Friday, July 2, 2004

Sosa's homer gets Cubs past Astros
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa homered in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

Pirates notch rare sweep of Cardinals
PITTSBURGH Pinch-hitter Bobby Hill singled home the winning run in the ninth and Tike Redman had three RBIs to lead the Pirates over St. Louis 6-5 victory to complete their first home three-game sweep of the Cardinals in 15 years.

Error on grounder to first helps Yanks win
NEW YORK Eighteen years later, a grounder to first base did in the Boston Red Sox again. This New York setting was far less dramatic than when Bill Buckner made his infamous error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, but the play was eerily similar.

Yankees pull off dramatic sweep of Red Sox
NEW YORK Bloodied and bruised, Derek Jeter showed just why the New York Yankees always seem to come out ahead of Boston.

New rules help the king hunt
A couple of changes went into effect Thursday that favor Kenai River anglers looking to take home a king salmon.

Fishing academy produces expert anglers in Kenai area waters
After completing college, it's nice to hang your diploma on the wall. Students of Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai Fishing Academy (KFA) get a chance to hang up a heck of a lot more than a piece of paper.

Photo feature: Hanging out
Betty Coulter snips dead blooms from flower baskets hanging on the front of her home in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon. She said this summer has been a good one for her flowers and vegetables.

'Spiderman' swings back into action
More is more and we're not talking about Michael Moore, for once with ''Spider-Man 2.''

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

Photo feature: Creative critters
Kids participating in the Alaska Children's Arts Institute held at Kenai Peninsula College from June 14 to 18 had many opportunities to put their creativity to use, like with these creatures exhibited June 18 at the college.

Teacher offers art instruction for kids
Summer is in full swing, and for many kids school has become a blissfully hazy memory. But just because they're not boarding a yellow bus and heading off to school doesn't mean they can't still be learning.

Memoir describes Alaskan's adventures
In 1989, the University of Alaska awarded an honorary doctorate to James Brooks, twice commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Not bad for a high-school dropout and former hobo.

Art Briefs
Writers' group meets todayKids' summer art workshops plannedFarmer's market offers arts, craftsLibrary sponsors contestsKids' summer theater camp slatedWatercolor workshop offered

'Trading Spaces' host hopes to bring down the Broadway house
NEW YORK On a glorious afternoon, Paige Davis steps out of a taxi in front of the Broadway home of the musical ''Chicago'' with a disposition as sunny as the sky itself.

FRES appreciates support for annual fund-raising events
Funny River Emergency Services board and members would like to thank all who helped to make our annual bake-garage sale a great success.

Veteran status alone does not make perfect candidate
The amount of rhetoric that comes from retired rear echelon officers never ceases to amaze me. For all the Jerry Ward cronies reading this letter, here's a few facts to clear up the confusion factor.

Arts council appreciates support for Seldovia festival
On behalf of myself and the rest of the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival Board and volunteers, I would like to thank the many folks in Seldovia who made this year's music festival fantastic. The Seldovia Arts Council was supported by Megastar Sponsors, The Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Seldovia Dental Clinic, Mary and Mike Webber (and the M/V Able II) and the Seldovia Rowing Club Bed and Breakfast, as well as 23 Superstar donors.

Businesses, parents make Sterling carnival successful
The Sterling Elementary PTA would like to thank the following businesses for their support of our annual spring carnival. With some of the profits, the PTA was able to continue to help our school library, have an Anchorage artist teach at our school for two weeks, support RIF, purchase new playground equipment and so many more worthwhile projects.

Sponsors, volunteers made kids' fishing event successful
The members of the Kenai River Professional Guide Association would like to thank all the businesses, organizations, guides and volunteers who helped to make the fourth annual Take a Kid Fishing event a success. All the kids had great time fishing, partaking in the barbeque that followed and showing off their new fishing rods, reels and hats.

Seniors appreciate help with Hawaiian luau fundraiser
Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank Hawaiian Vacations, Mike Moore, Trinity Green House, Donna's Country & Victorian Gifts, Sal's Klondike Diner, Kenai Safeway, Soldotna Safeway, Inner Peace Outer Beauty Day Spa and Poppy Lane Greenhouse for their outstanding door prize donations for the center's sold-out Hawaiian luau fund-raiser.

Longtime cemetery volunteer needs help with resource
The Kasilof-Cohoe Cemetery Assocation was established by the homesteaders in the 1950s to save people money, and save people money it did. I estimated at one time that those who bought graves there saved a quarter of a million dollars over the cost of a commercial cemetery. I took an interest in it when my uncle died in 1962. I volunteered to maintain it and have continued to maintain it for 40 years. The association voted me a wage and continueally raised my wages. I never asked for one cent.

Students soar at Project GRAD summer institute
Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula just completed its first annual summer institute, "Building Bridges to Our Future." The institute was a terrific success and the board and staff of Project GRAD wish to thank the community of Homer and the sponsors of the institute for making this a terrific experience for the 23 students from five village communities who participated. The goals of the summer institute are to strengthen 10-grade readiness, de-mystify the college experience and help last year's ninth-grade students complete a major step towards earning their Project GRAD scholarship.

Borough should start car cleanup with its own fire station property
I was delighted to read in last week's Clarion that the borough is concerned about all the junk cars littering the countryside. I wish them success in their effort to clean up this unsightly mess. I do suggest they start in their own yard. The K-Beach Fire Station has been home to a dozen or more junk cars and a yellow bus for more than a year. Polite suggestions to Central Emergency Services officials have produced excuses but no results.

NASCAR Notes - Stewart's poor behavior deemed 'unacceptable'
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. NASCAR officials fined Tony Stewart $50,000 and placed him on probation until Aug. 18 following Stewart's June 27 altercation with another driver.

Newsmaker: Brian France
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. NASCAR Chairman Brian France is a busy man. His group is not only looking to expand its Busch Series to places like Mexico City, it continues to adjust its rules package. France talked about the first half of the season and what to expect during the second half.

Daytona lights have brightened attendance for Pepsi 400
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip is one of many drivers who thinks the installation of lights seven years ago instantly elevated the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway to one of the premier races of the season.

This Week: Pepsi 400
(Race No. 17 of 36)

Cell phone technology growing
A cell phone technology that does away with breaks in calls when traveling from one area to another was introduced to business leaders at a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

State, environmental agencies cooperating on road project
A multimillion dollar road project in Homer is being cited as a model of cooperation between state transportation officials, the construction contractor and local environmental agencies, who are working together to ensure the road upgrade causes as little disruption to local creeks and streams as possible.

Kids explore space through Challenger camp
There was no countdown or rocket launch, but 11 youngsters still jettisoned into an alien world Wednesday.

More gas could flow
Natural gas from Unocal's Happy Valley prospect could be flowing by late this year through a proposed extension to the Kenai-Kachemak Pipeline being built by the pipeline company, according to Unocal.

Independence Day festivities planned
A Fourth of July parade and an afternoon of celebration will take place in Kenai on Sunday.

Space program to take off again
"I'm the luckiest man in the world." Retired space shuttle pilot Michael McCulley credits the U.S. Navy and NASA for providing him with extraordinary opportunities in life, including the opportunity to witness Earth from outside the atmosphere.

George Theodore Hayden
Trading Bay resident George Theodore Hayden died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at The Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, Neb. He was 85.

Evelyn R. Bass
Kenai resident Evelyn R. Bass died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Mary Ruth Zumwalt
Longtime Soldotna resident Mary Ruth Zumwalt died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Providence Extended Care Center in Anchorage from complications of the heart and kidneys. She was 77.

Mike Joe Tanape
Lifelong Alaskan Mike Joe Tanape died Friday, June 18, 2004, due to complications from a heart attack and stroke at the South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 66.

Colleen Charlotte Gordon
Longtime Soldotna and Anchorage resident Colleen Charlotte Gordon died Monday, June 28, 2004, at her home in Soldotna of natural causes. She was 74.

Evelyn R. Bass
Kenai resident Evelyn R. Bass died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Oilers sweep Goldpanners
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-3 Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park to complete a three-game sweep.

Oilers' comeback beats Panners
The Peninsula Oilers made it two in a row Wednesday, recovering from an early deficit to defeat the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 5-4 in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Residents urged to celebrate their freedom safely
As Kenai Peninsula residents get ready for the Fourth of July, we hope this year's holiday will mean more than just a day to enjoy parades, picnics, barbecues and fishing. We hope it also will be a time to reflect upon just what it is we're celebrating.

Early power transfer means all is not well
... The fact that, for fear of attacks, a ceremony under massive security could not go ahead as planned, amounts to an admission of failure.

Bush, Kerry neck-and-neck and still losing supporters
It is becoming crystal clear that George W. Bush and John Kerry are virtually guaranteed a down-to-the-wire battle for the White House. What should be troubling to both candidates is that they are trending slightly downward in their overall support. The latest InsiderAdvantage survey, conducted with our research partners The Marketing Workshop, asked the following: If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote?

Space flight shows government may not be best for job
Monday's remarkable flight by the Space-ShipOne rocket plane, which barely scraped across the arbitrary outer boundary of Earth's atmosphere, may have been one small step for manned spaceflight, but it was one giant leap for the entrepreneurial spirit.

Woman embarks on rowing adventure
KETCHIKAN (AP) Dale McKinnon is a rower with a cause.

Sleeping outside a joy not to be denied despite chills, sore backs
It's that time of year again. Summer is here, the weather is fine, the fish are running and everyone is looking to enjoy the great outdoors. During a summer at the refuge headquarters, I answer hundreds of questions from people looking to get out and enjoy not only the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, but other agencies' recreational opportunities, as well. I've become quite adept at giving the right information on where to go for hiking, hunting, fishing and camping.

Around the Peninsula
Volksmarch 10K setRed Cross golf tourney setBuzz Aldrin to speak at SeaLife CenterUCIDA plans membership meetingSterling church to hold celebration

Around the Peninsula
Gypsy fair setSen. Stevens to be Homer's grand marshalVadla to compete for Jr. Miss titleKenai chamber sponsoring pie contestHomer Public Health plans one-day closureChildbirth class set

Christian retailers look for niche, scope out possible best sellers
ATLANTA It was a sign from above that the Christian book industry is changing.

Church Briefs
July 4 picnic slatedChurch baseball night plannedReligious poems soughtJudaism workshop plannedWomen's prayer group to meetFamily worship offeredClothes2Go open

Unity is achieved when diversity is celebrated
To a Bahai, there is one God whose successive revelations of his will to humanity has been the chief civilizing force in history.

Borgman rows boat to Athens
Homer's Stacey Borgman is going to the Olympics.

Roddick, Federer reach semifinals
WIMBLEDON, England Andy Roddick was flat on his stomach at the baseline, not a particularly good place to be during a tiebreaker point at Wimbledon.

Williams, Sharapova reach final
WIMBLEDON, England Serena Williams' racket was cracked. Not her will.

Legend tag for Lance?
Lance Armstrong knows every bump in the road, every twist and turn, every pothole. He knows only too well the fate of every great rider who tried to go where he is headed.

Sports Briefs
Midnight Sun finishes fourth day in RenoGordon takes pole at DaytonaTracy wins provisional pole at Cleveland

Sports Briefs
Midnight Sun volleyball goes 1-2 in RenoPortugal tops Netherlands in Euro 2004Stewart fined $50,000, loses points

Tiger's caddy regrets kicking camera
The caddie for Tiger Woods said he was wrong to kick over a news photographer's camera during the U.S. Open, blaming his snap decision on hearing too many clicks from too many cameras at the wrong time.

Unser retires
INDIANAPOLIS Al Unser Jr. woke up to a harsh reality this week. His passion for racing was gone.

Amateur Lincicome leads Women's Open
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. A teenager was in tears Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open.

Birch Ridge Report: Summer still going strong
I overheard a conversation one day about the seasons of Alaska that went something like this. "We have fall, winter, spring ... and July. And when the fireweed has blossomed all the way to the top of its stalk, summer's over."

Greece pulls upset to reach Euro finals
PORTO, Portugal Greece is within a victory of completing a stunning run through the European Championship.

Nash leaves Dallas
PHOENIX Point guard Steve Nash agreed to a five-year, $65 million deal with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, leaving the Dallas Mavericks to return to the team that drafted him eight years ago.

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