Friday, November 7, 2003

Reds outfielder found dead after shooting
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson was found dead early Wednesday on a residential street after he was shot and apparently run over in a Phoenix suburb, police said.

Hampton ends Maddux's string of Gold Gloves
NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton ended Greg Maddux's record run of NL Gold Gloves while Luis Castillo and Derrek Lee of the World Series champion Florida Marlins won for the first time Wednesday.

Homeowners are missing more mortgage payments
AUGUSTA, Ga. The American dream is getting harder for people to hang on to.

Glaves named director of Soldotna's chamber
As the new executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce moved into her new office this week, she said the job has everything she's always wanted.

Rolls Royce teams with MRO in Kenai
Rolls Royce, one of the most recognizable names in the gas turbine industry, has increased its presence on the Kenai Peninsula by partnering with MRO Sales Inc. of Kenai.

Building jobs offer some of best pay in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) Construction industry jobs were among Alaska's highest paying professions in 2002, according to state labor statistics.

Quarter halfway through change
WASHINGTON On the road to change, the quarters are halfway there.

Retro candy: a sweet tooth fix for boomers
NEW YORK (AP) Remember candy necklaces, Wacko-Wax lips and Necco wafers?

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleIncorporating workshop slated

Outrage only building in mutual fund scandal
NEW YORK (AP) It was bad enough that mutual funds, the good guys of the investment world, got dragged into trading shenanigans. It's an absolute outrage that so many people knew about it and did nothing.

Agrium reports third-quarter earnings of $25 million
Agrium Inc. announced last week that its worldwide net earnings for the third quarter of 2003 were $25 million, the highest third quarter earnings in more than five years.

Financial planners can help consumers make objective decisions
NEW YORK (AP) Some people are pretty good at creating a budget, holding down debt, managing investments, buying the right amount of insurance and saving for retirement.

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

'Matrix' sequel lacks thrill of original
Think back to 1999, when you first saw "The Matrix."

Art Briefs
Painting group to meetMuseum holds open housePoetry contests open for entryTable tennis players wantedElders celebrated in art contestCraft fair vendors wantedArtists wanted for showsFund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

Through the eye of the mind & camera
Whether it's examining nature as seen through the naked eye or getting a glimpse of an artist's vision inspired by his mind's eye, two photography displays at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center showcase both things and ways to see.

Miner's biography suffers from rocky writing
Wesley Earl Dunkle is not a household name today, but he led a fascinating life and contributed much to Alaska's development in the first half of the 20th century. A miner, engineer and aviator, he helped the chaos of gold-rush prospecting mature into a modern extractive industry.

Spruce hen enforcement doesn't help anyone sleep more soundly
Did you read the Clarion article a couple of weeks ago about the "sting operation" the Alaska Department of Fish and Game enforcement folks are utilizing to catch hunters shooting spruce hens on or from some of our rural gravel roads?

Hunter education class, moose hunt appreciated in Ninilchik
The Ninilchik School staff and students would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International for sponsoring a Hunter Education Class and Moose Hunt on Oct. 17, 19 and 22.

Government should not subsidize tourism industry and its advertising
As an industry, tourism should not be subsidized by the government. The private sector profits by it, so they should be doing and paying for their advertising.

'Twinkie Bandits' spoil winter golf, not to mention damage to property
Last Sunday, in the middle of the night, a group of thieves and vandals decided to pay Birch Ridge Golf Course a visit.

Friends of Kenai library say thanks for support for raffle, fund-raiser
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who helped make our recent raffle and fund-raiser a success:

KCHS football team appreciates state championship season support
The Kenai Central High School football team, coaches and parents would like to express sincere appreciation and gratitude for all the community support from businesses, sponsors and individuals who made our football season so successful. What a terrific group you are!

Legislation will end opportunity for Alaskans in groundfishing
This letter is coming to you from a lifetime Gulf of Alaska fisherman, Tom Gilmartin. Fishermen are the backbone of the local Alaska economy and spend most of our times at sea fishing not politicking. So time at sea leaves the big money boys in charge of you, our senator, Mr. Stevens.

Race schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Spotters keep busy drivers informed during race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Things happen fast at Martinsville Speedway, and for that reason car owner Junior Johnson wanted an extra pair of eyes watching Darrell Waltrip.

Money leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $5,225,4052. Tony Stewart 5,003,8973. Kurt Busch 4,873,800

Points leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 4,8282. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,6003. Jimmie Johnson 4,587

Casey Mears
Casey Mears, the nephew of racing legend Rick Mears and a rookie on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, admits he may have moved too quickly into Winston Cup. Although the season has been trying, he said it's been worth it.

Venues to drop ARCA
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. The ARCA Re/Max Series appears to be losing a business partner in 2004.

WHERE: North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C.

Some Alaskans: Tax, don't cut
A physician who has spent 20 years serving in emergency wards in Homer and Soldotna tol

Notice mistake delays action regarding wolves
ANCHORAGE The state Board of Game did not properly notify the public of its meetings in Anchorage this month, but the error will not hold up a program to kill some wolves near McGrath that will begin shortly after the snow flies.

Homer area residents keep close eye on resource development
Residents of the lower Kenai Peninsula, an area being eyed by developers as a possible source of natural gas, are watching the ongoing debate in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where public opinion and coal bed methane projects have collided over surface and subsurface rights.

Meeting planned to inform residents
Kenai Peninsula residents will hear from state officials and have a chance to voice their opinions about shallow gas development around Anchor Point and Homer at a public information meeting Monday.

Plan begins next phase
After attending a flurry of public meetings from Moose Pass to Seldovia and just about everywhere in between consultants working on the Kenai Peninsula Borough's updated comprehensive plan wrapped up their whirlwind tour of the Kenai Peninsula this week.

Homer parents earn kudos
Class sizes and pupil-teacher ratios may have dominated discussions at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting Monday in Homer, but there still was other business to attend to, as well.

Kenai rec center to reopen by Dec. 1
The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula has gained approval to begin its second stint at operating the Kenai Recreation Center over protests by the Friends of the Kenai Recreation Center group.

2 die from injuries in vehicle accidents
Two Kenai Peninsula men died as the result of injuries received in separate motor-vehicle accidents Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night.

Kenaitze director keeps heritage alive
When asked to explain the red T-shirt she was wearing while addressing the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, the cultural heritage and youth director for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe IRA translated the word printed on the shirt and described its importance among Native youth athletes.

Smooth skating
Alexx Nikolas makes good time as he skates home from school in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon.

Marie Alicia Scouler
Former Soldotna resident Marie Alicia Scouler died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at the Sun Health Hospice in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 81.

Myrtle Lee Hadden
Former Soldotna resident Myrtle Lee Hadden died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, in Globe, Ariz., from lung cancer. She was 73.

Verlin Dean Darrow
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Verlin Dean Darrow died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, of natural causes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 57.

Republicans win big in off year
WASHINGTON A year before the 2004 elections, the news is grim for Democrats, losers of statehouses in Kentucky and Mississippi in off-year balloting, victims of a wave of retirements by Senate Southerners and petitioners in court hoping to block a Texas House redistricting massacre.

Decision made; it's time to move beyond dispute on rec center Editorial
Give it a chance to work.

Bush's policy to cut taxes proving itself
Eight weeks ago, President Bush said: ''You don't raise taxes when an economy is recovering. Matter of fact, lower taxes will help enhance economic recovery.''

More attention should be paid to Americans to need
Reaching out to other countries and offering assistance when they are in need is an important part of American foreign policy. Just as important, however, is reaching out to help those in need right here.

Ready to rock
FAIRBANKS They are called ''rock skis'' and if you're a cross-country skier living in Fairbanks, chances are you own a pair.

Plenty of sweat equity invested in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's cabins
It really is 'rotten' when people disrespect ownership and kindness, yet most people have not sunk as low as one might expect in the 73 years subsequent to Andrew Berg's journal entry. Berg's cabin is still standing on the shores of Tustumena Lake with its door unlocked, offering shelter to anyone 'who may happen along.' And so far, people have respected the open door and treated the cabin quite well.

2003 Snowmachine trails grant applications available
The 2003 Snowmobile Safety and Education Grant Program application is now available through Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Grants are available for snowmobile safety and education programs.

Trapping part of peninsula ecosystem
Trapping has been important to Alaskans since long before the first white explorers began to arrive, and continues to be culturally, environmentally and economically important to the people of Alaska in the present day.

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

Trails bring out community's best, users hope it stays that way
What kind of a community do we live in? An answer will come this winter at Tsalteshi Trails.

Alaska's peregrine falcons: Stay or go?
Silhouetted against an overcast autumn sky, the shifting V-shape of southbound geese embodies migration. Many of Alaska's hawks and falcons also migrate, but traveling singly or as small family groups, they don't advertise their departure from the north as dramatically.

Around the Peninsula
Lost in Yonkers performed Memorial dart tourney planned Alaskans for Peace and Justice to show film Mystery creek road to close Benefit hockey game scheduled PFLAG to meet Photographers guild to meet Swim team to hold tryouts Aviation safety meeting set

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimists meet todayFood donation earns cable discountCraft bazaar, auction scheduledVolunteers sought for air quality research

Photo feature: Mmmmm, steak!
Shawn Raemaeker's dog Ginger might be contemplating all of the culinary options while the two sit in front of Safeway in Soldotna on Wednesday afternoon.

Damaged North Carolina churches keep faith but lose grants after hurricane
DAVIS, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coastal churches damaged when Hurricane Isabel swept through have kept the faith some meeting outdoors immediately after the storm but aren't able to turn to government for rebuilding aid.

Catholic religious order gives disabled women chance to serve church
BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) The long, somber echo of a bell's toll resonates throughout the tiny chapel, a signal to the Benedictine nuns who live at the monastery that it is time to begin morning prayer.

Catholic annulments: Commonplace and unpopular among both conservatives and liberals
NEW YORK (AP) Traditionalists, progressives, even loyal Roman Catholic insiders have unkind things to say about the annulment process.

New Hampshire churches and synagogues unite to help the homeless
NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) Ten churches and synagogues in New Hampshire's coastal area have begun a project to provide shelter, food and other help to homeless families

Like in Biblical times, God still speaks to those who listen
When I hear someone say, "The Lord said this to me and that and the other thing," how can I know for sure they heard clearly from God?

Minister to go on trial for beating child parishioners
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) The Rev. Walter Oliver is facing trial for assault and risk of injury to a minor for beating two children who attended Bible Speaks Ministries, a small church that met in his home.

Leader of polygamous church pleads guilty to incest
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jeremy Ortell Kingston, a member of a Utah polygamous clan that has its own church, pleaded guilty to incest with LuAnn Kingston who is both his aunt and cousin and was 15 when he took her as his fourth wife.

Civil liberties union won't challenge Nevada mayor's 'God Bless America' signs
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union, which advocates strict separation of church and state, has nevertheless decided not to challenge Sparks Mayor Tony Armstrong's new ''God Bless America'' signs at city hall.

Indonesia's police chief says an organized group is behind Christian murders
POSO, Indonesia (AP) A well-armed and organized group is responsible for recent killings of at least 12 Christians on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia's national police chief said, though he would not say if it was an organization with links to al-Qaida.

Conservative group urges funding cutoff from Presbyterian headquarters
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) A conservative caucus that has long been critical of leadership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is now asking congregations and individuals to consider halting contributions to national agencies of the church.

Church Briefs
Love INC annual meeting slated Lutefisk and lefse dinner planned Poetry contest deadline Saturday New church to start in Soldotna Clothes2Go open Wednesdays

Sports Briefs
Prep hockey season starts tonightJones settles dispute, looks to TarverRubin, Capriati win in WTA ChampionshipsCastro ordered to stand trial on rape charges

'Bron, 'Melo upstaged by Boykins
CLEVELAND The kid from the local high school stole the show and all LeBron James could do was watch.

TCU edges Louisville to remain unbeaten
FORT WORTH, Texas TCU did just enough one more time to remain undefeated and continue the debate about whether it deserves to be part of the Bowl Championship Series.

Classic matchup of offense vs. defense in St. Louis
The Baltimore Ravens slow things down. The St. Louis Rams speed things up.

Region III leans to north teams
Last season, Region III/4A's Southern Division, made up of peninsula schools Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Skyview, was superior to the region's Northern Division.

Flyers add to misery of last-place Caps
PHILADELPHIA Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick each had a goal and assist, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Thrashers snap skid with Buffalo breakout
BUFFALO, N.Y. Patrik Stefan scored on a penalty shot, and Randy Robitaille and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal and two assists for Atlanta, which snapped a three-game winless streak by beating Buffalo 7-4 Wednesday night.

Howell, Perry lead, Woods stays in hunt
HOUSTON Ten minutes after he watched his par putt spin out of the hole to end an aggravating day, Tiger Woods changed into shorts and a sleeveless shirt, then strapped on his fingerless gloves to go lift weights.

Virginia Tech tries to remain in championship contention
Virginia Tech could fall out of the national title picture about as quickly as the Hokies played their way back into it.

Nikiski, Seward set up showdown
The Nikiski and Seward volleyball teams recorded three-game victories Thursday in the opening round of the District 3/3A volleyball tournament at Nikiski to set up a showdown tonight.

Nikiski set to host District 3/3A event
Nikiski has spent this whole volleyball season preparing to host the District 3/3A volleyball tournament.

SoHi swimmers have tough task ahead at state
Last season, Soldotna High School swimming and diving coach Sohail Marey took a look at the seed times and concluded that his squads had a decent chance to win team titles at the state swimming and diving championships.

Pacers stop Nets, take third victory in a row
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Former Net Anthony Johnson held off a late New Jersey rally with two straight 3-pointers and the Indiana Pacers won their third straight game, 87-81 Thursday night.

SoHi skaters shut out by Malemutes
The Soldotna High School hockey team opened the season with a 2-0 loss to Lathrop in the opening game of the Peninsula Ice Challenge tournament Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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