Thursday, November 27, 2003

Drug tests still weak in baseball
SAN FRANCISCO Baseball's new mandatory steroid testing plan appears to give cheating players every advantage they need to avoid detection while taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs, scientists and doping detectives say.

Home Depot head hopes changes will help
ATLANTA The Home Depot Inc., facing a growing challenge from rival Lowe's Cos. Inc., is undergoing a transformation, becoming a retailer with more polish, better merchandise and a new service-oriented attitude of ''do-it-for-you.''

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleHomer banks to extend hoursArea residents appointed to hotel committeeCellular One NASCAR to visit Soldotna, KenaiFour D Carpet One to donate booksSmall business tax workshop scheduled

Executives charged in trading scandal
NEW YORK Three former top executives at Security Trust Co. were charged Tuesday with acting as middlemen in an illegal trading scheme that cost investors $1 million, and authorities ordered the company to shut down.

Peninsula entrepreneurs fire up unique clothing line
A Kenai man wants to sell you the shirt off his back literally.

Health officials fear severe flu season
ATLANTA Four youngsters have died of the flu in Colorado since last week in what U.S. health officials say could foretell a severe flu season for the country.

Lessening the pain of loss
OAKLAND, Calif. It's quiet inside the small, circular chamber, just the thin whisper of a stream of salt falling from ceiling to floor and the murmur of children's voices reciting the alphabet.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Rich and rural meet in new TV show
LOS ANGELES Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie carry a lot of baggage in ''The Simple Life,'' and we're not just talking Louis Vuitton.

Alaskana kids' books available for holidays
Books make wonderful holiday gifts, and this year publishers are offering a nice selection of new children's picture books from Alaska.

Art Briefs
Soldotna artist wins awardCarolers for hireArtists wantedCommunity choir rehearsingPainting group to meetArtists wanted for showsAuditions for musical scheduledFund-raiser raffle tickets on salePoetry contest open for entryTable tennis players wantedStudent art contest announcedPhoto contest heldSubmission for artist roster wanted

POMV plan allows state to keep spending beyond its means
The percent of market value, or POMV, scheme exists for no other purpose than to divert the earnings of the permanent fund from the hands of th

Coaches, sponsors, schools play important role in basketball league
With the conclusion of the Boys and Girls Club High School Basketball League, the club would like to extend a big thank you to the coaches who graciously volunteered many, many hours of their time in order to give the kids an opportunity to play: Matt Travers, Tim Cooper, Kevin Rainey, Jack Hansen, Marv St. Clair, Lonnie McMilin, Greg Geller, Eddie Curren, Tim Keener, Doug Blossom, Jeff Mills, Pat Shields, Dave Westerman, Rus Hitchcock, Misty McCowe, Tera Moore, Buck Kvasnikoff, Mike Reilly, Nate Kiel and Ted Forsi.

Those who serve in difficult times deserve our heartfelt gratitude
Tuesday, I passed a terrible car accident on my way to work. By the look of the vehicles, I assumed some of the passengers did not survive. As I waited in line to pass the scene, I saw the men and women in uniform, going about the business of picking up shattered lives, changed in an instant by icy roads. Our brave firemen, emergency medical technicians and policemen are trained to respond professionally, but sometimes their eyes reveal when a scene is really bad.

French driver eyes NASCAR
ATLANTA Alain Prost, the Frenchman who won four Formula One championships, is making a study of NASCAR racing on behalf of some possible European sponsors.

In the spotlight: Benny Parsons
A short look at Retired NASCAR driver Benny Parsons

NASCAR fans, drivers, journalists have many reasons to give thanks
The only turkey Elliott Sadler hopes to see this Thanksgiving is a live one. And if he does, he plans to shoot it.

Blessings arise out of ashes of fire
The aroma fills the house wonderfully as I watch my oldest daughter shuffle up the driveway. I feel I have come full circle: baking cookies for my kids at holiday time. It is frigid outside, and the new fallen snow heralds winter's intent to stay. There is no trace of what happened here last winter.

Photo feature: Snow falls
Ernie Jordan clears snow from the roof of the Fort Kenay building in Old Town Kenai on Tuesday morning. Scott Juliussen, not pictured, was steadying the ladder below. "We're just trying to make the place safe," Jordan said.

Kenai doctor charged with fraud, laundering
A Kenai physician was arraigned Monday on fraud and money laundering charges in federal district court in Anchorage.

Thanksgiving meals offered in area
The following businesses and organizations are offering a free Thanksgiving meal today:

Senior center plans change
Plans for a Cooper Landing senior housing complex that have relied on acquiring 23.3 acres of Kenai Peninsula Borough land virtually free of charge were put on hold earlier this month, at least temporarily, when a legal opinion concluded the borough may not have the power to give the land away.

Southeast Natives to test salmon in Shanghai schools
JUNEAU Some Southeast Natives are hoping to take advantage of China's growing market for Alaska seafood by distributing smoked salmon products to schoolchildren in Shanghai.

Thanksgiving meal is effort of community
Take 10 20-pound turkeys, 50 pounds of potatoes, 70 pounds of sweet potatoes, a couple of cases of stuffing mix and corn and about five gallons of gravy and you've got what it takes to feed an army an army of guests expected to partake in this year's Salvation Army Thanksgiving Day feed at the Kenai Corps community center at Second Avenue and North Forest Drive.

Kenai guide numbers issue comes up again
The Kenai River is facing a number of problems from crowding to erosion to the heightened risk of contamination from outboard motors and other sources. At Monday night's Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting, a discussion of limiting Kenai guides turned into a forum for members to voice the opinion that in order for any of the Kenai's problems to be solved, they must all be taken into consideration.

Kenai woman dies in crash
A Kenai woman was killed and four people were injured in an early morning head-on collision Tuesday on the Sterling Highway near the Golden International Restaurant just outside Soldotna.

Thanksgiving meals offered
The following businesses and organizations are offering a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

Education issues, solutions addressed
When Merrill Sikorski opened Tuesday night's student-organized education forum, he said the night was to be about dialogue.

Marion Cole
Former Kasilof homesteader Marion Cole died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Silverdale, Wash. She was 93.

Jamie Renee Blanchard-Smith
Kenai resident Jamie Renee Blanchard-Smith died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, in Kenai. She was 40.

Will Uncle Sam's longtime friends get cold feet when targeted by terrorists?
WASHINGTON It's not easy to be a friend of the United States these days.

Clarion counts among its blessings: readers, advertisers, free press
Editor's Note: It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for the Clarion to count its blessings on this day.

Allowing Green Party won't hurt anything, will help conservatives
A Superior Court judge did the right thing in issuing a temporary court order allowing the Green Party of Alaska to remain on the 2004 primary election ballot as an official party.

Gingrich earns 'moderate' label
There are long-term implications to President Bush's Medicare drug

Turkeys earn place at dinner year round
WASHINGTON Americans are stuffing themselves with turkey, and not just at the Thanksgiving table.

Around the Peninsula
Parents support group to meetChristmas trees available in Chugach forestChristmas Comes to Kenai on FridayLaLeche League meeting scheduledKenai Potters Guild to sponsor art show, saleSafe Sitter class offered

Thanksgiving travel rush gets off to smooth start
BOSTON The Thanksgiving travel weekend got off to a smooth start Wednesday thanks to clear skies across much of the country and short lines at most airport security checkpoints.

Around the Peninsula
Seaton, Cissna to discuss health insuranceNikiski council to discuss projectsMission fund-raiser plannedSnaring seminar slatedYouth bowlers to hold fund-raiserSoldotna tree-lighting ceremony set

Poultry scientist polishes turkey's foul stereotype
PORTLAND, Ore. How dumb are turkeys? They are SO DUMB that when they get hurt they don't call 911. They can't find the 11 on the dial.

Cook Inlet Academy
The National Honor Society is recycling white paper and newspaper for its group project. Members also have individual projects, including working with the city of Soldotna to send letters of encouragement to soldiers in Iraq.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Eighteen Nikiski High School students were named to the school's local chapter of the National Honor Society at an induction ceremony Nov. 19. The new NHS members are Laura Rooper, Claire Jones, Jenna Anastay, Kristen Frederic, D

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
There will be no school Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Skyview High
In a recent fund-raiser to help a student who was involved in an accident, students raised $872. The staff and students would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Sheldon's classes will perform a variety of songs and poems at 1 p.m. today in the library.

Kalifonsky Christian
Mrs. East's kindergarten through second-grade class

Soldotna Elementary
Tracy Erwin's kindergarten and first-grade students have been reading books with parents each night. "Book baggies" are sent home each night with books for students to read to their parents. Since Nov. 1, the students have read 170 books at home.

'If I Were Mayor, I Would ...' contest returns
The Alaska Conference of Mayors is sponsoring the third annual "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." essay contest for sixth-gra

Sterling Elementary
Mrs. Martin's kindergartners and Mrs. Harrison's first-graders are celebratin

Ninilchik
The kindergarten thr

Tustumena Elementary
The Tustumena staff and students were saddened this past week to

Soldotna High
On Tuesday, the ASVAB test will be administered. For more information, call the counseling office.

Connections
Congratulation to Jessica Turner, who will go to the Arctic Winter Games in Canada as one of 10 skaters.

Grace Lutheran
The students and staff thank Gary Hale and the Fire Buster Puppets for the entertaining and informative fire safety program they presented last Friday.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The IDEA office will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiv-ing.

Wings Christian Academy
Mickelle Waters and Kade Foust received the cleanest desk of the week awards.

Area preschools offer USDA meal program
Little People's Learning World announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Homer High plans blood drive
Homer High School's National Honor Society will host a blood drive Tuesday at the school as part of the Blood Bank of Alaska's High School Challenge.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Parents are reminded to send hats, gloves, coats and snow boots to school with their student.

North Star Elementary
Mrs. Thye's first-grade class is focusing on Thanksgiving. The students are using this theme in their art, literature and history studies.

Kenai Alternative serves up early Thanksgiving dinner with show on the side
The students of Kenai Alternative High School celebrated Thanksgiving early this year by putting on a special feast for the faculty, parents and friends of the central peninsula's only alternative high school.

Kenai Middle
The sixth-grade s

College staff, students give thanks for host of people, services
This is the time of year when the season brings to mind all the things that we should be thankful for. KPC has plenty to be grateful for and first on the list are the students who have made KPC their college of first choice.

Soldotna Middle
The staff and students thank the Ladies Auxiliary for its generous donation. The funds are to help families in need at the school.

Sitka teenager No. 1 online Dean supporter
SITKA He may be only 14 years old, but Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is a player in the field of national politics.

Kenai Central High
The public is reminded that the annual arts and crafts fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school.

Nikiski Elementary
The sixth-grade students gave presentations about Alaska Natives. In addition to doing research in texts and on the Internet, several students were

No school Thursday, Friday
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most private schools also will be closed. To verify closure dates, call your child's school.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors scholarship
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to the Jerry V. Horn Memor

Redoubt Elementary
Thanks to ABATE for supplying Thanksgiving meals for Redoubt families.

Mavericks don't welcome new Bulls coach
DALLAS Nothing changed for the Chicago Bulls in their first game after coach Bill Cartwright's firing. They lost again.

Sports Briefs
Source: Bulls have decided to hire SkilesValencia, Spain, gets 2007 America's CupA's, Padres finalize three-player trade

Kansas topples Spartans
LAWRENCE, Kan. Life without Roy Williams may not be so bad after all.

Iverson spoils Brown's return to Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson spoiled Larry Brown's return to Philadelphia, scoring 30 points in the 76ers' 90-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B goes 2-1 on weekend

Hurricanes take Weekes to wipe out Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Kevin Weekes turned aside 28 shots for his second straight shutout, and Josef Vasicek and Bret Hedican scored first-period goals in the Carolina Hurricanes' 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Rangers black out Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. Jussi Markkanen made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season to help the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Tuesday night.

When a bomb is no longer just a pass
Quarterback Chad Jenkins hobbled onto the field with a torn knee ligament and took Army to victory over Navy two years ago. In football, that's what passes for courage and leadership.

Nikiski, Kenai Central have short evening
Illness and ineligibility combined to limit a meeting of the Kenai Central and Nikiski wrestling teams to just five matches Tuesday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

UAA shocks Clemson
ANCHORAGE (AP) Amber Nasby banked in a turnaround jump shot with 20 seconds remaining and Alaska Anchorage upset Clemson 61-58 Wednesday to win the Women's Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Ninilchik netters take region title
Ninilchik took the first Class 1-2-3A-West Region 2 volleyball championship in school history Saturday with a victory over Tok at Ninilchik School.

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