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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Baseball has day of trades
NEW ORLEANS The Boston Red Sox revved-up the AL East arms race by closing a deal for All-Star closer Keith Foulke on Saturday, hours before the New York Yankees completed their trade for Kevin Brown.

Spirit of volunteering shows at ski competition
The Skyview Cross Country Ski Team recently hosted the Skyview Invitational bringing 12 teams together from around the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage area for an exciting two-day event of skate and classic competition.

Tax exemption for property owners still a borough ordinance
In a decision handed down Dec. 5, the Alaska Supreme Court upheld a Kenai Peninsula Borough ordinance exempting from property taxation the first $10,000 of assessed property value on the primary residences of borough citizens.

Photo features: Bring on the big guy
Hannah and Haley Wells clap their hands as Santa Claus arrives at Soldotna's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Thursday at Parker Park. The crowd went inside the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center for music and refreshments after the tree was lit.

DOT enlightens Soldotna council with bridge update
Though he could have used better phrasing when saying the aesthetic design features of the new Kenai River bridge in Soldotna will be "striking" to pedestrians and motorists, the representative from Land Design North was right that the features will be eye-catching.

Group meets to address homelessness
They may be unseen, but they're here.

Shirley Jean (Jeffres) Looney
Sterling resident Shirley Jean (Jeffres) Looney died Monday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 67.

Planting seeds of democracy can turn into messy business
WASHINGTON President Bush has put the spread of democracy at the core of his foreign policy. Unless it takes him where he does not want to go.

Writer might even learn to enjoy skiing, just don't expect her to admit it
To ski or not to ski?

Crunch time is closer than legislators think
Kenai Peninsula residents should wonder when their legislators will think "crunch time" has arrived.

Contractor keeps rinks smooth as, well, ice
When the mercury drops to zero and below, most sensible people head to warm hearths indoors, but one Soldotna resident does just the opposite.

The Wrights' story, in their own words
EDITOR'S NOTE Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's first powered airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. The feat was duly noted by the nation's press at the time, but the Wrights claimed the account was ''incorrect in almost every detail.'' Here from the archives of Wright State University and the Library of Congress is the brothers' own account, transmitted by The Associated Press on Jan. 5, 1904, and retransmitted for the 75th anniversary in December 1978. Punctuation, spelling and style are from the original typewritten document.

Around the Peninsula
CES now collection point for food bankKenai decorating contest judged MondayBooster club to meet, have potluckT-200 poster contest deadline nearsPublic hearing set on 911 systemFree holiday concert plannedWomen voters plan potluckSchool district Ed-Line workshop slatedKennel club offering dog classes

Teaford, Hanson, plan New Year's Eve wedding
Sarah Ellen Teaford and Paul Hanson of Anchorage got engaged June 29, 2003, on Beluga Point, just south of Anchorage.

Rush, Minelga announce engagement
Rebecca Anne Rush and Eric Minelga plan to be married in May 2004 in Falmouth, Mass.

Animal abuse a difficult subject
Many people care for their pets responsibly, but from time to time the unfortunate details of someone neglecting or abusing animals makes the news.

Pets get holiday treatment
PHOENIX This is clearly not the Manchester terrier's idea of fun.

My best friend
Saber, a 6-year-old, German shepherd, is owned by the Poole family in Soldotna, who loves him and thinks there is not another dog as wonderful.

Kenai's Ischi tallies four goals
It's nothing new for Kenai Central senior Phillip Ischi to be on a line that produces plentiful points, but it is new for Ischi's linemates to be named Ryan Hicks and John McGlasson as opposed to 2003 graduates Adrian Borchgrevink and Owen Brewer.

Pierce's 41 help Celtics overcome LeBron's 37
CLEVELAND Paul Pierce scored a season-high 41 points and stole the ball from LeBron James in the final minute to help the Boston Celtics win their fifth straight game, 105-98 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

SoHi girls win skiing team title
The Soldotna girls and Colony boys picked up team victories Friday and Saturday at the HOLMENKOL Mat-Su Pursuit at Colony High School.

Devils become first team to beat Flyers at home this season
PHILADELPHIA Grant Marshall and Mike Rupp scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 32 shots to record his 71st shutout as the New Jersey Devils sent the Philadelphia Flyers to their first home loss of the season, 2-0 Saturday night.

OU's White receives Heisman
NEW YORK The scars, the operations, the grueling rehab. It was all worth it for Jason White.

Louisville hands No. 1 Florida another loss
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Francisco Garcia scored 21 points and Louisville beat No. 1 Florida 73-65 Saturday, Rick Pitino's 400th win as a college coach.

Nikiski second at state
If there's one thing a state wrestling championship never lacks, it's drama, and there were plenty of stories played out on the mats at the Class 1-2-3A state high school wrestling championships Saturday in Anchorage.

Skyview, Palmer tie
Skyview's Paddy Iverson netted the game-tying goal with just 4:53 left to play in regualtion to help Skyview fight back from a 5-3 defecit and earn a 5-5 tie Saturday night against Palmer in North Star Conference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

SkyHi takes Region III Duals
The Skyview Panthers wrestling team scratched and clawed its way to the top of Region III this weekend, racking up a perfect 6-0 record at the Region III Duals Friday and Saturday at Soldotna and Skyview.

Grand Valley State repeats as Division II champions
FLORENCE, Ala. Grand Valley State won its second straight NCAA Division II title Saturday, with Mike Hoad intercepting a fourth-down pass with 27 seconds left to seal the Lakers' 10-3 victory over North Dakota.

Love pulls away from field at Target World Challenge
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Walking from the practice range before the third round, a fan called out to Tiger Woods, ''Go win today, Tiger!''

Herrin leads Nikiski girls past SkyHi
Sophomore Sarah Herrin poured in 28 points to lead Nikiski to a 48-35 victory over Skyview Saturday in nonconference action at Nikiski.

Spinks upsets Mayorga, wins welterweight titles
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. A quarter-century after his father shocked everyone by beating Muhammad Ali, Cory Spinks pulled off a nice little upset of his own Saturday night.

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