Saturday, December 13, 2003

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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
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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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