Wednesday, August 18, 2004

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.

Red Sox win on Cabrera single
BOSTON Orlando Cabrera hit a run-scoring double off the Green Monster in the ninth inning on reliever Justin Speier's second pitch of the game, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Santos pitches Brewers to 3-1 victory over Cubs
MILWAUKEE Victor Santos pitched well into the seventh inning and won for the first time in a month, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Tuesday 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.

Outdoors
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kurt Olson - House District 33 Republican
Our family moved to this area in 1982. My wife, Barbara, and I thought that the central peninsula would be a great place to live and raise a family. We have two daughters, Madelyn and Valerie, and we still love the peninsula as much as we did when we first moved here. We have lived in Alaska since 1977.

Dave Richards - House District 33 Republican
My name is David Richards, I am a longtime resident of Soldotna and I am a candidate for the Legislature to represent the people of House District 33 in Juneau.

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.

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.

Ozzie Osborne - House District 33 Republican
I do not support POMV plan.

Hal Smalley - House District 33 Democrat
It's time to get off the roller coaster. For too many years, we have been going along for the ride on the "Oil Price Roller Coaster." This ride has not served the state of Alaska well. Our citizens and future generations pay dearly for this indulgence! We must get off and get going in order to:

Mel Krogseng
Alaska's past has been filled with economic booms and busts, but it doesn't have to be that way. Managed correctly, we have the necessary resources to provide a first-class education for our children, impart responsible resource development, ensure the public safety and maintain fiscal responsibility.

Service area boards draw contenders
Openings in a number of Kenai Peninsula Borough service area boards have drawn candidates from across the borough.

District 33 draws full slate of hopefuls
When Rep. Kelly Wolf announced earlier this summer that he would not seek re-election to the seat from House District 33, he opened the door for the quartet of Republican hopefuls seeking to replace him.

Candidates vie for local positions
The Oct. 5 Kenai Peninsula Borough election is shaping up to be a heated one with several last-minute candidates filing for seats in the final days.

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.

WRCC correct phone numbers announced
It was brought to my attention that the phone number for the Women's Resource and Crisis Center listed in the white pages of the Kenai Peninsula phone directory 2004-05 is incorrect. That listed number is the office of Dr. David Shoemaker.

Vote for Ward is vote for future
I believe a vote for Jerry Ward is a vote for Alaska's future! Jerry Ward is the only candidate who recognizes that state spending must be restrained to insure a bright future for our children. As an Alaska Native (Haida-Tlinget), I intend to stay in Alaska. Alaska's future is important for me and for my children. I believe Jerry Ward will protect the best interests of all Alaskans who intend to live their entire life in Alaska.

Hockey team fund-raisers, helpers send youth to Arizona
The Lynx hockey team would like to thank all the people who helped make our trip to the hockey tournament sin Arizona a huge success.

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.

Family appreciates kindness toward son in military
My family and I would like to express our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to all of those folks who supported our son, Ben Ruzicka, during his 15-month deployment to Iraq. Ben returned to Fort Polk, La., on July 8.

AWG Host Society appreciates support of business, volunteers
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, I want to thank the merchants and volunteers of the Kenai Peninsula for their contribution to our presence in the Kenai Fourth of July and Soldotna Progress Days parades.

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?

Thompson deserved more respect in talent contest
I am writing this letter in regards to a young man who sings like an angel: Justin Thompson. I had the pleasure of being in your town on the 15th of July and was able to enjoy the performance of folks in your talent show. I was moved beyond words at the performance from Justin. In my estimation, Justin was a class A act. He has talent, confidence, charisma and is so comfortable on stage.

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?

Churches, community make Habitat workers welcome
Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity recently had the pleasure of hosting a Global Village work team 19 individuals from across the country that came together to help build our area's 12th Habitat home.

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

Knowles will help seniors with reasonable drug costs
Tony Knowles has proven time and again that he has the experience and leadership to do right by Alaskans. He has worked hard for children, veterans and senior citizens and will continue to promote policies that will enhance our quality of life.

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.

In a summer haze
ANCHORAGE Alaska's spreading wildfires broke the 5 million-acre mark and were poised Tuesday to make the 2004 state wildfire season the worst ever recorded.

Kenai man killed in collision
An elderly man died of injuries early Tuesday morning after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a cement truck on the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Everett F. Hudson
Longtime Kenai and Soldotna resident Everett F. Hudson died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 61.

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.

William 'Bill' Clayton Bouwens Sr.
Anchorage resident William "Bill" Clayton Bouwens Sr. died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage after a battle with cancer. He was 80.

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.

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.

Silver lining for gymnasts
ATHENS, Greece The Americans settled for silver Tuesday night, finishing behind Romania, which won its second straight gold medal. Russia won the bronze.

U.S. crews advance to semifinals
SCHINIAS, Greece Oh, those brainy MIT guys. It just figures that a creative frat house party contest would launch an Olympic rowing career.

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.

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.

Drivers: Give moose a break throughout summer months, too
Moose are on the move around the state. The proof is in the recent accident listings of the Alaska State Troopers. It's proof, too, that it's time to work on those late-year driving skills.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
KPC plans one day closure Deadline for flag football registration today Senior housing design to be discussed Panthers potluck planned Schools plan back-to-school events Beautification day, barbecue slated Try-athalon planned

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

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.

Winslow makes big impression in first week with Cleveland
BEREA, Ohio Hot-tempered and outspoken, Kellen Winslow Jr. isn't toning it down just because he's a rookie.

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