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Monday, September 29, 2003

Tigers top Twins, finish season with big win
DETROIT Mike Maroth and the Detroit Tigers went out as winners.

Moock sees next big issues as cemetery, bridge project
Sharon Moock is no stranger to local politics.

Soldotna council race no race at all
Although Kenai has seen strong interest in its city council elections recently, the opposite has been true in Soldotna.

Stogsdill set to begin fourth term
Running unopposed, Jim Stogsdill will begin his second decade on the Soldotna City Coun-cil following the Oct. 7 election.

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.

Trails important to quality of life; don't obliterate them
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley's new slogan is "Obliterate Existing Trails." This slogan obviously expresses Bagley's philosophy toward the quality of life in the borough.

Permanent fund proposal will only increase spending
Eventually State Rep. Mike Hawker will be bringing his POMV(percent of market value) dog and pony show to the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai candidates who refused to answer survey misplace blame
Political candidates Jim Jenckes, Rick Ross and Pat Porter wrote letters to the editor, blaming their refusal to complete a candidate survey on signs posted on our business office windows on Willow Street, and because our office address is also the mailing address service for Friends of the Recreation Center Inc. (FORCE).

Student makes decision to get involved by running for board
Hello, my name is Kaleb Shields. I am an 18-year old student at Skyview High School. As a result of discussions in my government class, I have come to realize that many young adults do not involve themselves in issues having to do with our local government.

Rec center group to publish survey results on Web site
On Sept. 19, Friends of the Recreation Center Inc. (FORCE) delivered a survey to all Kenai City Council candidates. Our goal was to obtain more in-depth answers to issues of concern to our community than candidates have the opportunity to express in candidate forums, news media and the election booklet.

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.

Waltrip takes tough Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. Sweeping around the final turn, his No. 8 car all banged up after a harrowing day, Dale Earnhardt Jr. saw clear track in front of him and a chance at his fifth straight Talladega victory.

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.

Smokin': State conference keeps firefighters on the run
Though fighting fires is serious business, firefighters from around the state had a chance to have fun with their duties and show off their skills Saturday as they wound up the annual Alaska State Fire Chiefs and Firefighters associations' training conference in Kenai.

East peninsula seeks flood service area
Periodic floods have caused millions of dollars in damage in the Seward and Bear Creek areas, most recently last fall when storms drowned much of the Kenai Peninsula with torrential downpours.

Soldotna council race no race at all
Although Kenai has seen strong interest in its city council elections recently, the opposite has been true in Soldotna.

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.

Program offered in area
Kenai Peninsula residents will have several opportunities to learn more about H. Stephen Glenn's program, "Developing Capable Young People," through classes offered throughout the fall.

Moock sees next big issues as cemetery, bridge project
Sharon Moock is no stranger to local politics.

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.

Daily changes make raising children tough
It's a scary time to be raising children, author and motivational speaker H. Stephen Glenn told a group of parents Thursday night.

Stogsdill set to begin fourth term
Running unopposed, Jim Stogsdill will begin his second decade on the Soldotna City Coun-cil following the Oct. 7 election.

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.

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.

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.

Bush gives U.N. chance to make change in Iraq happen at quicker pace
Probably the best analogy to use in describing the generous offer President Bush made to the United Nations (last) week is that of a bystander throwing a life preserver to a drowning man.

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

Around the Peninsula
Gilbreath to speak at Soldotna chamber Disaster awareness meeting slated Dedication ceremony scheduled at courthouse Blood donations needed Quilting guild to hold meeting Fire station fund-raiser planned Hospital service board to meet Social Security rep to visit the peninsula SoHi craft show seeking vendors

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.

Births
Bridger James Daniel Brewer Crystle Mae Tapia

Peninsula People
Senette awarded scholarships Kenai resident makes deans list

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.

Community News
Animals available for adoption AFRW members attend convention, receive award Junior Miss program slated; volunteers needed

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.

Undefeated Vikings plunder 49ers
MINNEAPOLIS Gus Frerotte threw for 267 yards and four touchdowns, three to Randy Moss, as Minnesota stayed unbeaten in four games.

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

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.

U.S. Women's team rolls past North Korea
COLUMBUS, Ohio The undefeated United States didn't need its star power to reach the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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