Friday, August 27, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Sport fishers land more lunkers
WASHINGTON Millions of casual fishers reel in a higher take of the nation's most prized saltwater fish than previously thought, researchers say, prompting them to urge improved regulation of recreational fishing.

Winning catch is smallest in derby's history
JUNEAU (AP) It was shaping up to be a normal Golden North Salmon Derby day for Carol Munro and her husband, Billy Cameron.

Photo feature: Holy mackerel
This Atka mackerel, shown in a recent photo, was caught in the Valdez Narrows, near Valdez, this month. The fish, more common to the Aleutian Islands than Prince William Sound, are being caught in the waters around Valdez.

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.

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

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.

Poor management led to expensive fire season
In the 1970s and '80s, local woodsmen tried to get the state and borough to allow logging of beetle-killed trees before the wood rotted. No go.

Sponsors, players make Elks golf tourney a success
Thanks for a successful golf tourney.

Businesses, attendees make reunion successful
The KCHS class of 1984 held our 20-year reunion on Aug. 6, 7 and 8. It was fun weekend for all who attended. We would like to thank all of the following businesses for their support and donations towards making our 20-year reunion such a success: Subway, Pepsi, Three Bears, Safeway of Kenai, Fred Meyer, Sweeney's, Buck, Buck, Buck Store in the Peninsula Center Mall, Sun Dog, the Kenai Elks Lodge, Unocal, the Wonder Bread Store, Candy Bouquet, Peninsula Clarion, Little Ski-Mo, Paradisos and the city of Kenai for the use of the park strip.

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.

Tributes to officer, judge appreciated
The Clarion has the most excellent articles on the Opinion and Letters to the Editor page on Aug. 10, one of which was honoring Kenai Officer John Watson, who was killed in line of duty. What a wonderful tribute to a man who loved God.

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.

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.

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.

SoHi, Skyview search for first football win of year
In the race to make the playoffs, nonconference games mean next to nothing in Alaska high school football.

Feeling industrious? Apply appetites to annual event
Those with an appetite for free stuff will have a chance to fill up this weekend at an event designed to highlight industries on the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo feature: River rovers
Anglers head up the Kenai River past Cunningham Park Thursday evening. Fishers trying their luck from the river's bank said they've had good results with silver salmon.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula residents decry policy that meeting be held in Anchorage
Kenai Peninsula residents hoping to sway the Alaska Board of Fisheries on issues ranging from how much fishing time Cook Inlet commercial fishers get to when bait can be used on the Kenai River will have to travel to Anchorage to do so.

Stormo gets his team back after 2-month battle
Sig Stormo, whose dogs have been in the possession of the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AKSPCA) for more than 70 days, got his dogs back earlier this week after a long and sordid affair.

Center gets Reeve grant
Homer's Independent Living Center has been awarded a $7,500 grant from a foundation created by former Superman actor Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed after a fall during an equestrian competition in 1995.

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.

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.

Aurora finds gas across Cook Inlet
Aurora Gas LLC has announced a successful drilling and testing operation at its Kaloa No. 2 Well on the west side of Cook Inlet, finding natural gas that could produce an estimated 10 million cubic feet per day.

Charles C. Miller
Longtime Kasilof resident Charles C. Miller died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at his home in Kasilof. He was 77.

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

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

American men keep medal hopes alive
ATHENS, Greece Written off after their opener and branded failures back home, Stephon Marbury and the Americans are showing signs that they just might be the team to beat after all.

IAAF launches investigation into Greek scandal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) Track's governing body began investigating Thursday whether two Greek sprinters who withdrew from the Olympics had tried repeatedly to avoid doping testers.

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.

Crawford leads U.S. sweep of 200 meters
ATHENS, Greece Shawn Crawford stood silently amid the Greek chorus of whistles and boos delaying his race. For four minutes, he fought to stay composed while rowdy fans chanted the name of their country and their disgraced sprinting star.

U.S. women nab gold
ATHENS, Greece An hour after the game, Mia Hamm was still on the field, hugging, crying, and posing for pictures with an Olympic gold medal around her neck.

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?

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.

Poll: Intense support maintains deadlock in presidential race
WASHINGTON Voters are so deadlocked on their choice for president that the campaigns will need to focus on keeping the intensity of support high and turning them out on Election Day, according to pollsters who conducted a bipartisan survey.

HEA members will benefit by increase in co-op's debt cap
The board of directors of Homer Electric Association is unanimous in encouraging members of the cooperative to vote "yes" on a special election ballot proposition that would increase the co-op's debt limit from $150 million to $450 million.

Around the Peninsula
Craft, bake sale fund-raiser plannedBear Safe neighborhood meeting setFarmers' market open Saturdays'Tonka' fund-raiser slatedSkyview to host cross country runningFinal city races heldSummer program endsButchering class scheduledKenai Pubic Health plans one-day closureSocial Security reps to visit areaDevelopmental screening offeredPhone card donations sought

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

Church Briefs
Abuse prevention program slatedWellspring seminar plannedFall Bible study schedule announcedWomen's prayer group to meetBible study slatedFamily worship offered ThursdaysClothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Black Baptists hope meeting will create unified voice in facing social problems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The week of Labor Day, black Baptists will be assembling as they do each year, but simultaneously in separate cities, the result of a history of splintering during the past century.

Audit checking Catholic dioceses' reforms begins
WASHINGTON (AP) The second annual audit of U.S. Roman Catholic dioceses' compliance with nationwide sex abuse reforms the bishops approved in 2002 has begun with small changes from the 2003 round.

Murkowski plans 'faith-based' office
ANCHORAGE Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday he intends to establish a faith-based office and advisory council to work with religious and other social service agencies.

Learning doesn't end with childhood
Learning. It is supposed to be a life-long journey.

SoHi netters defeat SkyHi in five games
The Soldotna and Skyview high school volleyball teams met in the first Northern Lights Conference match of the season Thursday at Soldotna, and the contest proved to be a dandy as the Stars scratched out a five-game win.

SoHi girls set sights on state running title
The Kenai Peninsula's high school harriers will have a chance to see where they rank with much of the rest of the state as cross country teams prepare for Saturday's Skyview Invitational.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions to hold motocross city raceSilver Salmon looking for new membersRacing Lions ready for Sprint InviteSteelers get past EaglesCalifornia advances to U.S. ChampionshipPavin leads Buick Championship

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

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.

NCAA denies reinstatement for Williams
LOS ANGELES (AP) Mike Williams was shut out again.

Imported mountain goats still thriving
BAKER CITY, Ore. Baker County beef sizzles on grills across the West, and the potatoes are chopped into famously tasty french fries. But you can't order the county's newest exports from any restaurant's menu.

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