Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Martinez wins Clemente Award
ST. LOUIS Retiring Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez won the Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on the field and in the community.

Francona knows better than to get comfortable Sports Views
Terry Francona knows better than to get comfortable.

Too good to be true? Red Sox halfway home
ST. LOUIS Curt Schilling and the pitchers are clicking. Little Mark Bellhorn and the hitters are delivering. Manager Terry Francona is making all the right moves.

Cardinals hopes dashed at home Red Sox take 3-0 World Series lead
ST. LOUIS Only a curse can stop the Boston Red Sox now.

Airline talks lose altitude
Negotiations between a Kenai travel business owner and Bellair Inc. to purchase the Kenai Express commuter airline have been grounded.

Education funding a top priority with candidates

Gas, economy, schools top Senate issues

New Radio newsman hails from Liberal, Kansas...
After almost a quarter of a century as the voice of local radio news on KSRM, Jim Hime has decided to retire and move to Oregon. Assuming his position as news director is a new voice to Alaska that of Joe Knicks from Liberal, Kansas.

City of Kenai has first woman Mayor..
Someone said that when 6-term Mayor John Williams decided not to run for re-election the void was so great that the people of Kenai knew it would take a woman to fill his shoes. So, with the October 5th election having been duly certified, last week Kenai City Councilwoman Pat Porter was sworn in as Kenai's first woman Mayor. "It feels wonderful to be able to represent the City of Kenai as its Mayor, and to do it with all the pride that I have for having lived in this community for as long as I have. I plan to pick up right where John left off and hope to carry on and make him proud," said Porter following last week's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

There are several things I have learned through the years about operating your family freezer that helps cut the cost down a little. Rule number 1 is always label and date everything that goes into your freezer. As your freezer starts getting empty replace the extra room with a milk jug full of water. Allowing an inch or two at the top of the jug for expansion. Keep adding these jugs as the freezer empties out. A freezer full of ice costs a

Etc. by Su re-opens in a new location...
A Soldotna shopping institution is open once again. After 22 years of business in the local area Etc. by Su's has opened what appears to be five or more stores within a store in the Superstructure building in Soldotna across from the former Gottschalk's location.

Voters asked to legalize marijuana
Voters throughout Alaska will be asked to decriminalize marijuana Nov. 2, but Kenai Peninsula alcohol and drug abuse treatment professionals aren't backing the measure.

Teton County, Wyo., a leader in per-capita political donations
CHEYENNE, Wyo. It may be the only place in all of Wyoming where a vegetarian can get a respectable lunch at any number of eateries and candidates looking for cash can count on filling their pockets with rich people's money.

Judge dismisses suit seeking paper trail for touch-screen voting machines
MIAMI Eight days before Election Day, a federal judge ruled Monday that Florida's touch-screen voting machines do not have to produce a paper record for use in case a recount becomes necessary.

Absentee ballot voter numbers skyrocket in final days
Alaska's general election is a week away and workers at the Division of Elections are gearing up for a large turnout after seeing interest in absentee voting skyrocket in recent weeks.

Candidates take issue with jobs, loss of services
The rising cost of government, underfunded and sometimes disappearing public services, the need for jobs in a struggling economy and concerns for the environment are among the issues that will send voters from House District 35 to the polls Nov. 2.

Senate candidates differ on what needs to be done
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, seeking his second term as the senator from District Q, will meet Independent candidate Robert Merchant of Kenai in the Tuesday general election.

Voter turnout not nearly as bad as Clarion reports
In recent years, we've become accustomed to the inevitable "poor voter turnout" lecture from our local math-challenged reporter or editor, following each election. The message is clear "Shame on you bad citizens only 26 percent of you bothered to vote." At least this last time you dispensed with the silly habit of carrying yourfigure out to a mind-boggling hundredth of a percent, as in the past.

Ballot Measure 1 weakens power of average citizens
Ballot Measure 1 proposes to amend our State Constitution in order to increase the costs and organizational challenges of gathering signatures for citizen ballot measures. Ballot Measure 1 is aimed to weaken the single remaining effective tool the unelected average citizen has to make laws when their elected officials fail to listen or fail to act.

Knowles' record on education scores better than Murkowski's
As an educator with 28 years of experience, education is important to me. After researching the records and proposals of Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski, I have decided to work for Tony Knowles.

Seniors should not be fooled slick mailer from Outside group
Probably because I'm a 75-year-old Alaska senior, I received a slick full-color political mailer from a group that calls itself The Seniors Coalition.

Ballot Measure 2 will ease suffering of some Alaskans
The 1998 Medical Cannabis Initiative (Ballot Measure 8) that a majority of you voted for, has been repealed.

Newsmaker: Jeff Gordon
HAMPTON, Ga. Jeff Gordon has shown tremendous resolve in the last two races, rebounding from two crashes at the Lowe's Motor Speedway to finish second, then finishing ninth Sunday at Martinsville, Va., after losing a lap early in the race.

As election nears, NASCAR and its drivers show support for Bush
HAMPTON, Ga. The dads attending races this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway come with children in hand, beer in the cooler and a big enough credit line to keep souvenir vendors swimming in profits.

Crews recover bodies at Hendrick crash site
PATRICK SPRINGS, Va. (AP) Crews on all-terrain vehicles on Monday recovered the bodies of all 10 people killed in the crash of a Hendrick Motorsports plane that was carrying family and friends of one of NASCAR's top syndicates.

This week: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
(Race No. 33 of 36)

Good morning. Something to think about: "To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever." Author unknown

Greetings from Kasilof. Don't forget to vote. It counts.

Donine Grigsby of Issaquah, Wash., was home for a visit last week. Donine timed the trip to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Boutique held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, the craft show-sale she participated in from 1980 to 1985.

Hello, neighbors. Here's hoping you have all your fall chores finished and are not racing around frantically trying to beat the snow. This is Halloween weekend and, as you may well remember, there is almost always snow for the trick-or-treaters. Think this year will be different? Guess we'll see soon enough.

Cooper Landing
Maggie Morgan died Oct. 11 in Anchorage where she'd been living the past few years. Maggie's niece, Heidi Thrasher, encourages everyone who wishes to share memories about Maggie to do so at her memorial Friday at 2 p.m. at the community hall. You can call Heidi at 595-1344.

Hi, neighbors. It's just one week until the general election. I hope you have studied all the issues and figured out where you go to vote in your precinct. Whatever you do, be sure to go vote Nov. 2.

Hi, neighbors. Thanks to Abi for filling in for me last week. She does a great job. One of my other granddaughters asked, "Was it fun in the hospital?" I answered that I wouldn't call it "fun," but I must say that it was pleasant. I was impressed with the kind, compassionate care I received at Central Peninsula General Hospital all the way from Dr. Henry Krull to the anesthetist, each nurse, nurse assistant, therapist, housekeeper, lab technician and receptionist.

Zip Mart cleanup process continues Sterling residents updated at meeting
The underground benzene plume from the Sterling Zip Mart gasoline spill has appeared to stop growing, but the pollutants likely will be around for decades, Department of Environmental Conservation engineers told Sterling residents Monday night.

Games look to grants for boost
A pair of grants that will go a long way toward funding the 2006 Arctic Winter Games will be on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's agenda tonight in the form of appropriations ordinances.

Photo feature: Making a new friend
Tory Fitzpatrick grooms his snowman named Bob in a light rain Tuesday afternoon in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for more rain and maybe even snow by Thursday. However, skies are expected to get a little clearer by this weekend.

Senator predicts Republican Senate majority will get the job done
Sen. Ted Stevens predicted Tuesday that Republicans would secure a clear, if slim majority in the U.S. Senate on Election Day, enough to pass legislation next year approving the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Pat M. Kennedy
Ninilchik resident Pat M. Kennedy died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004. She was 77.

Heather L. LeVeque
Soldotna resident Heather L. LeVeque died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Flagstaff, Ariz. She was 19.

Jimmy P. Littrell
Wasilla resident Jimmy Paul Littrell died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, of natural causes at his home. He was 64.

State's population shift to Southcentral warrants 'yes' on Ballot Measure 1
Ballot Measure 1, which seeks to change the method by which initiatives and referendums are placed on the ballot, has a simple yet substantial argument that warrants its passage by voters.

Talk is cheap when it comes to Sudan situation What others say
The second round of the Darfur peace talks opened yesterday with little expectation of progress. That is sad because the stakes are high and the solution is obvious. The only thing lacking is international resolve.

Around the Peninsula
Fall bazaar, bake sale setCheerleading clinic planned

Around the Peninsula
Canned food drive slated Boys and Girls to host trunk or treat Road maintenance meeting set CGC test scheduled Childbirth classes scheduled Safe Sitter classes offered

Grace Lutheran
The children were the entertainment at the first Frogs (Friends of Grace Lutheran School) meeting Monday. The students in upper-graders presented the play, "The Fisherman and His Wife." The preschoolers and lower-graders sang and acted out several of the songs they've learned this quarter.

Kenai Central High
The football banquet will begin at 6 p.m. today in the cafeteria.

College costs up moderately; private loans rise sharply
The pace of ever-rising college costs has slowed somewhat this year, and students are relying more on private loans rather than grants or other federal sources to finance their education, according to two new studies.

Soldotna High
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 Thursday. Friday is a designated staff in-service day.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The book fair ends Thursday.

Soldotna Middle
Thank you to everyone for helping with the magazine fund-raiser.

The Pumpkins Gone Crazy Contest is open to all home-school families. Make a pumpkin (carved, scraped, painted, accessorized, etc.) and bring it to the office by today. Pumpkins may represent a character, animal, vegetable or item. Prizes will be awarded Friday. Categories are up to 4 years old, kindergarten through second, three and four, five and six, seven and eight, nine through 12 and adults.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School
Parent-teacher conferences will be conducted Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students on those days.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Amber and Martina have been teaching the students the song, "Brother John," in Dena'ina and made "ush" (snowshoes) out of pipe cleaners. Miss. Sonja is teaching the class animal names, "ta/in" for whale," /uq'a" for salmon, "ggugguyni" for raven, "dah/ika" for eagle, "ggagga" for bear and "dnigi" for moose.

Sterling Head Start
The children have been learning about different pets. They visited with a pet box turtle and a puppy.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The students finished the personal best lifelong guideline last week. Parents are encouraged to ask their child about it.

Wings Christian Academy
On Friday, there will be a fall harvest festival at Immanuel Baptist Church. The student council will provide a mechanical bull. The proceeds from this will help pay for the painting of the gymnasium and a school mascot. The cost will be $3 per ride. The public is invited

Interior Distance Education Association
The public is invited to visit the office and see the renovations. It has been reorganized to create a more user-friendly space. The new look includes moving all of the contact teachers to the front office, making more space available for curriculum to be displayed for families and enlarging the resource room area.

Students of the month
The following students were named September Students of the Month at Seward High School.

Cook Inlet Academy
Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday afternoon and evening and Friday morning. Conferences for seventh through 12th grades will be held "arena style" in the gym.

Redoubt Elementary
The Halloween parade will begin at 2 p.m. today in the gym.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards. The contest was developed as a way to encourage high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism.

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Ninilchik School
Mrs. Boll's class will eat lunch at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center and present songs and plays.

Sears Elementary
Thank you to Dr. Sue Snyder for providing a week of learning to the students and staff. She provided all of the ideas, activities and materials.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Dates to remember:

Skyview High
There will be a Halloween dance from 8 to 11 p.m. today in the commons. The cost is $5 per student or $4 for students in costume. There will be prizes given out for best costume, most creative and best couple.

Soldotna Elementary
Skylar Bruce won the box top contest for this week and received an ice cream dessert for his efforts. Families are encouraged to keep sending in box tops for education and sign the box tops to be in the drawing.

Still showing off: KPC Showcase celebrates 20th anniversary
KPC Showcase, Kenai Peninsula College's award-winning lecture, entertainment and arts series, has just begun its 20th season. Originally known and still often referred to as the Sunday Showcase, it was begun in 1984 by longtime vocal instructor Jean Brockel and KPC's English professor Dave Forbes, who died in 2002.

Kenai Middle School
David Ashkenasy was selected as the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month, which entitled him to lunch with the chamber at Paradisos last week.

Presentation demonstrates tools for the vision impaired
Visually impaired students and their teachers recently got a firsthand demonstration of some high-tech devices that could help students in everything from learning to read Braille to navigating the Web and help teachers use classroom time more efficiently.

Students were able to practice fire safety techniques with the Kenai Fire Department last week.

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

Zook fired, will finish season with Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Ron Zook was fired Monday after two-plus years and a stack of embarrassments on and off the field, satisfying a growing groundswell for his ouster that began the day he replaced Steve Spurrier.

Kenai's Baldwin successfully mixes hockey with running
Hockey and distance running are about as different as George W. Bush and John Kerry.

Sooners, Utes move up in BCS
Oklahoma and Utah moved into premium positions in the Bowl Championship Series standings Monday.

Gomez to join Aces
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez signed a contract Monday with the minor league Alaska Aces to play for $500 a week until the NHL lockout ends, a spokesman for the Anchorage team said.

Kenai's Hall makes three tackles for Falcons
Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, played for the Atlanta Falcons Sunday against the Chiefs, even though Hall was listed as questionable with a shoulder injury heading into the game. Hall made three solo tackles in the Chiefs' 56-10 victory. Hall now has 12 tackles for the season.

Bengals terrorize Broncos
CINCINNATI With two reputations on the line his team's and his own Chad got the best of Champ and turned the Bengals into a prime-time success.

Tennesse's plan to aviod rebuilding is unraveling
That forced coaches to scrap all plays with two tight ends, a staple of the offense, and drop plays specially designed for Troupe to use his physical skills and minimize his inexperience.

KPHA goes 2-0-1 in Fairbanks
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team played three games this weekend in Fairbanks, winning two and tieing one.

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