Thursday, September 18, 2003

Minnesota moves 1 1/2 games ahead in AL Central race
MINNEAPOLIS Brad Radke beat Esteban Loaiza for the second time in six days as the Minnesota Twins stretched their AL Central lead over the White Sox to 1 1/2 games with a 5-2 victory against Chicago on Tuesday night.

Twins increase AL Central lead
MINNEAPOLIS Kenny Rogers allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Michael Ryan homered as Minnesota beat Chicago 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Maddux denied 15th win
MONTREAL Greg Maddux could only look on as his latest shot at 15 wins slipped away. No matter, the Braves are ensured of going to the playoffs once again.

Giants clinch NL West with victory over Padres
SAN FRANCISCO Jason Schmidt had 11 strikeouts in his 16th win, and Andres Galarraga and Marquis Grissom each hit a two-run homer as the Giants beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 Wednesday night to clinch the NL West title and their third playoff berth in four seasons.

Marathon layoffs won't affect Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE Marathon Oil Co. will reduce its staff in Anchorage from 42 to 12 as part of a corporate restructuring. The company's operations in Kenai, however, will be largely unaffected.

Venezuela struggles with new oil realities
CARACAS, Venezuela By some accounts, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., one of the world's biggest oil companies, is unrecognizable from its former self after months of political turmoil and restructuring.

Business Briefs
Execs charged in connection with Enron scandalTobacco giant announces layoffsHouse votes to continue Internet tax ban

Fast food giant finds ways to cut the fat
CHICAGO (AP) McDonald's Corp. has enlisted the aid of Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer to promote an adult version of the Happy Meal, the fast-food giant's latest effort to offer healthier products.

Alaskans may have stake in gas pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) Congress may encourage North Slope natural gas owners to offer Native corporations and other Alaskans an ownership share of a proposed pipeline to the Lower 48.

Sourdough's memoir brings past to life
Alaska's old-time "sourdoughs" have become the stuff of legend. Through the passage of time and myth making, our modern understanding of their lives has gotten pretty vague.

Kim Richey to perform on peninsula
Singer-songwriter Kim Richey is on the rise, in more ways than one.

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

ABC to continue Ritter's sitcom after his death
LOS ANGELES ABC's ''8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter'' will continue despite star John Ritter's death and will show the TV family coping with his character's loss, the network said Tuesday.

Art Briefs
Museum seeks artworkMuseum to hold discussionCommunity chorus looking for membersDance classes offeredClay show open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interest

Osmet uses cuteness in adolescent role
The scared little fella from ''The Sixth Sense'' has reached his awkward stage.

Hall of Meteorites opening at museum
NEW YORK Have you ever wanted to touch a piece of the universe?

Many contributed to successful homecoming for SoHi students
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following local businesses, as well as individuals, for the success of Soldotna High School's homecoming activities.

This Week's Race: Dover 400
Where and When

Hurricane cancels activities at Dover
DOVER, Del. NASCAR didn't wait for Hurricane Isabel to throw the first punch. It decided Tuesday it would cancel all activities at Dover International Speedway today and Friday.

NASCAR to overhaul design to make cars competitive
DOVER, Del. Before NASCAR can move to the future it has to take a step backward, its director of competition said.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Series' top winner not looking back at failures
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ryan Newman has been upside down, on his side, bounced around like a pinball and come close to catching on fire.

Newsmaker: Brian France
Brian France, grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France and son of current chairman Bill France Jr., will become the new boss of the family's multibillion-dollar industry. He recently talked about his plans for the future and how they will affect the second-most popular sport in the country.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,435,7852. Kurt Busch 4,234,5203. Kevin Harvick 3,932,287

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,0152. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,6113. Kevin Harvick 3,552

Photo feature: Change of seasons
Trees along the Skyline Trail display autumn colors earlier this week above Jean Lake, in the foreground, and Skilak Lake.

Anybody wanna buy a watch?
It might be called the mother of all garage sales, except the Kenai Peninsula Borough does this every year.

Fire danger remains high on peninsula
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry said Wednesday that wildfire season is not over.

New Soldotna police chief takes office
Warm, radiant sunshine and an uninterrupted canopy of blue sky greeted about 100 people on hand for the brief swearing-in ceremony of Soldotna's new police chief Wednesday afternoon.

Business set to operate imaging equipment
Central Peninsula General Hospital will see some competition from a source closer than Anchor-age.

Host society terms get OK
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously approved the terms of a proposed contract between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society, the organization that will manage the athletic event in March 2006.

Old-timers to gather in Soldotna
The skating rink at the Soldotna Sports Center was removed this week in order for the building to become the state's largest temporary "igloo."

No, it's not long distance
It's been two years since they came, but few people noticed them until recently.

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

Cheney's cool looks like condescension, hurts message he wants to convey
Sometimes success with the public depends as much on good presentation as it does on good policy. It might be wise for the White House to re-examine both areas.

Developing nations have most to lose by failure of WTO talks in Cancun
The World Trade Organization is in crisis after 146 member countries failed to agree on a free trade agreement Sunday in the Mexican holiday resort of Cancun.

Alaska says goodbye to one of its pioneers What others say
One of the great figures of Alaska's territorial and early statehood years died last week in Kona, Hawaii. At the age of 93, and long retired to the island sunshine, Chuck Herbert was perhaps unknown to this generation of Alaskans. More's the pity.

New law recipe for failing schools
Let's take a test to see how proficient you are in language arts and math: What four words equal the complete destruction of education?

Study: Spawning salmon drop PCBs in lakes
A new study says some of Alas-ka's pristine and remote lakes are getting polluted with industrial PCBs through an unlikely source: sockeye salmon.

Around the Peninsula
KPH to offer family services

Around the Peninsula
Gilbreath to speak at Kenai chamber New classes offered at Skyview pool Disable veterans schedule meeting HEA seeking applications for board seat Residents sought for CPHC board KCHS to raffle off quilt Builders association seeking nominees Youth basketball teams accepting registration

Photo feature: Getting a lift
Jacob Moore finds a comfortable place to rest as his father, Shawn Miller, walks him to day care in Soldotna on Wednesday afternoon.

Soldotna Middle
Open house was a success. Thanks to the parents who attended. The school appreciates your support.

Redoubt Elementary
The fall fund-raiser packets were due Tuesday. Students should return them by Thursday if they haven't already done so. Thanks to all students, parents and community members who participated.

Feds go local to change fatty habits
WASHINGTON Some Indian tribes in Michigan are about to urge a return to traditional menus like wild rice and fresh fish, in hopes of fighting soaring obesity-caused diabetes.

Tustumena Elementary
Joseph Malatesta was the winner of the bicycle and helmet during the open house program.

Nikiski Elementary
The sixth-grade class camped overnight at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Outdoor Education Center near Sterling.

Playing it cool
Kids' TV celebrity Retro Bill took the Kenai Peninsula by storm last week, bringing his message of drug awareness and self-esteem to elementary school students in Seward, Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof and Homer.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
It is homecoming week at Nikiski. Homecoming events begin Thursday with the volleyball team hosting Kenai at 5 p.m. Middle school soccer will play in Kenai, and the junior class will sponsor a bonfire from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

District school lunch menu

Kenai to host motivational speaker
Motivational speaker H. Stephen Glenn will present "Developing Capable Young People," next week in Kenai. Glenn, internationally recognized for his contributions to education, family life and young people, has been a featured speaker at the White House, where he was honored by Nancy Reagan as one of the nation's most outstanding family life and drug abuse prevention professionals.

North Star Elementary
An important parent-community consolidation informational meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the North Star library.

Mountain View Elementary
Students in Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's classes visited Exit Glacier on Thursday to follow up on a visit made to the school by Ranger Jessica Stern.

States differ on ordering divorced parents to pay for college fees
MANCHESTER, N.H. Alexander Duran was delighted when his daughter earned admission to two of New England's top private colleges. He was furious when a judge ordered him to help pay tuition at the school offering far less financial aid.

Connections is accepting enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade. Call 262-6315 to make an appointment.

Cook Inlet Academy
Spiritual Emphasis Week was celebrated last week with many activities.

Kenai Central High
It is homecoming week at KCHS.

Wings Christian Academy
The yearbook staff elections were last week. Julianne Pettey was elected editor, Eben Spilman will be the assistant editor and Amy Wood and Kareasa Brown are photographers.

Soldotna High
The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be Oct. 7 to 9. Students needing to retake all or part of the exam are encouraged to take advantage of the After the Bell program. Tutoring is available through ATB on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Best, worst children's snacks listed
WASHINGTON (AP) Campaigning to replace sodas, candy bars and sugary juices with fruit and granola bars in school vending machines, an advocacy group on Monday listed what it says are among the healthiest and worst snacks for children.

Youngsters get glimpse of future of space travel
Tomorrow's astronauts blasted off all last week at NASA's Starship 2040 exhibit, a traveling virtual rocketship that shows what space travel might be like in 40 years.

Skyview High
Many activities are taking place during homecoming week, including school spirit dress-up days: Wednesday is armed forces-military day; Thursday is punk-rock star day; and Friday is Panther school spirit day.

Fall semester under way with enrollment on the rise
The temperature may be dropping but enrollment at KPC is on the rise. Now that registration is complete, statistics show that all campuses of the college are seeing an increase in the number of students making KPC their college of choice.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Bryson's class visited the Arness potato farm last week and had a wonderful first field trip.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Reading is the focus this year at K-Beach Elementary. The school is "under construction" as students, staff and parents read books, bricks are added to the school house.

Detroit takes its first WNBA championship
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Red, white and blue confetti fluttered through the air and fireworks exploded in what could have been a building without the WNBA this season.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski-Skyview volleyball rescheduled Nikiski gridders to take field at 3 p.m. Saturday

Endless autumn graces peninsula
With this incredible fall, golfers are asking, "When will the Kenai Golf Course close for the season?"

30 years later, King vs. Riggs still resonates
At first, Billie Jean King kept shooing Bobby Riggs away, essentially telling the tennis hustler to get lost. She had too many other things on her plate to be bothered with his hare-brained scheme.

Women soccer pros face uncertain future
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The first e-mail came from an elementary school student putting together a petition to save the WUSA.

Hamm's happy, healthy and confident again
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. As she prepares for her fourth and final World Cup, Mia Hamm is happy, healthy and confident again, not an aging superstar hanging on for another year or so.

Sports Briefs
Steelers' Porter returns to practiceOwners approve 2007 Super Bowl for Miami

Birch Ridge Report: Frost: less yardwork, more golf
You know those plants we spend oodles of dollars on to beautify our yards and decks, the ones we can hardly contain ourselves to plant, even if it's too early? The same ones we wish would hurry up and die already 'cause we're tired of taking care of them? No? That's just me?

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