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Sullivan sworn in Alaska’s new junior senator takes oath By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press

JUNEAU — Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan was sworn in at the start of the new Congress on Tuesday, becoming Alaska’s junior senator. An Alaska contingent that included Gov. Bill Walker and state lawmakers were in Washington, D.C., for the event. Sullivan said he was honored and humbled by the turnout. He

said the joke was that the “Alaska invasion” — which he numbered at more than 200 people — brought with it the snow that blanketed the area Tuesday. Sullivan, a former state attorney general and Natural Resources commissioner, rounds out an all-Republican congressional delegation for Alaska that also includes Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young. Sullivan defeated first-term

incumbent Democrat Mark Begich by about 6,000 votes in November. The race was contentious and closely watched nationally as Republicans sought to wrest back control of the Senate, which they ultimately did. One of Sullivan’s first orders AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin of business was signing on as a co-sponsor to legislation, which Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. the White House threatened to Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, left, with wife Julie Sullivan, during a veto, that would approve the ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday in See SENATE, page A-10 the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington.

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In the news Gunman, 1 other dead in shooting at veterans’ clinic

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a veterans’ medical clinic in West Texas on Tuesday, killing one other person, officials said. The gunman was also killed. Investigators, who took no questions from reporters during a Tuesday night news conference, did not say whether the gunman killed himself or was killed by someone else. They also provided no details on the victim or the gunman and no possible motive for the shooting. Fort Bliss Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty said the shooting happened at the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System’s clinic, which is in a complex that includes the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. The entire complex was locked down Tuesday as authorities responded to the shooting. “The alleged shooter is dead, and we have one casualty. That casualty is deceased. All other VA patients and staff are safe,” said Twitty, commanding officer of nearby Fort Bliss. “Everything is under control and there is no immediate threat to Fort Bliss or the local community,” Twitty said. The VA clinic will be closed Wednesday, said its acting director, Peter Dancy. The FBI, which is leading the investigation, has hundreds of potential witnesses, many of whom were patients or would-be patients at the clinic, said Douglas Lindquist, special agent in charge of the FBI El Paso office.

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More students expected in coming year By KELLY SULLIVAN Peninsula Clarion

fers hard. Fiscal year 2015 revenue, once projected at about $5 billion, is now expected to be about half that, in the $2.5 billion range. For the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, it gets worse; the Department of Revenue is predicted a little more than $2 billion of state revenue in its Fall 2014 Revenue Forecast released in midDecember. Associated General Contractors of Alaska Executive Director John MacKinnon said

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is expecting up to 50 new students to fill seats in district classrooms next year. It would be the first time since 1999 the enrollment count would be higher than the year before. “Next year we project there will be 8,820 students enrolled in the school district,” said Interim Superintendent Sean Dusek. “In the last couple years we have been processing a bigger class than kindergartners coming in.” The actual projection for next year ranges between 40-50 students, Dusek said. The highest membership recorded in the school district was 10,376 students in 1998, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The school district’s student population has since been on a downward trend, meaning less state funding. This year’s enrollment report revealed average membership is at 8,778 students. At the end of the 2013-2014 enrollment count the school district’s student population was at 8,681,

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All that racquet

Carl Bauman, left, Jeremy Sorhus and Rob Meyer play racquetball at the Kenai Recreation Center Tuesday in Kenai. A group typically meets to play on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Uncertain year for mega-projects By ELWOOD BREHMER Morris News Service-Alaska/ Alaska Journal of Commerce

How little can the state afford to spend? Gov. Bill Walker halted immediate spending on six of the state’s notable pending megaprojects Dec. 27, part of an effort to scrutinize all expenditures and minimize the fiscal year 2016 budget deficit. Walker’s administrative order stopped work on a road to the Ambler Mining District; the

Juneau access road; the Susitna-Watana Hydro project; the Knik Arm bridge; the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline; and the Kodiak Launch Complex. “Our budget deficit grows deeper as oil prices go lower. These are large projects that require significantly more state investment to complete,” Walker said in a statement from his office. “I’ve requested that the state agencies not enter into any new contracts until we’ve had a chance to look at the various projects.”

He said it is a way to keep the state from committing to further work on the projects that “may not be continued during this fiscally challenging time.” Walker wants the agencies in charge of the projects to submit reports outlining operating costs, current obligations and the potential consequences of delaying or terminating their work to the Office of Management and Budget by Jan. 5. Alaska North Slope crude prices in the $60 per barrel range are hitting the state cof-

Unoccupied home in Kenai burned

Senate majority office considers former military affairs official

By RASHAH McCHESNEY Peninsula Clarion

Kenai firefighters responded to a fire in an unoccupied home on Iowa Street in Kenai Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the four-bedroom home at about 7 a.m. where they found a large fire behind the home’s heating system, said Fire Chief Jeff Tucker. The house is currently vacant, and a “For Rent” sign stands in the front yard. Tucker said neighbors noticed the smoke and called firefighters. By the time emergency responders arrived, the fire had migrated from the heating system down a wall and into the lower level of the home. Tucker said it took about 30 minutes to contain the blaze. “There’s pretty extensive damage and smoke damage to the house,” Tucker said. He did not have an estimate for the amount of damage done to the home. The fire marshal is still investigating the cause.

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JUNEAU — A state military affairs official, who was asked to resign as part of a leadership change following problems within the Alaska National Guard, has been offered a contract to work with the Alaska Senate majority press office. In an email to members Monday, Senate President Kevin Meyer said he had decided to hire McHugh Pierre on a four-month contract that Photo courtesy Kenai Fire Department

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would be effective Jan. 15. He said Pierre would primarily work out of his office but would be available to all members to discuss strategy and ways to better communicate the GOP-led majority’s priorities to the public. The majority caucus has 15 members, including one Democrat. Majority press secretary Carolyn Kuckertz said Tuesday that the press shop is down one person from last year and hiring Pierre on See PIERRE, page A-10


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Company applies to drill near volcano By PHUONG LE Associated Press

SEATTLE — A Canadian company plans to submit a new application for exploratory drilling northeast of Mount St. Helens after a federal judge invalidated its prospecting permits last year. Ascot Resources plans to address deficiencies outlined in the judge’s decision and resubmit its application for hard rock prospecting permits, company spokesman Robert Evans said in an email Tuesday. The company’s plan is still to drill 63 holes to explore for minerals within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, but there may be some changes to drill sites, Evans said.

Oil Prices Monday’s prices North Slope crude: $52.48, DOWN from $55.18 on Friday West Texas Int.: $50.04, DOWN from $52.69 on Friday

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Last July, a federal court judge in Portland, Oregon, ruled in a favor of the nonprofit Gifford Pinchot Task Force, based in Vancouver, Washington. The group sued in 2013 after the Bureau of Land Management approved permits allowing Ascot to drill holes to look for copper, gold, silver and

other minerals. The Forest Service also approved conditions of those permits in 2012. U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez found that the federal agencies violated environmental laws in approving the permits. The drilling would have occurred near Goat Mountain within the Gifford Pinchot

National Forest in southwest Washington. “Ascot is planning to resubmit its application after addressing the concerns raised” by the judgment, Evans said. The environmental group vowed to continue its fight against the project after learning about the plans on Tuesday.

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Peninsula Clarion, Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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. 10:30 a.m. • Bouncing Babies Storytime at the Soldotna Public Library. Call 262-4227. 11 a.m. • Wee Read at the Kenai Community Library. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. • TOPS group AK 222 Soldotna meets at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 Soldotna Ave. Call 260-1662. 5:30 p.m. • Weight loss and health support group, Christ Lutheran Church. Call 362-1340. • Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors meeting at 110 Trading Bay, Suite 160. For information, call 283-8732 ext. 5 7 p.m. • Card games, Funny River Community Center. • Narcotics Anonymous support group “Clean Machine” at Central Peninsula Hospital’s Redoubt Room, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna. Call 907-335-9456. • Alcoholics Anonymous “Into Action” group, 12X12 study meeting, 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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Around the Peninsula Garden club looks at ‘Agriculture to Art’ Central Peninsula Garden Club’s presents “Agriculture to Art” by Lee Coray-Ludden, president of the AK Natural Fiber Business, at its Jan. 13 program at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building, Mile 16.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Lee and others in the local fiber group, have raised awareness of growing various fiber producing animals, fiber products, and the unique processes involved. She will share information about the local group’s diversity, the role growing animal feed of all kinds plays in the quality of the fiber and their many activities. She will also bring fiber examples including one of her little goat kids. Learn more about gardening and the fiber producing process. A brief annual meeting to approve the 2015 budget and elect board members will precede the program at 6:50 p.m. Refreshments and most of the time, door prizes. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Marion Nelson, 283-4632.

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Cure cabin fever with craft extravaganza Peninsula Take-a-Break is sponsoring a “Cabin Fever Craft Extravaganza” on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Learn a new craft project with hands-on demonstrations. Door prizes and a tea party will also be featured. For further information call Linda at 262-4996 or Deanna at 398-630l. There is no charge for this event.

Soldotna library hosts teen activities

Teens at the Library activities are every Wednesday in January, at 4 p.m., in the Community Room at the Soldotna library. — Twelfth Night on Jan. 7. OK, so technically, it’s a day late. Come by anyway and enjoy a slice of King Cake and some PS4 — Lego Free Time on Jan. 14. Why should the little kids have all the fun? Enjoy our enormous Lego hoard and attempt to complete a challenge. — Let them eat cake! Jan. 21. On this day in history: Louis XVI was beheaded in France. Come hear more about this decapitation-heavy revolution and sample a French snack. — Data Privacy Day! Jan. 28. Just because you’re paranoid Learn about foster care and doesn’t mean you’re not right. Everyone online is totally watchadoption on the Kenai Peninsula ing you. Come learn some easy strategies and social media tips A meeting to learn more about foster care and adoption on to keep your data, and your identity, safer. the Kenai Peninsula will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 145 Main St. Loop in Kenai. The Alaska Department Book club meets at Soldotna library of Health and Social Services, Office of Children’s Services, offers monthly Resource Family Orientations to give interested Outside The Box Book Club (Book Club For Adults) on individuals a brief overview of the state’s foster care and adop- Saturday in the Community Room. January is National Hobby tion programs and process. To learn more about how to make a Month. The book club is reading the book “WHO ARE YOU difference in a child’s life and in your community, please join PEOPLE?: A Personal Journey into the Heart of Fanatical Pasus. For more information, call Tonja Whitney or Michelle Par- sion in America.” Come for a discussion on hobbyists in Amertridge at 907-283-3136. ica and how to start your own hobby.

Woodturners to meet

Square dance classes on tap

The Kenai Peninsula Woodturners Chapter will hold its meeting at 1 p.m. this next Saturday, Jan. 10 at the woodturning shop in the log building at mile 100 on the Sterling Highway, just a few miles south of Soldotna where Echo Lake Road meets the highway. There will be a wood turning demonstration. Visi-

Beginning square dance classes will be held on Wednesday nights, starting Jan. 7, from 6:30-8 pm at the Sterling Senior Center. Classes are open to participants of all ages. For more information, call Theresa Lusby at 360-790-1757, or the Sterling Senior Center at 907-262-6808.

Site south of Denali considered for dam FAIRBANKS (AP) — A site south of Denali National Park and Preserve is being considered for a possible dam, though an official involved with the project said it’s not yet clear if such a development is feasible. The Native Village of Cantwell filed a preliminary permit application with federal regulators in November to explore a dam along Carlo Creek, about 13 miles south of the park entrance. The application was published in the Federal Register late last month. Gordon Carlson, a Cantwell village official, said the community is looking for an alternative energy project to generate revenue by providing electricity to the Golden Valley Electric As-

sociation grid. The Denali-area site is one of two under consideration as a possible dam location, but the entire proposal is very preliminary, he said. “We don’t know if the water’s there, we don’t know if the terrain is there,” he said. While the village owns the land at the dam site, agreements would be required from other area landowners, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The proposal is looking at a 10-foot-high dam that would power a 1.6-megawatt turbine. Associated infrastructure would include a roughly 12,000-foot road, powerhouse and trans-

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mission line. Documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission estimates a threeyear study and the licensing process will cost at least $1 million. Carlson said the village will look for grants or other funding sources to help with the early-stage costs. What those studies turn up will determine whether a project moves forward. Questions have been raised by some residents and business owners in the Carlo Creek area about how such a project might affect them. Bill Madsen, who lives along Carlo Creek and until recently operated a nearby business,

said the uncertainty bothers some people. “Nobody has said anything. Nobody has approached any of the neighbors,” he said. A 60-day comment period on the Carlo Creek application began Dec. 22 Carlson said the village also is in the early stages of reviewing a hydro project on the Jack River in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough that it considers more promising. That project is much larger and would be capable of generating an estimated 4.2 megawatts of electricity. More than 5 miles of roads would have to be built to reach to the proposed dam.


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What Others Say

Oil price drop not without benefits As unlikely as it seems, there are a

few benefits to Alaska residents that come with lower oil

Cuomo’s unfinished business

I am one of those who mourn the passing of Mario Cuomo, and celebrate his life. Among the more enjoyable experiences of my time as a younger reporter were various conversations I was privileged to have with him during the quiet that would precede the storm of news. He could argue without offending, unless he wanted to, be provocative without provoking. He was an unabashed progressive and will be remembered as one of his generation’s most exciting speakers, inspiring with his rhetorical style as well as his ideas. Unfortunately, when it comes to the causes he championed, he leaves behind a society that is still struggling. After all, this is the man who thrilled the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco by deriding President Ronald Reagan’s repeated references to the United States as “a shining city on the hill.” He brought the house down with his description of an out-of-touch president who had a limited view from “the portico of the White House or the veranda of his ranch,” continuing, “There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don’t see, in the places that you don’t visit in your shining city.” Instead, he roared, America is a “tale of two cities,” of rich and poor, the haves and have-nots. Here we are, slightly more than 30 years later, where the same “two cities” description is used to paint a picture of a worsening

prices. The slump, in which prices have dropped to levels between $60 and $80 per barrel in recent months, has left the state budget in a world of hurt, and there’s no question residents will feel a host of negative effects of that lost production tax revenue. But there’s a silver lining for residents that takes a bit of the sting out of the market downturn. The first and most obvious boon of low oil prices comes for Alaska drivers at the gas pump. The drop in oil prices from more than $100 per barrel to about $60 per barrel has resulted in gas prices dipping from the $4-per-gallon range in summer down to just more than $3 per gallon at present in Fairbanks. Heating fuel prices have experienced a similar drop, with fuel now at about $3.05 per gallon and giving residents some relief when paying home heating bills. Unfortunately, Interior villages haven’t seen much, if any, benefit of the drop in gas prices yet, as they tend to purchase gas and heating fuel in bulk orders delivered by barge, at a price set at the time of initial purchase. That means residents in outlying areas — who already pay some of the highest fuel costs on the continent — are stuck paying high prices for petroleum products until they deplete existing supply and make a new order to fill village tanks. There are also secondary benefits likely to matriculate to state residents, as prices on many commodities are governed by the cost of transportation. Everything shipped into the state from Outside, whether furniture, building material or groceries, passes the cost of fuel to transport it to the state along to the consumer. Retail prices do tend to lag, as retailers are less sensitive to downward cost trends than upward ones, but the longer transportation costs stay low, the more likely it is competition between suppliers will force prices downward. Though the cost of airfare has yet to show impacts from the reduced cost of fuel, that may well take place as oil prices remain low. Fuel costs represent about 30 percent of total operating costs for airlines, and while ticket prices aren’t yet dropping — a fact that led to pointed questions from Congress to airlines in mid-December — strong competition between airlines for coveted routes are likely to lead to lower ticket prices before long. We’ve seen that in Alaska recently with the summer fare wars between Delta and Alaska Airlines — with luck, perhaps 2015 will bring round two. The continued decline of oil prices will hit the state hard, leading to a host of impacts to state services like education, health and social services and public safety. But in addition By JILL COLVIN to the aforementioned benefits to consumers, the downturn Associated Press in state revenue has one major plus for Alaska: reining in the budget, which had been given lip service by the Legislature as NEWARK, N.J. — Chris Christie loves spending swelled in recent years, is now not only a priority but the Dallas Cowboys. Not only is he not a mandate. It’s time Alaska returned to living within its means. ashamed of it, he wants you to know it. Tossing any risks of political offense — Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, aside, the potential Republican candidate Jan. 3 for president doesn’t bother to cheer for any of the teams that would make more sense for the governor of New Jersey. No, he’s an over-the-top, awkward-hugging, lucky-sweater-wearing and sportstalk-show-calling fan of the self-pro By GARRY TRUDEAU claimed “America’s Team.” And he might just be scoring political points by sticking with his ‘Boys rather than sailing fairer winds by pretending to care about the New York Giants or the Philadelphia Eagles. “I think, if anything, it shows he’s authentic — him standing by his team,” said Matt Moore, the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, who acknowledged owning a Cowboys jersey and helmet as a kid. “True sports fans know what it’s like to stand on couches and shout at the TV. We all get caught up in the moment,” Moore said. “I don’t know if it’s anything more than being a super fan, but Gov. Christie’s love of the Cowboys is definitely smart politics.” Christie’s fanboy ways were again on display Sunday, when he was spotted gleefully celebrating the team’s comeback win against the Detroit Lions in the NFL playoffs. He was hard to miss in owner Jerry Jones’ box, wearing his sure-to-be-noticed orange good luck sweater, bouncing around and looking for a hug after the Cowboys’ 24-20 wild-card victory. It wasn’t the first time Christie has shown up in Jones’ box, nor the first time his display of affection for the team and its owner has drawn withering fire on social media and among radio talkers. Christie’s high-five of Jones after the Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles last month was

divide. The nation’s wealth inequality is far greater than it was then, fewer and fewer hold more and more while the bulk of our society struggles to get by on scraps. As we’ve seen, the lives of whites and Bob Franken people of color still are separated, both culturally and physically. Even though Barack Obama will go down in history as America’s first black president, his contention during a recent NPR interview that we are “less racially divided” than when he took office in 2008 must be juxtaposed with the bitter feelings between blacks and police about law-enforcement tactics involving minorities. New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who is assuming a role as bridge builder, argues that the problem is “just the tip of the iceberg.” “This is about the continuing poverty rates, the continuing growing disparity between the wealthy and the poor,” he said. “It’s about unemployment issues. There are so many national issues that have to be addressed that it isn’t just policing, as I think we all well know.” It is also about a society so divided that our various communities have become iso-

lated enclaves where no one is even willing to consider the experience of “them,” meaning anyone else. It’s hard to think about bridging cultural gaps when no one understands why that’s a good thing. The significance of Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in Congress, appearing in 2002 (while a Louisiana state legislator) before a group led by Klansman David Duke is not that he just didn’t know of his audience’s point of view back then (as he now claims), it’s that his best explanation is that he was that ignorant. In Louisiana, such extremist views are considered the norm in conservative politics. It would be an overstatement that such unbridled hatred exists everywhere in the U.S., but it is not an exaggeration that we seem to have hit a wall when it comes to embracing our differences. We are obviously failing when it comes to sharing our wealth. Along the way we have lost much our luster, falling behind in health care, education and, as the polls show, hope for a better life. Mario Cuomo said one time that he would like his epitaph to read “He tried.” As much as we note his remarkable life and aspirations, when it comes to his vision, we are failing. Bob Franken is a longtime broadcast journalist, including 20 years at CNN.

The first fan of Dallas? Why, it’s Chris Christie

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AP News Extra seen by some in South Jersey and elsewhere as rubbing it in. There’s also the question of where Christie chooses to sit — namely, with Jones, the billionaire owner of the Cowboys, who supplied the governor with transportation via private jet and a ticket to the game in his suite. It’s the third time Christie has seen the game on Jones’ tab, according to a Christie spokesman. That left The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol to predict that when Dallas travels to Green Bay for their next playoff game, against the Packers on Sunday, he’d miss Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is sure to sit in “the cheap seats & freeze with the common people” at Lambeau Field. But the guy who fell in love with the Cowboys watching Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach does not care about your taunts. His team, after all, is winning. “I call it as I see it,” Christie declared in mid-December on a South Jersey sportstalk station. “And I’m not going to be one of these politicians who changes their sports team loyalties just to score political points.” He added Monday morning: “Just because I’m governor of New Jersey doesn’t mean that I change who I root for. That’s it.” Didn’t his antics risk votes in Michigan, home of the Lions and a state he’ll likely need to carry to win the White House, should he win his party’s nomination? Perhaps, but Christie appears to be doubling down on his straight-talker image, making a calculated play that embracing his love of his team is a better way to win over votes than pandering to fans at home. “Iowa has a lot of Cowboys fans,” said Tim Albrecht, a Republican strategist from the first-to-vote state, “and I am sure they will look forward to hearing about the game as well as his vision for the country

next time he visits here.” Christie’s chief political adviser, Mike DuHaime, said politics had nothing to do with it. “He is who he is. He is a Cowboys fan and always has been. There is zero political calculation. If there was, he probably wouldn’t be a Mets fan too, and certainly not a Rangers fan.” Christie has made repeat appearances on sports radio shows after Cowboys wins, he posts about Dallas on his official Twitter and Facebook pages, and his staffers have touted his fandom in government press releases that list all the games he’s attended in person. Among the tidbits noted Monday in two releases: Christie has worn the same orange sweater to each of the five games he’s attended this season. The Cowboys, by the way, won them all. “For all the flak I get on my orange sweater, it’s now a perfect 5-0 @dallascowboys games. I’m not breaking that Karma,” Christie tweeted Monday.

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White House says it will veto oil pipeline bill By DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the first piece of legislation introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate, a bill approving the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, in what was expected to be the first of many confrontations over energy and environmental policy. Hours after supporters of the bipartisan bill, which is sponsored by all 54 Senate Republicans and six Democrats, announced its introduction, the White House said for the first time that President Barack Obama would veto it. “If this bill passes this Con-

‘If this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn’t sign it.’ —White House spokesman Josh Earnest gress, the president wouldn’t sign” it, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday, saying legislation shouldn’t undermine the review process underway at the State Department or circumvent a pending lawsuit in Nebraska over its route. It’s “premature to evaluate the project before something as basic as the route of the pipeline has been determined,” he said. The two main sponsors,

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Tuesday morning they had enough votes to overcome a filibuster of the bill but not a presidential veto. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in one of his first acts, moved to put it directly on the Senate calendar. The House is expected to vote and pass a bill approving the $5.4 billion project, which was first proposed in 2008, on Friday. “The Congress on a bipar-

tisan basis is saying we are approving this project,” said Hoeven, the chief Republican sponsor. He said if the president chooses to veto the bill, he would work to attach it to a broader energy package or must-pass spending bills. Manchin, whose office reached out to the White House earlier in the day, told reporters the veto threat was a surprise that “slapped down” a bipartisan effort before it even got started. “It’s just wrong. It’s just not the way you do business,” said Manchin, the only Democrat remaining in the West Virginia delegation. “If this is the start of things, it is a sad beginning.” The head of the American

Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerrard, said Tuesday after his annual speech on the state of U.S. energy that the president had failed to make a simple decision that would put people to work, but he predicted the pipeline would eventually be approved. “It doesn’t bode well for relationships between the White House and Capitol Hill,” Gerrard said of the veto threat. The bill is identical to one that failed to pass the Senate by a single vote in November, when Democrats were in control and Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana pushed for a vote to save her Senate seat. She lost to Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who sponsored the successful House bill approving the pipe-

line. But now the odds of passage are much improved with the Republican takeover of the Senate. The bill will also test Republicans’ commitment to more open debate. Hoeven and Manchin said they welcomed additions to the bill, which they hoped would increase support. In a letter to Democrats from their leadership obtained by the AP, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said the Keystone bill was “the first opportunity to demonstrate that we will be united, energetic, and effective in offering amendments that create a clear contrast with the Republican majority.”

Clashes with IS in Iraq kill 23 troops, allied fighters

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press

BAGHDAD — A suicide blast targeting Iraqi security forces and subsequent clashes with Islamic State extremists on Tuesday killed at least 23 troops and pro-government Sunni fighters in the country’s embattled western province of Anbar, officials said. The day’s heavy toll for the Iraqi forces came as they struggle in battles against the Islamic State group and try to claw back territory lost to the extremists during the militants’ blitz last year. Iraq’s prime

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minister vowed on Tuesday to dislodge IS militants from all areas under their control. Police officials said a suicide bomber first struck a gathering of pro-government Sunni fighters near the town of al-Baghdadi, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Baghdad, in the morning hours. Soon after, IS militants attacked nearby army and police positions, setting off hourslong clashes. Police and hospital officials said 23 were killed and 28 were wounded in all on the government side. They did not give the death toll on the militants’ side, saying only that the attackers “sustained

some casualties” and declining to provide further details. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. In Baghdad, Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi pledged that Iraq’s forces would retake all areas that fell to IS during last summer’s stunning blitz. “We will emerge as victorious and the day our lands are liberated is nearing,” al-Abadi told a group of newly-graduated army officers, speaking at the Military Academy as Iraq marked Army Day. “Our goal ... is that peace and prosperity

prevail in Iraq and end this dark period in Iraqi history.” A parade was also staged to mark the day, complete with jet fighters, helicopters and transport planes flying overhead. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group announced killing eight men in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad for allegedly cooperating with government forces and airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition targeting the militant group. The group posted photographs showing eight blindfolded and bearded men in orange jumpsuits, their hands tied behind their backs. Five were

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identified as police officers and two as informants, but no information was provided on the eighth victim. The photos show the men by a riverbank next to masked gunmen, under what looks like a bridge. They are on their knees as the gunmen appear to be readying to shoot them. Other photos show bloodied bodies of seven of the men, lying on the ground. The Islamic State group provided no details on the purported killings. The authenticity of the photos could not be

independently verified but they were posted late Monday on a Twitter account frequently used by the militant group. However, a provincial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing for his safety, offered a different account on the photos, saying Tuesday that the men depicted in the images were army officers who had abandoned the military before the militants’ takeover of their area last year. The official said the men did not cooperate with Iraqi government forces.


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Around the World Counties across Florida issue marriage licenses, hold weddings for gay couples KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some Florida counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples overnight. But they were beaten to the punch by a Miami judge who found no need to wait until the statewide ban expired. MiamiDade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel presided over Florida’s first legally recognized same-sex marriages Monday afternoon. Still, most counties held off on official ceremonies until after midnight early Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle’s ruling that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional took effect in all 67 counties. Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, is still pursuing state and federal appeals seeking to uphold the ban voters approved in 2008, but her effort to block these weddings until the courts finally rule was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. And now that same-sex marriage is a reality in Florida, Bondi’s spokeswoman told The Associated Press “the judge has ruled, and we wish these couples the best.”

SpaceX aims for launch to space station, unprecedented landing on ocean barge CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX rocket stands poised at Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a pre-dawn flight to the International Space Station. The unmanned Dragon capsule contains more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments ordered up by NASA. That’s the primary objective for SpaceX. But the Californiabased company will attempt an even more extraordinary feat once the Dragon is on its way: flying the booster rocket to a platform in the Atlantic. No one has ever pulled off such a touchdown. SpaceX’s billionaire founder Elon Musk figures there’s a 50-50 chance, at best, that the first-stage booster will land on the platform that’s stationed a couple hundred miles off the northeastern Florida coast. He says recovering and reusing rockets could speed up launches and drive down costs. Launch is set for 6:20 a.m.

Obama hosts Mexican President Pena Nieto looking for help on immigration and Cuba WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is hosting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House Tuesday, looking to his southern neighbor for help implementing the president’s changing policies on immigration and Cuba. Obama wants Pena Nieto to join him in pressuring Cuba to make democratic reforms now that the White House is moving to re-establish diplomatic and commercial ties. The U.S.Cuba estrangement had been a point of friction with Latin American countries, including Mexico, that had normal ties with the communist island nation. Pena Nieto’s government also could help spread the word of qualifications for Obama’s plan to defer some 4 million deportations for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Two-thirds of those who are eligible are from Mexico. Both actions from Obama in recent weeks drew praise from Pena Nieto, who may be hoping his visit to the White House can help give him a boost after a 2014 marked by scandal, violence and corruption. That includes soldiers killing 22 civilians in a questionable “shootout” and revelations that Pena Nieto and his treasury secretary live in luxury homes built and financed by a favorite government contractor.

By ERICA WERNER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Optimistic Republicans assumed full control of Congress on Tuesday for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. Before the new Congress was two hours old, a veto showdown with President Barack Obama was set as the White House announced he would reject legislation approving the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline, which Republicans intend to advance. “Hard work awaits,” said the new Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “I’m really optimistic about what we can accomplish.” House Speaker John Boehner, who faced down a tea party challenge and won re-election Tuesday by his colleagues, said the GOP will seek Obama’s support for measures on jobs, energy and veterans. “It will be a sign the logjam is breaking,” Boehner declared. At the White House, Obama congratulated the pair and said he was looking forward to working with them. “There are going to be areas where we disagree, and there will be some pitched battles, but I’m also confident that there are enormous areas of potential agreement,” Obama said. “I wish them well and I think we’re going to hopefully have a productive 2015.” As the first snowfall of the winter blanketed Washington, Congress convened at noon as required by the Constitution. On the Senate floor, newcomers mixed with veterans as Vice President Joe Biden swore in senators in groups of four. McConnell ascended to majority leader, his elevation endorsed by rank-and-file Republicans last year after they won control of the chamber from the

‘It’s time to put all this silliness behind and move on. We’re on probation. If we don’t perform ... (voters) can make a pivot in a heartbeat.’ — Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn Democrats. Across the Capitol in the House, a similar scene unfolded as familiar faces and new ones crowded the aisles and lawmakers of both parties recited the Pledge of Allegiance. But in the House, there was an element of suspense as Boehner faced a tea party-backed effort to unseat him. It came up short, but the 25 defections was a historically high number for a sitting House speaker. It served notice that the conservative faction that has been a thorn in Boehner’s side for the past two sessions of Congress will not fall quiet during the new one despite the GOP’s bigger control. Seeking unity despite the internal party dissension, the GOP moved swiftly to advance the Keystone XL pipeline, setting votes in a Senate committee and on the House floor for later this week. After months of equivocating, the White House announced Tuesday that Obama would not sign the bill. Spokesman Josh Earnest said there is a “wellestablished” review process that is being run by the State Department that should not be undermined by legislation. “If this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn’t sign this bill,” Earnest said. It was a preview of things to come as both sides positioned themselves for two years of clashes and, perhaps, occasional cooperation that will help shape the outcomes of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. Obama planned to meet with the new

congressional leaders at the White House next week. McConnell replaces Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, who was a surprise no-show from the day’s proceedings after he injured himself exercising. Reid, who broke several ribs and bones in his face when a piece of equipment snapped last week, said his doctor had ordered him to work from home Tuesday. A photo Reid posted to Twitter showed him with his right eye taped over as he met with lawmakers. His office also disclosed that he had suffered a concussion in the accident. Newcomers and veterans alike lifted their hands to swear the oath of office, many with spouses, children and grandchildren looking on to witness the biennial display of pageantry. The spectacle drew political veterans back to the Capitol as former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Democrat, and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Republican, mixed with lawmakers on the Senate floor. McConnell and Boehner sought to move quickly to legislative battles ahead, but first, Boehner had to survive his reelection as speaker — the main event on any opening day’s agenda. Tea party-backed Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Ted Yoho and Daniel Webster of Florida were nominated by colleagues as challengers

to Boehner. The ranks of the opponents grew in the hours ahead of Tuesday’s vote, and unexpected dissenters materialized during the lengthy televised roll call vote in the House chamber. But the challenge fell far short, and many lawmakers dismissed it as a needless distraction at a moment when the party should be showing voters it can lead. “It’s time to put all this silliness behind and move on,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. “We’re on probation. If we don’t perform ... (voters) can make a pivot in a heartbeat.” The 65-year-old Boehner’s hand is strong after the Republicans’ sweeping electoral triumph. The party will hold 246 House seats in the new Congress, to 188 for the Democrats, the biggest GOP majority in nearly 70 years. Coupled with the commanding majority was word of the first retirement — New York Republican Chris Gibson announced he would step down at the end of his term. The intraparty leadership struggle underscored the political peril facing Republicans as they looked ahead to twohouse control of Congress. Yet the evident ability to pass the Keystone pipeline legislation showed their potential to advance an agenda. The pipeline passed the House but died in a Democratic-led filibuster in the Senate late last year. Now, Republicans appear to have more than enough votes to clear it through the Senate as well, given the Republican pickup of nine seats in the elections. But with Obama prepared to block the measure, Republicans would need significant Democratic support in both chambers to override his veto, something that would be hard to muster.

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Despite pressure, EU’s sanctions against Russia could last By JAMEY KEATEN and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press

PARIS — EU sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine are cutting both ways: hurting Russia as well as pinching some big European companies. But economic relief isn’t likely any time soon, diplomats and analysts say, since EU divisions make the sanctions tough to overturn. France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are trying to set up talks next week in Astana, Kazakhstan, to ease the tensions behind the punitive measures that, along with slumping oil prices and U.S. sanctions, have sent the ruble sinking. The sanctions, and Russian retaliation, have in turn squeezed corporate Europe — including banks, oil companies, machinery makers and food giants that do business

with Russia. European Union rules complicate any attempt to modify the sanctions put into place last year amid the separatist violence in eastern Ukraine and after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. A unanimous decision by all 28 EU nations is needed to change the sanctions, and analysts say such unanimity doesn’t exist. The main EU sanctions — which have hit Russian banks and oil companies and have banned arms exports and the export of dual-use goods — are in place until the end of July. A first review of some sanctions could come in March. “We don’t turn any sanction screw just for the sake of turning,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters Monday. “The sanctions are responses to concrete situations from the

Russian side and concrete situations in eastern Ukraine.” Under the combined blow of sanctions and slumping oil prices, the ruble has lost about half its value this year and the Russian economy has drifted into recession. President Vladimir Putin has promised the economy will rebound, but he has failed to offer a specific plan for easing Russia’s heavy dependence on oil and gas revenues. Zsolt Darvas, a senior fellow at the Bruegel think tank in Brussels, said France and Italy are among the nations more open to lifting the sanctions while Poland, Britain and the Baltic countries want to stand firm. It’s not certain the talks scheduled for Jan. 15 in Astana will take place — diplomats say high-level preparatory talks are planned Friday. French

President Francois Hollande told France-Inter radio that he would only attend the Astana talks if progress could be made in easing the tensions. “The sanctions should be lifted if there’s progress. If there’s no progress, the sanctions will remain,” he said Monday, adding that Putin “of course is not letting on that he has the slightest difficulty.” “The sanctions ... and the decrease of the oil price ... weaken him. He doesn’t say it of course, he doesn’t let people think that he has any kind of difficulty, but he has some difficulties.” So do some European corporate titans. Hollande was to meet Wednesday with Patrick Pouyanne, the new chief executive of the French oil giant Total, in part to discuss the EU sanctions. Pouyanne has echoed his predecessor — who died in a

plane crash in Russia in October — in calling the sanctions “unjust and unproductive.” The Western sanctions have hurt European companies that do business in or with Russia. For example, some Russian clients can no longer pay them because they are going into debt or payments are blocked in sanctions-hit banks. In addition, demand has dried up because Russians are struggling financially. Paul Ivan, a policy analyst at the European Policy Center in Brussels, said Russian retaliation has added to Europe’s economic pain. Moscow has imposed a oneyear ban on imports on a range of food produced by EU countries, hitting Lithuanian dairy farmers, Italian cheese makers and Belgian apple growers alike. The European statistics agency Eurostat said Russia ab-

sorbs 10 percent of all EU agricultural and food exports. But overall, the fallout was limited to less than 1 percent of GDP in all EU countries, Ivan said. Beyond the tensions in parts of eastern Ukraine held by proRussian militants, diplomats from three EU delegations said Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea was making it impossible to move quickly to ease the sanctions, and no moves were underway to ease the pressure on Moscow. All three spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. “There are no serious reasons to change the policy,” Ivan said. “Fighting in Ukraine goes on. There are reports of new Russian military vehicles. There are no real improvements. ... The policy will continue as long as the situation doesn’t improve there on the ground.”

Pentagon says Syria rebel training could start in early spring By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The long-awaited coalition program to train the Syrian moderate opposition could begin by early spring, and officials are beginning to identify individual fighters who could participate, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, also said for the first time that the U.S. military is conducting several investigations into reported civilian casualties that may have occurred in the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State militants. He said he had no additional information on the incidents, but military leaders said

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earlier that they were unaware of any civilian deaths resulting from the bombings. The effort to train Syrian rebels is part of the overall campaign to defeat the Islamic State militants who seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq. Kirby said that once the training program gets up and running it may require additional U.S. forces to assist with the instruction. He did not provide details on how many. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have agreed to provide training locations. The U.S. is involved in a plan to train both moderate Syria rebels and to train and assist Iraqi security forces in order to beat back the Islamic State militants’ rampage in both countries.

Kirby said IS momentum in Iraq has stalled and IS fighters have largely been in a defensive posture for several weeks. “Whatever momentum they had been enjoying has been halted, has been blunted. That has stayed steady over the last couple of weeks,” Kirby said. “It’s very much a contested environment, but what we don’t see, what we haven’t seen in the last several weeks has been any renewed offensive moves.” He added that there are still a number of areas controlled or threatened by the IS group, including Mosul and parts of Anbar province in Iraq and portions of northern Syria, including Kobani. U.S. forces have been flowing into Iraq to conduct train-

ing. About 170 troops from the 1st Infantry Division began training Iraqi forces in late December at Taji, north of Baghdad. And there are about 320 U.S. troops at al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, training members of the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division. Those U.S. troops are mostly Marines and they started the training on Dec. 20. As of this week, there are about 2,140 U.S. troops in Iraq to train, advise and assist the Iraqis and provide security for the American forces. President Barack Obama has authorized

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the deployment of a total of 3,000 U.S. troops to Iraq, and Kirby said the remainder of that force should arrive in the country in the next four to six weeks. On the civilian casualties, Kirby referred reporters to Central Command for details such as the number of alleged deaths and when they came to Central Command’s attention. Officials at Central Command said they were unable to immediately provide answers but were preparing a statement with further details.

As recently as last month, Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, the top commander of the coalition that is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference that his organization is extremely careful and deliberate about its targeting. “We have some great capability in terms of precision,” Terry said, speaking of airstrikes in Iraq and efforts to avoid hitting either civilians or friendly Iraqi forces. “To date, we’ve got a very good record. I am tracking no civilian casualties.”


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Biggest class in 60 years inducted into hall Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Biggio make it to Cooperstown while others stay grounded By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz dominated in an era of offense, each in their own way. The 6-foot-10 Big Unit became the tallest of 215 players elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame and the 5-foot-11 Martinez the shortest pitcher picked for Cooperstown since Whitey Ford in 1974. Smoltz, who found unusual success both as a starting pitcher and a reliever, also was voted in Tuesday along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers picked a quartet of players in one year. For many, the election of Johnson and Martinez was the long and short of it. “You’re talking about freakish talent,” Smoltz said. “I’ve

never seen at each person’s height anybody come close to what they were able to do.” Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz were crowned by big margins on their first tries, the first trio of pitchers voted in together by the writers. Biggio made it on his third attempt after falling two votes shy last year. Steroids-tainted stars Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa again fell far short of half of the votes and appear to have little chance of reaching the necessary 75 percent during their remaining time on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. “It’s actually sad, to be honest. It’s sad,” Martinez said. “People I admired are not going in with me.” The quartet will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 26. The BBWAA had not voted in four

players together since selecting Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance 60 years earlier. A five-time Cy Young Award winner with 303 victories and 4,875 strikeouts, Johnson was selected on 534 of 549 ballots by BBWAA members who have been with the organization for 10 consecutive years at any point. The left-hander appeared on 97.3 percent of the ballots, the eighth-highest mark in the history of voting. Outfielder Dave Winfield (6-foot-6), elected in 2001, had been the tallest Hall of Famer, according to STATS. “I don’t think people quite understand how difficult it is to be 6-foot-10 and be throwing a ball 60 feet, 6 inches away,” Johnson said. “In order to do that, you have to consistent with your release point and where you’re landing and your

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In this combination of photos Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, left to right, speak during their news conferences after being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tuesday.

arm slot and all that. For someone 6-1, 6-2, there’s less body to keep under control, so it’s a lot easier.” A three-time Cy Young winner with flamboyance to go along with his fastball, Martinez appeared on 500 ballots (91.1 percent). He was 219-100,

struck out 3,154, led the major leagues in ERA five times and in 2004 helped the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years. Martinez followed Juan Marichal (1983) as the second Dominican Hall of Famer. Eleven inches shorter than

Johnson, Martinez pitched with exceptional intensity. “My body would change half an hour before the game, and I would just become this serious, focused person because my dad reminded me you’ve got to be serious about See HALL, page A-9

Ninilchik sweeps Nikiski JV teams Staff report Peninsula Clarion

The Ninilchik basketball program opened its season with a sweep of the Nikiski JV teams. The Ninilchik girls edged the Bulldogs 42-37, and the Ninilchik boys poured in 39 second-half points to top Nikiski 60-42. Jordan Finney led the Wolverines in the girls game to the tune of 18 points, including eight of Ninilchik’s 15 points in the second quarter. Teammate Alanna Goins chipped in 13. Rylee Jackson led Nikiski with 13 points.

The Wolverines led the Bulldogs by a slim margin of 21-20 at the half. The Ninilchik boys broke open a close game in the second half with 39 points. The Wolverines led the Bulldogs 21-15 at halftime. Austin White 23 led Ninilchik with 23 points, while Tyler Presley and Sam Mireles added 12 apiece. Nico Castro topped Nikiski with 10 points and Ben Carstens had eight. The Kenai Central JV teams will visit Ninilchik Wednesday night, starting with the girls game at 4 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m.

Pistons topple Spurs in stunner By The Associated Press

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Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison, center, looks for a shot between Mississippi’s Terence Smith, left, and Aaron Jones (34) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday. Kentucky won 89-86 in overtime.

No. 1 Kentucky survives in OT Wildcats hold on over Ole Miss to preserve perfect 14-win season By The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Aaron Harrison scored 26 points, including two big free throws with 1:29 remaining in overtime to put Kentucky ahead to stay, and the topranked Wildcats withstood three final Mississippi attempts to rally before escaping with an 89-86 victory Tuesday night. Overwhelming favorites against a Mississippi squad they had beaten 102 times in

115 previous meetings, the Wildcats (14-0, 1-0 SEC) instead survived a back-andforth battle with the determined Rebels in their Southeastern Conference opener. Especially in OT, as missed free throws down the stretch gave the Rebels chances to either go ahead or tie the game. Mississippi couldn’t take advantage as LaDarius White missed on one possession and the Rebels (9-5, 0-1) lost the ball out of bounds on the next.

The Rebels had one last opportunity after Trey Lyles missed two free throws with 15.4 seconds left, but Martavious Newby’s 3-pointer bounced high and was grabbed by Willie Cauley-Stein to keep Kentucky unbeaten. No. 8 VILLANOVA 90, No. 24 ST. JOHN’S 72 NEW YORK (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Villanova rebounded nicely from its first defeat of the season, pulling

away from St. John’s in the second half for a victory. Dylan Ennis added 15 points and nine rebounds for the balanced Wildcats (14-1, 2-1 Big East) in a matchup of teams that both lost at Seton Hall last week. Daniel Ochefu had 13 points and 13 boards to help coach Jay Wright earn his 300th win at Villanova.

No. 17 IOWA STATE 63, OKLAHOMA STATE 61 AMES, Iowa (AP) — Dustin See HOOPS, page A-9

Echoes of replacement refs. One item in the labor agreement the NFL struck with its game officials in 2012 after the lockout called for “all-star” crews working the postseason. The NFL Referees Association insisted on it. The league was so eager to get the regulars back on the field after the replacement officials debacle that it agreed. After the uproar surrounding one specific non-call in the Detroit-Dallas wild-card game Sunday — and other calls made or ignored over the weekend — lots of people are wondering why the NFL gave in. Generally, before 2004 the highest-rated full crews worked playoff games and the Super Bowl. That changed to a hybrid system in ‘04

that allowed for eliminating lowerrated officials on some crews from working the postseason. Moving to the current “allstar” approach allows for officials rated highest at each position by supervisors to get the premium assignments. But it also can rob the crews working the critical January and February games of the cohesion developed through a full preseason and regular season. Regardless, until the CBA with the officials’ union runs out after next year’s postseason, the “all-star” format is in effect. So how are these officials evaluated? —Officiating supervisors rate performances of on-field referees, umpires, linesmen and judges every week on every play. All of the supervisors are former on-field officials.

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San Antonio point guard Tony Parker played just 13 minutes in his return from a fivegame absence due to a strained left hamstring. SUNS 102, BUCKS 96 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markieff Morris scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Suns to the win. Isaiah Thomas added 19 and Goran Dragic 16 for the Suns, who have scored a 100 or more points for nine straight games. Brandon Knight scored 26 and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 16 for the Bucks, who lost their fourth straight at home. The Suns have won nine of the last 11 and opened the four-game road trip with their third consecutive victory. They also upped their record to 8-1 over Eastern Conference opponents.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a doubledouble and the Detroit Pistons scored four points in the final 11 seconds, rallying for a 105104 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. With just eight seconds left, Brandon Jennings collected an errant inbounds pass and drove the length of the court for the winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining. Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Monroe added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Pistons pushed their winning streak to six games. Drummond and Monroe dominated the inside, but it was Jennings who punctuated that effort for the Pistons (11-23).

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists to reach 1,000, NHL points, and the New Jersey Devils beat the struggling Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Tuesday night. The goal was the 399th for Elias. Travis Zajac and Michael Cammalleri each had a goal and an assist. And Jordin Tootoo also scored as the Devils won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 14. Cory Schneider made 20 saves. Mikhail Grigorenko netted his first goal of the season for the Sabres, who have lost five straight and are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games. LIGHTNING 4, CANADIENS 2

by beating Montreal. Brett Connolly and J.T. Brown also scored for Tampa Bay (26-124), which moved two points ahead of Montreal atop both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

FLYERS 2, SENATORS 1, SO PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wayne Simmonds scored the tying goal in regulation and had the winner in the shootout to lift Philadelphia over Ottawa. Ottawa’s Mika Zibanejad and Philadelphia’s Jake Voracek each scored on the opening shots of the tiebreaker. Neither team scored in the next three rounds. Simmonds then punched in the winner against Craig Anderson to give the Flyers their first shootout victory in six tries this season.

PREDATORS 3, MONTREAL (AP) — Tyler HURRICANES 2 Johnson scored twice in Tampa Bay’s four-goal second period, and NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — the Lightning won the matchup for Roman Josi scored the tiebreakthe top spot in Eastern Conference See NHL, page A-9

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your job,” Martinez recalled. “I saw everybody as an enemy, and I saw everybody as like in a jungle: You just kill to survive. And that’s the intensity and the focus I had to keep to do it every day on a day-to-day basis. And that’s the kind of chip on the shoulder that people thought I had, even though that was my way to concentrate and do the day to day things that I did in baseball.” Smoltz was on 455 ballots (82.9 percent). The 1996 NL Cy Young winner was 213-155 with 154 saves, the only pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves. He went 15-4 in the postseason during a 21-year career that included 3 1/2 seasons in the bullpen when he returned slowly following elbow surgery that sidelined him for the 2000 season.

He combined with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine to form a starting rotation that was the primary factor in Atlanta’s record 14 consecutive playoff appearances. Now Smoltz will join the pair in the Hall following their inductions last July. “The three of us share such a unique bond that I don’t think anyone really feels any different than the other person, although I can tell you that I’m not in their class when it talks about the numbers that they put up,” Smoltz said. “But I’m probably not in anyone’s class because of the strangeness of my career and the uniqueness of what I did.” Biggio appeared on 454 ballots, 42 more than needed and up from 68.2 percent in his first appearance and 74.8 percent last year. A catcher who shifted to second base and spent three seasons in the outfield, he had 3,060 hits and 668 doubles in 20 big league seasons, all with the Houston Astros.

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at Wake Forest, Wednesday. 3. Virginia (13-0) did not play. Next: vs. N.C. State, Wednesday. 4. Wisconsin (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. Purdue, Wednesday. 5. Louisville (13-1) did not play. Next: vs. Clemson, Wednesday. 6. Gonzaga (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. San Francisco, Thursday. 7. Arizona (13-1) did not play. Next: at Oregon, Thursday. 8. Villanova (14-1) beat No. 24 St. John’s 90-72. Next: vs. DePaul, Saturday. 9. Utah (12-2) did not play. Next: vs. Colorado, Wednesday. 10. Texas (12-3) did not play. Next: at Oklahoma State, Saturday. 11. Maryland (14-1) did not play. Next: at Illinois, Wednesday. 12. Kansas (11-2) did not play. Next: at No. 21 Baylor, Wednesday. 13. Notre Dame (15-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 3 Virginia, Saturday. 14. West Virginia (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 17 Iowa State, Saturday. 15. Wichita State (12-2) did not play. Next: vs. Bradley, Wednesday. 16. Oklahoma (11-3) did not play. Next: vs. Kansas State, Saturday. 17. Iowa State (11-2) beat Oklahoma State 63-61. Next: at No. 14 West Virginia, Saturday. 18. North Carolina (11-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 5 Louisville, Saturday. 19. Seton Hall (12-2) did not play. Next: at Xavier, Wednesday. 20. VCU (11-3) did not play. Next: vs. Davidson, Wednesday. 21. Baylor (11-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 12 Kansas, Wednesday. 22. Ohio State (13-3) beat Minnesota 74-72, OT. Next: at Indiana, Saturday. 23. Arkansas (12-2) beat Georgia 79-75. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday. 24. St. John’s (11-4) lost to No. 8 Villanova 90-72. Next: at Providence, Wednesday, Jan. 14. 25. Old Dominion (12-1) did not play. Next: at Marshall, Thursday.

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AVALANCHE 2, BLACKHAWKS 0 CHICAGO (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored and set up a goal by Maxime Talbot in the opening 1:17, Semyon Varlamov made 54 saves for his third shutout of the season and Colorado blanked Chicago. Colorado was outshot by 30 but held on for its third win in four games behind Varlamov’s 16th

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Transactions BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS С Named Jason Bere bullpen coach. Released RHP Tyler Cloyd. Agreed to terms with LHP Michael Roth on a minor league contract. DETROIT TIGERS С Designated RHP Luke Putkonen for assignment. Agreed to terms with LHP Tom Gorzelanny on a one-year contract. LOS ANGELES ANGELS С Signed INF Roberto Baldoquin. TEXAS RANGERS С Designated RHP Matt West for assignment. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS С

Named Randy Johnson special assistant to the president and CEO. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA С Fined Indiana G C.J. Watson $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season. BROOKLYN NETS С Released F Brandon Davies. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS С Signed G Alex Kupper to a future contract. CINCINNATI BENGALS С Signed LB L.J. Fort, OT Dan France, NT Kwame Geathers, DB Onterio McCalebb, TE Jake Murphy and WRs Tevin Reese and Eric Ward to future contracts. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS С Signed RB Michael Hill. Signed LB Victor Butler to a future contract. Placed G Hugh Thornton on injured reserve. MIAMI DOLPHINS С Named Mike Tannenbaum executive vice president of football operations. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS С Signed PK Derek Dimke and OT Tavon Rooks to future contracts. OAKLAND RAIDERS С Signed P Michael Palardy to a future contract. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES С Signed LB Brandon Hepburn, RB Matthew Tucker and WR Arrelious Benn to future contracts. ST. LOUIS RAMS С Signed TE Brad Smelley to a future contract. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS С Recalled G Igor Bobkov from Utah (ECHL) to Norfolk (AHL). ARIZONA COYOTES С Assigned G Mike Lee from Portland (AHL) to Gwinnett (ECHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS С Assigned RW Adam Cracknell and C Michael Chaput to Springfield (AHL). Activated RW Cam Atkinson and C Mark Letestu from injured reserve. FLORIDA PANTHERS С Recalled G Sam Brittain from Cincinnati (ECHL). MONTREAL CANADIENS С Assigned D Bryan Allen to Hamilton (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS С Recalled F Patrick Cehlin fromi Cincinnati (ECHL) to Milwaukee (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS С Assigned G Jason Missiaen from Hartford (AHL) to Greenville (ECHL) and F Anthony Duclair to Quebec (QMJHL), TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS С

NHL shutout. The Avalanche im- brovsky shut them out in the third. proved to 7-3-2 in their last 12. Dallas outshot the Blue Jackets 11-4 during the period.

BLUE JACKETS 4, STARS 2 DALLAS (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made 11 of his 24 saves in the third period, and Columbus beat Dallas. Columbus scored the first three goals of the game, but the Stars pulled within one before Bo-

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Fired coach Randy Carlyle. SOCCER Major League Soccer LA GALAXY С Re-signed F Alen Gordon. PHILADELPHIA UNION С Loaned G Zac MacMath to Colorado for a 2015 second-round draft pick. SEATTLE SOUNDERS С Named Garth Lagerwey general manager. SPORTING KANSAS CITY С Signed M Roger Espinoza. National Women’s Soccer League NWSL С Named Jeff Plush commissioner. COLLEGE ARKANSAS С Signed men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season. BARTON С Named Cory Guinn sports information media coordinator. CHARLOTTE С Announced men’s basketball coach Alan Major will take an indefinite medical leave of absence. Promoted associate head coach Ryan Odom to interim head coach. CLEMSON С Announced P Bradley Pinion will enter the NFL draft. CUMBERLAND (TENN.) С Named Kathy Palk Slaughter women’s volleyball coach. FLORIDA STATE С CB P.J. Williams will enter the NFL draft. KANSAS С Named Rob Likens offensive coordinator. MIT С Named David Andriole water polo coach. MEMPHIS С Suspended men’s basketball G/F Kuran Iverson two games. OKLAHOMA С Fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell. Promoted defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery to codefensive coordinator. Announced WR Dorial Green-Beckham and DT Jordan Phillips will enter the NFL draft. RPI С Announced the resignation of athletic director Jim Knowlton, effective March 1, so he can become athletic director of the Air Force Academy. SHENANDOAH С Named Brett Sabol strength and conditioning coach. STANFORD С Announced OT Andrus Peat will enter the NFL draft. TEXAS TECH С Named David Gibbs defensive coordinator and Zac Spavital defensive assistant coach. VIRGINIA С Announced the resignation of Tom O’Brien associate head coach for offense.

RED WINGS 4, OILERS 2 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk scored the tiebreaking goal with 34 seconds left, and Detroit topped Edmonton for its fourth win in six games.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Nick Bonino and BLUES 6, COYOTES 0 Linden Vey scored in the second period to snap long goal droughts, GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daand Vancouver beat the New York vid Backes scored four goals to lead Islanders. St. Louis’ shutout rout of Arizona.


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Keystone XL oil pipeline. Sullivan said moving forward with the project — which would move tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast — would be good for the country and for jobs and show that the U.S. is willing to move forward on a broader energy policy. President Barack Obama has said the project would benefit Canadian oil companies but would not be a huge benefit to American consumers. Sullivan said it’s important to look at energy markets regionally and geographically, from a North America perspective. Sullivan said he is excited to get to work and pleased with his committee assignments, which he said were his top picks. Sullivan will serve on the

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contract was seen as a way to fill that void without associated long-term costs such as benefits that an employee would receive. Meyer also said he wants to increase communication between senators and the public. Pierre said he has tentatively agreed to the job but not yet signed a contract. He said he was scheduled to meet with Meyer’s office Wednesday to discuss contract details. Meyer, in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, said legislative procurement rules stipulate that professional services agreements cannot exceed $35,000 without the approval of a legislative committee. He said the contract “will certainly be under” that amount, given the duration. While he mentioned a duration from Jan. 15 through May 15 in his email to lawmakers, he told the AP terms of the contract were still being negotiated. Pierre, whose communications experience includes work with former Gov. Frank Murkowski, more recently

committees of Commerce, Science and Transportation; Environment and Public Works; Armed Services; and Veterans’ Affairs. Sullivan is a Marine Corps reservist. He said his priorities include moving the economy ahead through less regulation. He said he doesn’t think agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are challenged enough in their issuance of regulations, and he plans to ask them what their specific authority is for any new regulations they impose. That’s a basic question that doesn’t get asked enough, he said. He also said he wants to ensure that veterans are cared for and to keep on top of efforts to reduce the backlog for care within the Veterans Affairs system. Sullivan said the plan is for his daughters to finish out the school year in Alaska; his eldest, he said, is a senior. served as a deputy commissioner with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Pierre was asked to resign by then-Gov. Sean Parnell in September following the release of a report from the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations into allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Alaska National Guard and the ouster of the state’s adjutant general. Pierre said he did nothing wrong but accepted that Parnell wanted new leadership. “He wanted new people in there, new faces to address the challenge and that was his way of doing it, and I supported him,” Pierre said. “That was what you should do as an appointee.” He declined media requests at the time of his resignation — during a hotly contested gubernatorial race — because he said he didn’t feel it was appropriate to discuss. He said if you work for an elected official and that official makes a decision, it is your responsibility to honor that decision, whether you agree or not. He said he initially offered his resignation when the adjutant general, Thomas Katkus, was asked to leave but it was not accepted.

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according to an enrollment report released Nov. 25, 2013. Every year the budget cycle starts with projecting student enrollment, which is calculated following the annual 20-day count, according to the 20142015 projected enrollment report. Once the count is completed in October, the school district uses those numbers to determine the Average Daily Membership, which is the average of the count, Dusek said. Those numbers are then submitted to the state to determine how much funding the school

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he urges caution when it comes to possibility of “killing” any of the projects the governor has brought attention to. “All of the projects are investments in the future of the state,” MacKinnon said. He noted that the by and large the funding for the six proposed developments would be financed and not come out of the state’s general fund. A negative message from state leadership can impact the public’s perception of the state’s economic future, according to MacKinnon. “My concern is that if government starts the Chicken Little — the sky is falling — syndrome, then you’re going to see private investment shrink very quickly,” he said. Speaking on budget issues before the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Dec. 15, Walker said he is not “declaring a crisis” and Alaska can work through these tough times as it has in the past; MacKinnon said he hopes the public continues to hear that message. AGC of Alaska, in conjunction with the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, or ISER, releases its construction outlook in late winter each year. Going back to his campaign,

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district will receive for the next fiscal year, Dusek said. “Student enrollment projections drive the revenue budget and determine staffing needs,” according to the projected enrollment report. “Since employee salary and benefits comprise about 80 percent of expenditures, it’s accurate to say that student enrollment projections also drive the expenditure budget.” To create enrollment projections, the school district has to predict where a student will be attending classes during the next school year, Dusek said. Schools principals are consulted for information on what students they believe will be expected to join or leave their

buildings for the next school year, Dusek said. It is easier to predict where students will be the following year in rural areas with schools such as Nanwalek, for example, than in central areas where there are multiple schools a student could feed into, he said. The real trick to enrollment projections is determining how many incoming kindergartners the school district should prepare for, Dusek said. Up until 2009, the school district was able to incorporate birth data from the State of Alaska Department of Public Health, Vital Statistics Section into their projection calculations, he said, but that information is no longer made available.

This year the school district’s enrollment count was only five students off from last year’s enrollment projections, Dusek said. “Overall the quality of the system is not bad,” Dusek said. “If you look at each school overall there are some variances.” The State of Alaska is crosschecking enrollment numbers from the school district’s 20day count, said school district spokeswomen Pegge Erkeneff. The process likely will be finished by the end of February, she said.

Walker has said he would prioritize the state’s big projects. In an October interview with the Journal he referred to the Juneau access road as former Gov. Sean Parnell’s “road to reelection.” Parnell had said the state has sufficient funds to investigate large projects up to the point where major construction investment decisions had to be made. Walker pulled $20 million to the Alaska Energy Authority for Susitna-Watana study work from Parnell’s “in-progress” budget, and another $8 million for work on the Ambler road environmental impact statement by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. AIDEA needs about $10 million to conduct the Ambler EIS, according to spokesman Karsten Rodvik. The development authority had hoped to file the EIS application shortly, Rodvik said. AEA has $10 million in unencumbered funds for the hydro project from a $20 million fiscal year 2015 appropriation passed last legislative session. It is currently projecting Susitna-Watana to cost $5.65 billion. The state would still need to invest more than $330 million through 2018 for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing and design of the large dam, according to AEA project leaders. From there, construction and program costs would likely be financed with a loan and bond package.

The state has invested $192 million since 2010 in the latest attempt at building the SusitnaWatana dam. The Department of Transportation has enough money remaining from a $55 million appropriation to the Knik Arm bridge last session to take the project to construction. Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority Executive Director Judy Dougherty said in early December that a request for proposals on a design-build contract for the bridge and road connections would be let sometime next year to have a construction team under contract by June 2016. That process is at least temporarily on hold with Walker’s order. AEA spokeswoman Emily Ford wrote in an email that the authority is looking at FERC licensing options to preserve the investments already made in the project if it is ultimately shelved for a time. “The FERC Initial Licensing Process is very milestone driven and with no funding currently in the capital budget and the recent administrative order, there will be impacts to the overall schedule,” Ford wrote. AEA’s latest project timeline has first power coming from the dam in 2028 or 2029. The outlook for capital projects needing state money in 2015 is shaky at best. Going into the 2015 legislative session, the project topping the list in terms of immediate

ask is the Port MacKenzie rail extension. The MatanuskaSusitna Borough needs $119.5 million to finish the 32-mile rail spur over the next few years, bringing the total project cost to $303.5 million. Segments one, three and six, totaling 14.4 miles are funded and rail has been laid on the 1.8 miles of segment six, the northern end of the spur. Work on a 7.4-mile segment to the east of Big Lake will be completed by the middle of next year, according to the borough. Right-ofway acquisition is in progress for 4.2 miles of future track near Houston, as it is for about 7 miles of the route to the south through the Point MacKenzie Agriculture District. Funding is needed to purchase and lay track and ballast on almost the entire route, including the rail loop at Port MacKenzie. At least in the near term, robust North Slope oil and gas activity should help offset a lack of state investment elsewhere. ConocoPhillips is in the midst of nearly $2.5 billion of capital projects to add production through 2017. New to the Slope in 2014, Caelus Energy announced a $500 million 2015 capital plan earlier this year for its two developments, Nuna and Oooguruk. And work continues to the east at ExxonMobil’s Point Thomson, where another roughly $1.5 billion is needed to get to first production in 2016.

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Beef Stew with Egg Dumplings 3 pounds boneless beef chuck (wellmarbled), cut into 2-inch chunks, patted dry with a paper toweling 2 cups all-purpose flour (for dredging meat) Salt and pepper 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more, as needed 6 garlic cloves, minced 6 cups beef consommé ¾ cups water 1 cup Guinness stout 1 cup red wine 2 tablespoons tomato paste (you can freeze leftover paste for future use) 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons butter, plus more as needed 2 pounds small boiling potatoes, such as baby Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut in half 1 large onion, chopped 2 cups, peeled and sliced (1½-inch pieces) carrots ¾ cup frozen peas 2 tablespoons flour mixed with 1/3 cup water (for thickening stew) Egg dumplings (recipe follows page B-2) Fresh chopped parsley, for garnishing

LEFT: Serve stew straight from the cook pot, in large soup bowls, or for smaller servings, in individual ramekins, which can be kept warm in the oven until serving time.

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Place flour in a shallow baking pan, season with a bit of salt and pepper. Dredge beef in flour, shaking off excess, then set aside. Heat all but 1 tablespoon of the oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the beef chunks in a single layer to the hot pan, being careful not to crowd; brown beef on all sides. (You will probably have to brown the beef in batches.) Once the meat has browned, remove it to a plate and reserve. Lower heat, and add garlic, scraping up any bits of meat on the bottom of the pan. Sauté garlic until softened, but do not allow garlic to burn. Add consommé, water, Guinness, wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-

low, then cover and simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally. While the meat mixture is simmering, melt butter and remaining tablespoon of oil in another large pan over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, then add to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Add flour/water mixture and continue cooking until thickened. Adjust seasoning, if needed, with salt and pepper. At this point, stir in the peas and make the dumplings. Once dumplings are added to the stew and are fully cooked, serve stew in bowls, garnished with fresh minced parsley, accompanied with crusty bread. Makes 6 servings. Dredging stew meat in seasoned flour, and then browning in some oil, not only adds an attractive color and coating to the meat, but also provides caramelized bits on the bottom of that pot that, when scraped, enhances the flavor of your stew. To save time, when making dishes that call for minced garlic, look for frozen, ready to use “Pop & Cook” crushed garlic in the frozen foods section of your supermarket. I found this 20-cube package, equal to 20 cloves of garlic, in my local Walmart store.

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McDonald’s runs out of French fries in Venezuela By HANNAH DREIER Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — Forget the French fries. How about a side of yuca with that Big Mac? Venezuela’s more than 100 McDonald’s franchises have run out of potatoes and are now serving alternatives like deepfried arepa flatbreads or yuca, a starchy staple of traditional Venezuelan cooking. McDonald’s franchisers are blaming a contract dispute with West Coast dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries to the country. The dispute also caused several days of French fry rationing in Japan last AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko month. But Sonia Ruseler, an A small fries is seen at a McDonald’s restaurant in Tokyo, Argentina-based spokeswomWednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McDonald’s in Japan has begun an for Arcos Dorados, which limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short runs McDonald’s restaurants in due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. Latin America, declined to say

Tuesday why other countries in the region are not affected. Accustomed to shortages of their favorite foods, and equally in the habit of grumbling about the government as they walk away empty-handed, many Venezuelans assume official policy is to blame. “It’s because of the situation here; it’s a total debacle,” said Maria Guerreiro, who huffed out of a Caracas McDonald’s with her family when she found out they were serving only fries made of yuca, which is also known as cassava. Her daughter won’t eat that starchy root, she said, and they’d come for the sole purpose of treating the two-year-old to a Happy Meal. In a statement, McDonald’s said it is working to resolve the shortages. In the meantime, “We will continue to give our clients the McDonald’s experiC

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the official exchange rate) or the cheapest (90 cents at the black market rate). While McDonald’s may be the ultimate symbol of U.S. capitalism, the socialist government seems acutely aware that Venezuelans relish their Happy Meals. On Monday, a statesponsored news website posted a story assuring the situation “has nothing at all to do” with government policy. At the Caracas McDonald’s, a man wearing an “employee of the month” cap braved the dinner rush Monday, patiently explaining to patron after patron that instead of French fries, the store was offering yucca fries, mini-arepas, or salads. Nonplussed customers sampled their pale yuca fries tentatively as they picked up their orders. No one choose the salad.


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CORNY MAC AND CHEESE Bob was working on the platforms in Cook Inlet in the late 80’s and brought this recipe home. It was on the back of a soda cracker box. 2 cups of tri-colored macaroni noodles-we Add the cooked screwdoooles and mix to call them “Screwdooles” coat noodles. Cook according to package directions and Pour into a well buttered 9 x 12 baking drain. dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350°. In a large bowl mix: Remove and sprinkle the following: 1 cup milk 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheese. 1 cup cottage cheese 10 crushed saltine soda cracker 1 can Mexi-corn-drained Return to oven and bake another 30 minSmall amount each of onion and green bell utes until browned and set. pepper Green Bean Salad with tomatoes and cuBlack pepper to taste cumbers, mixed with Italian dressing goes A shake each of Tabasco and garlic salt very well with this. 2 eggs Chocolate Cookie Sheet Cake for dessert. 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice. I use sharp. Stir well.

GREEN BEAN SALAD 2 cans cut green beans-drained 1/2 cup Feta Cheese 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1 cup Italian dressing mixed with 1/2 cup 1 cup black olives, drained and halved if olive oil. you like Mix all but the Feta cheese in a salad bowl 1/2 cup red onions sliced thin and stir in the dressing. 1/2 cup sliced cucumber Sprinkle Feta cheese over top. PS I have 1 tsp minced garlic added slices of avocado.

CHICKEN SALAD WITH GRAPES AND WALNUTS In a bowl: Mix: 3 cups of cooked rotisserie chicken, 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise - I prefer the mayonchopped naise with olive oil. 1 12/ cups of seedless red grapes, halved 2 tblsp honey mixed into the mayonnaise OR 1 1/2 cups pineapple tidbits, halved and Stir into chicken mixture. drained well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours 1 cup sliced celery Serve on lettuce leaves or as a lettuce roll up 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

MOM’S CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE Page 93 of the ‘Cookin’ on the Woodstove Cookbook’ In a bowl place: cookie sheet with short edges. 1 tsp each soda and salt Place in oven for 20-25 minutes until cake 2 cups flour it set. 2 cups sugar While cake is baking: 4 Tbsp cocoa In a saucepan, melt: In a saucepan melt: 1 stick butter 1 stick of butter 6 tblsp milk 1 cup water 4 tblsp cocoa 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp vanilla Add to dry ingredients and stir in: Mix and bring to boil, remove for heat and 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk(one tblsp add on box of powdered sugar - 4 cups. vinegar added to 1/2 cup milk) Mix well and pour over cake as it comes 2 eggs out of oven while hot. 1 tsp vanilla Let cool and cut in squares. Old tried and Blend well and pour into a oiled, medium true standby - good too!

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2 cups all-purpose flour Raise heat to bring stew broth to a boil. Drop 1 teaspoon baking powder dumpling dough into boiling broth by the teaPinch salt spoonful; do not crowd dumplings. By the time 2 large eggs, beaten all the dough has been dropped into the broth, 4 tablespoons (½ stick butter), melted and some of the dumplings should have already becooled gun to form and float to the top of the pot. Cover 2 to 3 tablespoons milk, more as needed pot, lower heat to simmer, and continue to cook for about 10 minutes. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour with (Test a dumpling for doneness. It should be baking powder and salt. With a fork, blend in moist on the outside, firm, and fully-cooked eggs and cooled butter. Add milk, a tablespoon within.) at a time, until thick dough is formed. (Dough Makes about 25 small dumplings. should be sticky, but not runny.)

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with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 90 caloWhether or not you like avocados, you really ries; 70 calories from fat (78 percent of total have to admire the way their marketers have to- calories); 7 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 1 g tally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of sugar; 1 g protein; 80 mg sodium. will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — are indelibly linked with this major 10 Fresh ideas for guacamole American sporting event. A Super Bowl party n Fast and dirty: In place of the tomato, ciwithout guacamole — and its trusty sidekick chicken wings — in many circles is considered lantro and red onion, stir in 1/2 cup of your favorite jarred salsa, 1 tablespoon olive brine, and downright unpatriotic. So to help you better embrace the official fruit 2 tablespoons chopped green olives. n Mango-balsamic: In place of the tomato, of the Super Bowl, we came up with 10 creative ways to make a better guacamole. We suggest stir in the diced flesh of 1 mango. Use scallions starting with our basic recipe — which is pretty in place of the red onion and 1 tablespoon baldarn good just as is — then adding in whichever samic vinegar in place of the lime juice. he series is written by a 47 year resi- food came from her Mother, a self taught n Chipotle-corn: Stir in 1 minced chipotle and combination of flavors best gets you in the mood dent of Alaska, Ann Berg of Nikiski. wonderful cook. 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotfor the big game. Ann shares her collections of recipes She hopes you enjoy the recipes and that les in adobo. Add 1/2 cup corn kernels. from family and friends. She has gathered the stories will bring a smile to your day. n Tzatziki: Use 1 cup finely diced seedless recipes for more that 50 years. Some are Grannie Annie can be reached at anniBasic guacamole cucumber in place of the tomato and red onion. her own creation. Her love of recipes and nalaska@gci.net Use dill in place of the cilantro. Stir in 2 minced Start to finish: 10 minutes cloves garlic. Servings: 8 n Roasted garlic and poblano: Roast a head 2 avocados Cookbooks make great gifts! of garlic wrapped in foil with a little olive oil unJuice of 1/2 lime The “Grannie Annie” Cook Book Series includes: “Grannie Annie’s Cookin’ on the Woodstove”; til tender and brown, about 30 minutes at 400 F. 1 teaspoon ground cumin “Grannie Annie’s Cookin’ at the Homestead”; “Grannie Annie’s Cookin’ Fish from Cold Alaskan Roast a poblano pepper under the broiler, turn1/2 cup diced tomato Waters”; and “Grannie Annie’s Eat Dessert First.” They are available at M & M Market in Nikiski. ing frequently, until the skin chars. Carefully 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro remove the charred skin from the pepper, then 1/4 cup diced red onion chop the flesh. Squeeze the garlic pulp from the Kosher salt and ground black pepper skin and mash. Mix both into the guacamole, Hot sauce, to taste Slice the avocados in half lengthwise around omitting the onion. n Minted cotija: Follow the basic method for the pits. Twist to separate the halves and remove the pits. Spoon the flesh into a medium bowl. guacamole, but use 2 avocados, the lime juice, Use a fork to mash the avocado until as chunky 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, and 2/3 cup or smooth as you prefer. Stir in the lime juice, crumbled cotija cheese. Season with salt and cumin, tomato, cilantro and red onion. Season black pepper. n Maple-bacon: Follow the basic method for guacamole, but use 3 avocados, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 chopped scallions, and 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon. Season heavily with black pepper. n Ginger-hoisin: Add 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger and 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce. n Citrus tabbouleh: Replace the tomato and onion with 3/4 cup purchased tabbouleh and the zests of 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange. n Shrimp scampi: Use lemon juice in place of the lime juice and basil in place of the cilantro. Omit the cumin, tomato and onion. Stir AP Photos/Matthew Mead in 1 cup chopped cooked shrimp, This Dec. 15, 2014 photo shows avocados in Concord, N.H. There are multiple ways to serve 2 cloves minced garlic and 1/3 up guacamole for the Super Bowl. cup shredded Parmesan cheese.

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Woman’s illicit affair seems to upset only her sister DEAR ABBY: My sister has been seeing a married man for two years. He has told her the only reason he is staying in this loveless marriage is for his daughter (standard lie of a cheating husband). His wife found out midway through this “relationship,” but forgave him when he swore he would stop, which of course he didn’t. When I told my sister how wrong this relationship is and that she deserves better, I ended up alienating her. I have recently learned that his wife just had a second child, and my sister is pregnant, too. I’m sick to my stomach with all of this. I told her how crazy her situation is, but she refuses to see how horrible “the man she loves” really is. She says she is fine raising this child alone, and if her lover is in their lives, then she will be satisfied with that. I am the only one freaking out about this. How do I deal with it and not totally lose my sister? — FREAKING OUT IN ILLINOIS DEAR FREAKING OUT: Your sister is an adult. She has made her choices and may have to learn the hard way what you have been trying to tell her. Realize that as much as you love her, you cannot live her life for her. Let her know you’re there for her and the baby, because she’s going to need all the support she can get.

DEAR ABBY: I am 30 and my husband, “Brent,” is 35. We have had some financial troubles lately and recently had to move in with my mother-in-law. My question is, how old should a child be before his mother quits walking around naked in front of him? My mother-in-law still walks around completely nude in front of Brent and his 39-year- Abigail Van Buren old brother. Although she is in good health, she always seems to need Brent’s help getting in and out of the shower. She also parades nude in front of me, and it makes me very uncomfortable. I have talked to Brent about it a few times, and he said she’s been this way his whole life. Is this normal behavior? Am I overreacting? I have a daughter, and I don’t get naked in front of her. How do I approach this without causing hurt feelings? — COVERED UP IN THE MIDWEST DEAR COVERED UP: Obviously, in the household that your husband was raised, this behavior

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WAS normal. I am puzzled, however, that your mother-in-law needs help getting in and out of the shower. What are the “boys” supposed to do — scrub her back? Because her nudity makes you uncomfortable, the most tactful way to approach this would be for Brent to explain to his mother that you were not raised this way, and that you both would appreciate it if she’d wear a robe when you’re around. It’s worth a try. DEAR ABBY: If I sit at the end of a pew in church and someone comes in after me insisting I move because it’s his/her “favorite” seat, should I do it or ask the person to sit somewhere else? — GOT HERE FIRST IN PENNSYLVANIA DEAR G.H.F.: If you’re sitting in God’s house, you should be on your best behavior. Don’t commit a sin of omission; be an angel and shove over. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Leo. HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015: This year your ability to let go of preconceived judgments seems to mark your decisions. A theme of the unexpected runs through your life as well. The spontaneity will help you streamline your priorities. If you are single, the second half of your birthday year holds the most promise for romance. The person you meet in this six-month segment could have longterm implications. Take your time getting to know him or her. If you are attached, you are likely to become engrossed in your day-to-day life. Remember the importance of sharing special time with your sweetie. LEO adds excitement and drama to your life. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH You might wake up to find a surprise awaiting you. Your perspective on a major issue involving a key person is likely to change in the near future. Once this realization sets in, you will have many options that you might not have seen before. Express your optimism. Tonight: Ever playful. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH Focus on your domestic life.You might be taken aback by a friend or loved one, whose spontaneity could cause a problem. Ultimately, you’ll be able to make the best of the situation. In fact, your input will allow more options to flourish. Tonight: Debate the pros and cons of a change. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH Discussions will evoke many ideas. A higher-up or a respected

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Stay on top of what you feel is necessary, and others will stand behind you. Your popularity soars with leadership. A loved one might stage a mini revolt in order to get your attention. Make a point of being more sensitive to this person’s needs. Tonight: A force to be dealt with. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHH Break past mental barriers, and you will find that new options appear. Make a call to a trusted adviser for feedback on what you are experiencing. A chance to expand your knowledge could stem from a traveling opportunity. Work to make this experience happen. Tonight: Follow the drumbeats. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Listen to those who share their experiences regarding a situation similar to yours. As a result, you might be able to bypass an obstacle that is on your path. Emphasis seems to be on real-life issues. Joint finances with others might be the root of the issue. Tonight: Opt for togetherness. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Others seem to want to run with the ball. Be smart, and don’t interfere. Opt to take this moment of additional free time to do whatever you want. Go off and indulge in a favorite pastime. Note the invitations and suggestions that head your way. Tonight: Accept a friend’s offer. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You probably will want to let go and forget about work, exercise and diet. You actually might decide to try this for a day, but you might be surprised to discover how much you miss your routine. A discussion could be uncomfortable but necessary. Tonight: Meet up with a friend.

The taste of coming home Dear Heloise: It happens every time we return from a long trip, coming home to find a cold house and an empty refrigerator. We’re hungry and seeking homemade comfort food as we recover from lack of sleep and the fatigue of travel. Of course, we’re not at all up to a market run. But this time, I thought ahead. Before leaving on our European vacation, I made a big pot of our favorite homemade soup and froze it. I also froze some of my special homemade bread. When we came in from the airport after being away for a month, I nuked the soup just enough to thaw it, then dumped it right into the slow cooker and turned it on. I set the bread out to thaw and warm. In no time, our house smelled like home, and we had steaming-hot comfort food to welcome us back without having to make a trip to the market. — Nancy S. in California

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Sr. Vice Commander Anne Toutant addresses Kenai Rotary. Page 2

Hometown Hero VI 003, 2014 Skyview grad completes basic training. Page 3

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Molly Copple 2015 Miss AK Collegiate spends the final hours of 2014 with Kenai Seniors. Page 3

Dennis Swarner & Robert O’Connell congratulate the new owners of Kenai Vision Center David Karpik & Kathleen Rice Dr. of Optometry.

New Year’s Day brings new owners to Kenai Vision Center While December 31st was the final day in history for the year 2014, it was also the last day that Dennis Swarner, OD and Robert O’Connell OD left work as owners of the Kenai Vision Center. It was 1975 when Dr. Swarner came to the Kenai from Fairbanks and took over the Kenai Vision Center practice from Dr. Dippel who started the center in 1967. Swarner was joined by Dr. O’Connell in 1977, “But the first time I came to Kenai was in ’75 and I drove through town and by the time I reached the Blue

Grouse drive-in heading north I finally realized that I’d driven through town without knowing it,” recalled O’Connell on New Year’s Eve. They passed the ownership of the Kenai Vision Center over to the husband and wife partners of David Karpik, OD and Kathleen Rice, OD. Once again the talents of doctors Rice and Karpik have been imported from Fairbanks where they have been practicing for the last decade or so. “They’ll take the helm as of the first day of 2015 about four decades after I took it and Bob

and I will become their employees, kind of semi-retired,” said Swarner. Katie says she became interested in optometry when she was growing up, “I needed special contact lenses that not everyone could fit; my doctor’s special care peaked my interest,” she said. Her husband David says he is thrilled to be settling on the Kenai after living in Fairbanks, “It is beautiful! People may not be happy with the winter this year so far but I’m loving life here and we’re spending lots of time outside,”

LEFT: Robert O’Connell O.D. holds the Feb 2nd, 1977 edition of the Peninsula Clarion announcing his arrival at Kenai Vision Center.

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he said. Through the years the Kenai Vision Center and Dr. Swarner and O’Connell have been well known for acquiring and embracing the latest in optometric technology, “It’s one of the things that drew Katie and me to the clinic. They have striven for years to provide the full scope of optometric care for their patients by fully embracing technology to enhance patient care and communication with their patients about their conditions

to improve their lives through optimal vision and eye health. We have pledged to continue that as our focus and mission as well. It does take investment in technology and continuous investment in advancement of knowledge and training in the profession and we hope to continue with the reputation that Dr. Swarner and O’Connell have established in patient care and preceded us with in their endeavors and investments.


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VFW Post # 10046 reaches out to more Vets

Alaska Rep. Don Young once told a gathering in Kenai that we don’t need a Veteran’s Day. We need 365 Veteran’s Days every year so can acknowledge that all the freedoms we enjoy in this nation every day is because of the service of our veterans and their families. So as we begin a new year as a free nation of the people by the people, we look at local organizations that serve our veterans and their families because “Freedom isn’t Free.” The first Veterans of Foreign Wars organization (VFW) was founded in 1899 by members of the First Colorado Volunteers returning from the Spanish Ameri-

can War. The purpose was to provide services to veterans before there ever was a federal Veterans Administration (VA). Alaska is proud to have the largest per capita population of veterans in the United States. On the Kenai Peninsula the Jerry V. Horn Memorial VFW Post # 10046 has post colors, held services and marched in every 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and community event since its charter. Its members and axillaries have provided tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to youth who participate in Voice of Democracy essay competitions open to all students. While the common

image of VFW members may be that of WWII, Korea and Vietnam era veterans, since the turn of the century another generation of soldiers have returned from foreign conflicts to join and be served by VFW Posts across America. Many of whom, like Anne Toutant, U.S. Air Force and Army veteran have returned from these wars and chosen the Kenai Peninsula as their home. A former weapons specialist and one of the first women in front line combat duty, Toutant is the present Senior Vice Commander for VFW Post # 10046 and next in line to become commander. In a recent address to the

Kenai Rotary Club Toutant said, “VFW Pubic perceptions are changing along with the awareness of the services we provide for returning veterans. We soon will be opening a new annex at the post in Soldotna that will provide some 2,000 sq. ft. of space for VFW as well as community events and activities. This is an ongoing volunteer effort funded by our members and auxiliary. I just can’t say how important our auxiliary’s are to our projects, services and all that we do. Our goal is to reach out to as many new returning and seasoned veterans of foreign wars as possible to let them know the VFW is here for them and

their families. The VA is doing a better job these days in meeting direct medical and other needs of returning veterans. The VFW is here for the whole family of a returning soldier, beyond what the VA provides by making a place of mutual understanding, for fellowship and service with those who can relate to their experiences. From parades and remembrance ceremonies to Flag Days and funerals with military honors, VFW is here to reach out to the families of veterans and their dependents. A little known fact is that VFW auxiliary membership is open to children and spouses of veterans who served in a foreign

conflict,” she said. Toutant says she hopes the community and families of returning soldiers will help to get the word out that VFW is here for them, “I was back for 20 years before learning of all the things that the VFW does in a community. It’s not just a bunch of old soldiers sitting around telling war stories like some may think, we rarely do. We talk about and plan what we can do to serve our community. I was asked once if it helped to talk about my war experience and I replied that talking about it doesn’t make it any better, but it doesn’t make it any worse and as long as I can help someone that’s all that matters.”

Sr. Vice Commander Anne Toutant addresses Kenai Rotary. Scott Hamann shares with Anne one of his weapon collection.

Anne prepares the 50 cal. for firing.

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Skyview grad comes home for Holidays a U.S. Marine Chad Harley was one of the final classmen to graduate from Skyview High School in the spring of 2014. Harley returned to spend the holidays with his family in Soldotna, but this time as Pvt. Chad Harley, U.S. Marine Corp. Hometown Hero, having successfully completed his Marine Corp. basic training. While at Skyview Harley was an outstanding athlete competing well in both football and basketball, “I always liked competition and being physically fit. I saw that the Marine Corp would meet those passions as well as giving me the privilege of serving my country. Combat training for me took me back to the football field and being competitive. My local recruiter had me well prepared for what I experienced with the weekly pool functions like running and workouts that I us know what it would be like when we got to boot camp. I choose the Marine Corp to be part of the best of the best,” Harley told the

Dispatch in an interview. Pvt. Harley says he’s not sure what might be in his future after he completes his commitment to the Marine Corp, “I haven’t been in long enough to know what might be in the long term but wanted to part of the best, know the comradery and learn the skills that are important to employers in the private sector, but I could make a career out of this,” said. The transition from being a high school athlete to becoming U.S. Marine went quickly for Harley, “It seems like the months in-between graduation and now have just flown by. One day I’m graduating from high school and the next I’m graduating from boot camp it’s been a fast experience. I’m looking forward to traveling and seeing the world going to San Diego was getting out of Alaska was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the New Year,” said Hometown Hero Pvt. Chad Harley. Hometown Hero VI 003, 2014 Skyview grad completes basic training.

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The smiles were broad and appreciation sincere as Kenai senior citizens shared their News Year’s Eve luncheon with hometown beauty queen, the new reigning Miss Alaska Collegiate for 2015. Molly Copple a Kenai Central High School graduate from the class of 2010 came home for the holidays to share her crown with some of her greatest admirers at the Kenai Senior Center. Copple is presently a sophomore at University of Alaska Anchorage majoring in fisheries and wildlife biology while working on her commercial pilot’s license. “Fisheries are a passion of mine and I hope someday to be able to contribute to restoring the king salmon fisheries to their former levels in Alaska,” said Copple. The Miss America Collegiate competition is part of the original Miss America scholarship program minus the swimsuit and talent competition. “While

the focus remains on physical beauty and self-confidence, while embracing academic and community service as well. The program is an advocate against bullying and we take that message to high schools across the country. The Miss Collegiate America Pageant competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for collegiate women. It is their goal to provide outstanding ladies the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values,” explained Copple. Alaska crowned three queens last year who will be going on to the national competition in Orlando Florida July 4th and 5th, one at the Jr. High level, one at the high school level and Miss Collegiate Alaska Molly Copple. The national competition will be streamed on line through the Miss America website.

Molly says she is excited about the opportunity to represent Alaska. “Growing up hunting and fishing on the Kenai I was an unlikely candidate for a beauty competition, but I was interested in gaining self-confidence, for me it’s not so much about the beauty and dressing up, but since I began competing I have gained so much in personal confidence and interview skills that come from being on stage in front of an audience of hundreds of people. It’s really an adrenalin rush and a lot of fun that has helped me with job interviews and real life skills which help a woman succeed in the real world and yet who isn’t necessarily talented when it comes to music, dance or entertainment. The Miss Collegiate program is great because you don’t need to look great in a swimsuit or spend tons of money on evening gowns and it’s a lot of fun,” said Copple. See NEW YEAR’S, page A-4

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. . . New Year’s Continued from page A-3

Molly Copple 2015 Miss AK Collegiate spends the final hours of 2014 with Kenai Seniors.

Molly Copple shares New Year’s Eve lunch with Kenai Seniors.

Miss Alaska visits with Bill Osborn at Kenai Senior Center New Year’s Eve.

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MATH FACULTY Kenai Peninsula College is Growing! KPC is looking for an exceptional individual to fill the Assistant Professor of Math term faculty position at our Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. It is a 9 month renewable appointment, and the successful candidate will participate as a productive member of a vibrant faculty team serving the University of Alaska's bipartite mission of performing teaching and service. Instruction includes 100 and 200 level Math and 200 level Statistics courses as well as developmental math courses in support of programs at KPC, including face-to-face and distance delivery courses; other duties include ad vising students in their subject area. This position begins August 2015 with full benefit package and tuition waivers. Review date is 1/19/2015 but applications will be accepted until the position is closed. For more information about the positions, and to apply go to KPC's employment page at www.kpc.alaska.edu UAA is an AA/EO Employer and Educational Institution.

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