Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Twins bumped from tourney
The Kenai American Legion Twins baseball team saw its season end Monday with an 8-3 loss to West in the Alaska American Legion State Championships in Anchorage.

Lilly notches first win in six tries
TORONTO Ted Lilly won for the first time in more than a month and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer in the first inning before leaving with a calf injury as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 Monday.

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.

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.

Fitzgerald signs with Cardinals; Rivers, Winslow may be harder
Larry Fitzgerald is the latest rookie to get a huge contract, signing a deal with Arizona on Monday that appears to give the third pick in the draft as much money as either of the first two choices.

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

No fuss, no muss and still no 300
His manager is a baseball lifer, but he couldn't remember the last time a pitcher chasing his 300th win generated so little buzz. And though the commissioner made the short hop down from Milwaukee to mark the occasion, he had to agree.

Outdoors: Fishing on the Kenai River
Wow, what a tremendous month of July here on the Kenai Peninsula. The red salmon fishing this year was absolutely fantastic as these beautiful fish continue to pour into the river. Everyone I talked to is catching fish and many in large quantities. Many people are catching kings on a regular basis although I have only heard of a few real heavy weights being caught this year. I would guess the freezer sales on the peninsula has to be way up as the amount of fish in the river has to be helping the local economy in that area.

Dreams of Progress for the River City
It was the busiest weekend of the year as families, fishers, and visitors from all over the world turned out to celebrate the 44th Annual Soldotna Progress Days.

Nazi Chronicles is a story of young love
Nikiski High School teacher, playwright, and director Joe Rizzo chuckled when told by cast members that Nazi Chronicles flyers were being torn down by people who were concerned that there was a Neo-Nazi movement starting on the Peninsula.

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.

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

People deserve right to vote on representatives
We need to all pay attention to what is going on in the courts with Trust the People because Gov. Murkowski is determined to deny Alaskans their 17th amendment rights enumerated by the U.S. Constitution.

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

Chamber appreciates support for Soldotna Progress Days
On behalf of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board of directors and staff, we wish to thank everyone who contributed time, money and creativity to help make this another successful Progress Days event.

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

Contributors made senior center fund-raisers success
Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank all the wonderful donors and volunteers for their support for the center's summer bazaar, bake sale, Endowment Trust Fund barbecue fund-raisers and quilt show during Progress Days.

End of Longevity Bonus, fund came from Knowles
I figure Tony (Knowles) will become Alaska's governor for the third time, since Frank (Murkowski) has fulfilled his part of the bargain to abolish the Longevity Bonus and to keep chipping away at the permanent fund, which keeps us on red alert. Not to mention the sweetheart deals with the oil companies that are all owned by the Mother Country.

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.

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.

Sealaska looks to HS curriculum
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received an $850,000 federal grant to develop a Native-oriented high school curriculum in math, science and history.

Passenger denies watching DVD player before fatal crash
The passenger in Jamie Petterson's pickup when it crashed head-on into a Jeep on the Seward Highway in 2002 in which an Anchorage couple died, told jurors Monday that he never said he and Petterson were watching a DVD movie at the time of the crash.

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.

Photo feature: Rock steady
Rocky Miller of Brownsville, Ore., tries his luck flipping flies for red salmon below the bridge in Soldotna last weekend. "I've been fishing on and off for the last few weeks," he said. His family is in the process of moving to the area.

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.

Dumped items raise questions
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials estimate between $200,000 and $400,000 worth of goods were damaged in a fire Thursday at the district warehouse.

Wetland classification up for debate
A Homer-area landowner says the Kenai Peninsula Borough should hold off on its plan to sell a 160-acre swamp at Mile 15 of East End Road because development on the property, such as a subdivision, could put the water supply for homes within the Eastland Creek drainage at risk.

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.

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.

Terror warning may prevent attack, but what's the next step?
WASHINGTON The government's very public warning to financial institutions may actually deter a bombing but also raises questions about what the next step will be for both terrorists and defenders.

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

Record oil prices only a temporary fix for state coffers
Setting a high mark for the price of a barrel of oil seems almost run-of-the-mill lately. It happened again Friday, with the price of a barrel of North Slope crude fetching $42.50. That's seven business days of Alaska oil going for $40 or more a first.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Stop smoking class plannedSen. Murkowski to visit peninsulaLawn sale fund-raiser plannedKCHS class reunion plannedBingo, dinner fund-raiser setSoHi swim, diving team begins practiceKCHS swimming, diving set to startYouth theater group to performVolunteers needed for auction

Births
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.

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

Honored
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.

Long forgotten buildings get new life in western Nebraska attraction
ALLIANCE, Neb. Across the vast plains of Nebraska sit small, time-worn buildings, long abandoned by the state's diminishing rural population.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Sports Briefs
SoHi volleyball tryouts begin Monday

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.

College coaching great struggles with Alzheimer's disease
GRAMBLING, La. Eddie Robinson shuffles into the room, hunched over a cane a shadow of the charismatic coach who made little Grambling State University famous.

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

'Live Strong' wristbands a hit among politicians, movie stars
AUSTIN John Kerry wears one. President Bush has one, too. So do several movie stars.

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.

Woods, Kuehne rally to win Bridges
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. Even before the lights came on, Hank Kuehne looked lost on a prime-time stage.

Bruised hoofs force Smarty Jones into retirement
Smarty Jones' racing career is over.

Lesnar hopes to jump from pro wrestling to pro football
MANKATO, Minn. The money, glamour and perks provided by Brock Lesnar's lifestyle as a professional wrestler just weren't bringing him happiness, so he decided to leave.

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