Saturday, September 25, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula high school football standings
Northern Lights Conference

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Six Swim Times in the State

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.

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.

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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