Sunday, January 25, 2004

Millennium Commission moving ahead
People are talking about economic development. At least, they're about to start.

Photo feature: Cool job
Gloria Beckman of Anchorage works on an ice sculpture of Gimli, the dwarf from the "Lord of the Rings" movies, in the parking lot of Blakeley's Auction Co. in Soldotna on Thursday morning.

Council makes road less bumpy for Kenai woman
It pays to fight city hall.

Greg Ivanoff
Lifelong Kenai resident Greg Ivanoff died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 38.

'Tis time to think about taxes
Now that Santa's gone back north leaving lots of goodies and a huge stack of credit card bills behind, isn't it neat that the U.S. Postal Service has heaped an even taller stack of tax forms and instruction booklets at the post office?

Distrust currently at heart of debate on best use of fund
The current debate over the appropriate role of the Alaska Permanent Fund in the state's budget is not so much about dollars or the future as it is about trust.

How much help did U.S. give Iraq?
WASHINGTON Saddam Hussein's loyalists may not be the only ones edgy about the prospect of a war crimes trial for the former Iraqi leader: Vexing questions also could surface about how much the United States helped Iraq during its eight-year war with Iran and whether it tried to stop Iraqi atrocities.

Lee, Bitterich announce engagement
Alice Lynn Lee and Jeffrey Lee Bitterich of Nikiski be-came engaged Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Froso's Restaurant in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi selling discount cardsFood handlers class plannedWRCC board meeting slatedFish and Game committee to meetCommunity Schools to sponsor financial classGroundhog Day fund-raiser setHome day-care help offeredKennel club offering dog classes

Book offers look at Kenai history that is open for interpretation
Scholars are perpetually trying to understand the social changes that resulted from Russian colonial contact with the indigenous peoples of Alaska. Kenai is no exception. There are many sides to what has transpired here over the years.

Boy who never grows up turns 100 this year
LONDON Peter Pan has outlived generations of children, but the boy who would not grow up remains as youthful as ever.

Reif, Duffy plan wedding
Melissa Reif and Jack Duffy of Anchorage plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, in Anchorage.

Man builds concrete toothy garage monster
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. It wasn't a terrible radiation mutation that created the giant lizard that lumbered down a Grand Island street on a January afternoon.

Young people cutting back, slowing down quest for happiness
CHICAGO Sandi Garcia was living her dream or so she thought. With a marketing degree from the University of Wyoming, she moved to Florida, started climbing the corporate ladder and was making good money.

Don't let winter nip at your pet
You've got on your hat, mittens and insulated boots and are all bundled up with layer upon layer of warm clothes. You're ready to go outdoors and face the bitter cold front that has just moved through.

My best friend
Kaiser, an 11-year-old shepherd mix, always wants to be the center of attention. Kaiser is owned by Larry Mills of Soldotna.

Panthers rally for win; Nikiski pins loss on Grace
Ryan Gellar scored eight of his 13 points in the second half to lead Skyview to a 41-29 win Friday over Soldotna at Skyview High School.

Kent, Pankoski ski to Klassic victories
Mike Kent took one or more to the point, took No. 1 for the home team Saturday, winning the boys varsity race at the Kenai Klassic cross-country ski race Saturday on the Kenai Nordic Trails.

Kardinals clinch top spot in North Star Conference
The Kenai Central High School hockey team finished the weekend with three wins at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla to run its North Star Conference record to 8-0 and secure the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament.

Brown, Wizards top Pacers
WASHINGTON Kwame Brown had a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Washington Wizards shot 63 percent in the first half and held on to beat the Indiana Pacers 107-96 Saturday night.

Sports Briefs
Gatti claims WBC junior welterweight titleRegents approve five-year contract for Stoops

Stanford remains unbeaten with victory over USC
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Chris Hernandez is used to hearing about Stanford's reputation for being nice guys who are soft. And he's growing sick of it.

Skyview hangs on for region win against SoHi
The Skyview girls held off a furious Soldotna rally to pull out a one point victory Friday at Skyview, 29-28.

Carolina not the first surprise of the year
HOUSTON Anyone who is stunned by Carolina's ascension in the NFL hasn't been paying attention.

Skyview grapplers look to postseason
Stalking the school's fourth state 4A wrestling title, the Skyview Panthers feasted on the competition Saturday at the final dual meet of the season at Skyview High School.

When the game is on the line, Pats confident in kicker
FOXBORO, Mass. The game was coming down to a final kick, as so many of the New England Patriots' games do.

Homer boys take four-OT thriller
Luke Gilbert led the Homer boys with 25 points, but it was teammate Jeremy Kuipers who had the cool hand down the stretch.

Winter X, Aspen a perfect fit
ASPEN, Colo. With their baggy clothes, shaggy hair and facial piercings, the Winter X crowd looks like a pack of ruffians rumbling into town every year.

Popping pills and pumping iron
Sweating on a YMCA stationary bike, mindlessly watching TV, my attention was diverted to a jogger running at high speed on the treadmill.

Panthers and Patriots: Super Bowl XXXVIII features no-name winners
Who are these Carolina Panthers and how did they get here after going 1-15 just two seasons ago?

Senators ruin Jagr's debut with Rangers
OTTAWA Bryan Smolinski scored twice in the first period and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and two assists as Ottawa ruined Jaromir Jagr's debut with the Rangers by routing New York 9-1 Saturday night.

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