Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Cooper Landing Seniors lobby Assembly for land
Senior Citizens of Cooper Landing will have to wait a little longer to find out if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is willing to sell them a 23 acre parcel of property for less than market value. At last weeks regular Assembly meeting a group of a

United Way makes Holidays Happier
It's the season for appreciation, sharing, and giving, the combined elements that make for a happy holiday. While your United Way is actively pursuing it's goal of raising $550,000 by April of next year, the 27 local agencies tha

Community members give thanks
Preparations for Thanksgiving Day 2003 went further than the traditional feast last week, when Dr. Fraser of the Soldotna Medical Clinic sponsored a special edition of the radio talk show "Life on The Kenai Live" aired over local radio station KSRM.

Bunny Swan releases new CD
Bunny Swan-Gease has become known internationally for her musical styling that crosses the ages of primitive rhythms to contemporary melodies. From concerts at the Kennedy Center in New York, to village gatherings in Northern Alaska, Bunny has ende

Christmas comes to Kenai
The traditional day after Thanksgiving "Christmas Comes to Kenai" celebration will draw thousands of families to the All American City for a day of holiday festivities. Last year, even with the rain and spring like te

100th Anniversary of Wright brothers' first flight draws some local interest
Next month, December 17th, will mark the 1

Happy trails ahead
"George W., quit being such a bozo and leave them alone," shouted Greg Bagle while shaking his fist in the air.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Now Playing: Elf & The Cat in the Hat
The holiday season is upon us once again and Hollywood is marching out it's usual mix of yuletide fair. Wacky, fun, family-friendly flicks that may or may not center around Christmas. This week we'll look at a genuine treat and a big 'ol lump of coal.

Business tours show spirit of community
Soldotna Community Schools recently celebrated the real meaning of community education by hosting tours of three of our local businesses. Frames and Things, Mykel's and Safeway all took time from the work they do every day to make our lives better and more enjoyable to give local residents, of all ages, a look "behind the scenes."

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.

Rep. Wolf shows off peninsula with 'Kenai Wild' salmon
Kudos to Rep. Kelly Wolf for insuring the Taiwanese delegation was served "Kenai Wild" at the Hotel Captain Cook. The article begs the question, how many local restaurants are serving nonwild salmon?

Businesses help make veterans picnic success
The donations of time and financial support are sincerely appreciated. Your contributions were very instrumental in the success of our fourth annual Veterans on the Peninsula Picnic. It is this type of support that is so very important to show our veterans that they are remembered and appreciated.

Past decisions reveal bias of Fish and Game
As a member of the Unit 19(D) East (McGrath) Adaptive Management Team, I learned what balanced management means to radical hunters and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Oil, gas exploration has its place, but not in Homer
I believe it was no accident that the 20,000 acres of shallow gas leases around Homer were never announced in either of Homer's newspapers.

POMV plan supports bigger government
No to the POMV!

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.

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.

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.

Burglary may leave thieves pooped out
Burglars who broke into a feed store in Seward on Wednesday may soon be looking to break into an outhouse.

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.

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

Kids' playground plan slides in new direction
A strange thing happened to a group of Sterling children on the way to getting some new playground equipment for their school.

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.

LEPC could lose funds
Unless state lawmakers act during the next session, state funding vital for covering core functions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Local Emergency Planning Com-mittee could disappear, according to a state spill response official.

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.

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.

Robert 'Bob' Merle Cowan
Kenai resident Robert "Bob" Merle Cowan died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 61.

Marion Cole
Former Alaska resident Marion Cole died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Silver Dale, Wash. She was 93.

U.S. forces making the difference
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti U.S. forces have disrupted s

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.

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.

Revival of resource development overdue
Gov. Frank Murkowski visited Ketchikan in recent days. While here he heard complaints about the demise of the Longevity Bonus for senior Alaskans. He explained that the state with rising costs

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Nantau to present business workshop Health center to close for Thanksgiving Soroptimist holds candy fund-raiser Avalanche workshop planned Project GRAD meeting set for Ninilchik Victorian tea scheduled

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 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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

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.

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 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

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

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

Senior Menus
Senior center menus for this week.

Senior Briefs
Schedules at Senior Centers around the peninsula

Older athletes test speed, stamina
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) Rita Evans took a breather from her workout in the Union College pool and chuckled about her early experiences at national championships.

Good role model
Every now again, you hear somebody talking about how hard it is to motivate kids these days.

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

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.

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.

Buc up: Tampa stops slide
TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a winning start without Keyshawn Johnson.

Magic can't stop losing streak against Pacers
ORLANDO, Fla. Jermaine O'Neal had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers handed the Orlando Magic their 13th straight loss, winning 89-78 on Monday night.

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.

Mourning calls it a career
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The disappointment was clear in Alonzo Mourning's voice when he broke the news to Jason Kidd: He was calling it quits because his life-threatening kidney disease had worsened.

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.

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.

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.

Warren Spahn dead at 82
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. Warren Spahn, the winningest left-hander in baseball history and a leader of the dominant Milwaukee Braves teams of the late 1950s, died at his home Monday. He was 82.

Florida wins battle of Biron brothers
SUNRISE, Fla. Florida defenseman Mathieu Biron became the first NHL player in 23 years to score against his brother, beating Buffalo goalie Martin Biron in the Panthers' 2-1 victory over the Sabres on Monday night.

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