Thursday, November 6, 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.

Hampton ends Maddux's string of Gold Gloves
NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton ended Greg Maddux's record run of NL Gold Gloves while Luis Castillo and Derrek Lee of the World Series champion Florida Marlins won for the first time Wednesday.

Reds outfielder found dead after shooting
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson was found dead early Wednesday on a residential street after he was shot and apparently run over in a Phoenix suburb, police said.

Quarter halfway through change
WASHINGTON On the road to change, the quarters are halfway there.

Rolls Royce teams with MRO in Kenai
Rolls Royce, one of the most recognizable names in the gas turbine industry, has increased its presence on the Kenai Peninsula by partnering with MRO Sales Inc. of Kenai.

Building jobs offer some of best pay in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) Construction industry jobs were among Alaska's highest paying professions in 2002, according to state labor statistics.

Agrium reports third-quarter earnings of $25 million
Agrium Inc. announced last week that its worldwide net earnings for the third quarter of 2003 were $25 million, the highest third quarter earnings in more than five years.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleIncorporating workshop slated

Homeowners are missing more mortgage payments
AUGUSTA, Ga. The American dream is getting harder for people to hang on to.

Glaves named director of Soldotna's chamber
As the new executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce moved into her new office this week, she said the job has everything she's always wanted.

Art Briefs
Painting group to meetMuseum holds open housePoetry contests open for entryTable tennis players wantedElders celebrated in art contestCraft fair vendors wantedArtists wanted for showsFund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

'Matrix' sequel lacks thrill of original
Think back to 1999, when you first saw "The Matrix."

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

Miner's biography suffers from rocky writing
Wesley Earl Dunkle is not a household name today, but he led a fascinating life and contributed much to Alaska's development in the first half of the 20th century. A miner, engineer and aviator, he helped the chaos of gold-rush prospecting mature into a modern extractive industry.

Through the eye of the mind & camera
Whether it's examining nature as seen through the naked eye or getting a glimpse of an artist's vision inspired by his mind's eye, two photography displays at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center showcase both things and ways to see.

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.

Hunter education class, moose hunt appreciated in Ninilchik
The Ninilchik School staff and students would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International for sponsoring a Hunter Education Class and Moose Hunt on Oct. 17, 19 and 22.

Friends of Kenai library say thanks for support for raffle, fund-raiser
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who helped make our recent raffle and fund-raiser a success:

Spotters keep busy drivers informed during race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Things happen fast at Martinsville Speedway, and for that reason car owner Junior Johnson wanted an extra pair of eyes watching Darrell Waltrip.

Money leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $5,225,4052. Tony Stewart 5,003,8973. Kurt Busch 4,873,800

Race schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Points leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,8282. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,6003. Jimmie Johnson 4,587

Venues to drop ARCA
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. The ARCA Re/Max Series appears to be losing a business partner in 2004.

WHERE: North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C.

Casey Mears
Casey Mears, the nephew of racing legend Rick Mears and a rookie on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, admits he may have moved too quickly into Winston Cup. Although the season has been trying, he said it's been worth it.

2 die from injuries in vehicle accidents
Two Kenai Peninsula men died as the result of injuries received in separate motor-vehicle accidents Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night.

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.

Meeting planned to inform residents
Kenai Peninsula residents will hear from state officials and have a chance to voice their opinions about shallow gas development around Anchor Point and Homer at a public information meeting 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.

Homer parents earn kudos
Class sizes and pupil-teacher ratios may have dominated discussions at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting Monday in Homer, but there still was other business to attend to, as well.

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.

Homer area residents keep close eye on resource development
Residents of the lower Kenai Peninsula, an area being eyed by developers as a possible source of natural gas, are watching the ongoing debate in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where public opinion and coal bed methane projects have collided over surface and subsurface rights.

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.

Myrtle Lee Hadden
Former Soldotna resident Myrtle Lee Hadden died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, in Globe, Ariz., from lung cancer. She was 73.

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

Marie Alicia Scouler
Former Soldotna resident Marie Alicia Scouler died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at the Sun Health Hospice in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 81.

More attention should be paid to Americans to need
Reaching out to other countries and offering assistance when they are in need is an important part of American foreign policy. Just as important, however, is reaching out to help those in need right here.

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.

Republicans win big in off year
WASHINGTON A year before the 2004 elections, the news is grim for Democrats, losers of statehouses in Kentucky and Mississippi in off-year balloting, victims of a wave of retirements by Senate Southerners and petitioners in court hoping to block a Texas House redistricting massacre.

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.

Bush's policy to cut taxes proving itself
Eight weeks ago, President Bush said: ''You don't raise taxes when an economy is recovering. Matter of fact, lower taxes will help enhance economic recovery.''

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.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimists meet todayFood donation earns cable discountCraft bazaar, auction scheduledVolunteers sought for air quality research

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

Photo feature: Mmmmm, steak!
Shawn Raemaeker's dog Ginger might be contemplating all of the culinary options while the two sit in front of Safeway in Soldotna on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Prep hockey season starts tonightJones settles dispute, looks to TarverRubin, Capriati win in WTA ChampionshipsCastro ordered to stand trial on rape charges

Region III leans to north teams
Last season, Region III/4A's Southern Division, made up of peninsula schools Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Skyview, was superior to the region's Northern Division.

Thrashers snap skid with Buffalo breakout
BUFFALO, N.Y. Patrik Stefan scored on a penalty shot, and Randy Robitaille and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal and two assists for Atlanta, which snapped a three-game winless streak by beating Buffalo 7-4 Wednesday night.

Virginia Tech tries to remain in championship contention
Virginia Tech could fall out of the national title picture about as quickly as the Hokies played their way back into it.

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.

TCU edges Louisville to remain unbeaten
FORT WORTH, Texas TCU did just enough one more time to remain undefeated and continue the debate about whether it deserves to be part of the Bowl Championship Series.

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.

Nikiski set to host District 3/3A event
Nikiski has spent this whole volleyball season preparing to host the District 3/3A volleyball tournament.

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.

'Bron, 'Melo upstaged by Boykins
CLEVELAND The kid from the local high school stole the show and all LeBron James could do was watch.

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,

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

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