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Thursday, October 21, 2004

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.

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.

Clemens has chance to pitch Astros to World Series
ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds skipped around the bases, jumping into a cluster of St. Louis Cardinals waiting for him at home plate.

Yankees have a new daddy
NEW YORK Boston blew away decades of defeat with four sweet swings.

Seattle hires skipper
SEATTLE Mike Hargrove knows just what he's getting into as the new manager of the last-place Seattle Mariners.

Kill those televisions: Key chain remote control turns off most TVs anywhere
SAN JOSE, Calif. Ticked off by the TV? Turn it off anywhere.

Coke to launch Full Throttle energy drink
ATLANTA (AP) The Coca-Cola Co. is hoping to get a lift from a new energy drink, Full Throttle, that it plans to launch in January.

Assembly approves riverfront proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough has signed off on developing a plan to create a corridor of attractions and services along a stretch of the Chena River.

Contributions keep rolling in for Arctic Winter Games
Cash contributions to help fund the 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula are slightly ahead of schedule, according to Bill Popp, Revenue Development chair for the Kenai Peninsula Host Society.

Initiative seeks $50 tax for state, more stringent pollution regs
Alaska voters may get another chance to decide whether the state should impose a $50 head tax and require water pollution permits for cruise ships.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleKenai chamber to hold wine and beer festivalGrant writing workshop slatedTourism council to hold raffle

Huffy files for bankruptcy
DAYTON, Ohio Huffy Corp., the bicycle maker beloved by generations of American children, filed Wednesday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing losses from a Canadian sports equipment company it acquired two years ago.

Senate, House candidates talk of education, budget funding
With the election less than two weeks away, candidates for the Alaska Legislature are busy trying to get their messages out before voters head to the polls.

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.

ABC drops Miss America, leaving TV future uncertain
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ABC has dropped Miss America, leaving the famous beauty pageant without a network TV outlet for the first time in 50 years.

Art Briefs
Writers' meeting slatedFood bank essay contest ends TuesdayMascot naming contest announcedArtwork wanted for state facilityOpen art show slatedHome-school art classes offeredPoetry contest being heldArt proposals wanted for Kenai River CenterContest for young writers announced

Mel Gibson puts his passion into new TV sitcom
LOS ANGELES Mel Gibson leans forward, scrutinizing a monitor showing a rehearsal for his latest project.

Politics provoke artists to share views
LOS ANGELES President Bush has unwittingly become a muse for a growing number of artists inspired by the war in Iraq and the upcoming presidential election to make political statements through their craft.

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

Wolves, dog star in true arctic adventure
Wolves are controversial, yet most people agree that they are intriguing but elusive creatures. Observing them at length in the wild is a rare opportunity, and some of the best books about the far north have dealt with such privileged experiences.

Actor recites 20,000-word 'Gospel of John' in solo performance
Brad Sherrill, a 15-year veteran of the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, is coming to the Kenai Peninsula to present his 20,000 word solo dramatic performance.

Getting some exercise easier than ever, thanks to church help
I would like to extend my thanks to the "Friends of Kenai" group and to the Kenai Christian Church. At the request of the "Friends," the church has opened its doors twice weekly to any who would like to come and walk around the gym.

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.

Cottonwood Health Center says 'thanks' to Unocal for flu aid
Cottonwood, a local nonprofit community health center, expresses warm gratitude to Unocal for its donation of excess flu vaccine from its employee health program. The vaccine was made available to our high risk patients based on state guidelines.

President's policies have done little to aid economy, health care
Today I happened to check the two stock market indexes. I then checked them both for January 2001, when President Bush took office. The DOW Jones 30 was 10,587.5 and today it's 9,894.4 down 693.1. The NASDAQ was 2,770.38 and today it's 1,903.02 down 867.36.

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?

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.

Volunteers, donors help make food bank drives a success
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank the United Way Day of Caring chairman Ron Delaney for organizing the Central Peninsula Day of Caring Food Drive on Sept. 17.

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.

Cottonwood, Aspen staff deserve praise for fine work
The American Association of Medical Assistants has proclaimed the week of Oct. 18-22 as Medical Assistants Week, honoring those who work "at the heart of health care."

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.

Metals company comes through for Sterling Elementary School
The staff and students at Sterling Elementary School would like to thank JW Metals, a Sterling business who provides imported aluminum for commercial use, for the generous donation they recently made to fund the purchase of four new pull-down map sets for use in the classrooms. The staff asked PTA for assistance to purchase eight maps and it was decided to fund-raise for four and see how that went. Then Wendy and John Fletcher stepped up and offered to fund the purchase of the other four maps so that all classrooms would have current map sets.

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

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

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.

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.

Kasilof man arrested on rape charges
Alaska State Troopers arrested a Kasilof man for first-degree sexual assault Friday evening.

ANGDA head says Kenai Peninsula spur line is being studied
Harold Heinze, chief executive officer of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, had good news and words of warning for members of the local chapter of Support Industry Alliance who attended his presentation Tuesday in Kenai.

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?

Governor says North Slope producers will consider letting Alaska be part owner
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday that three North Slope producers are willing to consider the idea of the state being a part owner in a proposed natural gas pipeline to bring North Slope gas to market.

Salmon prices looking up
ANCHORAGE Alaska's salmon harvests are falling below projections of 196 million fish for all species, but prices are up, as fishers record what looks to be the ninth-largest harvest historically, a fisheries economist says.

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

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.

Iraq policy could cost Bush election
Disastrous Iraq policy is proving President George W. Bush's Achilles heel. It may eventually cost him his job at the Nov. 2 election.

Living in an e-mail world
Writing e-mails today is so convenient that it's hard to remember what life was like without that communication vehicle. From time to time my e-mails have been interpreted in ways not intended. I try not to think of how many may have been misinterpreted where the receiver didn't tell me. Sometimes when I see friends and acquaintances and they appear to be ignoring me I just think they're preoccupied with something else when in fact they're probably ticked over an e-mail I sent.

Documentary can still be turned off
Imagine if NBC ordered its affiliates to air Michael Moore's ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' in prime time, 10 days before the election.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Fire safety equipment availableHealthy Communities to meetBook bingo todayAwards banquet scheduledDAV to meet todayGenealogical society meeting setCIFF dance planned'Ghost ship' to visit Homer

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Lunch menus
Lunch menus around the district

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."

Skyview High
Hockey begins this week.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Boilermakers could give Badgers a boost by beating Michigan
A week after losing to Wisconsin, Purdue can do the Badgers a favor against Michigan.

Area soccer team headed to Colorado
Soccer is a notoriously low-scoring game where goals are hard to come by. A youth soccer team from the central Kenai Peninsula has picked an exceptionally hard goal to shoot for this winter.

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