Friday, November 5, 2004

Phillies, Mets tab leaders
NEW YORK Willie Randolph was hired Wednesday night by the New York Mets, taking over as manager of a troubled team trying to compete with its crosstown rival for success, free agents and fans.

Disgraced execs laugh all the way to the bank
NEW YORK (AP) PeopleSoft Inc.'s former chief executive lied to Wall Street analysts about the company's business. So what happened to him? He got to keep his job for a year, and when he was finally fired, he walked away with a huge severance package.

Funds you pick for the short term deserve careful consideration, too
NEW YORK (AP) Few investors give much thought to the money they set aside for short-term goals, or dare to hope for much of a return in the current interest rate environment. But depending your time horizon, you might be able to do better than you think.

Bush victory seen as boon to many industries
NEW YORK President Bush's victory in Tuesday's election is shaping up as a potential bonanza for Wall Street, where firms are salivating about the possibility that he will follow through on his pledge to allow private investment of Social Security funds.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleDavis recognized for broadcasting workTourism council to hold raffle

Strategies for getting holiday jobs
NEW YORK (AP) People who want to earn some extra money during the holiday season should get their job applications in now.

Negatives don't stick as Murkowski wins Senate term
ANCHORAGE Just call her Teflon Lisa.

Dems gain 1 state House seat; Senate unchanged
ANCHORAGE Republicans in the state House will lose one seat overall to Democratic rivals but remain in control of 26 seats, barring changes in election results from questioned and absentee ballots.

Resort's story shows surprising depth
Alaska is turning white again, and it is time to bring out the skis. If you like downhill skiing, "Alaska's Perfect Mountain" might be the perfect book for you while you wait for the base to accumulate.

Art Briefs
Home-school art classes offeredPoetry contest being heldLogo contest announcedArt proposals wanted for Kenai River CenterContest for young writers announced

KPC program celebrates 20th anniversary
Kenai Peninsula College likes to show off.

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

'Ten Commandments' musical struggling to find promised land
LOS ANGELES Val Kilmer sings his way through plagues and out of slavery in a production that one critic has labeled a ''big, fat biblical boondoggle.''

Putting 'human' back in superhuman
LOS ANGELES Superheroes are typically loners, not family guys.

'Jeopardy!' champ Ken Jennings breaking new records
NEW YORK Quiz-show king Ken Jennings has broken another record on ''Jeopardy!''

November time to honor those who assist family caregivers
It is November and time to celebrate National Family Caregivers Month 2004, a time designated each year to honor, thank and assist family caregivers.

Skyview students help make Halloween craft fair a success
Every year Soldotna Community Schools and the Skyview National Honor Society team up to create a free "Make It and Take It" craft fair for children.

Unocal's flu shot donation much appreciated by Sterling resident
I live in Sterling, I signed up at the Sterling Senior Center for a flu shot. I arrived there on Friday and was standing in line when they announced they were out of flu shots so I left and called my doctor at Cottonwood Health Center and got a 3 p.m. appointment that same day.

Streaking Johnson looking to future
AVONDALE, Ariz. With three straight wins, Jimmie Johnson has NASCAR points leader Kurt Busch looking in his rearview mirror.

BP set for future on North Slope
The program manager for BP's gas-to-liquids test facility in Nikiski did not paint a rosy picture for the plant's future but did tell Kenai business leaders Wednesday the company plans to build a long-term business on Alaska's North Slope.

Photo feature: Frigid finery
Dale Baktuit secures a holiday ornament to a light pole in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon as gusty wind tries to turn the affair into a kite.

Pebble Mine assessment shows plenty of potential
A preliminary assessment of the proposed Pebble Mine project near Lake Iliamna indicates excellent potential for a long-life mine with large-scale, low-cost metal production, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

Winter work
Faye Pierce comes to the end of a two-hour long snow-shoveling job Thursday morning at her home alongside the Kenai Spur Highway. She said she kept herself occupied by rehearsing a song she plans on singing in church Sunday.

Council fills up
Candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Kenai City Council got a taste of election-night drama Wednesday, as the council took six rounds of voting to settling on Kenai attorney Jim Butler by a 4-2 margin over former Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Tim Navarre.

Soldotna swears in new council member Sleater
Although state and national elections this month have been hotly contested, the city of Soldotna went through a smooth and successful transition of power last week when new council member Ed Sleater took over for retiring council member Audrey Porter.<

School board bestows awards, hears reports
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson told school board members Monday night that Mick Wykis, principal of Sears Elementary School, was honored as the 2004 Distinguished Principal by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals.

Education program produces 'highly qualified' teachers
A Kenai Peninsula College faculty adviser told Soldotna business people Tuesday that students completing the education programs at the college are all considered "highly qualified" as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Joni Oakley Weimer
Ms. Joni Oakley Weimer of Mt. Airy, Md., died on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 2004, at her residence. She was 47.

Jesse Ward Robinson
Sterling resident Jesse Ward Robinson died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at his homestead. He was 83.

W.I. Bob Palmer
Former Kenai Peninsula resident W.I. "Bob" Palmer of Juneau died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at his home in Juneau. He was 78.

Winter offers time to slow down, enjoy change in seasons
We live in Alaska. We know there's a season called winter. We know that season means snow. We know the winter season's first snowfall is as certain as death, taxes and lost computer data.

Arafat's illness could signal return to extremism
The severe illness that has befallen Yasser Arafat has opened ... the Palestine Question yet again.

Neither Bush nor Kerry offer much for Arab nations
The 2004 U.S. presidential election may be among the rarest events in which the Arabs find it hard to favor one contender over the other.

Plenty of winners, losers
WASHINGTON You're not alone, Sen. John Kerry. Diplomacy, nuance and your adviser Bob Shrum were also Election Day losers.

Refuge offers snaring seminar
A snaring seminar will be offered at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Local trappers will demonstrate various methods.

Adventurer returns from solo Arctic Circle trek
GENEVA An adventurer who claims to be the first person to trace the Arctic Circle without motorized transportation returned home last week after a 2 1/2-year adventure that nearly cost him the use of his hands.

Nature lovers get glimpse of Sevilleta's varied wildlife
SEVILLETA NATIONAL WILD-LIFE REFUGE, N.M. As it eases itself down behind the Ladron Mountains, the sun leaves a golden blaze that backlights swarthy storm clouds, clings to dust stirred up by a twilight wind, plays tag with the random thunderbolt and brings a blush to the face of the opposite Los Pinos Mountains.

Camp gives youngsters a shot at winter sports
BEAR HOLLOW, Utah There were 11 items on the menu at the Utah Olympic Park, all of which were sampled.

Around the Peninsula
Clam Shell Ledge offers entertainment Lewis to speak at historical society Soroptimist to celebrate silver anniversary Fish and game advisory schedules meeting Multiple sclerosis group to meet College council meeting planned

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support group meeting slatedSoroptimist to meetKPTA plans meetingAOSH to hold hearingsParenting teens class setTeen dance, food drive scheduledMotocross awards banquet plannedHospice to host art workshop

U.S. Muslim imams say hostage takers in Iraq violate Islam
WASHINGTON (AP) Six American Muslim imams have urged the immediate release of all civilian hostages in Iraq. They also say that Muslims involved in terrorism are ''betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent.''

Church builds faith community thousands of miles from India
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) Mary Nadayil immigrated from India to the United States two decades ago, but she knows there's no pushing her American children into the heritage of her homeland.

Governments can create taxing times for the faithful
"Shall I refuse to pay my taxes?"

Religiously involved college students show better emotional health
LOS ANGELES (AP) A survey of 3,680 college juniors on 46 varied campuses shows those with active religious involvement are less likely to experience the psychological problems of the sort researchers say increase during the college years.

Rejecting conventional science, Adventists reaffirm literalism on biblical creation account
In a society where young adherents often face challenges to their beliefs, the top world authorities of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have reaffirmed the faith's insistence that fidelity to the Bible requires belief in ''a literal, recent, six-day creation,'' no matter what conventional science says.

Catholic watchdog panel launches major study of causes underlying U.S. sex abuse scandals
WASHINGTON (AP) The National Review Board, a lay panel that monitors the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops' efforts against clergy sexual abuse, announced the start of a comprehensive, long-term study of causes underlying the scandals that have plagued the church.

Church Briefs
Youth to perform musical 40 Days of Purpose Campaign started Bluegrass services set for Sunday Lutefisk, lefse dinner planned Womens prayer group to meet

Minnesota archdiocese admonishes parish over gay pride material
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The priest at a Roman Catholic parish known for supporting gay and lesbian issues said he will comply with a Vatican order to remove gay pride material from the church Web site.

Irish priests want church to end mandatory celibacy, survey finds
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) A majority of Roman Catholic priests in Ireland support ending mandatory celibacy and granting a greater role to married deacons, a first-of-its-kind survey found.

Orthodox leaders support Bulgaria's patriarch
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Supporting Bulgaria's official Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and ranking Orthodox leaders from eight nations celebrated Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim's 90th birthday at Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

Forest Service grants heliskiing permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Forest Service has granted a Girdwood company a five-year heliskiing permit over the protests of some Kenai Peninsula residents concerned with increased air traffic and possible wildlife disturbances.

Wax 'em up: Trails ready for skiers
With two days of decent snowfall on the central Kenai Peninsula, area cross-country ski trail groomers are beginning to think about getting things ready for the winter season and a few are already in action.

Kardinals post shutout of Bartlett
The Kenai Central High School hockey team came out strong but focused Thursday, defeating the Bartlett Bears 7-0 on the first day of the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Heat win in Shaq's first game
It was anything but a dominant debut in black for O'Neal, who was acquired over the summer from the Los Angeles Lakers for three starters and a first-round draft pick.

Four college football unbeatens try to avoid upsets
The list of unbeatens is down to six with a month left in the regular season.

Louisville topples Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Louisville and Memphis combined for 105 points, 1,202 yards of total offense and 15 plays of more than 20 yards.

Kenai, Soldotna gain semifinals
Peninsula schools shook off a winless performance in the Northern Lights Conference tournament last year with two wins in the tournament's first four matches Thursday at Homer High School.

Singh lurking in bid for 10th victory of season
ATLANTA Vijay Singh went 15 holes without a birdie. He missed half his fairways and a half-dozen putts inside 12 feet. And when he walked off the 18th green Thursday at the Tour Championship, he was right where everyone expected him to be.

NHL cancels All-Star Weekend
NEW YORK In another sign the NHL season is slipping away, the league canceled its All-Star game Wednesday because of the lockout.

Kenai's Hall forces fumble
Travis Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, had an assisted tackle and a forced fumble in Atlanta's 41-28 victory over Denver Sunday. Hall now has 15 tackles 12 solo and three assisted this season, in addition to a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. The Falcons have a bye this week and have a 6-2 record, tops in the National Football Conference South.

Owens does not understand why he's a villain
PHILADELPHIA Terrell Owens has never had any problems off the field. His antics on the field cause him enough trouble.

Area swimmers aim for berths in finals
The state's top swimmers and divers take to the Bartlett High School pool in Anchorage today for the state championship preliminaries, and athletes from the Kenai Peninsula are hoping to be in the mix in Saturday's finals.

Bulldogs looking to stay unbeaten
A year ago, the Grace Christian volleyball team entered the Southcentral Conference tournament without a loss in league only to lose in the championship match to Seward.

Steelers try to stop their second unbeaten team
One unbeaten down, a second arriving in Pittsburgh this Sunday.

Northern Lights tourney features parity
Last year, the Northern Lights Conference volleyball tournament was dominated by Northern Division teams Kodiak, Colony, Palmer and Wasilla.

Spurrier rejects return to Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. If Steve Spurrier decides to coach again, it won't be at his alma mater.

Nets sign Frank to four-year extension
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) A day after signing his first long-term contract as an NBA head coach, Lawrence Frank wasn't in a mood to celebrate.

Basketball, losing return to Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The NBA returned to Charlotte on Thursday night after a two-year absence, but the expansion Bobcats opened their inaugural season with a 103-96 loss to the Washington Wizards.

KPHA squad goes 1-2 in Anchorage
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team had a 1-2 record this weekend in Anchorage.

The golden eagle, Alaska's fearsome bird of prey, rules the skies
JUNEAU ''They're built for killing,'' said Fairbanks wildlife biologist Jack Whitman, who studied golden eagles in Idaho. ''Comparing their physical strength and food habits to bald eagles, the golden eagle is an aggressive, successful predator and the bald eagle is a really good scavenger. How often do you see a golden eagle at a garbage dump''''

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