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Saturday, November 15, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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