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Question Should portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be opened to oil exploration? n No, the refuge should be protected as wilderness. n Yes, exploration should be allowed to proceed right away. n Exploration shouldn’t be banned forever, but now is not the right time.
Watershed Forum executive director leaving after 18 years
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In the news Kenai looks at Old Town traffic flow
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State wants to ensure feds honor Medicaid expansion promise JUNEAU (AP) — State health commissioner Valerie Davidson says Alaska’s participation in Medicaid expansion would be made contingent upon the federal government paying at least 90 percent of the cost. She said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have negotiated that provision with other states. The federal government is expected to cover the full cost of expansion in states opting for it through 2016. The federal contribution would decline after that, reaching 90 percent by 2020, where it’s supposed to stay.
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numerous activities including yoga and tai chi in order to keep seniors active. “I think we have healthier seniors,” Craig said. “We have a wonderful population of seniors on the Kenai Peninsula that want to stay healthy and keep their brains active.” Other facilities in the region are also busy. At Heritage Place, a nursing facility located in Soldotna, 57 of its 60 licensed beds were occupied as of Monday. Charlie Franz, administrator of Heritage Place, said that he hasn’t seen an unusual or dras-
After 18 years as the executive director of the Kenai Watershed Forum, Robert Ruffner announced Friday that he will be stepping down. “It was not an easy decision to leave,” Ruffner said. “This is something I have struggled with for a while.” Robert Ruffner Ruffner said he is not going to rush the exit process, which will be steadily carried out for the next six months. The forum works with groups and organizations across the Kenai Peninsula. Ensuring those connections are left in a stable position is a priority, he said. The forum’s board of directors will be tasked with selecting the next executive director, Ruffner said. If they ask for input, he will offer his opinion, he said. “The organization has a stellar board of directors and staff and is financially very healthy,” Ruffner said. “Right now is
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See FORUM, page A-10
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion
Barbara Aase and her son Scott Aase near the end of a game Tuesday at the Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club/ Bingo Hall in Kenai. The two play at the hall between two and three times per week, Scott Aase said. “Sometimes you win, not very often though. It helps you practice hand eye coordination,” he said.
Borough population aging By IAN FOLEY Peninsula Clarion
New data shows that Kenai Peninsula Borough residents are both older and younger than average. According to a report released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Gulf Coast Region of Alaska, the economic region which includes the Kenai Peninsula Borough, has the highest percentage of residents aged 65 years or older. In 2014, the report estimated that senior citizens made up 13 percent of the Gulf Coast Re-
gion’s population. The borough contributed heavily to that figure by having 14 percent of its population be 65 years of age or older. In the state of Alaska, senior citizens make up 10 percent of the total population. While the borough has an older population compared to most of Alaska, it is still has a lower percentage of senior citizens than the national average. In 2013, the most recent age data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.1 percent of the United States population was 65 or older. That same year, only 13.6 percent of borough residents were 65 or older.
Rachael Craig, director of the Kenai Senior Center and Vintage Pointe Manor, said that she has seen a significant increase in seniors during her 14-year tenure. She said that in the past she recalled having 25 people require home meal deliveries, and now that number has nearly tripled. Craig said that Vintage Pointe, a 40-unit housing complex for independent seniors, has a waiting list 130 people long. Craig said that advancement in health services has helped the aging population. She also said that the Senior Center provides
Big hopes for tiny homes By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion
A new community group has some tiny ideas that aim to make a big impact for the disadvantaged. Soldotna resident Krista Schooley, a homeless advocate, started The Habitation — Tiny House Community for the Homeless. The concept is to create a low-cost, self-build and self-sustaining community for adults in need, she said. Schooley said with a housing shortage on the Kenai Peninsula, homelessness has been a
problem in the area that needs to be addressed. The project is in its infancy and no land has been acquired. Schooley said the goal right now is to rally support as a way to get like-minded people that like to help volunteer together and brainstorm how Schooley’s vision can become a reality. Schooley and Kenai Peninsula College student Davina Schultz, hosted a community meeting Saturday, which was attended by 15 people. Schultz, 19, used to be homeless as a teenager, but is now working on building a tiny cabin to live
in with her boyfriend on Funny River Road. The group met for two hours in Kenai and brainstormed some of the challenges involved with how the community project could be funded and managed. Schooley said the feedback from everyone involved has been “extremely positive.” “I’m looking to get people in the community to volunteer their time and who have a heart to help,” she said. “We are in the beginning stages and I wanted to give a general idea of what this could look like and See TINY, page A-10
Illustration courtesy Krista Schooley
An artist rendition of what a tiny home community for the homeless could look like. A community action group organized by homeless advocate Krista Schooley is looking for feedback in hopes of creating a self-sustaining community for people in need.
Lawmakers grapple with marijuana regulations By MOLLY DISCHNER Associated Press
JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers are grappling with how to decriminalize marijuana after voters in November approved a ballot initiative to legalize the substance. The House and Senate judiciary committees are considering bills that would decriminalize marijuana in certain situations and create new laws, including making it illegal to provide pot to minors and adding the drug to the state’s existing open container laws.
But the bill being considered doesn’t make marijuana outright legal and it doesn’t stop police from arresting someone for possession. Instead, if an adult is arrested for possession and appears before a judge, then a section of the law kicks in that says the person can’t be convicted of a crime. The so-called defense route was defended by Sen. Lesil
McGuire, R-Anchorage, who said during a hearing Monday that it seemed simpler than writing a bill that detailed every situation in which marijuana was illegal. Marijuana advocates have said that route undermines voters’ intent. During the joint meeting of the judiciary committees, Deputy Public Defender Tracey Wollenberg agreed that it wasn’t what the voters approved and suggested using language from the initiative to make pot legal in state statutes. Wollenberg said making someone appear in court leaves C
more to individual judges’ discretion, such as how much evidence is required, before letting someone off or convicting them. McGuire and House Judiciary Chairwoman Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, indicated during the hearing that they may request another version of the bill, which makes it legal outright for someone 21 years or older to possess an ounce or less of marijuana. Other lawmakers raised additional issues with the bill that could require amendments. Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, pointed out that alcohol is
allowed to be consumed in motorhomes when they are camping, and a similar provision may be added for marijuana. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, DAnchorage, asked for a comparison of how minors are penalized in the current draft and for alcohol violations, and for those to be aligned. The joint committee hearing will continue Wednesday, with invited testimony from proponents of legalization. McGuire has said she hopes the Senate bill will pass by Feb. 24, when the voter initiative goes into effect.
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China to accept US apple imports By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash.— For the first time, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. A deal was reached last week between officials for the United States and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties, instead of just Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. The Washington Apple Commission — which represents growers of the nation’s largest crop and most apple exports — said China stopped buying U.S. apples in 2012 because of concerns over a fungus. Access for Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples was regained last October. An agreement reached last
‘These efforts will result in high quality, fresh U.S. apple varieties available for consumers in China and a significant boost in sales for American apple producers.’ —Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack week in San Francisco will for the first time open the door to all varieties in coming weeks, the Agriculture Department said. The deal culminates 20 years of efforts to send more varieties of apples to China. The deal has the potential to increase U.S. fresh apple exports by about 10 percent in the next two years, the Agriculture Department said. “The new access for American exports we’re announcing
today is the culmination of decades of hard work by USDA staff,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release. “These efforts will result in high quality, fresh U.S. apple varieties available for consumers in China and a significant boost in sales for American apple producers.” China has allowed the direct shipment of Red Delicious and Golden Delicious variet-
ies since 1994, but Washington grows many different types of apples now, the Washington Apple Commission said. “Red and Golden Delicious now account for less than 40 percent of our overall volume, and gaining access for the rest of our varieties allows us to provide Chinese consumers with more high quality choices from Washington,” said Todd Fryhover, president of the commission, which is based in Wenatchee, Washington. The China news is welcome during a record crop year that has been hampered by the West Coast port slowdown, a Russian ban on the import of agricultural products from the U.S., and the world-wide effects of the strengthening dollar, said Barbara Walkenhauer, chair of the Washington Apple Commission board.
Balloon hits halfway mark in record bid ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the halfway mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean. Pilots Troy Bradley of New Mexico and
Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time en route to North America. The departure came Saturday afternoon at mission control in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It says the balloon has been averaging more than 50 miles
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per hour and had traveled more Bradley and Tiukhtyaev are than 2,700 miles and was near- trying to break a distance reing Midway Island on Monday cord of 5,208 miles and a flightnight New Mexico time. duration record of 137 hours.
Clarion Question Results The Clarion question for last week was:
Which team do you think will win the Super Bowl? n The Seattle Seahawks n The New England Patriots?
Oil Prices Friday’s prices North Slope crude: $46.74, DOWN from $47.06 on Thursday West Texas Int.: $45.22, DOWN from $45.99 on Thursday
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Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, January 27, 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. • Take Off Pounds Sensibly, for all ages, meets at the Kenai Senior Center. For more information call 907-283-3451. • Toddler Story Time (18 Months-PreK) in the Children’s Area at the Soldotna Public Library. Get up and get moving with stories, songs, and silly fun that encourages your toddler’s language skills! For more information, call 907-262-4227. Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. • Kenai Bridge Club plays party bridge at the Kenai Senior Center. Call 907-252-9330 or 907-283-7609. 1 p.m. • National Family Caregiver Support Group meets at the Soldotna Senior Center. Call Shelley at 907-262-1280. • Free Seated Zumba Gold at the Kenai Senior Center. New participants, active older adults, and chair-bound or limited mobility participants are encouraged. • Stress Relief QiGong Practice in the Community Room at the Soldotna library. Enjoy meditation to restore balance to the entire body. Easy and fun exercises. No previous experience or level of physical ability necessary. Parents and children are welcome! With Duane Gibson. 4 p.m. • LEGO Club (Ages 6 and up) on Tuesdays in the Community Room at the Soldotna Library. Tell your stories and build your world with Legos. Bring a friend with you and let your imagination go wild. Adult supervision needed for those under the age of 10. 6 p.m. • Weight Watchers, Woodruef Building, 155 Smith Way, Soldotna. Doors open at 5:15; joining members should arrive by 5:30; Getting Started session for newcomers at 6:30. Call 907262-4892. • Have you lost a child, grandchild, or adult sibling of any age? The Compassionate Friends of the Kenai Peninsula meets at the Soldotna Public Library. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Leslie at 907-398-3113. 6:30 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous “Speaking of Solutions” group at Central Peninsula Hospital, Redoubt Room, Soldotna. 7 p.m. • Lost & Found Grief Self Help Group at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 Soldotna Ave. For more information, call 907-4203979. 8 p.m. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It works” at URS Club, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. • AA North Roaders Group Step and Traditions Study at North Star Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 907242-9477. • Alcoholics Anonymous Ninichik support group at United Methodist Church, 15811 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik. Call 907567-3574. The Community Calendar lists recurring events and meetings of local organizations. To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to email@example.com.
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plete schedule and to sign up or call 262-2098. All classes are free of charge.
Compassionate Friends group to meet
Square dance classes on tap
Have you lost a child, grandchild, or adult sibling of any age? The Compassionate Friends of the Kenai Peninsula meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Soldotna Public Library. For more information, email tcfofthekenai@ gmail.com or call Leslie at 907-398-3113.
Beginning square dance classes will be held on Wednesday nights 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.
Library Friends plan book sale
Community invited to Redoubt winter carnival
The Soldotna Library Friends’ monthly book sale is ThursRedoubt Elementary School’s third annual Winter Carnival day from 2-7 p.m. in the basement of the Soldotna Public Li- is Feb. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at the school on West Redoubt brary. A treasure trove of exciting reads for pennies. Ave. in Soldotna. This fundraiser is open to the community. There will be games for the kids, a silent auction and raffles for adults. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, food and prizes. Money Tickets available for raised will be used to purchase outdoor PE equipment for ReHospice wine tasting event doubt students. Volunteers are needed; please call the school Hospice of the Central Peninsula presents its Winter Wine office if you would like to help with this event. Taste Event on Feb. 14 at the Fireweed Fellowship Hall at the Catholic Church in Soldotna at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available Free income tax help available at the Hospice office. The evening will be filled with many This year, the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will provide free gourmet appetizers and dessert along with paired wines for tax preparation services at a new location, the Soldotna Public each course. If you would like to volunteer to help the evening Library starting Feb. 5. Volunteers will be available Thursdays of the event or would like to donate an item for the auctions, from 1-5 p.m. Volunteers available also Feb. 14, March 14, and contact Hospice. Call Mary Green at 398-1600 or call the Hos- April 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. pice office at 262-0453 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday Items to bring: photo ID for all taxpayers; social security for more information. cards or ITIN cards for all persons listed on the tax return; copy
KPC hosts Career Day Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Campus will be hosting Career Day from 8:45 a.m. - noon on Friday. The event will provide a wide range of potential career directions. The public, KPC students, and area high school students will have the opportunity to choose from more than 60 different presenters who will be talking about preparing for and working in their chosen occupations. There will also be 22 businesses and organizations on hand offering information on job opportunities, internships and career training. For more information and to get a schedule for the event, please contact Krista or Nicole at 262-0337, or kltimlin@kpc. alaska.edu.
Winter Picnic fundraiser for freestyle wrestling benefit
of last year’s tax return; W-2 forms from each employer; unemployment compensation; SSA-1099 (Social Security); all 1099-Rs pension/annuity; all 1099 forms(INT, DIV, B, MISC); and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets; a list of all deductible expenses(medical, contributions, mortgage interest, property taxes, medical/business miles); all forms showing federal income tax paid; Child care expenses information; written bank account information for direct deposit. New for 2014 taxes: bring health insurance information. Form 1095A for people who bought from the ACA marketplace; a list of who on your tax return had coverage and for which months; exemption certificate number if you have one; and taxable income information for dependents listed on return. You can also go to www.aarp.org/taxaide to find the dates, times and locations of a site near you.
Soldotna library hosts teen activities
Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling club will be having a Winter Picnic fundraiser on Saturday at the Nikiski Community Center Banquet Room from 6-8 p.m. Beat those winter blues and come support Nikiski Wrestling! Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, bakes beans and ice cream is on the menu. Tickets are $10/person (under 7 eat for free.) Dessert and outcry auction, minute to win it games.
Teens at the Library activities are every Wednesday in January, at 4 p.m., in the Community Room at the Soldotna library. — Data Privacy Day! Jan. 28. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not right. Everyone online is totally watching you. Come learn some easy strategies and social media tips to keep your data, and your identity, safer.
CERT training starts in February
Cinderella’s Closet accepting donations
The next session of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training begins Feb. 13 in Soldotna and takes place each Saturday through Feb. 28. This program trains people from all walks of life on disaster preparedness and basic response skills in case of an emergency. Classes are held in Soldotna and preregistration is required. Visit www.kpb.us/emergency for com-
Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2015 Cinderella’s Closet. This program helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All donations can be dropped off to the front office from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Private wells in California farm area show high uranium By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — One in four household water wells in parts of California’s Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said. The federal study attributed the higher-than-expected uranium levels to farming in the Central Valley, which is one of the country’s leading agricultural regions. Both heavy pumping of groundwater for irrigation, and man-made efforts to refill underground water aquifers, are leeching more naturally occurring uranium into underground water reserves used for drinking water supplies, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The increased presence of uranium is mainly a problem in the east and south of the valley, where agricultural use of groundwater is drawing more uranium-bearing sediment out of granite formations, said Bryant Jurgens, a research hydrologist at the geological survey’s Sacramento office. “Over time, it’s going to occupy a larger and larger portion of the aquifer,” Jurgens said of uranium-bearing groundwater. “So it is a concern.” One in four domestic wells in the eastern Central Valley, and one in five monitoring wells in agricultural areas of the valley, showed uranium at levels that would be unacceptable for public water systems, the study found. Exposure to uranium at concentrated levels increases the risk of cancer and can damage kidneys. The study, which calls the levels of uranium found in the California farm region’s private wells surprising, is part of a report rounding up nationwide testing of 6,600 wells that draw from the country’s main water aquifers. Unlike public water systems, private water wells typically fall outside federal, state and local monitoring after they are drilled. The California Division of Drinking Water regularly urges county health departments to educate homeowners about the need to test private water wells for con-
taminants, said George Kostyrko, spokesman for the state Water Resources Control Board. “Private water wells tend to have a higher rate of it because they’re shallower,” Kostyrko said of uranium. Public water systems can treat for uranium by diluting the groundwater with fresher water, but that can be expensive, Jurgens said. Private well owners
typically don’t have that option, Jurgens said. In the Central Valley’s Kern County, environmental-health director Donna Fenton confirmed problems with uranium levels in some private water wells, but was unable to immediately say if it was an increasing problem, as the study suggested. Testing for uranium is required as part of getting a drilling permit for a
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new water well, Fenton said. Roughly two-thirds of all groundwater used in California is pumped up in the Central Valley, primarily for farmers. A drought, now entering its fourth year, has sharply increased the dependence of farmers and other users on groundwater. The national report, released late last week, cut off in 2010, meaning it does not include any effect from increased
use of groundwater during California’s drought. The Central Valley regularly ranks among the country’s worst areas for water and air pollution. The U.S. Geological Survey study also noted that 29 percent of domestic water wells tested in the Central Valley showed nitrate levels — typically produced by fertilizer runoff from fields — are above the maximum accept-
LIO Schedule Wednesday 1:00 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 79 Marijuana Regulation; Controlled Substance; Crimes; Defenses. Testimony will be taken. Wednesday 1:30 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss SB 30 Marijuana Regulation; Controlled Substance; Crimes; Defenses. Testimony by invitation only. Friday 1:30 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss SB 30 Marijuana Regulation; Controlled Substance; Crimes; Defenses. Testimony will be taken.
able amount. That compares with 4 percent nationwide. The kind of permeable, unconfined aquifers found in the Central Valley are especially vulnerable to contamination, the study noted. Nationwide, 22 percent of wells sampled showed at least one contaminant at a level high enough to cause concern, the study said.
Feb. 3 10:00 a.m. The House Special Committee on Fisheries will sponsor a public hearing to discuss Presentations: “Intro on Fisheries Management in Alaska” by Commissioner Cotten, “Duties & Goals as they pertain to the Pacific Salmon Treaty” by Deputy Commissioner Charlie Swanton, “Basic Info on Duties & Responsibilities, Organization of the Division, Regions, Staff, & Highlights & Future Challenges” by Director of Commercial Fisheries Jeff Regnart & Director of Sport Fisheries Tom Brookover. Testimony by invitation only. All teleconferences are held at the Kenai Legislative Information Office, 145 Main Street Loop No. 217, Kenai, unless otherwise noted. To confirm call 2832030 or email Kenai.LIO@akleg.gov. To listen or watch online go to http:// alaskalegislature.tv/.
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opportunity to right a serious wrong, something the Legislature before it failed to do. A bill known best as “Erin’s Law,” which would incorporate age-appropriate education about childhood sexual abuse in all grade levels, will again go before lawmakers. The bill was snubbed after reaching the House Finance Committee in 2014, despite earning full approval by the House Education Committee. An identical bill cleared the Senate. Erin Merryn, whom the bill is named after, visited Alaska last session to advocate its passing. After the bill was killed by House Finance (chaired at the time by Capitol-move supporter Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak), Merryn on her Facebook page blamed politics and “people on the committee that think this law is ‘sex ed.’” “I won’t be returning to Alaska,” she wrote. “I will leave it up to the people of Alaska to convince ... representatives to protect kids instead of failing them.” It’s sad some lawmakers need convincing. Childhood sexual abuse is prevalent enough from Barrow to Ketchikan that it can’t be ignored. Few things are as deplorable as preying on child victims. The Office of Children’s Services reported 2,296 allegations of child sexual abuse directed at 1,118 victims in 2013. Forty percent of the victims were Alaska Native. There are 2,296 reasons Erin’s Law should have passed last year. Saying Erin’s Law is sex education is like saying swimming is fishing. Alaska’s children have a higher chance of being sexually abused than children do in Lower 48. The disparity for youngsters in rural villages is even higher. Our kids need to be armed with knowledge; it’s the most valuable tool we can offer them. We teach our kids to “stop, drop and roll.” We teach them to “just say no.” They need to know how to respond to child predators, where to go for help, and most importantly that staying silent is never the answer. This is what Erin’s Law will do and why 19 states have passed similar legislation. Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, sponsored the bill in 2014. This year she’s co-sponsoring it with House Majority Leader Charisse Millet, R-Anchorage. Hopefully, bipartisan support in the House is enough to keep Erin’s Law on track this time. Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, introduced the Senate version last year that won approval. We hope she’ll champion it again. Merryn’s voice won’t be heard this session; the rest of us must speak up. There’s no place for partisan politicking when the future of our children is at stake. How we protect them is every bit as important to our state’s future as gas pipelines, oil prices, roads and dams. Erin’s Law prevents future abuse through education, and as Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If lawmakers are serious about protecting Alaska’s future, they’ll ensure Erin’s Law is passed. Salmon, oil and minerals aren’t our most valuable resource — that honor goes to our kids, as it always should. — Juneau Empire, Jan. 25
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Letters to the Editor Help kick off the Souper Bowl of Caring As the Executive Director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank I am in the business of feeding people. Like many people on the Kenai Peninsula, I am passionate about giving back to my community and making a positive impact in the lives of others. As hard as it may be to believe, the problems of hunger and poverty exist right here on the Kenai Peninsula and we often feel that as regular citizens, we can’t make a difference. But I write today to tell you that through the Souper Bowl of Caring, everyone on the Peninsula can help care for our neighbors in need.
Will you please help me invite all schools, congregations and businesses to take up a collection on or near Super Bowl Sunday? Every dollar collected can be donated directly to a local charity feeding hungry residents. The Souper Bowl of Caring will help show us the impact our individual efforts have made as they keep a national tally and share it on their website. Everyone can get involved and find more information at www.souperbowl.org. Thanks for helping me share this wonderful idea. I will keep you posted on the results after Super Bowl Sunday! Linda Swarner, executive director Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
KMS ski team says thanks! The Kenai Middle School cross-country
ski team was able to use the ice skates the city purchased to create a fun and challenging practice. With the lack of snow on the peninsula, the cross-country ski teams have been getting creative for their practices. The ski team has been running outside, running inside, lifting weights, creating obstacle courses/relay games, waxing, and now ice skating at the Kenai rink to keep moving while we wait for snow. The Kenai hockey team was not using the ice after school the last two Thursdays so we were able to skate. Not every student skier has their own skates to use, but fortunately the City of Kenai had purchased a fleet of skates that can be rented. Thank you to Vince at Redline and to the City of Kenai. A good time was had by all! Kenai Middle School ski team
GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit By JILL COLVIN and PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. — Add Chris Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen. But for all the flurry of activity in the GOP race, set off last month by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and amplified by 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, some of the party’s most sought-after donors appear content to let things shake out a bit before making a commitment to any one candidate. For many of the party’s biggest fundraisers, signing on with a contender is a two-year commitment that usually includes asking friends, family and colleagues for donations they can bundle into stacks of checks. It’s not a decision taken lightly, especially with a field so large and in a campaign where total spending is sure to be measured in the billions. “I don’t think there’s this rush that everybody’s trying to create here,” said Fred Malek, a longtime GOP donor and finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Interviews with more than a dozen donors and fundraisers across the country suggest many are choosing to hold back until they have a better sense of the field and get a chance to meet with the would-be presidents. The ranks of unaligned major donors include several top players in the party, including hedge fund investors Paul Singer and Robert Mercer, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. “It seems like there needs to be a little more clarity of who’s running before people make commitments,” said Barry Wynn, the former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and a top GOP fundraiser. No candidate has formally entered the race, and several likely contenders — including Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and
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Marco Rubio, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — plan to wait until late spring or the summer to do so. That’s not to say the work of raising money and making plans isn’t already underway. The political machine backed by the billionaire Koch brothers on Monday told their most-loyal supporters they intend to raise and spend close to $900 million during the 2016 campaign, a sum that would more than double what the Republican National Committee spent on the 2012 election. Christie took his most decisive step yet toward a bid early Monday when he announced the formation of a political action committee, which will essentially serve as a campaignin-waiting. Meanwhile, Romney has acknowledged privately he will decide whether to mount a third White House campaign in the near future, likely within the next two weeks, largely out of fairness to those who are waiting on him to make up his mind. “I don’t think the state of play changes until Mitt decides what to do,” said Bobbie Kilberg, a longtime GOP fundraiser from Virginia, who hosted a meet-and-greet for Christie last week but remains uncommitted. “Then you’re going to find that donors are really going to be pushed to make a decision.” To be viewed as credible, candidates will be expected to raise the sort of money that powered Romney to the nomination during the last campaign. The former Massachusetts governor collected an average of $215,000 each day from the time he started raising money in 2011 until the start of 2012, a total that ended up at more than $57 million before the first votes were even cast. Few doubt Christie’s ability to raise that kind of cash; he spent much of the last year collecting more than $100 million as the Associated Press writer Steve Peoples chairman of the Republican Governors As- in Washington contributed to this report. sociation. Said Mike DuHaime, a senior Elliott reported from Washington.
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adviser to the new Christie PAC, “We feel very comfortable we’re going to raise what we need.” Home Depot billionaire cofounder Ken Langone reiterated Monday that he’s eager to start bringing in cash for Christie. Christie’s efforts will be challenged by Bush and, potentially, Romney. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, for example, is both Christie’s longtime political mentor and from a family with ties to the Bushes that reach back four generations. He also supported Romney in 2012. “To me, it’s too early to make a choice until you know everybody who’s running,” Kean said. Aside from those with deep loyalties to a particular candidate, “An awful lot of the donors are just going to sit back and say, ‘Let’s see if they’re really serious. Let’s see how far they’re going into it,” he said. Bush has been perhaps the most aggressive in trying to force such decisions. He recently invited Kean to a meeting along with other prominent New Jersey Republicans he’s trying to woo in Christie’s backyard. Kean declined to attend, citing a scheduling conflict. For all the pressure from potential candidates on donors to make a commitment, Malek believes every serious contender will be able to raise enough money to mount a serious run. That’s due in part to the plans of many top donors to write checks to several candidates, just to play it safe. Joshua Alcorn, a Democratic fundraiser who helped then-Sen. Joe Biden raise money for his unsuccessful 2008 primary, said he often saw some of his donors also appear on the campaign finance reports of Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards. “Bundlers like to hedge their bets a little bit, especially the establishment ones,” he said.
By GARRY TRUDEAU
Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Business Business News Chambers set schedules n The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. A City of Soldotna update is planned. On Feb. 3, the Soldotna Chamber will have a Kenai Peninsula College Update with KPC Director Gary Turner at Froso’s Restaurant. RSVP to 262-9814. n The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. For more information call 283-1991.
Pollard Wireline Inc. celebrates 20th anniversary Founded January 1, 1995, Pollard Wireline Inc. is a locally owned and operated Oilfield Service Company specializing in Wireline Services, Completions, Gas Lift, and Hot Oil Truck Services. Much of Pollard Wireline Inc.’s success can be attributed to the dedication and sacrifices of all our employees throughout the past 20 years. This also includes the four that started it all 20 years ago: Freddie Pollard Sr., Lynn Pollard, Fred Pollard Jr. and D.E. Howell. Pollard Wireline Inc. would like to acknowledge its customers and the many people who made this business a success in our work and in our community. We want to invite anyone who has been a part of our success through the years to join us for lunch this Friday, Jan. 30 at noon at our shop to help us celebrate and thank all of you for our 20th year of business.
Nomination period open for Homer Electric Association Board of Directors seats
Homer Electric Association is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. The cooperative’s Board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area. This year, the District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski-parts of Soldotna) seat held by Kenai resident David Thomas will be on the ballot. In District 2 (Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof area) the seat currently held by Soldotna resident Dave Carey will be up for election. In District 3 (Kasilof-Homer-Seldovia area), HEA members will vote for the seat currently held by Jim Levine of Homer. HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the director in their respective district. Members interested in being on the ballot must fill out a Candidacy Packet that requires the candidate to gather at least 15 signatures from current HEA members that live in the district where the candidate resides. The Candidacy Packet is available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer and online at www.homerelectric.com The deadline to submit the Candidacy Packet is 5 p.m. on March 6. Completed packets can be dropped off at either the Kenai or Homer HEA office. Ballots will be mailed out to HEA members on April 3, and the results will be tabulated and announced at the Annual Meeting on May 7 at Homer High School. For additional information contact Joe Gallagher at 907-283-2324
AK-CESCL storm water training program offered The Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring two Alaska certified erosion and sediment control lead training sessions Feb. 9-10 in Soldotna. This training explains the erosion process and how to obtain and comply with the EPA NPDES Construction General Permit. The course will describe the key elements of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and stormwater Best Management Practices. This is a requirement for people who work on Alaska DOT roads. Other people who may need this certification include commercial and residential builders, project engineers, natural resource managers and anyone responsible for creating, maintaining or evaluating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.
Small business series offered Small business workshops will be offered in Fairbanks and by webinar around the state. The series is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, UAF Community and Technical College and the Alaska Small Business Development Center. Extension economic development specialist Kathryn Dodge said the workshops will provide guidance to small business owners interested in starting or expanding their businesses. Participants may attend one or all of the workshops. Topics include: — Record keeping and taxes for agricultural businesses, 11 to 1 p.m., Jan. 29 — Taxation for small business, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5 — Starting a small business, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 — Writing a business plan, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 — Creating a one-page business model canvas, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 Classes will be taught in Room 216 of the UAF Community and Technical College at 604 Barnette St. and by videoconference at the Anchorage Extension district office at 1675 C St. Anyone who wishes to connect by desktop may contact Dodge at 907-474-6497 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Each class costs $25. Register online at http://bit.ly/cesworkshops. Instructors will include Kimberlee Hayward of the Small Business Development Center, accountant Paul Robinson, Scott Swingle of the Small Business Administration and Dodge. See details about the classes at www.uaf.edu/ces.
Job Center hosts training The following job skills workshops will be offered at the Peninsula Job Center the week of Feb. 2: Monday, Feb. 2 — 9:30 a.m., ALEXsys Job Leads; 10:30 a.m., Introduction to ALEXsys and the Job Center; 2:30 p.m., Interviewing Skills Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 3 — 10:30 a.m., Career Ready 101 Lab Wednesday, Feb. 4 — 1:30 p.m., WorkKeys® Testing; 3 p.m., Job Search Strategies for the Ex-Offender Thursday, Feb. 5 — 9:30 a.m., Resume Writing Workshop Friday, Feb. 6 — No workshops offered All workshop are free of charge to the public. Those interested in attending any workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can reserve space by clicking on the “Schedule Workshops” option located on the main screen in your ALEXsys account (www.jobs.alaska.gov), call 3353010, or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Suite #2. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding state and federal holidays.
‘High Mark’ for distillery owner By DAN BALMER Peninsula Clarion
While 2014 was a banner year for Alaska distilleries thanks to a law change that brought back tasting rooms, High Mark Distillery owner Felicia Keith-Jones said 2015 is shaping up to be even better. Earlier this month, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce named High Mark Distillery in Sterling its 2014 Small Business of the Year. With plans to open a second tasting room in Soldotna and with a new contract with Fred Meyer that shipped out 300 cases earlier this month, High Mark spirits are now distributed at 210 locations statewide. “I was honored they let me carry the title because we have so many good businesses in the area,” Keith-Jones said about the award. “It’s a nice message from the community that said, ‘thank you for working hard in our area.’” The distillery currently produces four spirits: Nickel Back Apple Jack, High Mark Vodka, Blind Cat moonshine and its newest concoction, Blueberry Cobbler shine. Keith-Jones said her business has come a long way since she opened the distillery on her 10acre property on Thomas Street in 2012. Only a few months after she opened a tasting room to the public in her airplane hangar turned production space, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board shut down all distillery tasting rooms in the state. As the first female to be sole owner of an Alaska distillery, Keith-Jones joined the other four state distilleries and formed a guild and worked with state legislators to modernize outdated distillery laws. She said the passage of House Bill 309, which passed before the end of the 28th Legislative session last April, helped level the playing field for the five small state distilleries ability to compete with beer and wine makers. HB 309 brings small distilleries on par with local wine and beer makers by allowing tastings, sales of small amounts on premise and limited sales for off premise consumption. “We needed the laws updated so we can have tasting rooms open to the public, sell
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High Mark Distillery owner Felicia Keith-Jones stands in her tasting room Jan. 19 in Sterling. High Mark Distillery was named 2014 Small Business of the Year by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.
retail and give tours to align us with the rest of the country,” she said. “Distilleries are a huge powerhouse for bringing in tourism.” In the summer many of the area fishing lodges bring their clients to the distillery for a tasting after a half-day trip on the river, Keith-Jones said. For the first time this summer, High Mark Distillery will serve as a stopping point for the Princess and Holland cruise line buses that travel from Seward to Homer. The tasting room is inside the 5,000 square foot warehouse and has a fireplace and has a rustic feel with wood cut from a lumber mill on Robinson Loop that takes guests back into the old world style. The barn on the property is used as the barrelhouse to store spirits as they ferment, she said. High Mark Distillery’s tasting room is open on the weekends from noon to 7 p.m. Customers are allowed up to 3 ounces of spirits per visit and allowed to purchase a bottle and merchandise from the dis-
have legal moonshine and she has 27 licenses and permits recognized to make it. The blueberry cobbler shine, which is only sold on site until she receives federal labels, is a combination of the moonshine and vodka with blueberries and vanilla beans from Hawaii and is filtered through coconut shells. “I learned in Ireland to stay pure and use only one grain every time,” she said. “I want the true flavor to come through. There is so much pride in a family name connected to a distillery there is no way to have an inferior product to pass on to my two boys.” The name High Mark holds three Alaskan meanings, she said. In snowmachining, her late husband’s favorite sport, high mark refers to the rider who can take his or her rig the furthest up the mountain. Second, in commercial fishing the high mark is the maximum load of fish a vessel can hold, which means pay day for the fishermen and good times. And third, bears mark trees to stake territory and Keith-Jones said she has made her mark in the Alaskan distillery world. “I wanted to see if I could accomplish the American dream and start with nothing and become a distiller without large investors and bank loans,” she said. In July Keith-Jones said she expects to get her large distilling equipment back, including a 23-foot rectifying tower, which is being welded to the rest of her equipment and will increase how much she can produce. Keith-Jones said small Alaskan distilleries pay the same taxes as the industry leaders like Jack Daniels and Jamison at $12.80 a gallon. She said while she could make more money in any other state, her business contributes to other businesses, which supports the local economy. She uses American Fast Freight to ship and distribute, buys Alaskan products and hires Alaskan workers. “My goal is to make sure we serve Alaskans first,” she said. “I’m here because we love home.”
tillery. High Mark plans to open a second tasting room in Soldotna next month and has leased space in the old Ace Auto building on the Sterling Highway. She said she expects to open that location by the middle of February or early March. The Apple Jack, a Keith family Irish recipe, takes 30 days to make with the first 10 days to press the juice. The distilling process is completed in Sterling and then bottled and labeled by hand. Apple Jack comes in a 36 and 48 proof variety and is made from honeycrisp apples that are pressed at a farm in Yakima, Washington and shipped back to Sterling, a process that saves them time and manpower, she said. “It’s like having another team,” she said. “It means we can crank out more volume.” The High Mark vodka is 120 proof and made with spring white wheat. She said this year she will change her wheat supReach Dan Balmer at danplier to a farm in Palmer. High iel.balmer@peninsulaclarion. Mark is the first distillery to com.
Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK — Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either. Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don’t already pay for cable or satellite — but it’s not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord. And that’s the point: Dish wants to win over the payTV holdouts without cutting into its existing customer base. On Tuesday, Sling TV will start opening the service to those who had requested invites. A full launch is expected in about two weeks. THE OFFERING: The package is cheap compared with cable and satellite packages that typically cost $50 to $100 per month (Dish’s average is $85). Sling TV’s base package costs $20 a month and comes with 11 channels from Disney, Turner and Scripps. Two add-on packages — for news and kids — cost $5 each and offer another nine channels between them. A sports add-on is coming. These costs add up, but you pay only for what you want, unlike traditional pay-TV bundles. The gem of Sling TV is ESPN, which all subscribers get. It’s a rare opportunity to get live sports, including many baseball and college football games, without a cable or satellite subscription — though NFL games will be blocked on
mobile devices because Verizon has those rights. ESPN alone won’t satisfy many sports fans, though. For instance, baseball games are often on Fox or regional sports networks unavailable on Sling TV. Sling TV will have March Madness basketball on TNT and TBS, but not TruTV and CBS. Here’s the full lineup to help you decide whether there’s enough to watch: The basic channels are ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. The kids add-on channels are Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV, while the news add-ons are HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV. Expect more as Dish makes additional deals. One big plus: There’s no equipment, so it’s easy to sign up just for a month at a time when there’s a particular show you want to watch. LIVE TV: The service is initially available on Apple and Android mobile devices and the Roku 3 streaming device, though Sling TV plans to expand that to other streaming players, Internetconnected TVs and Mac and Windows computers. RECORDING: Here’s the weakest part of Sling TV: There’s no ability to record shows for later viewing. For Scripps channels, you can watch what was on over the past three days. For Bloomberg TV, Baby TV and Duck TV, you can go back eight days. You get DVR-like controls to pause, rewind or forward — including a 30-second skip button for comC
mercials. THE BARGAIN: I like Sling TV’s search tools to find content across channels, but it excludes upcoming shows. You can rent movies, too, though not directly from the iPhone or iPad app, as Apple would take a cut of sales. Sling TV also still needs true recordings and reminders. I’m sure the service will get
better, but the apps feel primitive for now. Yes, $20 a month is a bargain. It gets cord-cutters like me some live sports and news, along with shows I’d normally have to wait several months to appear on Netflix. But if Sling TV wants to attract the younger “cord-nevers” who are used to watching everything online, it needs to offer capabilities they are accustomed to having online.
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Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the Northeast By MEGHAN BARR Associated Press
NEW YORK — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. Snow was coating cars and building up on sidewalks and roadways in New York City by evening, and flurries were flying in Boston. Forecasters said the storm would build into a blizzard, and the brunt of it would hit late Monday and into Tuesday. As the snow got heavier, much of the region rushed to shut down. More than 6,500 flights in and out of the Northeast were canceled, and many of them may not take off again until Wednesday. Schools and businesses let out early. Government offices closed. Shoppers stocking up on food jammed supermarkets and elbowed one another for what was left. Broadway stages went dark. “It’s going to be ridiculous out there, frightening,” said postal deliveryman Peter Hovey, standing on a snowy commuter train platform in White Plains, New York. All too aware that big snowstorms can make or break politicians, governors and mayors moved quickly to declare emergencies and order the shutdown of streets and highways to prevent travelers from getting stranded and to enable
plows and emergency vehicles to get through. “This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned. He urged New Yorkers to go home and stay there, adding: “People have to make smart decisions from this point on.” Commuters like Sameer Navi. 27, of Long Island, were following the advice. Navi, who works for Citigroup in Manhattan, said he takes the Long Island Rail Road every day and left work early Monday after warnings by local officials to get home before the brunt of the storm. “I did leave earlier than usual,” he said. “Penn Station less crowded than I thought it would be so I’m guessing people left earlier or didn’t go to work today.” Up to now, this has been a largely snow-free winter in the urban Northeast. But this storm threatened to make up the difference in a single blow. Boston was expected to get 2 to 3 feet of snow, New York 1½ to 2 feet and Philadelphia more than a foot. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile swath of the region, meaning heavy, blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions. Forecasters warned that the wind could gust to 75 mph or more along the Massachusetts coast and up 50 mph farther inland. New York City’s subways and buses planned to shut down by 11 p.m. In Massachusetts, ferry service to Martha’s
‘This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City.’ — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
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A plane is de-iced during a light snow at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Monday. Airlines canceled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.
Vineyard was greatly curtailed and to Nantucket was suspended. Commuter railroads across the Northeast announced plans to stop running overnight, and most flights out of the region’s major airports were canceled. Authorities banned travel on all streets and highways in New York City and on Long Island and warned that violators could be fined $300. Even food deliveries were off-limits on the streets of takeout-friendly Manhattan. The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island also slapped restrictions on nonessential travel. “We learned the lesson the hard way,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, referring to instances in which motorists got stranded in the snow for 24 hours or more.
Nicole Coelho, a nanny from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, stocked up on macaroni and cheese, frozen pizzas and milk at a supermarket. “I’m going to make sure to charge up my cellphone, and I have a good book I haven’t gotten around to reading yet,” she said. Shopping cart gridlock descended on Fairway, the gourmet grocery on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The meat shelves were all but bare, customers shoved past each other and outside on Broadway the checkout line stretched for a block as the wind and snow picked up. Store employees said it was busier than Christmastime. Ben Shickel went grocery shopping in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and found
shelves had been cleaned out. “We’re used to these big snowstorms in New England, but 2 to 3 feet all at once and 50 to 60 mph winds? That’s a different story,” he said. Last minute shoppers filed into the Jersey City ShopRite Monday evening, looking to stock up before the brunt of the storm hit. “I heard it’s supposed to be snowing for two days straight, so we plan on staying inside and munching,” said 18year old Christian Waiters, who serves in the military. On Wall Street, however, the New York Stock Exchange stayed open and said it would operate normally Tuesday as well. Coastal residents braced for a powerful storm surge and the possibility of damaging flooding and beach erosion, particularly in New Jersey and on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Officials in New Jersey shore towns warned people to move their cars off the streets and away from the water. Utility companies across the region put additional crews on standby to deal with anticipated power outages. The storm posed one of the biggest tests yet for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who has been in office for less than three weeks. He warned residents to prepare for power out-
ages and roads that are “very hard, if not impossible, to navigate.” The storm interrupted jury selection in the Boston Marathon bombing case and forced a postponement in opening statements in the murder trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez in Fall River, Massachusetts. The Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots got out of town just in time, leaving from Logan Airport around midday for Phoenix, where the temperature will reach the high 60s. The Washington area was expecting only a couple of inches of snow. But the House postponed votes scheduled for Monday night because lawmakers were having difficulty flying back to the nation’s capital after the weekend. Associated Press writers Dave Collins and Pat EatonRobb in Hartford, Connecticut; David Porter in Lyndhurst, New Jersey; Jim Fitzgerald in White Plains; Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, New Jersey; Deepti Hajela, Jonathan Lemire, Verena Dobnik and Mike Balsamo in New York; Albert Stumm in Philadelphia; and Marcy Gordon and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.
Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office also projects a 14 percent drop in the number of U.S. residents without health insurance, largely because of Obama’s health law. In a report released Monday, CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 billion deficit. The official scorekeeper of Congress projects solid economic growth for the next few years, with unemployment dropping slightly. “In CBO’s estimation, increases in consumer spending, business investment and residential investment will drive the economic expansion this year and over the next few years,” the report said. CBO also cited wage increases, rising wealth and the recent decline in oil prices.
For future years however, CBO issued a warning: Beyond 2018, deficits will start rising again as more baby boomers retire and enroll in Social Security and Medicare. By 2025, annual budget deficits could once again top $1 trillion, unless Congress acts. At that point, Social Security benefits would account for onequarter of all federal spending, said CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf. “The underlying point is that we have a handful of very large federal programs that provide benefits to older Americans,” Elmendorf said. “And with the rising number of older Americans and a rising cost of health care, those programs get much more expensive.” CBO says the number of U.S. residents without health insurance will drop from 42 million last year to 36 million this year, largely because of Obama’s health law. These numbers don’t include people who are in the U.S. illegally, who are ineligible for subsidies under the health law. The report says 19 million people will have health insurance because of the law, which could make it harder
for congressional Republicans to make good on promises to repeal it. Obama inherited an economy in recession when he took office. The annual deficit topped $1 trillion for each of his first four years in office, including a record $1.4 trillion in 2009. As a share of the economy, CBO says this year’s deficit will be slightly below the historical average of the past 50 years. The federal budget deficit became a big issue during Obama’s early years in office. In 2011, Obama and congressional Republicans struck a deal that resulted in significant spending cuts at many government agencies. At the start of 2013, Obama persuaded Congress to further address the deficit by raising taxes on top earners. The White House said Monday that Congress still has more to do. “CBO’s longer-term budget and economic projections confirm the need for Congress to act to strengthen our economy for the middle class while putting our debt and deficits on a sustainable trajectory, including by making the investments that will accelerate economic
growth and generate good new jobs for our workers to fill,” Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said in a statement. Declining budget deficits, however, could reduce pressure on Congress to continue addressing the government’s finances. “Over the last few years as deficits have fallen, so too has the effectiveness of Republican rhetoric about a ‘big government’ boogeyman,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. “Now is the time for Republicans to join with Democrats to invest in constructive programs that help middle-class Americans climb the ladder and achieve the American dream.” Republicans, however, signaled that they aren’t done cutting spending. “Thanks to Republicans’ efforts to cut spending this year’s deficit is projected to be smaller, but in order to balance the budget we must address the true drivers of our debt,” said Cory Fritz, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Real, robust economic growth won’t occur until we solve our government’s spending problem.” CBO projects that the econ-
End of ex-Vandy players’ trial nearing By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players began wrapping up Monday with a prosecutor telling jurors that video evidence and photographs taken of the crime would be enough to convict them on most of the charges. Beyond the video footage and photographs, testimony from several athletes shows the players are guilty, Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman told jurors during closing arguments. The proceedings capped off a day of dramatic testimony during which one of the former players took the stand and testified that he was so drunk he could not remember what happened. Former players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are standing trial on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts
of aggravated sexual battery. Two other former players are facing the same charges. Vandenburg additionally faces a charge of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. All have pleaded not guilty. Throughout the trial, jurors have seen graphic images of the alleged sexual assault that police recovered from cellphones and a laptop. Prosecutors said players took pictures of the assault and one even sent videos to his friends as it was happening. “This is normally the part of the trial where we might say that if we had this on photo or if we had it on video, then it would make the state’s job a lot easier,” Norman told jurors in her closing. “But we actually have this uncontradicted proof in this case,” the prosecutor said of one of the rape charges. Defense attorneys have claimed that the players were drunk, one of them saying his
client had an alcoholic blackout. “Ladies and gentleman, I submit to you that the only person who was unconscious and didn’t know what was going on was (the victim),” Norman told jurors in her closing arguments. A defense attorney for Batey responded by telling jurors that they would not see video or photographic evidence of his client having sex with the coed. “The testimony was he was crazy drunk and didn’t know what he was doing,” Robinson told jurors of Batey. Robinson also blamed a college culture that encouraged binge drinking and sex and said it wasn’t just limited to Vanderbilt. The closing arguments came after Batey took the stand and testified that he can’t remember the alleged sexual assault that prosecutors say he and three C
players carried out. “I was just drunk out of my mind,” Batey testified. “This is something I would never do in my right state of mind. I’m just sorry.” Batey told jurors that he was horrified when he saw on his cellphone explicit pictures of a woman he’d never met. “I didn’t know how they got there,” Batey said. “I didn’t know what happened to the young lady in the pictures. I immediately deleted them.” Batey was a 19-year-old who had just come out of his freshman year when he and three of his teammates were charged with raping an unconscious student in a dorm in June 2013. The alleged victim in the case was doubled over and crying in her seat in the courtroom and appeared to be vomiting while Batey was on the stand. She testified last week she had no recollection of being sexually assaulted.
omy will grow at an annual rate of 3 percent in both 2015 and 2016. In later years, however, CBO projects slower economic growth as more baby boomers retire and the labor force grows more slowly than it did in the 1980s and 1990s. CBO projects the unemployment rate will gradually decrease to 5.3 percent in 2017. It is now 5.6 percent. “CBO’s report is important, but it only tells us part of the story,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and the ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Commit-
tee. “What we must never forget is that tens of millions of Americans today are struggling to keep their heads above water economically while the disparity between the rich and everyone else is growing wider every day.” The budget agency bases its budget projections on current law, assuming that temporary provisions will be allowed to expire. However, many temporary laws are routinely extended, including dozens of temporary tax breaks and a provision that prevents steep cuts in Medicare payments to doctors.
US strikes on Yemen resume By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen — A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington’s determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab. Yemeni tribal and security officials in the central province of Marib said the missile hit a vehicle carrying three al-Qaida members near the boundary with Shabwa province, an alQaida stronghold. The strike killed two Yemeni fighters and a Saudi, an al-Qaida member told The Associated Press. Of the two Yemenis, one is a teenager whose father and brother were killed in earlier drone strikes, he said. Despite the renewed drone campaign, Yemeni officials and analysts say an effective U.S.backed ground strategy against the al-Qaida affiliate has been undermined by the rapid disintegration of the Yemeni armed forces, which has received millions of dollars in U.S. military aid. The prospect of a leaderless Yemen has raised concerns about Washington’s ability to continue targeting Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni branch is known. The group claimed the recent attack on a French satirical weekly and has mounted several failed attacks on the U.S. homeland. The drone strike was the first since Yemen’s U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi resigned along with his Cabinet on Thursday rather than agree to the demands by the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, for more power. The Houthis continue to hold Hadi and his government ministers under house arrest, and C
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, Houthi Shiite Yemenis gather while guarding a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen. A U.S. drone strike targeting al-Qaida in Yemen signals Washingtonís determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by the minority Shiite power grab.
what comes next is unclear. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren stressed on Monday that the counter-terrorism operation will continue, including training of Yemeni forces, though “they are curtailed in some cases.” He did not give details. According to other U.S. officials, intelligence gathering has not been curtailed or shifted to other countries. And although the Houthis chant anti-American slogans, one hopeful sign for Washington is that they are also staunch opponents of al-Qaida. Nevertheless, experts said that both ground operations and intelligence gathering will suffer in addition to the loss of a faithful partner in Hadi. Yemen’s president was a vocal proponent for the U.S. war against al-Qaida, saying at one point that he approved each
strike at a time. “Hadi was an extraordinary important,” said Bill Roggio, the managing editor of Long War Journal, which tracks militant groups’ activities. “He made it easy to cooperate with Yemeni military and intelligence. His loss is a major loss for U.S. side.” Roggio added that the “upheaval will make it more and more difficult to get intelligence.” The Houthis, who seized the capital of Sanaa in September, say they want their fair share of power, which they feel they have been denied. Shiites make up one-third of Yemen’s population. Critics say the Houthis want to retain Hadi as a figurehead president and that they want to rule the country from behind the scenes. They also accuse the Houthis
of being a proxy of Iran, an allegation the rebels deny. Over the past several weeks, Houthi rebels overran the presidential palace, military camps and air force bases and occupied security and intelligence offices in the capital, Sanaa. It’s unclear how the Houthis’ takeover would impact on the drone operation, according to a top Yemeni security official. He said that the operation is led by American experts either inside the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Sanaa or in the Yemeni military base housing U.S. experts in Lahj province, both untouched by Houthis. He added that Saudi —not Yemeni — intelligence is playing the vital role in recruiting informants and collecting information on the whereabouts and movement of al-Qaida members.
Youth build secret home network By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press
HAVANA — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can’t access. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month’s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers. As a result, most people on the island live offline, complaining about their lack of access to information and contact with friends and family abroad. A small minority have covertly engineered a partial solution by pooling funds to create a private network of more than 9,000 computers with small, inexpensive but powerful hidden Wi-Fi antennas and Ethernet cables strung over streets and rooftops spanning the entire city. Disconnected from the real
Internet, the network is limited, local and built with equipment commercially available around the world, with no help from any outside government, organizers say. Hundreds are online at any moment pretending to be orcs or U.S. soldiers in multiplayer online games such as “World of Warcraft” or “Call of Duty.” They trade jokes and photos in chat rooms and organize realworld events like house parties or trips to the beach. “We really need Internet because there’s so much information online, but at least this satisfies you a little bit because you feel like, ‘I’m connected with a bunch of people, talking to them, sharing files,” said Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno, a 22-year-old electrical engineer who helped build the network known as SNet, short for streetnet. Cuba’s status as one of the world’s least-wired countries is central to the new relationship Washington is trying to forge with Havana. As part of a new policy seeking broader engagement, the Obama administration hopes that encouraging wider U.S.
technology sales to the island will widen Internet access and help increase Cubans’ independence from the state and lay the groundwork for political reform. Cuban officials say Internet access is limited largely because the U.S. trade embargo has prevented advanced U.S. technology from reaching Cuba and starved the government of the cash it needs to buy equipment from other nations. But the government says that while it is open to buying telecommunications equipment from the U.S., it sees no possibility of changing its broader system in exchange for normal relations with the U.S. Outside observers and many Cubans blame the lack of Internet on the government’s desire to control the populace and to use disproportionately high cellphone and Internet charges as a source of cash for other government agencies. Cuba prohibits the use of WiFi equipment without a license from the Ministry of Communications, making SNet technically illegal. Broche Moreno said he believes the law gives authorities
latitude to allow networks like SNet to operate. He described a sort of tacit understanding with officials that lets SNet run unmolested as long as it respects Cuban law — its hundreds of nodes are informally monitored by volunteer administrators who make sure users don’t share pornography, discuss politics or link SNet to illicit connections to the real Internet. “We aren’t anonymous because the country has to know that this type of network exists. They have to protect the country and they know that 9,000 users can be put to any purpose,” he said. “We don’t mess with anybody. All we want to do is play games, share healthy ideas. We don’t try to influence the government or what’s happening in Cuba ... We do the right thing and they let us keep at it.” Users who break rules can be blocked from the network by their peers for as a little as a day for minor infractions such as slowing down SNet with file-sharing outside prescribed hours, with lifetime bans for violations like distributing pornography.
Attack on Ukraine could be war crime By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that “knowingly targeted civilians” violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday. Jeffrey Feltman told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who examined the craters reported that the rockets originated from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebel separatists. He said Saturday’s attack on Mariupol — a strategic city that
could provide a land corridor into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula which Russia annexed last March — destroyed buildings and hit a market killing “dozens of people, including women and children,” and injuring over 100. Other reports put the death toll at 30. “We must all send an unequivocal message: The perpetrators must be held accountable and brought to justice,” Feltman said. The rocket attack came a day after the rebels rejected a September cease-fire agreement and announced they were going on a multi-pronged offensive against the Ukrainian government in a bid to seize more territory. The rebel stance has upended European attempts to me-
diate an end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine that has cost at least 5,100 lives since April, according to U.N. estimates. Feltman called on the rebels “to immediately cease their provocative and violent actions,” adhere to international law, and “make good” on their commitment to the cease-fire agreement. “We also urge the leadership of the Russian Federation to use their influence to call on the rebels to cease hostilities immediately,” Feltman said. “This will be a critical step in stopping the bloodshed.” Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin expressed serious concern at the escalating conflict in the east, blaming the government in Kiev for rejecting a direct dialogue with
insurgents in the Donetsk and the Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine. He urged Western governments to “stop egging on the Ukrainian hawks,” warning that this would only lead to “an even greater catastrophe.” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told the council that “Russia’s end goal remains the same: to seize more territory and move the line of Russiancontrolled territory deeper and deeper into Ukraine.” “This offensive is made in Moscow,” she said. “It is waged by Russian-trained and Russian-funded separatists, who use Russian missiles and Russian tanks, who are backed up by Russian troops, and whose operations receive direct Russian assistance.” C
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Around the World Markets sanguine as Greek radical left’s Alexis Tsipras sworn in as prime minister ATHENS, Greece — Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece’s new prime minister. Hours earlier, the 40-year-old’s Syriza party trounced the outgoing, conservative government in Sunday’s national elections, on a platform of easing social pain and securing massive debt forgiveness. Although Syriza fell tantalizingly short of a governing majority in the 300-seat parliament, Tsipras moved quickly Monday to secure the support of 13 lawmakers from the small, right-wing populist Independent Greeks party, raising his total to 162. “’’We have the required majority,” Tsipras told Greek President Karolos Papoulias, shortly before being sworn in as prime minister, the youngest Greece has seen in 150 years and the first incumbent to take a secular oath rather than the religious one customarily administered by a Greek Orthodox official. Initial reactions from international markets and officials from Greece’s bailout creditors were markedly unflustered.
Kurdish fighters celebrate ousting Islamic State militants from Syrian town of Kobani BEIRUT— Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurds raised their flag on a hill that once flew the Islamic State group’s black banner. On Kobani’s war-ravaged streets, gunmen fired in the air in celebration, male and female fighters embraced, and troops danced in their baggy uniforms. The failure to capture Kobani was a major blow to the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory dissolved into a costly siege under withering airstrikes by coalition forces and an assault by the Kurdish militia. For the U.S. and its partners, Kobani became a strategic prize, especially after they increased the number of airstrikes against IS fighters there in October. “Daesh gambled on Kobani and lost,” said senior Kurdish official Idriss Nassan, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
After radical left-wing win in Greece, eurozone leaders open dialogue on debt issues BRUSSELS— For a man long seen as the eurozone’s worst nightmare, Alexis Tsipras has had a smooth first day as prime minister of Greece. The firebrand left-winger wants fellow eurozone nations to forgive some of his country’s bailout loans, something many European leaders have vehemently ruled out. But concerns of a disastrous confrontation — in which, say, Greece might stop repaying its loans or the eurozone stop funding Athens — eased on Monday after both sides said they were open to negotiation. The election of Tsipras and his radical Syriza party had been accompanied by much hand-wringing in European capitals. Besides calling for the cancellation of some of Greece’s rescue loans, Tsipras has pledged to undo some of the spending cuts and tax hikes eurozone countries had required in exchange for the loans. Politicians and investors worried that a tough stance on either side could even lead the country to drop out of the euro, a move that would devastate Greece’s economy and destabilize the currency union. —Associated Press
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Pats owner expects apology from NFL By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game. A conclusion Kraft is certain will occur. In an unscheduled statement, Kraft strongly defended his team’s actions and integrity Monday night. “I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots did nothing wrong in this process that was in violation of NFL rules,” Kraft said at the team’s first
media availability in Arizona. “If the (Ted) Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, I would expect and hope the league would apologize to our entire team, and in particular to coach (Bill) Belichick and Tom Brady, for what they’ve had to endure this week,” Kraft added, at times sounding angry. “I’m disappointed in the way this entire matter has been handled and reported upon. We expect hard facts rather than circumstantial leaked evidence to drive the conclusion of this investigation.” The NFL has said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs
during the first half of the AFC title game victory over Indianapolis. The league is still determining why the balls were underinflated. NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss are leading the probe. Wells was the investigator in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and has said the current investigation could last a while. Belichick and Brady followed Kraft to the podium, but basically left any comments on the investigation to their boss. When asked if he was upset by the accusations and jokes of which he was the subject, Brady said: “I’ve moved past those initial feelings and I want to
move forward.” But moving away from the deflated footballs theme will be particularly difficult on Tuesday, which is media day, when just about any question has been fair game in the past. So Kraft came out swinging before then with a speech tinged with emotion — and fire. “Tom, Bill and I have been together for 15 years. They are my guys,” said Kraft, who has three Super Bowl titles and three other trips to the big game since 2001. “They are part of my family. Bill, Tom and I have had many difficult discussions over the years. I’ve never known them to lie to me. That’s why I’m confident in saying what I just said.
“It bothers me greatly their reputations and integrity — and by association that of our team — has been called into question this week.” This hardly is the first time the Patriots have been under such scrutiny. Most famously was 2007, their undefeated regular season. Revelations that New England videotaped New York Jets coaches’ signals during a game cost Belichick a $500,000 fine, and the team was fined $250,000 and stripped of its 2008 first-round draft choice by the NFL. During this year’s playoffs, Ravens coach John Harbaugh accused the Patriots of being deceitful with some alignments on offense. The NFL exonerated Kraft’s team of any wrongdoing.
Berdych blows past Nadal By DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of inactivity finally caught up with the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Nadal was never much of a factor in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, losing 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) after failing to convert any of his four break-point chances. The third-seeded Nadal said before the tournament began that his lack of fitness due to injuries and illness in the last half of 2014 made him unlikely to win more than a few rounds at Melbourne Park. Nadal saved two match points in the 12th game of the final set, sending it to a tieAP Photo/Bernat Armangue breaker. But Berdych raced out Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeat- to a 5-2 lead in the decider and ing Rafael Nadal of Spain in their quarterfinal match at the finally ended the match on his Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, fourth match point when Nadal netted a return of serve. Tuesday.
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“As I said when I got here, it is always tough to come back from injuries,” Nadal said. “I am feeling OK, but it was not my day. Quarterfinals here is not bad for me.” Coming into the Australian Open, Nadal had played only eight matches since last June because of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in November. He had also won 17 matches in a row against Berdych. “I was ready for everything and I think that was the difference,” Berdych said. “I started pretty well, but when you’re playing Rafa you have to keep going to the last point.” Berdych will play the winner of the night quarterfinal between Andy Murray and local hope Nick Kyrgios. Earlier on Rod Laver Arena, Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian title, defeating 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Sharapova made all the big points look easy against Bouchard and advance to a semifinal against Ekaterina
Makarova, who earlier beat third-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0. “I felt pretty good from the start, didn’t feel I had too many letdowns,” Sharapova said, adding that her close call in the second round — facing two match points against a qualifier — sharpened her focus for the rest of the tournament. “When you are down and out in the second match, I don’t want to face that call with my father too many times during a tournament,” she said. The last time Sharapova and Bouchard met — in the semifinals at the French Open last year — Bouchard won the first set before Sharapova came back to take the next two. The Russian then won the title at Roland Garros. This time, Bouchard, who made the finals of Wimbledon and two other Grand Slam semis last year, didn’t come close to taking a set, looking flat from the outset while being broken in her opening service game. The Genie Army, a group of young Australian men
who croon about the Canadian player, was left to sing another day. Bouchard, who has four straight to Sharapova, had 30 unforced errors and had her service broken four times. “She didn’t give me many chances, and against the great players you have to take any chances you can get,” Bouchard said. “If you don’t have time, you have to go for riskier shots, and I made a few too many unforced errors because I was under pressure.” Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion and a twotime finalist, has a 5-0 record against Makarova, including wins in the quarterfinals here in 2012 and 2013. In four of those losses, Makarova failed to win a set. It will be Makarova’s second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. She made her first major semi at last year’s U.S. Open, losing to Serena Williams. “I’m so comfortable here, it’s all the atmosphere and maybe memories from New York that I bring here,” said Makarova.
Clips top Nuggets for 5th-straight win By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Jamal Crawford scored 19 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Denver Nuggets 10298 Monday night for their fifth straight victory. Crawford scored their final five points and had a key save that led to a basket in the closing seconds, when the Clippers completed their biggest comeback of the season after being down by 16 earlier in the game. Matt Barnes added 18 points for Los Angeles, and Blake Griffin had 14 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Chris Paul scored 15 points. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 19 points and 11 assists. Arron Afflalo scored 18 points, Wilson Chandler had 18 points
Memphis led by as many as 20 and 10 rebounds and Jusuf Nur- crowd-pleasing dunks, as New worst Timberwolves, who shot a kic had 10 rebounds in Denver’s Orleans (24-21) went three games season-low 34.1 percent from the and held a double-digit advantage above .500 for the first time since field. through much of the game. seventh straight loss. coach Monty Williams’ first seaAnthony Morrow and Reggie son in 2010-11. Jackson each had 14 points to help PELICANS 99, 76ERS 74 Oklahoma City’s reserves outscore Minnesota’s 45-21. NEW ORLEANS — Anthony THUNDER 92, Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds TIMBERWOLVES 84 and four blocked shots, and the GRIZZLIES 103, MAGIC 94 Pelicans stretched their seasonOKLAHOMA CITY — RusMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Ranlong winning streak to four sell Westbrook scored 18 points, games. and Oklahoma City got the win dolph had 24 points, 10 rebounds Ryan Anderson scored 19 points while playing without the injured and six assists in Memphis’ third straight win, and Marc Gasol addand Eric Gordon added 13 for New Kevin Durant. Orleans, while Tyreke Evans tied a Durant sat out after spraining ed 16 points and 10 boards. Beno Udrih added 15 points season high — set one night earlier the big toe on his left foot Sunday — with 12 assists. against Cleveland. Westbrook shot and Jeff Green finished with 12 for K.J. McDaniels scored 16 just 7 for 22 from the field, but was the Grizzlies. Orlando, which dropped its points for the 76ers, who lost their 4 for 6 and scored 11 points in the sixth straight. Henry Sims and Luc fourth quarter to help the Thun- sixth in a row, got 18 points Mbah a Moute had 14 points. der remain in control. Serge Ibaka and 12 rebounds from Nikola Philadelphia played without added 13 points and a season-high Vucevic. Victor Oladipo also had 18 points and Elfrid Payton had Michael Carter-Williams, who was 19 rebounds. sidelined by an upper respiratory Andrew Wiggins scored 23 12 points and six assists, but shot infection. points, Thaddeus Young had 22 5 of 14 from the field. Dewayne Davis was 12-of-19 shooting, and Gorgui Dieng had a season- Dedmon had 10 points and 10 reincluding five layups and five high 18 rebounds for the league- bounds.
CELTICS 99, JAZZ 90 SALT LAKE CITY — Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and Boston held on for the road win. Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who grabbed control with a big second quarter. Jared Sullinger had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Avery Bradley also scored 12. Prince, who was acquired from Memphis in a three-team trade on Jan. 12, was 7 for 10 from the field and 3 for 4 at the free-throw line. Gordon Hayward had 26 points for Utah, and Enes Kanter finished with 20. Boston outscored Utah 38-14 in the second quarter, shooting 60 percent from the field in the period.
Expect a tight race to the finish in NHL West By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Ovechkin’s familiar gaptoothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Hardly anyone’s smiling in the West, where the standings are far more convoluted heading into the post-All-Star break of the NHL schedule, which opens with 11 games Tuesday. “It’s hard,” St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said during the All-Star festivities in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend. “If you lose three, four games in a row, it’s scary because you find yourself in eighth place when you were in first a week ago.” It’s a tale of two conferences. In the West, seven points separate the fourth-place San Jose Sharks from the 11th-place Dallas Stars. Don’t count out the 12th-place Minnesota Wild, who rode a 23-10-7 second-
half surge to clinch a playoff spot last year. And then there’s the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings who are a single point out of the postseason picture at the moment. “We’ve had some spurts where we played pretty good,” Kings forward Anze Kopitar said. “But we also had some moments where we didn’t play very good at all.” In the East, the Capitals (2413-9) are seventh, but part of a top-eight group of contenders that have begun separating themselves from the bottom eight. And that, so far, is fine with Ovechkin, who is feeling much better after one his most trying years. “Before the season, I said, it’s a very important year for us, for me, for the whole group of guys on the team,” said Ovechkin, who made his fifth career NHL All-Star Game appearance. “We all wanted to come back and show last year was maybe a little bit of no luck.” The Capitals not only missed C
the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, Ovechkin’s frustrations were compounded on the other side of the Atlantic. That’s where he and his fellow Russians wilted under immense national pressure by failing to even sniff an Olympic medal on native soil at the Sochi Games. The Capitals have successfully made the transition under new coach Barry Trotz, and shored up their defense by adding Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. Ovechkin’s production has barely slowed, and put him in contention to win his fifth career and third straight scoring title. His 27 goals are one off the league-lead shared by Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and New York Rangers’ Rick Nash. And Ovechkin’s defensive numbers are markedly improved. After finishing thirdlast in the NHL with a minus-35 rating, he’s currently 40th with a plus-12. Steven Stamkos, captain of the East-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, isn’t exactly rooting for Alex The Great’s return
to the playoffs. But, he noted, it would be good for hockey to have such a high-profile player competing well into the spring. “It’s great that he’s having a great year,” Stamkos said. “Any time you have a top player playing well it only adds to building our game.” The East teams outside the playoff hunt have plenty of catching up to do. The youthladen Florida Panthers — whose roster includes rookie No. 1 pick, defenseman Aaron Ekblad — are ninth. Ottawa and Toronto are next with 47 points, and shown few signs of consistency even after both Ontario rivals changed coaches over the past two months. The West is filled with intrigue, which shouldn’t come as a surprise after many top teams spent last summer stocking up on high-profile free agents. Still, there are three teams — San Jose (fourth place), Winnipeg (seventh) and Calgary (eighth) — that are in the hunt despite not making many offseason splashes.
Chicago and St. Louis both find themselves looking up in the Central Division at Nashville. “It’s a tough division to be in, but it’s also a good division to be in,” Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “We’re all playing meaningful games down the stretch, getting ready for the playoffs.” Not all will make it. There is a race to watch at the other end of the standings. Buffalo (14-30-3) and Edmonton (12-26-9) have been locked in a battle for futility and, more important, the right to land the top draft prospects — Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid and U.S.-born, Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. The Sabres are suddenly gaining the “edge” for last place and, with it, a guaranteed top-two selection. They entered the All-Star breaking having lost 11 straight in regulation — the NHL’s worst streak since Pittsburgh lost 13 in a row from January to February 2004, according to STATS.
North Carolina tops Syracuse By The Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Brice Johnson had 15 of his 17 points after halftime and No. 13 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat Syracuse 93-83 on Monday night. Nate Britt added a careerbest 17 points and four 3-pointers off the bench for the Tar Heels (17-4, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who pulled away in the final 4 minutes for their sixth straight win. UNC shot 62 percent in the second half and took control once it stopped turning the ball over against the Orange’s zone defense. Johnson was key in UNC’s second-half production. After managing just two points on one shot attempt in the first half, the 6-foot-9 junior went 5 for 5 after the break — including three straight baskets in the first 90 seconds of the half — and finished with 11 rebounds. By the final horn, UNC had the best shooting percentage and scoring total allowed all season by Syracuse (14-7, 5-3). Marcus Paige finished with
22 points, six rebounds and eight assists to lead the Tar Heels, who won despite committing a season-high 20 turnovers that led to 21 points for Syracuse. Trevor Cooney matched his season high with 28 points to lead the Orange, while Rakeem Christmas had 22 points and 12 rebounds. No. 15 IOWA STATE 89, No. 19 TEXAS 86 AMES, Iowa — Georges Niang scored 19 points, Bryce Dejean-Jones had 18 and Iowa State held off Texas. Jameel McKay had 14 points for the Cyclones (15-4, 5-2 Big 12), who bounced back from a loss at last-place Texas Tech by running up a huge lead that nearly slipped away. Iowa State broke open a tight game with a 27-12 run and went ahead by 21 with 11:36 left. The Longhorns answered with a furious rally that pulled them to 87-84 on Jonathan Holmes’ 3-pointer with 22 seconds left.
Sports Briefs France says NASCAR won’t change The Chase CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR won’t change its new championship format, which chairman Brian France said Monday is “overwhelmingly popular” with fans. The Chase was revamped last year into an elimination-style system that created a winner-take-all final race among four drivers. Kevin Harvick won the season finale at Homestead in November to claim his first Sprint Cup title. France called it “perhaps the best Chase ever” and said the excitement will carry into this season. “It’s overwhelmingly popular with our most important stakeholder, the fans,” France of the Chase during the kickoff to the annual NASCAR media tour. “They (fans) like the fact that it tightened up competition. They liked the drama down the stretch. They like the emphasis on winning. And one of the things they told us that they really liked is the idea that we weren’t going to change anything. And they strongly suggested that we didn’t. And we’re not going to.”
Lakers’ Bryant to have surgery Wednesday
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant seriously aggravated a lingering shoulder ache while dunking last week in New Orleans. The star guard and the Lakers decided Monday on surgery, which typically requires several months of rehabilitation. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the thirdleading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year. “Kobe is probably not going to play” again this season, Scott said.
Yanks might skimp on A-Rod’s milestones NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list. Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. Each payment is due within 15 days of designation and is in exchange for rights such as using Rodriguez’s name and image in selling licensed goods. At the time of the marketing agreement, those accomplishments were contemplated to be tying the home run totals of Mays, Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds, (762), and breaking Bonds’ major league record. Rodriguez returns to the team next month after a season-long drug suspension and has three seasons and $61 million in guaranteed money remaining in his contract. New York’s thought process on the $6 million payment, first reported by the Daily News, was described to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.
Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Scoreboard Basketball The Top 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 25, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Kentucky (64) 19-0 1,624 1 2. Virginia (1) 19-0 1,561 2 3. Gonzaga 20-1 1,476 3 4. Duke 17-2 1,402 5 5. Wisconsin 18-2 1,351 6 6. Arizona 18-2 1,300 7 7. Villanova 18-2 1,187 4 8. Notre Dame 19-2 1,139 8 9. Kansas 16-3 1,120 11 10. Louisville 16-3 1,027 10 11. Utah 16-3 996 12 12. Wichita St. 18-2 893 14 13. North Carolina 16-4 878 15 14. VCU 16-3 734 16 15. Iowa St. 14-4 719 9 16. Maryland 18-3 715 13 17. West Virginia 16-3 558 18 18. N. Iowa 18-2 440 20 19. Texas 14-5 431 17 20. Baylor 15-4 407 21 21. Georgetown 14-5 334 — 22. Indiana 15-5 165 23 23. Miami 14-5 164 — 24. Oklahoma 12-7 90 19 25. Butler 15-6 70 — Others receiving votes: Colorado St. 57, Arkansas 54, Ohio St. 43, SMU 43, Providence 29, Dayton 28, Georgia 28, Stanford 16, Wyoming 14, LSU 10, Seton Hall 10, San Diego St. 4, Texas A&M 2, Tulsa 2, Davidson 1, Green Bay 1, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.
USA Today Top 25 Poll
The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 25, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record 1. Kentucky (32) 19-0 2. Virginia 19-0 3. Gonzaga 20-1 4. Duke 17-2 5. Wisconsin 18-2 6. Arizona 18-2 7. Villanova 18-2 8. Notre Dame 19-2 9. Louisville 16-3 10. Utah 16-3 11. Kansas 16-3 12. Wichita State 18-2 13. Maryland 18-3 14. North Carolina 16-4 15. VCU 16-3 16. Iowa State 14-4 17. West Virginia 16-3 18. Northern Iowa 18-2 19. Baylor 15-4 20. Texas 14-5 21. Indiana 15-5 22. Georgetown 14-5 23. Miami 14-5 24. Colorado State 18-2 25. Arkansas 15-4
Pts Pvs 800 1 767 2 728 3 682 6 681 5 634 7 600 4 556 9 532 10 481 11 476 14 449 13 414 8 403 15 336 16 308 12 300 17 231 19 216 21 183 18 75 23 72 — 59 — 58 — 50 —
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 48, Ohio State 47, Dayton 43, Stanford 42, SMU 28, Butler 21, Wyoming 17, Providence 13, Kansas State 12, San Diego State 7, Tulsa 7, George Washington 6, LSU 6, Saint Mary’s 5, Georgia 4, Texas A&M 2, Davidson 1.
The Women’s Top 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 25, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. South Carolina (27) 18-0 867 1 2. UConn (8) 18-1 848 2 3. Baylor 18-1 799 3 4. Notre Dame 19-2 770 6 5. Maryland 17-2 699 7 6. Tennessee 17-3 684 5 7. Oregon St. 18-1 672 9 8. Louisville 18-2 653 4 9. Florida St. 19-2 525 17 10. Kentucky 16-4 513 14 11. Arizona St. 18-2 494 13 12. Stanford 15-5 416 11 12. Texas A&M 16-4 416 10 14. Texas 14-4 390 8 15. Nebraska 15-3 383 16 16. North Carolina 17-4 376 12 17. Duke 14-6 327 15 18. Mississippi St. 20-2 321 18 19. Princeton 17-0 255 19 20. Iowa 15-3 240 20 21. Georgia 17-4 183 22 22. Rutgers 14-5 118 25 23. Syracuse 15-5 114 23 24. Oklahoma 13-5 73 — 25. Chattanooga 17-3 60 — Others receiving votes: George Washington 32, Minnesota 31, Green Bay 27, Seton Hall 26, Washington 15, South Florida 12, W. Kentucky 12, Iowa St. 9, LSU 8, Florida Gulf Coast 3, Middle Tennessee 3, DePaul 1.
NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Toronto 29 15 Brooklyn 18 26 Boston 16 27 New York 8 37 Philadelphia 8 37 Southeast Division Atlanta 37 8 Washington 30 15 Miami 20 24 Charlotte 19 26 Orlando 15 33 Central Division Chicago 29 17 Cleveland 25 20 Milwaukee 22 22 Detroit 17 28 Indiana 16 30
Pct GB .659 — .409 11 .372 12½ .178 21½ .178 21½ .822 — .667 7 .455 16½ .422 18 .313 23½ .630 — .556 3½ .500 6 .378 11½ .348 13
WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Memphis 32 12 Houston 31 14 Dallas 30 15 San Antonio 29 17 New Orleans 24 21 Northwest Division Portland 32 13 Oklahoma City 23 22 Denver 18 27 Utah 16 29 Minnesota 7 37 Pacific Division Golden State 36 6 L.A. Clippers 31 14 Phoenix 26 20 Sacramento 16 27 L.A. Lakers 12 33
.727 .689 .667 .630 .533
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.711 — .511 9 .400 14 .356 16 .159 24½ .857 — .689 6½ .565 12 .372 20½ .267 25½
Monday’s Games Portland at Brooklyn, ppd., snow Sacramento at New York, ppd., snow New Orleans 99, Philadelphia 74 Oklahoma City 92, Minnesota 84 Memphis 103, Orlando 94
Boston 99, Utah 90 L.A. Clippers 102, Denver 98 Tuesday’s Games Toronto at Indiana, 3 p.m. Milwaukee at Miami, 3:30 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Memphis at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Chicago at Golden State, 6:30 p.m. Washington at L.A. Lakers, 6:30 p.m. All Times AST
Men’s Scores EAST Army 68, American U. 66 SOUTH Alabama A&M 78, Alcorn St. 66 Alabama St. 63, Southern U. 59, OT Campbell 78, Gardner-Webb 59 Coppin St. 84, NC A&T 71 High Point 63, Presbyterian 54 Howard 45, Bethune-Cookman 42 Md.-Eastern Shore 72, Florida A&M 65 NC Central 55, Delaware St. 54 New Orleans 87, Cent. Arkansas 67 Norfolk St. 70, Savannah St. 54 North Carolina 93, Syracuse 83 Northwestern St. 80, Nicholls St. 51 SC State 65, Hampton 56 Texas A&M-CC 70, SE Louisiana 61 MIDWEST Iowa St. 89, Texas 86 Oakland 59, Cleveland St. 56 Valparaiso 73, Milwaukee 48 Wright St. 64, Detroit 53 SOUTHWEST Ark.-Pine Bluff 105, Prairie View 68 Incarnate Word 86, McNeese St. 84 Sam Houston St. 80, Abilene Christian 63 Stephen F. Austin 82, Lamar 65 FAR WEST No major team scores reported
Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 48 30 14 4 64 156 127 Detroit 47 27 11 9 63 139 119 Montreal 45 29 13 3 61 123 106 Boston 48 25 16 7 57 126 121 Florida 44 20 14 10 50 107 122 Ottawa 46 19 18 9 47 126 128 Toronto 48 22 23 3 47 142 150 Buffalo 47 14 30 3 31 89 167 Metropolitan Division N.Y. Islanders 46 31 14 1 63 151 129 Pittsburgh 46 26 12 8 60 138 117 N.Y. Rangers 44 27 13 4 58 134 106 Washington 46 24 13 9 57 137 120 Philadelphia 48 19 22 7 45 130 146 Columbus 45 20 22 3 43 113 142 New Jersey 47 17 22 8 42 107 134 Carolina 46 16 25 5 37 98 120
WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Nashville 45 St. Louis 46 Chicago 47 Winnipeg 48 Colorado 48 Dallas 46 Minnesota 46 Pacific Division Anaheim 47 San Jose 48 Vancouver 45 Calgary 47
30 10 5 65 137 104 29 13 4 62 148 111 30 15 2 62 148 108 26 14 8 60 135 117 20 18 10 50 125 137 21 18 7 49 144 151 20 20 6 46 128 137 31 10 25 17 26 16 25 19
Rams modify lease agreement ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams took a step toward a possible move back to the West Coast, notifying the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday that they intend to shift to a yearto-year lease agreement for
their use of the Edward Jones Dome. The CVC, which operates the dome, confirmed the move Monday. The Rams referred comments to the CVC and general reaction was that it was a procedural step.
— The Associated Press
6 68 139 124 6 56 131 132 3 55 124 114 3 53 136 125
Los Angeles 47 20 15 12 52 129 126 Arizona 46 16 25 5 37 105 156 Edmonton 47 12 26 9 33 109 158 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m. Washington at Columbus, 3 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Dallas at Montreal, 3:30 p.m. Detroit at Florida, 3:30 p.m. Colorado at Nashville, 4 p.m. Buffalo at Calgary, 5 p.m. Minnesota at Edmonton, 5:30 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 6 p.m. All Times AST
Tennis Australian Open
Tuesday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia Purse: $32.9 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Men Quarterfinals Tomas Berdych (7), Czech Republic, def. Rafael Nadal (3), Spain, 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5). Women Quarterfinals Ekaterina Makarova (10), Russia, def. Simona Halep (3), Romania, 6-4, 6-0. Maria Sharapova (2), Russia, def. Eugenie Bouchard (7), Canada, 6-3, 6-2.
Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with INF Ryan Flaherty and RHP Bud Norris on one-year contracts. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with LHP Joe Paterson, RHP Brian Broderick, C J.C. Boscan, OF Moises Sierra and INFs Ryan Jackson and Gabriel Noriega on minor league contracts. SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with OFs Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez on minor league contracts. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Signed team president Paul Beeston to a one-year contract extension and announced Beeston will retire at the end of the season. National League CINCINNATI REDS — Agreed to terms with C Devin Mesoraco on a four-year contract. COLORADO ROCKIES — Agreed to terms with RHP Adam Ottavino on a one-year contract. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Agreed to terms with RHPs Marcos Mateo and Jay Jackson, LHPs Scott Elbert and Jason Lane, C Griff Erickson and INFs Ramiro Pena and Brett Wallace on minor league contracts. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS — Recalled G Isaiah Canaan from Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Recalled G Jordan Adams from Iowa (NBADL).
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Signed G Larry Drew II to a second 10-day contract. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS — Named Michael Hamlin special teams quality control coach, Aaron Kromer offensive line coach, Sanjay Lal wide receivers coach, D’Anton Lynn defensive assistant coach, Anthony Lynn assistant head coach and running backs coach and Chris Palmer senior offensive assistant coach. Retained assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson, outside linebackers coach Jason Rebrovich and offensive quality control coach Jason Vrable. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed P Cody Mandell. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Announced running backs coach David Walker will not return next season. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Signed S Charles Woodson to a contract extension. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Philadelphia F Zac Rinaldo eight games, without pay, for charging and boarding Pittsburgh D Kris Letang during a game on Jan. 20. ARIZONA COYOTES — Recalled F Lucas Lessio and D Andrew Campbell from Portland (AHL). BUFFALO SABRES — Suspended D Nikita Zadorov for failing to report on time after the All-Star break. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Placed G Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 21. Recalled F Josh Anderson from Springfield (AHL). Added G Anton Forsberg on an emergency basis from Springfield. DALLAS STARS — Recalled D Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka from Texas (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD — Assigned G Darcy Kuemper to Iowa (AHL) for a conditioning assignment. NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Recalled G Marek Mazanec from Milwaukee (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer LA GALAXY — Re-signed MF Rafael Garcia. ORLANDO CITY SC — Acquired F Martin Paterson on loan from Huddersfield (England-League Championship). Signed M Carlos Rivas. SEATTLE SOUNDERS — Traded the rights to F Eriq Zavaleta to Toronto for a 2016 second-round draft pick. TORONTO FC — Signed D Damien Perquis. North American Soccer League ARMADA FC — Named Guillermo Hoyos co-head coach. COLLEGE BIG TEN CONFERENCE — Suspended Ohio State hockey student-athlete Matthew Weis one game, under the conferences supplemental discipline process, as a result of an incident that occurred in a game against Michigan State on Jan. 24. ALABAMA — Named Tosh Lupoi outside linebackers coach. FAIRFIELD — Named Bill Carmody men’s basketball special assistant/adviser. NORTH DAKOTA STATE — Signed football coach Chris Klieman to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
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sula Fish Habitat Partnership, a local conversation group focused on fish habitat preservation. “I am staying in the area and staying active,” Ruffner said. Ruffner had lived on the Kenai Peninsula for one year before he applied for the newly created executive director position at the forum. The forum, which began as a “local citizens group” focused on discussing concerns related to the health of the Kenai River, was quite unique at the time, Ruffner said. The interest also matched up with his academic background, he said. He was the first employee hired when the organization was incorporated as a business in the mid 1990s, Ruffner said. One of the most admirable aspects of the forum was that the staff and board stuck with the original mission, he said.
Blind harbor seal treated at SeaLife Center SEWARD (AP) — A blind harbor seal is learning basic behaviors such as being fed by hand at an Alaska aquarium. Officials at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward say the pup, named Bryce, was rescued in late December in Homer, Alaska. The veterinary staff at the center believes he suffered a head trauma, which caused his blindness. Officials say in a release
perfect for a timed methodical transition.” Ruffner said he made the decision to leave because he wants to spend more time with his two children and actually be out in the areas he has been working to protect. The job he has held for almost two decades has shifted into a predominantly administrative responsibility, he said. Ruffner said he plans to continue to work with the forum in a part-time capacity and focus on special projects. In addition to his work with the forum, Ruffner will also stay with his By BECKY BOHRER current positions on the North Associated Press Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, an international conJUNEAU — State Revenue servation organization that also department officials told lawincludes Canada, Japan the Remakers Monday that the tax public of Korea and the Russian credits that were a source of Federation. Reach Kelly Sullivan at kelly. contention in an opinion piece Ruffner will continue his email@example.com. by Gov. Bill Walker are being work with the Kenai Peninpaid primarily to small explorers or those developing new oil and gas fields in Alaska. that one reason for the high Walker earlier this month percentage of seniors could said the state stood to pay out be attributed to the borough’s about $100 million more in oil Continued from page A-1 property tax exemption avail- and gas production credits than able to seniors. it takes in in production taxes tic increase in patients’ age at While the state of Alaska this year and about $400 million the facility. has a mandatory minimum more next year. He referenced “It’s been pretty consistent,” $150,000 property tax exempFranz said. tion for citizens aged 65 years However, Franz said that and older, the borough has a people who use the facility now $300,000 property tax exempare generally sicker compared tion for seniors. to people who used it in the “I think that’s probably one By DAN JOLING past. He said that people are of the main reasons that would Associated Press able to live at home longer due impact (senior’s decision to to various programs in the com- live in the borough),” Eubank ANCHORAGE — The fedmunity. said. eral Department of the Interior There are other theories as Eubank said that another will make additional areas of to why the borough has a high- factor for the increase is the Arctic Ocean waters off-limits er percentage of seniors than amount of programs and ser- to drilling when it announces a many other parts of Alaska. vices for seniors. new five-year offshore drilling “It’s a beautiful place to “I think we have the infra- plan, a member of the Alaska live,” Franz said. “It’s a nice structure to provide the services congressional delegation said part of Alaska. You come here that (senior citizens) require,” Monday. and son-of-gun you wake up Eubank said. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one day and you’re still here.” R-Alaska, said she was briefed Terry Eubank, city of KeReach Ian Foley at Ian.fo- last week by federal officials nai Finance Director, said firstname.lastname@example.org. who told her the Obama administration will permanently remove from consideration some areas that had previously been Dog credited with alerting deferred from the federal leasing program. Fairbanks family of fire Alaska’s all-Republican FAIRBANKS (AP) — A family dog is being credited congressional delegation has with waking up family members after a fire broke out in their been harshly critical of the adFairbanks home. ministration’s policies to limit The fire began in the chimney of the Executive Estates development of oil-rich land in home Sunday morning while the family slept, the Fairbanks the state. News of the off-shore Daily News Miner reported. drilling policy comes a day afNo injuries were reported in the Jefferson Road fire. ter President Barack Obama’s The dog alerted family members by barking. Family recommendation to declare the members smelled burning when they woke up and discovArctic National Wildlife Refuge ered a glow coming from their stove’s chimney. a wilderness. Murkowski said The family called 911. Family members then ran outside, the administration also intends where it was 25 degrees below zero. to put conditions on developFire officials said the fire originated in the attic and spread ment in the National Petroleum throughout much of the roof. The fire was contained after Reserve-Alaska that could about 30 minutes. make drilling uneconomical. Firefighters remained at the scene for several hours, reSen. Lisa Murkowski said moving smoldering insulation. the decision on off-shore drillFairbanks assistant fire chief Ernie Misewicz said the ing is part of frontal assault on blaze caused damage to almost half of the roof. Misewicz Alaska by the federal governsaid the roof will need to be replaced. ment. “It is a one-two-three The family is staying with relatives, according to city ofkick to the gut of Alaska’s ficials. economy,” Murkowski said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Murkowski said she was briefed on the off-shore drill-
that Bryce is learning basic husbandry behaviors, such as hand-feeding and learning how to target based on audible cues when staff members shake a rattle in place of a target buoy. Center staff members say he might have improving sight, but only in one eye. Federal officials say Bryce can’t be released back into the wild, so he will stay at the center until a permanent home can be found.
This Jan. 20 photo shows Bryce, a blind harbor seal pup, at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. AP Photo/Alaska SeaLife Center, Jenna Miller
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the 2013 rewrite of Alaska’s oil tax law, saying the overhaul occurred with little consideration given to low prices. Giving away more in tax breaks than the state collects is irresponsible and unsustainable, Walker said. The department, in its fall revenue forecast, projected that the state would pay $625 million in so-called refundable credits. Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Senate Finance Committee these are credits primarily to explorers or developers that have no tax liability. He said the credits are split pretty evenly between
activity on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet. The North Slope’s major players are not part of the group that would benefit from this category of credits, and they are paying taxes, Hoffbeck said. But production taxes amid low oil prices are forecast to total about $524 million this year, down from about $2.6 billion last fiscal year, according to the department. Committee co-chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, said the opinion piece seemed to leave the impression that the problem was with the North Slope’s big three companies.
Walker’s spokeswoman has said the governor was sharing facts with Alaskans as he and the administration were learning them and that the piece was not a precursor to any legislation. Walker took office in December. Hoffbeck said there is no systemic problem with the credits themselves. He said this is a cash-flow issue, driven by low prices. “Investments in the future, when you don’t have much revenue, are painful. But they’re still investments in the future,” Hoffbeck said.
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how it’s already happening in other areas.” Schooley said she was first interested in simplifying her life and looked into the tiny house movement six weeks ago when it dawned on her that a tiny house community could work for those less fortunate. She said she researched the topic and came across Andrew Heben, who co-founded Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon, a micro-housing community that has provided a home to more than 60 people since its formation one year ago. Schooley said she would like The Habitation to be modeled after Heben’s Opportunity Village. She put together a rough plan and shared with the group how it could be organized and what the benefits would be to the community. Part of the rough draft concept includes a common house with a kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, a workshop, a community garden and a recreation area. At Opportunity Village, organizers built 122-square-foot dwellings for $5,000 each, Schooley said. People that attended the meeting asked questions about what a self-sustaining community could look like and where would be an ideal location. Planning and zoning for tran-
sitional housing with the Kenai Peninsula Borough or municipalities of Soldotna and Kenai were also discussed. Soldotna residents Eric and Nelma Treider attended the meeting and expressed a desire to address the homeless issue and volunteered to help gather reused building material. Eric Treider said tiny homes could attract people that choose to live in a community that shares certain values. Melissa Kline, a coordinator with Independent Living Center, said it is important to focus on providing community education and “break down stereotypes” about the homeless population. She said the center is a link for resources and helps people in transition work toward a goal of independent living. “We work with a large percentage of homeless and disabled veterans,” she said. “We provide free service for anyone with a disability. It’s important to educate the community to take away the stigma of disability.” Shari Conner, intake coordinator at Serenity House, attended the meeting because she was interested to see what others have proposed to do about the homeless issue in the central Kenai Peninsula. Conner, who is also a coordinator for Change 4 Kenai, a community prevention group made up of various agencies that is researching problems in
the community and how they could be addressed. “Our community is not connected to each other anymore,” Conner said. “We are looking at how to get our community back. We wish to unite our strengths and create better lives for our friends, family and neighbors.” Conner said in her role at Serenity House, she is in the assessment process focusing on the issue of transitional housing. She said she has obtained a $1 million federal grant funded under community behavior health programs to develop a 12- to 24-bed transitional living facility to help people go from transition to independence. She said for various reasons people in the community have become disconnected from each other. Transportation and financial problems for people to reach medical services and intravenous drug use has isolated portions of the population. “The face of homelessness in our area is (mid- 20’s men) and there is not a lot of available resources to help,” she said. “I love the idea (of tiny homes for homeless) but maybe we should look at something that’s already out there.” Schooley said the second meeting to discuss The Habitation project will be Feb. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Library. Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion. com. C
ing policy last week by Tommy Beaudreau, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s chief of staff, and she was told the administration will permanently remove from consideration some areas of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Murkowski did not have details on what areas would be withdrawn from off-shore drilling, she said at a news conference with fellow Alaska Republicans Sen. Dan Sullivan and U.S. Rep. Don Young, but she was not happy that additional areas would no longer be available for petroleum development. Declaring the refuge a wilderness area would require congressional approval and is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Congress. The Interior Department can decide
administratively to remove ocean areas from lease sales. Five-year plans indicate the size, timing and location of proposed leasing activity. An area must be included in an approved five-year program be offered for leasing. John Callahan, an Alaska spokesman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said the Interior Department could not comment on Murkowski’s remarks. “Because the plan has not been released, we are not in position to comment on the details,” he said. Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2012 said future Alaska offshore lease sales would be “targeted” — areas that had high petroleum poten-
tial but low conflict with environmental resources or Alaska Native village subsistence users. Previous lease sales have removed from consideration a 25-mile-wide buffer along the Chukchi Sea coast because of its importance to subsistence hunters. Part of the 150-mile underwater Barrow Canyon, off Barrow, the country’s northernmost community, was not considered for leasing. It’s an area of abundant tiny organisms at the bottom of the ocean food chain that draws predators from seabirds to gray whales. Leasing in past sales has been prohibited in marine areas used for whaling by Barrow and the village of Kaktovik.
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SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education seeks an educational leader who has strong communication skills, is committed to high student achievement, and has a proven track record in teaching and administration. This position begins July 1, 2015. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, located in Southcentral Alaska, encompasses 21 diverse communities within 25,600 square miles and serves nearly 9,000 students. The salary will be in the range of $140,000 - $165,000, plus an excellent comprehensive benefits package. The final salary for the successful candidate will be negotiated and determined based upon proven experience, qualifications and meeting the school board's criteria. Applications will be accepted until February 16, 2015. All applications must be submitted online at http://bit.ly/KPBSDonlineApplication. All documents submitted during the application process, with the exception of those that are validly confidential, shall be considered public records by the school district. Questions? Contact: Laurie Wood, Recruitment Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 907-714-8844 www.kpbsd.org
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented to the undersigned Personal Representative of the estate, at DOLIFKA & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, P.O. Box 498, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669.
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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) The Department of Administration, Division of General Services is requesting information on available office space for lease in Anchor Point. The State of Alaska (State) is seeking letters of interest from contractors, developers, or lessors, interested in providing approximately 3,000 to 3,500 square feet of office space with two exclusive private restrooms and approximately 3,500 to 4,000 square feet of secured outside storage for the State of Alaska in either Anchor Point or Homer Alaska. The office space must be located in Anchor Point or Homer, Alaska and provide exclusive parking for a minimum of 20 vehicles, including 6 public spaces. The State will consider a lease term that consists of a three year firm term with seven, one-year options to renew, at the state's sole discretion. The State is considering all alternative space where economically advantageous. The State will use the information it receives in response to this advertisement as the basis to develop a cost/benefit analysis and to determine whether to compete this office space requirement, or take other appropriate action. If you are interested in providing office space to the State in Anchor Point or Homer, Alaska, respond in writing no later than February 2, 2015. Responses must indicate compliance with the items below and include a name, contact information, and building location/address: • Size of proposed building • Location of building • The space shall be ADA compliant • Number of parking spaces available (to accommodate State vehicles, employees and visitors) • Estimated date office space could be ready for State occupancy • Provide estimated tenant improvement allowance • Full service lease (to include utilities, janitorial, etc.) • Estimated cost per square foot, based on 3 year base with (7) 1 year options This RFI does not obligate the State to issue a RFP, award a contract or pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this RFI. Do not submit price/costs with your response, a Notice of Award for space will not be made as a direct result of this RFI. Contact information will be kept on file for any future related Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitations under AS 36.30, Alaska State Procurement Code. Written responses may be sent by: US Mail, fax, or email to the following address. Please note the State does not accept responsibility for failed fax or emailed response deliveries. Department of Administration Division of General Services c/o Matt Moya, Leasing Contracting Officer 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1960 Anchorage, AK 99501 PUBLISH: 1/25, 26, 27, 2015 2069/03313
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Woman isn’t really attracted to the man of her dreams DEAR ABBY: I am considered to be a quite attractive — easily a nine or a 10 — professional dancer here in Las Vegas. I recently met a guy who has literally met almost all my dream qualities for a life partner, husband and father of my future children. The problem is, I’m not attracted to him. He’s not ugly; he has symmetrical features, straight teeth, nice skin and is in pretty good shape, if a little on the skinny side. I have always dated muscular, very fit men who get me excited at the sight of them, and I’m wondering if there’s something wrong with me because after nine months I’m still struggling with his looks. I feel like there is no sexual chemistry. But we have another kind of chemistry because we get along great, and he motivates me to be a better person. Am I shallow, or is the lack of sexual chemistry a sign that maintaining a successful long-term relationship won’t happen? — MISS PICKY IN LAS VEGAS DEAR MISS PICKY: I’m not going to call you shallow. Whether lack of sexual chemistry is a deal-breaker for you depends upon how important sex is to you. From what you have told me,
looks are a primary factor in what draws you to men. (It would be interesting to know how long the relationships you described lasted.) Bear in mind that men who are Adonises can lose their looks if they don’t consistently work at it — just as women do. Much as we might wish it, looks Abigail Van Buren don’t always last forever. That’s why, if you’re looking for a long-term relationship, it’s extremely important to take into consideration qualities that will last. DEAR ABBY: My 67-year-old mother has vascular dementia and breast cancer. In accordance with her living will and many conversations we had before the dementia began, we (Mom, my sisters and I) have decided to forgo treatment. She has been widowed for 17 years; she watched her husband — our father — die from cancer. She lives in an excel-
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lent health care facility that will provide her with palliative care when the time is right. My question is, how do we inform people (family and friends) of her diagnosis and of our treatment plan? Without knowing the whole story, without having seen her very recently, it seems everyone has an opinion on what we “should” do. How do we tell these people that, while we appreciate their concern, this is her decision without hurting their feelings and our relationships? — FAMILY WITH A DILEMMA DEAR DILEMMA: How do these unwanted advice givers know that you do not plan to subject your mother to treatments that would only prolong her decline? If you solicited their opinion, you made a mistake. If you didn’t, then the last sentence of your letter — if said kindly — is an appropriate way to phrase the message. Your mother’s treatment plan is nobody’s business but yours and your sisters’. If these are her wishes as stated in her advance directive for health care, then you should respect them. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of her trust. Hints from Heloise
Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015: This year you have an unusual opportunity to go for what you want, especially in your personal life. You are also likely to change residences or remodel your home. Typically you back away from major changes, but the next 12 months will change your perspective on many things. If you are single, you will meet someone after midAugust who is on the same level as you. This person will be very special to your life’s history. If you are attached, mid-August could be very exciting and memorable for the two of you. You will enter an important phase of your relationship this year. Expect only the best. TAURUS will not give in. Don’t even try! 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) HHHHYou might be overthinking an investment or an interaction with a higher-up, so much so that an obsessive quality could emerge. Consider taking a walk or joining a friend for a leisurely lunch. The unexpected seems to surround your finances. Tonight: Ride the roller coaster of life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH Be willing to push back if someone tries to run an idea or plans over you. This person can be extremely domineering. You might wonder when to put a halt to this behavior. Detach and you will have a new understanding about what is occurring. Tonight: Only as you like it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH You could be taken aback by
and rethink a decision, especially if a close associate or loved one chooses to challenge you. Ask yourself when it would be appropriate to step back and say “no.” Recognize that you could be triggering a situation. Tonight: Pay attention to a loved one. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Pace yourself, and get as much done as possible. Someone you care a lot about could be very distracting. Make more time to be with this person, and clear out what is on your mind. Incoming news could surprise you. Do some needed research. Tonight: The party goes on. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You could be overwhelmed by what is happening between you and someone else. Don’t back away, which probably is what you usually do. Be willing to work through the real issue. Your dealings on an individual level will be unusually successful. Tonight: Let go. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH You’ll open up new doors through a long-overdue conversation. This important interaction might come out of a disruptive situation. Both of you could be on the defensive. Clear your head and go for a walk. You will see the matter quite differently as a result. Tonight: Your treat. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHHH Share more of your feelings with someone who cares a lot about you. You might discover that you are on target with an important situation. Return calls and stay on top of emails. Curb a tendency to act out or do something a bit weird. Tonight: Be available.
Put the Bite on ‘Energy Vampires’ Dear Readers: How many ELECTRONIC DEVICES do you think are in your home? How many of them are you NOT using, but they might still be pulling power? Take a little stroll around your place and count. I just walked through our kitchen, den and rec room and counted 10. That’s in just three rooms. Apparently, the average household has 25 electronic devices that use electricity. All of these can be adding to your energy bill. Even if you aren’t using them, if they are plugged in, they can potentially use energy. If it has an LCD or LED display, meaning the numbers light up, it’s pulling power! Here are hints to make these “energy vampires” less powerful: * Unplug devices you are not using or you don’t use daily. For example: an old stereo or TV in a guest room. * Use sleep modes on electronics that have them. The device will “sleep” or power down, and will use less electricity. * Use power strips to control multiple appliances with one off/on switch. Think kitchen: coffee maker and toaster oven or toaster. * When shopping for new electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR designation. These are the most efficient and use less energy, so you are saving money while you sleep! — Heloise GUEST HINT Dear Heloise: We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we have rain, and we do not wear shoes in the house. For guests, I keep a basket of cute little pairs of ankle socks (tied with a bow) available in the entry. Our guests pick out a pair, and the socks are theirs to keep. The silly sock prints create a fun conversation, as everyone wants to see what the others are wearing. — Mary A., Vancouver, Wash.
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PRINCETON, Ill. (AP) — When retired elementary school teacher Sandy Steele bought her Labradoodle Riley five years ago, she envisioned a loving companion with a charming personality to enliven her household. Steele never imagined Riley would wind up spending his days with hundreds of schoolchildren, but that’s just what he does when Steele brings him to Princeton’s Lincoln School for “Reading with Riley.” Each week, scores of thirdand fourth-graders crowd around Riley to practice reading aloud, vying for the best spot to sneak in a few pats and cuddles along the way. Reading teacher Cindy Smith, a friend and former colleague of Steele, came up with the idea after working with a therapy dog whose owner came from Ottawa. After reading about the benefits of reading aloud to animals, Smith approached Steele and a partnership was formed. Steele, who taught junior
first grade and kindergarten in Princeton for 37 years, said coming in to the schools with Riley is a perfect opportunity to experience the joy of working with kids again. “I always loved animals and as a teacher I always had a pet in the classroom,” Steele said. “When the opportunity to do this came up, I thought it was just great. Some children who might be reluctant to read aloud in a group enjoy reading to Riley because he is patient, calm and non-judgmental. This helps children feel successful about their reading, they gain the confidence needed to become a better reader.” This school year is the third Steele and Riley have been working with Lincoln students. Up until now, the focus has been on increasing the skills of specific readers. However, this year Steele has made the goal of getting every Lincoln student to read with Riley. “Fluency is a really big push,” said Smith. “It’s important for children to have a reason to read and to read the same thing over and over. They love to read with Riley.”
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Pretty in pink
Carey Foster shared this photo of Chloe, a Pom-Chi that’s “pretty in pink.” Chloe is owned by Carey’s mother, Sandy Matranga of Soldotna.
Have a photogenic pet? Pet photos run on the Pets page every Tuesday. They can be color or black and white and may include people. Limit one photo per household. They may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, dropped off at the Kenai office or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet’s and owner’s names, owner’s address and phone number must be included. Photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 907335-1251.
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January 27, 2015 edition of the Peninsula Clarion