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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Bonds fails to get No. 700 against Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 with two walks, remaining at 699 home runs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Tuesday night.

Yankees recover with win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Mussina pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and struck out a season-high 11, leading the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Tuesday night.

Bonds fails to get No. 700 against Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 with two walks, remaining at 699 home runs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Tuesday night.

Yankees recover with win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Mussina pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and struck out a season-high 11, leading the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Tuesday night.

A tribute to our heroes...
Soldotna Mayor David Carey with assistance of volunteers is repainting the City's fire hydrants red, white, and blue, "Three years ago we painted all the hydrants in the City red, white, and blue to remember the emergency service heroes after the 911 attack.

Alaska's Senior Senator remembers 9/11
Last week Senator Ted Stevens made the following statement on the eve of the third anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Food Bank Soup Super served at Kenai Landing...
Eight years ago the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (KPFB) teamed up with Kenai Potters Guild to hold a soup super for the community as a fund raiser. The Potters Guild donated original hand made ceramic bowls to serve the soup in and take home as a reminder that no one should go hungry.

Filling the "Boot" to overflowing
For the last decade Central Emergency Service personnel and volunteers have spent their Labor Day weekend collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and this year that effort raised a record total of $16,128. Each year the Fill the Boot team has either equaled or broken their previous year's total, and this year they squeaked past last year's record of $16,100 by $28. "We would like to thank the local citizens of the Kenai-Soldotna area for their great generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy Fill the Boot fund raising effort. The community support was overwhelming. We inaugurated some of our new personnel this year, we call them our street walkers for MDA, we give them the boot and have them ask the community to dig deep to help MDA find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy," said CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, alias Captain Burn-E the fire prevention clown.

Hitching up the Wells Fargo team for Alaskan schools...
As the school bells ring out once again through out Alaska, the Wells Fargo stage is planning a run to local schools with a strong box full of cash and supplies. The program now in its second year is called "Team Up For Our Schools," and gives customers the chance to earn up to a $40 contribution for their local schools.

Outdoors
I just arrived home from taking my oldest daughter Jessie to Baypath College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. This trip required 5,150 miles of driving and covered three Canadian Provinces and eleven states. We drove through smoke from the forest fires here in Alaska and a whole lot of rain in the lower 48. We saw a moose that got hit by a truck in Tok but other than that we never saw an accident of any kind.

Photo feature: Ripe for the picking
Debbie Allen of Kenai harvests some of the last peas she grew this season from the Kenai Community Garden on Sunday afternoon. "It's about that time of the year," she said, having already harvested the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli she grew.

Schneider has talent, work ethic to lead Stars
Soldotna High School senior Cameron Schneider has all the traits of a good high school quarterback -- good size, good mobility, a good arm, good leadership qualities and a knack for understanding the offensive schemes he's asked to run. So, with all that going for him, he's been groomed for the position since he first walked through the doors at Soldotna, right?

Nikiski Community Center would echo spirit of area
As a peninsula resident with many ties to Nikiski, I strongly recommend that North Peninsula Recreation Service Area acquire the use of Nikiski Elementary School in order to expand its services in a Nikiski Community Center located in that facility. Propositions 3 and 4 will severely limit the service area's ability to provide current and future services.

Poor neighbors could be poor business owners
For the past four years, my family has enjoyed watching the various wildlife around our home, but that has all changed since the shooting started next door.

Homelessness among teens is reality of Kenai Peninsula
I have been a foster parent for the Division of Juvenile Justice for more than three years. All of my boys would want to bring home a boy who had no home. This was usually caused by problems at home with parents who drank or did drugs. This is widespread on the peninsula and needs a lot of attention by us, as it is getting worse.

A year of fish battles, good and bad, in verse
2004, Peace and War

Knowles endorsement right on for Alaska
I was glad to read about the AFL-CIO endorsing Tony Knowles. Tony has always been there for working families as mayor, as governor, and I know he'll take the same fight to Washington. Knowles supports tax credits to companies that create jobs here in America and taking them away from companies that ship jobs out of the U.S. At a time when jobs are being shipped overseas left and right, the Knowles plan seems like a pretty good idea to me. Knowles has a real plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs and improve education. For our hardworking households, Tony Knowles is exactly what we need right now.

Knowles endorsement right on for Alaska
I was glad to read about the AFL-CIO endorsing Tony Knowles. Tony has always been there for working families as mayor, as governor, and I know he'll take the same fight to Washington.

Record shows candidates', parties' treatment of vets
The Bush administration and the Republican Party keep expressing their concern for veterans and veterans' health care. I disagree with their claim.

Knowles' record shows support for kids, future
Do you use Denali Kidcare? If so, you can thank Tony Knowles for that program. Fully 65 percent of Alaska's children today would not have health coverage without it.

Poor neighbors could be poor business owners
For the past four years, my family has enjoyed watching the various wildlife around our home, but that has all changed since the shooting started next door.

Apology noted, but Fish Board meeting still questionable
If Ricky Gease fell to his knees in the woods and begged forgiveness, would anyone hear him? Would anyone care?

A year of fish battles, good and bad, in verse
2004, Peace and War

Homelessness among teens is reality of Kenai Peninsula
I have been a foster parent for the Division of Juvenile Justice for more than three years. All of my boys would want to bring home a boy who had no home. This was usually caused by problems at home with parents who drank or did drugs. This is widespread on the peninsula and needs a lot of attention by us, as it is getting worse.

Knowles' record shows support for kids, future
Do you use Denali Kidcare? If so, you can thank Tony Knowles for that program. Fully 65 percent of Alaska's children today would not have health coverage without it.

Record shows candidates', parties' treatment of vets
The Bush administration and the Republican Party keep expressing their concern for veterans and veterans' health care. I disagree with their claim.

Nikiski Community Center would echo spirit of area
As a peninsula resident with many ties to Nikiski, I strongly recommend that North Peninsula Recreation Service Area acquire the use of Nikiski Elementary School in order to expand its services in a Nikiski Community Center located in that facility. Propositions 3 and 4 will severely limit the service area's ability to provide current and future services.

Apology noted, but Fish Board meeting still questionable
If Ricky Gease fell to his knees in the woods and begged forgiveness, would anyone hear him? Would anyone care?

This week: Sylvania 300
(Race No. 27 of 36)

Race teams court multiple sponsors to cover NASCAR's high costs
LOUDON, N.H. -- Jeff Silver knows every time he paints a race car for Jeff Burton or Carl Edwards at Roush Racing, there's a chance he'll have to paint it again.

Newsmaker: John Fernandez
LOUDON, N.H. -- John Fernandez, the director of Dodge Motorsports Operations, was the happiest person at the Richmond International Raceway last Saturday night. Two of his cars barely made the final cut for the Chase for the Championship, which starts Sunday with the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

NASCAR Notes - Drivers left out of the 'Chase' still ready to race
LOUDON, N.H. -- The 10 finalists for NASCAR's Chase for the Championship have been determined. But once they start their 10-race playoff for the Nextel Cup Series championship, what happens to the other 33 drivers in the field?

Setting sooner
The sun sets in brilliant oranges and pinks Tuesday behind Mount Iliamna, left, and Mount Redoubt on the western side of Cook Inlet. With autumn officially beginning next Wednesday, the length of daylight is getting shorter by more than five minutes a day. There will be less than 13 hours of light today.

LIO Schedule
Today - 8 a.m.

Studded tires legal for some areas
Motorists on the Kenai Peninsula north of Ninil-chik legally may drive with studded tires this year beginning Thursday.

Disagreement carries over into annual meeting
The Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council, an organization dedicated to promoting independence for Alaskans living with disabilities, is expected to hold its annual board meeting in Homer this week.

LIO Schedule
Today - 8 a.m.

Local names top judge survey
Two familiar names top the list of judicial candidate survey scores among six people being considered for a new Kenai District Court judgeship.

Disagreement carries over into annual meeting
The Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council, an organization dedicated to promoting independence for Alaskans living with disabilities, is expected to hold its annual board meeting in Homer this week.

Support group forming to address donor issues
For someone waiting for an organ transplant, each day brings a unique set of challenges and obstacles unfamiliar to most people.

State sees increase in jobs
A quickening Alaska economy is expected to produce 43,000 new jobs by 2012, according to an analysis by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. However, that prediction is tied to the construction of an Alaska gas pipeline actually beginning by that year.

Support group forming to address donor issues
For someone waiting for an organ transplant, each day brings a unique set of challenges and obstacles unfamiliar to most people.

New look for classifieds
The Peninsula Clarion is in the process of making improvements to its classified advertising system. The first test of that new system is in today's newspaper. Not only has the look of classified ads changed, but the headings also are different.

Local names top judge survey
Two familiar names top the list of judicial candidate survey scores among six people being considered for a new Kenai District Court judgeship.

Photo feature: Setting sooner
The sun sets in brilliant oranges and pinks Tuesday behind Mount Iliamna, left, and Mount Redoubt on the western side of Cook Inlet. With autumn officially beginning next Wednesday, the length of daylight is getting shorter by more than five minutes a day. There will be less than 13 hours of light today.

Studded tires legal for some areas
Motorists on the Kenai Peninsula north of Ninil-chik legally may drive with studded tires this year beginning Thursday.

Clam Gulch man killed
A Clam Gulch man was killed Sunday evening when the motorcycle he was driving clipped a travel trailer being pulled by a pickup on Echo Lake Road in Soldotna.

Wilderness Act important but needs scrutiny
The Wilderness Act of 1964 didn't rate much mention on the news pages in Fairbanks when it was approved first by the U.S. Senate, then the House and subsequently signed into law by President Johnson.

Dispute over judge leading to positive review of system What others say
Already, some good has come out of the dispute between Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Alaska Judicial Council over the council's recommendations on who should fill an Anchorage Superior Court vacancy.

Dispute over judge leading to positive review of system What others say
Already, some good has come out of the dispute between Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Alaska Judicial Council over the council's recommendations on who should fill an Anchorage Superior Court vacancy.

Women can speed progress for gender at the voting booth
I was registering people to vote this spring when I called an apparently disadvantaged young woman over to my table to talk about voting. As she balanced her toddler on her hip, she told me, "I don't really know much about politics. I always vote for who my dad says I should vote for." I wondered if her dad advised her based on his political needs or hers, if he was into patriarchy, if he liked women systematically weakened, or if he was the kind of dad who wanted equal opportunity for self-sufficiency for his daughter?

Study shows profiling is growing problem in United States
WASHINGTON -- Authorities' targeting of people because of their racial background or religious affiliation is a deep-rooted problem in the United States, with nearly 32 million people reporting they've been racially profiled, a human rights group said Monday.

Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps to visit areaHistorical society to meet WednesdayKenai chamber changes speakersHope comes to central peninsulaGirl Scouts to host roundupGenealogical society to meetCandidate forum plannedPenDOG to start classesPhone card donations sought

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski chamber to meet today Refuge trail reopened Deadline for comment today Historical society to meet Used book sale today Kennel club to host open house Genealogical society to meet

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski chamber to meet today

Soldotna Elementary
Parents are encouraged to support the school fund-raiser by purchasing Innisbrook wrapping paper or gourmet food items. The proceeds will be used to support the library and provide a playground aide to supplement supervision.

Library hosts writing contest
In recognition of Banned Book Week (Sept. 25 to Oct. 2), the Soldotna Public Library and River City Books are sponsoring a writing contest titled "Censorship: What it means to me," for seventh- through 12th-grade students in the Kenai-Soldotna area.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mr. Daniels' class recently took a trip to the Kenai River. The class also is going to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to study wetlands and bear awareness this month.

Skyview High
Picture retake day is Monday. All students, even seniors, need to get their picture taken for ID card purposes, if they have not already done so.

Budget review committee members needed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking members for its 2005-06 budget review committee. The deadline to join the committee is today.

Soldotna Elementary
Parents are encouraged to support the school fund-raiser by purchasing Innisbrook wrapping paper or gourmet food items. The proceeds will be used to support the library and provide a playground aide to supplement supervision.

Mountain View Elementary
Parents are reminded to fill out the lunch application. Families who don't qualify for the program still are encouraged to fill out the form and check "e-rate," as the school receives funds for every application turned in.

Soldotna High
Homecoming week continues through Saturday night. Upcoming Homecoming activities include the annual bonfire and pep rally by the tennis court from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday; class royalty presentations during halftime at the Saturday football game; and the Homecoming dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Dance admission is $5 per person. Attire is dressy. All guests must be signed up in advance.

GI Bill benefits increased
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command recently announced the maximum benefit under the Montgomery GI Bill, plus the Army College Fund, has been increased from $50,000 to $70,344 for persons who qualify.

Soldotna Middle
Physical education classes will finish up the soccer unit next week and start the basketball unit the following week. Fitness testing starts in one month, so students are encouraged to exercise at home to improve their performance.

Mountain View Elementary
Parents are reminded to fill out the lunch application. Families who don't qualify for the program still are encouraged to fill out the form and check "e-rate," as the school receives funds for every application turned in.

Energy contest launched for classes
iScienceProject will sponsor the HOBO Energy Challenge through May 1. The free contest is designed to promote energy awareness within schools while offering students of all ages a hands-on science learning experience with HOBO data loggers (portable electronic recording devices that monitor light usage, room temperature and relative humidity).

Soldotna Middle
Physical education classes will finish up the soccer unit next week and start the basketball unit the following week. Fitness testing starts in one month, so students are encouraged to exercise at home to improve their performance.

Sterling Elementary
The PTA's membership drive was a success. Congratulations to Terry Buerkel, who won the family pass for four to H2Oasis. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and staff members who joined PTA to support the school.

Sears Elementary
The PTA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Sears Elementary library.

Tustumena Elementary
Parents are asked to update the school's records with home addresses, emergency contacts and any changes in phone numbers. Current information is necessary in case of an emergency. Families are asked to provide updates as soon as possible.

Kenai Central High
Next week is Homecoming. The week will include dress-up days, lunchtime activities and the Homecoming assembly during school.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to cross country runner Brian Beeson for placing among the top finishers in every race so far this season. Come cheer for him at regionals Sept. 25 in Su Valley. Thanks to Coach McKenney for his many years of dedication as CIA's cross country coach.

California student seeks information
Kyle Filbrum, a sixth-grader at Brethren Heritage School in Modesto, Calif., is seeking help from Alaska residents.

Wings Christian Academy
Mrs. Mathew took her home economics class on a field trip to Gottshalks on Tuesday. The trip tied in with the class's current study of health, skin types, hair and makeup.

Artists in Schools accepting applications
The Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsoring schools are accepting applications for the Artist in Schools Program. Artist in visual, literary, traditional Native and performing art forms are encouraged to apply.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
This week, the students will learn about primary and secondary colors with Jell-O. They also will use kaleidoscopes, color lenses and prisms.

Budget review committee members needed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking members for its 2005-06 budget review committee. The deadline to join the committee is today.

Kindergartners' dirt digging leads to hands-on lessons
On a field trip last week that was literally a trip to a field, a group of kindergartners learned french fries aren't grown at McDonald's. The trip took the class to a potato field, where they dug up the spuds Americans love to french fry.

Library hosts writing contest
Certificates and prizes will be awarded.

Decision made to draft resolution of support for cocurricular programs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will not convene a task force to study cocurricular programs, the school board said Monday.

Connections
Connections enrollment for students in kindergarten through 12th grade ends in mid-October. To make an appointment, call 714-8880.

Around Campus
Not everyone who lives on the central Kenai Peninsula realizes that KPC has another campus in Homer, in addition to the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. The Kachemak Bay Campus (KBC) of Kenai Peninsula College -- an extended campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage -- serves the 14,000-plus residents who live on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Soldotna High
Homecoming week continues through Saturday night. Upcoming Homecoming activities include the annual bonfire and pep rally by the tennis court from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday; class royalty presentations during halftime at the Saturday football game; and the Homecoming dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Dance admission is $5 per person. Attire is dressy. All guests must be signed up in advance.

Seldovia students selected for youth summit
A group of students from Susan B. English School in Seldovia is among 15 teams selected to participate in the Alaska Youth Empowerment Summit this week at Camp Carlquist near Chugiak.

Skyview High
Picture retake day is Monday. All students, even seniors, need to get their picture taken for ID card purposes, if they have not already done so.

School Lunch menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Redoubt Elementary
After the Bell started Monday. For more information or to register a child, call Linda Houglum at 398-4048 or 262-7578.

GI Bill benefits increased
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command recently announced the maximum benefit under the Montgomery GI Bill, plus the Army College Fund, has been increased from $50,000 to $70,344 for persons who qualify.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to the Agrium sponsored Character Counts winners Alex Cook and Kendra Ashwell last week. They both received medium-sized pepperoni pizzas for lunch.

Tech school provides educational choices for Anchorage families
ANCHORAGE -- Troy Stringer arrived at Highland Tech High last month to start his eighth-grade year and found a very different place from Clark Middle School, where he spent seventh grade.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The lifelong guideline for this week is trustworthiness -- to be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others.

Service scholarships available
Students in Service, a Campus Compact AmeriCorps program, will offer scholarships to as many as 2,000 college students throughout the western United States.

Connections
Connections enrollment for students in kindergarten through 12th grade ends in mid-October. To make an appointment, call 714-8880.

Kenai Central High
Next week is Homecoming. The week will include dress-up days, lunchtime activities and the Homecoming assembly during school. After school on Sept. 24 will be the annual Homecoming parade and bonfire. The Homecoming games will be Sept. 25, with the dance beginning at 9 p.m. that evening.

Energy contest launched for classes
iScienceProject will sponsor the HOBO Energy Challenge through May 1. The free contest is designed to promote energy awareness within schools while offering students of all ages a hands-on science learning experience with HOBO data loggers (portable electronic recording devices that monitor light usage, room temperature and relative humidity)

Kachemak Bay Campus expansion under way
Not everyone who lives on the central Kenai Peninsula realizes that KPC has another campus in

Service scholarships available
Students in Service, a Campus Compact AmeriCorps program, will offer scholarships to as many as 2,000 college students throughout the western United States.

Decision made to draft resolution of support for cocurricular programs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will not convene a task force to study cocurricular programs, the school board said Monday.

Aviation scholarships available
The Alaska Airmen's Association Inc. recently created three annual individual $2,500 scholarships to promote professional development and aviation careers. The application deadline is Sept. 30. Scholarships will be awarded later in the fall.

Kindergartners' dirt digging leads to hands-on lessons
On a field trip last week that was literally a trip to a field, a group of kindergartners learned french fries aren't grown at McDonald's. The trip took the class to a potato field, where they dug up the spuds Americans love to french fry.

ACT deadline is Friday
The regular registration deadline for the Oct. 23 administration of the ACT Assessment is Friday. The late registration deadline, which includes a $15 fee, is Oct. 1.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
This week, the students will learn about primary and secondary colors with Jell-O. They also will use kaleidoscopes, color lenses and prisms.

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

Redoubt Elementary
After the Bell started Monday. For more information or to register a child, call Linda Houglum at 398-4048 or 262-7578.

Sears Elementary
School pictures will be taken Sept. 29. Watch for more information coming home soon.

Artists in Schools accepting applications
The Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsoring schools are accepting applications for the Artist in Schools Program. Artist in visual, literary, traditional Native and performing art forms are encouraged to apply.

Wings Christian Academy
Mrs. Mathew took her home economics class on a field trip to Gottshalks on Tuesday. The trip tied in with the class's current study of health, skin types, hair and makeup.

Aviation scholarships available
The Alaska Airmen's Association Inc. recently created three annual individual $2,500 scholarships to promote professional development and aviation careers. The application deadline is Sept. 30. Scholarships will be awarded later in the fall.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to cross country runner Brian Beeson for placing among the top finishers in every race so far this season. Come cheer for him at regionals Sept. 25 in Su Valley. Thanks to Coach McKenney for his many years of dedication as CIA's cross country coach.

ACT deadline is Friday
The regular registration deadline for the Oct. 23 administration of the ACT Assessment is Friday. The late registration deadline, which includes a $15 fee, is Oct. 1.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The lifelong guideline for this week is trustworthiness -- to be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others.

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

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mr. Daniels' class recently took a trip to the Kenai River. The class also is going to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to study wetlands and bear awareness this month. The students also have studied the origin of the Cherokee alphabet, called the Syllabary, and learned that in 1821, Sequoyah began the nine-year creation of the Syllabary so that Cherokee people could write down their stories and myths. Guess how long it took to create the English Alphabet? 4,000 years. Quite an accomplishment for the Cherokee Nation.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to the Agrium sponsored Character Counts winners Alex Cook and Kendra Ashwell last week. They both received medium-sized pepperoni pizzas for lunch.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
The students are enjoying their weekly visits to the Soldotna Public Library.

Tustumena Elementary
Parents are asked to update the school's records with home addresses, emergency contacts and any changes in phone numbers. Current information is necessary in case of an emergency. Families are asked to provide updates as soon as possible.

California student seeks information
Kyle Filbrum, a sixth-grader at Brethren Heritage School in Modesto, Calif., is seeking help from Alaska residents.

Sterling Elementary
The PTA's membership drive was a success. Congratulations to Terry Buerkel, who won the family pass for four to H2Oasis. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and staff members who joined PTA to support the school.

School Lunch menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Seldovia students selected for youth summit
A group of students from Susan B. English School in Seldovia is among 15 teams selected to participate in the Alaska Youth Empowerment Summit this week at Camp Carlquist near Chugiak.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
The students are enjoying their weekly visits to the Soldotna Public Library.

Tech school provides educational choices for Anchorage families
ANCHORAGE -- Troy Stringer arrived at Highland Tech High last month to start his eighth-grade year and found a very different place from Clark Middle School, where he spent seventh grade.

Senior Briefs
Social Security reps to visit area Dinner, pie auction slated Area senior center activities this week.

Senior Menus
Senior menus this week at area centers.

Packers thump Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Green Bay Packers dealt the Carolina Panthers the kind of defeat now familiar to Super Bowl losers.

Soldotna netters topple Mariners
The Soldotna High School volleyball team overcame a mental lapse in game three to defeat Homer in four games Tuesday in Soldotna for a Northern Lights Conference victory.

Soldotna swimmers beat Cordova
The Soldotna High School boys and girls swimming teams defeated Cordova Friday at Soldotna.

Course still open one day at a time
Recently, yours truly was told as long as the weather cooperates, Kenai Golf Course will remain open. Management will consider it one day at a time.

Early bird special: Life left in old legs in Week 1
The best belonged to the 31-year-old Martin, who had 196 yards for the Jets against the Bengals; the most curious to Bettis, 32, who had 1 net yard in five carries in Pittsburgh's 24-21 win over Oakland, but scored all three of the Steelers' touchdowns.

Crewsers compete in Moose Nugget Miler
The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club competed with Alaska rival Anchorage Rowing Association Saturday in the Moose Nugget Miler Rowing Race in Wasilla at Lake Lucille.

Course still open one day at a time
Recently, yours truly was told as long as the weather cooperates, Kenai Golf Course will remain open. Management will consider it one day at a time. If it makes sense to have the course remain open, then it will be open for play until the weather closes it. This will be another first for the Kenai Golf Course. Last year the opening date of April 23 was the earliest opening in the course's history. Hopefully, this year's closing date also will go down.

Skyview can't tarnish Nikiski's perfection
Nikiski is a strong volleyball team -- and that's not just because the Bulldogs remained undefeated with a 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17 nonconference victory over visiting Skyview.

Soldotna swimmers beat Cordova
The Soldotna High School boys and girls swimming teams defeated Cordova Friday at Soldotna.

Canada wins, NHL lockout looms
TORONTO -- The World Cup returned to Canada after 13 long years. How long hockey will be gone is anyone's guess.

Skyview can't tarnish Nikiski's perfection
Nikiski is a strong volleyball team -- and that's not just because the Bulldogs remained undefeated with a 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17 nonconference victory over visiting Skyview.

A's, Rangers dodge blame
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers disagreed over who's to blame for an altercation in the stands that led to the arrest of Rangers reliever Frank Francisco after he threw a chair that hit a woman and broke her nose.

Ryder Cup will feature lost of cheering -- good and bad
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Vijay Singh and Mike Weir provided a preview of the Ryder Cup, even though neither will be playing at Oakland Hills this week.

A's, Rangers dodge blame
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers disagreed over who's to blame for an altercation in the stands that led to the arrest of Rangers reliever Frank Francisco after he threw a chair that hit a woman and broke her nose.

500 feet sounds just about right
For the sake of argument, here's hoping Barry Bonds' next home run ball travels 500 feet, minimum.

Canada wins, NHL lockout looms
TORONTO -- The World Cup returned to Canada after 13 long years. How long hockey will be gone is anyone's guess.

Soldotna netters topple Mariners
The Soldotna High School volleyball team overcame a mental lapse in game three to defeat Homer in four games Tuesday in Soldotna for a Northern Lights Conference victory.

Crewsers compete in Moose Nugget Miler
The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club competed with Alaska rival Anchorage Rowing Association Saturday in the Moose Nugget Miler Rowing Race in Wasilla at Lake Lucille. The Crewsers picked up wins in the novice eight-person shell with coxswain and the women's quadruple sculls.

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