Saturday, November 22, 2003

Will consumers shop or not?
NEW YORK (AP) This isn't the time for consumers to lose their holiday spirit. The economy needs ho-ho-ho, not ho-hum.

Credit counseling can be valuable for families in debt
NEW YORK (AP) The reputation of the credit counseling industry has been badly battered in recent months.

Boomers have little to expect from inheritances
Today's retirees are the wealthiest ever, but that doesn't mean they'll be leaving behind significant bequests to bail out the baby boomers.

Aunt proud to read about nephew
As Zach Womack's aunt, I was very proud to read the article you wrote on his accomplishments. Being a 30-year high school teacher, it is always great to see where students excel and to prove that young people can have high standards and goals for bright futures!

Wrestling travel fund gets help
Thank you to all the parents, coaches and wrestlers who helped at the Soldotna High School Craft Fair.

Nation owes more to those injured in service to country
I have been thinking about running for the U.S. Senate, but I have reached a point where someone younger should pick up the ball. There is not one senator who remembers what a young man or women gives up for their country when he or she enlists into the service as a soldier.

Council approves trail project
The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday evening gave the go-ahead to the state for the design and construction of a walking trail from Soldotna Creek Park to Binkley Circle, near the Aspen Hotel.

Photo feature: Rush hour
Students from Soldotna Montessori Charter School at Soldotna Elementary take turns going downhill fast during recess Thursday afternoon. The forecast is for mixed rain and snow today followed by partly cloudy skies this weekend.

Happy in the valley
Unocal Corporation announced Thursday that an exploration well in its Happy Valley prospect has hit a commercial pocket of natural gas and the company likely will drill three development wells next year.

Kenai man arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault
A Kenai man was arraigned Wednesday in Kenai Superior Court on 10 criminal counts, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Motors blamed for river pollution
Preliminary results of a study done by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation suggest that motorboat traffic is responsible for the majority of hydrocarbon pollution found in the Kenai River.

Peter William Johnson Obituary
Soldotna resident Peter William Johnson died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at his home. He was 55.

40 years later: Reflecting on Kennedy's words
John Fitzgerald Kennedy 35th president of the United States (Jan. 20, 1961 to Nov. 22, 1963)

Parks chief got his start as a mule skinner
ANCHORAGE The road that took Alaska's new state parks director from a ranch in Montana to the helm of the largest state-park system on the continent traces a long and winding track across the face of North America.

Ski swap, Warren Miller film in Seward
In association with the Seward Nordic Ski Club Ski Swap Saturday, Warren Miller's film "Journey" will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Seward High School theater.

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.

Like Alaska's wildlife, refuge staff, programs adapt for warmer winters
Two weeks ago, I was startled and amazed at the same time. As I walked out the front door of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, there was a little animal that stood out like a sore thumb.

Home on the range
JUNEAU It's cold, and a metal rifle is colder. The air is crisp, Mount McGinnis looms in the distance. A row of men and women lie prone on a cement slab, cushioned by inch-thick mats, one knee cocked to the side.

Around the Peninsula
Health center to close for Thanksgiving Free car seat check up Saturday Grant writing workshop set Firefighters plan basketball fund-raiser Victorian tea scheduled

Conservative Anglican leader is named president of Nigeria's Christian association
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) Archbishop Peter Akinola, the leader of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican), has been elected president of the Christian Association of Nigeria an alliance of Protestants and Roman Catholics in a nation with a strong Muslim presence

Unitarian Universalists host minister
Fran Dearman of the Anchorage Unitarian Universalists Fellowship will lead a workshop Saturday and conduct the Sunday service for the Soldotna-Kenai Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

North Carolina church receives dropped-off prayer requests
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) The mailbox outside of Gaston Christian Church isn't for typical letters. It's just for prayer requests.

Catholic bishops from Africa, Asia bring concerns to U.S. bishops
At a meeting with America's Roman Catholic leaders, Archbishop Simon Ntamwana of Burundi recounted an all-too-familiar litany of African woes: Crushing poverty. War. AIDS.

Oriental Orthodox suspend world talks until Anglicans settle gay disputes
LONDON (AP) The Anglican Communion said Monday that the Oriental Orthodox churches have suspended ecumenical talks until the Anglicans settle their internal disputes over homosexuality.

Thanksgiving holiday 1 day with 2 possible outlooks
Abraham Lincoln's ambassador to Great Britain was Charles Francis Adams.

Pope tells Indian bishops to oppose caste system
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II told visiting Roman Catholic bishops from India that Christians must reject divisions based on caste, saying such prejudice ''denies the human dignity of entire groups of people.''

U.S. pastor returns to see Cuba church thriving
CAMP CANAAN, Cuba Paul Northrup raised his hands and shouted ''alleluia!'' A congregation of more than 1,000 Cubans echoed back.

Baptists plan to open new seminary in Texas
DALLAS (AP) Southern Baptists in Texas plan to open the independent Carroll Theological Institute next fall in a location somewhere between Dallas and Fort Worth.

Querin to speak in Soldotna
The Rev. Sandi Querin will be the featured speaker during North Wind community services at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna.

Missouri holiday light display sparks debate
MONETT, Mo. (AP) Critics of a holiday light display in a city park are complaining because it lacks religious symbols.

Marginal skiing better than nothing
As of Thursday morning, things were getting down and dirty for area cross-country skiers.

Riders on the storm
Tony Touch, left, Scott Seifert, center, and, Phil Reynolds hike up Vail Mountain through several inches of fresh snow for an early taste of snowboarding Monday in Vail, Colo.

Want to play hoops in Arctic Winter Games?
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska recently announced selection procedures in the sport of basketball. Athletes

Southern Miss throttles TCU
HATTIESBURG, Miss. TCU in the BCS? Southern Mississippi put an end to any debate by fighting off a frantic comeback attempt by the Horned Frogs.

Skyview in the hunt for state title
The four Class 4A, or big-schools, wrestling teams from the Kenai Peninsula will have their first major shakedown of the young season today and Saturday at the North-South Tournament at Wasilla.

Lightning strikes Islanders thanks to Stillman's late goal
TAMPA, Fla. Cory Stillman scored his 10th goal of the season in the third period to help lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the New York Islanders 3-2 Thursday night.

Decision expected soon on Expos for 2004
CHICAGO (AP) The commissioner's office hopes to decide by next week whether the Montreal Expos will move 22 home games to San Juan or Monterrey in 2004.

Mavs nip Spurs in Texas tussle
DALLAS Michael Finley scored six of his 17 points during a game-turning run in the third quarter and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late charge to beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-92 Thursday night.

Moose skaters top Nikiski 10-1
The Nikiski High School hockey team dropped a nonconference game 10-1 to the Palmer Moose Thursday at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

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