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Saturday, December 20, 2003

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Businesses in Alaska should hire Alaskans
Fellow Alaskans,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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