Tuesday, November 4, 2003

The difference between giving a can or donating a dollar to the Food Bank
Linda Swarner, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank executive director recently showed the Kenai Rotary Club the difference between an average can of food donated to the Food Bank.

Food can still bring the family together
Dad won't be home until 5:30pm, Mom has to be at her board meeting at 6:30pm,

Bead lovers gather at Peninsula Center Mall
It was the inspiration of Odie Pack, owner of Odie's Bead-It at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna, "It's like you can't throw them away because they are so pretty, and so many people would come in the store and tell me about their favorite bead or collection, that I thought why not have a show where we can all meet, look, buy or swap our beads," explained Pack.

Local cook's recipe featured in Best of Country Cakes
Cakes traditionally mark the special events in our lives, from birthdays and graduations to weddings and anniversaries. They also add a festive touch to holiday meals throughout the year and make scrumptious desserts for casual weeknight suppers and fancier company dinners.

Local teacher waits for the NASA call
Allan Miller is waiting for his dream to come true. A dream that started when he was a 6-year-old boy and with his Dad watched Neil Armstrong land on the Moon in 1969.

Cuba Gooding Jr., whose career has been a veritable rollercoaster since his phenomenal success in 1996's Jerry Maguire, has hit a new high with his latest, Radio, the story of a mentally handicapped young man who teaches a small South Carolina town about the meaning of charity and goodwill. Call this an apology to the Academy for Boat Trip

Support of basketball league gives kids chance to learn skills, have fun
The Boys and Girls Club's first- and second- grade basketball league just concluded its 2003 season.

Youths from Interior have memorable experience here
On behalf of the board of directors of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau I would like to applaud Carrol and JoAnne Martin of the Diamond M Ranch for their gracious hospitality in providing housing for three weeks recently for a group of youth volunteers from the Tribal Civilian Community Corps (TCCC), an AmeriCorps program through the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Residents need to get all the facts on coal bed methane now, not later
Coal bed methane. If you don't know what this issue is about and how it affects you, you'd better start learning, because we're all affected.

Abuse of proxy fishing pales alongside of catch-and-release
Les Palmer does well to make us aware (Clarion, Oct. 31) of possible abuse of proxy fishing, but any abuse of daily limits by a few score of proxy anglers is as nothing compared to the abuse of daily limits occasioned by tens of thousands of anglers practicing catch-and-release.

United Way auction successful
Tesoro Alaska Co. would like to publicly thank the Kenai Elks Lodge 2425 for allowing us to use their facility for holding our 2003 United Way Auction on Oct. 24.

Earnhardt keeps title hopes alive
AVONDALE, Ariz. Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept his slim Winston Cup championship hopes alive Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Class sizes focus of meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will begin discussing staffing formulas for the 2004-05 school year at its meeting tonight in Homer.

Comments sought on health programs
Looking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state health and social programs, the Alaska House and Senate Health, Education and Social Services committees will seek public comment during a statewide teleconference.

ATIA head: Alaska tourism underfunded
According to two of the state's tourism industry leaders, both state and local governments can do more to help attract visitors to Alaska.

On line: Trappers get ready for season
Trapping season for the Kenai Peninsula opens Monday and in preparation for those who will be trapping on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the KNWR held their annual trapper orientation program last Thursday at the Kenai River Center.

Photo feature: Mirror images
The setting sun reflects on the Kenai River as Mount Iliamna heads into darkness in the distance.

Wheels rolling for 2006 games
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley was in Fort McMurray, Canada, last week, site of the 2004 Arctic Winter Games, attending a meeting of team committees, representatives of the games' host society and AWG International Committee organizers.

Rec center's reopening up for vote
After being closed for nearly four months, the Kenai Recreation Center soon may reopen with a vote of the Kenai City Council.

Photo feature: High lights
The northern lights dance above the bluff at Clam Gulch during last week's geomagnetic storm. The effects from that event have passed leaving the current forecast for moderate activity visible only for more northern locations.

Overtime results in few central peninsula DUIs
In an attempt to catch motorists driving under the influence during the Hallo-ween weekend, Soldotna and Kenai police as well as Alaska State Troopers on the Kenai Peninsula worked a total of 72.5 hours of overtime and made two DUI arrests.

Code of ethics: A trapper's responsibility
Respect the other trapper's "grounds" -- particularly brushed, maintained traplines with a history of use.

Edgar Alonzo Davis Jr.
Clam Gulch resident Edgar Alonzo Davis Jr., died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 89.

Too many people not getting enough to eat, but everyone can help
Our society is fading in a world tainted with greed. When will all of America wake and smell the roses? About 21,600 people die every day due to chronic malnutrition. It would cost only $13 billion to stop world hunger. People spend half of that on their pets!

Alaskans should take part in discussion on ATVs, appropriate regs What others say
A new Consumer Product Safety Commission report on deaths and injuries from all-terrain vehicles is sure to heighten the discussion about what regulation is appropriate for the vehicles that are so popular in Alaska and elsewhere in the country.

Sound intelligence key to stabilizing situation in Iraq's guerrilla war What others say
Donald Rumsfeld, it turns out, was right. In his now famous memo, which came to light a week ago, he pointed out to his Defense Department aides that the war on terrorism wasn't going as well

Students think about hunger
Why does our world allow an approximate 800 million people to go hungry every day? "Approximately 1.5 billion people live on less then U.S. $1 a day and every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger," according to information from "

Quinten Thomas Cox Benjamin Richard Spinka Madrine Elizabeth Scott Thompson Ethan Dallas Yeager

Around the Peninsula
Borough schedules meetings for plan update LIO teleconferences set Boys and Girls Club to offer dance classes Help for home day-care providers available Banquet, auction planned Holiday nutrition classes offered

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participant. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768. Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or wait unattended while a parent takes a class.

4-H members earn annual awards
The following is a list of 2003 Kenai Peninsula 4-H winners:

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Peninsula People
Blanchard named AP Scholar Queen graduates with honors Rahlfs helps lead college forensics Peyton-Warner officially a Marine

Community News
Holiday bazaar set for Skyview Caregiver support meetings planned Blood bank schedules drives Library plans November activities Electronic greeting cards available for troops Thanksgiving baskets to be offered

Around the Peninsula
Land trust to hold membership meeting Community Rivers Planning Coalition meeting set Historical Society meeting slated Sen. Gary Stevens to moderate meeting Thanksgiving baskets to be offered Social Security rep to visit peninsula Comprehensive plan meetings continue this week

Senior briefs
Bazaar, art show slated Activities at Senior Centers on the Peninsula

Senior Menus
Meals served at Senior Centers across the peninsula.

Privial Pursuits: Outhouse expert offers sage advice
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) Few people enjoy bathroom humor as much as Mary Frazier Long.

Lakers fans give Kobe big welcome
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant received huge cheers in his home debut and scored 21 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an 87-72 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Lions take ACS Invite
Anchorage Christian Schools had three individual champions Saturday as they rolled to victory in their own ACS Invitational. The meet had 33 teams.

Kenyan out-puffs Combs, wins NYC
NEW YORK Margaret Okayo surged past her closest competitors and took the lead with about seven miles to go in the New York City Marathon.

Peninsula high school sports

Avs roll through Rangers
NEW YORK Alex Tanguay scored the tying goal in the third period and assisted on Karlis Skrastins' winner 1:14 into overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Goosen win keeps Tiger in the hunt
PALM HARBOR, Fla. Tiger Woods might be the first guy to call Retief Goosen and congratulate him for winning the Chrysler Championship on Sunday.

Manning, Colts buck Miami
MIAMI Peyton Manning threw for 266 yards and survived a potentially disastrous interception in the closing moments as the Indianapolis Colts beat Miami 23-17 on Sunday.

Brady's late heroics lift Patriots past Broncos
DENVER The New England Patriots overcame their injuries with a healthy quarterback and a coach who made one of the shrewdest calls of the NFL season.

What's inside also counts
Things like varsity letters, scholarships and grades are the usual method for getting a read on a high school student.

Knicks win ugly over Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. New York held Orlando to a franchise-low 25 percent shooting, and the Knicks won their first game with a 75-68 victory over the Magic on Monday night.

Guillen to lead Chicago
CHICAGO Ozzie Guillen was certain he was the right person to be the new manager of the Chicago White Sox, regardless of what his resume did or didn't say.

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