Thursday, December 2, 2004

Mets court Martinez, Giants sign Benitez
NEW YORK While Mets fans discussed whether their team has a chance to land Pedro Martinez, former New York closer Armando Benitez found a new club, agreeing Tuesday to a $21.5 million, three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Kenai Performers offer a live Holiday greeting...
Once again the Kenai Performers are offering a special Holiday enhancing experience for the local community. The living Christmas card, as it's become known, was the idea of Christa Cady-Hippchen three years ago as a way of spreading holiday cheer as well as raising funds for the Kenai Performers Band Wagon fund. "I started this because I just love to sing Christmas music and many years ago I use to do this in Seattle and I felt it was a niche that was missing in our community," said Cady. The living Christmas card comes complete with authentic carolers dawned in vintage Victorian costumes, "We'll have three quartets available this year and people may order anything from a four carol Christmas Card for $50 to a half hour stroll down a hallway or through your place of business or even a full hour concert for your party or any combination of events to enhance your holiday atmosphere, while at the same time contributing your tax deductible support to the Kenai Performers and their new theatre," explained Cady. To reserve a date for the Victorian Carolers call Diane at 262-8525.

Alaskan publishes book of stories about life in Idaho
K-Beach resident LaVerne Hunt Silcott recently fulfilled a long time ambition by self publishing a collection of family stories from the county where she was raised in Idaho. "My mother said she could never understand why so many books had been written about the other end of our county in Southwestern Idaho, but nothing about our end. So I started researching and gathering family stories," says Silcott. Of course the other end of the county was where the infamous Silver City ghost town was located. "Our end of the county were mostly farm folk that loved to tell stories. Our whole family were story tellers. My mother would say that my grandfather would start a story in the morning and by the time evening came along it didn't sound like the same story at all, but my stories are more about the facts of how our folks lived and celebrated holidays, planted their gardens and put up their food, curled their hair, and did their laundry. There's one story about my father who was a tall person and he liked to ride a donkey to school but he had to pull his legs up to keep his toes from dragging on the ground when he went to school," said Silcott.

Mentoring Science teachers...
State Teacher Mentor Rick Frederic gathers with KPBSD teachers for special in-service.

Seniors enjoy early turkey dinner...
It's a tradition that started longer ago than anyone remembers for sure, but according to the Agrium employees that were serving up last weeks Turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Kenai Senior Center last week, it's been at least a couple of decades. John Averill of Agrium loves the special day and said he'd been personally working in the serving line since 1990, "We look forward to this every year. It's a great time to say thanks to people who helped to make this community such a nice place to live and it gives us a chance to give back to those who have given so much to us," said Averill.

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Aimed to amuse
Comedy, mystery, thrills, mimes, a delusional Capt. James T. Kirk and even Frankenstein combine this weekend in shows at Soldotna and Nikiski high schools.

Assembly should work to make peninsula better place to live
Thanks for broadcasting your meetings during the winter months. And thanks, especially for airing them on KDLL, a station that can make a person think if that person would want to.

Auction to benefit nursing education a healthy success
The recent auction to raise funds for nursing education was a huge success. Thanks to all the organizations and people who participated and worked very hard to make this effort come together. Because of the shortage of qualified nurses on the peninsula, Kenai Peninsula College will offer a two-year RN program beginning in January. The funds raised at the auction will go toward assisting these students through

Article on teacher's struggle appreciated by former student
Mr. Summer was my history teacher in 1994. He was the best teacher I ever had. He pushed me forward, never backed down and always wanted more from me. It was the best thing in the world.

Experience on icy roads leads to questions on sanding policy
The recent news about all the accidents and deaths caused by drivers hitting black ice or having accidents on our icy roads prompts me to relate my recent experience.

Theft victim hopes whoever got cash has happy holiday
Merry Christmas to whomever found my purse with about $380 in cash in it. I forgot my purse at the Orca movie theater last Sunday and on Thanksgiving I got it back with a total of $2.25 in it. The money I had in my purse was money I had made over the summer baby-sitting kids and working for my grandma. I get no allowance, you see, I make all my money by working. So if you are the one that found my purse, I hope you use the money I was saving to buy presents or food for your family. So have a merry Christmas.

Get used to it: Roush sees more NASCAR titles in Busch's future
Busch has built a reputation during his four years in NASCAR's top series as a driver who would run over anyone else to get to the winner's circle. That has brought boos from the fans and anger from competitors.

Suspect surplus Oil income boosts budget, but how permanent will state's windfall be?
Record-high oil prices will send hundreds of millions to state coffers, but lawmakers and budget analysts are warning against calling new revenues a surplus.

Bridge project closer to start
Every day the city of Soldotna gets closer to seeing new bridge construction over the Kenai River, but no one is in the position to start counting those days.

Police seeking assault victims
Kenai police arrested a 20-year-old Soldotna man Friday in conjunction with sexual assaults and believe others may have been victims of additional assaults.

Man no longer has head in the clouds
After nearly four decades of keeping the skies safe, Kenai's John Bernard is heading out to sea.

Report: Juneau Creek route looks to be easiest on fish
A plan to run the proposed Sterling Highway Mile 45 to 60 redesign project north of the Kenai River and across Juneau Creek appears to have the least impact on anadromous fish habitat of three possible alternatives, according to a preliminary report prepared for the state.

Photo feature: Something to sing about
Toddlers sing a song during story time at the Kenai library Wednesday morning. A reading is offered for children under three years old on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. and on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 for children three- to five-years-old. The Soldotna library will offer story time Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. after the first of the year.

Ice not nice for borough roads Rain poses problems for Department of Transportation maintenance
Rainy weather and icy road conditions have the phones ringing off the hook at the Kenai Peninsula Borough road maintenance office on Poppy Lane.

Southcentral gas takes priority ANGDA shifts focus from LNG plant to seeing North Slope spur line built
The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, the state corporation formed to build a gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez and a large gas liquefaction plant in that coastal community, is now focusing its short-term effort on getting gas from the slope to Southcentral Alaska.

Wetlands to be studied as city seeks discharge permit
The city of Homer has applied for a three-year renewal of a general permit that allows discharge of fill material into what are called "low-value" wetlands.

Cool cascade
Water leaves a silky trail as it cascades over Juneau Creek Falls during an exposure using a slow shutter speed last weekend. The falls are accessible from a short spur off the Resurrection Pass Trail about 4 1/2 miles from the route's southern trail head on the Sterling Highway.

In the news: Crime Stoppers
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the theft of large amounts of firewood from a wood pile one-quarter mile down Crooked Creek Road in Kasilof.

Beaver Creek fire cause not known
Marathon Oil Co. officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire in the Beaver Creek field Tuesday evening that destroyed two wastewater treatment tanks and damaged a gas wellhead and a small boom truck.

Campaign finance reform initiative will go to voters
A campaign finance reform citizen initiative is headed to voters in 2006.

Barbara Joan Cocklin
Longtime Kasilof resident Barbara Joan Cocklin died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a long illness. She was 75.

Barbara J. Cocklin
Kasilof resident Barbara J. Cocklin died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 75.

PETA's latest cause rather fishy What others say
Every once in awhile, a story comes along that defies belief. We aren't talking about alien abduction stories, or two-headed-babies-with-a-gift-for-opera stories.

United Nations reform easier said than done
If adopted, a reform panel's proposals could go a long way toward restoring credibility to the United Nations.

NBA has lost its appeal Out-of-control players, poor management leads to fan revolt
If you are tired of reading about the NBA brawl that broke out recently in Detroit, let me offer one bit of empirical data to confirm the increasingly common opinion that professional basketball in America is losing support.

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC to hold quarterly meetingGovernor to hold open houseTrails association to meetBand fund-raiser plannedHome holiday decorating contest ongoing

Around the Peninsula
Capitol move meeting set for Thursday Teen fun night scheduledReading council to host carnival

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to the bus riders of the month Sam Skuse, Ryan Boyer, Shellie Coila, Ruby Trent and Shae Ingels.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to Ms. Allen's kindergarten and Mrs. Baktuit's second-grade class for tying for first place in the "Canstruction" competition. Students have been collecting canned good for the food bank and were challenged to build an object with the cans they collected. The kindergartners built a Christmas tree, wore hats and had cookies and hot chocolate around the "tree." Second-graders built a globe, wore chef's hats and sang "we can feed the whole world with our cans." The school would like to thank Bob Boozer for judging the competition, the PTA for sponsoring the contest and those who contributed cans to the Thanksgiving drive.

Seward High
The staff would like to recognize its employee of the month, Rich Redmond, who is the half-time athletic director and a half-time counselor.

Fall book clubs available in the office for kindergarten through 12th-grade students are Scholastic, Troll and Trumpet. Orders should be brought to Tanya prior to Friday. Books should arrive before Christmas break.

Soldotna Middle
The fortnightly sponsored by the PTSA on Nov. 19 was successful. The root beer chugging contest seemed to be hit. Thank you to Linda Hibberd for donating the root beer. Thank you to the parents, staff and maintenance for the help.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The Christmas drive is under way. Applications are due Friday. To sponsor a child or a family, call Kimb or Linda. If possible, each first-grader is asked to bring one pair of mittens or gloves and second-graders are asked to bring one package of socks.

Sears Elementary
Santa's Secret Shop will be open Monday through Dec. 10. This will give the students an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Kenai Central High
Families can use the Internet to stay current with KCHS activities. The school's Web page can be found at kchs/launch. From this site, click the sports link on the left side of the page for current sports schedules or click the school calendar link to view the school general calendar. Also from the KCHS Edline home page, choose the sports schedule link in the upper right corner to view the most recent sports schedule. Families are reminded that for various reasons, sports and activity schedules can change without warning. Check the sites often for the most current information.

Skyview High
The wrestling team will travel to Colony this weekend for the Region III duals.

Wings Christian Academy
In honor of the Thanksgiving season, the students participated in a baking contest Nov. 23. Amy and Elizabeth Wood baked a cheesecake with blackberries and chocolate and won first place, Julianne and Naomi Pettey won second place with an Oreo casserole and third-place was awarded to Jesse Puletau, who made jelly pastries. Thank you the judges for helping with this event.

Soldotna High
Yearbooks are $50. Senior ad space still is available in color or black and white. Additional information may be obtained by calling the yearbook staff in room 76.

Honor Rolls
The following students were named to the honor roll in the second quarter at Kenai Middle, Nikiski Middle-Senior High and Skyview High School.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Sotelo's class will participate in the state Robotics Competition in Anchorage on Saturday. The students are designing and programming Lego robots that complete tasks intended to be helpful to individuals with disabilities. Sotelo's class also created cards for the Random Acts of Kindness Society. The cards will be distributed to individuals who are ill or shut in.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
The train food drive is held from now through Dec. 17. The students and staff will collect nonperishable items for the holidays for The Salvation Army. "Tracks" will be set up in the school so each class can collect as many items as possible. The school is doing this as part of the Character Counts trait of caring.

Deadline looming for patriotic art program
The deadline to enter the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards contest is Friday. The contest was developed as a way to encourage high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism.

Redoubt Elementary
The PTA is coordinating the Holiday Kindness program. Families who need help with Christmas should call Mr. Syverson as soon as possible. Monetary donations in any amount will gratefully be accepted. Call the school office for complete information.

Kenai Middle
The annual canned food drive will continue until Dec. 17. The school encourages its students, staff, parents and guardians to bring nonperishable items to the school to help sponsor the Christmas drive.

Mountain View Elementary
On Tuesday, the fifth-grade classes concluded the Native American celebration. The students participated in a concert that featured the songs, music, games and dances of representative tribes from across the United States. Following the concert, relatives, friends and community members were invited to tour the student exhibits and learn about the various cultures the students had studied.

Cook Inlet Academy
The public is invited to attend the annual Christmas program at 7 p.m. Monday at College Heights Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The children's choir in grades four through six and the high school concert choir will perform. A cookie and punch social will follow the program organized by Mrs. O'Dell's fifth-grade class. Donations will go toward the class project of helping a local needy family during the holiday season.

Center taking part in food program
Kate's Play and Learning World 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.

Los Angeles riddles Bucks once again
MILWAUKEE Brian Cook came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Kobe Bryant added 20 points despite being held without a field goal for three quarters to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Milwaukee Bucks 95-90 Tuesday night.

Irish fire Willingham after three seasons
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Notre Dame's return to glory under Tyrone Willingham was brief. Too brief.

Hamilton jettisoned by Phonak
GENEVA Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was fired by his cycling team two months after testing positive for blood doping.

Illini slam Demon Deacons
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Roger Powell Jr. scored 19 points, Dee Brown and Luther Head added 16 each and No. 5 Illinois made No. 1 Wake Forest look more like a nonconference patsy in a 91-73 rout Wednesday night.

Hall has tackle in Falcons' victory
Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, had a tackle in the Falcons' 24-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints Sunday. The Falcons are now 9-2 and sit atop the NFC South. If the playoffs were to start today, they would have a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Magic number: Orlando nets 129
ORLANDO, Fla. Steve Francis scored 23 points, Grant Hill added 17 and the Orlando Magic posted the NBA's highest-scoring game of the season with a 129-108 thrashing of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Jackets blow out Michigan
ATLANTA B.J. Elder scored 27 points, Will Bynum had 19 and Jarrett Jack added 16 for No. 4 Georgia Tech in a 99-68 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Willingham takes blame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Tyrone Willingham blamed himself Wednesday for his firing as Notre Dame coach, saying he failed to meet the school's expectations of producing an elite team.

Browns' Davis resigns
BEREA, Ohio Butch Davis never wanted to abandon his dream job and all its ego-soothing power. The last-second losses, freaky injuries and intense scrutiny on his family changed his mind.

End of an era at Notre Dame
Every fading dynasty gets more desperate the further the memories recede, and it turns out Notre Dame is no different.

Klitschko preps for fight, worries about home
LAS VEGAS Vitali Klitschko begins his day an hour earlier than usual, waking at 6 a.m. so he can have some time before training for his heavyweight title defense against Danny Williams.

Hakkinen leads U.S. team
Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof was the top U.S. men's finisher in a Europa Cup race held in Geilo, Norway, on Saturday.

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