Tuesday, October 4, 2005

NOW PLAYING: The Constant Gardener
I looked up the word ldquo;constant” on Dictionary.com (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.

Do what Alaskans want on mine
I was disappointed to read the comments of Northern Dynasty's Bruce Jenkins recently. Developing a large open-pit mine in the middle of the Bristol Bay watershed — perhaps the world's greatest red salmon fishery — is inherently controversial. But name calling and finger pointing are divisive tactics that do little to advance the necessary dialogue on this important issue.

Theft leaves family feeling lost
To who ever picked up my bank bag at Fred Meyer on Sept. 21 about 4:30 p.m.: You could have been a good person and ran to the Fred Meyer customer service center and left at least the Denali Kid cards and my ID with them. You left a mother and two 6-year-olds unable to get gas for their car and unable to get to the bank to get the rest of my rent payment.

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.

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.

Cleaning now will make for better-looking spring
A lesson learned from a simple gardening technique could save our community the unsightly mess and time consuming cleanup in months to come.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

CPGH outlook healthy
The health of Central Peninsula General Hospital is looking good — the financial health, that is. "August looks good ... and it looks like September is shaping up the same way," said interim finance officer Mike Haggerty reporting on monthly revenue and expenses to the CPGH Inc. Board of Directors last week.

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.

Man smuggles 405 pounds of marijuana
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Alaska man has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for smuggling 405 pounds of marijuana to Nashville from Phoenix.

Rainbow connection
A rainbow paints the sky above spruce trees near Marathon Road in Kenai last weekend.

Agrium to cut work force
Agrium U.S. Inc. will soon close one of the ammonia plants at its North Kenai fertilizer plant and reduce its staff by 20 to 25 employees, said company spokeswoman Lisa Parker.

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.

Roderick B. Spurr
Holliston, Mass., resident Roderick B. Spurr died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at the Milford Regional Hospital in Milford, Mass., following a battle with cancer. He was 75.

Changes toward national attitudes on ANWR noted
Nothing like a little pressure in the energy market to bring reluctant consumers and politicians to their senses. And that's good news for those working to open a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil production.

Hard times befall party
WASHINGTON — Things are going so badly for President Bush and his fellow Republicans that it is hard to imagine what could come along and make it worse.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Dance club seeks members Peninsula Democrats to meet Caregiver meeting slated CIRCAC to meet Genealogical society to meet Hospital service board meeting scheduled CICADA to elect officers Library pumpkin contest continues

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

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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.

Stoudemire signs five-year, $73 million contract
PHOENIX (AP) — Amare Stoudemire signed a five-year contract extension Monday with the Phoenix Suns worth about $73 million. The deal is the maximum allowed under the NBA collective bargaining agreement for the forward who jumped from high school to stardom. The exact figures won't be known until next year's salary cap is set, Suns president Bryan Colangelo said. The extension kicks in after this season and has an opt-out clause after the 2009-10 season.

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.

White Sox seek first title since 1917
Trying to end an 88-year championship drought, the White Sox need only look across the field to find hope.

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.

Vick to start against Pats
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Michael Vick is expected to start against New England this week after an MRI confirmed Monday that he did not seriously injure his right knee Sunday in Atlanta's victory over Minnesota.

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.

Merritt won't get fooled again
Shaun O'Shea, the new boys basketball coach at Skyview, has not coached Panthers senior Wyatt Merritt in a game yet, but he likes what he's heard about him already.

Tracy, Trammell lose employment
Jim Tracy became the latest to be shown the door in Paul DePodesta's restructuring of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

DNA controversy ends: Bulls trade Curry to Knicks
DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Bulls agreed to trade center Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks on Monday, ending a contentious negotiation in which Chicago insisted the restricted free agent take a DNA test over a heart problem.

Panthers dump Packers to 0-4
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brett Favre stood alone at midfield, watching in frustrated disbelief as the Carolina Panthers celebrated the end of his improbable rally. It was vintage Favre, but despite his best efforts, the Green Bay Packers are off to their worst start in 17 years.

Even with Crosby around, Lemieux looks ageless
PITTSBURGH — For the first time in his NHL career, Mario Lemieux isn't the most-watched player in the Pittsburgh Penguins' training camp. Doesn't get the most interview requests. Doesn't wear the best-selling jersey number in town.

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.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski netters make final six

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.

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