Sunday, December 7, 2003

Peninsula priority lists dwindle as state financial assistance unlikely next year
By the time state lawmakers gaveled an end to the legislative session May 21, they'd appropriated nearly $8.9 million toward projects within the Kenai Peninsula Borough's three House districts.

Neighbors instrumental in making project work
For people living in neighborhoods frequented by bears who are wondering what price they will have to pay to have peace of mind, there is finally an answer $5.48 per month.

Borough seeks Christmas wishes from communities
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is asking each unincorporated community in the borough to pick two projects to be included on the 2004 Capital Project Priorities List. The annual "wish list" is the only chance unincorporated areas throughout the borough get to lobby the Alaska Legislature for funds through the borough assembly.

Governor's vetoes cut peninsula
Many funding requests in the 2003 priority list appeared to have been successful as the session ended in May. But that was before Gov. Frank Murkowski excised $4.65 million aimed at the Kenai Peninsula, including $960,000 in municipal matching grants.

Louise Boyd Laurie
Soldotna resident Louise Boyd Laurie died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. She was 81.

Richard 'Rick' D. Swanson
Nikiski resident Richard "Rick" D. Swanson died, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, of natural causes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 39.

William 'Bill' Barton Bigham
Homer resident William "Bill" Barton Bigham died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, after a long illness at the Fern Ridge TLC Assisted Living Home in Homer. He was 80.

Harvey 'Harv' Paul Berry
Sterling resident Harvey "Harv" Paul Berry died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, of a heart attack at his home in Sterling. He was 59.

Keeping coalition on track in Iraq
WASHINGTON President Bush and his top aides are cajoling, imploring and even sweet-talking allies into staying the course in Iraq after a month of deadly ambushes.

For community's sake, gas dispute needs to be settled
Sure, business is business.

Howl over wolves misguided
Anyone planning to cancel plans for an Alaska vacation next summer because of a proposed boycott by the group Friends of Animals should take time to consider the plight of the black skimmer before skipping the cruise.

Franzmanns celebrate 50th anniversary
Donna and Albert Franzmann will mark their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003.

Proper attire takes chill off shorter days
We wouldn't trade our kids in, but finding ways to cope with winter and small children would make the season easier on everyone.

Instructing inmates a challenging, rewarding experience
Research shows rapport with the students is the key to success.

Byerly, Sundberg plan December wedding
Rachal Byerly and Jason Sundberg of Anchorage have an-nounced their plans to marry Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at the Anglers Lodge and Fish Camp.

Prison gives young offenders second chance at school
Kristopher Panichello hasn't had an easy life. Born to two drug-addicted parents, he spent much of his childhood passed from one family member to another, "kicked around like a football."

Organization takes hassle out of winter
Let's face it. Weathering winter warmly takes more gear, a lot more gear if you have children. Obtaining and keeping all this winter gear can be a headache, but a few quick steps can help make winter less expensive and more organized for your household:

Planets visible in winter's sky
The following description and diagram are applicable from December well into April. The Kenai Peninsula College book store sells star finders for $5. You can check "Sky & Telescope" and "Astronomy" magazines, as well.

All pet foods not created equal
It's time to feed the dog. You reach for the brand of food you bought beef-flavored dog food after seeing a TV commercial showing images of choice cuts of beef, plump chickens and whole salmon.

Nikiski skaters can't dig out of early three-goal hole against Delta
The Nikiski High School hockey team dropped a Greatland Conference game 7-4 to the visiting Delta Huskies Friday at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink in Nikiski.

Kansas St. shocks Sooners
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Oh no, Oklahoma!

Tumbaga wins at 135; ACS owns Area title
Justin Tumbaga paid for his 2003 Area 2 South wrestling championship with a currency worth its weight in grappling gold: blood, sweat and tears.

Stanford upsets Kansas
ANAHEIM, Calif. Matt Lottich scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining, and No. 21 Stanford beat No. 1 Kansas 64-58 Saturday in the John Wooden Classic.

Photo feature: On the spot
Nikiski's Anthony Lorenzo and Seldovia's Jimmy Payton are at the center of attention Saturday as they wrestle for first place at 152 pounds during the Area 2 South Wrestling Championships at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Habs rip 'Canes, extend unbeaten streak to five
MONTREAL Jose Theodore made 25 saves, and Andreas Dackell, Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu scored to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Temperatures can't cool races
The high school cross-country skiing season got off to a brisk start this weekend with the Skyview Invitational at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

Klitschko stops Johnson
NEW YORK Vitali Klitschko still had his doubters, even after giving Lennox Lewis a scare for the heavyweight title. No more, after a devastating performance that may have given the division a new star in the making.

Orlando gets closer to NBA record for consecutive defeats
DALLAS Make it 19 losses in a row for the Orlando Magic, who are closing in on the NBA record for consecutive defeats.

Chaos reigns in BCS standings
And just like that, there was no shoo-in for Sugar Bowl.

Miller will travel in style in Europe
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. John Madden's got nothing on Bode Miller.

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