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Monday, November 17, 2003

NOW PLAYING: Master & Commander / School of Rock
Living where we do, we have come to accept the fact that we don't always get the best movies as soon as they come out. Sometimes we do, but with only five screens to serve most of the Peninsula, sometimes we

Economic development ideas: wildlife viewing area, Native village
The latest push in the city of Kenai on economic development caused me to review suggestions I have place in this page over the years. Ideas specific to the city were ways to provide more things of interest to tourists to get them and the cruise packagers to make Kenai a major stop rather than just an occasional 30-minute whistle stop at the visitors center.

Parks and rec commissioner should have right to disagree with council
Hmmm, let me see. A man that has served on the Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission for about 25 years (Dick Hultberg) disagrees with the council and the mayor so he gets a notice he should resign.

Those concerned about class sizes should attend school board meeting
I have been pleased to see the Clarion's coverage concerning the student to teacher ratio crisis in our schools.

Tonight offers chance to speak out against raising pupil-teacher ratio
Tonight at 7:30 at the Borough Building in Soldotna, the school board will be voting on PTR, pupil-teacher ratio. Let board members know that cutting programs is not the solution to lowering PTR.

State doesn't need another magazine with 'sex appeal'
Just what Alaska needs! Another magazine with "sex appeal" this one published locally in a state that already holds the national lead for disrespectful and abusive behavior towards women.

Does Alaska's governor need lesson from 'The Terminator'?
Gov. Frank Murkowski has thumbed his nose at the majority of Alaskans who have twice voted to stop the aerial hunting of wolves and the practice of chasing them to the point of exhaustion and then landing to kill them on the ground. Yep, a real man's sport!

Elliott blows tire, lead at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. A blown tire on the last lap cost Bill Elliott a second straight victory and gave Bobby Labonte the win Sunday in the era-ending Winston Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Photo feature: Crystal clear
Blades of grass, heavy with hoar frost, hang on the Kenai River flats near Bridge Access Road Saturday morning, evidence of the recent cold snap.

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.

Consolidation, PTR top school board agenda
Many of the issues facing the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will receive attention tonight, as the school board meets to discuss consolidation, cocurricular activities and class sizes, among other things.

Agencies work to keep water program funding
A draft agreement between federal and state environmental agencies could restore at least some funding for citizen-based water-quality monitoring programs in Kenai Peninsula watersheds that was stripped away in budget moves by state environmental officials earlier this year.

Smith sentencing postponed a month
The sentencing of convicted murderer Billy D. Smith again was postponed Thursday by Superior Court Judge Elaine Andrews.

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.

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.

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.

Turkey giveaway gives customers chance to ponder weighty issues
With their cherry red, nearly featherless heads and plump, round bodies covered in a dark plumage that's iridescent in the sun, the two large turkeys living in a pen in front of the Cad-Re Pet Supply and Feed store in Soldotna have become almost commonplace.

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.

Alice M. Rumley
Sterling resident Alice M. Rumley died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at her home. She was 74.

Dorothy Leach
Longtime Alaskan Dorothy Leach died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at her home in Kenai. She was 45.

Russell M. Odd
Clam Gulch resident Russell M. Odd died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 74.

Peter Johnson
Soldotna resident Peter Johnson died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at his home. He was 54.

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.

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.

10,000 steps leads to new friends, new adventures with grandkids
The evening of Sept. 18, my sister and I stood in line to sign up for Central Peninsula General Hospital's 10,000 Step Program. We had been talking about doing "something" to get us over the middle-aged hump of our mostly sedentary lifestyle.

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.

Legislature should put percent of market value proposal on 2004 ballot What others say
Alaskans may get a dramatic demonstration next year on how the permanent fund can be better managed and put more money in their pockets.

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.

Births
Cassidy Lynn King Katie Leanne Wolin

Three cheers for cheerleaders
Soldotna High School cheerleaders Kelsey Cusack, Emma Seggerman, Kayla Mullican, Andrea Cordova, Gi

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.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Holiday nutrition classes offered Disabled vets to meet Tickets still available for NRA banquet Alliance to meet Tuesday Wolf to hold town hall meeting

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.

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

Peninsula People
Oliver graduates basic training Reamer to serve his country

Community News
Samaritans to collect gifts for Christmas Application deadline looming for Junior Miss Local businesses to support food bank Hospice to hold remembrance celebration Lt. Gov. Leman creates awards SeaLife Center plans gingerbread house contest

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

KCHS Sports Swap draws weekend crowd
This time last year when temperatures were still in the 40s and there wasn't any snow yet, not many people were out shopping for skis and other winter gear.

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.

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.

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

Atlanta mauls Florida
ATLANTA Francis Lessard and Tommi Santala scored their first NHL goals and Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak.

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.

South Africa wins World Cup of golf
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. South Africa's Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini combined to shoot a 1-over-par 73 Sunday for a four-stroke victory at the World Cup.

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.

Kings continue to rule Golden State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 33 points and Bobby Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 50.4 seconds remaining to lead Sacramento to a 106-104 win Sunday night over Golden State, the Kings' 15th straight victory over the Warriors.

No. 3 Texas women take out No. 2 Duke
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Nina Norman and Tiffany Jackson scored 15 points apiece Sunday to lead No. 3 Texas to an 85-77 win over the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils in the Women's Tip-Off Classic.

Bengals take down Chiefs
CINCINNATI Relax, 1972 Miami Dolphins. Your undefeated season is still unmatched.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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