Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Bonds lays claim to MVP
NEW YORK Barry Bonds won his record seventh NL MVP award in a walk.

No matter what time of the year you venture out into the wilderness it seems like we always need a campfire of some type. In the summer it serves many purposes to provide heat to cook on, smoke to help keep the bugs away and also as a deterrent predator animals (hopefully)! In the wintertime it provides heat besides a place to dry wet clothing and often times much needed light.

Birch Tree Gallery is Some Kind of Wonderful
When you enter the front door of Birch Tree Gallery you feel as if you have definitely entered a whimsical art exhibit.

Famous Basketball Troop Rolls Into Town
Harlem Globetrotter Legend CURLY NEAL along with members of the 2004 Harlem Globetrotters & Comedy Basketball Stars will be coming to the Peninsula for the first time in many years for a fun and exciting Charity Basketball Game on Friday, November 19, 2004 at Kenai Central School Gym at 6:00pm

Creating Holiday Memories
I tend to believe that creative people were placed on this earth with the specific purpose of saving me from myself. Being not of a creative bent myself, if it involves more than clipping the tag off of it, odds are not too good that the project will be successful if left up to me.

NOW PLAYING: The Polar Express
Remember when computer animation was little more than a geometric landscape with patterns laid over it, populated by herky jerky automatons bounding around the screen? Well, have we ever come a long way. I keep thinking we've hit the top. When Toy Story came out, everyone said that was the best they'd ever seen. Finding Nemo - wow. Miles ahead of Toy Story. How could it get any better? The hyper-realistic illustrated world of The Polar Express is director Robert Zemeckis' answer.

Proposition 1 took government out of the hands of the people
Recently voters passed Proposition 1 by a narrow margin. This proposition made it more difficult for a citizen to get an issue before the voters that the Legislature wouldn't address. One of the rationales behind the proposition was that voters should leave natural resource management issues to the people who understand the issues. I think this thinking is flawed.

Johnson making bid for Cup
DARLINGTON, S.C. Jimmie Johnson has fought through mistakes, mechanical failures and the despair of losing friends in a plane crash to charge back into NASCAR's closest championship battle ever.

Good morning. Something to think about: "A smile's great. A memory is even better." Jacquy Pfeiffer

Hi, neighbors. If you were unable to attend the meeting last week in Ninilchik to review the preliminary draft of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's 2005 comprehensive plan and make your comments, you have until Friday to fill out a comment form and questionnaire, which can be obtained from the borough. You also may make comment online through the project Web site www.kpbcompplan.com. The next draft of the plan is to be presented to the borough Planning Commission in mid-December.

Greetings from Kasilof. News about the Kenai Peninsula Borough comprehensive plan update. Those folks who were unable to attend the meetings may obtain comment forms and questionnaires from the borough.

Happy November, neighbors. Did you figure out where you stored your ice cleats last spring when breakup finally came? There's nothing quite like rain on top of snow, plus a good freeze at night to have us digging in the winter stuff to find something to help us walk on the ice without doing an unplanned show angel across the parking lot.

Hi, neighbors. Sterling neighbor, Sgt. Darrell Card is currently serving in the armed forces in Iraq. Darrell grew up in Homer, but his dad, Michael Card, lives in our neighborhood. His grandmother, Alice Card, is an active member of the Sterling Senior Center. Darrell will be spending at least 18 months out of the country.

Monique Ischi-Rath and Johannes of Vienna, Austria, have a new addition to their family. Nikhita (Nikita) arrived Nov. 3. He was 3.150 kilograms and 50 centimetes long.

Cooper Landing
Marine Lance Corp. Dustin Dreifuerst attached to HQ Platoon, A Company, is stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. Camp Lejeune is Dustin's permanent duty station but his outfit is now attached to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. In his first Iraq deployment, Dustin's job is driving a light armored reconnaissance vehicle, or LAR.

Soldotna city manager surprised with award
Tom Boedeker is usually the first person to know what's happening. So it was a bit of turnabout over the weekend, when the Soldotna city manager was awarded the Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership Award over the weekend by the Alaska Municipal League.

Photo feature: Lightin' up
Booker Evans, right, helps his friend Hanna Schott hang lights on the front of her home in Kenai last weekend. Evans lives in Anchorage and was here visiting. "I came down for a little country living," he said.

Getting a handle on ice
Jim Barkman shovels a load of sand into his truck Saturday afternoon from a sand pile the city of Kenai maintains for public use on Willow Street past the animal shelter. Barkman said he lives on a hill, so he wanted to be prepared in case it got any icier. "It can be pretty bad," he said.

Alaskans not well covered
Results from a nationwide study assessing health care in all 50 states show that, like the others, Alaska faces rapidly rising costs in the delivery of long-term care, child care, Medicaid and in the prices for prescription drugs.

Alaska House now back under GOP control after brief tug-of-war
A Democrat-led coalition with a group of Republicans that briefly claimed control of the Alaska House over the weekend appeared to have fizzled and come apart by Monday, putting a GOP-led majority back in firm control, members of the Kenai Peninsula delegation said Monday.

Priorities head list of school board plans
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will meet today to piece together state and federal legislative priorities to take to Juneau, which likely will move into final action at the Dec. 6 board meeting.

Thieves grab attention of Kenai police
Someone has been illegally entering vehicles, garages and some homes in Kenai neighborhoods off Forest Drive for the past three weekends, and police are increasing patrols in hopes of putting an end to the mischief.

Senior population grows as Last Frontier matures
ANCHORAGE Alaska was supposed to be a one-year stint when Lorene Harrison arrived in 1928 to take a job teaching music and home economics in Anchorage, a small frontier town in the wilderness.

One team, new leaders
ANCHORAGE (AP) House Democrats have teamed up with Republican colleagues to form a new Republican-led majority coalition.

Winter Games head agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will address a long list of ordinances up for public hearings at today's meeting in Soldotna.

Dorothy J. Gauthier
Soldotna resident Dorothy J. Gauthier died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna in her sleep. She was 89.

Albert E. Baktuit
Alaska Native Albert E. Baktuit died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 68.

Russell A. Burnett
Longtime Soldotna resident Russell A. Burnett died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

Jeffrey Alan Ring
Soldotna resident Jeffrey Alan Ring died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of a brain aneurysm. He was 30.

Bruce W. 'Hoppy' Haskell
Anchorage resident Bruce W. "Hoppy" Haskell died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, near Anchorage. He was 48.

Dorothy J. Gauthier
Soldotna resident Dorothy J. Gauthier died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna in her sleep. She was 89.

Bush wants to cut some budget pork
President Bush wants to resurrect the presidential line-item veto, a waste-busting tool the U.S. Supreme Court buried as unconstitutional six years ago.

The immigration blues
SEATTLE Got the blue-state blues? Rudi Kischer feels your pain.

Fault lines showing in Muslim world
The two events in settings as different as tidy and prosperous Holland and a tropical rubber plantation in southern Thailand bear similarities suggesting new flash points in the global struggle against radical Islam.

Economic signs appear to be pointing in the right direction
Rising energy costs appeared to be jeopardizing the economic recovery for a while, but there has been more than a little good news in the past week.

A message home from the troops
Happy Veterans Day to all you veterans on the Kenai Peninsula. Thanks for a job well done. Thank you for the great service to our nation. It's to you that my family and my children are able to live free.

Study: Parents want government to limit sex, violence on TV
WASHINGTON Nearly two-thirds of parents in a new survey want the government to place tighter controls on sex and violence on television, re-searchers said recently.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game meeting setBazaar fund-raiser scheduledCoping with the holidays focus of workshopSnaring seminar setChristmas bazaar slatedNRA plans banquetFair trade craft sale plannedSoroptimists offer volunteer awardChristmas cookies available

Community news
Veterans given allotments for local medical transport with CARTS Blood drive set Coping with the holidays workshop scheduled Kidney support group to meet Globetrotters to play at KCHS Donations for orphanage sought Red Hat information available Toy and Joy applications being accepted

Around the Peninsula
Chugach closed to motorized use Fish and Game to meet Wings safety meeting scheduled Dinner theater fund-raiser set Holiday bazaar planned Junior Miss application deadline nears Animal sanctuary fund-raiser slated Community Thanksgiving dinner set Food handlers class scheduled Choir fund-raiser planned Safe Sitter classes offered

Peninsula People
Second-grader donates hats Albertson to compete in Princess pageant Moore becomes chaplain assistant

'Extreme Makeover' treats Washington family to new home
KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) Is it possible to build a 3,200-square-foot home with six bedrooms from the ground up in just one week? Only on reality TV.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

U.S. residents flock to get flu shots at British Columbia clinic
OSOYOOS, British Columbia (AP) Hundreds of people drove across the Canadian border to take advantage of a special flu vaccine clinic for U.S. citizens.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Pittsburgh rookie rolls to 7-0
CLEVELAND Ben Roethlisberger became the first rookie quarterback to begin 7-0 since the 1970 merger, and Jerome Bettis had two short touchdown runs, leading the Steelers to a 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Texas women tip-off season with big win
AUSTIN, Texas Tiffany Jackson scored 15 points after sitting out most of the first half and No. 2 Texas got a career game from senior Mercedes Williams in beating No. 21 Penn State 84-69 in the Tip-Off Classic on Sunday.

United stands tall D.C. dominates K.C. for fourth MLS title
CARSON, Calif (AP) Peter Nowak had an empty feeling when he left the MLS Cup four years ago. He was beaming this time.

Kenai's Hall has two tackles in win
Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, had an assisted tackle and an unassisted tackle in the Atlanta Falcons' 24-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

Manning to start instead of Warner
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Eli Manning has replaced Kurt Warner as the New York Giants' starting quarterback.

KPHA PeeWee B goes 4-0 on weekend
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team went 4-0 this weekend in games in Soldotna and Kenai.

Sports briefs
Two Bulldogs, one Kardinal make state volleyball all-tournament teams Kenai to host high school basketball camp SoHi, Skyview grapplers pin losses on Kenai Globetrotters to play at KCHS Wallyball league forming

Kuehne, Sluman shoot past field
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman birdied four of the last five holes and beat Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch by two strokes at the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Sunday.

Computers keep Oklahoma No. 2 in the BCS
Computers prefer Oklahoma over Auburn and Southern California.

Bucks stopped by Heat in OT
MIAMI Keyon Dooling forced a second overtime with a running layup, and the Miami Heat took advantage by scoring the first seven points of the extra session in a 112-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.

Owens, Eagles destroy Cowboys
IRVING, Texas Donovan McNabb spun away from one would-be tackler and sprinted to his right, only to find another defender waiting. So he went back to his left, chased by two more players, and finally heaved the ball, letting loose a 60-yard pass that looked more like a punt.

No. 2 Wake Forest stops George Washington 76
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest alternated between thrilling and ragged in its debut as the nation's second-ranked team Monday.

Sharapova takes crown
LOS ANGELES Serena Williams' injury-induced weakened serves drove Maria Sharapova to distraction. Two games from ending the season in defeat, the Russian teenager focused on holding her own serve.

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