Saturday, December 6, 2003

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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