Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Refuge dedicates new Environmental Education Center
The beautiful new Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) Environmental Educational Center is officially open for learning and enjoying.

Grant hopes to help bruin-proof local communities
While Smokey the Bear says “Only you can prevent forest fires,” local representatives of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the Safari Club believe only you can prevent bears.

R.I.Ping up the pavement at 6th Annual Lions Club bed race
A casket atop an army gurney and gruel masked Kenai Lion’s Club president Ryan Mills challenged the KPC bed racing perennial champions last week on Park Avenue in Soldotna.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
As I turned to the computer to write my weekly story, I was startled to read about yet another disaster, the earthquake in Asia. Early estimates predict some where between 18,000 to 25,000 deaths.

From the Heart winner heads for Nashville
Justin Thompson hopes his win in the local Sing From the Heart program will be his launching pad for a professional career as an entertainer, “It was a starting ground for me, it wasn’t about the prize money as much as it was about winning the competition and providing an audience something they liked and feeling good about it,” Thompson told reporters. Thompson graduated from Soldotna High School and recently has been an assistant football coach for the Stars as well as coaching Pop Warner teams and running a seasonal business in the fish industry.

NOW PLAYING: Two for the Money
If you ask anyone in the know to name five of the best actors of the last thirty years, chances are you’re going to get Al Pacino in there somewhere. And the respect he has garnered is deserved.

Evening has classic results
To the communities of Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski and Sterling: Thank you all so much for your tremendous support and outpouring of generosity that we, the performers on Evening of Classics, experienced Sept. 30. We couldn't do this type of event without the audience and the kind of enthusiasm, excitement and enjoyment you gave us as we played and sang our hearts out. It made the evening a huge success for all of us.

Citizen turnout good, elected officials missing at meeting
It was uplifting to witness the intelligence and profound concern of Homer area residents as they asked penetrating questions and exposed major problems about the proposed Pebble Mine during the Sept. 29 public presentation at the Islands and Ocean auditorium.

Seat belts are for everyone
I keep hearing this add on the radio about "click it or ticket." I would like to know why law enforcement is able to pull me over and issue me a ticket for myself and any passengers of legal age for not wearing a seat belt.

Martin picks up Cup victory
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Mark Martin is probably NASCAR's best known pessimist. As Martin raced toward a victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway that would keep his slim championship hopes alive, he couldn't shake the feeling that something would keep him from Victory Lane.

Snow mystery continues
One more secret was added by the Kenai City Council to the mystery involving the decision not to renew the former city manager's contract.

Ranchers get the blues
Tom Daulton, an Alaska resident of one year, lives on 8 acres in Kasilof and said he does not want to subdivide his property for more houses.

Election results remain intact
Except for a possible few straggling mail-in ballots that will be counted today, it appears absentee and questioned ballots have not changed the unofficial results of the Oct. 4 municipal election.

Medicare unveils new drug benefits
Like many medical insurance plans, a new prescription drug benefit available to Medicare recipients starting Jan. 1, comes with lots of questions and difficult to understand answers.

Emergency warning siren to be upgraded
When the public must be warned of approaching tsunamis, severe weather, spreading wildfires or hazardous chemical releases, the Kenai Peninsula Borough relies on an aging and sometimes unreliable radio-controlled siren system.

That sinking feeling
Sheena Poe, left, comforts her husband, Ken Poe, Saturday night as the high tide claims the couple's 1999 Ford F-250 truck on the beach in Kenai. Ken Poe got the truck stuck following a drive on the beach and the 20-foot tide rose before he could get help. "I would have to say, don't go on the beach unless you know high tide," Poe said.

Hiker remains hospitalized, dog missing after bear attack
A hiker mauled by a bear Sunday afternoon remains hospitalized and one of her dogs is still missing, said Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Refuge cabins a well-kept secret
Now that all the tourists are gone and Alaskans can finally talk amongst themselves, it's time to discuss one of the Kenai Peninsula best kept secrets — the multitude of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge cabins that recently have been erected for public use.

State looks to attract displaced workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state wants to attract skilled workers who were displaced by Gulf Coast hurricanes. Gov. Frank Mur-kowski is asking the state personnel board to adopt temporary regulations that would ease nonresident hiring restrictions so the displaced workers can apply as if they were residents.

Bear jumps hikers
A Kasilof couple was attacked by a bear Sunday afternoon after hiking on a trail near Mile 8 of Skilak Lake Loop.

Bird flu response not on peninsula agenda
The Kenai Peninsula has an emergency management plan to deal with a number of widespread disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and volcano eruptions, but not to respond to an outbreak of avian influenza, currently nabbing global attention.

Environmentalists, company agree to mediate over mine
JUNEAU (AP) — Environmental activists and the developers of the Kensington Mine have agreed to enter into mediation over their legal battle over production disposal.

George Allen Curren I
Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident George Allen Curren I died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at his home surrounded by family. He was 70.

DeLay connection to Young 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.

Seniors grateful for help
As part of their commitment to support United Way's efforts to aid local nonprofit organizations, First National Bank volunteered their time to help the Forget-Me-Not Center.

Around the Peninsula
Internet class slated KPBSD budget meetings slated Blood drive planned Hospital service board to meet Brown bears are topic CPR, first aid, AED classes set Actors, singers sought Hospice training announced Library pumpkin contest slated

Peninsula people
4-H Shines at Ninilchik Fair

Around the Peninsula
Labor council plans meeting Recycling group focuses on education Multiple sclerosis group shows support Christmas boutique scheduled KDLL membership drive slated Scholarship fund-raiser planned CPHC board sets agenda CICADA to elect officers Social Security reps plan visit

Winning smile
Leonard A. (Bud) Keener poses at his Kenai home with his Ninilchik State Fair entries and awards. Keener's moose jaw bone sled took third place; "Wolf painting on fur," second place; caribou Eskimo, second place; sea otter wood carving, second place; "Bear Painting on Fur," third place; and deer jaw bone sled, first place, division champion and champion-Alaska Native Arts and Crafts Department. The Ninilchik State Fair is held annually in August.

Hero of the week: Gifford appreciates the 'leg up'
I wish I could name each and every person who was there for me when I broke my leg after inadvertently skipping a couple of steps in our garage on Sept. 2. I am amazed at how many people took (and are taking) an active role in my rescue, well-being and recovery. Dale and Cameron from Central Emergency Services were great in scooping me up and getting me to the hospital.

Senior activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Ball is a player in football, acting
In football and in acting, Nikiski senior Josh Ball knows his lines. "His leadership skills are as good as you get and he's also got some football skills," Nikiski coach Ned Clooten said of his center and defensive tackle. "He's a great influence to the team on the field and off the field."

Luongo's goaltending helps Panthers top Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Roberto Luongo made 29 saves, including stopping a penalty shot in the third period, and Florida beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Monday.

Woods outlasts Daly in titanic struggle
SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods and John Daly made the PGA Tour feel like a rock concert Sunday, the delirium reaching such decibels that Woods felt his ear drums pounding as golf's two biggest sluggers headed for a sudden-death playoff at Harding Park.

Vinny's no armchair quarterback
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vinny Testaverde looked as comfortable in the pocket for the New York Jets on Sunday as he was watching them from his couch two weeks ago.

Big Ben hurt in Steelers' victory
SAN DIEGO — It's a good thing the Bus is back, because now the Pittsburgh Steelers could be without Ben Roethlisberger.

Penn State, UCLA make big jumps
Penn State is in the top 10, Michigan is out again and UCLA is on the rise in The Associated Press Top 25.

Astros end Braves' year
HOUSTON — Roger Clemens could see the Houston Astros were running out of pitchers. ''As the game went longer and longer, Phil finally came up to me and said get ready and get your spikes on. I may need you,'' the 43-year-old ace said. ''Sometimes he jokes with me, but I knew he meant it.''

Yankees edge Angels to stay alive
NEW YORK — Hardly any time to feel satisfied for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and the Yankees. They packed their bags and bolted for the airport — New York is still around in these playoffs and has much more work to do.

Sports Briefs
Shrine Game seeks help from coaches Skyview swimmers compete in Kodiak

Detroit power play punishes Flames
DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and three assists and the Detroit Red Wings scored five power-play goals in a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Sports views: White Sox Nation is very small
Anybody looking for the White Sox Nation is going to need more than a map. For one thing, the team barely owns its own neighborhood. For another, the White Sox don't offer enough tradition, romance, celebrities or even anguish for most tortured souls to latch onto. With the Red Sox shedding their lovable loser tag a year ago, the Cubs have that market cornered in Chicago and beyond.

Martz out indefinitely
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Martz is out indefinitely as coach of the St. Louis Rams with a bacterial infection of the heart.

Angels thwart Yanks' title bid
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Moments after Bartolo Colon doubled over in pain, Ervin Santana calmly jogged to the mound with the same poise he's shown so many times during his rookie season.

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