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ANCHORAGE — A short eruption of a volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands sent an ash cloud soaring into the sky Thursday near a lightly populated area. Shishaldin Volcano erupted for about three minutes at 7:10 a.m., the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced. It produced an ash cloud that reached up to 25,000 feet. The village of False Pass, with a population of 39, is on the eastern shore of the island about 22 miles east of Shishaldin’s summit. The village was not affected because winds of 52 mph pushed the ash cloud northwest into the Bering Sea. Observers recorded a tremor that lasted for the duration of the eruption and three lighting strikes. Ongoing volcanic activity at Shishaldin already had resulted in an aviation alert watch. That level remained in effect afterward. The National Weather Service issued an advisory about the cloud height to aircraft so they could avoid it. Shishaldin remains at a heightened level of unrest, the observatory said, and additional explosions may occur with little warning. Shishaldin is near the center of Unimak Island, the largest island in the Aleutian chain. The island is about 645 miles southwest of Anchorage. The volcano is a symmetric cone with a base diameter of about 10 miles. It rises to 9,373 feet. A funnel-shape crater at the summit is about 660 feet wide. It typically emits a a steam plume and occasional small amounts of ash, according to the observatory. Shishaldin is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutians. It has had at least 54 episodes of unrest and more than 24 confirmed eruptions since 1775, according to the observatory. Most eruptions are small but an eruption in 1999 generated an ash column that reached 45,000 feet. The observatory is made up of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and a state agency, the Alaska Division of Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

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Local lawmakers react to budget By Victoria Petersen and Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

Gov. Mike Dunleavy released a budget Wednesday that avoided last year’s massive cuts, but tasked the Legislature with finding ways of reducing spending in the long-term. The budget includes mostly flat funding for fiscal year 2021, and would pay

each Alaskan a $3,170 dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund. It includes $4.532 billion unrestricted general funds (UGF), $969 million designated general funds (DGF), $760.3 million other state funds, and $3.9 billion federal funding. The budget increases for resources to the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Law and the

Alaska Court System, according to the budget summary provided by the office of the governor. The budget pulls about $1.5 billion from the state’s Constitutional Budget Reserve, which is a 30-yearold savings account that held an account balance of $2.16 billion at the end of November, according to the Department of Revenue.

“The budget’s going to rely on the (Constitutional Budget Reserve) this year,” Dunleavy said in his live press conference Wednesday afternoon. “About a $1.5 billion draw from the CBR, which leaves a balance of $540 million.” Dunleavy said in the press conference that he wants the Legislature to pass laws changing how much programs are funded,

Snow and rain transform trails By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion

The winter’s first big snow dump arrived early last week, followed by Monday’s monsoon that turned the peninsula’s streets and roads into disarray. The unpredictable weather also turned local ski and biking trails into a mess, at least for one day. The slightly cooler temperatures that followed Monday’s spike have helped keep nordic ski trails functional for skiers. Cycling, running and walking paths have also been spared the destruction. The network of outdoor recreation trails around the central peninsula are returning to usable shape, according to those who maintain them. At the Tsalteshi ski trails, most of the 20-plus kilometers of groomed trails have been worked back into skiable shape, thanks to the hard work and experience of those who have prepared for such a wild winter scenario. Tsalteshi Trails Association board member Jenny Neyman said the efforts of TTA groomers Bill Holt, Tom Seggerman and Dan Skipwith have all played a significant role in keeping the trails alive, even after the 45-degree temperatures and rain hit the course hard. “The main thing to know is we survived the monsoon, even though it looked terrible,” Neyman said. “Even though the

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Borough to hold special meeting Officials will consider funding for winter storm damage. By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

The annual holiday concert started off small in 2000 with the name “Evening of Classics,” according to Vollom-Matturo, who said

The borough is considering how they’ll pay for damages from a series of winter storms that came through the Kenai Peninsula early this week causing power outages, late-starts for the school district, landslides and flooding in some areas. A special Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, taking place at 3 p.m. on Friday, will look at both extending the emergency disaster declaration the borough enacted last Friday and appropriating funds in response to damages caused by the recent winter storms. Emergency disaster declarations are valid for seven days unless they are extended. The assembly will look at a resolution extending that declaration for 30 more days to allow for a more complete response, according to the resolution. The declaration calls upon the state for assistance, as the borough has expended significant resources in response to the storm damage, the resolution said. The state is currently processing the borough’s request for assistance, Thursday’s Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Situation Report said. The state Department of Transportation is also in the process of compiling response and repair costs to several roads on the Kenai Peninsula, according to the situation report. While the state processes requests for assistance, the assembly will consider an emergency ordinance appropriating $280,000, which would enable the borough to immediately repair the damage to public infrastructure associated with storm-caused flooding and debris. The disaster declaration was enacted by Mayor Charlie Pierce Dec. 6, the same day the city of Seldovia issued their own declaration after winter storms caused widespread damage and power outages, impacting backup power generators. The declaration also highlighted the imminent

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The Tsalteshi Trails, seen here on Dec. 3, are open for nordic skiing only, with most of the trail system groomed.

conditions around town looked bad, that (snow) base held up more than we thought. We were pleasantly surprised.” The trails are still under winter rules, meaning the main groomed areas are restricted only to crosscountry skiing. That means

no runners, walkers, bikers or snowshoers allowed. Those activities, however, are allowed on the Tsalteshi single track trails and the Slikok trail system, located just south of Tsalteshi across Isaak Road. Neyman cautioned that those wishing to get out

and enjoy the ski trails must be aware of the soccer fields adjacent to Skyview Middle School, which by all standards are unfit for skiing. “If you’re parking at Skyview, be prepared to See trails, Page A2

Bringing the sounds of Christmas By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion

The combination of strings and voices returns tonight for the 17th annual “Evening of Christmas” concert in Kenai. A fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the evening features the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and the Kenai Peninsula Singers in what KPO director Tammy Vollom-Matturro calls one of the most highly anticipated music events on the peninsula. “It’s always one of our most popular concerts, it’s always well-attended,” Vollom-Matturro said. “Every year I try to throw in a couple pieces that are challenging for the orchestra.” Vollom-Matturro leads the orchestra, while Kenai Central High School choir teacher Simon Nissen will head up the singing. Nissen

including by looking at programs with funding determined by formulas. He also wants an amendment for a constitutional spending limit, the Juneau Empire reported Wednesday. Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, said in an email Thursday that the proposed budget “effectively continues the unfinished conversation

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Redoubt Chamber Orchestra Conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro leads the Kenai Peninsula Singers during a rehearsal on Dec. 11, 2017. The choir and orchestra will perform together in the 2019 Evening of Christmas on Friday.

founded the Kenai Peninsula Singers six years ago and in the first year joined the KPO for “Evening of Christmas.” “So many people have such a strong nostalgia tied to holiday music,” Nissen

said. “It takes them back to their childhood or time in their life where they were celebrating Christmas with certain people. It’s something familiar and comfortable.”


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walk to the trails, because the field is done,” she said. “The trails themselves, we didn’t have a ton of snow down, and there are spots that are definitely still thin, so we can’t tolerate another monsoon.” Neyman said the ability for the TTA to get back out and groom the trails was owed to the summer work done that improved water drainage on the trails. Neyman said with that preparation, all loops have been groomed this week with the exception of Lynx and Porcupine. Neyman added that the Porcupine loop will likely be out of use until additional snowfall returns, due to sections of flooding on the trail. Among other areas to ski around town, the North Peninsula Recreation trails in Nikiski were snowmachine groomed last Friday by groomer Dale Bakk, who said he spent time after the initial snowfall clearing low-hanging branches and other tree debris on the trails. However, the Monday rain drastically changed the trails, which Bakk said are not friendly to skiing at the moment.

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about state spending priorities.” He said the governor’s budget properly places the responsibility for a longterm solution where it belongs, “in the hands of the people’s representatives in the Legislature.” “My goal for the next session is to see an effective constitutional spending limit enacted and to minimize negative impacts to the private sector economy that will likely result from a push to enact new taxes to balance this budget,” Carpenter said. Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Kenai/Soldotna, said he was surprised there weren’t

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“They’re more like ice skating trails now,” he said. “I haven’t roughed it up yet, but they’re pretty much all ice. So now we’re waiting for the snow to start again to help out, then we’ll grind it up a bit.” Bakk said the Nikiski rec trails feature about 5K of groomed trails, and the Nikiski High School trails add about another 5K, although he suggested that the school trails will likely be restricted to snowshoeing and hiking this winter since the weather made it tough to get machinery out there with the amount of overhanging branches that were frozen to the trail. Still, Bakk encouraged the use of the recreation area trails for those that are dipping their toes into the sport. “The trails at the pool are really flat, there are maybe two hills on the whole course,” he said. “So for the beginning skiers, these are good for them.” The best spot for skiing in the town of Kenai is the Kenai Golf Course, located on Lawton Road. After the snowfall, Kenai Parks and Rec director Bob Frates said, the course was snowmachine groomed and packed for over 3K of trails, but reports after the warm-up

were that the course was hard and icy. “We’ve since seized up operations,” Frates said Thursday. “I’d venture to guess it’s not skiable. Whatever remnants of snow are there are probably pretty icy.” Frates said snowshoeing is also allowed on the golf course. For those who enjoy ice skating, the best options are artificial rinks in town, as area lakes and ponds are still too thin with the recent warm weather, combined with the additional snowpack on top that acts as an insulating layer. Soldotna Parks and Recreation director Andrew Carmichael said late last week that he was hoping to see the skating path at Soldotna Creek Park open before Christmas, but the warm temps have not allowed it just yet. “If the weather gets cold enough, we’ll do it,” Carmichael said. Carmichael said that popular skating lakes like ARC lake are not open yet, as measurements still need to be taken by the city. He said 12 to 14 inches of ice is needed to get the machinery and vehicles out there to clear the lake of snow. “We normally would have

done that stuff this week, but we got the dump and it was all or nothing,” he said. Carmichael said there is also a groomed loop behind the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, the Centennial Campground loop, which does not feature winter rules. That means, walkers, fat tire bikers, skiers or snowshoers are welcome. Kenai’s major ice skating attraction is Daubenspeck Park, which features a skating pond that is hot-mopped and smoothed over when the weather is right. However, Frates said that Daubenspeck, which is located on Marathon Road near WalMart, isn’t open just yet. Frates said no ice measurements have been taken yet, even as the team was prepared to head out early this week. After the warm-up, the lake still isn’t ready to be tackled yet. “I suspect we’ll give it a little more time,” Frates said. “We’re looking for enough ice to maintain and put equipment on.” Frates said that ice skating is always welcome at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility, located adjacent to the Challenge Learning Center. The facility is an open air rink, and Frates said public skate times are 1 to 2:30 p.m., seven days a week.

more specific goals laid out in the budget but does see it as “the perfect playing field” for legislators to work through what he described as a “selfinflicted recession.” “At this point it’s going to be tough to find cuts that are supported by the public, so it’s going to be very important that we find a way to regulate spending, and I believe it should be done through constitutional means,” Micciche said. “If we can make sure that our spending lines up with inflation and doesn’t exceed it, it’s going to be a tight few years but I believe we can come out of it in the black, in perpetuity.” Micciche said that he will be holding community meetings in his district prior to the start of the next legislative

session in January in order to hear the priorities of his constituents. Micciche will also be releasing a survey for the public similar to the one he did last year, but this time with more specifics on the areas that people believe should be funded more or less. “Rather than dropping large cuts, any cuts made need to be creative and responsive to the people’s wishes,” Micciche said. “The public needs to feel like we’re making these cuts with them, not to them.” Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai/ Soldotna, said the governor’s proposed budget “pleasantly surprised” him due to the lack of cuts. He said he’s glad the governor and his administration acknowledged

that the proposed budget was just a starting point for negotiations. He said that he hopes lawmakers can come together and achieve good results. “I’m pretty sure we’re not interested in spending more savings,” Knopp said. “We’re going to try and manage the revenues that we have. But again, that is just the start of the conversation. It’s at least a reasonable start, so I’m happy to see that. At least we’re not going to go in and start doing battle. We’re going to go in and have a civilized conversation with administration this year. I’m encouraged by that.” The Legislature will have a chance at the budget once the next legislative session begins Jan. 21.

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the event grew in size. Originally held at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, the concert moved to Kenai Christian Church, and now calls the 800-plus seat Renee C. Henderson Auditorium home in order to satisfy

demand. “A lot of people say this concert is the kickoff to their holiday season,” she said. “That’s a big compliment to everyone doing it.” The evening promises a mix of traditional Christmas songs and newer tunes, and the fusion of strings instruments and voices is what drives it all. “It’s a perfect blending of familiar and new,”

Vollom-Matturro said. “And yes, we are doing ‘Sleigh Ride’, so you can take out your keys and jingle along with it.” Nissen said the ensemble brings together 60 choir voices, composed of singers of all ages from around the central peninsula. “The orchestra is always excited to hear the choir, and the choir is ecstatic to hear the orchestra,” Nissen said. “It brings a different level

to both groups for sure. It’s robust.” Vollom-Matturro said the orchestra opens the first half of the concert, starting with the overture that different traditional Christmas songs, followed by a singalong that the audience is encouraged to join in on. The second half is when the choir joins in, starting with an arrangement of “Silent Night” that

Vollom-Matturro said is “absolutely stunning.” “I’ve never heard anything like it,” she said. “I think that’s kind of the draw of this concert, it’s beautiful.” Then there are the older carols, as Nissen put it, including “Carol to the King,” which is an older French piece, “Brightest and Best,” an old American hymn with a bluegrass feel, and then “Jingle Bell Rondo,” which

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Nissen explained incorporates the old familiar tune with a Mozart work. Finally, the evening ends with the entire auditorium, audience included, standing up to sing “Hallelujah,” which Nissen said is an experience to take in. “Evening of Christmas” begins Friday at 7 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Admission is $15 and ages 18 and under get in free.

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Planned Parenthood: Alaska law restricts abortion access

threat of weather that came early this week when winter storms flooded roads and caused landslides in some areas of the southern peninsula. Ditches and culverts in the Anchor Point and Homer area have also been under repair by the Department of Transportation after nearby streams and rivers were flooded early this week by a downpour of rain and snowmelt. The Department of Transportation is continuing repairs on the Seward Highway, along the Turnagain Arm, where rock slides have intermittently closed the road and impacted traffic. Emergency ordinances require a three-fourths vote of the assembly.

ANCHORAGE — Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands has sued over an Alaska law it says limits who can provide abortions. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges a state law and Board of Nursing policy bar advanced practice clinicians from providing early abortion and miscarriage care that they are qualified to provide. This restricts access to abortion and other gynecological care “without medical justification” and violates the rights of women, the lawsuit alleges. Department of Law spokeswoman Maria Bahr said by email that the department will review the complaint when it receives it and “respond in due course to the court system.” The complaint cites a provision of law that says an abortion may not be performed in Alaska unless it is performed by a physician licensed by the State Medical Board. The

complaint alleges the Board of Nursing has rejected Planned Parenthood’s request to have advanced practice clinicians provide “lowrisk aspiration procedures” to treat miscarriages. Planned Parenthood trains advanced practice clinicians at its clinics in Hawaii and Washington in medication abortion care and the clinicians have been providing medication abortions in these states for years, the lawsuit states. Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed from the current-year budget about $335,000 from the court system. The administration said the amount was commensurate to state funding for abortions following an Alaska Supreme Court decision striking down a law and regulation seeking to define what constitutes medically necessary abortions for Medicaid funding. That veto is the subject of a separate court challenge.

Investigators say pilot in Girdwood crash was drunk ANCHORAGE — The pilot of an airplane in a fatal Alaska crash had

six times the legal limit of alcohol in his system for flying, according to federal investigators. The revelations were in a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Charles Weimer, 31, and three others died in the Aug. 4 crash near Girdwood, a ski town in the municipality of Anchorage. Also killed was the airplane’s owner, Karl Erickson, 55, and David Osborn, 60, both of Girdwood, and Paul Wiley, 37, of Superior, Arizona. The Piper PA-22-150 left Girdwood at about 4:15 p.m. and crashed 15 minutes later in steep terrain on Goat Mountain, investigators said. Erickson was a student pilot. Before the flight, he told a friend that Weimer, an airline transport pilot, would be at the controls for the short sightseeing trip, according to the NTSB report. Erickson “indicated that he and the pilot had been drinking alcoholic beverages,” investigator Brice Banning wrote. The NTSB report did not identify a probable cause of the crash.

Toxicology results showed that Weimer’s blood-alcohol was 0.238. Federal regulations limit alcohol levels to 0.04 for airplane crew members. The report says that at levels above 0.15, “individuals may have significant loss of muscle control and major loss of balance.” At levels over 0.20, “individuals may experience amnesia or blackouts and double vision.” Investigators also found that the plane’s gross weight at the time of the accident was about 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) over the approved maximum. Numerous people saw the plane flying parallel to a mountain ridge before it turned and descended. It disappeared from view and witnesses saw a plume of black smoke. The state medical examiner found the cause of Weimer’s death was injuries from the crash but also that alcohol intoxication “may be viewed as a factor contributing to death.” Alaska man charged with biting off part of friend’s nose

around the peninsula Farm & Food Friday Farm & Food Friday, the informal monthly meet-up for Central Peninsula folks interested in local food or farming, happens this Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna. Sponsored by Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District and Kenai Local Food Connection. Contact Heidi at kenaiswcd@ for more information.

Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Kenai at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Agenda topics will include Upper Cook Inlet Finfish proposals and any Board of Game proposals that may be brought before the committee. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

Holiday art sale/art showing Join us for a holiday art sale/showing by local artists Kaitlin Vadla and Sarah Youngren Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 12-14, from 2-6 p.m. at the Cook Inletkeeper climate action studio 35911 Kenai Spur Highway, unit 13. We have originals, prints, cards, blankets, and more available for sale. Shop local, support your community! Art makes great gifts! A percentage of each sale supports the Community Action Studio. If these hours don’t work for you, contact us 907-394-8103 or 907-252-6525.

Backcountry Film Festival Tsalteshi Trails Association presents the 2019 Backcountry

Film Festival at its annual meeting Dec. 14 at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center. Admission is free for TTA members and $20 for nonmembers, or become a member at the event and get in for free. Admission comes with a drink token, with beer from Kenai River Brewing and nonalcoholic beverages available. Tsalteshi gifts will be available for purchase. TTA members also get to vote in the annual board of directors election. For more information, email or call 394-6397.

Freezer Food switches gears for December Tsalteshi Trails continues its Freezer Food Series of community races. November was running month, December is biking and January will be skiing. Races are held at 2 p.m. Sundays at the trails. Check Tsalteshi Trails on Facebook for each week’s race route and trailhead. Register online at or in person at 1:30 p.m. before each week’s race. Bring a nonperishable food donation for a discounted race fee. For more information, email or call 252-6297.

Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Homer at the KBRR Building at 2181 Kachemak Drive on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Agenda topics will include Kodiak Finfish and Upper Cook Inlet Finfish proposals. For more information contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

Lost dog near Soldotna


Friday, Dec 13th @ 7pm KCHS Auditorium Tickets: $15 General Admission

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Kenai Kennel Club will be offering Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) tests on Saturday, Jan. 18 beginning at 1 p.m. For more information about the CGC program, go to and look for CGC Test Items to find out what your dog will need to know. Cost is $25 per dog to take the test. If you would like to pre-register please email Sign up soon!

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 Any questions, please call Mallory Millay at 260-2701 or email at

Kenai Peninsula Woodturners The Kenai Peninsula Woodturners will hold their monthly meeting at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14. Location is the log building, Mile 100 on the Sterling Highway, just a few miles south of Soldotna where Echo Lake Road meets the highway. There will be a demonstration on turning candlesticks. Nonmembers are welcome. Questions? Call 801-543-9122.

Totem Tracers Genealogical Society The Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will have a December Social on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Kenai Community Library. It will be a side dish potluck with sandwiches provided. Party with fun, games and prizes. Public is welcome.

Christmas Comes to Nikiski

MISSING! Dutch went missing early Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, down Forest Lane near Soldotna. He is extremely friendly, was wearing a collar with tags, weighs about 60 pounds, and loves both people and other dogs. Please be on the lookout and call or text Dillon 701-390-3891 if you have any information.

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North Peninsula Recreation Service Area will host Christmas Comes to Nikiski, Dec. 14. Craft fair booth space available and admission is free. There will be cookie decorating and crafts for kids, bring your camera for pictures with Santa from 11 am – 1 p.m.

Death notice

Opening December 2019!

Longtime Kasilof resident, Mr. Herbert Eugene Stettler, 88, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at Prestige Care in Anchorage, Alaska. A memorial service will be

announced at a later date in Soldotna. Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory.

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What went wrong?


police pursuit of two suspected Coral Gables jewelry store robbers ended in shocking violence on Thursday (Dec. 5) on live TV: four dead; a jewelry store employee wounded. The dead included a hostage and an innocent bystander — people you never want to see die in a police operation. For anyone watching on television as the afternoon rush hour chase of the hijacked UPS truck and its driver stretched from Miami-Dade to Broward County, the culmination was surreal and jarring — a sudden gunbattle between the suspects and police, surrounded by drivers trapped at a traffic light at Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road. Officers from various departments jumped out of their cruisers and closed in on the big brown truck as motorists trapped at the light tried to get out of harm’s way. But for the grace of God, there go any of us. The most tragic scene happened next. The UPS driver, who found himself in the middle of a barrage of bullets, tried to jump out of the truck, only to be fatally wounded, as we watched live. To their credit, South Florida television stations quickly pulled back or cut the feed to spare the audience of such front seat to violence. But we sadly watched a young man fight for his life, and fail. It was heartbreaking. For a brief time, our communal thought was hopeful: “Did the UPS driver make it?” The bullets kept coming, more than 100 rounds, killing an unsuspecting motorist and also the two armed robbers. Nearly 20 officers from different departments opened fire. Now many more questions must be answered by the FBI. Could the hostage and the innocent bystander have been better protected? Whose bullets killed the victims? Should officers have approached the truck knowing the suspects were armed and firing? Clearly, the blame lies with the brazen and reckless thieves who sparked this tragedy — just as a deeply disturbed young man was to blame for the murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland. But, as with Parkland, such a tragic loss of life warrants a careful examination of what went wrong, and how we can do better. — The Miami Herald, Dec. 6

Democrats must slow down, get all the facts


he Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives seem determined to fast-track the impeachment of President Donald Trump, even while they know that, as it now stands, they are unlikely to get any Republican votes in their chamber nor secure a conviction in the Republicancontrolled Senate. Even if you believe that Trump committed impeachable offenses, it is reasonable to question why the rush when more time and investigation could strengthen the case for what is perhaps the most damning part of this ordeal: the president’s belief that he is immune from congressional accountability. Democrats in the House have made a strong technical case for impeachment. The evidence clearly suggests that the president abused his office by trying to barter a White House meeting and military aid for Ukraine for an investigation into the family of Joe Biden, one of the main Democratic challengers to Trump’s re-election in 2020. As constitutional scholars testifying in Congress have amply explained, misusing one’s office for personal gain does fall under the impeachable catch-all of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But that argument is not compelling enough to win over any bipartisan support for impeachment, much less the support of the majority of Americans. Nor will a totally partisan impeachment followed by a Senate acquittal do much to stop Trump, or those who come after him, from behaving in a similar manner. If Democrats in Congress really are interested in deterring autocracy in the White House, they need to slow down, find out more of what happened in the Ukraine scandal and compel those who know the most to provide documents and to testify. They need to know precisely what was communicated to the Ukrainian president in that fateful July 25 phone call and what the president’s own inner circle understood to be Trump’s motivation. Also they need to know how the president responded after he learned of the whistleblower’s complaint about that phone call and whether he tried to cover it up. Trump has taken the attitude that the House inquiry is illegitimate, and thus he and anyone who has worked for him can defy it without legal consequences. A one-sided impeachment inquiry won’t check such arrogance. Court rulings that compel compliance with congressional subpoenas would. Admittedly, waiting on judicial reinforcement will take time and push the resolution of the impeachment process closer to the 2020 election. Something as serious, however, as the attempted removal of a president should not be done in haste anyway. Congress should be as methodical as it takes to unequivocally establish that no president is above the law. — The Greenwood Commonwealth, Dec. 10


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It’s a grave time for America

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he notion of America’s greatness is rooted in many things, not least of which is our democracy. The trust of Americans in their government and, crucially, in the institutions that make it work, is what makes our nation different. We don’t bend them to one person’s will. We don’t discard them at one person’s whim. We don’t attack and discredit them because their work is troublesome for one person — even if that person is the president of the United States. Increasingly, that is no longer true. This is a grave time for America. It’s easy to shrug off Washington as a partisan sewer. But that’s too superficial a description for the crisis upon us. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s Russia investigation released Monday became an instant casualty of the growing distrust urged by President Donald Trump, and exacerbated by the dishonest reporting of Fox News. We now have an environment in which partisan actors choosing to read the same thing differently have reduced objective truth to a quaint relic. Horowitz found that the FBI had sufficient reason to begin its probe of

candidate Trump in 2016, that there was no evidence of political bias in the investigation, and that spies were not planted in the Trump campaign. But Attorney General William Barr rejected the findings, which sadly was not surprising but is exceedingly distressing. Barr has been more Trump’s wingman and less a principled attorney general; he must put the needs of the department and the nation first. Truly stunning was an out-of-nowhere, break-the-rule-book statement by John Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut chosen by Barr to conduct yet another investigation of the FBI’s probe. Durham said his investigation, which is not close to complete, does not support Horowitz’s conclusions, giving Trump and his supporters cover to say the truth still is not known. But FBI Director Christopher Wray, appointed by the president after he fired James Comey, accepted the findings about his own agency, including that it made a dismaying number of serious errors in applications for court permission to wiretap a Trump campaign adviser with ties to Russia. That led Trump to attack Wray, and brought further criticism from Barr, moves that have rattled FBI agents and career prosecutors all over

the country. There could be no better way to undermine our federal law enforcement system. Adding to the maelstrom in Washington were the winds of impeachment. House Democrats unveiled two articles against Trump Tuesday, the more troubling of which alleged obstruction of Congress for refusing demands for documents and officials to interview. That’s from Trump’s businessman playbook, thumbing his nose at convention, refusing to play by the rules, refusing to pay vendors. But that behavior by a president has much more serious consequences. His broadsides against Congress, the FBI, the judiciary and others are weakening the nation. And for surreal counterpoint, his and Barr’s salvos were launched the same day Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the White House. Wray has issued more than 40 directives to address the FBI’s failures. Reforms to the wiretap authorization process are pending before Congress. That’s how our democracy should respond to the IG’s findings, not with determined attacks that erode the very things that make us strong. — Newsday, Dec. 10

news & politics

House would let Medicare negotiate drug costs By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. The vote along party lines was 230-192. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill would cap Medicare recipients’out-of-pocket costs for medicines at $2,000 a year. It would use about $360 billion of its projected 10-year savings from lower drug costs to establish Medicare coverage for dental care, hearing, and vision, filling major gaps for seniors. But the legislation has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, and the White House has issued a veto threat. Still, Democrats saw a victory in the message their bill sends to voters. “I think that it is going to be too hot to handle for the Republicans,” said Pelosi, D-Calif. She is claiming bragging rights because her bill would deliver on the promise that Donald Trump made as a candidate in 2016, when he said he would “negotiate like crazy” to lower prescription drug prices for Medicare recipients. It’s a pledge that Trump has backed away from as president. For months, Pelosi’s office and the White House had talked privately about Medicare negotiations. But the sides went their own ways partly because administration officials concluded her approach could never win support among congressional Republicans. Trump now favors a bipartisan compromise in the Senate that would limit drug price increases and cap what seniors pay out-of-pocket, but would not authorize Medicare negotiations. Negotiations are “the heart of the matter,” Pelosi insisted. High prescription drug prices consistently register as the public’s top health care concern. But it’s unclear in a capital divided over Trump’s impeachment

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

that any major legislation will pass before next year’s elections. Pelosi’s bill “is a serious proposal but everyone knows that the Senate isn’t going to go for it,” said John Rother, CEO of the National Coalition on Health. “It is about legislating, but even more it’s about establishing a platform that Democrats can run on going into the next election cycle and lays the groundwork for legislative activity in 2021,” Rother said. His organization is an umbrella group that represents health care industry groups and consumers. The pharmaceutical industry is strongly opposed to the bill. Among the groups backing it is AARP. Medicare’s popular prescription drug benefit is delivered through private insurers. Republicans say the government has no business setting prices for medicines. They argue that the hit on the pharmaceutical industry’s bottom line will stifle innovation, discouraging investment in the hunt for cures for Alzheimer’s and other intractable illnesses. “Drugs that save lives will not be around,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. “Innovation goes on the rocks; lives will be lost.” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California accused Democrats of putting politics over solutions, “catering to their progressive base by opening the door to a government takeover of our prescription drug market.” Republicans point to a major concern about the legislation: that it would result

in fewer drugs coming to market. But there’s debate about the extent of the expected impact. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates about 3% to 10% fewer new drugs. The White House Council of Economic Advisers says it could be much higher, up to one-third of new medications. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., who helped write the Pelosi bill, said Republicans predicting the drug pipeline will dry up are using scare tactics. “Any drug that’s out there, we’re going to have access to,” he said. “The U.S. would still be the biggest market.” The bipartisan Senate bill the White House is now backing steers clear of negotiations. It would cap seniors’ outof-pocket costs, at $3,100 a year, and require drugmakers to pay Medicare rebates if companies raise prices above inflation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hasn’t said if or when he’ll bring it to the floor. Inflation rebates are included in Pelosi’s bill as well, so there’s considerable overlap. But Pelosi’s measure goes further with several unique features, including: ■■ Medicare would be authorized to negotiate prices for costly medications, using a formula based on lower prices paid in other economically advanced countries. ■■ Drugmakers that refuse to negotiate would be hit with steep sales taxes for the medication at issue. Republicans say proposed taxes as high as 95% are unconstitutional. The budget office projects that most pharmaceutical companies would opt to accept lower prices from Medicare. ■■ Private health insurance plans would be able to receive Medicare’s discounted prices. Congressional budget experts estimate the price negotiations provisions of Pelosi’s bill would save $456 billion over 10 years. After subtracting for new Medicare benefits, that still leaves money for medical research, community health centers, and countering the opioid epidemic.

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UN chief warns of ‘survival of richest’ on climate By Frank Jordans and Aritz Parra Associated Press

MADRID — Failure to tackle global warming could result in economic disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General warned Thursday in Madrid, as negotiators at the U.N. climate talks remained deadlocked over key issues. António Guterres said unrestrained climate change would allow only the “survival of the richest,” while former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the “absence of leadership” from Washington was a big obstacle in the talks. “It’s very difficult to get this done if the United States of America isn’t there,” the veteran diplomat told The Associated Press during an interview in the Spanish capital, adding that he felt negotiators were holding their breath until the next U.S. presidential election at the end of 2020. President Donald Trump’s administration has begun the process of abandoning an ambitious 2015 global deal forged by his predecessor Barack Obama that aimed to contain rising temperatures on the planet. Officially the U.S. leaves the Paris accord on Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the U.S. election. “I think Glasgow is already more of a target in many people’s minds here, and that handicaps the process slightly,” Kerry said, referring to the venue of next year’s U.N. climate summit. In Madrid, “there will be accomplishments, there’ll be some forward progress, but really,

everyone knows that the crunch is going to come next year with the raising ambi5tion issue,” he added. Scientists say countries need to stop burning fossil fuels by 2050 at the latest to ensure global temperatures don’t rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) this century. Not giving up on that goal, U.N. chief Guterres urged officials from almost 200 countries to embrace the economic opportunities that come with cutting greenhouse gases rather than focus on the risks to existing industries dependent on fossil fuels. “For too long, vested interests have peddled the false story that economic growth and tackling climate change are incompatible,” the U.N. chief said. “This is nonsense.” “In fact, failing to tackle global heating is a sure-fire recipe for economic disaster,” Guterres added. He cited a study showing that shifting to a low-carbon economy could create 65 million new jobs worldwide by 2030 and boost growth by $26 trillion dollars. “This transition needs to be done to benefit everybody,” Guterres said. “And not doing this transition will only allow, as I said, the survival of the richest.” At the talks, vulnerable countries expressed outrage over Australia’s bid to hold onto piles of emissions vouchers left over from a nowdiscredited system that could allow it to meet its climate commitments without reducing pollution. Asked about Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent assertion that his country was part

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An indigenous man from Ecuador attends a protest at the COP25 summit in Madrid on Wednesday. More than 100 activists led by representatives of indigenous peoples from Latin and North America made their way to the talk, blocking for some tense minutes the entrance to a plenary meeting where U.N. Secretary General António Guterres was about to speak.

of the “Pacific family,” the economy minister of Fiji responded that “when you have family members you also have some black sheep members, too, in the family.” “At the moment, it would seem that they appear to be far from eating at the same table,” Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum told reporters in Madrid, adding that he hoped Australia would “let go of their current position.” Small, low-lying islands like Fiji are particularly vulnerable to tropical storms and sea-level rise worsened by climate change. Simon Stiell, environment minister of the Caribbean island of Grenada, warned that some countries at the U.N. meeting “are losing sight of the bigger picture as if there is no climate emergency.”

Talks to agree rules for global carbon markets and aid for poor countries already affected by climate change have made little progress in recent days. Bas Eickhout, an influential Green Party lawmaker in the European Parliament, said maintaining the “integrity” of the 2015 Paris climate accord was a priority for the 28-nation bloc. Some negotiators have expressed concern that loopholes in a deal about international carbon markets could allow some countries to claim emissions reductions on paper that haven’t actually been made. “In that sense, from a European perspective, we are absolutely clear that: better no deal than a bad deal,” said Eickhout. The summit’s president, Chile’s

Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, urged delegates to find “no excuses for not reaching agreements” and added that the world’s “youth and women” were demanding action, “one that is equal to the historical challenge that we are facing.” “I call on you to work together to be able to give a positive response tomorrow,” she said. Separately, two former top U.S. officials signaled that in the absence of leadership from the U.S., Beijing had an opportunity to champion global leadership in fighting climate change if the world’s second largest economy reconsiders its current promotion of coal. “It would be down to China’s everlasting credit if this policy of financing the construction of so many new coal plants in other countries could respectfully be reviewed and reconsidered,” Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president, told China’s top climate official in Madrid, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment Zhao Yinming. Kerry, who as the U.S. top diplomat paved the way for the Paris accord by brokering a U.S.-China climate agreement in 2014, told the AP that Beijing’s reliance on coal “will undo a lot of the good that’s been done,” but added that Chinese involvement in fighting climate change “is critical.” He also said the Trump administration’s trade war with China is dragging possible solutions to the fight against climate change. “The absence of the United States to work with China as an effective partner is a huge loss to the acceleration process we need,” he said. “It really is sad to see our country absent in many ways in terms of leadership.”

UK exit poll suggests majority for Johnson’s Conservatives By Danica Kirka, Mike Corder and Jill Lawless Associated Press

LONDON— An exit poll in Britain’s election projected Thursday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party would likely win a solid majority of seats in Parliament, a decisive outcome that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. The survey, released just after polls closed, predicted the Conservatives would get 368 of the 650 House of Commons seats and the Labour Party 191. That would be the biggest Tory majority for several decades, and a

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A man dressed as Father Christmas enters his grotto Thursday at the Dunster Tithe Barn near Minehead, England, which is being used as a polling station in the 2019 general election.

major setback for Labour. Based on interviews with voters leaving 144 polling

stations across the country, the poll is conducted for a consortium of U.K.

Nation and world briefly

US and China close in on modest trade deal WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war. “We’re close to a deal,” said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s head of international affairs, who has been briefed by both sides. Brilliant said the administration has agreed to suspend Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on $160 billion in Chinese imports Sunday and to reduce existing tariffs, though it wasn’t clear by how much. In return, Beijing would buy more U.S. farm products, increase Americans companies’ access to the Chinese market and tighten protection for intellectual property rights. The deal awaits final approval from President Donald Trump. Trump took to Twitter early Thursday to declare: “Getting VERY close to a BIG DEAL with China. They want it, and so do we!”’ Earlier Thursday, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce, Gao Feng, had told reporters that “the economic and trade teams of both sides have maintained close communication.” He offered no additional details.

New Jersey attackers linked to anti-Semitic fringe movement The deadly shooting rampage at a New Jersey kosher market has cast a spotlight on a fringe movement known for its anti-Semitic strain of street preaching and its role in a viralvideo confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial this year. Investigators believe that the man and woman who killed three people at the Jersey City grocery Tuesday in addition to gunning down a police officer at a cemetery hated Jews and law enforcement and had expressed

interest in the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday. “But we have not definitively established any formal links to that organization or to any other group,” he said. Many Black Hebrew Israelites subscribe to an extreme set of anti-Semitic beliefs. Most who encounter the movement’s followers have seen them proselytizing and provoking arguments with passersby. Last January, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, a group of black street preachers who referred to themselves as Black Hebrew Israelites shouted insults at Native Americans and Catholic high school students who had participated in an anti-abortion rally. Videos of a face-toface encounter between a Native American activist and a student wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat quickly spread on social media.

McDonald’s wins labor case

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald’s favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize. The board said Thursday that it favors a settlement that will require McDonald’s franchisees to pay $171,636 to the affected workers. The franchisees must also set up a $250,000 fund to handle future claims. The workers were seeking a ruling that would consider McDonald’s a “joint employer” with its franchisees.

Russia expels US academics

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Five academics from New York’s University at Buffalo were ordered to leave Russia after authorities there determined they had violated their tourist visas by giving a lecture, the university said Thursday. The two School of Management faculty members, two staffers and one alumna arrived back in the United States on Thursday following what was to have been a routine visit to the Moscow Polytechnic University. — Associated Press

broadcasters and is regarded as a reliable, though not exact, indicator of the likely result. The poll also projects 55 seats for the Scottish National Party and 13 for the Liberal Democrats. Ballots are being counted, with official results expected early Friday. A decisive Conservative win would vindicate Johnson’s decision to press for Thursday’s early election, which was held nearly two years ahead of schedule. He said that if the Conservatives won a majority, he would get Parliament to ratify his Brexit divorce deal and take the U.K. out of the EU by the current Jan. 31 deadline. That would fulfill the

decision of British voters in 2016 to leave the EU, three and a half years after the divisive referendum result. It would start a new phase of negotiations on future relations between Britain and the 27 remaining EU members. Johnson did not mention the exit poll as he thanked voters in a tweet. “Thank you to everyone across our great country who voted, who volunteered, who stood as candidate,” he said. “We live in the greatest democracy in the world.” The pound surged on the exit poll’s forecast, jumping over two cents against the dollar, to $1.3445, the highest in more than a year and a half. Many investors hope

a Conservative win would speed up the Brexit process and ease, at least in the short term, some of the uncertainty that has corroded business confidence since the 2016 vote. A Labour drubbing would raise questions over the future of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who will have led his left-of-center party to two electoral defeats since 2017. “Certainty this exit poll is a devastating blow,” said Labour trade spokesman Barry Gardiner. “It’s a deeply depressing result.” Many voters casting ballots on Thursday hoped the election might finally find a way out of the Brexit stalemate in this deeply divided nation.

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, anytime. 6. LBC website, 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: 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: 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 mailman/listinfo/dced-localboundarycommission, and following the instructions.

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Catholic dioceses spar over Archbishop Sheen sainthood By David Crary Associated Press

In an unusual public spat, the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois, is accusing the Rochester, New York, diocese of trying to “sabotage” the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Sheen, who before his death in 1979 was famous for his radio and TV preaching, had been scheduled to be beatified — the last step before sainthood — in a ceremony in Peoria on Dec. 21. However, the Vatican recently took the rare step of indefinitely postponing the ceremony at the request of the Rochester diocese, which said more time was needed for further investigations. Sheen was Rochester’s bishop from 1966 to 1969, and the diocese there sought the delay “to allow for further review of his role in priests’ assignments.” A top official of the Peoria diocese, Monsignor James

Kruse, says those concerns focus on assignments of priests in Rochester who were accused of sexual misconduct. In a lengthy statement published this week, Kruse said the Peoria diocese thoroughly investigated two of those cases and found no wrongdoing by Sheen. Kruse complained that the Rochester diocese is now suggesting there are other cases that merit investigation, without providing details about them. The Rochester Diocese’s statement about “an undisclosed ‘two or more’ cases is both unjust and a regretful smear of Sheen,” Kruse wrote. “This was not really an act of caution, but appears to simply be another act of sabotage.” Responding to Kruse’s accusation, the Rochester diocese told The Associated Press on Thursday, “This is absolutely a false statement and lacks an appreciation for our diocese’s genuine concern for Archbishop

CHURCH BRIEFS Star of the North Lutheran’s December services Please join us at 216 N. Forest Drive in Kenai for the following services: Divine Service every Sunday at 11 a.m.; Advent Services Wednesday 18 at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.; Christmas Day Divine Service Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. For more information please contact Rev. Dustin Atkinson at 283-4153.

Kasilof Community Church pantry Kasilof Community Church Food Pantry is every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for residents in the community who are experiencing food shortages. The pantry is located in the church office building next to the Kasilof Mercantile, about mile 109 on the Sterling Highway. All are welcome. Non-perishable food items may be dropped at this same location Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact the church office for more information at 262-7512.

College Heights Baptist Church Bethlehem Revisited This Christmas season will be like no other you have ever experienced! Imagine being able to step back in time more than 2,000 years. Stroll through the ancient streets of Bethlehem as you await the arrival of Mary and Joseph and the birth of the baby Jesus at 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. nightly. You will encounter on your journey: merchants,

Sheen’s cause.” The statement noted that the decision to delay the beatification was made by the Vatican, not by the Rochester diocese. The Rochester diocese is among many across the U.S. deeply entangled in the Çatholic church’s sex-abuse crisis. In September, it filed for bankruptcy protection amid a wave of sex-abuse lawsuits, becoming the first of New York State’s eight dioceses to do so. New York passed a law this year giving victims of childhood sex abuse one year to file lawsuits that had previously been barred because the allegations were too old. The new controversy over Sheen is the latest to bedevil his beatification cause, which was stalled by an expensive, years-long legal battle between Sheen’s relatives in Peoria and the New York City archdiocese over his final resting place. Sheen was interred under the altar of New York’s St.

craftsmen, rabbis and many other citizens, as well as live animals. But that’s not the end of the story. 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. From Friday, Dec. 13 to Monday, Dec. 16 at 5-8 p.m. at 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. Free Admission. Contact 907-262-3220.

Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ events In what is an annual tradition, the birth of Jesus will be celebrated on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., as a birthday party for Jesus, with special music and the giving of gifts to the work of the Lord.

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is seen in his office at the Propagation of Faith in New York on Oct. 26, 1966.

Patrick’s Cathedral’s after his death. His remains were returned to Peoria from New York in June after a court ruled Sheen’s niece could bury him there. In July, Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to Sheen, clearing the way for beatification — one step short of sainthood. Sheen was ordained in Peoria in 1919, and the local diocese has invested much

time and energy campaigning for his sainthood. Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky asked Catholics to participate in a novena — a series of special prayers on nine successive days — to “petition God unceasingly” that the sainthood process move forward. The diocese said the novena, which started Thursday, was intended to “move heaven as well as instill hope

attend this free weekly club. Contact Pastor Jon Henry for more information at

Equipping grandparents Sterling Grace Community Church is presenting “Equipping Grandparents,” a series on how to be a more involved as a grandparent. The series teaches how to know your grandchild better, how to influence the lives of your grandchildren, how to speak Christ into their lives, and how to leave your spiritual legacy to them. We will also discussing obstacles to relationships with grandchildren. Parents can also benefit from this series. The series is held Wednesday evenings at the Sterling Senior Citizen Center at 6 p.m. Call Dr. Roger Holl at 862-0336 for more information.

KP Young Adult Ministry

On Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m., the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Choir will have special music in celebration of our Savior, followed by a wonderful and hope-filled Christmas message to conclude the service. All are welcome to attend these services celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For questions, please call 252-1230.

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

Clothes Quarters hours

Our Lady of Perpetual Help sets place at table

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

Awana Kids Club Awana Kids Club, hosted by Calvary Baptist Church, meets regularly on Sunday evenings at Kenai Middle School. Children 3 years old to sixth grade are invited to

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

to all those saddened and disappointed by the delay.” Amid the Sheen controversy, Pope Francis encouraged members of the Vatican’s saint-making office to continue with their rigorous investigations into lives of candidates, saying their job is to “clear away every ambiguity and doubt” that a person deserves to be a saint. Francis didn’t mention Sheen by name during his audience Thursday with members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who vet all saint-making cases. But Francis noted that saints aren’t perfect, and aren’t some unreachable species of human beings. Rather, he said, “They are people who tirelessly lived their daily lives with success and failure, finding in the Lord the strength to always get back up and continue the path.” The Vatican hasn’t commented on the delay of Sheen’s beatification.

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

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

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

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

Religious Services Assembly of God

Church of Christ

Church of Christ

Church of Christ

Soldotna Church Of Christ

Mile 1/4 Funny River Road, Soldotna

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

Peninsula Christian Center

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

The Charis Fellowship Sterling Grace Community Church

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

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

Kenai Fellowship Mile 8.5 Kenai Spur Hwy.

Church 283-7682

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


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


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

Funny River Community Lutheran Church

North Star United Methodist Church

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

St. Francis By The Sea

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


Christ Lutheran Church (ELCA)

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

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

Non Denominational

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

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

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

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

You Are Invited! Wheelchair Accessible


Our Lady of Perpetual Help


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

Nikiski Church Of Christ

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

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


Southern Baptist Non Denominational Kalifonsky Christian Center

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

Kenai Bible Church

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

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

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

College Heights Baptist Church

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

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

First Baptist Church of Kenai

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

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Jr. Blues nip Brown Bears Staff report Peninsula Clarion

The game of chase the Kenai River Brown Bears played Thursday night was not enough to secure victory, as the Bears lost 4-3 to the Jr. Blues in Springfield, Illinois, in a North American Hockey League Midwest matchup. The Bears kept pace with the Jr. Blues by scoring quickly after each Springfield goal. All three Kenai River goals came within 4 1/2 minutes of a Springfield score, and all three tied the game. The fourth Jr. Blues goal was the dagger, however, as Hunter Longhi put the Blues ahead with 1:10 left in

the third period on a power play. Five of the seven goals came on the power play. The Brown Bears (19-8-1-2) stayed atop the Midwest division with 41 points, one ahead of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (19-9-0-2), who lost 5-2 Thursday to the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets. Springfield remains fifth in the division. The two teams return to the Nelson Center ice Friday and Saturday with game times at 4:05 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. (AKST), respectively. Springfield opened the scoring late in the first period with a powerplay strike from Aaron Swanson with 36 seconds left in the frame.

It took just 20 seconds for Eagle River’s Zach Krajnik to knot it back up, sending the Bears into the intermission with the momentum. Krajnik ended the night leading the NAHL in scoring with 36 points. Swanson lit the lamp again for Springfield just over seven minutes into the second, but Peter Morgan responded for Kenai River 1:51 later with an unassisted goal. Things got testy midway through the second with major penalties handed down after a fight between Kenai’s Laudon Poellinger and Springfield’s Hunter McCurdy. An unsportsmanlike conduct charge to Bears forward Bryan

Huggins early in the third period resulted in another lead change, this time a goal by Adisen Brueck that put the Jr. Blues up 3-2. With 11:17 left in the game, Max Helgeson collected his 12th goal of the year on an unassisted play. With time winding down, the Jr. Blues finally broke the deadlock with just 70 seconds remaining, using an assist from Swanson to set up a shot by Longhi on the power play, and the Bears skated off without a point. Goaltender Landon Pavlisin stopped 23 of 27 shots for the Bears, while Springfield goalie Alex Proctor got the win with 21 of 24 shots saved.

Service hockey blanks Kenai Staff report The host Service hockey team notched a 2-0 nonconference victory over Kenai Central on Thursday in Anchorage. The Cougars were able to make a pair of power-play strikes during a five-minute major in the second period stand up. Jackson Perry and Jaden Sarber had the goals. George Prielipp made 20 saves for the shutout, while Jackson Cross stopped 34 for the Kardinals.

Homer’s Russell Nyvall grabs Soldotna’s Peyton Lawton in a headlock Oct. 26 at the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament at Kenai Central High School in Kenai. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Area wrestlers ready for regions

Thursday Cougars 2, Kardinals 0 Kenai 0 0 0 — 0 Service 0 2 0 — 2

By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion

First period — none. Penalties — Kenai 3 for 14:00; Service 2 for 4:00. Second period — 1. Service, Perry (Laidlaw), pp, 4:01; 2. Service, Sarber (Edmondson), pp, 4:31. Penalties — Kenai 4 for 27:00; Service 3 for 6:00. Third period — none. Penalties — Service 1 for 2:00. Shots on goal — Kenai 8-9-3—20; Service 9-18-9—36. Goalies — Kenai, Cross (36 shots, 34 saves); Service, Prielipp (20 shots, 20 saves).

State tournament spots are up for grabs this weekend at the Northern Lights Conference and Kachemak Conference championship wrestling meets.

The Northern Lights Conference will advance the top five grapplers in each weight class to the Division I state meet, while the Kachemak Conference advances three wrestlers from each weight class to the Division II state tournament. State is Dec. 20 and 21 at the Alaska Airlines

Center in Anchorage. Teams from the peninsula will be scrambling to push through as many names as possible. The Soldotna Stars are the lone peninsula team that will compete at the See PINS, Page A9

Jackson, Ravens top Jets, clinch AFC North BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes, scurried into the NFL record book and guided the Baltimore Ravens to their second straight AFC North title and 10th consecutive victory, 42-21 over the New York Jets on Thursday night. Baltimore (12-2) took control with touchdowns on its first three possessions and Jackson made it 28-7 in the third quarter with a 24-yard scoring pass to rookie Marquise Brown following a turnover by New York (5-9). That was enough to assure the Ravens another division title after they clinched a playoff berth four days earlier in Buffalo. With a victory next week in Cleveland, the Ravens will be assured the top seed in the AFC, a distinction that comes with home-field advantage leading up to the Super Bowl. Jackson ran for 86 yards (on eight carries) to break Michael Vick’s single-season record for a

quarterback. Jackson has 1,108 yards rushing. Vick had 1,039 for Atlanta in 2006. On this night, however, Jackson did most of the damage with his right arm. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards and increased his NFL-leading total of touchdown passes to 33, tying the franchise season record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996. After Jackson’s pass to Brown, many in the crowd of 70,545 chanted “MVP! MVP!” There was a reprise of the mantra late in the third quarter when Jackson hit Seth Roberts for a 33-yard touchdown. The score came after Jackson connected with tight end Mark Andrews for a 36-yard completion on a fourth-and-1 from the Baltimore 29. Jackson celebrated the first down by dancing downfield with his arm pointing toward the New York goal line. Not once throughout his exceptional performance did Jackson show

any sign of being slowed by a quadriceps injury that made headlines in the days leading up to the game. The Jets, meanwhile, hardly looked like a team that had won four of their previous five games. Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes to Jamison Crowder but the second-year quarterback also tossed an interception and lost a fumble. The first turnover ruined a potential scoring drive near the end of the first half and the latter miscue immediately preceded Jackson’s TD pass to Brown. Darnold went 18 for 32 for 218 yards. The Jets’ other touchdown came on a blocked punt in the fourth quarter. New York’s defense came in ranked second in the NFL against the rush, but the unit was no match for the league’s top running game. The Ravens amassed 218 yards on the ground, including 76 by Mark Ingram.

Jackson broke Vick’s rushing mark on Baltimore’s opening possession while guiding the Ravens on an 84-yard march. The dual-threat quarterback ran three times for 27 yards and completed all three of his passes for 41 yards before Ingram ran in from the New York 6. Jackson supplanted Vick in the record book with a 5-yard run from the Jets 11. It was more of the same on Baltimore’s second drive. A 29-yard run by Ingram and a 25-yard impromptu jaunt out of the pocket by Jackson preceded a 5-yard touchdown pass to rookie Miles Boykin. Darnold threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to get New York to 13-7 before the Ravens rolled to their third TD in three possessions. A 43-yard pass interference penalty against the Jets set up a 1-yard touchdown pass to Andrews, and Ingram tacked on a 2-point conversion.

Kat Sorensen Tangled Up in Blue

Where is ‘Tangled Up in Blue’?


s we approach the roaring 2020s, we’re all in the midst of our online apps telling us how we lived the past decade. The data can be enthralling, but is just a glossing of what really happened. Over the course of the past 10 years, according to Spotify, I’ve listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin. I remember blasting “Going to California” on repeat as I was driving from New Jersey to California. I definitely scream sang to “I Can’t Quit You, Baby” horrendously in between casual flings and bigger relationships. Despite this, and it may be recency bias speaking, I don’t think Zep was the soundtrack to my decade. Since Jan. 1, 2010, I’ve done a few things like: graduate high school, go away to college, live in another country, lots and lots of waitressing, turn 21, gain a lot of weight after turning 21, dump my college boyfriend, get back together with my college boyfriend, get dumped by my college boyfriend, land my first big job in advertising, quit my first big job in advertising, move back in with my parents, get a job at my hometown newspaper, move into a house by the beach with friends, help start a retail fish market, drive across the country and back, struggle to find the right job for me, decide I should just move to Alaska, turn down a job in Alaska, get another job in Alaska, move to Alaska, move to Seward, quit smoking, lose that weight from turning 21, run a marathon and start writing a column. Did I miss anything? Of course I did, because those are the highlights. Led Zeppelin is the constant of my past decade but constants don’t mark milestones. Where was the band The xx on my musical decade wrap-up? I would listen to them each time I took the walk back to my apartment from my college boyfriend during that breakup I mentioned. The melancholic melodies would help sooth me and the heartbreakingly romantic lyrics would give me fodder for our next conversation. But, breakups don’t (or shouldn’t) last as long as relationships so The xx is just a blip on my musical radar but every time I hear one of those songs while sitting in a coffee shop I’m thrown back to that time. When I ran my first half marathon, it took me two and a half hours. During the entire run, I listened to Led Zeppelin. I love running to Led Zeppelin since I rarely need to skip a song, but as I progressed in my running I found it more efficient and engaging to run without music. Now, when I run, I listen to the world around me and try to give my thoughts time on the center stage. How does that fit into the data? See BLUE, Page A9

Squirrels are amazing creatures


recently took a family vacation to my home state of Minnesota to visit family and friends. We arrived in time to help rake up the mountain of leaves from the giant maple trees in my mom’s backyard. As my sons enjoyed diving into the leaf piles, I watched red cardinals on one of the bird feeders my brother had put up in the backyard. The feeder was hanging from a 10-foot piece of parachute cord tied to a maple tree branch. There was a large plastic dome right above the feeder.

Mark Laker Refuge Notebook

My brother Jim explained it was a “squirrel baffle,” designed to repel a squirrel aerial assault. I commented that the feeder appeared to have a solid seed security system. My brother said, “No, they can get to it.” I thought there was no way, and anxiously waited to see one attempt the robbery. Not long after, the little band of gray marauders arrived. Several squirrels combed

through the grass below the feeder searching for fallen seeds, but one took to the tree. Hanging upside down from the branch above the bird feeder, the squirrel appeared to be making plans for the next move. I yelled to my kids, “Come quick! He’s going to do it!” The squirrel then leaped and grabbed the parachute cord and slid down to the top of the “squirrel baffle.” After a few seconds, probably waiting for his paws to cool See REFUGE, Page A9

An American red squirrel eating white spruce seeds. (Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS)


Friday, December 13, 2019

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Embiid nets 38 in 76ers’ win By The Associated Press BOSTON — Joel Embiid responded to criticism from Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley to score a season-high 38 points and add 13 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 115-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Embiid scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, hitting five of six free throws in the final 26 seconds to hold off Boston’s last charge. With Philadelphia leading by four in the final 15 seconds, he blocked Daniel Theis’ shot to help clinch it.


Blazers, and CJ McCollum added 15.

MAVERICKS 122, PISTONS 111 MEXICO CITY — Luka Doncic scored 41 points and had his eighth tripledouble of the season, Seth Curry added a seasonhigh 30 points and Dallas beat Detroit Pistons in the opener of the NBA Mexico Games. Doncic finished with 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Mavericks. They are 17-7, their best 24-game start since posting the same mark at this point of the 2014-15 season.

CAVALIERS 117, DENVER — Nikola Jokic SPURS 109, OT

and Jerami Grant scored 20 points apiece and Denver overcame a career-high 33 by Hassan Whiteside to beat Portland. Gary Harris and Will Barton each added 15 points for the Nuggets, who ended a three-game slide. Carmelo Anthony, who spent the first 7½ years of his career in Denver, received a warm reception from the crowd during pregame introductions. He had 20 points for the Trail

SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Love hit a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds as Cleveland beat San Antonio to snap an eight-game losing streak. Love had 10 points in the fourth quarter and OT to help Cleveland win for the first time since Nov. 23 against Portland. DeMar DeRozan had 21 points for the Spurs.

10 former players charged in scheme WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday. The players were charged in two separate indictments filed in federal court in Kentucky, accusing them of conspiracy, wire fraud and healthcare fraud. Prosecutors allege they submitted nearly $4 million in phony claims, leading to payouts of about $3.4 million between June 2017 and December 2018. Those charged include five former players on the Washington Redskins, including Clinton Portis

and Carlos Rogers. Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which was established as part of a collective bargaining agreement in 2006. It provides taxfree reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care expenses that were not covered by insurance and that were incurred by former players, their spouses and dependents. “As outlined in the indictments, a group of former players brazenly defrauded the plan by seeking reimbursements for expensive medical equipment that they never purchased,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who leads the Justice Department’s criminal division.

Meetings turn into Scott Boras show SAN DIEGO (AP) — A mostly dreary winter meetings lacking spectacular swaps will be remembered as the Scott Boras show. Baseball’s most prominent agent dominated each of the three full days of meetings with a nine-figure contract, deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon that totaled $814 million. Just two trades were announced: The San Francisco Giants acquired shortstop Zack Cozart and infield prospect Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash, and the Chicago White Sox obtained outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for outfield prospect Steele Walker. “I think it’s hard to say that there hasn’t been a trend,” new Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. “It’s important not to get too focused on artificial timetables. You want to be prepared to do something when you think it’s going to help you, but you don’t want to force anything.” The podium and dais remained in nearly pristine condition, hosting just one player announcement:

Washington’s $245 million, seven-year contract on Monday to retain Strasburg, the World Series MVP. Boras’ other big deals remained pending successful physicals as executives and agents cleared out Thursday: Cole’s $324 million, nine-year agreement to leave Houston for the New York Yankees and third baseman Anthony Rendon’s $245 million, seven-year contract to depart the Nationals for the Los Angeles Angels. Just 25 of the 168 players who exercised their right to become major league free agents last month had finalized deals when the meetings ended Thursday, slightly ahead of the 21 of 164 when last year’s session ended in Las Vegas. The pace of talks does seem faster. “It feels to me like there’s going to be continued action in free agency in the days to come and early next week,” Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “It seems like there’s probably some free agent deals that are closer to fruition. They’re not ready to be announced yet, but there’s a lot of activity. I think as those things get finalized, it will clarify the trade market.”

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek, center, celebrates his empty-net goal with Luke Glendening (41) and Patrik Nemeth (22) in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Red Wings snap 12-game skid By The Associated Press DETROIT — Robby Fabbri scored twice on fortuitous bounces off the same Winnipeg player, and the Detroit Red Wings snapped a 12-game winless streak with a 5-2 victory over the Jets on Thursday night. Both off Fabbri’s goals went in off the body of defenseman Neal Pionk, and it was that kind of night for the Red Wings, who had been 0-10-2 in their previous 12 and had dropped 10 in a row in regulation. Darren Helm, Filip Zadina and Filip Hronek also scored for Detroit.

LIGHTNING 3, BRUINS 2 TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos had two goals to extend his recent tear and Tampa Bay beat suddenly slumping Boston. Stamkos has scored six times during a four-game goal streak. Tampa Bay, which had dropped four of five at home, also got a goal from Brayden Point. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for the win.

ISLANDERS 3, PANTHERS 1 SUNRISE, Fla. — Devon Toews and Mathew Barzal had power-plays goals in a 3:51 span early in the second period and Thomas Greiss made 32 saves to help New York beat Florida. The Islanders swept the three-game, regular-season

series with the Panthers for the first time since 2013. Anders Lee added an empty-net goal for New York,

PENGUINS 1, BLUE JACKETS 0, OT PITTSBURGH — Bryan Rust scored a power-play goal at 3:02 of overtime and Pittsburgh beat Columbus. Rust controlled a bouncing puck at the top of the crease and fired it past Joonas Korpisalo for the winner and his 10th goal of the year.

SABRES 4, PREDATORS 3 BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jack Eichel had two goals and extended his NHL-leading point streak to 15 games, Victor Oloffson scored in the third period, and Buffalo beat Nashville. Jimmy Vesey also scored and Linus Ullmark made 36 saves as the Sabres won their third in a row.

BLUES 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 ST. LOUIS — Oskar Sundqvist had a goal and an assist as St. Louis beat Vegas. Mackenzie MacEachern, Jaden Schwartz and Robert Thomas also scored for the Blues, who snapped a threegame skid. Jordan Binnington made 27 saves after getting pulled from his previous start against Toronto last Saturday when he allowed four goals on 11 shots.

Max Pacioretty and William Carrier had the goals for the Golden Knights, who lost for the third time in four games. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots in his 820th career game, which tied Sean Burke for 14th on the NHL’s all-time list.

— Clayton Keller scored twice and Pacific Division-leading Arizona beat Chicago. Vinnie Hinostroza, playing against his former team, assisted on all three of Arizona’s first-period goals to match his career high for points in a game.



ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal with 4:47 remaining in the third period, Ryan Donato scored for the third straight game and Minnesota topped Edmonton. Jordan Greenway, Jason Zucker, Marcus Foligno and Luke Kunin added goals for Minnesota, which has points in 13 of its past 14 games. Rookie goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen stayed unbeaten in four career games with 28 saves.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jeff Carter and Matt Luff scored, Jonathan Quick made 36 saves and Los Angeles snapped its 11-game road winless skid, beating Anaheim in the second Freeway Faceoff of the season. Tyler Toffoli had two assists for the last-place Kings, who had been 0-10-1 away from Staples Center since their last road win Oct. 22 in Winnipeg.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Elias Pettersson scored 40 seconds into overtime for his 100th NHL point and Vancouver edged Carolina. Carolina outshot Vancouver 42-24, yet the teams were still locked in a scoreless tie through regulation.

CALGARY, Alberta — Johnny Gaudreau had his first two-goal game of the season and Calgary scored three goals in the first three minutes of the third period, rallying to beat Toronto. Gaudreau tied it 2-2 just 19 seconds into the third, sending a wrist shot past Frederik Andersen after being set up by Mikael Backlund.




RANGERS 6, SHARKS 3 SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mika Zibanejad scored the tying and go-ahead goals in less than five minutes during the third period and New York spoiled interim coach Bob Boughner’s debut with San Jose.

scoreboard Football NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 10 3 0 .769 338 168 Buffalo 9 4 0 .692 274 212 N.Y. Jets 5 9 0 .357 247 343 Miami 3 10 0 .231 221 399 South Houston 8 5 0 .615 317 309 Tennessee 8 5 0 .615 318 255 Indianapolis 6 7 0 .462 296 295 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 230 337 North y-Baltimore 12 2 0 .857 472 257 Pittsburgh 8 5 0 .615 259 242 Cleveland 6 7 0 .462 273 291 Cincinnati 1 12 0 .077 198 325 West y-Kansas City 9 4 0 .692 371 281 Oakland 6 7 0 .462 258 366 Denver 5 8 0 .385 236 261 L.A. Chargers 5 8 0 .385 289 251 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Dallas 6 7 0 .462 334 267 Philadelphia 6 7 0 .462 297 301 Washington 3 10 0 .231 188 310 N.Y. Giants 2 11 0 .154 247 362 South y-New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 344 296 Tampa Bay 6 7 0 .462 378 381 Carolina 5 8 0 .385 300 360 Atlanta 4 9 0 .308 300 343 North Green Bay 10 3 0 .769 309 270 Minnesota 9 4 0 .692 339 249 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 243 232 Detroit 3 9 1 .269 287 335 West San Francisco 11 2 0 .846 397 229 Seattle 10 3 0 .769 341 321 L.A. Rams 8 5 0 .615 311 262 Arizona 3 9 1 .269 272 374 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday’s Games Baltimore 42, N.Y. Jets 21 Sunday’s Games Denver at Kansas City, 9 a.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit, 9 a.m. Houston at Tennessee, 9 a.m. Miami at N.Y. Giants, 9 a.m. Seattle at Carolina, 9 a.m. Chicago at Green Bay, 9 a.m. New England at Cincinnati, 9 a.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 9 a.m. Cleveland at Arizona, 12:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Oakland, 12:05 p.m. Minnesota at L.A. Chargers, 12:05 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco, 12:25 p.m. L.A. Rams at Dallas, 12:25 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 4:20 p.m. Monday’s Games Indianapolis at New Orleans, 4:15 p.m. All Times AKST

Basketball NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 19 7 .731 — Boston 17 7 .708 1 Toronto 16 8 .667 2

Brooklyn 13 11 .542 5 New York 5 20 .200 13½ Southeast Division Miami 18 6 .750 — Orlando 11 13 .458 7 Charlotte 11 16 .407 8½ Washington 7 16 .304 10½ Atlanta 6 19 .240 12½ Central Division Milwaukee 22 3 .880 — Indiana 16 9 .640 6 Detroit 10 15 .400 12 Chicago 9 17 .346 13½ Cleveland 6 19 .240 16 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Dallas 17 7 .708 — Houston 16 8 .667 1 San Antonio 9 15 .375 8 Memphis 8 16 .333 9 New Orleans 6 19 .240 11½ Northwest Division Denver 15 8 .652 — Utah 14 11 .560 2 Oklahoma City 11 13 .458 4½ Minnesota 10 14 .417 5½ Portland 10 16 .385 6½ Pacific Division L.A. Lakers 22 3 .880 — L.A. Clippers 19 7 .731 3½ Phoenix 11 13 .458 10½ Sacramento 11 13 .458 10½ Golden State 5 21 .192 17½ Thursday’s Games Philadelphia 115, Boston 109 Cleveland 117, San Antonio 109, OT Dallas 122, Detroit 111 Denver 114, Portland 99 Friday’s Games Houston at Orlando, 3 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Miami, 3 p.m. New Orleans at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Indiana at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Charlotte at Chicago, 4 p.m. Milwaukee at Memphis, 4 p.m. Golden State at Utah, 5 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 5:30 p.m. New York at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Saturday’s Games San Antonio vs. Phoenix at Mexico City, 1 p.m. Brooklyn at Toronto, 3:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Chicago, 4 p.m. Washington at Memphis, 4 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 4:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Detroit at Houston, 5 p.m. Oklahoma City at Denver, 5 p.m. All Times AKST

Men’s Major Scores EAST West Virginia 84, Austin Peay 53 MIDWEST Iowa 84, Iowa St. 68 Wright St. 85, Southern U. 62 SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 105, Howard Payne 36 FAR WEST N. Iowa 82, Grand Canyon 58 Portland St. 101, Portland Bible College 48

Women’s Major Scores EAST Rutgers 78, Southern U. 58 SOUTH Campbell 65, Bluefield 41

Coastal Carolina 132, Wesleyan College 32 NC A&T 57, UNC-Greensboro 48 MIDWEST Texas A&M-CC 59, Texas Rio Grande Valley 54 Wisconsin 85, Alabama St. 67 FAR WEST Arizona 77, Tennessee St. 42 Colorado 96, Denver 70 Fresno St. 111, La Verne 56 Wyoming 95, MVSU 22

Hockey NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 33 20 7 6 46 111 84 Buffalo 33 16 11 6 38 105 100 Montreal 32 15 11 6 36 104 105 Tampa Bay 30 16 11 3 35 108 95 Florida 31 15 11 5 35 107 104 Toronto 33 15 14 4 34 106 108 Ottawa 32 13 17 2 28 86 100 Detroit 33 8 22 3 19 72 131 Metropolitan Division Washington 33 23 5 5 51 120 95 N.Y. Islanders 30 21 7 2 44 89 70 Carolina 32 19 11 2 40 103 86 Pittsburgh 32 18 10 4 40 105 85 Philadelphia 31 17 9 5 39 97 88 N.Y. Rangers 31 16 12 3 35 100 97 Columbus 31 12 14 5 29 76 94 New Jersey 30 9 16 5 23 74 111 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division St. Louis 33 19 8 6 44 98 90 Colorado 31 20 8 3 43 114 85 Winnipeg 32 19 11 2 40 94 88 Dallas 32 18 11 3 39 84 76 Minnesota 32 15 12 5 35 98 106 Nashville 30 14 11 5 33 101 97 Chicago 32 12 14 6 30 86 103 Pacific Division Arizona 34 19 11 4 42 96 82 Calgary 34 18 12 4 40 95 100 Edmonton 34 18 12 4 40 105 105 Vegas 34 16 13 5 37 100 98 Vancouver 32 16 12 4 36 105 95 San Jose 34 15 17 2 32 92 120 Anaheim 32 13 15 4 30 83 94 Los Angeles 33 13 18 2 28 82 104 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. Thursday’s Games Tampa Bay 3, Boston 2 Buffalo 4, Nashville 3 N.Y. Islanders 3, Florida 1 Pittsburgh 1, Columbus 0, OT Detroit 5, Winnipeg 2 St. Louis 4, Vegas 2 Minnesota 6, Edmonton 5 Calgary 4, Toronto 2 Arizona 5, Chicago 2 Los Angeles 2, Anaheim 1 Vancouver 1, Carolina 0, OT N.Y. Rangers 6, San Jose 3 Friday’s Games Vegas at Dallas, 4 p.m. New Jersey at Colorado, 5 p.m. Saturday’s Games Buffalo vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 9 a.m. Columbus at Ottawa, 9 a.m. N.Y. Rangers at Anaheim, noon Carolina at Calgary, noon

Dallas at Nashville, 2:30 p.m. Toronto at Edmonton, 3 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 3 p.m. Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m. Detroit at Montreal, 3 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Boston at Florida, 3 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, 4 p.m. New Jersey at Arizona, 4 p.m. Vancouver at San Jose, 6 p.m.

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BASEBALL American League OAKLAND ATHELTICS — Acquired OF Buddy Reed from San Diego as the player to be named in a previous trade. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Named Ben Sestanovich assistant general manager, player development. LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Named Josh Bard bullpen coach; Connor McGuinness assistant pitching coach; and Danny Lehmann game planning and communications coach. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Corey Knebel on a one-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Traded LHP Garrett Williams to the Los Angeles Angels to complete an earlier trade. FOOTBALL National Football League CINCINNATI BENGALS — Activated OT Jonah Williams from the PUP list. Signed WR DaMarkus Lodge to the practice squad. DETROIT LIONS — Signed WR Travis Fulgham from the practice squad. Placed DL Da’Shawn Hand on IR. Signed WR Jonathan Duhart to the practice squad. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Promoted TE Daniel Helm from the practice squad. Placed TE Garrett Celek on the IR. Signed S Jacob Thieneman to the practice squad. Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS — Named Scott Milanovich coach. TORONTO ARGONAUTS — Fired coach Corey Chamblin. Named Ryan Dinwiddie coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES — Acquired D Oliwer Kaski from the Detroit Red Wings for D Kyle Wood. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Placed D Calvin de Haan on IR. DETROIT RED WINGS — Recalled RW Filip Zadina and D Dylan McIlrath from Grand Rapids (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Recalled D Connor Carrick from Binghamton (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES — Assigned F Nathan Walker to San Antonio (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer FC CINCINNATI — Acquired D Zico Bailey from the LA Galaxy for Cincinnati’s natural 2020 fourthround MLS superdraft selection. COLUMBUS CREW SC — Re-signed F Jordan Hamilton. Agreed to terms with G Matt Lampson. LA GALAXY — Re-signed D Daniel Steres. NEW YORK RED BULLS — Named Paul Fernie head of scouting. ORLANDO CITY SC — Signed M Jordan Bender. COLLEGE MISSOURI — Named Charlie Harbison associate head coach/defense and Erik Link special teams coordinator. NORTHERN COLORADO — Named Ed McCaffrey football coach. SHENANDOAH — Named Emma Rogers women’s assistant lacrosse coach.

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Friday, December 13, 2019


Burrow named AP college football player of year By The Associated Press What figures to be an award-winning week for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is underway. Burrow was named The Associated Press college football player of the year presented by Regions Bank on Thursday in a landslide vote, making him the first LSU player to win the the 21-year-old award.

Burrow, who has led the top-ranked Tigers to an unbeaten season and their first College Football Playoff appearance, received 51 of 54 first-place votes from AP Top 25 poll voters and a total of 159 points. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was second with three first-place votes and 69 points, and Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields

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NLC meet at Colony High School in Palmer, while the programs from Kenai Central, Nikiski, Homer and Seward will compete at the Kachemak Conference tournament at Joe Redington Jr/Sr High School in Wasilla. The Homer Mariners enter the weekend eyeing a fifth straight Kachemak Conference title. In the past four seasons, the Mariners have used the region championship as a springboard to big success at the state tournament, winning two state crowns and finishing second twice in that span. Homer was highest among Kachemak wrestling teams at the popular Lancer Smith tournament earlier in the season, scoring 46 points over the next-highest squad, Nikiski and Redington, both with 24. However, last weekend at the Grace Grizzly Shakedown in Anchorage, which gathered many of the state’s top teams, the highest peninsula team was Nikiski, second among Kachemak teams. The Bulldogs accrued 64 points to Homer’s 49.5, while Grace Christian topped all of them with 69.5. “We’ve hung with Grace and Homer pretty close at meets and tournaments,” said Nikiski head coach Adam Anders. “If we wrestle really well, we can do it, but there are so many factors there too — people are sick, some teams are not having their best guys at meets, so we can’t count our chickens before they hatch. We have to show up and wrestle better than we have all year.” The Bulldogs’ strength lies mostly in experience, as Nikiski is bringing seven state qualifiers from last year to the tournament. Anders pegged Grace Christian and host Redington as other schools in the mix with

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down, the squirrel grabbed the cord with its hind feet and stretched out across the baffle. The weight of the squirrel tilted the baffle so the bottom edge touched the top of the feeder. He then let go of the cord, reached out and grabbed the feeder while falling past it. My sons and I looked at each other in total amazement. My brother just said, “Yep, I’m going to get a new ‘squirrel proof’ feeder today.” I could not wait to see the next act of this ninja squirrel show. Later that day while visiting a nature preserve, we saw some American red squirrels with bright white belly patches. These are the same species we have on the Kenai Peninsula. Weighing in at 7 ounces, the red squirrel is

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When I lived in London, I went out to a club and saw a local band. I took their CD back to my apartment, uploaded it onto my phone and listened to it every day on my tube ride to work. If I started when I left my place, it would finish as I walked into my office. I can’t remember the name of the band, though, and wouldn’t be able to whistle the tune, but if I heard it in passing I know the nostalgia would flood in. I remember when I first moved into an apartment just a block from the ocean, I raided my roommate’s vinyl collection and landed on one album — the “Dirty

was third with 43 points. Burrow, Young, Fields and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who finished fourth with 33 points, are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy to be handed out Saturday in New York. Burrow is the overwhelming Heisman favorite after passing for 4,715 yards and a Southeastern Conference record 48 touchdowns.

Nikiski and Homer. “(Grace has) come out ahead of us and Homer in a few tournaments, so we just have to wait and see what teams bring to the region,” Anders said. Kenai may not be deep enough to contend for the team title, but Kardinals head coach Stan Steffensen knows his small squad has a handful of dangerous grapplers that are up for hardware, as long as everyone is healthy. “It’s been a little of a shuffle when I looked at different teams and kids, you know, have kids been sick or hurt?” Steffensen said. “There’s a lot of questions out there, for me anyhow.” While host team Redington is looking for its first region wrestling crown in school history and have shown potential this season, Steffensen still believes Homer has the depth to retain the championship. “Homer, if everything comes through, if those kids that are hurt can come through, they have a fantastic coaching staff and have potential to be region champs,” he said. The Kachemak Conference meet will also be the last one for Seward head coach Ronn Hemstock, who decided before the season began that 2019 would be his last, ending a 25-year run in Seward. “It’s eight more days, but who’s counting?” Hemstock said in a Wednesday interview. Using his experience, Hemstock said he believes Redington and Homer will be the two teams battling for the team title, but didn’t discount the darkhorse status of Nikiski and Grace. “If you’ve been around as long as I have, you know it’s not the winners (that win the team title),” he said. “It’s the thirds and fourths. It’s really the back side that pulls in the trophy.” Homer’s biggest shots at individual glory lie with a few experienced

The senior transfer from Ohio State is on pace to set a major college record, completing 77.9% of his passes. Burrow also won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and was up for two more awards Thursday night at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. He won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of

hands, including senior Mose Hayes (with a 20-1 record this year) at 152 pounds, senior Anthony Kalugin (22-4) at 189 pounds, junior Austin Cline (14-6) at 119, senior Ryan Hicks (14-6) at 215 and sophomore Alex Hicks (15-7) at heavyweight. The Homer girls also flaunt a talented cast, including senior Rayana Vigil (undefeated at 12-0) at 189 pounds, junior Sadie Blake (17-1) at 125 pounds, senior Mina Cavasos (12-6) at 119, junior Mariah Grimes (10-7) at 160, and senior rookie Autumn Daigle (10-8) at 112 pounds. Steffensen said the Kardinals’ best shots to place or win at regions include junior Tucker Vann, who is ranked No. 2 in the state at 160 or 171 pounds with a 10-2 record this season, freshman Andrew Gaethle, ranked sixth in the state at 130 pounds, and junior Rocky Sherbahn, who is seeded first at 215 pounds with a 7-2 record. Kenai also has two tough competitors in the 112-pound class in brothers Owen and Talon Whicker. Talon (14-7) is ranked sixth in the state but got upset in the finals last year in the region tournament, while Owen is 18-7 this year. Steffensen also said to watch for freshman Zack Rodman at 103 pounds, freshman Rey Perez at 119, sophomore Isaiah Ticknor at 135, freshman Jason Koenig at 145, freshman Julian Yakunin at 189 and freshman Branch Keller at 285. Anders tabbed a solid group of kids to place high at regions, including senior Joey Yourkowski at 119 pounds, junior Jaryn Zoda at 130, senior Jordan Fleming at 135, senior Mason Payne at 152, junior Koleman McCaughey (20-8 record) at 171, and junior Caileb Payne (19-8) at 189. “We have a solid group of kids that have been to state before, and a collection of kids that can certainly contribute,” Anders said, thanking the kids, parents and supporters of

about half the size of the gray squirrel. Gray squirrels are endemic to the eastern United States. Though the range of the gray squirrel overlaps the red, gray squirrels prefer deciduous tree nuts to conifer seeds. Gray squirrels are scatter hoarders, hiding food in hundreds of places. If they think another squirrel is watching, they will pretend to cache food. Human observers say it is nearly impossible to tell when they are pretending or really hiding food. Even more impressive, they can remember these hiding places. That takes some smarts! Red squirrels, on the other hand, aggressively defend a territory centered on a primary food cache called a midden. Though they are omnivorous and eat a variety of foods like mushrooms, insects or bird eggs, red squirrels primarily eat conifer seeds. The seeds from white spruce

cones are tiny. One squirrel can eat the seeds from over 100 spruce cones a day. Like eating corn-on-thecob, it chews the scales off, starting at the base of the cone. As each scale falls away, a seed appears. Red squirrels can cache over 20,000 cones in a month. Red squirrel territories are about 2 acres in size, but vary depending on food availability. A sure sign of a red squirrel territory is the large pile of discarded cone scales composing the midden. A midden can be over 5 feet wide and a couple feet tall if located under a favorite feeding tree. The decaying debris of the midden creates a cool, moist environment that keeps the cones closed and fresh for a long time. Around the base of the midden will be entrance holes for the food cache and winter shelter. While in the woods, you may have been startled by the loud chatter of a red squirrel. This is not

Dancing” soundtrack. For weeks, I played it loudly while dancing in the living room before running down to the beach for a quick swim. There’s no way to show that through an app, but I do still know all the words to “Hungry Eyes.” And where is “Tangled Up in Blue” anyway? When I moved out, I bought my own record player. Now, whenever I’m in the mood to relax I’ll put “Blood on the Tracks” on and listen to Bob Dylan croon, just like I did for years before Spotify existed and like I’ll do for years after the app is long gone. Where do you think I got the name for this column? I engaged with and enjoyed the Spotify wrapup, because it gave me a general tone of each year

over the past 10. In 2012, I loved Pearl Jam and in 2019 I loved Taylor Swift, with some Rihanna in between. I’ll continue to enjoy Led Zeppelin, but I think the real fun of revisiting the decade is in the blips and the habits that can’t be quantified. There are the songs or artists that came in briefly and defined a moment, were guest artists in the soundtrack of your decade, leaving you with a feeling that data just can’t really explain. And then there are the artists that are just for you, a forgotten band on the underground or a lifelong constant that you listen to in your own way. No matter what the data says, if you see me with headphones on, there’s no telling what I’m listening to.

the Year Award, beating out Fields and Hurts, and the Maxwell Award that goes to the nation’s best player over Young and Hurts. The AP player of the year award began in 1998 and only five times has the winner not been the same as the Heisman winner; the last time that happened was in 2015, when Stanford running back Christian

the program. Anders said Nikiski also harbors contenders who haven’t made state before but can debut next week, including senior Caleb Weeks at 140 pounds, sophomore Simon Grenier at 160, freshman Brady Bostic (15-5) at 135, and at 160 pounds, freshman Dwyght Mullins and senior Pedro Souza. The Seward wrestling squad is bringing nine kids to the Kachemak Conference meet, and while Hemstock said he prefers not to single out individuals, the Seahawks still have several returning region placers. That list includes junior Thomas Ooka, who returned to the team after missing the opening weeks, at 145 pounds, senior Jaden Van Dyke at 152 or 160 and sophomore Kekoa Albino at 215 (who is returning from a sickness). The Seahawks also have big hopes for girls senior Priscilla Stotlz at 130 pounds. “I think we’re all going to go there and hit our prime,” Hemstock predicted. “They’re ready, chomping at the bit, and historically Seward peaks at regions, so I hope they go as far as they can go.” At the Division I level, the SoHi Stars look to build on strong results from early in the season. At the Lancer Smith tournament, Colony won with 247.5 points, beating out runner-up Lathrop with 224.5. Soldotna was fifth overall and second among NLC teams with 108 points. Last week at the Grace Grizzly Shakedown, the programs at Colony, Wasilla and Palmer all finished ahead of SoHi in the team points, but SoHi head coach Neldon Gardner is expecting a close race for the silver medal this weekend. “Colony’s the favorite, so it should be a close race between Wasilla, Palmer and us,” Gardner said. “Colony has one foot up on South and Lathrop, they’re the No. 1 team to beat in the state.”

an alarm call, but a one-way warning to the intruder. Red squirrels mate in February or March and are in estrus for just one day, and then resume their solitary life. Three to seven baby squirrels, called kittens, are born after a 40-day gestation period. The babies are born hairless and nurse for 10 to 12 weeks. Once weaned, the mother will drive them away. The young must establish a territory before winter to survive. Adults can live to about 10 years. A common question is whether tree squirrels hibernate. Unlike their relatives the ground squirrels, tree squirrels do not hibernate. They just sleep a lot in the winter. As for those clever little seed robbers in my mom’s backyard, my brother had

McCaffrey won the AP award and Alabama running back Derrick Henry was the Heisman winner. LSU faces Hurts and No. 4 Oklahoma in the playoff semifinal Dec. 28 at the Peach Bowl. Later that night, Fields, Young and the rest of the second-ranked Buckeyes will play No. 3 Clemson in the other semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl.

One blow to the team that Gardner had to contend with was the loss of senior Melvin Lloyd, who stopped wrestling two weeks ago. Lloyd left as the undefeated No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state at 285 pounds. “That was quite a blow,” Gardner said. “That’s 25 or 30 points in a region tournament right there.” Gardner said he still expects to get 12 or 13 grapplers through to state. That list includes senior Aaron Faletoi (19-0 this year), who is one of 12 undefeated wrestlers in the state with 10 or more matches under their belt this year. Faletoi will compete at 215 pounds this weekend. The Stars also are looking at region placers from junior Dennis Taylor at 152 pounds, junior Sean Babbit (22-5) at 171, junior Zach Burns (22-5) and freshman Hunter Richardson at 140 and the Secor brothers — junior Hunter and freshman Simon — both of whom wrestle at 112 pounds. Gardner also expects strong days from freshman Zeke Miller and sophomore Rollin Madden at 119 pounds, freshman Scott Michael at 125, freshman Jakob Brown (19-6) at 130, as well as freshman Isaac Chevarria at 130 and sophomore Wayne Mellon at 152, who won a region title for the East Thunderbirds last year. Then there’s junior Aiden Willetts at 160 pounds, freshman Logan Katzenberger at 215 and junior Max Rogers at heavyweight, all of whom Gardner said could make a region run. The SoHi girls flaunt two exceptional seniors in Amanda Wylie at 160 and Vydell Baker at 125. Wylie is undefeated at 14-0 and is ranked No. 1 in the state at 160 pounds, while Baker is 12-2 overall this year. They’ll be joined by freshman Trinity Donovan (16-6), who was second at the Grace tournament at 135 pounds.

arrived with a couple of contraptions to outsmart those little bushy tail bandits. The first was an additional cone baffle placed above the existing one. The second was the “mission impossible” feeder. A spring-loaded sliding frame surrounded the cylindrical seed container. The squirrel’s weight will drop the frame and shield access to the seeds. It took about one hour before contestant No. 1 appeared. It was amazing to watch him stare at this new puzzle, looking for a weakness. Then, just as before, he jumped and slid down the cord and hung over the first baffle and let go. This time he bounced off the second baffle and missed the feeder. Not easily defeated, he went right back at it, and

on his second try somehow was able to grab on to the feeder. The cage around the feeder dropped and sealed off the seed ports. Around and around he went trying to find access to the seeds, but no joy. I was thinking, “Yeah, we outsmarted the squirrel.” I then asked my brother about the second feeder hanging from a 20-foot cord, and he replied, “They can’t get to that one.” Just then we watched one slide down all 20 feet of cord and jump onto the feeder. Those incredible squirrels! Mark Laker is an ecologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Find more Refuge Notebook articles (1999–present) at refuge/Kenai/community/ refuge_notebook.html.

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Wheel of For- American Fresh Off the 20/20 tune (N) ‘G’ Housewife (N) Boat (N) ‘PG’ ‘PG’ Chicago P.D. “Endings” Mike & Molly Mike & Molly Last Man Last Man CSI: Miami “Time Bomb” CSI: Miami “All Fall Down” Halstead struggles to stay ‘14’ ‘14’ Standing ‘PG’ Standing ‘PG’ Horatio’s ex is killed in an A serial killer taunts the objective. ‘14’ explosion. ‘14’ team. ‘14’ The Ellen DeGeneres Show KTVA 11 CBS Evening KTVA 11 News at 6 Hawaii Five-0 “Ka I Ka ’Ino, Magnum P.I. “Day I Met the (N) ‘PG’ News at 5 News No Ka ’Ino” (N) ‘14’ Devil” (N) ‘14’ Two and a Entertainment Funny You Funny You The Big Bang The Big Bang WWE Friday Night SmackDown (N Same-day Tape) ‘PG’ Half Men ‘14’ Tonight (N) Should Ask Should Ask Theory ‘PG’ Theory ‘14’ ‘PG’ ‘PG’ Judge Judy Judge Judy Channel 2 NBC Nightly Channel 2 Newshour (N) The Blacklist “Katarina Dateline NBC (N) (N) ‘PG’ ‘PG’ News 5:00 News With Rostova” Liz makes a critical Report (N) Lester Holt decision. (N) ‘14’ Death in Paradise J.P.’s BBC World Nightly Busi- PBS NewsHour (N) Washington Alaska InNo Passport Required long-buried memories are News ness Report Week (N) sight Filipino-American community revived. ‘PG’ America ‘G’ in Seattle. (N) ‘PG’


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ABC News at (:35) Jimmy Kimmel Live! 10 (N) ‘14’

(:37) Nightline (N) ‘G’

Dateline ‘PG’

2 Broke Girls 2 Broke Girls How I Met Pawn Stars ‘14’ ‘14’ Your Mother “Zzzzzz” ‘PG’ ‘14’ Blue Bloods Frank’s safety is KTVA 11 (:35) The Late Show With James Corthreatened. ‘14’ News at 10 Stephen Colbert ‘PG’ den Fox 4 News at 9 (N) TMZ (N) ‘PG’ TMZ ‘PG’ Entertainment Two and a Tonight Half Men ‘14’ Channel 2 (:34) The Tonight Show Star- (:37) Late News: Late ring Jimmy Fallon ‘14’ Night With Edition (N) Seth Meyers America’s Test Kitchen 20th A Chef’s Life Holiday Spe- Amanpour and Company (N) Anniversary Special ‘G’ cial Vivian Howard’s holiday celebration. ‘PG’


Last Man Last Man Last Man Last Man Last Man Last Man Last Man Last Man Married ... Married ... Married ... Married ... How I Met How I Met Elementary “The Diabolical (8) WGN-A 239 307 Standing Standing Standing Standing Standing Standing Standing Standing With With With With Your Mother Your Mother Kind” ‘14’ Barefoot Dreams - California (3:00) David’s Holi-YAYS (N) Dyson Supersonic Hair DaretoShareBeauty with Shawn (N) (Live) ‘G’ Barefoot Dreams - California Josie Maran Argan Oil Cosmetics (N) (Live) ‘G’ (20) QVC 137 317 (Live) ‘G’ Style ‘G’ Dryer (N) (Live) ‘G’ Style (N) (Live) ‘G’ (3:00) “Love at the Christ- “Christmas in Mississippi” (2017, Romance) Jana Kramer, “Christmas Stars” (2019, Drama) Erica Durance, JT Hodg- (:03) “Poinsettias for Christmas” (2018, Drama) Bethany (:01) “Christmas Stars” Wes Brown, Faith Ford. Holly finds love when she returns to es. An aspiring R&B artist crosses paths with a songwriter. Joy Lenz, John Schneider. A woman helps her father save the (2019, Drama) Erica Durance, (23) LIFE 108 252 mas Table” (2012) Danica McKellar. ‘PG’ her hometown. ‘PG’ family poinsettia farm. ‘PG’ JT Hodges. Law & Order: (:29) Law & Order: Special (:29) Law & Order: Special Law & Order: Special Vic- “Doctor Strange” (2016, Action) Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor. (:03) Modern (:33) Modern (:03) Modern (:32) Modern (28) USA 105 242 SVU Victims Unit ‘14’ Victims Unit ‘14’ tims Unit “Bedtime” ‘14’ The Ancient One introduces Dr. Stephen Strange to magic. Family ‘PG’ Family ‘PG’ Family ‘PG’ Family ‘PG’ Family Guy Family Guy “I Am Legend” (2007, Science Fiction) Will Smith, Alice (:15) “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017, Action) Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett. ELEAGUE (N Taped) ‘14’ “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dino“Go Stewie Braga, Dash Mihok. Bloodthirsty plague victims surround a Thor must battle the mighty Hulk and the all-powerful Hela. saurs” (2009) Voices of Ray (30) TBS 139 247 ‘14’ Go” ‘14’ lone survivor. Romano, Denis Leary. Bones Witness Protection Bones A lonely teenager is Dr. Seuss’ Dr. Seuss’ “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” (1999, Science Fiction) Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor. “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” (2002, Science Fiction) (31) TNT 138 245 Program. ‘14’ murdered. ‘14’ Grinch Grinch Young Anakin Skywalker begins to learn about the Force. Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman. NBA Basketball Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat. From the AmericanAir- NBA Basketball Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz. From Vivint Smart (:05) SportsCenter (N) (Live) SportsCenter (N) (Live) SportsCenter (34) ESPN 140 206 lines Arena in Miami. (N) (Live) Home Arena in Salt Lake City. (N) (Live) (3:00) College Football NCAA FCS Championship, Quarterfi- Max on Box- UFC Live SportsCenter (N) (Live) SportsCenter (N) (Live) Around the Pardon the Now or Never Max on Box- NBA Basketball: Lakers (35) ESPN2 144 209 nal: Teams TBA. (N) (Live) ing Horn (N) Interruption (N) ing at Heat (3:00) High School Football WIAA Class 3A Championship: High School Football WIAA Class 2A Championship: Teams TBA. Seahawks Seahawks Fantasy Football Hour ’19 Pro Football Poker Night (36) ROOT 426 687 Teams TBA. Press Pass Press Pass Weekly ‘G’ in America Two and a Two and a Two and a Two and a Two and a Two and a “21 Jump Street” (2012, Comedy) Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson. “21 Jump Street” (2012, Comedy) Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson. (38) PARMT 241 241 Half Men Half Men Half Men Half Men Half Men Half Men Young cops go under cover as high-school students. Young cops go under cover as high-school students. (3:30) “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971, “The Polar Express” (2004, Children’s) Voices of Tom (:05) How Murray Saved (:05) The Year Without a Santa Claus Ani- (:20) Grandma Got Run Over Frosty’s Won (43) AMC 131 254 Children’s) Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson. Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye. Christmas ‘G’ mated. Santa takes day off. ‘G’ by a Reindeer ‘G’ derland Ninjago Teen Titans American American Bob’s Burg- Bob’s Burg- Family Guy Rick and Joe Pera The Eric An- Mike Tyson Bob’s Burg- Family Guy Rick and American Joe Pera (46) TOON 176 296 (N) ‘G’ Go! ‘PG’ Dad ‘14’ Dad ‘14’ ers ‘14’ ers ‘14’ ‘14’ Morty ‘14’ Talks w/You dre Show Mysteries ers ‘PG’ ‘14’ Morty ‘14’ Dad ‘14’ Talks w/You Tanked Tyga wants a tank Tanked Skull themed tank for Tanked A DJ booth aquarium Tanked: Sea-Lebrity Edition (N) ‘PG’ Tanked Ludacris calls for a Tanked “Ty Dolla’s Fresh Tanked: Sea-Lebrity Edi (47) ANPL 184 282 filled with cash. ‘PG’ rocker DJ Ashba. ‘PG’ for DJ Redfoo. ‘PG’ classy aquarium. ‘PG’ Tank” ‘PG’ tion ‘PG’ “Home Alone Gabby Duran (:05) Jessie ‘G’ (:05) Sydney Raven’s Holiday Party Sydney to the Gabby Duran Bunk’d ‘G’ Coop & Cami Sydney to the Gabby Duran Raven’s Jessie ‘G’ Good Luck (49) DISN 173 291 3” to the Max Home ‘G’ Max ‘G’ Max ‘G’ Home ‘G’ Jessie: NYC “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012, Children’s) Voices of Top Elf Actress Peyton List America’s Most Musical Double Dare SpongeBob Friends ‘PG’ Friends ‘PG’ Friends ‘PG’ Friends ‘PG’ Friends ‘PG’ Friends ‘PG’ (50) NICK 171 300 Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary. helps judge. (N) ‘G’ Family (N) ‘G’ (N) ‘G’ (3:40) “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape (:45) “Home Alone” (1990, Children’s) Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel (:15) “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992, Children’s) Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, (10:55) “Home Alone: The (51) FREE 180 311 Clause” (2006) Tim Allen. Stern. A left-behind boy battles two burglars in the house. Daniel Stern. Kevin ends up in New York when he boards the wrong plane. Holiday Heist” (2012) ‘PG’ Long Island Medium “Keep- Long Island Medium “Clear- Long Island Medium ‘PG’ Long Island Medium (N) ‘PG’ Long Island Medium “Will Long Lost Family (N) ‘PG’ Long Lost Family “That Was Long Island Medium ‘PG’ (55) TLC 183 280 ing the Faith” ‘PG’ ing the List” ‘PG’ Victoria Say Yes?” ‘PG’ My One Shot” ‘PG’ Gold Rush Rick buys a mon- Gold Rush: Pay Dirt ‘PG’ Gold Rush “Washplant Wars” Gold Rush: Pay Dirt “No Gold Rush “When the Levee Breaks” (N) ‘14’ (:02) Outback Opal HuntGold Rush “When the Levee (56) DISC 182 278 ster wash plant. ‘14’ (N) ‘14’ Time for Redemption” ‘14’ ers ‘PG’ Breaks” ‘14’ Ghost Nation “The House at Ghost Nation “Trail of TerGhost Nation ‘PG’ Kindred Spirits “Cursed Lands in the South” Amy and Adam Ghost Nation “The Apparition Destination Fear “Madison Kindred Spirits “Cursed (57) TRAV 196 277 Deadman’s Curve” ‘PG’ rors” ‘PG’ investigate a curse. (N) ‘PG’ of Amelia” (N) ‘PG’ Seminary” ‘14’ Lands in the South” ‘PG’ (3:00) Ancient Aliens “The Ancient Aliens “Aliens and UFOs: The White House UFO Conspiracies: Hunt for the Truth Special Edition (:02) UFOs: Secret Missions (:05) UFOs: Secret Missions UFO Conspiracies: Hunt for (58) HIST 120 269 Evidence” ‘PG’ the Civil War” ‘PG’ Files Lesser-known UFO reports. ‘PG’ Exposed (N) Exposed the Truth Special Live PD “Live PD -- 12.07.19” ‘14’ (:06) Live PD: Rewind “Live Live PD “Live PD -- 12.13.19” (N Same-day Tape) ‘14’ Live PD “Live PD -- 12.13.19” PD: Rewind No. 284” (N) ‘14’ ‘14’ (59) A&E 118 265 Mexico Life Mexico Life Mexico Life Mexico Life Mexico Life Mexico Life Dream Home Dream Home Dream Home Dream Home (60) HGTV 112 229 ‘G’ ‘G’ ‘G’ ‘G’ ‘G’ ‘G’ Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive-Ins and Diners, Drive Diners, Drive (61) FOOD 110 231 Dives ‘G’ Shark Tank ‘PG’ Shark Tank A fire-starting Shark Tank A life jacket; an The Profit “Hatbox; Ramp” The Profit Fixing a broken (65) CNBC 208 355 solution. ‘PG’ infant pacifier. ‘PG’ ‘PG’ inventory process. ‘PG’ Tucker Carlson Tonight (N) Hannity (N) The Ingraham Angle (N) Fox News at Night With Tucker Carlson Tonight (67) FNC 205 360 Shannon Bream (N) (:10) South (:45) South (:15) South Park “You Got...” (5:50) South (:25) South South Park South Park South Park South Park (81) COM 107 249 Park ‘MA’ Park ‘MA’ ‘MA’ Park ‘MA’ Park ‘MA’ ‘MA’ ‘MA’ ‘MA’ ‘MA’ (3:00) “Friday the 13th - Part “Friday the 13th, Part 2” (1981, Horror) Amy Steel. A hulking “Friday the 13th” (1980) Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King. (82) SYFY 122 244 III” (1982, Horror) killer stalks counselors at Camp Crystal Lake. Counselors die violently at Camp Crystal Lake.


Hunters Int’l House Hunt- House Hunt- Hunters Int’l Dream Home Dream Home ers (N) ‘G’ ers ‘G’ Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Diners, Drive Five Day Biz Fix “Bar in a Bookstore” ‘PG’ Hannity South Park South Park ‘MA’ ‘MA’ Van Helsing “Three Pages” (N) ‘14’

Dateline The murder of Carol Dateline The murder of Carol Kennedy. ‘PG’ Kennedy. ‘PG’ The Ingraham Angle Fox News at Night With Shannon Bream South Park South Park South Park South Park ‘MA’ ‘MA’ ‘MA’ ‘MA’ Futurama Futurama Futurama Futurama ‘PG’ ‘PG’ ‘PG’ ‘PG’


(3:55) 24/7: Kelly Slater ‘PG’ (4:55) Silicon (:45) “Love Actually” (2003, Romance-Comedy) Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Mel Brooks: Unwrapped (:15) 1917: Watchmen Angela’s past in (:35) “Unknown” (2011, Suspense) Liam Valley ‘MA’ Colin Firth. Various people deal with relationships in London. ‘R’ The comic looks back on his HBO First Vietnam is revealed. ‘MA’ Neeson. An accident victim finds a man using ! HBO 303 504 career. (N) ‘14’ Look ‘MA’ his identity. ‘PG-13’ (:15) REAL Sports With Bry- (:15) “The Rundown” (2003, Adventure) The Rock, Seann Mrs. Fletcher (:35) Watchmen Angela’s past (:40) His Dark Materials (:40) “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004, Action) Dennis (:45) Dan William Scott, Rosario Dawson. A bounty hunter must find his ‘MA’ in Vietnam is revealed. ‘MA’ Lyra finds what she is looking Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm. Global warming leads to Soder: Son of ^ HBO2 304 505 ant Gumbel ‘PG’ boss’ son in the Amazon. ‘PG-13’ for. ‘14’ worldwide natural disasters. ‘PG-13’ a Gary (2:05) “The (:25) “Armageddon” (1998, Science Fiction) Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorn- “BlacKkKlansman” (2018, Comedy-Drama) John David (:15) “Reclaim” (2014, Suspense) John Cusack, Ryan Phil- (10:55) “The Fountain” Washington, Adam Driver. Ron Stallworth works under cover lippe, Rachelle Lefevre. A couple investigates their daughter’s (2006, Drama) Hugh Jack + MAX 311 516 Island” (2005) ton, Liv Tyler. A hero tries to save Earth from an asteroid. ‘PG-13’ to infiltrate the KKK. ‘R’ disappearance. ‘R’ man. ‘PG-13’ (3:15) “The Fugitive” (1993) Harrison Ford. “The Wedding Planner” (2001) Jennifer (:15) “Second Act” (2018, Romance-Comedy) Jennifer Flack “Dan: Uncensored Ver- The L Word: Generation Q Shameless “Sparky” An unex 5 SHOW 319 546 An innocent man must evade the law as he Lopez. An event organizer has eyes for her Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens. A woman uses her street smarts to sion” Sam brings up having a Connecting with Bette, Shane pected visitor shows up. ‘MA’ pursues a killer. biggest client’s beau. wow Madison Avenue. ‘PG-13’ baby. (N) ‘MA’ and Alice. ‘MA’ (3:05) “Wildlife” (2018, Dra- “Tell It to the Bees” (2018, Romance) Anna Paquin, Holliday “Furlough” (2018) Tessa Thompson. An “MDMA” (2017, Crime Drama) Annie Q, Fran- (:10) “Eddie Murphy Raw” (1987, Comedy) (:45) “The Way of the 8 TMC 329 554 ma) Carey Mulligan. ‘PG-13’ Grainger, Emun Elliott. A doctor faces scorn when she begins inmate is granted one weekend of freedom to cesca Eastwood. Angie becomes an expert in Eddie Murphy. Stand-up comedian on life, a romance with a woman. ‘NR’ see her dying mother. ‘R’ making Ecstasy. ‘NR’ women, sex. ‘R’ Gun”

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Daughter senses Mom hurt by her relationship with Dad DEAR ABBY: I am than you have. a 49-year-old woman Is her relationship with whose mother tries to your father the same as it make me feel guilty for always has been? If it isn’t, having a good relationbecause you and your ship with my father. father have extended, I have an excellent private phone conversarelationship with her, tions on a regular basis, but lately it feels strained she may fear you have because she gets mad supplanted her in his if Dad and I do things affections. However, if Dear Abby together or even just talk this isn’t the case, and Jeanne Phillips on the phone. My goal she demonstrates other is not to hurt her, but I personality changes, her refuse not to have a relationship with physician should be notified so she my dad just to appease her. Have you can be evaluated. ever heard of a mother being jealous of her daughter’s relationship with DEAR ABBY: I have been trying to her father? deal with this on my own for a long — CONFLICTED IN NEW JERSEY time. I have been “crushing” on a man of my faith for a couple of years, DEAR CONFLICTED: Yes, I have. and it never seems to subside. We are But you say you have an excellent both married to others, seemingly relationship with your mother, and happily. I like his wife very much, and this behavior is recent. Do you call I would never want to hurt her. and interact individually with her the I think he is a wonderful human way you do with your father? If not, it being, and he has said as much to might help to give her more attention me. We would never entertain the

idea of an affair. From my standpoint, I don’t know what to do. Do you have any suggestions? I try to give my own husband lots of love. ­— TORN BETWEEN TWO IN MONTANA DEAR TORN: Do nothing about this crush. Continue giving your husband lots of love, attention and appreciation. Crushes are normal. Sometimes they serve as reminders that we are still alive. As long as they remain “unfertilized romances,” they harm no one. DEAR ABBY: Is there any way to stop charities from sending all of this “free stuff”? When I donate to charity, I intend for my contribution to be used to help someone in need. Instead, I am subjected to all kinds of things in my mailbox. I have received money, postage stamps, greeting cards, notepads and enough mailing labels to far outlast me! I have now decided that any charity that sends me merchandise or any

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other “freebie” will be taken off my donation list. I hate to write bona fide charities off my list, but it has become ridiculous. ­­— WASTEFUL IN WASHINGTON DEAR WASTEFUL: You are not the only person to complain about this. I receive many letters from equally frustrated readers about it. Before donating to any charity, go online and check out If you do, it will give you insight into where your money goes — including how much of their revenue is spent on salaries and “overhead.” Just because you receive notepads, mailing labels and calendars does NOT mean you are obligated to send money. Please remember that. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Dec. 13, 2019: This year, you often waiver in what you want. Taking your time making solid decisions could be more important than you realize. If single, your sensitivity often draws others to you. Make sure you are not the emotional caretaker -- unless you want to be. It is important to be aware of the type of bond you want. If attached, you are heading in a new direction together. Finances will need strong management to create what you desire, but you can do it. CANCER loves how energized you can get.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Work with what you have. You possess more ideas than you realize. A conversation with a respected associate opens the door. Your imagination takes you to the finale; now you must greet the play. Tonight: Mosey on home early.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH Emphasize communication. If someone does not get your message, try communicating differently. You hold the ability to create much more of what you want. Take a leap of faith. A friend will cheer you on. Tonight: Get out and have a good time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Be aware of your limits, especially financially. You have tried everything and still cannot get past an immediate hassle. Be resourceful and find a friend who has faced a similar situation. A brainstorming session could help. Tonight: Complete some “ho-ho-ho” errands.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH Your intuition guides you when teamed up with your imagination. Do not shut down a situation until you are ready. Push yourself and you will achieve what you want. Tonight: You’re a star wherever you go.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHHH Reach out for someone you care deeply about but have not been as open with as you could be. Share more of your inner thoughts with this person. The exchange will charge your imagination. Tonight: Play it low-key.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Meetings hold the key to success for you. Friends surround you and demonstrate caring and concern. Share what you are up to, and your friends’ support and

energy could push you to success. Tonight: Celebrating TGIF.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

HHHH Defer to others knowing full well when you have given enough of yourself and want some personal time. No doubt you deserve it. You also see how your perspective can change if you roll with different solutions. Tonight: Go along with a friend’s request.

HHH Take a stand and find out what is best for you and others. Conversations lead you down the right path. You have the ability to manifest what is needed, and you have the backing. What is stopping you? Tonight: A must appearance.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

HHH You have been very playful and open. Suddenly you see a situation differently and recognize the type of work you have created for yourself. A friend or associate understands and helps you remedy the situation. Tonight: Time for some R and R.

HHHHH Reach out for another person at a distance. Somehow you cannot succeed -- or you feel that you cannot -- without a discussion with them. Your sixth sense kicks in and directs you where to go. Tonight: Follow your inner desires.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Recognize what is going on around you. If you choose, you could have a good time and not worry at all. A person similar to you enjoys hanging out. You need to accept your responsibilities. Tonight: Go caroling.

HHHH One-on-one relating takes you down an intriguing path. As an adventurer, relating to someone who wants security could be challenging, or at best very interesting. Try walking in the other person’s shoes. Tonight: Make a nice meal.


BORN TODAY Singer Taylor Swift (1989), actor Dick Van Dyke (1925), actor Steve Buscemi (1957)

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Dear Heloise: In my family, we have a tradition that has been handed down for generations and will be part of my upcoming wedding. We carry IVY in our bouquet that has been planted and clipped from the previous bride in the family. After the wedding, the ivy is saved and planted where we can grow it. If we move, we take a few clippings with us and grow it at our new place. This is a small but important tradition that brings our family history with us from one generation to another. — Heather K., Little Rock, Ark. Heather, that’s a clever idea, and one with deep meaning for the brides in your family. Do any of my readers have family wedding traditions? Write and let me know about the things that hold a special meaning for you. -- Heloise

WEBSITES FOR TRAVEL Dear Heloise: My girlfriend and I want to travel

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the U.S. next year, but we would like some suggestions on which websites to visit so we can book our hotels and find things to see and do. We’ll probably drive or fly. Where do we start? — Danny and Ashley, Paducah, Ky. Danny and Ashley, a good place to start is www. There are many sites on the internet that can help you, but if you want to visit certain cities, email their bureau of tourism (the address is usually found online) and ask for information. Many places will also provide you with a map to the city or state. —Heloise

DESKTOP ORGANIZER Dear Heloise: I had a very nice desk organizer that swiveled and was useful when I had a business. Now I use it as a makeup organizer and have it on my bathroom counter. If it gets messy or has dust in the various pockets, I place it in the dishwasher to clean it thoroughly. — Brenda P., Austin, Texas

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House panel delays historic Trump impeachment vote By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee abruptly postponed a historic vote late Thursday on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, shutting down a divisive 14-hour session that dragged with sharp partisan divisions but had been expected to end with the charges being sent to the full House for a vote next week. Approval of the charges against the president is still expected early Friday in the committee. But the sudden turn punctuated the deep split in the Congress, and the nation, over impeaching the president. The committee, made up of some of the most strident Democrats and Republicans in Congress, clashed for all day and into the night as Republicans insisted on lengthy debate on amendments designed to kill the two formal charges with no hope of winning votes from the majority Democrats. Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the committee would resume the session at 10 a.m. Friday.

“It is now very late at night,” Nadler said after presiding over the two day session. “I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these past two days and to search their consciences before they cast their final votes.” Trump is accused, in the first article, of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival, Joe Biden, while holding military aid as leverage, and, in the second, of obstructing Congress by blocking the House’s efforts to probe his actions. The Republicans on the panel, blindsided by the move, were livid. “They do not care about rules they have one thing, their hatred of Donald Trump,” stormed Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the panel. Trump is only the fourth U.S. president to face impeachment proceedings and the first to be running for reelection at the same time. He insists he did nothing wrong and blasts the Democrats’ effort daily as a sham and harmful to America. Republican allies seem unwavering in their opposition to expelling Trump, and

he claims to be looking ahead to swift acquittal in a Senate trial. Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded confident Thursday that Democrats, who once tried to avoid a solely partisan effort, will have the votes to impeach the president without Republican support when the full House votes. But she said it was up to individual lawmakers to weigh the evidence. “The fact is we take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters. “No one is above the law; the president will be held accountable for his abuse of power and for his obstruction of Congress.” The outcome poses potentially serious political consequences for both parties ahead of the 2020 elections, with Americans deeply divided over whether the president indeed conducted impeachable acts and if it should be up to Congress, or the voters, to decide whether he should remain in office. The president has refused to participate in the proceedings, tweeting criticisms as he did Thursday from the sidelines, mocking the charges against him

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., center, arrives for a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on Thursday, in Washington.

in the House’s nine-page resolution as “impeachment light.” But Pelosi said the president was wrong and the case against him is deeply grounded. Democrats contend that Trump has engaged in a pattern of misconduct toward Russia dating back to the 2016 election campaign

Christmas crafts are coming to Nikiski By Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

With Christmas right around the corner, Santa Claus has been making his rounds across the peninsula. This Saturday he’ll making a stop at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, community

members can visit the rec center and pick up a few Christmas gifts at the craft fair, where 35 local vendors will be selling their wares. Rec center shift supervisor Teri Langston said that wood art, holiday cards, cheesecake and pottery are just a few of the different items that will be on display. Damsel in Defense will also be offering self-defense courses, and The Compass

Youth Center will be on hand with Red Bull specials. At 11 a.m., Santa will make his grand entrance. Langston said that anyone who would like a photo with Santa should bring their own camera, and Santa will be at the rec center until about 2 p.m., Langston said. Also starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m., kids will have the opportunity to decorate cookies with the

staff of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area. Each child will be able to decorate one gingerbread cookie and one ornament to take home. Christmas Comes to Nikiski is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact recreation supervisor Jackie Cason at 907-776-8800 or jcason@, or visit

that special counsel Robert Mueller investigated. And they say his dealings with Ukraine have benefited its aggressive neighbor Russia, not the U.S., and he must be prevented from “corrupting” U.S. elections again and cheating his way to a second term next year. “It is urgent,” Pelosi said. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said late Thursday on Fox News, “There is zero chance the president will be removed from office.” He said he was hoping to have no GOP defections in the Senate trial next year. The Judiciary Committee session drew out over two days, with both sides appealing to Americans’ sense of history — Democrats describing a duty to stop what one called the president’s “constitutional crime spree” and Republicans decrying what one said was the “hot garbage”

impeachment and what it means for the future of the country. Trump, apparently watching the live proceedings on television, tweeted his disapproval. “Very sad,” Trump said. As lawmakers dug in for the second day at the stately hearing room in the Capitol, Nadler, D-N.Y., immediately asked for a full reading of the two articles of impeachment against the president as TV cameras carried the live proceedings. Then came a long day of fights over amendments, primarily by Republicans trying to stop the impeachment. They were being rejected by Democrats along party lines. “The central issue of this impeachment is the corruption of our institutions that safeguard democracy by our president,” Nadler said. “We cannot tolerate a president subverting the fairness and integrity of our elections.”


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