Friday, December 19, 2003

A-Rod trade on hold, Vizquel deal fizzles
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez was still in Texas for now, at least after the players' union rejected the reworking of his contract Wednesday and held up a trade to Boston. Omar Vizquel is still in Cleveland, too.

Rangers still hold out hope
NEW YORK The Alex Rodriguez trade is off at least for another day.

Aging Boomers pose dilemma for radio industry
NEW YORK (AP) As baby boomers get just a little too old for the taste of many radio advertisers, they may well ask: Will they still pitch me when I'm past 54?

Boeing set for new jet
SEATTLE Applause and whoops of joy swept through a room full of Boeing workers as the company announced it will start taking orders for the new 7E7, billed as a lighter, roomier, more fuel-efficient airliner.

The fund costs investors didn't know about
NEW YORK (AP) As the saying goes, what you don't know may cost you. That's been especially true for mutual fund investors this year.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesCPGH Inc. names new board membersDiabetes program receives national certificationMotorcycle club donates toysThe Home Depot opens today

ConocoPhillips to boost '04 spending
ANCHORAGE Conoco Phillips plans to spend $600 million for oil and gas exploration and other capital projects in Alaska next year, up 11 percent over this year.

Federal government to move forward on leases
Unlike voiced opposition heard in southern Kenai Peninsula communities, calm prevailed at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce last week when a supervisor for Minerals Management Service described specifics of proposed Department of Interior oil and gas lease sales in lower Cook Inlet.

Feds plan make major changes at NYSE
WASHINGTON Federal regulators, responding to a pay scandal at the New York Stock Exchange, approved an overhaul Wednesday after the exchange agreed to split its top executive position in two to avoid massing too much power in one person.

One-third of field for 1,000-mile Fairbanks-to-Whitehorse race will be rookies
FAIRBANKS (AP) Thirty-five mushers have signed up for the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and one-third of them are rookies.

And they're off!
Several local mushers have recently returned from one of the first sled dog races of the year, and many will be jumping right into another race this weekend.

Seniors bring Hawaii to Alaska
Judging by the students in Bunny Chong's class, hula isn't just for young Hawaiian women in grass skirts and coconut shell bikini tops.

Apaches praise 'The Missing' for language accuracy
SANTA FE, N.M. Tommy Lee Jones speaking Apache? Word swept through the Mescalero reservation like an early winter wind.

Art Briefs
Carolers for hireStudent art contest announcedArtists wantedHoliday tradition keepers wanted for TVPainting group to meetPhoto contest heldKids' art classes offeredSubmissions for artist roster wantedAlaska photographers wanted for show

'Rings' fans praise third installment
NEW YORK One of the stars of the ''Lord of the Rings'' movies is Gollum, an emotionally conflicted goblin but fans were anything but two-minded as they left early screenings of the trilogy's final installment early Wednesday.

California Academy of Sciences to rise again
SAN FRANCISCO The snakes will be slipped into socks that can be knotted and tucked into boxes. The penguins will be coaxed into dog kennels.

Heartbreaking tale illuminates Inupiaq family life
The year was 1892. The place was a sod hut at an isolated, winter hunting camp upriver from Norton Sound. A young Inupiaq mother, Qutuuq, sat beside her husband, who had just died after a mysterious, lingering ailment.

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

Businesses in Alaska should hire Alaskans
Fellow Alaskans,

AML's support of POMV plan not surprising
Should AML get the permanent fund?

Religion story presents unfair view on Mormons
In the religion section of your newspaper, you ran a horrible anti-Morman article.

POMV scheme won't help businesses, citizens
Who would actually gain by government spending the permanent fund with the proposed POMV scheme?

Rookies give veterans a run for their money
ATLANTA Jamie McMurray didn't win a race during his rookie season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Instead, he won his first race before he was a rookie.

Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
Twenty-three-year-old Kasey Kahne will step into some big shoes in 2004 when he takes over for Bill Elliott on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. He also will drive for Winder, Ga., businessman Brad Akins on the NASCAR Busch Series. He talked about how everything fell into place to land two premier jobs at the same time.

Preparation for Arctic Winter Games may mean improvements to rink
The city of Kenai has recommended that its Parks and Recreation Commission begin looking into possible changes at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility for the purpose of staging the Arctic Winter Games.

Presenters recount year's shining successes
Donning a festive, green holiday vest and a Christmas tie, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey likened the city to a Christmas tree as he and other central Kenai Peninsula officials revisited the past year with area business people and gave them a look forward to 2004 and beyond.

Police nab Fred Meyer purse snatcher
Quick thinking and good police work led to the apprehension Wednesday night of a suspected purse snatcher who had posed as a good Samaritan in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer store in Soldotna.

Assembly votes for lease buybacks
Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Alaska Legislature should buy back shallow gas leases on the southern Kenai Peninsula, and start the gas leasing process from square one, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said Tuesday night.

Delivery dash hits area mailers
Everyone knows the jolly one still has a week to get Christmas presents delivered, but for mere mortals, time's about up.

Fast ferry proposal floated
Government leaders from around Cook Inlet are floating the idea of forming a Southcentral Alaska regional transportation authority for the purpose of creating a new transportation corridor stretching from the Mat-Su Borough to Homer.

Nikiski resident strives to help Filipinos help themselves
Gene Card has been traveling to the Philippines regularly for nearly six years. And he's taking his money with him.

Shoppers head for Home Depot
Whether building, remodeling or just decorating a bit, Kenai Peninsula residents have a new one-stop shopping place for all household accouterments.

Residents could pick up tab for sports, music
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters could see mail-in ballots by the end of March asking approval for a tax plan that would raise enough money to fund school district cocurricular activities starting next year.

Charles A. Rodgers
Longtime Kenai resident Charles A. Rodgers died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 82.

Rozella (Drew) Spires
Longtime Alaska resident Rozella (Drew) Spires died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was 81.

U.S. must look beyond doom, gloom
We're down to the critical economic season of Christmastime. With the bagging of Saddam Hussein, we now have the chief Grinch socked away behind bars. The drama of this event could provide the psychological boost needed to make the holiday season truly jubilant.

Howard Dean going it alone again
WASHINGTON By declaring America no safer after Saddam Hussein's capture, Howard Dean defied conventional wisdom and opened himself to intense criticism from his Democratic presidential rivals.

Best Christmas gift: Keep holiday spirits, drinkers off the road Editorial
'Tis the season for holiday cheer, Christmas parties and good spirits.

Test of freedom: Saddam must be tried fairly in Iraq
... If there is a guiding principle to be found when weighing the options regarding Saddam Hussein, it is this: He must be tried for his crimes by and before Iraqis.

Portions of refuge opened to snowmachine use
Portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been opened to the use of snowmachines, subject to refuge-specific regulations.

2003 in retrospect
Among the more important events of 2003, the March meeting of the Board of Fisheries stands out. At that meeting, board members pretty much trashed a management plan for Kenai River early-run king salmon that they had adopted only 13 months before.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman winter workshop slated for February
Shoppers still searching for that perfect gift for mom or a sister, aunt or grandmother, for that matter may want to consider giving the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season.

Warm wishes and winter warnings from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
I was on my way to pick up a child at school from an evening activity recently when it began to snow. You know how it looks: so many big white flakes flying toward your headlights that it reminds you of "going to warp speed" in a Star Trek movie. The view is beautiful, peaceful, and hypnotic.

Scenic overlook
A raven soars through the air as the sun rises behind Mt. Hayes and the rest of the Alaska Range as seen from Farmer's Loop in Fairbanks Tuesday morning.

Around the Peninsula
Skating recital to benefit food bank Community contra dance planned Blood drive slated Ninilchik potluck, plays planned Safe Sitter class offered Food bank to serve Christmas dinner Fish and game advisory plans meeting Fish stocking plan open for comment

Around the Peninsula
LIO to wrap up town hall meetingsOpen mic night to benefit food bankAARP to discuss elder abuseDog racing club schedules meetingAccount for fire victims set upHabitat for Humanity accepting applicationsSocial Security reps to visit peninsula

Museum exhibit showcases St. Peter's Basilica, site of Vatican
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) For Roman Catholics around the world, Christmas Eve means midnight Mass celebrated by the pope in St. Peter's Basilica, the home of the church and a jewel of Renaissance architecture.

Newark cleric seeks to lead national black Muslim group
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A black Muslim cleric from New Jersey wants to lead a national group whose founder quit because his followers were not integrating into the country's broader Muslim community.

Tis' the season: Hanukkah gains significance by proximity to Christmas
Only one other Jewish family lives in Wendy Grosser's Minneapolis neighborhood, where the Christmas season arrived in twinkling lights and Nativity scenes on front lawns.

Woman sues Jews for Jesus for wrongly claiming she converted
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) A Delray Beach woman has sued the religious movement Jews for Jesus, claiming its members fraudulently reported that she converted to the organization's beliefs.

Angry parents get the word 'God' restored in 'God Bless the USA'
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Angry parents got ''God'' put back in Lee Greenwood's patriotic anthem ''God Bless the USA,'' which was changed to ''I Love the USA'' by the directors of a school show.

Cardinal says Rome should cede more authority to local churches
VATICAN CITY (AP) A top Vatican cardinal is calling for a Third Vatican Council to give more authority to local churches, saying Rome should listen more to them and dictate less.

Iran's president urges more effort to tackle religious hatred
GENEVA (AP) World leaders must do more to eradicate religious hatred, which is growing, Iran's president told a global church body.

Church Briefs
Christmas services planned for Sunday Musical extravaganza featured Choir to present cantata Special choir creation presented Holy Communion celebrated Christmas Eve services planned Children present candlelight service Hanukkah party slated

Good snow, skiing abound
Winter continued to gain momentum across the Kenai Peninsula last week, meaning skiers everywhere should encounter good conditions this weekend.

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.

Deng leads No. 3 Duke past Princeton
DURHAM, N.C. Freshman Luol Deng scored 18 points to lead No. 3 Duke to a 69-51 victory over Princeton on Wednesday night.

Mourning to undergo surgery Friday
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Less than a month after retiring from the NBA with a kidney disease, former All-Star center Alonzo Mourning will undergo kidney transplant surgery Friday.

Rockets make Cavaliers' woes even worse
CLEVELAND Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis scored 18 points apiece and each made big 3-pointers down the stretch as the Houston Rockets rallied for an 89-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Eagles, Patriots each get two Pro Bowlers
This season's Pro Bowl voting demonstrates why football is a team game.

UConn notches blowout
HARTFORD, Conn. Diana Taurasi had 15 of her 22 points in the second half to lead top-ranked Connecticut to its 600th victory, 81-55 over Arizona State on Thursday night.

Iginla scores twice, Flames stay red hot
BOSTON Jarome Iginla scored two goals, and Jamie McLennan made 30 saves for his third shutout of the season to lead Calgary past the Boston Bruins 5-0 Thursday night, the Flames' fourth win in six games.

Miami, Roethlisberger look to cap superb year
MOBILE, Ala. Ben Roethlisberger's immediate concern is beating Louisville. His football future must wait.

Micmacs need more fans in order to survive
The Peninsula Micmacs need you.

Detroit outlasts San Jose
DETROIT Brendan Shanahan scored with 1:09 left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Timberwolves top Mavs, Garnett hits triple-double
MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 35 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off Dallas 114-109 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.

Fassel out as Giants head man
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Coach Jim Fassel knew what was coming. He would be fired after a season that began with Super Bowl hopes but turned into an embarrassment.

Senior emerges as team leader
It's nice, said Soldotna High School cross-country ski coach Dan Harbison, when an athlete is not only good at a sport, but also has a strong character.

Miami's Roethlisberger wins GMAC Bowl, goes pro
MOBILE, Ala. Ben Roethlisberger ended his college career in style.

Hall of Famer Graham dies
CLEVELAND Otto Graham was the perfect quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

Some coaches regret giving BCS power
Walt Harris and Pete Carroll have been friends for more than three decades. That won't stop Pittsburgh's coach from reluctantly dropping Carroll's Southern California from No. 1 in the coaches' poll even if it wins the Rose Bowl.

Sports Briefs
Report: Mourning to receive transplant FridayBranch, Hall lead I-AA All-American picks

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