Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Henson says bye to baseball
NEW YORK On the day Ivan Rodriguez joined the Detroit Tigers, former University of Michigan football star Drew Henson said goodbye to the New York Yankees and to baseball.

Dan Green takes Mr. Monopoly title
The officially sanctioned Monopoly Tournament at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna was a huge success and great kick-off event for the 2004 Peninsula Winter Games. The player's list read like a Who's Who of Peninsula Realtors, Bankers, and Utility executives.

Over 400 learn about snow machine safety
Keeping kids safe while they're having fun and developing outdoor skills is the mission of Safe Kids on the Kenai Peninsula. The program started five years ago is a community effort sponsored by the Central Peninsula General Hospital, McDonalds of the Kenai Peninsula, Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, and A-1 Enterprises.

Mail vote could determine the future of Co curricular activities
A special election by mail will be taking place on the Kenai Peninsula this spring and an informational effort is being launched by educators and administrators to inform voters of their options.

Keeping it in the family
Thanks to the sponsorship of Bob Sizemore, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding students each month from Skyview High School, Soldotna High School, and Soldotna Middle School.

Native Alaskan, or Hockey player in ice?
Until warmer temperatures return, memories of the 2004 Peninsula Winter Games will be held in ice at various locations around the Central Peninsula. From leprechauns and Irish fiddlers, to frozen salmon and ice bears that were chipped out by talented ice carvers. Already, Ice Harvester Jerry Near of Soldotna, inventor of the Near Ice Cutter, is receiving requests from local businesses that want to be included next year, "They joke about selling ice in Alaska, but this thing is really growing and has become a fun part of the Winter games," said Near.

Chamber of Commerce Award Ceremony honors Kenai's best
For the last 28 years, the All American City of Kenai has been singling out individuals for special recognition at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala. The event this year was held in the newly completed addition to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai, catered by Michelle Steinbeck & Country Foods the buffet featured an oyster bar courtesy of Snug Harbor Seafood and specialty salmon provided by Sea Products. Sue Biggs and Jack Will provided entertainment.

NOW PLAYING: Cold Mountain
Jude Law must be an exceptionally resilient actor. How else can you explain the fact that he's been beat up by some of the mos

It's time people took stand against those who are taking away rights
I am writing to you again because of the response I received from my last letter.

Forster's assets should be put in trust, given to officer's family
I think anything belonging to David Forster should be put in some sort of a trust, so that after the man is tried it will be sold and everything goes to Officer Watson's family.

Best gun control is people learning at early age proper use of firearms
I must correct some inaccuracies in one of the Letters to the Editor published Jan. 22, "Con-gress should defend gun control laws in effect," by my friend Betty Dean.

Effort to recall Murkowski, Leman has broad support across Alaska
Fellow Alaskans, The Murkowski-Leman recall effort has officially begun. Visit our Web site and print our recall petition at www.RecallMurkowski.com. Sign and return our petition to recall Gov. Frank Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

Only solution to state's fiscal woes is to match income, spending
I would like to address the issue of how to resolve Alaska's annual fiscal problem.

Kenai Rotarians earn gratitude for work with KCHS students
For the seventh straight year, the Kenai Rotarians have graciously held the "Not For Sale" business ethics seminar for Mrs. DeVolld's senior English classes. We would like to thank the following individuals for their commitment to the students at Kenai Central: Barry Eldridge, Randy Daly, Rick Baldwin, Sig Casiano, Kristine Holdridge, Rick Ross, Wes Keller, Jeff Belluomini, Rebecca Cronkhite, Craig Fanning, Joe Gallagher and Nelson Amen.

Stars Nordic Ski Team says thanks for community's support
The Soldotna Stars Nordic Ski Team is thankful to a community where athletics are so well supported.

Soldotna crews doing great job keeping roads clear, sanded, safe
This is a sincere thank you to the Soldotna public works director and his maintenance and utility staff who are doing a great job in keeping our city sidewalks, streets and highways relatively clear of ice and snow, in sanding the roads to improve driving safety, and for keeping our water system and hydrants in good working order to be able to fight fires.

New charter schools under consideration
Two groups of area educators will present plans to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education tonight for new charter schools in the Kenai-Soldotna area.

Police recover stolen property
One man was arrested and approximately $20,000 worth of what is believed to be stolen property was recovered by Alaska State Troopers investigating several recent burglaries in the Island Lake Road area of Nikiski.

CPGH moves closer to expansion
The final step toward launching the project to expand Central Peninsula General Hospital will happen today when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly holds its final public hearing on an ordinance to fund the $49.9 million construction job, after which it is expected to vote to approve expenditure of general obligation bond proceeds already in the bank.

Photo feature: Off your feet
David Thomas competes in the two-foot high kick event Saturday for the Chickaloon/Eklutna team during a Native Youth Olympics tournament at Kenai Middle School. The event was part of the Peninsula Winter Games and featured competitors from Tyonek, Chickaloon, Eklutna, Seward and Palmer as well as local athletes competing on the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's team.

Proposals sent to Fish and Game
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Board recently forwarded a number of proposals to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for department review in advance of the 2005 Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting.

Board to look at options besides consolidation
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will discuss opening two new charter school programs in the fall. But the additions don't indicate growth in the district -- at least not in monetary terms.

Report: Soldotna in 'nice condition'
The city of Soldotna is in the black. The city recently released its comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2003. At Wednesday's City Council meeting, an independent auditor gave the report a thumbs up, saying it's apparent the city is on firm financial footing.

Robert G. Hunt
Anchor Point resident Robert Gordon Hunt died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at the Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage. He was 76.

Loretta 'Sweet Pea' Akers
Soldotna resident Loretta "Sweet Pea" Akers died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 55.

American people need to know what prompted information on weapons What others say
David Kay brought credibility to the task of leading the search for evidence of illegal weapons programs in Iraq. His acknowledged expertise, along with his reputation for candor, earned respect even from many who wondered whether the Bush administration would allow Kay and his team to do their jobs without political interference.

Panel studying terrorism should be free from politics What others say
he bipartisan panel reviewing the federal government's performance before and after the 2001 terrorist attacks has a solemn obligation to provide the country with a thorough report, regardless of what the findings are. The timetable for making that report to the nation should not be affected by political considerations.

Gloom and doom stories abound, but the truth is life's never been better
Despite what is said during this election cycle, it's a wonderful time to be alive in what one radio talk show host calls "the greatest country on God's green earth."

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results

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

Births
Laura Key of Nikiski announces the birth of her daughter, Emma Landry Key, at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Fund set up to help familySoroptimist to meetSubsistence management accepting nominationsFish and Game advisory plan meetingBasketball teams to hold fund-raiserDog classes slated at PenDOGSafety day slated

Around the Peninsula
Mass choir festival planned Indoor soccer registration to begin La Leche League to meet Fish and game advisory to meet Social Security reps to visit area Aviation safety meeting slated Flu vaccinations available in Homer

Community Events
Food bank plans February activities Junior Miss pageant slated for Saturday Today is deadline to apply for VFW scholarship Childrens Monopoly tourney winners announced

Peinsula People
Caswell nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy Area residents recognized for good grades Retone heads toward new career

Kenai chamber honors longtime residents
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce handed out its sixth annual awards Jan. 21 at a gala ceremony held at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

Democrats try to beef up prescription bill
JUNEAU House Democrats tried unsuccessfully Monday to increase the benefits that would be provided under Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed senior citizen prescription drug bill.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Medicare HMOs plan to cut premiums, enhance benefits
WASHINGTON Health maintenance organizations for the elderly are planning substantial rate cuts and benefit increases in response to a $500 million boost from the federal government this year.

Saint Joseph's keeps perfect record intact
VILLANOVA, Pa. The perimeter trio of Jameer Nelson, Delonte West and Pat Carroll combined for 60 points and Saint Joseph's beat Villanova 74-67 Monday night to extend its school-record winning streak to 19 games.

Flames torch Ducks to gain position
CALGARY, Alberta With their recent collapse against Chicago still fresh in their minds, the Calgary Flames were determined not to let a lead slip away again.

Nikiski cagers sweep past Houston
Jeremiah Taylor and Sarah Herrin each scored big to lead the Nikiski Bulldogs boys and girls basketball teams to District III/3A wins Saturday over the Houston Hawks in Houston.

New England dominates in league of parity
HOUSTON Bill Belichick shies away from the ''D'' word. Yet even after winning their second Super Bowl in three seasons, the New England Patriots seem to be as close to a dynasty as any team can be in an era of parity.

Kicker comes through in the clutch
He had already missed twice, and the building must have felt as cursed as any stadium he'd ever set foot in. Yet Adam Vinatieri knew that somehow, some way, this game would come down to him.

Elliott makes shift from in-line to ice skates
Kenai Central senior Ryan Elliott was an in-line hockey player living in San Bernardino, Calif., when his father retired from the police force.

Jackson issues apology
NEW YORK Suddenly, Britney and Madonna's smoochfest seems G-rated.

Knights vanquish Mariners
The Colony Knights completed the Region III/4A sweep for the valley, knocking off the Homer boys and girls Saturday.

No. 1 Tennessee holds off Tigers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Shyra Ely converted a three-point play and Ashley Robinson made two free throws late in overtime, helping top-ranked Tennessee to a 68-61 victory Sunday over No. 22 Auburn.

Panthers no match for the Moose
The Skyview Panthers dropped a pair of games Saturday against the Palmer Moose in Palmer.

LeBron mystifies Wizards
WASHINGTON LeBron James scored a career-high 38 points and Cleveland notched its 18th victory, surpassing its win total from last season with a 104-100 road win over the Washington Wizards.

Hurting Los Angeles goes down in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Pacers without Jermaine O'Neal were better than the Los Angeles Lakers minus Shaquille O'Neal.

Champs: New England claims second Super Bowl in three years
HOUSTON Houston, we have a champion. And once again, the New England Patriots have Adam Vinatieri's foot to thank for a Super Bowl victory.

Lightning jolt Flyers, take sixth straight
PHILADELPHIA Pavel Kubina and Ruslan Fedotenko scored second-period goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their sixth straight victory, 2-1 over Philadelphia on Monday night.

Sports Briefs
Norman: Women should stick to their own eventsKnight gets into verbal spat with chancellorWilliams, Bulls agree on contract buyout

Smyth takes T-200
Cim Smyth of Big Lake claimed victory in the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday afternoon, securing the $10,000 purse for his first-place finish.

Tustumena 200 results
The 2004 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race is finished. According to the race Web site, www.tustumena200.com, the following are the official results:

Race results
(As of 7 p.m. Sunday)

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