Thursday, November 11, 2004

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.

Showalter, Cox get honored
NEW YORK Bobby Cox and Buck Showalter were given little chance of success after payroll purges pushed out key players. Proving the predictions wrong, their teams won, anyway, and so did the managers.

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.

Could baseball be ready for replay?
''They got it completely right, 100 percent,'' the New York Yankees' general manager said this week.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Minority small business forum slatedBusinesses support food bankTourism council to hold raffleShellfish aquaculture conference set

Bank considers tapping Native knowledge
ANCHORAGE (AP) Indigenous people in Asian and Pacific nations have much to learn from Alaska Natives in reducing poverty and establishing firm economies, according to a retired Pacific Rim executive.

Fed pushes interest rates up for 4th time
WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve nudged interest rates up another quarter-point on Wednesday, the fourth moderate rate increase in the past five months, as Fed officials pointed to encouraging signs that the economy is finally rebounding from its summer slowdown.

Habitat opens discount store
ANCHORAGE (AP) Habitat for Humanity has opened a discount store in Anchorage selling new and used building materials to benefit its cause.

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

Bush sleuth goes to town in mystery thriller
Anchorage writer Dana Stabenow has won critical acclaim and legions of fans with her Kate Shugak series of mystery novels. The 14th installment, "A Taint in the Blood," is now available.

Art Briefs
Children's art workshops slatedPoetry contest being heldLogo contest announcedArt proposals wanted for Kenai River CenterVendor spaces available at arts, crafts fairGallery calls for proposalsContest for young writers announcedArt wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campus

'Polar Express' wrecks on graphics
People in Hollywood should never work with children or animals, W.C. Fields once said. Maybe that should be expanded to hyper-realistic computer-generated children and reindeer, too.

Chesney wins CMA album, entertainer of the year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Kenny Chesney waited 12 years to win a Country Music Association award but had less than two minutes to give his acceptance speech.

'The Producers' wows British critics in London
LONDON After a rough Atlantic crossing, ''The Producers'' has landed on British shores with tides of laughter and a wave of relief.

But seriously: 11-year-old is rising star
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. Didja' hear the one about the 11-year-old comic?

Exhibition shows off area's best
Sure it's pretty, but can it pour?

Article on Pebble mine project left questions unanswered
Very impressive! But your piece didn't answer the questions that nag Alaskans: Gobs of gold and other mineral treasures, but what will it do for Alaskans who need work? What percentage of the workers will be Alaskans? Where do Alaskans apply for work? What percentage of the profits will go to Alaskans? Why are United States citizens are treated like criminals at Canadian border and the Canadians get the riches of Alaska? And why can't Alaskans do it as well or better than the Canadians? Are there no U.S. mining companies able to develop Iliamna?

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.

Sidewalks in Kenai need to be cleared of ice, snow
I was just driving through Kenai and wondered why the city doesn't make sure its public sidewalks are cleared. On the Kenai Spur Highway, there is no place for a person that has to walk to go except into the streets. Why is that? It's not safe. If a person is walking where the sidewalk should be, their feet are going to get really cold, due to the snow they are having to walk in. Does it cost the city that much money to make sure the sidewalks are clear?

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."

Fjords tour sails to success, thanks to area businesses
The Kenai Fjords Fox Island cruise in Seward to benefit Kenai Peninsula United Way was once again a successful event. On behalf of the 26 agencies and local United Way board of directors, a huge "thank you" to all who attended the event and donated auction items:

Craftsman Points Standings
Driver Behind

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.

NASCAR lifts ban on liquor sponsorship
NASCAR lifted its ban on hard-liquor ads on cars Wednesday, easing restrictions aimed at cleaning up the image of a sport that traces its roots to good ol' boys running moonshine through the hills of Georgia and the Carolinas.

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.

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

Busch Points Standings
Driver Behind

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.

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.

Caregivers need relief, too
So far, 262 people on the Kenai Peninsula who provide care to disabled or elderly family members know where to go when they themselves need support, but many others do not, according to the program coordinator for the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

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.

Photo feature: Puddle jumping
Lake Street and Marine Avenue in Kenai are true to their names Wednesday afternoon following several hours of hard rain. Forecasters are calling for more rain today.

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.

Citizenship goes to the dogs
Being a respected member of the community is very important, a statement that is true not only for people, but for their canine companions, as well.

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.

School buses bog down in snowstorm
Four school buses became stuck in the snow in turnarounds during a Tuesday afternoon snowstorm in Nikiski and the rear wheels of one bus slipped off the road.

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.

State's finances hinder oil, gas
Alaska's uncertain financial situation is the biggest hurdle to oil and gas development in the state, according Larry Houle, general manager of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

Basil S. Bolstridge
Longtime Sterling resident Basil S. Bolstridge died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital of complications from many health issues with his family by his side. He was 80.

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.

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.

From care packages to volunteer work, opportunities abound
For many years, America has been accustomed to Veterans Day celebration in honor of older vets men and women who look back 30 years or more to their service. Now, with the ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, our nation has a new group of veterans.

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."

World must realize security lies with American success
Many British people regard the battle beginning at Fallujah and last week's casualties among the Black Watch with dismay, even revulsion. They perceive an ugly predicament in Iraq growing worse by the day, and Tony Blair allowing hapless British troops to be dragged ever deeper into it. Here, they say, are the first fruits of the re-election of George W. Bush, an ignorant and dangerous man. Heaven help those shackled to his chariot wheels, when he really gets into his stride.

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
Snow removal, safety reminders issuedVeterans Day ceremony plannedMultiple sclerosis group to meetWomen voters to meet todayCollege council meeting setChildbirth film offeredGenealogical society to meetCoping with holidays workshop scheduledApplications available for light parade

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

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.

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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 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.

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.

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.

Sears Elementary
The last chance for picture retakes is today.

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.

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.

Kenai Cooperative
Harvest is this week's theme.

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.

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

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.

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

Soldotna High
There will be no school Thursday and Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tustumena Elementary
There is no school on Thursday and Friday.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

West Virginia could be first into Bowl Championship Series
West Virginia could be the first team to secure a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

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.

Sixers top Nets in OT
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson hit the tying jumper with 7.2 seconds left in regulation and Corliss Williamson scored seven of his 15 points in overtime to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-100 victory Wednesday night over the New Jersey Nets.

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.

Juneau's height challenges Kenai
The Kenai Central volleyball team opens up play at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament today at West High in Anchorage against Juneau-Douglas.

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

State's best await perfect Bulldogs
The Nikiski High School volleyball team cruised through the regular season with an undefeated record and won the Southcentral Conference tournament title match in three games.

No. 12 Louisville blows past TCU
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Louisville needed less than seven minutes to shake off nemesis TCU and roll to another big victory.

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.

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