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Thursday, November 13, 2003

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

A-Rod trade talk shot down at baseball meetings
PHOENIX Alex Rodriguez is not on the trading block. And any deal to send Curt Schilling to New York probably won't happen this week even after the Arizona ace agreed to speak directly to the Yankees.

McKeon, Pena win manager of year awards
NEW YORK Jack McKeon calls himself an ''old goat.'' He can add ''wise.''

Microsoft finds itself in hard spot over software
BRUSSELS, Belgium Even as Microsoft Corp. defended itself Wednesday against charges that it is trying to corner the media player and server markets, new trouble was brewing for its Windows XP.

High protein diets beef up meat prices
KINGSVILLE, Texas Until recently, a lanky Texan like Paul Genho had little interest in celebrity doctors and their diet trends. But thanks to the toppled food pyramid advised by the low-carbohydrate Atkins and South Beach diets, red meat sales are up again.

Local publisher gets extreme with new magazine
Alaska has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts, particularly those interested in hunting and fishing, and although there are numerous magazines devoted to these specific interests, few focus on both.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesNantau to present business workshopLocal businesses to support food bankHoldridge promoted to assistant vice presidentHotel industry award nominations sought

New Crowe movie not ship shape
An action-adventure movie that's almost as clunky as its name, ''Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'' stars a jaunty Russell Crowe, who's sailing far from home to fight the Napoleonic menace.

Art Briefs
Community choir begins rehearsalsArt contest ends FridayPainting group to meetMuseum to hold open houseCraft fair vendors wantedCommunity conversation slatedPoetry contests open for entryTable tennis players wanted

Former Bush teacher pens mellow memoir
John Foley is a restless soul but a relaxed raconteur. That combination gave rise to "Tundra Teacher," his memoir of a decade knocking about Alaska.

'Killer Reviews' offers diners murder and merry mayhem
Attempting to write about "Killer Reviews" poses a dangerous challenge, since the play is a murder mystery where the victims are professional critics murdered in retaliation for their negative reviews.

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

Chamber's legislative priorities inconsistent with state's past glory
The Voice of the (Anchorage) Times has asked that we recall what Alaska used to be and if we have read much about the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce lately.

Many contribute to success of Region 3 volleyball tourney
We would like to express our gratitude to the following for their role in making the Region 3 volleyball tournament at Nikiski High a success.

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!

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.

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.

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

School supplies appreciated
The students at Kenai Middle School would like to thank Kathy Gensel and the Wells Fargo Bank for generously donating school supplies to our school. The supplies are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Roush already looking at 2004
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Although one of Jack Roush's drivers, Matt Kenseth, had just clinched his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship Sunday, the car owner talked more about improving his team's chances for next year than the victory.

This Week: Ford 400
Where and When

Points championship still to be decided for Busch, trucks series
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Jimmie Johnson said he conceded the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship to Matt Kenseth more than two months ago and started thinking about finishing second in the standings.

Newsmaker: Bill Elliott
At 48, Bill Elliott still loves to race. He won last week's race at Rockingham, N.C., and doesn't mind talking about his team and his life on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit. His mood, however, changes when the subject of retirement is mentioned.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth* 4,9882. Jimmie Johnson 4,7623. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,724

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $5,333,9952. Tony Stewart 5,106,8003. Jeff Gordon 4,960,134

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

Drug task force narrowing direction
The Prescription Drug Task Force, which has been been meeting regularly for about two years to combat the abuse of OxyContin on the Kenai Peninsula, decided Tuesday to shift gears somewhat and begin targeting narrower venues in which to wage its war.

Kenai seeking new ways to spur business
Without new ideas to spur economic development, Kenai's economy could be facing some tough times in the next decade, according to Mayor John Williams.

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.

Oil, gas Web site launched
In an effort to give residents the most up-to-date information about oil and gas issues affecting the peninsula, the Kenai Peninsula Borough launched a new Web site this week.

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.

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.

Alaska gets Ds on economy report
Alaska got straight Ds on a national economic development report card in performance, business vitality and development capacity, according to a new study by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development.

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.

Big-vehicle tax deductions promote wasteful ways
For Americans enamored of gasoline-swilling urban-assault vehicles, the rush is on:

Injustice must be dealt with in order for world's terrorists to be defeated
That Sunday's car bomb attack in Riyadh, which left at least 17 dead and scores injured, took place during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, underlines the fact that nothing is sacred to terrorists. ...

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.

Did Saddam only pretend to have weapons?
WASHINGTON Maybe Saddam Hussein only wanted to save face.

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.

Photo feature: Snow-mode overload
RaeAnn Nye walks alongside the Kenai Spur Highway with her son Cody and dogs Yo-yo and Jake, in front, during a lull in Wednesday's snow showers. Forecasters are calling for clearer skies this week, but temperatures are expected to dip below zero by weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Menus
School lunch menus around the district.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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,

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

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.

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

Connections
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.

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.

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

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.

Ninilchik
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.

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

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

Rookie's hat trick fans Flames
CHICAGO Rookie Matthew Lombardi got his first NHL hat trick, and Dean McAmmond added two goals for Calgary as the Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Wednesday..

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.

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

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.

Spurs take rematch
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Tim Duncan had a season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds, and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs defeated the New Jersey Nets 85-71 Wednesday night in the first meeting between the teams since the NBA championship round.

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.

Nikiski, Seward set for state tourney
Will youth be served at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament?

Sports Briefs
Bird notches 99th career victoryKPHA Squirt B sweeps Anchorage

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

Gannon out for season; Jaguars take a chance on Johnson
ALAMEDA, Calif. Rich Gannon, last year's NFL MVP, will miss the rest of the season and have surgery on his throwing shoulder.

Round 1 to Jeff: 'I almost feel guilty'
Her sons fought so fiercely as kids sometimes that Cindy Van Gundy worried they'd never speak to each other as adults.

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