Monday, August 30, 2004

Cards match last year's win total by nabbing Pirates
PITTSBURGH Reggie Sanders hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals matched last year's total with their 85th win, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Saturday.

Delgado helps Jays smash slump
TORONTO Carlos Delgado homered in Toronto's five-run seventh inning and the Blue Jays ended a five-game losing skid with a 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday after a power outage delayed the start for about an hour.

Homer happy Yankees blow past Blue Jays
TORONTO Tony Clark homered three times for the first time in his career, Ruben Sierra hit a grand slam for his 300th homer, and Gary Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez also connected to lead the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 18-6 on Saturday.

Curacao wins Little League World Series
S.WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Carlos Pineda looked shaky when he started with three consecutive balls and then hit California's leadoff batter. But he got a lot better in a hurry.

Faculty shortage means nurse shortage
TRENTON, N.J. At nursing schools from New Jersey to California, a surge of applicants who could ease the nation's worsening shortage of nurses are being turned away because many schools can't find enough qualified professors.

Seward resident cited for poaching
Having opened on Aug. 20, the moose hunting season has only just begun. Yet, wildlife authorities already have bagged a few violators taking game illegally or unethically.

Dealing with Hollywood week in and week out can be a little depressing. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I mean, who gets to do what I do?

Soldotna official rebutts decision of Board of Fish
This letter was submitted to the Alaska Board of Fish members and local media.

Nikiski stays undefeated; SoHi gets first victory; Kenai Central handed first loss
Muddy field conditions didn't slow down Nikiski's offense Saturday, as the Bulldogs rolled past the Anchorage Christian School Lions 42-6 in Great Land Conference action at Chugiak High School. The win puts Nikiski at 3-0 in the conference.

Mental errors stop Skyview
Skyview gained more than twice as many total yards on offense as the Wasilla Warriors Saturday. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Warriors ended up with twice as many points.

Earnhardt ends slump with Bristol win
BRISTOL, Tenn. Dale Earnhardt Jr. never denied his team was struggling. He never pretended he was a favorite for the Nextel Cup championship.

Meeting clears smoke for residents near fire
A public information meeting held at Tustumena Elementary School on Friday put to rest many fears that the small, but concerned, group of citizens in attendance had about about the ongoing Glacier Creek Fire.

Annual event focuses on community cooperation
Name: Henry. Age: 6 months. Weight: 325 pounds. Taste: delicious. The description refers to a 4-H hog raised by Jesse Chumley, bought by Sen. Tom Wagoner and Rep. Mike Chenault and donated to the barbecue for this year's Industry Appreciation Day.

Road rage: Council upset with byway vote
The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday criticized the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for failing to support a proposed plan to designate the Sterling Highway as a state Scenic Byway.

Kenai DA sets sights on South
After working 22 years for the state of Alaska, District Attorney Dwayne McConnell is retiring Wednesday from his position as the top prosecutor on the Kenai Peninsula. No replacement has been named.

Annual luncheon offers chance to reminisce
A group of longtime Kenai Peninsula residents gathered last week to continue what has become an annual tradition. More than 100 homesteaders, family and friends showed up Thursday for the old-timers lunch at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Charles Clemmons Miller
Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Charles Clemmons Miller died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at his home on Cohoe Loop. He was 77.

Greece's games were gold
ATHENS, Greece Efharisto!

Hamm to carry flag at closing ceremony
ATHENS, Greece Retiring soccer star Mia Hamm was elected by her fellow U.S. athletes to carry the nation's flag in Sunday's closing Olympic ceremony.

Matharon runner takes bronze despite attack
ATHENS, Greece Stefano Baldini of Italy took the lead two miles from the finish to win the gold medal and American Meb Keflezighi won silver Sunday in an Olympic marathon disrupted by a costumed intruder who grabbed the race leader with about three miles to go.

China cannot wait until 2008
ATHENS, Greece Even before the athletes claim all the gold at the Athens Games, the buildup to the 2008 Beijing Olympics is in full swing.

U.S. men's basketball team recovers for silver medal
ATHENS, Greece Bronze is better than nothing. That's one Olympic lesson the U.S. men's basketball team was able to understand.

War in Iraq dominates Bush presidency, re-election bid
NEW YORK War is hell on a presidency. And it plays havoc with presidential campaigns.

Prison abuse wrong, but nothing next to life under Saddam
Having Abu Ghraib prison incidents back in the news provides the liberal media a chance to shift the focus from John Kerry's self-inflicted problems to something they hope will damage President Bush.

Keeping spouse's surprise party under wraps no simple task
There are some things that are too good to pass up: chocolate, free airline miles, a free lunch, good advice, chocolate, buying furniture with zero percent down and no interest for one year, puppies, chocolate and anything where you can buy one, get one free.

Board of Fisheries should not fear heated debate
The Alaska Board of Fisheries needs to change its policy of meeting only in the state's largest cities and reconsider its decision to hold its January meeting on upper Cook Inlet issues in Anchorage, not Soldotna.

Politics mirrors baseball teams
WASHINGTON On national political maps, Republicans are red and Democrats are blue, but when it comes to the national pastime the parties switch colors.

Peninsula People
Soldotna youth earns scholarshipsParker graduates Naval training

Community News
Islands and Ocean Center plans fall eventsAviation scholarships availableArtists in Schools accepting applicationsAffordable helmets available

Crystal Dawn and Billy McCawley Kensinger Heidi Thompson Blaschka and Thomas Blaschka Emily and William Earl Hibpshman Teresa Nushart and Delen Anderson Emily and Mike Macvie

Around the Peninsula
PenDOG gearing up for classesDonor appreciation day scheduledFox Island cruise fund-raiser setHealth services collaborative to meetAquatic farming public comment extended

Going on a road trip? Try alternatives to highway fast food
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. If you're road-tripping this summer, chances are you'll end up at one of those nondescript highway rest stops that serve mainly juicy burgers, greasy fries and syrupy soft drinks. But the way food gurus Nikki and David Goldbeck see it, travel is no excuse for eating badly.

Fair games: Residents honored at Kenai Peninsula State Fair
Organizers of the Kenai Peninsula State Fair, held Aug. 19 to 22 in Ninilchik, announced last week the winners of several fair competitions.

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers needed for auctionKenai River group to meetButchering class scheduledDrivers' safety class plannedKennel club agility trials slatedWRCC fund-raiser setBlood donors needed

Extension agent always looking to attain, spread wisdom
It all started with rabbits.

Youth show off skills with 4-H competitions
The following 4-H members were honored with awards at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik:

Lynch, White set November date
Valerie Lynch of Nikiski and Nathan White of Kenai have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at Soldotna Church of the Nazarene.

Goodwin, McCree marry at Captain Cook
Deborah Goodwin and Robert McCree were married Saturday, July 10, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Captain Cook State Park overlooking Cook Inlet. Ken Hepner, friend of the bride and groom, officiated.

Teething puppies can be terrors without right care
As anyone who has ever raised a puppy can tell you, nothing in your home is safe once they begin teething. Shoes, furniture, the remote, your hands and other dogs all may be taste-tested by a young pup looking to ease the pain of erupting teeth. But there are ways to relieve their pain and keep your home safe.

A familiar tail: Dachshunds have reunion
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) For Sampson, it was finding his sister Carmen. Chelsea Joy was happy to see her sister Bliss.

Howell renews Student Services position
Bill Howell joins Kenai Peninsula College after a long career as a Navy submariner and Naval ROTC commander, including at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

New faces make appearance at KPC 'welcome back' event
Kenai Peninsula College welcomed students back to school Thursday with its annual fall barbecue at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna, offering the community an opportunity to register for fall courses, tour school facilities and meet the people who provide lifelong education in the central peninsula.

Maimon is first woman chancellor at UAA
Dr. Elaine Maimon is the University of Alaska Anchorage's first female chancellor. Selected last April to replace retiring Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch, Maimon will oversee directors of UAA and its community campuses, which include Kenai Peninsula College's Soldotna, Homer and Seward sites.

Sports Briefs
Double dual opens swim seasonRacing Lions hold city race

Nikiski volleyball downs Seward
The Nikiski volleyball team defeated host Seward Friday night in Southcentral Conference action, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-23. It was the Southcentral Conference opener for both schools.

Sports Briefs
Everyone wins in MetroStars, Crew matchGiants go with Warner over Manning

Rain puts crimp in circle track racing
The opening night of the 2004 Sprint Invitational at Twin Cities Raceway was held under lights but, alas, was not held under a roof.

Austin wins Buick in playoff
CROMWELL, Conn. Woody Austin is finally getting a grip on his nerves and it's starting to pay off.

Goldstein, Cherry still dominant
The first big meet of the high school cross country season is a chance for runners to check out the competition and find out just where they rank with athletes from around the state.

Engberg, Crowley capture Morgan titles
Paula Crowley and Bill Engberg outlasted some stiff competition Sunday to earn titles at the Donnie Morgan Kenai Golf Association Fall Classic at the Kenai Golf Course

Falcons defeat Bengals
ATLANTA For the second straight week, Matt Schaub passed for three touchdowns, leading the Atlanta Falcons past the Cincinnati Bengals and their young quarterback, Carson Palmer, 37-10, in a preseason game Saturday night.

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