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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Twins play one for old time's sake
The American Legion Twins baseball club rallied for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat a team of Twins alumni 10-8 Wednesday in an exhibition game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Fading Astros fire Williams, hire Garner as manager
HOUSTON The Houston Astros fired manager Jimy Williams and replaced him with Phil Garner on Wednesday, a last-ditch effort to rescue a season that started with World Series expectations.

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.

Alaska still leads nation in rate of worker deaths
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska led the nation in the rate of worker deaths in 2002, but the number of on-the-job fatalities has been dropping in recent years, according to state labor economists.

Oil production drops in June
ANCHORAGE (AP) The amount of North Slope oil pumping through the trans-Alaska pipeline dropped 3.34 percent in June from the month before.

State, church strike deal for defunct processing plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state has agreed to sell a defunct fish processing plant to an evangelical church for less than half it cost to build the plant.

Pay raises under 4 percent planned
NEW YORK (AP) Despite an improved economy, cost-conscious employers are granting workers limited pay raises this year, and plan only slightly larger increases in 2005.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleCenter to host Homer chamber mixerIndustry Appreciation Day in works

Cities, states retooling their images to lure young professionals
SAUGATUCK, Mich. At 27, Kristin Gebben made a decision that cut against the flow: She packed up the life she'd started building in Seattle and moved back to her native Michigan.

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.

Smith adds summer smarts
LOS ANGELES The boy of summer is back.

Fairbanks Shakespeare group plans shows in Kenai, Homer
Over the last four years, the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre has toured up and down the Parks Highway, through Anchorage, Valdez and Kenai, and even twice overseas to the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival.

Stories highlight Alaskans' quirks
Alaska's stories don't need bears, salmon, sled dogs or surviving brutal cold to be colorful. The state's people provide plenty of eccentric entertainment even without the standard rustic accoutrements.

Fairbanks artists color outside lines
FAIRBANKS A perfect June day. An acclaimed watercolor artist-teacher, working with the historical Chatanika Gold Camp as a backdrop. What more could amateur artists wish for?

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

Art Briefs
Kids' summer art workshops plannedFarmer's market offers arts, craftsKids' summer theater camp slatedWatercolor workshop offeredResource for artists announced

Many contribute to great Fourth of July celebration
On behalf of the Greater Kenai Chamber of Commerce, we wish to express our appreciation to all who assisted and participated in the Fourth of July celebration, "Celebrating 50 Years of the Kenai Chamber."

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

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.

School board wraps up summer business
They've staffed the library at Chapman Elementary School.

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.

Photo feature: Hydration help
Vern Shook gives Mother Nature a helping hand Wednesday afternoon in Kenai. He put a new lawn in about two weeks ago, but he said he's had a hard time getting it to take. The Kenai Peninsula has received far less precipitation than is normal in the past month, and little is expected in the coming days. Forecasters are calling for increased clouds through the weekend, with a slight chance of showers.

Clubs offer options for youth
The goal of the seven Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is to make kids be the best they can be, the club's new interim director told Soldotna business leaders Tuesday.

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.

Kenai Landing open to some business
Kenai Landing is open, although the complex is still under construction, Jon Faulkner told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

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.

Jay Sieger
Nikiski resident Jay Sieger died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, while descending from the summit of Mount Makalu in Nepal. He was 45.

Oilers down Miners for sixth straight win
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Mat-Su Miners 6-1 Wednesday in an Alaska Baseball league game at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

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.

Port security gets attention
Ever since the 9/11 attacks, the possibility has loomed that terrorists might slip a bomb or some other deadly device into the United States aboard a ship arriving through one of the nation's 361 sea and river ports....

Candidates need new ideas
In politics and polling, you sometimes have to take an extra step back to get a wide angle on what truly interests the public as opposed to what the politicians think or want the public to be interested in.

Candidates should speak responsibly
Are we truly ready for another election?

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.

Around the Peninsula
Pressure gauge testing availableDisabled veterans to meetSoHi cheerleading tryouts setWater laboratory to open in HomerChildbirth, safe sitter course offered

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

Armstrong banks seven seconds
SAINT-FLOUR, France Seven seconds.

Shaq deal finalized; O'Neal now a member of the Miami Heat
Never again will Shaquille O'Neal wear gold and purple. And if that wasn't stunning enough, consider the idea of Kobe Bryant clad in red.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Right swing, wrong day
I don't know about you, but I have never seen a hole in one in action. I, of course, have never seen it from my own masterly drive (laugh if you will); nor have I seen it performed by anyone who is near and dear.

Thompson, Jensen close trials with wins
LONG BEACH, Calif. Jenny Thompson knows she'll have to swim a lot faster in Athens if she wants to win her own Olympic gold medal.

NFL fines Cooper, Robbins, Stubblefield for THG use
NEW YORK Chris Cooper and Barret Robbins of the Oakland Raiders and free agent Dana Stubblefield have been fined three game checks by the NFL for testing positive for the steroid THG.

Phelps undaunted by defeats
At first, swimmer Michael Phelps' quest to break Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in one Olympics seemed audacious, if not absurd.

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

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

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.

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

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