Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Astros keep winning
HOUSTON Astros pitcher Brandon Backe hit his first career homer, a two-run shot, and allowed one run in seven innings to keep Houston in the thick of the NL wild-card chase with an 11-5 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Yankees blow past slumping Devil Rays
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui each hit two-run doubles, and Jon Lieber struck out a season-high nine to lead the New York Yankees past the slumping Tampa Bay Devil Rays 11-2 on Tuesday night.

Yankees show no mercy
NEW YORK After a daylong wait for an afternoon doubleheader that got turned into a single night game, the New York Yankees found their 1-2 punch.

Industry Appreciation Day draws thousands
After heavy rains throughout the Central Peninsula soaked many events last Friday night, the storm clouds parted Saturday over Kenai for the 12th Annual Industry Appreciation Days.

Sheilah-Margaret wants you as a mentor
School is back in session and so is the call for Aspirations Advocates (mentors) to participate in this year's program.

No losers at 4-H Market Livestock Auction
It wasn't just the 4-H members and families that benefited from this year's record results at the 4-H Junior Market Livestock (JML) Auction, indeed the success of the event will spin-off into local community and even global good will all year long.

Well, since John is off traveling to far points to the south and east, I (Taby) thought I would sneak a few words in. It has been a tremendously hectic summer as I am sure it has been for all of you.

Private DMV services available in Soldotna
A visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may no longer mean taking a day off from the job. According to DMV Director Duane Bannock, the first private non-state operated DMV alternative in Alaska is now operating in Soldotna.

NOW PLAYING: Wicker Park
Josh Hartnett is fast becoming the poster child for deep, heart-wrenching angst. Remember his tortured love affair with Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor? Remember how much fun that was? Ok, turn the volume way down and add a couple hundred more pounds of baggage and you'll be approaching the pathos he achieves in this week's romantic "thriller," Wicker Park.

Residents enjoy 'toys' at Industry Day event
I want to add my appreciation for the Industry Appreciation Day and all those who worked to put the event together. The "Big Tonka Toys on the Bluff" was a particular favorite event for us to watch.

Sponsors help Skyview grads party safely with friends
The Skyview After-Graduation Party Committee of the class of 2004 would like to express our appreciation to all the businesses and individuals that made our after-graduation party a huge success. We had more than 150 kid

More people to be thanked for help with WRCC run
The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center would like to apologize for omitting the following names in the Applause letter that ran Aug. 26.

Assembly should not pass up scenic byway opportunity
As an exiled Alaskan currently living in Texas, I was dismayed and appalled by Grace Merkes' prejudiced and narrow-minded comments regarding the National Scenic Byway status up for vote at the most recent assembly meeting for the Sterling Highway.

Sterling community rolls out carpet for Cinderella
I moved from Sterling to Soldotna recently. I moved our bodies but my wife and my hearts will always remain in old Naptown Sterling.

'Road rage' article left wrong impression; no names used
The Aug. 29 front page article "Road rage" created some unfortunate impressions which I wish to correct. Although the article was factually correct, it gave the impression that individual members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly were mentioned by name in my comments to the Soldotna City Council on Aug. 25. This is not correct as Assembly President Pete Sprague and the Clarion reporter, who were present at the council meeting, can verify.

Help with old-timers' luncheon appreciated
Our special thanks to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center staff and volunteers who helped to make our annual old-timers' luncheon such a success. We realize this is a lot of extra work, and we really appreciate the effort.

Orchestra appreciates community support
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra most gratefully acknowledges our major sponsors of the Summer Music Festival held Aug. 2 to 15: Unocal Oil and Gas Co., The Homer Foundation, ConocoPhillips Alaska and Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Sadler looking good for spot in playoffs
FONTANA, Calif. Elliott Sadler has an appointment to be fitted for a tuxedo.

Students score above national SAT average
Kenai Peninsula high-schoolers scored above the state and national averages last year when taking the SAT tests.

Trial in brutal assault to start
The trial of a man charged with attempting to murder a Soldotna woman in February 2002, is set to get under way in Superior Court in Kenai this week.

Too many?
Having to turn away an overabundance of volunteers will be the biggest challenge facing the 2006 Arctic Winter Games planned for the Kenai Peninsula, according to the games general manager.

Photo feature: Rolling into fall
Fog blankets the Kenai River Flats on Monday morning. Cooler overnight temperatures and morning frost means Labor Day weekend is over and fall is here.

Kenai River project designed to catch information on cohos
By their very nature, coho salmon are an elusive bunch.

Ceremony marks FAS Awareness Day
Bells traditionally have been rung to mark all kinds of occasions. At one time, a bell was rung to announce a death.

Victims identified
Two Anchorage men who died Saturday in a boating accident in Resurrection Bay have been identified by Alaska State Troopers.

Carl E. Tyger
Longtime Sterling resident Carl E. Tyger died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at his home in Sterling with his wife at his side. He was 80.

William 'Bill' Francis McGahan
Longtime Nikiski resident William "Bill" Francis McGahan died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Humbolt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nev. He was 62.

Dorothy 'Dottie' Ann Phillips
Former Soldotna resident Dorothy "Dottie" Ann Phillips died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, in Payson, Ariz. She was 73.

Harry W. Casebeer II
Soldotna resident Harry W. Casebeer II, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 63.

A home worth fighting for
The two Russian passenger planes blown out of the air the other day was another reminder that in today's war on global terrorism free nations face a ruthless and savage enemy.

Republicans hear from philosopher, researcher, visionary
What made the Republican National Convention unique was the cohesiveness of three speeches that were written separately and delivered by different men. Taken together, they dovetailed nicely.

Schwarzenegger's speech deserves special mention
It should be mandatory viewing for students in civics class. It should be played in a loop at Ellis Island.

Research shows marriage good for kids, communities
Since I announced the creation of a healthy marriage initiative in Alaska, there has been considerable interest and discussion throughout the state.

Alaska gets due attention in GOP national platform
Republicans adopted their national platform last week, and the 92-page document includes several items of interest to Alaska and its residents. The Alaska items, many of them long-expected, should do the state well when they come to fruition.

4-H youth clean up at Kenai Peninsula State Fair
The following is the second half of a list of 4-H members who were honored with awards at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik:

Community News
CARTS provides rides for vetsLibrary plans September eventsFashion show planned

Around the Peninsula
Library commission cancels meetingMeeting on on-bottom aquatic farming setFish and Game advisory to meetGenealogical society to meetCampfire ban liftedPhone card donations sought

Crista and Rusty Hippchen of Funny River announce the birth of their son, Tyler Ray Hippchen, at 4:28 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 1.5 ounces and measured 20.75 inches.

Horse show offers 4-H'ers chance to show off skills, earn awards
The following 4-H members received horse show awards :

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support meetings slated Shelter network meeting slated College council to meet Center plans 20th CoastWalk Kenai River Working Group meets Monday Hope comes to central peninsula Nikiski seniors show appreciation

Handling homework
Does your kid need a place to go after school? A little help with school work?

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Yearbooks are on sale for $35. Parents wishing to place a "baby ad" will receive a discount of $5 if the ad is placed before Christmas. For more information, call Paul Morin.

Sears Elementary
There will be a back-to-school barbecue, sponsored by the Sears and Kaleidoscope PTA groups, on Saturday. Families are invited, and the cost is $1 per person for a hot dog meal.

Soldotna High
The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the staff room. Work will focus on developing the "SoHi for a Safe Community Program" in partnership with the Soldotna Police Department. Community attendance and participation are greatly appreciated.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to music teacher Erin Southwick for receiving a grant award from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which will purchase a selection of band instruments.

Soldotna Middle
After the Bell at SMS will begin Monday. Students who are registered should be in Portable No. 6 by 2:30 p.m.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The first week of school was a great success. Students had fun getting to know each other. They played with blocks and the workbench and played ball.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Furlong's class will travel to Anchorage for a guided tour of the Anchorage Zoo and to participate in a workshop at the Imaginarium on Monday.

Kenai Central High
School pictures are today.

Space is available for new students in kindergarten through 12th grade. To schedule an appointment, call 714-8880 .

Mountain View Elementary
The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Districtwide events planned
Kindergarten through second-grade students are taking the DIBELS-CBM assessments, which evaluate basic reading skills, through Sept. 17, while many kindergartners also are being evaluated with the Kindergarten Development Profile through Oct. 15.

Scholarship opportunities available for area college hopefuls
Believe it or not, there often is unclaimed cash that the financial aid office at Kenai Peninsula College has available in scholarships that don't get awarded.

Sterling Elementary
The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Budget review committee members needed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking members for its 2005-06 budget review committee. Members will attend a training and background session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Tustumena Elementary
Open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The PTO will conduct a drawing for a bike. Students whose parents are present and have placed their name on the PTO volunteer list are eligible. A potluck dinner will conclude the evening's festivities.

Lunch menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Cook Inlet Academy
This week is Spiritual Emphasis Week. Various activities are planned to help students focus on God in their lives and to start the school year out on a positive note.

After the Bell program details
Soldotna Elementary Redoubt Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna High Skyview High

Wings Christian Academy
Each month, the students are required to memorize a selected Scripture.

Kenai Middle
This week's Agrium "Character Counts!" students are

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Thanks to all the moms and dads who attended the parents' meeting last week. The school is off to a great start, and your involvement is what makes the Kenai Cooperative so successful.

Skyview High
The 15th annual Skyview Cross Country Invitational was held on Aug. 28 with 28 teams and over 800 runners competing. This is one of the largest competitive high school events in the state.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The phone number for the school has been incorrectly listed in one area of the ACS phone book. It should be 283-0804.

Redoubt Elementary
Parents are invited to meet with Superintendent Donna Peterson informally in the library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

New attitude has CIA senior cruising
A new outlook has Cook Inlet Academy senior Brian Beeson clocking his fastest times on the cross country trails.

Davenport eclipses Venus
NEW YORK Venus Williams was grunting loudly, Lindsay Davenport was muttering to herself, and about 20,000 fans were jumping out of their seats after each point.

Capriati rolls into semifinals
NEW YORK Unfairly, unbelievably, Serena Williams was robbed of a point by an umpire's mistake at the U.S. Open, just like her sister was at Wimbledon.

Area motocross racers earn state titles
Four racers from the Kenai Peninsula wrapped up season titles Sunday at Twin Cities Raceway in the final day of racing of the Alaska State Motocross and Quad Championship.

Singh takes over No. 1 ranking
NORTON, Mass. Vijay Singh has been playing the best golf in the world for a long time. Now he has Tiger Woods' No. 1 ranking to prove it.

Tkachuk leads U.S. hockey past Russia
ST. PAUL, Minn. The United States again went with a younger lineup, but it was the veteran line of Keith Tkachuk, Mike Modano and Bill Guerin that played ageless hockey.

Greens getting better
Thank you for your patience while the greens have been plugged and sanded. Soon after starting the yearly maintenance process the heavy rain hit and brought the project to a halt, which extended the time the greens were sandy.

Nikiski netters sweep Soldotna
The Nikiski High School volleyball team was able to talk a good game Tuesday, handing Soldotna its first loss of the season in three games in a nonconference match at Nikiski.

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