Friday, October 17, 2003

Marlins aren't first to get Cubs' goat
CHICAGO Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker insists there's no curse on his team.

Cubs fans won't forget fan-dango
Wait 'til next year, around the middle of January, when a foot of snow has cooled tempers and covered the wounds and 15,000 people in the same shade of blue gather in a downtown hotel ballroom.

Yankees add yet another chapter to Sox suffering
NEW YORK They waited and waited, letting the Boston Red Sox believe they had a shot at shucking The Curse, beating the New York Yankees and going to the World Series.

The big fish that got away
CHICAGO Only the Chicago Cubs could write a twisted ending like this.

Red Sox win to set up epic Game 7
NEW YORK These resilient Red Sox keep rallying just in time.

Boomers put money where mouth is explaining growth of tooth whitening
NEW YORK (AP) There are things people do in pursuit of beauty that Beverly Presley can't fathom doing herself. Tummy tucks and facelifts spring to mind, she says.

'Do not call' list won't stop phone from ringing, but will slow telemarketing interruptions
NEW YORK (AP) The much-anticipated national do-not-call list is in operation, raising the hopes of millions of Americans who want to be rid of pesky telemarketing calls.

Earnings may not be as good as they look
NEW YORK (AP) Corporate earnings are improving, all right. How much may be another issue.

Three's a charm
Although the old superstition is that bad things come in threes, for one peninsula hunting couple, this season proved to be just the opposite.

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

Art Briefs
Air quality topic of discussionClay show open for entryPoetry contests open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interestCraft fair vendors wantedFund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

Nurses' memoirs offer different pioneer views
Alaska memoirs teem with memorable tales of intrepid men questing for gold, furs, oil or fish. "With a Dauntless Spirit: Alaska Nursing in Dog-Team Days" offers a refreshingly different viewpoint that of professional women braving frontier hardships to serve others.

Museums join in eclectic offering of American art
CHADDS FORD, Pa. From Fredric Remington cowboys to Charlie Chaplin films, Brandywine Valley museums are offering a melting pot of American art this fall.

Community chorus readies for another season of song
Anyone who likes to sing in the shower or along with their car stereo on their way to work has a chance to put their talents to good use this winter.

'Massacre' film fuels up old saw
LOS ANGELES If slasher movies have said it once, they've said it a hundred times: When you're young, lost and weary and you need a helping hand ... the other hand is going to be holding a hook, machete or chain saw.

When viewing or hunting bears, use common sense, carry good rifle
I was saddened to read about the loss of two people killed by brown bears brought about apparently by a self-taught man in arrogance and bone-headedness.

SoHi football team appreciates support during 2003 season
The Soldotna High School football team would like to thank the wonderful businesses of our community for their support of our 2003 football season. We are all well aware of the rising cost of athletics, and the shrinking budget we have to work with. The following businesses and sponsors helped make our season possible:

Change in economy requires change in health insurance
Recently, the Census Bureau delivered the discouraging news that 43 million Americans are now uninsured, more than in the previous year. The biggest jump is among people who had previously received coverage from their employers.

Money Leaders:
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,828,7302. Tony Stewart 4,564,6133. Kurt Busch 4,557,675

This Week: Subway 500
Where and When

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,4242. Kevin Harvick 4,1573. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,100

NASCAR sponsors are happy
MARTINSVILLE, Va. When it comes to making a sponsor happy, no other sport does it better than NASCAR, according to a study from Sports Business Journal.

Newsmaker: Jeff Green
Jeff Green has bounced from one ride to another this year, trying to find a home on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He's reportedly the leading candidate for every vacancy on the circuit next year.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Catching Kenseth: It's possible but not likely someone will beat points leader
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick swapped positions and bounced off each other during much of last Saturday night's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Sterling teacher returns from testing at NASA
Allan Miller is back from a week at the NASA headquarters in Houston and has only one word to describe the experience: exhilarating.

R&K moves supply closer to demand
Following its 15-year anniversary this summer, R&K Industrial Inc. took time out to toast another momentous occasion the company's new home.

Soldotna house fire labeled 'suspicious'
Central Emergency Services fire investigators are labeling a fire that burned an unoccupied house to the ground on Keystone Drive in Soldotna early Saturday morning as "suspicious."

Outcome could affect Kenai Peninsula College faculty
About 25 Kenai Peninsula College faculty members are among the 300 members of the Alaska Community College Federation of Teachers considering strike ballots this week.

Photo feature: Time to reflect
The relatively calm waters of Kachemak Bay reflect the colors of sky and mountains in Kachemak Bay State Park across from the beach near the Land's End Resort on the Homer Spit on Saturday.

Phto feature: Smooth move
After several weeks of bringing the road up to paving grade, an Alaska Road Builders crew lays down a thick coat of paving asphalt on Edgington Road along the east side of Longmere La

Martin, Long take oaths again
Standing with right hands raised, the winners of the Oct. 7 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly election took their oaths of office in a brief ceremony before a packed room of onlookers attending the assembly's regular meeting Tuesday.

Problematic pike pose predicament
Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Tim McKinley has declared war on the Kenai Peninsula's northern pike.

Borough, community and business group meetings planned
Kenai Peninsula Borough's comprehensive plan public planning meetings Community and business group meetings

Work on plan for future begins
Steering a municipal government requires careful planning and well-measured policies if the interests it serves are to benefit from good decisions.

State, city offices close for Alaska Day
City and state offices, including courts, the Depart-ment of Motor Vehicles and libraries are closed today in observance of Alaska Day. Schools and Kenai Peninsula Borough and federal offices are open.

Edward Jackinsky
Longtime Ninilchik resident Edward Jackinsky died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at his home.

Ronald Phillip West
Anchorage resident Ronald Phillip West died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, in Anchorage. He was 49.

Current system hurts students when it comes to selective colleges, scholarships
As the parent of a high school student in the Kenai Peninsula School District, I have become aware of the potential for several district policies to limit the success of our children.

New opportunities for salmon industry there for the making Editorial
The mention of "globalization of the economy" may be enough to make one's eyes glaze over, but a recent analysis by an Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development economist drives home how much worldwide changes have affected the state's salmon industry.

U.S. cannot leave Iraq in worse shape than before the war
It appeared (last) Thursday that President Bush and Iraqi administrator Paul Bremer had synchronized their messages: Things are going well in Baghdad. ...

Security funds necessary
Congress made the right decision in approving a $29.4 billion spending bill for homeland security.

What to do about North Korea?
WASHINGTON North Korea isn't on the agenda when President Bush meets with fellow Pacific rim leaders at an economic summit in Thailand next week. And Kim Jong Il won't be in attendance.

Wildlife biologist participates in once-a-decade wolf conference
I had the privilege to attend and present a paper at the 2003 World Wolf Congress.

Alaska bowhead whale population increasing
JUNEAU Bowhead whales, once hunted to the brink of extinction by commercial whalers, are on the rebound in Alaska.

Minnesota man nurtures his land for wildlife
FLOODWOOD, Minn. (AP) Dan Prusi has a different approach to waterfowl and waterfowl hunting than a lot of hunters.

Outdoors club to host bear behavior discussion
The Kenai Peninsula Outdoors Club will host a presentation on bear behavior and human encounters at its next meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Ruben's Restaurant in the Kings Inn in Kenai.

Trapper orientation scheduled for Oct. 30
The trapper orientation class for those wishing to trap on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road in Soldotna.

State to close Nelchina Tier II hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) Hunters have met the state harvest quota of Nelchina caribou, prompting the state Department of Fish and Game to close the winter Tier II subsistence hunt.

Around the Peninsula
United Way benefit dinner today Oncology open house planned Council on drug abuse to meet Borough schedules meetings for plan update Social Security rep to visit peninsula Dog mushing club forming

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meetFlu clinics scheduledNew KPC showcase plannedDiscrimination, harassment workshop plannedChurch to sponsor country jamboreePFLAG to hold Halloween partyHaunted house fund-raiser slated

If you're going to play on God's side, don't forsake the team
She was 24, young and a single mom. I had been trying to reach out to her. She desperately needed hope and healing.

After progress in Boston abuse crisis, archbishop turns to social issues
BOSTON (AP) With settlement talks resolved in the clergy sex abuse scandal, Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley has started speaking out on social issues a sign to some that the archdiocese at the center of the Roman Catholic molestation crisis is finally starting to recover.

Mother Teresa's surprising secret: Exemplar of saintliness often felt abandoned by God
As the Roman Catholic world prepares for Sunday's beatification of Mother Teresa, she is being revered as a missionary to India's poorest of the poor, someone whose close relationship with God seemed obvious from her willingness to undergo incredible hardship.

Church Briefs
Editors train ministers Religious poetry contest announced Clothes2Go open Wednesdays

Coyotes tame Panthers for third straight victory
SUNRISE, Fla. Shane Doan and Radoslav Suchy scored and Sean Burke made 29 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes won again, 2-1 Wednesday night over the Florida Panthers.

Prep Swimming Honor Roll
Here are Alaska's top six times for the 2003 high school swimming season.

Bryant defense says it has 'compelling evidence' of innocence
EAGLE, Colo. Kobe Bryant's accuser showed up for her rape exam wearing panties containing another man's sperm, a startling discovery that defense lawyers called ''compelling evidence'' the NBA star is innocent.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency uncovers 'conspiracy'
Several track athletes tested positive for a steroid that until recently was undetectable and now face suspensions that could bar them from the 2004 Athens Olympics, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday.

College teams try to avoid letdowns
Maybe this weekend should be called Letdown Saturday.

Bulldogs wrestlers top ACS
Nikiski's John Schwenke won his match in the final bout of the night to secure a 39-30 dual meet victory against Anchorage Christian Schools Thursday in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Micmacs top ThunderKPHA Squirt B drops threeCalling all basketball officials

Panthers need to slow another hot QB
The Carolina defense has found a way to deal with everything it's faced this season, one reason the Panthers are a surprising (shocking?) 5-0.

Pro picks
The Minnesota Vikings are rested from their bye week and will have Daunte Culpepper back at quarterback when Denver comes to town.

Devils get late goal to forge tie with Maple Leafs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Sergei Brylin scored with two seconds left in regulation and EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Sergei Brylin scored with two seconds left in regulation and the New Jersey Devils salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs after raising their Stanley Cup championship banner Thursday night.the New Jersey Devils salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs after raising their Stanley Cup championship banner Thursday night.

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