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Thursday, October 6, 2005

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Area chambers set schedules Suitcases for kids continues Chamber rec guide seeks entries Alliance re-elects officers Business workshop scheduled Wildland Adventures recognized Fitness fiesta to be held

Soldotna mayor, city council to stay the same
With no opposition, lone candidates for mayor and two city council seats in Soldotna were re-elected Tuesday to three-year terms.

Election results
Borough Mayor Assembly District 5 Assembly District 8 School Board Dist. 3 School Board Dist. 4 School Board Dist. 7 Kenai City Council, (two, three-year seats) Kenai City Council, (one, one-year seat) Seward Mayor Seward council, (three, two-year seats) Soldotna Mayor Soldotna Council Seat B Soldotna Council Seat F Proposition 1, (Accomodations tax) Proposition 2, (CES bonds) Proposition 3A, (Funny River Bridge) Proposition 3B, (F.R. Bridge spending) Proposition 4, (Capital improvements cap) Proposition 5, (Sales tax roll-back)

Borough voters reject taxes
Kenai Peninsula voters apparently agreed Tuesday that a 2 percent borough sales tax was quite high enough and that a supermajority of voting residents ought to decide whether the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly should exceed that rate in the future.

Swarner, Molloy and Boyle earn Kenai council seats
An 18-year veteran and two newcomers were elected to the Kenai City Council on Tuesday.

Then there were two: Williams, Torgerson now in Oct. 25 run-off for borough mayor
John Torgerson will face John Williams in a runoff election Oct. 25 after the two candidates emerged as the top vote-getters from Tuesday's municipal election for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Seat-holders stay put on school board
With three of nine seats on the ballot and five candidates campaigning, incumbents on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education held fast in Tuesday's election.

Bed tax nixed; fire bonds approved
Kenai Peninsula voters sent a proposed bed tax proposition down to resounding defeat Tuesday, saying no to a 4 percent sales tax on accommodations at hotels, motels and bed and breakfast operations.

Gilman beats Glick: Merkes, Martin race still too close to call
Margaret Gilman unseated Betty Glick for the Kenai assembly district winning almost 60 percent of the vote.

Bridge a no-go
By a nearly 2-1 margin, voters rejected a plan to begin the process of building a bridge across the Kenai River between Funny River and Sterling. A proposal to spend borough money on the bridge failed by an even greater margin.

Seniority: Music for the ages
On Saturday, big band music will meet Britney Spears as two generations of seniors put on a dinner karaoke event.

From the bookshelf: Medical history illuminates Natives' tragedy
Historians used to tout the exploits of kings and generals. But recent revisions suggest that other forces have shaped our lives in profound ways. For example, modern scholars now believe that immigrant epidemics played a huge role in allowing European expatriates to displace Native Americans.

Wild Views
Alaska's flora, fauna and fantastic views are highlighted in a photography show on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

PTA training offers valuable opportunities
The Alaska PTA Fall Leadership Training in Soldotna on Sept. 15 was a success thanks to presentations by Alaska PTA Immediate Past President Suellen Appellof and the Peninsula PTAs that were able to send representatives.

Merit Inn will be missed
The Performing Arts Society (PAS) is a central Kenai Peninsula organization dedicated to sponsoring concerts, classes and school performances of classical and jazz music.

Study looks at gas options
The federal government is paying for a $4 million study to look at another way to get natural gas to Southcentral Alaska.

Borough faces effects of election
Borough attorneys and finance officials wrestled Wednesday morning with what appeared to be a conflict arising from the apparent success of two propositions on Tuesday's municipal ballot.

Moose mosey
A young bull moose traipses through brush decorated in fall colors in Kenai recently.

Downed tree blinks out Soldotna power
Approximately 60 Soldotna homes went without power for approximately an hour Wednesday morning after a tree fell on a power line.

More than 50 apply for Kenai manager's job
More than 50 people want to manage the city of Kenai. At least that's how many applied for the position, which came open this year after Linda Snow's contract was not renewed.

School board budgeting for greater involvement
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board wants the public to get more involved in its work.

Illegal fishing nets men many charges
Under cover of darkness, three men in a 17-foot skiff depart from the Homer harbor. It's late at night, not exactly the time for a pleasure cruise.

Henry P. 'Hank' Murphy
Longtime Kenai and Nikiski resident Henry P. "Hank" Murphy died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 64.

Budget cut hurts rural victims of domestic violence
It's hard enough for a woman to escape an abusive relationship in Anchorage. Here, domestic violence victims have a safety net of services and some room to hide from their abusers.

Linking DeLay, Rep. Young is nonsense
''Alaska Republicans have benefited from the Tom DeLay machine, and they all should answer whether or not they will continue to benefit from his dirty donations to their campaign funds.'' That's the breast-beating pronouncement Monday from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Around the Peninsula
Dance club seeks members Labor council to meet Brown bears are topic Wanted: More pies for auction Scout leadership training planned

Around the Peninsula
4-H round-up set Chili feed fund-raiser set First Friday dialogue set Internet class slated Blood drive planned Christmas boutique scheduled

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal. Elementary Secondary

Around the District
September Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School Soldotna Chamber of Commerce September Student of the Month Artists in Schools accepting applications Young Alaskans Seeks Nominees Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High School Kenai Middle School Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Nikiski Middle-Senior High Nikiski North Star Elementary READS Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter School Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

KPC Around Campus: Scholarships available through U of A Foundation
As with most everything in today's world, the cost of higher education isn't going down anytime soon. College students in the United States, including University of Alaska students, constantly have to juggle their increasing education expenses along with their general cost of living. Indirect expenses, from gasoline to mandatory fees, continue to escalate and erode student bank accounts. Full-time students have an especially difficult time as there are only so many hours in a day and a full-time job is generally out of the question while going to school.

Government in action
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Borough Student Council Meeting ended with what was, for many participants, the highlight of the day-long gathering of student leaders: Small groups of students from across the school district conducting informal discussions of ways they can make their schools better.

Penn's woods perfect for big league bats
RUSSELL, Pa. — When major league players walk to the plate during the playoffs many of them carry bats stamped ''Louisville.'' Do not be deceived. The Louisville Slugger has Pennsylvania roots.

Minnesota school gears up for Saturday football doubleheader
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — About 2,600 students are enrolled at Northwestern College, a scenic, wooded campus in Minnesota where football players routinely sing in the school choir, participate in another sport and take required Bible classes in addition to their major of choice.

Sports views: In a hurt business, Corrales still willing to accept risks
Leavander Johnson didn't have to die for Diego Corrales to understand how brutal boxing can be.

Sports views: A curse is a terrible thing to waste
A curse is a terrible thing to waste. The Red Sox milked theirs for 86 years before throwing the Bambino under the bus. The Cubs still run theirs as a profitable little side business. They like to pretend they've been jinxed by a billy goat, a black cat, and lately, a guy who picked an inopportune moment to do some souvenir hunting.

Hockey's greatest player turns to coaching for love of game
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Wayne Gretzky was lured to coaching by the most basic reason: a love of the game.

Parise, Devils spoil Crosby's debut
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the hockey world watching, the first-round draft pick lived up to all of his expectations and more with a goal and two points in his first NHL game.

Red Sox get whitewashed
CHICAGO — A.J. Pierzynski homered twice, Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and even Scott Podsednik also connected, and Chicago scored five times in the first inning Tuesday en route to a 14-2 rout of the World Series champion Red Sox in their playoff opener.

Game on!
PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby's debut was so-so, Wayne Gretzky couldn't wait to start his new career and the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated winning the Stanley Cup — remember the Stanley Cup? — on opening night for the new-look NHL.

Bulldogs hold off Panthers
The Nikiski High School volleyball team overcame the loss of one of its top hitters, defeating Skyview in four games in a nonconfernce match Tuesday at Nikiski.

Astros open postseason with win
ATLANTA — Morgan Ensberg had five RBIs, Andy Pettitte overcame a couple of homers for his record-tying 14th postseason win and the Astros got started on what they hope will be another October conquest of Atlanta, beating the Braves 10-5 Wednesday in Game 1 of their NL playoff series.

Niners promote No. 1 pick Smith to starter
SAN FRANCISCO — Overall No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith was promoted to be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback on Tuesday, after just four games as Tim Rattay's backup.

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