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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Pedro confirms deal with Mets
NEW YORK - Pedro Martinez confirmed Tuesday that he has agreed to join the New York Mets.

Red Sox strike deal with Renteria
NEW YORK — Two days after losing Pedro Martinez, the Boston Red Sox lured All-Star shortstop Edgar Renteria from the St. Louis Cardinals with a $40 million, four-year contract.

Expos' move encounters roadblock
WASHINGTON Major league baseball's return to Washington might be for one year only.

Without more gas, plant will close
Without a new supply of gas, Agrium's Nikiski nitrogen plant will close by the end of next year, Agrium President and CEO Mike Wilson warned Tuesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule James receives nurse of the year award

Agrium, Unocal settle
Unocal and Agrium have reached a final settlement of all claims arising from a 2-year-old legal dispute over natural gas sales by the oil giant to the fertilizer company.

Art Briefs
Victorian Carolers for hire Art wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campus Writers' Night accepting submissions Writers conference slated

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Down the Road Anchorage events

From the bookshelf: Mountaineer's life a grand adventure
Now that he is 94 years old, Bradford Washburn has slowed down enough for admirers to catch up to him in print. This year two new books look back at his remarkable and varied career as a mountaineer, photographer, explorer, cartographer and popularizer of high-altitude scientific adventures.

Small town silver screen
Do you know anyone who's been in a movie? If you live in the central Kenai Peninsula, chances are you do.

Capital move, gas line could work together to benefit state
May this relate to the capital move, versus filling a bottomless pit, as common sense will varify.

NASCAR sues companies over porn videos
NASCAR filed a lawsuit against three companies that created a video called "Racetrack Girls Go Nutz." The sanctioning body said the companies violated trademark rights.

NBC shakes up NASCAR broadcast teams
Bill Weber and Allen Bestwick will change jobs next year.

Busch champ Truex Jr. reflects back, looks ahead
Newly-crowned NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will return to defend his title next year for Dale Earnhardt Inc. He also will run selected races on the Nextel Cup Series as the company continues to groom him for a full-time job on the senior circuit.

Labbe will be Mayfield crew chief in 2005
Richard "Slugger" Labbe originally was hired at Evernham Motor-sports to give that team a hand with restrictor-plate racing. Now he's being asked to bring much more.

Nemechek, Rudd among those to watch next season
All Joe Nemechek wanted for Christmas are some more races this year.

Photo feature: Sweet schooling
Mary Harrington places a tray of freshly made candy into a refrigerator at Nikiski High School on Tuesday morning.

City chilly over AWG treatment
Representatives from the Arctic Winter Games got a somewhat chilly reception Monday evening from Kenai City Council members during a joint work session to discuss improvement plans for the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Surf's way up
HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Giant waves crashed along the North Shore of Oahu on Wednesday, leaving sand and debris on roadways and prompting officials to close beaches as waves reached 40 feet and higher.

Kenai Grand Jury let go
Following publicity regarding a letter he wrote last week rebuking Kenai District Attorney June Stein for holding off-record conversations with the Kenai Grand Jury, Kenai Superior Court Judge Harold Brown on Tuesday excused the Kenai Grand Jury from further service.

Memorial established
It's been nearly a year since Kenai Police Officer John Watson was killed in the line of duty, but his memory still lives strong in the community where he lived and served. On Wednesday, that community took time to show its ongoing appreciation for Watson's work by announcing that more that $7,000 has been raised to create a memorial in his honor.

Oliver Lawrence Earl
Nikiski resident Oliver Lawrence Earl died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at the Stone Brook Inn Assisted Living Home in Soldotna. He was 90.

Thomas R. Faulkner
Longtime Soldotna resident Thomas R. Faulkner died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at his home. He was 84.

Helen Maki Wynkoop
Soldotna resident Helen Maki Wynkoop died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 84.

Cecelia 'Cece' Honea-Miller
Longtime Kenai resident Cecelia "Cece" Honea-Miller died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, of unexpected heart failure in Post Falls, Idaho. She was 32.

Bush administration didn't do homework
Former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik's withdrawal as President Bush's pick as homeland security secretary indicates some lessons in public affairs are never fully learned.

Christmas correctness
Emboldened by their Election Day successes, some Christian conservatives around the country are trying to put more Christ into Christmas this season.

Commission on Human Rights a wasted effort
Face it. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights is an unmitigated farce and the United States would do well to drop its membership.

Now not the time for gala inauguration
FDR knew the dissonance of holding galas in Washington when the nation's sons and daughters in uniform were fighting in hostile lands.

Voices of the peninsula: Kenai campus contributes
I have held the belief over a 25-year career in public and private service that relatively little is gained by responding to letters to the editor. However, a recent Clarion letter provides me with an opportunity to provide residents of the Kenai Peninsula with the facts of where Kenai Peninsula College has been and where it is going.

Who was doing Renkes' job?
Many questions remain about Attorney General Gregg Renkes' involvement in a billion-dollar coal deal between Alaska and Taiwan. But one that still needs to be asked is who was doing Renkes' job while he was out promoting international trade instead of being a lawyer.

Around the Peninsula
Internet health workshop plannedDisable veterans to meetAuction fund-raiserSafe Sitter classes offeredNew dog classes availableSenior service board to meet

Around the Peninsula
Help for commercial fishers available Lifeguard training offered Community dance planned Potluck, sing-along set

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Tobin's class will travel to the Forget-Me-Not Senior Center in Kenai on Thursday. The students will share plays they have written or adapted and songs they have written, as well as other holiday treasures with the seniors.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Mrs. Zimmerman's class will take pictures of your child with Santa at the Kenai McDonalds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
On Monday, the kids made snow globes, gift cards and wrapping paper for the gifts they made last week.

Skyview High
The boys and girls varsity basketball teams are traveling to Kodiak to play in the Joe Floyd basketball tournament.

IDEA
Science fair sign-ups are being accepted at the office. The science fair is open to all students in grades kindergarten through 12. Call Steve Hackett for more information.

Tustumena Elementary
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center Golden Girls presented its annual Christmas dance program at the school last week. The school thanks these ladies for bringing the show out to the school.

Kenai Middle
Yearbooks are on sale. The cost is $30. Certificate of purchase are available to wrap up for Christmas. Order forms are available at the office.

Wings Christian Academy
The Christmas program will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday. The program is titled "Sing a Song of Christmas." Parents are reminded to bring a favorite holiday snack to share.

Mountain View Elementary
All third-graders are going skating Friday afternoon as a winter celebration.

Sears Elementary
In Ms. Fischer's class students are working on fine motor development and listening skills as they make an assortment of evergreen trees. In science, students reviewed how trees around the school looked in the fall and made comparisons between spruce, pine, fir and birch trees. Students are exploring number patterns of ones, fives and tens as they create a variety of decorations with their hand prints. The students are using the colors of the season and the projects to help add color words to the sight word vocabulary.

Cook Inlet Academy
The staff would like to thank high school seniors Brian Beeson, Alyse Bell and Tristan Leiter for coaching the junior high girls basketball team. The boys team was coached by school parent Doug Munn. The students, parents and staff appreciate the dedication and efforts of these volunteer coaches.

Cultivating culinary skills
The culinary class at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School has been treating students well these days with chocolate truffles and chocolate coconut crunch projects.

Kaleidoscope
The Lifeskill for the week continues to be courage.

Schools struggle to give students transfers
WASHINGTON - Many school districts are struggling to let students transfer from poorly performing schools to better ones, as required under federal law, a study finds.

Kenai Central High
With Christmas break approaching, the student council is trying to help everyone get into the holiday spirit. It held a snowball dance last Friday. The school staff and students are in celebration mode.

KPC to host annual Art Extravaganza and Winter Ball
The KPC Student Union and the Student Art League Association invite the community to Kenai Peninsula College at 7 p.m. Friday for the second annual Art Extravaganza and Winter Ball. Admission is free, donations are welcome and will be used to fund future campus events.

Kenai Montessori
This month the children are learning about the continent of Antarctica. They also will learn about the solar system and winter solstice to help them understand why it is colder and darker during the winter.

Skipping college pays off for techies
CHICAGO - Caleb Sima still marvels at how angry the people around him got when he fled high school for a computer job during the high-tech boom, thumbing his nose at the traditional career path.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The preschoolers have been making Christmas gifts and cards for their families and also decorating trees. The Dena'ina word for spruce tree is Ch'wala.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
"C" team basketball will travel to Seward on Thursday.

Winter holiday break
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Dec. 20 through Jan. 2 for the winter holiday break. Classes will resume at their normal time Jan. 3.

Soldotna Elementary
Students have been writing Christmas poems and stories to increase their writing skills. They have been working on word choice and writing conventions as they create poems and stories. Parents are encouraged to see the student work that is up in the halls and classrooms.

Connections
Congratulations to the Lego team that won second place for robot design, robust design and robust programming. The team has offered to do a demonstration of the program at the office after the holidays. Date and time to be announced.

Soldotna High
The Partners Club has begun. It is a school-based program that teams students with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, recreation and social opportunities. The club provides opportunities to build student character, increase acceptance of disabilities, develop leadership and other skills in a service-learning environment and to enhance the school community. There are 6 members and the club is looking for more. Students interested in joining are invited to meet in room 11 on Tuesdays to hear about upcoming activities and how to become a member.

Soldotna Middle
The aviation classes took a field trip to Kenai last week and were given instruction on navigation with the Civil Air Patrol. Students also were introduced to a Cessna 172 and a De Havilland Beaver at the CAP hangar. The Kenai Flight Service gave a description of its role in aviation, from weather information to aiding in search and rescue missions. Students also were allowed to climb the Kenai Control Tower to see how control tower operates.

Reads
The staff would like to thank students and parents for making the Christmas Angel program a success. The students earned enough funds to buy gifts for two less-fortunate children in the community.

VFW art contest winners announced
The winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary art contest are Kaitlin Walker of Kenai Central High School, China Wen Chea of Soldotna High School and Karlee Martin of Skyview High School. They placed first, second and third place, respectively, in the overall category.

The Next Level
Kenai's Hall makes a tackle Hakkinen ties best finish

Blue Devils collar Illinois-Chicago
DURHAM, N.C. - Shelden Williams had 23 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead No. 7 Duke to an 88-55 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night.

McNair could be done for season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair could sit out the final three games of the season with a bruised sternum that has kept him from playing the past two games.

Majerus to coach Trojans
He retired nearly a year ago for health reasons after 15 seasons at Utah, but he couldn't stay away from his life's passion. On Wednesday, Majerus took over the program at Southern California although he won't be on the bench this season.

Tiger's swing returns
Tiger Woods was atop the leaderboard going into the weekend and talking about how excited he was that everything was starting to come together. And then it all fell apart.

NHL, union reject new proposals
TORONTO - The NHL moved a step closer to losing the season Tuesday, when the league and players' association rejected proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Vikings have time to save ship
The Minnesota Vikings were convinced they wouldn't end this season like they did the last, when a 6-0 start was wiped out by a 3-7 finish. They could be right. This season might be worse.

Sports Briefs
KCHS hosts alumni hoops event Schedule set for Cook Inlet Classic Marion Jones sues BALCO founder NASCAR confident Nextel Cup series will not be harmed by Sprint-Nextel merger

Southern Miss rips apart North Texas
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Dustin Almond threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, leading Southern Mississippi to its first bowl victory in four years, 31-10 over North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl on Tuesday night.

Dolphins meet with Saban about job
DAVIE, Fla. — Within hours of Dave Wannstedt's resignation last month, LSU coach Nick Saban tried to quell inevitable speculation by releasing a statement saying he's not interested in any other jobs.

Nuggets can't stop Iverson
PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve Willie Green scored his season-high 17 points in the final 16 minutes as the Philadelphia 76ers rallied to beat Denver Nuggets 110-102 Tuesday night.

No. 3 Georgia Tech rips James Madison
ATLANTA — Isma'il Muhammad scored 14 points and Jarrett Jack added 13 to lead No. 3 Georgia Tech to a 72-47 victory over James Madison on Wednesday night.

Raptors claw Timberwolves
TORONTO — Chris Bosh had a season-high 24 points and 14 rebounds in Toronto's 96-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, in a game where the Raptors' Matt Bonner was ejected for flagrantly fouling Kevin Garnett.

NHL has few fans to push resolution
The NHL is disappearing right before our eyes, and the reason is simple. Almost nobody has a dog in this fight. You expect fans to lose interest whenever billionaires battle millionaires, but not to the extent they have in the dogfight between the NHL and players over a new collective bargaining agreement.

Wind swept
Wind-blown snow collects the day's last light on a slope in the Kenai Mountains recently. Forecasters are calling for lots of clouds through the weekend, with a chance of snow.

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