Friday, October 31, 2003

Red Sox put Ramirez on waivers, no takers likely
BOSTON (AP) Manny Ramirez makes so much money that even the biggest spenders in baseball don't want him.

Securities scams often target elderly
DENVER (AP) The pitches sounded so promising.

Consumers struggle spending new bills
WICHITA, Kan. As colorful new $20 bills circulate around the nation, more consumers are finding out that the notes do not work on automated payment machines like those found in self-service checkout counters at grocery stores.

Not all fun and games for electronics giant
TOKYO Sony Corp., its consumer electronics sheen dulled by cheaper competition, is struggling to bounce back with a corporate retooling that will slash 20,000 jobs, or about 13 percent of its global work force.

More boomers invest in values, with improved results
CHICAGO (AP) Rae Kramer, a devotee of socially responsible investing since before it became a trend, has heard all the cracks about oddball baby boomers like herself who sink money into the stock market without focusing overly on returns.

State claims ACS wireless promotion broke law
JUNEAU (AP) The state has filed a lawsuit against ACS Wireless, accusing the company of violating the Alaska Consumer Protection Act with its promotion of a wireless service earlier this year.

Alaska company plugs in
FAIRBANKS (AP) A group of Fairbanks entrepreneurs hopes to solve a problem for cold-weather drivers.

Internet stocks may be priced for perfection
NEW YORK (AP) Here we go again.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Incorporating, partnership workshop planned Kenai business offers expanded yoga classes Fishers eligible for trade adjustment assistance

How to choose the right landscape hue just for you
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) When Martin McGann sends his Penn State landscaping students out to work with clients, he tells them to carry a few paint chip cards along. That helps them when they go about picking plant colors for particular sites

Hamill returns to Broadway, without the light saber
NEW YORK Try as you might, you'll have a hard time finding Mark Hamill's most famous acting job in his Playbill biography.

Down the Road
The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Ritz 2003" The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents a photograph and watercolor show

Events and Exhibits
The Soldotna Inn and Mykel's Restaurant will host a free haunted house The Soldotna Church of God will have a Halloween event he Kenai Potters Guild will have a Clay Art Show The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska Wild: 2003," The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Rube Tikka, Pam Mersch and Dottie Sanders Mykel's Restaurant has video stills Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center

Sackett's Kenai Grill Mykel's Restaurant Kenai Joe's The American Legion Post No. 20 The Vagabond Inn The Rainbow Bar The Katmai The Riverside House

Anchorage Events
The Anchorage Symphony presents a performance by tubist Mike Martinson The Alaska Native Heritage Center The second annual Alaska Rock and Mineral Show Tlen-Huicani The Anchorage Museum of History and Art

Tate Modern unveils the work of weather
LONDON If the stereotype that Britons are obsessed with the weather can be taken as fact, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has given them plenty to talk about with a new work at the Tate Modern gallery.

Scary sounds
Though kids generally get more enjoyment out of costumes and candy than most grown-ups do, or at least than most grown-ups will admit to, that doesn't mean kids should get to have all the fun on Halloween.

Best Bets
Kenai Peninsula College Common Ground will sponsor a Halloween event

Narratives show Alaska's challenges to early church
Alaska's early clergy had to be every bit as tough as other pioneers. Narratives, written by Russian Orthodox missionaries working with Dena'ina Athabascans, offer proof. They may have been meek servants of Christ, but priests still faced freezing, starvation, drowning, pestilence, hostile drunks and swarms of mosquitoes.

Upcoming Events
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center's fall bazaar Tlen-Huicani

Art Briefs
Future of museum discussed Poetry contests open for entry Painting group to meet Artists in Schools solicits interest Amateur art show accepting entries Table tennis players wanted Elders celebrated in art contest Craft fair vendors wanted Artists wanted for shows Fund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

Director revives, rereleases 'Alien' flick
LOS ANGELES Before Steven Spielberg made extraterrestrials cute and cuddly, Ridley Scott made them slimy and savage.

Real-life 'School of Rock' catches on
NEW YORK There's more than one way to teach kids the beat.

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Gasoline, airline tickets priced too high in Alaska
Living in Alaska we are expected to pay higher costs than those who live in the Lower 48, but a couple of commodities that seem to be overboard are gasoline and airline ticket prices.

Nursing students appreciate donation to help buy books
Thank you to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxilliary.

Misuse of eminent domain hurts small property owners
All across the country, states, cities and other government entities are misusing eminent domain to take private property from little property holders for the benefit of corporations and other large property owners.

Event kicking off snowmachine season once again successful
The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers' Snow-machine Kickoff Party was again a big success.

GM will focus on Chevy car
AVONDALE, Ariz. On the surface, General Motors' announcement it was dropping its support for the Pontiac Grand Prix on the Nextel Cup Series circuit next year seemed like a big deal.

A growing hobby
HAMPTON, Ga. The woman sitting in the center seat on the flight from Greensboro, N.C., to Atlanta could afford better than a coach ticket. But for Beth Ann Morganthau, it's never been about the money.

Points leaders
Nascar point leaders

Race schedule
Race Schedlule

Checker Auto Parts 500
WHERE: Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.

Ken Schrader
Ken Schrader is not sure if he'll have a job on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series next year, but he's not worried. He'll find something to race.

Riggs getting his chance to move up to Winston Cup
AVONDALE, Ariz. Scott Riggs is too old to be one of NASCAR's ''Young Guns.''

Money leaders
Nascar money leaders

Speakers protest changes to fund
Most of the eight Kenai Peninsula residents who testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposal to change the way payouts are made from the Alaska Permanent Fund objected to one aspect or another of the plan.

Halloween drunk drivers in for frightful night
Law enforcement officers will be out in greater than normal numbers tonight and through the Halloween weekend patrolling for people driving under the influence.

Borough comp plan garners questions, concerns from public
Ongoing efforts to garner public comments needed to help write a new Kenai Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Plan continued this week as representatives of the borough and the consulting company it hired to oversee revamping the policy-guiding document spoke to a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience Tuesday.

Local U.N. chapter plans appreciation event
In recognition of United Nations Day, the local chapter of the United Nations Association-USA is hosting a "U.N. Appreciation Evening" Saturday evening at Soldotna High School.

Photo feature: Solar flare leaves impact
The aurora borealis fills the northern sky late Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, above the Russian Orthodox Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel in Kenai, Alaska. Astronomers are predicting that tonight's aurora could be visible across the entire United States in the aftermath of one of the largest solar flare eruptions in years.

Message delivered!
Anyone who ordered a pizza in the central Kenai Peninsula this week also probably received a message with the meal.

Trick-or-treaters seek food for charity
High school students from around the Kenai Peninsula will trick-or-treat Friday for canned food.

Photo feature: Puddle patrol
A driver encounters a large puddle in the parking lot between McDonald's and Three Bears in Kenai last weekend. Forecasters are calling for showers starting Sunday.

Solar flare leaves impact
DENVER The most powerful geomagnetic storm possible walloped the Earth early Wednesday, knocking out some airline communications but apparently causing no large power outages or other major problems.

Sprague re-elected assembly president
Pete Sprague will serve another year as president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Borough industry growth at standstill
Kenai Peninsula Borough industries showed no major expansions during 2002, but neither were there major setbacks.

Jack Andrew Johansen
Ninilchik resident Jack Andrew Johansen died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at his home near Ninilchik. He was 44.

Frieda Krause
Soldotna resident Frieda Krause died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at her home. She was 80.

Promoting peace one way to help defeat hunger around the world
In order to help eradicate world hunger, we need to start right at home. Hunger is a prominent issue in our community, and donating time and energy toward our community food organization will be effective to this issue. It builds understanding and helps others that are in sometimes desperate situations.

Comprehensive plan update offers chance to influence the future
Citizens sometimes accuse government at all levels of not involving them enough in the public process before decisions get made.

Deficit makes it difficult to justify pay increase OK'd by U.S. Senate What others say
Last week, the U.S. Senate voted 60-34 not to exempt itself from a cost-of-living pay increase coming next year to all federal employees.

U.S. hoping to glean insights on North Korea from defector
WASHINGTON Kim Jong Il has befuddled official Washington since he took office nine years ago on the death of his father, North Korea's Great Leader. American officials hope a defected 81-year-old propagandist can demystify the new Great Leader.

Officials should act quickly to temper disaster damage What others say
The egg on FEMA's face could fry in this firestorm.

Research shows hunger not confined to poor countries; it's here, too
World hunger is an extensive problem in our society. I was not aware that millions of people are chronically hungry in Africa, South America, Europe and other places around the globe. Yes, even in our local communities on the Kenai Peninsula, hundreds of people go hungry every day.

Biologist getting the GIS of things at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Two weeks ago when I was carving pumpkins with a group of friends, we were using those cool new

Streamside trees benefit from wolf reintroduction
BILLINGS, Mont. Streamside trees and shrubs that elk in Yellowstone National Park feed on appear to have made a marked recovery since gray wolves were reintroduced to the region, two new studies by Oregon State University researchers conclude.

Happy trails: Tsalteshi gets update
In 1990, Alan Boraas, a professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, envisioned a trail system behind Skyview High School that would travel from the school all the way down to Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Winter Kickoff scheduled for Nov. 7
The Tsalteshi Trails Association and Soldotna Community Schools will hold a Winter Kickoff Extravaganza Nov. 7 at Tsalteshi Trails, which are located behind Skyview High School.

Around the Peninsula
Blood drive slated Harvest carnival planned Auction planned in Homer Lutefisk, lefse dinner planned CIRCAC schedules meetings CourtWatch seeking volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Lions host candy stop Students to trick-or-treat for charity VFW hosts Halloween party Alaska slide show planned AMVETS to host blood drive Food drive to benefit local food bank slated

Religious conventions are hot commodity for Charlotte, other mid-size cities
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Christian Church and the city of Charlotte were a match made in conventioneering heaven.

Evangelical Christians offer Halloween 'tracts and treats'
GARLAND, Texas (AP) Halloween has become the busiest time of year for publishers of Christian literature, or tracts, as evangelicals focus outreach efforts on the holiday.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" Mark 1:15.

World Orthodox Christian leader to visit Austria
VIENNA, Austria (AP) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, will visit Austria next year, the nation's chief Greek Orthodox prelate said.

Evangelist Luis Palau targets younger crowd with skate parks, festivals
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Professional BMXer Bruce Crisman swoops up a concrete slope of Portland's Burnside Skate Park, hanging airborne for a moment before rushing down again.

Christians, Jews and Muslims team up to build Habitat home
DETROIT (AP) Building interfaith relations took a new twist when three dozen Christians, Jews and Muslims teamed up for a Habitat for Humanity project.

Senior citizens sue city over religious freedom
BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (AP) For years, senior citizens gathered at the Balch Springs Community Center on Monday mornings to enjoy a gray-haired gospel band known as ''Silver Threads'' and hear an inspirational message from the Rev. J.B. Barton.

Christian Church joins Taco Bell boycott
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Delegates to the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have voted to join a boycott of Taco Bell over treatment of Florida tomato workers.

Church Briefs
Church plans harvest carnival Halloween night event today Harvest party tonight Biblical seminar planned Bluegrass services this Sunday Love INC annual meeting slated Lutefisk and lefse dinner planned New church to start in Soldotna Clothes2Go open Wednesdays Christian poetry sought

Conservative movement to emphasize importance of Jewish law
DALLAS (AP) The head of the arm of Conservative Judaism representing congregations said the movement must do more to inspire members to follow Jewish law, such as keeping kosher and lighting Sabbath candles.

Baptist school to appeal rejection of voucher program over gays
DENVER (AP) A private Baptist school will appeal a decision by Denver-area officials to reject its voucher program application because the school would expel homosexuals.

Catholic-Orthodox talks reach partial accord on ancient creedal dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) The official dialogue between Roman Catholic and Orthodox leaders in North America announced partial agreement on a doctrinal issue that has divided the two Christian branches for nearly 1,000 years.

Prep Swimming Honor Roll
Here are Alaska's top six times for the 2003 high school swimming season.

Super Mario notches assist in Penguins draw
PITTSBURGH Mario Lemieux became the sixth player in NHL history with 1,700 points with an assist that started a four-goal run by Pittsburgh, but the New York Islanders scored twice in the third period for a 4-4 tie Wednesday night.

College coach nears prestigious record
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. No scholarships, no screaming coaches, no grueling practices, no mandatory offseason weightlifting, no whistles.

Fish should top Colts
The Dolphins are favored by three points, basically the home- field advantage.

Low snow in Fairbanks hurts top skiers
FAIRBANKS (AP) The best Nordic skiers in North America arrived in Fairbanks a few days ago to train for the upcoming race season.

Colts, Dolphins set for showdown
In a season in which winners seem to meet losers most of the time, Indianapolis and Miami have a rare game Sunday. It's a matchup between teams with just three losses between them.

Squirt B's have big weekend
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team played four games last weekend, at the Soldotna Sports Center, winning three and tying one.

Rangers have power-play success, top Carolina
NEW YORK Petr Nedved scored the Rangers' first power-play goal of the season, snapping a second-period tie and sending New York to a 4-1 victory Thursday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

James impressive in his pro debut
SACRAMENTO, Calif. LeBrilliant except for the result. LeBron James more than lived up to his hype in the first regular-season game of his NBA career, playing like no other 18-year-old ever had in his professional debut as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 106-92 Wednesday night to the Sacramento Kings.

Sooners hope to avoid third straight problem with OSU
NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma State came close three years ago, pulled off a huge upset the next, and then went out and routed Oklahoma last season.

Youth served
PHOENIX The NBA's future was showcased Thursday night, and 20-year-old Amare Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns came away with a 95-86 victory over 18-year-old LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Grouse: The rush of the flush
Few things instill such excitement, making the heart skip a beat, like the sudden roar of the beating wings of a grouse flushed unexpectedly. For that reason, grouse hunting ranks number one on the list of autumn outings for many peninsula hunters.

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