Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Koskie keeps Twins at the top
CLEVELAND Corey Koskie hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins overcame a two-run deficit to beat Cleveland 4-2 on Sunday and prevent the Indians from pulling within a percentage point of the AL Central lead.

Red Sox lefty lineup works vs. Blue Jays
BOSTON Kevin Millar and Orlando Cabrera each drove in two runs, and former Gold Glove first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz made his first career start at second base in the Boston Red Sox's 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Pujols powers Cardinals to win
ST. LOUIS Albert Pujols homered for the fifth time in four games and tied his career high with five RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

During the past few months I have received many special gifts from some of my senior citizens that I have known for several years here in Alaska. I have always believed we have certain inherited community obligations no matter where you live and especially here in Alaska. These obligations are simple and really don't require a whole lot of special effort or money if you start teaching yourself and others a few very important things to remember.

Sterling Highway applies for new Byway designation...
It takes more than beautiful scenery, wildlife, and tourist attractions for a highway to receive a National Byway designation, according to Nancy Casey, of Casey Planning & Design.

New Cannettic Dance Academy opens at EDD...
Kenai Economic Development District's (EDD) incubator program is spawning another new business in the local area. The incubator program is designed to provide an opportunity for new entrepreneurs to launch their business with a minimal start up investment. The EDD assists with typical business systems and office equipment that helps get the operation underway until it is able to sustain an investment in its own facility at another location.

Kapp Honored at Business Management Forum
Ryan Kapp, a Soldotna investment representative for the financial-services firm Edward Jones, was one of 50 representatives honored at a business management forum in St. Louis, MO. The event was held June 28th, 29th and 30th.

Alaskan Balladeer named Rotary Paul Harris Fellow...
It's been quite a year for Alaska's official balladeer Hobo Jim Varsos. After returning from Afghanistan where he entertained American troops in the field, doing numerous local and statewide benefits, releasing a new CD, and donating his Willy boat to the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association for a raffle fundraiser, Hobo was surprised by a visit from a Russian dignitary recently during one of Hobo's regular shows at BJ's in Soldotna.

Kenai Landing open & growing...
The renovation of Kenai Landing as a tourist destination and community center has taken its first step into reality. According to John Faulkner, one of the owners of the newly opened establishment, the floating dock has been opened for public access, along with the new Sockeyes Restaurant, lodging facilities, and 8 to 10 stores featuring local art & crafts.

Mike Milligan
My state Senate District R has provided wealth for the human inhabitants here long before the Great Pyramids were built. Rail lines started in Seward helped to develop the state. New fisheries developed in Homer and Kodiak drove economies there and further west. The Navy and Coast Guard conducted daily operations in some of the worst conditions on earth.

Jerry Ward
As I go about my campaign for state Senate, many people have asked me "Why do you want to be elected?" "Why put up with all of the negative stuff?" This is my chance to let everyone know what motivates me.

Michael Yourkowski
I spent three days recently glued to the radio on my boat. I had been skippering the F/V Kittiwake II off the Afognak and Shuyak islands for two days, when the F/V Provision hit a rock on the north side of Long Island and sank. As I listened, the Coast Guard rushed to scene to help the troubled boat. The next day I listened as a similar fate befell the F/V Mitkof. This time another fishing vessel helped the Coast Guard in its rescue mission.

Tom Wagoner
I don't have $140,000 personal money to dump into a Senate campaign, so I have had to sit back and listen to one of my opponents viciously attack me and I'm going to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

Scott Hamann
I feel that I am the best candidate for the Senate seat because I am a straight-up man whose "yes" is "yes" and whose "no" is "no." I don't give people a song and dance and tell you only the things you want to hear.

Senate Q race candidates agree on issues; experience may factor
Holding down the cost of government, opposing new taxes and defending the Alaska Permanent Fund against all comers appear to be the central themes of this year's three-candidate Republican Party primary race for the Senate District Q seat.

NOW PLAYING: Alien vs. Predator
I suppose a critic has to maintain a bit of decorum, of taste. When writing a review, one should maintain an aloof posture, judging each film on its merits, being never swa

Kenai can be proud of its young gentlemen at KCHS
I have never written a letter to the editor before, so bear with me. I was recently playing the Kenai Chrysler Open golf tournament at the Kenai Golf Course for the third time. Another golf professional friend and I started coming to the tournament as an excuse to go fishing. Needless to say the fishing is great, but we haven't brought rods up since the first year. We had so much fun at the tournament, with the dinners, long drive championship and such that we couldn't find time to fish. And for my fishing buddy Curt, that is something.

Key issue in U.S. Senate race: high price of prescription drugs
Why do Americans pay higher prescription drug prices than anyone else in the world while the pharmaceutical companies sell the same drugs at lower costs abroad? And why won't Congress pass legislation to allow Americans to buy these drugs at the price they are sold to foreigners?

Ward's action keeps saving Nikiski Fire Department money
Somebody asked the other day: What has Jerry Ward done while he was in office?

More than talk needed
Candidates for public office are elected to represent the citizens of our state and local areas. Those that lie and deceive cannot have our trust. I found Jerry Ward truthful and also caring about all the citizens of our great state; not just talking, but doing, preserving our PFD. I know because I was there.

Candidates should be free to spend their own money
Reference to letters from Sen. Wagoner and Richard Hahn (Aug. 5) and Wagoner's daughter (Aug. 6), I ask you: How do you spend your money?

Seahawks sink Sitka Saturday
Behind a combined 165 yards rushing from Jason Weber and Jake Wilder, the Seward Seahawks earned a 36-7 win over visiting Sitka in Greatland Conference action Saturday.

Stewart hangs on
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. Tony Stewart knew he was in trouble shortly after the start of the race, but overcame an upset stomach to win Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

HEA seeks to up debt cap
Homer Electric Association has launched an education campaign to encourage its electricity customers to approve in-creasing the amount the co-op can borrow to $450 million.

Help for district budget wanted
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking community members to help plan for the 2005-06 school year.

Learning tricky behavior
Forget the cliche, "You can't teach an old dog a new trick." A new class taught through the Peninsula Dog Obedience Group is out to prove any dog can be taught a trick with a few clicks.

Doctor delivers holistic message
A world renowned neurosurgeon and expert in pain management told more than 50 people at Kenai Peninsula College on Thursday evening that he plans to treat 100,000 patients each year for 10 years in hopes of selling his ideas to the medical profession.

Soldotna economy healthy
Soldotna city officials say preliminary indications show the economic health is good and getting better in the city.

3 fires burn on Kenai Peninsula
The Homer Fire Department and the Alaska Division of Forestry worked to contain a forest fire near Homer on Monday afternoon while two other fires were being monitored on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula.

Democrats contend to face Gary Stevens
A pair of Democrats will face off in the Aug. 24 primary election, vying to represent their party in the Nov. 2 general election that would pit the winner against incumbent Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak.

Jurors discarded prosecution theory early
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jurors considering murder charges against a Kenai man decided almost immediately after they got the case that he was not watching a DVD movie in his truck when he got in a fatal wreck.

Assembly plans for busy night
Unable to complete their agenda at the Aug. 3 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will have a full plate Tuesday night that could make for a long night as members wrestle with a list of unfinished business, discuss several new measures set for introduction and conduct three public hearings.

Herdis W. 'Bill' Allison
Longtime Nikiski resident Herdis W. "Bill" Allison died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, of natural causes at his home in Nikiski. He was 61.

Earl M. Simonds
Ninilchik resident Earl M. Simonds died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at his home. He was 92.

David P. Robertson
Lifelong Alaskan David P. Robertson of Sterling died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, after a battle with cancer at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 48.

Sheldon T. Cheeks
Longtime Kasilof resident Sheldon T. Cheeks died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, from injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident in Kasilof. He was 45.

Puerto Rico humiliates USA
ATHENS, Greece Their shots clanged off the rim, smacked the side of the backboard or missed completely. Their best player stared at the floor helplessly as the ball squirted between his legs and rolled away.

He set himself up for a fall
He set himself up for the fall. So maybe it doesn't matter now that Michael Phelps jumped into the pool Monday night with eyes wide open, that a kid who turned 19 only two months ago took his defeat like a man, or even that he risked $1 million just to find out if he could go faster than he ever had before.

Phelps takes bronze in 200 freestyle
ATHENS, Greece Michael Phelps' quest for seven gold medals ended after just three events, when he had to settle for another bronze Monday night in the most anticipated race at the Olympic pool the head-to-head showdown with Australia's Ian Thorpe in the 200-meter freestyle.

No crowds, no buzz, not much fun at Athens Games
Something's missing from the Athens Olympics the intangible, critical buzz that makes the Summer Games special.

Electorate voting does give individuals voices
The United States doesn't hold a popular vote for president. It holds 50 of them. In each of the 50 states, the winner of the popular vote wins all of that state's electoral votes. But some Democrats are trying to change that in Colorado so that a presidential candidate would get only a proportion of the state's electoral votes based on the ratio of popular votes he or she received.

Thinking the unthinkable
Since December 1990, the Prince William Sound tanker drill has been an annual event. Broad-scale or focused, each drill brings improved response capability. During drills, federal, state, industry and local community players hone skills in communication, coordination, response operation and logistics support.

Statistics show caution behind wheel necessary
The story seems quite positive. ''Seat belts credited with drop in deaths,'' reads the headline. The story, from The New York Times, reports on the release of U.S. Department of Transportation statistics that show fewer people died in motor-vehicle accidents in 2003 than in the preceding year. A decline hadn't been seen for six years.

Politics may be battleground, but decorum not 'out'
Teresa Heinz Kerry may not have reacted ideally to hecklers along the campaign trail, but it's the hecklers who ought to be apologizing.

Photo feature: Coasting
Justin Moore takes a solo ride through the Kenai Mountains on the Resurrection Pass Trail earlier this month. The 38-mile route goes north from the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing to Hope.

Peninsula people
Area students named to deans list Area students awarded scholarships Krein graduates college with distinction

Landscaping awards
Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, owned by Dr. Jim Delker and landscaped by Pam Mersch, was selected as the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's Beautiful Business of the Week.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai River group to meet Social Security reps to visit area Barbecue fund-raiser planned Tickets available for soup supper fund-raiser Volunteers needed for auction

Community News
Schools offer open houses, registration events Host families needed Aviation scholarships available

JulieAnn Marie Nye Jade Elliece Becherer Favio Barry Creighton Audrey Taylor Thorpe

Around the Peninsula
Phone card donations soughtCPHC to hold board meetingKPC plans one day closureAsthma care training offeredCraft, bake sale fund-raiser plannedWRCC fund-raiser set

Vijay gets PGA victory
HAVEN, Wis. The only birdie Vijay Singh made all day was the only one that mattered.

McGahee's knee gets up to speed
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. This is what everyone was waiting for from Willis McGahee.

NFL: Teams must be specific about injuries
NEW YORK The NFL told its coaches Monday that they must be more specific than they have been in reporting injuries to players, saying the current wording of the policy ''invites action that runs counter to our intent.''

Haas, Cink picked to fill out U.S. Ryder Cup team roster
MILWAUKEE Jay Haas passed up easy money on the 50-and-older Champions Tour for a chance to play for free in the Ryder Cup.

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