Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Instant Replay opens at Sports Center...
Four years ago Dean, Darlene, Clayton and Deana Glick opened a small sporting goods store on K-Beach Rd. to help parents outfit their kids with sports gear and save some money by trading in their used gear, “That was the original idea.

4-H Junior Livestock Auction breaks all records...
More animals brought more money than ever before at this year’s 4-H Junior Livestock Auction at the Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik, according to Nancy Veal, UAF Cooperative Extension Service agent in charge of 4-H and youth development.

Run-a-way fun at Peninsula State Fair
One of the summer’s smokiest days was one of the Peninsula State Fair’s best this year with visitors packing the Fair grounds in Ninilchik.

Kenai Landing earns AQS certificate...
The Alaska Quality Standards (AQS) for fish processing is a new program aimed at helping Alaskan seafood products gain recognition in the market place for its superior quality.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
During the past several months I have spent time on the west side of Cook Inlet and as far south as Brown Mountain studying and hunting the bears of Alaska. I have learned more about black bears this summer and fall than I have in my entire life.

Signs shouldn't matter
Big signs, little signs. I think you should vote for the person who will do the best job for the city, borough or state, not the size of the signs the people put out.

Making neighborhoods bear safe won't resolve issue
I am writing to you on behalf of the unnerving trend I've observed regarding the sanctity of bears over human life, and I would like to offer a different point of view than the predator propaganda I continue to see in this newspaper.

Decision to annex unclear
The city of Soldotna gets a dozen questions a day about annexation, but so far, no decision has been made to annex anything, according to the city manager.

Tender sinks near Seward; all safe
A 110-foot fish tender struck a rock and sunk off Cape Resurrection near Seward early Friday morning, losing all of its catch.

Dylan Verburgt and his 7-month-old beagle Kira sort out who will lead and who will follow during a football game at Nikiski High School last weekend. Verburgt eventually won the contest.

Natural gas prices on the rise
Enstar customers will probably see their natural gas bills increase next year, according to company officials. The Alaska gas utility uses a 36-month average of a Louisiana-based pricing index called the Henry Hub to figure prices for new gas contracts. The 36-month period ends Sept. 30, and rising Henry Hub gas prices will cause customers' bills to increase, said company spokesman Curtis Thayer.

Residents fly to help hurricane victims
While New Orleans residents were fleeing the city trying to escape Hurricane Katrina, a Kenai resident was about to hop on a plane to go into the middle of the action. And some more Kenai Peninsula residents may follow next month.

Medical examiner worker died after injecting cocaine
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An autopsy found that a medical examiner worker died after injecting herself with cocaine.

Leman: State should save oil revenue surplus
Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman said Alaska needs to be cautious with revenue generated by high oil prices in order to prepare for tougher financial times.

Release slated for orphaned seal
A young harbor seal found by workers in Nikiski earlier this summer is among three being released Tuesday off Bishop's Beach in Homer. Keno, a seal pup that was orphaned on a beach in Nikiski in mid-June and found by an ASRC Energy Services employee, will join seals Yo Yo and Blackjack during a public release being conducted by the Alaska SeaLife Center in conjunction with the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.

Little-known laws can cut public employee pensions
Two little known Social Security Administration rules reduce the benefit paid to government workers who retire in Alaska, and as baby boomers reach retirement age, the rules are starting to open some eyes.

Sizzling design
One of the most exciting parts of Brian Hibberd's summer was when he watched a Nalgene water bottle erupt into flames. The fire, however, was no accident. And it was not started with a match and gasoline.

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Kevin D. McDonald
Kenai resident Kevin D. McDonald died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Alpine Field near Barrow. He was 33.

Heather Church
Longtime Kenai resident Heather Church died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at her home. She was 50.

Donald 'Rip' Skuse
Longtime Sterling resident Donald "Rip" Skuse died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 57.

Donald 'Jack' Giaccarini
Former Sterling resident Donald "Jack" Giaccarini died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, in Elk Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Improved test scores is good news for schools
Overall, the news was good for Alaska schools earlier this month. Across the state, 292 of 495 schools met or exceeded test score and mandatory attendance marks required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Many barely missed.

What should a good gas pipeline deal look like?
Gov. Frank Murkowski has repeatedly said he wants a gas pipeline contract with the North Slope's major oil producers this year. Alaska's negotiating team and the producers — Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips and BP Alaska — have been in talks for months. Loose deadlines for a deal — late July, first week of August — have come and gone.

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale fund-raiser scheduled Kennel club agility trials slated Health center to close for holiday Developmental screenings set Fall dinner, raffle fund-raiser planned LeeShore radiothon fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
SMS open house planned Pray vigil scheduled Potluck, work day set Historical society to meet Mountain View plans open house KDLL seek board members

More students attending full-day kindergarten
TAMPA, Fla. — In her first year as a full-time student, Hannah Barrionuevo wrote a book about a dog searching for its mother and crafted a second one about a talented rabbit.

KPC around campus: It's not too late to make college an option
Late registration continues through Friday at Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus. Students must do so in person and are required to pay a late registration fee. For more information, call 262-0330.

Highly qualified teachers on the way — or are they?
WASHINGTON — By the end of the school year, every teacher of every major subject in every school will be highly qualified. That's the government's promise, anyway.

Judge overturns boy's expulsion from school for writing rap lyrics
PITTSBURGH — A judge on Wednesday ordered a school district to readmit a 14-year-old student expelled for writing violent, profane rap lyrics, finding that his songs didn't amount to ''true threats'' against the school and so were protected by the First Amendment.

Principally speaking
While there's always plenty of buzz at the start of a new school year, administrators at the central Peninsula's four public high schools, each of which have a new principal this year, are especially excited to get things under way.

Still got it: Agassi wins
NEW YORK — Like an ageless rock star, Andre Agassi took the court for his 20th straight U.S. Open to roars that drowned out his introduction.

Bulldogs pin down Panthers in four games
The Nikiski High School volleyball team was able to hold off a feisty Skyview squad Tuesday, wining a nonconference match in four games at Skyview High School.

Bird Homestead Golf Report
By time you start to read this article, I'll be in a plane heading back down south where it is a high of 110 with a low of 78. I'd like to take a moment to thank all the people who have made my summer here at the Bird Homestead Golf Course memorable and possible.

Sports Briefs
Homer Mariner Triathlon Saturday

Abraham, Benson show up for camp
John Abraham and Cedric Benson have little in common except the timing for ending their holdouts.

Spurrier's return to college football a TV event
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Cue the TV cameras and dig out the new visors. Steve Spurrier is back. Spurrier begins his South Carolina coaching career Thursday night against Central Florida. And befitting the return of one of college football's most charismatic personalities, a joyous party is planned for sold-out Williams-Brice Stadium.

Carpenter gets to 19 for Cards
MIAMI — Chris Carpenter pitched 7 2-3 innings to become the first 19-game winner in the major leagues, and David Eckstein went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 Monday night.

Wideouts on the market: Warrick cut by Bengals, Price by Falcons
The Cincinnati Bengals gave up on Peter Warrick, cutting the former first round pick on Tuesday, the day NFL teams were required to get down to 65 players.

Kenai Golf Report: From tees to trees
Last week I mentioned that it is the 20th year of operation for the Kenai Golf Course. I had the pleasure of visiting with Dick and Shirley Morgan and learned quite a bit of the course history. Dick was directly involved in the designing of the course as he wanted to make the best use of the natural contours and vegetation that were all ready there and, sometimes to a golfer's dismay, he did.

Roddick bounced early from Open
NEW YORK — Andy Roddick wore a look of disbelief on the court and an hour later when he tried to make sense of the beating he just took.

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racing slated for Wednesday Barrel racers fare well at state competition

Peace on the pitch: U.N. peacekeepers try soccer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Brazilian peacekeepers have offered all sorts of things: free medical care, movie screenings, haircuts. Now, in the violence-torn slum of Bel-Air, they're trying to win over residents by turning to a natural resource from home.

A century later, Ty Cobb still hard to figure out
ROYSTON, Ga. — He stepped to the plate for the first time — this baby-faced teenager with the fiery eyes — after a three-day-long train trip from Georgia to Detroit.

Fever, Storm open WNBA playoffs with victories
NEW YORK — Tamika Catchings had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Tully Bevilaqua added 14 points to lead the Indiana Fever over the New York Liberty 63-51 Tuesday night in the opener of their first-round WNBA playoff series.

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