Monday, January 10, 2005

Beltran lets deadline to sign with Astros pass
NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran's agent was trying to finalize a contract with the New York Mets early Sunday after letting the deadline for the speedy center fielder to re-sign with the Houston Astros pass without an agreement.

Mientkiewicz wants World Series ball
BOSTON — The Red Sox have the title. Now they want the ball.

Former Kenai resident awed by, survives Thailand disaster
Former Kenai resident and Kenai Central High School graduate Barry Agent survived the earthquake and tsunami on the island of Phuket, Thailand.

River guide certification gets support
The Kenai River Working Group voted Friday to recommend establishing a Kenai River Guide Academy certification program through Kenai Peninsula College as part of new regulations for the Kenai River fishing guides and commercial boat operators.

Nikiski girl dies in highway crash
An 11-year-old Nikiski girl was killed Saturday in a crash on the Sterling Highway.

Insurance lawsuit nets Kenai cash
Thanks to joining up with a class-action lawsuit, the city of Kenai will see a tidy sum of cash that city officials thought would be lost forever.

School board eyes options on weighted grades issue
The topic of weighted grades has sparked debate within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District recently, and it plans to adopt one of three options to clear up the matter.

Penny pinch
If you didn't know it already as a fact, you certainly would be forgiven for suspecting your paychecks don't go nearly as far as they used to.

Room to Roam
A coyote roams along the Kenai River flats against a backdrop of Mount Redoubt recently. The animals are a common site in the area as they forage for food.

Southeast gives best January view
The best view is toward the southeast around 9 p.m. throughout January.

Little lesson in safety
Educators, parents and children got together for a good cause — keeping kids safe — during the sixth annual Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness Event held at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday.

Daniel Thomas Foley
Former Kenai resident Daniel Thomas Foley died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in Seattle. He was 53.

Lawrence 'Larry' Ray McCubbins
Homer resident Lawrence Ray McCubbins died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005. He was 66.

Brant Alan Stephens
Kenai resident Brant Alan Stephens died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, with his wife, Debbie, and other family members at his side. He was 52.

Roger Allen Bissell
Former Kasilof resident Roger Allen Bissell died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004. He was 39.

Standing up for principles
A lament commonly heard these days is we've lost touch with our moral values. We're urged back to "the good old days."

Lawmakers' attitude, not location, keeps them close to public
With the first session of the 24th Alaska Legislature scheduled to begin Monday, people once again are likely to start grousing about how inaccessible Alaska's Capital City is — especially since bad weather kept some lawmakers from reaching Juneau on their first try last week.

Keeping U.N.'s Annan longer not a good idea
It's time for America to sever ties. We aren't prepared to call U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan a crook. He may simply be an incompetent. But either way, Annan has no right to be given an additional two years in his prestigious position.

Cloud, Cole announce engagement
Amanda Euper Cloud of Nikiski and Jeremy Cole of Duncan, Okla., will be married Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at Liberty Baptist Church in Duncan.

Around the Peninsula
Senior service board meeting set Genealogical society to meet Fisherman's Fund meeting set Rec center plans closure Developmental screening offered Fish board hearing slated Bridges to meet Writers club to host dinner

Surviving SAD season
It's the middle of winter. The days are short, the nights are long and the landscape is cloaked under several feet of snow.

Around the Peninsula
Genealogical society meeting slated Women voters to meet Teen dance planned Autism workshop scheduled

Gebhardt, Gillham marry in Soldotna
Kristin Gebhardt and Tony Gillham of Soldotna were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Bruce Hardesty officiated.

Woman thankful for help after fall left her stranded for 6 days
Dear Editor, How does one thank hundreds of people that were in some way involved in saving your life? In the Peninsula Clarion of course!

Peninsula People
Lipps receives volunteer award Renn awarded scholarship Jicha graduates Naval training Five generations gather Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Community Schools
The following is a list of Homer and Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768 for Soldotna or (907) 235-6090 for Homer.

Ground the cat
Cats are innately curious, but when their fascination leads them up on kitchen counters, it may be time to ground your feline friend — literally.

Time to retire: Family adopts military dog
CLOVIS, N.M — At the Haglund house, she gets fed by the parents. When she gets tired, flopping onto the waterbed is option No. 1. After resting, playing with the children is another top priority. It's, well, a dog's life.

My best friend
Starsky is a "pound hound" adopted from the Kenai Animal Shelter by Annette Hakkinen in December 1997. She says Starsky is a wonderful pet and friend.

Jets dash Chargers' hopes in OT
SAN DIEGO — The same New York Jets who backed into the playoffs were the latest team to usher Marty Schottenheimer into the offseason.

James, Cavs stay hot by ripping Knicks
CLEVELAND — LeBron James hit his first eight shots and scored 22 points to power the Cleveland Cavaliers past the New York Knicks 104-79 Saturday for their third straight victory.

Sports Briefs
UAA tops Minnesota Duluth

Ninilchik boys, girls defeat Lumen Christi
The Ninilchik Wolverines beat visiting Lumen Christi Friday night at Ninilchik. The Wolverine girls used a big second quarter to take a commanding lead and never looked back on their way to a 71-34 victory. On the boys side, the Wolverines held off a second half comeback effort from Lumen Christi and coasted to a 56-47 win.

Close finish
The championship dual meet of the Kenai Duals came down to the final match Saturday at Kenai Central High School, with Chugiak scoring a pin in the decisive match to win the tournament.

KU nips Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kansas won for the fourth time in as many games without injured preseason All-America Wayne Simien as the second-ranked Jayhawks beat No. 8 Kentucky 65-59 on Sunday.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central loses to Dimond Homer drops pair to Delta Nikiski loses three on road

The Next Level
Hakkinen finishes 26th in pursuit

Rams knock out Seahawks
SEATTLE — Matt Hasselbeck waited all season to redeem himself for what happened in last season's playoffs at Green Bay.

Soldotna girls take Pursuit
Skyview High School's Noah King posted the top time in Friday's 5-kilometer freestyle race, then skied away from the pack in Saturday's 7.5-kilometer classical race to claim the top combined finish at the SoHi New Year Pursuit cross-country ski meet hosted by Soldotna at Tsalteshi Trails.

No. 3 North Carolina blows past No. 22 Maryland
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Rashad McCants scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures, and No. 3 North Carolina beat No. 22 Maryland 109-75 Saturday for its 13th straight victory.

Colts pummel Broncos
INDIANAPOLIS — Even with his favorite option, Marvin Harrison, shut down early, Peyton Manning was unstoppable Sunday.

West Valley boys wear Tipoff crown
A slow start hurt the Skyview High School boys basketball team Friday as the Panthers were bumped to the third-place game of the Subway/SoHi Tipoff Tournament by the West Valley Wolfpack.

Vikings get the last laugh
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Randy Moss stuck around for every sweet second this time.

Bosh leads Toronto past Golden State
TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Rafer Alston ended a shooting slump with 14 second-half points, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 109-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Schottenheimer wins first top coaching honor
NEW YORK (AP) — Marty Schottenheimer's guidance of one of the great turnarounds in NFL history won him The Associated Press 2004 NFL Coach of the Year award.

West Valley, Homer move into championship
West Valley and Homer advanced to the championship game of the 2005 Peninsula Challenge in different fashions Friday at Skyview High School.

Kenai tops Chugiak
The Kenai Central hockey team picked up a 3-2 victory over Chugiak Friday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Homer girls prove up to Challenge
The Homer girls basketball team faced off against West Valley in Saturday's girls championship game at the 2005 Peninsula Challenge at Skyview. Led by freshman Allison Horazdovsky's 15 points and freshman Reba Temple's 12, the Mariners snuck past the Wolfpack 45-43.

Appleby defends crown at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii — With his left leg in pain and his wife expecting their first child, Stuart Appleby almost didn't return to the Mercedes Championships to defend his title.

Singh keeps lead
KAPALUA, Maui — Vijay Singh heard cheers at every corner Saturday in the Mercedes Championships, and all he could muster were mostly pars. He finally answered with one shot that salvaged the day.

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