Thursday, September 25, 2003

Seattle's chances hurting
ANAHEIM, Calif. John Lackey pitched a five-hitter and rookie Tom Gregorio had a two-run single as the Anaheim Angels beat Seattle 4-0 Wednesday, pushing the Mariners to the brink of postseason elimination.

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.

Marlins in control of wild card
MIAMI Jeff Conine homered for the second straight night, Juan Encarnacion also homered and the Florida Marlins built a six-run lead, then hung on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Wednesday.

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.

Task force: Studies hinder development
WASHINGTON A White House task force recommended Wednesday that federal agencies make it easier for developers to skip lengthy environmental studies often blamed for holding up their projects.

Evergreen secures Matanuska gas drilling rights
ANCHORAGE (AP) Evergreen Resources Inc., has obtained subsurface lease rights to 230,000 acres in the Matanuska Susitna Borough area, the company said.

Communities hoping to cash in on retirees
SENECA, S.C. Town leaders no longer are counting on factories and mills to fuel the economy of Seneca, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians.

Late credit payments drop slightly in 2003
WASHINGTON After going up for a year, late credit card payments edged down in the last quarter. Delinquency rates for some other types of consumer loans moved higher, however, offering a mixed picture of how Americans are handling their debt obligations.

Detroit unveils new eco-friendly autos
SONOMA, Calif. The world's major automakers are gathering in California this week to show off more than 100 vehicles powered by electric motors, hybrid engines, hydrogen fuel cells and other eco-friendly technologies aimed at reducing pollution and boosting fuel economy.

Work from nature's mediums on display
Though it is tough to improve on Mother Nature, the artists with work selected for the 24th "Earth, Fire and Fibre" exhibit, on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, have essentially done just that.

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

Geographic gives sunny view of Juneau
Alaska's capitol looks radiant in the new Alaska Geographic, "Juneau: Yesterday and Today." Like others in the series, it is an attractive mix of photography and text.

Return of favorites, some new faces at Emmys
LOS ANGELES There were no term limits for NBC's ''The West Wing,'' which won its fourth Emmy Award for best drama Sunday despite shrinking viewership, while CBS' ''Everybody Loves Raymond'' was honored as best comedy.

Art Briefs
Museum to hold lunch discussionCommunity chorus looking for membersClay show open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interest

Harry Potter gets some class at college
FROSTBURG, Md. Harry Potter is in college as a subject, not a student.

Business contribution means big savings for band students
A huge thank you to Jim and Theresa Graves at Summit Dry Cleaning for the discount they generously contribute to all the band students for their uniforms for the Kenai Central High School Band.

Recreation center group's survey serves no beneficial purpose
Representatives of Friends of the Recreation Center handed out a lengthy survey to council candidates after the Kenai council meeting on Sept. 17. They state that they have formed a political action committee and intend to endorse candidates for office. They further state that failure to respond by Sept. 25 will result in negative public ratings.

Forget-Me-Not Center says thanks for numerous acts of kindness
The Forget-Me-Not Center would like to give a great big warm thank you to the Funny River Quilters for supplying us with several cozy lap quilts. Everyone has picked out their favorite and looks forward to using it on the cold winter nights ahead. The generosity of the Funny River Quilters will not only keep our seniors warm and toasty but will also warm their hearts. Thank you.

Friends of Recreation Center survey raises candidate's hackles
Recently, I received a candidate survey from the Friends of the Recreation Center Inc., or FORCE. I have decided not to answer that survey for the following reasons.

Group endorses candidates even before survey deadline
I recently was given a candidate's survey form, from the Friends of the Recreation Center, to respond to their questions by Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Their statement to all candidates was "you will be given a negative rating if you fail to complete and return this survey."

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Newsmaker: Rusty Wallace
At 47, Rusty Wallace continues to see the sport of stock car racing change. He offers his views on what's happened and where the sport is headed.

NASCAR overhaul is likely
TALLADEGA, Ala. The changes in next year's schedule may prove to be only a tiny step in a major overhaul.

Careers aren't easy to rehabilitate
TALLADEGA, Ala. If Shane Hmiel follows NASCAR's strict guidelines and remains drug-free, he should be able to return to racing by the start of the 2004 season, his former car owner said.

This Week's Race: EA Sports 500
Where and When

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,515,7252. Kurt Busch 4,306,2703. Kevin Harvick 4,051,820

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,1582. Kevin Harvick 3,7223. Jimmie Johnson 3,685

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.

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.

Nugent recommended for vacant HEA seat
A committee of the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors recommended Tuesday that Mike Nugent be appointed to fill the vacant Kenai-Nikiski district seat.

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.

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.

Borough analysis shows men make almost two times more than women
Almost equal numbers of men and women held jobs in the Kenai Peninsula Borough economy during 2001, yet according to an analysis of these latest state figures, the average annual salary among women was barely more than half that of men.

Borough stays mainly in plus side of finances
Evaluating a mixed bag of financial statistics, Kenai Peninsula Borough analysts said this week the local economy ran in mostly positive territory during the second quarter of 2003.

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.

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

Walter Steciw
Anchor Point resident Walter Steciw died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 77.

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.

Money can't buy happiness or quality education system
Just as money can't buy happiness, it apparently can't buy a quality education either. Not in this country.

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.

Government, religious groups, volunteer agencies look for ways to help
By any objective measure, the social welfare system of the past 40 years has fallen short of its original purpose. During this time, the United States spent more than $7 trillion on human service programs, yet saw a rise in illegitimate births of 500 percent, an increase in violent crime rates of 300 percent and a tripling of the number of children on welfare rolls.

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.

Economy on mend; public debt still high
The public debt topped $930 billion at the end of 1980, shortly before Republican Ronald Reagan succeeded Democrat Jimmy Carter in the White House.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Wind causes scattered power outagesBuilders hold membership meetingPublic health to offer family servicesFree yoga, meditation instruction offered

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Soldotna Middle
Yearbooks will go on sale soon.

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

Tustumena Elementary
The breakfast program will begin Monday.

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.

Sears Elementary
School pictures will be taken Oct. 3.

Menus for this weeks schools.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to all the "Splash" readers.

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.

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.

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
Report: Michigan basketball tourney ban liftedIverson likely to finish his career as a SixerPincay sues Santa Anita over career-ending injury

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.

James could miss Colts' next game
INDIANAPOLIS Edgerrin James did not practice Wednesday because of a bad back and the Indianapolis Colts running back could miss Sunday's game at New Orleans.

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

Brazil's speed shocks favored Norway
WASHINGTON Brazil can consider itself fortunate it probably won't have to play the United States in the next round of the Women's World Cup.

College teams try to avoid letdowns after big wins
LSU coach Nick Saban knows how little a big win can mean if it's not followed by another.

Birch Ridge Report: There's still time for golf
The numerous leagues at Birch Ridge Golf Course have officially ended, but that doesn't mean folks aren't out playing in the wind and leaves; if there's no snow that means you can still see your ball so there's no excuse.

Photo feature: Staying for the winter
A female Hairy woodpecker searches for food in an old spruce tree in Cooper Landing. Although many birds already are headed south for the winter, Hairy woodpeckers are one of the few species that remain in the area year-round.

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