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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Building from the ground up
NEW YORK Several of the biggest beneficiaries of baseball's revenue-sharing plan have among the lowest payrolls in the majors, spending the money on prospects, not stars.

The write stuff: Reds' Todd Jones doubles as columist
CINCINNATI At this moment, Reds reliever Todd Jones is facing a different kind of pressure.

Johnson hits on perfection
ATLANTA Randy Johnson had pretty much done it all Cy Young Awards, a no-hitter, strikeout records, a World Series championship.

Blue Jays nip Twins
TORONTO Miguel Batista, Jason Frasor and Terry Adams combined on a five-hitter, and the Toronto Blue Jays handed Johan Santana his first loss in 20 starts with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Yes Emily a dime can change the world
It all started on the Redoubt Elementary School playground earlier this year when Grace Valencia told her friend Emily that, "A dime could change the world." Grace went on to say that if rather than saving a dime and putting it in your pocket, if you gave that dime to an organization and got other people to give a dime, it could support programs that are changing the world one dime at a time.

Mayor Carey commends U.S. Army Spc. 4 Sierra Mello
Sierra Mello decided to serve her country, earn some money for college tuition and hoped to experience Europe after she graduated from Soldotna High School.

Muscling their way to the top
World record King Salmon, 2004 Iditarod Winner, Future Problem Solving champs, Alaska State Jr. Miss, High School Basketball, Football, Track, and Wrestling championships, are just a few of the competitive titles deservingly claimed by athletes from the Kenai Peninsula.

Kaleidoscope focuses on the arts
In an effort to provide choices for parents of elementary school age children, Sears Elementary School introduced two magnet classroom models last year.

Calving season is here
One of the wonders of living in Alaska is upon us, the frequent opportunities to view wildlife as we go to work or pick up the kids from school.

Photo feature: Cast away
Randall Spencer gets a start on the fishing season Saturday afternoon by trying out a new rig at Cunningham Park in Kenai. "I'm just getting ready," he said.

Recent events make area veterans feel appreciated
The performance of the U.S. Army Band in Kenai last week had to be one of the many outstanding events on the peninsula this year.

Kenai Crewsers appreciate storage space and other help
The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club would like to thank Alan Norville for the donation of warehouse space at ACS over the winter. Because of Alan's generosity, we were able to keep six very large rowing shells out of the weather for eight months and were able to conduct maintenance on them in a heated area.

Nikiski much cleaner, thanks to those who gathered garbage
The Nikiski Community Council would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for donations of money, food, goods and services that made the annual Nikiski community cleanup effort a success and memorable event.

Service area board trying to add value to community
In regard to the flyer: "If facing a layoff would you buy a new pleasure boat?"

Nikiski should know options, vote on various proposals
On Feb. 16, 2004, the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area board held a meeting to discuss converting Nikiski Elementary School into a community center.

Food bank says thanks for work of many on dishwasher project
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, we wish to thank Paul Newman for the $5,000 donation he provided for us to purchase and install a commercial dishwasher and side tables and make the necessary remodeling adjustments.

U.S. should end war in Iraq swiftly with nuclear weapons
This war is a war apparently thrust upon us by the Arab world that exists in a Muslim religion that recognizes not the fact that without 20th century technology it would not exist.

Nikiski law enforcement should not cost this much
Am I reading this correctly: "1.2 million Nikiski taxpayer dollars to bring law to Nikiski"? Are you kidding?

Community's support for safe, fun after-prom party appreciated
Soldotna High School held its prom dance April 24. When the prom dance ends, most students are not ready to end their celebration of this long-awaited event. This period of time is of concern to parents, teachers and local law enforcement officials.

Carnival spins back into town
After searching far and wide, the Golden Wheel Amusements carnival has found a home in Kenai.

Counterfeit $50s being passed in area
Fake $50 bills have shown up at businesses in Soldotna and Kenai in the past week, according to police.

KPC diving into new class: seafood
Fishers looking to become entrepreneurs may want to sign up for a seafood processing and business development training program that will be offered free of charge at Kenai Peninsula College in the fall.

Candidates line up peninsula support staff
With the election season shifting into high gear, at least some of the candidates seeking open U.S. House and Senate seats have added campaign staffers to coordinate efforts on the Kenai Peninsula.

Dogs jog for charity
Runaway retrievers, twinkle-toed terriers and huffing hounds were just a few of the breeds in attendance for the Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Dog Jog held Sunday afternoon in Soldotna.

Out of the frying pan, into the mire
The mystery of the Kenai crawfish has been solved sort of.

Health center plans to expand services, construct new facility
The Cottonwood Health Center will begin offering limited behavioral health services and is seeking to build a new facility, its executive director told Soldotna business people Tuesday.

Digging in
Dandelions and other weeds stand their ground as Bob Frates tills the earth at the Kenai community gardens on Main Street Loop on Tuesday afternoon. Many gardeners will hit the dirt in a few days. "Memorial Day weekend i

Assembly: Will law come to Nikiski?
The first of two public hearings on a proposal to create a Nikiski Law Enforcement Service Area will be held at tonight's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Other nations should worry about what U.S. thinks of them What others say
There has been enough far too much, actually talk in this nation about how Americans are perceived by people in other lands.

Soaring costs not shaping up as major issue in presidential race
Have you wondered why the Democrats are so quiet on the seemingly tempting issue of sky-high gas prices during the current political season?

Denali lottery fees are not necessary, deny access to poor What others say
Those who want to enter the annual lottery for a coveted permit to drive along the Denali Park road in mid-September now must pay $10 just to enter the drawing.

Around the Peninsula
Grief support group to meet CHead Start plans fund-raiser Salamatof stockholder meeting slated Cruise fund-raiser set Community awareness workshop scheduled Baseball competition planned Alaska delegation continues mobile tour Kenai performers plan fund-raiser

Around the Peninsula
Kenai, Soldotna airports plan air show Agrium schedules fire training in May Head Start taking enrollment Sterling Community Club sets meeting NES plans pancake fund-raiser Basketball teams to hold fund-raiser Brain awareness walk, barbecue scheduled Running club forming

Kenai Central High
Thursday is the last day of school for seniors.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's class enjoyed a fire safety program and learned what to do in case of a fire, how to check smoke alarms and the importance of a family escape plan. They currently are learning about the continent of South America and are working on a book containing all they've learned.

Soldotna High
Thursday is check-out day for seniors.

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to Master Sgt. William Hall and the personnel from the Army National Guard who visited Soldotna Elementary on Monday with a Black Hawk helicopter.

Kenai Middle
Kenai Middle School boys took second place overall and second place in the 1,600-meter race at the borough track tournament. The Kenai girls took fifth overall and in the 1,600- and the 800-meter races.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary is designating May 25 as Don Weller Day in celebration of his 24 years of service to the students and families at the school.

Skyview High
The last day of school for seniors is Thursday. The annual scholarship and awards banquet will be held at 7 that evening in the commons.

Redoubt Elementary
The school picnic is the last day of school, May 27. Students need to bring $2 for the picnic. Parents wishing to attend should send their name and $2 to school in an envelope.

Grace Lutheran
The students enjoyed field trips last week. Grades three through eight traveled to Anchorage for an overnight stay and a full day of touring Earthquake Park, the Anchorage Daily News, the Anchorage Museum, the FBI building and Alaska Wild Berry Products.

North Star Elementary
Renowned children's book author David Greenberg is visiting North Star Elementary School at 9 a.m. today. Greenberg is the author of various rhyming books such as, "Slugs," "Bugs!" and "Skunks!"

Check it out
A herd of cackling elementary school kids stampeded through the aisles and checkout stands of Safeway in Soldotna earlier this month.

Mountain View Elementary
All library books are due Thursday.

Soldotna Middle
Students who have medications in the nurse's office are asked to take them home.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The sixth-graders have been involved in a study of marine biology and beach ecology. Next week, each sixth-grade class will visit the Center for Coastal Studies at Peterson Bay for an overnight learning extravaganza.

Ninilchik
The Ninilchik High School drama class will perform the play, "Stormin' the Teachers' Lounge," by Shirley Ullom, at 7 tonight.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
After five months of planning and organizing, the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences charter school now has 88 students enrolled for the 2004-05 school year. Applications for a wait list are being accepted for first- and second-graders.

Sterling Head Start
Head Start had its end of the year celebration Friday at the Sterling Senior Center, where 42 parents attended to watch students perform their graduation and Mother's Day songs.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Now that school is coming to a close, many different events are coming around fast.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the Class of 2004, which graduated Sunday afternoon. These students worked hard to achieve this honor and have left behind many memories throughout their time at CIA.

Engineering educators reaching out to females
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. Liz Bartell thought she would major in Spanish or another of the liberal arts when she arrived at the all-women Smith College.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The Mother's Day tea last week was lovely. Thanks to the moms who attended.

Reading rewards
Students from North Star Elementary School enjoy ice cream Thursday at the Blue Grouse after riding in "cool" cars as a reward associated with the school's reading program. Throughout the program, students were read a medieval themed script called "As the Castle Turns," written by fourth-graders Kayleen Hansen. They also kept track of their reading times and reading test scores. Three students from each class the child who read the most minutes, the one with the most improved test score and a randomly-selected student got to ride in "cool" cars, including an emergency vehicle and a Corvette, for a cold treat last week.

Connections
Connections is enrolling kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2004-05 school year. For an enrollment appointment, call 714-8880.

KPC to host 7th annual Arts Education Institute next month
KPC's Kenai River Campus once again will host the Arts Education Institute from June 7 to 11. This year, the institute will focus on integrating arts with integrity with the unifying theme of "Faces and Facades."

Tustumena Elementary
The school's lost and found has quite a variety of clothing items. Parents are urged to stop by the school and check out those items on display in the front foyer. Items not claimed will be donated to The Salvation Army after school dismisses for the summer.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Now that school is coming to a close, many different events are coming around fast.

Check it out
A herd of cackling elementary school kids stampeded through the aisles and checkout stands of Safeway in Soldotna earlier this month.

North Star Elementary
Renowned children's book author David Greenberg is visiting North Star Elementary School at 9 a.m. today. Greenberg is the author of various rhyming books such as, "Slugs," "Bugs!" and "Skunks!"

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the Class of 2004, which graduated Sunday afternoon. These students worked hard to achieve this honor and have left behind many memories throughout their time at CIA.

Reading rewards
Students from North Star Elementary School enjoy ice cream Thursday at the Blue Grouse after riding in "cool" cars as a reward associated with the school's reading program. Throughout the program, students were read a medieval themed script called "As the Castle Turns," written by fourth-graders Kayleen Hansen. They also kept track of their reading times and reading test scores. Three students from each class the child who read the most minutes, the one with the most improved test score and a randomly-selected student got to ride in "cool" cars, including an emergency vehicle and a Corvette, for a cold treat last week.

Soldotna High
Thursday is check-out day for seniors.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The sixth-graders have been involved in a study of marine biology and beach ecology. Next week, each sixth-grade class will visit the Center for Coastal Studies at Peterson Bay for an overnight learning extravaganza.

Skyview High
The last day of school for seniors is Thursday. The annual scholarship and awards banquet will be held at 7 that evening in the commons.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary is designating May 25 as Don Weller Day in celebration of his 24 years of service to the students and families at the school.

Ninilchik
The Ninilchik High School drama class will perform the play, "Stormin' the Teachers' Lounge," by Shirley Ullom, at 7 tonight.

KPC to host 7th annual Arts Education Institute next month
KPC's Kenai River Campus once again will host the Arts Education Institute from June 7 to 11. This year, the institute will focus on integrating arts with integrity with the unifying theme of "Faces and Facades."

Kenai Central High
Thursday is the last day of school for seniors.

Engineering educators reaching out to females
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. Liz Bartell thought she would major in Spanish or another of the liberal arts when she arrived at the all-women Smith College.

Tustumena Elementary
The school's lost and found has quite a variety of clothing items. Parents are urged to stop by the school and check out those items on display in the front foyer. Items not claimed will be donated to The Salvation Army after school dismisses for the summer.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
After five months of planning and organizing, the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences charter school now has 88 students enrolled for the 2004-05 school year. Applications for a wait list are being accepted for first- and second-graders.

Soldotna Middle
Students who have medications in the nurse's office are asked to take them home.

Mountain View Elementary
All library books are due Thursday.

Kenai Middle
Kenai Middle School boys took second place overall and second place in the 1,600-meter race at the borough track tournament. The Kenai girls took fifth overall and in the 1,600- and the 800-meter races.

Redoubt Elementary
The school picnic is the last day of school, May 27. Students need to bring $2 for the picnic. Parents wishing to attend should send their name and $2 to school in an envelope.

Connections
Connections is enrolling kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2004-05 school year. For an enrollment appointment, call 714-8880.

Grace Lutheran
The students enjoyed field trips last week. Grades three through eight traveled to Anchorage for an overnight stay and a full day of touring Earthquake Park, the Anchorage Daily News, the Anchorage Museum, the FBI building and Alaska Wild Berry Products.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's class enjoyed a fire safety program and learned what to do in case of a fire, how to check smoke alarms and the importance of a family escape plan. They currently are learning about the continent of South America and are working on a book containing all they've learned.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The Mother's Day tea last week was lovely. Thanks to the moms who attended.

Sterling Head Start
Head Start had its end of the year celebration Friday at the Sterling Senior Center, where 42 parents attended to watch students perform their graduation and Mother's Day songs.

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to Master Sgt. William Hall and the personnel from the Army National Guard who visited Soldotna Elementary on Monday with a Black Hawk helicopter.

Senior Menus
This weeks menus for area Senior Centers

Senior Briefs
Social Security reps to visit area Groundbreaking ceremony slated Anchor Point Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer senior and Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Philadelphia smote by Lightning again
TAMPA, Fla. One more victory and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be bound for the Stanley Cup finals.

Calgary takes 3-2 series lead
SAN JOSE, Calif. According to the schedule, the Calgary Flames are headed home with a chance to close out the Western Conference finals.

Europe, New York hunt for Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland It's the United States vs. Europe for the right to host the 2012 Olympics.

T-Wolves, Kings try to settle down
MINNEAPOLIS Bodies are aching, tempers are flaring and elbows are flying. At least the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves have two days to settle down, forget the fighting and focus on Wednesday's Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Team 'Dawg
During his junior year, Nikiski senior Nicholas Russell netted seven goals in soccer to tie the school record.

Jones never saw it coming
Roy Jones Jr. never saw it coming. Most fighters, even the great ones, never do.

Kenai course enjoys green-up
Kenai Golf Course is in full swing. The range is open, the carts are out and all 18 greens are in play. The crew has been busy seeding, fertilizing and getting everything up for another year of golfing. The greens and fairways are looking great and will only get better with each day.

Pacers finally pack antifreeze
MIAMI The Indiana Pacers wanted desperately to avoid a pressure-packed Game 7 against the scrappy Miami Heat.

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