Saturday, November 29, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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."

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

'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.

Church Briefs
Pastor to share thoughts on timeClothes2Go open Wednesdays

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.

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

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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