Thursday, October 28, 2004

Lowe riding high for World Series champs
ST. LOUIS Derek Lowe came through where Dave Ferriss failed. And Jim Lonborg. And Roger Clemens and Bruce Hurst, too.

Cardinals hopes dashed at home Red Sox take 3-0 World Series lead
ST. LOUIS Only a curse can stop the Boston Red Sox now.

Martinez wins Clemente Award
ST. LOUIS Retiring Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez won the Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on the field and in the community.

Red Sox sweep Cardinals for first crown since 1918
ST. LOUIS The Boston Red Sox yes, the Boston Red Sox! are World Series champions at long, long last. No more curse and no doubt about it.

Francona knows better than to get comfortable Sports Views
Terry Francona knows better than to get comfortable.

World is different for Red Sox fans
One of the most extraordinary championship runs in sports history made believers out of even hardened pessimists.

Bonds' 700th homer ball draws $800,000 bid
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball brought a top bid of $804,129 Wednesday after a 10-day online auction.

New life for old buildings
PITTSBURGH Twenty-five hundred tons of concrete, 350 tons of steel and nine tons of aluminum window frames will be left after a seven-story downtown building is taken down.

Study: Interns need to get more shut-eye
From prescribing overdoses to sticking a tube in the wrong vein, doctors-in-training made one-third more serious mistakes during typically long shifts than they did during ''short'' 16-hour ones, a Harvard study found.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesTourism council to hold raffleCellular One launches award, updated Web sitePhoto preservation workshop slatedTechnology grant writing workshop planned

Crude oil prices plunge nearly 5 percent
Oil futures prices sank nearly 5 percent Wednesday, dropping below $53 a barrel, as concerns about tight winter-fuel supplies eased, at least temporarily, and traders turned their attention to rising U.S. inventories of crude

Gas, economy, schools top Senate issues

Candidates discuss resources, finance

Election could be in hands of obscure officials
COLUMBUS, Ohio He's the enforcer of an archaic rule requiring voter registration forms to be printed on 80-pound paper. He's been accused of trying to suppress the black vote by rejecting ballots cast in the wrong precinct.

Tough opposition marks District R race
Among the most contentious and vocal races for the Alaska Senate may be the one for the seat from Senate District R, a district that includes Homer, Seward and Kodiak Island.

Voters asked to legalize marijuana
Voters throughout Alaska will be asked to decriminalize marijuana Nov. 2, but Kenai Peninsula alcohol and drug abuse treatment professionals aren't backing the measure.

Senate candidates differ on what needs to be done
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, seeking his second term as the senator from District Q, will meet Independent candidate Robert Merchant of Kenai in the Tuesday general election.

Haunting thriller is spirited murder mystery
Anyone thinking about going to the Kenai Performers' production of "The Uninvited" this weekend and next shouldn't let the title scare them away. Though there will be an unwelcome presence at the play, it won't be the audience.

Art Briefs
Mascot naming contest ends FridayArtwork wanted for state facilityOpen art show slatedHome-school art classes offeredPoetry contest being heldArt proposals wanted for Kenai River CenterContest for young writers announced

Story collections show developing talent
Many readers overlook short fiction to their loss. Contemporary short story markets are so competitive that writers have to get darn good to see their names in print.

Reviews are in: Film critics get mixed notice from fans
LOS ANGELES Let's review movie reviews. Millions read them. Actors covet nice ones. Studios scour them for positive nuggets to cram into advertising blurbs.

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

Voter turnout not nearly as bad as Clarion reports
In recent years, we've become accustomed to the inevitable "poor voter turnout" lecture from our local math-challenged reporter or editor, following each election. The message is clear "Shame on you bad citizens only 26 percent of you bothered to vote." At least this last time you dispensed with the silly habit of carrying yourfigure out to a mind-boggling hundredth of a percent, as in the past.

Ballot Measure 1 weakens power of average citizens
Ballot Measure 1 proposes to amend our State Constitution in order to increase the costs and organizational challenges of gathering signatures for citizen ballot measures. Ballot Measure 1 is aimed to weaken the single remaining effective tool the unelected average citizen has to make laws when their elected officials fail to listen or fail to act.

Bear baiting unethical, sends wrong message about hunting
If an in-state or Outside hunter harvests a black bear in Alaska, people are going to wonder.

Ballot Measure 2 will ease suffering of some Alaskans
The 1998 Medical Cannabis Initiative (Ballot Measure 8) that a majority of you voted for, has been repealed.

Anti-hunting groups use initiative process to curb rights
I realize most rural residents don't participate in the practice of bear bating, nor do many areas of Alaska even have black bears nearby. However, this ballot issue really isn't about bear bating. This issue is really about a systematic endeavor by a large group of nonhunters to pick away at one type of hunting after another until they have successfully eliminated our hunting heritage and rights.

Newsmaker: Jeff Gordon
HAMPTON, Ga. Jeff Gordon has shown tremendous resolve in the last two races, rebounding from two crashes at the Lowe's Motor Speedway to finish second, then finishing ninth Sunday at Martinsville, Va., after losing a lap early in the race.

This week: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
(Race No. 33 of 36)

Tragedy could motivate Gordon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ricky Hendrick was like a little brother to Jeff Gordon.

As election nears, NASCAR and its drivers show support for Bush
HAMPTON, Ga. The dads attending races this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway come with children in hand, beer in the cooler and a big enough credit line to keep souvenir vendors swimming in profits.

Borough digs in to landfill management
Starting Jan. 1, the Central Peninsula Landfill will be managed directly by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and operated by borough employees.

Zip Mart cleanup process continues Sterling residents updated at meeting
The underground benzene plume from the Sterling Zip Mart gasoline spill has appeared to stop growing, but the pollutants likely will be around for decades, Department of Environmental Conservation engineers told Sterling residents Monday night.

Soldotna bridge plans advance
Although the year's construction season is about over, plans to build a replacement bridge across the Kenai River in Soldotna are moving forward.

Senator predicts Republican Senate majority will get the job done
Sen. Ted Stevens predicted Tuesday that Republicans would secure a clear, if slim majority in the U.S. Senate on Election Day, enough to pass legislation next year approving the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Photo feature: Making a new friend
Tory Fitzpatrick grooms his snowman named Bob in a light rain Tuesday afternoon in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for more rain and maybe even snow by Thursday. However, skies are expected to get a little clearer by this weekend.

Betty Wilkinson
Soldotna resident Betty Wilkinson died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with her family by her side. She was 87.

John E. Kroker
Nikiski resident John E. Kroker died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, in a fire at his residence in Nikiski. He was 43.

Jimmy P. Littrell
Wasilla resident Jimmy Paul Littrell died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, of natural causes at his home. He was 64.

Ballot Measure 1 about fair, democratic representation
The framers of Alaska's Constitution did not want any particular part of the state to be able to dominate the initiative process, so they included a geographic distribution requirement.

Talk is cheap when it comes to Sudan situation What others say
The second round of the Darfur peace talks opened yesterday with little expectation of progress. That is sad because the stakes are high and the solution is obvious. The only thing lacking is international resolve.

U.S. may pursue similar policies with Bush, Kerry
It has been said with justice that this U.S. presidential election is a world election in which the world has no vote. Rarely if ever has a presidential election in the U.S. attracted so much international attention, based on the assumed worldwide consequences of a Bush or Kerry victory.

Around the Peninsula
Inter-faith shelter meeting setTrapper orientation scheduledCaesarean awareness meeting setHealth center gets limited flu vaccineMasquerade ball, auction planned

Around the Peninsula
Canned food drive slated Boys and Girls to host trunk or treat Road maintenance meeting set CGC test scheduled Childbirth classes scheduled Safe Sitter classes offered

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards. The contest was developed as a way to encourage high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism.

Interior Distance Education Association
The public is invited to visit the office and see the renovations. It has been reorganized to create a more user-friendly space. The new look includes moving all of the contact teachers to the front office, making more space available for curriculum to be displayed for families and enlarging the resource room area.

Soldotna Elementary
Skylar Bruce won the box top contest for this week and received an ice cream dessert for his efforts. Families are encouraged to keep sending in box tops for education and sign the box tops to be in the drawing.

Sears Elementary
Thank you to Dr. Sue Snyder for providing a week of learning to the students and staff. She provided all of the ideas, activities and materials.

Cook Inlet Academy
Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday afternoon and evening and Friday morning. Conferences for seventh through 12th grades will be held "arena style" in the gym.

Redoubt Elementary
The Halloween parade will begin at 2 p.m. today in the gym.

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Sterling Head Start
The children have been learning about different pets. They visited with a pet box turtle and a puppy.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The students finished the personal best lifelong guideline last week. Parents are encouraged to ask their child about it.

Students were able to practice fire safety techniques with the Kenai Fire Department last week.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The book fair ends Thursday.

Ninilchik School
Mrs. Boll's class will eat lunch at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center and present songs and plays.

Grace Lutheran
The children were the entertainment at the first Frogs (Friends of Grace Lutheran School) meeting Monday. The students in upper-graders presented the play, "The Fisherman and His Wife." The preschoolers and lower-graders sang and acted out several of the songs they've learned this quarter.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Dates to remember:

The Pumpkins Gone Crazy Contest is open to all home-school families. Make a pumpkin (carved, scraped, painted, accessorized, etc.) and bring it to the office by today. Pumpkins may represent a character, animal, vegetable or item. Prizes will be awarded Friday. Categories are up to 4 years old, kindergarten through second, three and four, five and six, seven and eight, nine through 12 and adults.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Amber and Martina have been teaching the students the song, "Brother John," in Dena'ina and made "ush" (snowshoes) out of pipe cleaners. Miss. Sonja is teaching the class animal names, "ta/in" for whale," /uq'a" for salmon, "ggugguyni" for raven, "dah/ika" for eagle, "ggagga" for bear and "dnigi" for moose.

College costs up moderately; private loans rise sharply
The pace of ever-rising college costs has slowed somewhat this year, and students are relying more on private loans rather than grants or other federal sources to finance their education, according to two new studies.

Students of the month
The following students were named September Students of the Month at Seward High School.

Wings Christian Academy
On Friday, there will be a fall harvest festival at Immanuel Baptist Church. The student council will provide a mechanical bull. The proceeds from this will help pay for the painting of the gymnasium and a school mascot. The cost will be $3 per ride. The public is invited

Soldotna High
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 Thursday. Friday is a designated staff in-service day.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School
Parent-teacher conferences will be conducted Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students on those days.

Presentation demonstrates tools for the vision impaired
Visually impaired students and their teachers recently got a firsthand demonstration of some high-tech devices that could help students in everything from learning to read Braille to navigating the Web and help teachers use classroom time more efficiently.

Kenai Central High
The football banquet will begin at 6 p.m. today in the cafeteria.

Kenai Middle School
David Ashkenasy was selected as the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month, which entitled him to lunch with the chamber at Paradisos last week.

Still showing off: KPC Showcase celebrates 20th anniversary
KPC Showcase, Kenai Peninsula College's award-winning lecture, entertainment and arts series, has just begun its 20th season. Originally known and still often referred to as the Sunday Showcase, it was begun in 1984 by longtime vocal instructor Jean Brockel and KPC's English professor Dave Forbes, who died in 2002.

Skyview High
There will be a Halloween dance from 8 to 11 p.m. today in the commons. The cost is $5 per student or $4 for students in costume. There will be prizes given out for best costume, most creative and best couple.

Soldotna Middle
Thank you to everyone for helping with the magazine fund-raiser.

Kenai's Hall makes three tackles for Falcons
Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, played for the Atlanta Falcons Sunday against the Chiefs, even though Hall was listed as questionable with a shoulder injury heading into the game. Hall made three solo tackles in the Chiefs' 56-10 victory. Hall now has 12 tackles for the season.

KPHA goes 2-0-1 in Fairbanks
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team played three games this weekend in Fairbanks, winning two and tieing one.

Angry Shanahan says Broncos aren't only cut blockers
DENVER Angry that people around the league are calling his offensive line dirty, Mike Shanahan set out to prove the Broncos are really no different from anyone else.

Tennesse's plan to aviod rebuilding is unraveling
That forced coaches to scrap all plays with two tight ends, a staple of the offense, and drop plays specially designed for Troupe to use his physical skills and minimize his inexperience.

Photo feature: Hiding out
A spruce grouse blends into its namesake tree near Kenai on Wednesday.

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