Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Managers Manuel, Hargrove relieved of duties
CHICAGO Frustrated that yet another talent-laden team fell short of the postseason, the Chicago White Sox decided it was time to change directions.

How about a World Series featuring Cubs, Red Sox?
Even before Pedro Martinez pitches or Sammy Sosa swings, there's a buzz about these playoffs. Baseball romantics, this really could be the year: Red Sox vs. Cubs.

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

State probes antitrust rumors surrounding Yukon Fuel sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state attorney general's office is investigating antitrust concerns raised over the sale of one of the largest fuel distributors in Western Alaska.

What's missing from this picture?
For more than 20 years the intersection of K-Beach and Funny River Road and the Sterling Highway in Soldotna has featured a unique SBS sign. A signboard not dedicated to advertising the latest sale prices on building materials, but rather a weekly line of wit or inspiration.

Did somebody say 20-cent burgers at Soldotna McDonald's?
Triple twenties came up last week at McDonald's in Soldotna, and all those who stopped by the Golden Arches between 11:00am and 4:00pm shared the jackpot. It was Saturday September 20th that McDonald's in Soldotna marked its 20th Anniversary since opening on the Kenai Peninsula. In appreciation for the last two decades of patronage, owners Scott & Deena Cunningham offered 20-cent burgers for five hours, and if you got fries with that burger, the Cunningham's donated 20 cents to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.

CAP Cadets get new building
With more pilots per capita than any other state in the Nation, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) provides a crucial service to Alaskans with search and rescue operations as well as vital training to local youth through the CAP Cadet program.

Dr. Glenn serves Chicken Soup to the learners
Those fortunate enough to hear Dr. H. Stephen Glenn at any one of his several speaking venues last week is a little brighter eyed and more motivated today.

Children's therapy clinic holds open house
For those parents who have a child in need of therapy there is a new center in Kenai that has brought a variety of specialties into one location. It's called "Therapy Works," and is a pediatric sensory integration clinic located in the Salamantoff Building on Willow Street.

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

Brenckle: More citizens should be involved in process
If elected to the three-year Kenai City Council seat she seeks, Carol Brenckle vows voters will not only get her involvement in managing the city, they will get as much citizen involvement as she can muster.

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.

Osborne: Wants to continue to represent public interest
After being a regular participant in the past several Kenai City Council elections, John "Ozzie" Osborne finally got his chance to serve this year and is hoping voters will continue to let him do so.

Eldridge: Economic development tops his priority list
Barry Eldridge thinks Kenai is a great community with a lot to offer and wants other people, and especially businesses interested in moving to the city, to think that as well.

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.

Gilman: Getting city's finances in order his No. 1 goal
If elected to the two-year Kenai City Council term he is seeking, Blaine Gilman would have one main priority the city's budget.

Porter: Despite bad year, forecast optimistic for Kenai
Pat Porter has an optimistic outlook for the city of Kenai and wants to help make her view for the city's future a reality by being re-elected to the city council.

Jackman: City not in doom-and-gloom financial mess
Incumbent council member Amy Jackman bills herself as a voice of change on the Kenai City Council.

Jenckes: One issue ignites desire to serve on council
James "Jim" Jenckes may have gotten interested in city politics because of a single issue, but that narrow focus has broadened to encompass an interest in the whole of Kenai's government.

Ross: Wide variety of experience can be used by city
Richard "Rick" Ross has worn many hats in the city of Kenai and has decided to try on one more that of council member.

NOW PLAYING: Matchstick Men
There are scenes of pure joy in Nicholas Cage's film Matchstick Men, scenes that, by themselves, are not necessarily notable, but put together remind us that Cage is a wild kinetic force as an actor, not simply, and I use this term as derogatorily as I can, a "movie star."

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).

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.

Parents should fight proposed increase in school district's pupil-teacher ratio
Attention parents, teachers and every member of our community: There is a crisis happening in our schools and it is about to get worse.

Support from communities means Project GRAD off to successful start
To the scholars, parents and staff of Nanwalek, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, Port Graham, Razdolna, Tyonek and Voznesenka schools:

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.

Skyview senior keeps attitudes positive as football losses mount
Despite taking over the starting fullback position five games into the season, Skyview senior Andrew Smith led the Panthers in rushing this season.

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.

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.

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.

8 hopefuls vie for 3 open Kenai City Council seats
It has been a turbulent year for the Kenai City Council, but despite or perhaps because of the bumps in the road encountered, eight candidates have turned out to run for a seat on the council.

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.

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

Gottschalks set to open new shop on Wednesday
The size, location and even the amount of merchandise all will change, but the name will remain the same.

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.

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.

Pancratz selected to lead program
The Homer woman responsible for helping establish the basis of Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula has been hired as the program's executive director.

State grants to help borough mitigate disasters
Three state grants made it through the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's legislative process recently and have been put to use mapping section lines, supporting fire service areas and developing a plan to mitigate a variety of hazards facing the borough.

Indoor air tests offered
Kenai residents yearning to breathe free are in luck.

Anthoney 'Mitch' Feagin
Soldotna and Homer resident Anthoney "Mitch" Feagin died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Soldotna. He was 32.

Kenai candidates discuss views: 'Ozzie' Osborne, Kenai City Council incumbent
I first moved in this area in 1968. Kenai was just a small little town. Carrs grocery was just open and the old Carrs mall was still under construction.

Kenai candidates discuss views: Rick Ross, Kenai City Council candidate
Kenai is our home and we are optimistic about its future. Since graduation from Kenai Central High School, with the exception of college and military service, Gayle and I have lived, worked and raised our sons here. They now have families and children in Kenai schools. Just like you, we have a strong interest in the quality of life and the economic opportunities in our community.

Kenai candidates discuss views: Amy Jackman, Kenai City Council incumbent
I want the people of Kenai to continue to participate in the future of the city. Over the past year I have seen more involvement from our citizens at council meetings than ever before. They are not just coming to one or two meetings, they are coming every time we have a council meeting or work session. They are voicing their opinions.

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.

Kenai candidates discuss views: Blaine Gilman, Kenai City Council candidate
I want to thank the Clarion on giving me this opportunity to express my views as a candidate for Kenai City Council.

Kenai candidates discuss views: Carol Brenckle, Kenai City Council candidate
If elected to the Kenai City Council, I pledge to represent the views and concerns of all Kenai residents.

Kenai candidates discuss views: James Jenckes, Kenai City Council candidate
Hello, my name is James "Jim" Jenckes. I am running for the position of Kenai City Council. I thought I would tell you a little about myself and then give you my reasons for running for the city council.

Kenai candidates discuss views: Barry Eldridge, Kenai City Council candidate
Kenai has a new excitement stirring downtown. The prospects of a new Home Depot store filling the old Big Kmart facility have lots of folks thinking about the home projects they can accomplish without having to drive to Anchorage for supplies. The prospect of many new jobs being available with emphasis not only on retail sales but also on persons with building skills stirs excitement.

Time to use part of fund to help pay for expenses
It's encouraging to see that some legislators are giving serious consideration to a constitutional amendment that would protect permanent fund dividends and open the way for using a portion of fund earnings for state expenses.

Kenai candidates discuss views: Pat Porter, Kenai City Council incumbent
People ask me all the time why would you want to run for city council. My reasons are truly from the heart. I am hooked on Kenai!

Births
Bridger James Daniel Brewer Crystle Mae Tapia

Peninsula People
Senette awarded scholarships Kenai resident makes deans list

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

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
Dedication ceremony scheduled at courthouseKenai chamber to host council candidatesParents support group to meetNPCC schedules meetingFish and Game advisory committee to meetDiscount cards benefit cancer fundDonations sought for Community Closet

Despite their age, they ride with gusto
TIVERTON, R.I. Benjamin ''Ben'' Lewis hops on his '89 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide motorcycle, and in the blink of an eye, swings the nearly half-ton machine off its kickstand and upright as if he were a gymnast mounting a balance beam.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Pioneer Gibson dies at 76
Ahead of her time doesn't begin to tell the story of Althea Gibson.

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.

Packers still own Bears
CHICAGO Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary were on hand to help the Chicago Bears inaugurate their refurbished stadium.

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.

Bulls' Williams recovers slowly from crash
DURHAM, N.C. Jay Williams remembers the motorcycle crash as though it happened in slow motion, the red-and-black Yamaha R6 getting away from him and heading for a utility pole.

Sports Briefs
Boston, back with Chargers, issues apologySmith, Cloud, Newman return from suspensions

State to study Kodiak game for chronic wasting disease
KODIAK (AP) State wildlife biologists are conducting a study to determine whether chronic wasting disease has affected Kodiak Island.

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