Thursday, October 2, 2003

A's outlast Red Sox in 12-inning thriller
OAKLAND, Calif. When Byung-Hyun Kim blows a postseason assignment, it's no surprise. When the Oakland Athletics win with a bunt, it's practically unprecedented.

Game 1 goes Chicago's way
ATLANTA Cubs win! Cubs win! A road game in the playoffs, no less. Holy cow.

Braves, Marlins notch victories
SAN FRANCISCO Juan Pierre is sure everyone ruled out his wild-card Florida Marlins in their playoff matchup with the San Francisco Giants.

Twins open postseason with win
NEW YORK Instead of getting tight when Johan Santana cramped up, the Minnesota Twins stayed loose.

Peninsula unemployment numbers drop slightly
Unemployment numbers showed a mild decrease on the Kenai Peninsula in August, and the number of jobs and the size of the labor force shrunk slightly, as well.

Report says more natural gas needed
WASHINGTON Natural gas shortages and price spikes, if not dealt with in the years ahead, could threaten Americans' livelihoods and quality of life and force energy-dependent industries and jobs oversees, a Republican congressional task force says.

Violent games all the rage this holiday season
SEATTLE The Campaign for a Game Smart Community, formed to rein in sales of ultra-violent video games to children, has announced a holiday season initiative to educate parents and press retailers to honor the industry rating system.

Business Briefs
Ogan resigns from Evergreen positionFeds seek to punish gas market manipulatorsNative corporations make big gains in 2003

District 7, Osterman: Administrators should be held accountable
Melanie Osterman believes children need the basics and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District isn't providing it.

District 5, M. Anderson: Community needs to be part of solution
Sterling's Marty Anderson is making his first bid for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education this fall.

Assembly District 6, Long: Education, road funds top borough challenges
The toughest challenge facing the Kenai Peninsula Borough continues to be how to contribute locally to education without running afoul of state and federal limitations on local funding, said Ron Long of Seward, candidate for Assembly District 6 seat.

District 1, Crawford: District's biggest challenge remains budget
Sammy Crawford is all about community service.

District 7, Holle: Despite financial woes, district still tops in state
Debbie Holle says she is a firm believer in public service and that she has the experience the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education needs.

District 2, Gilman: Class sizes, money woes district's top issues
Margaret Gilman isn't giving up on lowering the number of students in classes.

Assembly District 1, Davis: Borough runs efficiently, but surplus too large
Until he was elected to a one-year term last fall, it had been 20 years since assembly member John C. Davis of Kenai had sat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

District 3, Mullins: Money scarce, but district has many strengths
The next few years are apt to be a challenge for anyone elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education, but Debra Mullins says she's up to it.

Assembly District 9, Martin: Roads still remain No. 1 on her list of priorities
Borough finances are healthy now, thanks to the good fiscal management of a praiseworthy department of finance, but that may not last in a struggling state economy, said assembly member Milli Martin of Diamond Ridge, who is seeking another three-year term as the representative of the South Peninsula district.

District 3, Pate: Market system would offer better school choices
Vicki Pate knows some of her views on education are a little outside the norm. But, she said, all innovative ideas start that way.

District 6, Wassilie: Community health depends on good schools
Sandra Wassilie of Seward has plenty of experience in the world of education.

District 4, N. Anderson: Economic situation overshadows all else
Soldotna doctor Nels Anderson has plenty to say about the state of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's schools.

District 1, Dyson: Board needs new views to tackle old problems
Gene Dyson is gearing up for another run at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

Assembly District 1, Chay: Consensus-reaching skills could aid assembly
Asked what he'd like to see improved about the Kenai Peninsula Borough government, Assembly District 1 candidate Dan Chay of Kenai said he'd rather begin by focusing on what the borough is doing right.

District 8, Germano: Not raising pupil-teacher ratio No. 1 priority
"Money, money, money." Homer resident Deb Germano knows the coming years will be a challenge for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and financial issues are the biggest worry facing area schools.

'Out of Time' out of praise
If last year's ''John Q'' proved anything, it's that Denzel Washington's colossal charisma can elevate a mediocre movie with an outlandish plot to hit status.

Outsider tells Alaska's tale with rare skill
Alaska is such an amazing place, filled with so many interesting tales that it is a shame that the general histories written about it have fallen short. Now Walter R. Borneman, a Colorado historian, attempts to describe Alaska's sweeping history in a single volume.

El Greco retrospective opens in New York
NEW YORK Pablo Picasso admired him, as did Henri Matisse. Jackson Pollock considered him one of his favorite artists.

Art Briefs
Quilting guild to meetChorus looking for membersClay show open for entryPoetry contests open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interestCraft fair vendors wanted

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

Dido tries to follow up success
NEW YORK No one, including her music producer brother, paid much attention to Dido when she made her first album.

Award-winning author traces roots to small-town sources
The Alutiiq people have a saying: "When the tide is out, the table is set." For a young girl in Seldovia back in the early 1960s, the low tide meant more than subsistence. It was on a low tide one day that Dana Stabenow climbed down a 42-foot ladder with her mother, Joan Barnes, from the F/V Celtic, the family fish tender, walked up to the old boardwalk and made her first trip to the Seldovia Public Library.

Russian Orthodox Cemetery in need of some care
Several weeks ago, while taking some roses to a grave in the Russian Orthodox Cemetery, my neighbor (who had never been there) and I were taken aback by the deplorable condition it was in. The grounds are so overgrown it's almost impossible to walk into the cemetery or even find graves.

Thanks from Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys & Girls Clubs would like to thank everyone for the great success of the 16th annual auction. Approximately 250 people that gave generously to the kids of the peninsula attended the auction "Take a Chance on Kids."

Different financing needed for hospital expansion
Of particular importance is Proposition No. 2, Hospital Capital Improvement Bonds. We think the financing should be in the form of revenue bonds instead of general obligation bonds. According to the hospital administration and the borough mayor, the hospital has shown a bottom line profit in the last 17 out of 18 years and 19 out of 20 years, respectively.

Stewart suing over unlicensed souvenirs
Kansas City, Kan. Lawyers used to visit stores and souvenir booths looking for bootleg merchandise on behalf of Dale Earnhardt, often handing out cease and desist orders on the spot.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,2272. Kevin Harvick 3,8733. Dale Earnhardt Jr 3,843

Buckshot won't miss racing
HAMPTON, Ga. Buckshot Jones took a couple days off work this week to do a favor for a friend.

This Week's Race: Kansas 400
Where and When

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16

Newsmaker: Brandon Gaughan
A victory last week at Las Vegas helped Brandon Gaughan solidify his lead in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He's a talkative, energetic driver who would be an instant hit with fans on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, but he seems very content with driving pickup trucks.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,587,6552. Kurt Busch 4,413,0203. Kevin Harvick 4,153,773

Budget concerns fuel school races
Last October, voters asked for more choices in their representation on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education by approving a reappropriation of the board.

KeyBank expanding to Soldotna
KeyBank announced it plans to open a new branch in Soldotna by next spring. The 4,800-square-foot facility will be located in the former Alaska Communications Systems building on the corner of the Sterling Highway and Birch Avenue.

Board weighs plat to turn RV park into subdivision
A controversial preliminary plat approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission in April that would allow a developer to turn what up to now has been a summer recreation camping area along the Kenai River into a year-round subdivision ended up before a Board of Adjustment in mid-September.

CES firefighters practice skills to rescue each other
A firefighter lies still on the ground. The loud beeping of his pass alarm echoes in the air around him, letting his fellow crew members know he hasn't moved in at least 20 seconds. Another alarm starts to buzz, alerting the team that the fallen firefighter is running out of air.

Leman discusses economic growth during peninsula visits
Although he spends most of his time in Juneau, Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman is becoming quite a familiar face on the Kenai Peninsula lately.

Funding, roads top issues in assembly race
Peninsula voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide a variety of issues, including who takes seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Refuge blazes new trail
More than 100 people showed up at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge last Saturday to take part in the dedication of the new Centennial Trail.

Gifford, Ross named to fill vacant hospital seats
Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. added some familiar faces to its board of directors. After reviewing applications for eight candidates last week, the board selected Shirley Gifford and Rick Ross on Thursday evening to fill its two remaining open seats.

Growing Sakhalin looks to peninsula for advice
Once again, Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula oil and gas industry have been set to provide a blueprint for fledgling exploration and development projects in a neighboring country.

Kenai police seek armed, dangerous man
Kenai police are seeking the public's help in finding Daniel Bear Rogers, 21, who is wanted on a $5,000 felony probation violation warrant.

Donavon Charles Fugate
Sixteen-year Alaska resident Donavon C. Fugate died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 43.

Zlatko Cvetkovski
Soldotna resident Zlatko Cvetkovski died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 54.

School board candidates speak out: Sandra Wassilie, School Board District 6
On Oct. 20, the newly elected school board will be seated as a nine-member, regionalized board, replacing the seven-member, at-large structure. Citizens have examined the concept of having school board members elected by region, probably ever since the establishment of the borough in the 1960s. Last October, the voters made it a reality.

Assembly candidates share views: Milli Martin, District 9
Thank you for this opportunity to speak to the voters of Assembly District 9, the southern Kenai Peninsula outside of the city of Homer. I have had the privilege of representing these wonderful folks for the past three years, and look forward to continuing in that capacity. I particularly enjoy visiting with constituents, and welcome their calls and e-mails.

Gen. Clark: Do Americans really know who he is?
Recent polls show retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark leading the race for the Democratic nomination for president. But Clark's early performance suggests he has a long way to go before he can be considered battle ready to take on George W. Bush.

Assembly candidates share views: John C. Davis, District 1
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is beyond a doubt the best place on earth to live, work, play and raise a family. After 36 years of doing just that, I am offering my services to my friends, neighbors and the voters of District 1 to serve as their representative on the borough assembly for another term.

Iditarod board's decision shows heart, guts of race
She's got guts, no mistake there. Rachael Scdoris, 18, got the go-ahead from Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race directors last week, after she made her case for a second time.

School board candidates speak out: Debbie Holle, School Board District 7
Education is all about dreams. Children dream of accomplishing great things.

Recall wrong answer
Californians are faced with the most important election in recent memory: the decision on whether to remove and replace Gov. Gray Davis. ...

Assembly candidates share views: Ron Long, District 6
It has been my good fortune over the last three years as an assembly member to work with a diverse and dedicated bunch of people. I've gained some experience and developed some relationships, both of which I would like to build upon. I don't have a single burning issue or a real gripe with the way the borough is being run, but am interested in keeping the borough moving in a positive direction.

School board candidates speak out: Melanie Osterman, School Board District 7
Our schools are at an historical low. In Alaska, we have never had to do more with so little. There is neither glory nor gratification in most of what the school board must accomplish.

School board candidates speak out: Vicki Pate, School Board District 3
How much do you know about the history of education?

If recall succeeds, look for things to get worse, not better, in California
Californina's recall election ... is happening because one wealthy Southern Californian decided to use some of his money to hire professional signature gatherers, and, aided by volunteers, they collected sufficient signatures. And because millions of Californians are unhappy about the economy but don't want more spending cuts or a tax increase. ...

School board candidates speak out: Gene Dyson, School Board District 1
I want to thank the voters, who had faith in me and voted for me over the years. As you know, I am running again and need your support.

School board candidates speak out: Sammy Crawford, School Board District 1
Public schools are a reflection of our democratic society. A large part of the responsibility of education is to promote active and involved citizenry. Participation in our democracy has never been more important.

Assembly candidates share views: Dan Chay, District 1
As I write this, four weeks have passed since I filed to run for Borough Assembly, and three weeks remain until Oct. 7, Election Day.

Winding through autumn
Trees don their autumn colors of yellow and orange along the banks of the Upper Kenai River as it winds its way through Cooper Landing. A light covering of snow on nearby mountains Saturday signals the imminent change of seasons.

Around the Peninsula
Fire station fund-raiser plannedIndependent center to celebrate birthdayCoho salmon availableLibrary commission meeting canceledBlood donations neededResident needed for fair boardBoys and Girls Club plans open houseSoldotna chamber to host fund-raiser

Around the Peninsula
Gaming teleconference setBorough transportation meetings scheduledFood donation earns free admission to movieNutritional classes offered at food bankHistorical association meeting slatedPreschool skills program offeredPets, people fund-raiser race slatedCaregiver support group to hold meetings

Alaska Quality Schools Coalition students to visit campus
Although KPC is proud to be part of the University of Alaska Anchorage, there has been a major push to showcase the campus as a small college alternative to the major academic units in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

Area preschools offer USDA meal program
Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start and Soldotna Kiddie Kare announce that they are 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.

Studies: Don't believe the hype about heaps of homework
WASHINGTON It's a troubling story: Public school students get so loaded with homework that they stress out and lose out on chances to be playful kids.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Most states deny persistently dangerous schools
WASHINGTON Only 52 of the nation's 91,000 public schools are labeled persistently dangerous by their states, findings that allow students in those few schools to transfer to safer places but deny a similar option for tens of millions of other children.

Phoenix ranch offers boot camp for cowpolk
PHOENIX Nicki Nelson was born on the wrong side of South Dakota. The Missouri River splits the state into farm country to the east and ranching territory to the west.

Passing on knowledge
Members of the Kenai Central High School varsity football team went back to elementary school Monday, but they weren't there to learn.

Around the District
School board meets Monday in SewardUAA to discuss medical imaging programHomer Community Schools begins registrationNo school Oct. 10

School Menus
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No fear: Norway's attitude toward U.S. stops at healthy respect
FOXBORO, Mass. Norway has all kinds of respect for the U.S. women's soccer team. What the Norwegians do not have is fear.

Limbaugh resigns from ESPN
NEW YORK (AP) Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh resigned from ESPN on Wednesday night, three days after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

Mind games: 'Dawgs beat Stars
To hear Nikiski coach Bruce King and Soldotna coach Pako Whannell talk, Sigmund Freud would have been the best volleyball coach of all time.

Kenai's Reemtsma sees time in goal for Cedarville
Joel Reemtsma, a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School, is getting playing time at goalie this year for Cedarville University, which is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I school located in Cedarville, Ohio.

Suns acquire Knight in trade
PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns on Tuesday acquired three players, including guard Brevin Knight, from the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Bo Outlaw and center Jake Tsakalidis.

Kansas State, Texas face must-win game
Coming into the season, Kansas State's trip to Texas was supposed to be one of the big games to decide who would play in the Sugar Bowl.

Kenai Golf Course settled in for a long winter's nap
The greens are covered for their long winter rest. The tractors and mowers will be silent until spring. The golf carts are no longer lined up ready to go. The clubhouse is in darkness and the driving range will be idle.

United States edges Norway, gains semis
FOXBORO, Mass. As they watched the videos, they could feel the intensity building. And their passion.

Garnett agrees to contract extension
MINNEAPOLIS Forward Kevin Garnett has agreed to a contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced Wednesday.

Birch Ridge Report: A warm finish for golf
I know I said the Cold Weather Classic would probably be just that. It ended up being the warmest "cold" we've ever had.

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