Thursday, November 18, 2004

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.

Already Read finds new cover
Kenai bookworms will soon have a bigger apple from which to get a taste of knowledge.

Kmart takeover of Sears amounts to $11 billion gamble
NEW YORK A resurgent Kmart, home of the blue light special, is buying the once-dominant Sears department store chain in a surprising $11 billion gamble it is counting on to help both better compete with Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleThe Alliance schedules meetingShellfish aquaculture conference setBusinesses support food bank

Merger deal may be awkward fit for Lands' End
NEW YORK While Kmart Holding Corp. and Sears, Roebuck & Co. are touting their merger's benefits, the deal looks to be an awkward fit for at least one label.

Anne Tyler novel adapted for Hallmark Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES ''Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.''

Exhibit explores mysteries of Medieval paintings
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The woman sits in an enclosed garden with a child on her knee, her hand holding the little boy as he flips through a book resting on her opposite leg.

America's favorites: Usher, OutKast
LOS ANGELES R&B sensation Usher won all his show-leading four nominations at the American Music Awards on Sunday, and rap funksters OutKast went three-for-three during a performance-studded, occasionally censored broadcast ceremony.

Dinner theater serves up laughs
There is nothing like a good mystery to whet one's appetite, and this weekend the dinner theater performances of "Murder by Bequest" will give area residents an opportunity to satisfy their hunger pangs and the sleuth in everyone.

SpongeBob movie has some laughs, but gets a little soggy
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he, but SpongeBob SquarePants proves there's a limit even to what he can achieve.

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

'Super Size Me,' 'Tupac' among documentary hopefuls for Oscars
LOS ANGELES The fast-food indictment ''Super Size Me'' is among 12 films competing for best documentary at the Academy Awards.

Art Briefs
Writers group to meetChildren's art workshops slatedArt 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 campusWriters' Night accepting submissions

Eminem's 'Encore' sells over 700,000 units in 3 days
LOS ANGELES Eminem's new album debuted atop the charts, following a decision by the rapper's record label to move up the album's sale date amid piracy concerns.

Humor propels cheechako's adventures
"How I moved north and changed from a cheechako to a real Alaskan" seems to be a popular theme for memoirs these days. It dates back at least to the writings of Jack London, of course.

Many helped to make recent gospel performance happen
I am writing to express the deep appreciation of all of us involved in the recent Alaska Tour of "The Gospel of John" with professional actor, Brad Sherrill.

Hospice mission fulfilled thanks to support of volunteers
Hospice of the Central Peninsula board of directors, volunteers and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who took part in our Fall Volunteer Training.

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.

Success of football program reflects community's generosity
Another successful football season has come and gone and as usual it truly amazes me as to how much our community does to help support our young people. The players, coaches, parents of the players, and the administration at Kenai Central High School would like to take this opportunity to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in making this past season of Kenai football very rewarding and enjoyable for their kids involved.

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

Busch Points Standings Driver Behind
Martin Truex Jr. 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.

Craftsman Points Standings Driver Behind
Bobby Hamilton Leader

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.

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.

Search on for inlet energy
Prospects for cheap energy in Southcentral Alaska aren't what they used to be, but there is some potential good news on the horizon.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Thanks for thinking
Joe Leach and Mandy Bundy help serve food Tuesday at Kenai Alternative High School's Thanksgiving dinner. The annual event gives students and staff an opportunity to thank the community for its support during the year.

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.

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.

Arctic Winter Games funding to be divided among repair, upgrade projects
Four venues expected to host Arctic Winter Games events in March 2006 will get much-needed repairs and upgrades, thanks to a substantial federal grant accepted and appropriated by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting Tuesday night.

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

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

Joyce M. Billings
Wasilla resident Joyce M. Billings died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, in Wasilla. She was 84.

Josephine 'Jo' Geerin
Sterling resident Josephine "Jo" Geerin died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at Maui Memorial Hospital in Wailuku, Hawaii, after a 15-month battle with lung cancer. She was 72.

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.

Eugene Martin 'Gene' Effler
Longtime Alaska resident Eugene Martin "Gene" Effler died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.

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

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.

Politics should be about policy, not divisive issues
OK, the time is long past due for a discussion of the presidential election of 2008.

Cabinet changes show stability within Bush administration
The real story about this week's changes in President Bush's Cabinet is the Cabinet's remarkable stability during his first term. Turnover has been minimal when measured against the Cabinet churn of other presidents during a first term.

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.

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
Builders banquet slatedCandy fund-raiser begins

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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

Following the leaders
The vast and demanding No Child Left Behind federal law and its requirement that schools show annual improvement on state tests has posed some major challenges to teachers around the nation.

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

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.

~ 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

No. 19 N.C. State clobbers New Orleans
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Time and again, a North Carolina State player turned down an open shot, choosing instead to pass the ball to an open teammate.

Dungy calls skit racist
If ABC hoped to generate a little bit more buzz for ''Monday Night Football'' and ''Desperate Housewives,'' its steamy intro to the Dallas-Philadelphia game sure did the trick.

Heated rivalries, high stakes mark college football slate
There's no better way to salvage a disappointing season than ruining your archrivals' grand plans.

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

Percival becomes a Tiger
DETROIT (AP) Free agent Troy Percival and the Detroit Tigers agreed Wednesday to a $12 million, two-year contract, a move that will lead to Ugueth Urbina becoming a setup man or getting traded.

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.

Pacers demolish Atlanta
INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal had 25 points and 13 rebounds to offset a dazzling performance by friend and former teammate Al Harrington in the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 victory Wednesday night over the Atlanta Hawks.

Squirt B squad wins, draws
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B squad notched a tie and a win in games played last weekend.

Georgia Tech lineman has family history of pro wrestling
ATLANTA So far, football is working out just fine for Joe Anoai. He's starting at Georgia Tech as a sophomore. His team will likely get an invitation to its eighth straight bowl game.

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