Thursday, November 4, 2004

Phillies, Mets tab leaders
NEW YORK Willie Randolph was hired Wednesday night by the New York Mets, taking over as manager of a troubled team trying to compete with its crosstown rival for success, free agents and fans.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleDavis recognized for broadcasting workTourism council to hold raffle

Bush victory seen as boon to many industries
NEW YORK President Bush's victory in Tuesday's election is shaping up as a potential bonanza for Wall Street, where firms are salivating about the possibility that he will follow through on his pledge to allow private investment of Social Security funds.

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.

Dems gain 1 state House seat; Senate unchanged
ANCHORAGE Republicans in the state House will lose one seat overall to Democratic rivals but remain in control of 26 seats, barring changes in election results from questioned and absentee ballots.

Kerry concedes
Bush planned to address the nation in midafternoon.

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.

Negatives don't stick as Murkowski wins Senate term
ANCHORAGE Just call her Teflon Lisa.

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.

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

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.

Art Briefs
Home-school art classes offeredPoetry contest being heldLogo contest announcedArt proposals wanted for Kenai River CenterContest for young writers announced

Putting 'human' back in superhuman
LOS ANGELES Superheroes are typically loners, not family guys.

'Jeopardy!' champ Ken Jennings breaking new records
NEW YORK Quiz-show king Ken Jennings has broken another record on ''Jeopardy!''

Resort's story shows surprising depth
Alaska is turning white again, and it is time to bring out the skis. If you like downhill skiing, "Alaska's Perfect Mountain" might be the perfect book for you while you wait for the base to accumulate.

KPC program celebrates 20th anniversary
Kenai Peninsula College likes to show off.

'Ten Commandments' musical struggling to find promised land
LOS ANGELES Val Kilmer sings his way through plagues and out of slavery in a production that one critic has labeled a ''big, fat biblical boondoggle.''

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Unocal's flu shot donation much appreciated by Sterling resident
I live in Sterling, I signed up at the Sterling Senior Center for a flu shot. I arrived there on Friday and was standing in line when they announced they were out of flu shots so I left and called my doctor at Cottonwood Health Center and got a 3 p.m. appointment that same day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Skyview students help make Halloween craft fair a success
Every year Soldotna Community Schools and the Skyview National Honor Society team up to create a free "Make It and Take It" craft fair for children.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education program produces 'highly qualified' teachers
A Kenai Peninsula College faculty adviser told Soldotna business people Tuesday that students completing the education programs at the college are all considered "highly qualified" as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act.

School board bestows awards, hears reports
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson told school board members Monday night that Mick Wykis, principal of Sears Elementary School, was honored as the 2004 Distinguished Principal by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals.

Pebble Mine assessment shows plenty of potential
A preliminary assessment of the proposed Pebble Mine project near Lake Iliamna indicates excellent potential for a long-life mine with large-scale, low-cost metal production, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

Photo feature: Frigid finery
Dale Baktuit secures a holiday ornament to a light pole in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon as gusty wind tries to turn the affair into a kite.

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

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

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

Jesse Ward Robinson
Sterling resident Jesse Ward Robinson died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at his homestead. He was 83.

Neither Bush nor Kerry offer much for Arab nations
The 2004 U.S. presidential election may be among the rarest events in which the Arabs find it hard to favor one contender over the other.

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.

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.

Arafat's illness could signal return to extremism
The severe illness that has befallen Yasser Arafat has opened ... the Palestine Question yet again.

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

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support group meeting slatedSoroptimist to meetKPTA plans meetingAOSH to hold hearingsParenting teens class setTeen dance, food drive scheduledMotocross awards banquet plannedHospice to host art workshop

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Dates to remember

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.

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.

Four college football unbeatens try to avoid upsets
The list of unbeatens is down to six with a month left in the regular season.

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.

Owens does not understand why he's a villain
PHILADELPHIA Terrell Owens has never had any problems off the field. His antics on the field cause him enough trouble.

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

Heat win in Shaq's first game
It was anything but a dominant debut in black for O'Neal, who was acquired over the summer from the Los Angeles Lakers for three starters and a first-round draft pick.

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

Northern Lights tourney features parity
Last year, the Northern Lights Conference volleyball tournament was dominated by Northern Division teams Kodiak, Colony, Palmer and Wasilla.

NHL cancels All-Star Weekend
NEW YORK In another sign the NHL season is slipping away, the league canceled its All-Star game Wednesday because of the lockout.

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.

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