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Sunday, November 9, 2003

State cuts expected to top talks at 2003 AML conference
Revenue sharing, sales taxes, energy policy and funding for public works projects will be among the topics on the table as municipal officials from across Alaska meet in Nome on Monday for the start of the Alaska Municipal League's 53rd Annual Local Government Conference.

Council wants commissioner booted
The city of Kenai's efforts to contract out the management of the Kenai Recreation Center has been a contentious process that has generated strong feelings on both sides of the issue and now may lead to the dismissal of a city commissioner.

Osmar has road dedicated in his honor
Each year, as many as 200,000 clam diggers, beachcombers, fishers and sightseers use a winding, narrow gravel road to access the scenic beach at Clam Gulch. Most of them don't have any idea that before Per Osmar came along, there was no road. Even more don't know that before Osmar came along, there wasn't even a Clam Gulch.

Hard times change life for new author
When a person learns the process of change, that person will acquire the courage to change, according to the author of a new Christian book, "Courage to Change."

Photo feature: Dark side of the moon
The full moon starts to emerge from the shadow of the earth shortly after rising over a spruce forest in Kenai on Saturday night during a total lunar eclipse that was witnessed across much of North America.

Kelly Scott McLay
Nikiski resident Kelly S. McLay died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Nikiski. He was 40.

Robert Lynn Plymire
Longtime Homer resident Bob Plymire died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, from complications of recently diagnosed lung cancer at his home in Homer. He was 62.

Irton Slone
Longtime Kasilof resident Irton Slone died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, of a heart attack at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 70.

What can community do to help ensure quality education?
The discussion currently under way about the pupil-teacher ratio, or PTR, within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is turning the community's attention to key questions: What does a quality education mean? How do you provide it? What matters most for students?

Iraq increasingly echoes Vietnam
WASHINGTON A nation is sharply divided over the president's job performance. Political opponents grumble about the economy. Growing numbers of Americans say going to war was a mistake.

Reaching beyond the stars
Perusing the Internet with my 11-year-old daughter the other day, we came across a recent article about NASA's Voyager Project and how Voyager 1 is nearing the limits of the solar system.

Yonnie, Waisanen renew vows
Dottie Yonnie and Kyle Waisanen renewed their wedding vows Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at the Cho Family's Kenai Riverbend Resort. Hal Smalley officiated.

Taxidermist scrapes out a living
The average day for Kenny Jones isn't for everyone especially those who have weak stomachs or are faint of heart.

Caribbean cruise: From Texas to islands
GALVESTON, TEXAS As the cruise ship pulls away from shore, a tropical mood takes over with a band playing island music and waiters handing out rum fruit drinks.

Taylor, Miller have August wedding
Natalie Taylor of Hillsboro, Ore., and Greg Miller of Nikiski were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, in Hillsboro at the Helevatia Community Church. The Rev. Lawrence Golden officiated.

Saltzgiver, Mears marry in Vegas
Kayla Faye Saltzgiver and Todd Kristoffer Mears of Kenai were married Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, in Las Vegas.

Thailand: Riding away from the tourist traps
SRI LANNA NATIONAL PARK, Thailand. For too many tourists, a visit to Thailand means tiki bars on the beach blasting Bob Marley, or falling prey to the Bangkok "touts" who dupe visitors into buying fake gems or overpriced tailored clothes.

Horsing around: 33-year-old mare has lifetime of fun
YORK, Neb. If horses could talk, this one would have a lot to say.

My best friend
Nine-month-old Tony MacMasers sleeps peacefully while 12-year-old guard dog Corley stands, or sits, guard. Corely belongs to Maxine Howard of Sterling.

Guinea pigs make great first pets for young kids
Guinea pigs are hardy little animals that can make a wonderful first pet for youngsters.

College coach gets record 409th win
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. Winning at St. John's is predictable, just like John Gagliardi's attempts to downplay his success.

Ewing Jr. ready to make name for himself at IU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Pat Ewing Jr. expects the questions, and he's already prepared the answers.

Valley teams sweep III/4A volleyball tourney
Palmer High School won the Region III/4A volleyball tournament hosted by Colony Saturday. Palmer defeated the host Knights in five games.

Seahawks take Grace for district title
In volleyball, it's hard to lose if you don't let the ball hit the ground.

After troubling offseason, teams ready to focus on games
The games can't start soon enough for college basketball.

Seward, Nikiski earn trip to state volleyball championships
Using tenacity and teamwork to overcome a spirited Houston team, the Nikiski Bulldogs claimed third place and a spot in next week's state tournament at the District 3/3A volleyball tournament Saturday at Nikiski.

SoHi second in Seward
The Soldotna High School wrestling team placed second and Nikiski took third in the team standings at the King of the Mountain tournament Saturday in Seward.

Skyview skaters start fast
The Skyview High School hockey team opened its season with a big win, defeating the visiting Nikiski Bulldogs 11-2 in a nonconference game at the Soldotna Sports Center Saturday.

Jones wins majority decision over Tarver
LAS VEGAS (AP) Roy Jones Jr. nearly paid the price for trying to take care of some unfinished business.

Early bird gets the state record
Getting up early paid off one more time for Soldotna senior Abby Kiffmeyer.

Seawolves earn split with Mavericks
MANKATO, Minn. Chris Fournier scored the game-winning goal 32 seconds into the third period to help Alaska-Anchorage defeat Minnesota State, Mankato 2-1 Saturday night.

Campbell has super round
HOUSTON Chad Campbell was going nowhere through eight holes. He finished his round in the record books Saturday with a 10-under-par 61 that gave him a one-stroke lead in the Tour Championship.

Tennessee takes down Miami
MIAMI Tennessee knocked Miami out of the national championship picture Saturday for the first time in four years.

Connecticut still the team to beat in women's college game
When it comes to women's basketball, there's Connecticut and then there's everybody else.

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