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Friday, December 5, 2003

Baseball notes
CINCINNATI Dave Miley's 24 years of loyalty to the Cincinnati Reds were rewarded Thursday with chance to keep managing.

Sources: Red Sox to hire Francona
BOSTON Now it will be Terry Francona's turn to see whether he can lead the Boston Red Sox to the World Series.

Toy fight heats up
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. The annual holiday wars between the nation's two largest toy sellers is well under way. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys ''R'' Us Inc. are cutting prices and deploying brigades of Barbie and Elmo dolls as they joust for market share.

Dow continues rise toward 10,000 mark
NEW YORK The Nas-daq composite index flirted with 2,000 for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday and the Dow Jones industrials approached the 10,000 level as investors eagerly picked up stocks following a strong productivity report but then grew cautious.

Nutritional supplement business has time on its side
The $19 billion nutritional supplement industry appears to have time on its side.

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore
NEW YORK (AP) Some people shop all year around so they're ready with just the right gifts when the holiday season arrives.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleSign Works moves to new locationTax workshop scheduledAlaska Open Imaging center expands to SoldotnaArea businesses, individuals to support food bank

Miners excited about future prospects
SPOKANE, Wash. It's a good time to be a miner.

ASRC Energy says Cook Inlet key to new strategy
Like a turn-of-the-century buggy whip maker finding itself suddenly in an automobile world, Alaska's oil and gas support industries need to make substantial changes to keep up with the times.

Exhibit looks at WTC recovery operation at Fresh Kills
NEW YORK For hour after hour, day after day, month after month, they kept at it.

Studio works hard to stage elaborate 'Nutcracker'
Orchestrating 80 performers, synchronizing detailed choreography and dealing with elaborate props and costumes will be challenging for producers when Vergine's Dance Studio stages its full-length, ambitious production of "The Nutcracker" next week, but individual dancers face challenges as well that are perhaps not as dramatic, but still important when it comes to performing a quality production.

Self-help book praises Alaska attitudes
People move to Alaska for the fishing, the scenery, the fat paycheck or that intangible, special something about living on the "Last Frontier."

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

Art Briefs
Art guild announces scholarship recipientsCarolers for hireArtists wantedPainting group to meetAuditions for musical scheduledFund-raiser raffle tickets on saleBoys and Girls Club exhibition slatedTable tennis players wantedStudent art contest announced

Public needs to know truth about schizophrenia, other illnesses
To the general public, "violence" seems to be a synonym for "schizophrenia." We, the vast majority of schizophrenics and people with mental illnesses, are told to excuse the public for their ignorance because American movie makers have made billions of dollars with their "schizophrenic killer" films.

Now is the time to get involved in working for fisheries changes
If you would like to see fisheries regulation changes in our area, now is the time. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued a call for proposals in the sport, sport guided, commercial, subsistence and personal use finfish fisheries for Cook Inlet. This includes all species and is for the Kenai and Kasilof rivers and any other river or stream and the marine fisheries as well. It also encompasses the Mat-Su area and the west side of Cook Inlet.

'Wild' label does not accurately describe inlet's hatchery stocks
It seems like a bunch of people appear to have a problem with the definition of the term " wild salmon." I have been seeing letters to the editor which attempt to address the term "wild salmon." Some of these letters attempt to attach the term " wild" to better processed Cook Inlet hatchery salmon.

Who does have responsibility to act when animals aren't cared for?
I was reading your article about proper care of pets in the cold winter months and how dangerous it is to leave pets out in the open in cold weather. That is all very good information, but I'm wondering what can be done about people who are seriously neglecting their pets.

Soldiers are fulfilling prophecy; no true peace until Jesus returns
This letter is in reference to an article that appeared in the religion section on Nov. 28.

FFA chapters appreciate use of Elks Lodge for training
I would like to thank the Homer Elks Lodge on behalf of the Homer, Ninilchik and Nikolaevsk FFA Chapters.

ABATE's generosity appreciated
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Students in Transition-Homeless Program, the families and I would like to thank the ABATE of Alaska members for their Thanksgiving baskets.

Many contribute to success of 87th Grand Igloo Convention
The Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 33 and Auxiliary 16 of Kenai, and Igloo 32 and Auxiliary 14 of Homer want to thank the following for making the Grand Igloo Convention a great success. Without help from all mentioned we would not have been able to take home so many wonderful memories.

Peak employees donate generously to United Way
Each year, Peak Oilfield Service Company sets out on a mission to help our local United Way agencies, and this year has been no exception.

God did not create humans to eat, drink and be merry
The 2003 Craft Show at Kenai Central High School was good again, and I enjoyed browsing through each booth and seeing the different talents of individuals.

N.C. town is home to majority of race teams
MOORESVILLE, N.C. There are more ratchet wrenches and needle-nose pliers per capita in this community of sprawling industrial parks and waterfront homes on Lake Norman than any other place in the world.

NASCAR goes to Washington
NEW YORK Stock cars were parked on the South Lawn at the White House on Tuesday as President Bush met with several drivers, car owners, mechanics and officials from the NASCAR circuit.

Newsmaker: Robbie Reiser
Robbie Reiser just wanted somebody to drive his Busch Series car for a couple weeks while his regular driver, Tim Bender, recovered from injuries sustained in a racing accident. Reiser called Matt Kenseth, and together they won the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship in their sixth year. Reiser, Kenseth's crew chief, took time out from his championship celebration to talk about the just-completed season.

Kenai nixes free ride on rental-car firms
Rental car companies that use the Kenai Municipal Airport to attract customers, drop off cars and otherwise make use the city facility without being located at the airport will no longer get a free ride.

Popp updates chamber on gas, oil
Telling Soldotna business people that natural gas is where the action is, the Kenai Peninsula Borough petroleum industry specialist described the outlook for oil and gas activities in the Cook Inlet Basin.

Gas shortage could close plant
Unless a sufficient supply of natural gas can be secured, Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer manufacturing complex could cease operations at the end of 2005, corporate officials said Wednesday in a press release.

Mushing software keeps dogs in line
Christmas may have come early this year, at least for dog mushers.

City passes Kenai chamber reins on economic development issues
For the first time in his 18-year tenure as Kenai mayor, John Williams was happy to see an ordinace he proposed defeated by the Kenai City Council on Wednesday evening.

Photo feature: Blow by blow
Terry Shedd tries to stay ahead of the wind as he plows First Avenue for the city of Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Homer council votes against smoking ordinances
The Homer Alliance for Clean Air's efforts to secure a smoking ban in the majority of Homer's businesses were doused at Monday's city council meeting.

Jobless outlook brighter
As seasonal employment in the fishing and tourism industries ended with the arrival of cooler weather and shorter days, Alaska's labor market showed its typical September slowdown, but the unemployment rate rose only slightly to 6.8 percent, just one-tenth of a percent over that of August, according to the Alaska Depart-ment of Labor.

Photo feature: Colors of Christmas
Lori Williams strings holiday lights to the front of her home on Walker Lane in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

Plan makes upgrading roads priority
Maintaining and upgrading borough roads should be the municipality's prime goal as it considers future transportation projects, according to the latest draft of an updated Kenai Peninsula Borough Transportation Plan now under consideration.

Biscuits and gravy battle hunger here
A group of women from Funny River can't stop world hunger, but they can do their part to help in the central Kenai Peninsula, one plate of biscuits and gravy at a time.

Homer getting funding for rink
Construction of a multiuse ice facility in Homer is no longer a matter of if, but when, and when could be as early as spring, the president of the Homer Hockey Association said Wednesday as he announced receipt of a $500,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.

Duaine Earl Johnson
Kodiak resident Duaine Earl Johnson died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, of injuries sustained while operating excavating equipment in Kodiak. He was 69.

Homer council puts rights above health in smoking debate
It's always interesting to observe how individuals and groups can hear the same information yet set decidedly different courses of action based on that information.

AIDS continues to be threat
Advances in medicine have cut into the deadly nature of AIDS and people with HIV, but those advances are part of the reason why more education is necessary.

Tinkering with Medicare probably has just begun
The $400 billion Medicare bill that law-makers approved last week is the biggest piece of domestic legislation to emerge from Congress in years and, between now and next November's election, will provoke endless debate over whether Republicans have finally modernized government health care or have sabotaged a venerable Great Society program that serves 37 million elderly Americans.

Local developer shows interest in building resort
PALMER A well-known developer is the only one to express interest in carving a ski resort out

Chugach partially open to motorized use
Most areas of the Chugach National Forest that allow over-the-snow motorized use are now open. Areas open to motorized use on the Kenai Peninsula include Turnagain Pass, the Primrose Trail, Lost Lake, Resurrection Pass and the South Fork of the Snow River.

Adventure on the refuge: The battle for Trapper Joe's cabin
J. Lignurgaris was always considered a trapper of good reputation. During the summer of 1950 he constructed a cabin within the boundaries of the Kenai National Moose Range near the Chickaloon River on the shores of Trapper Joe Lake.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas bazaar planned in NikiskiMission fund-raiser plannedYouth bowlers to hold fund-raiserGrant writing workshop setNominations for light displays soughtSoldotna tree-lighting ceremony setCapital Project Priorities meetings scheduledFish and Game advisory meeting setKennel club offering dog classes

Around the Peninsula
Remembrance celebration to be held today KPC to hold symposium on heath careers UNA plans presentation Driver safety class offered ABATE begins toy drive Kenai Potters Guild to have clay sale KCHS choir to perform

The Episcopal Church faces change and potential chaos over the gay issue
In the month since becoming the first Christian denomination to consecrate an openly gay bishop, the Episcopal Church has been gripped by unprecedented tumult.

Campaign launched to seek sainthood for Kansas-born priest
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Supporters of sainthood for a Kansas-born Roman Catholic priest who died a prisoner of war in Korea have started a formal campaign to raise money and gather information the Vatican requires for canonization.

British rabbi wins Grawemeyer award for book on religious tolerance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A British rabbi who wrote a book meant as a voice of hope after the Sept. 11 terror attacks was named Tuesday as the winner of the 2004 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Baptist summer Bible school curriculum offends some Asian-Americans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) It's meant to help children learn about their faith, but the Southern Baptists' curriculum for next year's summer Bible school is drawing fire from some church officials and Asian-Americans who say its images and title ''Rickshaw Rally'' promote stereotypes.

Franklin Graham to visit war-torn Sudan
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Evangelist Franklin Graham plans to travel to Sudan at the invitation of its Muslim government, which he has criticized for military actions against predominantly southern, Christian rebels.

Acting like an animal can be a good thing, just don't be a rooster
Busy as a beaver, sly as a fox, brave as a lion, grouchy as a bear. How many times do we use animals and their habits to illustrate human behavior?

African church leaders to direct resources to fighting AIDS
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) Leaders of the All Africa Conference of Churches, gathered for an assembly they hold every five years, pledged to make AIDS prevention and care a priority in their ministries.

Former National Baptist president Lyons out of prison
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) The Rev. Henry J. Lyons, former president of the National Baptist Convention USA, has been released from prison after serving nearly five years for wrongdoing while he led the denomination.

Church Briefs
Service to feature Mel Gibson film clip Clothes2Go open Wednesdays

Groomers weirded out, skiing still good
Wednesday was a weird day to be a groomer of cross-country ski trails on the Kenai Peninsula.

Snow prompts tips on avoiding ski injuries
JUNEAU Ideally, skiers and snowboarders this season have spent the summer and fall hiking, biking, inline skating and strength training to get in shape for the season.

Vick to make first start of season vs. Carolina
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are having a miserable season. With a month to go, they already have 10 losses and a playoff pink slip.

Toronto blanks Bruins behind goalie Belfour
BOSTON Ed Belfour made 25 saves in recording his second shutout of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their seventh straight game, beating the Boston Bruins 6-0 Thursday night.

Evolving nature of BCS
Here's hoping LSU coach Nick Saban feels as charitably about the BCS at the end of this weekend as he did after last. Otherwise, he might say something he'll regret.

Lakers drill Mavs, grab eighth straight victory
DALLAS Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 32 points in the third quarter, helping the Los Angeles Lakers cruise past the Dallas Mavericks 114-103 Thursday for their eighth straight victory.

Sports Briefs
Arctic Winter Games announces skating tryoutsNegro League Hall of Fame planned

Miami rules MAC
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to four receivers Thursday night, leading No. 14 Miami of Ohio to a 49-27 victory over 20th-ranked Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference championship.

No. 6 Duke stomps No. 5 Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. Shelden Williams scored 16 points to lead No. 6 Duke to a 72-50 victory over No. 5 Michigan State on Wednesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Delta hockey tops Homer
The Homer High School hockey team dropped a Greatland Conference game 9-6 to the Delta Huskies Thursday at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Nashville nips 'Canes for fifth straight win
RALEIGH, N.C. Scott Hartnell scored 3:30 into overtime to lift Nashville to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes and extend the Predators' winning streak to a team-record five games.

Florida tops Central Florida, stays perfect
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Matt Walsh scored 19 points to lead No. 2 Florida to a 59-39 victory over Central Florida on Thursday night.

Lakers still hold Spurs in thrall
SAN ANTONIO Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 21 points in the final period when the Los Angeles Lakers erased a nine-point deficit to post their third win of the season over San Antonio, this time by a 90-86 tally.

Nome tops Ninilchik at state
Nome topped Ninilchik 25-20, 25-21 and 25-22 Thursday in the opening round of the Class 1-2-3A West state volleyball tournament at Dimond High School.

Nikiski all set to host Area 2 South tournament
The Nikiski High School wrestling team has some holiday company coming this weekend -- seven more wrestling squads from around Southcentral Alaska will be in town for the Area 2 South tournament Friday and Saturday at Nikiski.

Ski season goes better with snow
Instead of worrying about whether there will be a region ski meet, ski coaches can get back to worrying about who will win the region ski meet this year.

Kenai Peninsula facility provides wealth of scientific information
KENAI PENINSULA On a crisp morning this fall, biologist Stacy Jenkins tucked two oversized baby bottles under her arms and rallied her reinforcements. Her three babies were just a few months old, but they were pushy, hungry and well over 100 pounds each.

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