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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Griffey hits No. 499 in Reds defeat
CLEVELAND Ken Griffey Jr. moved within one swing of history with his 499th career home run, but the Cincinnati Reds' losing streak reached season-high six games with a 10-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Twins struggle on weekend road trip
The Kenai American Legion Twins had a hard time finding runs Sunday against Chugiak, dropping two games by a combined score of 25-1 to the Mustangs.

Thome bashes homer No. 400
PHILADELPHIA (AP) While Ken Griffey Jr. decided to wait at least another day to try for a milestone homer, Jim Thome hit his 400th to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Scoop pays surprise visit to Soldotna Chamber
It's embarrassing enough to be a huge, red, fuzzy, yellow nosed mascot without any vocal cords, but one could only imagine the indignities of being a mascot at a ball without a name.

Cherry Blossom time in Alaska
It might not be nearly the tourist attraction as the Kenai River is to the Kenai Peninsula, nor can it compare to the Cherry Blossom festival in the nations capitol.

Outdoors: Bear Story
A few years ago I was approached by my son Travis and the next door neighbor boy Michael Thornton about skinning out a red squirrel.

These RIGS don't explore for oil
When most Alaskans talk about rigs they're usually speaking about the drilling rigs that are responsible for more than 80% of Alaska's revenue and our Permanent Fund Dividend checks, but not the students, teachers and parents at K-Beach Elementary School.

Walkers add another nail to cancer's coffin
The 6th Annual Relay for Life was held under cloudy, balmy, mosquito swarming skies at Skyview High School.

Senator Stevens congratulates Project Grad pioneers
U.S. Senator Ted Stevens spoke, joined Kenai Peninsula officials and educators last week in Anchorage at the Petroleum Club to speak on behalf of Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula at the Petroleum Club.

Initiative sponsors say new law does not cancel out initiative
JUNEAU A group of Democrat lawmakers who want to prevent Alaska's governor from filling U.S. Senate vacancies asked Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Monday to keep their initiative on the November ballot.

Writer needs to lighten up, learn to share Alaska with others
Re: "Unfortunate encounter spoils ... " in Friday's Peninsula Clarion:

VFW donation appreciated
The Soldotna VFW Post No. 10046 was mistakenly left off the list of local individuals, organizations and businesses who were thanked for making the Soldotna High School After-Graduation Party an enormous success.

Students could do more in less time than elected legislators
With the deplorable track record and attitude of the elected Alaska Legislature, it might be better to send the participants of Alaska Boy's State and Girl's State to Juneau.

Here's a plan that will create long-lasting jobs for Alaskans
My guess is the governor and his political pals are secretly hoping the marijuana initiative will pass. Only a stoned population could believe that the plan they are floating for resource development could possibly benefit the average Alaskan and bring more jobs to our state.

Hot Johnson keeps cool at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. Jimmie Johnson was the picture of cool after his trip to Victory Lane, mugging for cameras, swigging champagne and using a little math to figure out how close he was to the points lead.

Musher missing, dogs left behind
The disappearance of a Funny River musher has led to 15 of his sled dogs being confiscated by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) of Anchorage last Friday.

Musher located
A musher feared missing after his 15 dogs were found hungry at his home in Funny River has been found, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Festival keeps traditions alive
More than 100 Natives and non-Natives alike gathered in Kenai for the second annual Dena'ina Festival, which brought people together from across the region and beyond to celebrate Native heritage and culture this past weekend.

It's a sign: Sterling now has one
About 75 Sterling residents gathered Saturday for the unveiling of a new "Welcome to Sterling" sign greeting motorists along the Sterling Highway heading down from Anchorage.

Knowles pledges to stay away from partisan politics
U.S. Senate candidate Tony Knowles told Soldotna residents Saturday that Republicans feel they've got a stranglehold on Alaska's representation in Congress and he's the man to break that grip.

Cost of living gap closes for Alaskans
It costs less to live in Alaska today, relative to living Outside, than it once did, according to data analyzed by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Sleepy driver causes power outage in area
A motorist reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his pickup truck into a power pole on Kalifornsky Beach Road knocking out electric service to about 3,300 people early Monday morning.

Fund appropriations top assembly agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider several measures proposing to appropriate funds or proposing changes in borough law at Tuesday's meeting.

A world away ... Family trades Nikiski for Indonesia
Five years ago, the Linegar family was doing well in Nikiski, living pretty much an ordinary life with Ron in a banking position, Kim teaching and helping with children's programs at a Christian church and their 8-year-old son, Clayton, and 7-year-old daughter, Kelsey, moving along through the primary grades.

Arlin Lantious Snook
Longtime Kasilof resident Arlin Lantious Snook died Friday, June 11, 2004, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage from cancer. He was 63.

Paul Charles Mettille
Soldotna resident Paul Charles Mettille died of natural causes Saturday, June 12, 2004, with his children by his side at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 86.

Charles Mohun Quarr
Soldotna resident Charles Mohun Quarr died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Dean J. Mitchell
Soldotna resident Dean J. Mitchell died Friday, June 11, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 58.

Charles Quarre
Soldotna resident Charles Quarre died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Nicky R. Sacaloff Kirkpatrick
Lifelong Nikiski resident Nicky R. Sacaloff Kirkpatrick died Monday, June 7, 2004, in Eugene, Ore. She was 33.

Oilers earn doubleheader split with Governors
Baseball is a game of inches, and sometimes close just isn't good enough.

Oilers ride Waves to 12-4 victory
The Peninsula Oilers broke open a tight game with a five-run fourth inning, powering their way to an 12-4 win over the North County, Calif., Waves Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Homeland Security funds should be used for intended purposes
Congress has found a new way to serve up pork and Alaska officials are ready to gobble it up.

With U.N. resolution, U.S. cannot be called occupying force in Iraq What others say
Nothing the Bush administration does will satisfy the anti-war zealots, but what happened Tuesday at least deprives them of some of their most telling ammunition namely that the United States is basically an "occupying" power in Iraq, going it alone without the support of the Iraqi people or the United Nations.

Open loopholes lead to closed doors
Like many of us, I get much of my information about what's going on around me from the newspapers. We get two, so we get a pretty broad look at opinions. However, sometimes the words I read don't help me understand what I am reading. How can that be?

Growth in Alaska's first quarter exports could lead to record year
The world economy is expanding, and Alaska is benefiting from that growth. Alaska's natural resources are the primary inputs for many booming industries. Demand and prices are increasing for our main international exports: seafood, minerals, fertilizers, energy and precious metals.

Protecting fund should be priority Voices Of Alaska
Carl BradyAlaska's state legislators soon will begin a special session to consider several items, including a constitutional amendment to move the permanent fund to a percent of market value payout method (POMV).

Births
Liam Reilly Babitt Rhys Gabrielle Cannava Riley Grace Hibpsham Adrienne Michelle Seaman

Community news
Boys and Girls Club plans golf tourney Challenger Center sets camp schedule Drama camp slated for Nikiski Tourette syndrome support group forming Seniors host luau Art and music festival planned God and Country Rally slated Watershed Forum plans June activities KHLT begins summer program Council on Arts announces grant winners Pools offer swim lessons

Honor rolls
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Cook Inlet Academy

Community Schools sponsors Youth Arts
The Soldotna Community Schools is sponsoring the seventh annual Youth Fine Arts Institute a program recognized by the Kennedy Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Kenai Peninsula College. A showcase of the young artists work for family and friends will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Around the Peninsula
National flag disposal planned today Running club meets Mondays Basketball camps slated Kenai Wild training planned Bug walk set Hobo Jim concert schedule changed

Around the Peninsula
Summer camp continues in NikiskiSocial Security reps to visit areaCPHC to hold board meetingImmunization clinic canceledAlaska delegation continues tourBoys and Girls Club plans golf tourneySeniors host luauKPFA to celebrate 50th anniversary

Peninsula people
Area students make honor lists Area students graduate Eveland receives scholarships

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Supreme Court to look at Title IX retaliation
WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that could expand the protection offered by Title IX, the federal law known best for promoting women's athletics.

Female hockey player overcomes epilepsy, sets sights on 2006 Winter Olympic Games
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. Chanda Gunn is a dynamo on skates, charging up and down the rink with her young students, banging her hockey stick on the ice and yelling words of encouragement.

U.S. diver's family overcame WWII struggle
ST. PETERS, Mo. Gary Hirai has never been to Japan. He doesn't speak Japanese. He nicknamed his daughter ''Kimiko,'' but has no idea what it means in the language of his ancestral land.

Surging Sergio set up for Open
HARRISON, N.Y. Sergio Garcia made a good argument Sunday that he's the best player never to win a major championship, a backhanded compliment that he might not have to worry about for long.

Surprise! Furyk plans to defend his title
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Jim Furyk rolled up his navy blue sweater and showed two purple spots on the top of his left hand which were made more visible by the chilly air Monday at Shinnecock Hills.

Danes draw with Italy at Euro 2004
GUIMARAES, Portugal Italy was held to a 0-0 tie by Denmark on Monday, a big setback for an Italian team considered one of the favorites to win the European Championship.

Detroit grabs 3-1 lead
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Poised and primed for a title, the Detroit Pistons took care of business while the Lakers lost their tempers.

Ueberroth right man for USOC
Peter Ueberroth is a contrarian. He goes against conventional wisdom, does things nobody thinks possible.

France stuns England at Euro 2004
LISBON, Portugal Defending champion France surged back in stunning fashion with two goals by Zinedine Zidane during second-half injury time to beat England 2-1 Sunday at the European Championship.

Jackson facing one of biggest challenges of coaching career
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Oh, great Zen Master, what now?

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