Thursday, November 25, 2004

A's close with Kendall; Miller's deal on hold
NEW YORK All-Star catcher Jason Kendall would go from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Oakland Athletics for left-handers Mark Redman and Arthur Rhodes in a trade that was close to being finalized Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesBusinesses support food bankSalon-a-thon, auction fund-raiser setBookkeeping, tax return workshop plannedWilcox named to three-year term'Goldie' broadcasting awards presented

Holiday shoppers to find 'pizazz'
NEW YORK The nation's retailers are hoping furry ponchos, fur-lined flip-flops, and sweater sets adorned with multiple broaches will excite shoppers this holiday season and lure them into stores and malls earlier than in previous years.

Shellfish advocates hope to grow industry
Twelve years into a shellfish farming venture in Southeast Alaska, Rodger Painter is at once optimistic about market growth and daunted by the obstacles facing shellfish aquaculture.

Muslim rappers combine Islam, pop music style
CHICAGO When David Kelly aka ''Capital D'' raps, he doesn't follow the mainstream mantra of women, cars and jewelry.

Juneau poet, scholar wins Community Spirit Award
JUNEAU One day, subway riders in New York City, looking up from their tabloids and reading the ads that run above the cars' windows, saw this poem:

Moose book presents compelling tribute
If moose interest you, "In the Company of Moose" belongs on your shelf.

Home & Garden Television still growing as 10th anniversary nears
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Ken Lowe had an idea that every room in the house and the grounds outside could have its own television show.

Class lets adults indulge interest in instruments
The group gathered in loose semicircles in the Skyview High School band room Tuesday had all the earmarks of budding musicians who are slowly turning the tide in their struggle to master the still-unfamiliar band instruments in their hands.

Art Briefs
Musical auditions set for Dec. 3Gallery calls for proposalsContest for young writers announcedArt guild to meetArt wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campusWriters' Night accepting submissions

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

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.

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.

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.

Good Samaritan represents kindness of Alaska's people
My fiance and I were an Alaska Airlines flight several weeks ago from New York to Seattle. The flight was continuing on to Anchorage from Seattle. After an exhausting and fun trip, we were tired and happy to be home. As we casually made our way to the baggage claim, the man that was sitting next to us had run down the entire corridor to return the purse that we had left behind.

Marriage institution isn't going anywhere any time soon
To claim that divorce is a bigger threat to marriage than are gays ("Marriage blame game," Peninsula Clarion, Nov. 22) is, well, stupid.

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.

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.

Alaskans have much to be thankful for this holiday season
I don't suppose everyone knows how lucky we must be. For along come petroleum and we had industry.

A shout out to cheerleading supporters around peninsula
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support of Soldotna High School Cheerleading.

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.

Nextel Cup Series Points Standings

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.

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.

Craftsman Truck Series Points Standings

Busch Points Standings

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

Photo feature: Turkey time
Melinda Anderson tries to see through her turkey hat Wednesday before a Thanksgiving presentation at Sterling Elementary School. Students from Suzanne Martin's kindergarten class and Ed Seims' fourth-grade class gave a presentation for family and friends before sitting down to a potluck Thanksgiving dinner in the school's gym.

Peninsula facing work-force crisis
A perfect storm could be heading toward Alaska, and the eye of the storm may very well hit the Kenai Peninsula's labor force.

Former Kenai mayor wants borough post
The long-time former mayor of the city of Kenai has filed notice with the Alaska Public Offices Commission announcing he intends to run for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough next year.

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

Drunk drivers targeted
Alaska State Troopers plan to crack down on drunk drivers during the holiday season, beginning this Thanksgiving Day weekend.

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.

Tree falls on line, knocking out power
A tree falling across a power line left approximately 200 North Kenai homes without power early Wednesday morning.

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.

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.

Russell (Russ) Edward Riemann
Russell (Russ) Edward Riemann of Anchorage, former owner of The Alaska News Agency, died peacefully in his home Monday, Nov. 15, 2004. He was 84.

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

Marilyn J. Mayfield
Sterling area resident Marilyn J. Mayfield died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with family by her side. She was 71.

Clarion takes time to count blessings
Today is the day the nation gets its priorities in order. The other 364 days of the year we indulge in that traditional all-American pastime of whining, no matter how good we have it.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Community Thanksgiving dinner setPublic health plans one-day closureFood handlers class scheduledChoir fund-raiser plannedT-200 poster contest beginsChristmas bazaar set'Toy and Joy' applications being acceptedSafe Sitter classes offered

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UAA men no match for Crimson Tide
ANCHORAGE(AP) Jermareo Davidson scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half, leading No. 19 Alabama to a 90-55 rout of Division II Alaska-Anchorage in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Reasons to be thankful
Happy Thanksgiving, sports fans. Go ahead and grab a turkey leg, pop a cold one and plop yourself in front of the TV. Just remember what day it is and that you're celebrating more than just the chance to watch two NFL games on a Thursday.

Touchdown passes on the menu for Colts, Manning in Detroit
With 35 TD passes in nine games, Peyton Manning is well on his way to shattering Dan Marino's record of 48 in a season. Indianapolis' game in climate-controlled Detroit on Thursday figures to be another big step on the way.

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.

Mickelson cards 59 in win
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii Phil Mickelson ended his magical year with golf's magic number.

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

Stanford clinches women's Shootout
ANCHORAGE Stanford's shooters got off to a slow start. Fortunately for the Cardinal, they can also rebound and play defense.

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