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Friday, January 21, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Ronald McDonald to visit peninsula Business workshops offered KEDS to hold public hearing

SBDC helps ideas become reality
Keith Holland, co-owner of Aardvark Pumping, aims to transform the septic pumping business into a state-of-the-art green revolution. And he knows that is no easy task.

Seavey wins Kusko 300
BETHEL (AP) — Mitch Seavey battled winds of up to 30 mph and snow drifts the size of his sled to win the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.

Halibut derby to benefit Homer Spit fishing hole
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and "friends of the fishing hole" announce a special July 4 halibut fishing tournament in Homer.

Deteriorating sight can't keep angler out of water
RENO, Nev. — Deirdre Race cast her line into the Truckee River as the sun set one recent wintry day. She tilted her fishing rod up when the lure hit the water, then reeled her line across the current.

'Aviator' soars at Golden Globes
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Golden Globes set up an Academy Awards rematch between Hilary Swank and Annette Bening, while Jamie Foxx firmed up his Oscar front-runner status. And a win for "The Aviator" gave Martin Scorsese the edge for finally coming away with a best-picture win at the Oscars.

Art Briefs
Writers Group meets today Writers' Night accepting submissions Talent show seeking acts Quilting entries wanted Made in Alaska workshop scheduled Writers conference slated Summer arts camp takes registrations

Strung out
When Dave Coleson isn't fixing up a fellow's flat-top, he's carving away at a mandolin's hollow-body top.

From the bookshelf: Kodiak's famed bears get fitting tribute
For many people, the name "Kodiak" is inextricably linked with bears — great big brown bears. For a century, Alaska's largest island and its archipelago have been a mecca for big-game hunters worldwide seeking trophy bruins.

All-mom bands rockin' the house and babies' cradles
DALLAS — They're housewives, workaholics, PTA members and ... rock stars?

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Many helped show support for National Guard troops in Iraq
On behalf of the 150 Alaska Army National Guard soldiers who were recently deployed to Iraq, we wish to thank Dala Walaszek, Scott Hamann and the Loyal Order of Moose for organizing the fund-raiser and providing the engraved Leatherman knives for Christmas. Each numbered knife engraved with "Alaska Supports You" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom" was a welcome gift showing your support. We wish a special thanks to the seniors at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center for individually wrapping each knife, and the children of the Soldotna Montessori Charter School for their letters and cards.

Troopers should be held accountable for shooting
Losing a child, no matter at what age, is something no parent should ever have to do. Reading what the Clarion had to say about the incident involving Casey Porter and the Alaska State Troopers, I cannot help but believe (troopers) overreacted at the scene. I lived on the peninsula for more than 20 years, and am familiar with the troopers' "over zealous" attitude when confronted or in what they consider "life-threatening" situations. They are just plain scared out of their wits and cannot handle these situations, in general. There were troopers that I personally knew and could trust, but there were also ones who were under qualified for anything but being a school crossing guard. Kristy and Art have my condolences in their loss, and best wishes for their suit. My son and Casey were friends in high school, so I do know all of them on a personal basis. I can only hope that the judicial system can see the light in this case.

High school business ethics course appreciated
Each year, a group of dedicated community members devote some time to the development of the future of the Kenai Peninsula.

Efforts must be made toward bipartisanship in Juneau
This is an open letter to Rep. Ethan Berkowitz and Sen. Johnny Ellis. I enjoyed reading your Juneau Report in the Jan. 18 Peninsula Clarion, and you both made some good points. However, when Alaska is ruled by a Republican legislative super majority and a Republican governor ("with whom the stars are aligned") who are bent on spending the state's money on "neat projects" like the Knik Arm bridge, a road from Skagway to Juneau, developing the Pebble gold mine and other roads to nowhere, talk is cheap. The facts are: The Democrats have about as much influence on what happens in the Legislature in Juneau as they had in defeating Lisa Murkowski!

Teacher grateful for community support
I want to publicly thank this community for all they have done for my family and me over the past seven months. As I returned to teaching Tuesday, I also wanted to express my gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and employees for all they have done for this family during the recent events that caused me to miss the first semester of the school year.

Trout, Dolly decisions not based on sound biological information
The first study was conducted around 1987 and involved Fish and Game going up and down the upper Kenai in a power boat electrocuting the rainbow trout.

Juneau schools close after snowfall
JUNEAU (AP) — Heavy snow and the threat of freezing rain forced the closure of schools and most city and federal offices Wednesday in Juneau.

Photo feature: Wash and wait
Joe Mizera's dog Buddy waits for him to finish business at Kenai Wash and Dry on Thursday afternoon.

Replacement sought for retiring borough clerk
Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk Linda Murphy has announced she will retire from the job she has held since 1997, effective at the end of April.

Future rests with mine
Millions of dollars are being spent, ore samples drilled and analyzed, power delivery investigated, and a full-scale study of the feasibility of mining the Pebble deposit north of Lake Iliamna is under way.

Crystal Clear
Wednesday's bitter cold works to form frost on a window in Kenai.

Agrium task force still planned
A governor-appointed task force to address the closure of Agrium's North Kenai plant supposedly will be named by the end of next week.

OCS calls increase with new year
The month of January is one of three periods each year when the central Kenai Peninsula Office of Children's Services receives the most complaints, according to the office's chief investigator.

Soldotna chamber honors community
Michelle Glaves is continually amazed by the amount people who give to the community of Soldotna. That is why she looks forward to the chamber awards every year.

Peninsula Winter Games get under way
A 5-year-old in a sled being towed by a dog barreling down a runway.

Emergency center gets help
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to move forward with a project to build a $5.3 million multiuse emergency response center in Soldotna.

Betty Nelson
Kenai Peninsula pioneer Betty Nelson died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a brief illness. She was 85.

Geneva C. Stone
Sterling resident Geneva C. Stone died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 70.

Betty J. Nelson
Longtime Kenai resident Betty J. Nelson died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 85.

Anna R. Tachick
Longtime Soldotna resident Anna R. Tachick died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at her home in Soldotna. She was 94.

Sondra K. Harris
Cooper Landing resident Sondra K. Harris died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at her home, after a long fight with cancer. She was 62.

'Crossfire' demise may signal new era
Klein told a Washington Post writer that he agreed with comedian Jon Stewart, who famously used a ''Crossfire'' appearance last fall to rip into the show for ''partisan hackery.''

Fish Board should reject politics in favor of biology
The sound biological management of our fisheries is what sets Alaska apart from other parts of the United States. Unfortunately, political pressure through the state's Board of Fisheries process threatens to change things forever.

Lost credibility should not be taken lightly
Nearly two years into the war to rid Iraq of its alleged ''weapons of mass destruction,'' the Bush administration officially called off the search for them last week. ''Based on what we know today, the president would have taken the same action (to invade) because this is about protecting the American people,'' said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. ''Protect them from what?'' would be a fair question, given that no such WMDs were found and that the president made those WMDs the primary justification for his decision to preemptively attack.

Climber's sights set on Colorado peaks
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — No one has climbed all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks alone in one winter, and maybe for good reason, but Hamish Gowans of Colorado Springs is trying to become the first.

Plenty of winter fun available in your own back yard
"Are you open on the weekends?" is a common question we hear this time of year. Many people are amazed to discover that business continues as usual at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge during the winter. This is also true for our community outreach and education programs.

Around the Peninsula
Deadline for T-200 riders todayHazard trees presentation slatedDrug abuse prevention workshop scheduledReading carnival planned

Around the Peninsula
Brown bag lunch planned for agencies Youth basketball tourney set T-200 seeking youth riders CPHC seeking new members Book sale planned Hazard trees presentation slated Reading carnival planned Writers club to host dinner

The hook: To be or not to be
To be or not to be, that is the question. Great stories always have a hook, a line that catches your attention, the part of the story or movie that stands out.

Church Briefs
Bible study group to meetClothes 2 Go open'Heavens Gates' production slated

Spain's Catholic Church reverses statement in support of condom use
MADRID, Spain (AP) — The Catholic Church in Spain backtracked from a leading bishop's groundbreaking statement in support of condom use to fight the spread of AIDS, saying instead the church still believes artificial contraception is immoral.

Peninsula ski trails ready for action
With Tsalteshi Trails set to host Besh Cup races on Saturday and Sunday, recreational skiers may want check out the trails across the Sterling Highway on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for a change of pace.

Lehman has lead at Buick Invite
SAN DIEGO — Tom Lehman was so locked into his game Thursday that he didn't realize until after his round he had birdied the last six holes for a 10-under 62 and a one-shot lead in the Buick Invitational.

76ers handle Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Allen Iverson scored 24 points, and Kyle Korver and Corliss Williamson made big plays down the stretch to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-105 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Linden, Hotchkiss make progress in labor talks
The bid to jump-start NHL labor negotiations has done just that, spawning a second round of talks in an effort to save the hockey season.

No. 1 Illinois edges Iowa
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Luther Head scored 25 points, including a driving layup with 40 seconds remaining in overtime that sealed No. 1 Illinois' 73-68 win over No. 23 Iowa on Thursday night.

Steelers not ready to give Belichick genius label
PITTSBURGH — Maybe Bill Belichick's 5-9 record against the Pittsburgh Steelers allows them to talk less reverently about the New England Patriots' defensive mastermind.

Monroe tops Bulldogs
The Nikiski Bulldogs dropped a Greatland Conference hockey game to the visiting Monroe Catholic Rams Thursday at the Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

Donovan ready for the German Bundesliga
LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Landon Donovan had to pick up his pace. He's not in Major League Soccer anymore.

Warriors wear down Panthers
The Wasilla hockey team wore down Skyview in an 8-3 North Star Conference victory Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

No swelled head for big man on campus
Five days after taking what might be the biggest risk in sports history, here is the short list of things Matt Leinart still does not have: Millions in the bank. A new car in the driveway. Regrets.

Knights march past Stars
The Soldotna High School hockey team opened its weekend homestand with a 5-1 loss to the Colony Knights in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Venus, Davenport advance
MELBOURNE, Australia — Venus Williams wore down Peng Shuai and closed out a 6-3, 6-1 win Thursday with a stinging crosscourt forehand that put her into the third round of the Australian Open.

Sports Briefs
PeeWee B squad third at Polar Bear Tourney Robbins charged with attempted murder

Clarett will get his chance — finally
The NFL is full of heartwarming tales about guys who came out of nowhere to make it big.

NHL, union still cannot come to agreement
After two days of negotiations, the NHL and the players' association appeared no closer to a deal that could save the hockey season.

Eagles close to goal
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be here. The Atlanta Falcons weren't.

Carry on: Kansas stays unbeaten
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wayne Simien scored all 12 of his points in the second half and No. 2 Kansas remained unbeaten Wednesday night with a shaky and sloppy 59-57 victory over Nebraska.

Federer keeps on rolling
MELBOURNE, Australia — Top seed Roger Federer earned his career-best 24th straight victory on Friday when Jarkko Nieminen was force to retire from the third-round match at the Australian Open because of an abdominal muscle tear.

Rockets top Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tracy McGrady showed his former team what he can do with some help.

Bears can see, but they follow their noses
JUNEAU — There are a lot of misconceptions about bears. ''Grizzly bears can't climb trees,'' or ''bears can't run downhill'' — both untrue. One common misconception is that bears have poor eyesight. The reasons behind this misconception are understandable, but evidence indicates that bears' eyesight is comparable to ours.

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