Thursday, September 16, 2004

Injured lady plans to sue Francisco
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The woman whose nose was broken when Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands said Wednesday she plans to seek compensation for her injuries once prosecutors and baseball officials complete their investigation.

Injured lady plans to sue Francisco
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The woman whose nose was broken when Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands said Wednesday she plans to seek compensation for her injuries once prosecutors and baseball officials complete their investigation.

Yankees shut out Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Javier Vazquez pitched the New York Yankees to their second consecutive shutout, and Derek Jeter homered and doubled twice Wednesday in a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

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.

Yankees shut out Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Javier Vazquez pitched the New York Yankees to their second consecutive shutout, and Derek Jeter homered and doubled twice Wednesday in a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

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.

Johnson passes Carlton
PHOENIX -- Knowing he was close to beating Steve Carlton's major league record for strikeouts by a left-hander, Randy Johnson still prepared the same way.

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.

Howe gone after season
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets fired manager Art Howe on Wednesday but left him in the dugout for the final 2 1/2 weeks of a season gone bad after the All-Star break.

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.

Johnson passes Carlton
PHOENIX -- Knowing he was close to beating Steve Carlton's major league record for strikeouts by a left-hander, Randy Johnson still prepared the same way.

Howe gone after season
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets fired manager Art Howe on Wednesday but left him in the dugout for the final 2 1/2 weeks of a season gone bad after the All-Star break.

Photo feature: Cool construction
Construction workers from Anchorage-based McGee Industries dress warmly in a crisp autumn-like morning chill Wednesday as they finish putting wood siding on the front of the new Trustworthy Hardware store being built on the Sterling Highway at Kobuk Street in Soldotna. The store is scheduled to open at the first of the year.

Senate committee votes to block new overtime rules by president
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted Wednesday to scuttle new rules that critics say would deny overtime pay to millions of workers, as Democrats won the latest round in their election-year bout with President Bush over the issue.

Georgia chicken company keeps insurance costs down by pushing workers toward healthier habits
BALDWIN, Ga. -- In the early 1990s, Fieldale Farms had a troubling problem: Employee heart attacks, at an average cost of $50,000 apiece, were quickly making insurance unaffordable for the small chicken processing company.

Soldotna business specializes in permanent looks
Sandy Dallmann is a tattoo artist -- sort of.

Soldotna business specializes in permanent looks
Sandy Dallmann is a tattoo artist -- sort of.

Photo feature: Cool construction
Construction workers from Anchorage-based McGee Industries dress warmly in a crisp autumn-like morning chill Wednesday as they finish putting wood siding on the front of the new Trustworthy Hardware store being built on the Sterling Highway at Kobuk Street in Soldotna. The store is scheduled to open at the first of the year.

Senate committee votes to block new overtime rules by president
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted Wednesday to scuttle new rules that critics say would deny overtime pay to millions of workers, as Democrats won the latest round in their election-year bout with President Bush over the issue.

Business Briefs
High flying artwork promotes GamesArea chambers set scheduleBuilders to hold meetingIndustries receive awards

Georgia chicken company keeps insurance costs down by pushing workers toward healthier habits
''At the time, the average worker was 45 years old,'' said Denise Ivester, Fieldale's human resources manager. ''I said, 'This is from gravy and biscuits in the South.'''

Business Briefs
High flying artwork promotes GamesArea chambers set scheduleBuilders to hold meetingIndustries receive awards

Poignant novel finds love in strange places
"Above the Thunder," the debut novel by Fairbanksan Renee Manfredi, is an unconventional tale of love, loss and reconciliation. There is nary a boy-meets-girl romance to be found in it, yet it ponders true love with an unsentimental insight few authors can conjure.

Art Briefs
Play auditions this weekendBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredPottery soughtFavorite poem project solicits submissionsArtwork wanted for state facility

Poignant novel finds love in strange places
"Above the Thunder," the debut novel by Fairbanksan Renee Manfredi, is an unconventional tale of love, loss and reconciliation. There is nary a boy-meets-girl romance to be found in it, yet it ponders true love with an unsentimental insight few authors can conjure.

For little queens, Miss America is a huge draw
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- In her white taffeta gown and rhinestone tiara, Briella DiGicinto looked every inch like a beauty queen.

Oprah surprises audience with new cars
CHICAGO (AP) -- In addition to advice, encouragement and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey had a special gift for every member of her audience -- a $28,000 car.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

For little queens, Miss America is a huge draw
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- In her white taffeta gown and rhinestone tiara, Briella DiGicinto looked every inch like a beauty queen.

'Sky Captain' starts soaring, doesn't end so high
From the looks of it, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" could have been a dazzling success or a dizzying failure.

Oprah surprises audience with new cars
CHICAGO (AP) -- In addition to advice, encouragement and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey had a special gift for every member of her audience -- a $28,000 car.

'Sky Captain' starts soaring, doesn't end so high
From the looks of it, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" could have been a dazzling success or a dizzying failure.

Art Briefs
Play auditions this weekendBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredPottery soughtFavorite poem project solicits submissionsArtwork wanted for state facility

Guild holds fund-raiser art auction
Patrons of the Harvest Art Show and Auction will be paying for more than just the artwork they bid on at the Sept. 25 event. They'll also be paying to keep the Kenai Fine Arts Center open and operating.

Guild holds fund-raiser art auction
Patrons of the Harvest Art Show and Auction will be paying for more than just the artwork they bid on at the Sept. 25 event. They'll also be paying to keep the Kenai Fine Arts Center open and operating.

Toys were enjoyed by more than kids
The Rotary Club of Kenai would like to extend a hearty thank you to all the sponsors, operators and participants who made our Big Tonkas on the Bluff event a huge success on Industry Appreciation Day. Big Tonkas on the Bluff could not have happened without the generous contributions of several local companies and organizations. The Rotary Club of Kenai would like to thank Double A Dan's Construction, ACS, D&L Construction, HEA, Airport Equipment Rentals, Sign Works, The Decanter Inn, Peninsula Sanitation, Air Liquide, Wells Fargo, Tesoro, HiSpeed Gear!, First American Title, Walter's and Associates, Integrity Survey, David Ramey Photography and Kenai Peninsula Builder's Association.

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?

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.

Sears Elementary loses teacher; students lose
Three weeks into the school year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sears Elementary loses teacher; students lose
Three weeks into the school year.

Toys were enjoyed by more than kids
The Rotary Club of Kenai would like to extend a hearty thank you to all the sponsors, operators and participants who made our Big Tonkas on the Bluff event a huge success on Industry

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?

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

Moose mishap makes noisy night
The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor awoke in the wee hours of Sunday morning to find that something that goes bump in the night in Alaska might just be a moose falling into one's window well.

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.

Moose mishap makes noisy night
The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor awoke in the wee hours of Sunday morning to find that something that goes bump in the night in Alaska might just be a moose falling into one's window well.

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.

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.

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.

Spending tops talk at debate
Candidates vying for two of the three open assembly seats pitched their positions on the issues to a modest Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd Tuesday.

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.

Spending tops talk at debate
Candidates vying for two of the three open assembly seats pitched their positions on the issues to a modest Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jacob Charlie Zeigler
Anchor Point resident Jacob Charlie Zeigler died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at his home in Anchor Point. He was 81.

Jacob Charlie Zeigler
Anchor Point resident Jacob Charlie Zeigler died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at his home in Anchor Point. He was 81.

Bush focus on character goes against grain but still works
LAS VEGAS -- President Bush is embracing troublesome topics that should be hurting him and fighting for states that should be tilting away from him in a campaign that has focused so far on character rather than issues.

Post-Sept. 11 acts haven't made the world any safer
They say talk is cheap -- particularly truisms of the sort enunciated and repeated with digitalized rapidity in the hours and days following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which claimed several thousand lives. The world had changed forever, we were told.

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.

Bush focus on character goes against grain but still works
LAS VEGAS -- President Bush is embracing troublesome topics that should be hurting him and fighting for states that should be tilting away from him in a campaign that has focused so far on character rather than issues.

Post-Sept. 11 acts haven't made the world any safer
They say talk is cheap -- particularly truisms of the sort enunciated and repeated with digitalized rapidity in the hours and days following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which claimed several thousand lives. The world had changed forever, we were told.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski chamber to meet today

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support meetings slatedPSDRA schedules meetingHope comes to central peninsulaTOPS Fall Rally scheduledCommunity dance plannedCandidate forum planned

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
Caregiver support meetings slatedPSDRA schedules meetingHope comes to central peninsulaTOPS Fall Rally scheduledCommunity dance plannedCandidate forum planned

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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)

Library hosts writing contest
Certificates and prizes will be awarded.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

More students means shuffling class sizes, teachers, to some displeasure
A group of Sears Elementary School families learned last week that even good news can have consequences.

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.

Peninsula school board agrees with almost all state association's stances
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is on board with the Association of Alaska School Boards' annual list of resolutions and brief statements -- with a handful of exceptions.

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.

More students means shuffling class sizes, teachers, to some displeasure
A group of Sears Elementary School families learned last week that even good news can have consequences.

Peninsula school board agrees with almost all state association's stances
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is on board with the Association of Alaska School Boards' annual list of resolutions and brief statements -- with a handful of exceptions.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

SEC races take shape early with two gigantic matchups
Two Southeastern Conference contenders will take giant steps toward division titles Saturday.

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.

NHL, players prepare for long lockout
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League locked out its players Thursday, threatening to keep the sport off the ice for the entire 2004-05 season and perhaps beyond in an effort by management to gain massive economic change.

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.

U.S. takes a different approach to Ryder Cup
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Hal Sutton doesn't want anyone to read anything into his pairings during the practice rounds at the Ryder Cup, and that's a good thing.

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.

SEC races take shape early with two gigantic matchups
Two Southeastern Conference contenders will take giant steps toward division titles Saturday.

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.

NHL, players prepare for long lockout
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League locked out its players Thursday, threatening to keep the sport off the ice for the entire 2004-05 season and perhaps beyond in an effort by management to gain massive economic change.

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.

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

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 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.

U.S. takes a different approach to Ryder Cup
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Hal Sutton doesn't want anyone to read anything into his pairings during the practice rounds at the Ryder Cup, and that's a good thing.

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.

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