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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Three umps to regain jobs as baseball resolves dispute
NEW YORK — Bob Davidson spent last season umpiring in the Class-A Midwest League, where he made just $13,000. He was on the road from April 4 to Sept. 20 and missed daughter Andrea's graduation from Colorado State.

Concrete floor presents hard truth in Montreal
MONTREAL — The artificial turf is missing, leaving a concrete floor at barren Olympic Stadium and an even harder truth in Montreal— The Expos are long gone.

John Watson not forgotten
My heart is full of sadness this Christmas season as I recall memories of our friend, Officer John Watson. At the same time, I am full of gratitude that I had the privilege and honor to know such a great man.

The Cross central to Christmas
Christmas is certainly a season of peace, love and joy. They are part of the godly attitudes that characterize the lives of reborn believers who possess the Spirit and are connected to God's gracious gift of sending his Son to be born, live and die for our redemption.

All in one night
Editor's note— After months of phone calls and e-mails to the North Pole, the Clarion recently was granted unprecedented access to one of the most secretive and famous characters in the world— Santa Claus. Although very busy this time of year, Santa was kind enough to make a rare exception and allow one reporter to tag along while he made his annual visit to the world's children — with the one requirement#— that no photos be taken of his work. Clarion reporter Matt Tunseth met up with the iconic figure just before the Jolly Elf's sleigh took off from its North Pole launch facility. He returned to Kenai on Christmas morning, just in time to file the following story.

Tribe awarded grant to keep language alive
The late Peter Kalifornsky, a Native elder that made significant contributions to keeping the Dena'ina language alive once wrote a story called "Education."

CO detectors more than a good idea
An ongoing home fire-safety improvement project on the Kenai Peninsula may help some homeowners ready themselves to comply with a new state law that goes into effect Jan. 1.

Snowmachine thieves take some Christmas joy
The Shirnberg family woke up to an early Christmas surprise on Wednesday. But it was not the kind that one hopes to get during the holidays.

Tracking the sun
Kevin Eldridge makes a photo of Thursday's sunset from the bluff overlooking Cook Inlet in Kenai. The time between sunrise and sunset is slowly growing now that the winter solstice has passed.

David Leach
Lifelong Soldotna resident, David Andrew Leach, 20 died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage from injuries sustained in a car accident.

Ron Gibbens
Longtime Sterling resident Ron Gibbens, better known as the "Bald Eagle," 65, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at his home in Sterling.

Deborah 'Cassie' Kernan
Nikiski resident Deborah "Cassie"Kernan, 45, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at her home.

Students should take advantage of scholarships
Most people wouldn't decline an offer of free money. But students are essentially doing that by not applying for scholarship money available through Kenai Peninsula College, as well as a multitude of local and national organizations.

Voices of the clarion: You can't have it: it's mine
Well, it's the holidays again — that time of year when we look at each other with rose-colored glasses and think, "Hey, they're not such a weird person, after all."

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale planned Family New Year's Eve party set Volleyball registration continues New dog classes set to start

Two teens arrested in string of Kenai thefts, vandalism
Two Kenai residents were arrested in connection with a string of vandalism, thefts and burglaries that took place in the area surrounding North Forest Drive in Kenai since October.

To have and to howl: Owners stage dog wedding
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The bride wore nothing more than a lace skirt, a veil and fur. The groom was so nervous he had to go outside to potty before the nuptials began.

Pampered pooches
SHANGHAI, China — For the schnauzer that has everything, how about a sequin-studded raincoat? Would your Pekinese like some "chicken chip cookies?" Or earrings for your poodle?

Skiers provide inspiration at 70 mph
DENVER — Skiing is freedom to Joe Tompkins and Chris Devlin-Young, a chance to climb out of their wheelchairs and regain some of the self worth lost in accidents that swept away the use of their legs.

Saban goes pro
ORLANDO, Fla. — LSU coach Nick Saban finally turned pro Saturday, prompting a Christmas night celebration at the home of Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga.

Best, worst of Favre on display in Metrodome
MINNEAPOLIS — After nearly costing Green Bay a crucial game with one of his familiar mistakes, Brett Favre rallied the Packers to victory — and the NFC North title — with one of his famous comebacks.

Texas, Wisconsin and Big East teams look to make a statement
Bowl games often define a team's season. A win over a quality opponent to end the campaign can validate a successful year. Finishing off with a loss in a high-profile matchup can tarnish all that was accomplished to get there.

Aloha: Chang leads Hawaii to bowl win
HONOLULU — When Timmy Chang jogged off the field for the final time at Aloha Stadium, he left Hawaii with more than just a big lead in the Hawaii Bowl.

Chiefs' kicker clutch despite dirty vehicle
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the Kansas City Chiefs moved into position for the game-winning field goal, Lawrence Tynes was wishing he'd washed his car.

'Holy Huddle' helps football fans keep the faith
DALLAS — For a long time, the Cowboys cost the Unity Church of Dallas people and money.

NBA has a new version of 'Bad Boys'
At least the ''Bad Boys'' kept their shenanigans on the court when they were wreaking havoc in the NBA.

Heat burn Lakers in overtime
LOS ANGELES — The brick wall came tumbling down Saturday. But that didn't stop the Miami Heat from beating the Los Angeles Lakers in Shaq vs. Kobe I.

Record chase overshadows big games
The Indianapolis Colts care about Peyton Manning's assault on Dan Marino's record. They are just tired of all the hype.

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