Monday, August 16, 2004

2004-05 testing dates
List of test and the dates they will be administered

Providing food for thought
The Student Nutrition Ser-vices Team for the Kenai Pen-insula Borough School District is eager to begin another year of preparing and serving a wide variety of appealing meals to all of the students in the district.

Meet your school board
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education was revamped last fall after borough voters opted for a representation-by-district system. The change increased board representation from seven to nine members, who are up for reelection on a rotating schedule. Seats up for election this October include District 1 Kalifornsky; District 6 Seward; District 9 South Peninsula. Candidates for the seats must file to run by noon Aug. 16, and the borough election will be held Oct. 5. In the meantime, board members are as follows:

Private, online schools offer famillies educational choice
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District offers a wide range of school choice, with everything from traditional schools to alternative high schools to charter schools to a Web-based home-school program. However, the district isn't the only shop in town providing education for area students.

Meeting dates
2004 - 2005 school board meeting dates

Back to school tips
Tips for parents and students from NEA-Alaska.

Students test skills with battery of assessments
Tests have always been part of academic life, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is no exception.

Profiles offer history, contacts, details for individual schools
The school-by-school guide, found on pages 10 through 28, is printed as a resource to parents and students heading back to school this fall. It features profiles for every school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, each of which includes:

Three little letters give glimpse into education quality
In the past several weeks, there has been lots of talk about the mysterious "AYP," how individual schools and districts did on "AYP" and what "AYP" means for students in the classroom.

Take your shopping list with you
The following are school supply lists available as of the Clarion's deadline. These lists are printed on the district's Web site under the "instruction" link. Additional lists often can be found posted on school building doors or at area stores.

After-school activities enhance student learning
Many studies throughout the nation have proven the importance of cocurricular activities for students.

KPBSD 2004-05 calendar
Calendar dates for KPBSD 2004-05 school year.

Welcome back ...
Yes, it is time for another school year! After our glorious Kenai Peninsula summer, everyone may or may not be ready for school to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24. But, just like we can count on tourists joining us for July reds, parents can count on school starting in late August.

ID, immunizations needed at registration
While pens and pencils had better be in those back-to-school backpacks, some necessary documents need to be part of the registration-day ensemble, as well.

Web-based program helps parents stay in touch with teachers
Between crumpled papers in kids' backpacks and insistent pleas that "I don't have any homework," it's not always easy for parents to get a handle on their students' progress in school.

Koskie keeps Twins at the top
CLEVELAND Corey Koskie hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins overcame a two-run deficit to beat Cleveland 4-2 on Sunday and prevent the Indians from pulling within a percentage point of the AL Central lead.

Olerud helps Yankees defeat his former team
SEATTLE John Olerud hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning against his former team, and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

Braves' Jones, Franco help cool off Cardinals a little bit
ATLANTA Chipper Jones homered twice and pinch-hitter Julio Franco had a go-ahead. two-run double in the seventh inning to lead the Atlanta Braves over St. Louis 9-7 Saturday, only the third loss in the Cardinals' last 11 games.

Tom Wagoner
I don't have $140,000 personal money to dump into a Senate campaign, so I have had to sit back and listen to one of my opponents viciously attack me and I'm going to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

Scott Hamann
I feel that I am the best candidate for the Senate seat because I am a straight-up man whose "yes" is "yes" and whose "no" is "no." I don't give people a song and dance and tell you only the things you want to hear.

Jerry Ward
As I go about my campaign for state Senate, many people have asked me "Why do you want to be elected?" "Why put up with all of the negative stuff?" This is my chance to let everyone know what motivates me.

Senate Q race candidates agree on issues; experience may factor
Holding down the cost of government, opposing new taxes and defending the Alaska Permanent Fund against all comers appear to be the central themes of this year's three-candidate Republican Party primary race for the Senate District Q seat.

NOW PLAYING: Alien vs. Predator
I suppose a critic has to maintain a bit of decorum, of taste. When writing a review, one should maintain an aloof posture, judging each film on its merits, being never swa

Local youth doesn't like litter of political signs
Signs, signs, signs.

Exchange student having fun in Kenai
Thanks for publishing the article on "Wind in the Willows."

Seahawks sink Sitka Saturday
Behind a combined 165 yards rushing from Jason Weber and Jake Wilder, the Seward Seahawks earned a 36-7 win over visiting Sitka in Greatland Conference action Saturday.

Kenai slips past Ravens
A win is a win, even if it's ugly.

Bulldogs rout Buccaneers
The host Nikiski football team clobbered Valdez 48-12 Saturday in Great Land Conference action in the season opener for both teams.

Stewart hangs on
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. Tony Stewart knew he was in trouble shortly after the start of the race, but overcame an upset stomach to win Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

Soldotna economy healthy
Soldotna city officials say preliminary indications show the economic health is good and getting better in the city.

Officials contain wildfire in Kasilof
The Kenai Peninsula avoided being a major contributor of smoke to the state's already hazy skies this summer when a wildfire near Kasilof was contained Saturday afternoon.

Central peninsula agencies plan drills with Army, Air Force
Central Kenai Peninsula residents will see a higher than normal level of activity from emergency responders this week as public service agencies practice for responding to possible disasters.

Kenai nets income
Personal-use fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River is netting a large chunk of money for the city of Kenai.

Lawsuit no surprise to district
Several leaders in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are keeping their eyes on a lawsuit filed Monday against the state.

Learning tricky behavior
Forget the cliche, "You can't teach an old dog a new trick." A new class taught through the Peninsula Dog Obedience Group is out to prove any dog can be taught a trick with a few clicks.

Overnight hospital stay leaves CEO feeling good
So what's it really like, spending a night in the hospital?

Help for district budget wanted
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking community members to help plan for the 2005-06 school year.

Jurors discarded prosecution theory early
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jurors considering murder charges against a Kenai man decided almost immediately after they got the case that he was not watching a DVD movie in his truck when he got in a fatal wreck.

Area power outage affects 7,000
A problem with a transmission line knocked out power from Soldotna south to Anchor Point around 5 p.m. Friday.

Sheldon T. Cheeks
Longtime Kasilof resident Sheldon T. Cheeks died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, from injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident in Kasilof. He was 45.

Patricia A. Steiner
Longtime Alaska resident Patricia A. Steiner died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at her home in Sterling after a lengthy illness. She was 56.

Kenteris, Thanou suspended
ATHENS, Greece Star sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were suspended Saturday from the Greek Olympic team for missing drug tests, but their fate was left in the hands of the International Olympic Committee.

Puerto Rico humiliates USA
ATHENS, Greece Their shots clanged off the rim, smacked the side of the backboard or missed completely. Their best player stared at the floor helplessly as the ball squirted between his legs and rolled away.

Phelps' quest off to a golden start
ATHENS, Greece Michael Phelps wasn't taking any chances.

China's Li Du sets Olympic record in 10-meter air rifle
ATHENS, Greece Li Du of China won the Summer Games' first gold medal Saturday, setting an Olympic record in the women's 10-meter air rifle.

Electorate voting does give individuals voices
The United States doesn't hold a popular vote for president. It holds 50 of them. In each of the 50 states, the winner of the popular vote wins all of that state's electoral votes. But some Democrats are trying to change that in Colorado so that a presidential candidate would get only a proportion of the state's electoral votes based on the ratio of popular votes he or she received.

Politics may be battleground, but decorum not 'out'
Teresa Heinz Kerry may not have reacted ideally to hecklers along the campaign trail, but it's the hecklers who ought to be apologizing.

Thinking the unthinkable
Since December 1990, the Prince William Sound tanker drill has been an annual event. Broad-scale or focused, each drill brings improved response capability. During drills, federal, state, industry and local community players hone skills in communication, coordination, response operation and logistics support.

'Back to School' guide provides more than ABCs
Summer is turning to fall and families all over the Kenai Peninsula are preparing for the first day of school, now just a little more than a week away.

Using Kenai dock during fish frenzy could qualify as extreme sport
Whew. Dipnet season that three-week fish fest where anyone with a fishing license, a permit and who is more than 5-feet, 5-inches tall is allowed to go out and scoop up fish is over.

Bush must keep attention on war on terror, not Iraq
WASHINGTON President Bush is walking a political tightrope on Iraq.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai River group to meet Social Security reps to visit area Barbecue fund-raiser planned Tickets available for soup supper fund-raiser Volunteers needed for auction

Resurrection Pass Trail racers are in it for the long run 50 and 100 miles
Jeff Bannish's feet hurt.

Peninsula people
Area students named to deans list Area students awarded scholarships Krein graduates college with distinction

Alaska's only elephant here to stay
ANCHORAGE Alaska's only elephant will be staying at the Alaska Zoo instead of going to a warmer climate with the understanding that her life will be enriched with better accommodations and activities, such as aerobic workouts on the first elephant treadmill.

Barrett, Ledahl hold ceremony
Lacy Barrett of Kenai and Bryan Ledahl of Nikiski were married Wednesday, July 14, 2004, in a private ceremony in Brainerd, Minn.

Trees may be part of Dena'ina legacy
ANCHORAGE After bulldozers rolled into the brush and cleared away most of the alders and other flora that thickened the woods east of the Port of Anchorage, about a dozen tall trees, some of them with oddly twisted limbs, remained.

Fairbanks Food Bank: Please, no more zucchini
FAIRBANKS A word of advice for people donating to the Fairbanks Food Bank: stop with the zucchini already.

Landscaping awards
Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, owned by Dr. Jim Delker and landscaped by Pam Mersch, was selected as the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's Beautiful Business of the Week.

JulieAnn Marie Nye Jade Elliece Becherer Favio Barry Creighton Audrey Taylor Thorpe

Thomson, Carter marry in July
Danielle Marie Thomson and Douglas Robert Carter were married Saturday, July 10, 2004, in an evening ceremony in the bride's parents' backyard in Nikiski. Kelly King, best friend of the bride and groom, officiated.

Espy, Larion wed in Kenai
Anastasia "Stacey" Marie Espy and Michael "Mike" Wallace Larion were married Sunday, July 11, 2004, at the bride's parents' home in Kenai. Roy Espy, father of the bride, officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Mini Page correctionNominating petitions availableSafe Sitter course offeredCeltic program scheduledHead Start accepting applicationsFox Island cruise fund-raiser set

Community News
Schools offer open houses, registration events Host families needed Aviation scholarships available

Animal abuse victim is no dumb bunny
CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) Lucky the bunny is living up to her name.

My best friend
For Elijah Kensinger of Kenai, a big attraction of visiting his grandparents, the Main family of Kenai, is getting to ride their dog, Stormy.

Male turkey flocks to motherhood
AMARILLO, Texas You hear about it every day: kids abandoned by their parents.

Tebughna School

Ninilchik School

Nanwalek School

Seward Middle School

Redoubt Elementary School

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School

Kenai Youth Facility

Kenai Central High School

Tustumena Elementary School

Moose Pass Elementary

Sterling Elementary School

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Voznesenka School

Port Graham School

West Homer Elementary School

Seward Elementary School

Soldotna Elementary School

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Skyview High School

Kenai Alternative High School

Profiles offer history, contacts, details for individual schools
The school-by-school guide, found on pages 10 through 28, is printed as a resource to parents and students heading back to school this fall. It features profiles for every school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, each of which includes:

Kenai Middle School

Aurora Borealis Charter School

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Chapman Elementary School

Mountain View Elementary School


Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Nikolaevsk School

Fireweed Academy

Paul Banks Elementary School

Homer Flex High School

Razdolna School

Homer High School

Sears Elementary School

Homer Middle School

Seward High School

Hope School

Susan B. English School

Kachemak Selo School

Soldotna High School

Soldotna Middle School

Spring Creek School

Cooper Landing Elementary School

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold city raceJames leads Seward derbyArmstrong plans to race another TourTrojans start No. 1 in the AP pollFans say one last goodbye to Smarty Jones

An intimidating sight: Singh in the lead at PGA
HAVEN, Wis. Whistling Straits is suddenly the least of anyone's worries. Even more daunting is Vijay Singh in control of his game and in the lead at the PGA Championship.

For Baldwin, it's ready, setnet, go
A summer on a setnet site didn't slow down Kenai Central senior Trevor Baldwin Friday.

McGahee's knee gets up to speed
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. This is what everyone was waiting for from Willis McGahee.

Titans blacken Browns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Chris Brown gave the Tennessee Titans an early reason not to miss Eddie George.

Vijay gets PGA victory
HAVEN, Wis. The only birdie Vijay Singh made all day was the only one that mattered.

Event exudes family atmosphere
Literal or figurative, the concept of family was everywhere Saturday at the 17th annual Run for Women in Kenai.

Large group of grizzlies stock up on summer salmon
McNEIL RIVER Each summer, the falls at McNeil River turn into a mosh pit of bears.

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