Saturday, December 11, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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