Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Lowe, Varitek among 10 Red Sox players filing for free agency
NEW YORK Right-hander Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek led a parade of 10 Red Sox who filed for free agency Monday, two days after they were honored in Boston following the team's first World Series title since 1918.

Parenting: I wish I knew then what I know now.
As a mother, this is a first time experience for me and I hope my children will still be speaking to me at the end. My family moved here when I was 10 years old from Longview, Washington. It was a big step and move for my parents, as they were moving us from both sides of our families. My parents had grown up in that area, so they had roots there. By moving here they took upon themselves to raise us without any extra family help.

Share the Caring - Caregiver Appreciation Day Fast Approaching
For those of you that play the important role in another's life as the primary caregiver, you will want to mark Saturday, November 20th on your calendar. The National Family Caregiver Support Program of Alaska will be hosting a community forum from 9am to 4pm at the Soldotna Senior Center.

November is National Hospice month...
Hospice of the Central Peninsula recently completed a 23-hour, two week Volunteer Training Session. Twenty-seven enthusiastic participants were introduced to the Hospice philosophy of end of life care. "We've spent a lot of time getting the word out about Hospice this year and we are really excited about all our new volunteers that have completed the training," said Marquitta Andrus, executive director of Hospice off the Kenai Peninsula.

Russian medical exchange continues...
Since 1999 Russian physicians have been participating in an exchange program created by the Homer and Soldotna Rotary Clubs. The purpose of the visits was to assist the Russian Rotary clubs in sponsoring health fair clinics based on a model created here on the Kenai Peninsula, according to one of the program founders Jerry Near. The project has now expanded into numerous Russian Far East cities and has moved across Russia into the Moscow region. "Some of the health fairs were actually medical treatment excursions into what one might call the outback of Kamchatka region, which is almost a duplicate of Alaska," said Near.

Three Bears Celebrates Grand Re-opening
The parking lot filled fast as eager patrons anticipated the bargains in the newly remodeled Three Bears in Kenai at the Grand Opening. A chance to win a boat, door prizes and drawings for some pretty great gifts were plentiful. It was clearly obvious that those who had shopped at Three Bears previously were impressed with the new items, displays and the expansion of the store.

Reset clocks, replace batteries...
In case you forgot to change your smoke detector batteries when you changed your clocks last weekend, Fire Marshall Gary Hale at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna says it's still a good idea. According to Hale statistics show that although smoke alarms are present in 95% of our homes, 20 % of those detectors don't work because of dead or missing batteries.

I have many childhood memories about fishing and hunting in the state of Wisconsin and some of these occurred during the school year without my parents knowing they were going on. Toby Potts and I got off the school bus several times in front ofthe school but never attended school mainly because we had both conveniently filled our pockets with fishing line and hooks! We didn't get caught running the banks of Bridge Creek or the Eau Claire River very often, but enough that if one of us was absent the school automatically checked to see if the other was also gone before making phone calls to parents. Lucky for us fellow class mate Patsy Lane had an office practice class and would conveniently leave both our names off the absentee list each time. On one occasion though we were busted and in possession of a bag full of redhorse fish only because Patsy was also absent from school the day we went fishing and someone else did the absentee list! We also included Brian Kunz in our fishing plans that day and his mother and mine were like two wet hens trying to plot out the appropriate punishment for two wayward boys who went fishing instead of going to school! Things looked

Voters approve Senate vacancy initiative
ANCHORAGE A measure to abolish the governor's power to make temporary appointments to vacant U.S. Senate seats was passed by Alaska voters Tuesday, but an opponent of the measure says the matter is far from settled.

Kerry concedes
Bush planned to address the nation in midafternoon.

Voters reject initiative banning bear baiting
ANCHORAGE Alaska voters on Tuesday jettisoned a proposal to outlaw bear baiting in the state.

Marijuana legalization measure fails
ANCHORAGE A proposition to legalize the use and sale of marijuana was rejected by Alaska voters Tuesday night, but supporters said it would not be the end of their efforts to change the law.

GOP favored on peninsula
There were no surprises Tuesday night after the polls closed on the Kenai Peninsula, as Republican incumbents retained their seats in the Alaska Legislature fairly handily, while in the only contest between nonincumbents, the GOP candidate won.

Lisa leads Senate race
ANCHORAGE Republican incumbent Lisa Murkow-ski, who fought off accusations of nepotism after inheriting her U.S. Senate seat from her father, held a steady lead in her quest for a first full term.

'Old-time' rock show a huge hit thanks to Troopers
Too bad everybody could not have been present last Friday when the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers did another great job of providing premier entertainment in the persons of Paul Revere and the Raiders and Michael Johnson at the Kenai Central Auditorium. A packed crowd of rock and roll groupies were inspired again by the awesome music presented by 67-year-old Paul Revere. Lyrics and rhythm such as "Hungry" and "Indian Reservation" will always be relevant. Joining the Raiders was the 40-year-old son of a member of the Righteous Brothers, who Paul dubbed "Righteous Baby." Listening to him sing "Soul and Inspiration" was deja vu.

EDD's incubator program helps small business get a good start
I would like to express my thanks to the Economic Development District for the "incubator program" which I have been privileged to be part of for the last few months. The incubator program, through the EDD, helps small businesses such as mine to get off to a good start by providing office assistance and guidance. The loving support from the staff, as well as their business council, has been invaluable in making my dream of the dance fitness academy come true.

Community's generosity helped make recent benefit a success
The family of Blaine Wearly would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the recent benefit (Oct. 15) such a great success.

Article featuring nude model offensive, not newsworthy
I was shocked to see this article ("Life Models Bare it all in Search of Art," 10/24) in your newspaper. Things like this are not newsworthy and are on the border of being smut, filth, or even pornographic. Don't you have anything else to write about?

Sterling residents having hard time locating water supplies
Is there a public water supply in the Sterling area? Now that the parks and RV facilities have closed for the winter, people who depend on hauling water are scrambling for a place to get it. I know of at least five families in the Sterling area who are hauling water for all household use.

Disc golf club off to flying start thanks to community members
The Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Club (KEDGC) would like to thank the following companies for their sponsorship and support of the first disc golf course on the Kenai Peninsula.This course would not be possible without their support. These organizations, out of all those contacted, were enthusiastic about putting their cash and services into the support of the community and the sport of disc golf in general. Please return the favor by supporting them with your patronage.

Numerous businesses, individuals help support potters
The Kenai Potters Guild would like to thank everyone who helped make the 16th Kenai Clay Exhibition possible. A special thank you goes to the Kenai Fine Arts Center for hosting the event, KDLL and the Peninsula Clarion for media coverage, Terry McBee for jurying the exhibition, and patrons; Ron and Pauline Goecke of Gallery 25, Gerald and Kris Thompson of Thompson Painting, DeWayne's Electric, and Inlet Fish Processors for supporting the arts.

E-mail mix-up highlights more reasons to be careful online
Thank you Peninsula Clarion for printing my article on guidelines for writing e-mails. Now, here is a situationthat had me quite baffled for a while:

Lions Club bed race a success despite the lousy weather
Every year the Soldotna Lions Club awards six scholarships in the amount of $500 each to local college-bound young adults. The Lions raise those funds through several activities. These activities would not be successful if we did not have the support of the people and businesses of Soldotna, Kenai and the peninsula.

Spotters watch over NASCAR's stars
AVONDALE, Ariz. When Junior Johnson gave Eddie Jones a special assignment during the 1982 road course race at Riverside, Calif., Jones knew his job probably violated NASCAR rules.

Newsmaker: Kurt Busch
AVONDALE, Ariz. Kurt Busch finished second-to-last in last Sunday's race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. But coupled with troubles by seven of the other nine drivers in the Chase for the Championship, he was able to maintain his lead in the series standings.

This week: Checker Auto Parts 500
(Race No. 34of 36)

Hello, neighbors. Today is the day our political hopefuls have been targeting for the last couple of years, but more intensely for the last three months.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save." Will Rogers

Finally, it is Nov. 2. I don't think I am alone in my happiness that the campaigns are finally at an end. Do the American thing, go vote. In my opinion, if you don't vote you don't have the right to complain.

Greetings from Kasilof. Today is super Tuesday, remember to exercise your right to vote.

Hi, neighbors. Today's the day you can watch TV again without hearing endless political ads. I hope you go vote early so you can have a nice quiet evening at home without the phone ringing constantly.

Cooper Landing
Never before have we received so many political phone calls from pollsters and those with recorded messages at our home and the same at my sister and brother-in-law's place in east Texas. Today we'll all go to the polls, if we haven't voted early and soon we'll know the outcome I hope.

Hi, neighbors. Only two months left of this year. Does that realization make you stop and consider how time flies and cause you to take stock of how you have used your time? It does me. I trust that all of you Ninilchik voters will be out to vote today.

Winter outlook depends on source
Although temperatures have been dropping fast over the past week, weather forecasters are predicting a somewhat balmy winter for Alaska.

Six file for Kenai council seat
More Kenai residents have applied to fill a vacant seat on the Kenai City Council than filed to run for two contested seats in the regular election held a month ago.

Photo feature: Tracking
A cow moose and her twin calves keep nervous eyes on Barbara and Rodger Schmidt as they walk the Skyview High School track for exercise Saturday evening.

Fallen tree causes power outage
A winter storm hit the central Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday evening, packing high winds and causing a major power outage that left approximately 4,200 Kenai-Soldotna homes in the dark for more than 2 1/2 hours.

New judges named
A Kenai District Court magistrate and a former Kenai assistant district attorney were appointed by Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday to new district court judge positions in Kenai and Palmer.

Edith B. Cooper
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Edith B. Cooper died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 86.

Arthur Vohs
Former Soldotna resident Arthur Vohs died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, in Montana. He was 79.

Mavourneen Bridget 'Molly' Nyland
Longtime Soldotna resident Mavourneen Bridget "Molly" Nyland died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at her home. She was 56.

Mavourneen Bridget 'Molly' Nyland
Longtime Soldotna resident Mavourneen Bridget "Molly" Nyland died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at her home. She was 56.

GOP needs return to roots
As I write this on Monday, I can't know who will win the presidential and other contests on Election Day. So instead of writing about political polls, strategy and policy, allow me this time to express my own opinions about where we are as a nation and where we might be headed.

Time to get serious about budget deficit
Both presidential candidates, and virtually everyone in both parties running for Congress, have seized on federal budget deficits as a campaign issue. That is appropriate. It is far too high.

Alarmists on global warming need to get stories straight
Those who see the end of the world looming ahead should get their stories straight.

Around the Peninsula
Library commission meeting canceledHPH sets scheduleParent awareness forum slatedFuture of democracy to be discussedHistorical society to meetCheerleading clinic plannedBlood drive slatedAccident victim fund started

Around the Peninsula
Bazaar, bake sale set Swim team registration begins Fire safety equipment available Bazaar fund-raiser scheduled Canned food drive slated

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Wrestling intermurals began Monday. Registration forms are in the office.

Tustumena Elementary
Winners of the PTO-sponsored pumpkin decorating contest for the primary level were Shaelyn VanMeter, first place; and Selena Stem and Chantelle Moten, tied for second. The intermediate level winners were Dawson Pearson, Hunter Koch and Kaitlyn VanMeter, first, second and third places, respectively.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Sotelo's fourth- through sixth-grade class assembled 200 dozen enchiladas for its annual enchilada sale. The cooked ingredients were prepared by Froso's in the restaurant kitchen. The students used an assembly line procedure to prepare the enchiladas, practicing safe food production and sanitation guidelines. The students made about $1,000 in profits for their efforts.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
The students at Nikiski North Star Elementary met their fund-raising goal of $20,000 in QSP Readers Digest sales.

That's the spirit
Schools four-walled institutions of learning; A place to mold impressionable young minds and inspire possible future presidents to wear wacky socks or weird hats.

On Friday, students will have a visit from Jim Cooper, a Homer Electric Cooperation representative. Cooper will share information about electrical safety.

Congratulations to the Pumpkins Gone Crazy winners: up to 4 years old, Anthony Kitson; kindergarten through second grade, most creative Klane Coad, most patriotic Paul Steffensen, scariest Jesse Kitson and most athletic Ellery Steffensen; third and fourth grade, happiest Nicholas Gonser, scariest Stephen Kitson, most original Hope Steffensen and most creative Austin Kay; fifth and sixth grade, most colorful Dominic Howes and scariest Jacob Gonser; seventh and eighth, Emmanuel Howes; and nine through 12, Kara Bradfield.

Redoubt Elementary
Parents are encouraged to complete a federal lunch program application by Nov. 12, if they haven't already done so. Completion of this form helps the school receive funds for Title I and other programs which directly benefit students.

Sterling Elementary
The school would like to thank all the parents and community volunteers who helped with Falcon fun nights, family art night, the book fair and trunk-or-treating. The events were a success due to the many hours of help from volunteers.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Wings Christian Academy
Last week was the beginning of the second quarter for students.

Mountain View Elementary
Sports Day is Friday. Students are encouraged to dress in their favorite sports attire.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Last week the students dressed up in their costumes and practiced going door-to-door in the classroom. The staff would like to thank the parents who participated.

Educators expect lawsuits targeting federal education act
Since President Bush signed the sweeping education reforms in 2002, the law has drawn criticism from educators debating its strict performance and test requirements. The act requires all students to be proficient in reading, writing and math by 2014.

Kenai Central High
The Nordic Ski Team Sports Swap will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Community members can sell their old equipment and pick up new and used sporting goods. Drop off used equipment on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. Call 283-9472 for more information or to arrange another time to drop off used equipment.

Feeling fishy Students get second chance at aquarium-based school
At first, 15-year-old Sarah Lenney was nervous. Her partner, 17-year-old Stephen Furlong, admits it's something he never thought he would do in school. But they break into devilish grins as they explain their work.

Cook Inlet Academy
The annual fall banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the gymnasium. Entertainment will be provided by the school band. Tickets are available at the office for $15 or can be picked up the night of the banquet. People wanting to attend must R.S.V.P. by Nov. 12 at 262-5101. The public is invited.

Soldotna High
The annual Peninsula Ice Classic is Thursday through Saturday.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Chuda Sasha will tell a Dena'ina story to the children Friday and Amber and Martina will teach Dena'ina songs and dances.

Soldotna Middle
Sarah McMaster is the chamber student of the month. Sarah is an excellent student and citizen here at the school.

KPC Learning Center goes beyond just schoolwork help
Amazing things happen in the KPC Learning Center every day. This is where students of all ages and at all levels of education can come and receive help in reaching whatever goals they may have. Whether it's adult basic education, graduate-level distance classes, GED preparation, tutoring for specific subjects, or English as a second language instruction, each student receives individual attention and support at no cost.

Chapman Elementary
The Halloween carnival was successful and was sponsored by the Chapman Parent Advisory Group, the site council and numerous volunteers from the Anchor Point community. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the students throughout the year to increase academic and extra-curricular achievement.

Soldotna Elementary
Representatives from Boys and Girls Club, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Army National Guard arrived at the school on a Blackhawk helicopter to meet with students and deliver an anti-drug message as part of Red Ribbon Week activities. Students got to sit in the helicopter and hear the drug message.

Sear Elementary
Ms. Ralston's first-graders learned a song about the water cycle. The students played musical instruments, used body motions to demonstrate how the water cycle works and made drawings showing the water to explain to their peers. The students used clay to form words for spelling. In math, the class worked on sequencing numbers, skip counting, adding and taking away and learned a new activity called Ladders. The students also listened to a story called "Big Pumpkin," acted it out and created a class mural using tempera paint.

Skyview High
Last week U.S. history students handed in their quarter final, which was a biography of a significant person in the student's life. By a large majority, students choose family members especially moms and dads or grandmas and grandpas for their biographies. Brothers and sisters were not left out, and neither were employers and teachers. Mr. Carey enjoyed reading the finals.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Dates to remember

Schools try for healthier foods in lunches
WASHINGTON New Yorkers eat triple-decker sandwiches with corned beef and Swiss cheese but not in school cafeterias, where the fare runs more to whole-wheat pizza with lowfat cheese.

Mind-A-Mazes winners recognized
In the intermediate-senior overall category, first place and judges' choice went to Homer Middle School team members Karl Swanson, Kyle Wentz, Ben Blue and Jason Baird with coaches Suzanne Haines and Patricia Kane; second place, Kenai Middle School team members Brian Denison, Molly Watkins, Kristi Louthan and Catherine Hoisington with coach Jim Bennett; third place, Homer Middle School team members Cheyenne DeLoach, Dylan Critchett and Emerson Quarton with coaches Suzanne Haines and Patricia Kane; spontaneous, Soldotna Middle School team members Mike Hensen, Chris Perry and Zach Peterson with coach Sara Hepner.

Kenai Middle School
Volunteers are needed to mentor students in the Aspirations advocates mentorship program. Aspirations advocates act as an adult friend to one to three students, provide a positive role model, help students set goals and more. Mentors meet with students one hour a week in the school and also meet for training once a month with the school's Aspirations coordinator. An informational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the library. Call Mark Manuel, school counselor, at 283-4896 or 283-1726 for more information.

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

Scoping out the NFL's second half
In Week 1, the Philadelphia Eagles toyed with the New York Giants, beating them 31-17 in a game that wasn't that close.

Skyview seniors put in time and effort both on and off the court
Skyview High School's Amber Kunz and Cady Bon took different paths to become varsity starters for the Panthers volleyball team, but the senior duo has one thing in common: They each decided to set a goal, then worked hard to achieve it.

Marquee team yet to emerge in NBA
''It'd have to be Detroit, wouldn't it?'' Bryant said.

A different landscape for Tiger
ATLANTA Tiger Woods does not play golf with a ring on his finger.

Peninsula high school sports

Still going NHL players get updated on lockout
TORONTO Seventy-five NHL players met with union leaders Tuesday to get an update on a lockout that shows no sign of ending. Among those players was Montreal's Pierre Dagenais, who has said he would be willing to disobey the union and accept a salary cap if that would help settle the lockout.

Martin, Jordan pound Dolphins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The New York Jets gave the Miami Dolphins a little of Curtis Martin, and a little of LaMont Jordan.

Capers gets it right in second shot at expansion
HOUSTON A lot happened to Dom Capers in the six years between his ambitious start with the expansion Carolina Panthers and the renewal of his head-coaching career with the expansion Houston Texans.

Losses, tough questions pile up for Paterno
Maybe it's just a coincidence that the toughest stretch of Joe Paterno's career arrives as the hourglass is about to turn over on his 78th year.

Jeter, Wells win first Gold Gloves
NEW YORK Derek Jeter's diving grab caught the attention of all of baseball and perhaps earned him his first American League Gold Glove.

Lehman to be next Ryder Cup captain
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tom Lehman wanted to play on the next Ryder Cup team. Instead, he'll go to Ireland in 2006 as the next U.S. captain.

Pistons stifle Rockets' duo
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Yao and T-Mac experienced what Shaq and Kobe did.

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