Thursday, April 21, 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.

Wells, Varitek lead Red Sox to win over Orioles
BALTIMORE David Wells allowed three hits in eight innings, and the Boston Red Sox got a three-run homer from Jason Varitek in an 8-0 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Who's the master?
Russ Robinson, an East Coast native, comes from a long line of doughnut makers. Ron Epperson has spent years behind his personal grill searing burgers, chicken and other foods to his liking.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Agrium hosts overview Contracting help available

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

From the bookshelf
A Prehistory of the North: Human Settlement of the Higher Latitudes

Nothing sad about Ten Cent Zen
Contrary to the words that may come out of their mouths while in bars on weekends, David Boyle and Ray Bacon aren't depressed.

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.

Legislature not listening
The Senate votes to use the fund. The worst part of this situation isn't the admission of the inability to balance a budget, the worst part is the amendment that was rejected to hold an advisory vote by the public.

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.

Tax exemption should be established for all residents
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has two classes of senior citizens and disabled veterans when it comes to the state mandated $150,000 property tax.

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.

Reader: Again, don't touch permanent fund
I am still in bit of a shock. I can only assume that a majority of the Alaska State Senate must have an electoral death wish. How many ran with a "I will never touch your permanent fund."

Time for peninsula attitudes to change
At the last meeting, I thought I heard somebody ask if we thought that if somebody was to build a million dollar home and they were a senior should they be exempt?

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.

Sticking together
When bus driver Colleen Puch found out she had cancer, she may not have known the lengths her friends would go to show their support. She's not going through treatment alone — not by any stretch of the imagination. The day she took up bus driving on the Kenai Peninsula is the day she met one of her closest friends, Tanny Miller, who started work that day in 1985, too.

'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."

Work comp change gets push
In an effort to promote workers' compensation reform being pushed by Gov. Frank Murkow-ski, an Alaska Department of Labor employee said reform is needed to ensure the health of Alaska's economy.

Bear attack victim in fair condition
The 51-year-old Soldotna man attacked by a brown bear near Mackey Lake on Monday morning was listed in fair condition at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Tuesday.

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

Teen allegedly threatens students
PALMER (AP) — A 17-year-old Palmer High School student was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot students Wednesday on the sixth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

Proposal draws more fire
A controversial borough proposal to cap the currently unlimited property tax exemption enjoyed by seniors and disabled veterans drew still more fire from the public Tuesday, and some members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are expressing doubts that the idea has enough support to pass.

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.

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.

Jean C. White
Longtime Nikiski resident Jean C. White died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 72.

Vern William 'Bill' Slayton
Wasilla resident Vern William "Bill" Slayton died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at his home of lung cancer. He was 78.

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.

Bush questions passport policy
President Bush has expressed concern over a new security policy that would require U.S. citizens to have a passport in order to re-enter our country from Canada and Mexico. He has a legitimate concern that we share. ...

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

Around the Peninsula
Food bank seeking donations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sports views: Why the face of the franchise doesn't smile much anymore
The night began promisingly enough, with LeBron James dunking at the end of a well-worked play off the opening tip.

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.

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 third in second stage in Georgia
ROME, Ga. — Lance Armstrong was edged at the line in the second stage of the Tour de Georgia. No problem. His strongest part of the race is still to come.

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

Long wait just about over for Mike Williams
LOS ANGELES — A year later than originally hoped, Mike Williams finally gets a shot at NFL stardom and the big bucks that go with it.

Nets claim last spot in playoffs
BOSTON — Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets clinched the NBA's last playoff berth with a shaky start and a strong finish — the same way the team's season went.

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