Thursday, October 23, 2003

Rocket's last glare
A 94 mph fastball for a strikeout. The New York Yankees' Roger Clemens ended his final start in the World Series in trademark fashion, the stadium sparkling with flashbulbs as thousands of fans photographed his last pitch.

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.

There's still fight left in Marlins
MIAMI The Florida Marlins gave Roger Clemens his due, but not the win. That they claimed for themselves.

Photo feature: Sign of the times
Doug Field runs the lift as his dad, Bill, touches up the paint on a new sign for Home Depot on Wednesday. The sign and new paint on Kmart's old building are the latest developments in the transition between retailers in Kenai.

Retailers getting hot new toys ready for the Christmas season
Here are some of the toys expected to be top sellers this holiday season, according to Toy Wishes, an industry trade magazine. The list is based on the editorial board's review of thousands of new toys and interviews with parents, children and retailers:

Workers demand medical benefits
LOS ANGELES When West Coast longshoremen and shipping companies ended their labor dispute in January, union officials boasted that the new contract would set a standard for organized labor.

Court refuses to hear appeal on coal-bed pollution
BILLINGS, Mont. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court ruling that water released during coal-bed methane development is a pollutant under the federal Clean Water Act, an attorney said Monday.

Orchestra aims to involve kids in music
Hollywood is coming to the peninsula this weekend. The famous actors and actresses from films like "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" will not be making an appearance, but the theme songs that help make their movies so memorable will be.

Art Briefs
Clay show open for entryPoetry contests open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interestCraft fair vendors wantedArtists wanted for showsFund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

Author cooks up spicy fable
When Lewis Carroll sent Alice down the rabbit hole, he started one of the world's classic stories of bizarre adventure. Now Serge Lecomte has drawn on "Alice in Wonderland" and the disorientation of immigrants facing new cultures as inspirations for "Alicia Maravilla," a satirical fable for adults.

Bound to be fun
Susan Share's art has been described as alive, crazy, wild and fun.

McKeown brings 'pop and roll' to peninsula
The title of Erin McKeown's newest album doesn't imply that the energetic singer-songwriter has puffed up visions of herself.

Astronomy wizard gears up for 'Spooktacular'
I'll be volunteering at the visitors center at Portage Glacier on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for their annual Spooktacular.

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

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?

Many contribute to success of scholarship dinner, auction
We wish to extend our appreciation to all those individuals and businesses that donated items and cash for this year's Thelma McConnell Scholarship dinner and auction. We are fortunate to live in a community that supports us so well.

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.

Station proof of giving community
We would like to thank all the people who donated items for our garage sale and craft sale. We would also like to give a great big "thank you" to all the volunteers who worked so tirelessly and made the sale a success. We are so lucky to live in such a giving community. We are very excited that our fire station is now a reality.

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.

Teams get new drivers
HAMPTON, Ga. Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers, Scott Wimmer and Ward Burton all will report to their new teams this week at the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,928,9802. Tony Stewart 4,694,0913. Kurt Busch 4,620,740

Busch hits slump as season comes to an end
HAMPTON, Ga. The last time Kurt Busch won a race, he sat in his car for several minutes in Victory Lane before conjuring the courage to face the public.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,5482. Kevin Harvick 4,3083. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,265

Newsmaker: Jimmy Spencer
Jimmy Spencer has an opinion on just about everything, and he's not afraid to tell you what he thinks. He tackles tough questions, such as what's wrong with NASCAR and how would he change things.

This Week: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Where and When

Upgrade to enhance comfort for patients
Five years ago, Central Penin-sula General Hospital invested $1.45 million in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, a high-tech diagnostic tool allowing physicians to peer inside living human tissues as never before, and without invasive surgery.

Enrollment report reveals surprise
The news that student enrollment in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is continuing to decline came as no surprise to anyone at Monday's school board meeting.

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.

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.

Enstar says gas supply up so is price
Abundant supplies of natural gas will be available in Southcentral Alaska well into the next decade, but the cost of heating homes with gas will likely be going up more than 10 percent this winter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

Breach in TSA security can be used to teach; some slips inevitable
As any air traveler knows, the 48,000 screeners employed by the $5-billion-a-year Transportation Security Administration since 9/11 are proficient at confiscating small objects like pins and nail scissors. But not always, it seems, at detecting the very weapons that were used on Sept. 11, 2001 box cutters. The real question, however, is how much that matters.

Around the Peninsula
United Way fund-raiser auction plannedDog mushing club formingHoliday bazaar seeking vendorsPermanent fund hearing setSoroptimist to hold violence forumAir quality research still seeking volunteers

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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

School lunch menus for the Borough schools this week.

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

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.

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.

West Virginia upsets No. 3 Virginia Tech
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Quincy Wilson rushed for a season-high 178 yards to lead West Virginia to a 28-7 victory over No. 3 Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, casting a huge cloud over the Hokies' national title hopes.

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.

Sports Briefs
NBA suspends Warriors guard for three games

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

You think track is dirty?
Everybody assumes America's best track and field athletes are on the juice.

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.

College's big games happen in small places
Don't look to college football's traditional cathedrals for this weekend's biggest games.

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.

Lemieux notches assist in tie with Carolina
PITTSBURGH Mario Lemieux's 1,697th career point was negated by Ron Francis' 1,759th.

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.

IRL driver Renna dies in crash
INDIANAPOLIS IRL driver Tony Renna was killed in a wreck Wednesday during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he lost control at nearly 220 mph, went airborne and crashed into a fence.

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