Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Major League baseball rookie awards: a vote and a statement
For those who think Rookie of the Year honors ought to go to a player still packing his first shaving kit, rather than a grizzled veteran from Japan, youth and justice have been served.

BP's GTL experiment deemed a great success
A new odorless fuel, as clear as water with the texture of wax, synthesized from natural gas, is actually being delivered today to the Tesoro Plant from the BP Gas To Liquids (GTL) facility in Nikiski.

Science teachers in-service receives community support
District wide in-service days for teachers used to happen regularly. It was an important time when teachers from Homer to Seward and all places in-between could network, compare curriculums and share learning experiences while getting updated on the latest classroom techniques.

Marathon brings new gas to market
It's been about three years since Marathon and Unocal announced new natural gas finds in the Ninilchik area, and today that new gas is moving to market through a new pipeline from Ninilchik to Kenai.

"Whispers of Winter" shouts success for Kenai Chamber
The 19th Annual Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wine & Beer tasting experience and auction was a huge success according to Board President Cherie Brewer and Executive Director Colleen Canady. Over 160 items were donated for the auction from around the state of Alaska and from friends of the Chamber in the lower 48.

SoHi State Champion XC Runner honored by Assembly
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recognized the outstanding Soldotna High School Cross Country running team under the direction of Head Coach Mark Devenney at their last meeting.

Steely anglers brave elements
Despite temperatures hovering near freezing, intermittent bouts of icy cold rain and the powerful gusts of wind that would challenge the casting ability of even the most experienced anglers, a small but dedicated group endured the inclement weather to test their skills against one of Alaska most sought after fish the steelhead trout.

NOW PLAYING: The Matrix Revolutions
As a general rule, I try to avoid reading the reviews for a film I'm about to critique. It's a powerful temptation to take others opinions and meld them into your own, and suddenly your review is based on hype instead of the film's merits.

Students are the big losers in the event of strike at KPC
I have tried to stay out of the pending "strike issue" at Kenai Peninsula College as long as I could in the hopes that both sides could come to an agreement.

Kenai mayor apparently has forgotten how he got elected
I recently returned from out of state to face Clarion headlines, "Council wants commissioner booted"!

Recreational trapping cruel, has no place in 21st century
Joseph Robertia and the officials from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game give inappropriate praise to recreational trapping ("Trapping part of peninsula ecosystem," Nov 7). Despite their claims, many biologists agree that recreational trapping is not a responsible form of wildlife management and does not ensure stable, healthy wildlife populations.

Kenseth rocks to first cup win
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. The pressure that has been Matt Kenseth's constant companion for the past few months is gone.

Teacher heading to Japan
Kevin Harding is going to Japan.

Veterans Day ceremony planned
Central Kenai Peninsula veterans organizations will gather for a ceremony honoring military service people past and present at 11 a.m. today, Veterans Day, at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.

Detector going into service at courthouse
Beginning today, all visitors to the Kenai Courthouse will be required to pass through a metal detector like the ones used at major airports.

Working for the U.S.A.
As veterans organizations across America gather Tuesday to pay tribute to men and women who have served and are serving in the military, many will have their minds on the war in Iraq and the many U.S. soldiers dying there in service to their country.

Fund-raiser garners support for mushers
The tiny town of Kasilof came together at the Decanter Inn on Saturday to support two of its own.

Cook Inlet Keeper report shows decrease in oil spills, but ...
Cook Inlet oil pipeline operators have shown improved performance over the past year in preventing spills, and annual spill volumes have fallen from more than 50,000 gallons to less than 1,200 gallons per year, according to Cook Inlet Keeper, a citizen-based organization that monitors the inlet watershed.

Douglas elected to lead ASBO
Melody Douglas recently was elected vice president of the Association of School Business Officers International.

Fish issues should be tabled
Saying there's not enough information available to make major changes to the state's sustainable salmon policy, the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Commit-tee voted last week to recommend that two proposals to the Alaska Board of Fisheries be tabled for at least one year.

Drivers reminded of parking laws
Many Kenai residents awoke Friday to find stickers on their vehicles, which had been parked illegally overnight.

Snow Glacier dammed lake may be releasing
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management announced Monday that rising water levels on the Snow River may be due to the release of the lake dammed by Snow Glacier.

Snowstorm predicted for Southcentral Alaska
The National Weather Service has issued a warning of significant snowfall and potential travel hazards throughout Southcentral Alaska beginning tonight.

Groups plan activities for Veterans Day
Central Kenai Peninsula veterans organizations will gather for a ceremony honoring military service people past and present at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Veterans Day, at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.

Presidential race may be decided by states that have lost most jobs
WASHINGTON Presidential politics and free trade seldom mix well.

Immigration system in need of overhaul What others say
If you had wondered about the scope of illegal immigration in the U.S., the federal government provided a broad hint last week by arresting approximately 300 undocumented workers at 60 Wal-Mart stores across the country.

Korea: America's forgotten war
This Veterans Day marks the end of the period set aside to celebrate the signing of the armistice, 50 years earlier, that brought about a cease-fire on the Korean Peninsula. This armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.

Economy on rebound, despite Bush's critics What others say
Leaving money in the hands of those who earned it, and want to increase it, may have been the smartest thing the U.S. government has done in many years, judging by this week's report on Gross Domestic Product.

State chamber working to make things happen, revitalize Alaska's spirit What others say
There are, believe it or not, people in Alaska who are working to restore the spirit of what this state used to be about but sadly isn't any more.

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information on a class, call the Community Schools office at 262-6768. Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or wait unattended while a parent attends a class.

Community News
Sports, activity poster contest offered Exchange program seeking volunteers

Peninsula People
Folkestad, Adams join Air Force Alexander commissioned as second lieutenant

A hero's welcome
Two American bald eagles flew past the window outside the Riverside House restaurant Tuesday.

Ellen and Roman Kendall Jacqueline and Jeremy Nunley Melissa and Duane Piatt Rainee and Ben Pontius Julie and Rick Stephens

Around the Peninsula
LIO teleconferences set Gary Stevens to moderate meeting Pioneers to gather Children's education group to meet Health center to close for Veterans Day Fish and Game advisory committee to meet Teacher regulations to be discussed Ventilation class scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Sterling Elementary plans family science nightExperimental aircraft group to meetHigh schools to sponsor blood drivesVentilation class scheduledMissionary league to hold bazaar

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior takes the plunge to mark her anniversary
PROVO, Utah (AP) Don and Marion Peterson have been flying high since they got married a year ago.

Chiefs bury Browns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Trent Green threw three touchdown passes and Priest Holmes scored two touchdowns, leading streaking Kansas City (9-0) over the troubled Browns (3-6).

NHL's Panthers fire Keenan after dismal start
SUNRISE, Fla. Mike Keenan was supposed to change the Florida Panthers' fortunes. When he couldn't, they changed coaches.

Jackets win with rare scoring punch
COLUMBUS, Ohio Enforcer Jody Shelley had his first career two-goal game and the Columbus Blue Jackets rediscovered their power play in a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Calgary Flames.

Soldotna's Mills anxious to return to ice for Stars
With a roster full of underclassmen, the Soldotna High School hockey team is certainly going to need its leaders this season.

It could have been worse
If all you've seen of the Oklahoma Sooners this season are the final scores, know this: It's been harder most Saturdays for Bob Stoops to keep the score down than run it up.

Campbell spoils Tiger's money bid
HOUSTON The only thing the Tour Championship settled was what everyone knew all along: Chad Campbell has the game to beat the best.

Artest, O'Neal set pace against Philly
PHILADELPHIA Ron Artest scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight win, an 85-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

41-year-old Flutie still plays like a kid
SAN DIEGO Maybe it's the Flutie Flakes he keeps in his breakfast rotation.

Grizzlies take advantage of Lakers turnovers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Shane Battier's four-point play with 1:58 left ended the Lakers' last comeback attempt, helping Memphis to a 105-95 victory over turnover-prone Los Angeles on Monday night.

Lambeau mystique turns into Lambeau mistakes
GREEN BAY, Wis. The Philadelphia Eagles held onto the wet ball, something Brett Favre and Ahman Green couldn't do.

Oilers edge Rangers
NEW YORK Raffi Torres had his first two-goal game in the NHL, and Radek Dvorak scored against his former teammates in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.

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