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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Hospice Event outstanding success
The primary mission of Hospice of the Central Peninsula as a community organization is to bring care and comfort to enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill.

A call to help our community and the world
Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia, a call went out from President Bush and past President Clinton for leaders to rally help for their community and world.

Job Shadow encourages students to come home
With declining resources and predicted industry closures there was increased interest by Kenai Central High School juniors at this year's Job Shadow day, sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

2005 Alaska Jr. Miss is Kenai's own Elena Bird
Since 1981 the Central Peninsula has been host to the State Junior Miss Scholarship Program. The largest scholarship program of its kind for college bound high school seniors from all over Alaska.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
The recent big snow fall we were blessed with here on the Kenai Peninsula the past few days reminded me of growing up in Wisconsin or living in and working in the oil fields of North Dakota.

Musher banks on discarded dogs in Quest
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Rookie Sam Perrino of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, was the first musher to arrive late Sunday at the Braeburn Lodge checkpoint in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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NOW PLAYING: In Good Company
There is a touching moment near the end of this week's film, In Good Company, when Dennis Quaid's character and Topher Grace's character hug, and you can tell that one is really hanging on for dear life - that this moment will prove whether he has the strength and courage to cast off and see where life takes him.

Many reasons why people support myth of evolution
1. Some believe or support this "fairy tale for adults" because they have been taught it all their lives. These people have never seriously studied all sides of the controversy. They've been successfully brainwashed by the intense evolutionary propaganda of the last 100 years.

Contributions of oil and gas industry should not be forgotten
As we begin the task of looking at the long-range oil and gas potential of the Cook Inlet area and the future needs for the people and commerce around the Kenai Peninsula and Alaska, we would all do well to stop for a moment and remember the people and families that the petrochemical industry has brought to Alaska and their commitment of their lives and dreams on behalf of us all.

Remember, oil and gas resources belong to Alaska
Perhaps someone needs to address the fact that our oil and gas industry extracts a non-renewable resource from the lands of Alaska. Folks, this means that tax breaks or "incentives" cannot extend the life of our known reserves. The result of giving away our resources in the form of tax breaks and "incentives" to oil producers guarantee that we, as a society in Alaska, will have less options and much less money when the bulk of our petroleum is pumped and shipped out. Don't believe the rhetoric that we can give industry our tax dollars to keep the good times rolling. It doesn't work that way.

Those who believe in evolution are not misguided, amoral
In Gene Stockton's letter to the editor Monday, he listed four reasons why people support the "myth" of evolution. I read this with my chin on the floor, realizing that if I replaced the word "evolution" with the word "religion" throughout his letter, it would have been far more accurate.

Robby Gordon launches own team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Alone in his tent in the African desert, Robby Gordon realized he had a lot of growing up to do.

Soldotna
Hello. A huge applause to the Performing Arts Society. They have again presented the Sitka Summer Music Festival winter concert and it was Tony Tiger great!

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. If you're like me, chances are you are still shoveling out from under last week's snow. Not only does nature have to dump over a foot of powder, then the temperature must obligingly drop to what else, but to zero. Thank the Lord and Fritz for our wood stove and what goes in it. I won't say "what's next?" because, I'm afraid to find out.

Cooper Landing
Hi. Katie Green sent information about the Cooper Landing Activity Divas latest event, the Mardi Gras party at the community hall Saturday at 6 p.m. Katie wrote: "The theme for food is Cajun, southern or whatever shows up on the tables.

Kenai
Good morning neighbors. Welcome to our winter wonderland. Just when you thought winter was about over, here comes the big snow. Allow me to express appreciation to all who labor many hours to plow, sand, clear, and remove the snow that local winter sports lovers are rejoicing over.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the final battles and victorious conclusion of the Second World War. On Saturday, hundreds of WW II veterans will gather in Fredericksburg, Texas, for the celebration of the Battle of Iwo Jima, for it was on Feb. 19, 1945, that the Marines landed.

Nikiski
Good morning. Words to get you through the week: "Truth is like fine china: It can be broken. It can be mended. But it can never be the same again." Author unknown

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Snow has finally arrived and spring is close on its heels, so I hope you are taking advantage of this opportunity to break out the skis.

Dragnet facility to open
A driftnet fisher and setnet fisher are in the final stages of leasing the former Dragnet cannery in Kenai and plan to turn it into a profit-sharing seafood processor that will handle a large portion of value-added fish, including Kenai Wild brand salmon.

Drifter
A moose browses for food in deep snow alongside Beaver Creek Tuesday morning.

House approves fish labeling resolution
JUNEAU (AP) — The state House of Representatives approved a resolution Monday, asking Congress to support labeling fish and fish products in the marketplace by country of origin and identifying whether the product is wild or farmed.

School district has big request
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education took a leap into uncharted waters by passing a resolution that will ask the state of Alaska for just enough money to cover costs, no doubt a move requiring some degree of fortitude compared to years past.

Misty mountain
Mount Redoubt rises above fog shrouding Cook Inlet at sunrise recently. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies and temperatures in the 30s through Friday.

Road money, appeals fee face consent
A relatively short agenda awaits the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, but there are two ordinances up for public hearing and final action that would have immediate impacts on some borough residents.

Bagley named Games head for now
With just 13 months to go before the start of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, the organization charged with producing the event has lost its chief executive.

Coffee and change
At one time she was a prostitute. She was an alcoholic and a junkie, too. Twenty-three years ago, Verissa Walber had a spiritual experience that turned her life around, however, and last week, she was among the many U.S. ministers invited to President George W. Bush's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Iron Dog race begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Twenty snowmachine teams took off from Big Lake on Sunday, launching the 21st annual Tesoro Iron Dog race.

Nikiski community center compromise heads to assembly
A resolution on tonight's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agenda would open the door for the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area to use at least a portion of the old Nikiski Elementary School building at a cost far below that which killed a similar idea last year.

Vernon Earl Fisher
Kenai resident Vernon Earl Fisher died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 62.

Samantha (Sami) Anne, Jesse Lynn and Katherine Kadee Jo Marie Davis
Port Alsworth residents Samantha (Sami) Anne, Jesse Lynn and Katherine "Kadee" Jo Marie Davis died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, in a plane crash in Lake Clark. They were 9, 7 and 5, respectively. Memorial services were held.

Elizabeth L. Adolf
North Kenai resident Elizabeth L. Adolf died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of liver disease. She was 51.

Barry Lawrence Hawkes
Wasilla resident Barry Lawrence Hawkes died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, of natural causes at his home. He was 53.

Nation's nuclear fleet needs to be spread out
Adm. Vern Clark, chief of U.S. naval operations, was exactly right when he inferred another nuclear carrier port is needed on the East Coast.

Time has come for state to pump up steroid law
Through the ages, children have been fed many fantastic prohibition lines, from TV-induced blindness to the dreaded chocolate-acne link — see-through scare tactics that probably only further a teen's natural tendency to test limits.

Community Events
Area nonprofit honored

Around the Peninsula
AmVets to meet Financial workshop slated After-graduation committee to meet Memorial, yurts to be discussed Coalition meeting scheduled SoHi after-prom meeting set Dance concert set Youth seeking funds for hungry

Club News
Fucci receives military honor Huguelet graduates college Ship checks out Todd deploys to Caribbean

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game to meet Genealogical society to meet CES seeking volunteers NPRSA sets gym schedule Volunteers for wildlife education sought

Peninsula People
Pop Warner registration begins KCHS class reunion planned Rodeo queen deadline looms Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer senior, Friendship centers Nikiski Soldotna

Senior Menus
Homer Homer Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Talks break off, NHL season all but dead
NEW YORK — With its do-or-die deadline come and gone and no deal in sight, the NHL circled Wednesday as the day it would call off what little was left of a decimated season, The Associated Press learned Monday.

Panthers drop close one to Wasilla
The Skyview boys basketball team lost a 47-42 decision Saturday night to the Wasilla Warriors in Region III basketball action at Wasilla.

Sports Briefs
CIA boys take Bristol Bay tourney VanMeter, Carr in second

New coach, same result
MINNEAPOLIS — Ben Gordon had 21 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role, and Chicago spoiled Kevin McHale's first game as Minnesota's coach by posting an 87-83 win over the Timberwolves.

Effort equals excellence
When Nikiski senior Krystal Gladden says she likes basketball and volleyball, she's not talking about the fact that the sports give her a chance to hang out with friends, burn off some energy after school and take road trips.

Lady Tigers feast on Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Freshman Sylvia Fowles scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help No. 1 LSU shake off a slow start to beat South Carolina 66-36 on Sunday.

'Juiced' flies off shelves
NEW YORK — Jose Canseco's autobiography accusing several top players of steroid use and charging that baseball long ignored performance-enhancing drugs appeared to be a hit on its first day in bookstores.

Fowler agrees to buy Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Poised and proud to become the NFL's first black owner, Reggie Fowler is ready to buy the Minnesota Vikings from Red McCombs.

Texas Tech upsets No. 2 Kansas
LUBBOCK, Texas — Darryl Dora hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give Texas Tech an 80-79 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Monday night, the Jayhawks' first conference loss this season.

Manning leads AFC past NFC
HONOLULU — Peyton Manning was still at the peak of his game in the Pro Bowl, and Michael Vick showed he's only beginning the climb.

Pebble win a day at the beach for Phil
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson should be used to this now, but he felt a strange sensation as he walked up the 18th fairway Sunday afternoon at Pebble Beach with a four-shot lead.

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