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Saturday, July 24, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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