Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Yanks clinch AL East
CHICAGO Jason Giambi hit a grand slam in the ninth inning, and Jose Contreras struck out a career-high nine Tuesday night as the Yankees clinched their sixth straight AL East title with a 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

It's no stretch: Cubs still in first place
CINCINNATI Kerry Wood struck out 12 and limited the Cincinnati Reds to one infield single in seven innings Tuesday night, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-0 victory and sole possession of first place in the NL Central.

Tigers reach new low with loss to Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Detroit Tigers set an American League record with their 118th loss, falling to the Kansas City Royals 12-6 Monday night as Raul Ibanez and Rondell White drove in three runs each.

For first time since '93, baseball might lack 50-homer hitter
NEW YORK Baseball's biggest sluggers look as if they've lost a little pop in their bats.

Soldotna welcomes new Chief of Police
Soldotna's new Chief of Police, John Lucking Jr., says he's use to all the puns with his last name, but was very sincere when he took his oath of office from Soldotna City Clerk Patricia Burdick last week and added, "I'm very honored and humbled to be here, it's a real pleasure and I'm looking forward to my relationship with the members of the community and being part of Soldotna."

CES Explorers get real firefighting experience
The Explorer Post at the Central Emergency Services (CES) in Soldotna is based on Scouting, according to Jack Anderson, CES engineer paramedic and Explorer program coordinator, "With that the mission of the Explorer post is to train young people to further themselves in any career they choose. At our post they get real firefighting experience and exposure to everything that a firefighting career will bring them," explained Anderson.

K-Beach celebrates RIGS results
The two year reign of the Queen of Reading at K-Beach Elementary School Irma Peterson, a popular teacher at K-Beach, is over and the new reign of 11-year-old King Skyler Laber, a sixth grader, has begun. The royal distinction is all about encouraging kids to read over the summer or a special program called "Reading Is Great in Summer," (RIGS) which started at K-Beach Elementary School three years ago. King Skyler achieved his crown by reading an overwhelming 23,309 minutes over the summer, "I just read a lot of books, even when we went camping, my favorite is fiction," said Laber.

NASA Administrator says Alaska Pipeline a priority
During a warp speed visit of Alaska, NASA's associate administrator for education Dr. Adena Loston told civic groups and radio audiences that NASA's mission now includes developing a pipeline for education and a workforce for children who will someday become workers in space exploration and travel.

Connections home schoolers experience creepy crawlies
Home schoolers registered with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Connections program, were recently introduced to live arthropods, reptiles and insects, otherwise known as the "Creepy Crawly presentation" from the Imaginarium in Anchorage.

Community shows support for WRCC's fund-raising week
The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center would like to publicly thank the community for its support of the first WRCC fund-raising week. This year we consolidated efforts by changing the Radiothon from one day in September to a three-day effort leading up to the 16th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women. Our community pulled together to assure a successful week. Final figures are not yet available as pledges are still arriving.

Nikiski's Anderson enjoying role as running back
Check out these numbers: 135 carries for 904 yards in seven games, an average of 6.7 yards per carry and 11 rushing touchdowns not bad for a guy who wanted to be a wide receiver.

Borough: Pipeline should be to Kenai
A proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope should terminate at Cook Inlet if the state seeks the maximum economic benefit for all Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration said in a position paper released this week.

State makes improvements to roads
Thanks in part to a $250,000 special appropriation pushed through the Legislature by Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, nearly three-fourths of Echo Lake Road was repaved this summer by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Number of guides still high on Kenai
Although the number of guides operating on the Kenai River has dropped slightly from last year, the river still saw its third highest total of fishing guides register for permits in 2003.

Power outage knocks out Tesoro
Nearly 3,300 Homer Electric Association customers in the North Kenai area lost power Monday afternoon due to a problem with the substation that serves them.

Fred's to build Homer grocery
Fred Meyer Stores Inc. an-nounced Monday it had penned an agreement to lease 3.5 acres in downtown Homer where the company intends to build a grocery store and adjacent liquor outlet totaling 45,000 square feet.

New park opens for board fans
The homeys were stoked after busting a few phat moves and only one dude bonked and got his oil checked.

Photo feature: Dipped in white
Snow covers the Kenai Mountains earlier this week following weekend storms that blanketed most of the peninsula's higher elevations.

Motivational speaker's gift works 'magic' in the classroom
Motivational speaker H. Stephen Glenn will visit the Kenai Peninsula this week delivering his keynote speech, "Developing Capable Young People," to parents, teachers and community members.

Positively looking ahead
It has been 116 days since Bill Boycott took the helm as general manager of Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations in Nikiski. Despite the often rocky road the petrochemical facility has traveled in the past nine months, Boycott said he came on board June 1 with a positive outlook for the future and continues to maintain that attitude.

Harry Lee Drew
Longtime Nikiski resident Harry Lee Drew died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Our House on the Lake Assisted Living Home in Nikiski. He was 91.

Harry L. Drew
Longtime Nikiski resident Harry L. Drew died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Our House on the Lake Assisted Living Home in Nikiski. He was 91.

Helen L. Raymond
Kasilof homesteader Helen L. Raymond died at her home Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, attended by family members. She was 86.

Road link between King Cove, Cold Bay not too much to ask What others say
The long, grinding battle to build a vehicle-accessible connection between the Aleut village of King Cove and Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula may be reaching a climax, perhaps as early as next month.

String of bombings may hurt willingness of other nations to lend U.S. a hand
BAGHDAD, Iraq This time it was just 50 pounds of explosives, but Baghdad's car bombings, one by one, are reverberating around the world, sending an unmistakable message from America's enemies in Iraq that its friends should stay away.

Best part-time job high school student can get might surprise you
Many high school students are overwhelmed with demands on their time: homework, athletics, extracurricular activities and socializing.

Alaskans should listen to continuing debate on state's fiscal future
You can feel it in the air. Not the onset of fall and the preparation for winter. No, the stirrings of politics and the coming resumption of debate over Alaska's fiscal future

Actions by governor, Legislature nothing to brag about; in the long run, we'll all pay
This past session Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Legislature's majority called for "sacrifices" from children, seniors, workers, disabled Alaskans and those who seek treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse.

Around the Peninsula
Wind causes power outage in Kenai Glen to speak at Kenai chamber meeting Care center to hold celebration Nutritional classes offered at food bank Borough transportation meetings scheduled Dedication ceremony scheduled at courthouse Caregiver support group to hold meetings Resident needed for fair board

Around the Peninsula
Candidates forum scheduledCPGH to hold board meetingCreation vs. evolution debate slatedFirefighters fellowship breakfast plannedHockey Squirt B team to hold fund-raiserCourt clerks office to close for ceremonyDonations sought for Community Closet

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Aspirations will meet in the library at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Connections is accepting enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information or to make an appointment, call 262-6315.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The students and teachers have spent the past two weeks getting to know each other and having a good time.

Dropout-prevention program focuses on motivation
ATLANTA High school junior Maureen Havener had planned to be doing something else in a few months anything other than attending school but now she's aiming at graduation.

Soldotna Middle
Yearbooks will go on sale soon.

Area preschools offer USDA meal program
Nikiski Day Care Center announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Cook Inlet Academy
The students at CIA will be busy Friday jogging, biking and working at various service organizations throughout the community.

Mountain View Elementary
Students in Mrs. Cramer's third-grade class found a wild duck on the playground.

Tustumena Elementary
The breakfast program will begin Monday.

Nikiski Elementary
Kindergartners from Nikiski and North Star elementary schools held a joint field trip to the beach and collected rocks. The trip was intended as a way to begin nurturing new friendships in anticipation of the consolidation of the schools next year.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Teachers and staff members welcome everyone to the new school year. They are looking forward to another year of working with parents and students.

North Star Elementary
Ms. Bingham's kindergarten class is learning how to make and use graphs in math and science. This week the class drew animals and grouped them according to body coverings of either fur, feathers, scales or skin.

Kenai Central High
Homecoming week went well. The staff and students appreciate the many individuals and businesses that helped make it a positive experience. The student leadership class arranged, organized and did a great job of executing the week's events.

Redoubt Elementary
The school is looking for parents to serve on the site council.

Soldotna High
The freshman class will elect officers Thursday and Friday at lunch and break.

Sears Elementary
School pictures will be taken Oct. 3.

Wings Christian Academy
The awards for cleanest desks of the week went to Kasey McGee and Naomi Pettey.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to all the "Splash" readers.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's class is learning how to use a variety of different materials including fraction circles, stamp game, multiplication and division boards, grammar boxes and word study boxes.

Students grapple with tuition hikes
LAWRENCE, Kan. In the days before the start of his senior year, Brandon Cox joined hundreds of other University of Kansas students in a bid for something vital to continuing his education: a job.

Cherokee tribe tries to save dying language
LOST CITY, Okla. The kindergarten teacher speaks to her class in Cherokee, telling the children to pull out their mats for nap time. Using their Cherokee names, she instructs "Yo-na," or Bear, to place his mat away from "A-wi," or Deer. Soft Cherokee music lulls them to sleep.

Peninsula campuses lead university in interactive video
One of the challenges that sometimes face a small college like KPC is having enough students to fill a class in order to "break even" on the cost of instruction and facilities. In the past, th

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Magnet classrooms offer students themed lessons with hands-on activities
Ever notice kids will do their best in a subject that interests them the most?

Report: Plodding pace costs top teachers
WASHINGTON For five years, Roni Cooper tried to get a teaching job at a New Orleans public school. She had experience, credentials and an interest in working in the hard-to-fill field of special education just the combination schools want.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

90-year-old falls for new hobby
CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) Turning 90 made Guy Glinski want to jump out of a plane. So he took the plunge.

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

Holcomb ignores pain, leads Browns to win
BEREA, Ohio Kelly Holcomb was tough enough to play on a broken leg last week, giving Browns coach Butch Davis hope that the Cleveland quarterback can do it again.

A little form is showing
On the opening Sunday of the NFL season, the biggest shock was Miami's home loss to Houston, a game that left South Florida fans clamoring for coach Dave Wannstedt's job.

Skyview netters top Nikiski for first win
It's been awhile in the making, but the Skyview High School volleyball team earned its first win Tuesday, defeating the visiting Nikiski Bulldogs in five games in a nonregion match at Skyview.

Broncos buck Raiders
DENVER Jake Plummer no longer has to be a pretend John Elway. He's already had a game that rivaled the master.

Heaven couldn't wait
In the old macho days, a football player wouldn't dare miss a kickoff to coach his wife through childbirth. That was women's stuff, and a man's got to do what a man's got to do, which on Sundays in the NFL is to suit up and bang helmets and pads with other men.

Clarett sues NFL over draft eligibility rule
COLUMBUS, Ohio Suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett sued the NFL on Tuesday, asking a judge to throw out a league rule that prevents him from entering the 2004 draft.

Kenai Golf Report
The weather is still allowing golfers to take advantage of the great condition of the course, especially for this time of the year.

Sports Briefs
Hockey referee seminar set for Sunday Hawkwalk to be held Sunday

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