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Monday, January 3, 2005

Yankees to break $200 million barrier this season
NEW YORK — There appear to be few, if any, limits to what the Yankees can afford, the reason they can add Randy Johnson and perhaps Carlos Beltran to their firmament of stars. Then again, money is no object when you play in a city where apartments sell for $44 million, nursery schools can command $24,000, and dinner for two at a top restaurant can cost $1,000.

Moon shine
The moon rises recently above peaks in the Kenai Mountains along Skyline Trail as the setting sun paints surrounding snow pink. Forecasters are calling for snow flurries today and Monday.

NOW PLAYING: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Bill Murray has achieved a career transformation of epic proportion. Somehow, without anyone seeing it, he went from the wacky freefall comedy of Caddyshack and Meatballs to the dramatic and heartbreaking comedy of Rushmore and Lost in Translation. But is it so surprising? Consistently described as a consummate professional, Murray has been raising the bar on just about every movie he's starred in since his Saturday Night Live days. Groundhog Day received glowing reviews, as did potential puff pieces like What About Bob? and Ghostbusters.

Action needs to be taken now on Cooper Landing Bypass
The longer we wait on the Cooper Landing Bypass, the more deaths of humans and wildlife will accrue. Princess corner, Wildlands corner (milepost 50.1) and Gwins corner need to be fixed, now!

Americans care more about style than safety in their cars
How appropriate that a woman, Judith Lee Stone, of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety should discuss the slivers in the eyes of others and not remove the beam from her own; the beam being automobile handling.

Closing of Agrium plant personal in many ways
The article on the front page of the Dec. 23 Peninsula Clarion was a real attention getter.

Man finds new home for holiday
Funny River resident John Winningham is nearly 50 years old and had never enjoyed a Christmas dinner with his biological family — until this year.

Mom wishes for respect, safe return for son at war
In the midst of friends and co-workers at a recent holiday party, Pam Musgrove smiled and seemed to be enjoying the celebration. She cracked a joke or two and kept the conversation light, but she didn't laugh as much as usual and the faint worry lines on her forehead betrayed the fact that her mind wasn't really on the festivities. Her thoughts were on the other side of the world with her 20-year-old son, Army Spc. Tommy Alley, serving with the Stryker Brigade 1st Battalion 25th Infantry Regiment stationed in Mosul, Iraq.

Chefs cook up aid fund
Much as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, affected the lives of more than just the people of New York City, the recent earthquake-tsunami catastrophe affects more than just those people who were on the beaches of Indonesia and 11 other countries last Sunday when the wall of water came ashore.

Season good to area stores
Contrary to news reports that retailers across the country did worse than they had hoped this Christmas shopping season, central Kenai Peninsula merchants generally were pleased with their sales.

MVP moose
With no one guarding the net, a moose has the basket to itself Saturday at the Conaway residence in Kenai. A few licks satisfied the moose's curiosity.

JAL makes direct flight to Fairbanks
A 747 jet full of Japanese tourists touched down at Fairbanks International Airport a little less than seven hours after taking off from Tokyo, marking the first direct passenger flight from Japan to Fairbanks in decades.

Forster hearing postponed
An evidentiary hearing that had been scheduled for Kenai Superior Court in December in the David Forster trial, was postponed until Jan. 25.

Ruth Gainer
Kenai resident Ruth Gainer died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Nicholson's Assisted Living in Kenai. She was 86.

Paul M. Vozar
Longtime Kenai and Anchorage resident Paul M. Vozar died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Providence Hospital Alaska due to complications from a routine out-patient colonoscopy. He was 70.

Jean (O'Dea) Carroll
Kasilof resident Jean (O'Dea) Carroll died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at home with her family by her side. She was 84.

Annie Ruth (Marich) Faulkner
Longtime Soldotna resident Annie Ruth (Marich) Faulkner died Saturday, Jan.

Annie R. Faulkner
Longtime Soldotna resident Annie R. Faulkner died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at her home. She was 82.

Legislators should resolve to agree on budget fix in '05
As a new year begins, Alaska legislators should resolve once and for all to agree on a long-term budget plan. This year. Not two years down the road. Not after oil prices plummet. Not after some crisis forces the state's hand. Now.

More debate, caution needed on importing medicine from Canada
As a matter of principle, no reasonable person would disagree with those who say Americans should be allowed to import prescription drugs from Canada.

Don't let go of your goal
Well, it's that time of the year again. Time for the New Year's resolutions, that is. You know, that time when we come up with those easy-to-make and easy-to-break promises to ourselves.

Around the Peninsula
Missionary to address Kenai Aglow New dog classes set to start CPHC seeking new members

Peninsula People
Jennifer Stewart of Kenai and Jessica Foster of Soldotna recently graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

Around the Peninsula
Rec center plans early closure Fish and Game committee to meet Food bank schedules board meeting Reading carnival scheduled

Finding shelter
When one worried mother cries out for shelter from the storm, a pride of community Lions will pounce on the chance to provide it.

Births
Melissa and garth Corner of Bamburg, Germany announce the birth of their daughter, Danielle Page Corner, at 6:04 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in Bamburg. She weighed 6 pounds and meausered 21 inches.

Massage offers pets a touch of healing
So you know Rover Dog and Friskie Kitty enjoy a good rubdown.

911 caller barks for help after owner falls
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Faith the service dog phoned 911 when her owner fell out of her wheelchair and barked urgently into the receiver until a dispatcher sent help.

My best friend
Xena has enriched the lives of Dean and Susan Robinson of Soldotna since they adopted her at 6 weeks of age. Now she is 4, weighs 78 pounds and has a sweet disposition. Here it is Christmas and Xena is gently opening one of her gifts. The Robinsons were told she's a border collie, but they call her a "blacken retrieve" because she looks like a golden retriever except for her color. They jokingly say her Eskimo name is "quicklic," and their entry rug reads, "Beware, Dog Can't Hold Its Licker."

Taking care
The Wetzel family experienced the reality of coping with the aging process after caring for their parents at home became a priority.

Utah shows it belongs in BCS
TEMPE, Ariz. — Utah looked like a powerhouse that deserved a better final test to its BCS-busting season.

Texas clips Michigan in final seconds
PASADENA, Calif. — A winning kick put the controversy to rest. The Texas Longhorns proved they did indeed belong in the Rose Bowl.

Nikiski girls finish second at ACS
The Nikiski girls basketball team lost to Barrow 48-43 in the championship game of the Anchorage Christian Schools-Pepsi Invitational Saturday.

Arizona State stops Purdue
EL PASO, Texas — Sam Keller showed remarkable poise in his first collegiate start, throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rudy Burgess with 44 seconds left to lead Arizona State to a 27-23 victory over Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Friday.

Delhomme again in must-win Panthers-Saints tilt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's not exactly a repeat performance for Jake Delhomme, but it's about as close as he can get.

Tar Heels dismantle William & Mary
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sean May scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead No. 4 North Carolina past William & Mary 105-66 Sunday.

Sunday's qualifiers lacking
The Jets, Vikings and Rams made it into the NFL playoffs Sunday.

From the sideline: ASAA must tackle travel
In Alaska high school sports there are two classes of teams — those that pay a lot for travel and those that pay a lot less.

Athletes assist in tsunami relief efforts
NFL teams joined Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and other sports figures around the world in assisting the disaster relief mission for the tsunami-earthquake catastrophe with a death toll that is expected to reach 150,000.

Sports View: Let mudslinging begin in Olympic bid TV debate
The first TV debate in Olympic bid history might be coming soon. What a riveting concept! What a thrill! Five guys with cities to sell.

Auburn hopes for split of national title
NEW ORLEANS — Auburn has come too far to give up hope. So, on the eve of Monday night's Sugar Bowl, coach Tommy Tuberville made a familiar pitch: The third-ranked Tigers deserve at least a share of the national title if they beat No. 9 Virginia Tech.

Short-handed Kansas edges Georgia Tech
LAWRENCE, Kan. — It took Kansas more than a half to realize it could beat a good team without Wayne Simien.

Rutgers women upset No. 4 Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — Rutgers used a 13-0 run to end the game and upset No. 4 Texas 51-47, snapping the Longhorns' 41-game home winning streak on Sunday.

St. Louis makes playoffs
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams won a finale that, in the end, they needed much more than the New York Jets.

An argument for Owens as NFL's Most Valuable Player
Conventional wisdom says Peyton Manning is the NFL's MVP. So do his accomplishments.

LSU leans toward Miles
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Les Miles is the top choice to replace Nick Saban as LSU's football coach, a source close to the negotiations said Saturday.

Micmacs take down Lakers
The Peninsula Micmacs defeated the Strawberry Lakers 6-5 Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center in the Memorial Hall of Fame Game, a hockey contest played to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association.

Wizards' Dixon baffles Hawks
WASHINGTON — Reserve guard Juan Dixon scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter Sunday to help the Washington Wizards to a 104-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

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