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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Kent finishes Backe's gem
HOUSTON Only when Brandon Backe and Woody Williams were done did the hitters have any chance.

Boston marathon: Red Sox beat Yankees in 14 innings
BOSTON David Ortiz lifted the ball into center field on the 471st pitch of the night, and for the second time in 22 1/2 hours, the Boston Red Sox poured out of their dugout to celebrate an improbable ending.

Astros tap Munro, rather than Clemens, to pitch Game 6
ST. LOUIS Roger Clemens can relax. For now, Pete Munro is the Houston Astros' pick to pitch them into the World Series.

Schilling, Sox push Yankees to Game 7
NEW YORK With blood seeping through his sock and bravado etched on his face, Curt Schilling shut down the Yankees and just as he wanted 55,000-plus New Yorkers.

ALCS an instant classic
A classic series deserves a classic finish. This ALCS between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox has heroics and heartbreaks, arguments and reversed calls, diving catches and basepath blunders, hot bats and bizarre slumps, rainy days and endless nights.

Horwarth memorial scholarship pie raises $13,000
For the tenth year in a row, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Pie Auction was a sell out event, and even more amazing was that they broke last year's record for revenues raised.

AWG International Committee gives Peninsula thumbs up for 2006
A very busy and important week of tours and meetings for members of the Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society concluded with an encouraging address from AWG International Committee President Gerry Thick.

Outdoors
During a lifetime of hunting I have acquired many hunting acquaintances; some through friends and others just by accident. Sometimes these guys almost appear out of nowhere and well, some you kind of wish would simply disappear. Albert was a rather grizzly looking bachelor who lived on a farm in rural Stanley, Wisconsin. He had a full grayish beard and a wind

International Flags of the circumpolar north fly over Kenai...
As the Kenai Peninsula prepares to welcome the world in 2006, the flags of the circumpolar nations that will participate in the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games were raised this week at the entrance to the Kenai Airport and the Arctic Winter Games headquarters in Kenai. Members of the Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society, with help from the City of Kenai and City of Soldotna, raised the flags of the 9 circumpolar contingents that will be participating in the coming Games.

Sonoma II opens in Kenaisuccess due to Long Stem Roses
A little over a year ago George and Tammy Backus opened Sonoma Florist at the "Y" in Soldotna. Last week the Backus family opened a second location in the strip mall behind the Wells Fargo Bank in Kenai and next to the Kenai Merit Inn and Curves.

Bear baiting debte sounds familiar theme
ANCHORAGE Both sides in the debate over a ballot measure to outlaw bear baiting are accusing each other of allowing Outside forces to come in and determine what is good for Alaska.

Three nominated for judge spot
Two of the three people nominated to fill the new Kenai District Court judge position are familiar names on the Kenai Peninsula.

Mazurek sets example for hard-working 'Dawgs
Ask Bulldogs senior Jared Mazurek, and he'll tell you it was former Nikiski coach and teacher Steve Gillaspie who first got him involved in wrestling, recruiting him to the mat room in middle school.

Gun owners will be well represented by Knowles
This is the first "Letter to the Editor" that I have written. However, a recent chance to meet Gov. Knowles is the cause for my letter.

Justice prevails
I left Soldotna in May of 2003, but not without the memory of this horrific crime that had been committed. I read the headlines online to keep in touch with the community that I loved for so many years and I am glad that justice has prevailed in this case.

League of Women Voters forum provides opportunity to learn
Have you ever picked up your ballot, walked through the curtains into the voting booth, opened the envelope and stared at the names.

Election season calls for 'dream matchup' for this World Series
Someone once said, "In the fall, a young man's fancy turns to paying for the things he put on his credit cards from last spring's fancy." Fall also means football, hockey cross country, volleyball and ... the former American pastime, post-season baseball. Being as how this is an election fall, how about a "dream matchup" for the World Series?

Borough mayor insensitive to constituent's issues
In 20 years of business, I have never had a conversation with a more self-righteous and pompous individual as Mayor Dale Bagley. On May 17, 2004, I sent a letter to the Kenai Peninsula Borough outlining an incident in which the borough misrepresented itself and cost me a lot of time and money.

Martin won't play politics, is right choice for District 34
I will be voting in this year's general election on Nov. 2, and there is nothing worse than realizing you have no idea who you're voting for, and what they stand for. So, I'm writing this particular letter in commentary of the State House District 34 race.

Smalley believes in open government for the people
Hal Smalley, candidate for District 33, State House, is someone who walks the walk of Christianity. Whether it is working on a house for Habitat for Humanity, getting up at 5 a.m. to fix breakfast for kids at the Kenai Alternative High School, cleaning the church he attends, or just going the extra mile for customers at Home Depot where he works, Hal gives to others without hesitation.

Newsmaker: Rusty Wallace
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Now that Rusty Wallace is comfortable with his plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2005 season, he plans to go out on top. He's still trying to win races and wants to make his final season on the Nextel Cup Series circuit one of his best.

Track foods rival those of state fairs
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The chili dogs at the Martinsville Speedway makes Shirley Foster cry.

This week: Subway 500
(Race No. 32 of 36)

Kasilof
Greetings from crisp Kasilof. Like many, I sure am enjoying our unseasonably warmer temperatures and the absence of precipitation. Sky-watching night owls and early risers alike have been treated to spectacular displays of the aurora on our clearer days last week.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. The League of Women Voters is holding a forum this week so people running for state Senate and House will have the opportunity to answer your questions regarding how you think Alaska should be run.

Cooper Landing
Cooper Landing stamping weekend is coming up Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the community hall beginning about 10 a.m. Deb Carlson is heading it all up and she's also in charge of the meal plans if you're interested, or you can bring your own food.

Soldotna
Soldotna artist and Kenai Peninsula College graduate Connie Tarbox has a marble piece in the "All-Alaska Juried Art Show," being exhibited at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. It is one of the first you see when you walk into the gallery. The exhibit is free, so stop by.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. This is Abigail Daniels writing for my grandmother while she recuperates from undergoing bilateral hip replacement surgery. Hopefully next week she will be at home writing again, but right now she is having a much-needed rest. The Lord took care of her through the operation and continues to give her strength as she recovers. I told Grandma I was worried that the nurses are going to get so attached to her at the hospital that they won't let her come home.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "If there is no wind, row." Latin proverb

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. That's a snazzy new sign at the Kenai Central High School. It is visible to drivers coming from both directions, and we appreciate that. Everyone at the high school is thrilled and grateful and so are the rest of us who like to keep abreast at what's happening at the high school.

Photo feature: That eery feeling
Mac McKimmy keeps ghoulish company as he works on his front porch in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. With Halloween a little less than two weeks away, ghosts and goblins are starting to appear on local lawns.

Trash talk: Borough may take over landfill
Every few years when the Kenai Peninsula Borough signs a contract hiring a private company to operate the Central Peninsula Landfill, Harold Hagedorn braces for bad news.

Sterling community gives plan to assembly members
Sterling residents say they like the rural atmosphere and small-town feel of their unincorporated community, but they don't like lacking the kind of official voice that incorporated municipalities enjoy, according to the recently completed Sterling Community Plan.

Photo feature: Soaring
An eagle glides above the Homer Spit recently. The birds are a common sight in Homer.

Comp plan meetings gathering feedback
Kenai Peninsula residents will play an integral role in deciding how decisions on issues ranging from transportation to health care are made over the next decade.

Board member says procedure outline omits important issue
What would happen if threats were made against your child's school? Would you be notified? Does the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have a written policy outlining procedures for such an event?

Government waste must be addressed at the federal level
Because of the sheer enormity of the federal budget, it's impossible for the president to eliminate all waste. Too many people are handing out too much money for one person to be aware of how it's all spent.

It's still anybody's race
With just two weeks to go, President Bush appears to have shed himself of the post-debate blues and again gained momentum in this seesaw contest for the White House. And as always seems to be the case over the last few years, Florida perhaps best measures the latest swing in national sentiment; a swing that might be the final one.

9th Circuit Court's size, caseload too big to do job well
The critics say the idea to split up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arose from ''conservatives' ire'' over some of the controversial court's rulings, according to reports from The Associated Press.

Around the Peninsula
Flu shot clinic set Candidate forum slated Childcare workshops offered Skyviews band, choir to perform Boys and Girls to host trunk-or-treat Masquerade ball, auction planned Bazaar fund-raiser scheduled Auction fund-raiser set

Connections
Students may pick up a BOOK IT reading incentive program from Natalie. Call 714-8880 for more information.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The staff would like to thank the parents who came to watch the programs last week. The students worked hard on the music, poems, a play and sharing projects.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Red Ribbon Week will continue through Friday. The community is encouraged to go to the school and help "build a wall against drugs."

Lunch menus
Lunch menus around the district

Ninilchik School
On Friday, Mrs. Boll's kindergarten through third-grade students presented a fall extravaganza where the students dressed as autumn leaves, recited poetry, sang songs and performed a play for parents.

Grace Lutheran
The kindergartners have been plant scientists for the past couple of weeks. Students are seeing the results of soaking celery in colored water, growing carrot tops and watching beans sprout. Students also are starting to read beginning books and learning four new letter sounds per week.

Reads
Primary students will have school Friday. The Kenai Fire Department will visit the students to share fire safety activities on that day.

Low-slung jeans raise debate in Italy
ROME In an era of low-rising jeans, one Italian high school has launched an uprising.

Redoubt Elementary
Parents are encouraged to vote in the site council parent representative election. Ballots were sent home in Friday's newsletter and are available at the school office. Ballots must be received at the school office by 4 p.m. Thursday.

Home (school) cookin'
Fresh pesto, handmade cannoli and eggplant Parmesan.

Sears Elementary
This was a busy story week in Miss Fischer's class. The class read and acted out the stories of "The Three Bears," "The Three Little Pigs," "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and the "Three Little Kittens." Students made comparisons between the stories by discussing characters, settings and the plots.

Kalifornsky Beach
Mr. Daniels shaved his beard and mustache off in front of his class. He had challenged the students to read 200 books and the reward was shaving his beard. Eight students from the class were randomly selected to help. He shaved half in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. The class continues to read and record their books.

Skyview High
Hockey begins this week.

Interior Distance Education Association
The staff would like to thank the parents for their commitment and enthusiasm as the year begins.

Soldotna Elementary
Students chosen for their good deeds this week include Brendan Hanson, Carmen Kelly, Brooklyn Lingle, Myah Smith, Dakota Conner, Devon Brooner, Caitlin Gamble, Tyler Witcher, Brandon Rice, Nicholas Daigle, Kaitlin Kingsley, Max Maukyan, Tyler Cooper, Blaine Cobban, Lance Delong and Riley Thompson. Also, congratulations to Mikhail Wright for being the box top winner for this week.

Cook Inlet Academy
The student council will hold a spirit week for each sport. Jenna Zufelt, student council president, and officers Blake Gabriel, Ramsey Arneson, Tristan Leiter and Lindsay Bauder are planning end-of-quarter activities along with the annual Thanksgiving feast.

Soldotna High
The middle school and high school choirs will present a fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the theater.

Internet money for schools delayed by accounting change
WASHINGTON (AP) More than $1 billion in federal aid to help schools and libraries connect to the Internet is being delayed by a bookkeeping change that has tied up the money.

Soldotna Middle
There will be a parent informational meeting for all eighth-grade students interested in going on the Washington, D.C., trip at 7 p.m. today in the library.

Spread of honors colleges offers opportunities, raises worries
Bronwyn Stippa had all but made up her mind to attend New York University, a top-notch private college. A campus visit to the University of Vermont, where she'd been accepted to a new honors college, was just a favor to her parents.

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to the following September Bus Riders of the Month, Samantha Mason, Haley Trefon, Kayla Scroggins, Courtney Barker and Marshall Thompson.

KPC Financial Aid Nights a tradition that pays
Carrie Burford started her career in the world of financial aid at the University of Alaska Anchorage 11 years ago. After three years serving at the Anchorage campus, she transferred back home to use what she learned in her hometown. Burford graduated from Soldotna High School.

Mountain View Elementary
On Thursday, the Halloween carnival and book fair will be held. Families are encouraged to attend.

Kenai Alternative High
Art, language arts, history and health teacher,Vickie Roney, was awarded the Nike Jordan Fundamentals Grant for $2,500, which will be used to purchase ceramics art supplies.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The preschoolers are learning the stop, drop and roll procedure and about calling 911 in case of emergency. The students also practiced getting under tables in case there was an earthquake.

Wings Christian Academy
All proceeds from the walk-a-thon have been turned in. Students were given prizes based on how much money was raised. Each student who raised at least $100 earned a free T-shirt along with various other items donated by businesses in the community. Kade and Kassidy Foust tied for first place, Caden MacLellen came in second place and third place went to Rebekah Wood. The proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to purchase supplies to finish the balcony. There will be a "sheet rocking party" Oct. 30 and the school is looking for men willing to come help.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to Sierra Aguilar and Stuart Martinez for winning the Character Counts drawing. They received a pizza for lunch last week.

Tustumena Elementary
The school's sixth-grade team is to be congratulated for placing first in this year's Mind-a-Maze competition at Soldotna Middle School. The team of Jason Johnson, Wesley Matthews, Daniel Rozak and Erik Skjold were the only group in the junior division to succeed in meeting all the scoring criteria in the event. They also received the Judge's Choice award for their creativity and teamwork. Quest instructor, Cathleen Rolph, mentored the boys in preparing for the competition.

Kenai Montessori School
Ms. Rachel brought back new classroom materials from the International Montessori Conference. Parents are invited to tour the classrooms and see the new manipulatives.

Kenai Central High
Seven students traveled to Fairbanks last weekend to attend the annual Alaska Association of Student Government (AASG) conference. The students are part of the student leadership class. While in Fairbanks the students attended leadership workshops and set priorities for student leaders around the state. AASG was attended by student leaders from around the state. The school's AASG delegates were Rocky Ward, Jon Sanchez, Eric Cox, Maddie Moore, Reed Ehrhardt, Kris Larson and Quinn Stoops. The delegates were accompanied by the student activities director, Richard Bartolowits.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Friday and Saturday The wrestling team will travel to Anchorage to compete at Grace Christian; the drama, debate and forensics team will compete in Anchorage at Chugiak High School. Saturday Coach Kornstad and the boys basketball team will host the NYB basketball camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp is for children in grades three through sixth. The cost is $15 per student.

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

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

Intelligent life search not in job description
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The search for extraterrestrial life has ended at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Rams best Buccaneers
ST. LOUIS Looks like the Greatest Show on Turf is in high gear on offense and defense.

Raiders ship Rice to Seattle
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jerry Rice got his wish Monday night when the Oakland Raiders traded the NFL's most prolific receiver to the Seattle Seahawks.

New BCS ready for a recall
Don't be too dazzled by the new-and-improved model of the Bowl Championship Series coming to a newspaper or TV outlet near you. It will have to go back to the dealer soon enough.

Skyview netters keep rolling vs. Homer
The Skyview volleyball team won its seventh straight nontournament match Tuesday at Skyview by sweeping Homer in a Northern Lights Conference tilt.

Locked out players, coaches biding time
DETROIT The hum from machinery tucked under the seats at Joe Louis Arena was the only sound heard.

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