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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

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.

Lee extends hitting streak to 28 games
MIAMI Carlos Lee doubled and scored in the 10th inning, extending his hitting streak to a franchise-record 28 games the longest in the majors this year and helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Florida Marlins 7-5 on Tuesday 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska SPCA not affiliated with the American SPCA
Your article on the missing dog musher has a glaring error and that is we are the Alaska SPCA, better known as AKSPCA. ASPCA is the American SPCA, and we have no affiliation with them nor do we have with any other SPCA.

Seafood promotions should include quality standards
With all of the recent global upheaval in the salmon markets about consumer awareness of healthy and safe seafood, I am surprised to see that latest buyers and promotions of Alaska salmon are not including the Alaska Quality Seafood standards. (Kenai Wild is part of the Alaska Quality Seafood program.)

The healthy red meat
Hamburger is low

Governor's proposal could hurt injured workers even more
Working Alaskans and businesses should be very concerned about Gov. Frank Murkowski's plans to revisit his workers' compensation bill during the special session.

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

Lisa can't claim election to U. S. Senate position
In response to Joann Odd's letter, I am pleased that Sen. Lisa Murkowski was able to help your family. However, your last paragraph wasn't quite correct. Lisa is not an elected official. She was appointed by her daddy.

This Week: DHL 400
(Race No. 15 of 36)

Rash of bad calls hurting credibility
BROOKLYN, Mich. Jimmie Johnson was in a forgiving mood after last Sunday's Pocono 500. Others weren't as nice.

NASCAR Notes - Addition of Canadian circuit to broaden appeal
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The formation of NASCAR Canada apparently doesn't mean stock car racing is making a run for the border.

Newsmaker: Ray Evernham
BROOKLYN, Mich. Car owner Ray Evernham watched Kasey Kahne's chances to win at Dover, Del., two weeks ago end when his car spun in oil and crashed with 18 laps to go. Last week at Pocono, Pa., he watched Jeremy Mayfield finish second. Evernham talked about the progress of his two race teams and what he expects the rest of the season.

Outage disrupts peninsula service
Nearly 5,000 Homer Electric Association customers were without power Tuesday afternoon when the Bradley Lake hydroelectric plant went off-line at 1:22 p.m. due to an employee error at a substation north of Anchorage.

Sterling woman crowned Miss Alaska
Christina Reasner of Sterling was crowned Miss Alaska Saturday night at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

Borough tackles mill rate subject
A $57.3 million budget adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at a special meeting Monday will spend more money educating students, but less on the school buildings that house them.

On a wing and a prayer ... Gulls make unpopular visit to Kenai airport
Kenai police have been going to the city's airport every couple of hours for the past two days to clear the runway of gulls.

Borough mill rates adopted
Here is a list of borough and service area property tax mill rates adopted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Monday.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Over the rainbow
A rainbow spans a valley in the Kenai Mountains north of the Skyline Trail Monday afternoon.

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.

Murkowski: It's time to fix budget problem Governor signs education funding measure
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday laid out his reasons for calling a special session of the Legislature beginning Tuesday, appealing for support for his plan for easing the state's economic dilemma from a packed Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

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.

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.

Jesse Ray Willard
Kenai resident Jesse Ray Willard died Friday, June 11, 2004, in a car accident. He was 16.

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

Oilers flex bats against Waves
The Peninsula Oilers finished off a two-game series with the North County, Calif., Waves with an offensive outburst, putting together 14 hits in a 10-7 win at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai Tuesday.

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.

Special session well worth trying What others say
Gov. Frank Murkowski's call for a special session on June 22 was a bold attempt to force legislators to deal with important business left undone when they adjourned on May 11.

Plenty of news to choose
There is a reason why very few writers will tackle the issue of which TV broadcast news organization is viewed most favorably the public they know they may be blackballed from appearing as talking-head guests. But who cares? Let the chips fall where they may.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Heavy rain warning issued Skyview pool plans closure Scenic byway meeting set Bake sale fund-raiser slated British soccer camp slated Art and music festival planned Crescent Creek trail project planned God and Country Rally slated UCIDA plans membership meeting

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

Little engine that could
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Motown is Titletown. The descendants of the Bad Boys made sure of it with a stunning upset that was really no contest at all.

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

KPSC travels to Ina Kristiansen tourney
Six teams from the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club traveled to Anchorage to the 13th annual Ina Kristiansen Memorial Cup, played June 4 to June 6.

Armstrong disputes doping allegations
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Lance Armstrong juggled controversy and ceremony Tuesday, promising to take action against ''absolutely untrue'' doping accusations and announcing a new sponsor.

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

Junior program buzzing
Things are buzzing around the Kenai Golf Course. The junior golf program is moving along as juniors can be seen on the range, on the practice putting green and heading out to the tees. Juniors are discovering the Kenai Golf Course is a great place to gather with their friends.

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.

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.

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.

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