Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Giants stay on top
SAN FRANCISCO J.T. Snow had four RBIs to lead San Francisco over the San Diego Padres 4-2 Sunday and keep the Giants a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.

Twins nab third straight crown
CHICAGO -- Torii Hunter and Corey Koskie each hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Twins clinched their third straight division crown on their main rivals' home turf, beating the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Monday night.

Cardinals' rally dooms Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Now the St. Louis Cardinals can celebrate their NL Central championship.

Maestro! Santana wins 11th straight
MINNEAPOLIS Johan Santana won his 11th straight start with another dominant performance, striking out a career high 14 over eight shutout innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

CPGH expansion on schedule and under budget
The big earth moving machines are quiet now at the site of the Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH) expansion. Major changes are visible at the location where hundreds turned out for the ground breaking celebration back in June this summer.

Outdoors
Each fall I find myself in the same predicament, too many things to do and not enough time to get everything done. There is a whole lot of hunting to do in basically a very limited amount of time. Our hunting season for most big game animals in Alaska is done in the months of August and September. It is also the time when you harvest the majority of your garden vegetables as well as filling your freezers with anything from berries to various types of fowl.

United Way kick-off runs toward new goal
David Gilbreath, United Way 2004-05 campaign chairman announced a new campaign goal of $600,000 at last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce kick-off. "Our Board of Directors supported a goal of $600,000 this year, that's up from last year's goal of $550,000 which was exceeded by a great team and a lot of work. This year's goal is up a bit, but I think we are up to it and the 26 agencies that we support we benefit from it, as will our neighbors in the community," said Gilbreath.

Big Tonkas on Kenai Bluff make miles of smiles...
Industry Appreciation Day was highlighted by a new event this year, thanks to the Kenai Rotary Club. Chuck Stauffer, ACS General Manager and Kenai Rotarian, brought the idea up from Juneau where the their Rotary Club has a similar function, "The event basically gives kids a chance to get on some of this big equipment and make them work.

Release a Kenai River Hog & take home a trophy
Several years ago concern that heavy fishing of trophy size Kenai River King Salmon might be harming the gene pool of the giant fish, generated a unique program that has become known as "Release a Hog take home a trophy."

Prop 1 targets property tax drop
Alaska lawmakers agreed in May to amend state law and give municipalities the opportunity to decrease the tax bills paid by their home-owning residents.

Nikiski debates police service
Law enforcement is among issues Nikiski voters will be asked to consider in the upcoming election.

Nikiski's Schwenke picks up sports, academics in a hurry
Need Nikiski senior John Schwenke to pick up a sport? Give him a few years. Or even a few months.

NOW PLAYING Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Something essential is missing in Hollywood, but it's not always easy to pinpoint what it is until it's pointed out to you. Ambition. It may seem odd to say that ambition is the missing element in a town that specializes in greed, money, and ego, but I'm thinking of a slightly different definition. The ambition I speak of is that drive to create something new, something wholly unique, or at least a new way to look at an old story. This week, something new has arrived, though the packaging is very old indeed. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is an exciting and beautifully realized look at the spectacularly imaginative adventure tales of the 1930s. If only it had the full strength of its ambition.

Peninsula residents serving in Iraq deserve honor, respect
Last Friday, Marine Dave Nussbaum visited with me while back from Iraq and returning soon. Jake Savely of Ninilchik told me yesterday at the football game he has joined the Navy and will be sent as an MP, actually shore patrol, to Iraq. Saturday also hosted an open house for a Soldotna High graduate and wrestler who is going to Iraq with his National Guard unit. We have many scores of our community serving today in harm's way with loving spouses and parents awaiting their safe return.

Sales tax loophole deprives peninsula
Tourists leave peninsula with nearly $400,000 sales tax savings.

Donated organs should go to those who donate
Your story about Bob and Judy Downs highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations. That shortage kills more than 6,000 Americans every year. Most of those deaths are needless. Americans donate only half of the organs that could save lives and reduce suffering. They bury or cremate the rest.

Fenske's work appreciated; quality of service will continue
Donna Fenske recently retired as a public health nurse, as you noted in your profile of Sept 12. We in the Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health (DPH) will miss her as much as the communities on the Kenai Peninsula will miss her. She has been a creative, imaginative, skilled advocate for improved public health.

Simple ideas can help residents support schools
Education is everyone's business whether or not we have children because quality schools are the cornerstones of successful communities. Without a skilled work force, our communities will suffer; in short, without quality education, Alaska has no future.

Misinformation taints future of recreation service area
For the past year, I have attended 90 percent of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area's board meetings. I know that much of the information being distributed by some individuals is not correct and is very misleading. Why would anyone want to purposely mislead or misinform the residents of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area?

Busch rocks field in New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. Kurt Busch was seventh among the title contenders heading into Sunday's first race of NASCAR's new 10-man, 10-race Nextel Cup championship format.

Stormo gives up dogs
A musher who recently got his dog team back after more than two months in the custody of the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals relinquished the dogs to authorities last week.

Police: Prints led to murder suspect
An Alaska State Trooper told jurors Monday that footprints in the snow led investigators to the home of Justin Starkweather, the 23-year-old charged with sexually attacking a 46-year-old Soldotna woman in February 2002.

Borough assembly to work on updating coastal plan
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's 15-year-old coastal management plan is out of date and in need of revisions to bring it in line with recent changes in state regulations and procedures.

Kasilof gets unlikely visitor
"Before I say anything else, I just want you to know I'm not drunk."

Hope comes to Kenai
Hope Community Resources Inc., the largest and only statewide provider of services to individuals who experience disabilities, has expended to a new facility to better serve the Kenai Peninsula.

Assembly to wrap up unfinished business
Several pieces of unfinished business leftover from the last meeting will occupy part of today's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, including a proposed resolution regarding the way a low-income housing tax credit is applied and another supporting the Tsalteshi Trails Association's application for a state trails grant.

Soldotna woman included in Native museum opening
Among the estimated 20,000 Native American faces in the crowd during this week's opening ceremonies for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will be Soldotna's own Charlotte St. Clair.

John A. VanBlaricom
Soldotna resident John A. VanBlaricom died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at his home. He was 56.

Paul Gibson
Sterling resident Paul Gibson died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at his residence. He was 32.

Alvin Taeschner
Soldotna resident Alvin Taeschner died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at his home. He was 87.

Billie Palmer Dailey
Nikiski resident Billie Palmer Dailey died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at her home surrounded by family. She was 83.

Alvin Taeschner
Soldotna resident Alvin Taeschner died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at his home. He was 86.

Worth noting
"The president stood right here where I'm standing and didn't acknowledge that more than 1,000 men and women have lost their lives in Iraq. He didn't tell you that with each passing day, we're seeing more chaos, more violence, indiscriminate killings. He didn't tell you that with each passing week, our enemies are actually getting bolder that Pentagon officials report that entire regions of Iraq are now in the hands of terrorists and extremists."

PFD is more than check in the mail
''Is that all?''

Kerry claims he wouldn't have overthrown Saddam in Iraq
NEW YORK -- Staking out new ground on Iraq, Sen. John Kerry said Monday he would not have overthrown Saddam Hussein had he been in the White House, and he accused President Bush of ''stubborn incompetence,'' dishonesty and colossal failures of judgment. Bush said Kerry was flip-flopping.

'Mountains that go bang' in North Korea pose world concern
Others suggest whatever happened could have been deliberate, citing the fact that it took place on September 9, the date of North Korea's foundation. The way the regime seals itself off from the outside has often encouraged rumour, as was the case with a massive train crash earlier this year. Whatever the truth, this episode is a troubling reminder of the big issue that rightly worries the entire world. Having admitted two years ago that it had the know-how to develop nuclear weapons, North Korea is still refusing to resume stalled talks with South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the US, although it has been able to exploit reports that Seoul has experimented with plutonium enrichment.

Around the Peninsula
Parks and Recreation schedules meetingFisherman's fund group to look at lawsuitParent support group meeting slatedKenai River sets out to work on programVeterans family picnic setEnvironmental program scheduledNikiski senior housing meeting plannedWriting contest begins

Code pink: Popular flowers draw bioterrorism concerns
ANCHORAGE Geraniums lovely, resilient, universally popular. Thomas Jefferson himself helped introduce these virtuous flowers to America in the late 1700s after falling under their trance in France.

Hero of the Week
I'm writing this letter to inform everyone on the peninsula of a blessing in my life and yours, as well.

Area Eagle Scout appreciates assistance
Thanks to a lot of help, I was able to complete my Eagle Scout Project the weekend before school started.

Around the Peninsula
Basketball registration begins KPC seeks council members Food bank to hold board meeting Fish and Game advisory to meet Genealogical society to meet Library to host performance Historical society to hold fall fling Developmental screening offered

UAF scientists find underwater habitat
FAIRBANKS (AP) The discovery of Alaska's newest underwater habitat and possibly a new marine species began with a runaway sieve.

Learning to give
Terry Hardcastle says her son, Matthew, always has been a giver.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Seniors want Juneau to drop new bus fares
JUNEAU (AP) -- Many of Sylvia Towle's friends used Juneau city buses to see doctors and go grocery shopping, until the city started charging them this month.

Sluggish Seahawks slog past Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. Mike Holmgren caught himself before he got too critical of his Seattle Seahawks.

McNabb roughs up Vikings
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb can't remember when he's had so much fun.

Continental divide
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) Over here, over there, it no longer matters. Europe again proved to be the best in the Ryder Cup with its biggest romp over the Americans.

Winslow's year could be done
The rookie season of Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. may have ended after just two games.

Woman acquitted in plot to kill agent
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A young Missouri woman was acquitted Monday of charges she helped former NHL player Mike Danton hire a hit man in a failed plot to kill his agent.

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