Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Rose still facing long odds
Pete Rose's belated and grudging confession that he gambled on baseball won't land him in the Hall of Fame or in the dugout anytime soon.

Former relief pitcher McGraw dead at 59
PHILADELPHIA Tug McGraw, the zany relief pitcher who coined the phrase ''You Gotta Believe'' with the New York Mets and later closed out the Philadelphia Phillies' only World Series championship, died Monday. He was 59.

Bruce's Street & Skate finds a niche at Peninsula Mall.
Believe it or not, Skateboarding in Alaska has become so popular that it actually supports two specialty stores known as Bruce's Street & Skate, with outlets in Wasilla and Soldotna that cater to skateboarding enthusiasts.

Expanding the pool of youth & adult mediators
If you're interested in learning communication and conflict resolution skills that will help your family, school, or work life, the Youth Mediation Program "Wants You!" According to Dave Athons, Center for Mediation & Community Dialogue (CMCD) volunteer, the Youth Mediation Program is a joint venture of the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court and the CMCD.

Scholarships for local Nursing Education
A landmark was reached in Nurses Education in the spring 2003 when the first class of 13 students to earn an associates degree in Nursing without leaving the Kenai Peninsula graduated. This month a second class of 15 students from the Soldotna, Sterling, and Homer area will be starting the second semester of their LPN year.

Fallen but Never Forgotten
A half an hour before the memorial service for fallen Kenai Police Officer John Watson was scheduled to begin, the Renee C Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School was already filled to capacity.

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.

It's time for Alaska to consider establishing the death penalty
I want to commend the Clarion on its excellent coverage of John Watson's memorial. My heartfelt sympathies go to his family and to the Kenai police force. We have lost a fine man.

Generosity of many spell success for Holiday Kindness Project
Once again the Holiday Kindness Project at Redoubt Elementary School was a great success.

Officer Watson remembered for cheerfulness, helpfulness
I join everyone who feels the sadness of Officer Watson's needless death.

New store may be good for taxes, but don't forget local businesses
It's been two weeks and I thought I'd give Home Depot a try. It was clean and organized, as Home Depots always are upon opening. The mess, clutter and empty bins come about six months later in my experience.

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.

Santa and Mrs. Claus enjoy holiday visit at Nikiski Senior Center
On Dec. 15, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus came to the Nikiski Senior Center. We had a nice comfortable place for Santa and the Missus. For the children and parents, we had cookies, candy canes and a cup of warm chocolate. We saw many old friends we hadn't seen in awhile and made lots of new friends. Heidi Dominick was the winner of our door prize.

Treatment making a difference for peninsula woman
Since she first experimented with illegal drugs at age 15, Jennifer Driggers' life has been like a revolving door in and out of the bleak world of drug abuse.

Sunken excavator unstuck
The state machinery stuck in the muck near Sevena Lake was pulled out New Year's Eve, when a contractor from Anchorage plucked the 22-ton excavator out of the lake and returned it to the state.

Photo feature: Winter pattern
Pans of ice, some as large as a house, accumulate in Cook Inlet near Point Possession as seen from the air recently. The ice changes size and shape constantly as tidal forces move it around the inlet.

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.

Fire marshals investigate blazes in Soldotna, Kenai
Fire investigators are trying to determine the causes of two residential fires Saturday night, one in Kenai and one just outside Soldotna.

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.

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.

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.

Clark Milliken Hoffpauer
Homer resident Clark Milliken Hoffpauer died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, after recurring bouts with cancer. He was 73.

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

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.

Legislators must make tough calls on fiscal gap, sooner rather than later
In short order, decisions about state finances won't be able to be put off until next year.

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.

Peninsula People
Landford graduates basic training Wackler makes honor roll

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

Around the Peninsula
Parents support group to meetHCS to offer Italian language classesSterling community plan available for commentState parks advisory boards seeking membersGrant writing workshop slatedKDLL to hold elections

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

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Limited English speakers, California Hispanics report worse health care
LOS ANGELES For years, Miguel Salazar Castell paid $40 a week at the county clinic to have his blood sugar tested and collect a new supply of pills to control his diabetes.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Milwaukee ruins Iverson's return
PHILADELPHIA Desmond Mason spoiled Allen Iverson's return to Philadelphia's lineup, scoring a season-high 24 points in the Milwaukee Bucks' 88-76 win over the 76ers on Monday night.

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.

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.

USC named AP's No. 1
LOS ANGELES Coach Pete Carroll promised the USC Trojans will remain humble in their reign as The Associated Press' national champion humble and hungry.

Suns deal Marbury to hometown Knicks
NEW YORK Stephon Marbury is returning to his hometown to play for the team he grew up watching.

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

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.

Maple Leafs refuse to play to level of lowly Penguins
PITTSBURGH Joe Nieuwendyk scored a goal and set up another, and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided a letdown against the NHL's lowest-points team with a 5-0 victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Longhorns beat buzzer in beating Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. P.J. Tucker's shot in the lane at the overtime buzzer was ruled good after officials watched the replay for several minutes, and No. 18 Texas beat No. 25 Providence 79-77 Monday night in one of the wildest games of the season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Judge in Bryant case schedules into MarchUnited States beats Canada to win Junior WorldsVazquez agrees to $45 million, four-year contract

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