Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Boston marathon: Red Sox beat Yankees in 14 innings
BOSTON David Ortiz lifted the ball into center field on the 471st pitch of the night, and for the second time in 22 1/2 hours, the Boston Red Sox poured out of their dugout to celebrate an improbable ending.

Kent finishes Backe's gem
HOUSTON Only when Brandon Backe and Woody Williams were done did the hitters have any chance.

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.

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.

Horwarth memorial scholarship pie raises $13,000
For the tenth year in a row, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Pie Auction was a sell out event, and even more amazing was that they broke last year's record for revenues raised.

AWG International Committee gives Peninsula thumbs up for 2006
A very busy and important week of tours and meetings for members of the Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society concluded with an encouraging address from AWG International Committee President Gerry Thick.

Outdoors
During a lifetime of hunting I have acquired many hunting acquaintances; some through friends and others just by accident. Sometimes these guys almost appear out of nowhere and well, some you kind of wish would simply disappear. Albert was a rather grizzly looking bachelor who lived on a farm in rural Stanley, Wisconsin. He had a full grayish beard and a wind

Sonoma II opens in Kenaisuccess due to Long Stem Roses
A little over a year ago George and Tammy Backus opened Sonoma Florist at the "Y" in Soldotna. Last week the Backus family opened a second location in the strip mall behind the Wells Fargo Bank in Kenai and next to the Kenai Merit Inn and Curves.

International Flags of the circumpolar north fly over Kenai...
As the Kenai Peninsula prepares to welcome the world in 2006, the flags of the circumpolar nations that will participate in the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games were raised this week at the entrance to the Kenai Airport and the Arctic Winter Games headquarters in Kenai. Members of the Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society, with help from the City of Kenai and City of Soldotna, raised the flags of the 9 circumpolar contingents that will be participating in the coming Games.

Three nominated for judge spot
Two of the three people nominated to fill the new Kenai District Court judge position are familiar names on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Mazurek sets example for hard-working 'Dawgs
Ask Bulldogs senior Jared Mazurek, and he'll tell you it was former Nikiski coach and teacher Steve Gillaspie who first got him involved in wrestling, recruiting him to the mat room in middle school.

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.

Borough mayor insensitive to constituent's issues
In 20 years of business, I have never had a conversation with a more self-righteous and pompous individual as Mayor Dale Bagley. On May 17, 2004, I sent a letter to the Kenai Peninsula Borough outlining an incident in which the borough misrepresented itself and cost me a lot of time and money.

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."

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

Martin won't play politics, is right choice for District 34
I will be voting in this year's general election on Nov. 2, and there is nothing worse than realizing you have no idea who you're voting for, and what they stand for. So, I'm writing this particular letter in commentary of the State House District 34 race.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "If there is no wind, row." Latin proverb

Soldotna
Soldotna artist and Kenai Peninsula College graduate Connie Tarbox has a marble piece in the "All-Alaska Juried Art Show," being exhibited at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. It is one of the first you see when you walk into the gallery. The exhibit is free, so stop by.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. This is Abigail Daniels writing for my grandmother while she recuperates from undergoing bilateral hip replacement surgery. Hopefully next week she will be at home writing again, but right now she is having a much-needed rest. The Lord took care of her through the operation and continues to give her strength as she recovers. I told Grandma I was worried that the nurses are going to get so attached to her at the hospital that they won't let her come home.

Cooper Landing
Cooper Landing stamping weekend is coming up Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the community hall beginning about 10 a.m. Deb Carlson is heading it all up and she's also in charge of the meal plans if you're interested, or you can bring your own food.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. That's a snazzy new sign at the Kenai Central High School. It is visible to drivers coming from both directions, and we appreciate that. Everyone at the high school is thrilled and grateful and so are the rest of us who like to keep abreast at what's happening at the high school.

Kasilof
Greetings from crisp Kasilof. Like many, I sure am enjoying our unseasonably warmer temperatures and the absence of precipitation. Sky-watching night owls and early risers alike have been treated to spectacular displays of the aurora on our clearer days last week.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. The League of Women Voters is holding a forum this week so people running for state Senate and House will have the opportunity to answer your questions regarding how you think Alaska should be run.

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.

Comp plan meetings gathering feedback
Kenai Peninsula residents will play an integral role in deciding how decisions on issues ranging from transportation to health care are made over the next decade.

Trash talk: Borough may take over landfill
Every few years when the Kenai Peninsula Borough signs a contract hiring a private company to operate the Central Peninsula Landfill, Harold Hagedorn braces for bad news.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: That eery feeling
Mac McKimmy keeps ghoulish company as he works on his front porch in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. With Halloween a little less than two weeks away, ghosts and goblins are starting to appear on local lawns.

'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.

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.

Government waste must be addressed at the federal level
Because of the sheer enormity of the federal budget, it's impossible for the president to eliminate all waste. Too many people are handing out too much money for one person to be aware of how it's all spent.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Intelligent life search not in job description
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The search for extraterrestrial life has ended at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

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.

Rams best Buccaneers
ST. LOUIS Looks like the Greatest Show on Turf is in high gear on offense and defense.

Raiders ship Rice to Seattle
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jerry Rice got his wish Monday night when the Oakland Raiders traded the NFL's most prolific receiver to the Seattle Seahawks.

New BCS ready for a recall
Don't be too dazzled by the new-and-improved model of the Bowl Championship Series coming to a newspaper or TV outlet near you. It will have to go back to the dealer soon enough.

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.

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.

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.

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