Tuesday, July 20, 2004

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.

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.

Devil Rays sting Yankees for 9-7 win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Aubrey Huff and Robert Fick drove in two runs each and Tampa Bay hung on for a 9-7 win over the New York Yankees after taking a five-run lead in the first.

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.

Braves take over first in NL East
ATLANTA Mike Hampton (5-8) pitched seven strong innings after another rough start, John Smoltz did the rest and the Braves held off the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Monday night to take over sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time this season.

Cars & Drivers to get new look
Department of Motor Vehicles Director Duane Bannock returned home recently to brief the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on some of the changes his department has undergone since he took over as Director.

Outdoors: Adventures
Living in Alaska often times provides us with many un-planned outdoor adventures. I received a phone call from Jim Ries one evening inviting me to go halibut fishing with him in Homer.

Dogging it on the Kenai
At the Kenai Kennel Club's 82nd, 83rd, and 84th Dog Shows & Obedience Trails held at Skyview High School last weekend, the tents provided shelter from the sun rather than the rain.

Alaskan Gifts & Gallery presents Carole Bourdo
Carole Bourdo, born in Chicago, came to Soldotna in 1984. She fell in love with the area. It became a part of her and she took many pictures of eagles, bears, and the beautiful scenery - the water, sky, and mountains. She has used the spirit of these photos in her paintings ever since.

New HEA manager settles in Central Peninsula
Hailing from Northern Minnesota, Brad Janorschke has assumed the manager's position for consumer owned Homer Electric Association.

Project Protect partnership saving Sand Dunes
The City of Kenai Parks and Recreation department has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula to save the Kenai Sand Dunes.

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

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.

Democrats need to offer better vision for United States
I am a Kucinich delegate to the Democratic Convention from Alaska. I became involved in Dennis Kucinich's campaign once I learned of his strong and consistent position against the war in Iraq. I think the occupation and privatization of Iraq is the most important issue facing our nation, and I think the Democratic party and the Kerry-Edwards ticket need to address it.

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

Alaska Supreme Court has ruled on board, commissioner powers
I read the Clarion story on July 11 regarding local commercial fishers claiming that they have been "again" wronged by Alaska Board of Fish regulations. The commercial claim appears to be that the Alaska Board of Fish cannot interpret regulations to somehow restrict the Fish and Game commissioner's use of emergency orders to manage state fisheries.

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.

Council works to fill judge opening
Seven attorneys have applied for a new Kenai District Court Judge position and the application period is closed, according to the Alaska Judicial Council.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Summer set
Fireweed frames a dipnet fisher as he walks with his net up a trail on the bluff in Kenai. The demise of the flower means autumn is on the way.

Soldotna teenager drowns in Kenai River
Alaska State Troopers are trying to determine the cause of death of a teenage girl found in a partially submerged pickup in the Kenai River in Sterling early Monday morning.

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.

Knowles brings message to Soldotna
The policies of the Bush administration are rewarding wealth not work, exporting American jobs and burying the next generation in debt, Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate Tony Knowles told a Soldotna luncheon audience Thursday.

School district welcomes new 'Guy'
Guy Fisher has an extensive history with Alaska education. Now, he's bringing his expertise to the Kenai Peninsula.

Lorena Keating
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Lorena Keating died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in Mesa, Ariz., after a long battle with cancer. She was 79.

NATO aid falling short
WASHINGTON When NATO took command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan last summer, there were high hopes for multiple payoffs for the alliance.

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.

Local control right answer for forest management rules
Since the Revolutionary War and probably before Americans have preferred to control their own destiny.

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.

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).

Around the Peninsula
Landscaping contests continueNeighborhood Watch meeting todaySummer bazaar, barbecue plannedSwimming lessons offeredBlood donations neededSafe Sitter course offeredWRCC fund-raiser slated

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Flying not as risky for heart patients
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Flying is not as risky for heart patients as doctors once thought, researchers say.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Olympic gymnasts return maturity to sport dominated by teens
NEW WAVERLY, Texas One woman likes Led Zeppelin, has already been through college and spent her time before the Olympics worrying as much about bills as tumbling and twirling.

Decision looms for Devers
Her curly, 3-inch fingernails painted gold and her patter as breathless as her pace on the track, Gail Devers is headed for her fifth Olympics.

Source: Divac headed back to Lakers
Vlade Divac has reached an agreement to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Sacramento Kings after six seasons, an NBA source told The Associated Press.

Armstrong rides 'The Blue Train' toward yellow jersey
NIMES, France Nickname: ''The Blue Train.'' Mission: Laying the tracks that are transporting Lance Armstrong toward a record sixth Tour de France crown.

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.

Tagliabue contract extended
NEW YORK Paul Tagliabue will remain as NFL commissioner through the end of the 2007 season.

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.

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.

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.

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