Friday, July 30, 2004

Mets' Valent hits for cycle in win
MONTREAL Eric Valent became the eighth player in Mets history to hit for the cycle, and Mike Cameron homered twice to lead New York to a 10-1 victory over the Montreal Expos on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Should college students carry checks, debit cards or credit cards?
NEW YORK (AP) One of the toughest decisions parents make as they send their children off to college is whether to pack checkbooks, debit cards or credit cards that the kids can use for school costs and personal expenses.

Shareholder suits mean more money for lawyers, but bring governance gains
NEW YORK (AP) While the financial ''victory'' from a shareholder lawsuit is often pathetically small for anyone but the lawyers, some investors are using litigation as a billy club to at least force big changes in the way companies are run including reforms that most of the corporate establishment has been fighting hard to block.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleClasses offered to nonprofit groups

Trying for a trophy
Cody Perkowitz knew he had a big one on his line as he fished for sockeye salmon last weekend at Swiftwater Park in Soldotna.

Kings run strong to season's end
There's just two days left for sport fishers looking to land a king but based on all indications, it looks like the king season will end with a bang.

Seward Silver Salmon Derby set to start
The 49th annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby begins at 6 a.m. Aug. 7 and runs around the clock until 5 p.m. Aug. 21. The awards ceremony is at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Elks Club in Seward.

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.

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

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.

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.

Good kids deserve equal news coverage
First of all, I would like to thank the Clarion for running the article (July 26) about Erin Rome, who recently won the title and honor of being selected as "International Youth Leader of the Year." Her friends, family and co-workers at the Boys and Girls Club were jubilant when the news arrived.

Bush may not be perfect, but better than alternative
I read Mr. Phillips' letter and wondered if he lives on the MoveOn.Org Web site or the DNC propaganda page. His letter was nothing but the usual factless, knee-jerk, radical ranting.

Americans have obligation to stand up for beliefs
Thank you, President Bush, for standing up for what is right!

Area fisheries managed for everyone's future
Re: Mr. Rucker ("Emergency openings give unfair advantage to commercial fishers," July 22): I appreciate your feelings on the Alaska fisheries but think you are way out of the loop. It is for all of us, but there are a lot of fish.

Rest easy: 'Nazi Chronicles' is not what people assume
When Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" aired, it caused panic in the streets of New York when citizens believed that their city was actually being attacked by Martians. I find similarities in some of our community members' reaction to the advertising for my latest play, "The Nazi Chronicles."

Clarion e-mail address to change
The Peninsula Clarion is changing its general e-mail address. All e-mails for the newsroom can be sent to news@peninsulaclarion. com.

Crash witness takes stand
Tempers flared somewhat Thursday morning as testimony in the Jamie Petterson murder trial resumed after being interrupted by debates over legal issues for a day and a half.

Ward spends big on campaign
In his bid to regain a seat in the Alaska Senate, Republican candidate Jerry Ward of Sterling has dumped nearly $140,000 of his own money into his campaign to unseat incumbent Sen. Tom Wagoner, according to figures from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

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.

What's in a park?
Soldotna wants to know what its residents want to do with the city's newest park.

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.

Dirty job? They're happy to do it
They could be playing games, watching TV or hanging out with friends, but instead, several kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai are spending their summer protecting the environment.

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.

Mary Louise Olds
Longtime Kenai resident Mary Louise Olds died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from injuries sustained from a car accident. She was 75.

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.

Oilers stay alive in Fairbanks
The Peninsula Oilers kept themselves alive in the hunt for a trip to the National Baseball Congress World Series with a nail-biting 8-3 win over the Alaska Goldpanners at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks Thursday.

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.

Oilers players, coach named All-ABL
Three Peninsula Oilers and their coach were named to the 2004 All-Alaska Baseball team, voted on by members of the media who regularly cover the Alaska Baseball League and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Caving in to terrorists slippery slope at best
Filipino President Gloria Arroyo defended her decision to withdraw troops early from Iraq to gain the release of a Filipino hostage as being the best decision for her people and the nation.

Some flip-flops can serve public interest
John Kerry has given flip-flopping a bad name, but there's nothing wrong with a flip-flop when it serves the public interest.

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.

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.

Being prepared nets better results
Always be prepared. Not only a motto from my youthful days as a Boy Scout, but also sound advice in most, if not all, situations in life.

Bears get in on Russian River fishing action, too
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking anglers and other recreationists around the Russian River to be aware of bears.

On the rise: Treeline getting higher on peninsula, tells of climate change
You may not have noticed it, but treeline is going up on the Kenai Peninsula. Some years ago, Yule Kilcher, a Swiss homesteader in the Homer area, pointed out to me the rising treeline on the mountains across Kachemak Bay. Since then I have sampled spruce trees at many treeline sites from Kachemak Bay to the Mystery Hills and have always found the highest trees to be young in age.

Around the Peninsula
Skyview pool reopens, swim practice begins Flag football slated KCHS swimming, diving set to begin Youth theater group to perform Donor appreciation day scheduled Vision workshop set

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

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.

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.

Church Briefs
New pastor to be ordained Vacation Bible school planned Bible school starts Monday Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered Clothes2Go open

Australian scientist: DNA research and Mormon scholars changing basic beliefs
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about some events in the Book of Mormon are changing not through revelation, but through church-sanctioned scholars' reinterpretations, an Australian geneticist and former LDS bishop writes in a new book.

Virginia city council member vows to continue naming Jesus in prayers
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) Despite a federal appeals court ruling and a warning from civil liberties lawyers, a City Council member who is also a clergyman said he won't stop saying Jesus' name in prayers to open meetings.

Irish scholar takes world Anglican leadership post in time of turmoil
LONDON (AP) Canon Kenneth Kearon, director of the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College in Dublin, will be the new secretary general of the Anglican Communion, a body of 77 million believers that has been thrown into turmoil over gay clergy in the past year.

Study: College students' views vary by religion
LOS ANGELES (AP) U.S. college students who are strongly religious differ markedly from the least religious students on political identification and moral issues, according to a survey issued Wednesday.

West Virginia mosque presses effort to ban woman activist
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Efforts are proceeding to ban a woman who is working to improve Muslim women's rights from a mosque that her father founded.

When opportunity knocks, heed God's call
An opportunity has just come your way. All you have to do is accept and the position is yours.

While some New Hampshire Episcopalians quit over gay bishop, others enlist
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Though some Episcopal Church members in New Hampshire have quit because Bishop V. Gene Robinson is openly gay, his pioneering status has acted as a small but a powerful magnet to the church for others.

Evangelical Lutherans ordain another openly gay pastor
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jay Wiesner has become the Twin Cities' third openly gay pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, defying a denominational policy that is under review.

Architects, neuroscientists and clerics look at connection between design and devotion
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) Why is it that the arches and open spaces of a cathedral inspire faith, yet so does the comfort and familiarity of a small country chapel?

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.

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.)

Manning, Gallery sign contracts in time to get to training camp
Eli Manning and Robert Gallery signed contracts Thursday, ensuring that the top two picks in the NFL draft will be on the field for the start of training camp workouts.

Is it worth $44.95?
Mike Tyson already has used up more reincarnations than Shirley MacLaine.

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.

Carolina on their minds
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Red, white and Carolina blue.

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.

Faulk knows clock is ticking
MACOMB, Ill. Marshall Faulk has had his share of physical problems over the years.

Kenai cross country starts Monday
The Kenai Central High School cross country running team will begin practice Monday. All runners and parents should meet in the school commons at 6 p.m. for a brief but important meeting. Practice will follow. Please bring a completed physical exam form and running attire. For questions, call coach Liz Burck at 262-7446.

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