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Monday, February 21, 2005

Veteran, rookie combine to take 2005 Tesoro Iron Dog title
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A veteran and a rookie combined to win the world's longest snowmobile race.

Kasilof duo still near top of Quest
Lance Mackey and Jon Little of Kasilof continued to challenge for the top spot in the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race Sunday.

Handlers take over at Quest
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) — The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race belonged to the dog handlers on Friday.

Use sensible solutions to solidify Social Security
Is the proposed privatization of a person's Social Security contribution inaccurate as a way to strengthen this vital program? Social Security needs to be strengthened for out children and grandchildren — but the "solution" should not be worse than the problem. Present Social Security program funding will allow 100 percent of benefits to 2042. It is possible to make adjustments now that will pay 100 percent after 2042.

Seniors appreciate support on graduation issue
As members of the Kenai Central High School graduating class of 2005, we would like to thank the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the Kenai City Council for allowing us time to share our concerns about the location of our graduation and for their letter and resolution of support for keeping our Kenai graduation in Kenai. Thank you to the Kenai Fire and Police Department for their support and willingness to help with training the personnel who will be staffing graduation in crowd control techniques. It is great to see these organizations care and their commitment to Kenai's youth. We would also like to thank the community of Kenai for their overwhelming support on this issue so important to us with their phone calls, letters, and other forms of encouragement. Lastly, but certainly not least, we thank the Peninsula Clarion and KSRM radio for their unbiased coverage in reporting the advantages and disadvantages of both locations and providing means for our community to be informed of our predicament.

Students know the truth: liberal media distort the real facts
The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Ga.) editorial in the Feb 16. Clarion is a joke. They talked about how U.S. students need to learn about freedom? Of the press? And they at the liberal Augusta Chronicle said they were "depressed to findthat athird of the students were hostile to a free press and another 13 percent were indifferent."?

Growth of NASCAR puts its soul up for grabs
The soul of a sport is up for grabs. Once the province of bootleggers and backwoodsmen, its appeal largely limited to the Southeast, NASCAR is now a full-service entertainment juggernaut that trails only the NFL in its reach and ambition. The rolling billboards that used to peddle tires and motor oil at ramshackle ovals in small towns just a decade ago now zoom down new speedways in the shadows of big cities, selling cereal, office supplies, internet providers and even Viagra to a worldwide audience of 75 million.

Resurgent Earnhardt team ready to face Daytona challenge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A week ago, just about everybody was convinced that the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team's Daytona dominance was done.

Stewart charges to Busch win at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tony Stewart drove through the grass, passed his buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wound up in Victory Lane.

Gordon wins wild one
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon kept looking for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his rearview mirror. When he finally saw him, ''I thought it was over, done,'' Gordon said.

Plan for more testing may fail at school board
The expanding No Child Left Behind education overhaul has brought about an increase in the amount of tests students take. For fear that there may be too much testing in schools, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board will discuss its own proposed testing program — certified diploma — in that light.

Boy's health hangs in balance of Medicaid negotiations
The state of Alaska has issued emergency regulations through the state Department of Health and Social Services in order to expedite the treatment of 2-year-old Landon Rogers of Kenai, who suffers from severe failure to thrive caused by an underdeveloped gastrointestinal tract and the inability to absorb nutrients.

Bulkhead collapses, workers avoid injury
SITKA (AP) — Two workers at the Halibut Point Marine boatyard escaped serious injury when a waterfront bulkhead collapsed, releasing tons of gravel fill and sweeping the men into the ocean.

Is gas storage natural?
Some say Southcentral Alaska utilities could have a hard time with some operations on the coldest and darkest days of winter as early as next year if something is not done.

Nikiski site could fly for aviation company's plant
Nikiski is being eyed as the location for an aviation company's operations which could generate about 800 new jobs directly and indirectly, said a Kenai Peninsula Borough report.

Taxes, report may extinguish volcano center
Dreams of a public facility near Stariski Creek dedicated to the study of the volcanoes of Cook Inlet appear close to extinction.

In the swing of things
Kaleb Reaves gets a helping hand on the swing set from his dad Dave and brother Luke during an outing at Redoubt Elementary School Saturday morning.

Turning the page
The Alaska legislative session is rolling along and, according to members of the House Rules Committee, legislative pages are the wheels that keep it moving.

William Pete Bowman
Kenai resident William "Pete" Bowman died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at his home. He was 43.

Katheryn Merrelyn 'Kitty' Nyquist
Longtime Carlton, Minn., resident Katheryn Merrelyn "Kitty" Nyquist died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was 77.

Lila Rozak
Longtime Kenai residnet Lila Rozak died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 90.

Calm Dean could help Democrats
Before the Iowa caucuses, presidential hopeful Howard Dean was the most popular Vermonter since Ben and Jerry. Like ice cream, Dean didn't hold up well to intense heat. The former governor let out a war whoop during his concession speech in Iowa, and the media destroyed him. Rumors of Dean's political death were greatly exaggerated. On (Feb. 12), he was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee. ...

Voices of the Clarion: Translating finance lingo
With Social Security nearly gutted, health care costs skyrocketing and a pack of rabid seadonkeys poised to take over the earth (don't say I didn't warn you) it is becoming increasingly important to save for the future.

More than single egg in peninsula's economic basket
The proverb goes "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."

Justices should consider retiring
The Supreme Court returns to business this week without Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the bench.

Food for thought: Kids will fast for charity fund-raiser
On Friday and Saturday, 12 Nikiski teenagers, all members of the Bible study group Crosseyed, will experience something millions of American teens have never known — hunger.

Hearing her history
Duyeq' dgheli k'eli dghili. No, the words above are not a typographical error. Nor has the editor fallen asleep on the job.

Hinsley, Crandall wed in California
Lauren Hinsley and Harly Crandall were married Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, in an outdoor evening ceremony in Gilroy, Calif. Pastor Adam Miller of Westgate Church in San Jose officiated.

Pulley, Mills marry in Kenai
Cassie Pulley and Travis Mills of Nikiski were married Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, in an afternoon ceremony at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. Tom Denman of Vancouver, Wash., officiated.

Pizzuto, Playle plan July ceremony
Samantha Pizzuto of Nikiski and Thomas Playle plan to be married Saturday, July 2, 2005, in an afternoon ceremony at the Unocal picnic grounds in Nikiski.

Around the Peninsula
Home building workshop set ICAN to meet Senior Olympics planned

Club News
Soroptimist to meet Soldotna Elks table tennis results Recycling fund-raiser begins Pop Warner registration begins Wildlife volunteers sought Home building workshop set

Around the Peninsula
Forest service to host workshops CPGH to hold board meeting Blood drive slated Home building workshop set Winter fun day set

Peninsula People
Area students make dean's list KCHS class reunion planned

Community Schools
Soldotna Community Schools Homer Community Schools

Community Events
ICAN to meet Senior Olympics planned Relay For Life to hold meeting Financial workshop slated Ford to perform at library RCAC to meet Dodgeball league forming CES seeking volunteers

Doggone good reads
Amazon.com, the largest Internet bookstore, keeps track of best-selling books for nearly every category of interest, including pets.

My best friend
Betty Steele of Kenai says her dog K.C. is a working dog and is mostly a border collie.

Scott finds silver lining at wet Nissan
LOS ANGELES — Adam Scott rarely feels a sense of urgency in the second round, but this was different. It was Sunday in the Nissan Open, with clouds gathering on the horizon, and he was one shot out of the lead.

Nikiski girls, Kenai boys grab victories
The Kenai Central boys and the Nikiski girls basketball teams posted wins in nonconference matchups Saturday in Nikiski. The Kenai boys hit 10-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Bulldogs for a 64-53 win. The Nikiski girls, after trailing Kenai early, rallied for a 55-44 win.

Hopkins outpoints Eastman
LOS ANGELES — Bernard Hopkins never claimed he was the prettiest fighter, just the best. Even at the age of 40, he was good enough Saturday night to reach another milestone and win another fight.

Sunday's epic race turns team's tragedy into triumph: Sports views
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — You could walk the length of this oval two times and be hard pressed to find anyone connected to the sport who wouldn't call this one fitting.

Nikiski girls nip Seward
The Nikiski girls basketball team went from not being able to make a shot to not being able to miss a shot Friday in a Southcentral Conference victory over visiting Seward.

Rumors of NHL's demise were not exaggerated
NEW YORK — After one last gasp and 6 1/2 hours of negotiations with two Hall of Famers, the NHL season is dead — again.

Future cloudy for Bruschi
BOSTON — Former NHL player Brian Mullen is one of the few pro athletes who has a sense of what New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is going through.

Stern, Hunter optimistic about labor talks
DENVER (AP) — Asked to name the specific areas where they've made progress on a new collective bargaining agreement, NBA commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter pursed their lips and slowly turned toward each other.

Homer girls, boys come up empty on home court
The visiting Palmer boys edged Homer 51-50 Saturday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Smith wins dunk contest with aid of Wilkins' jersey
DENVER — Josh Smith went retro to win the NBA's dunk contest.

Colony cagers sweep past Skyview
The Colony Knights swept the Skyview Panthers in Northern Lights Conference basketball action Saturday at Skyview.

Seawolves skaters beat North Dakota
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska-Anchorage came from behind and poured it on late, scoring three goals in the waning minutes to defeat North Dakota 5-2 on Saturday.

Soldotna girls topple Kenai
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team got off to a fast start Friday to defeat visiting Kenai Central 52-33 in a Northern Light Conference game at Soldotna.

Rain wreaks havoc on Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES — Heavy rain that flooded bunkers and covered the greens with thousands of worms forced officials to cancel golf Saturday in the Nissan Open, raising the possibility of the PGA Tour's first 36-hole event in nearly nine years.

Sexson reports early to Mariners
Richie Sexson checked into the Seattle Mariners' spring training camp two days early Saturday, knowing he'd have to explain a Feb. 5 drunken driving citation.

Big show doesn't disappoint
DENVER — Primping, preening, playful and preposterous, The Big Entertainer gave the NBA All-Star game a supersized dose of personality — though he wouldn't go so far as to do it while wearing a shoe phone.

Red-hot Redick leads Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. — J.J. Redick scored a career-high 38 points after coach Mike Krzyzewski shook up the starting lineup, and reserve Lee Melchionni added 15.

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