Saturday, November 6, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.<

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.''

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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