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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Cornerstone book store supports home schoolers and teachers
Creating charter schools and supporting parents who want to home school their children has been a long time passion for certified teacher Leona Oberts.

Industry Appreciation draws thousands to Kenai Park Strip
Continuing its 14th straight sunny August afternoon, Industry Appreciation Day drew an estimated 6,000 people to the park strip in Kenai.

Donna’s Champagne Taste opens in Sterling...
If you’re looking to taste some champagne you won’t find any at Donna’s Champagne Taste, but if you would like to look your best for any champagne occasion then you’ll want to stop by Donna’s Champagne Taste Hair Emporium.

Big Toys and future vocations...
For those who drove by the second annual Kenai Rotary Club “Big Tonkas on the Bluff,” last week you might have found it difficult to determine whether the kids or the operators were having the most fun behind the controls of some huge equipment. According to Kenai Rotarian Randy Daly, one of the creators Big Tonka day, this year’s event fulfilled a couple of Rotary objectives, “Big Tonkas on the Bluff is basically a Vocational Service Program to expose children to the world of heavy equipment.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Anytime you fish, the first step is always the same you must first find the fish. You first must find the proper structure that holds the particular type of fish that you are trying to catch, and once this is accomplished the most important part is being able to entice the fish to bite. For some reason from time to time the fish just don’t seem to want to biteunfortunately this may occur at any moment or at any time of the year. I have found this to be true in both the summer and ice fishing in the wintertime.

NOW PLAYING: Transporter 2
An Open Apology to The Guy in the Row in Front of Me and My Friend at the Theater: Dear Guy, I sincerely and wholeheartedly apologize for ruining your appreciation of this fine, fine piece of cinema with my barely muffled chortles and snickers. How insensitive I was, to spoil your enjoyment of the Transporter’s fabulous stunts with my groans and guffaws.

Political concerns shouldn't be blown off after disaster
For those who accuse people like me of "playing politics" in the aftermath of our country's greatest tragedy, consider who played politics with the safety of New Orleans before the disaster. Bush, his administration, and his colleagues in Congress have played fast and loose with our tax dollars. They shut down the levee improvement program two years ago. Yet they passed an outrageous pork-laden transportation bill this year. The bill included a $223 million bridge to an uninhabited island in Alaska. Why? Because Senator Stevens and Representative Young of Alaska play Bush's brand of politics. When Americans die as a result of Bush playing politics, we need to hold him accountable.

Soldotna skate park didn't turn out as expected
A string of foul profanity floats to my slumbering ears, I open my eyes, and I glance out the window. Amongst an adolescent-loitered street, litter festers, and my young nephews play.

Reader wants mayor candidates to address highway safety
I would like to direct this letter to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor candidates.

Sponsors, volunteers, community helped contest sing
Sue Gill with the Alaska Hairlines, the Peninsula Center Mall merchants and Glen and Becky Martin would like to thank the contestants, judges, volunteers and wonderful community sponsors for making the non-profit, second annual "Sing For the Heart" contest a huge success. This event could not have happened without their participation and teamwork.

Charter boats need a sustainability plan
As a youth, there were times I naively thought certain experiences, events and methods of life could last forever. However with age, conventional wisdom set in. I realize change is inevitable. Without it, I would not grow into my "golden years" with contentment, let alone pass anything on to my heirs.

New Orleans, rescue agencies get less while Alaska benefits
As Alaskans view from afar the physical destruction and social devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, we should be mindful of the distorted priorities promoted by Representative Don Young and Senator Ted Stevens. While they pork-barreled hundreds of millions of dollars to build boondoggle bridges in Anchorage and Ketchikan to benefit their friends and political contributors, they and their partners in the Bush administration repeatedly cut the funds requested by the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and state and local governments for projects that could have prevented the New Orleans disaster.

Assistance made raft race go swimmingly
Once again the Moose River Raft Race was a success, thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, businesses, participants, those who made purchases and those who donated services and items for the auction.

Doggone good time
Cohoe-based dog musher Dean Osmar and wife Sarah Armstrong run dog teams on the black sand beaches south of the Kasilof River late last week. Although the snow is still a few weeks from flying, many mushers begin fall training Sept. 1.

Mayoral candidates discuss spending, taxes
How to manage a tight budget, cut spending, promote economic development, prepare for disasters and deal with the possible fallout from a successful ballot initiative that would cap the sales tax were among the topics discussed Tuesday by candidates seeking the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor's job.

Rural economies get scrutiny
A nine-member advisory commission that met for the first time Thursday in Anchorage will endeavor to understand the root causes of the economic instability that plagues some rural Alaska communities.

Happy campers
Kyle Retherford, Antheny Slater, Dessie Ozhuwan, Naomi Hopper and Anthony Kline try to keep warm as Brick Marcorelle stokes a fire during a camp-out in Soldotna's Centennial Park over the Labor Day weekend. Damp weather kept the camp fires burning slowly over the holiday.

Woman fights off bear
A 21-year-old employee of the Kenai Princess Lodge in Cooper Landing is recovering from a brown bear attack that took place near the lodge Tuesday morning.

Groups partner to warn of Bristol Bay mining risks
The Bristol Bay Alliance announced that it has joined forces with Trout Unlimited, a cold-water fisheries conservation organization with a 50-year history of environmental protection efforts, to further its campaign to alert regional residents to what it sees as the dangers posed by mining development in the Bristol Bay region.

Forster gets 101 years
Citing the "execution-style slaying" of Kenai police officer John Watson, Superior Court Judge Donald Hopwood on Tuesday, sentenced David Forster to the maximum allowable under Alaska law.

Bowled over by hurricane relief
Kenai area bowlers have been invited to help victims of Hurricane Katrina by bowling at Alaskalanes in Kenai on Saturday, when all lane fees will be donated to relief efforts.

Thea Louise Zumwalt
Longtime Soldotna resident Thea Louise Zumwalt died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, from pneumonia due to complications from multiple sclerosis at her home. She was 50.

Voices of the State: Democrats push for healthier state
The song says the times they are a-changing. They have in the past and will again. In our three years as elected Democrats we've often had a different vision for Alaska than our Republican colleagues who hold the Governor's Office and the Legislature's majority. You've heard us when we've disagreed with them, from the Legislature's recent approval of Governor Murkowski's jet request, to a budget that spent millions on new wilderness roads when it would have more wisely gone to fix existing traffic problems and strengthen our schools.

Permanent fund earnings should be put to use
It's time for Alaska to give serious consideration to Walter J. Hickel's proposal to use a portion of Permanent Fund earnings as a community dividend.

Despite damage, New Orleans will find way to rebuild
While we mourn the loss of lives and property, there will come a time for a dramatic rebirth of the musical city surrounded by water.

Peninsula People
Reid is all business Area students graduate Goldstein receives scholarship Area students make dean's list

Community Events
Pool available during school Senior apartments available CPHC seeks board members Beekeepers all abuzz CACP board meeting set Mushroom identification slated Youth bowling league set Dinner, raffle fund-raiser planned Dinner, auction fund-raiser set EMS benefit dinner scheduled Oktoberfest fund-raiser planned Radiothon fund-raiser slated AWG dancers, actors sought Vets picnics scheduled Rec center offers activities

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support group to meet KPC council meeting set Suicide prevention seminar slated Community, candidate dialogue scheduled Internet class available

Around the Peninsula
Multiple sclerosis support group to meet TOPS hosts open house Mushroom identification workshop slated AWG dancers, actors sought CPHC seeks board members FAS awareness ceremony planned

Births
Tiffani and Paul Perry of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Ann Perry on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Homegrown: New teachers stay home, find dream jobs
You know you're in the right place, says first-year teacher Michelle Burnett, when you're excited to get to work at 7:30 in the morning, and you're still excited when you finally head home at 7 in the evening.

Around the District
Montessori scholarships available Developmental screenings slated Mentors sought Connections Cook Inlet Academy IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Ninilchik School Reads Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

KPC around campus: Candidates to take up issues with students, community
All candidates and their constituents have been invited to attend "Real Talk." Issues like peak energy, the pension system, teacher negotiations, taxes and spending will be raised. Conversations will form around agenda topics created by participants at the beginning of the dialogue. A finger food potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the commons. The dialogue starts at 7 and ends at 10:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Roundtable Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue, Kenai Peninsula College and the Student Union. For more information, call Chris Gehrett at 262-0367 or e-mail ifckg@uaa.alaska.edu.

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Five vie for Chase positions
FONTANA, Calif. — Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are in. Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler are out — for the moment.

Extra tickets for Solheim Cup to benefit Katrina relief
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — The Solheim Cup plans to sell 3,000 additional tickets for Sunday's final day as a fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina.

White Sox defeat Red Sox
BOSTON — Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Paul Konerko homered off Curt Schilling to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Monday for their fifth straight win.

Not done yet? Riled Armstrong considers deferring retirement
AUSTIN, Texas — After winning his seventh Tour de France title, Lance Armstrong stepped off the winner's podium in Paris and into retirement, declaring, ''I'm finished.''

Sports Briefs
Kenai's Petro Express wins state softball Races postponed until Friday Team Alaska to have figure skating tryouts

Sonnichsen, Crowley take Combined Tourney
Chris Sonnichsen and Paula Crowley cruised to sizable victories Saturday and Sunday in the Combined Kenai and Birch Ridge Golf Associations Tournament.

Clijsters, Sharapova go to semis
NEW YORK — Acrobatics and dogged effort trumped artistry as Kim Clijsters, two games from losing in straight sets, scrambled back to beat an exhausted Venus Williams and reach the U.S. Open semifinals.

Skyview netters beat out Stars
The Skyview High School volleyball team will take Tuesday's three-game victory over crosstown rival Soldotna. But with eight days off until their next match, the Panthers also will be taking a good look at their own play and finding ways in which they can improve.

Agassi, Blake to clash
NEW YORK — Three points from the end of a sunbaked five-setter, the man draped over the net like a wet noodle was 10 years younger than Andre Agassi.

Jones puts Braves in a Chipper mood
ATLANTA — Chipper Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 4-2 Monday.

Browne pulls out a victory at Boston
NORTON, Mass. — Olin Browne no longer has to write letters to PGA Tour events begging for a tee time. He doesn't have to sweat out the final two months of the season, wondering if he'll earn enough money to keep his card.

Palmeiro sent home by Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro was sent home to Texas to rehabilitate knee and ankle injuries, leaving his baseball future unclear during a season in which he was suspended for a positive steroids test.

Astros steal win
PHILADELPHIA — Pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett stole two bases, then scored the decisive run on Jason Lane's single in the ninth inning to give the NL wild-card leading Houston Astros a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rice calls an end to a sterling career
DENVER — The greatest receiver of all time realized he would be no better than the fourth receiver for the Denver Broncos. It was no way for Jerry Rice to end his career, so he called it quits after 20 sensational seasons.

FSU defeats Miami on botched kick
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State finally caught a break against Miami.

Kenai Golf Report: Golf season winding down
The Labor Day weekend is over and it is just one of the signs that signal the coming of Winter. The Alaska State Fair is over, school has started, both duck and moose seasons have opened, the leaves are beginning to turn and fall, and the official golfing season has only a few more weeks to go.

Denver coroner: Herrion died of heart disease
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion had heart disease and evidence of previous heart trouble when he collapsed and died after a preseason game last month, an official in the Denver County coroner's office said Tuesday.

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