Thursday, April 29, 2004

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.

Indians fall victim to big Chicago rally
CHICAGO Sandy Alomar Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to cap a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox startled the Cleveland Indians 9-8 Wednesday.

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.

Florida ace Beckett puts down Rockies
DENVER After appealing his suspension, Alex Gonzalez homered and Josh Beckett pitched seven innings Wednesday, leading the Florida Marlins to a 9-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Small change lands couple big Alaska business award
ANCHORAGE It took a love for what they do and a melding of talents for Mike and Michele Robuck to grow the Alaska Mint from a one-coin operation to a diversified and thriving business.

Business Briefs
National leadership seminar offered in SoldotnaArea chambers set scheduleTire service offers free inspections

Business students compare prices at area supermarkets
The question has been around since someone first stamped a lump of metal with an off-center image of an emperor, goddess or other sacred cow and called it money: Where can people go to get the best deal for their hard-earned cash?

New e-book catches wave of tourism's future
A new electronic book, or "e-book" for short, has just come out and is promising to make things a whole lot easier for those planning a summer vacation anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula.

Art Briefs
Acrylics workshop planned for TuesdayOilers hold mascot naming contestPhoto contest announcedArtists in Schools program to be discussedArt scholarships to be awardedWriters' conference coming upKids' summer theater camp slatedLogo design contest announced

Saturday night special
Movies, art, food and music what more could you want? Kenai Peninsula College is offering an evening of entertainment Saturday with enough different attractions that there's sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

What's Happening
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Blondie not yet going gray
NEW YORK The members of Blondie admit it's a bit weird to be on the music scene again when bands like the Rapture are named for one of their songs, and '80s fashion is so hip that girls shamelessly wander the streets in hot-pink leg warmers.

Historian reassesses Russian Alaska
Lydia Black, Russian-born professor emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is one of the world's leading scholars of Alaska's Russian-American period. Taking advantage of new access to Russian sources and decades of research, she now has written an iconoclastic overview of this colorful epoch of the state's history.

Writers express themselves in 'Driftwood' magazine
A surprising number of productive and otherwise respected members of society lead secret, double lives.

House OKs fund plan
JUNEAU Three days of sometimes bitter debate ended in the House on Wednesday with lawmakers agreeing that it's time to spend part of the permanent fund for government.

Volunteers provide far more than breakfast for students
Dating back to the 1999-2000 school year, a selfless and compassionate group from the Soldotna United Methodist and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic (Kenai) churches have been providing breakfast for the students of Kenai Alternative High School.

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!

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.

Judges for patriotic art program appreciated
I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to three ladies who volunteered their time and expertise to serve as judges for this year's Creative Patriotic Art program sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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 SilviaSuitt@Venco.com and can come from others associated.

Area high schools big winners
Soldotna High School freshman Marit Hartvigson took top honors at the 14th annual Caring for the Kenai competition Friday night. But Hartvigson was just one of several students who helped make SoHi a big winner in the program.

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.

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

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.

AWG staff grows
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's loss will be the Arctic Winter Games Host Society's gain.

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.

U.S. Navy band to perform today
The U.S. Navy's rock band "Passage" currently is touring high schools in Alaska and will perform for students at 11:30 a.m. today at the Renee C. Hender

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.

Youth create prospects for better future
Marit Hartvigson's winning Caring for the Kenai entry has been a long time coming. But the Soldotna High School freshman said she hopes it also will last a long time into the future.

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.

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.

Advice on foreign policy
WASHINGTON Sandy Berger, a top Clinton-era National Security Council aide, has written a long essay on President Bush's foreign policy. It's friendly but only for the first few paragraphs.

Tax returns of Kerry's spouse relevant to his presidential campaign
Several months ago, John Kerry solemnly vowed that openness would be the hallmark of his presidency. Now, it's time to show his sincerity by disclosing all of his family's dealings with the Internal Revenue Service.

Around the Peninsula
Homer community cleanup under wayCPGH to hold board meetingBoys and Girls Club registration beginsGarage sale fund-raiser slatedCommunity council to meetRed Cross training availableSoldotna Community Patrol resumesTree sale, planting seminar plannedTaste of Kenai needs vendors

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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?"

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Bryant to enter plea in May 10-12 hearing
EAGLE, Colo. The judge in the Kobe Bryant case said Wednesday the NBA star will formally enter a plea in his high-profile sexual assault case during a three-day hearing that starts May 10.

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.

Los Angeles nixes Rockets
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant looked exhausted before and after the game.

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.

Celtics court Rivers
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics are negotiating with former Orlando Magic coach Doc Rivers to become the team's next head coach, according to media reports.

Sport Briefs
Birch Ridge Golf Course opensJockeys hint they might not ride at DerbyNicklaus nearly done with competitive golfU.S. men's soccer tops Mexico

Sakic keeps Avalanche alive
DENVER David Aebischer played like Patrick Roy. Joe Sakic played like himself.

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