Thursday, September 2, 2004

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.

Cubs edge Expos
MONTREAL Nomar Garciaparra scored the go-ahead run on Claudio Vargas' wild pitch in the 11th inning and Mark Grudzielanek added an RBI single to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Montreal Expos 2-1 Wednesday night.

Yanks top Tribe, get back on track
NEW YORK Orlando Hernandez limited the Cleveland Indians to three hits in seven innings and Jorge Posada hit a go-ahead, two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Indians 5-3 Wednesday night.

Business briefs
Area chambers set scheduleKeyBank staffs new branchRaft trip offered to support land trust

Construction spending rises to all-time high
WASHINGTON Construction spending sprang back to life in July, rising to the highest level on record, the government reported Wednesday.

NAFTA rules against U.S. lumber subsidies
WASHINGTON For the third time, a North American Free Trade Agreement panel has ruled that the United States failed to prove its softwood lumber industry is harmed by Canadian imports.

Internet remains work in progress 35 years later
NEW YORK Thirty-five years after computer scientists at UCLA linked two bulky computers using a 15-foot gray cable, testing a new way for exchanging data over networks, what would ultimately become the Internet remains a work in progress.

Oil prices bounce to $44 on government, industry inventory data
NEW YORK (AP) Oil prices bounced nearly $2 to $44 a barrel Wednesday after government and industry data showed a sharp drop last week in the nation's supply a surprise to most traders, who expected inventories to be steady or grow slightly.

707-pound Nikiski pumpkin sets record
Driving by the front of the Tuboscope shop in Nikiski this summer, you'd never suspect anything unusual was tucked away behind the metal building off Old Nikiski Beach Road near the high school.

Fall film stars: Ray, Bridget and Phantom
LOS ANGELES What, no ''Lord of the Rings'' movie this fall? Wake us up when ''The Hobbit'' hits the big screen.

Art Briefs
Art scholarships awardedBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredFavorite poem project solicits submissions

Alaska artist paints clogs for Dansko
ANCHORAGE On a rainy summer afternoon, Anchorage artist Romney Dodd-Ortland brushed red paint into a crosshatch over the toes of two dozen black leather clogs.

Book explains totem poles' significance
Totem poles are an emblem of Alaska, famous the world over. Yet many misconceptions persist about them, and the interesting facts of their artistic, historical and cultural roles are little known.

Professional dancers take new career tracks teaching in Soldotna
The kids at Vergine's Dance Studio in Soldotna this year may not fully grasp the intricacies of ballet, what it's like to audition for a dance company or how much work it takes to be a professional dancer, but they're learning from people who do.

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

KRSA claims hurt community, walk fine line with regulations
My fellow Kenai Peninsula residents, as your state representative for District 33, I've stood on the issues of representing my constituents here on the Kenai. Now I find myself again standing up to special interest once more, in a recent flurry of e-mails and letters to Alaska Department of Fish and Game board support section, Kenai River Sport Fish Association executive director and their founder have made accusations toward my community, as to the public's safety to holding the Board of Fish meetings here in Soldotna this coming January.

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.

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.

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

Violence does happen on Kenai Peninsula
This letter is in response to John McCombs' "When did Soldotna become dangerous?"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Deadline looming for voter sign-up
One down, two to go. Alaska residents exercised their democratic rights last week, voting in the 2004 Alaska Primary Election. But as evidenced by the slew of campaign ads on television and radio, the voting season is far from over.

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.

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.

Kids carry ton of trash from beaches
A program designed to help the city of Kenai deal with damage done to its beaches during the popular summer dipnet fishery netted more than a ton of trash between June and August.

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.

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

Carl Dennis
Kenai resident Carl Dennis died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 86.

Clayton Doyle McAuliffe
Kenai resident Clayton Doyle McAuliffe died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, surrounded by his family at Stonebrook Inn Assisted Living in Soldotna. He was 86.

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

Urban myths have no place in rural game management
Again, Bambi's disciples are hard at it in Alaska, this time to ban at the ballot box the most tightly regulated and controlled form of hunting in the state.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist to meetDrivers' safety class plannedDonor appreciation day scheduledAuction fund-raiser setSocial Security reps to visit areaPhone card donations sought

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Mountain View Elementary
School pictures will be taken today.

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

Soldotna Elementary
Help support the annual fund-raiser at Soldotna

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.

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.

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.

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

Lunch menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Haynes enjoys moment in Open spotlight
NEW YORK (AP) As a tot, Angela Haynes hit her first tennis strokes on the same Compton courts that produced Serena and Venus Williams.

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

Canada has easy time with Slovakia
MONTREAL Ryan Smyth scored two goals to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory over Slovakia on Wednesday night in the World Cup of Hockey.

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

Birch Ridge Report: It's time to relax, and golf
Autumn is, to me, a very peaceful season. September means the end of the hectic chauffeuring of visiting relatives back and forth between fishing holes; the end of watering those stupid violets that never grew any bigger than when I bought them in May; the respite from the constant shedding of dog hair; the end of visiting friends who automatically assume that because I live on a golf course I must be a fantastic player and the stress of having to lie my way out of that one.

Sports Briefs
Bird Homestead Golf Course hosts tourneyKPSC ends season on high noteMourning to attempt comebackPennington gets contract extensionIchiro's monthly hit total the most in 66 yearsAnkiel back in majors

Prosecutors drop Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. The criminal case against Kobe Bryant case collapsed Wednesday as prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge against him, saying they had no choice because the NBA star's accuser no longer wanted to participate.

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