Monday, August 2, 2004

Nomar shines in Wrigley debut
CHICAGO Greg Maddux will have to wait for win No. 300.

Twins fall in extra innings at state tourney
The Kenai American Legion Twins fell just short of advancing in the first round of the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament, dropping a tight 4-3, 11-inning decision to Bartlett Sunday in Anchorage.

Guillen's extra-inning homer beats Mariners
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Anaheim Angels a stunning 9-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Sox deal Garciaparra to Cubs
In a dizzying flurry of deals, the Boston Red Sox sent star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs in a blockbuster, four-team swap right before Saturday's trade deadline.

Cabrera's error costs Red Sox
MINNEAPOLIS New shortstop Orlando Cabrera made a key error in his Boston debut, and American League strikeout leader Johan Santana outpitched Pedro Martinez.

Former Giants outfielder says he got drugs from Bonds' trainer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A former San Francisco Giants outfielder told a federal investigator that he obtained performance-enhancing drugs from the trainer for Giants slugger Barry Bonds, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Giambi diagnosed with benign tumor
NEW YORK (AP) Jason Giambi spent a few anxious months wondering why he felt so fatigued. The New York Yankees first baseman finally has an answer and hope for a full recovery.

Astros' Oliver helps his squad post shutout of Cincinnati
CINCINNATI Darren Oliver (3-3), acquired from Florida on July 22, made his first start for the Astros and allowed only Adam Dunn's single in five innings, setting up an 8-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Murkowski voices opinions on Miller, Medicare
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, in Homer last Wednesday for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Seldovia Village Tribe's new medical clinic, also took time to address some differences with her Republican Primary opponent, Mike Miller, and to discuss some of the controversial issues surrounding aspects of the recently signed Medicare Modernization Act.

Study: Exercise important for bones in young women
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Got exercise?

Companies strive to work out more than kids' thumbs
NEW YORK Some of the new video games on the market make children move more than their thumbs they get the kids off the couch and get them to exercise.

Hot potato: Growers plan to advertise new 'low-carb' spud
SPUDS, Fla. For dieters, potatoes have been scorned, rejected and castigated the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables, they get no respect.

NOW PLAYING: The Village
I think that some (my wife, for one) would agree that, since becoming a movie critic, I have become too emotionally involved with the possible success or

Lifestyle should be repented not celebrated in local parade
I love my mommy and my middy?

Bush lauding 'spin' doesn't change facts
Since Mr. Brown chose to launch a vicious Limbaugh type diatribe against me, I thought he deserved an answer based on facts.

Efforts to beautify city not unnoticed
I would like to express my appreciation for the city of Kenai's lovely landscaping and flowers.

Johnson has little use for new points system
LONG POND, Pa. Sometimes, Jimmie Johnson lets his mind drift to how he could be building on his Nextel Cup points lead, not worrying about fighting for it over the last 10 races.

Johnson wins again
LONG POND, Pa. Jimmie Johnson has voiced his disdain about NASCAR's new points system that will leave him fighting for a points championship instead of celebrating one near season's end.

Photo feature: In the name of science
Skilak Glacier merges into the Skilak River as seen from the air earlier this month. The river of ice is one of many coming out of the Harding Ice Field, where ice thickness has dropped by about 70 feet since the 1950s, according to research conducted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

4 dead: Crash kills Kenai man
A Kenai pilot and three passengers died in a plane crash on the western side of Cook Inlet shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

District warehouse catches fire
A fire that broke out Thursday in a warehouse owned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been determined by fire investigators to have been caused by the spontaneous combustion of discarded cotton rags soaked with linseed oil.

Passenger agrees to testify in Petterson murder trial Monday
The state attorney general on Friday granted immunity to a key witness in the murder trial of Erwin "Jamie" Petterson Jr., the Kenai man charged with causing the death of an Anchorage couple in a 2002 car crash on the Seward Highway.

Planning ahead: District looks at ongoing issues
Leaders in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are expecting another challenging year, as issues such as finances and the future of cocurricular activities loom on the horizon.

Quick-thinking son saves dad
July 19 began like any other fishing day for longtime Clam Gulch resident and drift boat fisher Ron Russell and his son, Jess. It would soon turn into a life and death struggle for Ron, and the outcome would rest on Jess' ability to think and act under pressure.

Mayor's role up for discussion
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will decide Tuesday if voters should determine this fall whether to replace the current strong-mayor style of government with a municipal manager, severely limiting the powers of the mayor's position.

Speeding pickup crash leaves 5 hurt
Two people were medevaced to Anchorage, and three others were injured in a pickup truck crash on Swan Lake Road in Sterling early Friday morning.

Ground broke for Homer clinic
Officials and members of the Seldovia Village Tribe, along with dignitaries from as far away as Washington, D.C., were in Homer for Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the tribe's new medical clinic.

Sign of the times
Each summer, city officials in Kenai and Soldotna field plenty of complaints from area residents on issues ranging from barking dogs to dusty streets. But perhaps no issue keeps city maintenance workers on their toes like the ever-present need to remove homemade roadside signs.

Chris Copple
Kenai resident Chris Copple died Friday, July 30, 2004, in a plane crash in Kustatan. He was 43.

Miners' victory spoils Oilers' fun
One proved to be a lonely number indeed Saturday, as the Peninsula Oilers earned a 1-0 win and yet still found themselves one win short of the postseason.

Intervention imperative as Sudan disaster grows
All the conditions exist for a humanitarian disaster. Over a million malnourished and hungry refugees, in crowded, unsanitary camps, where they are prey to diarrhea, cholera and dysentery.

Pressure unlikely to work in Sudan
Washington and London are making a new rod for their backs. Sudan is their latest problem. They are ratcheting up pressure on the country, accusing its government of ignoring and even abetting alleged atrocities in the western province of Darfur. This is a bad idea.

Kerry gets tough at convention
BOSTON Reminding Americans he has been tested in combat, John Kerry last week sought to ease doubts about whether he's tough enough to be commander in chief. He also tried to exploit President Bush's troubles with Iraq, a growing liability for the White House.

Voters have duty to get informed before election
On the heels of the summer's prime fishing season comes election season. It's hard to tell which is slimier.

Food for thought, health
It seems pretty simple to me: Human milk for human babies. A no-brainer, right? But somewhere along the line big business and marketing dollars got involved. Add to that

Some Kenai reds fair trade for quiet weekend in Anchorage good deal
At the risk of losing my Kenai Peninsula pass, I must report a pleasant encounter while dipnetting alongside a group of Anchorageans or Anchoragites or whatever folks from Alaska's largest municipality are called.

Jenckes, Toomey plan nuptials
Julie Rene Jenckes of Kenai and Andrew Charles Toomey of Pecatonica, Ill., announce their plans to be married Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Minter Garden in Harrison, B.C.

Leiter, Freeman announce engagement
Brittany Leiter of Soldotna and Robert Freeman of Apopka, Fla., got engaged Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, in New York City and plan to be married Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Gary Leiter will officiate.

Peninsula People
Fanning graduates college Area student makes deans list Wendt graduates college Davis joins Air Force

Around the Peninsula
Volleyball camp slatedKCHS cross country to beginCar wash fund-raiser setBaby-sitter course offeredNominating petitions availableSocial Security reps to visit areaFox Island cruise fund-raiser set

King, Hagelund plan Saturday wedding
Willow King and Kelly Hagelund plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony on the dock at Kenai Landing, formerly the Ward's Cove cannery in Kenai.

Peninsula glaciers give climate clues
Along the Kenai Peninsula's spine lies an ice-age no-man's land few people ever see. Vast tracts of snow gleam year-round, punctured by jagged horns of rock, and blue rivers of ice tumble from the frozen highlands.

Community News
Kenai Public Health offers immunizations Task force celebrates breast-feeding Coastal studies center plans summer activities Challenger Center space camps winding down. Library plans August events Homer Community Schools plans classes KCHS class of 84 reunion planned Wildlife rescue 5-K planned Homer Seafair rodeo planned Child-care course offered Watershed activities slated Wells Fargo to repeat school donation program

Joy and Wayne Heath of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Sage Autumn Heath, at 6:36 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

A bench placed at the Kenai Fire Department in memory of former Assistant Fire Chief Donald Morgan is unveiled by his wife Carol. The bench, landscaping, gravel and concrete work on the island of trees were completed using donations sent to the Kenai Firefighters Association following Chief Morgan's death. Labor to complete the project was provided by members of the Kenai Fire Department, Kenai Parks and Recreation, Kenai Building Maintenance, RD Construction and Best Transit Mix.

Around the Peninsula
Junior golf clinic planned Historical society to meet Nikiski volleyball to hold tryouts Health services collaborative to meet

Hinsley, Crandall announce wedding date
Denver residents Lauren Hinsley, formerly of San Jose, Calif., and Harly Crandall, formerly of Soldotna, plan to be married Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, in Morgan Hill, Calif.

My best friend
Jatt the cat relaxes in the sink. Jatt belongs to Myrna Choat of Kenai.

Lost dog tale has happy ending
Gina Samuel of Kenai had one of her worst fears come true when her miniature greyhound named Jenny got out and ran away while Samuel was unloading her car at her father's house two weeks ago.

Nikiski X-C practice begins today
The Nikiski High School cross country running team will begin practice for the upcoming season today at 10 a.m. at the school. All athletes must have a current sports physical exam to participate. For more information, contact coach Mario Bird at 776-5898.

U.S. tops Puerto Rico without Iverson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Reunited, and it feels so ... familiar.

Gibbs opens first 'Skins camp in a dozen years
When Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs arrived at his first training camp in 12 years on Saturday, his players were waiting for him and so were a few thousand fans.

Rising costs bring questions about value of Olympic games
ATHENS, Greece By almost any measure, the Olympics flunk basic economics.

Singh leads Buick
GRAND BLANC, Mich. Vijay Singh had a lot of company at the top of the Buick Open's All-Star leaderboard.

Tyson could be done
So this is how it all ends for Mike Tyson. Broke and bloodied, fighting in the same arena where Muhammad Ali made his pro debut 44 years ago, Tyson is knocked silly by the kind of British heavyweight he used to frighten into near paralysis merely by stepping into the ring.

Singh drives past Daly at Buick
GRAND BLANC, Mich. A massive gallery roared when John Daly was introduced at the Buick Open's first tee, and just politely clapped for Vijay Singh in a preview of what was to come over the next four hours.

Sports Briefs
Calling all Kenai volleyball playersKenai Golf Course to host PGA Junior ClinicKenai starts swim practice Aug. 10Nikiski volleyball tryouts start Aug. 9Kenai cross country starts MondayMorales takes decision over HernandezClijsters to miss U.S. OpenLawyer calls courtroom apology 'insulting'Davenport jams right knee, advances

Chinese teen touted as the next Yao
BELGRADE, Serbia and Montenegro First there was Yao. Now there is Yi.

Guevara leads East past West
WASHINGTON Freddy Adu didn't have a problem sitting on the sideline during the first half of the MLS All-Star game.

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