Monday, December 1, 2003

Sled dog group looks to host races at 2006 Arctic Winter Games
With the new year right around the corner, some people are thinking ahead.

NOW PLAYING: The Missing
Ron Howard is a true son of Hollywood. He is one of a very few child-star success stories, seemingly having weathered the storm of stardom with nary a scratch. It is, perhaps, for this reason that his films ar

Donation helps raise money for scholarships
Phil Theta Kappa, the national honor socity for two-year colleges, would like to thank Kaladi Bros. Coffee Company for its support of our scholarship fund-raiser.

Funds will be used to promote gun safety
The Kenai-Soldotna chapter of the Friends of the NRA wishes to thank all of the volunteers and businesses who helped to make our fund-raiser banquet a tremendous success.

Bear complaints drop in test neighborhood
In two areas known for high bear activity -- the Valhalla Heights and Shaginoff subdivisions in Kenai -- there was success this year in making things safer for residents -- both the two- and four-legged kind.

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.

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.

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.

Year ending quietly for district
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will take a short breather tonight from the months of "doom and gloom" discussions about the financial future of area schools.

A sky full of mystery and color
When Robert Service penned those lines from "The Ballad of the Northern Lights" in 1909, almost nothing was known of the physics that produce those spectacular, awe-inspiring and magical displays that turn the sky to fire when Alaska's long summer days give way to hours upon hours of darkness.

Aurora borealis becomes powerful teaching tool
If aurora displays can lure scientists and laymen from the heat of the wood stove into the frigid night air, consider the fascination they must induce in curious youngsters.

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.

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

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.

It's time for legislators to inflation-proof money for education system
It's easy to get in the habit of asking schools to teach our children better with less money.

Acts of terrorism bringing civilized nations together
The fingerprints of al-Qaida are all over the four horrendous attacks unleashed on Jewish and British targets in Ankara, Turkey ... as well as a similar truck bombing in Saudi Arabia a month ago.

Youthful use of marijuana loses stigma for those seeking office
WASHINGTON When it comes to marijuana, youthful indiscretion has come of age.

No acceptable reason for massive blackout
A three-month international investigation concluded yesterday that the Aug. 14 blackout that crippled much of the East Coast was ''largely preventable.''

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Rec center reopens today LIO sets teleconference schedule Avalanche workshop planned Snaring seminar slated Project GRAD meeting set for Ninilchik EDD to welcome Parker Victorian tea scheduled

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:

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.

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.

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

Ask a Firefighter
Every day in the United States, more than 100,000 fires start in the kitchen, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. Cooking is the No. 1 cause of fires in the home, causing hundreds of millions of dollars of property damage each year.

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.

Community News
Soroptimists holding candy fund-raiser Project Video Connect to begin Assistance available for commercial fishers Budget review committee seeking members Art exhibit planned Exchange student representatives needed Firefighters plan basketball fund-raiser Outstanding business nominations sought Community remembrance celebration planned Kenai Potters Guild sponsoring art show, sale T-200 poster contest beings

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

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.

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Peninsula People
Martin named Alaska 4-H Leader of the Year Elge graduates combat training course Ford plays in jazz ensemble Wales becomes Navy seaman

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indiana can't keep pace with Lakers
LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half and the Los Angeles Lakers overpowered the Indiana Pacers 99-77 Sunday night in a matchup of the teams with the NBA's best records.

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

Sundin saves day for Toronto
NEW YORK Mats Sundin scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on an insurance tally, and Trevor Kidd made 33 saves in his first game this season to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 victory Sunday night over the New York Rangers.

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

Pats outlast Colts
INDIANAPOLIS New England's charmed season now includes yet another thrilling victory.

Micmacs light up Thunder to stay perfect
It's been a fun season for the Peninsula Micmacs.

Spartans bounce unranked DePaul
EAST LANSING, Mich. Kelvin Torbert scored 19 points and Chris Hill added 15 points and a career-high 11 assists in No. 3 Michigan State's 89-81 victory over DePaul on Sunday in the championship game of the Spartan Classic.

Sorenstam nabs Skins second
LA QUINTA, Calif. Annika Sorenstam earned another $50,000 on Sunday but finished second to Fred Couples, the grand master of the Skins Game who won his record fourth championship.

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.

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