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Friday, October 8, 2004

Red Sox go up 2-0 in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pedro Martinez did his part, the bullpen did theirs and now the Boston Red Sox are heading home with a big lead in the AL playoffs.

A-Rod, Jeter spark rally
NEW YORK -- The Yankees needed someone to save Mariano Rivera. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter sparked a championship-caliber rally just in time.

Potent offense keeps Cardinals winning
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Matheny, Edgar Renteria and the St. Louis Cardinals can win with singles, doubles and triples, too.

Astros stay hot in NLDS
ATLANTA -- The Houston Astros opened this postseason without a bit of concern about the past.

Furcal leads Braves' comeback
ATLANTA -- More than anyone, Rafael Furcal wants the season to last as long as possible.

ConocoPhillips expects production to fall
ConocoPhillips this week released an interim update of its third-quarter market and operating conditions, saying, among other things, that it anticipates crude oil and natural gas production to fall about 7 percent below that of the second quarter, in part because of maintenance to infrastructure in Alaska.

Deaths at work rise slightly last year
WASHINGTON -- Workplace fatalities in the United States rose slightly to 5,559 last year, with the highest number of deaths in the construction and transportation industries. Hispanic workers continued to have the highest on-the-job death rate, the Labor Department said.

Fannie Mae CEO criticizes regulatory accounting probe as lacking facts
WASHINGTON -- At turns defiant and emotional, Fannie Mae's top executive denied that the mortgage giants manipulated its earnings and questioned an investigative report of the company's accounting practices as factually deficient.

United Way tries to ease the strain of giving
Giving to nonprofits and charitable organizations can hurt, especially if a person donates in lump sums.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleBusiness planning workshop scheduledGovernment contracting seminar slatedTourism council to hold raffleFree online business listing offeredBusiness plan competition scheduled

Agrium, Unocal still disagree
Agrium Corp. and Union Oil of California continued to disagree Wednesday over whether Unocal is required to deliver natural gas to Agrium from properties not dedicated to the Unocal-Agrium gas-supply contract.

Kenai carrier to be sold
Air carrier Kenai Express, which began offering daily passenger service from the Kenai Municipal Airport to Anchorage International Airport on June 1, is changing owners.

Hurricanes' effects haven't blown over yet
While Florida's economy will get the biggest jolt from the improbable string of hurricanes this year, consumers around the country may notice the effects in coming weeks and months when they buy a gallon of gas, a carton of orange juice or a bag of peanuts.

Forum highlights shortage of rural police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rural villages lack adequate police and judicial service, according to speakers at a forum organized by the Alaska Federation of Natives and the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council.

Voters back school projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have again rejected a sales tax.

Democratic group targets Alaska, others
DENVER (AP) -- A Democratic group said it plans to spend about $3.3 million on new TV ads in Alaska, Colorado and Oklahoma to highlight lost jobs, budget deficits and health insurance problems under Republican leadership.

Juneau trail offers historical tour of forest
JUNEAU -- The Switzer Creek Trail offers more than just a walk through the woods. It's a journey through time.

Seward seeks upset, SoHi wants revenge
While Soldotna and Eielson are set to reprise a matchup under nearly the same circumstances as a year ago, Seward is hoping to conjure up some magic from 2001 when it plays Kenai.

Rock's reclusive genius returns to center stage with a 'Smile'
LOS ANGELES -- If Brian Wilson could change just one thing in life, it wouldn't be the legendary emotional traumas, the insecurities, the drug abuse, the battles with weight or the endless legal conflicts that nearly destroyed him.

War memoir a diamond read in the rough
Remember the saying, You can't judge a book by its cover?

Art Briefs
Adult beginning band class offeredWriters' group meets tonightPlay auditions slatedRadio show features local artistsAlaska Native cultural classes offeredPottery classes set to beginPottery soughtOpen art show slatedHomeschool art classes offered

A thing for swing
Soldotna musician Bob Ramponi has caught a fever and hopes it spreads, though it has nothing to do with the impending cold and flu season.

Rodney Dangerfield gets plenty of respect after death
LOS ANGELES -- Rodney Dangerfield, the bug-eyed comic whose self-deprecating one-liners brought him stardom in clubs, television and movies and made his lament ''I don't get no respect'' a catchphrase, died Tuesday. He was 82.

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Photos at center of oil debate on display
NEW YORK -- Two giant, bowhead whale jawbones form an arc to mark the entrance of a small cemetery with simple, white Christian crosses erected amid a vast, snow-covered landscape.

Pew report serves best interest of Alaska's commercial fishers
I've been a commercial fisherman for nearly all my life, spending my summers on the waters of Bristol Bay, or working on beach sites on the Kenai Peninsula.

California visitor thanks local community for help, hospitality
This past May, I was in your lovely town for a couple of weeks to see my family. I was invited, by my sister, to go on a boat trip down the Kenai River. I was thrilled to be included with her, and members of her church. What a great time we had! Until toward the end of the trip, our canoe tipped over and into the icy water we went. I was shocked, scared, worried, and frozen! Afterward, I was very embarrassed, but we were safe!

Emergency services group appreciates Ninilchik support
Ninilchik Emergency Services wishes to thank the American Legion Post No. 18 and the entire community of Ninilchik for its support at the annual 9-11 fund-raising dinner. More than $10,000 was raised for NES.

Nikiski Fire Department first aid class much appreciated
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula would like to recognize the Nikiski Fire Department and Senior Class Capt. Craig Ralston for conducting the CPR-first aid training class for our staff. This is not the first time Mr. Ralston and the Nikiski Fire Department have offered to provide this important training. Like so many others in our surrounding communities, they understand the importance of our organization's ability to provide a positive place for kids, and we value their continued support.

Questions persist about Sterling Highway natural gas line
What's up with a new gas new line near the Sterling Highway south of Soldotna? Is there enough gas around to merit the expansion of a new line?

NASCAR too busy blushing over cuss
Much of America still needs an interpreter to wade through the interviews at NASCAR races. They're so packed with technical talk, car numbers, jargon, good ol' boyisms and corporate plugs that by the end, the casual fan's head is spinning faster than those sacrificial bozos who get knocked out midway through the races.

Junior wants to be go-to guy
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is about to turn 30, and despite occasional indiscretions like being penalized for cursing on TV, he longs to be the go-to guy in NASCAR.

District fails to meet AYP
Despite significant improvement in the number of schools meeting the federal No Child Left Behind Act standards and even the national recognition of McNeil Canyon Elementary School, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced it did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the 2003-04 school year.

Group based in Sterling looking to help ex-cons
Bid on an autographed baseball or watercolor and keep an ex-con from returning to prison.

Photo feature: Digging in
Tara Hill, right, puts her flower garden to bed for the winter with help from her daughter Emma on Thursday afternoon in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for possible rain this weekend.

Kenaitze Tribe searches for permanent home
A top priority of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe is finding a central location to house many of the tribe's more than 14 cultural and educational programs.

Troopers shoot dog after it attacks horse
Alaska State Troopers were forced to shoot a pit bull to death Monday evening after the dog attacked a horse being ridden along the Sterling Highway near Good Time Charlie's.

Man dies after fall from his fuel rig
A 52-year-old Kenai man died of head and chest injuries he received after apparently falling from his fuel truck at the Tesoro Refinery asphalt loading racks Wednesday morning.

Developer's arguments don't wash with Kenai City Council
Kenai City Council members have little sympathy for people who fail to pay their water bill.

Service sector has reason to smile
Service sector jobs are expected to dominate Alaska's employment opportunities through at least 2012, while the goods-producing sector made up of mining, construction, manufacturing and logging is expected to hold its own despite declines over the past decade, according to a study by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Larry Dwain Rogers
Longtime Kenai resident Larry Dwain Rogers died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from injuries sustained in an accident. He was 56.

Robert 'Josh' Phillips
Soldotna resident Robert "Josh" Phillips died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at his home after an extended illness following a transplant. He was 57.

Those who didn't vote have little room to complain
"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain."

Intelligence issue should be tackled before break
As Congress prepares to depart Washington shortly for the campaign trail, the stage is set for last-minute skullduggery on the overhaul of national intelligence agencies. If lawmakers come home and say they've done the job, don't buy it sight unseen. ...

With or without good case, Edwards proves to be skilled debater
To assess Tuesday's vice presidential debate, you must filter out Sen. John Edwards' superiority at skills that have little relevance to running the country. Edwards is one dynamite debater, and no doubt would be as impressive in a debate against Osama bin Laden as he was against Vice President Dick Cheney. ... Cheney mocked John Kerry's strategy for Iraq as more of an echo than a plan, and, indeed, Edwards was unpersuasive that his ticket offered a significantly different approach for ensuring a successful endgame there. Cheney skewered Kerry's shifting positions on Iraq, dating back to the senator's ill-advised vote against the Gulf War in 1991. ...

Alaska's citizen-led process for making laws should be protected
Since Statehood Alaskans have had the constitutional right to adopt laws by placing initiative proposals on the ballot. Those who crafted our Constitution wanted to make sure citizens with good ideas could make a difference, and pass laws when elected officials are unresponsive the community's needs.

Attraction to the natural world often begins in early childhood
I have always wondered when my colleagues in the fields of wildlife biology and conservation and natural science in general first become attracted to the natural world. Most careers dedicated to conservation are certainly not launched for financial reasons because our careers are not among the most monetarily lucrative compared to many others. Neither is it for power or prestige, as these are attributes seldom associated with careers dedicated to conservation or to the natural sciences.

Mushroom hunters enjoy autumn outings for fungi
PRIEST LAKE, Idaho -- Mushroom expert Michael Beug led an expedition into the damp forest near Priest Lake on a recent Saturday morning, pointing out the visible fruits from a mysterious subterranean world.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist meet todayReferee's association to hold clinicParent support group meeting scheduledComprehensive plan update meetings set

Around the Peninsula
Pie auction fund-raiser slatedDrivers' safety class plannedGenealogical group schedules meetingSeniors plan dinner, auctionCandlelight vigil setChildbirth film offeredFish and Game to meetSocial Security reps to visit areaHealing touch class offered

Church of England diocese uses candy to lure back congregants
LONDON (AP) A Church of England diocese is hoping a sweet tooth will lead some people back to worship on a regular basis.

Chicago Muslims launch their own talk radio program
CHICAGO Some Chicago-area Muslims have launched their own talk radio program, deciding it will be the best way to break down stereotypes about their faith.

St. Louis archbishop says voters should not back candidates who support abortion rights
ST. LOUIS (AP) Archbishop Raymond Burke sparked a national debate earlier this year by announcing he would deny Holy Communion to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Now, he says there is no justification for voters to back a candidate supporting abortion rights.

Life's answers can be found within, with outside help
The other night, a man I know asked me a profound question. He said, "I know you are a Christian. I have a question for you. I believe all life's answers can be found within each person if one will only look within oneself to find the answers. Why do you seem to think all your answers come from just one book?"

Religious free-speech ruling costs Ann Arbor schools $102,738
DETROIT (AP) A federal judge has ordered Ann Arbor Public Schools to pay a former student's legal bill after she won a ruling against the district on religion and free speech.

Church Briefs
Guest to speak on confidence40 Days of Purpose slatedChurch features musicWomen's prayer group to meetGloria Ministries founder to speakGospel of John presented

Anglican archbishop says Episcopal Church cannot be trusted
NEW YORK -- The most influential Anglican leader in Africa -- home to nearly half the world's Anglicans -- said Thursday that the U.S. Episcopal Church has created a ''new religion'' by confirming a gay bishop in New Hampshire, breaking the bonds between the denominations with roots in the Church of England.

Hungary searches for Holocaust saviors
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) A Hungarian museum has started searching for people who helped save lives during the Holocaust, when some 550,000 Hungarian Jews and tens of thousands of Gypsies were killed.

Armstrong cycles at a crossroad
Days like this are what Lance Armstrong calls the ''obligation of the cured.''

UAA to showcase talent to area fans
The Seawolves will be looking to regain the momentum they had at the end of last season after going through a tough offseason.

Walsh sets record at Birch Ridge
While some have put their clubs away for the winter, Tom Walsh, the head pro at Birch Ridge Golf Course, is still out on the course breaking records.

Birch Ridge Report: Cold weather always makes for a classic at Birch Ridge Golf Course
It wasn't easy, but we did it. We know again why it's called the Cold Weather Classic. This tournament was actually scheduled for Sept. 25, but could not be held as there was 2 inches of snow on the golf course.

Hall helps Falcons to 4-0 start
Defensive lineman Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, had two tackles -- one solo and one assisted -- Sunday as Hall's Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-10 to move their record to 4-0. Hall has eight tackles -- six solo and two assisted -- for the Falcons this season.

Thomas predicts Williams won't rejoin Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- With running back Ricky Williams ready to reverse directions and come out of retirement, his former Miami Dolphins teammates were mixed in their reaction Wednesday.

KPHA Squirt B squad drops three to Wasilla
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B Icehawks dropped three games to the visiting Wasilla Eagles last weekend.

Sun, Storm set to face off in WNBA Finals
Four-time WNBA champion Houston didn't make it to the postseason. Los Angeles, which won it all twice, was eliminated in the first round. The fresh faces of the Sun and Storm are a good sign for the 8-year-old league, Sales said.

Olympian helps out Nikiski netters
At 10-0 overall, the Nikiski volleyball team does not need much more instruction than coach Bruce King is giving them.

Golfers assault par at Michelin tourney
LAS VEGAS -- Harrison Frazar shot a bogey-free 64 to take his place among a crowded group at the top of the leaderboard with an 8 under at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas.

Skyview netters sweep Houston
The Skyview High School volleyball team made quick work of the visiting Houston Hawks Thursday, taking a nonconference match in three games.

Patriots go for win record against Dolphins
The New England Patriots appear to have an easy path to their record 19th straight victory (including playoffs) against winless Miami in Foxboro on Sunday.

No. 10 Virginia blows past Clemson
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Alvin Pearman ran for 104 yards, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Virginia shut down Clemson after the opening 15 minutes in a convincing 30-10 victory Thursday night.

Ravens' Lewis pleads guilty to lesser charge
ATLANTA (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis pleaded guilty Thursday to using a cell phone to try to set up a drug deal and will be sentenced to four months in prison, to be served after the regular season ends in January.

Defenders of Wildlife's 10 most endangered refuges
The 10 most endangered national wildlife refuges as chosen by the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife, and reasons cited by the group:

U.S. wildlife refuges face threats
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, a sweeping desert preserve abutting the border with Mexico, is among the nation's most endangered, a conservation group says.

Photo feature: Taking five
A bald eagle eyes traffic moving along the Homer Spit recently. The birds are a common sight in Homer, especially during the colder months.

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