Monday, October 18, 2004

Yanks circle bases, Sox circle wagons
BOSTON -- The Yankees kept circling the bases, battering Boston's beleaguered pitching staff. By the time the long, long night ended with a devastating 19-8 romp over the Red Sox, the dreaded New Yorkers were just one game away from a shocking sweep.

Bostonstays alive
BOSTON Down to their last three outs of the season, the Boston Red Sox rallied against Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees and decades of disappointment.

Cards get no relief against 'Stros
Beltran did it again, homering in a record fifth straight postseason game and lifting the Astros over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Sunday to even the NL championship series at 2-all.

Clemens, Houston shut down Cards
HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens isn't done yet, and neither are the Houston Astros.

Bonds again linked to steroid use
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig expressed concern Saturday about fresh allegations that Barry Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 and said they are further cause for a tougher policy on steroid use to avoid tarnishing the game.

Soldotna's Mabeus completes solid year in minors
Chris Mabeus, a Soldotna High School graduate and an alumnus of the American Legion Twins baseball program, recently completed his fourth season of professional baseball with the Oakland Athletics organization.

Oil money flows one way in Senate race
ANCHORAGE In Alaska, the question isn't whether to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but who can get it done.

Obesity surgery may cure diabetes, other ills
CHICAGO -- Obesity surgery helps patients do more than shed weight -- it often cures their diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, researchers say.

Punk rock yoga making a scene
SEATTLE -- The guitarist plugs in his amp, and the yoga instructor strips off her baggy skull-patterned boxers to reveal black bike shorts.

Study: Chubby babies, lean teens have higher risk of breast cancer
The way a girl grows during adolescence and even in the womb may play an important, if murky, role in her risk of breast cancer later in life, a study suggests.

Kardinals thunder to three-peat
Boom. For the past three years, the Kenai Kardinals have been powered by an unrelenting running game that has relied heavily on handing the ball off to running back Dakota Craig. So late in the fourth quarter, tied 14-14 with archrival Soldotna, where do you think Kenai turned?

Brown bear hunt closes
The 2004 Kenai Peninsula fall brown bear season was certainly short, but it's too early to tell how many hunters will think it was sweet.

Now Playing: Sean of the Dead
Sean of the Dead is one of those rare films that, somehow, is able to transcend it's genre to become something wholly unique; in this case a zombie movie with real heart, true characterizations, and clever, sharp-edged humor. Whatever it is that allows this film to break barriers the way it does is a quality that is hard to grab hold of. Other films have tried to do the same thing this one does and have failed miserably. Not often to you have multiple genres co-exist comfortably in the same space. There is only one that comes to mind, 1981's American Werewolf in London, a movie that shares much in the way of tone and style with Sean. It has to do, I think, with a film's true affection for its characters. Instead of typical stock characters, little more than fodder for the great gore machine, Sean plays it serious and sweet, giving the characters real emotions and invests real time in their development. They're funny, yes, but not at the expense of their depth. Sean is an everyman, and we relate. He has troubles with his girlfriend and his stepfather. He hates his job and his roommate's a consummate slob. It's easy, therefore, to slip into a mindless routine. We've all felt like him, at a loss, tired of the day to day drudgery. Luckily, however, we haven't all had to fight off legions of the undead. Yet.

Ballot Measure 3 attempt to take away hunting rights
Hunters read this.

Alaskans should say 'yes' to ban on bear baiting
A 2002 Dittman Poll showed approximately two-thirds of Alaska voters opposed the unsportsmanlike hunting practice of baiting black bears. Subsequently a voter initiative petition garnered more than 30,000 signatures, which resulted in Ballot Measure 3 in this November's election.

'Day of Caring' work adds sparkle to office
I would like to thank "Dream Team," those wonderful Unocal retirees George Ford, Joe Harris, Glenn Fliggord, Jack Heck, Leon Quesnel and Harold Flood, for a "Day of Caring."

Johnson sweeps Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson thought he needed a victory to jump back into contention for the Nextel Cup championship.

Winter Games committee likes what it sees
With a year and a half to go before the 2006 Arctic Winter Games come to the Kenai Peninsula, Games organizers acknowledge there's a lot of work left to do. But following a visit from international observers from around the arctic this week, it appears as if plans for the Games are on the right track.

School board members sworn in tonight
Three Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board members are scheduled to renew their oaths of office during the regular school board meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Borough Building on Binkley Street in Soldotna.

Alaska Day being celebrated today
In observance of Alaska Day, today, the following offices will be closed: Kenai and Soldotna city halls; Kenai and Soldotna public libraries; and the Kenai Public Health Center.

Fish and Game group gets earful on inlet policies
Frustration over the state's fishing policies in Cook Inlet got a thorough airing Wednesday evening during a discussion between the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee and representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Swept away
Paul Quade sweeps glass off the Unity Trail in Kenai last week while his wife, Teresa Werner, waits with the couple's kickbikes. It's likely other riders appreciated Quade's efforts.

Hearing in the works for Soldotna
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will hold a public hearing on the Kenai Peninsula before its regular meeting on upper Cook Inlet finfish regulations, which is scheduled for Jan. 17-29 in Anchorage.

PFD options include planning, investing
If you requested direct deposit, this year's dividend $919.84 was placed in your account Wednesday. Those who requested checks by mail should receive them in a week or two.

'Mixing zones' stir water issue
Opposition to proposed Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulation changes that would allow so-called "mixing zones" in salmon spawning areas continues to grow on the Kenai Peninsula.

Starkweather sentencing set for February for attempted murder
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.

Sherman Bruce Pritchard
Kenai resident Sherman Bruce Pritchard died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at his home after fighting a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 83.

POMV proposal limits spending, protects dividends
With Alaskans' 2004 permanent fund dividends safely deposited in bank accounts and with the general election less than three weeks away, it's a good time to resurrect debate over how the Alaska Permanent Fund is managed.

Getting out vote crucial to both Bush, Kerry campaigns
WASHINGTON With the televised debates behind them, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry have little opportunity to shape further the presidential race except by waging an intense effort in the home stretch aimed at getting out the vote.

'Man, it's a mean political season'
WASHINGTON -- Virginia car-service driver Cecil Rust glances at the rearview mirror and asks his passenger, ''Why is politics so mean now?'' Halfway across the country, Angela Warren of St. Louis says she will skip her first presidential election out of disgust -- ''There's so much hate.''

Growing poverty rate tied to immigration What others say
A key issue in this election year is the nation's poverty rate. It's getting worse, as is the gap between rich and poor, and it is one of the reasons why the number of people without health insurance is growing.

Adopting animal means more than being swayed by pretty face
At a time in my life when my home is fast approaching being an empty nest and as I begin to lighten years of clutter and prepare to move on, I go and adopt a 3-year-old.

Jenckes, Toomey marry in Canada
Julie Jenckes and Drew Toomey were married Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at Minter Gardens in Harrison, British Columbia, Canada. Barton Priebe officiated.

Juneau library tech helps keep memory of 'China Joe'
''Hi Chung. China Joe. Friend and benefactor of the prospector during the early days of the gold rush to the northland. He lived by the golden rule. 1834-1917.''

Around the Peninsula
CPHC meeting set Mental health advocacy group to meet FAS training workshop planned Social Security reps to visit area Kenai chamber to host auction fund-raiser Healing touch class offered Fish and Game advisory meeting slated Kidney support group schedules meeting

Bartolini, McElmurry marry in Anchorage
Angela D. Bartolini and Earl L. McElmurry were married in an afternoon outdoor ceremony Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at O'Malleys on the Green in Anchorage.

Around the Peninsula
Artist's reception held todayHospice training setHealthy Communities meeting slatedAwards banquet scheduledCandidate forum slatedChildcare workshops offeredTrapper orientation set

Community News
Childcare workshops offered Exchange program seeking representatives Hospice training set Islands and Ocean center plans activities Mascot contest begins Wallyball, basketball teams forming SoHi class reunion planned Christian Womens Club to meet Parenting teens class slated Trapper orientation set

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.

Communitywide effort yields 500 bears for athletes
The Kenai Peninsula Quilt Guild presented the first 500 hand-quilted "Spirit Bears" to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society recently and the guild is working to complete 1,500 more by the start of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

Peninsula People
Kenai Peninsula residents elected to Pioneers of Alaska offices Awrey receives scholarship Model citizens recognized

Nikiski men strengthen interests in Scottish Highland Games
On a crisp, overcast fall afternoon not long ago, two large men stepped onto a damp and dusky Nikiski field. Dressed in the same battle garb worn by able-bodied Scotsmen when Robert the Bruce won independence for his people on the fields of Bannockburn in the year 1314, these modern gladiators set out to continue a Celtic tradition older than golf and as beloved as haggis.

Patrons shelling out for turtle art
HARTFORD, Conn. -- When Koopa paints, he gets down and dirty.

Pet snake escapes, to dismay of neighbors
Baby had been missing since Thursday and reappeared Monday when the smell of rabbits became too much to resist. Berg used the bunnies as bait.

Can we keep the cat, mom?
Tara, a 2-year-old Bengal cat owned by Marnie Bartolini of Soldotna, is curious of other creatures -- especially this cow moose and calf.

Els stays on course for World Match Play title
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Defending champion Ernie Els beat Padraig Harrington 5 and 4 Saturday to stay on course for a record sixth World Match Play title.

Yao rested, ready to take on Sacramento again
BEIJING -- Yao Ming is refreshed.

United ready for postseason play
WASHINGTON Mike Petke headed in Freddy Adu's corner kick in the 64th minute, and D.C. United beat the MetroStars 3-2 Sunday night in a tuneup for their first-round playoff series.

Kenai's awesome twosome
Kenai Central's version of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid rode off into the sunset Saturday, taking with them one last bit of loot.

Hockey-mad Canada braces for long winter
MONTREAL -- Instead of the beloved Canadiens, rock bands Van Halen and Incubus will be playing soon at the Bell Centre. ''Hockey Night in Canada'' -- must TV viewing for fans from Newfoundland to Yukon -- has been replaced by a triple bill of Hollywood films, starting off with Disney's ''Dinosaur.''

Ketchikan football team ends six-year skid
KETCHIKAN -- If coaches Blaine Ashcraft and Richard Cropp have anything to say about the future of Ketchikan High School football, this season will have been a building year and not a fluke.

Mariners sweep Skyview quad
Seniors Kendra Lucas and Vanessa Williams helped lead the home Panthers to a second-place finish at their last home quad meet with strong showings in individual and relay events Saturday at Skyview High School.

Kings spoil Yao's Chinese finale
BEIJING, China Yao Ming scored 13 points in front of another friendly crowd, but Bobby Jackson made a fallaway jumper from the right corner with 6.7 seconds left to lift the Sacramento Kings to a 91-89 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Patriots clip Hawks
FOXBORO, Mass. The New England Patriots got another victory but quite a scare as they extended their NFL record for consecutive wins.

USC leading poll at crucial time
On the eve of the season's first Bowl Championship Series standings, No. 1 Southern California increased its lead on No. 2 Oklahoma in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

Badger fumble recovery shocks Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Scott Starks returned a fumble by Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton 40 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes to lift 10th-ranked Wisconsin to a 20-17 win over No. 5 Purdue on Saturday.

Soldotna netters take bronze pool
The Soldotna High School volleyball team won its pool Saturday at the Dimond-Service volleyball tournament in Anchorage, defeating Lathrop in the championship game.

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