Saturday, September 24, 2005

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 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors brief
·Lake Clark fire festival planned

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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