Monday, October 13, 2003

Florida's fish fight back against Cubs
MIAMI Josh Beckett and the Florida Marlins put history on hold at least for a couple of days.

Rivalry simmers over in Yankees' victory
BOSTON The pitching battle for the ages lived up to its billing. And not just because Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez were on the mound.

Cubs move closer to World Series
MIAMI Aramis Ramirez lingered around home plate, hoping his long drive would stay true instead of taking another cruel Cubs twist. When the ball landed fair, it was clear which way the fates had turned.

Sox-Yanks postponed
BOSTON No baseball and no fights. But plenty of rain, fines, apologies and finger-pointing at Fenway Park.

NOW PLAYING: Kill Bill: Volume 1
There is no question in my mind that Quentin Tarantino is a genius. Technically, each of his films have been exquisite. This is a man who, somehow, is able to take

Clarion's story about man's death shows no compassion for family
Once again the Clarion scores zero on the mercy test!

Low turnout shows people take their right to vote too lightly
What do you teach your children when you don't vote? I was utterly ashamed to find that out of 23,432 voters on the peninsula only 19 to 20 percent of said voters went to the polls to cast their ballot.

Some thoughts on what it means to be 'master guide'
I read the article about our new "master guides," and I wanted to say congratulations on completing such challenging training.

Many contribute to success of United Way kickoff event
The United Way central peninsula kickoff event on Sept. 18 was very successful, collecting more than $5,600 in pledges and auction item sales.

ASAA decisions unjust
A pair of decisions made by the board of the Alaska School Activities Association in the past year are grossly unequal and have forced a south peninsula mother to move 40 miles so her son can play football.

'Dawgs nab second at Houston Invite
Anchorage Christian Schools, behind five individual champions, took the season-opening Houston Invitational Friday and Saturday in wrestling action at Houston Junior-Senior High School.

Kenai shuts out Eielson, keeps small-schools title
Using the same game plan that helped them roll through the regular season, the Kenai Kardinals rolled over the Eielson Ravens 46-0 Saturday to claim a second straight Alaska small-schools state championship at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Stewart wins race at Lowe's Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. Tony Stewart put a positive stamp on what's been a disappointing reign as Winston Cup champion by winning the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Spending gets pragmatic
Kris Owens of Homer was at the Sears store in Kenai on Saturday morning shopping for a new refrigerator. Although she is among the 598,813 Alaskans who received Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, she said she had no plans to use it toward her purchase.

Borough's pipeline plan: 'plain wrong' or good idea?
Routing a gas pipeline from the North Slope along the Alaska Railbelt-Parks Highway corridor to a Cook Inlet gas terminal, as the Kenai Peninsula

State wants to help area businesses, says official
Following a directive from the state labor commissioner to strengthen the department's connection with business, a regional manager told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce his plans for assisting Kenai Peninsula businesses.

When it comes to transportation, borough residents target roads
Public remarks regarding a draft update of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Transportation Plan have so far focused mostly on secondary roads and their maintenance, but other issues including ferry service, village airports, trails and mass transit have garnered at least regional comment, said a spokesperson for the company hired to produce the draft.

Assembly set to step up to plate for salmon
Cruise ships operating in the state's coastal waters should be offering their passengers the opportunity to dine on wild Alaska salmon, and a resolution to be considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday night will encourage the seafaring tourist industry to do just that.

Teachers to vote on remaining with NEA
Teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District soon will have the opportunity to decide whether they want to remain with the country's largest teachers' union or form an independent local association.

CES volunteers honored for service to community
Fourteen Central Emergency Service volunteers received certificates for graduating from Firefighter One Academy last week and lieutenant bars were pinned on five volunteers promoted to the new rank.

Bright autumn skies
Longer nights and a mostly clear sky provide a good stage for the descending moon near Longmere Lake in Sterling on Friday morning. The clear night also made way for colder temperatures after a week of rain.

Fire destroys Keystone home
Central Emergency Services responded to a house fire on Keystone Drive early Saturday morning, but was unable to save the building or its contents. No one was injured.

Today's paper
Work being done on the Peninsula Clarion's press necessitated early deadlines for today's newspaper.

Holiday closures
Post offices and other federal offices are closed today in observance of Columbus Day.

Alice Jeanne Byerly
Soldotna resident Alice Jeanne Byerly died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 81.

Robert 'Alan' Rogers
Former Alaska resident Robert "Alan" Rogers died at his home in Texas on Friday, Sept. 26, 2003. He was 47.

Kay Francis Carson
Longtime Alaska resident Kay Francis Carson died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 62.

Getting hooked on new skill
What started out simply, rapidly turned into a sordid fish tale complete with another woman's husband and praying to a false god.

Election results show voters not as cynical as some might think
While voter turnout for last week's municipal election was disappointing, results of the election were refreshing.

U.S. job losses cloud Bush's trip to Asia
WASHINGTON A nine-day trip to Asia and Australia might seem a welcome respite to President Bush, who is being rebuffed by European powers and hounded by criticism at home over Iraq, a CIA-leak investigation and a weak economy.

Money to rebuild Iraq must be used wisely, not cause more turmoil
The diplomats squiring $20.3 billion through Congress for reconstruction in Iraq make a sobering case for the money:

Peninsula People
Peninsula student earns scholarship Horn named executive director of mental health WRCC names new director

Girl Scouts reach out to older participants
PHOENIX Since age 5, Patti Duncan has faithfully attended weekly Girl Scout meetings, earned badges by taking care of pets and writ-ing to soldiers, and sold cookies lots of cookies.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or wait unattended while a parent attends a class. For more information on a class or activity, call the Soldotna Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Clement, Parker have October wedding
Rose Clement and Dale Parker of Soldotna were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at the residence of Dewey and Pat Halsey on Denise Lake Road in Soldotna. Larry Huntsperger officiated.

Broussard, Henderson wed in Nikiski
Lila Broussard and Reuben Henderson were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, on the lawn at the bride's family's home. Brad Cason from North Kenai Chapel officiated.

Gayman, Gdula marry in Hawaii
Nicole Lynn Gayman of Wasilla and Christopher Jacob Gdula of Limahuli O Makana, Hawaii, were married at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2003 in Kauai, Hawaii. Jim Clarke officiated.

Eliza and Ted Eller

Rogers, Elsenrath announce engagement
Jenny Rogers and Mike Elsenrath of Wichita, Kan., plan to be married Nov. 15, 2003, in Waverly, Iowa.

Community Events
Sterling community plan meeting set

Men bare all for area schools
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. Cleve Dumdi native Oregonian, respected sheep rancher, husband of a former Lane County commissioner and staring at the wrong side of 70 was walking in this small Oregon town one day when a longtime acquaintance hailed him from across the street.

Residents carve out land, lives with trusty tractor
When 82-year-old Jesse Robinson climbed aboard his bright red International Harvester Farmall tractor to cut hay in Sterling this summer, it wasn't anything he hadn't done before.

Serving abroad
Lt. Stephen Winslow, the husband of former Nikiski resident Amy Hutchings, mans his MK-19 automatic 40-millimeter grenade launcher in Baghdad, Iraq, this summer.

State fire marshal's office promotes winter safety
Alaskans are almost twice as likely to die in a fire than the average U.S. resident, according to a press release drafted by the Alaska Fire Marshal's Office this month.

Around the Peninsula
Sterling seniors to hold benefit dinner Women voters to gather Job seminar planned Training conference slated Potters guild seeking entries for show SoHi craft show seeking vendors

Around the Peninsula
Women's meeting held MondaySoldotna chamber to meetFish and Game advisory committee to meetDog mushing club formingCouncil on drug abuse to meetBorough schedules meetings for plan updateGenealogical society plans workshopSocial Security rep to visit peninsula

Animals likely to live longer if kept inside
TOPEKA, Kan. Keeping your cat indoors may be the best way to ensure it reaches old age.

My best friend
Tyler Reynolds likes hiding out with his pal Denali.

Nikiski netters top ACS, fall to Seward
The Nikiski High School volleyball team defeated Anchorage Christian Schools in three games Friday, taking an opportunity to try out some new attacks in its District 3/3A match at Nikiski.

Chiefs scalp Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. Dante Hall's touchdown streak is over. The Kansas City Chiefs' winning streak isn't, thanks to a wild finish against the Green Bay Packers.

Devils top Hurricanes for first victory of season
RALEIGH, N.C. Sergei Brylin and Jamie Langenbrunner scored, and Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Saturday night.

Germany blasts past Sweeden for cup title
CARSON, Calif. Somewhere on the bottom of the pile of women in white jerseys was a most unlikely hero.

No. 1 Oklahoma embarrasses No. 11 Texas
DALLAS The Oklahoma Sooners hung half a hundred again. Doing it against their arch rivals made this one even better.

Micmacs stay hot, roll past Mat-Su Thunder
Ian Tracy, a 1995 graduate of Soldotna High School, remembers well his days as a child watching the Peninsula Micmacs in action at what was then the Central Peninsula Sports Center.

Soldotna girls swim to crown
The Soldotna High School girls swimming and diving team came through for a team victory in the 2003 SoHi Invitational, contested Friday and Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Appleby leads in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS Stuart Appleby made three straight birdies on the back nine Saturday and shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after the fourth round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Klatt leads Kings to second straight win
CHICAGO Trent Klatt doesn't score goals too often.

U.S. Women take third place
CARSON, Calif. With third place in the World Cup secured, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly did what they nearly always do: lead.

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