Friday, November 14, 2003

McKeon, Pena win manager of year awards
NEW YORK Jack McKeon calls himself an ''old goat.'' He can add ''wise.''

Gagne garners Cy Young
NEW YORK Eric Gagne was almost as perfect in NL Cy Young Award voting as he was on the mound.

Baseball will penalize ballplayers on steroids
NEW YORK The test results are in, and they confirmed what many in baseball suspected: Some players were taking more than vitamins.

A-Rod trade talk shot down at baseball meetings
PHOENIX Alex Rodriguez is not on the trading block. And any deal to send Curt Schilling to New York probably won't happen this week even after the Arizona ace agreed to speak directly to the Yankees.

High protein diets beef up meat prices
KINGSVILLE, Texas Until recently, a lanky Texan like Paul Genho had little interest in celebrity doctors and their diet trends. But thanks to the toppled food pyramid advised by the low-carbohydrate Atkins and South Beach diets, red meat sales are up again.

Market unfazed by fund scandal, but risks exist
NEW YORK (AP) It's one thing for investors to shrug off the mutual fund scandal. It's another to think there's no risk to their stock portfolios.

Local publisher gets extreme with new magazine
Alaska has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts, particularly those interested in hunting and fishing, and although there are numerous magazines devoted to these specific interests, few focus on both.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesNantau to present business workshopLocal businesses to support food bankHoldridge promoted to assistant vice presidentHotel industry award nominations sought

Boomers seek vacations offering knowledge as well as relaxation
NEW YORK (AP) Growing up, Rosalind Tedards was always interested in the Civil War.

Year-end tax planning can reduce aggravation in April
NEW YORK (AP) April 15 may seem far away, but it's not too early to start thinking about your 2003 income taxes.

Microsoft finds itself in hard spot over software
BRUSSELS, Belgium Even as Microsoft Corp. defended itself Wednesday against charges that it is trying to corner the media player and server markets, new trouble was brewing for its Windows XP.

Anglers of steel
For many peninsula anglers, fall fishing for steelhead is as common a routine as aftershave in the morning.

Plenty of good fishing left on Kenai Peninsula
Late season fishing is still in full swing in many locations around the peninsula.

'Wildflowers are weeds with a press agent'
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) A popular definition for weeds here in the agriculture-rich Shenandoah Valley is ''anything growing where it isn't wanted.'' That catchall phrasing puts a lot of posies in the pot: Wild roses, for example. Chicory.

Former Bush teacher pens mellow memoir
John Foley is a restless soul but a relaxed raconteur. That combination gave rise to "Tundra Teacher," his memoir of a decade knocking about Alaska.

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

New Crowe movie not ship shape
An action-adventure movie that's almost as clunky as its name, ''Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'' stars a jaunty Russell Crowe, who's sailing far from home to fight the Napoleonic menace.

'Killer Reviews' offers diners murder and merry mayhem
Attempting to write about "Killer Reviews" poses a dangerous challenge, since the play is a murder mystery where the victims are professional critics murdered in retaliation for their negative reviews.

Art Briefs
Community choir begins rehearsalsArt contest ends FridayPainting group to meetMuseum to hold open houseCraft fair vendors wantedCommunity conversation slatedPoetry contests open for entryTable tennis players wanted

Many contribute to success of Region 3 volleyball tourney
We would like to express our gratitude to the following for their role in making the Region 3 volleyball tournament at Nikiski High a success.

National Hospice Month now being observed; volunteers honored
1st Choice Home Health & Hospice would like to publicly thank the dedicated volunteers from Hospice of the Central Peninsula for their participation in our Medicare skilled hospice program.

School supplies appreciated
The students at Kenai Middle School would like to thank Kathy Gensel and the Wells Fargo Bank for generously donating school supplies to our school. The supplies are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Real winners of aerial wolf-control proposals are sports hunters
Who benefits most from the aerial wolf-control proposals passed by the Board of Game?

Chamber's legislative priorities inconsistent with state's past glory
The Voice of the (Anchorage) Times has asked that we recall what Alaska used to be and if we have read much about the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce lately.

Alaskans need annual lesson on safely driving in snow
Nature is an amazing thing. Since the human species has conquered most of the communicable diseases and afflictions that maintained a check on our population, nature has found another way: snow.

Newsmaker: Bill Elliott
At 48, Bill Elliott still loves to race. He won last week's race at Rockingham, N.C., and doesn't mind talking about his team and his life on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit. His mood, however, changes when the subject of retirement is mentioned.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $5,333,9952. Tony Stewart 5,106,8003. Jeff Gordon 4,960,134

Roush already looking at 2004
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Although one of Jack Roush's drivers, Matt Kenseth, had just clinched his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship Sunday, the car owner talked more about improving his team's chances for next year than the victory.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth* 4,9882. Jimmie Johnson 4,7623. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,724

This Week: Ford 400
Where and When

Points championship still to be decided for Busch, trucks series
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Jimmie Johnson said he conceded the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship to Matt Kenseth more than two months ago and started thinking about finishing second in the standings.

Panel proposes idea to help district
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will hear a proposal Monday night for an alternative method of funding cocurricular activities.

Oil, gas Web site launched
In an effort to give residents the most up-to-date information about oil and gas issues affecting the peninsula, the Kenai Peninsula Borough launched a new Web site this week.

Road may be spurred forward
A Georgia-based consulting firm and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have negotiated a contract for predesign-phase work on the proposed 26-mile extension to the Kenai Spur Highway north of Captain Cook State Park.

Kenai seeking new ways to spur business
Without new ideas to spur economic development, Kenai's economy could be facing some tough times in the next decade, according to Mayor John Williams.

Photo feature: Happy trails
Jill Alvey and Judy Fandrei exercise Sadie and Sonova near the Kenai Spur Highway last week.

Glacial dam releases water torrent
Snow Glacier Lake, a glacially dammed lake in the Kenai Mountains north of Seward, has released, letting out a torrent of water downstream into the Kenai River drainage.

Feds release final draft of Cook Inlet oil leases
HOMER As Homer suits up for another battle against the oil and gas industry, a recent study is a reminder that a clash from earlier this year is not yet complete.

Soldier honored
A former Marine corporal from Soldotna received word this week that the unit he fought with in Iraq has been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

Drug task force narrowing direction
The Prescription Drug Task Force, which has been been meeting regularly for about two years to combat the abuse of OxyContin on the Kenai Peninsula, decided Tuesday to shift gears somewhat and begin targeting narrower venues in which to wage its war.

Alaska gets Ds on economy report
Alaska got straight Ds on a national economic development report card in performance, business vitality and development capacity, according to a new study by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development.

Driving habits should change as we switch gears into winter mode
The calendar may say it's still autumn, but Alaskans know winter is here to stay for the next several months.

Big-vehicle tax deductions promote wasteful ways
For Americans enamored of gasoline-swilling urban-assault vehicles, the rush is on:

Did Saddam only pretend to have weapons?
WASHINGTON Maybe Saddam Hussein only wanted to save face.

Injustice must be dealt with in order for world's terrorists to be defeated
That Sunday's car bomb attack in Riyadh, which left at least 17 dead and scores injured, took place during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, underlines the fact that nothing is sacred to terrorists. ...

Taking a moment to remember those who have fallen fighting wildfires
It is an easy thing to grow numb. All you have to do is watch the news, listen to the radio or read the newspaper on a regular basis. Death and destruction assail our senses every day.

Aging guides share voyage into Boundary Waters
KNIFE LAKE, Minn. (AP) Four years ago, when she retired for the second time, wilderness guide Barb Anderson could still hoist the 38-pound Bell canoe onto her shoulders and march over the long portage to Knife Lake.

Wilderness first aid training prepares students to deal with emergencies
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) Imagine this ... It's a warm, sunny day in southern Idaho's back country. Hiking along a new trail with friends, everything seems perfect, until someone falls and sprains their ankle.

Photo feature: Snow-mode overload
RaeAnn Nye walks alongside the Kenai Spur Highway with her son Cody and dogs Yo-yo and Jake, in front, during a lull in Wednesday's snow showers. Forecasters are calling for clearer skies this week, but temperatures are expected to dip below zero by weekend.

Around the Peninsula
Counseling services to hold board meeting Deadline for Thanksgiving boxes today Kenai police chief to speak at awards banquet Alliance to meet Tuesday Christmas bazaar planned Banquet, auction planned Hospice to hold remembrance celebration Local businesses to support food bank

Church Briefs
Native fellowship to meet Bazaar set for Saturday Smith to lead Baptist revival Priest to speak about family Querin to speak in Soldotna

Catholic teacher fired over abortion ad sues bishop, diocese
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Michele Curay-Cramer knew that when she let her name appear in an abortion-rights advertisement in a local newspaper she might get fired from her teaching job at an all-girls Roman Catholic high school.

Louisiana Methodist bishop is new president of National Council of Churches
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) A National Council of Churches assembly installed Louisiana's Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt as president of the group, which comprises some 50 million Christians in 36 Protestant and Orthodox denominations.

U.S. Sikhs launch ''sharing your faith'' campaign to counter prejudice
WASHINGTON (AP) A Sikh organization is sponsoring a ''sharing your faith with your neighbors'' campaign through Sunday to tell Americans about their monotheistic religion and combat prejudice.

Mexico lets public officials attend religious services
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) Mexico has modified its regulations to let public officials attend religious services, but only in a strictly private capacity.

Colorado mother appeals judge's ban on ''homophobic'' religious education for daughter
DENVER (AP) A woman who shares custody of her 8-year-old adopted daughter with her former lesbian partner has been ordered by a judge not to allow anything homophobic into her daughter's religious upbringing.

Billy Graham, at 85, weighs plans for 2004 preaching missions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Rev. Billy Graham, who celebrated a quiet 85th birthday at home Nov. 7, has met with son Franklin and other leaders of his Charlotte-based organization this fall to discuss preaching missions for next year.

Recipe for happy home has several important ingredients
Thanksgiving. In a single word, so many good things come to mind. Sharing is one of them. Sharing food, desserts, memories, friendship and recipes.

Reform Judaism's synagogue union changes its name, on fourth try
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations voted to change the synagogue alliance's name to the Union for Reform Judaism a move aimed at better reflecting the nature of the group.

Newly opened Wyoming monastery harkens back to Middle Ages
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) In the remote mountain peaks of northwestern Wyoming, a rare new Roman Catholic monastery is drawing young men with promises of a Spartan life of prayer and meditation, following traditions rooted in the 16th century.

Missouri Baptist Convention breaks ties with William Jewell College
ST. LOUIS (AP) The Missouri Baptist Convention, long at odds with William Jewell College over sexual issues, has broken 150-year-old financial ties to the school.

Battle over Los Angeles Archdiocese documents waged out of public eye
LOS ANGELES (AP) An effort to investigate sex abuse by priests in the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese has grown into a lengthy and complex legal battle buried under layers of secrecy.

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 projects and programs.

Nikiski, Seward set for state tourney
Will youth be served at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament?

Gannon out for season; Jaguars take a chance on Johnson
ALAMEDA, Calif. Rich Gannon, last year's NFL MVP, will miss the rest of the season and have surgery on his throwing shoulder.

Valdez netters sweep Nikiski
Valdez gave Nikiski a rude introduction to the Class 3A state tournament Thursday at West High School in Anchorage.

Walker hits for 17, Mavs stop Rockets
DALLAS Antoine Walker had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead to the Dallas Mavericks to a 97-86 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Spurs take rematch
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Tim Duncan had a season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds, and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs defeated the New Jersey Nets 85-71 Wednesday night in the first meeting between the teams since the NBA championship round.

Appendectomy can't slow Wake's Downey
NEW YORK Taron Downey, playing eight days after an emergency appendectomy, scored a career-high 20 points to lead No. 20 Wake Forest to an 85-76 victory over Memphis on Thursday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Skyview wrestlers cruise past Nikiski
The Skyview High School wrestling team did well for itself Thursday, defeating Nikiski 46-19 in a dual meet hosted by the Bulldogs.

Why Notre Dame is looking at a safety net
Going it alone is never easy. So it's hard to blame Notre Dame

Sports Briefs
Bird notches 99th career victoryKPHA Squirt B sweeps Anchorage

Canadiens Snowed over in New York
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Garth Snow stopped 28 shots to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Round 1 to Jeff: 'I almost feel guilty'
Her sons fought so fiercely as kids sometimes that Cindy Van Gundy worried they'd never speak to each other as adults.

Germany leads World Cup by one stroke
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. Germany's Alex Cejka and Marcel Siem combined to shoot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the World Cup.

Roddick loses, No. 1 ranking still secure
HOUSTON (AP) A champagne celebration following a defeat? Welcome to Andy Roddick's world.

Rookie's hat trick fans Flames
CHICAGO Rookie Matthew Lombardi got his first NHL hat trick, and Dean McAmmond added two goals for Calgary as the Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Wednesday..

Jones, football stars go before grand jury
SAN FRANCISCO Oakland Raiders running back Tyrone Wheatley hit a photographer outside a federal courthouse Thursday, hours prior to testifying before a grand jury probing a nutritional supplements lab.

Parcells looks for upper hand on Patriots' Belichick
The Dallas Cowboys went to the Meadowlands in September and beat the Giants and Jets, two of Bill Parcells' former teams.

Bryant seeking balance
The smiles are few and sometimes seem as forced as his jump shots. On court by night, in court by day, Kobe Bryant is trying to find his way among his teammates and his attorneys. In a season of uncertainty, moods change like the leads in a game.

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