Thursday, September 1, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Business contest running Homer chamber mixer slated Business plan, capital sources workshops set Health conference set for Soldotna CISB wants totes returned

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From the Bookshelf; 'Bird' gives murrelet wings
The marbled murrelet is an obscure bird: small, rare and cryptically colored. One observer likened it to a baked potato with a beak. It is a pleasant surprise, therefore, to discover that writer Maria Mudd Ruth has created a compelling, full-length book about this shy creature.

Well covered
Inspired by a real-life experience, the artwork of Erick Paulsrud of Anchor Point has been selected for the cover of a publication from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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.

Officials seek answers in latest brown bear killing
Officials from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game want to know who shot and killed a 3-year-old brown bear sometime last month near Tustumena Lake.

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.

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

10,000 Guard troops sent to help with hurricane relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — An additional 10,000 National Guard troops from across the country began pouring into the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, adding new soldiers and airmen to shore up security, rescue and relief operations in the region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

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.

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.

Dog-o-war
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.

Candidates get chance to discuss Kenai issues
Candidates for a Kenai City Council one-year seat up for election this fall were given the opportunity to tell lunchtime diners at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday why votes should be cast for them.

Good gourd!
Good gourd — he's gone and done it again. J.D. Megchelsen that is. The Nikiski man who set a new state record last year by growing a 707-pound pumpkin is back this year with another garden grown goody of even greater girth.

Marathon wants to store gas
Marathon Oil Co. wants to start storing natural gas in the Kenai Gas Field in an effort to better manage smaller natural gas supplies in Southcentral Alaska.

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Heather Colleen Church
Lifelong Alaska resident Heather Colleen Church died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at her home in Kenai. She was 52.

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

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

Armstrong evidence too thin to condemn a great champion
Cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has performed miraculous feats both on and off the bicycle. But it may be beyond the ability of this incredible athlete to disprove a negative — that he didn't cheat by using a red blood-cell booster in 1999.

Government should lead Katrina effort
Katrina's too genteel a name for the calamity that struck the Gulf Coast. In the hours and days ahead, people from Alabama to Texas will have to pull together with uncommon courage.

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
MDA campaign set to kick off Oktoberfest fund-raiser planned Vets schedule picnics across peninsula Hospice training schedule announced Mushroom identification workshop slated

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 views: Playing the game right
Hurricane Katrina hit plenty of people a lot harder than it did Rick Short. He hardly needed reminding. Short and his New Orleans Zephyrs teammates were among the lucky ones. They got out of town Sunday, before the storm struck full force, losing nothing more precious than three home games that won't be made up.

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.

Super Bowl champion QBs teaming as rookie NASCAR owners
FORT WORTH, Texas —Troy Aikman didn't win a game as a rookie starting quarterback in the NFL, and Roger Staubach had to wait until his third season before becoming the regular starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

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.

Hermida hits grand slam in major league debut
MIAMI — Florida's Jeremy Hermida became the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat and the first to do it as a pinch-hitter, connecting in the seventh inning off St. Louis' Al Reyes in a 10-5 loss Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Agent: Warrick signs with Seahawks
SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks signed former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Peter Warrick to a one-year, $1.4 million contract on Wednesday, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.

Sun, Monarchs win in WNBA playoffs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Nykesha Sales scored 19 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 points and nine rebounds as the Connecticut Sun defeated the Detroit Shock 73-62 in Game 1 of their first-round WNBA playoff series Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Homer Mariner Triathlon Saturday

Winds blow through Open
NEW YORK — Remember the name — Scoville Jenkins — and file away his game as one to watch in the future.

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