Wednesday, August 4, 2004

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.

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.

Soldotna Little League team nabs state title
The Soldotna 9- and 10-year-old All-Star Little League team won the Alaska State All-Star Tournament by defeating North Pole Friday and Saturday in North Pole.

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.

Wood overcomes rocky start in Colorado
DENVER Kerry Wood pitched eight innings despite a shaky start, and Derrek Lee hit his 21st homer in a five-run second that lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Tuesday night.

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.

Mulder notches win 15 as A's beat Yankees
NEW YORK Scott Hatteberg homered twice and drove in five runs, while Mark Mulder hung on for his major league-leading 15th win, leading the streaking Oakland Athletics over the New York Yankees 13-4 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Kerry offers strong alternative to Bush
I don't like the direction that President Bush has taken our country. I don't like the way he deceived us into an frivolous war while alienating all of our potential allies. I don't like the way he gave tax cuts to the rich and bailed out his corporate friends. And I don't like his assault on our individual rights.

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.

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.

Miller can be counted on to keep gun rights
In the last election, the NRA graded Lisa Murkowski a "D" on Second Amendment freedom and wrote that a "D" grade candidate was "an anti-gun candidate who has frequently voted for restrictive gun control legislation or made strong statements in opposition to Second Amendment rights, and regardless of public statements can definitely not be counted on in key votes."

Visitor warns shippers of un-frozen fish
Just a warning to people shipping fish outside this area: I shipped 20 pounds of fish to North Idaho in an insulated box, packed tight with frozen fish packed with lots of layers of newspaper all this inside another cardboard box.

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.

Ward better candidate in local Senate race
The local Alaska Senate race is an interesting one pitting a likeable, compassionate conservative in Jerry Ward against the more liberal Tom Wagoner, who ran with another political party and used Democrats' propaganda in a biased newspaper and a slanderous campaign to win the last election cycle.

Upcoming election crucial to future of United States
We now know who the candidates for the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. I think the election in November will be the most important presidential choosing for the past 50 years. The choice will give us integrity and confidence or continued or the opposite, erosion of trust.

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.

Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett is just five years removed from winning a Nextel Cup championship. But at age 47, he's driving for what he calls a "rebuilding" team.

The race is on for top-10 spots
Kurt Busch equates each of the remaining races leading up to the "Chase for the Championship" to a best-of-seven series.

NASCAR Notes - Blocking sponsor flag leads to $10k fine for Johnson
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Jimmie Johnson became the first casualty of NASCAR's growing conflict of interests this week, earning a $10,000 fine for blocking one of the sport's sponsorship signs in Victory Lane.

This Week: Brickyard 400
(Race No. 21 of 36)

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.

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.

School board looks to future budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday discussed plans to seek more public involvement in decisions about the 2005-06 budget and the future of cocurricular activities in the district.

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.

Keeper opposes proposed water quality standards
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing revisions to state water quality standards for mixing zones, areas where the discharge from industrial operations such as mining, seafood processing, oil and gas production and sewage treatment are diluted by the receiving waters.

Kenai graduate speaks for governor
If Becky Hultberg was to issue a press release announcing her new job, the headline might read: Kardinal girl makes good.

Witness: Victim was reckless
The first defense witness called to testify in the Jamie Petterson murder trial told the court he saw the Anchorage couple's Jeep driving erratically and passing unsafely shortly before the collision that took their lives.

Photo feature: Ablaze
Kenai Fire Department Capt. James Dye sends water into a home on Haller Street during a fire Tuesday. The call came in just after 11:30 a.m., and when fire personnel arrived three minutes later, the house was fully engulfed, said Kenai Assistant Chief

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.

Larry E. Oskolkoff
Ninilchik and Anchorage resident Larry E. Oskolkoff died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, after a struggle with cancer. He was 63.

Christopher Gene Copple
Kenai resident Christopher Gene Copple died Friday, July 30, 2004, from injuries sustained in a airplane accident near Kustatan. He was 43.

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.

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.

Drive to improve highway safety no small matter
Safety on the roadways is the subject of two news stories this week, one seeking to increase safety and another drawing attention to an area that may be in serious need of attention.

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

Around the Peninsula
Meet and greet fund-raiser slated Diabetes class set Beekeepers meeting planned Celtic program scheduled Tickets available for soup supper fund-raiser

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 Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

The lunch menu for the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center was listed incorrectly in Tuesday's Peninsula Clarion.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

Kenai ready for tourney
The Kenai Golf Course welcomes Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship golfers for four days of competition. Thursday and Friday the pros will play with amateurs in a relaxed format. Saturday and Sunday the pros put their best games together to play each other while the amateurs do the same in their divisions.

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.

Sports Briefs
SoHi volleyball tryouts begin Monday

Calling all Kenai volleyball players
There will be a parents meeting for the Kenai Central High School volleyball team at 10 a.m. Saturday in the small theater at the high school. Paperwork will be issued at the meeting, but athletes should already have their physicals completed at the time of the meeting. Tryouts for the squad will start Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Jason Diorec at 283-0560.

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

Roethlisberger signs with Steelers; Cowher, Parcells roughed up
Ben Roethlisberger got the quarterback premium he wanted from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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.

U.S. stunned by Italy
COLOGNE, Germany The U.S. men's Olympic team did more than merely lose. It was embarrassed and exposed in its most lopsided defeat since adding NBA players in 1992.

Still gnarly after all these years
LOS ANGELES They are ancient by their sports' standards, flipping and swooping and surviving bone-crunching falls in a world that worships the young.

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