Monday, March 14, 2005

Gebhardt's Iditarod marked by highs, lows
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has featured extreme highs and lows for Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt thus far.

Sorlie gets to Eagle Island first
''We just went 14 hours nonstop,'' the 47-year-old Norwegian said as he pushed past a small group of greeters and parked his 15 dogs at the checkpoint 420 miles from the Nome finish line. Some of the animals were surprisingly frisky, yipping and jumping in place, despite a trail Sorlie described as soft.

Sorlie turns for Bering coast with big lead
UNALAKLEET, Alaska — Norwegian Robert Sorlie left the Kaltag checkpoint Sunday morning with a strong lead in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The question I have for you is this: Has the majority of children's entertainment always been mindless pap, or is it just that I am finally becoming discerning enough to notice it? With a set-up like that, you can probably guess what I thought of this week's CG-extravaganza Robots, but I honestly tried to give it a chance. Granted, I didn't particularly want to go see it and, as we waited through the previews, I wasn't really aching for the movie to start. But once it did, I thought, "Ok. Give it a chance. It might not suck as much as the previews suggest it will." Wrong.

Juneau playing dangerous game with rest of Alaska
Juneau can play a game of chicken with the rest of Alaska and the state Legislature and win being the capitol of Alaska forever.

Tourism tax could be used to help fund government
Mr. Lloyd Schade's March 3 front page comment, that a "bed tax is about as fair as anything you can find." shows an incredible amount of naivety.

Foreign exchange dinner wentwell thanks to local support
AFS would to thank all those who attended our international dinner. Our annual fundraising dinner is used to provide scholarships to our local AFS students who wish to go abroad on a student exchange. AFS would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to these local businesses and organizations who contributed to our international dinner: 4-H Junior Market Livestock, Country Foods, Kenai Vision, Country Liquor, Peterkins Distributors, Safeway Kenai, Safeway Soldotna, Louie's Steak & Seafood, Paradisos Restaurant, Thai Lotus, Rosita's, Mykel's, McDonald's, and Joes Laundry. Thank you for helping to make our dinner a success!

Thanks to those who helped peninsula kids show off
A very talented group of young folks performed at the recent 20th anniversary of Showin' Off the Kids, a lip-synching and choreography contest sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools. Showin' Off the Kids is truly a show by kids (contestants K through 8th grade), for kids (audience of kids and their families), and with kids (SoHi Swing Choir).

Murkowski administration seems intent on killing wolves
Alaska's once exemplary wildlife management system has degenerated into something that is far from responsible stewardship of the resource. Party politicians and a single interest group, the Alaska Outdoor Council, have brought this about. When the founder of the AOC, Ron Somerville, was hired by the Republican majority in 1994 to advise them on wildlife issues the AOC docrine of exploiting big game animals, to benefit mostly urban sport hunters, became the norm.

Arctic Winter Games dinner shows community support
Our communities' generosity never ceases to amaze me. This past Saturday I attended the "One-Year Out" celebration and auction for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games at the Soldotna Sports Center. It was truly a remarkable evening. Not only did the Peninsula communities clear $50,000 for the upcoming Games, the outpouring of excitement and enthusiasm generated for the Games tells me these are going to be the best Arctic Winter Games ever.

Property owners take issue with value reassessments
The Kenai Peninsula Borough assessor's office has received about 450 inquiries in response to property reassessments mailed out March 1. "We have two appraisal technicians in the field doing reinspections, and we've already processed 300 of those properties," said Shane Horan, borough assessor.

Dead whale found in Kenai River
A 23-foot-long dead whale made an unexpected appearance in the Kenai River on Sunday afternoon — then disappeared as quickly as it showed up.

Event raises money for cancer relief fund
Those who share a love of snowmachining, a love of the outdoors and desire to find a cure for cancer banded together in the Caribou Hills on Saturday for the Kenai Peninsula Way Out Women (WOW) ride — a benefit event to raise money for the Central Peninsula General Hospital WOW cancer fund.

Kenai River guides face regulations
Kenai River Working Group members on Thursday agreed on a nine-point plan to increase requirements for Kenai River sport fishing guides.

Action! Footage of '30s hunting trip shown in Kasilof
The Kasilof Regional Historical Association treated more than 60 community members to a blast from the past Thursday evening by showing the film "Hunting on the Kenai" at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Kasilof.

Seniors on Medicare get preventative care
Three preventive health procedures now being paid for by Medicare are being seen as important benefits to Kenai Peninsula senior citizens.

Soldotna seeks to restrict adult businesses
An Anchorage business person eying Soldotna as a possible location for an adult book and toy store has the city of Soldotna considering restrictions on this type of business.

Assembly to discuss taxes
Proposed tax measures continue to dominate discussion among members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and borough administrators who are facing a budget shortfall of more than $5 million, and Tuesday's assembly agenda reflects that concern over the borough's finances.

In fair health
Above, Sarah Priggee gives Brian Chase a massage Saturday morning at a booth sponsored by Karlene's Acupuncture and Day Spa at the 10th annual Village Fair at Soldotna High School. The event offered health tests and information stands from more than 100 businesses and agencies. At right, Barbara Maynard surrenders a pint of blood to Jen Simpson of the Kenai Peninsula Blood Bank. The organization received a steady supply of donations during the six-hour event.

Voices of the Clarion: It's logic versus looks
The house I live in with my wife and daughter sits on the slope overlooking downtown Homer and Kachemak Bay. Folks around here say the neighborhood has "the million-dollar view."

Peninsula plants would be step in right direction
More possible good news is on the horizon for the Kenai Peninsula — and it couldn't come at a better time.

Time to shine light on the government
Today launches a weeklong emphasis by newspapers nationwide on freedom of information issues.

Club News
Family dog class offeredSoldotna Elks table tennis results

Around the Peninsula
Rogers benefit dinner today Crafters, artists sought Relay for Life planning meeting set Genealogical society to meet Family dog class offered Corned beef dinner planned Autism support group to meet

Bridges moves locations
Bridges Community Resource Network Inc. recently relocated from Kasilof Street to its new digs in the U-Haul Building on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna.

Kimbrell , Whitney announce engagement
Sarah Naomi Kimbrell and Eric Paul Whitney of Soldotna plan to be married in November on a beach at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Kids' quick thinking rewarded
Fifth-grader Makayla Chivers and her brother, third-grader Dain Chivers, arrived home from their school bus stop Feb. 22 to find the house filled with what they thought was natural gas fumes.

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver workshop setBand concert plannedHospice to hold fund-raiserSpring bazaar setApplications for visitor services availableRunning club forming

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean's listStudents get on honor rollRoss to return from IraqRolph graduates college

Community Events
Crafters, artists soughtLittle League registration setParade scheduledPublic radio fund-raiser plannedAutism support group to meetAuxiliary hosts bazaar

Nicole and Eric Bojorquez Becky and Zach Porter Wendy and Mark Winans

Beware of bunnies
Looking for some bunny to love this Easter? Before impulsively running out to purchase a holiday hopper, be sure you know what you're getting into.

My best friend
Lupi, an American tabby cat, has never met a lap she didn't like and her friend Sophie, a 7-year-old Yorkie-Pomeranian mix, never met a cat that didn't need chasing. The pets belong to Ed and Sharen Sleater of Soldotna.

Sled heads
For many Alaskans, winter means a seemingly endless stretch of long, dark months spent hunkered down indoors, waiting tirelessly for the first harbingers of spring.

Marshall's 12 treys lift Toronto past Philly
TORONTO — Donyell Marshall tied the NBA record with 12 3-pointers and the Toronto Raptors finished with a league-record 21 in their 128-110 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

Angels defend conference title
Thanks to coach Tim Helvey, the Bristol Bay girls basketball team was all smiles Friday night during the Peninsula Conference championship against Ninilchik.

Miller time: Bode first U.S. Cup winner in 22 years
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Bode Miller became the first American in 22 years to win skiing's overall World Cup title.

Syracuse wins first Big East crown since 1992
NEW YORK — Hakim Warrick had 20 points and 13 rebounds — his third double-double in three games — and No. 16 Syracuse won the Big East tournament for the first time since 1992 with a 68-59 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night.

CIA boys cruise
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles beat the Ninilchik Wolverines in the boys championship game of the 2005 Peninsula Conference basketball tournament Saturday at Soldotna Middle School.

ASAA must monitor effects of its decisions
From the wrist on a jump shot to the stick blade on a slap shot, follow-through is vital in sports.

Soldotna boys clinch top seed
The Soldotna boys basketball team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division Saturday with a 56-38 victory over host Kenai Central.

65-team fields set for ultimate college hoops frenzy
INDIANAPOLIS — If the process of seeding the top teams is any indication, this could be one big buzzer-beater of an NCAA tournament.

Heat thump New Jersey, earn eighth straight victory
MIAMI — Eddie Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in a decisive third quarter to help the Miami Heat win their eighth straight game and 12th in a row at home, 90-65 over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.

Ogilvy shoots 8-under-par 64
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Australia's Geoff Ogilvy overcame an eight-shot deficit at the start of play Saturday, shooting an 8-under-par 64 to tie Brett Wetterich for the lead after three rounds at the Honda Classic.

SkyHi girls, SoHi boys beat crosstown rivals
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team kept its bid for the top spot in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division alive with a 60-51 victory over visiting Skyview Friday night.

Spartans a top seed; Stanford snubbed
Michigan State first muscled its way through the Big Ten Conference. Then the Spartans pushed aside some of the nation's biggest names to get the program's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Nikiski girls exact revenge on Grace
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team polished off the regular season with an impressive win, defeating Grace Christian — the only team to have beaten the Bulldogs in Southcentral Conference play this season — 59-30 Saturday in Nikiski.

Singh stung by Harrington
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Padraig Harrington shot a 9-under 63 to erase a seven-shot deficit in the final round, then won the Honda Classic when Vijay Singh missed a 2 1/2-foot putt to bogey the second playoff hole Sunday.

Johnson cashes in at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — With a $30,000 bonus tucked inside his pocket, Jimmie Johnson headed to the casino to celebrate his latest victory.

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