Tuesday, October 7, 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.

Red Sox take Game 5
OAKLAND, Calif. Drenched in champagne and relief, several Red Sox players practically floated back onto the field. They basked in delirious cheers from a rowdy band of Boston fans enjoying a celebration they rarely get.

Pancratz to lead Project Grad
The woman who spearheaded the introduction of Project Grad to Alaska, Heather Pancratz, has been selected as the local organizations executive director. Pancratz served the national Project Grad organization as a new site coordinator for three months, prior to the local Project Grad's national search for a director. She was selected by the local board to lead the new organization from the 25 respondents to the national search. Pancratz hails from Wisconsin and since coming to Alaska with her husband, a commercial fisherman, she has worked at Homer Middle School as a teacher and counselor.

Major donors make stem cell drive a huge success
It all started when Sue Stein and Tommy Ellison got together before leaving for the stem cell transplants they needed in their battle against cancer. They wanted to do something to increase awareness of the need for stem cell donors and the new technology that had simplified the procedure.

Dr. Hansen reports on World Boy Scout Jamboree in Thailand
Every four years Boy Scouts from all over the world gather for a Jamboree. This year the World Jamboree was held in Thailand and Dr. Peter Hansen, a lifelong Scout and leader attended the three-week event with a group of scouts from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Let the shopping begin
In 1904 Emil Gottschalk opened his first department store in Fresno California, nearly 100 years later, his grandson Joe Levy and his wife Sharon were on hand for the ribbon cutting of the fourth largest Gottschalk's store in the Pacific Northwest, their new location at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

Anchorage Chamber honors "Caring For the Kenai"
Anchorage, Alaska - As students, teachers and mentors begin working on their 2004 Caring For the Kenai (CFK) ideas and projects, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce selected the program and it's sponsors for special recognition at their annual Gold Pan Awards gala last week in Anchorage.

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

Cemetery in disarray because of senseless act of vandalism
In response to K.F. Wilson's letter to the editor of Oct. 1, "Russian Orthodox Cemetery in need of some care," it should be noted that the Russian Orthodox Church cemetery was vandalized this summer and 45 crosses were either broken or torn down completely, fences were pushed over and flower pots thrown about.

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!

School appreciates support from peninsula businesses
Wings Christian Academy would like to take this opportunity to give our heartfelt gratitude to the following businesses for their continued support of our annual Walk-a-Thon: Dairy Queen, Beemun's, Arby's of Kenai, Block Buster of Kenai, Fred Meyer, Kenai Safeway, Short Stop and Subway.

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.

Young Marines' work appreciated
Denali Ice Club would like to thank the Young Marines for their help in escorting and serving our guests for the "Melodies on Ice Show" last March.

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.

Darker days increase moose, caribou kills
Shorter days and longer periods of darkness already are contributing to increased numbers of moose and caribou being killed by motorists on the Kenai Peninsula.

Flood Watch
The National Weather Service is warning residents of imminent flood danger in Cooper Landing and near Kenai Lake.

Exit exam retakes start today
Teenagers from across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will set their minds to the task of passing the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam this week.

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.

Program certifies fishing guides
A new program aimed at promoting responsible Kenai River guiding was a success this season, according to Kenai River Professional Guides Association President Joe Connors.

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.

Program offers teens glimpse of training, job options in state
About 10 students from all around Alaska are on the Kenai Peninsula for two weeks of career exploration.

Students measure up on tests: District scores well above state average
When juniors and seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District retake failed portions of the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam this week, their scores will not be among those counted toward district schools' "adequate yearly progress" rankings under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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.

Melvin 'Barefoot' Dale Larkin
Nikiski resident Melvin "Barefoot" Dale Larkin died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 53.

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.

Eco-label for Alaska's pollock fishery offers good news for industry
Good news for Alaska fisheries comes from the Marine Stewardship Council, which is recommending that the pollock fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands be certified as environmentally friendly.

Senior centers do world of good
I am writing to express my appreciation to all senior center directors, administrative staff and other staff personnel.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Free cab ride to votersLibrary commission meeting canceledCIFF to meet todayBorough transportation meetings scheduledParents support group to meetFlood workshop plannedBoys and Girls Club plans open house

Births
Jaden Hope Brower

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

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

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

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Sports Briefs
Heatley charged in teammate's deathJudge rules against Knight in lawsuit

One more game left to cap a remarkable run for U.S. women
PORTLAND, Ore. The numbing semifinal loss to Germany ended the U.S. women's impressive World Cup run.

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.

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.

Colts get Bucs in overtime
TAMPA, Fla. Peyton Manning refused to give up.

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.

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

Bryant's leap of faith
Kobe Bryant never used to talk about his faith. Funny how fast a man can get religion when he's in trouble.

After slow start, Kenai senior wins mind game
In terms of physical improvement, Kenai Central high school runner Mick Boyle's progress during the recently concluded cross country running season was modest most of that is made in the offseason.

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