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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Mets smack around Phillies
PHILADELPHIA — David Wright hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes and Victor Diaz each homered twice and the New York Mets hit a team-record seven home runs in a 16-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

By George! Yanks back on track
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez, Tino Martinez and the Yankees broke out for 13 runs in a record-setting second inning Monday night on the way to a 19-8 rout of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Reds top Cubs as homers fly
CINCINNATI — Adam Dunn hit two solo homers off Kerry Wood, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 7-6 victory Monday night.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Wow! Can you believe this weather? It is truly fantastic to say the least. Each spring I find myself in a real turmoil trying to figure out just what I should do here first. We have our sunroom stocked full of plants we have started which we can hopefully turn into food for next winter. Then there are the many chicken and turkey raising buildings that need to be cleaned out and repaired to get ready for this years birds.

Trombonist Newbould plans local recital...
While growing up in Soldotna may not have offered equal opportunities to become a world performer as other places, Newbould feels he was well prepared to pursue his passion for music, "Maria Allison is as fine an accompanist as you'll find anywhere, and she has been gracious enough to accompany me for the recital. Yes, it's different here and while it may not offer the same opportunity for performance and the level of competition as other places, there really is tremendous talent in our community and I'm grateful for the educational programs here, the preparation of teachers like Dave Schmidt and others definitely prepared me to continue into higher musical education," said Newbould.

Soldotna Alaska USA gets new branch manager...
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has been doing so well that they are planning an addition to their Soldotna location, according to Becky Hutchinson, Regional Vice President for the Kenai Peninsula. "We will be adding some 2,800 square feet to our Soldotna branch, and it will be our new financial services center. Our growth has been great in Soldotna, and we see a great deal of potential in the area," said Hutchinson.

Men that make the Woman's Knife...
Long before there were roses, chocolates, and fine restaurants on the Kenai Peninsula for men to please their wives, it was the crafting of a good Ulu, so that she could get her work done, that kept a wife content.

Knowledge to build on at 26th Home Show..
There was something for everyone at the 2005 Home Show presented by Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) and Spenard Builders Supply (SBS). True to the theme of this year's show, "Knowledge You Can Build On," there were informational booths of all kinds from recycling and worm composting to the latest insulation methods and custom log homes.

BOG experience leaves reader trapped
I'm writing in response to the recent incidents that have occurred on public lands between recreational users, their dogs and trapping.

'Extension' of an invitation
The Kenai Peninsula is full to bursting with business people who care!

Book store decision best left to people
I'm writing in response to the comments in the article published April 15, concerning the Soldotna City Council's passing of the Ordinance 2005-09.

Community can help food bank helpers
Is hunger a choice? Is eating a choice? Are you hungry? If you are, or you are concerned about those who are, you can get help or give help by joining with other community members at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank in Soldotna.

State knows what's best for wolves, bears
Thank you, Gov. Frank Murkowski, Alaska Fish and Game and anyone else who had anything to do with the control of wolves and grizzly bears. Yes, you will get plenty of flack from the wolf and bear critics, but please don't back off — hold your ground.

Sanctuary helps animals
My name is Genevieve Gallagher. (At the end of March) I went on a field trip with the Soldotna Boys and Girls Club. We went to Alaska Extended Life Sanctuary.

Donation sparks students ideas
A hearty thank you goes out to Kevin Moomey and Ron's Rental for their very generous donation of steel to our metalworking program.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors.

Nikiski
Good morning,

Kenai
Hello neighbors.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors.

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof.

Cooper Landing
Good morning.

Soldotna
Hi.

Planning for Kenai airport taking off
What will the Kenai Municipal Airport look like in 50 years? Will it be a regional center for cargo airplanes? A commuter base for Anchorage workers? A commercial center around which the rest of the city is built?

'Mod'ern Frankenstein
An 18-year-old Soldotna High School senior, who is a whiz with computers, is preparing to show his technical skills in a pilot for a new reality television show being filmed next week in North Carolina. "I leave Wednesday," Rocky Dean said from his Sterling home Sunday afternoon. "I'm really excited."

Getting snowed
Raymond Trigg of Kenai looks to hitch a ride out of the surprising snow Monday afternoon on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai, a day he'd hoped to be walking in sunshine. Trigg said April is supposed to bring showers, not "April snow showers." The national weather service predicts snow and rain through Tuesday as the area breaks 15 hours of daylight.

Residents say don't touch PFD
A bill passed Friday by the Alaska Senate proposing to tap the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund for $344 million to pay for school projects around the state got a less than favorable review by residents of the Kenai Peninsula. Those who spoke testified Monday before the House Finance Committee, which held a hearing on the bill.

Area doctors enlist high-tech X-rays in hunt for health
In addition to eliminating the need for film and developing chemicals, high-tech electronic X-ray equipment affords an orthopedic surgeon enhanced diagnostic abilities. In conjunction with its move into a brand new building on Fireweed Avenue in March, Kenai Peninsula Orthopaedics in Soldotna decided to go with the latest in technology, wiring the clinic with its own intranet, incorporating electronic charting and switching to electronic X-rays — the first medical practice on the Kenai Peninsula to do so.

Merkes, Nichols picked for award
Two women from the central Kenai Peninsula have been named winners of the First Lady's Volunteer Award 2005.

Bear mauls jogger
A 51-year-old man who was jogging near Mackey Lakes was mauled by a brown bear Monday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers. Scott MacInnes was being treated at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Monday afternoon for injuries to his head and abdomen. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to troopers.

Kenai chamber nets new parade theme: dipnetting
With spring showers coating Kenai in a blanket of snow, some think there is no better time to think about Independence Day — and fishing — than now.

New airline sets sights on Kenai
A new airline is coming to Kenai and says it plans to stay. Grant Aviation Inc., based in Anchorage, will start regularly scheduled air service between Kenai and Anchorage in May.

Time for governor to support keeping capital in Juneau
Last week's revelation and rejection of a state allocation to help Juneau design a controversial new capitol illustrates the mighty sales job ahead for the city.

Fund earnings vote makes good sense
The Alaska Senate earlier this month voted decisively and across party lines to spend $345 million in Permanent Fund earnings on school construction and repairs.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meet Extension service open house slated DAV meeting planned Seniors focus on Social Security Dinner, auction fund-raiser set Garage, bake sales to benefit seniors

Around the Peninsula
Hospital seeking historical photosNikiski chamber to meet Organization to discuss runaways Mural unveiling, fund-raiser set Dinner, auction fund-raiser planned Preschool fund-raiser slated Track and field meet set

Soldotna Elementary
The PTA thanks the Title 1 program for help with Book Bingo, Mrs. Granger and Mrs. Bernard, for doing a Book Bingo and donating several River City Book gift certificates. Every family took home at least one gift certificate, lots of books and other door prizes.

Sears Elementary
Second-graders going on to Mountain View Elementary will visit that school May 5.

Cook Inlet Academy
Time is set aside each year to focus on students' missions activities as they reach out to communities around the world. This year's Missions Emphasis Week is from today to April 29. Students will share their experiences. One team that recently returned from China expressed that helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house alongside other international students and local village people was a life-changing experience. The students said the Chinese people were always helpful and patient, aimed to please and had a great respect for others — especially elders. They are quieter than most Americans, and have a better work ethic — no slacking. Another team returning from Belize will share their cultural experiences also. The public is invited.

No school Friday
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announces there will be no school Friday due to a teacher in-service.

Soldotna High
The Swing Choir presents "A Century of Song" at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The program, directed by Mim McKay, features at least one song from each decade of the 20th century, including "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Jump, Jive and Wail" and hits from the Beach Boys, Billy Joel and music from the film "Chicago." Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children.

Kaleidoscope School of the Arts and Sciences
Help is needed at the Sears/Kaleidoscope carnival May 6. Contact teachers to sign up for a time or to bring donations.

Tustumena Elementary
National Volunteer Week is this week. The school has scheduled a Dessert Social today during the noon hour in the library to honor those adults who have donated their time this year.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mr. Daniels' Class is still feeling spacey. Students are rehearsing lines for theMars Rover Simulation Project. The responsibilities of the students include launching the rocket, tracking the probe, establishing an orbit around Mars, landing a rover and conducting experiments on the surface of Mars. The simulation closely matches what the scientist have done.

Redoubt Elementary
There will be no newsletter this week due to the vacation day Friday.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Skyview High
Students in Mr. Carey's U.S. history classes are studying the period of the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, Watergate and Woodstock. Student are encouraged to do an interview with their parents regarding this time period.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The children were preparing for Mother's Day Tea on Monday. They drew pictures of their moms and transplanted flowers into the pots they painted. The children will wrap gifts, set places for monthers and grandmothers and prepare corsages. Friday the children will learn about Earth Day and have a field trip to the dump.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School
Mrs. Holts, Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Larned's first through third-graders are studying the five kingdoms of life. They have been exploring single cell and invertebrate creatures, reptiles and birds. Look for the collages the students have made.

Kenai Middle
The school has opened the Kossack Korner. The Kossack Korner is a place where students in need can get clothes for free. The school is collecting clothes for grades six, seven and eight. The clothes need to be clean and in good condition. They can be dropped off at the Kenai Middle School office or in an after-school drop in front of the school. An additional drop-off at Safeway in Kenai will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 30. The school appreciates the support.

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to students who competed in the borough forensics tournament. The Sterling school and community are proud of all of you.

Mountain View Elementary
The annual Spring Book Fair is next week, held in coordination with Turn Off The TV Week. This could be a time to pick up some summer reading material. The book fair also will be open at 6 p.m. April 28.

Wings Christian Academy
The first volleyball practice in preparation for the BEMA Student Convention will be held Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. Students must be 13 or older to play.

Connections
The social studies exam for eighth grade is available this week, and the science exam for ninth grade will be May 2-6. Contact your adviser for further information. The last day to turn in reimbursements for the 2004-05 school year is April 29.

KPC Around campus: Mural dedication for food bank planned
According to KPC business student Steve Schoonmaker, the relationship that has been forged between KPC/UAA and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is akin to the legend of Johnny Appleseed.

Raven Correspondence and Alyeska Central
Raven Correspondence School, a statewide home-school support program of the Yukon Koyukuk School District, has opened its Kenai Peninsula office in Soldotna to serve peninsula families. The address is 44109 Sterling Highway., Suite A, Soldotna, next to Don Jose's. The office hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Kathy Phillips is the office assistant and will be available to answer questions and process parent's paperwork. The phone number is 262-2735 and the office fax number is 262-2736.

Chapman
Guided by the conviction that the arts are for everyone, Homer Council on the Arts Director Janet Bowen brought her marimba group to Chapman School. The Chapman Parent Advisory Group established a priority of bringing artistic experiences into the school. The Chapman school will host its volunteer assembly Thursday. Each class will present a poem, song, dance or skit to honor their commitment to students.

Reads Primary
Registration for 2005-06 kindergarten is still in progress. Contact the school at 283-2848 for more information.

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to all the students, staff and parents who planned and executed the prom. Thanks to all those who showed support by attending the promenade. Prom is a community event and this year's was one the community can be proud of.

Peer Jury
For the sort of expert legal council offered to future judges and attorneys in the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court, one would expect billing reaching into the neighborhood of small fortunes. But that is not the case — the lessons are free and invaluable. Area students interested in learning the ways of justice take the classes, and eventually pass a bar exam in order to become part of the court and its many roles.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska
Join the school today for the seventh-annual IDEA Curriculum Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. The fair offers workshops for new and veteran homeschoolers as well as a hands-on look at materials for home educators and correspondence students. Both local and out-of-state vendors will have materials on display, including curriculum samples, catalogs and motivational materials. Door prizes from curriculum vendors will be offered.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Activity Center

Sixers nail down spot in playoffs
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson had 39 points and 12 assists, and Kyle Korver scored 19 points to lead Philadelphia back into the postseason for the first time in two years with a 122-106 victory over Milwaukee on Monday night.

Alaska-Valley City pipeline continues to flow
The football pipeline from Alaska to Valley City State University continues to flow.

ESPN is ready for football
NEW YORK — ''Monday Night Football,'' a television institution that over 35 years has helped transform the NFL into a prime-time ratings draw, is leaving ABC and moving to ESPN beginning with the 2006 season.

Despite free agency, draft rules as way to build
NEW YORK — Three years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles had the best draft in the NFL and the New England Patriots did pretty well, too, getting wide receivers Deion Branch in the second round and David Givens in the seventh.

Injury ends season for NHL All-Star Gomez
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A fractured pubis bone suffered by National Hockey League All-Star Scott Gomez could take up to three months to heal.

Hamilton banned for doping
DENVER — Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was suspended Monday from competitive cycling for two years for a blood-doping violation discovered at a race in September.

Catherine the Great
BOSTON — Twenty-five years after Rosie Ruiz came out of nowhere to ''win'' the Boston Marathon, Catherine Ndereba staged a rally almost as improbable.

Sports views: Armstrong's next move is everybody's guess
One of the greatest athletes of this era, or any other, ended months of speculation Monday by announcing his retirement. Staying in character, Lance Armstrong saved the biggest mountain to climb for last.

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lance Armstrong is retiring after this year's Tour de France, ending a cycling career in which he inspired millions by overcoming testicular cancer to win his sport's signature event a record six straight times.

No clear choice for 49ers, but they should go with Smith as No. 1
NEW YORK — The San Francisco 49ers picked one of the worst years to plummet to the bottom of the NFL.

Armstrong 15th after first stage in Georgia
MACON, Ga. — Lance Armstrong took a safe approach in the first stage of the Tour de Georgia, spending Tuesday in a pack with his teammates, avoiding risk of injury and finishing 15th.

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