Monday, October 20, 2003

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

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

Pettitte's flawless pitching pulls New York even with Fish
NEW YORK The Face of October showed up and shut down the Florida Marlins, silencing all their talk about wreaking havoc in this World Series.

Now Playing: Runaway Jury
Movies based on John Grisham novels are, in my opinion, strictly hit and miss. The Firm and A Time to Kill are pretty good movies, while The Client, The Chamber, and The Pelican Brief were nothing to write home about. With that in mind, I was a little wary about his latest, Runaway Jury. I'm thankful to say that, with the combined talents of a stellar cast including John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Rachel Weisz, Jury ranks among the best of Grisham's films.

Education decreases risk of fire
The number of preventable house fires is dropping as safety education increases, said Central Emergency Services Fire Marshal Gary Hale.

Winterizing home can save time, money over long haul
When the snow flies, will your home be ready? It will if you made plans to winterize your home.

Preventive maintenance on vehicles can help ward off some winter woes
Anyone who's spent a few winters in Alaska knows that it can get a bit chilly outside from time to time. And that can mean bad things if you've got to spend your idle time sitting outdoors all day parked alone on the hard, cold asphalt.

Chills, thrills abound with winter's snow
With the falling of the first snow, some peninsula residents start to lament about the dropping temperatures and dwindling hours of daylight.

It pays to be prepared for worst
It may sound overly dramatic, but having a well-stocked emergency road kit in every vehicle on the road can mean the difference between life and death.

Cure for cabin fever may be found inside
Not all winter recreation activities have to take place outdoors. Some of the most enjoyable and easy ways to combat cabin fever can be found right inside the cabin.

Dressing in layers will help ward off icy bite of winter's temperatures
It's time to break the gloves, galoshes and heavy garments out of mothballs.

Hot food takes chill out of winter
Winter, with its dark days and cold weather, offers Alaskans a respite from the frantic, 24-hour activities that make up our summer.

Carbon monoxide: tasteless, odorless silent, winter killer
Fire danger isn't the only risk that increases with mounting use of heating devices in the winter months.

Warning: Don't feed moose, other wildlife
Alaskans all know or should know that it's not only against the law to feed wild animals, it's harmful and often fatal for the animal.

Winter Tips: Conserving Energy
In addition to properly insulating your home, other tips for winterizing your home and conserving energy include:

Planning ahead can minimize troubles brought on by cold
Winter weather can be a study in chronic aggravation.

Forecast: Warm temperatures, but more snow than last year
Local prognosticators are probably not going too far out on a limb in saying this winter's going to be colder than last.

Talking way down highway can help drivers recognize hazards
Whether you've had your license for five or 50 years, when winter snows hit, everyone can use a driving refresher course to get them in the proper mind set for Alaska's adverse road conditions.

Viable future for wild salmon fishery if industry takes action
My compliments to you on an excellent editorial "New opportunities for salmon industry there for the making," Oct. 17. As a longtime British Columbia commercial fisher, and one deeply involved in addressing the issues you raise, I think a lot of people could and should respect and respond to your challenge through positive action.

Students appreciate support for their school newspaper
We are the reporters from The Caribou Gazette. It is an all-school newspaper published by students in Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School.

Flock of Kardinals land on All-State squad
Kenai's Dakota Craig was named the state's top small schools offensive football player for 2003, while teammate T.J. Hancock took home Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors at voting by small schools coaches Sunday in Anchorage.

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

Gordon outraces all
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Jeff Gordon overpowered the rest of the field Sunday, completing a season sweep of the two NASCAR Winston Cup races at Martinsville Speedway.

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.

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.

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.

School board readies to tackle budget issues
The new Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will be seated tonight as new members take their oaths of office and officers are selected for the 2003-04 school year.

Kasilof woman indicted for murder
A Kasilof woman was indicted by the Kenai grand jury Thursday afternoon in the shooting death of her boyfriend.

Kenai joins smoke-out
Now that the smoke has cleared after the city of Kenai's smoking ban went into effect Oct. 2, representatives of most restaurants in town are saying they haven't noticed much impact on their businesses from the ban.

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.

Swans shot; culprits wanted
Wildlife enforcement officers are looking for anyone with information about a violation of the migratory bird treaty act that occurred near Sterling earlier this month.

Riding high ... CARTS marks 3rd year on central peninsula
At 9:41 Wednesday morning, Christa McGahan walked out of Mountain View Elementary School to catch her ride to school.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

But it won't provide large amounts of troops or money to help in Iraq
WASHINGTON The U.N. Security Council's approval of a new U.S. resolution on Iraq's future may ease some of the bitterness that surrounded the futile and highly emotional American drive earlier this year to line up key allies to support the war.

Limbaugh's divisive voice did nothing to help nation What others say
The easiest thing for Rush Limbaugh to do after ESPN canned him and reports surfaced he abused highly addictive drugs was to cut and run.

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."

Balanced approach will protect environment, promote development What others say
Most Americans care about the environment. This simple statement translates into votes at the ballot box or as direct opposition to a variety of energy development schemes that stray too far from our collective concern.

Long-distance courtship ends in marriage after meeting, proposal in Seward
When Gordon Waterman recently went down on bended knee to propose marriage, he was almost as concerned about making a bad first impression by not being able to get back up as he was about the answer he would get.

Community News
Unity Trail dedication set Town hall meeting planned VFW to sponsor scholarship programs

Around the Peninsula
Reeder to speak at Soldotna chamber Bear behavior discussion planned Community pumpkin contest slated United Way fund-raiser auction planned Swim workout offered Cheerleaders hold food drive SoHi craft show seeking vendors

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.

Peninsula People
Nikiski student returns home Christenson plays volleyball Gaddis graduates from Army ROTC Huber qualifies for nuclear assignments Skyview graduate joins Air Force Weber graduates Naval training

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call Soldotna Community Schools at 262-6768. Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or to wait unattended while a parent attends a class.

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

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.

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.

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

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?''

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.

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.

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.

Samsanov saves the day for Bruins
ANAHEIM, Calif. Sergei Samsonov scored with 52 seconds left in overtime after Mike Knuble tied it late in the third period with his second goal of the game as the Boston Bruins beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-3 Sunday night.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vikings buck Broncs
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Vikings can beat the NFL's top teams, too.

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

Ernie betters Bjorn
VIRGINIA WATER, England Ernie Els won a record-tying fifth World Match Play title Sunday, defeating Thomas Bjorn 4 and 3.

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.

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.

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