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TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 Soldotna-Kenai, Alaska

Vol. 44, Issue 83

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City mulls public record rules

Question Do you think the Legislature will have a productive session this year? n Yes n No To place your vote and comment, visit our Web site at www. peninsulaclarion. com. Results and selected comments will be posted each Tuesday in the Clarion, and a new question will be asked. Suggested questions may be submitted online or e-mailed to

By KAYLEE OSOWSKI Peninsula Clarion

In the news Man dies of injuries from Sterling Highway crash





ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 53-year-old Anchor Point man has died of injuries sustained in a weekend crash on the Sterling Highway. Alaska State Troopers say they were notified Sunday that Dale Keefer had died from injuries stemming from the Saturday morning crash, which sent Keefer and six other people to the hospital. Troopers say the crash occurred when a northbound vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a southbound van. According to authorities, Keefer was a passenger in the van. Keefer and the driver of the southbound vehicle were sent to South Peninsula Hospital. The driver of the northbound vehicle and for children who were passengers also were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Inside ‘It is important to recognize that (al-Qaida) cannot be decisively defeated in Anbar. The (Iraqi military) presence in Anbar is therefore likely to be long-term, which increases the opportunities for (al-Qaida) to exert control elsewhere in Iraq.’ ... See page A-5

Photos by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Setnetters in the Kasilof Section of the East Side Setnet Fishery push a boat into shore June 27, 2013. On Monday, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell rejected a proposed initiative that would have banned the use of setnets in Cook Inlet.

Initiative to ban setnets rejected Proposal backers say they will continue to push the issue By MOLLY DISCHNER Morris News Service-Alaska Alaska Journal of Commerce

An initiative proposing a ban on setnets in certain parts of the state was rejected Monday as a “prohibited appropriation” under the advice of Alaska’s Department of Law. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced Monday afternoon that the proposed initiative would not appear on the ballot. The Department of Law issued a 12-page opinion Jan. 3 that determined that having voters consider the ban would be an appropriation, which cannot be addressed in a ballot initiative. That was based largely on a 1996 Alaska Supreme Court decision in Pullen vs. Ulmer that maintained that salmon are assets that cannot be appropriated by initiative, and that preferential treatment of certain fisheries may consti-

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More questions than answers for oil, gas in 2014 By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service-Alaska Alaska Journal of Commerce

What’s in store for Alaska’s oil and gas industry in 2014? There are more questions than answers at this point with three major uncertainties. First, will North Slope producers and TransCanada finally reach a commercial alignment to proceed with the big North Slope gas pipeline and LNG project? That was unresolved as 2013 ended. Second, will North Slope producers and explorers quicken the tempo of new development enough to convince Alaskans that Senate Bill 21, the oil tax reform bill passed by state legislators in 2013, was a good idea? Voters will decide on a possible repeal of SB 21 in the August primary election.

Aaron Kaas, 11, carries the first fish from the Smith family’s setnet season up the beach June 27, 2013 near Clam Gulch.

tute a prohibited appropriation. In the Pullen case, a ballot initiative would have allocated a preferential portion of salmon to subsistence, personal use and sport fisheries, and limited them to about 5 percent of the projected statewide harvest. The state’s supreme court ruled that was an unconstitutional appropriation, and the question was not allowed on the ballot. A ban would largely have affected Cook Inlet setnetters, although the text of the ordinance sought to prohibit setnetting across the state in areas that do not have rural designations — in addition to the Upper Cook Inlet that would include Valdez and Juneau, where no setnetting occurs. Setnetting would have remained in other communities, including Kodiak, unless the rural designation was removed.

People want to see more activity, and Alaskans going to work, as a result of the tax. Third, will Shell decide — and will it be allowed — to proceed with a Chukchi Sea exploration program now proposed for summer 2014? The company has at least $5 billion sunk in its Arctic offshore exploration since 2005, when leases were first acquired, and has nothing to show for it except two partially-drilled holes done in 2012. Lawsuits, changes in government rules and operational mishaps, mainly the loss of the Kulluk drillship in a 2012 New Year’s Eve Gulf of Alaska storm, have dogged Shell’s efforts. Shell has filed an exploration plan for 2014 with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, that lays See OIL, page A-6

An ordinance concerning the disclosure of public records is slated to be introduced as a consent agenda item at Soldotna City Council’s Wednesday meeting. The ordinance calls for a public hearing at the council’s Jan. 22 meeting. If passed, Ordinance 2014-001 would create a new chapter in the city’s municipal code outlining what records are exempt from disclosure and the procedure for request. Currently the city uses the Alaska Statue 40.25 as a guide for public record disclosure, but the statue doesn’t lay out a “clear, defined process” for request and response procedures, Shellie Saner, Soldotna city clerk, said. “My main goal with this is to make sure that the process is definitely more easier for the public and the city staff to know what to expect when they request a record,” Saner said. In looking at other cities similar in size to Soldotna, Saner found that the majority have code for disclosure of public records. The city of Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula Borough both have such codes. According to Ordinance 2014-001, the purpose of not disclosing certain records is to protect personal privacy interests, law enforcement activities and sensitive financial interests. Exempted records, listed by the ordinance include privileged city attorney communications, medical files of personnel, financial engineering and technical specifications. “These are just things that See PUBLIC, page A-6

Council member urges quicker snow removal around hydrants By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion

Following the last major snowstorm prior to Christmas, Kenai councilman Terry Bookey raised concerns at the Jan. 2 council meeting that 60 percent of the city’s fire hydrants were still inaccessible. Bookey, who is a fire captain at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna, said he drove around town prior to the city council meeting and looked at 300 hydrants with the majority of them blocked in from snow berms left by street plows. Bookey expressed frustration after bringing the same issue to attention at the previous meeting last month. “We should not be bringing this up every time it snows,” he said. “I am at my wit’s end.” Kenai city manager Rick C




Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion

Kenai councilman Terry Bookey is urging the city to remove snow from around fire hydrants more quickly.

Koch said there is a dedicated position in the Parks and Recreation department responsible for clearing out the hydrants. The position was created two years ago when the matter was first brought up by Bookey.

The Kenai Fire Department was responsible for snow removal around fire hydrants but the volume of aid calls made it difficult to undertake the responsibility of clearing all the hydrants, Koch said. See SNOW, page A-6





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AccuWeather 5-day forecast for Kenai-Soldotna

Barrow -4/-16







A bit of snow and rain at times

Mostly cloudy

Mostly cloudy

Mostly cloudy

Mainly cloudy

Hi: 34 Lo: 27

Hi: 31 Lo: 25

Hi: 31 Lo: 22

Hi: 29 Lo: 16

Hi: 27 Lo: 15

The patented RealFeel Temperature® is an exclusive index of the effects of temperature, wind, Sunrise humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, Sunset pressure and elevation on the human body.

10 a.m. Noon 2 p.m. 4 p.m.

27 24 28 23

Daylight Length of Day - 6 hrs., 7 min., 21 sec. Daylight gained - 2 min., 53 sec.

Alaska Cities Yesterday Hi/Lo/W

City Adak* Anchorage Barrow Bethel Cold Bay Cordova Delta Junction Denali N. P. Dillingham Dutch Harbor Fairbanks Fort Yukon Glennallen* Gulkana Haines Homer Juneau Ketchikan Kiana King Salmon Klawock Kodiak

First Jan 7

Today 10:07 a.m. 4:15 p.m.

Full Jan 15

Moonrise Moonset

Last Jan 23

Today 11:54 a.m. 1:00 a.m.

Yesterday Hi/Lo/W


Kotzebue 23/12/sf 37/34/c 39/33/r McGrath 21/7/c 40/29/c 30/24/pc Metlakatla 48/37/sh -1/-6/pc -4/-16/c Nome 31/24/sn 37/27/pc 36/27/sn North Pole 15/3/sf 43/37/sn 42/34/c Northway 0/-13/pc 42/34/sn 34/27/c Palmer 40/27/sf 20/15/sf 12/4/pc Petersburg 41/37/sn 37/36/sf 22/8/pc Prudhoe Bay* 4/-6/sf 37/34/c 36/26/c Saint Paul 37/32/sh 42/37/sn 41/37/c Seward 42/33/sf 23/5/sf 7/-3/c Sitka 45/43/sn 10/0/c 0/-5/c Skagway 37/34/sn 21/13/c 16/-11/c Talkeetna 36/32/sn 22/11/sf 9/-5/pc Tanana 15/12/sf 35/33/sn 35/22/c Tok* 6/-3/pc 44/39/pc 39/30/c Unalakleet 27/21/c 38/33/sn 39/27/c Valdez 35/29/c 40/36/sh 41/35/sh Wasilla 39/27/pc 20/8/sf 18/6/sn Whittier 38/34/c 39/35/sn 38/26/c Willow* 36/29/pc 42/39/sh 43/37/sh Yakutat 38/35/sn 43/37/sn 39/35/c Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.

Readings through 4 p.m. yesterday

Nome 32/24 Unalakleet McGrath 28/21 18/1

Tomorrow 12:11 p.m. 2:22 a.m.


Albany, NY 50/30/sn Albuquerque 40/20/s Amarillo 32/7/pc Asheville 27/23/sf Atlanta 45/17/sf Atlantic City 54/49/sh Austin 34/22/c Baltimore 45/34/sn Billings 24/-12/pc Birmingham 23/19/sn Bismarck -6/-18/pc Boise 37/17/pc Boston 56/37/r Buffalo, NY 30/26/sf Casper 25/-21/pc Charleston, SC 64/52/sh Charleston, WV 26/20/sn Charlotte, NC 44/39/pc Chicago -2/-16/pc Cheyenne 34/-10/s Cincinnati 2/-2/sn

12/4/pc 47/27/pc 50/24/pc 18/5/s 26/15/s 14/7/s 48/39/pc 13/8/s 38/19/pc 26/10/s 6/-27/pc 38/29/pc 20/11/s 8/4/sn 35/18/pc 34/16/pc 12/5/pc 26/9/s 4/0/pc 44/22/pc 10/6/pc

Today Hi/Lo/W 19/4/sn 18/1/pc 42/37/sh 32/24/sn 5/-4/c 0/-9/pc 30/20/pc 39/31/c -1/-21/sn 38/32/c 37/28/c 42/37/c 38/29/c 28/17/pc 8/-2/c 1/-9/pc 28/21/sn 27/17/c 27/17/pc 35/28/c 27/17/pc 38/34/c

High ............................................... 36 Low ................................................ 27 Normal high .................................. 25 Normal low ...................................... 8 Record high ....................... 41 (2002) Record low ....................... -40 (1975)

Kenai/ Soldotna 34/27 Seward 37/28 Homer 39/30


From the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai

24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. 0.07" Month to date ........................... 0.58" Normal month to date ............. 0.20" Year to date .............................. 0.58" Normal year to date ................. 0.20" Record today ................. 0.39" (1958) Record for Jan. ............. 3.03" (1980) Record for year ............ 27.09" (1963) Snowfall 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. Trace Month to date ............................. 0.3" Season to date ......................... 33.1"

Anchorage 30/24

Bethel 36/27

Valdez Kenai/ 27/17 Soldotna Homer

Dillingham 36/26

Juneau 39/27

National Extremes

Kodiak 39/35

Sitka 42/37

(For the 48 contiguous states)

High yesterday Low yesterday

85 at Miami, Fla. -40 at Embarrass,

State Extremes High yesterday Low yesterday

Cold Bay 42/34

Ketchikan 41/35

48 at Metlakatla -13 at Northway

Today’s Forecast

(Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation)

Dangerously cold air will reach from the Midwest to the East and South today. Heavy snow will fall downwind of the Great Lakes. In contrast, much of the West will be warm with rain in the Northwest.

Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2014

World Cities Yesterday Today Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W


Cleveland 18/14/sf Columbia, SC 49/44/pc Columbus, OH 9/3/sf Concord, NH 50/30/sn Dallas 33/15/pc Dayton 0/-6/sn Denver 28/-10/pc Des Moines -1/-12/sn Detroit 20/-10/sf Duluth -15/-28/sn El Paso 48/22/s Fargo -12/-23/pc Flagstaff 42/20/s Grand Rapids 9/6/sf Great Falls 34/7/pc Hartford 55/28/t Helena 15/-4/pc Honolulu 78/66/t Houston 37/27/pc Indianapolis -10/-14/pc Jackson, MS 27/19/s

3/2/pc 30/11/s 6/5/pc 16/2/sf 46/36/s 4/3/pc 48/23/pc 16/4/pc 0/-1/sf -7/-22/pc 52/31/pc -6/-26/c 48/16/pc 6/5/sf 37/22/sn 16/4/s 35/24/sn 79/67/s 46/38/pc 6/5/pc 34/16/s


Yesterday Today Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W

Jacksonville 67/57/sh Kansas City 4/-11/pc Key West 79/72/sh Las Vegas 58/34/pc Little Rock 23/12/s Los Angeles 78/49/s Louisville 3/0/sn Memphis 18/10/pc Miami 85/68/sh Midland, TX 31/14/s Milwaukee -9/-13/pc Minneapolis -12/-23/sn Nashville 13/6/sf New Orleans 40/30/pc New York 55/36/sh Norfolk 67/61/sh Oklahoma City 27/6/s Omaha 4/-11/pc Orlando 79/63/r Philadelphia 59/35/sh Phoenix 68/39/s


Fairbanks 7/-3

Talkeetna 28/17 Glennallen 16/-11

National Cities Yesterday Today Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W

Almanac From Kenai Municipal Airport

New Jan 30

Unalaska 40/35



Tomorrow 10:06 a.m. 4:17 p.m.

* Indicates estimated temperatures for yesterday Today Hi/Lo/W

Today’s activity: Low Where: Auroral activity will be low. Weather permitting, low-level displays will be visible overhead from Barrow to Fairbanks and visible low on the northern horizon from as far south as Anchorage and Juneau.

Prudhoe Bay -1/-21

Anaktuvuk Pass 6/-18

Kotzebue 19/4

Sun and Moon


Aurora Forecast


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38/19/pc 30/16/pc 61/56/pc 59/38/pc 34/21/s 74/52/s 14/11/s 26/19/s 62/55/pc 48/30/pc 4/-3/pc 0/-14/c 18/12/s 37/25/pc 13/8/s 22/14/s 45/28/s 22/6/pc 48/36/pc 12/7/s 67/41/s

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Pittsburgh 25/22/sf Portland, ME 50/27/r Portland, OR 45/29/c Rapid City 10/-16/pc Reno 40/19/c Sacramento 60/35/pc Salt Lake City 35/16/s San Antonio 39/29/c San Diego 75/47/s San Francisco 60/44/pc Santa Fe 37/8/s Seattle 43/31/c Sioux Falls, SD -8/-18/pc Spokane 30/16/pc Syracuse 48/32/r Tampa 70/63/pc Topeka 9/-8/pc Tucson 68/32/s Tulsa 19/4/s Wash., DC 49/26/sh Wichita 15/-5/s

3/2/pc 22/6/s 46/41/r 34/10/pc 50/27/pc 61/35/pc 36/27/pc 50/43/pc 69/51/s 58/47/pc 45/22/pc 46/43/r 9/-9/c 34/28/sn 10/7/sf 50/36/pc 36/16/s 68/38/s 42/29/s 17/11/s 36/23/s


Yesterday Hi/Lo/W

Acapulco 88/74/pc Athens 61/48/r Auckland 73/63/s Baghdad 54/39/s Berlin 45/32/sh Hong Kong 65/60/s Jerusalem 54/40/s Johannesburg 73/63/c London 54/48/r Madrid 54/44/pc Magadan 12/2/sn Mexico City 66/45/pc Montreal 43/18/c Moscow 34/32/sn Paris 55/46/c Rome 57/41/s Seoul 43/19/s Singapore 81/75/r Sydney 86/68/s Tokyo 51/38/s Vancouver 39/27/pc

Today Hi/Lo/W 90/73/pc 57/52/r 77/62/s 61/40/s 50/42/s 70/66/pc 59/42/pc 80/57/pc 54/44/pc 54/34/pc 13/-2/c 66/44/pc 6/3/sf 36/33/sh 53/47/sh 56/40/pc 45/34/c 84/75/r 73/63/c 50/41/pc 44/40/r

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Time travelers not tweeting By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON — Time travelers, if they really exist, seem to be keeping their adventures to themselves. Researchers with perhaps a bit too much time on their hands conducted an extensive Internet and social media search for evidence of time travelers going back in history and then bragging about it online. And they came up empty. No real life Dr. Who or Marty McFly from “Back to the Future” tweeting secrets a bit early. Spurred by idle chat during Thursday poker games, an astrophysicist and his students at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., searched for mentions of Pope Francis and Comet ISON before they

‘This wasn’t a major research push. This was typing things into search engines. Billions of dollars are spent on time travel movies and books and stuff like that. This probably costs less than a dollar to check on it.’ — Robert Nemiroff, astrophysicist popped into reality. Francis was elected pope last March and ISON was first detected in September 2012. The idea: If someone mentions a Pope Francis in a 2011 tweet, Facebook post or blog item, then they must have come back from the future with special knowledge. But no one posted anything prescient. And last September, the researchers asked people to tweet “#Icanchangethepast2”

— but do it before August, a month earlier. Again, no one did. The disappointing results, rejected by three physics journals, will be presented Tuesday at the American Astronomical Society conference in Washington. If someone went back in time and said something to hint about the future, it would prove the concept of time travel, said astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff.

He said this was merely summer fun that cost nothing to do. “This wasn’t a major research push,” Nemiroff said Monday at the astronomy meeting. “This was typing things into search engines. Billions of dollars are spent on time travel movies and books and stuff like that. This probably costs less than a dollar to check on it.” Nemiroff said this isn’t his normal field and he didn’t much believe in traveling backward in time before — and believes less in it now. “Unless I go back (in time) and publish lots of papers,” he joked. Other scientists didn’t quite take it too seriously either. Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb said in an email, “as anyone who uses online dating knows, the Internet is the last place to find the truth about the physical reality.”

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Homeless man not famous drummer GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — He wasn’t asked to play a few licks on the drums, but police in Gloucester quickly determined that the homeless man they found at a city business wasn’t who he claimed to be. When officers responded to the business Thursday to assist employees with the man, he claimed he was the drummer for the 1980s-era hard rock band Whitesnake. The Gloucester Times reports that a quick check of records indicated that that was not true. The man, who had no known address, had been asked to leave an apartment building earlier in the night when he was found sleeping in the doorway.

Clarion Question Results The Clarion question for last week was:

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Monday Stocks Company Final Change ACS.......................... 2.34 +0.03 Agrium Inc............... 90.48 -0.24 Alaska Air Group.......74.03 -0.49 AT&T........................ 34.96 +0.16 BP ........................... 48.00 +0.13 Chevron.................. 124.02 -0.33 ConocoPhillips......... 70.26 +0.30 1st Natl. Bank AK... 1,760.00 +9.00 Forest Oil.................. 3.55 -0.14 Fred Meyer.............. 38.76 -0.34 GCI........................... 11.14 -0.30 Harley-Davidson...... 68.63 -0.28 Home Depot.............81.10 -0.79 Key Bank................. 13.44 +0.12 McDonald’s.............. 95.85 -0.69 National Oilwell........ 79.49 +0.74 Shell Oil................... 70.31 -0.47 C




Safeway....................31.67 -0.64 Tesoro.......................57.57 +0.43 Walmart................... 78.21 -0.44 Wells Fargo.............. 45.42 +0.08 Gold closed............1,238.55 +1.54 Silver closed............ 20.20 +0.04 Dow Jones avg..... 16,425.10 -44.89 NASDAQ................ 4,113.68 -18.23 S&P 500................1,826.77 -4.60 Stock prices provided by the Kenai Peninsula Edward Jones offices.

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Obituaries Richard Emanuel ‘Dick’ Barber Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Richard Emanuel “Dick” Barber, 77, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at Kat’s Elder Care in Kasilof. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Dick was born April 15, 1936 at St. Ignatius, Mont. He received his Bachelor’s in Education from Western Montana College in 1959. He moved to Alaska in 1977 and lived in Venetie, Nome, Anchorage and Kasilof. He was both a teacher and principal, but coaching football, track and basketball were his passions. Dick enjoyed camping with family and friends, fishing, an occasional game of golf, and watching college and pro football. “Dick’s smile will be remembered by many. He was a good natured jokester who loved to make people laugh. Children loved ‘Papa Dick’ because of his fun playful personality. Family was very important to him and often said that his father told him if you could count on one hand friends who have always been there for you, you have led a good life. We will treasure memories of camping trips, water fights he started and stories he shared,” his family wrote. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Ruby Barber, sisters, Patricia Barber and Sherry Sadler, brother, James Barber and son, Dick Barber. He is survived by his wife, Linda Barber of Kasilof; son, Jimmy Barber of Portland, Ore.; step-daughter, Deb West of Port Angeles, Wash.; step-son, Mike McConnell of Anchorage; daughter, Barbara Caballero of Kalama, Wash.; step-son, Mitch McConnell of Montesano, Wash.; daughters, Brandi Barber and Megan Palagyi, both of Anchorage, Terry Erickson of Missoula, Mont., Jeri Norris of Bozeman, Mont., Jodi Walsh of Missoula, Mont., and Staci Flynn of Missoula, Mont.; 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Bea Noble; and brothers, Sam, Scott and Tom Barber. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory.

George Edward Johnson





Sterling resident George Edward Johnson, 87, passed Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 with his family at his side. Memorial services will be held at Johnson’s Airstrip on the 20th of July, 2014 in Sterling. George was born on Aug. 17, 1926 to John and Rowena Johnson in Rochester, New York. He grew up on the family dairy farm in West Bloomfield, New York. George met Alice, his wife of 58 years, after the family purchased another farm in Canadice, New York. Alice was the daughter of Fred and Marion Rath, the neighboring farmers from across the road. George and Alice married in July 1955. In 1956 George and his brother started a saw mill that they operated until 1960; George then started a construction company and ran that until moving to Alaska in 1971. In Alaska he continued his career in construction as a self-employed builder who never really retired just slowed down. George was a pilot for many years, enjoying his flying, hunting and trapping. During his later years he enjoyed his time as a gun smith, trading, and buying. Many Alaskans knew George’s familiar face as he regularly had a table at the many gun shows throughout the state. He was a quiet man that will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Rowena Johnson, and his brother Richard Johnson. George is survived by his wife, Alice Johnson of Sterling; son, Ken Johnson and grandson, Mark of Sterling; son, Don Johnson and his wife Jill and grandson, Blaine Johnson and his wife Annie and grandson, Dalton all of Sterling; daughter, Diana Agorio of Oregon and grandsons, Otto and Enzo all of Oregon. Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory. Please sign George’s online guestbook at

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Barbara Larson Barbara Larson, also known as Varvara Sediakina Larson, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. She was 77. Mrs. Larson was born on March 2, 1936 to Russian parents in Tientsin, China. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12, settling in the San Francisco Bay Area in her teens. She married Keith N. Larson in 1956 in Berkeley, Calif., where he attended UC Berkeley. They raised two daughters and a son in Cupertino and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Barbara attended DeAnza College and West Valley College, then UCSC, graduating with a degree in Russian Literature in 1974 and obtaining her teaching credential in 1975. Throughout this time she pursued her love of and gift for vocal music, working as a professional singer in opera companies and symphonies throughout the state, directing choirs in Los Altos and Santa Cruz, and continuing her own private vocal studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 1991 she received her Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, followed by post-graduate studies at North Park Theological Seminary in the Chaplaincy Program, and a Chaplain Residency in 1996 at Stanford Medical Center. Barbara established a Mission to Russia for the Evangelical Covenant Church between 1991 and 1994 which focused on delivering antibiotics and other medications to the most needful areas of the former Soviet Union, and returned, to Magadan in the Russian Far East, in 1996-1997 to work in the hospital there, teach, and counsel. During these years she felt drawn back to the faith of her roots, Russian Orthodoxy, and subsequently began to work for Orthodox families on the Aleutian Chain Islands. Thereafter, she settled in Soldotna, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, to fulfill her dream of opening a Center for Orthodox Learning. She established this retreat for gathering and teaching in a forest of spruce and birch trees, creating a garden and building a small but exquisite chapel as the centerpiece. This is where she lived, working also as an Independent Contractor Senior Services Care Coordinator on the Kenai Peninsula and in Information, Assistance, and Outreach Services for the Sterling Senior Center, until her recent injuries and illness. She leaves behind a brother, Victor DeWitt of Loma Linda, Calif., daughters Kathleen Genco and Julie Larson, both of Santa Cruz, and son Rick Larson, of Moraga, Calif, as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Keith. Private services are pending. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please sign her online guestbook at

Jacqueline Eileen Wood Jacqueline (Jacque Dusenbury) Eileen Wood of Palmer passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. She was 71. Jacque was born in Custer, South Dakota on Nov. 11, 1942 to Lawrence Charles and Martha Rose Swanson. Jacque first came to Alaska in 1971 for the summer, then came back in 1980 to stay. She met Raymond Wood in 1981 while working as a waitress at the Lighthouse in Nikiski. And so their adventure began! They built a home in Nikiski, bought a plane, camped, hiked, traveled and dreamed together. Jacque had found what she came to Alaska for! Raymond’s work took them to Boise, Idaho and Denver, Colorado, but Jacque’s heart was in Alaska. They settled in Palmer and built another home together. Many will remember Jacque as their swim instructor at the Nikiski pool, or as their coach in Special Olympics. Her grandchildren will remember her for her adventurous spirit and never ending love and support. Jacque is survived by her two children, William Emerson of Soldotna and Marti Pepper and her husband Robert Pepper of Nikiski; husband Raymond Wood of Palmer; grandchildren Christian Pepper, Kara (Timblin) Raber, Joshua Pepper, Cassie Emerson, Daniel Emerson, Jacqueline Pepper and Mathew Emerson; brother Dale Swanson; nephews Eddie, Jeff, Dale and Larry Kirtpatrick; nieces Kim and Michelle Boes, Melanie and Angie Swanson; and great-granddaughters Kayle and Malissa. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Organization or to our local Special Olympics.

Community Calendar Today 9 a.m. • TOPS meets at the Kenai Senior Center for a weigh-in from 9 to 10:15 a.m., and a meeting at 10:30. Call Darlene at 907-2833451. 11 a.m. • La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai. Woman’s Way Midwifery, 154 West Marydale Ave. Call 907-260-6141. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at URS Club, 405 Overland Drive. Call 907-262-1917. • Kenai Bridge Club plays party bridge at the Kenai Senior Center. Call 907-252-9330 or 907-283-7609. 1 p.m. • Free Seated Zumba Gold at the Kenai Senior Center. New participants, active older adults, and chair-bound or limited mobility participants are encouraged. 6 p.m. • Weight Watchers, Woodruef Building, 155 Smith Way, Soldotna. Doors open at 5:15; joining members should arrive by 5:30; Getting Started session for newcomers at 6:30. Call 907262-4892. 6:30 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group at Central Peninsula Hospital, Redoubt Room, Soldotna. 7 p.m. • Lost & Found Grief Self Help Group at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 Soldotna Ave. For more information, call 907-4203979. 8 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It works” at URS Club, 405 Overland Drive, Kenai. • AA North Roaders Group Step and Traditions Study at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 907242-9477. • Alcoholics Anonymous Ninichik support group at United Methodist Church, 15811 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik. Call 907567-3574. The Community Calendar lists recurring events and meetings of local organizations. To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to

Around the Peninsula Caregiver Support Program plans for 2014 The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will have the following meetings this month: — Sterling Senior Center, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1:00 p.m., Caregiver Peer Support Meeting — Soldotna Senior Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1:00 p.m., Caregiver Peer Support Meeting — Kenai Senior Center, Monday, Jan. 20, 1:00 p.m., Caregiver Peer Support Meeting — Soldotna Senior Center, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1:00 p.m., Caregiver Peer Support Meeting Meetings held in January are to plan for 2014. All Caregivers are asked to attend and share training needs and areas of interest to your situation. If you are unable to attend please call and give your input to Shelley or Judy at 907-262-1280.

Hospice plans winter fundraiser Hospice of the Central Peninsula is selling tickets for its 18th annual Winter Wine Taste and Auction. Call the Hospice office at 262-0453 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday for more information and tickets. The Winter Wine Taste Event will be held Feb. 22 at the Kenai Senior Center at 6 p.m. The evening will be filled with gourmet appetizers, dinner and dessert along with paired wines for each course, as well as a silent and live auction and fun raffles. To donate to this event, please call Mary Green at 398-1600 or the Hospice office.

Future of Ice program launched By SANDI DOUGHTON The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — With the planet’s polar regions changing faster than ever before in human history, the University of Washington is launching a new initiative to boost research in the Arctic and prepare students for a world where melting ice is opening new opportunities — and posing new threats. Under the Future of Ice program, the university will hire eight scientists and faculty members and offer the country’s first Arctic studies minor outside of Alaska. The inaugural course, which starts this month, filled up in less than two weeks. “The student interest has been phenomenal,” said Nadine Fabbi of the UW’s Jackson School of International Studies. Partly because of Seattle’s strong ties with Alaska, the UW has long been a world leader in polar research. But with several veteran scientists retiring and other institutions moving into the field, the new initiative will

help the university expand and retain its leadership role, said Axel Schweiger, director of the UW Polar Science Center. Interest in the planet’s coldest places is reaching a fever pitch, added anthropologist Ben Fitzhugh, co-director of the initiative. Climate change is rapidly reshaping landscapes, ecosystems and traditional ways of life. New sea routes are opening up, and oil companies are preparing to build offshore rigs in once-inaccessible waters. “There are things happening in the Arctic that have never happened before in the history of human society,” Fitzhugh said. “It’s going to bring a lot of pollution, it’s going to bring a lot of investment, it’s going to bring a lot of employment.” China, India and other nations that don’t have territory in the Arctic are clamoring for a role there, alongside the eight countries that do. Well-organized groups of indigenous people are making their voices heard when it comes to development and exploitation of natural resources. In many ways, the region






represents a unique opportunity to anticipate the ecological and social problems development will bring, and — perhaps — avoid them, Fitzhugh said. One goal of the UW initiative is to bridge the gap between natural and social science and develop tools for people who live or work in the Arctic, Schweiger explained. For example, UW scientists are working on ways to forecast sea-ice coverage, which could be valuable to military vessels, fishing fleets and oil-drilling operations. “There’s a lot to be learned that will be useful to people,” he said. Bringing together experts from diverse fields like law, communications, policy and oceanography will also help the UW compete for federal grants as well as funding from private foundations, Schweiger added.


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Ideology vs. reality

French President Francois Hollande has been confronted by the glaring light of reality — sort of. On New Year’s Day, as his massive tax increases began taking effect, Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party, admitted that taxes in France have become “too heavy, much too heavy.” Indeed, as of Jan. 1, French households now must contend with a new value added tax on many goods and services and, writes International Business Times, “French companies will be required to pay 50 percent tax on all employee salaries in excess of 1 million euros. ... The effective tax rate will amount to 75 percent.” Unemployment, which Hollande promised to reduce, has risen to nearly 11 percent. Some companies and wealthy people have left France in search of businessfriendly environments. More will surely follow unless Hollande’s rhetoric is followed by actual tax reductions. Hollande’s head-on collision with reality is reminiscent of President Bill Clinton’s remarks in 1995 at a campaign fundraiser in Houston: “Probably there are people in this room still mad at me ... because you think I raised your taxes too much. It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too much, too.” Neither Hollande (so far), nor Clinton, followed up on their remarks by cutting taxes. Like many other politicians, these men tried to have it both ways. The next political leader who will be forced to adjust his left-wing ideology to reality is the new mayor of New York City,

six U.S. flags in the surface of the moon, a gesture more symbolic than literal, as a reminder to anyone who followed that America, and not Russia and its competing space program, made it there first. Thirty-seven years later Russia returned the favor, but instead of shooting for the stars its objective was much closer to Earth. Using a submarine, explorers planted a Russian flag 14,000 feet deep on the ocean floor, laying claim to the seabed and all the oil and gas beneath. Though its not likely there will be competition over the moon any time soon, Arctic resources are another matter that needs attention now as more nations look to stake claims to Arctic waters and the mineral-rich resources held within. And Alaska should have a lead role in those talks since it’s our mineral rights that could be at stake. Russia considers the Lomonosov ridge, an underwater mountain range that expands 1,100 miles underwater to the North Pole, part of its territory. Years before it planted a flag on the ocean floor, Russia in 2001 filed a territorial claim with the United Nations under its Law of the Sea treaty for that area. The claim was denied but Russia refused to give up and is still making the push. Denmark and Canada, however, believe the Lomonosov Ridge is an extension of their continental shelves as well, and as such they should be granted mineral rights. As for the United States’ involvement, it believes none of the countries have a legitimate claim. When it comes to Arctic land grabs, however, the U.S. isn’t part of the conversation in the way it should be. Of the 160-plus nations that have signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the U.S. isn’t among them. In fact, we’re also the only member of the Arctic Council who hasn’t signed the treaty. The Law of the Sea allows coastal nations to claim areas up to 200 nautical miles from their shores, and in some cases more if a country can provide enough evidence to back its claim. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for years has pushed for the U.S. to sign the treaty and take a seat at the table, but when the topic came up in late 2012 it was met with resistance by 34 Republican senators who pledged to vote against signing the treaty. Signing it, critics said, would sacrifice national sovereignty. What that says to the rest of the world, however, is that the U.S. is the only one who recognizes its Arctic claims. “This is a treaty that I believe very strongly will contribute not only to our national security, but will allow us a level of certainty in accessing our resources in the north,” Murkowski told the Associated Press in 2012. “I don’t want us ... to abandon those opportunities, and we would be doing that if we fail to ratify the Law of the Sea treaty.” As Arctic nations continue lobbying for coastal regions to develop, it’s time the U.S. does the same and stake claims in a way that will be acknowledged by world leaders. Otherwise any claim by the U.S. will be considered secondary to whatever the Law of the Sea Convention decides, and tension with our Arctic neighbors will surely follow. That’s not to say our country should give up its sovereignty, or that we should pay taxes to the U.N. in order to develop coastal resources. That would constitute as taxation without representation — the U.S. would have no say in how the U.N. spends those tax dollars — and would contradict the foundation for which our country was built upon. When Canada’s term as chair of the Arctic Council ends in 2015, the U.S. will take the reins through 2017. Now is the time for the U.S. to cement itself as a leader in Arctic policy, and it will be up to Alaska’s elected leaders to ensure our state’s voice is heard and we aren’t left on the outside looking in when policies King conservation critical are made. No other state has as much to gain or lose as Alaska, nor will the impact be felt as deeply. I have been a Kenai River property — Juneau Empire, Jan. 5 owner since 2002, and I have fished the Kenai since 1989. I am very concerned by the downturn in the fishery, and the lack of between user groups. By GARRY TRUDEAU cooperation King salmon are a sport fish priority in Cook Inlet salmon fisheries. Sport fisheries benefit more from greater abundance of fish, not less. We benefit from managing Kenai River king salmon fisheries for maximum sustained return, not minimum escapement goals. Making sure we have healthy escapements to deliver larger returns of kings is critical. I live on the Kenai River at mile 17 1/2, between Sunken Island and the Grave Yard. I was extremely concerned this past summer, when I witnessed hundreds of king salmon being caught and retained during the “Closed to Bait” period in July. Sunken Island, just up river from us is a very prolific spawning area, and when a fish is caught in that area it is typically netted as the boat drifts past our property. If I had input for future fishing restrictions, I would advocate for the total closure of all king salmon fishing for a 7 year period, so that one complete cycle could occur without pressure from any user group. William J. Keller Soldotna

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Action needed for Kenai kings I have been fishing in Alaska now for over 18 years. My first trip was on the Kenai River. During this time I have seen the number of river “guides” increase expoC




Bill de Blasio, who has proposed a tax on the wealthy to fund universal pre-K education. He, too, thinks raising taxes on the successful is the way to prosperity for the poor. He should pick up the phone and ask Cal Thomas Hollande how that is working for him, as Hollande’s approval ratings are sinking faster than President Obama’s. Even better, he might recall Calvin Coolidge’s remark: “Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” Penalize success and prosperity and you get less of it. Subsidize bad decisionmaking by giving taxpayer money to the poor, and you may well undermine initiative and personal responsibility and create new generations of poor people. The left in America and France have gained political power by appealing to voters’ emotions, but when they achieve power their ideology harms the very people who voted for them when these well-intentioned programs prove unworkable. This presents conservatives and Republicans with an opportunity, as well as risks. Liberals are allowed to be as ideological as they wish, and the major media and too many among the unfocused public will mostly support them. The left is never told they must compromise their ideology when reality proves them wrong, or “work with

nentially year-over-year, to the point where you can now walk across the river on these boats. My last trip on the Kenai was 6 years ago ... it was a mess. From glutton “dip-netters” to “no-limits-for-our-local-economy” to “commercial-terrorism” you are now being asked to do your job for the sake of a natural wonder! If I was the “Kenai King” it would be simple. Just shut down all fishing in and around the Kenai for 5 years. Nature will take care of the rest. I am not surprised to see these “locals” all upset ... what I hear in all this, is they’re upset because the tourist dollars are declining. Time to act was yesterday. In any case, my bet is that you will continue to do nothing. Doug Garnhart Danville, Calif.

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Republicans and conservatives” to achieve common goals. That is the trap liberals set for conservatives, who are repeatedly told they must compromise their principles if they hope to win elections, but whose squishy politics then become as unappealing as cold oatmeal. Here is the path Republicans and conservatives must take if they not only want to win, but bring positive change to the country. Instead of debating feelings and ideology with the left (territory on which they almost always lose — recall “compassionate conservative”), conservatives should hold their opponents accountable. Are their policies producing the results they claim? Is the record debt good for the country? Are agencies performing as their charter demands, and should their budgets be reduced or the agency eliminated if it can’t show results? Every government agency and program should be regularly required to justify, not only its budget, but its very existence. Americans typically hate waste. It is why as children most of us were told to clean our plates because somewhere in the world there were hungry people. Requiring the left to prove their programs and policies are producing outcomes at reasonable cost would shift the debate from ideology and good intentions to reality. This is where conservatives have a distinct advantage if they will embrace it. Readers may e-mail Cal Thomas at

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Nation & World Around the World Government report: US economy outpaced rise in health care costs for 2012 WASHINGTON — Even as his health care law divided the nation, President Barack Obama’s first term produced historically low growth in health costs, government experts said in a new report Monday. While the White House sees hard-won vindication, it’s too early to say if the four-year trend that continued through 2012 is a lasting turnaround that Obama can claim as part of his legacy. For the second year in a row, the U.S. economy grew faster in 2012 than did national health care spending, according to nonpartisan economic experts at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s an important statistic. In most years, health care spending grows more rapidly than the economy, like bills that rise faster than your paycheck. That cost pressure steadily undermines employer insurance as well as government programs like Medicare and Medicaid. But the pattern slowed starting in 2009, and then appears to have reversed ever so slightly and tenuously. “Have we turned the corner in a sustainable way? That’s still an open question,” said economist Robert Reischauer, who serves as a public trustee overseeing Medicare and Social Security financing. “But I am more optimistic than I have ever been that fundamental changes are under way.” For example, even though baby boomers are joining Medicare in record numbers, that program’s costs are basically stable when measured on a per-patient basis, Reischauer noted.

Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Utah, hundreds of couples in legal limbo SALT LAKE CITY — Gay couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married. The justices did not rule on the merits of the case or on same-sex marriage bans in general, leaving both sides confident they’ll ultimately win. The decision stays in effect while the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay couples have a right to wed in Utah. For those couples who just got married — or were planning their nuptials — the latest twist in the legal battle clouds what was seen as a cause for celebration. “It feels like we are second-class citizens during the stay,” said Moudi Sbeity, who is waiting to get married until the legal process plays out. “There’s also the fear of the unknown of what might come next.” Sbeity and partner Derek Kitchen are among three couples who brought the Utah lawsuit that led to the surprise Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, who said the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated gay and lesbian couples’ constitutional rights. C




Congress faces unemployment bill and other leftovers in the new year WASHINGTON — The Senate plunged into an electionyear session Monday that promises to be long on political maneuvering and less so on accomplishment, beginning with a struggle over legislation to renew lapsed jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. “I’m optimistic, cautiously optimistic, that the new year will bring a renewed spirit of cooperation to this chamber,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in the first remarks of the year on the Senate floor. Within moments, he pivoted, accusing Republicans of “never ending obstruction” to President Barack Obama’s proposals over the past five years. Democratic supporters of the three-month extension of jobless benefits said they were close to the 60 votes needed to advance the White House-backed bill. Their chances hinged on securing backing from at least four Republicans in addition to Sen. Dean Heller of high-unemployment Nevada, a co-sponsor. The bill would restore between 14 weeks and 47 weeks of benefits to an estimated 1.3 million long-term jobless affected when the program expired on Dec. 28. Payments, which average about $256 weekly, will be cut off to thousands more in the coming weeks as their initial 28 weeks’ worth of unemployment benefits expire.

Workers trap 2 managers at French factory in resurrection of ‘boss-napping’ tactic PARIS — Monday’s meeting in northern French city of Amiens was not going well. As farm tires were rolled in to block the doorway, two Goodyear managers were trapped in a conference room with angry French workers who were demanding more money in exchange for the inevitable loss of their jobs. The morning “meeting” dragged on into the night, and the union said it was settling in for the long haul — with the two executives still captive inside. Goodyear has tried to shutter the plant in Amiens for five years without success. Its latest attempt was met Monday with a “boss-napping” — a French negotiating tactic that had largely faded away after the height of the economic crisis in 2009. More theater than actual threat, it aims to grab management’s attention — by grabbing management. Late Monday, one of the prisoners decried the tactic as degrading and humiliating. The Amiens plant has an especially contentious past. Goodyear’s hopes to close it have been thwarted by violent protests with huge bonfires, government concerns and France’s prolonged layoff procedures. Now, the union is willing to accept the inevitable loss of jobs — but at a cost

From calls for more babies to offering gold coins, Iran tries to fight falling birth rate TEHRAN, Iran — In Iran, free condoms and governmentbacked vasectomies are out, replaced by sermons praising larger families and discussions of even offering gold coins to the families of newborns. Having successfully curbed birth rates for two decades, Iran now is promoting a baby boom to help make up for its graying population. But experts say it is difficult to encourage Iranians to have more children in a mismanaged economy hit by Western sanctions and 36 percent inflation. “A gold coin won’t change couples’ calculations,” said Mohammad Jalal Abbasi, head of Demographics Department at Tehran University. — The Associated Press


Deep freeze hits United States By RICK CALLAHAN and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South on Monday, closing schools and day care centers, grounding flights and forcing people to pull their hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite. Many across the nation’s midsection went into virtual hibernation, while others dared to venture out in temperatures that plunged well below zero. “I’m going to try to make it two blocks without turning into crying man,” said Brooks Grace, who was bundling up to do some banking and shopping in downtown Minneapolis, where temperatures reached 23 below, with wind chills of minus 48. “It’s not cold — it’s painful.” The mercury also dropped into negative territory in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago, which set a record for the date at minus 16. Wind chills across the region were 40 below and colder. Records also fell in Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana. Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the “polar vortex” by the time it spread across the country on Monday night and Tuesday. Record lows were possible in the East and South, with highs in the single digits expected Tuesday in Georgia and Alabama. Subzero wind chills were forecast up and down the coast, including minus 10 in Atlanta and minus 12 in Baltimore. From the Dakotas to Maryland, schools and day care centers shut down. “You definitely know when you are not wearing your thermal undergarments,” said Staci Kalthoff, who raises cattle with her husband on a 260-acre farm in Albany, Minn., where the temperature hovered around 24 below zero and winds made it feel like minus 46. “You have to dress really, really warm and come in more often and thaw

AP Photo, The Journal Gazette, Chad Ryan

With the area locked in a state of emergency, the streets in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. remain mostly bare Jan 6, as plow trucks continued to clear the city streets and real temperatures dropped down to -12 degrees with wind chill factors hitting -30 degrees. The area is experiencing sub-zero temps and blowing and drifting after several inches of snow on Sunday.

out everything.” Even with this nostril-freezing cold, the family still prefers winter over summer. “You can always put on more layers,” she said. “When it gets hot, you can only take off so much.” For a big swath of the Midwest, the subzero cold moved in behind another winter wallop: more than a foot of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous. Several deaths were blamed on the snow, ice and cold since Saturday, including the death of a 1-year-old boy who was in a car that went out of control and collided with a snowplow Monday in Missouri. It took authorities using 10ton military vehicles known as “wreckers” until early Monday to clear all the chain-reaction accidents caused when several semis jackknifed along snowy interestates in southern Illinois. The crash stranded about 375 vehicles, but there were no fatalities or injuries, largely because motorists either stayed with their cars or were rescued and taken to nearby warming centers if

they were low on gas or didn’t have enough coats or blankets, said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Others got stuck in the snowdrifts, including the Southern Illinois men’s basketball team, which had to spend the night sleeping in a church. In the eastern United States, temperatures in the 40s and 50s Monday helped melt piles of snow from a storm last week, raising the risk that roads would freeze over as the cold air moved in Monday night, said Bob Oravec from the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Md. The snap was set to be dramatic; Springfield, Mass., enjoyed 56 degrees Monday morning but faced an overnight low of 6. More than 3,700 flights were canceled by late Monday afternoon, following a weekend of travel disruption across the U.S. Airline officials said de-icing fluid was freezing, fuel was pumping sluggishly, and ramp workers were having difficulty loading and unloading luggage. JetBlue Airways stopped all scheduled flights to and from

New York and Boston on Monday, and Southwest ground to a halt in Chicago. Authorities in Indiana and Kentucky — where temperatures dropped into the single digits and below, with wind chills in the minus 20s and worse — warned people not to leave their homes at all unless they needed to go someplace safer. Utility crews worked to restore power to more than 40,000 Indiana customers affected by the weekend storm and cautioned that some people could be in the cold and dark for days. Ronald G. Smith Sr. took shelter at an Indianapolis Red Cross after waking up the previous night with the power out and his cat, Sweet Pea, agitated in the darkness. “The screen door blew open and woke me up, and it was cold and dark. I got dressed and I was scared, thinking, ‘What am I going to do? My cat knew something was wrong. He was jumping all over the place,” Smith said. “This is brutal cold. The cold is what makes this so dangerous.”

Iraq calls on residents to expel al-Qaida BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister urged Fallujah residents on Monday to expel al-Qaida militants to avoid an all-out battle in the besieged city, a sign that the government could be paving the way for an imminent military push in an attempt to rout hard-line Sunni insurgents challenging its territorial control over the western approaches to Baghdad. The militants’ seizure of Fallujah and parts of nearby Ramadi, once bloody battlegrounds for U.S. troops, has marked the most direct challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government since the departure of American forces two years ago. Both the U.S. and its longtime rival Iran view the escalating conflict with alarm, with neither wanting to see al-Qaida take firmer root inside Iraq. Washington has ruled out sending in American troops but recently delivered dozens of Hellfire missiles to help bolster Iraqi forces. Tehran signaled Monday that it is willing to follow suit, saying it is ready to help Iraq battle al-Qaida “terrorists” by sending military equipment and advisers should Baghdad ask for it. It is unclear whether Baghdad would take up the Iranian offer, made by Gen. Mohammad Hejazi, the Iranian Army deputy chief-of-staff, in comments to Iranian state media. He ruled out the sending of ground troops across the border. Any direct Iranian help would exacerbate sectarian tensions fueling Iraq’s conflict, as Iraqi Sunnis accuse Tehran of backing what they say are their Shiite-led government’s unfair policies against them. Iran has the power to sway al-Maliki’s political fortunes ahead of upcoming elections through its deep ties to Iraq’s major Shiite

‘It is important to recognize that (al-Qaida) cannot be decisively defeated in Anbar. The (Iraqi military) presence in Anbar is therefore likely to be long-term, which increases the opportunities for (al-Qaida) to exert control elsewhere in Iraq.’ — Ahmed Ali, Iraq researcher factions, which have dominated government offices and security forces since the U.S.-led invasion toppled Iran’s arch-foe Saddam Hussein in 2003. Iraqi government troops have surrounded Fallujah, which was overrun by fighters from alQaida’s Iraq branch last week. The city is just 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. It is located in the vast Sunni-dominated and largely desert province of Anbar, which borders Syria, where al-Qaida-linked groups are among the most formidable fighters among the rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad. Al-Maliki did not say how he expects Fallujah residents and pro-government tribesmen to push out the militants. In his message, broadcast over state TV, he also urged Iraqi troops to avoid targeting residential areas. Dozens of families have begun fleeing Fallujah to nearby towns, crammed in cars loaded with their belongings. Ahmed Ali, an Iraq researcher at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, cautioned that a military assault on Fallujah would likely lead to civilian casualties and “possibly invoke other violent tribal responses.” It could also give al-Qaida a chance to launch attacks in other parts of the counC




try given the concentration of forces in Anbar. “It is important to recognize that (al-Qaida) cannot be decisively defeated in Anbar. The (Iraqi military) presence in Anbar is therefore likely to be long-term, which increases the opportunities for (al-Qaida) to exert control elsewhere in Iraq,” he wrote. The Iraqi al-Qaida group, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also took control of most parts of the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi last week. Iraqi troops have been trying to dislodge the militants from the two cities. On Sunday, fighting pitting the militant extremists against government forces and allied tribesmen in Anbar killed dozens of people, including 22 soldiers, 10 civilians and an unknown number of militants. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington was “very, very concerned” by the recent fighting but would not send in American troops. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday that the U.S. is expediting the delivery of 10 Scan Eagle drones and 100 Hellfire missiles, and expects they will get to Iraq in the spring. He said the U.S. is not participating in any mission planning.

Fallujah residents said clashes continued into Monday along the main highway that links Baghdad with neighboring Syria and Jordan. Al-Qaida fighters and their supporters maintained control of the city center, spreading out over the streets and surrounding government buildings. AlQaida black flags have been seen on government and police vehicles captured by the militants during the clashes. The Anbar Military Command reported that Iraqi forces killed an unspecified number of militants by firing on their vehicles from the air over the village of Karma, near Fallujah. Fighters from a pro-government Sunni militia killed six militants in a firefight outside Fallujah on Monday, a police officer said. Sporadic clashes erupted in some parts of Ramadi too, according to residents. The Anbar provincial government said three rockets struck the military operations command center there. All residents in Anbar talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, fearing for their safety. Lt. Gen. Rasheed Fleih, who leads the Iraqi army’s Anbar Military Command, told state TV that “two to three days” are needed to push the militants out of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi. Also Monday, militants in a speeding car attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in the mainly Sunni Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, which is near Anbar, killing two soldiers and wounding four others, according to a police officer and a medical official. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.





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The Cook Inlet-specific nature of the case helped make it a allocative issue, according to the legal opinion. “Prohibiting shore gill nets and set nets in nonsubsistence areas effectuates an actual, measureable allocation of Chinook salmon from the East Side Set Net commercial salmon fishery in Cook Inlet to the Kenai River in-river sport fishery and to the Kenai and Kasilof personal use fisheries,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bakalar on behalf of Attorney General Michael Geraghty. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance proposed the initiative in November, and was targeting the August 2016 ballot. The conservation alliance was founded by those with financial and recreational interests in sportfishing, including Bob Penney, who has previously stated his desire to reverse the current allocations between commercial and sport fishing in Cook Inlet. Penney is the founder of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association. His grandson, Clark Penney, serves as AFCA’s executive director. “This decision is puz-

zling,” wrote Clark Penney in the group’s response. “I want to thank the Lt. Governor, the Alaska Division of Elections and the Alaska Department of Law for doing their due diligence, however I struggle to see the logic or the legality of this decision.” The organization has 30 days to ask for judicial review, according to the state. In a Monday statement, AFCA indicated that it would was reviewing the state’s legal opinion, and would consider a legal challenge to the state’s decision. “One of the ideas being discussed is a legal challenge, another is a modified initiative,” wrote AFCA founder Joe Connors in an emailed response to questions. “Be sure of one thing, this is not over, that is for sure.” The Alaska Salmon Alliance quickly praised the decision. “We are elated by Lieutenant Governor Treadwell’s decision to not certify this job-killing measure,” said Arni Thomson, executive director of the Alaska Salmon Alliance. “Though it was highly unlikely to ever pass, the Set Netter Ban would have instantly destroyed the jobs of more than 500 Alaska families who set net to make a living. We are happy to see it

Around Alaska Avalanche forecasters issue backcountry warning ANCHORAGE — Avalanche monitors in Alaska have issued an avalanche warning for backcountry areas of the Kenai and Western Chugach Mountains. The warning was issued Saturday and was in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday, the Anchorage Daily News reported. An avalanche advisory issued Monday said the hazard is considerable above the tree line in the Turnagain area. A storm was predicted in the backcountry area that could worsen already tenuous conditions. Four avalanches were reported Friday, including one that resulted in the death of a dog that ran down Tincan Peak. No human deaths or injuries were immediately reported. The warning issued over the weekend by the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center says human-triggered avalanches are certain and natural avalanches are likely. “That’s some pretty strong wording coming from our office,” said information center forecaster Graham Predeger. “We rarely use wording that strong unless we’re absolutely sure things are going to go off.” Warning signs of an avalanche include shooting cracks in the snow, according to Predeger. People also should stay away from areas where avalanches are believed to have already occurred.

Supreme Court to hear labor law arguments

dead on arrival.” The salmon alliance, the United Cook Inlet Drift Association, the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, the city of Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had all officially opposed the initiative. The fishing groups had characterized it as allocative, which the State agreed with. The DOL opinion states: “Were this type of initiative permissible, voters could continue to reallocate stocks to any fishery simply by eliminating specific gear or particular means and methods of catching fish — for example, the next initiative might propose to eliminate purse seining, trawling, dipnetting, or catch-and-release sport fishing in particular areas to increase harvest opportunity for other types of users. This would ‘prevent ... real regulation and careful administration’ of Alaska’s salmon stocks, contrary to the purpose of the prohibition on initiative by appropriation.” In a statement responding to the decision, AFCA’s Board Chair Bill McKay disagreed with the legal interpretation of the initiative. “I am extremely disappointed in this decision,” McKay wrote. “This initiative is clearly statewide and seeks no authority to regulate or allocate fish-

eries management in our state. We should be out gathering signatures today, not looking at lawsuits.” The end of the initiative, however, doesn’t mean the issue is resolved. “On this initiative we received input from the sponsor, supporters, and opponents, all of which we shared with the attorney general’s office,” Treadwell wrote in the state’s press release about the decision. “We have urged the parties to work together with the Board of Fish to address concerns about setnets and fisheries allocations.” In addition to a legal challenge or altered initiative, AFCA could take the matter to the Legislature or Board of Fisheries. “Going forward, we will evaluate all options for halting the indiscriminate bycatch of Alaska king salmon,” Connors wrote in response to a question about whether or not the organization will lobby the Legislature for consideration of similar legislation. The group will also discuss taking the matter to the fish board, Connors wrote.

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out a strengthened program for renewed drilling in the Chukchi Sea. Another question to follow in 2014 will be whether momentum in new Cook Inlet development led by independents Hilcorp Energy, Buccaneer Energy and Furie Operating Alaska is sustained? Hilcorp’s activity is centered on redevelopment of mature producing fields in the Inlet and it is highly likely this will continue, unless oil prices crash. Furie is now planning the installation of a gas production platform, so its 2014 activities seem assured. As for Shell, its renewed drilling in the Beaufort is on hold while the company focuses on the Chukchi. Although Shell is drilling on two prospects where discoveries were previously made, Burger in the Chukchi Sea and Siivuk in the Beaufort, the prospects for major finds in the Chukchi are considered greater, causing the

are proprietary and protected because they’re protecting individuals’ personal information,” Saner said. The ordinance calls for records requests to be approved or denied by the city manager. If it is approved, the appropriate department will locate the records and the city attorney will review the request to make sure there is no reason not to reKaylee Osowski can be lease the records, Saner said. reached at kaylee.osowski@ According to the ordinance,

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tive. Bookey said he saw a quick response based off his latest comments. The next day he received feedback from city employees that hydrants were being cleared out first thing that morning. By his last inspection, the results are much improved. Bookey said it is important the hydrants are accessible in the event of a fire. While the fire department shares the responsibility of maintaining the fire hydrants, their primary focus is on protecting the citizens in the community and his intention is to make sure the city helps them be as effective as possible. “My hope is that it continues to be handled quickly throughout winter,” he said.

Two face charges in fight over unpaid bet

Dispatcher helps man deliver baby JUNEAU — It was an exciting start to the new year for one couple in Juneau. Police report that a man called 911 at 4:12 p.m. Saturday from a Juneau home, reporting that his wife was in active labor. A dispatcher provided instructions for the delivery of the baby, who arrived about two minutes later. Arriving first responders found the mother and baby girl in good health. They were not taken to the hospital. Police spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said she could not provide the names of the family because it was considered a medical call. In October, Juneau police reported that a dispatcher had helped guide a man through delivering his own child at a local hotel. But Kalwara said such calls are still fairly uncommon.

EPA tightens requirements for wood stoves

FAIRBANKS — The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards for wood stoves that would reduce the maximum amount of fine particulate emissions allowed for new stoves sold in 2015 and 2019. Maximum emissions would be reduced by one-third next year and by 80 percent in five years, the Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner reported. Fairbanks and North Pole have struggled to meet air pollution standards, and households burning wood to save money on fuel bills are blamed for much of the problem. Particulate is a threat to the young, the elderly and the weakened. Fine particulate absorbed by breathing has been linked to heart attacks, decreased lung function and premature death in people with heart or lung disease. The EPA has threatened sanctions for the area and the imposition of a federal attainment plan if state and municipal officials do not come up with an acceptable local attainment plan. Fine particulate pollution is made up of solid particles and liquid droplets that measure 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less. The EPA currently certifies non-catalytic wood stoves if they produce less than 7.5 grams of fine particulate per hour. The proposed EPA regulations would reduce that to 4.5 Kodiak assembly denies grams per hour for stoves manufactured after the regulations tourism funding request go into place next year. KODIAK — A request by the Kodiak Island Borough’s The standards would tighten again in 2019. New stoves tourism agency for additional funding has been denied. could emit just 1.3 grams per hour. The Kodiak Daily Mirror says the Borough Assembly last — The Associated Press

company to focus its available resources there. The exploration plan calls for a fleet of 29 vessels and aerial support from a support base in Barrow and an alternative base in Wainwright. Oil spill response equipment would be kept on hand near Kotzebue Sound and a standby rig, the Polar Pioneer, will be in Dutch Harbor. The drillship Noble Discoverer would be used for drilling, as in 2012, but it will have had considerable overhauls and upgrades to resolve problems encountered in 2012. Arctic offshore drilling is considered to have the best prospects for halting, or even reversing, the decline of oil flowing through the TransAlaska Pipeline System. That’s because the offshore prospects are large while onshore prospects on the North Slope are more modest. In the aftermath of oil tax reform passed by the Legislature, the North Slope producers have announced new drilling and new projects that total about $4.6 billion in new investment, and that could add about

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within 10 business days of receiving a records request, the city must either provide the record or state in writing that the record is not subject to inspection as well as a citation of the law that requires the city to withhold the record. The ordinance allows for an extension of 10 additional business days with a notice to the requester and an explanation for extension. It also allows the city to require searching and copying fees.

Koch said while the matter has since been resolved by allocating more resources, he needed clarification from council what their expectation of a timely snow clearing around the hydrants would be. From when the last snow fell on Dec. 22 to Jan. 2 there were five working days for the job to get done, he said. “We estimate 165 man hours Molly Dischner can be reached at molly.dischner@ give or take to clear all the hydrants in the city,” Koch said. “If it takes one person 20 minutes a hydrant it can take them 30 days.” week rejected the $18,000 international marketing campaign. Koch said volunteers and Discover Kodiak wanted to use the money to attend travel community service programs in shows in Chicago, Berlin and Iceland in partnership with the the past have helped clear snow Reach Dan Balmer at danAlaska Tourism Industry Association. off the hydrants that made the iel.balmer@peninsulaclarion. The funding would have been in addition to the borough’s undertaking much more effec- com. existing $75,000 annual subsidy to Discover Kodiak. Of particular concern for the assembly was the Berlin show. Discover Kodiak would not have a German-speaking staffer and would rely on a shared Alaska translator. The assembly also turned down a proposed alternative by Discover Kodiak executive director Chastity Starrett to focus only on the Berlin show at a cost of just over $8,000.

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday over whether an Anchorage labor law can be put to a public vote. The law passed by the Anchorage Assembly last year limited future raises for municipal labor unions and restricted their ability to strike. Unions started a referendum effort, which was rejected on legal grounds by a city clerk. A lower court, however, allowed the effort to advance, leading to an appeal by the city. The law is currently suspended, pending the possible referendum. The high court is slated to hear arguments Wednesday afternoon from attorneys for the city and union over whether the law is too narrow and technical a subject for a referendum, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Susan Orlansky, an attorney for the unions, said she hoped for a decision within about a month. A divided Assembly in October voted to put the referendum on the April 1 municipal election ballot, a decision vetoed by Mayor Dan Sullivan, who championed the labor law.

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55,000 barrels per day more oil production by 2018, although about 18,000 barrels per day of this will come from CD-5, a project by ConocoPhillips that was planned and approved before the Legislature’s passage of SB 21 last April. A significant new project planned by ConocoPhillips and its minority partner, Anadarko Petroleum, is GMT-1 in the National Petroleum ReserveAlaska. This is eight miles west of CD-5, which is also within the petroleum reserve although barely because it is near the Colville River, the eastern boundary of NPR-A. These are projects that have been announced, but there are also two other projects planned by independent companies that, if they proceed, could add another 30,000 barrels per day roughly in the same time period. One is the Mustang field project planned by Brooks Range Petroleum, an Alaska-based company. The other is Nuna, a satellite of the small Oooguruk field previously owned by Pioneer Natural Resources, which sold its North Slope assets for C




$550 million to Caelus, another Texas-based independent in September 2013. Neither company has yet given the go-ahead for the projects, however. There are also other possible developments. Repsol made three oil discoveries in three exploration wells drilled last winter, two of them that could be commercially viable, the company has said. More test drilling is planned this winter to delineate the two most attractive discoveries. If those are developed there would be more oil added to TAPS, but the timing may be beyond 2018. Likewise, Linc Energy is in the second winter of test drilling at the small Umiat oil field in the far southeast NPR-A. Umiat is where early U.S.government sponsored drilling found oil in shallow formations, but the find was uneconomic at the time. Linc hopes to harness new technology, like horizontal production wells, to produce up to 50,000 barrels per day. Tim Bradner can be reached at tim.bradner@alaskajournal. com.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fight involving three roommates over an unpaid bet has led to charges against two of the men. Anchorage police say as the argument over the bet escalated, 25-year-old James Smith pointed a gun at the 19-year-old victim and pulled the trigger late Sunday. The gun malfunctioned, and the men struggled over the gun. Police say the third roommate, 23-year-old Kendrick Matthews, hit the victim with his

fist. The victim got the gun and ran for the door. Police say Smith chased him, and hit him with a metal handle from a floor jack. The victim escaped, and called police from a convenience store. Both Smith and Matthews are facing assault charges, and Smith also faces an attempted murder charge. Both are being held without bail at the Anchorage jail.










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Seminoles complete perfect season TD catch with 13 seconds left downs Auburn RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer





PASADENA, Calif. — For all Jameis Winston had done as a redshirt freshman for Florida State, he never had to pull the Seminoles from the brink of defeat. In the biggest game of the year, down by four with 79 seconds left, the Heisman Trophy winner put together the drive of his life, and the Seminoles proved they could take a punch to win a championship. Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS national title game on Monday night. “There’s a lot of heart and guts down in Tallahassee, too,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. The Bowl Championship Series went out with a bang, with one of the best title games in its 16-year history. And the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year winning streak in college football’s biggest game was snapped by the Atlantic Coast Conference school that played in the first three BCS title games but hadn’t been back since. Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive. “It was the best football game he’s played all year,” Fisher said, “and I’ll tell you why, because for three quarters he was up and down and he fought. “And to pull it out in the atmosphere and environment and with what was on the line tonight, to me if that’s not a great player, I don’t know who is.” Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourthquarter touchdown passes. He zipped the Seminoles down the field on the final drive, with help from a 49-yard catch and run from Rashad Green. Florida State also got a little help. A pass interference penalty on Auburn’s Chris Davis on third-and-8 from the 10

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gave Florida State a first down at the 2. “Thought it was great defense. That’s all I can say,” Davis said, adding, the officials “should have just let us play.” On the next play Winston flipped high to the 6-foot-5 Benjamin for the touchdown. “Once the ball is in the air on that post route, I’ve got to go get it, and I did,” Benjamin said. “Simple as that.” There was no miracle finish this time for the turnaround Tigers, who went from 3-9 to SEC champions in their first season under coach Gus Malzahn. They tossed the ball around on one final play, but it ended with Florida State jumping on a fumble, and the Seminoles sprinting onto the field under a storm of garnet and gold confetti. Florida State scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the teams combined for 24 in a breathtaking last 4:42. “It felt storybook again,” Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright said. “It really felt like we were going to bring it out again. We’re just on the other end of the stick. It’s usually us going out on the field and celebrating. It’s been a long time since we had an ‘L’ in this locker room.” Auburn won nine straight to get here after starting the season unranked. Tre Mason gave Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left. Mason ran for 195 yards and Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes for the Tigers. “I told them in the locker room, we put together the biggest turnaround in the history of college football. We were on the brink of making it one of those magical seasons,” Malzahn said. Florida State hadn’t been challenged like this all season, winning by an average of 42 points. Florida State and Winston’s

biggest problem this season came off the field. Winston was investigated for a yearold sexual assault complaint in November, but after three weeks the Florida state attorney’s office determined it did not have enough evidence to charge him. Winston, who turned 20 Monday, told his teammates before the final drive: “’Guys, we didn’t come here for no reason.’ I said ‘Y’all, this is ours, man.’” The Seminoles were down 21-3 in the first half, and wobbling, but never fell over. And now Florida State is national champion for the first time since 1999, the first team to win the BCS title game after being down at halftime. Winston was jumpy against a strong Auburn pass rush, led by Dee Ford. Winston was sacked four times. The Seminoles cut it to 21-10 with a late touchdown in the second quarter, following a faked punt and a tough 21-yard run by Winston, and chipped into Auburn’s lead with a 41-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 6:05 left in the third. Meanwhile, Florida State had found some answers to Auburn’s spread offense. A holding penalty that wiped out a long pass also helped keep the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter, and the Seminoles began the fourth with P.J. Williams intercepting Marshall’s pass and setting up Florida State at its 38. When Winston tossed in the flats to Chad Abram, who hurdled over a tackler on the way to an 11-yard touchdown, the lead was 21-19. Florida State was considering going for two to tie, but Devonta Freeman was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and that pushed the extra point back 15 yards and forced the Seminoles to kick and make it 21-20. Auburn responded with Cody Parkey’s 22-yard field goal to make it 24-20 with 4:42 left. During Winston’s recordbreaking season, filled with blowouts and fourth quarters spent watching from the sideline, he never faced a situation

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Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin catches a touchdown pass in front of Auburn’s Chris Davis during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game Monday in Pasadena, Calif.

in which he had to drive his team to a winning score. Now he had a chance to add that last line to his remarkable resume — until Whitfield handled it for him. Whitfield broke through a seam around the 30 and hit the sideline at full speed. Fisher ran down the other sideline

yelling “Go! Go!” with Winston chasing behind pumping his arms and slapping his coach on the back. Florida State was on top, but Auburn was not done and Winston would be called upon one last time. He delivered. “Only thing is we’re victo-

rious and glad to say Florida State is the national champion again, and I guarantee you we’re bringing that swag back,” Winston said. “You’d better believe it.” Follow Ralph D. Russo at

Nets top Hawks for 3rd straight By The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Joe Johnson snapped out of a slump with 23 points against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets matched a season high with their third straight victory by beating the Atlanta Hawks 91-86 on Monday night. Mirza Teletovic scored 16 points and Alan Anderson added 14 starting in place of the injured Deron Williams as the Nets moved to 2-0 on four-game homestand that finishes with visits from Golden State on Wednesday and Miami on Friday. Despite yet another injury to a key player, the Nets look ready to test them-

selves against those powerful teams after matching their three consecutive victories from Dec. 7-12. Paul Millsap scored 16 points for the Hawks, who lost their third in a row to equal their worst stretch of the season.

Brewer had 15 to help the Timberwolves move back to .500 (17-17). Minnesota made 16 of 26 3-pointers. Thaddeus Young scored 20 points for the Sixers, who snapped a four-game winning streak. The Sixers had won the final four games of a six-game road trip. The Timberwolves ended any threat of Philadelphia extending its streak in a hurry. TIMBERWOLVES 126, 76ERS 95 They led by 16 at the half and Love hit a pair of 3s in the third to build a 31-point lead. The Timberwolves had seven players PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Love scored 16 of his 26 points in a dominant third quar- score in double figures. ter and Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a win CLIPPERS 101, MAGIC 81 over the 76ers. LOS ANGELES — Darren Collison Kevin Martin scored 18 points and Corey

scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half and had seven assists in his second start at point guard since Chris Paul’s injury, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a rout of the Magic. Paul, who separated his right shoulder in Friday’s win at Dallas and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks, sat behind the Clippers’ bench in a suit and tie while Collison orchestrated things without a hitch against the last-place team in the Southeast Division. The Clippers enjoyed one of their best defensive efforts of the season, after surrendering 70 first-half points in each of their previous two games against Dallas and San Antonio — both on the road.

Islanders’ Tavares dims Stars with hat trick By The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — With John Tavares and the rest of the Islanders’ offense clicking, it hardly mattered who was protecting New York’s net at the other end. The Islanders captain scored three goals and added two assists, prized rookie Ryan Strome scored the first goal of his NHL career, and Kevin Poulin won in relief of injured starter Evgeni Nabokov in New York’s 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. After falling behind 2-0, the Islanders scored four times in the second period and carried a 4-3 lead into the third. “It was great, the intensity and pace we came out with in the second period,” Tavares said. “Great to see not just a few guys get it going, but everyone really fed off the energy.” Tavares scored his first at 7:29 of the second period off a terrific pass from Thomas

Vanek. He added two more in the third, netting a power-play goal with 3:07 remaining to push the lead to 7-3. It was the captain’s 20th goal of the season. “A lot of people dream of those nights,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Anytime (Tavares) has a night like that, it’s nice to win the hockey game.” But the comeback victory came at a cost as starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov left with what appeared to be a groin injury. He was put on the injured list shortly after the game. The 38-year-old Nabokov returned to action on Dec. 14 after he missed 11 games because of a groin injury sustained against Detroit on Nov. 16. New York recalled goalie Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL later Monday night. With the Islanders on the power play early in the second

period and trailing 2-0, Strome got New York on the board by putting a wrist shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen. It took the 20-year-old Strome 11 NHL games to finally break the ice. He said it might have been the longest scoring drought he had endured, and he was starting to feel the pressure. “It’s nice to get it out of the way,” Strome said. “Hopefully, I can just start playing now. (It was) starting to bug me a little bit. I had a couple of great chances. It’s a tough league to score. You’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities.” BLUE JACKETS 4, RANGERS 3, SO NEW YORK — Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout in his first action in over a month, and Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and assist against his former team in Columbus’ victory over C




New York. Bobrovsky stopped Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash in the tiebreaker, and Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen scored against Henrik Lundqvist to win it. Nash had tied it with his second power-play goal of the night, and ninth tally this season, at 6:55 of the third period as David Savard served a penalty for delay of game. Defenseman James Wisniewski also had a goal and assist, and Cam Atkinson scored on a secondperiod breakaway to help the Blue Jackets win for the second time in five games. Brian Boyle cut the deficit to 3-2 at 4:53 of the third, and Lundqvist made 36 saves through overtime for New York, which had won three of four on the road before returning home.

FLAMES 4, AVALANCHE 3 DENVER — Jiri Hudler and Joe Colborne had a goal and assist each, and Mike Cammalleri scored a power-play goal at 16:30 of the third period to lift Calgary over Colorado.

Sean Monahan also scored and Karri Ramo stopped 22 shots for the Flames, who broke out of an offensive slump to end a fourgame skid. Calgary came into the game having been shutout in three of its last four games. The Flames’ only goal since Dec. 23 came in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who had won three straight coming into the game.

CANADIENS 2, PANTHERS 1 MONTREAL — Brian Gionta scored the winner in the second period and Carey Price stopped 26 shots to lead Montreal over Florida. David Desharnais also had a goal for Montreal. Sean Bergenheim scored for the Panthers and Tim Thomas made 33 saves. The win was Montreal’s first against Florida this season. The Panthers beat the Habs twice last month.





A-8 Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cavs trade Bynum to Bulls for Deng By The Associated Press

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum in time — and got an All-Star in return. The Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls late Monday night for Bynum and three future draft picks, beating the deadline to guarantee his full contract for the season. Along with Bynum, who had recently been suspended indefinitely by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team, the Cavaliers also sent the Bulls a first-round pick, two second-rounders, and gave Chicago the right to swap first-round choices in 2015 if the Cavs are not

in the lottery. Deng has been an All-Star the last two seasons. But he will be a free agent after this season, and with Bulls’ championship aspirations gone following Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee injury, there was no reason to hold onto him and risk losing him for nothing. “We have great respect for Luol Deng, as a player and a person. He has been an incredible contributor to our team on the court, and he has also done great things in the community,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire Bulls organization,

I want to thank Luol for his years in Chicago.” Deng is averaging a career-best 19 points this season and has been a member of the league’s All-Defensive team. He’s also a former winner of the NBA’s sportsmanship award, and his professionalism will be welcomed by the Cavaliers, who quickly ran out of patience with Bynum. “Luol reflects all that we are striving for in building our team,” Cavs general manager Chris Grant said. “He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team-first mentality and is a high character leader.”

Bynum signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavs in July, but only $6 million of the $12.5 million he was scheduled to earn this season was guaranteed if he was wasn’t still on Cleveland’s payroll by Jan. 7. Now the Bulls can waive him and earn that salary relief — their release in announcing the deal never mentions anything about Bynum playing for them — and position themselves for the future. Chicago gets a future first-round pick that had belonged to Sacramento, along with 2015 and 2016 secondround picks Cleveland had obtained

from the Portland Trail Blazers. “The moves made today will put us in a better position to make the entire roster stronger for the future and to compete for a championship,” Forman said. Bynum averaged 8.4 points in 24 games for the Cavaliers. He sat out all last season with Philadelphia because of knee surgery in his only season with the 76ers, but the way his contract was structured made him worth the risk for Cleveland. But the Cavaliers suspended him on Dec. 28, excusing him from all team activities while they searched for a deal.

Colts sign Branch for big game against Patriots By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are getting some help from a former Patriot. Six days before the two rivals meet in a divisional-round game, the Colts signed Deion Branch, the former New England receiver and Super Bowl MVP. Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano pointed out Branch lives in nearby Carmel, works out at one of the city’s top training facilities and fills a need after Darrius Heyward-Bey injured a hamstring Saturday in the Colts’ 4544 comeback victory over Kansas City. But Branch also brings something else to the locker room — deep knowledge of Bill Belichick’s playbook. “You know it really didn’t sit there and factor in,” Pagano said Monday, downplaying the perceived intelligence coup. “Having had some time spent

there, we figured that the questions were going to come up ‘If you’re signing this guy who spent time in New England, is it just a coincidence or do you need the guy to help you win a football game?’ We think we got a heck of a football player.” Tom Brady might agree. Earlier this season, he reportedly lobbied the team to re-sign Branch as the offense struggled with the losses of Wes Welker in free agency, Aaron Hernandez to legal trouble and Danny Amendola to Rob Gronkowski to injuries. Instead, it was the injuryplagued Colts who signed Branch off the street. What Indy gets is a 34-yearold veteran with two Super Bowl rings, who was the Super Bowl MVP in New England’s third title run. He also worked with backup quarter-

back Matt Hasselbeck when the two were teammates in Seattle. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Branch has 518 receptions for 6,644 yards and 39 touchdowns in 140 regular-season games, most of those with Brady and the Patriots. Branch also has 64 receptions for 948 yards with four TDs in the postseason and tied Jerry Rice’s Super Bowl record for receptions with 11 in February 2005. Pats put Spikes on injured reserve FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England’s defense suffered another big blow Monday when the Patriots’ placed linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve because of a knee injury five days before their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Spikes, the Patriots’ second-

leading tackler, is their fourth key defender to be sidelined for the season. The other three all went on injured reserve before the midpoint. Tackle Vince Wilfork played the first four games, tackle Tommy Kelly the first five and linebacker Jerod Mayo the first six. Wilfork has made five Pro Bowls and Mayo was chosen for two. Spikes has been playing with a knee injury for much of the season. He started but made just one tackle in the last regularseason game, a 34-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots had a bye last weekend before they host the AFC divisionalround game Saturday night. Dane Fletcher is likely to replace Spikes at middle linebacker between Dont’a Hightower and rookie Jamie Collins, a first-round draft pick. The Patriots have two other lineback-

ers — Chris White, a specialteamer who has no defensive tackles in 16 games, and Steve Beauharnais, who has played just two games. Spikes is a strong run defender and had 134 tackles this season, three behind Hightower. The Patriots drafted Spikes in the second round in 2010 out of Florida. Panthers’ Smith says he will play CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says he’ll play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoffs. What he can’t predict is how his sprained left knee will feel during the game. Smith said Monday “it’s not about can I go. It’s about how confident do I feel when I am going. I will play Sunday. But it’s about how much I don’t worry

about the knee — and that’s when the confidence increases.” The 34-year-old Smith says the knee “felt good” after doing some cutting during a light practice Monday. He’s expected to test it out more thoroughly Wednesday. Dolphins fire Sherman MIAMI — Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was fired Monday, the first change by the team since missing the playoffs because of a late-season collapse. Coach Joe Philbin defended Sherman the day after the season, but owner Stephen Ross was expected to demand some sort of shakeup following the dismal finish. Sherman joined the Dolphins when Philbin was hired two years ago, and the two have been close for more than 30 years.


Sports Briefs Skyview girls go 2-0 in California The Skyview girls basketball team went 2-0 on a recent trip to California to improve to 2-0 overall this season. “We wanted to do something special since it is our last year,” Skyview girls coach Kyle McFall said. In spring, the coach, who grew up in California, said Skyview tracked down a couple of schools of about 400 to 500 students that would play over winter break. “It was a team-bonding experience,” McFall said. The team went to the San Diego Zoo, an amusement park in Los Angeles and saw the San Diego State women’s team play. Friday, the Panthers topped Mountain Empire 37-19 in a game played just outside of San Diego. Hayley Ramsell had 21 points and seven steals, while Meghan Powers had five points and 11 rebounds. The Panthers led 11-9 after the first quarter before taking command with a 10-0 second quarter. Saturday, Skyview defeated Calipatria 32-12 in El Centro, Calif. Powers had 15 points and 10 rebounds. “It was a really good defensive game for us,” McFall said. “We didn’t allow any shots within the key the entire game.” Skyview travels to face Homer in Southcentral Conference action today. The girls play at 4 p.m., while the boys play at 5:45 p.m.

Zach Johnson comes back to win KAPALUA, Hawaii — Zach Johnson is taking his place among the big boys in golf with two of the shortest clubs in his bag. On a Plantation Course at Kapalua that should be paradise for the game’s longest hitters, Johnson chipped in for his opening birdie and then hit four exquisite wedge shots on the back nine Monday to rally from two shots behind, close with a 7-under 66 and win the Tournament of Champions. “I just picked it apart,” Johnson said. That was pivotal on the back nine, where five players had a chance to win. Johnson ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch, all of them with a wedge in his hand, none of the shots particularly easy. He wound up with a one-shot win over Jordan Spieth, the perfect way to start a new year. Especially after he ended the old one with a win. Johnson didn’t need any heroics this time, not like last month in California in the World Challenge when he holed a shot from the drop zone — with a wedge — on the final hole and wound up beating Tiger Woods in a playoff. Kapalua was mainly about chipping and putting, and Johnson is among the best. “Getting the ball in the fairway and giving my wedges a chance was crucial,” he said. “It’s about plotting my way, putting myself in a yardage spot that I know is going to give me an opportunity.”

Lawyers for NFL players detail settlement PHILADELPHIA — Lawyers representing former NFL players in the proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion-related claims detailed Monday how the money would be divided. The awards could reach $5 million for athletes with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases. Under the payout formula, those maximum awards would go to players under 45, who would likely need more lifetime care. For a man in his early 60s, the awards top out at $3 million for ALS and $950,000 for Alzheimer’s disease. An 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000. Individual awards would also reflect how long the player spent in the NFL, unrelated medical issues and other factors. For instance, the award could be reduced significantly if someone had injuries from an unrelated stroke or car accident. Men without any neurological problems would get baseline testing, and could seek compensation if test reveal any problems. “This is an extraordinary settlement for retired NFL players and their families — from those who suffer with severe neurocognitive illnesses today, to those who are currently healthy but fear they may develop symptoms decades into the future,” lead players’ lawyers Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss said in a statement. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of Philadelphia must still approve of the plan, and is expected to hold a fairness hearing later this year. Individual players can also opt out or object to the settlement, which followed five months of what a mediator called “vigorous” negotiations between the players and the NFL. “We of course support plaintiffs’ motions, and will await further direction from Judge Brody,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Players taking part will be encouraged to share their medical records with researchers studying brain injuries in football players, according to the extensive papers filed Monday. — Staff and wire reports

Jason Dufner (110), $276,000 67-72-69-69—277 Patrick Reed (54), $100,250 70-72-67-73—282 Billy Horschel (89), $198,750 72-72-68-66—278 Chris Kirk (54), $100,250 66-75-68-73—282 Matt Kuchar (89), $198,750 68-68-75-67—278 Martin Laird (51), $87,000 71-72-70-70—283 Adam Scott (89), $198,750 70-70-69-69—278 Jonas Blixt (49), $79,333 76-70-69-70—285 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Scores Dustin Johnson (89), $198,750 70-66-69-73—278 Sang-Moon Bae (49), $79,333 69-73-71-72—285 Monday Ryan Moore (75), $170,000 67-71-72-69—279 Jimmy Walker (49), $79,333 73-73-67-72—285 At Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course Harris English (68), $155,000 70-71-70-69—280 Bill Haas (47), $71,500 71-73-69-74—287 Kapalua, Hawaii Brandt Snedeker (68), $155,000 70-69-69-72—280 Scott Brown (47), $71,500 71-73-68-75—287 Purse: $5.7 million Brian Gay (58), $130,000 70-76-65-70—281 Boo Weekley (45), $68,000 71-74-70-73—288 Yardage: 7,452; Par 73; Final Woody Austin (58), $130,000 72-70-68-71—281 Russell Henley (44), $66,000 72-72-70-75—289 Zach Johnson (500), $1,140,000 67-66-74-66—273 Gary Woodland (58), $130,000 71-70-67-73—281 D.A. Points (43), $63,000 72-74-73-73—292 Jordan Spieth (300), $665,000 66-70-69-69—274 Michael Thompson (54), $100,250 66-71-73-72—282 John Merrick (43), $63,000 71-76-71-74—292 Kevin Streelman (163), $382,000 67-71-70-67—275 Ken Duke (54), $100,250 70-69-71-72—282 Derek Ernst (41), $61,000 79-76-76-70—301 Webb Simpson (163), $382,000 66-71-68-70—275 79, UCLA 79, Pittsburgh 44, Har- L.A. Clippers 101, Orlando 81 EASTERN CONFERENCE Traded C Andrew Bynum and vard 41, UConn 41, Saint Louis Tuesday’s Games three future draft picks to Chicago C Atlantic Division 19, Oklahoma 15, Michigan 11, Toronto at Indiana, 3 p.m. F Luol Deng. GP W L OT Pts GF GA George Washington 9, SMU 9, Philadelphia at Cleveland, 3 p.m. DALLAS MAVERICKS — Re- Y Bowl Glance Boston 42 28 12 2 58 124 89 Notre Dame 3, Xavier 3, Toledo 2, Washington at Charlotte, 3 p.m. called G-F Ricky Ledo from Texas Monday, Jan. 6 Montreal 44 25 14 5 55 114 103 Arkansas 1. New Orleans at Miami, 3:30 p.m. (NBADL). BCS National Championship Tampa Bay 42 25 13 4 54 119 100 Detroit at New York, 3:30 p.m. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — ReAt Pasadena, Calif. Detroit 43 19 14 10 48 114 121 Phoenix at Chicago, 4 p.m. called Gs Lorenzo Brown and Florida State 34, Auburn 31 The Women’s Top 25 Toronto 43 21 17 5 47 119 127 Elliot Williams from Delaware The top 25 teams in The Asso- Golden State at Milwaukee, 4 Ottawa 44 19 18 7 45 126 141 (NBADL). ciated Press’ women’s college p.m. Florida 43 16 21 6 38 102 136 FOOTBALL basketball poll, with first-place San Antonio at Memphis, 4 p.m. Buffalo 42 12 26 4 28 74 118 National Football League votes in parentheses, records L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Metropolitan Division USA Today Top 25 Poll CINCINNATI BENGALS — through Jan. 5, total points based Boston at Denver, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh 44 31 12 1 63 142 103 The top 25 teams in the USA on 25 points for a first-place vote Oklahoma City at Utah, 5 p.m. Signed WR Cobi Hamilton, C T.J. Philadelphia 42 21 17 4 46 111 116 Today men’s college basketball through one point for a 25th-place Portland at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Johnson, DE David King, CB OnWashington 42 20 16 6 46 128 128 poll, with first-place votes in pa- vote and last week’s ranking: All Times AST Carolina terio McCalebb, LB Bruce Taylor 43 18 16 9 45 105 124 rentheses, records through Jan. and C Scott Wedige to reserve/ N.Y. Rangers 44 21 20 3 45 108 119 5, points based on 25 points for a future contracts. Men’s Scores Record Pts Prv New Jersey 43 17 18 8 42 101 110 first-place vote through one point 1. UConn (36) 15-0 900 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Placed 1 Columbus 43 19 20 4 42 117 126 EAST for a 25th-place vote and previous 2. Notre Dame 13-0 842 DE Fili Moala and CB Greg Toler 2 N.Y. Islanders 44 15 22 7 37 119 146 Marist 65, Canisius 62 ranking: on injured reserve. Agreed to 3. Duke 14-1 826 3 WESTERN CONFERENCE Pittsburgh 79, Maryland 59 terms with WR Deion Branch. 4. Stanford 13-1 810 4 Quinnipiac 86, Iona 74 Record Pts Pvs Signed WR Josh Lenz from the Central Division 5. Louisville 15-1 737 7 1. Arizona (30) 15-0 798 1 practice squad. Released DT Chicago 45 29 7 9 67 167 124 6. Maryland 13-1 722 8 SOUTH 2. Syracuse (1) 14-0 761 2 Christian Tupou from the practice St. Louis 41 29 7 5 63 150 95 7. Baylor 12-1 671 9 Alabama A&M 70, Grambling St. 3. Ohio State (1) 15-0 741 3 squad. Colorado 42 26 12 4 56 123 108 8. Tennessee 12-2 641 5 58 4. Michigan State 13-1 687 4 MIAMI DOLPHINS — Fired offenMinnesota 44 22 17 5 49 106 113 9. Kentucky 13-2 602 6 Chattanooga 82, The Citadel 78 4. Wisconsin 15-0 687 5 sive coordinator Mike Sherman. Dallas 42 20 15 7 47 123 131 10. South Carolina 14-1 538 13 Elon 75, Appalachian St. 66 6. Wichita State 15-0 632 7 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Winnipeg 45 19 21 5 43 123 135 11. Iowa St. 13-0 525 14 Jackson St. 70, Alabama St. 68 7. Iowa State 13-0 543 12 Placed LB Brandon Spikes on Nashville 43 18 19 6 42 102 129 12. LSU 12-2 505 16 Jacksonville 88, Lipscomb 85 8. Louisville 13-2 503 10 injured reserve. Pacific Division 13. North Carolina 12-3 464 10 Kennesaw St. 68, SC-Upstate 58 9. Baylor 12-1 488 11 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Anaheim 44 31 8 5 67 146 111 14. Penn St. 10-3 411 15 Mercer 73, ETSU 63 10. Villanova 13-1 476 14 Signed CBs Marc Anthony and San Jose 43 27 10 6 60 142 111 15. Oklahoma St. 12-1 385 11 N. Kentucky 70, North Florida 64 11. Florida 11-2 473 13 Bobby Felder, OTs Emett Cleary Los Angeles 43 26 13 4 56 113 89 16. Nebraska 11-2 328 18 Savannah St. 66, Md.-Eastern 12. Oklahoma State 12-2 446 6 and Jace Daniels, DTs Everett Vancouver 44 23 13 8 54 117 108 17. Colorado 11-2 307 12 Shore 42 13. Duke 11-3 399 8 Dawkins and David Hunter, G Phoenix 41 20 12 9 49 123 127 18. Florida St. 13-1 281 21 UNC Greensboro 90, Furman 82 13. Oregon 13-1 399 9 Jason Foster, K Patrick Murray, Calgary 42 15 21 6 36 100 131 19. California 10-3 186 23 15. San Diego State 12-1 379 19 MIDWEST QB Jordan Rodgers, LS Patrick Edmonton 45 14 26 5 33 117 156 20. NC State 14-1 164 — 16. Kentucky 10-3 362 16 Scales, P Jacob Schum and WR NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for 21. Purdue 10-3 145 17 No major team scores reported 17. Colorado 13-2 272 24 Tommy Streeter. overtime loss. 22. Indiana 14-0 140 — SOUTHWEST 18. Gonzaga 14-2 253 21 HOCKEY 23. Arizona St. 12-2 103 24 19. UMass 12-1 225 22 National Hockey League Prairie View 70, Alcorn St. 67, OT 24. San Diego 15-0 91 — Monday’s Games 20. Kansas 9-4 151 17 NHL — Suspended Buffalo D Southern U. 79, Texas Southern 25. Georgia 12-3 88 19 Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 3, SO 21. Missouri 12-1 113 25 Tyler Myers three games for an 71 N.Y. Islanders 7 , Dallas 3 22. Memphis 10-3 108 18 illegal check to the head of New Others receiving votes: West Vir- West Virginia 89, Texas Tech 86, Montreal 2, Florida 1 23. Iowa 12-3 90 23 Jersey F Dainius Zubrus during ginia 74, Oklahoma 51, Syracuse OT Calgary 4, Colorado 3 23. Creighton 12-2 90 — Saturday’s game. 39, Rutgers 32, Arkansas 29, Iowa FAR WEST Tuesday’s Games 25. UCLA 12-2 66 — DALLAS STARS — Activated D 17, Georgia Tech 11, Gonzaga 10, Carolina at Buffalo, 3 p.m. Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar Middle Tennessee 7, Vanderbilt 7, No major team scores reported N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 3 p.m. Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh Florida 4, UTEP 4, Texas 2, Ohio from injured reserve. Philadelphia at New Jersey, 3:30 p.m. 65, North Carolina 40, UConn St. 1. Women’s Scores MINNESOTA WILD — Placed G San Jose at Nashville, 4 p.m. 35, Saint Louis 25, Oklahoma Josh Harding and C Mikko Koivu EAST Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, 4 p.m. 17, Southern Miss. 15, Illinois 14, on injured reserve. Recalled D NBA Standings Calgary at Phoenix, 5 p.m. Brown 61, Vermont 51 Cincinnati 13, George WashingJonathon Blum and F Erik Haula EASTERN CONFERENCE St. Louis at Edmonton, 5:30 p.m. Bryant 80, Wagner 63 ton 11, Kansas State 5, Michigan from Iowa (AHL). Pittsburgh at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Mount St. Mary’s 63, LIU Brook5, Toledo 5, New Mexico 3, Texas Atlantic Division NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Placed Boston at Anaheim, 6 p.m. lyn 62 3, Harvard 2. W L Pct GB F Patrik Elias on injured reserve, Minnesota at Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. Sacred Heart 71, Robert Morris Toronto 16 16 .500 — retroactive to Dec. 31. Recalled D All Times AST 57 Brooklyn 13 21 .382 4 Eric Gelinas from Albany (AHL). The AP Top 25 St. Francis (NY) 57, Fairleigh Dick13 21 .382 4 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — ReThe top 25 teams in The Associ- Boston inson 55 5 called G Cedrick Desjardins from ated Press’ college basketball Philadelphia 12 22 .353 St. Francis (Pa.) 106, CCSU 97, Transactions 11 22 .333 5½ Syracuse (AHL). poll, with first-place votes in pa- New York OT SOCCER rentheses, records through Jan. Southeast Division BASEBALL 26 8 .765 — Major League Soccer 5, total points based on 25 points Miami SOUTH American League 18 17 .514 8½ D.C. UNITED — Signed D Jalen for a first-place vote through one Atlanta Appalachian St. 63, Wofford 43 CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed Robinson. point for a 25th-place vote and Washington 14 17 .452 10½ Belmont 92, Jacksonville St. 50 to terms with RHP Scott Atchison Charlotte 15 20 .429 11½ LOS ANGELES GALAXY — last week’s ranking: Chattanooga 72, Davidson 64 and OF Jeff Francoeur on minor Orlando 10 24 .294 16 Named Kenny Arena assistant Cornell 59, Morgan St. 42 league contracts. coach. Record Pts Prv Central Division Furman 76, W. Carolina 69 HOUSTON ASTROS — Promot27 6 .818 — SEATTLE SOUNDERS — Signed 1. Arizona (60) 15-0 1,620 1 Indiana Georgia Southern 64, Samford ed Kevin Goldstein to director of 14 18 .438 12½ M Lamar Neagle to a contract ex2. Syracuse (5) 14-0 1,550 2 Chicago 61 professional scouting, Stephanie 14 20 .412 13½ tension. 3. Ohio St. 15-0 1,470 3 Detroit Grambling St. 90, Alabama A&M Wilka to specialist of international 11 23 .324 16½ COLLEGE 4. Wisconsin 15-0 1,427 4 Cleveland 77 operations and associate coun7 26 .212 20 CLEMSON — Announced WR 5. Michigan St. 13-1 1,378 5 Milwaukee Jackson St. 71, Alabama St. 64, sel and Paul Putila coordinator of Sammy Watkins will enter the 6. Wichita St. 15-0 1,203 8 WESTERN CONFERENCE OT baseball operations. NFL draft. 7. Baylor 12-1 1,169 9 NC A&T 62, Campbell 47 SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed Southwest Division 8. Villanova 13-1 1,141 11 SC State 104, Southern Wes- to terms with C Humberto Quinte- FLORIDA — Announced LB San Antonio 26 8 .765 — 9. Iowa St. 13-0 1,076 13 Ronald Powell will enter the NFL ro on a minor league contract. 22 13 .629 4½ leyan 69 10. Florida 11-2 1,052 12 Houston 19 15 .559 7 Savannah St. 106, Trinity Baptist TAMPA BAY RAYS — Agreed to draft. 11. Oklahoma St. 12-2 934 6 Dallas terms with OF James Darnell and 10 33 MIAMI (OHIO) — Named Bill 12. Louisville 13-2 825 14 New Orleans 15 17 .469 SS Ray Olmedo on minor league 15 18 .455 10½ UT-Martin 95, Austin Peay 81 13. San Diego St. 12-1 823 21 Memphis Brechin and Joe Palcic assistant contracts. Northwest Division MIDWEST 14. Kentucky 10-3 808 15 football coaches, Corey Brown National League Oklahoma City 2 7 7 .794 — 15. Colorado 13-2 752 20 Morehead St. 57, SIU-Edwards- NEW YORK METS — Agreed to 26 8 .765 1 defensive line coach, Autry Den16. Duke 11-3 745 7 Portland ville 53 terms with C Taylor Teagarden on 10 son running backs coach, John 17. Oregon 13-1 715 10 Minnesota 17 17 .500 a minor league contract. SOUTHWEST 16 17 .485 10½ 18. Kansas 9-4 367 16 Denver PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Hauser defensive backs coach, Utah 11 25 .306 17 Prairie View 71, Alcorn St. 68 19. UMass 12-1 364 23 Agreed to terms with OF Chris and Matt Palowski defensive coSouthern U. 70, Texas Southern 20. Iowa 12-3 261 22 Pacific Division Dickerson on a minor league ordinator. L.A. Clippers 24 13 .649 — 68, OT 21. Missouri 12-1 247 25 contract. ½ NOTRE DAME — Announced DE 22. Gonzaga 14-2 241 24 Golden State 23 13 .639 FAR WEST ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — 20 12 .625 1½ 23. Illinois 13-2 178 — Phoenix Claimed OF Rafael Ortega off Stephon Tuitt will enter the NFL No major team scores reported L.A. Lakers 14 20 .412 8½ 24. Memphis 10-3 126 18 draft. waivers from Texas. 25. Kansas St. 11-3 112 — Sacramento 10 22 .313 11½ BASKETBALL UCF — Announced QB Blake National Basketball Monday’s Games Bortles and RB Storm Johnson Association Others receiving votes: Cincinnati Minnesota 126, Philadelphia 95 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — will enter the NFL draft. NHL Standings 103, Creighton 82, North Carolina Brooklyn 91, Atlanta 86










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General Employment

EXPERIENCED COOK FOR SENIOR CENTER Nikiski Senior Center is seeking an experienced cook to prepare congregate meals (lunches served at the senior center), home delivered meals (M.O.W.) & other food related functions as deemed necessary. Knowledge of dietary & nutritional programs a must. Qualifications: Must have transportation, pass a background check, 2-5 years of relevant experience, possess a current state food worker card, a “ServSafe” certification and prior work references. Responsible for ordering food inventory, supplies, and supervision of staff. Application may be picked up at the Nikiski Sr. Center on 50025 Lake Marie Drive in Nikiski or resume may be submitted via e-mail to: or delivered in person at the senior center. Open until filled. Monday-Friday, 40 hrs/wk. Salary DOE. Nikiski Senior Citizens, Inc. is an EOE.

General Employment

CITY OF KENAI, ALASKA Position Vacancy Water & Sewer Operator. Pay $27.49 per hour. The Water and Sewer Operator is an employee of the Public Works Department, and is licensed by the State of Alaska to work in all phases of Water Treatment, Water Distribution, and Waste Water Collections. The functions of this position are performed for the Water and Sewer Division of the Public Works Department. The primary function of the Water and Sewer Division is to protect the public health by ensuring all USEPA and ADEC rules are followed. This position will be required to perform manual labor, occasionally in inclement weather and confined spaces. Position announcement, job description and application are available through the Alaska Job Center Network, (907) 283-2995. Submit resume, copies of Certifications, and City of Kenai application form by end of business on January 13, 2014 to Peninsula Job Service, 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Kenai, AK 99611. The City of Kenai is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about the City of Kenai, visit our home page at

General Employment

General Employment

Apartments, Unfurnished ALL TYPES OF RENTALS

SOLDOTNA- AFTER THE BELL Tutor & Staff positions open for after school program. Starting wages $12 per hour or more, depending on experience. Contact Will Richardson, (907)953-0229 EOE

Property Management Division 170 N. Birch Suite 101, Soldotna (907)262-2522

Office & Clerical

Apartments, Unfurnished



Crescent Electric Supply Co., one of the nation's largest electrical distributors, has a job opening in Kenai, AK for a Clerical position. This position would be responsible for answering phones, greeting visitors, data entry, and handling general office duties such as filing, making copies, and sending correspondence. High school diploma or GED is required. One to three months related experience. Previous telephone experience preferred, but not required. Good communication skills and clerical skills. **This position will assist with deliveries as needed so the applicant must possess a valid Driver's License. Salary $12/hr. DOE. If interested apply on-line at clerical/job. EOE.

ADA Handicap equipped. Includes heat, carport. Non-smoking. 1& 2-bedrooms. (907)262-6808

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MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST/ Clinical Data Coordinator

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Full-time, experienced in computers, medical terminology, phones, scheduling, filing & verifying insurance eligibility. Must be able to multi-task and work well with the public. Typing test required.

3-BEDROOMS 1-full, 2-half baths. $1,025. rent, 1,025. deposit. Cats accepted, No ASHA (907)335-1950

Clinical Reimbursement Coordinator Needed for surgeon’s office. Must have strong clinical background, knowledge of medical terminology and good typing skills. Duties include: Coding, billing, collections, obtaining prior authorizations, answering telephones, assisting physician in clinic. Typing test required. Salary DOE.

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Real Estate For Sale Commercial Property Condominiums/Town Homes Farms/Ranches Homes Income Property Land Manufactured Mobile Homes Multiple Dwelling Out of Area for Sale Steel Building Vacation Property Wanted To Buy Waterfront Property


3-PLEX 2-Bedroom, dishwasher, washer/dryer. $850 plus electric, deposit. No smoking & no pets. (907)252-1527.

Income Property 1.26-ACRE

MACKEY LAKE Handicapped accessible 1100sq.ft. 2-bedroom units/ duplex, 400sqft. attached garage. laundry room, in-floor heat/ tile, Ven-Mar, Kineco. $274,000. It’s worth a look! (907)398-7201

WINTER IN MESA ARIZONA. Why pay rent when you can own a 3-bedroom home in a 5 star gated retirement park. Priced to sell at $27,000. Includes major appliances, air conditioning & much more. For more information please call (505)321-3250

DOWNTOWN Soldotna on the river. 2-bedroom, 1-bath, Seasonal/ Permanent, furnished/ unfurnished, NO pets/ NO smoking. Credit/ background checks. $850., (907)252-7110

3-Bedroom, 2-Bath, 2-Car garage. In-slab radiant heat, Natural gas, energy efficient. $8,000. down. $1,350. per month. (907)262-0919

EXCELLENT OCEAN VIEW! Bay Arm Apartments, Kenai. Accepting applications for 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, utilities included. $25. nonrefundable application fee. No pets. (907)283-4405.

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Seasonal TOWNHOUSE Apartments On the River in Soldotna Fully furnished 1-bedroom, cable, WIFI, from $800. No smoking/ pets. (907)262-7835 SOLDOTNA Furnished 1-Bedroom. Shady Lane Apartments. $650. Heat & cable included. No pets. (907)398-1642, (907)283-5203.


COLONIAL MANOR (907)262-5820 Large 2-Bedroom, Walk-in closet, carport, storage, central location. Onsite manager.

1-LARGE ROOM Soldotna area. quiet setting, Satellite, limited cooking. (907)394-2543.

LOOKING TO BUY 4 Plex Owner financing with balloon payment after 2 years (870)416-2905

FURNISHED 1200sqft. 2-bedroom, 2-bath, amenities. Conveniently located in Soldotna. $1,125. monthly, utilities included. (907)262-4359

1-BEDROOM HOUSE in Sterling, full kitchen, full bath. No smoking/ pets. You pay utilities. $700. deposit, $640. per month. (907)262-6093

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EXECUTIVE SUITE 1-Bedroom, view, deck, satellite TV, High-speed Internet, washer/dryer. No Smoking. No Pets. $950. Available until May. (907)262-1361.

1-BEDROOM Excellent location. Cable available. Immaculate. $825 plus utilities. (907)262-7881

TWO WEEKS RENT FREE! 3-Bedroom, 1-bath on Redoubt (Kenai). Cats Allowed. Non-Smoking. No ASHA. $916. plus electric. $916. Deposit. (907)335-1950

Manufactured Mobile Homes

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329 SOHI LANE 2-bedroom, carport, storage, cable, utilities/ tax included, $930. (907)262-5760 (907)398-0497

REDOUBT VIEW Soldotna’s best value! Quiet, freshly painted, close to schools. 1-Bedroom from $625. 2-Bedroom from $725. 3-Bedroom, 2-bath, from $825. No pets. (907)262-4359.


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Financial Opportunities Internet Income Opportunity.

Full time/ Part time. Must have Computer/ Internet. (210)387-0880

Retail/Commercial Space

Send resume to: 220 Spur View Drive Kenai 99611 or fax (907)283-6443 or call (907)283-5400 EXPRO is currently offering Rotating Schedules for qualified candidates to complement our team for the following positions: CASED HOLE ELECTRIC WIRELINE OPERATORS & FIELD ENGINEERS As members of our team, you will be involved in the preparation, maintenance, and operation of Wireline operations, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. As potential candidates for these positions, the following training and experience are preferred: • Onshore and/or Offshore Wireline operations experience, to include: • Knowledge and skill to perform Wireline operations and trouble shoot any situation that arises related to Wireline. • Maintain and service Expro equipment as per company policy while on location. • Knowledge of running Real Time Cased Hole Service tools to include Production Logging Tools, Perforating, Plug Setting, CBL Tools. • Possession of the current NSTC card, TWIC card, and CDL would be beneficial In addition candidates will be required to submit to • A background check • A drug & alcohol screening • A full functional physical EXPRO will provide additional training as necessary to develop and enhance the skill set required to enable the selected applicants to perform successfully in the field. The successful candidates will be based out of our Kenai, AK facility, primarily to support operations statewide; however they may be requested periodically to assist with Expro operations in other locations. Qualified residents of the Kenai area will be given first consideration in the staffing of these positions. However, we are accepting applications from all areas. These will be permanent full-time positions offering a competitive pay and benefits package, as well as an opportunity to grow and develop as our company expands operations to support the local and global industry. Please submit your resume in confidence by E-mail or Fax: E-Mail: Fax: (907)344-5079 EXPRO appreciates all responses however; only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Company complies with equal opportunity legislation, unfair discrimination or harassment based on race, culture, nationality, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age or other non-job-related criteria are unacceptable. Instead, principles of equal opportunity, openness of communication and objectivity in selection and reward processes shall be followed. In the formulation of the criteria required for any vacancy please ensure that there is no direct or indirect infringement of these principles.

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Murwood K-Beach Ranch Updated K-Beach Ranch Nikiski Cabin Clam Gulch Cabin Spacious Soldotna Ranch Century21 Property Management (907)262-2522 NEW DELUXE 1-BEDROOM Robinson Loop/ Area Pets on approval. Washer/Dryer, Natural Gas. Cable available $700. First/ last plus deposit. (907)394-8907 SOLDOTNA/ Endicott Executive home, River front, furnished 3-bedroom, 3-bath, appliances included, long term lease negotiable. (907)252-7110 WHY RENT ????? Why rent when you can own, many low down & zero down payment programs available. Let me help you achieve the dream of home ownership. Call Now !!! Ken Scott, #AK203469. (907)395-4527 or cellular, (907)690-0220. Alaska USA Mortgage Company, #AK157293.

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PRIME KENAI RETAIL/ OFFICE SPACE 1,832SqFt to 20,000SqFt. Rates start @ $.50SqFt. Call Carr Gottstein Properties, (907)564-2424 or visit

Manufactured/ Mobile Homes 2-BEDROOM 2-bath washer/dryer. Scout Lake area. Prefer quiet tenant. $650 plus $500 deposit. Small dog on approval. (907)394-4313

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NIKISKI 1-Bedroom $600. 2-Bedroom with family room $900. per month. Pets allowed, includes utilities. Call (907)776-6563.

Office Space PROFESSIONAL OFFICE BUILDING KENAI Across from City Hall. Office space, Class A, approximately 1,100sq.ft., lease negotiable. (907)283-5400

Retail/ Commercial Space RED DIAMOND CENTER K-Beach Rd. 1,200- 2,400sq.ft. Retail or office, high traffic, across from DMV. Please call (907)953-2222 (907)598-8181

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Sport Utilities, 4X4 ‘06 JEEP RUBICON LJ Soft/ hard top, $17,500. Firm (907)369-5209

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A Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m., January 14, 2014, in the KPB Assembly Chambers, located at 144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna, Alaska 99669 or as soon thereafter as business permits regarding the decertification of Klondike Avenue East, 66' wide, and 120' long where it extends across a platted and active aircraft landing area in the Central Region, Unit 2 of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Road Service Area. The public is invited to comment. For more information regarding decertification of this road contact Henry Knackstedt at 262-4427. Road Name Klondike Ave. E.

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Couple wonders if parenting is worth it second time around DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are happily married and will celebrate 15 years of marriage next year. We have a 5-year-old daughter. Our dilemma is whether or not we should have another child. I’m 38 and my husband is 40. We have become comfortable with the fact that our daughter is getting more independent. We plan on doing a lot of traveling, and I will change jobs after I complete school. We are not sure about starting over with a baby. We are doing OK financially, and if we have a second child, it would have to be within the next year, while I finish my classes and can be home to be with the baby. Our daughter is well-adjusted, and we plan on putting her in activities such as dance and gymnastics. We would like your opinion, and also to hear from parents who had only one child, as well as people who were raised without a sibling. — MAYBE ONLY ONE IN GEORGIA DEAR MAYBE ONLY ONE: If you are considering enlarging your family only so your daughter will have a sibling, I don’t recommend it. What the six-year age difference means is that your children will not grow up “together.” By the time the younger one is starting high school, the older one will be in college and gone. Even when

they are closer in age, it’s no guarantee that siblings will be close. I cannot — and should not — decide this for you. I am throwing your question open to my readers and will share their opinions with you. However, I’m sure they will be varied. DEAR ABBY: I am gen- Abigail Van Buren erally a conservative person. My 17-year-old son, “Leo,” asked for an ear piercing when he was 13. I wasn’t sure whether I liked the kind of impression it made, but because it was only one piercing, I agreed on the condition that he would stop at one hole. When Leo was 15, he begged to have dreadlocks. Thinking it was a phase, I allowed it even though I wasn’t thrilled. He has since cut off the dreads, but now says he wants an eyebrow piercing. My son is a loving, wonderful, happy kid. He’s active in school, well-liked, and an excellent student in an advanced academic program. I couldn’t honestly think

of a good reason to say no, even though this piercing freaks me out. I sense that Leo wants to do more piercings, but he’s respectful enough to wait awhile. My question is, what is a good reason to NOT agree to more piercings? Every argument I’ve thought of — unsightly, unsanitary, makes the wrong impression — is rather thin. My 12-year-old daughter wants to dye her hair purple. I’m saying no, but still have no good reason for that, either. Am I just too old-fashioned? — NOT-WITH-IT MOM IN MACCABIM, ISRAEL DEAR NOT-WITH-IT MOM: Tell your son he was born with a perfect body. When you agreed to the ear piercing, it was on the condition that there would be only one piercing, and you expect him to keep his part of the bargain. If he asks for a further explanation, tell him it’s because he has enough holes in his head. As to your daughter, remember it’s only hair and it will grow out. If this is her only form of rebellion, consider yourself lucky. As to your being “too old-fashioned,” it’s a mother’s JOB to be old-fashioned. Keep up the good work.

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Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014: This year you face a lot of strong feelings, especially when you experience disruption or a forced decision. There is no room for hemming and hawing. You tend to be passionate about what you believe in, but you also can be quite practical and discerning about your decisions. This combination often leaves people wondering who is the real you. This dichotomy also could be a source of mixed messages. If you are single, you will meet at least one person with whom you could become seriously involved. Take your time getting to know this person. If you are attached, your tendency to send mixed messages often comes up in conversation. It will not take long for your sweetie to understand that both voices belong to you. ARIES can be a hothead! The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH You can’t deny a volatile element that runs through your day. Pressure builds because someone in authority makes heavy demands. A new beginning might be plausible, though there could be some awkward and/or hard moments. Tonight: Beam in more of what you want. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HH You might feel pressured and overwhelmed. A situation could become more out of control than you thought possible. Your sense of humor will come through, but perhaps a little too late. Express your true feelings. Tonight: Try to be unavailable. Cocoon, if need be. GEMINI (May 21-June 20)


HHHH You usually flex well with the unexpected. You might get an opportunity to test out that ability today. A friend could feel threatened by your devotion to someone else. Remind this person that your feelings for him or her are not affected by this. Tonight: Out and about. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HH You might decide that you can’t depend on a higher-up to help you. This is an excellent decision, though it probably would be best not to announce it to the world. Your emotions could point you in one direction, while your intellect will suggest a different path. Tonight: Work late. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Keep your eye on the big picture, especially as others seem to be reactive and difficult. You will understand where they are coming from, but convincing them to consider a different perspective could backfire. Tonight: Choose something that you don’t normally do. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Deal with a partner directly.An argument regarding your spending might seem inevitable, but if you chill out, you could find a compromise. Friends surround you, but a child or loved one needs more of your time or attention. Tonight: Share with a trusted friend. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might want to defer to someone who seems much surer of his or her position than you do. Nevertheless, if you are not careful, a major disagreement still might ensue. Understand the effect that a loved one has on your moods and your reactions. Tonight: Paint the town red.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH In your situation, actions count more than words. You often push yourself very hard without thought to the implications. Stay focused and you will accomplish a lot more than you thought possible, especially if you maintain your distance. Tonight: Choose a relaxing activity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Allow your creativity to flourish, and you will gain as a result. You might have come to a conclusion that you want to buy a certain item that will add to the quality of your life. Talk to others who have made a similar purchase before you act. Tonight: Ever playful. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH Deal with a personal matter before it deals with you. Your sense of humor emerges with a contrary boss or older friend who challenges one of your loved ones. You might be questioning the outcome and the reason behind this person’s behavior. Tonight: Happily at home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHCommunicationremainsvigorous, but it could take an interesting twist or turn. Just when you thought you had a grasp on a situation, you will discover otherwise. You might not know the other parties involved as well as you think you do. Tonight: Let off some steam. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Be aware of the cost of being spontaneous. You might have set yourself back without intending to. You can stop what seems like a runaway train by opening up and expressing your deeper thoughts. As a result, you will be more comfortable with what occurs. Tonight: Be lively.

Don’t zip it up? Dear Heloise: I enjoy reading your column in our local paper, The Orange County (Calif.) Register. Although I agree regarding your advice that shoppers don’t have to leave a zip code when asked (and that there may be marketing reasons behind it), there may be other valid reasons as well. In California, we pay sales/use tax based on where an item is going to be used. Retailers who do business in several counties need to charge sales tax accordingly. For example, my in-laws bought a car at the same dealership I did, located in Orange County. But, since my in-laws live in Los Angeles County, they paid 8.25 percent sales tax, where I paid 7.75 percent. So, the ZIP code may be used to determine what sales tax to charge for the purchase. — Sofia P. in California Each state, county and city can be different. When making a regular purchase at a store (not a major purchase, such as an automobile), unless you are using a credit card that requires a zip code for security purposes, you do not have to give the store your zip code. There is no reason to give your zip code if you are buying a few things at the drugstore or department store, especially if you are paying cash! — Heloise Battery protection Dear Readers: Know how to travel safely with spare batteries? If the batteries have been removed from the original packaging, don’t let them roll around loose in a purse or bag. They can short-circuit if they make contact with metal, such as coins or keys, or each other. Place a piece of tape over each end of the battery. — Heloise


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Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Best Friends

AP Photo/York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin

Winter weather

Horses run through the snow in a field in Codorus Township, York County, Pa., on Jan. 3. Northern and eastern Pennsylvania saw 6 to 8 inches of snow, while southern and western Pennsylvania saw 2 to 5 inches, the National Weather Service said.

Have a photogenic pet? Send us a picture!

Pet photos run on the Pets page every Tuesday. They can be color or black and white and may include people. Limit one photo per household. They may be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion. com, dropped off at the Kenai office or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet’s and owner’s names, owner’s address and phone number must be included. Photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 283-7551.









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Doggie jackets Melody Niichel of Kenai shared this photo recently. She wrote, “It has been so cold the last few days that my children picked out doggy jackets for their puppies. Here are the puppies with their new jackets after my kids successfully got them on them. Yea!” Zoe is in a purple jacket with Lucy Niichel, and Zues is in the yellow sweater with Leif Niichel.





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Peninsula Clarion, January 07, 2014  

January 07, 2014 edition of the Peninsula Clarion

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January 07, 2014 edition of the Peninsula Clarion