Tuesday, February 1, 2005

I'm Loving It, Ronald McDonald visits Peninsula
One of the most well known celebrities of the new century visited the Kenai Peninsula last week, none other than Ronald McDonald himself.

10th Aluminum can round-up hits half-way mark
For a decade now the Kenai Peninsula Borough in cooperation with Peninsula Sanitation, Green Star, and Unocal Alaska has been sponsoring a Great Aluminum Can Round-Up.

Knuppenburg captures Monopoly title
The traditional Peninsula Winter Games kick-off at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna crowned a new Adult Monopoly Tournament champion last week.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
This time of year, many Alaskans head to Las Vegas for some sunshine, gambling and a show or two. At the end of next month our daughter, Kim goes to Vegas to shoot in the World Archery Festival.

Soldotna Chamber hosts elegant awards reception
The 46th Annual Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Awards Reception drew a capacity crowd to the Soldotna Sports Center last week.

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?

Dinner auction supporters help with church's Mexico trip
Aspen Hotel, Peninsula Processing and Smokehouse, Signatures Salon, Soldotna Florist, Tesoro, Ultimate Tan, Longmere Grocery, Inner Peace Outer Beauty, Regal Foods, Acapulco Mexican Restaraunt.

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.

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.

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.

Donations from many go toward helping community members
The Board of Directors for Love In the Name of Christ has begun the new year with a wonderful new executive director.

Bake sale generated aid for tsunami victims in Asia
I am writing this letter today to thank everyone who helped to make the garage/bake sale for the tsunami victims on Jan. 15 a great success. I would like to thank Winona Rich and Joann Earsley for their hard work and dedication to round up donations and baked goods, as well as put forth their time and efforts to set-up, run, and tear down the sale. I would also like to thank Sears Elementary and Kaleidoscope Charter for the use of the gymnasium as well as the wonderful staff that also donated items for the sale. I also would like to send out a huge thank you to The Peninsula Clarion and KSRM Radio for the publicity they gave us, as well as the community members who donated items.

Nikiski mentors deserve thanks for hard work with young people
I want to offer a hardy thank you to the five Aspirations mentors working at Nikiski Middle/Senior High School. These inspiring mentors, Amanda Feagin, Judene Van Cleave, Pam Clark, Bob Harrison and Marian Nickelson have been coming to the school weekly since early November to meet with their students.

Outstanding area youth receive Elks scholarships
The Soldotna Elks Scholarship Committee has completed the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student judging for Greater Soldotna area. The committee was extremely impressed with the sixteen outstanding students (five boys and eleven girls) who put forth applications.

Good morning. Words to ponder this week: "One may give without loving; but none can love without giving." — Author unknown

Howdy, neighbors. I've been getting rose bush catalogs for a couple of months now, and that surely has to be a harbinger of spring, don't you think?

Hi, neighbors. Allan Miller, who teaches at Sterling Elementary School, said his class has set up a lake ice setting station on Scout Lake. This is a project they are doing with Professor Martin Jeffries from University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Last week I attended a most wonderful concert, the Soldotna High School Jazz Band dessert concert. The conductor-director Vernel Schneider had a great selection of music to compliment the jazz band musicians and vocalists.

Cooper Landing
Hello, neighbors. George Siter, president of Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Dept., reported on the current building construction and the future plans of the fire department to about 30 residents at the Jan. 27 Cooper Landing Community Club meeting.

Hi, neighbors. February already! The month brings to me the feeling that winter is half over. The lengthening of days makes a gardener start thinking of what seedlings to start first. There are some that need to be started very early or not at all.

Greetings from Kasilof. Welcome to February. It can only stay 28 days this year and for those who are counting. There's only 47 more days until spring officially begins.

Proposed budget earmarks $1.43 billion for peninsula
Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed capital budget, which would spend nearly $1.43 billion on various projects around the state, includes funding for much-needed improvements and planning efforts on the Kenai Peninsula.

Rocket launch slated around fisheries
KODIAK (AP) — Military officials are working around the cod and tanner crab fisheries to determine the best date for an upcoming target missile launch from the Kodiak Launch Complex.

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.

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.

Room with a view
A bald eagle sits near a nest recently and takes in the unobstructed sights along Snug Harbor Road off the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. The nest has been active for years and is known among birders as a good spot to see eagles.

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

Borough digging in to landfill job
On Jan. 1 of this year, the Kenai Peninsula Borough assumed operational control of the Central Peninsula Landfill, taking over from Waste Management Inc., a Houston firm that ran the landfill through its subsidiary Peninsula Sanitation.

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.

CPGH expansion contract draws healthy interest
Thirty-two contractors have expressed interest in working on the Central Peninsula General Hospital expansion, according to the hospital's top executive.

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.

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.

Community spirit gets Nikiski pastor service award
Denver Copeland loves finding opportunities for his church community to get involved. He was recognized for this attitude at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce's 22nd annual awards banquet Saturday at Agrium Camp with the Community Service Award.

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

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

Henry 'Hank' Brooner
Soldotna resident Henry "Hank" Brooner died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 49.

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.

Research into hydrogen well worth the price
Earlier this month, a spit-polished hydrogen-powered shuttle bus was introduced in Orlando. Eight of them are being developed for use in 2006 in one of the most traffic-intensive areas of the state. What was a twinkle in the eye of automakers just a few years ago is now a reality, albeit a small-fleeted reality.

Around the Peninsula
Retirement set for Harris Women's ski races Sunday NPRSA sets gym schedule Fish and Game to meet Caregiver support meeting planned

Soldotna man indicted for first-degree murder
The 22-year-old Soldotna man accused of stabbing his mother to death was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge in Kenai Superior Court on Sunday.

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

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.

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 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.

Senior Menus
Nikiski Soldotna

Senior Briefs
Nikiski Soldotna

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

Labor talks looking bleak
NEW YORK — The NHL and the players' association are now disputing whether they have anything to talk about.

T.O.'s subordinates as important as the man himself
And it worked so well for the Philadelphia Eagles that their other wide receivers barely got any notice — from the media and even from Donovan McNabb, who connected with Terrell Owens 77 times through 14 games. The other regular Philly wideouts had 75 catches scattered among them.

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

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

Sixers sneak past Pacers 89-88
PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Korver made a go-ahead jumper with 6.5 seconds left, and Allen Iverson returned from a three-game absence to score 27 points in the Philadelphia 76ers' 89-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

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.

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.

White stays grounded amid growing X Games celebrity
ASPEN, Colo. — For this year's Winter X Games, snowboarder Shaun White is staying at a vast chateau that sits above this posh town, the walls covered with prints of him in action. There are slippers at the door for guests and jars filled with candy are everywhere.

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.

Bizarre firing for groundbreaking coach
Sally Anthony's antics fit perfectly in the colorful, crazy history of the American Basketball Association, the red-white-and-blue ball league where fans once hanged an owner in effigy.

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.''

Worth the effort
For Kenai Central High School senior Kelsey Dunn, it's not about the basketball. It's about working toward goals and learning about herself as a person in the process.

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.

No. 3 Kansas wins
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wayne Simien had 22 points and Aaron Miles had 14 points and 10 assists, rallying third-ranked Kansas to a 73-61 victory over Missouri on Monday night.

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