Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Yanks, not Red Sox, complete A-Rod deal
Red Sox owner John Henry just emerged from an office at Fenway Park and saw his shadow. That should be good for at least six more months of winter in New England.

Yankees on verge of signing A-Rod
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez is one step from New York.

Kenai Performers ready to open new play
On the wave of great performances of such well known productions as "Fiddler On The Roof", "The Sound of Music," "The Music Man," and "Hello Dolly," Carol Ford and her Kenai Performers bring to the Renee C. Henderson auditorium at Kenai Central High School this weekend a much lesser known musical, "My Favorite Year."

Vadla returns Jr. Miss Title to Soldotna
From a group of twenty-four contestants from all over Alaska, a team of out-of-state judges selected SoHi senior Kaitlin Vadla to become the 2004 Alaska Jr. Miss.

Hospice doubles proceeds from Annual Winter Event
This year's Hospice Winter Wine tasting gala called, "An Evening With Hospice," a special kind of evening for a special kind of caring, was sold out three weeks in advance according to executive director Marquitta Andrus.

SoHi Stars celebrate new Wax Shack
The SoHi Star's Nordic Ski Team were in a mood to show off last week, no not another championship trophy, but something extremely important in helping them earn those championships, a new waxing facility.

Soldotna Chamber honors community champions
Several community members and Peninsula business people in a single word, "elegant!" summed up the 2004 Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala.

NOW PLAYING: 50 First Dates
About fifteen or twenty minutes into Adam Sandler's Valentine's Day offering,

National media should let go of president's service record
I would like to put George W. Bush's (indeed all junior officers') service in the late Vietnam era of the early 1970s in perspective.

North Korea is what happens when good people do nothing
Did you notice how Troy Wise did not mention the 3,000 that died at the World Trade Center? He said "I wish I could undo the suffering we've inflicted on the families of U.S., British and Iraqi casualties."

Fiscal solutions presented so far do nothing to diversify economy
Gov. Frank Murkowski hand-picked seven people to select 48 more people and orchestrate a 55-delegate conference, representing a wide cross-section of Alaska to work his agenda.

Nikiski residents who captured bad guys deserve praise, not jail
A couple of weeks ago a thug or two got caught out in Nikiski with a whole bunch of stolen property. The public (local home owners) did the capturing, not the cops.

Many take advantage of event in order to keep kids safe
Another great event took place Jan. 24 at Soldotna Middle School. More than 115 parents and grandparents took the time to attend the fifth annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness Event with their children. Snowmobile safety awareness information was stressed, and more than 185 children's certified snowmobile helmets were purchased at $25 each.

Many contribute to success of Peninsula Reading Carnival
The Reading Carnival Planning Committee would like to thank the residents of the Kenai Peninsula who attended the second annual Peninsula Reading Carnival on Jan. 31. The event was a huge success. We estimate more than 1,200 people attended! We could never have done this without the support and enthusiasm we received from so many in the community.

Weary Earnhardt wins another Daytona race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. All Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to do Monday was take it easy and enjoy his Daytona 500 victory.

Junior wins Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Jr. nearly traded paint with the car ahead of him, snatching the lead at the Daytona 500 with a brash, fearless move.

School board again talks finances
The future finances and program offerings in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District once again will be a topic of discussion for the district's board of education.

Home sustains substanial damage in Saturday blaze
A two-story residence with an attached garage sustained substantial fire damage early Saturday afternoon.

Looking like breakup
Motorists sail through standing water on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai on Saturday afternoon. A high of 40 degrees was reported Saturday. Forecasters are calling for more typical February weather through Wednesday, with highs in the 20s and lows in the single digits. Warmer weather is again expected later in the week.

Jury: Trickels, Salvation Army guilty
Jurors in a civil case found Monday that a former Salvation Army minister in Kenai did sexually abuse four girls, that his wife was negligent in not reporting the incidents, and that The Salvation Army was negligent in not taking action.

Photo feature: Out of this world
Dessie Ozhuwan and Jennifer Hamman explore the other-worldly ice formations on the beach in Kenai last weekend.

Public ideas sought for CPGH design
Central Peninsula General Hospital is seeking the public's opinions on interior and exterior design features for the hospital's upcoming $49.9-million expansion plan.

Many offices closed for Presidents Day
Most government offices, including federal, state, borough and city offices, will be closed today in observance of Presidents Day. Many financial institutions also are closed.

Adding some kick to winter activities
Norma Smith had never stood on the runners of a kicksled before she tried one out at the Kenai Peninsula Winter Games. Three hours later, she entered a race and kicked 150 yards across the finish line.

Sports manager hired for games
The Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society has hired an Anchorage School District employee with an extensive background in youth athletics as the games' sports manager.

Assembly considers betting on gambling
Their cards should be on the table Tuesday when members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly vote on a resolution supporting state legislation that would legalize a new form of gambling in Alaska.

Lyndsey Marie Kvasnikoff
Former Kenai resident Lyndsey Kvasnikoff died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at her home in Kirkland, Wash. She was 18.

David Allen 'Pat' Colby
Kenai resident David Allen "Pat" Colby died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 66.

Conference of Alaskans didn't use rubber stamp, offers solid suggestions
We have to hand it to the delegates of the Conference of Alaskans for pulling out a few surprises last week.

Residents must come together to avert pending financial disaster
Every day we are thankful to be Alaskans. We have the most beautiful place to live in the world and the best neighbors. We are most proud of the Alaska tradition of helping each other when times are tough. Think of the 1964 earthquake. Alaskans put the state back together by facing the challenge head-on and working side by side.

Probe into intelligence on Iraq must help U.S. rebuild trust with others
Presidential commissions can play a key role in analyzing White House scandals. The 1986-87 Tower Commission investigated the Iran-Contra affair and concluded that by ''failing to insist upon accountability,'' President Reagan permitted dishonest staff members to try to sell arms to Iran to gain release of U.S. hostages and illegally fund Nicaraguan rebels.

Groups offer awards, scholarships
Several area organizations are offering contests, awards and scholarships for area youth. Among them are:

Peninsula People
Gibbs makes honor societyFranzmann named to Alumni Hall of FameSoldotna couple serving in ArmyArea residents make deans' lists

Around the Peninsula
Aviation safety meeting set for todayMembers wanted for drum groupHistorical society to meetBasic skills program offered to familiesSoHi parents of juniors to meetFish and Game committee meeting set

Club News
Soroptimists present annual awardsElks table tennis results announcedSPCA to hold fund-raiserHistory center, Totem Tracers plan open house

Susie and Heath Strausbaugh Elizabeth and Nathan Dunn

Soldotna chamber of honors residents for service
Honoring a number of community members whose contributions to Soldotna go far beyond the typical, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual awards earlier this month.

Community News
Nikiski talent show entrants soughtReserve celebrates 5th anniversary, plans workshopUSS Maddox to hold reunion

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.

Around the Peninsula
Health center closed todayChildbirth classes offeredSoroptimists plan board meetingFrontier Community Services to hold blood driveMaster gardeners to discuss water gardensKPC showcase to present Irish musicNikiski talent show entrants soughtSafety day participants sought

Treasured family rings comes full circle
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) Shortly after her husband died, Judie Vann gave her gold and diamond ring to his best friend in appreciation for the kindness he had shown her family.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Improving fitness can boost aging adults' brain functions
WASHINGTON (AP) Improving fitness also can boost the thinking ability of aging adults, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

Lady Vols keep SEC streak alive with win
NASHVILLE, Tenn Tasha Butts scored a career-high 37 points with a nearly perfect performance, and No. 3 Tennessee extended its Southeastern Conference winning streak to 30 straight by beating Vanderbilt 94-88 Sunday.

Nikolaevsk boys beat Glenallen to win Nenana Tourney; Warrior girls place fifth
Jake Bailey poured in 30 points Saturday night to lead the Nikolaevsk Warriors boys basketball team to a victory over Glenallen and a first place finish in the Nenana Invitational Basketball Tournament.

West slams East in All-Star showdown
LOS ANGELES In an All-Star game that was all about dunks, Tim Duncan's made free throw a rarity on this evening with 2.1 seconds left provided an anticlimactic ending to the NBA's showcase event.

Thomas sends Van Horn to Bucks in three team deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) Isiah Thomas made yet another move Sunday in his transformation of the New York Knicks, trading Keith Van Horn to Milwaukee and acquiring Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed in a three-way deal that also involved Atlanta.

Sports Briefs
Lumen Christi boys top Homer ChristianZack Steer maintains Quest leadKings activate WebberDodgers hire DePodesta as general managerUSOC: Toth tested positive for THG, modafinil

N.C. State hands Duke first loss since Shootout
RALEIGH, N.C. Marcus Melvin scored 18 points and Julius Hodge made two clutch free throws with 7 seconds left to lead No. 21 North Carolina State to a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Duke on Sunday night, snapping the Blue Devils' 18-game winning streak.

New Jersey steals late win from Kings
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Defenseman Paul Martin scored 3:53 into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Much will be decided in NBA's second half
LOS ANGELES Jason Kidd walked off the interview podium after the NBA All-Star game and delivered a nifty parting shot that could pass as a prediction: ''See you at the finals.''

'Long John' shows he's still got it
SAN DIEGO John Daly buried his face in his hands and cried, a winner again thanks to a shot that epitomizes his turbulent career.

ASAA rules on transfers must change
The Alaska School Activities Association officially let its high school basketball season become a farce last week.

Ellis puts team unity ahead of limelight
After entering the fourth quarter of last year's Class 3A state basketball championship game tied with Barrow, the Nikiski girls extended their defensive pressure and rolled to a 48-41 victory.

Islanders rally to tie Los Angeles
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Arron Asham scored early in the third period and Rick DiPietro stopped 29 shots, rallying the New York Islanders to a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

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