Saturday, August 7, 2004

Prior back on right track for Cubs
DENVER Mark Prior pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in more than a month, and the Chicago Cubs won their fourth straight by completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 5-1 victory Thursday.

Brown ramps record to 9-1
NEW YORK Kevin Brown threw four-hit ball over eight shutout innings to beat Barry Zito, and newly signed John Olerud went 3-for-3 with a two-run double on his 36th birthday in the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Savers need new strategies as U.S. Treasury stops issuing Series HH Savings Bonds
NEW YORK (AP) For years, Americans who invested in U.S. Savings Bonds had a safe haven if they didn't want to cash in their maturing securities and pay taxes on their earnings the Series HH bonds.

College students increasingly become on-campus entrepreneurs
In between classes, working out at the gym and volunteering as a reserve police officer, Lance Larson spent five to six hours each night on his Web hosting business in his college dorm room.

Sarbanes-Oxley may be discouraging earnings manipulation
NEW YORK (AP) Are investors better off than they were two years ago?

Seeking silver
Anglers hoping to plant their feet, arch their backs and hold on to their rods with white knuckles as a silver bullet takes off with their lure will have to wait a few more days, but it won't be long now.

Crescent quest
The hiking trails of the Kenai Peninsula are like potato chips: It's tough to stop after just one.

Government pay increases should mean increased service
Great. Our "conservative" borough assembly just made government bigger by cutting their government brethren a fat pay raise. What are the chances they reform property tax by hitting up the untold millions in exempt property for their fair share? What are the chances they cover this new expense by making a leaner, more efficient government?

Murkowski's prescription drug policy fails to support veterans
If you think veterans deserve our respect and gratitude, and you think they should have a choice in both medical care and prescription drugs and not have to give up the option of VA care because a non-VA doctor filled out their prescription form, then let your feelings be known at the primary election.

Wagoner's daughter sets father's record straight
I know this is long, but please take the time to read this. This is the truth about Tom Wagoner's voting record. I read with interest the letter by Ms. Szepanski.

Huge campaign funds won't sway voter
Dear politicians,

Effort to beautiful city corner appreciated
Have you noticed the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Spruce Street in Kenai?

Harvick in need of great Brickyard race
INDIANAPOLIS As a kid growing up in the same hometown as Rick Mears, there was no bigger goal for Kevin Harvick than someday racing at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR confirms Mexico City race
NASCAR confirmed Thursday it is heading south of the border, bringing the Busch series into Mexico City next season for the first international points-paying event in over 50 years.

Kenai man formally charged in Tyonek murder
The 31-year-old Kenai man arrested in connection with a killing in a Beluga tavern July 26 was formally charged with first-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday.

4-H program up to old favorites, new tricks
An archer, a violinist and a book drive for people in Papua New Guinea have little in common other than the purpose of demonstrating that 4-H Club is more than just animals.

Driver denies DVD was on
As the defense wrapped up its case on Thursday, Jamie Petterson testified on his own behalf, telling the jury he was looking over to get his soda and that the DVD player in his pickup was not playing when his vehicle collided with another, killing an Anchorage couple in 2002.

Helmets now required attire
Children in Kenai soon will have to wear bicycle helmets or their parents may have to pay.

School board OKs top job contract
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday approved a continued three-year contract for Superintendent Donna Peterson.

Looking to lead? Seats open
Candidates, including a few incumbents, are beginning to line up to vie for borough and service area elected offices in the Oct. 5 municipal election, now just two months away.

Warren 'Russ' Bahl
Longtime Sterling resident Warren "Russ" Bahl died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at his home in Sterling. He was 60.

Letters should not contribute to dirty campaign season
Most citizens will tell you they don't like mud-slinging political campaigns. They want candidates to talk about the issues and what they will do if elected to office not what their opponent didn't do or won't do. They want to hear what candidates will support, not just what they oppose or what those currently in office have done wrong.

Borough, city seats way to get involved
Plenty of opportunity awaits those who want to make a difference in this place they call home.

First rock face-off
ANACORTES, Wash Where do you go next?

August days can start out looking like summer, end up more like fall
August on the Kenai Peninsula is bittersweet like strong coffee with a hint of chocolate, a mixed bag of goodies with a few sour apples thrown in, languid on the surface but with dangerous undercurrents.

Around the Peninsula
Lawn sale fund-raiser planned Refuge hosts new films, nature walks Sen. Murkowski to visit peninsula KCHS class reunion planned Farmers market open Saturdays Historical society to meet Motocross racing slated Vision workshop set

Meeting of U.S. Greek Orthodox fuels tension between laity and hierarchy
NEW YORK (AP) The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America approved new parish rules at its national Clergy-Laity Congress last week, angering lay people seeking more influence in how the denomination is governed.

Focus of Catholic sexual abuse suits now includes nuns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church has focused primarily on molestation by priests, but in Louisville, two dozen people are now suing an order of nuns that staffed an orphanage decades ago.

More Episcopal dioceses conducting blessing ceremonies for gay couples
A vote last year that seemed like a defeat for gays in the Episcopal Church has, in a twist, led to an increasing number of dioceses developing just what advocates wanted official services for same-sex unions.

Arkansas Catholics told to give up bingo
LITTLE ROCK (AP) The Roman Catholic bishop of Little Rock has outlawed bingo in his diocese to comply with state law that deems most forms of gambling illegal.

Study finds widespread inequities for women rabbis in Conservative Judaism
NEW YORK (AP) Women rabbis in the Conservative branch of Judaism earn less than their male counterparts and hold fewer top jobs in synagogues, according to a new study on gender equity.

Life's work can be spectacular when God's involved
The story is told of a mother who took her boy to a Paderewski concert, wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano.

King of Tonga dedicates Methodist church in Utah
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) Utah's United Methodists had a royal visit last week.

Pope, religious leaders criticizes attacks on churches in Iraq
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II said the attacks on five Roman Catholic churches in Iraq during worship services were deplorable and he offered his solidarity to faithful there.

Church Briefs
Sept. 11, 2001 survivor to speak here Xtreme Bible school slated Fall Bible study schedule announced Family worship offered Thursdays

Stupples fires 65 to lead Classic
SYLVANIA, Ohio Karen Stupples is playing with the confidence of a champion.

Championship event gets started Saturday
Pros and amateurs will get down to business when championship play begins at the Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship on Saturday and Sunday.

Skyview volleyball tryouts start Monday
Tryouts for the Skyview High School volleyball team will begin Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Skyview gym. A completed physical is required to participate, and any students entering grades nine through 12 are welcome to try out.

Why not let the NBA champions represent U.S. in Olympics?
Larry Brown has a problem, which means the NBA does, too. With less than two weeks left before the league's reputation goes up for grabs, too little of what the coach tells his dozen millionaires is getting through.

Sun, cigars and golf pro-am style
Sunshine, a couple cigars, a few laughs and 18 holes of free golf. Yep, the job of a sportswriter can be downright grueling at times.

Flutie hurt; Titans, Falcons scuffle
CARSON, Calif. Doug Flutie underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday morning and will miss about two weeks, one of the few injuries of his seemingly endless career.

Fighter pilots patrol Athens
TANAGRA, Greece Capt. Thanassis Gioules squeezed into the cockpit of his fighter jet at an air base near Athens on Thursday and prepped its weapons before taking off for combat patrol.

Team USA creams WNBA All-Stars
NEW YORK Despite an easy victory against the WNBA All-Stars, members of the U.S. Olympic team know they have some things to work on before the Athens Games.

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