Thursday, April 7, 2005

Baseball's average salary at record $2.6 million
NEW YORK — Baseball's big-money boom pushed the average salary to a record $2.6 million on opening day, and the New York Yankee' payroll of just under $200 million topped five teams combined.

Jeter one-ups Varitek, Boston
NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera picked up right where he left off last October, blowing another lead against the Boston Red Sox. This time, Derek Jeter bailed him out.

Chest pains sideline Red Sox manager
NEW YORK — Chest pains forced Terry Francona into a hospital Wednesday. How soon the Boston manager returns to his team remains to be seen.

Boston avoids broom in Bronx
NEW YORK — Playing without ailing manager Terry Francona, the Boston Red Sox rallied for five runs against Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning and beat the New York Yankees 7-3 Wednesday to avoid a season-opening sweep.

Moving in! Trustworthy Hardware reopening
Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware owner Paul Miller remembers when he told his wife, Sherril, he wanted to move his store into a larger building.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Job and career fair slated Homer chamber mixer set

Try as I might, it is difficult to describe the way I felt upon leaving Sin City Saturday afternoon. Revved up? Repulsed? Worn out? Ready for more? How about all at the same time?

From the bookshelf
Alaska and contemporary musicology have little in common. Yet they intersect in the person of John Luther Adams. The Fairbanks-area resident (who uses his full name to avoid confusion with fellow composer John Adams) works at the fringe of experimental art music. Most such creative efforts survive only in major cities, but Alaska is so central to his inspiration that he elects to remain here.

Comedy's history
The Soldotna High School drama department is undertaking an impressive task this weekend — presenting the history of humanity. The abridged version, at least.

Whats happening
Best Bets Events and exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Help installing new chamber toilet much appreciated
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce we would like to thank John McGee, assistant manager of Home Depot, for the bighearted gift of a new toilet for the Chamber Cabin and to Dream Team member Glenn Clifford for removing the old one and installing the new one.

Individuals, businesses helped make women's ride a success
The Way Out Women of the Kenai Peninsula extend a huge thank you to all who participated, donated and just plain supported the first Kenai Peninsula Way Out Women's ride.

Borough budget proposals should match revenue — period
Is anyone out there wondering why the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is having such a hard time balancing its 2006 budget? This question was bothering me until I attended its meeting Tuesday. I now believe I understand why the assembly is having such a hard time.

Staff says hunt was 'egg'cellent
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center staff would like to thank the area community for participating in our Easter egg hunt and making it a wonderful success.

Community's green pride shows through
The 14th annual Soldotna St. Patrick's Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by the community.

Two timing
Dylan Zoske and Brady Targonsky share the work as they peddle their way to the store Tuesday afternoon in Kenai. Bicyclists are taking advantage of recent spring weather.

Man found dead on Petersburg street
JUNEAU (AP) — Petersburg police are investigating as a homicide the death of a 29-year-old man whose body was found on a one-way street in the middle of town.

New Fish and Game head finds favor
Area fishing groups are taking an optimistic approach to Gov. Frank Murkowski's appointment of McKie Campbell as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Conference aims to bring reps together on Pebble Mine topic
Along with scores of students expected to attend, residents of Bristol Bay communities eager to hear from mining and state officials about plans for a huge open-pit mine northwest of Iliamna will crowd into the limited space of an Iliamna village teen center Friday for the opening of a two-day educational event sponsored by the Bristol Bay Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Gravel pit plan spurs court case
A group of Anchor Point residents, who say they have witnessed the serious impacts on drinking water supplies caused by gravel mining operations in their area, have filed a suit they hope will eventually stop another pit from starting up.

Bill would take Permanent Fund money for hatcheries
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A new proposal has surfaced in the Legislature for how to fund construction of a fish hatchery in Fairbanks along the Chena River and improve two hatcheries in Anchorage.

Northern Dynasty ownership complex
Just who owns major blocks of shares in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and would have a measure of influence over the proposed Pebble Mine project is a bit of a moving target. Another question is who might ultimately operate the mine once development actually begins.

School board: State should be sued for defraud
Frustration with the budget was apparent at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting, as the topic drifted to inadequate state funding.

Initiatives aim to give voters more say in borough finances
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers, which last week filed an initiative they say would give voters more control over capital spending by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, filed a second volley at borough financial policy Monday with another initiative that would prevent increases in property taxes without approval of 60 percent of voters.

Bed-tax change proposed
Following a lengthy and often impassioned public hearing Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to reduce the tax levy in the proposed bed tax from 8 percent to 4 percent, and then scheduled at least two more public hearings for the controversial measure before final action would be considered.

Dirty work
Morgan Burdick sweeps winter's dirt from a sidewalk in Soldotna on Wednesday afternoon. City workers in Soldotna and Kenai have been working on the spring cleaning project.

Mary Louise Cartee-Stevens
Former Soldotna resident Mary Louise Cartee-Stevens died Monday, April 4, 2005, in Boise, Idaho. She was 75.

Anna E. Stroman
Longtime Nikiski resident Anna E. Stroman died Monday, April 4, 2005, at her home. She was 50.

Paul Kim
Longtime Alaska resident Paul Kim died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 87.

Warren Moore
Longtime Soldotna and Kasilof area resident Warren Moore died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 102.

Governor's tax bill reflects values of Republicans
Gov. Frank Murkowski took action — and criticism from fellow party members — last week for being true to his Republican roots.

Cheney nepotism has no place in U.S. government
The nomination of Vice President Dick Che-ney's son-in-law as top lawyer at the Department of Homeland Security, coupled with the appointment of Cheney's daughter to a senior State Department post, are a strain of nepotism not usually seen in American government.

Around the Peninsula
Family resource workshop slated Domestic violence workshop set Reads begins registration

Around the Peninsula
Driver safety class scheduled Nikiski chamber to meet Child Find screening available Rowing presentation set Dog classes available

Soldotna Montessori
The lottery has concluded, results will be posted today. Parents who wish to enroll their children can go on a waiting list.

Skyview High
PProm is Saturday. The annual talent show is April 13. Applications are available from Mr. Holt or Mrs. Raemaeker. Deadline for applications is Monday. Mandatory practice for the show will be Tuesday.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to the members of the choir who performed on a recent trip to Europe.

Soldotna Elementary
The school honored Sheila Barbour this week for her commitment to kindness.

Poetry winners announced
Students from six area schools participated in the American Flag Poetry Program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046, Soldotna.

Fall enrollment has begun. Call 714-8880 for an appointment.

Kenaitze Head start
Tuntaz'un (breakup or spring) is coming.

KMS opens shop
The basement walls of Kenai Middle School once enclosing old and unused sports equipment until a recent reformation thanks to the eighth-grade leadership class.

Kenai Middle School
Students of the Month are Shaele Bryant, Kammi Carlson, Jacob Daniel, Audrey Forrest, Alexandria Kiel, Chad Middick, Tim Saner, Alysha Shaginoff, Kendall Soares, Leah Stephens and Kristin Williams.

Soldotna High
Student government elections are scheduled for May. Students wishing to run for a student government office must meet minimum grade point average requirements. Forms are available in room 74.

Mountain View Elementary
Student of the month lunch is at 11:35 p.m. Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's field trip to Anchorage leaves at 6 a.m. Thursday and returns approximately at 5:30 p.m.

Soldotna Middle
In Mr. Hagen's students have been learning the importance of staying in school through economics. Volunteers were Kathy Sullivan, Lisa Roberts, Jason Carroll, Febra Hensley and Robyn Sullens.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Students and staff celebrated Character Counts for January, February and March.

Sterling Elementary
The school has received the first classroom set of handheld computers in the district. Over the coming weeks fifth- and sixth-graders will learn to use the computers to write, edit and illustrate stories, use spreadsheets, to store and analyze scientific data and keep a daily planner and to-do lists. Eventually, the school will expect to use the computers schoolwide as a portable computer lab. The school is thankful for supporters for allowing it to bring this cutting edge technology to the Falcons.

Tustumena Elementary
Class pictures were taken March 29. The school will send home an individual photo proof for each student this week. Parents may view the proof (including pricing information) before determining whether to purchase an individual picture packet. The class photo also may be ordered at that time. Parents are asked to return their picture orders by Tuesday.

Grace Lutheran
Monday through Wednesday students in grades four through eight will spend the morning working on standardized tests. The school reminds parents to have their student get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast

Ninilchik School
The sophomore class is sponsoring a ralent show April 15 at 7 p.m. If you are interested in showing off your talent, call Jamie Leman at 567-3722 or 567-3361 to sign up.

Free developmental screening available
Frontier Community Services Early Intervention, Kenai Public Health and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will offer free developmental screenings for children up to age 5. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Public Health office, 630 Barnacle Way in Kenai.

Redoubt Elementary
Fall preregistrations are due back to the school as soon as possible. Registration continues today for kindergartners.

KPC: Around Campus
Kenai Peninsula College is hosting a statewide workforce development conference this week to bring leaders from the oil, gas and mining industries together with the state's education and training providers.

Sears Elementary
The students in Ms. Ralston's class are learning about how to do research for their zoo animals. The students have picked an animal that they would like to become the expert on for their trip to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. Students have been doing research on the Internet, using encyclopedias, books, handouts, etc. The students also are learning about the process of taking notes, writing a rough draft and how to publish a report.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the varsity boys' basketball team for winning state. The parents thank those who helped with the basketball programs.

Seward High
Students of the Month for February are David Apperson for academics, Matthew Blair for achievement, Chelsea Pullins for appreciation and Alicia Monnier for attitude. The Employee of the Month is Gary Benson, special education instructor.

Kenai Cooperative
Monday the students planted grass and flowers, made a diorama of a farm and a pig mask.

KPC Kachemak Bay offers nursing program
The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College presents a series of career and degree program information meetings in April on human services, psychology, education, nursing and office management and technology. Current students and the public are encouraged to attend.

Chapman School
The sixth- through eighth-graders had a late night event last Friday. The students played toe tag, dodge ball and basketball. Seventh-grade student council representative Allyx Barron is collecting clothes for Helping Hands in Anchor Point. Donations may be dropped off at the school.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Furlong's class finished a mini-unit on inventions. Parents are invited to stop by and take a look. The reading challenge continues and students are reminded to turn in a reading log every Thursday. Students will travel to Anchorage on April 13 to participate in art and history lessons at The Anchorage Museum. They also will visit H2Oasis.

Woods the main attraction, but no longer the main event
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is still the main attraction at the Masters.

Pacers take it to Knicks in New York
NEW YORK — Stephen Jackson scored 33 points on his 27th birthday, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 97-79 Tuesday night despite poor shooting from Reggie Miller in his final appearance at Madison Square Garden.

Panthers make most of trip
The Skyview boys soccer team lost all three games at the Spring Fever tournament Thursday through Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in Juneau, but Panthers coach Dave Carpenter couldn't be happier.

Grizzlies roar past Raptors 104-74
TORONTO — Pau Gasol scored 26 points to lead to the Memphis Grizzlies to 104-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Nicklaus grieves for his grandson — and still wants to play at Augusta
They began playing a few weeks ago, a famous father and son using time on the golf course to help deal with their grief. The conversation came later, after two trips to a place they both love.

Lawmakers ask NBA, NHL for drug-testing info
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressmen looking into steroids in sports sent letters Tuesday to the heads of the NBA, NHL and five other groups asking for information about their drug-testing policies.

Lady Bears take crown
INDIANAPOLIS — Baylor now has a basketball team it can celebrate. And oh, what a celebration it was.

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