Friday, July 23, 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.

Sierra powers Yankees to win
NEW YORK Ruben Sierra gave the New York Yankees a win after Orlando Hernandez gave the frail pitching rotation a big boost heading into their weekend series at Fenway Park.

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.

Ortiz, Zambrano suspended for five games
NEW YORK (AP) Boston slugger David Ortiz and Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano were suspended for five games each Thursday for their recent actions in separate games.

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.

Maddux earns career win No. 298
CHICAGO Greg Maddux pitched a four-hitter for his 298th career win, Moises Alou hit two of Chicago's four homers and the Cubs routed the Cincinnati Reds 13-2 Thursday.

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

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.

A shortage of ''qualified'' directors? Maybe companies aren't looking hard enough.
NEW YORK (AP) ''There's a shortage of qualified candidates.'' It's been an all-purpose argument for opponents to so many changes adopted or proposed in the backlash to corporate scandal:

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.

Parents, scholars reconsider technology for youngsters
NEW YORK (AP) Amanda Cunningham started her daughter on computers at 2 1/2 with ''Reader Rabbit'' software and Web sites like Sesame Street. Like any parent, she was proud Madeline could master the mouse so young.

Interest-only mortgages gain popularity, but consumers should be cautious
NEW YORK (AP) As interest rates have risen, some families are looking for ways to hold down the cost of buying a home. One increasingly popular approach is the interest-only mortgage.

Plenty of fish for the taking
Most people wet their dipnets to catch enough fish to fill their freezer. Dax Carey of Anchorage was just about able to do that with one fish.

Fish-eyed view
Red salmon swim in the shallow water of the Russian River recently. Area fishing is heating up, especially for dipnetters.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.''

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

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.

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.

Earnhardt ready to race again at Loudon
LOUDON, N.H. There's no keeping Dale Earnhardt Jr. away from the track.

Station dedicated to slain officer
Family, friends, fellow officers, city and state officials including the governor and lieutenant governor gathered Wednesday afternoon for a ceremony dedicating the Kenai Police Department building to the memory of Kenai Police Officer John Patrick Watson, who was killed in the line of duty Christmas Day last year.

Vehicular murder trial begins
Jurors were told Thursday that the case of a 29-year-old Kenai man charged with four counts of second-degree murder is a case about a tragic motor-vehicle accident and not about murder.

Board relaxes fishing regs
At the request of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Alaska Board of Fisheries on Monday amended the fisheries management plans for the Kasilof and Kenai rivers by adopting emergency regulations that allow greater flexibility in managing the commercial fisheries currently harvesting the large sockeye returns on those rivers.

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

Child ID, safety day planned Saturday
A Commitment to Kids child identification and safety event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Great Bear Ford dealership at 4365 Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

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.

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.

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.

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

KellyAnne Elizabeth Williams
Kasilof resident KellyAnne Elizabeth Williams died Monday, July 19, 2004, after the vehicle she was in became submerged in the Kenai River. She was 16.

Donald Ray Gattenby
Longtime Soldotna resident Donald Ray Gattenby died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 56.

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.

Oilers win rubber game vs. Miners
The Peninsula Oilers handed Mat-Su Miners ace Chris Mason his first loss of the season in Alaska Baseball League action Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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.

Soldotna's progress is worth celebrating Editorial
Progress has multiple meanings, including:

Campaigns would do well to reach out to Latino population What others say
Everyone seems to be competing for the Latino community's attention these days.

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.

You and the candidate and 30 cameras
DURHAM, N.C. The front porch conjures up images of rocking chairs, lazy summer afternoons and icy drinks. But not in election-year politics as Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards use the setting to reach out to voters in choreographed events with miked candidates and hand-picked audiences.

Riding the river of dreams
Welcome to Progress Days 2004. This year's theme, "River of Dreams," is dedicated in the hope that all visitors and local residents alike will enjoy our flag-covered community and the quality of life existing here provides. The tidal-community of Soldotna continues to experience substantial growth as a place to raise children, do business, enjoy retirement and have fun.

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.

'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.

Kasilof rec site to get facelift
The Kasilof River State Recreation Site will undergo rehabilitation after Aug. 8, limiting public access to the boat ramp.

Mixing work and play: Experiences of a Fish and Wildlife Student Trainee
Two years ago at the University of Montana, my advisor approached me and suggested I apply for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service SCEP program.

Doing it quietly
ROCHE HARBOR, Wash. On a shirt-sleeve day in the scenic San Juan Islands, a kayak slices quietly and efficiently through the flat green water of the Salish Sea.

Trapshooting popular with younger shooters
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. Trapshooting isn't a dying sport in Minnesota.

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

Around the Peninsula
Refuge hosts films, nature walks Summer bazaar, barbecue planned Rowing regatta today Wrestling clinic scheduled WRCC board meeting slated Nominating petitions available

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.

Doesn't take much to make a sad dad glad
Jesus once told his hearers about a father of two sons. Most are familiar with the younger of these; the one who approached his father, asking for his part of the family fortune and upon receiving it headed out of the country so he could live as he pleased.

Church-state separation becomes a hot issue in Kansas, with pastors' sermons monitored
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) A recent Sunday found Tina Kolm changing her morning routine. Instead of attending a Unitarian Universalist service, she was at the Lenexa Christian Center, paying close attention to a conservative minister's sermon about the importance of amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.

ADL blasts Presbyterians for supporting divestment from Israel
NEW YORK (AP) The Anti-Defamation League has condemned a vote by delegates to the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that supported divesting from companies that do business with Israel.

Muslim groups take out newspaper ads to condemn terrorism
WEST PATERSON, N.J. (AP) Several Muslim organizations and mosques have taken out advertisements in three New Jersey newspapers to condemn acts of terrorism.

Turkmenistan relaxes rules for minority religions under strong international pressure
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) Pastor Pavel Fedotov was in church leading services when the bulldozers and wrecking balls showed up. Over the next week, they razed his house of worship as part of the authoritarian Turkmen government's crackdown on minority religions.

Former Boston auxiliary bishop wants gays banned from priesthood
BOSTON (AP) Bishop John D'Arcy, a former Boston auxiliary bishop who is now head of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., believes gays should be barred from Roman Catholic seminaries.

Conservative Christian aims to register 60,000 like-minded voters in Washington state
BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) Joseph Fuiten, senior pastor of the Cedar Park Assembly of God Church, is leading a statewide effort to rally social conservatives to re-elect President Bush.

After interfaith flap, Lutheran delegates accept new guidelines
ST. LOUIS (AP) The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has new guidelines for participating in public events following a bitter disagreement over a minister's role in an interfaith service after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Church Briefs
Flea market slated Pioneer drama to be presented Gospel quartet to perform Bible school scheduled Castlekids Bible school set Vacation Bible school planned Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered Clothes2Go open

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.)

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

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

Star-studded panel discusses NHL rule changes
NEW YORK Whenever the NHL resumes play, plenty of hockey experts have plenty of suggestions on how to increase offense in the game.

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.

USOC releases roster for Athens
DENVER The U.S. Olympic Committee released a roster of 531 athletes for the Athens Games on Thursday that includes track stars Torri Edwards and Calvin Harrison, despite pending drug cases against both.

Eight tied for lead at U.S. Bank Championship
MILWAUKEE Eight players shot 6-under 65s Thursday and were tied for the lead after the first round of the U.S. Bank Championship, matching the PGA Tour record.

Armstrong climbing out of reach
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France Overpowering in the mountains, now unbeatable in a sprint. Seems there's nothing Lance Armstrong can't do as he rides inexorably into Tour de France history, utterly outclassing his rivals.

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