Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Bonds lays claim to MVP
NEW YORK Barry Bonds won his record seventh NL MVP award in a walk.

Guerrero voted AL's most valuable player
NEW YORK Vladimir Guerrero had such a huge impact during the final week of the season that voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award wasn't even close.

Creating Holiday Memories
I tend to believe that creative people were placed on this earth with the specific purpose of saving me from myself. Being not of a creative bent myself, if it involves more than clipping the tag off of it, odds are not too good that the project will be successful if left up to me.

Famous Basketball Troop Rolls Into Town
Harlem Globetrotter Legend CURLY NEAL along with members of the 2004 Harlem Globetrotters & Comedy Basketball Stars will be coming to the Peninsula for the first time in many years for a fun and exciting Charity Basketball Game on Friday, November 19, 2004 at Kenai Central School Gym at 6:00pm

No matter what time of the year you venture out into the wilderness it seems like we always need a campfire of some type. In the summer it serves many purposes to provide heat to cook on, smoke to help keep the bugs away and also as a deterrent predator animals (hopefully)! In the wintertime it provides heat besides a place to dry wet clothing and often times much needed light.

Birch Tree Gallery is Some Kind of Wonderful
When you enter the front door of Birch Tree Gallery you feel as if you have definitely entered a whimsical art exhibit.

Soldotna election workers say 'thank you' for support
The election workers for the city of Soldotna, Precinct 33, would like to thank each voter for taking time to vote. We appreciated your patience and then thanking us for working the election. We want to also thank Pastor John Rysdyk for the beautiful roses, as well as Steve Horn, Sharon Moock and Mayor Dave Carey for all the delicious goodies provided to us on that special day. Thanks to Teresa Fahning and Kathy Bishop for all your help removing booths late that evening.

Governor's plans revolve purely around future political plans
Our governor must be planning to run for re-election. He has a debt to repay, and he is planning to spread the cash surplus from high crude oil prices around the state for the next two years. Plus, it is obvious to anyone that the majority of Alaska voters can be easily fooled by political babble.

Busch Points Standings Driver Behind
Martin Truex Jr. Leader*

Left out of the Chase, McMurray has gotten stronger
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Jamie McMurray has clinched an 11th-place finish and a $1 million bonus in the Nextel Cup Series standings. If not for a 25-point penalty at Bristol, Tenn., for an illegally-shaped car, he would have qualified for the Chase for the Championship and would be fourth in the standings, just 61 points behind series leader Kurt Busch heading into Sunday's season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This week: Ford 400
(Race No. 36 of 36)

Chase for the championship - Week 10
The Chase has gone from dud to dynamite in recent weeks. Jimmie Johnson is back in championship contention, with four wins in the last five races. He and teammate Jeff Gordon will challenge Kurt Busch for the title in Miami.

Craftsman Points Standings Driver Behind
Bobby Hamilton Leader

Pressure builds for Chasers
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't nervous about Sunday's Ford 400 his last chance to win the Nextel Cup Series championship.

Hi, neighbors. Sterling neighbor, Sgt. Darrell Card is currently serving in the armed forces in Iraq. Darrell grew up in Homer, but his dad, Michael Card, lives in our neighborhood. His grandmother, Alice Card, is an active member of the Sterling Senior Center. Darrell will be spending at least 18 months out of the country.

Hi, neighbors. If you were unable to attend the meeting last week in Ninilchik to review the preliminary draft of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's 2005 comprehensive plan and make your comments, you have until Friday to fill out a comment form and questionnaire, which can be obtained from the borough. You also may make comment online through the project Web site The next draft of the plan is to be presented to the borough Planning Commission in mid-December.

Monique Ischi-Rath and Johannes of Vienna, Austria, have a new addition to their family. Nikhita (Nikita) arrived Nov. 3. He was 3.150 kilograms and 50 centimetes long.

Greetings from Kasilof. News about the Kenai Peninsula Borough comprehensive plan update. Those folks who were unable to attend the meetings may obtain comment forms and questionnaires from the borough.

Happy November, neighbors. Did you figure out where you stored your ice cleats last spring when breakup finally came? There's nothing quite like rain on top of snow, plus a good freeze at night to have us digging in the winter stuff to find something to help us walk on the ice without doing an unplanned show angel across the parking lot.

Cooper Landing
Marine Lance Corp. Dustin Dreifuerst attached to HQ Platoon, A Company, is stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. Camp Lejeune is Dustin's permanent duty station but his outfit is now attached to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. In his first Iraq deployment, Dustin's job is driving a light armored reconnaissance vehicle, or LAR.

Good morning. Something to think about: "A smile's great. A memory is even better." Jacquy Pfeiffer

Soldotna city manager surprised with award
Tom Boedeker is usually the first person to know what's happening. So it was a bit of turnabout over the weekend, when the Soldotna city manager was awarded the Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership Award over the weekend by the Alaska Municipal League.

Thieves grab attention of Kenai police
Someone has been illegally entering vehicles, garages and some homes in Kenai neighborhoods off Forest Drive for the past three weekends, and police are increasing patrols in hopes of putting an end to the mischief.

Winter Games head agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will address a long list of ordinances up for public hearings at today's meeting in Soldotna.

Kasilof history finds a home
With the exception of the letters above the door that spell out "McLane Center," the tiny log cabin at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road looks much like any other cabin in the Kasilof area from the outside. Once inside it becomes immediately clear that this cabin is quite different.

Workers' comp payments rising
While the number of reported lost-time injuries has been going down steadily in Alaska over the past decade, the dollar amount of workers' compensation payments has been increasing, a member of the Workers' Compensation Committee of Alaska told Soldotna business leaders Tuesday.

Alaska House now back under GOP control after brief tug-of-war
A Democrat-led coalition with a group of Republicans that briefly claimed control of the Alaska House over the weekend appeared to have fizzled and come apart by Monday, putting a GOP-led majority back in firm control, members of the Kenai Peninsula delegation said Monday.

Road drives safety debate
Hazardous gravel portions of the North Fork Road should be rebuilt and paved, said residents attending a meeting with state lawmakers and roads officials in Anchor Point last week.

Court limits police power
ANCHORAGE A court ruling is preserving Alaskans' constitutional rights at a time when government and police powers are being expanded because of terrorism, a public defender said Tuesday.

Photo feature: Lightin' up
Booker Evans, right, helps his friend Hanna Schott hang lights on the front of her home in Kenai last weekend. Evans lives in Anchorage and was here visiting. "I came down for a little country living," he said.

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

Albert E. Baktuit
Alaska Native Albert E. Baktuit died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 68.

Edward L. Hite
Sterling resident Edward L. Hite died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, in Anchorage surrounded by family. He was 73.

Harriette Josephine Johnson
Harriette Josephine Johnson died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, in her sleep. She was 80.

Chell Lewis 'Lewy' Bear
Chell Lewis "Lewy" Bear of San Diego died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at the San Diego Naval Hospital following a short illness of cancer. He was 65.

Kenneth 'Tex' Brown
Kenai resident Kenneth "Tex" Brown died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at his home. He was 69.

A message home from the troops
Happy Veterans Day to all you veterans on the Kenai Peninsula. Thanks for a job well done. Thank you for the great service to our nation. It's to you that my family and my children are able to live free.

Low fares killing airlines
Last summer, our InsiderAdvantage national survey asked Americans if they intended to travel more or less than they did the prior summer. The answer was more, but not by a significantly wide margin.

Bush mandate only exists if support for policies continues
The question swirling in Washington and around the nation since the Nov. 2 election is whether President Bush has a "mandate" or not.

Bush wants to cut some budget pork
President Bush wants to resurrect the presidential line-item veto, a waste-busting tool the U.S. Supreme Court buried as unconstitutional six years ago.

Around the Peninsula
Applications available Flu shot clinic planned DAV to meet Capitol move topic of community meeting Dinner theater fund-raiser set Globetrotters to play at KCHS Caregiver appreciation day slated for Saturday Toy and Joy applications being accepted

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game meeting setBazaar fund-raiser scheduledCoping with the holidays focus of workshopSnaring seminar setChristmas bazaar slatedNRA plans banquetFair trade craft sale plannedSoroptimists offer volunteer awardChristmas cookies available

Kindergarten students are reading simple stories and have begun writing creatively in journals. The students are working on sequencing numbers in math and number words.

Board looking to lower class sizes
The major point on the agenda of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education was the class size enrollment report for 2004-05, a comprehensive set of data compiled by Sam Stewart, district assistant superintendent.

Soldotna Elementary
James Lester was the box top winner for this week and receives an ice cream dessert, compliments of the PTA.

Arguing the ape debate Alternate evolution theories in biology curriculum
DOVER, Pa. When talk at the high school here turns to the origins of life, biology teachers have to make time for both Charles Darwin as well as his detractors.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Family space night will held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. There will be no admission cost and baby-sitting will be provided for ages 1 through kindergarten. Door prizes, such as turkeys, gas cards, space books and blankets, will be given away every 15 minutes. Some of the planned activities are the Imaginarium Star Lab Dome, moon walking, space simulations and star balloon blowing. These and other space activities will be presented by the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. The night is sponsored by the Challenger center, Title I, Title VII and the Boys and Girls Club.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 is sponsoring the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards. The contest was developed as a way to encourage high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism.

Sears and Kaleidoscope Elementary
The PTA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the school library. Baby-sitting is provided.

Soroptimist offers volunteer award
Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula is sponsoring the Violet Richardson Awards Program.

Soldotna Middle
Fortnightly is Friday and is sponsored by the PTSA. A disc jockey is planned as well as other activities. To volunteer, call Jennifer McElroy at 260-3030.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to Janet Cooper for being selected to the all-tournament volleyball team at the Lumen Christi tournament and to Ramsey Arneson for her all-tournament volleyball team selection at the Ninilchik tournament. On Friday the Eagles take on Nikolaevsk for its final home match. Seniors Ramsey Arneson, Janet Cooper, Jenna Zufelt and their parents will be honored prior to the varsity match.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The hockey team will travel to Soldotna on Thursday to compete against Skyview. The game begins at 4:15 p.m. Hockey will face Soldotna High School on Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Grace Lutheran
A big thank you to Jane Dorman for teaching the lower grade room the Japanese paper folding art called origami. The students created paper frogs, cups, flowers and balloons. This fit in well with the study of Asia as part of the trip around the world.

Ninilchik School
The student of the quarter assembly will take place at 2:30 p.m. today. Students will be honored for citizenship, academic achievement and honor roll.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Tobin's class is preparing for its first visit with their senior citizen friends at the Forget-Me-Not Center on Friday. The students will share original poems and songs. They are looking forward to several visits over this school year to build friendships beyond the borders of age.

Redoubt Elementary
Today is Principals Day. The staff and students thank Mr. Syverson for all he does for the school.

Kenai Central High
A number of students will represent the school and the peninsula at the all-state band and choir concerts in Anchorage this week. Students representing the school include

Skyview High
Social studies students in Mr. Carey's classes decorated their lockers and the school making the transition from Red Ribbon Week to Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Today, students will bring a vegetable and make a pot of soup to prepare for festivities at the "stone soup potluck" Thursday.

Soldotna High
Thursday through Friday, singers and musicians travel to Fairbanks for the all-state music festival.

Hispanic college students find connection in ethnic fraternities
PHOENIX Before joining a Latino-based fraternity three years ago, college life for Alex Macias was boring and routine. He drifted in and out of classes, occasionally grabbed a bite and studied on a campus where he felt he didn't quite belong.

Tustumena Elementary
The staff and students are recognizing the custodial staff this week. Mr. Dotomain and Mrs. Hanson work diligently to keep the school looking "ship-shape" throughout the year and their efforts are appreciated. Classes are making posters to honor these two employees and will present them with a special gift Wednesday.

Wings Christian Academy
Immanuel Baptist Church had its annual Mission Conference last week. Several students contributed by singing.

Calling all aspiring writers: Saturday a time to speak up
For those who love to write, there is a support group called the Kenai Peninsula College Writers Group. This informal organization was formed to provide a venue for creative thinkers to share their work. The group emphasizes that participants need not be associated with KPC to get involved. They invite reluctant writers who may not be quite ready to share their work in public to come to the gatherings and interact with the writers who do put out their work.

~ Food for thought ~
  Maeve Celentano and Ocean Matley find Tuesday's spaghetti lunch finger-licking good at Kenai Montessori School. The facility has gone to an all-organic menu. Photo by M. Scott Moon Don't expect to find sloppy Joe's and regular old chocolate pudding on the menu at Kenai Montessori School. They won't be there.

Mountain View Elementary
The fifth grade Native American program will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Kenai Middle
The annual sixth-grade swag fund-raiser will start soon. To sign up to help, call 283-4896.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The children are learning the letter "T" this week and are talking about things they are thankful for. They will do a variety of turkey activities.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

U.S. residents flock to get flu shots at British Columbia clinic
OSOYOOS, British Columbia (AP) Hundreds of people drove across the Canadian border to take advantage of a special flu vaccine clinic for U.S. citizens.

KPHA PeeWee B goes 4-0 on weekend
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team went 4-0 this weekend in games in Soldotna and Kenai.

Sharapova takes crown
LOS ANGELES Serena Williams' injury-induced weakened serves drove Maria Sharapova to distraction. Two games from ending the season in defeat, the Russian teenager focused on holding her own serve.

Computers keep Oklahoma No. 2 in the BCS
Computers prefer Oklahoma over Auburn and Southern California.

Top of the World Classic features five 20-win teams
ANCHORAGE No one can accuse the University of Alaska Fairbanks of plotting an easy path to the finals of the BP Top of the World Classic basketball tournament.

ABC Sports apologizes for steamy MNF intro
NEW YORK ABC's ''desperate'' bid at cross-promotion backfired on ''Monday Night Football.''

Manning to start instead of Warner
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Eli Manning has replaced Kurt Warner as the New York Giants' starting quarterback.

No. 2 Wake Forest stops George Washington 76
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest alternated between thrilling and ragged in its debut as the nation's second-ranked team Monday.

Kenai's Hall has two tackles in win
Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, had an assisted tackle and an unassisted tackle in the Atlanta Falcons' 24-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

Owens, Eagles destroy Cowboys
IRVING, Texas Donovan McNabb spun away from one would-be tackler and sprinted to his right, only to find another defender waiting. So he went back to his left, chased by two more players, and finally heaved the ball, letting loose a 60-yard pass that looked more like a punt.

Jets' Edwards still clueless with a clock
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Jets coach Herman Edwards realized in the offseason he needed to make the NFL clock his friend, after so many time-management gaffes made him look like a goof.

Wings seeks top runners
Wings of America, an American Indian youth development program, is seeking the most accomplished and promising junior runners for the junior men and junior women six-person, all-Indian teams for the USA Track and Field Cross Country Championships to be held in Vancouver, Wash.

Timberwolves cool off Heat
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota's Kevin Garnett had 25 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists. He also surpassed 14,000 career points as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 108-97 Tuesday.

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