Thursday, March 31, 2005

Yanks return to form
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — At this rate, Eddie Johnson will put the United States into the World Cup by himself.

Wood returns to mound for Cubs; Red Sox ship Kim to Colorado
Kerry Wood was back on the mound, right where the Chicago Cubs need him. Byung-Hyun Kim is headed to Colorado, the last place a struggling pitcher needs to be.

Business Briefs
Area Chambers set schedules Job and career fair slated

Art Briefs
Directing workshop offered Human-nature poetry wanted Actors wanted for one-act plays Acts wanted for Homer concert Award open to young Alaskans Vietnam vets, families asked for art Young writers' workshop slated Writers conference planned Summer arts camp sets schedule

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

From the bookshelf: Women pilots' flying tales inspiring
Much has been written about Alaska's pioneer flyers and the unique role aviation plays in the state. Not all the daring "airmen" have actually been men, even if the males have gotten most of the ink. Sandi Sumner, a pilot and writer from Eagle River, set out to give the ladies of the air their due. In "Women Pilots of Alaska" she profiles 38 female flyers on the Last Frontier.

Tradition of talent
As the saying goes, breaking up is hard to do, and so is getting together, in some cases. But when watching these scenarios play out on stage, the couple's misery becomes the audience's entertainment.

Veterans on call are true heroes
For as many years as I can remember, members of our local veterans posts have assembled with just a phone call to pay honor to a fellow departed veteran by making available full military honors at funeral or memorial services at a moment's notice.

'Walk a mile in their shoes'
I was born to devout Christians on a farm on a highway in northern Iowa.

PTA carnival help appreciated
The Sterling Elementary PTA would like to thank all who attended our annual spring carnival in March.

Who does our state government represent?
At first it was disappointment with the administration, the Republican Party and the Legislature. But now I, as many others, feel betrayed and violated by them, for disregarding the will of the citizens of Alaska.

Kenai police, FBI look into letter threat
Kenai Police Chief Chuck Kopp and Lt. Kim Wannamaker were the targets of a death threat Tuesday morning as they received a letter that contained a powder and claimed it was the deadly toxin anthrax meant for the men.

Dogging your steps
Gary Whitely runs near Kenai Central High School on Tuesday afternoon with his 12-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi Zoey. "She's been my running partner for 11 years," Whitely said.

Whittier pulls out of prison plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The city of Whittier has dropped its efforts to secure state money to build a large, privately run prison.

Young to seek Agrium help
Addressing a crowd at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Alaska Rep. Don Young said he will pursue a change in federal law in an effort to help Agrium's North Kenai plant stay open.

Summer schedule heating up at Kenai visitors center
Though it's just barely spring, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center already is planning a busy summer.

Springing up
Melting snow in Sterling reveals all things green sprouting below. Whether it's winter or breakup seems to change from day to day, but Mother Nature appears to be ready for spring to arrive.

Red Cross has alarming giveaway
American Red Cross volunteers will be in Kenai, Nikiski and Soldotna on Saturday, giving away home smoke detectors, batteries and fire prevention information.

State may sell gas to Agrium
A governor-appointed task force may recommend that the state sell state-owned gas to help keep Agrium's North Kenai fertilizer plant open. The plant is slated to close Oct. 31.

Josephine 'Jo' Seelinger
Longtime Kenai resident Josephine "Jo" Seelinger died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

Still reason to be wary of military base closings
It is not wise to go too far out on a limb, but there is a sense that Alaska may escape a worst-case outcome from the new round of actions by BRAC.

Oceans hold key to global warming
As the world marked the World Meteorological Day, serious questions continued to emerge as to the state of world climate. The weather patterns seem to have changed so drastically that the rainy seasons have become virtually unpredictable and droughts have become more sporadic.

ANWR oil must stay in country
If President Bush and the Republican Congress succeed in opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling, they ought to be willing to at least make two concessions to reality.

Around the Peninsula
Young to speak at chamber Crafters, artists sought Help for home day care providers Spring bazaar set Community dialogue meeting slated Little League registration continues >Marriage seminar planned Donations for tsunami relief soughtPop Warner registration set

Around the Peninsula
Wildfire protection meetings continue Historical society to meet Donations for tsunami relief sought Pop Warner registration set Dinner, auction benefit slated

Skyview High
Congratulations to the mock trial team for placing fifth in state. The team members are Maia Matarrese, Merrick Jackinsky, Nick Byrne, Rachel Osterman, Alison Simpson and Paris King. In one round they were plaintiff and in another the defense. They were the only peninsula team at state.

Kenaitze Head Start
Family Transition Night gives children and parents a chance to meet their future principals and teachers from the area, share a meal and get answers to questions. It will be held Monday at the Head Start Family House. Dinner is at 5 p.m. with presentations from educators at 5:45.

Sterling Elementary
Graduating seniors at Skyview or Soldotna high school who attended the school for at least three full years you may be eligible for a $500 scholarship. Applications are available at the Sterling school office.

KPC around campus
Financial aid can make the difference as to whether a student can afford to attend college or not. All current or potential college students should take advantage of the many scholarships available at Kenai Peninsula College.

Redoubt Elementary
Kindergarten registration is Monday through April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is for children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 and will begin kindergarten this fall. Birth certificates and immunization records should be brought to registration.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Soldotna Elementary
Hannah Morgan and Christina Tachick were finalists, Sean Endsley was first-runner up and Erica Byerly is the school's Masonic Outstanding Student.

Heads up for standardized testing
Two state standardized tests, the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam for 10th through 12th grade and Standards Based Test Assessments for third through ninth grade, will be conducted next week districtwide.

Kenai Montessori
The students have had a visitor. Their new teacher Rochelle Soltwisch, visited while she was in town before traveling to New Zealand as part of her student-teaching program at the University of Iowa. Soltwisch attended a Montessori school herself until sixth grade and will join the staff this summer.

Wings Christian Academy
The creative writing class is writing three-paragraph narrative stories.

Mountain View Elementary
Fifth-grade forensics is today, fourth-grade forensics is Thursday and third-grade forensics is Friday. They will all be held in the library.

Cook Inlet Academy
The eighth-graders faced real life challenges by getting jobs, getting married, having children and buying homes — in a pretend math project. The students planned a budget around income taxes, loan interest rates, utilities necessary to maintain a household and raising children.

Sears Elementary
Friday is Backwards Day.

Interior Distance Education in Alaska
The staff announces the third-place finish of the Academic Decathlon team in the state finals. The team had the highest combined scores for personal interviews and Shiloh Schlung earned a gold medal in language arts, a silver medal in social studies and a silver medal in art. Congratulations.

Soldotna High
The drama department will present two one-act plays "The Cave" and "The Romancers" April 7 through 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The Lifeskill of the week is pride — the satisfaction from doing one's personal best.

Soldotna Montessori
The school's academic policy committee will hold its annual elections in April. Parents of students currently enrolled in the school are eligible for positions on the committee. Interested parents should apply at the school office.

Kenai Central High
The next site-council meeting is Thursday.

Least exciting school days near
Words like "state mandated tests," don't likely conjure up fun thoughts of lollipops and hopscotch. Never the less, thousands of peninsula students will face the music and head to school next week — not to learn, but to prove what they've learned to the state of Alaska.

Kenai Cooperative
Today the children are welcoming dads and grandfathers. The children are doing construction with tools, sanding, drilling and hammering. They are making homemade pretzels and rootbeer floats.

Fall enrollment begins Friday. Call 714-8880 for an enrollment appointment.

St. Joe's, South Carolina in NIT final
NEW YORK — Pat Carroll scored 13 of his 24 points in the second half, and Saint Joseph's won for the 21st time in 2005 by beating Memphis 70-58 in the NIT semifinals on Tuesday night.

Vols back in Final Four
PHILADELPHIA — Shanna Zolman and Shyra Ely smiled as the clock ticked down and the euphoria sunk in — the former Indiana high school stars were going home to play in the Final Four.

Hobbled James leads Cavaliers past Clippers
CLEVELAND — LeBron James, playing on a sore left ankle, scored 22 points in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Los Angeles Clippers 94-84 Tuesday night.

Final Four: Three will leave St. Louis heartbroken, one won't
One is a 48-year-old newcomer. Two have rings, two don't. Three will leave St. Louis heartbroken, one won't. Crunch the numbers any way you want. What they guarantee is a very intriguing Final Four.

Mavs send Celtics to fourth straight loss
BOSTON — Dirk Nowitzki had 36 points and Keith Van Horn added 21 points off the bench to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-100 victory over Boston on Wednesday night, sending the Celtics to their season high-tying fourth straight loss.

Ready Freddy
WASHINGTON — Freddy Adu's smile shone through the rain as he stretched with his D.C. United teammates. He directed traffic during one drill, looking older than 15. Later, he turned and predicted victory in a post-practice sprint. ''Right here, baby, right here!'' he said, tapping his chest. ''Watch this!''

Clothes make the man: Colorful attire brightens PGA tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Already known for flipping up the bill of his cap, Jesper Parnevik took fashion to a new extreme at the 1997 Bob Hope Classic when he showed up on the practice range with a bright array of tight-fitting clothes from Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg.

Homer, Seward improve on past success
The Homer and Seward girls basketball teams will once again represent the Kenai Peninsula at the state basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

New season, new name game for MLS
There's a funky new look to the Major League Soccer standings this year, at least to the sport's uninitiated. FC Dallas? Chivas USA? Real Salt Lake? What's that all about? Is there a Fake Salt Lake somewhere?

Bulldogs put last year's finish behind them
Petersburg, Nikiski's opponent in the opening round of the Class 3A girls state basketball tournament at 1 p.m. today at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, is a long plane ride away from the Kenai Peninsula, so a detailed scouting report is hard to come by.

Steroid use revealed in NFL
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers Todd Sauerbrun and Jeff Mitchell and former player Todd Steussie had steroid prescriptions filled by a West Columbia, S.C., doctor now under investigation by federal authorities, according to a ''60 Minutes Wednesday'' report.

Clothes make the man: Colorful attire brightens PGA tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Already known for flipping up the bill of his cap, Jesper Parnevik took fashion to a new extreme at the 1997 Bob Hope Classic when he showed up on the practice range with a bright array of tight-fitting clothes from Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg.

Galarraga calls it a career one dinger shy of 400
NEW YORK (AP) — Andres Galarraga retired Tuesday after a subpar spring training with the New York Mets, leaving him a homer shy of 400 for his career.

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