Friday, September 23, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Suitcases for kids continues Alliance holds luncheon Clarion promotes employees

Candidate Profile: Debra K. Mullins, Seat 3, Nikiski
Residence: 53630 Redoubt Drive, Kenai, AK 99611 Mail address: Same Contacts: 776-5250 Age: 52 Years in the borough: 27 Family: Husband, Jim and three children Occupation: Homemaker Education: Some college Previous elected office: School board (1981-87 and 1996-present) Organizations: N/A

Candidate profile: Wayne U. Wong, School Board Seat 7
Residence: 63650 Sterling Highway, Clam Gulch, AK 99658 Mail address: Same Contacts: 260-8037 Age: 36 Years in the borough: Two Family: Wife, Heidi Wiley Wong, and four children Occupation: Finance director Education: Bachelor of science degree in accounting Previous elected office: Cook Inlet Aquaculture Board of Directors Organizations: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association,

Candidate Profile: Victoria E. ‘Vicki’ Pate, Seat 3, Nikiski
Residence: 50075 Moose Run Road, Nikiski, AK 99635 Mail address: P.O. Box 7447, Nikiski, AK 99635 Contacts: 776-8926, home; 252-4852, cell Age: 55 Years in the borough: 24 Family: Husband, Max, and six children Occupation: Instrument technician Education: Associate’s degree in in industrial instrumentation from Kenai Peninsula College in 1993 Previous elected office: N/A Organizations: Alliance for the Separation of School and State, Advocates for Self-government, Alaska

Candidate Views: Victoria Pate, School Board Seat 3, Nikiski
How much do you know about the history of education?

Candidate Views: Debra Mullins, School Board Seat 3, Nikiski
As a child I often heard the saying, “Do as I say and not as I do”. The problem with this advice is that most youth see better than they hear. Children often copy the behavior of their parents or other adults in their lives.

Shark, derby-winning halibut highlight Ninilchik company’s fishing season
To say anglers fishing with the Ninilchik Fishing Club had a good year would be like saying Bill Gates makes a decent living.

Scientists scour globe in search for world’s largest freshwater fish
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Floating down the Mekong in his dinghy, Zeb Hogan is on the ultimate fisherman’s quest: to find the world’s largest freshwater fishes.

Trail upgrade makes glacier more accessible
JUNEAU — Nature is even more accessible at the Mendenhall Glacier this year.

Group helps disabled hunters get into the field
PINE LAKES, Minn. — A triumphant smile on a hunter’s face is the main goal of the non-profit organization called the Minnesota Broken Wing Connection, which is devoted to helping disabled hunters to get back into the field.

Well documented
Following on the success of Homer Theatre's first documentary film festival in 2004, a second one is scheduled for Friday through Sept. 29. This six-film festival promises the cream of the crop, according to Colleen Carroll, theater manager: "March of the Penguins," "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," "Murderball," "Mad Hot Ballroom," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "Shortcut To Nirvana."

From the Bookshelf: Outpost cool setting for thriller
Bad guys, bad vibes, bad luck and bad weather all harass the characters in Ron Lovell's new novel, "Murder Below Zero." Its action centers on a scientific expedition, gone horribly wrong, along the coast of the Beaufort Sea.

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered in Homer Guild holding painting raffle Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Cultural performers wanted for Games Potters guild accepting entries for show Artists in Schools open for applications Artists, vendors sought Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Minority should not rule
On Oct. 4, voters of the Kenai Peninsula Borough have serious decisions to make, in particular propositions 4 and 5.

Bridge money better spent elsewhere
One of the alternatives to building a bridge across the Kenai River in Sterling was to pave Funny River Road and provide local residents with emergency services. The road has been paved and they now have a CES station that provides emergency fire and medical response. This was done at taxpayer expense.

Parents' responsibilities extend beyond property limits
Parents, do you realize you are responsible when your child injures another person with their skateboard? Your home owners insurance will be billed for the injuries sustained whether on your property or, say, a grocery store.

Bridge won’t calm troubled waters
Proposition 3 is an advisory vote that asks Kenai borough voters whether the state should construct a bridge across the Kenai River, connecting the Funny River area with Sterling.

Family appreciates support
As I write this thank-you, Kevin and I are both overwhelmed with the outpouring of donations and help from all the people that have helped contribute to the building of our house. How can I thank you all?

Reader not a Roberts fan
John Roberts should NOT be confirmed as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Whooping cough reported on Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) —Cases of whooping cough, which has spiked nationwide, have now been reported recently on Kodiak Island. In 2004, Alaska had 14 reported cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. This year there have already been 82 cases of the contagious respiratory disease.

Search called off for missing man
Alaska State Troopers suspended a four-day search for a missing Elkhorn, Wis., man at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Glick, Gilman get say
Both candidates running to serve as Kenai's representative to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly touted their long-standing ties to the community and service in public office as reasons they should be elected.

Kenai OKs spending $1.6 million
The Kenai City Council gave its final OK Wednesday night to spending $1,662,010 on assorted civic improvements, more than $1 million of which is coming by way of state grants.

Tsalteshi upgrades in full swing thanks to community support
Already one of the state’s premier cross country skiing trail systems, the Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School are currently undergoing a makeover that will move them light years ahead.

’Tis the season: Sun outages set to strike
Now that fall is hear, it’s that time of year again — for sun outages.

Area pest-watchers on lookout for slimy invaders
Gardeners beware. An enemy not seen before on the Kenai Peninsula has shown up on a Soldotna lawn and may now be lurking beneath some dead leaves or rotting mushrooms in a neighborhood near you.

Lumber yard shutting down
Professional contractors and do-it-yourself home repair and renovators will find they have one less place to shop for building materials next month as the Red Diamond Lumber store on Kalifornsky Beach Road is going out of business.

Gravel pit ordinance put off
Final resolution of the debate surrounding a controversial gravel-pit ordinance currently before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will have to wait at least until November.

For some volunteers, money isn’t enough
Victoria Whitney says she’s willing to put her life on hold and head south to the heart of Hurricane Katrina’s swath of destruction and do whatever is necessary to help relieve the suffering.

When Katrina hit, Kenai Peninsula residents jumped at the chance to make a difference
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the nation’s Gulf Coast region, it didn’t take long for people on the Kenai Peninsula to launch local relief efforts.

Paving the (high)way
Drivers between Kenai and Soldotna should plan a little extra time into their trips over the next couple weeks while Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities crews work to repave the rough section of highway.

Jeffery M. Worley
St. Joseph, Mo., resident Jeffery M. Worley died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, as a result of an accident. He was 24.

James Lee Gamble
Homer resident James Lee Gamble died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at his home. He was 55.

Henry P. ‘Hank’ Murphy
Kenai resident Henry P. “Hank” Murphy died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 64.

Can we do more to help victims of hurricanes?
As Alaskans waited to hear the amount of their annual permanent fund dividend, 3,469 miles away, people were still waiting to hear if their loved ones are alive and safe.

What should we do with state's revenue surplus?
High oil prices, while a shock to the wallet at the gasoline pump, likely will turn out to be a bonanza for the state treasury. Depending upon who you talk to, if oil prices stay in the $60 per-barrel range, Alaska could have anywhere from a $1 billion to $1.5 billion surplus rather than facing the grim prospect of tapping reserve funds to make ends meet —the norm only a few years ago.

Voices of the Peninsula: Gas pipeline needs additional scrutiny
Not all communities support the resolutions the Alaska Municipal League (AML) and the Alaska Conference of Mayors recently passed supporting the so called "all-Alaska Gasline" project above all other projects currently under development.

Freestyle kayak boom spurs development
HADLEY, N.Y. — On the Sacandaga River, churning waves thrill whitewater rafters and kayakers long after other rivers have lost their springtime fury and slowed to lazy riffles under the summer sun.

Refuge plans celebration to dedicate new environmental center
This year we are proud to dedicate our new Environmental Education Center. For those of you who hike the Keen Eye and Centennial Trails by our visitor center, you have watched this beautiful log building progress from its ground breaking in spring 2003 to completion in fall 2005.

State will provide loans for Hatcher Pass development
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state says it will provide $24 million in loans to help develop a ski area at Hatcher Pass that would include Olympic-class Nordic ski trails, a day lodge and about 450 acres of residential property.

Outdoors brief
·Lake Clark fire festival planned

Photo feature: Autumn is officially here
Trees are painted in fall colors alongside the Kenai Spur Highway Thursday afternoon on the autumn equinox. On Sunday the sun will be below the horizon longer than it is above as the days continue to get shorter with winter’s approach.

Around the Peninsula
Hurricane relief fund-raiser setBereavement dinner setQuilting group plan sewing sessionLearn to skate classes plannedCar seat inspections availableKennel club classes plannedScouting books, uniforms sought

Around the Peninsula
Junior Miss seeks volunteers CANS film festival returns Teen night slated Boy, girl scouting training slated Swim classes available Hospice training announced Popcorn fund-raiser begins

Church Briefs
Mass hours changingChildren’s program offeredSunday school classes resumeMinistries convention plannedNikiski Bible study class setFall Bible classes slatedSoldotna Bible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group to meetBible study class continues

Katrina’s legacy: Chaos and compassion
Hurricane Katrina kept the world glued to television screens while blowing over the Gulf and then ashore, wreaking havoc on towns and cities in her path, forcing an exodus of hundreds of thousands, trapping victims of her flood on rooftops and terrifying young and old who had fled to the so-called refuge of last resort in New Orleans.

NLC-leading Kards, Mariners to clash
The two remaining undefeated teams in the Northern Lights Conference clash Saturday when Kenai Central welcomes Homer to its homecoming festivities at 2 p.m.

Civility the rule as Presidents Cup tees off in Virginia
GAINESVILLE, Va. —There is plenty of history at this Presidents Cup, mostly the monuments and landmarks around the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, and the roadside markers that tell about key moments from the Civil War.

Payton close to finalizing deal with Heat
MIAMI (AP) —Gary Payton's quest for an NBA championship will apparently continue in Miami. The nine-time All-Star guard is on the verge of signing a one-year free agent deal with the Heat, a move that could be formally announced as early as Thursday.

Sunday’s game a test for Patriots, Steelers
There’s still a lot of respect in Las Vegas for the Patriots.

IOC chief says Armstrong controversy is hurting fight against doping
BRUSSELS, Belgium — IOC president Jacques Rogge says the quarreling over the doping allegations surrounding Lance Armstrong’s 1999 Tour de France victory is hurting the fight against drugs.

Birch Ridge Report: Still swinging at Birch Ridge
If you think Birch Ridge Golf Course is closed for the season, you are absolutely wrong. We don't close until the first snow flies; then we don't close unless it actually stays around. So no excuses for you—it's beautiful out there.

Local skater a world beater
Touring the great cities of Europe would have been more than enough for most high school students on their summer vacation.

Patriots and Steelers go at it again
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t been tested yet. New England was tested in Carolina last week and failed.

Tough tests for top college teams
The final Saturday of September has the potential to reshape the race to the Rose Bowl.

Yankees grab first in AL East
NEW YORK —Randy Johnson was his old self, glaring and pointing. The Big Unit not only made it into the late innings, he pitched the New York Yankees into first place.

Mayfield quietly setting sights on Nextel title
Tony Stewart is red hot, Roush Racing has half the 10-man field and Ryan Newman owns the first win of this year's 10-race NASCAR playoff.

Boxer dies from brain injury
LAS VEGAS — Boxer Leavander Johnson, critically injured in the biggest fight of his life, died Thursday at a hospital where he was rushed with bleeding on the brain.

Internationals take first-day lead at Cup
GAINESVILLE, Va. — Adam Scott watched his 25-foot eagle putt from the fringe curl into the left side of the cup for a 3-up lead against Tiger Woods and Fred Couples, a serious blow that set the tone for the International team Thursday in the opening match at the Presidents Cup.

Unfortunate decision: Saints never should have been sent to New York
The New Orleans Saints might have lost to the New York Giants in New Orleans if there had never been a Hurricane Katrina. Or they might have lost in San Antonio or Baton Rouge or some neutral site if the NFL decided to play the game somewhere other than the Meadowlands.

Hafner, Crisp propel Indians past Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Hafner hit his sixth home run in five games and Coco Crisp added a two-run shot to lead Cleveland past Kansas City 11-6 on Thursday night, moving the Indians within 1 1/2 games of first-place Chicago in the AL Central.

Rockies knock Padres back down to .500
DENVER — Aaron Cook took a shutout into the ninth inning, Todd Helton hit a two-run homer and the Colorado beat San Diego 4-2 Thursday, dropping the NL West-leading Padres back to .500.

Manager: It might be best if Palmeiro does not return
NEW YORK — Rafael Palmeiro’s season with the Baltimore Orioles might be over.

Griffey to have surgery on knee, hamstring
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. will have surgery on his left knee and right hamstring Monday, presumably ending a stellar comeback season for the oft-injured Cincinnati Reds star. The 35-year-old center fielder is expected to be ready for spring training.

Utah buckles down in fourth quarter to edge Air Force
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah needed only one really good quarter to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time in three years.

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