Friday, February 4, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules KEDS to hold public hearing Tesoro donates money

Work far from done
Jon Faulkner believes his business interests can have a hand in preserving pieces of history.

Twice the comedy
If the comedians can't make you forget it's still the dead of winter in Alaska, maybe the hypnotist can.

Leading 5 Soul Train nods go to Usher
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Usher collected a leading five nominations Tuesday for the annual Soul Train Music Awards.

In Mesner's world, puppets rock
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Paul Mesner romps around his studio in shorts and tennis shoes, pointing out the special mouth hinges and weighted eye balls that go into making the perfect puppet.

From the bookshelf: Printed plea for ANWR skirts the issues
This could be the year Congress authorizes oil exploration on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain. Meanwhile, controversy on the subject rages.

Broadway playwright, Hollywood screenwriter tries again
LONDON — Like many aspiring novelists, author William Nicholson once looked down on TV and movie screenwriters as wannabe artists, people who did such work because they couldn't really write.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Quilting entries wanted Made in Alaska workshop scheduled Art classes for kids offered Alaska women sought for TV show Students invited to enter contest Writers conference slated Summer arts camp takes registrations

Flanders — highly valued 'Simpsons' member
NEW YORK — Good heavens! Ned Flanders has come into his own. A zealous instrument of God, Ned has long been instrumental to ''The Simpsons'' as it lampoons organized religion (that is, when not mocking virtually every other human institution, from business to democracy to its own TV network).

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming events Films Anchorage events

State could save millions by not building road to Juneau
Let us say, here and now, that saving millions is a wonderful thing. I for one believe it would be a first, if it really turned out to be true.

Kenai students, not principal, should decide graduation issue
I would like to respond to the letter written by Jessica Summer. As a 2004 graduate of Kenai Central High School who participated in the graduation ceremony that took place at the Soldotna Sports Center, I am disappointed in the administration's choice to continue to have the graduation in Soldotna.

Volunteer mentors from around peninsula help area students
The Aspirations Advocate Program is celebrating its fourth year in high schools and middle schools around the Kenai Peninsula.

Student's stance on KCHS graduation deserves support
As a graduate of Kenai Central High School (class of '79), I would like to commend the writer of the Jan. 31 letter to the editor in the Peninsula Clarion. For this young person to stand up for what she believes in means only one thing — that Kenai Central High School is still putting out top senior graduates.

State agencies do more harm than good to children
It is time to resort to suing the state of Alaska and all of it's government representatives and agents. How much blood do we have to give before they are satisfied?

Seniors' proposal addresses overcrowding concerns
As seniors at Kenai Central High School, we would like to thank the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the Kenai City Council for their letters of support toward holding the 2005 graduation ceremonies at Kenai Central High School. Also, thanks to the Kenai Fire and Police departments for their offers of regulating seating for graduation. The printing of the graduation announcements has been put on hold, and the administration is holding an advisory vote among the seniors today.

Bidding starts for phase 2 of expansion
The bidding process for the second phase of the Central Peninsula General Hospital expansion is under way and construction could start as early as the middle of March, said hospital CEO David Gilbreath.

Grad site becomes hot issue for KCHS students
A group of Kenai Central High School seniors upset over the possibility they could graduate in Soldotna this spring has taken its fight to city hall.

Elections bill passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to give local governments the option to avoid special elections on voter initiatives.

Bed tax receives mixed reviews
An ordinance that proposes to ask voters next fall whether the borough should impose an 8-percent bed tax on hotel and motel rooms got a mixed review from the few who testified at the measure's introduction by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday in Soldotna.

Flu hits state; none reported here
The number of influenza cases confirmed by the state epidemiology lab began to rise in January, though none was confirmed on the Kenai Peninsula.

LeeShore worker retires after 22-year relationship
When June Harris saw an article in the Peninsula Clarion 20 years ago about a group of Kenai people hoping to build a shelter for women in trouble, she liked the idea.

Caught in the act
Seth Hallstead catches a pass from Justin Monette on the bluff in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

CPGH tries new angle
Therapists interacting with patients, people being greeted by a volunteer as they enter the hospital and a child with a toy stethoscope listening to a stuffed bear's heart — a hospital is not the only place to witness such scenes.

Permafund to cover deficits?
Legislative talk of a long-term fiscal plan is scarce in a year when the state expects hundreds of millions in windfall oil money.

Henry 'Hank' Brooner
Soldotna resident Henry "Hank" Brooner died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage after a brief bout with cancer. He was 49.

Dorothy E. Israel
Soldotna resident Dorothy E. Israel died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 43.

Geneva Carol Stone
Sterling resident Geneva Carol Stone died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in Soldotna as a result of a head injury. She was surrounded by family and friends.

Biggest step still to come for Iraqis
Upon hearing an explosion apparently caused by terrorists, a middle-aged man in Baghdad headed for a polling station, saying, ''I will challenge the criminals.'' In Mosul in the northern part of Iraq, a Sunni leader went to a polling station earlier than anybody else, declaring that casting a ballot was a citizen's duty, and thus moving his fellow citizens to action.

Renkes' critics motivated by political agenda
The frenzy over Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes continues unabated, despite an investigator's finding that Renkes had no conflict of interest while he was negotiation an Alaska coal proposal with Taiwan.

Bush not afraid of third rail
WASHINGTON — President Bush is drawing a long gray line through the baby boom generation, hoping to keep the oldest at bay and the youngest at his side as he pursues drastic changes to Social Security.

Challenge of ice attracts climbers
KEENE VALLEY, N.Y. — Sixty feet up the wall, you could hear water tinkling behind chandelier ice, running behind the hundreds of glistening icicles. It was like standing in a crystal fountain, decorated with the occasional cedar growing sideways from cracks in the rock.

All Lands/All Hands: Agencies enter into fire prevention agreement
Last November, seven agencies with land management responsibilities on the Kenai Peninsula agreed to work together to implement the All Lands/All Hands Action Plan for Fire Prevention and Protection, Hazardous Fuel Reduction, Forest Health Restoration and Rehabilitation, and Community Assistance. The Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Alaska Division of Forestry (Kenai-Kodiak Area Office), the National Park Service (Kenai Fjords National Park), the U.S. Forest Service (Chugach National Forest), the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Kenai National Wildlife Refuge) have collaboratively developed a comprehensive strategy to mitigate wildfire impacts and restore healthy forests on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
CES seeking volunteersSAD to be discussedRadio testing slatedSpecial Olympics set meetingBLM to hold public meetings

Around the Peninsula
Public comment sought Retirement set for Harris Fish and Game to meet Quilt exhibit scheduled Refuge plans winter fun day Event offers appetizing evening Historical society to meet Ferry service highlights agenda

Gods loves every day, not just on Valentine's Day
February is the shortest of the 12 months, but for us here on the Kenai Peninsula it means longer days and warmer rays from the sun.

Church Briefs
Bible study group to meetClothes 2 Go openClothing availableQuartet to singChurch production slatedChurch moves meeting placeAddictions group to meet

Faith-based initiative relaunched in Georgia
ATLANTA — Gov. Sonny Perdue is trying again to pass a constitutional amendment that would give Georgia new legal power to contract with faith-based social service groups.

Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Skiing Trails
Tsalteshi Trails — Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

Juneau's first Avadog prepares for snowslides
JUNEAU— For the last year Milo has been training for a game he'll hopefully never have to play. The black and white 14-month-old border collie is preparing to become an avalanche search and rescue dog at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Races for women slated for Sunday
It will be a super Sunday for women skiers on the Kenai Peninsula.

Patriots' Dillon leads cast of Super Bowl retreads
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As Corey Dillon left the field after his final game as a Cincinnati Bengal, he tossed his shoulder pads, cleats and helmet into the stands at Paul Brown Stadium. It was a snapshot of the talented but tempestuous running back's seven years with one of the NFL's losingest franchises.

Tar Heels rough up N.C. State
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Freshman Marvin Williams had a season-high 20 points, Rashad McCants scored 18 and Sean May had another double-double to lead No. 2 North Carolina to a 95-71 victory over North Carolina State on Thursday night.

Rockets knock off 76ers 118-95
PHILADELPHIA — Tracy McGrady outperformed the NBA's leading scorer, and the Houston Rockets knocked the Philadelphia 76ers out of first place in the Atlantic Division with a 118-95 victory Wednesday night.

Demon Deacons down Blue Devils
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chris Paul scored 23 points and Wake Forest withstood a flurry of late 3-pointers to hang on for a 92-89 victory over Duke on Wednesday night.

Talking smack is usually a waste of breath
Old-timers argue that running your mouth was a lot more dangerous back in the day.

Peninsula teams face off in North Star tourney
The Kenai Central, Soldotna and Skyview hockey teams will stage their own tournament within a tournament starting today at the North Star Conference Tournament at the Palmer Ice Rink.

NHL's offer to players rejected as time running out on season
NEW YORK — Nearly five months into the NHL lockout, the players' association still won't accept the league's demand for a salary cap. The league says it's too late to talk about alternatives.

Magic's Hill earns All-Star start
NEW YORK — Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic edged Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal by slightly more than 65,000 votes for a starting spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Wrestlers pumped for state
The contingent of wrestlers from the Kenai Peninsula headed to Eagle River for the state 4A wrestling championships at Chugiak High School grew by two this week as a pair of Soldotna grapplers were selected as alternates.

SoHi, Seward split on court
The Seward and Soldotna basketball teams split a pair of nonconference games Tuesday at Seward.

Smith calls it quits after 15 seasons
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Emmitt Smith decided to stop running. There was nothing left to prove, no records left to chase.

Clock ticks down on NHL season
NEW YORK — One day after the NHL players' association rejected the league's latest salary-cap proposal, the sides met again for about nine hours Thursday and planned to resume talks on Friday.

The Next Level
Christensen plays for Cornell women Bosick makes plays for William Woods Liebner finishes second in ski marathon

Hart survives wind, holds early lead
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Dudley Hart was best at conquering a treacherous wind at the FBR Open through a slow, difficult first round that was suspended by darkness Thursday with 45 players still on the course.

Soldotna, Homer start with wins
The Soldotna hockey team started off the North Star Conference Tournament Thursday with a 9-1 victory over Skyview at the Palmer Ice Rink.

Heat melts Cavaliers
MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat overcame 31 points and 10 assists from All-Star LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-88 on Thursday night.

Key for Philadelphia is in TOs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — To win the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles need lots of T.O and no TOs.

McCartney to take stage at halftime
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A year removed from the Janet Jackson debacle, the NFL has come up with the perfect way to clean up its act at halftime of the Super Bowl: Hire a British knight to entertain.

Ninilchik girls edge Dillingham in OT
The Ninilchik School high school basketball teams split a pair of games with visiting Dillingham Thursday.

Photo feature: Quite a stretch
An adult moose strains to reach choice morsels while browsing alongside Walker Lane in Kenai earlier this week.

With goal reached, wolf experts reflect
BILLINGS, Mont. — As he read through the e-mails at his office, one from a wolf activist caught Ed Bangs' attention. It arrived shortly after Bangs made the difficult decision that wolves preying on livestock had to be killed.

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