Tuesday, January 11, 2005

On the move
NEW YOR — Even in winter, there are baseball doubleheaders in New York.

Best & Worst of 2004 America is list-crazy. (See, for example, the column you are currently reading.)

Counting our fine feathered friends
About 25 local bird enthusiasts traded their warm sofas and News Year's football games Sunday to get outdoors and participate in the 105th Annual Christmas Bird Count.

VISTA Volunteer helps KEDS
The Kenai Economic Development Strategy (KEDS) Committee made up of some 20 local officials and community members presented their first draft plan Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Seafood Is See-Food
(NAPSA)-Many may find it hard to see it that way but certain fats in your diet can be surprisingly good for the health of your eyes.

Making it clear Agrium will close as announced
Although it came as the year was waning, the official announcement of Agrium's closing quickly rose to the top of the list as the number one story in the year 2004.

Moore takes Copper Basin
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Allen Moore, a veteran musher from Two Rivers, has won the 2005 Copper Basin 300, his first victory.

America is list-crazy. (See, for example, the column you are currently reading.)

All women are invited to attend the Peninsula Take A Break "stress busters" luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Solid Rock Conference Center.

Hello, neighbors. Thanks to all of the people who work so hard trying to keep ahead of the road problems on the peninsula. I appreciate the efforts of those who are trying to keep the potholes from swallowing us up, even if it means filling them after dark.

Hi, neighbors. Are you like me and often have to send belated birthday greetings? Intentions were good, and perhaps a card was even purchased well in advance, but executing those good intentions just didn't happen until the date had passed.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Good thoughts are beautiful flowers, promoting good deeds and making others happy, thereby enriching our lives and bringing us happiness." — author unknown.

Greetings from beautiful downtown Kasilof. Good Tuesday to you. If the weather is any indication, we're into January and under its cold spell. While I might complain of sub-zero temperatures and my subsequent slavery to a wood stove when the mercury drops, it's not very often and I never forget how fortunate I am.

Hi, neighbors. Can you believe this weather? I hope by the time you read this we have snow and cold weather. While I am writing this it has been raining and making my driveway very soggy and slippery. I put on my warm coat, hat, gloves and spiked grippers on my shoes and carry my ski pole just to get my newspaper in the morning.

Cooper Landing
Skyview High School Russian language teacher Gregory Weissenberg is giving a presentation titled "What's in a Name," for the historical society program Saturday afternoon. The program is a result of Weissenberg's research of Alaskan place names of Russian origin and usage of Russian in Alaska vernacular.

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.

Man found knocked out behind area bar
Soldotna police are trying to piece together what happened early Saturday morning that left a 29-year-old man unconscious and with serious head injuries in the parking lot of the Maverick Bar.

Woman will work to promote Love
A former board secretary and member of the board of directors of Love INC (In the Name of Christ) of the Kenai Peninsula has stepped into her new position as executive director.

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

Avalanche death due to unique conditions
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The operator of a Nevada ski resort where a 13-year-old snowboarder was swept from a chairlift to his death by an avalanche said the slide appeared to be the result of a unique combination of circumstances.

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.

Program to start sheltering soon
The Kenai Interfaith Shelter Services organization hopes to begin sheltering homeless families on the Kenai Peninsula by the first week in February.

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.

Couch Potatos
Clancy Skipwith (foreground), Brooke Jasky-Zuber and Heather Roesing cheer for their fellow Skyview High School Panthers from a couch near the finish line of a ski race Saturday afternoon at Skyview.

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

Some efforts to aid victims of tsunami deserve attention
As relief pours into countries devastated by the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, some efforts to help are particularly noticeable.

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.

Feeding eagles should be illegal
Unfortunately, eagle feeding has resumed on the Homer Spit and in some neighborhoods. Last April a public opinion survey by Ivan Moore Research in Anchorage revealed 55 percent of Homer area respondents believed intentional feeding of wild bald eagles should be made unlawful, except by permit from wildlife agencies for research or other special circumstances. Only 37 percent thought feeding should remain legal. Up to 650 eagles have been counted locally!

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG meeting scheduled Recycling group to meet Garage sale fund-raiser Public health plans one-day closure Help for home day care providers 4-H rally day planned T-200 seeking youth riders

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!

Senior Menus
Anchor Point Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Anchor Point Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

The Next Level
Hakkinen finishes 26th in pursuit

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.

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.

Manning wins second straight MVP
INDIANAPOLIS — When Peyton Manning sees his name alongside some of the great players in NFL history, he beams with pride.

Sports Briefs
Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning Kings deal Christie to Orlando

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.

Star leader
As the only senior on the Soldotna girls basketball team, Soldotna's Brittany Howard is both a link to the past and a bridge to the future.

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

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

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

Boeheim collects 300th Big East win
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Gerry McNamara had 22 points to lead No. 7 Syracuse to a 70-61 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night, making Jim Boeheim the first coach with 300 Big East wins.

Armstrong still not sure about Tour de France
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Lance Armstrong's mind is on Belgium in April, not Paris in July.

Celtics stop Magic
BOSTON — Tony Allen led Boston's backups on a 14-point run early in the second quarter and the Celtics rolled to a 119-101 win Monday night over Orlando after the Magic traded starting guard Cuttino Mobley.

Small, speedy Suns prepare for Shaq
PHOENIX — Amare Stoudemire was a reluctant center when the season began. Shaquille O'Neal is liable to remind him why.

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