Sunday, November 23, 2003

Laws won't protect citizens from side effects of gas production
As concerns grow over the impending coalbed methane production in the Kenai and Homer area, it would be interesting to know how many people in Homer have actually lived in a gas and oil producing country?

Gas development not bad idea, but state must ensure it's done right
I would like to express my view of methane gas in the lower Kenai Peninsula Borough. I am not opposed to development, but I am opposed to the lease that the State of Alaska issued to Lapp Resources-Unocal without going through a normal process of public hearings.

Support, don't criticize government in effort to buy back leases
Let's stop complaining about government. Write Gov. Frank Murkowski today and commend him for his perceptiveness.

Public hearing delivers opinions but no suggestions to fix state predicament
At a public hearing in Soldotna on Thursday, Kenai Peninsula residents told members of the House Ways and Means Committee that the state government still is too large and should be shrunk, but few offered specifics about where the budget axe could fall without causing pain.

Tough choices await administration
Putting the state's fiscal crisis in perspective, Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Alaska faces some stark realities, and the Legislature and Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration will have to make some tough choices in order to balance the budget.

Consistent numbers make POMV approach possible option
Under current law, the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund cannot be tapped to provide funds for state programs.

Naming of ball fields put on hold
Saying it needs more public input, the Kenai City Council decided to wait until later this month to decide whether to name the Kenai softball complex in honor of Steve Shearer, one of the original organizers of the town's recreational softball league and an instrumental part of the fields being built.

Kenai tables decision on Millennium Commission
Creating the Millennium Commission likely won't take a thousand years, but it will be two more weeks before the Kenai City Council decides what form the new economic development commission will take.

Travel forecast: Expect delays
People planning to travel during the upcoming holiday season are being advised to arrive at airports especially early and wear slip-on shoes.

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

Blessed with watery wealth
When my summertime guests visited Alaska for their first time last June, they were unsurprisingly taken by the long days, slightly enriched by finding a bit of color as we panned for gold and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all our critters from the black bears on Mt. Marathon to the orcas erupting from Resurrection Bay.

State spending solution won't be found in one place
If Thursday night's public meeting on the state's financial situation is any indication, Alaskans have good reason to hope that in the not-too-distant future the state will once again be living within its means.

Senior center cooks put forth Thanksgiving-meal effort all during the year
Though holiday traditions vary from region to region and family to family, there are some standards that unilaterally apply: On Christmas, it's presents. For Halloween, candy and costumes will do. On the Fourth of July, fireworks are the standard.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas trees available on refugeHoliday nutrition classes offeredEducational forum scheduledElectric Light Parade seeking entrantsFood bank to hold board meetingSafe Sitter class offered

Three woofs for these canine heroes
WASHINGTON Heroes comes in all shapes and sizes and breeds, too.

My best friend
Riana Boonstra, granddaughter of Delores and John Lindeman of Ninilchik, loves playing with the Lindemans' chocolate Labrador retriever, Cocoa, when she visits their farm.

Stuff the turkey, not the animals
The aroma of a fresh, succulent bird roasting in the oven can mean only one thing "Turkey Day" is upon us once again. Thanksgiving is an entire occasion known for its overindulgence in the foodstuff department. However, as common as gluttony is during this annual eat-a-thon, it's important to remember to stuff the turkey and not your pets during the holiday.

SkyHi skaters top rival SoHi
The Skyview High School hockey team posted an impressive victory Saturday night, defeating crosstown rival Soldotna Stars 3-0 in a nonconference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Michigan ends Buckeyes' run
ANN ARBOR, Mich. John Navarre cradled the Big Ten trophy as he walked into the interview room with tears in his eyes and a championship hat on his head.

The Tuna now has to stop slide against Panthers
Bill Parcells never panics and won't this week against the Carolina Panthers, even though his Cowboys have stopped scoring points and face one of the NFL's better defenses.

United States falls behind France 2-0 in Fed Cup final
MOSCOW (AP) The United States needs three straight wins if it's going to beat France in the Fed Cup final.

Houston sweeps Nikiski in high school hockey
Houston used a hat trick by Devin Styers to beat the Nikiski Bulldogs 7-2 Friday night in Greatland Conference play at the Brett Memorial Arena in Wasilla.

Connecticut blows past Sacred Heart
HARTFORD, Conn. Top-ranked Connecticut got a strong game from its big three of Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor and Denham Brown in a 111-64 victory Saturday over Sacred Heart.

Wasilla edges Skyview for North/South crown
Skyview won three of its four championship matches to take second place at the annual North-South Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Wasilla.

Flyers extend unbeaten streak
PHILADELPHIA Mark Recchi's power-play goal broke a tie, helping Philadelphia extend its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 3-2 victory over the Bruins.

Montreal tops Oilers in subzero conditions
EDMONTON, Alberta Sporting a ski cap over his goalie mask, Jose Theodore could see his own breath and recall his mother's advice.

U.S. team shut out by Internationals
GEORGE, South Africa Jack Nicklaus felt apologetic as he stood on the first tee Saturday, his U.S. team holding a big lead and poised to turn the Presidents Cup into a rout.

Kardinals skaters shut out Panthers
While the Kenai Central High School hockey team notched a 2-0 win Friday night against Skyview in a nonregion game, the Kardinals left the rink dissatisfied with their performance.

Raptors top Nets for season's first road win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Morris Peterson's free throw with 0.8 seconds left Saturday gave the Toronto Raptors an 81-80 victory over the New Jersey Nets, who were without Jason Kidd.

Fire, Earthquakes meet for MLS Cup
CARSON, Calif. (AP) The Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes should have no major surprises for each other in the MLS Cup.

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