Friday, June 18, 2004

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.

Griffey still stuck on home run No. 499
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. failed to hit his 500th homer Thursday, but the Cincinnati Reds pulled off another late rally for a 4-3 victory and three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers.

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.

'Bounce protection' can be costly for consumers
NEW YORK (AP) With so many things to juggle these days, it's easy for consumers to make a mistake and overdraw their checking accounts.

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.

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

Corporate interests try to hold off final ''rash'' regulatory changes
NEW YORK (AP) Regulators and accountants are not exactly a devil-may-care bunch. But as they try to put the last significant touches on the most sweeping reforms to the rules governing public companies in 70 years, a growing chorus in the business community is trying to paint those efforts as rash and impulsive.

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

They're back
Dan Wilcox, a tourist up from Alabama on a two week fishing trip, was just one several dozen anglers in line at the Russian River Ferry launch dock at 6 a.m. Thursday morning. All were eagerly awaiting the first trip across the river for that day.

Big fish takes derby lead
A 283.4-pound fish jumped to the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby standings this week.

Fifty-nine pound king caught at Ship Creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) Scott Stender fought for about a half-hour to land a 59-pound king salmon, chasing it upstream and finally yanking the behemoth back toward him.

Fishing far from the madding crowds
Fishing on the Kenai Peninsula is often described as incomparable and rightly so. It offers some of the best salmon fishing on the planet.

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

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

So to speak
A group of about 30 people gather around a campfire near the Kenai River and spend the morning telling stories, laughing, swatting mosquitoes and speaking to each other in Dena'ina about adding more wood to the fire and the tea they are brewing.

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.

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.

Good vibes
If the public interest shown earlier this week is any indication, enthusiasm about a proposed gold and copper mine north of Lake Iliamna may be running as high among many Kenai Peninsula residents as it is in the board room of the mining company itself.

Kenai proposes helmet law
Partially in response to the recent death of a Kenai boy, the Kenai City Council on Wednesday discussed making helmet use mandatory for all children under the age of 18 aboard bikes, skateboards or other wheeled vehicles within the city.

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.

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

Oilers pull off dramatic comeback
The Peninsula Oilers scored six runs in the last two innings, overcoming a five-run deficit to defeat the visiting Michigan Monarchs 7-6 Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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.

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. ...

Wolf should attend special session or resign immediately Editorial
House District 33 Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, should reconsider his decision to skip the special legislative session scheduled for next week or resign from office now.

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

How polluted is Alaska?
Is Alaska one of the nation's most polluted states? You be the judge.

Alyeska to open downhill mountain biking trail
GIRDWOOD (AP) A portion of Alyeska Resort will be open to downhill mountain bikers for the first time this summer.

Whitewater canoeing a challenging pastime
CONFLUENCE, Pa. Canoeing becomes an exhilarating challenge when nature combines swift-moving water with oversized rock gardens. Roiling waves and canoe-trapping rapids are either natural playgrounds or disasters-in-waiting.

Feel free to have plenty of fun on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Summer is here. The kids are out of school, visitors are arriving, fish are in the Kenai River, the mosquitoes are out, and many people are looking for summer fun. In addition to the normal recreational opportunities on the 1.92 million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, we offer a variety of free fun and educational summer activities for all ages.

Crescent Creek trail project planned
The Sierra Club in support of the Living in Harmony with Bears program will hold a mountain bike, work party on the Crescent Creek trail June 26. Participants will work with the Seward Ranger District to install a bear box and perform other campground maintenance needs. Camping options are available. There is no fee. For more information or to register, call Josh at (907) 276-4088.

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
Boys and Girls Club golf tourney today Exit Glacier weed pull planned Scenic byway meeting set Elks golf tourney Saturday Art and music festival planned KPFA to celebrate 50th anniversary Sterling youth theater continues Miller campaigns on peninsula

Opponents of gay marriage look for support in the pews in Oregon, other states
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) Ken Keeley spends his Sunday mornings at church not just to worship, but to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would amend Oregon's constitution to ban gay marriage.

China restoring two synagogues as museum of Jewish history
BEIJING (AP) China's northeastern city of Harbin is restoring two synagogues for use as a museum about its history as a center for Jews fleeing czarist Russia, the government said.

In Mexican state, Catholic-Protestant conflict over schools
TZEJALTETIC, Mexico (AP) Thousands of children have been forced to leave their schools as a new form of segregation takes root in rebellion-wracked southern Mexico, with conflicts in Indian communities pitting Catholics against Protestants, and traditionalists against the political opposition.

Salvation workout is best exercise ever
Workouts. Diets. Athletic clubs. It seems America is caught up in a fit of fitness. The options appear to be almost endless.

Mormon church president calls new New York temple 'Zion in Babylon'
NEW YORK (AP) Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated a new Mormon temple in New York, calling its construction a ''miracle.''

Sri Lanka bans bikinis with Buddha's image
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has banned the import of bathing suits with images of Buddha after a monk saw bikinis bearing the symbol in an advertisement.

Woman sues after pastor reveals details of counseling session
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A woman who said her pastor told their congregation that she had an extramarital affair and was planning to divorce her husband is moving ahead with a lawsuit against the minister.

Albany Episcopal diocese joins dissident conservative network
SPECULATOR, N.Y. (AP) The Episcopal Diocese of Albany has voted to join a conservative network of American Episcopal churches that formed after the denomination consecrated its first openly gay bishop last year.

Church briefs
Noted Jewish speakers to visit Music of India to be featured God and country rally planned Christian song and dance highlighted Judaism workshop planned Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered on Thursdays Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

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.

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.

An Olympic journey for five Afghan athletes
KALLONI, Greece Five young athletes from Afghanistan have set out on an adventure.

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!

Blast from the past
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Jay Haas was like any other father at the U.S. Open, walking among the gallery at Shinnecock Hills as he watched his 22-year-old son take on the toughest test in golf.

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?''

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

Detroit revels in title
DETROIT Hundreds of thousands of Pistons fans lined downtown Thursday to honor the NBA champions, a celebration that left outspoken Rasheed Wallace almost speechless.

Panthers reward their QB
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jake Delhomme was rewarded Thursday for helping guide the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, getting a five-year contract extension worth $38 million.

Colorado lynx wanders into Wyoming, gives birth to kittens
DENVER Wildlife biologists trekked into the mountains of south-central Wyoming to find the latest batch of kittens born to a lynx released in efforts to restore the cat to Colorado.

Grizzly bears test new food-storage products
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. Sam, an Alaskan grizzly, twitches his nose as he picks up the scent of mackerel juice and peanut butter lathered on a 95-gallon metal trash can.

Bear education hotline ready for questions
The Alaska Natural History Association's Bear Education Summer kicks off this week with the opening of a new summer hotline. The hotline presents an opportuntiy for all Alaskans to talk directly to local bear specialists and ask any questions about bears and bear safety.

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