Friday, October 3, 2003

Yankees simmer down doomsayers
NEW YORK Now that's more like what New York fans expect from a postseason game at Yankee Stadium.

A's outlast Red Sox in 12-inning thriller
OAKLAND, Calif. When Byung-Hyun Kim blows a postseason assignment, it's no surprise. When the Oakland Athletics win with a bunt, it's practically unprecedented.

Braves, Marlins notch victories
SAN FRANCISCO Juan Pierre is sure everyone ruled out his wild-card Florida Marlins in their playoff matchup with the San Francisco Giants.

A's, Zito control Boston
OAKLAND, Calif. Barry Zito got plenty of rest and no relaxation on the night before he dominated the Boston Red Sox.

Report says more natural gas needed
WASHINGTON Natural gas shortages and price spikes, if not dealt with in the years ahead, could threaten Americans' livelihoods and quality of life and force energy-dependent industries and jobs oversees, a Republican congressional task force says.

USA Patriot Act affects banking, securities, mutual fund industries
NEW YORK (AP) Don't be surprised if it takes a bit longer to open a bank or brokerage account or to sign up for mutual funds.

America may have more jobs than it can fill after bulk of baby boomers retire
NEW YORK (AP) Not so long ago, Paul Kazmierczyk was underemployed as a steelworker. But by the time he's finished with nursing school in a few years, he's likely to have more job offers than he knows what to do with.

Violent games all the rage this holiday season
SEATTLE The Campaign for a Game Smart Community, formed to rein in sales of ultra-violent video games to children, has announced a holiday season initiative to educate parents and press retailers to honor the industry rating system.

Peninsula unemployment numbers drop slightly
Unemployment numbers showed a mild decrease on the Kenai Peninsula in August, and the number of jobs and the size of the labor force shrunk slightly, as well.

Business Briefs
Ogan resigns from Evergreen positionFeds seek to punish gas market manipulatorsNative corporations make big gains in 2003

Assembly District 6, Long: Education, road funds top borough challenges
The toughest challenge facing the Kenai Peninsula Borough continues to be how to contribute locally to education without running afoul of state and federal limitations on local funding, said Ron Long of Seward, candidate for Assembly District 6 seat.

Assembly District 9, Martin: Roads still remain No. 1 on her list of priorities
Borough finances are healthy now, thanks to the good fiscal management of a praiseworthy department of finance, but that may not last in a struggling state economy, said assembly member Milli Martin of Diamond Ridge, who is seeking another three-year term as the representative of the South Peninsula district.

Assembly District 1, Davis: Borough runs efficiently, but surplus too large
Until he was elected to a one-year term last fall, it had been 20 years since assembly member John C. Davis of Kenai had sat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Council race hot subject
Kenai residents may not have had a full menu of choices for their lunch at the Kenai Chamber of Comm

Assembly District 1, Chay: Consensus-reaching skills could aid assembly
Asked what he'd like to see improved about the Kenai Peninsula Borough government, Assembly District 1 candidate Dan Chay of Kenai said he'd rather begin by focusing on what the borough is doing right.

Homer Derby winner takes home $46,200
Joseph Volk of Reedsville, W.V., was named as the winner of the 2003 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, which ended Tuesday.

Give frost the cold shoulder by protecting your favorite plants
EDITOR'S NOTE Dean Fosdick retired in May 2001 after 23 years with The Associated Press, 15 of those as Alaska bureau chief. He has covered the Exxon Valdez oil spill, volcanoes, galloping glaciers and harvesting Alaska-grown 100-pound-plus cabbages. He can be reached at: deanfosdick(at)

Hunter makes dream come true
About three years ago my brother-in-law, Arthur "Sonny" Rivera, contacted me from his home in New Mexico. Sonny said it was a lifelong dream of his to come to Alaska and hunt for a trophy moose. He asked me where would be the best place for him to make it happen.

Bear encounters make hunt the trip of a lifetime
Sure, Daryl Mannausau said, his trip into the Kenai Mountains on a caribou hunt in August was probably the hunt of a lifetime but not, he added, for the obvious reasons.

Kenai hunter takes unique trophy on last day of open moose season
It's been said that good things come to those who wait, and for one lucky hunter, those words were never more true than on the afternoon of Sept. 20.

Award-winning author traces roots to small-town sources
The Alutiiq people have a saying: "When the tide is out, the table is set." For a young girl in Seldovia back in the early 1960s, the low tide meant more than subsistence. It was on a low tide one day that Dana Stabenow climbed down a 42-foot ladder with her mother, Joan Barnes, from the F/V Celtic, the family fish tender, walked up to the old boardwalk and made her first trip to the Seldovia Public Library.

Art Briefs
Quilting guild to meetChorus looking for membersClay show open for entryPoetry contests open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interestCraft fair vendors wanted

Outsider tells Alaska's tale with rare skill
Alaska is such an amazing place, filled with so many interesting tales that it is a shame that the general histories written about it have fallen short. Now Walter R. Borneman, a Colorado historian, attempts to describe Alaska's sweeping history in a single volume.

El Greco retrospective opens in New York
NEW YORK Pablo Picasso admired him, as did Henri Matisse. Jackson Pollock considered him one of his favorite artists.

Dido tries to follow up success
NEW YORK No one, including her music producer brother, paid much attention to Dido when she made her first album.

'Out of Time' out of praise
If last year's ''John Q'' proved anything, it's that Denzel Washington's colossal charisma can elevate a mediocre movie with an outlandish plot to hit status.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Cost of hospital expansion small compared to Anchorage treatment
In the past year, I have had four out-patient procedures at an Anchorage hospital. Each of these procedures required an overnight stay at a motel, plus meals and transportation expenses for myself and a family member, the required patient attendant.

Proposition No. 2 on hospital bonds deserves a 'Yes' vote
Voters of the Kenai Peninsula need to vote "Yes" on Proposition No. 2 dealing w

No justification for hospital project; needed care available in Anchorage
"Build it and they will come."

Setting record straight about longevity bonus, special session
It has always been a good idea not to argue with people who buy ink by the barrel, but there are times when I am misquoted or someone plainly misleads the public. It doesn't happen very often, but I don't like it when it does happen. This issue came up with a group of constituents again this week, and I feel the need to respond.

Hospital expansion is extravagance that will hit poor residents hardest
Ten reasons to vote "No" on the hospital expansion:

Bulldogs, Ravens would love to break up all-NLC state championship tilt
When Soldotna takes to Anchorage Football Stadium next Saturday against Kenai Central, the Stars will be looking to avenge a loss in last year's state championship game and a 14-7 loss in the final game of this year's regular season that cost them a fourth straight Northern Lights Conference Championship.

This Week's Race: Kansas 400
Where and When

Stewart suing over unlicensed souvenirs
Kansas City, Kan. Lawyers used to visit stores and souvenir booths looking for bootleg merchandise on behalf of Dale Earnhardt, often handing out cease and desist orders on the spot.

Buckshot won't miss racing
HAMPTON, Ga. Buckshot Jones took a couple days off work this week to do a favor for a friend.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,587,6552. Kurt Busch 4,413,0203. Kevin Harvick 4,153,773

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16

Newsmaker: Brandon Gaughan
A victory last week at Las Vegas helped Brandon Gaughan solidify his lead in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He's a talkative, energetic driver who would be an instant hit with fans on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, but he seems very content with driving pickup trucks.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,2272. Kevin Harvick 3,8733. Dale Earnhardt Jr 3,843

Board weighs plat to turn RV park into subdivision
A controversial preliminary plat approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission in April that would allow a developer to turn what up to now has been a summer recreation camping area along the Kenai River into a year-round subdivision ended up before a Board of Adjustment in mid-September.

Leman discusses economic growth during peninsula visits
Although he spends most of his time in Juneau, Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman is becoming quite a familiar face on the Kenai Peninsula lately.

Court atrium dedicated
Comparing the "light, clarity and warmth" emitted by the Kenai Courthouse atrium to the smile of the late Judge Jonathan H. Link, the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court dedicated the central corridor of the building to the memory of Link.

GTL plant on track, officials say
Officials for BP Exploration Alaska said their gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski is meeting the goals it was designed for.

KeyBank expanding to Soldotna
KeyBank announced it plans to open a new branch in Soldotna by next spring. The 4,800-square-foot facility will be located in the former Alaska Communications Systems building on the corner of the Sterling Highway and Birch Avenue.

CES firefighters practice skills to rescue each other
A firefighter lies still on the ground. The loud beeping of his pass alarm echoes in the air around him, letting his fellow crew members know he hasn't moved in at least 20 seconds. Another alarm starts to buzz, alerting the team that the fallen firefighter is running out of air.

Funding, roads top issues in assembly race
Peninsula voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide a variety of issues, including who takes seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Sterling instructor finalist for NASA Educator Astronaut program
Many of his students already think Allan Miller is out of this world, but soon, the Sterling Elementary School teacher may have the opportunity to prove it.

Kenai police seek armed, dangerous man
Kenai police are seeking the public's help in finding Daniel Bear Rogers, 21, who is wanted on a $5,000 felony probation violation warrant.

Legislature ponders new gaming types
Projections show the Kenai Peninsula Borough could reap approximately $2 million annually from new forms of gambling under consideration by the Alaska Legislature, according to assembly member Gary Super-man of Nikiski.

Zlatko Cvetkovski
Soldotna resident Zlatko Cvetkovski died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 54.

What's the story behind rec center's closure? Friends of the Rec Center: City's action ignored citizens, was not it pubic's best interest
This is by the individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the city of Kenai over the contract to turn the recreation center over to the Boys and Girls C

Assembly candidates share views: Dan Chay, District 1
As I write this, four weeks have passed since I filed to run for Borough Assembly, and three weeks remain until Oct. 7, Election Day.

Assembly candidates share views: John C. Davis, District 1
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is beyond a doubt the best place on earth to live, work, play and raise a family. After 36 years of doing just that, I am offering my services to my friends, neighbors and the voters of District 1 to serve as their representative on the borough assembly for another term.

What's the story behind rec center's closure? City: Agreement was designed to save money and still maintain same level of service
This summer, the city of Kenai entered into a management service contract with the Boys and Girls Club to run the Kenai Recreation Center beginning July 1. The contract was carefully designed to maintain the previous level of services while saving the city $87,000 per year.

Recall wrong answer
Californians are faced with the most important election in recent memory: the decision on whether to remove and replace Gov. Gray Davis. ...

If recall succeeds, look for things to get worse, not better, in California
Californina's recall election ... is happening because one wealthy Southern Californian decided to use some of his money to hire professional signature gatherers, and, aided by volunteers, they collected sufficient signatures. And because millions of Californians are unhappy about the economy but don't want more spending cuts or a tax increase. ...

Election Day draws near; voters should do homework now
It's easy to recognize Election Day is drawing near: People are writing more letters to the editor about the names and issues voters will face on Tuesday's ballot.

Assembly candidates share views: Ron Long, District 6
It has been my good fortune over the last three years as an assembly member to work with a diverse and dedicated bunch of people. I've gained some experience and developed some relationships, both of which I would like to build upon. I don't have a single burning issue or a real gripe with the way the borough is being run, but am interested in keeping the borough moving in a positive direction.

Patriotism: Standing tall
One of many cases that should not be in the courts is the lawsuit between a former Marine and a homeowner's association over display of the flag.

Assembly candidates share views: Milli Martin, District 9
Thank you for this opportunity to speak to the voters of Assembly District 9, the southern Kenai Peninsula outside of the city of Homer. I have had the privilege of representing these wonderful folks for the past three years, and look forward to continuing in that capacity. I particularly enjoy visiting with constituents, and welcome their calls and e-mails.

'Alaska Tracks' shares a lifetime of outdoor wisdom
JUNEAU The brown bear was ready to charge, so Earl Callihan shot to the side of the bear, not to kill it, but to discourage it. The bear charged anyway, running at the Southeast Alaska trapper like a racehorse.

No answers blowing in the wind this time
Sixty miles an hour. That's about how fast the wind was howling around the top of Skilak Lookout Trail on Sunday morning.

Turnagain Pass facilities open
Chugach National Forest staff announced the opening of four new vault toilets for public use at Turnagain Pass this week as part of the Turnagain Pass Recreation Facility project.

Refuge makes do with lean and mean budget
Happy New Year! Uncle Sam celebrates Oct. 1 as the beginning of a new fiscal year. This is the time of the year when the bean counters evaluate what the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge did with taxpayer money and report that information to Washington, D.C.

Winter sport becomes major summer tourist attraction
DENALI PARK Jeff King is one of the Iditarod's toughest competitors. Like other elite mushers, the three-time champion of the 1,100-mile sled dog race can be brutally sharp-edged when racing.

Around the Peninsula
Election discussion to be held Blood drives planned National 4-H week scheduled Montessori students line up for smiles Skate club offers free skating Flu clinics scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Fire station fund-raiser plannedIndependent center to celebrate birthdayCoho salmon availableLibrary commission meeting canceledBlood donations neededResident needed for fair boardBoys and Girls Club plans open houseSoldotna chamber to host fund-raiser

Illinois tribunal begins review of Sheen sainthood bid
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) A 20-member tribunal has been sworn in to begin the years-long process of researching the life of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a native of tiny El Paso who became a celebrity priest.

Peace-seeking European religious leaders meet in Sarajevo
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) An organization of European religious leaders convened in Sarajevo to discuss how inter-religious cooperation can promote peace.

Church Briefs
Fronk to speak on ancient Scripture Fall festival continues AWANA clubs begin Unitarians discuss fulfillment Christian convention slated Friendship closet open Wednesdays Religious poetry contest announced

Lutheran university president and pastor repent over interfaith worship
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The president and campus pastor at Valparaiso University have ''repented'' to members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for hosting an interfaith service where Muslim and Jewish leaders offered prayers.

Teacher files suit, saying school fired her for remarrying without annulment
CLEVELAND (AP) A teacher has sued a Roman Catholic school, saying it fired her because she remarried without obtaining a church annulment.

Nebraska archbishop disputes Girls and Boys Town board he formerly led
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Roman Catholic Archbishop Elden Curtiss has resigned as chairman of the board of Girls and Boys Town in a dispute over leadership of the home for troubled children.

Indonesia to consider banning cohabitation, black magic
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Indonesia will consider new laws to ban unmarried couples from having sex or living together, officials say.

The great American theologian Jonathan Edwards remains relevant 300 years after his birth
Born 300 years ago this Sunday, the Rev. Jonathan Edwards is little known to many Americans except, perhaps, as the answer to a trivia question: Who wrote the nation's most famous sermon, ''Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God''?

Presbyterian Church establishes Messianic Jewish congregation near Philadelphia
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (AP) A new congregation with a cantor and readings from the Torah opened in this Philadelphia suburb for the High Holy Days but it was a church for Messianic Jews established by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and it has local Jewish leaders upset.

Missouri school district ends Bible distribution
ELSBERRY, Mo. (AP) The Elsberry School District decided the Gideons will no longer be allowed to distribute Bibles to fifth graders after a parent complained to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Limbaugh resigns from ESPN
NEW YORK (AP) Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh resigned from ESPN on Wednesday night, three days after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

United States edges Norway, gains semis
FOXBORO, Mass. As they watched the videos, they could feel the intensity building. And their passion.

Kansas State, Texas face must-win game
Coming into the season, Kansas State's trip to Texas was supposed to be one of the big games to decide who would play in the Sugar Bowl.

Hurricanes stave off upset with late kick
MIAMI Freshman Jon Peattie kicked a 23-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining as No. 2 Miami staved off an upset with a 22-20 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night.

Birch Ridge Report: A warm finish for golf
I know I said the Cold Weather Classic would probably be just that. It ended up being the warmest "cold" we've ever had.

Garnett agrees to contract extension
MINNEAPOLIS Forward Kevin Garnett has agreed to a contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced Wednesday.

Look for Kansas City to break in Broncos
Rarely can a game in the fifth week be described as ''big.''

Kenai's Reemtsma sees time in goal for Cedarville
Joel Reemtsma, a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School, is getting playing time at goalie this year for Cedarville University, which is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I school located in Cedarville, Ohio.

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