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Sunday, November 16, 2003

Snow enthusiasts revel in first worthwhile arrival of the season
After nearly two years of unusually snowless conditions, the central Kenai Peninsula finally returned to normal last week when almost a foot of snow covered the area in wintry white.

Gov: Lease buyback an option
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Thursday afternoon the state could consider buying back shallow natural gas leases sold earlier this year on more than 20,000 acres of state and private land around Homer if that was what residents wanted.

Borough encounters resistance on meeting broadcast contract
Kachemak Bay Broadcasting Inc. is in line for a contract to air future meetings of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly beginning in January, but the owner of the broadcast corporation that currently does that job has filed a protest.

Alaska Municipal League: Tap permanent fund
FAIRBANKS (AP) Municipal leaders from 65 Alaska communities say management of the $26 billion Alaska Permanent Fund should be modified and money used for public services.

FAA statistics show falling rate of Alaska plane crashes
ANCHORAGE Air travel in Alaska is getting safer, according to the latest statistics released by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Legislators seeking residents' ideas on key money matters
"The people," as in "we, the people," often criticize government officials for not listening to them, for taking government out of their hands.

Not home for the holidays
It's snowing! For some reason, whenever I see snow, I think of the holidays. I'm not sure why, because I've never experienced a white Christmas. Still, as the powder flew through the air last week, I suddenly realized it's November, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas is close on its heels.

Bush's trip to Britain comes at bad time
WASHINGTON It seems like a colossal case of bad timing on both sides of the Atlantic, a state visit to Britain while both President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are mired in slumping approval ratings because of continuing turmoil in Iraq.

Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps to visit peninsulaAviation safety meeting setWomen voters to meetCraft bazaar, auction scheduledOutdoor club meeting setAARP to plan activitiesKennel club offering dog classes

Ping, Robinson marry in Tennessee
Stefanie Yvonne Ping and Jason Lee Robinson of Albertville, Ala., had a small, intimate wedding Saturday, July 12, 2003, at the Little Log Wedding Chapel in Gatlinburg, Texas.

Delago, McCaughey wed in Kenai
Maria Jean Delago and Christopher Milton McCaughey of Nikiski were married Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Our Lady of The Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Father Frank Reitter officiated.

Retired physicist lives in eccentric abodes
Like a potter at his wheel, James Donally cups his hands as if holding something fragile. He's not shaping a vase, but explaining the logic in the contour of his abode an egg-shaped geodesic dome wrapped around a tree trunk on his three-acre compound east of Homer.

Norton, Harrell have November wedding
Pamela K. Norton and Rex Lloyd Harrell of Kenai were married at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov., 1, 2003, in Mesquite, Nev.

Fun furniture: Exercise balls as office chairs
WASHINGTON At work, Pam O'Donnell types at her computer, talks on the phone and, every so often, bounces a bit on a big blue ball.

Subway pitchman Jared lost pounds, then anonymity
TAMPA, Fla. Like many famous people, Jared Fogle rarely gets through a meal in a restaurant without being interrupted by well-meaning people introducing themselves.

Vacations aren't always good times for pets
ARDMORE, Okla. If you're planning on taking your pet on vacation, there's a few things to remember.

Helping those who help animals
As the holidays grow near, many animal lovers are milling over the idea of making a contribution to a humane charity. Giving to a worthy cause can be a noble endeavor, but there are many things to consider before opening the wallet.

My best friend
Mikaela Reilly Nelson of Kenai enjoys babysitting Barney, a silky terrier. Nelson is the granddaughter of Pat Reilly of Kenai.

LSU beats 'Cats
EUGENE, Ore. Seimone Augustus scored 19 points, and ninth-ranked LSU beat Villanova 63-56 Saturday to advance to the championship game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic.

Panthers top Lions; SoHi wrestlers lose close dual to ACS
The Soldotna, Skyview and Kenai Central wrestling teams got a chance to test themselves against one of the state's top small schools Friday night at Soldotna.

Kardinals rough up Soldotna
The Kenai Central High School hockey team ran its record to 2-0 against rival Soldotna this season, but the gap between the two teams has certainly narrowed over the past week.

Agassi meets Federer in Masters Cup final
HOUSTON Andre Agassi is one match from becoming the oldest winner of the ATP Tour's season-ending championship.

Nikiski nabs sixth at state
Coming into the 2003 season, not many people were looking at the Nikiski Bulldogs as one of the top teams in the state. But with a strong showing at the state tournament this weekend at West High School in Anchorage, Nikiski showed it can definitely run with the big dogs.

Niedermayer, Brodeur lead Devils' shutout domination of Rangers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Niedermayer had a goal and two assists, and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for his 67th career shutout, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 5-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Oklahoma, USC still on collision course
NORMAN, Okla. Jason White threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma's defense didn't allow a touchdown for the third straight week, lifting the No. 1 Sooners to a 41-3 victory over Baylor on Saturday.

Sports Briefs
UAA picks up loss, tieTeams out to prove there's more than UConn

Spurs rally to avoid ugly road loss to Wizards
WASHINGTON Malik Rose scored 23 points, Tim Duncan had 17, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a lethargic start at the end of a road trip to beat the Washington Wizards 95-71 Saturday night.

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