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Friday-Saturday, December 5-6, 2014 Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Vol. 45, Issue 57

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ACS dumps wireless service

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Begich name mentioned in mayoral race ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s name has been mentioned among the possible candidates for Anchorage mayor. Begich told KTVA’s Daybreak that people have ideas for him and there’s speculation about what he might do next. But he said his immediate focus is on finishing up work in the Senate, including a Coast Guard bill, and spending time with his family over the holidays. Begich is a former mayor of Anchorage. He lost reelection to the Senate in November. A Begich spokesman had no comment Thursday when asked if Begich was considering a run for mayor and referred a reporter to Begich’s KTVA interview.

Inside ‘Apparently (they) thought that, given that my family is Jewish, Jews have money. ‘ ... See page A-7

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A long and winding road

Customer contracts sold to GCI for $300 million By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion

Alaska Communications on Thursday announced a deal to sell its wireless assets to another Alaska-based company, General Communications, Inc (GCI), for $300 million dollars. GCI will receive Alaska Communications’ base of approximately 109,000 wireless customers and its 33 percent ownership of the Alaska Wireless Network, LLC. ACS wireless customers do not presently need to take action, and will not see immediate changes, according to an ACS media release. The deal includes a transition plan meant to provide wireless users with uninterrupted service during the transfer. The release stated that among By DAN BALMER the costs incurred by the transPeninsula Clarion action will be “the wind down costs of (ACS)’s retail stores.” Heather Cavanaugh, ACS DiApache Alaska Corporation discovterrain vehicle trail continues along rector of Corporate Communiered what property owners of the the Tyonek pipelines through the wetcations, spoke about plans for Gray Cliffs and Moose Point subdilands. A mile into the trail is a creek the ACS retail store in Kenai visions have known since 1982 – ac- that is not navigable by vehicle. In the and the warehouse in Soldotna. cess to the area is a challenge. summer months the wetlands are too “Those stores will remain During the last six months of seismic Once the pavement ends past swampy to travel and in the winter open for the next several testing on Tyonek Native land on Mile 39 of the Kenai Spur Highway when the ground is frozen, ATV tire months as we first have to close the north Cook Inlet, geologists with at Captain Cook State Park, an allSee ROAD, page A-10 the deal, and then we’ll start to transition,” said Cavanaugh. The deal, according to the release, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. “For at least the next 3 months the store will remain open, and at that time we’ll decide if we want to keep the store for other purposes or close it,” Cavanaugh said. She estimated that between 150 and 200 jobs at local ACS facilities By RASHAH McCHESNEY yer, Eric Derleth, said she was would be affected. Cavanaugh said that the conPeninsula Clarion pleading guilty and eager to ‘I know the alleged victims probably start her probation because she See ACS, page A-8 is currently being treated for Over the course of three think that these two people are getting cancer. years, a former firefighter and off easy. I think, from a legal standpoint, “(She) wants to be able to his wife stole more than $8,200 they’re actually accepting responsibilfocus on that and not this,” Derfrom two charities tied to Cenleth said. tral Emergency Services. On ity that, had a trial occurred, may not be During the change of plea Tuesday, the two pled guilty to their responsibility to bear as a crime.’ hearing, two current CES emreduced charges — originally they both faced three felony — William Walton, lawyer ployees testified about the challenges they faced after learning counts of theft, fraudulent use that the Andersons had drained of an access device and scheme to defraud — and, as part of the class C felony, and Jack Ander- SIS is granted, the defendant is the bank accounts of the local plea deal, will pay restitution, son pled guilty to theft in the given probation and if he or she chapter of the national Fraternal perform 80 hours of commu- third degree, a misdemeanor. completes the probation sen- Order of Leatherhead Society, nity service to escape jail time Their lawyers asked for the tence is ordered — meaning the or FOOLS, and Explorer Post and be placed on probation. same penalties which including case is not considered a convic- No. 999, which provides training opportunities and scholarAngela Anderson pled guilty an SIS, or suspended imposition tion in some situations. to theft in the second degree, a of sentence. Typically, when an Angela Anderson’s lawSee THEFT, page A-8

Apache unveils north road plans

Former CES firefighter, wife plead guilty to stealing from local charities

Richards to look at gay marriage, Guard issues

Kenai airport agreements signed with Soldotna contractor, Hilcorp By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion

Several public-private partnerships using Kenai airport land where discussed during the City of Kenai’s Wednesday meeting. The measures included the terms of an airport land lease with Legacy Electric LLC, along with two others relating to airport parking and agreement between Hilcorp Energy, the city and a private air-

port lessee. Legacy Electric, a Soldotna-based electrical and construction contractor, leased a section of airport property from the city in August 2014 with plans to create two hangar buildings on it. Council member Brian Gabriel explained the purpose of the lease from the city’s perspective. “What happened is that the city is sort of sharing the developmental cost (of the hangars) ...the cost of developing a piece

of property, getting the infrastructure, the buildings, and the utility there,” Gabriel said. After constructing the hangars, Legacy would earn returns on its estimated $500,000 investment by operating the hangars for profit during the rest of its 35 year lease (with an optional 20 year extension) before the land and the hangars are returned to city control. Gabriel described this development method as “a See KENAI, page A-8

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s new attorney general said he will review issues related to the Alaska National Guard, including ensuring that proper prosecutions were brought for wrongful behavior. Craig Richards said part of that review will include whether he believes a special prosecutor should be brought in to handle the investigation. “You start by reviewing the material that’s available both within the department and without and talking to people that have handled it — and that will lead See ISSUES, page A-8


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Rain and fog can slow travel in the middle Mississippi and the Ohio valleys today. Icy spots can occur in the Appalachians. Showers will dot the Florida east coast. Rain will arrive on the West Coast.

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — More than 1,000 people dressed as angels, wise men and religious royalty gathered at a park in Provo, Utah, and set a new Guinness record for

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Community Calendar Today 8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440. 9:45 a.m. • TOPS #AK 196 meets at The Grace Lutheran Church, in Soldotna. Call Dorothy at 262-1303. 10:15 a.m. • Visit the Soldotna Public Library for a 45-minute free “Yoga Strength” session. Set to modern music, this class makes for a perfect introduction to yoga or a fun addition to your existing routine. Bring your own mat! Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. 12:30 p.m. • Well Elders Live Longer exercise (W.E.L.L.) will meet at the Nikiski Senior Center. Call instructor Mary Olson at 907-7763745. 8 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It Works” at URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. • AA 12 by 12 at the United Methodist Church, 607 Frontage Road, Kenai. • Twin City Al-Anon Family group, United Methodist Church, 607 Frontage Road in Kenai. Call 907-953-4655. Saturday 8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440. 9 a.m. • Al-Anon book study, Central Peninsula Hospital’s Augustine Room, Soldotna. Call 907-953-4655. 10 a.m. • Narcotics Anonymous PJ Meeting, URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. Noon • Homemade soup, Funny River Community Center. 7 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous support group “Dopeless Hope Fiends,” URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. 8 p.m. • AA North Roaders Group at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 242-9477. 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 news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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performed by the Riverside Harmony for the society’s monthly meeting on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Kenai Visitor’s Center. Bring your favorite dish for a potluck and enjoy the music. The meeting is open to the public; new members are welcome. For more information, contact June at 283-1946.

Triumvirate Theatre presents a free community performance Harlem Ambassadors coming to Sterling of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 4 p.m. Saturday in SolThe Harlem Ambassadors, a comedy basketball team, will dotna Creek Park, followed by a ceremonial lighting of the city Christmas tree in the park at 4:30 p.m. Dress for the weather. play the Sterling Crown G’s, an eclectic group of local leaders and celebrities, at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sterling Elementary School. Free hot chocolate and cookies available. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets will be sold at the Soldotna Safeway today, and will be available at a meet and greet event Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hooligan’s Lodge in Spaghetti feed, auction Soldotna. The event is a fundraiser for Sterling Crown Studio, to assist homeless teens which aims to provide a place to teach area youth music and Kenai Central High School Leadership is holding a spaghet- culinary arts. For more information or tickets, call 907-252ti feed and silent auction from 6-7:30 p.m. today in the KCHS 8748. cafeteria. The group is looking for donated items for the silent auction; donations need to be received by Thursday. Tickets Luau benefits SoHi hoops teams for the event will be $15. Proceeds will go toward programs An authentic Polynesian dance show and luau-style dinner to assist students in transition. For more information, contact Kyla Whannell at 907-394-3509 or Jesse Settlemyer at 907- to benefit the Soldotna High School basketball teams will take place Saturday in the Soldotna High School commons. The 283-2100. dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7 p.m. A silent auction will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 Potters Guild plans pottery sale for children 5-12 years old. Tickets are available at Trustworthy The Kenai Potters Guild Christmas pottery sale is Saturday Hardware and Fishing in Soldotna or by calling coach Kyle starting at 10 a.m. at the pottery studio at the Kenai Fine Art McFall at 252-0872. Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. For more information, call 776-4008. Christmas trees available from 4-H clubs Area 4-H clubs are selling fresh-cut local Christmas trees at the corner of Kalifornsky Beach and Bridge Access roads. Call The Snowshoe Gun Club will hold its Annual Members 394-0888 if you would like on delivered or for more informaMeeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the club’s training build- tion. ing. The Board of Directors will present information on club improvements, future plans, the proposed 2015 budget and will Kenai Mayor hosts ‘First Saturday Coffee’ address members’ questions/comments. Two board seats will Kenai Mayor Pat Porter invites you to her “First Saturday be open for election during the meeting. All members are encouraged to attend. For questions or more information about Coffee” on Saturday downstairs in city hall. The coffee and the meeting contact Alan Poynor at 283-8166, or Bob Seymour morning pastries will be served from 9-10:30 a.m. Mayor Porter looks forward to this opportunity to meet and visit with our at 283-3315. Kenai residents and visitors. For more information contact our City Clerk, Sandra Modigh at 283-8247. Caroling with Kenai Historical Society

Gun club holds membership meeting

The Kenai Historical Society will enjoy Christmas Carols

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Testimony: Air quality proposal falls short FAIRBANKS (AP) — A handful of people testified that proposed air pollution rules don’t go far enough, particularly when it comes to outdoor, wood-burning heaters. Despite a big, angry turnout last year at a hearing, just 11 people spoke Wednesday before the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The agency is developing state regulations to deal with air quality, primarily from wood burning in parts of Fairbanks North Star Borough. People who testified said the regulations fall short, especially in addressing outdoor hydronic heaters, also known as outdoor wood boilers or furnaces. The heaters have been criticized as a source of air pollution. Former borough Assembly

member Mike Musick recommended banning the heaters. “Several of us watched truckloads of these come up to town because they did not meet air quality standards in the Lower 48, but we were asleep at the switch,” he said. State Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, was among opponents of local air pollution regulation and was critical of the department’s first draft of the rules released last year. On Wednesday, Wilson said she didn’t believe the proposed regulations had any red flags. “It’s going to be about the

implementation,” she said. Department official Cindy Heil said the agency is striving to listen to community input before adopting regulations that would go into effect next winter. The latest proposal responded to concerns heard last year, Heil said. “It’s a less scary package than last year,” she said.

A public comment period was open for two hours Wednesday at the Anchorage office of the department’s air quality division. Two employees waited in a room rigged with teleconference equipment, but no one showed up to comment.


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Patent award is an inspiration Congratulations to Alexandra West,

who was recently awarded a U.S. patent for her design of a hyrdo-powered fish waste disposal system. West’s design is exciting for a number of reasons, including the fact that she is a 2007 Skyview High School graduate, and we’re always thrilled to see a local go on to achieve big things. We’re also excited that West’s design has the potential to mitigate an issue right here on the Kenai Peninsula. For a number of years, management agencies have been looking for ways to prevent the build-up of salmon carcasses along the Russian and upper Kenai Rivers, where anglers fish shoulder to shoulder when the sockeye are running. The piles of carcasses attract bears to the area, though, increasing the risk for human-bear interactions. A number of strategies have been implemented to reduce fish waste with varying success, from asking anglers to chop their carcasses into small pieces and throw them into the current, to carrying their fish out whole. West’s system would be installed at filleting stations and use water power to grind up carcasses, reducing the attractant for bears while still returning the nutrients decaying salmon provide to the river ecosystem. Beyond the accolades and benefits, West’s achievement should also be seen as a payoff on investment in education, especially in STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and should serve as an example as to why investment in education should be continued. As we mentioned, West is a Skyview alumna. Her fish waste disposal system design was part of an Honors Curriculum senior project at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, where she’s also finishing her master’s thesis. West is using her engineering training to look at fish habitat and hydrology issues around the state, according to PND Engineers Inc., where West is a staff engineer. The Legislature spent a great deal of time on education questions during the 2014 session, and with tough budget decisions to be made, it is sure to be a hotly debated topic when lawmakers convene in Juneau next month. There is a crucial need for people who can think creatively to solve problems. A vibrant education system is vital to training those people, and lawmakers should keep that in mind as they make funding decisions. So again, congratulations. We hope that West’s accomplishment will serve as an inspiration for other students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields — as well as for lawmakers facing challenges in funding STEM education.

Quotable “I couldn’t see how a grand jury could vote and say there was no probable cause. What were they looking at? Were they looking at the same video the rest of the world was looking at?” — Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was videotaped being put in a chokehold and killed by a white police officer.

Letters to the Editor Safeguard Bristol Bay watershed Too few Alaskans know the humbling beauty of the Alaska Peninsula and the imposing journey into Bristol Bay. But over the past nine years, I have had the good fortune of spending summers aboard the F/V K2, combing the waters of Bristol Bay for sockeye salmon. In May, life abounds. Migrating birds flock overhead, pods of whales play at midship and eventually, bright, beautiful salmon arrive in overwhelming abundance. There are too many examples of salmon run failures around the world; dams blocking fish passage, wild rivers diverted, pollution from burgeoning growth and overfishing. But in Bristol Bay, we have sound management, an intact ocean ecosystem and pristine water in the rivers, streams and lakes. I know we have a successful and sustainable fishery in Bristol Bay because many Alaskans are dedicated stewards of the harvest and habitat that salmon need to thrive. Because of this, we have a plentiful harvest and I, and thousands of others, have a unique and honorable occupation. The proposed Pebble Mine has captured the attention of many during the time that I have been fishing and I am one of the many Alaskans proud to fly the iconic “No Pebble” flag on our mast. But the other great risk to Bristol Bay, the possibility of offshore oil and gas drilling, has been an ongoing struggle for more than 35 years. In 1995 fishermen, tribes, governors and conservation groups were successful in getting the U.S. Department of the Interior to buy back leases that had been sold a few years prior, and I am grateful for that effort, which has effectively kept the horizon free of oil rigs. But the time has come again to take action. Every five years the federal government develops a new leasing plan and the question of whether or not to lease Bristol Bay is revived. In recent years we have successfully held off proposals to re-open the same area to offshore drilling, but we need a more permanent solution. Isn’t it time to resolve this uncertainty? How many more generations of fisherpeople have to testify at hearings, write letters and travel to Washington, DC to make the same case yet

Who is the government keeping safe? William Dudley, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke before the United States Senate on November 21, 2014. He expressed joy about a couple of banks that “pleaded guilty to criminal charges.” Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) asked how many people (of the 100s behind the corporation’s criminal activity) went to jail? Dudley said he knew of none. After all, corporations cannot be placed in jail. Meanwhile, a tax protestor in Soldotna by the name of James R. Back was convicted of “tax crimes” and placed in jail for such activities. People applaud the fine work from our federal Department of Justice. Perhaps, Mr. Back should have created a “Corporate Person” and had that person enter a guilty plea.

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again? Bristol Bay has the world’s largest wild salmon fishery, producing jobs and a renewable economy. It supports a traditional harvest that has been ongoing for thousands of years filling smoke houses and drying racks, and it defines a way of life for those who live and visit Bristol Bay. Repeating the mistakes made elsewhere that threaten the viability of the salmon run would be the ultimate tragedy. As we press forward in stopping the Pebble Mine, it is also the time to make Bristol Bay off limits to offshore drilling for good. It is winter now, but I know when summer approaches my thoughts will turn toward the bay; to the freedom found in working hard, being on the water during endless twilight, and the bright chrome salmon as they make their way home. At all costs, we need to defend the salmon, and in doing that, protect the people’s livelihoods and ways of life that are inextricably tied to them. As a young fisherman, my hope is that we can work together to protect both the headwaters and the open ocean. In accomplishing this, we will inherit clean water and bountiful fisheries, and in time, the responsibility of passing that on to our children. It takes a village to raise those children and it takes a watershed to raise a salmon. Let’s safeguard both of these legacies. Marin Lee Homer

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Our federal prosecutors are great catching criminals here in Alaska. United States Attorney Karen Loeffler and her predecessor have picked up a couple of great convictions of well publicized trials. Such criminals as Senator Ted Stevens and my militia friend Schaeffer Cox. They must have been guilty of something. My friends on the so-called left jump up and down, with child like happiness, because the “massa” (old slave term acknowledging who has the power over us), called government, keeps us all safe. Ray Southwell Nikiski

Applause Peninsula residents always there to help On behalf of the board of directors and staff of The LeeShore Center, I would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the many community members, businesses and service agencies who generously donated their time and assistance to our agency during 2014. Your continued support and caring makes a difference in the lives of victims experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. During FY14, over 1400 volunteer hours were given to our agency to assist with projects, awareness and fundraising events, in-school violence prevention education, maintenance and repairs, and staff support. With your help, The LeeShore Center provided emergency shelter and transitional housing to 212 women and children for a total of 13,212 bednights, answered 968 crisis calls and assisted 464 individuals with walk-in advocacy services. We are also very grateful to those who contributed direct services, financial assistance or donated in-kind items. Your donations and support help us ensure victim needs are met and program services are available. Thank you for helping make our community a safer place to live. All of us at The LeeShore Center wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season and many blessings throughout the coming year! Cheri Smith Executive Director

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House rebukes Obama on immigration By ERICA WERNER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Emboldened House Republicans issued a stern but symbolic rebuke to President Barack Obama over immigration Thursday, passing a bill declaring his executive actions to curb deportations “null and void and without legal effect.” Outraged Democrats, immigrant advocates and the White House said the GOP was voting to tear families apart and eject parents. “Rather than deport students and separate families and make it harder for law enforcement to do its job, I just want the Congress to work with us to pass a commonsense law to fix that broken immigration system,” Obama said ahead of the vote. Even supporters acknowledged that the bill by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., which says Obama was acting “without any constitutional or statutory basis,” was mostly meant to send a message. It stands no chance in the Senate, which remains under Democratic control until January, and faces the veto threat from Obama.

The real fight may lie ahead as conservatives push to use must-pass spending legislation to block Obama. For now, Republicans insisted they must go on record denouncing what they described on the House floor as an outrageous power grab by Obama. “The president thinks he can just sit in the Oval Office and make up his own laws. That’s not the way our system of government works,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. “This legislation says you can’t do that, Mr. President. There is a rule of law.” The vote was 219 to 197, with three Democratic “yes” votes and seven Republican “no” votes. Three Republicans voted “present.” Obama’s executive actions last month will extend deportation relief and work permits to some 4 million immigrants here illegally, mostly those who have been in the country more than five years and have children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. He also reordered law enforcement priorities and expanded an existing deportation deferral program for immigrants brought

‘The president thinks he can just sit in the Oval Office and make up his own laws. That’s not the way our system of government works. This legislation says you can’t do that, Mr. President. There is a rule of law.’ — Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. illegally as kids. Compounding the GOP’s anger, Obama’s executive action came barely two weeks after Republicans trounced Democrats in the midterm elections, winning control of the Senate and increasing their majorities in the House. Democratic lawmakers rallied behind the president Thursday, and immigrant advocates warned Republicans would be alienating Latinos heading into 2016 presidential elections in which the Hispanic vote is expected to be significant. “They should remember that this is not a fight between Republicans and the president,” said Clarissa Martinez de Castro, of the National Council of

La Raza. “They will be picking a fight with the millions of American families who will finally find some relief.” Even as emotions ran high in debate on the bill, many involved acknowledged it was mostly a sideshow as Republicans struggled to find some way to undo what Obama has done — not just register their disapproval. Party leaders acknowledged their options were limited given Obama’s veto pen, and no clear solution beckoned. The Yoho bill was part of a two-part strategy by House GOP leadership to appease conservative immigration hardliners without risking a government shutdown. Their hope was

that after approving it, Republicans would move on next week to vote on legislation to keep most of the government running for a year, with a shorter timeframe for the Homeland Security Department, which oversees immigration. The idea is to revisit Homeland Security early next year when Republicans will control both houses at the Capitol and have more leverage. The current government-funding measure expires Dec. 11 so a new one must pass by then. But that approach doesn’t go far enough for some immigration hardliners, goaded on by outside conservative groups and tea party senators including Ted Cruz of Texas. They say the only real way to stop Obama is to include language in the upcoming spending bill to block any money for his actions on immigration. “I didn’t come back here to just play games,” said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz. “Our voters who sent us back here in a resounding way in the majority, and retaking the majority in the Senate, expected us to be a little more forceful in our fight.”

Republican leaders fear such spending-bill language could court an Obama veto and even a government shutdown. That’s something they’re determined to avoid, a year after taking a political hit for provoking a 16-day partial shutdown in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn Obama’s health care law. House Speaker John Boehner made clear Thursday that his strategy would go forward unchanged and indicated he anticipated Democratic votes would help pass the spending bill. That gives Democrats leverage, and they haven’t indicated whether they will lend their support. It also could anger a bloc of conservatives in the House, but Boehner, who will control a larger House majority next year giving him more room to maneuver, showed little patience for their complaints. “We think this is the most practical way to fight the president’s action and frankly we listened to our members, and we listened to some members who are frankly griping the most. This was their idea of how to proceed,” Boehner said.

House OKs military campaign against extremists By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House approved a $585 billion defense policy bill that grants President Barack Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria despite misgivings about a new American combat role after more than a decade of war. The vote on Thursday was 300-119, a reflection of the popularity of the sweeping, bipartisan measure that authorizes funds for American troops as well as ships, planes and other war-fighting equipment built in

congressional districts nationwide. The measure heads to the Senate where passage is expected next week, although some GOP senators are angry over the bill’s unrelated provisions to expand wilderness areas. The legislation endorses Obama’s latest request to Congress in the 4-month-old war against extremists who brutally rule large sections of Iraq and Syria. The bill provides $5 billion for the stepped-up operation of air strikes and the dispatch of up to 1,500 more American troops. It also reauthorizes the Pentagon plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels battling

the forces of President Bashar Assad, with that mandate expiring Dec. 11. The legislation would extend that authority for two years. Still, war-weary lawmakers expressed considerable unease about a slippery slope for the American military after years of conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. “We’re getting more deeply involved in the war in Iraq and Syria,” complained Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, insisted that U.S.

involvement was limited. “The train and equip mission is just that,” Smith said. “I don’t want U.S. combat troops fighting this ground war .... By training and equipping the Syrians and Iraqis, we can empower them to fight their own ground war with our support from the air.” Unity on a new legal justification for U.S. military operations against the extremists remains elusive in Congress, underscored by the divisions displayed across the Capitol. Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sought to push through a mea-

sure defining how Obama can use military force in Iraq and Syria. But Republicans, who are generally supportive of the war, rebelled. They objected to a lack of debate and legislative maneuvering. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reiterated his call for Obama to submit a proposal to Congress for a new authorization. This year, work on the defense bill has added poignancy as the chairmen of the Armed

Services committees in the Senate and House are retiring. Democrat Carl Levin is leaving after representing Michigan for 36 years in the Senate; California Republican Howard “Buck” McKeon is stepping down after a 22-year career in the House. An emotional, teary-eyed McKeon struggled to deliver his final plea for the bill and request for the next Congress to reverse the automatic, acrossthe-board spending cuts that have hit the Pentagon.


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Around the World Obama administration says Affordable Care premiums will rise WASHINGTON — Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it’s more fodder for the nation’s political battles over health care. Officials stressed that millions of current HealthCare.gov customers can mitigate the financial hit if they’re willing to shop around for another plan in a more competitive online marketplace. Subsidies will also help cushion the impact. It’s currently taking an average of 30 minutes for returning customers to update their coverage. Premiums for the most popular type of plan are going up an average of 5 percent in 35 states where Washington is running the health insurance exchanges this year and will do so again in 2015, said a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Monthly premiums are one of the most important and politically sensitive yardsticks for Obama’s health care law, which offers subsidized private insurance to people who don’t have access to coverage through their jobs. Sharper premium hikes were common before it passed.

Police cases in New York, Ferguson and elsewhere stir national debate on racial justice NEW YORK — From the White House to the streets of some of America’s biggest cities, the New York chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation Thursday about racial justice and police use of force. A day after a grand jury cleared a white New York City officer in the death of a black man, civil rights leaders pinned their hopes on a promised federal investigation. Demonstrators protested for a second night in New York and turned out in such cities as Denver, Detroit and Minneapolis. And politicians and others talked about the need for better police training, body cameras and changes in the grand jury process to restore faith in the legal system. “A whole generation of officers will be trained in a new way,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed he and his police commissioner outlined previously announced plans to teach officers how to communicate better with people on the street. President Barack Obama weighed in, saying one of the chief issues at stake is “making sure that people have confidence that police and law enforcement and prosecutors are serving everybody equally.” Even before the decision in the Eric Garner case came down, racial tensions were running high because of last week’s grand jury decision not to charge a white officer in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Pentagon: Hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to get Somers WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says a hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to liberate American Luke Somers because he was not present at the targeted location. The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a brief written statement Thursday that the U.S. government was acknowledging the attempted rescue of the 33-year-old Somers, the only American among the roughly dozen hostages held by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot. Kirby said the Pentagon wanted to “provide accurate information” in light of the fact that the rescue attempt has been widely reported. Eight hostages were rescued, as has been reported previously. A Yemeni official said an American journalist and a Briton were moved before the raid. Kirby said details about the mission remain classified. — The Associated Press

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Crews break up homeless camp By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. — About 50 muddy souls dragged their meager belongings out of a trash-strewn California creek bed Thursday as police and social-service workers began clearing away one of the nation’s largest homeless encampments, a collection of flimsy tents and plywood shelters in the heart of Silicon Valley. The people forced out of the camp known as the Jungle ended up alongside a busy San Jose road, startling passers-by who slowed down to watch. “People drive by and look at us like we’re circus animals,” said a sobbing Nancy Ortega. More than 30 police officers and dozens of construction workers in white hazmat suits joined about 15 social-service workers in the effort to take apart the treacherous community that at its peak housed as many as 350 people living in squalor just a short drive from tech giants Google, Apple, Yahoo and eBay. Ortega shuddered and clutched her fleece blanket while watching tractors cram couches, tents, blankets, rotten food and pails of excrement into roaring garbage trucks. “It’s just junk to everyone else but to us, that’s home. That’s our stuff,” she said. On a nearby sidewalk, Al Palaces, a former truck driver who settled into the encampment about eight months ago, said he was trying to think of a plan. “I just grabbed whatever I could because I don’t want to go to jail,” he said, standing next to an overloaded shopping cart stuffed with dirty plastic bags. For months, social workers have been trying to house camp residents. And four days earlier, they were warned they had until dawn Thursday to leave or face arrest for trespassing. Still, city officials estimated about 60 people remained at the filthy site when cleanout day came. After a rainy night, skies cleared Thursday, and one person after another in varying states of mental clarity and sobriety dragged their belongings in suitcases, shopping carts and on bicycles out of the camp through ankle-deep sludge. By midmorning, dozens had reached the sidewalk, abandoning most of their possessions. But some remained in the slum. Valentine Cortes, who said he was a journeyman construction worker, said he had no plans to leave his makeshift shelter built into a steep, muddy slope. “I don’t know why people

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Kelly, only first name given, a resident of a homeless encampment known as The Jungle leaves with this belongings Thursday, in San Jose, Calif. Police and social-workers on Thursday began clearing away one of the nation’s largest homeless encampments, a cluster of flimsy tents and plywood shelters that once housed more than 200 people in the heart of California’s wealthy Silicon Valley.

‘People drive by and look at us like we’re circus animals.’ — Nancy Ortega got all chaotic today,” he said. “We don’t have to go.” Asked about the warning that he could be jailed, Cortes shrugged, pet a 6-week old puppy in his palm and said, “Then I guess I’ll be arrested.” Dogs and cats still roamed the square-mile camp, some of them pets, others wild. Rats hopped through the muck. A few dozen protesters gathered at the site holding signs reading “Homeless people matter” and “Stand with The Jungle.” The encampment stands in stark contrast to the surrounding valley, a region that leads the country in job growth, income and venture capital. Palaces said he liked the Jungle better than the streets because people would bring food and police didn’t bother the residents.

“Even a job wouldn’t give me a house” because housing prices are so high, he said. Officials found shelter for about 10 residents Thursday, said San Jose homelessness response manager Ray Bramson. Many more refused the city’s offers, citing concerns about safety at homeless shelters, their need to stay with pets and their dislike of sobriety rules. Several homeless-assistance groups also stepped in to help. HomeFirst, the largest provider to homeless people in Santa Clara County, set aside 27 beds at a nearby shelter. Another 50 beds are open in a separate cold-weather shelter. “This feels terrible,” said Jenny Niklaus, HomeFirst’s chief executive officer, her voice breaking. “People are up to their calves in the mud dragging their stuff into the street.”

San Jose has spent more than $4 million over the last year and a half to solve problems at the encampment and has housed some 135 people from the site. But it’s become increasingly polluted and dangerous. In the last month, one camp resident tried to strangle someone with a cord of wire. Another was nearly beaten to death with a hammer. And state water regulators are demanding that polluted Coyote Creek, which cuts through the middle, get cleaned out. Personal property confiscated Thursday was to be stored for 90 days before being disposed of in March. The last time officials cleared out the camp was in May 2012, when about 150 people were sent away. But this time Bramson said they will conduct regular patrol to keep anyone from returning. Dismantling the Jungle is a massive job. It will take several days to haul out tons of waste and debris. Heavy machinery will be used to fill in excavated areas where people had been living underground.

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Yemen’s al-Qaida threatens US hostage in video By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press

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SANAA, Yemen — Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen threatened an American hostage who was the target of a rescue attempt by U.S. special forces last month, warning Washington in a video released Thursday not to try again, and giving it three days to meet unspecified demands. “My life is in danger,” photojournalist Luke Somers says in the footage, which appeared to mimic hostage videos released by al-Qaida’s rival, the Islamic State group. It was the first word from the 33-year-old since he was snatched from the streets of Sanaa more than a year ago. He had been working for nearly three years in the impoverished Arab nation, “living as a normal Yemeni,” friends and colleagues told The Associated Press. A statement by Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby acknowledged for the first time Thursday that a raid last month had sought to rescue Somers but that he turned out not to be at the site. White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan also said Thursday that President Barack Obama had authorized a rescue operation to free Somers and other hostages but “regrettably, Luke was not present.” In the three-minute video, Somers appears somber and gives a brief statement in English, asking for help. “It’s now been well over a year since I’ve been kidnapped in Sanaa,” Somers says. “Basically, I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I’m certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask, if anything can be done, please let it be done. Thank you very much.” Also speaking in the video, a local al-Qaida commander, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, denounced American “crimes”

against the Muslim world, including U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. He also condemned the rescue attempt, calling it a “foolish action” and warned against any more such “stupidities.” He acknowledged that an “elite group of mujahedeen,” or holy warriors, were killed in the operation. Al-Ansi gave the U.S. three days to meet al-Qaida’s demands or “otherwise, the American hostage held by us will meet his inevitable fate.” He did not elaborate or explicitly say Somers would be killed. Al-Ansi also did not specify the group’s demands but said Washington is “aware” of them. Kirby did not elaborate on the joint U.S-Yemeni operation to free Somers, saying details remained classified. However, officials said at the time the raid by U.S. special forces and Yemeni troops targeted a remote al-Qaida safe haven in a desert region near the Saudi border. Eight captives — including Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian — were freed. Somers, a Briton and four others had been moved days earlier. Somers was kidnapped in September 2013 on the streets of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, as he left a supermarket, according to Fakhri al-Arshi, chief editor of the newspaper National Yemen. Somers worked at the paper as a copy editor for a period after working as a freelance photographer during the 2011 uprising in Yemen. His last stint was editing and reviewing English material for a government-led dialogue among Yemen’s political factions aimed at drafting a blueprint for a new constitution. “He was living as a normal Yemeni, very friendly, had no enemies,” al-Arshi said. “But because he is one of few Americans and Westerners here, he was a target.”

Bill Roggio, of the terrorism analysis center the Long War Journal, said he believes the alQaida offshoot — known as alQaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP — put out the video in reaction to last month’s rescue operation. The group, considered by the U.S. to be the world’s most dangerous branch of the terror network, “is aware that the U.S. is now searching for the hostages and it is time for it to play its cards and extract whatever it can for them,” he said. “If the U.S. doesn’t pay the ransom, AQAP will have to make it clear there is a price to pay.” Al-Qaida experts and local Yemeni tribal figures suggested that by releasing the video now, al-Qaida may be trying to find a third party, such as Qatar, to work out a deal for Somer’s release as it did for at least one

previous Westerner. That could mean the militant group is looking to secure a ransom or swap, and the video was a way to put pressure. However, the video also marked an ominous shift. In other recent abductions, al-Qaida in Yemen did not make such public threats against its captives, which suggests the group could now be mimicking the Islamic State group, its competitor among militant circles that has been trying to make inroads in Yemen and siphon away supporters. That raises the prospect that al-Qaida is moving toward increasingly brutal tactics in order to shore up its internal support in the rivalry with the Islamic State, which has beheaded several American and British hostages, as well as numerous Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, in

their sweep across those two countries. The al-Qaida network was notorious for beheadings in the past — most notably of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan and several Americans and a Briton in Iraq in 2004. But in recent years, even while continuing suicide bombings and other attacks, it has stayed away from more bloodthirsty acts. Al-Qaida is believed to be holding at least three other foreign hostages — a Briton, a South African and a third foreigner thought to be Turkish. In February 2013, a Swiss researcher was released after a year in al-Qaida captivity following months of Qatari mediation. A Yemeni hostage who had been held captive with Somers was found dead late Wednesday in Hadramawt, the province

where the U.S.-Yemeni rescue attempt took place. The captive, Rashid al-Habshi, had appeared in an earlier al-Qaida video making a confession that he had helped U.S. drone strikes. Somers, a 2007 graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, was described by a former English professor, Shawn Gillen, as someone who “wanted to be in places where world events were happening.” “He really wanted to understand the world, which is why this is devastating to hear,” he said. Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch group has been at the forefront of a propaganda war with the Islamic State group, whose leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” in areas of Iraq and Syria under his control and has spoken of expanding it to other countries.

Attack highlights anti-Semitism fears By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press

PARIS — An attack on a French couple is reviving worries about anti-Semitic sentiment in France amid a rising number of incidents targeting Jews, especially during the Gaza war earlier this year. Assailants this week forced their way into an apartment in the Paris suburb of Creteil, tied up a young man and woman, demanded money and raped the woman, according to authorities. France has western Europe’s largest Jewish community, which is concerned about a rise in Islamic extremism and the growing political weight of the far right. The French president said the attack harmed the nation’s values, and the head of France’s main Jewish organization pleaded for an aggressive government effort to stop what he called a “cancer” spreading through society. In the Creteil attack, two suspects were given preliminary charges Wednesday night of religion-motivated violence, armed robbery, rape, sequestration and extortion, according to the Service for

the Protection of the Jewish Community in France. French media reported that a third suspect was later charged, apparently as an accomplice. The young man, whom authorities have not identified, told France-Info radio that the attackers “apparently thought that given that my family is Jewish, Jews have money.” He said the assailants repeatedly asked where the family money stash was kept and talked about attacking Jews. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France has grown 91 percent this year compared to last year, said Roger Cukierman, head of France’s leading Jewish organization, CRIF. Incidents, including graffiti on gravestones and violent assaults, spiked around the Gaza war over the summer, as has happened during periods of conflict in the Mideast in the past. Militants from the Jewish Defense League were also involved in violence against pro-Palestinian protesters in France. “Jews have lived in France for 2,000 years, and have had citizenship since the Revolution. ... Now we can’t move about

in the subway wearing a kippa,” or Jewish skullcap, he told The Associated Press. Rising anti-Semitism “is a cancer not only for Jews, but for all of France.” French President Francois Hollande on Thursday stressed the need to fight anti-Semitism. “A family in a city in France was attacked because it is Jewish,” Hollande said at the Elysee Palace. “When such dramas occur, such tragedies, it is not simply the family that is wounded, attacked. It is the greatness of France that finds itself wounded, damaged.” The attack in Creteil struck a particular chord among France’s Jewish community because it revived chilling memories of a brutal killing in 2006. A gang targeted a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, held him captive for three weeks and tortured him, then left him naked, handcuffed and covered with burn marks near railroad tracks south of Paris. He died on the way to the hospital. Meanwhile, Islamic extremists have repeatedly called for attacks on France, and the Jewish community fears it could be a prime target.


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common practice for city governments that manage land.” First, however, Legacy has to pay the cost of constructing the hangars -- a project made more expensive by the fact that the leased land is a former dumping site and the ground is softened by a layer of silt and organic waste materials, according to a city memo added to the original lease documentation. To encourage Legacy’s investment, the city gave it a nonstandard lease which awarded them a credit, equal to the value of the work of excavating and refilling the land, on fees for the first five years their lease. Now, Legacy wants this portion of the agreement changed based on the discovery that the land has more contamination than

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ships for teenagers interested in the fire service. Both cried during their testimony. CES firefighter John Evans told the court that the FOOLS chapter had nearly $10,000 that had been donated by the father of a local firefighter who had been killed in action in 2007. “It’s all gone. It’s all gone. I don’t even know how I’d be able to face his father, Bob, and explain to him where the money went, on behalf of his son,” Evans said. Evans and another firefighter asked for an investigation into the missing money in 2013 after they discovered that the FOOLS account had been drained. According to charging documents, Jack Anderson was “evasive” about the missing money before admitting that there no money in the account. He was the only one who had been issued a debit card for the

previously thought. The initial lease was based on a 2008 survey of the land by engineering consultants WinceCorthell-Bryson which estimated that the ground would need to be excavated and filled to a depth of 8 feet to provide a foundation for the hangar buildings. After beginning excavation, Legacy discovered areas that would need to be dug to a depth of 15 feet, as well as a sewer line that needed to be graded differently, incurring further expense. Because the cost of Legacy’s excavation exceeded what it could recover as lease-fee credit over five years, the council resolved to extend Legacy’s lease credit period to 10 years. “What we had already agreed to was to share the cost, but this (resolution) is to amend that lease to reflect the additional cost of excavation,” Gabriel said. The council also consid-

ered a pair of action-approval items related to airport parking. Hilcorp Energy requested a special use permit for 37 airport parking spaces, to be used for the vehicles of Hilcorp employees flown to shifts on platforms and facilities on the west side of Cook Inlet. City Manager Rick Koch worked with the Hilcorp director of aviation to develop the terms of the special-use permit, which gives the spaces to Hilcorp for a monthly fee of $2158.33, and also includes permission for Hilcorp to use additional parking space on busy shift change days. Before approving the permit, the council amended the monthly fee, which was originally $4000, according to a memo issued by Koch on Dec. 2nd that recommended a monthly fee of $2,158.33. According to the memo, the rate was altered for consistency with the city’s Schedule of Rates, Charges,

Guard cast a shadow of the recent election for governor, with critics questioning the handling of allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the guard by then-Gov. Sean Parnell. A report by the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations released in September found that victims lacked confidence in the com-

mand structure and led to the ouster of Thomas Katkus as adjutant general. Richards, 39, is the former law partner of Gov. Bill Walker, who defeated Parnell and took office Monday. Walker last week announced Richards as his pick to replace Michael Geraghty as attorney general. The appointment must be approved by lawmakers.

account. “This is infuriating a lot of us that do this line of work,” Evans said. “We’re expected to go out and show an example of our value system, what we should aspire to as firefighters. Taking that money and not accounting for it over the past couple of years, not taking ownership in anything related to this and then writing it off as a big mistake is a big slap in the face to all of us.” Jack Anderson’s lawyer, William Walton, characterized the case as one of mistaken usage rather than intentional theft. “I know the alleged victims probably think that these two people are getting off easy,” he said. “I think, from a legal standpoint, they’re actually accepting responsibility that, had a trial occurred, may not be their responsibility to bear as a crime.” During the investigation, Jack Anderson told police he had discovered “numerous” Amazon.com purchases during the 2011-2013 period when

he and his wife had access to the FOOLS bank account. He said he had confronted his wife about it, as she was in charge of their household finances, and had been told that she had mistakenly listed the FOOLS credit card as the primary card on her Amazon account, according to charging documents. At the time, both agreed to make personal purchases from their own bank accounts to pay for FOOLS items until the

and Fees, which prices an annual airport permit at $700. The altered monthly fee of $2,158 is roughly equal to $700 for each of Hilcorp’s 37 spaces, divided by each month of the year. Koch said he was unaware of this fee schedule when offering Hilcorp the original monthly fee. The council’s consent was also requested for a sublease given to Hilcorp by Dan Pitts, a private airport property lessee who said he was also asked by Hilcorp to provide airport parking on his leased lot, and negotiated separately with them to do so. According to an October 30 memo from Koch to the council, the rent that Pitts had proposed to Hilcorp for the parking sublease was less than the monthly fee the city requested from Hilcorp for the 37 parking spaces in the municipal lot. The memo also quotes the lease between Pitts and the city,

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tracts of ACS wireless users will be honored until the end of their terms, and that although the deal will not give customers any special options for leaving their contracts before expiration, they will still problem was fixed, according to the documents. The problem persisted, however, and by the time other CES employees checked the accounts several other purchases had been made, including personal utility payments and a trip to Disney Land, according to bank account records seized by police. Jack Anderson told police that he did not understand how

saying “the rate charged for vehicle parking shall not be less than the rates charged by the City for airport parking.” Discussion of Pitts’ sublease was originally scheduled for the Nov. 5 council meeting, but was delayed due to Pitts’ trip out of state for family business. On Wednesday, the council approved the sublease with the alteration that it allow “uses consistent with the lease between Dan O. Pitts and the City of Kenai,” requiring that Pitts charge Hilcorp a rate no less than the city’s. Pitts addressed the council after the item was approved. “These are competing proposals, and the one that the city has approved undercuts what I’m currently charging Hilcorp for parking,” Pitts said. In total, the council passed two ordinances and two resolutions, which in addition to the Legacy lease amendment in-

be able to leave under the normal terms of the contract. The ACS wireless contract calls for an early termination fee of up to $480. ACS and GCI partnered to create the Alaska Wireless Network in July of 2013. The two companies created the network to better compete against national wireless carriers, according to the release. GCI retained a two-thirds ownership the finances were paid in the couple’s home and, according to the charging documents, said he wanted to make restitution. Angela Anderson said the fraudulent charges were her mistake and she did not want

cluded the acceptance of state granted travel reimbursement for Kenai’s librarians, acceptance of a donation by Hilcorp for the Kenai Senior Center’s annual Thanksgiving dinner, and adoption of an allocation plan for taxes paid by fishing businesses. Other discussions held Wednesday night concerned two internal personnel decisions. First, council member Brian Gabriel was elected to succeed Ryan Marquis as Kenai’s vice mayor. Later, at the conclusion of the meeting, the council went into a closed executive session to discuss renewing the contract of city clerk Sandra Modigh. After the negotiation, Modigh’s contract was renewed and the council adjourned. Reach Ben Boettger at ben. boettger@peninsulaclarion. com

of the network, and after the deal will own it completely. According to the release, ACS will use the proceeds to reduce its $415 million debt by $250 million, and will focus on its broadband networks and information technology business, which include statewide voice and data networks and an undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. her husband to lose his job, according to the charging documents. She said she had mistakenly taken what she believed to be her husband’s personal checkbook and used the See THEFT, page A-10

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love to sword fight! There is nothing like the feeling of standing face to face with an opponent with a sword in hand, not sure who will walk away the victor. There is an art to fencing, a strategy and an elegance in it. When I face an opponent that I am equally matched with I may not know that I am going to win but I am sure that when we finish the match my opponent will know they have been in a fight. The one thing that my coach Peter Gundunas has said is that leave it all on the strip. All your frustration, anger, irritation, anxiety — in short, everything on the strip. Use it all to win and then leave it there.

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AL Weeks One of the reasons I like to sword fight is that I can step away from the strip, shake hands with my opponent and be done with it, win or lose. There are times that I wish that I could do that with God. This may sound odd coming from a preacher but at times I wish I could just fight it out with God get it over with, shake hands and leave it on the strip. But life is not that easy. If you read the

Church Briefs Cookies benefit church youth Our Lady of the Angels 21st annual Cookies “Buy” the Pound fundraiser is on Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homemade cookies and treats will be sold by the pound. All proceeds go to youth activities, including our summer mission trip. Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church is located 225 S. Spruce St in Kenai. Any questions please call 283-4555.

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Bible there are men who wrestled with the Divine, and they all came away from the encounter changed. My favorite is in Genesis 32:22-32. The scene is that of Jacob bringing his family back to the land of his birth. He knows that he will have to face an angry brother who may want to kill him. He spends one of his last nights before the encounter with his brother seeking his God. Jacob wrestles with God physically all night and in the end he cannot let go. There have been times in my life when I have asked God the big questions; like why me, why now, why here, why this at this time? I have even thought to myself that I

may be a heretic for even daring to ask God these things. I have come to realize that it is these questions that God wants to answer. He wants to wrestle with us all night and get to the point where neither of us want to let go, we’ve grown so close. There is no question too big for God, no problem too hard for Him to handle, no anger too hot that He cannot endure. When we wrestle with God, when we are angry with the Divine, it is OK for us to ask the big questions. We simply need to be man or woman enough to accept the answers even if they are not the ones that we want. Jesus came to be part of our stories. He came to embrace us, flaws and all.

9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 1​3 at the church off Kalifornsky Beach Road, one block down on Ciechanski Road. Kids ages 3 years old to sixth-grade may attend. There will be Bible teaching, singing, arts and crafts, games, and cookie decorating and a 15-minute “Christmas by the Kids” concert for the parents at 11:45 a.m. Drop off the kids and get your Chrismas shopping done! For more information or to register, call Pastor Rob Guenther at 283-6297 or visit us online at www.GraceLutheranKenai.com​/C4K.

He came because He loves us with an intensity that we cannot understand only accept. In this season when we think on the birth of baby Jesus, remember He came to take our sin, pain, anger, frustration, and angst. He wants us to fight with Him, and in the end win or lose embrace and leave it on the strip as we walk away closer then when we started. Rev. AL Weeks (author, teacher, and pastor) and his family serves the fine folks of First Baptist Church of Kenai. FBCK is a warm fellowship of believers that are committed to speaking the truth in love. Join them Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m.

ing your internal overcomer; 3. Mind of Christ; 4. Reinventing your walk in the fruit of the Spirit; 5. Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ. For information call Bev at 776-8022 or 398-7311 or Paulette at 252-7372.

First Baptist hosts women’s Bible study

A nine-week women’s Bible study on I and II Thessalonians, called “Children of the Day” by Beth Moore is under way at the First Baptist Church of Kenai. The group begins with lunch at Service of Hope at Star of the North noon, a video and discussion. Childcare is available. For more On Dec. 14 at 4 p.m., Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 information, call Carole at 283-7772 or Kassy at 283-7672. Forest Drive in Kenai, in conjunction with Love In The Name Of Christ, will be offering a “Service of Hope” for those who Calvary Baptist kids club meets have a hard time dealing with the holiday season. The purpose of Calvary Baptist Church has resumed its Awana Kids Club on this service is to share the encouragement of God’s Word in the company of His well-loved people, and that those who are hurt- Sunday evenings. The group meets at Kenai Middle School from ing receive blessing, hope, and comfort. Join us for a service of 5:15-7:30 p.m. All kids, ages 3 through sixth grade, are welcome. See the Calvary Baptist Awana web page for further details and encouragement from God’s Word. Club schedule: calvarykenai.org/awana.

Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Sunday School Department will present the play, “In Bethlehem” on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. This Christmas message will be performed by the children in story and song. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall immediately following the play. Everyone is invited to attend this special service commemorating the birth of Jesus. Transportation can be arranged by calling 262-9693 or 260-4488. In what is an annual tradition, the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Bible study group starting Christ will hold a birthday party for Jesus, with special music and The Midnight Son Seventh Day Adventist Church is starting a the giving of gifts to the work of our Lord. This celebration of Weekly Women’s Bible Study group Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. The first Jesus’ birth will be held on Dec. 17, at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, December 21, at 5:30 p.m., the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ book to be read is “Unglued” by Lysa Terkeurst. For more inforChoir will present its annual cantata, “The Way He Came.” There mation call or text Crystal Sumner at 252-4543. will be more special music and a Christmas message concluding the service. All are welcome to attend these services celebrating Midnight Son starts youth programs the birth of Jesus Christ. For questions, please call 260-4488. The Midnight Son Seventh Day Adventist Church is starting weekly children and youth programs January 14 6:30 p.m. There Missionaries share work in Africa will be Youth Adventist Society for Ages 12-18; Adventurers ages Keith and Beth Ikerd, former residents of Sterling, will be min- 6-8; Pathfinders ages 9-11; and Tot time ages 5 and under. To registering at the Sterling Pentecostal Church December 11 and 14. ister or for more information call or text Toni Loop 740-1476. They will be sharing reports of their missionary efforts in Namibia, Africa. The Dec. 11 service will be at 7:00 p.m. The service Dec. Bible study with Nikiski Aglow 14 will be at 11:00 a.m. followed by a potluck. The church is loNikiski Aglow meets each Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. cated on Swanson River Road and Entrada. Please go to sterlingat the Nikiski New Hope Christian Fellowship, Mile 23 North pentecostalchurch.com or call 262-7240 for more information. Road. All are welcome to attend. Aglow International is founded on prayer and compassionate outreach. It is global in ministry Christmas for Kids at Grace Lutheran vision, yet rooted in small groups. Nikiski Aglow is hosting the Grace Lutheran Church and School will host “Christmas for DVD teaching of Graham Cooke with “Game Changers.” The Kids,” a program to share the real meaning of Christmas, from five themes are: 1. How you are known in heaven; 2. Establish-

United Methodist Church provides food pantry The Kenai United Methodist Church provides a food pantry for those in need every Monday from noon to 3 p.m. The Methodist Church is located on the Kenai Spur Highway next to the Boys and Girls Club. The entrance to the Food Pantry is through the side door. The Pantry closes for holidays. For more information contact the church office at 283-7868 or email kumcalaska@gmail.com.

Clothes 4 U at First Baptist Church First Baptist Church Soldotna, located at 159 S. Binkley Street, is re-opening its Clothes 4 U program. It is open on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All clothing and shoes are free to the public.

Clothes Quarters open weekly Clothes Quarters at Our Lady of the Angels Church is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 907-283-4555.


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tracks have left deep ruts, said Nikiski resident Keith Gerke. “Because of all the water hazards out there in the summer, I don’t go because its so tore up,” Gerke said. “I’m glad we have snow and all the bumps can get packed down and I can snowmachine out there.” While the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s north road extension project has been on hold as administration awaits approval to bypass an environmental impact statement, Apache is in the design process to construct a road of similar design for oil and gas exploration on Tyonek owned-land. Apache has applied to the borough road service area to construct a 7.5-mile road extension that would continue from the end of the Spur Highway from Captain Cook State Park to Otter Creek in the Gray Cliffs subdivision. About 40 people attended a community meeting held by Apache Tuesday at the Nikiski Recreation Center as representatives informed the public about the project and answered questions. Apache sent a letter out to property owners to inform them of their intentions, said Apache spokesperson Lisa Parker. John Hendrix, Apache Alaska Corporation General Manager said the proposed road is a “great opportunity” for Apache and the Kenai Peninsula. “We are looking for a gateway into native lands,” he said. “We want to make this work for

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account number to make online utility bill payments, not realizing she was using the wrong account, according to the documents. “In large part, this is an unfortunate situation caused by an accident, and a mistake that ended up perpetuating over a series of time where you have automatic debits and transactions coming out of accounts

everybody.” Parker said Apache has applied for permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Because road construction would be undertaken on wetlands, the company is working with the corps to complete a federal Clean Water Act Section 404 wetlands permit. Borough Road Service Area Director Pat Malone said the board approved the design at the Nov. 18 meeting, but has not signed off on the extension until Apache’s wetlands permit is approved. The Corps evaluates permit applications for all construction activities that occur in the nation’s waters, including wetlands. “Anytime a project involves fill to be placed in wetlands you need to talk to Corps,” he said. “It’s Apache’s show until they get to the next stage.” Apache project manager Tim Brandenburg said the road traverses the existing Spur right-of-way, which has been in place since the 1980’s. The road would be 50 feet closer to the inlet than the existing trail along the pipelines, he said. The proposed road design calls for an 18-foot wide driving surface with 10-foot wide pullouts roughly every quarter mile. The pullouts would be constructed at areas with hills and curves. The upland section would use a 24-inch gravel embankment over geotextile, while the wetland sections would be increased to 30-inches over geogrid. Apache has hired McLane Engineering in Soldotna to design the road, which is similar to the half-mile extension Nordaq Energy added in 2012. The

proposed road would extend another 7.8 miles into the platted Gray Cliffs subdivision. The road would not cross Otter Creek but continue down Mountain Violet Drive for nearly a mile and have a 400-foot by 170-foot turnaround area at the end. Parker estimated if the permits were approved which she expects a decision by the end of the week, there would then be a 30-day public comment period. Afterwards, work to clear the area could start in February 2015 with an estimated completion date by October 2016. At the meeting, some area property owners were given the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns of the impacts the road would have for the remote area. Janice Chumley with the University of Fairbanks Cooperative Extension asked what invasive plant management plans are in place for putting a road in an ecologically sensitive area that has previously not been disturbed. McLane consultant Gina DeBardelaben said any work done on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge requires everyone to follow certain weed management practices. Material sites would be inspected for invasive species and any equipment brought on site would be power washed, she said. Parker said the project is in the planning stages and no material site or contractors have been selected. Under federal law, the Department of the Interior, which manages wildlife refuges, must grant Alaska Native Corporations access to lands they own

within refuges but can set terms and conditions for access to minimize environmental effects. Parker said Apache is in the middle of corporate budgeting and are hoping to obtain funding for the project. She said because their endeavor is to pay for the road with private money, they are confident the project would be approved before the borough, who have more than $5 million in federal money earmarked for the road project. “If our project goes forward, the borough can take the money they still have and allocate to another project,” Parker said. In 1998, the borough received $5.2 million from the federal government to construct a 26-mile extension to Point Possession. In 2004, an environmental assessment indicated an EIS would be required before the project could go forward. In February, Borough Mayor Mike Navarre discussed a scaled down scope of the project that would extend the road four miles to Jacob’s Ladder beach assess, which would mitigate damage done to the wetlands on the corridor, said Borough Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander. The borough received a recommendation from the Alaska Department of Transportation to obtain a categorical exclusion, which would eliminate the need to conduct additional environmental studies. In September, the borough sent letters of support for the project from the Department of Fish and Game, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Corps of Engineers and Kenai Watershed Forum to the Federal Highway

Administration. Ostrander said the project couldn’t move forward until they receive a categorical exclusion. Ostrander said if Apache gets approved to construct the road it would make the borough’s north road extension project redundant. “We would look at a way to utilize the borough money in north road and repurpose in a different way,” he said. “In the last 18 months our process has been to work toward the categorical exclusion. We want to utilize the funds as originally intended.” Apache has conducted seismic survey operations in the Gray Cliffs area throughout October. The work was staged out of Nikiski with helicopters transporting crews and equipment to the area. Parker said planning for the road has been ongoing for about six months since geologists identified potential places to drill. “We will build it but this will be a public road,” Hendrix said. Century 21 realtor Fred Braun said there are about 700 parcels between the two subdivisions. Several property owners expressed interest in a parking lot at the end of the proposed road. Anchorage resident Fran Wold said she hasn’t been to her property in the Gray Cliffs subdivision in six years. Wold has 69 acres of land she purchased in 1982 when the Kenai Peninsula sold land. As she gets older, she said it is difficult to make the trip to her recreational cabin. She said a lot of people would access their property from the beach and climb the

bluff. Nikiski resident Tim O’Brien has property at the end of Moose Point about 14 miles past the end of the road. He said when his father purchased land in the area from the borough in 1982, they were told they would have to wait patiently before a road could be build. While his father never was able to get to his property O’Brien said he supported the road extension because as he gets older it is more difficult to access the area. “I’m behind you guys (Apache) 100 percent,” he said. “I hope you get the road project to go.” O’Brien and several other residents expressed concerns that the road would also have negative consequences of security for their properties. “Development does bring vandalism,” O’Brien said. Gerke, who owns property in the Gray Cliffs area for recreation, said he likes to go out there to get away from the industrial plants in Nikiski. He said he is considering moving out of Nikiski because the growing industry is getting too busy. Gerke had concerns if Apache did find oil they would build up infrastructure and develop separation facilities in the remote area. “I like the idea of having a road,” he said. “We enjoy peace and quiet out there and the views are incredible. I don’t want to be out there listening to plant rumbling but I guess that’s progress so we have to accept it.”

that they should not have,” Walton said. The second CES employee who testified, Lori Tyler, a training officer and paramedic with the department, spoke on behalf of the Explorer Post which is owned and governed by CES. She said she and Jack Anderson had started at CES together in 1998 and were co-advisors of the post. “I’d like to say, as a firefighter, I’m highly embarrassed to be standing here and talking about one of our own as a de-

fendant in a criminal hearing,” Tyler said. Her voice broke as she continued, “As a person who went to the bank to obtain records to deliver the news to the fire chief and turn the evidence over to (the Soldotna Police Department), I find it shameful that somebody who I used to call a friend, put me in that position.” The post had to be closed down after the funds were drained — the account was overdrawn by about $60 after more than $2,400 had been fraudulently spent, according

to the charging documents — and Tyler said she had to send a high school student home from ride-alongs with the firefighters. “It was pretty awful,” Tyler said. “She cried. It was very upsetting to her that the job she was looking forward to and the career path that she was choosing — you know, as a highschooler — it was shut down to her at that moment.” In addition to the post becoming defunct, Tyler said the money was also taken from teenagers who would normally

have gotten scholarships to attend college. “They were very active members in the post. One of them had a disabled dad and put himself through college and he’s working as a firefighter paramedic now. The other one, the young lady, well, she finished high school and she’s in paramedic school right now and she doesn’t really have that much help — but she didn’t get a scholarship.” Tyler said Jack Anderson’s actions had reflected negatively on the firefighters he left behind

at CES and that the inclusion of an SIS in the sentencing recommendations meant that Anderson could potentially find work as a firefighter-paramedic again. “If this is allowed, he will still be held up as an example for children and it’s unfortunate because he didn’t honor his oath to start with.” Tyler said. “I find that utterly intolerable.”

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There will be no defending champion at the Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Houston High School, but the Nikiski wrestling team hopes there is at least a familiar champion. The Skyview wrestling team won the Kachemak Conference last season, but with that school having closed its doors, the Bulldogs will seek their fifth Kachemak crown in the last six years. “I think we have a good chance to win it if we show up and wrestle to our potential,” Nikiski coach Adam Anders said. “Houston will be the challenge, and there are a lot of other great programs in the region, like Homer and Seward. “Not having Skyview in the region certainly takes away one of the toughest competitors in the past, but we still have a lot of great teams to compete against.” Homer coach Chris Perk said his

team probably isn’t big enough to challenge for the conference crown. With teams able to enter two wrestlers in each weight class, Perk said Houston’s depth will make the Hawks formidable at the tournament. He said he could see Houston outscoring Nikiski with the Hawks’ second guys. Seward coach Ronn Hemstock sees a nice battle between Nikiski, Houston, Anchorage Christian Schools and Homer. He said all of those schools have a few stud wrestlers that will roll through the tourney. “That’s like trading queens in chess,” Hemstock said. “All those schools don’t win the tournaments by winning medals. They win the tournament by getting thirds.” Hemstock explained that a wrestler taking third in a 16-man bracket can actually earn more points than the champ in an eight-man bracket. “It’s just going to depend on how it lays out,” Hemstock said. “Sometimes a team will get a bunch of byes, and sometimes they won’t.

“I’ve always said byes are death because you miss out on a bunch of pin points.” The Bulldogs return three conference champions in Tyler Handley, Nathan Carstens and Luke Johnson. Handley is ranked No. 3 at 152 by akmat.org, with no conference competitors ahead of him. “He’s one of our few seniors and I couldn’t ask for more out of a wrestler or person than Tyler,” Anders said. Johnson’s undefeated record has him with the top ranking at 220. The junior also went undefeated as a sophomore and Anders said that the great thing is Johnson takes nothing for granted and keeps working hard. Carstens also has a No. 1 ranking for Nikiski at 160. Anders said Dylan Broussard also wrestles at 160 and is just as tough as his teammate. Jon McCormick, at 195, is ranked fifth, one spot behind Sean Lang of Houston. McCormick was second at the conference meet last season. Anders also said TJ Cox, ranked second at 120 behind Bethel’s Gage

Hoffman, is poised to win a conference title. Then come the group of kids that will be so important to Nikiski’s chances due to Houston’s depth. According to Anders, Austin Ozbun at 98, Tyler Olsen at 106, Donovan Smith and Luck Broussard at 113, Nico Castro at 138, Andrew Tennison and William Lynch at 145, Baker Hensley at 160, and Ian Johnson and Nick Olsen at 182 all are potential state qualifiers. To qualify for state, a wrestler must finish in the top four. “We’re excited for this weekend,” Anders said. “I’d like to thank all the parents for their support, and I’m looking forward to a good tournament.” Last season, Perk took 10 Homer wrestlers to state — a number the Mariners had not accumulated in quite some time. This weekend, Perk is hoping to match that number. After a disappointing performance at the last meet of the regular season in Kenai on Nov. 25, Perk said his squad is ready to go.

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Cowboys devour Chicago CHICAGO — The Dallas Cowboys look like a team that’s ready for another first-place showdown. DeMarco Murray ran for a season-high 179 yards and a touchdown, Tony Romo threw for three scores and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 41-28 on Thursday night. The Cowboys (9-4) made it look easy for most of the night against a struggling team that lost star receiver Brandon Marshall to a rib injury. Dallas clinched its first winning season since 2009, but is looking for more, with an NFC East title and first playoff appearance in five years in sight. Led by Romo and Murray, Dallas rebounded from a blowout loss to the Eagles on Thanksgiving and pulled within a halfgame of them with another meeting in Philadelphia next week. The Cowboys took a 14-7 halftime lead and scored 21 unanswered in the third quarter before the Bears (5-8) rallied in the fourth. With that, the Cowboys improved to a league-best 6-0 on the road, where they have won seven straight since a blowout loss at Soldier Field on a bone-chilling night last December. Romo, who has been bothered by a bad back, kept checking down and completed 21 of 26 passes for 205 after struggling against the Eagles. Murray, the league’s leading rusher, carried 32 times. He also had 49 yards receiving. Dez Bryant had six receptions for 82 yards and Cole Beasley caught two touchdowns. For the Bears, Marshall’s injury was another low in a disappointing season that will likely end with them missing the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. He was hurt taking a knee to the right side from the Cowboys’ Barry Church following a reception in the second quarter. That happened moments after he made a spectacular 42-yard catch, juggling the ball with his right hand, to help set up a touchdown. He stayed down for several minutes and

“We’ve worked through sickness and bugs and we feel like the team is pretty darn strong,” Perk said. The Mariners did a rope climb in practice this week, and Ravi Cavasos won by raising to the roof eight times. “It was pretty incredible,” Perk said. “Those last two, he gave everything he had.” Perk said Timmy Woo, at 138, has a great shot at a conference title. Woo is ranked third at 138, but is the topranked Kachemak wrestler. At 120, Jared Brant is ranked fourth, but Nikiski’s Cox is second and Shannon LeMay of ACS is third. Perk said Brant’s only losses were to that pair, but that those came in close matches. At 132, Perk also sees Jaime Rios in the mix. Rios has lost to Etienne Kinney of Houston, No. 5 on akmat. org, and has yet to face top-ranked Michael Lucas of Holy Rosary. At 160, Perk has sixth-ranked Tristan Cook getting back to full strength. Cook must deal with topranked Carstens and No. 3 Zack Young

WASILLA — The Soldotna Stars rallied to force overtime, but Wasilla prevailed. In a rematch of last year’s North Star Conference championship game, Russell Harren scored the game-winning goal late in the extra period to lead Wasilla to a 4-3 overtime victory over Soldotna at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla on Thursday. Soldotna freshman goalie Billy Yoder made several spectacular saves late in the game, holding up under the pressure of a furious scramble, but the Warriors finally broke through with 2:33 left in the eightSee PUCK, page B-4

Warriors take 11th straight By The Associated Press

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Cowboys strong safety Barry Church breaks up a pass intended for Bears tight end Martellus Bennett during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday in Chicago.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-85 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive win. Harrison Barnes added 17 points and 10 rebounds while Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Golden State, which improved to an NBA-best 16-2. The winning streak matches the longest in Warriors history. The 1971-72 team also won 11 straight. Golden State needed a late burst to hold off Orlando and keep the streak going earlier this week. The Warriors also got off a slow start against New Orleans before pulling away behind a 20-4 run in the second quarter for their eighth consecutive win over the Pelicans. See NBA, Page B-4

Tiger struggles during return By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

WINDERMERE, Fla. — Tiger Woods took on any shot without pain or worry Thursday, a feeling he hasn’t had on the golf course in a long time. As for his short game? He hadn’t seen anything like it in longer than he can remember, and it was shocking. Woods flubbed four chips. He took two shots to get out of a bunker on the par-5 seventh hole. He didn’t have a birdie putt inside 20 feet until the 11th hole. And on the four birdie chances he had inside 10 feet on the back nine, he made only one of them. And that was a tap-in. In his first competition in nearly four months, Woods

wound up with a 5-over 77 at Isleworth, his home course for his first 16 years as a pro. That put him in last place in the 18man field, 11 shots behind Jordan Spieth, who is coming off a runaway victory last week in the Australian Open. “One of those days where nothing went my way,” Woods said. The score was not nearly as significant as his health in what has been a lost year for Woods because of back problems. He had surgery a week before the Masters that kept him out for three months. He had not played since Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship because of lingering back issues, and the need to build up his muscle structure. Woods missed the cut at Congressional in June in his

first tournament after back surgery. This time, he is coming back from injury and he is working with a new coach. In that respect, the score was not a surprise. It was the 10th time in 12 rounds that he failed to break par since his first return in June. Even so, some of the shots were shocking, especially around the green. On the par-5 17th, he hit his second shot just left of the green, pin-high in a deep collection area. Woods no sooner hit his chip that he angrily swung back-handed toward his divot, knowing what was coming next. The ball didn’t come close to reaching the green, and AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr. Woods turned his back as the Tiger Woods chips the ball with an awkward follow through on the seventh hole during the first See GOLF, Page B-4 round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Thursday in Windermere, Fla.


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College playoff loaded with possibilities By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer

The 12-member College Football Playoff selection committee will gather Saturday in Texas to watch the final weekend of the season play out and then rank the top 25 teams in the country. The top four will compete for the national championship in the sport’s first ever playoff. How difficult the committee’s job will be depends on the outcome of about a half dozen games to be played Friday and Saturday. “At that point, we will have had a season long body of work to evaluate, in addition to knowing who the conference champions are,” committee chairman Jeff Long said. The top four heading into the weekend are in order: Alabama, Oregon, TCU and Florida State. If they all take care of business, there is a good chance that will be the top four on

Sunday, too. Probably. Maybe? But what happens if things don’t go as expected? Let’s dive into the possibilities. What happens if .... Missouri beats Alabama? The unthinkable — at least for many down South. There is a very real possibility the Southeastern Conference would be left out of the playoff. Missouri is ranked 16th in the latest playoff rankings. That’s a long way to go to get in the four-team field. The committee clearly is not loving Missouri’s ugly losses (at home against Indiana and 34-0 to Georgia), so it’s doubtful it will forgive Alabama for losing to the Tigers and allow the Crimson Tide to back into the field. If the Tigers pull an upset, the SEC is going to need a lot of help. The Crimson Tide is favored by 14.5. Arizona beats Oregon? The Wildcats are seventh in the rankings, heading into a rematch with Oregon Friday. Two wins away from

home against the Ducks would be like holding a pair of aces: tough to beat. It could come down to a resume contest between Baylor and/or Ohio State and Arizona. Don’t bet against the Wildcats making the big jump. The Pac12 and commissioner Larry Scott are touting their championship as a playoff play-in game. They might be right. Despite losing the first game, Oregon is favored by 14.5. Georgia Tech beats Florida State? Considering the fourth-place and unbeaten Seminoles have been dropping when they win, there’s no doubt they’d be done with a loss. Georgia Tech is 11th and beating Florida State would mean finishing the season with three straight wins against ranked teams. The Yellow Jackets would probably need Baylor (vs. Kansas State) and Ohio State (vs. Wisconsin) to lose to reach the top four, but considering who those teams are playing, that doesn’t seem so like such a stretch.

Riley takes over Nebraska Florida takes McElwain from Colorado State By The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — Oregon State coach Mike Riley is leaving for Nebraska in a surprise to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst ended his one-man search with the announcement Thursday that the 61-year-old Riley would replace Bo Pelini, who was fired Sunday. Riley will be introduced at a news conference in Lincoln on Friday. Riley has spent 14 seasons over two tenures at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to a 93-80 record and wins in six of eight bowl games. “It is truly an honor to join the University of Nebraska family,” Riley said in a statement. “Though we love Corvallis and Oregon State, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach at one of the nation’s most storied football programs and I can’t wait to get started.” Riley’s name never appeared on the radar of college football pundits who speculated about Pelini’s successor. Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, a Nebraska native who quarterbacked the Cornhuskers’ 1997 national championship team, and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema were among those believed to be under consideration. “Definitely out of left field,” Fox Sports analyst Charles Davis said. “I had no idea he would be interested in leaving Oregon State. He has one big run left in him as a head football coach, and Nebraska is a great place to

try to have that final run. I’m a big believer that you’ve got everything you need at Nebraska, and if you do the job, rewards can be big-time.” Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell tweeted that the hiring is a “home run.” “I don’t think Huskers fans realize what a well-respected game coach Riley is and how hard it is to win in Corvallis,” Farrell wrote. Nebraska, with no natural recruiting base, always has had to look far and wide for its players, and Riley has strong ties in talent-rich California. He also built a reputation for doing more with less at Oregon State. He was paid a reported $1.5 million, half of Pelini’s salary at Nebraska this year. McElwain leaves Colorado State for Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success. Foley even agreed to pay extra to get him. After working though a sticky buyout issue, Jim McElwain left Colorado State on Thursday to become Florida’s next head coach. “It’s an honor to be a part of the one of most powerful brands in college athletics in the Florida Gators,” McElwain said in a statement. “I’m humbled, yet very excited about the tremendous opportunity. I can’t tell you how eager I am to get

to Gainesville to set a course for who we are going to be and what we will be all about.” The Gators announced the hiring at the same time McElwain started a team meeting with players and assistants. Reporters heard a loud ovation before McElwain exited the room in tears. McElwain agreed to a sixyear deal at Florida that will average $3.5 million annually. He made $1.5 million this season at Colorado State. “Coach McElwain was someone we targeted from the beginning of the search,” Foley said. “The more we worked through the process and did our due diligence, coupled with our meeting and conversations with him and those around him, it was obvious he is the right person to lead the Florida Gator football program.” McElwain accepted the job after working with Colorado State to reduce his $7.5 million buyout. Florida will pay the Rams $3 million over six years. McElwain will pay $2 million over time. The Gators also guaranteed Colorado State $2 million for a game in Gainesville between 2017 and 2020. The Gators traveled to Colorado with the belief that the buyout could and would be whittled down. But Colorado State President Tony Frank initially stood firm on $7.5 million, and the financial roadblock prompted Foley to leave Colorado without an agreement Wednesday.

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This is how Missouri could get in. Assuming Arizona and Georgia Tech also lose, the final spot with Florida State, TCU and Oregon comes down to Missouri, Kansas State and Wisconsin. Michigan State (eighth) and Mississippi State (10th) would likely come back into the conversation, but neither would have the conference championship that those other three would have on their resumes. And what team would have a better win than Missouri if it takes down the committee’s No. 1 team on a neutral field? The top six teams all lose? Long and his crew might have to pull an all-nighter. The questions with this doomsday scenario are: Could it allow Alabama to back in? Would Mississippi State and/or Michigan State get in? And how bad will the TV ratings be for a final four of Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kansas State and Wisconsin or Missouri?

Ravens’ Ngata suspended for 4 games By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was suspended without pay for four games Thursday for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Ngata will miss the rest of the regular season but will be eligible for the playoffs, the league said. Ngata said in a statement released by the team that he took Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “I made a mistake, and I own this,” he said. The suspension costs Baltimore one of its defensive stars as the Ravens compete for a playoff berth. They’re 1 1/2 games behind the Bengals in the AFC North and one of six 7-5 teams tied for the second wild-card spot. “I am deeply sorry and broken up over this,” Ngata said. “I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And then I can come back and help us win.” Ravens general manager

Ozzie Newsome said, “We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself.” Ngata has two sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 12 games this season. Rookie Timmy Jernigan, a second-round pick out of Florida State, likely will take his place in the starting lineup. Texans’ Clowney done for season HOUSTON — Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney will have a second surgery on his right knee, ending his rookie season for the Houston Texans after just three games. Clowney visited Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida, on Wednesday to have the knee examined and coach Bill O’Brien announced the news on Thursday. “This guy’s been injured and it’s time to clean it up and get him back to feeling good and get him back on the field as soon as we can,” O’Brien said. The outside linebacker was injured in Week 1 and had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 8. He has played three

games since then, but has never completely recovered from the procedure and said last week that he’s still in a lot of pain. Roethlisberger certain to play Sunday PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to work on Thursday following an unexpected day off and will almost certainly play on Sunday in Cincinnati. Roethlisberger, who hit his right (throwing hand) on a New Orleans Saints player Sunday and skipped practice Wednesday “was sharp” in team drills, according to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. “After tough, physical games like that, coming in here on the (indoor facility) turf, Coach (Mike Tomlin) wanted to give him a break yesterday,” Haley said. “But today, he was sharp and throwing it around the field.” Roethlisberger did not speak with reporters but his performances recently point to the wear and tear of a long season.

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Mariners target, sign up Cruz By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE — Had things come together last season, Nelson Cruz’s introduction with the Seattle Mariners would have taken place a year ago. Seattle pursued Cruz last year but when it didn’t work out, he went on to lead the majors in home runs playing on a one-year deal in Baltimore. The Mariners were quick to try to find a deal that would work for both sides as soon as this offseason arrived. “We were open and honest as we could possibly be and say, ‘This is the guy that we want,’” Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said Thursday. “He was the guy we wanted to bring into this organization and it just came together.” Seattle landed the right-handed power bat that was a priority this offseason with a $57 million, four-year contract that was finalized Thursday. He gets a $1 million signing bonus payable by Dec. 31 and yearly salaries of $14 million. Cruz parlayed an $8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore into a long deal with the Mariners after hitting 40 homers and driving in 108 runs for the Orioles. Zduriencik said adding a fourth year to the contract — which will take Cruz to age 38 — was critical to getting the deal done. “With Nelson, the fact that because he’s such a power guy, and in our game today it’s so difficult to find,” Zduriencik said. “In our league he can be a DH which will preserve him somewhat, he’s in great shape, he’s a really good worker. He may age very well. We had to do that to get him here and we did it.” Cruz served a 50-game suspension in 2013 for violations of the major league drug agreement in relation to the sport’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic. He again referred Thursday to making a mistake taking banned sub-

stances and said he’s moved on from the suspension. He’ll likely hit behind fellow Dominican star Robinson Cano, who will be starting the second season of a $240 million, 10year contract, and will also reunite with Dominican teammate Fernando Rodney, the Mariners’ closer. “We’ve been pretty close,” Cruz said of Cano. “He’s also one of the reasons why I’m here. I think he was pulling for me the whole time. I was pulling for this right here, to be part of this.” The Mariners have among the top pitching staffs in the AL but missed the postseason by one game last season due to offensive shortcomings. Cruz fits the need, even if he’s never posted big numbers at Safeco Field. Cruz has hit at least 22 homers in every season since 2009 and has been an All-Star three times. Cruz’s .271 batting average and .525 slugging percentage last season with Baltimore was his highest since 2010 with Texas. Cruz has hit .240 with nine homers and 19 RBIs in 52 games in Seattle — better than his .185 career average in Oakland and .218 in Anaheim. “I just believe great players make players around them better and I think having Nelson in the middle of our lineup is not only going to give (Cano) a lot more pitches to hit, but whoever is hitting behind him will have an opportunity to drive in runs as well,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Obviously, he’s going to make guys better around him in that lineup.” The middle of Seattle’s order is no longer filled with questions. With Cano, Cruz and All-Star Kyle Seager, the Mariners have a legitimate 3-4-5 to build around. McClendon said Cruz would be primarily a designated hitter but also would be used in the outfield. Cruz played 70 games in the outfield for Baltimore last season.

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Scoreboard Basketball NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Toronto 15 4 Brooklyn 8 9 Boston 5 11 New York 4 16 Philadelphia 1 17 Southeast Division Washington 12 5 Atlanta 11 6 Miami 9 9 Orlando 7 14 Charlotte 4 15 Central Division Chicago 12 7 Cleveland 10 7 Milwaukee 10 10 Indiana 7 12 Detroit 3 16

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Memphis 15 3 Houston 14 4 Dallas 15 5 San Antonio 13 5 New Orleans 8 9 Northwest Division Portland 15 4 Denver 9 9 Oklahoma City 5 13 Utah 5 14 Minnesota 4 13 Pacific Division Golden State 16 2 L.A. Clippers 13 5 Phoenix 11 8 Sacramento 9 9 L.A. Lakers 5 14

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Thursday’s Games Cleveland 90, New York 87 Portland 88, Indiana 82 Golden State 112, New Orleans 85 Friday’s Games Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Denver at Washington, 3 p.m. New York at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Cleveland at Toronto, 3:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Boston, 3:30 p.m. Atlanta at Brooklyn, 3:30 p.m. San Antonio at Memphis, 4 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee, 4:30 p.m. Orlando at Utah, 5 p.m. Indiana at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Saturday’s Games Philadelphia at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Golden State at Chicago, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Houston, 4 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 4:30 p.m. Orlando at Sacramento, 6 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Clippers, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST

Men’s Scores EAST George Washington 83, UMBC 60 LSU 74, West Virginia 73 Monmouth (NJ) 57, Marist 50 Sciences (Pa.) 54, Drexel 52 SOUTH Appalachian St. 67, Jacksonville 56

Baylor 66, Vanderbilt 63 Charleston Southern 105, Columbia International 55 Georgia St. 72, Green Bay 48 SC-Upstate 65, NC A&T 54 TCU 66, Mississippi 54 UAB 58, Morehead St. 48 VMI 88, Samford 66 MIDWEST Akron 73, W. Illinois 49 DePaul 84, Chicago St. 60 Iowa St. 95, Arkansas 77 Missouri St. 73, UALR 68 SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 72, Sacramento St. 61 Houston 72, Texas-Pan American 58 Incarnate Word 85, St. Edward’s 68 FAR WEST Pepperdine 66, CS Northridge 56 San Diego St. 57, San Diego 48 UC Santa Barbara 87, Seattle 46

Women’s Scores EAST Dartmouth 49, Hartford 43 North Carolina 96, Rutgers 93, 2OT Syracuse 61, Penn St. 39 Towson 63, Loyola (Md.) 50 SOUTH Alabama 68, UT-Martin 55 Auburn 72, SE Louisiana 44 Coastal Carolina 113, Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 34 Georgia 68, Mercer 49 Louisville 86, Iowa 52 Miami 66, Wisconsin 54 Northwestern 70, Virginia Tech 45 Savannah St. 68, Florida 58 South Carolina 82, Charlotte 61 W. Kentucky 98, Mississippi 69 MIDWEST Cleveland St. 59, East Carolina 57 IPFW 79, Chicago St. 62 Indiana St. 61, IUPUI 60 Kansas 68, Incarnate Word 46 Kansas St. 45, Texas-Arlington 41 Michigan St. 79, Georgia Tech 73, OT South Dakota 85, N. Iowa 77 SOUTHWEST S. Dakota St. 80, Arkansas 75, OT FAR WEST BYU 76, UNLV 61 Boise St. 86, Idaho St. 62 Fresno St. 73, UC Riverside 61 Oregon St. 75, Idaho 53 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 73, CS Northridge 63 Washington 102, Seattle 69 Washington St. 81, UC Santa Barbara 55 Wyoming 60, Montana 54

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 27 18 6 3 39 97 69 Montreal 27 17 8 2 36 70 68

Detroit 26 15 6 Toronto 25 13 9 Boston 26 14 11 Florida 24 10 7 Ottawa 25 10 10 Buffalo 26 9 15 Metropolitan Division N.Y. Islanders 26 19 7 Pittsburgh 25 17 6 N.Y. Rangers 24 11 9 Washington 25 11 10 New Jersey 26 10 12 Philadelphia 25 8 13 Carolina 25 8 14 Columbus 25 8 15

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Nashville 25 St. Louis 26 Chicago 25 Winnipeg 26 Minnesota 24 Colorado 26 Dallas 26 Pacific Division Vancouver 26 Anaheim 27 Calgary 27 Los Angeles 26 San Jose 26 Arizona 27 Edmonton 26 NOTE: Two points overtime loss.

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Thursday’s Games Columbus 4, Florida 3, SO Vancouver 3, Pittsburgh 0 Washington 2, Carolina 1 New Jersey 5, Toronto 3 N.Y. Islanders 2, Ottawa 1 Detroit 5, Dallas 2 Tampa Bay 5, Buffalo 0 Nashville 4, St. Louis 3 Calgary 4, Colorado 3, OT Los Angeles 4, Arizona 0 San Jose 7, Boston 4 Friday’s Games Anaheim at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Colorado at Winnipeg, 4 p.m. Montreal at Chicago, 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 9 a.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Islanders, 9 a.m. Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 12 p.m. Vancouver at Toronto, 3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Detroit, 3 p.m. Columbus at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 3 p.m. Washington at New Jersey, 3 p.m. Chicago at Nashville, 3 p.m. Montreal at Dallas, 3 p.m. Boston at Arizona, 4 p.m. San Jose at Calgary, 6 p.m. All Times AST

Transactions BASEBALL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL — Named Bob Bowman president of business and media, Pat Courtney chief communications officer, Dan Halem chief legal officer, Jonathan Mariner chief investment officer, Tony Petitti chief operating officer, Bob Starkey chief financial officer and senior adviser and Joe Torre chief baseball officer. American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Luke Hochevar on a two-year contract. SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with OF Nelson Cruz on

a four-year contract. TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Colby Lewis on a one-year contract and LIHP Michael Kirkman on a minor league contract. Named Jason Wood manager of Round Rock (PCL); Joe Mikulik manager of Frisco (TL); Spike Owen manager and Bobby Rose hitting coach of High Desert (Cal); Jose Perez hitting coach of Hickory (SAL); Dustin Vissering trainer of Spokane (NWL); and Salomon Manriquez hitting coach and Alex Rodriguez trainer of the AZL Rangers. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with OF Ezequiel Carrera on a minor league contract. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with RHP Michael Kohn on a minor league contract. CHICAGO CUBS — Named Dave Martinez bench coach, Brandon Hyde first base coach and Henry Blanco major league quality assurance coach. Reassigned first base coach Doug Dascenzo to outfield and baserunning coordinator. NEW YORK METS — Named Pat Roessler assistant hitting coach. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa and C Hector Sanchez to one-year contracts. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Fined Orlando F Kyle O’Quinn $15,000 for making excessive contact above the shoulders with L.A. Clippers F Blake Griffin during Wednesday’s game. NBA Development League IDAHO STAMPEDE — Released G Nick Covington. WESTCHESTER KNICKS — Traded G Lewis Jackson to Idaho for a future draft pick. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL — Suspended Baltimore DT Haloti Ngata four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Released TE Allen Reisner from the practice squad. Signed TE Phillip Supernaw to the practice squad. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed LB Chris Carter. DALLAS COWBOYS — Released TE Jordan Najvar with an injury settlement. HOUSTON TEXANS — Placed LB Max Bullough on injured reserve. Signed TE Anthony Denham from the practice squad and WR Jace Davis to the practice squad. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed OT Andrew McDonald. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Signed WR L’Damian Washington to the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Placed WR Aaron Dobson on injured reserve. NEW YORK GIANTS — Signed G Rishaw Johnson to the practice squad. NEW YORK JETS — Placed WR Greg Salas on injured reserve. Signed WR Chris Owusu from the practice squad. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS —

Placed G Ryan Miller on the reserve-non-football injury list. Signed OL Jeff Baca from the practice squad. Canadian Football League CFL — Named league chairman Jim Lawson interim commissioner, effective Jan. 9. HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES — Recalled G Drew MacIntyre. COLORADO AVALANCHE — Recalled F Garrett Meurs from Fort Wayne (ECHL) to Lake Erie (AHL). DALLAS STARS — Assigned G Anders Lindback to Texas (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS — Traded D Colby Robak to Anaheim for D Jesse Blacker and draft considerations. Reassigned Blacker to San Antonio (AHL). MONTREAL CANADIENS — Assigned F Michael Bournival to Hamilton (AHL). Recalled F Drayson Bowman from Hamilton. NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Placed F Martin Havlat on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 29. Assigned D Peter Harrold to Albany (AHL). Activated D Jon Merrill from injured reserve. Recalled F Mike Sislo from Albany. NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Assigned F Sebastian Collberg from Bridgeport (AHL) to Stockton (ECHL). OTTAWA SENATORS — Signed F Daniel Alfredsson to a oneday contract and announced his retirement. Recalled G Chris Driedger from Evansville (ECHL) to Binghamton (AHL). PITTSBURGH PENGUINS — Recalled F Matia Marcantuoni from Wheeling (ECHL) to WilkesBarre/Scranton (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS — Placed D Zach Bogosian on injured reserve. Recalled D Julien Brouillette from St. John’s (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer SEATTLE SOUNDERS — Signed coach Sigi Schmid to a multi-year contract extension. Declined 2015 contract options on Gs Josh Ford and Marcus Hahnemann, Ds Onyekachi Apam and Djimi Traore and Fs Tristan Bowen, Sean Okoli, Cam Weaver and Eriq Zavaleta. COLLEGE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON — Named T.J. Isaacs associate athletics director of development/ external affairs. FLORIDA — Named Jim McElwain football coach. NEBRASKA — Named Mike Riley football coach. NEW ROCHELLE — Named Joan Manuel Sanchez women’s basketball coach. NOTRE DAME — Announced women’s volleyball coach Debbie Brown will not return next year. WESTERN NEW ENGLAND — Named Chris Wiltey assistant equipment director.

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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer

Dante Cunningham’s basketball exile is over. The New Orleans Pelicans signed Cunningham to give them some much-needed depth at forward and said he would be available Thursday night on the road against Golden State. “It’s such a relief,” Cunningham told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I just knew that with the time and the situation that was going on, I kind of had to wait it out and get the right opportunity.” Cunningham was charged last April with felony domestic assault after his girlfriend at the time accused him of choking her and slamming her head against a wall. She also accused him of sending her threatening messages, but the charge was dropped in August after an investigation uncovered inconsistencies in her story. Cunningham was a free agent after his contract with the Min-

nesota Timberwolves expired at the end of the season. But even after Hennepin County authorities dropped the charges, many teams were reluctant to consider signing him after the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal rocked the NFL. Cunningham spent the previous two seasons with the Timberwolves, carving a niche as a valuable bench player who was reliable on both ends of the floor. He averaged 6.3 points

and 4.1 rebounds last year and was paid $2.1 million in the final season of his contract. Cunningham said he had preliminary talks with a few teams, but didn’t get any firm interest while the charge was being investigated. Cunningham urged authorities to pursue charges against Miryah Herron for making false allegations, but Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told The Associated Press in

October he was reluctant to do so in part because of the message it could send to victims of domestic violence. “To what extent all of this impacts his livelihood in the future, I hope it doesn’t,” Freeman said at the time. “I hope he can go forward and play basketball.” Cunningham’s agent, Joel Bell, has worked to try to help his client clear his name. But it’s taken some time.


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gingerly walked off the field before heading to the locker room. TV cameras showed him leaving Soldier Field in an ambulance, and Marshall later posted on Twitter, “Thanks for the Prayers. .. I’m Good.” Jay Cutler was 32 of 46 for 341 yards and two touchdowns, but the Bears had trouble sustaining any drives or stopping the Cowboys. They also did not get much from the run game, although they made a little more of an effort after managing just eight attempts in the loss at Detroit a week earlier. Matt Forte had 13 carries for 26 yards after tying a career low with five rushes last week. Murray accounted for 105 yards during a busy half as Dallas, running for 65 and a touchdown and adding 40 receiving. Romo kept checking down and

completed 17 of 21 passes for 123 yards, including a 13-yarder to Beasley in the closing seconds. That sent the Cowboys to the locker room with a 14-7 lead and they added to it in the third quarter. Romo connected with a leaping Beasley for a 24-yard TD early in the quarter after Anthony Spencer stripped Forte near midfield following a screen pass, making it 21-7. The Cowboys increased their lead to 21 minutes later when Romo found Gavin Escobar in the back of the end zone, a 43-yard catch by Bryant setting up that score. Joseph Randle added a 17yard TD run late in the quarter to make it 35-7. Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent played for the first time this season after serving a 10-game suspension for his intoxication manslaughter conviction. He hadn’t played since Dec. 2, 2012, six days before the drunken-driving crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

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ball rolled back toward his feet. He compensated on the next shot and sent it well past the hole, and he had to make a 10-footer just to escape with par. The other two holes where he muffed chips cost him a double bogey at No. 8 and a bogey at the par-5 13th. Two shots out of the bunker on the par-5 seventh led to bogey. “It is surprising that I could hit chips that poorly,” he said. The 77 was his second-highest score of the year. He had a 79 on the South Course at Torrey Pines in January. What kept the day from being a total loss is that Woods reported feeling “zero pain.” “I haven’t said that in a long time,” Woods said. “It’s very exciting to step up there and hit the drives I hit — especially on the back nine — and start launching

it and feel nothing.” The opening drive set the tone for the day — and his return. Woods was about to hit his first shot in nearly four months when he heard a loud click of a camera and backed off. Then, he tugged his 3-wood through the fairway, beyond an iron fence into someone’s backyard and presumably into a swimming pool. He had to hit another from the tee and did well to escape with a bogey. Rust would seem to be an issue, but it certainly wasn’t the case for Steve Stricker. He hasn’t played since the PGA Championship, either, yet Stricker made five birdies in a bogey-free round of 67 and was one shot behind Spieth, along with Dubai World Tour Championship winner Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Woods played with Jason Day, who last competed at the Tour Championship three months ago. Day shot a 71. FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed, both at 73, were the only other players over par.

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St. Louis Blues goalie Martin Brodeur watches the puck bounce away after blocking a shot by Predators left wing Gabriel Bourque in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.

Brodeur loses in Blues debut By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Ribeiro scored a goal and had two assists, and the Nashville Predators spoiled goalie Martin Brodeur’s debut with the Blues by beating St. Louis 4-3 on Thursday night. The 42-year-old Brodeur made 20 saves in his first start for a team other than the New Jersey Devils. The Blues signed the four-time Vezina Trophy winner on Tuesday, tapping the NHL’s goalie leader in games, wins and shutouts to help while Brian Elliott sidelined by a knee injury. Rookie Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and Eric Nystrom and Colin Wilson each had a goal as Nashville improved to 11-1-1 at home. The Predators snapped a sixgame skid to the Blues in Nashville and took the Central Division lead. ISLANDERS 2, SENATORS 1 OTTAWA, Ontario — Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves in his franchise-record 11th straight victory, and the New York Islanders held off Ottawa. Halak, 13-4 in his first season with the Islanders, broke the record held by Hall of Fame goalie Billy Smith, set in 1982. Halak has allowed only 14 goals during his streak. New York has won eight of nine and 13 of 15. Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for Ottawa, which has lost four straight. Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who announced his retirement Thursday morning, took part in the pregame warmup and bid his final farewell to a sold-out crowd of 20,511.

a season-high, seven-game trip, won their league-best 11th road game. Vancouver, which has won five of six overall, beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the first time since Nov. 22, 2008. Richardson scored his fifth and sixth goals, and Shawn Matthias also netted his sixth and added an assist for the Canucks, who hadn’t defeated Pittsburgh anywhere in four years. Lack stopped 21 shots for his first shutout and second win of the season. Thomas Greiss made 28 saves and took the loss in his first home start.

CAPITALS 2, HURRICANES 1 RALEIGH, N.C. — Eric Fehr scored with 4:02 remaining to lift Washington over Carolina. Jay Beagle scored an early goal and Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for the Capitals. Washington, which had lost two in a row and four of five, moved back over .500 at 11-10-4. Alexander Semin scored his first goal of the season for the Hurricanes, who were trying to win two in a row for the first time since early November. Fehr made the game-winning play by himself. He stole the puck from Riley Nash just inside the blue line, charged between the circles and snapped a shot past Anton Khudobin. Khudobin made 26 saves for Carolina.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist during Tampa Bay’s three-goal second period, Ben Bishop made 13 saves and the Lightning beat Buffalo. Radko Gudas, Brenden Morrow, Jason Garrison and Brett Connolly had the other Tampa Bay goals. The Eastern Conference-leading Lightning improved CANUCKS 3, to 5-0-1 in the last six games. PENGUINS 0 Buffalo, which had won six of PITTSBURGH — Brad Rich- seven, went 22 1/2 minutes withardson scored two goals and out a shot during one stretch. added an assist, and Eddie Lack posted his fifth NHL shutout to RED WINGS 5, STARS 2 lift Vancouver to another road DETROIT — Kyle Quincey win. The Canucks, in the midst of fired in a long slap shot for his

first goal of the season, and the Detroit Red Wings went on to beat Dallas. Quincey’s drive beat goalie Jussi Rynnas 7:39 into the third period and gave Detroit a 4-2 lead. The Red Wings have won five of six. Darren Helm scored twice the Red Wings.

BLUE JACKETS 4, PANTHERS 3, SO SUNRISE, Fla. — Ryan Johansen scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over Florida. Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno scored in regulation for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 52 shots. Nick Bjugstad had two goals and an assist for the Panthers. Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and had an assist and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves.

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lost six straight home games for the first time since early 2009. The Coyotes gave up 42 shots and were shut out at home for the second straight game. Arizona has dropped seven of nine.

SHARKS 7, BRUINS 4 SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tyler Kennedy, fresh off the injured list, scored two goals — including the winner — and San Jose beat Boston for its third straight victory. Tommy Wingels and Joe Pavelski also scored twice for the Sharks, who snapped a threegame losing streak to the Bruins. Tomas Hertl added a late goal. The Sharks scored twice on the power play, giving them seven man-advantage goals in seven games after being shut out in their previous four. Reilly Smith scored twice for the Bruins, who ended a scoring drought but extended their losing streak to three. Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug also scored. Antti Niemi made 20 saves in winning his third straight. Tuukka Rask stopped 37 shots in losing to the Sharks for the first time in four games.

TORONTO — Mike Cammalleri and Eric Gelinas scored power-play goals and the New Jersey Devils defeated Toronto. The Maple Leafs had earned points in five straight games. FLAMES 4, They hadn’t lost in regulation AVALANCHE 3, OT since a 9-2 rout by Nashville on Nov. 18. CALGARY, Alberta — Sean Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier Monahan scored 1:47 into overand Adam Henrique had the other time to lead Calgary over Cologoals for New Jersey. rado. Monahan picked up a rebound in front and lifted it over fallen goalie Semyon Varlamov KINGS 4, COYOTES 0 to give the Flames their fourth GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dustin straight win. Brown had two goals and an asDennis Wideman had a pair sist, Martin Jones stopped 26 of goals for the Flames, Curtis shots, and Los Angeles beat Glencross also scored, and Kris Arizona Coyotes for its second Russell had three assists. straight shutout and third in four Karri Ramo made his fourth games. straight start, and stopped 26 Two nights after Jonathan shots to improve to 8-2-1. Quick stopped 31 shots against Calgary coach Bob Hartley Boston, Jones extended the earned his 400th NHL win, and Kings’ defensive mastery in his he did it against his former team. first start since blanking Minne- Hartley earned 193 wins with sota on Nov. 26. Colorado from the 1998-99 seaAlec Martinez had a goal and son until he was let go 31 games an assist a day after agreeing to into the 2002-03 campaign. a contract extension, and Jared Matt Duchene, Nick Holden Stoll added a power-play goal and Alex Tanguay scored for late in the second period. the Avalanche. Varlamov, who Arizona goalie Mike Smith missed the previous six games was yanked in another lackluster because of a groin injury, made performance. The Coyotes have 26 saves. C

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minute overtime period, getting the game-winner from Harren. Larsen Tubbs set up the overtime winner that helped Wasilla improve to 1-1-1 in North Star Conference play. Yoder ended with 31 saves on 35 shots, but Soldotna still ended up dropping to 5-3 overall. Wasilla went up 2-0 early in the second period. Garrett Conroy scored with 22 seconds left in the first period to break the scoreless tie. Luke Schruf tallied a score 32 seconds into the second period to give Wasilla the lead. However, Toma Johnson scored on an assist from Ethan Brown with 5:59 left in the frame to cut the deficit back down to one. Wasilla then went up 3-1, but with 7:49 left in the third, Justice Miller, on an assist from Cameron Knowlton, cut the gap to 3-2. With 1:29 left in the game, Billy Yoder saved a penalty shot to keep it 3-2. Then with 1:20 left on the clock, Clayton Longfellow scored the tying goal just as Wasilla was getting to full strength. Wasilla controlled the overtime period, sending six shots at Yoder, while SoHi managed only one shot. Wasilla outshot Soldotna 35-18 in the win. Zach Curry earned the win for the Warriors in net, stopping 15 shots. Soldotna’s three-day weekend in the Valley continues with a match against Palmer Friday at 7 p.m. at the MTA Events Center. Wasilla hosts Kenai Fri-

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Anthony Davis had his 12th double-double for New Orleans with 30 points and 15 rebounds.

day at 7 at the Brett. Colony 4, Kenai 0 WASILLA – Despite a stellar effort from Kenai netminder Nate O’Lena, Colony came away with a 4-0 win over the Kards on Thursday night at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla. O’Lena finished with 40 saves in the Kenai loss. Colony outshot Kenai 44-5 in the win. Isaac Vincent led the Knights with a pair of goals. Jacob Link and Josh Boyer also scored for Colony, which improved to 1-0-1 in North Star Conference play. Thanks in part to O’Lena, the game was scoreless through the first period, despite three powerplay opportunities for the Knights. Colony also had a five-on-three advantage for a span of 1:18 midway through the period. Vincent gave his team a quick lead in the second period. The forward scored 16 seconds into the middle frame. Link and Boyer also scored in the second period. Vincent added his second goal early in the third.

Homer 2, Palmer 0 PALMER – The Homer Mariners scored a 2-0 win over the Palmer Moose Thursday at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. Homer tallied a power-play goal and an empty-netter. Clarion reporters Joey Klecka and Jeff Helminiak contributed to this story. Warriors 4, Soldotna 3 OT

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Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points and Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who were trying to surprise the Cavs for the second time this season.

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CAVALIERS 90, KNICKS 87 cus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 37 points, including a layup with 10 seconds left after a timeout he didn’t seem to want, and Cleveland got its season-high fifth straight victory. Irving carried the Cavs most of the game before LeBron James had five straight points late that helped Cleveland pull it out. James finished with 19 points and 12 assists. Carmelo Anthony ended a 4-for19 night by missing a 3-pointer in the final seconds as the Knicks dropped their sixth straight and fell to 4-16.

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of Grace in his bracket. “He had bronchitis for three weeks,” Perk said of Cook. “He’s been really resilient.” Perk also sees state qualifiers in Antonio Ochoa at 170, Danny Rios at 220, Julian Richburg at 145, Kyle Wells at 152 and Matthew Pollack at 182. Homer also is guaranteed of moving its lone two girls to this year’s new girls state tournament. Heather Harrington and Alex Moseley are two of the three girls in the region and thus will qualify. In Seward, Hemstock is focusing on a positive experience. “I don’t have any seniors going,” he said. “I have a very young team. I just want to go and have a good time.” Hemstock said he would be happy with any wrestlers quali-

rebounds for this fourth straight double-double to help Portland win its third straight and 12th in its last 13. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 23 points for the Blazers. Rodney Stuckey had 16 points for the Pacers, who have lost three straight to open a four-game road trip. The Pacers tied the score at 64 early in the fourth quarter, but Portland built a 75-66 lead after Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer and Lillard’s jumper. Stuckey hit a jumper that pulled the Pacers within 8380 with 53 second left, but they couldn’t get any closer.

fying for state. “We’ve been having a great time this year,” Hemstock said. “We’ve been up to Bethel and Barrow. “We just want to finish on a good, strong peak and look forward.” At Voznesenka, coach Justin Zank said he thinks he could come out of the meet with a pair of state qualifiers. Senior Gavril Kalugin was second at conference last year and third as a freshman. He is ranked No. 4 at 145, with Grayson Sorenson of Grace at No. 3. “That was one of our losses,” Zank said. “It was a tight match the first weekend of competition. “I know Gavril is excited to wrestle him again.” Zank also thinks sophomore Michael Kusnetsov could qualify at 170. Beyond that, Zank said he has three freshmen that will get the benefit of experiencing their first conference meet.


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Members of the Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club traverse down a hill during a hike on Vista Trail Nov. 22, 2014 off Skilak Lake Road.

Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club continues to grow By IAN FOLEY Peninsula Clarion

The Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club was once a small group of friends that enjoyed a shared interest in outdoor activities. Today, the group has grown to have nearly 200 members. While the size of the club has increased, a shared love for the outdoors has remained con-

stant. Founded in 1992, the club allows members to gather at year round events in order to participate in an array of activities, and, at the same time, meet new people who share common interests. While the club organizes a variety of events, common meet-ups are ski, hiking and camping trips. The events take place all over the Kenai Peninsula and activities range in difficulty from

easy to strenuous. While the club’s name suggests that every event is held outdoors, that is not the case. “We have the shoulder seasons, where we get into less active stuff,” said Steve Ford, the group’s co-founder. “There have been movie nights. We’ll do pool and dart night — stuff like that, so we certainly move indoors a lot.” Ford said that in the club’s early days, organizing the events was more

difficult, because the events calendar had to be handwritten and mailed to each member. Ford said that new technology has made organizing events easier. In August 2009, the club starting using the website www.meetup.com to help plan and organize events more efficiently. Ford said the website has been extremely successful in attracting new members and keeping everySee CLUB, page C-2

Curling clubs spread the love of the sport By JOHN HENNESSY The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — While channel-surfing during the past Winter Olympics, you may have come across it — a game of shuffleboard on ice, where skippers yell in various languages at their teammates sweeping frantically ahead of a sliding 40-pound stone. You, like so many others, may have found yourself inexplicably drawn to this “goofy” game. For several founding members of curling clubs throughout the Inland Northwest, that is how it all began — watching television at odd hours of the night, trying to decipher this enigma on ice. In many towns and cities throughout Canada, instead of basketball courts (a mainstay in the United States) you will find curling rinks. It should be no surprise Canada’s men’s team has won gold in curling for the past three Winter Olympics, while their women’s team won gold in 2014 and has made the podium every year curling has been an event. At first glance, it may be hard to understand how the sport got its name. The same goes for its nickname, “chess on ice.” AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle But after one session, the answers beIn this photo taken on Nov. 2, Dale Garraway, of the Lilac City Curling Club, demonstrates how to throw a come crystal clear. In Scotland, where the sport owes it stone, as Lanelle Ramey, left, and Christina Akinlosotu get set to sweep, during a curling clinic at the Ice PalSee ICE, page C-2 ace in Riverfront Park in Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash.

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tentially huge ecosystem changers as commonplace makes those of us involved in invasive species management ask a difficult but essential question — are we winning the war against invasive plants or merely holding the line? There is also the possibility — if we look at big picture trends — that we are failing miserably in our aim to contain, control or eradicate infestations. Fortunately, on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, we have the means to get at this question. A large-scale systematic plot survey initiated in 2004, the LTEMP (Long Term Ecological Monitoring Program), revealed that only four percent of 256 plots had nonnative plant species. By observing what proportion of the Refuge See REFUGE, page C-2

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one up to date with events. Any member can post an event on the website and it’s even possible for several events to be scheduled on the same day. Ford said that seeing the group grow has been interesting. “(The club) is moving on its own,” Ford sad. “It’s like

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roots, they call it “the roaring game,” a reference to the sound the stone makes while traveling across pebbled ice. It is a game that elicits many unexpected sensations — the caress of cold ice on your knee during a delivery, the sweat beading on your forehead while sweeping, the clanking sounds of stones meeting within the house. It will tap your mental facilities — does your team score that last stone or take the hammer for the next end? Each curling team consists of four players. A typical game lasts eight to 10 rounds, which are referred to as “ends.” During each end, each player will throw two stones, equaling a total of eight stones thrown per team, 16 per end. The objective, similar to lawn

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remains composed of completely native flora over time, we can address our question at the landscape scale. However, we also know that the nonnative plant community is mostly constrained (at least for now) to areas of the Refuge that have been disturbed by humans. So, working with Colorado State University in 2006, we inventoried native and nonnative flora on 74 plots that were established for the purpose of monitoring invasive plants on the Refuge’s human footprint. With the exception of a few remote public use cabins, the human footprint is mostly in the Skilak Lake area, the Swanson River and Swan Lake canoe systems, commercial oil and gas leases, the Refuge headquarters and Funny River Road area, and seismic lines spreading north of the Sterling Highway. These plots were distributed in what is known as a stratifiedrandom design where at least seven plots were randomly chosen for sampling within several disturbance types or strata: roads, campgrounds, seismic

an amoeba.” According to the club’s Meetup page, over 1,300 events have been held since the website began. While the Internet has helped the club grow, many members continue to meet in person to plan events. On the third Wednesday of each month, some group members meet at the Albatross Restaurant and Lounge on Kalifornsky Beach Road to discuss new ideas and future get-

togethers. These events are then published on the Meetup website where members can RSVP for events. Mike Crawford, a Tsalteshi Trails Association board member, said he moved to Alaska three years ago and joined the club after hearing This was the fifteenth time about it from coworkers. he has journeyed north from Crawford said he liked the his home in Massachusetts, primarily to fish for sockeyes club not only because it ofat the Russian. fered the opportunity to meet Why do we keep doing this new people, but also because crazy stuff? it allowed people to feel safe There must be something to and comfortable while enjoythis fishing thing. ing the Alaskan outdoors. “You’re not going to get Les Palmer can be reached lost, people know what they’re at les.palmer@rocketmail.com. doing if something does hap-

pen,” Crawford said. “It’s a really good failsafe.” Crawford said he wanted to help improve the club. “One of the big complaints that members had was that there was no way to pay for club membership (online),” Crawford said. “We wanted to make it easier for so many of the young members who are used to paying that way and don’t own a checkbook. So, I helped them put in their online registration.” The website caused an immediate boost in participation and paying members, Crawford said. Crawford said that the

website has been extremely useful, but there has been one problem. “A lot of people are terrible at RSVPing. I think it’s an Alaskan thing,” Crawford said. The club has a yearly membership fee of $15 per person or $20 for family. The money not only goes toward funding events, but to helping the community as well. “In the past (the club) donated $500 annually (toward upkeep of the Tsalteshi Trails), which was so appreciated by Tsalteshi,” Crawford said. “It helps trail maintenance and keeps the trails in good shape. It all goes to a good cause and it’s really neat to see appreciation by the Outdoor Club, because they use the trails a lot. So many meet-ups happen on the trails, so it’s a really good two-way relationship.” Rusty Swan, who has been the club’s president for three

bowling or bocce ball, is to get your team’s stones closest to the button (the innermost circle) inside the house (a bull’s-eye consisting of four rings). The players whose stones sit closest to the button win the end. The winning team is awarded one point per stone closer to the button than their opponents’. Prior to a match, someone will spray the ice with water droplets, thus “pebbling” the ice, so when a player releases a stone at the hog line (the release line) with a slight spin, friction between the granite and ice will cause the stone to curl (hence the name of the sport). Two sweepers will join the stone during its trip down the ice toward the house. Their job is to do one of three things — extend the travel distance of the stone, reduce the amount of curl placed upon it, or both. Once the stone reaches the line horizontally bisecting the house, called the tee line, only

one member from the stone’s team may continue sweeping. Also, at this time, once that stone’s edge crosses the tee line, a member from the opposing team may sweep however he sees fit. The team that does not score receives what is called the hammer, next round. The hammer is the last stone played. Because the hammer is a valuable commodity, teams will often discuss whether it’s worth scoring or having the hammer going forward. The team’s captain, referred to as the skipper, will call out to the sweepers, instructing them whether to back off or really put some elbow grease into it. “It’s harder than it looks,” said Rick McCrickard, Lilac City Curling Club board member. “The guys on the Olympics make it look effortless. Getting your slide technique down is probably the most difficult. A lot of people struggle a little bit with the curling of the stone.

“It’s your momentum that actually pushes the stone if the ice is good. Otherwise, you have to shove the heck out of the stone to get it to make it. It’s your slide that gives the stone its momentum.” “We’ve got bus drivers, we’ve got scientists, financial analysts, we have real estate people (playing the game with us),” McCrickard said. Lilac City Curling Club hosts matches at the Ice Palace in Riverfront Park every Sunday from 6-10 p.m., for seven weeks. People are encouraged to come down and watch. If an extra sheet of ice is available, people are welcome to come down onto the ice and give the sport a try. The club provides all necessary equipment to participants. There is no cost for demoing the sport. The individual cost for registering for a team is $125. All participants must sign a waiver prior to playing.

At the Ice Palace, though it is covered, outdoor elements still affect the game. While at the championship level every single detail — temperature, humidity, frequency of pebbling — is monitored and controlled, Lilac City Curling Club must contend with Mother Nature. “One side of that arena is right next to the river,” McCrickard said. “We find that moisture from the river comes in and kind of slows down the ice. When it dampens, it gets slower. When it’s warmer, it’s slower.” The Coeur d’Alene Curling Club got its start on a pond when a group of North Idaho teachers poured cement into spaghetti pots and threw them at spray-painted lines on the ice. Today, there is cross-participation between Coeur d’Alene and Lilac City. The clubs hope to eventually host a bonspiel (tournament), perhaps sparking a friendly rivalry. Coeur

d’Alene will host their third annual bonspeil on May 1. A passion for curling exists throughout Montana, especially in Missoula where they boast their own outdoor arena. Mountains to the north and east provide a scenic backdrop to this venue. They will host their own bonspiel this March. After a great game of curling, there is only one thing left to do: broomstacking (if you’re old enough). Teams meet at the bar afterward, in keeping with the tradition where players would leave the pond and stack their brooms beside the fireplace and enjoy a few adult beverages. If your team lost, no worries — the winning team buys the first round. When asked if Lilac City Curling Club has a broomstacking song, McCrickard said, “We have a couple Canadians. They’re prone to break into ‘Oh, Canada’ on occasion.”

lines, right-of-ways, oil and gas well pads, and trails. These categories were further separated into fine-scale disturbances, such as developed versus undeveloped campgrounds. We resurveyed these plots this summer, 8 years after their initial measurements. We battled swarms of mosquitoes, slogged through bogs in the rain, and experienced a remarkable day of two flat tires. Once we even took an unplanned swim through a wetland to get to a plot. Finding the monument — metal discs affixed to rebar, often buried, moved or missing — was also a challenge. Throughout it all, even during the physically hard parts, we were buoyed by the new and unique vistas experienced each day, and the initial thrill of seeing what had changed since 2006. The good news is that the distribution of invasive species hasn’t changed much within the human footprint. Nonnative plants occurred on more than 50 percent of the plots (38) in 2014, similar to 39 plots in 2006. The highest numbers of species were found on the oil and gas pads, followed by campgrounds and paved roadsides. The most common nonnative species were dandelion,

clovers, Kentucky bluegrass, pineapple weed, bigleaf lupine and plantain. Twenty invasive species were identified in 2014, down from 25 in 2006. Shepherd’s purse, narrowleaf hawkweed, oxeye daisy and red clover were found in 2006 but not in 2014. In contrast, lambsquarters and reed canarygrass were found in 2014 but not in 2006. Some areas of within the human footprint are intrinsically more susceptible to invasion due to frequent vehicle or pedestrian traffic. The oil and gas infrastructure has been disturbed a lot recently with renewed interest in drilling and new ownership of leases. Roadsides are disturbed frequently by grading and by simply the annual passage of more than a million vehicles down the Sterling Highway. Visitors to trail heads and campgrounds inadvertently bring seeds with them. Nonetheless, we’ve been able to keep the spread in check due to a comprehensive herbicide treatment program that targets oil and gas well pads, campgrounds, trailheads and roadsides — gateways to the Refuge’s more pristine interior. In contrast, plots on seismic lines showed little disturbance

and virtually no invasion; some of the oldest lines from the 1950s and 1960s were barely discernable from surrounding vegetation. Most of these sites are rarely visited for any reason, and many were in wetlands. Future invasion is unlikely in these areas. So are we winning the war? We appear to have mostly held the line on the Refuge over the past 8 years. The problem,

however, is that by most counts we’re losing badly outside the Refuge with many invasives becoming well established in towns and rural subdivisions, and on the highway system outside the Refuge. Eight years from now, our resurvey of these plots will likely paint a very different picture. Although our surveys will continue to contribute to our understanding of patterns and chronology of in-

vasions on the Refuge, smart strategies for combating invasives are necessary across land ownership boundaries if we are to really succeed on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Bella is the plant ecologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kenai/ for more information about the Refuge.

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about her and her daughter. I feel like she’s trying to one-up me or divert attention away from my child. We come from a big, tight-knit family and until now, her daughter was the baby of the family. Rita has been doing this for months now, and I’m starting to get annoyed. How can I tell her politely to please stop stealing my thunder and turning everything into something about her? — ANNOYED IN THE WEST DEAR ANNOYED: Whether she’s doing it consciously or not, it does appear that Cousin Rita is competitive with you. It would be interesting to know if she has always been this way. You can’t stop her from competing, but you can develop a sense of humor where she’s concerned. Her bids for attention are really rather sad, and once your baby arrives, he or she will be the baby of the family — until Rita becomes pregnant again, that is. (I’m tempted to start the countdown now.)

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Try not to color someone else’s day as somber; projecting your mood onto others can cause a lot of problems. Fortunately, you will be able to turn this attitude around. Anger could build on the homefront, but you will know what to do. Tonight: Your home is your castle. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You might want to see what is happening with some associates before you decide that a project isn’t likely to work out. Get the full story, and then make a decision. Avoid actively communicating while doing anything that requires your attention. Tonight: Remain anchored. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You will want to have a longoverdue discussion with a co-worker whom you see almost daily. You might even be exercise buddies! You’ll discover how much you have in common, and you’ll wish you had more time together. Why not make plans? Tonight: Surprises surround you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Be more forthright with a loved one. Try to be gentle in your choice of words and attitude; otherwise, you could come across as being harsh. Understand what is happening within you. Perhaps you need to plan a vacation. Tonight: Let off some steam. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Keep your own counsel, if possible. You might be taken aback by what is going on behind the scenes. Touch base with a family member or a loved one to get more information. Curb an impulse to go spending for now. Tonight: Make it your treat.

Care comes in many packages Dear Heloise: My daughter is in her first year of college out of state. I want to send her care packages, but there are too many choices. Do you have any hints? — Rachel, via email Sure do, and I can tell you, when I was in college and saw a package from my mother or daddy, I knew it was going to make me happy! There is a difference between want and need! What are favorite candies, snacks, magazines, etc.? College students often live on takeout or microwave meals. Homemade goodies are just the best, even if they do arrive in less-than-perfect shape. Who cares? They still taste the same! A themed care package can be fun to put together and fun to open up. For a cheap night in, make a box full of movies, popcorn and candy. A “need” (but maybe not “want”) gift box is one full of tissues, cough drops, medicine, tea and instant soup. Do put in a treat, too! When packing, put items that might leak in a zipper-top plastic bag. For cookies, wrap in plastic wrap, then put in a hard, plastic leftover container. Use softer items to cushion things needing a little more care. Don’t waste space on unusable packing materials. No matter what, your college student will love getting a piece of home. If it is packed with love, it is perfect! — Heloise

Send a great hint to: Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 Fax: 1-210-HELOISE Email: Heloise(at)Heloise.com

SUDOKU

By Tom Wilson

By Dave Green

Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to Friday.

6 5 4 2 1 8 3 9 7

7 2 1 9 5 3 4 8 6

3 8 9 4 7 6 5 2 1

4 1 3 6 2 9 7 5 8

2 9 5 7 8 4 1 6 3

8 6 7 1 3 5 2 4 9

1 4 6 3 9 2 8 7 5

9 7 8 5 4 1 6 3 2

Difficulty Level

5 3 2 8 6 7 9 1 4

2014 Conceptis Puzzles, Dist. by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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A baby born today has a Sun in Sagittarius and a Moon in Taurus if born before 5:28 a.m. (PST). Afterward, the Moon will be in Gemini. HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Dec. 5, 2014: This year you seem to go back and forth a lot with weighing the pros and con of certain situations, decisions and actions. You are passionate about your opinions; therefore, detachment takes some skill. If you are single, you might not believe the choices you have available to you. The person you choose could be quite different from who you’re used to dating. If you are attached, you might not always admit to being able to identify with your significant other, but you do. Use this skill to bond this relationship even more closely together. GEMINI provides many facts and information that you put to good use. 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) HHHH You’ll say what is on your mind, and others will give you a quick response. Confusion could be the outcome if they haven’t thought through their responses. Be spontaneous and open-minded. You might be surprised by how everything works out. Tonight: Chat with a friend. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH You might be swallowing some anger over a personal issue. Don’t use shopping as an outlet, because doing so would end in regret. You also are likely to change your mind about your choices, so be sure to keep your receipts. Tonight: Pay bills, then decide what you can afford.

12/04

Previous Puzzles Answer Key

B.C.

By Johnny Hart

Garfield

By Eugene Sheffer

By Jim Davis

Take It from the Tinkersons By Bill Bettwy

Tundra

Shoe

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9

7 8 9 4 6

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2 4 5 7 8 1 3 9 7 1 2 5

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12/05

By Chad Carpenter

By Chris Cassatt & Gary Brookins

Mother Goose and Grimm

By Michael Peters

2014 Conceptis Puzzles, Dist. by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I divorced because of another woman. I took it hard, but after a year or so, I was OK. Fast forward to 2013: He shows up on my doorstep, needing food and shelter, so I took him in (he’s still the father of my children). Now I can’t get rid of him! He’s trying to show me he’s changed. If I didn’t know him, I’d think he wasn’t the same man at all. I need to know if this is an OK situation for me to be in, because well-meaning friends and family tell me he won’t change; he’ll leave again. (I say, “As long as he abides by the terms of the divorce, so what!”) I don’t care if he sees other people; he’s my EX. As far as I’m concerned, he’s just renting a room in my house. But I need to know — am I hurting the kids by letting him stay? He seems to get along better with them now than he ever did, and I’d be renting that room to someone else if it wasn’t him. As far as I’m concerned, better the devil you know than the one you don’t. Am I doing the right thing? And if so, how do I get well-meaning people to stop lecturing me? — LANDLADY IN CALIFORNIA DEAR LANDLADY: I can’t see how your ex living in the house would hurt the children — unless he

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