Saturday, November 8, 2003

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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