Thursday, December 11, 2003

Colon gets $51 million from Angels
NEW YORK Bartolo Colon finalized his $51 million, four-year contract with Anaheim on Tuesday, while Atlanta signed John Thomson to replace Greg Maddux and Seattle agreed to a deal with reliever Eddie Guardado.

Red Sox shortstop's future remains in doubt
BOSTON The red ''B'' on Nomar Garciaparra's cap is as much a part of him as his toe-tapping, glove-tugging routine before every pitch he faces.

Stocks settle after brush with 10,000
NEW YORK (AP) Wall Street retreated modestly in light trading Wednesday, with the market in search of a direction following the Dow Jones industrials' brief foray above 10,000 a day earlier.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulePlay Zone opens in Peninsula Center MallEra Aviation teams up with Food BanksArby's to celebrate 20 years in Kenai

Salmon farming causes stink
PORT McNEILL, British Columbia When it's feeding time at Humphrey Rock, oily brown pellets engineered for size, sink rate, nutrition and medication spray out of computer-controlled hoses to 600,000 swirling and jumping Atlantic salmon.

New York Life agent sets up Soldotna shop
Michael Bookout is in his fifth year as a New York Life agent; however, he, his wife, Laura, their 3-year-old son Nathanael and 6-year-old daughter Brandy are only in their seventh month as residents of Alaska.

Kitchen store comes to Kenai
Whether it's a stainless steel Viking self-cleaning gas range or a set of mini butter bells, Kenai Peninsula residents in the market for kitchen utensils, cookware and appliances now have a new retail option.

Massage-The Gift of Holiday Stress Relief
(NAPSA)-If jingle bells have jangled your nerves, massage may provide a healthy way to relieve tension and help you cope with stress more effectively.

Dinner On Demand: Pizza Gift Card
(NAPSA)-Here's a holiday gift idea that's easy to give, requires no assembly and fits right

Classic Games Showcase Tidings Of Comfort, Joy & Fun
(NAPSA)-If you're a child of the '60s or '70s, you'll likely recall that today's low riders were yesterday's hip huggers. In this vein, if you have children of your own you'll undoubtedly find some of the games that were a fun part of your own childhood as you shop this holiday season.

Hip, Hassle-Free Book Covers Are A Huge Hit
(NAPSA)-You may not be able to tell a good book by its cover, but you can tell when a book cover looks good. The report from the classroom is that Book Sox(r) are a must-have accessory. These hip, funky book covers made with a stretchable nylon are cleverly engineered to fit books of all sizes.

Gen Y Gifts: Keeping It Interactive
(NAPSA)-In many ways, the holidays a

Tips For Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining
(NAPSA)-For some, the holidays are eagerly anticipated, but for others it's a season of dread. Entertaining, shopping and cooking can seem overwhelming and stressful for many holiday hosts.

Hawaiian Wedding Cake Waldorf Salad Lemon Lush Best Cheeesee Ball Blueberry French Toast w/Fresh Blueberry Syrup Mom's Chicken Lickin' Aunt Clara's Fruit Salad Corn Scallop Linda's World Famous Pumpkin Roll Cranberry Scones Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies Lazy Person's Complete Breakfast Smoky Salmon Spread Trailer Park Cookies 3 Minute Micro Fudge Hot Chocolate Mix Seafood Chowder

A New Year, A New You-Weight Loss and Diabetes
(NAPSA)-'Tis the season of New Year's resolutions, holiday eating guilt and shedding extra pounds gained during this festive time of year. For people with diabetes, losing weight can be challenging, but it can be an effective way to manage the disease.

Keep Wintry Whites White And Holiday Hues Bright
(NAPSI)-'Tis the season for holiday cheer. But with all the merrymaking and celebrating, unwanted spills and stains may also make a guest appearance, ruining special holiday linens, clothing and decorations. From spilled red wine and hors d'oeuvres to splashes of gravy and eggnog, holiday stains can be more common than kisses under the mistletoe and Santa sightings at the mall.

Selecting the right toys for your children
To help parents identify toys that nurture learning in key areas of development, Sylvan Learning Center offers the following clip-out shopping guide.

Holiday Shopping Made Easier
(NAPSA)-Good news for gift seekers: There are thousands of consumer electronics products on the market this year.

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

Art Briefs
Carolers for hireArtists wantedHoliday tradition keepers wanted for TVPainting group to meetStudent art contest announcedPhoto contest heldSubmissions for artist roster wantedAlaska photographers wanted for show

'Louie Louie' producer parts with loot
REDMOND, Wash. Jerry Dennon was 25 years old when he brought a teenage band into a Portland, Ore., studio to record a song that would become one of the country's most famous, a staple of fraternity parties and baseball stadium loudspeakers for decades to come.

Landmark book preserves Dena'ina culture
Shem Pete's Alaska: The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina

Group practices reading, writing in relaxing setting
Writing, at its essence, is a means for people to communicate with each other. Just like hugs, holiday cookies and the common cold, writing is meant to be shared.

Two honest people keep spirit of holiday season alive
Holiday honesty is alive!

When people realize Iditarod is cruel, its popularity will wane
Re: "Iditarod sign-ups top 100 mark at deadline," Dec. 2:

Why can Soldotna keep sidewalks free of snow, but Kenai cannot?
I'm curious about something. Within days of our first big snowfall this year, Soldotna road crews were immediately seen plowing roads and sidewalks.

Visitor enjoys friendliness, beauty of Kenai Peninsula
This past spring was my first trip to Alaska, and I spent 90 percent of my time on the Kenai Peninsula. I was treated better than any place visited in my life.

Seniors appreciate donation to endowment trust fund
Soldotna area seniors would like to thank First National Bank Alaska for its very generous donation to the Soldotna Senior Center's Endowment Trust Fund. First National Bank has played a vital role in support of the center's Endowment Trust Fund since its inception eight years ago.

Newsmaker: Ray Evernham
Car owner Ray Evernham has been busy in the past two months putting together a deal that would promote Busch Series driver Kasey Kahne to the Nextel Cup Series and allow Bill Elliott to drop down to a part-time schedule. He took time out last week to talk about it.

NASCAR may change points setup
ATLANTA Compared to the Bowl Championship Series, maybe the point system used in NASCAR isn't so bad after all.

And the winner is
BCS COMPUTER CHAMPION: Ryan Newman. Talk about quality victories, he won 11 pole positions and eight races. And unlike college football, his dominance wasn't based on the strength of Boise State's schedule.

Peninsula Winter Games receive surprise financial support
Organizers of the 2004 Penin-sula Winter Games speaking at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting Tuesday got a bit of a surprise when an area business leader increased his gift to them by $5,000.

Weather causes power, traffic glitches
Expect a white Christmas. At least, that's what the National Weather Service is saying; though depending where you are on the Kenai Peninsula, a look outside may or may not appear to justify that prediction.

Family ensemble brings notes of joy to area senior citizens
There are three requirements to be a "Hope Note."

New EDD director set to start
After scouring the entire North American continent, the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District has found a new executive director.

Shots may be less potent than usual
As flu sweeps across the country, many health experts are worried that the shots taken by tens of millions of Americans will offer considerably weaker protection than any flu vaccine in recent years.

Red Cross offers connections for military families
The holidays may be just a little brighter for Kenai Peninsula military families this Christmas.

Murkowski: Lease buyback last option
Buying back shallow natural gas leases on the Kenai Peninsula or in the Matanuska Valley would be an alternative used only after all other options to meet public concerns regarding the environmental safety of gas development were exhausted, Gov. Frank Murkowski said at a press conference Thursday.

Photo feature: Winter wetland
Christopher Hall and other members of the Kenai Central High School cross-country ski team head for the Kenai Golf Course for a practice in a driving rain Tuesday.

'Tis the season for helping others
For many parents, making enough money to pay the bills, keep food on the table and shoes on their children's feet is hard enough, but throw in the "'tis the season to be jolly" and the holiday expectations of a child and you have the makings of a family crisis.

Area flu season off to slow start
It's shaping up to be a rough flu season across the country and in Alaska particularly.

Alice C. Hepner
Soldotna resident Alice C. Hepner died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at her home in Soldotna. She was 88.

Political parties must abide by new campaign-financing restrictions
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling gives the Republicans, who raise far more in small donations, a big advantage in next year's elections for the White House and Congress.

Congress should set budget priorities, stop pork-barrel spending What others say
Few things done by government are as fascinating, or have as much potential for long-term good, as space travel.

Alaskans must work together to balance available resources, needs
Much debate about education funding has been in the news. While some have used this debate to criticize others' commitment to education, I don't find that to be a useful way of meeting our state's needs. I'd like to bring perspective to this issue.

Protecting environment good for the economy
They've got a deaf ear out for environmentalists but can President Bush and governors bent on stripping and paving the American West ignore our nation's leading economists?

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna tree-lighting ceremony todayHomeless shelter to be discussedAlaskans for peace and justice to show filmElks to hold community fund-raiserFrontier Community Services to hold open houseBoys and Girls club plan fine arts exhibitSkyview winter concert slatedFood bank board meeting setGolf course open for Nordic skiingAccount for fire victims set up

Around the Peninsula
Kasilof Historical cancels meeting Final day for HIV testing PIRA schedules meeting Homeless shelter to be discussed Coaching certification offered Project Video Connect scheduled Hunter education class planned Free holiday concert planned Victorian tea scheduled Assistance available for commercial fishers Christmas trees available on refuge

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Sears Elementary
The annual holiday concert was wonderful this year, and the students had a great time performing. Thanks to Elaine Larson for the job she has done with the students.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Overturf's kindergarten class has been singing "Puff the Magic Dragon" with Mike Morgan and his auto harp.

Soldotna Elementary
Students who complete good deeds at Soldotna Elementary receive Fun Bucks.

Bullying: The numbers
An increasing number of children are bullies, victims of bullying or both, and many other young people witness bullying as bystanders. A look at the scope of the problem:

The bully pulpit Effort emerges to halt school harassment
Off campus, Matt Cavedon doesn't mind the names he is called: helper, hero, dreamer.

Kenai Central High
Skills USA VICA is sponsoring a holiday canned food drive. Food will be dropped off at students' first period class. The class collecting the most food will be rewarded with a hot chocolate and donut party.

Spring semester course schedules available this week
It's a sure sign that longer days are right around the corner: The arrival of the spring course schedules at KPC serves to remind students, faculty and staff that the current semester is rapidly coming to a close and there's light, literally, at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

Kenai Middle
The staff congratulates Faith McKinnon for being the Agrium Character Counts student of the week. She will receive a medium pizza from Pizza Hut for lunch.

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

Connections is selling buy one-get one free McDonald's peelers for $10. Proceeds will be used for Math Counts and Battle of the Books. Peelers are available in the office.

Nikiski Elementary
There will be a short Christmas program at Nikiski Elementary at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Students in kindergarten through third grade will perform, as will band students.

Soldotna Middle
When checking attendance on Edline, note that even though attendance is taken on a daily basis, notes from parents take approximately one week to finalize.

Critics: Faulty standards, no enforcement, cost at heart of bad food
COHASSET, Mass. Worried about all the fatty foods children were eating, town health officer Joseph Godzik recently ordered junk food purged from the local school lunch menu one day a week.

Cook Inlet Academy
The kindergartners provided a Thanksgiving celebration for their parents by performing songs and reciting verses they learned during the quarter.

Mountain View Elementary
The Student of the Month lunch will be at 11:35 a.m. Thursday.

Grace Lutheran
In Christlight this week, students are learning of the Old Testament events when God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, where they were being enslaved.

Bullying: Signs and tips
Health and safety experts say that preventing bullying among children requires more awareness and intervention among adults. Some signs to watch for and ways to help:

Wings Christian Academy
Wings will have its fourth annual Junk Yard Wars this Friday. The older students will be divided into teams and given two hours to build a specified object out of junk.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The kindergartners are making holiday decorations and collecting food for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. They will go to the food bank for a field trip Friday. On Dec. 18, they will go roller skating with their third-grade study buddies.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Preschoolers have practiced math, letter recognition and art through many holiday-themed activities, from snow to gingerbread men to holiday traditions.

Sterling Elementary
The staff and PTA members congratulate the following Reflection winners:

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The staff and students thank the Kenaitze Indian Tribe for the Thanksgiving baskets.

Skyview High
The Nordic ski season got off to a great start last weekend. Skyview hosted the first meet of the season.

Soldotna High
The winter band and choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the SoHi theater.

North Star Elementary
The fifth- and sixth-graders are playing English handbells and hand chimes. Unocal provided funds for some of these instruments. Mr. Zinck, Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Barnes' classes are playing recorders.

Redoubt Elementary
The site council meeting scheduled for today has been canceled. The council will meet in January.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The second Wednesday of the month is board game day. Chad Sorenson and Steve Hacket will host an afternoon of fun. There will be board games for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent. This activity is designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Artest stars for Pacers in victory over Wizards
INDIANAPOLIS Ron Artest bounced back from his first ejection of the season with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-79 win over the Washington Wizards.

Midnight Sun volleyball announces tryouts
The Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club is holding two tryout sessions for the 2003-04 season. The first is Dec. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kenai Central High School and the second is Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Potent Wildcats top Longhorns
NEW YORK Hassan Adams scored a career-high 30 points to lead Arizona's usual balanced attack and the ninth-ranked Wildcats beat No. 6 Texas 91-83 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Miller nets 22 as Memphis wins sixth straight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Mike Miller scored a season-high 22 points, including 11 in a key third quarter rally, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Atlanta Hawks 103-90 Wednesday night to tie a franchise record with their sixth consecutive win.

Sports Briefs
Reeves fired by FalconsSuns fire Johnson, D'Antoni promoted

Pettitte's decision expected by Friday; Castilla, Vina sign
NEW YORK Andy Pettitte is likely to decide by Friday whether to stay in New York or sign with the Houston Astros, and the Yankees think there's a good chance he might bolt for his hometown team.

Woods is still the best
The voting for PGA Tour player of the year was close. The gap between Tiger Woods and everyone else is not.

Thrashers dethrone Kings in OT
ATLANTA Marc Savard scored his second goal of the game with 1:23 left in overtime, giving the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a matchup of first-place teams Wednesday night.

The Next Level
Nikiski's Rabung does well at UAF Kasilof's Hakkinen competes in World Cup

Gators lose in debut as No. 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Coach Gary Williams finally pushed his win total at Maryland from 299 to 300. That wasn't the only number that will need adjusting after Wednesday night's game.

How to play volleyball in the Arctic Winter Games
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska has announced selection procedures in volleyball.

White named Player of the Year
NORMAN, Okla. Jason White spent much of the night in darkness, staring at his bedroom ceiling, his swollen right knee slightly elevated.

Blues snap eight-game winning streak of Leafs
TORONTO Chris Pronger scored 30 seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night, ending the Maple Leafs' winning streak at eight games.

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