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Tuesday, December 31, 2019 • Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

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Holiday note There will be no paper Wednesday and the Clarion office will be closed to allow Clarion employees to spend New Year’s Day with their families.

In the news

New Year to begin with ice and snow Icy conditions will persist into New Year’s Eve, a Dec. 30 special weather statement from the National Weather Service said. The statement — valid for the western Kenai Peninsula, western Prince William Sound, north to Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley — said a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain will continue causing icy conditions through New Year’s Eve. Warming temperatures, a wintry mix of precipitation and gusty winds will continue through Southcentral on Tuesday, causing slick roads and melting snowpack, the statement said. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s for the Kenai area for the rest of Monday, which will cause any rain and water on the roads to refreeze, making for even icier conditions. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will see colder temperatures and snow. The special weather statement encourages residents to stay tuned for updates on the “rapidly changing conditions.”

Remains ID’d as Anchorage woman; homicide suspected ANCHORAGE — Human remains found along a highway south of Anchorage have been identified as that of a woman missing since January. The state medical examiner identified the remains found on the Kenai Peninsula as belonging to Shirley Skeek, 28, of Anchorage. The medical examiner also concluded that she was the victim of homicide, Alaska State Troopers announced Monday. Skeek’s family reported her missing Jan. 3. An outof-town relative called the Anchorage Police See news, Page A3


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Firefighters from the Snake River Valley Type 2 crew work to expand a containment line off of Skilak Lake Road southeast of Sterling on Aug. 30.

2019 in review

Challenges and triumphs. Lively arts and community events. Great feats in sports and recreation. This year will be remembered for what ties our community together and what makes this area so special. Inside, find the Clarion’s review of 2019’s important stories in News (Pages B1-3) and Sports (starting on B6).

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Boise State’s Allie Ostrander competes in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final June 30 at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University in California.

Soldotna City Council rejects wildfire study By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

Soldotna City Council voted down Monday a letter that would support research on mental health and Alaska wildfires. The proposed research study from the University of Alaska Anchorage and John Hopkins School of Public Health would look at understanding and supporting mental health and well-being in the context of intensifying Alaska wildfires. At a special Soldotna City Council meeting, the council voted down

the opportunity to provide a letter of support for the collaborative project, which would include the city and potential residents in the study. Council member Lisa Parker, a regent for the University of Alaska, abstained from voting. Vice Mayor Paul Whitney and council member Dave Carey both voted the motion down. During Monday’s meeting, council member Jordan Chilson said Micha Hahn, professor of environmental science at UAA, is proposing a study assessing the mental health and social impacts in Soldotna. The

project would be funded by a grant from John Hopkins School of Public Health. “The main goal he’s pursuing in this project is to inform and increase preparedness and response capabilities for future wildfires by sharing his findings,” Chilson said Monday. “I think anything that we can do to increase our resiliency as a community — as these are likely to become more commonplace moving forward — I think it would be for our benefit.” During Monday’s discussion, Whitney said he didn’t see the benefit of the study. He said the broader Kenai

Peninsula Borough might be interested in such a study, since many communities within the borough were impacted by the Swan Lake Fire and other fires from this summer season. “I’m not quite sure what the benefit is to the city,” Whitney said. “I could see where the Kenai Peninsula Borough would be interested in this because whatever that wildfire did, it affected the entire borough, not just the city of Soldotna.” Without the letter of support from the city, it is unknown if the proposed study will move forward.

City of Kenai allows for New Year’s Eve fireworks By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

Residents in Kenai city limits will be allowed to ring in the New Year with fireworks for a 48-hour period between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The use of fireworks is forbidden in the Kenai Peninsula Borough unless they are part of a permitted display. Kenai is the only city in the borough exempt from the ban. It will be the fifth year in a row the city allows its residents to engage in personal and private fireworks displays. During the 48-hour period, Kenai residents are allowed to light off any kind of fireworks. They must be

shot from private property, with the consent of the owner. Fireworks are banned from any public land in the city, Jeremy Hamilton, city of Kenai Fire Marshall, said. Residents should consider the risks of fireworks and take caution when using them. Residents should be mindful of neighbors, children and pets when choosing to light off fireworks. “Use common sense,” Hamilton said. “Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation.” The city began to allow fireworks within the limits of Kenai in 2015 when the city council passed an ordinance allowing for the 48-hour window around New Year’s.

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Fireworks are displayed during the 2016 Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration.


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Official results: Sprague is mayor of Soldotna By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

Newly elected Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague took his oath of office at a special Soldotna City Council meeting, held Monday. Both Sprague and Charlene Tautfest were running in the city’s special election to fill the mayor’s seat, which was left

vacant after the Sept. 10 death of Mayor John Nels Anderson. Sprague garnered 199 votes, and 78 were cast for Tautfest, with two write-in votes. With just 279 votes cast and 3,757 registered voters in the city, there was a 7.43% voter turnout, which is the lowest turnout the city has seen in decades. Voter turnout numbers going back

to 1991 are compiled on the city’s website. The second lowest turnout was 7.82% during the 2012 municipal election. This will be Sprague’s second term as mayor. He served the city before in 2015 through 2017. Sprague also served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly from 1998 to 2010, on the

Soldotna City Council from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2011 to 2015. Sprague will serve the city until the next regular election in October 2020, which is when Anderson’s term as mayor would have ended. In the October 2020 election there will be another mayoral race.

2019 will be state’s warmest on record Official says the Earth’s warming oceans was entirely due to human activity. By Peter Segall Juneau Empire

2019 is set to be Alaska’s warmest year on record, part of a warming trend that’s set to continue. “Over the long term, temperatures have nowhere to go but up,” Rick Thoman, Alaska Climate Specialist at the International Arctic Research Center, said in a phone interview. Thoman said human activity is causing the world’s oceans to become warmer, which is in turn raising the temperature of storms coming out of the Arctic. Warmer waters means less sea ice, and less sea ice means warmer air in the atmosphere, Thoman said. “Think of the water in the Chukchi Sea (the sea between Alaska and Russia, north of the Bering Strait) in October, that’s basically a heating pad,” Thoman said. “We’ve got this heating pad sitting there, and it’s adding heat to the polar atmosphere.” That’s going to mean warmer storms in the longterm, according to Thoman. Individual storms can vary in terms of their temperature but the average temperature overall is trending warmer. Alaska’s coldest year on

record was 1956, with a yearly average of 21 degrees. According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy the Juneau region has warmed an average of 4.1 degrees in the winter season since 1970. Northern regions of the state have warmed even more during winter, with the North Slope region warming a total of 9 degrees. This year won’t be Juneau’s warmest on record, but it’s still in the top three. Juneau’s warmest year on record is 2015, according to David Levin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau. 2016 is second and unless the temperature plummets before Jan. 1, 2019 will be third, Levin said. Six of Juneau’s top 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000, Levin said. While 2019 may not set the record for warmest year on record, it looks like it’s going to set the record for lowest snowfall at sea level. Since Oct. 1, the Juneau International Airport has only gotten 5.4 inches of snow. “That currently ranks lowest of all time for that time period,” Levin said. “If we don’t get any snow at the airport between now and New Year’s, it’ll be the lowest start to the year in terms of snowfall.” According to the Weather Service data, since Jan. 1

through Sunday, Juneau has received 58.6 inches of rain. That’s up from 2018 but still 3 inches lower than normal. The U.S. Drought Monitor lists most of the Alaska panhandle as being in drought conditions, with Juneau being in moderate drought and the rest of Southeast abnormally dry. Lower water levels can mean higher electric bills for Juneauites. Drought conditions can cause problems for Alaska Electric Light & Power and how much power they can produce at their dams. With less water, AEL&P can’t provide power to

interruptable customers like Greens Creek Mine and Princess Cruises whose payments help offset regular customer’s bills. Thoman said the Earth’s warming oceans was entirely due to human activity. “There’s positive evidence the warming period we’re going through now is not part of the natural period,” Thoman said in reference to the claim that the global rise in temperatures is part of a natural cycle.“The earth’s climate has of course changed over time. The current changes are definitely not part of any natural cycle.”

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Caregiver Support Meeting Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program: Caregiver Support Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. Topic will be “Beginning a New Year: “How Can We Be Better at “Taking Care to Give Care’.”

Central Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee The Central Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Ninilchik at the Ninilchik School Library on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. Agenda topics will include Upper Cook Inlet Finfish proposals. For more information contact Dave Martin at 567-3306 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Homer at the KBRR Building at 2181 Kachemak Drive on Monday, Jan. 7 and 9 at 6 p.m. Agenda topics will include Upper Cook Inlet Finfish proposals. For more information contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

Alaska Farm Bureau meeting The next meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau will be held at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on Friday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The program will be about Animal Husbandry with a large animal vet and local Co-op Extension expert, Dr. Casey Matney. We encourage any local 4-H or FFA members who may interested in Animal Husbandry to attend. If you are unable to attend in person, please email for zoom meeting information.

Women in Ag Conference The 8th Annual Women in Ag Conference will be held on

around the peninsula Saturday, Jan. 25. The one-day gathering takes place simultaneously at locations throughout Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This year’s theme is Healthy Farms and the Kenai Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau is sponsoring the local venue at the Kenai River Center. Local start time for the event is 7 a.m. Other Alaska locations are Homer, Palmer, Anchorage and Fairbanks. More information and a link to registration can be found at Registration is $30 until Jan. 17 and $35 after that. Contact with questions.

Kenai Historical Society Kenai Historical Society will meet on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors Center. After the business meeting Manny Linderman from Kaknu Kruzers will be guest presenter. He will be showing a video of the local classic cars and some of their road trips all set to oldies music. For more information call June at 283-1946.

‘Dancing at Lughnesa’ auditions Kenai Performers announces auditions for the play, “Dancing at Lughnesa,” directed by Ian McEwen on Friday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 11, 4-6 p.m. at 44045 K-Beach Road (backside of Subway restaurant). Auditions are open to ages 18 and up. There are roles for three men and five women. Rehearsals start in March and performance dates are May 8-10 and 15-17. For more information, call Terri at 252-6808.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge events Visitors are welcome to come watch a movie (choose from our list) when we are open provided there isn’t already something occurring in the multi-purpose room. We do light the fire at noon so feel free to warm up or enjoy the comfy sofas in front of the fireplace in the afternoons. The Wilderness First Aid Class is happening Jan. 11-12. Of the 18 spaces, there are five spaces still available. Register at the Visitor Center. Cost is $185 + $40 for optional CPR. Half cost is due at registration. Class is through SafetyEd (out of Eagle River) but will be in our Environmental Education Center. The Kenai Refuge Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5 p.m. We will be closed the following extra days due to the holidays: Dec. 31 and Jan 1.

Grant writing workshop Learn the ins and outs of writing effective grants. The City of Soldotna is co-sponsoring a workshop on Jan. 27 with expert Meredith Noble, founder of LearnGrantWriting.Org and author of the book “How to Write a Grant.” Participants

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Department to report the family had not heard from Skeek in two weeks and that she had a medical condition that required medication.

Troopers on May 27 received a report that human remains had been found off the Seward Highway near the Hope Cut-off. The medical examiner in early December identified Skeek through dental records. Investigators are asking witnesses to contact them if they have information regarding Skeek, her disappearance or her death. Troopers did not immediately release how Skeek died.

Police release name of woman killed in Anchorage crash ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have released the name of a woman killed

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Freezer Food switches gears for January Tsalteshi Trails continues its Freezer Food Series of community races. November was running month, December was 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 info, email or call 252-6297.

Canine Good Citizen tests 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!

Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholic Anonymous meetings take place seven days a week. Call 907-283-5722 or visit for more information.

North Peninsula Recreation Service Area events Nikiski youth basketball, season starts Jan. 7 for first and second grade, games are held weekly on Tuesday nights. Co-ed volleyball teams also available for fourth and sixth grade, registration going on now. And if you enjoy volunteering or coaching, we could use your help, come be a basketball or volleyball coach. Let’s get dancing, come join our free line dance classes on Jan. 9 and 23 at 6 p.m., must be 18 years’ old or older to participate. Other activities include Home School Gym, Tot Time, Yoga, Full Swing Golf, Senior Stride and Table Tennis. For more information, contact Jackie at 776-8800. The Nikiski Community Recreation Center offers Daily Gym Activities and Fitness Classes. Fitness classes currently being offered are Yoga, Body Blast, Zumba Strong, Senior Stride and Spin Class. Gym activities include tot time and home-school gym time, and pickle ball is held twice a week in the evenings. Full Swing Golf is available Monday through Saturday. For more information, please contact Jackie at 776-8800.

in a weekend traffic crash between a sedan and a dump truck. Cindy Vang, 22, died in the crash on the city’s east side, police said. The crash occurred early Saturday morning. A sedan westbound on Seventh Avenue collided with the dump truck driving north on Bragaw Street. A man driving the sedan and a boy inside the car were transported to a hospital with injuries that police described as “non-life-threatening.” Emergency responders pronounced Vang dead at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Police are seeking witnesses to the crash.

Alaska borough extends emergency declaration for flooding PALMER — An emergency declaration was extended in an Alaska borough where residents were forced to evacuate when an ice jam caused a creek to flood, official said. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly members met with state officials Saturday to discuss options to deal with flooding that began in Willow a week earlier, KTUUTV reported. Residents near the Willow Creek and Deneki Road areas were evacuated the night of Dec. 21-22 when a large chunk of ice jammed at the Deneki bridge and caused upstream flooding. No injuries were reported. Representatives from the state emergency services and public works departments laid out a possible timeline and recovery plan Saturday, but said there are variables in the estimates. Emergenc y workers regained vehicle access Saturday to Deneki Bridge, where the flooding is centered in the community located about a 70-mile drive north of Anchorage. The next step involves diverting the water flow south to a swamp, officials said. The team working to reduce the flooding was waiting for state permits to begin using an excavator to divert the water, civil engineer Dave Lundin said. Lundin predicted the permitting process would be complete by the middle of the week.

“We just need to talk to the agencies and make sure we’re not tripping on our own feet and creating an issue with them by doing something that they’re going to fine the borough for,” Lundin said. Borough officials did not immediately receive a reply to their request to the office of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy to join the emergency declaration or order Alaska National Guard units to assist. The governor makes emergency declarations based on recommendations from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said Todd Smoldon, director of the governor’s MatanuskaSusitna office. “There continues to be access, and there continues to be no life or health or safety issues,” Smoldon said. “Given that, that is why the DMVA has not recommended to the governor that there be an emergency declaration.”

Authorities say Alaska officer kills chain-wielding man JUNEAU — A police officer shot and killed a a man who was swinging a chain and making threats in Juneau early Sunday, according to a statement released by authorities. The officer responding to a report of a disturbance and a shot fired near an apartment complex fatally shot 34-year-old Kelly Michael Stephens in the chest after midnight, the Juneau Police Department said. The Juneau resident had been swinging the chain, threatening to kill the officer and ignoring commands to stop, police said. The man was handcuffed after he was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital, according to authorities. The same officer had also responded to a report hours earlier of a suspect who swung a chain at a man near a store and threatened to kill him, police said. The suspect was not found, authorities said, and it’s unclear if he was the same man killed by police on Sunday. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, Juneau police said. The name of the officer will not be released for a minimum of 24 hours. The Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Investigations will help with the case, police said. — Clarion staff and news services

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Stopping gun violence will require understanding it


uried in the 2020 federal budget bills Congress approved this week is $25 million for gun safety research to be divided between the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The inclusion is less notable for the amount — $25 million is a drop in the bucket when it comes to research funding — than for the fact that Congress budgeted the money at all, ending more than two decades during which it mostly declined to spend research money on this crucial public health issue. The funding drought began with the 1996 Dickey Amendment, named for its sponsor, former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.), that barred use of federal money for research that “may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” That year, Congress also cut $2.6 million from the CDC’s research budget, sending a message to federal agencies to stay away from gun research. It was a clear win for the National Rifle Assn., and a loss for the then-growing body of scholars who viewed gun violence research as a way to prevent injuries — much like the underlying research work that goes into automotive safety regulations — rather than as fuel for gun control. It’s hard to measure what has been lost in the intervening years, but researchers argue that much work needs to be done on understanding individual and social risk factors that can lead to gun violence, examining how exposure to gun violence affects people over time and whether there is a link between that and future acts of violence, what measures are effective at reducing gun violence and what correlations exist between gun injury rates and such factors as opencarry laws, gun thefts and firearm training. “The epidemic of gun violence is a public health emergency,” said U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat whose district includes Newton, Conn., site of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 20 children and six adults. “The funding for evidence-based research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health will help us better understand the correlation between domestic violence and gun violence, how Americans can more safely store guns, and how we can intervene to reduce suicide by firearms.” We hope it does that, and more. Despite the absence of federal funding, research has been growing in recent years into the causes and impacts of gun violence, funded by private donations and innovative programs such as the Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis, which the state Legislature created in 2016 with $5 million in state funding over five years. Six East Coast states last year announced a joint Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium to share data and policy ideas. But such efforts only help fill a significant gap. A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found that about as many people die in the U.S. each year from gun violence as from sepsis, which arises from infections, yet gun violence research drew less than 1% of the funds and generated only 4% of published studies compared to sepsis research. It’s true that gun deaths occur at much lower rates than they did a quarter-century ago, as overall violence has decreased in the U.S. Yet mass shootings are up, and overall gun violence in this country far outpaces the rates among other developed nations. It is in our public health interest to better understand what leads to gun violence, and to try to craft policies and programs to reduce it. The NRA and its acolytes tend to view any knowledge as a threat to Americans’ ability to own arsenals, which is as preposterous as the notion that the federal government will — or even could — rid the nation of privately owned firearms. The government can help lead the way in figuring out how to make this a safer nation, and we hope the new funding is just a start. It is crucial to understanding the cause of, and reducing the incidence of, the one-on-one violence that dominates our gun violence problem, but also mass shootings and gun suicides, which account for about half of gun deaths each year. Knowledge, as they say, is power, and as a nation we need to learn a lot more about this dark aspect of the national psyche. — The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 20

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Newseum closure a loss for learning about free speech

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hy it matters: The closure of the Newseum is a loss for the understanding of how important free speech has been over time and must continue to be in the future. The place is a thousand miles away, so it’s not likely many southern Minnesotans visited the museum frequently, or maybe had even heard of it. Yet, the closing of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., this week is a blow at least symbolically to anyone who values information and the power it has — no matter your age, race, gender or political viewpoint. Nothing made that more clear than walking into the building and seeing eight 12-foot segments of the Berlin Wall. On the one side, the side that faced Communist East Germany, the wall is drab, gray concrete; on the other side, the section facing democratic West Germany, the wall is full of colorful swirls of graffiti, artwork and messages. It’s a stunning visual example of free speech vs. no free speech and is the largest display of unaltered portions of the wall outside of Germany. That’s just one sampling of one

exhibit. The museum is packed full, offering seven levels of exhibits with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. And there are no plans to move all of it to a new space to share with visitors why journalism is important in everyday lives. The 9/11 Gallery displays the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center and a film featuring journalists who describe what it was like to cover the attack with gripping detail and personal reflection of trying to do their jobs as their hearts broke. And knowing the power of photojournalism, the museum exhibits every Pulitzer Prize–winning entry dating back to 1942. If you ever wanted to see both the best and worst of humanity, this exhibit does exactly that. The Newseum didn’t just focus on recorded history, but also explored trends, such as the exploding use of social media or the use of parody and satire to deliver information. And as newspapers around the world, including The Free Press, shared their front pages with the Newseum, visitors could see the pages lined up along the sidewalk outside the building as well as inside and available electronically. Comparing the evolving news pages from around the

country and the world gives a sense of how we are so connected. The museum hasn’t been just a niche visit for journalists and journalism scholars. The plethora of history and important events captured by the media and displayed so well reminded everyone that the First Amendment is about all of us — that shaping our interpretation of the world comes from the information we get, or don’t get. The museum struggled financially in its nearly dozen years of existence, competing to draw visitors for $25 a person when nearby Smithsonian museums are free admission. In addition, many of the funding partners have disappeared as the number of journalists, organizations and supporting foundations has shrunk. The hope is that the closure of a museum isn’t a sign that people value freedom of speech any less; instead maybe we are so used to it that we take if for granted, like water, food, shelter. Even so, that doesn’t make the free flow of information any less important, because it will always be a factor in sustaining democracy. — The Free Press of Mankato (Minnesota), Dec. 30

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Judge dismisses impeachment suit from ex-White House aide By Eric Tucker Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from a former White House official who had challenged a congressional subpoena in the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump. Charles Kupperman, a former deputy national security adviser, sued in October after being subpoenaed by House Democrats to testify in their impeachment investigation into Trump’s interactions with Ukraine. He had asked a judge to decide whether he had to comply with that subpoena from Congress or with a conflicting directive from the White House that he not testify. Both the House of Representatives, which withdrew the subpoena, and the Justice Department, which had said it would not prosecute Kupperman for contempt of Congress for failing to appear, had asked the court to dismiss the case as moot. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon agreed Monday in throwing out the case. He noted that the House had stated explicitly that it would not reissue a subpoena to Kupperman and had not mentioned him by name in an impeachment article this month that accused Trump of obstructing Congress and its investigation.

“This conduct is of course entirely consistent with the repeated representations that counsel for the House has made to this Court. The House clearly has no intention of pursuing (Charles) Kupperman, and his claims are thus moot.” U.S. District Judge Richard Leon

“This conduct is of course entirely consistent with the repeated representations that counsel for the House has made to this Court,” Leon wrote. “The House clearly has no intention of pursuing Kupperman, and his claims are thus moot.” The lawsuit was closely watched since it was a rare challenge of a congressional subpoena in the impeachment inquiry and because of the potential implications it carried for another witness whose testimony has been highly sought by Democrats: former national security adviser John Bolton. Kupperman and Bolton have the same lawyer. Bolton was not subpoenaed by the House but, as a senior adviser to the president on matters of national security, had similar arguments at his disposal. Senate Democrats have identified Bolton as among the current and former Trump administration officials they would like to hear from

in a trial. Charles Cooper, a lawyer for Bolton and Kupperman, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Though Leon said he did not need to resolve Kupperman’s case now, he acknowledged that the conflict could potentially resurface. “Have no doubt though, should the winds of political fortune shift and the House were to reissue a subpoena to Dr. Kupperman, he will face the same conflicting directives that precipitated this suit,” Leon wrote. “If so, he will undoubtedly be right back before this Court seeking a solution to a Constitutional dilemma that has long-standing political consequences: balancing Congress’s well-established power to investigate with a President’s need to have a small group of national security advisors who have some form of immunity from compelled congressional testimony,” Leon wrote.

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With births down, U.S. had slowest growth rate in a century By Mike Schneider Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. grew from 2018 to 2019 by almost a half percent, or about 1.5 million people, with the population standing at 328 million this year, according to population estimates. That’s the slowest growth rate in the U.S. since 1917 to 1918, when the nation was involved in World War I, said William Frey, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. For the first time in decades, natural increase — the number of

births minus the number of deaths — was less than 1 million in the U.S. due to an aging population of Baby Boomers, whose oldest members entered their 70s within the past several years. As the large Boomer population continues to age, this trend is going to continue. “Some of these things are locked into place. With the aging of the population, as the Baby Boomers move into their 70s and 80s, there are going to be higher numbers of deaths,” Frey said. “That means proportionately fewer women of child bearing age, so even if they have children, it’s still going to be less.” Four states had a natural decrease, where deaths outnumbered births: West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. For the first time this decade, Puerto Rico had a population

increase. The island, battered by economic stagnation and Hurricane Maria in the past several years, increased by 340 people between 2018 and 2019, with people moving to the island offsetting natural decrease. International migration to the U.S. decreased to 595,000 people from 2018 to 2019, dropping from as many as 1 million international migrants in 2016, according to the population estimates. Immigration restrictions by the Trump administration combined with a perception that the U.S. has fewer economic opportunities than it did before the recession a decade ago contributed to the decline, Frey said. “Immigration is a wildcard in that it is something we can do something about,” Frey said. “Immigrants tend to be younger and have children, and they can make

a population younger.” Ten states had population declines in the past year. They included New York, which lost almost 77,000 people; Illinois, which lost almost 51,000 residents; West Virginia, which lost more than 12,000 people; Louisiana, which lost almost 11,000 residents; and Connecticut, which lost 6,200 people. Mississippi, Hawaii, New Jersey, Alaska and Vermont each lost less than 5,000 residents. Regionally, the South saw the greatest population growth from 2018 to 2019, increasing 0.8% due to natural increase and people moving from others parts of the country. The Northeast had a population decrease for the first time this decade, declining 0.1% due primarily to people moving away. Monday’s population estimates also offer a preview of which states

may gain or lose congressional seats from next year’s apportionment process using figures from the 2020 Census. The process divvies up the 435 U.S. House seats among the 50 states based on population. Several forecasts predict California, the nation’s most populous state with 39.5 million residents, losing a seat for the first time. Texas, the nation’s second most-populous state with 28.9 million residents, is expected to gain as many as three seats, the most of any state. According to Frey’s projections on Monday, Florida stands to gain two seats, while Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon each stand to gain a seat. Besides, California, other states that will likely lose a seat are Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge to U.S. strikes By Qassim Abdul-Zahra Associated Press

BAGHDAD — An Iranian-backed Iraqi militia vowed Monday to retaliate for U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 of its fighters and wounded dozens, raising concerns of new attacks that could threaten American interests in the region. The U.S. attack — the largest targeting an Iraqi state-sanctioned militia in recent years — and the calls for retaliation, represent a new escalation in the proxy war between the U.S. and Iran playing out in the Middle East. The Iraqi government said it will reconsider its relationship with the U.S.-led coalition — the first time it has said it will do so since an agreement was struck to keep some U.S. troops in the country. It called the attack a “flagrant

violation” of its sovereignty. The U.S. military carried out the strikes Sunday against the Iranianbacked Kataeb Hezbollah militia, calling it retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that it blamed on the group. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the strikes send the message that the U.S. will not tolerate actions by Iran that jeopardize American lives. In a partly televised meeting Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi told Cabinet members that he had tried to stop the U.S. operation “but there was insistence” from American officials. The U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called the Iraqi leader about a half-hour before the strikes to tell him of U.S. intentions to hit bases of the Kataeb Hezbollah militia, Abdul-Mahdi’s office said in a

statement Sunday night, adding that the premier urged him to call off the plan. The U.S. military said “precision defensive strikes” were conducted against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq and Syria. The group, which is a separate force from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, operates under the umbrella of the statesanctioned militias known collectively as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Many of them are supported by Iran. “Our battle with America and its mercenaries is now open to all possibilities,” Kataeb Hezbollah said in a statement around midnight Sunday. “We have no alternative today other than confrontation and there is nothing that will prevent us from responding to this crime.” The Iraqi g overnment condemned the U.S. attack, calling

it a “dangerous violation of the rules of engagement that govern the work of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq” by taking unilateral military action without the approval of Iraqi authorities. In a strongly-worded statement, it said the attack targeted Iraqi forces operating in an area on the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group, and fighters who played an instrumental role in defeating the extremists in eastern Syria and western Iraq. The Iraqi statement said the U.S. attack violated the “goals and principles” of the international coalition fighting IS. Iraq would “review its relationship” with the U.S.-led forces in the country, in order to better preserve “the sovereignty and security of the country,” it added. Iraq’s top Shiite cleric called on the Iraqi government to step in and prevent the country from turning

into “an arena for settling accounts” between regional and international powers. In a statement, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned the “atrocious aggression” by the U.S. and called for the respect of Iraq’s sovereignty and to abstain from violating it “under the pretext of responding to some illegal practices by some sides.” Al-Sistani, however, added that “only Iraqi authorities are entitled to deal with these practices and take necessary measures to prevent them.” The cleric’s comments appeared to be a warning against any retaliation by Iran-backed paramilitary groups which would further inflame the situation in the country. Iraq has been roiled by three months of mass protests against the ruling elite as well as the influence of Iran-backed militias in the country’s politics.

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SoHi girls, boys win tourneys Staff report Peninsula Clarion

The Soldotna girls basketball team won the Prep Division of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic on Monday by defeating West Willis High School 57-32. SoHi head coach wrote in a text that after taking a 22-19 lead after the first half, the Stars clamped down defensively and started finishing offensively. All 10 players who got in the game scored for Soldotna, with Josie Sheridan leading the way with 15 points and Ituau Tuisaula scoring 14. Also for the Stars, Morgan Bouschor had seven points, Autumn Fischer had five points, Mikayla Leadeans had four points, Kianna Holland and Rachel Spence had three points, and Ellie Burns, Meijan Leaf and Drysta Crosby-Schneider each had two points. The Stars are now off until a Nome tournament on Jan. 9. SoHi plays Kotzebue at 2 p.m.

Capital City Classic The Soldotna boys basketball team defeated Juneau-Douglas 54-52 on Monday to take the title of the round-robin Capital City Classic in Juneau. Jersey Truesdell was MVP of the tournament, while Ray Chumley and Tyler Morrison were on the alltournament team. In the title game, Truesdell had 21 points to lead the way, while Mekhai Rich and Ethan Sewell added 10 apiece. The Stars took a 27-20 lead at halftime, held that seven-point lead through the third quarter, then successfully held off the Crimson Bears in the fourth quarter. Monday boys Stars 54, Crimson Bears 52 Soldotna 10 17 14 13 —54 Juneau 10 10 14 18 — 52 SOLDOTNA (54) — Rich 10, Sewell 10, Morrison 0, Hanson 3, Chumley 7, Truesdell 21, Johnson 0, Rosin 3. JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (52) — Elizarde 4, McCurley 6, Bryant 0, McCormick 12, Nichols 8, Soto 0, Kriegmont 18, Watson 4, Salaver 0. 3-point goals — Soldotna 6 (Truesdell 5, Sewell); Juneau 7 (McCormick 3, McCurley 2, Kriegmont 2). Team fouls — Soldotna 16, Juneau 15. Fouled out — none.

agent signings, led by tackle Nate Solder, who has been inconsistent. “He does know his batting average has to increase going forward,” Mara said in putting Gettleman on the spot for next season. Mara, Tisch and Gettleman met with Shurmur on Monday morning and informed him he was being let go with three years left on his contact. Mara and Tisch said they have been talking about the coaching situation for weeks and were in agreement of the need to change. Mara felt there were games the team could have won this season and didn’t. Mara added there is no denying the team made the wrong choices in hiring Ben McAdoo in 2016 and Shurmur in 2018. “I think there are some very attractive candidates out there who will have interest in this job and I think we will get it right this time,” Mara said of the next coach, adding he wants a leader. Tisch, who has been somewhat of the silent co-owner working on the West Coast, plans to be more active after too many frustrating seasons.

Redskins can Allen ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Bruce Allen was mocked five years ago when he proclaimed that his perennially last-place Washington Redskins were “winning off the field.” More eye rolls arrived recently when Allen defended the club’s “culture.” After a lot of losing on the field and all manner of public relations fiascoes off it, Allen is out as president of the NFL team once coached by his father. He was fired Monday, a move announced by owner Daniel Snyder a day after a 3-13 debacle of a season was capped by one last embarrassing loss, 47-16 at rival Dallas. “As this season concludes, Bruce Allen has been relieved of his duties as president of the Washington Redskins and is no longer with the organization,” Snyder said in a statement issued by the team. “Like our passionate fan base, I recognize we have not lived up to the high standards set by great Redskins teams,

coaches and players who have come before us. As we reevaluate our team leadership, culture and process for winning football games, I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead to renew our singular focus and purpose of bringing championship football back to Washington.” From the outset of the 2010 season, the Redskins went 62-97-1 with Allen serving as Snyder’s righthand man, a stretch that featured only two playoff appearances and zero playoff victories. “These guys that are taking the blame and taking that on, it’s on all of us in this building,” said injured quarterback Alex Smith, who spent significant time with Allen and Snyder this season. “We’re all responsible for it.” There could be another important move soon, too: Ron Rivera, fired as coach of the Carolina Panthers during the season, was visiting the Redskins on Monday.


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Florida gets past Virginia By The Associated Press MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Lamical Perine scored on a 61-yard run in the opening minute and didn’t stop after that, totaling 181 yards rushing and receiving with three touchdowns Monday to help No. 6 Florida beat Virginia 36-28 in the Orange Bowl. Perine carried 13 times for a career-high 138 yards rushing at the end of a so-so senior season. But Perine was too quick and speedy for the Cavaliers, as his dash through their secondary on the first series showed. He also scored on a 10-yard run, caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Trask and was chosen the game’s most valuable player. The win means Florida (11-2), led by second-year coach Dan Mullen, will likely finish in the Top Ten in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-09. The Cavaliers (9-5) lost their final two games, but still posted their highest win total since


LOUISVILLE 38, MISSISSIPPI STATE 28 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Micale Cunningham threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 more, and Louisville capped coach Scott Satterfield’s debut season by beating Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals (8-5) rallied from a 14-point deficit by scoring 31 straight to finish their big turnaround from 2-10 last season. Louisville also finally beat Mississippi State on the field for the first time in six tries, though the series now is tied 3-3 thanks to a pair of forfeits by the Bulldogs in the 1970s.

CALIFORNIA 35, ILLINOIS 20 SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Chase Garbers threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading

California over Illinois in the Redbox Bowl. Christopher Brown Jr. ran for 120 yards on 20 carries, and Makai Polk caught five passes for a season-high 105 yards as Cal (8-5) won its first bowl game since 2015. Brandon Peters passed for 273 yards and one touchdown for Illinois (6-7) in his return after sitting out the regularseason finale with a concussion. Peters, who was shaken up again after diving out of bounds following a scramble late in the fourth quarter, completed 22 of 37 passes and added a teamhigh 68 rushing yards. Garbers, who had been in and out of the lineup all season because of a shoulder injury, got going after being sacked on the first play from scrimmage and throwing an incomplete pass on the second. The offensive MVP of the game, Garbers completed 22 of 31 passes for 272 yards with TD passes of 4, 3, 2 and 6 yards. He also scored on quarterback sneak from the

1 early in the second quarter while helping the Bears set a season-high for scoring.

WESTERN KENTUCKY 23, WESTERN MICHIGAN 20 DALLAS — Freshman Cory Munson kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal with no time left after a rules review to give Western Kentucky a victory over Western Michigan in the First Responder Bowl. The Hilltoppers (9-4) drove 36 yards in 27 seconds before Munson kicked his third field goal in four tries. The clock had expired and Munson was given the final play after a fiveyard defensive substitution penalty against the Broncos for having 12 players on the field. Munson had tied the score at 20 on a 31-yarder with 1:36 to play. He also kicked a 26-yarder and missed from 29. Thiago Kapps’ 20-yard field goal with 4:58 to play gave Western Michigan (7-6) a 20-17 lead.

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Giants fire Shurmur EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Co-owner Steve Tisch is looking to take a greater role in the daily operations of the New York Giants as the organization begins a third coaching search in four years and faces criticism for retaining the general manager who hired the last coach. The Giants once again put themselves in the postseason spotlight for the offthe-field reasons when they fired coach Pat Shurmur on Monday and elected to keep general manager Dave Gettleman despite the two combining for nine wins over the past two seasons. Co-owner John Mara said it was a gut instinct to fire Shurmur after the Giants (4-12) lost their regularseason finale to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Mara added the decision to keep the 68-yearold Gettleman was based on giving him the chance to finish a major overall of the roster and the scouting system and to increase use of analytics while spending his first year on the job fighting cancer. Gettleman has been criticized for some questionable trades (Odell Beckham Jr. and Leonard Williams) and his hit-and-miss free


NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 40 24 7 9 57 136 102 Toronto 40 21 14 5 47 142 131 Florida 38 20 13 5 45 138 130 Tampa Bay 37 20 13 4 44 131 116 Montreal 39 18 15 6 42 130 128 Buffalo 40 17 16 7 41 117 125 Ottawa 40 16 19 5 37 111 132 Detroit 40 9 28 3 21 87 157 Metropolitan Division Washington 40 27 8 5 59 143 118 Pittsburgh 39 24 11 4 52 136 104 N.Y. Islanders 37 24 10 3 51 110 97 Philadelphia 39 22 12 5 49 124 113 Carolina 39 23 14 2 48 133 111 N.Y. Rangers 38 19 15 4 42 124 125 Columbus 39 17 14 8 42 101 111 New Jersey 38 13 19 6 32 99 136 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division St. Louis 40 26 8 6 58 127 104 Colorado 39 23 12 4 50 140 112 Dallas 40 22 14 4 48 107 101 Winnipeg 39 21 15 3 45 118 116 Minnesota 40 19 16 5 43 125 133 Nashville 38 18 14 6 42 132 127 Chicago 40 17 17 6 40 113 129 Pacific Division Vegas 42 21 15 6 48 129 123 Vancouver 40 21 15 4 46 132 119 Arizona 41 21 16 4 46 115 107 Calgary 41 20 16 5 45 111 122 Edmonton 41 20 17 4 44 118 129 Anaheim 39 16 18 5 37 101 119 San Jose 40 17 20 3 37 109 137 Los Angeles 41 16 21 4 36 104 129 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. Sunday’s Games St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 1 Chicago 3, Columbus 2, SO New Jersey 4, Ottawa 3, OT N.Y. Islanders 3, Minnesota 1 Boston 3, Buffalo 2 Florida 6, Montreal 5 Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 1 Dallas 4, Arizona 2 Philadelphia 2, Anaheim 1, OT Vancouver 5, Calgary 2 Monday’s Games Pittsburgh 5, Ottawa 2 Tuesday’s Games Boston at New Jersey, 9 a.m. N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 9 a.m. Anaheim at Vegas, 11 a.m. Toronto at Minnesota, 2 p.m. Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 3 p.m. Montreal at Carolina, 3 p.m. Florida at Columbus, 3 p.m. San Jose at Detroit, 3:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Colorado, 4 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 5 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 5 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Edmonton, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Los Angeles,5 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Nashville at Dallas, 10 a.m. Thursday’s Games Columbus at Boston, 3 p.m. Edmonton at Buffalo, 3 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal, 3 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. San Jose at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 3:30 p.m. Toronto at Winnipeg, 4 p.m. Anaheim at Arizona, 5 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Calgary, 5 p.m. St. Louis at Colorado, 5:30 p.m. Chicago at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Vegas, 6 p.m. All Times AKST

Football NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England 12 4 0 .750 420 225 x-Buffalo 10 6 0 .625 314 259 N.Y. Jets 7 9 0 .438 276 359 Miami 5 11 0 .313 306 494 South y-Houston 10 6 0 .625 378 385 x-Tennessee 9 7 0 .563 402 331 Indianapolis 7 9 0 .438 361 373 Jacksonville 6 10 0 .375 300 397 North y-Baltimore 14 2 0 .875 531 282 Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 289 303 Cleveland 6 10 0 .375 335 393 Cincinnati 2 14 0 .125 279 420 West y-Kansas City 12 4 0 .750 451 308 Denver 7 9 0 .438 282 316 Oakland 7 9 0 .438 313 419 L.A. Chargers 5 11 0 .313 337 345 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East y-Philadelphia 9 7 0 .563 385 354 Dallas 8 8 0 .500 434 321 N.Y. Giants 4 12 0 .250 341 451 Washington 3 13 0 .188 266 435 South y-New Orleans 13 3 0 .813 458 341 Atlanta 7 9 0 .438 381 399 Tampa Bay 7 9 0 .438 458 449 Carolina 5 11 0 .313 340 470 North y-Green Bay 13 3 0 .813 376 313 x-Minnesota 10 6 0 .625 407 303 Chicago 8 8 0 .500 280 298 Detroit 3 12 1 .219 341 423 West y-San Francisco 13 3 0 .813 479 310 x-Seattle 11 5 0 .688 405 398 L.A. Rams 9 7 0 .563 394 364 Arizona 5 10 1 .344 361 442 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sunday’s Games Chicago 21, Minnesota 19 Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 22, OT Miami 27, New England 24 Green Bay 23, Detroit 20 Cincinnati 33, Cleveland 23 Kansas City 31, L.A. Chargers 21 N.Y. Jets 13, Buffalo 6 New Orleans 42, Carolina 10 Denver 16, Oakland 15 Tennessee 35, Houston 14 Dallas 47, Washington 16 Jacksonville 38, Indianapolis 20 Philadelphia 34, N.Y. Giants 17

Baltimore 28, Pittsburgh 10 L.A. Rams 31, Arizona 24 San Francisco 26, Seattle 21

Minnesota at Milwaukee, 4 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 6:30 p.m.


Women’s AP Top 25

Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Buffalo at Houston, 12:35 p.m. (ABC/ESPN) Tennessee at New England, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 5 Minnesota at New Orleans, 9:05 a.m. (FOX) Seattle at Philadelphia, 12:40 p.m. (NBC) All Times AKST

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

All Times AKST

Tuesday, Dec. 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, N.C. Kentucky (7-5) vs. Virginia Tech (8-4), 8 a.m. (ESPN)

Record 1. UConn (19) 10-0 2. Oregon (5) 10-1 3. Oregon St. (5) 12-0 4. South Carolina (1) 12-1 5. Stanford 11-1 6. Baylor 9-1 7. Louisville 12-1 8. Florida St. 13-0 9. NC State 12-0 10. UCLA 12-0 11. Texas A&M 12-1 12. Maryland 10-2 13. Kentucky 11-1 14. Indiana 11-2 15. Mississippi St. 12-2 16. DePaul 11-2 17. Gonzaga 12-1 18. Arizona 12-0 19. West Virginia 9-1 20. Arkansas 12-1 21. Missouri St. 9-2 22. Tennessee 10-2 23. Miami 9-3 24. Minnesota 11-1 25. Texas 8-4

Sun Bowl El Paso, Texas Florida State (6-6) vs. Arizona State (7-5), 10 a.m. (CBS)

Others receiving votes: South Dakota 40, Michigan 26, Rutgers 24, Princeton 10, Colorado 9, Northwestern 7, LSU 5, Kansas 4, Arizona St. 1, Michigan St. 1, Nebraska 1, Texas Tech 1.

Liberty Bowl Memphis, Tenn. Kansas State (8-4) vs. Navy (10-2), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)

Men’s AP Top 25

Bowl Glance Monday, Dec. 30 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Dallas Western Kentucky 23, Western Michigan 20 Music City Bowl Nashville, Tenn. Louisville 38, Mississippi State 28 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, Calif. California 35, Illinois 20 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida 36, Virginia 28

Arizona Bowl Tucson, Ariz. Wyoming (7-5) vs. Georgia State (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (CBSSN) Alamo Bowl San Antonio Texas (7-5) vs. Utah (11-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, Fla. Michigan (9-3) vs. Alabama (10-2), 9 a.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl Tampa, Fla. Minnesota (10-2) vs. Auburn (9-3), 9 a.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl Pasadena, Calif. Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (10-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sugar Bowl New Orleans Georgia (11-2) vs. Baylor (11-2), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 2 Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl Cincinnati (10-3) vs. Boston College (6-6), 11 a.m. (ESPN) Gator Bowl Jacksonville, Fla. Indiana (8-4) vs. Tennessee (7-5), 3 p.m. (ESPN) All Times AKST

Basketball NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 22 8 .733 -Philadelphia 23 12 .657 1½ Toronto 22 11 .667 1½ Brooklyn 16 16 .500 7 New York 9 24 .273 14½ Southeast Division Miami 24 9 .727 -Orlando 14 19 .424 10 Charlotte 13 22 .371 12 Washington 10 22 .313 13½ Atlanta 7 27 .206 17½ Central Division Milwaukee 30 5 .857 -Indiana 21 12 .636 8 Chicago 13 21 .382 16½ Detroit 12 22 .353 17½ Cleveland 10 22 .313 18½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division Houston 22 11 .667 -Dallas 21 11 .656 ½ San Antonio 13 18 .419 8 Memphis 13 21 .382 9½ New Orleans 11 23 .324 11½ Northwest Division Denver 23 9 .719 -Utah 21 12 .636 2½ Oklahoma City 17 15 .531 6 Portland 14 20 .412 10 Minnesota 12 20 .375 11 Pacific Division L.A. Lakers 26 7 .788 -L.A. Clippers 23 11 .676 3½ Phoenix 13 20 .394 13 Sacramento 12 21 .364 14 Golden State 9 25 .265 17½ Sunday’s Games Oklahoma City 98, Toronto 97 Memphis 117, Charlotte 104 New Orleans 127, Houston 112 Denver 120, Sacramento 115 L.A. Lakers 108, Dallas 95 Monday’s Games Atlanta 101, Orlando 93 Washington 123, Miami 105 Minnesota 122, Brooklyn 115, OT Milwaukee 123, Chicago 102 Utah 104, Detroit 81 Phoenix 122, Portland 116 Tuesday’s Games Boston at Charlotte, 11a.m. Philadelphia at Indiana, 11 a.m. L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Toronto, 3 p.m. Denver at Houston, 3 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio, 3 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Orlando at Washington, 2 p.m. Portland at New York, 3:30 p.m.

Pts Prv 722 1 703 2 680 3 661 4 622 5 614 6 576 7 560 8 503 9 497 10 445 11 406 12 376 13 344 14 341 15 291 16 274 17 265 18 207 19 162 20 116 21 98 22 62 24 50 -46 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: 1. Gonzaga (63) 2. Duke (1) 3. Kansas (1) 4. Oregon 5. Ohio St. 6. Baylor 7. Louisville 8. Auburn 9. Memphis 10. Villanova 11. Butler 12. Michigan 13. San Diego St. 14. Michigan St. 15. Maryland 16. West Virginia 17. Kentucky 18. Florida St. 19. Virginia 20. Dayton 21. Penn St. 22. Texas Tech 23. Iowa 24. Wichita St. 25. Arizona

Record 13-1 11-1 10-2 11-2 11-2 9-1 11-2 12-0 11-1 9-2 12-1 10-3 13-0 10-3 11-2 11-1 9-3 11-2 10-2 10-2 11-2 9-3 10-3 11-1 10-3

Pts Prv 1621 1 1516 4 1497 5 1361 6 1277 2 1267 7 1196 3 1159 8 1055 9 970 10 883 12 880 11 780 15 747 14 720 13 719 22 674 19 531 17 506 16 483 18 312 20 175 23 137 25 135 -113 24

Others receiving votes: Colorado 74, Xavier 58, DePaul 47, Washington 40, N. Iowa 32, Utah St. 30, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 28, Marquette 27, Arkansas 19, Purdue 12, Creighton 10, Georgetown 10, Indiana 5, Houston 4, St. John’s 3, Virginia Tech 3, BYU 2, ETSU 2, Seton Hall 2, Florida 1, Stanford 1, Yale 1.

Women’s Scores EAST Binghamton 75, NJIT 40 Drexel 70, Maine 57 Fordham 63, Houston 54 Harvard 61, Rhode Island 58 Rider 71, Delaware St. 69 Saint Joseph’s 49, Navy 40 Samford 65, Hofstra 45 Temple 72, La Salle 69 UMass 86, Southern Connecticut State 43 SOUTH Coll. of Charleston 73, W. Carolina 62 Columbia 75, Tennessee St. 65 Elon 87, Furman 76 Holy Cross 75, Stetson 63 Memphis 79, Alabama A&M 71 NC A&T 69, VCU 58 North Carolina 70, Pittsburgh 62 Richmond 77, Norfolk St. 69 South Florida 70, Brown 60 Tulane 56, Georgia Southern 40 UAB 103, Tuskegee 60 UCF 64, Cent. Michigan 58 MIDWEST Ball St. 84, Urbana 49 Bowling Green 91, Davis & Elkins 52 Cincinnati 86, Coppin St. 40 IUPUI 78, Cleveland St. 53 Iowa St. 80, North Alabama 72 Kansas 83, Wofford 64 Kent St. 92, Hiram 36 N. Kentucky 61, Milwaukee 49 Saint Louis 55, Indiana St. 53 Valparaiso 78, E. Illinois 66 W. Michigan 70, Loyola of Chicago 60 Wichita St. 77, Grambling St. 65 Wright St. 70, Green Bay 58 Youngstown St. 77, Ill.-Chicago 65 SOUTHWEST Baylor 94, Morehead St. 47 Oklahoma St. 84, Duquesne 41 Prairie View 79, Huston-Tillotson 60 Sam Houston St. 102, Wiley 52 Texas Southern 74, Texas-Arlington 63 Texas State 67, Alcorn St. 59 FAR WEST Air Force 93, Nebraska Wesleyan 42 BYU 65, Pepperdine 47 Idaho 70, Weber St. 50 Idaho St. 67, E. Washington 47 Montana 64, Sacramento St. 60 Montana St. 72, N. Arizona 64 Pacific 84, San Francisco 61 S. Utah 71, Portland St. 58 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 95, Santa Clara 87 San Diego 67, Loyola Marymount 59 UC Santa Barbara 72, Ottawa University Arizona 57

Men’s Scores EAST Albany (NY) 67, Columbia 66 Buffalo 84, St. Bonaventure 79

Coll. of Charleston 75, Delaware 63 Drexel 71, UNC-Wilmington 66 Fordham 62, Coppin St. 56 Hofstra 75, Towson 67 New Hampshire 70, Dartmouth 56 Pittsburgh 87, Canisius 79 Rutgers 94, Caldwell 49 UMBC 89, Penn State York 57 Villanova 68, Xavier 62 Washington Adventist University 78, Delaware St. 76 SOUTH Georgia 78, Austin Peay 48 Georgia St. 83, Middle Georgia State 53 Green Bay 73, N. Kentucky 59 Louisiana Tech 80, Southern Miss. 49 Memphis 84, Tulane 73 Mississippi St. 96, Kent St. 68 NC Central 108, Mid-Atlantic Christian 63 North Carolina 70, Yale 67 Northeastern 88, James Madison 72 Penn 81, Howard 62 SC State 58, Jacksonville 52 Stetson 63, South Carolina 56 Vanderbilt 76, Davidson 71 William & Mary 74, Elon 73 MIDWEST Akron 85, UMass 79 Cleveland St. 82, IUPUI 80 Dayton 77, North Florida 59 E. Michigan 88, Concordia (MI) 53 Indiana St. 68, S. Illinois 56 Loyola of Chicago 66, Valparaiso 63 Miami (Ohio) 119, Wilberforce 52 Missouri 91, Chicago St. 33 Seton Hall 74, DePaul 66 Wright St. 82, Milwaukee 70 Youngstown St. 70, Ill.-Chicago 64 SOUTHWEST Baylor 83, Jackson St. 57 Oklahoma 91, Rio Grande 72 Prairie View 92, Huston-Tillotson 77 TCU 87, George Mason 53 Texas 89, High Point 58 Texas A&M 58, Texas Southern 55 FAR WEST Gonzaga 93, Detroit 72 Harvard 84, San Francisco 81 Idaho St. 75, E. Washington 69 Montana 52, Sacramento St. 50 Montana St. 63, N. Arizona 61 S. Utah 83, Portland St. 81 Weber St. 69, Idaho 68


BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Agreed to terms with LHP Dallas Keuchel on a three-year contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Designated INF Richard Ureña for assignment. Agreed to terms with INF Travis Shaw on a one-year contract. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Signed OF Kole Calhoun to a two-year contract. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS — Signed LHP Jayson Aquino. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Fined Golden State Warriors F Marquese Chriss $35,000 for shoving Dallas Mavericks G Luka Doncic to the floor. ATLANTA HAWKS — Transferred F Charlie Brown Jr. from College Park (NBAGL). FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed CBs Sojourn Shelton and Duke Thomas, WRs Johnnie Dixon and A.J. Richardson, OL Sam Jones, DL Lyndon Johnson and P Ryan Winslow to reserve/futures contracts. CHICAGO BEARS — Signed OL Dino Boyd, DB Xavier Crawford, WR Reggie Davis, DB Stephen Denmark, WR Thomas Ives, OL Sam Mustipher, TE Dax Raymond, LB James Vaughters and WR Alex Wesley to reserve/futures contracts. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Claimed CB Tony Brown off waivers from Green Bay. Signed TE Moritz Böhringer and WR DaMarkus Lodge to reserve/ future contracts. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Signed DT Brandin Bryant, CB Donnie Lewis Jr., WR J’Mon Moore, DE Trevon Young, LBs Jermaine Grace and Montrel Meander and Gs Malcolm Pridgeon and Willie Wright to reserve/futures contracts. DETROIT LIONS — WR Victor Bolden, WR Jonathan Duhart, LS James Fisher, P Jack Fox, S A.J. Howard, WR Tom Kennedy, T Matt Nelson, DT Olive Sagapolu, LB Christian Sam, G Casey Tucker and P Matt Wile to reserve/futures contracts. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed TE Mo AlieCox, K Chase McLaughlin and WR Zach Pascal to one-year contract extensions. Signed RBs Bruce Anderson III and Darius Jackson; TEs Ian Bunting, Xavier Grimble and Matt Lengel; G Chaz Green; DE Gerri Green; WR Malik Henry; CBs Picasso Nelson Jr. , Lafayette Pitts and Jackson Porter; OTs Cedrick Lang, Andrew Donnal and Travis Vornkahl to reserve/future contracts. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Fired offensive coordinator Chad O<Shea, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and safeties coach Tony Oden. NEW YORK GIANTS — Fired coach Pat Shurmur. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Signed G Richie Incognito to a two-year contract extension. Signed DE Ade Aruna, DB Jordan Brown, DE Kendall Donnerson, OL Kyle Kalis, C Erik Magnuson and WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams to reserve/future contracts. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Fired coach Bruce Allen. Signed P Tress Way to a multi-year contract extension. Signed T Paul Adams, DE Ryan Bee, WR Emanuel Hall, DE Cameron Malveaux and WR Jordan Veasy to reserve/future contracts. Canadian Football League HAMILTON TIGER-CATS — Re-signed DB Mike Daly. OTTAWA REDBLACKS — Named Charlie Eger running backs coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS — Recalled RW Daniel Sprong from San Diego (AHL). ARIZONA COYOTES — Recall F Michael Chapu from Tucson (AHL). BUFFALO SABRES — Signed LW Dalton Smith. DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned G Calvin Pickard to Grand Rapids (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Signed D Nikita Okhotyuk to a three-year, entry-level contract. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned F Mathieu Joseph to Syracuse (AHL). Acquired D Patrick Sieloff from the Anaheim Ducks for F Chris Mueller. SOCCER Major League Soccer DALLAS — Sent M Pablo Aránguiz to Universidad de Chile (Primera División-Chile) on a one-year loan. INTER MIAMI — Named Diego Alonso coach. ORLANDO CITY — Signed D Antônio Carlos on a one-year loan from Palmeiras (Série A-Brazil). COLLEGE OHIO STATE — Announced RB J.K. Dobbins is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.

Peninsula Clarion

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Will playoffs be as unpredictable as regular season?


f you predicted when December began that the Patriots would be playing in the wild-card round, take a bow. If you said back then the Eagles would win the NFC East, particularly after a loss at Miami and a string of injuries that would send most teams spiraling to the bottom of the league, raise your hand. How about the Chiefs winning as much with defense as offense? Same thing for the Packers? Did you get those right? Not a whole lot went as expected at the conclusion of the 16-game schedule. So as we head into January and the postseason, nothing is certain. Here’s a look at all 12 participants:

AFC BALTIMORE Any team that rides a 12-game winning streak to the wire and goes 14-2, including victories over some very strong competition, deserves a Super Bowl front-runner role. Lamar Jackson’s mercurial rise from

developing quarterback to nearly unstoppable force, plus a balanced roster, strong special teams and terrific coaching, puts the Ravens atop the NFL. “This is the best team in football during the regular season. There’s no doubt about that,” coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s done. But that doesn’t count anything toward the next season.” KANSAS CITY The major reason the Chiefs didn’t make the Super Bowl last season was a defense that couldn’t stop air. Now, under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, that unit is formidable. Getting a wild-card bye was huge as the Chiefs get to heal up and also enjoy an extra week to prepare for their next opponent, which could be the Patriots. NEW ENGLAND Yeah, yeah, we know: The Patriots have been declared doomed so many times before and wind up lifting the Lombardi Trophy. This has a different feel. Consider that they lost to the Dolphins in Foxborough with the No. 2 seed on the

Barry Wilner On Football

line. The defense that carried them much of the season was torn apart, particularly in the clutch. The offense looked ordinary, Still, their resume says to never dismiss the Patriots. “It was a great chance for us to not play next week, and we didn’t take advantage of it,” Tom Brady said. “We just didn’t play good enough.’’ HOUSTON The Texans’ postseason history tells us they will stumble early, perhaps next weekend against the Bills. They have playmakers on both sides of the ball, and they will play at home, though. BUFFALO No opponent will intimidate the Bills, certainly not the Texans. Look for a lowscoring affair that could be decided by just how much second-year quarterback Josh Allen has matured. TENNESSEE If the Titans get running back Derrick Henry going the way he has for most of the last two months, and

Ryan Tannehill protects the ball, Tennessee will not be an easy out. Not even at Gillette Stadium.

NFC SAN FRANCISCO After barely surviving at Seattle on Sunday night — and pretty much surviving a season full of edge-of-thecliff outcomes — the 49ers earned the top seed. A team that went 4-12 in 2018 will have home-field advantage in the conference. The Niners are balanced, featuring a superb front four on defense, a game-breaking tight end in George Kittle, and more than enough moxie to add to the franchise’s legacy of titles. GREEN BAY The Packers are a surprise No. 2 seed with a bye. New coach Matt LaFleur has melded his offense to fit Aaron Rodgers, running back Aaron Jones provides a terrific complement, and the free agency additions on defense, most notably the Smith Brothers (Preston and Za’Darius) , make Green Bay a very dangerous opponent. “We’re going to be a tough

team to deal with in the playoffs,” Rodgers said. Yep. NEW ORLEANS You certainly can say the same for the Saints, who had some crazy things happen in the last two years to keep them from claiming an NFL championship. If their defense finds its stinginess, the Saints could be unbeatable. Their offense is rolling, with Drew Brees seemingly in his prime at age 40, Michael Thomas an uncoverable receiver, and imaginative play calling that not only entertains, but can swing outcomes. “When you look at the stretch of the past five or six weeks, the emphasis is how do we get better? How do we improve? How do we get ourselves in the best form going into the playoffs?” Brees said. They are close. PHILADELPHIA We’ll say it right here: We’ve fallen for the Eagles. Their resilience, perseverance, versatility seemingly with more regulars out injured than on the field is uplifting. No one has done a better job coaching with less to work with than Doug

Pederson. The same can be said about quarterback Carson Wentz. So we’re not going to overlook them as they host a wildcard game. “Guys are stepping up every day,”standout DT Fletcher Cox said. ``When a guy goes down, it just brings this team so much closer. When guys get chances, they’ve been taking advantage every time they get a chance and guys are playing at a high level.” SEATTLE Like the Eagles, the Seahawks have been damaged by the injury bug. Now, they head to Philly in meeting of two overachieving teams that shrug at the odds. Russell Wilson has had another great season — that’s about all he’s ever had — and Pete Carroll has rebuilt his defense quicker than anyone could have surmised. MINNESOTA One of the better wild-card entries of recent years — that just shows how top-heavy the NFC is — the Vikings could pull off a road win next weekend. They also don’t instill much confidence because of their inconsistencies.

Pens top Senators Giannis returns to lead victory PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the first minute sparked the Pittsburgh Penguins to a victory that ended with distressing thud. Malkin scored twice but teammate Jake Guentzel was injured right after getting his 20th of the season in the Penguins’ 5-2 win Monday night over the Ottawa Senators. Guentzel had a threepoint night but left after scoring 6:55 into the third period. Guentzel, who was selected to his first All-Star Game on Monday, tapped one into a partially empty net off Malkin’s feed, then crashed hard into the wall following contact with Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot. Guentzel immediately went to the dressing room after getting his 200th career point. “I hope he’s not out long,” Malkin said. “It didn’t look good. But everyone understands it’s hockey. It’s tough. I need to play better next game if Jake doesn’t play.” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan didn’t have an update on Guentzel. “It was really scary,” Sullivan said. “Those are always dangerous when you fall that distance from the

boards. He’s being evaluated. We’ll probably have more information on him (Tuesday).” Malkin stretched his points streak to six games. He has seven goals and 24 points in his past 13 contests. Patric Hornqvist and Dominik Simon also scored the Penguins, who have won three straight and 10 of 12. Tristan Jarry stopped 24 shots to win his sixth straight game. He has won eight of his last nine starts and allowed no more than two goals in 14 of 18 appearances this season. Nick Paul scored twice for the Senators, who ended a five-game points streak. Paul has three goals in his last two games. Marcus Hogberg made 28 saves for the Senators. “We were unable to contain their top guys,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “Defensively in our zone and off the rush, Malkin just kind of ate us up tonight.” Pittsburgh has won 14 of 22 games without captain Sidney Crosby, who has been out since November because of core muscle surgery. Crosby has recently started skating.

By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points and 10 rebounds after missing two games with a sore back, and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half for a 123-102 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s second-leading scorer with an average of 30.5 points per game entering this one, played only 27 minutes and sat out the final 5 1/2 because of the lopsided score. He was 8 for 14 from the field with six assists. Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks and Eric Bledsoe had 15 points in 16 minutes after missing the previous eight games with a fractured right leg. Milwaukee improved to a leaguebest 30-5. Zach LaVine scored 19 points for the Bulls but shot just 7 for 23 from the field.

WIZARDS 123, HEAT 105 WASHINGTON — Jordan McRae scored a seasonhigh 29 points, Garrison Mathews had a career-high 28 and Ian Mahinmi added a career-best 25 as the depleted

LeBron is male athlete of decade By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer

He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10 years than he did. He started a school. He married his high school sweetheart. “That’s all?” LeBron James asked, feigning disbelief. No, that’s not all. Those were just some highlights of the last 10 years. There were many more, as the man called “King” spent the last decade reigning over all others — with no signs of slowing down. James is The Associated Press male athlete of the decade, adding his name to a list that includes Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer. He was a runaway winner in a vote of AP member sports editors and AP beat writers, easily outpacing runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. “You add another 10 years of learning and adversity, pitfalls, good, great, bad, and any smart person who wants to grow will learn from all those experiences,” James,

who turns 35 Monday, told the AP. “A decade ago, I just turned 25. I’m about to be 35 and I’m just in a better (place) in my life and have a better understanding of what I want to get out of life.” Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating the sprints at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, soccer superstar Lionel Messi was fourth and Michael Phelps — the U.S. swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 gold — was fifth. James was revealed as the winner Sunday, one day after Serena Williams was announced as the AP’s female athlete of the decade. In his 17th season, he’s on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time while remaining among the NBA’s scoring leaders. “When LeBron James is involved,” Denver coach Michael Malone said, “I’m never surprised.” Including playoffs, no one in the NBA scored more points than James in the last 10 years. He started the decade 124th on the league’s all-time scoring list. He’s now about to pass Kobe Bryant for No. 3. No. 2 Karl Malone and No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are within reach. Is Abdul-Jabbar in his

sights? Is catching him the new decade’s goal? “I would be lying if I said I don’t see it,” James said. “Obviously I’m not trying to say, ‘OK, well if I play this amount of time, if I average this’ ... I’m not doing that because I’ve never done that with my career. I’ve always just kind of let it happen. Whatever happens, happens. But I see it. I do see it.” His work ethic, even now, makes even those closest to him marvel. Here’s a typical day this past summer for James, who remains obsessed with working even though fame and fortune found him long ago: He’d wake up at 3 a.m. and be at the Warner Bros. lot by 3:45 — where a weight room and court, built just for him, were waiting. He’d be lifting by 4 a.m., getting shots up by 5:30 and be ready to start another day of shooting the remake of “Space Jam” that he has been planning for years by 7 a.m. “That’s who he is,” said Mike Mancias, one of the longesttenured and most trusted members of James’ inner circle, tasked for more than 15 years with keeping James fit. “He does whatever it takes when it comes to fulfilling his commitments to everything — especially his game and his craft.”

Washington Wizards beat Miami. With the Wizards (10-22) minus All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal and five other key members of their rotation, they got huge contributions from an unexpected trio. McRae, a third-year player, Mathews, in his 11th NBA game, and Mahinmi, a 13-year veteran, enjoyed nights to remember against Miami (24-9), which had its five-game winning streak snapped. The Heat entered with the secondbest record in the East and lost for just the third time in 20 games against conference opponents. Jimmy Butler led Miami with 27 points. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

SUNS 122, TRAIL BLAZERS 116 PORTLAND, Ore. — Devin Booker scored 33 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. had 29 and Phoenix rallied past Portland. After trailing by 19, the Suns roared back to win their second consecutive game and hand the Trail Blazers their fourth straight defeat. A 3-pointer by Oubre gave Phoenix a 120-114 lead with

43.8 seconds left. After the shot, Oubre blew kisses to the Blazers crowd. Ricky Rubio added 18 points and 13 assists for the Suns. Damian Lillard had 33 points and CJ McCollum scored 25 for Portland. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 22 rebounds.

JAZZ 104, PISTONS 81 SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points and Jordan Clarkson added 20 to lead Utah over Detroit. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 19 rebounds for the surging Jazz, and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17. Utah won for the eighth time in nine games. Derrick Rose had 20 points to lead the Pistons, and Andre Drummond added 15 points and 13 rebounds. Detroit has dropped seven straight against Utah.

TIMBERWOLVES 122, NETS 115, OT MINNEAPOLIS — Shabazz Napier scored a season-high 24 points, Jarrett Culver added 21 and the shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves rallied past Brooklyn

in overtime. The Timberwolves had lost 12 of 13 and were again without injured KarlAnthony Towns and ill Andrew Wiggins. Gorgui Dieng started in Towns’ place and had 11 points and 20 rebounds. It was Minnesota’s first home win since Nov. 13. Keita Bates-Diop added 15 points off the bench. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 36 to lead the Nets, who have lost three straight.

HAWKS 101, MAGIC 93 ORLANDO, Fla. — Brandon Goodwin scored 21 points, Kevin Huerter added 19 and Atlanta topped Orlando to end a 10-game skid. Playing without injured guard Trae Young (ankle) for the second straight game, the Hawks trailed by 18 during the first half but rallied in the third quarter. Alex Len scored eight of his 18 points to fuel a 15-4 run, while Atlanta’s defense yielded only six field goals in the period. Len’s drive and dunk just before the horn gave the Hawks a 74-72 lead, and they pulled away near the midpoint of the fourth with an 11-0 run.

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2019. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1986, 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty in connection with the blaze.) On this date: In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed. In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light by illuminating some 40 bulbs at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. In 1904, New York’s Times Square saw its first New Year’s Eve celebration, with an estimated 200,000 people in attendance. In 1951, the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid. In 1972, Major League baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed when a plane he chartered and was traveling on to bring relief supplies to earthquake-devastated Nicaragua crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Rico. In 1974, private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years. In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas. In 1987, Robert Mugabe (moo-GAH’-bay) was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s first executive president. In 1991, representatives of the government of El Salvador and rebels reached agreement at the United Nations on a peace accord to end 12 years of civil war. In 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation (he was succeeded by Vladimir Putin). In 1997, Michael Kennedy, the 39-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado. Pianist Floyd Cramer died in Nashville at age 64. In 2001, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani spent his final day in office praising police, firefighters, and other city employees in the wake of 9/11, and said he had no regrets about returning to private life. Ten years ago: A lone gunman dressed in black killed five people in Espoo, Finland, four of them at a crowded shopping mall, before returning home and taking his own life. Five years ago: In one of his final acts as Maryland governor, Democrat Martin O’Malley announced that he would commute the sentences of four death-row inmates to life in prison without parole. A stampede at Shanghai’s glitzy riverfront during New Year celebrations resulted in 36 deaths. Actor Edward Herrmann, 71, died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. One year ago: Despite some New Year’s Eve gains, stocks finished 2018 with their worst yearly showing in a decade; the S&P 500 ended the year 6.2 percent lower than where it began. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the first major step toward a presidential campaign, telling supporters she would more formally announce a campaign plan in early 2019. House Democrats unveiled a package of bills that would re-open the federal government without approved funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico; Trump, meanwhile, told Fox News Channel that he was “ready, willing and able” to negotiate an end to the partial shutdown that had stretched into its 10th day. Today’s Birthdays: TV producer George Schlatter is 90. Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 82. Actor Tim Considine (TV: “My Three Sons”) is 79. Actress Sarah Miles is 78. Actress Barbara Carrera is 78. Rock musician Andy Summers is 77. Actor Sir Ben Kingsley is 76. Producer-director Taylor Hackford is 75. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is 73. Actor Tim Matheson is 72. Pop singer Burton Cummings is 72. Actor Joe Dallesandro is 71. Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 68. Actor James Remar is 66. Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 61. Actor Val Kilmer is 60. Singer Paul Westerberg is 60. Actor Don Diamont is 57. Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 57. Rock musician Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 56. Actress Gong Li is 54. Author Nicholas Sparks is 54. Actor Lance Reddick is 50. Pop singer Joe McIntyre is 47. Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 44. Donald Trump Jr. is 42. Rapper PSY (Park Jae-sang) is 42. Rock musician Bob Bryar is 40. Rock musician Jason Sechrist (Portugal. The Man) is 40. Actor Ricky Whittle is 40. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is 40. Actor/singer Erich Bergen is 34. DJ/vocalist Drew Taggart (The Chainsmokers) is 30. Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is 24. Thought for Today: “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to!” — William E. Vaughan, American newspaper columnist (1915-1977).

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137 317

(23) LIFE

108 252

(28) USA

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(35) ESPN2 144 209

(36) ROOT 426 687 (38) PARMT 241 241

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Charmed ‘PG’ Charmed ‘14’ “Batman Begins” (2005) Christian Bale, Michael Caine. “The Dark Knight” (2008, Action) Christian Bale, Heath Ledger. Dark Knight Charmed ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ “Jack Reacher” (2012, Action) Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike. (:25) “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” Charmed ‘PG’ Supernatural ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Bones ‘14’ Bones ‘14’ Bones ‘14’ Charmed ‘PG’ Supernatural “Pilot” ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Supernatural ‘14’ Bones ‘14’ Bones ‘14’ Bones ‘14’ SportCtr College Football SERVPRO First Responder Bowl -- Western Kentucky vs Western Michigan. College Football Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl -- Mississippi State vs Louisville. Pregame College Football Belk Bowl -- Virginia Tech vs Kentucky. (N) (Live) (:45) College Football AutoZone Liberty Bowl -- Navy vs Kansas State. 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Bride-to-be attempts to keep costs, hurt feelings down DEAR ABBY: I have qualifies as a true, coman awkward wedding mitted relationship, which conundrum I hope you is the parameter I set can help me with. I am when deciding who gets getting married in April to bring a plus-one. I also and want to invite two don’t want my wedding co-workers with whom to be the event where she I am very close. One of “debuts” her new man. them is married; the I know she will feel other, “Sara,” is in the slighted because in her process of divorcing he’s her boyfriend, Dear Abby mind her husband. Sara was and they are a couple. I Jeanne Phillips unhappy for years with have met him only once, her almost ex-husband, but because they have and we witnessed the deterioration been so secretive, he’s a complete of their marriage over several years. stranger to me. Sara may resent About a year ago, while still that I invited our other co-worker’s married, Sara began an affair. She’s husband and not her “boyfriend.” still “seeing” this man — sneakIs there a way I can handle this tacting out, meeting him on his lunch fully? — BEWILDERED BRIDE break, going to motels — while she DEAR BEWILDERED: If you invite goes through the divorce process. one close co-worker’s significant She considers them to have been a other and exclude the other, there couple for the past year. are guaranteed to be hurt feelings. If I’m keeping a very tight grip on my you explain that you don’t feel she guest list to control the costs. I don’t is in a committed relationship (after want to pass judgment on Sara, but a year!), you will get yourself deeper I don’t think her situation at present into hot water because she will be

insulted. Believe me, if you do what you are considering, it’s going to cost you far more than the price of two dinners. DEAR ABBY: I’m a 67-year-old woman. I’ve been single all my life but now wish I could find a companion to share my later years with. My problem is, I’m not interested in a sexual relationship. I have never been good at the physical part of intimacy. As a result, I’ve had limited experience and not much luck with men. When I was younger, I had a reasonably healthy sexual appetite, but couldn’t seem to do “the act” right, although I enjoyed the prelude. My idea of a relationship now would be with a kind, supportive man who likes to dance and enjoy life, but who’s OK with no sex. Is this a reasonable expectation at my age, or should I just give it all up? I don’t even know how I’d go about finding such a partner without fearing I’d have to prove myself and experience more loss.

Crossword | Eugene Sheffer

Incidentally, I had counseling years ago about other issues, and the strong possibility arose about childhood sexual abuse, but it was vague and not resolved. — WANTING THIS BUT NOT THAT DEAR WANTING: I can’t guarantee that you will find a partner, but there is a website for asexual people that offers a lot of information as well as a way to connect with the rest of the “ace” (short for “asexual”) community. Its members call it AVEN, which stands for Asexual Visibility and Education Network. It can be found at You and many others may find it helpful, and I wish you luck in your quest to find a loving relationship. DEAR READERS: Well, contentious 2019 is at an end! Please accept my heartfelt good wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2020. And if you plan to be out partying tonight to ring in the New Year, please be sure you have appropriate transportation arrangements and be safe! — LOVE, ABBY

Jacqueline Bigar’s Stars

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH Even if you felt out of sync yesterday, you seem to be able to pull out of the discomfort. Nevertheless, you might opt for a more private 24 hours than you initially anticipated. Make the change OK. Tonight: Surround yourself with inspiring people and music.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH You prove to be unstoppable. You have a unique ability to manifest more of what you want at

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH An older person might have some trouble letting you know what he or she is thinking. As a result, there is a nebulous quality that exists between you. Use your imagination — think of what it must be like to be this person. Tonight: So many choices.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Emphasize what needs to happen. Honor a fast change involving plans and someone you deeply care about. How you see this person might be somewhat distorted. A discussion could enlighten you. Tonight: A must appearance.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You could be in a situation where you need to indulge a loved one. He or she might not be viewing a matter as you are, adding an element of distortion. Your sense of humor comes out to play in a conversation. Go along with a loved one’s thinking for now. Tonight: Pull out all the stops.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Let others take the lead

HHH You may want a less lively New Year’s celebration than in the recent past. Perhaps a sense of fatigue has worn you down this holiday season, and a little downtime might be in order. How you celebrate 2020 has little to do with how the year will be. Tonight: Pace yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHHH This New Year’s Eve is yours to make the most of. Loosen up and get into the moment — even visit with that street person you always say “hi” to. Listen to what they share. Make it a point to share cheer and good wishes. Tonight: The moment is now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21) HHHH You could be too tired for your own good. If you notice that fatigue in you, slow down and take a nap. Be honest with yourself: Would you be more content hanging close to home? Tonight: Where you feel most comfortable.

Dear Heloise: I wish groups to which I donate would stop sending return-address stickers in thank-you notes. I cannot possibly use them all, and I’m tired of cutting them up — I don’t want them in the trash or the recycle bin. — Delores C., via email



Rubes | Leigh Rubin

HHHH Use caution with lastminute details. In your excitement and enthusiasm, you could miscount your change. Slow down and you will be a lot happier. Listen to news, or perhaps some gossip, with a grain a salt. Tonight: Start with a glass of bubblies.

HHHHH Zero in on a loved one who has all the items to greet 2020. Joining the celebration might be more meaningful than you imagine. You could be painting the town red before you know it. Tonight: Play 2019 away.

Prior to the 20th century, one of these nowobsolete meanings of “dear” was “noble.” “Dear Sir” (or “Madam” or surname) might be said today as “Noble Sir.” Another extrapolation might include “Honorable Sir.” — David K., Farmington, Pa.


Dear Heloise: If people still send checks in the mail, they should fold the check and then straighten it out again. That way it won’t lay flat against other papers in the envelope and possibly be lost. — Mike, via email It’s easier to grab out of the envelope too! — Heloise

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Dear Readers: It’s fun to post online and participate in conversations with other folks about current events, etc., but there are rules. Even if you have an opposing viewpoint, you can still get along. Keep in mind that your comments should be: 1. Helpful and polite. 2. Brief and clear. 3. And, most importantly, respectful toward others’ views and opinions. These steps are critical for kids to practice early on, too. Monitor their online presence. — Heloise Dear Heloise: Your column is read and enjoyed daily via The (Uniontown, Pa.) Herald-Standard newspaper. Your recent item about the use of “Dear” in the greeting of a business letter might benefit from an additional explanation. The word has evolved over the centuries and has several meanings, some of which have been lost to time.

HHHHH Push hard to accomplish tasks. Your intuition will carry you through a problem with ease. You might want to join friends in the early afternoon before celebrations begin. Tonight: Check in with a sibling or relative.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

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this New Year’s, whether the discussion is about plans or just a simple matter. Kick back and enjoy another person’s ideas. You might not always be as clear or agreeable as you could be. Tonight: Defer to another person.


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This year, you open up to many unusual ideas that you may have automatically rejected in the past. You start to see the universe from another perspective. If single, the people you draw, as well as those who intrigue you, could be very different than in the past. Explore new options and different people. If attached, you have a psychic tie with your sweetie that perhaps you do not recognize, but you will soon. Knowing each other this intimately allows greater depth and understanding. PISCES senses your choices before you act. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

present. You might not always know when or how a desire becomes real, but it does. Be inspired when making your New Year’s resolution. Tonight: Go for the moment.

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Mexico City zoo welcomes second baby giraffe of the year Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City is celebrating its second baby giraffe of the year, already as tall as a full-grown human. The female giraffe was unveiled last week after a mandatory quarantine period following her Oct. 23 birth. She will be named via a public vote to generate empathy with the little cow, zoo director Juan Carlos Sánchez Olmos said Sunday. The 96-year-old zoo on the

grounds of the capital’s central park has a knack for breeding creatures in captivity: This year it welcomed 170 baby animals, including six Mexican gray wolves, which are in danger of extinction. “A new birth of a character as unique, as charismatic as a giraffe becomes emblematic --a flag for conservation, for the prestige of the zoo,” said Sánchez Olmos while four grown giraffes happily munched branches and leaves behind him. Giraffes are considered “vulnerable” because the species faces significant habitat

loss in the 17 countries in subSaharan Africa, where they reside. Unlike the wolves, which will be released into the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park in Baja California, the giraffes are expected to spend their lives under observation in a dusty patch of the Chapultepec Zoo. A team of professionals --including nutritionists, veterinarians and biologists like Sánchez Olmos-takes care of more than 1,000 animals in the zoo, which sits under the flight path of jetliners that roar overhead.

As Sánchez Olmos detailed the zoo’s mission to not just educate and amuse, but also conserve species, caretaker Alejandro González offered long branches from a pomegranate tree to four hungry giraffes. The tallest of the pack eagerly yanked the branches from González’s hands. “What did I tell you?” the caretaker said, looking the tall giraffe square in the eyes. “Take it easy, please.” If González had his way, the new addition to the herd of giraffes would be called Sarita. At least, that’s what he calls her.

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A two-month-old giraffe stands in her enclosure Sunday at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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The things that changed us in 2019

A year of unprecedented natural disasters By Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

Fires and drought exacerbated by unusually high temperatures dominated the news cycle this year. The biggest fire on the peninsula this year was the Swan Lake Fire, which began in a remote part of the Kenai Wildlife Refuge after a lightning strike on June 5. By the end of the summer, the fire had burned 167,182 acres and involved 3,000 fire management personnel from around the country. The fire threatened the communities of Sterling and Cooper Landing with potential evacuation, although no evacuation order was ever issued. At one point in August the fire had crossed the Sterling Highway, prompting multiple, extended closures of the only road leading in or out of the peninsula. This summer saw recordhigh temperatures, which led to water shortages in the city of Seldovia and the Native Village of Nanwalek. The Swan Lake Fire burned well into October and reached alpine areas near Cooper Landing that hadn’t seen fire in decades due in part to the lack of rain on the peninsula. In the wake of these events, some residents of the peninsula gathered with others around the world for a Climate Strike to urge local government officials to address the impacts of a changing climate. Some of those same protesters began gathering every month in a series of

meetings to determine a way to implement environmentally friendly practices in the local community, and eventually they devised a plan to expand community composting. The Kenai Peninsula Borough incorporated into their 2019 Comprehensive Plan climate change mitigation policies, including the formation of a borough commission on sustainability. After the Swan Lake Fire no longer needed constant monitoring, Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, arranged a meeting in November with local fire managers to discuss how to better prepare for fires on that scale in the future. Officials from local, state and See disasters, Page B3

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A firefighter from the Snake River Valley Type 2 crew points to a tree set to be cut down near the containment line off Skilak Lake Road southeast of Sterling, on Aug. 30.

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Marchers in the Soldotna Climate Strike walk through Soldotna Creek Park toward the Sterling Highway on Sept. 20.

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Large swaths of burned trees can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30.

Strikes, budget cuts and election upheaval By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

Education This year was a busy year for students, educators and the school district alike. The year began with many budget uncertainties that led the district to consolidate Soldotna High and Soldotna Prep School. The state’s university system, and local colleges on the peninsula, also faced devastating cuts from the state. Superintendent Sean Dusek retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and the district’s John O’Brien took his place. In May, the district saw the highest teacher and staff retirements in memory. The Kenai Peninsula

Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District worked together to get the $10 million state grant to build a school in Kachemak Selo extended for another two years. After a year and a half of stalled negotiations, educators and district employees narrowly evaded a strike, when an employee agreement was reached hours before a strike deadline in September. The eastern peninsula school board seat was left vacant when the candidateelect was unable to serve on the board. Cooper Landing’s Virginia Morgan was appointed to vacant seat in November. See politics, Page B3

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Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School on Sept. 16 ahead of a strike slated to begin in Kenai the next day.

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Frtiz Creek area resident Barrett Fletcher gives the invocation before a Monday, Sept. 16 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting as a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Homer City Hall in Home.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek and Victoria Petersen on March 25, in Kenai. The governor answered questions on a wide range of topics.


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The things that brought us together in 2019 The year in Arts

Throughout 2019 the Clarion covered the peninsula’s bustling arts scene — from bringing “fish, love and music” to readers through our reporting on Salmonfest to spotlighting productions put on by the peninsula’s many playhouses, theater groups and schools, including “Lost in Yonkers,” “A Christmas Story,” “Frozen Jr,” “Sabrina Fair,” “The Crucible,” “Newsies,” “Willie Wonka,” as well as original works by local playwrights. We covered numerous musical events, including the summer-long Levitt Amp Soldotna Music Series hosted in Soldotna Creek Park, classical singers, visiting bands and dance groups.

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The youth cast of “Frozen Jr.” rehearse a scene Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Triumvirate North theater in Kenai.

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Shaylon Cochran acts out a scene during Triumvirant’s dinner theatre production of “Sockeye Balboa” April 5 at Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna.

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Hannah Warren (center) rehearses a scene from “The Crucible” April 29 at the Kenai Performers studio.

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Ani DiFranco performs as the headliner at Salmonfest on Friday, Aug. 2 in Ninilchik.

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

Tyler Payment (left) acts out a scene with a young actor Dec. 17 at a rehearsal of “A Christmas Story” by the Triumvirate Theatre North in Kenai.

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Bunny Swan performs at Soldotna Creek Park on July 3 as part of the Levitt Amp Soldotna Music Series.

Surprises in reporting on the Kenai By Victoria Petersen Peninsula Clarion

In the midst of the Kenai Municipal Airport remodel, I made a late morning stop to the airport’s cafe for a cup of my favorite drink: the matcha latte. As construction crews were working on the outside exterior of the airport, murals of peninsula iconography were being uncovered. Murals that had been hidden on the airport’s facade for decades appeared, leading me to the Clarion archives where I learned an art class designed and painted the murals. The rest of the week I was fielding calls from residents who had nearly forgotten about the art they adorned on their hometown airport. One of my favorite things to write

about is food and how it connects people. Three Peaks Mercantile, run by Soldotna’s Joe Spady, created their supper club this year, which is a private (but everyone’s invited to sign up by email or through the Facebook group) intimate dinner party that Spady and his chef friends put on a couple times a month. Every supper club has a different theme that seeks to offer locals a taste of something new, fun, unfamiliar or hard to get in the area. Think Ethiopian feasts or a Hogwarts holiday supper. As I was eating my way through the area’s sourdough offerings — and learning the histories of those sourdough starters — I wanted to share the sourdough stories of popular local eateries. If you eat any sourdough dishes at Addie Camp,

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The cast of “Newsies” sings during rehearsal on April 24 at the Nikiski High School auditorium.

you might be biting into some of the starter created by famed naturalist Richard Proenneke, who lived in the Lake Clark National Park area across Cook Inlet in an isolated log cabin for 30 years. The beautiful Russian chapel I used to play around and inside of as a child got a massive makeover this year thanks to some state and federal grants. Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel’s roof was repaired and waterproofed. The original cedar shakes were replaced with cedar shingles, slowing the wood’s deterioration at the walls and corners of the building. It’s always a good day at work when the story takes you outside. One of my favorite stories this year introduced me to a sport I had never heard of — polocrosse, a hybrid of

polo and lacrosse. My reporting took me to a large field at Ridgeway Farms, where a group of riders

were using long lacrosse-like nets to scoop up a big bouncy ball that they throw and chase across the field.

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A mural with iconic Kenai images like fishing nets, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox chapel and a dog musher is revealed on Jan. 15 in Kenai.

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Peninsula resident Leanna enjoys a free hair cut during Project Homeless Connect at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Jan. 23.

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Public safety reporting in 2019 By Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

Over the course of 2019, the Kenai Peninsula dealt with several major criminal cases, including missing persons, drug distribution and homicide. The peninsula also saw many examples of people coming together — from the opening of a men’s recovery home with the help of Freedom House founder Jennifer Waller to local organizations once again hosting Project Homeless Connect, community efforts to create a cold-weather shelter and public outreach events hosted by local law enforcement.

Kenai man arrested for double homicide On July 21, a mother and daughter were shot and killed in their apartment in Kenai. Rachelle Armstrong, 60, and Lisa Rutzebeck, 39, were found by police on a Sunday morning after witnesses reported hearing gunshots. By that Wednesday Kenai police had arrested Masonn Byrd, 25, and charged him with murder in the first degree. Texts found on Armstrong’s phone indicated that she and Byrd had been arguing over money owed for drugs, and the conversation between the two ended about 20 minutes before the shooting took place, according to the affidavit filed at the Kenai Courthouse. A witness also told police that Byrd allegedly admitted to throwing the murder weapon in the Kenai River. A few days later the Nikiski Fire Department’s Dive Team recovered a weapon in the river under Bridge Access Road. Byrd is currently awaiting trial at Wildwood Pretrial Facility, and his trial is scheduled for the week of April 6, 2020.

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federal agencies all agreed that the unprecedented fire conditions seen this summer would likely be back in the years to come, and all

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Politics The year began with a federal government shutdown, which closed many local offices, including the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The Legislature got off to a rocky start in January, and the Alaska State House wasn’t settled until well after session began. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers were given an official title in honor of longtime assembly member Betty J. Glick. The borough set up an Election

Preston Atwood murder On Aug. 25, Preston Atwood, 21, of Seward, went missing. His body was found four days later, 9 miles north of the city along a power line trail. After three months of investigation, five people were arrested in connection with Atwood’s death. Laurel Correa, 19, James Helberg, 18, Tyler Goddard, 19, Timothy Ryan, 24 and Jennifer Harren, 46 allegedly lured Atwood to a trail near the beach where he was beaten to death with a baseball bat, according to the criminal complaint filed by investigators. Helberg allegedly told police that Atwood had made unwanted advances towards Helberg’s girlfriend, and he and the others confronted Atwood in order to “teach him a lesson.” The trial for Helberg and the others is scheduled to take place on the week of Feb. 18, 2020.

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Soldotna doctor arrested for opioid distribution On Oct. 8, Lavern Davidhizar, 74, was arrested on charges from the Drug Enforcement Administration that he had illegally distributed large amounts of opioids and other narcotics by writing medically unnecessary prescriptions. Davidhizar allegedly prescribed more than 700,000 narcotic pills between 2017 and 2019, according to the affidavit filed in support of the DEA’s criminal complaint. Davidhizar has been a licensed osteopathic physician since 1978, and if convicted could face a maximum of 20 years in prison. His case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Corso and Jonas Walker.

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Gail Kennedy, left, Jennifer Waller, and Meiko, the therapy dog from Freedom House, offer their services during Project Homeless Connect at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Jan. 23.

Sterling man arrested in sexual assault cold case from 2001

On May 7, 62 inmates of Spring Creek Correctional Facility barricaded the entryway to their housing unit and began damaging property inside, eventually causing an estimated $100,000 in damages. Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Sarah Gallagher told the Clarion that the inmates had convinced the correctional officer inside the housing unit to step out for trash bags and other cleaning supplies before barricading the door and preventing the officer from reentering. The riot began at around 9 p.m. and lasted about 10 hours until a Special Operations Response broke through the barricade and subdued the prisoners using restrains and non-lethal munitions and chemical agents. No injuries to inmates or officers were reported during the incident.

O n March 13, Car men Perzechino, 57, was indicted by a Kenai grand jury on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping for a crime he allegedly committed 18 years ago, in 2001. After the sexual assault kit connected to the case was finally tested as part of an initiative to address the statewide backlog of untested kits, Perzechino’s DNA profile was matched to the DNA that was found in the kit, authorities reported. Perzechino allegedly fled to the Philippines after being contacted by State Troopers in January about the case. On April 4, Perzechino was arrested in the Philippines and was eventually extradited to Seattle in August. Perzechino is currently awaiting trial, which is scheduled for the week of Feb. 18, 2020.

Lt. Ben Langham of the Kenai Police Department shares a laugh with members during a public outreach event at Ammo Can Coffee in Soldotna on Jan. 30.

of the agencies represented at that meeting said that they were taking steps to incorporate that reality into their management policies. Flooding was also an issue this year. In August, the Snow Glacier dammed lake released water into the Snow River, Kenai River and Kenai Lake. This flooding

prompted an advisory from the National Weather Service and complicated the logistics of fire crews battling the Swan Lake Fire and at times prevented them from being able to reach areas that were being burned. Once winter had hit the peninsula, it brought with it more

storms and flooding. On Dec. 6 the borough issued an emergency disaster declaration in response to power outages and gale-force winds across the peninsula as well as a flood warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for Anchor Point and the Anchor

River. Christmas Day on the peninsula saw steady snowfall coupled with breezy wind conditions, and although the parts of the peninsula remain “abnormally dry” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a chance of snow is expected on New Year’s Day.

Stakeholders group to evaluate how the borough could increase voter turnout. Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce was sued for discrimination and wrongful termination. The borough settled with the former human resources employee. Borough taxpayers were also on the hook for an $80,000 bill from the American Civil Liberties Union, after the borough lost a discrimination lawsuit regarding its former invocation policy. The first Satanic invocation since the new invocation policy was put in place caused walkouts and a protest outside the borough building. After Gov. Mike Dunleavy

released his first proposed budget, the borough was faced with huge potential cuts from the state. Alaska’s House Finance Committee visited the Kenai Peninsula to hear budget concerns from constituents. Dunleavy also sat down with Clarion reporters for an interview during his visit to the Kenai Peninsula along his “roadshow” with Americans for Prosperity. Soldotna’s efforts to build a field house were quashed by voters. Soldotna’s Mayor John Nels Anderson died in September, spurring a special election to find a new mayor to serve until October 2020. Pete Sprague, former mayor of Soldotna, was the unofficial winner

as of Dec. 17. In September, Soldotna narrowed the area it wants to annex and votes to send petition to state Local Boundary Commission. A controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point was approved. The assembly looked at ways of creating additional revenues, including raising the sales tax cap from $500 to $1,000 and establishing a “bed tax” on hotels and lodges. Mayor Pierce vetoed the bed tax before it could get to the voters and the residents of the borough failed to raise the sales tax cap at the municipal election in October. A heated Nikiski assembly seat race prompted a state investigation

into candidate John Quick, in regards to communications with Alaska Yes Inc, a nonprofit organization pushing for Quick’s campaign, and bashing his competitors’. Quick was eventually issued a “cease and desist” order. Residents, lawmakers and borough and city officials also grew concerned after state Department of Transportation closed Silvertip Maintenance Station near Hope, changing winter maintenance responsibilities in Turnagain Pass area. The borough and several local cities joined a statewide online sales tax initiative that seeks to collect local sales taxes from online retailers.

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Anchorage’s John Krellner rides down Gaswell Road with Mount Redoubt in the background June 9 in the Tri-The-Kenai Triathlon in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Win Memorial Club Championship at Kenai Golf Course in mid-August, Kenai’s Charlie Kahakauwila won the seniors division, Homer’s Chris Morin won the men’s division and Soldotna’s Marianne Hyman won the women’s division. Kahakauwila had the overall lowest total at the tournament for the first time, while Morin won the men’s division for the fifth time in six years. Hyman won her first major title at Kenai Golf Course.

won the men’s elite race, while Anchorage’s Kate Ginsbach took the women’s elite race. In late June, Seward’s Chaz DiMarzio set a new race record of 1 day, 3 hours and 24 minutes in the Kenai 250, while Anchorage’s Corrie Smith lowered the women’s record to 1:12:32. The race features all of the Kenai Peninsula’s classic singletrack riding. In early August at the Soggy Bottom Challenge at Resurrection Pass, shortened to 70 miles this year due to the Swan Lake Fire, Anchorage’s Jason Lamoreaux and Ana Jager took the wins.



In late October, Tsalteshi Trails hosted the first Alaska Cyclocross State Championships. Anchorage’s Will Ross

The Soldotna football team defeated Lathrop 69-13 in mid-October to win their eighth-straight Division II

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championship. The Stars have now won 12 of the past 14 state championships in small- and medium-schools division, with Galen Brantley Jr. serving as the coach for 11 of those championships. The focus of the postgame celebration was team manager Matthew Martinelli, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair but served as the inspiration for the team. Brantley Jr.’s son, Galen Brantley III, was a senior on the team, so the head coach watched the unit grow up from its Pop Warner days. The senior class became the fifth in a row to win four state championships. Soldotna finished 7-0 in the regular season, winning a 14th straight Northern Lights Conference title, and also scored an impressive, 42-7 victory over California

Soldotna’s Danica Schmidt (top) puts up a block on Nikiski’s Bethany Carstens in the 2018-19 season in a nonconference game at Soldotna High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Carion)

powerhouse Christian High School in a game played just outside of San Diego. In the Division II All-State Awards, Brantley III was Defensive Player of the Year, Jersey Truesdell was Offensive Player of the Year, Melvin Lloyd was Lineman of the Year and Wyatt Medcoff was Utility Player of the Year. Nikiski returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2017, losing a first round Division III game at Barrow. The Bulldogs had won three of their last four games to make the field.


RUNNING In early October, Homer senior Autumn Daigle won her second Division II state cross-country title at the Bartlett Trails, building on a title she won as a sophomore. The Mariners runner finished undefeated over the course of the season despite missing some training time due to the Swan Lake Fire. Also at state, the Kenai Central girls came up just short in their defense of their Division II state title, finishing runner-up to Grace. At the Region III meet a week earlier, Soldotna junior Erika Arthur won the first Division I title for the Soldotna girls since 2004, while Daigle won her first Division II region title. The Soldotna girls and boys qualified for state at Division I, while at Division II, the Seward and Kenai boys made state, and the Kenai, Homer and Seward girls made state.

VOLLEYBALL The Homer volleyball team won their first state title since 1990, topping Kenai Central for the Class 3A state championship in Anchorage in mid-November. The Mariners had to win three straight elimination games to take the title, including an if-necessary game against the Kardinals that finished 30-23. Kenai was back in the state tournament for the first time in 14 years. The state final also was a rematch of the previous week’s Southcentral Conference final, which Homer also won. Nikiski also put up a strong defense of its 2018 Class 3A state title, finishing third at the tournament to give the peninsula all three of the top slots. Soldotna also made state at the Class 4A level. The Stars locked up a state berth with a big win over Wasilla at the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Soldotna. The Stars went 1-2 at the state tournament.


Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Preston Weeks, of Soldotna, shields the puck from Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets defenseman Charlie Schoen on Dec. 6 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer’s Madison Story and Seward’s Lydia Jacoby starred in the pool at the state swimming and diving meet in Anchorage in early November. Story won the 200-yard individual medley to become the first Homer girl to win a state swim crown in 26 years. The last to win a state title was Story’s mother, formerly

Corise Bittner. The win was the first state title for a Homer athlete in a swim event since 2011 and the first state title — in swimming or diving — for Homer since 2013. Jacoby won the state 100 breaststroke title in 1 minute, 00.61 seconds, to lower her own state record in the event. Also from the peninsula, Soldotna’s Ethan Evans was second in the boys 100 breaststroke and third in the 50 freestyle, while Seward’s Connor Spanos was third in the 100 butterfly. At the Northern Lights Conference meet one week earlier, the Kenai boys had raced to the first region title in their history.

WRESTLING In late December, Soldotna freshman Trinity Donovan notched a victory in the 145-pound women’s final to cap an emotional year spent dealing with the loss of her stepfather Travis Stubblefield, who died in June 2018. Donovan was joined by teammate Amanda Wylie as a state champion for Soldotna. Wylie took gold at 160 pounds. Homer, fresh off a fifth straight Kachemak Conference title, got state titles from Mose Hayes at 152, Anthony Kalugin at 189, Sadie Blake at 125 and Rayanna Vigil at 189. The season also marked the last for Seward head coach Ronn Hemstock, who left behind a quarter century of success.

CHEERLEADING The cheerleading program at Kenai Central continued to see success under coach Brianna Force. In late October, the Kardinals were named the Grand Champion at the Rally in the Valley cheerleading competition. The competition is not sanctioned by the Alaska School Activities Association, but is the de facto state championship for football cheerleading. The Kardinals also were first in varsity five-man stunt group competition, varsity game time routine and varsity solo routine. Cali Holmes, just a freshman, won the varsity solo routine for the Kards. At the March Madness Alaska state cheerleading competition in late March, the Seward cheerleading squad was first in Division II, while Kenai Central was second.

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Soldotna’s Drysta Crosby-Schneider (30) puts up a block against Dimond’s Alissa Pili on March 22 in the Class 4A state basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

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BASEBALL In a season that was derailed by injuries early on, the Peninsula Oilers and head coach Kyle Brown fought back to finish 15-29 in Alaska Baseball League play and earn the No. 4 seed in the Top of the World Playoffs. The Oilers then showed what they could do when healthy by taking the topseeded and eventual Top of the World Series champion Anchorage Bucs to three games in the best-of-three playoff series. Paul Steffensen, a 2017 graduate of Kenai Central, played the season for the Oilers. In April, Steffensen became the first player from the American Legion Twins program to sign to play at a Division I school. Steffensen will play at Tennessee Tech. The American Legion Twins made the state tournament for a 33rd straight year and went in as the No. 4 seed, but saw their season come to a close with a 4-3 loss to No. 2 seed Juneau. The Twins finished 22-13-1 overall. On the prep scene in baseball, Homer, Kenai Central and Soldotna all came up short of a state berth at the Southcentral Conference tournament in late May.

SOFTBALL Rain could not stop Homer from winning a third-straight Northern Lights Conference softball title. The Mariners topped Kodiak 12-3 in six innings in a conference title game that was moved to the Soldotna Little League fields after rain swamped Steve Shearer Memorial Ballpark in Kenai. Homer, which came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Kodiak, also

locked up a 19th state berth in 20 seasons at the conference tournament. At the Division II state tournament, Homer would finish fourth.

Members of the Kenai boys soccer team dump water on their head coach, Shane Lopez, in celebration of their win over Juneau on May 25 to claim the Division II state soccer championship title. The game was played at Service High School in Anchorage. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

RUNNING Headed up by 2015 Kenai Central graduate Allie Ostrander, runners with Kenai Peninsula ties had all kinds of success in 2019. In early June in Austin, Texas, Ostrander became the first female athlete to win three consecutive Division I track and field 3,000-meter steeplechase titles. In late June, Ostrander finished 13th against the world’s best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Prefontaine Classic in Palo Alto, California. That would be her last race for Boise State. A 13-time NCAA All-American, she turned pro after four years at Boise State with a degree in kinesiology and a 4.0 gradepoint average, signing with Brooks Running. In late July, Ostrander would take fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, to qualify for the world track and field championships in Qatar. In Doha, Qatar, in late September, Ostrander was less than a second from making the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals, setting a personal best in the event at 9 minutes, 30.85 seconds. A fellow 2015 Kenai Central graduate, Jonah Theisen, earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for his running career at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Theisen’s career included a Division II 3,000-meter steeplechase title in 2016. In midMarch Jonah and his brother, Jonah, earned All-America honors in the distance medley at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field

Beau Forrest, an Idaho pro who grew up playing at Birch Ridge Golf Course, putts on No. 11 on Aug. 25 during the Kenai Peninsula Open at Birch Ridge in Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Championships. Dani McCormick, a 2015 graduate of Soldotna High School, also concluded a successful college running career at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In late May at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, McCormick earned two All-America honors in her final day of competition to leave UAA with eight All-America honors overall. The biggest races on the Kenai Peninsula were marked by fire and rain. The Mount Marathon Race saw smoke from the Swan

Lake Fire cancel the junior race for the first time in the race’s history, but the air cleared enough for the peninsula to put on an impressive performance in the women’s and men’s races. Seward’s Hannah Lafleur became the first local senior race champion since Cedar Bourgeois in 2010, and six women’s runners with peninsula ties finished in the top seven. Three of the top five men’s finishers came from the peninsula, but the race was won by Max King of Bend, Oregon. In August, the Lost Lake Run in Seward and Res

Seward’s Hannah Lafleur runs to victory July 4 in the women’s Mount Marathon Race in Seward. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/ Peninsula Clarion)

Pass Ultras were canceled by wildfire smoke, but the Kenai River Marathon in late September saw a totally different problem, with a cold, driving rain soaking those who chose the full marathon. Jason Parks of Soldotna and Stacey Buckelew of Homer won the marathon, while Marshall Genn of Anchorage and Kristen Buckwalter of Homer won the half marathon. In mid-July at the Alaskaman extreme triathlon, the peninsula also did well with Soldotna’s Nicole Schmitt taking sixth out of 19 women and Kenai’s Eric Thomason taking eighth overall, and seventh among men. In early December, Soldotna’s Megan Youngren put an exclamation point on the impressive year for peninsula runners by qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials for marathon by clocking 2 hours, 43 minutes, 52 seconds, at the California International Marathon in Sacramento, California. That put Youngren fourth on the all-time list of Alaska women’s marathon times. Anchorage’s Julianne Dickerson, raised in Kenai, ran 2:49:52 at CIM to take ninth on the Alaska all-time women’s list.


The Homer volleyball team celebrates after scoring the final point Nov. 16 against Kenai Central at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

The Twin City RacewayCircle Track Division at Motocross Division spent another thunderous summer entertaining fans. The 2019 Sprint title went to John Mellish with 214

points, with Aaron McGahan in second at 193 and Geoff Clark in third at 191. The A Stock champ was Clay Petersen with 399 points, while Mady Stichal was second with 392 points and Gracie Bass was third with 383 points. Mike Braddock had the Late Model title with 59 points, while Al Ulman was second with 54 points and Jon Jenson was third with 51 points. Ty Torkelson came out on top of the battle for the Legends crown with 254 points, while Bryan Barber was second with 241 points and David Kusmider was third with 224 points. Brenda Robson was the top Powder Puff racer with 35 points, while Bridgette Attleson was second with 33 points and Mady Stichal was third with 32 points.

GOLFING Beau Forrest, an Idaho golfer who grew up playing at Birch Ridge, won his first title as a pro by winning the Kenai Peninsula Open at Birch Ridge Golf Course in late August. Forrest won a tight battle with California golfer Aaron Dexheimer, who also grew up playing at Birch Ridge. Anchorage’s Halcyon Swisher won the women’s title, which doubled as the Women’s State Amateur for the first time. Nolan Rose captured the amateur title. At the Donald R. Morgan See win, Page B4

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The local athletics scene in 2019 By Jeff Helminiak Peninsula Clarion

A look back at 2019 in sports:

HOCKEY The Kenai River Brown Bears saw a lot of change during the year in search of a first playoff berth since the 2013-14 season. In early February, head coach Josh Petrich resigned for personal reasons after being on the job for almost two seasons. Assistant coach Dan Bogdan took over on an interim basis as the Bears finished up a 23-31-3-3 season and missed out on the playoffs again. In early April, Kenai River named Kevin Murdock as the eighth head coach in team history, with Bogdan remaining as associate head coach. Thus far this season, the results have been positive. The Bears are 22-8-1-3, lead the North American Hockey League Midwest Division, are fourth in the league in points and are the secondhighest scoring team in the league. Fans have responded by flocking to the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. The prep hockey scene saw new excitement with the creation of a Division II state tournament. Kenai Central, Soldotna and Homer all were slotted into Division II. The Stars went 9-1 to win the Railbelt Conference and earn the No. 1 seed at the state tournament, but the Stars lost to Palmer 4-3 in overtime in the semifinals. In the state final, Homer, the No. 3 seed making a first appearance at a state hockey tournament, lost 6-5 in overtime to the Moose.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING On the prep skiing scene, a 19-year streak of at least one peninsula team winning a Region III championship was broken when the Palmer girls and Colony boys took the victories. The top girls skier from the peninsula in the two-day meet was Homer’s Autumn Daigle, who was fourth. The top boys skier from the area was Soldotna’s Bradley Walters, who was fifth. 2018 Kenai Central graduate Karl Danielson represented the area at U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals at Kincaid Park in Anchorage and took fifth in the Under20 classic sprints. Another Kenai Central graduate, 2015 alumni Travis Cooper, represented the United States in some biathlon races on the World Cup. The crown jewel of the adult skiing scene on the central Kenai Peninsula, the

Tour of Tsalteshi, was held in min-February in snowy and rainy conditions that challenged skiers. The 40-kilometer races were won by Anchorage’s Luke Rosier, a former crosscountry ski coach at Seward High School, and Homer’s Emily Lints. The 20-kilometer races went to the husband and wife team of Kelli Boonstra and Todd Boonstra, a three-time Winter Olympian in cross-country skiing. The Boonstras also would go on to sweep the Kachemak Ski Marathon in early March in the hills above Homer. The race took place in a blizzard.

BASKETBALL Peninsula teams found success at all levels. Soldotna, the area’s lone Class 4A team, hosted the Northern Lights Conference tournament and celebrated by advancing both the girls and boys teams to the conference final. Making it to the final put the Soldotna boys in their first state tournament since 2010, while the girls made it to state for the first time in five years. At state, the Stars girls and boys would both finish fifth. At the Class 3A level, the Nikiski girls earned a state berth by finishing second in the Southcentral Conference by losing to Anchorage Christian Schools. The Bulldogs would again lose to the Lions in the Class 3A state final for a second-place finish. Nikiski was led by Bethany Carstens, who this season is playing for Chicago State University and is believed to be the first peninsula basketball player on Division I scholarship since the early 1990s. The Kenai girls also earned an at-large berth to the Class 3A state tourney, the first state berth for the program since 2002. The Kardinals would go on to finish fifth at the big dance. At the Class 1A level, the Cook Inlet Academy girls used a stifling defensive effort to defeat Nikolaevsk 32-21 in the Peninsula Conference championship game. The Eagles went to state for the first time since 2014 and did not make the championship round. The Nikolaevsk girls also went to state for the seventh time in eight years and finished tied for seventh. The Nikolaevsk boys defeated Ninilchik 66-56 for the first Peninsula Conference title for head coach Steve Klaich. Klaich started at the school in the 1989-90 season. That gave the Warriors a sixth-straight trip to state, where they did not make it to the championship round.

Boise State’s Allie Ostrander competes in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final June 30 at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University in California. (Photo taken by Cortney White)

MUSHING In late January, Dave Turner of Fairbanks won the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race for the first time. Turner overtook Cim Smyth, who has won the T200 four times, for the victory. In September, the T200 Sled Dog Race Association Board of Directors announced the event would not be held in 2020. The board has hopes of the race returning in 2021.

SOCCER The Kenai Central soccer program took a big hit due to graduation after winning the Division II state title in 2018, but that did not stop the Kardinals from defending their title in 2019. With new head coach Shane Lopez, who had been an assistant with the team in 2018, the Kardinals defeated Juneau-Douglas 3-2 for the crown. The game

Nikolaevsk coach Steve Klaich celebrates with his team after winning his first Peninsula Conference title in his 30th season at the helm at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

went through two, 10-minute

overtimes and a suddendeath overtime. The Homer boys finished fourth at the state tournament. The previous week, the Homer boys had won the Peninsula conference championship for first time by defeating Kenai Central in the final. Kenai had been on a run of three straight NLC crowns. The SoHi girls defended their Peninsula Conference title and finished second in the Division II state tournament after a 5-1 loss to juggernaut Juneau-Douglas in the championship game. Also at the Division II girls state tournament, Homer was fourth and Kenai was fifth.


Members of the Soldotna football team pose with the trophy Oct. 19 at the Division II state football championship at Anchorage Football Stadium in Anchorage. Soldotna defeated Lathrop 69-13. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

The Kenai Central girls won the Division II state track and field title the week after winning the Region III title at the Division II level. Jaycie Calvert had a huge meet for the Kards, winning at 3,200 and 1,600 meters. The 400 and 800 relays also

captured first for Kenai, with Savanna Wilson, Kylie-Anne Raye, Chelsea Plagge and Hayley Maw running the 400, and Brooke Ashley replacing Wilson in the 800. Wilson would also add a state title in the 100 hurdles. Also winning state titles from the peninsula were Kenai’s Maison Dunham in the 800, Kenai’s Jarett Wilson in the 300 hurdles, the Homer girls 3,200 relay, Homer’s Anna Brock in the shot put and Homer’s Laura Inama in the 300 hurdles. In the Division I state meet, both the SoHi girls and boys were fifth. SoHi had four finish second at the meet — Aliann Schmidt in the high jump, Ituau Tuisaula in the shot put, Kaleb Swank in the high jump and Galen Brantley II in the shot put. The previous week, Soldotna has swept the Region III titles at the Division I level. The girls had repeated as the region champs, while the boys had won their first title since 1994. See SPORTS, Page B5

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