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Monday, September 12, 2005

Creeping into garages, sheds near you — spiders
They're beige in color and about the size of a marble, they have eight brown striped legs and they're creepy ... and they're heading your way.

Booze, Bush villages don't mix
ANCHORAGE — A commission that took a hard look at life in rural Alaska released a report Friday recommending that the distribution and sale of alcohol be further restricted to help villages fight alcohol and substance abuse.

Striking out for hurricane relief
Living this far north and sometimes in isolated areas, Alaskans often band together to help each other during tough times. This weekend Alaskans got together not to help some of their own, but to aid those who survived the wicked wind and walls of water from Hurricane Katrina.

Board fishes for member
Anchor Point's Ed Dersham has resigned from the Alaska Board of Fisheries to take a job with the Department of Fish and Game.

Games gala to raise funds
Even though the Arctic Winter Games is still more than six months away, there will be a chance to celebrate early. There will be a gala celebration at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage to raise some cash for the event and celebrate the official six-month-out mark for the Games.

Center of hope
They come from half a world apart, one from a village in the Aleutians and one from the Ukraine. Though their individual circumstances differ somewhat, both arrived at the women's crisis shelter in Kenai scared and with little more than the clothes they were wearing and a few small possessions in hand.

Fire ruins structure near Tustumena Lake
A combination trailer and lean-to building and its contents on Tustumena Lake Road were destroyed by fire late Friday. No one was injured.

Kickin' it: City OKs soccer field funds
The city of Kenai moved one step closer to developing new soccer fields with the approval of a $250,000 appropriation by the city council Wednesday evening.

Stop and go
Patience is about to become as important as a good set of shocks when driving through the Sterling Highway-Kalifornsky Beach Road intersection in Soldotna.

Irene G. Carlson
Kenai resident Irene G. Carlson died Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, from advanced Alzheimer's disease at Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 91.

Arthur A. Rindahl
Longtime Sterling resident Arthur A. Rindahl died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. He was 87.

Voices of Alaska: Stevens' 'consulting fees' a conflict
Corruption is killing the Alaska Dream and it's soon going to take your dividend, and possibly your job, if you don't pay attention.

Even superpowers deserve assistance
It is often noted, generally with unwarranted consternation, that America is the world's only superpower. Natural disasters, like the southeast Asian tsunami and now hurricane Katrina, can make a mockery of such labels. This one, more importantly, should remind us of how much America helps the world, and what the world owes in return.

City shouldn't shelve library expansion
In naming the hallmarks of a good community, a public library is high on the list. In 1976 half of the library as we know it today was built on Main Street Loop. Ten years later the other half was built. It was constructed with knock-out walls on the side facing Kenai City Hall, with the plan being to expand the building in the future.

Justice served with Forster sentence
A ruling sentencing Kenai resident David Forster to 101 years in prison Tuesday ended a sad chapter for the Kenai Peninsula. The story began Christmas Day 2003 when Forster killed Kenai Police Officer John Watson in his driveway with a bullet to the back of his head.

U.S. not living up to ideal in Katrina response efforts
"That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Voices of the Peninsula: Stopping war not an option
Being a serving member in today's Armed Forces, I feel that I have to speak out against the opinions of those who (believe) that by ending the war in Iraq and on terrorism it will bring peace back to the western societies. And to this I write:

Community News
LeeShore Center receives grant

Around the Peninsula
Fall fling planned KWF plans appreciation party Guitar lesson available Hurricane relief fund-raiser set

Around the Peninsula
Legion cooks up breakfast Dessert auction fund-raiser set PFLAG meeting set Women's group to meet Homer health fair slated Artists, vendors sought

Community Events
Pool available during school hours LeeShore fund-raiser today Senior service board to meet Scouting registrations offered Dog training seminar set AWG dancers, actors sought Vets picnics scheduled Women's group to meet Hospice training announced Rec center offers activities Artists, vendors sought CPHC seeks board members KDLL seek board members Senior apartments available Kennel club classes planned

Sandwich with style
The gymnasium at Mountain View Elementary School was quiet, but not for long. As lunchtime approached, a few select students wheeled in plastic carts filled with soft-sided lunchbags (boxes? not these days) that contained a smorgasbord of sandwiches, juice boxes, fruit and chips.

My best friend
2 1/2-year-old Emilee Braun of Nikiski plays house with 2-year-old black Lab Kandee.

Senior Activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Gordon misses Chase, Newman, Kenseth make it
RICHMOND, Va. — The ''Drive for Five'' is alive, but not for Jeff Gordon. Instead, it's Carl Edwards, the surprise Nextel Cup title contender who gives car owner Jack Roush five chances to win the Chase for the championship.

Jones goes yard for 47th time as Braves shut out Nationals
WASHINGTON — Andruw Jones tied a franchise record with his 47th homer, Brian McCann added a three-run shot and Jorge Sosa won his eighth straight road start to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-0 Saturday.

Kards sweep SoHi netters
After losing a key player due to an injury in warm-ups, the Kenai Central volleyball team pulled together to sweep rival Soldotna on the Stars' floor Friday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Federer too good for Agassi
NEW YORK — Andre Agassi has battled the champions of three eras — Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl — and now he puts Roger Federer above them all.

East swimmers take Homer Invitational
East High School won both the boys and girls team titles, with the host Mariners teams both finishing second, at the Homer Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet Friday and Saturday at Homer High School.

Rain lets up at area raceway
When the track finally dried, four drivers wrapped up season points championships Saturday and Sunday at the Wilkins Memorial Sprint Challenge at Twin Cities Raceway.

NBA stars meet in Houston for hurricane relief
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris LaRoche doesn't have any clothes, toys or a place to go home to, but on Sunday the 12-year-old's dream came true when he played basketball against LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups, Ron Artest and a host of other NBA stars.

Kenai's Rowley finishes second at Palmer Invite
Kenai Central's Alee Rowley ran to a second-place finish to lead all peninsula runners at the Palmer Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Palmer.

Kenai Central shuts out Panthers
On a sloppy, slippery Skyview High School football field, Kenai Central's Brandon Miles was as steady as they come.

SoHi subdues Bulldogs
Soldotna scored on the first play from scrimmage, then settled in for a long, hard slog to defeat Nikiski 32-6 Friday in a nonconference high school football game at Nikiski.

Sox, Schilling dump Yankees
NEW YORK — Curt Schilling allowed five hits in eight sharp innings for his first victory since returning to Boston's rotation, and Manny Ramirez busted out of a rare slump with a homer and three RBIs to lead the Red Sox past New York 9-2 Saturday.

Big Unit dominates Red Sox in victory
NEW YORK — Randy Johnson allowed only a soft single in seven innings and Jason Giambi homered off Tim Wakefield to give the New York Yankees a much-needed 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Longhorns, Young defeat Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Vince Young, best known for his highlight-reel runs, threw a 24-yard go-ahead touchdown to Limas Sweed with 2:37 left and No. 2 Texas defeated No. 4 Ohio State 25-22 Saturday night in the much-anticipated first meeting between two of college football's most storied programs.

Braves rally past Washington
While three teams remain bunched atop the wild-card standings, Andruw Jones is giving the Atlanta Braves plenty of breathing room in the NL East.

NFL teams help Katrina victims
NEW ORLEANS — A dozen weary police officers, on duty since before Hurricane Katrina hit, clustered around a police car for a rare break Sunday — and listened to the New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers.

Saints take out Panthers
The New Orleans Saints took their minds off two weeks of death and despair, focused on football and won a game Sunday for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Sept. 11 not forgotten by sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants coach Tom Coughlin wore an FDNY hat pulled low on his head, a small tribute to the many victims of Sept. 11.

Solheim matches all square
CARMEL, Ind. — Momentum swung fast and furious in the Solheim Cup, stopping only when Paula Creamer holed a 5-foot par putt to win for the second time Saturday and leave the matches where they started — all square, with 12 singles matches left to decide who wins.

Bonds ready to play
SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds will be activated from the disabled list Monday after being medically cleared to play by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

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