Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Giants best Astros in key matchup
SAN FRANCISCO Pedro Feliz matched his career high with four RBIs, and Brett Tomko won his sixth straight decision in the San Francisco Giants' 9-2 victory Tuesday night over the Houston Astros.

Twins nab third straight crown
CHICAGO -- Torii Hunter and Corey Koskie each hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Twins clinched their third straight division crown on their main rivals' home turf, beating the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Monday night.

San Francisco gives up right to void slugger's contract for 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Now that Barry Bonds is assured of staying with the San Francisco Giants for two more seasons, he already is looking beyond. His children won't let him think about retirement just yet.

Ichiro collects five hits in win
ANAHEIM, Calif. Ichiro Suzuki went 5-for-5 to pull within 14 hits of George Sisler's major league record of 257, and Seattle beat Anaheim 7-3 Tuesday.

Cardinals' rally dooms Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Now the St. Louis Cardinals can celebrate their NL Central championship.

United Way kick-off runs toward new goal
David Gilbreath, United Way 2004-05 campaign chairman announced a new campaign goal of $600,000 at last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce kick-off. "Our Board of Directors supported a goal of $600,000 this year, that's up from last year's goal of $550,000 which was exceeded by a great team and a lot of work. This year's goal is up a bit, but I think we are up to it and the 26 agencies that we support we benefit from it, as will our neighbors in the community," said Gilbreath.

CPGH expansion on schedule and under budget
The big earth moving machines are quiet now at the site of the Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH) expansion. Major changes are visible at the location where hundreds turned out for the ground breaking celebration back in June this summer.

Each fall I find myself in the same predicament, too many things to do and not enough time to get everything done. There is a whole lot of hunting to do in basically a very limited amount of time. Our hunting season for most big game animals in Alaska is done in the months of August and September. It is also the time when you harvest the majority of your garden vegetables as well as filling your freezers with anything from berries to various types of fowl.

Release a Kenai River Hog & take home a trophy
Several years ago concern that heavy fishing of trophy size Kenai River King Salmon might be harming the gene pool of the giant fish, generated a unique program that has become known as "Release a Hog take home a trophy."

Big Tonkas on Kenai Bluff make miles of smiles...
Industry Appreciation Day was highlighted by a new event this year, thanks to the Kenai Rotary Club. Chuck Stauffer, ACS General Manager and Kenai Rotarian, brought the idea up from Juneau where the their Rotary Club has a similar function, "The event basically gives kids a chance to get on some of this big equipment and make them work.

Nikiski debates police service
Law enforcement is among issues Nikiski voters will be asked to consider in the upcoming election.

Vote will define board's powers
Nikiski area voters will be posed with two ballot questions Oct. 5 seeking to redefine the powers of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area.

Nikiski's Schwenke picks up sports, academics in a hurry
Need Nikiski senior John Schwenke to pick up a sport? Give him a few years. Or even a few months.

Peninsula residents serving in Iraq deserve honor, respect
Last Friday, Marine Dave Nussbaum visited with me while back from Iraq and returning soon. Jake Savely of Ninilchik told me yesterday at the football game he has joined the Navy and will be sent as an MP, actually shore patrol, to Iraq. Saturday also hosted an open house for a Soldotna High graduate and wrestler who is going to Iraq with his National Guard unit. We have many scores of our community serving today in harm's way with loving spouses and parents awaiting their safe return.

Sponsors made Ninilchik golf tourney success
On behalf of Ninilchik Native Descendants and its board of directors, a heartfelt thanks goes out to businesses and individuals who donated prizes and cash in support of NND's sixth annual golf tournament.

Sales tax loophole deprives peninsula
Tourists leave peninsula with nearly $400,000 sales tax savings.

Seniors thank supporters of annual fund-raiser
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank all of the donors and volunteers who contributed to the center's Fall Round-Up fund-raiser. A big thank you to the Spur Highway Spankers, Northstar Cloggers, Can-Can dancers and Silverbelles & Western line dancers for the great music and entertainment.

Lisa Murkowski's seniority, performance worth vote
Although I'm not a Republican and I don't normally endorse a political candidate, I believe it is very important that Alaska sends Lisa Murkowski back to Washington. Why?

New guide regulations are 'bureaucratic popcorn'
HB 452 is a bill that took all the amazing and needless bureaucratic restrictions which were only on sport fish guides on the Kenai River and forced them statewide. Yes, now all of Alaska can also enjoy this sport fish bureaucracy along with paying a few hundred more dollars per guide to have the state record and file all the information.

Moose center appreciates volunteers for teen dance
A special thanks to Steve Holloway and Debbie Wells for being our D.J.'s. Also, kudos to our kids in the Moose Teen Club for coming in early to set up and decorate for 73 teens that were in attendance.

Jurors in Starkweather case see pictures documenting victim's injuries
Jurors continued listening to testimony Tuesday from investigators who collected evidence after a 46-year-old Soldotna woman was found severely beaten and sexually assaulted in her home near West Poppy Lane in 2002.

Burger Kings sold, new venues slated
The two Burger Kings in Kenai and Soldotna that closed last year due to bankruptcy have been sold to two different parties. Both properties are planned to reopen as fast food restaurants, but customers will no longer be able order Whoppers.

Economist analyzes effect tourists have on peninsula
Based on taxable sales, tourism unquestionably impacts the summertime economy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough and those of its cities. However, while the seasonal influx of visitors dumps a load of cash, the borough's economy also shows year-round strengths, according to an analysis of borough sales tax data.

Borough assembly to work on updating coastal plan
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's 15-year-old coastal management plan is out of date and in need of revisions to bring it in line with recent changes in state regulations and procedures.

Police: Prints led to murder suspect
An Alaska State Trooper told jurors Monday that footprints in the snow led investigators to the home of Justin Starkweather, the 23-year-old charged with sexually attacking a 46-year-old Soldotna woman in February 2002.

Kenai chamber gets director
Janie Odgers is in business as the new executive director for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Stormo gives up dogs
A musher who recently got his dog team back after more than two months in the custody of the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals relinquished the dogs to authorities last week.

American Indians claim place on National Mall
WASHINGTON As a child, William Walker was sent off to boarding school and forbidden to speak his native Mono Indian tribe language.

Assembly to wrap up unfinished business
Several pieces of unfinished business leftover from the last meeting will occupy part of today's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, including a proposed resolution regarding the way a low-income housing tax credit is applied and another supporting the Tsalteshi Trails Association's application for a state trails grant.

Under control
Participants in remote-controlled car and truck races Saturday at The Hobby Stop in Kenai, like Jeff Tuttle (below left) and Jordan Fischer (below right), had plenty of challenges to test their driving and engineering skills, including navigating a ramp jump and avoiding on-lookers. Drivers competed for bragging rights and door prizes were awarded.

Billie Palmer Dailey
Nikiski resident Billie Palmer Dailey died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at her home surrounded by family. She was 83.

John Arthur VanBlaricom
Soldotna resident John Arthur VanBlaricom died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, with his wife by his side at his home in Soldotna after a struggle with diabetes and kidney failure. He was 56.

Alvin Taeschner
Soldotna resident Alvin Taeschner died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at his home. He was 86.

Kerry claims he wouldn't have overthrown Saddam in Iraq
NEW YORK -- Staking out new ground on Iraq, Sen. John Kerry said Monday he would not have overthrown Saddam Hussein had he been in the White House, and he accused President Bush of ''stubborn incompetence,'' dishonesty and colossal failures of judgment. Bush said Kerry was flip-flopping.

Standing alone, Alaska still must oppose fish farms
In Alaska, Gov. Frank Murkowski might as well be fighting to save Nemo when he takes on the federal government over wild salmon's nemesis fish farms.

PFD is more than check in the mail
''Is that all?''

Around the Peninsula
Parks and Recreation schedules meetingFisherman's fund group to look at lawsuitParent support group meeting slatedKenai River sets out to work on programVeterans family picnic setEnvironmental program scheduledNikiski senior housing meeting plannedWriting contest begins

Around the Peninsula
Candidate forum planned Womans health screening available Guitar lessons offered Domestic violence workshop slated Seniors plan dinner and auction Hospice training set

Lunch menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The lifelong guideline the students have been learning about is truthfulness; to act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence.

Redoubt Elementary
Redoubt Elementary is 25 years old this year. Students will celebrate with special activities and cake and ice cream Friday.

Sears Elementary
School pictures will be Sept. 29. Information will be coming home soon.

Ready to weigh in?
Kenai Peninsula skies may have looked clear last week, but a hurricane was a-brewing.

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.

Leap and fall
Mountain View Elementary School third-grader Noah Carter, left, scopes up fall leaves, while Aurora Borealis Charter School third-grader Trevor Wagoner bounces on the trampoline. The boys enjoyed their Saturday afternoon away from the classroom last week, reveling in the fall weather.

Soldotna Elementary
Fun Buck winners have done good deeds this week are Lance Pate, Jared Briggs, Jared Chavez, Josh Pavloff, Bruce Hudson, Austin Gaswint, Dalton Lohrke, Lucy Robles, Becky Shaffer, Casey Simons, Rosy Doner-Pond and Swan Brooner.

Learning to give
Terry Hardcastle says her son, Matthew, always has been a giver.

Soldotna High
Picture retake day is Friday. Picture packets may be picked up from the office.

KPC seeks council reps
Kenai Peninsula College is seeking representatives to serve on the College Council. The council serves in a public advisory role for the college. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Kenai Peninsula College, Director's Office, 34820 College Driver, Soldotna, AK 99669, by Oct. 8.

Soldotna Middle
The staff and students welcome Sassa Peterson, a tutor hired by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in teaching.

Bed head: College students prepare for annual fund-raising race
When the leaves start turning and students start cracking open the textbooks, the campus starts getting geared up for what has become a tradition at Kenai Peninsula College. The KPC Student Union, along with a full slate of student volunteers, will defend its title as Soldotna Lions Club Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race champions. The group hopes to capture the event grand prize for the third consecutive year. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Soldotna Lions Club-sponsored fund-raiser at 4 p.m. Saturday on Park Street in Soldotna, near the senior center. This fund-raiser is dubbed "Dollars for Scholars," and the proceeds are directed to the Soldotna Lions scholarship fund.

Sterling Elementary
Mrs. Boehmlers and Mr. Seims fourth- and fifth-graders are heading to Exit Glacier today. They will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and need to bring a lunch, snack and water to drink.

More states offer single-sex schools
That's just fine with Kristielle Pedraza, a 13-year-old who says she will not miss the boys while she attends the Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, Dallas' first all-girls public school and one of a growing number of such schools nationally.

Tustumena Elementary
Many thanks to Chris Fallon and Kathy Musick at Jersey Subs for their generous donation of school supplies earlier this month. Families in need of supply items for their children may contact a teacher or principal to acquire them.

Survey: Sex, drugs mixed in teens' lives
WASHINGTON (AP) For teenagers, it appears that sex and drugs do go together, though the annual survey of U.S. teens didn't ask about rock 'n' roll.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Middle-schoolers will enjoy their first after-school activity-dance Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Parents need to arrange to pick up their students promptly at 7.

Library hosts writing contest
Certificates and prizes will be awarded.

Cook Inlet Academy
Parents must complete a driver form and provide a copy of their insurance coverage to the school office in order to be a driver for school activities. Forms are available at the office.

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.

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.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Sixth-graders will raft the Kenai River. After studying the Kenai River watershed, they will celebrate their learning with a final adventure that allows students to experience firsthand all the dynamics of this important resource.

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 enrollment ends in mid-October. To make an appointment, call 714-8880.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
This month, the new students are adjusting and getting familiarized with the Montessori classrooms, as well as getting to know one another, the staff and the teachers.

Sterling Head Start
Thanks to Connie (Jode's mom) for volunteering at the school every Tuesday.

READS Primary
The students and staff were all smiles last week. Individual pictures were taken, and the students participated in their first physical education class at the Kenai Recreation Center.

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).

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The lemonade stand was a success last week. Students made their own lemonade and "sold" each other glasses for $5. Preschoolers counted their own change.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Cramer's class enjoyed a trip to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday to learn about the role of predators in nature.

Kenai Central High
This week is Homecoming week. Students and teachers are participating in dress-up days and activities. Friday is the big day with a parade starting at 6 p.m., followed by the traditional bonfire in front of the school. After the homecoming games on Saturday, the homecoming dance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to the Agrium sponsored Character Counts winners, Dylan Zoske, Michael McBride and Cameron Hensley last week. They all received medium-size pepperoni pizzas for lunch.

Skyview High
Students in social studies have been very busy with in-class and community activities. Juniors in U.S. history have worked in the foundation of American history and are memorizing the beginning of the Declaration of Independence. They watched "Remember the Titans" and are submitting their first products and projects this week along with their Unit I packet.

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

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

Seniors want Juneau to drop new bus fares
JUNEAU (AP) -- Many of Sylvia Towle's friends used Juneau city buses to see doctors and go grocery shopping, until the city started charging them this month.

Course remains open
There are so many exciting things happening at the Kenai Golf Course! Several tee boxes are getting leveled, filled in and seeded and a new tee box is going in on No. 10. The present tee box on No. 10 will have two distinct levels after the fill is seeded.

Winslow's year could be done
The rookie season of Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. may have ended after just two games.

Woman acquitted in plot to kill agent
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A young Missouri woman was acquitted Monday of charges she helped former NHL player Mike Danton hire a hit man in a failed plot to kill his agent.

Blood doping case confronts Hamilton
REGENSDORF, Switzerland Olympic cycling champion Tyler Hamilton declared his innocence Tuesday while awaiting results of backup tests for possible blood doping that could cost him the gold medal.

McNabb roughs up Vikings
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb can't remember when he's had so much fun.

Kenai's Hall makes plays for Falcons The Next Level
Defensive lineman Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, had two tackles, one solo and one assisted, in the Falcons' 34-17 victory over the Rams on Sunday that moved the team to 2-0 on the season.

Fans cheer Nikiski past Kenai Central
The Nikiski High School volleyball team won a bruising match with Kenai Central Tuesday, defeating the Kardinals in four games in front of a boisterous North Road crowd.

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