Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Red Sox sew up playoff berth; Angels keep pace with A's in West
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Boston Red Sox clinched their second straight trip to the playoffs, rallying past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-3 Monday night behind Manny Ramirez's AL-leading 43rd home run.

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

Cubs win, extend wild-card lead to one game
CHICAGO Todd Walker homered and drove in four runs, Carlos Zambrano won his fourth straight decision and the Chicago Cubs extended their lead in the NL wild-card race with a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

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.

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.

Osterman touts marketplace know-how, fiscal wisdom
Mark D. Osterman answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 7, Central election.

Fischer: Borough's on right track; he'll keep it that way
Paul Fischer answers eight questions about himself and what he offers voters in the 2004 Assembly Seat 7, Central election.

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.

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.

ERA Flights mark the future...
Commuters and visitors from around the world to the Kenai Peninsula have a new reminder that, "The Games are coming!" While the nuts and bolts of hosting the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are being put in place throughout the Peninsula, ERA Aviation, a proud sponsor of the '06 Games, has branded their air fleet with designs depicting many of the events of the Arctic Winter Games.

You know there are times I get awful frustrated with our Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Near the end of our moose-hunting season I had one of my elderly friends ask me if I would do a proxy hunt for her as she could use some moose meat. I did not have much time this year to hunt moose, as I needed to drive my oldest daughter Jessie to college in Mass. I also had to work during part of moose season. But I went ahead and filled out the form provided for by the Department of Fish & Game to legally do a proxy hunt. I had my elderly friend sign it and fill out her portion of it and then drove back to Fish & Game to have it checked over and signed by an employee there. The whole deal amounted to about 30 miles of driving for me and about 2 hours of my time.

911 Remembered...
There was a small gathering this September 11th in Soldotna with those who chose to remember the brave and the fallen in a special way. Brian Erwin of Frames & Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna had been working on the project for about a year. He took a piece created by Ron DiCianni, following the 911 attack and framed it along with the department patches from the three local emergency response stations.

Appreciating volunteers for the Kenai River Classic
At the heart of all of the terrific events hosted through out the year on the Kenai Peninsula is a committed group of volunteers, who give of their time and energy to make those events successful. One such event is the world famous Kenai River Classic hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA).

Candidate Views, Assembly District 7: Paul Fischer
Thank you for providing the opportunity for me to serve as your assemblyman from 1976-1982, as your state senator from 1982-1992, and again as your assemblyman from 1998-2004. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue working for you on the assembly.

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."

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: 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 7: Mark D. Osterman
There are a lot of issues that face the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the people of District 7. The focus on the borough today should be on fulfilling its mandates and cutting its spending. The borough needs to live within the means of the taxpayers.

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.

Central District race matter of fiscal plans, experience
Two fiscal conservatives are vying for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 7 seat, which represents a meandering, unincorporated rural region called the Central District that includes Kasilof, Cohoe, Clam Gulch, Kalifornsky and a region east and south of Tustumena Lake.

Understanding of game helps Scheffert lead Kardinals
Kenai Central High School football coach Jim Beeson had no problem summing up Michael Scheffert's role with the Kardinals:

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.

Nikiski homeowners should pay attention to Oct. 5 propositions
Nikiski homeowners worried about getting an even bigger tax bill next year need to pay attention. On Oct. 5, the municipal election ballot will have three propositions guaranteed to raise your tax bill in future years if you vote the wrong way.

Taxpayers should practice what they preach on fiscal restraint
I am a Nikiski resident employed in the petroleum industry on the North Road. Our family uses the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area facilities, and we are thankful for their existence and the services they provide.

Reminders abound that schools need to put emphasis on 3 Rs
A few months ago we had a chance to voice our opinions on funding issues of cocurricular activities at local schools. Voting on a proposition indicated a larger number of voters did not want to acquire funding and spend it as school board members and others wanted. Voicing my opinion that we ought to focus much more on the three Rs in the classroom than fun outside the classroom, others told me good luck even if the proposition voting agreed.

Public should get to vote on proposed Nikiski projects
As a Nikiski resident and taxpayer, I take exception to this group that promotes taxing and spending other people's money. This small group of people has desperately tried to prevent the public from voting on their projects. Anyone who disagrees with them must not pay taxes and must be against sensible development. That doesn't pass the smell test!

Knowles appreciated for thinking of vets
I want to thank Tony Knowles for making veterans issues one of the foundations of his U.S. Senate platform. Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state and, with the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, those numbers are about to rise significantly.

Will nation's honor prevail throughout war in Iraq?
When the dead are not members of your family, or anyone you're close to, their death is abstracted.

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.

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: 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.

CES firefighters drill for promotion
Five firefighters from Central Emergency Services are vying for spots on a department promotions list to the rank of captain, by undergoing grueling mental drills at the hands of Kenai Peninsula fire-fighting pros.

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.

Key witness sheds little light
Justin Starkweather's defense attorney pointed the finger of blame at a key state's witness in Kenai Superior Court on Monday, maintaining Starkweather is not guilty of a brutal attack on a 46-year-old woman in 2002.

Comp plan needs public input
A year-old project to update the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Comprehensive Plan has a reached another point at which the process needs public input.

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?

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.

Division of Elections doesn't verify 'facts' in election pamphlet
Recent arguing over the ''facts'' of the bear-baiting measure on the Nov. 2 ballot brings up a broader point that should cause Alaskans to pause when they open their official election pamphlet, which will be distributed by the state Division of Elections next month.

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes begin todayBuilders' association seeking board membersCPGH board to meetKidney support group to gatherLaLeche League schedules meetingBasketball association plans meetingFish and Game advisory to meet

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Walking might keep mind sharp, ward off Alzheimer's
CHICAGO Walking regularly at age 70 and beyond can help keep the mind sharp and ward off Alzheimer's disease, according to research suggesting that what is good for the heart is also good for the brain.

Hamm faces Yang for gold in court
The disputed Olympic gold medal is wrapped in a pair of white socks in Paul Hamm's parents' house in Waukesha, Wis.

Reality sets in for Jones, while Bowe fights on
By now, reality should have set in for Roy Jones Jr. and his brain cleared enough to realize his sometimes brilliant career is over.

Crunch time: NFL injuries piling up
So many NFL teams are losing key players this season that making the playoffs might be a matter of survival.

Cowboys lasso Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. Richie Anderson threw a halfback option pass for a touchdown, and safety Tony Dixon blitzed for two of the Dallas Cowboys' five sacks.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Wandering wildlife
A black bear forages alongside Skilak Loop Road recently. The route is a good place to view wildlife and autumn colors.

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