Monday, October 3, 2005

NOW PLAYING: The Constant Gardener
I looked up the word ldquo;constant” on (if that isn’t a sign of the times, I don’t know what is) and I came up with several different definitions. Now, I know what the word means. I wouldn’t have been much of an English teacher if I hadn’t reached that rudimentary stage. But I was curious to see if I could determine why John Le Carré chose to include it in the title of his novel about political intrigue and corporate graft in England and Africa.

Business contributions helped juniors reign supreme
The class of 2007 would like to thank Great Bear Ford and Davis Block for their contributions and support during Soldotna High School's homecoming festivities. The Mustang and the cement truck contributed much to the juniors' efforts — we took first place in the homecoming competition! The help of local businesses such as yours is very much appreciated.

Hard work by many led to LeeShore fund-raiser success
The LeeShore Center is very grateful for the generous support of the community during our 21st annual KSRM Radiothon fund-raiser on Sept. 12. Individuals and businesses helped us raise $49,632.02 so far in cash and in-kind goods; we are still tabulating the results and will have a final figure in early October.

Team feasts on unexpected generosity of anonymous fan
The Cook Inlet Academy cross country team would like to extend a big "thank you" to the individual who paid for our dinners in Anchorage on Sept. 24.

Bear hunt closes before it begins
Hunters who have been cleaning their rifles and adjusting their scopes in the hope of bagging a big bruin can go ahead and put their weapons away for another year.

Gov announces appointments
(Juneau) — Gov. Frank H. Murkowski has included two Kenai Peninsula men in his list of appointments to several boards and commissions.

The race is on!
Perhaps it was their blue and silver painted faces that distracted the competition. Maybe the cheering gallery of college kids intimidated the other four racers. Perhaps it was even that their school places so much emphasis and engineering degrees that their design couldn't be beat.

Coastal program changes moving forward
Controversial amendments Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration argues would improve to the Alaska Coastal Management Program by reducing regulatory duplication and speeding up project permitting appear headed for federal approval.

Part of lawsuit over bonuses settled
JUNEAU (AP) — Four former state legislators have settled a portion of a lawsuit in which they contested $80,000 in cash bonuses paid to Republican legislative aides from 2001 to 2004.

Soldotna eyes project list for grant funding
Changes could be on the way in Soldotna. However, some may be more noticeable than others. The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday gave the nod to a list of infrastructure improvements expected to be funded by Alaska state grants.

Who's voting?
As Jake Dempster, 21, flipped through a guitar magazine at the Kenai Safeway Store on Friday, finding a job — any job really — was on his mind. He was not too concerned about Tuesday's local elections.

Hospital clears the air
The Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. Board of Directors is trying to set a good example.

The world around us
Although a lot of people said it couldn't be done with so many federal cutbacks, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opened its newly constructed Environmental Education Center on Saturday. "It's been a long process," said Nicole Johnson, environmental education specialist at the refuge.

Manager heads for 'Newland' after 28 years with business
After nearly three decades of employment with Gottschalks in Soldotna — formerly known as Lamonts Apparel — general manger Linda Newland is finally calling it quits. She retired Saturday to pursue things more important than making money.

School board already turning calendar ahead
With students, teachers and administration all settling into the new school year, it's already time to start thinking about the budget for 2007.

Marian H. Ehrman
Kenai resident Marian H. Ehrman died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at her home of natural causes with her family at her side. She was 78.

Voices of the Clarion: Time to save our sanity
I tried to fill my truck up with gas yesterday, but the pumps shut down after $75. Griping about gas prices here in Alaska, where we depend almost exclusively upon oil revenues to pay the bills, always seems a little disingenuous. It's like someone in Nebraska whining about the price of corn. But at some point, we've got to draw a line in the sand (or tundra, if you like).

Lawmaker should do homework before offering solutions
Rep. Jay Ramras gets good marks for enthusiasm and eagerness in trying to find a way to help Alaskans who are being stung by the high price of fuel, particularly home heating fuel. The grade for his ''Energy Ease'' package is a little less lustrous, however. Even so, he should keep at it.

Including youth in decisions beneficial to all
Finding ways to prepare our youth to become the best they can be as the next generation to lead this country has been a concern nearly since it was founded.

Melvin, McMinn marry in Kenai Schaafsma, Reynoso plan June wedding

Around the Peninsula
Library pumpkin contest slated KPBSD budget meetings slated Immunization clinic canceled Senior center to hold meeting CIRCAC to meet Scouting books, uniforms sought Popcorn fund-raiser begins Pool available during school hours

Falling out of favor
The first day of autumn was last Thursday, but fall colors are changing fast on the Kenai Peninsula. Soon bright yellow trees and dark red berry bushes will be replaced by a blanket of white, so enjoy the colors while they last.

Peninsula People
Colon-Grundy joins Marines Snyder passes certification course Fair awards announced

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers a buzzin' Kenai pool begins fall schedule Dog classes available Depression screening offered Prescription drug plan to be discussed Immunization clinic canceled CIRCAC to meet Hospice training announced Homer health fair slated Pool available during school hours Artists, vendors sought

October a great month to adopt
For anyone who has been considering adopting a dog, maybe October is the month to stop talking about it and actually to do it. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Kenai Animal Shelter celebrate October as Adopt A Shelter Dog Month.

My best friend
Sassy, left, and Stubby, right, took over Darlene Fisher's tomato pots in the fall. Fisher, of Sterling, said the cats do better than the tomatoes did. They always sleep in the same pot.

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Sports Briefs
Nikiski netters make final six

State gets four new champions
It was a day for new faces on the top step of the awards podium at Skyview High School as four first-time state champions were crowned at the state cross country championships Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails.

Nikiski downs Seward
Josh Ball took a moment to consider all that had transpired, smiled and described Nikiski's 40-0 football victory over Seward as "surreal."

Jarrett's victory ends 98-race drought
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Jarrett's voice was hoarse and choked with emotion. He had just won a frantic shootout to end a 98-race drought and steal the spotlight from NASCAR's championship drivers.

Kardinals keep rolling
The Kenai Central Kardinals took flight Saturday against the Soldotna Stars. Normally content to grind things out on the ground, Kenai racked up 191 yards passing and four touchdowns through the air on their way to a 37-0 victory over the Stars.

Penn State moves into AP Top 25
Penn State is back and Alabama is moving up in The Associated Press Top 25. The 16th-ranked Nittany Lions moved into the rankings Sunday for the first time since the final media poll of the 2002 season. The Crimson Tide jumped eight places to No. 7, its highest ranking since being third in the Sept. 3, 2000 poll.

Choi takes home Chrysler Classic
GREENSBORO, N.C. — South Korea's K.J. Choi won the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro on Sunday for his third PGA Tour victory, closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-shot victory over Shigeki Maruyama.

Lightning strikes New England
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — This was finally the week the New England Patriots couldn't plug the holes left by injuries — not against Drew Brees and San Diego's explosive offense.

Sports Briefs
Indoor soccer tryouts announced

Red Sox earn wild-card berth
BOSTON — Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and also threw out Derek Jeter from the outfield to lead the Boston over the New York Yankees 10-1 Sunday as the Red Sox claimed the AL wild-card berth.

Astros clinch NL wild card
HOUSTON — The Houston Astros clinched the NL wild card on the final day of the regular season — just as they did last year.

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