Saturday, October 4, 2003

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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)

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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''?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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