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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Red Sox sew up playoff berth; Angels keep pace with A's in West
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Boston Red Sox clinched their second straight trip to the playoffs, rallying past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-3 Monday night behind Manny Ramirez's AL-leading 43rd home run.

Baseball to return to Washington
WASHINGTON Major League Baseball will announce Wednesday that Washington will be the new home of the Montreal Expos, bringing the national pastime back to the nation's capital for the first time in 33 years, The Associated Press has learned.

Cubs win, extend wild-card lead to one game
CHICAGO Todd Walker homered and drove in four runs, Carlos Zambrano won his fourth straight decision and the Chicago Cubs extended their lead in the NL wild-card race with a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Angels catch A's in AL West
ARLINGTON, Texas Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs while going 4-for-5 and the Anaheim Angels tied Oakland for the AL West lead with an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

NL wild-card race gets even tighter
HOUSTON Jeff Bagwell drove in two runs and Brandon Backe pitched five solid innings to help the Houston Astros gain ground in the NL wild-card race with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Bookey highlights experiences, wants lower city taxes
Jim Bookey answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Kenai mayor election.

Massie promises honest, direct relationship with people
Cliff Massie answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Kenai City Council election.

Porter supports economic development with state help
Pat Porter answers eight questions about herself and what she offers voters in the 2004 Kenai mayor election.

Osterman touts marketplace know-how, fiscal wisdom
Mark D. Osterman answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 7, Central election.

Boyle seeks to serve community through council seat
Mike Boyle answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Kenai City Council election.

Fischer: Borough's on right track; he'll keep it that way
Paul Fischer answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 7, Central election.

Moore notes his council record, wants to keep working
Joe Moore answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Kenai City Council election.

911 Remembered...
There was a small gathering this September 11th in Soldotna with those who chose to remember the brave and the fallen in a special way. Brian Erwin of Frames & Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna had been working on the project for about a year. He took a piece created by Ron DiCianni, following the 911 attack and framed it along with the department patches from the three local emergency response stations.

Appreciating volunteers for the Kenai River Classic
At the heart of all of the terrific events hosted through out the year on the Kenai Peninsula is a committed group of volunteers, who give of their time and energy to make those events successful. One such event is the world famous Kenai River Classic hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA).

Outdoors
You know there are times I get awful frustrated with our Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Near the end of our moose-hunting season I had one of my elderly friends ask me if I would do a proxy hunt for her as she could use some moose meat. I did not have much time this year to hunt moose, as I needed to drive my oldest daughter Jessie to college in Mass. I also had to work during part of moose season. But I went ahead and filled out the form provided for by the Department of Fish & Game to legally do a proxy hunt. I had my elderly friend sign it and fill out her portion of it and then drove back to Fish & Game to have it checked over and signed by an employee there. The whole deal amounted to about 30 miles of driving for me and about 2 hours of my time.

ERA Flights mark the future...
Commuters and visitors from around the world to the Kenai Peninsula have a new reminder that, "The Games are coming!" While the nuts and bolts of hosting the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are being put in place throughout the Peninsula, ERA Aviation, a proud sponsor of the '06 Games, has branded their air fleet with designs depicting many of the events of the Arctic Winter Games.

Candidate Views, Assembly District 7: Paul Fischer
Thank you for providing the opportunity for me to serve as your assemblyman from 1976-1982, as your state senator from 1982-1992, and again as your assemblyman from 1998-2004. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue working for you on the assembly.

Candidate Views, Assembly District 7: Mark D. Osterman
There are a lot of issues that face the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the people of District 7. The focus on the borough today should be on fulfilling its mandates and cutting its spending. The borough needs to live within the means of the taxpayers.

Candidate Views, Kenai City Council: Joe Moore
For the past nine years, it has been a true privilege to serve as an elected official of the city of Kenai. I have been part of a quality group of councilors and mayor that have always looked out for the best interests of the city of Kenai first, that's our job.

Candidate Views, Kenai City Council: Mike Boyle
Though I have served in many organizations and on several committees, this is my first go at a public office. It has been an interest of mine to serve in a public capacity for many years and as a seat became open for city council, I chose to run. I have always felt that it is important to give something back to the community of which one is a part. I have been happy to be a citizen of the city of Kenai and wish to return something to it as a council member.

Candidate Views, Kenai Mayor: Pat Porter
I believe it is my duty to the citizens of Kenai to take my proven leadership to the next level of public service as your next mayor. Communication, organization, management skills and seasoned leadership are what I have to offer to help shape the future Kenai.

Candidate Views, Kenai City Council: Cliff Massie
A 36-year Kenai resident, I value our city; however, having spent the last 17 months attending city council meetings and reading council materials. I believe that our city government has become unresponsive, causing Kenai residents to be uninvolved and divided. I know that I can provide effective leadership, so that Kenai can once again be dynamic and exciting.

Candidate Views, Kenai Mayor: Jim Bookey
The city of Kenai has been my home for the last 41 years. My wife, Phyllis, and I have raised three children and now have eight grandchildren all in the Kenai area.

Central District race matter of fiscal plans, experience
Two fiscal conservatives are vying for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 7 seat, which represents a meandering, unincorporated rural region called the Central District that includes Kasilof, Cohoe, Clam Gulch, Kalifornsky and a region east and south of Tustumena Lake.

Kenai races set city up for change
Following Tuesday's municipal election, the city of Kenai will have a couple of new faces in key positions on the city council.

Understanding of game helps Scheffert lead Kardinals
Kenai Central High School football coach Jim Beeson had no problem summing up Michael Scheffert's role with the Kardinals:

Taxpayers should practice what they preach on fiscal restraint
I am a Nikiski resident employed in the petroleum industry on the North Road. Our family uses the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area facilities, and we are thankful for their existence and the services they provide.

Knowles appreciated for thinking of vets
I want to thank Tony Knowles for making veterans issues one of the foundations of his U.S. Senate platform. Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state and, with the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, those numbers are about to rise significantly.

Reminders abound that schools need to put emphasis on 3 Rs
A few months ago we had a chance to voice our opinions on funding issues of cocurricular activities at local schools. Voting on a proposition indicated a larger number of voters did not want to acquire funding and spend it as school board members and others wanted. Voicing my opinion that we ought to focus much more on the three Rs in the classroom than fun outside the classroom, others told me good luck even if the proposition voting agreed.

Republican Party abusing power from constituents
Enough is enough.

Uncertain economy is no time to add expenses
Industry and business provide three out of every four Nikiski property tax dollars. Four oil platforms are already mothballed, and more will follow. The BP Gas to Liquid plant was always only an experiment and will be dismantled. New exploration has been centered around Ninilchik no help to Nikiski property values.

Sprague's values, character boone to borough
I have known Pete Sprague since I moved to Soldotna eight years ago. When I met Pete, he was on the Soldotna City Council and I was being considered, among others, for a recently vacated council seat. He was instrumental in eliminating me from contention by asking one question, before the council voted on the appointment. On reflection, I realized his question was absolutely correct and the person, who had done more for the city and community at that time, got the job.

Will nation's honor prevail throughout war in Iraq?
When the dead are not members of your family, or anyone you're close to, their death is abstracted.

Props 3, 4 could help lower Nikiski taxes
If you live in Nikiski, are you aware that the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area has been stuffing $50 to $75,000 a year into its capital projects fund? The borough gets all the interest off the operating funds, but they retain the interest from the capital projects fund. At the end of fiscal year 2004, the balance was almost $300,000.

Nikiski homeowners should pay attention to Oct. 5 propositions
Nikiski homeowners worried about getting an even bigger tax bill next year need to pay attention. On Oct. 5, the municipal election ballot will have three propositions guaranteed to raise your tax bill in future years if you vote the wrong way.

Misinformation is a cancer on health of Nikiski
For the past year I have been a "regular" at the meetings of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area board meetings. There were times when I asked myself why should I be concerned about the service area board meetings. Now I know why!

Public should get to vote on proposed Nikiski projects
As a Nikiski resident and taxpayer, I take exception to this group that promotes taxing and spending other people's money. This small group of people has desperately tried to prevent the public from voting on their projects. Anyone who disagrees with them must not pay taxes and must be against sensible development. That doesn't pass the smell test!

Newsmaker: Ryan Newman
TALLADEGA, Ala. Ryan Newman's chances to win the Chase for the Championship seemed doomed when he blew an engine Sept. 19 at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

NASCAR Notes - Chase for Championship not helping television ratings
TALLADEGA, Ala. The Chase for the Championship was supposed to pump new interest into the final 10 races of the Nextel Cup Series season as stock-car racing goes head-to-head with the National Football League.

Retaliation for rough driving comes at a price
TALLADEGA, Ala. Stacy Compton wants a telephone call and an explanation from fellow Busch Series driver Martin Truex Jr.

This week: EA Sports 500
(Race No. 29 of 36)

Master is leaving her post
Friday is a day that Kenai Postmaster Vicki Shillam has looked forward to with a little anxiety for a long time.

Sign raises code debate
A sign placed on a large reader board in front of Nikiski Elementary School by the director of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area drew a formal complaint from Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 7 candidate James Price, who alleged Tuesday that its message violated the borough code banning the use of public money and facilities to influence the outcome of a ballot proposition.

Starkweather defense questions trooper's handling of crime evidence
A pair of gloves and a lack of fingerprint evidence drew much attention Tuesday from the defense attorney in the trial of Justin Starkweather, the 23-year-old man accused of breaking into a woman's house in 2002 and brutally attacking her.

Sterling man arraigned in brother's death
The 34-year-old Sterling man accused of fatally stabbing his brother Sept. 19 was arraigned on one count of second-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday.

CES firefighters drill for promotion
Five firefighters from Central Emergency Services are vying for spots on a department promotions list to the rank of captain, by undergoing grueling mental drills at the hands of Kenai Peninsula fire-fighting pros.

Comp plan needs public input
A year-old project to update the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Comprehensive Plan has a reached another point at which the process needs public input.

Key witness sheds little light
Justin Starkweather's defense attorney pointed the finger of blame at a key state's witness in Kenai Superior Court on Monday, maintaining Starkweather is not guilty of a brutal attack on a 46-year-old woman in 2002.

Laura Louise Bowman
Soldotna resident Laura Louise Bowman died Monday, Sept. 28, 2004, at her home with her family by her side. She was 51.

Donald E. Roberts
Nikiski resident Donald E. Roberts died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, in Anchorage. He was 58.

Daryl Dean Graff
Former Soldotna resident Daryl Dean Graff died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at his home in Kalama, Wash. He was 57.

Division of Elections doesn't verify 'facts' in election pamphlet
Recent arguing over the ''facts'' of the bear-baiting measure on the Nov. 2 ballot brings up a broader point that should cause Alaskans to pause when they open their official election pamphlet, which will be distributed by the state Division of Elections next month.

Take care: Election booklets are just like political ads
Recent arguing over the "facts" of the bear-baiting measure on the Nov. 2 ballot brings up a broader point that should cause Alaskans to pause when they open their official election pamphlet, which will be distributed by the state Division of Elections next month.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski senior housing meeting plannedFinal day for writing contest entriesProgressive dinner setVision screening offeredSocial civility to be discussedDomestic violence workshop slatedGuitar lessons offered

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes begin todayBuilders' association seeking board membersCPGH board to meetKidney support group to gatherLaLeche League schedules meetingBasketball association plans meetingFish and Game advisory to meet

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
All classes will visit the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's beach site to pull the net and the explore the beach, as well as the tribal offices to go cranberry picking this month. Miss Sonja will teach the Dena'ina words for salmon, "luq'a," and lowbush cranberry, "hey gek'a."

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Grace Lutheran
In the religion class, the children are studying about John the Baptist advocating repentance.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
A banquet to honor students who have demonstrated high academic achievement will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. Letters of invitation were mailed home to those high school students maintaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher during the past two semesters.

Sterling Head Start
After last week's theme of "Physical Me," the students continued to learn more about themselves with this weeks theme, "Thinking and Feeling Me."

Redoubt Elementary
Parents may use Edline to check their child's attendance, view missing homework and assignments and receive other important classroom and schoolwide information. Parents of fourth- through sixth-graders also may check their children's current grades. Activation codes were mailed to parents last week. Students in grades four through six have their own Edline accounts and will be trained to use them by their teachers.

Wings Christian Academy
The BOOK-IT reading program begins Friday. This program is for students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. Mrs. Ruffridge will be establishing monthly reading goals for each student. For every month that students reaches their goal, they will receive a pizza from Pizza Hut.

Kenai Central High
Homecoming week is over, so school can get back to normal. The staff thanks the parents, students, staff and community members who helped make the week a success. A special thanks to the Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Fire Department for their assistance with the parade and bonfire.

Tustumena Elementary
The school's staff is taking advantage of the fall weather to take their classes on field trips intended to enrich the instruction.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Tobin's class returned from a fun-filled overnight field trip. The class began the adventure in the Kenai Fjords National Park at Exit Glacier. Thanks to tour guides Kara and Tom. Next, it was off to the Alaska SeaLife Center, where the class took part in two courses, "Life in the Midnight Zone" and "Cephalopods," led by the scientist and teacher, Darin. The students would like to thank the drivers and chaperones who made these learning experiences possible.

Redoubt Elementary community marks school's 25th anniversary
Kindergarten through sixth-grade students stood in the field behind Redoubt Elementary School on Friday, taking their places on a giant, flour-drawn circle and "R," and releasing balloons into the air.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
Today is picture day. Sibling pictures will be taken after school.

Ridgeway Montessori Preschool
The school is off to an energetic start. The children have jumped right into some impressive number and letter work. There seem to be a lot of readers this year.

Connections
Connections enrollment ends in mid-October. Call 714-8880 to make an appointment.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Preschoolers ended last week making their own jam and taking it home to share with their families.

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.

READS Primary
Students enjoyed touring the Butlers' home construction site. The students discovered what items Buff and Chuck carry in their tool belts, the difference between water and sewer pipes, the importance of safety at a building site, the numerous wires running through walls, as well as the many geometric shapes in a framed house.

Soldotna Middle
The volleyball teams play at Kenai Central High School at 3 p.m. Friday.

Cook Inlet Academy
On Thursday, students are encouraged to dress in their favorite blue and gold outfit to show school spirit for the cross country team going to the state tournament.

Sterling Elementary
Mrs. Boehmler's class will travel to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Friday. Students will need to take a lunch and will return to school in time to catch the busses.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Local artist and retired Nikiski High School art teacher Dottie Sanders will be the artist in residence through an Artist in the Schools grant provided by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. During her three-week residency, students, teachers and interested community members will work on two projects, which will be permanently installed at the school.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Kindergarten students have adopted a tree on the playground and will watch it all year as it changes through the seasons. They will draw and write about the changes and study the leaves and other parts of trees.

Sears Elementary
The staff and students thank Peterkin Distributors and Country Foods for the ice cream donation for the open house and ice cream social Tuesday night. Thanks also to the PTA for coordinating the event and serving more than 400 bowls of ice cream.

District events planned
There will be a training session for parent groups and site council members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Kenai River Center. The session will focus on the unique roles and responsibilities of PTA and PTOs, site-based councils and booster clubs. The meeting is open to the public.

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 Thursday. Scholarships will be awarded later in the fall.

Skyview High
The school is hosting the state cross country meet Saturday. More than 58 schools and 350 runners will attend. The school is looking for volunteers to help with this activity.

Library hosts writing contest
Certificates and prizes will be awarded.

Soldotna High
The volleyball teams play at Kenai Central High School at 3 p.m. Friday.

Kenai Middle
There currently are sixth- and seventh-grade students in the yearbook club. Any eighth-grade student interested in the yearbook club needs to see Mrs. Fusaro or Mrs. Nolden in the office.

Mountain View Elementary
Picture retakes are the morning of Oct. 6.

Soldotna Elementary
Arriving this week were $5,000 worth of new band instruments, which were presented to the school as a grant from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Music teacher Erin Southwick applied for the musical grant, which will allow more children to experience elementary band.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

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

Walking might keep mind sharp, ward off Alzheimer's
CHICAGO Walking regularly at age 70 and beyond can help keep the mind sharp and ward off Alzheimer's disease, according to research suggesting that what is good for the heart is also good for the brain.

Winslow's season done in by injury
CLEVELAND Browns rookie tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. needs a second operation on his right leg and will miss the remainder of this season.

Kenai Golf Report: Season is over at Kenai
As this last golf report goes to press, the front nine greens are being sprayed with fertilizer/fungicide and covered for the winter. As much as the management wanted to have the course remain open for regular play, it is just not feasible. For the last 17 years Mother Nature has been in full charge of both opening and closing the Kenai Golf Course. This season is no different and no matter how much we want to extend our golfing, it is just not going to happen on the greens.

Crunch time: NFL injuries piling up
So many NFL teams are losing key players this season that making the playoffs might be a matter of survival.

Reality sets in for Jones, while Bowe fights on
By now, reality should have set in for Roy Jones Jr. and his brain cleared enough to realize his sometimes brilliant career is over.

Hamm faces Yang for gold in court
The disputed Olympic gold medal is wrapped in a pair of white socks in Paul Hamm's parents' house in Waukesha, Wis.

Cowboys lasso Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. Richie Anderson threw a halfback option pass for a touchdown, and safety Tony Dixon blitzed for two of the Dallas Cowboys' five sacks.

Hall recovers fumble against Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, had a solo tackle and a fumble recovery Sunday as the Falcons improved to 3-0 with a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Skyview netters top Seward
The visiting Skyview volleyball team defeated Seward 25-14, 19-25, 25-27, 25-17 and 15-5 Tuesday in a nonconference game.

Photo feature: Wandering wildlife
A black bear forages alongside Skilak Loop Road recently. The route is a good place to view wildlife and autumn colors.

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