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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Charges to be sought in bullpen fight
BOSTON (AP) Police have decided to seek assault and battery charges against Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia for a bullpen brawl with a Red Sox employee.

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.

Giambi subpoenaed
MIAMI (AP) New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi is among the players subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating a company that prescribes nutritional supplements for elite athletes.

Wild card proving a plus for fans of major league baseball
For a century or so, baseball thrived on consistency, embracing change grudgingly. The designated hitter and interleague play still annoy purists, who prefer the game the way it once was.

Show and Sell at Peninsula Center Mall
Odie Pack of Odie's Bead-It in the Peninsula Center Mall is hosting the first ever "Bead Show" on the Kenai Peninsula. Odie has invited all beaders from Seward to Homer and Anchorage to get their beads together and show them off, swap, or sell them this weekend at the Mall.

Mayor proclaims "Character Counts! Week"
Saying that the present and future well being of our society requires the involvement of a caring citizenry with good character, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley presented a proclamation to members of Ms. Jean Dixon's Kenai Middle School Leadership Class making October 19th25th "Character Counts! Week."

R&K Industrial breaks ground for new facility
On a picture perfect autumn day, a group of local elected officials and dignitaries joined Robert T. Peterkin II, his partner, Mike O'Toole, and family last week for the ceremonial ground breaking of the new location of R&K Industrial in Nikiski.

Newly elected Assembly members take oath of office
There will be one new face on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly next week when the Assembly meets and elects officers for the coming year. That is Dan Chay who defeated veteran Assemblymen John Davis for a three-year term in Seat 1 serving the Kalifornsky district.

Looking for a few good shadows
Kenai Alternative High School has been called the last safety net for kids to overcome the adversities of their circumstances and successfully complete their high school education.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Nikiski's Lorenzo enjoys individual nature of wrestling
Last year, when Anthony Lorenzo won an individual title at the state 1-2-3A wrestling championships, his Nikiski High School teammates almost seemed to be more excited for him than he was for himself.

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.

Church van slides off road
A van loaded with Soldotna teens returning from a church conference in Anchorage skidded out of control on black ice Sunday morning, rolled several times and landed in a ditch off the side of the Seward Highway.

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.

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.

Decoys designed to catch hunters breaking the law
Like many hunters, Brent Johnson gets up before the crack of dawn on weekends and heads out of town to a remote location.

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.

Borough working to avoid conflicts
Avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest has always been an important objective of the borough code when it comes to defining inappropriate actions of borough officials.

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

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.

Peninsula salmon get help from NOAA
Salmon protection efforts on the Kenai Peninsula got a boost last week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released $657,000 in federal funds to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for its Fish Habitat Protection and Restoration Cost Share Program.

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.

Henry Stanley Bartos
Soldotna resident Henry Stanley Bartos died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna of natural causes. He was 82.

Grandparents raising grandchildren face variety of challenges
For a few years now, the public has been hearing reports of older people returning to the workplace, whether it be from boredom in retirement or the need to earn a few extra dollars to supplement other income.

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.

What do those gestures mean?
WASHINGTON If people think with their hands, then what on earth are the Democratic presidential candidates thinking?

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.

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

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
Job center to sponsor free workshopsNorth Peninsula chamber plans meetingFlu clinics scheduledAuction set to benefit United WayGarden Society to 'Rock On'Church to sponsor country jamboreePFLAG to hold Halloween partyHaunted house fund-raiser slated

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

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.

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

Cholesterol gene variation linked to person's longevity
CHICAGO (AP) One reason some people live into their 90s and beyond may be a genetic variation that makes the cholesterol particles in their blood really big.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

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

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

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

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.

The Vikings are going (almost) all the way
Near certainty: The Minnesota Vikings, already 6-0, will get to the NFC championship game. Not the Super Bowl, necessarily, because they have a habit of losing title games. But probably one step from it.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B's fourth in AnchorageJudge orders rape trial for Kobe Bryant

Rangers take first win of season
NEW YORK The Rangers' recipe for victory was simple and unorthodox.

Raiders can't rally past Chiefs
OAKLAND, Calif. The confident Kansas City Chiefs wanted nothing more than to beat the Oakland Raiders in decisive fashion. They ended up holding on for dear life Monday night when a backup quarterback turned a potential shutout into a shootout.

Dallas adds to arsenal
DALLAS Antoine Walker is about to find out whether his team can win more if he does less.

Separate ways
The last time the two were on this floor, they hoisted a national championship banner to the roof of the Carrier Dome.

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