Monday, November 21, 2005

NOW PLAYING: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Harry Potter films have accomplished something remarkable, and rarely seen in the annals of film history. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is proof positive that a series of films can maintain consistent quality, despite a rapidly aging cast, and a revolving door of directors. I very much enjoyed this film, and I suppose there are comparisons that can be made with the other three - some things were better, some were worse, but on the whole, I see very little difference in the four films, and I don’t know whether this should be attributed to the strength of J.K. Rowling’s stories or to the resilience of the actors.

Words shouldn’t get in way of democratic process
Wilderness writer Nick Jans, former Alaska Board of Game member Joel Bennett and wilderness writer and photographer Tom Walker are part of a group seeking, by means of petition, to put their concerns about Alaska’s aerial predator management before Alaska voters.

Green vote worth the price?
Alaska, Louisiana Purchases: If you look back at history, our own, you will find great similarities shared by both of this great nations early purchases of land. Just think what it would be like today if the Louisiana Purchase took place and some politicians said, “Oh you can’t drill for oil in Oklahoma. And stay out of Kansas, Washington and Oregon forever!” Should we throw Louisiana in just because we like the river?

Tournament brings extra gift
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and our members, I would like to thank Bob Favretto and the Kenai Chrysler Golf Tournament for their generosity.

Reader favors price competition
I would like to express to you and to the readers of the Clarion, that there are many, many people who are very happy about Wal-Mart coming to the Kenai Peninsula. We have been waiting for this to happen for many years.

Photo feature: Glowing performance
The sun sets Saturday behind trees on the bluff in Kenai. There will be seven hours of sunlight today, with the days getting shorter on the way to the winter solstice on Dec. 21.

Enrollment figures not adding up
Using this year’s 2 percent decrease in enrollment in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, a six-year projection prepared by Melody Douglas, chief financial officer for the district, shows a drop of more than 800 students in the next six years. Douglas will present the report at the KPBSD school board meeting Monday.

Kenai library offering ways to fight off effects of winter
Cabin fever, winter blues, seasonal affective disorder — there are many names for the depression that creeps its way into the lives of many Alaskans at this time of year as the mercury drops, the days grow shorter and the dark nights ever longer.

Problems delay trip back to state
After six years in Nicaragua, four Nikiski residents returned home after several problems kept them in the country longer than expected.

Kenai selling parcels
Wal-Mart was not the only issue facing the Kenai City Council at its four-hour long meeting Wednesday night.

Sterling youth cinches spot on AWG Team Alaska
Team Alaska has announced the selection of the dog mushing team for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, and one of them is a Kenai Peninsula youth.

CO dangers increase as winter sets in
Carbon monoxide is odorless, invisible and can kill a person in minutes. For those reasons, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has labeled it the silent killer.

Foreign lifestyle teaches lessons
Maria Pedro and her seven children left the comforts of their home in Nikiski in 1999 to serve as missionaries in Nicaragua. While there, the family learned firsthand many lessons that would last a lifetime.

Cindie June Patton
Kenai resident Cindie June Patton died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at Shoshone Medical Center in Kellogg, Idaho. She was 47.

Barbara M. Osborn
Kenai resident Barbara M. Osborn died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. She was 32.

Agrium plan could be the right answer
Agrium’s announcement Wednesday that it may have found a way to turn things around was a breath of fresh air for the Kenai Peninsula.

What makes us believe men, women in black so supreme?
Like most, I believe if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and looks like a duck, it probably is a duck, and therein, I think, is the problem with our federal government’s judicial branch.

Community News
Table tennis tournament setSenior cafe openSAD presentation slatedCraft fairs vendors neededPie fund-raiser gets cookingChristmas celebration setParade entries soughtWomen's basketball league formingMaster gardeners to take root

Around the Peninsula
Breakfast buffet set to servePie fund-raiser gets cookingPsychology program to be discussedClarion seeks new neighborsCommunity dinner set to feastWrestling camp takes it to the mat


Around the Peninsula
Fried turkey fund-raiser sizzlingPie fund-raiser gets cookingDrivers safety class scheduledTeam trying to score odd jobsSwim coach soughtCommunity group seeking members

My best friend
Two of Pat and Jackie Hewett's best friends also are best friends. Rosco, a Gordon setter, and Axel, a domestic gray tabby, are best buddies. They are area rescue pets and watch out for each other all the time around the Hewett home on Strawberry Road. Bedtime is their favorite time.

Panthers fifth at North/South
Skyview led all peninsula schools by taking fifth place at the North/South Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday at Wasilla High School.

Kenai turns back Skyview’s effort
The Kenai Central High School hockey team found itself with its hands full Saturday, facing Skyview in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Stars split hockey tilts in Anchorage
The Soldotna hockey team defeated host Eagle River 5-2 Friday behind a hat trick from Anton Olson.

Skyview to host wrestling camp
The Lil’ Grappler’s Wrestling Camp will be held at Skyview High School Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Kards shut out Mariners
The Kenai Central hockey team came into Friday’s North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center pumped up to play a Homer squad that had scored an impressive victory over Houston on Nov. 10.

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Goldstein earns All-Midwest honor
Ari Goldstein, a 2005 graduate of Soldotna High School, was named to the All-Midwest Regional Team at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship at Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 12.

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