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Wednesday, September 1, 2004

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.

Yankees suffer team's worst loss
NEW YORK The Cleveland Indians sent the New York Yankees to their most-lopsided loss ever, romping 22-0 Tuesday night behind an AL record-tying six hits by Omar Vizquel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reasons abound for meeting in Soldotna
Top 10 reasons to have the Fish Board meet in Soldotna:

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."

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.

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.

Skyview Cross Country Boosters say 'thanks'
Last weekend was the 15th annual Skyview Invitational Cross Country Running Meet. Wow, we had more than 750 athletes running from schools across the state. That's a lot of kids! This is one of the largest races of the season, and it could not happen without a lot of help.

Attorney questions fuss around legal services cuts
I don't understand the fuss regarding Gov. (Frank) Murkowski's $62,500 cut to Alaska Legal Services. This cut is less than 2 percent than the organization's reported $3.2 million budget (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, July 21). Threats of significant layoffs and multiple office closures made by the governor's critics just don't seem to ring true when these numbers are considered.

Residents stand against scenic byway designation
We have to agree with borough assembly member Merkes' analysis of the Sterling Highway scenic issue. From the "Y" to Homer, the road frontage has lots of "Alaskana" to view, contrasting the plastic scenic Seward Highway look from the "Y" to the Turnagain Arm flats, in our opinion. We have enough summer tourists polluting the byways locally. Do we want a Los Angeles type of road gridlock, (with an influx of additional tourists coming here) to view a federally approved and advertised a National Scenic Byway? We think not, as a lot of us moved to this area to escape vehicle congestion.

Firefighters, area businesses made voters' booth success
Central Peninsula League of Women Voters says a great big thank you to the great young men of the Kenai Fire Department for lugging all that stuff to our station and their help in setting it all up at the Industry Appreciation celebration on Saturday.

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.

NASCAR Notes - Storm floods Richmond, another threatens Daytona
FONTANA, Calif. -- As work crews deal with flooding at and around the Richmond International Raceway in the wake of Tropical Storm Gaston, crews at the Daytona International Speedway are "battening down the hatches" as Hurricane Frances approaches.

Limits of creativity
FONTANA, Calif. -- When Dodge submitted its final version of its 2005 race car to NASCAR on Wednesday, engineers could have put all the work in the trunk.

Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
FONTANA, Calif. Many people believe Matt Kenseth's dominating performance last year led to the creation of the Chase for the Championship. Now ranked fifth in the standings with lesser credentials than a year ago, he's in great position to compete for another NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship once the final 10 races start.

This Week: Pop Secret 500
(Race No. 25 of 36)

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.

Security at Front Sight
Reaching the vast majority of the gun-owning population that does not know how to use them is one of the missions of Front Sight, and gun safety is the paramount goal of instructors at the new resort in Nikiski.

What's the buzz? Wasp population booming
Anyone who has stepped outside in the past month probably has noticed the deluge of flying critters in the air.

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

Era Aviation may be up for sale
Era Aviation's Texas-based parent corporation is considering whether to sell the 50-year-old aviation company.

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.

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

Brandon L. Crezee
Kenai resident Brandon L. Crezee died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in a plane crash near McGrath. He was 28.

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.

DEC proposal will hurt businesses it claims to benefit
Few things could be worse for Alaska business than polluting both the state's salmon spawning streams and its name. And yet that is what the state Department of Environmental Conservation proposes in the name of business.

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.

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.

Sitting on the fence
NEW YORK David Tayman is a registered Republican who thinks the economy is turning around, a defense industry worker who considers Democrat John Kerry to be ''flippy-floppy.'' Sounds like a vote for President Bush.

Around the Peninsula
La Leche to meet Basketball league begins Swim lessons offered Shelter network meeting slated Disaster response group seeking volunteers Genealogical society to meet

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

Mountain View Elementary
School pictures will be taken today.

Soldotna Elementary
Help support the annual fund-raiser at Soldotna

Nikiski area schools join at single site
Music streams from the music room.

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary will offer parent training sessions Sept. 15. Two training session times are available: 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Soldotna High
Open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Class of 2004 steady on SAT
The average SAT scores for the class of 2004 were unchanged from the year before, though some minority groups made modest improvements.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The barbecue had a terrific turn out. Thanks to all of the families who attended.

It's not over yet: Late registration designed for busy Alaskans
If you thought you missed the opportunity to sign up for classes this fall, think again. KPC realizes that sometimes the demands of a busy life get in the way of meeting walk-in registration deadlines. That's why students always have the option of registering during the late registration period.

Connections
Enrollment still is being accepted for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. For more information, call 714-8880.

Kenai Middle
Here are the Character Counts students for this week:

Kenai Central High
KCHS will host a back-to-school night starting at 6:30 Thursday. Parents are encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to walk through their students' daily schedule.

Wings Christian Academy
The new school year has brought several new faces to Wings. In the Upper Learning Center, there are three new students:

Districtwide events planned
There will be no school Monday due to Labor Day.

Cook Inlet Academy
The school parking lot is being expanded behind the gym to accommodate the increase in students and staff.

Soldotna Middle
Open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The event will include a "mini day," with parents following children through an abbreviated class schedule.

Tustumena Elementary
The school is seeking nominations for its site council. There are two seats available at this time.

Redoubt Elementary
A cereal and milk breakfast is available to Redoubt students free of charge each school morning in the gym through Love INC and volunteers. Donations of cash and low-sugar cereal are needed. Contact Diane Bush at 262-8570 if you can help.

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.

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.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Thursday is picture day for all students. Senior pictures need to be turned into the yearbook committee no later than Sept. 28.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available 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 Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Game on!
MONTREAL (AP) The hockey rivalry between the United States and Canada is very much alive.

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.

Hockey officiating seminars scheduled
Training seminars for hockey officials for the Kenai Peninsula have been scheduled for the following times:

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.

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.

Looking forward to plenty more golf
There are many birdies and pars waiting to be had at Kenai Golf Course. The Kenai Golf Course is being spruced up at this time. The deck will soon be replaced, lots of trimming is going on here and there, the greens are getting their regular TLC they get each year at this time.

Ready for Prime Time: Ravens sign Sanders
OWINGS MILLS, Md. Deion Sanders is back in the NFL, this time with the Baltimore Ravens.

Sharapova returns in time
NEW YORK Maria Sharapova nearly found out just how quickly one can go from diva to disaster.

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