Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Yankees, Red Sox face off
It's an escalating arms race ... and a bat race and a glove race. It's the hot stove league heating up, and the best of enemies, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, are going toe-to-toe with their checkbooks.

KNWR offers Christmas tree cutting
Cutting a Christmas tree from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) has become a tradition for many families on the Kenai Peninsula.

Claudette's offers an old-fashioned holiday experience
You might think you're walking onto a movie set for a Charles Dickens era film, or stepping back in time with the spirit of Christmas Past, a cozier time when the shopkeeper knew you by name and could help you find that special gift for your favorite Aunt or Uncle.

Local manager and wife featured models in Harley-Davidson's national catalog
Harley owners around the world recently received their winter 2003 Harley-Davidson Apparel and Accessories catalog. A catalog that melded the free spirit of the open road shared by bikers everywhere with the Alaskan mystique and contagious lure for adventure.

Students call for community dialogue on education issues
There was no pending election, recall, or disaster that drew about a dozen state and local officials to Soldotna High School's auditorium Tuesday night. Rather, despite icy roads and whipping wind, community members and elected officials turned out to participate in and discuss issues at a student-led education forum.

Preparing for Nutcracker Suite 2003
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula won't have to travel to Anchorage this year to see a professional production of the Nutcracker Suite. December 12th-14th families will have the opportunity to experience Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite live at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS, featuring guest artists Etienne Lavigne and Xiao Nan Yu of the National Ballet of Canada in the principal roles accompanied by over 75 local dancers.

Iditarod sign-ups top 100 mark at deadline
When is comes to sled dog races, there may be some that are longer, some that are harder, but none more prestigious than the Iditarod.

Recognizing Kenai River has problems good, but action needed
The op-ed piece on the Kenai River was a reasonable acknowledgement of many problems (Peninsula Clarion, Nov. 30).

From Kenai River to weighted grades, reader has a lot on his mind
I believe that it is time to get a few things off my chest.

Shareholder would appreciate CIRI not holding secret meetings
The holiday season is fast approaching and Cook Inlet Region Inc.'s secret meetings are about to begin.

Enstar request would mean increase in bills
Residential and commercial customers of Enstar Natural Gas Co. could be paying higher energy bills come January, if the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approves a rate increase sought by the gas utility.

Photo feature: Cold as ice
Pans of ice cling like turtles to rocks in the Kenai River near Cooper Landing on Tuesday morning. Forecasters are calling for less cold but more snow.

Manager hired to oversee winter games
Following an intensive three-month talent search, the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society has hired a Fairbanks man with an extensive background in winter sports events and youth athletics to be its general manager.

Photo feature: Home, sweet home
Kimberly Leavitt works on a gingerbread house during a class Saturday at Safeway in Kenai. Leavitt was one of a number of youngsters who attended the class. The workshop is part of a series being put on at the Kenai and Soldotna Safeway stores during the Christmas season.

State deciding definition of teacher
The Alaska Board of Education and Early Development was scheduled Tuesday to take action on its definition of a "highly qualified teacher" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Gift shop open for business
Hospital volunteers from more than 30 years ago were on hand Monday for the grand opening of the Central Peninsula General Hospital Auxiliary's new gift shop.

Heavy snow watch issued for peninsula
A heavy snow watch was issued for today by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management for the southern peninsula.

District looks at changing credits
Just what is a high school education?

Wanda Bonillas
Former Nikiski resident Wanda Bonillas died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in San Diego. She was 58.

Cheryl Patricia Parson
Kenai resident Cheryl Patricia Parson died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

Fewer budget cuts expected, but tough decisions lie ahead
In roughly two weeks, Alaskans will hear what Gov. Frank Murkowski has planned for the coming year's budget. One significant cut has already been made: The repeated claims by the governor and his administration that he will make $250 million in cuts for fiscal 2005, which starts July 1 of 2004.

Human lives should not be put at risk in order to protect environment
Ya gotta love Sen. Ted Stevens. He's a guy who works long and hard to protect the interests and lives of his constituents in the face of environmental groups that could not care less about Alaskans.

CBS erred in not airing show
The controversial TV program "The Reagans" finally aired on Showtime this past weekend. CBS had been scheduled to broadcast it, but declined to go forward with the docudrama after a chorus of mostly conservatives prot

Government spending exceeds predictions
One doesn't have to dig very deep to find examples where spending far exceeded predictions. I can look across the street, where an underground Capitol visitor's center is under construction.

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold board meeting Biscuits and gravy fund-raiser slated Soroptimist to meet HIV testing offered Fish and Game committee meeting set Budget review committee seeking members Open mic night scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Holiday nutrition classes offeredChristmas cookies availableHistorical society to meetChristmas trees available on refugeFirefighters plan basketball fund-raiser

Soldotna Elementary
Mrs. Meyers hosted science specialist Jim Fredrickson, who directed the fifth- and sixth-graders in dissecting earthworms. The students used the scientific method as they sought to learn about the part an earthworm plays in decomposition.

Nikiski Elementary
Parents are reminded to help their students remember their winter gear.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The first Wednesday of the month is computer game day. Students will use the computer lab to play interactive computer games with other students. This activity is designed for middle and high school students.

Wings Christian Academy
This Thursday through Saturday, Wings will host a junior high basketball tournament. There will be eight teams playing: Anchor Lutheran, Cornerstone, Eagle River, Heritage, Matanuska, St. Mary's, Valley Crusaders and Wings.

Sears Elementary
The site council will meet at 4:30 p.m. today. Topics of discussion are school boundaries, review of school accounts and future of magnet classrooms.

Skyview High
The Nordic Skiing Invitational will be held Friday and Saturday at the school. On Friday, the race begins at 5 p.m. The course will be lit by lamps. On Saturday, the races begin at 11 a.m. The school is in need of parents and community members to volunteer for this event

Tustumena Elementary
Tustumena is conducting a food drive for The Salvation Army through Dec. 12. Families may send nonperishable food items to school with their children or drop off their donations at their convenience.

A will and a way
Applying for college and the money to pay for it can be an arduous process.

Kenai Central High
The choir's winter concert will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Making a good first impression
ACT, the company that produces the college admissions exam, offers a number of tips and hints to help students make the most of their college and scholarship applications. According to ACT, high school guidance counselors and admissions officers list the following as the top 10 most common mistakes students make on applications:

Redoubt Elementary
The Family Math and Science Night will be today. Redoubt students and their families are invited to this free evening of fun science and math activities. Families may order pizza for a special price.

Scholarship opportunities
The following is only a smattering of the many scholarship opportunities available for students on the Kenai Peninsula:

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Overturf's kindergarten class has been researching toads and frogs. The students are now charting "what we knew before we started our study," "what we want to know" and "what have we learned."

KPC, UAA to highlight allied health fields with career fair Friday
Representatives from the UAA campus will be on hand to outline degree and admissions requirements for careers in dental hygiene, dental assisting, medical assist

Sterling Elementary
The staff and students, in conjunction with the Sterling Senior Center and the Abundant Life Assembly of God, will collect nonperishable food items and new toys or clothing for families in the Sterling community who need help for the holidays.

Holiday break approaches
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 4 for the winter holiday break. Classes will resume at their normal time Jan. 5.

The deadline for the "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." essay contest, sponsored by the Alaska Municipal League, is Dec. 17 for sixth-grade students. For more information, call the office at 262-6315.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The cross country ski club will participate in a meet at Skyview on Friday and Saturday.

Kenai Middle School
The student council is collecting canned and boxed food items for the annual food drive. Items will be donated to area residents for the upcoming holiday season.

Mountain View Elementary
Family Math and Science Night will be from 6 to 7:30 Thursday.

Cook Inlet Academy
The third-graders celebrated Thanksgiving by helping The Salvation Army prepare for its Thanksgiving feast.Thanksgiving by helpi

North Star Elementary
In November, physical education teacher Mr. Kelso and Rachel Parra, of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area, ran the annual Elks Hoop Shoot Competition.

Soldotna High
Friday night, the freshman and sophomore classes will host the Snowball Dance from 8 to 11.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Miss Rachel returned from Florida, where she attended the International Montessori Conference. She gained valuable experience and information by attending workshops.

KPC receives equipment donation from Agrium
Kenai Peninsula College recently was presented a $100,000 piece of equipment from Agrium to be used in the college's process technology and instrumentation degree programs.

Seniors tell of brushes with rock royalty
TINTON FALLS, N.J. At the Tides Cafe, the decor was all Springsteen.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

McDyess struggles in return for Knicks
NEW YORK Antonio McDyess scored just two points in his first game as a member of the Knicks, nearly a year and a half after they acquired him, and New York lost to Detroit 79-78 in overtime on Monday night.

Brewers deal Sexson to Arizona
PHOENIX Right after trading off a power pitcher, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired a power hitter who ranks among the best in the game.

Croom to become SEC's first black head coach
STARKVILLE, Miss. Sylvester Croom became the first black head football coach in Southeastern Conference history, accepting an offer Monday to take over troubled Mississippi State.

No. 2 Gators stuff Florida A&M 102-78
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Matt Walsh celebrated his 21st birthday Tuesday night with 15 points to lift No. 2 Florida to a 102-78 victory over Florida A&M.

Should he stay or go?
PITTSBURGH By next week, Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goalie Marc-Andre Fleury could be a man with two teams.

Titans must fix problems before Sunday showdown
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Titans have no time to worry about a missed opportunity. Thanks to the NFL schedule, they must immediately prepare for Sunday's AFC South showdown with Indianapolis.

Q-school has a safety net
Curtis Strange can relate to the 171 players who will have sweaty palms, dry throats and churning stomachs before every shot during six grueling rounds of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament this week.

Senators snap Flyers' long unbeaten streak
OTTAWA Martin Havlat scored twice to help the Ottawa Senators end Philadelphia's 12-game unbeaten streak with a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Flyers on Monday night.

Islanders suffer sixth straight loss
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals dominated the Islanders again with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night that sent New York to its sixth straight loss.

Huskies regain good form against Lehigh
HARTFORD, Conn. Ben Gordon scored 19 points and had a career-high five steals to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 75-55 victory over Lehigh on Monday night.

Marshall plan works in Raptors win
PHILADELPHIA Donyell Marshall scored a season-high 27 points and Jalen Rose had eight assists in their Toronto debuts to help the Raptors beat Philadelphia 95-88 on Tuesday night.

Jets blot out Titans' streak
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Herman Edwards had one demand of his New York Jets on Monday night: leave the Meadowlands with a win.

Indoor soccer tryouts announced for Arctic Games
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska has announced tryouts for indoor soccer for the Anchorage-Matanuska Susitna valleys and Kenai-Homer areas.

Yellow Jackets re-enter Top 25 with a flourish
ATLANTA Paul Hewitt saw all the grievous predictions, heard all the gloom-and-doom talk.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B takes thirdYankees reach deal with reliever GordonTwo days after deal, Raptors-Bulls trade officialMarlins re-sign 2B CastilloHudson dismissed as United coach

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