Thursday, December 4, 2003

Sources: Red Sox to hire Francona
BOSTON Now it will be Terry Francona's turn to see whether he can lead the Boston Red Sox to the World Series.

Toy fight heats up
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. The annual holiday wars between the nation's two largest toy sellers is well under way. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys ''R'' Us Inc. are cutting prices and deploying brigades of Barbie and Elmo dolls as they joust for market share.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleSign Works moves to new locationTax workshop scheduledAlaska Open Imaging center expands to SoldotnaArea businesses, individuals to support food bank

Dow continues rise toward 10,000 mark
NEW YORK The Nas-daq composite index flirted with 2,000 for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday and the Dow Jones industrials approached the 10,000 level as investors eagerly picked up stocks following a strong productivity report but then grew cautious.

Miners excited about future prospects
SPOKANE, Wash. It's a good time to be a miner.

ASRC Energy says Cook Inlet key to new strategy
Like a turn-of-the-century buggy whip maker finding itself suddenly in an automobile world, Alaska's oil and gas support industries need to make substantial changes to keep up with the times.

Self-help book praises Alaska attitudes
People move to Alaska for the fishing, the scenery, the fat paycheck or that intangible, special something about living on the "Last Frontier."

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

Art Briefs
Art guild announces scholarship recipientsCarolers for hireArtists wantedPainting group to meetAuditions for musical scheduledFund-raiser raffle tickets on saleBoys and Girls Club exhibition slatedTable tennis players wantedStudent art contest announced

Studio works hard to stage elaborate 'Nutcracker'
Orchestrating 80 performers, synchronizing detailed choreography and dealing with elaborate props and costumes will be challenging for producers when Vergine's Dance Studio stages its full-length, ambitious production of "The Nutcracker" next week, but individual dancers face challenges as well that are perhaps not as dramatic, but still important when it comes to performing a quality production.

Exhibit looks at WTC recovery operation at Fresh Kills
NEW YORK For hour after hour, day after day, month after month, they kept at it.

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.

'Wild' label does not accurately describe inlet's hatchery stocks
It seems like a bunch of people appear to have a problem with the definition of the term " wild salmon." I have been seeing letters to the editor which attempt to address the term "wild salmon." Some of these letters attempt to attach the term " wild" to better processed Cook Inlet hatchery salmon.

ABATE's generosity appreciated
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Students in Transition-Homeless Program, the families and I would like to thank the ABATE of Alaska members for their Thanksgiving baskets.

Who does have responsibility to act when animals aren't cared for?
I was reading your article about proper care of pets in the cold winter months and how dangerous it is to leave pets out in the open in cold weather. That is all very good information, but I'm wondering what can be done about people who are seriously neglecting their pets.

Now is the time to get involved in working for fisheries changes
If you would like to see fisheries regulation changes in our area, now is the time. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued a call for proposals in the sport, sport guided, commercial, subsistence and personal use finfish fisheries for Cook Inlet. This includes all species and is for the Kenai and Kasilof rivers and any other river or stream and the marine fisheries as well. It also encompasses the Mat-Su area and the west side of Cook Inlet.

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).

NASCAR goes to Washington
NEW YORK Stock cars were parked on the South Lawn at the White House on Tuesday as President Bush met with several drivers, car owners, mechanics and officials from the NASCAR circuit.

Newsmaker: Robbie Reiser
Robbie Reiser just wanted somebody to drive his Busch Series car for a couple weeks while his regular driver, Tim Bender, recovered from injuries sustained in a racing accident. Reiser called Matt Kenseth, and together they won the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship in their sixth year. Reiser, Kenseth's crew chief, took time out from his championship celebration to talk about the just-completed season.

N.C. town is home to majority of race teams
MOORESVILLE, N.C. There are more ratchet wrenches and needle-nose pliers per capita in this community of sprawling industrial parks and waterfront homes on Lake Norman than any other place in the world.

Homer getting funding for rink
Construction of a multiuse ice facility in Homer is no longer a matter of if, but when, and when could be as early as spring, the president of the Homer Hockey Association said Wednesday as he announced receipt of a $500,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.

Mushing software keeps dogs in line
Christmas may have come early this year, at least for dog mushers.

Gas shortage could close plant
Unless a sufficient supply of natural gas can be secured, Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer manufacturing complex could cease operations at the end of 2005, corporate officials said Wednesday in a press release.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo feature: Blow by blow
Terry Shedd tries to stay ahead of the wind as he plows First Avenue for the city of Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Popp updates chamber on gas, oil
Telling Soldotna business people that natural gas is where the action is, the Kenai Peninsula Borough petroleum industry specialist described the outlook for oil and gas activities in the Cook Inlet Basin.

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.

Tinkering with Medicare probably has just begun
The $400 billion Medicare bill that law-makers approved last week is the biggest piece of domestic legislation to emerge from Congress in years and, between now and next November's election, will provoke endless debate over whether Republicans have finally modernized government health care or have sabotaged a venerable Great Society program that serves 37 million elderly Americans.

AIDS continues to be threat
Advances in medicine have cut into the deadly nature of AIDS and people with HIV, but those advances are part of the reason why more education is necessary.

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

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.

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
Christmas bazaar planned in NikiskiMission fund-raiser plannedYouth bowlers to hold fund-raiserGrant writing workshop setNominations for light displays soughtSoldotna tree-lighting ceremony setCapital Project Priorities meetings scheduledFish and Game advisory meeting setKennel club offering dog classes

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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

No. 6 Duke stomps No. 5 Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. Shelden Williams scored 16 points to lead No. 6 Duke to a 72-50 victory over No. 5 Michigan State on Wednesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

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.

Vick to make first start of season vs. Carolina
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are having a miserable season. With a month to go, they already have 10 losses and a playoff pink slip.

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.

Nashville nips 'Canes for fifth straight win
RALEIGH, N.C. Scott Hartnell scored 3:30 into overtime to lift Nashville to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes and extend the Predators' winning streak to a team-record five games.

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.

Evolving nature of BCS
Here's hoping LSU coach Nick Saban feels as charitably about the BCS at the end of this weekend as he did after last. Otherwise, he might say something he'll regret.

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.

Lakers still hold Spurs in thrall
SAN ANTONIO Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 21 points in the final period when the Los Angeles Lakers erased a nine-point deficit to post their third win of the season over San Antonio, this time by a 90-86 tally.

Sports Briefs
Arctic Winter Games announces skating tryoutsNegro League Hall of Fame planned

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

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