Monday, March 8, 2004

Athletes bring home, gold, silver, bronze and memories
The 2004 Arctic Winter Games officially came to an end Saturday night in a in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

Arctic Winter Games end after long, eventful week
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada The 2004 Arctic Winter Games officially came to an end Saturday night in a wistful closing ceremony in Fort McMurray's temporary ATCO Plaza. Excited but tired, the athletes, volunteers and spectators at the Games gathered to say farewell to new friends and a week of athletic and cultural competitions until the 2006 Games on the Kenai Peninsula.

Reporter's Notebook from Fort McMurray
After two weeks at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, I definitely feel I've gleaned not only a better understanding of the purpose and pride of the Games, but also a new insight into the world around me.

Yankees best Sox in first spring meeting
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox resumed their rivalry early this season.

Thome has broken right middle finger
Jim Thome will probably miss the rest of spring training after X-rays Saturday confirmed the Philadelphia slugger had broken his right middle finger during a fielding drill. Thome, who led the National League with 47 home runs last season in his first year with the Phillies, was hurt Friday. After tests showed the break, he headed back to Philadelphia to be examined by a specialist.

Iditarod mushers get down to business
WILLOW, Alaska (AP) Rookies and veterans alike got serious Sunday with the restart in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, where some mushers chase the prize money and others the dream of finishing the longest sled dog race in the world.

Record field set to race Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Sled dog racing fans crowded downtown Anchorage to get autographs and photos of their favorite mushers competing in the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday.

NOW PLAYING: Starsky & Hutch
I was born in 1973, so it's technically possible for me to have been a fan of the 1975-79 action-buddy-cop show, Starsky & Hutch. Unfortunately, I never saw the show then, nor have I ever seen it since. That in no way, however, hindered my enjoyment at watching Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's hilarious big screen adaptation.

Mom appreciates story on daughter
I loved the article on Sue Shanks, the Kenai Peninsula furrier. Sue is my daughter, and I am very proud of her accomplishments.

Visitor stays in touch online
I want to express my appreciation to you for being able to access and read the Clarion online. I live out of state and visited Kenai four years ago. I loved your community and the people, and have relatives there still. You cover a broad spectrum of articlessomething for everyone. Thanks very much.

'The Passion has life-changing effect on this Kenai viewer
My thoughts on the movie "The Passion of the Christ":

Kenseth stays hot in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS Defending champion Matt Kenseth rolled to his second straight NASCAR Nextel Cup win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, surpassing his victory total of 2003 in only the third race of the season.

Photo feature: Let's do lunch!
Six moose recently convened for brunch outside the Blazy Apartments near Creative Play and Preschool Ltd. on Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna. A seventh moose was spotted at the same time across Binkley Street, and yet another was in front of the Soldotna police station when a resident of the apartments called police to report the unusual gathering.

Navarre:POMV concept will work
Two of the four Kenai Peninsula delegates to last month's Confer-ence of Alaskans said Wednesday that applying the percent of market value (POMV) formula to the Alaska Permanent Fund is the best way to ensure the fund's long-term financial security.

No house calls: Legislators back list
The Alaska House has passed a state version of the federal law that prohibits telemarketers from calling residents who have signed up on the federal "no-call" list.

One last heroic act: Father saves son before dying on lake ice
As friends and family gathered at the Doxsee home in the Kenai Woodland Estates subdivision Friday to finalize memorial service arrangements for Adrien Doxsee, they still wondered exactly what happened out on Skilak Lake late Monday night that took the life of the 55-year-old husband and father.

Bullying not always just boys
When it comes to bullying, the common scenario that comes to most people's minds involves boys hazing other boys on sports teams, harassing unpopular kids in school, making threats or starting shoving matches that escalate into fistfights.

Candidates already file for November election
Alaska's Aug. 24 primary election is still months away, but candidates already are lining up to represent Kenai Peninsula Borough voters in Juneau.

Operations not illegal, KRSA says
Facing allegations from community members and a Kenai legislator that it improperly uses gaming revenues to influence fishing regulations, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association struck back last month, saying there's nothing unethical or illegal about the way it conducts business.

Kenneth Marquis
Kenai resident Kenneth Marquis died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 55.

Sheri Fain
Soldotna resident Sheri Fain died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna unexpectedly. She was 23.

War in Iraq far from over What others say
The Ashoura carnage the bloodiest day that Iraq has known in the past year confirms that war did not end with the fall of Saddam Hussein. It only changed shape. ...

Lots of hard work ahead, but Games will be worth effort
"Winter in the arctic is cold and dark. The spirit of the Arctic Winter Games brings light to our part of the world. Our nations are all connected under the same sky. We are the people of the dancing light, where we reach for the stars and beyond."

U.N. has new weapon to help fight poverty: It's private enterprise What others say
A United Nations commission has found a way to eradicate, or at least greatly alleviate, poverty worldwide.

Big question: Does U.S. want a change?
WASHINGTON In John Kerry's world, President Bush is a job-killing, gay-bashing, special interest pawn. To the president, Kerry is a tax-raising, flip-flopping liberal who is soft on terrorism and hard on the U.S. military.

It's time to make education state's No. 1 priority; SB 35 would do that
How important is education to you? that's the question that the Senate majority asked their minority members in Senate Bill 35 Appropriations: K-12, University and CBRF.

Ignore those nasty scandals, America's pastime still enchants die-hard fans
It's miserably wet outside after raining all night and morning. Southcentral Alaska is weathering a rather improbable early March warm spell that has a winter's accumulation of snow taking a powder.

Exhibit marks trek as start of exploration in the West
TACOMA, Wash. The Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was only the beginning of U.S. Army exploration in the uncharted West.

Change comes to Algarve, Portugal
SAGRES, Portugal It wasn't what we'd expected.

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results Greco to speak at Solid Rock Healthy Communities seeking board members Coastal erosion conference planned Nikiski Elementary memorabilia wanted Oilers seek name for mascot Refuge sponsors bird sightings hot line Skyview bands plan concert Volunteer of the Year nominations sought Volunteers needed for restoration project

Amelia Rae Feucht Guy Douglas Peterson Gwendolyn Eve Hagelund Emry Don Wolverton

America's newest ski resort looking for its corner of the market
BIG SKY, Mont. Just past the shadow of Big Sky Resort, up the road about two miles, is a ski destination trying to find its niche.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meetKCHS after prom meeting plannedFish and Game committee to meetPFLAG to meetSkyview bands to hold concertWriters' Night dinner theater plannedScorekeepers clinic slated

Peninsula People
Rhyner makes dean's list

Boy scouts brave the cold for Freezeree fun
The sweet smell of smoke engulfed Colin Dudley as he fanned the flames of a campfire under the watchful eyes of Michael Eskue, Beau Sisson and Robbie Anderson the other boys that make up Boy Scout Troop 1616, Eagles Patrol.

Sutton, Ruffridge plan June wedding
Jessie Sutton and Justin Ruffridge have announced their plans to marry at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenai. Pastor Ray Boutwell will officiate.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game committee to meet PFLAG schedules meeting Food bank to hold open house Healthy Communities meeting slated Historical Society to meet KPC seeking representatives

My best friend
Chia looks longingly inside after getting too muddy during a walk on the beach to come in without a bath. She belongs to Nancy and Larry Daly of Soldotna.

Puppy's power: Curbing chewing
Few things can be more disheartening than coming home after a long day at work to find your entire house in disarray as a result of a puppy with a destructive chewing habit. For those who haven't had this misfortune consider yourselves lucky.

Firefighters fight to save station dog
TOPEKA, Kan. Smokey was small enough to fit in the palms of an adult's hands when a woman found him in a dumpster eight years ago. The tiny Dalmatian quickly grew to be a perfect fit in the front seat of a fire truck. Smokey was adopted by Topeka firefighter Jim Seichepine and has accompanied him to work every day since he was rescued. Now, firefighters are trying to save Smokey again.

Tait joins Bears, Barton to Jets
John Tait, a fixture on one of the NFL's best offensive lines in Kansas City, signed an offer sheet with the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

Parry chips in for second tour win
MIAMI Craig Parry knew his final shot was a good one. He had no idea it was perfect.

Sore shoulder sidelines Bryant again
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Kobe Bryant could be sidelined up to a month with a sprained right shoulder, the same injury that kept the Lakers' star guard out for six games two months ago.

Homer girls sweep Kodiak series
The host Homer girls completed a weekend sweep of Kodiak Saturday, notching a 52-32 nonconference victory.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys keep on winning
The Ninilchik girls and Cook Inlet Academy boys, two of the top Class 2A teams in the state, both picked up victories Friday in District 3/2A contests at Cook Inlet Academy.

Sports Briefs
Woods running out of time to make chargeLebedeva, Isinbayeva break world recordsAlaska Fairbanks tops Alaska AnchorageHarvick wins wild Las Vegas race

Skyview boys take Southern Division
The Skyview High School boys and girls basketball teams netted a sweep of Soldotna Saturday in Region III/4A play, but both games did offer fans the opportunity to use all of their available seat in the Soldotna gym.

Yao boosts Rockets
HOUSTON Yao Ming scored 29 points, including five in the final 45 seconds, and the Rockets snapped theirsix-game losing streak against the Mavericks.

Kenai girls, SoHi boys notch victories
The Kenai girls played three quarters of solid basketball Friday night. It was the fourth that nearly cost them.

Devils get back on track by blowing past Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. John Madden had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night.

Seward girls wrap up No. 1 seed
For a half, the Nikiski High School girls basketball team was right with the Seward Seahawks, District 3/3A's top team.

Odom's triple-double helps Heat beat Kings
MIAMI Lamar Odom earned the first triple-double by a Miami Heat player in nine years with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to help beat the Sacramento Kings 102-96 Saturday.

Turco helps Dallas extend record run
DALLAS Marty Turco made 22 saves for his 19th career shutout, and the Dallas Stars set a franchise record by extending their home unbeaten streak to 14 games with a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

Gonzaga survives Santa Clara scare
SANTA CLARA, Calif. Ronny Turiaf rebounded his own miss and scored the winning basket with 5 seconds left in No. 4 Gonzaga's 19th straight victory, 63-62 over Santa Clara in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Sunday night.

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