Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Colon close to deal with Angels
NEW YORK The Anaheim Angels closed in on Bartolo Colon, Nomar Garciaparra expressed dismay at Boston's talks to acquire Alex Rodriguez, and Kazuo Matsui arrived in New York on Monday to complete his deal with the Mets.

New Play Zone gives kids a break from hectic parents
It's that hectic holiday time of year, but then again shopping with little ones eager to buy everything in the store can be hectic anytime of the year, and a couple of hours away from hurried shopping parents great fun for the kids. Enter the "Play Zone."

Donna's Country & Victorian Gifts holds 16th Annual Introduction to Christmas
If you have never experienced the feeling of truly being in a wonderland of Christmas, then it's safe to assume you didn't make it to the 16th annual Introduction to Christmas. Donna's Country & Victorian Gifts at Blazy Mall in Soldotna celebrates the holiday the first Saturday in November through the month of December. It is a Must See!

Kenai Chamber assists St. Nick in bringing Christmas to Kenai
A winter wonderland greeted Santa and his helpers this year when the Kenai Chamber of Commerce presented their gala Christmas Comes to Kenai on the day after Thanksgiving.

Annual Holiday Craft fair offers something for everyone
The annual Holiday Craft Fair drew hundreds of vendors, and thousands of community shoppers looking for unique gifts and one-of-a-kind items.

Peninsula Winter Games float takes Grand Prize in annual Light Parade
The theme of this year's Christmas Comes To Kenai Electric Lights Parade was "Christmas through the eye

Agrium presents Boys & Girls Clubs with $10,000 gift
It may not be the golf season on the Kenai Peninsula, but nevertheless, it is the season of giving and receiving, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula had an early Christmas last week at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon where they received a huge check in the amount of $10,000 toward sponsoring the annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament fundraiser event.

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.

Healy coal plant should be used to generate power in Southcentral
How many more rocks have to fall on the governor's, our legislators' and the borough administration's heads before they wake up to the fact that keeping Agrium in Alaska requires more creativity than they have so far demonstrated.

Hatchery fish make up only small fraction of sockeye run
Someone has written to the Clarion accusing commercial salmon marketers of fraud. This person says that wild Cook Inlet salmon are actually tame hatchery hombres. Since this person is seldom known for getting anything right, I'll offer the facts.

Bible may not mention beer, but it is clear Jesus made some wine
Maria Thompson (letters to the editor, Dec. 5) was offended that someone at the recent craft show offered items which implied that God created beer.

Most people understand difference between wild salmon, farmed fish
It's hard to understand why Kenai River guide Don Johnson is so obsessed with his desire to have Cook Inlet's commercial salmon industry fail. It appears that growing interest in "Kenai Wild" and organic classification of Alaska's wild salmon is seen as a faint pulse in a fishery that Mr. Johnson had presumed dead.

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.

'Black Friday' lives up to name
Droves of yuletide shoppers once again are flocking to the stores and bustling through the chaotic aisles, all in competition for that perfect gift. This can mean only one thing: It's the most wonderful time of the year again.

Survey seeks public's ideas
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking public input for its 2004-05 budget.

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.

Hearing addresses gaming boundaries
Whether state gaming law should restrict permit holders to operating within regional boundaries, and whether the state should redefine what it means to be a charitable organization and limit participation were the topics of a public hearing conducted by a Senate Labor and Commerce Committee subcommittee on pull-tabs Monday in Fairbanks.

Photo feature: Flying in the glow
A raven flies across the mouth of the Kenai River as sun breaks through fog above Cook Inlet recently. There's no fog in the forecast, but there is cloudy weather ahead this week with possible rain and snow mixed in.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

John J. Ljubich
John J. Ljubich of Port Angeles, Wash., died of a stroke Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle. He was 82.

Wealthy get last say in politics
WASHINGTON Though companies and unions are now banned from financing last-minute election ads, wealthy individuals already are writing big checks that will give them a voice on the airwaves in the final days before voters pick candidates.

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.

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.

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.

Missile-defense plans deserve watchful eye, debate from Alaskans
The Interior in the near future will find itself home to 15 interceptor missiles, with an unknown number of them expected to be ready for launching by September of next year.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Homer chamber mixer plannedSoldotna historical society to meetFund-raiser for Love INC scheduledCrafters invited to sell waresSafe Sitter class offeredHelp for home day-care providers available

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Woods nabs player of the year again
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) A wild season in golf came to a familiar conclusion Monday when Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the fifth straight time, narrowly beating Vijay Singh.

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

Williams' picks beat Cleveland
CLEVELAND The past has finally caught up to the St. Louis Rams. After a one-year absence, they're back in the NFC playoffs.

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.

Hull moves to third on all-time goals list
DETROIT Brett Hull moved into third place on the NHL career goal list by scoring 1:51 into overtime Monday night of the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

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.

Sports Briefs
Judge orders SI to reveal sources on Price articleO'Leary hired as Central Florida's football coach

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.

Magic snap skid
ORLANDO, Fla. The Orlando Magic narrowly dodged becoming only the sixth team in NBA history to lose 20 straight games, beating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Monday night.

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.

Leadership abilities come to fore for Kenai's deMello
If there was one thing that defined the Kenai Central volleyball team this season, it was how fast the team bonded.

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.

Stoops says OU deserves title shot
NORMAN, Okla. The people's choice to be in the Sugar Bowl won't be in New Orleans. The computers' pick will and that's good enough for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.

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