Wednesday, August 11, 2004

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.

Red-hot Cardinals nip Marlins in 10th
MIAMI Albert Pujols ended Josh Beckett's no-hit bid with a sixth-inning homer, and Jim Edmonds homered on the first pitch in the 10th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 2-1 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

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.

Rangers' Drese befuddles Yanks
ARLINGTON, Texas Ryan Drese pitched seven shutout innings and former Yankee Alfonso Soriano doubled twice and scored three times, leading the Texas Rangers over New York 7-1 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Citizens should know outcome of Richard Reid sentencing
Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?

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."

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:

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.

NASCAR Notes - NASCAR to outline Victory Lane procedures
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. NASCAR is so determined to make good on its sponsorship commitments it will lay out specific rules for post-race procedures.

Ken Francis: The quiet crew chief
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Ken Francis' eyes are usually hidden under the bill of his Dodge cap and his voice is easily lost among the normal garage area chatter. No matter, Francis wasn't hired as Jeremy Mayfield's crew chief to be a cheerleader.

This Week: Sirius at the Glen
(Race No. 22 of 36)

Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. Kasey Kahne, a rookie on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, finished fourth last week at Indianapolis and moved just 31 points from the top 10. That's important because the next five races will determine the 10 qualifiers for the Chase for the Championship.

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 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.

Candidates speak out
District Q candidates vying for a seat in the Alaska Senate faced questions about government spending, road projects, the influence of special interests and more from a packed room at Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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.

Moose road kills on peninsula higher than most years
A higher number of moose than usual were killed this year on the roads and highways of the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Not guilty
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.

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.

Helena Stepowy
Soldotna resident Helena Stepowy died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at her home in Soldotna. She was 80.

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

U.S. women set to kick off Olympics
IRAKLION, Greece At the end of a workout under a searing sun at an old Greek stadium, captain Julie Foudy gathered the U.S. women's soccer team in a midfield huddle.

Bombs don't stop Team USA
ISTANBUL, Turkey After awakening to news of bombings in this ancient city, the U.S. Olympic basketball team decided to play on.

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.

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.

Free speech too important to slight with trivial lawsuits
James Madison no doubt would be astonished, and quite dismayed, if he were somehow to come back to life and discover how his famous doctrine of free speech had been perverted.

Honoring a memory
The following remarks were made by Kenai Police Chief Chuck Kopp on July 22, as the Kenai Police Department was dedicated to the memory of Kenai Officer John Watson, who was killed Christmas Day in the line of duty.

Around the Peninsula
Grief support group to meet Airport commission meeting slated Fishing tourney planned Kenai River working group to meet Locker combinations available Clam digging fund-raiser set

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

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

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

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

Chrysler event gets sun
It was another wonderful weekend of warm, su

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

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

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.

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.

Glavine loses two teeth in taxi wreck
NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Tom Glavine lost his two front upper teeth in an automobile accident Tuesday while going from LaGuardia Airport to nearby Shea Stadium in a taxicab.

Brown signs with Tampa Bay
Tim Brown was reunited with Jon Gruden on Tuesday when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joining the man who coached him in Oakland for four seasons.

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