Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Pujols belts five homers
CHICAGO Albert Pujols hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning, a tiebreaking shot that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-8 comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs on a testy Tuesday.

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.

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.

Hafner collects three taters for Indians
ANAHEIM, Calif. Travis Hafner hit three homers to match a major league record with five in two games, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 14-5 rout of the Anaheim Angels on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Salmon bag limit rises on Kenai River
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order in-creasing

Spring Creek School provides good start
Thanks so much for the follow-up on Jenni Dillon and Scott Moon's article, Captive Minds. ("Down but not out," July 11)

If one Murkowski is bad for Alaska, two is worse
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Memorial to local son appreciated
I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the local softball association for dedicating the men's tournament to my son, David Wright, as well as, naming field No. 1 the David Wright Field of Dreams.

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.

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.

NASCAR Notes - Earnhardt Jr.'s fiery crash is drivers' worst nightmare
Video of flames engulfing Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s head and torso following a practice-lap crash last weekend at Infineon Raceway showed every race-car driver's biggest fear.

Newsmaker: Chad Knaus
Car owner Rick Hendrick perfectly matched Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson three years ago. Knaus, one of the original "Rainbow Warrior" crew members for Jeff Gordon's team in the 1990s, was a rookie crew chief and Johnson a rookie driver.

This Week: New England 300
(Race No. 19 of 36)

To finish under green, teams focus on fuel, pit stops
ATLANTA Gentleman, start your strategizing.

Different strokes
Kenai River boat owners will soon have an opportunity to go out with the old and in with the new.

Becca Fuller hides from flies and mosquitoes as her sister, Katy, enjoys the view from the Russian River Falls overlook last week. "The bugs are getting on my nerves," Fuller said. The family is visiting from Flintstone, Md.

Rain slightly lowers peninsula's fire danger
While wildfires continue to rage through the interior of the state, fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula has been downgraded from extreme to high, an area fire official said Tuesday.

Kenai man injured after hitting truck into are bar
A Kenai man was flown to Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage early Monday morning after reportedly crashing his vehicle into a parked pickup, which was pushed into the Rainbow Bar.

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.

Wagoner supports cut to Alaska Legal Services' funding
Although it amounts to a mere sneeze in a gale compared to the entire state operating budget, Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto of a $62,500 grant appropriated to the nonprofit Alaska Legal Services Corp. was the correct move, Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, said Tuesday.

String of jewelry thefts hit peninsula
Soldotna police and Alaska State Troopers are investigating four recent jewelry store break-ins at businesses between Soldotna and Sterling.

Peninsula bills spared from veto pen
Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto pen was generally kind to the Kenai Peninsula's three legislative districts, cutting into agency operating budgets in part to reduce travel and spending on vehicles, but slicing no capital appropriations earmarked for local projects.

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.

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.

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.

John C. Welch
Nikiski resident John C. Welch died Sunday, July 18, 2004, in Homer. He was 65.

Vienna Alvernon Verrett
Longtime Alaska resident Vienna Alvernon Verrett died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Kat's Eldercare in Kasilof. She was 95.

Miners blow past Oilers
One of the nice things about baseball is that there's almost always a tomorrow.

Environmentalists lost little with new Forest Service plan
It's difficult to sympathize with the environmental activists who are weeping over the Forest Service's decision to stick with its management plan for the Chugach National Forest.

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

Not everyone objects to Americans in Iraq
What you have just read is verbatim from a card I received from four Iraqi people who worked with my husband in Baghdad. He has changed jobs and will no longer see them regularly, so they gave him this card so that you, all of you, and I would know how they feel.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Ninilchik center offers square dancing Campground construction slated Church to sponsor music jam sessions Swim lessons offered

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

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

Tsalteshi trails to host run
The third annual Everything But The Red Run will be Friday at Tsalteshi Trails. The race takes place on the trails behind Skyview High School and is about 5.8 kilometers long.

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.

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

Shaq gets massive welcome in Miami
MIAMI He was difficult to spot at first, when the semi-tractor trailer with the words ''Diesel Power'' on the side pulled up to the Miami Heat's arena.

Rain helps quench thirsty Kenai course
The Kenai Golf Course fairways smiled right after the recent rain. The course already looks greener. More rain would certainly help out and be welcomed. As yours truly writes this report at my computer, I notice the grounds crew is vertical-cutting and sanding the greens. What a view out my living room window!

Armstrong retakes yellow jersey
VILLARD-DE-LANS, France If Lance Armstrong was going to show any weakness, if he was going to let Ivan Basso or Jan Ullrich gain some confidence, it would happen Tuesday, it appeared.

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.

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.

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.

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