Saturday, September 20, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

'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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