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Thursday, August 19, 2004

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.

Small businesses get help from EDD
Small business owners in need of a little extra cash especially those who may have trouble qualifying to borrow through traditional lenders may want to apply to a program offering small loans to small businesses on the Kenai Peninsula.

In dog-eat-dog world of lodging, Cottonwood canine has a leg up
COTTONWOOD, Idaho Some of the best views in the tiny farming community of Cottonwood can be seen through the eyes of a dog.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulePratt Museum to host Homer chamber mixer

Google share price set at $85 low end of company's expectations
SAN JOSE, Calif. Initial shares of Google Inc. were priced late Wednesday at $85, the low end of a range revised downward just hours earlier, humbling expectations for the most ballyhooed Internet company public stock offering since the dot-com boom went bust.

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

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.

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:

Mike Chenault - House District 34 Republican
As your legislator for the past four years, I have had the honor to serve constituents in Funny River, Sterling, Nikiski, Kasilof, Clam Gulch and Ninilchik.

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.

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.

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.

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

Primary offers no contest in District 34
Republican Rep. Mike Chenault of Nikiski faces no challenger in Tuesday's primary election for House District 34, but he will face a challenge in the Nov. 2 general election from Glen F. Martin of Sterling, who has filed as an Independent.

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.

Singers give their all in talent contest
The contest may be called "Sing from the Heart," but at times contestants' nerves made them more aware of their stomachs.

Novel probes woes of fishers' wives
Commercial fishing is a tough and dangerous job. But it's no picnic for the families left in port, either.

Duke earns star on Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES (AP) Anyone who grew up watching ''The Patty Duke Show'' knows ''Patty loves to rock and roll, a hot dog makes her lose control.'' And now they know that receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame makes the Oscar-winning actress tear up.

NBC floods zone in Athens
NEW YORK If the Olympic ideals of peace and brotherhood could be counted on, Steve Capus might not be in Athens right now.

Last 2 finalists vie for prize
In respect to the amount of time and effort put into it, the Sing from the Heart contest has been like a summer job for some of the contestants and an interesting job at that.

'Simpsons' actor is Homer, Krusty and Emmy winner
LOS ANGELES Ask Dan Castellaneta to describe how he sounds off-screen and this is what he offers: sort of deadpan, shy of nasal, with a standard Midwestern tilt.

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

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

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.

Vet appreciates Wagoner's support in Legislature
Myself being a life member of the VFW, a member of the Military Order of the purple Heart and being a member of the DAV, I myself would like to say thank you to Sen. Tom Wagoner for looking out for all vets by helping get Senate Bill 301 passed. A bill that was for a state home for all vets.

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.

Board of Fish sends peninsula slap in face
On the evening of Aug. 12, I sat and listened to a live teleconference of Board of Fish members meet to determine the location of the 2005 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting. The decision they were to make was to hold the meeting in Anchorage or Soldotna. In my opinion this had nothing to do with Commercial vs. Sport but just simply a matter of impartiality and a chance for those of us who work five days a week to actually attend and participate when possible. Very few residents on the peninsula can afford the time or money to travel to Anchorage for much, if any, of the meetings. This is a real shame considering the vast majority of issues to be dealt with directly involve the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

Peninsula residents deserve apology for board's slander
On Aug. 12, the Board of Fish met in teleconference to decide the location of the Upper Cook Inlet meeting in January 2005. Sen. Tom Wagoner had requested that the board consider Soldotna, since most of the proposals are from this area, and Soldotna had not hosted a meeting since 1999 and the majority of the meetings in the past 25 years have been held in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Local youth sick of littering of politcal signs
Signs, signs, signs.

Republicans missing the mark with borrow-and-spend habit
I always heard that a liberal was a tax-and-spend Democrat. In the last four years of Republican leadership, our government has cut taxes, so that means they are conservative, right? Well, how do they pay for their record spending? They borrow and spend. Vice President Dick Cheney says the national debt doesn't matter. He's right. It doesn't matter to him. He and President Bush will probably be re-elected because they cut taxes. The only problem is, interest rates are beginning to rise, because government borrowing is competing with private borrowing. And when the government has to pay back their loans, they will print more money, which makes every one of our dollars worth less.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NASCAR Notes - Stewart's car pays homage to U.S. Olympians
BROOKLYN, Mich. Tony Stewart's race car will be used to pay tribute to six Olympic athletes this Sunday in the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.

Jockeying for point position
BROOKLYN, Mich. Elliott Sadler never used to think about points racing. The only thing that mattered was winning; anything else was just another loss.

Newsmaker: Rusty Wallace
BROOKLYN, Mich. Rusty Wallace turned 48 last Saturday as speculation continues to grow the 2005 season may be his last on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

This week: GFS Marketplace 400
(Race No. 23 of 36)

Photo feature: This is just a test
Military and public service officials discuss details of a weapons of mass destruction exercise outside high-tech communications vehicles staged along Bridge Access Road in Kenai on Tuesday.

Mayors conference starts today in Kenai
The Alaska Municipal League will sponsor the Alaska Conference of Mayors today through Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

Florida man killed in accident
A 35-year-old Florida man died in a single-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning near the junction of the Sterling and Seward highways.

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.

Clock: Time for fair has arrived
Round up the kids and gear up your appetite, it's time once again for the Kenai Peninsula State Fair.

Glacier Creek blaze more than 1,000 acres
Smoke from the Glacier Creek Fire and other blazes raging around the state continued to blanket much of Southcentral Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday.

Scenic byway lacks support
A push to make the Sterling Highway between Skilak Lake Road and Anchor Point a state Scenic Byway hit a major roadblock Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly rejected a resolution in support of the designation.

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.

Mildred Josephine Elliott
Longtime Anchor Point resident Mildred Josephine Elliott died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at 11:11 a.m., at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 88.

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.

Earl James 'Ryan' Colton
Lifelong Soldotna resident Earl James "Ryan" Colton died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 20.

Glynn Roger Meeks
Longtime Kenai resident Glynn Roger Meeks died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. He was 83.

Otella Hale Rich Buttars
Longtime Alaska resident Otella Hale Rich Buttars died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, following a stroke, while attended by family in Soldotna. She was 88.

Everett F. Hudson
Lifelong Alaskan Everett F. Hudson died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

Brion Sweet
Soldotna resident Brion Sweet died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after battling cancer. He was 29.

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.

Stellar performance on high bar earns gold for American Paul Hamm
ATHENS, Greece He had to be perfect and hope no one else was.

Most unpopular athletes in Athens
The U.S. men's basketball team is getting slammed from all sides.

Hamm makes men's gymnastics America's game for a night
The rest of the floor was empty. His twin brother was in the stands, his coach off to one side.

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.

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.

Hamilton wins cycling time trial gold medal
ATHENS, Greece Tyler Hamilton won the men's cycling time trial gold medal and teammate Bobby Julich took the bronze, hours after Dede Barry won a silver in the women's time trial. No other nation in the Olympics won more than two medals in the four road competitions.

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.

Greenpeace of all groups should know environmental law
Ah, yes. It's always different when someone else seems to break the law. A former police chief's biggest gripe about Ketchikan was that so-called law-abiding citizens choose which laws are worth obeying.

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
Safe Sitter course offeredFootball potluck plannedDisabled vets to meetCeltic program scheduledSchool supply help availableCAP to hold recruitment nightClam digging fund-raiser setFish canning information available

U.S. booters earn draw in World Cup qualifier vs. Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica A veteran, a star and a newcomer saved the United States against Jamaica on Wednesday night.

Birch Ridge Report: Columnist has it made in the shade at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan described golf as "a passion, an obsession, a romance, a nice acquaintanceship with trees, sand and water."

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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