Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Feels like fire from Santana
ARLINGTON, Texas With each stellar outing, Johan Santana is becoming a top contender for the AL Cy Young Award.

Twins take control of Central with Cleveland sweep
MINNEAPOLIS Justin Morneau drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning before leaving when he was hit in the hand by a pitch, and Minnesota completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

Cardinals keep crushing NL foes
ST. LOUIS Edgar Renteria capped a 13-pitch at-bat in the first inning with a three-run homer and matched his career high with five RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Houston, Clemens smoke Phillies
HOUSTON Roger Clemens won for the first time in almost a month the 323rd victory of his career and Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer to lead the Houston Astros over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Monday night.

U.S. Consulate General to Dubai visits...
Jason Davis, U.S. Consulate General to Dubai, the country known as the gateway to and from the Middle East and formerly named the United Arab Emirates, says he doesn't remember his life prior to living in Soldotna, "We moved here when I was four from Washington State, and I grew up here, and yes the Middle East is certainly a lot different from Soldotna," says Davis, a Cook Inlet Academy graduate.

Remembering a fisherman who loved the River
Many people who come to fish the Kenai River are fulfilling a life long dream or goal. For some, once they've experienced the thrill of the greatest sport fishing river in the world, they come back again and again. So it was with Keith Boltz, a master carpenter who divided his time between working in Arizona in the winters and fishing on the Kenai River in the summers.

My days off began at noon on August 18th, and in the early morning hours of the 19th I could be seen picking through an arsenal of fishing tackle, picking out several of my old reliable fishing lures. A tandem Mepps black bucktail spinner, a yellow globe surface bait, a black Cisco-kid topper, a green Hog wobblier and a 7 inch perch colored Rapala were among my choices.

Kenai Edward Jones Investment Representative Receives Accredited Asset Management Specialist Designation
Matt Streiff of the financial-services firm Edward Jones has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist.

Sending off Miss Alaska to Atlantic City...
The Kenai Peninsula is known for investing in its youth through a myriad of scholarship programs supported by a variety of clubs, civic organizations and business community, so it's no surprise to see the return on that investment in high achieving individuals such as the reigning Miss Alaska, Christina Reasner, a Soldotna High School graduate from Sterling.

United Way exceeds campaign goal...
Over half of a million dollars will find its way into local non-profit groups and organizations providing special services on the Kenai Peninsula, thanks to the work of Chairman Rod Cason, of Tesoro, and the United Way campaign.

Kenai Peninsula polling places
The state primary election is being held today. The following is a list of Kenai Peninsula polling places for the election.

Soldotna resident makes big catch
Bill Bixby's decision to go fishing with his brother paid off handsomely, as the Soldotna angler reeled in an 18.46-pound silver salmon and third place in the 2004 Seward Silver Salmon Derby.

NOW PLAYING: Exorcist: The Beginning/Open Water
The end of the summer sees an interesting mix of movies. You have the action flicks that ar

Board of Fish deems Soldotna too dangerous
Soldotna is the most dangerous city in Alaska. The Board of Fish says so. They voted to have their winter meeting in Anchorage instead of Soldotna for security reasons.


Seahawks sink Buccaneers
Behind two touchdown passes from Coty Beck, the Seward Seahawks beat Valdez 21-0 Saturday in Valdez to move to 2-0 in Greatland Conference play.

Biffle powers past field
BROOKLYN, Mich. Greg Biffle was proud of himself for an unlikely reason after winning the NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway.

Burn suspension goes back in effect
The Division of Forestry in Soldotna has suspended burning permits effective Monday, due to high wind conditions and the drought conditions that have existed most of this summer. There is a forecast of rain for the weekend, but until that time, burn permits may not be activated.

Funds aim to reveal plots
Who (or what) is buried in the Kenai Cemetery?

Inmate found dead in Seward cell
Alaska State Troopers are calling their probe into the Sunday death of a Spring Creek Correctional Center inmate a homicide investigation.

Bowled over: Chowder champions crowned
The sweet smell of chowder mixed with the salty air in Ninilchik on Sunday during the Kenai Peninsula State Fair's first chowder cook-off.

Troops being sent to fight wildfire
Persistent fires and the continuing dry weather led Gov. Frank Murkowski to announce late Monday he would activate 53 Air National Guard troops to support fire suppression efforts on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Interior.

Reeder calls for recess
Rosie Reeder has become so strongly identified with Soldotna Community Schools during her tenure as director that upon hearing she was leaving the position some area residents expressed concern the program might come to an end.

Crime Stoppers seeks information
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a theft and a vandalism incident in Kenai.

Woman turns Sept. 11 into a positive
Dawn Robinson used to travel a lot in her old job as a training executive for a large investment firm. She often was away from her home in Brooklyn and rarely at her New York City office.

White sprinter defies stereotype
ATHENS, Greece Jeremy Wariner is fast and white.

D'oh! Emmons hits, misses
ATHENS, Greece Matt Emmons was focusing on staying calm. He should have been focusing on the right target.

Softball, soccer wins highlight dominance
ATHENS, Greece They are America's newest golden girls powerful and just a shade from perfection.

O'Donnell's golden dream ends early
ATHENS, Greece Tela O'Donnell stood in a concourse underneath the stands, watching a television, rea

Gatlin wins 'fastest human' title
ATHENS, Greece Justin Gatlin ran the race of his life, barely holding off the field to win the 100 meters in 9.85 seconds.

Controversy defines men's gymnastics final
ATHENS, Greece The Russians were angry. The South Koreans were angry. The Greeks were angry. Nobody paid for it more than Paul Hamm.

Dream Team sleepwalks past Angola
ATHENS, Greece Before the hard part begins against Spain, Tim Duncan and the U.S. basketball team got to experience a taste of what the good ol' days were like at the Olympics.

More than just a game
ATHENS, Greece Some home runs make a statement. The one Crystl Bustos sent flying onto an old airport runway was the stuff of legend.

Media's repeated use of superlatives is 'the worst' tack
On radio and television and in print, Alaskans have now been told that this is the state's worst fire season on record. It was inescapable; reports of the unfortunate milestone had been carrying residents to that point regularly since mid-July.

Suit aims to fix 20 years of failure in education appropriation
On Aug. 9, a group of parents, school districts, Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska's Children (CEAAC) and NEA-Alaska filed a lawsuit in Alaska Superior Court. The suit charges that the state's funding of kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) schools violates the Alaska Constitution for two reasons:

Athens reminds world that Olympics are more than sports
All things that celebrate elite achievement have their detractors. ...

Questions of character
WASHINGTON John Kerry's Vietnam War service records run to multiple medal commendations and a notation of ''conspicuous gallantry'' in combat. President Bush's file tracks the stateside career of a National Guard test pilot.

Fighting a war zone
If I wanted to live in a war zone, I'd move to Iraq. But I didn't have to do that.

Michael Gavin Dirks Riley Grace Hibpshman Tigris Isaiah Dunn

Senior moments
Senior volunteer Glenda Graham tends to gardening chores near the new independent living

Kids' virus outbreak no reason to worry
A mild illness with a name similar to a disease domestic animals get has shown up recently at at least one area daycare.

Around the Peninsula
Phone card donations soughtCPGH to hold board meetingCraft, bake sale fund-raiser plannedWRCC fund-raiser set

Landscaping awards
Locy and Brenda Brown's home on Kaknu Way was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Around the Peninsula
CAP to hold recruitment night WRCC in need of volunteers Health services collaborative to meet Social Security reps to visit area Public comment on aquatic farming extended Help available for home daycare providers

Peninsula People
Caswell enters Air Force academy Carroll joins Air Force Bock earns psychology degree

Community News
Back-to-school events planned Cesarean awareness meeting planned Clam digging fund-raiser set Mushroom workshop slated Coastal studies center continues activities WRCC in need of volunteers Fish canning information available

Club news
CAP to hold recruitment night Try-athalon planned

Students offer teachers advice for new school year
More than 9,000 Kenai Peninsula students will head back to school today, armed with pencils, book bags and loads of tips from parents and educators.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Kansas City's defense doesn't offend in win over Rams
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The NFL's highest-scoring offense is clicking. Pressure is sure to increase on Kansas City's woeful defense to get its act together, too.

Cink sinks 'em at NEC
AKRON, Ohio The last man picked for the Ryder Cup team, then first at Firestone from start to finish.

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