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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Martinez wins battle with Jays' Halladay
TORONTO Pedro Martinez beat Roy Halladay for the second time this month in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Tuesday night.

Arctic Winter Games are closer
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) Board of Education has changed their 2006 calendar for spring break to March 3rd 10th, to coincide with the new dates for the Arctic Winter Games (AWG), adopted by the AWG Host Society Board of Directors at their meeting March 11th.

Spring benefit concert planned for Cook Inlet Academy
It's been 20 years since popular local gospel vocalist Krissi Painter performed a concert in Kenai. Her last performance was a benefit for her alma mater Cook Inlet Academy, known locally as the CIA.

Finalists prepare for CFK oral presentations
For this year's 12 Caring For The Kenai (CFK) finalists it all comes down to the Oral Presentations Friday night at KCHS Little Theatre.

Scott Davis contributes his hair to the cause
A dedicated group of family, friends, and community members turned out last week at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on K-Beach Rd, for a cancer fighting benefit for Crystal Sholin.

Mountain View students say thanks to teachers, staff
This week is teacher and staff appreciation week, and we just wanted to tell you how much the kids at Mountain View Elementary appreciate our teachers and staff.

HEA consumers better off with current board members
If at first you don't succeed quit! Looks like Ron Rainy and Pat Cowan don't adhere to that particular philosophy.

Good question
How can Sen. Lisa Murkowski run for re-election when she has never been elected in the first place?

K-Beach students enjoy Homer performer in school
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary recently completed its sixth year of participating in the Artist in Schools Program. This year's artist was Eddie Wood from Homer.

Please, no more 'sin taxes'
Not another "sin tax" on cigarettes! Why are these governor's friends singling out certain groups of people (smokers, drinkers, tourists) to impose extra tax burdens on?

Tourney sportsmanship wins KPHA Ice Hawks new fan
I just wanted to tell you what a great experience it was playing in the state hockey tournament in Kenai in March.

Adversity just one more hurdle for Shields to clear
It would have been easy for Skyview High School's Kaleb Shields, after back-to-back track seasons marred by injury, to have lowered his expectations.

Photo feature: Faster approach
Cary Bierdeman gets a head-start on his yard work last weekend by blowing the remains of a snow berm into the street in front of his home in Kenai. Warm, rainy weather is helping to speed spring along.

School board weighs in on grading system
David Hoisington has excelled in school. As a sophomore at Kenai Central High School, Hoisington already has taken geometry and plans to tackle trigonometry next year. He works hard to take advanced classes, looking forward to college.

Deadline to remove studded tires nears
As lawns begin turning green and rural driveways start resembling mosh pits, Alaska State Troopers remind motorists that it's also the time to remove studded tires from cars and trucks.

Money matters in Legislature races
Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her challenger, Democrat Tony Know-les, are locked in a battle for her U.S. Senate seat, a battle in which money and the access to it are likely to play a critical role.

Peninsula residents need more positive changes in lifestyles
Though a recently released survey points out some negative health trends among central Kenai Peninsula residents, there is an upside to the findings. The report will be used by health care industry leaders to identify and combat those negative trends to improve the overall health of the peninsula's population.

Formidable Don Young faces no competition yet
As campaigns for seats in the U.S. House shift into high gear across the nation, Alaska's lone representative is facing no serious challenger.

Warming the bones
Scott Feik, Loco Miller, Mo Monette and C.J. William enjoy a game of bones in the sun Tuesday afternoon at Kaknu Manor in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for more sunshine today and partly to mostly cloudy skies through the weekend with highs around 50 degrees.

Helping hand gets pat on back
For Kenai's Jim "Monty" Montgomery, volunteering is simply a way of life.

Funds for projects up for borough approval
Ordinances proposing to appropriate funds to a variety of projects from removing dead trees and site design for a new multi-use emergency building to road projects and developing community emergency response teams are up for public hearings at today's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Gloryann Glo Marie Baily
Gloryann Marie Baily, formerly of Kenai, died peacefully at home in Anchorage on Monday, April 19, 2004, of cancer. She was 53.

Lloyd 'Scott' Netherton
Kenai resident Lloyd "Scott" Netherton died Sunday, April 18, 2004, of natural causes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 43.

Bertha Kristina Glud
Longtime Ninilchik resident Bertha Kristina Glud died peacefully Monday, April 12, 2004, at Main Street Assisted Living Home in Homer. She was 81.

Rueben Rudy
Longtime Nikiski resident Rueben Rudy died Monday, April 19, 2004, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 70.

Lisa Danette Bird
Soldotna resident Lisa Danette Bird died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at her home in Soldotna. She was 36.

'Just Say No' group hurts its cause with hip-shooting antics
Once in a while the debate over how best to, or even whether to, use permanent fund earnings to fund state government gets nastier than it really needs to be. The most recent foray over the line came in a release from ''Alaskans, Just Say No,'' a group of disparate political folks who believe any use of the earnings, no matter how responsible, would be a ''raid'' on the permanent fund. They fired off their missive last week after the House Finance Committee passed a resolution dealing with one aspect of the percent of market value approach to using the fund's earnings.

Good grades degraded when they're common
Take out your pencils. Time for a quick Ivy League spelling quiz. The question: How many As in Princeton?

Europe works to find common ground
TRIESTE, Italy From the battles of ancient Greece to the violent dismemberment of Yugoslavia, Europeans have generally seemed more intent on clubbing each other than on clubbing together.

Arab allies under pressure
WASHINGTON Egypt's president says Arabs hold a ''hatred never equaled'' toward America. Jordan's king abruptly postpones a visit to the White House. And those are among the United States' best friends in the Arab world.

Around the Peninsula
Alliance to discuss permanent fundGenealogical class scheduledHomer band, choir to perform todayFishermen's coalition to meetWhite to talk at CPGH luncheonKids competitive soccer tryouts setWater safety class scheduledQuilters yard sale plannedSeniors to hold saleWolf to hold town meeting

Around the Peninsula
Garden brunch scheduled Disabilities forum scheduled KDLL to hold board meeting

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

Grace Lutheran
This week at Grace Lutheran, the children are continuing their study of God's chosen people, the Children of Israel. In this week's lesson they are hearing how wicked King Ahab killed Naboth in order to get Naboth's vineyard instead of being content with the material blessings that God had given him.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The counseling office handed out course request forms to students in grades eight through 11 last week. Parents are asked to double check that their student handed the form in.

Swinging success
Members of the Soldotna High School Swing Choir, above, recently returned from a national show choir competition in Branson, Mo. School choirs from 26 states including more than 1,000 students participated in Fame's American Show Cup competition, and SoHi's Swinging Stars received a standing ovation for their 22-minute show.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Brenda Trefon of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe will visit Thursday.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the third quarter at Skyview High School:

Kenai Middle
The annual volunteer luncheon was last week. There was entertainment, door prizes and a lunch provided by the staff. The KMS staff welcomes this opportunity every year to show our appreciation to all of the special people who helped in so many ways. Thanks again.

Extras, new editions drive up college textbook costs
PORTLAND, Ore. College freshman Amy Connolly knows not to judge a book by its cover.

Soldotna High
The prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Promenade begins at 8 p.m.; admission is $2.

Mmmmmm ... College student takes on 'The Simpsons'
NEW YORK It doesn't sound all that exciting: another college student writing about Homer's odyssey until you realize this trip ends not with Penelope in Ithaca, but with Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Wings Christian Academy
The Lower Learning Center students have finished their studies of Africa and are learning about Australia. Part of this study will include making a tri-fold travel brochure containing interesting facts about the country. This project must be completed by May 10.

The sky's the limit
The solar system dropped to a Soldotna street last week, but the only screams to be heard were shouts of glee from a group of children.

Partners to bring processing class to commercial fishers
KPC and the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Community and Economic Development Division (CEDD), in collaboration with Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc (CISB), are bringing a three-week intensive seafood processor business development training program to the central peninsula Sept. 27 through Oct. 15.

Council on the Arts to meet
The Alaska State Council on the Arts annual funding panel for the Artists in Schools program will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 in the small conference room at the Alaska Talking Book Center, 344 W. 3rd Ave., Anchorage. Applicnts are welcome to attend and observe, but no public comment will be taken.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Graduating seniors' grades are due no later than May 1. Turn them in at the office or directly to your contact teacher.

Mountain View Elementary
Friday is Crazy Hair Day.

Kenai Central High
KCHS celebrated its prom Saturday. Thanks to all the people who helped make the prom and after-prom activities a huge success. Individuals and local businesses generously donated time and resources to make everything possible. The junior class, responsible for all the planning and work, should be commended for its extraordinary efforts.

North Star Elementary
Nikiski-North Star Elementary (the new name for the consolidation of Nikiski and North Star elementary schools) is holding its kindergarten registration and orientation at 10 a.m. April 28 in room 25 at North Star.

Skyview High
Parents of Skyview seniors meet every Tuesday evening in the commons at 6:30 p.m. Senior parents are reminded to send in their $25 to: Skyview Senior Parents, c/o Linda Gephardt, P.O. Box 911, Soldotna, AK 99669. This year's theme is "Run for the Border."

Redoubt Elementary
Students are selling biomats as a spring fund-raiser. A biomat is two layers of wood fiber mulch with flower seeds sandwiched between, which are rolled out and watered. Proceeds from this fund-raiser will be used for a new computer lab.

Cook Inlet Academy
Preschool and kindergarten visitation day is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Contact the school office at 262-5101 for reservations.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary will thank volunteers at a luncheon Tuesday.

Kalifonsky Christian
This week, the kindergarten, first- and second-grad students are enjoying the swings and the warm weather.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to Fun Buck winners for this week for their good deeds: Devon Brooner, Shawna Ashmore, Jessica Madson, Rebecca Morehart, Sarah Mohorcich, Haley Cunningham, Justin Alvey, Paige Gaswint, Kyra Price and Joseph Harris.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Blossom was the super preschooler of the week.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's class is getting ready for the Family Fun Night with art and Earth Day activities. Participants will make and take home lots of different projects.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Last week, students learned about butterflies. They studied the lifecycle, made books and did symmetrical paintings.

Sterling Elementary
Mrs. Martin's kindergartners did an incubator investigation and learned what it does and what all the parts are called. Now, they are anxiously waiting for quail, chicken and duck eggs to hatch. They should begin arriving around April 28.

Tustumena Elementary
The band will participate in the mass band concert at 7 p.m. May 3 at Skyview High School. Inspirational musicians from Tustumena, Kalifornsky Beach and Sterling elementary schools will integrate their talents into this melodious performance.

Art classes give kids outlet for creativity
They're pretty, silly, quirky.

Survey: High school seniors need help in with finance
WASHINGTON They say money talks, but it seems young people in this country are not listening very well.

Judge: Montana not footing education bill
HELENA, Mont. (AP) A district judge on Thursday threw out Montana's system of financing schools, saying state government fails to provide enough money to meet education standards guaranteed in the state constitution.

Kenyans sweep men's, women's races in Boston
BOSTON Weakened by the heat and a mile-long sprint to the finish, Catherine Ndereba had to receive her winner's medal and olive wreath in a wheelchair.

Armstrong focuses on Tour de France
MACON, Ga. Lance Armstrong isn't getting too worked up about another chance at Olympic gold.

Kiffmeyer signs with Purdue
The 2003 state swimming and diving championships continue to pay dividends for Soldotna senior Abby Kiffmeyer.

Pacers show great depth
INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Pacers proved they're more than Ron Artest and Jermaine O'Neal on Tuesday night.

Canadiens put Bruins on ice
BOSTON Richard Zednik scored midway through the third period and the Montreal Canadiens capped a comeback unprecedented in their rich history, beating the Boston Bruins 2-0 Monday night to win the first-round series in seven games.

Maple Leafs claim bragging rights
TORONTO The Ottawa Senators still haven't figured out how to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Garnett's clock is ticking
The Kid is practically an elder statesman now.

SkyHi boys soccer cruises past Nikiski
The Skyview High School boys soccer team notched its second win of the season in as many tries Tuesday, defeating Nikiski 5-0 in a Region III Southern Division match at Skyview.

Nikiski, Skyview booters play to draw
A summer of hard work and some halftime advice from a coach led to a 1-1 tie Monday afternoon in a Region III girls soccer match between Nikiski and host Skyview.

Track finally gets started
After a couple of false starts, the track season on the Kenai Peninsula finally got under way Tuesday afternoon at Skyview High School with a quad meet featuring Skyview, Soldotna, Nikiski and Cook Inlet Academy.

Defense spurs San Antonio to win
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Spurs went on a 14-0 run early in the final period, and their defense held Memphis without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes in a 87-70 win Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

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