Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Bandwagon for 2006 Arctic Winter Games continues to roll
The latest sponsors to pony up checks for $100,000 toward the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) to be hosted on the Kenai Peninsula are Aspen Hotels and Wells Fargo Bank.

Winter along the mighty Kenai River
Professionals call them "photo-ops," for shutterbugs it's simply getting lucky, and for anyone with a camera they are "Kodak moments."

United Way hoping for New Year's push
The United Way campaign is almost 60% of the way to meeting their $550,000 goal for the current campaign chaired by Rod Cason of Tesoro. The old year went out with a $35,000 boost from a corporate Conoco/Phillips donation to United Way.

KPC celebrates an enthusiastic 40th Birthday
Some people may see a 40th Birthday as an over the hill marker, but Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) celebrated their 40th Anniversary last week as a mere trailhead for new beginnings and a renaissance of learning opportunities.

It's about winter fun in the land of the midnight sun
Even though this time of year the illumination of the land of the midnight sun is more by the light of the silvery moon, Alaska's Playground; The Kenai Peninsula, is preparing for a whole lot of fun starting next week.

Mushers, skijorers lend a hand to help novices learn the ropes
Mushing and skijoring are fascinating sports, but for those not already in the know, they can be difficult to learn about.

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

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.

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.

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.

Wells Fargo joins list of sponsors for Arctic games
Corporate sponsors for the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games continue to line up with the announcement last week by the Wells Fargo Bank that it would provide the games with a $100,000 grant.

Snowmachine accident kills Ninilchik man
A Ninilchik man was killed in a snowmachine accident Saturday night or Sunday morning near Mile 3 of Oil Well Road in Ninilchik.

Forster hearing delayed
A court hearing to decide whether David S. Forster qualifies for a court-appointed attorney was postponed Monday until Jan. 21.

Keystone residents push for upgrade
Public facilities including boat launches and a parking area on Keystone Drive are attracting far more traffic than the narrow, unpaved section of borough road can bear, according to residents who want the borough to name the road a high priority on its federal and state road priorities lists.

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.

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

Roger Alan Ceglie
Homer resident Roger Alan Ceglie died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 64.

John Kersten
Longtime Soldotna resident John Kersten died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 64.

Leslie (Butch) Gordon Parling III
Former Kenai resident Leslie (Butch) Gordon Parling III died unexpectedly in Tehachapi, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003. He was 59.

Natural gas authority should do more than 'try' to live within law
Government should operate in the open.

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

Campaign will consume millions
WASHINGTON President Bush's lack of a Republican challenger and the expected early sorting out of a Democratic foe points to a protracted general election campaign, challenging both parties to find creative ways to hold voters' attention.

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

Hanna Dawn Giugler McKinley Rain Warren

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

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

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meetSocial Security reps to visit peninsulaSoroptimists to meetWomen's club plans brunchRep. Wolf to hold town meeting

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

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.

For rural elderly, a patchwork of care
WHEATON, Minn. Alice Heggen just turned 100, but she still lives on her own in an apartment here, getting by on natural grit, some good friends and neighbors, and the charity of small-town Minnesota.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

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.

Singh serious about bid to be No. 1
KAPALUA, Hawaii A new PGA Tour season brought a familiar name to the top of the leaderboard.

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.

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.

Marino returns to Miami
DAVIE, Fla. Tall and tan, the most prolific passer in NFL history stood before a cluster of microphones, looking very much like he did during his final season four years ago.

Persevering through adversity forges Allemann's character
Most high school coaches have to worry about how a player will handle the adversity that is sure to come throughout the season.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
William Kleedehn wins Copper Basin 300Selig mostly mum on RoseJayson Williams' trial beginsUConn still on top of men's Top 25Duke widens lead; Villanova joins Top 25

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.

Penguins extend Philly's misery
PHILADELPHIA Dick Tarnstrom and Tom Kostopoulos scored power-play goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins held off Philadelphia 2-1 Monday night, extending the Flyers' winless streak to five games (0-4-1).

Lakers' Bryant injured in victory
LOS ANGELES Lakers star Kobe Bryant sprained his surgically repaired right shoulder Monday night and sat out the second half of Los Angeles' 89-79 victory over Cleveland,

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

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.

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

Houston lifts Rocket off retirement chair
NEW YORK The Rocket splashed down in Spacetown on Monday, and Vladimir Guerrero finalized his big deal with the Anaheim Angels.

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