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Monday, December 8, 2003

NOW PLAYING: The Last Samurai
The quiet of an early morning forest is broken by the clatter of troops, hurrying to form firing lines and fix bayonettes. They have superior numbers and more advanced weaponry, yet, to a man, they are terrified.

Let's hear it for those who help Soldotna High cheerleaders
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals, as well as local businesses, for the success of our 2003 football cheerleading season.

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.

Comp plan enters new phase: survey
A number of Kenai Peninsula Borough residents picked at random soon will be asked to participate in a boroughwide telephone survey as part of an ongoing project to update the borough's comprehensive plan.

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.

Traveling with presents OK, but airlines have some restrictions
As Christmas nears, many holiday travelers will find they've run out of time to ship presents to friends and loved ones, and they'll have to take the gifts with them on the plane.

Vandals hit Soldotna homes with paint balls
Paint-ball vandals struck in and around Soldotna last week leaving their unsightly yellow paint marks on at least 15 residences, one business and two vehicles.

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.

Photo feature: Clearly cold
The moon rises Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, above the south bank of the Kenai River near its mouth in Kenai, Alaska.

Kenai health center still has vaccine available for now
The two makers of flu shots in the United States said Friday they have run out of vaccine and will not be able to meet a surge in demand resulting from fears of a particularly bad flu season.

Residents honored by school board
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education honored five area residents last week for their contributions to education.

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.

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.

War stressful enough without U.S. soldiers having to fight for pay What others say
A recent General Accounting Office report found that in a survey of Army National Guard soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, 450 of 481 soldiers had trouble getting paid or receiving certain benefits.

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

Threat of terrorist attack major security hurdle that must be jumped
WASHINGTON Next summer's Olympic Games in Athens are giving a lot of people the jitters. Visions of the 1972 Munich games come to mind.

President did right thing by paying visit to troops What others say
It was so secret that even his parents did not find out until he failed to show up for Thanksgiving dinner. President George Bush's surprise visit to Baghdad Thursday morning caught the world by surprise.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Glotfelty completes wildfire training Hocker receives national honor Weaver takes helm of Choices for Teens Inc. Murphy joins Ribelin Lowell Insurance Seward Ambulance Corps receives award

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."

Around the Peninsula
Pull tab teleconference set Nominations for light displays sought Homer chamber schedules luncheon Account for fire victims set up Native Christmas bazaar planned Food bank to serve Christmas dinner

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.

Births
Former Soldotna residents Bart and Jennifer (Zinck) Smith announce the birth of their son, Carson Riley Smith, at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

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

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

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:

Community News
T-200 poster contest deadline nears Library plans December activities Fund-raiser for Love INC scheduled Hospice of the Central Peninsula relocates CPGH offers nutrition presentations Area businesses support blood bank Area businesses, individuals to support food bank Childrens flu vaccinations available Hunter education class scheduled

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone who is 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.

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

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.

Ask a Firefighter
Question: What is carbon monoxide and who is at risk?

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.

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.

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

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.

Oklahoma to face LSU for BCS title
College football fans, get ready to crown not just one, but possibly two national champions.

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.

Wolves continue to win out west
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Clippers made two major mistakes as time wound down against the Minnesota Timberwolves: They left Sam Cassell wide open and talked trash to Kevin Garnett.

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

Tampa KO's Rangers
NEW YORK Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist in the decisive third period to lift the weary Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory Sunday night over the New York Rangers.

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

Big win keeps Minnesota one step ahead of Green Bay
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Vikings put their playoff hopes in better shape by going back to their best combination Daunte Culpepper deep to Randy Moss.

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.

Smith leads Kenai skaters past SoHi
Kenai broke open a scoreless game with four goals during a span of six minutes and 26 seconds to spoil a stellar defensive effort by SoHi goalie Jon Verhelst.

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.

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.

Connecticut stops USC to keep streak alive
LOS ANGELES Diana Taurasi hit two 3-pointers in the final 2:39 when Connecticut clung to a one-point lead, and the top-ranked Huskies escaped with a 72-69 victory Sunday over Southern California.

Sports Briefs
Wolverines lose fourth-place matchAlaska Fairbanks stops Nebraska OmahaAlaska Anchorage splits with MinnesotaSkyview second at Jerry PalmerFuryk wins Grand Slam by eight strokes

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.

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.

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