Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Too good to be true? Red Sox halfway home
ST. LOUIS Curt Schilling and the pitchers are clicking. Little Mark Bellhorn and the hitters are delivering. Manager Terry Francona is making all the right moves.

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.

Airline talks lose altitude
Negotiations between a Kenai travel business owner and Bellair Inc. to purchase the Kenai Express commuter airline have been grounded.

Candidates say education, jobs important to voters
CHARLES M. 'MIKE' CHENAULT GLEN F. MARTIN

Education funding a top priority with candidates
DEBORAH GERMANOMIKE HEIMBUCHPAUL K. SEATON

Outdoors
There are several things I have learned through the years about operating your family freezer that helps cut the cost down a little. Rule number 1 is always label and date everything that goes into your freezer. As your freezer starts getting empty replace the extra room with a milk jug full of water. Allowing an inch or two at the top of the jug for expansion. Keep adding these jugs as the freezer empties out. A freezer full of ice costs a

City of Kenai has first woman Mayor..
Someone said that when 6-term Mayor John Williams decided not to run for re-election the void was so great that the people of Kenai knew it would take a woman to fill his shoes. So, with the October 5th election having been duly certified, last week Kenai City Councilwoman Pat Porter was sworn in as Kenai's first woman Mayor. "It feels wonderful to be able to represent the City of Kenai as its Mayor, and to do it with all the pride that I have for having lived in this community for as long as I have. I plan to pick up right where John left off and hope to carry on and make him proud," said Porter following last week's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

New Radio newsman hails from Liberal, Kansas...
After almost a quarter of a century as the voice of local radio news on KSRM, Jim Hime has decided to retire and move to Oregon. Assuming his position as news director is a new voice to Alaska that of Joe Knicks from Liberal, Kansas.

Etc. by Su re-opens in a new location...
A Soldotna shopping institution is open once again. After 22 years of business in the local area Etc. by Su's has opened what appears to be five or more stores within a store in the Superstructure building in Soldotna across from the former Gottschalk's location.

Teton County, Wyo., a leader in per-capita political donations
CHEYENNE, Wyo. It may be the only place in all of Wyoming where a vegetarian can get a respectable lunch at any number of eateries and candidates looking for cash can count on filling their pockets with rich people's money.

Absentee ballot voter numbers skyrocket in final days
Alaska's general election is a week away and workers at the Division of Elections are gearing up for a large turnout after seeing interest in absentee voting skyrocket in recent weeks.

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 take issue with jobs, loss of services
The rising cost of government, underfunded and sometimes disappearing public services, the need for jobs in a struggling economy and concerns for the environment are among the issues that will send voters from House District 35 to the polls Nov. 2.

Judge dismisses suit seeking paper trail for touch-screen voting machines
MIAMI Eight days before Election Day, a federal judge ruled Monday that Florida's touch-screen voting machines do not have to produce a paper record for use in case a recount becomes necessary.

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.

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.

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.

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?"

Seniors should not be fooled slick mailer from Outside group
Probably because I'm a 75-year-old Alaska senior, I received a slick full-color political mailer from a group that calls itself The Seniors Coalition.

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.

Knowles' record on education scores better than Murkowski's
As an educator with 28 years of experience, education is important to me. After researching the records and proposals of Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski, I have decided to work for Tony Knowles.

Crews recover bodies at Hendrick crash site
PATRICK SPRINGS, Va. (AP) Crews on all-terrain vehicles on Monday recovered the bodies of all 10 people killed in the crash of a Hendrick Motorsports plane that was carrying family and friends of one of NASCAR's top syndicates.

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.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Here's hoping you have all your fall chores finished and are not racing around frantically trying to beat the snow. This is Halloween weekend and, as you may well remember, there is almost always snow for the trick-or-treaters. Think this year will be different? Guess we'll see soon enough.

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. Don't forget to vote. It counts.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. It's just one week until the general election. I hope you have studied all the issues and figured out where you go to vote in your precinct. Whatever you do, be sure to go vote Nov. 2.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. Thanks to Abi for filling in for me last week. She does a great job. One of my other granddaughters asked, "Was it fun in the hospital?" I answered that I wouldn't call it "fun," but I must say that it was pleasant. I was impressed with the kind, compassionate care I received at Central Peninsula General Hospital all the way from Dr. Henry Krull to the anesthetist, each nurse, nurse assistant, therapist, housekeeper, lab technician and receptionist.

Soldotna
Donine Grigsby of Issaquah, Wash., was home for a visit last week. Donine timed the trip to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Boutique held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, the craft show-sale she participated in from 1980 to 1985.

Cooper Landing
Maggie Morgan died Oct. 11 in Anchorage where she'd been living the past few years. Maggie's niece, Heidi Thrasher, encourages everyone who wishes to share memories about Maggie to do so at her memorial Friday at 2 p.m. at the community hall. You can call Heidi at 595-1344.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever." Author unknown

Games look to grants for boost
A pair of grants that will go a long way toward funding the 2006 Arctic Winter Games will be on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's agenda tonight in the form of appropriations ordinances.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pat M. Kennedy
Ninilchik resident Pat M. Kennedy died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004. She was 77.

Heather L. LeVeque
Soldotna resident Heather L. LeVeque died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Flagstaff, Ariz. She was 19.

State's population shift to Southcentral warrants 'yes' on Ballot Measure 1
Ballot Measure 1, which seeks to change the method by which initiatives and referendums are placed on the ballot, has a simple yet substantial argument that warrants its passage by voters.

'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.

Around the Peninsula
Fall bazaar, bake sale setCheerleading clinic planned

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

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

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.

Births
Celine Therese Fisher

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.

Peninsula People
Dudley graduates Naval training

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

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

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.

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.

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.

Gomez to join Aces
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez signed a contract Monday with the minor league Alaska Aces to play for $500 a week until the NHL lockout ends, a spokesman for the Anchorage team said.

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.

Sooners, Utes move up in BCS
Oklahoma and Utah moved into premium positions in the Bowl Championship Series standings Monday.

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.

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.

Kenai's Baldwin successfully mixes hockey with running
Hockey and distance running are about as different as George W. Bush and John Kerry.

Zook fired, will finish season with Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Ron Zook was fired Monday after two-plus years and a stack of embarrassments on and off the field, satisfying a growing groundswell for his ouster that began the day he replaced Steve Spurrier.

Bengals terrorize Broncos
CINCINNATI With two reputations on the line his team's and his own Chad got the best of Champ and turned the Bengals into a prime-time success.

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