Friday, October 24, 2003

Rocket's last glare
A 94 mph fastball for a strikeout. The New York Yankees' Roger Clemens ended his final start in the World Series in trademark fashion, the stadium sparkling with flashbulbs as thousands of fans photographed his last pitch.

There's still fight left in Marlins
MIAMI The Florida Marlins gave Roger Clemens his due, but not the win. That they claimed for themselves.

Florida wins 6-4, takes 3-2 World Series lead
MIAMI Now look who's the team to beat in this World Series.

Photo feature: Sign of the times
Doug Field runs the lift as his dad, Bill, touches up the paint on a new sign for Home Depot on Wednesday. The sign and new paint on Kmart's old building are the latest developments in the transition between retailers in Kenai.

Workers demand medical benefits
LOS ANGELES When West Coast longshoremen and shipping companies ended their labor dispute in January, union officials boasted that the new contract would set a standard for organized labor.

Retailers getting hot new toys ready for the Christmas season
Here are some of the toys expected to be top sellers this holiday season, according to Toy Wishes, an industry trade magazine. The list is based on the editorial board's review of thousands of new toys and interviews with parents, children and retailers:

First hints of pricing power return
NEW YORK (AP) All those cheap deals everyone has gotten so used to in recent years may slowly become harder to find now that corporate America seems finally to be regaining some ability to raise prices.

Baby boomers still struggle to balance work and family
NEW YORK (AP) Some baby boomers, who have struggled for years to try to balance work loads and family responsibilities, are advocating a new solution: working less.

Time management can produce financial, social rewards
NEW YORK (AP) A lot of Americans are working more and enjoying it less.

Court refuses to hear appeal on coal-bed pollution
BILLINGS, Mont. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court ruling that water released during coal-bed methane development is a pollutant under the federal Clean Water Act, an attorney said Monday.

Study says stroke risk goes down when amount of exercise goes up
WASHINGTON (AP) The more physical activity a person does, the lower the risk of a stroke, a review of 23 international studies finds.

Art Briefs
Clay show open for entryPoetry contests open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interestCraft fair vendors wantedArtists wanted for showsFund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

Astronomy wizard gears up for 'Spooktacular'
I'll be volunteering at the visitors center at Portage Glacier on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for their annual Spooktacular.

Orchestra aims to involve kids in music
Hollywood is coming to the peninsula this weekend. The famous actors and actresses from films like "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" will not be making an appearance, but the theme songs that help make their movies so memorable will be.

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

Bound to be fun
Susan Share's art has been described as alive, crazy, wild and fun.

McKeown brings 'pop and roll' to peninsula
The title of Erin McKeown's newest album doesn't imply that the energetic singer-songwriter has puffed up visions of herself.

Author cooks up spicy fable
When Lewis Carroll sent Alice down the rabbit hole, he started one of the world's classic stories of bizarre adventure. Now Serge Lecomte has drawn on "Alice in Wonderland" and the disorientation of immigrants facing new cultures as inspirations for "Alicia Maravilla," a satirical fable for adults.

All borough residents should have voice in new Comprehensive Plan
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is currently busy revising the borough's land use directives, development policy guidelines, planning and zoning policies and creating goals and objectives to direct the future decisions of our borough. Alaska state statute requires the development of this document and its adoption by ordinance.

Station proof of giving community
We would like to thank all the people who donated items for our garage sale and craft sale. We would also like to give a great big "thank you" to all the volunteers who worked so tirelessly and made the sale a success. We are so lucky to live in such a giving community. We are very excited that our fire station is now a reality.

Many contribute to success of scholarship dinner, auction
We wish to extend our appreciation to all those individuals and businesses that donated items and cash for this year's Thelma McConnell Scholarship dinner and auction. We are fortunate to live in a community that supports us so well.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Teams get new drivers
HAMPTON, Ga. Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers, Scott Wimmer and Ward Burton all will report to their new teams this week at the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch hits slump as season comes to an end
HAMPTON, Ga. The last time Kurt Busch won a race, he sat in his car for several minutes in Victory Lane before conjuring the courage to face the public.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,928,9802. Tony Stewart 4,694,0913. Kurt Busch 4,620,740

Newsmaker: Jimmy Spencer
Jimmy Spencer has an opinion on just about everything, and he's not afraid to tell you what he thinks. He tackles tough questions, such as what's wrong with NASCAR and how would he change things.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,5482. Kevin Harvick 4,3083. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,265

NASCAR replica comes to Kenai
An authentic replica of the Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers Intrepid will make a visit to Kenai Chrysler Center Monday.

This Week: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Where and When

Enstar says gas supply up so is price
Abundant supplies of natural gas will be available in Southcentral Alaska well into the next decade, but the cost of heating homes with gas will likely be going up more than 10 percent this winter.

Upgrade to enhance comfort for patients
Five years ago, Central Penin-sula General Hospital invested $1.45 million in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, a high-tech diagnostic tool allowing physicians to peer inside living human tissues as never before, and without invasive surgery.

Packed classes raise concern
Attendance in Dave Carey's classrooms has been good the past several weeks.

Rivers, creeks harmed by floods
Fish habitats and the general water quality of several Kenai Peninsula rivers and creeks experienced significant changes as a result of two major flooding events last fall, according to one of two reports released Thursday by the Homer Soil and Water Conser-vation District.

Enrollment report reveals surprise
The news that student enrollment in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is continuing to decline came as no surprise to anyone at Monday's school board meeting.

Clerk signs off on long career
For 30 years now, one woman has kept a watchful eye on Soldotna city business, keeping track of everything from municipal elections to city council meetings.

Community schools program promotes learning for all ages
With a stated goal of selling a concept, the coordinator of Soldotna Community Schools told Soldotna business leaders it is time to rethink community education.

Wards Cove to get new owners
In its heyday, Wards Cove cannery on the Kenai River operated like a community, bustling with hundreds of people who worked, ate and lived at the facility.

Jack Lee Rauh
Anchor Point resident Jack Lee Rauh died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, of cancer at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 59.

Former Oilers pitcher makes World Series
Mark Redman, a member of the 1993 Peninsula Oilers, is pitching for the Florida Marlins in the World Series. Redman started Game 2 for the Marlins and was saddled with the loss.

Unity Trail reminder of how far cities have come in their thinking
The 19 students and 60 others who attended the Unity Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday received an impressive lesson in the power of one person to motivate a handful of people to make a big difference in their community.

Let us make it right
We can't chalk it up to a full moon or it being Friday the 13th. Suffice it to say, Wednesday was a bad day at the Peninsula Clarion.

Breach in TSA security can be used to teach; some slips inevitable
As any air traveler knows, the 48,000 screeners employed by the $5-billion-a-year Transportation Security Administration since 9/11 are proficient at confiscating small objects like pins and nail scissors. But not always, it seems, at detecting the very weapons that were used on Sept. 11, 2001 box cutters. The real question, however, is how much that matters.

Healthy Forest Initiative fails to put federal dollars where they would do most good
Winter may be setting in across the nation, but Western lawmakers are firing away with the Bush administration in promoting bad fire legislation that lacks serious protections for communities including those around the Chugach National Forest.

Radar tracks Alaska bird migrations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska meteorologists are tracking more than the weather these days.

Field and stream
Greg Stairs hunts for pheasant in a flooded pumpkin field at Hunters Farm in Union, Wash., Tuesday. The Skokomish River flooded the fields of the farm, which are part of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife's pheasant release program.

Saddle-sore rangers, horse sense and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
I'm the first to admit there are few subjects that I know less about than horses. I had hoped to get through raising two girls without having to buy, lease, board or spend money on man's four-legged buddy the "horse".

Trapper orientation scheduled for Thursday
The trapper orientation class for those wishing to trap on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Final day for pumpkin entries Free childrens fair Donations sought for Community Closet Alaskan for Peace and Justice to meet Deadline for clay art show looming Skyview plans events

Around the Peninsula
United Way fund-raiser auction plannedDog mushing club formingHoliday bazaar seeking vendorsPermanent fund hearing setSoroptimist to hold violence forumAir quality research still seeking volunteers

'Pray-in' serves as protest against ACLU
LORANGER, La. (AP) A ''pray in'' before the latest Loranger High School football game drew enough people to surround the football field in what amounted to a protest against the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ecumenical Patriarch urges EU to refer to Christian heritage in new constitution
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, urged European Union leaders to make reference to Europe's Christian heritage in the bloc's constitution.

Muslim scarf raises security concerns and issues of religious pride
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP) Growing up on the shores of Sandy Hook Bay, Mona Elgohail always loved the sea and was delighted to win a slot at a special high school for the study of marine sciences.

Halloween a reminder to 'put on God,' not just costumes
This week will be a week of decisions.

Federal government asks for review of hallucinogenic tea case
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) The U.S. Justice Department wants the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to rehear a case involving the ceremonial use of hallucinogenic tea by a New Mexico church.

Religion Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Religious poetry contest held Church plans harvest carnival New church to start in Soldotna Clothes2Go open Wednesdays Christian poetry sought

Vietnam places three monks from banned church under house arrest
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) Three monks from a banned Buddhist church have been placed under house arrest for allegedly violating national security laws, the Vietnamese government said.

The Anglican-Episcopal gay dispute could affect other Christians
The fight over homosexuality in the international Anglican Communion and its American branch, the Episcopal Church, isn't just an internal squabble.

Scotland's national church getting first woman leader
LONDON (AP) For the first time in its 443-year history, the Church of Scotland is poised to elect a woman as leader.

Retirees squeezed despite annual increases in Social Security
NEW YORK (AP) For seniors like Harry Thaw, the planned 2.1 percent increase in Social Security benefits next year holds little promise of making life much easier.

Sports Briefs
NBA suspends Warriors guard for three games

West Virginia upsets No. 3 Virginia Tech
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Quincy Wilson rushed for a season-high 178 yards to lead West Virginia to a 28-7 victory over No. 3 Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, casting a huge cloud over the Hokies' national title hopes.

Patriots' Seymour rises to top of class
FOXBORO, Mass. Richard Seymour shoved forward, raised his arm and slapped a Miami field-goal attempt that could have beaten New England.

Anyone for table tennis?
The Soldotna Table Tennis Association is looking for players for the 2003-04 season. Events are held at the Soldotna Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Players must be 21 and over. All skill levels are welcome.

Pro Picks
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hurting physically and emotionally. The Dallas Cowboys are on a high.

College's big games happen in small places
Don't look to college football's traditional cathedrals for this weekend's biggest games.

THG disintegrates in laboratory tests
SAN FRANCISCO Its chemical components are similar to most banned steroids but with an insidious twist: This drug was synthesized so craftily it is undetectable by the standard test given to athletes.

You think track is dirty?
Everybody assumes America's best track and field athletes are on the juice.

Lecavalier steals win for Lightning
COLUMBUS, Ohio Vincent Lecavalier stole the puck from goaltender Marc Denis and scored on a wraparound with 3:48 remaining as the Tampa Bay Lightning remained perfect with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

IRL driver Renna dies in crash
INDIANAPOLIS IRL driver Tony Renna was killed in a wreck Wednesday during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he lost control at nearly 220 mph, went airborne and crashed into a fence.

Prep Swimming Honor Roll
Here are Alaska's top six times for the 2003 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Oct. 18.

Lemieux notches assist in tie with Carolina
PITTSBURGH Mario Lemieux's 1,697th career point was negated by Ron Francis' 1,759th.

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