Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Martinez announces retirement
SEATTLE Two-time AL batting champion Edgar Martinez announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the season, ending his 18-year career with the Seattle Mariners as one of baseball's greatest designated hitters.

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.

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.

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.

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

Blue Jays snap skid by topping Yankees
NEW YORK Gabe Gross hit his first major league home run, Josh Towers took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won in John Gibbons' first game as manager, beating the New York Yankees 5-4 Monday to stop a five-game losing streak.

New Subway stop on K-Beach
Ten years ago Mike Northcutt and his father opened the first Subway on the Kenai Peninsula in Kenai, followed a year later by the Subway shop in Soldotna. Last October the Northcutt's purchased the Subway store in Homer, and a few weeks ago opened their new location on K-Beach Rd.

Jr. Miss Father & Son bike from Iowa to Alaska
It's a long way to ride a motorcycle from Iowa's Fields of Dreams to Soldotna's River of Dreams, but that is exactly what Iowa's Jr. Miss's Father and brother did last month following the National Jr. Miss competition in Mobile Alabama.

Over 100 take to the Unity Trail in 1st 10 Mile/5K Run/Walk
It was a perfect day for the first running of the 10Mile/5K Unity Trail Run/Walk, perhaps a little bit too perfect according to seasoned marathon runner Steve Stenga.

The American flag under glass
Brian Erwin of Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has created hundreds of unique frames for Alaskan originals and famous art, but framing a hand crocheted American flag recently was one of his most unique assignments.

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.

Company's support helps maintain community landmark
On behalf of the Greater Kenai Chamber of Commerce, we wish to express our appreciation to ConocoPhillips for its kind donation of assistance in the upgrading and renovating of the Chamber Log Cabin.

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.

Businesses help make middle school program successful
Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their generous support and contribution to Soldotna Middle School "Project Spartan" Gold Card Program:

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.

Item in 'North to Wolf Country' wrong about musk ox lawsuit
It's my understanding that the Peninsula Clarion recently published a review of a book written by James W. Brooks, former Alaska commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, entitled "North to Wolf Country."

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.

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.

Good works of church's young people recognized
There has been a trend in the last several years that our younger generation has gotten its recognition by doing the wrong things; the result being they are in trouble with their parents, the school system or the legal system. All this gets attention through the newspapers, radio, peer groups or legal system.

New KCHS reader board possible because of many
Anyone driving the Spur Highway, while passing Kenai Central High School cannot help but notice the new Kenai Central High School reader board. We are extremely proud of the new board and look forward to communicating with our school community through it. The reader board would not be possible without assistance from a variety of individuals and companies.

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.

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.

Unocal earnings reach record high
Unocal Corp. announced Aug. 2 that its preliminary net earnings for the second quarter of 2004 had reached a record high of $341 million.

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.

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.

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

Shooter feared robbery
A Homer man apparently was drunk Saturday night when he allegedly put a bullet through the left eye of a man he barely knew on a road outside of Homer.

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.

Petterson aquitted
A Kenai jury on Tuesday found Jamie Petterson not guilty of causing the deaths of an Anchorage couple in a 2002 fiery car crash on the Seward Highway.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Home spun
A spider web glistens in the morning sun Friday between the wooden supports of a guardrail at the Kenai River Bridge.

Petterson trial goes to jury
A packed Kenai courtroom listened Monday as attorneys in the Jamie Petterson murder trial presented final arguments before turning the case over to a jury of eight women and four men for deliberations.

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.

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

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.

Doris N. Wagoner
Doris N. Wagoner died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in Walla Walla, Wash., of a stroke. She was 87.

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.

Effort to preserve Alaska's voices, images worth noting
A group of Anchorage film and tape experts is making a laudable and continuing effort to collect moments of Alaska history that have been captured on film, video and audio tape.

Economy poses risk for Bush
WASHINGTON Soaring fuel prices and slowing job growth are presenting President Bush with a difficult choice: He can concede there are problems with his economic policies or insist the recovery is progressing and risk looking out of touch.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Beautification committee meeting canceledBeekeepers meeting plannedDepression seminar slatedSoroptimists plan golf tourneyWRCC to host annual runKPBA plan picnicTickets available for soup supper fund-raiser

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

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.

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

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Giants make moves
Giving second-round draft pick Chris Snee a starting job on the New York Giants' offensive line has been a move expected from new coach Tom Coughlin.

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.

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.

Campbell suffering from major trouble
HAVEN, Wis. Chad Campbell has a score to settle at the PGA Championship.

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.

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

Security has some problems
Big Brother is watching, and so far Athenians don't seem to mind.

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.

Teams play hall of shame game
CANTON, Ohio It was exhausting and exhilarating. And it was fun.

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

U.S. improves at catching cheats
ATHENS, Greece The United States' invigorated fight against drugs in sports has led to major anti-doping progress since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, officials said Monday, but a rash of positive tests on the eve of the Athens Games shows much work remains.

Sports Briefs
Borderline holds skate competitionU.S. sprinter test positive for marijuanaCoach: Edwards will appeal suspensionA Greek tragedyCowboys may seek money from CarterBurrell out for rest of seasonHorse racing Hall of Fame gets fuller

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