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Friday, October 15, 2004

Lieber, Olerud combine to give Yanks a 2-0 lead
NEW YORK Pedro Martinez has a new ''Daddy.'' His name is Jon Lieber.

Ankle could put Schilling on sideline
NEW YORK Boston ace Curt Schilling might not be able to pitch Game 5 of the AL championship series Sunday because of his injured right ankle, which will require surgery after the playoffs.

Cardinals prevail in battle of lumber
ST. LOUIS Make no mistake about it this is a sluggers' series.

Shower can't stop St. Louis homer power
ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen and the St. Louis Cardinals sure stormed back in a hurry.

Crude oil prices rally past $53 after drop
NEW YORK Crude oil futures rallied back above $53 late Wednesday on speculation and panic sparked by an oil line explosion in Mexico.

Court refuses comment on state seal case
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to intervene in an Alaska court ruling against a man found guilty of a misdemeanor for using the state seal without permission.

New bill would benefit tax itemizers
WASHINGTON Taxpayers who itemize deductions could see their federal income taxes cut by about $500 under legislation the president is expected to sign before Election Day.

U.S. appeals NAFTA decision on lumber
WASHINGTON The Bush administration said Wednesday it will appeal a NAFTA dispute panel's finding that imports of Canadian softwood lumber pose no threat to American companies.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Business tax workshop scheduledGrant writing workshop slatedHomer chamber to host candidates forumTourism council to hold raffleBusiness plan competition scheduled

Senate debate comes to Kenai
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, squared off against her Green Party opponent Jim Sykes on Tuesday in a spirited question-and-answer-style debate before a packed room at a luncheon in Kenai.

Kenai, SoHi set to put it all on the line
A good deal of the enjoyment of football comes from watching collisions. Kenai Peninsula football fans will see one heck of a collision Saturday in Anchorage.

Policing poachers no easy task
RENO, Nev. Faced with the daunting task of protecting wildlife across the remote reaches of the West, game wardens are using professional savvy, a gift of gab and a bit of technology to snare big game cheaters who commit fraud and even identity theft to illegally obtain coveted wildlife licenses.

Journal maker uses many skills to create eclectic art
Many forms of art are meant to be seen not heard, not utilized and most certainly not touched. No matter how inviting a texture may look or how irresistible the urge to trace a design with a fingertip, art often is protected against such intrusions by panes of glass, signs proclaiming "Do Not Touch," ropes keeping visitors herded off at a safe distance, video cameras hanging as silent sentinels in corners or even live security guards ready to protect the impregnability of the art.

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

Memoirs open window into Inupiaq history
Simon Paneak's name has been in print before.

Art Briefs
Mascot naming contest announcedRadio show features local artistsSeward artist awarded Best in ShowAlaska Native cultural classes offeredPottery classes set to beginPottery soughtArtwork wanted for state facilityOpen art show slatedHome-school art classes offeredPoetry contest being held

Person who turned in lost diamond ring a true hero
It's great to live in a community where honesty is still a value. Recently my wife and I were the recipient of one person's integrity.

Cook Inlet Academy appreciates help with Work-a-Thon
The staff, students and families of Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) would like to extend our appreciation to the local community for their help in our recent Work-a-Thon. Once a year, CIA replaces a day of class with a day of community service projects for secondary (grades 7-12) students. On Oct. 1, these CIA students worked at tasks for various not-for-profit organizations in the area. With over 100 students putting in six hours of volunteer time each, CIA secondary students donated over 600 hours of service to the Central Peninsula. Many students were also financially sponsored for their effort and time by individuals; this money helps to offset some of the costs of their school activity fees.

Local soccer teams' strong play a credit to the community
On Saturday, Oct. 2, we went to Nikiski for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School soccer tournament. Thank you, Kenai, Homer and Soldotna Silver and Maroon girls soccer teams. Saturday these girls played with great spirit. Mother Nature did not smile kindly on these teams. Bone-chilling, gusty winds raked the field; 34-degree temperatures chilled the air; biting, pelting rain soaked them to the skin this did not deter their play. As the field turned soggy, they slipped, fell, bounced and skidded, but continued to play awesome soccer. Congratulations to the Kenai girls soccer team on the winning the championship!

Knowles wrong choice for U.S. Senate for many reasons
As Alaskans prepare to choose a candidate for the U.S. Senate, several points about Tony Knowles come to mind.

Bear baiting initiative an anti hunting measure in disguise
It will be up to voters this fall to decide whether or not to allow black bear hunting in Alaska. Maybe you're saying "I don't bait, why should I care?" The reason, this is another anti-hunting movement in the guise that "baiting isn't fair chase." In that sense neither is using bait for fishing.

Tony Knowles will not look out for the rights of all Alaskans
With the political season reaching full swing, egos and flawed logic threaten to push aside "common sense" and what is best for Alaska. The old adage, "he cut off his nose to spite his face" seems all too common among people who should know better.

Winter means increased burdens on seniors, disabled
Many of the senior citizens and physically challenged in our area are in desperate need of your help. We, a group of care coordinators and providers, are calling on you to assist these people throughout the upcoming winter. Due to a recent cut in a special form of Medicaid, known as the Choice Waiver, the funding for snow and ice removal from walkways and driveways has been all but pulled. Many of our clients have no other means for snow removal.

Work on Sterling housing project deserves special thanks
We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Ron Gibbens and his committee for the wonderful job they have undertaken in overseeing the construction of the Sterling Moose River Manor housing complex.

Survival of the luckiest
CONCORD, N.C. When NASCAR dreamed up the Chase for the Championship, it envisioned 10 drivers running door-to-door, nose-to-tail in a made-for-television battle for the Nextel Cup Series championship.

This week: UAW-GM 500
(Race No. 31 of 36)

Busch Points Standings
Driver Behind

Newman has pole position
CONCORD, N.C. Ryan Newman knows he'll have to be flawless over the final six races to win the Nextel Cup title.

Craftsman Points Standings
Driver Behind

Extra Newsmaker Q&A
CONCORD, N.C. Tony Stewart, one of 10 drivers competing for the Chase for the Championship, is never at a loss for words. He's never afraid to show his emotions or speak his mind.

Comp plan coming to venue near you
Should the Kenai Peninsula Borough build more facilities to serve seniors? What about recreational uses of borough land? Should the borough start zoning land?

Inmate: Starkweather confessed
A man who was jailed in a Wildwood Pretrial Facility cell next to Justin Starkweather told a Kenai Superior Court jury Wednesday that Starkweather confessed to committing the 2002 sexual assault of a 46-year-old woman in her home near West Poppy Lane.

Starkweather found guilty on all counts
A Kenai jury found Justin Starkweather guilty on all counts Friday in the 2002 sexual assault and attempted murder of a 46-year-old woman in her home near West Poppy Lane.

Assembly not happy with proposed state changes
Changes to state water quality standards under consideration by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation have drawn the attention of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, which Tuesday passed a resolution opposing revisions to the regulations governing mixing zones in salmon-bearing streams.

Era sold
After months of evaluation, Era Aviation Inc.'s parent company has made an agreement to sell Era, a deal that will result in some changes for the aviation company's Alaska operations, but is not expected to create any immediate disruptions in its commuter airline service.

Trial in hands of jury
Starkweather, 23, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree sexual assault, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft in connection with the Feb. 2, 2002, attack on Mary Perna in her home near West Poppy Lane.

People ponder PFD possibilities
With Permanent Fund Dividend checks being directly deposited in bank accounts this week, the Clarion wanted to find out how local residents plan to spend their loot. Here's some responses we got outside the Kenai Post Office on Wednesday afternoon:

PFD dilema: Splurge or save
A strange sound is resonating through the central Kenai Peninsula. It doesn't emanate from termination dust-covered peaks or unidentified lights in the sky; it comes from the sales floors and show rooms of local businesses. The mysterious sound is peninsula residents splurging.

Gene Fredrick VenHuizen
Soldotna resident Gene Fredrick VenHuizen died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at his home. He was 68.

Donald E. Roberts
Nikiski resident Donald E. Roberts died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, in Anchorage. He was 58.

Afghan elections a crucial victory for freedom over fear
The news out of Afghanistan is good. It is testimony to the human spirit. It is a statement that demonstrates that people want and need to be heard. And it illustrates that expressing confidence in the citizenry reaps great benefits.

U.N. must change with the times
The United Nations' increasing mightlessness in a world where terrorism is becoming a growing threat against international peace and stability became evident in connection with the Iraq war. The United States and Britain decided to act on their own. Only afterward, the United Nations entered the stage.

Comprehensive plan requires all residents voice their opinions
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is offering residents a great opportunity to help shape the future of the borough. Residents should seize the moment.

Woods still safe for nonhunters
BOISE, Idaho There will be occasional gun shots in the mountains.

Bear baiting information available on Web
In response to questions received from the public, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has posted factual information on black bear baiting to its Web site. The information is in the form of frequently asked questions and is easily accessible via the Internet.

Refuge plans wild time with photographer
Karen Hollingsworth, nationally recognized nature photographer, will present "Let's Go Wild," on Thursday in Homer and Oct. 22 in Kenai. This multi-media presentation set to music showcases the wildlife of America's National Wildlife Refuges.

New park will give disabled access to wilderness
LONG LAKE, N.Y. After devoting his life to preserving Adirondack wilderness, Tim Barnett can't hike through a fragrant balsam glade or paddle across a misty mountain lake.

Around the Peninsula
State park advisory board seeking members Apple pie contest slated Drivers safety class planned Community dance set Awards banquet scheduled Healing touch class offered Alcohol and drug abuse council to meet

Around the Peninsula
Book fair begins todayMultiple sclerosis group to meetKPBA schedules meetingDivorce support group formingHospice training set

Church Briefs
Special anniversary services planned Guest speaker to conduct service 40 Days of Purpose Campaign slated Womens prayer group to meet Gloria Ministries founder to speak Gospel of John presented

Clergy enter political arena in new way during close presidential race
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Before stepping forward to say a prayer at a Bush-Cheney rally, Pastor Bob Huffaker had limited his political involvement to encouraging parishioners to vote their conscience.

Manila archbishop says church hasn't done enough to teach family planning
MANILA, Philippines (AP) The Roman Catholic Church, which is opposed to artificial birth control, hasn't done enough to promote responsible family planning in the fast-growing Philippines, the archbishop of Manila said Monday.

Council of Churches to name award for founder
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) The National Council of Churches will memorialize co-founder and former President J. Irwin Miller with an annual award honoring people working on Christian unity and social issues.

A church report due Monday could reshape the future for 77 million Anglicans
Rarely have the bishops and bureaucrats who lead the world's 77 million Anglicans awaited a moment with such intense anticipation.

Church pensions allowed to pool assets under bill sent to president
WASHINGTON (AP) The House voted last Friday to amend several securities laws dating back to the 1930s to allow church pension programs to pool their assets with private and government pension plans as a means of increasing retirement savings.

Improving listening skills can foster better relationships
I recently had one of those reoccurring experiences we all dislike to repeat, a sales person who did not listen.

India's Muslim leaders to discuss female inheritance; reject birth control talks
LUCKNOW, India (AP) Islamic leaders in India have proposed changing a law so that Muslim women can inherit property, but said promoting birth control would be ''not Islamic.''

Falwell, in Texas, urges Christians to vote
AUSTIN (AP) The Rev. Jerry Falwell, taking a break from his tour of battleground states, urged members of a Central Texas congregation to get active in politics.

Flynn scolds Kerry for statements on abortion and Supreme Court
BOSTON (AP) Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn urged fellow Roman Catholic and Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry not to ''impose any abortion litmus test on candidates for the federal judiciary especially those who are faithful Catholics'' if he is elected president.

Top Six Swim Times in the State
GIRLS BOYS

Crewsers find fountain of youth in Chicago
A group of nine Kenai Crewsers took a plane down to Chicago to compete in two rowing races this weekend. That plane might as well have been a time machine because the Crewsers held their own with much younger racers.

The Next Level
Kenai's Hall makes a tackleSoldotna's Christensen plays for CornellKenai's Ward gets kicks at George Fox

Yacht carrying Woods turned away from port
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Tiger Woods and his bride were briefly detained Thursday by U.S. Coast Guard officers on their yacht Privacy, then were turned away from San Juan's port because they had failed to notify authorities of their arrival.

Schilling to miss next start
BOSTON Curt Schilling will miss a start for the first time all season and just when the Red Sox need him most.

Badgers seek revenge from Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Tenth-ranked Wisconsin goes into Saturday's game at No. 5 Purdue with a score to settle.

Panthers outlast Kardinals
The Skyview High School volleyball team showed grit and determination Thursday, rallying to defeat Kenai Central in five games in a Northern Lights Conference match at Kenai.

Patriots face tough test against Seahawks
Until the final 11 minutes of the Rams-Seahawks game last week, Seattle's visit to New England this Sunday looked like one of those overhyped matchups labeled ''Super Bowl Preview!!!!'' or ''Streak-Ender!''

No. 17 West Virginia stops Connecticut
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Rasheed Marshall rushed for 110 yards and threw a touchdown pass and Mike Lorello had two interceptions Wednesday night to lead West Virginia to a 31-19 victory over Connecticut in the Mountaineers' Big East opener.

Park fires 62 to lead Samsung World Championship
PALM DESERT, Calif. Grace Park capped an almost flawless round by rolling in a 25-foot birdie putt for a 10-under 62 Thursday that gave her a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Samsung World Championship.

Miami tops Louisville
MIAMI The Louisville Cardinals drew a flag for excessive celebration in the second quarter, and another in the third. Against Miami, the displays of jubilation were premature.

Southeast wolves learn to fish
JUNEAU The wolf puppy was fishing in the intertidal zone, working the riffles where salmon were exposed in the shallow stream. She waded into the water to grab a fish and pulled it flopping onto the bank, where she ate just the head.

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