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Monday, July 19, 2004

Service sweeps Twins
The Service American Legion baseball team swept the Twins by scores of 13-3 and 13-7 Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Garcia keeps winning for White Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. Freddy Garcia won for the third time in four starts since his trade to the White Sox, leading Chicago over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Clemens gives Garner first victory with Astros
HOUSTON Roger Clemens won his first game in three weeks, a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday that stopped the Astros' four-game losing streak and gave Phil Garner his first win as Houston's manager.

Twins sweep Chugiak in rainy doubleheader
The American Legion Twins baseball team took both ends of a doubleheader from the visiting Chugiak Mustangs Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Tigers surpass 2003 wins total
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers surpassed their 2003 wins total with 2 1/2 months left in the season, beating the New York Yankees 4-2 Sunday behind the pitching of Nate Robertson and the hitting of Carlos Pena.

Dipnetters flood the water in search of salmon
"You should have been here a few days ago," was the mantra on the waters of both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers Saturday morning, as dipnetters were glum over the dramatic decline in sockeye salmon.

Fishing stays steady
Anglers on the banks of the Kenai River on Sunday morning were taking things slow and steady.

Americans for Job Security won't convince Alaskans
Looks like the Murkowskis' friends from Washington are back again.

Where does catch-and-release fit with human responsibility?
The editorial in Friday's Peninsula Clarion is titled "Alaskans should strive for more than minimal animal care standards." The editorial notes legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Chenault and passed by the Legislature that establishes minimum standards for animal care.

FAA compromising safety with privatization proposal
In 2002, the Federal Aviation Administration commissioned an A-76 outsourcing study which could result in the privatization of the Flight Service Stations in the Lower 48, Hawaii and Puerto Rico by March 2005.

Department of Fish and Game decisions benefit sport anglers
I can't understand the political things going on with the sockeye fisheries. Anyone involved in the process can see that there are problems.

Earnhardt Jr. burned after crash
A fun weekend of racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned frightening Sunday when a wreck during a warmup for an American Le Mans Series race turned his car into a fireball, leaving him hospitalized with burns on his face and legs.

Cooper Landing museum robbed
Volunteers at the Cooper Landing Museum were shocked and saddened to find the profits from a weekend garage sale, donations and museum proceeds stolen in two burglaries earlier this month.

Small burn piles allowed with permit
The Kenai-Kodiak Office of Alaska State Forestry announced Sunday that the burning permit suspension has been lifted for small piles, due to light rain that fell this weekend. Large fires still are not permitted.

Cemetery selection in borough's hands
Plans for a Soldotna cemetery may be nearing completion after the Soldotna City Council passed a resolution Wednesday asking the Kenai Peninsula Borough to convey a parcel of borough land for use as a memorial park.

Stars of the screen
After spending its life eluding birds, whales, seals, sharks, commercial fishing nets, fish hooks and bears, a tired salmon is unable to escape the ever-watchful eye of an underwater video camera. Another Russian River sockeye salmon makes its debut on the silver screen.

Peninsula tops Bucs
Coming off a 2-0 loss to the Mat-Su Miners Friday, the bats of the Peninsula Oilers awakened Saturday in Anchorage as the Oilers notched an 8-7 victory over the Bucs.

On Iraq, terrorism and presidential elections
Though U.S. President George W. Bush's approval rating has been falling lately, the Kerry camp has also been unable to truly inspire voters. The selection of John Edwards as the junior member of the Democratic ticket may very well enliven the race.

Is economy really an issue?
WASHINGTON When it comes to voters' anxiety about the economy, this election year is a far cry from 1980, when Ronald Reagan famously asked: ''Are you better off today than you were four years ago?''

Alaska needs to market itself to young people
Alaska isn't the only state worried about the "brain drain," the migration out of the state of its young people.

Striving for Mideast balance
WASHINGTON John Kerry didn't wait to see if his presidential ambitions were realized before sending an emissary of sorts his brother to Israel. Fealty to Israel's security is so deeply embedded in both parties that symbolic touches may be the most that sets them apart.

Last refuge of wild mullet; Alaska may offer best protection for endangered hairstyle
Last fall, I had just moved to Alaska and was cleaning my windshield at the gas station while waiting for my tank to fill, when a strange and exotic creature slid out of the driver's seat of the giant red 4 x 4 pickup that pulled up on the other side of the pump.

Peninsula People
Hudson to begin graduate studies Boy Scouts achievements recognized Quilting on the Kenai winners announced Dammeyer receives doctorate Reilly makes deans list Senette makes deans list

Son pursuing racing career is chip off dad's ol' engine block
Since Kenai's Cameron McGahan was born 18 years ago, his father, state champion sprint car driver Jackie McGahan, has always had a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass on to Cameron about racing.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi cheerleading tryouts start today Blood donations needed Social Security reps to visit area Volleyball camp set Casey to speak at chamber meeting Library plans book sale Gospel quartet to perform SoHi pool offering swimming lessons Car wash fund-raiser set

Community News
Digital video class to be offered Youth help out in Homer Summer bazaar, barbecue planned Chess camp, tourney slated

Landscaping Awards
Judy and Kevin Walker's McKinley Street home was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Wiggins, Veihdeffer plan wedding
Aimee Wiggins and Anthony Veihdeffer of Kasilof have an-nounced their plans to marry Saturday, July 31, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony on the bluff outside the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Pastor Kelley of Les Cheneaux Christian Fellowship in Cedarville, Mich, will officiate.

Births
Tannis and Steve Mullen announce the birth of their daughter, Hayli Ruth Mullen, at 3:11 a.m., Thursday, July 8, 2004, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.

Brain Awareness Walk a success
Many participated in the eighth annual Brain Awareness Walk and Barbecue held June 5 and put on by the Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group, in partnership with the Dana Alliance's Brain Awareness Week (www.dana.org/ brainweek).

Above par
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula recently hosted its 13th annual Golf Classic on June 18. Sponsored by Agrium, the tournament hosted 26 four-person teams and raised money for the youth-centered clubs peninsulawide. Pictured, from left, are Peter Micciche, president of the Club board; Lisa Parker, Agrium community relations coordinator; and Mike Navarre, Club board vice president.

Harbormaster wants boat owners to keep vessels 'seaworthy'
JUNEAU When he took his new job as Juneau's harbormaster this year, Lou McCall was surprised to find that Sitka and Juneau residents view people living on boats very differently.

Around the Peninsula
Low-cost helmets availableNutrition classes scheduledHealth center board to meetNeighborhood Watch meeting plannedCampground construction slatedKCHS plans reunionsPop Warner still accepting registrations

Alaska pilots volunteer to provide transportation for people in need
ANCHORAGE Stuart Goering landed his four-seat airplane at Merrill Field on a busy Thursday morning.

Summer activities available for youth
There are a number of activities planned on the Kenai Peninsula this summer for youth.

My best friend
Travis Verkuilen of Nikiski looks forward to building a long friendship with his new puppy Gunner.

Canine searches for dangerous mercury
BRAINERD, Minn. Clancy's not a drug-detection dog, but he sure has a way with chemicals.

Little dogs, big attraction
For the 11th year in a row, Soldotna Progress Days parade watchers Saturday will have the opportunity to view dozens of wiggling bodies and wagging tails of the dachshunds taking part in Weenies on Parade.

Cowboy up: Rodeo coms to town
Horses and riders throughout the Kenai Peninsula and beyond are warming up for a roping, riding, wrangling weekend during the rodeo, an annual part of the Progress Days festivities.

Progress days event schedule
Friday, July 23 Saturday, July 24 Sunday, July 25

Seniors shine through Soldotna celebration
From the beauty of handmade quilts to the aroma of fresh-baked goods to the jazz sound of the "Elite 9," all the senses will be pleasantly stimulated at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center during Pro-gress Days this year.

Settlers' dreams realized
Soldotna, Alaska, was founded on the dreams of a few determined homesteaders who believed that the turquoise waters of the Kenai River would be the perfect place to start a community.

Sweeneys rule roost at 'royal' residents
Mike and Gloria Sweeney know plenty about parades. After all, Mike has sat on the Soldotna Progress Days board of directors for the majority of the time he's been in Soldotna and he's the organizer of the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Marshall Mullen: Ain't she grand?
Marge Mullen, grand marshal of the 44th annual Soldotna Progress Days, plans to lead Saturday's parade on foot. Although she could ride at the head of the procession in a car, the 84-year-old homesteader would rather walk.

A river runs through it
The Kenai River makes Soldotna run.

Hamilton wins at Royal Troon
TROON, Scotland Unflappable to the very end, Todd Hamilton tapped in a par putt to win the British Open in a playoff, bending over to get the ball out of the hole as if it was just another round of golf.

Heat's Jones reunited with his biggest critic Shaq
MIAMI Few NBA players who lead their team in scoring four years in a row have endured more criticism than Miami Heat guard Eddie Jones.

Devers, Dragila win at U.S. Olympic trials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Going to the Olympics is nothing new for Gail Devers. Winning a hurdles medal at the Athens Games would be.

Formidable group set to chase Hamilton
TROON, Scotland Todd Hamilton is used to feeling out of place.

Alps loom for Armstrong
NIMES, France There's a giant obstacle the Alps in Lance Armstrong's road to victory at the Tour de France.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna High School to host volleyball campByrd leads B.C. OpenEstill shares Giant Eagle LPGA Classic leadVenus, Davenport to meet in Stanford finalKanaan wins third race of season

Hamilton wouldn't let this one slip away
Everything he ever wanted was slipping away. Todd Hamilton knew that feeling intimately, too intimately, maybe, and more times than he cared to admit.

Steroid sleuths always busy
The group responsible for keeping America's Olympic team drug free could be easily confused with a police force this summer.

Tiger no longer a reference point for other golfers
He couldn't get hold of the lead and he has yet to prove he can win a major without it.

Jones won't defend title in 200 meters
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A couple of sprinters who may be barred from the Athens Games because of positive drug tests sped into the men's and women's finals in the 200 meters Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

It's Lance's Tour to lose
PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France Start icing the champagne.

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