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Sunday, January 11, 2004

Industry interests favored over those of Alaskans
This letter is in response to Sen. Tom Wagoner's article "Who will pay for buybacks? What peninsula priority will be sacrificed?" (Peninsula Clarion, Dec. 29)

Newly opened center not jail for teens; focus is education
With the relocation of Juvenile Justice Probation offices into the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility last week, the building on Marathon Road in Kenai is now completely filled with staff and programs and is open for business.

Peninsula lawmakers prefile variety of bills
Alaska's lawmakers go back to work Monday for the second session of the 23rd Alaska Legislature, a session that could prove a tough battleground where competing philosophies can be expected to engage over resource development, education funding, taxes, the future of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings and more.

Figures confirm revenue decline
An analysis of the latest economic figures confirms the negative impact the closure of the Big Kmart store last April has had on tax revenues in the city of Kenai, but that same analysis predicts the coming of Home Depot should return some of that revenue stream to city as well as borough coffers.

James O. Jimbo Morehart
Sterling resident James O. "Jimbo" Morehart died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at his home in Sterling. He was 27.

Katherine Ann Duck
Soldotna resident Katherine Ann Duck died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2004, at her home in Soldotna. She was 55.

Dustin W. Langston
Nikiski resident Dustin W. Langston died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Cooper Landing. He was 20.

Adventure on road to Alaska
"You've figured out Joel's crazy," our waitress said as she topped off my girlfriend's coffee.

Election year should provide impetus for closing budget gap
Alaska's lawmakers are back in Juneau for the start of the second session of the 23rd Legislature which begins Monday. That doesn't mean they've been idle since their adjournment in May, however.

Bush's grandiose plans for space, immigration alarm conservatives
WASHINGTON President Bush is grabbing headlines with ambitious proposals to send Americans to the moon and Mars and to revamp immigration policy. But his election-year agenda is costly and controversial, alarming some of his conservative supporters who wonder how a nation with record budget deficits and an expensive war on terrorism will find the money.

Alterations: Simple changes? Not really
AMARILLO, Texas Who can resist a bargain even if it doesn't exactly fit?

Gates, Balash announce engagement
Mindy Gates and Luke Balash of North Pole plan to be married May 27, 2004, on a ranch in Loveland, Colo.

Around the Peninsula
New musher, skijorer activities todayDrivers safety class scheduledFrontier Community Services board meeting slatedT-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduledWRCC board meeting slatedFood handlers class plannedHospice seeking donations

Steins celebrate 50th anniversary
Dave and Jane Stein of Soldotna will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 23, 2004.

Survey paints portrait of urban-dwellers' quest for company
CHICAGO You could call it a real-life glimpse at sex and the city.

Resler, Jones plan February wedding
Gwen Resler of Tacoma, Wash., and Joe Jones of Nikiski plan to be married at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at South Hill Christian Church in Tacoma. Mike Thorley will officiate.

Drat! tinfoiled again!
OLYMPIA (AP) What kind of friends coat your apartment and nearly everything in it with tinfoil while you're away?

Martini, Suminski marry in Kenai
Echo Martini of Nikiski and Jonathan Suminski were married at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at the Kenai Court House.

Hunt, Lomelin plan June wedding
Melissa Fay Hunt and Troy Eugene Lomelin of Anchorage have announced their plans to marry June 20, 2004, in at Hidden Lake.

Home Away from Home
Moving to Alaska is an adjustment for many people, but even more so for the several foreign exchange students who arrive on the Kenai Peninsula each year.

My best friend
Seven-year-old schnauzer Gabby is ready in case Santa needs help pulling his sleigh. Gabby belongs to Megan, Dustin and Zachary Moore of Kenai.

Dog wash is owners' best friend
Have you ever given your dog a bath but trashed your house in the process of getting your canine companion clean?

Skiers slide fast at Seward Invite
Skyview's Elisabeth Habermann and Soldotna's Ryan Walton picked up victories Saturday at the Seward Invitational cross-country ski meet.

Photo feature: Perfect conditions
Krista Arthur seems to have the woods to herself during a ski at Tsalteshi Trails on Saturday afternoon. Other skiers said the trails were in great shape for winter fun.

Nikiski makes it two in a row over Hawks
The Nikiski High School hockey team made it two in a row Friday, defeating the Kenny Lake Hawks for the second time in as many nights in a Greatland Conference game at Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

Seward girls shut down Grace
A stifling defense moved Seward into the championship game of the 2004 Peninsula Challenge Friday night at Skyview.

Sports Briefs
Kwan wins eighth U.S. titleNorth Dakota ties Alaska-Anchorage

Montreal's Souray sets single-game points record for defensemen
PITTSBURGH Sheldon Souray set a Montreal single-game record for points by a defenseman with a goal and five assists, and Canadiens rookie Michael Ryder had two goals and two assists in an 8-0 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Chugiak topples Seward for title
We're just that little 3A team from the other side of the peninsula, said Seward girls basketball coach Roger Steinbrecher.

Voters must support activities funds
At Tuesday's meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed Resolution 2003-130, which will allow for a mail-in election to approve a tax plan to fund school district cocurricular activities.

Kenai, SoHi hockey hit trouble in Anchorage
Dimond scored three goals in the first period, four in the second and five in the third to easily skate to a 12-0 thrashing of Kenai Saturday in Anchorage. The Lynx got goals from nine different players, including two each from Jake Bishop, Nick Flores and Andrew Horn.

Madren leads ACS boys past Seahawks
Zach Madrea scored 12 points to lead the ACS Lions to a 48-31 victory Friday over the Seward Seahawks in the SoHi Tip-Off Tournament. Corey Hetrick also scored 12 to lead Seward.

Kards top Homer for Tip-Off crown
Kenai's Jordan Jenckes keyed a 10-2 Kenai run in the fourth quarter, and the Kardinals were able to hang on down the stretch for a 49-43 win in the championship game of the Subway/SoHi Tip-Off Tournament Saturday.

Stanford beats up Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. Josh Childress scored 19 points to lead five Stanford players in double figures and the fourth-ranked Cardinal remained unbeaten with the dominating victory over No. 3 Arizona on Saturday.

Knicks edge Bucks in bid to save Chaney's job
NEW YORK The New York Knicks snapped their four-game losing streak and might have saved coach Don Chaney's job Saturday night by shutting out the Milwaukee Bucks in the final three minutes of a 94-88 victory.

Coyotes' Boucher keeps shutout record alive
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Brian Boucher has not let a puck get past him for five straight games, an amazing scoreless streak of nearly 5 1/2 hours that's unmatched by any other modern-era NHL goalie.

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