Tuesday, January 18, 2005

29th Peninsula Winter Games kick-off this weekend
Twenty nine years ago a log cabin and dog sled building missionary by the name of Al York and his wife Bernice decided it would be a good idea to have a day in the dead of winter to get families together to enjoy outdoor arctic fun and games, and thus the Peninsula Winter Games were born.

Local nurses plan for Serum Run '25
The original Serum Run to Nome Alaska in 1925 during an outbreak of diphtheria was a history making event credited with saving the village.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Early last fall my daughter Jessie asked me if I thought she could bring a couple of her college friends home with her for Christmas break. No wait let me rephrase that, Jessie told me that she was bringing home a couple of girls that she went to college with in Longmeadow' Mass. Two girls who had never been to Alaska before and when one of them told Jessie that she wanted to go some place different for Christmas break, Jessie suggested Alaska. The girl responded with only one word, Ok!

Annual Hospice Winter Wine Event scheduled
As the days start getting longer and weekend calendars fuller, Hospice executive director Marquitta Andrus and bereavement coordinator Sue Zurfluh encourage all Hospice supporters or supporter want-a-be's to circle the first Saturday of February to join them and the many local Hospice volunteers at their annual Winter Wine fun and fund raising event.

Big Green Eggs arrive in Alaska
For nearly three decades owners of foreign autos have depended on Glen King at Glen's Foreign Car Repair in Sterling to keep their buggies rolling.

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.

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.

Residents once again share generously with those in need
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals, families, organizations and businesses that helped make our 2004 Christmas Drive a huge success.

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.

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.

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.

Hi neighbors. Our community can be thankful for the good job our local department of transportation (DOT) road crew do in keeping our roads plowed and in good condition.

Have you bought your ice cleats yet? There are certain things that are standard operational items of Kenai winter survival gear, and one of those is a good pair of ice cleats.

Good morning. Words for your week: "Without love and kindness, life is cold, selfish, and uninteresting, and leads to distaste for everything. With kindness, the difficult becomes easy, the obscure clear; life assumes a charm and its miseries are softened. If we knew the power of kindness, we should transform this world into a paradise." — Charles Wagner

Hi, neighbors. Thanks to Connie Ferguson for submitting a grant application for Sterling Elementary School, which has been selected for an Artist in Residence grant.

Cooper Landing
Butch, the moose from Sportsman's Lodge, may be long gone these 35 years, but he is still fondly remembered by his families. Jerry Moore from Daniels Lake north of Kenai called after I wrote about Butch last month.

Haley Smith, a 2003 Soldotna High School graduate and daughter of Scout and Lucki Smith, has returned to Washington State University after her visit home for the holidays.

Greetings from a balmier Kasilof. You know what they say about the weather here in Alaska: If you don't like it, just wait a while. Whatever you do don't let the weather keep you from enjoying the 29th annual Peninsula Winter Games beginning this weekend and running through the end of February, respectively.

Murkowski declares disaster in Kaktovik
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Gov. Frank Murkowski issued a disaster declaration Saturday for the city of Kaktovik and the North Slope Borough in response to a severe winter storm that knocked out power to most of the community.

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.

Sockeye votes may hit snag
As any good angler knows, getting on the water early is often the best way to guarantee action. That principle was mirrored Monday during the first day of the Alaska Board of Fisheries Upper Cook Inlet meeting in Anchorage, as the most interesting bit of business took place within the first hour.

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

Kenai chamber: All's well that ends with Wells
Going on 28 years in Alaska — many of those in Kenai — Roy Wells has been educated in more ways than one about what is important to the city of Kenai.

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.

Sky light
The northern lights fill the morning sky above Sterling on Monday. The very active aurora borealis could be seen across the Kenai Peninsula in the northern sky, the western sky and directly overhead.

Emergency center faces assembly vote
A relatively sparse agenda greets the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday night in Soldotna, but the municipal solons are expected to vote on a spending measure that would appropriate funds to build an emergency response center in Soldotna.

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

Cassie M. Williams
Former Nikiski resident Cassie Marie Williams died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway north of Cooper Landing. She was 11.

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.

What a difference a few extra hundred million dollars makes
There's no denying that there's a bit more optimism among elected officials in Juneau. It was evident in Gov. Frank Murkowski's State of the State speech on Tuesday. Amazing what a few extra hundred million dollars can do.

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.

Around the Peninsula
AMVETS to meet Title 1 workshop today Group offers stress relief for women Brown bag lunch planned for agencies RC and D to meet Autism workshop scheduled T-200 volunteer orientation set

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

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

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

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

Cowboys spurred in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — Daniel Gibson had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Texas shook off any distractions about P.J. Tucker's future with an impressive 75-61 victory over Oklahoma State on Monday night.

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.

NHL, NHLPA agree to meet Wednesday
NEW YORK — For the first time in more than a month, a group of officials from the NHL and the players' association will meet Wednesday in what could be a last-ditch effort to save the hockey season.

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.

Sports Briefs
Silver Salmon host Snowball Invitational Seward girls top Homer Soriano, Izturis avoid arbitration

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.

Tuter loves task of leading Division I team
Growing up in Soldotna, Molly Tuter had some pretty well-defined career goals. "My two goals growing up were to play Division I college basketball and play professional basketball, and to coach Division I college basketball and eventually be a head coach," said Tuter in a phone interview earlier this month.

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.

Niners tab Nolan as next head coach
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Mike Nolan's lineage on and off the field made him an ideal choice to rebuild the San Francisco 49ers.

Pistons' Prince adds to Suns' misery with 26 points
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Detroit Pistons past reeling Phoenix 94-80 Monday, the NBA-leading Suns' fourth straight loss.

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.

Sports Briefs
Seavey wins Kuskokwim 300 Kenai girls win Kotzebue tourney

Memo to Vijay and company: Have a little fun out there
Here's a few things you might have learned, had you been snowed in somewhere and needed a golf fix so badly that you watched the Sony Open.

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.

Roddick advances, Kuznetsova denies doping
MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Roddick withstood a frenetic start by Irakli Labadze and won his opening match at the Australian Open 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday after the out-of-condition Georgian player wilted.

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

Hakkinen makes Olympics
Jay Hakkinen, who is from Kasilof and is a Skyview High School graduate, earned a berth to his third-straight Olympics with a 15th-place showing in a World Cup biathlon race Sunday in Ruhpolding, Germany.

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

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.

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.

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