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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Tigers reach new low with loss to Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Detroit Tigers set an American League record with their 118th loss, falling to the Kansas City Royals 12-6 Monday night as Raul Ibanez and Rondell White drove in three runs each.

For first time since '93, baseball might lack 50-homer hitter
NEW YORK Baseball's biggest sluggers look as if they've lost a little pop in their bats.

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.

CES Explorers get real firefighting experience
The Explorer Post at the Central Emergency Services (CES) in Soldotna is based on Scouting, according to Jack Anderson, CES engineer paramedic and Explorer program coordinator, "With that the mission of the Explorer post is to train young people to further themselves in any career they choose. At our post they get real firefighting experience and exposure to everything that a firefighting career will bring them," explained Anderson.

Soldotna welcomes new Chief of Police
Soldotna's new Chief of Police, John Lucking Jr., says he's use to all the puns with his last name, but was very sincere when he took his oath of office from Soldotna City Clerk Patricia Burdick last week and added, "I'm very honored and humbled to be here, it's a real pleasure and I'm looking forward to my relationship with the members of the community and being part of Soldotna."

K-Beach celebrates RIGS results
The two year reign of the Queen of Reading at K-Beach Elementary School Irma Peterson, a popular teacher at K-Beach, is over and the new reign of 11-year-old King Skyler Laber, a sixth grader, has begun. The royal distinction is all about encouraging kids to read over the summer or a special program called "Reading Is Great in Summer," (RIGS) which started at K-Beach Elementary School three years ago. King Skyler achieved his crown by reading an overwhelming 23,309 minutes over the summer, "I just read a lot of books, even when we went camping, my favorite is fiction," said Laber.

NASA Administrator says Alaska Pipeline a priority
During a warp speed visit of Alaska, NASA's associate administrator for education Dr. Adena Loston told civic groups and radio audiences that NASA's mission now includes developing a pipeline for education and a workforce for children who will someday become workers in space exploration and travel.

Connections home schoolers experience creepy crawlies
Home schoolers registered with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Connections program, were recently introduced to live arthropods, reptiles and insects, otherwise known as the "Creepy Crawly presentation" from the Imaginarium in Anchorage.

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

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.

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

Community shows support for WRCC's fund-raising week
The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center would like to publicly thank the community for its support of the first WRCC fund-raising week. This year we consolidated efforts by changing the Radiothon from one day in September to a three-day effort leading up to the 16th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women. Our community pulled together to assure a successful week. Final figures are not yet available as pledges are still arriving.

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's Anderson enjoying role as running back
Check out these numbers: 135 carries for 904 yards in seven games, an average of 6.7 yards per carry and 11 rushing touchdowns not bad for a guy who wanted to be a wide receiver.

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.

New park opens for board fans
The homeys were stoked after busting a few phat moves and only one dude bonked and got his oil checked.

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 ... .

Number of guides still high on Kenai
Although the number of guides operating on the Kenai River has dropped slightly from last year, the river still saw its third highest total of fishing guides register for permits in 2003.

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

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.

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.

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.

Power outage knocks out Tesoro
Nearly 3,300 Homer Electric Association customers in the North Kenai area lost power Monday afternoon due to a problem with the substation that serves them.

Motivational speaker's gift works 'magic' in the classroom
Motivational speaker H. Stephen Glenn will visit the Kenai Peninsula this week delivering his keynote speech, "Developing Capable Young People," to parents, teachers and community members.

Harry L. Drew
Longtime Nikiski resident Harry L. Drew died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Our House on the Lake Assisted Living Home in Nikiski. He was 91.

String of bombings may hurt willingness of other nations to lend U.S. a hand
BAGHDAD, Iraq This time it was just 50 pounds of explosives, but Baghdad's car bombings, one by one, are reverberating around the world, sending an unmistakable message from America's enemies in Iraq that its friends should stay away.

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."

Alaskans should listen to continuing debate on state's fiscal future
You can feel it in the air. Not the onset of fall and the preparation for winter. No, the stirrings of politics and the coming resumption of debate over Alaska's fiscal future

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.

Around the Peninsula
Candidates forum scheduledCPGH to hold board meetingCreation vs. evolution debate slatedFirefighters fellowship breakfast plannedHockey Squirt B team to hold fund-raiserCourt clerks office to close for ceremonyDonations sought for Community Closet

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

90-year-old falls for new hobby
CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) Turning 90 made Guy Glinski want to jump out of a plane. So he took the plunge.

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

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

Broncos buck Raiders
DENVER Jake Plummer no longer has to be a pretend John Elway. He's already had a game that rivaled the master.

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.

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.

A little form is showing
On the opening Sunday of the NFL season, the biggest shock was Miami's home loss to Houston, a game that left South Florida fans clamoring for coach Dave Wannstedt's job.

Heaven couldn't wait
In the old macho days, a football player wouldn't dare miss a kickoff to coach his wife through childbirth. That was women's stuff, and a man's got to do what a man's got to do, which on Sundays in the NFL is to suit up and bang helmets and pads with other men.

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