Friday, September 12, 2003

Sport takes a moment to remember
Sports marked the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with moments of silence and poignant reminders, from American flags on the greens at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic to the names of victims displayed on the scoreboard at Tampa's Tropicana Field.

Martinez, Red Sox shut out Baltimore
BALTIMORE Pedro Martinez allowed three hits over eight innings and Kevin Millar drove in two runs as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Wednesday.

Marlins remain red hot
NEW YORK Juan Encarnacion and Derrek Lee hit back-to-back doubles that broke a fifth-inning tie and helped the Florida Marlins to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday.

Sheets, Brewers defeat Astros
MILWAUKEE Ben Sheets once again beat Houston as the Milwaukee Brewers stopped a six-game losing streak, beating the NL Central-leading Astros 5-3.

Consumer Reports magazine recommends 5 cars for teen drivers
Consumer Reports magazine recommends five cars two used and three new for parents in the market for vehicles for their teenage drivers.

Business Briefs
Soldotna resident wins gas for a yearHEA's Snowden recognized for serviceUSDA announces $885,000 in home loansEstate planning seminar to be offered today

Spitzer case bolsters reason to maintain state regulation
NEW YORK (AP) New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's latest corporate crackdown offers convincing evidence for those who argue that state regulators' powers shouldn't be curbed.

Gas now flows from Ninilchik
Marathon Oil Co. and Unocal Corp. struck pay dirt, announcing on Wednesday the startup of their joint natural gas venture in Ninilchik.

WTO seeks to level trade field during talks
CANCUN, Mexico Negotiators from 146 countries sat down to thorny trade negotiations Wednesday, with rich and poor nations pushing conflicting agendas on agricultural reform and leaders cautioning that their decisions could mean life or death for billions of people.

Allstate again writing policies for homeowners in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Insur-ance giant Allstate has started writing new Alaska homeowner policies again, a month after the company stopped.

Evergreen Resources testing wells in Mat-Su
Although Evergreen Resources is not currently looking for coal bed methane gas on the Kenai Penin-sula, the company's senior executive in Alaska told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that the company does do business with oil and gas industry suppliers here.

NYSE still not leading by example
NEW YORK (AP) First, it's revealed that New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso is getting a payout totaling $139.5 million, and that raises many eyebrows.

U.S. Treasury to stop issuing HH Savings Bonds
NEW YORK (AP) Americans are about to lose a tool many have used to manage their U.S. Savings Bonds in retirement.

River trail offering autumn views
Fall is still officially more than a week away, but that hasn't stopped Mother Nature.

Family bonds during caribou hunts in Kenai Mountains
Jose Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher, hunter and author of the book "Meditations on Hunting," wrote: "One does not hunt in order to kill, on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted."

Postcard book offers nutty nostalgia
So far, the 21st century hasn't offered much to cheer Alaskans. Twenty years ago there were crab in the sea, surpluses in the state coffers and good-paying jobs in the classifieds. The early 1980s are starting to look like the good old days.

Still on a roll, Kidman showcases 2 dramas
TORONTO Everyone's asking Nicole Kidman why.

Americans to bring Greek tragedy home in Sept. 11 theme
ATHENS, Greece Under the Acropolis, a company of Amer-ican actors will perform a version of the Oedipus myth in a trip to the play's homeland that was conceived in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

On new sitcoms, home is where the heart is
NEW YORK There's no place like home especially for characters on many of the new fall TV comedies.

Artist transforms past journeys into current art
A new art show at Kenai Peninsula College challenges visitors to use their eyes, minds and memories when viewing it.

Simon, Garfunkel reunite in concert tour after 20 years
NEW YORK Dusting the cobwebs off their friendship, the folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced Tuesday they were reuniting for a concert tour of North America this fall.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Chorus looking for membersSong of the Year deadline nearsMuseum seeks artwork

Business contributions will help build more peaceful community
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court and the Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue are collaborating on a Youth Mediation Project and have recently finished refurbishing a mediation room in the old Kenai courthouse.

Plans for hospital expansion will not meet future demands of area
The Central Peninsula General Hospital board would like to build the largest traffic problem in the city with a hospital expansion that will never meet the future needs of the residents on the Kenai Peninsula.

Two years later, United States really not safer than it was
As we mark the second anniversary of the Sept. 11th tragedy, we need to be reminded that, in the immediate aftermath, the public thought that the massive appropriations made by Congress would somehow make our 2001Thanksgiving travel safer.

Mountain View problem solvers appreciate community's support
The Mountain View Elementary Future Problem Solving (FPS) team would like to thank the following businesses, clubs and individuals for their donations to help enable our Kenai junior team to represent Alaska at the FPS International Conference in Connecticut this past summer:

People with drug abuse problem need medical help, not jail time
This is in response to your article titled "Marijuana ruling puts police on hold."

All not perfect in Alaska; judicial system in need of major repairs
Recently, I was asked to fulfill my obligation as an Alaskan and report to jury duty.

Bush in no position to demand anything of other countries
Concerning Hal Spence's opinion piece in the Sept. 7 Peninsula Clarion: Mr. Spence very rightly draws parallels between the present American occupation of Iraq and our involvement in Vietnam more than a quarter century ago. That mistake accomplished nothing except to kill or wound many thousands of Americans, and many more thousands of Vietnamese, and cost the American treasury billions that could have been better spent on other things. While history doesn't repeat itself in exactly the same way, it would appear to me that we are heading in exactly the same direction in this case.

Coal-bed methane development raises property tax questions
Coal-bed methane development has attracted considerable attention recently, as Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su Valley residents discover the lands beneath their property have been quietly leased for this new wave of development.

Homer makes homecoming visit to SoHi
Soldotna comes into Saturday's 2 p.m. homecoming game against Homer fresh off runaway victories against Skyview and Nikiski, while the Mariners come into the game fresh off a mistake-filled 16-13 loss to Kodiak.

This Week's Race: Sylvania 300
Where and When

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 3,8642. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,4463. Kevin Harvick 3,423

Crashing others to get the win has become common
LOUDON, N.H. If Johnny Sauter had purposely rammed Matt Kenseth to send him caroming toward the fourth-turn wall midway in last Friday's NASCAR Busch Series race, he probably would have been called off the track for a penalty, then called to the NASCAR hauler for a more formal reprimand.

Money Leaders
1. Kurt Busch $4,145,1452. Kevin Harvick 3,835,7593. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,738,652

Fines given for post-race altercations
LOUDON, N.H. Stock car racing did very little to shed its worsening image last week at the Richmond International Raceway with post-race collisions and fights highlighting the Craftsman Truck, Busch and Winston Cup races.

Newsmaker: Mike Skinner
A pole position last week at the Richmond International Raceway was the kind of help Mike Skinner needed most as he tries to find full-time work in racing. He talked about being dedicated to helping MB2 Motorsports as driver Jerry Nadeau continues to recover from serious injuries sustained in a crash last May, while trying to make a future for him once Nadeau returns.

Tourism numbers show mixed effect
When terrorist attacks two years ago crashed airliners into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the World Trade Center in New York City and a field in Pennsylvania, the U.S. travel industry was ground to a halt.

On peninsula, residents give gift of life
If the best way to combat terror is to demonstrate the ability to help and support others, Kenai Peninsula residents showed Thursday that they're ready to fight.

Painting new life together
Cynics may say romance is dead these days, but they are wrong -- it has been driving around the western United States in a motor home for the last 10 years.

Huber resigns as head of sportfishing group
After more than four years on the job, Soldotna's Brett Huber has resigned as executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

Sept. 11 still leaves mark on peninsula
If the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a wake-up call to how vulnerable the nation's infrastructure is, steps taken since by the federal government have attempted to make everyday life safer for Americans.

Mayors to honor community service
Today marks the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the mayors of Kenai and Soldotna will host the Twin Cities Mayors' Blood Drive and Salute to Community Service at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Denali Commission grants target health-care services
The level of medical services on the Kenai Peninsula got a boost this week as the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced that local hospital and long-term care facilities were in line for major grants through the Denali Commission.

Kenai woman receives national award for work
A Kenai woman who spends her time far from the spotlight has found herself in the glow of national recognition after winning an award for her work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Sue L. Friese
Longtime Soldotna resident Sue L. Friese, known to many as "Grandma Sue," died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2003, after a brief illness at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 88.

Gerard Edward Little
Longtime Alaska resident Gerard Edward Little died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, in Lawrence, Kan. He was 77.

Anniversary of terrorist attacks can be time for reflection, pride
In the octave of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on America, there have been many attempts by the media to remind all citizens of the horror and heroism associated with the attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and the American way of life.

Tragedy of FAS can be prevented Editorial
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the nation has debated whether the attacks could have been prevented.

Not many understand how road from Sept. 11 led to Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq When the picture of a jetliner slicing into the World Trade Center flashed on the television in Rabia Ibrahim's Baghdad apartment, his friend exclaimed ''God is great!'' a superpower had been humbled.

Today should be time to renew commitment to making world better
As the nation marks the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks today, one thing stands out: For the majority of Americans, life remains blissfully and blessedly normal.

NASA exhibit expands horizons of residents Editorial
Imagine airliners in space. Hotel resorts on the moon. Research stations on Mars. Space travel that's as routine, affordable and safe as today's commercial air flights. Asteroid mining. Solar electric power beamed from space. On demand human access to space.

Judge's adventure gives wall its name
FAIRBANKS In the first copy of the first newspaper to be published in Fairbanks, there was a short notice of another original undertaking.

Big halibut landed off St. Paul Island
ANCHORAGE What might be the largest Pacific halibut ever documented was pulled from the Bering Sea off St. Paul Island on Sept. 5 by the crew of the fishing boat Miss Mary.

College grads paddle from Minnesota to Hudson Bay
ST. PAUL (AP) Three male college graduates. A summer to kill. A yen for adventure.

Black spruce forests spreading onto muskeg peatlands
I have long puzzled about the diffuse halos of small black spruce trees that surround many lakes and muskeg areas on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
Health group to meetNutritional classes begin todayLoston to speak at KPCSoldotna seniors to hold fund-raiserBoys and Girls Club to hold auctionHazard mitigation meeting setDonations sought for Community ClosetUnited way annual kick-off plannedChild custody clinic scheduledArtists needed for harvest fund-raiser

Around the Peninsula
Womens conference set to begin Community council meeting planned Youth programs accepting applications Ben Stevens to speak at Soldotna chamber Marketing workshop scheduled Residents sought for CPHC board KCHS to raffle off quilt Disaster response meeting slated

The Jonathan Project not publicized but worthwhile
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret project during the World War II, designed to develop the atomic bomb. The power released by this bomb brought WWII to an abrupt end, saving the lives of thousands of military personnel.

Religion writers in Atlanta and Russia win top honors
SEATTLE (AP) A reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a Russia-based freelancer won top prizes in the annual Religion Newswriters Association contest, and The Dallas Morning News religion section was honored for the seventh time in the past nine years.

World Orthodox leader wants Turkey to change rules for electing his successors
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians, has called for Turkey to change its requirement that only Turkish citizens can become patriarch, citing dwindling numbers of those eligible to succeed him.

Black Muslim leader sends message with resignation from group he founded
CHICAGO (AP) Imam W. Deen Mohammed, one of the country's most influential black Muslim leaders, wanted to send a message when he resigned as head of the group he has led for almost 30 years.

Episcopal Church's head warned Philadelphia bishop not to defrock outspoken priest
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The national leader of the Episcopal Church privately appealed to Bishop Charles Bennison Jr. against removing a priest who opposed recognition of same-sex couples, court documents show.

Retired minister translates the Bible into Lakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) Jerry Yellowhawk, a member of the Cheyenne River tribe and retired Wesleyan minister, now spends much of his time at a computer translating the Bible into Lakota, a dialect of the Teton Sioux tribe.

Church Briefs
Youth rally tonight Native fellowship meets tonight Church to mark 25 years Unitarians resume Sunday schedule Concert planned for Sunday Womens Aglow celebrates anniversary Volunteer to share experience Evolution debate to air in Homer Conference planned for Sept. 21 Fall festival announced Friendship closet open Wednesdays

Orthodox church wants government to scrap planned mosque near Athens airport
ATHENS, Greece (AP) The Greek Orthodox Church wants the government to stop plans to build the first new mosque in Athens in two centuries, saying an Islamic structure near the international airport would give visitors a wrong impression.

Hallucinogenic tea likely to gain religious exemption, appeals court rules
DENVER (AP) A federal appeals court decided that a New Mexico church's use of hallucinogenic tea is likely to be protected under freedom of religion laws.

Dalai Lama's U.S. tour will conclude with a significant closed-door meeting
NEW YORK (AP) The 14th Dalai Lama is simultaneously the exiled monarch of Tibet, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning statesman and Buddhism's most renowned world leader aspects that are all evident during his current U.S. tour.

South Korean firm designs mobile phone for devout Muslims
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Hoping to expand its market share among the world's 1.1 billion Muslims, South Korea's LG Electronics Monday unveiled a new mobile phone with an electronic compass to show the direction of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Clarett suspended for 2003 season
COLUMBUS, Ohio Maurice Clarett was suspended for the season Wednesday for violating NCAA rules, tarnishing Ohio State's national title and clouding the future of one of the nation's most talented running backs.

Desperate times lead Packers to Freeman
GREEN BAY, Wis. Antonio Freeman and Mike Sherman are trying to work things out.

Patriots, Eagles face off
New England or Philadelphia HAS to score this week.

Soldotna, Homer swimmers resume battle for Region III
Once again, the Soldotna swimming and diving team has enough talent to stay afloat after major losses to graduation.

Prosecutor lays out case against Bryant
EAGLE, Colo. A prosecutor outlined the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant for the first time Wednesday, saying there are photographs of injuries to the woman and a videotaped statement from her.

Sports Briefs
Devils sign 42-year-old LarionovLeading rebounder kicked off Bulldogs' team

Birch Ridge Report: Season coming to close
Lethargy has settled itself comfortably in my brain; hence a shortness of golf info this week. I hate being banal, but the crisp and bright days of fall are beckoning me to ... blah, blah, blah.

De La Hoya-Mosley rematch brings back fans
LAS VEGAS Oscar De La Hoya wasn't the only one stunned when Shane Mosley beat him the first time they met. Promoter Bob Arum was, too, though it had nothing to do with the outcome of the fight.

Ducks ink Giguere to four-year pact
LOS ANGELES A relieved Jean-Sebastien Giguere agreed to a four-year contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Wednesday, a day before training camp opens.

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