Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Griffey leaves game with strained calf
Ken Griffey Jr. was hoping to stay healthy all spring. He didn't quite make it.

Devil Rays upend Yankees
TOKYO Fans in the Tokyo Dome seemed surprised. The ones back in New York must have been shocked.

Rowdy Readers with a cause
It all started back in 1999 when a few friends who loved to read decided it would be fun to all read the same book, "We decided to form a little group and read the same material and then to get together to talk about it.

UAA President says KPC has it right
Six years ago when UAA hired retired U.S. Army General Mark Hamilton to lead the University his orders were to stop the brain drain in Alaska.

Ryan Kapp attends meeting with one of the nations's largest money managers
Ryan Kapp, of the financial-services firm Edward Jones, recently traveled to St. Louis, MO, to meet with representatives from Amercian Funds.

Finding a way to get North Slope gas to market
Due to the massive amounts of natural gas on the North Slope, in 1976 there were those who predicted a trans Alaska gas line would begin construction as soon as the oil pipeline was completed. Tired of waiting for a gas line to happen on its own, Alaskan voters in 2002 said yes to creating the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

Spaghetti feed raises funds for KPHA State Hockey Champs
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association (KPHA) State Champion Midget U-16 AA Hockey team is on their way to Florida to compete with the best U-16 AA Hockey teams in the country.

2004 Iron Dog champs tell their story
Snow machine drivers from the Kenai Peninsula have dominated the longest, toughest snowmachine race in history ever since it's inception in 1984. The grueling Tesoro Iron Dog. A race that covers 2000 miles of the most rugged terrain on earth at speeds up to 100 miles per hour in temperatures that can reach -60 below.

Committee spares Medicaid funds
JUNEAU The House Finance Com-mittee restored money previously cut by a subcommittee in the proposed state budget for Medicaid, a program that provides health care to low-income Alaskans.

Wrestling club appreciates strong support of community
Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club (formally known as North Road Wrestling) would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to our local communities and businesses for their once again wonderful support of our taco feed fund-raiser.

Many contribute to fun-filled St. Patrick's Day celebration
The 13th Annual Soldotna St. Patrick's Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by many in the community.

Nugent, Debnam deserve chance to continue working on HEA board
I will be referring to Jim Carter 's letter of March 24 to the Peninsula Clarion concerning qualifications for the HEA board.

HEA members should make most of opportunity to vote
We write this as members of Homer Electric Association for more than 40 years and Ken a board member for more than 20 years.

Who's doing Rep. Wolf's writing, research on sportfishing group?
I read Rep. Kelly Wolf's article about the Kenai River Classic. My real interest is in who is his ghost writer? Based on e-mails I have received from him, and what others have told me about e-mails they got from Wolf, the article was not written by Wolf. It is too well done to have been written by Wolf.

Great people, attitudes, dedication prove to be team's winning formula
I would like to personally thank the players, parents and fans of the seventh-eighth grade boys Tustumena Thunder Championship basketball team.

Nikiski residents file to stop center
A group of Nikiski residents has filed proposed initiatives with the Kenai Peninsula Borough to limit the powers of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board and halt plans to convert Nikiski Elementary School into a community center.

Former peninsula priest accused of sexual abuse
Just two days before a planned visit to Soldotna by the Catholic Archbishop of Anchorage, a letter from him about a sexual abuse case involving a Kenai Peninsula resident was read to all parishioners at church services during the past weekend.

Last day to vote on activity funding
All ballots for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's special election on cocurricular activity funding are due by 5 p.m. today.

Photo feature: Out of season
Josh Brittin of Christmas Decor works Saturday to remove lights from trees at Wells Fargo Bank in Kenai.

Photo feature: Quoth the raven
A raven calls out while it scavenges a snowbank in Kenai on Tuesday.

KRSA points out need for health
In order for Alaska to maintain its status as the world's last bastion for a prolific wild salmon fishery, conservation of the resource is paramount, the executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Associa-tion told Soldotna government and business leaders Tuesday.

Jack Austin III
Ninilchik resident Jack Austin III died Monday, March 29, 2004, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 46.

Poll suggests stalemate
Each month, InsiderAdvantage surveys likely voters on their thoughts and feelings about two broad issues that dominate the current

Senate has proposed improved measure for funding education
I want to let the many supporters of education know what the Alaska State Senate is proposing as a revised education-funding package.

Where was Legislature when Ketchikan lost more than 1,000 jobs? What others say
The Murkowski administration is moving the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters to Ketchikan. Juneau doesn't like that decision.

Legislative majority being held hostage by three-quarters rule
By all the legislative hubbub over providing additional money for education, you'd think the arguing is about making sure students are learning all they can.

Refuge cabin plan calls for upgrades
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's public-use cabins may get some upgrades and additions, if a new management plan is approved.

Around the Peninsula
Charter school convention planned in KenaiTeen center seeking camerasRefuge sponsors bird sightings hot lineWater safety class offeredSocial Security reps to visit areaKayak festival planned

Around the Peninsula
Awards banquet planned Church of Christ to host lectureship Historical society meeting scheduled River issues topic for Fish and Game group Track and field meet entries available Input on hazard mitigation sought

Tustumena Elementary
Parent permission forms were issued March 18 for the third-quarter Lynx Tracks activity today. The event for students in good standing will be a movie, complete with treats. Permission forms must be returned by today.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
The children returned from spring break this week to discover that their three classrooms had been transformed for spring and summer, including a new coat of paint.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
March 19 marked the end of the third quarter grading period. Report cards will be mailed the first week of April.

KPC Showcase presents spring lecture: 'Connected to the Tundra'
KPC anthropologist Dr. Alan Boraas wants to encourage the community to come out for an interesting lecture and slide

Sears Elementary
Kindergarten parent night will be April 13. Parents considering enrolling kindergarten children for the 2004-05 school year are invited to attend the presentation by Sears' kindergarten staff.

Program opens college doors to autistic
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Andrew Reinhardt is an 18-year-old college freshman who aspires to study math and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technol-ogy, yet his mother is afraid to let him cross a busy street by himself.

Kenai Middle
Yearbooks are available to purchase for $30. Call the office at 283-4896 for availability.

Sixth-graders document neighborhood
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Twelve-year-old Jared Martinez photographed gang insignia sprayed on a basketball court next to his school. A classmate snapped the familiar figure of a homeless woman sitting and smoking on a curb outside an abandoned building.

Soldotna High
The staff and students congratulate the cheerleaders for winning first place in their division.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper 03/31/04
PHOENIX (AP) Fourteen state education chiefs want the federal government to defer to state school accountability standards instead of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Redoubt Elementary
Kindergarten registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday. This registration is for children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 15 and will begin kindergarten this fall.

Caring for the Kenai proposals on display
Caring for the Kenai semifinalists' entries will be on display Saturday at Gottschalks in the Peninsula Center Mall. KSRM Radio will provide live radio broadcasts throughout the day, featuring interviews with students and teachers participating in the annual contest.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
The flower bulbs that were planted near the back entrance are trying to break through the snow. Students, be sure to check them this week to see if they are showing.

No school April 9
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed April 9 for Good Friday. Classes will resme April 12.

Fall enrollment for the 2004-05 school year begins Thursday. For more information or an appointment, call 262-6315.

Skyview teacher earns national recognition
Troy Minogue, a math teacher at Skyview High School, recently received a 2004 RadioShack National Teacher Award. He was among 110 educators to receive the award, which honors commitment to academic excellence in mathematics, science or technology. He will receive $3,000.

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to the following students for their participation in the All-Northwest Honor Choir: Elena Bird, Audrey Coon and Lydia Link were chosen to be in the select 110-voice ACDA Women's Honor Choir, and Ryan Dykowitz, Sovala Kisena and Adam Nath were selected to be in the 110-voice ACDA Men's Honor Choir in Boise, Idaho. Kenai Central had never participated in the ACDA Honor Choirs before this year.

VFW poetry contest winners announced
First- through eighth-grade students from eight area schools, plus three home-schooled students participated in this year's American Flag Poetry Program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial, Post No. 10046 in Soldotna. The winners are:

Skyview High
Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Students can purchase tickets for the prom during lunch in the commons.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the varsity basketball teams for an outstanding season. Thanks to coaches Greg Bell and Max Vavilov and assistants Pixie Smith, Bruce Gabriel and Chet Nettles for their hard work and dedication.

Sitting in with the masters
Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claude Monet and Wassily Kandinsky.

Grace Lutheran
As part of their study of Alaska, the students enjoyed a visit from long-time Alaskans Joe and Betty Cloud.

Wings Christian Academy
The Lower Learning Center students have finished their study of Asia and now are learning about Africa.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) is a new public charter school established to offer educational choice for students and parents in the community. The arts and sciences are the focus of the curriculum, and the vehcile through which much of the curriculum is studied.

Sterling Head Start
This week was celebration theme week. The morning class went to the post office, where the students received cards in the mail for St. Patrick's Day.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Happy March birthdays to Ronnie, Pat, Kendra, Megan and Blossom.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Dates to remember:

Hands on and in
Mountain View Elementary students in Dave Knudsen's third-grade class dissect a pink salmon. The class is participating in a salmon incubation project sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Area business, organizations offer scholarships
KBEA DKG Sonoma Florist Labor Council

Study seeks to curb hospital visits
ADEL, Iowa (AP) A health care model being tested at a nursing home in central Iowa may hold the key to alleviating overcrowded hospitals and reducing costs while improving long-term health care for frail seniors, doctors say.

Senior Briefs
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Senior Menus
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Key injuries could affect Final Four
ATLANTA Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warmups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech's first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.

Huskies return to Final Four
HARTFORD, Conn. Diana Taurasi has been through this so often she didn't even bother with the cap, instead just flinging it into the stands.

Coach K knows 'fortunate' when he sees it
In their respective bids to grab the last spot in the Final Four, Xavier started three seniors and Duke started one. Yet each had a kid in the lineup whose road had started, improbably enough, in Africa.

Is Game 2 'Must win?'
When he sent his team to Japan, George Steinbrenner wanted his players to bring back just two presents: a pair of wins.

76ers snap Golden State win streak
PHILADELPHIA Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Kenny Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 95-71 win over Golden State on Tuesday night, snapping the Warriors' seven-game winning streak.

Final Four star power on sidelines, not court
Looking at Duke's roster, it's easy to find a number of good players, but only one household name.

NFL owners extend replay
PALM BEACH, Fla. The NFL once again compromised on instant replay, deciding Tuesday to keep it for five more years rather than putting it in permanently.

Baker plays key role as Knicks dump Blazers
NEW YORK Vin Baker make a jump hook over the outstretched arm of Theo Ratliff, the league's leading shot blocker, with 38 seconds left to give the New York Knicks' a three-point lead that held up Monday night in a 92-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Michigan dumps Oregon in NIT semis
NEW YORK Michigan coach Tommy Amaker was worried about Oregon's offense. The Ducks should have concerned themselves with the Wolverines' attack.

Moore says Bertuzzi hit has no place in hockey
DENVER Wearing a brace from his chin to his chest, Steve Moore walked into a news conference Monday and said he doesn't remember the hit that knocked him out for the season and might have ended his NHL career.

Gomez paces Devils in win over Flyers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Gomez and Eric Rasmussen had two goals apiece, Martin Brodeur got his 75th shutout and the New Jersey Devils tied Philadelphia for the lead in the Atlantic Division with a 5-0 victory Tuesday night over the New York Rangers.

Senators sweep season series from Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. Chris Phillips scored four minutes into overtime Monday night, giving the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a season sweep of the Eastern Conference leaders.

Lady Vols advance to Final Four
NORMAN, Okla. Tasha Butts wants the ball with the game on the line for the Tennessee Lady Vols.

Colleges recycle coaches
There never was much doubt that Larry Eustachy, Mike Price and George O'Leary would slip back into the college coaching ranks, despite their transgressions.

Tagliabue gets new contract
PALM BEACH, Fla. NFL owners are ready to give commissioner Paul Tagliabue a new contract and keep instant replay.

Serena Williams gains quarterfinals at Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Serena Williams made her latest fashion statement and offered some eye-popping tennis as well Monday.

Bears rising, if not shining
The days are growing longer, the snow is melting and the pussy willows are about to bloom spring is here, and with it comes the awakening of the Kenai Peninsula's resident population of roughly 300 brown bears and 3,000 black bears.

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