Monday, September 15, 2003

Cubs remain one game behind Astros in NL Central
CHICAGO Aramis Ramirez singled in the go-ahead run, and Eric Karros had four RBIs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 Saturday, overcoming a blown lead for the second straight day.

Williams stars as Yankees sweep twin bill from Devil Rays
NEW YORK Bernie Williams hit two homers in a game for the first time in more than a year and Ruben Sierra added a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-5 Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader for their seventh straight win.

Houston sweeps series with St. Louis
HOUSTON Tim Redding combined with three relievers on a three-hitter and Craig Biggio drove in three runs as the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Blind man's restored vision gives new insight
After 43 years of blindness, Michael May can see again.

Vision problems turn school into a struggle
SEATTLE Adam Schunke used to think he was just dumb.

NOW PLAYING: Once Upon a Time in Mexico
It's been said that success is the worst thing that can happen to some people. And, while I wish director Robert Rodriguez all the success in the world, he just may personally discover the truth of that statement.

Eliminating Longevity Bonus program was lousy decision
When you give someone a reward, it is inappropriate to take it away. Many "old timers" were proud of the reward given for their pioneer spirit. In the early days of Alaska, there were many hardships to endure. There was limited electrical service, public water and sewer, telephones, or year around roads. Most people now take these for granted, but it was the pioneers who built everything that Alaskans enjoy today.

Many seniors will lose their homes because of loss of bonus checks
Over the years a lot of elderly Alaskans purchased homes through the rural low-income senior housing program. This program allowed use of permanent fund dividends, Social Security, and longevity bonus checks to pay the mortgage. Since Gov. Murkowski eliminated the Longevity Bonus program, many seniors have been forced to use savings to make up the difference. Those with limited savings and other sources of income will soon become homeless.

Support for event raises awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day on Sept. 9 was a connecting, healing and well-attended event here on the central peninsula.

Food bank benefits from KeyBank's 'Neighbors Make A Difference Day'
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank wishes to thank KeyBank employees for painting our soup kitchen serving area and public restrooms Sept. 9 during their "Neighbors Make A Difference Day." They used paint graciously donated by Russ Rosin and Mike of Columbia Paint & Coatings.

Kenai football puts Seward away early
The Kenai Central High School football team defeated Seward 55-6 Saturday in a nonconference game in Seward.

Mariners can't stop Soldotna's party
The Homer High School football team came into Saturday's Northern Lights Conference game at Soldotna primed and ready to spoil the Stars' homecoming festivities.

Johnson stays cool
LOUDON, N.H. There was a time in Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway when Jimmie Johnson was just hoping to salvage a decent finish.

Funny River celebrating 1st fire station
On a day when much of the nation was conducting solemn ceremonies in remembrance of the many who died Sept. 11, 2001, folks in the Funny River community paused in commemoration of that day's events and at the same time celebrated the completion of their new fire station.

School district employees are 'apples' of board's eyes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education honored six district employees Sept. 8 who have gone the extra mile in their work.

Former Kmart employees share frustrations in tight peninsula job market
In the past 12 months, the Kenai Penin-sula work force has experienced significant job losses from four major sources. Unocal, Agrium, Big Kmart and the Kenai Peninsula School District combined to eliminate nearly 300 positions since November of last year.

Seaton: AIS rule shouldn't include state fishing boats
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security issued an interim rule in July that requires the owners of certain vessels to purchase and install electronic gear that allows for identification, easy tracking and ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore exchanges of navigational information.

Soldotna council lands in middle of state property dispute
A complicated land dispute is threatening plans to build a new Kenai River bridge in Soldotna.

Borough considers contract for Winter Games
Homer will host Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting where members are expected to consider a contract between the borough and the Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society.

Mayors honor everyday heroes
Each day on the Kenai Peninsula, countless community members young and old quietly go about the business of helping honor America. On Sept. 11, 2003, their community honored them with the Twin Cities Mayor's Salute to Community Service at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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

Bessie Brown
Soldotna resident Bessie Brown died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 77.

Some digging and luck help uncover missing roots of family tree
One of life's greatest little joys is finding something you never knew you had.

Action needed on gas project
Finally, Alaska has received an offer for its North Slope gas!

U.S. allies must stay course to rebuild Iraq, regardless of the cost
The price tag for Iraq's reconstruction, detailed by President Bush in his televised address to the nation, is indeed huge. But it is a burden Americans must bear willingly. To do anything less would risk Iraq's disintegration into a fertile land for Islamic extremism, terrorism and adventurism.

Congressional pay hike shows elected officials out of touch
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month showed, once again, how great the schism is between elected officials and those they purport to serve when they voted themselves a pay raise.

Bush deficit stance fuels concerns
WASHINGTON The increasingly complex and expensive U.S. role in Iraq is drawing predictable fire from Democrats. But it also is unnerving fiscal conservatives uneasy about the mounting costs and a looming half-trillion-dollar deficit.

Photo feature: Falling into another season
Wild rose leaves announce the season's colder temperatures in Soldotna last weekend. Forecasters are calling for more cool temperatures, but lots of sunshine and some wind this week.

Tomato weighs in for new state record
If the Alaska State Fair is the official information source for state record vegetables grown in Alaska, then there's a new champion around.

Magee, Martin have July wedding
Erin Kristine Magee of Kenai and Robert Edward Martin of Elmo, Mont., were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Father Frank Rietter officiated.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS announces homecoming eventsHospital CEO to speak at Kenai chamber meetingSoroptimists to meetYouth basketball teams accepting registrationsBuilders association seeking nomineesHospital service board to meetClay art show accepting entriesDiscount cards benefit cancer fund

Teacher makes first year terrific for new students
Children swarm around the glass entryway at North Star Elementary School in Nikiski.

Around the Peninsula
Hazard mitigation meeting setGenealogy resource presentation scheduledChristian women's club sponsoring brunchChild custody clinic scheduledUnited Way annual kick off plannedManual to speak at north chamberIndoor air quality research needs volunteersParticipation sought for animal eye clinic

Aldridge, Davis marry in Nikiski
Michelle L. Aldridge and Britton Davis of Bishop, Calif., were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at the Unocal Recreation Area in Nikiski. Robert DeVolld officiated.

Kenai Peninsula State Fair 4-H results announced
The following 4-H members won awards during the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik last month:

Kile, Halstead have May wedding
Samantha Marie Kile and Joseph Nelson Halstead were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2003, on the beach at Laguna Beach, Calif. Marcy Ann officiated the ceremony.

Main, Ulrich wed in Soldotna
Summer Kathryn Main of Kenai and William Donald Ulrich of Eagle River were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the Church of God in Soldotna. Pisa Faumui of the Kalifornsky Christian Center officiated.

American pudgy pets at risk of diseases as they put on pounds
WASHINGTON The old wives' tale holds that people start to look like their pets. Turns out it's the other way around: America's pets are starting to look like Americans overweight.

Hype doesn't always add up in NFL
The Miami Dolphins were supposed to go to the Super Bowl because they signed the aging Junior Seau.

Women's World Cup looks to rekindle 1999 magic
Right in the middle of fall football and baseball pennant races, the Women's World Cup returns to a far different sports landscape this time around.

Quick-starting Kards jump all over Stars
A firefighter by trade, Kenai Central volleyball coach Jason Diorec had his team ready for the heated Kenai-Soldotna rivalry Friday in Soldotna.

Mosley edges De La Hoya
LAS VEGAS Shane Mosley's formula for beating Oscar De La Hoya goes something like this: Use speed, win the late rounds and hope the judges are kind.

Sports Briefs
France named chairman and CEO of NASCARUSOC clears compliance issuesFrankel's Wild Spirit takes Ruffian Handicap

Tennis stars' sister gunned down in Los Angeles
COMPTON, Calif. An older sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams was shot to death Sunday following a dispute in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

Problem returns
ST. LOUIS It's Warner vs. Bulger again with the St. Louis Rams.

Buckeyes make last stand to hold off Wolfpack
COLUMBUS, Ohio Craig Krenzel hit Michael Jenkins on a 7-yard scoring pass in the third overtime and No. 3 Ohio State made a goal-line stand to beat North Carolina State 44-38 on Saturday.

White wins 200 despite high stress
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) An ailing Kelli White won the 200 meters Saturday at the inaugural World Athletics Final, her second race since her positive drug test at the World Championships.

Kiffmeyer, Marey lead SoHi girls to Kenai Invitational win
Adrianne Marey and Abby Kiffmeyer each won two individual events to help the Soldotna Stars girls swim team win the Kenai Invitational meet Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

Baldwin, Kenai boys take titles
Trevor Baldwin may have won the boys individual 5-kilometer race in a course-record time of 16 minutes, 15.9 seconds, but it was the work of the entire Kenai team that had Kardinals coach Liz Burck fired up after the race.

Shock stun Sparks to tie WNBA finals at two
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Deanna Nolan's two free throws with 12.1 seconds left gave the Detroit Shock a 62-61 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday, and forced a decisive Game 3 in the WNBA Finals.

Raven runs for record
CLEVELAND Jamal Lewis mentioned setting the NFL rushing record against Cleveland, then ran through the Browns for 295 yards in Baltimore's 33-13 victory at home Sunday.

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