Monday, January 17, 2005

NOW PLAYING: Elektra
Jennifer Garner, best known as a super-spy on TV's Alias, has quite a knack for stunt work and highly physical action scenes. She can jump, kick, and punch with the best of them, handy talents when you work for the CIA or, as in the case of her current outing Elektra, when you're the world's deadliest assassin. Unfortunately, the stakes for action films has been raised since the days of Rambo, and we now expect our leads to actually act convincingly as well, a talent Garner seems to be woefully lacking.

Salvation Army allows dad to give present
I would like to say thank you very much to The Salvation Army for their donations of presents that we were able to pick out for our children here at Wildwood Correctional Center.

Students appreciate help with wheelchair
The staff and students of Soldotna Middle School would like to say thanks to the VFW Women's Auxiliary Post No. 10046 of Soldotna.

Angel tree results in happy children
I would like to comment on the kindness and generosity of the employees and customers of Credit Union One for their contributions and gifts on behalf of the Angel Tree Program for 2004.

Gifts, time make holidays special
The staff at Kenaitze Head Start would like to thank the local businesses and individuals who donated gifts and time to make this Christmas special for our Head Start families. Your overwhelming generosity has been greatly appreciated.

Rights are what give us freedom
I have been studying American History in school. The Constitution of the United States was given to us with many rights as well as important responsibilities. I would like to share these with you broken down into my level of understanding.

Handicap fishing site on the line
The lone "handicap only" fishing area in Soldotna might be removed due to many complaints — from a handicapped person.

Lawmakers give Murkowski plan mixed reviews
Gov. Frank Murkowski's State of the State address Wednesday drew generally favorable comments from the Kenai Peninsula's legislative delegation, but they also indicated they'll have to be convinced before backing at least some of the governor's proposals.

Wildwood: Confined space, but plenty of it
Depending on the activity of area law enforcement officers, the Wildwood Correctional Center in North Kenai has plenty of room for inmates right now, according to the facility's superintendent.

Offices closed today
Many government offices are closed today in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

T-200 draws impressive field
Friday was the deadline to sign up for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, and from the field of mushers entered, race organizers are expecting a dog-gone good race.

Fishing for answers
The Alaska Board of Fisheries public hearing held this past Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center provided area residents the opportunity to speak out about the often controversial topic of managing the fishery resources of the state.

Sandra K. Harris
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Sandra K. Harris died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at her home. She was 62.

Henry Rudolph 'Bud' Galle
Henry Rudolph "Bud" Galle died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, with his family by his side. He was 89.

V.R. 'Bob' Mulcahy
Sterling resident V.R. "Bob" Mulcahy died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 75.

Dian Lee Schmitt
Dian L. Schmitt of Kent, Wash., died of lung cancer Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at her home surrounded by her children. She was 67.

James Dean Pruett
Soldotna resident James Dean Pruett died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at his home. He was 60.

James Dean Pruett
Longtime Soldotna resident James Dean Pruett died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at his home. He was 60.

Dr. King's dream still vision for U.S.
"Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

Resolve to get fiscally fit
After pounding down an atypical number of chocolates and a delightful array of favorite Christmas cookies, January often is a time for resolving to become more physically fit.

Peninsula People
Area students make honor roll, dean's list SoHi grad to march in inauguration parade Moore finishes Navy basic training Martushev serves in Fallujah Stocks graduates medical training program Clarinetist makes honor band

Community Schools
Reel repair Tracking the Alaska Legislature and the U.S. Congress via the Internet Palm handheld basis for the beginning user Rod building Pillows from T-shirts and sweatshirts Pastry for everyone Telluride Mountain Film Festival

Common focus
More often than not, visual artists are seen as loners, traipsing off all by themselves to some remote location to study nature and capture images that are then brought back to a lonely studio where works of art are created.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes slated Contracts, fees top discussion list for Parks Reading carnival planned

Around the Peninsula
Quilters sew for children Public health plans one-day closure 4-H rally day planned Autism workshop scheduled T-200 seeking youth riders Healing Touch classes available Wine event offers appetizing evening Writers club to host dinner

Campbell, Shoemaker plan Sterling ceremony
Jamianne Campbell and Jerad Shoemaker announce their plans to be married Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Bridal Point in Sterling.

Stewart, Hammett wed in Mexico
Laura Candice Stewart and Adam Joseph Hammett were married Saturday, Nov. 19, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony in Cozumel, Mexico.

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results SeaLife Center hosts new events

Friends save man from choking
I almost had my last bite of food on Thursday. This last bite happened when I had just sat down and tasted my first bite of dinner and something blocked my airway. The next thing I knew, Amber Anderson was performing the Heimlich maneuver on me, and Angie Anderson was talking to emergency personnel on the phone.

Snow cat
A cat bats around a chunk of snow while prowling around homes Monday in Kalispell, Mont. According to an owner of a nearby home, the cat was left abandoned when a family moved, but some neighbors adopted the cat and share feeding and caring for the feline.

Finding Fido takes forethought
Escape, theft, loss in an emergency — any number of unexpected situations can result in separation from a cherished pet.

My best friend
Baby Leya, a 9-year-old pug, is owned by Russell and Lendie Buchanan of Funny River.

Lucky catch made loose dog's day
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Gary Gallien is a house painter. But earlier this week he became a dog catcher — literally.

CIA boys make off with title
The Lathrop girls took home the first-place trophy Saturday after the 16th annual Nikiski Tipoff Tournament came to an end at Nikiski.

For now, Eagles have the answers
Turns out the Eagles didn't need Terrell Owens. Nor most of the rest of the offense, the defense, or even the coaching staff, for that matter. On a day when a fragile team and a twitchy town braced for a gut check, it was the Vikings who showed up with no stomach for the rigors of the playoffs — and only a little more heart.

Badgers top UAA
Joudrey collected his seventh point in his last four games after gathering a pass from linemate Ryan MacMurchy and finding a small gap between Seawolves goaltender Nathan Lawson's right leg pad and the post.

Maruyama finishes wild round in same spot
HONOLULU — Shigeki Maruyama started with a double bogey, recovered with a hole-in-one and finished in the same place he started — with a one-shot lead Saturday in the Sony Open.

Kenai Central boys, Soldotna girls taste victory at Klassic
The Kenai Central High School boys cross-country ski team pulled together to claim three of the top five individual places at the Kardinal Klassic ski meet at the Kenai Nordic Trails Saturday, winning the team title.

Kwan makes history
PORTLAND, Ore. — Michelle Kwan held up nine fingers and grinned at the camera. She has her place in history, a run as impressive for its longevity as its dominance.

Colts snowed under by Patriots
FOXBORO, Mass. — The quintessential quarterback keeps running into the quintessential team.

Wizards stay hot
WASHINGTON — Not even the top team in the Western Conference can stop the streaking Washington Wizards.

Singh closes with 5-under 65 to capture Sony Open crown
HONOLULU — A forgotten figure most of the week despite his No. 1 ranking, Vijay Singh showed up when it counted Sunday with a routine birdie on the final hole to cap off a 5-under 65 and win the Sony Open.

Illinois, Kansas keep undefeated records
EVANSTON, Ill. — Luther Head scored a season-high 26 points and No. 1 Illinois beat Northwestern 78-66 on Saturday to improve to 18-0 — the best start in school history.

Vikings crumble in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — Freddie Mitchell showed 'em why he's called ''Hollywood.''

Kwan prepares for first look at new judging system
PORTLAND, Ore. — Michelle Kwan took one night to relax and celebrate her historic achievement with family and friends, then it was right back to the rink.

Hawks skate past Nikiski
With eight freshmen on this year's varsity team, including five that start, the Nikiski hockey team is measuring success by how much it matures and learns this season.

Sports Briefs
Seavey wins Kuskokwim 300 Kenai girls win Kotzebue tourney

Stars top Thunderbirds
The Soldotna High School hockey team just plain outworked the visiting East High Thunderbirds Friday night, posting a 6-4 nonconference victory at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Agassi starts Open with easy victory
MELBOURNE, Australia — Andre Agassi shrugged off a hip injury that nearly kept him out of the Australian Open, beating German qualifier Dieter Kindlmann 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 in a first-round match Monday.

Manning can't beat Brady
Peyton Manning still hasn't won in New England. That doesn't automatically make the NFL's MVP a loser.

Officer shoots Robbins
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins was shot and critically wounded during a struggle with a police officer investigating a burglary at a South Beach office building.

Homer girls, Soldotna boys win close ones
The Soldotna High School basketball teams visited Homer Saturday and came home with a split in Northern Lights Conference play.

James' 34 can't rescue Cavs against SuperSonics
SEATTLE — Ray Allen scored 27 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

Steelers escape vs. Jets
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers' greatest season since the 1970s was all but lost, Ben Roethlisberger's unbeaten rookie streak seemed to be over. Then Doug Brien missed the biggest kick he'll likely ever try.

Nikiski girls topple Skyview at Tipoff
The Nikiski girls defeated Skyview 52-39 Friday in the 16th annual Nikiski Tipoff Tournament.

Boston College collects eighth straight road win
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jared Dudley scored 21 points, Craig Smith added 20 and No. 13 Boston College beat slumping West Virginia 73-53 Sunday for the Eagles' eighth straight road win.

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