Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Look out Piazza likely to catch Clemens at All-Star Game
NEW YORK Look out Houston, Roger Clemens is set to throw the first pitch of the All-Star game to his nemesis, Mike Piazza.

Braves batter Lowe, Red Sox
ATLANTA Derek Lowe gave up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings, and the Atlanta Braves rode a nine-run fifth to a 10-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Schilling would get $50,000 bonus for All-Star game start
NEW YORK For Curt Schilling, starting next week's All-Star game would be a bonus a $50,000 bonus.

Streak ends at 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) Eric Gagne's streak of 84 consecutive saves ended against the same team he couldn't hold off two years ago: the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Outdoors: Competitor
Everyone who knows me knows very well that I am a competitor and that I like a good challenge as well as anyone! I found myself in a very unique situation on June 29th while spending the late afternoon fishing on Elephant Lake. There I was sitting in my 16-foot Jon boat and relaxing on a beautiful summer afternoon. The lake was as calm as I've ever seen it and the temperature was very warm and it was one of those great days just to be out there fishing. I really don't know of any therapy that relaxes me more then a nice quiet leisurely fishing trip.

Summer sessions at B&G Clubs are a blast
Summer is not just a time for vacations and goofing around for kids on the Kenai Peninsula. It's a time for having fun and learning new skills as well, thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. "We have so many fun events and activities planned. We have scheduled nature walks, arts & crafts, and field trips. We are having an Art Specialist coming in to teach different art techniques. Geologist Ray Hamby will again take us on a hike in Anchor Point to gather fossils and on top of all this we will play many sports and games too!" said Club Director Karen Strash.

As American as apple pie and baseball
It was a day that reminded even the most seasoned of baseball fans what the game is really all about; it was the first ever World Series baseball game for people with disabilities held on the Kenai Peninsula.

Landscaping Awards
Kathy Tomrdle's home off Cook Street in Old Town Kenai was chosen as this week's Kenai Garden of the Week, sponsored by the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department.

NOW PLAYING: Fahrenheit 9/11
I know what you're thinking. A. "Why is he reviewing a movie that has about as much chance of playing on the Kenai as Rush Limbaugh does of getting elected head of the Democratic Convention?" and B. "Isn't every movie lovin', summer blockbuster-o-phile film critic worth their salt reviewing Spider-Man 2 right about now?"

Program to help fight OxyContin problems considered
After listening to a 2 1/2-hour long drug company presentation on how to rid communities of drug-abuse problems, members of the Kenai Peninsula Prescription Drug Task Force and civic leaders edged a little closer to action in the war against OxyContin abuse.

Borough set to decide fate of security funds
Spending measures totaling almost $840,000 in homeland security funding will get public hearings at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Fourth of July brings out small town ambience
Independence Day is not just a day to celebrate the freedom of the United States. It also is the day for Smalltown, U.S.A., to shine.

Bear sightings keep Kenai officials busy
A brown bear devouring a moose calf outside a fishing lodge early Wednesday was the beginning of what turned into several days of Kenai police responses to bear sightings in the city.

Homer center opens; Champagne, collaboration officially open islands project
The buzzword of the day was collaboration, and fittingly so, as many speakers noted the recently constructed $18 million visitor center and research facility in Homer couldn't have come to be without a lot of it.

Photo feature: Giving it the once over
Ethel Riley and Edith Wessinger, both of South Carolina, use binoculars Saturday evening to watch commercial fishing boats in Cook Inlet from a bench in Kenai's Erik Hansen Scout Park. They said they've been in Alaska since mid-June and will stay until late July.

Sign sparks fire awareness
Motorists heading south out of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway may have noticed a new sign with a familiar face waving at them Smokey Bear.

Klondike Girls star at Soldotna chamber
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Riverside House. The Klondike Girls will perform Hooligans' Alaska Show.

Peninsula splits twin bill with AIA
Peninsula Oilers starting pitcher Steve Morlock waited out a rain delay as well as an impromptu slip-n-slide exhibition and came back to finish off a one-hit victory Sunday as the Oilers recorded a 1-0 win in the opening game of a doubleheader against Athletes in Action Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers win wild one over AIA Fire
The Peninsula Oilers won a wild game Monday, defeating the visiting Athletes in Action Fire 10-3 in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Court helping turn war on terror into war on citizen rights
The war on terror does not have to be a war on our civil rights.

Parents remain best protection kids have against Internet porn
Remember when avoiding pornography was just a matter of walking past that seedy-looking magazine rack at the corner store?

Paperless voting machine fiasco will dwarf hanging chad debacle
SAN JOSE, Calif. Bev Harris didn't set out to become a muckraking voting technology expert.

How America chooses; Voters' love-hate relationship with political parties
REYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. This could be a gathering of the PTA or the rotary club dinner in the church basement, a blizzard of old jokes and a table of raffled gifts.

Peninsula People
Sorenson, Richardson make dean's listHobbs joins Air ForceMichael earns bachelor's degreeStrogsdill graduates from college

Around the Peninsula
Airport commission meeting canceledBlood donations neededYard contest to beginNikiski drama camp slatedLangdon basketball camp set for SewardProgress parade applications availableOutdoor education center still closed

Jessica and Daniel Martin of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Aston Rose Martin, at 9:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 11 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 23.5 inches.

Kenai man enjoys warmth of free vacation in Chile
The next time you are shopping at Safeway and the checkout clerk asks if you have your Safeway Club Card handy, you just might want to take the time to fish it out of your pocket.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview pool closure continuesSalmon canning class availableHistorical society to meetNutrition classes slatedSoHi pool swim lessons availableSafe sitter course offered

Community News
Youth theater opportunities aboundCoastal Studies Center plans summer activitiesWildlife refuge sets summer scheduleWatershed plans July activitiesChallenger Center sets camp scheduleLibrary sponsors writing, recipe contests

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

94th birthday marked with skydive
SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) Once was not enough for Steven Eastman. After leaping out of an airplane with a parachute on his 94th birthday, he was ready to go skydiving again.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Mallon posts record round to win Open
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. Merely a bystander during so many great moments in women's golf, Meg Mallon celebrated one of her own Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open.

Feofanova breaks world record in women's pole vault
IRAKLION, Greece Svetlana Feofanova broke the world record in the women's pole vault Sunday night, clearing 16 feet to better the mark set just seven days earlier by a Russian compatriot.

Coach K turns down 'Showtime'
DURHAM, N.C. Mike Krzyzewski has spent 24 years building a legacy at Duke that no current men's college basketball coach can rival.

Defending champ plays it safe on treacherous course
CHARLEROI, Belgium Lance Armstrong played it safe in the first full stage of the Tour de France.

New blood stands atop Mt. Marathon
Seward's Cedar Petrosius gave the home crowd something to cheer about Sunday, while Toby Schwoerer proved the first time can indeed be a charm.

Rice races to second IRL victory of year
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Buddy Rice has gone from sub to star.

Greece defeats Portugal 1-0 for European Championship
LISBON, Portugal Even before the Olympics, 2004 will be remembered as one of the great years for Greek sports.

Federer defends Wimbledon crown
WIMBLEDON, England Barely in command of a tight Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick, Roger Federer hit a shot that clipped the net and popped over, helping set up a backhand winner.

2004 Mt. Marathon Results
Sunday in Seward

Is Woods about to break out?
The driver was new and his attitude decidedly more fan-friendly. There were familiar flashes of the old brilliance, too, especially during a third round when he flirted with the course record and played his way into contention.

Armstrong frets cobblestones
NAMUR, Belgium (AP) Lance Armstrong has no doubts about the risks that lurk in the next stage of the Tour de France: If luck goes against him, he says, his drive for a record sixth straight win could be over almost before it's begun.

Sports Briefs
Twins host Big Fish TournamentIndy 500 winner Rodger Ward dies at 83

Moose of a different color: Unusual animal intrigues viewers
A moose of a different color has been strolling the streets of Kenai. Instead of normal boring beige or blah brown, this moose is piebald white it has a white breast with white patches over its otherwise normal-brown coat.

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