Friday, October 22, 2004

Cardinals assure red October Boston awaits St. Louis
ST. LOUIS The rollicking sea of red certainly helped.

Seattle hires skipper
SEATTLE Mike Hargrove knows just what he's getting into as the new manager of the last-place Seattle Mariners.

Yankees have a new daddy
NEW YORK Boston blew away decades of defeat with four sweet swings.

Yankees searching for pitching
NEW YORK Brian Cashman's job is safe at least for now. The rest of the New York Yankees have plenty to worry about this winter.

Wakefield to pitch Game 1
BOSTON Tim Wakefield will start Game 1 of the World Series for Boston against St. Louis on Saturday night after playing a key relief role for the Red Sox in the AL championship series.

Clemens has chance to pitch Astros to World Series
ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds skipped around the bases, jumping into a cluster of St. Louis Cardinals waiting for him at home plate.

Kill those televisions: Key chain remote control turns off most TVs anywhere
SAN JOSE, Calif. Ticked off by the TV? Turn it off anywhere.

Government urges Social Security, SSI recipients to 'Go Direct'
NEW YORK (AP) Uncle Sam wants you to ''Go Direct.''

Scandal hits Marsh & McLennan again
NEW YORK (AP) This is a trifecta that no one in corporate America should want to hit.

Coke to launch Full Throttle energy drink
ATLANTA (AP) The Coca-Cola Co. is hoping to get a lift from a new energy drink, Full Throttle, that it plans to launch in January.

Huffy files for bankruptcy
DAYTON, Ohio Huffy Corp., the bicycle maker beloved by generations of American children, filed Wednesday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing losses from a Canadian sports equipment company it acquired two years ago.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleKenai chamber to hold wine and beer festivalGrant writing workshop slatedTourism council to hold raffle

Initiative seeks $50 tax for state, more stringent pollution regs
Alaska voters may get another chance to decide whether the state should impose a $50 head tax and require water pollution permits for cruise ships.

Retirees seek warmth, comfort south of the border
Robert Fulton traveled to Mexico many times during his career in manufacturing and as a contractor, but never thought of it as a place to retire. Nonetheless, he and his wife settled in a little village on the shores of Lake Chapala called Mirasol, where they found a thriving community of retirees, many from the United States.

Assembly approves riverfront proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough has signed off on developing a plan to create a corridor of attractions and services along a stretch of the Chena River.

Contributions keep rolling in for Arctic Winter Games
Cash contributions to help fund the 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula are slightly ahead of schedule, according to Bill Popp, Revenue Development chair for the Kenai Peninsula Host Society.

Higher stock returns at companies with split chairman, CEO
NEW YORK (AP) Corporate executives always say they are looking for ways to boost shareholder value, which makes it all the more interesting when they are opposed to things that would help them do just that.

Senate, House candidates talk of education, budget funding
With the election less than two weeks away, candidates for the Alaska Legislature are busy trying to get their messages out before voters head to the polls.

Pheasant hunting binds three friends for a lifetime
ST. PAUL, Minn. These friends have been hunting pheasants together for 58 years.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Mel Gibson puts his passion into new TV sitcom
LOS ANGELES Mel Gibson leans forward, scrutinizing a monitor showing a rehearsal for his latest project.

ABC drops Miss America, leaving TV future uncertain
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ABC has dropped Miss America, leaving the famous beauty pageant without a network TV outlet for the first time in 50 years.

Wolves, dog star in true arctic adventure
Wolves are controversial, yet most people agree that they are intriguing but elusive creatures. Observing them at length in the wild is a rare opportunity, and some of the best books about the far north have dealt with such privileged experiences.

Actor recites 20,000-word 'Gospel of John' in solo performance
Brad Sherrill, a 15-year veteran of the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, is coming to the Kenai Peninsula to present his 20,000 word solo dramatic performance.

Beyond pumpkins: Halloween evolves into big high-tech decorating holiday
NEW YORK (AP) As a child, Tom McGannon always had the most decorated house on the block during the Halloween season. At 36, he still does, but the decorations are more high-tech.

Art Briefs
Writers' meeting slatedFood bank essay contest ends TuesdayMascot naming contest announcedArtwork wanted for state facilityOpen art show slatedHome-school art classes offeredPoetry contest being heldArt proposals wanted for Kenai River CenterContest for young writers announced

Politics provoke artists to share views
LOS ANGELES President Bush has unwittingly become a muse for a growing number of artists inspired by the war in Iraq and the upcoming presidential election to make political statements through their craft.

POMV wording in election pamphlet suspicious
To Lt. Gov. Leman. We call your attention to the General Election Pamphlet (page 130), specifically the paragraph following Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes In Fund Balance.

Metals company comes through for Sterling Elementary School
The staff and students at Sterling Elementary School would like to thank JW Metals, a Sterling business who provides imported aluminum for commercial use, for the generous donation they recently made to fund the purchase of four new pull-down map sets for use in the classrooms. The staff asked PTA for assistance to purchase eight maps and it was decided to fund-raise for four and see how that went. Then Wendy and John Fletcher stepped up and offered to fund the purchase of the other four maps so that all classrooms would have current map sets.

Bush's stances on marriage, gun rights, abortion right on
I think George Bush should be reelected as president. He is anti abortion and wants to keep our troops in Iraq to fight terrorism. His opponent, John Kerry, is for homosexual marriages, while the Bible clearly states that this is wrong. I don't know about you, but when I see two boys or two girls kissing each other I feel disgusted.

President's policies have done little to aid economy, health care
Today I happened to check the two stock market indexes. I then checked them both for January 2001, when President Bush took office. The DOW Jones 30 was 10,587.5 and today it's 9,894.4 down 693.1. The NASDAQ was 2,770.38 and today it's 1,903.02 down 867.36.

Marijuana measure will lead to less dollars, more drugs
On Nov. 2, 2004, major elections, right down to the presidency, will be brought before all Alaskan voters. One of the subjects on the ballots this year is the legalization of marijuana, again. The ads on television are so misleading, basically saying this is the last of the great states, therefore we should all have the right to choose and make it legal. Ballot measure two says: marijuana will be legal to those 21 and over to grow, use, sell or give away the drug.

Getting some exercise easier than ever, thanks to church help
I would like to extend my thanks to the "Friends of Kenai" group and to the Kenai Christian Church. At the request of the "Friends," the church has opened its doors twice weekly to any who would like to come and walk around the gym.

Murkowski's record in Senate will give election to Knowles
Recently I heard Senator Lisa Murkowski on a local talk show and read a statement by her spokesperson about Tony Knowles being unemployed. With her votes in the Senate giving Exxon Mobil a $6.5 billion tax break (three times in two years she has done this), and her vote denying full funding for the veterans' health plan, I think Tony Knowles will have employment for a minimum of six years after Nov. 2.

Trial coverage appreciated by victim's former co-worker
Thank you for publishing the coverage of the Starkweather trial online.

Volunteers, donors help make food bank drives a success
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank the United Way Day of Caring chairman Ron Delaney for organizing the Central Peninsula Day of Caring Food Drive on Sept. 17.

Mixing zone changes would serve to hurt environment
It would be a very wrong at this time to change the mixing zone regulations that will allow more pollution into Alaskan waters! Salmon health and habitat are extremely important. We are now being recognized for our clean waters and healthy salmon as compared to salmon from other areas whether farmed or natural.

Cottonwood Health Center says 'thanks' to Unocal for flu aid
Cottonwood, a local nonprofit community health center, expresses warm gratitude to Unocal for its donation of excess flu vaccine from its employee health program. The vaccine was made available to our high risk patients based on state guidelines.

Kerry's tax plan will only hurt growth of business sector
John Kerry says President Bush only cares about the rich so that is why Kerry will roll back the tax cuts on people and business making over $200,000. He says this will help the middle class. Actually it will stop the economic growth President Bush has going.

Cottonwood, Aspen staff deserve praise for fine work
The American Association of Medical Assistants has proclaimed the week of Oct. 18-22 as Medical Assistants Week, honoring those who work "at the heart of health care."

Little track poses big challenge for championship contenders
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Midway through their 10-race playoff, the Nextel Cup contenders are at the shortest and slowest oval on the NASCAR circuit a place four-time series champion Jeff Gordon insists can be as damaging to title hopes as the fastest tracks.

Salmon prices looking up
ANCHORAGE Alaska's salmon harvests are falling below projections of 196 million fish for all species, but prices are up, as fishers record what looks to be the ninth-largest harvest historically, a fisheries economist says.

Agrium makes aappeal to RCA
Agrium U.S. Inc. has filed a complaint with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska against Marathon Oil Co. and Unocal Corp. over the two companies' operation of the Cook Inlet Gas Gathering System, a pipeline system that carries natural gas from the west side to the east side of Cook Inlet.

ANGDA head says Kenai Peninsula spur line is being studied
Harold Heinze, chief executive officer of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, had good news and words of warning for members of the local chapter of Support Industry Alliance who attended his presentation Tuesday in Kenai.

Fund would extend a Lifeline to seniors in need
When longtime Clam Gulch resident Per Osmar recently read about a Soldotna senior citizen who broke her hip in a fall at home and lay helpless on her bathroom floor for six days before being rescued, he was moved to action.

Kenai may turn trash to treasure
Where once sat rolling fields of garbage may soon sit fields of play.

Governor says North Slope producers will consider letting Alaska be part owner
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday that three North Slope producers are willing to consider the idea of the state being a part owner in a proposed natural gas pipeline to bring North Slope gas to market.

Things to do to avoid the flu
According to the Centers For Disease Control Web site (, 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications in the United States every year, and 36,000 people will die from it.

Flu program needs shot in the arm
The once-positive outlook for keeping abreast of this year's flu season was diminished by the Oct. 5 announcement that Chiron Corp., one of only two suppliers of the flu vaccine for the United States, could not deliver its 46 million promised doses.

Retiring the reins
The gavel was passed Wednesday evening, as Pat Porter officially became the 11th mayor in the 44-year history of the city of Kenai.

Kasilof man arrested on rape charges
Alaska State Troopers arrested a Kasilof man for first-degree sexual assault Friday evening.

Living in an e-mail world
Writing e-mails today is so convenient that it's hard to remember what life was like without that communication vehicle. From time to time my e-mails have been interpreted in ways not intended. I try not to think of how many may have been misinterpreted where the receiver didn't tell me. Sometimes when I see friends and acquaintances and they appear to be ignoring me I just think they're preoccupied with something else when in fact they're probably ticked over an e-mail I sent.

Iraq policy could cost Bush election
Disastrous Iraq policy is proving President George W. Bush's Achilles heel. It may eventually cost him his job at the Nov. 2 election.

Mixing zone change makes little sense
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation should heed the advice of a chorus of Cook Inlet voices and abandon plans to allow wastewater to be discharged into certain fish spawning areas.

Documentary can still be turned off
Imagine if NBC ordered its affiliates to air Michael Moore's ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' in prime time, 10 days before the election.

Sheep Mountain race accepting entries
The Sheep Mountain 150 sled dog race is now accepting entries. The 12-dog, 150-mile race is slated for Dec. 18-19 and will be limited to the first 30 teams to sign up.

A custom-made misery Appalachian Trails ends with grueling 100 Mile Wilder
ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL Six miles into a hike on the upper reaches of the Appalachian Trail, I was wiggling like a worm to escape a waist-deep slurry of gritty, black soil sucking me deeper with each scream.

Plenty to learn from walking with Slowman
"'There's something about the wilderness. It's a section of the trail where you're definitely on your own,' said Don Shorely, 70, who called himself 'The Abominably Slow Man' and returned to the trail after cancer treatment."

How I rescued a marbled murrelet
My name is Noah. I am 8 years old and am home schooled in Kasilof. On Aug. 25, our family had just sat down for lunch when I heard my dog, Kasi, barking and growling. I jumped up and ran outside to see what the matter was. She was chasing after a baby bird.

Fish and Game makes bear baiting information available on Web site
In response to questions received from the public, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has posted factual information on black bear baiting to its Web site. The information is in the form of frequently asked questions and is easily accessible via the Internet.

Around the Peninsula
Square dance lessons available Kenai chamber to host auction fund-raiser Healing touch class set Sterling community meeting set Mascot name sought Parenting teens class slated

Around the Peninsula
Fire safety equipment availableHealthy Communities to meetBook bingo todayAwards banquet scheduledDAV to meet todayGenealogical society meeting setCIFF dance planned'Ghost ship' to visit Homer

Maryland county moves Ten Commandments back to courthouse lawn
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) Allegany County officials moved a Ten Commandments monument that has been the subject of First Amendment debate back to the courthouse lawn.

Peacemakers encourage others, give hope Voices of Religion
Does it seem to you that election campaigns keep getting longer and more expensive?

Tony Blair quells speculation about conversion to Catholicism
LONDON (AP) Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair dismissed speculation he intends to convert from the Church of England to Roman Catholicism.

Crowded megachurches keep growing by branching out
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) Like the other worshippers at the newest church in this southern Alabama city, Rich Elder listened intently to the sermon showing not even a hint of annoyance that the pastor wasn't in the building, or even in the state.

Methodist bishop dismisses charges over California gay marriage
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) United Methodist Church Bishop Beverly Shamana has dismissed charges filed against the Rev. Karen Oliveto for officiating at a Feb. 15 wedding for a gay couple.

Divestment proposal gains momentum among Protestants opposed to Israeli policies
Now, the concept is gaining ground in the heart of American Protestantism, pitting U.S. Jewish and Christian leaders against each other as they argue about how to bring peace to the Mideast.

Britain says it will scrap blasphemy laws eventually
LONDON (AP) Britain plans eventually to drop 17th century laws on blasphemy and blasphemous libel, but change isn't imminent, the government said Monday.

Ohio State University allows religious groups to exclude non-believers
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State University changed its nondiscrimination policy to let campus religious organizations exclude those who oppose their doctrinal and moral beliefs.

Church Briefs
Gloria Ministries founder to speak Gospel of John presented Harvest Carnival planned Youth to perform musical Purpose Campaign started Womens prayer group to meet Clothes2Go open

Canadian Council of Churches unable to take a stand on same-sex marriage
TORONTO (AP) The Canadian Council of Churches announced it was unable to take a position on legalization of same-sex marriage as the nation's Supreme Court held hearings on the issue.

President signs bill on monitoring anti-Semitism
WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush signed a bill originated by Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif. that mandates the State Department to create an Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and survey the problem in annual reports.

Cabin Hoppers rev up
With winter just around the corner, the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers will be having their kickoff party Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kenai National Guard Armory.

Court rules Hamm can keep gold
Paul Hamm can keep his Olympic gold medal.

No. 15 West Virginia throttles Syracuse
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Rasheed Marshall set a Big East career rushing mark for quarterbacks and threw thr No. 15 West Virginia over Syracuse 27-6 Thursday night.

Lewis takes lead with 10-under 62
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Despite missing two easy birdie putts at the end of the round, J.L. Lewis didn't fret over what could have been and took his 10-under 62 for what it was his best start ever on the PGA Tour and a two-shot lead Thursday in the Funai Classic at Disney.

The streak finally secondary for Patriots
The New England Patriots are finally getting what they say they've been craving a game in which their record winning streak is secondary.

Top Six Swim Times in the State

Boilermakers could give Badgers a boost by beating Michigan
A week after losing to Wisconsin, Purdue can do the Badgers a favor against Michigan.

Area soccer team headed to Colorado
Soccer is a notoriously low-scoring game where goals are hard to come by. A youth soccer team from the central Kenai Peninsula has picked an exceptionally hard goal to shoot for this winter.

Biologist hard one to rattle Fascination with snakes leads to research project
TWISP, Wash. John Rohrer smiled broadly as, one by one, 17 rattlesnakes slid slowly down the dark hole that will be their new home this winter.

Caribou protection program paying off
WHITEHORSE, Yukon An effort to bulk up numbers in the Chisana caribou herd is paying off for the second consecutive year, Canadian biologists said.

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