Friday, June 25, 2004

Cameron's glaring error helps Reds top Mets
NEW YORK Mike Cameron lost Ken Griffey Jr.'s bases-loaded fly ball to center field in the sun, allowing three runs to score in a five-run seventh inning as the Cincinnati Reds rallied past the New York Mets 6-2 Thursday.

Cal State Fullerton eliminates South Carolina
OMAHA, Neb. Vagabond pitcher Scott Sarver looked right at home in Cal State Fullerton's most important game of the season.

Howard taken first by Orlando in draft
NEW YORK Emeka Okafor tried masking his displeasure about being chosen second rather than first in the NBA draft. Instead, his sarcasm made it clear who he believed should have been No. 1

Tampa's streak stopped at 12
TORONTO Tampa Bay's team-record winning streak ended at 12 games when Reed Johnson hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Devil Rays.

Twins best Red Sox in 10th inning
BOSTON Lew Ford hit a sacrifice fly following a two-base error by Nomar Garciaparra in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Thursday.

Thome tears it up for Phillies
MONTREAL Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 24th home run and Kevin Millwood won for the first time in eight starts, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

Houston acquires Beltran
Star center fielder Carlos Beltran was traded from Kansas City to the Houston Astros on Thursday night as part of a three-way deal that also sent reliever Octavio Dotel to Oakland.

Texas, South Carolina pick up Series wins
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Carson Kainer, the last regular player in Texas' lineup without a hit at the College World Series, got the most important one of his young career and the Longhorns advanced to the finals.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleCity of Kenai hosts mine project developersLeadership forum scheduledGuide service to donate proceeds to land trustPostal service seeks phone card donationsVendors and parade entries soughtFinancing workshop scheduledClarion reporter honored at fellowship

AIDEA turns down offer for coal plant
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority rejected an offer from Golden Valley Electric Association to purchase the Healy Clean Coal Plant.

Japanese economic recovery can benefit Alaska
ANCHORAGE Alaska may be benefiting from a Japanese economic recovery, trade officials and economists said Tuesday.

Young Americans likely to shun U.S.-made goods
WASHINGTON Fresh concerns about U.S. jobs being shipped overseas are not being turned into renewed public sentiment to buy American, an Associated Press poll found.

Sunshine makes for happy anglers
Continued sunny skies across the peninsula have contributed to a marked improvement in the Kenai River king salmon fishery in recent days.

Alaska writers provide summer fun
What to do when the thrill of vacation fades, the rain falls and the mosquitoes bite? Never fear, parents: Alaska writers offer an array of new books this summer to cure the what-will-we-do blues.

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' heats up terrorism debate
LOS ANGELES Michael Moore is not known for restraint, yet when it came to showing the Sept. 11 attacks in "Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore opted for moderation: The screen fades to black and the audience hears the engine roar and explosions of the jets that crashed into the World Trade Center, and the screams of witnesses.

Visitors center offers variety of summer interpretive programs
Ken Waldman, known as "Alaska's Fiddling Poet," says of his time spent in Alaska that he never thought he would be up here, living like he does.

Real cool cats the stars of 'Two Brothers' movie
Instead of taking the kids to ''Garfield: The Movie,'' consider ''Two Brothers,'' starring real cool cats.

AFI goes 'Over the Rainbow' to find top American movie tune
LOS ANGELES There's no song like "Over the Rainbow."

Art Briefs
Kids' summer art workshops plannedFarmer's market offers arts, craftsKids' summer theater camp slatedYouth play auditions coming upLibrary sponsors contestsWatercolor workshop offeredResource for musicians announced

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

Senate approves tobacco tax; Measure to fix long-term fiscal plan stalls in Finance Committee
JUNEAU House Speaker Pete Kott said Wednesday the special session of the Legislature will be over by the end of the week if not sooner and the only bill with any chance of passing is a tobacco tax increase.

Lawmakers raise tobacco tax, don't vote on Murkowski's budget fix
JUNEAU The Legislature passed a tobacco tax increase and then adjourned Thursday without voting on Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to fix the state's chronic budget deficit.

Bill including peninsula gas line terminus awaits signature
A bill expanding the focus of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority to include tidewater at Cook Inlet as a possible terminus for a main gas line delivering North Slope gas to market is awaiting Gov. Frank Murkowski's signature.

Ward supporter sees 'political motives' in opposition as well
I know Jerry Ward can defend himself; he's a big boy I've known him for several years. But it gets to me when somebody says things that are not quite the truth.

Ward's efforts to honor Reagan should be appreciated
This letter is in response to "Ward's timing inappropriate" letter by Porter Pollard. I would like to applaud Jerry Ward for his paying for an ad so local citizens could show their respect for the passing of President Ronald Reagan.

Legislature should do work of the people during time limit
The legislative session, set out by the Alaska Constitution, is 120 consecutive days. It may be extended once by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for 10 additional consecutive days. The Legislature is given this period of time to conduct our business. The Legislature met and then they adjourned.

Something's wrong in the state of Kenai fishing tournament
Such a thorny rose that stinks by any other name is still a derby. Buying rooms and meals and drinks to promote a kill-and-release derby where fish spawn is only the good science of the darkest Danish prince. That these of hook-and-wound mortality are second-run kings because they came for a tournament after July 1 and what of their first-run brothers and sisters who are already in residence; river presence.

Sponsors provide hockey players invaluable experience
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Midget U-16 team would like to thank Alaska for your support and enthusiasm when we won the Alaska state title and moved forward to the national competition. We went to Nationals in Ellenton, Fla., and competed against the best.

NASCAR Notes - Rudd shows off fancy footwork on road courses
SONOMA, Calif. Some stock car drivers have strange ways of getting around road courses. Some take it slow and easy; some attack each corner. Some cut the corners by driving through the dirt; others just try to hang on.

Whine-ding around the track
SONOMA, Calif. The Napa Valley is known throughout the world for its wine. But one weekend each year, when the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series comes to town, it's more like whine country.

Newsmaker: Klaus Graf
SONOMA, Calif. Klaus Graf, 32, tried his hand at Formula One and sports car racing, and now the German is hoping to make his debut this Sunday on the Nextel Cup Series in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway.

This Week: Dodge/Save Mart 350
(Race No. 16 of 36)

Summer lessons
Read silently.

Borough wrestles with junk vehicle disposal problem
Abandoned vehicles, many reduced to scrap heaps after successive attacks by vandals, have become glaring eyesores in parts of the Kenai Peninsula, even in areas that otherwise comprise some of the prettiest portions of the borough.

Soldotna council studies smoking ordinance effects
According to a report compiled by two University of Alaska Southeast graduate students, the city of Soldotna's restaurant smoking ban appears to be having little economic impact on Soldotna businesses although businesses outside of town are reporting an increase in traffic.

Tourist sought due to medical emergency
Alaska State Troopers are asking for the public's assistance in locating Johnny Provine, 62, of San Clemente, Calif., regarding a family emergency.

Cook Inlet tops toxic list
Cook Inlet led all of Alaska in nonmining, manufacturing-related toxic discharges in 2002, according to the latest Toxics Release Inventory issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Accused murderer implicated in another homicide
A man charged with murdering a Soldotna woman nearly 20 years ago was arraigned Thursday as a fugitive from justice in Kenai District Court in connection with a 1984 Kansas homicide.

Photo feature: On the lookout
The Bennett family glasses Cook Inlet for wildlife Wednesday afternoon at the beach in Kenai during a visit to the area from their home in Idaho. Forecasters are calling for partly cloudy skies for the rest of the week. High temperatures on the coast are expected to reach the high 60s and low 70s, while inland areas may reach the low 80s.

George Paul Sterbenz
Soldotna resident George Paul Sterbenz died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 60.

Ray Woodrow 'Cubby' McCubbins
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Ray Woodrow "Cubby" McCubbins died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 90.

Aubrey L. 'Al' Mooney
Soldotna resident Aubrey L. "Al" Mooney died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Elmendorf Air Force Hospital in Anchorage. He was 77.

Anna Christine Moles Chieslak
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Anna Christine Moles Chieslak, known to many as "Chris," died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, in Fresno, Calif. She was 62.

Lukas Fox Spruill
Lukas Fox Spruill died Friday, June 18, 2004, in a fishing accident in Bristol Bay. He was 27.

Allan Lenard Lageson Jr.
Kenai resident Allan Lenard Lageson Jr. died Monday, June 21, 2004, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 21.

Oilers suffer first ABL defeat
The Peninsula Oilers suffered their first Alaska Baseball League loss of the season, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Athletes in Action Fire Wednesday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Water safety key to enjoying Alaska summer
With more miles of coastline than the entire continental United States, more than a million lakes and thousands of fish-filled rivers and streams, Alaska is a state made for boating. Too often, however, these wild waterways can turn deadly for those who work and play on our most abundant natural resource.

State department's number mix-up becoming typical
The U.S. State Department put out a report a couple of months ago ... that the number of terrorist incidents has dropped steadily from 2001 through 2003, reaching a 34-year low.

Test punishes youth; High-stakes exit exam keeps deserving teens from future
My fellow Alaskans, we are in an 11th hour in education because 707 to 1,160 students this year are being denied diplomas and many of them have fulfilled their school's requirements. I met one of those students and cannot keep silent.

Troop deployment should be based on current situation
Details are lacking, but the Pentagon's plan to redeploy forces now stationed in former hot spots from the Cold War is at least sensible and possibly urgent.

Future of natural gas, oil bright but fiscal plan still needed
People say you can't get where you're going unless you know how to get there. Clearly, Alaskans want to get to a point where they don't have to worry every day about the price of oil and its effect on public services. And they want to get to a prosperous long-term future for their children.

Water, water, everywhere, and mine was bottled in California to drink
I recently found myself sitting on the shores of Skilak Lake about lunchtime. Reaching into my pack I pulled out a sandwich, an apple and a bottle of water.

Restoration project promises big return on funds invested
The Kenai Watershed Forum's restoration project on Silver Salmon Creek in Ninilchik won't include an anglers' boardwalk or a shiny plaque to dedicate the site. Heck, you can't even fish there, and once the project is completed, the hope is that it will eventually be impossible to tell that a restoration project was ever necessary.

Silver Salmon Creek project hike Saturday
This spring and summer, the Kenai Watershed Forum will be restoring a major section of Silver Salmon Creek near Ninilchik. The floods in the fall of 2002 completely destroyed the area where Oilwell Road crosses Silver Salmon Creek. Join Kenai Watershed Forum executive director Robert Ruffner to visit the site and hike the section downstream from the culvert failure.

Juneau outfitter launches Bike & Brew tour
JUNEAU (AP) In Juneau, beer and bicycles have more in common than just the letter B.

River rafting addictive for guides and clients
WENATCHEE, Wash. Shelby Scott swore he wasn't coming back.

Ancient Indian villages found in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and the secret under wraps: a string of ancient Indian settlements so remarkably well-preserved that arrowheads and beads are still lying out in the open.

Around the Peninsula
Rummage sale fund-raiser planned in HomerLocal radio club to take part in national eventHomer Spit Run set to goCrescent Creek trail project planned

Risky spacewalk quickly aborted
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The two men aboard the international space station embarked on an unusually risky spacewalk Thursday, but had barely floated outside when Mission Control ordered them back in because of dropping pressure in one of their oxygen tanks.

Around the Peninsula
Open sew plannedBug walk set for todayCPGH to break ground on extensionSoroptimist plans garage sale fund-raiserSquare dance slated this weekendGod and Country Rally on tap for SundaySterling church to hold celebration

German doctor: Super-strong 5-year-old boy just a normal kid
BERLIN A genetic mutation made a Berlin 5-year-old extra strong, but the German doctor who has been studying the boy since just after his birth says he's just a regular kid.

Church institutions must be genuinely Catholic, pope tells Western U.S. bishops
VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II told a group of American bishops Thursday that church institutions in the United States universities, schools and hospitals must be ''genuinely Catholic'' and conform to the church's moral teaching.

Some things must be done to keep faith fresh, growing
The dictionary defines "musty" as: "adj. must-i-er, must-i-est

Church Briefs
Youth director to speakGod and Country Rally plannedChristian song and dance slated

USADA seeks to ban Montgomery for life
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to seek a lifetime ban against 100-meter world record holder Tim Montgomery for alleged drug violations, The Associated Press has learned.

Leak of Montgomery testimony creates uproar
SAN FRANCISCO When Tim Montgomery appeared before a federal grand jury and reportedly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs he probably expected his testimony to stay secret until the case went to trial.

Trade talk heats up as NBA draft nears
NEW YORK Emeka Okafor sat inside a hotel ballroom completely unaware he was setting a record for most shoulder shrugs. On the day before the NBA draft, Okafor still had no idea where he'll be headed or whether he'll be chosen first or second.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula Amateur set for the weekendMotocross Division to hold city raceWilson, Gatson look good in returns

Williams beaten in second round
WIMBLEDON, England With all her injuries and mediocre play of late, the last thing Venus Williams needed was for her opponent to be awarded an extra point.

Beckham's botched penalty costs England
LISBON, Portugal David Beckham sent his shot into the crowd, and Portugal went on to beat England 6-5 in sudden-death penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie Thursday night, advancing the hosts to the semifinals of the European Championship.

Sports Briefs
Goldstein nabs Gatorade honorPlay washed out at WimbledonGermans eliminated, Dutch advanceOkafor could get final spot on U.S. teamLakers' Fisher becomes free agentWie falters, but looks forward to match play

Birch Ridge Report: Peninsula Amateur set to go
Men's Night (out) was another Wednesday's usual suspects gathering. Winning team members Joey Hensley, Josh Lansing, Mike Hollingsworth and Gerald Winkler beat out second placers Guy Hayes, Jay Kriner, Pete Wolfe and Dennis Cork. Ol' Wink was closest-to on No. 6 and won hands down for long drive.

Howell fires course record to take lead
POTOMAC, Md. Charles Howell III shot a course-record 10-under 61 including a 28 on his final nine holes to take a three-stroke lead Thursday in the Booz Allen Classic.

On-ice punch could result in jail sentence
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi was charged with assault Thursday for a sucker-punch that broke Steve Moore's neck and left him in a pool of blood, an attack that prompted an outcry about hockey violence.

Howard taken first by Orlando in draft
NEW YORK Emeka Okafor tried masking his displeasure about being chosen second rather than first in the NBA draft. Instead, his sarcasm made it clear who he believed should have been No. 1

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