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Monday, March 1, 2004

Reporter's notebook from Fort McMurray:
Before starting today's Reporter's Notebook, I probably should take a moment for the legal disclaimer. In an effort to avoid an international incident ala late night talk show host Conan O'Brien, let me just say, I am not making fun of Canada, Canadians or unfamiliar cultures. Rather, these observations on life in Alberta are an attempt to educate Kenai Peninsula readers about the cultural differences between the two regions and poke fun at my own lack of knowledge, as well as the many moments I have found myself feeling like an idiot.

Reporter's notebook from Fort McMurray:
I've been told to approach my visit to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, as an adventure. Apparently, I had no idea just what an adventure it would be.

Peninsula results for Sunday
The Arctic Winter Games events kicked off Sunday in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Kenai Peninsula youth are participating on a number of Team Alaska teams.

Arctic Winter Games get under way in Canada
In an evening of rambunctious excitement and moving imagery, the 2004 Arctic Winter Games kicked off with a fury Saturday night in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

Games bring big bucks to communities
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada Kenai Peninsula officials have estimated the 2006 Arctic Winter Games will bring between $10 million and $20 million to the community during the two-week cultural and athletic exchange two years from now.

Study says sedentary lifestyle starts in toddlers
LONDON New research suggests even 3-year-olds aren't getting enough exercise, raising concerns over their weight, future disease risk, psychological well-being, behavior and learning ability.

Americans not smart when it comes to health
ATLANTA Americans still don't seem to get the message. The latest government figures offer more proof that many people are leading unhealthy lifestyles.

Ever-confident Swingley looking for another title
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley must be one of the most practical people on the planet.

NOW PLAYING: The Passion of the Christ
Growing up in a moderate Baptist family, we were always taught that Jesus died for our sins. While the concept was difficult to understand (why?) the implications were not. Someone, God, had actually died for us.

Helping fishing group with lawsuit would be poor use of borough funds
I attended the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on Feb. 17. I listened to the Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund, which claims that the state of Alaska has financially damaged them by placing restrictions on their commercial fishing like it has done to many other fishery uses.

Ski meet goes smoothly, thanks to terrific community participation
The Regions III Nordic Ski Meet recently was hosted by Skyview High School and staff along with our very supportive community. Thirteen teams participated in this two-day event. Congratulations to all the skiers who competed and for those who headed to Fairbanks for the state finals.

Salmon that escape into watershed aren't wasted; they feed ecosystem
Re: Fishers want borough backing for suit

Better question on fish lawsuit is: Should borough invest in itself?
After reading your editorial Wednesday I just thought perhaps it was because of the lackluster response to the recent story by Hal Spence. In the economic insert Thursday, I saw a full front page on the Kenai Landing and only a couple of paragraphs on Kenai Wild and the salmon branding program.

School board to discuss cuts
Area schools will have their first look at what next year's budget may bring as the district struggles to bridge its ever-expanding budget gap.

Search for lost Soldotna man suspended Friday
Alaska State Troopers used helicopters and canine units to search for a missing 35-year-old Soldotna man Thursday and Friday after his vehicle was found abandoned on Kenai Keys Road in Sterling.

Director: Axing AHFC not going to save money
The executive director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. responded last week to suggestions that cutting the state lending organization is the answer to the state's fiscal problems.

ACS warns of fraud attempt
ACS has issued an alert via the media to customers about a fraud scheme being reported by many of its customers.

Crime Stoppers alert
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the theft of aviation headsets from aircraft and buildings at the Homer Airport.

Forster faces additional charge
A Kenai grand jury Friday indicted David S. Forster, the man accused of killing Kenai Police Officer John Watson, with one count of first-degree tampering with a witness.

Dead trees ignite talks
If its vegetable matter, it can ignite, and in that regard, fire has always threatened the Kenai Peninsula spruce forest and the human communities built in and around it.

Effort to bring daughter home sparks idea
With a daughter in the Air Force, the Peters of Soldotna have a lot in common with other families of enlisted personnel throughout Alaska and the rest the United States like the pride they feel in having a loved one serve their country.

Law enforcement options are focus of Nikiski meeting
Creating a special law enforcement service area may be the answer to stopping a recent spate of burglaries in the Island Lake Road area of Nikiski, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member who represents the northern community.

James B. McMahan
Sterling resident James B. McMahan died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 76.

Michael A. Scalzo
Thirteen-year Ninilchik resident Michael A. Scalzo died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

Hugo John Osterhaus
Longtime Soldotna resident Hugo John Osterhaus died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, just outside of his home in Soldotna from exposure. He was 65.

As season changes, adventure of lifetime remembered, new dreams call
Although the first day of spring is still officially three weeks away, I've already come down with a major case of "Springer Fever": a rare condition where my heart beats fast, my wanderlust begins to build and I've got an insatiable urge to strap a 40-pound backpack on and head for the backcountry.

Bartlett's predictions come true
When the 55 "elected" delegates met in Fairbanks to frame Alaska's Constitution, they predicted that someday outside interests would hold sway over Alaska's elected officials and resources. In anticipation, they built protective barriers into our constitution.

Murkowski should not request more funds for his office
Gov. Frank Murkowski and his closest advisers should brace themselves for a firestorm of criticism well deserved criticism, it should be said.

Turnout not all about numbers
WASHINGTON From Iowa on the first night of the campaign season to Utah on the latest, robust turnouts are the rule rather than the exception in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Time to enjoy 'extra' day
It only rolls around once every four years, and today is the day: Feb. 29 the extra day that a leap year brings.

Greenspan speaks truth; Social Security can't last without some repair work What others say
Was that Social Security that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan was talking to Congress about the other day, or did he set off weapons of mass destruction?

DJ has personality as big as his voice
It's happened to you. It's happened to all of us. The alarm clock shocks you awake at 6:30 a.m. with the sound of your favorite radio station. It's always a little too loud. Bleary-eyed, you fight the urge to hit the snooze bar a third or fourth time. But you're eventually roused by the preternaturally resonant, booming and obscenely cheery chatter of someone who could stand in as the voice of the Almighty. It's a morning drive time disc jockey, and he's there to get you out of bed and on the road to work. In broadcast lingo, that guy's got one heckuva set of pipes.

Soldotna teen prepares for trip to Guatemala
All roads do not lead home for Soldotna resident Eric Fischer. The path that he is taking heads to South America.

Around the Peninsula
Wrestling club begins practiceFish and game advisory to meetGED, computer class slatedLa Leche League plans meetingActive parenting of teens workshop setPeace choir slide show scheduledKids invited to cheer campVillage fair seeking vendors, volunteersHospital auxiliary meeting setSafety day slatedLittle League umpires sought

Births
Hailey Jo Alfson James S. Childers Jr. Melanie Kaye Misner Nathaniel Evan Villa

Finley, Barthalomew announce engagement
Kate Marie Finley and Joel James Barthalomew plan to be married Sunday, May 23, 2004, in Cozumel, Mexico. They became engaged in November in Boise, Idaho.

Sky offers highlights in March
This month there are four planets dominating the evening sky with a fifth joining them later in the month. In the early evening, look for ultra-bright Venus high in the southwest. Then as evening advances, find Orion in the south with Sirius, the brightest star, to its lower left; Procyon and Castor and Pollux (the twin stars in Gemini) to its upper left; Taurus with reddish Aldebaran and the star cluster Pleiades above it; and Capella in its pentagon of Auriga almost overhead.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai pool begins swim lessons Fish and Game committee meeting set Cooper Landing to hold winter festival Wolf to hold town hall meeting Scorekeepers clinic slated Preschool to hold fund-raiser

Gerhauser, Middler marry in Rhode Island
Jacqueline Marie Gerhauser and Rone Marcus Middler of Pawtucket, R.I., were married at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church in Cranston, R.I. Tim Adams officiated.

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

Theme for 9th annual conference for young women is 'Inside Out'
Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities will present its ninth annual Young Women's Confer-ence from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Solid Rock Conference Center.

Club News
P.E.O. elects new officers

Community News
Little League seeking umpires Peninsula Oilers to offer scholarships Reading celebration planned Applications available for summer page program

Peninsula People
Dent named Youth of the Year Area residents make deans lists

Dog found long after owner given up for dead at sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Labrador retriever has been found alive on an isolated cove of a Southeast Alaska island more than a month after its owner was given up for dead when his boat sank in rough seas.

Family doesn't want to lose pet raccoon
AMARILLO, Texas Jean eats Fritos, likes to swim and really doesn't seem to approve of Holly's smoking habit.

My best friend
Willy, a golden retriever, spends 'quality' time with his owners' grandson, Lucas Zerbe. Willy belongs to Gary and Kathryn Zerbe of Soldotna.

Clam Fritters
This is a great recipe to fill up hungry kids with a healthy snack. I took a basic fritter recipe and added cornmeal for crunch.

McNamara comes up big for Syracuse
PITTSBURGH Gerry McNamara, held scoreless by No. 3 Pittsburgh for the equivalent of nearly a game and a half, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and two key free throws in overtime and Syracuse ended the Panthers' 40-game home winning streak with a 49-46 upset Sunday.

Bruins topple Philadelphia in overtime
BOSTON Glen Murray scored 1:21 into overtime and Andrew Raycroft earned his 22nd win, the most by a Boston rookie in 22 years, to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Raptors drop ninth straight to Celtics
TORONTO Paul Pierce scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Boston Celtics beat Toronto 91-82 Sunday and hand the Raptors their season-worst ninth straight loss.

Ninilchik girls take first place at Tok Tournament
The Ninilchik girls high school basketball team survived a stiff challenge from the Skagway Panthers at the Tok tournament Saturday, coming from behind to record a 32-27 win.

Martin excels, Nets beat Heat
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Kenyon Martin had 18 points, 15 rebounds and an incredible late block, and the New Jersey Nets got back on track after losing for the first time under Lawrence Frank with a 92-86 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Smoltz says tough drug policy needed
John Smoltz is one player who's clearly concerned about steroids in baseball.

Devers makes history
BOSTON Gail Devers always snaps her head forward at the finish line of her races.

Lady Vols end SEC season undefeated
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Shyra Ely scored 25 points and No. 2 Tennessee beat No. 15 LSU 85-62 Sunday to finish undefeated in Southeastern Conference play for the second straight season.

Tiger tames Love to take match title
CARLSBAD, Calif. Tiger Woods made it sound so simple, even after making it look so hard.

Seward boys clamp strong defense on Houston
The Seward boys held Houston scoreless in the first quarter en route to a 55-45 District III/3A win Friday in Seward.

Ilya's still the man
ATLANTA Ilya Kovalchuk bounced back from a one-game benching to score his NHL-leading 34th and 35th goals, and the Atlanta Thrashers held off the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday.

Soldotna boys, girls drop games to Palmer
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team did its best to climb out of an early hole Saturday against the visiting Palmer Moose in a Region III/4A game at Soldotna.

Stanford, Saint Joseph's maintain perfect records
STANFORD, Calif. Josh Childress had 29 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks for No. 1 Stanford, which won its school-record 25th straight game Saturday and remained one of the two unbeatens in Division I.

Phelps, Habermann set new standard
First is nice. But when the competition is incredible and the focus on good sportsmanship, second or third are great. Especially when they mark new highs for the Kenai Peninsula.

Duncan placed on injured list
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan was put on the injured list by the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, two days after the two-time NBA MVP injured his leg in a loss to Dallas.

Moose take two from Kardinals
Both the Palmer boys and girls overcame first-half offensive flaws to knock off host Kenai Friday night in Region III/4A action.

Nikiski cagers split with Houston
The Nikiski and Houston boys battled back and forth for dominance on the basketball court Saturday afternoon for the first three minutes of the game, at least.

President Bush calls for 'steroid summit'
The White House wants to organize a summit of representatives from the major sports leagues and the U.S. Olympic Committee to discuss steroid use by athletes.

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