Sunday, October 19, 2003

Marlins' plan of havoc works against Yanks
NEW YORK The plan was to disrupt, confuse and beat the New York Yankees and it worked.

Lament from a Boston Red Sox fan
Hello, my name is Will, and I am a Boston Red Sox fan.

Earnhardt maturing into contender
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is growing into his reputation as a Winston Cup superstar.

Kenai council asked to turn over new leaf
Area gardeners hope to keep things coming up roses at Kenai's community garden, but the future of the site is in question.

KRSMA sets priorities
The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board, the group tasked with advising Alaska State Parks on Kenai River issues, set its priorities for the upcoming year Thursday evening.

Highway routes down to 4 options
The state of Alaska has narrowed down to four its list of possible alternatives for the Sterling Highway Milepost 45-60 project, a long-awaited and controversial plan to redesign the highway through Cooper Landing.

City changes where tickets paid
Paying traffic tickets or other municipal violations does not generally put people in a good mood. Changing the location where the fines are paid probably won't help anyone's mood, but it will help the city of Kenai's coffers.

Talk of gas wells draws crowd in Homer
Alarmed at the prospect of gas wells popping up on their private property, a large crowd packed the Homer High School Commons on Thursday evening to hear from experts about what to expect if gas development takes off on the lower Kenai Peninsula.

Photo feature: A flurry of activity
Kelcy Burford shields her head from a steady snowfall Saturday as she leaves a volleyball game at Soldotna High School. Forecasters are calling for a mixture of snow and rain showers today. For a complete weather forecast, see the back page.

Dan Levinson
Homer resident Dan Levinson died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at his home of kidney cancer. He was 68.

Jason Blackledge Brown
Former Kenai resident Jason Blackledge Brown died accidentally in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 6, 2003, after a lifelong struggle with addiction. He was 33.

Wanda House
Funny River area homesteader Wanda House died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at her son's house in Battleground, Wash., from complications of emphysema. She was 73.

New battle cry: Anybody but Bush
WASHINGTON Democrats want a winner, above all else.

Lots of complicated issues face state's natural gas authority
As the adage goes, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

No holiday like Halloween
It's coming. Just a few short weeks away is the one day of the year where being schizophrenic and lighting stuff on fire actually makes you seem normal.

Around the Peninsula
October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthJob seminar plannedTraining conference slatedPotters guild seeking entries for show

Troeger celebrates golden anniversary
Richard and Catherine Troeger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, Oct. 17, 2003. The couple was wed in 1953 at St. Johns Church in Clarion, Iowa.

Tlingit connects with heritage through art
Tucked away in a small room at the back of the Ninilchik Village Cache, a man works diligently in his workshop.

My Best Friend
Pepper, the 5-year-old cat of Kelsey Booth of Kenai, is taking one of her two showers of the day.

Long-living reptiles make popular pets
With their prehistoric appearance, ability to carry their houses on their backs and a wide array of fascinating behaviors, aquatic turtles are delightful pets. Turtles have been a popular pet since the 1970s when Americans started to be introduced to large numbers of imported animals. Currently millions are farmed each year to meet the demand.

Kardinals netters fall to Wasilla, top Hawks
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team dropped a Region III/4A match to the visiting Wasilla Warriors in three games Friday.

Thrashers stretch unbeaten streak to five games
ATLANTA Ilya Kovalchuk scored a hat trick and the Atlanta Thrashers stretched their unbeaten streak to a franchise-record five games, routing the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 Saturday night.

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top
ORLANDO, Fla. Annika Sorenstam was cold, wet and tired of hitting balls in the rain when she called her father and asked him to take her home.

James often off with his jumper
LOS ANGELES After LeBron James' first five exhibition games, the word ''Hype'' could stand for: ''Hey, You Practicing Enough?''

Sports Briefs
Bulldogs take second at Grace InviteColorado College burns Alaska FairbanksAlaska Anchorage tops Air ForceAlaska Anchorage hockey earns shutout

East boys, girls sweep Kenai Invite
Behind dominant wins by Chris Meyer in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 breaststroke, the East High Thunderbirds boys swim team cruised to victory Saturday at the Kenai Invitational swim meet.

Oklahoma State stops furious Texas Tech comeback
STILLWATER, Okla. Jon Holland intercepted B.J. Symons' pass with 1:05 left as No. 23 Oklahoma State ended a furious comeback attempt to hold off Texas Tech 51-49 on Saturday.

East tops Juneau for state title
East High won its first state championship since 1990, defeating Juneau-Douglas 33-15 Saturday in the big-schools title game at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Maruyama holds lead over Faxon
GREENSBORO, N.C. Shigeki Maruyama played just well enough Saturday to retain the lead at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

Soldotna falls twice at home
The Soldotna Stars had a rough go of it Saturday, dropping a Region III/4A match to the Wasilla Warriors in three games at Soldotna.

Hard scrimmage doesn't ease Bryant's woe
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Kobe Bryant went through his hardest scrimmage of the preseason Saturday, and he sounded downcast afterward.

Broncos to test Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota coach Mike Tice realizes some people remain skeptical about his team's early success.

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