Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Melvin fired by Mariners after two seasons
SEATTLE -- Bob Melvin is out as manager of the Seattle Mariners. If there's a bright side, he's sure getting a glowing performance review from the guy who let him go.

Story lines fill playoffs
Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez are revved up. Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt are rarin' to go. Baseball fans are ready, too.

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.

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.

Agrium: Unocal won't honor gas commitments
Agrium Corp. said Unocal Corp. has informed the company it will be unable to supply quantities of natural gas specified in an arbitration settlement agreed to in July.

Service learning development at KPC...
Beverly Perry, program administrator for the Community College National Center for Community Engagement, recently held a seminar on Service Learning at Kenai Peninsula College (KPC).

Outdoors
If you have never worked in the oil fields of Alaska where you are away from home for long periods of time then I would think it would be pretty hard for you to understand just how important our days off really are. At the end of your days off you really start worrying about getting all your chores done before you go and often times the last few days get a little overwhelming. You know once you get on that plane or helicopter you're not only going to be away from your family for two weeks or longer, you're also not going to be able to do any work around your home at all for two weeks.

Silver Anniversary for Redoubt Elementary...
When your going to school, 25 years seems like forever, but for parents and staff that remember the opening of Redoubt Elementary School 25 years ago, it's hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed by so quickly. The school itself is as bright and shiny as the day it opened, thanks to the pride of the pupils and faculty that have passed through Redoubt's halls of learning. "We wanted to capture this opportunity to celebrate 25 years of excellence in education. Redoubt is a special place to me both as an educator and a parent. I've had kids here for 15 years in a row, so we knew this was Redoubt's birthday and we felt it was a great time to celebrate with both past alumni, staff, parents and students who have been successfully working together in education," said Todd Syverson, Redoubt principal.

KCHS Homecoming celebrated...
It was a homecoming of another kind for James Martin, a KCHS senior, seventeen years ago. Martin, a member of the Kardinal football team in 1987, was on his way to Kodiak to go deer hunting with friends when a plane crash took his life along with 18 other passengers.

Perfect day to stay in bed and win...
It may have been a better day to stay in bed then to race them, but the snow, sleet, rain and hail did not deter the largest crowd ever from showing up for the Soldotna Lions Club 5th Annual Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race on Park Street in Soldotna. The Kenai Peninsula College racing team of Jeremiah Jensen, Cara Steadman, and Randy Berg easily defeated all challengers including a Hemi powered entry by Soldotna Lion Ed Sleater.

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.

Rowell provides solid leadership for Panthers
It's hard to keep Zack Rowell down.

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!

Bush has given Americans many reasons to doubt him
Why trust a president?

Contributions go a long way for Boys and Girls Clubs
Thanks also to 4-D Carpet One, A Better Fit, AA Dan's Construction, ACS Wireless, Adamas Designs Jewelry, Affinity Salon, Agrium, Air Gas, Airport Equipment Rentals, Alaska Gift and Gallery, Alaska Great Skate, Alaska Horseman Trail Adventures, Alaska Hunting and Fishing Ventures, Alaska Native Heritage, Alaska Rivers Company, Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska Trading and Loan, Alaskan Suites, Allen and Peterson, Alyeska Prince Resort, Alyeska Sales, Anchorage Symphony, Orchestra, Arby's, Art Shop Gallery, Artworks Alaska, Aspen Hotels of Alaska, AT-Woodworks, Aurora Charters, Bailey's Furniture, Bardarson Studio, Bare Threads, Bear Paw Coffee Shop and Deli, Beemuns, Best Western Barratt Inn, Big "G" Electric, Big Dog Excavation, Bird Homestead Golf Course, Bishop Lake Studios, Blockbuster, Body, Mind and Spirit, Booth Landscaping, Bovey Trophies, Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada;

Attorney general should release memo on North Slope litigation
OK. We now know a few things. Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich betrayed Alaskans. His ethical failures forced him from his high paid oil and gas commission job.

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.

'Sun outages' expected this month
Customers of all cable television, Internet and long-distance telephone companies using satellites could experience brief disruptions in service during the first three weeks of October due to a seasonal solar occurrence known as a "sun outage." The outages could disrupt telephone calls to and from locations within Alaska, the Lower 49 states and international locations.

Questioning focuses on multiple footprints in Starkweather trial
The defense attorney in the Justin Starkweather trial in Kenai Superior Court on Monday attacked the conclusion of an assault investigator that one person acted alone to commit the 2002 beating and sexual assault of a 46-year-old woman in her home near West Poppy Lane.

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

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

Arrest nets animal sanctuary 35 dogs
Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary in Nikiski always has numerous dogs and cats to care for, and now, by responding to a recent call for help, they added 35 more dogs to the list.

True to form, Kenai mayor looking ahead to the future
For 18 years, one man has defined politics in the city of Kenai. After today, that's all set to change when Kenai residents go to the polls to elect a replacement for John Williams, under whose leadership Kenai has seen a remarkable amount of change.

Floyd William Langston
Former Kenai resident Floyd William Langston died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in Arizona. He was 72.

Permanent fund set up to help pay cost of state government
The Alaska Permanent Fund trustees have renewed their call for the Legislature to authorize using a ''percent of market value'' formula for determining payouts.

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.

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.

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

Births
Garnet Mace and Jerry Morey

Community Schools
Beginning Pottery ThrowingBasic Woodworking

Peninsula People
Roaring successMarolf joins Coast Guard

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

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes continueFish and Game advisory to meetBasketball association plans meetingSoroptimist s schedule meetingReferee's association to hold clinicSeniors plan dinner and auctionHospice training set

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

Seniors finally taking up mind-body exercise classes such as tai chi, yoga
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Balanced on one leg like flamingos, a dozen people older than 60 concentrate on staying upright, as they master the basics of tai chi.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

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

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.

Jaguars upset about holding call
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Everything seemed to go right for the Jacksonville Jaguars the first three weeks.

Els focused on top spot
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Ernie Els is familiar with his position in the world ranking, but not the scenery.

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.

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.

It's Kobe's team in Los Angeles
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is a free man -- and the Los Angeles Lakers are his team. Shaquille O'Neal, Derek Fisher, Gary Payton and Karl Malone are gone, leaving Bryant as Showtime's lone superstar.

Chiefs destroy Ravens defense
BALTIMORE -- The Kansas City Chiefs bullied the Baltimore Ravens with a dominant performance that belied their stature as a winless team.

Photo feature: Going along swimmingly
A humpback whale fills the air with spray while swimming along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in the Kenai Fjords National Park recently.

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