Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Minnesota moves 1 1/2 games ahead in AL Central race
MINNEAPOLIS Brad Radke beat Esteban Loaiza for the second time in six days as the Minnesota Twins stretched their AL Central lead over the White Sox to 1 1/2 games with a 5-2 victory against Chicago on Tuesday night.

Maddux denied 15th win
MONTREAL Greg Maddux could only look on as his latest shot at 15 wins slipped away. No matter, the Braves are ensured of going to the playoffs once again.

Soup Supper will go on feeding those in need
Once again the largest fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank was a sold out event. Approximately 300 attended or volunteered to serve at the 7th annual Soup Supper held at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Akita City delegation says farewell
The two-week visit by the delegation from Akita City, Japan, was a whirlwind of life on the Kenai Peninsula that included everything from Borough Assembly meetings to silver salmon fishing.

Twin city mayors remember September 11th
In remembering the second anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Soldotna and Kenai Mayors David Carey and John Williams joined together for a community appreciation day last week at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The Really Last Great Race
The Iditarod sled dog race is known as the "Last Great Race," so perhaps the Soldotna Lions Club Bed Race can claim title to the "Really Last Great Laugh (or race)," because by definition it does qualify as a race, but truly is a great laugh for all who participate.

KRSA Volunteers picnic & party
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association's (KRSA) 10th Anniversary Kenai River Classic was another million-dollar event this year, so as a tribute to the army of volunteers that make the Classic possible, KRSA decided to hold an appreciation event they called an Appreciation Olympics Barbeque.

Central Peninsula General Hospital conducts successful blood drive
A special thanks from the Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center. During the month of August we had several successful blood drives around the community. I would like to thank Bonnie Nichols and Dr. Timothy Gleason of Central Peninsula General Hospital for helping to coordinate one of their more successful drives, with 24 good units of blood. Way to go, CPGH!

American Legion fund-raiser helps Ninilchik Emergency Services
The Ninilchik Emergency Services personnel would like to thank the American Legion Post 18 of Ninilchik for holding its second annual spaghetti feed and auction in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, the proceeds of which they donated to the Ninilchik Emergency Services.

Thanks to all who contributed to cleaner Cooper Landing
Twenty-five volunteers and special guests including Cathy Mayer and Holly Hastings with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department, Christine Hutchison of Unocal, and Alice Hall and Rod O'Connor of the Chugach National Forest-Seward Ranger District enjoyed dinner together at Froso's. Twenty others couldn't make this special dinner because an accident closed the Sterling Highway for three hours at Mile 51.

Students wash cars to raise money for spring field trips
The students in Mrs. Zimmerman's fourth- and fifth-grade class would like to thank the Kenai Burger King for allowing them to have a car wash on Sept. 6. The class was trying to make money for two big field trips in the spring. The class would also like to thank all of the community members who swung by to get their vehicles washed! A big thanks go out to the parents of the class for their support.

Nikiski Cook Inlet Lions host first Grandparent's Day breakfast
The Nikiski Cook Inlet Lions hosted our first Grandparent's Day Breakfast on Sept. 7. We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions: Country Foods, Three Bears, Fred Meyer, Nikiski Senior Center and the Clarion. Lions that volunteered man hours were Sheri Delgado, Ray Nickelson, Raymond Hensley, Bob Harrison and Richard Dominick.

Sears Elementary kicks off year with great barbecue, open house
On behalf of Sears Elementary PTA, I would like to thank all those who helped make our sixth annual Back-to-School Barbecue a big success! Thanks to IGA Country Foods for the hot dogs, chips and cookies; thanks to Coca Cola of Alaska for supplying the Coke Wagon with unlimited soft drinks; thanks to Blockbuster for its donation of delicious door prizes; thanks to Enstar for the loan of its barbecue grill; thanks to Duane Bannock for being the head chef; thanks to all of the Sears staff for their help setting up and cleaning up; and a special thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers and PTA officers who made the barbecue a great success!

Tribute to Les Anderson: He was an example for doing the right thing
Again, I find myself writing you about an Alaska friend who has died. That friend is a man who always had a smile for anyone that came across his path.

Grown-up Ghormley makes SoHi foes pay
Never pick on the little guy because one day, that little guy may grow up to be Dan Ghormley.

Business set to operate imaging equipment
Central Peninsula General Hospital will see some competition from a source closer than Anchor-age.

Anybody wanna buy a watch?
It might be called the mother of all garage sales, except the Kenai Peninsula Borough does this every year.

Director hired for moose research
After several months of being vacant, the position of director at the Moose Research Center in Sterling has been filled.

No, it's not long distance
It's been two years since they came, but few people noticed them until recently.

Officer injured, patrol car damaged during DUI bust
A Kenai police officer was cut in the eye by flying glass during a drunk-driving incident on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Bridge Access Road early Sunday morning.

Photo feature: Change of seasons
Trees along the Skyline Trail display autumn colors earlier this week above Jean Lake, in the foreground, and Skilak Lake.

Kenai biker rolls through North America
When Kenai's Kevin Eldridge set out July 12 on his 2003 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle, the machine was nearly brand new. By September, the bike and Eldridge had rolled for more than 17,000 miles, passed through 28 states, cruised both coasts of the continent and returned back home to tell about it.

William 'Bill' David Banta
Longtime Soldotna resident William "Bill" David Banta died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage due to complications from diabetes. He was 53.

Russell F. Malone
Longtime Homer resident Russell F. Malone died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at his home in Homer. He was 57.

There is link between blackout, opening ANWR to oil drilling
When a congressional conference committee working on a national energy bill soon resumes its work, it will do so against a backdrop of complaints that it is using the recent blackout in the northeastern United States to gain approval of controversial provisions. A House provision to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge tops the list and again has environmental groups in a lather.

Cheney's cool looks like condescension, hurts message he wants to convey
Sometimes success with the public depends as much on good presentation as it does on good policy. It might be wise for the White House to re-examine both areas.

Alaska says goodbye to one of its pioneers What others say
One of the great figures of Alaska's territorial and early statehood years died last week in Kona, Hawaii. At the age of 93, and long retired to the island sunshine, Chuck Herbert was perhaps unknown to this generation of Alaskans. More's the pity.

New law recipe for failing schools
Let's take a test to see how proficient you are in language arts and math: What four words equal the complete destruction of education?

Around the Peninsula
Gilbreath to speak at Kenai chamber New classes offered at Skyview pool Disable veterans schedule meeting HEA seeking applications for board seat Residents sought for CPHC board KCHS to raffle off quilt Builders association seeking nominees Youth basketball teams accepting registration

Around the Peninsula
Nutritional classes offered at food bankRetirement planning presentation scheduledFlag ceremony to honor POW-MIAsMarketing workshop scheduledCandidates forum slatedChenault to speak at NPC meetingArtists needed for harvest fund-raiserDisaster awareness meeting slatedCourt clerks office to close for ceremony

Soldotna Middle
Open house was a success. Thanks to the parents who attended. The school appreciates your support.

States differ on ordering divorced parents to pay for college fees
MANCHESTER, N.H. Alexander Duran was delighted when his daughter earned admission to two of New England's top private colleges. He was furious when a judge ordered him to help pay tuition at the school offering far less financial aid.

Feds go local to change fatty habits
WASHINGTON Some Indian tribes in Michigan are about to urge a return to traditional menus like wild rice and fresh fish, in hopes of fighting soaring obesity-caused diabetes.

Tustumena Elementary
Joseph Malatesta was the winner of the bicycle and helmet during the open house program.

Youngsters get glimpse of future of space travel
Tomorrow's astronauts blasted off all last week at NASA's Starship 2040 exhibit, a traveling virtual rocketship that shows what space travel might be like in 40 years.

Connections
Connections is accepting enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade. Call 262-6315 to make an appointment.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
It is homecoming week at Nikiski. Homecoming events begin Thursday with the volleyball team hosting Kenai at 5 p.m. Middle school soccer will play in Kenai, and the junior class will sponsor a bonfire from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary
The fall fund-raiser packets were due Tuesday. Students should return them by Thursday if they haven't already done so. Thanks to all students, parents and community members who participated.

Best, worst children's snacks listed
WASHINGTON (AP) Campaigning to replace sodas, candy bars and sugary juices with fruit and granola bars in school vending machines, an advocacy group on Monday listed what it says are among the healthiest and worst snacks for children.

North Star Elementary
An important parent-community consolidation informational meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the North Star library.

Menu
District school lunch menu

Skyview High
Many activities are taking place during homecoming week, including school spirit dress-up days: Wednesday is armed forces-military day; Thursday is punk-rock star day; and Friday is Panther school spirit day.

Fall semester under way with enrollment on the rise
The temperature may be dropping but enrollment at KPC is on the rise. Now that registration is complete, statistics show that all campuses of the college are seeing an increase in the number of students making KPC their college of choice.

Playing it cool
Kids' TV celebrity Retro Bill took the Kenai Peninsula by storm last week, bringing his message of drug awareness and self-esteem to elementary school students in Seward, Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof and Homer.

Kenai Central High
It is homecoming week at KCHS.

Cook Inlet Academy
Spiritual Emphasis Week was celebrated last week with many activities.

Wings Christian Academy
The yearbook staff elections were last week. Julianne Pettey was elected editor, Eben Spilman will be the assistant editor and Amy Wood and Kareasa Brown are photographers.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Reading is the focus this year at K-Beach Elementary. The school is "under construction" as students, staff and parents read books, bricks are added to the school house.

Kenai to host motivational speaker
Motivational speaker H. Stephen Glenn will present "Developing Capable Young People," next week in Kenai. Glenn, internationally recognized for his contributions to education, family life and young people, has been a featured speaker at the White House, where he was honored by Nancy Reagan as one of the nation's most outstanding family life and drug abuse prevention professionals.

Nikiski Elementary
The sixth-grade class camped overnight at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Outdoor Education Center near Sterling.

Mountain View Elementary
Students in Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's classes visited Exit Glacier on Thursday to follow up on a visit made to the school by Ranger Jessica Stern.

Soldotna High
The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be Oct. 7 to 9. Students needing to retake all or part of the exam are encouraged to take advantage of the After the Bell program. Tutoring is available through ATB on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Bryson's class visited the Arness potato farm last week and had a wonderful first field trip.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Low-income seniors get free fruits, veggies
SWANSEA, S.C. (AP) Seventy-two-year-old Melba Gleaton arrived at the old gymnasium early, anticipating a crowd eager to get coupons for free fresh fruit and vegetables from farmers' markets across South Carolina.

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

Women soccer pros face uncertain future
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The first e-mail came from an elementary school student putting together a petition to save the WUSA.

Tragedy puts fame, fortune in perspective
From the time they were born, Venus and Serena Williams had two strong women mothering them.

Sports Briefs
Mosley offers De La Hoya adviceSingh wins Deere Classic, takes money leadClarett's attorneys file innocent pleaAOL finds group buyer for Hawks, ThrashersHudler suspended through end of seasonCubs to retire Santo's number

WUSA goes under
ATLANTA The cash-strapped WUSA called it quits Monday just five days before the Women's World Cup, bringing an abrupt end to a soccer league built on the success of the 1999 tournament.

Man arrested in shooting death of Williams sister
COMPTON, Calif. A man was arrested in the shooting death of a sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, and authorities searched Monday for four other possible suspects in the slaying outside a house known to attract gang members.

Rams decide to stick with Bulger
Marc Bulger will lead the St. Louis Rams, at least for next week, while healthy quarterback Kurt Warner watches from the sideline.

Endless autumn graces peninsula
With this incredible fall, golfers are asking, "When will the Kenai Golf Course close for the season?"

Cowboys kicker boots Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. This could have been one of Bill Parcells' worst losses. Billy Cundiff turned it into one of his biggest wins.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski-Skyview volleyball rescheduled Nikiski gridders to take field at 3 p.m. Saturday

Detroit takes its first WNBA championship
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Red, white and blue confetti fluttered through the air and fireworks exploded in what could have been a building without the WNBA this season.

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