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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Johnson trade falls through
NEW YORK - Confident their deal to acquire Randy Johnson had been finalized, top Yankees' officials headed to Florida on Tuesday to see Carlos Beltran. By the time their meeting with the star outfielder was over, the trade for the Big Unit had fallen through.

Drew goes to Dodgers on busy day in baseball
NEW YORK - J.D. Drew is set to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are concentrating on offense after pulling out of the three-team, 10-player trade that would have sent Randy Johnson from Arizona to the New York Yankees.

Kerik plans to leave Giuliani Partners
NEW YORK - Former police commissioner and one-time Cabinet nominee Bernard Kerik said Wednesday he will leave Giuliani Partners, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's consulting firm.

Holidays quiet area chambers schedules
Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

$50,000 all it takes to resurrect favorite feline
SAN FRANCISCO - The first cloned-to-order pet sold in the United States is named Little Nicky, a 9-week-old kitten delivered to a Texas woman saddened by the loss of a cat she had owned for 17 years.

Wall Street surge fueled by lower oil prices
NEW YORK - Wall Street extended its record-setting rally Wednesday as a sharp drop in oil prices and a surprise jump in the nation's gross domestic product encouraged more buying. The Dow Jones industrials and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both reached new 3 1/2-year highs.

Company to offer less meth-friendly Sudafed
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The maker of Sudafed is offering a new version of the cold and allergy medicine without an ingredient often used to produce the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine in homemade labs.

Court ruling could reopen Microsoft settlement talks
SEATTLE - Dogged by distracting and reputation-tarnishing legal difficulties, Microsoft Corp. has spent the last few years working feverishly to settle its many court challenges.

Kasilof mushers make good showing at race
A small group of area mushers showed the competition how they do things down on the Kenai Peninsula, as the five Kasilof-based dog drivers all finished in the Top 10 in a field of 34 during the inaugural Sheep Mountain 150 Sled Dog race held this past weekend.

Now Playing: Echo Lake
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.

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'Friends' harassment suit takes on tradition
LOS ANGELES - Writer Janis Hirsch faced a painful ritual at one sitcom: She'd get a tap on the shoulder from one or another male colleague, turn around and find them exposing themselves.

Barrow elder's life a fascinating portrait
Harry Brower Sr. lived with a remarkable family in a remarkable place at a remarkable time. So it is no wonder that "The Whales, They Give Themselves," based on interviews with the Barrow elder before his death in 1992, is intriguing.

Art Briefs
Student, adult classes plannedArt wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campusWriters' Night accepting submissionsWriters conference slated

Carver teaches traditional engraving
JUNEAU - In short, confident strokes of pencil on paper, master carver Steven Brown drew a killer whale design for Steve Griffin.

Spreading spirit through singing
Though it is the height of cold and flu season, there is one thing that's contagious this time of year, yet doesn't have to be avoided: holiday cheer, and the Kenai Performers Victorian Carolers spread it around as much as they can.

Peninsula gas prices not in line with those in Anchorage
Have you noticed in the news the past couple of weeks that gasoline prices are falling fairly rapidly, except here on the peninsula?

Alaska history should be taught to children in elementary school
I have some ideas, about our children's education to present to you!

Community helped Kenai chamber decorate in style
The kindness that is received here at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce is never ending. Last weekend, the Young Marines spent the morning tipping out the old carpet and moving furniture so that our new carpet donated by Decor Industries could be laid; McDonald's bought everyone lunch. Then, R & K Industrial loaned us a truck and two strong guys (Tim Kirsch and Kurt Saltenberger).

Many helped make club's 2004 basketball season a slam dunk
The Boys and Girls Club 2004 fifth- and sixth-grade basketball league just completed another great season! Thanks to the help and support of our wonderful community, more than 200 fifth- and sixth-graders from all over the area were given the opportunity to be a part of a team, learn and improve their basketball skills, make friends and most importantly, participate and have fun! The Boys and Girls Club strives to offer quality youth programs encouraging our young people to grow and develop into productive, responsible and caring citizens. Our sports programs are a wonderful way to teach valuable life skills such as teamwork, discipline, responsibility and respect.

Band concert ended on high note thanks to volunteers
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Kenai Central High School's Concert and Jazz Band celebrated their holiday band concert by including a dessert auction fund-raiser with wonderful music entertainment.

Dear Santa... NASCAR drivers, officials and fans have a lengthy wish list this holiday season
No matter how hard Santa Claus tries, it's difficult to put a bow on satisfaction. That's why Brendan Gaughan won't mind waiting 11 months to get his Christmas present.

Crocker aims to become first female winner
Erin Crocker was hired recently to a development deal at Evernham Motorsports. The open-wheeled driver not only fulfills NASCAR's new interest in diversity, she hopes to become the first woman to win a race in one of the three top touring divisions in NASCAR.

Bankrupt ASA sells West Coast truck series
Racing Speed Associates bought the American Speed Association's Truck Challenge, salvaging a piece of the financially-strapped ASA.

Nextel, Sprint merger won't affect Cup series
Last week's $35 billion merger between Sprint and Nextel won't immediately change the way the new telecommunications company will do business in stock-car racing.

Driver purchases Ohio dirt track
Racer Tony Stewart already has had a busy off-season.

Still time to get gifts signed, sealed, delivered
Sure, it's nice to see a box of presents arrive on your front doorstep on Christmas Eve, or even Christmas Day. But does it occur to anybody what had to be done to get it there?

Structure fire changes look of 'Keep it Green' wreath
Just one week after Central Emergency Services erected its green wreath fire safety reminder, one of the sign's green light bulbs was replaced by a red one, indicating that a structure fire occurred.

Submarine cable considered for mine
Northern Dynasty Minerals has lined up Homer Electric Association as its main power producer for the Pebble Mine project being planned near Lake Iliamna.

20-year supply of gas is there
The Kenai Chapter of the Support Industry Alliance, a statewide trade association for oil and gas contractors, was told Tuesday there are enough known gas reserves to support a gas pipeline from the North Slope for at least 20 years.

Photo feature: Giving it the brush-off
Linda Coulter and Michelle Wheeler clean fresh snow from Coulter's car Wednesday morning in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for a little more sun by Saturday, but that means the temperatures will drop. The low tonight is expected to hit minus 10.

Agrium says it's closing
Agrium will close its North Kenai plant Nov. 1, leaving 230 people jobless, Lisa Parker, spokesperson for Agrium, said Wednesday.

Woman killed in head-on collision
A 29-year-old medical student was killed and two people were seriously injured Wednesday morning in a head-on collision that closed the Sterling Highway in Sterling for about four hours.

Woman hurt in fall goes home
After spending six days on the floor of her bathroom following a fall in September, 81-year-old Doris Oglesby was found alive by Soldotna Police Officer Mark Berestoff, who called medics and had her rushed to the hospital.

Debra Kernan
Nikiski resident Debra Kernan died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, unexpectedly at her home. She was 45.

Josephine 'Jo' Raats
Soldotna resident Josephine "Jo" Raats died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Stone Brook Inn 2 off Gaswell Road in Soldotna. She was 85.

Ronald D. Gibbens
Longtime Sterling area resident Ronald D. Gibbens died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at his home. He was 55.

Bush should move to reform immigration
During a year-end press conference, George W. Bush, again tackled the problem of foreign workers that arrive in his country every year. He recognized that the system needs to concentrate on catching criminals and drug traffickers. ...

Legislature should work together during upcoming session
This is the season for peace and joy, and we hope members of the Alaska Legislature are basking in the mood of the moment. More than that, we hope they will embrace the same warm feelings once the new lawmaking session opens in just three weeks.

Enjoy phone-free skies while you can
Many stressed-out travelers look forward to the moment when an airline attendant asks them to please turn off their cell phones and wireless Internet devices.

Holiday grief difficult to bear
The holiday season can be a challenging time, intensifying feelings and emotions in those who have suffered a loss. Grieving is an ongoing process. Completely and entirely unique to the person going through the experience. There are ways to help yourself if you are grieving, or to help someone else who is bereaved. Here are some ideas and suggestions that have been beneficial to some:

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank sets holiday hoursKPHC plans 1-day closureBeekeepers meeting plannedFish and Game to meetDiabetes support group to meet

Around the Peninsula
Christmas decoration winners announcedUsed book sale plannedFamily New Year's Eve party setPhotographers guild to meetCommunity service group to meetSenior service board meeting set

Cowboys rustle up 15 treys in victory
STILLWATER, Okla. - John Lucas and Joey Graham each scored 21 points and No. 3 Oklahoma State set a school record with 15 3-pointers in a 92-35 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.

Iverson drains 40 in Philly win
INDIANAPOLIS - Allen Iverson scored 40 points, ending his streak of 50-point games at two, but Philadelphia rallied with a closing surge of 19-2 to beat Indiana 102-90 Wednesday night.

Cavs handle Timberwolves
CLEVELAND - LeBron James had 26 points with 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers answered every time Minnesota threatened in the fourth quarter in a 107-97 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Pro Bowl: Eagles lead roster with nine; 25 newcomers make team
NEW YORK - Going 13-1 hasn't just assured the Eagles and Steelers of division titles. It's also made them the leaders in Pro Bowl players.

PeeWee B team defeats Homer squad
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team defeated the Homer Bantam C team 5-1 last weekend in Kenai.

Illinois claims Braggin' Rights
ST. LOUIS - Luther Head scored 20 points and No. 1 Illinois overcame foul problems, poor shooting and a second-half surge by Missouri for a 70-64 victory on Wednesday night.

Cease-and-desist: AP tells BCS to stop using its football poll
NEW YORK - The Associated Press has told the Bowl Championship Series to stop using its college football poll to determine which teams play for the national title and in the most prestigious bowl games.

Bowling Green wins GMAC
MOBILE, Ala. - Omar Jacobs went from Bowling Green's question mark to the Mid-American Conference's latest star quarterback.

Tech rolls in Champs Sports Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. - Maybe Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey will ease up on Reggie Ball now.

Game of the century will be one-sided
The Shaq-Kobe split is a good example of why no-fault divorces caught on so quickly.

Kenai, Skyview, SoHi post alumni wins
Alumni teams from Kenai Central, Skyview and Soldotna high schools posted wins on the opening day of the annual Holiday Hoops Alumni Classic Tuesday at Kenai.

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