Monday, December 20, 2004

Yanks, Arizona, Dodgers try to complete deal
NEW YORK —The megadeal involving Randy Johnson, Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez grew to 10 players Saturday, with the New York Yankees, Arizona and Los Angeles hoping to present the proposed trade to the commissioner's office soon for approval.

Mulder traded to Cards
OAKLAND, Calif. —The Oakland Athletics traded their second top starter in three days, sending left-hander Mark Mulder to the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for a package of prospects.

Job center deserves praise for helping with library's workshop
The Kenai Community Library would like to thank Diana Spann and the staff of the Peninsula Job Center. The use of the Wild Rose Computer Lab at the Peninsula Job Center made it possible for the library to host a Consumer Health Information Workshop.

Light parade a cheerful, joyous way to welcome holiday season
Your letter to the editor had a negative air about it. For many religious organizations, the holiday season exemplifies what giving to your fellow man is all about. They use the Christmas season as another opportunity to show the spirit of Christ's love and give to their fellow man.

CIA basketball tournament a success, thanks to community
The 14th annual Cook Inlet Academy Basketball Classic wrapped up over the weekend. The tournament, which featured many outstanding basketball games, was a great success. Credit for this success goes to Carmen Franchino, tournament director, and Ron Gherman, CIA athletic director. The CIA family wants to say "thanks" for a job well done.

Southcentral mayors should do more to attract state capital
Mayor Bruce Botelho of Juneau is apparently doing a better job of promoting his city than the mayors of Anchorage, the Mat-Su valley, Fairbanks or even the Kenai Peninsula, in that he is moving heaven and earth to anchor the Legislature in Juneau.

Clam Gulch teen inspires heroic award
July 19 may be long passed, but that day has made a lasting impression. It was the day 13-year-old Jess Russell of Clam Gulch saved his father's life.

Roadkill numbers higher than usual
It's easy to get caught up in all the holiday hubbub of zipping to and from stores while attempting to finish seasonal shopping, but the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a bit of advice for distracted driver.

Kenai Wild hits World Wide Web
There's something wild on the Web these days —Kenai Wild, that is. Officials with Cook Inlet Salmon Branding Inc., the Kenai Peninsula-based program created to promote, market and certify premium salmon from Cook Inlet, announced last week that its Web site is now equipped to handle salmon orders online.

Lucky finds
Some people believe the Kenai Peninsula is the luckiest place on Earth. Cooper Landing resident Ed Martin Sr. said he believes it is time somebody proved it.

Blanche 'Bonnie' E. Bernier
Lifelong Alaskan Blanche "Bonnie" E. Bernier died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, in her sleep in Seward after a short battle with cancer. She was 75.

Time has come for real federal budget cuts
That which a president wants to hear is one thing, and what he needs to hear often is something entirely different.

Spur line a must for gas pipeline project
In what may turn out to be the biggest Alaska story of the year, the "big three" oil and gas producers —ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and British Petroleum —have come to the negotiating table with a proposal to build a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Around the Peninsula
CPHC seeking new members AMVETS to meet KPHC plans 1-day closure Skate ski clinic slated Basketball league registration begins Family New Year's Eve party set Volleyball registration continues New dog classes set to start

Community News
Seniors seek Christmas donations Christmas decoration winners announced Filipino Amer-Asian potluck planned Reading carnival scheduled Nursing scholarships available Kenai Mayor declares Civil Air Patrol Week

Reese, Deyoe marry in Kenai
Judith Reese and Kenneth Deyoe of Sterling were married Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at the Kenai Courthouse.

Barrett, Smith plan January ceremony
Heather Barrett and Dan Smith of Soldotna plan to be married Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage.

Peninsula People
Soldotns Lions assist Food Bank Home Depot builds signs for LeeShore Bott joins Coast Guard Martin graduates with honors

Around the Peninsula
Potluck, sing-along set Safe Sitter classes offered Boys and Girls Club to host Santa Longest Night Service planned Family New Year's Eve party set Senior service board to meet

Births
Rachel Roderick and Clint Bice of Anchor Point, announce the birth of their daughter, Kaasha Ashley Bice. Virginia Ray and Charlie Johnson of Homer, announce the birth of their daughter, Bristol Ann Johnson.

Baldenegro, Bush announce engagement
Kristen Andrea Baldenegro and Peter (Skip) Marvin Bush Jr. announce their engagement and plans to marry in June at Kalifonsky Christian Center.

My best friend
Sarah, Mariah, Dakota and Chelsea Sorrels of Kenai pose with their dog, Tracker, who they say is the best blood hound anyone could have. They got him in Louisiana and shipped him to Alaska when he was 6 years old.

Gadget utilizes man's best friends
EUGENE, Ore. —Mark Schuette didn't even own a dog a year and a half ago but the need for a better way for people to exercise their dogs almost reached out and bit him as he moved around his hometown of Bend.

Phelps, Knight ski well at Besh
Peninsula high school graduates had a good day Sunday in the second Besh Cup races of the season at Beach Lake Trails in Chugiak.

Falcons come back, top Panthers in OT
ATLANTA —The Atlanta Falcons were down to their final play. They had the right guy for that perilous position.

No. 7 Duke pulls off comeback against Oklahoma
NEW YORK —J.J. Redick had 19 of his 26 points in the second half and Daniel Ewing had 12 of his 17 after halftime, leading No.7 Duke to a come-from-behind 78-67 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday.

CIA boys wrap up Classic
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team followed up Friday's wild 43-42 win over Galena with a 57-28 victory Saturday against Bristol Bay to wrap up the Cook Inlet Classic tournament title.

Raptors still have bite without Vince
TORONTO — Lamond Murray scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets 110-99 on Sunday, their first victory of the post-Vince Carter era.

Bloodied Okafor helps Bobcats compile first winning streak
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Bloodied in the final seconds of overtime, Emeka Okafor battled for a critical loose ball that helped the expansion Charlotte Bobcats secure their first winning streak with a 101-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Not this week
INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning couldn't get a record-setting touchdown pass against Baltimore's rugged defense. But he got the Indianapolis Colts a victory.

Kardinals take down Seahawks
There was nothing tentative about the way the Kenai Central High School boys basketball team jumped into the season Friday.

Charging to the front
CLEVELAND — The San Diego Chargers have turned it all the way around.

Nikiski girls down Soldotna
The Nikiski girls and Soldotna boys picked up nonconference victories Friday night in Nikiski.

Sports Briefs
Chase, Hagen-Lillevik take Duathlon Habermann finishes fourth at Besh qualifier Hockey teams come up empty in Fairbanks

Skyview finishes up in Kodiak
The Skyview basketball teams closed out the Joe Floyd Tournament in Kodiak on Saturday.

Canadian lives up to promise, gets first win
ALTA BADIA, Italy — The night before Thomas Grandi captured a giant slalom for his first victory in his 12 World Cup seasons, he was approached by a youngster who predicted he would win. Grandi, a Canadian born to Italian parents in this mountain range, thanked him and promised him his bib if he finished first.

Johnson topples Tarver
LOS ANGELES —Glen Johnson, a virtual unknown until knocking out Roy Jones Jr., three months ago, won a split decision over Antonio Tarver on Saturday night in a matchup of the world's best light heavyweights.

FIFA won't allow woman on men's soccer team
MEXICO CITY — World soccer's governing body rejected the signing of a female player by a professional men's team in Mexico.

Nets start rebuilding, acquire Vince Carter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —After dismantling the team in the summer and aggravating Jason Kidd, the New Jersey Nets began the job of rebuilding as well as repairing their relationship with their best player.

No. 1 Illini show why they're on top
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dee Brown had 19 points to lead all five Illinois starters in double figures for the second straight game, and the top-ranked Illini beat Valparaiso 93-56 on Sunday.

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