Wednesday, November 12, 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.

Halladay cheer
NEW YORK Roy Halladay bounced back from A-ball to the AL Cy Young Award in little more than two years.

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.

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.

"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.

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

Homer residents should be worried about coal bed methane leases
If you are neither concerned nor angry about the coal bed methane leases in our state and particularly in Homer, you will be when coal bed methane becomes environmentally visible and audible.

Republican Party will benefit by open, honest discourse
Mahatma Gandhi said that the things that will destroy us are politics without principle, pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, knowledge without character, business without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.

Kasilof community will miss Irton Slone 'a nice man'
I had a visit from my nieces the other day. Sarah (9 years old) and MacKenzie (6 years old) noticed a picture of Irton Slone in the paper. They proceeded to tell me some stories about him.

Courthouse metal detector implies something is wrong with system
This mustn't be true, but according to the paper it is: a metal detector at the Kenai Courthouse!

Legislators are missing point: Cut size, cost of government
Why do we need the percent of market value, or POMV, scheme?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Principal earns award
Skyview High School Principal John Pothast was honored last month with two nods from the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals.

Teacher heading to Japan
Kevin Harding is going to Japan.

Day for vets
In military-like tradition, when one veteran collapsed because of cold wintry conditions during the Veterans Day ceremony in Kenai, another immediately took his place.

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

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

Girl Scouts trap, skin beavers angering animal rights activists
ANCHORAGE Let other Girl Scouts make bird feeders out of Clorox bottles and glue together little birch-bark canoes Troop 34 in Alaska is learning to trap and skin beavers.

Lost middle school hikers tell of cold night waiting for rescue
JUNEAU Huddled on the frozen ground 3 1/2 miles up the Eagle Glacier Trail, five middle-school students spent three hours Saturday evening singing, telling jokes and thinking about what they were going to do when they were warm again.

Bum deal?
Once they had their chance to speak directly to the panel of state resource officials, members of a large audience gathered in the commons of Homer High School on Monday night left little doubt where they stood on coal bed methane gas development on the lower Kenai Peninsula.

Ann Armella Carney
Nikiski resident Ann Armella Carney died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 65.

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.

University budget once again will be prominent in state financial debate What others say
The budget request approved last week by the University of Alaska Board of Regents comes as no surprise. University officials had made known many weeks ago that they would be asking for the 5 percent increase that Gov. Frank Murkowski had said during his campaign would be part of his annual spending plans.

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.

Parallels between 2001, 1963
This month marks the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Surveys consistently show that event profoundly affected the outlook of an entire generation of Americans, much as the terrorist attacks of 2001 have the current one.

Around the Peninsula
CARTS advisory meeting set Recycling group to meet Lewis to speak at historical society Annual sports swap scheduled Christmas bazaar planned Social Security reps to visit peninsula Craft bazaar, auction scheduled Outdoor club schedules meeting Help for home day-care providers offered Wolf to hold town hall meeting Native Christmas bazaar planned

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

The Ninilchik staff and students thank the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Safari Club International for sponsoring a hunter education class and moose hunt in October.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Mrs. Ball's kindergarten class has enjoyed its study of Europe. The students particularly enjoyed acting out the traditional folk tales.

Grace Lutheran
In Christlight, students are studying the story of Joseph meeting his brothers years after they sold him into slavery

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
This is the last week for the all-school raffle. Tickets are $10 each, and Mr. Daniels has vowed to do a push-up for every ticket sold in the class that sells the most.

Kenai Central High
Financial aid night will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Nikiski Elementary
Thanksgiving food box and the Nikiski Neighbor Noel Tree applications are available in the office.

Soldotna High
The school will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Green Room.

Plan early: Spring 2004 class schedule now available online
It might be hard to believe, especially since the weather was so mild, but with the holidays approaching and the days getting shorter,

Wings Christian Academy
Mrs. McGee's kindergarten class has been learning to read short vowel words. The students learned one short vowel sound rule and have enjoyed playing many games to practice short vowel words and their spellings.

Saying thank you
The nation may have celebrated Veteran's Day on Tuesday, but students and staff at Kalifornsky Beach Elemen-tary School have been commemorating the sacrifices made by members of the armed services for weeks.

Soldotna Middle
There will be a fortnightly from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Karaoke, spin the wheel for prizes and practice events for the upcoming turkey trot are some of the planned activities. Cost is $3.

Soldotna Elementary
Fun Fest will be Friday. Students who have signed up can attend. Many activities have been planned. All proceeds will go toward funding the Artist in the Schools program.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The varsity volleyball team will travel to Anchorage to compete in the Alaska Division 3-3A Championships. The staff and students wish the best of luck to Coach King, Coach Brown and the team. Competition begins Thursday and will conclude Saturday.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Overturf's kindergarten class continues culinary discoveries focusing on edible seeds and leaves. The students scooped out a pumpkin, separated the seeds and cooked them for a snack. They also snacked on the collection of edible leaves.

Skyview High
Cheerleading tryouts will be Thursday and Friday after school. Anyone interested can pick up an application at the front office.

Sterling Elementary
The Reading Is Fundamental program was started years ago to encourage children to read.

Cook Inlet Academy
The sixth-graders at CIA do not have entomophobia.

Tustumena Elementary
The staff and students thank everyone who assisted with the Halloween Carnival. The carnival grossed more than $3,000.

Kalifonsky Christian
This week at Kalifonsky Christian School, the students in kindergarten through second grade learned about the mayor and waitresses as community workers.

October Pizza Hut Book It reading incentive program forms are due. For more information on how to receive a free individual pizza, call Natalie at 262-6315.

Student of the Month
The following students were named October Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School:

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Kenai Middle School:

No school Thanksgiving weekend
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, as well as most area private schools, will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes resume at normal time Dec. 1. For more information, contact your child's school.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Teachers will present mini-workshops this week in Homer, Seward and Soldotna for parents and students.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest
The national Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Program, sponsored locally by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046, soon will be over for the year. The deadline for submitting artwork is Dec. 10.

Kenai Middle
November newsletters have been mailed out, and annual Christmas drive information is included. For more information, call 283-4896.

Redoubt Elementary
The school is looking for families who need help this holiday season. Forms are available at the school office and should be returned by Friday. The holiday food drive ends Nov. 21.

School lunch menus around the district.

Student of the Month
The following students were named October Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School:

Sears Elementary
The next PTA meeting will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

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.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

Miami coach Coker benches Winslow, others for mistakes
CORAL GABLES, Fla. Miami coach Larry Coker benched tight end Kellen Winslow on Tuesday, punishing the team's top receiver for his behavior on the field.

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.

Rockets best Heat in brotherly battle
HOUSTON They'd already competed long and hard at pingpong, Chutes and Ladders and checkers. After all those years, Jeff and Stan Van Gundy finally faced off as basketball coaches.

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.

Roddick loses cool, wins match
HOUSTON Count on Andy Roddick to put on a show.

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.

Power play pushes Bruins past Edmonton
BOSTON Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and Mike Knuble added two assists in the Boston Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Brain surgery behind him, Barrera fights on
There's something that just doesn't seem right about fighting after having brain surgery.

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