Thursday, August 12, 2004

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.

Griffey to miss rest of season
CINCINNATI (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right hamstring, the latest setback in a long line of injuries for the All-Star outfielder.

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.

Yankees top Texas behind Jeter tater
ARLINGTON, Texas Derek Jeter hit a solo homer and Tanyon Sturtze pitched five strong innings in a spot start, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Phillies pitcher Wolf tops the Rockies
PHILADELPHIA Pitcher Randy Wolf homered twice, giving him three this season, and threw seven solid innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 15-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleEdward Jones representative honored

Do your boss a favor, call in sick
SYRACUSE, N.Y American workers should stop trying to be heroes and just stay home when they're sick it could be cheaper for their employers, according to a study.

Floral department manager can make showy bouquets
It's no exaggeration to say Carroll Knutson, the new manager of the floral department at Safeway in Soldotna, has designed flower arrangements that were picture perfect or, to be more precise, moving-picture perfect.

Fire retardant traces found in salmon
SEATTLE (AP) Traces of industrial-strength fire retardant have turned up in wild and farm-raised salmon around the world, a study released Tuesday said.

Performers stage first show at Old Town Playhouse
It's apropos for the Kenai Performers' first show in their new location to be a kids' performance, since the group hopes to grow into their new surrounding just like the youngsters are growing into accomplished actors.

Peninsula orchestra embarks on annual summer music fest
For all those who find it too difficult to squeeze a one-time-only concert performance into their busy weekend schedules, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival is for you. With two weeks full of performances at various times, days and locations, it's almost more difficult to avoid seeing a concert that it is making it to one.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Pottery on saleLogo contest announcedPoetry contest announcedFarmers' market offers arts, craftsArt funding awards offeredResource for artists announced

Up, up and away: Who can play the Man of Steel?
LOS ANGELES A powerful father from beyond the heavens sends his son on a fateful journey to Earth to become a savior for humanity.

Book offers attractive views of Denali aviation
Bruce McAllister offers a triple treat to book lovers. He is a good writer, a wonderful photographer and an expert on aviation history.

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?

Patience, support for Live Ride raises money for MDA
Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson and Buell would like to take the time to thank the residents and visitors to the peninsula for their patience concerning traffic delays on the Sterling Highway on July 31. The delays were due to the hosting of the sixth annual Live Ride. This event is held every year and raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Community members pitch in to consolidate schools
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nikiski community for all of its support through the consolidation process. Over the past 12 months, we have experienced the true meaning of community. Members of Nikiski have stepped up to support the consolidation of the two Nikiski elementary schools.

Vandalism shows disregard for youth efforts, story of hope
Last Saturday evening, the cast of The Nazi Chronicles gathered just outside Soldotna to have a picture taken in front of the sign advertising the play. This gathering of dedicated young people celebrated months of hard work on the part of actors, directors and countless others spanning from Sterling to Nikiski who cooperated to bring this important story to life.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Free flying
A lone gull wings its way above the Kenai River. The gull was one of a flock feeding on the remains of fish on the banks of the river early Friday morning near the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge.

Nikiski man killed in accident
A Nikiski man died Tuesday evening from serious head injuries sustained when he lost control of the four-wheeler he was riding in Kasilof, causing the vehicle to roll over.

Women race to bring awareness to domestic violence
This weekend, nearly 200 people are expected to turn out for the 17th annual Run for Women.

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.

State House candidates campaign in Kenai
Three of four Republicans hoping to win their party's nomination for the Alaska House seat from District 33 in the Aug. 24 primary, along with the lone Democrat the winner will face Nov. 2, presented their visions for the state's future Wednesday at a political forum presented by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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.

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

Dick Mommsen
Former Kenai homesteader Dick Mommsen died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Palmer following a long illness.

Searching for fairness in doping cases
Justice and fairness are sometimes lost in the worthy pursuit of drug-free Olympics.

U.S. women defeat Greece
IRAKLION, Greece The goal was classic Mia. Her assist was even better and a lot more fun to watch.

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.

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.

U.S. Olympic wrestlers faced rough road
ATHENS, Greece America's first four female wrestlers at the Olympics are linked by a shared resiliency and a stubborn commitment to compete in a sport that hasn't exactly welcomed them.

Opinions mixed on plan to appoint new 'terror czar'
First of all, let's stop calling it a czar.

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
SMS registration slatedKenai Public Health Clinic offers immunizationsInterfaith shelter meeting plannedMultiple sclerosis group to meetDepression seminar slatedTriathlon slatedRedoubt plans open houseFlag football slatedDonor appreciation event scheduledPublic comment on aquatic farming extended

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

Giants pick Warner over Manning for now
Kurt Warner will start ahead of Eli Manning in the New York Giants exhibition opener.

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

Sports Briefs
Gavenus, Peters win runMets place Piazza on 15-day disabled listGiambi eager to return to Yankees

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.

Bryant prosecutors ask judge for delay in case
DENVER Prosecutors have asked the judge in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case to put the trial on hold indefinitely, saying courthouse gaffes have crippled the chances of seating an unbiased jury and suggesting the accuser is not ready to testify against the NBA star.

Birch Ridge Report: Golf's quick learners
In 1885, a gentleman by the name of John M. Fox took a trip to Scotland. Of his many souvenirs, there was one he freely offered to his friends back home the game of golf. By 1886, the first Amateur Golf Championship tourna

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