Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Northern League team re-signs Pete Rose Jr.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Pete Rose Jr. is ready to give it another try.

Ice breaking for Peninsula Winter Games
While many Alaskans gathered around wood stoves and big screen TV's last weekend staying warm and enjoying indoor activities as temperatures rose to -25 in the heat of the afternoon sunshine, Soldotna Rotarians and other businessmen gathered for an outdoor barbeque at the pond off of Marathon Rd. in Kenai.

Chief Tucker makes the Polar Bear jump in Seward
Central Emergency Service (CES) Chief Jeff Tucker is trained to run into burning buildings, but Saturday was his first time to jump into the frigid waters of Prince William Sound.

Twentieth Tusty 200 to be terrific
For twenty years Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race enthusiast and board member Evy Gebhardt has promised mushers and spectators the biggest and best sled dog race on the Peninsula, and she has been right every year, "It has just continued to grow and evolve into a great community event on an annual basis," Gebhardt told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week.

Appreciating donors who give the gift of life
Last week officials from the Blood Bank of Alaska came to the Peninsula to show their appreciation for the donors that keep the Blood Bank in operation, "The donors are gold to us," said President and CEO Jack Williams, "They are the people who take their time to give us part of their body so that we can go out and on our life saving mission, and we truly appreciate each one of them, they are our customers and they give of their time to save lives" said Williams.

NOW PLAYING: Along Came Polly
Think back to the last time you went to McDonald's and ordered a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Now, assuming you like McDonald's, and the Quarter Pounder in particular, you probably came away from the experience feeling full and vaguely satisfied. (My wife, who loathes McDonald's, would likely disagree with this analogy.)

Senior programs created to honor those pioneers who made Alaska
Fact vs. fiction: There was a time when this former territory experienced tremendous difficulty attracting and maintaining quality men and women in order to establish the infrastructure of the comforts we all enjoy today.

I'm sure you're a wonderful father, but your son needs some guidance
Dear Sir, I met your son a day or so after Christmas. He was riding his new Ski-doo along with three of his friends. I was clearing the mess the snowmachines had made of my driveway when he pulled up to the snow berm. I asked the boys to go around the end of my driveway and enter the power line easement again at the other side of the driveway.

Coal-bed methane leases should be bought back; water at risk
Dear Governor Murkowski, I have owned property, including a cabin out East End Road since 1976 and have resided in the Homer area at this cabin since 1994 whenever I'm in Alaska and not visiting "outside."

Survey from community rivers coalition doesn't factor in residency
The Community Rivers and Planning Coalition loves to wave its "Draft Survey Results" compiled in March of 2001 in the face of all its detractors. The coalition repeatedly claims that the numbers contained within this "survey" provide the justification for all of its socialist tax and take projects.

Setting record straight on scientific debate, Board of Fisheries meetings
I rarely respond to letters to the editor, but when I am personally attacked without justification, I feel compelled to respond. Ken Tarbox, former commercial fisheries employee and current consultant to commercial fisheries, stated that I "stifled scientific debate" at the February 2002 Board of Fisheries meeting.

What's so fair about hunting with high-powered rifle?
Mr. Pollard claims that his definition of "fair chase" is the one that should govern how people hunt in Alaska. Quite presumptuous. He says that baiting bears is unsporting. He states, "Fair chase means hunting the animal on the animal's terms, not yours."

ESPN tackles Intimidator
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) The life Dale Earnhardt will be the subject of a made-for-TV movie produced by ESPN to air late this summer.

Effort mounts to keep moose safe from cars
Only halfway through the reporting year, the number of moose killed on Kenai Peninsula roads since July 1 is already at the five-year annual average, but plans by the Alaska Moose Federation may soon change the unfortunate result of beast and machine competing for the same travel corridors.

Making history ...
Alaska students would be better educated and perhaps better citizens were they to emerge from high school with a healthy understanding of the state's rich past, say supporters of legislation that would require a passing grade in Alaska history for graduation.

Peninsula to get break from cold
Bitter cold continued to grip the Kenai Peninsula from Homer to Whittier over the past week, but forecasters were predicting daytime temperatures in the 20s by today and into the30s later in the week, bringing high winds and several inches of snow.

Body found in burned Caribou Hills cabin
The remains believed to be those of an Anchorage man were found in the charred ruins of a Caribou Hills cabin that burned to the ground sometime Friday.

Will flat tax fly on planes?
An ordinance that would impose a flat tax of $75 per engine on personal aircraft on the Kenai Peninsula is scheduled for a final public hearing and a vote at Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Morphet clarifies subsistence
Navigating the murky waters of subsistence management in Alaska can be a daunting task. With both state and federal law to deal with, many people often are confused as to which laws apply to their area and why.

Photo feature: Game face
Garrett Ellis, 3, doesn't miss a bite as he keeps his eye on the game at a basketball tournament at Nikiski High School Saturday. His dad Brant is keeping pie steady.

Martin Luther King Day observed today
Many government offices will be closed today in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mark Barnette Sr.
Kenai resident Mark Barnette Sr. died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Willard G. 'Woody' Mahurin
Former Soldotna mayor Willard G. "Woody" Mahurin died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at his home in Webb City, Mo. He was 88.

Keeping the dream alive
ATLANTA The names of Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph Lowery, John Lewis, Julian Bond and Hosea Williams have become synonymous with the grassroots movement for equality that came to define their generation.

Alaska needs more legislators like Lynn
The fallout from a recent decision by an Anchorage Republican member of the state House to vote against the GOP leadership regarding the Longevity Bonus has caught the attention of people way up here in Fairbanks.

Civil Rights Leaders: At A Glance

Dr. King's dream still offers vision for U.S.
Editor's Note: Today the United States observes Martin Luther King Day. In honor of the occasion, excerpts of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech follow. The speech was delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., o

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced Kenai Historical Society elects new board members Soldotna Historical Society plans meeting

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank in critical need of donationsCommunity Schools to sponsor financial classFood handlers class plannedFish and Game committee to meetSubsistence management taking nominationsHospice seeking donationsSoHi selling discount cards

Around the Peninsula
Public health to observe Martin Luther King Day Women voters to meet Health center to hold board meeting Grant writing workshop slated Food handlers class planned Fish and Game committee to meet Hospice seeking donations Subsistence management taking nominations SoHi selling discount cards

Community News
Reading carnival planned Kenai performers move, seek volunteers T-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduled

Good shots
Winners and sponsors of the Soldotna Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Competition, held Jan. 10, display their trophies.

Peninsula People
Apker, Cromer become Marines Baldwin named to honor roll Haring to study economics abroad Peters to study in England Huges wins Alaska Junior Miss Medallion Raffle

Jordyn Renae Flynn Xander Zhen Amend Imogene LonniAnn Bras Davis Emery Louise Talent-Mitchell Isabella Joy Smith McKinley Rain Warren

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Driver rehab tells seniors when it's time to turn in keys
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. In six decades of driving fire engines and other vehicles, Richard Blanchard never had an accident.

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

Common thread: Teams' role players play great defense
FOXBORO, Mass. Just who is Jarvis Green? And how did he get three sacks for New England in its 24-14 victory over Indianapolis in the AFC title game?

Patriots freeze Indianapolis
FOXBORO, Mass On a cold day in New England, Ty Law and the Patriots put Peyton Manning on ice.

Destiny denied
PHILADELPHIA Sorry, Eagles. Not this time, either. The surprising Carolina Panthers are Super Bowl-bound instead.

Nobody's perfect
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. As coach of the only undefeated women's basketball team in the country, Minnesota's Pam Borton could sense the expectations weighing on her players.

Kenai outskates SkyHi; SoHi slips
Kenai goalie Garrett Myers stopped 27 of the 28 Skyview shots he faced to lead the first place Kardinals to a 5-1 win in North Star Conference action Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Kings stop slide against Chicago
CHICAGO Alexander Frolov scored with 8:26 left, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a 14-game winless streak.

Lucky 13: Detroit ties team record
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups scored 18 points to help Detroit beat the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 85-77 Monday for their franchise record-tying 13th straight win.

Phoenix rises to defeat Portland
PHOENIX Joe Johnson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead rebound basket with 18.1 seconds to play, and the Phoenix Suns handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth loss in a row, 96-92 Sunday night.

Blues prevail in OT
SUNRISE, Fla. Pavol Demitra's second goal of the game 48 seconds into overtime gave the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday.

16 players settle before arbitration; Sasaki won't return
NEW YORK Seattle pitcher Joel Pineiro got a $14.5 million, three-year deal and Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee agreed to a $6.9 million, one-year contract Monday as 16 players settled with their teams a day before the annual exchange of salary arbitration figures.

UConn hands Pitt first loss of season
HARTFORD, Conn. Denham Brown scored 20 points to lead fourth-ranked Connecticut to a 68-65 victory over No. 8 Pittsburgh on Monday night, leaving three unbeaten teams in Division I.

Els plays it cool to win playoff in Hawaii
HONOLULU Ernie Els is getting used to this kind of excitement.

Patriots, Panthers put team ahead of egos
Even ardent football fans would have trouble naming more than five players between the two Super Bowl teams.

Williams opens with victory
MELBOURNE, Australia Venus Williams is ready to make up for lost time.

33 sign up for peninsula race
What do you get when you put together 110 dogs, 33 mushers, 100-plus volunteers and 10,000 pounds of dog food and supplies? You get the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race -- an event hailed by many mushers as the toughest mid-distance race in the state.

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