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Monday, October 31, 2005

NOW PLAYING: The Legend of Zorro
I knew I was in trouble when, prior to our hero’s first appearance in this week’s big budget sequel, The Legend of Zorro, the villain, a pseudo-religious psychopath with a big fake looking cross scar on his cheek, rides out and begins to fire his rifle repeatedly into a crowd of innocents, shooting off hat after hat.

Wendy's restaurants close in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) — The former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closed her three Wendy's restaurants.

Fun, any way you slice it
Hailey Helms gets help carving a pumpkin from her mom Laura during a Halloween celebration at the Kenai Cultural and Visitors Center. The event was of many taking place this weekend.

Boo to you
Halloween came a day early in Kenai this year, as the Kenai Community Library and the Kenai Performers' Travelin' Tales storytelling troupe put on a variety show Sunday afternoon.

Gas price break hasn't hit Alaska
Kenai Peninsula and Alaska residents are not feeling the same relief from high gasoline prices that are being enjoyed elsewhere in the United States.

Other charges keep man from facing illegal guiding rap
A Nikiski man facing multiple charges related to an illegal bear hunt on the Kenai Peninsula earlier this year has been arrested for an outstanding warrant issued by the state of Kansas.

Will Kenai welcome retailer?
The Clarion asked people at the Kenai Post Office on Saturday what they thought of Wal-Mart's plans to build a new store in Kenai.

Pumpkins set sail for kids
It was a dark and stormy night, with Kachemak Bay swells crashing over themselves, their bone-numbing white foam reflected in lights along the shore. A chilly wind slapped the faces of stocking-capped crewmembers of the M/V Tustumena as they cast off heavy lines.

Not forgotten
As the war in Iraq moved past 2,000 U.S. soldiers killed there, Kenai Peninsula citizens honored those dead by putting out 2,000 flags in front of Soldotna Creek Park along the Sterling Highway on Sunday. There also were banners that read slogans such as, "Support the troops — Bring them home." As to why they decided to hold such an event, Gina Savchuk-Jones of Kasilof said, "Because apathy runs rampant. It's time people took notice." Her son, Tom, recently returned — alive — from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Wal-Mart building to start in April
Kenai's acting city manager said Friday that construction on the planned Kenai Wal-Mart store is expected to begin next year.

New mayor taking oath
A new Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor is expected to take the oath of office Tuesday night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, just before the assembly takes up a lengthy agenda that includes electing new assembly officers and accepting and spending several state grants.

Archie G. Phelps Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Archie G. Phelps Jr. died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at his home. He was 72.

Robert McCrosky
Kenai resident Robert "Bicycle Bob" McCrosky died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Robert McCrosky
Kenai resident Robert "Bicycle Bob" McCrosky died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Halloween safety should not be scary
Motorists beware: Ghosts and goblins will be in abundance on area roads Monday evening. In their mad rush to get as much trick-or-treat booty as possible, many children aren't as aware of traffic as they should be during Halloween. Running from house to house, they often fail to look both directions while crossing the street —a situation that's rife with danger.

It's the lives, not the number, that count
It's about to happen again, the inflated importance of a ''milestone'' based on a nice and tidy number. The United States will soon see the death of its 2,000th member of the military since the Iraq war began in March 2003, and with it will come the extended discussions about exit strategies, political implications, and how and why the U.S. went to war.

Voices of the Clarion: Absence makes job fun
I love being at home, but sometimes you just have to experience a little adventure. When I found out last summer that I was chosen to go to a newspaper seminar in Virginia, I was definitely looking forward to some adventure.

Peninsula people
Top 'Pops' awarded Triana, Kapp are smooth talkers Houser deploys to Iraq

Community events
Essay deadline looming Star-gazing class begins Celebration aims to lighten up trails Ducks Unlimited banquet planned Holiday workshop set to decorate Rec center celebrates 25 years Kayak classes to set paddle NRA banquet, auction planned Dog club offers practice run-throughs VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Team will work for uniforms

Around the Peninsula
Essay contest deadline looming Bee keepers buzzing on Winter clothing sought Quilters set to sew VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Senior fall bazaar, bake sale set Medicare to be discussed

Around the Peninsula
KCHS cross-country skiing begins Bee keepers buzzing on Competency-based education talk slated Community discussion planned SoHi craft fair slated SAD presentation slated

Costume Connoisseurs
Ever feel like you've got a superhero in you? How about a household pet, can-can girl or Medieval peasant? If so, you're not alone, nor are you suffering from a psychological dysfunction.

Heros
Project helpers get stamp of approval ILC receives grant

Making happy 'Howl-aweens'
Costumed kids are preparing to go door to door in the pursuit of treats, but not every member of the family may be looking forward to the holiday tradition.

Homer sweeps regions
The Homer High School boys and girls swim teams made a clean sweep of the Region III Swimming and Diving Championships, winning the team titles in both competitions at the meet Saturday in Palmer.

SoHi scrambles Houston
The Soldotna High School hockey team dropped the puck on the new season Saturday in winning fashion, defeating Houston 3-2 in a nonconference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Bulldogs go undefeated
Appropriately, Nikiski senior volleyball players Stacey Griffel, Sasha Auldridge, Amber Huhndorf and Georgie Heaverley left their home floor for the last time as winners.

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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

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