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Monday, November 10, 2003

NOW PLAYING: The Matrix Revolutions
As a general rule, I try to avoid reading the reviews for a film I'm about to critique. It's a powerful temptation to take others opinions and meld them into your own, and suddenly your review is based on hype instead of the film's merits.

Students are the big losers in the event of strike at KPC
I have tried to stay out of the pending "strike issue" at Kenai Peninsula College as long as I could in the hopes that both sides could come to an agreement.

Kenseth rocks to first cup win
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. The pressure that has been Matt Kenseth's constant companion for the past few months is gone.

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.

Detector going into service at courthouse
Beginning today, all visitors to the Kenai Courthouse will be required to pass through a metal detector like the ones used at major airports.

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.

Fund-raiser garners support for mushers
The tiny town of Kasilof came together at the Decanter Inn on Saturday to support two of its own.

Working for the U.S.A.
As veterans organizations across America gather Tuesday to pay tribute to men and women who have served and are serving in the military, many will have their minds on the war in Iraq and the many U.S. soldiers dying there in service to their country.

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.

Groups plan activities for Veterans Day
Central Kenai Peninsula veterans organizations will gather for a ceremony honoring military service people past and present at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Veterans Day, at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.

Fish issues should be tabled
Saying there's not enough information available to make major changes to the state's sustainable salmon policy, the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Commit-tee voted last week to recommend that two proposals to the Alaska Board of Fisheries be tabled for at least one year.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Immigration system in need of overhaul What others say
If you had wondered about the scope of illegal immigration in the U.S., the federal government provided a broad hint last week by arresting approximately 300 undocumented workers at 60 Wal-Mart stores across the country.

Economy on rebound, despite Bush's critics What others say
Leaving money in the hands of those who earned it, and want to increase it, may have been the smartest thing the U.S. government has done in many years, judging by this week's report on Gross Domestic Product.

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.

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.

Presidential race may be decided by states that have lost most jobs
WASHINGTON Presidential politics and free trade seldom mix well.

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?

Around the Peninsula
LIO teleconferences set Gary Stevens to moderate meeting Pioneers to gather Children's education group to meet Health center to close for Veterans Day Fish and Game advisory committee to meet Teacher regulations to be discussed Ventilation class scheduled

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.

A hero's welcome
Two American bald eagles flew past the window outside the Riverside House restaurant Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information on a class, call the Community Schools office at 262-6768. Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or wait unattended while a parent attends a class.

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

Community News
Sports, activity poster contest offered Exchange program seeking volunteers

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.

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Births
Ellen and Roman Kendall Jacqueline and Jeremy Nunley Melissa and Duane Piatt Rainee and Ben Pontius Julie and Rick Stephens

Peninsula People
Folkestad, Adams join Air Force Alexander commissioned as second lieutenant

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Artest, O'Neal set pace against Philly
PHILADELPHIA Ron Artest scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight win, an 85-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

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

Jackets win with rare scoring punch
COLUMBUS, Ohio Enforcer Jody Shelley had his first career two-goal game and the Columbus Blue Jackets rediscovered their power play in a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Calgary Flames.

NHL's Panthers fire Keenan after dismal start
SUNRISE, Fla. Mike Keenan was supposed to change the Florida Panthers' fortunes. When he couldn't, they changed coaches.

Campbell spoils Tiger's money bid
HOUSTON The only thing the Tour Championship settled was what everyone knew all along: Chad Campbell has the game to beat the best.

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.

Chiefs bury Browns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Trent Green threw three touchdown passes and Priest Holmes scored two touchdowns, leading streaking Kansas City (9-0) over the troubled Browns (3-6).

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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