Sunday, September 28, 2003

Photo feature: Caught in the middle
Ed and Kelley Smith, lower left, are surrounded by fall colors and snow as they return to their car following a trip to the tree line on the Skyline Trail last weekend. Autumn and winter are coexisting in the Kenai Mountains.

Kards prevail in knock-down, drag-out conference title bout
For the second straight contest dating back to last year, Kenai and Soldotna battled down to the final minutes in a bruising game featuring two teams completely unwilling to back down from one another.

Kenaitze groups invited to participate in games
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Chuda Kuya drum and Jabila'ina dance groups have been invited to perform at the 18th Arctic Winter Games being held in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada, in February.

Voters to determine fate of CPGH future
On Oct. 7, voters living within the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area will be asked to fund a hospital expansion and renovation project estimated at $49.9 million.

Trails powers proposition gets second opportunity
For the second time in five years, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will decide whether the borough should assume trails powers and whether property owners outside the cities should pay the costs.

Officials attend ceremony for facility
About 90 government officials, state and local law enforcement and representatives from the Kenai Courthouse were on hand for the dedication Friday of the $4.3 million Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility on Marathon Road in Kenai.

Helen Ruth Wise
Longtime Kenai resident Helen Ruth Wise died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Iraq bigger challenge than expected
WASHINGTON Wear and tear on tanks in Iraq is outpacing the Army's efforts to repair and resupply. The administration is scrambling to find thousands more troops by early next year. Stressed American soldiers are suddenly being given two-week vacations.

September can be brutal
September usually is a bad month for me. It's sort of like the pennant races every year for Boston Red Sox fans or the entire pro baseball season for Chicago Cubs fans. Great effort, but no championship. This year's ninth month seemed to be no different for me.

Benefits of hospital expansion project far outweigh risks
On Oct. 7, voters living within the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area will have the opportunity to vote on the expansion and renovation of Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Around the Peninsula
Borough transportation meetings scheduledHospital expansion presentation plannedResident needed for fair boardBoys and Girls Club plans open houseHistorical society to hold auction fund-raiserSoldotna chamber to host fund-raiserHospice training to be offeredPotters Guild seeking entries for show

Marathon runners stop mid-race to say 'I do'
FAIRBANKS (AP) Ken Leary and Jane LeBlond got their marriage off to a running start.

Tango on the rise in organized dance parties
CHICAGO The music had barely flowed out of the portable speaker in the square when Ed Pamintuan whisked his wife, Cindy, onto the cobblestones.

Modern fairy tale: Mattress Queen finds Price Charming
SEATTLE Once upon a time, the Mattress Queen thought she would never find her Prince Charming.

Research required when choosing which bird is best
So you've decided to get a pet bird. They are beautiful to look at, can fill your home with sound, make good companions and some even talk.

My best friend
Barbara Brinkerhoff's dog Mocha is taking her advice to take time to smell the flowers.

America's most hated sports: Some going to the dogs
Popularity polls come and go. As the baseball playoffs begin, the NFL is boasting that one poll shows it is more than twice as popular as the national pastime.

Kenai duo paces peninsula boys
Kenai Central senior Mick Boyle made good on a goal to finish in the top 10 in the Class 4A boys race at the state cross country championships in Palmer Saturday.

Kenai netters battle
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team got the opportunity to find out just what it's made of Friday night, taking the visiting Kodiak Bears to a fifth game before falling in a Region III/4A match at Kenai.

Norway, Canada record Cup wins
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) Norway cranked up its offense in time for an expected shot at the United States in the Women's World Cup.

Goldstein tops at state
Soldotna junior Ari Goldstein and Seward junior Whitney Anderson swept the girls races at the state cross country meet Saturday in Palmer with similar times and similar domination.

Van Driessche scorches Seahawks pool records
Seward's Jacqueline Van Driessche set team and pool records in the girls 50 and 100 meter freestyle events Saturday at the Seward Tri Meet.

Homer beats Skyview in NLC season finale
Homer's Bryan Smith ran for 124 yards and one touchdown to lead the Mariners past Skyview 13-0 Saturday in Homer.

France, Germany win in D.C.
WASHINGTON (AP) Germany was nearly through an impressive first round of the Women's World Cup when a potentially serious setback occurred: Steffi Jones went down with a knee injury.

Armstrong 'kind of unfocused on the Tour right now'
Lance Armstrong is at rest or at least as rested as he ever allows himself.

Mia the Magnificent stars for U.S. team
PHILADELPHIA The very definition of greatness has been on display by women's soccer's greatest player. Mia Hamm has been nothing short of magnificent in the World Cup.

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