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Thursday, January 8, 2004

Rose's rant: New book shows a belligerent Rose only a bit apologetic
NEW YORK (AP) Defiant, belligerent and only occasionally apologetic, Pete Rose blames his accusers and his medical conditions for the problems that got him kicked out of baseball.

Molitor, Eckersley each elected to Hall of Fame on first ballot
NEW YORK In their final confrontation, Paul Molitor wanted to beat Dennis Eckersley so badly he bunted in the ninth inning to win a game that was meaningless to the Minnesota Twins.

'...That was part of his charm'
They shared a World Series title and a place in the heart of a tough old town, and on the day Tug McGraw died, he and Pete Rose wound up sharing space in the newspapers, too.

Financial hardship, need for health insurance spur people to keep working
NEWTON, Kan. Sometimes life just doesn't turn out according to plans. At least that's one of the few things Hugh Long knows for sure.

State plans day-use activity fees
Hunting and fishing guides, recreational businesses, air taxi services and tourism companies who take clients onto state land are now being asked to pay a yearly registration fee to the state for day use activities.

Golden years look less bright for retirees
CHICAGO They're doing what financial experts say every young person should be doing, even in small amounts. They are twenty-somethings, saving for that far-off, almost unimaginable time known as retirement but not the way their parents did.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleGroup sponsors grant writing workshopIncorporation workshop scheduledWells Fargo raises $197,845 for nonprofits

Exhibit at KPC showcases photographers' artistic sides
Using the term "blurred" in conjunction with photography is typically not considered a good thing, but "Rarefied Light," the annual statewide juried photography show, is not a typical photography exhibit.

Art Briefs
Dance classes slatedSubmissions for artist roster wantedPainting group to meetCommunity choir holds rehearsalsPratt Museum closed for maintenanceArtists soughtKids' art classes offeredAlaska photographers wanted for show

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

Stabenow mystery keeps fan guessing
Thirteen is a lucky number for fans of Dana Stabenow's mystery novels.

Anchor River projects get help
Community Rivers Planning Coalition and the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank the Kenai River Sportfishing Association for its support of interpretive signage in the Anchor River Watershed.

Why didn't DOT look locally for equipment rescue job?
Is the state Department of Transportation a separate branch of government that is exempt from the kind of budget controls we've heard so much about?

Officer Watson's death felt by community in Michigan
I learned of Kenai Police Officer John Watson's death a few days ago in our local newspaper. Without seeming hysterical, I need to say that a large hole has formed in my heart.

Just because lake covered with ice doesn't mean it's safe to drive on
It seems inconceivable that in this day and age people continue to drive vehicles out on unsafe ice conditions.

Thank you, John Watson
Thank you, John:

KRSA's participation in public process should start at local level
Contrary to Ron Rainey's complaint (Voices of the Peninsula, Peninsula Clarion, Jan. 2), Les Palmer's grievance (Rift in River City, An Outdoor View, Peninsula Clarion, Dec. 26) is simply that the Kenai River Sportfishing Association disregards the local Fish and Game Advisory Committee in particular and the community in general in its attempts to influence the Board of Fisheries process for the benefit of commercial interests the businesses and people represented by KRSA.

Development decisions will lead to demise of Kenai River fish runs
With "friends" like the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission, assembly and mayor, it is a good thing the Kenai River does not have any enemies. The river can't handle much more help from its "friends."

Teams are busiest when there aren't races every week
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. As his team unloaded its tools after the final race of the 2003 season, crew chief Ryan Pemberton decided his team needed a break.

Return to coaching was not a surprise
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Joe Gibbs didn't have to say a word Tuesday night to Tony Stewart, Greg Zipadelli and Jimmy Makar. The airplane with the Washington Redskins logo on it at Daytona Beach International Airport said it all.

Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth, the newly-crowned NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, had a busy off-season. He took time out of his test session to talk about the demands of being a champion, the work on his new Ford Taurus, the proposed change in the point system and the upcoming season.

Nikiski firefighters save trailer home after failed try to thaw pipes
Nikiski firefighters managed to save part of a single-family trailer home that apparently caught fire Tuesday evening as residents were trying to thaw frozen pipes beneath the structure.

District starts budget process $5 million short
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is entering its 2004-05 budgeting cycle with a $5 million deficit.

Grads' requirements tabled amid concerns
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has delayed action on most proposed changes to graduation requirements for students.

Study: Alaskans don't always return
A recent Alaska Department of Labor study says nearly two of every five Alaskans who were 15 to 19 years old in 1994 have left the state for life and employment Outside, a loss of talent some have called the "brain drain."

Not guilty plea entered for Forster
David S. Forster sat quietly as pleas of "not guilty" were entered by Superior Court Judge Harold Brown on behalf of Forster, who was arraigned on one count of first-degree murder, two counts of third-degree assault and two counts of third-degree domestic violence assault Wednesday.

College hits big 4-0
Kenai Peninsula College will celebrate its 40th anniversary today at its spring open house.

Poto feature: Coming full circle
The nearly full moon rises in the sky behind spruce trees in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon. The full moon will rise today.

Kids aren't only learners at space center
Commonly thought of as an education site for grade-school and high-school students, the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai was pitched as a training facility for small businesses and big corporations alike during a meeting of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Photo feature: Blow by blow
A lenticular cloud hugs the summit of Mount Redoubt on Wednesday afternoon. Shaped like an optical lens, the clouds betray the presence of wind as it blows over rugged landscapes.

School board supports bills about education
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday approved two resolutions supporting education-related bills planned to go before the Legislature this session.

Central peninsula agencies count on holiday spirit for help
It's never anything but tough to be hungry or lonely, but the holiday season has a way of compounding the hard times.

Voters to decide school activities funding
In less than three months, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will be asked whether borough property tax revenue should be used to directly fund school district cocurricular activities such as sports, music, dance, speech and other programs providing educational opportunities for students beyond the core curricula of English, history, science and math.

Wind knocks out power, cancels flights
High winds that whipped across the central Kenai Peninsula this week caused roughly 3,200 Homer Electric Association members to lose power for about two hours Tuesday evening, as well as the cancellation of two Era Aviation flights Tuesday and Wednesday.

Donald 'Donnie' Felix Plucker
Anchorage resident Donald "Donnie" Felix Plucker died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Lyle 'Joe' Gibbs
Soldotna resident Lyle "Joe" Gibbs died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at his home. He was 50.

Even purest of knights susceptible to falling off horse now and then
A president of the United States will be elected this year, but right now, public attention seems to be drawn to the legal problems of media and entertainment stars. So just for this week, let's wander away from the regular fare of this opinion column public surveys on politics and policy and look into the troubles of one star-crossed superstar.

Decision to allow logging on small part of Tongass welcome win for Alaska What others say
Green extremists are gnashing their teeth over the U.S. Forest Service decision to allow logging on a relatively small part of the Tongass National Forest.

Stricter meat testing will cost consumers
America's beef supply should be the world's

Tighter security measures only minor inconvenience
Seconds. That's the amount of time it takes for foreign visitors to the United States to undergo tighter security measures. ...

Mars success celebrated
Nearly two-thirds of the attempts to land on

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meetPhotographers guild meeting slatedGardeners lecture series to beginNew musher, skijorer day plannedPFLAG to meetSubsistence management accepting nominations

Around the Peninsula
State parks advisory board to meet today Healthy Communities plans meeting Soroptimists schedule meeting Conservation and development meeting slated CPCS to hold board meeting Totem Tracers offer computer class Registration extended for womens workshop

KPBSD scholarship opportunities
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is sponsoring scholarships for 2004-05 full year tuition waivers from Alaska Vocational Technical Center and Kenai Peninsula College. Scholarships are available to this year's 2004 graduating seniors.

Student seeks help with Alaska studies
Dear Peninsula Clarion:

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first semester at Soldotna Middle School:

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
January dates to remember:

HEA provides scholarship funding
Homer Electric Association, in conjunction with Touchstone Energy, a national alliance of member-owned electric cooperatives, has provided scholarship funding for Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Final sign up for the Seward Fatherhood Initiative Retreat is today. Space still is available. The retreat will take place Saturday and Sunday. Curriculum will be presented by Southcentral Foundation. The Stamping Pad will be involved in the ladies' Saturday round table portion of the retreat. For more information, call Susie at 283-0707.

Activism earns boy 1 of 10 spots on committee
HOLLAND, Mich. Curtis and Jean Birky said they felt it was important to raise their children to care for the environment, but they admit their son, Christian, has taken those values to unexpected levels.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Two teams went to the state robotics competition in Anchorage.

Connections
Connections is selling McDonald's buy-one-get-one-free peelers. Peel-ers can be purchased in the office for $10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proceeds will be used for Math Counts and Battle of the Books.

Soldotna Elementary
Karlene Meyer's sixth-graders surprised their foster grandparent, Grandma Johnnie, with luncheon and presents to thank her for her work at the school.

KPC to celebrate 40th birthday at spring semester open house
KPC has come a long way since 1964 when its first director, Clayton Brockel, essentially ran the college from the back of his old car everyone knew as "ol' Blue."

Teen relishes thrill of saving lives
JUNEAU Saving a life turned out to be more exciting than one Juneau-Douglas High School senior expected.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central to host wrestling tourneyVolunteers needed for Tustumena 200

'Canes snap streak with shutout
RALEIGH, N.C. Kevin Weekes made 19 saves, and Danny Markov and Kevyn Adams scored first-period goals to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-0 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Blues.

New year, plenty of questions
Mike Weir stepped into the Hawaii sunshine, dropped three balls onto the putting green and rapped them toward a hole some 40 feet away.

Left out: Some coaches miss out on jobs because their teams are too good
Joe Gibbs was hired. Tom Coughlin, too. Dennis Green is on the verge of signing, and Jim Fassel is rumored to be next. Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Lovie Smith get interviews and not much else.

Sprewell restrains Bryant in T-Wolves triumph
MINNEAPOLIS Latrell Sprewell scored 30 points while keeping Kobe Bryant in check, and the Minnesota Timberwolves sent the struggling and injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-90 loss Tuesday night.

Boucher notches fourth straight shutout in Coyotes win
WASHINGTON Brian Boucher became the first NHL goalie in almost 55 years to record four consecutive shutouts, making 27 saves in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-0 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

Top-ranked UConn squeaks by Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. Playing with four fouls, Ben Gordon scored eight of his 22 points over the final 4 1/2 minutes, and top-ranked Connecticut barely hung on to beat Rutgers 75-74 Tuesday night.

Rally faces new threat on old route
DAKAR, Senegal Braving the motorcycle-swallowing dunes, the bone-crunching crashes and the occasional camel in the road, drivers of the Paris-Dakar rally faced a new threat Wednesday: terrorism.

Nothin' like home cookin' in the NFL playoffs
Visiting teams talk bravely, even if they don't really relish a trip to New England. Or St. Louis. Or Kansas City.

Iverson paces Sixers
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson scored 20 points and the Philadelphia 76ers reached 100 points for the first time in nearly two months, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 100-80.

Stars get on track against Nikiski
The Soldotna hockey team started out this season with trouble scoring goals. That wasn't an issue as the Stars started the second half of their season Tuesday.

Green signs with Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Dennis Green, one of the winningest NFL coaches in the 1990s, agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday to guide the struggling Arizona Cardinals.

No. 10 Louisville routs Southern Mississippi
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Nate Daniels scored 15 points and Otis George tied a career-high with 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Louisville to a 76-42 victory over Southern Mississippi on Wednesday night.

Gibbs returns to coach Redskins
ASHBURN, Va. In a bid to return to their heyday, the Washington Redskins reached into their past with a most stunning move: Joe Gibbs is coming back.

Lemieux to miss rest of NHL season
PITTSBURGH (AP) Mario Lemieux will miss the rest of the season after hip surgery next week, but doesn't plan to retire.

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