Saturday, March 6, 2004

Team Alaska remains in 3rd place
Team Alaska remained in third place Thursday afternoon at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The Yukon team led the Games with 62 medals, while Northern Alberta was ranked second with 56. Team Alaska had earned a total of 55 ulu medals, including 18 gold, 19 silver and 18 bronze

Peninsula residents absorb details during stay in Fort McMurray
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada -- Hosting the Arctic Winter Games requires planning. It takes people. And it probably calls for more than a little passion.

Oil industry primary player in this year's Arctic Winter Games
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada -- Residents in Fort McMurray have spent years preparing to host the 2004 Arctic Winter Games, and their efforts are coming to fruition this week.

I-Rod, Tejada have new teams beaming
Ivan Rodriguez and Miguel Tejada wasted no time in getting started on helping turn around losing teams.

Financial planning has extra twists for gay boomers
NEW YORK (AP) As retirement draws nearer for baby boomer couples, many are scrambling to understand insurance, investments, Social Security and wills. For those who are in same-sex relationships, the difficulties multiply.

Individual Retirement Accounts created 30 years ago
NEW YORK (AP) Happy 30th birthday to the Individual Retirement Account.

What's really driving stock buybacks?
NEW YORK (AP) Stock buybacks seem like they can only be a boon to investors they boost share prices and give each remaining shareholder a bigger piece of the corporate pie.

Winning tradition
The tiny town of Ninilchik had reason to celebrate this week, as one of their own returned from Anchorage with the title of champion.

Ramy's on the run again
FAIRBANKS Ramy Brooks has been counting every second as he tries to take the final step into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner's circle. Brooks has long been a spectacle at the checkpoints of long-distance races as he maniacally but methodically beds down his dogs, tends to their injuries and prepares a meal.

Warren is oldest Iditarod rookie
ANCHORAGE Jim Warren's crystal ball was cloudy the day his wife spotted a musher driving a truck down a Michigan road, the dogs peeking out from a box in the back.

Borough investment should have had better return
Re: The story in the Peninsula Clarion of Feb. 24 headlined "Borough investment pays off": An investment of $75 million should have a better return than 1.7 percent.

Guides take issue with story in 'Changing Times' section
The Kenai River Professional Guide Associ-ation would like to express disappointment in Matt Tunseth's Feb. 26 article entitled, "It's not all fish and fun." Every other article in the Clarion's "Changing Times on the Kenai Peninsula" section casts a positive light on local industries, using optimistic titles such as, "Branding project revitalizing inlet fishing industry," "Wild places boost economy," "Mixing up own recipe for success" and "Real estate moves at healthy pace," while our industry is summed up by Mr. Tunseth with "It's not all fish and fun."

Alaska, America need 4 more years with President George W. Bush
Alaska's future is in the hands of our next president. President George W. Bush supports opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and developing Alaska assets for Alaskans. John Kerry opposes using our resources to help ourselves.

New NASCAR rules to get first true test in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. The preliminaries are over. Now it's time to see if NASCAR's rules changes will make as much difference as the sport hopes.

Soldotna man still missing
Alaska State Troopers are continuing efforts to find Richard Hills, the Soldotna man whose abandoned truck was found last week on Kenai Keys Road in Sterling.

Council debates change in taxes
At least one member of the Kenai City Council believes it's time for a change to the city's tax structure.

Smart move, quick response save home
A smart move by a Soldotna man and a quick response by Central Emergency Services combined to save a $170,000 house at Marydale Avenue and Fireweed Street from burning Thursday afternoon.

Carl Henry Wetzel
Kenai resident Carl Henry Wetzel died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 75.

Valerie Jean Page
Kenai resident Valerie Jean Page died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, after a long struggle with cancer at her home. She was 66.

Adrian Reeve Doxsee
Kenai resident Adrian Reeve Doxsee died Monday, March 2, 2004, of hypothermia on Skilak Lake near Sterling. He was 55.

Race for White House now begins in earnest
The race for the Democratic nomination for president ended Tuesday night. Sen. John Kerry won convincingly in most of the 10 states holding primaries New York among them. More important than his victories, perhaps, was the word that his main rival, Sen. John Edwards, would quit the race.

Peninsula cheering for its 9 hometown mushers in Iditarod
The Iditarod. The last great race on earth. "A race extraordinaire," says the Iditarod Trail Committee.

Management initiative would eliminate divided loyalties, not produce cronies
The Murkowski administration has introduced legislation designed to create a long-term, professional managerial class of state employees, free from the divided loyalt

Burning issue: Alaska's take on fire management differs from other states'
I moved to Alaska from Colorado in 1991, and it wasn't long before I realized Alaskans do things differently than folks in other parts of the country. But if there is a conscious effort by Alaskans to be different, I'm not aware of it.

Artificial reef provides habitat for exploration
JUNEAU The divers love it and the marine life seems to be enjoying it too. Since the October sinking of the 48-foot motorsailor Rikki Tikki off Auke Village Recreation Area, Alaska's first artificial reef has taken on a life of its own.

Refuge sponsors birding hotline
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a hotline for rare or interesting bird sightings. If you have spotted a rare bird or would like to hear what other bird watchers have seen recently, call 262-2300.

Volunteers sought to patrol Chugach
Trail ranger volunteers are being sought to assist backcountry trail rangers in providing information to the public about recreational opportunities and regulations, cleaning c

Around the Peninsula
League plans meeting Parenting workshop set Community science evening planned Peace choir slide show scheduled Kids invited to cheer camp Young women's conference slated for Saturday Church to hold dinner Nikiski talent show slated

Facing abuse allegation, Albany bishop fights back in public
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard has never shied away from a fight, and now the spiritual leader of 400,000 Roman Catholics in upstate New York is waging an unusually public campaign against sexual misconduct allegations to save his career

Gay Episcopal bishop declines all overseas speeches
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson is avoiding all speeches outside the United States until a commission finishes studying the effect of his consecration as the Anglican Communion's first openly gay leader.

Maryland Muslims want schools to close on two religious holidays
TOWSON, Md. (AP) Some Muslim parents, students and activists are lobbying for Baltimore County's school board to cancel classes on their two chief holidays.

Former Khmer Rouge soldiers turn to new Brother No. 1: Jesus Christ
ANLONG VENG, Cambodia (AP) During his three decades with Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, Ung Khorn planted land mines, set booby traps and led 200 soldiers into battle killing an untold number of people.

Milwaukee church where sex abuse occurred is rededicated
MILWAUKEE (AP) A Roman Catholic parish where a man said he was sexually abused as a teen decades ago held a Sunday rededication ceremony to cleanse it of sin.

Church Briefs
Sterling Bible class begins Messianic group to host Purim Party Lenten breakfasts continue Matrix to feature Family Feud Purpose-Driven Life class under way Religious art sought Nikiski women hold Bible study Easter program practice held Clothes2Go open

Judge says Kansas university doesn't have to remove statue deemed anti-Catholic
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Washburn University doesn't have to remove a controversial statue criticized as offensive to Roman Catholics, a federal judge ruled.

Russian forum to promote religious tolerance leaves out certain faiths
MOSCOW (AP) Hundreds of religious leaders from former Soviet republics held a meeting this week intended to increase religious tolerance, but the session excluded faiths regarded as nontraditional.

Civil liberties union sues over Minnesota Ten Commandments display
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Civil Liberties Union has sued to remove a 7-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument that has stood outside City Hall since 1957, saying it violates church-state separation.

Even believers can drift away from word of God if not careful
"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip," says Hebrews 2:1, King James version.

Skiers getting soft (trails)
Thanks to temperatures at and above freezing and wet, fresh snow, the ski trails have been soft this week on the Kenai Peninsula.

Condition of local ski trails
Conditions of peninsula ski trails

Leetch makes impact in win over Islanders
TORONTO Newcomer Brian Leetch had three assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Kings throttle Sixers
PHILADELPHIA Peja Stojakovic scored 22 of his 27 points in the first half and Chris Webber had 24 points and 10 assists, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 114-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

SI strikes again
The first thing I noticed when the Alaska installment of Sports Illustrated's "50 States in 50 Weeks" arrived in the office was that the musher on the cover wrap, identified as 2003 Iditarod winner Robert Sorlie, was not, in fact, Sorlie.

Woods feeling the heat at Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Tiger Woods has the $3 million appearance fee at the Dubai Desert Classic. Little-known Bradley Dredge of Wales has the lead.

San Francisco trades Owens to Ravens
Terrell Owens is now Brian Billick's problem and the star receiver the Baltimore Ravens have never had.

Nikolaevsk boys top Homer Christian
The Nikolaevsk boys high school basketball team defeated Homer Christian 61-33 Tuesday in a District 3/2A game at Nikolaevsk.

Stanford adds drama to perfect season
PULLMAN, Wash. Matt Lottich knew he was out of time, so he simply came up shooting.

Seward boys lose to Nome
The Seahawks dropped a nondistrict game to Nome 78-52 Tuesday in Seward.

Ninilchik girls top Nenana
The Ninilchik girls, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, overcame a 24-11 halftime deficit Thursday night to defeat Nenana 40-32 in nonconference action at Ninilchik.

NHL trading frenzy continues as deadline nears
Three teams fighting for playoff position acquired centers Thursday, five days before the NHL trade deadline.

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