Monday, January 5, 2004

Report: Rose admits to betting on baseball
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pete Rose admits in his upcoming autobiography that he gambled on baseball, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Saturday.

Dog handling teaches novices about mushing
Living in Alaska, it's pretty hard not to be exposed to sled dog racing.

NOW PLAYING: Best & Worst of 2003
This happens every year, so you'd think I'd be used it by now. Movies are released in an orderly fashion all year long until December when, suddenly, it's every man for himself. The studios toss as many films as they can into the competitive holiday mix, tripping over each other to rush into awards season.

Enough rhetoric; state should buy back controversial gas leases
In the December 2003 issue of "Alaska Business Monthly," Gov. Frank Murkowski indicated support for property owners affected by coalbed methane development by stating, "No individual is going to have his rights compromised without due process. I will recommend changes in existing statute if needed."

Bluff could not withstand pressure from coalbed methane drilling
It is important for Alaskans of the Kenai Peninsula to understand that Homer cannot survive a coal bed methane drilling operation. Homer lies on a narrow bench between the sea and a high bluff.

Kenai bluff house burns to the ground
A fire engulfed a mansion in Kenai, completely destroying the structure and all of its contents late Saturday night.

Impact of court decision unknown in salmon project
The impact of Tuesday's decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to declare a long-running salmon enhancement project in Tustumena Lake illegal under federal law has yet to sink in, but it may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an official with the nonprofit agency that has conducted the stocking operations since the mid-1990s said Friday.

Arctic Winter Games get good news for holidays
Organizers of the 2006 Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games got some welcome Christmas news earlier this month when Era Aviation and Aspen Hotels of Alaska announced major financial support for the effort.

Assembly ponders next step to facility
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider a resolution Tuesday that would authorize the next step in a long-range plan to construct a multiuse facility for emergency services on recently purchased property in Soldotna.

Soldotna couple delivers first child of 2004 on Friday
Twenty years ago, Barbara and Ronald O'Lena of Soldotna started off on an adventure to move from Indiana to Alaska. Their new son, Joshua Steven, began his life's adventure at noon Friday already in Alaska.

School district lines up requirements for grads
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education again will discuss possible changes to graduation requirements for students at its meeting tonight.

Photo feature: Long shadows
Dave Caswell lets the sun shine in Saturday afternoon while talking to a friend in the entrance to Skyview High School. The central Kenai Peninsula is gaining more than two minutes of sunlight each day as summer slowly approaches.

Wagoner bill adds inlet to pipeline study
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, has prefiled a bill to amend the Natural Gas Development Authority Act of 2002 to include specific reference to constructing a gas pipeline to tidewater at Cook Inlet.

Ronald Jay Swanson
Kasilof resident Ronald Jay Swanson died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, surrounded by his family in Eugene, Ore., of cancer. He was 57.

Emerald 'Jack' Ullery
Nikiski resident Emerald "Jack" Ullery died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at his home. He was 86.

Leslie Gordon Augustson
Anchorage resident Leslie Gordon Augustson died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at Providence Extended Care Center in Anchorage of natural causes. He was 85.

No Child Left Behind Act well intentioned, but sets unrealistic expectations What others say
Bush administration officials have given in slightly on one of the most obvious problems with the No Child Left Behind Act: the fact it makes no exception for special-education students in its strict testing requirements for school districts.

Do parents need Hollywood to teach what's right, wrong? What others say
In what might be one of the most egregious misuses of elected office, several states' attorneys general went to Hollywood last week to meet with movie industry executives in an attempt to limit the use of cigarettes in movies.

Making the most of new year
It's a fantasy, of course, that Jan. 1 represents some kind of rebirth, a cleaning of the slate, a point of absolution for last year's sins.

Public needs to be heard
Editor's Note: The following is a response to Sen. Tom Wagoner's column on shallow gas leases which was printed in the Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 29.

Good news on economic front
One-third of Alaskans are under the age of 20. They are 210,000 members of the next generation for whose future we must prepare. We have an obligation to provide our young people with options in life and productive outlets for their energy and talents.

Reflecting on long road to statehood, work left unfinished
As far as we know there was no celebration, but Alaska marked 45 years of statehood Saturday.

Following the flourish of competitive cook-offs
PORTLAND, Maine Three decades ago, Roxanne Chan entered a cooking contest on a whim and won an 18-volume set of ''Better Homes & Gardens'' cookbooks.

Births
Layne Brian Todd Ethan Zachary Brandt Kayden Lee DeMello Rylee Marie Ellis Trenten Eugene Mabeus

Black-eyed peas help start year off right
AMARILLO, Texas Diners peas-fully eyed a Southern tradition on New Year's Day.

Humphrey, Nusunginya marry in Kenai
Melissa Humphrey and Vincent Nusunginya were married at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Pastor Brad Cason officiated.

Tell the vending machine the relationship is over
Move your wide rear end over, Dr. Phil. Richard Simmons, please and I am begging you put on a real shirt and a pair of long pants, and listen up. I have a diet plan that not only works, but also saves you money.

Salley, Olson wed in Oregon
Sharon Salley of Portland, Ore., and David Olson of Kenai were married at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Klamath Falls, Ore. Vince O'Rourke officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Swim club seeks members Historical society to meet Photographers guild meeting slated La Leche meeting planned Assistance available for commercial fishers Annual reading carnival seeks vendors Kennel club offering dog classes

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Historical Society meeting todayNikiski council meeting slatedGardeners lecture series to beginFish and Game committee to meetFrontier board meeting slatedWomen's outdoor workshop slatedAuction fund-raiser for hospice slated

Community News
CPGH to offer healing touch classes Auction fund-raiser for hospice slated Girl Scouts to begin selling cookies

Peninsula People
Landford graduates basic training Wackler makes honor roll

Resolutions don't stop with people
Once again the calender has flipped to a new year, and with it comes all the resolutions often centered on self improvement.

My best friend
From left, Wyatt, Hetta and Wesley Quade, of Kenai, take a break from sled dog training with their dog Panda, a 1-year-old Siberian husky.

Baked Carmel Corn
One of my favorite holiday recipes is for baked caramel corn. It is one from my mother's collection of many fine, tasty treats that were special to our family. It also had the nickname of "Cracker Jacks." It's a great gift idea for those who have a sweet tooth.

Techno Bowl
NEW ORLEANS The Sooner Schooner is in town, pulled by horses named Boomer and Sooner. The glittery Golden Girls and their 325-member Golden Band from Tigerland are here, too.

BCS chief says no playoff for next season
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Despite the likelihood of a split national championship, BCS coordinator Mike Tranghese said Saturday a playoff system for college football won't even be discussed among proposed changes for next season.

Tougher Titans outlast Ravens
BALTIMORE With one gritty victory, the Tennessee Titans ended a run of misery against Baltimore and kept alive their hope of returning to the Super Bowl.

Lady Raiders poised to take over top spot
LUBBOCK, Texas Natalie Ritchie scored 19 points, and second-ranked Texas Tech defeated Pepperdine 95-53 Sunday in hopes of moving to the top spot in The Associated Press poll.

CIA boys take fourth at ACS Invitational
Adam Cooper led the Cook Inlet Academy boys team to a 66-50 win over Dillingham and a fourth-place finish at the ACS Invitational basketball tournament Saturday in Anchorage. With the game tied at 29 heading into the third quarter, Cooper exploded for nine of his game-high 19 points during a decisive 20-10 run that put CIA ahead to stay.

Coyotes' Boucher again stands tall
RALEIGH, N.C. Brian Boucher made 26 saves for his third straight shutout, leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Archangels take down SkyHi boys
The Skyview High School boys basketball team dropped a nonregion game Saturday, losing 50-47 to Lumen Christi in an endowment game at Skyview.

Redd leads Bucks past Washington
WASHINGTON Michael Redd scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Milwaukee to a 100-94 win over Washington on Sunday.

Georgia Tech blows out Tulsa in Humanitarian Bowl
BOISE, Idaho P.J. Daniels ran for 307 yards, the second-highest total in Georgia Tech history, and the Yellow Jackets salvaged their seventh straight winning season by routing Tulsa 52-10 Saturday on a frigid afternoon in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Manning's five TD's lead Indy to playoff rout
INDIANAPOLIS Peyton Manning was finally playoff perfect.

Sports Briefs
Alaska-Fairbanks splits with Ferris St.Former UCLA All-American dies

Packers, Harris fly by Seahawks
GREEN BAY, Wis. Al Harris never got a chance for a Lambeau Leap. By the time he thought about it, he was buried under an avalanche of teammates.

New England's Belichick named NFL's top coach in a landslide
Bill Belichick owns three Super Bowl titles, and after leading the New England Patriots in his best coaching job, he was honored Saturday as The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year.

Tigers pounce on championship
NEW ORLEANS There's no question who's No. 1 to the thousands of purple-and-gold partyers in tiger stripes who packed the Superdome and Bourbon Street.

Arkansas coach turns down Nebraska's riches
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Houston Nutt rejected Nebraska's $2 million coaching offer, saying strong family ties and a job left undone kept him at Arkansas.

San Antonio's bricks cause collapse of win streak
SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan attempted San Antonio's first eight free throws and missed them all. By the end of the afternoon, the Spurs had clanged away their 13-game winning streak.

Panthers shred Parcells, Dallas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Long after Bill Parcells headed to the locker room for the final time this season, the Carolina Panthers returned to the field and ran a slow victory lap around Ericsson Stadium.

No. 4 Duke snaps UConn's 69-game home win streak
HARTFORD, Conn. Alana Beard scored 20 of her 21 points in the second half, and No. 4 Duke rallied to beat top-ranked Connecticut 68-67 Saturday to snap a home winning streak of 69 games and prevent the Huskies from setting an NCAA record.

No. 5 Stanford slips past hungry Huskies
STANFORD, Calif. Mike Montgomery knows Stanford's days of easy victories are over. His team now realizes it, too.

Krzyzewski nets 600th win at Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. Daniel Ewing scored 19 points and J.J. Redick 17 to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his 600th win at Duke, a 73-54 victory Saturday over Clemson.

Messier's brilliant passing pushes Rangers past Penguins
PITTSBURGH Mark Messier set up the Rangers' first two goals, and Jussi Markkanen withstood a penalty shot and a sizable Pittsburgh shots advantage to beat the Penguins 4-1 Saturday.

Photo feature: Ideal conditions
J.M. Revis catches air while snowboarding on the bluff behind Skyview High School Saturday afternoon. Snow conditions on the central peninsula are about as good as they can get for winter recreation.

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