Thursday, October 9, 2003

Red Sox, Cubs notch big LCS wins
NEW YORK Tim Wakefield left the New York Yankees cursing his knuckleball, while David Ortiz, Todd Walker and Manny Ramirez left them marveling at their power.

Yanks, Red Sox renew rivalry
NEW YORK When the Yankees play the Red Sox, it's baseball's version of the Hatfields versus the McCoys and that's when they meet during the regular season. Starting Wednesday night, the AL pennant will be on the line.

At least Cubs, Red Sox win in ratings
NEW YORK (AP) Buoyed by the presence of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, baseball's division series was the highest-rated on network television in eight years.

Marlins take classic game from Cubs
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa took a signature hop, his ball soaring way over the ivy-covered wall and turning a packed Waveland Avenue into Bedlam Boulevard. At long last, his big October moment had arrived.

Business Briefs
Indiana college lands Pike as program coordinatorSoldotna man attends national financial workshopHarbor Enterprises announces new marketing VP

American, Briton share econ Nobel
NEW YORK An American and a Briton won the Nobel Prize in economics Wednesday for developing statistical tools that have improved the forecasting of economic growth, interest rates and stock prices.

High-tech doesn't have to mean high rent
BOZEMAN, Mont. In the late 1990s, when investors were giving millions to zany high-tech ideas, such as using a wisecracking sock puppet to sell pet supplies on the Internet, Greg Gianforte chose a different strategy and an unusual location.

Coca-Cola settles in bitter taste test lawsuit
ATLANTA Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to settle an embarrassing lawsuit for $540,000, but federal authorities are still investigating fraud allegations raised by the case.

Anchorage to pay $300,000 for Sullivan shortfall
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage must pay the contractor operating Sullivan Arena more than $300,000 because the facility lost money last year, Mayor Mark Begich said.

Election results
Brief elections results as of 11 pm Tuesday.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Eastwood scores with 'Mystic River'
With Clint Eastwood's profoundly moving ''Mystic River,'' it's as if the all the sturdy but generally forgettable movies he directed since ''Unforgiven'' never happened.

Performers bring children's tales to life with unique music, comedy
Some things improve with age, especially when they are timeless to begin with. It has been nearly 10 years since Linda Rosenthal brought her "Strings and Stories" show to the Kenai Peninsula, but the show and the children's stories showcased in it are as fun today as they were the last time they were performed here.

TV show rescues homeowners from repair woes
CINCINNATI Kate and Brad Bolger were so discouraged by their failure to save their kitchen from a botched repair job that they considered moving. Then they teamed up with do-it-yourself experts accompanied by a TV crew.

Agreement brings Tibetan treasures to U.S.
SANTA ANA, Calif. For years, only those who climbed to the fabled ''roof of the world'' glimpsed the sacred treasures of the Dalai Lamas.

Art Briefs
Actors needed for murder mystery playAir quality topic of discussionChorus looking for membersClay show open for entryPoetry contests open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interestCraft fair vendors wanted

Railroad portrait handsome but sketchy
Although railroad track covers only a miniscule fraction of Alaska and train service nationally has shrunk, the Alaska Railroad remains so important to the state that Alaskans use the term "railbelt" to describe the entire region where most of its population resides.

Proclamations highlight potential of workers who have disabilities
On Oct. 3, President George W. Bush proclaimed October to be National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The cities of Soldotna, Kenai, Homer and Seward, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have adopted similar proclamations.

Too many people using car seats incorrectly is frightening reality
Recently I've noticed several infant and infant-to-toddler car seats (convertible seats) used incorrectly. For safety, I just wanted to mention the things I've noticed. They are as follows:

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,684,1802. Kurt Busch 4,492,8053. Kevin Harvick 4,268,826

Woman may end season in top 10
CONCORD, N.C. Christi Passmore's magic number is 17.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,2822. Kevin Harvick 4,0233. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,957

Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend, one year after he completed one of the most-stunning upsets in racing history by winning the UAW-GM Quality 500 while filling in for an injured Sterling Marlin.

Despite lackluster season, Jeff Gordon is having the time of his life
CONCORD, N.C. Executives with NBC approached Jeff Gordon several times about hosting Saturday Night Live before he finally accepted last January.

UAW/GM Quality 500
Where and When

Board of Education wraps up business
The 2002-03 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education officially completed the last of its business Monday night prior to the election of new board members.

Pipe (line) dream closer to reality
South Kenai Peninsula residents have heard promises before that a commercially viable supply of natural gas would soon be lighting their ranges, heating their homes and warming their morning showers.

Chay joins assembly; 2 incumbents to remain
Tuesday's election has given the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly one new face and returned two incumbents to their respective seats for three more years.

19 percent of voting peninsula shows at polls
The 2003 election season returned less-than-stellar figures this year, with just a over 19 percent of the total voting population turning out at the polls Tuesday.

Gas prices going up
ANCHORAGE Abundant supplies of natural gas will be available in Southcentral Alaska well into the next decade, but the cost of heating homes with gas likely will go up more than 10 percent this winter.

Nikiski man dies in car crash
A Nikiski man was killed in a car crash in Nikiski early Tuesday morning.

Write-in candidate Hilts to fill empty seat
Longtime Seldovia resident Sunni Hilts appears to be the winner of the write-in race for a seat representing the southern peninsula on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

Kenai council replaces 2 faces, keeps 1
Kenai residents apparently want both variety and continuity on their city council.

Voters say 'yes' to CPGH bonds
Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough election yielded a victory for Central Peninsula General Hospital. More than 53 percent of the votes from the hospital's service area were in support of Ballot Proposition 2, a plan to renovate and expand the hospital over the next three years.

Home Depot begins hiring
Job seekers, take heart. The new Kenai Home Depot is seeking workers to fill the 130 or so positions that will be needed when the doors open for the first time this winter.

School board shake-up results in little change
In one of the closest and most divisive races for seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education, incumbent Debra Mullins appears to have defeated her challenger, Vicki Pate, for a seat representing Nikiski.

Megan R. Maxwell
Anchorage and former Soldotna resident Megan R. Maxwell died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, in Anchorage. She was 22.

Big lesson of California recall: Voters angry enough to take action
WASHINGTON If a political rookie from Hollywood can oust a two-term governor, perhaps no incumbent is safe. The recall in California, where voter discontent made political history, gives hope to challengers everywhere.

Update From Juneau
The citizen initiative is an important part of Alaska's political system. It allows people to write and approve certain laws without going through the Legislature.

Will California voters notice any difference?
This is not a bad movie. It's the reality of what happens when a bland and unpopular governor meets a Hollywood action hero promising to blow up a corrupt and aloof culture in Sacramento. ...

We guarantee our rights when we exercise them
Quick, name the five freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. . . .

Then, he needs to focus on basic policy decisions, including spending
President George W. Bush's lingering slide in public approval appears to have leveled off. Probably he has absorbed most of the damage from high unemployment, thornier-than-expected Iraqi war fallout and a general lack of political and policy focus.

World likely to follow California's footsteps
You shouldn't mock Arnold Schwarzenegger; what California invents, America adopts and Europe ends up imitating.

Around the Peninsula
Hospice training deadline todayFlood workshop plannedMS meeting scheduledHealthy communities meeting setSoHi PTSA to meetCounseling services to hold board meeting4-H to hold open house

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meet today No school on Friday Airport commission meeting slated Nutritional classes continue with week 5 at food bank

Sterling Elementary
Mr. Shapley's class went to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Thursday to experience and study the Southcentral wetlands, ecosystems and habitats in Alaska.

Nikiski Elementary
The Nikiski Neighbors Program is looking for volunteers. This program provides Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for families in the Nikiski area. Call John Henry at 776-8732 if you are interested in helping out.

Soldotna Elementary
Dena Pettijohn's fifth- and sixth-graders enjoyed their first monthly "author's day."

Students build all manner of contraptions for Mind-A-Mazes
The sound of a balloon popping rarely elicits a cacophony of cheers. But that was just the case this weekend at Soldotna Middle School.

Kenai Central High
The cross country team will have its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Kenai Middle
KMS is selling sweatshirts and T-shirts. Order forms are available in the office. This is the last week orders can be turned in. For more information, call 283-4896.

Enrollment for kindergarten through 12th grade is coming to an end. To make an appointment, call 262-6315.

Sears Elementary
Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Sheldon's class went to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday and had a wonderful time learning how animals use their senses.

North Star Elementary
There will be a second- and third-grade parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Nikiski Elementary library to discuss assessments.

Area preschool offers USDA meal program
Hope for the Future Daycare Center announces that it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Soldotna Middle
Intramural soccer was successful and enjoyed by all who participated.

Around the District
Cheerleaders to collect donations for food bank In-service planned Friday; no school

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mr. Faris will coach fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball, which will run Mondays through Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. until Oct. 29.

Chapman Elementary
The QSP Magazine sale began Sept. 30 and will continue through Oct. 15.

Wings Christian Academy
Kareasa Brown and Kelsey Jose earned the office of the week awards.

Menus for area schools this week

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Kenai Montessori School students are off to a great start. The September and October classroom theme is fall and trees.

College advisory group meeting slated; new council members needed
KPC's advisory group, the College Council, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 132 at the Soldotna campus. University of Alaska Anchorage Chan-cellor Edward Lee Gorsuch will be present at the meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Students studied dinosaurs last week, looking at pictures in library books and acting out different sounds.

Redoubt Elementary
The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. today at the school.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool
The start of school has been exciting. The staff has enjoyed getting to know each of the preschoolers.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The school would like to apologize to Laura Rooper for omitting her name from the list of students who participated in the state cross country competition in Palmer.

Grace Lutheran
The lower-grade students are learning about weather. The students have been graphing the temperatures of cities across the United States, using the newspaper as a resource.

Mountain View Elementary
Mountain View's annual Halloween carnival will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. Volunteers are needed. For more information or to volunteer, call the school at 283-6148. Students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Ms. Larned's first- through third-grade class has begun the next step in its 3-D art project. The class is costuming the papier-mache people students sculpted.

Cavs' James passes in first exhibition test
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) LeBron James' second assist was more impressive than his first basket.

Thrashers start season in mourning
ATLANTA This team was once filled with hope. Now, there are two unused lockers at the Atlanta Thrashers' practice rink and the same gray T-shirt in every other stall.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B sweeps Mat-Su Calling all basketball officials

Leslie, Staley named to 2004 Olympic team
Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley will team again for another shot at Olympic gold maybe for the last time.

U.S. women still want grand finale
BEAVERTON, Ore. Barring a massive youth movement, the World Cup is not the end for Mia Hamm and the other 30-somethings who make up the core of U.S. women's soccer roster.

Swedes impressed by German powerhouse
CARSON, Calif. The Swedish players aren't afraid to call Germany the favorite in Sunday's World Cup final.

Manning pleases with pocket passes
INDIANAPOLIS Perfect Peyton Manning is living up to his nickname.

Never too late to give it the old college try
CARLINVILLE, Ill. Tom Fox finished high school in the 1980s, then briefly worked for his father before buying a bar in Montana, where he spent seven years having ''more fun than I deserved.''

Devils open with 3-3 tie in Boston
BOSTON The Bruins are fighting the Red Sox for attention in Boston these days. In the NHL, though, they might be moving up in the pecking order.

Photo feature: Sticky situation
The easily recognizable porcupine, like this one found in Kasilof, is both shortsighted and slow moving, but far from defenseless. Porcupines have an estimated 30,000 quills, which have been found embedded in several predators including coyote, lynx, fox, bear, wolf and even owls.

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