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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Mets back in Delgado hunt; Clark to D-Backs, Aurilia to Reds
NEW YORK — The New York Mets were back in the bidding for Carlos Delgado on Monday, competing with Florida and Baltimore to sign the free-agent first baseman.

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.

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.

Hometown support appreciated by National Guard troops
During a morning formation on Dec. 19, 2004, our company commander read the following letter that accompanied gifts of 150 Wave Leatherman tools for each soldier in our company. Each were engraved beautifully "Alaska Supports You."

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.

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.

Cooper Landing
Hi, neighbors. A new map of the Sterling Highway project from Mile 45 to Mile 58 received from HDR Alaska Inc. will be on display during the Cooper Landing Community Club meeting at the community hall Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

Soldotna
Hi, neighbors. The Spenard Builders Supply weekly quote is, "Mentors changing the future one youth at a time."

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Bob Oakes said the ice at the rink next to Sterling Elementary School is great, except for along the edge of the northwest side where it is a bit thin.

Kasilof
Greetings from beautiful downtown Kasilof. For most of us, there usually aren't enough hours in the day. But you might want to make time for some of the great things there are to do this weekend on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Have you noticed we have a lot more light at the end of our days than we had a month ago?

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. As I watched the inauguration of President Bush, I was reminded anew of my responsibility toward him.

Nikiski
Good morning. Words from a bright man: "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not upon your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." — Charles Dickens

Alaska may court teachers
Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has proposed a bill that would provide financial incentives to new-hire teachers by repaying education loans in an effort to fill a shortage in elementary and secondary Alaska schools.

Second newspaper hits Gustavus streets
The first issue of The Fairweather Reporter, published by retired state employee Carolyn Edelman, showed up in kiosks this month. The February issue is about to go to print.

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

Picture perfect
The 2005 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster contest winner's participation in this year's Peninsula Winter Games is turning out to be less risky than her experience last year.

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

Experience reigns with chamber president
Longtime resident of Soldotna and member of its chamber of commerce Sammie Cole relishes the friends she has made throughout the years and her involvement with the Soldotna chamber, she 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.

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.

Roland Rollie Henry Duyck
Former Soldotna resident Roland "Rollie" Henry Duyck died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Ore. He was 69.

Voices of Alaska: Clarifying control issue
The basis of ADFG's predator control programs is to rebuild moose and caribou populations that have declined significantly, not to repeat research projects. ADFG has done intensive research on predator-prey relationships in several areas of Alaska over the past 30 years. We are now using that knowledge to conduct predator management programs in five areas of Alaska. These five predator management programs, occurring on less than six percent of the state's total land mass, are based on solid science.

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.

What others say
Terror wrong by whatever name Death offers chance at reflection in China

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.

Peninsula People
Arbelovsky graduates college Bond graduates with honors

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Spaghetti dinner slated in Old Town ICAN to meet Hempstead to speak at PSDRA Beekeepers meeting set Public comment sought

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Anchor Point Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Ninilchik Seward Soldotna Sterling

An American booter in London
LONDON — He is a long way from Green Bay, Wis., where he played high school soccer, just another sport thrown into the mix with basketball and track and field.

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.

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.

Philly fans still cheering
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson had 45 points and 11 assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-98 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.

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.

Williams, Sharapova advance to semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams shrugged off the searing heat and beat second-ranked Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday to set up a semifinal showdown against Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open.

NHL talks to resume
NEW YORK — The NHL and the players' association will resume talks this week in a bid to save the season — and they'll meet yet again without commissioner Gary Bettman or union head Bob Goodenow.

Roethlisberger makes Brady look good
As Tom Brady prepares for his third Super Bowl and Ben Roethlisberger heads home, Big Ben's playoff struggles only accentuate how remarkable Brady's 8-0 postseason record is.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Olson donates $1 million for cancer research

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