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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Marlins rip Giants, chase wild card
MIAMI Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to cap a seven-run first inning, and Mike Lowell drove in five runs to help the Florida Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 9-1 Tuesday night.

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

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.

A's Mulder topples Orioles for 17th win
OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Mulder (17-4) became the first 17-game winner of the major leagues this season, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings to lead the Athletics to a 6-2 victory over the Orioles Tuesday.

Outdoors
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Election ballots cause confusion
ANCHORAGE Poll workers on Tuesday stopped voters between the sign-in table and the voting booth with a question more perplexing for some than deciding their candidates: Which ballot do you want?

Election ballots cause confusion
Republican voters could choose the Republican ballot or the Combined ballot, but not the Democrat-Combined ballot. Democrats had the option of either the Democrat-Combined ballot or the Combined ballot, but not the Republican ballot. Same for Green Party, Independence Party, Libertarian Party or Republican Moderate members. Nonpartisan or undeclared voters could choose whichever ballot they wanted.

Murkowski leads in Senate primary
ANCHORAGE U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski shrugged off charges of nepotism and a lack of conservative credentials to take the lead with more than half of the state's precincts reporting Tuesday night in the Republican Party primary.

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.

Wagoner wins primary
Incumbent Republican Sen. Tom Wagoner soundly defeated former state Sen. Jerry Ward in Tuesday's primary election, easily earning his party's nod in the Senate District Q race, despite Ward's apparent willingness to spend freely to regain the seat he lost to Wagoner two years ago.

Olson earns bid to face Smalley in October race
Incumbent Republican Sen. Tom Wagoner soundly defeated former state Sen. Jerry Ward in Tuesday's primary election, easily earning his party's nod in the Senate District Q race, despite Ward's apparent willingness to spend freely to regain the seat he lost to Wagoner two years ago.

Murkowski leads in Senate primary
ANCHORAGE U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski shrugged off charges of nepotism and a lack of conservative credentials to take the lead with more than half of the state's precincts reporting Tuesday night in the Republican Party primary.

Election results
U.S. Senate Senate District Q Senate District R House District 33 House District 34 House District 35 U.S. Representative

Election results
U.S. Senate Senate District Q Senate District R House District 33 House District 34 House District 35 US Representative

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.

Safety concerns for Board of Fish meeting are valid
I am writing this in response to the letter from Ken Tarbox.

KRSA strong-armed Board of Fish into moving meeting
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee and Sen. Tom Wagoner have been working very hard for the better part of this year to convince the Board of Fisheries to have their January meeting, pertaining to Upper Cook Inlet fisheries proposals, here in the Kenai-Soldotna area.

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. The Kenai River Sportfishing Association asked the Board of Fish to have the meeting in Anchorage for the same reason. I bet you could not buy Bob Penny's house for 10 cents on the dollar.

KRSA strong-armed Board of Fish into moving meeting
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee and Sen. Tom Wagoner have been working very hard for the better part of this year to convince the Board of Fisheries to have their January meeting, pertaining to Upper Cook Inlet fisheries proposals, here in the Kenai-Soldotna area. It only makes since because about 80 percent of the UCI proposals are relevant to Kenai and Kasilof river systems and offshore fisheries. These efforts were recently thwarted, however, in large part due to letters submitted to the board by the Kenai River Sportsman's Association, citing security reasons, claiming that Soldotna was an unsafe place to have these proceedings. They questioned our city's ability to provide a safe, secure environment, without intimidation or threats of violence, as well as concealed weapons laws, as some of the reasons to choose Anchorage over Soldotna. This is a slap in the face to all of us who live here and a gross distortion of the emotional tension that can arise from contentious issues and subsequent discussion. It is also a case of turning your back on a business community that would have stood to gain from a 12-day event such as this the very same business community that KRSA asks to support them during the Kenai Classic. And the very sad part of this whole thing is that it basically eliminated the average local angler from being able to attend and voice their opinions because of work requirements, logistical costs and the length of these particular proceedings.

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.

Safety concerns for Board of Fish meeting are valid
I am writing this in response to the letter from Ken Tarbox.

Board of Fish deems Soldotna too dangerous
Soldotna is the most dangerous city in Alaska. The Board of Fish says so.

Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
BRISTOL, Tenn. Kasey Kahne became the third driver in three races to occupy the 10th position in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings with his fifth-place finish last Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway.

This week: Sharpie 500
(Race No. 24 of 36)

Artist creates unique images
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- John Dunlap never goes anywhere without his golf tee and Polaroid camera.

NASCAR Notes - New gear ratio rule grinding on engineers
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Engineers and most race teams aren't too thrilled by NASCAR's new rule that will limit gear ratios next year in all three of the sport's national touring series -- Craftsman Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup.

Getting things started
Students at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday morning on the first day of public school.

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.

Woman rescued after 17 hours on mountain ledge
Seventeen hours of clinging to a Sheep Mountain ledge showed a woman from Slovenia a side of Juneau most visitors don't see.

DMV unveils AK Express
An alternative to the often dreaded visit to the Division of Motor Vehicles was unveiled in Soldotna on Tuesday by the head of the state's vehicle registration agency.

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.

Woman rescued after 17 hours on mountain ledge
Seventeen hours of clinging to a Sheep Mountain ledge showed a woman from Slovenia a side of Juneau most visitors don't see.

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.

Getting things started
Students at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday morning on the first day of public school.

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.

DMV unveils AK Express
An alternative to the often dreaded visit to the Division of Motor Vehicles was unveiled in Soldotna on Tuesday by the head of the state's vehicle registration agency.

El Guerrouj finally wins 1,500 meters
ATHENS, Greece Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke the world record in the women's pole vault for the fourth time this year, easily clearing 16 feet, 1 1/4 inches (4.91 meters) to take the gold medal Tuesday night.

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

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.

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.

Russian snaps pole vault mark
ATHENS, Greece Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke the world record in the women's pole vault for the fourth time this year, easily clearing 16 feet, 1 1/4 inches (4.91 meters) to take the gold medal Tuesday night.

Polls show vice president candidates could make a difference
Last week, our InsiderAdvantage national survey showed President Bush with a slight lead over John Kerry in the race for the White House. The same survey also revealed what may be the most painful Achilles' heel of all for Bush his vice president, Dick Cheney.

Environment must be monitored, but scare tactics wrong What others say
Yet another environmental scare has proven to be unjustified alarmism.

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:

Polls show vice president candidates could make a difference
Last week, our InsiderAdvantage national survey showed President Bush with a slight lead over John Kerry in the race for the White House. The same survey also revealed what may be the most painful Achilles' heel of all for Bush his vice president, Dick Cheney.

Environment must be monitored, but scare tactics wrong What others say
Yet another environmental scare has proven to be unjustified alarmism.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Public Health offers immunizations Winter games work session delayed Old-timers reunion planned Open sew set Basketball registration begins Tonka fund-raiser slated Kenai River group to meet

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Public Health offers immunizations Winter games work session delayed Old-timers reunion planned Open sew set Basketball registration begins Tonka fund-raiser slated Kenai River group to meet

New charter school opens in Kenai wit, focus on arts, sciences
They came in Sunday best, lugging book bags and lunch boxes. Some hid behind parents' legs; others dragged Mom and Dad along, rushing into the new year.

Soldotna after-school program begins
After the Bell in Soldotna will be open for after-school tutoring and activities at Skyview, Soldotna High, Soldotna Middle and Redoubt and Soldotna elementary schools. Each site has different start-up dates and different program times. Elementary and middle school students must preregister before attending the after-school program.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Welcome back students and parents to another great school year at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Budget review committee members needed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking members for its 2005-06 budget review committee. Members will attend a training and background session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Districtwide events planned
Classes began Tuesday in most Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools, though some kindergartners will start school Monday.

Districtwide events planned
Classes began Tuesday in most Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools, though some kindergartners will start school Monday.

Soldotna after-school program begins
After the Bell in Soldotna will be open for after-school tutoring and activities at Skyview, Soldotna High, Soldotna Middle and Redoubt and Soldotna elementary schools.

Learning through a prism
They came in Sunday best, lugging book bags and lunch boxes. Some hid behind parents' legs; others dragged Mom and Dad along, rushing into the new year.

Mountain View Elementary
The Mountain View staff was pleased to see all the happy, smiling faces of its students Tuesday. This year promises to be the best ever, and it is exciting to see the enthusiasm and positive attitude from all our students and parents.

Cook Inlet Academy
For the third year in a row, Cook Inlet Academy has a record number of students enrolled. In order to accommodate this growth, CIA has added a new teaching position this year. Welcome to Ron Gherman, who brings a heart for God and many years of experience teaching in Ohio and Fairbanks. He will teach science for CIA and also will be the new athletic director.

Budget review committee members needed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking members for its 2005-06 budget review committee. Members will attend a training and background session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 at the Kenai Merit Inn. The committee will meet again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 to discuss specific aspects of the budget in small groups and make budget recommendations to school district officials. On Jan. 5, the committee will be reconvened to review the preliminary budget for the fiscal year 2006 school year.

Mountain View Elementary
The Mountain View staff was pleased to see all the happy, smiling faces of its students Tuesday. This year promises to be the best ever, and it is exciting to see the enthusiasm and positive attitude from all our students and parents.

Looking for your school?
Schools interested in submitting briefs may contact the Clarion at 283-7551 or jenni.dillon@peninsulaclarion.com for more information. Story ideas also are welcome.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Welcome back students and parents to another great school year at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

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.

Cook Inlet Academy
For the third year in a row, Cook Inlet Academy has a record number of students enrolled.

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to all parents and students who attended the Soldotna Elementary School open house Monday night. All were able to visit with and meet the staff, as well as enjoy refreshments provided by the PTA.

Sterling Elementary
The staff and PTA at Sterling Elementary wish to invite all students, parents and community members to attend the annual open house Thursday.

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to all parents and students who attended the Soldotna Elementary School open house Monday night. All were able to visit with and meet the staff, as well as enjoy refreshments provided by the PTA.

Redoubt Elementary
The first regular day of school for kindergartners is Monday. Kindergarten parents are reminded that, effective July 1, children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. This is a change from the previous Aug. 15 cut-off date. Parents are asked to contact the school office if they have a child to register.

Sterling Elementary
The staff and PTA at Sterling Elementary wish to invite all students, parents and community members to attend the annual open house Thursday. Open house will begin at 6 p.m. with juice, coffee and cookies provided by PTA, and will end at 7:30 p.m. Sterling PTAs annual membership drive will offer a drawing to win a day pass for four to H2Oasis Water Park in Anchorage. The Sterling cookbook also will be available for purchase at the open house.

Soldotna Middle
The Soldotna Middle School open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Parents are asked to attend to meet their children's teachers.

Soldotna Middle
The Soldotna Middle School open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Parents are asked to attend to meet their children's teachers.

Looking for your school?
The Peninsula Clarion welcomes students and staff back to another school year. The Clarion's Schools section is printed on Wednesdays throughout the school year and features briefs submitted by schools throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

Redoubt Elementary
The first regular day of school for kindergartners is Monday.

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

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

Homer Half Marathon set for Sept. 5
The eighth annual Homer Half Marathon will take place Sept. 5. Entry forms are available by contacting the Homer Foundation at 235-0541, or may be picked up at Etude Music Studio on Pioneer Ave. Participants also may register at the event starting at 9 a.m. The race starts at Homer High School at 10 a.m.

Kenai Golf Report
Don't forget this week will be Big Thursday.

Jets sign Carter as backup QB
Quincy Carter ended up replacing the quarterback who took his spot in Dallas.

Jets sign Carter as backup QB
Quincy Carter ended up replacing the quarterback who took his spot in Dallas.

Soldotna's Wainwright competes at nationals
Soldotna's Joanne Wainwright had five top-10 finishes at the 2004 United States Masters' Swimming Long Course Nationals held Aug. 12 to 15 at the Chatham County Aquatic Center in Savannah, Ga.

Activity still fills course
There are all sorts of events taking place at the Kenai Golf Course. Monday night the mixed doubles starts at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday evening the ladies get started at 6 p.m. Wednesday night Kenai Cup matches will start the quarterfinals. Thursday night the men get started at 6 p.m. with their weekly scramble.

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.

Homer Half Marathon set for Sept. 5
The eighth annual Homer Half Marathon will take place Sept. 5. Entry forms are available by contacting the Homer Foundation at 235-0541, or may be picked up at Etude Music Studio on Pioneer Ave. Participants also may register at the event starting at 9 a.m. The race starts at Homer High School at 10 a.m.

Soldotna's Wainwright competes at nationals
Soldotna's Joanne Wainwright had five top-10 finishes at the 2004 United States Masters' Swimming Long Course Nationals held Aug. 12 to 15 at the Chatham County Aquatic Center in Savannah, Ga.

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