Thursday, August 26, 2004

Boston streaks closer to Yankees
TORONTO David Ortiz homered twice and drove in four runs, and Curt Schilling earned his 16th win to lead the Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 Wednesday night and cut the New York Yankees' AL East lead to 5 1/2 games over the second-place Red Sox.

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.

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.

Cubs edge Brewers, keep up torrid pace
CHICAGO Corey Patterson hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Cubs a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago's eighth victory in 11 games.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleIndustry Day to be held SaturdayRaft trip offered to support land trust

Shellfish farmers get OK to sell oysters
ANCHORAGE (AP) Kachemak Bay oyster farmers can start selling their shellfish again, but under limited conditions, state environmental regulators said.

Southeast timber harvest expected to double
ANCHORAGE (AP) Twice as much state timber could be cut down in Southeast Alaska this year after a push by Gov. Frank Murkowski to expand the harvest, state officials said.

Being unemployed at 50 can be devastating financially, emotionally
NEW YORK When the telecommunications startup firm Tom Gaffuri worked for went belly up in the last recession, he found himself without a job in his mid-50s.

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.

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

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 US Representative

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.

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.

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?

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.

Art Briefs
Open sew setLogo contest announcedPoetry contest being heldPhoto submissions wantedPoem suggestions wanted for project

Sterling sisters share musical taste, talent
Erika, Alecia and twins Sydney and Shelby Smith are more than siblings, they're an ensemble whose vocal skills recently were honored in a national competition.

Book salutes state's colorful characters
Alaskans are a breed apart and proud of it. Individuals can, and do, still make a big difference here.

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

Sing from the Heart winners announced
After a summer of giving up Saturdays to singing, smiling and some stress, the Sing from the Heart talent contest came to an end Tuesday afternoon when the winners were announced at the Peninsula Center Mall.

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

WRCC appreciates supporters of 17th annual Run for Women
The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center would like to publicly thank the community for its support of the 17th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women.

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

Past coworker supports Bookey in Kenai race
Jim Bookey has my vote for Kenai mayor. When I served with him on the Harbor Commission, I found him to be smart, businesslike, fun, balanced, likeable and passionately hard-working.

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.

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.

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

Kenai residents gouged by city's dipnet policies
The city of Kenai should be ashamed to brag about all the profit and money they are making off us, the Kenai residents for dipnet fishing. We have already paid for fishing through our fishing licenses. The fish is a natural resource available for residents of Alaska. It was originally set up for subsistence fishing to help get the fish for a winter's supply of meat. Now, they have found a way to monopolize and capitalize on us, once again.

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.

Feeding of eagles, bears creates unsafe situation
Congratulations to Les Palmer for his recent article about the harmful effects of the massive eagle feeding in the Homer area and the negative impacts of feeding bears, intentional or otherwise.

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.

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.

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.

Miss Alaska hopes to add new title
Miss Alaska heads off next week to Atlantic City, N.J., to try to become the next Miss America. But before she goes, a little shindig has been planned to send the resident of Sterling off and everyone's invited.

Photo feature: Two heads are better than one
Sam Peterson and his dog Sable wait for his mother to finish a footrace in Kenai recently.

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 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.

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.

Wildfire smoke drifts north, blankets central peninsula
A pall of the some of heaviest smoke the central Kenai Peninsula has seen this fire season blanket the skies over Kenai and Soldotna on Wednesday.

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.

Most voters choose Republican ballot in hotly contested races
Roughly one in every four registered voters across the state turned out to cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election, according to the Alaska Division of Elections.

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.

Borough at odds with gravel pit over excavation
A gravel pit off Kalifornsky Beach Road that earlier this year became the focus of complaints that extraction operations might have disturbed an aquifer feeding nearby wells will be back before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission on Sept. 13.

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.

Prosecutors seize files of Greek sprint stars
ATHENS, Greece Prosecutors seized the hospital records Wednesday of two Greek sprinting stars who withdrew from the Olympics after they missed a doping test and were involved in a suspicious motorcycle accident, a government source said.

Gardner collects bronze
ATHENS, Greece Rulon Gardner was in another Olympic wrestling upset his own.

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.

Mia Hamm nears grand finale on soccer pitch
ATHENS, Greece The end is near.

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.

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

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.

New overtime rules must be monitored, possibly changed
On Monday, new overtime rules that could potentially affect millions of workers became effective. Just what kind of effect the regulations will have on employees is anybody's guess. The Bush administration says 1.3 million more workers will be eligible for overtime pay. Democrats and labor officials say the rules could hurt middle-class and other workers, and may cause millions to lose extra pay.

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

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.

Bloomberg's plan for peaceful protest makes strange assumption
Workers of the world, shop till you drop! Then belly up to a five-course meal! Say, how about a visit to a nice comedy club?

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
KPC to host community barbecueCPGH to hold board meetingClam digging fund-raiser set'Try'-athalon plannedSterling seniors hold fund-raiserBlood donors neededWRCC in need of volunteers

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

It's Warner's turn at QB for Giants
Kurt Warner will start at quarterback for the New York Giants this week, although his competition with rookie Eli Manning for the regular-season job continues.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Texas moves on in World SeriesProsecutors fear evidence contaminatedAgassi could meet Federer in Open quarters

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.

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