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Monday, January 12, 2004

NOW PLAYING: Big Fish/House of Sand and Fog
In last week's review I groused, yet again about the fact that some of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year arrive, technically, after the beginning of the new year. Sure, they're released in one or two or ten theaters around the

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)

No deal on snow removal
The recent boondoggle in a Soldotna-area bog with a rented excavator stuck in the muck will apparently have an effect on how efficiently snow is removed from Soldotna streets.

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.

Possible borough tax stirs Kenai discussion
The Kenai City Council is abuzz about the possibility that the Kenai Peninsula Borough could impose a $75 flat tax on airplanes parked on the peninsula.

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.

Educators study academic-only school
Families on the central Kenai Peninsula may have another option for high school education as early as next fall if some Skyview High School educators get their way.

Photo feature: Digging out
Mike McConahy and John Anderson of Central Emergency Services work Saturday to expose a fire hydrant from a snowbank on Crest Drive in Soldotna. Local firefighters encourage the public to help them keep the hydrants accessible. "Anything they can do to keep them opened up helps," McConahy said.

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.

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.

Emil V. Nelson
Longtime Alaskan Emil V. Nelson of Homer died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at his home of natural causes. He was 91.

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.

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.

Where candidates stand
WASHINGTON Highlights of the presidential candidates' positions on a selection of issues:

Government should play part in regulating new retirement risks What others say
When Enron and WorldCom imploded under the weight of accounting scandals in 2001, Congress responded with tough new rules designed to reassure investors that the

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community News
Elks table tennis results announced HCS to show films T-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduled Fine wine, gourmet appetizer fund-raiser planned Youth summit planned

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

Births
Hanna Dawn Giugler McKinley Rain Warren

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

Peninsula People
Abrahamson makes deans list Baldwin named to honor roll Miller earns bachelors degree Schirmers, Luckman graduate magna cum lau

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
Registration for 4-H rally day looming Sterling community plan available for comment Assistance available for commercial fishers Grant writing workshop slated KDLL to hold elections Annual reading carnival seeks vendors Soroptimist to meet

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

Writing for democracy
Winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen contests receive monetary awards and plaques at a dinner celebration hosted by the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary recently.

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pistons allow 100 but still beat Mavs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and the Detroit Pistons won their eighth straight game despite allowing 100 points for the first time this season, beating the Dallas Mavericks 115-102 Sunday night.

Beard powers Duke women past rival Tar Heels
DURHAM, N.C. Alana Beard had 22 points Sunday and No. 1 Duke used a late run to beat No. 13 North Carolina 79-57 for the Blue Devils' 500th victory.

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.

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.

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.

Wolverines sweep past Mat-Su Christian
The Ninilchik boys and girls basketball teams pulled off a sweep Saturday, beating Mat-Su Christian in a pair of non-district games in the Valley.

No. 1 Connecticut stops No. 6 Sooners
STORRS, Conn. Emeka Okafor fell one blocked shot short of a triple-double and No. 1 Connecticut put on one of the most impressive defensive displays of the season, knocking No. 6 Oklahoma from the ranks of the unbeaten, 86-59 Sunday.

Kraft, Gomez team up in support of local hockey
The Scott Gomez Oscar Meyer Scholarship Program made a $3,845 donation to the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

Appleby holds on to take Mercedes
KAPALUA, Hawaii Back on Maui for the first time in four years, Stuart Appleby made sure he wouldn't have to wait that long to return to the winners-only Mercedes Championships.

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.

Shutout streak snaps
GLENDALE, Ariz. Brian Boucher's record shutout streak ended with a goal he had no chance of stopping.

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

Skyview skaters fall 4-2 at Wasilla
The Skyview Panthers hockey team dropped a close 4-2 decision Saturday to the Wasilla Warriors at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

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.

Eagles, Colts sneak into conference title games
KANSAS CITY, Mo. He's been unstoppable and Peyton Manning knows it.

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.

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

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.

Mic Macs drop second straight on home ice
The Peninsula Mic Macs lost their second straight home game Friday night, dropping an 8-4 decision to Solid of Anchorage.

Favre's pick dooms Pack
PHILADELPHIA As the clock ticked down in regulation, Donovan McNabb saved Philadelphia's season and a city's psyche.

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