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Monday, January 24, 2005

Clemens to return
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Clemens put off retirement to pitch for the Houston Astros again, and the Texas Rangers tried to bring Carlos Delgado to the Lone Star State.

NOW PLAYING: Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber is, without question, the Steven Spielberg of the stage. With such huge hits as Cats, Les Miserables, and, of course, Phantom of the Opera to his name, he has attained heights few theater types have even dreamed of, at least since the advent of film. Can he, however, make the leap from stage to screen? Do his big budget spectacles translate? That is, I suppose, for the audience to decide, and I imagine that the impressive box office this weekend's big budget adaptation of Phantom will help. However, though it is elaborately staged and dressed to the nines, the filmed Phantom leaves something to desire.

Christmas drive efforts successful
As the new year starts, it is nice to reflect on the positive aspects of our community and our ability to support each other when needed. The Sears Elementary-Mountain View-Kenai Middle School Christmas Drive Committee met the challenge of providing assistance to 63 families this past Christmas season. The drive included food for the family along with clothing and toys for 186 children.

Companies need to suck it up, move on
Growing up in Alaska, I have witnessed the strength and brainpower of Alaskans. We live in an extreme place where it takes a special breed of great people of all nationalities. Most people can't tough it. But those of us who live here and love it don't see it as toughing it at all. It's all an adventure.

Mushers make campers happy
Many thanks to the wonderful mushers and handlers from the Peninsula Sled Dog and Mushing Association, who took time from their busy schedules to bring their teams and sleds out to the statewide FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) Camp to give kids rides on Jan. 16 at Solid Rock.

Task force is too little, too late
It sounds like Gov. Frank Murkowski is doing too little too late once again. The state doesn't need task forces to tell us what the problems are surrounding Agrium. (They aren't making enough reliable income.) We need people, in government, with insight that can hear and see these things happening before they come full circle.

Snowy peek
Rusty Forslund uses a hefty snow drift as his ladder Saturday to clean windows at Safeway in Kenai. The weekend's mild weather made window washing an easier job.

KFC flies the coop
It appears as if Kenai restaurant-goers have one less choice when deciding where to eat out, following the closure of the city's KFC franchise on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Forster hearing set to resume
An evidentiary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Kenai Superior Court in the David Forster trial.

In the news
Man gets 35 years for attempted murder Appeals Court halts

Bluff buff
It appears former Kenai Mayor John Williams won't be slipping entirely away from the spotlight of city government.

Honorable discharge?
Patrick Norman, chief of the Port Graham village on the southern Kenai Peninsula, said in recent years there have been times where people in his village catch a salmon with lesions or other deformities on them. The fish would be brought to the village for everybody to see, he said.

Crime Stoppers coverage expands to entire peninsula
As Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. marks National Crime Stoppers Month this month, its chair announced that the crime-solving group is expanding its coverage area to include the entire Kenai Peninsula.

Lawmaker wants automated voter calling hung up
Among the more annoying manifestations of recent political campaigns were those tiresome and often inconvenient phone calls urging support for one candidate or another or espousing a point of view.

Bobby Joe McCown
Longtime Soldotna resident Bobby Joe McCown died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, in Soldotna after a year-long illness. He was 72.

Margaret Louise Cartee
Longtime Kenai resident Margaret Louise Cartee died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 92.

Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick
Soldotna resident Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 93.

Second term brings with it skeptics on U.S.policy changes
Any faint-hearted observer who hoped that the second Bush administration would be less of a white-knuckle ride than the first had better think again.

Public's business can't be conducted with secret reports
Lawmakers who haven't decided whether they will sign a confidentiality agreement to keep secret a consultant's report that measures Alaska's competitiveness in the world oil and gas market need to consider who it is they work for — and then refuse to sign.

Voices of the Clarion: Tune 'em out, turn 'em off
Network TV was an incredibly cool experiment that has gone horribly wrong for the time being.

Births
He joins sister, Annika. His grandparents are Bill and Jeanette Castenholz of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and David and Patty Orton of Irvine, Calif.

Around the Peninsula
Swim club resumes practice Help for home day care providers Women's health screenings available Foster care training set Used book sale planned KPBA schedule meeting Rodeo association to meet Indoor soccer leagues forming

Everything to lose
Lori Mason doesn't feel much like her old self these days, with good reason — she's a mere fraction of the person she was three years ago.

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results Hempstead to speak at PSDRA

Around the Peninsula
Spaghetti dinner slated in Old Town First aid for dogs to be discussed Healing Touch classes available Reading carnival planned Youth basketball tourney set Ferry service highlights agenda Writers club to host dinner

Peninsula People
Arbelovsky graduates college Bond graduates with honors

Crime Stoppers seeks information about car theft
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a vehicle theft in the VIP subdivision of Kenai.

Dieting? Try the buddy system
LAS VEGAS — People looking for a way to lose weight may want to trade in pills for a pooch.

My best friend
Teea McBride of Kenai says her 2-year-old retriever-husky mix named Fonzie is as friendly as a best friend could be. His nickname is Big Red and he loves to meet new people when he goes places with McBride.

Destructive dog does good saving owner
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In the three years since Mark Anderson answered a newspaper advertisement for a free puppy that needed a good home, the female black Labrador has chewed through a couch, a window sill, two cell phones and two carpets.

Bulldogs drop two hockey tilts
The Nikiski hockey team lost a pair of games at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink Friday and Saturday.

Woods catches Lehman
SAN DIEGO — More fog delays allowed the leaders to play no more than five holes Saturday in the Buick Invitational. Tiger Woods didn't even need that long to make up a three-shot deficit on Tom Lehman.

Roddick moves into Aussie quarters
MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Roddick overcame some frustrating lapses before advancing to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-6 (8), 6-1 win Monday over German qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Notre Dame wins Big East battle
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jacqueline Batteast scored 18 of her 27 points in the second half and No. 11 Notre Dame used a 23-0 run to beat No. 6 Rutgers 63-47 on Sunday, giving coach Muffet McGraw her 400th career win with the Irish.

Tsalteshi Trails host Besh Cup ski meet
Soldotna High School's Katy Pankoski led all peninsula finishers with a fourth-place finish in the Junior 1-Older Junior race at Besh Cup races at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna Saturday.

Skyview skiers shine at Besh Cup
Skyview High School ski team members Elisabeth Habermann and Noah King took advantage of the home-course advantage Sunday, skiing to top-5 finishes in Besh Cup freestyle cross country races held at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.

Soldotna sweeps Skyview
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team established an early lead against Skyview Friday, then withstood a furious Panthers rally for a 53-52 Northern Lights Conference victory in a game played at Skyview.

Dirk does it for Dallas
DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored nine of his 35 points in the final 5 minutes — including a three-point play with 17.9 seconds — to lift the Dallas Mavericks past the Denver Nuggets 95-93 on Sunday.

Villanova ruins undefeated season of Kansas
PHILADELPHIA — Undefeated Kansas never stood a chance once Allen Ray, Curtis Sumpter and the rest of the spirited Villanova Wildcats got rolling.

Woods wins first title in 16 months
SAN DIEGO — The soupy fog clung to the cliffs, like something out of an old mystery movie. When the Buick Invitational ended in fading sunlight, the strangest sight of all might have been Tiger Woods holding the trophy.

Agassi moves into quarters against Federer
MELBOURNE, Australia — Andre Agassi overcame a record number of aces from Joachim Johannson on Sunday and set up an Australian Open quarterfinal against defending champion and top-ranked Roger Federer.

Superb Sunday
PHILADELPHIA — Fireworks soared above the roof of ''The Linc.'' A blizzard of glitter swirled in the bitterly cold breeze. Fans toasted their team and each other with beers and hugs.

Panthers warm up for conference meet
In what was supposed to be an eight-team dual wrestling meet at Skyview, only four teams showed up, but the Panthers still got in some valued work heading into next week's Northern Lights Conference Tournament.

Magic get over missing Hill against 76ers
ORLANDO, Fla. — Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points, Dwight Howard added 21 and the short-handed Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-111 on Saturday night.

Wasilla skaters top SoHi
Wasilla's Track Palin burned Soldotna for a short-handed goal in the third period as the Stars dropped a North Star Conference hockey game 4-3 Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Sports Briefs
Mayweather stops Bruseles in eight rounds

Nikiski girls edge Kenai
The Kenai Central girls basketball team found its game in Kotzebue. The Kenai Central boys found their game somewhere between Kotzebue and Kenai.

Ninilchik girls win Cordova tourney
The Ninilchik Wolverines girls defeated Cordova 53-23 in the championship game of Cordova's tournament in Cordova Saturday.

Ailing Henson hangs up whistle
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Frail but smiling, New Mexico State coach Lou Henson pulled himself up from his wheelchair, his focus no longer on winning basketball games, but merely to walk again.

Wilkens resigns as Knicks coach
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Lenny Wilkens finally had enough.

Two title games, one state — Pennsylvania's frenzy
PITTSBURGH — In Pennsylvania, either you're an Eagles fan or a Steelers fan — not both. This year, however, the road to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville runs along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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