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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

CES area to grow, if voters say 'yes'
Voters in various parts of the Central Kenai Peninsula may be asked this fall to approve ballot measures, including general obligation bonds for a fire station, expansion of the Central Emergency Services Area, and a new form of borough government, if measures under consideration by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly make it to the municipal ballot.

Power surge
HOUSTON Miguel Tejada walked on the field, gazed at Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays, and felt very out of place in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Twins split with Dimond
The American Legion Twins baseball team split a Sunday doubleheader with Dimond in Anchorage.

Reds win without Jr.
MILWAUKEE Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning and Wily Mo Pena followed with his second of the game, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-6 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Hernandez returns to old form
NEW YORK Orlando Hernandez reintroduced himself to the Yankees on Sunday, pitching New York to a 10-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and a four-game sweep.

A Happy Ending !
My family and I had an unexpected outdoor adventure on Wednesday July 7th when we awoke to find our daughter Kimberly's horse Ruggy gone from his p

Talk about some fun!
Visitors to the Peninsula as well as long time local Alaskans are raving about the new Alaskan Dinner Show at Hooligans in Soldotna. Near the bridge in Soldotna, Hooligans, formerly the Good Night Inn, Hog Heaven, and The Bunk House, has under gone extensive renovations under the new proprietorship of Sally Hoskins, better known as Sourdough Sal.

Astronaut Mike McCulley visits and contributes to Challenger Learning Center
Former Astronaut Mike McCulley, veteran space shuttle pilot and present president and CEO of the United Space Alliance, visited the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska last week and brought not only his fishing rod with him, but a $5,000 dollar check for the Center.

4th of July Parade showcases community
The 2004 4th of July parade in Kenai was a true community celebration. From motorcycle clubs, to cheerleaders, 4-H members to politicians, a real cross section of life on the Kenai turned out to wish America a happy birthday.

Wave of rave reviews for 11th Kenai River Classic
There were 208 participants who fished in the Classic this year with 52 guide boats. Over the two days of fishing, a total of 227 fish were landed, with 167 being released and 60 fish being kept.

Landscaping Awards
Gene and Velda Gellar's Fourth Avenue home was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Murkowski ads misleading, do nothing but alienate voters
After Sen. Lisa Murkowski's recent attack on Tony Knowles and his employment of ignorant "Outsiders," one would think that her cronies from down in Washington would ensure that they didn't make the kind of mistakes that only an "Outsider" would.

Challenger Learning Center great resource for Alaska kids
Re: Unidentified Challenger center camper

Writer disagrees with comments by Board of Fisheries chair
I can easily challenge many comments by Board of Fisheries chairman Ed Dersham (Peninsula Clarion, July 11).

Hospice of Homer says thanks
Hospice of Homer would like to acknowledge the Kenai Peninsula United Way for its ongoing support, especially in these lean fund-raising times.

Student proficiency should not be determined by single test
Fair testing in Alaska is going the same route as in the Lower 48. There is opposition to the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam, or HSGQE, and also inequity in it. Here is what the Lower 48 has learned.

Dedicated volunteers make Classic terrific fund-raiser
On behalf of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, we would like to thank the tremendous effort put forth by the more than 150 volunteers who make the Kenai River Classic an annual success. Through their continuing dedication, the Classic has become one of the largest volunteer-driven fund-raising events of its magnitude in the country.

Knowles much more in touch with issues than Murkowski
I'm glad to see at least one candidate in the race for U.S. Senate talking about issues that Alaska cares about. Tony Knowles has been talking about jobs, health care, education, national security and protecting our personal freedoms.

Bite serves as reminder: Public events no place to bring dogs
The number of dogs at this year's Independence Day Parade in Kenai was unbelievable. This became even clearer to me when I was bitten by one as I walked through the crowd.

No place for political promises, personal battles in CIRI
Cook Inlet Region Inc. is the best and most successful of the regional profit corporations because it has been run with expertise and common sense. The board of directors worked together with management.

Many contribute to success of state Republican convention
The Alaska Republican Party State Convention was a resounding success. This would not have been possible without the help of some very special people. We would like to thank:

Tropicana has Kahne's crew sour
JOLIET, Ill. Tony Stewart's first victory of the year didn't have much drama. His crew took care of that in the pits.

Colorado couple ties knot in dipnet-themed wedding
Gene Nuanes and Danielle Smoot each took home a keeper.

Working on vacation
Sweating under the summer sun, building a house for a perfect stranger isn't most people's idea of how to spend a summer vacation. But that's how siblings Greg and Beth Galligan and more than a dozen others are spending some of their vacation time this summer.

Indicators show peninsula economy rebounding
A bright outlook for 2004 tourism, a strengthening fishing industry and continued exploration by oil and gas companies are helping the Kenai Peninsula Borough economy rebound, according to the latest borough Quarterly Report of Key Economic Indicators.

Kenai River Trail fire blamed on lightning
Crews have been released from the Kenai River Trail fire, which is now in monitor status with some confined hot spots within the fire area's interior, according to the Division of Forestry.

Guide plucks piece of missing Taurus out of Kenai River
Kenai River fishing guide "Swiftwater" Bill Toppa has caught a lot of whoppers in his day, but none quite like the one he picked up this year.

Looking back, planning ahead all on agenda
Though classes won't start for more than a month, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will look ahead tonight in what is the first board meeting of the 2004-05 school year.

Dwight 'Lee' Cooper
Anchorage resident Dwight "Lee" Cooper died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, as the result of complications from surgery. He was 61.

Thomas H. Wardleigh
Longtime Alaska pilot Thomas H. Wardleigh died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, of cancer at his home in Anchorage. He was 78.

Minaker's clutch hit leads Oilers into first
An eighth inning single by Peninsula Oilers shortstop Chris Minaker spoiled a fine pitching performance by Pilots starter Eric Werdekemper, and the Oilers swept their weekend series with the Pilots with a 5-4 win Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Parties battle for state seats
Nearly half the states are looking at a vigorous battle for control of their legislatures this year, with a power-flip hanging on turnover of just three seats or less.

'Donor states' tired of footing bill for others' transportation projects
There's a fight shaping up in Washington between Congress and the Bush administration over how much to spend on the nation's highway and mass transit needs.

Many cell phone users should take a lesson from etiquette expert What others say
Now that it is ''Cell Phone Courtesy Month'' no, we don't know whose idea that is, but it works for us we'd like to vent.

Peninsula People
Ehrhardt graduates Stanford with honorsKloote attends medical leadership forumMcAuliffe qualifies for laureate societySturm makes dean's list, releases CDKenai parade winners announced

Around the Peninsula
Pressure gauge testing available Skyview pool closure extended Composting seminar slated Book sale fund-raiser planned CIRCAC to meet SoHi class of 1994 reunion planned Flea market fund-raiser set Summer bazaar , barbecue planned

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes slatedSwim lessons offeredBlood donations neededWRCC fund-raiser slated

Community News
Challenger center sets camp scheduleCoastal studies center plans summer activitiesLibrary sponsors writing, recipe contestsWildlife refuge sets summer scheduleWatershed July activities slatedKenai class to celebrate 40-year reunionClass of 1984 to hold reunionAffordable helmets available

Photo feature: Far from home
Major Tom O'Reilly, on bottom step, and two other pilots sit next to their C-130, which was the first aircraft to fly into Iraq after sovereignty

Photo feature: Kickin' it
At top, members of the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club's U-12 girls Crossfire team placed first in the Ina Kristiansen Memorial Cup tournament in Anchorage on June 4 to 6. Team members Amber Chapman and Kaitlyn VanMeter shared the tournament game ball for outstanding play.

Senior Menus
This weeks senior center menus.

Senior Briefs
Senior activities around the peninsula.

Cities rethink senior housing
DETROIT These days, when as many tricycles as walkers litter the hallways of many senior living centers, cities are trying to figure out the best way to accommodate under one roof grandparents and the children they are raising.

Records continue to fall at swim trials
LONG BEACH, Calif. Aaron Peirsol climbed atop the lane rope, pumping his right fist in the air over and over again. Michael Phelps leaned his forehead against the wall of the pool, looking downright exhausted.

Montgomery joins Jones on sidelines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Tim Montgomery, the world's fastest man but also a suspected steroid user who faces a lifetime ban, saved the U.S. Olympic Committee from a huge headache by failing to qualify for the Athens Games in the 100 meters.

Campbell, Goldstein win Unity Run
Complete results from the Rotary Unity Run, held Saturday in Kenai-Soldotna:

More action than meets the eye as peloton rolls through France
LIMOGES, France A final leg rubdown with stinging sports cream. A few scribbles into autograph books of adoring fans. Pockets stuffed with energy bars or fruit.

O'Neal trade talks Heat up
MIAMI Expect to see Shaquille O'Neal in a Miami Heat uniform next season.

James crosses pond for major win
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Mark James shot a 1-over 73 and held off Jose Maria Canizares for a one-stroke victory Sunday at the Senior Players Championship.

Sports Briefs
Campbell, Goldstein take Unity Trail titlesHensby gets first win in John Deere playoffAustria upsets U.S. in Fed Cup tennisDay off gives Armstrong, leaders time to rest

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