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Friday, September 17, 2004

Injured lady plans to sue Francisco
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The woman whose nose was broken when Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands said Wednesday she plans to seek compensation for her injuries once prosecutors and baseball officials complete their investigation.

Yankees shut out Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Javier Vazquez pitched the New York Yankees to their second consecutive shutout, and Derek Jeter homered and doubled twice Wednesday in a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

A's finally defeat Rangers' Rogers
OAKLAND, Calif. Kenny Rogers lost at the Coliseum for the first time in more than 10 years, with Bobby Crosby's three-run double in the fifth inning leading the Athletics to a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

Yankees shut out Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Javier Vazquez pitched the New York Yankees to their second consecutive shutout, and Derek Jeter homered and doubled twice Wednesday in a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Howe gone after season
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets fired manager Art Howe on Wednesday but left him in the dugout for the final 2 1/2 weeks of a season gone bad after the All-Star break.

Howe gone after season
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets fired manager Art Howe on Wednesday but left him in the dugout for the final 2 1/2 weeks of a season gone bad after the All-Star break.

Giants' Bonds still at No. 699
The San Francisco slugger remained one shot shy of joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in the 700-homer club Thursday, but did go 3-for-3 with a walk in the Giants' 4-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Injured lady plans to sue Francisco
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The woman whose nose was broken when Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands said Wednesday she plans to seek compensation for her injuries once prosecutors and baseball officials complete their investigation.

Johnson passes Carlton
PHOENIX -- Knowing he was close to beating Steve Carlton's major league record for strikeouts by a left-hander, Randy Johnson still prepared the same way.

Johnson passes Carlton
PHOENIX -- Knowing he was close to beating Steve Carlton's major league record for strikeouts by a left-hander, Randy Johnson still prepared the same way.

Soldotna business specializes in permanent looks
Sandy Dallmann is a tattoo artist -- sort of.

Photo feature: Cool construction
Construction workers from Anchorage-based McGee Industries dress warmly in a crisp autumn-like morning chill Wednesday as they finish putting wood siding on the front of the new Trustworthy Hardware store being built on the Sterling Highway at Kobuk Street in Soldotna. The store is scheduled to open at the first of the year.

Georgia chicken company keeps insurance costs down by pushing workers toward healthier habits
''At the time, the average worker was 45 years old,'' said Denise Ivester, Fieldale's human resources manager. ''I said, 'This is from gravy and biscuits in the South.'''

Business Briefs
High flying artwork promotes GamesArea chambers set scheduleBuilders to hold meetingIndustries receive awards

Photo feature: Cool construction
Construction workers from Anchorage-based McGee Industries dress warmly in a crisp autumn-like morning chill Wednesday as they finish putting wood siding on the front of the new Trustworthy Hardware store being built on the Sterling Highway at Kobuk Street in Soldotna. The store is scheduled to open at the first of the year.

Senate committee votes to block new overtime rules by president
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted Wednesday to scuttle new rules that critics say would deny overtime pay to millions of workers, as Democrats won the latest round in their election-year bout with President Bush over the issue.

Senate committee votes to block new overtime rules by president
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted Wednesday to scuttle new rules that critics say would deny overtime pay to millions of workers, as Democrats won the latest round in their election-year bout with President Bush over the issue.

Business Briefs
High flying artwork promotes GamesArea chambers set scheduleBuilders to hold meetingIndustries receive awards

Georgia chicken company keeps insurance costs down by pushing workers toward healthier habits
BALDWIN, Ga. -- In the early 1990s, Fieldale Farms had a troubling problem: Employee heart attacks, at an average cost of $50,000 apiece, were quickly making insurance unaffordable for the small chicken processing company.

Soldotna business specializes in permanent looks
Sandy Dallmann is a tattoo artist -- sort of.

Finding fish can take bushwhacking
COOK COUNTY, Minn. Bill Tormondsen's Toyota pickup bounces along an old logging road in second gear. The farther he goes, the closer the new growth of popple and Norway pine encroaches on the truck.

Halibut haul
Cheryl Davis, an instructor and academic dean at Alaska Christian College and instructor at Kenai Peninsula College, poses with a few nice halibut taken in Cook Inlet Saturday. Davis was fishing with some friends in one of her favorite spots south of Ninilchik.

Skyview football still looking for first victory of season
The football slate for Week 6 of the high school season promises several tough games across the peninsula.

Peninsula high school football stats
Through Sept. 11

'Sky Captain' starts soaring, doesn't end so high
From the looks of it, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" could have been a dazzling success or a dizzying failure.

Art Briefs
Play auditions this weekendBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredPottery soughtFavorite poem project solicits submissionsArtwork wanted for state facility

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

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

Oprah surprises audience with new cars
CHICAGO (AP) -- In addition to advice, encouragement and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey had a special gift for every member of her audience -- a $28,000 car.

Poignant novel finds love in strange places
"Above the Thunder," the debut novel by Fairbanksan Renee Manfredi, is an unconventional tale of love, loss and reconciliation. There is nary a boy-meets-girl romance to be found in it, yet it ponders true love with an unsentimental insight few authors can conjure.

Guild holds fund-raiser art auction
Patrons of the Harvest Art Show and Auction will be paying for more than just the artwork they bid on at the Sept. 25 event. They'll also be paying to keep the Kenai Fine Arts Center open and operating.

Guild holds fund-raiser art auction
Patrons of the Harvest Art Show and Auction will be paying for more than just the artwork they bid on at the Sept. 25 event. They'll also be paying to keep the Kenai Fine Arts Center open and operating.

Poignant novel finds love in strange places
"Above the Thunder," the debut novel by Fairbanksan Renee Manfredi, is an unconventional tale of love, loss and reconciliation. There is nary a boy-meets-girl romance to be found in it, yet it ponders true love with an unsentimental insight few authors can conjure.

Art Briefs
Play auditions this weekendBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredPottery soughtFavorite poem project solicits submissionsArtwork wanted for state facility

'Sky Captain' starts soaring, doesn't end so high
From the looks of it, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" could have been a dazzling success or a dizzying failure.

For little queens, Miss America is a huge draw
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- In her white taffeta gown and rhinestone tiara, Briella DiGicinto looked every inch like a beauty queen.

For little queens, Miss America is a huge draw
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- In her white taffeta gown and rhinestone tiara, Briella DiGicinto looked every inch like a beauty queen.

Oprah surprises audience with new cars
CHICAGO (AP) -- In addition to advice, encouragement and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey had a special gift for every member of her audience -- a $28,000 car.

Sears Elementary loses teacher; students lose
Three weeks into the school year.

Sears Elementary loses teacher; students lose
Three weeks into the school year.

Supporters made FAS Awareness Day success
A big thank you to all the people, businesses and agencies who were instrumental in making the International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day ceremony such a wonderful event:

'Fill the Boot' raised $16,128 for MDA
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local citizens of the Kenai-Soldotna area for their great generosity during the recent muscular dystrophy "Fill the Boot" fund-raising effort.

Toys were enjoyed by more than kids
The Rotary Club of Kenai would like to extend a hearty thank you to all the sponsors, operators and participants who made our Big Tonkas on the Bluff event a huge success on Industry Appreciation Day. Big Tonkas on the Bluff could not have happened without the generous contributions of several local companies and organizations. The Rotary Club of Kenai would like to thank Double A Dan's Construction, ACS, D&L Construction, HEA, Airport Equipment Rentals, Sign Works, The Decanter Inn, Peninsula Sanitation, Air Liquide, Wells Fargo, Tesoro, HiSpeed Gear!, First American Title, Walter's and Associates, Integrity Survey, David Ramey Photography and Kenai Peninsula Builder's Association.

Propositions 3, 4 threaten recreation
I would like to take this opportunity to give some truthful information regarding Proposition 3 and Proposition 4 for the upcoming election.

Nursing students appreciate financial help with textbooks
On behalf of the Weber State University nursing students on the Kenai Peninsula, I wish to express our thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046 for its donation of $100 to each student for nursing textbooks.

HEA needs flexibility for future growth
I would like to urge members of Homer Electric Association to vote yes on Proposition 1, which will increase the borrowing limit of the cooperative.

Toys were enjoyed by more than kids
The Rotary Club of Kenai would like to extend a hearty thank you to all the sponsors, operators and participants who made our Big Tonkas on the Bluff event a huge success on Industry

Students give thanks for program sponsor
On behalf of Kenai Middle School, I would like to give thanks to Agrium for donating $1,000 for our school's Character Counts! program. Character Counts! is a great program that promotes good choices and respecting others. The six pillars of Character Counts! also teach other things like being caring and responsible. We use your money to buy prizes and to sponsor Character Counts! spirit weeks. Our school just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you sponsoring our Character Counts! program. Thank you!

Spending tops talk at debate
Candidates vying for two of the three open assembly seats pitched their positions on the issues to a modest Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd Tuesday.

Jury picked in Starkweather trial
A jury of four women and 11 men is scheduled to hear opening statements today in the Kenai Superior Court trial of Justin Starkweather, who is charged with attempting to murder a Soldotna woman in February 2002.

Kenai seeks to make most of fishery
When the state of Alaska opened the mouth of the Kenai River to personal use dipnetting a decade ago, city officials never dreamed the fishery would become a defining feature of summer in their city. However, now that the fishery is here, Kenai must deal with the benefits and drawbacks of hosting what has in many ways turned into a three-week beach party.

Spending tops talk at debate
Candidates vying for two of the three open assembly seats pitched their positions on the issues to a modest Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd Tuesday.

Airport projects jet forward
Air travelers using the Kenai Municipal Airport are asked to be patient while a major renovation project aimed at improving access to the city-owned facility is being completed.

Moose mishap makes noisy night
The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor awoke in the wee hours of Sunday morning to find that something that goes bump in the night in Alaska might just be a moose falling into one's window well.

Crawford nominated to association board
Sammy Crawford, a longtime school board member in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, has been nominated to the board of directors of the Association of Alaska School Boards.

Reasner shining on stage
Saturday will tell if the next Miss America will be from Sterling, Alaska.

Moose mishap makes noisy night
The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor awoke in the wee hours of Sunday morning to find that something that goes bump in the night in Alaska might just be a moose falling into one's window well.

Carl Adrian Trumbly
Former Alaska resident Carl Adrian Trumbly died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Royale Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center in Oregon. He was 80.

David Brian Hryhorysak
Clam Gulch resident David Brian Hryhorysak died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. He was 39.

Jacob Charlie Zeigler
Anchor Point resident Jacob Charlie Zeigler died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at his home in Anchor Point. He was 81.

Jacob Charlie Zeigler
Anchor Point resident Jacob Charlie Zeigler died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at his home in Anchor Point. He was 81.

Bush focus on character goes against grain but still works
LAS VEGAS -- President Bush is embracing troublesome topics that should be hurting him and fighting for states that should be tilting away from him in a campaign that has focused so far on character rather than issues.

Bush focus on character goes against grain but still works
LAS VEGAS -- President Bush is embracing troublesome topics that should be hurting him and fighting for states that should be tilting away from him in a campaign that has focused so far on character rather than issues.

Post-Sept. 11 acts haven't made the world any safer
They say talk is cheap -- particularly truisms of the sort enunciated and repeated with digitalized rapidity in the hours and days following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which claimed several thousand lives. The world had changed forever, we were told.

Post-Sept. 11 acts haven't made the world any safer
They say talk is cheap -- particularly truisms of the sort enunciated and repeated with digitalized rapidity in the hours and days following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which claimed several thousand lives. The world had changed forever, we were told.

United Way needs your help to reach goal of $600,000
In the midst of scores of candidates campaigning for elected office, a different kind of campaign kicked off this week.

Couple tours with advice on latest, greatest gear
BILLINGS People who meet Laura and Eric Poole automatically love the couple love to envy them, that is.

Less bang for your buck: Inventor develops quieter shotgun
ST. PAUL Having never fired a gun in her life, Faamati Winey pulled up on a flying clay pigeon and dusted it with the latest version of the Quiet Gun.

Hot topic: Glacier Creek Fire still generating lots of questions
Although the smoke has finally cleared out and structures along the north shore of Tustumena Lake are no longer threatened, I am still getting lots of questions and comments about the Glacier Creek Fire. So, I thought it would be good for me to update you on the fire's status and answer some of those questions.

High marks
Wearing nylon safety harnesses, students scramble up the Tibet Guide School's climbing rock, moving quickly and smoothly from one handhold to the next on the six story-high concrete slab on Aug. 15.

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support meetings slatedPSDRA schedules meetingHope comes to central peninsulaTOPS Fall Rally scheduledCommunity dance plannedCandidate forum planned

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support meetings slatedPSDRA schedules meetingHope comes to central peninsulaTOPS Fall Rally scheduledCommunity dance plannedCandidate forum planned

Around the Peninsula
Last day for basketball sign-ups Food drive planned today Hope comes to central peninsula Play auditions today, Saturday TOPS fall rally scheduled Kennel club open house planned Saturday Community dance planned Watershed Forum to hold appreciation party Genealogical society to meet

Orthodox Jewish community grows in Connecticut community
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) The building with peeling paint on the walls, stacked furniture in the hallways and blue tarpaulin stretched over a damaged roof could pass for any other in a blighted Waterbury neighborhood.

World Lutheran body launches sexuality study
GENEVA (AP) Leaders of the Lutheran World Federation have created a task force to study ''family, marriage and sexuality.''

Church Briefs
Bible interpretation sessions planned Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered Thursdays

Leading pastor in Southern Baptist conservative shift to retire
CORDOVA, Tenn. (AP) The Rev. Adrian Rogers, whose 1979 election as president of the Southern Baptist Convention launched a conservative shift in America's biggest Protestant denomination, said Sunday he's retiring from his local church.

National Baptists re-elect president
NEW ORLEANS (AP) The nation's largest black Baptist denomination has re-elected the president who pulled the group out of an administrative and financial scandal.

New Hampshire school board approves student's Bible meetings
GORHAM, N.H. (AP) The Gorham School Board has approved a high school senior's after-school Bible study classes, pending review by the school attorney.

Church closings give new vigor to Voice of the Faithful, Catholic reform group
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) Rain threatened, but Roman Catholics by the hundreds still converged on Boston Common for a Mass organized by a lay church reform group a service held partly to protest the closing of dozens of area parishes.

First Amendment cited by both sides in school board prayer dispute
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Both sides in a federal lawsuit over prayers to open school board meetings are citing First Amendment rights in arguing their stands.

Top religion news awards go to Denver, San Diego journalists
WASHINGTON (AP) Sandi Dolbee of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Eric Gorski of The Denver Post took top honors in annual Religion Newswriters Association contests for coverage of the field in secular media.

Voices of Religion
"I hope God has a sense of humor," said a man to his wife following a skit at his church that he evidently feared might have been over the line of propriety.

More students means shuffling class sizes, teachers, to some displeasure
A group of Sears Elementary School families learned last week that even good news can have consequences.

Peninsula school board agrees with almost all state association's stances
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is on board with the Association of Alaska School Boards' annual list of resolutions and brief statements -- with a handful of exceptions.

More students means shuffling class sizes, teachers, to some displeasure
A group of Sears Elementary School families learned last week that even good news can have consequences.

Peninsula school board agrees with almost all state association's stances
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is on board with the Association of Alaska School Boards' annual list of resolutions and brief statements -- with a handful of exceptions.

SEC races take shape early with two gigantic matchups
Two Southeastern Conference contenders will take giant steps toward division titles Saturday.

Hockey players scatter
NHL players began scattering across the globe Thursday in search of work on Day 1 of the lockout, with no negotiations scheduled between union and management.

U.S. takes a different approach to Ryder Cup
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Hal Sutton doesn't want anyone to read anything into his pairings during the practice rounds at the Ryder Cup, and that's a good thing.

Step two of a killer opening schedule for Colts
They're lucky Peyton Manning plays for their side.

U.S. takes a different approach to Ryder Cup
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Hal Sutton doesn't want anyone to read anything into his pairings during the practice rounds at the Ryder Cup, and that's a good thing.

Oscar's biggest challenge
Oscar De La Hoya is either greedy or has a misplaced sense of his place in boxing history.

NHL, players prepare for long lockout
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League locked out its players Thursday, threatening to keep the sport off the ice for the entire 2004-05 season and perhaps beyond in an effort by management to gain massive economic change.

NHL, players prepare for long lockout
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League locked out its players Thursday, threatening to keep the sport off the ice for the entire 2004-05 season and perhaps beyond in an effort by management to gain massive economic change.

SEC races take shape early with two gigantic matchups
Two Southeastern Conference contenders will take giant steps toward division titles Saturday.

Kenai tops SoHi in five games
Anyone who knows anything about volleyball and the rivalry between Kenai Central and Soldotna knows that those numbers added up to an evening increasingly packed with tension Thursday at Soldotna High School.

Woods, Mickelson paired for Ryder Cup
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. Always rivals, barely friends, finally partners.

Indianapolis should even record vs. Titans
The Indianapolis Colts are one of the NFL's best teams and did nothing to hurt their reputation in a three-point loss in New England on opening night. Now they go into Tennessee an underdog for the second straight week, step two in a devastating early schedule.

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