Friday, July 16, 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.

Yankees' five homers cow Tigers
DETROIT Jose Contreras pitched into the ninth inning and Alex Rodriguez hit two of the New York Yankees' five home runs in a 5-1 victory Thursday night over the Detroit Tigers.

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.

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.

Balanced funds can be a safe and simple strategy in a sideways market
NEW YORK (AP) Putting your money to work in a dull market is no easy task, but staying on the sidelines can pose a greater danger for small investors: If you wait until the market seems like a comfortable place to be, you might never jump in.

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.

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.

Getting just 2 percent on your savings? Another problem CEOs don't have.
NEW YORK (AP) Here's one way to get a higher interest rate on your savings: Just become a CEO.

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.

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.

Taking a summer vacation doesn't have to bust your budget
NEW YORK (AP) When it comes to vacation planning this year, many families are finding that almost everything costs more. Plane tickets are more expensive, hotel room rates are up, and car rental prices and the gasoline to fill the tanks have risen.

Second-hand becomes first choice for many budget-conscious parents
NEW YORK (AP) Audra Coble dresses her 14-month-old son in style, occasionally splurging on brand-name labels such as Marie Chantal and Baby CZ.

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

Drop what you're doing and go fish
The fishing action is blowing up right on schedule for mid-July, and whether a seasoned professional or a first -time novice, no one should have trouble landing fish this weekend.

Fish in!
This season's sockeye salmon season is fast becoming one for the record books as fish by the thousands continue to enter the Kasilof and Kenai rivers.

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.

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

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?

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

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

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.

Kenai seniors say thanks
We would like to send a big "Thank You" to the countless hands that helped make the Fourth of July celebration in Kenai such a great success.A special thank you goes to Tim Navarre, Robert Peterkin and Lonnie Kay Brooks for chairing the event, as well as Kamela Brewer, administrative assistant to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. Many thanks to Blockbuster for donating prizes for the pie-eating and hot dog-eating contests.

Education will be key issue in upcoming election
The column "Federal school efforts fail" by Cal Thomas printed in the July 7 edition of the Peninsula Clarion caught my attention. I usually find Mr. Thomas' views a bit too conservative for my taste; however, the point he made in this article is right on.

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."

Emergency order authority should have been used earlier
Upon review of your article dated July 11, "State officials say judge's decision confirms current Fish and Game practices" there appears to be several misrepresented facts made by the Department of Fish and Game Commercial Fisheries Director Doug Mecum and Board of Fisheries Chairman Ed Dersham.

Cooper Landing residents take pride in 'Pioneer Village'
Shanty town? I think not!

Skilak Lake Loop Road reopens
Kenai National wildlife Refuge staff announced Thursday the reopening of Skilak Lake Loop Road between Jim's Landing and Hidden Lake Campground. The road had been closed due to a wildfire on the Kenai River Trial, and a portion of the trail remains closed.

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.

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.

Jury selection starts Monday for Petterson
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Kenai Superior Court in the case of a 29-year-old Kenai man charged with four counts of second-degree murder in the 2002 head-on collision that left an Anchorage couple dead.

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.

Large escapement draws out controversy over management
Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were being criticized this week for failing to take effective measures to stem the flow of tens of thousands of sockeye salmon heading into the Kasilof River, a river that only halfway through the 2004 season already has exceeded its escapement goal under the river's management plan.

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

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 climb into first place
The Peninsula Oilers took over first place in the Alaska Baseball League Thursday with a 7-5 victory at the Mat-Su Miners.

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.

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?

Alaskans should strive for more than minimal animal care standards Editorial
In May, lawmakers in Austria approved one of Europe's toughest animal rights laws. The measure, approved by a unanimous vote in parliament, makes it illegal to restrain dogs with chains, choke collars or invisible fences, which administer mild electric shocks when dogs try to go outside their boundaries.

Horse group tackles trail projects
KALISPELL, Mont. With a project planned nearly every week of the summer, the Back Country Horsemen prove their contention that they are a service organization not a riding club.

For climbers, call of the mountains comes first
TACOMA, Wash. Since May 15, the apathetic rock and ice spine of Mount Rainier called Liberty Ridge has left three women without husbands and eight children without fathers.

Can I see the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge from my recliner?
'There's a baby moose outside our window!" proclaimed my roommate one morning. We both ran over with our cameras, ready to start shooting while letting out "Oohs" and "Aahs."

Around the Peninsula
Girls basketball camp deadline today Book sale fund-raiser continues Refuge hosts films, nature walks Class reunion slated Animal league to meet Flea market fund-raiser set Farmers market open Saturdays Motocross racing slated

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

Eight new AME bishops include three Africans, one from LA
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) African Methodist Episcopal Church delegates have elected eight new bishops, including the first three ''indigenous'' bishops for Africa and only the second and third women to hold the post.

Brazil's Catholic bishops condemn order allowing abortion in some cases
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Brazil's Roman Catholic bishops have condemned a temporary court order that allows abortions for severely deformed fetuses that are not expected to survive.

Report: Tighter Chinese controls threaten future of Tibetan Buddhism
SHANGHAI, China (AP) China is threatening the future of Tibetan Buddhism by limiting the number of monks and discouraging festivals, a watchdog group said in a report. The actions are part of a campaign to tighten control of the Himalayan region.

To hack or to heal: Jesus demonstrated how to choose
One of the first and most common tools developed by humanity was the edge.

Britain revives proposal to bar inciting religious hate
LONDON (AP) The British government has revived a contentious proposal to make it a crime to incite religious hatred, saying such a law would help protect minorities from bias and target extremists who use religion to stir up tension.

Religion briefs
Musical conference starts tonight Judaism workshop planned Matrix kicks off KidQuest Bible school begins Monday Flea market slated Bible school scheduled Vacation Bible school planned

Trustees at Southern Baptist-affiliated college elect new chairman
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) A Southern Baptist-affiliated college, divided over new conservative curriculum policies, has elected a new chairman of its board of trustees.

Former East German convent flourishes in newfound role as meeting center, tourist destination
OSTRITZ, Germany (AP) The nuns at St. Marienthal Convent have weathered the toughest times imaginable in their 770-year history: the Reformation, the Black Plague, fires, a massive flood, the Nazi dictatorship and East German communism.

Woman leads small movement for gender equality in U.S. Islam
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) During Ramadan last year, Asra Nomani took a deep breath and entered the front door of the Islamic Center in Morgantown, shunning tradition and the women's balcony to pray on the main floor.

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.

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.

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

Lemond, reporters hound Armstrong
FIGEAC, France Lance Armstrong's day was far from over when he stepped off his bike after finishing ninth in Thursday's stage of the Tour de France.

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.

Jones finally has reason to smile
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Marion Jones finally allowed herself to smile. And even to sob.

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.

Bryant stays with Lakers
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant's journey through free agency ended Thursday where it began with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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.

Americans behind at British Open
TROON, Scotland The fierce wind took the day off at Royal Troon. So did the mighty Americans, who have owned this course the last five times the British Open has been played here.

New BCS formula still not 'perfect tool'
There will be fewer numbers to crunch in the revamped version of the Bowl Championship Series formula.

Motocross Division to hold another city race
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Motocross Division will hold its third city race of the year Saturday at noon at Twin Cities Raceway. Racer signups will be at 10 a.m.

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