Friday, October 10, 2003

AL all square
NEW YORK Andy Pettitte and Nick Johnson showed the Boston Red Sox the grit that makes the New York Yankees so tough in October.

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.

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.

Investors return to dangerous margin buying
NEW YORK (AP) Such short memories these investors have. They got burned before by borrowing cash to buy stocks. And now they are right back doing that again.

Boomers have more ways than they might realize to pay for elderly parents' care
Joan Coleman calls it her nightmare. When her 74-year-old mother fell ill, Coleman assisted her in the hospital and also had to get her stroke-afflicted 75-year-old stepfather and 95-year-old grandmother into a nursing home.

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.

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.

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.

Flexible spending accounts help consumers cover health, child care costs
NEW YORK (AP) There's a way for consumers to put aside money to cover some of their health care and child care costs and save on taxes.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Donation helps provide rides for area kindergarten students
The board of directors, community partners and staff involved with Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. (CARTS) would like to thank the Soldotna Lions for their generous donation to provide rides for area kindergarten students.

There are some valid reasons more people don't show up to vote
Low voter turnout brings a couple of issues to mind.

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:

Debilitating diseases prevent writer from helping with cemetery cleanup
This is in reply to the Oct. 7 letter from Dorothy Gray, Russian Orthodox Church Council secretary, which was a response to my Oct. 1, letter regarding the deplorable condition of the Russian cemetery.

Hold on: Kenai looks to keep ball, title
In order to hold on to their small-schools state championship, Kenai Central will have to hold on to the football Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

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.

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

UAW/GM Quality 500
Where and When

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.

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

Weather only road block for Unity Trail
Work on the Unity Trail will come to a close for winter with the expected completion of the portion connecting Soldotna to Kenai along the Kenai Spur Highway.

Land deal will wait
Sometimes the most prudent action is no action at all.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DEC: Spills prevalent but still preventable
If a pipeline burst or a vessel went aground spilling oil by the barrel into the environment, within hours few Alaskans would be ignorant of the circumstances thanks to radio, television and newspaper coverage.

Flood facts
On an appropriately rainy day, government officials and emergency service providers gathered for a Fall Flood Workshop sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management on Thursday.

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.

John Edward Clark Obituary
Kasilof resident John Edward Clark died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003. He was 52.

Schools, nonprofit groups could put dividend gift to use Editorial
Thoughts of how best to use their permanent fund dividend checks are dancing in Alaskans' heads like so many visions of sugar plums at Christmas time.

Lessons from Katmai maulings should be used to prevent other deaths
Earlier this week, two people were killed, then eaten by grizzly bears at Kaflia Lake in Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula the first fatal maulings in Katmai's 80-year history.

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. ...

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

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.

Animal Spirit Release to honor hunters, harvest
The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage invites all hunters and trappers to participate in the King Island Animal Spirit Release Ceremony on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ecologist studies ground beetles to track Kenai Peninsula climate change
When I see a beetle crawling along the ground, I see a walking ther

Quantity and quality of game meat brought in up from last year
Now that the hunting season is starting to wind down, many peninsula hunters have turned their thoughts to what to do with all the meat they harvested this year.

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
Driver safety class offered Fund-raiser dinner, auction planned Soldotna chamber to host fund-raiser Land trust to hold benefit dinner Masonic lodge to hold halibut fry Aquaculture association meeting slated PFLAG meeting set New KPC showcase planned

Prayer: Two-way communication
Recently, an article in a newspaper reported on people writing letters addressed to God. The letters expressed needs and requests for God's help with their troubles.

Catholic Church fights against divorce law in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile Five times a day, a sonorous male voice broadcasts an ominous warning: a divorce law will push children of divorced couples to drugs and booze, school dropout rates and domestic violence will climb, family incomes will plunge.

'Emergent church' grabbing young with return to church's past
BOSTON (AP) His friends assumed his covert Sunday trips to a cross-town Episcopal church were about a girl, but Rick Bennett was actually looking for some inspiring liturgy.

New president of Promise Keepers predicts expansion
DENVER (AP) The new president of Promise Keepers said the evangelical Christian group plans to expand to other countries and launch new programs as attendance at its stadium events declines.

Church Briefs
Fall festival continues Native fellowship meets tonight Religious poetry contest held Friendship closet open Christian poetry sought

Mormons wind up semiannual conference in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told Mormons that they must ''hold back the world'' by resisting everyday evil embodied in popular culture and the Internet.

North Carolina Baptists expel church for accepting gay members
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has expelled McGill Baptist Church for accepting two gay men as members and later baptizing them.

Council of Churches in black for second year
NEW YORK (AP) The National Council of Churches, which faced severe financial problems over the last two decades, announced it has balanced its operating budget for the second year in a row.

Renaming California parish for Vietnamese saint sparks controversy
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) The ground has been blessed but remains unbroken.

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.''

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.

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.

Can the Carolina Panthers hold down Manning and the Colts?
Now that he's handled Tampa Bay's defense, Peyton Manning takes on another elite unit when he faces Carolina.

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

Thrashers say goodbye with win in opener
ATLANTA On a night of tributes to Dan Snyder, his former teammates gave him the best one a season-opening victory.

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.

Sports Briefs
Adult basketball sign-ups planned

State Swimming Bests
State Swimming Bests

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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