Monday, September 27, 2004

Martinez ready for final curtain
SEATTLE Edgar Martinez has been swinging his bat in Seattle so long, he seems as much a city fixture as the Space Needle and Pioneer Square.

Giants gain a game on Dodgers, Cubs
SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Giants showed they can win even the biggest games without Barry Bonds' bat.

Schilling keeps things interesting
BOSTON Curt Schilling (21-6), who leads in the major leagues in wins. allowed one hit in seven innings as Boston battered Kevin Brown (10-5) in his return from a broken left hand.

Yanks won't clinch division at Fenway
BOSTON The New York Yankees are going to the playoffs, and they will probably go there as AL East champions, too.

Little Dodger proves to be Giant killer
SAN FRANCISCO Alex Cora's second homer in two days provided the unexpected spark Los Angeles needed.

Swan would draw on family, land management experience
Mike Swan answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 4, Soldotna election.

School funding, revenue gap top Superman's issues
Gary Superman answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 3, Nikiski election.

Sprague would use experience to guide borough's future
Pete Sprague answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 4, Soldotna election.

Price pledges to reign in budget, end deficit spending
James Price answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 3, Nikiski election.

Sturman wants to control spending, turn to private sector
Fred Sturman answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 4, Soldotna election.

Candidate Views, Assembly District 4: Pete Sprague
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the Soldotna area (District 4), and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In fact, for the past 20 years, I have served virtually all of you in one capacity or another, first as "Pete the Postman," then as a Soldotna City Council member, and currently on the borough assembly. I thank you for having given me these opportunities.

Candidate Views, Assembly District 3: James Price
I would be honored to serve as your elected borough assembly representative. If elected, I will never forget to recognize and respect the views of all citizens from our diverse area. For a representative democracy to work, all views must be recognized and acknowledged. I will conduct myself as a public servant, not a politician.

Candidate Views, Assembly District 3: Gary Superman
I have long believed that local government is where the rubber meets the road. It's where the bulk of our services and taxes more intimately affect our lives and communities; we should be the ultimate directors. Low on dispensables, the borough provides for education, assessment and collection of property and sales taxes, planning, emergency management and 911 communications, roads and trash disposal. Coupled with our service areas which vary from district to district, they equate the sum of state-mandated and voter-approved essentials.

Candidate Views, Assembly District 4: Mike Swan
Thank you for your support and the opportunity to run for the assembly seat 4. As a challenger of an incumbent, it is my responsibility to point out the differences and why the voters should choose me.

Candidate Views, Assembly District 4: Fred Sturman
The economy on the Kenai Peninsula Borough is the main issue. "Somebody has to be willing to start the conversation about the hard issues," says Fred Sturman, candidate for borough assembly position 1, which is most of the city of Soldotna, "over the next 4 years we have committed to spend about half of our savings account, which was up to $26 million, and everybody understands how important it is to not spend your principal."

Race focuses on spending
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 4 race, which covers the greater Soldotna area, is a three-way contest where candidates differ over borough spending and how best to control it.

School board race focuses on fed program, cocurricular activities
Incumbent Sammy Crawford would bring six years experience and a penchant for cooperation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education, the candidate said Thursday night.

Assembly forum brings out varied views on way borough is handled
Candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got the chance Thursday night to share their views on everything from zoning laws to apple pie at a candidates forum sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters.

Nikiski borough candidates take different sides
Nikiski voters have a choice between two philosophies in this year's race for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 3 seat.

SoHi football team romps in Kodiak
The Soldotna Stars had no trouble staying in a first-place tie atop the Northern Lights Conference Saturday, routing the Kodiak Bears 59-14 in Kodiak.

Kardinals trample Panthers
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon for football, the Kenai Central High School football team did what it does best: Run the football.

Fairbanks mom collects big game organs for science classes
ANCHORAGE Let others dissect only frogs in science class. Stephanie Bradford also wants the hearts and eyes of moose, caribou and bear.

Call of the wild makes for many hunting widows
BOISE, Idaho It happens every year, starting about now.

NOW PLAYING: Empire of Dreams
Don't go looking for this week's film at your local theater, because you won't find it. Instead of reviewing a new movie, I decided to take a time out and look at one of the most widely anticipated DVD releases of all time. Finally, George Lucas has brought his beloved original Star Wars trilogy into the digital arena. And, as you might expect from the famously dissatisfied auteur, his tinkering is far from over. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas changed the way movies were made and watched forever. Everyone but he thought the job was finished, but now, over twenty-five years later, the work continues.

Newman isn't giving up on Cup chase
DOVER, Del. Ryan Newman has a plan to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup title even though the mathematics make that seem very unlikely.

Job put on hold for service
Gregory Fite, an Era Aviation freight supervisor for more than 20 years, recently gave his notice to his employers at Kenai Municipal Airport.

Dialogue meetings give people their say on diverse topics
Do people around you cringe when you say, "I've got to get something off of my chest?" Do you feel that nobody listens to your opinions, much less cares about them?

Photo feature: Making a splash
A motorist drives through a large puddle in Kenai on Sunday afternoon. The rain is predicted to dissipate early in the week, but the cloudy weather is expected to continue for several more days.

Nurse testifies on victim's condition
The sexual assault response nurse, who examined the 46-year-old woman attacked in her home near West Poppy Lane in 2002, showed slides of the victim's bloody wounds to jurors in Kenai Superior Court on Friday as testimony continued in the attempted murder trial of Justin Starkweather.

KPC wins annual event for third year
Despite snowball-sized snowflakes falling a month early, the Kenai Peninsula College Student Union successfully defended its title in the Soldotna Lions Club Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race down Park Avenue in Soldotna on Saturday.

Photo feature: A little of this and that
Autumn and winter share the ground in Kenai on Saturday following an early-morning snowfall. Forecasters are calling for cooler weather on the Kenai Peninsula over the next few days, with highs in the mid-40s and lows in the mid- to upper 20s.

Help sought in Kenai burglary
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a burglary at the Depot Building in Kenai.

Mayme Ruth Shelden
Soldotna resident Mayme Ruth Shelden died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 90.

Without U.S. action U.N. threats would prove meaningless
Diplomats are renowned for carefully choosing their words so as not to leave the wrong impression or unnecessarily ruffle feathers. That's particularly true at the United Nations, where diplomats from all over the world practice the gossamer art of persuasion and manipulation through the muffled language of diplomacy.

CBS report black eye on journalism, fodder for conservative attacks
So yesterday, 12 days after CBS News broadcast a report that claimed the president of the United States had shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard 35 years ago and offered up the documents that supposedly proved it, the network admitted it could no longer vouch for their authenticity.

Time to move from Alaska to new Wyoming adventure
"You always said that I have multiple personalities

Police powers not answer to crime problems in Nikiski
Nikiski voters will have the opportunity to shape the future of their community in three propositions that will be before them next week.

Credibility questions bedevil Iraq election set for January
BAGHDAD, Iraq Plans for holding Iraqi national elections in January elicit growing skepticism among many Iraqis who question whether balloting can be free and fair so long as the Americans wield such vast influence over the country.

Aviation repair center marks 40 years of serving missionaries
Alaska aviation lore is richly laden with inspirational anecdotes of pilots asking for divine intervention to get them through blinding blizzards and darkness, flying with angels and landing on a wing and a prayer to get to their intended destination or safely back home.

Blades, McCrum announce engagement
Brittany Blades and Matthew McCrum of Soldotna plan to be married Friday, March 19, 2005, in Maui, Hawaii.

Miller, Walker marry in California
Kimberly June Miller and John Phillip Walker of Portland, Ore., were marred Sunday, July 11, 2004, in an evening ceremony shoreside at Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Alaska walrus recuperating at SeaWorld
A walrus found beached and tangled in fishing nets near Barrow this summer is adjusting well to her new home at San Diego's SeaWorld, handlers say.

Young mayor in McGrath matures quickly on the job
FAIRBANKS McGrath Mayor Dustin Parker didn't vote for himself. In fact, with only six months as a city councilman under his belt, Parker tried to talk a colleague out of nominating him for the unpaid position.

Community Schools
Children's PlaygroupBasic Partner DancingCPR-First AidHunters Safety Class

Around the Peninsula
Food bank to hold nutrition classesKidney support group to meetBasketball registration beginsUnited Way fund-raiser plannedFish and game sets meetingKPC seeks council members

Peninsula People
Gibbs graduates as systems specialistNavarre named Volunteer of the Year

Copeland, Tapley plan ceremony
Jeanette Copeland of Nikiski and Jesse Tapley of Kenai plan to be married Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at Lighthouse Community Church in Nikiski.

Around the Peninsula
Junior Achievement sets meetingEnvironmental program scheduledNikiski senior housing meeting plannedWriting contest continuesQuilting guild to meetCesarean support group sets meetingKennel club offering dog classes

Cancer-stricken teen fulfills graduation dream
BELL, Fla. Caitlin Huggins, a huge smile brightening her tired face, stood on her school's stage, applause from family and friends' standing ovation bathing the thin girl dressed in a purple gown and mortarboard.

Parents come up with their own solutions
ST. LOUIS It wasn't long after Joel Pekay's triplets came home from the hospital that he realized the average retail store's baby section didn't understand the needs of multiple-birth parents.

Photo feature: Peace
From left, Freya Chay, Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Maya Chay, Heidi Chay, Lisa Schmitter-Schrier and Noelle Schmitter-Schrier fly a dove puppet at the "Y" in Soldotna on Tuesday in recognition of the International Day of Peace.

Jenckes, Toomey plan nuptials
Julie Rene Jenckes of Kenai and Andrew Charles Toomey of Pecatonica, Ill., were married Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Minter Garden in Harrison, British Columbia, Canada.

She joins sisters, Carly Dendy, Lori Mae Dendy, Megan Mallory, Rebecca Willard and Morgan Mallory and brother, Cyle Dendy.

Woman saves cat that was shot by arrow
BRAINERD, Minn. Lucky couldn't be a more fitting name for this most fortunate cat.

My best friend
Devon is Jim and Judy Allen's adorable 7-pound toy poodle. She was given to the Allens, of Soldotna, by their daughter after the loss of their son, Nick. The Allens say Devon has given them much love and laughter.

Kids need to know how to prevent dog bites
Children naturally delight in hugging, petting and playing with their pets. But unfortunately, many kids grow up believing all dogs are gentle and friendly like theirs may be, and commonly fall victim to a dog attack, simply because they'd never been taught when it's not OK to approach a dog.

Singh leads 84 Lumber Classic by two strokes
FARMINGTON, Pa. Vijay Singh's ability to turn bad lies into good shots helped him to an even-par 72 that kept him in the 84 Lumber Classic lead on Saturday.

Bowe makes successful comeback with second-round knockdown
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) Some in boxing were worried Riddick Bowe would get hurt making a comeback after eight years outside the ring. On Saturday night, he was the one doing the hurting.

Rose takes Pentathlon
Kodiak's Greg Rose and Seward's Jacqueline Van Driessche won the boys and girls individual titles at the SoHi Pentathlon swimming meet Friday at Soldotna High School.

Jones takes loss
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Glen Johnson knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the ninth round Saturday night to retain his IBF light heavyweight title and cast more doubt on the future of one of boxing's most storied fighters.

Mayfield, Newman need top finishes
DOVER, Del. Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman are badly in need of great finishes Sunday at Dover International Speedway after bad luck a week earlier made them long shots to win the Nextel Cup championship.

United States returning to Davis Cup final
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Twins Bob and Mike Bryan led the United States into the final of the Davis Cup for the first time in seven years with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 win Saturday over Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus.

SkyHi netters top Mariners
The Skyview Panthers routed the Homer Mariners in Homer Friday in Northern Lights Conference play. The Panthers won 25-18, 25-19 and 26-24.

L.A. ties series
LOS ANGELES Mwadi Mabika scored 22 points and Tamecka Dixon had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 71-57 victory Sunday over the Sacramento Monarchs.

Goldstein rules Region III
Soldotna's Ari Goldstein repeated as the Region III/4A girls cross country champion Saturday at the Michael Janicek Running Trails in Palmer, winning the five-kilometer event in a time of 18 minutes, 31.51 seconds. Goldstein and teammate Katie Franzmann finished 1-2 for the second straight year.

Vijay spins another gold record
FARMINGTON, Pa. Vijay Singh is running out of firsts to take away from Tiger Woods.

McNabb mauls Detroit
DETROIT Donovan McNabb threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 30-13 win over the Detroit Lions in the lone game between unbeatens Sunday.

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