Monday, October 10, 2005

NOW PLAYING: Two for the Money
If you ask anyone in the know to name five of the best actors of the last thirty years, chances are you’re going to get Al Pacino in there somewhere. And the respect he has garnered is deserved.

Seat belts are for everyone
I keep hearing this add on the radio about "click it or ticket." I would like to know why law enforcement is able to pull me over and issue me a ticket for myself and any passengers of legal age for not wearing a seat belt.

Citizen turnout good, elected officials missing at meeting
It was uplifting to witness the intelligence and profound concern of Homer area residents as they asked penetrating questions and exposed major problems about the proposed Pebble Mine during the Sept. 29 public presentation at the Islands and Ocean auditorium.

Evening has classic results
To the communities of Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski and Sterling: Thank you all so much for your tremendous support and outpouring of generosity that we, the performers on Evening of Classics, experienced Sept. 30. We couldn't do this type of event without the audience and the kind of enthusiasm, excitement and enjoyment you gave us as we played and sang our hearts out. It made the evening a huge success for all of us.

Martin picks up Cup victory
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Mark Martin is probably NASCAR's best known pessimist. As Martin raced toward a victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway that would keep his slim championship hopes alive, he couldn't shake the feeling that something would keep him from Victory Lane.

Second title would be sweet for Stewart
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tony Stewart assures anyone who cares to listen that he is a changed man.

ConocoPhillips shaking things up in hunt for oil
ConocoPhillips is preparing to conduct an extensive seismic survey in Lower Cook Inlet off Anchor Point this fall that the company hopes will demonstrate the potential for oil or gas in an area known as the Cosmopolitan Unit.

That sinking feeling
Sheena Poe, left, comforts her husband, Ken Poe, Saturday night as the high tide claims the couple's 1999 Ford F-250 truck on the beach in Kenai. Ken Poe got the truck stuck following a drive on the beach and the 20-foot tide rose before he could get help. "I would have to say, don't go on the beach unless you know high tide," Poe said.

Refuge cabins a well-kept secret
Now that all the tourists are gone and Alaskans can finally talk amongst themselves, it's time to discuss one of the Kenai Peninsula best kept secrets — the multitude of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge cabins that recently have been erected for public use.

Spirit comes alive
Scores of people took the first step toward "releasing the spirit within" on Saturday during the Arctic Winter Games Volunteer Rally at Kenai Chrysler Center.

HEA looks into Healy clean coal
Homer Electric Association is looking at the Healy Clean Coal Plant, located near Healy, as a future source of power generation for its members.

Snow mystery continues
One more secret was added by the Kenai City Council to the mystery involving the decision not to renew the former city manager's contract.

Tragedy brings woman home
Having grown up commercial fishing on Cook Inlet, where warm Alaska days and things from the sea can create stomach-churning odors, Alayne Primo thought she knew all about unpleasant smells.

Bear jumps hikers
A Kasilof couple was attacked by a bear Sunday afternoon after hiking on a trail near Mile 8 of Skilak Lake Loop.

Environmentalists, company agree to mediate over mine
JUNEAU (AP) — Environmental activists and the developers of the Kensington Mine have agreed to enter into mediation over their legal battle over production disposal.

Bird flu response not on peninsula agenda
The Kenai Peninsula has an emergency management plan to deal with a number of widespread disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and volcano eruptions, but not to respond to an outbreak of avian influenza, currently nabbing global attention.

Autumn fades
A tree stands stripped of its leaves by cold temperatures and windy weather in Kenai last week.

Ramona Paulk
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Ramona Paulk died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, surrounded by her family in Soldotna. She was 74.

'Big Three' needs to make dream a reality
On Thursday, following months of negotiations out of the public eye, Gov. Frank Murkowski submitted a proposal to ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips that outlines terms for building a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

DeLay connection to Young nonsense
''Alaska Republicans have benefited from the Tom DeLay machine, and they all should answer whether or not they will continue to benefit from his dirty donations to their campaign funds.'' That's the breast-beating pronouncement Monday from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Voices of the Clarion: An exhausting relationship
I never met a real dog person until I moved to Alaska. Sure, I have an aunt that has two dogs and put in a tile floor to accommodate the blue heeler that prefers to pee in the house. That was my definition of a dog person — until I moved here and befriended some dog mushers.

Peninsula people
4-H Shines at Ninilchik Fair

Seniors grateful for help
As part of their commitment to support United Way's efforts to aid local nonprofit organizations, First National Bank volunteered their time to help the Forget-Me-Not Center.

Around the Peninsula
Internet class slated KPBSD budget meetings slated Blood drive planned Hospital service board to meet Brown bears are topic CPR, first aid, AED classes set Actors, singers sought Hospice training announced Library pumpkin contest slated

Winning smile
Leonard A. (Bud) Keener poses at his Kenai home with his Ninilchik State Fair entries and awards. Keener's moose jaw bone sled took third place; "Wolf painting on fur," second place; caribou Eskimo, second place; sea otter wood carving, second place; "Bear Painting on Fur," third place; and deer jaw bone sled, first place, division champion and champion-Alaska Native Arts and Crafts Department. The Ninilchik State Fair is held annually in August.

Normal ~ as he knows it
Imagine the birth of a child, this time your fifth. And when you lift his feet to change his diaper, all the skin you touch peels away. Imagine the first week of seeing a newborn child, knowing something is not right, and doctor after doctor passes through the examinations and none know the reason for what is wrong.

Hero of the week: Gifford appreciates the 'leg up'
I wish I could name each and every person who was there for me when I broke my leg after inadvertently skipping a couple of steps in our garage on Sept. 2. I am amazed at how many people took (and are taking) an active role in my rescue, well-being and recovery. Dale and Cameron from Central Emergency Services were great in scooping me up and getting me to the hospital.

Around the Peninsula
Geesy to speak at New Life Teen nights slated School board seats available Scout leadership training planned Adult hockey programs offered Help for home daycare providers Dog classes available

My best friend
"What a life," says Goldie, who is owned by Joe Adolf.

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers

Homer girls, boys triumph
In about three weeks time, swimmers will laboriously climb out of the pool after taxing region races and it will be easy to pity them. Don't.

Luongo's shutout streak ends in loss to Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. — John Grahame had 28 saves and Fredrik Modin ended Florida goalie Roberto Luongo's season-opening shutout streak Saturday night in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Panthers.

Castillo defeats Corrales by knockout
LAS VEGAS — This time, Jose Luis Castillo never gave Diego Corrales a chance to come back.

Woods outlasts Daly in titanic struggle
SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods and John Daly made the PGA Tour feel like a rock concert Sunday, the delirium reaching such decibels that Woods felt his ear drums pounding as golf's two biggest sluggers headed for a sudden-death playoff at Harding Park.

Astros push Braves to brink
HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt took care of the pitching, Craig Biggio sparked the offense again and the Houston Astros put the Braves on the brink of another early exit in October.

Vinny's no armchair quarterback
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vinny Testaverde looked as comfortable in the pocket for the New York Jets on Sunday as he was watching them from his couch two weeks ago.

Kenai Central subdues Nikiski
The Kenai Central High School football team is headed for its fourth straight small-schools championship game. "We're one step closer to being where we want to be," said Kenai head coach Jim Beeson after the Kardinals defeated Nikiski 55-6 at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai Saturday in the first round of the small-schools playoffs.

Astros end Braves' year
HOUSTON — Roger Clemens could see the Houston Astros were running out of pitchers. ''As the game went longer and longer, Phil finally came up to me and said get ready and get your spikes on. I may need you,'' the 43-year-old ace said. ''Sometimes he jokes with me, but I knew he meant it.''

Daly grabs lead at American Express Championship
SAN FRANCISCO — John Daly relied on the long ball to get back into contention, then to take the lead away from Colin Montgomerie on Saturday in an American Express Championship that kept a chilled gallery in suspense.

Longhorns finally get past Oklahoma
DALLAS — Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns are headed home from the State Fair with the prize that's eluded them for five years: a victory over Oklahoma.

Detroit power play punishes Flames
DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and three assists and the Detroit Red Wings scored five power-play goals in a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Yankees edge Angels to stay alive
NEW YORK — Hardly any time to feel satisfied for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and the Yankees. They packed their bags and bolted for the airport — New York is still around in these playoffs and has much more work to do.

Penn State, UCLA make big jumps
Penn State is in the top 10, Michigan is out again and UCLA is on the rise in The Associated Press Top 25.

Eielson comeback overcomes Homer
Eielson defeated Homer 21-20 Saturday in the semifinals of the small-schools playoffs at Buck Nystrom Field on Eielson Air Force Base.

Skyview volleyball takes two in Kodiak
The Skyview volleyball team traveled all the way to Kodiak on Friday and Saturday and came home with a pair of victories.

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