Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Cubs' Prior sets standard for pitchers
CHICAGO When young pitchers looking to improve their mechanics visit a lab in San Diego, they get a CD-ROM showing how they compare to an ''ideal'' pitcher.

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

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.

Red Sox knuckle down
BOSTON No fists, just knucklers.

Tricks and Treats at Mallard's Party Store in Soldotna...
Terri Wenger and Rick Anderson use to have 50 some Mallard ducks when they lived in Seward, but now they have Mallard's Party Store in Soldotna, and their former neighbors are tending to the ducks. "We lived on a river in Seward and it seemed fitting to name the store after our ducks," said Terri.

Lights On Afterschool turns on America...
From sea to shining sea, across the great land of Alaska and throughout the Islands of Hawaii, America rallied last week in support of after school programs.

Local Moms take relief to Swaziland...
Alaska is halfway around the world from Swaziland, yet a delegation of local Moms from the Peninsula Christian Center in Soldotna volunteered to travel to Swaziland this August with a load of medical supplies.

Chancellor Gorsuch visits KPC...
More Alaskan high school graduates are deciding to continue their education at the University of Alaska, and that trend is directly related to program and policy innovations that have been brought about in the last few years at the States largest University by such people as Lee Gorsuch, UAA Chancellor.

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

Many contribute to success of food bank's soup supper
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, I wish to thank all of the participants who helped make the 2003 Soup Supper and Auction a success. This year we

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.

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

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.

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.

Southeast loggers, fishers turn to truck-driving class
Michael Jensen of Yakutat, who has worked in the declining logging and fishing industries in Southeast, is looking for a new skill and may find one in the cab of a truck.

Photo feature: Clinging to color
Although fall seems to be moving at warp speed, a few trees still are clinging to their vibrant colors, like this mountain ash tree in front of Kenai Peninsula College.

Fluid populace distorts voter numbers
Each year, the goings and comings of Alaska residents creates an ongoing flux on the amount of the state's registered voters. While becoming a registered voter has been simplified over the years, scrubbing voters from the list as they leave the state isn't always that simple if outgoing voters don't take the initiative.

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.

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.

Man nabbed for attempted murder
A 37-year-old Soldotna man was arraigned Monday on four felony counts, including attempted murder, and one misdemeanor count, after a shooting incident near the Duck Inn early Monday morning.

Going but not gone: Auction helps preserve history in Kasilof
As part of the effort to preserve the history of Kasilof, a slightly used computer scanner was sold at auction last week, but only after auctioneer Brent Johnson sweetened the deal a bit.

Labor: Farmed fish swimming strong
For Alaska salmon fishers facing hard times, it's no secret farmed fish from abroad have chewed a huge hole in domestic and foreign markets the Alaska product used to dominate.

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.

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.

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.

Robert William Burns
Nikiski resident Robert William Burns died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, in Nikiski, due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. He was 43.

Larrie O. Woods
Longtime Alaska resident Larrie O. Woods died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 67.

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:

Effort to discredit, recall Gov. Murkowski has no real legal foundation
Recall fever seems to be spreading in the wake of California's historic recall of Gov. Gray Davis. Now it appears that it is the ambition of a dozen people here in Alaska to mimic what happened in California by suggesting the recall of Alaska's governor. To most people across the land, California's recall was a gut-wrenchingly painful process to witness.

Community Events
Sterling community plan meeting set

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eliza and Ted Eller

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

Around the Peninsula
Sterling seniors to hold benefit dinner FridayKPBSD honor choir to preform todayKPH to offers family servicesKenai chamber to meetAARP to discuss medication issuesHomer theater to host chamber mixerHistorical society to meetUnity Trail dedication planned

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

Sports Briefs
Army football coach firedBoston College makes ACC an even dozenNadeau won't rush return to racing

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.

Sabres edge Stars, notch first victory
BUFFALO, N.Y. Miroslav Satan and Daniel Briere each had a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres won their first game of the season, 4-3 over the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Rams make Falcons look foolish
ST. LOUIS Like a good veteran, Aeneas Williams knows how to follow instructions.

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's Kiffmeyer learns to live with gift
Abby Kiffmeyer was always a natural at swimming, but swimming wasn't always a natural draw for Kiffmeyer.

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

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.

Photo feature: Swan song
Trumpeter swans and their nearly fledged signets have become a frequent sight at Tern Lake, east of Cooper Landing. Large congregations of swans have been feeding there all week.

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