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Monday, August 9, 2004

Blue Jays part ways with Tosca
NEW YORK Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi had seen enough.

A's outlast Twins
MINNEAPOLIS Jermaine Dye hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 18th inning, and the Athletics held on for the win in a game that lasted 4 hours, 57 minutes.

Blue Jays part ways with Tosca
NEW YORK Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi had seen enough.

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.

Rockies pitcher allows 11 runs
DENVER Wily Mo Pena homered and had a career-high five RBIs before leaving in the sixth inning with cramps and dehydration in the Reds' victory.

A's outlast Twins
MINNEAPOLIS Jermaine Dye hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 18th inning, and the Athletics held on for the win in a game that lasted 4 hours, 57 minutes.

Rockies pitcher allows 11 runs
DENVER Wily Mo Pena homered and had a career-high five RBIs before leaving in the sixth inning with cramps and dehydration in the Reds' victory.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Collateral
Though I make it sound kind of silly, Michael Mann's Collateral is anything but. It's a deadly serious bout of verbal sparring between two accomplished actors disguised as an action-thriller. And, as in most of Michael Mann's work, it's brilliantly executed. Cruise plays Vincent, a killer for hire with a busy schedule. Five appointments in one night requires a driver with an intimate knowledge of the L.A. highways and bi-ways. Jamie Foxx is Max, just such a cabbie, and when Vincent hires his taxi for the night, things start to heat up fast. Things are only complicated when a local LAPD detective starts noticing a pattern in the rapidly increasing number of bodies streaming into the L.A. morgue.

NOW PLAYING: Collateral
I must admit, I am an unabashed Tom Cruise fan. I know, I know, a real critic should be disdainful of the movie stars and only admire real actors, performers who don't sully their craft by actually making a profit. But I've always loved Cruise.

Visitors appreciate act of sportsmanship on river
This is a letter I sent to Steve McClure, president of the KRPGA:

Citzen's right to vote key to democracy
One of the most important rights of each citizen is to vote. This is when each person is equal to anyone. I teach my fifth-grade class this every year. Democracy lives and breathes through each and every one of us.

Visitors appreciate act of sportsmanship on river
On July 22, fishing on the Kenai River at Beaver Creek, with our guide David Fandel, we were back bouncing. We had a 10-year-old boy on board and he hooked a nice king salmon. There were boats all around us and not much room to play the fish. The boat closest to ours was guided by Randy Berg. When the boy hooked the king, Randy, without hesitation, cut the lines of the rods in his boat that were on the same side as the boys' rod and moved his boat out of the way.

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."

Soldotna Little Leaguers earn title, compliments
My name is David Gemmell, district administrator to Alaska District 1, and I would like to post the following comment from the president of North Pole Little League. He hosted the Alaska State Championship for 9- and 10-year-old baseball.

WWII veteran appreciates support at Soldotna parade
I wish to congratulate all the people that participated in the Soldotna Progress Days Parade and to the people that came out to observe it. It was a wonderful display of unity of our community.

Gordon at home in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS Jeff Gordon couldn't wait to kiss the bricks Sunday after matching his heroes with a fourth victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Gordon at home in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS Jeff Gordon couldn't wait to kiss the bricks Sunday after matching his heroes with a fourth victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Things are looking up at Kenai Municipal Airport.
According to airport manager Rebecca Cronkhite, a combination of improvements to the airport terminal and increased passenger numbers has her excited about the facility's future.

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.

Second Homer man arrested on murder charges
A 28-year-old Homer man was shot and killed Saturday evening by a man he met earlier in the day.

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.

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.

Mendenhall River carves a new course
The retreating Mendenhall Glacier is creating potential hazards for users of a popular trail and threatening the water level of the nearby airplane float pond.

Grants will help improve terminal
Things are looking up at Kenai Municipal Airport.

Suspect identified in area jewelry heists
Soldotna police and Alaska State Troopers have identified a suspect in four recent jewelry store break-ins in Soldotna and Sterling.

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.

Suspect identified in area jewelry heists
Soldotna police and Alaska State Troopers have identified a suspect in four recent jewelry store break-ins in Soldotna and Sterling.

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.

Making the rounds
A carousel reflecting Alaska's wildlife is open for business along the Sterling Highway on the outskirts of Soldotna. The amusement ride features a moose, caribou, walrus, bear and fish carved by Kenai Peninsula woodcarvers

Borough introduces ordinances
Ordinances approving funds for roads, utilities and a natural gas line special assessment district were among several pieces of legislation introduced by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting last Tuesday.

Making the rounds
A carousel reflecting Alaska's wildlife is open for business along the Sterling Highway on the outskirts of Soldotna. The amusement ride features a moose, caribou, walrus, bear and fish carved by Kenai Peninsula woodcarvers Scott Hansen, John Iverson and Billy Meyer, and Scott Thompson of Anchorage. Wildlife scenes were painted by Thompson, and decorative graphics were done by Anna Decker. The steel carousel chassis was made by Mackey Lakes welders Alvin and Earl Pierce.

Second Homer man arrested on murder charges
A 28-year-old Homer man was shot and killed Saturday evening by a man he met earlier in the day.

Borough introduces ordinances
Ordinances approving funds for roads, utilities and a natural gas line special assessment district were among several pieces of legislation introduced by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting last Tuesday.

Mendenhall River carves a new course
The retreating Mendenhall Glacier is creating potential hazards for users of a popular trail and threatening the water level of the nearby airplane float pond.

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

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.

George Lee Spence
Soldotna resident George Lee Spence died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at his sister's home in Soldotna. He was 72.

George Lee Spence
Soldotna resident George Lee Spence died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at his sister's home in Soldotna. He was 72.

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.

Naming names in terror threat marks step forward for U.S What others say
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge issued a new terror alert last weekend, but this one was significantly different from those that have preceded it.

Naming names in terror threat marks step forward for U.S
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge issued a new terror alert last weekend, but this one was significantly different from those that have preceded it.

Incumbency proves powerful under threat
WASHINGTON The war on terrorism is a dominant issue in the campaign for the White House and has been one of President Bush's strongest issues. By acting quickly on a proposed intelligence overhaul, he signaled a determination to protect that advantage.

Incumbency proves powerful under threat
WASHINGTON The war on terrorism is a dominant issue in the campaign for the White House and has been one of President Bush's strongest issues. By acting quickly on a proposed intelligence overhaul, he signaled a determination to protect that advantage.

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?

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.

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.

Community News
Kenai Public Health offers immunizationsWatershed forum plans August eventsRefuge hosts new films, nature walksKHLT summer programs continueWRCC fund-raiser slatedFamily law self-help services availableAffordable helmets available

Landscaping Awards
Bob and Melody Lee's home on Cook Avenue was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Peninsula People
Garden gawkers Kent named to deans list Area students graduate Kenai woman graduates with honors Skyview grad completes basic training Former resident writes fantasy novel

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.

Births
Pamela Merry and Wade BeardDeborah Davis Presley and Sean PresleyMelody Choat Tucker and Johnathan Tucker

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.

Landscaping Awards
Bob and Melody Lee's home on Cook Avenue was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Peninsula People
Garden gawkersKent named to dean's listArea students graduateKenai woman graduates with honorsSkyview grad completes basic trainingFormer resident writes fantasy novel

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
Child care course offeredHealth services collaborative to meetPFLAG to meetSMS registration slatedHead Start accepting applications

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.

Births
Grizzly Thomas Beard Marek Howard Isaiah Presley Lucille Anne Tucker

Community News
Soldotna Little League Kenai Public Health offers immunizations Watershed forum plans August events Refuge hosts new films, nature walks KHLT summer programs continue WRCC fund-raiser slated Family law self-help services available Affordable helmets available

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Pampling takes International title
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. Holeouts, eagles and strings of birdies typically decide The International.

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.

Major trouble
As legend has it, no professional golfer has ever broken 80 in his first round at the Kenai Golf Course. Some have had trouble ever doing it.

USA basketball picks up two wins
ISTANBUL, Turkey One week before its opener at the Athens Games, the U.S. men's Olympic team took a step backward even though the Americans didn't quite see it that way.

Clutch chip leads to one-stroke victory, $7,400
At the Kenai Golf Course, you better know how to scramble.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elway, Eller, Sanders, Brown enter Hall
CANTON, Ohio John Elway surveyed the sea of Broncos blue and orange, heard the cheers, and offered his fans a tribute.

Elway, Eller, Sanders, Brown enter Hall
CANTON, Ohio John Elway surveyed the sea of Broncos blue and orange, heard the cheers, and offered his fans a tribute.

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