Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Cubs' Prior sets standard for pitchers
CHICAGO When young pitchers looking to improve their mechanics visit a lab in San Diego, they get a CD-ROM showing how they compare to an ''ideal'' pitcher.

Marlins come back to shock Chicago
CHICAGO Five outs to go. Wrigley Field crowd on its feet. World Series within their grasp.

Wells pushes Sox into 3-2 series hole
BOSTON David Wells is a longtime, die-hard Babe Ruth fan, and he's doing his best to keep The Curse alive.

Red Sox knuckle down
BOSTON No fists, just knucklers.

Tricks and Treats at Mallard's Party Store in Soldotna...
Terri Wenger and Rick Anderson use to have 50 some Mallard ducks when they lived in Seward, but now they have Mallard's Party Store in Soldotna, and their former neighbors are tending to the ducks. "We lived on a river in Seward and it seemed fitting to name the store after our ducks," said Terri.

Local Moms take relief to Swaziland...
Alaska is halfway around the world from Swaziland, yet a delegation of local Moms from the Peninsula Christian Center in Soldotna volunteered to travel to Swaziland this August with a load of medical supplies.

Chancellor Gorsuch visits KPC...
More Alaskan high school graduates are deciding to continue their education at the University of Alaska, and that trend is directly related to program and policy innovations that have been brought about in the last few years at the States largest University by such people as Lee Gorsuch, UAA Chancellor.

Lights On Afterschool turns on America...
From sea to shining sea, across the great land of Alaska and throughout the Islands of Hawaii, America rallied last week in support of after school programs.

Thanks for help on historic project
The Kasilof Historical Society wishes to thank all the people that turned out to put the roof on our fox kitchen.

Governor's actions don't show he puts interests of Alaskans first
I don't know how the rest of Alaska feels about Gov. Frank Murkowski, but I do believe that we should look south to California and the removal of Gray Davis as governor.

Many contribute to success of food bank's soup supper
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, I wish to thank all of the participants who helped make the 2003 Soup Supper and Auction a success. This year we

League says thanks for forum help
The League of Women Voters would like to thank Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co. f

Tragedy with bears could have been adverted if rules had been followed
Timothy Treadwell shunned the advice of all authority in pursuit of his passion.

Going but not gone: Auction helps preserve history in Kasilof
As part of the effort to preserve the history of Kasilof, a slightly used computer scanner was sold at auction last week, but only after auctioneer Brent Johnson sweetened the deal a bit.

Residents take step in healthy direction
Reporting on its 10,000 Steps fitness program, Central Peninsula General Hospital's program coordinator told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that 71 percent of the people who signed up for the program last month were above normal weight.

Agencies work together to help prevent cold feet
Several area organizations are partnering in a program aimed at getting underfoot of as many women as possible this winter.

Labor: Farmed fish swimming strong
For Alaska salmon fishers facing hard times, it's no secret farmed fish from abroad have chewed a huge hole in domestic and foreign markets the Alaska product used to dominate.

Man nabbed for attempted murder
A 37-year-old Soldotna man was arraigned Monday on four felony counts, including attempted murder, and one misdemeanor count, after a shooting incident near the Duck Inn early Monday morning.

Fluid populace distorts voter numbers
Each year, the goings and comings of Alaska residents creates an ongoing flux on the amount of the state's registered voters. While becoming a registered voter has been simplified over the years, scrubbing voters from the list as they leave the state isn't always that simple if outgoing voters don't take the initiative.

Southeast loggers, fishers turn to truck-driving class
Michael Jensen of Yakutat, who has worked in the declining logging and fishing industries in Southeast, is looking for a new skill and may find one in the cab of a truck.

Letter campaign crosses state lines
When Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey started the "Red, White and Blue" letter-writing campaign, he envisioned a program that would allow Soldotna's youth to send letters to the area's military personnel serving overseas.

Photo feature: Clinging to color
Although fall seems to be moving at warp speed, a few trees still are clinging to their vibrant colors, like this mountain ash tree in front of Kenai Peninsula College.

Robert William Burns
Nikiski resident Robert William Burns died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, in Nikiski, due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. He was 43.

Larrie O. Woods
Longtime Alaska resident Larrie O. Woods died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 67.

First few years of this decade looking eerily similar to those of early 1970s
It was the early 1980s when a little-known but forward-thinking young congressman named Newt Gingrich submitted to the White House a list of ideas for the conte

Effort to discredit, recall Gov. Murkowski has no real legal foundation
Recall fever seems to be spreading in the wake of California's historic recall of Gov. Gray Davis. Now it appears that it is the ambition of a dozen people here in Alaska to mimic what happened in California by suggesting the recall of Alaska's governor. To most people across the land, California's recall was a gut-wrenchingly painful process to witness.

Alaska's senior U.S. senator undeserving of most recent attack
It is unconscionable that some in the Native community who find themselves at odds with Sen. Ted Stevens would actually stoop to slander by calling Alaska's senior senator a racist.

Around the Peninsula
Final nutritional class to be held North Peninsula chamber plans meeting Teen dance planned in Ninilchik October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Discount cards benefit cancer fund Donations sought for Community Closet

Around the Peninsula
Sterling seniors to hold benefit dinner FridayKPBSD honor choir to preform todayKPH to offers family servicesKenai chamber to meetAARP to discuss medication issuesHomer theater to host chamber mixerHistorical society to meetUnity Trail dedication planned

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Keli McGhee will present a time management and family communication workshop at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna on Thursday.

Cook Inlet Academy
Seventh-grader Tyler Taplin recently auditioned with The Young Continentals and was accepted to participate in one of the group's singing tours scheduled for the summer of 2004.

Kenai Central High
The Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday.

School board meets Monday
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
The students would like to thank the parents and the staff at Magic Moments Photography for making portrait day a success.

Paying for college: Help is available, if you know where
SEATTLE When 16-year-old Vijou Bryant researches colleges, first she finds out what SAT scores and grades she'll need to get in. Next, she looks at tuition cost.

Soldotna Middle
The magazine fund-raiser will continue until Thursday. Orders can be placed at the office.

Tips and resources for paying for college
Paying for college is tougher than ever. Every college planning expert's first words of advice are: Start early.

Ninilchik
The annual book fair continues through Friday. The fair hours are Thursday during regular library hours and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mr. Daniels' class is learning numbers in German. Students also are measuring the silt content in the Exit Glacier runoff each month.

Kalifonsky Christian
Students had a special treat this week when Rosy Thompson brought some bees for the students to observe in class. They also got to taste honeycomb.

Mountain View Elementary
This week, the students in Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's classes will visit the SUE dinosaur exhibit in Anchorage at the Museum of History and Art.

Mind-A-Mazes results incorrect
Due to misinformation provided to the Clarion, a portion of the results of the Mind-A-Mazes competition was incorrect in last week's Schools section.

Nikiski Elementary
The sixth-graders in Mrs. Kendall's class took apart and observed owl pellets as a science activity.

Kenai Middle
KMS thanks Danny Brewer, Ted Navarre, Cedric Scott, Jill Beeson and Dustin Smiley for their commitment to mentor in the Aspiration Program. If you have any questions about the program, call Kelly Brewer at 283-4896.

North Star Elementary
As part of their science unit, Mrs. Matson's fifth-grade class buried organic and inorganic garbage in holes that the class dug behind the school. The class will study the effect that humans have on the ecosystems.

Kenai Alternative High
Mike Morgan will be the "Artist in School" beginning Thursday.

Menu
School menus for the district.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
On Thursday, the wrestling team will travel to Anchorage for a meet with ACS, then will compete against Grace Christian on Friday and Saturday.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Bryson's Class did an apple pie experiment and have been studying insects. The kindergartners will perform their favorite songs and poems in an insect-themed program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Families are encouraged to attend.

Skyview High
Skyview High School will host the first jazz band swing concert of the year at 7 p.m. Friday in the commons.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to Jenna Jensen, whose analytic writing assessment was selected to be published in the district's Star Book. Only outstanding writings are selected to be included in the book.

Grace Lutheran
This weeks Christ light lesson is the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
The third- through sixth-graders' enchilada sale deadline is Friday. Proceeds will help fund an Otter Cove field trip for Mrs. Sotelo's class at the end of the year.

Wings Christian Academy
Courtney McGee and Matanya Bush recently made it to the 1,000s club.

Short course to explore art of digital photography
Remember that new digital camera you got last Christmas, the one with all the bells and whistles and fancy features that just seemed too good to be true? Did yo

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Thanks to the Dena'ina Dental Clinic and Dr. Nesbitt, Kris Smith and Jani Trammel for donating the time and energy to perform 52 dental screenings last week.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool
The students have been learning about farm animals. The kids made animals puppets, pig magnets and homemade butter in jars.

North Pole alternative school plans on growing
FAIRBANKS (AP) The North Pole Leadership Academy, a 40-student alternative high school, could reopen next year as a charter school with four times the number of students and twice as many grade levels.

New Kenai preschool introduces students to Montessori, self-directed education
It's never too early for children to start learning.

Standford: First-year med students must pick majors
STANFORD, Calif. Dora Castaneda has wanted to become a neuroscientist since her sophomore year of college, when she volunteered as a physical therapist to a 4-year-old autistic boy.

Connections
Enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade ends Monday. Call 262-6315 to make an appointment.

Sterling Elementary
Miss T's "Marvelous Multi-agers" have been working diligently on reading, math and writing. The students have also been studying about the desert. Parents are encourage to ask their child about what they have learned.

Tustumena Elementary
Decorating for the Halloween carnival will begin today after school. Parents wishing to assist are welcome.

Host families needed
The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for 20 Alaska families willing to host high school students from various countries for a semester.

Homer Community Schools offers fall activities
Homer Community Schools will offer the following activities and classes this fall:

Redoubt Elementary
Fun Fest will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The permission slip deadline is noon Friday.

Sabres edge Stars, notch first victory
BUFFALO, N.Y. Miroslav Satan and Daniel Briere each had a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres won their first game of the season, 4-3 over the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Northern Lights, Great Land announce year-end awards
Both the Northern Lights Conference and the Great Land Conference announced their awards this week.

Rams make Falcons look foolish
ST. LOUIS Like a good veteran, Aeneas Williams knows how to follow instructions.

Soldotna's Kiffmeyer learns to live with gift
Abby Kiffmeyer was always a natural at swimming, but swimming wasn't always a natural draw for Kiffmeyer.

Sports Briefs
Army football coach firedBoston College makes ACC an even dozenNadeau won't rush return to racing

Thrashers, Islanders tie at 2-2
ATLANTA Marc Savard scored early in the third period and the Atlanta Thrashers twice came back from one-goal deficits to tie the New York Islanders 2-2 Tuesday night.

Rams surging against lesser foes
ST. LOUIS Two years removed from a Super Bowl, the St. Louis Rams appear to be back in championship form.

Skyview netters come back from two games down to top Soldotna
The Skyview High School volleyball team adopted a new mantra for Tuesday's Region III/4A volleyball match against crosstown rival Soldotna: Don't give up.

Photo feature: Swan song
Trumpeter swans and their nearly fledged signets have become a frequent sight at Tern Lake, east of Cooper Landing. Large congregations of swans have been feeding there all week.

Photo feature: Bearing down for winter
This large bear print is a tell-tale sign that although the temperatures have started to cool, bears haven't started to den up yet. Many bruins are still foraging for late season food to add to their body fat reserves before the long hibernation through winter.

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