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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Padres edge past Marlins
MIAMI — Miguel Olivo tripled and Mark Loretta doubled in a three-run sixth inning and San Diego beat Florida 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Beltran decides against surgery
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran decided Tuesday he would not have surgery to repair a minimally displaced facial fracture he got last week in a violent outfield collision with New York Mets teammate Mike Cameron.

Willis earns fifth shutout for Marlins
MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis pitched a five-hitter for his fifth shutout this season, and the Florida Marlins shook a hitting slump to beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 Wednesday.

Royal pain: K.C. drops 18th straight
SEATTLE — The Kansas City Royals lost their club-record 18th straight game, moving within three of matching the longest skid in American League history by falling 11-5 to the last-place Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Tye comes to Kenai Business contest running

From the bookshelf
Death reminds us how precious life is, but seldom consorts with happiness. Yet Heather Lende finds her job as a writer of obituaries a vital part of the life she has come to love.

Worked up ... to let loose
After many months of preparation, people involved in putting on the Kenai Peninsula State Fair are ready to unwind, and they hope fellow peninsula residents join them.

Art Briefs
Sing contest winners announced Writers' group to meet Comedy auditions slated Storytellers wanted Art workshops offered Watercolor workshops planned Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Rasmuson awards open for application Editors Day scheduled in September Art raffle to benefit firefighters under way Artists in Schools open for applications

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Reader questions logic of river decisions, actions
An open letter to Fish and Game Director Kelly Heppler: While guiding on the Kenai River this year, I have had plenty of time to reflect back on some of the stupid decisions-laws the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has made.

State needs right enforcement when it comes to fish, wildlife
I just finished reading the story about the Swiss snaggers, which I thought was well done, and I agree wholeheartedly with Trooper Dan Dahl, that something needs to be done to curtail this type of behavior on the Kenai Peninsula as well as other areas within Alaska.

Changes in economy standards are a better practice at pump
Regarding the billions of dollars being given to big oil giants in the newly signed energy bill: These companies are making huge profits. Why are we giving them free money? The bill does nothing to reduce our dependence on foreign oil or to lower gas prices. Has anyone else noticed the rise in gas at the pump this week?

No cough drop yet
The number of confirmed cases of pertussis in Soldotna has grown to 18, according to the state Division of Public Health in Anchorage.

Ulmer: Halibut passes salmon in value
Economic research has shown halibut has surpassed salmon as the most valuable species for Kenai Peninsula fishermen. That news was delivered at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday by former Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

Talking points
Five candidates got the race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor rolling in front of a full house Wednesday, addressing issues on efficient government, budget, taxes and land.

Congressional staffers begin mobile tour
Alaska's congressional delegation won't be there for a face-to-face, but constituents might get the next best thing when staffers from Alaska's congressional delegation make their annual mobile office tour of the Kenai Peninsula beginning today in Hope.

Back in time
By the end of September, area residents will have a rare opportunity to peek into their past when the structural restoration on the first Soldotna Post Office, built in 1948, is scheduled to be completed.

To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Raising hogs can mean a mess of heavy work even for an adult. This weekend, four local girls expect to see the fruits of their labors proven out when the nine pigs they've partnered to rear go on the block at the annual 4-H Club Junior Market Livestock Auction at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik.

Anchorage toddler struck, killed by van driven by mother
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 2-year-old boy died after he was struck by a van driven by his mother.

Assembly approves land swap
Soldotna residents moved one step closer to finally getting a cemetery Tuesday evening, when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly tentatively approved a land swap that would give the city title to its first choice of locations for the planned facility.

Kidnap charges dropped
Kidnapping charges filed against a Sterling man charged with kidnapping a 28-year-old mentally disabled woman have been dismissed.

Ballot language set
Final language for five propositions headed for the Oct. 4 municipal ballot were approved Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Funny River bridge project meeting tonight in Sterling
The Sterling Community Coalition will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. today at Raven Contractors at Mile 84.5 of the Sterling Highway.

Caution: Delays ahead
Motorists can expect some delays along the Kenai Spur Highway through September as a five-mile stretch between Kenai and Soldotna is re-paved.

William Allen Brewster
Washington and former Kenai Peninsula resident William Allen Brewster died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at his home in Bothel, Wash., surrounded by family. He was 56.

Stevens wrong in helping son influence policy
It's natural for a father to look out for his son, but when both father and son are powerful politicians, there has to be a limit to what a father will do on his son's behalf.

Around the Peninsula
KPC plans one-day closure Montessori presentation slated Garage sale fund-raiser slated Yard sale fund-raiser slated CIRCAC to meet Shooting, hunting seminar on target KPC seeks council reps

Return of O'Brien, Reyna should steady U.S. midfield
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — John O'Brien spent most of the last three years as the invisible man of the U.S. soccer team.

Eagles not missing Owens too much as young receivers step up
The Eagles' young corps of receivers has given the team reason for hope — even if Terrell Owens doesn't play another down for Philadelphia.

Laviolette chosen to lead U.S. Olympic hockey team
Peter Laviolette was voted off the island — Long Island — when a players' revolt got the coach fired two years ago.

Sports views: T.O. remains a question mark for Philadelphia
Terrell Owens met with Andy Reid early Wednesday morning and apparently told the Philadelphia Eagles' coach that his heart and attitude were in the right place. Then he went out and practiced very well, demonstrating that maybe the T.O. sideshow is finally over.

Sports views: Bertuzzi is back on the ice, but hockey's not better for it
Hockey players are, by the nature of their business, tough guys. They have to be, if they're going to make it in a tough sport.

Kenai Golf Report: Lesson learned: Never give up
When I was in the clubhouse on Sunday, I happened to overhear one side of a phone call. Apparently someone called the golf course desk to check on the PGA Championship scores.

Birch Ridge Report
The days are getting shorter along with my fairway drives and articles, but the crowds at Birch Ridge prove the theory that most golfers are in denial of the impending winter holidays. In fact, those festivities are closer than you think; all the fireweed in my yard is white and fuzzy, and you know what that means — time for new coordinating fall outfits!

Hugs and handshakes all around as Ward returns to Steelers
The Pro Bowl wide receiver finally showed up at training camp, an apology to his teammates in hand, no longer a distraction or a source of concern to a team that went deep into the playoffs last season and expects to do so again.

NHL won't be on ESPN
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN turned down what it said was the NHL's final offer for cable broadcast rights Wednesday night, meaning it's likely that hockey games will air elsewhere on cable this season.

World Cup berth within reach
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Brian McBride's goal just 91 seconds into the game moved the United States to the brink of clinching its fifth straight World Cup appearance.

Auburn Tigers: Don't count us out for a national title
AUBURN, Ala. — Marcus McNeill knows skeptics need only look at NFL rosters to count Auburn out of title contention in 2005, since that's where the Tigers' biggest stars from last season are now playing.

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