Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Snowshoe Tourney winners
Jon Wackler Memorial Snowshoe Tourney Recap. There were 4 teams competing this year in the Snowshoe Tourney Championship.

Kenai CVB prepares for Summer Art Show
For the past four years, the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), along with partners Kenai Peninsula College and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, have produced major exhibitions that have included some of the most renowned wildlife artists from around the world.

A lifetime of winter memories
The 2004 Peninsula Winter Games certainly lived up to it to their slogan of "Something For Everyone in 48 Hours."

Local Project GRAD leaders attend national conference
Leaders from Project GRAD sites across America gathered recently in Columbus, Ohio to share ideas and develop new strategies for Project GRAD's mission of transforming the lowest performing schools into high-performing schools.

Junior Miss Week proclaimed in Soldotna
Once again the City of Soldotna was host to the State final competition for the Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship program. Ever since 1959, Alaska has participated in the Program and sent a representative to the national finals, which this year is celebrating their 47th anniversary.

'Fair Days' show at Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik means a lot to the people who call the Kenai home. For the first time just how much the Fair means has been captured in black & white photos by a native born Peninsula woman Natasha Ala Johnson.

When I was growing up, my parents had a copy of a documentary (on video-disc, for those of you who remember back that far) about the 1980 Winter Oly

Reader presents conditions under which he would give up dividend
I read the governor's insert, "Securing Alaska's Future," and the article in an Anchorage newspaper, "Future of Fund is Now," and studied the graphs and charts.

Performance provides excellent example of importance of arts
Wow! Thank you for the memories!

There's a big difference between being vigilantes, being vigilant
Nikiski is no different than other communities plagued by scoundrels who chose to steal from others.

Citizen will fly flag upside down until he feels good about USA
I fly the flag of the United States in my front yard.

Degrading Super Bowl halftime show is abait for terrorism
I add my voice to those who have already expressed remorse over the Super Bowl half-time show last Sunday. As I watched, my heart sank in sadness and disgust. Is this America? What have we done to ourselves, and does anyone care?

Community may not realize what an asset Heritage Place is
Here's another reason you are fortunate to live on the Kenai Peninsula:

Labonte brings Gospel to Daytona 500 fast lane
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. When Bobby Labonte takes the green flag in Sunday's Daytona 500, he'll be racing for victory and the Lord.

Vadla wins Junior Miss crown
After a week of rehearsals, luncheons, volunteer service projects and more rehearsals, when the show was over Saturday night, Soldotna High School senior Kaitlin Vadla walked away with the title of 2004 Alaska Junior Miss.

Kenai River fee stations get OK
The city of Kenai hopes to net a few more dollars next summer from the lucrative Kenai River personal-use salmon fishery.

Musher, dog injured by moose
Kasilof musher Jason Mackey was injured Sunday when he and his dog team were attacked by a moose while training for the 2004 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Recreation commission recommends adding lobby, seating area to ice rink
The Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously recommended a plan Thursday to add a permanent lobby and spectator area to the Kenai Multiuse Facility in anticipation of the Arctic Winter Games.

Day of shadowing helps students make choices for future
After this week, the shadows will know -- about careers in the Kenai area.

Salvation Army abuse case goes before jury
Attorneys presented closing arguments Monday in Kenai Superior Court in the civil case against The Salvation Army and a former Salvation Army minister convicted of sexually abusing minors while assigned to Kenai in the late 1990s.

Look out below
Marvin Tate catches air while snowboarding with friends at the Karen Street hill in Soldotna last weekend. Sledders and the occasional skier also utilize the location.

Photo features: Making way for more?
Lee Brewer with the Department of Transportation clears snow from the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai Saturday morning.

Lisa Marie (Marquis) Haviland
Soldotna resident Lisa Marie (Marquis) Haviland died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, after a lengthy illness at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 33.

Vernard E. Jones
Kenai resident Vernard E. Jones died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at home with his family by his side. He was 81.

Democrats rush to beat Bush
WASHINGTON In an anti-Bush voting spree, Democrats are racing through their front-loaded election calendar to crown a presidential nominee making John Kerry all but unstoppable in the delegate chase.

North Korea should be persuaded to scrapits nuclear weapons plans
North Korea is so secretive that it's uncertain whether it actually has nuclear weapons or, if it does, whether it's developing more. The danger, however, is great enough to demand more urgency.

Capture of bin Laden key to squashing extremism
The U.S. military is confident it will bring Osama bin Laden to justice by year's end, perhaps within months.

Among jobs of governor's Conference of Alaskans is education of the public
The Conference of Alaskans opens this week in Fairbanks. And while the stated goal is a majority position on the Alaska Permanent Fund's relation to the state budget, the conference also will find itself with an unstated goal: the further education of the public.

Around the Peninsula
Internet class canceled KAEYC meeting today UAF extension to hold workshop Childbirth classes offered Nikiski talent show entrants sought Members wanted for drum group

Peninsula People
Oliver graduates basic training Area residents make deans lists

Community News
TOPS losers are big winners Peninsula Winter Games dog-pull results announced

Denali Christine Bernard Tyler Ray Hippchen Kellee Elise Martin Snowy Brooke Pannell Tristin James Segura Jenna Nichole Streiff

Around the Peninsula
UAF extension to hold workshopPFLAG schedules meetingHomer youth wrestling to beginBasketball teams to hold fund-raiserAviation safety meeting slated

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

CDC: Dangerous drugs prescribed to elderly patients in some doctor visits
ATLANTA Dangerous drugs were prescribed to elderly Ameri-cans in about one out of every 12 visits to the doctor in 2000, federal officials said Monday.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

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

Seward girls knock off top-ranked Buccaneers
Breanna Bardarson scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Seward girls to a 53-39 romp over the Valdez Buccaneers in the final game of the Dimond High School tournament Saturday in Anchorage.

Bethel boys 58, Homer 52
Seth Fairbanks led three Warriors in double figures as Bethel downed Homer 58-52 to claim the boys title at the Subway of Bethel tournament. Fairbanks hit three three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points, while Alex Waiserski and Nate David each chipped in 13.

Unalakleet girls 53, Seldovia 33
Alica Toshavik scored 20 points to lead Unalakleet to a come-from-behind win over Seldovia Saturday. Nine of Toshavik's points came during an 18-8 third quarter run that completed a Wolf Pack comeback that started after Seldovia raced out to a 16-4 first quarter lead.

Mariner girls win Bethel tourney
The Homer girls capped an undefeated road trip to Bethel with a 60-39 win over the host Warriors in the championship game of the Subway of Bethel tournament.

NFC rallies to pull out thriller
HONOLULU There was nothing relaxing about this Sunday afternoon in Hawaii: The highest-scoring Pro Bowl in history also might have been the most exciting edition of the NFL's all-star game.

Streaking Singh stalking Tiger
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. Vijay Singh stood on the 18th green with the crystal in his hands, a trophy he has wanted to hold ever since he first set foot on Pebble Beach.

Solid: Verhelst keeps Stars on even keel
Entering this year's high school hockey season with a new coach a young team, the Soldotna Stars knew it would be tough to pick up many wins.

Kardinals sweep Houston
Lindsay Keener had a game-high 11 points as the Kenai girls cruised to a 41-23 non-region win Saturday over the Houston Hawks in Houston. Kendra Steiner added nine for Kenai, which outscored the Hawks 24-10 in the first half. Laura Moore netted five points for the Kardinals.

Seldovia boys 56, Unalakleet 53
Charles Pulliam scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter to lead Seldovia to a 56-53 win over Unalakleet Saturday. Chance Collier added 13 for the Sea Otters.

State Wrestling results
The results from Saturday's championship and consolation matches at the Alaska state 4A wrestling championships at Chugiak High School:

Lady Vols shoot down Gamecocks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Shyra Ely had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help top-ranked Tennessee beat South Carolina 72-58 on Sunday.

Soldotna falls to Wasilla
The Soldotna boys were unable to keep up with a hot-shooting Wasilla team Saturday, dropping a Region III/4A contest by a score of 75-40 at Wasilla. Ben Neher led all scorers with 17 points for the Warriors, which drained six three-pointers.

Payton, Fisher magical in LA win
ORLANDO, Fla. Derek Fisher stole the ball from Rod Strickland and set up Gary Payton's layup with 4.1 seconds left, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-96 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic.

Goalies shine Sunday
ST. PAUL, Minn. They call Minnesota the State of Hockey and, fittingly, the NHL's All-Star game there reflected the state of its hockey, too. The trend to defense has spread even to the sport's showcase game.

Hawks rally past Mavericks, 102-96
ATLANTA Stephen Jackson had 11 of his career-high 30 points during an early fourth-quarter rally, helping the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-96 Monday.

Races tighten up in NHL's sprint to the finish
Chris Pronger welcomed a few days to get away from the close race in the Western Conference.

Shaken up Knicks, Nets on winning streaks
Ruthlessness is a prized virtue in pro sports. New York Knicks president Isiah Thomas came in with that attitude and is still imparting it, hinting of more trades to come, and telling his star guard, Stephon Marbury, to start ''stepping on people's necks when you've got them down.''

Big, barking dog takes early lead at Westminster Kennel Club dog show
NEW YORK His barks bouncing all around the arena, Josh looked eager to get going. And with a lick of a fan's face and guided by his lucky leash, the big, black Newfoundland bounded back onto the green carpet at Madison Square Garden.

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