Friday, November 28, 2003

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.''

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

SoHi students commended for hosting education forum
Kaitlin Vadla and Ryan Walton, two Soldotna High School students, need to be commended for the excellent job they did putting together the SoHi Education Forum on Tuesday evening. Kaitlin and Ryan put together a panel consisting of school board members and staff, three local legislators and the president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

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.

Event shows community's interest in world affairs
A big "thank you" to all of those who helped make the United Nations Association of the USA celebration of U.N. Day an educational, entertaining and delicious event!

Increase in federal funds needed to assure kids get quality education
As a member of the local PTA, I would like to bring attention to a national drive called "five cents makes sense."

Quality time among trees better than more time in front of tube
GCI recently encouraged people with satellite dishes to cut down trees to improve their television reception (Peninsula Clarion, Nov 25). I realize it was a tongue-in-cheek way to argue one advantage of paying for cable television service versus receiving satellite signals.

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.

Despite court rulings, marriage is between one man, one woman
The rulings by the Vermont and Massachusetts supreme judicial courts allowing "civil unions" with the same benefits as marriage is ludicrous. The logic they used to come to their decision is tenuous at best.

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.

Kenai event rings in holiday season
The annual Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. today at the old Gary King's building. Santa will arrive at 11:30 a.m. Hot chocolate will be provided by McDonald's and cookies will be provided by the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Invaders threaten Alaska species
Ecosystems across the globe are facing challenges from foreign species that compete with local fauna and flora, sometimes with devastating effects.

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

As holiday shopping season gets under way, residents, retailers share hints for ideal gifts
Does Dad really need another flannel shirt? What's Mom going to do with yet another knickknack? Just how many teddy bears are going to fit into your 4-year-old niece's bedroom? With only 27 shopping days left until Christmas, these questions are sure to be on many minds this week.

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.

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.

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

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

Holiday season about traditions
As much as anything else, the season from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day is about traditions.

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.

Economy improving,but number of hungry grows
There may be no better day to reflect on hunger than the day after Thanksgiving when lots of Americans are feeling a bit like stuffed turkeys themselves. But certainly not all Americans enjoyed a traditional feast.

Working together can make the Sterling Highway more wildlife-friendly
This past August I attended the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation in Lake Placid, N.Y. The purpose was to address the broad range of environmental issues related to surface transportation development restoring habitat connectivity, reducing animal-vehicle collisions, and establishing strong partnerships between highway engineers and wildlife ecologists.

The ice man climbeth
Anchorage ice climber Jonathan Hughes pulls onto the top of Henry's, a 75-foot frozen waterfall off the Old Glenn Highway, on Sunday.

Washington may require boat safety classes
SPOKANE (AP) The state may require mandatory safety classes for people who operate power boats, according to the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission.

Outdoor Briefs
Chugach currently closed to motorized useRefuge to host snaring seminar

Wild turkeys turn up around NYC
NEW YORK Alex Calota saw it strutting near his hot dog cart about five months ago. It was a wild turkey in Manhattan.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Christmas trees available on refugeCommunity remembrance celebration plannedChristmas cookies availableGrant writing workshop setNative Christmas bazaar plannedFirefighters plan basketball fund-raiserFood bank to host Christmas dinner

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.

North Dakota woman adopts turkeys instead of eating them
BISMARCK, N.D. Francis the turkey was at Sara Gunhus' house for Thanksgiving but fortunately for Francis in spirit only.

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

Church Briefs
Pastor to share thoughts on timeClothes2Go open Wednesdays

'Shields of Strength' provide hope and comfort for soldiers, families
A ''Shield of Strength'' hung on the chain around Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe's neck when the Army Ranger and two other soldiers were killed in a car bomb explosion at an Iraqi checkpoint.

God has power to create true change in people
People were thawing out their tongues with 180-degree java and the jaws were loosening up.

Skiers grateful for good trail conditions around peninsula
Cross-country skiers on the central Kenai Peninsula have plenty to be thankful for this year. Ski trails in Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski are groomed and ready for action.

Liberty, Duke reach Shootout semis
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Luol Deng and Daniel Ewing scored 20 points each to lead No. 2 Duke past Pacific 82-69 Thursday night in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

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.

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.

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.

Pacers cruise to seventh straight win
INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Ron Artest added 21 points in the NBA-leading Indiana Pacers' 93-70 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Packers play like turkeys, Lions feast
DETROIT Brett Favre's gambling style has helped him win three NFL MVP awards and plenty of games for Green Bay. It also cost the Packers a win Thursday.

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

Fiedler, Chambers ruin holiday for Cowboys
IRVING, Texas Jay Fiedler took the first snap, dropped back and threw deep to Chris Chambers. While pass interference prevented them from hooking up, the theme was set.

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.

Kidney generosity for celebs
Little Louis Celeberti is one of the lucky ones. He and his parents had something to be grateful for on Thanksgiving Day.

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.

Canucks slip past Senators
OTTAWA Markus Naslund scored 4:13 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks past the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
Schilling taking his time to decide on tradeHewitt wins opening match in Davis Cup final

Colts, Pats maneuver for playoff position
Whether the Colts beat the Patriots on Sunday or vice versa, someone on the winning team is bound to say: ''I expect we'll see them again down the road.''

Alaska eaglets part of California national park repopulation effort
JUNEAU Scaling a 100-foot Sitka spruce and then perching at the edge of an eagle's nest, Jim Spickler's job is only half done.

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