Monday, July 26, 2004

Kenai All-Stars come up short at state
The Kenai Little League Senior Girls Softball All-Stars saw their season come to an end Saturday with a 4-2 loss to the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars in the state championship tournament at Guy and Judy Hayes Hayes Field in Soldotna.

Eckersley, Molitor enjoy emotional day in Cooperstown
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. Dennis Eckersley can still come up with the save in a tough spot.

Twins finish second at district tourney
The American Legion Twins split a pair of games in Wasilla Sunday, clinching second place in the Alaska American Legion State District II Tournament.

Brawl adds more fuel to Yankees-Red Sox rivalry
BOSTON There's a little fight left in the Boston Red Sox, after all.

Giants topple Cardinals
ST. LOUIS On Barry Bonds' 40th birthday, the St. Louis Cardinals made somebody else beat them.

Lucas gets 'Revenge' for new movie
SAN DIEGO The final ''Star Wars'' prequel is just ''Episode III'' no more. Lucasfilm announced its new title Saturday: ''Revenge of the Sith.''

Morality should be base of political decisions
This summer, I was honored to be chosen as a U.S. Congressional Page. For three weeks, I lived and worked in our nation's capitol with 78 other kids from around the country.

Commercial, sport fish debate has long-term impact on stock
Here we go again!

Poor management will make Alaska follow California trend
I have lived in California my entire life and have seen the demise of salmonid stocks in California streams for over five decades. Steelhead, once prevalent in California, are now listed as an endangered species.

Busch wins, Earnhardt gets relief
LOUDON, N.H. With seven races left until NASCAR's new championship showdown begins, the road to the Nextel Cup title began for Kurt Busch and remained wide open for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

'They're my dogs'
Sig Stormo wants his dogs back, but it's a request that comes with a high price, according to the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Arbitration panel determines natural gas dispute worth $38.6 million
An arbitration panel has determined that Unocal Corp. owes Agrium U.S. Inc. $38.6 million for failing to deliver natural gas to Agrium's fertilizer plant in Nikiski under an existing gas purchase and sale agreement.

End in sight?
Fireweed blooms work their way up the stalk in Kenai last weekend. Once the blossoms die, autumn is on the way.

Atlantic salmon swims into net
An adult Atlantic salmon caught in a commercial gillnet fishery Tuesday near Thorne Bay has Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials worried.

Cook Inlet Keeper gets own laboratory
For eight years, Cook Inlet Keeper has employed specially trained resident volunteers on the lower Kenai Peninsula to gather water samples from area streams and rivers within the Cook Inlet watershed.

Wasilla man killed in Anchor Point
A Wasilla man was killed early Saturday morning while walking on the Sterling Highway near Anchor Point.

Kenai seeks distinction
The city of Kenai is in the midst of an identity crisis at least as far as tourism is concerned, according to Michelle Glass, director of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Soldotna progresses through Kenai River celebration
One thing is true about summer on the Kenai Peninsula: there's no lack of parades.

David L. Eaddy
David L. Eaddy died Monday, June 28, 2004, at Providence Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Anchorage of a heart attack. He was 48.

Rubye Nel Townsley
Longtime Sterling resident Rubye Nel Townsley died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 75.

Duncan Wilsak
Longtime Nikiski resident Duncan Wilsak died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at his home with his family by his side. He was 73.

John Welch
Nikiski resident John Welch died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at the Homer Boat Harbor of heart failure. He was 65.

Oilers cruise past Bucs
When things finally went right for the Peninsula Oilers against the Anchorage Bucs, they went really right.

Bucs earn split with Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers scored a dramatic run in the ninth to tie their game with the visiting Anchorage Bucs, but errors cost the home team in the 11th inning as the Bucs grabbed a 6-3 win in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Agrium's legal win offers some relief to entire borough
While there's more legal wrangling ahead, an arbitration panel's ruling in the ongoing gas dispute between Unocal Corp. and Agrium U.S. Inc. is welcome news for the stability and certainty it provides Agrium's fertilizer plant in Nikiski even if it is for just the short term.

Security shouldn't wait on elections What others say
Why, at this time of repeatedly proclaimed peril, is the most important office in our national intelligence apparatus in the hands of an acting director?

Discrimination suits should send overdue message What others say
IIf Morgan Stanley had taken seriously the sexual discrimination charges of a female employee, perhaps the Wall Street investment bank would not have ended up settling a lawsuit with the government (last) Monday and agreeing to write a $54 million check.

Grandparents' 50th anniversary means more than just 1 day
Fifty years is a long time.

Groups offer summer activities
A number of Kenai Peninsula organizations are offering ongoing activities for children and adults throughout the summer. Challenger Center Kenai Watershed Forum Alaska Coastal Studies

Births
Hosanna Praise Henderson Kallie Nevaeh Mears

Landscaping awards
Robert Cutler's home on Cottonwood Circle was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Cool treat popular on hot days
AMARILLO, Texas Even arid Texas towns get snow in the summer. Really.

Center battles science myths
AMHERST, N.Y. For years the Center for Inquiry and its determined hoax-busters have taken on mysteries such as crop circles and ghost sightings.

Hutchison, Glover to marry
Melina Hutchison and Geoff Glover of Soldotna have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at the UPCI Tabernacle and Campground in Sterling. Pastor Mitchell Glover will officiate.

Former teacher seeking students' addresses
Dear Kenai people,

Going whole hog for holiday feast
An electric motor betrayed John Doyle.

Peninsula People
Cutting receives honors Fanning graduates college Janik releases new book Rome receives bowling leadership award Wendt graduates college Area students receive scholarships Army Reserve rewards top athletes, scholars

Around the Peninsula
Hospice to host bonfire Basketball camp deadline extended WRCC board meeting slated Square dance club to meet Soldotna landscaping contest continues Nikiski volleyball to hold tryouts

Community News
Nominations for arts, humanities awards sought Wildlife rescue 5-K planned Homer Seafair rodeo planned Fox Island cruise fund-raiser set WRCC fund-raiser slated Fish canning information available

People on Flight 93 saved U.S. from greater horror
WASHINGTON America would have been even more devastated that sunny late-summer morning the Capitol aflame or the White House destroyed if not for a few dozen strangers on an airplane who took the kind of quick, decisive action their government was incapable of on Sept. 11.

Legally bound
A Washington couple was married earlier this month in a special beach ceremony near Ninilchik.

Think the undrinkable: wood in wine
PARIS Wine flavored with wood chips was, until recently, just the kind of thing France's vintners were proud to have nothing to do with.

Youth corps takes on tough jobs
Aaron Singleton stepped onto the riverbank across from the Russian River Ferry and prepared to get down to business.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS plans reunionsLow-cost helmets availableVolleyball camp slatedCar wash fund-raiser set

My best friend
Jasper is always happy to run on the beach in Kenai. His owner, Lisa Thrapp of Kenai, found him in very bad shape on a deserted road in Arkansas when he was about three weeks old. A vet didn't think Jasper would make it, but his happy nature pulled him through. He's also survived being shot through the belly with an arrow by a careless hunter and heatstroke. He seems indestructible as long as his owner is looking after him, which she intends to do for a long time to come.

Boston terrier is unofficial candidate for city manager
RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (AP) Merchants in this Columbia River town say they have a great relationship with a would-be city manager who strolls through town every day, making sure everything's running smoothly.

Everything But the Red Run
Friday at Tsalteshi Trails

Photo feature: Tree line
Competitors wind their way through Tsalteshi Trails in the Everything But the Red Run Friday night.

Armstrong an easy ride from history
BESANCON, France Too strong.

Dolphins' Williams to retire
MIAMI (AP) Ricky Williams has told the Miami Dolphins that he's retiring after just five years in the NFL, The Miami Herald reported on its Web site Sunday.

Regatta keeps on growing
With 45 rowers participating, the Head of the Kenai Regatta, hosted by the Kenai Crewsers, had its best turnout ever Saturday at Kenai Lake.

Redford, Botelho take titles
Mo Redford and Rita Botelho have been able to devote a lot of time to playing golf lately, and it showed Thursday and Friday in the 13th annual Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge.

Six-shooter
PARIS Lance Armstrong raced onto the crowd-lined Champs-Elyses as a yellow blur, bathed in the shimmering light of a 24-carat, gold-leaf bike, a golden helmet and the race leader's yellow jersey.

Quigley tied for U.S. Bank lead
MILWAUKEE Brett Quigley carded a 6-under 64 Saturday and moved into a tie for the lead with Carlos Franco and Patrick Sheehan after three rounds of the U.S. Bank Championship.

Some fans will say all he does is ride a bike
On the toughest stretch of road, during the toughest stage of what is arguably the toughest sporting event in the world, Lance Armstrong put the hammer down and roared toward the top of L'Alpe d'Huez. It was a move of such breathtaking power that most of his rivals would have had trouble matching it while driving a car, let alone pedaling a bike.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Golf Course to host PGA Junior ClinicCalling all Twins alumniTwins drop game to WasillaBulldogs cap Top of the World tournamentFormer Suns coach Fitzsimmons dies at 72

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