Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Yankees, Red Sox face off
It's an escalating arms race ... and a bat race and a glove race. It's the hot stove league heating up, and the best of enemies, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, are going toe-to-toe with their checkbooks.

KNWR offers Christmas tree cutting
Cutting a Christmas tree from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) has become a tradition for many families on the Kenai Peninsula.

Claudette's offers an old-fashioned holiday experience
You might think you're walking onto a movie set for a Charles Dickens era film, or stepping back in time with the spirit of Christmas Past, a cozier time when the shopkeeper knew you by name and could help you find that special gift for your favorite Aunt or Uncle.

Students call for community dialogue on education issues
There was no pending election, recall, or disaster that drew about a dozen state and local officials to Soldotna High School's auditorium Tuesday night. Rather, despite icy roads and whipping wind, community members and elected officials turned out to participate in and discuss issues at a student-led education forum.

Preparing for Nutcracker Suite 2003
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula won't have to travel to Anchorage this year to see a professional production of the Nutcracker Suite. December 12th-14th families will have the opportunity to experience Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite live at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS, featuring guest artists Etienne Lavigne and Xiao Nan Yu of the National Ballet of Canada in the principal roles accompanied by over 75 local dancers.

Local manager and wife featured models in Harley-Davidson's national catalog
Harley owners around the world recently received their winter 2003 Harley-Davidson Apparel and Accessories catalog. A catalog that melded the free spirit of the open road shared by bikers everywhere with the Alaskan mystique and contagious lure for adventure.

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.

Iditarod sign-ups top 100 mark at deadline
When is comes to sled dog races, there may be some that are longer, some that are harder, but none more prestigious than the Iditarod.

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.

From Kenai River to weighted grades, reader has a lot on his mind
I believe that it is time to get a few things off my chest.

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.

Enstar request would mean increase in bills
Residential and commercial customers of Enstar Natural Gas Co. could be paying higher energy bills come January, if the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approves a rate increase sought by the gas utility.

Gift shop open for business
Hospital volunteers from more than 30 years ago were on hand Monday for the grand opening of the Central Peninsula General Hospital Auxiliary's new gift shop.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Home, sweet home
Kimberly Leavitt works on a gingerbread house during a class Saturday at Safeway in Kenai. Leavitt was one of a number of youngsters who attended the class. The workshop is part of a series being put on at the Kenai and Soldotna Safeway stores during the Christmas season.

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.

Wanda Bonillas
Former Nikiski resident Wanda Bonillas died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in San Diego. She was 58.

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.''

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.

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.

Fewer budget cuts expected, but tough decisions lie ahead
In roughly two weeks, Alaskans will hear what Gov. Frank Murkowski has planned for the coming year's budget. One significant cut has already been made: The repeated claims by the governor and his administration that he will make $250 million in cuts for fiscal 2005, which starts July 1 of 2004.

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

Government spending exceeds predictions
One doesn't have to dig very deep to find examples where spending far exceeded predictions. I can look across the street, where an underground Capitol visitor's center is under construction.

Around the Peninsula
Holiday nutrition classes offeredChristmas cookies availableHistorical society to meetChristmas trees available on refugeFirefighters plan basketball fund-raiser

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

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

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

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.

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

Births
Evelyn Jane Jackson Sienna Rose Stephan Gavin Lee Swenson

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.

Seniors tell of brushes with rock royalty
TINTON FALLS, N.J. At the Tides Cafe, the decor was all Springsteen.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

Jets blot out Titans' streak
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Herman Edwards had one demand of his New York Jets on Monday night: leave the Meadowlands with a win.

Huskies regain good form against Lehigh
HARTFORD, Conn. Ben Gordon scored 19 points and had a career-high five steals to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 75-55 victory over Lehigh on Monday night.

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

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B takes thirdYankees reach deal with reliever GordonTwo days after deal, Raptors-Bulls trade officialMarlins re-sign 2B CastilloHudson dismissed as United coach

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

McDyess struggles in return for Knicks
NEW YORK Antonio McDyess scored just two points in his first game as a member of the Knicks, nearly a year and a half after they acquired him, and New York lost to Detroit 79-78 in overtime on Monday night.

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.

Croom to become SEC's first black head coach
STARKVILLE, Miss. Sylvester Croom became the first black head football coach in Southeastern Conference history, accepting an offer Monday to take over troubled Mississippi State.

Brewers deal Sexson to Arizona
PHOENIX Right after trading off a power pitcher, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired a power hitter who ranks among the best in the game.

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.

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.

Senators snap Flyers' long unbeaten streak
OTTAWA Martin Havlat scored twice to help the Ottawa Senators end Philadelphia's 12-game unbeaten streak with a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Flyers on Monday night.

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