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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Twins beat alumni, tune up for tourney
The American Legion Twins baseball team tuned up for the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament by defeating a team of Twins alumni 7-0 Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The game was halted after seven innings due to a mercy rule.

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.

Mulder, Athletics walk off with win
OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Mulder earned his 14th victory when pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 3-2 Wednesday for the Mariners' team-record 15th straight road loss.

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.

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.

Fishery talks with Chile begin in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) Chilean fishery officials are in Juneau this week for U.S. trade talks on several issues, including salmon farming.

Where to find new refineries?
WASHINGTON It's a good time to be in the oil refinery business. Demand for gasoline is high and profits are pouring in at a record clip.

New home sales edge down slightly in June
WASHINGTON New home sales edged down 0.8 percent in June after soaring to a record sales pace in May, the government reported Tuesday.

Royal Caribbean reports earnings more than double
MIAMI Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s second-quarter earnings more than doubled from the same period a year ago, when the war in Iraq kept many people off ships. But the world's second-largest cruise company also did better because it added new vessels and more people took vacations at higher prices.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleClasses offered to nonprofit groups

Employees' health a consideration in building plans
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. In some ways, Mary Still is a typical weight-loss success story. She changed her eating habits, started working out and dropped 82 pounds in a year.

MRIs beat mammograms at finding breast cancer in high-risk women
In women at high risk of breast cancer, new research suggests MRI scans find nearly twice as many tumors as mammograms do, but they cost a lot and trigger more unneeded biopsies.

Writer sets tale of teen traumas in Bethel
"Unseen Companion" is a dark coming-of-age story, set in Bethel and Sitka in 1968 and 1969.

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

Teacher uses photos to build cultural ties, understanding
The stereotype of Japanese tourists is they arrive by busloads and the click click of their cameras does not cease until they depart.

Art Briefs
Kids' art workshops plannedLogo contest announcedFarmers' market offers arts, craftsWatercolor workshop nearly filledResource for artists announced

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.

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.

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

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.

Volunteers, board members make reading program success
We'd like to thank the local businesses and individuals who helped make the Soldotna Public Library's summer reading program a great success.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Witness refuses to testify
Although a mistrial was not declared Wednesday in the Jamie Petterson murder trial, the presiding judge did order a key witness to jail for refusing to testify.

Clam farm ban could be lifted
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced plans to lift a 3-year-old ban on clam farms in the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat areas.

Program aims to include all Alaskans in activities
Alaska's range of recreational opportunities are as diverse as its people, and Beth Edmands sees no reason those opportunities can't be taken advantage of by all Alaska residents.

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.

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.

Rubye Nell (Warren) Townsley
Longtime Sterling resident Rubye Nell (Warren) Townsley died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 76.

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.

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.

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.

Oilers drop fourth straight
Shoddy defense and a lack of clutch hitting have put the Peninsula Oilers on the brink of being eliminated from the postseason.

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,

War, economy weigh on president's hopes for second term
BOSTON Bad news for President Bush: Americans are anxious about the economy and unhappy about the Iraq war. The number of soldiers killed will probably hit the psychologically important 1,000 mark before the November election. And in the political horse race, he is tied or worse with Democratic rival John Kerry.

Congress holds cards in keeping nation safe
The persistence of families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has resulted in an impressive report from a bipartisan congressional committee.

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.

Effort to reach young voters commendable even if not successful
P. Diddy says he wants to make voting cool, so the hip-hop mogul has launched a nationwide effort to make voting ''sexy'' and encourage young people to vote. His nonpartisan campaign is called ''Citizen Change.'' That's cool.

Zoo releases endangered turtles into wild
PORTLAND, Ore. Endangered western pond turtles that have spent nine months being nurtured at zoos in Seattle and Portland got their first taste of the wild Wednesday when more than 125 of the reptiles were released into ponds in the Columbia River Gorge.

Around the Peninsula
Rummage sale fund-raiser plannedMDA 'Live Ride' slatedKCHS cross country to beginWRCC to host annual run

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

Blanket of wet cow poop smothers lagoon fire
FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) Talk about fighting fire with fire. Crews fighting a smoky, stinky blaze in the dried crust of a 3-acre manure lagoon on a dairy farm finished smothering the flames Wednesday with more of the same a blanket of wet cow poop.

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.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Get in some golf before snow flies
August is Sunday; Christmas is now about four months away! So before fireweed and snow fly, put away the fishing pole, grab your rain gear and golf clubs and head out for nine. (It's OK ... you have enough fish.)

Different Tyson prepares for latest comeback fight Friday night
LOUISVILLE, Ky. There's no entourage anymore, no angry tirades and no bizarre new tattoos. Mike Tyson is coming back once again, but this time he's aging, broke, and seemingly determined to show his gentler side.

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

Redskins prepare for Gibbs' first camp in 12 years
ASHBURN, Va. Meet Joe Gibbs, the paranoid, lay-down-the-law, workaholic grandfather who loves what he's doing and does it better than almost anybody else.

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.

Killing pain and careers
Jeff Allison dreamed a year ago of leaping quickly from first-round draft choice for the Florida Marlins to National League All-Star. Instead, he sank sadly from a prescription drug addiction to a heroin overdose.

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.

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