Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Well here I am again as John is still across the inlet working. Well, the days kinda got away from him and he ran out of time to do a story. So I thought maybe some of you would be interested in just what kind of "outdoor man, mountain man" he really is.

Spice Up Special Menus With A Touch Of The Exotic
(NAPSA)-Every season has its own sumptuous flavors and the changing seasons often spark experimentation, serving traditional dishes in an innovative way.

Your Friend Needs Help
One of life's more difficult moments is when you find yourself talking to a friend who informs you that he or she is seriously, or even terminally ill.

Kenai River Nursery Keeps Growing
It may be white outside, but things are still lush and green indoors at Kenai River Nursery. For those Alaskans that don't embrace the onset of winter weather with open arms, walking into the greenhouse offers an almost tropical respite from the snow-covered landscape and chilly temperatures.

Name the bear
Anyone driving near the "y" in Soldotna, will recognize the friendly bear waving to passer-bys at the Great Bear Ford automobile dealership. The bear has been greeting patrons and visitors to the Soldotna area since his arrival at Great Bear Ford in late spring of 2004. A custom carving, the bear was designed by Eric Berson of Rough Cut Creations in Clam Gulch for the dealership. As kids often will, perhaps your children have posed the question as to what the bear's name might be. Great Bear Ford is taking this question to a new level, and asking kids what they think the bear's name should be.

Versatile Veggie: Sweet Potatoes
(NAPSA)-The sweet potato, or yam, may be one of the most nutritious, delicious and versatile veggies around. Yams are naturally full of flavor and sweetness, which favors them as the perfect ingredient in savory to sweet recipes. Their versatility, plus the added health benefits, make them a great addition to any meal, any- time of day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Donated copy machine has come in handy for preschool
The Kenai Cooperative Preschool would like to thank Frontier Business Systems for donating a copy machine to our facility. We appreciate the generous gift so much. Thanks to TR DeMoss as well, for making the calls to make it happen!

New archery equipment appreciated by 4-H Club
The 4-H Archery Club would like to thank Safari Club International for contributing money to purchase bows, arrows and targets. The club has been meeting and making good use of this generous contribution. Safari Club is a great asset to our community and the shooting sports program!

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!

Why should those who oppose Bush compromise beliefs?
Should half of America shake hands with the "compassionate conservatives," religious right, very wealthy, and special interests who elected George Bush? His failed policies will bring more death, destruction, and fear; further disgrace and weaken US influence internationally; enlarge the monstrous federal deficit; deepen the poverty of children, women, and minorities; swell the rolls of those without health care and decent-paying jobs; accelerate deterioration of schools and reduce opportunities for additional education; break more promises to senior citizens, future retirees, veterans, and handicapped

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.

Hello, neighbors.

The snow has finally arrived and this will be your last chance for several months to get rid of any accumulated hazardous waste. Collection day is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Peninsula Landfill south of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway.

Cooper Landing
On Oct. 21, 1934, a letter was written to the Regional Forester in Juneau with a report on the Cooper Landing Truck Trail.

Greetings from chilly Kasilof.

Hi, neighbors.

Good morning.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 8:30 a.m.

Board set to look at lower inlet finfish
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will tackle new sportfish guide requirements and more than 30 proposals affecting lower Cook Inlet sport and commercial finfish fisheries during their meeting Thursday through Saturday in Anchorage.

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.

Meeting focuses on ways to plan ahead
A decade of state budget cutting, cost-shifting and mandates have led to skyrocketing local taxes, say many municipal leaders who hope to deliver that message loud and strong to the Legislature in January.

What the numbers say
Where people work

Fight against drug abuse kicks off
Eighty medical professionals, law enforcement officers, clergy and other community leaders gathered in Kenai on Monday to kick off the Communities That Care program, an attack on drug abuse by way of changing behavior in teenagers.

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.

Photo feature: Dog day afternoon
Bubba the dog takes Serena Weston for a ride down the hill behind Skyview High School during an outing with family Saturday afternoon. Snow enthusiasts have just enough of the white stuff to enjoy winter activities.

Increase would help a little
Gov. Frank Murkowski's call Friday for an increase in state funding for education would help ease the fiscal crunch facing the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District if adopted by the Legislature, but it may not be enough to lower class sizes or reinvigorate programs trimmed by past budget cuts, a district official said Monday.

Dorothy Gauthier Osbituary
Soldotna resident Dorothy Gauthier died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 89.

Basil S. Bolstridge Obituary
Longtime Sterling resident Basil S. Bolstridge died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

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.

Kinder, gentler Bush seems unlikely
WASHINGTON Odd things can happen when presidents no longer have to worry about re-election. George W. Bush embarks on another four years in the White House unleashed from election concerns for the first time in his presidency, raising questions about what he will do with the freedom of a second term.

More youth taking interest in election is a positive sign What other say
The news is abuzz about how the "youth vote" didn't materialize as expected in the presidential election.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG meeting planned Photographers guild to meet Women voters to discuss Gaza Fish and Game meeting set Bazaar fund-raiser scheduled Snaring seminar set Christmas bazaar slated Blood drive set NRA plans banquet

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Senior Briefs
Bazaar planned Senior Sundays Activities at Senior Centers this week.

Senior Menus
Menus for lunch at area Senior centers.

Colts down Vikes
INDIANAPOLIS Even with Peyton Manning's usual heroics and an unusually decent effort from their defense, the Indianapolis Colts still needed Mike Vanderjagt's leg.

Report: Wannstedt to step down
MIAMI Dave Wannstedt may have coached his last game for the Miami Dolphins.

Strahan, Pennington, Leftwich sidelined
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. All-Pro Michael Strahan will miss the rest of the season with a torn muscle in his chest, leaving the New York Giants without both starting defensive ends.

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

Skyview wrestlers top Soldotna
The Skyview wrestling team opened its season Friday with a dual meet victory over Soldotna at Soldotna.

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.

Mavericks top Warriors
DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, including the opening basket in overtime that put Dallas ahead to stay, and the Mavericks remained unbeaten with a 101-98 victory over winless Golden State on Monday night.

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

Utah not happy with direction of the BCS
A perfect record probably isn't going to be enough to get Utah into the Bowl Championship Series.

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

Talented trio Foster, Needs, Fowler give SoHi netters solid leaders
Soldotna seniors Kala Fowler, Megan Needs and Stacey Foster started playing volleyball together in seventh grade. They finished together on the all-Northern Lights Conference team.

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