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Friday, December 10, 2004

Glaus to Arizona, Kent to Los Angeles
NEW YORK Arizona snapped up Troy Glaus and Los Angeles added Jeff Kent as teams made big-money deals with All-Stars on Thursday, one day before the start of the winter meetings.

Web master seeks new search engine after 22 years
Pat Porter, veteran of the Peninsula Clarion, is leaving the newspaper business behind and will take a month or two off work, a break she's never had. She retires Friday from 22 years of work — just in time for the holidays.

Chamber speaker enlightens crowd on uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Dr. Patrick Huffman of Frontier Natural Health in Soldotna uses a different standard of medicine where patients use natural treatments to confront diseases.

Business Briefs
Area Chambers set schedule Daycare to hold open house Kapp becomes consultant

North Woods shooting highlights culture clash
RICE LAKE, Wis. At the upper edge of the nation, in the thick woods of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, there are rules. Rules about property. Rules about deer hunting and the generations-old traditions that surround it. Rules about how people treat each other when they come upon armed strangers among the trees.

Nursing moose calf tips off mother's gender
ANCHORAGE A cow moose with antlers an extremely rare animal in North America appears to have survived hunting season on the Seward Peninsula, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

First deer hunt is almost primordial experience
USHK BAY I awoke in my girlfriend's armpit, one hour before dawn, to a terrifying howl. I was scared, and I peered out quietly from beneath the sheet.

All its cracked up to be
With its timeless story of childhood adoration, imagination, whimsy, heroism and adventure, the dance production being staged this weekend in Kenai is, in a nutshell, a classic.

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the road Anchorage Events

Art Briefs
Singing Christmas cards offered Victorian carolers for hire Art wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campus Writers' Night accepting submissions

Volunteers, businesses deserve praise for Christmas event
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and myself, I would like to thank everyone for helping us make this magical community event, Christmas Comes to Kenai, a marvelous success. Not only does it take heaps of volunteers but the Kenai Police Department, Kenai Fire Department, Kenai Maintenance Department and the City of Kenai without their complete and total cooperation it would never happen. To the Kenai Senior Center, McDonalds, Safeway, Peterkin Distributors, Kambe Theatre, Summit Cleaners and the Victorian Carolers: a big thank you.

Article on teacher appreciated
I really appreciated your report about Mr. Summer. I remember him very well in junior high at Kenai Middle School. He was a great teacher and awesome person. This was a well-written story and very uplifting — about life, death and what really matters.

Commercial fishers should heed editorial's suggestions
I re-read the referenced the Dec. 3 Clarion editorial after reading the ranting and ravings of commercial fishers Vanek and McCombs in the Dec. 7 Clarion. I thought the essence of the Clarion editorial was complimentary to Cook Inlet commercial fishers about Kenai Wild fish and simply threw out a few suggestions on how their products might be made even better, e.g., to improve their processing and marketing. I didn't see a mention of river guides or dipnetters in the editorial.

SoHi swim team says thanks
The Soldotna High School swim-dive team would like to thank the following businesses who helped make our 2004 season successful:

Nikiski volleyball season a success thanks to community
The Nikiski High School volleyball team would like to thank everyone in the community for their outstanding support. The support was given in many ways.

Many made center's pie auction a sweet success
On the Tuesday evening prior to Thanksgiving I attended a most incredible event. It was the 4th annual pie auction, raising funds for the ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center of Kenai.

Alaska tax dollars should not be spent on far-away state capital
I applaud the newly formed lobby group in their efforts to move the state capital. If all Alaskans take a look at the census data we would recognize conclusive data to support this move. Forty percent of the state's population is in Anchorage, 10 percent in the Mat-Su Valley, 10 percent in Fairbanks and another 10 percent in the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Boroughs. It totals reasonable access for 70 percent of the state.

Water quality testing finds streams' temperature too high, other harmful factors
Lower Kenai Peninsula salmon streams are running hot, and not the kind of "hot" that should send anglers and commercial fishers running to cast their lines and nets.

Christmas tree lighting today
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. today at Parker Park and the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center on West Park Avenue.

Insurance issue settled, for now
Patients at South Peninsula Hospital can breathe a little easier. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed Tuesday to OK a $54,000 appropriation from the hospital service area's fund balance to cover the cost of malpractice insurance for two longtime surgeons practicing at the medical facility.

RV park evokes ire of would-be neighbors in VIP
A raucous crowd the largest to attend a Kenai planning and zoning commission meeting in recent memory persuaded the commission Wednesday not to approve a conditional use permit sought by a Washington state developer hoping to build a recreational vehicle park near one of Kenai's most upscale neighborhoods.

For safety, green is good
As a fire safety reminder, Central Emergency Services in Soldotna has erected a giant green wooden wreath at the corner of Binkley Street and the Sterling Highway, with green Christmas lights that will be replaced with a red one each time a structure fire occurs during the holiday season.

Council heads away from bike helmet statute
The Soldotna City Council still cannot decide whether it needs to legally require bicycle helmets be worn by kids in the community, though there is little doubt a proposed helmet ordinance was written with good intentions.

Care packages for troops flagged for appreciation
An American flag that accompanied an Army reconnaissance mission over Baghdad will soon find a permanent home at AM VETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center near Soldotna, in thanks for a care package sent by the post to a 1st Cavalry Division helicopter unit stationed in Iraq.

Larry Dillon
Sterling resident Larry Dillon died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 61.

Timothy Lynn Stolz
Longtime Nikiski resident Timothy Lynn Stolz died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in Nikiski. He was 54.

Diane Walker
Kenai resident Diane Walker died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at her home in Kenai. She was 67.

Marilyn Jane Mayfield
Sterling resident Marilyn Jane Mayfield died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with her husband by her side. She was 71.

Oilers name Coutts as new head coach
Mike Coutts, a longtime associate head coach at the University of Maine and a successful summer head coach in the Cape Cod (Mass.) Baseball League, has signed on to coach the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League for the 2005 summer season.

Election will be hard to pull off amid terror
The deadline of the (Iraq) election, set by the end of January, favors the clash between Shiites and Sunnis. The Shiites, about 60 percent of the total population, do not want a postponement. The vote would legitimate their majority. ... On the other end, the Sunnis are hoping for a delay. And they express this wish in different ways.

Optimism spreading through Middle East
Since the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, a mood has been spreading in the Middle East that had not been felt for a long time: optimism.

History class good idea for Alaska's future
From the very beginning, Alaska has been a place rich in its own unique and important history.

In search of the perfect Christmas tree, or the one that got away
If you are like me, you are starting to think about getting a Christmas tree. If you are a procrastinator like me, you'll probably chew on the idea for a couple of weeks, or at least until your wife goads you into action. Some folks like to put up their tree right after Thanksgiving. Personally, I like to keep my holidays separate. Seeing Christmas decorations or listening to, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", the day after Halloween tends to make me grumpy. I'm actually starting to think Scrooge wasn't such a bad guy after all.

BOW program makes encore
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be hosting a "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" workshop again on February 11, 12 and 13 at Solid Rock Bible Camp near Soldotna, and classes are quickly filling up.

State Parks advisory board has vacancies
Members of the public interested in advising Alaska State Parks managers on issues relating to state parks and outdoor recreation management in the Ninilchik and Anchor Point area are invited to apply for membership on the Southern Kenai Peninsula State Parks Citizens Advisory Board. To be considered, applicants must live or work in the Anchor Point or Ninilchik area. The board meets five times a year between August and April. Members serve a three-year term.

Around the Peninsula
KWF to host open house HEA membership meeting set PSDRA meeting planned Christ-centered addictions group forming Christmas bazaar set Genealogical society to meet

Around the Peninsula
HEA membership meeting setFord to perform at libraryCPHC schedule meetingKenai council plans work sessionHope community resources to meetKennel club offering dog classes'Toy and Joy' applications being accepted

Church Briefs
Holiday schedules neededEdgerly to lead Love INCAddictions group formingGarage sale fund-raiser setCraft, bake sale plannedWomen's prayer group to meetThis Hope to performChristmas party, concert plannedHanukkah party setMatrix Christmas service SundayChristmas concert scheduled

Church leader steps down amid scandal
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) The president of the Community of Christ, a denomination with 250,000 members worldwide formerly called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has resigned.

Spiritual stamina needed to survive holidays
Spiritual stamina sustains us through the seasonal rush of Christmas.

Pray or pay, visitors in Italy must choose
ROME Pray or pay. At dozens of Italian churches struggling to preserve art treasures from Byzantine mosaics to Baroque paintings, that is the choice many visitors must make.

Skiers stoked as winter returns
With winter finally returning to the Kenai Peninsula, skiers are happily returning to cross-country trails this week.

Kentucky topples state rival Eagles
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kelenna Azubuike scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Kentucky past intrastate rival Morehead State 71-40 on Wednesday night.

Sonics mess up Spurs
SAN ANTONIO — Ray Allen scored 29 points, including a pair of 3-pointers late in the game, as the Seattle SuperSonics ended the Spurs' 21-game home winning streak with a 102-96 victory Wednesday night.

No. 1 Illinois rolls past Georgetown
WASHINGTON Roger Powell scored 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting, and top-ranked Illinois made 65 percent in the second half to pull away for a 74-59 victory Thursday night over Georgetown.

Ninilchik loses at state
The Ninilchik volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Hoonah Thursday at the Class 1-2-3A-West state volleyball tournament at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

Sonics get best of Mavs
DALLAS Rashard Lewis refused to let the Seattle SuperSonics give away a game they'd dominated.

Charges filed from big brawl
PONTIAC, Mich. Five Indiana Pacers and seven fans were charged Wednesday in the melee that broke out at the end of a nationally televised game against the Detroit Pistons last month, one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.

Seahawks at Vikings exemplifies weak NFC
This is what the NFC has come to: Seattle at Minnesota, two mediocre teams that could win divisions despite some horrible losses.

Ninilchik volleyball makes trip to state
Ninilchik will be making its second straight appearance today at the Class 1-2-3A-West state volleyball tournament at Dimond High School.

Panthers wrestle past SoHi
The Skyview High School wrestling team defeated crosstown rival Soldotna 43-22 in a dual meet Thursday at Skyview.

Kenai wins big; SoHi, Skyview lose in Valley
The Kenai Central High School hockey team won big Thursday, defeating Palmer 25-0 in Wasilla.

Seward set to host small-schools wrestling
During the summer, Seward is largely a tourist town. That will allow it to be a wrestling town today and Saturday.

Mariners topple Bulldogs
The Homer hockey team defeated Nikiski 19-5 Thursday in a Greatland Conference game at Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

NHL players offer to roll back salaries
TORONTO The NHL players' association offered an immediate 24 percent rollback of salaries Thursday as the centerpiece of a proposal handed to the league in an effort to end the season-long lockout.

OU's White takes two major football awards
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Oklahoma quarterback Jason White was a two-time award winner Thursday night, taking the Maxwell Award as college football's best all-around player and adding his second straight Davey O'Brien quarterback trophy.

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