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Saturday, February 5, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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