Tuesday, October 28, 2003

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.

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.

Little sacked by Sox
BOSTON The Boston Red Sox insist that Grady Little's disastrous decision to stick with Pedro Martinez in the seventh game of the AL championship series isn't the only reason they let him go.

October proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Across America and throughout Alaska, October once again has been proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and Kenai City Mayor John Williams signed official proclamations.

Poindexter honored as Outstanding Older Worker of the Year
In 1976 Beulah Poindexter and her husband Charles started a small greenhouse business in Anchor Point. A few years later Charles developed a potting soil mix using natural ingredients that included composted fish waste and seaweed, he dubbed his creation "Fishy Peat Potting Soil."

People to People candidate seeks support
IIn the 1950's President Dwight D. Eisenhower initiated a program called "People to People," to foster understanding of different cultures among young people of the world. Over the years many young Alaskans and several from the Kenai Peninsula have been nominated to participate in the summer program.

Counting your steps to stay healthy
Thanks to a grant from the State of Alaska Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH) is coordinating a community-walking program to get people over age 18 more active on a regular basis.

Russian entrepreneurs visit Kenai Peninsula
It's been about eight years since the City of Homer entered into a sister city relationship with the City of Yelizovo, in Kamchatka Russia. Former Homer resident Martha Madsen has been involved with the relationship since the beginning and has since transplanted herself to Kamchatka where she and her Russian husband have an Eco-Tourism and Adventure Travel business.

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

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.

Raising pupil-teacher ratio should not be option for district
Overcrowding our classrooms is not conducive to learning. Class size is already too high, and the school board and district want to raise the PTR (pupil/teacher ratio) again.

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.

More thanks for scholarship dinner
We wish to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to Agrium, Station Break and everyone else who helped make our Thelma McConnell dinner and auction a huge success.

Gordon wins second straight race
HAMPTON, Ga. With the season championship all but out of reach, Jeff Gordon knew his best hope was to build momentum for a title run in 2004.

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.

Studies: Invasive species traveling in ballast water
Recent studies in Kachemak Bay have found potentially dangerous species of sea critters foreign to the local ecology, likely brought here in the ballast water of ships arriving from abroad or perhaps even from domestic ports in the Lower 48.

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.

Tax break may also include seniors' boats
Senior citizens living in mobile homes that are their primary residences are entitled to a property tax exemption provided by borough law, just as their neighbors living in permanent homes are.

Photo feature: Halloween
Chassie Bertsen's jack-o-lantern greets visitors to her home on Sterling Court in Kenai last week. Trick-or-treaters will take to the streets Friday.

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.

Chad McEwen
Anchorage resident Chad McEwen died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle from complications sustained in a car accident Sept. 28 near Delta Junction. He was 26.

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.

Party of limited government stands to reap windfall if Medicare bill passes
WASHINGTON Memo from Republican pollsters to the GOP-controlled government: Approve Medicare prescription drug legislation, the sooner the better. A political windfall may await.

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.

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?

Alaskans need to show elected officials path to fiscal responsibility What others say
Could a message perhaps be jelling?

Around the Peninsula
Permanent fund hearing today Fish and Game meeting set Howell to speak at Kenai chamber Boys and Girls Club to offer dance Discount cards to benefit local cancer fund

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

Willow King and Kelly Hagelund Lori and James Spinka

Community News
VFW to sponsor scholarship programs

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

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

Senior Briefs
What is scheduled for Senior Centers around the Peninsula.

Senior Menus
Menus for senior centers around the Peninsula.

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.

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.

Bryant could miss season opener against Mavericks because of sore knee
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Kobe Bryant said he probably will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener against Dallas on Tuesday, and again lashed out at Shaquille O'Neal.

Fans enjoy free game in Arizona due to California wildfires
TEMPE, Ariz. Drew Brees had visions of a storybook San Diego victory to inspire his fire-ravaged community. It didn't happen. Not even close.

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.

Florida State moves to head of one-loss crowd
The Seminoles were third in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Monday, trailing only undefeated Oklahoma and Miami in the race to play for the national championship.

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

Late heroics propel Thrashers past Leafs
TORONTO Marc Savard and Jeff Cowan scored 24 seconds apart in the third period, and Savard scored again with 15 seconds left in overtime as the Atlanta Thrashers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Gamble pays off for Skyview pair
Many things go into making a good volleyball coach. The knowledge of the game. The ability to pass that knowledge on to players. The knack for properly conducting the roller coaster of emotions that could derail any season.

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