Monday, January 31, 2005

NOW PLAYING: Hide and Seek
Robert De Niro, it can be asserted, is the preeminent actor of his age. Without a doubt, he is one of a few who can truly be called the greatest actors of all time. These facts are undisputed. What is it then, that drives such a smart actor to make such dumb choices when it comes to roles?

Soldotna chamber banquet success caused by many
The 46th annual Soldotna Chamber of Commerce awards reception was a successful event enjoyed by many. Thanks to everyone who attended this special evening honoring the outstanding members of our community.

Practice run a good workout for Arctic Games
The Tsalteshi Trails board would like to thank all of the volunteers and Skyview High School, who made our recent Besh Cup races of Jan. 22 and 23 a resounding success. More than 275 racers came together Saturday and Sunday for two different race events.

Kenai Central senior objects to Soldotna graduation spot
As a member of the Kenai Central High School graduating class of 2005 and member of the audience at many graduation ceremonies at Kenai Central High School, I strongly disagree with and question the decision of the administration to perform graduation ceremonies at the Soldotna Sports Center.

First woman wins T-200
With so many Iditarod and Yukon Quest champions competing in this year's Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, it came as a surprise to many — both in the race and watching from the sidelines — when Jessica Hendricks, a 22-year-old musher from Two Rivers, crossed the finish at 3:28 p.m. Sunday to become the first woman to win the T-200.

Bell stolen from Buddhist temple
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It would have taken a forklift to move the 3,000-pound copper bell stolen recently from a Vietnamese Buddhist temple in Tacoma, Wash.

Center gets money to shelter homeless
The LeeShore Center in Kenai recently received $73,791 of a $3.7 million Housing and Urban Development grant to Alaska agencies to provide shelter and care to people without homes.

Little ones help kick off big race
It's race weekend — Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, that is — as should be obvious by the preponderance of dog trucks that have converged on the central Kenai Peninsula over the past few days.

Plant shutdowns may hurt spur line
The threat of industry leaving the Kenai Peninsula puts more at stake than just jobs.

Kenai KFC's closure due to declining sales
Kentucky Fried Chicken closed its doors earlier this month because of declining business sales, said property and franchise owner Kurban Kurani.

Alaska working on tsunami preparedness
ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska wants people to be more aware of the potential dangers of tsunamis, particularly in vulnerable populated areas such as Seward, Kodiak, Homer and Sitka.

Bed tax measure rises
Assembly member Betty Glick of Kenai has proposed an 8-percent bed tax on hotel and motel rooms rented for less than 30 days as one way to counter the loss of state revenue-sharing dollars.

Son accused of killing mom
A 22-year-old Soldotna man was charged with the stabbing death of his mother in their home Saturday.

Fish board nets mixed review
As two weeks of discussions on upper Cook Inlet sport, commercial and personal-use fisheries came to a close Saturday in Anchorage, reviews decidedly were mixed among meeting participants from the Kenai Peninsula.

Dorothy Israel
Soldotna resident Dorothy Israel died Saturday, January 29, 2005 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 44.

Shannon R. O' Brien
Longtime Nikiski resident Shannon R. O' Brien died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at his home in Nikiski. He was 81.

Community School change will create stronger partnership
Like it or not, life is about change. Few people, however, eagerly embrace change because it takes us out of our comfort zone.

Voices of the Clarion: Moose days numbered?
Some time ago, I used this same space to speak out against an Outside environmental group's effort to halt a state program to boost moose populations by killing wolves from the air.

Hollywood shows its true colors with 'Passion' snub
Mel Gibson's powerful Passion of the Christ was the third-highest grossing movie of 2004 — outdoing even the latest Harry Potter installment. It has become the ninth-highest grossing movie of all time.

Quake shakes up Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An earthquake rated at a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 shook Southcentral Alaska on Saturday.

Around the Peninsula
Rural CAP plans events CES seeking volunteers Gillnet fishers to meet SAD to be discussed Wallyball tourney slated Women's ski races slated

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results Teacher volunteers sought Wine, auction fund-raiser set Center begins new program

Bank on it
Local dignitaries were caught making questionable land deals. Well-known businessmen bought their way out of the pokey. The borough mayor went "almost broke" after a real estate deal went sour.

2 go to hospital after ulu attack
A 52-year-old Anchorage man was attacked by a man wielding an ulu in a Kenai apartment Thursday evening.

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers meeting set Public comment sought Wallyball tourney slated Wine, auction fund-raiser set Gardeners conference set

Births
Mike and Jennifer Dye of Homer Tiffany and Jeremey Ley of Kenai Jamie and Russ Locke of Anchorage Mary and Patrick Mize of Soldotna

Community Schools
The following is a list of Homer and Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768 for Soldotna or (907) 235-6090 for Homer.

Women bring talents to Alaska's Junior Miss
Eighteen young women from around the state will have their hands full in Soldotna this week as they prepare to compete for the title of 2005 Alaska's Junior Miss and the scholarship opportunities that go along with it.

Airline throws bone to fliers' best friends
MILWAUKEE — Midwest Airlines is turning to dogs and cats in hopes of wooing more consumers.

My best friend
Cedar and Oro belong to Ryan Lawrence and Leslie Droubay Lawrence of Kenai. Cedar will be 6 months old in February and Oro is 2 1/2. Their favorite winter activity is running on the beach and taking an occasional swim in the bay.

Learning new tricks from old beagles
Perhaps people can learn some new tricks from old dogs in warding off the mental decline that comes with aging.

Miller is golden in super-G as worlds begin
BORMIO, Italy — Bode Miller was flying off the course and realized he had two choices — slam on the breaks and make the next turn, or keep going in the same direction for what would have been his ninth unfinished race in his last 14 events.

Ravens' Fuller acquitted in gambling case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was acquitted Saturday of all three gambling and gun charges after being accused of running high-stakes card games at his house.

Kardinals spoil Panthers' night
Senior night didn't mean much to the Skyview Panthers with no seniors on their roster, but the Kenai Kardinals spoiled Skyview's last regular-season hockey game. Kenai stole the show early and coasted to a 11-1 victory against the Panthers Friday night, at the Soldotna Sportscenter.

Hope pays off for optimistic Leonard
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to overtake the faltering Joe Ogilvie and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Serena reigns Down Under
She showed 'em. Down a set and facing a break, her back hurting and her serve misfiring, Serena Williams dug deep to beat top-ranked Lindsay Davenport 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday's Australian Open final, ending an 18-month Grand Slam title drought.

Peninsula trio grabs NLC titles
Defending State Champion Wasilla dominated the Northern Lights Conference Wrestling Championships in Homer this weekend, but a trio of peninsula wrestlers showed not all warriors hail from the Mat-Su Valley.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls tops at Homer Invite
Recent warm days and brief episodes of rain turned the usually well-manicured McNeil Canyon cross-country ski trails into a crunchy, ice-covered glaze for the Homer Invitational Saturday. After a few adjustments to the starting line and a lot of patient grooming, compliant ski conditions prevailed and skiers hit the trails.

Sports Briefs
Bulldogs drop two at Delta SoHi boys fall to Colony Mancuso earns another U.S. medal

Frye MVP of North's Senior Bowl win
MOBILE, Ala. — Charlie Frye made the most of the opportunity when he finally got a chance to play in the postseason.

Dwayne holds down Houston
MIAMI — With Dwyane Wade around, the Miami Heat can afford the occasional off-game from Shaquille O'Neal.

Sports views: Hollywood tries to turn women's boxing into something it isn't
Hollywood can make you laugh, make you cry, make you think. For two hours or so, in the back of a darkened theater, it can almost make you believe.

Down and out down under
MELBOURNE, Australia — Seeing somebody else unravel was different for Marat Safin. So was winning the Australian Open.

Nikiski's Herrin scores 33 in win
Nikiski's Sarah Herrin scored 33 points, setting the Nikiski High School girls basketball single-game scoring record as the Bulldogs defeated Homer 66-51 in a nonconference game at Nikiski.

OSU shoots down Buffaloes
BOULDER, Colo. — John Lucas scored 26 points and JamesOn Curry had 17 of his 22 in the second half to lead No. 9 Oklahoma State to a 104-86 victory over Colorado on Sunday.

Season Outlook: Battle: Peninsula's small schools jump into tough basketball season
The Kenai Peninsula small schools basketball season is under way once again with peninsula schools coming off another strong showing during the 2003-04 season as several teams made state tournament appearances.

Francis leads Magic past Washington
WASHINGTON — Steve Francis scored 32 points, and the Washington Wizards missed crucial free throws down the stretch, giving the Orlando Magic a 103-97 victory Saturday night and a sweep of back-to-back games between the Southeast Division contenders.

Eagles soar at Warrior Rumble
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles swept the Warrior Rumble basketball tournament Saturday, knocking off the host Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls in the championship games.

Illini remain unbeaten with win over Minnesota
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Roger Powell Jr. scored 21 points and Deron Williams added 18, leading top-ranked Illinois to an 89-66 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

UConn streak ends at 112 games
STORRS, Conn — Notre Dame snapped Connecticut's Big East home winning streak at 112 games Sunday, with Courtney LaVere scoring 14 points and anchoring a dominating inside game in the Fighting Irish's 65-59 victory.

Recent power shifts in tennis promise renewed popularity
Insomniacs and tennis junkies aren't the only ones staying up in the middle of the night to watch the Australian Open.

Super Bowl's war of words heats up
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Roll out the steel cage. Or maybe just invite Rodney Harrison and Freddie Mitchell to the ''Jerry Springer Show.''

Deegan bounces back to win X-Games gold
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — It has been a year since Brian Deegan lost control of his motorcycle and fell 40 feet to the ice, and he still can't go anywhere without someone wanting to know about it.

Ogilvie maintains two-stroke lead at Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Ogilvie turned in a steady if unspectacular round Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69 that kept him ahead of the pack at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

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