Friday, September 19, 2003

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.

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.

Twins finish pivotal sweep of White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS Jacque Jones hit a pair of two-run homers off Bartolo Colon, helping the Minnesota Twins complete a pivotal three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 5-3 victory Thursday night.

Self-help industry looks to baby boomers for a boost
NEW YORK (AP) In the last three decades, Pam Lontos has spent thousands of dollars on the more than 200 self-help books on her bookshelf. She says the books by authors like Zig Ziglar help her stay motivated and enthusiastic about her life and job.

Grasso's departure is first step in NYSE reform
NEW YORK (AP) Maybe we should thank Dick Grasso. Had he not made so much money, many problems at the New York Stock Exchange would never have come to light.

Hurt by recession and bear market, 401(k) savers still cautious about stocks
NEW YORK (AP) Burned by a three-year market downturn, retirement savers are just starting to rebuild their portfolios cautiously.

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.

Families can be torn apart in inheritance fights
NEW YORK (AP) It was soon after their mother's death in 1996 that Lea Yardum and her sister got into a big fight and stopped speaking to each other.

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

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.

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.

'Happy Hookers' turn heads with monster two-day catch
VALDEZ (AP) They call themselves ''The Happy Hookers'' because, well, because they know how to ''hook'' fish.

Father shares family's hunting tradition with son
The hills and valleys of the high country are ablaze with color as the vibrant greens change to a golden hue, and splashes of red are starting to enter the scene.

Duck hunters migrate to Juneau's wetlands
JUNEAU When most people in Juneau hunker down in their homes during the wet fall season, duck hunters brave the cold and rain to hang out in the Mendenhall Wetland State Game Refuge in hopes of shooting a meal.

Blind musher wants Iditarod rules changed
ANCHORAGE (AP) A legally blind teenager from Redmond, Ore., hopes to persuade board members for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to make special accommodations so she can compete next year.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

Soldotna seniors appreciate support for fall fund-raiser
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all of the donors and volunteers that contributed to the Center's Fall Roundup fund-raiser.

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.

Area football games pack Saturday schedule
Football will be everywhere Saturday, as all four of the central Kenai Peninsula schools will be in action on their home fields.

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.

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

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.

This Week's Race: Dover 400
Where and When

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Facts about hobo spiders
The hobo spider is a moderately large up to one-and-a-half inches in length brown spider with long, thick, hairy legs. Hobo's closely resemble the brown recluse spider found throughout the southeastern United States.

1-stop economic shopping offered
Good advice about such things as launching a new business, how to accommodate more customers, even how to boost community development plans and market resources can be found through several local, state and federal agencies with offices on the Kenai Peninsula.

That bites: Spider causes big illness
Two weeks ago, when Kenai resident Sherri James noticed an unusual blemish on her abdomen while drying off after a bath, she had no idea exactly how big a mountain would grow from that molehill.

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.

Photo feature: Sprucing up
Charles KahakauwilaCharles Kahakauwila and Ron Fullinck (kneeling) chink logs on a building that Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church is converting into a classroom and meeting area. The church moved the 49-year-old building down the Kenai Spur Highway from its previous location in April 2002.and R

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.

Seaton, Ogg put on committees
Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, and Rep. Dan Ogg, R-Kodiak, were named to the Joint Legislative Salmon Task Force as the task force worked to reorganize its committees over the weekend.

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."

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

Salmon up, prices down
The chair of the Alaska Legisl-ature's Salmon Industry Task Force told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that the time has come for the industry to work with the Legislature to recover lost value.

Mildred 'Millie' Hirth
Longtime Sterling resident Mildred "Millie" Hirth died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, in the emergency room at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.

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

Central peninsula extends warm welcome to Pioneers Editorial
Welcome, Pioneers of Alaska.

Neutral party can enhance dialogue or mediate to reach better outcome for all
Throughout my 27 years as a peace and law enforcement officer, I have watched people resort to destructive and negative behaviors or violence because they didn't agree.

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.

Hospital program offers better health, one step at a time Editorial
Hardly a week goes by that some new research doesn't show up to tell Americans what we already know: We're overweight. We eat too much of the wrong foods. We don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. We spend too much time in front of the TV or computer. We don't get enough exercise.

POW-MIA Day: Sept. 19, 2003
Though we may not have a thorough understanding of the suffering and psychological stress endured by our nation's missing in action and prisoners of war, we need to recognize today Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action Day.

Refuge System Centennial Celebration continues Sept. 27
Regular readers of the Refuge Notebook series know that 2003 is the Centennial year of the National Wildlife Refuge System. There have been many events across the country celebrating President Theodore Roosevelt's 1903 Executive Order first establishing the world's only system of lands specifically set aside to protect and manage wildlife and wildlife habitat.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Seward to celebrate railroad centennial Auction donations sought for fund-rasier Annual Seward run-walk planned Resident needed for fair board Historical association meeting slated Pie makers sought

Around the Peninsula
KPH to offer family services

Conservative priests ask bishops to reaffirm mandatory celibacy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) An association of conservative Roman Catholic priests has denounced a petition signed by 160 fellow clergy in Milwaukee arguing that married men should be allowed to enter the priesthood.

Muslim clerics denied entry to United States threaten legal action
TORONTO (AP) Two Muslim clerics who were denied entry into the United States will lodge a complaint with the Canadian government and seek legal advice on suing U.S. officials, their lawyer said.

Marquette dental school ends weekly Catholic Mass
MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette University, a Jesuit school, has ended a weekly Roman Catholic Mass at its new dental school to avert any claims that the practice violated the separation of church and state.

Woman shares gospel after finding God in unlikely place
So, you think you have problems?

Church Briefs
Evolution debate tape shown in Homer Conference begins Sunday Group to discuss public school origin Author to speak in Kenai AWANA clubs begin Fall festival announced Friendship closet open Wednesdays

Mohler presided over conservative rise at Southern Seminary
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kicking off his 10th year as president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivered a convocation speech that rang off the walls of the school's chapel with evangelistic fervor.

Black Catholics: Harlem church closing illustrates changes, challenges
NEW YORK (AP) For nearly half a century, Jocelynn Williams attended Sunday Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, a predominantly black Roman Catholic church in Harlem. She received her First Communion and mourned at her mother's funeral there.

Vancouver Anglican bishop dismisses officials of conservative parish
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The head of a Canadian Anglican diocese that sanctions same-sex blessing ceremonies removed some leaders of a parish who disagree with the practice.

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?

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.

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

Three area racers take state championships
Three Kenai Peninsula riders took state motocross series titles in a year that saw tremendous growth in the state motocross series.

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.

Regions beckon harriers
While the peninsula's high school cross country running teams have been on the go since the end of July, there are still some unknowns as they prepare for Saturday's Region III Championships, hosted by Anchorage Christian Schools.

Kenai netters nip fierce Nikiski unit
That'll leave a mark.

'Critter cam' helps bear researchers
On a brushy hillside in the wilds of Chichagof Island, five excited scientists watched a brown bear cub reach out her paws and pull down a devil's club stalk. Her mouth appeared to be just inches away as she gingerly nibbled off the berries.

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