Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Rent-A-Center announces grand prize winner
Bryan Scott, store manager of the newly opened RentACenter in Soldotna congradualates Brian Hopper. Hopper, of Sterling, was selected as the grand prize winner of a 43" Phillips HD big screen TV. His winning entry was submitted during Grand Opening ceremonies held at Rent-A-Center February 29th.

There's still no business like show business
With another fantastic performance behind them, the Kenai Performers are wasting no time in jumping on the Bandwagon for the grand opening of their new home to be known as "Old Town Playhouse."

Young presents Amelia Earhart Award to Cadet Nathan Hansen
The Amelia Earhart Award was created in 1964 by the Civil Air Patrol in honor of the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviations infancy, and was lost while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

The Arctic Winter Games torch will be out until it is next ignited in Alaska
The torch of the 2004 Arctic Winter Games may have been extinguished for the next 24 months, but the memories of the experience will burn forever in the hearts of the athletes, fans, volunteers, and reporters that shared the experience.

KCVB welcomes 5th Executive director
Michelle Glass, following in the footsteps of Sue Carter, Kim Booth, Kathy Tarr, and Ricky Gease, has become the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau's (KCVB) fifth executive director since the facility opened in 1991.

Chinese Petroleum Corp. visits Peninsula
Lt. Governor Loren Leman and Borough Mayor Dale Bagley recently hosted the General Manager LNG Purchase Division of the Chinese Petroleum Corporation (CPC) in Taiwan, Jane Liao, for a tour of Cook Inlet petrochemical facilities.

Swingley unsure of future
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) The future of Doug Swingley's dog mushing career is unclear. Like his vision.

Seavey clings to Iditarod lead
KOYUK Norway's Kjetil Backen tried to snatch the lead Monday from Mitch Seavey in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with both racers leaving the Koyuk checkpoint seconds apart.

Frontrunner Backen loses leader
UNALAKLEET Charlie Boulding took the lead Sunday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by spending just four minutes in the checkpoint here before getting back on the trail.

NOW SHOWING: Secret Window
There is a vast difference between movies that should be made because the stories they have to tell demand visual treatment, and movies that will be made because somebody can capitalize on the latest big thing.

Community support helps family
On March 2, 2004, a young truck driver by the name of Kevin Hall was tragically killed when his semi-truck overturned at Mile 15 of the Seward Highway. Kevin was new to Alaska. He came up to visit a brother in January of this year and in a very short time decided that this was where he wanted to settle with his wife, April, and their three young daughters.

Orchestra members are examples of power of music; cast 'yes' vote
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra (KPO) urges voters to support our children and the high quality of life we have here on the peninsula by voting "yes" on the mail-in ballot for Proposition No. 1.

'Classic' money should be returned to river, not spent on Board of Fish
Whether Kenai River Sportfishing Associ-ation's use of its revenues are legal (Clarion, March 7) is a matter for the state's appropriate agencies and courts to decide. Whether KRSA's use of its revenues to influence fishing regulations is ethical is another matter, requiring the court of public opinion.

Growth, more jobs also mean more traffic, pollution, less space
A Mr. Croft recently wrote an article expressing his concern over the extension of the North Road to Point Possession and it's impact on his "quality of life."

Not even winning mushers can afford average dog care
Re: "Like father, like sons: Mackey family sets record" (March 14, Clarion)

Gov. Murkowski take-charge leader, not waiting for things to happen
A number of state newspapers recently carried an AP article in which Gov. Frank Murkowski's travel in 2003 was superficially compared with Gov. Tony Knowles' in 2002.

Fifth annual CANstruction event help Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank recently celebrated the fifth annual CANstruction, a national community service project benefiting community food banks. Local engineers, Denise Barth, Phil Bryson and Jack LaShot, judged the entries displayed at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Judge not lest you be judged; community not to blame for death
To the family that lost their cousin Hugo Osterhaus (Buffa): It is a tragic loss not only to them, but to the community as well. My family lives within the community that they speak of. I feel it necessary to defend the community from such an outrageous statement.

Denali National Park should be allowed to return to natural state
I am writing in regard to the Game Board leaving the wolf buffer intact. First, Denali National Park should always want to expand and keep what it needs for its precious creatures to thrive. The people in and around Denali need to stand up for the park and what it represents.

Universal health care good reason to vote for Kucinich for president
Dennis Kucinich is definitely worth your vote in the Democratic caucus. Dennis Kucinich promises free health care cradle to grave.

Earnhardt back as leader of the pack
HAMPTON, Ga. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team are finally growing up.

Beach break
Mark Bressler of McAllister, Mont., returns from a walk on the beach in Kenai on Saturday afternoon. He said he was taking a break from shopping for a home here.

School board to examine cuts
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will continue its discussion of the 2004-05 budget today during work sessions and an evening meeting.

Seward school moving forward
The new Seward Middle School project will be set to go if the assembly, as expected, passes Resolution 2004-026 on Tuesday, thus awarding the Phase 1 site work job to the Soldotna-based firm North Star Paving Inc.

Soldotna ready for St. Patrick's Day events
Soldotna's ready to paint the town ... green.

Ninilchik man arrested after chase
A 38-year-old Ninilchik man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers on Thursday afternoon after he allegedly chased a woman in another vehicle up the Sterling Highway at speeds in excess of 85 mph before being stopped north of the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch.

Area mushers look back on Iditarod try
Running the Iditarod is no easy task.

Soldotna residents urged to write reps
Writing to elected officials is what people can do to maintain the greatness of the United States, a Kenai area representative for National Write Your Congressman Inc. told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week.

Hamilton plans visit to touch base
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will be on the Kenai Peninsula this week visiting with community members and students and providing an update on the state of the state's university system.

Photo feature: Alaska gold
Light from the setting sun illuminates clouds above spruce trees in Soldotna last weekend.

Gas board tours plants
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey needed few words Monday to express to a meeting of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Author-ity board of directors in Kenai why bringing North Slope natural gas to Southcentral Alaska is so important to the economy.

Christina Grimm
Longtime Kenai resident Christina Grimm died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her home in Soldotna. She was 36.

Christina Lewis Grimm
Soldotna resident Christina Lewis Grimm died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her home from sarcoidosis. She was 35.

Making Bush's tax cuts permanent would help boost nation's economy What others say
As an economic adviser to Arnold Schwar-zenegger, investment guru Warren Buffett almost derailed the movie star's California gubernatorial campaign by calling for property tax increases. Schwarzenegger, who understood that the problem with the economy was too much taxing-and-spending, quickly distanced himself from the Buffett proposal and went on to be elected governor.

Alaskans should look beyond high oil prices, exercise fiscal caution
Back in June, this newspaper encouraged Alaskans to look beyond the summer's high price of oil and to act responsibly in supporting much-needed change in how the state government acquires revenue to pay for the services it provides.

Saving the family's food stash
"Take the pie into the bedroom, would you?"

Elks table tennis results announced
Gary Brumley and Bob Sizemore won the Soldotna Elks Lodge's doubles table tennis tournament Wednesday. Chuck Winters and Steve Anderson placed second, and Matt Faris and Ray DeBardelaben placed third.

Heroes of the week
My name is Frank Wolaver and I would like to express my gratitude to Nikiski and the Kenai area.

Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps to visit area CPHC Inc. to meet State Parks to hold board meeting Sterling seniors to serve dinner Community dance planned Refuge sponsors bird sightings hot line

Community News
Solstice T-shirt design contest begins Wrestlers team up with food bank for CANstruction Swim club seeks coach Blood bank to hold drives in Kenai Conference on volunteerism planned

Around the Peninsula
Hospital auxiliary meeting setLeague of Women Voters to meetEagles to host dinnerDancing, dessert fund-raiser setHistorical society meeting scheduledKCHS students plan blood driveDistrict 33 Democratic caucus to meetScorekeepers clinic slatedPreschool to hold fund-raiserHelp available for home day-care providersSafety day scheduled

Alaska celebrates Red Cross month
More than 90 Alaskans will lose their home and belongings from a disaster sometime this month.

Births
Ruby Lee Hargy Ty Christian Saylor

Hospice groups, services help in times of loss
Coping with the loss of a friend or loved one is a powerful and ever-changing experience. Grief is a normal response to loss, but people grieve in different ways. Reactions to grief can look and feel different than you might expect.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Seawolves shock Wisconsin; move on to Final Five
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Chris Fournier and Curtis Glencross scored two goals apiece, leading eighth-seeded Alaska-Anchorage to the program's first appearance in the WCHA Final Five with a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin in Game 3 of a first-round series on Sunday.

Thirty-seven compete in Kachemak Marathon
A field of 37 competitors took to the Baycrest Trails Sunday for the Kachemak Marathin freestyle cross-country ski race in Homer.

Tennessee again claims top women's seed
Tennessee earned the top overall seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament Sunday, but two straight national championships weren't enough to get a No. 1 for Connecticut.

Suns' Johnson buries Houston
HOUSTON Joe Johnson made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper with 1.4 seconds to play in overtime and the Phoenix Suns snapped the Houston Rockets' five-game winning streak, 99-97 Monday night.

Rookie outdeuls Love III for first PGA victory
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Todd Hamilton took 17 years to fulfill his dream of playing on the PGA Tour. It felt like sheer fantasy Sunday in the Honda Classic.

Nikiski's Taylor named District 3/3A MVP
Jeremiah Taylor, a senior on the Nikiski High School boys basketball team, was named District 3/3A MVP Saturday at the conclusion of the district tournament hosted by Grace Christian.

Barnes, Geller top All-Region squads
Kenai's Nick Barnes and Skyview's Ryan Geller were named to the boys first-team All-Region III/4A team Saturday at the Region III/4A tournament in Wasilla.

Tugnutt tightens down on Chicago
CHICAGO Ron Tugnutt, making just his seventh appearance, stopped 26 shots for his first shutout this season and 26th of his career to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Buccaneers continue to add veterans
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep getting older.

Indiana wants no more of LeBron
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 26 points and forced Ron Artest to take a tough 3-pointer as the final horn sounded, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their sixth straight win, 107-104 Sunday over the Indiana Pacers.

Dance card filled
INDIANAPOLIS Saint Joseph's hoped a 27-1 record and strong schedule would quiet the critics.

Leafs come back to belittle Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. Tomas Kaberle's goal with 1:15 remaining in overtime capped a stirring comeback for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Monday night.

Trio keeps 93-game string going
As freshmen, many high schoolers make mistakes they hope to never again repeat before graduation.

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