Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Seismic study holding up port expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A seismic study of the ocean floor is holding up a major expansion of the Port of Anchorage.

Interior officials brace for early fire season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska fire officials are worried that wildland fire season could come early to the Interior unless nature cooperates with a healthy dumping of snow or rain in the coming month.

Fairbanks soldiers face charges in UAF dorm incident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Fort Wainwright soldiers are accused of sneaking into a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory, entering some women's rooms uninvited.

Fairbanks borough planning chief to retire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The longtime community planning director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough has announced his retirement.

Diocese committee meets with man alleging abuse
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau Diocese lay committee has met with the man who has accused a priest of sexually abusing him in the early 1980s.

Anchorage man attacked after sharing his faith
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Anchorage man was attacked by two strangers when he tried to tell them about his Christian faith.

Group wants to turn wasted fish into food
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska food banks and soup kitchens should be getting the millions of pounds of halibut bycatch thrown overboard every year, says the head of the Alaska Food Coalition.

Park Service updates Denali backcountry plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The National Park Service is putting the finishing touches on a new backcountry management plan for Denali National Park and Preserve.

Two killed in car rollover on Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people died when their car rolled on the Glenn Highway near Eagle River, Anchorage police said.

Amsterdam opens cruise season, but later bookings slowed
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first cruise ship of 2003 will arrive in Juneau with a full load of passengers May 5, but the health of the rest of the season remains unclear.

Runway repairs mean more flights over East Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Beginning in May, most jets taking off from Anchorage's international airport will head over East Anchorage instead of traveling over Cook Inlet.

Mayoral candidates was partial recount of recount
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage mayor's race has come down to a potential recount of a recount.

Companies reaffirm Donlin Creek gold estimates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two companies are reaffirming an estimate that the Donlin Creek gold project holds 25 million ounces of gold.

Fishing interests top donors to Murkowski war chest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In the first three months of the year, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised $155,000 for her bid to win a full term in office, according to a filing released by the Secretary of the Senate this week.

Tok man dies in collision with moose
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A Tok man died in an auto collision with a moose, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Senate budget may avoid controversial cuts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans may preserve the longevity bonus for seniors in next year's operating budget, GOP leaders say.

Federal judge asks question of higher court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge in Anchorage wants a three-judge panel from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court to consider what action to take in a lawsuit challenging a new election law in Anchorage.

Elmendorf economic impact more than $700 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The economic impact of Elmendorf Air Force Base on the Anchorage economy was an estimated $720 million last year, according to Col. Robertus ''Dutch'' Remkes, commander of the 3rd Wing.

Recount of Anchorage mayoral ballots begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Election workers in Anchorage have started recounting more than 63,000 ballots cast for mayor April 1.

State files lawsuit against WorldCom money managers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska is suing several financial institutions over bond losses caused by the collapse of telecommunications giant WorldCom.

Murkowski's Senate account largely undistributed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's leftover U.S. Senate campaign account remains untouched for the most part.

Bill would provide consumers with free credit reports
JUNEAU (AP) -- Consumers could get free credit reports under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Couple designs user-friendly Tsimshian language course
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former Metlakatla couple has developed a ''user-friendly'' Tsimshian-language curriculum that will be the basis for courses taught this summer in Southeast Alaska.

Finance Committee OKs raise in car registration
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill boosting car license fees cleared the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

State considers ending subsidy on ethanol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski is proposing to cut a state subsidy of ethanol gasoline for Anchorage drivers that costs $2.5 million annually.

Man sentenced to four years for flare-gun attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who shot his ex-wife's fiance with a flare gun has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Defense economist takes issue with processor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An economist testified Monday that the dramatic increase of farmed salmon imported to Japan posed serious price competition for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon from 1989 to 1995.

Klawock women charged in pull-tab scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging two Klawock women with mail fraud and conspiracy.

Pogo gold mine construction could begin in December
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If final permits are cleared for the project, construction could begin in December on the $250 million Pogo gold mine development near Delta.

Anchorage boy's autopsy mirrors brother's
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Drowning was the cause of death of a 5-year-old Anchorage boy who had been missing with his brother last month, according to an autopsy report.

Airport noise to worsen this summer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Anchorage residents will hear much more jet noise this summer because of runway repairs at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Dillingham couple rescued after plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Dillingham couple was rescued after crashing their plane in the surf, the Coast Guard said.

Minor earthquake felt in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A minor earthquake occurred Monday afternoon near Anchorage, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

Filing discloses Sen. Murkowski's finances
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski shares her largest investment with her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski, according to a filing released by the Secretary of the Senate after two deadline extensions.

Board takes away physician assistant's license
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A physician assistant who had worked at the Anchorage jail has lost his license after pleading no contest to attempted sexual assault of an imprisoned patient.

Randa, Hernandez help Royals edge Twins
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Randa hit a three-run homer and Runelvys Hernandez overcame wildness to win his fourth straight decision as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 for their 15th victory in 18 games.

Yankees slam Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Alfonso Soriano hit a grand slam and Nick Johnson homered twice to give David Wells more than enough support as the New York Yankees completed their second straight season sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 15-1 victory Monday.

Expos enjoy home field advantage
MONTREAL -- Back in Canada, the Montreal Expos showed off their first-place team to their fans.

Historic day for the Kenai Peninsula
It's official, the ink is dry on the contract and the count down to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games has begun.

Nikiski Captures First Place Honors In 13th Annual "Caring For The Kenai" Competition
Kristen Frederic, a sophomore at Nikiski High School, seized the coveted "Caring For the Kenai"(CFK) trophy last night, and a $1,500 cash prize by taking top honors in the 13th Annual CFK environmental competition sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium.

Full house at 24th Annual Home Show
The 24th Annual Home Show had a "full house" of exhibitors with a record number of visitors on Saturday, according to Paul Moses of Spenard Builders Supply.

Volunteers help kids get breakfast
A few years ago Love, Inc. began a pilot breakfast program when it came to their attention that there were a lot of kids that were starting the day without an adequate breakfast.

KPB Assembly honors local Champs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously passed 3 commending resolutions at last weeks meeting. The Ninilchik High School Girls Basketball Team was honored for winning their fourth straight State 2A Title under the direction of Coach Dan Leman, who received his sixth Small Schools Coach of the Year award.

Sterling once again shows support for kids, education
I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the many parents and community volunteers who gave so generously of their time and energy to make the annual Sterling Spring Carnival such a wonderful success.

KNA director's hard work, dedication is appreciated
Carol Segura recently resigned from the board of directors of Kenai Natives Association.

Lecture series helps restless gardeners survive winter
The Central Peninsula Master Gardeners would like to thank all who participated in this season's Winter Lecture Series.

Webster-and-crew's aim way off in water-dousing incident
I've gone through a number of reactions to the short video clip "water4ourtroops," which wraps Jeff Webster-and-crew's water-dousing act of civil disobedience in "patriotic" tones and images.

Idea behind Longevity Bonus is to help seniors stay in state
Gov. Murkowski and present legislators: Some of you may not have been in Alaska before it became a state. There were very few pension plans because most of the jobs were seasonal and, because of this, only Social Security was deducted. Therefore, there was only a little buildup of funds in Social Security for seniors to retire on.

Webster should do right thing: apologize, plead guilty for actions
Dear Mr. Webster: Our freedom gives us choices and now you have a choice to apologize for doing unto others what you would not want done to you, your son, your family or friends. I can understand your reasons , but I cannot allow your actions to represent me as your neighbor in Soldotna.

Alaskans need to tell legislators more money needed for schools
Although negotiated agreements have been approved between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its employees, the matter is not yet ended. The school district has already cut 14 positions from custodial staffs, and may cut more, since there is still a projected $1.7 million shortfall, as last I read.

Academic recognition banquet honors students with top grades
On March 31, Kenai Central High School held its 11th academic awards banquet for 145 students who earned a 3.5 or above GPA during the 2002-2003 fall semester. Full-time students at KCHS are eligible for an academic letter if they have two consecutive semesters of 3.5 or above GPAs.

Camron Dean Lotti

Grades K-6th winner: Sasha Lily Davis
Literacy means experiences of different people, places, things. I travel within my own mind to many places and lands.

Amber Lee
Literacy m

Danielle Beeler
Why I love reading it's quite easy to see, just look at the title of a book and you'll see. Reading can take you to a fariy world, a dragon's castle, a giants home, or 20,000 leagues under the sea. I can't wait till I get ahold of another book.

Hayley Bartlett
I have to have the knowledge. So I have to get into a college, writing books, and be a person to read to children. I need to know how to write so I can write books, and some checks. So that's why literacy is good in life.

Cody Scloggins
What literacy means to me, is a good college, and a good job. I could be a writer. Sometimes I think I could write a very big book. Literacy must be fun. I love literacy. I could be an inventor.

Samantha Bailey

Cody Foster
Literacy is im

Tony Dombovy
Everytime I read it always boosts up my imagination. It's important to read because you can learn more from one book. It is very fun to read. I enjoy having to do this because I love to read. When somebody reads he or she can learn more.

Clancy Skipwith
Literacy is well known as "re

Breyer Luze (Runner-up)
It gives a chance to learn and enjoy it. I love literacy because I can grab it. It lets me express my feelings. Literacy is not a choice but a gift to me and you. I hope you're going like I did.

Mickey Nelson
You can learn lots of stuff. Like about people, places, and things. So you can learn how to fish, hunt, and how to write in cursive. You can learn lots of stuff. Like looking in the dictionary. I like to read.

Matthew Boulette
Literacy is fun to read. It really expands your imagination a lot when you think. So let's read. Read. Read. If you have quizzes on, literacy has so many books and stories that I would read them all.

Sara Williams
Literacy means a lot to me because you can learn what's going on in town or read a funny story or write one. You can lean so much from literacy. I use literacy every day in school or at home. Literacy is important to me. I love reading and writing.

Savannah Smith
It helps your reading level go up! Reading is so fun. It helps my readding level go up! Reading can help our imagination.

Destiny Turnbull
Literacy means to me is when you can write or read something. And you can understand what you are writing and reading. And you can write in a model form. Literacy also is when other people can read it. And other people can understand it.

Wyatt Friedberg
I love literacy, it's great!! Now I'm going to tell you what literacy is. I hope you like what I write.

Deann Knight
Reading helps you learn ne

Doogun Seater
What literacy

Danielle Bilstad
Do you read?

Grades 7th & 8th winner: Taylor Karnikis
II am sure I began learning with all my senses at the start of my life. My family spent a lot

Jade Johnson
What literacy means to me...Literacy helps you expand your reading level. It helps your imagination grow. You can learn a lot from reading.

Emily Rogers (Runner-up)
Literacy is a special gif

Amanda McDowell
Reading is fun! Reading is cool! You can do it now, don't be a fool! You can read. All teachers want you to do is read! Read! Read! Reading is fun, reading is cool. You can read it or you will drool.

Megan Hardy
What does literacy mean to me, I ask myself as I write or read.

Brittnay Walters
When I read "Harry

Kayleen Hansen
Literacy is important to me because

Bo Reilly
I think literacy is an important thing to life. It helps you do a lot of things in life. It helps you read and write so you can get a great job. If nobody could read and write, the world wouldn't have near as much books. Im impressed about literacy.

Brandi Vienup
Literacy helps me read and write.

Cody Esquiro
Litercay is the ability to read and write.

Quiana Dianne McElroy
I love to read! I read with you. I read about peacocks and the zoo. Read with me and I will read with you. I think reading is a good thing to do.

Christina Garcia
Literacy is the ability to read and

Dylan Nickle
Literacy is impor

Savannah Griffel
Literacy is important to me because if you don't know how to read or write you would be bad at your job. Literacy means to me because I want to know how to read the instructions to fix a car. If you can't read, you won't be able to learn anything.

Cody Ellison
This is what literacy means to me.

Jessica Wall

Miranda Endresen
Literacy is import

Serena Woodin
If you ask me what literacy means to me, I will say "Literacy means to be able to continue with something you want to do." But it means more than that. I also think it means to have an ability to know how to do something. There's still lots more.

Thomas Azzara
Reading is fun don't be a scum. Reading is cool! Don't be a fool, If you like to read you got to read a lot. Read to your teacher, read to a partner 1-or-2. If you have the same book, your partner will read to you!!

Kristopher Morse
To me literacy means reading and writing. You can have a better job. If you know literacy you can get a lot of money. If you want to write a book you should know literacy. If you want to build a rocket you have to know how to read and build the rocket.

Lucas Herrin
Literacy is i

Elias Patten
Reading is cool because it will help you develop imagination and help you cooperate with others. But you can explore people and places, like Egypt. When you read a book it will help you develop writing skills.

Makenzie Moore
I like to read because it open

Desirae Chullans
I love to read. Because reading means a lot to me. Reading helps me learn about everything and you can learn about different people. Read a lot!

Vanessa Sullens
Literacy is important to me because you can write checks. You can pass a drivers test. You need to be able to read so you can learn. You need to be able to write to read. Literacy helps us a lot in our state. Literacy helps us out.

Michelle Hernandez
It helps me learn. Every book that you open is like opening a window to another room. And reading opens your imagination. Books make you laugh. Books are fun, and exciting!

Kristen Nagle (First runner-up)
Reading is what makes me happy. It's what brightens my day. It makes me feel so warm inside all snug up with a book. I love to read, you should too! It's encouraging and great. I love literacy so much. It's a great thing.

Kinsey Martin
Literacy is important to me

Joy Wannamaker (Runner-up)
In some books I find information I never knew. My favorite kinds of books are adventure stories and books about animals.

Kelsey Miller
I love to read!!! You nead to read! Reading's cool!!! Reading can help you explore the zoo, don't forget timbuktu. Don't be a fool. Read in school. In a box, on a train, in the car, just don't get sick! Because I'll get sick!

Sarah Rife Age 11
Reading is my favorite thing to do. Reading means more than anything to me because I used to hate reading and thought it wasted time, but now I think of it as an opportunity. I thank all my teachers for that gift they gave me. Thank you!

Marcus A Roberts
I don't know what to write. There are so many things to write! Maybe I will write about "Whinnie the Pooh." I got it, I will right about "Prew and Timbuktu!" We will also read "Whinnie the Pooh!" I love to read.

Hunter Jackinsky
Literacy means educated or able to read and write well. Literacy means to be able to reada 50 chapter book, to be able to read a menu, to be able to write a 50 chapter book or less. It means to be a story writer or reader. To me.

Alex Smith
Reading is cool.

Tiffany Carlson
Reading is fun and important. It's fun because it's important. It's important because it's fun. There's a way you can make reading fun. Just ask questions when you're done, like what if the story went like this?

Timothy Griffith
Literacy is great to know because if you do not know it you can't get a job. I know that if our teachers did not teach us to read and write I could not write this essay. I like litercay because later in life I'll need it for college too.

Sheila Marie Thayer
Reading is fun. Read

Sydney Nicole Goggia
Sometimes literacy can change the lives of others. Sometimes literacy can save the lives of others. Literacy can boost other people's imagination so you can learn more.

Nikiski residents voice concerns over issue
Nikiski residents crowded into the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meeting Monday night to argue against a plan to consolidate the two north peninsula elementary schools into a single building.

Reasons vary for dismissals
Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series looking at criminal charges that are dismissed by the court in Kenai and why charges are dismissed.

Senate bill may allow gas spur to peninsula
Kenai Peninsula Borough oil and gas industry liaison Bill Popp expressed hope Tuesday that pending legislation at both the state and national levels will produce positive growth for Cook Inlet's oil and gas industries.

HEA races buzzing along
The race is on as ballots for the Homer Electric Association board of directors elections went out earlier this month and should be in members' hands.

School board meets; Budget balances, but...
The school board approved a budget for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's 2004 fiscal year Monday night, but despite months of work on the document, there were no sighs of relief or celebrations.

Clam fans dig in
It was wham, bam, thanks for the clams, this past weekend along the shores of the Kenai Peninsula from Homer to Kasilof.

Cities oppose raising tax exemption
A Senate bill now before the Legislature which would allow the current $10,000 exemption on property taxes to be boosted to $50,000 may be attractive to property owners, but it isn't finding any favor with some city officials, who say if circumstances force them to offer the exemption it will hurt their revenue streams.

Soldotna's Chief Gifford recipient of national award
'This profession is a very hard profession, and I have had good mentors throughout my career.' -- Shirley Gifford, Soldotna Police chief

Charlie M. Young
Clam Gulch resident Charlie M. Young died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 62.

Vivian D. Townsley
Soldotna and Sterling area resident Vivian D. Townsley died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Heritage Place Nursing Center in Soldotna. She was 95.

Abigail Jean Sweatt
Abigail Jean Sweatt, infant daughter of Kevin and Kelli Sweatt of Soldotna, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 3 weeks old.

To protect its credit rating, Alaska must bridge financial gap
All Alaskans happily should note that the $461.9 million in general obligation bonds for roads and schools authorized in last year's general election were gobbled up last week by hungry bidders who look at Alaska like Emeril eyes a Cajun dish.

Prospects for peace in Mideast looking brighter than before
There are several reasons to be encouraged about the prospects for a breakthrough in the Mideast peace process.

With war in Iraq over, different kind of combat renewed on homefront
War is over, which kicks off a new kind of combat: the race for the White House. Given President Bush's current popular success, frustrated Democrats are having to alter their attack strategy with an end around: Instead of only assailing the president, they are also openly lambasting his senior White House adviser, Karl Rove.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life meeting plannedDrug speech canceledWarner to speak at North chamberBuilders association to meetSportsmen's banquet slatedBed and breakfast group to meetLong-term care seminar plannedFish canning workshop plannedFood reimbursement availableHost families needed

Around the Peninsula
PERS retirement planning seminar scheduledMacDowell to speak at Alliance meetingPeterson to speak at Homer chamberPDK to honor outstanding educatorsEDD speaker to appear at chamberJuvenile justice committee to meetDrug speaker plannedOutdoor club to meetJohnson Lake Loop bridge to be discussedBuilders association to meet Thursday

Visitor centers and chambers of commerce have brochures, pamphlets and books on lodging, restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities.

Fun, scenery draw crowds to Seward
Known as the "Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park," Seward is a picturesque town on Resurrection Bay, 126 miles south of Anchorage.

Peninsula towns add to Alaska's charm
From quaint seaports to rustic mountain retreats, the Kenai Peninsula offers a variety of small town experiences away from its hub communities.

Homer adds distinctive flavor to the Kenai
Sunshine glistening from the surface of Kachemak Bay can almost be blinding as you crest Baycrest Hill overlooking Homer.

Emergency information
Anywhere on the peninsula, call 911 for emergency ambulance and fire assistance, even on the road.

Preserving the pristine views
Residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of Alaska's environment. Keeping the state clean for years to come takes the cooperation of both. The Kenai Peninsula has many trash, recycling and RV dumping sites. Please, remember to use them and keep Alaska beautiful.

Kenai Peninsula Facts
Size of the Kenai Peninsula in square miles: 25,600, of that only 15,600 is land.

Peninsula has fun things for kids of all ages
Turn off the TV and step away from the Nintendo. School may be out, but that's no reason for children to stop learning or playing. Many organizations on the Kenai Peninsula offer programs and activities to keep kids happy and busy.

Soldotna: Heart of the peninsula
Summer events culminate during Soldotna Progress Days with a parade, rodeo, community dinner and other family activities. This year's event will be July 25 through 27.

Senior centers offer activities for visitors
Traveling senior citizens are welcome to stop by one of the seven senior centers on the Kenai Peninsula for lunch or a visit.

Photographers capture Alaska spirit
This page highlights most of the winners of this year's Penin-sula Clarion photo contest.

Kenai harbors start of area's history
The city of Kenai is the largest city on the Kenai Peninsula and a convergence of salmon fishing, oil exploration and tourism.

Refuge is wilderness playground
Encompassing more than 1.9 million acres, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has enough room to accommodate thousands of yearly human visitors, as well as the hundreds of plant and animal species who call the refuge home.

Orthodox churches add unique touch of history
The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church sits on the bluff in Old Town Kenai.

Helpful hints for clamming up
Of the myriad rich and varied Alaska experiences visitors enjoy each year, one of the best requires them to get their hands dirty. But the reward a bucket full of delectable clams can make for a tasty meal.

Seeking salmon: Where to begin
When you're fishing for salmon, having your line in the water and the right lure isn't enough. You have to be in the right place at the right time.

Lakes: Fishing far from the crowds
Looking for a place to fish without having someone's elbow in your ribs?

Rules of the riverbank
In fishing, as in many other activities, there are unwritten rules to help guide anglers in matters of ethics, fairness and manners.

Anglers compete to land big one
As the heart of Alaska's sportfishing community, it's no surprise the Kenai Peninsula is home to some of Alaska's oldest and most popular fishing derbies.

Fish primer: Getting the basics down
By learning a few things about salmon, tackle and technique, you'll soon be reeling 'em in.

Trips to the saltwater offer variety of pickings
Looking for adventure? Go saltwater fishing.

Kenai River draws people together
To residents of the central Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai River is "the river." We say "the river" as if there were no others around, or at least no others worthy of mention.

Catch a glimpse of the wild side
A wide variety of animals call the Kenai Peninsula home, to the delight of residents and visitors alike.

Peninsula events offer variety
Check out all of the events taking place on the Peninsula.

Alaska Baseball League hosts tomorrow's stars
After a day of flipping flies on the Kenai River, what could be better than an evening spent watching some of the nation's top collegiate baseball talent chasing down flies at Coral Seymour Me-morial Park in Kenai?

Adventure awaits those with disabilities
Sensory and mobility disabilities are no reason to miss out on the Alaska experience.

Golf: Just 'fore' fun
After going after kings and silvers in the river, those on the Kenai have the opportunity to bag birdies and eagles on the golf course.

Racing ideal place for 'tire'd folks
The roar of stock car engines, the thrill of open-wheel sprint cars and the excitement of motocross all will be available this summer at Twin City Raceway.

Camping: Getting back to nature
For outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy camping, the Kenai Peninsula is the place to be. The peninsula is host to a full range of camping amenities, from RV parks to cabins to wilderness campsites.

Bikes take visitors off beaten path
Biking on the Kenai Peninsula offers an alternative way to view the majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, rushing rivers and innumerable species of wildlife that make up the great outdoors of Alaska.

Ring of Fire enhances western horizon
The west side of Cook Inlet is home to some of Kenai Peninsula's beautiful but deadly treasures. Some of the world's most active volcanoes face the western peninsula just across the inlet waters, waiting to erupt without a moment's notice.

West side of inlet offers wilderness adventure
Although easily viewed from the relative civilization of the Kenai Penin-sula, the western shores of Cook Inlet provide a hidden glimpse into Alaska's wild side.

Trails harbor scenic treasures
There's a lot to see on the Kenai Peninsula, and much of it can be enjoyed by taking a hike. Whether it's a walk through town, on the beach or in the mountains, each view offers a unique view of Alaska.

North recreation area is short drive to big fun
The North Peninsula Recre-ation Area at Mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikis-ki is a fun and convenient place to get some exercise while passing through the northern Kenai Peninsula in any season.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions 2003 Schedule
Racing schedule.

Captain Cook has a little of everything
Captain Cook State Recreation Area has it all.

Montessori Charter
The kindergarten class is continuing its study of Australia. Students have learned about kangaroos and also studied the different terrain of the continent.

Area teams place at state competition
The Future Problem Solving state bowl competition was held in Soldotna last week with 19 teams from around the peninsula and from

Area high school students carry home lessons from Russia
The group of students who recently returned from a trip to Russia came home with more than souvenirs; the teens said they also brought back a better understanding of world cultures and a renewed appreciation for their own country.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Students spent last week on the theme of Easter. They learned about Jesus and his life, death and resurrection. Students did a great painting project.

Mock trial offers chance to explore law
One member of the Soldotna High School mock trial team has an interest in environmental law, one joined the team because he may someday be a diplomat and another got into it because she had a crush on a guy in mock trial.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The preschoolers invited their fathers to school for homemade pretzels and root beer floats. Dads helped with woodworking, power tools, hammering nails, putting nuts on bolts and sanding and painting blocks of wood.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Thanks to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center for the loan of the bingo basket for the school's annual enrollment lottery. The lottery results are posted at the school. If there are openings, families will be notified to set up times for testing.

Wings Christian Academy
This week, Cassie Sutton made it to the 3,000s club. Naomi Pettey and Mathew Grant earned the cleanest desk awards. Brandon Ruffridge received one high school credit for completing English. Marcia Dutton had all four of her wisdom teeth pulled.

Seattle searches for new school superintendent
SEATTLE (AP) City School Board members have agreed on a national search to find a new superintendent but not on a timetable for finishing the job.

Grace Lutheran
Students at Grace Lutheran are back at school after having Good Friday off. Students had the opportunity to participate in the Easter morning worship service at Grace Lutheran Church with speaking parts and singing.

School Menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Cook Inlet Academy
The parent-teacher fellowship will meet at 7 p.m. Monday. The fourth- through sixth-graders will provide entertainment.

Mountain View Elementary
The volunteer lunch will be at noon Thursday in the library. All volunteers are invited to attend.

Soldotna High
The prom will be Saturday. Promenade and coronation of royalty will begin at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission t

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the talent show, and to the staff members who performed their version of "River Dance." Special applause to fourth-grader Aaron Hawbold for his Irish dancing.

Kenai Central High
The Masonic Outstanding Student Awards Night will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at KCHS.

Study lists top concerns in public schools
WASHINGTON Ill-mannered pupils, demoralized teachers, uninvolved parents and bureaucracy in public schools are greater worries for Americans than the standards and accountability that occupy policy makers, a new study says.

Soldotna Middle
Eighth-grade girls interested in playing volleyball at the high school level next year should contact a coach.

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

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The fifth annual IDEA Curriculum Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center. There will be workshops all day, and more than 60 tables of curriculum and other home-school related items will be available for sale.

VFW poetry contest winners announced
First- through eighth-grade students from eight area schools participated in this year's American Flag Poetry program, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna. The winners were:

Enrollment for the 2003-04 school year now is open. For more information about the program or to make an enrollment appointment, call 262-6315.

Students of Month
The following students were named March Students of the Month at Mountain View Elementary School:

Tustumena Elementary
Teachers currently featured in the front foyer include Ms. Cowart and Ms. Knobf.

KPC celebrates the arts with reception, dedication
KPC's annual "Celebration of the Arts," will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by the KPC Showca

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to school secretary, Michelle Gabriel. Today is Secretary's Day and the school is honoring her for her outstanding dedication to students, staff and parents.

Redoubt Elementary
The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the conference room.

No more free rides Cash-strapped schools turn to busing fees
BOSTON Lawmakers and school officials have a stark message for parents who think their taxes already pay for school bus transportation: No more free rides.

Iron Dog members, board to meet
The Tesoro Iron Dog board of directors will hold its annual membership meeting at 5 p.m. today. Topics of discussion will include board president comments on the 2003 race, membership, 2004 race dates and entry fees, committee opportunities and input from the public.

Don't use the word 'boycott'
The last time anybody blew a lead this big was the '69 Cubs.

Spurs foul shooting beats Marbury's effort, evens series
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio didn't stop Stephon Marbury, but the Spurs did make their free throws down the stretch Monday night, and that was enough for an 84-76 victory over Phoenix to even their playoff series at one game apiece.

Bucks, Timberwolves even series
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Milwaukee Bucks fixed all their Game 1 mistakes except for one, which was just good enough to get a win.

Cheruiyot of Fire: Kenyans still rule Boston
BOSTON -- His name sounds like ''chariot,'' and he certainly rolled through the streets of Boston, from Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill.

The Bengals are on the clock. Do they want to be?
NEW YORK -- Nothing goes right for the Cincinnati Bengals, even when they own the No. 1 choice in the NFL draft.

Kenai's Baldwin has eyes on state high jump record
One inch. For most people, improving by an inch wouldn't necessarily be a huge reason to celebrate. For Kenai Central High School senior Dallas Baldwin, clearing one more inch would be the high point of an already impressive career.

Wild, Canucks clinch series wins
PHILADELPHIA -- With their season on the line and memories of recent playoff failures on their minds, the Philadelphia Flyers came through with their most dominant performance.

Leafs, Wild force Game 7s
TORONTO -- Travis Green scored 10:51 into the second overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series.

Stars brave wind for soccer wins
Playing into the teeth of a loaded-with-cold wind, the Seward girls soccer team faced quite a competitive disadvantage in the first half Tuesday in a 5-0 loss to host Soldotna High School.

Texans secretive about franchise's second-ever draft
HOUSTON -- Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly dispelled any mystery about the expansion team's first draft pick. Quarterback David Carr already was house-hunting by the time Houston formally chose him at No. 1 in 2002.

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