Sunday, August 8, 2004

Maddux gets 300th victory
SAN FRANCISCO Greg Maddux has always been a man of little fanfare, so that's exactly how he handled his 300th win with a quiet step into history.

Hernandez continues comeback
NEW YORK Orlando Hernandez won his fourth straight decision in a remarkable comeback, and the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 on Saturday.

Senate candidate Ward presents his take on House Bill 11, taxes
In a recent letter to the Clarion, my opponent for the Republican nomination for state Senate, Tom Wagoner, stated "as far as the permanent fund and House Bill 11 go, let's be real clear: HB 11 did not take one dollar out of the permanent fund."

Power outage affects thousands in Soldotna
Dinner was probably a little late getting to many Soldotna families' tables Friday due to a nearly 30-minute power outage that happened about 4:30 p.m.

Fireweed tale easy to digest
The vibrant magenta blooms of the fireweed plant are creeping ever closer to the top of its stem. It is nature's way of reminding Alaskans that autumn is coming.

Borough tax exemption for builders a little-known fact
Building projects are often costly affairs, whether they're as small as a deck or as big as a house. Most folks would welcome any approach that would save them money.

Peaceful demonstration draws politicians
Between 50 and 100 Kenai Peninsula residents eager to see a change in the state's subsistence fishing rules staged a peaceful protest Saturday afternoon on a Cook Inlet beach just south of the Kenai River.

Voters could expand CES service area
Residents of Funny River and their counterparts living in the Kasilof, Clam Gulch and Cohoe areas will get the chance to vote this fall whether to expand the Central Emergency Services Area to include their communities.

R.B. Dillard Nash
Former Alaska resident R.B. Dillard Nash of Rogers, Ark., died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at his home. He was 72.

Martha Rose (Goodwin) Hurley
Kenai resident Martha Rose (Goodwin) Hurley died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, in Alaska. She was 67.

State missing opportunities by not keeping young adults here
I have no friends left. OK, that's not entirely true. Although they might not admit it, I know one or two people around town who I consider to be more than grocery-store-hello acquaintances. But not many.

Some election factors just can't be controlled
WASHINGTON With the race so tight, the presidential election could turn on events beyond the control of either candidate: a terrorist attack on American soil, a setback in Iraq, a further surge in oil prices or other economic calamity.

Are you prepared if volcano erupts?
Mount Spurr is rumbling. While the increase in earthquake activity beneath the summit of the volcano does not mean an eruption is imminent, it should raise two questions in every Kenai Peninsula resident's mind: Do I know what to do in the event of an eruption? Am I prepared for such an eruption?

For bereaved parents, having another child can help fill emptiness
NEW YORK Brooke Oglesby was 7 when she drowned in a hot tub. So was Brian Ruby when he died of leukemia. Wade Edwards was 16 when he was killed eight years ago in an auto accident.

Around the Peninsula
Bingo, dinner fund-raiser setBlood drive slatedSoHi swim, diving team begins practiceNominating petitions availableSocial Security reps to visit areaFox Island cruise fund-raiser setVolunteers needed for auction

Crime Stoppers
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in two recent thefts in Kenai.

New specialty plates head to Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) For years, Washington motorists have enjoyed zany vanity license plates or plates featuring their favorite state college. Soon they'll have more choices of specialized plates.

School Board OKs surfing as a high school sport in Hawaii
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) The Hawaii Board of Education has unanimously approved surfing as an official high school sport in the Islands.

Mason, Panamaroff marry in May
Kelly Mason and Jon Panamaroff of Spokane, Wash., were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, May 1, 2004, at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane. Father Ignatius Ohno officiated.

Summer for tractor launch operators means day after day at the beach
For the young men and women who work at one of the state's most unique jobs, life is literally a day at the beach.

Runte, Poe plan ceremony
Jennifer Mary Runte and Scott Dennis Poe of Sacramento, Calif., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, in El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Japan pampers pets as birthrate drops
TOKYO Camera poised, Tomoaki Kasuga peers eagerly forward as Coco takes her first swimming lesson. When she successfully catches a tennis ball and swims toward him, Kasuga's nervous face melts into a broad smile.

My best friend
Mark Howell of Kenai and his dog Shotgun can hardly wait for football season to begin to watch their favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Mom's To Die For Baked Beans

Elway, Sanders, Eller, Brown get Hall call
CANTON, Ohio John Elway fearlessly stared down opponents and the clock in the final minutes of games. Yet the prospect of election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame made him sweat.

Sprinter Edwards faces 2-year suspension
GIORGIOUPOLI, Greece (AP) Barring a successful appeal, sprinter Torri Edwards will be suspended for at least two years for taking a banned stimulant, knocking her out of the Olympics and perhaps giving Marion Jones a chance to defend her gold medal in the 100 meters.

Jarvis leads Chrysler field
Norm Jarvis is happy with how his game is coming along.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold city raceKenai starts swim practice TuesdayNikiski volleyball tryouts start MondaySoHi volleyball tryouts begin MondaySkyview volleyball tryouts start MondayAnother Mears wins Indy poleAgassi, Hewitt reach Masters finalMauresmo reaches Rogers Cup finalWalker traded to CardinalsLakers trade Payton to Boston

Cardinals' Shipp won't set sail in opener due to broken leg
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. Arizona Cardinals running back Marcel Shipp, the team's leading rusher last season, will miss at least eight weeks with a broken left leg.

IOC delays relay ruling
ATHENS, Greece (AP) The International Olympic Committee delayed ruling Saturday on whether to strip the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team of gold medals from the Sydney Games, prompting criticism from a track official who said it was ''not a good message'' in the fight against doping.

Brown struggles to connect with team
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro Larry Brown's face turned redder and redder as he lamented the demise of American basketball, the disinterest of Gen X and the dangers of overconfidence.

IOC suspends Bulgarian member
ATHENS, Greece (AP) Pursuing a ''zero tolerance'' policy against corruption, the IOC suspended a senior Bulgarian sports official accused of misconduct Saturday and revoked his credentials for the Athens Olympics.

Homestead on the range
Visitors to the town of Funny River may soon start trading in their fly rods and hip waders for nine irons and golf spikes.

Coughlin goes for five golds
LONG BEACH, Calif. Natalie Coughlin is taking a low-profile approach to her first Olympics. Once given equal billing with Michael Phelps in the pursuit of multiple gold medals, Coughlin will swim just two individual events in Athens. She hopes to be placed on three relays, giving her a chance to win five medals.

Old meets new at Olympics
ATHENS, Greece A seat halfway up the tightly curved end of Athens' old, horseshoe-shaped marble stadium offers a rare vantage point of the first modern Olympics 108 years ago.

Will Whistling Straits put golf's best in dire straits?
HAVEN, Wis. Six years ago at menacing Blackwolf Run in neighboring Kohler, Nancy Lopez and her playing partners approached the 18th green at the U.S. Women's Open waving white towels from their putters.

Struggling DiMarco falls into tie for International lead
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. Chris DiMarco had eight bogeys and only three birdies in the third round Saturday to drop into a tie for the lead with Rod Pampling in The International, setting up what could be a wild finish.

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