Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Cabrera to Anaheim, Miller let go by Astros
NEW YORK — Anaheim gave shortstop Orlando Cabrera a $32 million, four-year deal on Monday night, and the Houston Astros cut Wade Miller when they refused to offer the injured pitcher a 2005 contract.

Gold Wing riders help lighten Santa's sleigh...
For the last five years members of the local Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) have combined their love for motorcycle riding and safety with an equal measure of holiday spirit and cash.

I have seen some pretty difficult situations in my life however things don't get much worse in life than a situation like this. All the way back to Wisconsin I pondered just what to say to my relatives and just how we were all going to get through this.

Volunteers boost bell ringing effort for Salvation Army
Silver bells in the cities signal happier holidays for families in need as well as those who volunteer their time to ring those bells for the Salvation Army.

First Annual Salon-A-Thon
Saturday, December the 4th, from 9AM to 9PM, the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna was alive with energy and vitality. This wonderful excitement was generated by the 1st annual Salon-A-Thon benefit, hosted by the mall merchants. Sue Gill, owner of Alaska's Hairlines, originated and co-ordinated the event for the purpose of raising funds for our troops overseas.

Get Up, Get Out, Get In Shape
Be realistic and consistent. It's great to be enthusiastic about your workout, but if you don't set obtainable goals for yourself, it will be harder to remain committed to your routine. Look at your schedule and establish an exercise routine that will fit into your lifestyle. Consistency is key. Working out at least three times a week will help ensure that exercise is part of your routine.

How To Keep Heating Costs From Soaring
(NAPSA)-Your home may be your castle but heating it need not cost a fortune.

Steer Clear Of Foul Weather Driving Dilemmas
(NAPSA)-If you get cold feet when it comes to winter driving, you're not alone. According to AAA, the majority of the 21 million emergency service calls they receive every year are in the late fall and winter. Of those calls, 40 percent involve vehicles that wouldn't start and 34 percent are for major mechanical failures requiring towing.

Mario Birds 1st Feature length motion picture begins local run..
A crowd of enthusiastic supporters gathered at the Orca theatre last week for a sneak preview of the highly anticipated, locally produced film "Echo Lake," written, directed, and edited by Mario Bird.

Father& Son hawking games...
A new video game store is now open in Soldotna to serve gamers of all ages on the Kenai Peninsula. Hawks Games, located in the U-Haul mall on the Sterling Highway, is a partnership between Pat Hawkins and his son Brian. Pat, who has worked primarily in the grocery retail business on the Peninsula, is excited about their new business, "This is the first business that I've owned, I mean we've owned, and this is a big opportunity for us and will meet a unique need for people here on the Kenai Peninsula. We're looking forward to having a lot of fun with this business," said senior partner Pat Hawkins. Pat credits his son and partner Brian with coming up with the idea of a full service video game store where people are welcome to try out, rent or buy the latest games as well as trade in their old games for new ones, "It's really a whole new concept or dimension to the video game industry, because we will take your old games and give you credits toward new ones. People have never had that resource before to be able to upgrade their old systems to new ones," explained Pat.

Normally, on the week before Christmas, this space would be filled with a review for one of the big new Hollywood releases. Lemony Snicket, The Aviator, Spanglish or the like. However, this week we have something far more important to discuss. How often do we on the Peninsula have the chance to go and see our community; ourselves, immortalized on the big screen? Not often, but that's exactly the opportunity you have between now and January 2. Echo Lake, filmed entirely in and about Alaska, is playing at the Kenai High Auditorium for two weeks and if you miss it, you'll have missed something truly special. What's that, you ask? Why the chance to see me, if ever so briefly, devoured by a sea monster.

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.

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.

Thanks to volunteers for helping chamber's decorating contest
A big round of applause goes to the Alaska Unocal Retirees, affectionately known as the Dream Team, as they were our judges for our Holiday Home Decorating Contest.

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.

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.

Bikers' Thanksgiving turkey donations much appreciated
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's program, Students in Transition/Homeless (SIT), the 20 families and I would like to thank Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) members so very much for the Thanksgiving turkey boxes.

Community members went all out to help feed area families
As a result of the community generosity of the peninsula community, the Food Bank was the recipient of nearly 2,000 pounds of foodstuffs to ensure hungry Kenai Peninsula families were able to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

Many helped to make school's holiday fund-raiser a success
On behalf of the Soldotna Elementary School staff, we would like to thank the following contributors for their Christmas kindness:

Christmas greetings from Kasilof. Good winter solstice to you. Only three more days until Christmas, I've been dreaming of a white and fluffy one.

Hi, neighbors. At Christmas time we are celebrating God's love which was manifest to us by his sending his only begotten son into the world that we might have life through him. Typically, during this season, our lives are busier than usual with extra activities geared toward the celebration of this wondrous love of God.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Why does the world love Santa Claus?

Happy holidays, neighbors. Me thinks this season got here too quickly and is rushing by like reindeer in the wind. Perhaps we had better take a few minutes to slow down and remember the reason for the season.

Hi, neighbors. Sterling Masonic Lodge No. 22 will hold its annual installation of officers at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Sterling Senior Center. The new worshipful master being installed is Dennis Cole.

Cooper Landing
Thank you to Joyce Flotre, Jane Baldwin, Gloria Whitaker, Dave Westerman, Linda Gephardt, George Pollard, Nate Esteban, Lyman Nichols, George and Mary Ford, Dick and Lotte Bogard, Chuck Tachick, Milli Martin and Mayme Ohnemus for letting me know you read the Cooper Landing neighbors column and for telling me what you find interesting and what needs clarification.

Merry Christmas. As I continue with a holiday break from my column until Jan. 11, I want to remind community members who have information to put in the column that they may e-mail it to Nan Misner at the Clarion at nancianna.misner @peninsulaclarion.com, fax it to her at 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay Road in Kenai.

Solstice marks change of daylight, winter's arrival
Today marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the first official day of winter.

In a giving mood
The holiday season is a time for giving, as the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank can attest to.

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.

Scholarship money there for the taking
A mysterious force has kept people from applying for scholarships at Kenai Peninsula College in recent history. In fact, some of those scholarships have gone unused simply because nobody asked for the money. KPC wants people to know that money is there for the taking. So, go and get it.

ConocoPhillips, Anadarko to develop 2 satellite fields
ANCHORAGE (AP) — ConocoPhillips and Ana-darko Petroleum Corp. have given the go-ahead for the development of two satellite oil fields on Alaska's North Slope that at peak could produce 35,000 barrels per day, ConocoPhil-lips said Monday.

Helen I. McAleenan
Kenai resident Helen I. McAleenan died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, of natural causes at her home. She was 49.

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.

Election in Iraq promises intrigue, hope for future
Iraq's election campaign officially got under way last week, and it is unlike anything Americans have seen.

Closure will impact all: If Agrium leaves, effects will be felt throughout community
Part of the settlement involved the deliverability of natural gas as feed stock to the Agrium plant. That portion of the agreement states that after Oct. 31, 2005, Unocal will no longer be obligated to supply any gas to Agrium. Currently, Agrium is supplied the lion's share of natural gas by Unocal with additional quantities of gas being purchased on the spot market from the other area gas producers. The spot market gas is an interruptible source meaning that it is not dedicated to Agrium and can be stopped at any time for any reason the producer sees fit.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Corps of Engineers relocates Alliance to meet Alumni hoops event slated Skyview pool sets holiday schedule

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

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

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

Senior Menus
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Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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.

Ankle injury sidelines Owens
PHILADELPHIA — Long-suffering Eagles fans would never be so foolish to think a trip to the Super Bowl was a lock, even though their Birds are clearly the best team in the NFC this season.

Iverson hits for 50, Sixers lose to Jazz
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson became only the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in consecutive games, but he fouled out with 4.5 seconds left, putting Mehmet Okur on the line for the winning free throws in Utah's 103-101 victory over the 76ers on Monday night.

Sports Views: Majerus puts health ahead of coaching
Rick Majerus has had meals that lasted longer than his Southern California coaching stint.

Dolphins shock Patriots
MIAMI — Their running back quit, their coach resigned and their season is in a shambles. But for some reason the Miami Dolphins kept trying against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, even when they trailed by 11 points with three minutes left.

Cornell still can't figure out Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Hakim Warrick had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 7 Syracuse to an 82-69 victory over Cornell on Monday night, the Orange's 28th consecutive win over the Big Red.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Sports briefs
ABL to send team to Wichita Leaders plan deal to save Expos' move to DC Five Nationwide grads get their Masters

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.

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