Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Host Society selects Loren Smith to manage 2006 Arctic Winter Games
Loren Smith is a newcomer to the Kenai Peninsula, but before the opening ceremonies for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) begin, he'll be a very familiar friend to nearly everyone on the Kenai Peninsula.

New location mixes sweets with memories
Kathy Waterbury's Candy Bouquet, formerly at the "Y" strip mall in Soldotna has relocated to the remodeled former location of Randy's Ramada and moved in with a new creative business know as A Misty Memory, owned by Misty Schoendaller.

Getting Lucky at the Lucky Puck helps young hockey players
Kids who love to play hockey are the real winners at the Lucky Puck Pull Tab salon at the "Y" strip mall in Soldotna. Proceeds from the gaming operation benefit the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association according to Jana Vinzant, store manager and hockey mom, "I love hockey and I love kids. This really does help, we support all the kids in the Hockey Association and try to lower costs for all those who want to play hockey," said Vinzant. Pull Tabs are a game of chance where you can spend a dollar, and possibly win as much as $500.

New year's crystal ball not clear on gas prices.
There was a time in the Cook Inlet when an exploration well found gas, it was closed in and considered a dry hole. Today the major interest in lease sales for the Inlet and Kenai Peninsula is to find additional natural gas reserves.

English to Inupiaq Alphabet, "Just Like That!"
Seward born DJ Blatchford is an Inupiaq who believes that good things happen "Just Like That!" the title of her first book, which includes native legends, poems, recipes, and English to Inupiaq Alphabet.

NOW PLAYING: Paycheck
We've all been in this situation, haven't we? You are trapped down on the subway tracks with a train bearing down fast. You've just escaped from an evil corporation for whom you've spent the last three years developing an awesome machine, and now they want you dead. If only you had a paperclip. This, and innumerable other everyday conundrums are solved in the promising, yet wholly unbelievable sci-fi failure, Paycheck.

Many made difference by donating blood
The month of October was great for the Blood Bank of Alaska-Kenai Peninsula Center thanks to our community and the people who took the time to make a difference.

Borough landfill becomes winter resort for eagles
They're baaaaack. Bald eagles have once again returned en masse to the borough landfill in Soldotna as part of their seasonal pattern of movement.

Snow removal can be bad for your health
Shoveling snow is an unpleasant, albeit routine part of winter. However, despite how mundane this task may seem, it is not without hidden dangers.

Hotel capitalizes on Alaska's ice, snow and talent
Chena Hot Springs Resort, long a hot spot for winter tourism, came up with a new way for visitors to chill in style: the first ice hotel in the United States.

Rain takes chill off holidays
A succession of lower-pressure systems that began blowing out of the west late last week slammed into a high-pressure ridge anchored over central Alaska that had been keeping temperatures cool and skies clear, according to a specialist with the National Weather Service.

White stuff equals green stuff
After last year's mild winter and sparse snowfall, outdoor enthusiasts are reveling in this year's heavy accumulations of the white stuff, but they're not the only ones.

Funeral procession for slain officer begins at noon Wednesday
The funeral for Kenai Police Officer John Patrick Watson, who was killed Thursday in the line of duty, will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Kenai Central High School in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

No serious flu complications reported here
Of the 26 lab-confirmed influenza cases reported at Central Peninsula General Hospital since Dec. 8, none has come with serious complications.

Downed trees create area power outages
Crews from Homer Electric Association scrambled to restore power to a number of Kasilof residents Sunday, after heavy snow caused trees to fall into HEA power lines.

Area retailers ring up healthy holiday sales
Area retailers reported healthy sales this holiday shopping season, with slow returns over the weekend.

Ruth Idell Bedwell
Soldotna resident Ruth Idell Bedwell died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home in Soldotna. She was 49.

Mary Louise McGarry
Kasilof resident Mary Louise McGarry died Saturday Dec. 27, 2003, at home in her sleep. She was 86.

Schwarzennegger's financial fixes better than doing nothing What others say
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered a ''public safety emergency'' on Dec. 18 as his answer to how he plans to make up for revenue local governments have lost as a result of the reduction in vehicle license fees.

Attack on Stevens' investments unfair
Sen. Ted Stevens was unfairly attacked (recently) by the Los Angeles Times.

Dean, Clark lead Democrats in raising funds
WASHINGTON (AP) Aided by aggressive Internet campaigns, Democra-tic presidential candidates Howard Dean and Wesley Clark raised the most money in the final quarter of 2003, according to preliminary estimates.

Who will pay for buybacks? What peninsula priority will be sacrificed?
The rhetoric about shallow gas drilling in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough has escalated to the point where some background information for rational discussion of the issue is required. I'm especially concerned about four areas: history, public notice, local planing and state interests vs. private interests.

Top 10 reasons gas line should be state priority
Many Alaskans believe natural gas development is a key component of the state's future. Here are 10 reasons to make the gas line a priority.

Presidential candidates bank voters will tune in to TV shows
WASHINGTON Democrats running for president complain they can't fully explain their views on foreign policy, health care or national security in debates featuring all nine candidates.

Births
Sophia Miel Gardner Hayden James Hanson

Community News
Gardeners lecture series to begin Youth mediation seeking volunteers Annual reading carnival seeks vendors KPBSD scholarship opportunities

Peninsula People
Keller earns ROTC scholarship

Around the Peninsula
CES is collection point for food bankAssistance available for commercial fishersKDLL to hold electionsWomen's outdoor workshop slated

Club News
SPCA raffle winners announced

Around the Peninsula
Challenger Center plans holiday activities Pratt Museum to close for maintenance Swim club seeks members Grant writing workshop set Kennel club offering dog classes

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

Gymnast still winning, setting goals at age 57
LOCKPORT, N.Y. Talking to Shirley Beecher, you can forget she is 57, forget she is a grandmother, forget she is a cancer survivor.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Kenai's Knudsen an All-American
Former Kenai Central cross country runner Kristi Knudsen earned All-American honors earlier this year, placing 25th at the NAIA National Cross Country Meet in Louisville, Ky.

Connecticut soars against Ball State
HARTFORD, Conn. Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon each scored 25 points, and top-ranked Connecticut defeated Ball State 101-62 on Sunday.

Cards deal Pack into playoffs
TEMPE, Ariz. Arizona knocked the Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs Sunday with a fourth-down miracle that put Green Bay in.

Three Panthers place in Reno
The Skyview Panthers wrestling team gave their head coach Neldon Gardner quite the Christmas present this year.

All guts, no glory for career scout teamer
ORLANDO, Fla. Patrick Croffie still remembers the day he almost ALMOST got a chance to play.

Hossa's phantom goal helps Ottawa
OTTAWA Marian Hossa managed to score despite failing to get a shot on an empty-net breakaway.

He's been earning it ever since
Great college coaches usually make serviceable pros and that's about all.

Cavs fight off Blazers
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 32 points, including 12 in a 14-2 spurt that closed the game.

No. 2 Blue Devils cruise
DURHAM, N.C. J.J. Redick scored a season-high 22 points, and freshman Luol Deng added 18 Monday to lead No. 2 Duke past Davidson 88-54.

Francis ties for fourth on all-time points list
RALEIGH, N.C. Ron Francis tied for fourth on the NHL's all-time points list with a goal and the Carolina Hurricanes finally solved Buffalo's Mika Noronen, beating the Sabres 2-1 Monday night.

Knicks hit 15 treys in win over Magic
ORLANDO Frank Williams made four of New York's 15 3-pointers Monday night in a 114-86 rout of the Orlando Magic, the Knicks' third straight road win.

Nebraska wins in Alamo Bowl
SAN ANTONIO Bo Pelini tried something a little different in his one-game audition to become Nebraska's next head coach.

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