Monday, October 6, 2003

Yanks solve Santana, move into ALCS
MINNEAPOLIS The New York Yankees sure got back to their postseason best in a hurry.

Cubs Win! Chicago to face Florida for Series bid
ATLANTA Ninety-five years of frustration. Ninety-five years of ridicule. Put it all to rest. The Chicago Cubs are postseason winners.

NOW PLAYING: Out of Time
There's a crucial scene in Denzel Washington's latest thriller, Out of Time, which finds his character, police chief Matt Whitlo

Second-graders vote: Clarion's new weather page beats old one
Our second-grade class at Aurora Borealis Charter School has been studying weather in science. We used the Clarion's weather forecasts in our activities.

Taxes should be last resort not answer to every problem
Here we go again! When a city or borough government needs money for some pet project the burden ultimately falls to the people in the form of taxes.Taxation without representation!

Community needs to make sure kids get best education possible
Warning: The school board and the district are planning to raise the PTR (pupil-teacher ratio) for the second time in less than a year, and they're hoping we don't find out about it until the proposal has been passed. It's on the agenda for Nov. 3.

Hospital expansion worth small property tax increase
Do you people realize what an excellent facility you have in Central Peninsula General Hospital?

War in Iraq not just about weapons of mass destruction
World War II lasted four years and Americans were behind their president the whole time. "Iraqi Freedom" has lasted seven months and Americans are blaming President Bush for a failed war.

Revenue bonds not responsible way to finance hospital project
This letter is in response to some thoughtful comments and questions in both the Clarion and local radio talk shows regarding the hospital expansion project.

Most vulnerable citizens counting on 'Yes' vote on Proposition No. 2
Thanks to the Clarion for its endorsement of the proposed Central Peninsula General Hospital renovation and expansion.

Chay on assembly will give people more meaningful voice
In the United States we have a republican form of democracy. Readers should note the small "r" and small "d." This has nothing to do with political parties. Republican democracy means we select people to make governance decisions on our behalf instead of participating in governance directly. What a task!

Craig runs over Bulldogs
The Kenai Central High School football team kept things pretty simple Saturday: Hand the ball to Dakota Craig.

Blocked kick ends Soldotna's season
Talk about disappointment. The stars just were not aligned for the Soldotna Stars Saturday. After a tremendous small-schools football playoff game, they lost to the Eielson Ravens 21-20.

Race goes to the dogs
On your mark, get set, woof! Whether on two legs or four legs, many competitors turned out Saturday to support efforts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society during the second annual Dog Dash for Dee-Dee.

School district wraps up business before election changes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will tackle a number of administrative tasks Monday night during its last meeting before the shake-up of the election season.

Results now in voters' hands
With seats to fill on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, board of education, city councils and numerous service areas, voters will head to the polls Tuesday to participate in this year's round of municipal elections.

Kasilof man killed
A Kasilof woman was taken into custody by Alaska State Troopers early Saturday after the shooting death of her boyfriend.

Rains fill Seward streams
Because last winter was uncommonly warm and relatively snow-free, many prognosticators are comfortably predicting winter on the Kenai Peninsula will be nastier this year, but folks in Seward already are seeing heavy rains and flooding exactly like the conditions that preceded last year's mild winter.

Old friends ... 55 years later
In 1948, a small but ambitious group of young men set off on the adventure of a lifetime, to move and establish homesteads for themselves and their families in a remote area of the north called Alaska.

Waste cell expansion under way at landfill
Forty acres of land have been cleared and 630,000 cubic yards of earth is being excavated to create a huge nine-acre hole for a new waste disposal cell at the Central Peninsula Landfill, part of a multiphase project to extend the useful life of the borough's prime solid waste facility.

Company seeks permits to extend well to pipeline
Unocal Corp. is seeking to expand natural gas exploration on the Kenai Peninsula and has applied for permits to extend a new well from the Ninilchik area to the Kenai-Kachemak pipeline.

Kiara Jane Washburn
Kiara Jane Washburn, infant daughter of Nora Walsh and Derrick Washburn of Soldotna, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 4 months old.

Eleanore Lillian (Smith) Dick
Soldotna resident Eleanore Lillian (Smith) Dick died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at her daughter's home near Soldotna. She was 73.

Your vote needed to help paint community's future
The League of Women Voters wants to remind you that the election on Tuesday is not only a right, but also a responsibility as an American citizen. This upcoming election is especially personal. It's about the direction and quality of life we want for our local community.

Recommendations for Tuesday's ballot
The biggest enemy facing the issues and the candidates on Tuesday's ballot may be complacency: Voters could be so satisfied with how things are going that they just don't see a need to spend a few minutes going to the polls.

Weapons report adds to recent setbacks; public's skepticism grows
WASHINGTON Failure so far to find banned weapons in Iraq is the latest in a lengthening series of setbacks for President Bush. It could increase public skepticism of his leadership a decline already reflected in polls and give Democrats new ammunition to claim the rush to war was a mistake.

Where's the spirited debate?
Well, it's election season again. And once again, the sign fairies have descended upon the area, placing their multicolored droppings across our fair land.

Permanent fund proposal protects fund's real value What others say
A new proposal put forth by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees to add protections to the fund was endorsed ... by Governor Murkowski. The trustees' proposal is designed to guarantee that there will be a fund for future generations of Alaskans by setting a limit on how much of the fund could be paid out annually and by adding inflation-proofing safeguards.

Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula Community council meets today Free cab ride to voters Finding money workshop scheduled Crane to speak at North Peninsula chamber Fund-raiser dinner, auction planned Land trust to hold benefit dinner Potters guild seeking entries for show SoHi craft show seeking vendors

Orth, McAlvey wed in July
Erin Teresa Orth and Dallas David McAlvey were married at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, in Lansing, Mich., at the home of the groom's father.

Mother Teresa fans putting her on fast track for beatification
VATICAN CITY Vatican-issued stamps, a display of her blood, even a musical and cartoon celebrating her life: These are some of the ways Mother Teresa's fans are honoring the nun who will take a step toward sainthood when she is beatified this month.

Tips for keeping kids safe at school, home
Alarming headlines reporting everything from the discovery of weapons in students' lockers to shootings on campus are bound to make parents question their child's safety in

Watson, Clare marry in Soldotna
Kelsie Dawn Watson of Kasilof and Benjamin Mark Clare of Harbor Springs, Mich., were married at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Micky Boyer, cousin of the bride, officiated.

Community News
Parents support group to meet NAMI celebrates national mental health week Orchestra plans movie tunes concert Seniors plan fall bazaar, bake sale Junior Miss program slated; volunteers needed KPC seeks community representatives Library plans October events

Teens on drugs paired with mentors
ROCHESTER, N.Y. At his weekly appearance in Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Chad Kenyon acknowledged smoking on the sly during a stressful day trip home from a rehabilitation center.

Peninsula People
Baker named student of the month Ford named humor editor Gilmore joins Air Force KVCC presents interpretive programs Wear takes flight

Around the Peninsula
HEA works to restore powerAlaska hire topic of Soldotna chamberUAA staffer to discuss imaging programDriver safety class offeredPFLAG to meetHospice training to be offeredAdult basketball sign-ups plannedFish and Game advisory committee to meetSocial Security rep to visit the peninsula

Artist makes permanent personal expressions
The scene looks and smells like a routine trip to the dentist office almost. Out in the lobby there's a room full of people of all ages, flipping through magazines while waiting their turn.

Jaden Hope Brower

My best friend
Boone, 1 1/2 years old, and Ellie Mae, 7 months old, are best bud bloodhounds and belong to Tim, Kathy and Kristina Taylor of Kenai.

In picking birds, it's buyer beware
Now that you've done the research and know exactly which bird is the right one for you, the task of finding the right place to get the bird begins.

Dent reaches second Kremlin Cup final
MOSCOW (AP) Taylor Dent hit 18 aces at up to 132 mph to beat defending champion Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1) Saturday at the Kremlin Cup and reach a second straight ATP Tour final.

U.S. Women fall to Germany in cup
PORTLAND, Ore. There will be no World Cup repeat for the American women, no triumph before a raucous home crowd.

Fawcett provides defense
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Joy Fawcett knows everything she needs to about Germany.

Sonics lose top pick Collison for season with shoulder injury
SEATTLE (AP) Nick Collison's first NBA season is over before it started.

Mariners top SoHi netters
The Soldotna High School volleyball team staved off a pair of match points in game four Saturday, only to come up short in the deciding game five in a Region III/4A match at Soldotna.

Sports Briefs
Lujan wins WBO intercontinental welterweight titleMutombo probably will be waived by the Nets

No. 13 Texas proves itself against Kansas State
AUSTIN, Texas Texas answered its critics Saturday. The Longhorns can tough it out to win a big game.

Chiefs, Vikings at 5-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Dante Hall gave the Kansas City Chiefs plenty of happy returns again.

Toney pounds old Holyfield
LAS VEGAS Evander Holyfield was a warrior to the end. Now he has to convince himself that this really was the end.

Bryant returns to court
HONOLULU Kobe Bryant returned to the basketball court Saturday, admittedly out of shape and scared about what lies ahead for his family as his rape case proceeds.

Woods wins again
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) Against the best players in the world, in the toughest conditions this side of a major, Tiger Woods felt right at home, winning the American Express Championship on Sunday.

Woods clings to lead
WOODSTOCK, Ga. Tiger Woods finished with a 1-under 69 Saturday that cut his lead at the American Express Championship down to two strokes.

Game on: Stacked Mic Macs open hockey season
The Peninsula hockey season got off to a smashing start Saturday night in Soldotna, as the revamped Peninsula Mic Macs took to the Ice against the Mi/SWACO Flyers of Anchorage.

SoHi girls, boys sweep quad meet
Despite having several swimmers including the state's top female swimmer in the butterfly stroke out sick, the Soldotna swimming and diving team showed that it's still a force to be reckoned with Saturday at the Skyview Quad Meet.

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