Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Little sacked by Sox
BOSTON The Boston Red Sox insist that Grady Little's disastrous decision to stick with Pedro Martinez in the seventh game of the AL championship series isn't the only reason they let him go.

Marlins parade, say McKeon will return
MIAMI The loudest cheers from the tens of thousands of Marlins fans lined up to celebrate their World Series champions came when team owner Jeffrey Loria made a simple promise: The team won't be broken up.

October proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Across America and throughout Alaska, October once again has been proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and Kenai City Mayor John Williams signed official proclamations.

People to People candidate seeks support
IIn the 1950's President Dwight D. Eisenhower initiated a program called "People to People," to foster understanding of different cultures among young people of the world. Over the years many young Alaskans and several from the Kenai Peninsula have been nominated to participate in the summer program.

Counting your steps to stay healthy
Thanks to a grant from the State of Alaska Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH) is coordinating a community-walking program to get people over age 18 more active on a regular basis.

Poindexter honored as Outstanding Older Worker of the Year
In 1976 Beulah Poindexter and her husband Charles started a small greenhouse business in Anchor Point. A few years later Charles developed a potting soil mix using natural ingredients that included composted fish waste and seaweed, he dubbed his creation "Fishy Peat Potting Soil."

Russian entrepreneurs visit Kenai Peninsula
It's been about eight years since the City of Homer entered into a sister city relationship with the City of Yelizovo, in Kamchatka Russia. Former Homer resident Martha Madsen has been involved with the relationship since the beginning and has since transplanted herself to Kamchatka where she and her Russian husband have an Eco-Tourism and Adventure Travel business.

Retrofit of cannery exemplifies problems with Board of Fish
To many fishermen, the retrofit of the Columbia Ward Cannery represents a failed business whose demise was hastened by a biased, if not corrupt, Board of Fish. To paraphrase Bill Brindle, the owner, "We can no longer afford to do business in such a hostile regulatory environment."

More thanks for scholarship dinner
We wish to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to Agrium, Station Break and everyone else who helped make our Thelma McConnell dinner and auction a huge success.

Raising pupil-teacher ratio should not be option for district
Overcrowding our classrooms is not conducive to learning. Class size is already too high, and the school board and district want to raise the PTR (pupil/teacher ratio) again.

Generous donation provides Character Counts! activities
Oct. 20-24 was Character Counts! week at Kenai Middle School. There are six pillars to Character Counts! They are: Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring, Citizenship and Fairness.

Gordon wins second straight race
HAMPTON, Ga. With the season championship all but out of reach, Jeff Gordon knew his best hope was to build momentum for a title run in 2004.

Tax break may also include seniors' boats
Senior citizens living in mobile homes that are their primary residences are entitled to a property tax exemption provided by borough law, just as their neighbors living in permanent homes are.

State program teaches new type of lesson
Crowding into the cramped room, they surveyed the grizzly work before them.

Studies: Invasive species traveling in ballast water
Recent studies in Kachemak Bay have found potentially dangerous species of sea critters foreign to the local ecology, likely brought here in the ballast water of ships arriving from abroad or perhaps even from domestic ports in the Lower 48.

Photo feature: Halloween
Chassie Bertsen's jack-o-lantern greets visitors to her home on Sterling Court in Kenai last week. Trick-or-treaters will take to the streets Friday.

Photo feature: Reflecting on the high tide
Hal Hall uses binoculars to scan the Kenai River flats at high tide shortly after sunset Monday from a pullout on Bridge Access Road. The tidal range at the mouth of the river Monday was 29.5 feet, one of the largest variations for the year.

Woman attacked by unknown men in truck on Gaswell Road
Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday described a recent late-night assault on Gaswell Road near Soldotna as an isolated incident.

HEA getting students charged up
Homer Electric Association on Monday began distributing a self-contained curriculum packet to middle schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to help students learn more about electricity and the companies that provide it.

Coast Guard seeking ideas on regulations of ships' ballast water
The United States is being quietly invaded. The very real potential for disastrous impacts to the nation's economy is lurking unseen in the deep recesses of the holds of ships -- a fleet both foreign and domestic that makes tens of thousands of calls a year on American ports.

Edward Edson Schofield
Homer resident Edward Edson Schofield died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at the home of his friend, Michael LeMay, after a 12-year experience of cancer. He was 62.

Chad McEwen
Anchorage resident Chad McEwen died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle from complications sustained in a car accident Sept. 28 near Delta Junction. He was 26.

Party of limited government stands to reap windfall if Medicare bill passes
WASHINGTON Memo from Republican pollsters to the GOP-controlled government: Approve Medicare prescription drug legislation, the sooner the better. A political windfall may await.

Alaskans need to show elected officials path to fiscal responsibility What others say
Could a message perhaps be jelling?

U.S. considers strategy change in Iraq
WASHINGTON More barriers and checkpoints may be used to block car bombs. More Iraqis will be hired and trained to try to stop attacks before they're launched.

Opinions don't always fall into neat categories of liberal, conservative
These days it seems there is no room at the inn for Americans who choose to view public issues on a case-by-case basis, without pre-conceived policy or political prejudices. That's too bad because there are a lot of us, wanting (and needing) to be heard.

Alaskans should say 'no' to current effort to recall Murokowski
One of the many problems with holding a statewide vote on whether to oust Gov. Frank Murkowski would be its almost certain impact on future governors.

Around the Peninsula
Permanent fund hearing today Fish and Game meeting set Howell to speak at Kenai chamber Boys and Girls Club to offer dance Discount cards to benefit local cancer fund

Around the Peninsula
Pop Warner to hold elections Skyview plans awards banquet Anchor Point seniors schedule bazaar Art show, bazaar slated Incorporating, partnership workshop planned Foodhandlers' class scheduled

Cook Inlet Academy
The preschoolers, kindergartners and first-graders were visited by Mama Black Bear (Mrs. Ireland), Mama Brown Bear (Miss Becky) and Mama Polar Bear (Mrs. Smith).

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Parent teacher conferences are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2:15 p.m. Friday.

Soldotna Middle
Conferences will be from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

Aurora Borealis Charter
For the second year, the school will participate in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-a-thon. The Math-a-thon will continue through the month of November.

Skyview High
Parent-teacher conferences will be from noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and Friday is a teacher in-service day. There will be no school for students those days.

Menus
School menus around the district this next week

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Happy birthday to Ella and Bridget.

North Star Elementary
The staff would like to thank the volunteers for their efforts in making the October Fun Fest a huge success. The next Fun Fest is scheduled for Dec. 10.

Kenai Central High
There will be no school Thursday and Friday for students.

Redoubt Elementary
Report cards for grades four through six were sent home Tuesday.

Ninilchik
The annual Scholastic book fair, with the theme "Hats Off To Reading," took place last week. The staff thanks everyone who came in and purchased books. The library appreciates your generosity.

Student Union to host open mic night at Soldotna campus
One of the most popular coffee house scenes over the past year recently has gone along the wayside and left a void for m

Soldotna High
Parent-teacher conferences will be from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the commons and gym.

Avoiding nightmares
The halls of Nikiski Elementary School reverberated with high-pitched laughter Saturday afternoon.

Wings Christian Academy
Amy Wood and Jared Wood received the cleanest desk awards.

Tustumena Elementary
Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday by appointment only. Conferences may be rescheduled at a later time by contacting your child's teacher.

No school Thursday and Friday
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Thursday and Friday. Most schools will hold parent-teacher conferences Thursday and-or Friday. Check with your child's school for conference times. Friday is an in-service day for district staff.

Connections
Here is a list of classes through the Soldotna Community Schools that have been requested by home-school parents.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Knudsen and Mrs. Lafferty's class entry in the Alaska Park's Art Contest a collage titled, "The Wonder of Hadrosaurs" won first place. It will be displayed in the Anchorage Museum's Sue exhibit through January.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
First-grade students finished their animal research questions, visited the hay tunnel and watched a puppet show put on by the fire department. They also are celebrating Red Ribbon Week and working on number sentences, doubles and weight.

Senior Briefs
What is scheduled for Senior Centers around the Peninsula.

Senior Menus
Menus for senior centers around the Peninsula.

Florida State moves to head of one-loss crowd
The Seminoles were third in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Monday, trailing only undefeated Oklahoma and Miami in the race to play for the national championship.

Roy has his number retired by Avalanche
DENVER Patrick Roy walked across the ice with a chant of ''Roy! Roy! Roy!'' tracing every step. He reached his spot on the red carpet next to his family, but no one was about to stop cheering.

Fans enjoy free game in Arizona due to California wildfires
TEMPE, Ariz. Drew Brees had visions of a storybook San Diego victory to inspire his fire-ravaged community. It didn't happen. Not even close.

Feuding Lakers thrash Mavericks
LOS ANGELES The new-look Los Angeles Lakers didn't need Kobe Bryant to do what they always do against the Dallas Mavericks.

Late heroics propel Thrashers past Leafs
TORONTO Marc Savard and Jeff Cowan scored 24 seconds apart in the third period, and Savard scored again with 15 seconds left in overtime as the Atlanta Thrashers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Hockey refs seminar set for Sunday
A hockey referee seminar will be held Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Bryant could miss season opener against Mavericks because of sore knee
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Kobe Bryant said he probably will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener against Dallas on Tuesday, and again lashed out at Shaquille O'Neal.

Blues, Johnson blank Predators for victory
ST. LOUIS Brent Johnson made 26 saves for his first shutout since last December, and Scott Mellanby scored in his season debut as the St. Louis Blues beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 Tuesday night.

Gamble pays off for Skyview pair
Many things go into making a good volleyball coach. The knowledge of the game. The ability to pass that knowledge on to players. The knack for properly conducting the roller coaster of emotions that could derail any season.

Dolphins have quarterback controversy
DAVIE, Fla. Brian Griese's first pass went for a touchdown. His first six passes were complete. His only incomplete pass in the first half was dropped.

Kenai netters honor seniors by snaring Skyview
It's hard to say whether senior night helped or hurt Kenai Tuesday night in its volleyball victory over Skyview.

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