Thursday, October 30, 2003

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.

Consumers struggle spending new bills
WICHITA, Kan. As colorful new $20 bills circulate around the nation, more consumers are finding out that the notes do not work on automated payment machines like those found in self-service checkout counters at grocery stores.

State claims ACS wireless promotion broke law
JUNEAU (AP) The state has filed a lawsuit against ACS Wireless, accusing the company of violating the Alaska Consumer Protection Act with its promotion of a wireless service earlier this year.

Not all fun and games for electronics giant
TOKYO Sony Corp., its consumer electronics sheen dulled by cheaper competition, is struggling to bounce back with a corporate retooling that will slash 20,000 jobs, or about 13 percent of its global work force.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Incorporating, partnership workshop planned Kenai business offers expanded yoga classes Fishers eligible for trade adjustment assistance

Alaska company plugs in
FAIRBANKS (AP) A group of Fairbanks entrepreneurs hopes to solve a problem for cold-weather drivers.

Upcoming Events
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center's fall bazaar Tlen-Huicani

Best Bets
Kenai Peninsula College Common Ground will sponsor a Halloween event

Tate Modern unveils the work of weather
LONDON If the stereotype that Britons are obsessed with the weather can be taken as fact, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has given them plenty to talk about with a new work at the Tate Modern gallery.

Director revives, rereleases 'Alien' flick
LOS ANGELES Before Steven Spielberg made extraterrestrials cute and cuddly, Ridley Scott made them slimy and savage.

Real-life 'School of Rock' catches on
NEW YORK There's more than one way to teach kids the beat.

Art Briefs
Future of museum discussed Poetry contests open for entry Painting group to meet Artists in Schools solicits interest Amateur art show accepting entries Table tennis players wanted Elders celebrated in art contest Craft fair vendors wanted Artists wanted for shows Fund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

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Events and Exhibits
The Soldotna Inn and Mykel's Restaurant will host a free haunted house The Soldotna Church of God will have a Halloween event he Kenai Potters Guild will have a Clay Art Show The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska Wild: 2003," The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Rube Tikka, Pam Mersch and Dottie Sanders Mykel's Restaurant has video stills Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center

Hamill returns to Broadway, without the light saber
NEW YORK Try as you might, you'll have a hard time finding Mark Hamill's most famous acting job in his Playbill biography.

Narratives show Alaska's challenges to early church
Alaska's early clergy had to be every bit as tough as other pioneers. Narratives, written by Russian Orthodox missionaries working with Dena'ina Athabascans, offer proof. They may have been meek servants of Christ, but priests still faced freezing, starvation, drowning, pestilence, hostile drunks and swarms of mosquitoes.

Scary sounds
Though kids generally get more enjoyment out of costumes and candy than most grown-ups do, or at least than most grown-ups will admit to, that doesn't mean kids should get to have all the fun on Halloween.

Anchorage Events
The Anchorage Symphony presents a performance by tubist Mike Martinson The Alaska Native Heritage Center The second annual Alaska Rock and Mineral Show Tlen-Huicani The Anchorage Museum of History and Art

Down the Road
The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Ritz 2003" The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents a photograph and watercolor show

Sackett's Kenai Grill Mykel's Restaurant Kenai Joe's The American Legion Post No. 20 The Vagabond Inn The Rainbow Bar The Katmai The Riverside House

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."

Nursing students appreciate donation to help buy books
Thank you to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxilliary.

Gasoline, airline tickets priced too high in Alaska
Living in Alaska we are expected to pay higher costs than those who live in the Lower 48, but a couple of commodities that seem to be overboard are gasoline and airline ticket prices.

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.

GM will focus on Chevy car
AVONDALE, Ariz. On the surface, General Motors' announcement it was dropping its support for the Pontiac Grand Prix on the Nextel Cup Series circuit next year seemed like a big deal.

Race schedule
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Ken Schrader
Ken Schrader is not sure if he'll have a job on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series next year, but he's not worried. He'll find something to race.

Riggs getting his chance to move up to Winston Cup
AVONDALE, Ariz. Scott Riggs is too old to be one of NASCAR's ''Young Guns.''

Checker Auto Parts 500
WHERE: Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.

A growing hobby
HAMPTON, Ga. The woman sitting in the center seat on the flight from Greensboro, N.C., to Atlanta could afford better than a coach ticket. But for Beth Ann Morganthau, it's never been about the money.

Points leaders
Nascar point leaders

Money leaders
Nascar money leaders

Trick-or-treaters seek food for charity
High school students from around the Kenai Peninsula will trick-or-treat Friday for canned food.

Sprague re-elected assembly president
Pete Sprague will serve another year as president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

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.

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.

Message delivered!
Anyone who ordered a pizza in the central Kenai Peninsula this week also probably received a message with the meal.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Solar flare leaves impact
The aurora borealis fills the northern sky late Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, above the Russian Orthodox Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel in Kenai, Alaska. Astronomers are predicting that tonight's aurora could be visible across the entire United States in the aftermath of one of the largest solar flare eruptions in years.

Solar flare leaves impact
DENVER The most powerful geomagnetic storm possible walloped the Earth early Wednesday, knocking out some airline communications but apparently causing no large power outages or other major problems.

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

Jack Andrew Johansen
Ninilchik resident Jack Andrew Johansen died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at his home near Ninilchik. He was 44.

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.

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.

Officials should act quickly to temper disaster damage What others say
The egg on FEMA's face could fry in this firestorm.

Deficit makes it difficult to justify pay increase OK'd by U.S. Senate What others say
Last week, the U.S. Senate voted 60-34 not to exempt itself from a cost-of-living pay increase coming next year to all federal employees.

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.

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.

U.S. hoping to glean insights on North Korea from defector
WASHINGTON Kim Jong Il has befuddled official Washington since he took office nine years ago on the death of his father, North Korea's Great Leader. American officials hope a defected 81-year-old propagandist can demystify the new Great Leader.

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

Around the Peninsula
Blood drive slated Harvest carnival planned Auction planned in Homer Lutefisk, lefse dinner planned CIRCAC schedules meetings CourtWatch seeking volunteers

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Happy birthday to Ella and Bridget.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

School menus around the district this next week

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

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.

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.

James impressive in his pro debut
SACRAMENTO, Calif. LeBrilliant except for the result. LeBron James more than lived up to his hype in the first regular-season game of his NBA career, playing like no other 18-year-old ever had in his professional debut as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 106-92 Wednesday night to the Sacramento Kings.

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.

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.

College coach nears prestigious record
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. No scholarships, no screaming coaches, no grueling practices, no mandatory offseason weightlifting, no whistles.

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.

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.

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.

Super Mario notches assist in Penguins draw
PITTSBURGH Mario Lemieux became the sixth player in NHL history with 1,700 points with an assist that started a four-goal run by Pittsburgh, but the New York Islanders scored twice in the third period for a 4-4 tie Wednesday night.

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