Monday, September 22, 2003

Mariners top Athletics to gain in AL West
OAKLAND, Calif. Ichiro Suzuki had four hits and drove in five runs, and Bret Boone added three hits and two RBIs as the Seattle Mariners beat the first-place Oakland Athletics for the second straight day, 9-3 on Saturday.

Marlins take over NL wild-card lead by topping Atlanta
ATLANTA Miguel Cabrera homered in the 11th inning and the Florida Marlins took the NL wild-card lead with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Detroit's historic slide continues
MINNEAPOLIS The Twins won their ninth in a row and reduced the magic number for clinching their second straight AL Central title to two as the Tigers tied the AL record with their 117th loss.

NOW PLAYING: Cold Creek Manor/Underworld
This was a pretty big weekend for fall movies. I suppose you could consider it the first big weekend of the Fall/Christmas movie season; when the

Domestic violence case raises more questions than answers
I was astonished to read in the Aug. 25 Peninsula Clarion that Robert Paulk, a man charged with one count of first-degree stalking. two counts of second-degree assault, five counts of third-degree assault, three counts of coercion, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of interfering with a report of domestic violence, one count of burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, 11 counts of violating a restraining order and two counts of kidnapping was allowed by the District Attorney's office to plead guilty to a reduced charge of only one count of third-degree assault.

Perpetrator of domestic violence gets off with slap on the wrist
What is wrong with our district attorney?

Continuous attacks on economic development accomplish nothing
I see that Bob Shavelson and Cook Inlet Keeper are still wielding their anti-petroleum/anti-economic development tire iron. This time the target is coal bed methane development. They even speculate on property tax assessments.

Termination of ACS contract frees money to fund Longevity Bonus
Now that our governor has axed the $92 million to $100 million contract with Alaska Communications Systems Group, the senior citizens' Longevity Bonus should be retroactively reinstated to the date of termination.

Many make Kenai's world-class wildlife art exhibit possible
Another summer of world-class art has come and gone at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art" closed earlier this month after four months of rave reviews from tens of thousands of visitors.

Nikiski outlasts Houston
Using a balanced offensive attack and three Anthony Lorenzo interceptions, the Nikiski Bulldogs beat the Houston Hawks 26-6 Saturday in Nikiski in Great Land Conference play.

Soldotna runs over Kodiak
The Soldotna High School football team took care of business Saturday, defeating the visiting Kodiak Bears 59-14 in a pivotal Northern Lights Conference tilt at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

Kards celebrate happy homecoming
It seems kind of odd to say this coming right off a homecoming game, but here goes anyway: Let the hype begin.

Newman coasts to win at Dover
DOVER, Del. Ryan Newman overcame a flat tire that cost him two laps, then gambled on fuel and completed a sweep Sunday of the races at Dover International Speedway.

United Way kicks off fund-raising campaign
In times of economic hardship, the need to give is more important than ever.

CIRCAC recertified
The U.S Coast Guard announced last week it had recertified the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council as the alternative advisory group for Cook Inlet, and that claims brought against CIRCAC by the Alaska Center for the Environment had been dismissed.

Photo feature: Golden moments
Autumn colors leaves in a stand of trees in Kenai on Saturday morning. Cool temperatures are pushing the season along on the Kenai Peninsula.

Keeping track: Residents line up to take a walk
In order to walk a mile, you've got to take a single step. And then another, and another, and ... .

Peninsula heats up for firefighter conference
Though there is never a good time to have a fire, this week would be about the most opportune time possible, as the central Kenai Peninsula is flooded with about 200 firefighters and fire chiefs from around the state.

10 file for HEA seat
The Homer Electric Association board of directors is looking for someone to fill an open seat in District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski) left by Fred Braun's resignation last month. As of the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, 10 applications for the position were turned in.

That Pioneer spirit
After many hours of annual business meetings, the attendants of the Pioneers of Alaska Grand Convention finally found time for a little fun and entertainment Saturday night.

Roads plan suggests tax increase
Kenai Peninsula Borough roads are costly to maintain and many are not built to borough standards, but those problems could be addressed with more maintenance funding through an increase in road taxes or a borough gas tax and a program to upgrade substandard roads, said the company hired earlier this year to rewrite the 11-year-old borough transportation plan.

Kenai woman caught on fence
Good fences really do make good neighbors, as evidenced by a situation that came before the Kenai City Council on Wednesday. In this case, the lack of a good fence has caused strife between Kenai neighbors and may result in one of the neighbors having to close their business.

Meetings set for transportation plan discussions
The following is the 2003 Kenai Peninsula Borough Transportation Plan Update public meeting schedule.

Beulah Poindexter receives state recognition for job dedication
Beulah Poindexter leaned casually on her shovel, surveying the floor of the warehouse, her clothes, hands and hair lightly dusted with the brown potting soil her company produces and markets commercially around Alaska.

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

Oilers undergo changes
Both baseball operations manager Mike Baxter and manager Kyle DiEduardo have left the Oilers, the organization announced recently.

Borough plan gives direction to improve transportation links
A reliable transportation infrastructure is a cornerstone of quality of life in a community and economic development. The heated debates in the borough sparked by too many potholes, too much traffic and subdivision road standards, not to mention the condition of harbors, docks, airports and bridges, point to the value Kenai Peninsula residents place on their ability to get from Point A to Point B safely, by multiple means and in a timely manner.

Good information crucial to good decisions Oct. 7 Editorial
"The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government."

USA Patriot Act: Part 2
WASHINGTON The White House won't say it, the Justice Department denies it and opponents salivate at every opportunity to use it.

Iraqi situation depends on who is asked
WASHINGTON President Bush has accused nameless ''revisionist historians'' of seeking to undermine him on Iraq by rewriting the course of events. But he and his top advisers have offered some revisions of their own.

Fans should not hold their breath, but 'Year of the Cubs' is coming
Thanks, Cubs, for yet another great summer.

Around the Peninsula
Mental health support group meet today Glen to speak at Kenai chamber meeting Small business center to host two workshops Soldotna chamber to host fund-raiser Volunteers sought for air quality research Potters Guild seeking entries for show

Sheldon, Hays wed in Anchorage
Heather Sheldon of Sterling and Robert Hays of Waldorf, Md., plan to marry Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, in Anchorage.

Robinson, Munson to marry in October
Pauline Marie Robinson and William Allan Munson of Kenai have announced their plan to marry Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Kenai Christian Church.

In memory
Veterans of Foreign Wars service officer Herb Stettler, left, Post Commander Chuck Rhodes, behind flag, and past Commander Sam Huddleston raise new flags in front of the Soldotna VFW post Friday in honor of National Prisoner of War-Missing In Action Day.

Funeral home adds special Vegas touch
LAS VEGAS One Las Vegas funeral home is selling more than somber silver caskets and gladiolas.

Births
Bridger James Daniel Brewer Jayla Rose Conner Kameron Earl Lyon Jolie Raelynn Peterkin

Elbows, accusations fly between competing chapels
LAS VEGAS Garden of Love. Chapel of Dreams. Crystal Cathedral.

Senior care center to host open house
With improving the quality of life for seniors as its goal, the Forget-Me-Not Care Center in Kenai will conduct an open house Wednesday during National Adult Services Week.

Wings and tales
Turn back the pages of time nearly a century and you will find a pair of Ohio brothers on the verge of conquering humankind's gravitational boundaries. On the brisk winter morning of Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine.

Peninsula People
Soldotna man officially a Marine Skyview senior takes flight Waltemyer earns science degree KCHS juniors attend hockey school KCHS grad attends ROTC camp Blackwell to work in congressional office Swing Choir earns championship award Peninsula students earn scholarships Former resident earns degree

History flies at Events
At least six days a week, history takes to the sky from Kenai Municipal Airport. A pair of World War II cargo planes defy time and age, not for fun or nostalgia, but to work.

Community News
Bridge club invites card players Workshop geared for teaching children

Pilot recalls flying the 'Hump'
AMARILLO, Texas Can anyone fly through a monsoon rainstorm over the Himalaya mountains in a heavily-loaded, unpressurized, two-propeller airplane?

Lanners, Henson united in marriage
Helen Lanners and James "Jim" Henson Sr. of Anchorage were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at the historic Fourth Avenue Theatre in Anchorage. The Rev. Michael Mitchell officiated.

Around the Peninsula
United Way presentation planned at chamberCandidates forum slatedChenault to speak at NPC meetingArtists needed for harvest fund-raiserDisaster awareness meeting slatedParticipation sought for animal eye clinicHospital service board to meet

My best friend
Karen Weller of Soldotna and her 19-year-old cocker spaniel, Hoover, loved to go camping together. They drove up the Alaska Highway together in a motor home. One night during that trip, the motor home caught on fire and Hoover saved his friend by barking to wake Weller up. Hover died in August and is missed by many friends.

Cutting pets' nails doesn't have to be stressful experience
Nail trimming is a part of routine health care.

U.S. women kick off cup defense in style
WASHINGTON The veterans led, the stars starred and the youngsters enjoyed the ride. It was a terrific way for the U.S. women to open defense of their World Cup title.

Hot Roddick clinches Davis Cup semifinal
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia Andy Roddick kept the United States in the Davis Cup's top tier, defeating Karol Beck 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to win the playoff against Slovakia.

Seward's Van Driessche sets two records in winning SoHi Pentathlon
Jacqueline Van Driessche finished bringing the SoHi Pentathlon records into the 21st century Friday in a performance for the ages.

Bryan twins help U.S. at Davis Cup
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) Twins Mike and Bob Bryan made their Davis Cup debut Saturday, winning a doubles match against Slovakia that left the United States one victory from capturing its playoff.

Seward netters topple Nikiski
The Nikiski High School volleyball team was able to turn up the intensity Friday it was just a little too late to beat District 3/3A rival Seward.

Bird takes Oquendo
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Chris Byrd won an unanimous decision over Fres Oquendo to retain his IBF heavyweight title Saturday night.

Sapp, Bucs roll over Falcons
ATLANTA Warren Sapp helped the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers rebound from a tough loss.

Kards celebrate happy homecoming
It seems kind of odd to say this coming right off a homecoming game, but here goes anyway: Let the hype begin.

Runners battle flurries
GIRDWOOD Slovenia and Turkey came on strong Saturday in the first day of the World Mountain Running Trophy, where snow made for a slick course on Mount Alyeska.

No. 22 Oregon pulls off upset of No. 3 Michigan
EUGENE, Ore. Oregon's defense found a way to stop Chris Perry and the rest of Michigan's lauded offense, too.

SoHi girls take regions
The Kenai Peninsula's high school harriers had a big day in region championship competition Saturday.

Damron, Beckman share lead
FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) Robert Damron and Cameron Beckman each followed up first-round 67s with 6-under par 66s Saturday to share the second-round lead at the 84 Lumber Classic.

Wasilla girls, Kodiak boys win at Skyview
The Skyview High School swimming and diving team hosted Wasilla and Kodiak in a tri-meet Saturday.

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