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Tuesday, December 25, 2001

November unemployment holds steady in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent in November, the same as October, state economists report. The November rate is lower than the 6.1 percent for the same month in 2000.

Adak residents say mail slow to arrive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Since the demise of Reeve Aleutian Airways, people in remote Adak have experienced delays in getting mail, with priority mail occasionally taking two or three weeks to arrive and nonpriority packages a month or more, according to Mayor Agafon Krukoff.

Troopers stop teen on Dalton with 75 bottles of alcohol
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An 18-year-old apparently attempting to smuggle about 75 bottles of alcohol up the Dalton Highway was thwarted by Alaska State Troopers Saturday afternoon at the Dalton Highway checkpoint.

Park Service sets compensation workshops
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Park Service will hold several workshops in Southeast Alaska to help people apply for compensation for losses from commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay.

Man robs Anchorage bank
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lone robber held up a bank in the Muldoon area Saturday afternoon, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

Windstorm cuts power to large areas of Kenai Peninsula
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Some residents of the Kenai Peninsula were cut off from electric power for more than a day when a windstorm whipped across the region over the weekend.

Outlaw riders rile city residents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City law forbids riding snowmachines anywhere in Alaska largest city. But in nearly every neighborhood, residents report snowmachiners buzzing down the streets, through back yards, along utility rights of way, in parks and gravel pits. And some say police don't write citations even when they stop the violators.

Proposed pavilion at Juneau campus gets Rasmuson grant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to build an outdoor pavilion on the University of Alaska Southeast campus received a major boost last week when the project got $150,000 in grants from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.

Man dies after stolen truck smashes into his vehicle
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died early Sunday after his truck was broadsided by a stolen pickup speeding down a major Anchorage street, according to Anchorage police.

Kuskokwin 300 race committee unsure of purse amount
BETHEL (AP) -- Organizers of the Kuskokwim 300 say they may have to cut the purse for the state's premier middle-distance mushing race to less than the planned $100,000.

ABATE members go on shopping spree to fill up Santa's Sleigh
They choose to ride big bikes rather than reindeer, but when it comes to being Santa's little helper, they're one of the biggest on the Peninsula. They are the men and women of ABATE, Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education.

Kenai Rotarians prove to be warmer than the weather
Even with the help of the warm-hearted Kenai Rotarians, donations at the traditional Salvation Army kettles were running behind last year according to Lt. Craig Fanning of the local Salvation Army.

Bringing a touch of elegance to the busy holiday season
Bringing a touch of elegance and nostalgia to the holiday season, Connie Davis, of Alaska C&C Stables in Soldotna, has driven her matched team and carriage at many of this Season's events, indoors on ice at the Soldotna Sports Center, and outdoors during sub zero temperatures at Tree lighting ceremonies.

$20K from Phillips guarantees all fifth graders a Challenger mission in 2002
All fifth graders of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) will experience a mission to outer space next year at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai, thanks to a $20,000 grant from Phillips Alaska.

Young Marines collect Toys for Tots at Big K in Kenai
In the midst of the Christmas shopping rush and sub-zero temperatures, members of the Arctic Young Marines set up posts to collect Toys for Tots in Kenai at the Big K-mart and in Soldotna at Fred Myers.

NOW PLAYING Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
All the rabid Tolkien fans out there can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Hollywood didn't screw it up; Lord of the Rings is awesome. Where there was every possibility that the audience would be presented with a hollowed out, effects heavy, cheese-fest, we are given, instead, a richly told, fully realized epic masterpiece. Whew.

Passenger tries to ignite sneaker
BOSTON -- Preliminary FBI tests found explosives in the sneakers that a passenger tried to ignite aboard a Boeing 767 jetliner, and the man was charged Sunday with the federal crime of assaulting a flight crew.

It's a small world after all
Christmas and other December holidays are observed around the world, and the season reminds us that sometimes the extended Family of Man can get together for a good time.

Airport kiosk sparks debate
The Kenai Municipal Airport will have a new piece of furniture proudly displayed in its lobby to greet the new year. After a lofty debate in last Wednesday's Kenai City Council meeting, a new kiosk, emblazoned with Challenger Learning Center logos and designed to collect quarters from airport patrons, will spend a year-in-wait in the airport's waiting area.

Nikiski woman, volunteers cooking up holiday cheer
Christmas can be a lonely time for people with no friends and family in the area. A group of Nikiski volunteers are planning to keep that loneliness at bay this Christmas by filling people's hearts with holiday cheer and their stomachs with a home-cooked dinner.

HEA still working to get residences hooked up
Crews of Homer Electric Asso-ciation linemen are doing everything they can to get Christmas trees lit again in time for Santa's trip to the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Through the eyes of a child
There's another holiday tradition at the Peninsula Clarion: the publication of Christmas greetings from Kenai Peninsula children.

Sept. 11 tragedy moves people to mark Christmas with charitable donations
Omar Aqeel is no 12-year-old spendthrift. Despite his cushioned upbringing in affluent Pebble Beach, Calif., he washes cars and delivers newspapers to earn his own money. He saves the fruits of his youthful entrepreneurship.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Legislators in Fiscal Caucus show courage with their recent plan

Home for the holidays takes on special meaning
Yellow ribbons are fluttering in the frigid breeze this week from a 20-foot Christmas tree outside the Anchor Point Roadhouse.

Shine on
Holiday lights shine through a window at the Bookey residence on Walker Lane in Kenai Sunday morning.

Boys and Girls Club gets boost
Agrium presents the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula a check for $10,000. The donation will underwrite the 2002 golf tournament, a fund-raiser for the club.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas Eve musical plannedSanta Claus comes to peninsulaPublic Health Center closedVisitors center closes for holidaysFood donations neededToys needed for Christmas collection

Ask a Trooper
Question: Do the holidays make your job harder or easier?

Peninsula People
Nikiski grad earns degreeStudent receives scholarshipHonor society accepts Soldotna student

Births
Jessica Stack and Jeffrey Yeoman

Community News
Homer organizations awarded grantsVolunteers sought for exchange program

Club News
Elks table tennis tournament winners announced

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Who's in, who's out
The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots clinched playoff berths Sunday in vastly different manners.

Sports Briefs
Kenai girls take Joe Floyd tourneySoldotna cagers sweep SewardKenai skaters take down PalmerHall leads peninsula at Besh Cup

NFL playoff picture comes into view
LANDOVER, Md. -- Linebacker Brian Urlacher caught a 27-yard touchdown pass, his first career NFL reception, from holder Brad Maynard with 9:55 left Sunday, giving the Chicago Bears a 20-15 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Peninsula high schools relive glory days on ice
While Kenai and Soldotna's current hockey teams were busy duking it out on the ice in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys, alumni went stick to stick and helmet to helmet for three hours of hockey action Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Torch honors victims, passes through NYC
NEW YORK -- The Olympic torch paused for a solemn ceremony in front of the Statue of Liberty on Sunday night before Mayor Rudolph Giuliani carried it on the final leg in New York.

U.S. skaters sets gears for speedskating golds
KEARNS, Utah -- With the advantage of skating on their home track, U.S. speedskaters appear certain to leave the Salt Lake City Olympics with more medals than they won at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Nedved wrister rings in for Rangers
NEW YORK -- Petr Nedved's off-balance wrist shot with 1:01 left gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Milwaukee confounds Spurs' duo
SAN ANTONIO -- While San Antonio has figured out most of the rest of the NBA, the Spurs can't seem to solve the Milwaukee Bucks.

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