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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Marlins sting Diamondbacks 13-5
MIAMI Juan Pierre drove in four runs, Ramon Castro broke out of a season-long slump with three RBIs and the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-5 Monday.

Athletics no match for Schilling, Sox
BOSTON Mark Bellhorn homered and drove in five runs, and Boston backed Curt Schilling with its top offensive performance of the year in a 12-2 rout of Oakland and Tim Hudson on Tuesday night.

Griffey makes Florida pay for intentional pass
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. glared into the Florida Marlins' dugout as he rounded the bases on his 492nd career homer Tuesday night, a three-run shot that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 victory, their seventh straight.

Local residents demand less talk, more action on No Child Left Behind
Concerned for the future of Alaska schools, a group of Kenai Peninsula citizens gathered recently at a Soldotna pre-school to call on Washington D.C. to quit talking about fixing No Child Left Behind legislation and get down to the business of actually fixing it.

New handicapped boat wants more power
For the last few years Dan McDowell, know on the Kenai River as the Last Frontiersman, has been providing handicapped guided fishing trips in his specially designed river boat.

Local students selected for Congressional Intern positions
After an application process that included an essay on "Why you want to serve in Washington D.C," two local high school seniors have been chosen for internships with Alaska's Congressional delegation in the Nation's Capitol.

City of Soldotna awards 1st Scholarships
The City of Soldotna awarded two $1,500 scholarships last week at their regular City Council meeting. The new scholarships are the result of an endowment to the City from an anonymous individual to further educational opportunities for local graduating high school seniors.

Lions honor 2003 Citizens of the Year
Members of the Soldotna Lions Club are not only dedicated to serving the community through a myriad of projects and programs, but they also watch for other members of the community that are devoted to helping others and then nominate them for their annual Citizen of the Year award.

Boy Scouts of America appreciates generous gift
The Boy Scouts of America wishes to thank the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10046 (Soldotna) for its generous gift to the 2004 Friends of Scouting campaign. This contribution will help bring scouting to many more youth on the Kenai Peninsula, while also helping to maintain summer camps and a local Scout Service Center in the town of Kenai.

Kenai parents, students thank community for after-prom event
The parents and students of Kenai Central High School would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals who so generously contributed to making this year's After Prom Activities such a great success:

Businesses' generosity makes region soccer tourney possible
Kenai Central High School hosted the Region III soccer championships the weekend of May 14-15. Eight boys' and eight girls' teams competed for the chance to represent Region III in the State Soccer Championships.

Scholarships provide incentives for students to pursue goals
On behalf of the students, staff and administration at Nikiski High School, we would like to sincerely thank the businesses and organizations that generously gave scholarships to Nikiski High School seniors. Contributions like yours help ease the financial impact of a college education and give students the incentive to pursue their goals.

What side of abortion issue is Sen. Murkowski really on?
So, if you're pro-life do you support Roe v. Wade? It should be a simple question to answer, right? Apparently not so simple for Lisa Murkowski. She keeps sidestepping the issue.

Grant funds awarded for flood damage near Ninilchik
A $100,000 federal grant has been awarded to repair flood damage along Silver Salmon Creek, a tributary of Deep Creek near Ninilchik that suffered damage when severe floods ripped through the area in 2002.

Nikiski Elementary gets ready for closure
Thursday afternoon, students at Nikiski Elementary School will gather a year's worth of papers and pencils, round up lost jackets and boots and say goodbye to school for another summer.

CIA valedictorian stands out among 2004 grads
Saturday afternoon at Kaladi Brothers is quiet. The whir of the espresso machine and a steady stream of customers provide a background din, while customers chat on the couch, face off over chess boards and hunch over books, their sipped coffee drinks secondary to the atmosphere of the Soldotna coffeehouse.

Anchorage Crime Stoppers seeks man in area
The Alaska Fugitive Task Force is looking for Monty Alan Cutsforth who is wanted on a felony warrant for probation violation stemming from several theft convictions.

Kenai boy remains in critical condition
A 10-year-old Kenai boy who was hit by two vehicles Friday remains in critical condition, according to a spokesperson at the Children's Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Wagoner frustrated by Legislature's work
It was a frustrating year in Juneau, Sen. Tom Wagoner told Soldotna area business leaders Tuesday afternoon.

Seniors used to computers, CNN, Diet Coke
Cook Inlet Academy valedictorian Thomas Adams speculates that his generation is one of little patience, used to a computerized, instant-gratification world.

Nikiski man killed in accident
A Nikiski man was killed Monday evening when his car crashed into a ditch near Nikiski.

Soldotna to make budget adjustments
Cutting costs doesn't always mean saving money.

George P. Sterbenz
Soldotna resident George P. Sterbenz died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Elmendorf Hospital surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness. He was 60.

Holding a special session has merit
The Alaska Legislature's top leaders are in the midst of polling members on the question of whether to hold a special session to consider a handful of issues that were not resolved during the just-concluded regular session.

Jr. Miss program: Not typical pageant
Some of you may have heard of a program called America's Jr. Miss. Perhaps you even saw the Alaska Jr. Miss program in Soldotna about three months ago on Feb. 7.

POG takes on new twist
OLYMPIA, Wash. Around the arcane and sometimes perplexing world of Olympia, POG isn't a children's game or a tropical fruit drink.

Grounding of nation's air tankers creates wildfire season crisis
(The recent) decision by federal officials to ground the nation's air tankers just as the wildfire season gets under way is, in the words of an Oregon congressman, ''a crisis.'' Alaskans share in the concern since the grounding affects two of the four tankers that operate in the state.

NRA takes aim at Kerry
WASHINGTON John Kerry owns a shotgun and a rifle, has taken time from the campaign trail to go hunting and relied on firearms during the Vietnam War. But the Democratic presidential candidate's fondness for his guns will not save him from a political assault by the National Rifle Association.

Around the Peninsula
Agrium schedules fire training in May Conservation and Development meeting set WRCC meeting slated Quilt guild to host open sew Rifle raffle, gun show on target CIA teams to hold fund-raiser Brain awareness walk, barbecue scheduled Fund-raiser for fire department set

Around the Peninsula
Brady to speak at Alliance meetingOutdoor skills club startingSterling Community Club sets meetingDisabilities forum setSeaLife Center takes wingRunning club formingKenai performers plan fund-raiser

School ends Thursday
Classes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will dismiss Thursday for the summer. The district no longer is serving hot lunch, but many schools will have picnics or other lunch-time activities Thursday. Check with your school for lunch and activity schedules.

Skyview High
Anchorage hosted the State Solo and Ensemble Band Festival on May 8. The following Skyview students received "superior" ratings at the festival:

Tustumena Elementary
The staff and students thank Homer Electric for once again sending a bucket truck for the annual "Egg Drop" for Mrs. Knobf's and Mr. Records' classes last Friday. The weather cooperated and the engineering by the students continues to improve with each passing year.

Students go homeless to raise funds
FAIRBANKS Five North Pole High School girls emerged from large cardboard appliance boxes in a downtown park to welcome a breezy, overcast May Day.

Grace Lutheran
The last week of the 2003-04 school year is upon us. A lot of learning has occurred this year, and the students at Grace Lutheran School are eagerly awaiting summer.

Military Youth Academy recruiting for fall
The Alaska Military Youth Academy, the state's only military-based high school, is accepting applications for its fall 2004 class. The academy's ChalleNGe course is a 22-week program for 16- to 18-year-olds who have not graduated from high school or who have dropped out.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Overturf's kindergarten class went on a field trip to the Kenai beach to complete its study of the ocean. The children had a list of items to collect, which they brought back to class and labeled. Hopefully, this will be one of many "collections" they will acquire through the years.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The school has hired Mrs. Knudsen and Mrs. Lafferty to teach the two first-grade classes. Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Shelden will teach a second- and third-grade split class. The teacher for the other second- and third-grade split class is to be announced. Class lists will be posted June 1 on the doors of Sears Elementary.

Connections
Connections' second graduation ceremony was held May 20. Congratulations to seniors Annalise Arnold, Gloria Cho, Catherine Coursen (valedictorian), Dustin Boeshart and Jeff Rice.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The end-of-the-year all-school picnic will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The PTA will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. Families whose last name starts with the letters A through M should bring a side dish, while last names N-Z are asked to bring a dessert.

Cook Inlet Academy
Several seniors earned scholarships this year, including:

Rockets, planes, blimps help youngsters study physics
A group of students stood atop a hill behind their school, flying paper airplanes unlike any common design. Made of a straw attached to two or three paper rings, the planes soared on the day's slight breeze, hovering their way to the bottom of the hill.

Kalifonsky Christian
This week, the kindergarten through second-graders made pictures to go with the song they will sing for the awards presentation Thursday. Graduating kindergartners are Liam Floyd, Lindsay Floyd and Anna Feucht.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Last week, the students visited the Diamond M Ranch, where they were able to learn about farm animals and life on a farm. The weather was beautiful, and Mr. Blair and his family were excellent and informative hosts. Dr. Maria Montessori strongly believed that nature should play a large part in every child's education.

Graduation season continues
The final graduation of the year will be Soldotna High School's ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Photo feature: Guarding the future
A class at Soldotna Elementary School gather around an Army UHL60 Blackhawk helicopter May 17 as Master Sgt. William Hall, right, and Spc. Wanda Solomon talk about the importance

Minnesota students donate books for Honduras schools
BRAINERD, Minn. What started out as a mission trip to build two classrooms in Honduras ended up becoming a special mission for Whittier Elementary School.

Sears Elementary
The staff would like to thank artist in residence Natasha Ala-Johnson for her three-week residence at the school. Thanks also to librarian Laurie Cowgill for all the work she put into writing the grant to make it possible.

Mountain View Elementary
The PTA picnic lunch is Thursday, the last day of school. The staff wishes everyone a wonderful summer vacation and looks forward to seeing everyone in August.

Redoubt Elementary
Today is sport spirit day.

Host families needed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's CASTLE Home Program is looking for families in the Soldotna and Ninilchik school areas to provide homes for 11th-grade student

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

Study: Treatment should start before full-blown osteoporosis
CHICAGO A study suggests some women might benefit from taking bone-boosting drugs earlier than many doctors recommend, because they can break bones well before they develop full-fledged osteoporosis.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Jones confronts antidoping agency
SAN FRANCISCO Marion Jones was presented with evidence of her possible steroid use by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Monday, but none of it was compelling enough to ban the star sprinter from the Olympics, her lawyer said.

Jackson, Saunders share CBA background
MINNEAPOLIS Phil Jackson has collected nine championships and won at a higher percentage than any other NBA coach, using his mastery of motivation, Zen philosophy and mediation.

Stanley Cup: Similar teams, same goal
TAMPA, Fla. Their aggressive styles are so similar, their coaches so alike, their players so interchangeable, the Tampa Bay Lightning probably could swap jerseys with the Calgary Flames midway through the Stanley Cup final without the casual fan realizing it.

Detroit ties series with defensive effort
INDIANAPOLIS Tayshaun Prince was several steps behind Reggie Miller as the play of the game unfolded. The Indiana Pacers had just come up with a steal, and Miller was about to drop in a game-tying breakaway layup.

Agassi upset at French Open
PARIS With sagging shoulders and head bowed, Andre Agassi left the French Open through a courtside doorway Monday, uncertain if he'll return next year.

Shaq too much for T-Wolves
LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal waded toward the basket with Mark Madsen draped across his shoulders like a Minnesota winter coat. Shaq looked to the officials, his eyes bugging with frustration and disbelief.

The old guys still have it
Anyone who remembers Willie Mays stumbling around the outfield in the 1973 World Series knows how cruel advancing age can be to a great athlete.

Navratilova ousted at French Open
PARIS Trying desperately to keep her first Grand Slam singles match in 10 years competitive, Martina Navratilova was racing to hit a ball when she stumbled, landing on her knees behind the baseline.

Rain tempers golfers' spirits
Anyone have any idea how we could get the sun to shine on the Kenai Golf Course? Yes, I know we need the rain, but it could rain during the night. The golfers have been dampened the last few days.

Hot start
TAMPA, Fla. The Calgary Flames, about the last team anybody picked to win the Stanley Cup, turned a first-shot goal and second effort from Jarome Iginla into yet another postseason surprise.

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