Saturday, July 3, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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