Friday, December 12, 2003

Red Sox shortstop's future remains in doubt
BOSTON The red ''B'' on Nomar Garciaparra's cap is as much a part of him as his toe-tapping, glove-tugging routine before every pitch he faces.

New York looks to recover by trying to deal for Dodgers' 39-year-old Brown
NEW YORK Andy Pettitte put on the jersey of his hometown Houston Astros and prepared to make another pitch to Roger Clemens.

Kitchen store comes to Kenai
Whether it's a stainless steel Viking self-cleaning gas range or a set of mini butter bells, Kenai Peninsula residents in the market for kitchen utensils, cookware and appliances now have a new retail option.

New York Life agent sets up Soldotna shop
Michael Bookout is in his fifth year as a New York Life agent; however, he, his wife, Laura, their 3-year-old son Nathanael and 6-year-old daughter Brandy are only in their seventh month as residents of Alaska.

Salmon farming causes stink
PORT McNEILL, British Columbia When it's feeding time at Humphrey Rock, oily brown pellets engineered for size, sink rate, nutrition and medication spray out of computer-controlled hoses to 600,000 swirling and jumping Atlantic salmon.

Stocks settle after brush with 10,000
NEW YORK (AP) Wall Street retreated modestly in light trading Wednesday, with the market in search of a direction following the Dow Jones industrials' brief foray above 10,000 a day earlier.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulePlay Zone opens in Peninsula Center MallEra Aviation teams up with Food BanksArby's to celebrate 20 years in Kenai

Do boomers need long-term care insurance? Experts disagree.
NEW YORK (AP) Aside from being a smoker, Kathy Posner had no known health concerns when an insurance agent persuaded her to buy a long-term care policy at age 49 as a hedge against unexpected disabilities that might land her in a nursing home prematurely.

Some families seek spirit of the holidays
NEW YORK (AP) When it comes to the holidays, less can be more.

Landmark book preserves Dena'ina culture
Shem Pete's Alaska: The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina

'Louie Louie' producer parts with loot
REDMOND, Wash. Jerry Dennon was 25 years old when he brought a teenage band into a Portland, Ore., studio to record a song that would become one of the country's most famous, a staple of fraternity parties and baseball stadium loudspeakers for decades to come.

Art Briefs
Carolers for hireArtists wantedHoliday tradition keepers wanted for TVPainting group to meetStudent art contest announcedPhoto contest heldSubmissions for artist roster wantedAlaska photographers wanted for show

Group practices reading, writing in relaxing setting
Writing, at its essence, is a means for people to communicate with each other. Just like hugs, holiday cookies and the common cold, writing is meant to be shared.

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

Some more thoughts on God, beer, happiness and craft fair
I am writing in response to a Dec. 5 letter from Maria Thompson regarding a T-shirt sold at the recent craft fair. It read: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

Area shows strong commitment to Alaska's youth our future
The central Kenai Peninsula was recently host to rural students from around the state including students from the school districts of Bering Straits, Chugach, Craig, Iditarod, Kuspuk, Lake and Peninsula, and Nome.

Visitor enjoys friendliness, beauty of Kenai Peninsula
This past spring was my first trip to Alaska, and I spent 90 percent of my time on the Kenai Peninsula. I was treated better than any place visited in my life.

Seniors appreciate donation to endowment trust fund
Soldotna area seniors would like to thank First National Bank Alaska for its very generous donation to the Soldotna Senior Center's Endowment Trust Fund. First National Bank has played a vital role in support of the center's Endowment Trust Fund since its inception eight years ago.

Apology to community about some words during musical performance
I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of the community who attended the Kenai Central Winter Concert this past Sunday.

Two honest people keep spirit of holiday season alive
Holiday honesty is alive!

Who is protecting Homer residents' rights to breathe smoke-free air?
I was disappointed to learn the Homer City Council did not pass its smoking ban ordinance. I read the decision was based on protecting individuals' rights. I am wondering who is protecting the majority of nonsmokers' rights to breathe smoke-free air.

Kudos for story, photos on school at Spring Creek prison in Seward
Re: The Spring Creek School story (Peninsula Clarion, Dec. 7)

Food bank appreciates support of community in feeding hungry
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, I would like to thank all the generous contributors to our organization during this past year.

Closing central office should be considered viable budget option
Here's a novel solution for helping the district's budget shortfall: Shut down central office. Seriously, look at how much money this would save our district before considering raising the pupil-teacher ratio, closing schools, eliminating programs or reducing personnel.

NASCAR may change points setup
ATLANTA Compared to the Bowl Championship Series, maybe the point system used in NASCAR isn't so bad after all.

Newsmaker: Ray Evernham
Car owner Ray Evernham has been busy in the past two months putting together a deal that would promote Busch Series driver Kasey Kahne to the Nextel Cup Series and allow Bill Elliott to drop down to a part-time schedule. He took time out last week to talk about it.

And the winner is
BCS COMPUTER CHAMPION: Ryan Newman. Talk about quality victories, he won 11 pole positions and eight races. And unlike college football, his dominance wasn't based on the strength of Boise State's schedule.

State places third with Minnesota, Nebraska in percentage of residents with diplomas
WASHINGTON Mostly rural states in the West and Midwest have the highest percentage of residents with high school diplomas, according to Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

Quilters blanket kids in warmth
The Kenai Piecemakers quilting club met at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center in Kenai on Thursday to donate 53 handmade, kid-sized quilts to the center, as well as two quilted wall hangings.

HEA responds to power outs caused by snow
Power has been restored to residents whose electricity was disrupted by heavy, wet snow earlier this week, according to a Homer Electric Association press release.

Red Cross offers connections for military families
The holidays may be just a little brighter for Kenai Peninsula military families this Christmas.

New EDD director set to start
After scouring the entire North American continent, the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District has found a new executive director.

Billy Smith sentenced to 99 years
Billy D. Smith was sentenced in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday to 99 years in jail for the 1994 murders of Harold Enzler and Nancy Bellamy in Nikiski.

Weather causes power, traffic glitches
Expect a white Christmas. At least, that's what the National Weather Service is saying; though depending where you are on the Kenai Peninsula, a look outside may or may not appear to justify that prediction.

Board tackles river issues
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee has taken the lead role in trying to figure out how to solve a variety of social, political and biological problems facing the Kenai River.

School visitor inspires reaching for stars
If NASA is worried about future generations' preparedness for space exploration, it needs only to look to Kalifornsky Beach Ele-mentary School.

Family ensemble brings notes of joy to area senior citizens
There are three requirements to be a "Hope Note."

Russel M. Hoyt
Soldotna resident Russel M. Hoyt died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 77.

Madge Coline Tenuta
Former Soldotna resident Madge Coline Tenuta died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, of natural causes in Atlanta, Ga. She was 86.

Loretta (Correa) VanHorn
Nikiski resident Loretta (Correa) VanHorn died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, following a long battle with cancer at her daughter's home in Nikiski. She was 63.

How far should U.S. go to arrest suspects who flee to foreign countries?
Should a criminal or terrorist commit a violent and particularly heinous crime against the U.S. or its citizens and then flee to a foreign nation, our government should go after the miscreant and bring him here for a taste of our kind of justice. We're convinced most good Americans would agree with that.

Cuts should be reversed
President Bush ... signed into law a new Medicare drug benefit, calling it, ''the greatest advance in health care coverage for America's seniors since the founding of Medicare.''

Political parties must abide by new campaign-financing restrictions
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling gives the Republicans, who raise far more in small donations, a big advantage in next year's elections for the White House and Congress.

Bill full of legislative rejects
So called omnibus bills allow Congress to wrap up all the legislative leftovers of the year into one humongous bill that includes the sneakiest of details and policy changes.

Protecting environment good for the economy
They've got a deaf ear out for environmentalists but can President Bush and governors bent on stripping and paving the American West ignore our nation's leading economists?

The right way
A snaring seminar was offered Saturday at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, but contrary to what many people may think, most of the course focused on how not to, and where not to catch animals, as opposed to the other way around.

Ireland and the Kenai: Oceans apart but with some common features
My wife Sara and I recently made our first trip to Ireland. We stayed with Sara's niece and her family in Dublin, and took a three-day bus tour around southern Ireland. The bus trip was a great introduction to the geography and history of Ireland, and we are eager to make a return visit.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna tree-lighting ceremony todayHomeless shelter to be discussedAlaskans for peace and justice to show filmElks to hold community fund-raiserFrontier Community Services to hold open houseBoys and Girls club plan fine arts exhibitSkyview winter concert slatedFood bank board meeting setGolf course open for Nordic skiingAccount for fire victims set up

Around the Peninsula
Firefighters basketballfund-raiser today Kaladi to raise funds for food bank Fund-raiser for Love INC scheduled Visitor center to hold grand opening Deadline extended for womens awards Childrens Christmas activities planned Pulltab hearing scheduled Industry alliance meeting slated

Long Island Catholic bishop dogged by sex abuse crisis
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) Nearly two years into the clergy sex abuse crisis, Roman Catholic Bishop William Murphy remains an object of distrust and criticism over how he has dealt with accused priests in his Long Island diocese and elsewhere.

Greek Orthodox Church leader calls Turks 'barbarians'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) The leader of Greece's powerful Orthodox Church, called Turks ''barbarians'' and said the predominantly Muslim country should not join the European Union because ''we cannot live together.''

Russian Orthodox Church claims Mormons buying names for disputed proxy baptisms
SALT LAKE CITY The Mormon practice of posthumously baptizing non-Mormons, which has angered Jews and others in the past, is now creating tensions with another religion the Russian Orthodox Church.

Christians should demonstrate the real reason for the season
The Christmas season has many meanings to people.

Atheists protest school program that highlights religious diversity
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) Michigan atheists are protesting a public school initiative that promotes religious diversity by bringing students, teachers and administrators to houses of worship for talks by clergy.

Bishop defends letters chastising Catholic lawmakers on votes
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) Bishop Raymond Burke said he does not regret sending letters to Roman Catholic lawmakers warning that they should vote more in line with church teaching on abortion and other issues.

New editor in chief for Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has named a new director and editor in chief for Catholic News Service, which supplies news to diocesan newspapers and other media outlets worldwide.

Episcopal leader says church will resolve crisis on its own
NEW YORK (AP) The head of the Episcopal Church says the denomination will resolve internal divisions over the consecration of its first openly gay bishop without direct intervention from overseas Anglican leaders.

Church briefs
Benefit garage sale set Childrens program featured Bluegrass Christmas service planned Matrix plans Christmas service Christmas Eve services planned

Kenai Peninsula ski trails at a glance
Tsalteshi Trails Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty Trails for all levels.

Trails 'hunky-dory' despite warm weather
After a Tuesday shower scare, the weather made a comeback this week on the central peninsula with some snow Wednesday and some temperatures in the high 20s Thursday that sucked moisture out of the snow and made it suitable for grooming.

Thrashers dethrone Kings in OT
ATLANTA Marc Savard scored his second goal of the game with 1:23 left in overtime, giving the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a matchup of first-place teams Wednesday night.

Miller nets 22 as Memphis wins sixth straight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Mike Miller scored a season-high 22 points, including 11 in a key third quarter rally, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Atlanta Hawks 103-90 Wednesday night to tie a franchise record with their sixth consecutive win.

Coaching change nets success for Capitals
WASHINGTON Maybe a coaching change was all the Washington Capitals needed.

Boozer, James lead Cavs past Pistons
CLEVELAND Rookie LeBron James had 23 points and nine assists, and Carlos Boozer scored a career-high 28 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally won on national TV, 95-86 over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

Pettitte's decision expected by Friday; Castilla, Vina sign
NEW YORK Andy Pettitte is likely to decide by Friday whether to stay in New York or sign with the Houston Astros, and the Yankees think there's a good chance he might bolt for his hometown team.

Nikiski wrestlers aim for top three at state
Competition in the 1-2-3A state high school wrestling championships gets under way today at Anchorage Christian Schools in Anchorage.

Gators lose in debut as No. 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Coach Gary Williams finally pushed his win total at Maryland from 299 to 300. That wasn't the only number that will need adjusting after Wednesday night's game.

White named Player of the Year
NORMAN, Okla. Jason White spent much of the night in darkness, staring at his bedroom ceiling, his swollen right knee slightly elevated.

Seahawks try to end road curse vs. St. Louis
The Seattle Seahawks are going from dome to dome as they try to secure a playoff berth.

Wasilla floors Skyview
The Skyview High School hockey team rebounded from a slow start Thursday, but penalty trouble in the third period made it tough for the Panthers to catch Wasilla, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Warriors in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Sooners slip past Purdue
NORMAN, Okla. Freshman Drew Lavender hit a leaning shot in the lane with 1.1 seconds to play to give No. 11 Oklahoma a 47-45 victory over No. 16 Purdue on Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
Reeves fired by FalconsSuns fire Johnson, D'Antoni promoted

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