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Thursday, June 17, 2004

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.

Griffey still on No. 499
CINCINNATI A capacity crowd hoping for home-run history saw Ken Griffey Jr. settle for a single, then reveled in another late comeback Wednesday night that rallied the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleChamber sponsors seminar and golf classicPostal service asks for phone cards donationsLynden Transport to hold anniversary barbecueVendors and parade entries soughtFinancing workshop scheduled

Homer approves big box store measure
HOMER (AP) Voters have approved a measure that nearly doubles the allowable limit on the size of future store construction here.

Gasoline prices may be turning a corner, Energy Department says
WASHINGTON Gasoline prices, which dipped under $2 a gallon for the first time in weeks, ''may be turning a corner'' and should continue declining this summer, though motorists shouldn't expect dramatic decreases at the pump, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

Doctors wanted adventure, all expenses paid, good wages
SALT LAKE CITY Dr. Molly Hutsinpiller says she has the best job in medicine.

Art Briefs
Writers' conference coming upKids' summer art workshops plannedKids' summer theater camp slatedYouth play auditions coming upLibrary sponsors kids; writing, recipe contestsWatercolor workshop offeredResource for musicians announced

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

Debut novel probes Alaska's wild heart
"Ordinary Wolves" is anything but ordinary. This first novel by Kotzebue's Seth Kantner delves deep into Alaskans' conflicted relationships with the land and with each other.

Painter's grandfather shares display, art talent
Not all families would be enthusiastic about their child planning to become a professional artist probably due to the stereotype that links the term "starving" with "artist."

Business grant helps provide violence prevention education
The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource & Crisis Center (WRCC) would like to thank ConocoPhillips for its $5,000 grant award to assist us in providing violence prevention education to students in central peninsula area schools during the 2003-2004 school year.

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.

Working resident anglers suffer under new regulations
The resident sportfish angler gets the shaft again, this time on the Ninilchik River. The emergency order opening the Ninilchik River for continuous fishing with only a single hook is a stab in the back for working resident fishermen.

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.

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.)

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.

The healthy red meat
Hamburger is low

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 finalizes policies, funding
With it's critical duty of passing the fiscal year 2005 borough budget and setting appropriate property tax mill rates completed in an exhaustive special meeting Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly turned its attention to a slew of lesser spending measures and code changes at its regular meeting Tuesday in Soldotna.

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.

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.

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.

Sanctuary to open
The Russian River Sanctuary Area will open to sockeye sportfishing beginning at 6 a.m. Friday. The sockeye bag and possession limit will remain at three fish.

Funny River man killed in Iraq accident
The first central Kenai Peninsula person to be killed during the current conflict in Iraq was buried Tuesday with military honors in Riverside National Cemetery in California.

World Changers making a difference on peninsula
The only thing thicker than the swarm of June mosquitoes buzzing around Fred Christian's small house in the woods this week is the swarm of kids and adults buzzing around with saws, hammers and tape measures in hand.

Kenai representative says he won't be at special session
Saying he believes it's a waste of time and money, Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, said Wednesday he plans to skip the special legislative session scheduled to begin next week in Juneau.

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

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

Oilers score early, topple Monarchs
The Peninsula Oilers got their scoring done early Wednesday, plating all their runs in the first inning of a 4-1 win over the visiting Michigan Monarchs at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

Proper Reagan tribute needs careful thought
Ronald Reagan would no doubt find the politicians' rush to name various objects after him unseemly and embarrassing. Reagan was naturally modest, an aw-shucks, Jimmy Stewart president that's one reason people liked him. So in the wake of President Reagan's death and subsequent outpouring of affection, Congress must choose Reagan commemorations wisely and cautiously. ...

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.

Let's hope Enron tapes are exception, not rule
Smugness and selfishness are not uncommon in today's society indeed, they are manifest in the ways Americans drive and behave but still it's chilling to hear people openly mock the suffering of others.

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.

War rationale again undercut
WASHINGTON Already in question, President Bush's justification for war in Iraq has suffered another major setback.

Around the Peninsula
Bug walk plannedDAV to meetSenior luau is sold outDeadline for golf tourney loomingPenDOG offers videosChamber seeking parade entries, vendorsLangdon basketball camp set for Seward

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

Sports Briefs
Coats finishes second at drag raceRacing Lions host state racesPortugal wins; Greece, Spain tie

A lot of unknowns on eve of U.S. Open
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. The final practice round for the U.S. Open brought a breeze Tiger Woods had not experienced from that direction. Standing on the 14th tee Wednesday morning, he gazed down the fairway and said to his caddie, ''All right, now what do we do?''

Birch Ridge Report: Moose, bear join birdies
Fifty-four years ago, Ben Hogan won the Open, Ray Bradbury published "The Martian Chronicles" and a 6-pound baby girl was born to a not-so-young couple in California. Dylan Thomas has told us to not be so compliant about going "into that good night." So, taking heed of his wise words, with the majority of my errant clubs found, a new bicycle under the birthday tree, I am celebrating .. Yeah, baby!

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.

Celebs tote Olympic flame through LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) Rafer Johnson capped a day of Olympic celebration Wednesday night, placing the Olympic flame in a giant caldron in Dodger Stadium as thousands cheered.

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.

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.

Creel to play hoops at Southwestern Oregon
Laurel Creel, who participated in volleyball, basketball and track at Skyview High School during her sophomore and junior years, has decided to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College and play basketball.

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