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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Cardinals smash five homers off Dodgers
ST. LOUIS -- Larry Walker is back in the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade, and he's making the most of his second shot.

Story lines fill playoffs
Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez are revved up. Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt are rarin' to go. Baseball fans are ready, too.

Melvin fired by Mariners after two seasons
SEATTLE -- Bob Melvin is out as manager of the Seattle Mariners. If there's a bright side, he's sure getting a glowing performance review from the guy who let him go.

Santana, Twins shut out Yankees
NEW YORK -- Johan Santana and the Minnesota Twins' dazzling defense had the New York Yankees seeing double.

Red Sox open with win
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Curt Schilling has pitched a lot better in big games than he did Tuesday.

Officials say Unocal delivering what it can
Unocal Corp. wells dedicated to supplying natural gas to Agrium's Nikiski plant are producing as fast as possible, and Monday a company spokesperson said it was not clear Unocal will ever be able to meet the obligations resulting from arbitration earlier this year.

Agrium: Unocal won't honor gas commitments
Agrium Corp. said Unocal Corp. has informed the company it will be unable to supply quantities of natural gas specified in an arbitration settlement agreed to in July.

KCHS Homecoming celebrated...
It was a homecoming of another kind for James Martin, a KCHS senior, seventeen years ago. Martin, a member of the Kardinal football team in 1987, was on his way to Kodiak to go deer hunting with friends when a plane crash took his life along with 18 other passengers.

Outdoors
If you have never worked in the oil fields of Alaska where you are away from home for long periods of time then I would think it would be pretty hard for you to understand just how important our days off really are. At the end of your days off you really start worrying about getting all your chores done before you go and often times the last few days get a little overwhelming. You know once you get on that plane or helicopter you're not only going to be away from your family for two weeks or longer, you're also not going to be able to do any work around your home at all for two weeks.

Perfect day to stay in bed and win...
It may have been a better day to stay in bed then to race them, but the snow, sleet, rain and hail did not deter the largest crowd ever from showing up for the Soldotna Lions Club 5th Annual Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race on Park Street in Soldotna. The Kenai Peninsula College racing team of Jeremiah Jensen, Cara Steadman, and Randy Berg easily defeated all challengers including a Hemi powered entry by Soldotna Lion Ed Sleater.

Service learning development at KPC...
Beverly Perry, program administrator for the Community College National Center for Community Engagement, recently held a seminar on Service Learning at Kenai Peninsula College (KPC).

Silver Anniversary for Redoubt Elementary...
When your going to school, 25 years seems like forever, but for parents and staff that remember the opening of Redoubt Elementary School 25 years ago, it's hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed by so quickly. The school itself is as bright and shiny as the day it opened, thanks to the pride of the pupils and faculty that have passed through Redoubt's halls of learning. "We wanted to capture this opportunity to celebrate 25 years of excellence in education. Redoubt is a special place to me both as an educator and a parent. I've had kids here for 15 years in a row, so we knew this was Redoubt's birthday and we felt it was a great time to celebrate with both past alumni, staff, parents and students who have been successfully working together in education," said Todd Syverson, Redoubt principal.

Porter elected Kenai mayor
Pat Porter will be Kenai's 10th mayor and the first female to hold the top elected post for the Kenai Peninsula's largest city.

Election results
The outcomes of the October 2004 elections

Incumbents win borough seats
All three incumbents won re-election to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Tuesday's municipal election, but voters tended to split on several propositions on the ballot.

Rowell provides solid leadership for Panthers
It's hard to keep Zack Rowell down.

Bush has given Americans many reasons to doubt him
Why trust a president?

Alaskans fortunate to getto know candidates well
I admire Lisa Murkowski not only because of her campaign statements, but also due to her personal presentation.

Contributions go a long way for Boys and Girls Clubs
Thanks also to 4-D Carpet One, A Better Fit, AA Dan's Construction, ACS Wireless, Adamas Designs Jewelry, Affinity Salon, Agrium, Air Gas, Airport Equipment Rentals, Alaska Gift and Gallery, Alaska Great Skate, Alaska Horseman Trail Adventures, Alaska Hunting and Fishing Ventures, Alaska Native Heritage, Alaska Rivers Company, Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska Trading and Loan, Alaskan Suites, Allen and Peterson, Alyeska Prince Resort, Alyeska Sales, Anchorage Symphony, Orchestra, Arby's, Art Shop Gallery, Artworks Alaska, Aspen Hotels of Alaska, AT-Woodworks, Aurora Charters, Bailey's Furniture, Bardarson Studio, Bare Threads, Bear Paw Coffee Shop and Deli, Beemuns, Best Western Barratt Inn, Big "G" Electric, Big Dog Excavation, Bird Homestead Golf Course, Bishop Lake Studios, Blockbuster, Body, Mind and Spirit, Booth Landscaping, Bovey Trophies, Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada;

Program sets goal to raise $10,000 for Nikiski school
Nikiski North Star Elementary School has recently launched its 2004-05 Box Tops for Education fund-raising campaign. This year we "Dare to Dream," and our goal is $10,000.

Attorney general should release memo on North Slope litigation
OK. We now know a few things. Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich betrayed Alaskans. His ethical failures forced him from his high paid oil and gas commission job.

True conservatives should jump while they still can
Conservatives (which is becoming an increasingly murky term) are almost unanimous, if they are honest, in their agreement that their cause is currently dead in the water. The reasons are complex, but a few might be possible to identify.

Once unwelcome in the NASCAR garage, women now making an impact in racing
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Alba Colon changed Dale Earnhardt's mind about women in the garage area.

Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Dale Earnhardt Jr. went from the lead in the Nextel Cup Series standings to second place this week without ever getting into his Budweiser Chevrolet.

This week: Banquet 400
(Race No. 30 of 36)

'Sun outages' expected this month
Customers of all cable television, Internet and long-distance telephone companies using satellites could experience brief disruptions in service during the first three weeks of October due to a seasonal solar occurrence known as a "sun outage." The outages could disrupt telephone calls to and from locations within Alaska, the Lower 49 states and international locations.

Starkweather trial on hold
Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Cranston ordered a one-week break in the trial of Justin Starkweather to allow time for attorneys in the case to review additional records and prepare juror instructions.

Arrest nets animal sanctuary 35 dogs
Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary in Nikiski always has numerous dogs and cats to care for, and now, by responding to a recent call for help, they added 35 more dogs to the list.

True to form, Kenai mayor looking ahead to the future
For 18 years, one man has defined politics in the city of Kenai. After today, that's all set to change when Kenai residents go to the polls to elect a replacement for John Williams, under whose leadership Kenai has seen a remarkable amount of change.

Questioning focuses on multiple footprints in Starkweather trial
The defense attorney in the Justin Starkweather trial in Kenai Superior Court on Monday attacked the conclusion of an assault investigator that one person acted alone to commit the 2002 beating and sexual assault of a 46-year-old woman in her home near West Poppy Lane.

Floyd William Langston
Former Kenai resident Floyd William Langston died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in Arizona. He was 72.

Permanent fund set up to help pay cost of state government
The Alaska Permanent Fund trustees have renewed their call for the Legislature to authorize using a ''percent of market value'' formula for determining payouts.

Enemy combatants held to keep them from taking up arms
Abdul Ghaffar, an Islamic extremist, was captured during the liberation of Afghanistan and sent to Guantanamo Bay -- where he was detained with other particularly dangerous members of the Taliban. The U.S. government, under intense legal pressure to release or charge the detainees with a crime, has been setting dozens of them free.

Some tips for next debate
The old idea that debates in presidential contests don't matter is one that needs to be rethought by the pundits. And the Bush campaign must now take note that a casual approach to the remaining debates could prove fatal to the president's re-election.

Around the Peninsula
Women health screenings availableFish and Game advisory schedules meetingPFLAG to meetMasquerade ball, auction plannedAlcohol and drug abuse council to meetKPC seeks council members

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes continueFish and Game advisory to meetBasketball association plans meetingSoroptimist s schedule meetingReferee's association to hold clinicSeniors plan dinner and auctionHospice training set

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Yearbooks for 2003-04 still are for sale and can be picked up in the office. The cost is $10.

McNeil Canyon named blue ribbon school
Hours after being one of three schools in the state and approximately 250 nationwide to be named a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, McNeil Canyon School Principal Pete Swanson spoke with pride about what he said is a community accomplishment.

Day cares offer food program
Hope for the Future day care, Little People's Learning World and the Sonshine House 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.

Kenai Montessori
The school is closed this week. Teachers are attending the International Montessori Conference in Tampa, Fla. The conference is an opportunity for Montessori teachers from around the world to gather and share experiences and ideas. They also will attend classes and lectures.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to Zack Weisz, Amber Champman and Dylan Lawrence for winning the Character Counts drawings Tuesday. These students will receive a pizza for lunch today.

Sears Elementary
There will be no school Oct. 22 due to a teacher in-service.

Cook Inlet Academy
The boys and the girls cross country running teams took second place in the Region II championships Sept. 25. Brian Beeson placed first, winning his fourth straight individual title. Brooke Forsi was the top finisher for the girls team, placing fourth. Also contributing to the boys' score was Ryan Fowler, John Forsi, Marcus Brown, Mark Beeson and Hunter Clark. Finishers for the girls team include Tana Alsworth, Sara Wood, Sharon Lindow and Katilyn White.

Soldotna Middle
Tuberculosis tests will be given Monday through the week. They will be given to all seventh-graders and eighth-graders who are new to the district. For more information, call the school nurse.

KPC gets caught up in UAA Seawolf hockey spirit week
The anticipation is rising and school spirit is alive and well at Kenai Peninsula College. The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves hockey team will play Canada's Grant MacEwan College's Griffins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The KPC Student Union has been fully engaged in Seawolf Spirit Week activities on campus that will continue until the game puck is dropped.

Soldotna Montessori
In keeping with the Montessori philosophy of community service and civic responsibility, the school spent last Friday afternoon cleaning up the city of Soldotna public parks as well as the middle school and high school grounds. The students, staff and parents gathered for an all-school picnic at Farnsworth Park. The students gathered pledges of a penny per pound of trash picked up. The proceeds will help pay for field study trips to study the local community, the peninsula and important cultural areas of Alaska.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
The school is collecting box tops and Campbell's for Education labels.

Sterling Elementary
The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Miss Ingrid will visit this week to do nutrition activities with the children and meet with parents.

Tustumena Elementary
Congratulations to Joy Skjold and Evelyn VanMeter who were elected site council president and secretary Sept. 27. The site council meetings are held monthly (except in December and March) during the school year and are open to the public.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
Active listening is the lifelong guideline for the week.

Wings Christian Academy
Mrs. Kincaid taught an art class for the younger students last week. They each made a miniature snowman.

Connections
Connections enrollment is coming to an end. Call 714-8880 to make an appointment.

Mountain View Elementary
The Title 1 program is holding its annual parent meeting from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the library. All Title 1 parents are encouraged to attend. The meeting immediately precedes the Family Math-Science Night so participants will be "eating dessert first" by having ice cream sundaes available for Title 1 family members.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Redoubt Elementary
Redoubt celebrated its 25th birthday on Sept. 24. Students released more than 400 biodegradable balloons and Soldotna Safeway provided cake and ice cream for the entire school. Special guests included visiting alumni. The staff thanks the many parent volunteers, Soldotna Safeway, guests and Mrs. Hale, who coordinated the event for making this celebration a special day.

Rundown Indian school may get second chance
PHOENIX -- The pale red brick building with the mission-style roof line saw nearly 70 years worth of American Indian students.

Reads
All students will participate in the National BOOK IT Program. Every month reading goals will be given to each grade level. After a student reaches their goal, a pizza certificate will be awarded to the students. October goals already have been sent home.

Skyview high
The school hosted the largest Alaska state cross country meet last weekend. There were 61 teams in attendance.

Ninilchik
Last Wednesday students began selling gift wrap, calendars, planners and other items. This fund-raiser benefits the entire school.

Soldotna High
Retakes for the High School Qualifying Exam continue today and Thursday.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The High School Qualifying Exam will continue today and Thursday for those juniors and seniors who have not yet passed any portion of the exam. Sophomores will not test until spring.

Soldotna Elementary
Jared Lingafelt was the top seller in the Innisbrook fund-raiser and was awarded a giant bear. Brendan Hanson placed second. The staff would like to thank everyone for their efforts, especially Debbie Adamson and Lauri Lingafelt for their hard work.

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

Seniors finally taking up mind-body exercise classes such as tai chi, yoga
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Balanced on one leg like flamingos, a dozen people older than 60 concentrate on staying upright, as they master the basics of tai chi.

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

Els focused on top spot
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Ernie Els is familiar with his position in the world ranking, but not the scenery.

Even without McKenzie, Packers are a mess
Maybe Mike McKenzie knew what he was talking about all along.

Bird leads Storm to WNBA finals
SEATTLE -- Sue Bird had 10 points and 14 assists a day after having surgery on her broken nose, and the Seattle Storm advanced to the WNBA finals with an 82-62 win over the Sacramento Monarchs in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night.

'Friday Night Lights' makes the big screen
DALLAS -- Before Peter Berg started writing the eighth attempt at turning the best-selling book ''Friday Night Lights'' into a movie, he got some advice from his cousin, Buzz Bissinger, who happened to be the book's author.

It's Kobe's team in Los Angeles
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is a free man -- and the Los Angeles Lakers are his team. Shaquille O'Neal, Derek Fisher, Gary Payton and Karl Malone are gone, leaving Bryant as Showtime's lone superstar.

Williams wants to rejoin Dolphins
MIAMI -- Maybe Ricky Williams is tired of traveling. Maybe he has run out of books to read. Or maybe he doesn't want to pay the $8.6 million he owes the Miami Dolphins for breach of contract.

Jaguars upset about holding call
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Everything seemed to go right for the Jacksonville Jaguars the first three weeks.

Chiefs destroy Ravens defense
BALTIMORE -- The Kansas City Chiefs bullied the Baltimore Ravens with a dominant performance that belied their stature as a winless team.

KPHA team wins two of three
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team played its first three games of the season this weekend. Playing in Kenai, the squad won two of those games.

Photo feature: Going along swimmingly
A humpback whale fills the air with spray while swimming along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in the Kenai Fjords National Park recently.

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