Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Giambi subpoenaed
MIAMI (AP) New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi is among the players subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating a company that prescribes nutritional supplements for elite athletes.

Wild card proving a plus for fans of major league baseball
For a century or so, baseball thrived on consistency, embracing change grudgingly. The designated hitter and interleague play still annoy purists, who prefer the game the way it once was.

Mussina breaks through
MIAMI He looked miserable to begin with and when the rains came, Mike Mussina looked even worse and well on his way to another hard-luck loss.

Charges to be sought in bullpen fight
BOSTON (AP) Police have decided to seek assault and battery charges against Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia for a bullpen brawl with a Red Sox employee.

Looking for a few good shadows
Kenai Alternative High School has been called the last safety net for kids to overcome the adversities of their circumstances and successfully complete their high school education.

Mayor proclaims "Character Counts! Week"
Saying that the present and future well being of our society requires the involvement of a caring citizenry with good character, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley presented a proclamation to members of Ms. Jean Dixon's Kenai Middle School Leadership Class making October 19th25th "Character Counts! Week."

Show and Sell at Peninsula Center Mall
Odie Pack of Odie's Bead-It in the Peninsula Center Mall is hosting the first ever "Bead Show" on the Kenai Peninsula. Odie has invited all beaders from Seward to Homer and Anchorage to get their beads together and show them off, swap, or sell them this weekend at the Mall.

Newly elected Assembly members take oath of office
There will be one new face on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly next week when the Assembly meets and elects officers for the coming year. That is Dan Chay who defeated veteran Assemblymen John Davis for a three-year term in Seat 1 serving the Kalifornsky district.

R&K Industrial breaks ground for new facility
On a picture perfect autumn day, a group of local elected officials and dignitaries joined Robert T. Peterkin II, his partner, Mike O'Toole, and family last week for the ceremonial ground breaking of the new location of R&K Industrial in Nikiski.

Alaskans have vested interest in protecting environment
Why is it that when anyone in Alaska raises environmental concerns they are immediately branded as some kind of left-wing environmentalist radical?

Democrats owe money now; taxes not way to prosperity
Frost is on the pumpkins and the colors of the fall season are starting to change into winter colors. It's now time for Democrats to send money back to the federal and state governments because of their disagreement with tax cuts.

Alaska citizens should help restore campaign finance reform law
Last year, our Legislature overturned campaign finance reform law. The reforms were passed in 1996 by the Legislature to avoid facing a popular citizens' initiative on the ballot.

Nikiski's Lorenzo enjoys individual nature of wrestling
Last year, when Anthony Lorenzo won an individual title at the state 1-2-3A wrestling championships, his Nikiski High School teammates almost seemed to be more excited for him than he was for himself.

Hearing to determine attorney in new Bingamin trial
A court hearing has been scheduled for Friday to determine who will represent a Soldotna man in a retrial after the state overturned his conviction on sexual abuse of a minor and assault charges.

Decision could help HEA users save cash
Homer Electric Association's average customers could soon be enjoying a savings of about $74 a year for the energy they buy, thanks to a recent decision by the Regula-tory Commission of Alaska.

Photo feature: Wrapping up autumn
Jean and Noel Widmayer moose-proof the trees in their yard on Haida Drive in Kenai Tuesday afternoon. They said they've already been hit once by a hungry ungulate and expect more visits as winter approaches.

Increased school board representation will cost district additional funds
The recent reappropriation of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will cost the district about $25,000, according to a budget increase approved by the board Monday night.

Borough working to avoid conflicts
Avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest has always been an important objective of the borough code when it comes to defining inappropriate actions of borough officials.

Borough working to improve
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is no exception in Alaska's shortage of "highly qualified" teachers, but district officials insist they are working to remedy the problem.

Church van slides off road
A van loaded with Soldotna teens returning from a church conference in Anchorage skidded out of control on black ice Sunday morning, rolled several times and landed in a ditch off the side of the Seward Highway.

State at bottom for 'qualified' teachers
WASHINGTON Teachers in many of Alaska's rural districts teach several subjects. Under new federal standards, to claim ''highly qualified teacher'' credentials they would have to hold bachelor's degrees in each subject they teach or pass tests that show full knowledge of all the topics.

Peninsula salmon get help from NOAA
Salmon protection efforts on the Kenai Peninsula got a boost last week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released $657,000 in federal funds to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for its Fish Habitat Protection and Restoration Cost Share Program.

Decoys designed to catch hunters breaking the law
Like many hunters, Brent Johnson gets up before the crack of dawn on weekends and heads out of town to a remote location.

Gerald C. Holly Sr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Gerald C. Holly Sr. died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at his home in Mesa, Ariz., with his son George and friend Ryllis at his side. He was 88.

Henry Stanley Bartos
Soldotna resident Henry Stanley Bartos died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna of natural causes. He was 82.

Edward Jackinsky
Longtime Ninilchik resident Edward Jackinsky died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at his home. He was 89.

Wanda House
Funny River area homesteader Wanda House died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at her son's house in Battleground, Wash., from complications of emphysema. She was 73.

Grandparents raising grandchildren face variety of challenges
For a few years now, the public has been hearing reports of older people returning to the workplace, whether it be from boredom in retirement or the need to earn a few extra dollars to supplement other income.

What do those gestures mean?
WASHINGTON If people think with their hands, then what on earth are the Democratic presidential candidates thinking?

Zell Miller accuses party leaders of being too liberal for much of U.S.
Is there hope for Wesley Clark to rescue the Democrats from likely disaster in the 2004 presidential contest? Only if he runs to his nearest bookstore before he digs himself a hole just as deep as the one his Democratic opponents are stuck in.

Alaskans should follow money in Senate race What others say
Election finance reports filed last week by Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her principal Democratic challenger, former Gov. Tony Knowles, show this will be a pricey campaign for the U.S. Senate. But how pricey? And who stands to gain?

Around the Peninsula
Job center to sponsor free workshopsNorth Peninsula chamber plans meetingFlu clinics scheduledAuction set to benefit United WayGarden Society to 'Rock On'Church to sponsor country jamboreePFLAG to hold Halloween partyHaunted house fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Bear behavior discussion planned Builders plan meeting CFisherman's fund to host dance Community pumpkin contest slated Free children's fair LIO teleconferences set

Wading in
Students in Teresa Zinck's sixth-grade class at North Star Elementary and Wayne Floyd's fifth-grade class at Nikiski Elementary, aided by Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, and members of the Youth Restoration Corps, conduct a stream survey at Daniel's Creek as part of the Daniel's Creek Stewardship Program recently.

Soldotna Middle
Picture retakes begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 29. Reorder forms will be available today for students to pick up.

Family traditions
Rep. Reggie Joule, D-Kotzebue, right, dances with his son Reggie Joule, who is holding his 7-month-old son Sakkaaluk Eduardo, during an invitational dance by the Northern Lights Dancers from Kotzebue during the first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage on Monday. The three-day youth conference precedes the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, which draws Alaska Natives from around the state for the annual meeting.

Kenai Central High
The following events are planned at the school:

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Teacher CJ Merchant will read one of her favorite stories for Wednesday Activity Day at 2:30 p.m. today.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Friday is the end of first quarter. Report cards will be available at parent-teacher conferences Oct. 30 and 31. Conferences will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Students of Month
The following students were named September Students of the Month at Kenai Central High School:

Soldotna High
Friday is the last day of the quarter. Classes will dismiss at 12:55 p.m.

Tustumena Elementary
The PTO's second annual "Spooky Stories" contest is under way through Friday. The contest is open to students in grades one through six. There will be two prizes ($15 and $10 gift certificates) awarded at each grade level. The awards will be announced Oct. 27.

Cook Inlet Academy
On Oct. 10, the second-graders toured the Trail Lake Hatchery and Weir where the salmon return home. The class learned that the survival rate for salmon is very low with only 80 adult salmon surviving out of 25,000 eggs.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Students will study geography this week. They will mark on a world map all the places they have traveled and then measure the distance from Alaska. Students are encouraged to bring in pictures and items from their travels for sharing with the class.

VFW to sponsor scholarship programs
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 are sponsoring two scholarships.

Enrollment jumps, adding to university success
According to KPC bookstore employee and student Danielle Milette, "There's definitely a younger age group on campus this semester." The official statistics back up Danielle's observation.

Homer Community Schools plans activities
The Homer Play Group resumed Oct. 1 and will continue through the school year.

Menus
School lunch menus for the Borough schools this week.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mr. Daniels' class took a field trip to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to take part in a brand new field trip about "How Humans and Bears Interact."

Hands-on lessons teach Interior students about salmon
FAIRBANKS As she stood on the sandy bank of the Tanana River and watched a stream of bright orange salmon eggs slide out of the freshly slit-open belly of a Delta Clearwater River silver salmon, freckle-faced Emily Raney stared in amazement.

Nikiski Elementary
Friday is a minimum day. Children will leave school at 2:10 p.m. so teachers will be able to prepare for parent-teacher conferences.

District plans half-day, conferences, in-service
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will have a minimum day Friday.

Deadline for ACT registration looming
High school students wanting to take the ACT test for college admissions have only two more opportunities to register before the Dec. 13 national test date.

Wings Christian
This week, Rebekah Wood and Jessica Saunders received the cleanest desk of the week awards. Kade Foust has entered the 1,000s club.

Redoubt Elementary
Picture retakes are today at 10 a.m. Students having photos retaken free of charge will need to turn in their first photo packet. Students also may buy a photo packet.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman visited the school Oct. 1. The children were able to talk with him.

Sterling Elementary
Gary Hale and the Central Emergency Services crew will do fire prevention programs with students Thursday and Friday.

Mountain View Elementary
Friday will be minimum day, and students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

Soldotna Elementary
The Soldotna Elementary Scholastic Book Fair will be held Monday through Oct. 31 during school hours and throughout parent-teacher conferences.

North Star Elementary
Congratulations to the North Star students who participated in the annual district Mind-A-Mazes competition on Oct. 4.

Grace Lutheran
Picture day and the end of the first quarter is Friday.

Sears Elementary
The PTA will have its first meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to attend.

Kalifonsky Christian
The school welcomes Pastor Steve and Vicki Toliver back from Argentina.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The preschoolers have had an exciting month of learning. They have studied teeth, fire safety, poetry, voting, Thomas Edison and electricity.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

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

Cholesterol gene variation linked to person's longevity
CHICAGO (AP) One reason some people live into their 90s and beyond may be a genetic variation that makes the cholesterol particles in their blood really big.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B's fourth in AnchorageJudge orders rape trial for Kobe Bryant

Oakland's bad season gets worse
ALAMEDA, Calif. It's difficult to choose the most surprising aspect of the Oakland Raiders' predicament just seven games after losing in the Super Bowl.

Rangers take first win of season
NEW YORK The Rangers' recipe for victory was simple and unorthodox.

Lightning fast start reaches four straight wins
TAMPA, Fla. Special teams and Nikolai Khabibulin were the difference in the Tampa Bay Lightning's fourth straight win.

Raiders can't rally past Chiefs
OAKLAND, Calif. The confident Kansas City Chiefs wanted nothing more than to beat the Oakland Raiders in decisive fashion. They ended up holding on for dear life Monday night when a backup quarterback turned a potential shutout into a shootout.

Kachemak Swim Club hosts pentathlon
The Kachemak Swim Club of Homer hosted the Soldotna Silver Salmon for a pentathlon event Saturday in Homer.

The Vikings are going (almost) all the way
Near certainty: The Minnesota Vikings, already 6-0, will get to the NFC championship game. Not the Super Bowl, necessarily, because they have a habit of losing title games. But probably one step from it.

Mariners netters notch comeback
The Homer High School volleyball team rallied from an eight-point, game four deficit for an extra-points win to seal a Region III/4A match at Skyview High School Tuesday.

Dallas adds to arsenal
DALLAS Antoine Walker is about to find out whether his team can win more if he does less.

Chiefs' Fujita emerges as a star
KANSAS CITY, Mo. If Scott Fujita keeps playing like this, word may finally get around that Kansas City's emerging star is not Japanese.

Separate ways
The last time the two were on this floor, they hoisted a national championship banner to the roof of the Carrier Dome.

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