Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Drug tests still weak in baseball
SAN FRANCISCO Baseball's new mandatory steroid testing plan appears to give cheating players every advantage they need to avoid detection while taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs, scientists and doping detectives say.

Christmas comes to Kenai
The traditional day after Thanksgiving "Christmas Comes to Kenai" celebration will draw thousands of families to the All American City for a day of holiday festivities. Last year, even with the rain and spring like te

Bunny Swan releases new CD
Bunny Swan-Gease has become known internationally for her musical styling that crosses the ages of primitive rhythms to contemporary melodies. From concerts at the Kennedy Center in New York, to village gatherings in Northern Alaska, Bunny has ende

Community members give thanks
Preparations for Thanksgiving Day 2003 went further than the traditional feast last week, when Dr. Fraser of the Soldotna Medical Clinic sponsored a special edition of the radio talk show "Life on The Kenai Live" aired over local radio station KSRM.

100th Anniversary of Wright brothers' first flight draws some local interest
Next month, December 17th, will mark the 1

Cooper Landing Seniors lobby Assembly for land
Senior Citizens of Cooper Landing will have to wait a little longer to find out if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is willing to sell them a 23 acre parcel of property for less than market value. At last weeks regular Assembly meeting a group of a

United Way makes Holidays Happier
It's the season for appreciation, sharing, and giving, the combined elements that make for a happy holiday. While your United Way is actively pursuing it's goal of raising $550,000 by April of next year, the 27 local agencies tha

Happy trails ahead
"George W., quit being such a bozo and leave them alone," shouted Greg Bagle while shaking his fist in the air.

Now Playing: Elf & The Cat in the Hat
The holiday season is upon us once again and Hollywood is marching out it's usual mix of yuletide fair. Wacky, fun, family-friendly flicks that may or may not center around Christmas. This week we'll look at a genuine treat and a big 'ol lump of coal.

Rep. Wolf shows off peninsula with 'Kenai Wild' salmon
Kudos to Rep. Kelly Wolf for insuring the Taiwanese delegation was served "Kenai Wild" at the Hotel Captain Cook. The article begs the question, how many local restaurants are serving nonwild salmon?

Oil, gas exploration has its place, but not in Homer
I believe it was no accident that the 20,000 acres of shallow gas leases around Homer were never announced in either of Homer's newspapers.

Business tours show spirit of community
Soldotna Community Schools recently celebrated the real meaning of community education by hosting tours of three of our local businesses. Frames and Things, Mykel's and Safeway all took time from the work they do every day to make our lives better and more enjoyable to give local residents, of all ages, a look "behind the scenes."

Businesses help make veterans picnic success
The donations of time and financial support are sincerely appreciated. Your contributions were very instrumental in the success of our fourth annual Veterans on the Peninsula Picnic. It is this type of support that is so very important to show our veterans that they are remembered and appreciated.

POMV plan allows state to keep spending beyond its means
The percent of market value, or POMV, scheme exists for no other purpose than to divert the earnings of the permanent fund from the hands of th

Past decisions reveal bias of Fish and Game
As a member of the Unit 19(D) East (McGrath) Adaptive Management Team, I learned what balanced management means to radical hunters and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

NASCAR fans, drivers, journalists have many reasons to give thanks
The only turkey Elliott Sadler hopes to see this Thanksgiving is a live one. And if he does, he plans to shoot it.

French driver eyes NASCAR
ATLANTA Alain Prost, the Frenchman who won four Formula One championships, is making a study of NASCAR racing on behalf of some possible European sponsors.

In the spotlight: Benny Parsons
A short look at Retired NASCAR driver Benny Parsons

Kenai doctor charged with fraud, laundering
A Kenai physician was arraigned Monday on fraud and money laundering charges in federal district court in Anchorage.

Kids' playground plan slides in new direction
A strange thing happened to a group of Sterling children on the way to getting some new playground equipment for their school.

Kenai woman dies in crash
A Kenai woman was killed and four people were injured in an early morning head-on collision Tuesday on the Sterling Highway near the Golden International Restaurant just outside Soldotna.

Photo feature: Snow falls
Ernie Jordan clears snow from the roof of the Fort Kenay building in Old Town Kenai on Tuesday morning. Scott Juliussen, not pictured, was steadying the ladder below. "We're just trying to make the place safe," Jordan said.

LEPC could lose funds
Unless state lawmakers act during the next session, state funding vital for covering core functions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Local Emergency Planning Com-mittee could disappear, according to a state spill response official.

Burglary may leave thieves pooped out
Burglars who broke into a feed store in Seward on Wednesday may soon be looking to break into an outhouse.

Thanksgiving meals offered
The following businesses and organizations are offering a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

Southeast Natives to test salmon in Shanghai schools
JUNEAU Some Southeast Natives are hoping to take advantage of China's growing market for Alaska seafood by distributing smoked salmon products to schoolchildren in Shanghai.

Kenai guide numbers issue comes up again
The Kenai River is facing a number of problems from crowding to erosion to the heightened risk of contamination from outboard motors and other sources. At Monday night's Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting, a discussion of limiting Kenai guides turned into a forum for members to voice the opinion that in order for any of the Kenai's problems to be solved, they must all be taken into consideration.

Robert 'Bob' Merle Cowan
Kenai resident Robert "Bob" Merle Cowan died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 61.

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

Marion Cole
Former Alaska resident Marion Cole died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Silver Dale, Wash. She was 93.

Revival of resource development overdue
Gov. Frank Murkowski visited Ketchikan in recent days. While here he heard complaints about the demise of the Longevity Bonus for senior Alaskans. He explained that the state with rising costs

Gingrich earns 'moderate' label
There are long-term implications to President Bush's Medicare drug

U.S. forces making the difference
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti U.S. forces have disrupted s

Allowing Green Party won't hurt anything, will help conservatives
A Superior Court judge did the right thing in issuing a temporary court order allowing the Green Party of Alaska to remain on the 2004 primary election ballot as an official party.

Around the Peninsula
Parents support group to meetChristmas trees available in Chugach forestChristmas Comes to Kenai on FridayLaLeche League meeting scheduledKenai Potters Guild to sponsor art show, saleSafe Sitter class offered

Around the Peninsula
Nantau to present business workshop Health center to close for Thanksgiving Soroptimist holds candy fund-raiser Avalanche workshop planned Project GRAD meeting set for Ninilchik Victorian tea scheduled

Skyview High
In a recent fund-raiser to help a student who was involved in an accident, students raised $872. The staff and students would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Kalifonsky Christian
Mrs. East's kindergarten through second-grade class

Nikiski Elementary
The sixth-grade students gave presentations about Alaska Natives. In addition to doing research in texts and on the Internet, several students were

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Eighteen Nikiski High School students were named to the school's local chapter of the National Honor Society at an induction ceremony Nov. 19. The new NHS members are Laura Rooper, Claire Jones, Jenna Anastay, Kristen Frederic, D

North Star Elementary
Mrs. Thye's first-grade class is focusing on Thanksgiving. The students are using this theme in their art, literature and history studies.

Cook Inlet Academy
The National Honor Society is recycling white paper and newspaper for its group project. Members also have individual projects, including working with the city of Soldotna to send letters of encouragement to soldiers in Iraq.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors scholarship
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to the Jerry V. Horn Memor

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Parents are reminded to send hats, gloves, coats and snow boots to school with their student.

Sitka teenager No. 1 online Dean supporter
SITKA He may be only 14 years old, but Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is a player in the field of national politics.

Kenai Alternative serves up early Thanksgiving dinner with show on the side
The students of Kenai Alternative High School celebrated Thanksgiving early this year by putting on a special feast for the faculty, parents and friends of the central peninsula's only alternative high school.

Soldotna Elementary
Tracy Erwin's kindergarten and first-grade students have been reading books with parents each night. "Book baggies" are sent home each night with books for students to read to their parents. Since Nov. 1, the students have read 170 books at home.

The kindergarten thr

Sterling Elementary
Mrs. Martin's kindergartners and Mrs. Harrison's first-graders are celebratin

Soldotna High
On Tuesday, the ASVAB test will be administered. For more information, call the counseling office.

Tustumena Elementary
The Tustumena staff and students were saddened this past week to

Grace Lutheran
The students and staff thank Gary Hale and the Fire Buster Puppets for the entertaining and informative fire safety program they presented last Friday.

Congratulation to Jessica Turner, who will go to the Arctic Winter Games in Canada as one of 10 skaters.

Wings Christian Academy
Mickelle Waters and Kade Foust received the cleanest desk of the week awards.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
There will be no school Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Homer High plans blood drive
Homer High School's National Honor Society will host a blood drive Tuesday at the school as part of the Blood Bank of Alaska's High School Challenge.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The IDEA office will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiv-ing.

Area preschools offer USDA meal program
Little People's Learning World announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Kenai Middle
The sixth-grade s

College staff, students give thanks for host of people, services
This is the time of year when the season brings to mind all the things that we should be thankful for. KPC has plenty to be grateful for and first on the list are the students who have made KPC their college of first choice.

Soldotna Middle
The staff and students thank the Ladies Auxiliary for its generous donation. The funds are to help families in need at the school.

'If I Were Mayor, I Would ...' contest returns
The Alaska Conference of Mayors is sponsoring the third annual "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." essay contest for sixth-gra

Kenai Central High
The public is reminded that the annual arts and crafts fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school.

Redoubt Elementary
Thanks to ABATE for supplying Thanksgiving meals for Redoubt families.

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.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Sheldon's classes will perform a variety of songs and poems at 1 p.m. today in the library.

Senior Menus
Senior center menus for this week.

Senior Briefs
Schedules at Senior Centers around the peninsula

Older athletes test speed, stamina
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) Rita Evans took a breather from her workout in the Union College pool and chuckled about her early experiences at national championships.

Florida wins battle of Biron brothers
SUNRISE, Fla. Florida defenseman Mathieu Biron became the first NHL player in 23 years to score against his brother, beating Buffalo goalie Martin Biron in the Panthers' 2-1 victory over the Sabres on Monday night.

Kansas topples Spartans
LAWRENCE, Kan. Life without Roy Williams may not be so bad after all.

Buc up: Tampa stops slide
TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a winning start without Keyshawn Johnson.

Rangers black out Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. Jussi Markkanen made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season to help the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Mourning calls it a career
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The disappointment was clear in Alonzo Mourning's voice when he broke the news to Jason Kidd: He was calling it quits because his life-threatening kidney disease had worsened.

Mavericks don't welcome new Bulls coach
DALLAS Nothing changed for the Chicago Bulls in their first game after coach Bill Cartwright's firing. They lost again.

Warren Spahn dead at 82
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. Warren Spahn, the winningest left-hander in baseball history and a leader of the dominant Milwaukee Braves teams of the late 1950s, died at his home Monday. He was 82.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B goes 2-1 on weekend

Good role model
Every now again, you hear somebody talking about how hard it is to motivate kids these days.

Nikiski, Kenai Central have short evening
Illness and ineligibility combined to limit a meeting of the Kenai Central and Nikiski wrestling teams to just five matches Tuesday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Magic can't stop losing streak against Pacers
ORLANDO, Fla. Jermaine O'Neal had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers handed the Orlando Magic their 13th straight loss, winning 89-78 on Monday night.

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