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Gravel pit ordinance fails, will be reconsidered By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly did not pass code changes affecting gravel pit operators at its Tuesday meeting, but the ordinance is being reconsidered at the January assembly meeting. Changes to material site code, including permits, applications, conditions and procedures, were introduced in an ordinance at the

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Troopers report back on traffic enforcement State and Wildlife Troopers issued more than 200 traffic citations across Alaska during the week of Thanksgiving, according to a Dec. 4 press release from the Department of Public Safety. Troopers conducted a high-visibility enforcement campaign from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 in an attempt to crack down on speeding, drunk driving and other traffic violations. According to the release: ■■ 232 citations were issued. ■■ 10 misdemeanor DUI arrests were made. ■■ 8 motorists were charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license. ■■ 27 Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately (REDDI) reports were made. Of those contacted, five were found not to be driving under the influence. ■■ Troopers investigated 39 damage-only collisions, nine injury crashes and no fatal collisions. ■■ 53 citations were issued for speeding and 60 citations were issued for seat belt or other occupant restraint violations.

Woman found in burned SUV ID’d A N C H O R AG E — Anchorage police have released the name of a woman found dead last month inside a burned sport utility vehicle near Cheney Lake Park. Police say the woman has been conclusively identified as 54-year-old Elsie Jackson. Patrol officers and firefighters at 12:45 a.m. Nov. 22 responded to calls of a vehicle fire at east 22nd Avenue and More Street. They found a burning SUV See news, Page A2

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Nov. 5 borough assembly meeting. The ordinance highlights a number of changes, including more detailed definitions throughout the material site code, increasing groundwater testing, increasing the buffer from water bodies to 200 feet, decreasing the number of hours operators can process and crush rocks, new sound level conditions and a new white noise alarm requirement, among others. Several of the proposed code

changes were first explored in the borough’s Material Site Workgroup, established in 2018 to engage in collaborative discussion involving the public and industry to make recommendations regarding the material site code, according to the ordinance. The work group explored recommendations for nearly two years, and discussions were long and emotional, assembly member and former work group member

Brent Johnson said at Tuesday’s meeting. At Tuesday’s public hearing on the ordinance, gravel pit owners and homeowners who neighbor existing pits both spoke in opposition to the ordinance. Robert Peterkin of Kenai said he owns a couple of gravel pits and is opposed to the recommendations outlined in the ordinance. Peterkin says he believes the code is picking on one industry.

“I believe it’s not fair,” Peterkin said. Peterkin said gravel pit owners in the borough are banding together. “We are organizing and we’re probably going to sue the borough, just saying,” Peterkin said. “Pit owners are organizing. We’ve all paid our dues have over a hundredsomething members.” Joseph Ross of Nikiski has been See pit, Page A3

Project Homeless Connect ramps up By Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

The peninsula’s ninth annual Project Homeless Connect is right around the corner. At Wednesday’s luncheon for the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce, the event’s publicity chair, Jodi Stuart, gave a presentation on the results from last year as well as what to expect this time around. “As we think about the holidays and spending time with family, also think about those who don’t have anything,” Stuart said on Wednesday. “That’s what this time is supposed to be about, helping our fellow neighbor.” Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event that brings a variety of services related to homelessness to one central location so that those peninsula residents who are experiencing homelessness can access them quickly and easily. The event originated in San Francisco in 2004 and has since spread to cities throughout the country and around the state, including Anchorage, Soldotna and Juneau. The first Project Homeless Connect in Soldotna was in 2012, and this year Stuart said that Homer will be hosting an event as well. Stuart said that part of the goal of Project Homeless Connect is to create more community partnerships and increase prioritization of resources for homelessness services by shedding light on just how prevalent the issue is in the community. In other communities around the country, Stuart said, Project Homeless

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Volunteers staff the kitchen and buffet line for Project Homeless Connect at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Jan. 24, 2018. The annual event gathers service providers, nonprofits and volunteers to support members of the homeless community and those in need.

Connect is often funded and run by the local government entity. “But guess what? Our borough is not that kind of borough, so we don’t get that,” Stuart said. “We have to think outside the box.” The event in Soldotna is put on by volunteers representing local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies, Stuart said. In the

past, volunteers have provided services including housing vouchers, massage therapy, hair cuts and veterinary care to the event. At the 2019 Project Homeless Connect, for example, the Kenai Lions Club provided prescription glasses to those that needed them. The day also serves as an opportunity to gather data that is used

by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep track of local trends regarding homelessness. Participants are asked to fill out a survey that collects demographic information and other data regarding how long they’ve been homeless, how many individuals are in their See connect, Page A2

1,000 still U.S. Congress independent candidate Galvin stops in Homer without By Megan Pacer Homer News

After making a respectable run to unseat Alaska’s sole U.S. Representative, Don Young, in 2018, Anchorage’s Alyse Galvin is back at it for the 2020 election. Galvin, who won the Democratic primary in 2018 before losing to Young in the general election running as an Independent, is already making the rounds visiting Alaska communities during her most recent campaign to represent the state in Washington, D.C. Galvin was allowed to run in the Democratic primary after a Supreme Court decision. She then earned almost 47% of the vote in the general. Young has filled Alaska’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973 and is the longest-serving Republican House member. Galvin met with a handful of interested Homer area residents on Sunday afternoon at K-Bay Caffe. Before she spoke about the campaign, she went around the room and asked attendees what had brought them there, or what their main concerns were. Overwhelmingly, the answer was climate change and a concern that not enough is being done at the federal level to address it.

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Alyse Galvin, who is running for the Alaska seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, listens to a community member speak during a meet and greet Sunday. Dec. 1 at K-Bay Caffe in Homer.

“We’re right on the edge, if not over the edge,” as one meet and greet attendee put it. Others in attendance said they are concerned about the state of education, and still others cited heath care as a major issue of importance to them. Galvin is once again running as an Independent. She’s also said she’s not accepting funding or campaign

contributions from Political Action Committees that are corporately sponsored. Speaking about what motivated her to run for Congress the first time around, Galvin explained her start with public service and her work with Great Alaska Schools, a pro-public education coalition group for which she was an advocate. It was while advocating for education in Washington, D.C., that Galvin said she realized things weren’t going to get accomplished without some deeper, systemic changes from within. “I think most people want to know, how is thing going to change me and my pocketbook, or what’s happening in my home at my kitchen table,” Galvin said of Alaska voters. “It really isn’t too far different than others in other communities in Alaska. People want to take care of their own. They want to make sure that they’re in a job where they can come home and spend time with their family or their elders, and know that they’re taken care of. It’s the basics.” Galvin said one thing that’s missing in Alaska is wage growth in jobs. She also pointed to the fact that a good portion of Alaska jobs are held by people who do not live here. “So it’s time to make sure that we See galvin, Page A14

power after heavy snow By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

After heavy snow fell on the peninsula for over two days, about a thousand residents — mostly in Nikiski — are still without power, some for more than 48 hours. Homer Electric has pulled in additional crews and support to bring power back to affected members. There are approximately 1,000 members without power, as of Wednesday, Bruce Shelley, director of member relations with Homer Electric, said. On Tuesday, there were about 3,100 members without power. As of Wednesday afternoon, 65 active outage cases affecting 1,255 meters were being worked by Homer Electric’s Operations Dispatch Center. More than 90% of these cases are in Nikiski. “It’s very devastating,” Shelley said. “Trees are so heavy-laden because of the snow.” Shelley said their focus is in Nikiski, where they are still receiving See outages, Page A3


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with a body inside. Homicide detectives detained and interviewed 42-year-old Trevor Babcock later that morning. He was subsequently charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence. Babcock is represented by public defender Nathan Lockwood, who did not respond to an email request for comment Wednesday. It’s a policy of the Alaska Public Defender Agency not to comment on pending cases.

Man shot at restaurant dies

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say a man was fatally shot at a city restaurant. The man’s name has not been made public and no arrest has been made.

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Police dispatchers at around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday received a report of a shooting at the Black Angus Inn at 14th Avenue and Gambell Street. Arriving officers found a man shot in the upper body. The man was rushed to a hospital but declared dead shortly after arriving.

Workers fired after video reveals package throwing ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage company has fired and disciplined workers after a video showed them throwing Amazon. com delivery packages to each other in a warehouse. The video of workers at the Legacy Logistics LLC warehouse near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was posted to social media Thursday and shared more than 4,000 times. — From Clarion staff and news services

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family and how they became homeless. At the 2019 Project Homeless Connect, 126 individuals participated and represented a total of 318 people. Stuart said that what often happens is that one person will show up to the event and will collect resources that impact their whole family. Nearly 70% of participants in 2019 reported having a disability, and a similar percentage, 68%, reported experiencing at least one of the following: alcohol or drug abuse, developmental or physical disability, mental health issues or HIV/ AIDS. Stuart described those numbers as “stark,” especially considering the lack of available local resources for mental health and addiction treatment. Eleven percent of participants at the last event were U.S. military veterans. Nineteen percent attributed their

homelessness to the loss of a job, while 16% attributed their situation to domestic violence. When it comes to services like public transportation and emergency shelters, Stuart said, the demand is real, but the supply is severely lacking. Ninety seven percent of participants said they would use a community bus route if one was available, and 89% said that they would use an emergency cold weather shelter if one existed. A volunteer work group has been planning for over a year to develop an emergency cold weather shelter that would use local churches. As of now the only form of public transportation, the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS), requires riders to make reservations a day in advance. Stuart also serves on the board of CARTS and said that right now it doesn’t fill the needs of the community. “Our public transportation system … is not functional in regards to serving people who are marginalized,” Stuart said. “It just isn’t.”

On the day of the event, Stuart said that Alaska Cab will be providing free rides for people who wish to attend. To spread the word to those who would benefit from the event, local agencies that provide services to homeless individuals are handing out information to their clients on how they can participate and what will be provided. The 2020 Project Homeless Connect will take place on Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Those who wish to volunteer or help with planning can contact Stuart at 907-2833125. The next planning meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 10 at noon at the Independent Living Center and is open to the public. “I encourage each and every one of you to think about how your business can participate or how your governmental position can facilitate something,” Stuart said. “Figure out what your role in solving this problem is, because it’s going to take all of us to make that happen.”

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24 hours ending 4 p.m. yest. . Trace Month to date .......................... 0.42" Normal month to date ............ 0.18" Year to date ............................ 17.78" Normal year to date ............... 17.04" Record today ................ 0.62" (1991) Record for Dec. ............ 3.96" (1988) Record for year ........... 27.09" (1963) Snowfall 24 hours ending 4 p.m. yest. . Trace Month to date .......................... 15.0" Season to date ........................ 18.0"

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College Heights Baptist Church Bethlehem Revisited Visit the College Heights Baptist Church Bethlehem Revisited display from Friday, Dec. 13 to Monday, Dec. 16 from 5- 8 p.m. Free Admission at 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Rd., Soldotna. This Christmas season will be like no other you have ever experienced! Imagine being able to step back in time more than 2000 years. Stroll through the ancient streets of Bethlehem and you await the arrival of Mary & Joseph and the birth of the baby Jesus. You will encounter on your journey merchants, craftsmen, rabbis and many other citizens, as well as live animals. Continue on, following the earthly ministry of Jesus, along the sea of Galilee where you’ll meet John the Baptist, the woman at the well, and others. Afterward, see how the ministry of Jesus is completed on the cross, leaving us with the promise of redemption and eternal life. A show of how the ministry of Jesus is completed on the cross, leaving a promise of redemption and eternal life, will be given at 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. nightly.

Troopers Citizen Academy The Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna will hold a Citizen Academy from Jan. 14 to March 17 2020. Meetings will be held from 6-9 p.m. one night a week on Tuesdays at the Donald E. Gilman River Center. The application deadline will be Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Applications can be submitted at the Soldotna Trooper Post (46333 Kalifornsky Beach Road) or by email at Mallory.millay@alaska.gov. Any questions, please call Mallory Millay at 260-2701 or email at Mallory. millay@alaska.gov.

Caregiver Support Program Christmas Party No regularly scheduled meetings for the month of December. Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Center for the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program Christmas Party. We have set aside a special time to connect with our caregivers. Join us for a potluck and a recycle gift exchange. Paper

around the peninsula products and drinks provided. RSVP to 262-1280 no later than Dec.6.

Kenai Soil & Water Board Meeting

Juneau Empire

A group of appointed officials began Wednesday what will be over a year’s worth of preparation for the state’s redistricting process, which takes place only once every 10 years. The Redistricting Planning Committee had their first meeting Wednesday in Anchorage to begin the preparing a space for another

group of appointees to do their work of redrawing Alaska’s legislative districts. Officials began planning what the official redistricting board will need to do their job: office space, computers, software. But that planning soon ran up against the wall of bureaucracy as the planning committee began asking each other what the process actually was for securing these things. Different state

Services announcement Kenai resident Amanda C. Reynolds, 54, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at home surrounded by her family. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Soldotna Community Memorial Park on Redoubt Street, Soldotna.

4-H Friday Family Fun Night

Winter coat giveaway

Have you ever wondered what 4-H is all about? Were you in 4-H and want your kids to be too? Have you been wanting to volunteer and help young people grow into responsible adults? Would you like a fun night out for cookies, cocoa, kids, and crafts? Kenai Peninsula District 4-H would love for you to attend their 2019 4-H Friday Family Fun Night on Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. and is an open-house style evening hosted by KP 4-H at Dry Bones Coffee Shop in Kenai. This is a casual and an informational evening about what 4-H on the Kenai looks like. Drop in and visit with local 4-H members and leaders, have a cup of cocoa and some homemade cookies, or stay for the informational sessions: New Family Orientation at 6:30 p.m., and Intro to the Junior Market Livestock Program at 7:30 p.m. This is a perfect time to enroll in 4-H, or just to meet with 4-H members, leaders, and families who will be available to answer questions and help new members orient to the 4-H program. There will be fun hands-on activities for youth, and cookies and coco for all. Open to all 4-H families and anyone interested in the Kenai Peninsula District 4-H Program. Please call Cassy Rankin at Kenai Peninsula District 4-H if you have any questions! 262-5824.

A free winter coat giveaway will be held Dec. 2-7 at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. FREE winter coats are available to the community! New and used coats and winter clothing. Children and adult sizes to choose from. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call NCRC at 776-8800.

CIRCAC board meeting Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) represents citizens in promoting environmentally safe

departments have different procurement offices with different procedures. The committee has a total budget of $400,000, with $350,000 coming from the Legislature and $50,000 from the governor’s office. Would the procurement procedure need to go through the Department of Administration or the Legislative Affairs Agency, committee members asked each other. Because no one could say, it was agreed that a representative from the Department of Law would be consulted. A procurement specialist would be called to a future meeting to walk committee members through the process. The planning committee is made up of five appointees: two from the governor’s office, one appointed

by each leader of the two houses of the Legislature and one appointed by the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Jordan Shilling, a communications specialist in his office, and Bethany Marcum, executive director of the libertarian thinktank Alaska Policy Forum. T.J. Presley was appointed by House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, and Jane Conway by Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. Presley and Conway work as aides for Edgmon and Giessel respectively. Jill McLeod, an Anchorage attorney, was appointed by Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger. Redistricting can only take place once the latest census

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numerous calls about trees arching and laying on lines. Shelley said they are hoping to bring power back to a “good chunk” of affected members by Thursday. The longest running outage is on the Fisherman’s Road area of Nikiski, where power has been out since 4 a.m. Monday. The area has extensive damage that a crew will be addressing Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday’s Facebook update said. The largest outage is also in Nikiski affecting 129 meters north of Halbouty Road. Homer Electric’s Wednesday Facebook post said two crews will be working in the area Wednesday afternoon. Carlos Tree Service has four rotating

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in the material business for 27 years. He criticized the ordinance’s recommendation of white noise backup alarms. “Those backup alarms are there for the safety of the people working in the pit, not so someone can come along and say, ‘well, we don’t like hearing a backup alarm, so hey why don’t you do this instead?’” Ross said. “Let’s kill your people. That’s what you’re asking to do.” Richard Carlton of Anchor Point told the assembly he lives in “Anchor Pit,” which is where many of the peninsula’s gravel pits are located. Carlton said the ordinance needs “a lot of work.” “You know, people have to make money, and we need to employ people,” Carlton said at Tuesday’s meeting. “Gravel is big money and people make a good living off of it. But, I don’t think you should sacrifice homeowners for them.” Jeanie Bilben of Anchor Point also told the assembly that she is not against gravel pits. “I’m against where gravel pits are being put — in our neighborhoods,

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CPH Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar The community is invited to the annual CPH Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, 6. Open 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. There will be over 20 vendors including great new artists with a variety of products! Please stop by the Denali Conference Room at the hospital to kick off your holiday shopping and help support the Hospital Auxiliary programs and scholarship fund.

Watershed Forum holiday open house The Kenai Watershed Forum is having a Holiday Open House on Dec. 5 from 4-7 p.m. Join them for a casual celebration to reconnect with old friends and new as they celebrate all the successes they’ve seen this year. Stop by for hot drinks, hors-d’oeuvres and a side of cheer. KWF Offices are in Soldotna Creek Park (44129 Sterling Highway). Parking available at the park.

has been completed and its information published. Data from the 2020 census won’t be made available until 2021, with all information being published as of March 31 of that year. That process will redraw lines for the state’s legislative districts. Because Alaska only has one representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, the only district lines being redrawn will be for the state legislature. The redistricting board would begin its work in the fall of 2021 but redistricting is a complicated process with data from the census and well as other information fed into software and used to remake Alaska’s political map. What software to use, how many computers and what other resources will be needed have not yet been determined. The planning committee made a list of priorities it wanted to pursue before it’s next meeting on

Dec. 18. That mostly included bringing in consultants. Lawyers from DOL to ensure the committee was following proper procedure, procurement specialists and people who had been involved with the redistricting process a decade ago. One of the things the committee were sure they would need was space for the board to work. It was agreed that Anchorage was the most likely location for the board to do their work. Committee members cited the cost of getting to and from Juneau, the other likely location, and the potential costs of relocating staff to the area for the duration of the process. The planning committees next meeting will take place on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and information to attend via teleconference can be found on the public notices section of the state website.

crews working the hardest-hit areas of Nikiski, the Facebook post said, where they are removing trees ahead of the crews to facilitate the restoration process. Homer Electric has pulled all crews from Homer and contracted additional crews to tackle the outages. The Dec. 3 press release said the Homer Electric staff and crews are working around the clock to restore power to all members. “We’re working 24/7,” Shelley said. While the forecast calls for decreased snowfall there is still a risk of outages caused by snow shedding off power lines and trees. Shelley said high winds are also expected this week, which could cause other problems for the power company. Trees bent by heavy snow could fall in high winds onto power lines, potentially causing more outages. Shelley says residents need to brace themselves. The outages began Sunday evening when heavy snow loads came down on

the company’s northern service area. Most of the outages were caused by heavy snow weighing down on power lines and nearby trees, the Dec. 3 release said. For residents who have been without power, Homer Electric encourages they seek safety and comfort. “Whether that means purchasing a generator or staying at a family or friend’s residence, please prepare your family with the basic needs and keep emergency supplies during winter storms,” the Dec. 3 release said. Residents who want to stay up to date on outage notifications can visit Homer Electric’s Facebook page. The Outage Hotline, 1-888-8OUTAGE (1-888-868-8243), is directly monitored by Homer Electric’s operations department. General questions, contact HEA’s Member Services Department at 1-800-478-8551. For additional information, please contact Bruce Shelley at 907-283-2324.

historical areas and recreational areas, which was not addressed in this (ordinance),” Bilben said. Pete Kineen of Anchor Point said the proposed changes do not fix anything. He said borough administration has interpreted existing code so that the planning commission believes they have no ability to deny a gravel pit permit that meets all of the conditions required in the application. Bilben and Kineen are among several neighbors who have opposed the Beachcomber gravel pit from moving into their Anchor Point neighborhood, where required borough conditions don’t shield some of the neighbors from seeing and hearing pit operations. The neighborhood’s amphitheater-style landscape makes it so neighbors sitting at higher elevations look down into the pit. Unreasonably tall buffers, berms or fences would need to be built to block any views for neighbors situated at higher elevations. The Beachcomber gravel pit permit was approved in June. The proposed ordinance takes into account comments from the community expressing concerns about gravel pits, including dust, noise and aesthetics. “The planning department received

numerous complaints regarding unreclaimed parcels registered as non conforming prior existing material sites which have not been regulated by KPB,” the ordinance said. “Certain additional conditions placed on material site permits would facilitate a reduction in the negative secondary impacts of material sites, e.g. dust, noise, and unsightliness of material sites.” At Tuesday’s meeting, the assembly voted down the ordinance 6-3, with assembly members Kelly Cooper, Willy Dunne and Brent Johnson supporting the ordinance’s passage. At the end of the assembly meeting, however, assembly member Jesse Bjorkman moved to have the ordinance reconsidered at the next meeting. “There’s a lot in here that a lot of people agree on,” Bjorkman said. “There’s a lot of good stuff in this ordinance that I don’t think we should just do away with.” There are hundreds of material sites, including gravel pits, across the peninsula, according to the ordinance. At their Nov. 12 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission reviewed the proposed ordinance and recommended it unanimously along with a handful of amendments.


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amala Harris’ presidential campaign, which began in a burst of possibility like none other in this election cycle, ended abruptly for the most prosaic of reasons. It “simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she announced Tuesday. Of course, in American politics, money magnetizes to bandwagons, and the wheels of the Harris campaign have been spinning in place for many weeks. This campaign had its moments, and none was more full of anticipation than her announcement rally that drew more than 20,000 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland. She owned the moment of the first Democratic debate in June when she brazenly challenged former Vice President Joe Biden over his 1970s opposition to school busing as a means of forcing desegregation. “I was that girl,” she pointedly noted about how desegregating Berkeley schools opened opportunity for her. Biden, the front-runner, was flummoxed. But it did not last. What went wrong for the candidate who had such electrifying early moments? As much as anything, the moments were not matched by articulation of a clear agenda or sustained rationale for her candidacy. She initially embraced Medicare for All and the abolition of private health insurance — the Holy Grail for the Democrats’ progressive wing — then peeled back her support, citing her conversations with voters who wanted to keep their plans. She seemed to struggle with whether to highlight her work as a prosecutor for San Francisco and the state of California, which included decisions that created discomfort on the left. She was caught flat-footed in a July debate when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, launched into a factually dubious but withering attack on the California senator’s work as state attorney general. In a November debate, Harris oddly trained her harshest lines against Gabbard instead of any of the four in the top tier. If there was a path for Harris, it was toward the center, where South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar gravitated — with some success — as doubts about 77-year-old Biden’s viability refused to fade. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders had locked up the left with their unalloyed progressivism. As the ideological lines became drawn more vividly, Harris was stuck in a vacuum of vacillation. The infighting within her campaign, an issue from the start, eventually became the subject of national political stories all but certain to further chill any chance of fund-raising that would be critical to a revived surge. Thus arises the question: Was it worth it? Anyone who has followed the junior senator’s career from here San Francisco days knows she is studied, introspective and resilient. She will learn from this campaign. In many moments, it brought out her wit and a warmth with audiences that had formerly been a source of reluctance for a politician who guards her private life. She clearly has risen in national prominence, which will benefit her work on Capitol Hill — and her future prospects. She is likely to be on the short list for running mate no matter which Democrat ends up with the nomination. She also could be in line to become the next U.S. attorney general, or a top leadership post if the Democrats were to regain control of the Senate. Opportunity may yet come for Kamala Harris in 2020. — The San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 3

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Appreciating a day to be thankful I am part Native American and I appreciate that the United States has chosen a day to be thankful for whatever reason but just be thankful. We live in a great country where we can have an opinion and share it. — Francine Jones Kenai

Engage in democracy in 2020 2020 is fast approaching with many challenges to our democracy. Voters will be asked to select a president, all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a third of U.S. senators, as well as governors and many elected representatives. For one half of the population it is also the 100th year that women have been legally entitled to vote. The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution established that right in 1920. It is also the year of the census. The first census was done under President George Washington and has been part of our country’s responsibility every 10 years since 1790. What we do know about the census is that it is extremely important. Not only does it determine how many representatives we have in every state but also determines federal funding — based on population according to the census. Ten years ago Alaskans did not receive millions because of undercounting. The census will officially begin on April 1 and is to be completed by July 31. It only has 10 questions. Please be counted and exercise your right to vote and receive accurate representation. — Sammy Crawford Kenai

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alaska voices | LaVern Beier

Tongass Roadless Rule reversal threatens brown bear populations

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was a brown bear expert in the Tongass with Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 35 years from 1981 retiring in 2016. I’ve slogged up dozens of bear-infested salmon streams in study areas on Admiralty and Chichagof Islands and along Southeast’s mainland stretching from Misty Fiords National Monument to the south up the coast north to Yakutat Forelands and Malaspina Glacier in the WrangellSt. Elias National Park Preserve. I’ve captured/immobilized, radiotagged and radio-tracked over 1,000 bears collecting scientific data and conducted DNA/population estimates. I fitted the first brown bear in the Tongass with a VHF radio-transmitter on Greens Creek on Admiralty Island in 1981. Brown bears are the second slowest reproducing of the 28 big game species in North America. In the early 1800s, grizzly bears occurred in nearly every state west of the Mississippi River but as a result of human encroachment by 1956, only three states contained marginally sustainable grizzly populations. Historical, ecological and biological evidence across North America are clear that road access, combined with human development/activities within brown bear home ranges, will with certainty lead to fewer brown bears and potentially threaten brown bear populations. More importantly, a brown bear population could easily suffer dramatically if the female component of a population is systematically removed. Today, six of eight bear species in the world are endangered. To assure

cub survival, female bears accompanied with cubs of all eight bear species on the planet require a safe escape location from being killed by male bears/predators. The Tongass old-growth trees adjacent salmon streams are key components for cub survival. The Forest Service manages the forest on a 100-year harvest rotation. Most brown bear den sites in the Tongass are located in the base of large live or dead standing trees >36” diameter or in natural rock cavities. Clear-cuts have no value to wildlife once the canopy closes in at 12-14 years. Stream buffers along anadromous streams are 500 feet, less on private land. Brown bear studies in the Tongass are well documented in valleys adjacent to salmon streams encompassing logging roads, clear-cuts and second growth. Here, male brown bears are forced to adjust to the habitat alterations and stay close to salmon streams and dominate the stream. Simultaneously, female brown bears with and without cubs are now also forced to adjust their salmon fishing strategies in the altered landscape within their home range. They now must navigate through clear-cuts and second growth in search of safe escape trees for their cubs far away from male dominated salmon streams. Consequently, these female brown bears and cubs spend little time on male dominated salmon streams fishing and consuming high protein fat salmon necessary for denning and cub survival. These female brown bears spend more time burning

energy navigating through clear-cuts and second growth seeking refuge in standing trees and avoiding males versus fishing. The end result of an altered landscape within a female brown bear’s home range increases cub mortality by males compounded by the fact these female brown bears do not consume adequate salmon for denning and cub survival. In addition, lack of high reliable salmon fat for pregnant female brown bears means smaller litter sizes. Cumulatively, gradually fewer surviving cubs and fewer bears. To compound threats to brown bear populations in the Tongass, from a brown bears’ perspective, roads evolve into bear trails as a travel route of least resistance. This simultaneously increases bear encounters with man’s activities resulting in exponentially increasing mortality of all demographics of the population. There are nine distinct DNA brown bear populations in the Tongass, each unique in the world. Reversal of the existing Roadless Rule would have cumulative adverse effects on six of these nine brown bear populations. Perhaps more paramount, climate change is not addressed in reversal of the Roadless Rule, despite the fact it has potential to affect future brown bear populations more adversely than any other human activity. It is well documented, visitors travel to Alaska with hopes of seeing three animals, bald eagles, whales and brown bears. Wilderness is the symbol of brown bear habitat, and God isn’t making wilderness anymore. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

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Bloomberg spending tens of millions more on new ad campaign By Steve Peoples Associated Press

NEW YORK — Billionaire Democrat Michael Bloomberg is putting tens of millions of more dollars behind a new television ad casting himself as uniquely qualified to defeat President Donald Trump. The ad is set to begin running Wednesday in all 50 states, including the first four on the presidential primary calendar. The former New York City mayor, who entered the presidential race less than two weeks ago, launched his White House bid by introducing himself to voters across America in an initial national advertising campaign backed by close to $40 million. The spending behind the new one is being described as consistent with the first, although Bloomberg’s team would not disclose the specific dollar amount. The first ad highlighted Bloomberg’s life story, including his success in business and philanthropy. The

one that begins Wednesday focuses on his success fighting America’s gun lobby, “big coal” and “big tobacco.” If he can win those fights, the narrator in the ad says, he can beat Trump. The new ad, set to run for the next two weeks, replaces the first one and runs on national television across all 50 states and roughly 100 local markets across the country. Bloomberg has said he is not competing in the first four states on the primary calendar — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — although the ad will air in those states, according to a spokesman. The spokesman noted that Bloomberg’s plans for the first four states have not changed. He will not appear on the ballot in any of them. Still, Bloomberg’s plan calls for “much deeper buys” in states that hold primary contests in March, particularly the first Tuesday of the month, dubbed “Super Tuesday.” Bloomberg’s vast personal wealth has proven to be both an asset and a liability in the

Democratic primary contest. Bloomberg’s 2020 rivals have accused him of trying to buy the election, although his team insists his strategy allows him to avoid being influenced by any special interests. He’s refusing to accept any political donations, relying instead on his personal fortune that’s estimated to exceed $50 billion. In the new ad, Bloomberg is seizing on what Democratic voters consistently say is the most important quality they want in a presidential nominee: the ability to beat Trump. But it’s unclear if his message will overcome skepticism about his political past. Bloomberg formally registered as a Democrat only last year after spending much of the last two decades as a Republican and an independent. “Mike Bloomberg’s never been afraid of tough fights — the ones that make a true difference in people’s lives,” the new ad says. “And Mike’s won them.”


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Texas judge orders Trump supporter to not to build wall Associated Press

HOUSTON — A local judge in South Texas has ordered supporters of President Donald Trump not to build their planned private border wall on a section of land near the Rio Grande. State District Judge Keno Vasquez on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against We Build the Wall, which raised $25 million after promising to build its own private barrier. Vasquez set a Dec. 17 hearing for We Build the Wall and its founder, Brian Kolfage, to appear in court in the city of Edinburg. We Build the Wall announced on Facebook last month that it was starting construction on private land next to the Rio Grande, the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico in Texas. It posted videos that showed a construction foreman describing plans to install posts a short distance from the riverbank.

The announcement drew immediate criticism from the nonprofit National Butterfly Center, which is located near the site and filed the motion for the temporary restraining order. Wall opponents who say private construction could worsen erosion or push floodwaters onto other people’s property in a storm. The butterfly center and the advocacy group EarthJustice issued a statement Wednesday calling We Build the Wall’s plans “illegal.” “The incredible biodiversity found here, supported and enhanced by 17 years of labor and millions of dollars of investment, is integral to the health of a fragile, but vibrant ecosystem and warrants protection against this unlawful incursion,” said Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg, president of the North American Butterfly Association, in a statement. The plans also drew the attention of the International Boundary and Water Commission, an agency

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set up by the U.S. and Mexico under treaty obligations where both sides agree to cooperate on any changes to the riverbank that could affect the other side. The commission has asked We Build the Wall and Fisher Industries, its construction partner, for more information. Kolfage on Wednesday re-affirmed that his organization won’t begin construction until it gets the commission’s approval. Kolfage said We Build the Wall overcame local opposition on its first project — less than 1 mile built near El Paso, Texas — that included pushback from officials and the water commission. So far, the construction in Sunland Park, New Mexico, is the only barrier the group has built since its founding in December 2018. “The courts will prevail in our favor because, obviously, what we’re doing is legal,” he said, adding that claims to the contrary were “100% false.”

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Judge: Purdue workers merit bonuses, but maybe not CEO By Geoff Mulvihill Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company’s bankruptcy case said Wednesday. There were objections at the hearing only to payments to CEO Craig Landau and a group of nine other upper-level “insider” employees. State governments and a watchdog committee didn’t dispute the company’s contention that bonuses would be needed to keep employees

working and the company running — especially after the company agreed to trim many of the bonuses. Judge Robert Drain said he would sign an order for all the employees except Landau to get bonuses next year. He said it would contain a provision that it could be withheld from anyone found liable in lawsuits over the toll of the opioid crisis linked to more than 400,00 deaths in the U.S. since 2000. Purdue is in bankruptcy court as part of an effort to settle more than 2,700 lawsuits it’s facing over the toll of opioids. Drain said officials with the company and other interested parties should continue to discuss whether it’s appropriate for Landau, who has run the company since

2017, to receive a performance bonus on top of his $2.6 million base salary. Drain said on the bench that he wasn’t especially moved by the contention from a group of 24 states that Landau should have his pay docked because of a possibility that he could be held liable in the future. But he said he was concerned when it was revealed at the hearing that the CEO’s base salary was doubled in 2018 shortly after the company hired a law firm to consult on filing for bankruptcy — and that the same year, he received $6 million of the $12 million in retention payments that he had been scheduled to get from 2020 through 2026. Purdue lawyer Marshall Huenber said those changes were not a tricky

move to pay the CEO more with the possibility of bankruptcy looming but rather part of bigger changes to his compensation that includes a reduced severance package if he leaves the Stamford, Connecticutbased drugmaker. In the hearing, Landau’s lawyer, Linda Imes, said Landau, a medical doctor who joined Purdue in 1999 and became CEO in 2017 after a stint running its Canadian sister company, was behind a decision last year to stop marketing opioids to doctors. “Dr. Landau is a star, and he is a star that Purdue should have working for it in this challenging time,” she said. In their lawsuits, Colorado and Massachusetts allege that Landau blamed the dangers of opioids on

patients rather than the drugs and that he knowingly put patients at risk by having his sales team encourage more prescribing of the drug without disclosing the addiction risks. They say he pushed opioids for elderly patients and those who had never taken them before without disclosing their risks, falsely claimed that a version of OxyContin that was reformulated to make it harder for people to break down and misuse was safe, and pushed doctors to prescribe opioids for a longer period of time. “Purdue should not award bonus payments to Landau before resolving the allegations that Landau committed deadly, illegal misconduct,” those states and others said in a filing this week.

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Climate leadership in doubt as EU set to miss 2030 goal Aritz Parra and Frank Jordans Associated Press

MADRID — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change. The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming pollutants by 30% in the next decade compared with 1990 levels. Currently, the 28-nation bloc is aiming for a reduction of 40% by 2030, and some leaders have called for this target to be raised to 55%, with a long-term goal of ending virtually all new emissions by 2050. “Recent trends highlight a slowing down of progress in areas such

as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, industrial emissions, waste generation, improving energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy,” the agency said in a report. “Looking ahead, the current rate of progress will not be enough to meet 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets.” The report was released as officials from almost 200 countries meet in Madrid for U.N. climate talks. The EU’s new executive Commission is expected to present its long-term plan for tackling global warming — dubbed the European Green Deal — next week. Environmental campaigners said the EU should step up its efforts to ensure that the aim of the 2015 Paris climate accord of keeping global warming at 2.7 Fahrenheit by the end of the century remains possible. “Current EU leaders are the last generation that can prevent the

climate breakdown,” said Wendel Trio, director of the campaign group Climate Action Network Europe. Trio noted that the European Parliament recently declared a symbolic “climate emergency.” “Citizens want them to act now, and not in 30 years,” he said. The European Environment Agency report said that “there is still a chance to meet the longer-term goals and objectives for 2030 and 2050” if countries ratchet up their efforts, adding that this will require tackling politically sensitive issues such as fossil fuel subsidies. A separate study published Wednesday by a group of international scientists found that both the European Union and the United States saw emissions drop 1.7% from 2018 to 2019, but China saw a 2.6% increase and India had a 1.8% rise. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said the study showed that “instead

of the drastic reductions desperately needed, our CO2 emissions keep increasing.” “We’re still moving fast in the wrong direction,” Thunberg said in a tweet. Thunberg is expected to travel to Madrid for a mass protest on Friday outside the climate talks. Under the slogan “The world has awakened to the climate emergency,” the rally is expected to gather “at least 100,000” protesters from all over the world, including representatives of Latin America’s indigenous people at the front of it, activists said on Wednesday. Small-scale protests of barely dozens of activists have been taking place almost daily since the summit began. On Wednesday, some 40 Extinction Rebellion activists broke into a fashion store in a major shopping thoroughfare, gluing their hands to the windows to protest the impact of the garment industry on

the environment. Police removed the protesters, who carried signs reading “The Earth pays for fast fashion” and “Green words, toxic truths.” One of them was arrested for disobeying police orders. “2019 has been the year of the awakening of civil society and the youth who have stood up to urge politicians and business heavyweights for more ambition against the climate emergency,” said Pablo Chamorro, a spokesman for March for Climate, one of the hundreds of social justice and environmental groups signing the manifesto for Friday’s scheduled march. The march has been hastily organized in Madrid after the U.N. climate talks moved to the Spanish capital from protest-hit Chile. Activists will also hold a march on the same day in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

Germany expels Russian diplomats in probe of killing By David Rising Associated Press

BERLIN — Germany expelled two Russian diplomats Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian on the streets of Berlin in August as prosecutors said evidence suggested the slaying was ordered either by Moscow or authorities in Russia’s republic of Chechnya. The allegation by Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office was the latest from a Western European nation accusing Russia of an attack on its soil, after Britain last year blamed Moscow for an attempt to poison a former Russian spy in the English city of Salisbury. Russia denied those allegations, and similarly Russia’s ambassador to Germany Sergey Nechaev rejected the accusations in the

Berlin killing, while threatening consequences for the expulsion of its diplomats. “Such German action will have a strong negative impact on the Russian-German relations and naturally will not be left unanswered,” Nechaev said in a statement. The case comes at a delicate time in relations between the two nations, as Germany pursues a hard line on sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, but at the same time is working on a joint pipeline project to bring Russian gas directly to Germany under the Baltic. Germany also needs Russia’s help to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran, which has been unraveling since President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it unilaterally last year.

On Aug. 23, a 40-year-old man initially identified as Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, an ethnically Chechen Georgian citizen, was gunned down in a Berlin park on his way to a mosque by an assailant on an electric bicycle who sped away and ditched the bike, weapon and a wig in the Spree River, according to news reports. German authorities said Khangoshvili was also known as Tornike K., and that Russian authorities had him on a terrorist list and accused him of being a member of the “Caucasus Emirate” extremist organization. Tornike K. was known to have fought against Russian troops in Chechnya. He had previously survived multiple assassination attempts and continued to receive threats after fleeing to Germany in

2016. Witnesses saw the suspect disposing of the evidence after the killing and alerted police, who quickly identified and arrested the man, identified at the time as 48-year-old Russian national Vadim K. Prosecutors said he went by the alias Vadim S., and German and international news outlets have reported his full name as Vadim Sokolov. Prosecutors said they had found multiple indications that he carried out the attempt with official help, and no evidence that the hit was “contracted by a nonstate actor.” Federal prosecutors took over the investigation from Berlin state prosecutors after the political nature of the case became evident, spokesman Markus Schmitt told The Associated Press. “There are enough indications of

the fact that the death of Tornike K. was either contracted by government offices of the Russian Federation or the autonomous Chechen Republic as part of the Russian Federation” to suggest a political motive, Schmitt’s office said in a statement, using only a last initial for the victim in line with German privacy laws. Immediately after Schmitt’s office said it had taken over the case, the Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of two Russian diplomats, citing a lack of cooperation with the investigation. “Russian authorities, despite repeated, high-level and insistent demands, did not participate enough in the investigation,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It did not identify the two diplomats being expelled.

UN says 58 migrants dead as boat capsizes off Mauritania Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal — At least 58 people are dead after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday. It said 83 people swam to shore. It was one of the deadliest

disasters this year among migrants trying to make the perilous journey to Europe. The boat carrying at least 150 people had been low on fuel while approaching Mauritania, the U.N. agency said in a statement. It said survivors were being helped by Mauritanian authorities in the northern city of Nouadhibou. Survivors said the boat, with

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NOTICE OF FILING A PETITION WITH THE LOCAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR ANNEXATION BY THE CITY OF SOLDOTNA The Local Boundary Commission (LBC) has received a petition from the City of Soldotna to annex approximately 2.61 square miles of adjacent portions of land within the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The proposed city boundaries are shown in the map below. If this petition is approved by the LBC, the question of annexation will be subject to legislative review. Standards governing annexation by cities are established in Alaska Statutes 29.06.040—.060; and 3 AAC 110.0090—150; and 3 AAC 110.900—990. Procedures governing city annexation by the legislative review method are set out in 3 AAC 110.400—.700. The legal description for the territory proposed for annexation can be found in the petition materials. The petition and related documents, including a map of the territory proposed annexation, are available for public review at the following locations, days, and times: 1. Kenai Peninsula Borough Building, 144 N. Binkley, Soldotna, AK 99669, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 2. Soldotna City Hall, 177 N. Birch Street, Soldotna, AK 99669, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 3. Soldotna Public Library, 235 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK 99669, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M, W, F, Sat; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues & Thurs; Closed Sunday. 4. City of Kenai Library, 163 Main St. Loop, Kenai, AK 99611, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Thurs; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday. 5. City of Soldotna website, https://soldotna.org/ anytime. 6. LBC website, https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dcra/LocalBoundaryCommission.aspx anytime. Any interested person may file written comments with the LBC regarding the annexation petition. Additionally, a person with the capacity to sue may file a responsive brief supporting or opposing the petition with the LBC. Written comments and responsive briefs must be filed in accordance with 3 AAC 110.480 and 3 AAC 110.700. A person or entity who files a responsive brief (as distinguished from a written comment) gains certain procedural rights and duties during the petition proceedings. Responsive briefs and written comments must be received by the LBC by 4:30 pm, February 24, 2020, in the office below: Local Boundary Commission staff, 550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501 Phone: 907-269-4559 or 269-4587; Fax: 907-269-4563; Email: LBC@alaska.gov Commenters must also send a copy of the comments to the petitioner and file a statement indicating that submission, or notify the department of an inability to send comments to the petitioner. Comments can be sent to the petitioner at: Stephanie Queen, City Manager, City of Soldotna, 177 N. Birch Street, Soldotna, AK 99669 phone: 907-714-1240; Fax: 907-262-1245; Email: squeen@soldotna.org Questions concerning the proposed incorporation may be directed to LBC staff using the contact information listed above. It is recommended that persons interested in receiving future LBC notices, updates, and materials by email subscribe to the LBC notice list server by visiting http://list.state.ak.us/ mailman/listinfo/dced-localboundarycommission, and following the instructions.


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‘The go-to, must-see Christmas show’ By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion

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he holiday season will receive a boost this weekend with the return of Forever Dance Alaska’s annual Christmas show, “Forever Christmas.” The dance company trains year-round for productions that feature dancers ranging from elementary school kids to company dancers in high school. The Christmas show, which features a cast of almost 300, is in its fourth year. The cast has been working on it since summer, according to Forever Dance Alaska studio owner Darcy Swanson, who expects this weekend’s performances to sell out soon, based on the popularity of past years. “It’s become the go-to, must-see Christmas show on the peninsula,” Swanson said. “It’s a great way to usher in the Christmas season.” “Forever Christmas” has quickly gained popularity for its wide variety of styles. Everything from ballet to tap dance, jazz to hip-hop and contemporary acts are presented. Swanson said there will even be an opening number that will showcase the talents of the older dancers by introducing a singing performance of “When Christmas Come to Town,” from the Disney film “Polar Express.” “We wanted to give them that experience, because it’s a skill set that’s tough to master,” Swanson said about the song and dance combo. Swanson said that roughly three-quarters of the Forever Christmas show each year features new content, while the company typically brings back several classics. That includes “Breath of Heaven,” a nativity-inspired routine that the company performed last year to great praise from the audience. “So many people approached me after the show in tears,” Swanson said. “They were grateful that we brought that to the stage and had the courage to do it.” The nativity song presents the biblical story from Mary’s perspective, with jazz and tap teacher Kacia Oliver reprising the role of Mary. Swanson said the Joseph character will be played by local actor Spencer McCullough. Another new addition to the show is a piece that several of the company’s teachers will be involved in, which Swanson

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Youth members of Forever Dance Alaska take part in rehearsal March 26 at the Renee Hendersen Auditorium at Kenai Central High School for the company’s production of “Best of Broadway.”

described “like a sugar plum fairy fusion with hip-hop.” Swanson said Forever Alaska hip-hop teacher Marquece Blanks will be performing with alumni and teacher Grace Larson in a trap music performance that the audience will have to discover for themselves. The night will end with the finale, “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” In between, the performance will feature a variety of styles, Swanson said, from a Santa Claus Rockettestyle kickline, to the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers piece, which Swanson said is a toy soldier tap routine that the audience should get a kick out of. The show runs Friday and Saturday with 7 p.m. showings, as well as a 1 p.m. Saturday matinee, at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Tickets are $6.

Homer to host annual ‘Nutcracker’ performance For more than 30 years, Homer has brought the passion and wonder of “The Nutcracker” ballet to the small community stage for peninsula residents to enjoy. This year is no different. The local performance — which celebrated its 30th year in production in 2018 — often puts a unique spin on the classic 1892, two-act ballet. Started locally in 1989 by Jill Berryman and her sister Jennifer Strelkauskas, the ballet brings together youth, parents and community members in an all-hands-on-deck performance. This year’s “Nutcracker” will be shown at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7; at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8; at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. All performances are at the Mariner Theatre in Homer High School. Advance tickets cost $15 per adult and $10 per child and are available at the Homer Bookstore and River City Books in Soldotna. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 per adult and $15 per child. Other than guest “Nutcracker” performer Lennon Chahivec-Schneider, who arrives from California to play the principal male role, and the guest performer who will play the role of Clara, the production will feature dozens of Homerites both young and old. Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

‘The Aeronauts’ doesn’t exactly soar, but Jones does By Jake Coyle Associated Press

Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts,” starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, is loosely based on a record-setting 19th century balloon expedition into the atmosphere. On Sept. 5, 1862, James Glaisher (Redmayne) took off from London with the aim to ascend higher into the firmament than anyone had before in a balloon floated by coal gas. Hot air balloons haven’t often been the favored modus of flight

in movies. They have historically rated somewhere in between blimps and feathered bird suits. Since “The Wizard of Oz,” it’s been mostly losing air, save for the occasional cameo: the aloft opening of Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev” (1966), the harrowing runaway balloon of the Ian McEwan adaptation “Enduring Love” (1997). But Harper, the British director of one of the year’s most pleasant surprises, “Wild Rose,” has tried to bring some modern flare to the old balloon, utilizing

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Corner Love Knows No Boundary When darkness covers the flower’s face And sorrow, love’s sweet smile erase, When her future calls and she departs And loneliness then sweeps o’er my heart When no balm can this poor heart relieve And love spoken lips now tears receive When joy has flown upon the wind And I stare at nothing till sight grows dim. I seek then a deeper lasting bond That rescues me from far beyond And holds me lest with grief I’d go, With memories sweet with love aglow, For who can break love’s lasting cord Or steal away love’s fond reward? Can love, though lost, be least of all? Can a love so lovely and loving fall? Not a thief there be who can take, Or calamity, trial, or distance break! This enduring love still towers Above the reach of earthly powers! And so it is with love so free That even thousands of miles from me To what can there a boundary be? The wind? The clouds above? A bird’s sweet song? Or, love? — norm olson

computer generated effects to send soaring its star attraction: a red-and-white striped Victorian contraption graced by a band of aqua blue and a thicket of ropes and sandbags. More notably, “The Aeronauts” has also crafted an entirely fictional character out of the ether, pairing Glaisher with a female pilot named, a little too perfectly, Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones). Glaisher was actually accompanied by Henry Coxwell, and Wren’s substitution is, from the start, self-consciously

“The Aeronauts” HH½ Follows balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) who, in 1862, embarked on an extraordinary journey to discover the secrets of the heavens. In the process, they flew higher in an open balloon than anyone had before or has since. Rating: PG-13, for some peril and thematic elements far-fetched. Not because she’s a woman (there were equally adventurous female balloonists) but because she enters the movie as such an extravagant figment of dramatic imagination.

Before the balloon’s muchanticipated liftoff before a crowd that has bought tickets for the event, Wren comes careening in See aeronauts, Page A8

calendar Events and exhibitions ■■ SCC Christmas on Ice: Please join the Sterling Community Center for a magical evening on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.Weather permitting, bring your skates! Even if it’s too warm for ice, show up! With or without the ice, we will still be celebrating the holiday season with Christmas music, games, bonfire, s’mores, a one-dish cook off competition, and much more. ■■ Evening of Christmas Concert: The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and Kenai Peninsula Singers will present Evening of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium, Kenai Central High School. Hear Christmas tunes new and old, and sing along with some of your favorite carols and the Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah! Tickets are available at Country Liquor, River City Books, Already Read Books, and at the door. General admission is $15, youth 18 and under are free! ■■ The Cannery Lodge will host a Brunch with Santa event here Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. We will have a hot food buffet, activities for the kids, beverage stations and photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus & Santa’s live reindeer from The Kenai Reindeer Farm. We may even have The Grinch popping in to cause a little mayhem. ■■ The community is invited to the annual CPH Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, 6. Open 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. There will be over 20 vendors including great new artists with a variety of products! Please stop by the Denali Conference Room at the hospital to kick off your holiday shopping and help support the Hospital Auxiliary programs and scholarship fund. ■■ Kenai Fine Art Center’s November/December exhibit is “GATHER.” Eleven area artists are painting the walls of the center with original works. The Kenai Fine Art Center is located across from the Oiler’s Bingo Hall and next to the Historic Cabins. 283-7040, www.kenaifineart.com. “GATHER” will hang until Dec. 14. ■■ True Tales, Told Live and Soldotna Parks and Rec offer a storytelling workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday nights in November at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Learn how to craft a story from start to finish in this four-week series. The cost is $15 for the entire workshop or a $5 weekly

drop-in fee. Sign up at Soldotna.org. For more information, visit True Tales, Told Live on Facebook, or call Jenny Neyman at 907-394-6397.

Entertainment ■■ The Flats Bistro in Kenai presents live dinner music Thursday and Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., featuring Garrett Mayer on Thursdays and Mike Morgan & Matt Boyle on Fridays. Open Mic Friday Night returns to The Flats on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 9 p.m. For info and sign-up call, text or email Mike Morgan at 239-537-8738 or mjmorgan@gci. net. For dinner reservations (recommended) please call The Flats Bistro at 907-335-1010. Please watch this space for more music at The Flats this winter. ■■ Don Jose’s Restaurant in Soldotna presents “All-YouCan-Eat Tacos” and live music every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Please call 907-262-5700 for reservations and info. ■■ Acapulco, 43543 Sterling Highway in Soldotna, has live music at 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. ■■ A bluegrass jam takes place on the first Sunday of the month at from 1-4 p.m. at the Mount Redoubt Baptist Church on South Lovers Loop in Nikiski. ■■ Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has Open Mic from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Call Veronica’s at 283-2725. ■■ The Alaska Roadhouse Bar and Grill hosts open horseshoe tournaments Thursday nights at the bar on Golddust Drive. For more information, call 262-9887. ■■ An all acoustic jam takes place every Thursday. The jam takes place at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the first Thursday of the month, and at the Kenai Senior Center during the rest of the month. Jam starts at 6:30 p.m. ■■ Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Pub Quiz night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. ■■ AmVets Post 4 has reopened in its brand new building on Kalifornsky Beach across from Jumpin’ Junction. Eligible veterans and their families are invited to stop by to find out more about AmVets and their involvement in the Veteran community. ■■ The Bow bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays.


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Paul Simon, Peter Singer discuss ‘The Life You Can Save’ By Hillel Italie

NEW YORK — Paul Simon, world famous singer-songwriter, isn’t only inspired by fellow musicians. Simon is an admirer of the author-philosopher Peter Singer, the longtime Princeton University professor whose “The Life You Can Save” has been a guide for Simon and others looking for ways to donate money. Singer has completed a new edition of the book, which comes out this week, and Simon is helping with the promotion. He read a chapter for the audio edition and sat with Singer recently for an Associated Press interview. “I’m very comfortable with Peter’s way of thinking,” Simon explains. In “The Life You Can Save,” first published in 2009, Singer is both high-minded and pragmatic. He considers the obligations we have to each other and how to expand our compassion for those we know to people we’ve never met. In the book and on www. thelifeyoucansave.org, he lists specific organizations, from Oxfam to Village Enterprise, that have been independently audited and recommended. He also probes the morality of giving, how much is expected of each of us, and addresses criticism on whether philanthropy is simply a

way for the rich to improve their images and maintain power. “If you ask me, ‘Should there be an economic system in which nobody becomes a billionaire,’ I would say yes,” Singer says. “But if you say, ‘In the world as it is, is it immoral for people to be a billionaire,’ I would have to say no, because I know people who are giving away — like Warren Buffett — most (of their money). I think that’s perfectly reasonable.” Simon, 78, and Singer, 73, spoke at Simon’s midtown Manhattan office suite, in a room that showcases Simon’s successes and passions, including shots of Simon with historical figures such as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. He and Singer are both world citizens who might share stories about the Amazon forest or East Timor, or Singer’s native Australia, where he saw Simon perform decades earlier. They met in 2005, when Singer was among the honorees at a Time magazine gala for the world’s “100 most influential people.” “I went up to Peter,” Simon recalls. “I was familiar with Peter, with his work, and I introduced myself and then we said, ‘Let’s get together.’ ” “You and (Simon’s wife) Edie (Brickell) came to dinner,” Singer adds. “Then we met when you were in Australia.”

“All these years I had been doing these benefit concerts with all my friends and musicians. We’d come. We’d play. We pack up our guitars. We leave. And nobody ever says, ‘Where’d that money go?’ ” Paul Simon

Simon and Singer have a warm, sometimes teasing rapport (“I can’t say it was a real page turner,” Simon says jokingly about “The Life You Can Save”), strong enough that they can differ over what Simon calls Singer’s “hierarchal priorities.” Singer believes that, with so many urgent problems in the world, grand cultural projects such as art galleries and opera houses should hold far lower standing for would-be donors. “Once we had a long walk along the beach in Melbourne,” Simon explains, “and I said, ‘So if we went down the list of what you would say is the most important places to make your contribution, in that way of thinking you would say that a donation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art would really be at the bottom of the list.” “Close to it, anyway,” Singer says. “I said, ‘I disagree with that,’ ”

Simon recalls. “I think that while we have an obligation to raise the lowest up to a point where they are being treated humanely, we also have an obligation to honor the creativity of what humans do at the highest level. That’s also an expression of humanity.” “It’s not that I don’t value, of course, the creativity of humanity, and some of the great works that have been achieved. And I’m glad that they’re preserved,” Singer answers. “I also think that in a world that has so much present human need, that that (need) should be the priority. … When the Met buys a painting, it’s not as if that painting would have been left out to rot had they not bought it.” Simon stopped touring in 2018 and laments — without naming names — that some of his wealthy contemporaries continue to make substantial amounts of money from concerts instead of using it to help others. He still performs live,

but donates profits to a variety of causes, whether for treating fistula, a condition afflicting millions of African women that Simon learned about through Singer, or for the environment, which he considers the most urgent problem. Simon had been giving, and raising, money well before he knew of Singer. In the early 1970s, he was among the performers at a concert for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. He sang on the all-star “We Are the World” recording from 1985 and a few years later helped found the Children’s Health Fund. But he is also wary of events that fail to help the intended people. Simon found that compassion wasn’t enough; he had to investigate first hand where the money went. He remembers being in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina. He was there with a mobile medical unit, looking for community leaders who could help connect them with people in need of help. “You really have to know what and to whom you’re giving this money,” he says. “All these years I had been doing these benefit concerts with all my friends and musicians. We’d come. We’d play. We pack up our guitars. We leave. And nobody ever says, ‘Where’d that money go?’ ”

‘Existential’ chosen as word of the year by Dictionary.com By Leanne Italie Associated Press

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star in “The Aeronauts.”

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at the last moment atop a charging horsedrawn wagon, and then commences to regale the audience with acrobatics that continue after the balloon is off the ground. He’s there for the science. She’s there for the entertainment. “This is absurd,” grumbles Glaisher as Wren dangles in midair, and it’s hard to disagree. “The Aeronauts,” particularly at first, sags under the weight of a schmaltzy concept, tedious flashbacks and reach-forthe-sky metaphors that, given the mission, are a little too close at hand. But as the balloon rises, the film does, too. Not because it achieves the kind of splendor it seems to seeking, exactly, but because it grows simpler and even sillier. “The Aeronauts” turns into not a prestige picture but a novel big-screen adventure — even if Amazon has truncated the film’s

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exclusive theatrical release to two weeks before it begins streaming. Part of that is from the thrill of upward movement, as the balloon rises above a windy storm into tranquility above the clouds and, later, nearer the starry expanse of space. As they ascend, Glaisher’s excitement at their findings grows while the temperatures drop. The atmosphere was then an airy, little-understood foreign land. (Jack Thorne’s script is derived partially from Richard Holmes’ 2013 book “Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air.”) “The Aeronauts” re-teams Redmayne and Jones who memorably starred in 2014’s “The Theory of Everything,” the movie that won Redmayne an Oscar. But this time, it’s Jones who dominates the film, including one genuinely spectacular scene in which she scales the outside of the balloon — a scene all the more powerful for its frozen quiet, occurring at the upper reaches of the stratosphere. She might not be real, but she steals the show.

Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2019. There are 26 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first black president, died at age 95. On this date: In 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35. In 1848, President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ‘49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California. In 1901, movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago. In 1932, German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States. In 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment. In 1945, five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers mysteriously disappeared after taking off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a training mission with the loss of all 14 crew members; “The Lost Squadron” contributed to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. In 1952, the Great Smog of London descended on the British capital; the unusually thick fog, which contained toxic pollutants, lasted five days and was blamed for causing thousands of deaths. In 1994, Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades. In 1998, James P. Hoffa claimed the Teamsters presidency after challenger Tom Leedham conceded defeat in the union’s presidential election. In 2002, Strom Thurmond, the oldest and (until Robert Byrd overtook him) longest-serving senator in history, celebrated his 100th birthday on Capitol Hill. (In toasting the South Carolina lawmaker, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott seemed to express nostalgia for Thurmond’s segregationist past; the resulting political firestorm prompted Lott to resign his leadership position.) In 2003, the two makers of flu shots in the United States, Chiron and Aventis Pasteur, announced they had run out of vaccine and would not be able to meet a surge in demand. In 2008, the Labor Department reported that an alarming half-million jobs had vanished in Nov. 2008 as unemployment hit a 15-year high of 6.7 percent. A judge in Las Vegas sentenced O.J. Simpson to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole after nine) for an armed robbery at a hotel room. (Simpson was released to parole on Oct. 1, 2017.) Ten years ago: A jury in Perugia, Italy convicted American student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito (rah-fy-EHL’-ay soh-LEH’-chee-toh), of murdering Knox’s British roommate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced them to long prison terms. (After a series of back-and-forth rulings, Knox and Sollecito were definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court.) A nightclub blaze in Perm, Russia, killed more than 150 people. Spain won the Davis Cup for the second straight year. Five years ago: President Barack Obama announced his choice of Ashton Carter to be the new U.S. secretary of defense. NASA’s newest space vehicle, Orion, accomplished its first test flight, shooting out more than 3,600 miles from Earth for a hyperfast, hot return. Rolling Stone magazine issued an apology and cast doubt on its story of a young woman who said she’d been gang-raped at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia. The magazine said it had since learned of “discrepancies” in her account. One year ago: Former President George H.W. Bush was mourned at a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral attended by President Donald Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter along with their spouses; former president George W. Bush was among the speakers, eulogizing his dad as “the brightest of a thousand points of light.” Canadian authorities said they had arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei (WAH’-way) Technologies for possible extradition to the United States on fraud charges. (Meng Wanzhou awaits extradition hearings scheduled for January, 2020.) Wisconsin Republican lawmakers passed measures to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. Today’s Birthdays: Singer Little Richard is 87. Author Joan Didion is 85. Author Calvin Trillin is 84. Actor Jeroen Krabbe (yeh-ROHN’ krah-BAY’) is 75. Opera singer Jose Carreras is 73. Pop singer Jim Messina is 72. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL quarterback Jim Plunkett is 72. World Golf Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins is 70. Actress Morgan Brittany is 68. Actor Brian Backer is 63. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Art Monk is 62. Country singer Ty England is 56. Rock singer-musician John Rzeznik (REZ’-nihk) (The Goo Goo Dolls) is 54. Country singer Gary Allan is 52. Comedian-actress Margaret Cho is 51. Writer-director Morgan J. Freeman is 50. Actress Alex Kapp Horner is 50. Actress Kali Rocha is 48. Rock musician Regina Zernay (Cowboy Mouth) is 47. Actress Paula Patton is 44. Actress Amy Acker is 43. Actor Nick Stahl is 40. Actor Adan Canto is 38. Rhythmand-blues singer Keri Hilson is 37. Actor Gabriel Luna is 37. Actor Frankie Muniz is 34. Actor Ross Bagley is 31. Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich is 28. Thought for Today: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” -- Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860).

NEW YORK — Climate change, gun violence, the very nature of democracy and an angsty little movie star called Forky helped propel “existential” to Dictionary. com’s word of the year. The choice reflects months of high-stakes threats and crises, real and pondered, across the news, the world and throughout 2019. “In our data, it speaks to this sense of grappling with our survival, both literally and figuratively, that defined so much of the discourse,” said John Kelly, senior research editor for the site, ahead of Monday’s announcement. The word earned top of mind awareness in sustained searches at Dictionary.com in the aftermath of wildfires and Hurricane Dorian, and mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas. It also reared itself in presidential politics and pop culture, including Forky the white plastic spork who was the breakout star of “Toy Story 4.” The soiled utensil is convinced his destiny is in the trash, until he embraces his purpose as a treasured toy of kindergartener Bonnie. “Forky underscores how this sense of grappling can also inspire us to ask big questions about who we are, about our purpose,” Kelly told The Associated Press. Oxford Dictionaries picked “climate emergency” as its word of the year, noting usage evidence that reflects the “ethos, mood, or

preoccupations of the passing year,” the company said in a statement. Dictionary.com crunches lookup and other data to decide which word to anoint each year. The site has been picking a word of the year since 2010. Among search spikes for “existential” were those that occurred after both Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders and 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg characterized climate change as an “existential” crisis, Kelly said. Another spike occurred when former Vice President Joe Biden, also vying for the Democratic presidential nod, painted President Donald Trump as an “existential threat” to decency. The word dates to 1685, deriving from Late Latin’s “existentialis.” Dictionary.com defines existential as “of or relating to existence” and “of, relating to, or characteristic of philosophical existentialism; concerned with the nature of human existence as determined by the individual’s freely made choices.” Enter Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel and Jean-Paul Sartre, thinkers who molded and embraced existentialism, among other movements. Climate, guns and the impeachment crisis for President Donald Trump were just a few areas that seemed to frame debate in existential terms. So did the Hong Kong protests, the Notre Dame fire, tensions between the United States and China, and Big Tech’s privacy and fake news problems.

Organization announces funding for 250 local journalists By David Bauder Associated Press

NEW YORK — An organization that is trying to bolster the struggling local news industry said Monday that it will help fund the hiring of 250 journalists across the country next year. That’s a sharp increase from the 61 journalists put in the field this year by Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. Its first class of local reporters in 2018 numbered 13. With the help of foundation funding, Report for America pays half the salary of these reporters for two years. Local news organizations kick in 25% and agree to raise the remainder from donations by local sources. The growing support illustrates how people outside of the news industry are recognizing what is lost in communities when news organizations struggle. The University of North Carolina estimates that between 26,000 and 32,000 newsroom jobs have been lost across the country since 2004. “These communities need to be heard from and we’re really glad to be part of a process … that is trying to confront the crisis in local news and restore journalism from the ground up,” said Charles Sennott, co-founder of Report for America. Studies show the collapse of local news coverage has contributed to polarization in society and less participation in government, he said. These journalists include the 14 new reporters covering statehouses across the

country for The Associated Press, which were announced last week. Sixty-nine daily newspapers, 39 digitalonly sites, 39 public radio stations, 12 local TV stations and five non-daily newspapers will add reporters. Among the participants are the Miami Herald, WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, Iowa Public Radio, the Brooklyn Eagle and Radio Bilingue in California. Reporters will be placed in 46 states. Almost half of the new jobs are being added in nonprofit newsrooms, according to Report for America. They’re specifically being asked to cover a variety of “news deserts,” including overlooked rural and urban communities, veterans’ issues, health care, the environment, health care and housing. Report for America is committing $5 million to pay these reporters and is asking for others to help with training. A variety of funders are participating, including the Facebook Journalism Project, the Google News Initiative, Craig Newmark Philanthropies and the Ford Foundation. The linchpin is the Knight Foundation, which has provided $5 million in funding over five years. After the initial seed money for these reporters, the goal is for the local organizations to take over after two years. Sennott said there’s been some success with the initial wave. For example, of three reporters hired in 2018 for coverage in West Virginia, two will stay on and the third has gotten a job for a documentary maker in that state. A majority of the other 10 initial reporters are expected to stay on, he said.


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Nichushkin, Avalanche take down Maple Leafs TORONTO (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin scored a short-handed goal in the third period, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, Joonas Donskoi also scored and Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots for the Avalanche. Zach Hyman scored for Toronto and Frederik Andersen, starting on consecutive nights for the first time since January 2017, had 27 saves. With his team on the power play, Toronto center Jason Spezza’s stick shattered on a shot and as he tried to keep the puck in with his feet at the blue line, he got caught up with

teammate Morgan Rielly. That allowed Nichushkin to move in all alone and bury his third goal of the season upstairs at 6:40 to put Colorado up 2-1. Toronto, which had Mitch Marner back after he missed 11 games with a high ankle sprain, pushed as the period wore on and pressed late, but couldn’t get anything past Grubauer with Andersen on the bench before Donskoi iced it into an empty net with 79 seconds left.

PENGUINS 3, BLUES 0 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Stefan Noesen celebrated his return to the NHL with his first goal of the season

and banged=up Pittsburgh handed St. Louis its first regulation loss on the road since before Halloween. Noesen, a five-year veteran who signed a minor-league deal with the Penguins in the offseason, pounded home a rebound off Jared McCann’s shot with 39 seconds left in the second period for his first goal since last March when he played for New Jersey. Teddy Blueger scored 39 seconds into the game to give the Penguins the early lead and Alex Galchenyuk got his second of the season early in the third period. Tristan Jarry stopped 28 shots to post his third career shutout as. Jordan Binnington finished with

30 saves for St. Louis, but the Blues saw their 10-game road point streak end.

SENATORS 5, OILERS 2 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tyler Ennis had a goal and two assists to help Ottawa snap a fivegame skid. Artem Anisimov, Connor Brown, Anthony Duclair and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson, returning from a lower-body injury, stopped 24 shots. Jujhar Khaira and Oscar Klefbom had goals for the Oilers, losers of three of their last four. Mikko

Koskinen gave up three goals on 12 shots before leaving in the second period. Mike Smith finished with 11 saves.

CAPITALS 3, KINGS 1 LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Carlson scored twice, Ilya Samsonov stopped 22 shots and Washington beat Los Angeles. Tom Wilson also had a goal as the Capitals have won five in a row for the second time this season. They won six straight Oct. 25-Nov. 9. Blake Lizotte had a goal and Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings, who lost for the third time in their past 10 home games.

Greek Freak scores 35, Bucks run win streak to 13 games DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to their 13th consecutive victory, 127-103 over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The last time the Bucks had a longer winning streak than this was when they won 16 in a row spanning the end of the 1972-73 season and the beginning of 1973-74. They also had a 13-game run shortly after that 16-game streak ended. Milwaukee had won its previous two games by 41 and 44 points, and the Pistons had won their previous two by 34 and 33. This one wasn’t close, either. The Bucks have dominated Detroit of late. Milwaukee won all eight matchups with the Pistons last season — four in the regular season and four in the first round of the playoffs. The Bucks also beat Detroit last month in their first meeting of 2019-20. Andre Drummond had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit.

LAKERS 121, JAZZ 96 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 26 points, LeBron James had 20 points and 12 assists and Los Angeles routed Utah. Rajon Rondo added 14 points and a season-high 12 assists and season-high nine rebounds. Los Angeles cruised to an easy victory, outscoring Utah 32-5 in fastbreak points and totaling 21 points off 19 Jazz turnovers.

Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 to lead Utah. The Jazz lost for the fifth time in six games.

MAVERICKS 121, TIMBERWOLVES 114 DALLAS (AP) — Dwight Powell had 24 points on 9-for-9 shooting from the field, Jalen Brunson ignited a fourth-quarter rally with 14 of his 16 points in the period and Dallas beat Minnesota. Powell and Brunson both had season highs as the Mavericks overcame a subpar outing by Luka Doncic to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Doncic finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists after picking up a technical foul in the third quarter and seeing his team rally with most of its starters on the bench.

CELTICS 112, HEAT 93 BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 31 points, Kemba Walker had 28 and Boston beat Miami to improve to 8-0 at home. Brown connected on a season-high five 3-pointers, and Walker had seven assists and four rebounds. Jayson Tatum added 19 points

HORNETS 106, WARRIORS 91 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Devonte Graham made 10 3-pointers and scored 33 points and Charlotte beat Golden State to spoil D’Angelo Russell’s return to

49ers announcer Ryan suspended By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for one game for saying Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson was adept at carrying out fakes because of his “dark skin color with a dark football.” Ryan made the comments Monday in an interview on the 49ers’ flagship radio

station KNBR when describing Jackson’s ability to fake handoffs and keep the ball on runs that hurt San Francisco in a 20-17 loss to the Ravens last week. “He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing,” Ryan said on air. “I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point.”

Cooper finishes 96th in biathlon Staff Report Peninsula Clarion

Kenai’s Travis Cooper finished 96th out of 105 finishers Wednesday in an IBU World Cup biathlon race in Oestersund, Sweden. Cooper, a 2015 Kenai Central grad, was making his second start of the 2019-20 World

Cup season in the 20-kilometer men’s event. Cooper missed five shots — three in the first round, one in the second and one in the third, before shooting a clean fourth round, and finished 13 minutes, 16 seconds, behind race winner Martin Fourcade of France, who won in 53:11.9.

the court. Graham was 10 of 16 from beyond the arc and also had nine assists and had seven rebounds. Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

NETS 130, HAWKS 118 ATLANTA (AP) — Garrett Temple scored a season-high 27 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 of his 24 in the second half and Brooklyn beat Atlanta. Taurean Prince finished with 23 points against his former team,and Jarrett Allen had 20 for the Nets.

TRAIL BLAZERS 127, KINGS 116 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 33 points and Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 127-116 on Wednesday night.

MAGIC 128, SUNS 114 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon scored

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NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 15 5 .750 — Toronto 15 5 .750 — Philadelphia 15 6 .714 ½ Brooklyn 11 10 .524 4½ New York 4 17 .190 11½ Southeast Division Miami 15 6 .714 — Orlando 10 11 .476 5 Charlotte 9 14 .391 7 Washington 6 13 .316 8 Atlanta 5 17 .227 10½ Central Division Milwaukee 19 3 .864 — Indiana 14 7 .667 4½ Detroit 8 14 .364 11 Chicago 8 14 .364 11 Cleveland 5 15 .250 13 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 15 6 .714 — Houston 13 7 .650 1½ San Antonio 8 14 .364 7½ Memphis 6 15 .286 9 New Orleans 6 15 .286 9 Northwest Division Denver 13 5 .722 — Utah 12 10 .545 3 Minnesota 10 10 .500 4 Portland 9 13 .409 6 Oklahoma City 8 12 .400 6 Pacific Division L.A. Lakers 19 3 .864 — L.A. Clippers 16 6 .727 3 Phoenix 9 11 .450 9 Sacramento 8 12 .400 10 Golden State 4 19 .174 15½ Wednesday’s Games Charlotte 106, Golden State 91 Milwaukee 127, Detroit 103 Orlando 128, Phoenix 114 Boston 112, Miami 93 Brooklyn 130, Atlanta 118 Chicago 106, Memphis 99 Indiana 107, Oklahoma City 100 Dallas 121, Minnesota 114 L.A. Lakers 121, Utah 96 Portland 127, Sacramento 116 Thursday’s Games Philadelphia at Washington, 3 p.m. Denver at New York, 3:30 p.m. Houston at Toronto, 3:30 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 4 p.m.

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Men’s College Scores EAST Akron 85, Marshall 73 Army 75, NJIT 65 Brown 82, Merrimack 55 Colgate 82, Binghamton 74 Drexel 82, Princeton 76 Duquesne 71, VMI 58 George Washington 64, Boston U. 63 Loyola (Md.) 84, Delaware St. 76 Maryland 72, Notre Dame 51 New Hampshire 91, Maine Maritime Academy 37 Northeastern 78, Maine 63 Penn St. 76, Wake Forest 54 Sacred Heart 89, Mass.-Lowell 86 South Carolina 84, UMass 80 St. Francis (Pa.) 77, Lehigh 69 UConn 80, Iona 62 Villanova 80, Penn 69 Yale 61, Albany (NY) 52 SOUTH Coastal Carolina 114, Greensboro 79 ETSU 96, The Citadel 84 FAU 62, Canisius 59 FIU 71, Florida Gulf Coast 53 Georgia 95, NC Central 59 Georgia Tech 73, Nebraska 56 Grambling St. 79, Paul Quinn College 69 Louisiana-Monroe 86, Millsaps 63 Morehead St. 56, IUPUI 51 NC A&T 52, Longwood 41 NC State 69, Wisconsin 54 Ohio St. 74, North Carolina 49 Radford 94, James Madison 71 Tennessee 72, Florida A&M 43 Towson 76, Morgan St. 59 Troy 71, North Alabama 63 Tulane 61, Southern Miss. 56 UNC-Greensboro 72, Kennesaw St. 54 MIDWEST Chicago St. 89, SIU-Edwardsville 81 DePaul 65, Texas Tech 60, OT Evansville 90, W. Illinois 86

Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, left, an dMilwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) close in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

a season-high 32 points, Terrence Ross had 22 and Orlando beat Phoenix. Evan Fournier added 21 points, and Markelle Fultz had 13 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Magic. Frank Kaminsky led the Suns with 23 points and five rebounds, and Devin Booker

had 17 points and five assists.

Fort Wayne 74, E. Illinois 69 Iowa St. 79, UMKC 61 Marquette 75, Jacksonville 56 Ohio 90, Rio Grande 51 Purdue 69, Virginia 40 S. Illinois 76, Norfolk St. 59 Toledo 80, Cleveland St. 65 Xavier 84, Green Bay 71 Youngstown St. 81, Robert Morris 70 SOUTHWEST Georgetown 81, Oklahoma St. 74 Houston 68, Texas State 60 Tulsa 72, Ark.-Pine Bluff 39 FAR WEST Air Force 86, Wyoming 77 CS Northridge 71, Portland 64 California Baptist 79, UC Riverside 67 Colorado 76, Loyola Marymount 64 Gonzaga 101, Texas Southern 62 N. Colorado 92, Northern New Mexico 47 Nevada 98, Santa Clara 67 New Mexico 80, Boise St. 78 Pacific 62, Cal St.-Fullerton 59 San Diego St. 79, Colorado St. 57 UC Davis 85, N. Arizona 66 UNLV 81, Fresno St. 80, 2OT Utah 102, BYU 95, OT Washington 90, E. Washington 80 Washington St. 78, Idaho 65 Weber St. 72, Utah Valley 67

Montreal Toronto Tampa Bay Ottawa Detroit

Women’s College Scores EAST Albany (NY) 81, FDU-Florham 21 Army 67, LIU Brooklyn 60 Colgate 88, Siena 51 Drexel 54, Villanova 52 Fairfield 66, Navy 50 George Washington 63, Delaware 49 Hofstra 51, Morgan St. 39 Maine 104, Husson 43 Merrimack 81, Fisher 42 NJIT 76, St. Peter’s 73 Northeastern 46, Harvard 44 Penn 65, La Salle 49 Rhode Island 73, Holy Cross 58 Saint Joseph’s 71, Sacred Heart 44 St. Francis (NY) 84, East Stroudsburg 62 Temple 74, Towson 59 Vermont 86, Norwich 40 SOUTH Appalachian St. 54, Wofford 51 Auburn 82, South Alabama 62 Bethune-Cookman 53, Jacksonville 52 Bucknell 64, George Mason 51 Indiana 58, Miami 45 Kentucky 86, Charlotte 39 Middle Tennessee 70, Lipscomb 49 Northwestern St. 65, Grambling St. 61 Troy 72, Auburn-Montgomery 42 Tulane 62, Southern Miss. 58 UNC-Wilmington 70, Presbyterian 60 W. Carolina 69, Charleston Southern 64 W. Kentucky 74, Oklahoma 63 MIDWEST Duquesne 88, Akron 63 Illinois St. 78, W. Illinois 65 Iowa 74, Clemson 60 Loyola of Chicago 61, Dartmouth 40 Minnesota 75, Notre Dame 67 Missouri St. 68, Wichita St. 55 Nebraska 83, Duke 79 Northwestern 66, Boston College 63 Omaha 57, UMKC 53 SIU-Edwardsville 57, Fort Wayne 53 South Dakota 72, Creighton 65 UIC 73, Chicago St. 61 SOUTHWEST Baylor 72, Georgia 38 Florida Gulf Coast 57, Houston 45 Texas A&M 76, Cent. Arkansas 46 Texas State 74, UTSA 69 Texas Tech 84, Mississippi 48 Texas-Arlington 68, Wright St. 62 FAR WEST Boise St. 83, New Mexico 82 CS Northridge 56, Loyola Marymount 54 Denver 74, N. Colorado 55 Idaho 65, San Diego 32 New Mexico St. 75, Western New Mexico 56 San Diego St. 59, Colorado St. 49 San Francisco 71, Cal St.-Fullerton 63 San Jose St. 76, Utah St. 61 Washington St. 85, Ark.-Pine Bluff 56 Wyoming 65, Air Force 63

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NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA 28 20 3 5 45 101 65 27 13 9 5 31 96 97 28 13 10 5 31 85 83

PACERS 107, THUNDER 100 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — T.J. Warren scored 24 points to help Indiana beat Oklahoma City.

28 12 10 6 30 93 98 30 13 13 4 30 95 101 25 13 9 3 29 91 81 29 12 16 1 25 76 91 30 7 20 3 17 63 119 Metropolitan Division Washington 30 21 4 5 47 112 86 N.Y. Islanders 26 18 6 2 38 77 63 Philadelphia 28 16 7 5 37 91 79 Pittsburgh 28 15 9 4 34 96 78 Carolina 28 16 11 1 33 88 78 N.Y. Rangers 26 13 10 3 29 84 87 Columbus 27 11 12 4 26 68 84 New Jersey 27 9 14 4 22 69 101 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA St. Louis 30 18 6 6 42 90 78 Colorado 27 17 8 2 36 100 76 Winnipeg 28 17 10 1 35 82 77 Dallas 29 15 11 3 33 76 73 Minnesota 28 13 11 4 30 83 88 Nashville 27 12 10 5 29 89 88 Chicago 27 10 12 5 25 74 85 Pacific Division Edmonton 30 17 10 3 37 93 89 Arizona 29 16 9 4 36 82 69 Vegas 30 15 11 4 34 91 85 Vancouver 29 14 11 4 32 97 86 San Jose 29 15 13 1 31 84 96 Calgary 29 13 12 4 30 73 86 Anaheim 28 12 12 4 28 75 84 Los Angeles 29 11 16 2 24 73 96 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. Wednesday’s Games Colorado 3, Toronto 1 Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 0 Ottawa 5, Edmonton 2 Washington 3, Los Angeles 1 Thursday’s Games Arizona at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Vegas vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, 3 p.m. Chicago at Boston, 3 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Colorado at Montreal, 3 p.m. San Jose at Carolina, 3 p.m. Winnipeg at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Buffalo at Calgary, 5 p.m. All Times AST

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NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 10 2 0 .833 322 145 Buffalo 9 3 0 .750 257 188 N.Y. Jets 4 8 0 .333 204 280 Miami 3 9 0 .250 200 377 South Houston 8 4 0 .667 293 271 Tennessee 7 5 0 .583 276 234 Indianapolis 6 6 0 .500 261 257 Jacksonville 4 8 0 .333 220 292 North Baltimore 10 2 0 .833 406 219 Pittsburgh 7 5 0 .583 236 225 Cleveland 5 7 0 .417 246 272 Cincinnati 1 11 0 .083 179 298 West Kansas City 8 4 0 .667 348 265 Oakland 6 6 0 .500 237 324 Denver 4 8 0 .333 198 237 L.A. Chargers 4 8 0 .333 244 241 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 6 6 0 .500 310 236 Philadelphia 5 7 0 .417 274 284 Washington 3 9 0 .250 173 290 N.Y. Giants 2 10 0 .167 230 339 South y-New Orleans 10 2 0 .833 298 248 Tampa Bay 5 7 0 .417 340 346 Carolina 5 7 0 .417 280 320 Atlanta 3 9 0 .250 260 323 North Green Bay 9 3 0 .750 289 255 Minnesota 8 4 0 .667 319 242 Chicago 6 6 0 .500 212 208 Detroit 3 8 1 .292 280 315 West Seattle 10 2 0 .833 329 293 San Francisco 10 2 0 .833 349 183 L.A. Rams 7 5 0 .583 283 250 Arizona 3 8 1 .292 255 351 y-clinched division Thursday’s Game

BULLS 106, GRIZZLIES 99 CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 25 points, Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Chicago held of Memphis. Lauri Markkanen added 15 points for the Bulls.

Dallas at Chicago, 4:20 p.m. Sunday’s Games Washington at Green Bay, 9 a.m. Indianapolis at Tampa Bay, 9 a.m. San Francisco at New Orleans, 9 a.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 9 a.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 9 a.m. Denver at Houston, 9 a.m. Baltimore at Buffalo, 9 a.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 9 a.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland, 9 a.m. L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville, 12:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Arizona, 12:25 p.m. Tennessee at Oakland, 12:25 p.m. Kansas City at New England, 12:25 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Rams, 4:20 p.m. Monday’s Game N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. All Times AST

TRANSACTIONS

BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Signed 2B Marco Hernández and LHP Josh Osich to one-year contracts. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Re-signed RHP James Hoyt to a one-year contract. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Acquired RHP Dylan Bundy from Baltimore for RHPs Kyle Bradish, Isaac Mattson, Kyle Brnovich and Zach Peek. SEATTLE MARINERS — Signed RHP Carl Edwards Jr. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with LHP Cole Hamels on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ATLANTA HAWKS — Called up Gs Brandon Goodwin and Charlie Brown, Jr. from College Park (NBAGL). FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Released LB Pete Robertson. Signed DL Caraun Reid. Signed LBs Tanner Vallejo and Kylie Fitts from the practice squad and QB Drew Anderson, WR Saeed Blacknall and DL Lyndon Johnson to the practice squad. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed WR Damion Willis to the practice squad. DENVER BRONCOS — Placed DE Derek Wolfe on IR. Claimed OL Patrick Morris off waivers from Pittsburgh. DETROIT LIONS — Released LB Anthony Pittman from the practice squad. Signed TE Cole Herdman to the practice squad. HOUSTON TEXANS — Signed S Shalom Luani from the practice squad. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Claimed K Chase McLaughlin off of waivers. Waived TE Matt Lengel. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Waived WR Gehrig Dieter. Signed RB Spencer Ware. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Signed C/G Evan Brown off the N.Y. Giants practice squad. Claimed WR Mack Hollins off waivers from Philadelphia. Waived/ injured CB Ken Crawley and C/G Chris Reed. NEW YORK GIANTS — Signed DB Rashaan Gaulden to the practice squad. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Signed DB Antone Exum Jr. to a one-year contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Signed WR Jordan Veasy to the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Fined Nashville F Ryan Johansen and San Jose F Evander Kane $5,000 for elbowing. BUFFALO SABRES — Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL). CALGARY FLAMES — Assigned F Austin Czarnik to Stockton (AHL) for conditioning. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Recalled F Brian Gibbons from Charlotte (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Reassigned F Mathieu Olivier to Milwaukee (AHL). OLYMPIC SPORTS USADA — Announced weightlifter Lawrence Letellier accepted a two-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation. SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS CREW — Signed D Axel Sjoberg from the waiver list. NASHVILLE — Signed D Brayan Beckeles. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION — Signed M Kelyn Rowe. ORLANDO CITY — Named Óscar Pareja coach. SPORTING KANSAS CITY — Signed D Roberto Puncec. USL Championship TULSA — Announced its official name is FC Tulsa. COLLEGE N.C. STATE — Promoted co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Tony Gibson to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.


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e’ve reached the home stretch of the NFL season with 75% of the schedule completed after the 13th week of action. Speaking of the number 13, last week was particularly unlucky, even in a season filled with zany results. The New York Jets entered their matchup with the winless Cincinnati Bengals having scored a whopping 34 points in three consecutive games, all victories for Gang Green. Their stellar play would surely continue against a Bengals team allowing 25 points per contest wouldn’t it? Logic doesn’t work in the NFL. The Jets managed a meager six points and provided Cincinnati with their first victory. Things were even more dire in Carolina where a Panthers team, still clinging to slim playoff hopes, dropped a game at home against the hapless Washington Redskins. The result of which led to the firing of Panthers Coach Ron Rivera earlier this week. The Philadelphia Eagles experienced a similar letdown in Miami. The Eagles are still alive in the NFC East race, but you wouldn’t know it after the team allowed a three-win Tuna team to put 37 points on the board leading to the upset. The only good news in a 7-8 week against the spread, which dropped our season total to 82-101, was the Seattle Seahawks topping the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night!

COWBOYS @ Bears +3 I’m going with the Fighting Jerry’s on Thursday night. A pick that should make every Cowboys fan worry and bring a sense of relief to Bears backers like the Clarion’s own Joey Klecka. Both teams are 6-6, both teams have even 3-3 records at home and away. The Cowboys season has felt more dramatic, but the Bears have equally disappointed in many ways. Coin flip. Cowboys

win 24-17

SEAHAWKS @ Rams +1 This is a scary game for a Seahawks team that overtook the 49ers in the division after last week’s win over the Vikings. The Rams are ultra-talented, but for whatever reason the LA offense hasn’t been able to thrive like it did a season ago. In particular, Rams QB Jared Goff has really struggled. Seattle has won a bevy of close games this year, Sunday will be no different. Seahawks win 30-23

Panthers @ FALCONS -2.5 Your guess is as good as mine in this one. The Panthers just fired their coach because they stink at football. The Falcons are 3-9 and have won just a single game at home all season. In fact, the odds are good that Falcons coach Dan Quinn will be the next one to get fired. I’m siding with Atlanta because I’m contractually obligated to pick a team. That’s it, that’s my reason. Falcons win 28-20

RAVENS @ Bills +5.5 This is one of the easier contests to pick this week. The Bills impressed in Dallas on Thanksgiving but it’s fair to ask how much of that was the Bills playing good football and how much of that was the Cowboys simply being bad. Baltimore has separated itself from the league with wins over the Patriots, Seahawks and 49ers. The Bills are next. Ravens win 31-14

BENGALS @ Browns -8.5 The Browns talked trash all week, in the aftermath of the ClevelandPittsburgh brawl a few weeks ago, only to lay an egg in the rematch. Which is about the most Cleveland Browns thing to do ever. I just don’t

proven QB. 49ers win 27-23

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DOLPHINS @ Jets -5.5

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trust this Browns team to give more than a touchdown against anyone, even against a team as lowly as the Bengals. Cincinnati is more competitive with Andy Dalton at QB, something they proved last week in a win over the Jets. Browns win 23-20

Redskins @ PACKERS -13

If this wasn’t a newspaper column and I was simply texting out NFL picks I would send the puking emoji to describe this game. I guess I’ll go with the Dolphins. The Jets have a better record, but I’ve been more impressed by the Dolphins improvement over the course of the year. Dolphins win 21-17

I’m not buying the Redskins recent success as anything more than a scheduling quirk. Washington benefitted from playing Detroit and Carolina, two teams ravaged by injuries, and rapidly falling apart. The Packers are not like those two teams. Green Bay can’t afford to overlook a bad Redskins team, not with the Vikings a game back in the NFC North race. Packers win 34-13

COLTS @ Bucs -2.5

Lions @ VIKINGS -13

Broncos @ TEXANS -9

See the previous game remarks. This is a critical game for Minnesota. The Vikings must rebound from last week’s loss in Seattle to stay in the mix for a division crown. It’s especially important knowing the Packers have a likely victory in hand over the Redskins. Detroit is really bad at scoring and preventing points. All of which points to a big Vikings victory. Vikings win 28-9

Denver has been in a lot of close games this year, which makes laying nine points a little scary, but I don’t have any faith in Broncos third string QB Drew Lock. I think that’s his name. It’s getting hard to follow with how often Denver changes QB’s. The Texans do not have a QB issue. Deshaun Watson is really good at passing the ball and running the ball. The QB even caught a TD pass last week. Is there anything Watson can’t do? Texans win 31-13

49ERS @ Saints -2.5 What an incredible matchup to kick off the early slate of games Sunday morning. Both teams are 10-2 but in the incredibly difficult NFC the Saints are currently the number one seed and the 49ers 5th. Even a win over the Saints doesn’t guarantee the 49ers jump to first in the conference. My head hurts trying to figure out all the scenarios. I do think the 49ers have the highest upside of anyone in the NFC, but they also have the least

The Colts seem like the type of team where every time you finally feel like its safe to write them off, they win a couple games. The Bucs are the opposite of that. Tampa has talent and we keep waiting for them to put it all together, but they always find a way to disappoint as soon as you start believing. Colts win 23-17

CHARGERS @ Jags +3 The Jaguars did the sensible thing and re-inserted rookie passer Gardner Minshew as the starting QB. Replacing Minshew with Nick Foles never made sense. One path to winning in the NFL is getting good play out of a QB on a rookie deal. Minshew has shown enough to get that opportunity but now that you have played Foles and he struggled,

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TITANS @ Raiders +2.5 The Titans are red hot, the Raider are not. Tennessee has won gone 5-1 with Ryan Tannehill under center. During that stretch Tannehill has appeared competent, which is in start contrast to the rest of his NFL career. Two weeks ago, the Raiders were 6-4 and very much looking like a contender in the AFC West. After crushing defeats against the Jets and Chiefs, Chuckie’s gang of misfits looks like they can’t move to Vegas soon enough. Titans win 30-20

Chiefs @ PATRIOTS -2 Has a 10-2 team ever looked as vulnerable as the Patriots do now? There are rumors that Tom Brady is considering leaving the only franchise he has ever played for at the end of the season. The wide receiver room is a collection of players deemed replaceable by other teams. They have no running game to speak of. How long can Belichick’s vaunted defense keep the ship afloat. I’m not ready to fade the Pats at home but a Chiefs win in this spot would not shock me. Patriots win 27-24

Steelers @ CARDINALS +2.5 We’re reaching a word count limit, so we’ll keep it short. I don’t trust any QB nicknamed “Duck” to win a road game in the NFL. Cardinals win 28-21

GIANTS @ Eagles -9.5 Both of these team’s stink. The Giants will turn back to Eli Manning to fill in for the injured Daniel Jones. I don’t know what that means. The Eagles just surrendered 37 points to the Dolphins. I do know that’s bad. Eagles win 20-17



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Girlfriend closely attached to son is distant to family DEAR ABBY: One and troubled by her of my sons is dating indifference to us. We a young woman who have been more than seems to care deeply for welcoming to her. Is there him, but is very cool and anything I or we could distant to our family. He do to help her warm up goes to nearly all of her to us? — FLUMMOXED family’s events, but she MOM IN THE SOUTH seldom comes to any of DEAR FLUMMOXED: ours. Have you talked with She has been to one son about this? If Dear Abby your birthday get-together at not, you should. You are Jeanne Phillips a restaurant, a wedding already doing everything and a play where I you can, so prepare to bought the tickets for her, myself and batten down the hatches. If your all my daughters-in-law. She has son eventually marries this insecure been invited to family dinners at one young woman, she will continue or another of our homes, Christmas isolating him from his family and celebrations, Thanksgivings, absorb him into her own. When the birthdays — you name it — but grandchildren come, they will spend has not come to any of them. My the majority of their time with her husband and I hand-make our gifts family and not yours. to her, which require a lot of time It is harsh, but it’s the truth. Unless and effort. Last year, she sent us each your son is strong enough to put a gift for Christmas. his foot down, it’s exactly what will They have been dating for several happen. You have my sympathy. years. When they are apart, she texts him constantly. I am confused DEAR ABBY: I am a naturally

thin young woman. Oftentimes, especially when I’m working in offices with older women, my co-workers comment on their dissatisfaction with their weight and how they wish their body could be more like mine. To be honest, I don’t equate thinness with beauty or fat with ugliness. But when I try to tell these women I think they are beautiful as they are, it’s received with suspicion, as if they think I don’t mean what I say. How can I respond to those who are unhappy with their weight without sounding insincere? I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. — THIN IN FLORIDA DEAR THIN: When your coworkers compliment you about your figure, smile and say thank you. Period. If they express dissatisfaction with their appearance, do not allow yourself to be drawn into the conversation. You can’t alleviate their insecurities; they haven’t believed you when you tried. Because the subject makes you

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uncomfortable, try changing the topic to another one. DEAR ABBY: Is there a place where I can donate puzzles? I always make sure all the pieces are there. I put them in a zip bag inside a taped box so anyone who gets them would be getting something that’s as good as new. I have a whole closet full, and I need to find a place to donate them. They are too nice to throw away. — WANTING TO SHARE IN WASHINGTON DEAR WANTING: I am sure that if you call around you will discover that senior centers, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, churches, schools and rehabilitation facilities could put those puzzles to good use. It’s worth a try. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Your mood changes as the day ages. You see situations in a totally different manner after a few hours. Whereas you might decide a situation was a no-go in the a.m., by midafternoon, you know you can handle it. Tonight: You naturally do the right thing.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH Your friends support you in most of your goals and desires. Nevertheless, today you look within

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH You have worked hard to complete a project or fulfill another person’s requests. By afternoon, you will want to slow down and relax with friends. A call from a coworker signals good news. Tonight: Why not start the weekend early?

CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You often think and feel deeply when you attempt to come to a conclusion or decision. Impulse hits today, and you might toss your normal processing to the wind. In fact, a strong, impulsive drive pushes you to achieve. Tonight: Enjoy the limelight.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You relate with a great deal of empathy to one specific person. In some sense, you identify with this person. You quickly detach when dealing with day-to-day matters and look at the big picture. Tonight: Binge watch a favorite TV series.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH Others seek you out.

Dear Heloise: An effective way to clean sink disposals is to put a cone-shaped toilet bowl brush into the opening and fit it under the rubber splash. A twirl of the brush will loosen the foul-smelling deposits and leave the disposal clean. — Pat J. in San Antonio

TINY T-SHIRT HOLES Dear Heloise: Is it me, or do others have this problem: My T-shirt tops made of cotton and cotton blended with spandex have small tears/holes in the front where my zipper placket and button are. I’m not overweight, but I must rub against counters, etc., where the zipper hits and causes this. This sometimes happens after only a few washings. Are the fabrics just not made well today? I’ve heard our clothes are becoming disposable. This is true of these items. I enjoy your column in The Villages Daily Sun, as

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HHHH Your emotions play a bigger part than you realize when getting to the bottom of a problem. Midday, a partner pushes you to become more analytical about an important matter. Tonight: You’re lucky with any matter revolving around your home.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Double-check your change and make sure you have made the proper decisions financially. Despite the upcoming season, be a bit conservative with your spending. Consider a gift of action for a friend. Tonight: Hang out with a pal.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Your intuition leads you down many paths. You need to tune into your feelings more often. At times you come up with totally logical conclusions to cover an emotional gut response. Today you do just that! Tonight: Off to the gym.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

HHHH You have mulled over an emotional issue many times now. The time has come to release it and just be yourself. Your creativity and imagination merge, coming up with unique solutions and dynamic ideas. Tonight: Act like a

HOLIDAY REMINDERS Dear Heloise: Just some friendly holiday reminders: * Do not burn wrapping paper in your fireplace. It burns rapidly, but it can give off dangerous fumes due to the chemicals used in the manufacturing process. * Keep ribbon away from young children and animals. It’s a serious choking hazard that could result in a trip to the emergency room or the vet’s office. * Last of all, please do not put real candles on a Christmas tree, and don’t leave candles burning when you leave the house. — A Firefighter in St. Louis.

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HHHH You lose some of your edge midday. You have pushed long and hard. You also have relied on your natural intuition. You opt to finally go off do some Santa chores and Christmas spending. Tonight: Smiling over your choices.

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well as your mother’s for years. — Pam in Florida Pam, since the holes appear in the same area of the T-shirts, they are probably caused by rubbing against a belt, zipper or button. Readers, is anyone else having this problem? — Heloise

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HHH Be more inquisitive about a situation brewing around you. As you get to the bottom of it, you might be quite amused. An emotional issue might need to be cleared, especially if it involves a loved one. Tonight: Order in.

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Sometimes you cannot deal with or understand someone’s high emotional frequency. In fact, you could become somewhat irate dealing with this person. Tonight: One-on-one relating takes on a difficult tone.

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This year, you have many choices. Some of your decisions might be based on your intuition, and others will be based on facts. Both processes will work for you. You will gain financially this year. If single, the person you date will need to enjoy your multifaceted personality. Make sure you know each other well. If attached, the two of you create a lot of diversity and excitement in your lives. You both like the stimulation and rarely are bored. ARIES runs through your life like an energizer bunny! The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

to see if these goals and desires remain valid. Often, what one wished for a year ago might change given time. Tonight: Take some muchneeded personal time.

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Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds By Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress’ impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans, and the experts split much like the committee, along partisan lines, over whether Trump committed an impeachable offense when he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. The lofty arguments about the Constitution were frequently interrupted by partisan sniping among committee members. Here are some takeaways from the hearing:

Republican disruption Republicans allied with the president used the hearing to force procedural votes and delay the proceedings, adding to an unruly atmosphere even with the professors’ academic recounting of constitutional principles. GOP members

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have someone in office who’s going to support (and) invest in cradle to career education so that our next generation, our kids, have a positive vision for them staying here,” she said. Part of that equation of providing quality jobs for Alaskans is health care, Galvin said. “We know that that’s strangling our small businesses,” she said. “Even public sector jobs. The reason we see teacher crises … it’s all about how much health care costs are rising unpredictably.” These are all issues Galvin could effect at the federal level should

interrupted House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and the expert witnesses, calling for more Republican witnesses, for a postponement of the hearing and for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to be called to testify. Schiff led the investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The top Republican on the Judiciary panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, said the impeachment process is a “sham.” And he said the committee had been sidelined as other panels led the impeachment investigation. “What a disgrace to this committee, to have the committee of impeachment simply take from other committees and rubber stamp,” Collins said. He also criticized the quick pace of the impeachment probe. Democrats hope to hold a final vote by Christmas.

although he is not a supporter of the president, he found the case against Trump legally weak and warned that it would “collapse” amid an absence of criminal intent.

The four law professors who testified brought history lessons to the hearing, with talk of American Founding Fathers and British monarchs, of the 18th-century Constitutional Convention and the 20th-century impeachment proceedings of Presidents Richard

Nixon and Bill Clinton. Their testimony had a contemporary purpose, too, as Democrats look to bolster the argument for impeachment by having outside constitutional experts make the case that Trump committed an impeachable offense. Three of the witnesses made clear they thought Trump’s conduct met the definition of an abuse of power that the constitutional framers had in mind for removal of a commander in chief. They said the president’s interaction with Ukraine amounted to high crimes and misdemeanors, the impeachment standard set out in the Constitution. “If what we are talking about is not impeachable,” said Michael Gerhardt, a University of North Carolina law professor, “then nothing is impeachable.” Pamela Karlan, a Stanford Law School professor, said the Founding Fathers were particularly concerned about foreign interference in American politics. “The very idea that a president might seek the aid of a foreign government in his reelection campaign would have horrified them,” Karlan said. “But based on the evidentiary record, that is what President Trump has done.” The lone dissenter was Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University professor, who said that

she be elected, she said. Galvin acknowledged the teacher strike that nearly happened in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District earlier this year. Contract negotiations were drawn out and tensions rose, in chief due to a sticking point over the cost of the health care plan for district teachers and staff. Galvin said there are a number of ways to address health care at the federal level, like reducing the price of pharmaceutical drugs. A few people at Sunday’s meet and greet brought up resource extraction issues like the potential Pebble Mine Project proposed in Bristol Bay. Its watershed supports the largest salmon fishery in the world. “I think that any kind of resource development needs to have important, sensible decisions around

science-based decision-making,” she said. “I support a good process that listens to locals, that listens to scientists.” Alaska is a resource state, but Galvin noted it’s important to balance taking care of the state’s natural resources that are extracted from the ground with taking care of its renewable natural resources, like those that come from Alaska’s waters. “A great example of that is Pebble, where we see a huge mine potentially coming into play next to the largest fish run in the world of salmon,” she said. “And so that takes, again, a sensible, balanced decision-maker, and I am uniquely positioned as an Independent to represent that — to represent all Alaskans by listening to them first.” A few local government

representatives were present at Sunday’s meet and greet, including Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti, who spoke of concern for the state of education, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper. Cooper is running in the 2020 election for Alaska’s District 31 House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer). “Many of the issues that she’s (Galvin) speaking about are things that we have at the borough and at the state level,” Cooper said. “And the hyperpartisanship is what’s frustrating to me the most. We don’t have access because they’re so busy following their party lines and dealing with what their committee has determined as a priority as opposed to what all of us residents

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Bribery in the Constitution The three Democratic witnesses agreed that Trump could be impeached for bribery as it is defined in the Constitution. Democrats have hinted that bribery could be one of the articles of impeachment. Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School said the “clear sense” of the framers on bribery was “when the president corruptly asked for or received something of value to him from someone who could be affected by his official office.” “So if the House of Representatives and the members of this committee were to determine that getting the investigations either announced or undertaken was a thing of value to President Trump, that was what he sought, then this committee and this House could safely conclude that the president had committed bribery under the Constitution,” Feldman said. Karlan said that if Congress concludes that Trump asked for the investigations of Biden and his son to aid his reelection, “then yes, you

have bribery here.” Turley disagreed, warning against using a “boundless interpretation” of bribery.

Any questions? There may have been four law professors at the hearing, but many of the lawmakers limited their questions to witnesses summoned by their own party — and some asked none at all. Several GOP lawmakers, bypassing the chance to pose questions to witnesses, used their five-minute allotments with speeches that defended the president and attacked the impeachment proceedings as partisan and rushed. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio praised the testimony of Turley, the GOPselected witness, but didn’t actually direct any questions to him. Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas asked a series of questions of Turley but also chose to ignore the three witnesses Democrats relied on to make their impeachment case. Democrats mostly did the same, focusing their queries to witnesses brought in by their party. Rep. Cedric Richmond, of Louisiana, brought up Turley several times but asked other witnesses — not him — about his testimony.

are saying.” A better plan for health care is No. 1 on Cooper’s list for the state. She’s also a long time advocate for education as well. “I’m ready for a new voice and someone that’s an independent thinker, and I think she’s the one,” Cooper said. Homer resident John Whittier said accountability in politics is a major reason for his supporting Galvin. “I think the most important thing is truth telling. Telling the truth, which I think has been lost,” he said. “So whether it’s climate change or political corruption, that’s what I would like to see from my representative.” Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@ homernews.com.

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