Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Colon gets $51 million from Angels
NEW YORK Bartolo Colon finalized his $51 million, four-year contract with Anaheim on Tuesday, while Atlanta signed John Thomson to replace Greg Maddux and Seattle agreed to a deal with reliever Eddie Guardado.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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!

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

Hip, Hassle-Free Book Covers Are A Huge Hit
(NAPSA)-You may not be able to tell a good book by its cover, but you can tell when a book cover looks good. The report from the classroom is that Book Sox(r) are a must-have accessory. These hip, funky book covers made with a stretchable nylon are cleverly engineered to fit books of all sizes.

Hawaiian Wedding Cake Waldorf Salad Lemon Lush Best Cheeesee Ball Blueberry French Toast w/Fresh Blueberry Syrup Mom's Chicken Lickin' Aunt Clara's Fruit Salad Corn Scallop Linda's World Famous Pumpkin Roll Cranberry Scones Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies Lazy Person's Complete Breakfast Smoky Salmon Spread Trailer Park Cookies 3 Minute Micro Fudge Hot Chocolate Mix Seafood Chowder

Tips For Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining
(NAPSA)-For some, the holidays are eagerly anticipated, but for others it's a season of dread. Entertaining, shopping and cooking can seem overwhelming and stressful for many holiday hosts.

Massage-The Gift of Holiday Stress Relief
(NAPSA)-If jingle bells have jangled your nerves, massage may provide a healthy way to relieve tension and help you cope with stress more effectively.

Classic Games Showcase Tidings Of Comfort, Joy & Fun
(NAPSA)-If you're a child of the '60s or '70s, you'll likely recall that today's low riders were yesterday's hip huggers. In this vein, if you have children of your own you'll undoubtedly find some of the games that were a fun part of your own childhood as you shop this holiday season.

Dinner On Demand: Pizza Gift Card
(NAPSA)-Here's a holiday gift idea that's easy to give, requires no assembly and fits right

Keep Wintry Whites White And Holiday Hues Bright
(NAPSI)-'Tis the season for holiday cheer. But with all the merrymaking and celebrating, unwanted spills and stains may also make a guest appearance, ruining special holiday linens, clothing and decorations. From spilled red wine and hors d'oeuvres to splashes of gravy and eggnog, holiday stains can be more common than kisses under the mistletoe and Santa sightings at the mall.

Gen Y Gifts: Keeping It Interactive
(NAPSA)-In many ways, the holidays a

Selecting the right toys for your children
To help parents identify toys that nurture learning in key areas of development, Sylvan Learning Center offers the following clip-out shopping guide.

A New Year, A New You-Weight Loss and Diabetes
(NAPSA)-'Tis the season of New Year's resolutions, holiday eating guilt and shedding extra pounds gained during this festive time of year. For people with diabetes, losing weight can be challenging, but it can be an effective way to manage the disease.

Holiday Shopping Made Easier
(NAPSA)-Good news for gift seekers: There are thousands of consumer electronics products on the market this year.

When people realize Iditarod is cruel, its popularity will wane
Re: "Iditarod sign-ups top 100 mark at deadline," Dec. 2:

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.

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.

Why can Soldotna keep sidewalks free of snow, but Kenai cannot?
I'm curious about something. Within days of our first big snowfall this year, Soldotna road crews were immediately seen plowing roads and sidewalks.

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.

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.

'Tis the season for helping others
For many parents, making enough money to pay the bills, keep food on the table and shoes on their children's feet is hard enough, but throw in the "'tis the season to be jolly" and the holiday expectations of a child and you have the makings of a family crisis.

Area flu season off to slow start
It's shaping up to be a rough flu season across the country and in Alaska particularly.

Photo feature: Winter wetland
Christopher Hall and other members of the Kenai Central High School cross-country ski team head for the Kenai Golf Course for a practice in a driving rain Tuesday.

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.

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

Peninsula Winter Games receive surprise financial support
Organizers of the 2004 Penin-sula Winter Games speaking at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting Tuesday got a bit of a surprise when an area business leader increased his gift to them by $5,000.

'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.

Murkowski: Lease buyback last option
Buying back shallow natural gas leases on the Kenai Peninsula or in the Matanuska Valley would be an alternative used only after all other options to meet public concerns regarding the environmental safety of gas development were exhausted, Gov. Frank Murkowski said at a press conference Thursday.

Shots may be less potent than usual
As flu sweeps across the country, many health experts are worried that the shots taken by tens of millions of Americans will offer considerably weaker protection than any flu vaccine in recent years.

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.

Alice C. Hepner
Soldotna resident Alice C. Hepner died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at her home in Soldotna. She was 88.

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.

Alaskans must work together to balance available resources, needs
Much debate about education funding has been in the news. While some have used this debate to criticize others' commitment to education, I don't find that to be a useful way of meeting our state's needs. I'd like to bring perspective to this issue.

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.

Congress should set budget priorities, stop pork-barrel spending What others say
Few things done by government are as fascinating, or have as much potential for long-term good, as space travel.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Kasilof Historical cancels meeting Final day for HIV testing PIRA schedules meeting Homeless shelter to be discussed Coaching certification offered Project Video Connect scheduled Hunter education class planned Free holiday concert planned Victorian tea scheduled Assistance available for commercial fishers Christmas trees available on refuge

The bully pulpit Effort emerges to halt school harassment
Off campus, Matt Cavedon doesn't mind the names he is called: helper, hero, dreamer.

Grace Lutheran
In Christlight this week, students are learning of the Old Testament events when God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, where they were being enslaved.

Soldotna Elementary
Students who complete good deeds at Soldotna Elementary receive Fun Bucks.

Tustumena Elementary
The school is conducting a food drive for The Salvation Army through Friday. Families may send nonperishable food items to school with their children or drop off their donations at their convenience.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Preschoolers have practiced math, letter recognition and art through many holiday-themed activities, from snow to gingerbread men to holiday traditions.

Connections is selling buy one-get one free McDonald's peelers for $10. Proceeds will be used for Math Counts and Battle of the Books. Peelers are available in the office.

Bullying: The numbers
An increasing number of children are bullies, victims of bullying or both, and many other young people witness bullying as bystanders. A look at the scope of the problem:

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The second Wednesday of the month is board game day. Chad Sorenson and Steve Hacket will host an afternoon of fun. There will be board games for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent. This activity is designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Cook Inlet Academy
The kindergartners provided a Thanksgiving celebration for their parents by performing songs and reciting verses they learned during the quarter.

Kenai Middle
The staff congratulates Faith McKinnon for being the Agrium Character Counts student of the week. She will receive a medium pizza from Pizza Hut for lunch.

Wings Christian Academy
Wings will have its fourth annual Junk Yard Wars this Friday. The older students will be divided into teams and given two hours to build a specified object out of junk.

Soldotna Middle
When checking attendance on Edline, note that even though attendance is taken on a daily basis, notes from parents take approximately one week to finalize.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The staff and students thank the Kenaitze Indian Tribe for the Thanksgiving baskets.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Overturf's kindergarten class has been singing "Puff the Magic Dragon" with Mike Morgan and his auto harp.

Spring semester course schedules available this week
It's a sure sign that longer days are right around the corner: The arrival of the spring course schedules at KPC serves to remind students, faculty and staff that the current semester is rapidly coming to a close and there's light, literally, at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

Sears Elementary
The annual holiday concert was wonderful this year, and the students had a great time performing. Thanks to Elaine Larson for the job she has done with the students.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The kindergartners are making holiday decorations and collecting food for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. They will go to the food bank for a field trip Friday. On Dec. 18, they will go roller skating with their third-grade study buddies.

Redoubt Elementary
The site council meeting scheduled for today has been canceled. The council will meet in January.

Mountain View Elementary
The Student of the Month lunch will be at 11:35 a.m. Thursday.

Skyview High
The Nordic ski season got off to a great start last weekend. Skyview hosted the first meet of the season.

Soldotna High
The winter band and choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the SoHi theater.

Kenai Central High
Skills USA VICA is sponsoring a holiday canned food drive. Food will be dropped off at students' first period class. The class collecting the most food will be rewarded with a hot chocolate and donut party.

Critics: Faulty standards, no enforcement, cost at heart of bad food
COHASSET, Mass. Worried about all the fatty foods children were eating, town health officer Joseph Godzik recently ordered junk food purged from the local school lunch menu one day a week.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Nikiski Elementary
There will be a short Christmas program at Nikiski Elementary at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Students in kindergarten through third grade will perform, as will band students.

North Star Elementary
The fifth- and sixth-graders are playing English handbells and hand chimes. Unocal provided funds for some of these instruments. Mr. Zinck, Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Barnes' classes are playing recorders.

Bullying: Signs and tips
Health and safety experts say that preventing bullying among children requires more awareness and intervention among adults. Some signs to watch for and ways to help:

Sterling Elementary
The staff and PTA members congratulate the following Reflection winners:

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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

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.

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.

Artest stars for Pacers in victory over Wizards
INDIANAPOLIS Ron Artest bounced back from his first ejection of the season with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-79 win over the Washington Wizards.

Blues snap eight-game winning streak of Leafs
TORONTO Chris Pronger scored 30 seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night, ending the Maple Leafs' winning streak at eight games.

Potent Wildcats top Longhorns
NEW YORK Hassan Adams scored a career-high 30 points to lead Arizona's usual balanced attack and the ninth-ranked Wildcats beat No. 6 Texas 91-83 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

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.

The Next Level
Nikiski's Rabung does well at UAF Kasilof's Hakkinen competes in World Cup

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.

Midnight Sun volleyball announces tryouts
The Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club is holding two tryout sessions for the 2003-04 season. The first is Dec. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kenai Central High School and the second is Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kenai Recreation Center.

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.

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.

Woods is still the best
The voting for PGA Tour player of the year was close. The gap between Tiger Woods and everyone else is not.

How to play volleyball in the Arctic Winter Games
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska has announced selection procedures in volleyball.

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