Monday, October 25, 2004

Walker stars in losing role
BOSTON Larry Walker waited a long time for this chance. Playing in the World Series for the first time in his 16-year major league career, he made it count. It wasn't enough.

Bumbling Ramirez gives (and gives away) for Red Sox
BOSTON He slips. He trips. He lets it rip.

Bellhorn comes through for Sox
BOSTON All that was missing was Mark Bellhorn lingering at home plate, trying to wave the ball fair.

Boston gets away with multiple errors
Game 1 of the World Series should have been rated ''R'' for Little Leaguers. If they stayed up late enough to watch this crude comedy of five errors, 14 walks and various pratfalls, they learned how the game shouldn't be played.

Red- blooded victory
BOSTON The bloody sock is now the very symbol of these Red Sox, a rallying cry in the shape of a stitched-up right ankle.

Candidates stress need for long-term budget planning
Harold V. 'Hal' Smalley (Democrat) and Kurt E. Olson (Republican) answer some questions about what they hope to accomplish in office.

Candidates say education, jobs important to voters

Candidate Views: House District 33: Kurt Olson
Our family moved to this area in 1982. My wife, Barbara, and I thought that the central peninsula would be a great place to live and raise a family. We have two daughters, Madelyn and Valerie, and we still love the Kenai Peninsula as much as we did when we first moved here.

Candidate Views: House District 33: Hal Smalley
It makes no sense to transfer loyalty to other legislators, work behind closed doors and then chide citizens for not being involved. The Legislature has relaxed laws that regulate lobbyists' behavior, rolled back campaign finance reform and voted to overturn laws enacted by citizen initiatives. All of this stifles and discourages critical public participation and scrutiny.

2 vie to fix fiscal gap in District 33
The early summer announcement by Republican Rep. Kelly Wolf that he would not seek re-election left the race for the Alaska House District 33 seat wide open.

District 34 candidates agree on most issues
The candidates vying for the seat from House District 34 say their supporters want more funding for schools, better roads and improved job prospects.

Candidates debate closed meetings, budget, pipeline
In the Alaska Legislature, central Kenai Peninsula residents are represented by three voices. Who those three voices will be depends on the results of the upcoming general election, when two representatives and one senator will be chosen from six candidates.

Seward, Nikiski honored by GLC
Kenai Peninsula teams took the bulk of the major awards in Great Land Conference voting done by the coaches Friday.

Stars, Kards top All-state selections
The state's top two small-schools teams shared most of the postseason honors, as Kenai Central and Soldotna each had six players named to the 2004 Alaska Coaches Association Small Schools All-State football team announced Sunday.

Fish and Game satisfied with results from bear hunt
Although some hunters found it a little too brief, based on the final numbers, wildlife managers are for the most part satisfied with their decision for early closure of the 2004 fall brown bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula.

NOW PLAYING: Surviving Christmas
The holiday season is a time for joy, charity, and family. It's that one time of the year when everyone turns from their selfish ways and looks toward the betterment of mankind. Except, currently, it's not the holiday season. It's the Halloween season; a time when everyone turns from their selfish ways and looks toward scaring the hell out of those who trust us the most. Ben Affleck's new yuletide romp, Surviving Christmas, may be a tad early, but when you are forced to navigate through a whole month of horror films, a little edgy humor might just do the trick.

Life models bare it all in service of art
A man walks into a classroom. The students are chatting before class and take no notice of him. He makes his way to a corner near the front of the room and begins to take his clothes off. As he strips off the last article and stands naked before a room of a dozen mostly female students, one woman blurts out, "Oh, my God!"

Change in mixing zones would hurt fishing industry's progress
Editors Note:The following letter was written to Gov. Frank Murkowski and submitted for publication.

Bear baiting definitely not for lazy hunters
Those who are attempting to outlaw bear baiting would lead us to believe that this practice is lazy and unethical.

Only legal products can be controlled, regulated, taxed
I'd like to add that marijuana is relatively safe in that it has never caused a documented death from its use. However, marijuana prohibition is very dangerous. Dangerous because marijuana is now sold only by criminals. Criminals who often sell other, much more dangerous drugs, and who offer free samples to their marijuana customers.

Informed voters provide best defense to bad government
I've witnessed the frustration many people proclaim when asked the magic question, "So, who are you going to vote for this November?"

Independent Alaskans should vote 'yes' on Proposition 2
Historically, the U.S. government is on the wrong side of important social issues. For example, slavery was legal for more than two centuries; disenfranchisement of women was the norm until early this past century; prohibition was the greatest turmoil our society has ever experienced, creating organized crime; segregation was accepted, codified and defended.

Margaret 'Maggie' K. Morgan
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Margaret "Maggie" K. Morgan died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage. She was 89.

Heather L. LeVeque
Soldotna resident Heather L. LeVeque died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, near Prescott, Ariz., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 19.

Questions abound as Martinsville waits
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Rusty Wallace is the leader among active drivers at Martinsville Speedway with seven career victories, and even he's unsure how the track's new surface will respond to racing on Sunday.

Tragedy taints triumph Johnson's NASCAR win overshadowed by plane crash
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Jimmie Johnson's series-high sixth victory of the season Sunday was overshadowed by word that a plane carrying members of the Hendrick Motorsports organization crashed on the way to Martinsville Speedway.

CES adds 4 new paramedics to staff
In addition to adding the first fire chaplain on the Central Emergency Services rolls, CES has hired four new paramedics, three who also are trained firefighters.

Paving along
Jeremy Fortner, Martin Ramirez and Chris Erickson work in the rain Saturday night to finish paving the extension of Lawton Drive near the Kenai Golf Course. The new blacktop gives access to a new subdivision.

Trooper post goes out to bid
The Alaska Department of Administration has issued a request for proposal, or RFP, for the Alaska State Trooper post in Homer to be moved to Anchor Point.

Photo feature: Stuffed up
A scarecrow stands guard in a Kenai neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Trick-or-treaters and other goblins will take to the streets a week from today.

Fire chaplain joins CES rolls
Central Emergency Services has added a fire department chaplain to its rolls the first fire chaplain to serve the central Kenai Peninsula.

Jokes, pranks aren't always funny
Halloween is a time to dress in garb you don't normally wear, eat more candy in a day than you would normally eat in month and partake in childish pranks. However, pranks, such as those that cause harm or damage, can be taking fun a little too far.

Nikiski man killed in fire
A Nikiski man died and another escaped from their burning residence at March Avenue and East Court early Friday morning.

Heather L. LeVeque
Soldotna resident Heather L. LeVeque died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, near Prescott, Ariz., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 19.

Margaret 'Maggie' K. Morgan
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Margaret "Maggie" K. Morgan died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage. She was 89.

'Big money' remains part of election scene What others say
The money is flowing into U.S. elections like never before, despite new federal laws designed to take "big money" out of the equation.

One person's move means more stuff for co-workers
Many writers far more poetic than I have spewed graceful prose expounding on the power of Alaska's natural beauty and irrepressible spirit to infiltrate even the most hardened hearts of its transient residents so that when they leave, their souls take part of Alaska with them.

Vote 'yes' on first ballot measure, say 'no' to others
When Alaskans go to the polls Nov. 2, not only will they choose a president and vice president, a U.S. senator and representative, and several legislators, but they also will decide four ballot measures.

Hurricanes put damper on tourism
NEW YORK Talk about an exclusive vacation.

A taste of Amish homestyle family cooking from Sara Hershberger's kitchen
The following are recipes from the Amish family-style meal served at the Hershberger home.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview's band, choir to performSterling community meeting setFish and Game advisory meeting slatedKidney support group schedules meetingTrapper orientation setBazaar fund-raiser scheduled

Amish open homes for a taste of culture
BALTIC, Ohio A 2-year-old Amish boy plays on the front lawn with a pinwheel, barely noticing as 40 tourists shuffle past and into his grandparents' home.

Peninsula People
Dudley graduates Naval training

Around the Peninsula
Comprehensive plan update meetings set Limited flu vaccine still available for children Internet health resource class today Ted Stevens to speak at chamber Cesarean awareness meeting planned Bazaar, bake sale set Swim team begins registration

Celine Therese Fisher

Holt, Madeyski marry in New Mexico
Roberta Holt and Stephen Madeyski were married Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at the University of New Mexico Alumni Chapel in Albuquerque, N.M. The Rev. Erik Karas of Holy Cross Lutheran Church-ELCA in Al-buquerque officiated.

Community Schools
The following is a list of Homer and Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information, call 262-6768 for Soldotna or (907) 235-6090 for Homer.

4-H district winners recognized
The following 4-H members recently were recognized for their efforts for the past year. The 4-H district area encompasses Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Ninilchik, Homer, Seward, Hope and Nikiski.

Community News
October proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month Fire safety equipment available Mascot contest begins Auction fund-raiser set Parenting teens class slated Host families needed Soroptimist selling discount cards SoHi class reunion planned Weight loss support group forming Trapper orientation set Ptarmigan presentation slated

Stewart, Hammett plan Mexico wedding
Candi Stewart and Adam Hammett of Lewisville, Texas, plan to be married Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, in a garden ceremony in Cozumel, Mexico.

In need of a friend? Adopt one
Everyone thinks good friends are hard to come by, but that's not always the case. Animal shelters everywhere are full of a wide variety of "best friends" eager animals breathlessly waiting to be welcomed into a loving home.

My best friend
Tony McMasters, 20 months old, and Muffy, 7 months old, love to watch "Elmo" in their little recliner. The two nap together often, says Maxine Howard of Sterling

A taste of Amish homestyle family cooking from Sara Hershberger's kitchen
The following are recipes from the Amish family-style meal served at the Hershberger home.

Just past 70, Olson keeps drawing talent to Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. Lute Olson turned 70 last month, not that anyone would know it by looking at him or his basketball program.

Palmer has more magic than Singh
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Ryan Palmer birdied four straight holes down the stretch and closed with a 10-under 62 Sunday to win the Funai Classic at Disney by three shots over Vijay Singh and Briny Baird.

Davis suffers slump
HOUSTON Domanick Davis proudly boasted in the preseason of his goal to join the NFL's ultra-exclusive club of 2,000 yards rushers.

Clippers sting New Orleans
LOS ANGELES Corey Maggette had 19 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-93 in a preseason game on Sunday night.

Homer sweeps borough swim meet
The Homer boys and girls swim teams swept the Kenai Peninsula Borough Meet on Saturday at Homer High School. The meet also featured teams from Soldotna, Kenai, Seward and Skyview.

Dolphins finally surface
MIAMI The Miami Dolphins finally gave their fans reason to celebrate, combining a polished offensive performance with solid defense for their first victory this season, 31-14 over the St. Louis Rams.

Brown says he'll never get over Athens disaster
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Larry Brown didn't have much time to enjoy his first NBA title.

Lehman, Baird tied for lead at Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Tied for the lead in what was shaping up as another shootout at Disney, Tom Lehman believes he has experience on his side.

Mississippi State shocks Florida
STARKVILLE, Miss. The latest low point in Ron Zook's tenure at Florida even has the coach wondering what went wrong.

Miller wins first Cup giant slalom of season
SOELDEN, Austria Bode Miller's quest to become the first American in more than two decades to win the World Cup overall title got off to the perfect start.

USC, Oklahoma going nowhere
No. 1 Southern California and No. 2 Oklahoma have been the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 since the preseason, a nine-poll run that is the longest to start a season in nine years.

Nikiski fourth at Grace Invite
The Bethel wrestling team scored 183.5 points to win the Grace Invitational Friday and Saturday at Grace Christian School in Anchorage. Nikiski was fourth at the tourney, while Seward was 10th, Seldovia was 15th, Ninilchik was 16th and Vosnasenka was 18th.

Teen golf star Wie leads a double life
PALM DESERT, Calif. On a golf course, she's a celebrity in the glare of the international spotlight.

SkyHi netters split on road
The Skyview volleyball team split a pair of Northern Lights Conference matches Friday and Saturday in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

D.C. United shuts out MetroStars
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Earnie Stewart and Alecko Eskandarian scored in the second half, and D.C. United beat the MetroStars 2-0 Saturday night to take a commanding lead in their first-round playoff series.

Earthquakes shake down Kansas City
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Dwayne De Rosario and Craig Waibel each scored, and Landon Donovan had an assist to lead the San Jose Earthquakes over the Kansas City Wizards 2-0 Sunday night in the first game of their first-round playoff series.

Adu rookie's year: from 'terrible' to just fine
WASHINGTON In late June, Freddy Adu was an agitated teenager after playing just a handful of minutes in a D.C. United game at Dallas.

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