Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Four Mariners collect Gold Gloves in the AL
NEW YORK (AP) Seattle outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Cameron and Mariners infielders Bret Boone and John Olerud won AL Gold Gloves on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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,

Contributions, volunteers help provide breakfast to students
Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank The Fred Meyer Corporation for presenting us with a community grant of $512, Soldotna Medical Clinic for a donation of $500 and the employees of Credit Union 1 for a donation for our elementary school breakfast program.

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.

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.

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

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.

Members of the community voice opinions
School board members weren't the only ones thinking about the future of class sizes and teacher jobs in the district Monday.

School board intends to maintain current numbers; parents want them lowered
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education were in agreement Monday that no one wants to increase class sizes in the district.

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.

Kenai lightens up for the holidays
Under the watchful eye of Kenai Mayor John Williams, four children flipped the switch Monday turning on the Christmas lights in Leif Hansen Memorial Park, propelling the city into the upcoming holiday season.

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.

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.

Center decision based on proposals
The Kenai City Council will vote on a measure in its meeting tonight that could reopen the Kenai Recreation Center.

Katherine 'Kathy' Laverne Rogers
Juneau resident Katherine "Kathy" Laverne Rogers died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She was 80.

Felons should be made to give samples of DNA, fingerprints for databases What others say
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared unconstitutional a law requiring federal prisoners and parolees to give blood samples for the FBI's DNA database.

Time on U.S. military's side in Iraq
WASHINGTON As bad as the news from Iraq sometimes seems, the continuing attacks and rising American death toll may not mean much in the military scheme of things.

Bush has challenges with economy, Iraq, but he will win re-election
With the 2004 presidential election coming up one year from this week, let's use information and analyses from prior editions of this column to predict who might win.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Borough comprehensive plan meeting set LIO teleconferences set Art show, bazaar slated Experimental aircraft group to meet Annual sports swap scheduled Food handlers class offered

Mountain View Elementary
The Student of the Month lunch will be at 11:35 a.m. Thursday.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Marrian McNeil of Tots-N-Teens Portraits will take school and family pictures at the office Friday and Saturday. Call 260-7555 for an appointment.

Soldotna Middle
On Friday, basketball white teams will play Nikiski at SMS with girls starting at 3 p.m., followed by boys.

Congratulations to the Crazy Pumpkin Contest winners Baylee Sather, Olivia Bowen, Barbara Bowen, Jesse Kitson, Stephen Kitson, Austin Kay, Victoria Rice and Danny Nabinger. Winners received movie passes, free books, prizes and ribbons.

Aurora Borealis Charter
The junior high students participated in the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest. School finalists for this year's essay, "My Dream for America," were Michael Bruxvoort, Maya Chay and Marisa Kauffman. Congratulations to those students, whose essays are being sent forward for district judging.

Redoubt Elementary
Lunch program applications are available. Families are encouraged to fill one out. Completion of forms helps the school receive Title I and other needed funds.

Tustumena Elementary
At the recent site council meeting, Joy Skjold was officially seated. Skjold was elected to replace Gary Ramsell, who stepped down after serving a three-year term, the final two as the council president.

Soldotna Elementary
Michael Hansen, Deserae Kirsch, Taylor Maglasang-Kline, Britny Norris, Shara Redford, Crissy Dowell, Joelle Wearly, Cierra Vandehey, Rachel Amos, Sarah Wendel and Dillion Jensen shared pizza with third-grade teacher Mrs. Thompson on Oct. 29 after successfully and accurately completing addition and subtraction facts up to level 19 before the deadline.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The Region 3-3A volleyball tournament will be at Nikiski from Thursday through Saturday. Games begin at 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday. The championship game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Kenai Middle
The staff thanks the leadership class for doing an outstanding job during the Character Counts celebration. The entire class won Agrium's Character Counts Student of the Month title and will be treated to a pizza party.

Kenai Central High
The KCHS National Honor Society will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in the auditorium green room. Donors are encouraged to eat a good meal and drink lots of fluids before giving blood. Donors must be 17 or older, and 17-year-olds must have parent permission to donate. All donors must bring identification.

Fire safety is no joke
It's not often one sees Central Emergency Services Fire Marshal Gary Hale in full make-up. But Friday was an exception, and not just because it was Halloween.

School Menus
School menus in schools around the peninsula this week.

Skyview High
The varsity wrestling team will travel to Chugiak this weekend and the junior varsity wrestling team is at Service.

College's Learning Center welcomes new staff members
The KPC Learning Center plays a large role in the success of students who attend college at KPC. The Learning Center offers free adult basic education to people who are preparing for their GED or just looking for refresher courses in all general subjects.

Soldotna High
Hockey begins with the Ice Classic this Thursday through Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. It will feature the teams from Soldotna, Chugiak, Kenai Central and Lathrop high schools.

No school Monday
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Monday for a teacher in-service day. Classes will resume at normal times Tuesday.

Cook Inlet Academy
Stand Up Productions, CIA's drama class, will perform "The Ark" at the fall banquet and go to Anchorage on Friday to see "Monte Cristo." Thespians are selling frappacinos in the mornings to help raise funds to perform in Portland, Ore., this spring.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
There will be a Title I and parent training meeting Thursday.

Wings Christian Academy
Naomi Pettey and Kassidy Foust earned the cleanest desk of the week awards.

Nikiski Elementary
After a study of ecosystems, Mrs. Kendall's sixth-graders wrote haikus about different world biomes. Mrs. Biggs, the music teacher, helped the students with their poetry, which they then turned into musical and movement performances.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Thanks to the Dena'ina Dental Clinic's Kris Smith and Gail Vidal for donating time and energy to provide fluoride treatments to the students.

Sears Elementary
The staff thanks the PTA for assisting the school with a contribution to the Reading is Fundamental Program. The program has scheduled four books distributions that will begin after Christmas.

Sterling Elementary
The staff congratulates the following students who had no absences or tardies for the first nine weeks of the school year:

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Thanks to Brenna Talbot for bringing in the Russian artifacts for Russian studies in October. In November, the children will study South America with Senora Norma, a native of Venezuela.

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.

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

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.

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.

Peninsula high school sports

LeBron, Carmelo ready to start rivalry
CLEVELAND Russell vs. Chamberlain. Bird vs. Magic. Jordan vs. Everyone.

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.

Milwaukee fans boo as Bryant scores 31
MILWAUKEE Kobe Bryant wasn't the only one booed, when fans jeered him and former Buck Gary Payton every time they touched the ball in Los Angeles' comeback victory,

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.

Bigger Big East
NEW YORK The Big East's expansion returns the conference to its roots as a premier basketball league. Football is another story.

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.

Rangers forward now second on career points list behind Gretzky
NEW YORK Mark Messier's two goals moved him past Gordie Howe for second place on the NHL career points list and led the New York Rangers to a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

High school QB doesn't want tainted record
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Nate Haasis dropped back for one more pass as the clock wound down on his high school football career. But this one was different: As he threw a 37-yard completion, his opponents just stood around and watched.

Soldotna wrestlers take close battle with Nikiski
The Soldotna High School wrestling team visited Nikiski Tuesday night and came away with an exciting 43-32 dual meet win over the Bulldogs.

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