Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Bumble in the Bronx: Yankees booed at home
NEW YORK Standing next to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in an elevator, Reggie Jackson was startled by the silence.

Brewers' Moeller hits for cycle in win
MILWAUKEE Chad Moeller hit for the cycle, and pinch-hitter Bill Hall's two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 9-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Yankees rally past Athletics
NEW YORK Pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra delivered a go-ahead double down the left-field line, highlighting a six-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the New York Yankees past the Oakland Athletics 10-8 Tuesday night.

Cincinnati hangs loss on Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH Sean Casey's two-run homer backed Aaron Harang's effective pitching, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Monday night despite losing Austin Kearns indefinitely with a broken forearm.

Sears store offers lower 48 prices
Buy Local Today. This simple message has been the foundation of peninsula-based businesses that are the lifeblood of our local community. Local Sears Dealer store owner, Bryan Lien, felt there were too many peninsula residents taking their business to Anchorage or points south, draining the local economic base.

Ladies in Red not in waiting
Members of the Red Hat Society lined up last weekend to attend the KPC Comedy Night. Passers by thought perhaps they were a group of ladies in their Easter bonnets, however upon inquiry they were informed by the Queen mother of the society that all the lovely gray haired ladies were indeed members of the Red Hat Society.

Dent takes State Youth of the Year title
Earlier this year Kristopher Dent a Nikiski High School senior was selected as the Kenai Peninsula Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, which gave Kris to on to the State competition in Anchorage.

25th Annual Home Show sets all time attendance record
If attendance at the Annual Builders Show is an economic indicator, the Kenai Peninsula is in for a record breaking summer. According to Cindy Heaverley, executive officer with the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) the previous high attendance was 5,000 visitors set in 2002 and equaled in '03.

K-Beach kids take care of their adopted stream
As spring slowly works it way through the ice and snow on the Kenai Peninsula, students at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School continue their monitoring of Slikok Creek. The school has been participating in the Adopt-A-Stream program for the last ten years, and has made many interesting observations.

House takes step toward POMV
JUNEAU House lawmakers on Monday took the first step toward tapping a portion of the $27.9 billion Alaska Permanent Fund to close the state's chronic budget shortfalls.

Donation makes big difference to vocational education at KPC
Many thanks to Bob Favretto and Kenai Chrysler Center for the continued generous support of vocational education on the Kenai!

Students recognized for academic success
On April 1, Kenai Central High School held its 13th academic awards banquet for 134 students who earned a 3.5 or above GPA during the 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.

Alaska's current D.C. delegation not standing up for ill, elderly
I am truly dismayed with the spiraling costs of medicine and particularly the costs of prescription drugs.

Alaskans on receiving end of credit card e-mail scam
Buyer, beware! There is an e-mail scam circulating the Internet and it involves Alaskans which hold Citi Card accounts. The e-mail is coming from a and can come from others associated.

Rotary provides life-changing experience for local student
I am writing this letter to express my everlasting gratitude to the Soldotna Rotary Club for my recently awarded scholarship and the wonderful, life-changing experience the group provided for me through its International Exchange program.

Fate of shallow gas bills uncertain
The regulatory future of shallow gas development in Alaska could be decided by the end of the current legislative session.

State wants public's ideas on trails
For years, a loose network of trails in the Deep Creek and Anchor River watersheds have provided access to remote parts of the lower Kenai Peninsula and the Caribou Hills.

KPC hopes toll-free line will aid recruiting
Prospective and current students now can call Kenai Peninsula College toll free.

Watershed to focus on hydrocarbons
Based on recent studies that show the level of hydrocarbons in the Kenai River exceeded federal standards in July, the Kenai Watershed Forum will hold a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai River Center.

Photo feature: Bird watching
Vaughn Dablemont scans the Kenai River flats for birds at the boardwalk alongside Bridge Access Road Friday night. Several sandhill cranes flew in formation nearby.

Photo feature: Bundled up
Kim Pyfer's dog Chip avoids a cold wind by huddling inside Pyfer's jacket Saturday during a track and field meet at Skyview High School. Winds of 10 to 20 mph are expected to continue for the next several days, bringing cloud cover and possible rain. The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-40s to upper 50s for the rest of the week.

Borough may front cash for school accounting system
Textbooks and lectures may provide vital food for thought to thousands of eager minds, but equally important to the 9,300 students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is the food for the belly served up each day in school lunchrooms across from Homer to Hope.

Drivers cope with rising fuel costs
Prices for gasoline and diesel fuel have been climbing steadily, but apparently not enough to upset motorists or send them off looking for cheaper prices on the Kenai Peninsula.

Nikiski home largely destroyed by Tuesday fire; cause unknown
Nikiski's assistant fire chief saw a large column of smoke when he was leaving the fire station Tuesday morning and discovered a house on fire on Birch Lane.

Diana Mae Dalton
Anchor Point resident Diana Mae Dalton died Thursday, April 15, 2004, of natural causes at an assisted living home. She was 56.

I'm a tax preparer, and I've heard it all
I'm exhausted, frazzled, down to my last nerve. Why? Why should a middle-aged divorcee be so used up? Is it menopause? Well, no, I've felt this way every April for the last 25 years.

Is Iraq another Vietnam?
Weeks ago, Sen. Edward Kennedy proclaimed the war in Iraq "another Vietnam." Whether Kennedy's statement was a dispassionate assessment of the situation or a trial balloon for the Democrats' big theme this election season, our most recent InsiderAdvantage survey indicates that most Americans are not yet persuaded that Kennedy is correct.

Hammond's income tax proposal carries too many shortfalls
Former Gov. Jay Hammond professes to be mystified at the lack of widespread support for his idea of imposing a state income tax.

Politicians in D.C. should not make military decisions What others say
Admittedly, Fallujah is a "darned if you do, darned if you don't" problem for U.S. forces.

Around the Peninsula
Homer community cleanup under way WRCC to hold board meeting Skyview to hold talent show Weed awareness presentation slated Pottery fund-raiser Saturday Shotshell, ballistics seminar slated Husband-coached child class set Red Cross training available Final day to register for co-ed soccer

Around the Peninsula
Gardening series continuesKDLL to hold board meetingKenai council plans work sessionsSalmon celebration set for Johnson LakeCommunity clean-up slatedLifeguard class scheduledInterfaith shelter meeting slated

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The soccer team will host visiting teams today, Friday and Saturday. The varsity teams will travel to Grace Christian in Anchorage on Monday.

State PTA convention starts Thursday
Alaska PTA will hold its annual convention this weekend at the Anchorage Steraton Hotel. The convention theme will be "No Child Left Behind: What Does It Mean For Your Child?"

Kalifonsky Christian
This week, the kindergarten, first and second grades assembled spring mobiles in art class.

Teacher mentors sought
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is recruiting active and retired classroom teachers and administrators to serve two years as mentors to educators new to the profession.

Soldotna Middle
There will be a track meet at SMS on Friday with field events starting at 3 p.m. and running events beginning at 3:30.

Applications available for teacher institute
The Alaska Humanities Forum will sponsor a summer institute for Alaska high school teachers to receive training in a new Alaksa history and cultural studies curriculum currently under development. The curriculum will be piloted for the 2003-04 school year.

Soldotna High
The soccer team plays in Seward on Friday. The team will host Skyview on Saturday and Homer on Tuesday.

Aurora Borealis Charter
On April 14, Mr. Severson's class hosted the annual "Business Day" event in the gymnasium.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Last week, students enjoyed a field trip to the Diamond M. Ranch. Thanks to farmer Blair and his family for the invitation. Students saw horses, cows, pigs and llamas, walked a pair of geese to the pond and collected eggs from the hen house.

Students excel at FPS tournaments
Two Kenai Peninsula students earned awards this week as they garnered top prizes in the International Future Problem Solvers competition.

Increasing violence among girls catches educators unprepared
BALTIMORE Twelve-year-old Nicole Townes is out of a coma but still struggling to recover after being pummeled and stomped at a birthday party in a beating that was shocking not just because of its savagery, but because it was meted out by other girls.

2004 commencement ceremony planned for next week
Preparations are under way for KPC's 2004 commencement. The public is invited to help celebrate the accomplishments of the students at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Kenai Central High
Outstanding volunteers will be recognized at the annual volunteer appreciation night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Redoubt Elementary
Thanks to students for their hard work selling biomats. Proceeds from this fund-raiser will be used for a new computer lab. Biomat orders should be turned in today.

Skyview High
Skyview held its annual invitational track meet last weekend, hosting 23 schools.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to Fun Buck winners for this week: Cory Heitzman, Logan Trigg, Nick Daigle, Caleb Wilson, Bruce Hudson, Cindi Hudson, Crissy Dowell and Josh Stinnett. Thanks for your kind deeds to make Soldotna Elementary a better place.

Cook Inlet Academy
This year's missions team departed Friday for the Navajo Reservation in Arizona to work at Sun Valley Indian School. The students and adults will perform a variety of tasks, including painting, landscaping, arts and crafts, singing, serving food and leading devotions.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Students in Mrs. Larned's class had interesting discussions about Earth Day and what each student can do to try to keep the world a clean and healthy place.

Wings Christian Academy
Wings is planning its annual bike-a-thon Friday. All pledges need to be turned in today.

Sterling Elementary
Spring has sprung at Sterling Elementary. If your child has a tendency to get wet when playing outdoors make sure he or she has an extra set of clothes to change into after being outdoors.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Last week, the students at Kenai Montessori celebrated Earth Week by helping clean up the school yard and flower beds.

Sterling Head Start
This week, students began a discussion on insects. The lessons taught addressed different insects and their body parts, how some insects move or fly and where different ones live.

Passport to learning Students 'travel' to Latin lands in Spanish immersion program
It's a long way from Latin America to Homer, but for one group of Homer students, the distance seems a lot shorter.

Tustamena Elementary
The PTO is sponsoring a spring poetry contest for students in grades one through six.

Kenai Masons honor outstanding students
The Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 presented its annual student awards April 15 at the Kenai Central High School Little Theater.

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

Kenai Middle
Student council is sponsoring a spirit week through Friday. Today is Hat Day; Thursday is Idol Day; and Friday will be Hawaiian Day. The week will culminate with the last dance Friday. All KMS students are invited.

Mountain View Elementary
All volunteers are invited to a volunteer luncheon at noon Thursday in the library.

New school takes on Native dropout rate
FAIRBANKS (AP) Officials alarmed at high Alaska Native student dropout rates are proposing a charter school aimed at keeping students in school.

Detroit Public Schools announce 3,200 job cuts
DETROIT (AP) Detroit's public school system will lay off an estimated 700 people as it eliminates 3,200 positions, officials said Thursday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
First-graders are starting their folk tale unit. The students will learn about the elements of a story and write their own folk tales. Friday centers also will focus on folk tales this week.

Sharks push Avalanche to brink of elimination
DENVER Evgeni Nabokov could be on his way to becoming this season's Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Singh wins Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas Vijay Singh is usually unbeatable entering the final round of a tournament.

Kenai's Araya appreciates opportunities
Kenai Central senior Jose Araya grew up in Costa Rica, where temperatures stay in the 70s and 80s. In Alaska, such temperatures usually set records.

Flames' Iginla burns Red Wings
CALGARY, Alberta Jarome Iginla could only be shut down for so long by the Detroit Red Wings.

Pistons go up 3-1 on Bucks
MILWAUKEE Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and the Detroit Pistons shot 56.9 percent Monday night in taking a 3-1 series lead with a 109-92 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks.

SoHi sweeps freshman-sophomore meet
Track and teams from Soldotna High School took the top spots in the boys and girls competition at the Nikiski Freshman-Sophomore Invitational Tuesday at Skyview High School.

'My name will be clear in the near future'
American men and women swept all six races at the ''U.S. vs. the World'' relays, the meet within a meet at this weekend's Penn Relays.

Skyview soccer sweeps Seward
The soccer season hasn't even really started in Seward, but it's already close to being over.

Garnett gets down, dirty
DENVER Kevin Garnett's determination has the Minnesota Timberwolves within a game of reaching the second round.

Nikiski boys edge Soldotna
The Soldotna High School boys soccer team might have had a few more scoring chances, but it was the Nikiski Bulldogs making the most of the opportunities they had to send the Stars to a 2-1 loss in a Region III Southern Division match Tuesday in Nikiski.

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