Thursday, December 18, 2003

A-Rod trade on hold, Vizquel deal fizzles
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez was still in Texas for now, at least after the players' union rejected the reworking of his contract Wednesday and held up a trade to Boston. Omar Vizquel is still in Cleveland, too.

Rodriguez trade talks continue
The Alex Rodriguez trade talks reached a ''sensitive'' stage while a possible deal to send Omar Vizquel back to Seattle hit a major snag Tuesday on a yet another busy day of baseball maneuvering.

Boeing set for new jet
SEATTLE Applause and whoops of joy swept through a room full of Boeing workers as the company announced it will start taking orders for the new 7E7, billed as a lighter, roomier, more fuel-efficient airliner.

Federal government to move forward on leases
Unlike voiced opposition heard in southern Kenai Peninsula communities, calm prevailed at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce last week when a supervisor for Minerals Management Service described specifics of proposed Department of Interior oil and gas lease sales in lower Cook Inlet.

Feds plan make major changes at NYSE
WASHINGTON Federal regulators, responding to a pay scandal at the New York Stock Exchange, approved an overhaul Wednesday after the exchange agreed to split its top executive position in two to avoid massing too much power in one person.

ConocoPhillips to boost '04 spending
ANCHORAGE Conoco Phillips plans to spend $600 million for oil and gas exploration and other capital projects in Alaska next year, up 11 percent over this year.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesCPGH Inc. names new board membersDiabetes program receives national certificationMotorcycle club donates toysThe Home Depot opens today

California Academy of Sciences to rise again
SAN FRANCISCO The snakes will be slipped into socks that can be knotted and tucked into boxes. The penguins will be coaxed into dog kennels.

Heartbreaking tale illuminates Inupiaq family life
The year was 1892. The place was a sod hut at an isolated, winter hunting camp upriver from Norton Sound. A young Inupiaq mother, Qutuuq, sat beside her husband, who had just died after a mysterious, lingering ailment.

'Rings' fans praise third installment
NEW YORK One of the stars of the ''Lord of the Rings'' movies is Gollum, an emotionally conflicted goblin but fans were anything but two-minded as they left early screenings of the trilogy's final installment early Wednesday.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Apaches praise 'The Missing' for language accuracy
SANTA FE, N.M. Tommy Lee Jones speaking Apache? Word swept through the Mescalero reservation like an early winter wind.

Seniors bring Hawaii to Alaska
Judging by the students in Bunny Chong's class, hula isn't just for young Hawaiian women in grass skirts and coconut shell bikini tops.

Art Briefs
Carolers for hireStudent art contest announcedArtists wantedHoliday tradition keepers wanted for TVPainting group to meetPhoto contest heldKids' art classes offeredSubmissions for artist roster wantedAlaska photographers wanted for show

Clarion missed the boat on Pearl Harbor Day
I want to thank the Clarion for your in-depth coverage in your Dec. 7 Sunday paper.

Boys and Girls Club thanks basketball coaches, supporters
With the conclusion of our 2003 fifth- and sixth-grade basketball league, the Boys and Girls Club would like to salute our truly awesome coaches, who volunteered countless hours to work with the kids, giving them the opportunity to be a part of a team, learn and improve their basketball skills, make friends and, most importantly, participate and have fun.

Rookies give veterans a run for their money
ATLANTA Jamie McMurray didn't win a race during his rookie season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Instead, he won his first race before he was a rookie.

Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
Twenty-three-year-old Kasey Kahne will step into some big shoes in 2004 when he takes over for Bill Elliott on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. He also will drive for Winder, Ga., businessman Brad Akins on the NASCAR Busch Series. He talked about how everything fell into place to land two premier jobs at the same time.

Fast ferry proposal floated
Government leaders from around Cook Inlet are floating the idea of forming a Southcentral Alaska regional transportation authority for the purpose of creating a new transportation corridor stretching from the Mat-Su Borough to Homer.

Presenters recount year's shining successes
Donning a festive, green holiday vest and a Christmas tie, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey likened the city to a Christmas tree as he and other central Kenai Peninsula officials revisited the past year with area business people and gave them a look forward to 2004 and beyond.

Delivery dash hits area mailers
Everyone knows the jolly one still has a week to get Christmas presents delivered, but for mere mortals, time's about up.

Gas, oil prices on rise
Industrial, commercial and residential consumers will see steadily rising prices for Cook Inlet natural gas for the foreseeable future, a spokesperson for the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas told an oil and gas industry luncheon audience in Kenai on Tuesday.

Fate of sunken excavator in limbo
The fate of a 22-ton excavator that slipped off its rig mats into a soup of snow, mud and ice last week remains in limbo.

Rebels with a Santa cause
As the bunch of bikers stepped into the small department store, the clientele inside weren't sure what was about to happen, but one thing was certain: These rebels had a cause.

Assembly votes for lease buybacks
Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Alaska Legislature should buy back shallow gas leases on the southern Kenai Peninsula, and start the gas leasing process from square one, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said Tuesday night.

Virginia Marie (Glotfelty) Peterson
Sterling resident Virginia Marie (Glotfelty) Peterson died peacefully, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 81.

Frank Mize
Soldotna resident Frank Mize died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from complications due to cancer. He was 82.

Charles A. Rodgers
Longtime Kenai resident Charles A. Rodgers died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 82.

O. Wendell Honea
Former Kenai resident O. Wendell Honea died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003. He was 81.

Rozella (Drew) Spires
Longtime Alaska resident Rozella (Drew) Spires died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was 81.

Effort to fill Saddam's shoes will make job easier for U.S. forces
Following the stunning capture of Saddam Hussein, liberal politicians and their media chorus were reduced to stating the obvious: It will not end attacks on coalition forces.

U.S. must look beyond doom, gloom
We're down to the critical economic season of Christmastime. With the bagging of Saddam Hussein, we now have the chief Grinch socked away behind bars. The drama of this event could provide the psychological boost needed to make the holiday season truly jubilant.

Test of freedom: Saddam must be tried fairly in Iraq
... If there is a guiding principle to be found when weighing the options regarding Saddam Hussein, it is this: He must be tried for his crimes by and before Iraqis.

U.S. has fresh chance to reach out
WASHINGTON Saddam Hussein's capture offers the Bush administration a fresh chance to improve relations with the Arab world and to persuade European nations to participate in Iraq's reconstruction.

Howard Dean going it alone again
WASHINGTON By declaring America no safer after Saddam Hussein's capture, Howard Dean defied conventional wisdom and opened himself to intense criticism from his Democratic presidential rivals.

Around the Peninsula
LIO to wrap up town hall meetingsOpen mic night to benefit food bankAARP to discuss elder abuseDog racing club schedules meetingAccount for fire victims set upHabitat for Humanity accepting applicationsSocial Security reps to visit peninsula

Kenai Middle
The student council is collecting canned and boxed food items for the annual food drive. These items go toward families in the community for the upcoming holiday season. Food should be turned in to room 13 before school. The grade level that brings in the most food will receive an ice cream party at lunch.

Soldotna High
The site council will meet at 5 p.m. Jan. 6.

Holiday vacation approaches
The last day of school before Christmas break will be Friday. Check with your child's school to determine dismissal times Friday, as some schools will have a short day.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Progress reports, evaluations and second quarter sample are due no later than Jan. 15. Contact your teacher with any questions.

Scholarship winners announced
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 has announced winners of its local scholarship programs.

Kenai Central High
The Holiday Hoops Classic will be Dec. 27. Come out and see basketball greats from the past of area schools.

First-generation student adjusts to college life
EDITOR'S NOTE This is another story in an occasional series over this academic year about Victor Nivar, a freshman at Kutztown University. Like tens of thousands other freshmen this fall, Victor is the first in his family to go to college.

Wings Christian Academy
The student council is organizing a Christmas party Friday. Students are reminded to bring in their assigned food item and gift.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Students are reminded to claim any lost and found items before Christmas break.

Wings students lift junk to higher purpose
Students at Wings Christian Academy performed a sort of miracle Friday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Ms. Tyler would like to thank Unocal for the cash donation to her classroom.

Connections is selling McDonald's buy one-get one free gift certificates to raise money for its Math Counts and Battle of the Books programs. The items are available for $10 in the Connections office, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Keating and Mrs. Gustkey's fifth-grade classes will enjoy a celebratory field trip to the Nikiski pool with lunch following at McDonald's on Friday.

Soldotna Middle
Red atlases are on sale at the office for $7.

North Star Elementary
North Star congratulates Casey Coupchiak, Jordan Harrison, Kassi Johnson and Megan Hansen for their participation in the 2003 State LEGO League Robotics tournament in Anchorage on Dec. 6. Working with four students from Mountain View, the team joined nearly 40 other fourth- through eighth-grade teams from around the state in robotic programming missions and a research presentation focused upon this year's challenge: "Mission Mars." The team received a second-place award for research presentation creativity.

Skyview High
A new swim club has come to town. South Central Aquatics will begin its first session Jan. 6 at Skyview High School. Those interested should contact Dennis Reger at 262-1220 or Petra Clinton at 262-5563. Registration will be Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. in front of the Skyview pool entrance. Advanced registration can be done through Dennis or Petra and is encouraged.

Redoubt Elementary
Redoubt kindergarten through third-grade students will present a musical, "Sights and Sounds of the Season," at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Cook Inlet Academy
Students of the Week are Kaitlin Barkman, for excellence in academics and behavior; Keefe O'dell, for Bible memorization; Kelsey Tachick, for wonderful behavior and attitude; Tiana McGahan, for cheerful spirit; Stephen Webb, for creativity in all areas; Mckenna Rosin, for improvement in phonics; Ryan Boozer, new student in first grade; and Jacob McManus, Caleigh Jensen and Gracie Carroll, for being great friends.

Soldotna Elementary
Ms. Bobek's fifth-graders completed patriotic Christmas decorations and took them to city of Soldotna's Christmas tree decorating festivities. Names of armed forces personnel from the area, presently serving our country were added to red, white and blue bells.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Classes will begin to learn the letters D, N and G, the shape of a triangle, the number five and the color green in both English and Dena'ina. They also will learn the values of sharing the winter solstice.

Students of the Month
The following students were named November Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School, Sterling Elementary School, or Seward High School, and December Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School

Open mic night has future at college, but new acts needed
What started out as a regular thing on Thursday nights at Busters in Kenai has been reincarnated as a regular thing at Kenai Peninsula College. The KPC Student Union has worked hard to put together a production that brings musicians and writers from around the peninsula together in a forum where creative juices can flow. The open mic night was launched in late October, with more than 40 people in attendance. From the beginning, it was apparent that open mic was a hit and should continue on a long-term basis.

Sterling Elementary
The fifth- and sixth-grade band will give a special holiday performance from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the school. Skyview High School band director Kent Peterson will conduct. Following the performance, there will be a community art reception for visiting artist Graham Dane in the library. The public is encouraged to come view the new mural in the library and see the flying fish. The staff and students would like to thank the PTA for bringing Dane to the school. They also would like to thank Ron and Sandy Lyons of Sterling Flippin' Fin Charters and B&B for donating two weeks free lodging for Dane.

Texas elementary school elves help with holiday mail crunch
LUBBOCK, Texas Tom Schlabach was the most popular man at Wester Elementary School this month, not counting that jolly old elf named Claus.

Tustumena Elementary
The grand-prize winner in the PTO cash raffle was Dave Shilling. He received $5,000. Kathy Griguhn, winner of $75 in the cash raffle, donated the money back to the PTO. The PTO members would like to thank her for her generosity. A total of 241 tickets were sold, which provides approximately $5,000 net income to the PTO for the coming year. The staff and students would like to thank everyone who supported this fund-raising effort by purchasing tickets. Thanks also to the PTO board members, Sheila Garrant, Judy Johnson, Debbie Pearson, Pam Skulstad and Gail Knobf.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Sotello's third- through sixth-graders recently competed against 38 teams statewide in the 2003 State LEGO League Robotics tournament in Anchorage and brought back two trophies: best teamwork and rookie of the year. The class thanks the 18 parents who volunteered to travel with the class to the tournament.

Student seeks help with project
The following letter was sent to the Clarion by a student in Graham, Wash."

Iverson out Wednesday and Friday, perhaps longer
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson says he definitely won't play Wednesday or Friday because of a swollen right knee, an injury that could keep him sidelined even longer.

Heat is on, Wade beats up Hawks
MIAMI Rookie Dwyane Wade shot 15-for-22 and had 32 points and nine assists, leading the Miami Heat to their fourth straight victory 97-79 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Islanders edge Devils to keep up solid play
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Alexei Yashin and Jason Blake scored 30 seconds apart in a frenetic third period to lift the New York Islanders to a stunning 5-4 victory Tuesday night over the New Jersey Devils.

Sports Briefs
Report: Mourning to receive transplant FridayBranch, Hall lead I-AA All-American picks

Skyview skaters overcome 3-1 deficit
The Nikiski High School hockey team dominated play for two periods Tuesday, taking a 3-1 lead into the third period against the Skyview Panthers in a nonconference game at Jason Peterson Memorial Rink in Nikiski.

Deng leads No. 3 Duke past Princeton
DURHAM, N.C. Freshman Luol Deng scored 18 points to lead No. 3 Duke to a 69-51 victory over Princeton on Wednesday night.

Unbeaten Stanford storms up rankings
STANFORD, Calif. Unbeaten Stanford believes it has the talent to finish opponents off this season no more letting teams hang around late in games. And if you think the Cardinal are confident now, wait until they get their leading scorers back.

Miami, Roethlisberger look to cap superb year
MOBILE, Ala. Ben Roethlisberger's immediate concern is beating Louisville. His football future must wait.

Horns phone call to cost him $30,000
NEW ORLEANS New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for making a choreographed cell-phone call in the end zone to celebrate a touchdown.

Rockets make Cavaliers' woes even worse
CLEVELAND Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis scored 18 points apiece and each made big 3-pointers down the stretch as the Houston Rockets rallied for an 89-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Memphis begins bowls with victory
NEW ORLEANS Danny Wimprine had only great memories of playing in the Louisiana Superdome, and kept it that way in the New Orleans Bowl.

Detroit outlasts San Jose
DETROIT Brendan Shanahan scored with 1:09 left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Hall of Famer Graham dies
CLEVELAND Otto Graham was the perfect quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

Fassel out as Giants head man
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Coach Jim Fassel knew what was coming. He would be fired after a season that began with Super Bowl hopes but turned into an embarrassment.

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