on Johnson Lake.

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.

Assembly tinkers with tax on planes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved amendments to a proposed aircraft flat tax ordinance that would create a taxing schedule based on weight.

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.

Photo feature: A splash of Irish green
Hannah Ellison, above, is garnished in green as she waits with other first-graders from Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School for the St. Patrick's Day parade to begin in Soldotna on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

Sterling senior complex gets borough boost
A Sterling senior citizens group cleared a giant hurdle Tuesday in its drive to create a senior housing complex when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to authorize purchase of three lots near the existing Sterling Senior Center as a future housing project campus.

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.

Steven Jerrald Smith
Lifelong Nikiski resident Steven Jerrald Smith died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

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

Elta Ione Smith
Kenai resident Elta Ione Smith died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

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.

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.

Republicans should borrow a page from playbook of '96 Clinton campaign
As the battle of TV commercials heats up in the 2004 presidential race, I can't help but be reminded of a similar situation eight years ago when President Bill Clinton was challenged for re-election by Republican Bob Dole. Like this election, the airwaves heated up early in that campaign. Unlike this one, the ads eight years ago seemed to all come from the Democratic side.

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.

Madrid attacks show terrorism's complexity
The terrorist bombings in Madrid ... are another indication of how murky and complex the web of terror has become all over the world. ...

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

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist organization to meetCoal-bed methane to be discussedDAV to meet todayBuilders association meeting scheduledDancing, dessert fund-raiser setJohansen to discuss hydroponicsKRSMA board meeting scheduledFish and game advisory group to meetRepublican Party convention planned

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Connections
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Sports Briefs
Chavez nears contract extensionSources: O'Neal, Garnett invited to play for U.S.Davenport, Roddick win in straight sets

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.

Cook Inlet girls open with victory
The Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team recorded a victory to open the District 3/2A basketball tournament Wednesday, defeating Nikolaevsk 37-18 at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

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.

On boys side, Eagles also pick up win
The Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team recorded a victory to open the District 3/2A basketball tournament Wednesday, defeating Nikolaevsk 37-18 at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

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

Nikiski, Homer, Seward girls set for state
When the state Class 3A-4A basketball championships tip off today at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula will be represented by a trio of teams: the Homer High School girls will compete in the 4A tournament while the Nikiski and Seward girls will battle in the 3A bracket.

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

Nikiski, Homer, Seward girls set for state
When the state Class 3A-4A basketball championships tip off today at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula will be represented by a trio of teams: the Homer High School girls will compete in the 4A tournament while the Nikiski and Seward girls will battle in the 3A bracket.

Some things to look for as NCAA tournament gets rolling
Every team has been broken down and every matchup has been analyzed. Still, there might be some things about the first round of the NCAA tournament that have been overlooked:

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.

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