Wednesday, July 14, 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.

AL scores early, often
HOUSTON Roger Clemens hardly had time to worry about Mike Piazza. He was too busy getting banged up by American League hitters.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

NOW PLAYING: The Station Agent/Hanover Street
Here we are again, and yet again you're reading a review, not of the current big hitter at the box office, but of a smaller, though likely better film. I am still in Japan, hopefully enjoying myself, having successfully avoided the pitfalls of poisonous puffer fish souffle and the ever-present organ thieves.

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:

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.

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).

NASCAR Notes - Another Tony Stewart incident draws another fine from NASCAR
Tony Stewart's aggressive driving continues to bolster NASCAR's penalty coffers.

Newsmaker: Tony Stewart
JOLIET, Ill. Tony Stewart's controversial season continued last Sunday at the Chicagoland Speedway. His pit crew scrapped with that of Kasey Kahne following an accident between the two drivers early in the race. Stewart went on to win the Tropicana 400 for his first victory of the 2004 season.

NASCAR Tech: New breed of auto school
MOORESVILLE, N.C. Jessica Guinn barely knew the difference between a seat belt and a fan belt, but she figured something was wrong when a local mechanic in Orange Park, Fla., tried to sell her fluid for her turn signal.

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.

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.

Group works to fight drugs
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Prescription Drug Task Force on Tuesday formed an action committee, which quickly decided to move forward with a drug company program geared toward helping communities rid themselves of drug abuse problems.

Fast forward Board plans for future
Though Monday night's meeting was the shortest in at least a year, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education got plenty accomplished this week.

Fish trade looks strong
Cook Inlet fishers aren't about to net the kind of green they hauled in during the roaring 1980s, but state salmon forecasts suggest they should make a decent living this year, a Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist said Tuesday.

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.

Perceptions help Bush
WASHINGTON Voters see President Bush as decisive, likable and able to inspire optimism, an Associated Press poll found. They view Democrat John Kerry as intelligent and compassionate.

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.

New threat surfaces for state's fishing industry: farm-raised black cod
Alaska longliners may begin to feel the pain that salmon fishermen have been suffering for years.

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.

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
Ninilchik center offers square dancing Landscaping contests begin Girls basketball camp deadline Friday Driver safety class planned Funny River Festival slated Seniors plan salmon classic Safe sitter course offered

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.

Phelps second again at Olympic swim trials
LONG BEACH, Calif. Michael Phelps sure doesn't look so unbeatable now.

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.

Putt for dough
Home sweet home. Birch Ridge golf pro Tom Walsh sank a short birdie putt on the first extra hole of the 2004 Birch Ridge Pro/Am-Wells Fargo Alaska All-Alaskan Skins Game to take home three skins and $1,500 good enough to hang onto bragging rights at his home course for another year.

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

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.

Lakers, Clippers await decision from Bryant
Kobe Bryant wasn't tipping his hand Tuesday night as the NBA's two-week moratorium on trades and free agent signings expired, though the Los Angeles Clippers were busy trying to clear enough salary cap space to offer him a maximum contract.

Rain, rain come our way
According to an article someone wrote and someone else read and relayed to me, the last

Mountains loom as Tour de France gets down to business
GUERET, France Move over sprinters, time for climbers to shine.

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