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Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Giambi battles Boston
Jason Giambi quieted the caustic Red Sox crowd with his first homer of spring training. Tim Hudson and Mariano Rivera silenced their opponents with their dominant pitches.

Cardinals keep signing players
Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green dipped into the free agent market for the third time in five days, signing defensive end Chike Okeafor to go with quarterback Kurt Warner and offensive tackle Oliver Ross.

Green eggs & ham return to Redoubt Elementary...
Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday has become a tradition at Redoubt Elementary school, started by Sharon Hale, parent liaison, long before Seuss's 100th birthday.

Ready to Win a Brand New Home?
Alpine Alternatives, Inc. 9th Annual Spinell Homes Raffle kicks off. Who wands to "WIN A NEW HOME." It's that time of year again. Alpine Alternatives is offering this unique yearly fundraiser. Sound too good to be true? It is not!

Winning CFK idea saves Adopt-a-Stream program...
The annual Caring For The Kenai (CFK) program sponsored by Unocal and Agrium was summarized at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce recently, by Soldotna High School sophomore Marit Hartvigson.

NOW PLAYING: Be Cool
Be Cool is one of those movies that is trying desperately to be exactly that: cool. Unfortunately, the weight of all that cool rests squarely on the rather shaky premise that the movie-going public has been clamoring for a sequel to 1995s hit comedy Get Shorty. Now, in 1996, maybe even 1997, a sequel to Get Shorty might have played to grateful audiences, but now, ten movie-filled years later?

KPHA hosts Pee Wee Tier II Hockey State Tournament
Families and young hockey players from all over Alaska traveled to the Kenai Peninsula last week for the Pee Wee Tier II Hockey State Tournament held at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Something new for the Kenai River
By the time those mighty Kenai River Kings start returning to their spawning grounds this year, Mike Richardson, of Cast Away Outfitters in Sterling, will have his first shipment of an all new pontoon fishing boat designed by Dave Scadden especially for sport fishing on the Kenai River.

Boulding: The musher's musher
RAINY PASS, Alaska — Charlie Boulding, a man who reinvented himself a few times and came out of the woods to change sled dog racing, ought to make his next career in Hollywood now that he's running his last Iditarod.

NOW PLAYING: Be Cool
Be Cool is one of those movies that is trying desperately to be exactly that: cool. Unfortunately, the weight of all that cool rests squarely on the rather shaky premise that the movie-going public has been clamoring for a sequel to 1995s hit comedy Get Shorty. Now, in 1996, maybe even 1997, a sequel to Get Shorty might have played to grateful audiences, but now, ten movie-filled years later?

Efforts on ski trails much appreciated
You might be hoping for an early spring, so don't wait another day — go ski. The Tsalteshi Trails near Skyview High School have recently been so well maintained that they are providing some of the best skiing of the year. Some terms I've heard in the last couple of days from users are "cosmic," "cowabunga," "nothing but net" and "priceless."

Help support state funding for agencies that help others
I am writing in response to the March 4 Clarion article "Rally aims to protect funding." It has inspired me to write my legislators in Juneau and voice my concerns on budget cuts that adversely affect agencies that help the disabled. Why does this concern me, and why do I even care?

Bed tax a good idea for peninsula residents
Last Tuesday night I attended the (Kenai Peninsula) Borough Assembly meeting as I have been doing for some time. I have not seen Don Johnson there at any time and especially the other night to testify and learn about the bed tax.

Star skiers thank several for supporting successful season
With the cross country ski season over for another year, the Soldotna High School Stars Nordic Ski Team would like to take this opportunity to thank area businesses and members of our great community for their generous support. As our high school sports programs face funding decreases as costs continue to rise, community support becomes increasingly vital.

State Capitol should be moved from Juneau to Anchorage
Governor Murkowski, I believe that spending any amount of money to design or build a capitol building in Juneau is a waste of our states funds.

Community response helps tsunami victims
I would like to thank the many people who helped with the community response to the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia. Thanks to Mrs. Susan Wheeler for donating a quilt, won by Mrs. Mary Decker, and the contribution to Hospice of the Kenai Peninsula that resulted from the ticket sales.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. The running of the Iditarod is an exciting time for Alaskans, but this year it seems even more so because many peninsula mushers are involved.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to ponder: "Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it." Norman Vincent Peale.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Hazardous waste day is here again. On Saturday, the Central Peninsula Facility will accept paint, pesticides, anti-freeze, etc.. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. How swiftly February passes and how quickly the daylight hours lengthen. The winter "blahs" that one hears so much about don't seem to have plagued our Ninilchik neighbors, for they have kept a full schedule of activities, some wishing they could get even more accomplished.

Soldotna
Hi. Linda Story accompanied by Conrad Kilmer attended the 2005 National Engineers Week Awards Banquet at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art on Feb. 26.

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. I'm on my second gallon of windshield fluid and the lines at the car wash are long, it must be just a bit closer to — dare I say it — breakup.

Cooper Landing
Cheerio. Check the faces of the seniors serving your pancakes Saturday morning for extra big smiles.

School board holds out hope for more funds
Once again, proof has been published in the form of scientific research that shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District gets the short end of the state funding stick. Yet the Alaska Legislature still does not appear to be getting the message.

Seniors move closer to new home
Years of planning and negotiations have paid off for a determined group of Cooper Landing seniors who on Tuesday acquired access to land on which they plan to build a senior services campus.

Passing judgment
Friends and associates of Kenai District Court Judge David Landry packed a courtroom to standing room only Friday to witness the oath of office being administered to the newly appointed judge.

Offices work off each other
In an economic development forum at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Jack Brown, business development manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Community and Economic Division, and John Parker, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, said each of their offices each serve a distinct purpose in spurring economic development in the borough.

Estimate shows Pebble site looks richer than thought
An independent mineral resource estimate of the Pebble porphyry gold-copper-molybdenum deposit north of Lake Iliamna indicates even higher amounts of gold, copper and molybdenum than earlier predicted, according to a press release Friday issued by the future mine's owner, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.

Feeling fuzzy
Can spring be far behind? Pussy willows bud in Cooper Landing as a sure harbinger of warmer days to come.

Slim pickings
As winter nears its end, it's hard not to notice the large population of hungry moose wandering through the streets and neighborhoods in search of a bite to eat.

Outside audience to explore Alaska
Paul Gray thinks Alaskans have a healthy balance between hard work and hard play. It is easy for him to imagine a person working on a power generator, trading the work jacket for the fishing one and heading for the river to catch a salmon.

Virginia Margaret Kvasnikoff
Anchorage resident Virginia Margaret Kvasnikoff died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Alaska Native Medical Center from heart disease. She was 74.

Ella D. (Eldy) Covich
Kenai resident Ella D. "Eldy" Covich died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Stanley H. Woster
Kenai resident Stanley H. Woster died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Stanley Howe Woster Jr.
North Kenai resident Stanley Howe Woster Jr. died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Ella Dena 'Eldy' Covich
Kenai resident Ella Dena "Eldy" Covich died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Gun control idealism runs counter to reality
It was the ultimate paradox last week when a gun control activist was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm.

Capitol smoking, drinking privileges should be banned
The special privileges that legislators allow themselves on drinking and smoking in the Capitol building are remnants of a time gone by and should be abolished.

Community Events
Library plans March events PSDRA plans fund-raiser race SeaLife center to celebrate Deadline for car bids today Respite services available

Around the Peninsula
Brain injury support group may be formed Lewis to speak at chamber SoHi after-prom planning continues Recycling group to meet Little League begins registration PSDRA plans fund-raiser race Rogers benefit dinner planned

Around the Peninsula
Pet photos wanted Snow removal reminder Soldotna chamber to meet PFLAG to meet Hospice to hold fund-raiser Applications for visitor services available Caregiver workshop set

Births
Cyndy and Robert Gagnon of Soldotna announce the birth of... Wendy and Mark Winans of Soldotna announce the birth of...

Club News
Soccer registration continues Little league begins registration Rogers benefit dinner planned Relay for Life planning meeting set PTSA to discuss gangs Teen dance slated

Peninsula People
Area students honored Oelrichs called to serve Porter promoted

Senior Menus
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Gentle giant
Soldotna senior Matt Hicks has used his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame to become a standout football, basketball and track and field athlete at Soldotna High School.

Heat top 76ers for 10th straight home win
MIAMI — Looking nothing like a team playing its fourth game in five nights, Miami got 32 points from Dwyane Wade and 25 more from Shaquille O'Neal to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-100 on Monday night.

Tiger back on top
MIAMI — Tiger Woods turned in a performance worthy of his return to No. 1.

Singin'in the snow
WILLOW — The tough part is over. That's how Rachael Scdoris felt at the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. All the years of training, all the cajoling and qualifying to get to this point were done. Now it was time to run.

Gonzaga takes West Coast Conference
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Adam Morrison scored 30 points and keyed a big second-half run to lead No. 11 Gonzaga to its sixth West Coast Conference tournament title in seven seasons, 80-67 over Saint Mary's on Monday night.

McHale wins homecoming
BOSTON — Latrell Sprewell made a runner with 0.9 seconds remaining to give Kevin McHale a victory in his first game on the sidelines in Boston.

Madness
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State reserve forward Matt Sylvester hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left on Sunday to hand No. 1 Illini its first loss, 65-64.

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