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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

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.

Akita City delegation says farewell
The two-week visit by the delegation from Akita City, Japan, was a whirlwind of life on the Kenai Peninsula that included everything from Borough Assembly meetings to silver salmon fishing.

Soup Supper will go on feeding those in need
Once again the largest fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank was a sold out event. Approximately 300 attended or volunteered to serve at the 7th annual Soup Supper held at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The Really Last Great Race
The Iditarod sled dog race is known as the "Last Great Race," so perhaps the Soldotna Lions Club Bed Race can claim title to the "Really Last Great Laugh (or race)," because by definition it does qualify as a race, but truly is a great laugh for all who participate.

Twin city mayors remember September 11th
In remembering the second anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Soldotna and Kenai Mayors David Carey and John Williams joined together for a community appreciation day last week at the Soldotna Sports Center.

KRSA Volunteers picnic & party
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association's (KRSA) 10th Anniversary Kenai River Classic was another million-dollar event this year, so as a tribute to the army of volunteers that make the Classic possible, KRSA decided to hold an appreciation event they called an Appreciation Olympics Barbeque.

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.

Thanks to all who contributed to cleaner Cooper Landing
Twenty-five volunteers and special guests including Cathy Mayer and Holly Hastings with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department, Christine Hutchison of Unocal, and Alice Hall and Rod O'Connor of the Chugach National Forest-Seward Ranger District enjoyed dinner together at Froso's. Twenty others couldn't make this special dinner because an accident closed the Sterling Highway for three hours at Mile 51.

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.

Central Peninsula General Hospital conducts successful blood drive
A special thanks from the Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center. During the month of August we had several successful blood drives around the community. I would like to thank Bonnie Nichols and Dr. Timothy Gleason of Central Peninsula General Hospital for helping to coordinate one of their more successful drives, with 24 good units of blood. Way to go, CPGH!

Nikiski Cook Inlet Lions host first Grandparent's Day breakfast
The Nikiski Cook Inlet Lions hosted our first Grandparent's Day Breakfast on Sept. 7. We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions: Country Foods, Three Bears, Fred Meyer, Nikiski Senior Center and the Clarion. Lions that volunteered man hours were Sheri Delgado, Ray Nickelson, Raymond Hensley, Bob Harrison and Richard Dominick.

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.

Students wash cars to raise money for spring field trips
The students in Mrs. Zimmerman's fourth- and fifth-grade class would like to thank the Kenai Burger King for allowing them to have a car wash on Sept. 6. The class was trying to make money for two big field trips in the spring. The class would also like to thank all of the community members who swung by to get their vehicles washed! A big thanks go out to the parents of the class for their support.

American Legion fund-raiser helps Ninilchik Emergency Services
The Ninilchik Emergency Services personnel would like to thank the American Legion Post 18 of Ninilchik for holding its second annual spaghetti feed and auction in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, the proceeds of which they donated to the Ninilchik Emergency Services.

Sears Elementary kicks off year with great barbecue, open house
On behalf of Sears Elementary PTA, I would like to thank all those who helped make our sixth annual Back-to-School Barbecue a big success! Thanks to IGA Country Foods for the hot dogs, chips and cookies; thanks to Coca Cola of Alaska for supplying the Coke Wagon with unlimited soft drinks; thanks to Blockbuster for its donation of delicious door prizes; thanks to Enstar for the loan of its barbecue grill; thanks to Duane Bannock for being the head chef; thanks to all of the Sears staff for their help setting up and cleaning up; and a special thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers and PTA officers who made the barbecue a great success!

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.

Tribute to Les Anderson: He was an example for doing the right thing
Again, I find myself writing you about an Alaska friend who has died. That friend is a man who always had a smile for anyone that came across his path.

Grown-up Ghormley makes SoHi foes pay
Never pick on the little guy because one day, that little guy may grow up to be Dan Ghormley.

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.

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.

Director hired for moose research
After several months of being vacant, the position of director at the Moose Research Center in Sterling has been filled.

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.

Officer injured, patrol car damaged during DUI bust
A Kenai police officer was cut in the eye by flying glass during a drunk-driving incident on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Bridge Access Road early Sunday morning.

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.

Kenai biker rolls through North America
When Kenai's Kevin Eldridge set out July 12 on his 2003 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle, the machine was nearly brand new. By September, the bike and Eldridge had rolled for more than 17,000 miles, passed through 28 states, cruised both coasts of the continent and returned back home to tell about it.

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.

William 'Bill' David Banta
Longtime Soldotna resident William "Bill" David Banta died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage due to complications from diabetes. He was 53.

Russell F. Malone
Longtime Homer resident Russell F. Malone died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at his home in Homer. He was 57.

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

There is link between blackout, opening ANWR to oil drilling
When a congressional conference committee working on a national energy bill soon resumes its work, it will do so against a backdrop of complaints that it is using the recent blackout in the northeastern United States to gain approval of controversial provisions. A House provision to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge tops the list and again has environmental groups in a lather.

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.

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.

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

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:

Around the Peninsula
Nutritional classes offered at food bankRetirement planning presentation scheduledFlag ceremony to honor POW-MIAsMarketing workshop scheduledCandidates forum slatedChenault to speak at NPC meetingArtists needed for harvest fund-raiserDisaster awareness meeting slatedCourt clerks office to close for ceremony

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Low-income seniors get free fruits, veggies
SWANSEA, S.C. (AP) Seventy-two-year-old Melba Gleaton arrived at the old gymnasium early, anticipating a crowd eager to get coupons for free fresh fruit and vegetables from farmers' markets across South Carolina.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

Cowboys kicker boots Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. This could have been one of Bill Parcells' worst losses. Billy Cundiff turned it into one of his biggest wins.

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.

Man arrested in shooting death of Williams sister
COMPTON, Calif. A man was arrested in the shooting death of a sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, and authorities searched Monday for four other possible suspects in the slaying outside a house known to attract gang members.

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.

Tragedy puts fame, fortune in perspective
From the time they were born, Venus and Serena Williams had two strong women mothering them.

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.

Sports Briefs
Mosley offers De La Hoya adviceSingh wins Deere Classic, takes money leadClarett's attorneys file innocent pleaAOL finds group buyer for Hawks, ThrashersHudler suspended through end of seasonCubs to retire Santo's number

WUSA goes under
ATLANTA The cash-strapped WUSA called it quits Monday just five days before the Women's World Cup, bringing an abrupt end to a soccer league built on the success of the 1999 tournament.

Rams decide to stick with Bulger
Marc Bulger will lead the St. Louis Rams, at least for next week, while healthy quarterback Kurt Warner watches from the sideline.

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