Thursday, May 12, 2005

Pena steps down as Royals manager
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tony Pena resigned as manager of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, less than two seasons after he was the American League Manager of the Year.

Cubs' Maddux lets no Mets cross plate
CHICAGO — Greg Maddux struck out 10 in his best outing of the season, and Corey Patterson hit two solo homers to lead the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 7-0 Tuesday night.

Big fish: Willis goes 7-0
MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis improved to a major league-best 7-0 by allowing one run and six hits in eight innings, and Damion Easley's two-run homer sent Florida to a 2-1 victory over Houston on Wednesday night.

Heat seekers: Company sells infrared services
Helicopter pilot Ken Deyoe remembers soaring over Kenai Peninsula forests in a helicopter a number of years ago searching for a missing man near Skilak Lake.

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

Small shots
As with diamond rings, keys to a new car and plane tickets to Bermuda, the exhibition at the Kenai Fine Arts center shows good things come in small packages — or frames, in this case.

Art Briefs
Writers conference slated Peninsula Art Guild announces scholarships Submissions wanted from women writers Student artwork wanted for book cover

Conventional comedy killers
If the only definition you know for the term "PC" has to do with computers, then the Rebels of Comedy have a show for you. Morgan Preston and TK, a duo stand-up comedy act, will be in Kenai at George's Casino on Sunday and Monday to share their observations on what they think is messed up and funny about the world today —whether it's considered "politically correct" to talk about or not.

From the bookshelf: Powerful novel portrays cultures' collision
Flight of the Goose: A Story of the Far North

SB 141 needs changes
Public Employee Retirement in Alaska is being systematically dismantled by the Legislature. The state Senate, against the advice of their retirement boards and the consultants they hired, ran Senate Bill 141 through the Senate in record time.

Reader passionate about allowing right to choose
My name is Megan Stacey, manager and co-owner of Passions Too in Soldotna. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Passions, we are an adult boutique, catering to those in our community who are over the age of 18.

Old DW: Waltrip has found whole new audience to entertain
When Cale Yarborough dubbed Darrell Waltrip ''Jaws,'' it certainly was not meant as a compliment.

Pebble Mine developers face mountain of logistical issues
Carving riches out of a remote Alaska wilderness may be the dream of distant wealthy investors with bullion in their eyes, but any returns are still a long way off.

Sterling blaze burns barn
A small brush fire caused by careless burning destroyed a hay barn in Sterling Tuesday before crews from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Central Emergency Services could bring the blaze under control, officials said.

Human remains found in Sterling
Hikers out for a walk stumbled across human remains in a wooded area in Sterling on Sunday eve-ning.

Homer blaze flares again
Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters contained the Tracy Avenue Fire last Wednesday, but the fire leapt outside the fire break Monday, burning 300 acres on the north side of last week's containment line on the west side of Bald Mountain before being stopped. No structures were in danger from the flare up.

Local legislators toil away
If things had gone as planned, the Alaska Legislature's adjournment Tuesday night would have meant boarding plans and jetting home for most of the 60 lawmakers and their staffs.

Troopers release name of man found dead near Houston
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A homicide victim found in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough near Houston has been identified.

Ninilchik to host spring carnival
The Kenai Peninsula State Fair isn't until August— so help has arrived for those who can't wait three months to cut loose. Fair officials announce Gettin' Jiggy for the Halibut, the first carnival at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds featuring Golden Wheel Amusement rides, games and vendors to the area in years. The carnival is today through Sunday.

Partial upgrades launched
An improved boat launch at the Kasilof River will open today — but anyone expecting to camp at the state recreation site will have to go elsewhere, as a lack of funds forced officials to scale back the work that was planned for the project. "There were some cost overruns," Parks area Superintendent Jack Sinclair said. "... It's not going to have the campsites."

Kenai Wild brand hitting the road
Kenai Wild brand salmon will travel to Anchorage this summer. It received the title sponsorship for the weekly Anchorage Market and Festival and will make its first appearance Saturday. The market takes place on Third and E streets in Anchorage from Thursday to Sept. 11.

Senate ethics reforms criticized
How quickly the Senate majority has forgotten what reform of state ethics laws is all about. The whole idea — after the debacle with former Attorney General Gregg Renkes — is to restore the people's faith in state government with an ethics law that works.

Make legislative salaries simple, generous, clear
The larger issue is whether Alaska pays its citizen legislators wisely and whether the public is getting good value for its money. The squawks could be reduced, and the public better served, with a simpler and more honest system.

Voices of the State: Squishy or thoughtful?
The use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate and the president's judicial nominations certainly have been popular topics of conversation in recent weeks. Print ads, radio spots and television commercials have all highlighted the irrefutable harm — or unquestionable good, depending on your point of view — that the filibuster represents. What often is not mentioned is the impact this debate could have on other items of importance to the country and Alaska, such as ANWR, the Energy bill, health care and the highway bill.

Around the Peninsula
TES kindergarten visitation Thursday Nikiski senior center activities, menus set Airport planning takes flight Veterans appreciation dinner planned Community schools dance fund-raiser set

Around the Peninsula
Tree sale takes root Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday Volunteers for cemetery cleanup sought Museum to dust off cobwebs Foster family picnic slated Genealogical events scheduled Water safety instructor class set Montessori open house planned Torch Run set for May 21 Class of '95 reunion slated

Soldotna High
Senior finals are Thursday through May 18. Senior awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Yearbooks will be distributed May 18.

Redoubt Elementary
Extra copies of the 2005-06 yearbook are available at the school office for $18.

Tustumena Elementary
The school thanks Jacqui Erion of the Alaska State Parks for providing its boating safety program for students. This annual program is educational for children as the summer recreation season approaches.

Aurora Borealis Charter School
Congratulations to the Polar Bears Robotics Team. they competed in the No (Physical) Limits First Lego League World Festival in April in Atlanta. Mrs. Phillips and Mr. Chadwick coached Alex Kaufman, Logan Haralson, Zac Kooly, Maya Chay, Marquee Lucas, Dillon Ball, Delissa Severson, Jacqueline Pepper and Renetta Hensler.

Skyview High
Juniors in Mr. Carey's U.S. History classes were presented a program by Chuck Stauffer regarding his tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Stauffer shared a Power Point presentation of his experience as a combat soldier in the U.S. Army. Sixty-five students learned from and asked questions about Mr. Stauffer's experience.

Instructional variation defines Mrs. Demers fourth- and fifth-grade field trip to Peterson Bay. Students enjoyed forest ecology, tide pool inquiry and bird species identification during this two-day trip. Mrs. Windows music students will have a spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Soldotna Montessori
The first- through third-graders in Mrs. Larned, Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Holt's classes continue their studies of life on Earth. All three classes are studying and comparing creatures of today to ancient creatures. The students still are working on the large mosaic of Earth. Stop by the school and take a look.

KPC around campus: KPC offers summer school opportunities for students
Kenai Peninsula College/UAA offers a variety of summer classes every year referred to as general education requirements. These courses are the backbone of most college degree programs and offer students the skill sets needed to complete the remainder of courses in any degree track.

School board to meet in June
The next Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board meeting will be June 6. A board planning session will be held June 7.

Last hot meal approaches
The last hot lunch to be served in district schools this school year is May 19.

Sears Elementary
The last day to borrow lunch money from the office is today. If your child owes lunch money, please pay as soon as possible.

Thanks to the families who participated in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Remember to sign up to walk with the IDEA team for Relay for Life.

Soldotna Elementary
Parent Sheila Pothast has been teaching Spanish to Mrs. Vasilie's first- and second-graders this year. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the class presented a fiesta and feast program to parents and friends. Muchas gracias to all parents for their support and especially to Mrs. Pothast for her weekly Spanish activities with students.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
All second- and third-grade parents whose children will attend Mountain View Elementary in the fall are invited and encouraged to attend a lunch at Mountain View today at noon to meet the teachers and learn about the school.

Soldotna Middle
Alaska Future Problem Solving hosted a state competition at Soldotna High School on April 18 and 19. The team of Theresa Ramponi, Monica Maryott and Mark Youngren placed third in of intermediate presentations of action plan. Hannah Romberg placed third in the individual category.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The school raised $7,000 for the tsunami relief effort. Thanks to local businesses and Tustumena and Nikiski North Star elementary schools, Nikiski Middle-Senior High School and Kenai Middle School for their partnerships.

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to the Sterling Elementary band students who performed Tuesday with the Skyview band. The school staff is proud of the time and effort put into preparing.

Kenai Central High School
There will be an assembly honoring the soccer and track and field programs today.

Wings Christian Academy
The winners for the first day of spirit week, fashion disaster day, were Melissa Newton, Naomi Pettey and Chase Miller; garbage bag and duct tape day — Joel Consiel, Kaylee Burger, Amy Wood and Cassie Sutton. Caden MacLellan, Jesse Puletau and Amy Wood came to school the most beat up on fake an injury day. Amy Wood, Julianne Pettey, David McGee and Jared Wood won cowboy and Indian day.

Schools schedule graduation events
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will celebrate the completion of high school this month at graduation ceremonies.

Branching out
Some kids have their own cell phones, ponies and Playstations, but that's no comparison to the kids at Mountain View Elementary. They have their own forest.

Kenaitze Head Start
The classes are learning the letters Q and X. The color for May is purple. The theme is bones and fossils. The value is honor and respect.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Mountain View Elementary
Sears second-grade parents and Kaleidoscope third-grade parents are invited to a luncheon at noon on Wednesday. Come to meet the teachers and tour the school.

Final Scholastic book orders are due in by May 20.

Last hot meal approaches
The last hot lunch to be served in district schools this school year is May 19.

Cook Inlet Academy
Music awards were presented at the "Tales and Top Hats" concert. Congratulations to Female Vocalists of the Year, Jenna Zufelt and Tanna Alsworth; Male Vocalist of the Year, Spencer McAuliffe; and Praise and Worship Jazz Band Musician of the Year, Zack Cialek. The choir presented Mrs. Rehm with "funny glasses" to help her sing the correct notes during practices, and a scrapbook that included notes of thanks and encouragement from preschool through high school students. Also recognized was choir accompanist, Mrs. Nesbitt, for her talent and devotion. The parents and staff thank Mrs. Rehm, Mrs. Nesbitt and those who assisted with the music programs this year.

Heat put Wizards in a bind
MIAMI — The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O'Neal with another ''M-V-P'' chant.

D'Antoni named top bench boss
PHOENIX — After directing the Phoenix Suns to a 33-win turnaround and installing a fast-paced, high-scoring style praised throughout the league, Mike D'Antoni was rewarded as the NBA's coach of the year on Tuesday.

Millar's dramatics deflate Athletics
BOSTON — Kevin Millar homered off Octavio Dotel on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Pacers bounce back, tie series with Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again.

NBA refs feel too vulnerable
NEW YORK — Whether Jeff Van Gundy is retained as Houston's coach is up to the Rockets, but the league needs to do a better job of defending its game officials from criticism by coaches, the spokesman for the National Basketball Referees Association said Tuesday.

Birch Ridge Report: Time for tee at Birch Ridge
Okay, I'm ready — I bought a gallon of SUNBURN BITES sunscreen, subscribed to Golf for Women, started a new strength training program, and learned some fairly new yet convincing whining strategies that are sure to wow my golf buddies. Ah, summer in Soldotna!

Sports views: Casual Sunday: NFL becomes the Not (so) Formal League
Either way, what should have been a neat little story is already well on its way to becoming a marketing rollout.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski club competes at Avalanche tourney Soccer club to host camps Soldotna Middle wins track titles

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