Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Bonds wins sixth NL MVP, third in a row
NEW YORK This one was for Dad.

Grand Opening was a success
If anything went right for Heidi Linz of Little Depression Girl on November 8th, it would have been from when she opened her doors to welcome her first customers until she wished the last one a good evening. Her Grand Opening was a success.

Tails from the Trail
My husband, an Iditarod musher, has encountered many unique challenges while traveling throughout Alaska on the runners of a dog sled. From hair raising to humorous, these challenges have both inspired me, and made me question his sanity on occasion. Of the many "tails of the trail" that he has lived to tell about, one stands out as a neon reminder to me as to why I might think twice about stepping on the runners of a dog sled.

Nothing for 2003 means bigger and better for 2004
Although mother nature was less than cooperative towards winter enthusiasts across the Kenai Peninsula in 2003, the volunteers that coordinate the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race used the hiatus to prepare for an even better race in 2004.

Fred Meyer employees help school recover after theft of equipment
The staff, students and parents of Sterling Elementary School would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to one of the Kenai Peninsula business community's most committed supporters of our public schools Soldotna's Fred Meyer store.

Murkowski action increases all Alaskans' access to health care
On Sept. 17, Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a document that allows Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Alaska to provide anesthesia services for Medicare patients.

Womack moved by Alaska move
When Nikiski senior Zach Womack found out the summer before his sixth grade year that he would be moving from Texas to Alaska, his thoughts did not turn to igloos, interminable darkness or stinging cold.

School board OKs staff formulas
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education decided Monday to approve status quo staffing formulas for the 2004-05 school year.

Custodian, nurse figures unchanged
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved proposed status quo support staffing formulas Monday night, determining the number of custodians, secretaries, nurses and other support staff members that will be hired in the 2004-05 school year.

Murkowski pushes Alaska hire
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski is pushing for companies to increase the percentage of Alaskans on their payrolls.

Assembly prepares for eventful meeting
It could be a long night. A multitude of ordinances are up for public hearing at tonight's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, as members will consider such diverse subjects as buying a $14,000 defibrillator for Anchor Point emergency volunteers to approving purchase of a $1.3 million magnetic resonance imaging system for Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Photo feature: Winter sunset
An Everts Air Fuel CW-46 banks into the setting sun while landing in Kenai recently.

Market wild about salmon
Although it may be a bit premature to say consumers are going crazy for Kenai Wild fish, it's safe to say the premium grade, locally produced sockeye salmon is catching on with consumers in the Lower 48.

Charges against couple with wolf hybrids expected to be dropped
A Kasilof couple who raises and shows hybrid wolves is awaiting final word on dismissal of criminal charges alleging 21 counts of unlawful possession of a wolf hybrid that is not on a national registry.

Agencies working together to provide meals for holidays
In an effort to make sure no one will go without a holiday meal or be alone on Thanksgiving, area organizations have come together to offer community members an opportunity to share a meal together or take a holiday meal home.

Borough, voter help sought for student activities
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday passed a resolution asking the borough assembly to help fund cocurricular activities for students.

Wolf: Balancing state budget will require more massive cuts
Alaska's struggling economy, the budget deficit and the need to curb spending will dominate the upcoming legislative session, Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, told the Soldotna Cham-ber of Commerce luncheon crowd Tuesday.

Seward Spenard's burglarized
Managers of Spenard Build-ers Supply in Seward opened the store Sunday morning to find someone had broken in the night before, making off with an undisclosed sum of cash.

Jamie Blanchard
Kenai resident Jamie Blanchard died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, in Kenai. She was 40.

Peter William Johnson
Soldotna resident Peter William Johnson died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at his home. He was 55.

Bonnie Rumley
Longtime Sterling area resident Bonnie Rumley died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in her sleep. She was 74.

Dorothy 'Dee' E. Leach
Kenai and Soldotna area resident Dorothy "Dee" E. Leach died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, from natural causes at her home in Kenai. She was 45.

Nation's powerful operate in bubble
Former CBS-TV correspondent Bernard Goldberg rocked the journalism world in 2001 with his

Alaskans sending clear message: State needs long-range fiscal plan
Representatives of several major Alaska business and civic organizations sent a loud and unified message recently to Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders: The state needs a long-range fiscal plan, and it needs one now.

Protection, predictability, stability reasons to consider permanent fund change
Over the course of the interim, I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Alaskans throug

Going slow on solution to state's money woes will make things worse
Gov. Frank Murkowski should pay close attention to the message sent him on the fiscal gap recently by eight business, industry and civic leader groups.

Around the Peninsula
Women voters to meet Mayor to speak at sled dog meeting Educational forum scheduled Christmas cookies available Electric light parade seeking entrants Kennel club offering dog classes

Around the Peninsula
Homer chamber mixer setChristmas bazaar planned in HomerFish and Game advisory committee to meetPlanning and zoning meeting canceledNative Christmas bazaar plannedVolunteers sought for air quality research

Aurora Borealis Charter
The kindergartners enjoyed their study of Europe. The students enjoyed acting out traditional folk tales.

Schools to close for Thanksgiving
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, as well as several area private schools, will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 in honor of Thanksgiving. Classes will resume Dec. 1 as normally scheduled.

Sears Elementary
The sledding hill is open. Students are required to have hats, gloves, boots and snow pants. Only roll-up sleds are allowed.

Grace Lutheran
The students have continued their study of the Old Testament. They have learned about forgiving and showing kindness to others for Jesus's sake.

Students need clothes for cold weather
Parents are reminded to send their children to school will proper clothing for the weather conditions. District policy states that children will go outside for recess unless the temperature drops below minus 10 degrees, including wind chill. Students should have warm clothes, coats, hats and gloves for the weather.

Cook Inlet Academy
Preschool teacher Miss Becky attended the 2003 International Early Education Director's Conference in Atlanta. She enjoyed participating in various workshops and hearing vocalist Mary Rice Hopkins perform.

North Star Elementary
Mr. Zinck's third-grade students studied the little brown bats that inhabit the school.

Kenai Central High
The site council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Soldotna Elementary
The PTA thanks the staff members and parents who helped with Fun Fest. The proceeds for Fun Fest usually go to the teachers who hold an activity.

Kenai Middle
The staff and students thank Michael Morin for representing the school at the Veterans Day ceremony. Michael read his original poem, "Soaring High," to honor the American Flag and America's veterans at the Lief Hansen Memorial Park. Michael was an excellent example of Character Counts before the city and state dignitaries.

Students of Month
The following students were named October Students of the Month at Seward High School:

Tustumena Elementary
Mr. Michael's fourth-grade class is taking part in an in-depth study of Pacific salmon and the role they play here on the peninsula.

Colgate-Palmolive sponsors service contest
Colgate-Palmolive is sponsoring the 31st annual "Colgate Youth for America" campaign.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Susan Larned attended the International Montessori Council Peace Conference.

Mountain View Elementary
Principal Dawson was honored in a surprise assembly Nov. 13 for Principal's Day. A movie created by Mr. and Mrs. Wensley was shown.

Living History
From the Northern Lights to northern peoples, students in three sixth-grade classes at Redoubt Elementary School brought Alaska's history, culture and environment to life earlier this month with their own Alaska Museum.

Redoubt Elementary
The school is selling sweatshirts for $18 through Friday.

Scholarships available for high school seniors to attend local college
The 2003-04 High School Senior Tuition Waiver Scholarship packets have been delivered to area high schools and now are available for seniors to apply for five full-tuition waivers to attend the KPC campus in Soldotna.

Skyview High
The music, art, drama, social studies, vocational, foods and technology departments are proud to present this year's interdisciplinary show The 1970s Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Skyview commons.

School menus for this week.

Sterling Elementary
Falcon Fun Night for the kindergarten through third-grade students is Friday.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Thanks to Sis Bolivar for orchestrating Dr. Phelan's 1, 2, 3 Magic training for the community. Thanks also to Gallery 25 and Mr. Ron for their contributions to Head Start.

Congratulation to the students who competed in the state swim meet. Catie Coursen came in 14th in the 500-freestyle. Tory Coursen came in 10th in diving. Nathan Grabowski came in sixth in the 200-freestyle and fourth in the 100-fly.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
This month, preschoolers have been learning about Claude Monet and making Impressionist paintings.

Soldotna Middle
The public is invited to see the new student artwork hanging in the library.

Dinossori Learning Center
The students will begin a study of space and the solar system. Some of the week's activities will include making a model of the Earth and sponge painting what Earth looks like from space.

The volleyball team is setting up to host the regional tournament Thursday through Saturday in the gymnasium.

Wings Christian Academy
The cleanest desk of the week trophies were awarded to Leah Howell and Courtney McGee.

Soldotna High
Kenai Peninsula College Career Day is Friday.

Kalifonsky Christian
The students are enjoying the sledding hill.

Honor Rolls
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Kalifonsky Christian School:

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

KPHA PeeWee C Tier III opens season
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee C Tier III squad opened its season with two shutout victories Nov. 8 and 9 against the Big Lake Winter Hawks.

Speedskating tryouts scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska will hold tryouts for short-track speedskating.

Rockets rock 76ers
PHILADELPHIA Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points, and Yao Ming and Jim Jackson each added 12 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 74-66 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Nikiski's Cason excels in volleyball at UAA The Next Level
Mindy Cason, a graduate of Nikiski high school, was named to the All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference Second Team in volleyball Tuesday.

Huskies start out strong
STORRS. Conn. Connecticut needed 20 minutes to start looking like the No. 1 team in the country.

Avalanche bury Mighty Ducks in overtime
DENVER Teemu Selanne scored with 1:49 left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.

Sabres stop Senators
OTTAWA (AP) J.P. Dumont and James Patrick scored 14 seconds apart early in the third and Martin Biron made 23 saves in the Buffalo Sabres' 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Monday night.

Tampa ends Keyshawn's season
TAMPA, Fla. Keyshawn Johnson will get his wish to leave Tampa Bay once the season is over.

Sports Briefs
NBA approves realignment planKasten out as president of Braves, HawksYankees asked to consider opening season in JapanVikings player arrested on DWI

KPHA Squirt B team goes 2-2 in Fairbanks
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team had a 2-2 record in Fairbanks this past weekend.

Rangers' Rodriguez takes home MVP, increases trade value
NEW YORK For sale: American League MVP. Asking price: about $179 million.

Rivers canned by Magic
PHOENIX The worst start in the 15-year history of the Orlando Magic cost Doc Rivers his job, the first coaching casualty of an NBA season that has barely begun.

Ohio State moves up past Southern California in BCS
Ohio State moved past USC into second place in the BCS standings Monday. Even so, the Buckeyes might need more than a win at Michigan to defend their championship.

Pistons add to road woe of Shaq and Co.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The Los Angeles Lakers have been unbeatable at home, and average on the road.

Owens ready for prime time
SAN FRANCISCO Terrell Owens had been ordinary so far this season, with drops, distractions and double coverages all conspiring against one of football's most exciting players.

Nanooks look to defend Top of the World title
ANCHORAGE, Alaska The University of Alaska Fairbanks proved to be rude hosts last year at the BP Top of the World Classic, the nation's northernmost college basketball tournament.

Photo feature: Bad camouflage
A cow moose finds it hard to blend into its snow-covered surroundings alongside the Kenai Spur Highway as it browses last weekend.

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