Saturday, February 28, 2004

Reporter's notebook from Fort McMurray
Not everyone from the Kenai Peninsula will have a chance to visit the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, this week and next.

Kenai Peninsula delegates set to learn from this year's hosts
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta --- Four airports, two airlines, one fog delay and a missed flight.

Yankees' Williams will miss start of season
Bernie Williams solved the New York Yankees' center field problem, at least for the start of the season.

With cursed ball gone, it's the year of the Cubs
CHICAGO In a flash, the ball that came to symbolize the Chicago Cubs' cursed history was blown up Thursday night, reduced to a pile of thread by a Hollywood special effects expert.

Boomers flock to doctor for latest wrinkle eraser
NEW YORK (AP) The crow's feet that radiate from the corners of Dr. Maureen Coleman's eyes don't bother her. And she's nonchalant about the laugh lines that trail from her nose to the corners of her mouth.

Despite scandal, Halliburton shares keep rising
NEW YORK (AP) As allegations of widespread wrongdoing at oil-services giant Halliburton mount, investors don't seem to care. In fact, they've been bidding the stock way up.

Alternative Minimum Tax isn't just for the rich
NEW YORK (AP) When Congress approved the Alternative Minimum Tax more than 30 years ago, the goal was to catch a couple of hundred millionaires who paid no taxes.

Teen's mind turns to mush(ing)
On the surface, 17-year old Elisabeth Habermann may seem a lot like other kids her age.

Resident's son headed to Iraq
I just wish the local community to know that my oldest son, Christopher Donald Ross, who is enlisted in the U.S. Army is heading to Iraq for a possible two-year tour of duty.

Snowmachiners' support of Tustumena 200 recognized
There are a great many individuals and organizations that dedicated time and energy toward the recent running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, for which we are most appreciative.

Nikiski residents should get to vote on community center
How sad! If the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area board really believes that its small statistical sample accurately reflects the wishes of the 7,000 residents of Nikiski, then it should be glad to let us vote on the Nikiski Community Center. A vote would once and for all put the issue to rest.

27 participate in annual Valentine's wallyball tourney at rec center
The staff at the Kenai Recreation Center would like to extend a big "thank you" to the 27 participants of this year's annual Valentine's Wallyball Tournament.

POMV plan not best option for protecting permanent fund
There are other permanent fund options available!

History shows President Bush not worst leader U.S. has had
How does President Bush stack up?

Missing man dies of exposure
A 65-year-old Soldotna man was found dead Thursday afternoon by searchers who had been looking for him since Wednesday

'Passion' draws big audiance
At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, more than 50 people stood in line outside the Kambe Cinema in Kenai, patiently waiting to see the 4 p.m. opening of one of the most talked-about films in recent times.

Sports center to get chilled
Facing the chilling prospect of having its ice refrigeration control system fail in the near future, the Soldotna City Council Wednesday voted to go forward with a plan to spend approximately $150,000 on a replacement system.

Floyd "Larry" Bigham
Floyd "Larry" Bigham died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage after a short illness. He was 55.

Michael A. Scalzo
Ninilchik resident Michael A. Scalzo died Tuesday, Feb. 24,

Democrats uneasy with Nader's entry into presidential race What others say
Ralph Nader's decision to enter the 2004 presidential race has some Democrats a bit uneasy, and it's possible the Dems have reason to be. Many of them think votes that otherwise would have gone to Democrat Al Gore went to Nader in the 2000 election, indirectly sending President George Bush to the White House. Their biggest fear is a repeat performance.

Kids launch into Native
SEATTLE A Haida war canoe, built over the past three years by youngsters at Alternative School 1, was water-tested Tuesday in choppy waters off Golden Gardens Park in Puget Sound.

Close encounters of the unexpected kind: Aggressive grouse defends territory
One never knows what to expect in nature. A sudden encounter with the unexpected is one of the reasons I enjoy walking in natural environments. As one of my daughters used to say long ago when she was a child, "You never know what you're going to see."

Around the Peninsula
Child care workshops set Basic skills program begins Quilters plan yard sale Cheer clinic slated Family History Center to hold open house B and B association meeting slated Taco fund-raiser planned

Bahais say Iran released two longest-serving prisoners
WASHINGTON (AP) Iran has released two members of the Bahai faith who spent nearly 15 years in prison due to their beliefs, the U.S. Bahai information office said.

South Carolina racetrack welcomes churchgoers, bans beer sales
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) Summerville Speedway will feature another clergy car race next month, but won't sell beer this time so local churches feel comfortable at the track.

'Middle way' Episcopalians who oppose conservatives plan national meeting
PITTSBURGH (AP) They're Episcopalians caught in the middle of the fight over gay clergy church members who support the majority position in favor of allowing an openly gay bishop to minister, yet they worship in conservative dioceses.

World Lutheran total put at just under 66 million
GENEVA (AP) The world total of Lutherans reached just under 66 million at the end of 2003, a net increase of 570,000 since 2001, the Lutheran World Federation reported.

More evangelical Protestants are observing Lent and other liturgical traditions
DALLAS (AP) The 40-day season of Lent, which began Ash Wednesday, was once observed only by Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox and ''high church'' Protestants, but more evangelicals are noting the season with rituals and symbolism.

Everyone has power to stop America's moral decay
"He who lieth down with dogs, riseth up with fleas" is a quaint but effective way to communicate a significant concern.

Searching for a soul mate: new online network helps link like-minded Muslims
Part of her hoped she'd find her soul mate when she joined Naseeb, a new online Muslim community. But getting a marriage proposal just three months later while on a snowboarding trip in Pennsylvania was way beyond Saara Sheikh's expectations.

Southern Baptists, largest Protestant denomination, will again weigh name change
NASHVILLE (AP) The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant body, wants consideration of a new name to reflect the group's nationwide and worldwide outreach, Baptist Press reported.

Church Briefs
Lenten breakfast program announced Concordia students to lead worship Easter program practice held Nikiski women hold Bible study Religious art sought Clothes2Go open

Church says upkeep costly for bluesman's gravesite
GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church finds it both a blessing and a curse that one of the world's most popular blues musicians is buried in its cemetery.

Evangelical broadcasters see opportunity after Janet Jackson flap
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Evangelical Protestant broadcasters see something more in Janet Jackson's Super Bowl flash than exposed flesh and bad taste namely, the opportunity to market themselves as a wholesome alternative to mainstream television.

Weather has yet to ruin area ski trails
Try as it might, the weather has not managed to ruin the cross-country skiing on the Kenai Peninsula just yet.

Peninsula trail conditions
Conditions and difficulty on local tails.

Nikolaevsk boys win opener
The Nikolaevsk boys topped Seldovia 58-55 Thursday in the first round of the Warrior Rumble basketball tournament at Nikolaevsk.

Baylor announces findings from hoops inquiry
WACO, Texas (AP) Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss made improper payments to students, including a player who was killed last summer, the school president said Thursday.

Owens could lose free agency
Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens could miss out on free agency because he failed to file papers voiding the final two years of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kenai boys stop Homer in overtime
Nick Barnes poured in 26 points Thursday as the Kenai boys defeated host Homer 69-66 in overtime.

Stanford keeps perfect record
STANFORD, Calif. Josh Childress had 12 points and five assists in No. 1 Stanford's school-record 24th straight victory, 73-47 over Oregon State on Thursday night.

Mavericks rip Spurs
DALLAS Michael Finley opened the third quarter with a dunk and closed it with a swish from behind the halfcourt stripe, perfect bookends for a 46-point period that the Dallas Mavericks rode to a 115-91 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Peninsula puts three girls in top 10
Skyview's Elisabeth Habermann led three peninsula skiers in the top 10 with a second-place finish Thursday in the first day of the state cross-country skiing championships at Birch Hill Recreation Area in Fairbanks.

Firebombing near Athens raises concerns
ATHENS, Greece As Greek organizers sought to reassure the world the Athens Games will be safe, anti-Olympic activists firebombed two government vehicles Thursday to coincide with a major meeting of IOC officials.

Renney tops Islanders in debut
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Tom Renney debut as Rangers coach Thursday night couldn't have gone better in a 6-3 victory over the Islanders. Glen Sather stepped down Wednesday as Rangers coach after a 90-game stint over two seasons. He kept his jobs of team president and general manager

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