Monday, November 8, 2004

Blind musher eyes T-200 race
Being legally blind hasn't stopped Rachael Scdoris, a musher from Bend, Ore., from setting her sights on the 2005 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

NOW PLAYING - The Incredibles
Craig T. Nelson is the voice of Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, one of a host of superpowered crimefighters serving humanity by performing services as varied as shaking reluctant cats from trees, to foiling the nefarious plots of such sinister villains as the evil "Bomb" Voyage, a French bank robber and explosives expert. No mundane lives these, the "Supers" bask in a perpetual glow of public approval, until, in what can be nothing less than an glaring indictment of our overly litigious society, Mr. Incredible is sued by one of the recipients of his heroics, a failed suicide who angrily shouts from under his neck brace that our hero, "didn't save my life, he ruined my death!" This sets off a wave of lawsuits against Supers everywhere, leading the government to take drastic action. Humanity's greatest champions are sent into hiding - the Superhero Relocation Program - and are told to live normal lives, laying down the mantle of greatness forever. This proves easier said than done.

Many hands contribute to chamber sign's restoration
A big thank you to Nelson Amen and everyone at Kenai Rotary who painstakingly restored the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's large wooden sign. It is incredible.

Entire community creates great experience for students
We were delighted with Mark Harrison's coverage of our Artist in The Schools program here at Nikiski North Star Elementary School. The project is funded by the Alaska Council on the Arts, which receives support from the National Council on the Arts and from the Alaska Legislature. The three-week project was a wonderful experience for the kids, the parents, teachers and volunteers. The entire undertaking could not have taken place without the outpouring of support from the community, however.

Air Force recruiter helped out voters by serving hot coffee
Thank you to Air Force Recruiter Tech. Sgt. Paul Scott, who went above and beyond the call of duty to bring us hot coffee on Election Day. We were waving signs for our favorite candidate, and it was cold and windy. We have never met the recruiter before, and he had nothing to gain by buying and delivering coffee to us. That was very thoughtful, and much appreciated. Thank you!

Coaches, businesses ensure kids have chance to learn hoops
The Boys and Girls Club's First-Second Grade Basketball League just concluded another action-packed, fun-filled season. First- and second-graders from all over the central Kenai Peninsula had an introduction to the sport of basketball and being part of a team, as well as an opportunity to be physically active and have lots of fun.

Earnhardt narrows gap for series lead
AVONDALE, Ariz. Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled away from Jeff Gordon in a pair of overtime laps to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway and tighten the championship chase with two races to go.

Johnson's winning streak is bittersweet due to plane crash
AVONDALE, Ariz. What should be a joyful and hopeful time for Jimmie Johnson has instead been bittersweet.

Variety makes the Kenai healthy
While many Alaska communities find it a struggle to diversify their economies, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has enjoyed that state of affairs for years, according to an article in the November issue of Alaska Economic Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor.

Wanted: Capitol ideas Mayor solicits designs for new Juneau building
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho plans to present Alaska with a new capitol on Telephone Hill for its 50th birthday in 2009.

New state Parks chief hails from Kenai Peninsula Superintendent Degernes promoted
Chris Degernes, area superintendent for Alaska Division of Parks and Recreation on the Kenai Peninsula for the past 15 years, is moving up.

Skiers get the boot(s) at swap
Peninsula residents made one of their first transitions to the winter sport season Saturday as the Kenai Central High School Nordic ski team held its annual Sports Swap in the school's cafeteria.

Making a milestone Cooper Landing woman marks 100th birthday today
Today is a special day for Cooper Landing resident Caroline Kleineick. It's her birthday.

What the numbers say
Where people work

Forster evidence hearing postponed until December
A hearing in Kenai Superior Court to decide whether certain evidence in the David Forster trial should be allowed in court began Thursday, but was interrupted and continued until December.

Area lawmakers positioned to promote peninsula interests
State legislators from the Kenai Peninsula were pleased Friday with House majority party leadership position selections, especially that of Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, to co-chair the House Finance Committee.

Cecil Buck Jones
Kenai resident Cecil "Buck" Jones died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, in Kenai. He was 74.

Democrats should take hard look at why they missed the vote in 2004
Tuesday's county-by-county vote across the nation shows a sea of red Republican victories from coast to coast, with only occasional sprinkles of Democratic blue here and there.

Portrait of two Americas
WASHINGTON The nation is emerging from the 2004 presidential election with two very different portraits of itself sketched by two very different halves of its population.

Thank goodness, it's over
It's finally over. The annoying polling calls during dinner, the numerous pieces of political spam on the Internet and the junk mail threatening to blow the hinges off your mailbox it's all over.

Second term may be a minefield
WASHINGTON An upbeat President Bush set forth an aggressive agenda for the next four years, but he also must deal with the realities his predecessors faced second terms tend to be disappointments, often marred by scandals, infighting and lackluster performances.

U.S. can disagree without becoming a country divided
"The campaigns are over, the political theater is now yesterday's news. The only way we will move forward, to build the gas pipeline, to open ANWR, to open new mines, to rejuvenate the timber and fishing industries, to expand tourism, to fund and improve our schools, to keep our communities safe, is by putting partisanship aside and standing together as Alaskans."

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist to celebrate 25 years Blood drive set Road maintenance meeting set Canned food drive slated Veterans Day ceremony planned CGC test scheduled Childbirth classes scheduled Toy and Joy applications being accepted Help for commercial fishers available Alcohol and drug abuse council to meet Social Security reps to visit area Wings safety meeting scheduled Flu shot clinic planned

Add fun, hide veggies for kids' meals Getting kids to eat healthy takes some tricks and trades
LUBBOCK, Texas Getting kids to eat nutritious food can be an all-out war.

Recreation helps speech pathologists teach, rehab children
LUBBOCK, Texas The two fish in the living room.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist selling discount cards Hospice to host art workshop Childbirth film offered Christmas bazaar planned Dental hygiene degree presentation slated Auction fund-raiser set Lutefisk and lefse dinner set Genealogical society to meet

How to respond: 'Mommy, why do you have to work?'
"'Honey, we need to buy groceries,' didn't really make a lot of sense" to a 2-year-old, says Welfeld, then a corporate vice president in communications.

When I am old I shall wear purple

Painless Rare disease causes little girl to feel no pain
In the school cafeteria, teachers put ice in 5-year-old Ashlyn's chili. If her lunch is scalding hot, she'll gulp it down anyway.

Zita and David Spann of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Ayden James Spann, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 11 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19.75 inches.

Good gaud
A new breed of wildlife has been discovered around the Kenai Peninsula. They travel in flocks. Their heads are red and their breasts are purple. They hoot and holler and giggle a lot. They've been spotted at parades, concerts and ballgames. They're not red polls or red-headed woodpeckers; they're not birds at all. They're known as "red hatters," and they're popping up everywhere.

Community Schools
The following is a list of Homer and Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768 for Soldotna or (907) 235-6090 for Homer.

Sadler, Shepherd marry in July
Ruth Sadler and Douglas Shepherd were married Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Berean Community Church in Rochester, Minn.

Community News
Library plans November events Childbirth classes scheduled Craft bazaar, auction fund-raiser planned Crisis center seeking volunteers Foundation accepting Lifeline funds ABATE to hold food drive Soroptimist selling discount cards Safe Sitter classes offered Auction fund-raiser set SoHi class reunion planned Program gets boost for car seat safety

Peninsula People
Kwietniak reports for duty Rahlfs places in speech competition Rhyner makes deans list

My best friend
Nicasio Castro of North Kenai runs with his black Lab, Airbud. Airbud and Nicasio have been best friends since Sybille Castro adopted the dog for her son.

What's in a name? Rover's OK, but not Roger
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) A Brazilian legislator wants to make it illegal to give pets names that are common among people.

Pet care can be doggone costly Vets report dog, cat owners are spending more
AMARILLO, Texas And they say children are expensive.

Pet Hints from Heloise
Holiday pet points Bell on collar

Kardinals earn state berth
The Kenai Central volleyball team earned a trip to state Saturday by defeating Kodiak 3-1 in the third-place game of the Northern Lights Conference Tournament at Homer High School.

Kenai hockey takes out SoHi
Ben Boycott posted a shutout in his first game in goal for Kenai Central as the Kardinals defeated Soldotna 6-0 Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center in the 2004 Peninsula Ice Challenge.

Top leagues will dominate men's college hoops
The premier conferences will live up to their reputations this college basketball season, not only dominating the Top 25 but gobbling up most of the at-large berths to the NCAA tournament.

Steel City smashing
PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Steelers are doing things never seen before in the NFL, largely because of rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Nikiski cruises to tourney title
The Nikiski volleyball team won its first Southcentral Conference title since 2001 Saturday at Houston high school, sweeping Grace Christian in the championship game.

Penhale, Rorrison, Mazurek take titles
Nikiski wrestlers Lance Penhale, Jared Mazurek and David Rorrison won their individual classes at the Palmer wrestling tournament on Saturday. Homer wrestlers also made a strong showing with several third-place finishes. Simeon Daigle took third in the 119 pound class, Cameron Hagen was third in the 130 pound class, Louden Greiner also finished third in the 135 pound class.

Time for new stars to begin shining in women's basketball
No Diana Taurasi, no Alana Beard. Nicole Ohlde is gone and so is Nicole Powell. Lindsay Whalen and Kelly Mazzante? They've moved on, too.

Golfer hits two holes-in-one in one round
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Chris Varallo thought it was quite amazing when he aced the third hole Saturday at Liberty Lake Golf Course. Then he hit a second hole-in-one on the 11th hole of the same round.

Woods tied with Haas for lead at Tour Championship
ATLANTA What used to be routine felt like a novelty to Tiger Woods.

Moss to sit out Monday night
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings star Randy Moss will miss a game for the first time in his NFL career on Monday night, sitting out against the Indianapolis Colts with a strained right hamstring.

West Valley up to Ice Challenge
The 2004 Peninsula Ice Challenge concluded Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The West Valley Wolfpack won the tournament by beating out the Kenai Kardinals in a tight overtime game that was determined by a five-man rotating shootout.

Chang breaks passing mark
HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii's Timmy Chang became the most prolific passer in college football history Saturday night, surpassing Brigham Young's Ty Detmer.

Porter nabs second in diving
A team championship wasn't in the stars for Kenai Peninsula high school swimming and diving teams at the state championships Saturday in Anchorage, but several athletes still posted performances of which they can be proud.

Oklahoma survives scare from Texas A&M
Oklahoma handed Texas A&M a loss for the ages last season 77-0, the worst in the 108-year history of Aggies football. But the rematch was a battle from start to finish for the Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12).

Lonely at top for USC, Oklahoma
Southern California and Oklahoma made it 11 for 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

Bobcats pick up franchise's first win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Gerald Wallace slid face-first off the court after a hard foul, popped back up and looked at the scoreboard. He wasn't seeing things the Charlotte Bobcats really were on their way to the first win in franchise history.

Goosen swoops in on toothless Tiger
ATLANTA A clutch shot and a flawless performance by U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen contrasted with a rare collapse by Tiger Woods.

3-0 Raptors feast on Blazers
TORONTO No one expected the Toronto Raptors to be 3-0. Not Vince Carter, and not their fans.

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