Thursday, April 28, 2005

A-Rod amasses four home runs, 10 RBIs
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in his first three at-bats and became only the 11th major league player with 10 or more RBIs in a game, leading the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 12-4 Tuesday night.

Forget clams for dinner: Put them on your plants
An entrepreneur at heart, Barron Butler has spent most of his career cooking up good business ideas. But a new idea hit him one day while he was sleeping on the couch.

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

From the bookshelf: Photo books flaunt Alaska's high points
Alaska's great beauties have inspired shelves full of handsome photography books. Two recent titles stand apart by focusing on Alaska's people more than on the Great Land they inhabit. "Climb Denali" by Laurent Dick joins the legions of books about the great peak. The Swiss-born photographer and guide presents a slide show by the same name during the summer season at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, according to the book's jacket.

Multiple personalities
"Diverse" is probably the best word to describe the Kenai Performers' show this weekend. In act one, Hank the Cowdog faces a lonely porcupine, cowardly sidekick and pesky cat, among other challenges, as head of ranch security. In act two, singles looking for love demonstrate various approaches to striking up conversation. Act three takes the audience into a living room where a married couple struggles against their attention-sucking TV set.

Playing along
Being a musician requires certain musical skills — reading notes, fast fingers, staying in tune —as well as a more basic skill also required of athletes, actors and even siblings on a long car trip — playing well with others.

Reader says state should switch pockets
I'm Swedish, so you'll have to explain what I thought I heard. Did Sen. Ben Stevens really think that the people of the Kenai would sit quietly while the permanent fund is raided to pay for school projects?

Clinic's support makes a difference
A huge thank you to Soldotna Dental Clinic for its continued community support. Programs like Parents for Safe Communities, Soldotna High School qualifying exam and the Student Mentor program continue to be successful with their support.

'We Haz Jazz' certainly did
Everybody was talking about the "We Haz Jazz" performance at Nikiski Middle-Senior High Auditorium on April 15.

'Former punk' advises current ones to grow up
As a former "young punk" or youth of bad intentions, I firsthand experienced and participated in crimes against society and personal property, like vandalism and destruction.

Youth will get kick out of new sprinkler system
On behalf of the students, staff and parents of Redoubt Elementary School, I would like to thank John Dombovy and Enstar for their help with the school's sprinkler system. Thanks to their time and effort, our soccer field should be a better playing surface for area children.

Food bank thanks those who help make changes
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors, I wish to thank all the many volunteers, donors, businesses and other individuals who help us make our job easier to feed hungry Kenai Peninsula residents.

Sen. Murkowski should hold out
I see Sen. Lisa Murkowski is going to come under attack from Focus on the Family because she has not yet surrendered to their demands on the filibuster rule change. I surely hope she resists that pressure because as I e-mailed her, I think it is a bad move for her career, for Alaska and the country.

Getting wired: Kasilof store will offer visitors Internet
Mary Lambe knows that many Kenai Peninsula businesses cater to people who come to Alaska to fish in abundant Alaska salmon streams, hug the earth and find themselves in nature. But Lambe, owner of Kasilof Mercantile, has taken a new direction with her business to appeal to tourists' modern side.

Tern Lake boardwalk no more
People wanting to take in mountain, lake and wildlife scenery on Tern Lake along the Seward Highway will have to do so standing on the ground.

Tax initiatives turned down
Citing ambiguities and errors in their texts and noting they likely would violate state law and the Alaska Constitution, the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk on Monday rejected two more initiative petitions submitted by the group Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers.

Senate approves wastewater plan
JUNEAU (AP) — The Senate approved a plan Wednesday to take from the federal government the responsibility for permitting projects that discharge industrial wastewater in Alaska waters.

Lieutenant governor turns down video gambling initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Lt. Gov. Loren Leman has rejected an application for a ballot initiative seeking to legalize video gambling at a South Anchorage location.

Suspects identified in rash of burglaries
Alaska State Troopers and Soldotna police are investigating a number of business burglaries reported in the Sterling-Soldotna area over the past weekend. No arrests have been made, but suspects have been identified, according to Capt. Tom Bowman, commander of the trooper's E Detachment headquartered in Soldotna.

Hip hopper
Rita Lindow watches as Mr. Bun Bun explores the surroundings at Skyview High School last weekend during a track and field meet. "The kids say he's eagle bait," Lindow said. "He's totally loving the fresh air, open space and grass, though."

Grant cut could force cops to baby-sit youth offenders
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility Citizens Advisory Board learned that a proposed budget cut could eliminate funding for a program designed to protect kids picked up by police in other than criminal matters. The cut could be made as soon as July 1. Known as holdover beds, the program, paid for by state-managed grant funding, provides an overnight staff member to supervise a juvenile placed in custody by law enforcement officers for minor offenses, if the youth's parents cannot be located.

Juneau junket yields little
Three members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly who flew to Juneau last week hoping to impress on lawmakers once again the municipality's need for certain kinds of state aid returned with little in the way of promises for financial help this year

Methods of funding state's public works budget considered
In the continuing debate over the public works budget for the coming fiscal year, legislators and the governor have been in general agreement that the time is right for Alaska to have a fairly substantial one.

Voices of the state: Not working without a net
With just a few days left in the legislative session, opposition is growing fast to proposals that would dismantle the state's retirement system. Firefighters, police officers and other public employees have joined teachers and education support professionals in speaking out against the proposed legislation.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Landing is topic at chamber SoHi after-prom committee to meet United Way board meeting planned Food program offered KCHS after-grad meeting set Preschool fund-raiser slated Sears to host carnival Krispie Cremes selling for kicks WalkAmerica to benefit March of Dimes Peace, justice group forming Pop Warner huddle planned

Around the Peninsula
ICAN celebrates first anniversary T-200 seeks to get members on board Water training available Fire training scheduled Free skate day ready to roll School board to meet in Seward Day of prayer slated Seniors to hold garage, bake sales

Redoubt Elementary
The library will host a Scholastic Book Fair on Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book fair will feature hardback books priced at $3 each and all paperback books at $1 each. The book fair is offered as a service to the children of the community. The school will not make any profit.

Kenaitze Head Start
The school is accepting 2005-06 enrollment applications. Stop by the center at 130 N. Willow St., Kenai or call 283-0707.

Kenai Central High
Student body elections will be May 4. Elections will determine the officers for next year's student council. Class elections will begin after the student body offices are decided.

KPC around campus
KPC/UAA anthropology student Brett Encelewski said he is passionate about his Alaska Native heritage; especially the re-vitalization of the Dena'ina language. Currently Encelewski is the archivist for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Culture and Education department, an intern and lab assistant in the anthropology department at the college and a journalism student. The following information about the annual Dena'ina Language Institute was provided by him.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The soccer team will travel to Seward on Thursday, host Palmer on Friday and Colony on Saturday at 11 a.m. They also will host Homer on Monday at 3 p.m. Check the school calendar for possible changes to this schedule.

Skyview High
Graduation day is May 24 and senior parents are organizing the after-graduation party. The intent of the party is to provide a safe and drug-free place for the grads to celebrate. Last year the parents put on a party with many games, prizes and a DJ.

World Champs
ATLANTA — Anyone who thinks of those little plastic building bricks that snap together as only toys hasn't seen what the kids from Aurora Borealis Charter School can do with Legos.

School board meets Monday
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Kenai Montessori
The students are studying Europe this month. Ithaca Bergohltz has shared story books written in German. Each student is invited to bring in any souvenirs or items that they may have from any European country.

The science exam for ninth grade will be Monday through May 6. Call your adviser for further information.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Keating's students are immersed in their Explorer projects including making a life-size model at home and a report and map at school.

Cook Inlet Academy
The National Honor Society chose sixth-grade teacher, Mary Rowley, as staff member of the year. She was honored for her humbleness, heart for service and strength in overcoming illness and chemotherapy treatments. NHS students said, "Mrs. Rowley strongly affects their lives at CIA. Her relationship with Christ shines in everything, and she always gives God the glory." Congratulations to Mrs. Rowley.

Reads Primary
The summer reading program registration and fall 2005 kindergarten registration are going on now. Call the school for information at 283-2848.

Grace Lutheran School
The fourth- through eighth-graders took a field trip to ConocoPhillips and Galary 25 April 20. They learned how liquid natural gas boils at minus 258 degrees F, burns cleanly and is shipped from the Kenai Peninsula to Japan. Thanks to Jay McKee for arranging the tour. Thanks to Ron Goeke of Gallery 25 for demonstrating the matting and framing process.

Sears Elementary
The kindergarten classrooms have been studying dinosaurs. Miss Fischer's class also experienced flying kites and discovered how important wind can be.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The life skill of the week is sense of humor — to laugh and be playful without harming others.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Heather Cline, a Connections and Kalifornsky Beach Quest student, won first place in the junior division of the Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing Contest for her short story "Business Fiasco." Her scenario has been entered into the international competition, which will be held June 2 in Lexington, Ky.

Sterling Elementary
Friday will be Hawaiian Day, and treats will be sponsored by PTA for the class with the most participating students. There also will be a concert performance Friday by all students and Mike Morgan, musician in residence, to celebrate the culmination of the Morgan's work with the students. Watch the reader board for concert time.

Wings Christian Academy
On Wednesday, students will have a special presentation during weekly chapel. A representative from the Pensacola Christian College will speak to students about the college

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to the school's Future Problem Solving team of Hannah Cristiano, Christina Tachick, Angela Ramponi and Cody Vandehey. They placed second at the FPS State Bowl on April 19. They competed against six teams from around the state. Stop by to see their new trophy.

Soldotna High
The advanced placement calculus exam will be given Tuesday, English on May 5, U.S. history on May 6 and biology May 9.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Wallace fires up Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Rasheed Wallace untucked his jersey and flailed his arms at the officials, picking up the 228th technical foul of his notorious career.

Skyview booters tie up Ketchikan
The Skyview High School boys soccer team picked up a tie Wednesday in a nonconference match with Ketchikan, playing the Kings to a 4-all draw at Skyview.

Skyview boys get first win
The Skyview High School boys soccer team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, defeating Nikiski 2-0 in a Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division match at Nikiski. The Nikiski girls also picked up a victory, edging the visiting Panthers 3-1 on the strength of two goals from Clare Bennett.

Tagliabue: Uniform doping policy a mistake
WASHINGTON — Looking up at a lone lawmaker among dozens of empty black leather chairs, a former NFL player testified to Congress about his use of steroids and how that might have contributed to his heart disease.

The end of an era for 1-irons
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The club stands out only because there is no other like it on the shelves at the David Gates Golf Superstore. Amid neatly arranged rows of drivers, fairway metals, the new craze of hybrids and an assortment of wedges, is a Top-Flite X2000 iron with a ''1'' printed on the sole.

Grudzielanek hits for cycle
ST. LOUIS — Mark Grudzielanek hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats and Chris Carpenter equaled his career best with 12 strikeouts, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Wednesday for their 11th victory in 12 games.

Nationals finally get to Lieber
WASHINGTON — Brad Wilkerson connected off previously unbeaten Jon Lieber for the first upper-deck home run at RFK Stadium in 34 years, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Spurs even up series with win
SAN ANTONIO — The Denver Nuggets expected San Antonio to come out hard and fast in Game 2, and the Spurs didn't disappoint them.

BCS to open automatic qualification to all Division I-A schools
PHOENIX — The Bowl Championship Series is opening its automatic bids to all Division I-A conferences starting with the 2008 season, part of a new plan under which the leagues will be judged from top to bottom.

Sports views: Aliens might visit before the BCS gets it right
The BCS is holding its annual meeting this week at a luxury hotel in sunny Arizona. As exercises in futility go, it is rivaled only by UFO conventions.

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