Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Rika's Roadhouse project hits setback
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Alaska State Parks officials have been dealt a setback in their efforts to turn a long-vacant building at Rika's Roadhouse into an interpretive center to focus on the region's transportation history.

Goldstream Valley home destroyed by fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fire destroyed a Goldstream Valley home Sunday afternoon, killing the occupant's two dogs.

Klondike 300 canceled
BIG LAKE (AP) -- The Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race has been canceled due to poor trail conditions.

Forest Service trades parcels in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to swap federal land on Douglas Island for private land in south Hood Bay on Admiralty Island.

North Slope workers killed on the job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Slope worker was killed when he was struck by a plug that blew out of the 28-inch pipe he was working on, a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. spokesman said Saturday.

Man claims he killed someone 35 years ago
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police have their man, his motive and the way he dispatched the victim. All they need now is a crime.

Murkowski, Stevens back Frist as Senate GOP leader
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's U.S. Senate delegation expressed praise for Bill Frist, chosen Monday as the new Republican Senate leader.

Federal appeals court upholds convictions but vacates sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal appeals court Monday upheld the convictions of the owner of an asbestos removal company who flushed chemicals, asbestos and antifreeze down drains that emptied into Silver Bay in Sitka.

Alaska Power & Telephone files for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Alaska Power & Telephone Co. bought an interest in paving company Summit Alaska Inc. last year, the move was supposed to provide stability through diversification, but the strategy backfired.

Trooper director retires
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska State Trooper director Col. Randy Crawford surprised law enforcement officers gathered for a ceremonial badge pinning in Soldotna on Friday by announcing his retirement.

Tribes file lawsuit against DFYS
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaska Native tribes have filed a lawsuit, accusing the state of violatiing state and federal laws regarding the care of Native children in state custody.

Nome man dies in traffic accident
NOME (AP) -- A Nome man died after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday night.

Cutter Alex Haley heads home to Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley was headed home to Kodiak for Christmas.

Selawik girl injured in snowmobile accident
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A Selawik man was charged with driving while intoxicated and assault after a sled he was pulling behind a snowmobile struck and injured a 9-year-old girl.

Beaver colony in Dredge Lakes to be killed
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service plans to kill a colony of beavers in the Dredge Lakes area.

Hall asking members to weigh in on Rose
NEW YORK -- Count out Robin Roberts from the proposed meeting between commissioner Bud Selig and the Hall of Fame's 58 living members regarding Pete Rose's possible reinstatement.

Funny River Quilters give gifts of warmth
Recycling cloth and keeping loved ones warm was probably the practical motivation from which the art form of quilting evolved. Those who have ever received a quilt as a wedding present, baby gift or heirloom however, will agree that it is the memory of the quilter and the love that went into making it that produces the real warmth.

Warm hearts keep blood cold
Handling the "Gift of Life" is a closely regulated process and the temperature blood is stored at during transportation is critical according to Jason Elson, community coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Blood Bank.

Hams broadcast amateur television at Challenger Center
For the first time last week, students at Kenai Middle School were able to take part in a mission to Mars simulation at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai via interactive real-time television transmission.

Ellis fills sport fish seat on North Pacific Fishery Council
Long time Peninsula resident and former Kenai River Sportfishing Inc. executive director Ben Ellis was appointed last month by former Governor Tony Knowles to fill the sport fish seat on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

KCHS Champion Cheerleaders honored
Kenai Central High School cheerleaders traded pom-poms for certificates of commendation last week at the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Klondike 300 canceled
BIG LAKE (AP) -- The Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race has been canceled due to poor trail conditions.

Sled dogs find new homes for the holidays
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All but two of fourteen sled dogs brought to the Fairbanks North Star Borough animal shelter have been adopted in time for the holidays.

Now Playing: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Let no one say that Peter Jackson's stunning achievement with his first installment of Lord of the Rings was a fluke. The Fellowship of the Ring was incredible and lauded by critics the world over. The next chapter, The Two Towers, more than meets expectations. There is a very simple reason for this, and I hope it's one Hollywood takes a hard look at for future franchises. The Two Towers is not a sequel, but a continuation.

Soldotna restaurant gives back to patrons
More than 150 patrons of Sal's Klondike Diner in Soldotna walked out without paying Thursday and no one was complaining.

Central peninsula to celebrate Christmas with services
Several church services are planned in the central Kenai Peninsula on both today and on Christmas Day. The following is a listing of those provided to the Clarion.

Grant helps WRCC with center
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will continue to find refuge at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center's transitional living center through at least 2005.

Ministers share their thoughts on the holiday
As Christians begin celebrating one of their most joyous events of the church year, Kenai Peninsula ministers who regularly contribute to the Peninsula Clarion's Religion section provided the following Christmas messages:

2 promoted, 1 retires from trooper force
Alaska State Trooper director Col. Randy Crawford surprised a group of law enforcement officers gathered for a ceremonial badge pinning in Soldotna on Friday by announcing his retirement from the force.

Teens get involved in Kenai
Running a government may sound like a job that's just for adults, but in Kenai, young people play a role as well.

Photo feature: It's all down hill from here
Archer Larned, front, and her sister Jennifer head for a wipe out on a sledding hill behind Skyview High School Sunday morning. Some areas of the central peninsula received additional snow during the weekend.

Food bank, senior center set for diners
Some might say Christmas came early this year for Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Inc. and the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. They have been fortunate to receive generous donations this season and will use some of the supplies to serve free holiday dinners on Christmas Day.

Gloria Marie Hamilton
Former Ninilchik resident Gloria Marie Hamilton died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at her home. She was 76.

Greetings from the kids
Another holiday tradition at the Peninsula Clarion is the publication of Christmas greetings from Kenai Peninsula children.

Lott's resignation necessary; Senate needs better leader
The resignation of Trent Lott as majority leader in the U.S. Senate was timely and necessary.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Editor's Note: For several years on Christmas Eve, the Peninsula Clarion has reprinted this famous editorial written by Francis P. Church. It first appeared in the New York Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

Jesus, country, family all meaningful to Christmas
The Wise Men traveled west 2,000 years ago following the star to Bethlehem to pay homage to the Prince of Peace. It was the beginning of a new era of time, values and ethics.

Applause
Two organizations changing lives of Sterling students, their families

Letters to the Editor
SPCA of the Kenai Peninsula clarifies its status, purpose Community Rivers coalition taking control of Anchor River Will dental community help quench need or pour fuel on burning issue? Wrestling community calls foul against ASAA for shoddy treatment Mr. Ross may be skilled attorney, but hes wrong about church law CIRI shareholder unhappy with board, wants dividend

Old Christmas message holds timeless truths
Editor's Note: Elaine Corona of Kenai recently stumbled across an old Christmas letter she wrote a decade ago. The message it contains is as important today as it was then. Corona visited Russia in 1990 and 1992.

Peninsula People
SoHi grad earns bachelors degree Area students win cash in patriotic poetry contest

My Christmas wish...
Bob Peters of Kenai asks Santa for a bigger library at the Kenai Public Librarys open house Dec. 12.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai visitors center to be closed Hospital to sponsor sitter classes Free cancer screening planned Center offers free clothing

Photo feature: Light of the season
Christmas lights shine through an ornament on a tree at Vintage Pointe Manor on Monday afternoon.

Births
DEmmarie Catherine Lee Flowers Thomas "Ryder" Leete Landon Larry Rogers

Anti-Santa crusaders promise to lighten up
VIENNA, Austria -- Former divinity student Phillip Tengg says he never set out to be a Grinch with his anti-Santa crusade.

Community News
Food bank plans Christmas dinner, holiday closings Literacy carnival planned for February VHPA to hold national reunion

Multi-million dollar present may be under Christmas tree
OMAHA (AP) -- Nestled this year among the wrapped boxes of sweaters, neckties and toys typically found under the Christmas tree could be an unexpected gift: a lottery ticket worth nearly $300 million.

Several states to enjoy white Christmas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New England and parts of Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana appear to be heading for a white Christmas, the National Weather Service reports.

Traditions govern presidential family's Christmas celebration
WASHINGTON -- President Bush thinks gifts should never, ever be opened before Christmas morning. A fondly recalled practice from first lady Laura Bush's childhood dictates tamales and enchiladas for the Christmas Eve menu.

Around the Peninsula
Immunization clinic canceledSkin cancer screening scheduledCenter offers free clothing

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

Missouri man helps neighbors with food, toys for the needy
MONETT, Mo. -- His workshop is in rural southwest Missouri. His sleigh is a horse trailer pulled by a 1994 Chevrolet pickup. And he likes wearing denim jeans and a cowboy hat.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Hall of Fame Memorial Game set for Saturday
The Hall of Fame Memorial Game will be Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Proceeds of the game with go to the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association scholarship fund and to help KPHA skaters.

Not much settled as final week looms
It's the most muddled playoff picture in NFL history.

Green leads Soldotna alumni past Kenai
When it came to goals, the 2002 Alumni Hockey Game came through with quality, not quantity.

Bruins bash Sharks
BOSTON -- John Grahame made 25 saves, and the Boston Bruins snapped a six-game winless streak with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

Sports Briefs
Feeley to start for Eagles againPetrino replaces Smith as Lousville coachJury finds Oracle's radar illegal

Pacers topple Atlanta
INDIANAPOLIS -- Al Harrington scored a career-high 40 points and Brad Miller added 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-97 Monday night, becoming the first Eastern Conference team to reach 20 victories.

Bowl season set to hit high gear
Bowl madness has arrived. Over the next 10 days, from the Las Vegas Bowl through the Fiesta Bowl, 50 teams will play in 25 games with payouts ranging from $750,000 to $13 million per team.

Sports Briefs
Petersburg tops Homer

Utah snaps Grizzlies' five-game win streak
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Karl Malone and Matt Harpring scored 17 points each as the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-74 Sunday.

'Paper champions' can't stand up to Steelers
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers were intent on teaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a lesson.

Titans, Raiders first AFC teams to get into playoffs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Tennessee Titans clinched the AFC South by beating Jacksonville 28-10 Sunday, becoming the first AFC team to earn a playoff berth.

Sanders takes step toward playing for Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Deion Sanders was released by the Washington Redskins on Monday, clearing the first of several obstacles for him to play for the Oakland Raiders.

Fellman comes of age on ice, gridiron
Jim Fellman, the father of Skyview senior Lukas Fellman, used to worry when he thought about his son playing football. Now, the father feels pride when he thinks of his son on the gridiron.

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