Thursday, October 14, 2004

Ankle could put Schilling on sideline
NEW YORK Boston ace Curt Schilling might not be able to pitch Game 5 of the AL championship series Sunday because of his injured right ankle, which will require surgery after the playoffs.

Lieber, Olerud combine to give Yanks a 2-0 lead
NEW YORK Pedro Martinez has a new ''Daddy.'' His name is Jon Lieber.

Cardinals prevail in battle of lumber
ST. LOUIS Make no mistake about it this is a sluggers' series.

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.

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.

Court refuses comment on state seal case
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to intervene in an Alaska court ruling against a man found guilty of a misdemeanor for using the state seal without permission.

U.S. appeals NAFTA decision on lumber
WASHINGTON The Bush administration said Wednesday it will appeal a NAFTA dispute panel's finding that imports of Canadian softwood lumber pose no threat to American companies.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Business tax workshop scheduledGrant writing workshop slatedHomer chamber to host candidates forumTourism council to hold raffleBusiness plan competition scheduled

New bill would benefit tax itemizers
WASHINGTON Taxpayers who itemize deductions could see their federal income taxes cut by about $500 under legislation the president is expected to sign before Election Day.

Crude oil prices rally past $53 after drop
NEW YORK Crude oil futures rallied back above $53 late Wednesday on speculation and panic sparked by an oil line explosion in Mexico.

Senate debate comes to Kenai
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, squared off against her Green Party opponent Jim Sykes on Tuesday in a spirited question-and-answer-style debate before a packed room at a luncheon in Kenai.

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.

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

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.

Art Briefs
Mascot naming contest announcedRadio show features local artistsSeward artist awarded Best in ShowAlaska Native cultural classes offeredPottery classes set to beginPottery soughtArtwork wanted for state facilityOpen art show slatedHome-school art classes offeredPoetry contest being held

Journal maker uses many skills to create eclectic art
Many forms of art are meant to be seen not heard, not utilized and most certainly not touched. No matter how inviting a texture may look or how irresistible the urge to trace a design with a fingertip, art often is protected against such intrusions by panes of glass, signs proclaiming "Do Not Touch," ropes keeping visitors herded off at a safe distance, video cameras hanging as silent sentinels in corners or even live security guards ready to protect the impregnability of the art.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Memoirs open window into Inupiaq history
Simon Paneak's name has been in print before.

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.

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.

Bear baiting initiative an anti hunting measure in disguise
It will be up to voters this fall to decide whether or not to allow black bear hunting in Alaska. Maybe you're saying "I don't bait, why should I care?" The reason, this is another anti-hunting movement in the guise that "baiting isn't fair chase." In that sense neither is using bait for fishing.

Work on Sterling housing project deserves special thanks
We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Ron Gibbens and his committee for the wonderful job they have undertaken in overseeing the construction of the Sterling Moose River Manor housing complex.

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.

Person who turned in lost diamond ring a true hero
It's great to live in a community where honesty is still a value. Recently my wife and I were the recipient of one person's integrity.

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.

Local soccer teams' strong play a credit to the community
On Saturday, Oct. 2, we went to Nikiski for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School soccer tournament. Thank you, Kenai, Homer and Soldotna Silver and Maroon girls soccer teams. Saturday these girls played with great spirit. Mother Nature did not smile kindly on these teams. Bone-chilling, gusty winds raked the field; 34-degree temperatures chilled the air; biting, pelting rain soaked them to the skin this did not deter their play. As the field turned soggy, they slipped, fell, bounced and skidded, but continued to play awesome soccer. Congratulations to the Kenai girls soccer team on the winning the championship!

Cook Inlet Academy appreciates help with Work-a-Thon
The staff, students and families of Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) would like to extend our appreciation to the local community for their help in our recent Work-a-Thon. Once a year, CIA replaces a day of class with a day of community service projects for secondary (grades 7-12) students. On Oct. 1, these CIA students worked at tasks for various not-for-profit organizations in the area. With over 100 students putting in six hours of volunteer time each, CIA secondary students donated over 600 hours of service to the Central Peninsula. Many students were also financially sponsored for their effort and time by individuals; this money helps to offset some of the costs of their school activity fees.

Tony Knowles will not look out for the rights of all Alaskans
With the political season reaching full swing, egos and flawed logic threaten to push aside "common sense" and what is best for Alaska. The old adage, "he cut off his nose to spite his face" seems all too common among people who should know better.

Busch Points Standings
Driver Behind

Craftsman Points Standings
Driver Behind

This week: UAW-GM 500
(Race No. 31 of 36)

Survival of the luckiest
CONCORD, N.C. When NASCAR dreamed up the Chase for the Championship, it envisioned 10 drivers running door-to-door, nose-to-tail in a made-for-television battle for the Nextel Cup Series championship.

Extra Newsmaker Q&A
CONCORD, N.C. Tony Stewart, one of 10 drivers competing for the Chase for the Championship, is never at a loss for words. He's never afraid to show his emotions or speak his mind.

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.

Assembly not happy with proposed state changes
Changes to state water quality standards under consideration by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation have drawn the attention of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, which Tuesday passed a resolution opposing revisions to the regulations governing mixing zones in salmon-bearing streams.

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.

Inmate: Starkweather confessed
A man who was jailed in a Wildwood Pretrial Facility cell next to Justin Starkweather told a Kenai Superior Court jury Wednesday that Starkweather confessed to committing the 2002 sexual assault of a 46-year-old woman in her home near West Poppy Lane.

LIO Schedule
Today - 9:30 am

Gene Fredrick VenHuizen
Soldotna resident Gene Fredrick VenHuizen died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at his home. He was 68.

Donald E. Roberts
Nikiski resident Donald E. Roberts died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, in Anchorage. He was 58.

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.

Afghan elections a crucial victory for freedom over fear
The news out of Afghanistan is good. It is testimony to the human spirit. It is a statement that demonstrates that people want and need to be heard. And it illustrates that expressing confidence in the citizenry reaps great benefits.

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

U.N. must change with the times
The United Nations' increasing mightlessness in a world where terrorism is becoming a growing threat against international peace and stability became evident in connection with the Iraq war. The United States and Britain decided to act on their own. Only afterward, the United Nations entered the stage.

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

Around the Peninsula
Book fair begins todayMultiple sclerosis group to meetKPBA schedules meetingDivorce support group formingHospice training set

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Students of the Month
Mountain View Elementary Kenai Central

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.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

No. 17 West Virginia stops Connecticut
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Rasheed Marshall rushed for 110 yards and threw a touchdown pass and Mike Lorello had two interceptions Wednesday night to lead West Virginia to a 31-19 victory over Connecticut in the Mountaineers' Big East opener.

Crewsers find fountain of youth in Chicago
A group of nine Kenai Crewsers took a plane down to Chicago to compete in two rowing races this weekend. That plane might as well have been a time machine because the Crewsers held their own with much younger racers.

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.

The Next Level
Kenai's Hall makes a tackleSoldotna's Christensen plays for CornellKenai's Ward gets kicks at George Fox

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.

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