Saturday, July 17, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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