Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Clemens runs record to 7-0 with Astros
HOUSTON Roger Clemens remained unbeaten and struck out a season-high 11, leading the Houston Astros over the Florida Marlins 6-1 Tuesday night.

Gonzalez conks four homers for Arizona
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks went going, going, Gonzo over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Pinch-hit triple sends Red Sox to win
BOSTON Pinch-hitter David McCarty had a two-run triple that broke an eighth-inning tie, and Pedro Martinez struck out 11 to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Tuesday night.

Homer Hockey Association breaks ground for new ice
Golden shovels grazed the soggy earth of the beautiful Hamlet by the Sea last week as Homer City Officials joined directors of the Homer Hockey Association and the 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society for the official ground breaking for the new Homer Hockey Rink.

Trinity Greenhouse
When peninsula gardeners gear up towards another season of growing, many envision colorful masses of wildflowers, meticulously tended planter boxes or even giant heads of cabbage tagged with a state fair blue ribbon. Whichever growing season area they pursue, any gardener will admit that despite the kaleidescope of colors or expanses of garden green they desire, their pursuit has a definite "dark side". Essentially, one of the key components to their ability to grow things - dirt.

Access Alaska expands to the Kenai Peninsula
Alaskans love their independence and right to make their own life choices and as the Alaskan population ages it doesn't want it's independence to wane.

Your log home for all those Alaskan formal events
It may have been Alaska's Bushrat Governor Jay Hammond who described the Alaskan tuxedo as a plaid wool shirt and blue jeans, but with no official data available it's reasonable to believe that the 49th state ranks 50th in black tie events.

Country Corner Soup and Sandwich shop is open for business
The menu consists of fresh homemade sandwiches and soups along with salads and wraps.

Education funding deal close
JUNEAU -- Senate Democrats were close to agreement on an end-of-session deal to boost K-12 education funding by $82 million late Monday.

Session ends with no fix
JUNEAU The Alaska Legislature pumped $82 million more into Alaska schools, added 20 new state troopers and will send millions back to their districts in construction projects.

Alaska Senate OKs in-state 'no-call' list
JUNEAU (AP) The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill that extends the national ''no-call'' list to telemarketers making calls only in Alaska.

Moose get OK to be moved
JUNEAU -- Nuisance moose could get an airlift out of Anchorage under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

Tobacco tax dies in Legislature
JUNEAU A proposed $1 increase in the state tax on cigarettes died Tuesday night in the final moments of the legislative session.

Nikiski students, staff walk the talk of including everyone
My son Elijah goes to Nikiski High School. He is in the special education classroom.

What's junk to one person may mean survival to another
In response to Coleen Bowers' letter of May 7, I would like to say that it is sad to see such an attitude bordering on arrogance. A self-admitted "recent transplant" moves here, and the first thing she wants to do is tell us how to live.

Tax cut should not cost Americans more money
Such a responsibility! The U.S. Senate is in the process of giving us our tax cut for the next number of years. In return for this, we have the privilege of paying our required Social Security taxes and having our employers pay their fair share to assure us and our children of working age of a modicum of security in our old age.

Money won't eradicate smoking or make Alaska students smart
When politicians use children to make new taxes more palatable, would it be politically correct to call that child abuse?

Law should be left behind so schools can move forward
Dear Editor: And, of course, all of the wonderful readers who can and do read these notes. How fortunate you are to have the skill that allows you to decipher these strange marks and turn them into ideas.

Students hold bake sale to help support hospice
On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers at Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we appreciate this opportunity to recognize four special students in our community.

Governor's plan will allow him to raises taxes, avoid fallout
I believe Gov. Frank Murkowski came to the personal realization a long time ago that Alaska has built up such a monstrous governmental bureaucracy that it would be much too politically painful to attempt to decrease it by reducing state spending. Too many friends and loyal political allies would be put out of work and that would take a heavy toll on both the governor and his political party.

No Child Left Behind Act is train wreck in progress
We must all be concerned about the ramifications of the No Child Left Behind Act. In many, many instances, it leaves more children behind than helps them and costs unnecessary budget drains from school districts and teachers.

D.A.R.E. support appreciated
Mrs. Matson's fifth-graders and Mrs. Zimmerman's fourth- and fifth-graders from North Star Elementary School would like to extend a big thank you to their D.A.R.E. officer, Trooper Stanton. His time and energy were greatly appreciated by parents, students and staff. A thank you also goes out to the Kenai Elks Lodge and Bear Paw Deli in Nikiski for their continued support of the D.A.R.E. Program.

IRL struggling to fill 33-car field for Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS There are plenty of cars at the track and several drivers looking for jobs. Still, the Indianapolis 500 might not have a full field for the first time since 1947.

Village schools challenged
Children bustle in and out of the small classroom, chattering to one another and working intently. Some sit at desks or spread out in the hallway, designing

Alaska's rural schools struggle with NCLB
Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage, Kenai and Seldovia. These communities are about as different as one could imagine. Yet they all have one thing in common: They are home to public schools that serve to educate the next generation of Americans.

Who should call the shots?
An effort has been launched to change the way the Kenai Peninsula Borough is managed.

Truck, boat a loss after catching fire in accident
Alaska State Troopers and a number of other government agencies responded to a fiery motor vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing on Sunday afternoon.

Gas spur may become reality
State lawmakers have broadened the scope of work for the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, currently charged with investigating the feasibility of a gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

Personal info to stay that way
Personal information Alaskans are required to supply on their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend applications will be kept confidential by state law, providing Gov. Frank Murkowski signs a bill recently passed by the Legislature.

Rayder M. Ursin
Rayder M. Ursin of Ninilchik died Sunday, May 2, 2004, in Anchorage. He was 78.

George T. Gray
Longtime Ninilchik resident George T. Gray died Monday, May 10, 2004, of natural causes at his home in Ninilchik. He was 79.

Hilton C. Marchant
Longtime Soldotna resident Hilton C. Marchant died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Hattie Ahtuangaruak Miller
Kenai resident Hattie Ahtuangaruak Miller died Sunday, April 25, 2004. She was 65.

Pogo mine lessons can find application in other big projects
Big problems often warrant big solutions, and that's what happened with the positive outcome of the dispute over the Pogo gold mine's federal wastewater permit. All those involved deserve applause for finding a solution that allows the project's owner to resume construction.

Sales tax not way to go
The Alaska Conference of Mayors has taken a long and steadfast stand on the issue of Alaska's fiscal problem. The mayors strongly support the percent of market value or endowment solution that balances the budget, continues permanent fund dividends and better protects the permanent fund.

Election crystal ball cloudy
It's rare for an organization that conducts nonpartisan political polling to even acknowledge another pollster, much less to question their results, analyses or predictions. I'm certainly out on a ledge by choosing to challenge someone with the name identification and skill of pollster John Zogby.

Education will pay dividends for those entering job market
What are young people to do these days in deciding on careers? That has always been a problem, but with many good-paying technical jobs being moved to places like India and China, such decisions have become even dicier.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS to hold 'Pops' concertSoroptimist to hold recognition programVeteran's appreciation dinner setSocial Security reps to visit areaCruise fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
CARTS advisory partners to meet Police officers memorial service today Fish and Game committee to meet Club registration deadline looming 4-H to sell trees Fun run for Special Olympics planned Teen club to hold car wash fund-raiser Volunteers needed to plant flowers, gardens Kayak festival planned NES plans pancake fund-raiser

Send your visitors to school ... fishing school
KPC's Kenai River campus is preparing for the second year of the Kenai Fishing Academy (KFA), the only anglers "college" in Alaska.

Sterling Elementary
The spring carnival was a big event and had something fun for everyone.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Students' final field trip to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's educational beach set net site on Cannery Road will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tustumena Elementary
There will be an opportunity to purchase school jackets through Monday for the upcoming year. Jackets will display school colors and have the school's mascot, the Lynx, imprinted on the front. A deposit of $20 is required for those families wishing make this purchase.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Thanks to Salamatof Native Association for being an incredible supporter of education and for helping so many children.

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to the new student body executive board: president, Rocky Ward; vice-president, Jonathon Sanchez; treasurer, Dusty Ward; and secretary, Elana Bird. The newly elected activities chairs are Aarick Carlson and Eric Cox.

Soldotna Elementary
The Title I program is offering a read aloud workshop at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The PTSA will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Happy birthday to the summer birthday students, Hannah, Katie, Jacob, Ethan, Curtis, Jillian and Hayden.

The key to reading
It's no secret that putting information to music helps people remember it. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Soldotna Elementary School music teacher Erin Southwick is finding success in using music to teach early reading skills.

Seward teacher earns inspirational award
Seward Middle School teacher Laura Beck was presented with an award from Eastern Oregon University during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District meeting May 3.

Sears Elementary
The last PTA meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers for the 2004-05 school year will be elected.

Mountain View Elementary
The Excellent Eagle and student council sleepover will be Friday.

Redoubt Elementary
All library books need to be returned by today.

Aurora Borealis Charter
The second-graders are learning about "fractured fairy tales." They read many of these stories, such as "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig."

Grace Lutheran
This week at Grace Lutheran, the children will enjoy the Bible story of King Hezekiah. In this story, King Hezekiah is ill and, although the illness should have taken his life, he prayed to God, who added 15 years to his life.

Old or new? Students must choose SAT test
As they look for a college admissions edge, soon-to-be high school juniors face a unique dilemma: Should they take the old SAT in the fall, or wait for the new version, with a timed essay, in the spring of 2005?

Kalifonsky Christian
The kindergarten through second-grade students are learning about cowboys. The students are creating brands using their initials made with popsicle sticks.

Wings Christian Academy
The debate class will have its final debate Thursday. The topic will be required military service. Kaylee Burger and Julianne Pettey will debate against Jeremy Thompson and Jacob Sutton.

Soldotna High
Dates to remember are:

Colorado governor OKs first college vouchers
DENVER Gov. Bill Owens signed Colorado's first-in-the-nation college voucher plan into law Monday, calling it a landmark step that will empower thousands of students.

Cook Inlet Academy
The missions team returned from Sun Valley Indian School in Arizona with servants' hearts and many fond memories.

End of school year approaches
The last day for school-provided hot lunch at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools will be May 20. Stu

Graduation season approaches
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will celebrate the completion of high school this month at graduation ceremonies.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's and Ms. McCabe's classes enjoyed their field trip last week to the Alaska SeaLife Center, while Mrs. Sotello's class visited Otter Cove.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Homer girls top SoHi, earn No. 1 seed
The Homer girls soccer team earned the No. 1 seed from the Region III Southern Division Monday with a 2-0 victory over Soldotna at Justin Maile Field.

Flyers rip into Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Flyers made Nikolai Khabibulin look ordinary, maybe even worse.

Accuser appears at Bryant's trial
EAGLE, Colo. -- The 19-year-old woman accusing NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape slipped into the courthouse through a fire exit Monday, appearing in court for only the second time since the case began.

Take me home: NBA teams 37-14 at home in playoffs
MIAMI Home is where the wins are in the NBA playoffs.

Heat rookie Wade burns up Pacers
MIAMI -- Rookie guard Dwyane Wade sliced down the lane, took a pass from Lamar Odom and dunked over Jermaine O'Neal -- one of the league's best defenders.

Flames singe Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. Marcus Nilson's shot would have made a pinball wizard proud.

Well-rounded Pitts picks up speed at end of prep career
Over the next two weeks, Tracy Pitts will be defending her region title and looking to improve on last year's fourth-place state meet finish in the 100-meter hurdles, as well as bettering her region meet runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles.

Time to tee it up
It's tee time once again at Kenai Golf Course. There is much excitement around the clubhouse as golfers gear up for another season. The greens wintered well and all regular greens are in play.

SkyHi boys finish perfect region season
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team got itself back on target Monday, pumping in six goals while holding host Skyview to two in a Region III Southern Division match.

All Square
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jason Kidd's series-long slump came to an end, Kenyon Martin was slap-happy with energy and the New Jersey Nets evened things up with the Detroit Pistons in yet another lopsided game.

Sports Briefs
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