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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Bonds blasts No. 660
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run to match godfather Willie Mays for third on baseball's career list and help the San Francisco Giants defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 on Monday.

Retro is becoming old in ballpark construction
PHILADELPHIA Barry Larkin is a big fan of ballparks. Heck, he even named his oldest daughter after a favorite place to play she's Brielle D'Shea, as in Shea Stadium.

Konerko dinger helps White Sox triumph
CHICAGO Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer to help Esteban Loaiza get his second win, and the White Sox beat the Kansas City 12-5 in Ozzie Guillen's Chicago debut as manager.

Bonds passes Mays
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds outdid his godfather and he has just two more baseball giants to chase.

Future Problems Solvers prepare for statewide competition
As courts, jurors, and the best minds in the country debate the impact of the media and its industries on society and its behavior, Quest students from across the State of Alaska will gather next week to offer their solutions to this year's scenario.

Nikiski forensic champs entertain School Board
It was the bright spot, the comedy relief, of an otherwise intense School Board meeting last week, as Board members wrestled with the difficulties of passing a balanced budget without being certain of State funding allocations. Ramona Baker, a senior, and Josh Ball, a sophomore at Nikiski High School, performed a hilarious duet, a piece from Neil Simon's "A Prisoner on 2nd Avenue." Their skit brought laughs and a standing ovation from those assembled at Borough Hall to deal with the hard core budget process.

Laurine Maxwell finds life after retirement
Two years ago Laurine Maxwell officially retired from the Kenai Peninsula School District, today she is busier than ever pursuing another avenue of life that she is passionate about; sculptured-beaded jewelry.

NOW PLAYING: The Alamo
In Texas, as well as elsewhere, but mostly in Texas, the Alamo has taken on mythic proportions. Though it occurred just over 160 years ago, the small battle for Texas Independence might as well be the Battle of Troy for all the drama and importance it has become imbued with. This kind of aura is exactly what draws filmmakers, and exactly what makes such filmmaking such a daunting task. In it's current filmic incarnation, The Alamo strives too far for seemingly opposing goals, historical accuracy and high drama, and achieves only weak versions of either.

Old chairs get new life through fund-raising art endeavor
The After the Bell Program and 4-H recently cooperated in a wonderful art project that involved middle school students, teachers and community volunteers. Recycled wooden folding chairs were given new life with the addition of vibrantly painted copies of famous works of art.

Holding dividends punishes Alaskans serving in military
I'm a member of the military and I am on active duty stationed in Texas. I am also an Alaska resident. Did I ask for my family and I to be sent to Texas? No, I go where I am told. So does that mean that since I am outside of Alaska with my family, I don't plan to ever come home again?

Soldotna community enjoys family-friendly day of science
Soldotna Community Schools and Redoubt Elementary send a big thanks to Unocal and Mr. Allan Miller for their help with our recent Science Festival.

Holding dividends would help those currently in military
Rep. Paul Seaton's proposal is an excellent idea. One, it holds military personnel accountable for returning to the state. If you don't return, you will not receive your dividends.

Engineer, earthquake survivor disagrees with new information
As a survivor of the 1971 earthquake in Sylmar, Calif., I offer the following suggestion: Page 1 of the "Earthquake in Alaska" reference document is in error in its statement that doorways are not good places to stand during an earthquake.

State's ecosystems should not be destroyed for more money
For Alaska's future, I write this letter. As a graduate in natural resources, I've found myself a conservationist at heart. A lot of Alaskans are preservationists, wanting absolutely no change in Alaska's wild frontier. Gov. Frank Murkowski and his political party are exploiters, wanting to take from the wilderness for the pure purpose of money.

HEA members should take time to re-elect Nugent, Debnam
This is a reminder to strongly encourage members of Homer Electric Association to re-elect Debbie Debnam and Mike Nugent to the board of directors.

New strategy likely needed to fix state's budget problem
The Legislature's attempts to fix the state's budget problem are going nowhere.

Foul play ruled out in Kenai man's death
Foul play has been ruled out in the death of an assistant district attorney in Kenai who was found in his home early Saturday morning.

Late tax filers need to watch for errors
JUNEAU Shopping for a tax preparer isn't like shopping for Christmas presents.

Pet owners find rescuing cat not so easy
In a calculated move of desperation, Mickey leapt from the top of the spruce tree the cat had been stuck in for nearly a week to the tree's twin, a couple yards away.

Looking for solutions
Kenai Peninsula teachers are taking a stand this week in an effort to urge lawmakers to improve education funding.

Photo feature: Peeking out
Crocus blossoms rise above last fall's dead leaves in front of Soldotna Elementary School on Saturday. The tiny flowers are among the first to sprout each spring. The Kenai Peninsula's spring thaw is expected to continue, as forecasters call for highs in the mid-40s through the weekend.

Borough shows mixed results in gross sales
Gross sales recorded in the 10 business sectors measured by the Kenai Peninsula Borough showed a mixed bag of results, but overall, produced a decline of 1.6 percent during the fourth quarter of 2003 compared to the fourth quarter of 2002, according to the latest figures released in March by the borough's Community and Economic Development Division.

Soldotna man, 12 others get dubious 'Muzzle' recognition
RICHMOND, Va. CBS Television, which passed on the miniseries ''The Reagans'' amid conservative pressure, and the Martha Stewart trial judge are among this year's winners of the dubious Jefferson Muzzle awards for suppression of free speech.

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HEA elections heat up
Diminishing supplies of natural gas, the future of alternative energy sources, union influence on board decisions and the bottom line of the budget are issues being discussed by five candidates for three open seats on the Homer Electric Association board of directors.

Jake Ketscher
Kenai resident Jake Ketscher died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 31.

9th Circuit Court should be divided What others say
Is it possible for a single circuit among the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals to effectively serve one-fifth of the nation's population?

Outsourcing not key issue
The continuing media symposium on the exportation of American jobs overseas may actually have intensified in recent days. While there are intriguing arguments both pro and con for so-called "outsourcing," the real issue in this election season is whether the American people personally know anyone who has lost his or her job to a worker in a foreign land.

Proposed legislation not best way to keep U.S. waterways clean
Alaska has led the nation in getting the cruise ship industry to clean up its act. And we've done it without going to extremes, as a new federal proposal does.

Around the Peninsula
Connections continues meetingsKCHS after-graduation meeting plannedPFLAG to meetRowing club to give presentationRiver issues topic for Fish and Game groupTree care class offeredKennel club offering dog classesRefuge sponsors bird sightings hot line

Around the Peninsula
DAV to hold first nominations of officers Kenai River advisory board meeting set RCAC meeting agendas available Little League registration deadline looms Master gardeners to finish lecture series Church to celebrate 50th anniversary Track meet entries needed by Monday Genealogical class scheduled Social Security reps to visit area

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The preschool will host visitation for the 2004-05 school year from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. This is a time for parents and students ages 3, 4 and 5 to visit the facility, review the curriculum and meet with teachers. A registration packet will be available at visitation. For more information, call 262-1284.

Grace Lutheran
This week at Grace Lutheran, the children are studying a few of the Old Testament kings of Israel.

Soldotna High
The drama department will present the comedy "The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Friday. Admission is $5.

KPBSD Student Art Show winners announced
The following students received awards for their entries in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's 15th annual Student Art Show, now on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center:

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Super preschoolers last week were Noah and Drake.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
SMCS will host a family fun activity night on Earth Day, April 22. Activities will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. There will be many fun activities featuring arts and crafts, Earth Day activities and math estimation activities.

Redoubt Elementary
Blaine Carver will represent Redoubt at the Masonic Outstanding Student Award Night on Thursday. All Redoubt Masonic nominees and their parents are invited to a pizza lunch at 11:10 a.m. today in the library.

Art show celebrates talents of peninsula youth
The Kenai Fine Arts Center always is dedicated to celebrating the artwork of the community, but this month, it will focus on a slightly younger set of artists than normal.

Cook Inlet Academy
Orders for 2003-04 yearbooks are being taken at the office. The price is $18 until Friday, then it increases to $23.

Nikiski debate team makes history at state
The Nikiski High School debate team talked circles around the competition earlier this month, earning the top three spots in the state drama, debate and forensics tournament in Anchorage.

Wings Christian Academy
The students who made the honor roll last quarter will have an honor roll trip Monday. They will ride up to the Anchorage Mall for the day.

Kenai Middle
Seventh- and eighth-grade borough forensics competition results are as follows:

Kenai Montessori Preschool
This month at Kenai Montessori School, the main theme is spring. Students are studying animal and plant life cycles and growing vegetables, plants and flowers from seed for gardens.

Registration for summer classes under way
Kenai Peninsula College will be busy this summer with 21 classes on the schedule that include a Dena'ina language institute, an arts institute for both adults and youth, and four sessions of the Kenai Fishing Academy. Registration is available to the public via the KPC Web site at www.kpc.alaska.edu or from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily in the KPC Bookstore.

Sterling Head Start
The children learned about weather this week and also had pictures taken by Magic Moments.

Mountain View Elementary
The 2004 D.A.R.E. class held a graduation ceremony April 6. Officers George, Louthan and Langseth shared the history of the program and the new changes in the curriculum with a maximum-capacity audience.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The first-graders are making progress with their reading skills. The final district testing will be next week. The goal is to have all first-graders reading at least 40 words per minute by the end of the year. Families are reminded to keep practicing at home with the take-home books and the Sunshine-Moonbeams-Skylights book.

Student of the Month
The following students were named Students of the Month at Sterling Elementary School:

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library to elect new officers.

Soldotna Middle
The seventh-grade counselor for next year, Mrs. Dougherty, will visit the elementary schools on the following dates:

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the third quarter at Kenai Middle School.

Kenai Central High
Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Promenade lineup will begin at 6:50 with the promenade at 7:30 p.m. There is a $2 donation requested to watch the promenade.

Tustumena Elementary
Alaska State Trooper Vic Aye will conclude D.A.R.E. instruction for the fifth- and sixth-graders this week. A graduation ceremony date will be announced next week. Thanks to Trooper Aye for his services to Tustumena students.

Connections
Connections currently is enrolling kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2004-05 school year. Call 262-6315 for an enrollment appointment.

Kenai Masons plan award night
The Masonic Lodge of Kenai will hold its annual Outstanding Student Award Night at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kenai Central High School. The award focuses on academic excellence, student leadership and character traits. Awards are given to one student from the highest grade at each area public school.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
Kaleidoscope School is taking applications for students entering first and second grade for the 2004-05 school year. Several informational meetings for parents already have been held and applications have started to come in.

Sears Elementary
The PTA will meet at 5 p.m. April 22 in the library. The PTA is looking for new board members for next year. Anyone interesting may call Sears at 283-4826.

Unusual upbringing helps Cousins excel
Homer senior Chantrelle Cousins did not have a typical upbringing. This goes a long way toward explaining why Cousins is not a typical athlete, or a typical high school student.

Elias, Gomez pace Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias scored two goals and Scott Gomez had three assists for the New Jersey Devils, who got back into their first-round playoff series with a 4-2 victory Monday night over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Mickelson still basking in the glow of victory
SAN DIEGO Back in his hometown, Phil Mickelson walked into an exclusive country club looking a lot like he did at dusk two days earlier at Augusta National.

Part of the game: Sura not the first to try to pad his stats
ATLANTA Bob Sura didn't make any pretense about it.

Bentz, Boozer are good athletes, citizens
For the past two years, Alaska sports fans have been able to watch Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer play basketball with the best in the world as a power forward for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mavs defeat Grizzlies
DALLAS Rookie Marquis Daniels continued his recent roll with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, helping the Dallas Mavericks secure the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 110-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

SoHi girls, boys draw with Grace
The Soldotna boys and girls soccer teams started their season Tuesday by tying Grace Christian in a pair of games at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Vokoun impressive in Predators win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tomas Vokoun continued his suffocating play, stopping 41 shots and shutting out the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Tuesday night as the Nashville Predators evened their first-round series 2-2.

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