Saturday, October 9, 2004

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?"

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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