Monday, November 7, 2005

I don’t really know what I was expecting out of Jarhead, Sam Mendes’ darkly humorous and disturbing portrait of the first Gulf War, but an extended metaphor on sexual frustration wasn’t it. As he proved in American Beauty, Mendes once again proves his talent for flipping tried and true Americana on its back to reveal an underbelly as black as night.

Nice shot
Todd Black steadies his dog Erik as Tim Bowser gives him a rabies vaccine during a free rabies clinic at the Soldotna Animal Shelter Saturday morning. Volunteers administered several hundred shots in about five hours, according to shelter manager Marianne Clark.

School board seeks budget input
In a quest for public input on developing a budget for fiscal year 2006-07, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board and members of KPBSD's administration will hold a public budget forum in Homer today.

Dialing up a council meeting
After picking apart a proposed ordinance, the Kenai City Council voted Wednesday to allow telephonic participation in council meetings.

Child molester opts to remain jailed
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man with several convictions for molesting teenage boys says he'll continue to do so, and possibly will kill someone, if he's not locked up for good.

Winter gets speedy welcome
With the sun looming behind the trees, a large crowd set off running toward the Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School on Friday to familiarize themselves with the trail system.

Worth the weight
Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but many who relish the holiday for all the good eats are already trying to decide where their dinner bird should come from. Enter Cad-Re Pet Supply and Feed store in Soldotna to help with this weighty issue.

Area women set to serve
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday named three Soldotna women to statewide boards. Dr. Regina Chennault was appointed to the state's Violent Crimes Compensation Board, while former Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford was named to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. In addition, Linda Hutchings was named to serve on the statewide Workers' Compensation Board.

Derrel Wayne Pryor
Soldotna resident Derrel Wayne Pryor died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Voices of the Clarion: Labra-do or Labra-don't?
Ever heard of a Labradoodle? How about a Yorkiepoo? Maybe a puggle, at the very least?

Splitting 9th Circuit is natural progression
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the right track with legislation she is co-sponsoring that would split the massive and overburdened 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new court to hear cases from many western states.

Clarion changes designed to make positive difference
Change is good.. Most people believe that — until they're faced with having to make changes. Most often, change is followed by resistance. But eventually people grow to accept it and move on.

Around the State
Juneau assemblyman proposes cutting city fuel oil tax Union disputes will likely go before court Kodiak Assembly wants to reopen oil spill suit

Alicia Brewer-Maltby and Shawn Maltby of Kenai

Around the Peninsula
Flu shots available PFLAG meting slated Swim lesson to make a splash Photo guild to meet Recycling group to gather again Democrats to meet Multiple sclerosis group meeting set Blood drive slated Sterling bazaar fund-raiser set

Bauer, Painter marry in Kasilof Nelson, Farrar marry in Tennessee Richardson, Warren announce engagement

Around the Peninsula
Quilters set to sew Flu shots available Swim team hopefuls set for plunge Holiday workshop set to decorate Rec center to celebrate Blood drive on tap Auction, chili feed fund-raiser set to dish SoHi craft fair slated

The Sky Guy: Winter brings prime viewing
Winter has almost arrived and that means the bounty of the beautiful winter sky charms us once more.

Caffeination fascination
From its humble beginning as an Arab elixir in Yemen more than 1,000 years ago, coffee has come a long way, crossing oceans and infiltrating cultures and currently seems to be percolating its way into every area of American — and Alaskan — life.

My best friend
Roxane Dodds sits with her pet chow, Rusty, who is a therapy dog at Heritage Place in Soldotna. Dodds said the residents and staff at Heritage love Rusty's thick fur and playful, but well-disciplined, behavior.

Grace upsets Nikiski
Grace Christian defeated Nikiski in the finals of the Southcentral Conference volleyball tournament Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Colony sweeps Kenai for crown
Kenai Central took a step up Saturday evening, but still came up a bit short against the Colony Knights, dropping a 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 decision in the Northern Lights Conference championship volleyball match at Soldotna High School.

Dimond dominates Peninsula Ice Challenge
The Dimond hockey team went 3-0 to win the Horizon Lines Peninsula Ice Challenge Thursday through Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Mishler claims state
A state championship isn't a bad way to cap a career. "I'm feeling pretty good. It's been a good last meet for high school," said Kenai Central's Landon Mishler after claiming first place on the boys 50-yard freestyle Saturday at the state swimming and diving championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Senior activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna

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