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Friday, September 24, 2004

Maddux nails 15 wins again
PITTSBURGH Greg Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 Thursday.

Rangers move closer in West
ARLINGTON, Texas David Dellucci's double drove home two runs to give the Texas Rangers a 5-4 win over Oakland on Thursday and a three-game sweep of the Athletics.

Giants maintain wild-card lead
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Noah Lowry won his sixth straight decision and remained unbeaten in 13 major league starts, and Ray Durham hit a two-run double to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Ichiro leads rout
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Raul Ibanez tied an American League record with six hits and Ichiro Suzuki had four more singles to pace Seattle's 24-hit outburst in a 16-6 rout of Anaheim Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Workers find volunteering is key to successArea chambers set scheduleAlliance to hold annual meetingFormer HEA board member recognizedHarbor school to host Homer chamber mixerKambe offers admission for donationCPGH gets recertification, equipment, new prefix

Battle heats up over stock-option rules
NEW YORK (AP) No one ever expected those opposed to expensing stock options to just accept new accounting rules without a fight. But the battle they are waging is starting to look desperate and maybe even a little dirty.

Federal Reserve interest rate moves should trigger review of 401(k) holdings
NEW YORK (AP) With the stock market just sputtering along this year and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, it may be time to review the holdings in your 401(k) retirement account.

Entrepreneurs remake image of working women
ANCHORAGE -- Alison's Relocations sometimes gets calls asking to speak with ''Mr. Alison.''

Baby boomers drive resurgence of classic car market
NEW YORK (AP) Dean Avery recalls being awestruck when his mother's date picked her up in a 1965 blue fastback Mustang. Avery, 11 or 12 at the time, thought the car and its sloping back window were cool.

CBS fined $550,000 for Janet Jackson Super Bowl show
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to fine each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations $27,500, which is the maximum penalty for indecency. The singer's right breast was briefly exposed to millions of television viewers during the show.

Officials: Time too short to avoid sockeye loss
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Water in the Fraser River warmed up too fast last summer for regulators to avoid huge losses of spawning salmon, Canadian Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan says.

Dyson calls for 'changing of the old guard' to oversee schools
Dyson answers questions about his school board candidacy.

Crawford advocates continued vigilance, quality instruction
Sammy Crawford answers questions about her ideas for school board.

Longtime candidate still going
It seems like only yesterday that I started to run for school board (eternity) and to say the least, my priorities and concerns are the same.

Board must look at big picture
School board service is a great responsibility and a great privilege. For the past six years, I have served as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education.

School board has 1 contested seat
Only a handful of Kenai Peninsula voters will have a decision to make when they visit the polls Oct. 5 to choose school board members.

Kenai mayor hopefuls face off
For the first time in 18 years, the city of Kenai soon will have a new mayor. Who that person will be, however, is unknown.

Propositions would expand fire service
Voters in Kenai Peninsula communities covered by the Central Emergency Services Area will be asked whether fire protection services should be expanded into the Funny River, Kasilof, Cohoe and Clam Gulch areas.

Silver steak may last longer
Members of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly recommended submitting a petition to the Alaska Board of Fisheries asking for an emergency extension of the Kenai River coho fishery.

Autumn angling trip requires plan(s) B
There's a reason it's called fishing and not catching. Ancient angling proverb.

Skyview set to fight for its playoff life
The state small-schools football playoffs are still two weeks away, but the Kenai Central High School football team is looking at its second playoff-type game in as many weeks.

Peninsula high school football STATS
Through Sept. 18 (Minus Seward Sept. 11)

Peninsula high school football standings
Northern Lights Conference

Behind-the-scenes tales lighten 'Star Wars' gravity
LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to ''Star Wars,'' maybe there's too much gravity in space.

Back-to-the-woods memoir literate, fun
Once upon a time, an unhappy intellectual lived in upstate New York. He read mystical poetry, found true love, got high, landed a dream job as a tenured English professor and bought a beautiful, rustic farm. None of that cured his restlessness.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Ballroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredPottery soughtFavorite poem project solicits submissionsArtwork wanted for state facilityOpen art show slated

Author, subject of 'Any Tonage' book make peninsula tour stops
Walter Jackinsky retired a few years ago after spending a career at sea, much of it as captain of a ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System. Jackinsky hasn't come out of retirement, but for the past few weeks, the 88-year-old has been visiting some unusual ports of call.

Volunteers, sponsors made Fall Rally 'TOPS'
TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapters AK No. 189 Kenai and AK No. 188 Nikiski would like to express their deep appreciation to those who helped so much to make the Fall Rally, held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center on Sept. 18, a great success. The generous sharing of the facilities of the senior center, thanks to Rachel Craig and Kathy Romain, as well as the decorations crafted by Louann Barrett, made the dining experience notable. Missy Doyle's special soup was delicious, and we appreciate her kindness in coming early to provide it. Carol Ford, as always, was an outstanding entertainer. Ralph Carpenter's music, including his adaptability to accompany TOPS song parody, was smooth as silk. The computer skills of Randy Pippin and Mary Kennedy made bulletins, favors and name tags colorful and charming. Our motivational speakers, Don and Peggy Edwards, gave us new inspiration for achieving our TOPS goals of healthy living.

WRCC Radiothon success, thanks to community support
The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center is very grateful for the generous support of the community during our 20th annual KSRM Radiothon fund-raiser on Sept. 13. Individuals and businesses helped us toward our goal of $50,000 the final tally was $51,164.24 in cash and in-kind goods.

Newsmaker: Ryan Newman
DOVER, Del. -- Ryan Newman appeared to be headed to a top-five finish last week at New Hampshire -- and a lofty position in Round 1 of the Chase for the Championship -- when his engine blew. Now he must play catch up in the final nine races of the season to contend for the Nextel Cup Series championship.

Racing legacies on the rise
DOVER, Del. -- When Justin Labonte was asked if it was tough to be a Labonte in racing, the son of two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte answered in the same dry humor of his father.

This week: MBNA America 400
(Race No. 28 of 36)

NASCAR Notes - Gordon apologizes for causing wreck at Loudon
DOVER, Del. -- Robby Gordon apologized for purposely wrecking Greg Biffle during last Sunday's race at New Hampshire. The wreck crippled the championship hopes of Jeremy Mayfield and Tony Stewart.

United Way kicks off campaign
With so many worthy causes to choose from, people interested in helping the less fortunate often are torn between several different organizations when it comes to making a charitable contribution. That's where the United Way comes in.

A break from bursts
A rainbow fills the sky above the tundra north of Kenai Municipal Airport on Wednesday afternoon between cloudbursts that moved through the area. Forecasters are calling for more rain through the weekend.

Barbecue feeds homecoming crowd, scholarship fund
For the price of a plate of barbecue, those attending the Kenai Central High School homecoming game Saturday will have a chance to contribute to a scholarship fund in memory of a member of the class of 1988 who died in his senior year.

Advisory committee wants board of fish to convene on peninsula
According to the local group tasked with advising it, the Alaska Board of Fisheries made a mistake when it decided not to hold its January 2005 Upper Cook Inlet fisheries meeting on the Kenai Peninsula.

Teacher, school receive awards
A Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teacher and school received awards Thursday from the U.S. Department of Education.

No tax break for low-income housing
Two low-income housing complexes in Soldotna and Seward will not get a housing tax credit from the borough and will be assessed at their full and true value, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said Tuesday in Homer.

Starkweather attorney grills troopers, criminalist about use of trace evidence
The defense attorney for Justin Starkweather, the 23-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her home near West Poppy Lane in 2002, grilled state's witnesses in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday about evidence gathering and handling procedures.

Richard Robert Redford
Longtime Kenai resident Richard Robert Redford died after a courageous 12-year battle with brain cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at his parents' home in Soldotna. He was 41.

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

Bessie Leona Hooks
Kenai resident Bessie Leona Hooks died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, of natural causes at her home in Kenai. She was 72.

Edmund Ed Helphrey Meyer
Former Kenai resident Edmund "Ed" Helphrey Meyer died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He was 79.

President's team finds a way to orchestrate vastly larger ad campaign
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's political team is orchestrating a vastly larger advertising campaign than thought possible under federal law, taking control of millions in Republican Party funds simply by inserting the phrase ''our leaders in Congress'' in selected commercials.

Numbers show link between gas line, state pocketbook
The numbers are tantalizing. The latest 10-year jobs forecast by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows a bright employment future for the state, and the proposed natural gas line from the North Slope figures to be a major part.

Saturday marks 33rd annual National Hunting and Fishing Day
Saturday is the 33rd annual observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Tax break sounds good but would hurt borough in long run
When Kenai Peninsula Borough voters go to the polls Oct. 5, they'll be asked if they want to vote themselves a tax break.

Refuge sees busy summer of cabin work, trail upgrades, bridge building
Please excuse me, but I'm still catching my breath from all the activity that took place on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this summer. It was an amazing summer.

'Ruff' duty: Good hunting dogs are hard to come by
ERSKINE, Minn. The two Labradors were poetry in motion as they scoured the stand of native prairie in a dogged effort to roust the half-dozen pheasants Stuart Bensen had released into the grass.

Fee limits Denali road permit applications
FAIRBANKS (AP) A $10 entry fee has cut by two-thirds the number of people applying for an autumn drive into Denali National Park.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai River sets out to work on program Historical society to hold fall fling Developmental screening offered Committee to clean out flower beds Veterans family picnic set Domestic violence workshop slated KPC seeking representatives

Around the Peninsula
RC&D to meetLions club meeting setParent support group meeting slatedBuilders' association seeking board membersJunior Achievement schedules meetingSocial civility to be discussed

Photo feature: Waiting in the rain
Smokey LeFebvre waits with his daughter's puppy, Mocha, for LeFebvre's wife, Mary Beth, to come out of a sandwich shop in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Church Briefs
Bible interpretation sessions planned Awana program to begin Womens prayer group to meet

Baptist seminary hires controversial ''intelligent design'' theorist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has hired a leader among scholars who say scientific evidence shows the universe was caused by ''intelligent design'' to direct a new Center for Science and Theology.

Trials on gay issue loom for Methodist and Presbyterian pastors
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The controversy over the role of gays in the church has taken a new twist in two Protestant denominations where officials are scrutinizing the actions of ministers.

Episcopal Church's leader urges patience upon bishops on eve of meeting
NEW YORK (AP) The leader of the Episcopal Church is asking U.S. bishops to ignore ''speculation and rumors'' and await with ''ready patience'' a key international report on Anglican churches' ongoing dispute over homosexuality.

Jewish survey shows half claim affiliations, 14 percent stress observance
NEW YORK (AP) A poll of American Jews shows 51 percent report membership in a synagogue but only 14 percent consider ''religious observance'' the most important factor in their Jewish identity, less than those who stressed social justice or simply being ''part of the Jewish people.''

Hudson to step down as Crisis publisher
WASHINGTON (AP) Deal Hudson is stepping down as publisher of the conservative Roman Catholic magazine Crisis one month after a news report of sexual misconduct led him to resign as a White House adviser on Catholic voters.

Arkansas church again enters political pulpit controversy
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) A Baptist church already accused of using its tax-exempt pulpit to endorse President Bush gave its backing to a ban of gay marriage in a nationally televised service Sunday.

Meditation: Prayerful state can take many forms
To some, the word "meditation" calls up images of monks seated in the lotus position, eyes closed, perhaps quietly muttering mantras to themselves.

Female pastor leads to controversy among Georgia Baptists
ROME, Ga. (AP) Katrina Brooks always felt a calling from God but wasn't sure how to fulfill it.

Once welcomed, Boston archbishop now sees goodwill evaporate with parish closings
BOSTON (AP) Charged with cleaning up the mess of the clergy sex abuse scandal, Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley took a low-key approach. He asked to be called ''Archbishop Sean'' and shunned many of the trappings that go with his rank, quickly winning over many parishioners.

Serbia's education minister resigns over Darwinism flap
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) Serbia's education minister has resigned after causing public outrage for directing teachers to ignore a chapter in eighth-grade biology textbooks that says life on Earth evolved through natural selection.

Lab mistake helps Hamilton keep gold
LONDON Helped by a laboratory's big blunder, Tyler Hamilton will be allowed to keep his Olympic cycling gold medal.

Meeting produces no solution for Expos
MILWAUKEE Major league baseball's executive council met for three hours Thursday but made no formal recommendation on whether the Montreal Expos should move to Washington next season.

Top Six Swim Times in the State
GIRLS

Swimming season in full swing
As the swimming season nears its midpoint with this Friday's SoHi Pentathlon, the Kodiak boys are in good position to repeat their Region III title while the Soldotna girls will have a fight on their hands if they wish to win a sixth straight region crown.

Clemson limps into Bowden Bowl; Iowa visits Big House
Clemson and Iowa face potential turning points less than a month into the season.

Birch Ridge Report: Cowan cards an ace
Azs our roving reporter, June Stuckey, is roving around the countryside, yours truly will have to attempt to report on past and current events.

Singh the Swing still dominating
FARMINGTON, Pa. Just when Vijay Singh thinks he can't play better, he does. Just when it seems he can't do much more during his Tiger Woods-like season, he does that, too.

Look for Eagles to stay unbeaten
Philadelphia opened with two impressive home wins, establishing its credentials as the contender its fans thought it would be.

Injuries hurt title hopes of Soldotna girls
After being pegged as the favorites to win their third straight Region III/4A girls cross country crown, injuries have put the Soldotna girls in danger of missing out on that prize.

Lots of familiar faces for Bucs, Raiders
For two teams thousands of miles apart and with little history as rivals before 2002, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders sure are making up for lost time.

No end in sight for NHL lockout
NEW YORK It's been a week without progress in the NHL lockout. So far, there have been no overtures from the league or the players to resume talks to save a season that is already starting to slip away.

Seal orphans make epic ocean journeys in opposite directions
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two orphaned ringed seal pups released near Nome have taken opposite paths in their return to the wild.

Wandering alpaca continues to elude Fairbanks rescuers
FAIRBANKS (AP) A wayward alpaca continues to elude would-be rescuers near a trail 60 miles east of Fairbanks.

Fin whale believed sighted in Sitka
SITKA (AP) The sighting of a large baleen whale in Sitka Sound may be the first fin whale in the area since commercial whaling in Alaska inside waters was halted more than 60 years ago, a marine biologist said.

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