Tuesday, August 31, 2004

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.

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.

Maddux helps Baker to win No. 1,000
MONTREAL Greg Maddux threw seven shutout innings for his 302nd career win, manager Dusty Baker earned his 1,000th victory and the Chicago Cubs beat the Montreal Expos 5-2 on Monday night.

Marathon announces discovery at Kasilof well
Marathon Oil Co. says it has a new natural gas discovery in Cook Inlet. In an Aug. 13 briefing for news reporters in Anchorage, the company said its Kasilof exploration well drilled last year found gas. Details of the discovery, such as the rate of flow and an estimate of reserves, were not disclosed.

ANGDA: LNG prospects warrant further strides
The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority is preparing its required reports on the feasibility of an Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project that would market North Slope gas.

Ninilchik State Fair inaugurates Backwoods Woman competition...
While Olympians were battling for gold in the land where the Olympics were born, Jody Asimakopoulo, of Soldotna, took the chainsaw in the first ever Backwoods Woman competition at the Ninilchik State Fair. Jody is Alaskan born, but her husband Nick hails from Greece. The Backwoods Woman champion says her sister put her up to it at the last minute because they wanted the chainsaw to do some tree stump carving at their mother's place. "It was a lot of hard work, there was a lot of heavy wood to carry and stack. I think the older women had experience on their side and seemed to do better, but it sure was a lot of fun," said Asimakopoulo.

New UAA Chancellor welcomes community back to KPC
With all the changes and innovations taking place at Kenai Peninsula College, attending the annual welcome back to school community barbeque has become necessary for anyone wishing to stay up to date with the popular Kenai Peninsula campus.

Marathon marks 50 years in Alaska
Marathon Oil Company is celebrating half a century of operations in the 49th state this year and marking five decades of energy development that began in 1954 with the signing of the company's first oil and gas lease agreement on the Kenai Peninsula.

The best ever Kenai Peninsula State Fair
For more than half a century the Kenai Peninsula State Fair at Ninilchik has been known as the biggest little fair in the country, and this year it was even bigger with new crowd pleasing events like the first ever Racing Pigs and the Backwoods Woman competition.

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?

Merkes responds to comments on assembly's byway vote
Most of you have probably read the Clarion's front-page article "Road rage: Council upset with byway vote." I feel compelled to respond to Mayor (Dave) Carey's comments about "not very pleased" and to "taking offense to comments made by assembly members, especially those by assembly member Grace Merkes."

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

League appreciates voters, offers reminders for election
The Central Peninsula League of Women Voters wishes to thank all those who participated in the latest election, especially those willing to run for office. We would like to remind you to remove your campaign signs if you will not be running in the general election.

Motorcycle rally, events made possible by businesses, helpers
Recently, the Goldwing Road Riders Association (GWRRA), Chapter P hosted its second annual Midnight Sun Rally in Soldotna.

Rusty Wallace to retire after 2005 NASCAR season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace will retire after the 2005 season, saying he is concerned about getting hurt and wants to leave at the top of his game. His decision was influenced by the death of rival Dale Earnhardt in a Daytona 500 crash in 2001.

Smoky skies raise concerns about air quality, health risks
It's baa-ack. Smoke from the Glacier Creek Fire burning at the east end of Tustumena Lake again hazed the skies over Kenai and Soldotna on Monday.

Area health services may expand
The top hospital executive told the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. board of directors Thursday evening that chances are good that the Renal Care Group of Anchorage may open a facility within the hospital service area by next year.

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.

Stein to fill DA slot
June Stein has been named as the new Kenai District Attorney, replacing Dwayne McConnell, who is retiring Wednesday.

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.

Dolores Glode McGillis
Soldotna resident Dolores Glode McGillis died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, in Whitefish, Mont. She was 68.

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

Athens' next problem: What to do with venues?
ATHENS, Greece The athletes have packed up. Olympic banners are coming down.

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.

Greece's games were gold
ATHENS, Greece Efharisto!

Bush the 'compassionate conservative' returns for convention
NEW YORK For months, President Bush has been courting his core conservative supporters. Now, in a New York minute, he's shifting his focus to moderates, independents and Democrats not entirely sold on John Kerry.

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.

Senate campaign likely to get worse before it gets better
Enjoy this brief pause while you can. In fact, it may be so brief that it'll be over very soon.

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

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

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:

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimists to meetSquare dances plannedSterling seniors hold fund-raiserPublic health centers plan one-day closureSwim lessons offeredShelter network meeting slatedWRCC in need of volunteersGenealogical society to meetSeniors plan fall fund-raiser

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

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.

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

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

Hurricane Charley doesn't stop primary
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. Hurricane Charley has forced Cathy Petzold out of her home for up to a year, but the storm didn't stop her from voting.

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

Cowboys look good vs. Titans
IRVING, Texas Vinny Testaverde and Keyshawn Johnson were hooking up again like old times. But Eddie George did nothing against his old team.

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

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

Brazil plans appeal for attack on marathoner
ATHENS, Greece Brazilian sports officials blamed inadequate course security for a defrocked priest's bizarre attack on the Olympic marathon leader, and said Monday they will appeal to world track authorities for a duplicate gold medal.

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

Lemieux feels good for hockey World Cup
MONTREAL (AP) Canadian captain Mario Lemieux feels a lot better heading into the World Cup of Hockey than he did leading the gold-medal winning 2002 Olympic team.

Serena Williams looks good, plays even better at Open
NEW YORK Dressed for a night on the town, Serena Williams was all business in her first match in 4 1/2 weeks.

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