Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Red Sox take Game 5
OAKLAND, Calif. Drenched in champagne and relief, several Red Sox players practically floated back onto the field. They basked in delirious cheers from a rowdy band of Boston fans enjoying a celebration they rarely get.

Marlins take classic game from Cubs
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa took a signature hop, his ball soaring way over the ivy-covered wall and turning a packed Waveland Avenue into Bedlam Boulevard. At long last, his big October moment had arrived.

At least Cubs, Red Sox win in ratings
NEW YORK (AP) Buoyed by the presence of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, baseball's division series was the highest-rated on network television in eight years.

Yanks, Red Sox renew rivalry
NEW YORK When the Yankees play the Red Sox, it's baseball's version of the Hatfields versus the McCoys and that's when they meet during the regular season. Starting Wednesday night, the AL pennant will be on the line.

Pancratz to lead Project Grad
The woman who spearheaded the introduction of Project Grad to Alaska, Heather Pancratz, has been selected as the local organizations executive director. Pancratz served the national Project Grad organization as a new site coordinator for three months, prior to the local Project Grad's national search for a director. She was selected by the local board to lead the new organization from the 25 respondents to the national search. Pancratz hails from Wisconsin and since coming to Alaska with her husband, a commercial fisherman, she has worked at Homer Middle School as a teacher and counselor.

Let the shopping begin
In 1904 Emil Gottschalk opened his first department store in Fresno California, nearly 100 years later, his grandson Joe Levy and his wife Sharon were on hand for the ribbon cutting of the fourth largest Gottschalk's store in the Pacific Northwest, their new location at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

Major donors make stem cell drive a huge success
It all started when Sue Stein and Tommy Ellison got together before leaving for the stem cell transplants they needed in their battle against cancer. They wanted to do something to increase awareness of the need for stem cell donors and the new technology that had simplified the procedure.

Anchorage Chamber honors "Caring For the Kenai"
Anchorage, Alaska - As students, teachers and mentors begin working on their 2004 Caring For the Kenai (CFK) ideas and projects, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce selected the program and it's sponsors for special recognition at their annual Gold Pan Awards gala last week in Anchorage.

Dr. Hansen reports on World Boy Scout Jamboree in Thailand
Every four years Boy Scouts from all over the world gather for a Jamboree. This year the World Jamboree was held in Thailand and Dr. Peter Hansen, a lifelong Scout and leader attended the three-week event with a group of scouts from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Election results
Brief elections results as of 11 pm Tuesday.

Proclamations highlight potential of workers who have disabilities
On Oct. 3, President George W. Bush proclaimed October to be National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The cities of Soldotna, Kenai, Homer and Seward, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have adopted similar proclamations.

School appreciates support from peninsula businesses
Wings Christian Academy would like to take this opportunity to give our heartfelt gratitude to the following businesses for their continued support of our annual Walk-a-Thon: Dairy Queen, Beemun's, Arby's of Kenai, Block Buster of Kenai, Fred Meyer, Kenai Safeway, Short Stop and Subway.

Cemetery in disarray because of senseless act of vandalism
In response to K.F. Wilson's letter to the editor of Oct. 1, "Russian Orthodox Cemetery in need of some care," it should be noted that the Russian Orthodox Church cemetery was vandalized this summer and 45 crosses were either broken or torn down completely, fences were pushed over and flower pots thrown about.

Young Marines' work appreciated
Denali Ice Club would like to thank the Young Marines for their help in escorting and serving our guests for the "Melodies on Ice Show" last March.

19 percent of voting peninsula shows at polls
The 2003 election season returned less-than-stellar figures this year, with just a over 19 percent of the total voting population turning out at the polls Tuesday.

Students measure up on tests: District scores well above state average
When juniors and seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District retake failed portions of the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam this week, their scores will not be among those counted toward district schools' "adequate yearly progress" rankings under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

School board shake-up results in little change
In one of the closest and most divisive races for seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education, incumbent Debra Mullins appears to have defeated her challenger, Vicki Pate, for a seat representing Nikiski.

Program certifies fishing guides
A new program aimed at promoting responsible Kenai River guiding was a success this season, according to Kenai River Professional Guides Association President Joe Connors.

Nikiski man dies in car crash
A Nikiski man was killed in a car crash in Nikiski early Tuesday morning.

Exit exam retakes start today
Teenagers from across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will set their minds to the task of passing the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam this week.

Chay joins assembly; 2 incumbents to remain
Tuesday's election has given the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly one new face and returned two incumbents to their respective seats for three more years.

Flood Watch
The National Weather Service is warning residents of imminent flood danger in Cooper Landing and near Kenai Lake.

Voters say 'yes' to CPGH bonds
Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough election yielded a victory for Central Peninsula General Hospital. More than 53 percent of the votes from the hospital's service area were in support of Ballot Proposition 2, a plan to renovate and expand the hospital over the next three years.

Darker days increase moose, caribou kills
Shorter days and longer periods of darkness already are contributing to increased numbers of moose and caribou being killed by motorists on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai council replaces 2 faces, keeps 1
Kenai residents apparently want both variety and continuity on their city council.

Program offers teens glimpse of training, job options in state
About 10 students from all around Alaska are on the Kenai Peninsula for two weeks of career exploration.

Melvin 'Barefoot' Dale Larkin
Nikiski resident Melvin "Barefoot" Dale Larkin died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 53.

Megan R. Maxwell
Anchorage and former Soldotna resident Megan R. Maxwell died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, in Anchorage. She was 22.

Eco-label for Alaska's pollock fishery offers good news for industry
Good news for Alaska fisheries comes from the Marine Stewardship Council, which is recommending that the pollock fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands be certified as environmentally friendly.

Then, he needs to focus on basic policy decisions, including spending
President George W. Bush's lingering slide in public approval appears to have leveled off. Probably he has absorbed most of the damage from high unemployment, thornier-than-expected Iraqi war fallout and a general lack of political and policy focus.

Update From Juneau
The citizen initiative is an important part of Alaska's political system. It allows people to write and approve certain laws without going through the Legislature.

Senior centers do world of good
I am writing to express my appreciation to all senior center directors, administrative staff and other staff personnel.

We guarantee our rights when we exercise them
Quick, name the five freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. . . .

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meet today No school on Friday Airport commission meeting slated Nutritional classes continue with week 5 at food bank

Around the Peninsula
Free cab ride to votersLibrary commission meeting canceledCIFF to meet todayBorough transportation meetings scheduledParents support group to meetFlood workshop plannedBoys and Girls Club plans open house

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Kenai Montessori School students are off to a great start. The September and October classroom theme is fall and trees.

Kenai Central High
The cross country team will have its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Kenai Middle
KMS is selling sweatshirts and T-shirts. Order forms are available in the office. This is the last week orders can be turned in. For more information, call 283-4896.

Nikiski Elementary
The Nikiski Neighbors Program is looking for volunteers. This program provides Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for families in the Nikiski area. Call John Henry at 776-8732 if you are interested in helping out.

Grace Lutheran
The lower-grade students are learning about weather. The students have been graphing the temperatures of cities across the United States, using the newspaper as a resource.

North Star Elementary
There will be a second- and third-grade parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Nikiski Elementary library to discuss assessments.

Area preschool offers USDA meal program
Hope for the Future Daycare Center announces that it is 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.

Redoubt Elementary
The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. today at the school.

Soldotna Middle
Intramural soccer was successful and enjoyed by all who participated.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Sheldon's class went to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday and had a wonderful time learning how animals use their senses.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The school would like to apologize to Laura Rooper for omitting her name from the list of students who participated in the state cross country competition in Palmer.

Menus for area schools this week

Wings Christian Academy
Kareasa Brown and Kelsey Jose earned the office of the week awards.

Around the District
Cheerleaders to collect donations for food bank In-service planned Friday; no school

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Students studied dinosaurs last week, looking at pictures in library books and acting out different sounds.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool
The start of school has been exciting. The staff has enjoyed getting to know each of the preschoolers.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mr. Faris will coach fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball, which will run Mondays through Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. until Oct. 29.

Sterling Elementary
Mr. Shapley's class went to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Thursday to experience and study the Southcentral wetlands, ecosystems and habitats in Alaska.

Chapman Elementary
The QSP Magazine sale began Sept. 30 and will continue through Oct. 15.

Enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade is coming to an end. To make an appointment, call 262-6315.

Soldotna Elementary
Dena Pettijohn's fifth- and sixth-graders enjoyed their first monthly "author's day."

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Ms. Larned's first- through third-grade class has begun the next step in its 3-D art project. The class is costuming the papier-mache people students sculpted.

Students build all manner of contraptions for Mind-A-Mazes
The sound of a balloon popping rarely elicits a cacophony of cheers. But that was just the case this weekend at Soldotna Middle School.

College advisory group meeting slated; new council members needed
KPC's advisory group, the College Council, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 132 at the Soldotna campus. University of Alaska Anchorage Chan-cellor Edward Lee Gorsuch will be present at the meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

Mountain View Elementary
Mountain View's annual Halloween carnival will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. Volunteers are needed. For more information or to volunteer, call the school at 283-6148. Students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Bryant's leap of faith
Kobe Bryant never used to talk about his faith. Funny how fast a man can get religion when he's in trouble.

One more game left to cap a remarkable run for U.S. women
PORTLAND, Ore. The numbing semifinal loss to Germany ended the U.S. women's impressive World Cup run.

Manning pleases with pocket passes
INDIANAPOLIS Perfect Peyton Manning is living up to his nickname.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B sweeps Mat-Su Calling all basketball officials

Colts get Bucs in overtime
TAMPA, Fla. Peyton Manning refused to give up.

Cavs' James passes in first exhibition test
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) LeBron James' second assist was more impressive than his first basket.

After slow start, Kenai senior wins mind game
In terms of physical improvement, Kenai Central high school runner Mick Boyle's progress during the recently concluded cross country running season was modest most of that is made in the offseason.

U.S. women still want grand finale
BEAVERTON, Ore. Barring a massive youth movement, the World Cup is not the end for Mia Hamm and the other 30-somethings who make up the core of U.S. women's soccer roster.

Sports Briefs
Heatley charged in teammate's deathJudge rules against Knight in lawsuit

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