Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Astros finally win postseason series after 43 years
ATLANTA -- They jumped on each other at the pitcher's mound, then headed off to the clubhouse to pop some champagne.

1996 NL MVP Ken Caminiti dead at 41
NEW YORK Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP who later admitted using steroids during his major league career, died Sunday. He was 41.

Braves chop down Astros
HOUSTON As soon as Roger Clemens was gone, the Atlanta Braves pounced on the Houston Astros' bullpen and avoided another quick exit from the playoffs.

L.A. folds to Cards
LOS ANGELES Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals sure looked like the best team in baseball.

The battle begins: Schilling set to silence Yankees
NEW YORK -- Curt Schilling signed with Boston for this very reason -- to silence the hated Yankees and pitch the Red Sox to that elusive World Series title.

500 Bears down, 1,500 to go
The Kenai Peninsula Quilt Guild presented the first 500 hand quilted "Spirit Bears" to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games last week and the Guild is now working to complete 1,500 more "Spirit Bears" by start of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games in March of 2006.

Exciting new technology for visually impaired
An exciting new array of electronic products has revolutionized learning and assistance technology for the visually impaired, according to Scott Hegle, product specialist for Freedom Scientific. Hegle and Tyler Brown, from St. Petersburg, Florida, were in Alaska recently to demonstrate the latest and greatest "assistive technology" for low vision and blind children and adults.

Outdoors
Oh brother, John is at work and well it is not easy for him to sit down at the one computer out there to type his story. I have to get him a laptop. He thought maybe you would like to hear about one of the first times he took me fishing and I thought we would never make it home. It was shortly after we met (or was it shortly after we got married - man 20 years is a long time) and John thought it might be fun to take me fishing on the backwaters of the Missouri River by Lake Sakakawea. It was a rather nice day to start off with as I remember.

Caring for the Kenai winning idea becomes reality
When Marit Hartvigson was in sixth grade she was part of the Adopt-a-Stream program at K-Beach Elementary School. She and her 30 some classmates monthly would hike down to Slikok Creek to do water samplings. That year her older brother Pehr won first place in the annual Caring For the Kenai (CFK) contest sponsored by Unocal and Agrium.

Grand opening for new Key Bank in Soldotna
Key Bank customers now have an option of doing their banking in Soldotna. Last week the doors of the new Key Bank in Soldotna were opened with an official ribbon cutting by Key Bank president Brian Nerland and senior vice president Gary Koch, assisted by Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce president Tim Pope. According to Key Bank relationship manager Lisa Roberts the purpose of the new branch office is to offer their services more convenient for local customers, "We felt we had clientele that were missing out because we had only one location in Kenai so we are very excited to have this new branch open in Soldotna," said Roberts.

Gardner takes NLC offensive honor
Soldotna's Garrett Gardner was named the Northern Lights Conference Offensive Player of the Year Monday night.

Shifty running back
Just because Soldotna senior running back Garrett Gardner makes it look easy doesn't mean he doesn't care.

NOW PLAYING: The Forgotten
M. Night Shyamalan, who, as far as I know, has nothing to do with this week's feature, is turning into the Steven Spielberg and George Lucas of his generation. And I don't mean that in a positive way. By reinventing the "shocker ending," the man has basically changed the thriller forever, much his two forebearers changed the meaning of "blockbuster." Now movies that don't even have remotely shocking endings are jumping on the bandwagon, trying to get a little of that "Shyamalan" energy. Take The Forgotten. Advertisements for this mid-level dramatic thriller promise "the biggest shocker ending since The Sixth Sense!!" This is simply a flat-out lie, though I'm not sure the writers are aware.

NOW PLAYING: Friday Night Lights
Recently I saw an advertisement for the new football-opera, Friday Night Lights, that claimed the movie was one of the greatest sports films ever made! Right up there with Bull Durham and Remember the Titans. Wow. That rave seems a little much for a film that, for all intents and purposes, appeared from the preview to be little more than a slightly superior rehash of Varsity Blues. After having seen it, Im still not sure I would rank it among the best ever, but one things for certain: Friday Night Lights makes Varsity Blues look like the pee-wee league.

Playing dirty will hurt senator's effectiveness
I have been sadly disappointed in Lisa Murkowski. After her early protests about negative campaigning she has come out slinging mud and distorting the truth. It seems that the one sure thing she has learned in her time in Washington is how to run a nasty campaign all the while protesting how fair and honest she is.

Richard Redford remembered with great love by his friends
Soldotna has lost a great man who should never be forgotten.

4-H appreciates support of business community
Recently 4-H put an ad in the paper to say thank you to our community for all the wonderful support given to the young people who grow through belonging to a youth-serving program that encourages "learning by doing." Without the help of our business community, 4-H could not thrive! So, again, we say thank you!

Special Kenai River fishing trip fills veteran with gratitude
With the third anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, I had occasion to reflect on the important contributions of our nation's veterans.

Nemechek gets unexpected win
KANSAS CITY, Kan. The biggest gripe about NASCAR's new 10-man Chase for the Nextel Cup championship was that the drivers not in the title battle would be ignored.

Intuition saves life after a fall
Had it not been for an instantaneous response by a Soldotna police officer, an 81-year-old woman might very well have died a week ago. Instead, she's on her road to recovery at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

LIO Schedule
Today 4 p.m.

Coming home: Miss Alaska winds up whirlwind trip
Miss Alaska, Christina Reasner, didn't trade in her crown last month in Atlantic City, N.J., for that of Miss America and that's OK with her. She's looking forward to returning to her home state and town, she said last week from Hawaii.

On a mission
Graydon "Skip" Cowgill has a mission or at least plans for one.

Shelter requests go down; domestic violence aid rises
The number of women and children seeking shelter at the LeeShore Center in Kenai has gone down between fiscal year 2003 and 2004, but the number of victims of domestic violence or sexual assault seeking non-residential services rose, according to the center's director.

Ways to dispel oil, gas fears sought
Petroleum News -- an Anchorage-based weekly publication covering oil and gas news in North America -- is putting together a comprehensive guide to oil and gas in Alaska and would like suggestions from Kenai Peninsula residents, publisher and managing editor Kay Cashman told the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Games picking up momentum
With a little more than 16 months until the Kenai Peninsula plays host to the Arctic Winter Games, things are beginning to snowball toward an avalanche of action.

Borough to make election results official at meeting
A resolution certifying the results of the Oct. 5 municipal election, which saw all three incumbents returned to duty on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, will be on Tuesday's assembly agenda, along with a host of other measures up for final passage or introduction.

Worth noting debate quotes
John Kerry: President Bush:

Fairness should rule in distribution of flu vaccine in short supply
Alaska health officials, like their counterparts across the nation, suddenly find themselves trying to figure out how best to protect their respective populations against the flu with a sharply -- and unexpectedly -- limited supply of their principal weapon.

Voices Of Alaska
One day, the North Slope oilfields will run dry and it will be time to remove the pipeline and terminal facilities built to transport crude oil south, and time to clean up the 800-mile corridor to Valdez.

Debates don't accomplish much -- except to reveal flaws
WASHINGTON -- After two debates, voters have seen President Bush look peevish and heard him pass the buck. They've watched Sen. John Kerry deny he's a flip-flopper and then argue that Saddam Hussein was a threat -- and wasn't.

President wasn't alone; whole world convinced Saddam had weapons What others say
They were wrong. Hindsight isn't always 20-20.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meet Kenaitze Indians to host dinner 4-H to hold open house Fish and Game to meet Book fair planned Social Security reps to visit area

Births
Gage Matthew Mason Kane David Dean Piper III

Community News
Library plans October events KHLT to host dinner, auction fund-raiser Wallyball, basketball teams forming Hospice training set Islands and Ocean center changes hours Soroptimist to sell discount cards Mentor program seeks volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Flu shots available for seniorsPastor to celebrate 20th yearKPBA schedules meetingSoHi to hold open forumDivorce support group formingCommunity dance setHealthy Communities meeting slated

Test smoke alarms
Oct. 3 through 9 was Fire Prevention Week, and this year's focus has been on smoke alarms.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminded to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768 for Soldotna and (907) 235-6090 for Homer.

Senior Citizen Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Senior Citizen Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Sooners narrow AP poll gap on Southern Cal
The gap between No. 1 USC and No. 2 Oklahoma is smaller than it's been all season.

Newcomers win big in Vegas, Scotland
LAS VEGAS Andre Stolz played like a veteran instead of a struggling rookie when it counted most Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 to win the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas by a shot over Tom Lehman and two others.

More injury woes for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- DeShaun Foster joined Carolina's growing list of injured offensive stars and will be out six to 10 weeks with a broken collarbone.

Titletown becomes Titans town
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Lambeau Field is now a desired destination, as Chris Brown and the Tennessee Titans were the latest to learn.

Kenyan wins Chicago marathon
CHICAGO The marathon obviously agrees with Evans Rutto.

KPHA squad ties one, wins one
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee Tier II team won a game and tied a game this weekend in Soldotna.

Culpepper, Carr put up big numbers as Vikings outgun Texans
HOUSTON The crowd was rocking, David Carr and Andre Johnson couldn't miss and the Houston Texans had just forced the game into overtime by rallying from a 21-point deficit.

Patriots streak to record-setting win
FOXBORO, Mass. The New England Patriots set an NFL record for consecutive wins, counting playoffs, with plenty of help from the winless Miami Dolphins.

Photo feature: Heading out of town
A flock of merganser ducks take wing over the Kenai River recently. Many birds have flown south as winter approaches.

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