Saturday, January 24, 2004

Rose headed to casino for book-signing gig
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) A few weeks after admitting he bet on baseball, Pete Rose is going to a Connecticut casino to sign his new book for some high-rollers.

Rodriguez, Maddux still not close to deals
NEW YORK Less than four weeks before the start of spring training, Ivan Rodriguez and Greg Maddux are still looking for the right deals.

Soaring energy prices could hurt economy
NEW YORK (AP) The troubled labor market might not be the only thorn in the economy's side. Surging energy prices could also do their part to throw the recovery off its course.

Money Clubs aim to educate women on personal finance
NEW YORK (AP) The Savvy Women meet monthly at a suburban Chicago library, while the Money Master$ gather at a cafe in Oceanside, Calif.

Health-conscious boomers request screening once widely avoided
NEW YORK (AP) Michele St. Martin, still in her mid-40s and without a family history of illness, seemed an unlikely candidate for worry.

Development hinders urban mushing life
ANCHORAGE If it weren't for dogs, Jenny Zimmerman's husband once joked, the couple would have a decent life.

Finding your own firewood can be profitable for families without money to burn
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Woodstoves are regaining their appeal as home heating prices continue climbing, and families who don't have any spare money to burn are finding it profitable to gather their own firewood.

Former Fish and Game employee corrects record on his performance
Former Board of Fisheries member Dan Coffey states (Peninsula Clarion, Jan. 20) that the Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Model was not presented for peer review by scientists or the public prior to just before the Board of Fish meeting in 1999. This is not correct.

Aircraft flat tax delayed
Pilots who use their planes and helicopters in business ventures like air taxi and charter services turned out in force at

Crime Stoppers seeks burglary information
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in burglaries in the Old Town section of Kenai.

Evensons give land for senior housing in Nikiski
A project to build a housing complex for seniors in Nikiski moves one step closer to reality with the donation today of the land the units will be built on.

Going to extremes
When Amber Spaulding of Soldotna went on vacation about two weeks ago, she was expecting to do some skiing, spend some quality time with her mom and enjoy a break from high school.

Burger Kings on peninsula up for grabs
The two buildings, food service equipment and sundries that were once Burger King restaurants in Kenai and Soldotna are up for sale.

Freda K. (Peters) Marchant
Soldotna resident Freda K. (Peters) Marchant died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 82.

There's got to be better way; Alaska still can do it right
A number of recent news stories bring to mind that old definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results.

Weighing costs, benefits
There's no doubt that the proposal before the legislature (CSHB240) that would allow electronic gaming machines in licensed beverage dispensary locations continues to be a contentious issue.

The subnivean A vibrant bustling world beneath the snow
Beneath the thick snow exists an active world that is unseen by our human eyes. Called the subnivean, meaning "under the snow," this area exists as an air space above the ground's surface and below the snow pack.

Bird Count
Bird count for the Peninsula

Tenacity counts
The popularity of bird watching has soared in recent years, but observing birds in below freezing temperatures isn't for everyone.

Outdoor Briefs
Critter Tales to open Jan. 30 Ski and skijor races rescheduled for Sunday Volunteers needed for Tustumena 200 Homer winter king tourney March 20 Kayak fest to return to Homer Refuge to host Winter Fun Day Mt. Marathon race applications available

Around the Peninsula
KPC to show Gandhi T-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduled li> Sprint, skijoring races slated SoHi prom planning meeting se Homer chamber to meet Fishermens coalition to meet

Pastors get four-week booking of Gibson's Jesus film in Great Falls
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) A group of Great Falls pastors have succeeded in bringing Mel Gibson's movie about Jesus' last hours to Great Falls, starting on Ash Wednesday and continuing for four weeks.

Massachusetts Catholic bishops announce gay marriage initiative
BOSTON (AP) The four Roman Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are taking their fight against same-sex marriage directly to parishioners, with a direct-mail campaign targeting nearly 1 million families.

Church Briefs
LDS temple open to public Nikiski women begin Bible study Poetry contest announced Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Muslim youths plan second football tournament open to other religions
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Organizers of a Muslim football league that drew protests over team names such as ''Mujahideen'' and ''Soldiers of Allah'' are planning a second tournament open to all religious groups.

Ohio asks churches to help campaign against smoking
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio is recruiting churches for an anti-smoking campaign funded by the money the state received from a legal settlement with tobacco companies.

Traveling to the hajj an emotional experience for U.S. Muslims
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) At an airline ticket counter in Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a man drapes his arm around his elderly father's shoulder. A smile radiates from the older man's face.

Ministers, marathoners clash in city of clustered spires
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) Pealing bells are at odds with pounding feet in the city of clustered spires.

Jordanian experts fix bulge in wall at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Jordanian experts have completed a yearlong renovation project on the southern wall of Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound to fix a bulge caused by centuries of erosion, the minister of religious affairs said.

Local Ski Trail conditions
Tsalteshi Trails Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty Trails for all levels.

Weather hasn't rained on skiing parade
Despite a little bit of warm, wet weather, cross-country ski trails on the Kenai Peninsula are holding up well.

Flyers have Primeau night vs. Rangers
NEW YORK Keith Primeau had two assists just hours after being selected to the All-Star game, and the Philadelphia Flyers snapped out of a power-play slump in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Manning soaking up Super Bowl spotlight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ricky Manning Jr. stepped out of the sauna and into the locker room, pausing to flex like a bodybuilder.

Messier, Nash named to NHL All-Star teams
NEW YORK New York Rangers captain Mark Messier was added to the NHL's Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday, four days after his 43rd birthday.

Top-seeded Henin-Hardenne advances
MELBOURNE, Australia Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne rallied from a break down in the second set to beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 7-5 Friday and advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

No. 2 Stanford remains unbeaten
STANFORD, Calif. Justin Davis made his first nine shots on the way to 21 points, and No. 2 Stanford stayed unbeaten with a 67-52 victory over UCLA on Thursday night.

Winter X goes prime time
DENVER Snowboarders will slide off rails, motorcyclists will flip over a 70-foot gap, and snowmobilers will trade paint on Aspen's slopes.

Two close calls
The Kenai Central High School hockey team skated to a win Thursday, narrowly defeating Palmer, 7-5, in a North Star Conference game at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

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