Thursday, November 20, 2003

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

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleNantau to present business workshopLocal businesses to support food bankSoldotna Arby's receives excellence awardCelluar One makes move to peninsula

Taiwanese delegation takes 'Wild' taste test
The president of Taiwan didn't visit the Kenai Peninsula earlier this month during a brief visit to Alaska, but he still got a taste of the area.

Lynch book claims top spot on NY Times best seller list
NEW YORK Reviews have been mixed and the facts are in question, but the authorized biography of Pfc. Jessica Lynch will still claim a cherished position in the publishing industry: No. 1 on The NY Times' list of nonfiction best sellers.

Trade agreement nears completion
MIAMI Trade negotiators approved a draft Wednesday of the world's largest free trade region, adopting a version that allows countries to opt out of some requirements, officials from the Brazilian delegation said.

New local option available for psychiatric care
The Kenai MediCenter is hoping to open people's minds by expanding its facilities to include psychological services.

New Arctic atlas wonderful to explore
The high Arctic is a bleak place, but its history is certainly colorful. Now Canadian author Derek Hayes has created a marvelous book that literally puts that color on the page.

Art Briefs
Community choir begins rehearsalsPainting group to meetCommunity conversation slatedPoetry contests open for entryTable tennis players wantedArtists wanted for showsFund-raiser raffle tickets on saleStudent art contest announcedPhoto contest held

'Cat in the Hat' film does injustice to book
The cat in the hat has come back, and he may put you and the kids in the mood for an evening alone with Dr. Seuss' original picture book to fumigate the stink of this feline's awful live-action adventure.

Variety hallmark of new clay show
From making teapots, short and stout, to vertical vessels, tall and curvy, the members of the Kenai Potters Guild have been busy lately, as evidenced by the Kenai Clay Show at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

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

U.S. farming woman aspires to be next Martha Stewart
MOSCOW, Idaho Rural living is a little different on Mary Jane Butters' farm.

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.

State should buy back coal bed methane leases
An open letter to Gov. Frank Murkowski: We were very pleased to hear your comments regarding a possible buy back of shallow coal bed methane leases in the lower Kenai Peninsula.

Efforts to revitalize fishing industry gain attention elsewhere
The story on "Kenai Wild" was excellent, wonderfully done for supporting your communities' rebuilding of self-esteem and enhancing the conviction that with fishers' support for change, coupled with processing and marketing efforts to back that effort up, wild salmon will be assured of a viable place on our consumers' dinner plates.

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.

Points leaders
1. Matt Kenseth* 5,0222. Jimmie Johnson 4,9323. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,815

New boss, rules and sponsors set for next year
ATLANTA The way the NASCAR Winston Cup Series does business started making significant changes long before the first lap of the season-opening Daytona 500.

Labonte advises Kenseth on repeat
ATLANTA Bobby Labonte said winning a Winston Cup Series championship was difficult. Defending it was even harder.

Jack Roush
After finishing second four times in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series standings with Mark Martin, car owner Jack Roush was resigned to the idea he would never win the title. That's why he finds it difficult to celebrate Matt Kenseth's championship. He talked about the just-completed season and his plans for the future.

Race schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Money leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $5,517,8502. Tony Stewart 5,227,503 3. Jeff Gordon 5,107,762

Assembly works through hospital appropriations, other business
An agenda with all the earmarks of a late-night meeting turned out to be a relative breeze, as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly dispatched with a slough of important public hearings and passed most of the subject spending measures with little or no debate.

Area residents appointed to federal boards
Five Kenai Peninsula Borough residents have been appointed to fill seats on the 10 Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils.

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.

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.

Audit says school money in order, but finances still tight
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's financial statements are in order, an independent auditor announced this week.

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

KPC opens new art room to community
Though the name of the event sounds somewhat hostile and destructive, people participating in Kenai Peninsula College's Throw-A-Pot Day actually were involved in a fun and creative endeavor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. changes tactics in Iraq
WASHINGTON The U.S. military's counteroffensive in Iraq features a major shift in tactics: aggressive combat against guerrilla hide-outs and training camps using American precision bombs and missiles rarely seen since the war last spring.

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

Schwarzenegger begins his new role as governor
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set a very positive, bipartisan tone yesterday with his soaring inaugural address. Drawing heavily on his immigrant past, he expressed his deep appreciation for a diverse state that continues to welcome people from around the globe. ....

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

Around the Peninsula
Builders plan awards banquetCabin restoration presentation scheduledHomer ski swap plannedSoroptimists hold candy fund-raiserAvalanche workshop plannedAssistance available for commercial fishers

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Kalifonsky Christian
The students are enjoying the sledding hill.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Soldotna High
Kenai Peninsula College Career Day is Friday.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

School menus for this week.

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

Sports Briefs
Adu named to U.S. Under-20 national teamNo. 1 Connecticut dispatches Nevada

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

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.

Father of four playing college football with his son at age 44
JACKSON, Tenn. Joey Williams was so sore after football practice he couldn't get out of bed the next morning.

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.

Devils run unbeaten streak to 10
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Stevens set up the first two goals and the suddenly potent New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

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

Free throws boost Lakers
NEW YORK Karl Malone was one of three Lakers to make more free throws than the Knicks attempted, helping Los Angeles end its three-game road losing streak with a 104-83 victory over New York on Wednesday night.

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.

Anything to move the merchandise
Anything to help move the merchandise. Two years ago, as Barry Bonds zeroed in on the single-season home-run mark, someone asked whether the fans' appreciation of him would ever catch up to his already considerable achievements.

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.

Skaters drop puck on new season
The high school hockey season is under way on the Kenai Peninsula, and after two weekends' worth of games, the balance of hockey power appears to have shifted from perennial peninsula power Soldotna which now finds itself in a rebuilding mode to a deep and experienced Kenai Central squad.

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.

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.

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.

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