Saturday, August 12, 2000

Summer wind storm slams North Slope
BARROW (AP) -- A rare summer storm bringing winds of up to 70 mph struck the Arctic coast in Barrow Thursday and was threatening the North Slope Borough's multi-million dollar offshore dredge.

State to purchase Charter North hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has a deal to buy Charter North hospital in Anchorage for $11.7 million.

Knowles names Joseph to head fishery disaster response
JUNEAU (AP) -- A deputy commissioner has been tapped to head the response to the western Alaska fishery disaster by Gov. Tony Knowles' administration.

German airline to make stops at Fairbanks and Whitehorse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Innkeepers here might want to take a few courses in conversational German before next summer.

Alaska fire crews heavily engaged in Lower 48 battles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly a thousand firefighters from around Alaska have headed South to help exhausted crews battle wildfires raging in the Lower 48.

Seward officials pushing harbor passenger fee
SEWARD (AP) -- Looking for a way to raise money to pay for harbor upgrades, Seward officials are considering imposing a fee for passengers on fishing charters and wildlife tours.

SBA announces low interest loans in fishery disaster
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Small Business Administration is making low-interest loans available to fishermen and small businesses hurt by the western Alaska salmon fishery disaster, federal officials announced Thursday.

Pioneer Alaskan, stepmother of last territorial governor, dies at 97
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Vuka Stepovich, who in her later years hiked the Chilkoot Trail, floated Alaska rivers and waded in the Arctic Ocean, died Wednesday at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She was 97.

Salmon running strong in Kuskokwim and Kotzebue fisheries
Strong salmon runs spelled good news this week for Kuskokwim River and Kotzebue Sound fisheries.

Case named administrator of Fairbanks Diocese
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Reverend Richard Case has been named administrator of the Diocese of Fairbanks following the death Sunday of Bishop Michael Kaniecki.

Seward officials pushing harbor passenger fee
SEWARD (AP) -- Looking for a way to raise money to pay for harbor upgrades, Seward officials are considering imposing a fee for passengers on fishing charters and wildlife tours.

Cell phone users help in battle against drunken drivers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cellular phones are helping authorities in their battle against drunken driving. While police say they can't always get to a suspected drunken driver, they do encourage motorists to call 911 if they spot behavior that's clearly reckless.

University pigs heading for market
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All 28 swine at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Experimental Farm will be gone by fall, but they won't be goners. At least most of them won't be.

Bus tips for your child's safety
Are your children riding the bus this year? Here are some important safety reminders:

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Gun club to hold cowboy shooting matchCaptain Cook Recreation Area plans "Jelly Hike"Area schools announce registrationNorth Peninsula Community Council to hold meetingKPC offers registration by phone

District Policies
Copies of all Kenai Peninsula Borough School District policies and procedures, set forth and adopted by the Board of Educa-tion,

Private, correspondence, home programs offer chioces
The Kenai Peninsula offers families a variety of education choices. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District offers special education programs, on-line learning, the Auror

School times for 2000-01
This provides the school times for district schools.

Facts about the KPB school district
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District covers 25,600 square miles and is the fourth largest district in the state.

Where do district dollars come from?
The operating budget for the 2000-01 school year totals $73

Parents, community encouraged to get involved in education
It is hard to believe how fast the summer has gone, again. Parents, students and staff across the district are probably having the same discussions as in my house.

School board members
Seven people, elected at large by Kenai Peninsula residents, serve on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. School board members serve three-year terms.

School calendar 2000-01
Inportant dates for the school year.

District's goal is producing productive learners
Dear friends, Welcome back! Summer once again has flown by, and school supplies are available at many stores... a sure sign of fall. A special welcome to our entering kindergartners, the Class of 2014 -- may your experience at school be one that is productive and positive.

Derbies heat up Seward, Hope
Seward has a way of capturing the outdoors spotlight in high-profile ways during the summer. In July, the annual Fourth of July celebration and increasingly popular Mount Marathon foot races draw thousands to the Kenai Peninsula community. Most come to be spectators, marveling in the strength and endurance of mountain running.

Homer halibut derby standings
Following are the August standings as of Tuesday in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby:

School safety facts
Weapons: Between 1991 and 1997, the number of kids who carried a weapon to school fell by 28 percent - the number of those who carried a gun dropped by 25 percent. Between 1996 and 1998, expulsions for carrying guns to school dropped by a third.

Backpack strategies
BOSTON -- Is your child turning into a beast of burden, asks Karen Jacobs, occupational therapy professor at Boston University's Sargent College.

Raising a self-rising kid
WASHINGTON -- One of the first lessons schoolchildren need to master is the art of getting up on time.

Taking a close look at playground safety
Take a critical look at the playground where your child goes to school, advises the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The Care Club is trying to stop violence before it starts
LENOIR CITY, Tenn. -- A teacher and coach for 25 years, Dave Moore carefully unfolds a small white paper from his wallet to reveal a single handwritten word:

Violence in our school is down, but its effects still are felt
Even though overall school violence is down, a surge of bloody shootings in schools has caused communities across the nation to question how safe our schools are.

Rules on TB tests have changed
Effective Feb. 10, 1999, the state of Alaska changed the tuberculin skin testing requirements for school-aged children. Because TB testing normally is done in the schools during the fall or early winter, this change will become more apparent during the next few months.

Make sure your child gets a healthy start
Before a child starts the school year, it's important for him or her to have a complete physical examination and be updated on vaccinations.

Public schools offer education services for handicapped children
The Individuals with Disabil-ities Education Act, amended in 1997, mandates a free, appropriate public education for each exceptional child.

In case of an emergency ...
Emergency Information. At the beginning of each school year, your child will bring home an Emergency Information Form for you to complete.

Health checks necessary for new students
Before entering a district school for the very first time, a child must have a physical exam that includes tests for vision and hearing.

Slim pickings for sheep hunters
The outlook is grim for hunters heading into the mountains of Southcentral Alaska in search of Dall sheep.

Back-to-school recipes
Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffles

Packing children's lunches can be a challenge
Packing your kid's school lunch can take about as much preparation as a shuttle launch -- unless you don't mind if it ends up in the trash can or in another student's stomach.

National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program, created by Congress about 50 years ago, provides cash reimbursements to schools to provide nutritious meals to children.

Alaska income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals
Effective from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001

Meal prices go up first time in 5 years
Prices - Watch out for new meal prices. Costs are increasing by five cents after five years without an increase. New lunch prices are as follows:

District offers low-cost meals to students who are eligible
This year's Free and Reduced Lunch Program applications have a different look from previous years. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has consolidated several applications and will now use a single form for obtaining information for a number of programs including the Student Nutrition Program, Title I and athletic waivers.

Peninsula leaders request Cook Inlet commercial fishing disaster declaration
Kenai Peninsula legislators and mayors have asked Gov. Tony Knowles to send his Disaster Cabinet to investigate this year's disastrous Cook Inlet salmon season.

Evacuation drill empties Nikiski plant
Alaska Nitrogen Products put 350 people on the street Wednesday morning during a test of its emergency preparedness system.

Photo feature: String thing
The Kalgin Island Quartet performs for an appreciative audience Thursday at River City Books during one of a series of performances for the Summer Strings Festival.

Part-time teachers push for benefits
The world of colleges and academics seems a far cry from labor contracts and union squabbles, but just such a struggle is lurking below the surface of back-to-school preparations at the University of Alaska.

D.C. delegation visits central peninsula
The federal government has been generous to Alaska in general and the Kenai Peninsula in particular in recent years.

Kachemak Bay State Park trail offers abundant berries, flowers, wildlife
There were tracks and even swatches of woolly white, but we didn't find their origin until we peered over the cliff toward Halibut Creek, a dizzying 3,000 feet below.

Women's center set for 13th annual run
Women running for women is the theme of the 13th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women, held Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Kenai.

Going back to school is a mix of emotions for many
Going back to school is exhilarating, challenging and stressful and frightening. From kindergarten to graduate school, it's filled with mixed emotions and experiences for both students and their parents.

Personalizing your Locker
A person's school locker is their own little space away from home. If you take it for the grey metal box that it is, it's pretty boring. But if you personalize it, you can make it something all your own.

Why Rush Kindergarten?
WASHINGTON -- Devi Knaster knows her letters, can count to 10, and is no longer too shy to speak to adults or play with other children. Plus, she's developed the social skills her mother felt she needed for the first year of more than a decade of school.

Tips for beating the back-to-school butterflies
While some children will be bolting out the door with excitement about the first day of school, others may be anxious -- even if they've only been away for the summer.

What to wear to school
The kids usually like to wear something brand new on the first day of school. But while shopping, don't forget the cooler weather later on. Some picks to pick:

Back-to-school -- a checklist for parents
As your child ventures off for his or her first day of school, there are a few things that you want to be certain of. Following is a list of ideas from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for you to go over with you child.

Are you old enough to go to school?
A child who has turned 5 before Aug. 15 may be admitted to kindergarten. A child who turns 6 before Aug. 15 may be admitted to first grade. Proof of age is a requirement of all enrolling students.

New students need to register
Only students new to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District or starting kindergarten need to register before school begins.

AME Zion church delays proposed merger with CME church
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Delegates to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church convention have delayed plans to merge with another historically black denomination until at least 2008.

Church Briefs
Kenai Evening Aglow to meet MondayNorth Kenai Baptist Church to hold Bible schoolChurch delays proposed merger

Removing zoning obstacles to houses of worship
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coalition of more than 80 religious and legal advocacy groups, from liberal to conservative, support legislation that would make it harder to use zoning rules to prevent building houses of worship.

Conference defines evangelicalism's message, not its future
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- By most accounts, evangelical Protestantism is one of the great, growing religious movements internationally, as it is in the United States.

Clergy battle casino plan in Wisconsin county
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Clergy from a dozen churches have united against an Indian tribe's plan to open a casino.

Conference defines evangelical message, not future
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- By most accounts, evangelical Protestantism is one of the great, growing religious movements internationally, as it is in the United States.

Custody case shines light on church practices
RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (AP) -- In a custody dispute, former members of The Word of Faith Fellowship accuse church leaders of restraining children and screaming prayers at them to drive out demons.

Thompson, Torres earn trips to Sydney
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Dolan wants another gold medal. Jenny Thompson wants one of her own. Dara Torres? She'll gladly settle for an improbable trip to Sydney.

Larks eliminate Oilers at NBC
In the middle of last season, after Oilers manager Gary Adcock had already spent 2 1/2 summers on the world-famous fishing grounds of the Kenai Peninsula, Oilers president John Lohrke invited his manager on a fishing trip.

Prep football features new conferences
Last year, prep football games like Skyview vs. Palmer and Wasilla vs. Soldotna had major playoff implications.

Sports Briefs
Kenai JV game moved to new locationSkyview swimmers begin practice MondayTour rookie leads last women's major of 2000Austin putts his way to lead in Buick OpenRaptors agree to terms with Mark Jackson Henman upsets defending champion SamprasAmericaOne sells boats to Oracle

Adcock steps down as Peninsula manager
In the middle of last season, after Oilers manager Gary Adcock had already spent 2 1/2 summers on the world-famous fishing grounds of the Kenai Peninsula, Oilers president John Lohrke invited his manager on a fishing trip.

Cool curricula coming to colleges
Classes aren't always a slog. More than a few colleges and universities are attracting students by offering courses with new trendy slants.

Helping your children with their homework
Be sure your child has a place to study -- someplace that has enough light and plenty of desktop or tabletop space.

www.Writing: The Internet, computers are affecting how children learn
WASHINGTON -- Computers have changed the way students learn to write, observed Rosemary Winslow, associate professor of English at the Catholic University of America. And she thinks the results are mixed.

Seniors face college testing
Students with their sights set on college need to plan ahead to take college board tests many admissions programs recommend.

Books: References for every desk
Computers or no, you just can't get through school without books:

Ready for homework? Here are a few study tips.
The new school year is approaching. Summer reading lists that students dutifully

Reading List
Feeling a little bit rusty after a whole summer of playing? Pick up a book and start to get back into the swing of things for school. Here is reading list from the Reading is Fundamental campaign, www.rif.org, for children of different ages.

Gear and stuff for back-to-school
Backpacks are frontrunners with schoolkids.

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