Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Forever Young Clemens wins record seventh Cy Young Award
NEW YORK Clearly, sticking around the major leagues was a great career move for Roger Clemens.

Beltran, Beltre and Ordonez keeping Boras busy
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. Magglio Ordonez headed down a hotel hallway, off to a meeting. Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre made big impressions, too, from far away.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Elementary school's bingo hits jackpot, thanks to donors
We would like to thank Coca-Cola, Short Stop, and Godfather's Pizza for their generous donations to our annual Bingo for Books Program at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School.

Local businesses, individuals help library fund-raiser succeed
Janet Brown, Megan O'Neill, Pat Malone, Tim Navarre, Sal Mattero, Mick Eatherly, Chuck Held, Phil and Chris Sonnichsen, Brett Holt, Phil Yzriersky, Tanny Miller, Peggy Thompson, and Jim Satathite, for help with decorating, set-up and cleanup; Megan O'Neill and Peggy Thompson for "doorman duty"; Tim Navarre, emcee; and Kurt Olson, Hal Smalley and Tom Wagoner, "the Staple guys."

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

Extra Newsmaker Q&A
DARLINGTON, S.C. Ryan Newman has a victory at Dover, Del., a runner-up finish last week at Phoenix and a third at Martinsville, Va., since the Chase for the Championship started eight weeks ago.

Craftsman Points Standings
Driver Behind

Mountain Dew Southern 500
(Race No. 35 of 36)

Busch Points Standings
Driver Behind

Some lost in the Chase Popular drivers left out of Chase for the Cup feel forgotten in final weeks
DARLINGTON, S.C. Joe Nemechek earned his spot in front of the television cameras and in NASCAR's mindset by winning the race last month at the Kansas Speedway.

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.

Hello, neighbors.

Hi, neighbors.

Good morning.

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.

Soldotna council meeting canceled
Tonight's regular Soldotna City Council meeting has been canceled because of this week's Alaska Municipal League meetings in Fairbanks.

LIO Schedule
Today 8:30 a.m.

Chamber ramps up promoting effort
Anyone wishing to relocate to the city of Kenai will soon be provided with a wealth of information about the city, from a full-color brochure to a new Web site touting the area's business and cultural opportunities.

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.

Photo feature: Meltman
Tuesday's fresh snow does little to raise the spirits of a snowman resting on the Watkins family's front yard in Kenai. Today's forecast calls for more melting temperatures with a high of 42 and low of 34. Rain is expected though Friday.

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.

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.

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.

Hazard a plan
When the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week voted unanimously to adopt an All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, it began fulfilling a state and federal mandate to reduce the vulnerability of peninsula communities to losses from natural disasters.

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.

Photo feature: Only in Alaska...
Sitka High School senior Lillian Owen models a duct tape dress at the Westmark Sitka Lodge in Sitka on Tuesday. About a dozen students enrolled in the costume design course at Sitka High held a fashion show of outfits they created and a silent auction to raise money to purchase a sewing machine for the art department.

CES enters recruitment process after chief resigns
Central Emergency Services is once again looking for a new chief, a brief 2 1/2 years after a five-month nationwide recruitment effort brought Jeff Tucker from Florida.

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.

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

Capitol design plan should come from outside of Juneau
He and members of the Capitol Planning Commission traveled to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai to announce a statewide competition for designing a capitol.

No move too quick when dealing with Muslim extremists
Commentator Ann Coulter beautifully debunks and derides complaints about the Iraq war by sardonically referring to our "18-month rush to war."

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.

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.

Looking away from Dixie
As a native Southerner, I know the stereotypes. One is that someone like me should always be a gentleman. Another is that I'm probably not all that cotton-picking bright. Certainly not smart enough to keep pace with a one-man walking brain trust out of Washington or, say, Utica, New York.

Around the Peninsula
Recycling group seeking members Fish and Game advisory meets today Health center plans 1-day closure Teen night scheduled at center Clothes giveaway slated Kidney support group to meet Fair trade craft sale planned

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

Seward Elementary
Terri McKnight recently participated in a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Workshop in Redmond, Wash. Attendees learned the latest effective practices and research-based methods to raise student achievement and close the achievement gap.

New asSIGNment
Mornings in Linda Ruffridge's first- through sixth-grade classroom are a bustle of activity. Eleven kids are talking about their plans for the day, if it's too cold for recess and what their favorite foods are. But the noise level doesn't phaze Ruffridge in the least, because there isn't any it is completely silent.

Sterling Elementary
The Reading is Fundamental Program (RIF) gave away more than 200 books at the last book giveaway Friday. Thank you to the volunteers and for the donations which make this program possible.

Grace Lutheran
The children continue to work their way through the life of Jesus Christ.

Redoubt Elementary
There will be no school for students Thursday and Friday for Veterans Day and an in-service day.

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Soldotna High
There will be no school Thursday and Friday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Yearbooks are on sale in the office for $10.

Cook Inlet Academy
The annual fall banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium. 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 Friday at 262-5101. The public is invited. Entertainment will be provided by the school band.

Kenai Alternative High
The school will host its 13th annual parent-student Thanksgiving meal at noon Tuesday. Parents are asked to bring a pie if possible and R.S.V.P. at 283-7844.

The ninth annual food drive is under way. Students wishing to bring canned or boxed goods to school should do so by Nov. 17. A field trip to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Kenai Central High
Mrs. Burck was chosen as the "Super Staffer."

Sears Elementary
The last chance for picture retakes is today.

Kenai Cooperative
Harvest is this week's theme.

Soldotna Elementary
Athena Glidewell, Gabe O'Neill, Ashley Finney, Garryn Baker, Gracie Carroll, Griffin Casey, Sarah Kingsley, Zoe Garoutte, Bryce Wiley, Tyler Witcher, Forrest Robinson, Haley Cunningham, Abby Simons and Mindi West did good deeds at the school this week and were chosen to select their own book from the principal's bookshelf.

Kenai Middle
Volunteers still 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 meet for training once a month with the school's Aspirations coordinator. Call Mark Manuel, school counselor, at 283-4896 or 283-1726 for more information.

Soldotna Middle School
The school would like to say thank you to the PTSA for putting on the book fair during parent-teacher conferences and for the books it donated from this fair to the school's library.

Kenai Montessori
Students are studying the continent of Africa this month. They will explore a wide variety of animals and the diversity of culture that exits there. Each student is encouraged to bring a small item that represents Alaska and-or the United States to be sent to their sister school in Namibia, Africa. Parents are invited to come to the school and see the African items that are on display this month. The students also are learning to count to 10, sing and say key phrases in Swahili.

Tustumena Elementary
There is no school on Thursday and Friday.

Students of the month
The following students were named October Students of the Month at Kenai Central High:

King, queen titles overthrown during Washington university's homecoming
SEATTLE There's no more homecoming king and queen at the University of Washington, just royals, the student group that organizes the annual campus festival has decided.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Keating wants to let everyone know her fifth-grade students will not sell McDonald's peelers until January. This is due to an apparent saturation of the market. Anyone who is interested can let her students know and they will sell you some when they become available. The class thanks everyone for their understanding.

KPC's Learning Center receives national accreditation
Diane Taylor, KPC Learning Center coordinator, was notified that the literacy program she administers was awarded accredited status by ProLiteracy America, the U.S. programs division of ProLiteracy Worldwide.

Nikiski- Middle Senior High
Today through Saturday, the cheerleaders will travel to Anchorage to compete in the Alaska state cheerleading competition. Good luck to coach Tesa.

Logo contest announced
The Alaska Association of Conservation Districts is seeking a new logo for its LandCare Alaska program. The contest is open to students grades seven through 12 with entries due Jan. 7. The winner will receive $100.

Ninilchik Schools
Ludy Link won the split the pot raffle that was held by the wrestling team. The wrestlers and their coach, Kevin Zimmerman, would like to thank everyone who bought tickets for supporting the program.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The life skill for the week is common sense to use good judgment.

Kindergarten through third-grade students are invited to a fire prevention puppet show at 11 a.m. today at the Soldotna Church of God on the corner of Binkley and Redoubt.

Senior Menus
Menus for lunch at area Senior centers.

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

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.

Wake Forest's Paul leads AP All-America selections
Chris Paul is going to hear Tim Duncan's name a lot this season.

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.

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.

KPHA PeeWee B goes 1-1
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team went 1-1 on a road trip to Anchorage this weekend.

Shaq has Heat off to hot start
MIAMI Shaquille O'Neal has the Miami Heat off to their best start ever after scoring 20 points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking three shots in a 103-93 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

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.

Wizards, United prepare for MLS Cup showdown
CARSON, Calif. The Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United plan to play the same scrappy style in the MLS championship game that they used to get that far.

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

Miami head coach Wannstedt steps aside
DAVIE, Fla. Dave Wannstedt resigned Tuesday as coach of the Miami Dolphins, forced from the job by lousy luck, relentless speculation about his future and eight losses in nine games.

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

Big time
Soldotna senior Ari Goldstein loves running. Running has continued to love her right back.

KPHA Squirt B goes 2-1 in Fairbanks
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team went 2-1 on a road trip to Fairbanks last weekend.

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.

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