Monday, November 3, 2003

Cuba Gooding Jr., whose career has been a veritable rollercoaster since his phenomenal success in 1996's Jerry Maguire, has hit a new high with his latest, Radio, the story of a mentally handicapped young man who teaches a small South Carolina town about the meaning of charity and goodwill. Call this an apology to the Academy for Boat Trip

Abuse of proxy fishing pales alongside of catch-and-release
Les Palmer does well to make us aware (Clarion, Oct. 31) of possible abuse of proxy fishing, but any abuse of daily limits by a few score of proxy anglers is as nothing compared to the abuse of daily limits occasioned by tens of thousands of anglers practicing catch-and-release.

Support of basketball league gives kids chance to learn skills, have fun
The Boys and Girls Club's first- and second- grade basketball league just concluded its 2003 season.

Youths from Interior have memorable experience here
On behalf of the board of directors of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau I would like to applaud Carrol and JoAnne Martin of the Diamond M Ranch for their gracious hospitality in providing housing for three weeks recently for a group of youth volunteers from the Tribal Civilian Community Corps (TCCC), an AmeriCorps program through the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Earnhardt keeps title hopes alive
AVONDALE, Ariz. Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept his slim Winston Cup championship hopes alive Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Nikiski netters roll past Hawks, Rams
The Nikiski High School volleyball team wrapped up its regular season on a high note, defeating the visiting Houston Hawks in three games in a District 3/3A match Friday.

ATIA head: Alaska tourism underfunded
According to two of the state's tourism industry leaders, both state and local governments can do more to help attract visitors to Alaska.

Domestic violence issues debated, questions raised
What causes domestic violence? Who are the aggressors and who are the victims? Are Alaska's domestic violence laws too severe? Why don't victims of domestic violence just leave?

More treats than tricks
Trick-or-treaters scramble across Pine Street in Kenai in search of candy Friday night. Weather conditions were ideal for Halloween and the annual search for sugar loot.

Whooping cough outbreak reported on peninsula
The Alaska Division of Public Health is combating an outbreak of whooping cough in two isolated villages east of Homer.

Photo feature: High lights
The northern lights dance above the bluff at Clam Gulch during last week's geomagnetic storm. The effects from that event have passed leaving the current forecast for moderate activity visible only for more northern locations.

More treats than tricks
Trick-or-treaters scramble across Pine Street in Kenai in search of candy Friday night. Weather conditions were ideal for Halloween and the annual search for sugar loot.

Rec center's reopening up for vote
After being closed for nearly four months, the Kenai Recreation Center soon may reopen with a vote of the Kenai City Council.

Alaskans not rattled by 2002 shake, but researchers were jolted into some serious study
FAIRBANKS On Nov. 3, 2002, the largest strike-slip earthquake in North America in 150 years ripped through central Alaska, tearing up 209 miles of the Earth's surface like a box cutter on carpet all in about 100 seconds.

Class sizes focus of meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will begin discussing staffing formulas for the 2004-05 school year at its meeting tonight in Homer.

Gease named director of sportfishing group
Kenai's Ricky Gease has been named the new executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

Frederick Michael Anglebrandt
Soldotna resident Frederick Michael Anglebrandt died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of lung cancer. He was 54.

Edgar Alonzo Davis Jr.
Clam Gulch resident Edgar Alonzo Davis Jr., died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 89.

Bethany Nicole Crawford
Bethany Nicole Crawford died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, in Soldotna.

Bush not taking any chances
CRAWFORD, Texas One year before voters decide whether to fire or rehire him, President Bush is furiously raising re-election money, collecting political IOUs and concentrating on states that strategists believe will decide the White House race.

Sound intelligence key to stabilizing situation in Iraq's guerrilla war What others say
Donald Rumsfeld, it turns out, was right. In his now famous memo, which came to light a week ago, he pointed out to his Defense Department aides that the war on terrorism wasn't going as well

Be any kind of slob you want at home, but mind your manners while dining out
I love buffets. They are such a sound investment for people who live to eat, rather than eat to live, and I am one of those people.

Not doing anything not an option for highway project
Highway planners working on a solution to the section of the Sterling Highway that goes through Cooper Landing from milepost 45 to 60 need a dose of Solomon's wisdom.

Too many people not getting enough to eat, but everyone can help
Our society is fading in a world tainted with greed. When will all of America wake and smell the roses? About 21,600 people die every day due to chronic malnutrition. It would cost only $13 billion to stop world hunger. People spend half of that on their pets!

Presidential Approval: At A Glance
President Bush's overall job approval rating was at 53 percent in the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.

Students think about hunger
Why does our world allow an approximate 800 million people to go hungry every day? "Approximately 1.5 billion people live on less then U.S. $1 a day and every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger," according to information from "

Quinten Thomas Cox Benjamin Richard Spinka Madrine Elizabeth Scott Thompson Ethan Dallas Yeager

Pumpkins with personality
For centuries, people in Europe carved pumpkins to scare away evil spirits during the festival of Samhain.

Broken heart may cause as much distress as physical pain
WASHINGTON A rejected lover's broken heart may cause as much distress in a pain center of the brain as an actual physical injury, according to new research.

Club News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Knape, Davis announce engagement
Mindy Sue Knape and Joseph Ray Davis of La Grande, Ore., have announced their plans to marry Nov. 15 at First Baptist Church in La Grande.

Doctor's nutrition bar fights depression
ARDMORE, Okla. For his patients with depression, Dr. Neil Nedley recommends a healthy daily dose of Omega-3. But going home armed with recipes including the ingredients for a diet high in Omega-3 didn't inspire many of his patients. Now, they have another choice.

Around the Peninsula
Borough schedules meetings for plan update LIO teleconferences set Boys and Girls Club to offer dance classes Help for home day-care providers available Banquet, auction planned Holiday nutrition classes offered

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participant. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768. Children are not allowed to attend an adult class or wait unattended while a parent takes a class.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski Community Council to meet Village of Lights kickoff planned Job seminar planned Childrens basketball team forming Cheerleaders holding food drive KCHS to sponsor blood drive

Community News
Holiday bazaar set for Skyview Caregiver support meetings planned Blood bank schedules drives Library plans November activities Electronic greeting cards available for troops Thanksgiving baskets to be offered

Bierdeman, Jones plan January wedding
Jessica Bierdeman of Kenai and Kevin Jones of Wake Forest, N.C., have announced their plans to marry Jan. 9 at First Baptist Church in Kenai.

Peninsula People
Blanchard named AP Scholar Queen graduates with honors Rahlfs helps lead college forensics Peyton-Warner officially a Marine

4-H members earn annual awards
The following is a list of 2003 Kenai Peninsula 4-H winners:

Couple dives into marital abyss for bliss
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The depths of Jeff Sohl and Rebecca Fringer's commitment was sorely tested.

Winter is no wonderland for dogs
Winter in Alaska can present some important health hazards to dogs, and special considerations often must be taken to protect companion animals from cold weather injuries and ailments.

My best friend
KC and Brandy, owned by Charlie and Kristy High of Sterling, try on their costumes for Halloween.

Pet Hints from Heloise
Pet hints

Grace netters stay perfect
The Skyview High School volleyball team finished the regular season on a down note, dropping a nonregion match to the Grace Christian Grizzlies in three games Saturday at Skyview.

Broad attack on drugs finally becoming reality
Skirmishes against drugs in sports often seem futile. A bust here, a bust there, then business as usual.

Gagliardi ties wins record
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) John Gagliardi tied Eddie Robinson as college football's career victory leader Saturday, guiding Division III St. John's to a 15-12 victory over St. Thomas.

Lakers fans give Kobe big welcome
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant received huge cheers in his home debut and scored 21 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an 87-72 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Virginia Tech routs No. 2 Hurricanes
BLACKSBURG, Va. Virginia Tech blew the national championship race wide open Saturday night with the biggest victory in its history, 31-7 over No. 2 Miami.

Kenyan out-puffs Combs, wins NYC
NEW YORK Margaret Okayo surged past her closest competitors and took the lead with about seven miles to go in the New York City Marathon.

From champion to inspiration
Things were looking good for Luke Spruill. A two-time state wrestling champion, the 1995 Kenai Central graduate had his sights set on a big-time college wrestling career. But a horrific car accident in the winter of 1996 left Spruill with a broken back and shattered dreams.

Avs roll through Rangers
NEW YORK Alex Tanguay scored the tying goal in the third period and assisted on Karlis Skrastins' winner 1:14 into overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

New England posts shut out of MetroStars
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Rookie Pat Noonan and Dario Fabbro each scored a goal to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-0 win over the MetroStars in the opening round of the MLS playoffs Saturday.

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

Raptors score just 56 points in loss to Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Latrell Sprewell's defense helped the Minnesota Timberwolves hold Toronto to a franchise- low for points in a 73-56 victory Saturday night.

Knights top Stars
Colony got nine kills and seven aces from Rochelle Ray, as the Knights beat Soldotna 25-13, 25-10, 25-17 in Region III/4A action Friday at Colony. Jacquelyn Cowan led Soldotna with six kills in the losing effort, while Stacey Foster added three digs for the Stars.

Goosen win keeps Tiger in the hunt
PALM HARBOR, Fla. Tiger Woods might be the first guy to call Retief Goosen and congratulate him for winning the Chrysler Championship on Sunday.

SoHi girls take region crown
The Soldotna High School girls swimming and diving team won its fifth straight Region III title, holding off a competitive field at the Region III Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Valdez.

UAA drops two to Minnesota Duluth
DULUTH, Minn. Junior Lessard scored two goals and added an assist as Minnesota Duluth skated past Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 in WCHA action Saturday.

Manning, Colts buck Miami
MIAMI Peyton Manning threw for 266 yards and survived a potentially disastrous interception in the closing moments as the Indianapolis Colts beat Miami 23-17 on Sunday.

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