Thursday, August 5, 2004

Hafner leads Indians to victory
TORONTO Travis Hafner homered twice, went 4-for-5 and tied a career high with six RBIs, and the Cleveland Indians ended a four-game losing streak with a 14-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

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.

Braves hang on to beat Astros
HOUSTON John Thomson pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, Chipper Jones had a pair of RBI singles for Atlanta, and the Braves beat the Houston Astros 5-4 Wednesday for their 10th victory in 12 games.

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.

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.

Fathers look for more flexibility at work
NEW YORK When John Beatrice was a boy, his father quit his job with a big accounting firm and started his own business so he'd have more time with his family. Years later, Beatrice found himself in a similar situation, but with an important difference: A flexible work arrangement at Ernst & Young has allowed him to keep his job without sacrificing time with his kids.

Circle resort reopens after long closure
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Arctic Circle Hot Springs reopened after being closed for nearly two years because of a dip in tourism and a slowed economy.

Veronica's Coffee House expands in Kenai's Old Town neighborhood
From the outside, Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai looks remarkably like an enchanted cottage a lost traveler might happen upon in the woods in some fairy tale. Which is appropriate, considering many of the coffeehouse's customers discover the place by accident, while out for a stroll.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleClasses offered to nonprofit groups

Ralph Fiennes to play bad guy in 'Harry Potter' film
LOS ANGELES He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been named.

Thrilling play breaks historic stereotypes
In any play, the director is faced with certain challenges, including getting the cast to remember their lines and stage directions, finishing all the set building and decorating projects or at least getting them completed to the point where the audience won't know the difference and getting people to come see it.

Handsome book reveals Bering Sea secrets
Sea Grant's recent book, "The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands: Region of Wonders," offers readers a deluxe armchair cruise to one of the world's roughest and remotest places.

Art Briefs
Pottery on saleKids' art workshops plannedLogo contest announcedArt funding awards offered

Popular oddball talent portion no longer part of Miss America
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. One aspiring Miss America took her trained pigeons up on stage. But when a stage light blew, according to pageant lore, the surprised birds flew off stage, raining droppings on the audience.

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

Embryonic stem cell research not all it's touted to be
John Kerry and Ron Reagan have garnered cheers and headlines recently for criticizing the Bush administration for its limits on federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Those cheers and headlines, though, have been built on misinformation. One prominent scientist, in fact, D.G. McKay of the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke, has called the notion that embryonic stem cells will provide an antidote to Alzheimer's disease a "fairy tale."

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.

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.

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.

Knowles supporters should have spoken up sooner
Like most Alaskans, I applauded Tony Knowles when he declared he would oppose any outside ads on his behalf. And, like many Alaskans, I was extremely disappointed when Lisa Murkowski refused to make the same promise.

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.

Ward's personal campaign spending draws questions
I read with interest the article under the Peninsula Clarion's headline ("Ward spends big ...") on July 30-31, 2004, of Jerry Ward's averred campaign financing and planned spending to run for a state Senate seat.

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."

Wagoner wants record made clear
Let's clear the air from Jerry Ward's $130,000 smoke machine (Letters, Joan Szepanski, 8-4-04). First of all, if you have any questions about my record, call me at 283-4930. I'm not afraid to debate the issues or explain my votes.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fish and Game extends clam farm ban comment period
Fish and Game Commissioner Kevin Duffy has extended the deadline for public comments regarding a proposal to lift the 3-year-old ban on clam farms in the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat areas.

Photo feature: Stopping for a bite
A pair of greater yellowlegs scavenge the mud alongside Funny River on Wednesday afternoon. The birds spend their summers in southern Alaska and northern Canada and then winter in the southern states, the West Coast and Mexico.

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.

Council members vie for mayor seat
Two members of the Kenai City Council want to take the next step.

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

All but 8 borough schools pass adequate yearly progress test
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District made significant improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act's accountability standards this year, state officials announced Wednesday.

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.

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.

Petitioners must get signatures to see mayor question on ballot
It's going to be up to initiative petitioners and their ability to gather sufficient signatures to place the question of whether the Kenai Peninsula Borough should abandon 40 years of precedent and switch to a manager-run government on a future ballot.

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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.

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.

Heightened terror warnings draw suspicion, concern
It was easy to find officials at the Democratic convention last week who were darkly convinced that George Bush was about to spoil John Kerry's Boston party with a well-timed scene-stealer in the war on terror.

Around the Peninsula
Car wash fund-raiser todayMultiple sclerosis group to meetSoroptimists plan golf tourneyWRCC to host annual runFlag football slatedDonor appreciation day scheduled

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

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

Birch Ridge Report: Just right at Birch Ridge Golf Course
You probably won't believe this, but I've come to the conclusion that I am what you might call a "high maintenance" golfer. You see, the weather has to be just right.

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

Carter released by Cowboys, Brown cut by Raiders
In a shocking and unexpected development, Quincy Carter is no longer with the Dallas Cowboys after quarterbacking them to the playoffs last season.

'Whew!' sounds the same in any language
Whew! sounds the same in any language. On Wed-nesday, it was uttered by the 15 or so members of the U.S. men's Olympic team the second after Allen Iverson's desperation heave from just across midcourt fell through a basket in Cologne, Germany.

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.

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.

Athletes arrive in Greece
GEORGIOUPOLI, Greece A collection of bungalows provide a stunning view of the calm, aqua water of the Mediterranean softly lapping at the sand of the Pilot Beach Resort.

Team USA beats buzzer, Germany
COLOGNE, Germany Things are not looking good for the NBA stars on the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Alaska loses in championship gameRacing Lions hold motocross eventChugach Challenge to take place Aug. 14

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