Friday, August 20, 2004

Sheffield rallies Yankees to win
The New York Yankees wasted a six-run lead and were about to get swept by the Minnesota Twins until Gary Sheffield saved them just as he has so often this season.

Engineering the teenager-only personal computer
This isn't your typical, humdrum, slate-colored computer. Not only is the PC known as the hip-e almost all white, but its screen and keyboard are framed in fuzzy pink fur. Or a leopard skin design. Or a graffiti-themed pattern.

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.

Real estate, not toys could help Toys ''R'' Us
NEW YORK (AP) Toys ''R'' Us Inc. might finally have something that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. can't undercut in price: Its real estate holdings.

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

Dollar's moves matter in earnings
NEW YORK (AP) The giant boost to U.S. corporate earnings that has come by way of the weak dollar could fade fast should there be even a slight slowdown in the currency's decline.

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.

Scammers aim at people desperate for credit or credit repair
NEW YORK (AP) With credit such a big part of Americans' lives, it should come as no surprise that it's a fertile field for fraudsters.

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.

Mike Heimbuch - House District 35 Unaffiliated
People have a sense of adventure that finds perfect outlet in coming to Alaska. Staying here for a major portion of one's life requires a hearty spirit and strong will. To think otherwise is to ignore Alaska's biggest Sat

Paul Seaton - House District 35 Republican
I have been honored to represent the people of House District 35 in the Legislature these past two years. One of the challenges to our large state is maintaining meaningful contact with constituents while in Juneau. I promised in the last campaign to produce a weekly e-mail newsletter from Juneau.

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.

Deb Germano - House District 35 Democrat
I'm running for the office of state representative representing District 35, comprised of the southern Kenai Peninsula, from Seward to Cooper Landing and Anchor Point south to Kachemak Bay, including Homer and its environs.

Voters must choose from 3 primary ballots
Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday for the 2004 Alaska Primary where they will choose candidates to run for state and federal public offices in the general election Nov. 2.

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.

4 run for District 35 seats
All the candidates in the race for the House District 35 seat covering the lower Kenai Peninsula have a walk in the park in Tuesday's primary.

Rain clouds may have silver lining
The wet weather predicted this weekend may be just the boost anglers need to get more silver salmon moving up peninsula waterways.

Juneau gardeners work hard to beat heat
JUNEAU (AP) The summer's glorious weather isn't so wonderful for all plants, and public gardeners are having to work hard to keep parks and medians quenched.

Dall sheep hunters must comply with new regs
Most Dall sheep hunters this year need to comply with a new regulation requiring that the horns be sealed after the hunt. The horns of rams taken in units where a horn size restriction is in place must be sealed. Horns of sheep taken in units where any sheep is legal don't have to be sealed.

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.

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

'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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Stolen car, body found near Homer
Police responded to a report of a vehicle off the Sterling Highway in Homer on Wednesday night and found a Jeep Cherokee in tall brush and the remains of a human near the vehicle.

Homer man arraigned on murder charges
Pleas of "not guilty" were entered in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday on behalf of the Homer man charged with fatally shooting another Homer man he had met earlier on the day of the shooting.

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors pull together
A wildfire in Kasilof made headlines earlier this week, and residents were an integral of part on combating the flames.

Is the peninsula ready for a big fire?
With 602 wildfires consuming more than 7,800 acres across Alaska this summer, including the ongoing Glacier Creek Fire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, many peninsula residents are wondering just how prepared the the Kenai Peninsula is for a serious wildlife.

UPS office damaged after fire
Maintenance workers burning weeds around the United Parcel Service building in Kenai accidentally set fire to the building Wednesday evening, causing extensive damage to the office and break room area, according to a fire department official.

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.

Morris E. Wilhelm
Longtime Alaska resident Morris E. Wilhelm died of cancer Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at his home in Palmer. He was 71.

Evan Duane Belnap
Longtime Homer resident Evan Duane Belnap died Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Homer with his family by his side. He was 83.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Joseph Glizynski
Sterling summertime resident Joseph Glizynski died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a short illness.

Borgman narrowly misses rowing final
SCHINIAS, Greece With 500 meters to go, the women's lightweight double sculls first semifinal had come down to four boats. Three would advance to the finals. And the Americans, Stacey Borgman and Lisa Schlenker, were in fourth.

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.

Lost and found: Peirsol wins, loses and wins gold in 200 backstroke
ATHENS, Greece American swimmer Aaron Peirsol reclaimed the gold medal in the Olympic 200-meter backstroke after initially being disqualified Thursday night over what an official deemed an illegal turn.

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.

America's golden girl
ATHENS, Greece The 20-year wait is over. America has its new Mary Lou, and her name is Carly Patterson.

Khorkina makes a grand exit
The diva does not warm up before her performance. Not much, anyway. That is something that other gymnasts do, and Svetlana Khorkina will never be confused with one of those.

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

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

It's time for change in primary system; state shouldn't pay
While the state Division of Elections may have worked hard to eliminate any confusion about Tuesday's primary election ballot, it's doubtful the division's officials could eliminate the frustration that accompanies the three ballots.

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.

Biking becoming popular way to experience park
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Grand Teton National Park is all about the mountains.

You say 'puncheon,' I say 'planking,' let's call the whole thing 'bog bridge'
This is a special year for our Student Conservation Association (SCA) trail crews at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. We always have a summer SCA crew working on trails, but this year we have three crews.

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

Around the Peninsula
Deadline to return dipnet permits past Barbecue fund-raiser planned Farmers market open Saturdays Asthma care training offered

Soldotna Junior Varsity
Soldotna Junior Varsity

Kenai Central Varsity Roster
Kenai roster

Stars take quality over quantity
Soldotna's new uniforms are about as simple as they get. No names on the back. No extra coloring except for the numbers. No mascots anywhere.

Nikiski's hopes rest on staying healthy
Nikiski head football coach Ned Clooten doesn't have time to worry about losing 2004 graduates and all-state players Billy Anderson and Jeremiah Taylor.

Loaded Kards take nothing for granted
Two-time defending small-schools state champion Kenai Central head coach Jim Beeson knows his team is the one to beat this season. He also knows Kenai's previous success means nothing when it comes to winning football games.

Skyview Varsity Roster

Soldotna Varsity Roster

Skyview Junior Varsity
Skyview Junior Varsity

Nikiski Varsity Roster

Kenai Central Junior Varsity
Junior Varsity

Homer eager to improve on 2003
Ready for some football?

Skyview seeks respect
As the third head coach of the Skyview football team in three seasons, Phil Sheridan knows it is unrealistic to come in and shoot for a small-schools championship.

Nikiski Junior Varsity
Nikiski Junior Varsity

Steinbrecher, Woodward like Seward's athleticism
The Seward football program will be led this year by a mix of the old and new.

Maryland prisons adopt religious program from popular book
BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland's Division of Correction is adopting a nondenominational personal growth program for Christian inmates based on a best-selling book.

Rise of evangelical churches turns Brazil into feverish market for Bibles
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) The Bible Belt has moved south......all the way south of the equator to Brazil.

Boston Catholics protest church closures
BOSTON (AP) More than 1,000 Roman Catholics gathered on Boston Common for a Mass protesting plans by the Archdiocese of Boston to close dozens of churches.

When we need a new beginning God offers second chance
Picking up the ringing phone, I heard the voice of a man who hadn't called in several years. At our first meeting, he had been only 19.

Catholic church working to protect Hispanic farmworkers from pesticides in Washington state
PROSSER, Wash. (AP) The Sunday Mass ended, a handful of Hispanic farmworkers quietly file down the hall to a classroom at Sacred Heart Church. On the wall, a poster warning about the dangers of pesticides goes unnoticed, as does a stack of pamphlets on the table.

UNC rejects religious fraternity
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) A Christian student group which refused to sign a nondiscrimination policy has been denied official recognition by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Muslim leaders warn of backlash in event of terrorist attack
LONDON (AP) Islamic leaders in Britain have published a booklet advising Muslims of their legal rights, urging vigilance against terrorists and warning of a possible backlash against their community if there is an attack.

Church briefs
Sabbath celebrated today Fellowship to dedicate church Abuse prevention program slated Wellspring seminar planned Fall Bible study schedule announced Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered on Thursdays Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Catholic Church invalidates 8-year-olds first Communion
BRIELLE, N.J. An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot eat wheat has had her first Holy Communion de-clared invalid because the wafer contained no wheat, violating Roman Catholic doctrine.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
NEW YORK (AP) A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by parishioners who want a greater say in how the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America operates.

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.

Pittsburgh's Simmons out for season with torn ACL
Pittsburgh right guard Kendall Simmons will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, leaving the Steelers short on an offensive line already lacking depth.

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."

Researchers try to breed rare ducks
ANCHORAGE Researchers at the Alaska Sealife Center are poking into the private lives of Steller's eiders a rare sea duck that is disappearing from its nesting grounds in Alaska.

Big cat startles deer hunters
KETCHIKAN (AP) A mountain lion has been spotted on Revillagigedo Island, startling deer hunters in the Tongass National Forest.

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