Sunday, December 12, 2004

Soldotna lights up tree, faces with holiday spirit
Just to hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling to the clip-clop of a Clyde called King was enough to put the grouchiest of grinches into the Christmas spirit.

Community caring
You wouldn't think the Kenai Peninsula Borough's seventh-largest employer would have a hard time getting recognized, but according to Frontier Community Services Executive Director Ken Duff, many people still aren't quite sure what his organization does.

Kenai judge rebukes DA
Lawyers in the Peninsula Bar Association were sent a letter last week by Kenai Administrative Judge Harold Brown informing them of reported off-the-record information being given to members of the grand jury by the Kenai District Attorney after indictments are handed down.

Voters OK hike in HEA debt limit
Homer Electric Association members cast their votes during a special election at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Friday, and Propositions No. 1, 2 and 3 all passed by wide margins.

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

Herrick 'Al' Alfred Poore
Longtime Kenai resident Herrick "Al" Alfred Poore died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at his home. He was 86.

Dawn Patricia Hutchings
Longtime Soldotna resident Dawn Patricia Hutchings died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna after a long battle with cancer. She was 40.

Greg D. Corner
Longtime Kasilof resident Greg D. Corner died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at his home. He was 55.

Michael J. Mattoon
Nikiski resident Michael J. Mattoon died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, unexpectedly near his home. He was 51.

Grandparents need help
I used to think of myself as a "normal" sort of person. Other than a slight obsession with eating brownies, I didn't have any other "ticks" to speak of — until I became a grandmother.

Making holidays brighter, safer and less stressful
It's unfortunate that the season of giving sometimes is the only time some of us remember those who are less fortunate.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview band, choir concert slated PFLAG schedules meeting Christmas tea slated Fish and Game to meet Band fund-raiser planned Auction fund-raiser Potluck, sing-a-long set Christmas trees available on refuge Volleyball registration begins

Grieving for lost pet takes time
As with any member of the family, the loss of a pet can be overwhelming, but unfortunately there are not as many avenues for recovery or ways for bringing closure as there are when a person dies.

Habermann, Pankoski tops at Lynx Loppet
Skyview's Elisabeth Habermann skied to an eighth-place finish Saturday in the girls 5-kilometer freestyle portion of the two-day Lynx Loppet team pursuit event in Anchorage. Habermann's time of 28 minutes, 59.7 seconds over the course at Service High School earned her the top finish for a peninsula racer during the event.

Klitschko stops Williams, defends heavyweight title
LAS VEGAS — Vitali Klitschko made one statement with his fists, and another with his words. Both came through loud and clear in a dominating title defense that elevated him to the top of a crowded list of heavyweight champions.

Panthers third at Homer Open
The defending state champion Wasilla Warriors earned six individual titles to claim first place at the Mariner Open Friday and Saturday at Homer High School. Chugiak placed second, while last year's state runners-up to Wasilla, the Skyview Panthers, earned three individual titles to place third.

Wells to Boston, Pavano picks Yanks as winter meetings heat up
ANAHEIM, Calif. — David Wells made the surprising decision to sign with the Boston Red Sox, Carl Pavano picked the New York Yankees and Roger Clemens narrowed his choices to the Houston Astros or retirement.

Krzyzewski one victory away from 700
DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski feels fortunate to still be the coach at Duke, and it has nothing to do with his brief flirtation with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer.

Midnight Sun volleyball tryouts slated
Tryouts for the Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club are scheduled for Jan. 3 at Skyview High School and Jan. 6 at Kenai Central High School. Players in grades 9-12 are invited to attend either or both sessions. Tryouts are from 7 to 9 p.m. The season begins in January and ends in April.

Heisman Trophy goes to Leinart
NEW YORK — Matt Leinart got a hearty handshake and a bear hug from Jason White, one Heisman Trophy winner congratulating the other.

Stars tip off hoops season
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team tipped off the season Friday against the Chugiak Mustangs in a nonconference game at Soldotna.

Illini stay unbeaten with win vs. Ducks
CHICAGO — Luther Head had 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and all five starters reached double figures, leading top-ranked Illinois to an 83-66 rout of Oregon at the United Center on Saturday.

Bulldogs grab a pair of state titles
Nikiski wrestling coach Abe Porter always tells his team that it has character in spades.

Webber, Bibby lead Sacramento to win
INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Webber had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Mike Bibby added 21 points to help the Sacramento Kings hold off the Indiana Pacers 97-92 in overtime Saturday night.

Irish down Huskies
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Crystal Erwin scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-9 shooting and Jacqueline Batteast had 17 points and 10 rebounds, leading seventh-ranked Notre Dame to a 72-58 victory over Washington on Saturday.

Valdosta wins Division II title
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Valdosta State rallied to win its first NCAA Division II championship Saturday, with Fabian Walker throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score in the Blazers' 36-31 victory over Pittsburg State.

NFL's minority hiring program is working — slowly
Temporary or not, the moves last week were symbolic of the difference in minority hiring between the NFL and college football.

Thorpe jersey sets record at auction
SEAFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs football jersey sold for $284,350 at auction, the highest price for a non-baseball jersey.

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