Wednesday, October 12, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Two charged in shooting death of Anchorage teen
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Two teenagers have been charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year old Desmond Brooks, who died early Monday after he was shot at a party in an East Anchorage trailer home, Anchorage police said.

Marathon wants to build pipeline extension
Marathon Oil Co. wants to build a pipeline extension to a gas field in Kasilof after nearly a year of concern that regulatory hurdles may be too great to build the infrastructure needed to bring the gas to market.

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.

Take a seat
A wood frog rests near a mushroom late last month in Kasilof. Wood frogs are Alaska's northernmost amphibian. They generally stop moving in September and begin to hibernate in nests of mud or under forest litter in preparation for winter.

DOE to study LNG for Southcentral
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $500,000 contract to Science Applications International Corp. to take a more detailed look at future natural gas demand in Southcentral Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

Stud rush not yet seen
Motorists in central Kenai Peninsula communities ap-pear to be waiting for the snow to fly before changing over to studded snow tires this season.

Troopers get new home
With the snap of scissors, Col. Julia Grimes, director of the Alaska State Troopers, cut the ribbon to the entrance of the new the Anchor Point Post of the Alaska State Troopers on Monday afternoon.

Brown: Wong support not right
After winning her recent bid for re-election to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, board member Debbie Holle Brown of Kasilof has questioned the support given to her opponent, Wayne Wong, also of Kasilof, by other school board members.

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.

James F. Bartos
Kenai resident James F. Bartos, 53, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at his home.

John Norwood Connell IV
John Norwood Connell IV died Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at home from sudden infant death syndrome. He was 2 months old.

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.

Patricia A. Santo Bowman
Kenai resident Patricia A. Santo Bowman died Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, at her home. She was 53.

Robert Chieslak
Cohoe resident Robert Chieslak died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, in Anchorage. He was 58.

Voices of the Clarion: Questions not answered
Recently the print media serving a large portion of the Kenai Peninsula, the Peninsula Clarion, ran a story by a reporter who flew around the site of the future Pebble Mine in a helicopter with Northern Dynasty officials ("Pebble Prospects Looking Good," Sept. 18).

New U.S. oil field discoveries hits 12-year low
Some interesting pieces of information came out Tuesday from the Energy Information Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy. Most notably and timely was the statement that the number of new oil field discoveries in this country has fallen to its lowest level in 12 years.

Around the Peninsula
Health care to be discussed Teen nights slated Girl Scout training, celebration set Community film night scheduled

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

KPC around campus: Technology upgrades a constant priority at KPC
The Kenai Peninsula College is committed to providing students with the latest in computer technology. This goal is challenging for two reasons the rapid rate technology is advancing and the University of Alaska budget challenges.

Space cadets
"In 15 years," Brian Kruse asks a classroom of first-graders at Nikiski North Star Elementary School, "how old will you be?" Because, Kruse explains, in about 15 years, when this group of first-graders will be 21 or 22 and just finishing college, NASA is planning on having regular manned space flights to the moon and, perhaps, will be shooting for Mars.

Around the district
Skyview High School October Students of the Month 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

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Kenai netters sweep Skyview
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team spoiled Skyview's senior night, defeating the host Panthers in three games in a Northern Lights Conference match Tuesday.

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.

Pirates hire Tracy as manager
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Tracy is moving from one of baseball's biggest markets to one of its smallest, from a team that spends big and thinks big to one with more modest expectations following 13 consecutive losing seasons.

Special: Notre Dame-USC could be a dandy
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Former USC coach John Robinson will do something Saturday he's never done before — sit in the stands at Notre Dame Stadium as a fan.

O'Neill, Lindros lead Maple Leafs past Flyers; Blues post win
TORONTO — Jeff O'Neill scored his first goal with his hometown team and Eric Lindros added one against his former club as the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Tuesday night for their first win of the season.

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.

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.

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."

Angels defeat Sox in Game 1
CHICAGO — Three time zones in three nights. No matter, the Los Angeles Angels were plenty fresh thanks to Paul Byrd and his bullpen.

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.

Sports views: Men behaving badly
Five years ago, Brian Billick had a team that respected his unique approach to coaching in the NFL.

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.

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

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