Tuesday, March 9, 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.

Baseball gets a weekend reprieve
The Yankees played the Red Sox, and it seemed as if last season never ended. At Dodger Stadium, fans lined up by the thousands to buy tickets for a team that can't hit.

Sheffield, Nevin out with injuries
Some of baseball's best sluggers can't seem to stay healthy in spring training. Gary Sheffield, Phil Nevin and Jim Thome are all sidelined with injuries, hoping to return in time for opening day.

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

Agrium hopeful, but in need of new gas supplies
Underscoring the economic value of Agrium's Kenai Nitrogen Operations to Alaska and specifically the Kenai Peninsula, Bill Boycott, manager of the Nikiski plant, updated the Kenai Chapter of the Alliance at their noon meeting at the Paradisos restaurant in Kenai.

SoHi swinging into Branson
The Soldotna High School Swing Choir, under the direction of Trudy Petersen will be representing the State of Alaska at a national choral competition this summer in Branson, Missouri. "It's called the American Show Cup and it's an invitational competition where one choir from each state gets to enter and they are the best in the nation.

An Evening with Ed Tussey
Hosted by Frames & Things at Blazy Mall, Ed Tussey introduced his newest oil on canvas, Tern Lake. You were able to see a perfect example of the intricate detail in his work. Collectors are drawn to the style in which Ed carefully defines and realistically portrays birds, mammals and marine life in their natural setting.

Dent named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
18-Year-Old Kristopher Dent, and Nikiski High senior, has been selected by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula as the 2004 Youth of the Year.

Leaping into Family History
As medical science uncovers more and more information about our DNA and how we are linked to our ancestors, the more interested people are becoming in tracking their family history.

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.

Iditarod leaders set fast pace
RAINY PASS More than 200 hundred miles into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Bill Cotter gave his team a long rest Monday while he mulled over the nasty bump on his forehead.

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.

Cousin's death from hypothermia raises questions about community
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many will wax cold." (Matthew 24: 12)

Borough residents should vote 'Yes' for Proposition No. 1
Please vote "Yes" for Proposition No. 1 on your mail-in ballots.

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.

Alaskans may have opportunity to give something to Anchor River
As one of several thousand people who enjoy the Anchor River every spring, summer and fall, I was relieved that borough planners postponed the subdivision and sale of land near the river's mouth, but I'm sure the owners must be less than pleased. They naturally expect to profit from their land and could post it and keep us all out.

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

Those who commit violent acts should be first to be incarcerated
My question is: What happened to the law around here? Why is it that men who beat, stalk and try to kill women are running around town here free? Why is it OK for a man to drive over a woman twice, put her into a vegetable state and now he can continue his life as he knew it while she lays helpless in a hospital bed? Why is it OK for a man to walk up and shoot someone point blank and he walks free because he had no record? Why is it that someone who is convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl is still walking around free to do it again? Why are they letting all this violence back on the street?

Games coverage appreciated
Great job! Living in Anchorage, the Daily News was barely aware of the games. They were too busy paying attention to their usual themes to notice hundreds of great Alaska kids, parents and coaches doing something very positive for the state and the country.

Couple recognized for volunteerism
Spirit of volunteering: Recognition and sincere thanks go to Bob and Mary Lambe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disappearing shore focus of workshop
The western shore of the Kenai Peninsula is slowly sliding into Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay, according to researchers with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve in Homer.

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.

Bill encourages doctors to stay
Alaska ranks 49th among all states in the number of physicians per capita, and the state's contingent of doctors is growing older, currently averaging age 51.

Insurance goes up to $1 million
All credentialed providers at Central Peninsula General Hospital need to get $1 million in professional liability insurance coverage by June 1, according to a resolution passed recently by the hospital's board of directors.

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.

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

Library bill provides parents a little help
It's tough being under age 18. There's no privacy.

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. ...

New frontiers left to explore
So, we may not be alone after all.

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.

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.

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

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

Peninsula People
Rhyner makes dean's list

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

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers needed for restoration projectTAG meeting plannedVillage fair slated for SaturdayWolf to hold town meetingWooden ski festival plannedCommunity dance slatedLions to serve St. Patrick's Day supperCPGH auxiliary to meet

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Federal program helps ease retirees back into work force
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Financial pressure split Melton Potts from his retirement plans when he started drawing Social Security at age 62.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

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.

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.

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.

Miller more interested in speed than Cup title
SESTRIERE, Italy Brandishing a go-for-broke style that sometimes gets him in trouble on the slopes, Bode Miller can become the first U.S. man since 1983 to win the overall World Cup title.

Habermann unsung hero for Stars
When Matthew Habermann first enrolled at Soldotna High School, his goal was to be a part of the Stars hockey team.

Owens won't play for Ravens
Instead of taking a physical with the Baltimore Ravens, Terrell Owens bided his time Monday, waiting to see if he will be declared a free agent by a special arbitrator.

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