Sunday, November 30, 2003

Annual event lights up holidays
Christmas arrived in Kenai with a bang Friday night, as area residents ushered in the yuletide season with fireworks, a bonfire, the Electric Light Parade and plenty of holiday cheer.

Homer health-care discussion offers little in way of solutions
Members of the House Health and Social Services Committee met for an informal coffee-table talk with Homer residents Friday to discuss problems faced by many Alaskans who lack adequate or any health insurance.

Kenai center reopens Monday
After nearly five months of being shut down, the Kenai Recreation Center and Teen Center will reopen Monday just in time for holiday revelers to start making up for their Thursday activities.

KRSA to offer scholarship programs
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association has long prided itself on funding conservation programs aimed at promoting the future of the Kenai River. Now, the association says it will set aside a portion of the approximately $1 million generated annually by the Kenai River Classic fishing tournament to help fund future generations of Kenai Peninsula residents.

Gloria Jean Marston
Kenai resident Gloria Jean Marston died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at her home. She was 58.

Packaging love to war zone
How do you send love in a box? I need a bigger box. This always happens when I send a care package to my son Michael.

New approach needed to tackle Kenai River issues
There are signs Kenai River fish fights you know, who should get how many fish and why one group is more deserving than another may one day soon be the stuff of history or, at the very least, take a back seat to the more pressing issue of protecting the river.

Spending spree could backfire on Bush
WASHINGTON American presidents seeking re-election almost always try to rev up the economy a year or so out. George W. Bush is no exception.

Soldotna welder has puttering penchant
When Darrell Aleckson goes into his shop off of Gaswell Road, there's no telling what he might come out with. It could be something as simple as a new bookcase for his home or as complicated as a boat that plows through the water without producing a wake. With Darrell, only one thing's for certain: if it can be built, he'll build it.

Around the Peninsula
Holiday nutrition classes offeredChristmas bazaar planned in NikiskiNominations for light displays soughtFish and Game advisory meeting setFree holiday concert plannedAssistance available for commercial fishersVolunteers sought for air quality researchSafe Sitter class offered

Soldier feeling his oats
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) More than a thousand packets of instant oatmeal are on their way to an Iowa soldier's unit in Afghanistan after he wrote home saying he missed his favorite breakfast cereal.

Good gifts for good causes
Surely you don't need to be reminded that the season of giving includes remembering your favorite causes or some you hadn't heard of until now:

Man burned in fire finds support in 30-year struggle to recover
SOUTHFIELD, MICH. Delbert McCoy remembers the horror as much as the pain, the surreal sensation of watching flames licking his legs, surging up his chest, engulfing his face, his hands, his eyes.

Holidays: Not new, but changing
People have been celebrating in the middle of winter probably since time began. Festive events often were planned to take the gloom off long winter nights, observe the winter solstice and prepare for the next planting season.

Home from Iraq, troops thankful for new babies, Mom's cooking
SAVANNAH, Ga. After eight months in the Iraqi desert, Spc. James Masterson returned home barely a week before Thanksgiving with plenty of reasons to be grateful.

Don't horse around with the cold
The snow is flying and the mercury has dropped below freezing. Winter is here, and for equine enthusiasts, cold weather can be challenging.

Annika cures dry Skins
Golf's Silly Season officially arrived, as it has for the last two decades, with a Skins Game that lately has been aging about as well as some week-old Thanksgiving leftovers.

Boilermakers deny Duke a Shootout crown
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Kenneth Lowe scored 22 points and Purdue defeated No. 2 Duke 78-68 Saturday for first place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

58-19 not enough to save Solich
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Nebraska football coach Frank Solich was fired Saturday night after winning more than 75 percent of his games over six seasons but failing to keep the Cornhuskers as the national powerhouse they were under Tom Osborne.

No. 9 North Carolina survives scare against Cleveland State
CLEVELAND Jawad Williams made a critical 3-pointer with 1:27 left and No. 9 North Carolina survived a scare Saturday with an 82-76 victory over gutsy Cleveland State.

Seawolves get fourth at tourney
ANCHORAGE (AP) Peter Bullock scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and Alaska Anchorage defeated Canisius 72-67 Saturday for fourth place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Skiles to lead Chicago
DEERFIELD, Ill. The Chicago Bulls' famed triangle offense could be scrapped as one of many changes Scott Skiles will bring to the struggling team now in its sixth season of rebuilding.

Florida St. nips Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) They played for 3 1/2 hours and brawled for a few minutes more.

Iverson scores 50 to top Hawks
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson scored a season-high 50 points, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Most athletes will do anything for victory
SAN FRANCISCO Steroids expert Bob Goldman has surveyed hundreds of athletes every few years for two decades, from bodybuilders to Olympians to pros.

Flyers now unbeaten in their last 12 games
UNIONDALE, N.Y. John LeClair had a goal and an assist during Philadelphia's five-goal second period, lifting the Flyers to a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders and stretching their unbeaten streak to 12 games on Saturday night.

Sports Briefs
Schilling wants to slay Yankees for Red SoxMike Stoops hired at ArizonaAustralia wins 28th Davis Cup titleSt. Cloud St., UAA play to tie

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