Monday, October 27, 2003

One heckuva fish story
NEW YORK Champagne-soaked and still looking to celebrate, several Florida Marlins headed to Monument Park to snap souvenir pictures and rub Babe Ruth's bronze head.

Sports Views
NEW YORK Hope died hard and inevitably for the New York Yankees when even their most stalwart player, Derek Jeter, succumbed to a case of the bumbles.

No plans to dismantle the champs this time around
MIAMI They beat Barry Bonds, then confounded the Chicago Cubs, and by the end of the World Series, the New York Yankees couldn't even score against them.

NOW PLAYING Scary Movie 3
I have a theory about movies and their relative level of quality. Relative to what, you might ask?

Teens who took special shopping cart offered opportunity for job
In my past 41 years in the grocery business, few things have ever brought me such delight and joy as seeing the children of our customers riding in our new "red truck" shopping carts.

State did not adequately notify residents of coal bed methane lease
I never saw the state's one-day notices of Lapp Resources' 20,000-acre coal bed methane lease in the Homer area published in the Anchorage Daily News and Peninsula Clarion legal columns.

Kenai Landing brings positive rection
Two developers have big plans for the Wards Cove cannery site in Kenai that will take the participation of the community to make reality.

Attorney named for retrial
Kenai attorney Mark D. Osterman will defend the Soldotna man scheduled for a retrial after the Alaska Court of Appeals overturned his conviction on sexual abuse of a minor and assault charges.

Anthropologist uses stories to get land back
For thousands of years, Alaska Natives have been using oral traditions to record the passing of time. Now, a respected Tlingit anthropologist is working to use those stories and legends as a way to return Native lands to their original owners.

Unocal plans more layoffs
Unocal announced Friday a reduction of its Alaska work force, owing largely to its suspension of operations at the Baker and Dillon platforms in Cook Inlet.

Fire rips through Kenai home
Fire swept through a single-family home in Kenai on Thursday afternoon, destroying half of the building and all of its contents.

Woman charged in shooting out on bail
The Kasilof woman charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend was released on bail Friday in Kenai Superior Court.

Wesley D. Hansen
Former Alaska resident Wesley D. Hansen died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at his home in Warden, Wash. He was 84.

War on terrorism, religion collide
WASHINGTON The subject of religion has taken a prominent spot right where President Bush didn't want it front-and-center in the war against terrorism.

Plans for cannery preserve past, turn page into new era
The vision of two business partners to convert Kenai's historic Wards Cove cannery into a multi-use destination resort is on the verge of becoming a dream come true for many in Kenai.

Dream home that includes big shop, small house, right price eludes couple
Have you noticed how much reality TV is on the tube these days? With so many channels, there's something for everyone. There's bachelors, bachelorettes, survival, decorating.

Use 'extra hour' to make life-saving change, plan
If you seem to be out of sync with the rest of the world this morning, it could be you forgot to set your clock back an hour.

Pope fosters greater good
They came 50,000 of them to St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Thursday. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II, a man who is ailing but whose Christian career has been spent trying to make the world well and whole. He has had success.

Faces behind numbers of soldiers killed in Iraq
Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler, Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, Spc. Spencer T. Karol, Spc. James H. Pirtle. Who are they, you ask?

Nine's a crowd, especially when it comes to Democratic debates
WASHINGTON When the Democratic presidential candidates debate, the sound is more cacophony than chorus. It's a reflection of the numbers nine candidates squeezed into 90 minutes.

Bear talk offers advice, tips, safety information
How you react during an encounter with a bear often can affect the outcome, according to Larry Lewis.

Bear shooting numbers hit 18
Another brown bear was killed in defense of life and property (DLP) last week, bringing the total number for the year up to 18.

As good as gold
In 1939, 18-year-old Morris Porter left his home in Oregon's Willamette Valley and, in search of a fortune in gold, hopped a ship bound for Alaska.

Updated dictionary contains thousands of new words
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Certain a dead-cat bounce would be of little help, the former dot-commer took a McJob because she needed dead presidents.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants.

Hassenger, Martin plan wedding
Melissa Lynn Hassenger and Thomas Craig Martin of Nikiski have announced their plans to marry Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai.

Cowboy sport combines history, gunsmoke for high-caliber fun
BOISE, Idaho A blur of fire-spitting six-guns, rifles and shotguns transforms the quiet desert plinking ground at Blacks Creek Public Rifle Range twice a month.

Peewee champs
The Soldotna Saints Junior Peewees Pop Warner squad, pictured above, placed first in its division to be named state champions. Team members include

Calderwood, Maguire wed in Kenai
Michelle Lee Calder-wood of Kenai and Sean Andrew Maguire of Fallon, Nev., were married at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2003, at the Calderwood home in Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to discuss borough plan Parents support group to meet Incorporating, partnership workshop planned Swim workout offered Cheerleaders holding food drive Social Security rep to visit peninsula

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game meeting set Church to sponsor country jamboree PFLAG to hold Halloween party Haunted house fund-raiser slated Church of God plans Halloween event Thanksgiving baskets to be offered

Smart cart, Veggie Vision in stores to come
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. You just want to get a piece of fish and the makings of a salad, but your shopping cart keeps talking to you.

Frye, Meyer marry in August
Michael Morgana Frye and Christopher Jay Meyer were married at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at the historic Elsinore Theater in Salem, Ore. Maryann Kirk, mother of the bride, officiated.

Willow King and Kelly Hagelund Lori and James Spinka

Community News
VFW to sponsor scholarship programs

Holiday presents many potential threats to pets
It's that time of year again when costumed kiddies prepare to go door to door in the pursuit of treats.

My best friend
Chihiro, a Shiba Inu, is the youngest of Tory Hansen's Shiba gang. She is 8 weeks old and ready for treats while posing inside a pumpkin.

Pet Hints from Heloise
Pet hints

Former Bulldogs battle in Anchorage The Next Level
The Nikiski Bulldogs were well represented in Friday's volleyball match between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Western Oregon in Anchorage.

Palmer, Colony beat SkyHi in region play
The Palmer Moose trampled all over Skyview High School's senior night festivities, defeating the Panthers in three games in a Region III/4A volleyball match Friday at Skyview.

Grizzlies topple Nikiski, Seward
Grace Christian came back from a 1-0 defecit to win three straight and beat the Nikiski Bulldogs 3-1 in District 3/3A play Saturday in Anchorage.

New York rolls over Moss, Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Vikings are no longer perfect.

NFL moves Monday night
SAN DIEGO (AP) The NFL moved Monday night's Chargers-Dolphins game to Tempe, Ariz., from Qualcomm Stadium because of wildfires in the San Diego area.

Bowden passes Paterno on all-time wins list
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida State's Bobby Bowden became the winningest coach in major college football history Saturday with his 339th victory as the sixth-ranked Seminoles captured at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship with a 48-24 victory over Wake Forest.

Skills, not size, must determine football title
When I attended Kenai Central High School, way back in the mid-1990s, the student population was roughly the same as it is today. Kenai was -- and is today --a midsize Alaska high school, larger than the more rural schools, smaller than the Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna valleys and Fairbanks schools.

Rangers clip Red Wings
NEW YORK Petr Nedved scored for the second straight game as the New York Rangers got their first victory over Detroit in four years, beating the Red Wings 3-1 Saturday night.

Homer finishes second on boys, girls side
The Soldotna boys and girls swimming and diving teams each took home first-place honors Saturday at the 2003 Kenai Peninsula Borough swim meet in Homer.

Cohen claims Skate America title
READING, Pa. Sasha Cohen has found the formula for winning Grand Prix events. She simply stops thinking and starts skating.

Kenai spikes Stars
Friday night was one of those nights where Kenai volleyball coach Jason Diorec was more fan than coach.

Dominant Breeders' Cup
ARCADIA, Calif. He's been respected for years on the West Coast racing scene. Now Richard Mandella will be famous at tracks around the world.

Alaska Fairbanks tops Ferris State
FAIRBANKS, Alaska The University of Alaska Fairbanks broke open a scoreless game scoring two goals 44 seconds apart in the second period on its way to a 4-1 win over Ferris State in Central Collegiate Hockey Association Saturday night.

Rich day for Vijay
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Vijay Singh took all the drama from the Funai Classic at Disney and pushed it into the final two weeks of the season, winning with ease Sunday to surge past Tiger Woods on the money list.

Nothing settled between Blackhawks, Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. Joffrey Lupul scored on a power play with 7:10 left in the third period and Martin Gerber made 25 saves as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks tied the Chicago Blackhawks 1-1 Sunday night.

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