Saturday, November 27, 2004

New race attracts peninsula mushers
Three Kenai Peninsula mushers have signed up for the debut of the Sheep Mountain 150 sled dog race and said they are looking forward to evaluating their teams to see which dogs will do best at fleecing the competition and which should be sheered from the primary team.

Lake Erie runs have anglers hooked
NORTH EAST, Pa. Steve Young loves all things fish, but he loves steelhead in particular.

Students witness fruits of their labors when planted coho return to spawn
LAPWAI, Idaho Dead fish make Lapwai High School students proud.

Utah outfitter releases pheasants to revive hunting
LOGAN, Utah The glory days of pheasant hunting on the Cache may be over, but don't tell that to Dustin Shields.

New video makes mockery out of of JFK's assassination
On Nov. 23, 1963, I was 8 years old and attending Scotts Valley Country School as a third grade student near Augusta, Wis. Even though that awful day was 41 years ago, I remember it as vividly and precisely as though it was yesterday.

Raven's Roost shows hard work of Winter Games' volunteers
The Arctic Winter Games 2006 will be held in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in March 2006, and much hard work and "heart" and donations have been put into the various stages thus far by many, many individuals and companies.

Packed house at Kenai church hears children's musical
As directors of the children's musical, "Holy Moses," Mary Nicholas and I were very pleased as the choir successfully completed the final of two wonderful performances Nov. 14 at First Baptist Church of Kenai, in front of a packed house. Fifty minutes of historical facts and fun were presented as the choir sang about Baby Moses in a basket-boat, saved by Pharaoh's daughter, chosen as the spokesperson of God, the Burning Bush, the 10 plagues God pronounced upon Egypt that would convince Pharaoh to free God's people, the Ten Commandments God wrote for Moses on Mount Sinai that showed the Israelites how they should live once they were freed, and the significance of God's Laws for people today.

Kenai traditions usher in holiday season
Today's "Christmas Comes to Kenai" would not be the same without the help of the Kenai Fire Department.

Hospital receives special delivery
Using the care of a shopper picking up a dozen eggs, workers from Toloff Construction in Nikiski employed a heavy duty boom crane to lift a million-dollar piece of medical imaging equipment from a delivery truck and lower it through the roof of Central Peninsula General Hospital on Wednesday.

Search continues for missing pilot
The Civil Air Patrol is continuing its search on the Kenai Peninsula for a Wasilla pilot and his white and blue Maule ML-7 aircraft that have been missing since Monday afternoon.

Fair specializes in offering the unique for sale
Anyone interested in original Alaska art will have plenty to choose from as this year's craft fair ushers in the holiday season.

Deborah Sue Arness
Soldotna resident Deborah Sue Arness died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 54.

Adrienne R. Miller
Kenai resident Adrienne R. Miller died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at her home in Kenai. She was 35

News in economic, education corners deserves mention
While we're still in the season of giving thanks, two stories of economic note are cause for Alaskans' gratitude.

'Oregon Field Guide' delights armchair adventurers
SALEM, Ore. Oregon has a handful of outdoor junkies who paddle when the water is high, spread wings or hoist sails when the winds howl, surf when the breakers are crashing and catch big air when the powder drifts.

Living deliberately: Thoreau's 'Walden' still relevant after 150 years
I recently purchased a 150th-anniversary edition of Henry David Thoreau's book "Walden," an edition claimed to be "the most beautiful edition ever published of Thoreau's masterpiece," with color photographs of Walden Pond, trees, leaves and even tiny mosses interspersed throughout its 275 pages. The publisher pointed out that the price of the book ($28.12) was only a half a cent less than what Thoreau spent to build his cabin on Walden Pond in 1845.

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.

With dam gone, Catskill river flows freely
CUDDEBACKVILLE, N.Y. For the first time in nearly a century, American shad, brook trout, and a tiny endangered mussel are able to migrate up the fabled Neversink River past a site long blocked by a dam.

Around the Peninsula
Candy fund-raiser beginsRemembrance celebration setSalon-a-thon, auction fund-raiser setHomer Public Health sets scheduleChristmas trees available on refuge

Scandal puts focus on Los Angeles cardinal, whose legacy may be at stake
LOS ANGELES (AP) Speaking with a compassion born from years of working with the migrant poor, Cardinal Roger Mahony addressed a crowd in English and Spanish last spring as he paid tribute to the late labor activist Cesar Chavez.

Differences loom in ongoing talks over Russian church reunification
MOSCOW (AP) The Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, a New York-based branch that split off after the Bolshevik Revolution, still differ on many issues and that has slowed reunification talks.

Protestants deliver Tabernacle's first non-Mormon talks in 105 years
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Two leading conservative Protestants, author-evangelist Ravi Zacharias and Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw, preached at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, the first time non-Mormons had spoken there in 105 years.

Church Briefs
Unity service slatedFair trade craft sale plannedWomen's prayer group to meetMission fund-raiser plannedThis Hope to performHanukkah party setChristmas concert set

After 10-year struggle, Hawaiians win permit for chapel
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) After 10 years, two denials, a federal lawsuit and a contested case hearing, a small rural congregation won a permit to build a chapel on its property.

Dutch church merging hints of Protestant drive to join up
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands With each signature on a parchment document, a group of Dutch clergymen watched their churches pass into history.

Tennessee chapel owner pleads guilty after conducting 600-plus bogus weddings
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) The former proprietor of the local Wedding Loft pleaded guilty in county court to impersonating a professional in performing more than 600 nuptials in the 1990s. The state legislature has since legalized those marriages.

Remembering to express thanks in all things important
Music is an integral part of worship. It is a way to convey feelings like no other. We sing songs from a hymnal in church, as well as short songs called choruses. They are sometimes called "7-11 songs," because they often have about seven words which are sung 11 times.

Virginia convention will seek membership in Baptist World Alliance
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Responding to the Southern Baptist Convention's June decision to quit the Baptist World Alliance, the Baptist General Association of Virginia decided with minimal dissent to seek its own membership in the international body.

Pittsburgh upsets No. 21 West VirginiaAP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko found himself down late in the game against a favored opponent for the second game in a row. Just as he got it done against Notre Dame, he got it done against West Virginia.

Jones bullies Bears
IRVING, Texas Bill Parcells wants to develop Drew Henson into an NFL quarterback and he wants to win games. If he has to pick one, he'll take winning every time.

Colts quarterback tosses six touchdowns vs. Lions
DETROIT Peyton Manning barks and gestures at the line of scrimmage, adjusting to defenses and changing play calls.

Ravens could be Patriots' biggest remaining test
Kyle Boller is coming on. Tom Brady is in top form.

Washington tops Utah
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Nate Robinson helped stake No. 22 Washington to a big lead early Thursday night against Utah, then helped stave off an upset.

Health forces Brown to quit coaching job
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Hubie Brown retired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday due to health reasons.

All Manning needs now is Super Bowl victory
Peyton Manning had barely made it to the locker room, and already the talking heads on the network NFL shows were debating his place in history.

Environmentalists oppose shrinking grizzly zone
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) Environmentalists are opposing a proposal to shrink the zone where grizzly bears would be allowed to roam in Wyoming.

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