Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Entries are in for 2004 Caring For The Kenai
The Ides of March brought good news for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula. March 15th was the deadline this year for high school students and teachers within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) to turn in their Caring For The Kenai (CFK) entries.

Has spring sprung on the Kenai?
Compared to a year ago, spring seems only to have sprung a little leak regardless of what the calendar has officially declared. Loons that had found small openings along the Kenai River disappeared as Old Man Winter challenged Old Man River to break his icy grip on the mighty Kenai.

Village Fair shares healthy ideas
Nine years ago it was a good idea that resulted from a community questionnaire, people getting together to share information about health and safety resources that are available in the local area. Today the annual Village Fair has become a community tradition. A model that has been exported to Russia through the efforts of Rotary International where health fairs continue to grow as an effective means of improving peoples health and well being.

Twisting balloons and making smiles
There's a new clown in town. Laurie Netschert has moved to the Central Peninsula from Colorado and has brought with her talents for making children from 1 to 101 crack a smile and have some fun.

4-H Artist's chairs going up for bid
You don't see many wooden folding chairs any longer, they have long since been replaced by metal and plastic chairs at most meeting places.

Cold weather has little effect of 14th St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wednesday was a great day for the Irish, a little bit on the chilly side, but a great day for the 14th Annual St. Patrick's Day parade down the Spur Highway in Soldotna.

The words "based on a true story" have a special, almost magical resonance for some moviegoers. Take my mother-in-law, for example. She'll have nothing to do with fiction - it's a waste of her time. Ah, but true life? Real drama?

Alaska legislators should learn alesson from Seavey's Iditarod win
Mitch Seavey's win of the Iditarod deserves

Don't be fooled; there is plenty of money to fund school activities
Stand up, citizens of the Kenai Peninsula Borough! We are being led to tax slaughter by the school district administration via the Board of Education and the Borough Assembly.

What does this quote have to do with Proposition No. 1 on cocurricular activities?
Simple. Every family has a limited amount of resources, whether you are in the highest tax bracket or on welfare. You m

Companies' assistance appreciated in getting van to Soldotna seniors
Soldotna area seniors would like to recognize and greatly thank Gary Foster and Lynden Transport Inc. for their generous donation of the center's new ADA vehicle from Washington to Alaska.

Republicans pushing regressive taxes, not downsizing government
We get the Legislature we vote for, or we got this Legislature because some of us failed to vote. As a group, the Alaska legislators are a pretty sorry lot. They are totally ineffective in dealing with the long-term financial health of the state.

Courts sending wrong message by reducing, suspending fines
The troopers and law enforcement officers have a tough job with lots of paper work. Their time is reflected back as citations and violations written to the people who break the law. We call it billable time, justification of state payroll.

Vote 'no' on Proposition No. 1; parents should take responsibility
" If you subsidize wheat, you get more wheat. If you subsidize rice, you get more rice. If you subsidize irresponsibility, you get more of THAT too."

People of Alaska deserve better than they are getting
Wow! Has Mr. McBride got it figured out or what. (See Letter to the Editor, Peninsula Clarion, March 19.) Definitely.

Freedom natural consequence of Christian roots of nation
In response to Jenni Dillon's column "In not

Opinion piece about gay marriage refreshing, intelligent courageous
Thank you, Jenni Dillon. Your opinion about George Bush and gay marriage is refreshing, intelligent and aware. You're very courageous to voice it in such a small community, as well.

Teen's perspective: 'Yes' vote good for students, economy, community
I have lived in Homer all my life. During these 17 years, the community has been very generous in supporting students like me. I sincerely thank you all for what you have done for us.

Martha Stewart, Halliburton cases reveal ironic double standard
A couple of weeks ago Martha Stewart was judged g

Kids enjoy safe mission to Mars at Challenger Learning Center
Mr. Miller's sixth-grade class at Sterling Elementary would like to thank Zada Friedersdoff and Tamra Waer for giving us a great day at the Challenger Center. As flight directors, they do a really good jobs with kids.

Pit crew gets it done
DARLINGTON, S.C. The NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Darlington Raceway was decided by inches for the second straight year. This time, though, it was on pit road and not the racetrack.

No Bluffing
When in Homer, do as the Romans do.

Lack of food thins out moose numbers
Spring is officially here, yet nature is still several weeks away from showing the first signs of any fresh, green foliage. As such, emaciated moose are becoming a common sight around the peninsula, with an unfortunate few succumbing to starvation.

Program begins implementing elements
Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula is off and running, hiring staff, implementing programs and reaching out to students in seven "at risk" schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, organizers said Thursday.

Peninsula case may set precedent
As the U.S. Court of Appeals studies the issue of random DNA testing of parolees, a Kenai Peninsula case may determine the constitutionality of requiring prison inmates to provide samples of their DNA.

Photo feature: fill 'er up
Bobbie Eide loads up on sand for her slippery walkway last weekend at a pile of sand the city of Kenai maintains across from the airport control tower on Willow Street. Spring conditions have left many areas slick.

Dissolving winter
Ice melts into the sand on the beach in Kenai last weekend. Forecasters are calling for temperatures to climb into the mid-40s for most of the week, which should help get rid of more ice.

Upcoming season has peninsula beekeepers all abuzz
Kenai Peninsula beekeepers are a diverse bunch, but currently they all have something in common they're all buzzing with activity as they prepare for the upcoming beekeeping season.

College Day provides glimpses of future
Travel, technology and transmissions. Homer business professionals visited Voznesenka School on Thursday to talk to high school students about the importance of post-secondary education and the breadth of career opportunities available after high school.

Kenai mulls change on tax
City of Kenai Finance Director Larry Semmens thinks decreasing taxes on charter aircraft could give a big lift to the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Charles Leon Shaver
Longtime North Road resident Charles Leon Shaver died Saturday, March 6, 2004, in Reno, Nev. He was 78.

Best way to reduce jobs outsourcing is by better education
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's call for long-term vision in dealing with the economy shows, again, the chairman's wisdom.

Appeals Court decision keeps Cook Inlet sockeyes wild
For years there has been conflict over what uses are permitted in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Activities permitted in its management are contained in the "enabling legislation" of the National Wildlife Refuge Administrative Act of 1966 (the Refuge Act).

Therriault's proposal deserves Alaskans' support without bribe
Alaskans should consider this: Do they really want this state to be known as the one that couldn't balance its budget until it paid off its citizens?

Gage Wyatt Davis Faith Merie Braud Samiel Kayson Wilson

Around the Peninsula
WRCC to hold board meetingQuilting guild plans open sewCPGH board of directors to meetSafety Day meeting scheduledDavis to speak at Kenai libraryBoy Scouts to hold food driveHelp available for home day-care providersPreschool to hold fund-raiser

Peninsula People
Brooks graduates from Nukes SWohlers learns damage control Haring to study at Oxford Sisters garner top honors Nelson named to deans list Area students receive scholarships Showin Off the Kids winners announced

Around the Peninsula
The Alliance to meet Little League to begin registration Kennel club offering dog classes Head Start to hold fund-raiser Help available for home day-care providers Safety day scheduled

New postmaster's dreams of living, working in Alaska delivered
FAIRBANKS Keith Coleman has come a long way from walking from door-to-door delivering mail along his roughly seven-mile route in Kansas City, Mo.

Baby boy born same day as his father, grandfather
JUNEAU Jennifer and Matt Wolcott's newborn son, Morgan, will always have a reason to celebrate his birthday.

Community News
Blood bank plans drives in Homer Boy Scouts to hold food drive Girl Scout cookies are available Air Force reunion planned United Way seeking volunteers

Senior Briefs
What's activities are available for our area seniors.

Common antibiotic slows knee cartilage loss among older women
INDIANAPOLIS A study led by Indiana University scientists found that a common antibiotic appears to reduce cartilage loss and pain in women whose knees show early signs of the crippling effects of osteoarthritis.

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

Old Bucs stalwarts find new homes
It hasn't taken long for the old Buccaneers to find new homes.

UAB sends No. 1 Kentucky home
COLUMBUS, Ohio The NCAA tournament's top seed got sent back to its ol' Kentucky home.

Nash's dishes help Dallas down Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Steve Nash had 15 points and a season-high 16 assists and the Dallas Mavericks came up with two big defensive plays in the final 18.8 seconds to post a 101-98 win over the undermanned New Jersey Nets on Sunday.

Cochran upsets Miller in giant slalom
GIRDWOOD, Alaska Jimmy Cochran knew he was getting a break when race favorite Bode Miller slipped on the opening run of the giant slalom Monday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

Blue Devils show no mercy in first round
DURHAM, N.C. Reserve Jessica Foley scored 18 points to lead top-seeded Duke to a 103-51 victory over Northwestern State on Sunday in the first round of the Mideast Regional.

Another Sweet 16
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Tennessee cruised into the NCAA's round of 16 for the 23rd straight year with a 79-59 victory over DePaul on Monday night in the Midwest Regional.

Islanders' two late strikes doom Lightning
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Michael Peca and Adrian Aucoin scored 2:46 apart late in the third period and Rick DiPietro made 29 saves in the New York Islanders' 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Pacers rip Bulls, snap two-game skid
INDIANAPOLIS Reggie Miller scored 17 points and Ron Artest and Al Harrington each added 15 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 101-77 Monday night.

Campbell evokes Arnie at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. Playing with Arnold Palmer for two days must have rubbed off on Chad Campbell.

Coyotes get rare win
ST. PAUL, Minn. Mike Comrie snapped the Coyotes' 15-game winless streak when he put back his own rebound with 24 seconds remaining in overtime, giving Phoenix a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

West boys win OT thriller to earn first title since '88
Brian Hurn nailed a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the West High Eagles a stunning 70-69 win over Bartlett Saturday night in the state 4A boys basketball championship game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Thome cleared to returnWeir has problems in worlds debut

Surfer returns to water after shark attack
KAHUKU, Hawaii With a surfboard tucked under her right arm and securely leashed to her ankle, Bethany Hamilton paused before stepping into the churning Pacific.

Packer, St. Joe's still joined
Hardly anyone gets in a last word against Saint Joe's yapping pit bull of a coach, Phil Martelli.

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