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Monday, December 15, 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.

NOW PLAYING: The Haunted Mansion
The Walt Disney Company, in a valiant attempt to bring the feeling of visiting their theme parks to our everyday life, have finally done it. Their latest "thrill-fest", The Haunted Mansion, achieves everything that the previous effort, Pira

Friends of Animals should offer alternatives to aerial wolf kills
Friends of Animals city dwellers based in Connecticut with offices in New York and Washington, D. C., are threatening to organize a boycott of Alaska tourism because the people who live in Alaska voted to conduct aerial wolf kills.

Buying back coal bed methane leases right thing to do in Homer
Property owners in the Homer area need to know just how much we lost due to improper notification of the coal bed methane leases in our area.

Aerial spraying of pesticides should not be allowed in Alaska
We have new regulations allowing aerial spraying of pesticides a first for Alaska. This is a state where people like to hunt, fish, pick berries and grow their own foods.

Governor should intervene; state should buy back Homer leases
Whose side is the state on?

Borough needs to support Homer and encourage buyback of leases
I am so glad that the Homer City Council saw the wisdom in passing a resolution that asks the state of Alaska to buy back the coal bed methane leases in the Homer area as well as to revise House Bill 69. This will help protect our drinking water and our property rights.

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.

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.

Americans celebrate capture of Saddam
CHICAGO First, Americans watched as his statue fell in Baghdad. On Sunday, many celebrated again as news that U.S. forces had captured Saddam Hussein spread across the country.

State plans to retool school exams for fall
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska students can expect to see a new set of statewide tests including the High School Graduation Qualify-ing Exam beginning next fall.

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.

Survey targets gaming
Results of an informal survey conducted over the past month by Rep. Dan Ogg, R-Kodiak, in his Kodiak district indicate some Alaskans may be willing to have state lawmakers consider a lottery, but they are overwhelmingly opposed to allowing electronic gaming machines like video poker in bars.

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.

Iraqi leader found in cramped hide-out
BAGHDAD, Iraq Cornered alone in a cramped hole near one of his sumptuous palaces, a weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein was seized by U.S. troops and displayed on television screens worldwide Sunday, a humiliating fate for one of history's most brutal dictators.

Louise Edgington
Former Soldotna resident Louise Edgington died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, in Vancouver, Wash.

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.

Politics puts bonus in play
In 1970, while debating creation of the Longevity Bonus, opponents charged the new program was financially dangerous because no one knew its future costs.

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.

Insider's view offers compelling evidence on weapons in Iraq
An interview with an Iraqi colonel in the Sunday Telegraph of London offers a new twist to the weapons of mass destruction controversy in Iraq.

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.

Homer athletes take top places at Special Olympics
Volunteers help Aaron Prevost place his hand over the 16-pound bowling ball.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Anyone who is interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768. Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or wait unattended while a parent attends a class.

Ask a firefighter
Question: Although smoke detectors are essential in every household, they're designed to detect, not control the fire. What more can an individual do to protect his family and home in the event of a fire?

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

Around the Peninsula
Frontier Community Services to hold open house Boys and Girls club plan fine arts exhibit AARP to discuss elder abuse Visitor center to hold grand opening Help for home day-care providers available Church to hold concert

Community News
Parade winners announced Skyview Basketball Boosters to meet Swim club seeks members Open mic night to benefit food bank Community contra dance planned Area businesses, individuals to support food bank Environmental directory seeks entries Auction fund-raiser for hospice slated

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.

Births
Rowan Markus Goff Rory Thomas Gilmartin

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.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Peninsula People
Ward selected to join choir

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Homer earns split at Delta Junction
Homer goalie Ben Miller racked up 78 saves in two games to help the Mariners split a double header with the Delta Huskies Saturday in Delta Junction.

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.

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.

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.

Conklin comes up big in Oilers' win
ANAHEIM, Calif. Raffi Torres scored the go-ahead goal with 5:29 remaining and Radek Dvorak had two assists in the Edmonton Oilers' 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Sunday night.

No. 4 Blue Devils run past Portland
DURHAM, N.C. Reserve Luol Deng scored 15 points, and fourth-ranked Duke held Portland to three first-half baskets in an 84-43 victory Sunday night.

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!''

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.

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.

Rams trip Seattle to win West
ST. LOUIS An official made perhaps the biggest stop at the end of the St. Louis Rams' NFC West-clinching victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Sonics best Bucks
SEATTLE The Seattle SuperSonics' latest victory might have come at a high price.

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