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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Reds decide to part ways with Larkin
CINCINNATI Barry Larkin's stellar 19-year career with his hometown team ended Tuesday with a one-sided phone call.

From funeral to field, Rivera's return inspires Yankees
He was there on the mound when the Yankees desperately needed him, making the long journey Tuesday from funeral to field, Panama to New York, exhausted, emotionally spent yet no less effective than ever.

The battle begins: Schilling set to silence Yankees
NEW YORK -- Curt Schilling signed with Boston for this very reason -- to silence the hated Yankees and pitch the Red Sox to that elusive World Series title.

Astros finally win postseason series after 43 years
ATLANTA -- They jumped on each other at the pitcher's mound, then headed off to the clubhouse to pop some champagne.

Round 1 goes to Yankees
NEW YORK Mariano Rivera showed up in time to save the New York Yankees, putting his grief aside just long enough to do what he does best.

500 Bears down, 1,500 to go
The Kenai Peninsula Quilt Guild presented the first 500 hand quilted "Spirit Bears" to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games last week and the Guild is now working to complete 1,500 more "Spirit Bears" by start of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games in March of 2006.

Grand opening for new Key Bank in Soldotna
Key Bank customers now have an option of doing their banking in Soldotna. Last week the doors of the new Key Bank in Soldotna were opened with an official ribbon cutting by Key Bank president Brian Nerland and senior vice president Gary Koch, assisted by Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce president Tim Pope. According to Key Bank relationship manager Lisa Roberts the purpose of the new branch office is to offer their services more convenient for local customers, "We felt we had clientele that were missing out because we had only one location in Kenai so we are very excited to have this new branch open in Soldotna," said Roberts.

Outdoors
Oh brother, John is at work and well it is not easy for him to sit down at the one computer out there to type his story. I have to get him a laptop. He thought maybe you would like to hear about one of the first times he took me fishing and I thought we would never make it home. It was shortly after we met (or was it shortly after we got married - man 20 years is a long time) and John thought it might be fun to take me fishing on the backwaters of the Missouri River by Lake Sakakawea. It was a rather nice day to start off with as I remember.

Caring for the Kenai winning idea becomes reality
When Marit Hartvigson was in sixth grade she was part of the Adopt-a-Stream program at K-Beach Elementary School. She and her 30 some classmates monthly would hike down to Slikok Creek to do water samplings. That year her older brother Pehr won first place in the annual Caring For the Kenai (CFK) contest sponsored by Unocal and Agrium.

Exciting new technology for visually impaired
An exciting new array of electronic products has revolutionized learning and assistance technology for the visually impaired, according to Scott Hegle, product specialist for Freedom Scientific. Hegle and Tyler Brown, from St. Petersburg, Florida, were in Alaska recently to demonstrate the latest and greatest "assistive technology" for low vision and blind children and adults.

Murkowski opens campaign office
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will host an ice cream social from 4 to 5 p.m. today at her new Kenai Peninsula campaign office at 44109 Sterling Highway, Suite A, in Soldotna, next to Don Jose's.

Gardner takes NLC offensive honor
Soldotna's Garrett Gardner was named the Northern Lights Conference Offensive Player of the Year Monday night.

Kards, Stars dominate all-NLC team
Kenai and Soldotna dominated the Northern Lights Conference honors, which were announced Monday night.

Shifty running back
Just because Soldotna senior running back Garrett Gardner makes it look easy doesn't mean he doesn't care.

Fish and Game: After 3 years, bear hunt looks like a go
For the first time in three years, it looks like Kenai Peninsula hunters will be able to harvest brown bears this season.

Special interest has demise of commercial fishing in mind
I was very upset Sunday morning when I picked up my Sunday paper and read that Senator Stevens is going to exempt the long-running and successful Tustumena Lake hatchery program from a rider that is working its way through the Senate.

Web site shows truth about Alaska legislative activities
Consider this. Of twenty different bills before the U.S. Senate last year, that had direct bearing on Alaskans' lives, Lisa Murkowski voted against a favorable position for Alaskans every single time. That's zero percent, folks.

Proposition 2 will help keep nonviolent people out of prison
I applaud the efforts of Mercy Love Servants and other groups aiming to keep ex-convicts out of prison (Sterling Group Plans Auction To Help Ex-Cons 10/8/04). I was surprised when I read that Alaska has the highest recidivism rate in the nation.

Bush administration policies hurt fish, wildlife populations
By now many have heard about the Bush administration's controversial proposal to revoke the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The original rule would protect over 58.5 million acres of wild public forest lands in America, including millions of acres of grizzly and salmon habitat in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and over one-half million acres in the Appalachians. To date, 3 million people have voiced their support for protecting these wild undeveloped forests.

Games picking up momentum
With a little more than 16 months until the Kenai Peninsula plays host to the Arctic Winter Games, things are beginning to snowball toward an avalanche of action.

LIO Schedule
Today - 9:30 am

Oil companies cautious, optimistic after incentives pass
WASHINGTON (AP) Spokespeople for two of Alaska's three major oil companies welcomed tax incentives ap-proved by Congress for a North Slope natural gas pipeline but said other steps are needed.

Ways to dispel oil, gas fears sought
Petroleum News -- an Anchorage-based weekly publication covering oil and gas news in North America -- is putting together a comprehensive guide to oil and gas in Alaska and would like suggestions from Kenai Peninsula residents, publisher and managing editor Kay Cashman told the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Shelter requests go down; domestic violence aid rises
The number of women and children seeking shelter at the LeeShore Center in Kenai has gone down between fiscal year 2003 and 2004, but the number of victims of domestic violence or sexual assault seeking non-residential services rose, according to the center's director.

Key witness expected to testifu in Starkweather trial
Jurors in the Justin Starkweather trial are expected to hear testimony today that the man accused of sexually attacking a 46-year-old woman in her home in 2002 confessed to the crime.

Debates don't accomplish much -- except to reveal flaws
WASHINGTON -- After two debates, voters have seen President Bush look peevish and heard him pass the buck. They've watched Sen. John Kerry deny he's a flip-flopper and then argue that Saddam Hussein was a threat -- and wasn't.

Reeve's super spirit won't soon be forgotten What others say
Christopher Reeve's body never really was super.

Fairness should rule in distribution of flu vaccine in short supply
Alaska health officials, like their counterparts across the nation, suddenly find themselves trying to figure out how best to protect their respective populations against the flu with a sharply -- and unexpectedly -- limited supply of their principal weapon.

Emergency nurses at CPGH continue a proud tradition of service
Few things are so rarely thought about, and yet so desperately needed, as an Emergency Department with a skilled medical staff. In a small community like ours, emergency care is one of those services that individuals hope they'll never need and yet expect to have available when a loved one is severely ill or badly injured.

Around the Peninsula
Flu shots available for seniorsPastor to celebrate 20th yearKPBA schedules meetingSoHi to hold open forumDivorce support group formingCommunity dance setHealthy Communities meeting slated

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game advisory meets today Genealogical society meeting planned Candidate forum slated Childcare workshops offered Trapper orientation set Masquerade ball, auction planned

Kalifornsky Beach
Mr. Daniel's class is making a Power Point project for the school to see.

Kenai High
The staff would like to congratulate the following students and teachers on their recent achievements, Trevor Baldwin will represent the school at the Elks; Chris Amen at Rotary; and Synneva Hagen-Lillevik at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. Marcus Reemtsma is the Kard of the Deck and Jon Lillevik is the Super Staffer.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Mountain View
The Student of the Month is at 11:35 a.m. Thursday

Wings Christian Academy
The Upper Learning Center's pet anole that belongs to Jaycee and Kasey McGee now has a name. The students brainstormed for possible names last week and decided on Charlie Zulu McGee.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The lifelong guideline of the week is "Personal Best," to do one's best given the circumstances and available resources.

Clarion changes school e-mail address
The Clarion has changed its e-mail address for schools wishing to submit information for the weekly Schools section. To send in schools information, send e-mails to schools@peninsulaclarion.com.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The Salmon-Whales are learning about fall and doing projects with leaves. They are making apple stamps and paper-mache pumpkins.

Nikiski North Star students try their hands at art
Nikiski North Star Elementary School is a more colorful place than it used to be, thanks to two student art projects planned to be permanently installed at the school.

Redoubt Elementary
Fall fund-raiser items are scheduled to arrive Nov. 1.

Tustumena Elementary
Picture retakes are scheduled for Thursday. Pictures taken in late September were sent home with students last week.

Sears Elementary
This week Miss Fischer's kindergarten class will finish their leaf unit after starting the week with a leaf collection walk. They used the gathered leaves throughout the week to create leaf people and write a story using their five senses to describe differences among the leaves. The students performed many math activities such as measuring, counting and making patterns with the leaves. Students also experimented with color and developing fine motor control as they tried a variety of techniques to create their own leaves.

Students of the Month
Mountain View Elementary Kenai Central

Ninilchik
Anyone wishing to purchase items in the display case may see any student. This fund-raiser benefits all the classrooms and the school's sports programs.

Cook Inlet Academy
The end of the first quarter is rapidly approaching. Parents are urged to check the conference schedule in the school newspaper.

Skyview High
The volleyball teams will play at Kenai on Thursday, with C-Team games beginning at 3 p.m.

School offers food program
The Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start 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.

Soldotna Elementary
The PTA will hold a bake sale Friday afternoon for students. All items will sell for 50 cents. Baked goods donations will be accepted at the office. Proceeds will be used for the visiting artist program.

Can smaller schools make a big impact?
LEBANON, Ore. Thinking small may be the next big thing at American high schools.

Soldotna High
The band will hold its fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday. Selections will include music from "Star Wars."

Affording college is 'EZ'er than many students think
Kenai Peninsula College would like to plant a seed in the mind of anyone who has counted themselves out of the college experience because of the inability to come up with an entire semester's tuition and fees prior to beginning classes. If a student has difficulty meeting the current semester's tuition and fee charges and has a good credit record at the college, he or she can take advantage of KPC's EZ Payment Plan. For the cost of an administrative fee for the initial contract, this financial service is available at zero percent interest.

Kenai Middle
The staff would like to congratulate Christina Grimsley for winning Character Counts. She received a pizza for lunch. Rachel Estes and Tanner Gibbons won the General Mills Box Top drawing. They receive a $1 coupon to spend at the school store.

Sears principal recognized for his work
Sears Elementary School Principal Mick Wykis has been around.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Last week was fire safety week. The students practiced their phone numbers and how to dial 911 in an emergency. They also practiced how to stop, drop and roll and learned how to make an emergency escape plan. The Kenai Fire Department stopped by the school and let the students explore its ambulance.

Sterling Head Start
Students talked about the theme "Fall-Autumn." They created leaf rubbings and sponge painted fall leaves and trees with Ms. Carolyn.

Soldotna Middle
Tanner Abendroth is the September Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month. He is an eighth-grader, is active in sports and maintains excellent grades.

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

Reads
The staff would like to thank to the following students for sharing safety items this past week. Adaya Pollock brought a portable shovel for putting out campfires, Kayla McVeigh colored a picture about fire drills in the home, Joseph Coval drew a picture showing how to use caution with electrical cords around water, Isabelle Luze brought in telephones to practice calling 911, Jacey Ross brought volcanic ash and talked about health hazards, James Butler showed students carbon monoxide detectors and Jasmine Carter talked about an overloaded outlet.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Thursday PTSA will meet in the library.

Sterling Elementary
The school's breakfast program is off and running. Students who receive free or reduced-price lunch also can receive free or reduced-price breakfast. Regular-price breakfasts are $1 a day for children or $2 a day for adults.

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

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

Home help can keep out season's chill
With winter fast approaching, it's time for home owners who want to save money on energy bills and avoid expensive repairs down the road to think about winterizing their home.

Tips for saving heat, money
Inspect your windows and doors for proper weather seals. Minimizing air gaps keeps heat bills down.

Keep fires in their place this season
With winter at the door, the home heating season has begun, and it's time to take a careful look at furnaces, wood stoves and space heaters to ensure they're in good operating condition and to prevent any mishaps due to fire.

Auto maintenance prevents being driven wild by breakdowns
Anyone who's spent a few winters in Alaska knows that it can get a bit chilly outside from time to time. And that can mean bad things if you've got to spend your idle time sitting outdoors all day parked alone on the hard, cold asphalt.

Preparation can turn winter fear into fun
It's been a great summer. So great, in fact, that most of us still refuse to accept the truth winter's a-coming.

Ice, moose better reasons than RVs to slow down
The days of hopping in your vehicle and going for a carefree drive at top speed limits on clear, relatively animal-free roads illuminated by the midnight sun of summer are gone for another year, and drivers need to prepare accordingly.

Emergency gear as needed as gas while winter driving
Dump an inch of snow on the streets and highways around Seattle, and drivers start looking like Bambi and Thumper on their first frozen pond. It's enough to start sourdoughs from Alaska chuckling and shaking their heads.

Fur coats not always enough to protect animals from cold
Winter in Alaska can present some important health hazards to pets, and special considerations often must be taken to protect them from cold weather injuries and ailments.

Breath easy with carbon monoxide safety
Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is odorless, invisible and can kill a person in minutes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Keep warm from the inside out with special winter recipes
Winter doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21, but the cold weather is here to stay. There are only two things to do in the face of winters frigid weather, you can embrace it or pull the covers over your head till spring.

Play nice: Winter toys need tune-ups
The good news for skiers and snowmachiners is there is not a mountain of tasks to do before equipment is ready for the winter.

Bundling up keeps Jack Frost from nipping at noses
Baby, it's cold outside.

Winter fun for restless young
The days are dark, the wind's blowing and the thrill of watching the snow fall wore off days ago.

Getting geared up for safety
Winter recreationists planning a day trip to do some backcountry skiing in Turnagain Pass or some snowshoeing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge don't need to pack every piece of safety gear available to ensure their well-being, but carrying a few small items can mean the difference between making it back to the trail head or spending a cold, dangerous night hoping to be rescued.

Titletown becomes Titans town
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Lambeau Field is now a desired destination, as Chris Brown and the Tennessee Titans were the latest to learn.

More injury woes for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- DeShaun Foster joined Carolina's growing list of injured offensive stars and will be out six to 10 weeks with a broken collarbone.

KPHA squad ties one, wins one
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee Tier II team won a game and tied a game this weekend in Soldotna.

Storm knocks out Sun in WNBA Finals
SEATTLE Betty Lennox had two WNBA franchises fold while she was on the roster. After the Cleveland Rockers folded last year, she landed with the Seattle Storm in the dispersal draft.

Skyview netters win SoHi grudge match
The Skyview volleyball team, fueled by a large senior night crowd, defeated rival Soldotna Tuesday 25-11, 25-21 and 25-22 in Northern Lights Conference action.

Nikiski volleyball improves to 13-0
The Nikiski High School volleyball team defeated Kenai Central in four games Tuesday in a nonconference match at Kenai.

Photo feature: Heading out of town
A flock of merganser ducks take wing over the Kenai River recently. Many birds have flown south as winter approaches.

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