Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Pirates topple Braves
PITTSBURGH Rob Mackowiak came around to score on a bizarre, bases-loaded double when Atlanta catcher Johnny Estrada made two errors on one play, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied with a five-run seventh inning to beat the Braves 8-4 Tuesday night.

Crisp play lets Indians trap Tigers
CLEVELAND Coco Crisp, who wasn't in Cleveland's original starting lineup Tuesday night, had first career grand slam among three hits and drove in a career-high five runs for the Indians in a 10-6 victory Tuesday night over the Detroit Tigers.

Area Little League team takes title
The Soldotna 9- and 10-year-old All-Star Little League team won the District I Tournament Saturday in Eagle River by defeating Dimond West 4-3 in the championship game. It was the first time a Soldotna Little League 9-and 10-year old team has won the tournament.

Red Sox batter Orioles in the rain
BALTIMORE Pedro Martinez ended a run of frustration against the Baltimore Orioles, and the Boston Red Sox put on another hitting show Monday night in a 12-5 blowout.

He will not be forgotten
In the middle of the longest dry spell of the year, even the clouds gathered to shed a tear for fallen Officer John P. Watson last week in Kenai.

Summer Book Fair great success
More kids are reading their summers away on the Kenai Peninsula than ever before thanks to Reading Is Great in Summer (RIGS), founders Gloria Sweeney and Savannah Clark, teachers at K-Beach Elementary School. For the last four years, Sweeney and Clark with a little help from their friends have held a summer Book Fair to supplement the RIGS program they started at K-Beach Elementary, "We hold it in the middle of summer to re-motivate the kids to keep reading during the summer. It gives them a chance to re-supply their book cache and keep going until school starts," said Sweeney.

Outdoors: Unsupervised Adventure
Each Day I read the Peninsula Clarion and thought about how many fish were going up the river and how badly I wanted to be out there catching my winter supply of red salmon. Each day I counted down the days left till I went on days off and would be able to get on the Kenai River and catch some of these magnificent fish. Finally at noon on Wednesday July 21st my 2-week hitch ended and I was a free man in the great state of Alaska for 14 days! By the time I drove home from oil well road in Ninilchik where our Kuukpik Drilling rig is located it was already close to 1:30.

Pioneer Kenai River Fish Guide casts away from Alaska
There was a time not long ago when there were no professional guides on the Kenai River and making a living fishing meant being a commercial fisherman.

Up Up and away
There are many ways to see and experience the majesty of the Kenai Peninsula, but nothing quite compares to dangling beneath a piece of nylon with nothing around you but the great outdoors.

Photo feature: Walk on
Hikers head north on the Russian River Trail earlier this month. The route starts below the Russian River Campground and winds about three miles to a waterfall and the shore of Lower Russian Lake.

NOW PLAYING: The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Supremacy is one of those movies that is one surprise after another. It's a surprise that a sequel was so forthcoming because the first film, The Bourne Identity, though successful, wasn't really an out-of-the-park homerun. It's a surprise that as many of the principles are back in play because, again, this sequel is by no means a sure thing. It's kind of a surprise that the Friday night showing I attended was nearly sold out. Matt Damon movies aren't exactly surefire blockbusters here on the Peninsula. And, finally, it's a surprise that the movie isn't better than it is.

Christian values will play significant role in election
According to recent polls by the Barna and Pew companies, there will be a strong Christian influence in the upcoming elections. These polls show that 80 percent of reborn Christian voters are planning on voting Republican in the elections because of party platforms, especially on social issues. Reborn believers indwelled by the Holy Spirit are saved by God's grace through faith, by having a true and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, by accepting him as their Lord and Savior and by confessing and repenting their sins.

Bush policies rob future generations, cost lives
Each week the Clarion has columns by Matt Towery. Towery tries to give the impression with column title and his "research" group that he is doing "scholarly" work. The truth is he is simply shilling for George Bush. He brings hypocrisy to a new level. Does he also work for Fox News?

Commercial fishers are members of community, too
Apparently I have a disgruntled neighbor (Peninsula Clarion, July 22, "Rucker"). More importantly, I have a home and a family and a little female beagle dog that would bark at Mr. Rucker if he came into the yard, but would not bite him.

Murkowski campaign kidding voters as far as job security
Who's kidding who?

Softball players, coaches appreciate tournament work
The Kenai junior girls all-star team would like to thank the Homer Little League Association for hosting the fun and successful Junior Softball Girls Southern Division Tournament from July 10 through 13.

Community volunteers help complete WRCC meeting room
The public is invited to an open house Thursday for the new Women's Resource and Crisis Center community meeting room.

Local military woman thankful for support
Mrs. Crawford, I read your editorial during a break at work. My co-workers and I thank you for your support of the armed forces. I am serving in the Air Force stationed in Japan. I have many friends serving in the desert, civilians and military alike.

Sponsors made summer book fair success for youth, families
Kenai Peninsula Literacy would like to express its sincere thanks to all those who helped with the recent summer book fair. This annual book sale provides books for summer reading for students and families in our community. Thanks to all who helped make it a success:

Sen. Murkowski off base blaming Knowles for state's 'brain drain'
Boy, it's easy to accuse Tony Knowles of causing Alaska's kids to leave for college. Tony is obviously to blame because:

Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne has made headlines throughout his debut season on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. From his narrow losses early in the season to a recent run-in with Tony Stewart that touched off a pit-road melee between the drivers' teams, the baby-faced Washington state native has quickly became one of NASCAR's newest young stars.

NASCAR Notes - Stewart, Kahne talk through Chicagoland incident
Kasey Kahne's cell phone chirped Tuesday morning, and the rookie driver was glad to hear Tony Stewart's voice on the line.

This week: Pennsylvania 500
(Race No. 20 of 36)

Drivers debate extra-curricular racing in wake of Earnhardt Jr.'s fiery crash
Jamie McMurray had two immediate concerns when he heard about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s fiery crash July 18th in Sonoma, Calif.

Kenai man charged with Tyonek area murder
A 34-year-old Kenai man was arrested in connection with a murder in a Beluga tavern Monday night.

Spurr showing seismic activity
Mount Spurr is snoring louder than usual.

State considers allowances for qualifying exam takers
The state is proposing more ways to accommodate students with disabilities when they take the high school exit exam.

Anchorage man drowns while dipnetting in Kenai
An Anchorage man drown after being swept into Cook Inlet from waters off the banks of the Kenai River where he was fishing early Monday morning.

Kenai man charged with Beluga murder
A 31-year-old Kenai man was arrested in connection with a murder in a Beluga tavern Monday night.

Judge considers mistrial
The Kenai Superior Court judge presiding over the Jamie Petterson murder trial is expected to rule this morning on whether to declare a mistrial.

The hills are alive
A hoary marmot surveys its neighborhood in the Kenai Mountains north of Seward last weekend. The animals use a sharp whistle to alert each other to danger.

Off the air ...
Midway through her career as a police and emergency services dispatcher, Dottie Ayer gave up all her seniority and the benefits she had earned with the Kenai Peninsula Borough and became a state employee.

Kenai woman killed in crash
An elderly Kenai woman died Monday afternoon following a motor-vehicle accident that closed the Kenai Spur Highway for nearly one hour.

Frisbee golf to tee off in Kenai park
With the imminent signing of a course maintenance agreement with Parks and Recreation and a green light from the city council, Kenai is on the verge of joining the ranks of professional golf frisbee golf, that is.

Juanita Viola (Campbell) 'Jonni' Frank
Soldotna resident Juanita Viola (Campbell) Frank, better known as Jonni, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, in Anchorage, with her daughters at her side. She was 81.

Margaret Deborah Wirz
Longtime Kenai resident Margaret Deborah Wirz died Monday, July 26, 2004, surrounded by her family at her home in Kenai. She was 78.

Duncan Wilsack
Longtime Nikiski resident Duncan Wilsack died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at his home, with family members around him, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and complications that arose from it. He was 73.

Ben Rule
Longtime Alaskan Ben Rule died Sunday, July 25, 2004, at his home in Anchorage surrounded by his wife, children and brother. He was 70.

Kimiko Aase
Soldotna resident Kimiko Aase died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of a brain aneurysm. She was 73.

Oilers fall to Fairbanks in ninth
The Peninsula Oilers saw their ninth-inning rally spoiled Monday as the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks scored in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 Alaska Baseball League win at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Goldpanners shake up Oilers
The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks defeated the Oilers 11-4 Tuesday in Fairbanks. The loss is the third straight for the Oilers and creates a logjam at the top of the Alaska Baseball League standings.

'One of worst' fire seasons not that bad in some ways
Perspective can be an easy thing to lose, especially in the face of natural disaster. With wildfires having burned nearly 4 million acres of Alaska this year, now might be a good time to go looking for that misplaced item.

Embracing an Alaska heresy
I've been an Alaskan for more than 30 years. I consider myself nearly a sourdough. There's that one thing about the Yukon that I admit I haven't done, but on the whole, I'm Alaskan through and through. However,

Flexibility of new primary system worth the hassle
Someone called the newsroom the other day to complain about the several types of ballots available for the Aug. 24 primary election.

Around the Peninsula
Backcountry campfire restriction lifted Quilt guild to hold open sew WRCC to hold open house KCHS class of 64 reunion set Funny River Festival slated Football officials clinic slated Stop smoking class planned Bingo, dinner fund-raiser set

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold board meetingSafe Sitter course offeredHealth services collaborative to meetFox Island cruise fund-raiser setWRCC fund-raiser slatedProgress Days parade winners announced

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Tour de France champion's journey from 'here to there' isn't over yet
He's got the yellow jersey, the rock star girlfriend, millions in the bank and the added cushion of knowing the rider who might someday occupy the line above his in the record books is still a kid cruising carefree down a sidestreet somewhere with a handful of buddies in pursuit.

Sports Briefs
Kenai starts swim practice Aug. 10 Nikiski volleyball tryouts start Aug. 9

Anthony guarantees gold medal
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Carmelo Anthony has a message for Argentina, Lithuania and the other best basketball teams from around the world: The United States is going to win at the Athens Games.

Showers green up fairways
The entire golf course has been fertilized and with the great rains the fairways will soon green-up once again. The grounds crew took advantage of the recent rain by getting out in it and getting wet along with the fairways. It is great to see the crew out on the course working hard to get the course in shape.

Sports Briefs
Football officials schedule clinic, meetingRichard McGahan takes B-Stock at Twin City

KPSA sends 12 teams to Far North Invite
The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Association sent 12 teams to the Alaska Far North Invitational in Anchorage July 16, 17 and 18. Two of the teams won the championship.

Will surge in popularity of bicycling last?
AUSTIN, Texas Lance Armstrong's run of six straight Tour de France victories has raised cycling's profile in the United States to unprecedented levels.

Woodson, Mobley given their release
Rod Woodson, one of the top defensive backs of the last two decades, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, the day that NFL training camps officially began to open.

What makes Ricky run
Over a five-day span, Ricky Williams flew from the Bahamas to Miami to Hawaii to Tokyo to Los Angeles.

Athens strengthens security measures
ATHENS, Greece Athens will impose a no-fly zone over the city a week before the Olympics and has drawn up contingency plans to shoot down hijacked planes that could be used in a Sept. 11-style attack, a senior Greek air defense official said Tuesday, as authorities received U.S. scanners to check cars and trucks.

Frankson sets high kick record
FAIRBANKS (AP) Jesse Frankson of Point Hope has broken the world record in the one-foot high kick.

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