Monday, October 4, 2004

Bowa fired as Phillies manager
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Larry Bowa's fiery personality made him a fan favorite during his playing days in Philadelphia. It also helped cost him his job as manager. Bowa was fired by the Phillies on Saturday, a day before the end of yet another disappointing season.

A's earn bitter win over Angels
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie Nick Swisher singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Oakland defeated playoff-bound Anaheim.

Astros blast into playoffs
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros charged into the playoffs with their 18th consecutive home victory, capping an incredible turnaround by beating Colorado 5-3 Sunday to win the NL wild card.

Angels grab AL West title from Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels capped a stirring comeback with one final rally, and now they're champions of the AL West for the first time in 18 years.

Suzuki sets new record for hits
SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki called it the highlight of his career, the most emotional he has ever been.

Dodgers clinch postseason spot
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are finally back in the playoffs.

Despite doubts over e-voting, disabled pleased
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- It used to get crowded whenever Eileen Rivera Ley voted.

Nevada man earns derby bragging rights
Hailing from Sparks, Nev. -- a city just outside of Reno -- Don Hanks is no stranger to gambling, but when he took a chance by buying a $10 ticket in this year's Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby while fishing on vacation, he never imagined he would hit the jackpot.

Information and tips about the flu
Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Illness usually begins one to five days after exposure and lasts two to seven days.

Peninsula readies for flu season
Public nurses on the Kenai Peninsula are gearing up for the coming flu season, getting ready to puncture the arms of hundreds of residents hoping to escape this year's viral malady.

Kenai takes second straight NLC championship
Rain streaming off a freshly-shorn Mohawk haircut, his uniform covered in mud, grass and blood, Kenai Central captain Michael Scheffert summed up Saturday's annual Kenai-Soldotna clash nicely.

Skyview ends on high note
The Skyview football program took a big step forward under first-year coach Phil Sheridan Friday, as the host Panthers came from behind in the final minutes to defeat Homer 14-13 in Northern Lights Conference action.

Brown bear season just might happen
It appears the Kenai Peninsula is on the cusp of seeing its first brown bear hunt after a consecutive two-year hiatus.

Bad weather didn't stop car wash for good cause
Sept. 25, during the first snowstorm of the season, parents and sixth-graders worked at the annual sixth-grade car wash at Kenai Middle School. The money raised is for the sixth-grade Outdoor Education Camp to be held next spring. Despite the inclement weather, our students had fun and did a quality job washing quite a few cars!

Post-race profanity could cost Earnhardt
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt was nearly perfect on the racetrack. His only real slipup Sunday came in Victory Lane during a postrace television interview.

Candidates debate Nikiski propositions
Two propositions on Tuesday's ballot are at the center of the race for a seat on the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board.

Coach survives car plunge
A Soldotna man escaped with his life after his vehicle plunged off a cliff near Hope on Sunday.

Job rate rises in first half of 2004
More people held jobs on the Kenai Peninsula during the first six months of 2004 than during any equivalent period ever, and the overall size of the available labor force grew, according to an analysis of the economy by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Community and Economic Development Division.

Victim testifies in assault trial
Jurors in the Justin Starkweather trial in Kenai Superior Court saw the victim for the first time Friday as she was called to the witness stand and she identified her jewelry box, which was found under the defendant's bed the day after she was brutally attacked in 2002.

City's bond payments no longer on the books
Kenai is officially debt free.

Times change, so do people
As I look back to a time when I was 19 years old, I recall being very decided about political and cultural choices -- for awhile.

Wise voting includes homework
I recently voted an in-person absentee ballot and, while at the polling place, I heard another voter say, "I thought we were voting for our U.S. senator, but it wasn't on the ballot." In response, the election worker explained to her that we wouldn't be voting on that until the November election.

Experience does count in assembly, school board races
Incumbency should not ever mean automatic re-election to any office. In this year's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and school board races, however, incumbents hold an edge over their opponents.

Debate puts Kerry back in the running
Republicans who were looking for President Bush, who was climbing in the polls over the past month, to score a knockout punch in his first debate with John Kerry on the central issue of Iraq and homeland security, have to be disappointed.

Democrats prepare for unknown
WASHINGTON -- In the presidential campaign's closing weeks, Democrats are bracing for an ''October Surprise,'' an event so dramatic it could influence the election's outcome. The capture of Osama bin Laden, for instance.

Bridal Fair planned
ANHC presents the Bridal Fair to feature itself as a setting for wedding ceremonies and to bring together vendors who offer wedding services.

Community Schools
Beginning Pottery ThrowingBasic Woodworking

Peninsula People
Roaring successMarolf joins Coast Guard

Around the Peninsula
Food bank to hold nutrition classesWomen health screenings availableBasketball association plans meetingSeward Fish and Game AC sets meetingKPC seeks council membersSeniors plan dinner, auctionGuitar lessons offeredHomer Fish and Game advisory to meet

Morse, McClure plan ceremony
Kasi Morse and Rane McClure have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Nikiski Nazarene Church. Pastor Henry Haney will officiate.

Community News
Research worth noting Nutrition classes beginWomen health screenings availableJunior Miss applications availableKPC seeks council membersPie auction fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Fish and game sets meetingChildbirth film offeredAlcohol and drug abuse council to meetHealing touch class offeredSocial Security reps to visit area

October offers great evening viewing
This may be the month of the year for observing, at least as far as special events are concerned.

Garnet Mace and Jerry Morey

Women knit for fun, tradition and cash
ANCHORAGE -- Frances Degnan has been a member of the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Cooperative for nearly all of its 35 years, giving her the opportunity to knit and access to cash to pay her utility bills.

Armstrong, Day to marry at Elmendorf
Dana Armstrong, formerly of Soldotna, and Staff Sgt. Gerardo Day of Anchorage plan to be married Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at the Green Lake Chalet on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Rural students leave village life in high school in search of greater opportunities
This fall, a group of Port Graham students packed up their be-longings, said goodbye to their families and left the village of their childhood in pursuit of education.

My best friend
Twelve-year-old Miss Bird is very helpful to her owner, Curt Nyquist of Kenai. During the day she is an office assistant and at night she moonlights with her master's degree in mousing.

Help for the litter leery cat
Is your feline friend finicky about using the litter box? Maybe it's time to draw a line in the sand.

Everyone fears 'The Big One' at Talladega
''I think everybody says this race is pivotal because there's usually a big wreck here,'' said Jeff Gordon, who enters Sunday's EA Sports 500 -- the third race of the title chase -- as the Nextel Cup leader by one point over Kurt Busch.

Photo feature: Seahawk spirit
Seward High School senior Stephen Pichotta cheers his school's boys cross country team to a win in the 1-2-3A event Saturday at the state championships held at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

Kenai volleyball rolls past Stars
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team used a week away from competition to make themselves stronger both physically and mentally, and the results paid off Friday as the Kardinals defeated the visiting Soldotna Stars in four games in a Northern Lights Conference match.

Perfect Patriot act continues
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- With Tom Brady at quarterback and a stingy, opportunistic defense, it's difficult to imagine when the New England Patriots might lose again.

'Big Easy' likes Sunday morning
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- The majors over, Ernie Els got a consolation prize Sunday by capturing his first World Golf Championship.

Northwestern springs upset on Ohio State
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Noah Herron scored on a 1-yard run in overtime and had two other touchdowns, and Northwestern backed up its pregame trash talk with a 33-27 upset victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday night.

Seward's dreams come true at state
Sometimes, said Seward High School cross country coach Dan Marshall, the magic just happens.

Trinidad knocks out Mayorga in eight rounds
NEW YORK -- Felix ''Tito'' Trinidad's return to the ring was a knockout success.

Goldstein keeps pouring it on
Ari Goldstein reigned in the rain Saturday, once again dominating the field to repeat as the state class 4A cross country champion.

Els takes lead by two strokes
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Ernie Els is finding a quick cure for his season of major disappointment.

McKeon returning to manage in 2005
PHILADELPHIA -- Jack McKeon will return to manage the Florida Marlins in 2005.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls take meet
Kenai Central's Landon Mishler (200 freestyle and 100 butterfly) and Christopher Hall (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle) each won two individual events and helped the Kenai 200 freestyle relay team to a win as the Kards beat Soldotna and Skyview at the Kenai Invite Double Duals meet at Kenai Central High School.

Sun shine way into WNBA finals
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The Connecticut Sun reached the WNBA Finals for the first time by beating the New York Liberty 60-57 Sunday behind Taj McWilliams-Franklin's 18 points to complete a two-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals.

Seahawks secure final GLC playoff spot
The Seward football team wrapped up second place in the Great Land Conference Saturday with a 15-8 victory over Nikiski in Seward.

Weekend shockers shake up AP poll
For the first time this season, The Associated Press poll received a serious shake-up -- just not at the top.

Prison possible for Lewis
ATLANTA -- Lawyers for Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis are negotiating a plea deal in his drug conspiracy case that would allow him to serve jail time in the offseason, a source close to the case told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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