Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Texas says A-Rod to stay, Boston signs Reese, other teams make moves
NEW YORK The A-Rod-to-Boston saga is over, or so the Rangers and Red Sox say.

SEC freezes $813 million Calif. fund
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday froze the accounts of an unlicensed Southern California firm it says took in more than $813 million from more than 5,200 investors as part of ''a fraudulent scheme.''

Business Briefs
Chambers of commerce cancel meetingsHospital board contracts health needs surveyDietitian certified as lactation consultantGrant writing workshop scheduled

Economic picture looking brighter as year nears end
WASHINGTON Consumers buoyed by brightening employment prospects spent at a healthy clip in November, giving hope that the overall economy will finish the year strongly after growth hit a two-decade high in the summer.

Railroad planning upgrade
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Railroad aims to take the ''coach'' out of passenger coaches.

U.S.-made toys may be hard to find
WASHINGTON Parents who are sticklers for buying American may have a rough time as they whisk through toy stores this holiday season.

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.

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.

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.

Art Briefs
Artists sought

Author's deft novel probes heart and psyche
"Waking Samuel"

The Christmas past, present, future of 'A Christmas Story'
LOS ANGELES The phrase ''You'll shoot your eye out!'' has become as synonymous with the Christmas season as Scrooge's ''Bah, humbug!'' and Santa's ''Ho, ho, ho!''

What's Happening
Events and Exhibits

Treehouse school in Homer exposes youngsters to world of art, music
Hang around children for any length of time and you'll quickly see how important art and music are in their lives. Hang around Nancy and Matt Yaki and you'll discover how they bring their own love of the arts into the lives of children.

Where are the actors now?
A look at some of the actors from ''A Christmas Story'' and where they are now:

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

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.

Accident causes 3-hour closure of Spur
An 18-year-old Soldotna woman was seriously injured when the car she was driving collided with an oncoming tow truck on the Kenai Spur Highway on Tuesday.

Stevens seeking gas lease buybacks
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has filed a bill for consideration by the Legislature that would authorize the state to buy back shallow natural gas leases in the Homer area.

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.

Anchorage contractor set to remove excavator
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facil-ities has awarded Thomas Devel-opment Inc. of Anchorage the contract to remove the excavator stuck at Sevena Lake in Soldotna.

Area churches to celebrate Christmas
Christians will gather tonight and Thursday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, the most celebrated holiday in the church year.

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

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.

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.

Lowell Gdula
Soldotna resident Lowell Gdula died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 58.

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

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

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.

Confessions of a Christmas diva
My name is Vicki and I am a Christmas diva.

Around the Peninsula
Alumni basketball games planned

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank to remain open during holidays

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.''

T-Wolves beat Knicks

Alumni hoops event takes place Saturday
The Kenai Central High School Annual Alumni Basketball Games will be Saturday. Admission for a family will be $10, for an adult will be $5, for a student or senior citizen will be $3 and for a child under 5 will be free.

Change the operative word among boys teams
The teams of Region III's Southern Division are hoping that change is good.

Skyview alums join Kenai, SoHi grads for game
Game on!

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

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

Steady improvement key to successful season
As the Region III/4A high school basketball season gets under way, the question to ask isn't "Who's better now?" but rather, "Who's going to be better at the end of the season?"

Islanders come back on Flyers
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Jason Blake's power-play goal with five minutes left and Garth Snow's 34 saves led the New York Islanders to a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

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.

Boise State wins at Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Ryan Dinwiddie ended his career as the most efficient passer in college football, and by leading Boise State to its first bowl victory away from home.

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.

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.

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.

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