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Monday, January 26, 2004

NOW PLAYING: The Butterfly Effect
Chaos theory (oooh, big science stuff and we're only ten seconds in) states that the simple beating of a butterfly's wings in, say New Zealand, can cause a mighty hurricane as far away as South Carolina.

Governor doing what he said he wouldn't during campaign
The Republican Party of Alaska is building a simplistic attitude of no guts no glory and go with the flow mentality. In the history of Alaska, our leaders in the state Senate or House were legislators that would not bow and scrape the floor to any governor. They stood tall, but this is no longer the case.

Assembly members heading to Juneau
Carrying with them a list of capital project priorities they hope to see funded, seven members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are heading to Juneau this week for sit-downs with state lawmakers representing portions of the borough.

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.

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

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

Wanted: Home for 6 million salmon
Six million fry swim now in a kind of limbo at the Trail Lakes Hatchery in Moose Pass, thanks to the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision banning their release into Tustumena Lake.

Changes coming to Kenai airport
In the post Sept. 11, 2001, commercial passenger aviation world, the Kenai Municipal Airport seems to be something of a rarity with its lack of comprehensive passenger and baggage screening procedures.

Gregg Allan Ivanoff
Lifelong Kenai resident and Alaska Native Gregg Allan Ivanoff died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at his home in Kenai from a heart attack. He was 38.

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

Not much to celebrate as Haiti observes 200 years of independence What others say
The BBC says Haitians are observing the 200th anniversary of their independence this month. Observing, maybe. There is little to celebrate.

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.

'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?

Q & A on State of the State
Editor's Note: The following was prepared by Gov. Frank Murkowski's office in response to questions received following the governor's State of the State address on Jan. 13. Several questions and answers will be printed this week.

For the run of it ...
Mush! Let's go! Hike! All right!

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

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.

Peninsula People
Helping patients Vadla finalist in Spirit of Youth Patriotic Art Program winners announced

Hero of the week
It's nice to be reminded that there are wonderful, caring neighbors in our area.

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.

Community News
FAS to hold training workshop Toastmasters meet on Mondays Holle to hold community meetings Deadline for VFW scholarship nears Wine, gourmet appetizer fund-raiser planned Flu shots available for general public Awards available for school, business partnerships ACCFT to honor academic freedom efforts

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.

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.

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

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced Boys and Girls Club seeking craft supplies, games Final day to order Sees candy

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.

Rally around
4-H leader Debbie Clonan makes balloon animals for participants at 4-H Rally Day on Jan. 19.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi prom planning meeting set Builders association to meet li> Cook Inlet RCAC meeting slated Indoor soccer registration to begin Social Security reps to visit peninsula Dog classes slated at PenDOG

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Patriots, Panthers get on the move
HOUSTON The Super Bowl teams arrived in Houston on Sunday happy to be out of the nasty weather and ready to get on with business.

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.

Brodeur comes up big
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves, including a spectacular tumbling stop on Frantisek Kaberle in the second period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday night.

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.

Roddick, Agassi hot down under
MELBOURNE, Australia Asked to pick a title favorite heading into the Australian Open's second week, Andy Roddick pointed to Andre Agassi.

Longhorns take out rival Aggies
COLLEGE STATION, Texas Tiffany Jackson had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Heather Schreiber made the go-ahead free throw and a 3-pointer in the closing minutes as No. 3 Texas held off Texas A&M 64-62 Sunday.

Timberwolves best in the west
MINNEAPOLIS Sam Cassell scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their fourth straight win, 99-95 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

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?

Peninsula high school skiers compete in freestyle Besh Cup races Sunday in Homer
Soldotna High School's Ryan Walton skied to a 27th place finish Sunday in the 5-kilometer J-1/OJ freestyle Besh Cup race in Homer, finishing in a time of 16 minutes, 45 seconds.

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.

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.

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.

Mickelson ends drought in desert
LA QUINTA, Calif. Phil Mickelson showed he's back on his game after a disappointing year, beating Skip Kendall on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

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.

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.

FSU slays second straight ACC giant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Tim Pickett scored all of his 18 points in the second half and Florida State made six straight free throws over the final 45 seconds to hand Wake Forest its fourth straight loss.

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

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.

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.

Tips
WASHINGTON (AP) Swamped in tax paperwork with nowhere to turn? Here are some tips to get started and to find help when you need it:

Deductions
WASHINGTON (AP) Married couples accustomed to itemizing their tax deductions every year might want to take a second look at their 2003 tax returns. A higher standard deduction may mean it's more beneficial to leave tedious itemizing behind.

Your Old Car
WASHINGTON (AP) Donating a car to a favorite charity can be a great way to help a good cause and secure a tax deduction. But the IRS warns that charities sometimes get far less from donated vehicles than taxpayers assume.

Can't Pay? Don't Panic
WASHINGTON (AP) Is your tax bill more than you can handle right now? The IRS offers a broad array of options for those who can't immediately pay the balance of taxes owed.

'Tax Cut 101' for Filers
WASHINGTON (AP) Tax rates dropped last January, but most taxpayers have received only half of the cuts coming to them. That means many of them can expect a bigger refund or a smaller tax bill when they figure their 2003 tax return this year.

Retirement
WASHINGTON (AP) Tax breaks give workers an incentive to save for retirement, and future retirees can start stashing away even more savings this year into accounts sponsored by their employers.

Homeowners
WASHINGTON (AP) Energized by the lowest mortgage interest rates in more than 40 years, home sales and refinanced loans moved at a record pace last year. The bustling mortgage activity means more taxpayers must master the complex rules that help homeowners win big tax advantages.

Alternative Minimum Tax
WASHINGTON (AP) Imagine a parallel tax universe where your carefully planned deductions don't exist, where your children are counted against you, where your high state income tax bill is ignored.

Deductions, Glance
Taxpayers can reduce their taxable income by using a standard deduction or taking advantage of the dozens of itemized deductions permitted by law. Many taxpayers know the common ones, like the deduction for mortgage interest paid during the year. Many aren't so obvious.

Earned Income Tax Credit
WASHINGTON (AP) A tax credit for low-wage workers can mean thousands of dollars in refunds for some working families, making the springtime tax filing season a little warmer.

A Puzzle for Investors
WASHINGTON (AP) Investors with capital gains or dividend income from stocks, real estate and other assets can expect new benefits from lower tax rates, but they're also bound to spend more time poring over paperwork to calculate those savings.

Credits
WASHINGTON (AP) Saving for retirement? Sending a child to college? Paying steep medical bills? Tax laws offer an almost dizzying array of tax-advantaged accounts and credits that can help you meet those goals.

New IRS Help Feature
WASHINGTON (AP) New tax laws will make this year's taxes even more complicated than usual, but the IRS hopes to lift some of the confusion with a new feature designed to help taxpayers find information quickly and easily.

Child Tax Credit
WASHINGTON (AP) Gathering up the paperwork to start working on your tax return? Make sure you find last summer's letter from the Internal Revenue Service if your family was among those who got an advance child tax credit payment.

Getting a Pro to Help
WASHINGTON (AP) About 56 percent of tax filers paid a professional to do their taxes last year, the Internal Revenue Service says. If you decide you want to be among those who turn the job over to someone else, here are common questions and answers about finding professional tax help:

Breaks for the Military
WASHINGTON (AP) Soldiers in combat live in exceptional circumstances, and the Internal Revenue Service recognizes that at tax time with extended deadlines and special tax breaks.

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