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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014 Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Vol. 45, Issue 71

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Walker: Alaska will weather fiscal storm

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Homer Electric Association members will likely see a rate decrease beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the electric cooperative announced in a press release Friday. According to the release, HEA has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that lowers the Cost of Power Adjustment from $0.08194 per kilowatt hour to $0.06900 per kilowatt hour. COPA reflects the cost of the fuel purchased by Homer Electric to generate electricity and is adjusted on a quarterly basis. The reduction in the COPA is due in part to the use of additional low cost power that was available from the stateowned Bradley Lake hydroelectric project. During the last quarter of 2014, Bradley Lake experienced high water levels, resulting in increased power generation at the facility. The COPA revision will lower the blended rate (COPA plus energy rate) for HEA members from $0.21974 per kilowatt hour to $0.20680 per kilowatt hour. The new rate will mean a decrease of $8.15 per month for the average HEA member using 630 kilowatt hours a month. Pending approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the new rate will be effective for all billings as of Jan. 1. — Staff report

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Christmas lights adorn a new gate to the playground at the Kenai Municipal Park on Forest Drive in Kenai.

Kenai park to receive upgrade City council OK’s funds to refurbish, expand playground By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion

Kenai’s Enchanted Forest playground project took another step closer to reality on Wednesday evening. Two of the four components of the plan created by the city administration, with the help of the Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission and a group of interested citizens, were approved for purchase. City manager Rick Koch said the new playground equipment could be installed in late April. Council member Tim Navarre was the first to speak about playground improvement at Wednesday’s Kenai city council meeting. He began by thanking the Parks and Recreation Commission

The Kenai City Council has approved funding to refurbish and expand the playground in the municipal park.

for the Dec. 4 work session at which they originally presented the plans for the council’s consideration. The proposal

up for approval on Wednesday — to renovate the Kenai Municipal Park with an “enchanted forest” theme — con-

sisted of four elements for the council to approve separately: the construction of a play area for 2- to 5-year-old children, priced by the city manager at $160,751; the renovation of equipment in the existing play area for 5- to 12-yearolds, priced at $107,966; the construction of a zipline for $140,000; and the addition of carved wooden animals for $6,975. “I’m happy that we’re finally at a point where we’re proceeding, as you know, through the frustration of Parks and Recs,” Navarre said. “I’m glad they finally came to a level where they brought to us ‘Here’s what we want to see. Here’s the big picture of this park, and we want to get it done, and be done with it.’ See PARK, page A-10

Gov. Bill Walker is reaching out to community and business leaders to help guide him through some tough times with the state budget. In a speech to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Dec. 15, Walker’s first address to a major business group since taking office Dec. 1, the governor promised to be honest and “blunt” about the state’s deteriorated fiscal position. “We have to make adjustments. Alaskans have done this before and we can do it again. We can do it together, in collaboration, rather than making late-night decisions on the third floor,” he said, referring to the governor’s office in the state capitol building. Walker appeared at the podium with new budget director Pat Pitney and acting Revenue Commissioner Marcia Davis. The governor said he met with legislative leaders last week, with Davis showing details of the fiscal situation that were also displayed to Anchorage chamber members. State budget documents for upcoming fiscal year 2016, which starts July 1, were also released Dec. 15 as required by law, but Walker said these were placeholder budget bills that had been developed by the outgoing administration of Gov. Sean Parnell. See STORM, page A-10

Workshops perpetuate Tlingit language By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN Capital City Weekly

JUNEAU (AP) — Mallory Story, Will Geiger, Andrew Williams and Richard Radford show respect for the people who have lived in Southeast Alaska since time immemorial by learning, and helping to perpetuate, the Tlingit language. Six months ago, the four started a free Tlingit workshop at Juneau’s downtown library. “We’ve been given a lot of knowledge,” Story said. “We want to keep studying and share that knowledge.” Radford, who has been learning Tlingit for two and a

half years, said one of the main goals is to create a space where Tlingit is spoken. “One of the things I had heard many times from X’unei (University of Alaska Southeast professor Lance Twitchell) was that if you want to learn French, you can go to France. If you want to learn Italian, you can go to Italy. But if you want to learn Tlingit, there is no place to go where Tlingit is spoken. Instead, you have to manufacture that place, create that space. The Tlingit Language Learners Group is an attempt at creating another space where people in the community can come to speak, listen, share, and learn,”

he wrote in an email. Story’s experience with Tlingit began in a class about Alaska Native social change that was taught by Twitchell. “It just made me a lot more aware of how little I knew about Tlingit language and culture, and I grew up in Juneau and went to public school here,” she said. On a recent week, the workshop started off with pronunciation practice. There’s the difference between “gooch” — hill — and gooch — wolf — for example. There are high and low tones. AP Photo/Capital City Weekly, Mary Catharine Martin Geiger and Story broke Mallory Story sings “Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes” in TlinSee SPEAK, page A-10 git as students in a free Tlingit language workshop sing along.

Fisheries tech program has in-state focus By MEGAN PETERSEN Ketchikan Daily News

KETCHIKAN (AP) — More than half a dozen fish-centric University of Alaska community campuses around the state are educating an upcoming generation of fisheries technology professionals with the University of Alaska Southeast’s fisheries technology program. Barbara Morgan, the pro-

gram’s student support and community outreach coordinator for the Ketchikan campus, recently hosted an informational meeting for prospective students. UAS’ fisheries technology program is designed to enable Alaska residents already involved in fisheries to enter the industry around the state, Morgan said. The program stresses the importance of retaining and building a local source of fish-

eries professionals. “It’s important for the state of Alaska to be fulfilling that need (for fish tech professionals) instead of out-of-state schools. I want to see us doing that,” Morgan said. “There’s really no reason we can’t be doing this ourselves rather than relying on out-of-state sources.” Students in the program can earn a two-year associate’s degree, a one-year certification C

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focused on fish culture or fisheries management, or an occupational endorsement, which can be earned in as little as 14 weeks, according to Morgan. Students can also go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences — the only degree program of its type in North America, according to a UAF press release.

Morgan said the UAS fish-tech program consists of mostly online curriculum, though students are required to participate in labs at regional UAS campuses. Flexibility is essential to the program’s and students’ success, Morgan said. Because all the fisheries technology courses are online, students can arrange to start and finish courses on a non-traditional timeline. See FISH, page A-10


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Report: Arctic continues to warm By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON — The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says. In the spring and summer of 2014, Earth’s icy northern region lost more of its signature whiteness that reflects the sun’s heat. It was replaced temporarily with dark land and water that absorbs more energy, keeping yet more heat on already warming planet, according to the Arctic report card issued Thursday. Spring snow cover in Eurasia reached a record low in April. Arctic summer sea ice, while not setting a new record, continued a long-term, steady decline.

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And Greenland set a record in August for the least amount of sunlight reflected in that month, said the peer-reviewed report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies. Overall, the report card written by 63 scientists from 13 countries shows few singleyear dramatic changes, unlike other years. “We can’t expect records every year. It need not be spectacular for the Arctic to continue to be changing,” said report lead editor Martin Jeffries, an Arctic scientist for the Office of Naval Research, at a San Francisco news conference Wednesday. The report illustrates instead a relentless decline in cold, snow and ice conditions and how they combine with each other. And several of those have to do with how the Arctic reflects sun heat The Arctic’s drop in reflectivity is crucial because “it plays a role like a thermostat in regulating global climate,” Jeffries

said, in an interview. As the bright areas are replaced, even temporarily, with dark heatabsorbing dark areas, “That has global implications.” The world’s thermostat setting gets nudged up a bit because more heat is being absorbed instead of reflected, he said. The Arctic has been affected more by man-made warming than the rest of the globe, Jeffries and the report said. But it comes in spurts, pauses and drops. Not every year will be a record, Jeffries said. For example, the Arctic sea ice’s lowest point this year wasn’t as small as 2012 and was only the sixth lowest since 1979. But the last eight years have all had the eight lowest amounts of summer sea ice on record, Jeffries said. While Greenland’s ice sheet lost 474 billion tons of ice in 2012, it only lost 6 billion tons in the past summer, the report said. While the U.S. East Coast shivered during January’s cold

snap from a polar vortex that slipped south, parts of Alaska were 18 degrees warmer than normal. Polar bear populations in parts of the Alaska region were shrinking but elsewhere they were more or less stable, the report said. “Eight years ago, 2014 would have been considered an alarming year,” said University of Colorado ice scientist Ted Scambos, who didn’t contribute to the report. “With 2007 and 2012 behind us, not so much now. The continued summertime darkening of Greenland, particularly in a year when surface melt did not reach record levels, is worrisome, and sets up the potential for record surface melting in future years.” Online: Report: http://www.arctic. noaa.gov/reportcard/ NOAA: www.noaa.gov Malcolm Ritter in New York contributed to this report.

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Peninsula Clarion, Monday, December 22, 2014

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. 10 a.m. • Narcotics Anonymous PJ Meeting, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. 5 p.m. • TOPS group 182 meets at the Sterling Senior Center. Call 260-7606. 5:30 p.m. • Overeater’s Anonymous meets at the URS Club in the old Kenai Mall. Do you have a problem with food? Members come in all sizes. 6 p.m. • Kenai Bridge Club plays duplicate bridge at the Kenai Senior Center. Call 252-9330 or 283-7609. 7 p.m. • Women’s Barbershop sings at the Soldotna Church of God on the corner of Redoubt and Binkley. For more information, call 335-6789 or 262-4504. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “Dopeless Hope Fiends,” 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. • Alcoholics Anonymous “Into Action” group, VFW basement Birch Street, Soldotna, 907-262-0995. 8 p.m. • Al-Anon Support Group at Central Peninsula Hospital in the Augustine Room, Soldotna. Call 252-0558. 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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BOSTON (AP) — Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these. A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston. A note accompanying the rings asked that the jewelry be sold and the proceeds used to buy toys for poor children. This heartwarming Christmas story gets even better: The anonymous woman redeeming the rings is also a widow, and she wants to return them to the woman who originally donated them. “I want to be involved in this because it’s about the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving,” the buyer told the Salvation Army, which announced the rings’ sale Monday. “My wish is that the rings can be returned to this woman who gave them up in memory of her husband for the sake of children at Christmas.” The fellowship of these rings began earlier this month, when the charity emptied one of its trademark kettles outside Boston’s North Station and found the rings wrapped inside a letter. The widow who gave them recalled her late husband as an especially giving soul, especially during the holidays, and said she was donating her rings in his memory. “I’m hoping there’s someone out there who made lots of money this year and will buy the ring for 10 times its worth. After all, there’s no price on love or the sentimental value of this ring. But money will help the kids,” her note read. Massachusetts Salvation Army Major David Davis said the diamond ring alone was valued at $1,850. In keeping with the donor’s wish, the organization spread the word, and Davis said the rings got multiple offers. “One expression of love has inspired another grand gesture to help those in need during the holiday season,” he said. “Because of these two amazing individuals, our Salvation Army officers, staff and individuals will be able to extend our outreach to the many families and children in need. We are dedicated to fulfilling the sentiment behind these two heartfelt donations.” In the end, the winning bidder offered more than 10 times the rings’ worth. The woman, identified only as a former Salvation Army volunteer, told the charity she was inspired in part because she, too, lost a beloved husband. “I miss him dearly, but my husband would be happy that I am doing this,” she said. The Salvation Army doesn’t know who the original donor is but hopes she’ll come forward, spokesman Drew Forster said. “We’re hoping this incredibly generous person reaches out so we can set up a very quiet meeting” to return the rings, he said.

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there will be between-periods entertainment, and a wet section serving beer and wine. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. Any interested alumni players, including those from Skyview and Nikiski, should contact Rick at 3980190.

Nikiski Pool sets holiday schedule

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will be presenting its Winter Wine Taste Event on Feb. 14 at the Fireweed Fellowship Hall at the Catholic Church in Soldotna at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hospice office. The evening will be filled with many gourmet appetizers and dessert along with paired wines for each course. If you would like to volunteer to help the evening of the event or would like to donate an item for the auctions, contact Hospice. Call Mary Green at 398-1600 or call the Hospice office at 262-0453 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday for more information.

Nikiski Pool and the Nikiski Community Recreation Center facilities will be closed Dec. 24-25, and January 1. During Christmas Break, Dec. 19 – Jan. 4, the Nikiski Pool will be open for swimming Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-8pm, waterslide at 1 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., waterslide all day; Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., waterslide all day. The pool is closed on Mondays. Please call 776-8800 for more information.

Kenai Peninsula College posts holiday schedule

Have a photogenic pet? Send the Clarion a picture

KPC’s two campuses (Kenai River and Kachemak Bay) and two extension sites (Anchorage and Resurrection Bay) will close for the holidays on Dec. 25 and will re-open at noon, Jan. 5, 2015. Registration for the upcoming spring semester is available online at www.kpc.alaska.edu. Classes start on Jan. 12, 2015.

Pet photos run on the Pets page every Tuesday. They can be color or black and white and may include people. Limit one photo per household. They may be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, dropped off at the Kenai office or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet’s and owner’s names, owner’s address and phone number must be included. Photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 907-335-1251.

Alumni hockey game on tap

The puck drops on the 19th annual Kenai Central and SolSubmit community announcements to news@peninsulaclardotna high school hockey alumni game at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Santa will be there, ion.com.

How to joke about Sony hacking? Carefully By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer

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How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you’re Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting his new movie “Top Five” this week, he noted an added bonus: “My movie’s very Korean-friendly. There are no jokes about North Korea in ‘Top Five.’ If you’re Korean, go out and see ‘Top Five.’ You will enjoy it.” Given that the fallout over an unabashedly silly movie — “The Interview,” which Sony shelved last week after a stunning cyberattack by hackers the U.S. has linked to North Korea — has escalated into a serious global situation, one would think comedy writers might be a wee bit skittish just now. But they ARE in the business of satire, and this is one of the biggest entertainment stories in years. And so, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” didn’t wait long to bring up the scandal — in fact, it didn’t wait one second. The show opened with Mike Myers returning as Dr. Evil from the “Austin Powers” movies, taking jabs at Sony, North Korea AND Hollywood. Oh, and Republicans, and “The Interview” actor James Franco’s Oscarhosting skills. “There’s already a GOP,” Myers said, referring to the hackers who call themselves Guardians of Peace, “and they’re already an evil organization.” Referring to hackers’ threats of terrorism over the movie, he said that wasn’t necessary: “It’s easy to kill a movie. Just move it to January.” As for Franco, whose character in the film is tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he noted: “The man singlehandedly almost killed the Oscars!” Later, though, the show played with the idea that maybe it’s all a little soon. Comic Bobby Moynihan appeared as Kim Jong Un on “Weekend Update,”

‘There’s often a sense of schadenfreude in Hollywood, if something happens to a movie or an executive. But in this case the fear is so palpable, people are thinking, what if this were me?’ — Janice Min declaring he wasn’t afraid. But then red target marks appeared on his torso, and he reversed course: “I’m Seth Rogen, everybody!” he said, trying to quickly mimic Rogen, a star and director of the film, before skedaddling off the set. All in jest, but there probably IS a sense of “Is it too soon?” out there, says Janice Min, a veteran entertainment industry observer who oversees The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. “I would say we’re in an unprecedented era of fear right now,” she says, referring to the chilling cyberattack that saw thousands of Sony emails — some deeply embarrassing — and other materials posted online. Things escalated dramatically when hackers then threatened violence against moviegoers, leading theater chains to pull out and Sony to cancel the Christmas opening. “There’s often a sense of schadenfreude in Hollywood, if something happens to a movie or an executive,” Min says. “But in this case the fear is so palpable, people are thinking, what if this were me?” Even in campaigns for the upcoming awards season in Hollywood, Min notes, “every publicist in town will be coaching their stars on what to say and what not to say, or what to post on Twitter — everything will be very measured.” And so naturally, she adds, there may be a chilling effect on comedy — one that might affect the sharpness of the jokes, for example, at the Golden Globes or the Oscars. “I’m going to venture that at least until the issues are resolved, everyone’s too scared, and you don’t want to be the one making that North

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Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I’m not going to be told we can’t see the movie.” President Barack Obama subsequently said he felt Sony had made a mistake in shelving the film. Jimmy Kimmel, in a serious tweet, called Sony’s decision an “unAmerican act of cowardice.” Filmmaker Judd Apatow said it was “disgraceful” that theaters weren’t showing the film. Two other North Koreathemed films have suffered collateral damage: “Team America,” which was set to show as a replacement at a handful of theaters, was pulled, and a Steve Carell project in development was shelved. On late-night shows, Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Seth Myers have all poked fairly innocuous fun. Letterman on Friday joked that North Pole emails had been hacked. He displayed one from Blitzen, the reindeer, asking to take Hanukkah off. It was marked with a big red “HACKED” sign. Kimmel quipped last week that if the North Koreans were going to stop a movie being shown, “Why couldn’t it be ‘Love Actually,’ which my wife and her friends have in our living room every Christmas?” And Fallon chose to lightly lampoon the U.S. government, noting that when Amy Pascal of Sony apologized for some embarrassing emailed jokes involving President Obama, the president replied: “Don’t worry. I secretly read those emails months ago.”


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students in the Juneau School District may soon be changing, and we see this change as a harbringer of benefits for students at the high school level. At a regular school board meeting Tuesday, the Program Evaluation Committee recommended substituting extracurricular sports activities for traditional physical education courses for high school students. In other words, a student could count his or her participation in after-school dance class (to use just one example) as a replacement for a PE class required to graduate. As long as these young adults are getting at least one hour every day of quality physical activity (as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), we see this as an opportunity for struggling students to take an extra course, to allow student-athletes, like ski racers who travel often, to squeeze in an additional few credits. Not only do parents support the change; it would follow a statewide trend. According to an Empire report last week, Juneau is the only major Alaska school district that does not offer any waiver options for the physical education requirement. In the second draft proposal, however, we would like to better understand how hours will be tracked. For instance, the independent study program option for Juneau would require 67.5 hours of sports activity outside of school hours to earn the one PE credit required for graduation. What expectations does that bring for coaches? We are curious how workloads would increase for school staff and what sports will and will not be included. Some may argue that physical education, especially in a nation ridden with obesity, shouldn’t be made to seem less important. To those we reply that many high school athletes obtain a very high level of fitness from sports participation. We would also point out that our elementary and middle school PE teachers are the ones who help cultivate an appreciation for being active, a curriculum that teaches and encourages a lifelong, active lifestyle. Active lifestyles of varying types should be encouraged in high schools as well. Change isn’t always welcomed by all, but in this case, we feel the benefits will outweigh any hurdles. — Juneau Empire, Dec. 21

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Obama’s Cuban olive branch

Candidate Barack Obama said that, as president, he would talk to anti-American dictators without precondition. He didn’t mention that he would also give them historic policy concessions without precondition. His surprise unilateral change in the U.S. posture toward the Castro dictatorship came without even the pretense of serious promises by the Cubans to reform their kleptocratic, totalitarian rule. The trade of Alan Gross, the American aid worker jailed in Cuba for the offense of trying to help Jewish Cubans get on the Internet, for three Cuban spies is understandable (we also got back one of our spies, and Cuba released several dozen political prisoners as a sweetener). The rest of Obama’s sweeping revisions — diplomatic relations and the loosening of every economic sanction he can plausibly change on his own — are freely granted, no questions asked. It is quid with no pro quo. After waiting out 10 other U.S. presidents, the Castro regime finally hit the jackpot in Obama, whose beliefs about our Cuba policy probably don’t differ much from those of the average black-turtleneckclad graduate student in Latin American studies. Every dictator around the world must be waiting anxiously for a call or a postcard from Obama. The leader of the free world comes bearing gifts and understanding. He is willing to overlook human-rights abuses. And his idea of burnishing his legacy is to clinch deals with his country’s enemies.

Who helped negotiate the one with Cuba? Harry Truman had Dean Acheson. Richard Nixon had Henry Kissinger. Barack Obama has Ben Rhodes, the deputy national-security adviser who has what it Rich Lowry takes to collapse U.S. policy toward Cuba and get nothing in return. There is no doubt that economic sanctions are a blunt and dubious instrument, and reasonable people can disagree about their wisdom (I’ve gone back and forth about the Cuban embargo through the years). But dictatorial regimes hate them for a reason. All things considered, they want more economic wherewithal rather than less. Cuba is heavily dependent on the largesse of its ideological partner Venezuela, whose irrational, left-wing policies have helped trash its economy. Just as the Cuban dictatorship faces the dire prospect of the collapse of Venezuela’s support, here comes El Yanqui to cushion the blow. The Castro regime will take a cut of the increased trade, remittances and tourism that will spring from Obama’s concessions. Consider tourism. The Cuban military has an enormous holding company called GAESA. One of its companies, Gaviota, operates an extensive network of hotels and resorts, according to the strategic consultancy Stratfor. Imagine if the Penta-

gon owned the Marriott and Hilton hotel chains. That is the Cuban tourism industry in a nutshell. About a million Canadian tourists go to Cuba every year. In total, more than 2 million tourists visit annually, and yet the Castro regime is still standing. It is true, of course, that the embargo — which Obama can’t lift on his own — hasn’t ended the Castro regime. On the other hand, there is little reason to believe that lifting the embargo will end it, either. Our vast trade with China hasn’t yet made Beijing any less repressive. The Cuba embargo is condemned as a relic of the Cold War, but it is the regime itself that is a relic, an inhuman jackboot left over from the era when people actually professed to believe in workers’ paradises. There are holdout believers, still. The Nation magazine is doing a trip to Cuba, perhaps because the journey to North Korea is too long. The liberal elite has often treated Fidel Castro as a cute, plucky figure of defiance, and even now, the government has determined apologists in the U.S. Congress. If Cuba were a racist apartheid-style system rather than a communist dictatorship, no one would be so eager to do business with it. The great and good celebrate the Obama changes as the end of an era. But they will replenish the coffers of a Cold War regime that is stubbornly still standing. Rich Lowry can be reached via e-mail: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com.

GOP fighting to hang onto Senate — in 2016 By ERICA WERNER Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority. In November 2016, Republicans will defend 24 seats, Democrats 10. Seven of the GOP seats are in states that President Barack Obama won with 50 percent or more of the vote in 2012. It’s a stark reversal from this past November, when Democrats were the ones contending with a brutal map, including candidates running in seven states Obama had lost. Democrats were crushed on Election Day, losing nine seats and their Senate majority. It will be a tough climb for Democrats to make up those losses, and there’s no guarantee they will. But coming off November’s trouncing, Democrats sound eager about their chances in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Illinois, while Republicans are preparing more to defend past victories than try to score new ones. “There’s no doubt about it, it’s going to be a bigger challenge than 2014,” said Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, among the Republicans at the top of the Democrats’ pickoff list. “But I think we have a really good opportunity here in the next couple years. We will reach out to the other side. I think Americans, Wisconsonites, will find out that we’re not the party of ‘no.’” Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, one of the Democrats likely to be safely re-elected in 2016, said his party already is eyeing a path to retake control of the Senate. Democrats would have to gain a net of four seats C

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if there’s a Democrat in the White House — because the vice president can cast tiebreaking votes in the Senate — or five if the GOP wins the presidency. “Picking up four or five seats is no small task, but we are certainly in a position to do so,” Schatz said. “The electorate is going to be different and I think Democratic elected officials and candidates and most importantly voters are going to be excited for a presidential race, and we’re excited to play offense.” Democrats faced strong headwinds on numerous fronts in November: Obama’s low approval ratings, a scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals, the Ebola outbreak, the rise of Islamic State extremists. Compounding everything was the painfully slow economic recovery. It’s too soon to say what new issues may arise in the next two years or how strong the economy will be. But presidential elections can favor Democratic congressional candidates by increasing turnout of young and minority voters, and Democrats will not have to spend time distancing themselves from an unpopular incumbent. Operatives in both parties are looking at many of the states Obama won in 2012, plus a few others, as the most contested places in 2016 where Democrats could try to defeat Republicans. In addition to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Illinois, the list includes New Hampshire, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. Democrats are concerned mainly about defending seats in Colorado and Nevada, where Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid faces what could be a bruising reelection fight if he seeks a sixth term. Some analysts and Republican strategists say that as tough as the map looks

for the GOP, there are some factors in the GOP’s favor. Republicans have strong incumbents in Democrat-friendly states, such as Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, Rob Portman in Ohio, and Marco Rubio in Florida, if he runs for re-election rather than the presidency. The GOP’s strong showing in November gave them breathing room with a 54-seat majority, making it that much harder for Democrats to make up the difference. States such as New Hampshire or Illinois may be easier for Republicans to defend than strongly GOPleaning Arkansas, Louisiana and others were for the Democrats this year. “In the face of what can seem to be a very steep climb for the Republicans you really have to look at each individual race and ask yourself about the vulnerability of each of those candidates,” said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. “These Republicans are pretty skillful politicians. I don’t see Kelly Ayotte as a particularly easy mark for the Democrats.” Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who will lead the National Republican Senatorial Committee through 2016, acknowledged a “difficult map.” But, he added, “You take them one by one and I feel very, very good about it.” “The main thing that helps our candidates is, state by state, the fact that they’ve tended to business, they’ve been diligent legislators and taken care of the home folks,” Wicker said. Republicans’ fortunes may depend in part on how the newly GOP-controlled Senate functions and whether incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky can advance legislation or gets hamstrung by the tea party faction in his caucus led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, another potential White House candidate.

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MIAMI — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, but some Cuban-Americans say their spiritual leader betrayed them. “I’m still Catholic till the day I die,” said Efrain Rivas, a 53-year-old maintenance man in Miami who was a political prisoner in Cuba for 16 years. “But I am a Catholic without a pope.” Rivas said he cried when Obama surprisingly announced a reversal of a half-century’s efforts to isolate Cuba. Then, when he learned of Francis’ role, he got angry.

Kerry frustrated with steps toward Mideast peace AP Photo/Seth Wenig

A man leaves flowers at an impromptu memorial near the site where two police officers were killed the day before in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday.

to two blacks who died at the hands of police. Garner died in a New York City officer’s chokehold, and Brown was shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Grand juries decided not to bring charges against either officer. In the wake of the ambush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani lashed out at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Speaking on Fox News, Giuliani said: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police.” “They have created an atmosphere of severe, strong, anti-police hatred in certain communities, and for that, they should be ashamed of themselves,” he said. In a tweet, former New York Gov. George Pataki called the killings the “predictable outcome of divisive, anti-cop rhetoric of Attorney General Eric Holder and Bill De Blasio.”

The accusations stoked fears that any gains made in the protest movement would be lost. “We’ve been denouncing violence in our community,” no matter who the target is, New York community activist Tony Herbert said. He said he worries that the shooting will be used to discredit the larger cause. “It sullies the opportunity for us to make inroads to build the relationships we need to build to get the trust back,” he said. “This hurts.” Similarly, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has called for peaceful protests, condemned “eyefor-an-eye” violence and called it absurd to blame protesters or politicians for the officers’ deaths. “We are now under intense threat from those who are misguided — from those who are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight,” he said.

Sharpton added: “There are those of us committed to nonviolence and making the system work. And there are those committed to anarchy and recklessness who could care less about the families of police or the families who have raised questions about police accountability.” Irene Sundiata Myers, a black woman who was selling roses and inspirational words Sunday on Harlem’s Malcolm X Boulevard, said that because of Saturday’s ambush, some officers might think twice about pulling the trigger on black men. “It will change the attitude of police across the country in terms of how they go about killing black men, if they begin to think that there’s a possibility that there will be a retribution,” she said. Jennifer Peltz and Mike Balsamo in New York City contributed to this report. Stevens reported from Concord, N.H.

U.S. mulls terrorism list for North Korea By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an “act of cybervandalism,” not one of war, against a movie company. Sony Pictures Entertainment, which said it canceled the theatrical release of “The Interview” after distributors refused to show it, pledged to find a way to get the film out. “How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet,” a Sony lawyer said. The comedy involves a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader. Obama is promising to respond “proportionately” to an attack that law enforcement blames on North Korea. “We’re not going to be intimidated by some cyberhackers,” he said. The president said the U.S. would examine the facts to determine whether North Korea should land back on the terrorism sponsors list. “We’re going to review those through a process that’s already

‘It is a new form of warfare, and we have to counter with that form of warfare with a better form of warfare.’ — Sen. John McCain in place,” Obama told CNN’s “State of the Union” in an interview broadcast Sunday. “I’ll wait to review what the findings are.” While raising the possibility of a terrorism designation, Obama also asserted, “I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cybervandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously.” Obama’s description drew immediate scorn from two Republicans who are longtime critics of his foreign policy. “It is a new form of warfare, and we have to counter with that form of warfare with a better form of warfare,” said Arizona Sen. John McCain. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called it “an act of terrorism” and favored reimposing sanctions and adding North Korea to the terrorism list. The U.S. needs to “make

is so hard on the North Koreans that they don’t want to do this in the future.” North Korea spent two decades on the list until the Bush administration removed it in 2008 during nuclear negotiations. Only Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba remain on the list, which triggers sanctions that limit U.S. aid, defense exports and certain financial transactions. But adding North Korea back could be difficult. To meet the criteria, the State Department must determine that a country has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, a definition that traditionally has referred to violent, physical attacks rather than hacking. North Korea threatened to strike back at the United States if Obama retaliated, the National Defense Commission said in a statement carried by the country’s official Korean Central

News Agency. The statement offered no details of a possible response. The U.S. is asking China for help as it considers how to respond to the hack. A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack and that Washington has asked for Beijing’s cooperation. The official was not authorized to comment by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. China wields considerable leverage over North Korea, but Obama has accused China of carrying out cyberthefts, too. In the CNN interview, taped Friday in Washington before Obama left to vacation in Hawaii, Obama renewed his criticism of Sony’s decision to shelve “The Interview,” despite the company’s insistence that its hand was forced after movie theaters refused to show it. Obama suggested he might have been able to help address the problem if given the chance. “You know, had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what that story was,” he said.

Pakistan makes arrests in school carnage By ZARAR KHAN Associated Press

ISLAMABAD — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said. “Quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the other have been taken into custody,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said, adding that the interrogations were “moving ahead in a positive manner.” He did not disclose their identities or say how many they were. Seven Taliban gunmen wearing explosives belts stunned the

Around the World Pope’s role in US-Cuba thaw leaves some feeling abandoned

By RIK STEVENS and VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press

NEW YORK — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association in New York, said there was “blood on the hands” of demonstrators and elected officials who have criticized police tactics. The Garner and Brown families issued statements repudiating the officers’ killings, while civil rights leaders took to the airwaves to try to put some distance between the movement and the crime. “To link the criminal insanity of a lone gunman to the peaceful protests and aspirations of many people across the country, including the attorney general, the mayor and even the president, is simply not fair,” NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Brooks said the shootings were “certainly not a step forward” for the movement. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down at close range in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who then committed suicide. Before the attack, Brinsley, 28, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.” He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown — references

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world on Tuesday by storming into the military run school and slaughtering 148 people, including 132 students. Another nearly 121 students were wounded in the ensuing eighthour siege of the school, located in an area where many military families live. The group claims it fights to establish a ruling system based on its own harsh brand of Islam. It has killed thousands over nearly a decade. The Taliban say they attacked the school in revenge for an army operation against them in North Waziristan, launched in mid-June. The army says it has so far killed over 1,200 militants in the operation.

The government bombed the militants’ hideouts in country’s tribal area along the Afghan border in response, and also lifted a ban on the execution of convicted terrorists. Over the weekend, it executed six men convicted on terrorism charges. Two of the convicts were hanged Friday, and another four on Sunday, according to two Pakistani government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. All six belonged to local Pakistani militant groups who had turned against the state, and were convicted for involvement

in two attempts to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf. One was also convicted of leading a militant siege of Pakistani army headquarters in garrison city of Rawalpindi in 2009. Local militants have threatened attacks to avenge the hanged men. Khan, the minister, said Pakistan was at war with the militants. He appealed to the nation to help authorities in a countrywide crackdown on the insurgents. Associated Press Writer Zaheer Babar in Lahore, Pakistan contributed to this report. C

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram poses regional threat with cross-border attacks, recruitment MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks. Farther north, Boko Haram employs recruits from Chad to enforce its control in northeastern Nigerian towns and cities. In Niger, the government has declared a “humanitarian crisis” and appealed for international aid to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees driven from their homes by the insurgency. These recent events show how neighboring countries are increasingly being drawn into Nigeria’s Islamic uprising. Thousands of people have been killed in Nigeria’s 5-year insurgency and some 1.6 million people driven from their homes. — The Associated Press


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Streaking Seahawks dominate Cardinals Kansas City’s Alex Smith passed for a season-high 311 yards but was sacked six times. The Chiefs (8-7) have lost four of five and need to beat San Diego next Sunday and receive plenty of help to make it back to the playoffs for a second straight year under coach Andy Reid.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, the Seattle Seahawks set a franchise record with 596 yards of offense and the streaking Seahawks closed in on another NFC West title with a 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Seattle (11-4) moved into a tie with Arizona (11-4) for first in the NFC West and the Seahawks hold the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over the Cardinals. Both already have clinched playoff berths. Wilson had the longest run of his career (55 yards) and matched the longest pass of his career (80) in the Seahawks’ fifth straight victory. Marshawn Lynch sat out the first quarter with what the team called an “upset stomach,” then came in to score on a 6-yard run in the second quarter and a spectacular, multiple tackle-breaking 79-yarder in Seattle’s 21-point fourth quarter.

Falcons 30, Saints 14 NEW ORLEANS — Julio Jones returned from a hip injury to catch seven passes for 107 yards, and the Falcons remained in playoff contention. Matt Ryan completed 30 of 40 passed for 322 yards and a touchdown, and Devonta Freeman ran for a 31-yard score for Atlanta (6-9), which can win the NFC South by beating Carolina next week. The Saints (6-9), who committed three turnovers in the fourth quarter, lost their fifth straight at home and were eliminated. Jimmy Graham fumbled inside the Atlanta 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter. The Saints had a chance to drive for a winning score inside the final three minutes, but Robert McClain’s interception of Drew Brees in Saints territory set up a field goal, and Osi Umenyiora returned Brees’ fumble for an 86-yard TD as time expired.

Cowboys 42, Colts 7 ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought in a dominating victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman’s franchise record for yards passing. The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a three-game home losing streak, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions. Dallas had an opening for its first NFC East title and postseason berth since 2009, and first under coach Jason Garrett, because of Philadelphia’s 27-24 loss at Washington on Saturday. The Eagles were eliminated with the Cowboys’ win. The Colts (10-5) didn’t have much to

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch breaks free from Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor for a touchdown run during the second half Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. play for with the AFC South title secured, and looked like it while barely avoiding their first shutout loss in 21 years. The Cowboys had already ended their three-year rut of 8-8 finishes that included losses in finales that kept them out of the playoffs. But they had to keep winning to make sure they got in. NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray played with a broken left hand, but

the Cowboys didn’t need much from him. Pittsburgh (10-5) faces Cincinnati next He finished with 58 yards, with a 1-yard week for the AFC North title. Either way, score. the Steelers will be playing January football for the first time since Tim Tebow and Denver stunned the defending AFC chamSteelers 20, Chiefs 12 pions in the wild-card round three years PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger ago. Antonio Brown caught seven passes passed for 220 yards and a touchdown, Le’Veon Bell added a score and the Steel- and a touchdown for Pittsburgh, which has won seven of nine. ers locked up a postseason berth.

Panthers 17, Browns 13 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Carolina (6-81) took over sole possession of first place in the NFC South. The victory sets up the winner-take-all showdown next Sunday at Atlanta. The winner will join the 2010 Seattle Seahawks as the only teams in NFL history to reach the postseason in a non-strikeshortened season with a losing record. Newton threw for 201 yards and ran for 63 yards just 12 days after the quarterback See NFL, Page A-7

Cavaliers take down Grizzlies By The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving stepped aside and let one of their teammates polish off an opponent. On Sunday, Dion Waiters finished Memphis. Waiters scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers handled one of the Western Conference’s best teams, beating the short-handed Grizzlies 105-91. The Cavs have been waiting for the enigmatic and inconsistent Waiters to become more reliable. It’s still a work in progress but Waiters, who has frequently been mentioned in trade rumors over the past two seasons, is showing signs of developing into a steady scorer off the bench. “He’s learning every day,” said James, who had 25 points and 11 assists. “He’s a young guy. He hasn’t experienced much in this league, so for him to have a game like he had, we needed it.” James scored 16 in the second half and the Cavs shot a season-best 61 percent from the field to improve to just 3-6 against West teams. Anderson Varejao scored 18 and Irving

had 17 points and 12 assists for the Cavs, who are 11-3 since their sluggish 5-7 start. Marc Gasol scored 23 and added 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who played without forward Zach Randolph. He’s nursing a sore and swollen right knee he injured in Friday’s loss at Chicago. Jon Leuer added 16 points for Memphis, which dropped to 21-6. Gasol refused to use Randolph’s absence as an excuse. “We play who we have,” he said. “Whoever’s not here is not here. Trust me, we have enough talent in this locker room not just to win tonight but to win the same amount of games we’ve won so far.” Despite not having Randolph, their leading rebounder, Grizzlies were still within 79-74 when the Cavs went on an 8-0 run to take control. Irving triggered the spurt with a basket before Waiters, who was benched in the second half of a win over Brooklyn on Friday, fed James for an alley-oop dunk. Waiters then drained a 3-pointer to cap an 11-3 run, and the backup guard scored eight consecutive points to push Cleveland’s lead

to 100-83. Waiters scored 11 points in a span of 2:10, assuming the closer role usually played by James and Irving. “When it’s not one of those guys nights, somebody’s got to step up and my approach every game is to be locked in as far as being consistent and being aggressive at all times, that’s just who I am,” Waiters said. “I just try to let the game come to me now. I just take what they give me.”

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Mike Tobey is the X factor for No. 6 Virginia, and when the 7-footer is a big factor, the Cavaliers are dangerous. Tobey scored a season-high 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and brought a toughness he is sometimes missing on Sunday. That sparked the Cavaliers at both ends of the floor in a nearly surreal and record-setting 76-27 victory against Harvard. “When Mike can do that, I think he can be the key for us most nights,” guard Malcolm Brogdon said. “If he can come out and just be physical — it’s not even for him scoring points. If Mike can come out and be a presence, whether it’s blocking shots, scoring, rebounding. Tonight he was doing it all. I thought he was tremendous,” Brogdon said. Tobey scored the Cavaliers’ first nine points, and did all his scoring before halftime. “I feel like once I get one to

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Virginia defense stifles Harvard By The Associated Press

Bryant shot just 8 of 30 and had five rebounds and three assists.

go in the beginning, my confidence is a lot higher,” he said. The Cavaliers had more going for them than their big man against the Crimson. Virginia, 11-0 for the first time since the 1992-93 season, held Harvard to an NCAA record-tying one field goal in the first half, and it came just 3:29 into the game. Harvard’s next field goal came almost 20 minutes later, with just 16:38 remaining. Only Savannah State, with one field goal in the first half against Kansas State on Jan. 7, 2008, had done that before. NO. 17 MARYLAND 73, OKLAHOMA STATE 64 STILLWATER, Okla. — Jake Layman had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Maryland beat Oklahoma State to improve to 11-1. Layman was 3 of 5 from 3-point range and the Terrapins were 10 of 25 overall from long range. Melo Trimble had 16 points, Jared Nickens added 11, and Richaud Pack had 10 rebounds. C

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suffered two fractures in his lower back following an automobile accident. Jonathan Stewart ran for 122 yards and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Newton. Johnny Manziel made his second NFL start for Cleveland (7-8) but left with 1:49 remaining in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return.

Packers 20, Buccaneers 3 TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Rodgers threw for 318 yards and one touchdown to help the Packers clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Eddie Lacy scored on a 44-yard run, Jordy Nelson caught a 1-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter and had nine receptions for 113 yards, while Randall Cobb finished with 11 catches for 131 yards. A 21-13 loss to Buffalo a week ago cost Green Bay (11-4) sole possession of first place in the division. It also hurt its chances for earning home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Green Bay closes the regular season at home against Detroit, and a victory will give the Packers another NFC North crown. The Bucs (2-13) have lost five straight and remain in contention for the first overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Patriots 17, Jets 16 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after the Patriots intercepted Geno Smith, and New England clinched a first-round playoff bye. Tom Brady threw a 3-yard TD pass to Rob Gronkowski for the Patriots (12-3), who could earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if Denver loses at Cincinnati on Monday night. With the Jets (3-12) leading 1310 late in the third quarter, Smith’s pass for Jace Amaro hung in the air for an easy interception by Jamie Collins — and led to Gray’s score minutes later. Nick Folk’s 52-yard field goal attempt could have given New York a lead with just over five minutes left, but it appeared to be partially blocked and fell short. Brady and the Patriots then ran out the clock.

fourth straight year.

Raiders 26, Bills 24 OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals to help the Raiders knock the Bills from playoff contention. The Bills (8-7) needed to win their final two games and get some help to end the NFL’s longest active playoff drought at 14 seasons. But they failed at the easiest part, beating the lowly Raiders (3-12), and will miss the playoffs for a 15th straight season. Oakland has the second-longest active postseason drought at 12 years but has done a good job of playing spoiler in recent weeks, beating Kansas City, San Francisco and Buffalo the past five weeks.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, buoyed by a thrilling comeback win, said Joe Philbin will return as coach next season. Ross made his announcement in the locker room shortly after the Dolphins won on a safety. Rookie Terrence Fede blocked a punt for a safety with 41 seconds left, and Ryan Tannehill threw four touchdown passes. The Dolphins overcame a 14-0 deficit to take the lead, but trailed again after giving up 15 points in an 11-second span in the fourth quarter. Philbin’s job had been considered in jeopardy because the DolLions 20, Bears 14 phins will miss the playoffs for the CHICAGO — Joique Bell sixth year in a row. But they’re 8-7 M scored the go-ahead touchdown and have a shot at a winning seaK on a sweet run in the fourth quar- son if not the playoffs. ter, and Ndamukong Suh had two sacks. Rams 37, Giants 27 Calvin Johnson added six ST. LOUIS — Odell Beckham catches for 103 yards for Detroit (11-4), which came away with a Jr. caught two touchdown passes narrow victory over a struggling and rolled up 148 yards receivteam after locking up its second ing against a defense that hadn’t trip to the postseason in 15 years. allowed a TD in three straight The Bears (5-10) benched quarter- games. Beckham set a franchise rookie back Jay Cutler this week in favor record with his 10th and 11th TD of the undistinguished Clausen. The Lions secured a playoff catches, shattered another rookie spot with Philadelphia’s loss to mark for receptions and topped Washington on Saturday. They 1,000 yards while shrugging off a were hoping to lock up their first pair of late hits in the second quarter. division championship since 1993. The second led to a brawl and three But because the Packers beat Tam- ejections, none of them to starters. The Giants (6-9) had a seasonpa Bay, the NFC North race will come down to next week’s game at best 514 yards in total offense and have won three in a row heading Green Bay. Matthew Stafford overcame into their finale at home against two interceptions and completed the Eagles. They had lost seven 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards. He straight before the current streak hit the 4,000-yard mark for the started.

Manziel gets hurt By The Associated Press

A week after an inept debut as a starter, Johnny Manziel had his shot at redemption cut short by a hamstring injury. The rookie quarterback had led Cleveland to a mere field goal when he was hurt late in the first half Sunday during a 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Some fans in Charlotte cheered when they saw Johnny Football go down. “I was saddened to see the crowd’s response to when he

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Texans 25, Ravens 13 HOUSTON — Running back Arian Foster threw a touchdown pass, Randy Bullock made a franchise-record six field goals and Houston’s defense dominated to keep slim playoff hopes alive. The Ravens (9-6) now need some help next week to get into the postseason after Joe Flacco threw a season-high three interceptions and the offense struggled all day. Houston (8-7) remains in the hunt with the victory, but needs several teams to lose next week. With three quarterbacks hurt, the Texans started Case Keenum, who got his first win in nine NFL starts. Foster ran for 96 yards. But his highlight came when he took a pitch from Keenum and, with a defender in his face, threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz to make it 16-0 in the second quarter.

got hurt,” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said. “It was classless. Anytime when a person gets hurt, you don’t celebrate. I have had that done in my career and it just takes the integrity out of the game.” Newton has been friends with Manziel for a couple of years. Earlier this week on a conference call with Panthers’ beat reporters, Manziel said he looks up to Newton and thanked him for his support while he battled through off-the-field issues at Texas A&M.

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First Quarter Buf_Watkins 42 pass from Orton (Carpenter kick), 9:45. Second Quarter Oak_J.Jones 3 pass from Carr (Janikowski kick), 14:56. Oak_FG Janikowski 45, 8:09. Oak_FG Janikowski 36, 1:11. Buf_FG Carpenter 54, :00. Third Quarter Oak_FG Janikowski 38, 10:18. Oak_FG Janikowski 49, 2:36. Fourth Quarter Buf_Chandler 29 pass from Orton (Carpenter kick), 14:54. Oak_Olawale 1 pass from Carr (Janikowski kick), 2:51. Buf_Woods 30 pass from Orton (Carpenter kick), 1:09. A_53,436. Buf Oak First downs 15 18 Total Net Yards 321 347 Rushes-yards 13-13 36-140 Passing 308 207 Punt Returns 3-11 3-16 Kickoff Returns 3-65 1-21 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-7 Comp-Att-Int 32-49-2 17-34-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-21 1-7 Punts 8-42.5 6-44.2 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards 7-55 4-35 Time of Possession 26:13 33:47 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Buffalo, Jackson 6-10, Dixon 3-7, Spiller 4-(minus 4). Oakland, Murray 23-86, McFadden 9-54, Carr 4-0. PASSING_Buffalo, Orton 32-49-2329. Oakland, Carr 17-34-0-214. RECEIVING_Buffalo, Jackson 9-93, Woods 7-52, Chandler 4-37, Spiller 4-14, Watkins 3-75, Hogan 3-43, Gray 2-15. Oakland, Thompkins 5-90, Holmes 3-73, Murray 3-22, Reece 2-20, Rivera 1-5, J.Jones 1-3, Olawale 1-1, McFadden 1-0. MISSED FIELD GOALS_Oakland, Janikowski 48 (WL).

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First Quarter NYG_FG J.Brown 29, 10:41. NYG_Beckham Jr. 9 pass from E.Manning (J.Brown kick), 8:24. StL_FG Zuerlein 51, 4:52. Second Quarter NYG_FG J.Brown 37, 12:39. NYG_Darkwa 12 run (J.Brown kick), 4:49. StL_Mason 10 run (Zuerlein kick), 2:18. StL_FG Zuerlein 20, :00. Third Quarter NYG_Randle 7 pass from E.Manning (J.Brown kick), 7:29. StL_Kendricks 23 pass from Hill (Zuerlein kick), 1:44. NYG_Beckham Jr. 80 pass from E.Manning (J.Brown kick), :45. Fourth Quarter NYG_FG J.Brown 52, 8:29. StL_Givens 47 pass from Hill (Zuerlein kick), 3:56. A_55,851. NYG StL First downs 19 23 Total Net Yards 514 387 Rushes-yards 34-128 20-106 Passing 386 281 Punt Returns 0-0 3-61 Kickoff Returns 2-45 5-90 Interceptions Ret. 1-7 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 25-32-0 24-32-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-5 2-9 Punts 3-50.7 4-50.5 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2 Penalties-Yards 12-149 9-76 Time of Possession 34:47 25:13 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_N.Y. Giants, A.Williams 26-110, Darkwa 4-21, Beckham Jr. 1-0, E.Manning 3-(minus 3). St. Louis, Mason 13-76, Austin 3-25, Stacy 2-6, Hill 1-0, B.Cunningham 1-(minus 1). PASSING_N.Y. Giants, E.Manning 25-32-0-391. St. Louis, Hill 24-321-290. RECEIVING_N.Y. Giants, Beckham Jr. 8-148, Randle 6-132, Donnell 4-42, Parker 3-32, Fells 2-20, Darkwa 2-17. St. Louis, Britt 9-103, Cook 5-41, Kendricks 2-35, Bailey 2-22, B.Cunningham 2-19, Givens 1-47, Austin 1-15, Mason 1-7, Harkey 1-1. MISSED FIELD GOALS_N.Y. Giants, J.Brown 29 (BK).

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First Quarter Min_Asiata 1 run (Walsh kick), 4:23. Second Quarter Min_Jennings 21 pass from Bridgewater (Walsh kick), 11:34. Mia_Sims 14 pass from Tannehill (Sturgis kick), 4:53. Min_FG Walsh 18, :02. Third Quarter Mia_M.Wallace 16 pass from Tannehill (Sturgis kick), 8:29. Fourth Quarter Mia_Miller 1 run (Sturgis kick), 14:57. Min_FG Walsh 33, 9:52. Mia_M.Wallace 7 pass from Tannehill (Sturgis kick), 6:39. Min_Wright 8 pass from Bridgewater (Asiata run), 4:46. Min_Asiata 5 run (Walsh kick), 4:35. Mia_Williams 3 pass from Tannehill (Sturgis kick), 1:11. Mia_Fede safety, :41. A_66,203. Min Mia First downs 20 36 Total Net Yards 357 493 Rushes-yards 28-119 28-116 Passing 238 377 Punt Returns 0-0 2-0 Kickoff Returns 4-73 3-45 Interceptions Ret. 1-11 1-2 Comp-Att-Int 19-26-1 35-47-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 4-21 2-19 Punts 4-37.8 2-38.5 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 8-74 7-54 Time of Possession 26:54 33:06 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Minnesota, Asiata 16-58, Wright 1-27, Banyard 5-23, Bridgewater 5-13, Patterson 1-(minus 2). Miami, Miller 19-92, Williams 3-18, L.James 1-5, Tannehill 5-1. PASSING_Minnesota, Bridgewater 19-26-1-259. Miami, Tannehill 35-47-1-396. RECEIVING_Minnesota, Jennings 3-56, Charle.Johnson 3-38, Wright 3-38, Asiata 3-19, Ellison 2-47, Banyard 2-9, Ford 1-22, Patterson 1-18, Thielen 1-12. Miami, Landry 8-31, Clay 6-114, Williams 6-50, Miller 5-58, M.Wallace 5-58, Sims 3-35, Gibson 2-50. MISSED FIELD GOALS_Miami, Sturgis 56 (SH).

Steelers 20, Chiefs 12 KC Pit.

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First Quarter Pit_FG Suisham 23, 9:15. KC_FG Santos 35, 2:06. Second Quarter KC_FG Santos 25, 9:25. Pit_Bell 1 run (Suisham kick), 4:18. Third Quarter Pit_A.Brown 3 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), :34. Fourth Quarter KC_FG Santos 43, 10:18. Pit_FG Suisham 23, 4:04. KC_FG Santos 23, 1:37. A_60,865. KC First downs 22 Total Net Yards 327 Rushes-yards 14-39 Passing 288 Punt Returns 2-9

Pit 19 282 26-68 214 0-0

Kickoff Returns 5-104 3-70 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 32-46-0 18-25-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 6-29 1-6 Punts 1-48.0 2-45.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-Yards 4-39 4-40 Time of Possession 31:07 28:53 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Kansas City, Charles 9-29, A.Smith 2-14, Davis 2-2, Thomas 1-(minus 6). Pittsburgh, Bell 20-63, Bryant 2-9, Roethlisberger 4-(minus 4). PASSING_Kansas City, A.Smith 31-45-0-311, Colquitt 1-1-0-6. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 18-250-220. RECEIVING_Kansas City, Bowe 6-57, Thomas 6-47, Wilson 5-87, Charles 5-48, Avant 4-37, Kelce 4-31, Davis 1-9, Fasano 1-1. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 7-72, Miller 7-68, Wheaton 2-27, Bryant 1-44, Bell 1-9. MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

Falcons 30, Saints 14 Atl. NO

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First Quarter NO_Ingram 1 run (S.Graham kick), 14:40. Atl_FG Bryant 44, 11:15. Second Quarter Atl_FG Bryant 50, 11:48. Atl_Weems 3 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), :03. Third Quarter Atl_Freeman 31 run (Bryant kick), 5:42. Fourth Quarter NO_J.Graham 4 pass from Brees (S.Graham kick), 5:48. Atl_FG Bryant 32, 1:56. Atl_Umenyiora 86 fumble return (Bryant kick), :00. A_73,164. Atl NO First downs 18 22 Total Net Yards 403 328 Rushes-yards 22-81 18-57 Passing 322 271 Punt Returns 2-2 1-0 Kickoff Returns 2-49 3-120 Interceptions Ret. 2-5 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 30-40-0 30-47-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 5-42 Punts 5-44.2 4-50.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2 Penalties-Yards 6-64 3-25 Time of Possession 32:09 27:51 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Atlanta, Freeman 5-36, Rodgers 11-29, S.Jackson 4-9, Ryan 2-7. New Orleans, Ingram 13-38, Brees 2-8, K.Robinson 2-7, Toon 1-4. PASSING_Atlanta, Ryan 30-400-322. New Orleans, Brees 3047-2-313. RECEIVING_Atlanta, Jones 7-107, White 6-55, Douglas 4-47, Toilolo 4-17, Freeman 3-48, Hester 2-25, S.Jackson 1-14, DiMarco 1-3, Rodgers 1-3, Weems 1-3. New Orleans, Colston 6-80, Stills 6-68, J.Graham 6-53, Toon 3-44, Ingram 3-17, Thomas 2-24, Meachem 1-13, Saunders 1-7, K.Robinson 1-5, Watson 1-2. MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

Lions 20, Bears 14 Det. Chi.

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First Quarter Det_Bush 13 run (Prater kick), 5:15. Second Quarter Chi_Forte 11 pass from Clausen (Feely kick), :30. Third Quarter Det_FG Prater 39, 10:24. Chi_Jeffery 20 pass from Clausen (Feely kick), 2:45. Fourth Quarter Det_Bell 17 run (Prater kick), 7:15. Det_FG Prater 30, 2:35. A_61,420. Det Chi First downs 22 17 Total Net Yards 367 234 Rushes-yards 26-138 22-64 Passing 229 170 Punt Returns 3-22 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-28 3-74 Interceptions Ret. 1-0 2-1 Comp-Att-Int 22-39-2 23-39-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 4-14 2-11 Punts 1-35.0 6-40.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0 Penalties-Yards 7-60 5-86 Time of Possession 31:56 28:04 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Detroit, Bell 13-74, Bush 7-54, Winn 1-5, Collins 1-3, Stafford 4-2. Chicago, Forte 1955, Clausen 3-9. PASSING_Detroit, Stafford 2239-2-243. Chicago, Clausen 2339-1-181. RECEIVING_Detroit, C.Johnson 6-103, Bush 6-44, Tate 5-62, Bell 2-13, Riddick 2-10, Ross 1-11. Chicago, Wilson 7-66, Jeffery 6-72, Forte 6-40, Morgan 2-2, Rosario 1-1, Bennett 1-0. MISSED FIELD GOALS_Detroit, Prater 37 (BK).

Patriots 17, Jets 16 NE N.Y.

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Second Quarter NE_Gronkowski 3 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 12:10. NYJ_Cumberland 20 pass from Smith (Folk kick), 5:59. NYJ_FG Folk 26, :52. Third Quarter NYJ_FG Folk 23, 6:39. NE_FG Gostkowski 24, 1:55.

Fourth Quarter NE_Gray 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 13:51. NYJ_FG Folk 37, 7:53. A_78,160. NE NYJ First downs 19 16 Total Net Yards 231 307 Rushes-yards 24-85 32-116 Passing 146 191 Punt Returns 3-63 3-35 Kickoff Returns 5-91 3-45 Interceptions Ret. 1-2 1-1 Comp-Att-Int 23-35-1 17-27-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 4-36 2-19 Punts 5-52.6 4-47.3 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 5-38 2-14 Time of Possession 27:39 32:21 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_New England, Vereen 6-38, Bolden 5-32, Brady 7-10, Gray 6-5. N.Y. Jets, Ivory 11-53, C.Johnson 10-30, B.Powell 5-21, Smith 3-9, Conner 1-2, Harvin 2-1. PASSING_New England, Brady 23-35-1-182. N.Y. Jets, Smith 1727-1-210. RECEIVING_New England, Amendola 8-63, LaFell 7-64, Gronkowski 6-31, Vereen 1-12, Wright 1-12. N.Y. Jets, Harvin 4-44, Kerley 3-54, Cumberland 3-43, Decker 2-21, B.Powell 2-13, Conner 1-26, Sudfeld 1-6, C.Johnson 1-3. MISSED FIELD GOALS_N.Y. Jets, Folk 52 (SH).

Packers 20, Buccaneers 3 GB TB

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First Quarter GB_Lacy 44 run (Crosby kick), :49. Second Quarter GB_FG Crosby 42, 4:55. TB_FG Murray 43, :00. Fourth Quarter GB_FG Crosby 25, 10:19. GB_Nelson 1 pass from A.Rodgers (Crosby kick), 2:45. A_64,247. GB TB First downs 23 6 Total Net Yards 431 109 Rushes-yards 31-121 14-16 Passing 310 93 Punt Returns 4-4 1-0 Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-29 Interceptions Ret. 1-18 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 31-40-0 12-26-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-8 7-54 Punts 2-34.5 8-42.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 5-40 3-30 Time of Possession 38:38 21:22 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Green Bay, Lacy 1799, Kuhn 4-22, Starks 7-3, Flynn 3-(minus 3). Tampa Bay, Martin 10-17, Sims 4-(minus 1). PASSING_Green Bay, A.Rodgers 31-40-0-318. Tampa Bay, McCown 12-26-1-147. RECEIVING_Green Bay, Cobb 11-131, Nelson 9-113, Starks 4-22, D.Adams 2-17, Quarless 2-17, R.Rodgers 2-13, Lacy 1-5. Tampa Bay, Evans 4-49, Jackson 3-60, Sims 3-30, Stocker 2-8. MISSED FIELD GOALS_Green Bay, Crosby 48 (WL).

Seahawks 35, Cardinals 6 Seattle 0 14 Arizona 0 3

0 21—35 3 0— 6

Second Quarter Ari_FG Catanzaro 27, 7:55. Sea_Willson 80 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 7:03. Sea_Lynch 6 run (Hauschka kick), 3:41. Third Quarter Ari_FG Catanzaro 32, :59. Fourth Quarter Sea_Willson 20 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 11:59. Sea_Lynch 79 run (Hauschka kick), 10:14. Sea_Wilson 5 run (Hauschka kick), 4:40. A_63,806. Sea Ari First downs 23 17 Total Net Yards 596 216 Rushes-yards 34-267 15-29 Passing 329 187 Punt Returns 1-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns 1-27 3-60 Interceptions Ret. 1-53 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 21-32-0 18-45-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-10 4-29 Punts 4-41.0 9-43.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards 11-97 1-5 Time of Possession 33:03 26:57 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_Seattle, Lynch 10-113, Wilson 6-88, Turbin 10-38, Michael 8-28. Arizona, Taylor 11-19, Grice 1-6, K.Williams 2-4, Hughes 1-0. PASSING_Seattle, Jackson 1-10-0, Wilson 20-31-0-339. Arizona, Lindley 18-44-1-216, Thomas 0-10-0. RECEIVING_Seattle, Baldwin 7-113, Richardson 5-52, Willson 3-139, Helfet 2-9, Lockette 2-5, Walters 1-13, Kearse 1-8. Arizona, Fitzgerald 4-33, Jo.Brown 3-54, Floyd 2-41, Fells 2-26, Taylor 2-25, Carlson 2-15, Housler 1-13, Ja.Brown 1-6, Grice 1-3. MISSED FIELD GOALS_Seattle, Hauschka 52 (WR), 50 (WR), 47 (WL).

Flyers goalie Zepp defeats Jets in his NHL debut By The Associated Press

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Rob Zepp made 25 saves in his NHL debut and Jakub Voracek scored 10 seconds into overtime, sending the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Voracek and linemate Claude Giroux forced a Dustin Byfuglien turnover behind the Winnipeg net, and Voracek slid the puck through Ondrej Pavelec’s pads for his second goal of the game. Vincent Lecavalier had two thirdperiod goals for the Flyers, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Matt Halischuk, Mathieu Perreault and Byfuglien scored for Winnipeg. Pavelec made 19 saves.

The 33-year-old Zepp was promoted from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League due to an injury to starter Steve Mason. The Flyers say he is the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut since 1926. Zepp, who spent the previous seven seasons in Germany, had a sprawling toe save on Mark Scheifele late in the second period. BLACKHAWKS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 0 CHICAGO — Patrick Kane had a power-play goal and two assists, leading Antti Raanta and the Blackhawks to the win. The Blackhawks played with a “CR” decal on their helmets after assistant equipment manager Clint Reif died earlier

in the day. The team said it was “deeply saddened” by the loss and declined further comment while asking for respect for the privacy for Reif’s family and friends.

AVALANCHE 2, RED WINGS 1, SO DETROIT — Jarome Iginla scored in the ninth shootout round to lift the Avalanche to the victory. Iginla got a wrist shot past Petr Mrazek, who had turned away six straight Avalanche shooters. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene also scored in the tiebreaker as Colorado ended a three-game road trip with five points. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar had shootout goals for Detroit, which fell to 1-7 this season in the tiebreaker. Detroit had a 22-12 shots advantage C

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Stars’ McCormick signs with UAA Staff report

Soldotna senior Dani McCormick has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Alaska Anchorage women’s cross-country and track and field programs. The Seawolves also announced the signing of Kim Coscia on Friday. “We are excited to have these athletes join our team,” UAA head coach Michael Friess said in a released statement. “They are both very talented and motivated. We have established a tradition of excellence and these two athletes should help us continue along that path.” McCormick is a mid-distance specialist, finishing third in the state in the 800 meters at the Class 4A state meet in the

spring. McCormick also was a member of the victorious 3,200 relay team and the runner-up 1,600 relay. The 3,200 relay missed the 2004 state record of 9 minutes, 35.21 seconds, by just .65 seconds. But McCormick, Sadie Fox, Daisy Nelson and Olivia Hutchings will be back to chase the record this season. In cross-country, McCormick was fourth at the Class 4A state meet as a senior and eighth as a junior, helping the Stars to a runner-up finish in both seasons. McCormick’s best time in a five-kilometer cross-country race is 19:11, while she has run a 2:18.81 800 on the track. That time came at this spring’s Region III meet.

Area skiers compete at 2nd Besh Cup Staff report

Area skiers competed at the second Besh Cup race of the season Sunday at the Hillside Trails in Anchorage. The format was interval start freestyle races. In the girls five-kilometer Under-14 and Under-16 race, Kenai Central’s Riana Boonstra led area finishers by taking fifth in 15:40.6, 1:04 behind winner Molly Gellert. Kenai Central’s Addison Gibson was 13th in the race at 16:36.1. In the boys five-kilometer Under-14 and Under-16 race, Soldotna’s John Mark Pothast led by area by finishing 10th in 13:52.2, 1:19 behind winner Gus Schumacher. Kenai’s Karl Danielson was 13th in 14:10.8 and Jeremy Kupferschmid was

14th in 14:17.8. In the women’s 10-kilometer U-18 and older race, Soldotna’s Sadie Fox led by finishing 21st in 31:38.6, 5:03 behind winner and 2014 Olympian Holly Brooks. Soldotna’s Hannah Pothast was 37th in 35:13.5 and Kenai’s Lindsay Floyd was 49th in 40:46.7. In the men’s 15-kilometer U-18 and older race, former Homer skier Andre Lovett led the way by finishing 30th in 40:40.0, 4:07 behind winner Scott Patterson. Kenai’s Travis Cooper was 57th in 43:47.1, Soldotna’s Levi Michael was 64th in 46:29.5, Kenai’s Liam Floyd was 77th in 48:57.0 and former Kenai skier Nathan Mole was 83rd in 51:39.3.

Scoreboard Basketball

Men’s Scores

NBA Standings

Army 72, Maine 69, OT Canisius 67, Holy Cross 48 Hartford 82, FIU 69 Quinnipiac 60, Oregon St. 52 Southern Cal 75, Boston College 71 Stony Brook 67, Loyola (Md.) 52

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Toronto 22 6 Brooklyn 11 15 Boston 10 15 New York 5 25 Philadelphia 3 23 Southeast Division Atlanta 19 7 Washington 19 7 Miami 13 15 Orlando 10 20 Charlotte 8 19 Central Division Chicago 17 9 Cleveland 16 10 Milwaukee 14 14 Indiana 9 19 Detroit 5 23

Pct GB .786 — .423 10 .400 10½ .167 18 .115 18 .731 — .731 — .464 7 .333 11 .296 11½ .654 .615 .500 .321 .179

— 1 4 9 13

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Memphis 21 6 Houston 19 7 Dallas 20 8 San Antonio 17 11 New Orleans 14 13 Northwest Division Portland 22 6 Oklahoma City 13 15 Denver 12 15 Utah 8 20 Minnesota 5 21 Pacific Division Golden State 22 3 L.A. Clippers 19 8 Phoenix 15 14 Sacramento 12 15 L.A. Lakers 8 19

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Sunday’s Games Toronto 118, New York 108 Cleveland 105, Memphis 91 Sacramento 108, L.A. Lakers 101 Phoenix 104, Washington 92 Miami 100, Boston 84 Philadelphia 96, Orlando 88 Brooklyn 110, Detroit 105 New Orleans 101, Oklahoma City 99 Indiana 100, Minnesota 96 Monday’s Games Denver at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 4 p.m. Portland at Houston, 4 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 4 p.m. Atlanta at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 4:30 p.m. Sacramento at Golden State, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST

EAST

SOUTH Alabama 60, Appalachian St. 59 Georgia 65, Seton Hall 47 Georgia St. 68, Southern Miss. 55 Hampton 75, N. Arizona 66 Lipscomb 69, Austin Peay 63 Middle Tennessee 65, Tennessee St. 47 Radford 74, Cornell 61 Samford 64, Louisiana-Monroe 50 South Carolina 78, Coker 52 Troy 65, Nicholls St. 64 Virginia 76, Harvard 27 W. Carolina 66, UNC Asheville 62 Winthrop 100, Reinhardt 72 MIDWEST Cleveland St. 69, San Francisco 65, OT Evansville 81, Alabama St. 63 Ferris St. 82, Bowling Green 68 Nebraska-Omaha 77, Texas-Pan American 72 Saint Louis 58, Vermont 55 Valparaiso 82, Goshen 55 SOUTHWEST Coastal Carolina 72, Cent. Arkansas 55 Maryland 73, Oklahoma St. 64 North Texas 62, Creighton 58 FAR WEST Bryant 48, Denver 46 San Diego 71, San Diego Christian 61 Seattle 66, Sacramento St. 47 South Dakota 67, Montana 62 Washington St. 82, San Jose St. 53 TOURNAMENT Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational First Round Kent St. 53, N. Dakota St. 52 UTEP 78, Alcorn St. 45 South Point Holiday Classic First Round Green Bay 66, UALR 46 UC Irvine 55, Bradley 47

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Washington cut it to 95-89 on Paul Pierce’s layup with 2:40 to play, but the Suns scored nine straight — seven by Bledsoe — to take a 104-89 lead with 1:01 to play.

RAPTORS 118, KNICKS 108 TORONTO — Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry each scored 22 points, and Toronto Raptors beat New York for its sixth consecutive win. Greivis Vasquez had 21 points and Terrence Ross added 18 for the Raptors, who never trailed in matching their longest winning streak of the season. Toronto also won six straight from Nov. 15-26. Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points for New York. The Knicks lost their fifth straight and have dropped 15 of 16 overall. New York fell to 2-13 on the road and 1-6 in the second game of back-to-backs.

VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — American Lindsey Vonn’s bid for a record-equaling 62nd World Cup win will have to wait a little while longer. The four-time World Cup winner crashed out of Sunday’s Male Athlete of the Year. Irving started in all nine super-G race after entering a gate games for the Americans in slightly too wide, as Elisabeth Spain and averaged 12.1 points Goergl beat Olympic champion Anna Fenninger by .05 seconds and 3.6 assists.

duped,” Baine Kerr, one of the woman’s lawyers, said in an emailed statement. “At some point we have to recognize that Florida State is never going to hold James Winston responsible.” AP is not identifying the woman because it does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual abuse. “Somehow Jameis Winston still wins,” Kerr said. “The order doesn’t even follow the Student Conduct Code and it ignores the bulk of the evidence.” Kerr said that between his client, Winston, and two teammates that were at the off-campus apartment — Chris Casher and Ronald Darby — only the woman would answer questions about what happened. Winston did submit a lengthy statement detailing his version of events. Florida State president John Thrasher said the university selected the former state Supreme Court justice to remove any

doubt about the integrity of the process. “He (Harding) conducted a thorough Student Conduct Code hearing and reviewed more than 1,000 pages of evidence generated by three other investigations, and we would like to thank him sincerely for his service,” Thrasher said. Harding wrote that both sides’ version of the events had strengths and weaknesses, but he did not find the credibility of one “substantially stronger than the other.” “In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for any of the charged violations of the Code,” Harding wrote. Winston family adviser David Cornwell did not respond to requests for comment. Cornwell has contended that attorneys for the former student pushed for the hearing after they were rebuffed in an attempt to reach a settlement with Winston.

points, James Ennis scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and Miami beat Boston end five-game home losing streak. It was the first time in 154 games that Miami didn’t have any of its former Big Three — Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or LeBron James. Wade sat with a bruised right knee, Bosh missed his fifth straight game with a left calf strain and James now plays for Cleveland. Tyler Zeller scored 22 points for Boston, which had won three straight.

10 assists for the Timberwolves.

PACERS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 96

MINNEAPOLIS — C.J. Miles scored 28 points and David West bulled his way to the basket for two big points with 34 seconds to play to help Indiana hold off Minnesota. Miles hit 10 of 18 shots and Roy Hibbert had 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Pacers, who got 48 points from their bench. They shot a seasonhigh 50 percent from the field on the second night of a back-to-back and forced 16 turnovers to win for HEAT 100, CELTICS 84 just the second time this month. MIAMI — Luol Deng had 23 Mo Williams had 24 points and

MIDWEST Bowling Green 61, Bradley 47 IUPUI 62, Evansville 50 Iowa 100, Drake 98 Iowa St. 76, Fairfield 63 Marquette 65, W. Illinois 57 Minnesota 67, Cent. Michigan 64 N. Iowa 51, N. Illinois 42 Notre Dame 64, Saint Joseph’s 50 Purdue 70, Wright St. 46 South Carolina 84, Liberty 44 South Dakota 86, North Dakota 81 UC Irvine 63, Denver 55 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 71, Oklahoma 64 Nicholls St. 57, UTSA 49 TCU 79, Sam Houston St. 55 Texas 67, Texas A&M 65 Texas Tech 60, Houston 54 UALR 66, Tulsa 59 FAR WEST

EAST

Albany (NY) 71, Cal St.-Fullerton 49 CS Bakersfield 74, UNLV 71

Colorado 76, Wyoming 71 Colorado St. 65, Cal Poly 63 Fresno St. 68, Oregon 59 Idaho St. 63, Seattle 55 Louisville 70, California 57 Mississippi St. 68, Miami (Ohio) 42 New Mexico 56, N. Arizona 37 Oklahoma St. 66, Southern Cal 62 Old Dominion 61, Ill.-Chicago 55 TOURNAMENT ASU Classic Championship Lehigh 72, E. Illinois 69 Third Place Arizona St. 88, Northwestern 75 Gator Holiday Classic First Round E. Washington 55, Georgia Southern 42 Florida 78, Southern U. 49 SJU Chartwells Holiday Classic Championship Indiana St. 73, St. John’s 67, 2OT Third Place Auburn 56, SMU 43

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 34 21 11 2 44 92 83 Tampa Bay 35 20 11 4 44 113 93 Detroit 34 17 8 9 43 94 84 Toronto 34 19 12 3 41 114 102 Boston 34 17 14 3 37 86 88 Florida 31 14 9 8 36 69 79 Ottawa 33 14 13 6 34 89 92 Buffalo 34 13 18 3 29 66 109 Metropolitan Division Pittsburgh 32 22 6 4 48 102 72 N.Y. Islanders 33 23 10 0 46 104 91 N.Y. Rangers 31 17 10 4 38 93 81 Washington 32 16 10 6 38 95 85 Philadelphia 33 13 14 6 32 92 99 Columbus 32 14 15 3 31 79 102 New Jersey 35 12 17 6 30 77 102 Carolina 33 9 20 4 22 68 92

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Chicago 34 St. Louis 33 Nashville 31 Winnipeg 34 Minnesota 31 Dallas 32 Colorado 33 Pacific Division Anaheim 35 San Jose 34 Vancouver 32 Los Angeles 34

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2 48 106 67 3 45 100 81 2 44 87 64 7 41 83 80 3 35 91 84 5 33 95 109 8 32 85 101

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5 49 101 4 42 97 2 40 92 6 40 94

96 87 90 84

Calgary 35 Arizona 32 Edmonton 34 NOTE: Two points overtime loss.

17 15 3 37 100 95 11 17 4 26 74 104 7 20 7 21 74 116 for a win, one point for

Sunday’s Games Colorado 2, Detroit 1, SO Dallas 6, Edmonton 5, SO Boston 4, Buffalo 3, OT N.Y. Rangers 1, Carolina 0 Chicago 4, Toronto 0 Philadelphia 4, Winnipeg 3, OT Monday’s Games Ottawa at Washington, 3 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 3 p.m. Pittsburgh at Florida, 3:30 p.m. Arizona at Vancouver, 6 p.m. San Jose at Anaheim, 6 p.m. Calgary at Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST

Transactions BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Recalled G Jordan Adams and F/C Jarnell Stokes from Iowa (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Released G Jarrod Pughsley from the practice squad. Signed OT Curtis Feigt to the practice squad. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Released LB Jake Knott. Signed WR Matt Hazel from the practice squad. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Placed LB Chris Borland on injured reserve. Signed LB Chase Thomas from the practice squad. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Released TE RaShaun Allen. Signed TE Keavon Milton from the practice squad. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Placed S Major Wright on injured reserve. Signed DB C.J. Wilson from the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES — Activated F Alexander Semin from injured reserve. Reassigned F Justin Shhug to Charlotte (AHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Assigned G Oscar Dansk from Kalamazoo (ECHL) to Springfield (AHL). PITTSBURGH PENGUINS — Assigned G Eric Hartzell from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) to Wheeling (ECHL).

Vonn crashes as Goergl wins super-G

FSU’s Winston gets cleared TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago. Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was “insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof.” Prosecutor Willie Meggs made a similar decision a year ago when he decided not to criminally charge Winston, citing a lack of evidence. This month, a two-day hearing was held to determine whether Winston violated four sections of the code of conduct — two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment. The ramifications for Winston ranged from a reprimand to expulsion from school. The woman can request an appeal within five days. “We will consider an appeal but right now we feel a little

SOUTH Alabama 87, New Orleans 58 Charlotte 86, Davidson 51 Clemson 66, SC State 57 Coll. of Charleston 72, Mercer 59 Dayton 71, Vanderbilt 67 Duke 89, Kentucky 68 FIU 83, Wofford 75 Maine 54, William & Mary 51 Maryland 110, Coppin St. 51 Michigan St. 89, Syracuse 76 North Carolina 85, Elon 67 North Florida 62, W. Carolina 45 Richmond 70, E. Kentucky 56 St. Francis (Pa.) 75, Coastal Carolina 72 Tennessee Tech 62, Morgan St. 56 UAB 73, South Alabama 43 Virginia 74, Howard 53 Virginia Tech 73, Radford 60 W. Kentucky 84, Ball St. 59

Women’s Scores Binghamton 72, Rider 67

Irving gets award NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the MVP of the Basketball World Cup, was honored Sunday as the USA Basketball

Bucknell 74, Mount St. Mary’s 49 George Washington 70, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 52 Hofstra 75, Boston College 61 Kent St. 62, Colgate 61 LIU Brooklyn 79, Buffalo 73 Lafayette 66, NJIT 50 Navy 71, St. Peter’s 35 Pittsburgh 78, Youngstown St. 52 Portland St. 71, Columbia 66 Princeton 84, Monmouth (NJ) 53 Providence 67, Duquesne 56 Quinnipiac 70, Hartford 58 Rhode Island 60, Bryant 56 South Florida 90, Penn St. 87, OT UConn 86, UCLA 50 Wagner 76, Stony Brook 70

76ERS 96, MAGIC 88 ORLANDO, Fla. — Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points and Philadelphia rallied in the second half to beat Orlando for its third victory of the season. The 76ers ended a five-game losing streak. All three of their victories have come on the road.

NETS 110, PISTONS 105 NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets had an easy time in their first game this season without Deron Williams — until the last few seconds. Mason Plumlee scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Brooklyn held off a late rally for a victory over Detroit. After Mirza Teletovic’s layup with 5:31 remaining gave the Nets a seemingly comfortable 98-83 lead, the Pistons pulled to 106-105 on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer with 9 seconds left. Joe Johnson, who scored 16 points, followed with two free throws. Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 20 points, then missed on a long 3-pointer and Andre Drummond committed a loose ball foul on the rebound. C

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to lead an Austrian 1-2. Although Vonn did no damage to her troublesome right knee — after only starting to race again recently following two operations — she landed heavily on her right elbow. “I was risking everything and attacking the course. That sometimes happens in super-G, you don’t have any training runs

and you have just one inspection,” Vonn said. “I hit my elbow, somehow funny. I have some ice on it. It’s just a little bit swollen but no big deal.” After winning Saturday’s downhill, Vonn was looking for a fourth consecutive podium finish and was .01 ahead of Georgl’s time on the first split. “I didn’t feel quite as sharp as

I normally do,” Vonn said. “I was a little bit tired, yesterday was a very long day.” She was looking to move level with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for all-time wins. Perhaps fittingly, Vonn can now do so at the Austrian resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim, where there is a downhill and a super-G set for Jan. 10-11.

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Mayor Pat Porter had previously approached local wood sculptor Derek Stanton with the idea of creating a series of carved wooden animals for the park, enhancing its enchanted forest theme. The mayor, absent from Wednesday’s meeting due to a Florida vacation, has been active in soliciting community support for the park, including the animals and zipline. Navarre said that the council could count on continued community support for those components. “I believe there’s still an opportunity for other people from the community to participate in this park,” Navarre said. “It’s our one theme park that we’ve really asked the public to step in and participate, and I believe you’ll see a great number more still step up.” Bookey opposed the wooden animals, describing them as “$7,000 worth of aesthetics.” “It’s pretty. It would look good, it would make it look very nice the next time we took a picture of the municipal park and put it on the cover of something,” Bookey said. “But as far as the actual playability for the user groups that will be going there, that’s $7,000 that isn’t used effectively.” Navarre brought the discussion to an end by moving to approve the equipment for the 2- to 5- and 5- to 12-yearolds, leaving the zipline and the carved animals for future debate. The council unanimously passed the motion. The price of the two approved items, by Koch’s estimate, was $268,717 — $16,139 above the funding that he had listed as available. “It is above,” said Knackstedt, “but we think that this estimate is high — it’ll come down a bit, so it’s a very small gap, within reason.” Koch said that his staff is ready to begin the procurement process for the equipment. As part of the development of the proposal, the Parks and Recreation commission had already conducted competitive bidding and selected a supplier for the equipment. Koch predicted that purchase orders for the equipment would be sent next week, and agreed with Knackstedt’s belief that the actual price of the equipment would fall below his estimate. “I usually run a little bit fat on my estimates, so I’d hope to see some numbers below the numbers I came up with,” Koch said. He said that the price of the equipment could also be affected by the time of the year it is purchased. “Generally, (buying) earlier in the calendar year will result in more competitive pricing, rather than waiting until the end of the year when people’s work schedules start to fill up,” said Koch.

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And we finally got some real The operating budget develnumbers, some real costs and oped by Parnell was submitted ideas. ... Whenever you see by Walker but the capital budsticker prices, they scare you get was stripped of virtually a little bit. But to build a city, all items except required state over time, isn’t cheap, and to do matching funds to federal proit right is very important.” grams. Navarre was referring to the Walker said he will submit long process through which his own budget to the LegisParks and Rec had developed lature, including a new capital the Enchanted Forest plan, bebudget, on Feb. 19, the required ginning with proposals from date for the administration’s community members at the amendments to the fiscal year beginning of the year and pro2016 budget bill. ceeding through several pub“Any growth in the capital lic meetings and discussions. budget will be done with the Following a directive issued at utmost scrutiny and with an eye the Dec. 4 work session, Koch toward items that reduce future released the present four-part obligations,” said Pitney, the plan in a Dec. 11 memo to state budget director, who folthe city council, in which he lowed Walker at the podium at also specified the budgetary the chamber meeting. resources available to pay the Walker has been dealt a total $415,692 cost of the four tough hand of cards with oil parts. These resources includprices that have plummeted in ed a $200,000 appropriation recent weeks, closing below from the city’s general fund, $60 a barrel Dec. 15. State an $18,323 state grant, $4,129 revenues from oil, which pay available for transfer from othabout 90 percent of the state er projects, and $30,125 of dobudget, are expected to be cut nations from citizens of Kenai in half this year. — yielding a total of $252,578, The governor was asked at short of the playground’s tothe chamber meeting about his tal cost by $23,114. Although campaign pledge to expand Koch also predicted the city Medicaid to cover low-income would have a year end budget Alaskans without health coversurplus of $92,414, he recomage. mended saving that money for “This is moving forward. future capital projects in anticiWe were surprised to learn that pation of a possible decrease in there will actually be some savstate capital spending, rather ings (for the state) in the expanthan using it on the playground sion,” Walker said. project. He will release details on Navarre said that the whole the savings as soon as they are package, including the zipline, known with more certainty, he was within reach of the city. said. “There’s some flexibility Walker didn’t comment on there, when you look at adminthe current problems in the state istrative costs, and contingency amounts that I believe will reflect some additional savings, so I’m going to support moving forward with the complete plan Continued from page A-1 and finishing the park,” said Navarre. “A lot of the people who are Other council members disworking in this field already agreed. (and) that are wanting to get “I don’t want to go off budmore education so they can adget, particularly with regard to vance in the field are working we don’t know what’s going to seasonal jobs, and frequently in happen with revenue sharing remote locations with sketchy from the state,” Molloy said. or no internet, so we’re trying “That’s probably going to be to make it possible for as many down from what we received people as possible to get into last year. I’d like to have us the program and get the classlook at how to fund the zipline work done,” Morgan said. ... and if the municipal park is The program was estabthe right place for it, in the next lished about 10 years ago in budget cycle.” Ketchikan in response to indus“I love the idea of a zipline,” try requests, Morgan said. Gary council member Terry Bookey Freitag, UAF Marine Advisory said. “But I don’t think we’re Program agent in Ketchikan, getting a zipline. ... That bewas one of the initiators of the ing said, I don’t want to see a program with the goal of addiscussion about whether we dressing the “graying” of the should or shouldn’t have a ziexisting workforce. pline in the municipal park tie “What was happening was up progress on the remainder of everyone was retiring from that park. People’s kids are ag(the Alaska Department of Fish ing out of that park in the time it’s taken for us to start talking Reach Ben Boettger at ben. and Game and other fisheries industry jobs), so they needed about it.” boettger@peninsulaclarion. people that could go into the In addition to the zipline, com. field and understand what’s go-

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phrases and sentences into their constituent parts, making them easier to understand. “Sá” literally indicates the vocal chords; when it’s used, it indicates a question. “(Your name) yéi xat duwasáakw” — My name is (name) literally means “I keep being named this;” the “kw” indicates repetition. Students in the workshop, which varies in size from week to week, repeated the phrases, asking each other questions and answering them. Elders’ aging adds urgency to their efforts. “There are a lot of resources like dictionaries and linguistic documents, and grammars. Those are really helpful, but without the elders who actually know the stuff and have internalized it, .” said Geiger. There’s another reason to learn when there are people to learn from: Along with language, history is forgotten and mis-remembered. “In the totality of Juneau as a whole, I think people have forgotten a lot of history here. Some of it’s passive, but a lot of it’s really deliberate,” Geiger said. Ellen Story, Mallory’s sister, attended a recent workshop. She’s a special education teacher at Auke Bay Elementary School and has taught some of the language in her classes and morning meetings. Workshop attendee Kevin Koenig, 26, is Tlingit, Scottish,

‘None of us who facilitate the group are teachers, we’re learners sharing what we’ve learned. It’s not a formal classroom environment. We are very open to having people who attend share with the group.’ — Richard Radford Irish, Inupiat and Japanese. He started learning Tlingit at Yakoosge Daakahidi, with Lyle James. “I loved it,” he said. “It’s going to be one of my deals . not letting the language die.” His grandmother helped get ANB and ANS Camp #3 reinstated, he said; he hopes to continue “in the great work that she started.” “It’s an exciting time because it’s being taught in the school system,” he said. “My ancestors were being punished for speaking their language. Hopefully (Tlingit) will start to pick up too.” Those who organize it think of the group as a learning group, not a formal class. “Anyone’s welcome to it,” Story said. “We absolutely would love any fluent speakers to come in and do a lesson,

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but total beginners can come in, too. It’s just exciting to have learners at all levels. It’s totally open for families, too.” “None of us who facilitate the group are teachers, we’re learners sharing what we’ve learned,” Radford wrote. “It’s not a formal classroom environment. We are very open to having people who attend share with the group. Some community members have shared things about art, music, language, and religion, not just from Tlingit culture, but from many different places. Recently we were taught how to introduce ourselves in Persian from a group member. Multicultural openness is key to this work.” Radford wanted the class to be at the public library was so it was visible and could bring the language into the public consciousness, Geiger said. “It’s just one little piece that needs to be there in revitalizing Tlingit,” Story said. “The tools, the resources — books, videos, language speakers, teachers, culture bearers, and other learners in our community — to become a Tlingit language learner are available to everyone, for free. What it takes is a commitment, to say, yes, I am a part of this effort to revitalize Tlingit language and culture. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what your background is. If you live in Lingít Aaní, that means you are a part of this revitalization effort, and you are making a conscious choice to participate, or to not get involved,” Radford wrote. C

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Medicaid payment system but in the previous week his Commissioner of Health and Social Services Valerie Davidson told reporters that the payment problems as well as issues with enrolling larger numbers of Alaskans in Medicaid were creating unexpected challenges. Grace Jang, Walker’s spokeswoman, said in an email the governor was aware of the problems in the Medicaid system. The governor did not mention the major natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project in his speech. The state is a financial partner in the gas project and preliminary engineering is now underway with major decisions by the state and its industry partners needed in 2015. Walker was upbeat in his speech about the ability of Alaskans to ride out the current fiscal problems. “The price of oil doesn’t define us as Alaskans. We’ve been here before (in previous oil price plunges) and we’ll work our way through this responsibly. We’re not declaring a crisis — we’ll work our way out of this,” Walker said. Fortunately, the state has ample cash reserves, about $12 billion in ready assets in two state reserve funds; that tally allows for a $3 billion transfer from reserves to state pension funds authorized by the Legislature in its 2014 session. Walker pledged not to just whack the budget; it would be too disruptive for the state economy. “You can’t cut your way to prosperity,” he said. There is no alternative to relying of reserves to cushion state budget deficits estimated at $3.5 billion this year and

next, and continuing. The needed restructuring of state finances will also present some opportunities. Walker didn’t elaborate on these, but later, in answering questions, the governor said that “publicprivate partnerships” in delivering public services was a major theme that developed in transition recommendations from a conference of citizens held in late November. On the oil price outlook, Walker said state petroleum economists believe it will take some time for prices to nudge up. “Circumstances overtook us. The world commodity markets were shaken when the Saudis decided not to cut production and to just wait it out until high-cost producers drop out,” he said. “At $60 oil prices it is expected to take about a year to 18 months for the (excess) supply to drop. After that we believe the price will edge up.” Meanwhile, in doing forecasts of state revenues Walker said he has instructed the Revenue Department, “to be as accurate as possible, and conservative.” In her presentation to the chamber following the governor’s remarks, Davis said the Revenue Department has projected an average oil price of $76 per barrel for the current fiscal year, which is now about half over. The average price estimate is a blend of higher prices in the early months of the fiscal year starting in July, when the price was more than $100 per barrel, and expected lower prices for the fall and spring months. The average price is estimated at $66 per barrel for next fiscal year, fiscal year 2016. A correction in the oil mar-

kets is expected in fiscal year 2017, and prices are estimated at $93 per barrel. In years after that a $90 per barrel price is used for planning purposes but Davis, the acting Revenue commissioner, told chamber members that forecasting oil prices beyond two or three years is highly risky. The near-term price estimates are conservative, she said. State economists have assigned a 60 percent confidence level to the estimates. In later years, after 2017, there is a 50 percent confidence level in the price forecasts, Davis said. However, even a return to a $90 oil price won’t end the budget deficits, she said. The current estimate is that state reserves will be sufficient to cover budget deficits through fiscal year 2022. However, that assumes keeping the state budget at about $5.5 billion in unrestricted general fund spending, which is about the budget level of fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30. Unrestricted general fund spending for the current budget year is about $6.1 billion. Jang, Walker’s spokeswoman, said the details of a community outreach on budget issues are still being worked out. “The cabinet needs to have a few more meetings but in the near future we will meet with lawmakers are community groups. We’re not sure how this will look. The governor will attend as many as possible,” Jang said. “As for engaging the public, we will set up an online forum through which Alaskans can weigh in with their ideas. This is still in the formative stages.”

ing on with the fisheries in this region,” he said, adding, “what we originally started with was looking for hatchery workers. It was primarily a jobs program to help get all that together and give them a science background, a hatchery background, a fisheries background and an understanding of how it works and how fisheries are balanced in this region — that’s what the whole object was.” In recent years, the program has added courses, like fundamental of fisheries ocean-

ography and introduction to fisheries of Alaska. One of the unique aspects of the program is its local focus — not only on the statewide industry, but on regional industries as well. Though the courses are based out of Sitka — where the lectures are recorded and the professors operate — partner campuses included Bethel, Dillingham, Homer, Ketchikan, Kodiak and Valdez. “It’s important for the fisheries industry in Alaska to be hav-

ing an Alaska focus to our classwork because Alaska is like no place else. If we have instructors here in Alaska providing instruction for our own workers, we can tailor our classwork to what’s really happening in Alaska,” Morgan said. Jess Davila, a fisheries biologist for the Ketchikan Ranger District who received an associate’s degree in fisheries technology from UAS in 2011, said keeping residents involved is key to the success of the fisheries industry.

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A-14 Peninsula Clarion, Monday, December 22, 2014

Lonely soldier must reach out to others for comfort busy that you are unable to stay in touch with them. The surest way to get what you need is to communicate — and that applies to more situations in life than this one.

— LOST IN TEXAS DEAR LOST: You not only need a friend, you also need a counselor to help you find direction. If there isn’t one at your school, consider discussing this with a career counselor at a nearby university or community college. Some courses in business administration would be valuable for you so you can learn the nuts and bolts about running a business DEAR ABBY: I am a seand avoid common mistakes that might cause yours nior in high school in Texas. to fail. Everyone has decided which Some classes in commercial cooking would also college they want to go to and be helpful. If there isn’t a trade school nearby that what they want to be. I have Abigail Van Buren offers them, consider working for a year or two no clue. It is frustrating, bein the restaurant industry to see how it functions. cause when adults ask what my plans for the future Many of the best chefs in the world started out that are and I say I don’t know, they look at me like I’m way, and you will learn quickly if this is something stupid. you really want to pursue. I feel 18 years isn’t long enough to figure all that P.S. Being an introvert doesn’t have to stop you, out. I am an introvert, and I would really like to open if you partner with someone who’s a people person up a cute little cafe in New York when I am older. But to work the front of the shop and teach you the art every time I tell someone this is what I’d like to do, of “schmoozing.” they ask how I’m going to make money at it. They’re right — I can’t make a living off a coffee shop, espeDear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also cially with the high cost of living in New York. known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her I’m lost and don’t know what to do. I have less than mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www. a year to figure things out, and it’s starting to stress me. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA Please give me some advice. I need a friend. 90069.

Hints from Heloise

Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars A baby born today has a Sun and Moon in Capricorn. HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014: This year your creativity soars. You also seem to develop your intuitive ability. You seem to know which direction to go in situations that previously would have had you debating the pros and cons. The unexpected occurs with your domestic life. With so much going on, you’ll want to simplify your life where you can. If you are single, someone you meet in your daily routine could come to mean a lot more to you. You are likely to meet a special person after spring 2015. If you are attached, the two of you often love to talk about the future. Together, you might opt to try out a different lifestyle. A fellow CAPRICORN will be less flexible than you are. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH You could be overly aware of your image and how a boss sees you. You might want to consider making an alteration. Weigh the pros and cons before you decide to go ahead. Listen carefully to your inner voice, then apply it appropriately. Tonight: A force to be dealt with. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH Detachment will help you see what would be best to do. You even might decide to take off and visit with someone at a distance. Be aware of your limits, especially when it comes to how much time you have. Tonight: Be willing to be adventurous.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Deal with someone directly. You might feel as if this person wants you to head in a certain direction. Recognize the power of having a one-on-one discussion. You will be able to head in whichever direction you choose as a result. Tonight: Make it a duo. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH Defer to others whom you feel might know more than you do. By recognizing their expertise and demonstrating your openness, you will be seen as a team player. An older relative or friend could surprise you and force you to adjust your plans. Tonight: Accept an offer. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHHYou might venture into a new project only to feel as though you are stuck in quicksand. Brainstorm with a trusted friend to find a more solid approach. Someone could surprise you with a unique idea. Are you up for trying it out? Tonight: Weigh the pros and cons. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHHH Your creativity could take you down a new path where you feel more centered and energized. Be aware of the mixed signals you are sending. Someone seems to be misreading your intention because of your word choice. Be as clear as you can be. Tonight: With a loved one. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHYou could have difficulty dealing with someone who is very unpredictable. Avoiding the person simply won’t work. You can postpone this conversation for only so long. A new beginning will become a possibility once you have this talk. Tonight: Head home.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHHYou are likely to gain a broader perspective about how to approach a key person. Thanks to others’ feedback, you will see the transformation that could be possible. You might want to make an adjustment to your schedule. Tonight: Squeeze in a favorite stressbuster. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHTake care of what you value, as no one else will be able to do it in the same way. Your emotions could be on a roller-coaster ride because of an unexpected development. Maintain a sense of humor. Tonight: Catch up on some last-minute holiday details or shopping. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH Complete any last-minute shopping in the morning. You might need to run several other errands as well. You could find yourself walking into a surprise at home or dealing with a family member. Be willing to revise your plans. Tonight: Do what you want to do. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH You will have a hectic pace to keep up with if you are going to get done what you must. Still, you might be surprised by the power of a cat nap. You’ll find that you will be much more energized as a result. Visit a dear friend if you have time. Tonight: Get some extra R and R. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Others might want to tap into your imagination when they are faced with last-minute holiday hassles. Your creativity is likely to come up with some unusual ideas that will work. Make a point of catching up with someone you care about. Tonight: Eggnog with friends.

Pedestrian perception Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about pedestrians in parking lots: “I wonder why so many people leaving a store don’t look for moving cars as they walk to their cars. Granted, cars should give pedestrians the right of way and travel at a slow speed. However, many people just barge out of stores and don’t look at all! I’m very surprised that there aren’t more pedestrians hit in parking lots.” — A Reader in Nebraska There may be a lot of “oops” involving pedestrians, and we don’t hear about them. People are supposed to have the right of way (laws vary from state to state), but they, too, should pay attention. I’ve seen people walking along, talking or texting on a cellphone, oblivious to what’s going on around them! One man walked into a stopped car and blamed the driver! What’s wrong here? — Heloise Fast Facts Dear Readers: Other uses for napkin rings: * Around small candles as decoration. * Slide ends of a scarf into one to hold in place. * Use to hold curtains open. * Attach a hanger and use as an ornament. * Slip appliance cords into one. — Heloise Flat iron for shirts Dear Heloise: I hate ironing shirts because it is hard to get in between the buttons. I was straightening my hair with my flat iron and wondered if it would work on my shirts. I used a LOW setting and ironed that little section with it. It worked! — Iona, via email

SUDOKU

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DEAR ABBY: I am a soldier in Afghanistan who is single with few friends, if you would even call them that. We work 24/7. No days off, no breaks. It’s not an easy life. You would not believe how nice it is to receive a message from family or friends. Don’t get me wrong, I have a loving family who support me and everything I do. When I first got here, I’d get a message from them at least once a week. But now that I am seven months into a 12-month deployment, it has been almost two months since I have gotten anything. Now, I know if I reach out and send a message — which I have done — I’ll get replies, but am I wrong for not wanting to have to do that? Is it wrong to wish that I could come in, relax, and find a message waiting for me? I know they love me and are busy with their lives, but sometimes it seems that I am forgotten. It would be comforting to know someone is thinking about me. Any day now could be my last. — DEPLOYED SOLDIER DEAR DEPLOYED SOLDIER: Because you’re feeling lonely and forgotten, it’s important to let your family and friends back home know how you feel. They are not mind readers. You say you heard from them in the early months of your deployment. But have you reached out to them recently? If you haven’t, they may assume you are being kept so

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