Monday, December 13, 2004

Study: Video games better than tranquilizers at keeping children calm before surgery
TRENTON, N.J. -- Letting children play video games on a Game Boy in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers or holding Mommy's hand, researchers say.

Yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets just the beginning
CHICAGO -- Jennifer Longley wears her yellow bracelet in honor of her many relatives who have had cancer, including a grandfather who lost his tongue and voice box and an aunt who died of ovarian cancer.

Community support for Guard enables soldiers to serve
Strong National Guard units are a reflection of our communities. In Alaska, we recently sent 130 members of one unit off to training and eventually to Iraq. I would like to personally thank the families and employers who have made this transition possible3 SFC Schwenke -- Peninsula Job Center; SFC Zimmerman -- Kenai Peninsula School District/Nikiski High School; SSG Fite -- Era Aviation; SGT Felchle -- Kenai Peninsula School District/Kenai Middle School; SGT McGrane -- High Speed Gear; SPC Lay -- Rent-A-Center; PFC Shangin -- Kenaitze Indian Tribe; SSG Brendible -- Active Guard; SPC White -- Active Guard.

Albertson was a true friend; she'll be missed
I lost a friend Nov. 23 and her name is Wendy Albertson. In a way I didn't know her well and in other ways I knew her real well. I knew her character and it contained integrity, and that's all I needed to know. I knew I could trust her, and she knew she could trust me.

UA administration spending bringing system to its knees
What is happening at Kenai Peninsula College is an example of what is wrong with the entire University of Alaska system -- ever expanding administration at the expense of services to students.

DA's office uses grand jury tactic to charge innocent people
Your writer apparently did not see the disingenuous nature of June Stein's response to the issues of the "rest of the story" being told to the grand jurors.

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.

Reading program bound for change
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a higher student enrollment projection for next year, and that means more decisions on what to do with the increase in funds. The board has been discussing a number of options as to the placement of those dollars resulting from the added students.

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.

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.

Flu season just getting under way
Flu season has only barely begun in Alaska and health care experts still recommend getting immunized to ward off the bug -- an option that became available to many more Alaskans this week.

Residents find outlets for holiday overload
Up to your tonsils in tinsel? About to go batty over hanging bulbs? You're not alone.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Ridge's Homeland work worth praising
... (Tom) Ridge resigned as director of Homeland Security, and probably is sleeping well at night for the first in a long time. ...

Japan must move to protect itself
In the aftermath of World War II, most Americans probably slept a little easier knowing that Japan had adopted a pacifist constitution. Much has changed in the past 60 years, however.

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.

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.

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

Community News
Holiday decorating contest deadline todayHoliday sports camp setSoldotna Elks table tennis results

Around the Peninsula
CPHC seeking new membersInternet health workshop plannedFish and Game to meetHelp for commercial fishers availableLifeguard training offeredCommunity dance plannedFamily New Year's Eve party set

Births
Renee Ayer and Micheal GagnonJennifer and Steven ChamberlainElaine and David Inman Jr.Catherine Plankel and Scott ByerlyRoxanna Porter and Martin PettingaleAna and Brad Thornton

Peninsula People
Howarth receives academic award

Community Schools
The following is a list of Homer and Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768 for Soldotna or (907) 235-6090 for Homer.

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.

Dog found in Denton 1,600 miles from Washington home
FLOWER MOUND, Texas (AP) -- Snowbirds from the north are a common sight in Texas, but Carla is a different breed altogether.

Chill Miller ices second Cup GS
VAL D'ISERE, France -- Bode Miller put his go-for-broke style temporarily in check Sunday and won a World Cup giant slalom for the second time this season.

Photo feature: On the run
Bryan Worner makes a snowboard run down the bluff in Kenai last weekend. Increasing snowfall is improving conditions for winter recreation.

Duke's Coach K joins 700 club
DURHAM, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski celebrated his latest milestone in style, sitting on the bench while being serenaded with chants of "700!" by the Cameron Crazies he helped create.

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.

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.

After nailing Target, Woods aims for future
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods won his final tournament of a difficult year.

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.

Peninsula Sports Briefs
Kardinal skaters undefeated in ValleyMustang girls race past KenaiWolverines bumped from state tournament

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stanford no treat for San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Freshman Candice Wiggins scored 22 points and also had four steals, two assists and a blocked shot, and Stanford remained unbeaten.

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.

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.

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.

Iverson's season high leads Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored a season-high 40 points and Marc Jackson had 20 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

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.

Manning, Colts buck Texans
HOUSTON -- Peyton Manning broke one of Dan Marino's touchdown records, just not the one everybody has been talking about, as Indianapolis clinched its second straight AFC South title with a 23-14 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Ex-Irish coach heads to Washington; Notre Dame, Stanford also make moves
SEATTLE -- Tyrone Willingham has agreed to become Washington's third head coach in four seasons, just two weeks after being fired from Notre Dame.

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