Saturday, November 20, 2004

Baseball owners delay vote on Expos' move
CHICAGO The Montreal Expos remain in limbo, already out of one home but not quite ready to move into a new one.

Planning key to successful retirement saving
Stein, who serves as spokesman for the annual National Retirement Planning Week, says he's worried that many people won't be able to retire or will have saved so little that they'll outlive their money.

Far-reaching impact of dollar's slide
The dollar has been struggling for almost two years, but in recent weeks its slump has been exaggerated, dropping against most major currencies and tumbling to a record low against the euro.

Colleges in need of portfolio managers find them in their own classrooms
NEW YORK (AP) A growing number of colleges and universities find they don't have to go far to locate good investment managers for their endowment funds their students are handling some of the accounts.

Assembly should cut spending rather than increase taxes
Last year the borough assembly placed a real property tax exemption increase on the ballot which passed by a wide margin. When discussing this ballot proposition they knew there would be a $1 million loss in tax revenue to the borough. This tax revenue shortfall when coupled with their spending $10 million more than revenue over the past 4 years, while failing to cut the size and cost of borough government, did nothing but aggravate an already bad fiscal situation. It seems the only solution being offered now to the assembly's chronic over spending problem is to raise taxes.

State should not be on the hook if gas line ends up failing
I want a gas line, you want a gas line to save the stranded gas on the North Slope. It would be great to get this gas to market to help solve our nations energy problems. But, all the major oil company players in the state have done feasibility studies, all their studies have come back with the same results: "Not Economically Feasible at This Time."

NASCAR reaches final race
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Jimmie Johnson went from top contender to also-ran to unbeatable, and now he has all the momentum heading into the last race of the Nextel Cup season.

Hoops, hijinks tip off today
Kenai basketball fans feverishly awaiting the start of the local basketball season are in for a bit of comic relief tonight at Kenai Central High School, when members of the Harlem Globetrotters will be in town to challenge a team of local firefighters, police and emergency personnel.

Kenai economic growth targeted
The results of nearly a year's worth of work on an ambitious economic development plan for the city of Kenai were unveiled Wednesday at the Kenai City Council meeting.

Photo feature: Kid's-eye view
Samantha Luethy has a comfortable view of the world Thursday from her family's front window facing Stellar Drive in Kenai.

Man shot during fight with burglar
A Kasilof man surprised burglars at his home Wednesday evening and was shot in the legs several times as he struggled with one of the thieves, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Governor asks for funds to fight substance abuse
Gov. Frank Murkowski is calling on the Legislature to approve $7.1 million in increased funding for state programs that prevent substance abuse and fetal alcohol syndrome.

JayLynn Raye Espinoza
JayLynn Raye Espinoza died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at her home in Soldotna. She was 3 1/2 months old.

Dwight Daniel Long III
Dwight Daniel Long III died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, a his home in Kenai. He was 58.

House must stand together in wake of coup
Anyone with a bit of knowledge of the history of Alaska politics shouldn't have been surprised by the attempted "coup" by House of Representatives members recently. After all, this is the same body that once ousted a Kenai Peninsula legislator from the speaker's role while said legislator was on vacation in Hawaii.

Predator control helps threatened snowy plovers
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) For the second year in a row, the Western snowy plover has had a strong nesting season on Oregon beaches, in large part due to wildlife managers killing the foxes, crows and ravens that eat the threatened birds' eggs and young.

Sea birds touch down in Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) Least auklets, sea birds that normally live in the Bering Sea, were spotted in two Interior villages.

Kamchatka: A mixture of southern Alaska's past and future
I recently took a trip across the North Pacific to visit another northern peninsula the Kamchatka Peninsula. When we flew into the coastal capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, we could see several Redoubt-sized volcanoes dominating the landscape. These volcanoes are part of an arc of volcanoes running down the spine of Kamchatka toward Japan.

Program provides access for hunters
LEWISTON, Idaho Waine Martin of Clarkston likes the looks of the hunters who have been showing up at his place west of Genesee.

Tree-trimmer first to complete round trip of Pacific Crest Trail
LOS ANGELES (AP) A self-employed tree trimmer from Santa Cruz is believed to be the first person to complete a roundtrip hike of the Pacific Crest Trail connecting Mexico with Canada, one of the longest continuous backpacking routes in the United States.

Wilderness first responder course offered
Deborah Ajango is sponsoring an intensive backcountry medical training course in Anchorage from Jan. 28 through Feb. 6, 2005. This 72-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Responder course will enable students to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles away from help and dialing 911 is not an option. This course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and those who spend time in remote areas. Graduates will receive WFR certification by Wilderness Medical Associates, valid for three years, as well as BLS level CPR and anaphylaxis certification.

New coral guide could help fishers, scientists
JUNEAU (AP) A new field guide to Alaska corals could cool flare-ups between fishermen and scientific observers when the fragile organisms are hauled aboard Alaska fishing boats.

Around the Peninsula
Square dancing lessons available Wallyball league forming Holiday bazaar planned NRA plans banquet Animal sanctuary fund-raiser slated Family concert set Doughnut fund-raiser scheduled Rock-a-billy fund-raiser planned Pie auction fund-raiser planned

Disgruntled Canadian Protestant ministers want to unionize
TORONTO (AP) Some stressed-out United Church of Canada ministers have launched an unprecedented campaign to seek union representation.

National Council of Churches issues postelection appeal
ST. LOUIS (AP) The general assembly of the National Council of Churches issued a statement lamenting that ''discussion of moral values during the campaign resulted in the widely held perception of opposing Christian camps.''

Republican Catholics in Congress reach an all-time high
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) A religious survey of the incoming U.S. Congress shows an all-time high of 67 Roman Catholic Republicans, including six of the nine new Catholics in the House. There are 86 Catholics from the Democratic Party, Catholics' longtime political home.

Giving thanks shouldn't be relegated just to holiday
Thanksgiving is one word; giving thanks is two, but they are really just one word and a word that should be part of our lives every day, not just one day a year when we use it as holiday jargon.

Jewish committee issues latest edition of Thanksgiving readings
NEW YORK (AP) The American Jewish Committee issued its fourth annual edition of ''America's Table,'' a 20-page booklet about the nation's diverse but united peoples for readings at Thanksgiving dinner tables.

Pastor says church Subway shop about mission, not money
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) At True Bethel Baptist Church, the Rev. Darius Pridgen is happy to serve the Word. He's also pretty quick to serve a sub.

Two Presbyterian officials leave posts after disputed Hezbollah meeting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Two Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) officials who took part in a controversial meeting with leaders of Hezbollah have left their jobs.

Church Briefs
Womens prayer group to meet Holiday bazaar planned Fair trade craft sale planned Coggins leads Kenai chapel

Almanac data show the nine most Catholic states went for Kerry
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) The nine states with the heaviest Roman Catholic percentages in their populations all voted for John Kerry, data from the newly issued ''2005 Catholic Almanac'' show.

Upset Canadian Protestant ministers want to unionize
TORONTO (AP) Some stressed-out United Church of Canada ministers have launched an unprecedented campaign to seek union representation.

Black Pentecostals vote values, but not part of 'religious right'
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Like other evangelical Christians, leaders of the Church of God in Christ want to limit abortion and bar same-sex marriage.

Second Anglican diocese in Canada OKs same sex blessings but bishop withholds consent
HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) A synod of the Anglican Church of Canada's Niagara Diocese voted 213-106 to authorize blessings for same-sex couples, but Bishop Ralph Spence withheld his required endorsement for the measure to go into effect.

So simple, anyone can do it New approach to skiing has beginners making turns
WILMINGTON, N.Y. Stephanie Ryan never gave downhill skiing a thought, even though she lives in the Olympic village of Lake Placid in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.

Deja vu on trails
Cross-country skiing is becoming a lot like fishing on the Kenai Peninsula, where enthusiasts head out only to find tough going and hear, "You should have been here yesterday."

Teams warm up for weekend
In a pair of dual meets Thursday at Skyview High School, the West Valley Wolfpack edged the host Panthers with a win in the final match of the meet and defeated the Soldotna Stars as well.

Spurs secure fifth straight victory
PHILADELPHIA Tim Duncan scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight victory, 88-80 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

Area squads set for North-South Tourney
The big schools have their first big meet of the year Friday and Saturday at Soldotna High School, as 18 teams will converge on Soldotna High School for the North-South Invitational.

Mosley faces rematch with Winky Wright
LAS VEGAS A year ago, Shane Mosley was celebrating his second win over Oscar De La Hoya and making plans to replace him as one of the sport's biggest stars.

No. 15 Virginia Tech clobbers Maryland
BLACKSBURG, Va. Bryan Randall threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score Thursday night, helping Virginia Tech move closer to a Bowl Championship Series game with a 55-6 rout of Maryland.

Spurrier resurfaces
COLUMBIA, S.C. Lou Holtz will retire as coach at South Carolina after the season, The Associated Press learned Thursday night, apparently paving the way for Steve Spurrier to replace him.

Peyton has to play wind factor in Chicago
For all of Peyton Manning's heroics this season, 20 of his 31 touchdown passes have come at home, in the windless conditions of the RCA Dome.

Deacons rip Rams
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Chris Paul scored 16 points despite taking just three shots from the field Thursday night to help No. 2 Wake Forest beat Virginia Commonwealth 81-67 in the Preseason NIT.

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