Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Moose, Bears, Fish, Flowers?
It takes a lot of determination and sacrifice to make that giant leap into being a small business owner. It can be a scary feeling putting it all out there and trusting your instinct and your partner. Someone has to do it, right?

The ultimate model airplane
After 19 years and some 700 hours of labor, Nelson Amen realized the ultimate ambition of model airplane hobbyists when he soared into the Alaskan skies for the first time last month in his own homebuilt experimental aircraft. "On October 16th in Kenai Alaska, I took up my home built aircraft for the very first time as a test pilot and builder. It was quite a thrill, but a non-event, which is what I had planned, but by the time I got it back on the ground and stopped, believe me I was smiling from ear to ear," said Amen.

We have all heard the talk about global warming in the past few years. In the ten years that I have lived in Alaska I definitely think our weather here has gotten warmer. I can remember fishing on Daniel's Lake on the first week of October and having between six and eight inches of ice on the lake. Here it is the 19th of November this year and we have very little ice and already covered with snow making it another year where we are dealing with over flow problems.

Start a Family Tradition by Creating Holiday Craft Projects
(ARA) With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes difficult to spend quality time with your family. Start a new family tradition by creating handmade projects for this holiday season. To make greeting cards, decorations or even wrapping paper, all you need is a little inspiration, easy-to-follow instructions and the right glue.

Toys That Teach - Experts Look to Toys to Help Develop Early Language, Math and Social Skills
(ARA) - This holiday season, why not consider toys that do more than clutter your house, are played with briefly and quickly forgotten. There are a host of toy companies that specialize in "developmental" toys -- playthings that experts say can give your child a running start on reading, math, social skills and even sports.

Homemade For the Holidays
(ARA) In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take the time to make your celebration unique and extra special. By adding your own personal touch to holiday gifts, cards, decorations and treats, you can make this holiday season different from years past and show your loved ones you truly care.

The Music of Christmas
(ARA) - The first sign of Christmas is the sound of music heard in stores and serenading callers on hold. No holiday celebration is complete without music. Listening to Bing Crosby's White Christmas is as traditional as baking cookies, sending out holiday cards and decorating the tree.

Nostalgic Gifts Are Hot for the Holidays
(ARA) - Looking for a memorable holiday gift for a friend? Why not give a blast from the past. Toys and games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are back. And apparently they are more popular than ever -- with adults. That's right. From Cabbage Patch Kids to Ms. Pac-Man video games to Star Wars figures, many classics are being re-released to brisk sales. And experts say adults are buying them not only for kids, but for themselves.

Birthday cards from Santa are big hit with kids
Birthday cards from Santa? That's just one of the treats Santa has in his bag this year, but you don't have to wait until Christmas. Available any time of the year, parents can register children to receive a birthday e-card from Santa. This FREE feature is one of several new activities offers on its year-round family Web site, which drew almost 6 million visitors last year. Going into its ninth holiday season, continues to entertain children of all ages with fun activities such as:

How to Cook a Turkey
Children from across the Peninsula submit their ideas on how best to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey.

Sweet Secret to Cutting Carbs During the Holidays
(ARA) It is the season of temptation. Office parties, cocktail receptions and family gatherings all offer lots of opportunities to stray from our healthy eating routines. But you don't need to skip the celebrations. Just keep in mind a few guidelines that will help you stick to your low carb resolution.

Kodiak's Stevens pre-files bill for increase in education money
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has pre-filed a bill that would increase the size of the per-student funding formula and require the Legislature to approve an education budget by April 1 each year.

Soldotna senior center gets help with endowment fund
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank First National Bank for its generosity and donation to the center's Endowment Trust Fund. First National Bank has been a significant contributor and has played a vital role in the support and success of the center's trust fund since its inception eight years ago.

Help with ABATE holiday baskets much appreciated
Kenai Peninsula ABATE would like to thank the many volunteers who helped put together our Thanksgiving turkey baskets this year. A special thank you to this year's coordinator, Bud Ashby; Best Transit Mix, for the use of a box truck and IGA Country Foods for helping our dollars go further and Sunday pick-up. Thank you.

Rasmuson's gift helps food bank do its job more easily
Gearing up for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank employees will be enjoying a much easier time gathering donated food this season thanks to the Rasmuson Foundation. They have been able to park the food bank's well-used 1983 GMC box van truck donated in 1997 by BP, which transported the hundreds of thousands of pounds of surplus and distressed food donated by local businesses and individuals.

Wolf sides with PETA; says fish farming is animal cruelty
In acknowledgement of PETA's "People for Ethical Treatment of Animals" recent press release announcing their stand for ethical treatment of fish.

Cabin Hoppers kick-off party a roaring success
The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2004 kick-off party a success: Alaska Oil Sales, Echo Lake Meats, Our Best Friends, Craig Taylor Equipment, Airport Equipment Rental, Peninsula Processing and Smokehouse, B & C Carquest, Alyeska Tire, Dale's Unlimited, Vincent's Auto, Sweeney's, Lance Mackey, Tustumena Lodge, Tustumena Sled Dog Association, A-1 Enterprises, ACS, Alaska Bolt and Chain, Soldotna True Value Hardware, Great Bear Ford, NAPA Auto Parts, Riverside Sea and Marine, Spenard Builders Supply, Ron's Honda, Schucks Auto, Buckets, Beemun's, Hooligan's, Papa Murphy's, Soldotna Florist, Atomic Nails and Styling, Que'Anna Bar, Sterling Tool, ConocoPhillips, R and K Industrial, Seismic Source, Burdick Enterprises and everyone else who contributed to our door prizes. It was only because of your generosity. Thank you. We also say thank you to everyone who volunteered time and effort to make it all happen.

Despite challenges, Bush leads nation based on faith, character
I am proud to be serving under the Command of George W. Bush for four more years. For many Christians this is an answer to our prayers. No, I know he is not perfect no one is.

Thanksgiving the time to send wishes to extended family
Have you met a person lately somewhere around 5-feet tall the tall ones are about 5 feet, 3 inches just plain happy, good looking, some are a little hyper, hard working, and very giving? It could very well be Osterhaus offspring.

NRA banquet a success thanks to area businesses, individuals
Kenai/Soldotna Friends of the NRA wish to thank these area businesses and supporters for their generous donations to this year's banquet: G & G Machine Shop, Gator Guns, ATEC, Mike's Welding, Dales Unlimited, Air Gas, OBUR Guns, Mr. Funwyzer Charters, Metal Magic, Decanter Inn, Agrium, Pollard Wireline, Alaska Steel, Morgan Steel, Jim Rose, G.F. Sherman Signs, Martin Mines, Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson, Peak, Kenai Peninsula chapter Safari Club International, Seaman Apartment Rentals, Chefnoble Forge, 4D Carpet One, Blakely Auction and the Soldotna Elks Club.

Voters spoke up about what kind of America they want
I must respond to the article by Dr. Raskin published in the letters to the editor on Nov. 9. Here you see a vivid example of how a certain highly educated individual (in this case a PhD.) with such a distorted view has lost sight of what America is all about.

Many help feed Sterling Elementary children
Rain or shine, for the past two years there has been a group of dedicated volunteers who have provided breakfast for the students at our school.

Second straight points title thrills Roush
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Jack Roush won his second consecutive Nextel Cup Series championship last Sunday when Kurt Busch finished fifth in the season-ending Ford 400.

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Nextel Cup Series Points Standings

Busch Points Standings

Odd couple steers to title
"Listen Kurt, calm down. Concentrate. Just relax, and we'll get it right."

Chase for the Championship: Busch wins
Kurt Busch finished fifth in Miami to hold off Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Busch posted nine top-10 finishes during the 10-race playoff to claim his first points title. Busch's teammate, Greg Biffle, won the Ford 400.

Hi, neighbors. Thanks to Melissa Daugherty, I have more information regarding the new Cub Scout Pack No. 31 that has recently been formed in Sterling. The charter organization is the Sterling Fire Station. The group represents children from first grade through fifth. Kandice Hightower is the new Cub master. Kaye Larsen and Melissa Daugherty are the Webelos leaders who represent the fourth and fifth grades. Nathan Pannellis is the Bear and Wolf leader, which represents the second and third grades. Penny Edin is the Tiger leader, which represents the first grade. If you are interested in joining the Webelos call 262-6764; for the Bear or Wolf group call 260-4979; and lastly, call 260-3033 if you wish to be a Tiger.

Good morning. A thought for your Thanksgiving week: Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault

Hi, neighbors. My family joins me in wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Day. During this season, I always like to get out the history books and read about our heritage, the ancient landmarks and the foundation for freedom of worship upon which our country is built. It leaves me profoundly thankful for God's mercy and providence.

Holiday greetings, neighbors. By now you have your turkey thawing, your silver polished and your tablecloths and real napkins ironed and are making a cornucopia arrangement out of grapes and flowers for your table centerpiece. Perhaps you have a candle arrangement on your mantel, and if you're one of the fortunate ones, have turkeys made from children's handprints stuck to your refrigerator door. Maybe you will have to work Thursday and won't be able to spend the day with your family, and maybe you will have soup for your dinner. However your preparations for this week's celebration are being made, I hope you will take time to ponder the reasons we celebrate this holiday.

Greetings from Kasilof. It was nice to see George Calvin on the front page of the paper and the members Kasilof Regional Historical Association recognized for its ongoing efforts in preserving the unique history of the Kasilof community. For those folks wishing to visit with George and tour the museum located at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road, the hours of operation are from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For further museum information, call 262-0822.

Friends gathered at Kenai Christian Church for a moving-away potluck celebration for Linda Lyn Winters late last month. A friendship quilt made by Wanda Seyler and Diane Buchanan was an attraction at the festivities. David Higginbotham was master of ceremonies for the evening, which was coordinated by Grace Shook. The church praise band featured several sing-along-style favorites of Linda's. The Syvrud family sang a classical Doxology. Denya DeVolld performed a humorous skit portraying Linda as a teen.

Cooper Landing
Yes, Marine Lance Corp. Dustin Dreifuerst is the young man who made appearances at local meetings during his Eagle Scout work and, yes, this is Dustin's second deployment to that part of the world. In March of 2003, Dustin was stationed in Kuwait and subsequently went into Iraq.

Hospital passes examination
After two days of examination by hospital accreditation surveyors, Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna came through with flying colors.

Search for overdue aircraft continues
Searchers from the Civil Air Patrol and the Alaska National Guard continue looking for a missing Palmer pilot flying a blue and white Maule ML-7 from Palmer to Seldovia on Monday afternoon.

Clam Gulch man critical after collision
A Clam Gulch man re-mained in critical but stable condition at Alaska Native Medical Center on Monday, where he was being treated for injuries received in a wreck on the Sterling Highway near Kasilof late Friday afternoon.

Photo feature: Cool ride
Dustin Tracy spins his wheels while biking through soft snow in his neighborhood in Kenai last week. The forecast is for rain and snow mixed today and Wednesday with cloudy skies on Thanksgiving.

2006 Arctic Winter Games store opens its doors
Just in time for the Christmas season, the host society for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games has unleashed an avalanche of gift-buying opportunities on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Wildlife trooper arrested for DV
A Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement trooper stationed in Soldotna was arrested and charged with domestic violence Saturday and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On the table
Robert Cissell concentrates on his shot while playing pool with Cody Hunter (not pictured) at the Kenai Teen Center on Saturday afternoon. The center was a good place for the two Kenai Middle School students to spend a rainy afternoon.

Kenai revenues, taxes make bottom line a healthy one
According to its financial auditor, the city of Kenai is in good shape when it comes to the bottom line.

Annual Thanksgiving meal gets lots of volunteer help
There is quite a lot of giving going on around the central Kenai Peninsula, and the usual suspects of this galore of gratitude are up to it again. These providers are trying to make more of their communities by filling the lives and the plates of their neighbors.

Wendy Albertson
Kenai resident Wendy Albertson died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at her home. She was 34.

Adrienne Roberta Miller
Kenai resident Adrienne Roberta Miller died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at her home in Kenai. She was 35.

Deborah S. Arness
Kenai resident Deborah S. Arness died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 54.

Chirac doesn't get true nature of war on terror
French President Jacques Chirac has a good grasp of the current reality in Iraq but apparently not a clear vision of what it means in the long term.

Visit to Alaska provides insight into issue of global importance
A visit to Alaska offers a chance to witness some of the last remnants of an unspoiled landscape that reminds us of our spiritual connection with this great planet: majestic mountains; icy blue waters full of salmon, sea otters and humpback whales; and vast open lands teeming with grazing caribou. Native villagers still live off the landscape on wildlife bounty the way their ancestors did for generations before them. I had the good fortune to see all of this on a recent trip to Alaska.

Iraq elections key to United States' fight against terror
Once again, one of the most important elections in U.S. history is about to take place. This time in January.

Around the Peninsula
Light parade, Christmas celebration FridayCPGH to offer childbirth classesMission fund-raiser plannedSoroptimist offer volunteer awardWomen's outdoor workshop slated

Around the Peninsula
Snow removal, safety reminders issuedLight parade, Christmas celebration setSoHi junior parents to meetChristmas cookies still availableRemembrance celebration setCribbage tourney plannedMystery Creek Road closesCandy fund-raiser beginsRock-a-billy fund-raiser planned

Dozens of fires burn at struggling Baltimore schools
BALTIMORE Four firefighters and a fire truck are stationed outside Walbrook High School every day. The chances are good they are going to be needed.

T-200 poster contest begins
The annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster design contest has begun. The winners of the contest will be invited to ride in the ceremonial start of the race and the wining picture will be reproduced on the poster for the 2005 Tustumena 200. The second-place drawing will be used for the race program.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The life skill this week is cooperation: working together toward a common goal or purpose.

Ninilchik School
Mrs. Boll's second- and third-graders will present "A Turkey for Thanksgiving," a play by Eve Bunting. The kindergartners will perform a play entitled "The Turkey Tom and the Turkey Mom." The plays, along with a variety of songs, will be presented to parents at 2:15 p.m. today.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Rosemary Pilatti, band director, reports she has 16 fifth- and sixth-grade students in band: two students playing flute, four playing clarinet, two playing trumpet, four playing alto saxophone, one playing trombone and three drummers. The band program will run from November to March and there is a participation fee. There are school instruments to rent and scholarships are available for students who need financial help to pay for band. Call Mrs. Pilatti for more information.

Students visited the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank to deliver dry goods that have been collected during the past weeks. The students also made placemats for the soup kitchen.

Stunts win SoHi cheerleaders state title
The Soldotna High School cheerleading team won its second straight championship in the Small Varsity Division at the 18th annual Spirit Coaches Association State Championships at Buckner Field House at Fort Richardson Nov. 11 and 12.

Redoubt Elementary
The staff wishes all parents and students a happy Thanksgiving.

Cook Inlet Academy
School board president Greg Bell spoke at the annual fall banquet about the school's long-term expansion plans. The current enrollment is at maximum capacity of 245 students. Prior to expanding the building, the school would like to tie into the city water and sewer. A sprinkler system would then be installed in the current building. After these projects, the school plans to expand the existing building by adding a commons area which would house the media center and computer lab, among other priorities.

Sears Elementary
Students are studying turkeys in Ms. Fischer's class. The class is hoping that if they make a variety of turkeys and put them in a field all together, the farmer will not be able to find the class' special turkey for Thanksgiving.

Wings Christian Academy
Kindergartners have learned the letters "v" and "w." In math, they heard about the 30 family and are beginning to tell time. During geography, the students discovered how many oceans and continents there are in the world.

Students of the month
The following students were named November Students of the Month at Soldotna High and Sterling Elementary.

Essay contest begins
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman announced an essay contest open to all 11th- and 12th-grade Alaska students. Essays must discuss the significance of the Electoral College to Alaska and the United States. The winner will be invited to present the essay at the Casting Alaska's Electoral Votes event at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art auditorium. If the winner is from outside the Anchorage area, travel reimbursement will be provided.

Skyview High
Tonight the swing choir and band are putting on a Sadie Hawkins dance from 8 to 11. The cost is $5 per person.

Top pay for college presidents rises again
Tuition is rising sharply and many schools are still fighting through budget cuts. But the salaries of the highest-paid college presidents are also increasing, according to a survey.

Soldotna Elementary
On Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, under the musical direction of Erin Southwick, will present "Once on a Housetop."

Expanded EMT program a lifesaver at Kenai Peninsula College
The college is offering emergency medical technician courses in the spring. It has just been announced that an EMT III class has been added to the already scheduled emergency trauma technician (ETT), EMT I and EMT II classes.

Soldotna High
On Tuesday, the junior varsity hockey team will play Skyview.

Event a hit with Shooting Stars
While much of the community was b-balling it up with the Harlem Globetrotters, another group was trotting right off the globe and into outer space. Recently consolidated Nikiski North Star Elementary hosted around 350 people at its Family Space Night and School Bus to Space wrap-up Friday.

No school Thursday, Friday
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most private schools also will be closed. To verify closure dates, call your child's school.

Grace Lutheran
School dismisses at 3:30 p.m. today and resumes again Monday.

Chapman School
Mrs. Nelson's first- and second-graders have completed the fish dissection, which included salmon, a northern pike and a shark. This scientific discovery has been a part of Nelson's fish unit for six years. Patricia Berkahn of the Soldotna office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game facilitated the investigation.

High school juniors and seniors interested in taking the ASVAB aptitude test can call the Army recruiting office at 260-3954. Tests are given free of charge on the first and third Mondays of the month.

Sterling Elementary
Students of the month will be recognized at the end of semester assemblies and invited to attend an afternoon activity at the end of each semester that will be planned especially for them.

Tustumena Elementary
Students are gathering canned food items for the The Salvation Army food drive. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 10. Items donated may be boxed or bagged products that have not exceeded their expiration date.

Soldotna Middle
The annual Turkey Trot is today. Parents are welcome to watch the competition between seventh- and eighth-graders. A variety of relay races make up the activities and the gym will be loud.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Students from the school made a presentation to the Soldotna City Council on Nov. 17. The students described their city park cleanup project to the council.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The Ravens and Eagles had Isaac Cryer visit them over Veterans Day holiday.

Mountain View Elementary
Mr. Daniel's class received instructions on weaving from Debbie Harris. Harris made a brief presentation on the history of weaving, and helped the students make the connection between this art form and the Southwest Native Americans they have been studying.

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to the following students for being selected physical education students of the week: eight grade, Leah Stephens and R.J. Munn; seventh grade, Maya Johnson and Mole Morin; and sixth grade, Mariah Wyatt and Ben Gilman.

Older folks not exercising, eating well
WASHINGTON Two-thirds of older Americans take part in leisure-time physical activities, but poor nutrition remains a problem, especially when it comes to fruit and vegetables, according to the latest snapshot of aging.

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

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

Penhale has won 58 straight matches
When Nikiski senior Lance Penhale entered high school, he was as small physically as he was tough mentally.

Kenai's Hall helps Falcons to win
Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, played defensive line for the Atlanta Falcons in the team's 14-10 victory over the New York Giants Sunday. Hall did not have any tackles, leaving him with 14 unassisted tackles and four assisted tackles this season. The Falcons are at 8-2 atop the NFC South.

Patriots take out Chiefs at Arrowhead
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Sometimes so many New England Patriots make big plays that Tom Brady gets overlooked.

KPHA squad gets two wins, one tie
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team picked up two wins and a tie on a trip to Anchorage this weekend.

No. 1 Wake Forest creams Bulldogs
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Wake Forest celebrated its first appearance at No. 1 with an easy victory.

Shootout again attracts top teams
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Favorites have had a habit of stumbling at recent Great Alaska Shootouts.

Jayhawks rip Hawks
LAWRENCE, Kan. Wayne Simien had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 2 Kansas shot 63 percent during a 91-51 rout of St. Joseph's on Tuesday night.

Clutch foul shots lift Timberwolves
DALLAS Kevin Garnett made two free throws with 5.9 seconds left then Trenton Hassell blocked Jerry Stackhouse's long jumper at the buzzer, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves an 83-82 victory over Dallas on Monday night in the Mavericks' first of several games without Dirk Nowitzki.

Bulldogs host Stars, Kardinals
The Nikiski High School wrestling team hosted Soldotna and Kenai for a pair of dual meets Tuesday, earning a split as they gear up for the upcoming area meet and small-schools state championships.

Holtz retires
COLUMBIA, S.C. As South Carolina coach Lou Holtz left the game he's cherished for 33 seasons, he couldn't resist poor-mouthing himself one last time.

Five pins get job done for Skyview
The Skyview wrestling team defeated Homer 46-22 Tuesday in a dual meet at Skyview High School.

Pacers overcome shortage of players against Celtics
INDIANAPOLIS Jamaal Tinsley had a career-high 29 points and James Jones had a career-best 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the suspension-weakened Indiana Pacers to a 106-96 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Spurrier takes over at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. Steve Spurrier might give his brash, visor-throwing style an overhaul now that he has returned to college football.

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