Thursday, September 23, 2004

Giants maintain wild-card lead
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Noah Lowry won his sixth straight decision and remained unbeaten in 13 major league starts, and Ray Durham hit a two-run double to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday 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 leads rout
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Raul Ibanez tied an American League record with six hits and Ichiro Suzuki had four more singles to pace Seattle's 24-hit outburst in a 16-6 rout of Anaheim Wednesday.

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.

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.

Officials: Time too short to avoid sockeye loss
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Water in the Fraser River warmed up too fast last summer for regulators to avoid huge losses of spawning salmon, Canadian Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan says.

Entrepreneurs remake image of working women
ANCHORAGE -- Alison's Relocations sometimes gets calls asking to speak with ''Mr. Alison.''

CBS fined $550,000 for Janet Jackson Super Bowl show
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to fine each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations $27,500, which is the maximum penalty for indecency. The singer's right breast was briefly exposed to millions of television viewers during the show.

Business Briefs
Workers find volunteering is key to successArea chambers set scheduleAlliance to hold annual meetingFormer HEA board member recognizedHarbor school to host Homer chamber mixerKambe offers admission for donationCPGH gets recertification, equipment, new prefix

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.

Propositions would expand fire service
Voters in Kenai Peninsula communities covered by the Central Emergency Services Area will be asked whether fire protection services should be expanded into the Funny River, Kasilof, Cohoe and Clam Gulch areas.

Kenai mayor hopefuls face off
For the first time in 18 years, the city of Kenai soon will have a new mayor. Who that person will be, however, is unknown.

Behind-the-scenes tales lighten 'Star Wars' gravity
LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to ''Star Wars,'' maybe there's too much gravity in space.

Back-to-the-woods memoir literate, fun
Once upon a time, an unhappy intellectual lived in upstate New York. He read mystical poetry, found true love, got high, landed a dream job as a tenured English professor and bought a beautiful, rustic farm. None of that cured his restlessness.

Author, subject of 'Any Tonage' book make peninsula tour stops
Walter Jackinsky retired a few years ago after spending a career at sea, much of it as captain of a ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System. Jackinsky hasn't come out of retirement, but for the past few weeks, the 88-year-old has been visiting some unusual ports of call.

Art Briefs
Ballroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredPottery soughtFavorite poem project solicits submissionsArtwork wanted for state facilityOpen art show slated

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteers, sponsors made Fall Rally 'TOPS'
TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapters AK No. 189 Kenai and AK No. 188 Nikiski would like to express their deep appreciation to those who helped so much to make the Fall Rally, held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center on Sept. 18, a great success. The generous sharing of the facilities of the senior center, thanks to Rachel Craig and Kathy Romain, as well as the decorations crafted by Louann Barrett, made the dining experience notable. Missy Doyle's special soup was delicious, and we appreciate her kindness in coming early to provide it. Carol Ford, as always, was an outstanding entertainer. Ralph Carpenter's music, including his adaptability to accompany TOPS song parody, was smooth as silk. The computer skills of Randy Pippin and Mary Kennedy made bulletins, favors and name tags colorful and charming. Our motivational speakers, Don and Peggy Edwards, gave us new inspiration for achieving our TOPS goals of healthy living.

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?

Newsmaker: Ryan Newman
DOVER, Del. -- Ryan Newman appeared to be headed to a top-five finish last week at New Hampshire -- and a lofty position in Round 1 of the Chase for the Championship -- when his engine blew. Now he must play catch up in the final nine races of the season to contend for the Nextel Cup Series championship.

This week: MBNA America 400
(Race No. 28 of 36)

NASCAR Notes - Gordon apologizes for causing wreck at Loudon
DOVER, Del. -- Robby Gordon apologized for purposely wrecking Greg Biffle during last Sunday's race at New Hampshire. The wreck crippled the championship hopes of Jeremy Mayfield and Tony Stewart.

Racing legacies on the rise
DOVER, Del. -- When Justin Labonte was asked if it was tough to be a Labonte in racing, the son of two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte answered in the same dry humor of his father.

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

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.

No tax break for low-income housing
Two low-income housing complexes in Soldotna and Seward will not get a housing tax credit from the borough and will be assessed at their full and true value, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said Tuesday in Homer.

Starkweather attorney grills troopers, criminalist about use of trace evidence
The defense attorney for Justin Starkweather, the 23-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her home near West Poppy Lane in 2002, grilled state's witnesses in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday about evidence gathering and handling procedures.

United Way kicks off campaign
With so many worthy causes to choose from, people interested in helping the less fortunate often are torn between several different organizations when it comes to making a charitable contribution. That's where the United Way comes in.

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.

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.

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.

Bessie Leona Hooks
Kenai resident Bessie Leona Hooks died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, of natural causes at her home in Kenai. She was 72.

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.

Numbers show link between gas line, state pocketbook
The numbers are tantalizing. The latest 10-year jobs forecast by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows a bright employment future for the state, and the proposed natural gas line from the North Slope figures to be a major part.

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.

President's team finds a way to orchestrate vastly larger ad campaign
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's political team is orchestrating a vastly larger advertising campaign than thought possible under federal law, taking control of millions in Republican Party funds simply by inserting the phrase ''our leaders in Congress'' in selected commercials.

Saturday marks 33rd annual National Hunting and Fishing Day
Saturday is the 33rd annual observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

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

Around the Peninsula
RC&D to meetLions club meeting setParent support group meeting slatedBuilders' association seeking board membersJunior Achievement schedules meetingSocial civility to be discussed

Photo feature: Waiting in the rain
Smokey LeFebvre waits with his daughter's puppy, Mocha, for LeFebvre's wife, Mary Beth, to come out of a sandwich shop in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

Library hosts writing contest
Certificates and prizes will be awarded.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

Lunch menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Clemson limps into Bowden Bowl; Iowa visits Big House
Clemson and Iowa face potential turning points less than a month into the season.

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.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Cowan cards an ace
Azs our roving reporter, June Stuckey, is roving around the countryside, yours truly will have to attempt to report on past and current events.

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.

Swimming season in full swing
As the swimming season nears its midpoint with this Friday's SoHi Pentathlon, the Kodiak boys are in good position to repeat their Region III title while the Soldotna girls will have a fight on their hands if they wish to win a sixth straight region crown.

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.

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