Wednesday, December 25, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available 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 Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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