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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Sosa's home run beats Cincinnati
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning following a rain delay, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a two-run deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Wednesday and stop a three-game losing streak.

Delgado's protest booed in New York
NEW YORK Fervently anti-war, Carlos Delgado quietly carried out his personal protest this season, refusing to stand when ''God Bless America'' was played at ballparks across the majors.

Chicago's Buehrle masters Indians
CLEVELAND Mark Buehrle retired his first 19 batters and faced the minimum 27 to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 14-0 victory Wednesday night over the Cleveland Indians.

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.

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.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleBusiness development center renews contractService station receives service awardGuide service to donate proceeds to land trust

Valley promoter uses remark to his gain
WASILLA State Sen. Ben Stevens started more than just a low-level uproar in the Matanuska Valley area last week when he dismissed an e-mailing critic as ''just more Valley trash.'' He started a cash cow.

Judge orders fired plant manager to go
ANCHORAGE (AP) A judge has ordered the manager of a troubled Bristol Bay fish-processing plant to leave his job.

New store's look different from others in fast food chain
Despite the sign out front, customers who enter the new Subway location on Kalifornsky Beach Road may think they've wondered into the wrong fast food joint.

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

Bringing in the fun
You could say the group of seniors who meet for rehearsals once a week at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center are a little dingy, but in this case it's not an insult.

Thrill ride is 'Bourne' again
Jason Bourne's fans will have no trouble remembering who he is, even if he can't.

Photo books show off Alaska's charms
This summer, regional publishers have produced several handsome photography books showing off Alaska's beauty and adventure. Unlike coffee-table collections, these are compact and inexpensive.

P. Diddy launches voting initiative
NEW YORK Trendsetters, fashionistas, rappers P. Diddy wants you.

Berry claws her way back into superhero fold
LOS ANGELES There's a new love in Halle Berry's life, and yes, it's one of those Hollywood romances between co-stars. The two met on the set of her latest movie, ''Catwoman.''

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

Art Briefs
Kids' summer art workshops plannedHomer artists' studio tour offeredFarmers' market offers arts, craftsWatercolor workshop nearly filledResource for artists announced

Exhibit offers look at Mexican silver
WINTERTHUR, Del. Melding an entrepreneurial spirit with his love for design and for his adopted country, American expatriate William Spratling almost single-handedly revived Mexico's handwrought silver industry in the 1930s.

Soldotna garden walkabout turns out to be a 'beaut'
A big thank you goes to the sheilas (women) and blokes (men) who made Soldotna's first Garden Sculpture Walkabout such a "beaut" success: Nancy Courtright, Trena Richardson, Robin Veluce, Loretta Flanders, Viveca Draper, Anne Wilson, Marty Hapeman, Christine Terrell, Amanda Clausen, Mary Lane, Danielle Meacham, Zori Wallace, Dick Hahn and Norman McLeod.

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.

Sponsors, donors, organizers make KFFA tournament success
On behalf of the Kenai Firefighters Association, I would like to thank the following businesses for their assistance in making the 14th annual Kenai Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament the best ever. Sponsors included Arby's Agrium, Tesoro, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, ConocoPhillips, First National Bank of Anchorage, Teamsters Local 959, Peterkin Distributors, VECO, Alaska Industrial Hardware, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, MRO Sales, Morgan Steel, Kenai Chrysler Center, Peninsula Tile, Pepsi, Anco-Odom, Regal Foods and the Kenai Eagles Club

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

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)

Emergency openings give unfair advantage to commercial fishers
Kenai River commercial fishermen are doing great. However, minimal sockeye fishing for anglers and dipnetters is upsetting. I'm extremely disappointed with the method and reasoning of the emergency openings in favor of the commercial fishermen with disregard for the sport fishermen and even Alaska residents attempting to supplement their winter food supply by dipnetting, such as Saturday, July 17. I have never seen anything so political in my life. I wish someone who makes the decisions would get off the fence and decide completely how to rule.

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

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

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.

Photo feature: Overview
Tourists watch dipnetters in the Kenai River from Erik Hansen Scout Park in Kenai last weekend. Fishers were having good luck again Wednesday after several slow days.

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.

Unpopular weeds moving in
The Kenai Peninsula is being invaded and not just by hordes of mosquitoes. It's under attack by invasive weeds.

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.

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.

Byway push continues at chamber
Heavy traffic on area roads the past couple of weeks seems proof enough that the Sterling Highway needs little promotion as a scenic byway, but a consultant championing that cause told Soldotna business leaders Tuesday the byway designation has other merits.

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

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.

DOT keeping eye on signs
Candidates for state and national offices got reminders this week from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities that state laws govern where their campaigns can post signs.

Bugged
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.

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

Elizabeth 'Beth' J. Cassidy
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Beth Cassidy died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at her home in the company of family. She was 47.

Russell M. Odd
Ninilchik-Clam Gulch area resident Russell M. Odd died Nov. 15, 2003.

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

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

Oilers take over first place in ABL
The Oilers took sole possession of first place in the Alaska Baseball League Wednesday with a 4-2 victory over the Mat-Su Miners at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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.

Illegal fishing hurts environment, trade around the world
... The fate of the giant bluefin tuna is another example of the way our oceans are being plundered to satisfy gourmet tastes. This year's harvest of the Atlantic tuna that spawn in the Mediterranean was a disaster for the fishermen of the islands off Sicily ... a result of the massive increase in legal and illegal fishing in the region.

Western intervention necessary in Sudan
The Sudanese government has no ambition to stop the massacre in Darfur and when the African Union and the Arab League ignore the humanitarian crisis, a Western intervention is called for.

'Moderate' Republicans faring well despite conventional wisdom
The casual viewer of national politics may see the Republican Party as drifting ever more to the right on social issues. The reality is otherwise. Even individual states long viewed as bastions of the Right are now edging toward the middle of the road, at least by the definitions of what has traditionally been called "the Right." And ironically given the Left's current hatred of him it's the George W. Bush administration that has exemplified and led this new course.

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

Crime Stoppers
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a burglary from a tool shed in Sterling.

Around the Peninsula
Water laboratory to open in HomerChildbirth, Safe Sitter course offeredChurch to hold flea market fund-raiserLibrary plans book saleGospel quartet to performWRCC to host annual run

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.

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.

Titans release all-time leading rusher George
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Eddie George's career with the Tennessee Titans is over.

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.

Armstrong extends lead
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France Mouth open, silver chain dangling out of his unzipped yellow jersey, Lance Armstrong pedaled relentlessly through a sea of frenzied fans crowding his path in the Alps.

Sports Briefs
Twins split with WasillaSources say Wallace agrees to returnJeter out with small hand fractureFormer Grambling coach has Alzheimer'sHamm passes milestone in victory

Birch Ridge Report: Senior Tourney set to go
Senior moment notwithstanding, forgive me for not mentioning this before. Starting July 22 (yes, that's today) the Peninsula Senior Amateur Tournament gets under way. Play today to qualify. Tonight, one of our trusty pro shop technicians will call you to let you know what your starting time is for Friday. (If my memory serves me correctly, I had a great time last year ... come on out and join me this year.)

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