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Monday, November 24, 2003

Taking Food Allergies Into Account During The Holidays
(NAPSA)-For some people, to diet means a menu to control or manage body weight. For others, a special diet is necessary to mai

The art of Japanese gift-wrapping
(NAPSA)-In Japanese culture, the wrapping and presentation of a gift is often more important than the purchase. Christine Fritsch, gift-wrapping expert and previous winner of a national gift-wrapping contest, experienced this fir

Fitting Stocking Stuffer Ideas
(NAPSA)-The old adage is true: "You can't fit a square peg in a round hole." The same can

Keep Wintry Whites White And Holiday Hues Bright
(NAPSI)-'Tis the season for holiday cheer. But with all the merrymaking and celebrating, unwanted spills and stains may also mak

New, Easy, Simple Customer's Guide To Mailing
(NAPSI)-Throughout the holiday season, the ease of mailing packages and obtaining postal supplies will allow consumers to have a first-class experience.

New Festive Dessert Combines Favorite Holiday Flavors
(NAPSI)-The holidays are full of times spent with friends and family and

Considering Getting A Puppy Or Kitten? Start Your Research Now!
(NAPSA)-For many Americans, last-minute shopping for holidays or birthdays has become an exciting tradition.

Best Bets For New Babies
(NAPSI)-Baby's first Christmas may be all the merrier with some gift-giving help from the experts .

Preparing for the Holidays
(NAPSA)-Holiday cooking, shopping for gifts, entertaining and dashing from one party to the next can leave even the most composed of us frazzled during the holiday se

A Professional-Looking Paint Job: It's In The Preparation
(NAPSA)-Holiday entertaining is right around the corner, and a new coat of paint on the living room and dining room walls is one of the least expensive ways to give your home a whole new look before company arrives.

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.

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?

Shallow bed methane gas leases pose environmental risk
So your land hasn't been leased yet? Well, it most likely will be once methane is located. In the other states where methane exploration and extraction is happening, the company just keeps expanding. What we see as leased now is only a beginning.

POMV plan supports bigger government
No to the POMV!

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.

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.

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.

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.

7 cars pile up in Cooper Landing
The Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing was closed for more than two hours Thursday evening after slick driving conditions led to a seven-vehicle pileup. Despite the size of the accident, no one was injured.

Some like it fresh
Turkey has been a part of the holiday tradition since the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass., back in 1621, and on Nov. 27, individuals, families and groups will sit down to enjoy a meal of well-cooked bird, gravy and all the fixings.

Icy roads cause series of accidents
A number of vehicles, including a Homer High School van carrying members of the wrestling team, skidded off the Sterling Highway on glare ice Thursday afternoon shutting down the busy highway for more than one hour. One juvenile was injured.

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.

Career Day shows employment options
Kenai Peninsula College opened its doors Friday for its annual Career Day in an effort to better prepare the next generation of teens for life after high school.

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.

Students: Let's talk about education
A wide range of public leaders and community members are expected to turn out for an education forum Tuesday night at Sol-dotna High School.

School board deals with standard business
Last Monday was a busy day for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Educa-tion.

Borough officials benefit from trip
It wasn't the only topic of conversation, of course, but Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and a delegation from the peninsula got a chance to swap fishing stories with their hosts during a nine-day trip to Japan earlier this month.

Family escapes fire in Soldotna trailer
A Soldotna family was lucky to escape an early morning fire Friday that destroyed their home in the River Terrace Trailer Park off the Sterling Highway.

Turkey trivia
At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin was one of those who argued passionately on behalf of the turkey.

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.

Unwaivering integrity makes Lynch a hero
The most satisfying part of the Jessica Lynch story is not the made-for-TV movie of an American girl captured and rescued during war in Iraq, but of a woman unwilling to compromise her integrity.

Property, water rights sensible
When reading the newspapers, checking my e-mail and attending meetings, it's clear there are a number of Kenai Peninsula residents with doubts about how shallow natural gas (SNG) extraction might affect them.

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.

Bush should keep promise of AIDS money for Africa
President Bush had it right 10 months ago when he called for more money to fight AIDS in Africa.

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.

Turkey bombings show Muslims no longer safe
The latest bombings in Turkey have made one thing clear: Everyday life in the Muslim world is no longer safe from al-Qaida and its allies.

Grads to join area agencies
Six graduates of the Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka are heading to the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Around the Peninsula
Electric Light Parade seeking entrants Hospice to hold remembrance celebration Assistance available for commercial fishers Adjustment Assistance program. Christmas cookies available Kennel club offering dog classes Native Christmas bazaar planned

Community News
Restaurant offers free Thanksgiving dinner Area businesses, individuals to support food bank Area businesses support blood bank Soroptimists hold candy fund-raiser Firefighters plan basketball fund-raiser Safe Sitter class offered

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Peninsula People
White elected to Pi Sigma Upsilon Ford in The Time of Your Life

Optimistic giving
Members of the Soroptimists International of the Twin Cities presents Central Peninsula General Hospital CEO David Gilbreath with a check for the Soroptimist Cancer Fund. Total donations to date are $18,765.99. Donations are made possible through the support of the community. For more information on the cancer fund, call CPGH social services at 714-4497.

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 wait unattended while a parent attends a class.

Births
Heather and Matt Churchill of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Jane Lee Churchill, at 1:10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at For Mother and Child Midwifery. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Thrashers set team record with 1-0 win
ATLANTA Marc Savard scored in his return from a nine-game layoff and led the Atlanta Thrashers to a franchise-record four-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.

As darkness falls, U.S. shares President's Cup with world
GEORGE, South Africa Tiger Woods called it one of his ''most nerve-racking moments ever.'' Ernie Els couldn't make his legs stop shaking.

Davis' late dunk downs Detroit
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Baron Davis' dunk with one second to play gave the New Orleans Hornets a 81-80 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ravens fly past 'Hawks
The stingy Baltimore Ravens allowed 41 points to Seattle and won.

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.

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.

Donovan leads San Jose to MLS crown
CARSON, Calif. The many fans who sported blue No. 10 jerseys at the MLS Cup didn't go away disappointed.

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.

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.

Taurasi, Moore lead Connecticut
STORRS, Conn. Diana Taurasi had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and top-ranked Connecticut began defense of its national title with a 95-46 victory Sunday over Western Michigan.

Shootout spotlights local stars
When the UAA women's basketball team takes the floor this week against some of the nation's top college teams, they'll need all the help they can get from two of the Kenai Peninsula's most prolific hoops products.

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