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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

New EDD Director hails from Nova Scotia
The Economic Development District (EDD) has a new executive director on board as of last week he is John Parker, formerly of Nova Scotia. Parker has been involved in economic and business development for some 30 years.

Big Ticket support from ERA Aviation for 2006 Arctic Winter Games
ERA Aviation will print thousands of tickets between now and 2006, but none as large as the one they presented to the Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) Host Society at last week's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

SoHi selects Students of the Month
It was pizza and pop complements of the Soldotna Rotary for SoHi students selected as Students of the Month. According to Michael Druce, SoHi teacher and activities director who coordinates the pizza luncheon each month, some 30 students were selected this month.

Grand Slam of Grand Openings for Kenai
Last week was a Grand Slam of Grand Openings and Re-Openings in Kenai, featuring two of the City's anchor locations. Arby's and Safeway re-opened with totally remodeled facilities along with the anticipated debut of two new giants to the Kenai Peninsula; Home Depot and Allen & Petersen Cooking & Appliance Center.

Osmar makes it No. 8 in Clam Gulch Classic
The tiny town of Clam Gulch was a hub of activity this past weekend as the Clam Gulch Classic sled dog race kicked off with plenty of chills, thrills and even a few spills.

NOW PLAYING: The Return of the King
And so it came to pass, as quickly as it had begun. The Lord of the Rings has come to a close. Well, maybe not quickly, and certainly not quietly. After three years and a potential billion dollars in box office receipts, The Return of the King wraps up one of the most successful and popular film series in history.

Quilters give piece of selves for children
I would like to thank a very special group of women: The Kenai Piecemakers, who recently made and donated more than 50 of the most beautiful, delightful and colorful quilts for the children who stay at the LeeShore Shelter of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center.

Holiday poem reminder of reason for season
Thank you for printing Mr. Lowe's poem, "'Twas the Week Before Christmas," in Tuesday's Clarion. It helped me to remember to stay focused on the priority of this and every other season.

2003 an interesting year for Kenai kings, Board of Fish process
At least once a year I have to agree with Les Palmer, if only to keep the flow of information going and buttress some degree of personal credibility.

Money aside, transportation corridor may cost too much
Let's define progress, before merely asking it's price.

Soldotna adds officers
The Soldotna City Council meeting Dec. 10 was probably the safest place in the city as several Soldotna police officers, including the chief, were in attendance for the swearing in of two new officers.

Superior court judge sworn in red Harley, cowboy boots and all
The normal seriousness of the Kenai court was replaced by laughter and joviality Friday afternoon as Charles T. Huguelet took a bit of teasing from colleagues and friends during his official installation as judge of the Superior Court.

Peninsula trappers giving pelts to scouts
Last month, Girls Scouts from Fairbanks made national news after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) cried foul over the troops trapping of beavers.

Borough, seniors make deal on land
A Cooper Landing seniors' group and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have reached agreement on a contract that will sell borough land near Quartz Creek where a senior housing complex will be developed.

Petting zoo offers bonus for holiday shoppers, kids
As scores of weary shoppers parade past, two of the Peninsula Center Mall's coolest customers do everything they can to attract attention. Draped in luxurious fur coats, they gaze at passing shoppers with big, welcoming eyes. They pose for pictures with adoring fans. They gnaw on the furniture.

Photo feature: Lookout below!
Adreann Baker and her niece Brittany Jordan make a controlled landing as their sled comes down behind them Sunday afternoon while sledding on the hill at the end of Forest Drive in Kenai. Winter enthusiasts will be happy that the forecast calls for continuing snow.

Geraldine C.E. (Geri) Sparks
Former Kenai resident Geraldine C.E. (Geri) Sparks died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at her home in Sheridan, Wyo. She was 59.

Geraldine C.E. (Geri) Sparks
Former Kenai resident Geraldine C.E. (Geri) Sparks died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at her home in Sheridan, Wyo. She was 59.

Matthew Castimore
Kenai resident Matthew Castimore died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 27.

Reba Mozelle Jensen
Soldotna resident Reba Mozelle Jensen died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at her son's home in Soldotna of natural causes. She was 84.

Matthew Glendon Castimore
Kenai resident Matthew Glendon Castimore died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 27.

William James Cessnun Jr.
Soldotna resident William James Cessnun Jr. died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, surrounded by his family at his home in Soldotna after a long battle with lymphoma. He was 70.

U.S. should allow access to 'Plan B'
If ever there was a plan B nation, it would be America.

Bush's Healthy Forests initiative will protect state
The Healthy Forests initiative signed by President George W. Bush earlier this month contained important protection against forest fires for Southcentral Alaska.

Democrats reveal their holiday wishes
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) Without revealing whether he'd been naughty or nice, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Lieberman climbed onto Santa's lap Sunday and revealed his holiday wish.

Leman urges Alaskans to find ways to help others during the holidays
Alaskans have historically been very generous.

Activists misrepresent wolf control to tourists
''Wolves'' dressed like activists are knocking on Alaska's tourism door.

Peninsula People
Keller earns ROTC scholarshipPierce graduates boot campPierce graduates boot camp

Nome, Wrangell newspapers celebrate centennials
ANCHORAGE When it comes to beating deadlines and keeping a business going, two Alaska companies share indisputable bragging rights.

Santa's helpers answer letters
NORTH POLE Santa's Mailbag is bursting at the seams as wave after wave of letters to the jolly old elf roll in.

Births
Colleen and Michael Dammeyer Mary Jean and Micheal Wayne Hamby Lauri and Michael Johnson

Photo feature: Big check
Tina Marie Herford, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, center, accepts $10,000 from Lisa Parker, government and community relations adviser, and Don Zacharias, human resources manager, both of Agrium. The money, presented Dec. 3 at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, is for Agrium's sponsorship of the club's annual golf tournament fund-raising event.

Community News
Account for fire victims set upChallenger Center plans holiday activities

Around the Peninsula
Blood Bank to remain open during holidaysPublic health sets holiday scheduleSeaLife center closed for ChristmasCabin Hoppers plan fun runCES is collection point for food bankHabitat for Humanity accepting applications

Around the Peninsula
Alumni basketball games planned

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

'Cow Lady' part of vanishing breed
CARPIO, N.D. Garnet Bloms calls the cows she milks ''Girlie,'' but she calls herself the ''Cow Lady.''

Wildcats destroy Aztecs
TUCSON, Ariz. Hassan Adams had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Rodgers matched his career high with 17 points in No. 5 Arizona's 83-71 victory over San Diego State on Monday night.

Peninsula X-C skiers compete at Besh Cup
The second Besh Cup race of the season was held Sunday at the Beach Lake Ski Trails in Eagle River. Besh Cup races are used to choose Alaska's team for the United States Skiing Association Junior Olympic National Cross Country Ski Championships and for the Arctic Winter Games.

Sports Briefs
A-Rod drama continues, Lopez goes to BaltimoreKnicks fire Scott Layden, hire Isiah ThomasNorth Carolina St. wins Tangerine BowlGarrison replaces King as U.S. Fed Cup captain

Peninsula Sports Briefs
Goracke, Garroutte win at WestNinilchik girls take Joe Floyd; Skyview boys top Grace ChristianHomer skaters drop two on the roadMicmacs fall to Mi/SWACO

McGrady casts spell over Toronto
TORONTO Tracy McGrady scored 29 points and Juwan Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic to their third straight victory, 104-93 over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Nikiski, Ninilchik girls looking to reload
The small schools of the Kenai Peninsula had their usual strong showing last season in basketball.

Coach fired after narcotics scandal
SEATTLE The University of Washington reportedly fired softball coach Teresa Wilson, the most significant fallout so far from a scandal involving a former team doctor who handed out narcotics to players.

Favre wins for father
OAKLAND, Calif. On the night his father died, Brett Favre addressed the Green Bay Packers in an emotional team meeting. He said he had no intention of leaving his football family, even at one of the lowest points in his life.

UConn women just keep rolling
PHILADELPHIA Barbara Turner scored 19 points, and Diana Taurasi added 18 in top-ranked Connecticut's 87-34 victory Sunday over Saint Joseph's.

Senators top Panthers
OTTAWA Todd White scored at 1:34 of overtime Monday night to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Chicago ties up Devils
CHICAGO Ville Niemenen scored with 3:49 remaining in the third period to rally Chicago to a tie with New Jersey.

Sixers topple Orlando
PHILADELPHIA Glenn Robinson scored a season-high 22 points, and Eric Snow added 14 points and 14 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-73 victory Monday night over the Orlando Magic.

Detroit drops to record depths
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Detroit Lions set an NFL record with their 24th straight road loss, a 20-14 defeat Sunday by a Carolina team that rested five starters.

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