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Holiday dinner on Hilcorp again By Kat Sorensen Peninsula Clarion

Hilcorp is once again sponsoring the annual Kenai Senior Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors 60 and older. The Kenai Senior Center hosts a Thanksgiving dinner each year that is open to seniors from across the peninsula. Hilcorp has donated $3,500 to the city of Kenai to purchase food, supplies and other necessities to help host the event. The dinner is a tradition that started in 1976 when the Homemakers Club provided and served the first meal to seniors, according to city documents. “From there it grew and has been passed on through Unocal Oil, Agrium and Marathon Oil,” according to a memo from Kathy Romain, senior center director. “Since 2012, Hilcorp has continued that tradition by providing the funding and the volunteers.” The $3,500 is divided between food and centerpieces. The food costs are estimated at $3,320 and the centerpieces at $180. The dinner will be held on Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kenai Senior Center at 361 Senior Court, Kenai. “This Thanksgiving dinner is just so widely accepted and actually anticipated by the community,” said Councilmember Jim Glendening at Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting. “The idea that Hillcorp would once again donate funds to guarantee its success is greatly appreciated by the folks at the senior center.”

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BLM to hold annual sale of oil lands More than 3.9 million acres on North Slope to be sold for development Dec. 11. By Peter Segall Juneau Empire

The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that 3.98 million acres of land on Alaska’s North Slope will be sold for oil and gas development Dec. 11. BLM will offer 350 tracts to be sold via sealed competitive bid;

the bid opening will be streamed live at the Bureau’s website at 10 a.m. that day. “This is one of several actions we are taking to further expand energy development in Alaska,” BLM Alaska State Director Chad Padgett said in a release. “With advancements in drilling technology, it was prudent to develop a new plan that provides for greater economic development of our resources while still providing protections for important resources, such as subsistence uses.”

The tracts are located south of Utqiagvik and the Beaufort Sea and part of what is called the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA). According to BLM, bids for the previous 14 lease sales generated more than $283 million, with half going to the State of Alaska. Half the proceeds going to the state is a provision of the 1981 Interior Appropriations Act, according to Lesli Ellis-Wouters, communications director for BLM in Alaska. That act also says that half of all receipts from “sales, rentals,

bonuses, and royalties on leases,” shall be paid to the state. BLM’s announcement said the sale was “in keeping with the Trump Administration’s goal of promoting America’s energy independence and bolstering Alaska’s economy.” On Facebook Thursday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy praised the sale, saying he was glad to see the administration opening more land for responsible oil and gas production. See sale, Page A15

‘Blueprint’ plan gets assembly’s approval By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

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Peninsula Art Guild Vice President Marion Nelson (left) and artist Rachel Grossl examine a portion of the “Gather” mural at the Kenai Fine Art Center on Saturday.

‘A Creative Challenge’ Artists gather for a collaborative mural project By Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

For the November and December exhibit at the Kenai Fine Art Center, local artists came together for a unique mural project — one that wraps around the entire gallery. “Gather: A Creative Challenge” is the name of the mural, currently on display at the Fine Art Center’s

gallery in Old Town Kenai. Eleven peninsula artists collaborated on the project, and each were given two or three spaces on the wall to use and only five days to paint. The paintings are on a temporary Tyvek canvas, rather than the actual walls of the building, so that the artists can take their work home when the exhibit is over. The subject matter and techniques that can be seen are as

varied as the artists themselves: on one side is a large portrait of a gorilla, while on the other there is a view of the Vancouver skyline. In between there are flowers, an underwater scene, and various abstract designs, and many of the segments blend into each other as they wrap around the room. Jason Ramirez was busy See create, Page A3

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed their 2019 Comprehensive Plan at their Tuesday meeting. The plan — required by statute —is prepared by the borough’s planning commission and submitted to the assembly as a proposal for the “systematic and organized development of the borough.” It includes several long-term goals for the borough that cover many facets of borough development, including the local economy, maintaining and sustaining natural resources and growing community connections. “A comprehensive plan is a policy document created by a community, with a combination of big vision goals and practical short-term strategies,” the 2019 Comprehensive Plan says. The plan lists a handful of core values, like economic opportunity, freedom with few restraints, rural small-town lifestyles, abundant natural resources, beautiful scenery and wildlife and strong community connections. The plan portrays a vision of the Kenai Peninsula, outlining goals for the future, including expanding and diversifying economic opportunities, See plan, Page A8

Fair Share campaign opens Homer office to collect signatures By Michael Armstrong Homer News

A week after the Homer office of Alaska’s Fair Share campaign opened, volunteers have gathered close to 600 signatures of the 692 needed to put House District 31 in the tally of qualifying districts necessary to put the oil and gas tax reform

initiative on the ballot. Under Alaska’s citizen initiative law, in 30 out 40 districts, sponsors must collect 7% of the last statewide vote in each district and 10% statewide, or 28,502 signatures total. The oil and gas tax reform effort has an office in Homer at 3756 Lake Street, Cabin No. 2. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Monday-Saturday. A family-friendly open house is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Fair Share sponsor Jane Angvik delivered signature booklets last month. Angvik, an Anchorage Democrat and former Anchorage Assembly member, sponsored the initiative with Anchorage attorney Robin Brena, an independent and

a lawyer and expert in oil and gas tax law, and Merrick Pierce, a Fairbanks Republican. Former Rep. Paul Seaton is one of the local volunteers and a petition book distributor. “This isn’t a partisan issue,” Brena said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “… It’s an Alaskan issue. … See office, Page A2

Among the ‘best of the best’ Soldotna High singer to perform in national choir ensemble. By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

A Soldotna High student will join “the best of the best” in a national choir event this week. Rowan Vasquez, a senior at Soldotna High School, was chosen among students from across the country to sing in the ensemble choir at the National Association for Music Education 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles. “I feel super blessed,” Vasquez said.

“I didn’t think I was going to get into it. I prayed a lot.” Vasquez left Wednesday — along with 556 students from 48 other states — for Orlando, Florida, where the national event takes place Nov. 7-10. Vasquez’s music career began her freshman year at Soldotna High, where she joined the school’s band. Since then, she has been a member of the school’s choir, honor choir and swing choir. She’s also performed in the leading roles of her school’s annual musicals. Vasquez said she’s grateful for music programs offered in the state and locally See singer, Page A15

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Rowan Vasquez, a senior at Soldotna High School, is pictured Tuesday in Soldotna. Vasquez will be representing the Kenai Peninsula when she attends the National Association for Music Education 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble in Florida this week.


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We’ve got an R, a D and an I (Republican, Democrat and Independent).” If the campaign collects enough signatures to be on the November 2020 ballot, and if it passes, the Fair Share Act would reverse some of the provisions of Senate Bill 21, passed in 2013, but only as they apply to North Slope legacy fields at Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk and Alpine. The act applies to fields north of 68 degrees latitude that have produced a minimum of 40 thousand barrels of oil in the last year and 400 million barrels of oil

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bring Alaskans’ share of oil revenues back to a onethird split as envisioned by the late Gov. Jay Hammond. Alaskans own the subsurface rights to oil that petroleum companies lease, produce and sell. “We are the JR Ewings of Alaska,” she said, referencing a character in “Dallas,” the 1980s TV show. “We are the owners.” That one-third deal hasn’t worked out, Angvik said. Before SB 21, the state got from 19% to 25% of gross sales. After SB21 it dropped from 1% to 12%. Production revenues fell from $4 billion in 2013 to $100 million in 2017. But because oil companies got production credits, when

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cumulatively. The Fair Share Act has three other components: ■ It increases productions revenues by increasing the gross tax rate, eliminating net tax credits and increasing Alaskan’s share of oil revenues as the price of oil and producers’ profits rise. ■ Called “ring fencing,” it only allows deductions to be done by field and not, as is done now, by applying deductions from other, lessprofitable or exploratory fields to profitable fields. ■ The act requires transparency of costs, revenues and profits for the three legacy fields. In an interview on Oct. 25, Angvik explained that the Fair Share Act seeks to

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those were applied net revenues dropped as low as minus $400 million in 2017. Brena said Alaska has cut taxes on the major fields about $1.5 billion a year. The Fair Share Act would get back 26% of the gross or about $1 billion. “That’s the difference between solving our budget deficit,” he said. “It’s helping fund dividends. It will help fund a capital budget for the first time in years. That will create more jobs in Alaska.” “If you’re concerned about addressing the fiscal gap of Alaska, it might be a good idea to vote for this initiative,” Angvik said. In response to the Fair Tax Act, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association said the tax would go too far. “The proposed ballot measure would dramatically increase taxes on the heart of Alaska’s oil patch,” said Kara Moriarty, president and CEO of AOGA in a statement. “No industry can sustain an increase of this magnitude without causing a disaster for our state’s economy.” “How can anybody accommodate $1 billion a year?” Angvik asked about AOGA’s assertion. “Oh — that’s us.” “If the state decides just to give away $1.5 billion, why don’t they give it to the people who do the most for Alaska?” Brena asked. While the Fair Share Act might seem like “an easy fix to the state’s fiscal situation,” Moriarty wrote in her statement, “the reality is, this is bad policy and it is irresponsible to put forth a major policy proposal like this where impacts have not been properly evaluated. Smart policy should encourage new oil production for all fields in Alaska which puts more oil in the pipeline.” When he was in the Legislature and voted on SB 21, initially Seaton voted against it. On reconsideration he voted with the majority “thinking I might be able to work with the rest of the people to cure some of the problems of the bill in the following Legislature.” That didn’t happen,

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Fair Share Act sponsor Jane Angvik holds an initiative petition booklet she delivered to Homer on Oct. 25.

Seaton said. “It was the worst vote I ever took because it was meaningless,” he said. SB 21 has had more than five years to prove it could work, Seaton said. “It’s no longer like it was when we gave people the benefit of the doubt until we see how it works,” he said. “(We have) fewer jobs, less revenue. It’s time to make a change.” As part of the process to approve the Fair Share Act to proceed as a citizen initiative, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer found that the proposed bill met the constitutional and statutory requirements to move forward. Meyer, acting on the advice of Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, went further, though. Meyer was to also prepare an impartial summary of the initiative that would go on the signature books and on the ballot. Meyer didn’t do that, Brena said. “I sent over a red line with corrections to their summary and asked to meet with them to discuss it,” he said. “They refused to meet or return the call.” The summary included everything from typographical errors to a biased summary, Brena said. For example, in the petition summary, it reads that act would change production taxes for North Slope areas “where the company produced more than 40,000 barrels of oil per day in the prior year and/or more than 400 million barrels total.” In the next sentence it reads, “It is unclear whether the area has to meet both the 40,000

and 400,000 (sic) million thresholds of just one of them.” “What is 400,000 million?” Brena asked. “That’s not even a number.” Even though the Fair Share language says “40,000 barrels of oil and 400 million barrels total,” the summary reads “and/or.” “ They intentionally suggest there’s confusion,” Brena said. “What’s confusing about ‘it has to be 40,000 and 400 million?’ … How can ‘and’ mean ‘and/or?’” Brena said it’s likely the Fair Share Act sponsors will have to sue the state to correct the errors. “The lieutenant governor’s description is not accurate, is not impartial, and hasn’t even been properly proofread,” he said. “… What do you do when people aren’t trying to get it right and won’t talk to you?” A lifelong Alaskan raised in Skagway, Brena describes himself as a fiscal conservative and pro development, a pro oil-and-gas attorney. “I think what’s best for Alaska is to develop our oil resources,” he said. “I just think Alaskans need to get a fair share from the sale of our oil.” For more information on the Fair Share Act, visit www. voteyesforalasksfairshare. com. For more on the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, visit Editor’s note: Editor Michael Armstrong graduated in 1977 with Robin Brena from New College of Florida, Sarasota. Reach Michael Armstrong at marmstrong@

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Leonard Ray Baldwin, 79, of Orofino, Idaho, former resident of Kenai, Alaska, passed away on October 6th, 2019. He was born in Kooskia Idaho, September 20th, 1940 and followed work to Alaska in the mid1970’s. He made Alaska his home until 2005 when he moved to Orofino, Idaho. Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mabel; his wife, Claudia; his son, Frankie; his brothers, Jim, Leo, Norman, David, and Dan; his sisters, Elsie Morgan, Violet Kinnick and Linda Denham. Leonard is survived by Marilyn Balwin, Randy, Greg (Scott Hagerty), Kristine Copple, Steven Sartin, Elva McFeron, Justin Baldwin, son-in-law Matt Copple, daughterin-law Sheila Sartin, Christa Baldwin, and grandchild, Joslyn Sartin.

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finishing up his segment last Saturday: a large, zoomed-in image of a sandwich he had crafted while working his day job at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna. Ramirez has been an artist for most of his life, but mostly focused on sculpture work until about three years when he discovered a passion for painting. Ramirez said that the subjects of his paintings tend to be real-life objects, and he has won awards in the past for his sandwiches — the painted ones, at least. Ramirez noted that crafting the real sandwiches is also a form of artistic expression for him. “Coming into the project I was like, ‘I’m not gonna paint a giant sandwich. What kind of fool is going to throw a sandwich on the mural?’” Ramirez said. As the artists were spitballing their ideas, Ramirez decided to go for it. Meanwhile, a few panels over, Tasha Skolnick was recreating a photo she captured while walking through Vancouver in the fall: a scene of a red-leaved tree adjacent to a bright yellow building. Skolnick said she was a little intimidated at first, wondering if her mural would fit with everyone else’s or if she’ll accidentally go

into someone else’s panel while working. Throughout the process, which Skolnick described as an “artistic jam session,” the artists offered each other guidance and tips while comparing styles in a way that alleviated Skolnick’s apprehension. “Most of us have been here a long time, and it’s really neat to be able to get into a community project where you meet people that you don’t normally see in everyday life,” Skolnick said. Rachel Grossl, a board member for the Peninsula Art Guild, was doing something a little different with her section of the mural: Grossl had painted a dragon that weaves in and out of several panels and stretches across other artists’ sections. Grossl said that she was inspired by her sister, who had a dragon painted on her bedroom wall back when they were teenagers. Grossl doesn’t consider painting her primary medium, but said that she enjoyed stepping out of her comfort zone for the sake of working with other artists. “Honestly, I’ve just sat back in awe at watching all the different techniques. For me, being around all the other artists is what’s so cool about it,” Grossl said. “I’m in exalted company.” The Kenai Fine Art Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. “Gather” will be on display through November and the first half of December.


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Women and Babies’ Health Fair

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Central Peninsula Hospital is holding a Women and Babies’ Health Fair on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the River Tower on the CPH campus. There will be a variety of hospital and community service and vendor booths on site with information and products for women of all ages and young children. Women will have the opportunity to have a mammogram and bone density screening along with discounted lab work. Of course there will also be door prize drawings for everyone!

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s PROPS (Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety) Committee teleconference meeting will be hosted in Kenai on Monday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Cook Inlet RCAC Office, 8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai. The public is welcome to attend. For directions or more information call 907-283-7222 or 800-652-7222.

November at the Kenai Refuge

The Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will meet in the Kenai Community Library on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1-3 p.m. This month’s program will be a talk by Caden MacLellan, owner of AlaskaBoy Productions, a local digital media production company who creates videos. Caden will demonstrate is videoing technique to record family members’ stories to keep family memories alive. He will also be available to answer questions. The meeting is free and the public is welcome to attend.

■■ Fire in the Forest Drop in Discovery Room (hands-on for all ages), Saturday, Nov. 9th ■■ Little PEEPS (pre-school) Thursday, Nov. 21: Amphibians ■■ Turkey Trot hike on Centennial Trail Saturday, Nov. 30 ■■ Saturday movies in the Visitor Center

Snowmobile Safety Event Kenai Refuge is partnering with Safe Kids for the annual Snowmobile Safety Event Saturday, Nov. 9 at Skyview Middle School commons 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 6-14. This is a dropin event where participants go through educational sessions (usually takes about one hour) and have an opportunity to purchase a DOT full face-shield helmet.

Wilderness First Aid Course The Kenai Refuge will be hosting a Wilderness First Aid Course Jan. 11-12, 2020 (16 hours $185). The one scheduled for January 2019 had been canceled due to the government shutdown. Currently we are generating an “interested” list. Contact Michelle at 260-2839 or michelle_ostrowski@ to be added to the list. You are not committed to anything at this point. Registration forms and a 50% deposit will start being collected in December when we switch from “interested” to the official registration.

Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Kenai at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Rd on Monday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Agenda topics will include review of by-laws in preparation for election meeting on November 19 and other business as needed. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

Rotary meeting The public is invited to attend our Rotary meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Siam Noodles restaurant at 6.30 p.m. and meet and greet youth exchange students Florian Sells of Germany and Mitch Michaud, KPC International exchange student. Rotary International promotes youth exchange and youth exchange programs to learn, listen, and live peaceably with all cultures. Please come and join us as we welcome our guests to Alaska.

Nikiski Senior Center events Nikiski Senior Center will host Bingo nights on Saturday, Nov. 9, 23. Potluck starts at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Santa Comes to the Nikiski Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 7. Craft fair and bake sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Santa and his reindeer will visit from 12-2:30 p.m.

Caregiver Support Meeting Soldotna Senior Center will host Caregiver Support Meeting — Training DVD “Caregiving: Wellness” on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Caregiving can be a very meaningful life experience. It can also present difficult challenges that leave caregivers feeling exhausted and isolated. In this program, we will examine factors that contribute to caregiver stress, and offer practical solutions for reducing stress and cultivating lifelong wellness. Please join us to share your experiences as a caregiver, or to support someone who is a caregiver. Call Sharon or Judy at 907-262-1280 for more information.


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KPC Showcase presents ‘Dawnland’ KPC Showcase presents “Dawnland” on Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. in the Mclane Commons at Kenai Peninsula College One of many featured events during Native American Heritage Month, this film is the untold story of Native American children being ripped away from their families, depriving them of their culture and erasing their identities. There will be a discussion immediately following the film, facilitated by Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart and Jennifer Williams. Please note: due to the emotional content of some scenes this film may be difficult for some viewers.

KPC presents ‘One Alaskan’s Recovery From Addiction’ The KPC Showcase and The Kenai Peninsula Reentry Coalition presents “One Alaskan’s Recovery From Addiction, The Streets, and Prison, with Ken Miller” on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the McLane Commons. Miller is writing a book about being homeless and recovering from addiction using a 12-step program. Kenai Peninsula Reentry Coalition will be available with community resources and information surrounding addiction and reentry services. This is part one of a two-part event, with a community discussion to follow at a later date. Some content of this presentation will be for mature audiences only.

Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month events Please join Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Campus in celebration of Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month. All events are free and open to the community. For more information, contact Rural & Native Student Services, 262-0213. ■■ Necklace Making at KPC, McLane room 266, Monday, Nov. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m. ■■ Speaker: Dr. Walkie Charles at KPC Steffy Building, Friday, Nov. 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. ■■ We Take Back Our Language Gathering at KPC Steffy Building, Saturday, Nov. 9 from 12-6 p.m. ■■ Rock Your Mocs, Thursday, Nov. 14, all day at KPC. ■■ mmy-winning film ‘Dawnland’, Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-9 p.m. in KPC McLane Commons. ■■ Cody Ferguson, Yup’ik singer and comedian, Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5:30-9 p.m. in KPC McLane Commons. ■■ Community Potluck at KPC Residence Hall Multipurpose Room, Saturday, Nov. 23 from 4-9 p.m.

Kenai Community Dog Park meetings Kenai Community Dog Park will host a meeting at the Kenai Library on Nov. 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. to develop vision statements for Kenai Dog Park; and on Dec. 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. to develop oals of Kenai Dog Park. These meetings are open to the public. This will assist us with requirements from a technical assistance grant and assist us with future funding requests.

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Meeting Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Board of Directors will meet Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., in the conference room at its Kenai office located at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The meeting is open to the public and an agenda will be posted at

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From Europe, lessons on a wealth tax


ernie Sanders often points to Europe as his economic model, but there’s one lesson from the Continent that he and Elizabeth Warren want to ignore. Europe has tried and mostly rejected the wealth taxes that the two presidential candidates are now promising for America. Senator Warren’s plan sets an annual 2% tax on assets above $50 million, and the rate rises to 6% for billionaires. Bernie Sanders wants to tax joint filers’ wealth between $32 million and $10 billion at rates of 1% to 8%. His advisers brag that this could wipe out half a billionaire’s wealth in 15 years. The candidates say these taxes will deliver “justice” and revenue to finance their vast new spending plans. That’s also what Europe’s socialists said only to find it didn’t work: — Sweden. The Nordic country had a wealth tax for most of the 20th century, though its revenue never accounted for more than 0.4% of gross domestic product in the postwar era. One reason is that the levy treated different assets differently. This distorted investment as the wealthy took on debt to buy tax-free assets. If the U.S. farm lobby convinced President Warren to remove farmland as a taxable asset, say, prepare for a property bubble. The relatively small Swedish tax still was enough of a burden to drive out some of the country’s brightest citizens. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad famously left Sweden for Switzerland in the 1970s over onerous taxation. In 2007 the government repealed its 1.5% tax on personal wealth over $200,000. — Germany. Berlin imposed levies of 0.5% and 0.7% on personal and corporate wealth in 1978. The rate rose to 1% in 1995, but the Federal Constitutional Court struck down the wealth tax that year, and it was effectively abolished by 1997. America’s Founders banned “direct taxes” not apportioned by state population. Ms. Warren argues her law isn’t a direct tax, but courts would get their say. … — France. In 1982 Socialist President François Mitterrand imposed a wealth tax with a top rate of 1.5% on assets above $1.5 million at the time. The tax was eliminated then reimposed several years later. In 2013 another Socialist President, François Hollande, tried to hit the wealthy even harder. The results? Some 70,000 millionaires have left France since 2000, according to the South African research group New World Wealth. In 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron, a former economic adviser to Mr. Hollande, scrapped the scheme in favor of a property tax. … — Austria. One difficulty of imposing a wealth tax is figuring out how much someone is worth. Valuing securities, homes or private jets is at least relatively objective. What about modern art, race horses or closely held companies? When Austria abolished its decadesold wealth tax in 1994, officials cited the administrative burden of calculating the exact levy. While a dozen European states had wealth taxes in 1990, the number has fallen to three today. Nationally Spain taxes fortunes above €700,000 at 0.2%, rising to 2.5% at roughly €10.7 million. Rates can vary among Spain’s regions, but does anyone think of Madrid as an economic model? Switzerland’s wealth tax hits the middle class, starting in the low six figures inside most of the country’s 26 cantons. Norway taxes wealth starting at about $170,000 at 0.85%, but the country’s oil reserves have let it get away with bad economic decisions for decades. Despite the obvious flaws, the wealth tax stays alive in the socialist mind because it is the ultimate populist envy tax. Donald Trump popped off in support of a wealth tax when weighing a 2000 presidential bid, no doubt without much thought. The best argument against a wealth tax is moral. It is a confiscatory tax on the assets from work, thrift and investment that have already been taxed at least once as individual or corporate income, and perhaps again as a capital gain or death tax. The European experience shows that it also fails in practice. The question is how much economic damage comes first. — The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 4

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guest editorial | Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Investing in fisheries pays off

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laskans know just how essential fisheries are to life in the 49th state. The seafood industry is the largest direct employer in our state, providing 60,000 jobs and generating over $5 billion for Alaska’s economy. Over 15% of Alaska’s working-age rural residents are employed by the industry. And commercial fisheries are a cultural and economic cornerstone in small communities across the state’s 33,000 miles of shoreline. Alaska’s seafood industry also provides for our nation. Catches in Alaska make up more than 60% of all seafood harvests in the United States, and millions of Americans can thank Alaska’s fishermen and processors for the wild-caught, healthy fish and shellfish they enjoy throughout the country. The science on the benefits of eating seafood, especially for children and pregnant women, continues to grow. Alaska fisheries help grow a healthy America. It’s as simple as that. All the benefits provided by Alaska’s fisheries don’t come free, however. In addition to the hard work of our seafood harvesters, healthy fisheries need investment. We need strong science and management to ensure our fisheries are healthy and sustainable and that catches are the optimal size for our economy, communities, and marine ecosystems. This costs money — but the return on investment is huge. I find myself reminding my Senate colleagues of that fact each appropriations cycle, whenever federal funding to support our fisheries comes under threat. I am pleased that the funding bills recently approved by the Senate include important investments and key language to help meet the needs of Alaska’s fishermen. Top priorities of mine were securing funding for fisheries surveys and observers in

I am proud that the Fiscal Year 2020 Senate funding bills make necessary investments for Alaska’s seafood industry ...

the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020. In Alaska, fish stocks are shifting north as we experience dramatic oceanographic changes. Proposed cuts to surveys threaten to increase uncertainty in our stock assessments, reducing allowable harvests and preventing us from understanding population dynamics under these new conditions. To make sure we don’t face these cuts, I worked to secure a $4.8 million increase in funding for fisheries surveys, data, and stock assessments, along with language reminding the National Marine Fisheries Service that reductions in surveys are unacceptable, especially in areas where fish distribution is changing due to climate change. An amendment I included ensures that at least $2 million of this increase will maintain NOAA’s usual survey coverage in Alaska and the Pacific. The bill also increases funding for the North Pacific Observer Program to mitigate the impacts of rising observer costs on independent fishermen. Other fishing-focused programs slated for funding increases include NOAA Sea Grant, which supports the next generation of Alaska fishermen through development programs like the annual Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit. I also successfully pushed for a critical funding increases for implementation of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. These funds are necessary to make sure we can cooperatively manage our salmon fisheries with

our Canadian neighbors through the renegotiated Treaty’s next 10-year phase. While much of my appropriations work for Alaska fisheries focuses on NOAA, I also included language in the bill that funds the Department of Agriculture to ensure that genetically engineered salmon cannot hit the markets until we know whether consumers understand what the product is, and more importantly, what it is not: the premier wild salmon the Alaska fleet delivers. This bill also includes a provision directing USDA to begin assessing a process for certifying wild seafood as organic. To keep fishing fleets safe as they harvest seafood for us all, the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year, which was recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, includes $6 million for grants that support training and research on fishing safety. A bill I cosponsored earlier this year, the FISH SAFE Act, reduces the non-federal match requirement for these grants, making them easier to attain and turn into action. Our fishermen deserve resources to help minimize risks while at sea. I am proud that the Fiscal Year 2020 Senate funding bills make necessary investments for Alaska’s seafood industry and as we move to a final bill, I will continue to prioritize efforts to ensure Alaska fishermen are leaders in putting nutritious, sustainably caught seafood on our tables.

Voices of the peninsula | Chris Vaughan

Dunleavy turned his back on our veterans and pioneers W

hen my dad got the letter telling him that he’d need to find $12,000 a month to stay at the Pioneer Vet Home, he had no idea what to make of it. At 90, he has dementia and is easily confused, and became upset when he understood that there was no way in the world he could come up with that much money, about twice the monthly rate he pays now. Some folks at Pioneer Homes were told that their monthly bill could go above $15,000 per month. No matter what their letters said, every one of those residents — the folks that saw our state through statehood and helped to build Alaska — didn’t feel as safe after they got those letters than they felt before they got them. As his daughter, I don’t feel very safe either. The Dunleavy Administration said that nobody is going to get thrown out of Pioneer Homes, but his track record on caring about Alaska’s older folks fails to

reassure me. We watched while he suggested that the state could save money by cutting the senior benefits program, and only backed off when people made it clear the impact this cruel cut would have on seniors whose ability to afford housing, medication and food rested on that small monthly check. Dunleavy’s administration claims that nobody currently in Pioneer Homes will have to leave, although the state will now take all but a few dollars of their life savings to pay the increased bills. Like many lifelong Alaskans, my dad took pride in working hard and living frugally so he could save those dollars. We know he’d hoped to pass some of the fruits of all that work down to support his grandchildren’s education, but this won’t happen now. One of the only blessings of Mom no longer being with us is that she doesn’t have to turn over most of their shared life savings before the state would support Dad,

leaving her more dependent on us, her kids, and other state and federal programs. Families can’t pass help along from generation to generation if the state takes everything they’d saved for that future to pay the 140% hike in bills for elder care. Spouses, children, grandchildren — this decision ripples far into the future. We’re all trying not to get too stressed. After all, with the cuts to mental health programs in the state, we’d have a hard time finding a therapist. They say you can tell how civilized a nation is by looking at how it treats its most powerless members. If that’s true, Gov. Dunleavy is missing the compassion to be a good leader. While I agree that some pay increases may be needed, the method and execution of the policy was unnecessary and thoughtless. Chris Vaughan is a lifelong Alaskan. She currently lives in Soldotna, Alaska.

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Report: Migrant crackdown weighed impact on 2020 race By Joshua Goodman Associated Press

MIAMI — As the Trump administration in its early days tried to push through hardline immigration policies, it appeared to calculate their possible impact on the 2020 presidential race while rejecting national security warnings from U.S. diplomats, according to State Department memos made public Thursday. The internal documents, released in a report by Senate Democrats, offer a rare glimpse into the divide between career diplomats and a new administration eager to end a program protecting nearly 400,000 migrants from Central America and Haiti who had been living and working legally in the U.S. Facing legal challenges, the Trump administration has since backed down and last month extended for a year the so-called temporary

protected status, or TPS, for the migrants as U.S. courts work through the disputes. The apparent injection of electoral politics in what was supposed to be a policy decision about humanitarian protections for migrants from some of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest and most violent countries came from then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s policy planning staff, comprised of political appointees. It contrasts with decades of bipartisan consensus on the issue as well as the pleas of U.S. Embassies in El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti that ending TPS would fuel a rise in transnational crime and illegal migration as well as damage the U.S.’ standing in Latin America and the Caribbean. “A sudden termination of TPS for El Salvador would undermine additional cooperation to tackle the root causes of illegal migration

and overwhelm the country’s ability to absorb the refugees,� then-U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes wrote in a July 2017 cable to Washington, one of several recommendations received that summer from veteran diplomats who strenuously objected to the decision. They were backed by the State Department’s mostsenior career diplomat at the time, then-Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon Shannon, who was even more unequivocal. “It is our purpose to provide the best possible foreign policy and diplomatic advice,� Shannon wrote in a private letter to Tillerson, cited in the report by the minority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “From my point of view that advice is obvious: extend TPS for the countries indicated.� The arguments appear to have fallen on deaf ears. In the

ensuing weeks, the Trump administration announced it was terminating the program for the three countries, giving migrants, some of whom had lived in the U.S. for two decades, 18 months to leave. The decision threatens to trigger an unprecedented wave of family separations as parents being expelled would be forced to choose between leaving behind their estimated 273,000 American children or exposing them to recruitment by powerful criminal gangs like El Salvador’s MS-13. “Today’s report documents something we have become all too familiar with: the Trump Administration has repeatedly sought to use foreign policy not to further U.S. interests but the President’s political aims,� Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said at a press conference to present the report, which is

titled “Playing Politics With Humanitarian Protections: How Political Aims Trumped U.S. National Security and the Safety of TPS Recipients.� Menendez on Thursday also sent a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General asking him to investigate the extent to which electoral considerations played a role in terminating the TPS programs. Tillerson’s policy staff of political appointees was at the time headed by Brian Hook, who is now the U.S. special envoy for Iran. The State Department had no immediate comment on the report. TPS was initially meant to aid people from countries facing wars or natural disasters. Citizens of Honduras were originally granted TPS in 1999 in the wake of overwhelming damage from Hurricane Mitch, while migrants from El Salvador and Haiti gained protection in 2001 and 2010 respectively

following devastating earthquakes. Since then, migrants from all three countries have seen those protections extended multiple times as successive U.S. administrations, Republican and Democrat, have acknowledged the difficulty the politically and economically fragile countries would face reabsorbing such a large number of returnees. Similar arguments are reflected in a lengthy “action memo� with a menu of options sent to Tillerson on Oct. 26, 2017. In it, Simon Henshaw, then acting head of the State Department’s humanitarian bureau and now ambassador to Guinea, recommends extending TPS for all three countries. But he’s outmaneuvered by Francisco Palmieri, the then top acting diplomat in Latin America, who recommends the programs be terminated over three years.

Secret Service study: School attackers showed warning signs By Colleen Long Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other school shootings, including those at Columbine High School in Colorado, Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The research was launched following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The study by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center is the most comprehensive review of school attacks since the Columbine shootings in 1999. The report looked in-depth at 41 school attacks from 2008 through 2017, and researchers had unprecedented access to a trove of sensitive data from


Susan Payne, founder and executive director of Safe2Tell wipes tears, as Peter Langman (left), Max Schachter (center), who lost his son, Alex, during the Parkland school mass shooting and Ryan Petty, who lost his daughter, Alaina, during the Parkland school mass shooting, appear Thursday in Washington at the release of the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center’s Protecting America’s Schools report. The report examines 41 targeted attacks that occurred in schools between 2008 and 2017.

law enforcement including police reports, investigative files and nonpublic records. The information gleaned through the research will help train school officials and law enforcement on how to better identify students who may be planning an attack and how to stop them before they strike. “These are not sudden, impulsive acts where a

student suddenly gets disgruntled,� Lina Alathari, the center’s head, said in an Associated Press interview. “The majority of these incidents are preventable.� The fathers of three students killed in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, attended a media conference Thursday in support of the study.

Tony Montalto, whose daughter, Gina Rose Montalto, died, said the research was invaluable and could have helped their school prevent the attack. “My lovely daughter might still be here today,� he said. “Our entire community would be whole instead of forever shaken.� Montalto urged other schools to pay attention to the research. “Please, learn from our experience,� he said. “It happened to us, and it could happen to your community, too.� Nearly 40 training sessions for groups of up to 2,000

people are scheduled. Alathari and her team trained about 7,500 people during 2018. The training is free. The Secret Service is best known for its mission to protect the president. The threat assessment center was developed to study how other kinds of attacks could be prevented. Officials use that knowledge and apply it in other situations, such as school shootings or mass attacks. Since the Columbine attack, there have been scores of school shootings. Some, like Sandy Hook in 2012, were committed by nonstudents. There were others in

which no one was injured. Those were not included in the study. The report covers 41 school attacks from 2008 through 2017 at K-12 schools. They were chosen if the attacker was a current or recent former student within the past year who used a weapon to injure or kill at least one person at the school while targeting others. “We focus on the target so that we can prevent it in the future,� Alathari said. Nineteen people were killed and 79 were injured in the attacks they studied; victims included students, staff and law enforcement.

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Hopes rise that lifting tariffs could bring U.S.-China accord By Joe McDonald and Christopher Rugaber Associated Press

BEIJING — The prospects for a preliminary breakthrough in the U.S.China trade war improved Thursday after the two sides agreed to reduce some punitive tariffs on each other’s goods, though the full extent of the rollback wasn’t clear. A Chinese spokesman announced the development Thursday as talks on ending the trade war progressed, and it triggered a rally in U.S. stock markets. A U.S. private sector analyst with knowledge of the talks said there are still deliberations in the White House about how far to roll

back the duties and what steps China must take before the reductions would occur. The analyst spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the talks publicly. The ongoing talks are aimed at working out details of a “Phase 1” deal that was announced Oct. 12. Financial markets had been rattled by reports that China was pushing for tariffs to be lifted, which posed the prospect of a breakdown in talks. Negotiators agreed to a “phased cancellation” of tariff hikes if talks progress, said a Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman, Gao Feng, early Thursday. “If the two sides achieve a ‘Phase 1’ agreement, then based on the content

of that agreement, tariffs already increased should be canceled at the same time and by the same rate,” Gao said at a news briefing. As for the size of reductions, Gao said that would depend on the agreement. “We can be cautiously optimistic here,” said Mary Lovely, a trade economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “The signals that are coming out are moving in the right direction for a deal.” The two sides are aiming to finalize the agreement by the end of next week, the private sector official said. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping would still need to agree on where and when

they would formally sign the pact. As part of the agreement, the Trump administration would withdraw threatened tariffs that it planned to impose Dec. 15 on about $160 billion in Chinese imports, the source said. Those duties would cover smartphones, laptops and other consumer goods. Still unresolved is whether and how much to reverse the tariffs that were imposed Sept. 1 on $112 billion of Chinese imports, the private sector analyst said. “The White House never speaks with one voice,” Lovely said. On Wall Street, stocks closed at new highs in the wake of the encouraging report from Beijing but shed

some of their earlier gains after reports emerged of dissension within the White House over the idea of lifting tariffs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 182 points to a record 27,675. Governments of the two biggest global economies have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in the fight over China’s trade surplus and technology ambitions. That weighs on trade worldwide and threatens to depress corporate earnings and global economic growth, which is already showing signs of slowing. The Oct. 12 agreement was modest, and details have yet to be put on paper, but it was welcomed as a sign of progress toward

ending the trade war. Lovely said that the agreement would help U.S. farmers and manufacturers — constituencies important to Trump in the 2020 election. “It makes a lot of sense politically and economically for the president to say this is enough,” she said. U.S. business groups largely praised the outline of the pact, saying that it would make progress in opening up China’s market to foreign investment and to U.S. financial services companies. “It’s a step in the right direction,” said Jake Parker, senior vice president of the U.S.-China Business Council. “It also builds momentum to tackle all the more difficult issues.”

Drought parches southern Africa, millions face hunger By Andrew Meldrum Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high temperatures. “We are witnessing millions of already poor people facing extreme food insecurity and exhausting their reserves because of compounding climate shocks that hit already vulnerable communities hardest. They

need help urgently,” said Nellie Nyang’wa, southern Africa director for the international aid agency, Oxfam. “The scale of the drought devastation across southern Africa is staggering.” Parts of Zimbabwe have had the lowest rainfall since 1981, contributing to making more than 5.5 million at risk of extreme food insecurity, Oxfam said in a report released Thursday. Zambia’s rich maize-growing area has been hit hard and exports are now banned; 2.3 million people there are food-insecure, according to Oxfam and the Zambia Red Cross. The drought is also worsening food availability in Angola, Malawi,

Mozambique, Madagascar and Namibia, Oxfam said. Southern Africa has received normal rainfall in just one of the past five growing seasons, which particularly hits the small-scale farmers who depend on rain for their crops, the U.N. World Food Program said last week. The U.N. food agencies plan to distribute emergency food aid to 11 million people in the coming months. Two cataclysmic cyclones hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and other southern African countries early this year, wiping out crops of maize and other staple crops. Without normal rainfall, subsistence farmers are hard-pressed to recover from

the destruction caused by the tropical storms. “The successive mixture of drought and flooding has been catastrophic for many communities. In most of the affected areas there isn’t enough drinking water, which means that people and animals — both livestock and wildlife — are having to use the same water points,” said Kaitano Chungu, Secretary General of the Zambia Red Cross. “This is unacceptable as it exposes people to diseases and creates a heightened risk of animal attacks.” Some families in the worst-affected areas are surviving the food shortage by eating wild fruits and

Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press

An elephant walks next to a carcass of another elephant in an almost dry pool that used to be a perennial water supply in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, on Oct. 27.

roots, Chungu said. The drought has also affected the region’s wildlife. At least 105 elephants have

died in Zimbabwe as a result of lack of water and vegetation, according to Zimbabwe’s National Parks.

Bombing that killed 8 kids leaves Colombia president on edge By Manuel Rueda Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian President Ivan Duque is facing one of the most critical moments in his administration following the resignation of his defense minister over a bombing that killed eight children and adolescents. Defense Minister

Guillermo Botero quit his job Wednesday night after a senator from an opposition party revealed that at least eight children aged 12 to 17 were blown up by Colombia’s military during an aerial raid against a criminal group’s hideout on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. The scandal has thrown Duque’s already unpopular administration in disarray

and further undermined confidence in the nation’s armed forces, as they struggle to contain violence in remote pockets of Colombia’s countryside. “This leaves the president on very weak footing,” said Jorge Gallego, a political analyst at Bogota’s Rosario University. “It also reveals there are serious problems with how the Colombian

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military is conducting itself.” Duque, 43, was elected last year on a platform of reforming a 2016 peace accord with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and bringing order to areas of the countryside still troubled by the drug trade. But the conservative president has struggled to contain criminal groups and dissidents of the peace deal that are now fighting over drug trafficking routes, illegal mines and other lucrative resources abandoned by the FARC guerrillas following their transition to civilian life.

Under Duque’s watch at least 200 human rights activists have been assassinated across the country, according to INDEPAZ, an organization that monitors violence in Colombia. Dozens of former FARC rebels who laid down their weapons have also been murdered by criminal groups that are carrying out vendettas or seeking to enforce their control over former FARC territories. Authorities say one of these criminal groups was headed by Gildardo Cucho, a former FARC rebel acting in line with a call by superiors

to take up arms again, accusing the government of failing to fulfill promises made during the peace deal. In late August the Colombian military bombed Cucho’s camp in the southwestern province of Caqueta and announced the operation as a resounding success. “It was a strategic, meticulous impeccable and rigorous operation,” Duque said after the bombing. Botero, who was then defense minister, also celebrated the bombing saying the country was “united” in its efforts to “defeat bandits.”

Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2019. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2000, a statewide recount began in Florida, which emerged as critical in deciding the winner of the 2000 presidential election. Earlier that day, Vice President Al Gore had telephoned Texas Gov. George W. Bush to concede, but called back about an hour later to retract his concession. On this date: On Nov. 8, 1861, during the Civil War, the USS San Jacinto intercepted a British mail steamer, the Trent, and detained a pair of Confederate diplomats who were enroute to Europe to seek support for the Southern cause. (Although the Trent Affair strained relations between the United States and Britain, the matter was quietly resolved with the release of the diplomats the following January.) In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln won re-election as he defeated Democratic challenger George B. McClellan. In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.” In 1950, during the Korean War, the first jet-plane battle took place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15. In 1960, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency. In 1972, the premium cable TV network HBO (Home Box Office) made its debut with a showing of the movie “Sometimes a Great Notion.” In 1974, a federal judge in Cleveland dismissed charges against eight Ohio National Guardsmen accused of violating the civil rights of students who were killed or wounded in the 1970 Kent State shootings. In 1987, 11 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded as crowds gathered in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, for a ceremony honoring Britain’s war dead. In 1994, midterm elections resulted in Republicans winning a majority in the Senate while at the same time gaining control of the House for the first time in 40 years. In 2002, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 1441, aimed at forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences.” President George W. Bush said the new resolution presented the Iraqi regime “with a final test.” In 2004, after a decade, the U.S. dollar was eliminated from circulation in Cuba. In 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice. Republicans kept their majorities in the Senate and House. Ten years ago: The embattled president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, pledged there would be no place for corrupt officials in his new administration, as demanded by the U.S and its international partners. Five years ago: President Barack Obama introduced his choice for U.S. attorney general, Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, to succeed Eric Holder. Two Americans held by North Korea, Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington, were released into the custody of James Clapper, the director of U.S. national intelligence. One year ago: Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California that would become the state’s deadliest ever, killing 86 people; authorities said the community of Paradise had been nearly destroyed by the flames. In a Supreme Court ceremony attended by President Donald Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, the court welcomed new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who had joined the high court the previous month. The Christie’s auction house said a wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking had sold at auction for nearly $400,000, with proceeds going to two charities. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Norman Lloyd is 105. Actor Alain Delon is 84. Singer-actress Bonnie Bramlett is 75. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 70. TV personality Mary Hart is 69. Former Playboy Enterprises chairman and chief executive Christie Hefner is 67. Actress Alfre Woodard is 67. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 65. Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro is 65. Rock musician Pearl Thompson (The Cure) is 62. Singer-actor Leif Garrett is 58. Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay is 53. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 52. Actress Parker Posey is 51. Rock musician Jimmy Chaney is 50. Actress Roxana Zal is 50. Singer Diana King is 49. Actor Gonzalo Menendez is 48. Rock musician Scott Devendorf (The National) is 47. Actress Gretchen Mol is 46. ABC News anchor David Muir is 46. Actor Matthew Rhys is 45. Actress Tara Reid is 44. Country singer Bucky Covington is 42. Actress Dania Ramirez is 40. Actress Azura Skye is 38. Actor Chris Rankin is 36. TV personality Jack Osbourne is 34. Actress Jessica Lowndes is 31. R&B singer SZA is 30. New York Yankees outfielder and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton is 30. Singer-actor Riker Lynch is 28. Country singer Lauren Alaina is 25. Actor Van Crosby (TV: “Splitting Up Together”) is 17.

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minister’s message | Pastor Frank Alioto

Do you remember? W

hen someone shares they “remember the good old days” they are typically referring to reminiscing about past happy memories. Today, the act of “remembering” seems like an antiquated idea left for people who are not proficient with modern technology or even able to use a smartphone. The reasoning that often follows is “why should I remember or memorize something that I can quickly look up?” What if “remembering” was an actual call and response to engagement? The concept of God “remembering” in the Bible goes far beyond just the reciting of facts God knows. When the Bible says God “remembered,” there is focus and action on His faithfulness

“remembering” people like Noah, Ruth and Mary, and coming to their aid with His attention and provision. God’s action in “remembering” proclaims His love for creation and declares His ready presence for those who seek Him. When God’s creation set itself far away from following Him, God remembered us in sending His Son, Jesus, to make a way to be in relationship with God. What a great promise of how God remembers! Whatever you are facing today, consider this assurance: This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3:21-24) Pastor Frank Alioto serves as a chaplain with Central Peninsula Hospital and Central Emergency Services.

and everlasting care. In Jeremiah 31:34, God shares about His new covenant with His people: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” God is choosing in His nature to not punish people for what they have done, but instead to forgive and choose not to remember the things that have separated them from a relationship with God. The original Hebrew verb “to remember” means “to bring someone to mind and then to act upon the person’s behalf.” Psalm 106:4 says, “Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them.” The Psalmist is asking God to remember and rescue him from his circumstances and appeals to God’s merciful character. There are other examples of God

Former President Jimmy Carter is back teaching Sunday school Associated Press

PLAINS, Ga. — Former President Jimmy Carter taught a Bible lesson on life after death Sunday less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall. Using a walker, the 95-year-old Democrat slowly entered the crowded sanctuary at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains. “Morning, everybody,” he said cheerfully. With help, Carter sat on a motorized lift chair at the front of the room to teach a 45-minute lesson based on the Old Testament book of Job. Referring to a cancer diagnosis that resulted in the removal of part of his liver in 2015, Carter said he was is “at ease” with the idea of dying and believes in life after death. More than 400 people were on hand in the main hall and smaller, overflow rooms where the lesson was shown on television.

church briefs Annual Christmas bazaar The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Annual Christmas Bazaar featuring baked goods and handcrafted items will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10-4 p.m. at Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Drive, Kenai. All proceeds will benefit local, national or international mission projects. Items featured include cinnamon rolls, pies, aprons and many other handcrafted items. For more information please call 283-4153.

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

Kasilof Community Church food pantry

from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact the church office for more information at 262-7512.

Awana Kids Club

Awana Kids Club, hosted by Calvary Baptist Church, meets regularly on Sunday evenings at Kenai Middle School. Children 3 years old to sixth grade are invited to attend this free weekly club. Contact Pastor Jon Henry for further information at

KP Young Adult Ministry meetings KP Young Adult Ministry is available at Ammo Can Coffee Thursday nights at 7 p.m. KP Young Adult Ministry is geared toward fostering the healthy Christian Community for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. For more information contact us through our Facebook Page KP Young Adult Ministry.

Equipping Grandparents

Kasilof Community Church Food Pantry is every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for residents in the community who are experiencing food shortages. The pantry is located in the church office building next to the Kasilof Mercantile, about mile 109 on the Sterling Highway. All are welcome. Non-perishable food items may be dropped at this same location Monday-Thursday

Sterling Grace Community Church is presenting “Equipping Grandparents,” a series on how to be a more involved as a grandparent. The series teaches how to know your grandchild better, how to influence the lives of your grandchildren, how to speak Christ into their lives, and how to leave your spiritual legacy to them. We will also discussing obstacles to relationships with grandchildren. Parents can also benefit from this series. The

series is held Wednesday evenings at the Sterling Senior Citizen Center at 6 p.m. Call Dr. Roger Holl at 862-0336 for more information.

Soldotna Food Pantry open weekly The Soldotna Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents in the community who are experiencing food shortages. The Food Pantry is located at the Soldotna United Methodist Church at 158 South Binkley Street, and all are welcome. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations may be dropped off at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information call 262-4657.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help sets place at table A Place at the Table, a new outreach ministry of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Soldotna continues to offer a hot meal and fellowship and blood pressure checks to anyone interested. The meal is the second, third and fourth Sunday of each month, from 4-6 p.m. at Fireweed Hall, located on campus at 222 West Redoubt Ave., Soldotna. The Abundant Life Assembly of God church, Sterling, will be joining us in this

ministry and providing a hot meal on the second Sunday of the month at 4-6 p.m. at Fireweed Hall. The Soldotna Church of the Nazarene will offer the meal on the third Sunday of each month. Our Lady of Perpetual Help will offer on the fourth Sunday of each month. Our Lady of Perpetual Help would like to invite other churches to perhaps pick up one of the other Sunday evenings in the month. Call 262-5542.

United Methodist Church food pantry The Kenai United Methodist Church provides a food pantry for those in need every Monday from 12:30-3 p.m. The Methodist Church is located on the Kenai Spur Highway next to the Boys and Girls Club. The entrance to the Food Pantry is through the side door. The Pantry closes for holidays. For more information contact the church at 907-283-7868.

Christ Lutheran Sunday schedule Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna Sunday morning service will be starting at 11 a.m. for the winter. Submit announcements to news@ Submissions are due the Wednesday prior to publication. For more information, call 907-283-7551.

Religious Services Assembly of God

Church of Christ

Church of Christ

Church of Christ

Soldotna Church Of Christ

Mile 1/4 Funny River Road, Soldotna

209 Princess St., Kenai 283-7752 Pastor Stephen Brown Sunday..9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.................6:30 p.m.

Peninsula Christian Center

161 Farnsworth Blvd (Behind the Salvation Army) Soldotna, AK 99669 Pastor Jon Watson 262-7416 Sunday ....................... 10:30 a.m. Wednesday..................6:30 p.m. Nursery is provided

The Charis Fellowship Sterling Grace Community Church

Dr. Roger E. Holl, Pastor 907-862-0330 Meeting at the Sterling Senior Center, 34453 Sterling Highway Sunday Morning ........10:30 a.m.

262-2202 / 262-4316 Minister - Nathan Morrison Sunday Worship ........10:00 a.m. Bible Study..................11:15 a.m. Evening Worship ........ 6:00 p.m. Wed. Bible .................... 7:00 p.m.

Kenai Fellowship Mile 8.5 Kenai Spur Hwy.

Church 283-7682

Classes All Ages ........10:00 a.m. Worship Service.........11:15 a.m. Wed. Service ................ 7:00 p.m.


50750 Kenai Spur Hwy (mile 24.5) 776-7660 Sunday Services Bible Study..................10:00 a.m. Morning Worship ......11:00 a.m. Fellowship Meal....... 12:30 p.m. Afternoon Worship ... 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.................... 7:00 p.m


Connecting Community to Christ (907) 262-4660 229 E. Beluga Ave. Pastor: Dave Dial Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Dinner & Discipleship 6:00 p.m.

Funny River Community Lutheran Church

North Star United Methodist Church

Andy Carlson, Pastor Missouri Synod 35575 Rabbit Run Road off Funny River Rd. Phone 262-7434 Sunday Worship ........11:00 a.m.

St. Francis By The Sea

110 S. Spruce St. at Spur Hwy. - Kenai • 283-6040 Sunday Services Worship Service.........11:00 a.m. Eucharistic Services on the 1st & 4th Sundays


Christ Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Mile ¼ Kenai Spur Box 568, Soldotna, AK 99669 262-4757 Pastor Meredith Harber Worship ............11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month

Sterling Lutheran Church LCMS 35100 McCall Rd. Behind Sterling Elementary School Worship: Sunday .... 11:00 a.m. Bill Hilgendorf, Pastor 907-740-3060

Non Denominational

Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Hwy, Nikiski “Whoever is thirsty, let him come”

776-8732 Sunday Worship ..........9:30 a.m.

300 W. Marydale • Soldotna 262-4865 John Rysdyk - Pastor/Teacher Sunday: Morning Worship ................9:30 a.m. Sunday School....................11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..6:00 p.m.

Star Of The North Lutheran Church L.C.M.S.

You Are Invited! Wheelchair Accessible


Our Lady of Perpetual Help


Dustin Atkinson, Pastor Sponsor of the Lutheran Hour 216 N. Forest Drive, Kenai 283-4153 Sunday School........ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service.........11:00 a.m.

Nikiski Church Of Christ

Catholic 222 W. Redoubt, Soldotna Rev. Patrick Brosamer 262-4749 Daily Mass Tues.-Fri. .................... 12:05 p.m. Saturday Mass ........... 4:30 p.m. Reconciliation Saturday................3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Sunday Mass .............. 9:30 a.m.

Mile 91.7 Sterling Hwy. 262-5577 Minister Tony Cloud Sunday Services Bible Study..................10:00 a.m. Morning Worship ......11:00 a.m. Evening Worship ....... 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Service Bible Study.................... 7:00 p.m


Southern Baptist Non Denominational Kalifonsky Christian Center

Mile 17 K-Beach Rd. 283-9452 Pastor Steve Toliver Pastor Charles Pribbenow Sunday Worship .......10:30 a.m. Youth Group Wed. ..... 7:00 p.m. Passion for Jesus Compassion for Others

Kenai Bible Church

604 Main St. 283-7821 Pastor Vance Wonser Sunday School..............9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship ........11:00 a.m. Evening Service .......... 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Service .... 6:30 p.m.

North Kenai Chapel Pastor Wayne Coggins 776-8797 Mile 29 Kenai Spur Hwy

Sunday Worship...................10:30 am Wed. Share-a-Dish/Video.....6:30 pm

College Heights Baptist Church

44440 K-Beach Road Pastor: Scott Coffman Associate Pastor: Jonah Huckaby 262-3220

Sunday School .......9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Morn. Worship .......9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening - Home Groups. Nursery provided

First Baptist Church of Kenai

12815 Kenai Spur Hwy, Kenai 283-7672 Sunday School..............9:30 a.m. Morning Worship ......10:45 a.m. Evening Service .......... 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Prayer ..... 6:30 p.m.

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police reports Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and contains arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. ■■ On Nov. 2 at 4:51 p.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle near the Kenai Spur Highway and Industrial Road in Nikiski for multiple equipment violations. Investigation revealed that Corey Green, 26, of Nikiski, was driving with a revoked license for points accumulation and had two prior convictions for driving while license revoked in 2019. Green also admitted he did not have insurance on the vehicle. Green was issued multiple citations, two of which were for misdemeanor crimes of driving while license revoked and no liability insurance. Green was released from the scene, and the car was released to a responsible party. ■■ On Nov. 2 at 1:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped to assist a disabled motorist on Tustumena Road near Earl Court in Kasilof. While on scene, troopers learned the whereabouts of Arlin Snook, 37, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating conditions of release. After assisting the motorist, troopers contacted Snook at his residence nearby, arrested him on the warrant, and took him to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail. ■■ On Nov. 1 at 3:24 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary after-thefact that had occurred on Emerald Street in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Sheridan Olson, 29, of Nikiski, burglarized the residence on Oct. 11, stealing over $750 worth of property and causing over $250 in damages. The stolen items were recovered, and Olson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail on the charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, and fourthdegree criminal mischief. ■■ On Nov. 3 at about 2:10 a.m., Dennis “Levi” Poquette, 20, of Soldotna, called 911, reporting he had driven his vehicle off a bridge into a creek in Nikiski. He told the 911 operator he was wet, very cold, and wanted Alaska State Troopers to rescue him. Troopers responded, and investigation

revealed that Poquette was impaired by alcoholic beverages. He was issued citations for minor consuming alcoholic beverages and minor operating a vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages and was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. ■■ On Nov. 2 at about 11:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted a tan 1993 Honda Accord at a pullout near South Miller Loop and the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Investigation revealed that John D. Love, 32, was operating the vehicle with a suspended license. Love has 18 convictions for driving while license revoked, suspended or cancelled, making this a misdemeanor. He was arrested for driving while license suspended and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. ■■ On Nov. 3 at 12:09 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a disturbance occurring at a residence located near Vonda Street in Soldotna and contacted Joshua L. Thompson, 36, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed a physical altercation had occurred between Thompson and a female. Thompson had caused physical injury to the female during the altercation. Thompson had fled the scene and was located and arrested on charges of third-degree and fourthdegree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail. ■■ On Nov. 3 at 6:23 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a disturbance occurring at a residence located near Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna and contacted Sandra K. Wilson, 46, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Wilson had physically assaulted a family member after a verbal altercation. Wilson was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail. ■■ On Nov. 3 at about 6:50 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call reporting that Logan Lucas, 25, of Anchor Point, was intoxicated at a residence and causing a disturbance. Troopers responded to the residence and conducted an investigation, which resulted in the arrests of Logan Lucas for one count of violating conditions of release and Iris Strongheart,

20, of Anchor Point, for one count of fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence). Lucas and Strongheart were taken to the Homer Jail. ■■ On Nov. 3 at 11:08 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted a white 2002 Mazda for a moving violation on the Kenai Spur Highway. Investigation revealed that Joseph Mesa, 28, of Nikiski, was driving while his license was revoked for points in 2016. Mesa was issued a misdemeanor citation. The vehicle was released to a responsible party. ■■ On Nov. 3 at 11:25 p.m., Alaska State Troopers had contact with Kiana Cheyenne Edgmon, 23, of Nikiski. Investigation revealed she was in violation of her conditions of release for a pending driving under the influence charge as well as multiple misconduct involving controlled substance charges. She was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment. ■■ On Nov. 4 at about 2:40 p.m., Kenai police arrested Michael W. Muller, 36, of Soldotna, on an Alaska State Troopers warrant for felony violating conditions of release, a $500 Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to appear for status hearing on original charges of petition to revoke probation, a $500 failure to appear for pretrial conference hearing warrant on original charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and fourthdegree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a $500 failure to appear for pretrial conference hearing warrant on original charges of violating conditions of release, and a $500 Alaska State Troopers failure to appear for pretrial conference hearing warrant on original charges of violating conditions of release and fourth-degree theft and was taken to Wildwood Correctional Facility. ■■ On Nov. 2 at 10:13 p.m., Kenai police officers responded to the area of Redoubt Avenue for a male who called himself in because he was in violation of his conditions. After contacting the male and investigation, Riley R. Sikvayugak III, 27, of Anchorage, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. ■■ On Nov. 1 at 12:52 a.m., Kenai police made contact with a wanted

subject at a local business near Mile 11 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Daniel K. Rankin, 40, of Soldotna, was arrested on multiple Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrants: failure to appear for status hearing on the original charge of petition to revoked probation, failure to appear for pretrial conference on original charges of third-degree theft, misconduct involving a weapon, and failure to appear for status hearing on the original charge of petition to revoke probation. Rankin was taken to Wildwood Pretrial. ■■ On Nov. 1 at 5:15 p.m., Kenai police received a report about a female who tried to push out a cart of items without paying at a local store near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Officer responded and made contact with the female suspect. After investigation, Noranell J. Duncan, 41, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourthdegree theft and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial. ■■ On Nov. 1 at 7:38 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance near an apartment complex on Peninsula Avenue in Kenai. After contacting the male and investigation, Jared J. Herrmann, 23, of Kenai, was arrested for firstdegree promoting contraband and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial. ■■ On Nov. 1 at 10:43 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report about a female who drove to an apartment complex located in Old Town Kenai, who appeared to be intoxicated when she exited the vehicle. Officer located the female and, after running test and investigation, Marcia A. Henderson, 50, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and breath test refusal and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial. ■■ On Nov. 4 at 8:06 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence near Mile 22 East End Road in Voznesenka for a disturbance. Investigation showed Mark Basargin, 34, of Voznesenka, had damaged a family member’s property during an argument. Basargin was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail, pending arraignment. ■■ On Nov. 5 at 3:29 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle

on Van Seventer Avenue in Anchor Point for speeding. Investigation showed Clarence Hock, 28, of Homer, was under the influence of controlled substances, had a revoked license, and had violated his conditions of release in prior criminal cases. Hock was arrested and taken the Homer Jail, pending arraignment. ■■ On Nov. 6 at about 5:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Mustang near Mile 14 of Funny River Road in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Roy Vern Lester, 48, of Soldotna, was driving with a revoked license with prior convictions and had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to contact Wildwood Pretrial Facility for remand on the original charge of driving with a revoked license. Lester was arrested on the warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility with 10 days to serve. ■■ On Nov. 6 at 7:23 p.m., after observing the vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit, the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Mile 3 of the Kenai Spur Highway on a red 2003 Chevrolet Impala and contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, John A. McCord, 22, of Soldotna. A check in the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) revealed that McCord’s license is in a pending revoked status for driving under the influence and he is currently revoked/suspended on a Department of Motor Vehicles points system suspension. The check in APSIN also revealed that McCord has numerous citations and arrests for both driving without a license and driving without motor vehicle insurance. McCord is currently on release conditions out of Kodiak on original charges of driving under the influence and driving while license revoked. Part of McCord’s conditions of release state that he is to obey all state laws and is not to drive without a valid operator’s license and current motor vehicle insurance. McCord’s vehicle was impounded, and he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail on charges of driving while license revoked, operating a vehicle without insurance, and violating conditions of release.

court reports The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: ■■ Scott Michael Jezorski, 28, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of third-degree theft, committed Dec. 31. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail with six months suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited items seized, ordered to have no contact with Kenai Home Depot or IGA store, and placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed. ■■ Mike D. Sandback, 37, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed Feb. 5. He was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. ■■ Mike D. Sandback, 37, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree theft and one count of violating condition of release, committed Mar. 7. On count one, he was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and placed on probation for one year. On count two, he was sentenced to five days in jail. ■■ William Bill Sena, 81, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless

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supporting local food and agriculture industries, balancing economic benefits of tourism with residents’ quality of life, protecting important natural resources, promoting fiscally responsible government and maintaining infrastructure and services. The plan also has an extensive section dealing with climate change, including ways the borough can introduce policies to mitigate its effects.

driving, committed July 13. He was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended, a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered not to consume or buy alcohol for 12 months, ordered to schedule an Alcohol Safety Action Program assessment and complete recommended treatment, had his license revoked for 30 days, and was placed on probation for one year. ■■ Michael Anthony Wicker, 58, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and a jury found him guilty of one count of reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct (creating a hazardous condition), committed Feb. 17, 2017. On the count of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined a $50 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail on the count of reckless endangerment and to two days in jail on the count of disorderly conduct. A jury found him not guilty of all other charges in this case. The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai Superior Court: ■■ Mike Danny Sandback, 37, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to a felony

count of second-degree burglary, a misdemeanor count of fourthdegree theft involving a controlled substance, a second felony count of second-degree burglary, and a misdemeanor count of thirddegree theft, committed Feb. 5. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 21 months suspended on each of the two felony counts and to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended on each of the two misdemeanor counts, credited for time already served, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $250 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to pay restitution on the felony counts, forfeited all item seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including marijuana or synthetic drugs, to have no contact with victims in this case, to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, evidence of controlled substance transactions and stolen property, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered not to associate with individuals who us

or sell illegal controlled substances nor to enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, and was placed on probation for five years on the felony counts and for one year on the misdemeanor counts. All other charges in this case were dismissed. ■■ Christian James Porter, 28, address unknown, pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicle theft, committed Nov. 4, 2016. He was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended, credited for time already served, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $500 cost of appointed counsel, had his license revoked for 30 days, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to consume alcohol to excess, not to use or possess illegal controlled substances, including marijuana or synthetic drugs, may be required to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to have no contact with victims in this case, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of weapons, controlled substances,

drug paraphernalia, and evidence of controlled substance transactions, and was placed on probation for five years. All other charges in this case were dismissed. ■■ Kevin Edward Vankleeck, 38, address unknown, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count violating condition of release and a jury found him guilty of one felony count of failure to stop at the direction of an officer and one misdemeanor count of driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended, committed Sept. 9, 2018. He was sentenced to three years in prison on the misdemeanor count of violating condition of release and to five days on the felony count of failure to stop at the direction of an officer and 40 days on the misdemeanor count of driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended, credited for time already served, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge, ordered to pay $1,500 cost of appointed counsel, and had his license revoked for three years. The following dismissal was recently handed down in Kenai District Court: ■■ A charge of violating condition of release for a felony against Mike D. Sandback, 27, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Aug. 2.

The rest of the plan goes into detail on making those goals achievable. Many residents who offered public testimony on the ordinance Tuesday spoke in support of the plan’s inclusion of climate change mitigation policies and a borough commission on sustainability. Peggy Mullen, a resident in the area for over 70 years, thanked the assembly and borough administration for thinking about climate change. “I appreciate your efforts and I hope we are able to set up some goals and some benchmarks as far as what we can respond to for

climate change,” Mullen told the assembly. “I thank you for our grandchildren. It’s not fair to take from this Cinderella period on our planet and not think about our children.” Shelly Wade, from Agnew Beck Consulting — the consulting firm who was hired by the borough to help facilitate the plan’s update — gave a short presentation to the assembly at Tuesday’s meeting. “It is a long-term document, but it has near-term strategies,” Wade said. “This is a residents’ plan. This is your plan.” The work on the 2019 Comprehensive Plan began back in

2017, when the borough contracted Agnew Beck to help gather input for the plan. Between 2017 and 2019, more than 2,000 residents of the borough shared their ideas with the project team. The last comprehensive plan approved by the borough was approved in 2005, according to the ordinance that adopted the 2019 plan. “The social, economic and environmental conditions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough have changed over the past fourteen years,” the ordinance said. The proposed plan was introduced in a public hearing held

by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission in August. The commission recommended the plan at its Sept. 23 meeting. The Comprehensive Plan will be reviewed periodically and updated to reflect changing conditions, trends, laws and policies of the borough. The borough adopted the plan, but the plan remains a living document and the assembly can hold work sessions to amend the plan’s details over time. “It’s a blueprint,” borough planning director Max Best said at Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s not etched in stone.”

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Thrun leads Bears in goals, points By Jeff Helminiak Peninsula Clarion

Kevin Murdock hit the ground running as the new head coach of the Kenai River Brown Bears and so far it’s paying big dividends for the North American Hockey League team. Murdock was named head coach on April 11. Associate general manager Chris Hedlund overnighted Murdock some Brown Bears gear and he was at the NAHL Combine in Detroit from April 12 to 14 scouting for his new team. One reason Hedlund said

Murdock was hired is that Murdock was prepared in interviews to take over the job from day one. So Murdock knew the Bears’ top priority coming into this season was to get more scoring. As he popped in and out of the rink make phone calls for his new job and watched games from 10 in the morning to 10 at night, Theo Thrun caught Murdock’s eye by tucking in a goal or two in every game. “I was pretty impressed with him and offered him a tender not long after there,” Murdock said. “He was See Bears, Page A11

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Kenai River Brown Bears forward Theo Thrun brings the puck up the ice Oct. 18, 2019, against the Minnesota Magicians at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Swimmers seek state crowns By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion

In the moments after the final race of the day at last weekend’s Northern Lights Conference swim meet, Kenai Central head coach Winter Heaven and assistant Maddie Jamora quickly moved to break down the meet as hosts of the event and meet with the team. It wasn’t until later that they found out the Kenai boys had won the NLC crown, a first for the boys program in school history. “I wasn’t keeping track of the score,” Heaven said. “I was trying to enjoy the moment.” The moment was made possible by two relay wins, along with a handful of individual podium finishes. It also helped that the Colony Knights had a relay disqualified, which was enough to help the Kardinals win by 11 points. With their first region championship in hand, the Kardinals now turn their attention to the Alaska state swimming and diving championships, held today and Saturday at the Bartlett pool in Anchorage. Preliminary races begin Friday while Saturday’s finals start at 1 p.m. Heaven said learning that the region title was the first for the Kenai boys team was just the cherry on top of a solid effort. “To hear that is definitely a landmark victory,” he said. “I’m really proud of the guys, See swim, Page A10

Best place on the peninsula Columnist’s note: I felt compelled to write this column Sunday night, even though it wasn’t due until Thursday afternoon. A short time after I finished, unbeknownst to me at the time, Alan Boraas would die of a stroke at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Had I not written this Sunday, it never would have been written, replaced by a more conventional memorial. But I’m happy to let this stand as a tribute to the man who taught me so much about the value of place and shared outdoor activity. Happy trails to you, Alan.


played Thursday after the Kodiak Bears were delayed due to fog at the Kodiak airport. Friday’s bracket was subsequently shifted. The schedule can be found at the end of this story. Following an opening set loss, SoHi led by eight points late in the second set but Wasilla rallied back to stun the Stars en route to a 2-0 match lead. Baumer said that’s when SoHi found its magic. “We’ve been in that situation so many times this year,” Baumer said.

ightness in the chest. Queasiness in the stomach. Physical longing tinged with antsiness. Like a sled dog left behind on a training run. It’s happened every time I’ve driven past the Skyline Trail since the Swan Lake Fire burned the area in August, keeping it currently closed to hikers. I’ve thought about that first steep pitch when you enter the woods, pulling yourself over the top with an assist from a root and a downed tree as the heart races and the respiratory system jolts to action. On Sept. 11, 2001, a friend and I made plans to hike Skyline. “People are going to church today to deal with this,” he said. “This is my church.” That day of waking up to an empty sky, as Springsteen later wrote, always resonates as I begin the climb. The unknown. The togetherness. Gratefulness for all I have, including this trail. Things get wild in a hurry. The next bend features laced, serpentine roots. A black bear once blasted across the trail 10 feet in front of me here. You’re in the wilds of Alaska now. Humbled. Vulnerable. Put in your place. And it feels good. Climb a little farther and come upon a large boulder. In my 20s, I would jump 5 feet off this rock on my way down. In my 40s, I peck down and up it carefully. At least it’s not my mid-30s, when a back injury kept me off this trail for three years. I’m not taking the safer, bypass trail off to the side. Not yet.

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The Soldotna volleyball team celebrates on the floor after beating Wasilla on Thursday at the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Soldotna High School in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi netters clinch state berth By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion

With one mighty comeback, the Soldotna volleyball team punched their ticket to the big dance with a big win over Wasilla. The Stars toppled the Warriors in five sets Thursday at the Northern Lights Conference tournament, winning with game scores of 17-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-13 and 15-12. The Stars, who earned their fourth state berth in six years, can advance to Saturday’s region championship by winning Friday’s 7 p.m. semifinal

against the winner of Colony and the Palmer-Kodiak winner. But it was the Class 4A state tournament that was really on everyone’s minds. “We knew if we got this win, it was going to take a big load off our shoulders,” said SoHi head coach Luke Baumer. “Everybody here, their whole goal is to get to state. That’s the pinnacle. That’s where people want to get to, so we got there the first night. These girls can now go home, rest and have some pressure taken off.” The match was the only one

No such thing as a silly question “Why don’t bats get dizzy from hanging upside down?” A second grade student at Tustumena Elementary School posed this excellent question to me. I stood there for a few moments, searching for answers, before swallowing my pride and admitting that I did not have an answer right then and there. This inquiry came at the end of an educational program about bats I had been presenting at various elementary schools in the weeks before Halloween. We focus largely on the little brown bat, the only species of bat on the Kenai Peninsula. In one section of the program, I dress up a student like a bat as a visual aid for understanding the parts of a bat’s body. Or, as I like to say, a “disguised” educational tool used to teach students anatomy and physical adaptations. I go on to place costumelike parts of the bat’s body — claws, wings and such — onto the brave volunteer. I explain that a bat has claws on each of its toes that help lock its grip while roosting on the cave wall, rock or tree branch. I then outfit our volunteer with pleather wings to help explain that bats have unique wings. The wings of a bat are, in essence, giant webbed hands. Their finger bones just about match the length of their body, and the wings themselves are a layer of skin that

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Refuge Notebook encompass the fingers. The bat’s wings function differently than a bird’s because of their various anatomical differences. The bat’s “skin and bone” wings cannot create enough lift for it to take off flying right from the ground. Instead, bats must fall or jump from something in order to kick-start their flight. This is where the adaptive abilities of creatures in the natural world show their true beauty. The bat combined this caveated ability to fly with its behavior of roosting in an upside down position to form the perfect natural takeoff. The bat simply lets go from its roost, sending the animal into a freefall, which is precisely the state it needs to enter in order to begin flying. One adaptation complements the other flawlessly. Of course, it seemed flawless until I asked the students in that classroom at Tustumena Elementary if they had any questions. All of the information above would leave most individuals in a state of logical understanding. All of the pieces of the puzzle fit and there was nothing left for the brain to ponder. But the clever mind and free imagination of a young human can think beyond what the field

guide or ranger provide. As an Educational Ranger at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, my duties extend beyond the classroom in situations like this. So I promised to do my research and deliver closure to this lingering curiosity. And thus began a long string of asking various biologists this same question. Each responded the same way I did, “That is a fantastic question.” This, of course, is the pretext to the admittance of not having an answer offhand. All in all, the answer turned out to be less simple than I had hoped. There are likely a host of different physiological and anatomical features that play into bats not getting dizzy from hanging upside down. The best standalone reasoning I found is that bats are essentially too small for their blood flow to be affected from hanging upside down. The weight of blood in bats is negligible in the face of gravity. Their small size also results in less physical pressure from a change in orientation. This can be thought of by picturing a human flipped upside down next to a bat flipped upside down. The human’s blood has to flow relatively farther from one foot to the other foot than blood does in a bat. This See REFUGE, Page A10

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greater distance means blood in humans builds more pressure. The bat’s relatively small size serves as a benefit since they aren’t experiencing the weight or pressure that a human does when upside down. This is one answer among a host of other small factors that likely play their part in keeping the bat seeing straight after a few hours of roosting upside down, hanging from their feet. Experiences like this leave me in awe of how extraordinary the developing minds of children prove to be. Their questions and curiosities are boundless,

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“I told them in the huddle, we are no stranger to this. This is exactly where we perform the best, when our backs are against the wall … they step up when it’s time to step up.” Led by the powerful kills from senior Ituau Tuisaula and clutch digs from senior libero Holleigh Jaime, the Stars began making inroads on Wasilla’s lead. Tuisaula finished the night with 29 kills for SoHi, while Jaime had 16 digs. Tuisaula said the team enforces the belief that they are the best in the region at making in-game adjustments, and said that the Stars watched film to pick out Wasilla’s vulnerabilities on the court. “During practice, our coaches pretended to be one of the players on Wasilla,” Tuisaula said. “They worked one of their high-percentage hits and got us prepared getting those hits up.” SoHi’s practice plan targeted Wasilla junior outside hitter Josi Schachle and junior middle hitter Jada Schultz, who stands at 6-foot-2. Baumer said both players had 18 kills against SoHi earlier in the year, and while Schachle recorded 15 kills Thursday, Schultz was contained to singledigit points. Schachle also tallied 16 digs, while teammate Heidi Brewer led the Wasilla defense with 22 digs. Wasilla head coach Katie Oxspring left the gym disappointed after her Warriors entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, and said the team suffered a lapse in concentration after going up 2-0 in the match. “We stopped playing,” Oxspring said. “It’s been an uphill battle this year with

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restricted by none of the conventional modes of thought a ranger, such as myself, might fall into. I could see this question easily spiraling into a thesis on physiological structures or the effects of hemodynamics. And this is why I always employ the old adage, “There is no such thing as a silly question.” David Fink is a 36-week Student Conservation Association intern at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge assisting with the Environmental Education program. Find more Refuge Notebook articles (1999– present) at https://www. community/refuge_notebook.html

our body language and mind-set, and they lost it. It ate us alive.” Prior to the comeback, Wasilla was finding ways to beat Soldotna. The Stars led 18-10 in the second set, but Schachle and Schultz led the Warriors back to tie it at 23 apiece. From there, both teams reached set point, but it wasn’t until two mistakes by SoHi allowed Wasilla to score the final two points to win it 28-26. In set three, a late fivepoint SoHi run with hits from Bailey Armstrong and Morgan Bouschor helped the Stars reach a 22-14 lead, which was enough to hold off Wasilla. In the fourth set, SoHi led by three until a 9-0 run broke it wide open, allowing the Stars to coast to the set win and force a winnertake-all fifth set. In that final set, Tuisaula unleashed her power with a jumble of kill points and big shots that left Wasilla reeling. SoHi led early but Wasilla came back to take a brief lead, then tie it at 10 apiece. From there, SoHi scored three straight points — two from Tuisaula kills — to force a Wasilla timeout. Schachle helped get Wasilla back within one, but a kill by Tuisaula set up match point, and the Stars clinched it with an outside shot. “We knew Wasilla is, in my opinion, the best team in the region,” Baumer said. “When it comes down to big, big opportunities and big wins under pressure, Wasilla is 100 percent.” SoHi senior Bailey Armstrong tallied nine kills, while Tuisaula had 13 digs, Hosanna Van Hout notched six digs, Sierra Kuntz had 43 assists and Trayce Lyons had seven kills. Friday Game 1 — Palmer vs. Kodiak, 11 a.m. Game 2 — Colony vs. Palmer/Kodiak winner, 3 p.m. Game 3 — Wasilla vs. Palmer/Kodiak loser, 5 p.m. Game 4 — Soldotna vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m. Saturday Game 5 — Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 winner, 10 a.m. Game 6 — Game 4 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 12 p.m. Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2 p.m. (championship)

SoHi, Homer hockey win; Kenai loses The Soldotna Stars opened the Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Hockey Showdown with a seven-goal effort and a victory. Soldotna skated past West Valley 7-5 during the first day of the tourney hosted by Palmer High School on Thursday afternoon at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. Galen Brantley III bagged a pair of goals and an assist in the win. Alex Montague, Dylan Walton, Wyatt Medcoff, David Aley and Trent Powell also scored for the Stars, who outshot the Wolfpack 34-22. Joshua Tree made 17 saves in the SoHi net. Kenai suffered a loss during the first day of the three-day event. Colony scored a 3-1 win over the Kards. Reagen Graves scored the lone goal for Kenai. In other tourney action, Dimond blanked Wasilla 4-0 and host Palmer beat North Pole 4-1. Soldotna 7, West Valley 5 Palmer Hockey Showdown Thursday, MTA Events Center First period — 1. Soldotna Montague (Bur-

cham) 12:45; 2. West Valley- Wagoner (Moore Wutig) 4:41; 3. Soldotna- Walton (Haakenson, Yeager) 3:13. Second period — 4. West Valley- Wutig (Moore) 14:25; 5. West Valley- Glynn (unassisted) 9:45; 6. Soldotna- Brantley III (Powell, Medcoff) pp 7:41; 7. West Valley- Moore (Wagoner) sh 5:58; 8. Soldotna- Medcoff (Powell, Brantley III) 5:03; 9. Soldotna- Brantley III (Walton, Yeager) 3:52; 10. Soldotna- Aley (unassisted) 3:36. Third period — 11. Soldotna- Powell (Tree, Montague) 14:46; 12. West Valley- Glynn (Victorino) 5:19. Shots on goal: West Valley 5-10-7—22, Soldotna 11-11-12—34; Saves: West Valley- Hartman 9-7-11—27, Soldotna- Tree 4-7-6—17. Colony 3, Kenai 1 Palmer Hockey Showdown Thursday, MTA Events Center First period — 1. Colony Cappel (McLaughlin, Moore) 0:52. Second period — 2. Kenai- Re. Graves (Ri. Graves, Stock) 1:25. Third period — 3. Colony- McLaughlin (Kirk) 9:49; 4. Colony- Keefe (Moore, Yundt) 5:03. Shots on goal: Colony 18-8-11—37; Kenai 2-13-8—23; Saves: Colony- Marks 2-12-8—22, Kenai- Cross 17-8-9—34.

Homer 17, Delta 1 The Mariners opened up their season with a 17-1 victory on the road. Tyler Gilliland and Isaiah Nevak had hat tricks for the Mariners, while Toby Nevak, Kazden Stineff and Alden Ross added two goals apiece. Ethan Pitzman, Matfey Reutov, Phinny Weston and Karl Wickstrom added goals for Homer. Keegan Strong had two saves for Homer, which had 57 shots.

The summit of Skyline Trail. Oct. 3, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

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Continue to where the trail, before being rerouted, used to drop down a sharp hill to the left and over a creek. The old path is grown over now, practically unusable, but the memories remain pushki free. My worst Skyline fall happened on that old trail, a gash closed by the bandage of a local ski coach. A friend, K. Jones, got his nickname daredeviling down the slick, muddy bench that forced the eventual trail reroute. And another friend arrived sweetly in my life for a summer on the top of that bench, her enchanting scent scrambling up that ledge a good minute before she did. A climb, a flat section, then another rocky, rooty incline that starts with a boulder on the left, or a boulder on the right. One Sunday afternoon in spring — one of those days when bluebird sunshine sucks winter right from the bones — I ran into a cancer survivor and Skyline legend on this spot. “Perfect day to be up here,” he said, beaming. Electric energy, appreciation, inspiration tingled through my body, settling moistly in the wells of my eyes.

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I’m proud of how they were able to put together good races.” The Kenai boys have raced to finishes of sixth and fifth in the last two years at state, and with the Dimond boys and girls continuing to dominate the pool — the Lynx swept the Cook Inlet Conference titles last weekend for a 10th straight year — the Kardinals’ shot at a state title may be dim at best.

It was a perfect day. He would know. Finish this climb and arrive at the halfway point, with a nice log off to the left. With four friends, I sat here resting one day on a traverse over to Fuller Lakes. One apologized for a slow start. “It’s not a race,” another said. “No, it’s certainly not,” came the content reply. Soon the grade relents and it’s time for a relaxed approach to the saddle. Skilak Lake. Hideout Mountain. The flats. The lakes. Redoubt. Spurr. Iliamna. The Sterling Highway piecing its way back to town. It’s all in play now. You remember you weren’t gonna come because you had to do something important — you just can’t remember what that was anymore. At the saddle sits Hobbit Forest — stunted, coniferous trees locking together for a hideaway childhood dream fort. I sat in there one Christmas Day, watching tornadoes of snow racing along the ground until they whisked up the hills. I’d run into a local commercial fisherman on the way up. As tough as they come, even for a commercial fisherman, I think he’s up to three death-defying escapes on land or sea at this point.

He’d told me he only made it to the Hobbit Forest on this stormy day. I wanted to go farther than him and I did. I counted. Ten steps. One prickly rock wall after another now gradually clears trees and brush. Bustling down this section at this time last year, I’d met two men who look as natural in the mountains as goats themselves. We marveled at how much the climate is changing, how it was odd this upper section of the trail got a bunch of snow then lost it so late in the year. That area is black now. The fire got so hot it burned up to and past the tundra where we talked. Next comes the bowl crossing and the knowledge that sometimes you need to know someone a long time to put in proper perspective how foolish you are. I was walking down the trail here last year, hobbling along after a long traverse from Fuller Lakes, when a longtime friend said, “I remember back when you said running down this section as fast as possible was good for your knees.” And then it’s just a short climb to the summit. I’ve never known why, but when I reach that rockstrewn tip top, I yell. This doesn’t happen on other trails. I’ll moderate it a bit if people are around, but sometimes you don’t see

people having a “moment,” and, well, sorry. I had one of those moments when another Skyline fixture, as enthusiastic and well-traveled adventurer as you’ll find, told me, “This is the best spot on the peninsula.” I first thought he was crazy. This is a helluva peninsula. I remember viewing Rodin’s “Man With a Broken Nose.” Rotate around the sculpture and each new angle reveals something different — a million sculptures in one. The Mystery Hills are like that. They define beauty and breathtaking with each step and glance, each hour of the day and each shift of the season. My mental trip up Skyline ends. I’ll arrive at Resurrection Pass or Vista Trail and settle for that. Aah, Alaska slumming. That fire was cursed. It terrorized Cooper Landing, saved only by the humbling bravery and expertise of the firefighters. But those flames seared in stark relief a connection to place that a professor who has charted my path in Alaska more than any other has been teaching for years. When that trail finally opens, I’ll know why I scream when I get to the top. It’s the best place on the peninsula.

But Heaven said there is still individual glory to shoot for, with five boys swimmers qualified for two races each. Sorin Sorensen is seeded for the 50 free and 100 backstroke races, while teammate Trevor Bagley is in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Koda Poulin is in the 500 freestyle (after finished second at the region meet) and 200 free, Owen Rolph is in the 50 free and 100 fly and Dominic Alioto made it in the 200 IM and 100 free. Sorensen, Bagley, Poulin and Rolph combined to win the boys 200-yard medley

relay at regions, and their time seeded them secondbest in the state. The Kenai girls are led by Rachael Pitsch in the 500 free, whose time of 5:37.81 was seeded 12th-best in the state. Eagle River’s McKenzie Fazio leads the way in 2019 with a 5:16.61. There are other peninsula teams looking for some podium hardware as well. SoHi qualified 12 swimmers to state, many of whom are on the two relays, the girls 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Last year, Soldotna its first state crown in 15 years with

the boys diving gold going to senior Kylin Welch, and while the Stars diving program was grateful to end the streak, there’s still the little detail of SoHi not winning a race title in 16 years, dating back to Abby Kiffmeyer’s double gold in the 2003 girls 100-yard butterfly and backstroke races. SoHi’s best shot at a state championship likely will be junior Ethan Evans, the 2019 NLC Male Swimmer of the Year. Evans is seeded second in the 50 free after

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Ottawa 15 5 9 1 11 41 50 Detroit 17 4 12 1 9 35 68 Metropolitan Division Washington 17 12 2 3 27 69 53 N.Y. Islanders 15 11 3 1 23 47 34 Carolina 16 9 6 1 19 52 46 Pittsburgh 16 9 6 1 19 55 42 Philadelphia 15 8 5 2 18 50 48 N.Y. Rangers 14 7 6 1 15 46 45 Columbus 16 6 7 3 15 38 54 New Jersey 14 4 6 4 12 40 56 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division St. Louis 17 11 3 3 25 54 49 Nashville 16 9 5 2 20 64 52 Colorado 16 9 5 2 20 58 47 Winnipeg 16 8 7 1 17 44 51 Dallas 17 8 8 1 17 41 42 Chicago 15 5 7 3 13 38 46 Minnesota 16 5 10 1 11 42 57 Pacific Division Edmonton 17 10 5 2 22 48 46 Calgary 19 10 7 2 22 57 55 Vancouver 16 9 4 3 21 56 41 Vegas 17 9 5 3 21 52 48 Arizona 16 9 5 2 20 46 37 Anaheim 17 9 7 1 19 45 43 San Jose 17 6 10 1 13 46 63 Los Angeles 16 5 10 1 11 41 63 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs.

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scoreboard Football NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 8 1 0 .889 270 98 Buffalo 6 2 0 .750 158 131 Miami 1 7 0 .125 103 256 N.Y. Jets 1 7 0 .125 96 211 South Houston 6 3 0 .667 238 191 Indianapolis 5 3 0 .625 182 177 Jacksonville 4 5 0 .444 176 189 Tennessee 4 5 0 .444 168 165 North Baltimore 6 2 0 .750 251 176 Pittsburgh 4 4 0 .500 176 169 Cleveland 2 6 0 .250 152 205 Cincinnati 0 8 0 .000 124 210 West Kansas City 6 3 0 .667 252 204 Oakland 5 4 0 .556 208 240 L.A. Chargers 4 6 0 .400 207 194 Denver 3 6 0 .333 149 170 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Dallas 5 3 0 .625 227 142 Philadelphia 5 4 0 .556 224 213 N.Y. Giants 2 7 0 .222 176 255 Washington 1 8 0 .111 108 219 South New Orleans 7 1 0 .875 195 156 Carolina 5 3 0 .625 209 204 Tampa Bay 2 6 0 .250 230 252 Atlanta 1 7 0 .125 165 250 North Green Bay 7 2 0 .778 226 189 Minnesota 6 3 0 .667 234 158 Detroit 3 4 1 .438 204 217 Chicago 3 5 0 .375 142 144 West San Francisco 8 0 0 1.000 235 102 Seattle 7 2 0 .778 248 230 L.A. Rams 5 3 0 .625 214 174 Arizona 3 5 1 .389 195 251 Thursday’s Games Oakland 26, L.A. Chargers 24 Sunday’s Games

Basketball NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 6 1 .857 — Philadelphia 5 2 .714 1 Toronto 5 2 .714 1 Brooklyn 3 4 .429 3 New York 1 7 .125 5½ Southeast Division Miami 6 2 .750 — Charlotte 4 4 .500 2 Atlanta 3 4 .429 2½ Washington 2 5 .286 3½ Orlando 2 6 .250 4 Central Division Milwaukee 6 2 .750 — Indiana 4 4 .500 2 Detroit 4 5 .444 2½ Chicago 3 6 .333 3½ Cleveland 2 5 .286 3½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Dallas 5 2 .714 — Houston 5 3 .625 ½ San Antonio 5 3 .625 ½ Memphis 2 5 .286 3 New Orleans 1 6 .143 4 Northwest Division Denver 5 2 .714 —

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Thursday’s Games Boston 108, Charlotte 87 San Antonio 121, Oklahoma City 112 Miami 124, Phoenix 108 L.A. Clippers 107, Portland 101 Friday’s Games Cleveland at Washington, 3 p.m. Detroit at Indiana, 3 p.m. Memphis at Orlando, 3 p.m. Sacramento at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Golden State at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Toronto at New Orleans, 4 p.m. New York at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Utah, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Denver, 5 p.m. Brooklyn at Portland, 6 p.m. Miami at L.A. Lakers, 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Boston at San Antonio, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Dallas at Memphis, 4 p.m. Golden State at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. Houston at Chicago, 4 p.m. All Times AKST

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 15 11 2 2 24 56 36 Toronto 17 9 5 3 21 58 54 Buffalo 15 9 4 2 20 45 40 Florida 15 7 3 5 19 55 56 Montreal 16 8 5 3 19 58 52 Tampa Bay 13 6 5 2 14 44 47

Thursday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 4, Carolina 2 Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, OT Philadelphia 3, Montreal 2, OT Washington 5, Florida 4, OT Toronto 2, Vegas 1, OT Ottawa 3, Los Angeles 2, OT Chicago 5, Vancouver 2 Colorado 9, Nashville 4 Columbus 3, Arizona 2 Calgary 5, New Jersey 2 San Jose 6, Minnesota 5

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Southcentral volleyball: Nikiski faces contenders By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion

As defending region and state champs, as well as the current No. 1 seed going into this weekend’s Southcentral Conference tournament, the Nikiski volleyball team may be the favorites to repeat, but the field is full of upset-minded hopefuls. The Southcentral Conference championship tournament begins Friday in Seward and will send two teams to the Class 3A state tournament. In an eight-team bracket, that doesn’t leave much room for error. It’s expected to be a busy two days as eight teams play 12 games, culminating in the championship final Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Only two teams automatically clinch spots at state (the two championship teams), so action will be fast and furious. “There’s no making mistakes in this tournament,” said Kenai Central head coach Tracie Beck. Nikiski clinched the top seed from the Southern Division with a 9-1 mark and will begin Friday morning at 9 a.m. against Houston (2-8), the last team from the Northern Division. At 8-2, Kenai Central locked down the second south seed, slotting the Kardinals into a Friday noon matchup against Grace Christian (3-7), the No. 3 seed from the North. Homer (7-3) will face Redington (3-7) Friday at 10:30 a.m., while host team Seward (1-9) will take on the No. 1 North team Anchorage Christian (7-3) Friday at 1:30 p.m. Nikiski head coach Stacey Segura said the Bulldogs are very aware that the competition is breathing down their necks. Nikiski has won two of the last three region titles, but both Kenai and Homer have tested Nikiski in various matches throughout the regular season, and the Kardinals were able to collect a win over the Bulldogs early in the year. “It could be anyone’s game,” Segura said about the region tournament. “I’ve seen what Homer’s

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winning the region title in 21.59 seconds, but he’ll need a big day to knock off Service’s Brian Jarupakorn, who holds a 20.83 time. Evans is also seeded second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.30 seconds, while Service’s Tavner Wisdom is ahead at 58.03, in a race that Evans only began competing in this year. Evans said he is targeting a state title in the breaststroke and a school record in the 50 free. After last weekend’s region meet, head coach Angie Brennan said she has high

done throughout the season, and ACS has always been very competitive. I know Kenai’s on a winning high right now. It really could be anyone. There’s six or seven different ways the bracket could go, and everyone gets a little crazy at regions. There’s just a whole another level of play that teams bring to regions.” The strength of the South division in the conference has been apparent in 2019. The North teams of ACS, Grace, Redington and Houston have a combined conference record of 15-25, while the South teams of Nikiski, Kenai, Homer and Seward combined to go 25-15 this year. Narrowing it down a little more, the top three South teams of Nikiski, Kenai and Homer combined to go 24-6 in conference play this season. “The southern half is definitely very strong this year,” said Homer coach Stephanie Carroll. “I think it’s going to be a battle between the southern teams to see who wins.” The two semifinal winners move on to state, while a third team from the conference could also get a ticket with one at-large bid chosen by the Alaska School Activities Association. Two wins automatically locks up not only a spot in Saturday’s title game, but also a berth to the Class 3A state tournament. In her first year as head coach, Carroll inherited a stout program. Last year, under one-year head coach Sara Pennington, the Mariners were good enough to make it to state with the at-large bid, following a close miss at the region tournament. With the bulk of its players back, Homer is ripe for a big weekend. “We don’t have quite as good a record as we hoped for, but we feel strong going in,” Carroll said. Homer will face Redington, a team the Mariners beat twice this year, including last weekend in a 3-0 conference win. Homer also beat Redington early in the season in the same gym, winning the North/ South tournament in Seward. Carroll said gaining experience

hopes for Evans. “I think he has the potential to win at state,” she said. “It’s definitely on his radar.” The peninsula is also expected to be well-represented in the girls 200 IM. Homer junior Madison Story and Seward sophomore Lydia Jacoby enter state with the two best 200 IM times of 2019 — Story leads the way at 2:10.19 while Jacoby is right behind at 2:10.37. The third-fastest time this year is Dimond’s Dreamer Kowatch, who posted a 2:12.80 last week at the Cook Inlet Conference meet. A win by Story would be the first state title for a Homer athlete in six years (Kace Brinster won the 2013 boys diving title), the first for

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kind of unsure of his plans for this year.” Murdock persisted and took Thrun in the second round of the NAHL Draft on June 4. “I knew he wanted to play junior hockey and was looking at a number of different things,” Murdock said. “Once we drafted him and had his rights in the NA, it didn’t take a ton of convincing.” Thrun, 18, decided to come to the Bears and leads the team through 17 games with nine goals and 20 points. “We thought he would be in our top six because of offensive ability, but he’s put in so much work since he’s been here that’s he worked his way into our top six and solidified his top-six role,” Murdock said. The coach said Thrun has to be consistently yelled at to get off the ice after practice so the Zamboni can roll through. Thrun said all the work comes from a deep passion for hockey that runs through his family, which includes father, Troy; mother, Karen; brother, Travus; and sister, Tori. In 2017, Troy was inducted into the Western Michigan University Hockey Ring of Honor for his career from 1983 to 1986. He had 81 goals and 102 assists in 122 games, and still has the school record for game-winning goals in a season with six. He then played pro in Germany, averaging 1.45 points per game and racking 199 goals and 144 assists in five seasons. “My dad is the one who really got me into it,” Theo said. “Our family is a huge hockey family.” Troy owns On Your Game, a hockey pro shop, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The pro shop actually sponsors Theo’s road sweater, but more importantly

against bigger teams have helped sharpen Homer into a championship-caliber program. “I think we can make it to Saturday’s championship, I’ve felt that way all along,” she said. “We only lost two players that went to state last year, and we do have four experienced seniors.” Carroll said Homer’s stealthy service game has been a strength this year, and expects it continue fueling the Mariners with six girls rotating in the service game. Homer has power at the outside hitter position, and Carroll expects to see big play out of Marina Carroll and Laura Inama, both of whom can rack up the kill points. Homer also depends on its middle hitters Karmyn Gallios and Tonda Smude, both of whom make for a fearsome wall at the net. Should Homer and Nikiski meet in Friday’s first semifinal, it could be a classic. Nikiski beat Homer with matches of 3-2 and 3-1 this year. In tournament play, Homer picked up an early win over Nikiski on its home floor. “I feel we are capable of beating them,” Carroll said. “The biggest challenge is managing our own nerves and not making errors.” Nikiski’s road to repeating begins with Houston, a team the Bulldogs haven’t lost to this year. Nikiski won the lone conference match 3-0 while also beating the Hawks in two games at the West Spiketacular tournament. “I feel really good, I don’t think we’re going in underestimating anyone,” Segura said. “The girls are very aware that if they’re not there and not playing our best, we’re beatable. But we do have a good strong set of seniors left over from last year that are very strong on court and have a strong presence in stressful situations. It gives the younger players and me a lot of confidence.” In her eighth year coaching the Bulldogs, Segura said she still gets nervous in postseason play, and this year will be especially tough against the deep South division. “I don’t know if it’s more

swimming in particular in eight years (Richard Ginter won the boys 50 free in 2011), and the first for Homer girls in 26 years (Corrise Bittner won the girls 100 backstroke in 1993). Like last week, it’ll likely come down to Story and Jacoby. Homer head coach Caleb Miller believes the two are ready for another heavyweight bout in the pool this weekend. “I think Madison’s swum a good race, and we didn’t really rest for regions for her,” Miller said. “We spent this week getting her rested and ready to go. She’s focused, and she’s done all the things we need to do. Hopefully she can get in and get that race.” Seward head coach

having that pro shop allowed Theo to get as much ice time as he wanted growing up. He started skating at 2, playing organized hockey and 5 or 6, and said he’s played every day since. “I have free ice time whenever I want it back home,” Thrun said. “It’s huge. It definitely helps with working on the skills. “Ice time is the biggest thing about this sport.” The Thruns are so supportive of Theo that they came to Alaska for the first four-game Brown Bears homestand of the year. Troy and Tori also took in the series against the Northeast (Massachusetts) Generals in Boston last weekend. “They’re super supportive, which is awesome,” Thrun said. A final advantage Thrun gets from his family comes from his skates. On Your Game says it has the best skate sharpening in town. Thrun always does his own skates and said he’s sharpened skates for teammates as well. “It’s not easy,” he said. “You have to get them lined up and get a good finish and nice touch on it.” The other, more important, touch Thrun has is for scoring. “It’s something you just can’t teach,” Murdock said. “You can teach a kid to be in a good spot, and teach him to put the shot where you want, but he just has the innate ability to finish it off.” While evolutionary biologists would argue that it’s ridiculous for valuable space on DNA to be devoted to something as specific as scoring goals in hockey, Thrun may beg to differ. “My dad always taught me how to score goals and how to get in positions to do that because obviously at Western he was a big goal scorer,” Thrun said. “He’s in the Hall of Fame there for that. So I guess you can say it’s genetics.” Thrun has always scored big for the prestigious Fox Motors Hockey Club, which he joined in his U13 year. Last

experience or the athletes that we have,” Segura replied when asked why the South division is so deep this year. “I’m glad it’s coming from our side of the region. It’s nice to see the peninsula have strong teams. I do feel we have the strongest teams.” A win Friday morning could put Nikiski into a semifinal matchup with Homer, which gave the Bulldogs fits this year. Segura said if they can get through that Friday night game, she’ll be breathing a huge sigh of relief. “I always tell the girls, the championship game is not a stressful game at all,” she said. “It’s the third place game, however, that’s not so fun.” Being on opposite sides of the bracket, a Kenai vs. Nikiski championship final is possible for Saturday. Nikiski’s only Southcentral loss in 2019 came to Kenai, which toppled Nikiski 3-1 early in the year, but Segura said the Bulldogs have been building up to another big postseason run, so there is plenty of confidence. “We beat Kenai, we have the two wins against Homer, which is really nice to have,” she said. “We’ve taken a look at Homer, at how well they’ve played throughout the season, and those wins are a big confidence boost for the girls.” Kenai could very well surprise the field as one of the hottest teams coming into the weekend. The Kardinals beat Nikiski twice this year, first at the Shayna Pritchard Memorial tournament early on, then again 3-1 at home just a few weeks ago. Plus, the Kards are fresh off a big Halloween upset over 4A rival Soldotna. “I think we’re playing some of best volleyball ever,” Beck said. “We’re excited about the tournament and we’re taking it one game at a time and focusing on that right now.” Kenai went 3-0 against Grace Christian this year, including a three-set sweep last weekend in Anchorage. The Kards also twice beat the Grizzlies in two games,

Meghan O’Leary said after last weekend’s region meet that Jacoby is working to peak for a potential national meet in December, as well as next summer’s U.S. Olympic qualifying trials in Nebraska, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be working to break her own state record in the breaststroke. “Those are her own records now that she’s breaking,” O’Leary said. Jacoby’s region-winning time of 1:01.93 in the breaststroke is by far the fastest in the state this year (Story is second at 1:06.42) and would break Jacoby’s own state record she set last year as a freshman. Jacoby said her lifetime best in the event is 1:00.41 at the Speedo

season in the Tier I Elite Hockey League — one of the best AAA leagues in the country — Thrun led his team with 16 goals in 28 games. Thrun, who is 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, said there has been an adjustment to the bigger, more physical players in the NAHL. He credits his coaches and his teammates — particularly linemates Logan Ritchie and Eagle River’s Zach Krajnik — with making the adjustment easier. Murdock said, before the season, he wouldn’t have thought Thrun would be the leading scorer at this point. When asked about that, Thrun said he’s more concerned that he’s helping the team. “I just want to come in and provide as much as I can,” he said. “The team’s done a really good job of helping me do that. “My linemates Ritchie and Krajnik are awesome to play with and we’re really good friends off the ice and on the ice, too.” Thrun said his goal is to play Division I hockey next season, listing Western Michigan as his dream school. He said he’s working hard in his online classes and on his game to make that happen. “He’ll definitely be a Division I hockey player,” Murdock said. “He’s getting really good interest from schools so far this year. (Associate head coach) Dan Bogdan and I are helping him round out his game as best we can. “If he can round out his game at every level he moves to and keep producing, the sky’s the limit for him.” Initially, Thrun said moving to Alaska was a big step. But the billet son of Steve and Lindsay Hallam of Kenai said a few hikes, the view of the mountains and ocean out his bedroom door, and the quality of the Brown Bears organization have convinced him he made the right move. “Let hockey take you special places, and it definitely did,” Thrun said.

first at the Pritchard tournament at Nikiski, then at the Dimond-Service tournament two weekends ago. “Beating SoHi was huge for our confidence,” Beck said. “That SoHi team is tough, they’ve done well all year long, and (coach) Luke (Baumer) has taken over the program and continues to build it.” Beck said the rise of Kenai has been a process that is beginning to pay dividends for a tight-knit group of players, a group led by a stout attack that has kept opponents off balance this year. Kenai’s offense includes junior outside hitter Bethany Morris, senior outside Savanna Wilson and sophomore outside Andie Galloway. Kenai also flaunts a pair of strong middle hitters in junior Abby Avery and sophomore Erin Koziczkowski. Combined with the setting and serving of sophomore libero Jenna Streiff and senior Kailey Hamilton, Beck said the Kardinals have reached their potential this year. “It’s been hard to sit down and think about it, we’ve been going, going, going,” she said. “They’re all hard workers and they’re doing what we’ve asked. I think they’re loving the game plan and buying into it. It’s a big deal, because it’s hard getting everyone going in the same direction.” As the host, Seward is looking to spring an upset against the top-seeded North team ACS. The Seahawks lost 3-0 to ACS last weekend in Anchorage, and also lost a one-set match to ACS early in the season at the North/South tournament on home court. Southcentral Conference tournament

Hosted by Seward High School Friday games Game 1 — Nikiski (1) vs. Houston (4), 9 a.m. Game 2 — Redington (2) vs. Homer (3), 10:30 a.m. Game 3 — Kenai (2) vs. Grace (3), 12 p.m. Game 4 — ACS (1) vs. Seward (4), 1:30 p.m. Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m. Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 4:30 p.m. Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m. Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m. Saturday games Game 9 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 9 a.m. Game 10 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 10:30 a.m. Game 11 — Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 1 p.m. (3rd place) Game 12 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 2:30 p.m. (championship)

Sectionals last year in Seattle. Seward also qualified senior Connor Spanos in the 100 butterfly. Spanos has a potential podium in his sights, seeded fourth with a Seward school record of 53.47 seconds in the butterfly.

The Homer girls, who finished third in the NLC team race last week, also qualified Adeline Berry in the girls 100 fly and 50 free, as well as Ella Blanton-Yourkowski in the 100 backstroke. Miller said both stand a good shot at placing.

Series preview: Bears vs. Steel By Jeff Helminiak Peninsula Clarion

Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock is not as concerned with revenge as he is with consistency. The Brown Bears face the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in North American Hockey League play. The Bears were on a roll the last time they faced the Steel. Kenai River had won four straight, and had just swept the Minnesota Magicians, before taking 8-2 and 5-0 pastings in Wisconsin on Oct. 4 and 5. “The biggest thing for us is consistency,” Murdock said. “It’s been a bit of an issue. We were coming off a sweep of the Magicians and feeling good about ourselves. “I’m not saying the guys necessarily took the weekend off, but they were a bit overconfident going into the weekend and struggled.” The Bears are coming off a sweep of the Northeast (Massachusetts) Generals, but Murdock said he hopes his team doesn’t fall into the same trap this time. These two games — the last time the Bears will see the Steel all season — loom important with a tight playoff race shaping up in the Midwest Division. Fairbanks is in first with 23 points, while Kenai River (9-5-1-2) is in second with 21 and the Steel (10-4-00) are in third with 20. The Springfield (Illinois) Jr.

Blues are fourth with 15, with Minnesota and the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets tied with 13. “Chippewa has got a really good team this year, they have a lot of returning players,” Murdock said. “A year ago in their first year they probably didn’t meet their own expectations, but in that process they built a team at the end of last year more for this season.” When the squads played in Wisconsin, Murdock said Chippewa had a top line with a combined eight years of experience in the NAHL. Connor Szmul, with three seasons, leads the team with 18 points, while Killian Kiecker-Olson has two years and 17 points, and Jacob Dirks has three years and 16 points. The Steel had won eight straight before dropping 8-1 and 4-1 contests to the Aberdeen (South Dakota) Wings last weekend. “They play a pretty fast, physical style, so it will be interesting to see how everything goes on a big sheet of ice,” Murdock said. The Bears have acquired defenseman Tristan Culleton from the Jamestown (Pennsylvania) Rebels for assets. Murdock said the Bears have had a few defensemen out and have been down to six defensemen the last few weekends, so Culleton, in his last year of junior eligibility, should provide valuable experience. Friday will be Military Appreciation Night, with free admission available with military ID. Saturday will be a postgame skate with the Bears.




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Dinner out is unwelcome gift for couple on restricted diets DEAR ABBY: My DEAR T.B.N.T.: This companion of many relative may not mean years and I are retired to seem overbearing and and live a few hours may only be trying to be away from some of his nice. Thank her warmly family. When one of for wanting to take you them plans a visit, she to dinner, but tell her no. always insists on taking Explain that because of us out for a meal. She medical reasons, both of doesn’t ask if we would you must strictly limit the like to eat out but rather sodium, fat, sugar and Dear Abby “commands” it. Then gluten in your diet, which Jeanne Phillips she insists on paying for is why the two of you the meal. have decided it is “safer” I enjoy cooking and visiting with to eat at home, where you can family during and after meals. I control what goes into your food. know what our dietary restrictions Then invite her to join you because are, and most restaurant meals do you would love to see her and spend not meet those requirements, which time with her while she’s in town. include low sodium, fat and sugar and no gluten. According to my DEAR ABBY: I am in a difficult companion, I’m a good cook, and he situation. My dear friends and enjoys everything I make. bosses, “Rebecca” and “Caesar,” are I know I should say something, selling their home. They had offered but what? I need a suggestion on to sell it to me and, at the time, I how to deal with the situation was interested in buying it. Then I without hurting anyone’s feelings. — did the one thing I never thought I THANKS, BUT NO THANKS would do. I found love. Because it’s

no longer just me, their house won’t work for us. I was honest with my friends. They have been giving me the silent treatment ever since, and it’s causing problems at work. What is a girl to do? — IN LOVE IN THE MIDWEST DEAR IN LOVE: Recognize that Rebecca and Caesar are understandably upset that what they thought would be a quick and easy sale has now become more complicated. Explain to them again that you didn’t mean to cause them a problem, but your circumstances changed. And if they continue to take out their disappointment by punishing you at work, look for another job. DEAR ABBY: I agreed to pay for a cellphone for a friend’s daughter while she went to school in the U.S. She was supposed to be here for three years. WELL, it is now year four, and she’s planning to stay here after graduation. How do I tell her that I am not willing to

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continue paying for her phone after graduation? — TRIED TO HELP IN TEXAS DEAR TRIED TO HELP: You have several choices. You can tell her parents, write to her or call her on the cellphone you have so generously underwritten. And after you deliver the message, you should be thanked for your generosity not only by her but also her parents. 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 or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Good advice for everyone — teens to seniors — is in “The Anger in All of Us and How to Deal With It.” To order, send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $8 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Anger Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Express your inner drive and others cannot help but respond. Your imagination takes you down a new path. A respected individual joins in a discussion. You will have an intriguing choice. Tonight: As you like it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH Take your time using your creative skills. You could find that someone does not appreciate your efforts. Remember, whatever you do, you are doing ultimately for you. Flow with a friend’s request.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH Zero in on what you want and get past a problem quickly. A meeting, even for business, could turn into a frolicsome, fun time, setting the stage for the weekend. A partner or close friend whispers in your ear. This person has a great idea! Tonight: TGIF.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Open up to another person and discuss what is on your mind. You will opt to head in a new direction. Visualization, as well as a discussion, helps you create much more of what you desire. Tonight: A force to behold.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Reach out to another person. Before you realize it, you might have a very intense conversation and/or set up a visit soon. You have a lot to discuss. Taking an overview and detaching helps you make excellent choices. Tonight: Wherever the action is.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH One-on-one relating helps settle a problem before it becomes too difficult. A fun attitude

Dear Heloise: If you want to increase the volume of your cellphone, put it in a ceramic bowl. You’ll be amazed how well this works. — Jordan W., Speedway, Ind.

LIGHT THE CANDLE Dear Heloise: I set the table, and when I went to light the votive candles, which were at the bottom of long, tapered candleholders, I found I didn’t have matches with long, wooden stems. So, I lit the end of a piece of uncooked spaghetti, then lit the candles without burning my hands. — Sandy C. in St. Louis

SENIOR DISCOUNTS Dear Heloise: At first I was embarrassed to ask if a movie theater, hotel, car rental, etc., offered senior discounts. Unfortunately, most places don’t tell you about senior discounts, but companies offer them to increase business/profits, so please tell your readers

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HHHH You head in a new direction because you feel you must. Emphasis is on property, real estate and a long-term desire. A family member presents a different perspective. Tonight: Stay close to home.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHH Defer to another person if you desire. You might want to pass on an opportunity in order to lighten some of your obligations. You have an experiment you would like to try — you want to see the results. Tonight: Take a cue from a dear friend or loved one.

HHHH Your smile is a sure-bet winner. Others tend to move in close rather than back off. You are very serious, especially if a suspicion revolves around your finances. Be clear and direct in how you handle a personal issue. Tonight: Out to your favorite haunt.

HHH Pace yourself. Refuse to get into a problem that really is not yours to deal with. Clear off your desk, complete what you must and take a deep breath. You need this weekend. Tonight: Wherever your friends are.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Touch base with your desires before making any major decisions. A friend or associate might be urging you in a particular direction. In your heart, you know what you want to do. Go with your instincts. Learn to listen to your inner voice. Tonight: Make it your treat.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHH Put on your dancing shoes later tonight. Today you might have a lot to deal with, possibly a boss or an associate. You might hear information that you deem impossible, but it isn’t. Tonight: Go for the moment.

PYRAMID SCHEME, DIRECT SALES Dear Heloise: We’ve all known someone who wants us to become part of a multilevel marketing opportunity. Although there are legitimate direct sales companies that use multilevel marketing, there also are con artists who want you to invest in what may well be a pyramid scheme disguised as direct selling. Many use high-pressure tactics to entice people to invest. They talk about potential earnings, which are often exaggerated, based on the sale of products. You may be pressured to buy products, which you are assured will keep you in good standing. When you are offered this type of business opportunity, be careful. Wait a few days while you consider it, and do a little investigating. Try Fraud. org to see what it has to say about this business opportunity, or to file a complaint. — Frederick K., Washington, D.C.


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This year, you enter a new period where you have an unusually strong desire to realize what you want. No one or nothing will stop you. If single, you will date and search for the right person, letting go if someone does not feel right. If attached, make sure not to overrun your sweetie, as relationships are a two-way street. Rather, convince your partner to join you when facing a strong decision. ARIES encourages you to go for what you want. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

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at Soldotna High School. “I think it was cool because if Alaska didn’t have the programs like all-state or honor choir, I don’t think I would have wanted to audition for all-nationals,” Vasquez said. “These cool programs that Alaska has to offer for musical

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“We are already seeing billions of dollars of private investment on the North Slope,” the governor said in his post, “and I am hopeful that this lease sale will help bring even more good paying jobs to Alaska.” However, Ellis-Wouters said sales of NPR-A land take place annually and pointed to BLM’s website listing details of each sale dating back to 1999. 2018’s sale netted more than $1.5 million for 2.8 million acres. Ellis-Wouters said the amount of land to be sold each year is determined by industry interest. Oil and gas industry inform BLM of potential interest and a decision is made based on those requests. Currently, ConocoPhillips is the only company working on tracts in the NPR-A. Since tracts are sold via sealed bid, EllisWouters could not say which companies had already submitted bids. ConocoPhillips could not immediately be reached for comment. It’s not clear exactly how much oil and gas is in the region as BLM does not keep those sorts of records and the U.S. Geological Survey doesn’t have estimates that match the NPR-A exactly. Alex Demas, public affairs specialist for USGS,

students has pushed me to reach for the national level and try other things.” Vasquez hopes other students feel like they can reach for the stars. “I think it’s a cool opportunity to show that just because you live in Alaska, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t audition for something that’s national or something that’s in a different country or part of the U.S.,” Vasquez said.

told the Empire that a 2017 estimation said that the mean, undiscovered, recoverable resources (meaning they can be recovered with existing technology) was 8.7 billion

Students who make the choir at the all-state level are invited to audition for the all-national ensemble. Vasquez performed in all-state last year and auditioned for the national ensemble at the end of the school year this spring. Earlier this summer, Vasquez heard the news that she made the national ensemble. She received her music at the end of the summer, and has been spending the last several months

barrels of oil and 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas on the NPR-A on adjacent state and Alaska Native lands. Demas said there was a distinction between

memorizing and practicing the songs she’ll be performing with other students who made it to nationals. All of the students will join together and sing in one giant group comprised of the country’s “best of the best,” an October press release from the National Association for Music Education said. Vasquez said she wants to thank her music teacher, Kent Peterson, for encouraging students to audition for new opportunities. “He’s

“resources” and “reserves” with resources being not yet drilled and proven to exist. “Reserves have been proven and are considered economic for purposes like


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super awesome,” Vasquez said. “He’s a great music teacher. He’s pushed everyone to audition for stuff and is super supportive.” Peterson said he’s proud of Vasquez for putting in the work to audition for all-nationals. “It’s a ton of work for Rowan,” Peterson said. “She’s gone this weekend and is in a high school musical next weekend. It’s a lot of stuff to do, but it’s a testament to her hard work.”

reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission,” Demas said in an email. Bids must be submitted by 4 p.m. AKST Dec. 9. Terms and conditions for

bids are available at BLM’s website. According to the Alaska Department of Revenue, the price of an Alaska North Slope West Coast barrel of oil was $65.02 as of Nov. 6.

Alaska’s North Slope is experiencing a renaissance. During this past winter’s drilling season on the North Slope, we employed over 1,100 people to drill eight exploration wells, build 140 miles of ice roads and start construction of a new drill site. And we’re not stopping there. We’ll have a new drilling rig – the largest land-based rig in North America -- on the Slope in 2020, and plans to invest billions in projects that will put more oil in the pipeline and keep Alaskans working.

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Words Trump had to hear: Investigations, Biden, Clinton By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker Associated Press

WASHINGTON — There were three words President Donald Trump wanted to hear from the Ukraine president: Investigations, Biden, Clinton. That’s according to the transcript, released Thursday, of an impeachment inquiry interview with career State Department official George Kent. “Potus wanted nothing less than President Zelenskiy to go to the microphone and say investigations, Biden and Clinton,” Kent testified. “Basically there needed to be three words in the message, and that was the shorthand.” Kent told investigators that that was his understanding of what Trump wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to say in order to unlock U.S. military aid, as relayed to the official by others, including those in direct contact with the president. Numerous current and former Trump officials have testified that the president was conditioning U.S. aid on Ukraine publicly investigating Democrats including his potential 2020 political foe Joe Biden and Biden’s son. Clinton, he explained, was “shorthand” for the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. It was a reference to Trump’s view, pushed by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani but

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A request for proposals, issued Thursday, estimates a budget of $500,000 to $600,000 for the work. In an early blow to the state, a judge has granted a public employee union’s request to block while the case is heard implementation of Clarkson’s opinion and a subsequent administrative order from Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Clarkson said the state isn’t fully compliant with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that found

outside of mainstream U.S. intelligence, that Ukraine played a role interfering in the election. Kent also raised concerns about Giuliani’s “campaign of lies” against Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and the Trump administration’s firing of the veteran diplomat. House investigators are releasing key transcripts from days of closeddoor interviews in the impeachment inquiry as they prepare for public sessions with witnesses next week. A whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Zelenskiy was the spark that ignited the investigation. Kent had testified for hours in October about the shifting U.S. policy toward Ukraine as administration officials and Giuliani were taking the lead, acting outside of regular foreign policy channels. The career official began to understand that unless Ukraine took on the investigations Trump wanted, the administration would hold up nearly $400 million in military aid to the young democracy that relies on U.S. support to counter Russian aggression. Kent said he memorialized in writing the conversations he was having with other diplomats amid his concerns of “an effort to initiate politically motivated prosecutions that were injurious to the rule of law, both in Ukraine and U.S.” The memorandum was submitted to the State Department. He told investigators he was uncomfortable with what he was

hearing about Giuliani pushing the investigations and Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, engaging Ukrainian officials on the subject. “And I told Bill Taylor, that’s wrong, and we shouldn’t be doing that as a matter of U.S. policy,” Kent said, referring to William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine who has also testified in the inquiry. Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, had dubbed himself, Volker and Energy Secretary Rick Perry the “three amigos” with a mandate to take the lead on Ukraine policy over the career diplomats, Kent testified. At one point, Kent said, Volker’s assistant, Catherine Croft, asked if anyone had sought investigations from Ukraine. Kent said he hoped the U.S. had not, because “that goes against everything that we are trying to promote in post-Soviet states for the last 28 years, which is the promotion of the rule of law.” In one particularly unsettling scene, Kent describes mounting unease over Trump’s phone call with Zelenskiy. Within days, he was receiving a readout from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council who was among the officials listening to the call. Vindman has become a key witness in the House investigation. Vindman was “uncomfortable” as he gave Kent the readout and unwilling to share much of what was discussed, even over the secure

phone line between the NSC and State. “It was different than any readout call that I had received,” Kent said. “He felt—I could hear it in his voice and his hesitancy that he felt uncomfortable.” Vindman told him the tone of the Trump-Zelenskiy call was “cooler, reserved” and that Zelenskiy, a former comedian, had tried to turn on the charm. He said that Vindman told him that “the conversation went into the direction of some of the most extreme narratives that have been discussed publicly.” The diplomats and national security officials weren’t the only ones concerned about the military aid being shut off to the East European ally. “Many senators, particularly from the Republican side,” called and talked to the president, he said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Rob Portman of Ohio and were among them. Trump has insisted it was a “perfect” call with Zelenskiy, and he tweeted Thursday that Americans should just “Read the Transcript.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used that as an opportunity to tweet excerpts from the call, including the part where Trump asks Ukraine for “a favor.” Next week, Kent, Yovanovitch and Taylor are expected to appear in the public hearings. First to testify, on Wednesday, will

be Taylor, still the top diplomat in Ukraine, who relayed in his closeddoor session his understanding that there was a blatant quid pro quo, with Trump holding up military aid to Ukraine, a U.S. ally facing threats from its giant neighbor Russia. The diplomats are among those who have worked on Ukraine issues for years and have expressed deep concerns about the Trump administration’s new approach, especially in the face of an aggressive Russian neighbor. Kent testified that Trump initially did not want to sign a congratulatory letter to Zelenskiy on his election in May. “He actually ripped up the letter that had been written for him,” he recalled. By the end of the meeting, though Trump been convinced, and Sondland helped him draft a new version. Kent said he did raise concerns with Biden’s staff back in 2015 when he first learned the thenvice president’s son Hunter was on the board of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma. He considered that a potential conflict of interest. But he said Biden’s office told him the vice president’s other son, Beau, was dying of cancer, and there was no bandwidth to deal with the situation. Pressed by Republicans if that was the end of the discussion, Kent said it was. He noted the situation at the time — Russia had recently annexed Crimea — and said the staff at State was working nonstop. “We had a war with Russia,” he said.

government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller, in a preliminary ruling, said the state’s new policy is “unsupported by applicable case law.”

reports Rockafield’s roommate, 22-year-old Samuel Fair, is charged with manslaughter in the shooting. Fair told witnesses the shooting was accidental. Police say Fair and Rockafield had gone to a neighbor’s apartment Tuesday night and Fair asked to examine the man’s AR-15 rifle. The gun owner told investigators he told Fair to make sure the gun was unloaded and that Fair removed the rifle’s magazine. A second witness said she heard a “pop” and Rockafield was struck in the back. Police announced Rockafield’s death Wednesday. Fair is represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency, which did

not respond to an email request for comment early Thursday.

year in the late 2000s, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. There were 18 large exploration projects across the state for “every metal under the sun,” said Curt Freeman, president of Fairbanksbased Avalon Development Corp. “It was a pretty good year for exploration all the way around,” Freeman said. The high cost of operating in remote places often requires large and inherently complex projects to make economic sense. Alaska’s six metal mines are all large operations, and the state does not have a midsized mine, Freeman said. — Associated Press

Police name man killed in apartment shooting ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have released the name of a man fatally shot at an apartment. The man killed was 20-year-old Caleb Rockafield. The Anchorage Daily News

Spending on mineral exploration increases ANCHORAGE — Nearly $150 million was spent on mineral exploration for primarily large mine opportunities in Alaska last year, officials said. That figure is up from just more than $50 million in spending three and four years ago, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday. Mineral exploration spending reached a peak of $350 million per

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