Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Grand Opening was a success
If anything went right for Heidi Linz of Little Depression Girl on November 8th, it would have been from when she opened her doors to welcome her first customers until she wished the last one a good evening. Her Grand Opening was a success.

Nothing for 2003 means bigger and better for 2004
Although mother nature was less than cooperative towards winter enthusiasts across the Kenai Peninsula in 2003, the volunteers that coordinate the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race used the hiatus to prepare for an even better race in 2004.

Tails from the Trail
My husband, an Iditarod musher, has encountered many unique challenges while traveling throughout Alaska on the runners of a dog sled. From hair raising to humorous, these challenges have both inspired me, and made me question his sanity on occasion. Of the many "tails of the trail" that he has lived to tell about, one stands out as a neon reminder to me as to why I might think twice about stepping on the runners of a dog sled.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Womack moved by Alaska move
When Nikiski senior Zach Womack found out the summer before his sixth grade year that he would be moving from Texas to Alaska, his thoughts did not turn to igloos, interminable darkness or stinging cold.

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.

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.

Assembly prepares for eventful meeting
It could be a long night. A multitude of ordinances are up for public hearing at tonight's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, as members will consider such diverse subjects as buying a $14,000 defibrillator for Anchor Point emergency volunteers to approving purchase of a $1.3 million magnetic resonance imaging system for Central Peninsula General Hospital.

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.

Murkowski pushes Alaska hire
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski is pushing for companies to increase the percentage of Alaskans on their payrolls.

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

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.

Charges against couple with wolf hybrids expected to be dropped
A Kasilof couple who raises and shows hybrid wolves is awaiting final word on dismissal of criminal charges alleging 21 counts of unlawful possession of a wolf hybrid that is not on a national registry.

Market wild about salmon
Although it may be a bit premature to say consumers are going crazy for Kenai Wild fish, it's safe to say the premium grade, locally produced sockeye salmon is catching on with consumers in the Lower 48.

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

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

Bonnie Rumley
Longtime Sterling area resident Bonnie Rumley died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in her sleep. She was 74.

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

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

Alaskans sending clear message: State needs long-range fiscal plan
Representatives of several major Alaska business and civic organizations sent a loud and unified message recently to Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Legislature's Republican and Democratic leaders: The state needs a long-range fiscal plan, and it needs one now.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Homer chamber mixer setChristmas bazaar planned in HomerFish and Game advisory committee to meetPlanning and zoning meeting canceledNative Christmas bazaar plannedVolunteers sought for air quality research

Cassidy Lynn King Katie Leanne Wolin

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Ohio State moves up past Southern California in BCS
Ohio State moved past USC into second place in the BCS standings Monday. Even so, the Buckeyes might need more than a win at Michigan to defend their championship.

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.

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.

Huskies start out strong
STORRS. Conn. Connecticut needed 20 minutes to start looking like the No. 1 team in the country.

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

Rockets rock 76ers
PHILADELPHIA Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points, and Yao Ming and Jim Jackson each added 12 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 74-66 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

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

Owens ready for prime time
SAN FRANCISCO Terrell Owens had been ordinary so far this season, with drops, distractions and double coverages all conspiring against one of football's most exciting players.

Sports Briefs
NBA approves realignment planKasten out as president of Braves, HawksYankees asked to consider opening season in JapanVikings player arrested on DWI

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.

Sabres stop Senators
OTTAWA (AP) J.P. Dumont and James Patrick scored 14 seconds apart early in the third and Martin Biron made 23 saves in the Buffalo Sabres' 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Monday night.

Rangers' Rodriguez takes home MVP, increases trade value
NEW YORK For sale: American League MVP. Asking price: about $179 million.

Photo feature: Bad camouflage
A cow moose finds it hard to blend into its snow-covered surroundings alongside the Kenai Spur Highway as it browses last weekend.

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