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Soldotna votes on home rule charter commission
In the news Panel postpones hearing for fish board nominee
JUNEAU (AP) — The House Resources Committee has delayed a confirmation hearing for Roland Maw’s appointment to the state Board of Fisheries. Committee co-chair Dave Talerico, a Republican from Healy, said the hearing was cancelled Monday after there was a lot of contact about the appointment over the weekend. An aide later clarified that the office had received calls and emails. Talerico said he planned to follow up on some of those contacts Monday. He did not know when the hearing would be rescheduled. Talerico said other items on the committee’s agenda Monday, resolutions related to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, were important. Gov. Bill Walker nominated Maw in January to replace former board chair Karl Johnstone, who resigned after being told he would not be reappointed when his term expired.
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work environment, wages, benefits and personal leave, staff assignments, and health care, Erkeneff said. Education association spokesperson Matt Fischer said the initial offer from the school district this year may be interesting. The school district’s administrative staff has changed and for the first time a spokesperson, Saul Friedman, an attorney, has been hired for the district negotiating team, he
Today, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Soldotna voters have the opportunity to vote on whether a charter commission shall be elected. The election will determine if Soldotna takes one of the first steps toward becoming a home rule law city. Voting takes place at Soldotna City Hall. While voters are not explicitly voting on whether Soldotna becomes home rule, if the “No” vote prevails in Tuesday’s election, it would essentially kill the home rule debate for the foreseeable future. Should the “Yes” votes win, a charter commission consisting of seven members will be elected to draft a charter. There are only seven charter commission candidates on the ballot, but it is possible to write-in
See SCHOOL, page A-10
See CITY, page A-10
Amy Lou Pascucci leads the Knit 2 Read 2 group for teens Monday at the Kenai Community Library. The group has been meeting since October. Melita Efta, Juliana Hamilton and Amelia Johnson use different styles.
School district begins negotiations By KELLY SULLIVAN Peninsula Clarion
Next week the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will enter the 2015 collective bargain negotiations with school district teachers and support staff. The opening meeting between negotiating teams from the district administration, Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association
will be Feb. 9 at 11:00 a.m. in the 4D Professional Building conference room in Soldotna. It will be the first of a series of discussions that will determine contracts for school district support staff and educators for the next three years starting July 1, said school district spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff. At the initial meeting, the three groups will decide the “ground rules” for this round of negotiations including professionalism and expectations,
Erkeneff said. Initial offers will also be exchanged, she said. The education association and the support association may request to conduct meetings with the school district separately, Erkeneff said. Recently the two organizations have been asking to hold joint discussions, because they are negotiating similar topics, she said. There are several subjects that may come up for discussion including compensation,
By IAN FOLEY Peninsula Clarion
Senate majority eyes October for gas line session By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU — Members of the Alaska Senate’s Republican-led majority on Monday said they are targeting October for a special session on issues related to the liquefied natural gas project that the state is pursuing. No special session, however, has been called. Deputy Natural Resources Commissioner Marty Rutherford said the state is “fully engaged” in negotiations on commercial agreements with the
project participants and making every effort to maintain timelines. But she said negotiations can only occur as quickly as all parties come to agreement and that it is premature to predict when all project-enabling contracts will be ready for legislative approval. “In order for this Administration to make the historic de-
Lawmakers discuss Arctic projects By MOLLY DISCHNER Associated Press
JUNEAU — The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission has recommended the state take several steps to enhance Arctic communities, but finding the money for the improvements could be a challenge. The report’s recommendations center around four areas of focus: economic and resource development, infrastructure, healthy communities, and science and research. The report details several projects that would advance those goals. During a news conference Monday, Rep. Bob Herron, DBethel, said a lot of the projects may be postponed for a while until funding is available, but
that it was important to start planning for them. Sen. Lesil McGuire, RAnchorage, identified private investors and the state’s Arctic Infrastructure Fund as other possible sources of money. The legislature created the fund last session, enabling the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to make loans or loan guarantees for Arctic projects such as ports, roads, telecommunications, emergency services and fisheries infrastructure. The legislature did not put any money into that fund, but the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority can use its own money for it. Federal revenue sharing See ARCTIC, page A-10
cisions and recommendations associated with royalties, equity interest, and fiscal terms, the State’s interests must be protected and the risks quantified,” she said by email. “Therefore ensuring the correct commercial agreements are in place is critical to making informed decisions.” The Senate majority press secretary said setting a target date now, roughly two weeks into the scheduled 90-day legislative session, is meant to serve as a reminder of issues that need to be resolved to keep the
project moving forward. Much of the focus of this session so far has been on the state’s projected multibillion-dollar budget deficit and frustration with the federal government after a proposal to designate much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, as wilderness. Gov. Bill Walker has said he will not start over on the gas project and will continue the work started during the prior administration. In a statement Monday, he said his adminis-
tration looks forward to working with the Legislature to do “whatever is necessary” to advance the gas line. Some lawmakers remain uncertain about Walker’s plans. As a candidate last year, he raised concerns with the structure of the project being pursued by the state, BP, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp., TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. “It frustrates me, because I still don’t know that we’re seeing all his cards on that,” Senate See GAS, page A-10
Pipeline coordinator’s office in budget, but still closing By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU — President Barack Obama has proposed $1 million in funding and a change in scope for the office of federal coordinator of Alaska natural gas projects. But the proposal, for the budget year starting Oct. 1, doesn’t change plans for the office to close around the end of this month, federal coordinator Larry Persily said Monday. The office wasn’t included in a budget bill passed by Congress in December, and Persily said that without funding for the current year, the office has no choice but to close. The C
office is giving away furniture and equipment to other federal agencies in Alaska and will preserve its records at the National Archives, he said by email. The office’s digital library of gas-line project documents going back 40 years will be maintained at the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, Persily said. Persily plans to resign after the office closes. If Congress restores the agency, a new federal coordinator would have to be appointed by the president, subject to Senate confirmation, he said. The office was created in a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline
project that would serve North America. That project was set aside amid a change in markets in favor of a large-scale liquefied natural gas project that would allow for overseas exports. But Congress did not change the scope of the office to include a liquefied natural gas export project. Persily has said that the lack of clear authority for the office to be involved with the new project was becoming more of an issue as the project progressed. The budget proposal calls for a change in the authorization to allow the office to work on a liquefied natural gas project.
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Dams put dinosaurlike river fish at risk By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the dinosaur-like pallid sturgeon could be wiped out in stretches of rivers in Montana and North Dakota if the federal government doesn’t deal with dams that disrupt spawning. Pallid sturgeon are known for their distinctive shovel-shaped snout and can live 50 years, reaching 6 feet in length.Believed to date to the days when Tyrannosaurus Rex walked the Earth, the species has declined sharply over the past century as dams were built along the Missouri River
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system. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council asked a judge to order new steps to protect the last 125 pallid sturgeon downstream of Fort Peck Dam in Montana to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. That includes fish on the lower Yellowstone River. The groups say Fort Peck Dam and a smaller dam on the Yellowstone River near Glendive prevent sturgeon from successfully breeding. The three defendants named in the lawsuit — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service — are considering modifications to the Yellowstone River dam to allow sturgeon to pass around it. Army Corps spokeswoman Michael Coffey said an environmental study of the proposed Yellowstone dam modifications was close to being finalized.
Clarion Question Results The Clarion question for last week was:
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.?
Results are not scientific
Peninsula Clarion, Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Obituaries Winnifred Yvonne Ballard
lack of electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing did not slow her down. She made do with what she had at hand. She was well aware of her limitations and appreciated the many gifts given to her by Alaska. She made her life’s choices and blamed no one for her mistakes. After all, no person walking the planet Earth is perfect. She didn’t like bacon. How is it possible that a person does not like bacon? However, also like her father, she thoroughly enjoyed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chocolate milk. Some of Sharon’s favorite pastimes were picking salmonberries, beachcombing, gathering sheets of cottonwood tree moss to make hanging flower baskets, digging clams and ancient fossils, searching for and finding fossils at “Fossil Beach,” or having a hamburger at the restaurant at “The End of the Road.” Remember, Sharon was raised during the time in Alaska when kids were required to invent their own means of entertainment. Let us not forget her fighting spirit. Cross her once, she might “turn the other cheek.” Cross her twice and her adversary might end up with a black eye. Sharon loved and believed in the Lord, Jesus Christ, and the words of the Holy Bible. One of her most precious possessions was her sister Sandra Renee Moore’s personal Bible. Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, Jo Anne, her sister, Sandra Renee, and her brother, Steven Dale. Sharon will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to a charity of your choice in Sharon’s name.
Winnifred Yvonne Ballard, 87, of Soldotna, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Central Peninsula Hospital of natural causes surrounded by her loving family. A Celebration of Life will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. Pastor Bill Nelson will be the officiant. Ms. Ballard was born Oct. 9, 1927 in Lawton, Iowa, to Velma and Claus Kroll. She married Roger Ballard on Sept. 1, 1946 in Mankato, Minnesota. Her family writes, “Winnie was a gardener, crafter and inspiration to all, but first and foremost she was a mother and grandmother. Her love was unconditional. Her advice sound and true. Her embrace eased all pain. She was a true example of a Christian wife and mother. She is forever in our hearts. She was our rock, our constant. She is the good in all of us. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.” Winnie was a proud and longtime member of TOPS. Ms. Ballard was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Ballard, and daughter, Nancy. She is survived by her children Karen and Bill Nelson, Mike and Polly Ballard, Jeff and Mary Ballard, Dale Ballard, Jagene and Glenn Dorn, and Jenee Masterson; grandchildren Amy Larson, Rosey Seeliger, Emily Manley, Nick Ballard, Melanie Lynn Paul Mountford Kruse, Becca Turkington, Kaytie Dorn, and Kelsey Dorn; and Lynn Paul Mountford, 57, born Nov. 13, 14 great-grandchildren. 1957, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. Condolences may be sent to 330 W. Sunrise Ave., Soldotna, 25, 2015, his wife, Kathy, by his side. AK 99669. Raised in Port Orchard, Washington, Lynn moved to Alaska in the early 1980s, Crystelle L. Chilson and called it home ever since. Lynn worked as a drywaller throughout Crystelle L. Chilson, 20, a lifelong Alaskan, died unexpectAlaska. He owned Mountford Drywall and edly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in Anchorage. The location for the Memorial Service for Crystelle has was known to his to colleagues and friends as “The Great Wall changed. Her Memorial Service will be held at the Nikiski Boardo.” Lynn enjoyed construction and lending a hand to othCommunity Recreation Center, Mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur ers. He had an eye for detail and was well known and respected in the industry. Highway, at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Family was important to Lynn. He loved holidays, family gatherings and spending time with his grandchildren — watchRyan Hakkinen ing movies, baking cookies, playing video games, dressing up Ryan Hakkinen, 32, of Soldotna, died unexpectedly in an for Halloween, barbecuing and birthdays. Lynn enjoyed these accident at his home on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Funeral services moments the most. Lynn will be remembered for his generosity, big heart, and are pending. A full obituary will be published at a later date. love for family and friends. He will be missed by those he left behind. Sharon Lynn Moore In the Lower 48, Lynn is survived by his parents, Dr. Paul Sharon Lynn Moore died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 in Ke- and Lynnae Mountford; brothers Frank and Dr. Mark Mountnai. ford; sister Lisa Mountford; and nephews Paul and Samuel. He A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 2 will be remembered by them as a good guy who was always p.m. at the Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 North Forest nice to them. Drive, Kenai. Pastor Corbie Cross will officiate. In Alaska, he is survived by wife, Kathy Mountford; stepSharon was born May 2, 1955 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. She children, Cherie Conlin (spouse Keith), of Palmer; Charlene arrived in Alaska approximately one month after the March 27, Lamb-Shutt, (spouse Jeff ); Jamie Thornton, (spouse Troy), of 1964 earthquake and tsunami disaster. She was raised on Ko- Anchorage; and Michael Lamb (spouse Kimberly), of Wasilla. diak Island and attended school in Kodiak. He will be remembered by grandchildren, Anthony, Andrew, When Sharon was 13, her contribution to the Kodiak Spring Brittany, Kaleb, Jesse, Dylan, Ashlyn, Jaiden, Harmony, JaeConcert was to sing the song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” solo lyn, Jordyn, Peyton and Jhetta; in-laws Robert Sr. and Loraine without any musical accompaniment. She had a magical, ma- Woolsey; Scot and Leslie Woolsey, of Wasilla; Robert Jr. and jestic, splendid voice. Not only was Sharon musically talented, Sandy Woosley, of Palmer; and Linda Hornstien, of Anchorage. but she was intelligent, beautiful, and lucky enough to have He also is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. the gift of an outrageous sense of humor. If she set her mind to Even in death, Lynn continued his generosity by donating a scheme, good, bad, or indifferent, Sharon accomplished the to Life Alaska. venture. She was unafraid and inherited this fearless trait from Family will have a celebration of life at Lynn’s favorite anher father, Dale E. Moore. nual summer kickoff barbecue. Sharon was a true, dedicated, and loyal Alaska woman. The Arrangements by Alaska Cremation Society.
Peninsula Clarion death notice and obituary guidelines: The Peninsula Clarion strives to report the deaths of all current and former Peninsula residents. Notices should be received within three months of the death. Pending service/Death notices are brief notices listing full name, age, date and place of death; and time, date and place of service. These are published at no charge. Obituaries are prepared by families, funeral homes, crematoriums, and are edited by our staff according to newspaper guidelines. The fee for obituaries up to 500 words with one black and white photo ranges from $50 to $100. Obituaries outside these guidelines are handled by the Clarion advertising department. Obituaries may be submitted to the Clarion with prepayment, online at www.peninsulaclarion.com, or by mail to: Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, Alaska, 99611. The deadline for Tuesday – Friday editions is 2 p.m. the previous day. Submissions for Sunday and Monday editions must be received by 3 p.m. Friday. We do not process obituaries on Saturdays or Sundays unless submitted by funeral homes or crematoriums. Obituaries are placed on a space-available basis, prioritized by dates of local services. For more information, call the Clarion at 907-283-7551.
Around the Peninsula Tickets available for Hospice event Hospice of the Central Peninsula will be presenting its Winter Wine Taste Event on Feb. 14 at the Fireweed Fellowship Hall at the Catholic Church in Soldotna at 6:30 p.m. The evening will be filled with many Gourmet Appetizers and Dessert along with paired wines for each course. If you would like donate an item for the auctions please let us know. Call Mary Green at 398-1600 or call the Hospice office at 262-0453 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through for more information or to drop off an auction item.
CERT training starts in February 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 or disaster on the Peninsula. Classes are held in Soldotna and pre-registration is required. Visit www.kpb.us/emergency for complete schedule and to sign up or call 262-2098. All classes are free of charge. Submit announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIO Schedule Tuesday 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. Tuesday 3:00 p.m. The House Health & Social Services Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 59 Marijuana Concentrates. Testimony will be taken. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. The House Education Committee will sponsor a public hearing for a Presentation by the State Board of Education and to discuss HCR 2 Alaska School Choice Week and HB 30 Constitutional History Curriculum. Testimony will be taken. Wednesday 1:00 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 4 Automated External Defibrillator. Testimony will be taken. Thursday 5:30 p.m. Legislators from House Districts 29, 30 & Senate District O will sponsor a constituent teleconference. Anyone may speak with Rep. Mike Chenault, Rep. Kurt Olson or Sen. Peter Micciche by attending at the Kenai LIO. All teleconferences are held at the Kenai Legislative Information Office, 145 Main Street Loop No. 217, Kenai, unless otherwise noted. To confirm call 283-2030 or email Kenai.LIO@akleg.gov. To listen or watch online go to http://alaskalegislature.tv/.
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. Today • Weight Watchers, Woodruef Building, 155 Smith Way, Soldotna. 8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Doors open at 5:15; joining members should arrive by 5:30; Getting Started session for newcomers at 6:30. Call 907-262-4892. Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440. 6:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. • Take Off Pounds Sensibly, for all ages, meets at the Kenai Senior • Narcotics Anonymous “Speaking of Solutions” group at Central Peninsula Hospital, Redoubt Room, Soldotna. Center. For more information call 907-283-3451. • Toddler Story Time (18 Months-PreK) in the Children’s Area at the 7 p.m. Soldotna Public Library. Get up and get moving with stories, songs, • Lost & Found Grief Self Help Group at Christ Lutheran Church, and silly fun that encourages your toddler’s language skills! For more 128 Soldotna Ave. For more information, call 907-420-3979. 8 p.m. information, call 907-262-4227. • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group “It works” at URS Club, Noon • Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group at 11312 Kenai Spur High- 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Unit 71, Kenai. • AA North Roaders Group Step and Traditions Study at North Star way Suite 71 in the old Carrs Mall in Kenai. Call 262-1917. • Kenai Bridge Club plays party bridge at the Kenai Senior Center. Methodist Church, Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Call 907-242-9477. • Alcoholics Anonymous Ninichik support group at United MethodCall 907-252-9330 or 907-283-7609. ist Church, 15811 Sterling Highway, Ninilchik. Call 907-567-3574. 1 p.m. • Free Seated Zumba Gold at the Kenai Senior Center. New participants, active older adults, and chair-bound or limited mobility par- To have your event listed, email organization name, day or days of meeting, time of meeting, place, and a contact phone number to ticipants are encouraged. • Stress Relief QiGong Practice in the Community Room at the Sol- email@example.com. dotna 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
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What Others Say
Bars in our wake You know times are bad when even
the bars are closing. Last week, the Alaska Marine Highway announced it will close the bars aboard the ferries Kennicott, Malaspina, Matanuska, Tustumena, Taku and Columbia as a cost-cutting measure. For years, the state had operated the bars at a loss, and the move will save about $750,000 per year — money that will be used to stave off service cuts. We understand the move, but we can’t help but feel mixed emotions about it. Most adults who travel the Marine Highway frequently have ended up in one of these bars. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, the bars have long been refuges from the hordes of kids traveling on school trips, the crying babies in the forward lounge and the nonstop clicking of tourist cameras. The disappearance of the ferry bar is another small death to the idea of the ferry as the social equalizer, where Alaskans of all kinds mixed with the drinks. The ferry bar is a place where the pipeline welder and legislative lawyer talk, where a cheechako can meet and get to know someone born and raised in Angoon. It’s where we make friends and share stories. For many immigrants, the ferry is the first taste of Alaska. The shipboard bar is older than the ferry system. The Alaska Steamship Company and its predecessors operated bars aboard their ships. Stampeders popped champagne in the shipboard bars of 1898, eagerly anticipating the can’t-miss riches that awaited them. In 1899, they drank water on their sober trips south. We understand the need to close the ferries bars even as we regret it. The obvious joke is that only a government could lose money running a bar in Alaska, and we can’t help but wonder if there is an alternative. Might the state instead make money from its bars by auctioning concessions to private enterprise? Imagine a Red Onion bar aboard the Malaspina or a Chilkoot Charlie’s experience aboard the Columbia. The state could charge a single fee for the concession, or even take a share of each drink sold. The National Park Service and the federal government in general make millions of dollars each year from concessions in Denali National Park and other popular tourist destinations. Why couldn’t the Alaska Marine Highway do the same and turn a money-losing proposition into something that turns a profit? We fear that without a shared space for socialization, the ferry experience will turn into yet another excuse to cuddle with a smartphone, tablet or paperback. The last frontier of social contact might instead turn to the solarium, where tobacco smoke mingles with marijuana smoke before trailing off into a dim wake. — Juneau Empire, Jan. 29
Classic Doonesbury, 1981
By GARRY TRUDEAU
The faith factor (2016 edition)
We are one year away from the Iowa caucuses and already several Republican presidential candidates are trying to secure an advantage by talking about their faith. Before announcing his non-candidacy last Friday, Mitt Romney had indicated if he ran for a third time he intended to be more “open” about his Mormon faith. Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, regularly invokes his Baptist faith. And now Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a self-described evangelical Christian, is testifying to his faith. There will be others. Appearing at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Walker spoke about the successful battle he waged against his state’s public unions over their attempt to expand bargaining rights. He told the audience, “You prayed for us. We could feel the power of those prayers.” This sounds a little like the cheers one hears at high school football games: “We’ve got spirit, how about you?” In modern election cycles there has been a presumption among conservative Christians that if a politician goes to church, can quote Scripture, and mentions the name of Jesus, he is more qualified to become president than, say, a circumspect Episcopalian, or even an agnostic or atheist. The thinking is if “one of our own” gets elected president, his divinely inspired policies will trickle down to your adolescent
daughter, who will stop sleeping with her boyfriend. If only. Recent history has proved the fallacy of that belief. The moral quality of America did not improve during the two terms Cal Thomas of Ronald Reagan, who rarely attended church, or the one term of Jimmy Carter, who did. The moral compass did not point in a different direction during the two terms of George W. Bush, who said in a 2000 presidential debate that his favorite “philosopher” was Jesus. The greatest warning against trusting politicians to improve a nation’s virtue comes from King David. When he had all the power his theocracy could offer him in ancient Israel, he wrote, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.”(Psalm 146:3 NIV). A more direct paraphrase is found in the Living Bible: “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.” Jesus of Nazareth said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Just as a nonbeliever has difficulty convincing an evangelical Christian to accept liberal beliefs about abortion, same-sex marriage and a host of other social issues, neither
should Christians expect those who have a different theological perspective to accept their views absent a spiritual transformation. It then becomes a power game, Christians being just one more “interest group” to be placated with a few breadcrumbs tossed at them by politicians seeking their votes. What does true faith look like? The apostle James wrote to believers: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27, New Living Translation) Unfortunately, politicians can’t raise money on that agenda and the likelihood of one getting elected on such a platform in our day is nil. But by embracing “true religion,” one ultimately affects the social order in ways that the political system is incapable of doing. This is not to say people shouldn’t pray for those in authority, including those for whom they did not vote, because Scripture commands believers to do so. It is to say conservative Christians who salivate when politicians speak their “language” should heed King David’s warning and the statement about the two kingdoms. Email Cal Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obama challenges GOP, this time with budget By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent
AP News Analysis
WASHINGTON — With higher taxes on the wealthy and billions in new spending, President Barack Obama’s no-balance budget lays down an audacious challenge to Republicans who swept to full control of Congress last fall and now claim a mandate to eliminate deficits over the next decade. Make that the second audacious challenge in the past three weeks — coming after a State of the Union address in which Obama threatened to veto Republican legislative priorities and demanded lawmakers enact his own. Then, as now, his objective was in part to help Democrats in Congress recover from their election drubbing, and in part to position them and his party as the champion of the middle class in advance of the 2016 campaign. To do that, he tars Republicans as apostles of a “mindless austerity” that has set back the economic recovery and was woven into a recent history that includes a partial government shutdown and flirtation with default. Policies adopted after Republicans took control of the House in 2011 “hurt, rather than helped, the economy,” his budget says, although it fails to mention that Obama once negotiated seriously if unsuccessfully with Speaker John Boehner over billions of dollars in savings to Social Security and Medicare. The word “austerity” appears seven times in a 17-page introduction, none of them favorable and usually attributed to Republicans and described as mindless or needless. Now, Obama and budget say, those days are over. To make the point, he called for about $1.5 trillion in tax hikes, mostly on wealthy corporations and individuals as well as smokers. Enacting new immigration policies like the ones approved in the Democratic-controlled Senate last year is estimated to raise another $500 million in higher tax revenue C
over a decade, as immigrants freed from the threat of deportation enter the workforce. Spending is roughly flat: $50.3 trillion over a decade in the president’s budget, compared with $50.4 the Office of Management and Budget calculates would otherwise be spent. Within those totals, though, Obama proposes hundreds of billions in cuts to Medicare providers on one side of the ledger, and nearly $500 billion in new highway and bridge construction, free community college for two years and other, smaller programs such as a National Park Service Centennial Initiative. Further irritants to Republicans are embedded in the administration’s tax-andspending plan, including steps to fight climate change that they have ridiculed and the continued existence of the health care plan the GOP has vowed to uproot. By Obama’s reckoning, this all adds up to persistent deficits, estimated at $687 billion in 2025 despite what the administration predicts will be relatively strong economic growth and low unemployment. Obama is at pains to say that’s not so bad after much higher deficits in recent years. “The key test of fiscal sustainability is whether debt is stable or declining as a share of the economy,” he says in his budget message. “The budget meets that test.” That may be fine for Obama and Democrats in Congress, but Republicans are betting their political election gains on a different test entirely. “Our budget will balance, and it will help promote job creation and higher wages, not more government bureaucracy,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement that also said the president wants to “impose new taxes and more spending without a responsible plan to honestly address the big challenges facing our country.” Republicans have passed a 10-year balanced budget through the House each year
since they took power in 2011. The Senate, now under GOP control, intends to do the same thing, according Sen. Mike Enzi, RWyo., chairman of the budget panel. In a statement, he and Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, head of the House Budget Committee, said Obama is advocating more spending, more taxes and more debt. “...That approach will yield less opportunity for the middle class and a crushing burden of debt that threatens both our future prosperity and our national security.” If they succeed in agreeing on a balance budget plan, House and Senate Republicans will be obliged to pass separate legislation to make it happen, deep spending cuts included. Judging from his State of the Union speech and his budget, Obama will be waiting. With a veto pen and a talk about the perils of austerity.
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NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer
playing career isn’t enough to last.
NEW YORK — As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play. “Something I’d worked on for most of my adult life was coming to an end, and it was really depressing, the unknown,” says George, a Heisman Trophy winner who played for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys from 1996 to 2005. George used his landscape architecture degree from Ohio State University to help found the Edge Group, a company that does landscaping and design projects in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio, and Nashville, Tennessee. Many pro football players would like to start their own businesses after they leave the field, and now they can seek help from programs specifically designed to help retired athletes navigate the obstacles of entrepreneurship. For some, building a business is a lifestyle choice. They want to keep working. Others need to earn a living. Although the minimum NFL salary this year is $420,000, many players don’t make the big money for very long. The average football career is 3.5 years, according to the players union, the NFL Players Association. The NFL says it is six years. George was 30 when he retired, and many players are out of the game at a younger age. The money they earn in a short
Answering a need A branch of the players union called The Trust sponsors entrepreneurship workshops at Babson College. The NFL has a similar program at some of the country’s top business schools. Trust founders “felt there was a void in the entrepreneurial space, the obvious need for our players to learn more about owning their own businesses,” says Bahati VanPelt, executive director of the organization, which was started in 2013. He says football players have skills that help them as entrepreneurs: They know how to work toward a goal, be team members and achieve something even when the odds are stacked against them. Both programs introduce players to small-business basics, including how to evaluate whether entrepreneurship is for them and how to analyze balance sheets.
Going back to school pays off George’s path to business ownership began when he was about halfway through his NFL days. He had left Ohio State for the Oilers before graduating and decided while recovering from a foot injury to finish his degree. He earned it in 2001. “I didn’t know when or how my career was going to end. I wanted to prepare myself,” he
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n The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Froso’s Restaurant in Soldotna. A Kenai Peninsula College Update with KPC Director Gary Turner is planned. RSVP to 262-9814. n The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. For more information call 283-1991. n The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon on Feb. 10 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will discuss the Health Care Task Force. RSVP to 262-9814 or 283-1991.
Workshop to build peninsula farmers markets There will be a Farmers Market Roundtable from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road. This event is for market farmers and anyone considering becoming a market farmer. Topics include business basics, planning, marketing, food safety, local markets and more. Featured speakers include Arthur Keyes from the South Anchorage Farmers Market and Glacier Valley Farm, and Amy Pettit from the Alaska Division of Agriculture. This event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. A local foods lunch will be provided. To register, call 283-8732 ext. 5 or RSVP on Facebook. Sponsors for this event include the Central Peninsula Garden Club, Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District, Alaska Grown and the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program.
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
selling cars, which demanded he be at the dealership daily, didn’t fit with his desire to be involved with several businesses at once. At a Babson workshop, he got a better understanding of what it takes to run a company. “When the accountants and I are going through (profit and loss statements), I’m going to understand what they’re saying,” McAllister says.
You’re the boss now
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In this Aug. 26, 2014 photo, Fred Nanni, a professor of Management Accounting and Babson College Provost conducts a three-day business workshop for former NFL players with entrepreneurial interests, at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.
says. George and four business partners launched the Edge in 2002. George expected to focus on design, but found himself doing marketing and seeking new clients. By the time the recession hit in 2007, the company had revenue of about $3 million. But when the real estate market collapsed, landscape design wasn’t a priority for corporate clients. George and his partners cut the payroll by 30 percent to keep the company alive. The Edge’s revenue has returned to pre-recession levels, says George, who has also been a college football analyst on Fox Sports and earned an MBA from Northwestern University
Learning the nuts and bolts Deuce McAllister, a running back with the New Orleans Saints from 2001 to 2009, has co-owned businesses, including a trucking operation, a real estate development company, a car dealership and restaurants in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans. He started the trucking company soon after he was picked in the first round of the 2001 draft, using his signing bonus to finance it. McAllister grew up in a small business family — his father also was in trucking — so entrepreneurship seemed like a natural path. He has had mixed success.
The car dealership, which opened in 2005 failed within five years because of the recession. But condos that his real estate business developed are running at about 90 percent of capacity, and the company is also involved in commercial development. Looking back, he says, he didn’t have the right partners to keep the dealership going through the recession. He realizes his football player’s optimism may have prevented him from closing the showroom sooner. “As a player, you always think you can get a first down. That can hurt you to a fault,” he says. McAllister learned from that failure that a business like
Ainsley Battles’ football career and its unexpected end helped him prepare for entrepreneurship’s unpredictability. Battles has been working on Joccupation.com, a social media site for athletes, since a hamstring injury sidelined him for good in 2004. He spent four seasons as a safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Battles had partners in the beginning, but when the first version of the site failed during the recession, they couldn’t agree on how to change it. So now he works on his own, hoping to take on new partners. He wants to make Joccupation an online community where athletes can share their experiences with each other and nonplayers as well. Battles, who teaches high school social studies in Lawrenceville, Georgia, while working on his company, learned at a Babson workshop that he has to be the one in charge. “We’re used to being on the field,” he says. “As an entrepreneur, we’re moving into the front office.”
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The Kenai Junior Achievement Committee has put together a raffle fundraiser for the 2014-2015 school year. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds benefit Junior Achievement programs on the Kenai Peninsula. Winning tickets will be drawn on March, 21, 2015 at the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey game. You need not be present to win. First place is $1,000, Second place is $600 and third place is $400. To purchase tickets, please contact Janet Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-257-1669 or Renee Rybak at r.rybak@ alaskausa.org or 907-395-4505.
The following job skills workshops will be offered at the Peninsula Job Center the week of Feb. 9: Monday, Feb. 9 — 9:30 a.m., ALEXsys Job Leads; 10:30 a.m., Introduction to ALEXsys and the Job Center; 2 p.m., Resume Writing Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 10 — 10:30 a.m., Career Ready 101 Lab Wednesday, Feb. 11 — 9 a.m., WorkKeys® Testing Thursday, Feb. 12 — 10:30 a.m., Interviewing Skills Workshop; 3 p.m., Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation Friday, Feb. 13 — 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 335-3010, or visit the job AK-CESCL storm water center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Suite #2. training program offered Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. exThe Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring two Alaska certi- cluding state and federal holidays. fied erosion and sediment control lead training sessions Feb. 9-10 in Soldotna. This training explains the erosion process and how What’s new in your business? to obtain and comply with the EPA NPDES Construction General Have you opened a new business, moved to a new location, Permit. The course will describe the key elements of a Stormwa- hired a new person or promoted an employee? ter Pollution Prevention Plan and stormwater Best Management Send us your information at email@example.com, fax Practices. This is a requirement for people who work on Alaska it to 907-283-3299, or drop it by the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay DOT roads. Other people who may need this certification include in Kenai. commercial and residential builders, project engineers, natural reQuestions? Call 907-335-1251. source managers and anyone responsible for creating, maintaining or evaluating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. Business announcements may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday Small business series offered prior to publication. 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: — 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 907474-6497 or email@example.com. Each class costs $25. Register online at http://bit.ly/ces-workshops. 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. Sponsors include the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp., the Small Business Administration, Paul Robinson and Associ-
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Budget: Tax the rich, help middle class By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Promising to help America’s middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would hammer corporate profits overseas and raise taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor. Obama’s budget also would steer hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation’s crumbling infrastructure of roads and bridges, help provide two years of free community college and reverse the across-theboard, automatic budget cuts that have slammed the Pentagon and nearly every government department. In the face of certain opposition from Republicans, an optimistic Obama hailed a “breakthrough year for America” of new jobs, lower unemployment and shrinking deficits after the great recession of 2008, and he called for moving past years of “mindless austerity.” The blueprint for the 2016 budget year that begins Oct. 1 represents a 6.4 percent increase over estimated spending this year, projecting that the deficit will decline to $474 billion. However, Obama’s plan ignores the new balance of power in Washington, with Republicans running both the House and Senate. The GOP found plenty to criticize in his proposed tax hikes that would total about $1.5 trillion. Republicans cited the nation’s $18 trillion debt and assailed what they call Obama’s tax-and-spend policies for failing to address the spiraling growth of benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare. “Today President Obama laid out a plan for more taxes, more spending, and more of the Washington gridlock that has
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Department of Homeland Security on his FY2016 budget proposal, on Monday in Washington. Obama warned congressional Republicans Monday that he won’t accept a spending plan that boosts national security at the expense of domestic programs for the middle class.
failed middle class families,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “This plan never balances — ever.” Republicans aren’t offering specifics yet but will respond this spring with their own plan, a balanced-budget outline promising to get rid of “Obamacare,” ease the burdens of the national debt on future generations, curb the explosive growth of expensive benefit programs and reform a loophole-cluttered tax code in hopes of promoting economic growth. While Obama’s plan was rejected out of hand on budget day, proposals to ease automatic cuts and boost transportation funding are likely to return later in the year and require extensive negotiation. “These proposals are practical, not partisan,” Obama said of his overall plans. “They’ll help working families feel more secure with paychecks that go further, help American workers upgrade their skills so they can compete for higher-paying jobs, and help create the conditions for our businesses to keep generating good new jobs for
our workers to fill.” Some people would pay more. Many wealthy Americans would only be able to take tax deductions at a 28 percent rate even though their incomes were taxed at 39.6 percent, and some would also see an increase in their maximum capital gains rate. However, a couple earning up to $120,000 a year would qualify for a new “second earner” tax credit of up to $500 as well as a maximum $3,000 perchild tax credit for child care for up to two children, triple the current credit of $1,000. Obama’s initiatives to tax the wealthy and to welcome an influx of immigrants into the United States are going nowhere in the new GOP-run Congress. But there is a bipartisan desire to ease automatic spending cuts that are the product of Washington’s failures to cut deficits beyond an initial round in 2011. Both Republicans and Democrats are howling that such broad cuts savage the Pentagon. Obama said he won’t give more money to the Penta-
gon without receiving domestic funds he wants. “It would be bad for our security and bad for our growth,” Obama said Monday at the Department of Homeland Security. The centerpiece of the president’s tax plan is an increase in the capital gains rate on couples making more than $500,000 per year. The rate would climb from 24.2 percent to the Reagan-era top rate of 28 percent. Obama also wants to require estates to pay capital gains taxes that reflect the increase in value of assets like homes and stocks prior to death instead of after inheritance. And he is trying to impose a 0.07 percent fee on the roughly 100 U.S. financial companies with assets of more than $50 billion, raising $112 billion over 10 years. All told, Obama proposes higher receipts of about $2 trillion though his budget: about $1.5 trillion from tax increases and almost $500 billion from fresh revenue as immigration reform lifts the economy and provides new workers. His proposals would boost federal spending by $74 billion — divided between the military and domestic programs — and would result in a spending increase of $362 billion over the remaining six years the spending caps were to have been in place. The deficit would remain under $500 billion a year through 2018, but would rise to $687 billion by 2025, according to administration projections — though levels of red ink could still be considered manageable when measured against the size of the economy. But the cost of financing the government’s debt would spiral as the debt grows to more than $25 trillion by 2025 and interest rates rise. According to the projections. Interest costs would jump from $229 billion this year to $785 billion in 2025.
Justices once open to cameras reconsider By MATT SEDENSKY and SAM HANANEL Associated Press
Two Supreme Court justices who once seemed open to the idea of cameras in the courtroom said Monday they have reconsidered those views, dashing even faint hopes that April’s historic arguments over gay marriage might be televised. In separate appearances, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor said allowing cameras might lead to grandstanding that could fundamentally change the nature of the high court. Sotomayor told an audience in West Palm Beach, Florida, that cameras could change the behavior of both the justices
and lawyers appearing at the court, who might succumb to “this temptation to use it as a stage rather than a courtroom.” “I am moving more closely to saying I think it might be a bad idea,” she said. During her confirmation hearings in 2009, Sotomayor told lawmakers she had a positive experience with cameras and would try to soften other justices’ opposition to cameras. Speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Kagan told an audience that she is “conflicted” over the issue and noted strong arguments on both sides. Kagan said that when she used to argue cases before the court as Solicitor General, she
wanted the public to see how well prepared the justices were for each case “and really look as though they are trying to get it right.” But Kagan said she is wary now of anything “that may upset the dynamic of the institution.” She pointed to Congress, which televises floor proceedings, saying lawmakers talk more in made-for-TV sound bites than to each other. “If you look at different experiences, when cameras come into a place, the nature of a conversation often changes,” Kagan said. “Honestly, I don’t think Congress is a great advertisement for this.” The comments come less than two weeks after demon-
strators briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and managed to sneak a camera past security to record part of the protest. It was the second time in a year that the group 99Rise was able to smuggle a camera in and post footage on its website. Last month, a coalition of media and public interest groups called on the court to open the gay marriage arguments for broadcast. “While the cases affect millions of people’s everyday lives, only those present in the courtroom that day will get to see and hear the oral arguments as they happen,” the Coalition for Court Transparency said in a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts.
Defense nominee would reconsider Afghan plan By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The president’s nominee to be the next Pentagon chief says he would consider changing the current plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year if security conditions worsen. In written comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ashton Carter responded “yes” when asked if he would consider recommending changes to the current pace and size of the drawdown plan to address security concerns. He also said he is aware of reports that Islamic State militants may try to expand into Afghanistan, and said he will work with coalition partners to ensure that doesn’t happen. Carter’s comments were included in his answers to a committee questionnaire that was obtained by The Associated Press. They come as Afghan leaders express concerns about the U.S. troop withdrawal and worry that local forces may not be ready to secure the country on their own. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and chairman of the committee, has repeatedly questioned the wisdom of setting and announc-
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Lt. Gen. Shir Mohammad Karimi, chief of staff of the Afghan defense ministry, second left, salutes during a ceremony in Laghman province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan Jan. 11.
ing a hard end date to the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. And military commanders have told Congress that they would have preferred a “more ambiguous” withdrawal schedule that would not tell the enemy exactly when U.S. forces would be gone. The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday to consider Carter’s nomination, and while he likely will face some pointed questioning during the session, he is expected to easily get confirmed. The questionnaire provided a vivid
preview of some of the more challenging subjects senators will raise, pressing him on U.S. national security strategy in hotspots around the globe. Carter largely toed the administration line in the 91-page, 328-question document, as he answered queries on Russia, China, North Korea, Yemen and the ongoing military operations in Iraq and Syria. Asked about Iraq, Carter said he would encourage efforts to arm and integrate Sunni tribal forces into the Iraqi military to help fight C
Islamic State militants who have taken control of large sections of the country. He reiterated persistent complaints from military and defense leaders about the potential effects of more budget cuts on the armed services. He said U.S. forces can still defeat one regional enemy, battle another and conduct various counterterrorism operations at the same time, but the risks are growing. Any additional budget cuts would require more reductions in the size of the military, he said. In other comments: — He was asked whether women should be subject to a military draft if one was ever implemented. Carter said that since “most military career fields are now open to women, a review of the military selective service act would be prudent.” He added, “this is not solely a defense issue, but rather part of a much broader national discussion.” — He said competition between Islamic State militants and al-Qaida for jihadi dominance could increase the threat to the homeland and western interests “as each group increases external plotting efforts in an attempt to bolster their credentials within the global jihadist movement.”
Around the Nation Groundhog ‘forecasts’ 6 more weeks of winter PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter. Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the “prediction” Monday morning. A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early. The forecast was also announced on Twitter, as was referenced in the official proclamation read by Jeff Lundy, the Fair Weatherman of the Inner Circle. “Forecasts abound on the Internet, but, I, Punxsutawney Phil am still your best bet. Yes, a shadow I see, you can start to Twitter, hash tag: Six more weeks of winter!” The forecast was delivered after a steady pre-dawn rain turned to snow as temperatures dropped from the high 30s to around freezing. They were forecast to keep dropping over much of the state, prompting the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit to 45 mph for many interstate highways which were already wet and expected to freeze or be covered with snow as the day wore on. Records going back to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 17 times. There are no records for the remaining years.
Feds delay by 1 year goal for ending chronic homelessness WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday it has pushed back by one year its goal for ending chronic homelessness among the general public. It’s maintaining a goal for ending veteran homelessness by the end of this year. The Obama administration had set a goal of ending chronic homelessness for 2016, but Housing and Urban Development Department officials said during a budget briefing the goal had been pushed back to 2017 because of budget constraints. Tens of thousands of people still fit the definition of chronically homeless, which means they’ve been without housing for more than a year or have experienced four bouts of homelessness in a three-year period. Officials initially said the goal for ending veterans homelessness had been pushed back a year, but then corrected that description to say they still hope to end homelessness among veterans this year. However, the results won’t be known until surveys are taken in early 2016. “We’re going to push as hard as we can until the end of 2015 to make this a reality,” said Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Helen Tierney. Tierney called the goal to end chromic homelessness “audacious,” but conceded that success “is not absolute zero.” The VA uses the term “ending homelessness” to convey the urgency of the task, she and other officials said. HUD officials said veteran homelessness has dropped by about a third since 2010. Still, a survey conducted early last year estimated there are about 50,000 homeless veterans in the United States. — The Associated Press
Fighters struggle to hold gains
By PETER LEONARD K Associated Press
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine — As Ukrainian troops fought Monday to defend a strategic railway hub, Russian-backed separatists pledged to boost the size of their force and Washington pondered whether to expand its assistance to Ukraine to include lethal aid. President Barack Obama has so far opposed sending lethal assistance, but an upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine has spurred the White House to take a fresh look at supplying Ukraine with such aid, a senior administration official said. Since the unrest in eastern Ukraine surged anew in early January, the separatists have made notable strides in clawing territory away from the government in Kiev. Their main offensive is now directed at Debaltseve — a government-held railway junction once populated by 25,000 people that lies between the rebel-held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk. Almost 2,000 residents have fled in the last few days alone.
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In this Jan. 11 photo, a Yazidi fighter protects the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine, one of the holiest for the Yazidis, a religious minority whom the Islamic State group considers heretics ripe for slaughter, in Sinjar, northern Iraq. While Islamic State fighters have been forced to retreat from Kobani, the strategic town on Syria’s border with Turkey, they appear far from beaten in northern Iraq.
underfoot hampers military moves — and even rear-line positions such as Snuny remain in surprising range of the enemy. Whichever side triumphs will determine whether Islamic State can use the main highway west to funnel weapons and reinforcements to their retreating comrades in Syria. Just after midnight Friday, fighters from a Yazidi militia and an Associated Press crew were startled awake by the whoosh and thud of mortar shells nearby as Islamic State fighters targeted a headquarters of the Kurdish Democratic Party. Such attacks underscore the sense that disparate Kurdish militias drawn from Iraq, Syria
and Turkey have yet to consolidate their gains despite strong coalition air support. And when the literal fog of war descends, Islamic State fighters have demonstrated a clear edge. Last week they retook most of Sinjar during a period of heavy fog that made it impossible for U.S. and other coalition warplanes to offer close air support to the often lightly armed Kurds. In Kirkuk, Kurdish forces have suffered painful losses from incessant IS militant activity. On Friday, militants attacked several Kirkuk targets and the Kurds lost a senior commander and eight of his troops in battle. Kurdish authorities
since have deployed heavy reinforcements to the city, depriving other positions of needed peshmerga fighters. Overlooking the main highway near Sinjar linking northern Iraq to Syria, a few dozen peshmerga fighters remain in a holding position as they await more arms and troops. Islamic State fighters sought to overrun them last week but were repelled. Kurds described their enemy as cunning and relentless. “They will never give up,” the commander of that position, Brig. Gen. Bahjat Taymes, said of Islamic State fighters dug in barely 100 yards (meters) away. “They are ready to die. They are happy to die.”
Rebel forces have mounted multiple assaults on government positions in Debaltseve but all were repelled, a spokesman for Ukrainian military operations in the east, Andriy Lysenko, said Monday. “The units that have arrived in support of our troops in Debaltseve are counterattacking and denying the enemy the opportunity to complete the encirclement,” he said. Separatist fighters burst through Ukrainian lines last week in the village of Vuhlehirsk on the road west of Debaltseve, getting access to a ridge overlooking the highway running north from the town. On Monday, Associated Press reporters saw Ukrainian tanks shooting from open fields at the tree line on that ridge. Minutes later, the tanks rolled back onto the highway, leaving a heavy trail of mud in their wake, and taking up new field positions a few hundred meters (yards) away. In a coordinated defensive maneuver, Ukrainian forces fired barrages from Grad multiple-rocket launchers toward the
same area. Despite the government’s insistence that it intends to retain control of Debaltseve, rows of trenches near a bridge 15 kilometers (9 miles) to the north suggested a backup plan in case the town falls. Elsewhere, the rebel stronghold of Donetsk came under heavy, sustained shelling once again. City authorities said Monday 15 civilians had been killed over the weekend in the fighting, while Ukraine authorities said five soldiers had been killed and 29 wounded overall in the east in the past day alone. Meanwhile, the leader of the separatists in Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko, said new mobilization plans aim to swell the ranks of rebels to 100,000 fighters. It’s not clear how many fighters the rebels have now or how many able-bodied men are still available in rebel areas. Zakharchenko didn’t say where he aimed to find apparently tens of thousands of troops. Russia has acknowledged that some of its citizens are
fighting among the rebels as volunteers, but rejects the Ukrainian and Western charge that it’s backing the insurgency with troops and weapons. Western experts say, however, that the sheer amount of heavy weapons under rebel control shows extensive help from Moscow.
Reporter has mixed feelings on release By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press
CAIRO — Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste expressed “relief and excitement” Monday at being freed after more than a year in an Egyptian prison, but also said he felt real stress over leaving his two jailed colleagues behind. His first public comments came as a court in Egypt sentenced 183 people to death in the violence following the 2013 ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi in the latest in a series of harsh punishments that have drawn condemnation at home and abroad. Greste, an Australian, told Al-Jazeera English he experienced a “real mix of emotions” when he was freed Sunday because fellow journalists Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian Canadian, and Baher Mohammed, an Egyptian, remained imprisoned on terrorism charges and for spreading false information. The three were arrested in
Around the World TOKYO — Kenji Goto’s words, now more than four years old, have taken on a new poignancy. “Closing my eyes and holding still. It’s the end if I get mad or scream. It’s close to a prayer. Hate is not for humans. Judgment lies with God. That’s what I learned from my Arabic brothers and sisters.” That tweet from Sept. 7, 2010, has been embraced by social media users as a fitting memorial to the 47-year-old freelance journalist. It had 20,000 retweets by Monday, and was being repeated by others by the minute. Early Sunday, news emerged that Goto had been killed by extremists of the Islamic State group after efforts to secure his release from months of captivity failed. His reported death followed that of another Japanese hostage, adventurer Haruna Yukawa, who was also being held by the militants. The Twitter account was verified as Goto’s by his friend Toshi Maeda, who heads Tokyo-based venture Pacific Bridge, which created the mobile-video application Goto used for some of his reports from Syria.
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Slain hostage’s tweet on tolerance, forgiveness embraced on social media
By VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press
SNUNY, Iraq — Only stray dogs and a dozen armed fighters walk the streets of Snuny, a ghost town at the base of Mount Sinjar where rapid military changes of fortune are written on the walls. “Smoking is banned” has been scribbled in Arabic outside one cafe. A nearby building bears the warning: “Submit to the Islamic State, you infidels.” Those messages don’t reflect the views of the new management. Today, flags representing various Kurdish political groups flap furiously in the wind over Snuny, claiming ownership of the town’s barren streets. But all along the Kurds’ shifting front lines, it’s a tenuous hold sustained only with timely air support from the U.S.-led coalition. Questions remain whether the coalitionbacked Kurds can secure strategic crossroads like Snuny and renew an offensive versus the Islamic State group, which controls a broad swath of northern Iraq from its base in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. The Kurds retook Snuny from the Sunni militants last month, but a weeks-old battle has reached a point of stalemate on the other side of the mountain for militant-held Sinjar. To the southeast, the oil-rich city of Kirkuk remains at risk of falling to the Islamic State group. While Islamic State fighters have been forced to retreat from Kobani, the strategic town on Syria’s border with Turkey, the battlefield picture suggests they are far from beaten in northern Iraq, where harsh winter weather and thick mud
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December 2013 and received sentences of seven to 10 years before their convictions were overturned on appeal. A retrial began Jan. 1. Later Monday, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, said Fahmy’s release was imminent but provided no time frame. Fahmy’s family said authorities required that he give up his Egyptian citizenship as a condition for his release. Authorities presented no concrete evidence to back the charges against them. They insisted they were doing their jobs and are widely seen as having been caught up in a quarrel between Egypt and Qatar, which funds Al-Jazeera and was a strong backer of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. “It was a very difficult moment walking out of that prison, saying goodbye to the guys, not knowing how much longer they all have to put up with this,” said the 49-year-old Greste. He also spoke of how he spent his 400 days of incarceration.
“The key is to stay fit physically, mentally and spiritually,” he said, explaining that he followed a workout regimen, running in a limited space, but also studied and meditated. “I made a very conscious effort to deal with all three things and dealing with each day as it came,” Greste said. Because of an “awful lot of false starts,” he said he had remained unsure he would really be free until he was seated on the EgyptAir flight that took him to Cyprus. “Freedom was close, if not imminent, only to have it snatched away,” he said of the previous times he thought he was being released. Greste called his release a “real rebirth,” adding that he was looking forward to watching a “few sunsets” and gazing at the stars, as well as spending time with his family. “It is those little beautiful moments of life that are really precious ... that is what matters, not the big issues,” he said. C
UN official: North Korean human rights, cult of Kim can’t coexist TOKYO — A campaign within the United Nations to haul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before an international court for crimes against humanity has touched off a defensive fury in Pyongyang, where it’s being treated like a diplomatic declaration of war — an aggressive act aimed not only at shutting down prison camps but also at removing Kim and dismantling his family’s three-generation cult of personality. More paranoia? Actually, according to the U.N.’s point man on human rights in North Korea, that is not too far off the mark, though he stressed no one is advocating a military option to force regime change. “It would be, I think, the first order of the day to get these 80,000 to 100,000 (prisoners) immediately released and these camps disbanded,” Marzuki Darusman, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But that can only happen if this cult leadership system is completely dismantled. And the only way to do that is if the Kim family is effectively displaced, is effectively removed from the scene, and a new leadership comes into place.” Such blunt words from a high-ranking U.N. official are unusual, although common among American officials. Darusman said previous proposals submitted to the U.N. trying to persuade or force North Korea to improve its human rights record were mostly “rhetorical” exercises. But he said this resolution, passed by the General Assembly in December, is more significant because it holds Kim responsible based on a 372-page report of findings presented last year by the U.N.-backed Commission of Inquiry that detailed arbitrary detention, torture, executions and political prison camps. “This is a sea change in the position of the international community,” Darusman said during a recent visit to Tokyo. The North Koreans “are in their most vulnerable position at this stage, whenever the culpability and responsibility of the supreme leader is brought out in full glare of the international public scrutiny.” — The Associated Press
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Pelicans snap Hawks’ streak By The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — The Atlanta Hawks’ franchise-record 19-game winning streak was snapped Monday night in a 115-100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help New Orleans win for the sixth time in seven games, a stint which includes victories over several contending squads including Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers. Jeff Teague scored 21 for Atlanta, but the Hawks fell behind by double digits in the first quarter and failed to even tie it. CAVALIERS 97, 76ERS 84 CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, LeBron James added 18 points and 11 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers staggered to their 11th straight win. The winning streak is Cleveland’s longest since reeling off 13 in a row — a franchise record — in 2010, the last season of James’ first stint with the club. The Cavs had trouble putting away the young Philadelphia Sixers, who did all they could to stay close but don’t have the firepower to keep up with Irving, James and one of the NBA’s hottest teams. Atlanta entered the week on a 19-game win streak. Jerami Grant and Robert Covington scored 18 apiece for the
On Tap Peninsula high school sports Tuesday Basketball Seldovia boys at Wasilla Lake, TBA Nikolaevsk girls at Lumen Christi, 6:30 p.m. Nikolaevsk boys at Lumen Christi, 8 p.m. Wednesday Basketball Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond Ketchikan vs. Soldotna, 2:45 p.m. Thunder Mountain vs. Kenai, 6:15 p.m. Ninilchik Invitational Championship Sand Point girls vs. SoHi JV, 2 p.m. King Cove boys vs. SoHi JV, 3:30 p.m. Kalskag girls vs. Ninilchik, 5 p.m. Kalskag boys vs. Ninilchik, 6:30 p.m. Thursday Hockey Northstar Tourney at Wasilla Soldotna vs. Homer, 7:15 p.m. Colony vs. Kenai, 5 p.m. Basketball Homer girls, boys at Kotzebue tourney – boys vs. Nome, 5:30 p.m.; girls vs. Nome 4 p.m. Soldotna, Kenai at Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, TBD Kodiak girls at Seward, 7 p.m. Chugiak boys at Seward, 8:30 p.m. Ninilchik Invitational Championship, TBD Nenana Invitational Tournament Tri-Valley girls vs. Nikolaevsk, 8 a.m. Effie Kokrine boys vs. Nikolaevsk, 12:30 p.m. Fort Yukon girls vs. Seldovia, 3:30 p.m. Seldovia boys vs. Susitna Valley, 5 p.m. Friday Hockey Northstar Tourney at Wasilla Soldotna-Homer winner vs. Wasilla, 7:15 p.m. Colony-Kenai winner vs. Palmer, 5 p.m. Wrestling Class 4A state at Chugiak Wrestling starts, 10 a.m. Semifinals, 6 p.m. Skiing Kenai Borough Duathlon at Wolverine Trailhead, Tsalteshi Trails, 2 p.m. Basketball Kodiak boys at Kenai, 6 p.m. Homer girls, boys at Kotzebue tourney – Homer boys vs. Kotzebue, 7 p.m.; vs. Kotzebue 8:30 p.m. Soldotna, Kenai at Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, TBD Soldotna boys at Ketchikan, TBA Sitka girls at Seward, 7 p.m. Sitka boys at Seward, 8:30 p.m. Cordova girls at Nikiski, 6 p.m. Cordova boys at Nikiski, 7:30 p.m. Kodiak ESS boys at CIA, TBA Ninilchik Invitational Championship, TBD Seldovia, Nikolaevsk girls, boys at Nenana Invitational Tournament, TBD Saturday Hockey Northstar Tourney at Wasilla Championship, 4 p.m. Wrestling Class 4A state at Chugiak Wrestling begins, 9 a.m. Consolation, third-, fifth-place matches, 2:30 p.m. Championships, 5:15 p.m. Basketball Kodiak boys at Kenai, 3 p.m. Homer girls, boys at Kotzebue tourney – Homer boys vs. Point Hope, 4:30 p.m.; girls vs. Grace 3 p.m. Soldotna, Kenai at Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, TBD Soldotna boys at Ketchikan, TBD ACS girls at Seward, 3 p.m. TBA boys at Seward, 4:30 p.m. Cordova girls at Nikiski, 1 p.m. Cordova boys at Nikiski, 2:30 p.m. Ninilchik Invitational Championship, TBD Seldovia, Nikolaevsk girls, boys at Nenana Invitational Tournament
migraine-like headaches, scored 16 points with 10 assists for the Wizards, who have dropped three THUNDER 104, MAGIC 97 straight. Bradley Beal led Washington OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook’s second triple-double with 18 points and a season-high of the season and 10th of his career 11 rebounds. helped the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Orlando Magic without BUCKS 82, RAPTORS 75 the injured Kevin Durant. TORONTO — Khris MiddleWestbrook, an All-Star point guard, had 25 points, 14 assists and ton scored 25 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Durant sat out with a sprained 12 rebounds, and the short-handed big toe on his left foot. He has Milwaukee Bucks snapped a sixplayed in just 22 games this sea- game losing streak against the Toson, having missed time earlier in ronto Raptors. Reduced to nine players when the season with a sprained right ankle and a broken bone in his guard Brandon Knight was ruled out before the game with a sore right foot. Victor Oladipo scored 22 points right quadriceps muscle, Milwauand Nikola Vucevic scored 20 kee lost another body when guard points for the Magic, who lost their O.J. Mayo was ejected after picking up a double technical at 4:07 of ninth straight. the second. Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points HORNETS 92, and 13 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan WIZARDS 88 scored 16 and Lou Williams 12 WASHINGTON — Al Jeffer- for the Raptors, who had won six son had 18 points and 12 rebounds straight overall. Monday night, leading the Charlotte Hornets past the Washington NETS 102, CLIPPERS 100 Wizards. NEW YORK — Jarrett Jack Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 points and 13 rebounds, Brian made a tiebreaking jumper with Roberts scored 18 points, and 1.3 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Gerald Henderson put in 17 for Nets used a late rally to beat the the Hornets, who have won six of Los Angeles Clippers. The Nets ended a seven-game eight. They went 10-4 in January despite losing Kemba Walker to home losing streak by erasing a a knee injury that will keep him nine-point deficit in the final 1:35, sidelined at least six more weeks. getting two 3-pointers from Alan John Wall, who continues to Anderson — one a four-point play battle a sprained right ankle and — one from Joe Johnson and an-
other from Deron Williams in his return from an 11-game absence. After Chris Paul’s layup tied it at 100 with 8.6 seconds to go, Jack lofted a jumper over 6-foot-11 center DeAndre Jordan. Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Johnson had 22 for the Nets, who snapped an overall four-game skid and won at home for the first time since beating Sacramento on Dec. 29.
MAVERICKS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 94 DALLAS — Monta Ellis scored 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks won their first game without injured point guard Rajon Rondo, beating Minnesota in the first game in nearly three months for Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio. J.J. Barea had 10 points while starting in Rondo’s place. Barea was only 4-of-14 shooting, but had the first and last field goals by Dallas along with two free throws with 17 seconds left to help hold off a comeback try by Minnesota.
GRIZZLIES 102, SUNS 101 PHOENIX — Jeff Green converted a three-point play with 4.5 seconds to play and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from seven down in the final 1:35 to beat the Phoenix Suns for the seventh straight time. Marc Gasol blocked Markieff Morris’ shot at the finish to preserve the victory.
Oilers nip Sharks in long shootout By The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jordan Eberle scored twice in regulation and Rob Klinkhammer scored in the 13th round of the shootout to help the Edmonton Oilers snap a 15-game losing streak in California by beating the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Monday night. Justin Schultz tied the game with 2:37 remaining and Derek Roy also scored for the Oilers, who last won in the Golden State on April 1, 2012, when they beat Anaheim 2-1. Viktor Fasth made 33 saves, robbing Joe Pavelski of a potential hat trick in the closing seconds of regulation and stopping 12 of 13 shots in the shootout. Scott Hannan and Matt Tennyson also scored for the Sharks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
and Mats Zuccarello added insurance late, and the New York Rangers beat the Florida Panthers. Boyle flipped a shot from the left point that hit the stick of veteran Florida defenseman Willie Mitchell and bounded past surprised goalie Roberto Luongo. Zuccarello made it 5-3 with 4:02 left. Carl Hagelin was stopped by Luongo on a penalty shot with 3:19 remaining to keep it a twogoal game, but Nash scored into an empty net at 18:07. Aleksander Barkov, Dave Bolland and Brandon Pirri had goals for the Panthers.
FLAMES 5, JETS 2
CALGARY, Alberta — Brandon Bollig and Raphael Diaz scored their first goals of the season as the Calgary Flames beat the Winnipeg Jets. With a one-goal lead heading into the third period, the Flames struck on the power play at 4:24, making it 3-1 when Diaz let a rocket go from the blue line that found the top RANGERS 6, corner. PANTHERS 3 Bollig made it 4-1 at 7:23, NEW YORK — Dan Boyle converting a pass from Joe Colscored a deflected goal 8:10 borne for his first goal in 61 into the third period, Rick Nash games.
Nikolaevsk cagers sweep Kalskag Staff report
The host Nikolaevsk girls basketball team shut down Kalskag in the second half to run away with a 55-23 nonconference victory Monday. Nikolaevsk led 28-18 at halftime and held Kalskag to five points in the second half. Serafima Kalugin poured in 20 points for the Warriors, while Megan Hickman added 13. For Kalskag, Katlyn Holmburg had 10 points.
Neil Gordeev had 17 and Kalenik Molodih added 10. For Kalskag, Austin Hetherington pumped in 16, Joey Davis was good for 15 and Derrick Holmburg pitched in 10. Cook Inlet Academy girls 30, Soldotna JV 29
The visiting Eagles held off a fourth-quarter surge for a nonconference victory Monday. CIA, after holding the SoHi JV scoreless in the second quarter, entered the final quarNikolaevsk boys 64, ter ahead 21-16. Kalskag 43 Madison Orth had 11 points The host Warriors cruised for the Eagles, while Melia past the nonconference Griz- Miller paced the Stars with zlies on Monday. eight points. Nikolaevsk jumped to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and Soldotna JV boys 61, CIA 47 did not look back. Felemon Molodih had 18 The Stars boys topped CIA points for the Warriors, while on Monday in nonconference
action. Derek Evans had 17 points for the Stars, while Caleb Spence had 11. For CIA, Timmy Smithwick had 24 points and Johnny Smithwick added 14. Nanwalek finishes up trip with 2 losses The Nanwalek boys team, which had just five players, finished up a trip playing five games in five nights by losing on Friday to Birchwood Christian and Saturday to Wasilla Lake Christian. Friday, the Eagles fell 41-27. Saturday, the score was 72-28. Monday girls Eagles 30, Stars JV 29 CIA Soldotna
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COOK INLET ACADEMY (30) — Delon 0 0-0 0, Carey 0 0-0 0, Taplin 0 0-0 0, Hills 4 1-2 9, Brush 2 1-2 6, Lyons 2 0-0 4, Orth 5
1-2 11. Totals — 13 3-6 30. SOLDOTNA JV (29) — Aley 1 0-0 2, Triana 0 0-0 0, McElroy 3 0-2 6, Derflinger 3 0-0 7, Kruse 0 0-2 0, Wells 0 0-0 0, Miller 4 0-0 8, Kindred 0 0-0 0, Streiff 1 0-0 2, Graham 0 0-0 0, Farrell 2 0-0 4, Nash 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 0-4 29. 3-point goals — CIA 1 (Brush); SoHi JV 1 (Derflinger). Team fouls — CIA 4, SoHi JV 13. Fouled out — Kruse. Warriors 55, Grizzlies 23 Kalskag 8 Nikolaevsk 13
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KALSKAG (23) — Holmburg 5 0-0 10, Levi 0 0-0 0, Samuelsen 0 0-0 0, Nook 0 0-0 0, Abarca 2 0-0 5, Nelson 2 0-0 4, Wise 2 0-1 4, Stewart 0 0-0 0. Totals — 11 0-1 23. NIKOLAEVSK (55) — Kr. Klaich 0 0-0 0, Fefelov 3 1-2 7, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Mametieff 3 0-0 6, Kalugin 10 0-5 10, N. Gordeev 1 1-3 3, E. Gordeev 2 0-0 4, Dorvall 0 0-0 0, Hickman 5 3-10 13. Totals — 25 5-20 55. 3-point goals — Kalskag 1 (Abarca). Team fouls — Kalskag 15, Nikolaevsk 6. Fouled out — none. Monday boys Warriors 64, Grizzlies 43 Kalskag 8 Nikolaevsk 20
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KALSKAG (43) — H. Levi 0 0-0 0, Evan 0 0-0 0, R. Levi 0 0-0 0, A. Hetherington
5 4-6 16, R. Levi 0 0-0 0, Holmburg 4 1-2 10, Davis 5 5-8 15, B. Hetherington 1 0-0 2. Totals — 15 10-16 43. NIKOLAEVSK (64) — K. Molodih 4 2-4 10, Trail 2 1-2 5, Whaley 0 0-0 0, Yakunin 0 0-0 0, N. Fefelov 3 0-0 7, Gordeev 8 1-2 17, F. Molodih 9 0-1 18, J. Fefelov 3 1-2 7, Kalugin 0 0-0 0. Totals — 29 5-11 64. 3-point goals — Kalskag 3 (A. Hetherington 2, Holmburg); Nikolaevsk 1 (N. Fefelov 1). Team fouls — Kalskag 8, Nikolaevsk 14. Fouled out — none. Stars JV 61, Eagles 47 CIA SoHi JV
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COOK INLET ACADEMY (47) — A. Hammond 3 0-0 7, B. Hammond 0 0-2 0, R. Smithwick 1 0-3 2, Miller 0 0-0 0, J. Smithwick 6 2-2 14, Solie 0 0-0 0, T. Smithwick 10 1-1 24. Totals — 20 3-6 47. SOLDOTNA JV (61) — Spence 3 4-4 11, Casey 2 0-0 5, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Harshman 0 0-0 0, McElroy 1 0-0 3, Sheridan 3 0-0 8, Evans 10 7-15 17, Crowder 0 1-2 1, Marcuson 3 0-0 6. Totals — 22 12-21 61. 3-point goals — CIA 4 (T. Smithwick 3, A. Hammond 1); Soldotna JV 5 (Sheridan 2, McElroy, Casey, Spence). Team fouls — CIA 14, SoHi JV 11. Fouled out — R. Smithwick, Solie.
Browns’ Manziel enters treatment program By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel has sought help to change his off-field lifestyle. Following a rough rookie season in the NFL, Manziel has entered a treatment program for unspecified reasons, an adviser for the Browns quarterback said in a statement released by the team on Monday. “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason,” Manziel adviser Brad Beckworth said. Beckworth said the former Heisman Trophy winner entered the unnamed facility last week. He said Manziel’s family is asking for privacy until he rejoins the team. Beckworth’s statement did not indicate reasons for Manziel needing treatment. However, the 22-year-old QB’s penchant for partying followed him from college into the pros and Manziel’s nightlife has been well-chronicled by both social and mainstream media. Anonymous AP source: Edelman passed concussion test PHOENIX — Julian Edelman passed a concussion test after a big hit in the Super Bowl appeared to leave him groggy, allowing him to continue and catch the winning touchdown a few minutes later, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday. The Patriots top wide receiver was leveled by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor after a 21-yard completion with just under 11 minutes left in New England’s 28-24 win over Seattle on Sunday night. After that series, Edelman was checked on the New England sideline by medical staff and an independent neurologist and cleared to return, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not autho-
rized to discuss the matter. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he doesn’t handle medical issues. “I’m a coach and I had a deal with our trainers and doctors,” he told reporters during a news conference the morning after winning the NFL title. “They’re the medical experts and they don’t call plays, and I’m the coach and I don’t get involved in the medical part. When they clear players to play, then if we want to play them we play them. The plays we call, I don’t have to get approval from them. It’s a good setup.” Concussion lawsuit judge wants to tweak settlement as nearly 1 in 3 NFL retirees expected to suffer from Alzheimer’s or moderate dementia PHILADELPHIA — The judge presiding over thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits wants lawyers to tweak the proposed settlement to benefit more retired players. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia has been nudging both sides toward a plan that could pay out $1 billion over 65 years. Brody granted preliminary approval last year after the NFL agreed to lift a $765 million funding cap. On Monday, she asked for further revisions that would let more retirees, or the families of deceased players, claim awards or seek neurological testing. Both sides remained confident the plan was moving toward settlement. “We ... continue to have a high degree of confidence that this settlement — which has been accepted by more than 99 percent of retirees — will receive final approval and provide important and generous benefits to retirees and their families,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate demenC
tia someday. The settlement would pay them about $190,000 on average, given that most would be diagnosed in their later years. The awards could reach $1 million to $5 million for those diagnosed in their 30s and 40s with Parkinson’s disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, or for deaths involving the brain trauma CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
left elbow and will likely need Tommy John surgery in the offseason. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday before the team left Arizona that it was his understanding that Sherman would need the surgery after the AllPro cornerback was injured in the NFC championship game against Green Bay. “I’m just telling you, his will to play through that in this game a couple of weeks ago and take it all the way Super Bowl smashes ratings re- through this game, never wavered. Nevcords again er wavered,” Carroll said. NEW YORK — An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England’s Falcons name Quinn as head thrilling win over Seattle, making it coach the fifth time in six years that a Super ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons’ Bowl game has set a record as the most- long wait for new leadership on the field watched event in U.S. television his- finally ended Monday when Seattle tory. defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was The Nielsen company said the game’s named the team’s coach. viewership exceeded the record of 112.2 The Falcons said Quinn will be intromillion set last year, when Seattle beat duced at a news conference on Tuesday. Denver. Quinn replaces Mike Smith, who was The game also set records for social fired following a 6-10 finish in 2014. media reach. A stirring comeback by The team did not release details of New England and game-saving inter- the deal, but a person familiar with the ception in the final minute kept viewers negotiations told The Associated Press glued to the set. earlier Monday that Quinn agreed to a five-year contract. Sapp arrested, fired from NFL Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he Network was impressed by Quinn’s “definitive PHOENIX — Former NFL lineman plan for our football team and what it and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was ar- will take to win on a consistent basis.” rested Monday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and allegedly assaulting Falcons investigated for fake noise two women, Phoenix police said. ATLANTA — The NFL is trying to Hours later, the NFL Network an- determine if the Atlanta Falcons pumped nounced that it had terminated its con- fake crowd noise into the Georgia Dome tract with Sapp, who had been working for home games the last two years. as a broadcaster and was in Arizona for Team spokesman Reggie Roberts Sunday’s Super Bowl in suburban Glen- says the team became aware of the dale. league’s investigation during the 2014 season. Seahawks’ Sherman likely needs “We were informed during the seasurgery son that the league office is looking into PHOENIX — Seattle Seahawks cor- crowd noise during our games,” Roberts nerback Richard Sherman played the said. “We have cooperated fully with Super Bowl with torn ligaments in his them, and we’re awaiting the outcome.”
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Sports Briefs Ski for Women results posted The Ski for Women was held Sunday at Tsalteshi Trails, featuring a 5K freestyle, 5K classic or 3K snowshoe. The results follow: Ski for Women
Sunday at Tsalteshi Trails Teams (5K freestyle, 5K classic, 3K snowshoe) 1. Alex Bergholtz, Kristen Nyquist, McKala Salzetti, 51:32; 2. Allie Ostrander, Ithaca Bergholtz, Christine Bergholtz, 57:39; 3. Lea Schmidtbauer, Madeleine Michaud, Kaja Neilson, 58:37; 4. Kyaran Matturro, Theresa Salzetti, Maria Salzetti, 1:18:54. 5K Freestyle 1. Leah Kiviat, 15:12; 2. Sarah Pyhala, 18:08; 3. Charly Morton, 20:05; 4. Teri Ostrander, 20:57; 5. Sheryl Nelson, 22:05; 6. Elizabeth Bella, 24:13; 7. Kristin Mitchell, 24:16; 8. Terri Agee, 27:26; 9. Aurora Agee, 27:27; 10. Danette Bjornstad, 28:38; 11. Hadassah Udelhoven, 31:37; 12. Laura Mohorcich, 34:55; 13. Phoebe Thomas, 35:07; 14. Karah Fluff, 36:37; 15. Leah English, 36:45; 16. Heather Huff, 36:49; 17. Ella Czarnezki, 37:08; 5K Classic 1. Heather Rasch, 32:21; 2. Heidi Isernhagen, 33:01; 3. Amelia Mueller, 34:55; 4. Meg Mueller, 37:00; 5. Julie English, 38:17; 6. Penny McClain, 38:37; 7. Sue Seggerman, 38:37; 8. Gail Moore, 38:37; 9. Amy Hogue, 40:39; 10. Jordan Ruffner, 40:39; 11. Rinna Carson, 40:05; 12. Katherine Veh, 41:52; 13. Barbara McNinch, 41:52; 14. Jennifer Joanis, 45:30; 15. Corinna Klein, 45:30; 16. Melody Miller, 45:30; 17. Madison McDonald, 53:52; 18. Audrey McDonald, 57:20; 19. Dana McDonald, 57:22; 20. Regan Hunt, 58:52; 21. Katrina Cannava, 58:52; 22. Anna Cannava, 58:55; 23. Steph Hunt, 59:13. 3K Snowshoe 1. Angie Brennan, 19:39; 2. Natalie Kohler, 28:09; 3. Beth Mishler, 28:15; 4. Julie Williams, 28:16. — Staff report
No. 3 Virginia stifles Tar Heels By The Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and No. 3 Virginia’s defense locked down in the second half to beat No. 12 North Carolina 75-64 on Monday night. Justin Anderson added 16 for the Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who responded to their first loss of the season by blowing open a tight game at halftime for an impressive road win. Coming off Saturday’s loss to Duke in one of the program’s biggest home games in years, Virginia erased a 33-32 halftime deficit by shooting 50 percent while holding the Tar Heels (17-6, 7-3) completely in check to build an 18-point lead and improve to 8-0 in true road games this year. After shooting 52 percent in the first half, UNC went just 11-for-29 (38 percent) after halftime while preseason ACC player of the year Marcus Paige struggled for open looks against
Brogdon’s constant defensive harassment. No. 8 KANSAS 89, No. 11 IOWA STATE 76 LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wayne Selden Jr. scored 19 points in a hot-shooting second half to spark Kansas past Iowa State. Selden, after missing all three of his shots and scoring only one point in the first half, drilled four of his first five 3-pointers after intermission, often finding himself virtually unguarded on the right wing, as the Jayhawks (19-3, 8-1 Big 12) padded their lead in the Big 12 race to 1½ games. Georges Niang had 24 points for Iowa State (16-5, 6-3), which dropped out of a second-place tie with West Virginia. Leading 35-28 after a seesaw first half, the Jayhawks reeled off a 14-6 run the first 4 minutes, 45 seconds after intermission, with Selden scoring eight points, including two uncontested 3-pointers. Iowa State called time out and tried to regroup after Selden’s second 3-pointer put Kansas on top 49-34 but never got the lead under nine points.
Basketball The Top 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 1, 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 1. Kentucky (65) 21-0 1,625 2. Gonzaga 22-1 1,503 3. Virginia 19-1 1,470 4. Duke 18-3 1,416 5. Wisconsin 19-2 1,381 6. Arizona 20-2 1,338 7. Villanova 19-2 1,209 8. Kansas 18-3 1,177 9. Louisville 18-3 1,114 10. Notre Dame 20-3 1,072 11. Iowa St. 16-4 892 12. North Carolina 17-5 861 13. Utah 17-4 824 14. N. Iowa 20-2 792 15. West Virginia 18-3 779 16. Wichita St. 19-3 678 17. Maryland 18-4 508 18. VCU 17-4 479 19. Baylor 16-5 420 20. Ohio St. 17-5 358 21. Oklahoma 14-7 312 22. Butler 16-6 250 23. SMU 18-4 221 24. Georgetown 15-6 162 25. Texas 14-7 106
Prv 1 3 2 4 5 6 7 9 10 8 15 13 11 18 17 12 16 14 20 — 24 25 — 21 19
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 40, Seton Hall 22, Arkansas 21, Indiana 18, San Diego St. 18, Colorado St. 11, Dayton 9, Tulsa 8, Xavier 8, Stephen F. Austin 5, Providence 3, Stanford 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Murray St. 2, Oklahoma St. 2, Temple 2, Georgia 1, Michigan St. 1, Rhode Island 1, Valparaiso 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 Feb. 1, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Kentucky (31) 21-0 799 1 2. Gonzaga (1) 22-1 749 3 3. Virginia 19-1 709 2 4. Wisconsin 19-2 703 5 5. Duke 18-3 691 4 6. Arizona 20-2 650 6 7. Villanova 19-2 595 7 8. Louisville 18-3 560 9 9. Kansas 18-3 549 11 10. Notre Dame 20-3 530 8 11. Utah 17-4 417 10 12. West Virginia 18-3 408 17 13. North Carolina 17-5 399 14 14. Iowa State 16-4 396 16 15. Northern Iowa 20-2 374 18 16. Maryland 18-4 319 13 17. Wichita State 19-3 316 12 18. VCU 17-4 214 15 19. Baylor 16-5 207 19 20. Ohio State 17-5 173 — 21. Oklahoma 14-7 138 — 22. Butler 16-6 94 — 23. SMU 18-4 68 — 24. Georgetown 15-6 57 22 25. Indiana 16-6 49 21 Others receiving votes: Arkansas 39, Colorado State 37, Texas 37, Dayton 27, San Diego State 25, Texas A&M 16, Wyoming 10,
Providence 9, Tulsa 8, Seton Hall 7, Stephen F. Austin 7, Michigan State 5, TCU 5, Stanford 2, LSU 1, Valparaiso 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 Feb. 1, 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 (26) 21-0 842 1 2. UConn (8) 20-1 824 2 3. Baylor 20-1 776 3 4. Notre Dame 21-2 748 4 5. Maryland 19-2 680 5 6. Tennessee 19-3 676 6 7. Oregon St. 19-1 650 7 8. Louisville 19-2 629 8 9. Florida St. 20-2 561 9 10. Arizona St. 20-2 528 11 11. Kentucky 17-5 481 10 12. Stanford 16-5 437 12 13. North Carolina 18-4 408 16 14. Texas A&M 17-5 395 12 15. Duke 15-6 356 17 16. Iowa 17-4 303 20 17. Mississippi St. 22-3 296 18 18. Princeton 19-0 288 19 19. Nebraska 17-4 265 15 20. Texas 15-5 201 14 21. Rutgers 16-5 168 22 22. Georgia 17-5 138 21 23. Chattanooga 18-3 92 25 24. G. Washington 19-2 69 — 25. Syracuse 15-6 60 23 Others receiving votes: Seton Hall 57, Green Bay 49, South Florida 20, Oklahoma 10, Florida Gulf Coast 9, California 8, LSU 8, Dayton 4, James Madison 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Minnesota 3, Gonzaga 2, DePaul 1, Fresno St. 1.
Men’s Scores EAST American U. 57, Holy Cross 50 NJIT 86, Hampton 67 Pittsburgh 72, Bryant 67 Siena 79, Rider 72 SOUTH Coppin St. 80, Morgan St. 67 Howard 83, Md.-Eastern Shore 74 Jackson St. 69, Ark.-Pine Bluff 45 MVSU 68, Grambling St. 65 McNeese St. 73, SE Louisiana 60 NC Central 85, Florida A&M 43 Nicholls St. 67, New Orleans 55 Virginia 75, North Carolina 64 Winthrop 77, Charleston Southern 55 MIDWEST Green Bay 71, Wright St. 58 Kansas 89, Iowa St. 76 SOUTHWEST Alabama St. 73, Prairie View 71 Houston Baptist 77, Abilene Christian 61 Sam Houston St. 79, Lamar 50 Texas Southern 68, Alabama A&M 65, OT FAR WEST No major team scores reported
Women’s Scores EAST Bryant 73, St. Francis (Pa.) 71 CCSU 68, LIU Brooklyn 54 Robert Morris 71, Fairleigh Dickinson 58 St. Francis (NY) 52, Mount St.
Mary’s 46 SOUTH Ark.-Pine Bluff 57, Jackson St. 49 Campbell 62, Winthrop 52 Charleston Southern 70, UNC Asheville 57 Chattanooga 64, ETSU 56 Duke 66, Louisville 58 Florida St. 62, Syracuse 52 Furman 78, UNC-Greensboro 70 Gardner-Webb 50, Presbyterian 47 Grambling St. 62, MVSU 31 High Point 77, Longwood 63 Howard 92, Md.-Eastern Shore 90, OT LSU 74, Missouri 65 Liberty 75, Radford 39 Mercer 74, Samford 59 Morgan St. 62, Coppin St. 53 NC Central 59, Florida A&M 48 Wofford 59, W. Carolina 49 MIDWEST Indiana 72, Purdue 55 Ohio St. 76, Michigan St. 62 SOUTHWEST Alabama St. 73, Prairie View 65 Texas Southern 67, Alabama A&M 54 FAR WEST
NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Pct GB .673 — .404 13 .348 15½ .208 22½ .204 23 .816 — .633 9 .447 18 .438 18½ .294 26 .612 — .600 ½ .542 3½ .375 11½ .347 13
WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Memphis 36 12 Houston 33 15 Dallas 33 17 San Antonio 30 18 New Orleans 26 22 Northwest Division Portland 32 16 Oklahoma City 24 24 Denver 19 29 Utah 17 30 Minnesota 8 40 Pacific Division Golden State 37 8 L.A. Clippers 33 16 Phoenix 28 22 Sacramento 17 29 L.A. Lakers 13 35
.750 .688 .660 .625 .542
Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 51 32 15 4 68 166 133 Montreal 49 32 14 3 67 130 111 Detroit 50 29 12 9 67 149 129 Boston 50 27 16 7 61 134 124 Florida 48 21 17 10 52 118 138 Ottawa 48 20 19 9 49 136 136 Toronto 51 22 25 4 48 144 156 Buffalo 50 14 33 3 31 94 179 Metropolitan Division N.Y. Islanders 49 32 16 1 65 158 139 Pittsburgh 50 28 14 8 64 145 129 N.Y. Rangers 48 29 15 4 62 145 115 Washington 50 25 15 10 60 147 129 Philadelphia 51 22 22 7 51 140 151 New Jersey 50 19 22 9 47 113 138 Columbus 48 21 24 3 45 120 151 Carolina 49 17 26 6 40 105 129
California 57, Washington St. 54 Oregon 63, Southern Cal 57 Oregon St. 82, UCLA 64 Stanford 82, Washington 69
Atlantic Division W L Toronto 33 16 Brooklyn 19 28 Boston 16 30 New York 10 38 Philadelphia 10 39 Southeast Division Atlanta 40 9 Washington 31 18 Miami 21 26 Charlotte 21 27 Orlando 15 36 Central Division Chicago 30 19 Cleveland 30 20 Milwaukee 26 22 Detroit 18 30 Indiana 17 32
Boston at New York, 3:30 p.m. Utah at Portland, 6 p.m. Golden State at Sacramento, 6 p.m. All Times AST
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.667 — .500 8 .396 13 .362 14½ .167 24 .822 — .673 6 .560 11½ .370 20½ .271 25½
Monday’s Games Charlotte 92, Washington 88 Cleveland 97, Philadelphia 84 Milwaukee 82, Toronto 75 Brooklyn 102, L.A. Clippers 100 New Orleans 115, Atlanta 100 Oklahoma City 104, Orlando 97 Dallas 100, Minnesota 94 Memphis 102, Phoenix 101 Tuesday’s Games Denver at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Miami at Detroit, 3:30 p.m.
Central Division Nashville 49 32 11 6 70 149 115 St. Louis 49 32 13 4 68 160 120 Chicago 50 31 17 2 64 155 115 Winnipeg 52 26 18 8 60 144 137 Dallas 49 23 19 7 53 157 159 Colorado 50 21 18 11 53 131 141 Minnesota 49 23 20 6 52 135 140 Pacific Division Anaheim 50 32 12 6 70 147 134 San Jose 51 27 17 7 61 143 140 Calgary 51 28 20 3 59 149 131 Vancouver 48 27 18 3 57 131 124 Los Angeles 49 21 16 12 54 134 132 Arizona 50 18 26 6 42 116 170 Edmonton 51 14 28 9 37 120 170 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games Edmonton 5, San Jose 4, SO N.Y. Rangers 6, Florida 3 Calgary 5, Winnipeg 2 Tuesday’s Games Ottawa at New Jersey, 3 p.m. Florida at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. Los Angeles at Washington, 3 p.m. Arizona at Columbus, 3 p.m. Buffalo at Montreal, 3:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 4 p.m. Toronto at Nashville, 4 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Colorado at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Carolina at Anaheim, 6 p.m. All Times AST
Transactions BASEBALL Major League Baseball OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL — Named Frank Robinson senior adviser and the honorary president of the American League. Suspended Boston minor league SS Ricardo Cubillan (Lowell-NYP) 76 games after testing positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone; free agent minor league INF Wilson Betemit 50 games and San Francisco minor league RHP Ethan Miller (SalemNWL) after testing positive for Amphetamine; and free agent minor league 1B Tanner Norton 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse; all violations of the Minor League
Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. American League LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Agreed to terms with RHP Garrett Richards on a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Signed RHP Ronald Belisario, INF Alexi Casilla and LHP Robert Zarate to minor league contracts. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Agreed to terms with C Gerald Laird on a minor league contract. CINCINNATI REDS — Agreed to terms with LHP Paul Maholm on a minor league contract. NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with 1B Lucas Duda on a one-year contract. Named Ryan Ellis short-season hitting coordinator, Benny DiStefano outfield coordinator, Lamar Johnson hitting coordinator. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with 1B Brandon Belt on a one-year contract and with RHP Cory Gearrin, LHP Braulio Lara, RHP Curtis Partch, LHP Nikolas Turley, INF Carlos Triunfel and OF Justin Maxwell on minor league contracts. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Casey Janssen on a one-year contract. Designated RHP Eric Fornataro for assignment. BASKETBALL NBA DETROIT PISTONS — Signed G John Lucas III to a 10-day contract. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS_ Signed F James Michael McAdoo to second 10-day contract. Women’s National Basketball Association NEW YORK LIBERTY — Signed G Tanisha Wright, C Carolyn Swords and F Rebecca Allen. FOOTBALL National Football League ATLANTA FALCONS — Named Dan Quinn coach. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed OT Matthew O’Donnell. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Named Robb Akey defensive line coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League DALLAS STARS — Recalled D Jyrki Jokipakka from Texas (AHL). MONTREAL CANADIENS — Recalled F Jacob de la Rose from Hamilton (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer NEW YORK RED BULLS — Announced MF Tim Cahill has left the team by mutual agreement. NEW YORK CITY FC — Signed F Adam Nemec. TORONTO FC — Announced F Sebastian Giovinco was transferred from Juventus (Serie A-Italy) COLLEGE CHATTANOOGA — Named Danny McBride women’s assistant soccer coach. UTAH — Announced running backs coach Dennis Erickson was named assistant head football coach; quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick and offensive line coach Jim Harding were named co-offensive coordinators, and recruiting coordinator Morgan Scalley will coach special teams. Named John Pease defensive coordinator and defensive line coach and Justin Ena linebackers coach.
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derstanding of the process but also encourages accountability, he said. Each round of negotiations does not necessarily result in an overhaul of the contracts, Erkeneff said. Throughout the discussions, any sections in the education association contract or any articles in the support association contract up for revision are labeled as a “Tentative Agreement,” she said. Once the agreements have been resolved, both sides revise and ratify their official contracts and the Board of Education must vote whether or not to accept the school district’s finalized contract, Erkeneff said. The school district’s proposals during the negotiations are a combination of assessing the “general fund balance, next year’s deficit, fiscal reality and compensating our teachers who work really, really hard,” Erkeneff said. “The district always looks at how to be fiscally responsible,” Erkeneff said.
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said. other names. The school district’s negoThe seven candidates vying tiating team also includes Asfor a spot on the commission sistant Superintendent of Inare Jerry L. Farrington, Keith structional Support Dave Jones, D. Baxter, Dale Bagley, Peggy Director of Secondary EducaMullen, Pete Sprague, Patrick tion John O’Brien, Director S. Cowan and Dan Nelson. of Human Resources Joann Farrington said he wanted to Riener, Erkeneff said. Interim play an active role in the comSuperintendent Sean Dusek munity. will not be involved in the pro“I didn’t want to complain,” cess, she said. Farrington said. “I wanted to do “It is not yet determined if something about it.” the meetings will be open to the The seven charter commispublic,” Erkeneff said. “That is sioners would have one year to something that will be mutually agreed on by the three negotiating teams.” No minutes of the meetings will be posted publicly, ErkenContinued from page A-1 eff said. The public will be able to submit written or verbal comis another potential source of mentary to the Board of Educafunding for other infrastructure tion at scheduled meetings or work, Herron said. Alaska curon the school district website rently receives a share of federthrough out the entire process, al revenue from onshore develshe said. Fischer said he hopes the Reach Kelly Sullivan at kel- opment, but it does not receive meetings are open to the public. ly.sullivan@peninsulaclarion. a share of federal revenue from offshore development, despite Not only does this increase un- com.
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President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, said last week when talking about the gas issue. Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and chairwoman of the Senate Resources Committee, said pieces that need to be in place during this session to help keep the project on track include legislation on property tax valuation of the pipeline and addressing right-of-way issues through Denali State Park. There also needs to be a determination on royalty issues, she said. Rutherford said the administration is doing its due diligence on a right-of-way bill. An advisory group established last year that includes local government representatives has been tasked with making recommendations surrounding property taxes and ways to mitigate the financial effects to communities affected by the
‘Good progress has been made in this matter but discussions are ongoing.’ — Dona Keppers, Deputy Revenue Commissioner project. Dona Keppers, a deputy Revenue Department commissioner, said the question of what, if any, legislation is required and what changes to oil and gas property tax laws might be required to enable the project to go ahead is complex. “Good progress has been made in this matter but discussions are ongoing,” Keppers said in an email. “Any proposal that requires legislative approval will be submitted to the legislature in a timely fashion, consistent with the overall project timeline.”
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draft a charter that would be put up for a vote at a later time. The charter would give the city of Soldotna more autonomy when determining issues that are currently limited or determined by the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Bagley said the impetus for wanting home rule stemmed from an initiative that would eliminate a tax on non-prepared foods during the winter months. “The biggest burning issue is the food tax,” Bagley said. Bagley said that if there were a grocery tax exemption, the city would probably increase the property tax to negate the loss of tax revenue.
Another option would be to cut city programs, but Bagley said he didn’t know of any that could realistically be cut. “I don’t know where the big chunk of fat is in the city of Soldotna,” Bagley said. The charter commission election has been a topic of controversy. Many around the community, such as Soldotna resident Daniel Lynch, have claimed the city hasn’t done enough to educate the public. “My biggest concern is that people are uninformed that there is an election, what the election is about, and voting on commissioners who are already elected because they were the
only seven that applied,” Lynch said. Many people, including Sprague, expect a low voter turnout of less than 500 people. Regardless of the outcome, people including Lynch hope the voter turnout is strong. “What would make me happy is if 75 percent of the voters on the roll show up, because the rolls haven’t been purged in quite a while, and that would be about 100 percent,” Lynch said.
the fact that offshore projects have affect life onshore, Herron said. Establishing a revenuesharing agreement for offshore development was one of the projects suggested by the commission. Possible projects include the development of an Arctic port; oil and gas exploration; spill-prevention resources; home access to water, sewer and sanitation services in rural
communities; reducing power and heating costs; workforce development; and increased research. Other suggestions in the report include basing more fishing vessels in Alaska; additional exploration and development in the Ambler mining district; and more work mapping the Arctic. The report purposefully did not prioritize the projects because the 26 commission mem-
bers had differing ideas about what was most important, McGuire said. The commission has spent the last two years developing an Arctic policy for the state. McGuire and Herron are co-chairs of the commission and introduced companion bills in the Senate and House to establish the state’s Arctic policy.
Around Alaska State senator: Make NYC’s Central Park a wilderness area JUNEAU — A Republican lawmaker has a suggestion of where President Barack should look for America’s next wilderness area. State Sen. Cathy Giessel is urging Obama and Congress to acquire New York City’s Central Park and close it off to development. It’s another example of Alaska political leaders pushing back against Obama’s plan to ask Congress to designate much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, putting it and its potentially oil-rich coastal plain off-limits to drilling. A similar resolution went nowhere in 2012. Federal overreach is a big theme for the Republican-controlled Alaska Legislature this year. One state senator advocates ignoring an Interior Department rejection of a road through another refuge. Another warned in a Dr. Seuss-style poem read on the Senate floor that while Alaskans may look sweet, they’re likely “packin’ heat.”
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KSKA reports police Chief Mark Mew and his staff analyzed how many violent shootings have occurred this year, compared with past Januarys. Mew says January had 31 violent shootings this year, compared to 12 for the same time period last year and 14 in 2013. Mew says drugs are a common element so far. He says some of the incidents appear to be related through gang activity, with some possibly involving retaliation. Police are assembling a task force consisting of up to 15 officers. The department also is reaching out to federal agencies to potentially coordinate on a task force.
McGuire to wait for investigator’s report for guard hearings
JUNEAU — The chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday that it makes sense to wait for the findings of a special investigator before delving into allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Alaska National Guard. Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, said by text message that she believes there is merit in waiting to hear those findings first and then hold thorough hearings. Gov. Bill Walker’s administration last month announced the hiring of retired state court judge Patricia Collins to investigate allegations of sexual abuse or harassment by National Guard Anchorage police to create members. A confidential report is due to Attorney General task force after homicides Craig Richards by April 30 and a proposed public version of ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police officials say a multiagen- the report is due by May 31. The legislative session is schedcy task force will be created to address the flurry of homicides and uled to end April 19. other violent crimes in the first month of the new year. — The Associated Press
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RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR RENT: ALASKA 1st REALTY 44045 Kalifornsky Beach Rd., Soldotna www.Alaska1stRealty.com, e-mail; Alaska1stRealtyInc@gmail.com, phone: (907)260-7653
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PROJECT MANAGER Trihydro Corporation has an opening for a Project Manager in Soldotna, AK. Applicants must have a BS in Geology or Civil/Env Engineering and ten years of relevant experience. Applicants with refinery, petrochemical, or upstream oil and gas experience and professional certification are preferred. Duties will include project management, technical report preparation, field work, health and safety compliance, oversight of field crews performing general environmental services, client/business development, and oversight of operation activities for groundwater remediation systems. The selected applicant will oversee the delivery of work scope, schedule, budgets, and client expectations within an active petroleum refinery. Additionally, the selected applicant will assist in the development of a Trihydro office in the Soldotna area. Applicants must have a clean driving record. Applicants must live or be available to relocate to the Kenai Peninsula. Excellent technical writing, client management, and Microsoft Office computer skills are required. Submit application, resume and cover letter at: www.trihydro.com Trihydro is an EEO/AA employer.
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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT AT KENAI In the Matter of the Estate
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of LAVERN MILLER
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Deceased. Case No. 3KN-14-241
NOTICE TO CREDITORS 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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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT AT KENAI In the Matter of the Estate
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS 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. DATED this 15th day January, 2015 PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS DOWNS PUBLISH: 1/20, 27, 2/3, 2015
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Trust Land Office Notice under 11 AAC 99.050 of Decision to Dispose of Parcels through the Annual Land Sale Program TLO Project 2015-99 Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the provisions of AS 38.05.801 and 11 AAC 99, the Executive Director of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office (TLO) has determined that it is in the best interest of the Alaska Mental Health Trust and its beneficiaries to dispose of approximately 62 Trust parcels through the TLO's Annual Land Sale Program. The basis for this determination is explained in a written best interest decision prepared by the Executive Director pursuant to 11 AAC 99.040. The Trust land affected by the decision is adjacent or near the following communities: Little Tutka Bay, Moose Pass, Nikiski, Palmer, Delta Junction, Ester, Fairbanks, Olnes, Salcha, Edna Bay, Juneau, Ketchikan, Meyers Chuck, Petersburg, and Wrangell. Legal descriptions of the parcels may be found in the written best interest decision. Persons who believe that the written decision should be altered because it is not in the best interests of the Trust or its beneficiaries, or because the decision is inconsistent with Trust CC management principles set out in 11 AAC 99.020, or any other provision of 11 AAC 99, YY must provide written comments on or before 4:30 PM, March 5, 2015. Comments should be submitted to the TLO at 2600 Cordova Street, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99503, or by fax (907) 269-8905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Following the comment deadline, the Executive Director will consider timely comments that question the decision on the basis of the best interest of the Alaska Mental Health Trust and its beneficiaries or inconsistency with 11 AAC 99, and the best interest decision may be changed in response to such written comments or other information. Commenting parties will be provided a copy of the final best interest decision after the end of the notice period. To be eligible to file for reconsideration of the best interest decision, or to file a subsequent appeal to the Superior Court, a person must have submitted written comments during the notice period. Eligible persons will have twenty (20) calendar days after receipt of the final written decision to request that the Executive Director reconsider the decision under 11 AAC 99.060(b). Copies of the written decision are available at the Trust Land Office, or at www.mhtrustland.org. If you have any questions concerning this action, please contact the Trust Land Office at (907) 269-8658. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Alaska Mental Health Trust is prepared to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Trust Land Office at (907) 269-8658 for assistance. Requests for assistance must be received at least 96 hours prior to the comment deadline in order to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided. The Executive Director of the TLO reserves the right to waive technical defects in this notice or to amend, postpone, or vacate the best interest decision.
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DATED this 15th day January, 2015
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE CANDIE MILLER
PUBLISH: 1/20, 27, 2/3, 2015
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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT AT KENAI
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CITY OF SOLDOTNA 177 NORTH BIRCH STREET SOLDOTNA, ALASKA 99669 Phone 907â€˘262â€˘9107 The City of Soldotna hereby invites qualified firms to submit a firm price for acceptance by the City for the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex Re-Roof. The project consists of the following: Remove existing built-up-roof (BUR) and install a new ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber roof assembly per plans and specifications. New installation includes framing, flashing, finishing insulation, mechanical and drainage. Removal of existing roof will include asbestos removal per plans and specifications. A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex located at 538 Arena Drive, Soldotna, AK on Feburary 12th at 10:00AM. Attendance at the pre-bid is not required. This contract is subject to the provision of State of Alaska, Title 36, Minimum Wage Rates. The subsequent contract will require certificates of insurance and may require performance and payment bonds. One (1) complete set of the bid package is to be submitted to the City of Soldotna at 177 North Birch Street, Soldotna, Alaska 99669. These forms must be enclosed in a sealed envelope with the bidder's name on the outside and clearly marked: BID: Soldotna Regional Sports Complex Re-Roof SOLP 15-03 DUE DATE: Feburary 26, 2015 at 3:00PM The project documents may be obtained from the City of Soldotna beginning Janurary 30, 2015 for a non-refundable fee of $40.00 (without tax). An additional non-refundable fee of $5.00 will be required if mailing is requested. Project documents may be downloaded from the City of Soldotna web site at www.ci.soldotna.ak.us site. It is not required to be on the planholders list to bid on City of Soldotna projects. To receive project addendums, you must be on the planholders list. To be placed on the planholders list, please contact Suzanne Lagasse either by phone (714-1241) or email email@example.com .Downloading projects from the City web site does not automatically put you on the planholders list.
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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. DATED this 16th day January, 2015
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Stepmother wishes others wouldn’t devalue her role DEAR ABBY: I’m a 42-year-old divorced woman with no children. My ex-husband has a son whose life I was a part of for 18 years. When people ask if I have kids, my reply is, “Yes, I have a stepson.” Why do people think it’s OK to say things like, “That’s not the same as having your own,” or, “That doesn’t count”? Then they usually go on to ask why I don’t have children of my own. My response is a big fat lie. I say, “It just never happened.” The truth is my ex didn’t want any more children. What can I say to these people to let them know that they need to stop and think about what they say and ask, because their word choice in this circumstance is hurtful to the point of tears? — STEPMOM IN CALIFORNIA DEAR STEPMOM: A person who would downplay your role as a parent is rude, thoughtless and not worth your time. As to asking why someone is childless, I have addressed this subject in my column before. While many folks start conversations by asking whether someone has children, it can be a dangerous question. I learned my lesson and stopped asking after having received an answer from one man that his son was doing life in prison as an accomplice to murder. Another man told me he had two children,
a daughter and an estranged son who was also serving a long sentence — for selling narcotics. Neither person was happy to have been asked. After that, I stopped asking. I see no reason why you shouldn’t simply tell the truth about why you are child-free. Not having (or wanting) children is nothing to be ashamed of — it’s a personal choice Abigail Van Buren that an increasing number of couples have opted for without regret. DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for 18 months. Last night we were talking about doing more in the bedroom, and he told me that he is bisexual. I have nothing against the LGBT community, but finding this out after so long shocked me. I’m worried now, and I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that he has sex with guys. I just can’t quite look at or think of him the same way. I really do love him and can still see a future with
him. I just don’t know how to handle this BIG news. Please, Abby, you’re my only hope. — LIZ IN TEXAS DEAR LIZ: I would be curious about why your boyfriend waited so long to tell you. Because someone is bisexual does not mean the person is unfaithful and sleeping with both sexes at the same time. It simply means the person is attracted to members of both sexes. You need to have further discussion with your boyfriend regarding his attitude about his COMMITMENT TO YOU before deciding what to do about his “big” news. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. For an excellent guide to becoming a better conversationalist and a more sociable person, order “How to Be Popular.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)
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Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015: This year you open up to many changes that are often triggered by surprising events. You might fight the inevitable, which will make the transformation process more difficult, but you will be delighted with the results. If you are single, you will have many different potential suitors that come your way. Consider the different types of relationships you could form with each person. If you are attached, the two of you will have some exciting moments occur that you might need to adjust to. Fight less, and be more understanding. Learn to accept your differences and make them strengths. LEO challenges you often. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Though you might not be directly hit by the Full Moon, an element of excitement will run through your day. Don’t worry if a conversation goes off the deep end; everything will end well. You’ll discover how much you like an extra-charged atmosphere. Tonight: In the thick of things. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH You could feel pressured, as the Full Moon adds an element of stress to your day. You are a sign that likes life to proceed at a smooth, easy pace, so when uproar occurs, your tension levels automatically soar. Know that this, too, will pass. Tonight: Search for a happy ending. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHHYou could be overwhelmed
by a sudden onslaught of activity. People seem to pop up from out of nowhere with demands that could shock you. Know when you have had enough, and be willing to say so. Others will respect your boundaries. Tonight: Talk and visit with pals. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Be aware of the costs of heading in a certain direction and of making choices that are not flexible. As tempting as an offer might be, you would be well-advised to hold off for a few days and see if you feel the same way later. Tonight: Do research, pay bills, then put up your feet. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Allow greater flexibility with others today, especially a child or new friend. This person might appear to be quite rebellious, but you’ll be able to identify with him or her, as long as you just relax. Trust yourself. Tonight: Play as if there were no tomorrow. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Deal directly with a loved one whom you care a lot about. Oneon-one relating could have a slight edge to it, but it’s nothing you can’t deal with. Good news is sure to follow this long-overdue meeting. Use your instincts, and you’ll be on cruise control. Tonight: Just be yourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Reach out to someone, and refuse to stand on ceremony. Let this person know that you care about him or her. Sometimes you overthink situations. Don’t. A meeting might be more important than you originally had thought. Tonight: Be with a favorite person.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Others often look to you when there is a major change. You could be overwhelmed by everything you need to accomplish. Avoid becoming stern or demanding with others. Be gracious with a family member or roommate. Tonight: Make the most of the moment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHThe unexpected runs rampant, yet it will delight you. Acknowledge a problem by relating to one individual or a certain group of people. You could be in the mood to be apathetic, but ultimately you’ll want this issue to work itself out. Tonight: Favorite music, favorite place. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You might be in a situation that could be rather explosive and changeable. You are likely to have some difficulty keeping a lid on a budding problem. Trust a partner or associate to handle this issue with you. Tonight: Opt for togetherness. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHHToday’sFullMoonemphasizes your long-term desires. How you deal with a partner and the choices you make could color a situation differently. Try to avoid an either-or situation, and put your focus on what you have in common. Tonight: Prepare to have some fun! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Know that you have more opportunities ahead than you see at the moment. Be willing to dissect an idea in order to see all of the possible options. Encourage a brainstorming session with a friend. You could be surprised by what comes up. Tonight: Choose a fun stressbuster.
Dear Heloise: In the Houston Chronicle, I read the hint from a reader in your column about ways to use CARDBOARD WINE CARRIERS from grocery stores. (Heloise here: The reader uses them to store glassware.) My local stores are happy to have both them and the nice wine bags returned. — Robin Rodriquez, Texas Robin, thank you for writing. You and many readers suggested the same hint, to take them back to the stores. However, you should call first, because there may be a health-code issue about using these for another customer. However, if the stores recycle them, it’s a win-win all around! — Heloise TWO HINTS Dear Heloise: I read your hints in The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. I just wanted to pass on two hints that have helped our household. We bought standing coat hangers (Heloise here: Not a wire coat hanger that stands by itself, but a “coat hanger,” usually wood or metal, that stands upright and is used to hang coats on. A fun play on words that sometimes does get confusing!) and put them in the bedrooms. They are great for hanging sweats, pajamas, robes, etc., rather than piling them on the bed or floor. Also, I have two hampers, one for whites/off-whites and one for colors. This makes doing laundry a snap versus separating on laundry day. — Melissa B., Harrisburg, Pa. Hey, Melissa, I, too, have a “coat hanger,” but it’s in my closet. I use it to hang my sweaters. I first fold the sweater in half lengthwise, then drape it over a clothes hanger like it’s a shawl. The arm area goes around the hook part, and the rest is hung over the hanger. No creases from being folded and put in a drawer or on a shelf. — Heloise
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — After 13 years of helping others relieve stress, Dexter has a stress-free schedule of naps and treats planned for his future. The long-haired Dachshund was one of the first animals to join Aggieland Pets with a Purpose, a nonprofit organization launched in 2002 that provides animals for emotional, educational and rehabilitative purposes. Dexter’s owner, Kit Darling, has had the dog since he was eight-weeks-old. Now the nearly 15-year-old dog’s muzzle is outlined in tufts of white, and his black eyes are calm. When he trots down the hall behind Darling at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, someone passing calls out, “Hey Dexter!” He’s well-known in Darling’s building, where she works as the infection prevention coordinator. A carrier, dog bed and water bowl sit in the corner of Darling’s office, and photos of Dexter and her second dachshund, Daschle, line the walls and her computer.
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Darling thought the organization would be a good fit for her dog after she started fostering children in the early 2000s. Altogether she cared for eight foster children, even adopting one into her family. Dexter always seemed to know what they needed, Darling said; her first foster child calmed his nerves by lying on his bed and reading a small book to the young dog. “Dexter was always good when a new child would come to the home, they would be reSubmitted photo ally afraid and he’d come over and sit with them until they felt like they were OK,” she told Kiddi and Cricket “patiently” to go for an outing. The girls The Eagle of Bryan-College belong to Curt and Cathey Wallace of Soldotna. Station. “He just had a real sense about that.” Darling now serves as the president of the nonprofit Pet photos run on the Pets page every Tuesday. They group, which has more than can be color or black and white and may include people. 60 animals — the majority of Limit one photo per household. They may be e-mailed to those dogs, but the team email@example.com, dropped off at the Kenai cludes one cat and one minoffice or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, iature horse. The dogs come 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet’s and ownin all shapes, sizes and colors, er’s names, owner’s address and phone number must be from dachshunds and poodles included. Photos with an address written on the back will to Labrador retrievers and Rotbe returned. For more information, call 907-335-1251. tweilers. Their largest dog, an English mastiff, weighed in at more than 200 pounds. part of the organization, though pass a test for basic obedience The service animals must most are above two. They must and temperament, which certibe at least one-year-old to be have current vet screenings and fies them as a therapy animal.
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