Monday, December 27, 2004

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.

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.

Recent section was in bad taste, not appropriate for the season
I was a little shocked when I opened up the Peninsula Life section in your Sunday (Dec. 19) paper. There in color and in all his glory sat a fellow on the toilet with pants down, and toilet tissue in hand.

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.

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.

Surplus should go to education only if it's for the long term
I wrote a letter several months ago about the Alaska government using the windfall from the oil revenue. At that time Mr. Murkowski said this was only a short-term fix, and we needed to raise taxes or state income (taxes) through another means. I stated at that time: "use it!" (the windfall).

Borough should be pushing for development of Beluga fields
It will be a shame if the only movement on opening the Beluga coal fields goes down the tubes with Attorney General Renkes.

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.

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.

Enstar rates already in effect
Kenai Peninsula residents will see an increase in their gas bill in January.

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."

More senior citizens making peninsula home
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough appear to be getting rather long in the tooth. At least that's what the statisticians are saying.

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.

Homer area road projects labeled
Dozens of residents from unincorporated areas around Homer identified important capital projects at recent community meetings.

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.

Raymond E. Cline
Former Kenai resident Raymond E. Cline died unexpectedly on Wednesday Dec. 15, 2004, in White Salmon, Wash. He was 42.

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.

New HIV/AIDS pill good news for everyone
People suffering from HIV/AIDS also have had to suffer from taking a mind-boggling amount of medication on a strict schedule and only with certain foods.

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

Around the Peninsula
Skate ski clinic begins today

Community News
25th anniversary for Soroptimist International of Kenai PeninsulaReading carnival scheduledFilipino Amer-Asian potluck plannedBeekeepers meeting slated

Club manages popular hangout
KETCHIKAN John Blackwell, 15, usually hangs out at the Warehouse Boys and Girls Club in Ketchikan about five days a week. It's a place to play games, make new friends, tell jokes and have fun.

Peninsula People
Miss Alaska pays a visit to Sterling Head StartHardy promotedLillevik receives scholarshipMorganti earns promotionTrujillo graduates from college

Student turns hunger knowledge into winning essay
Molly Watkins was the winner of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's world food day essay contest, the "Politics of Hunger: What's at Stake?" The contest, held in November, was open to area students in grades six through 12. She received a $50 savings bond.

Ashley and Jason Miller Sarah and Dana Miller

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fresno has plenty to prove in Boise
BOISE, Idaho Virginia offers the perfect matchup for Fresno State coach Pat Hill: a Top 25 opponent and another chance to knock off a team from a Bowl Championship Series conference.

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.

Parker on point as Spurs pin Celtics
SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker seems to have found his offensive spark.

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.

Seahawks soar into playoffs
SEATTLE Shaun Alexander and Darrell Jackson put their names into Seattle's record books, and for the first time in 20 years the Seahawks made the playoffs for a second straight season.

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.

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.

Reggie White dead at 43
CORNELIUS, N.C. Reggie White, a fearsome defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers and one of the NFL's greatest players, died Sunday, his wife said. He was 43.

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

Manning sets new TD record, leads Colts to victory
INDIANAPOLIS Peyton Manning broke one of football's most hallowed records, and his reward was praise from one of his boyhood idols.

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.

Carolina's comeback nearly complete
TAMPA, Fla. The Carolina Panthers are one step closer to overcoming a horrendous start and making NFL history.

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