Saturday, January 22, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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