Sunday, September 5, 2004

Playoff races and record chases: still lots of baseball left
For Barry Bonds, Ichiro Suzuki and half the teams in the major leagues, Labor Day means one thing: Be it playoff races or record chases, there's still a lot of work to be done.

Giants score late to defeat D-Backs
SAN FRANCISCO Dustan Mohr doubled in the tying run in the eighth and Deivi Cruz followed with a go-ahead two-run single, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 9-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Rangers' Young ends Boston's 10-game winning streak
BOSTON The Boston Red Sox lost for the first time in 11 games, falling to the Texas Rangers 8-6 Saturday and missing a chance to pull within 1 1/2 games of the New York Yankees in the AL East.

SoHi tops Homer in NLC tilt
Garrett Gardner rushed for 138 yards and scored three touchdowns Saturday as Soldotna defeated host Homer 35-8 in the Northern Lights Conference opener for both teams.

Kardinals pound guest Bears, 53-0
On or off the island, Kodiak can't seem to get much going against Kenai.

Kenai takes home debut
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team defeated the visiting Homer Mariners in four games in its first home match of the season, but the Kardinals also saw a lot of room for improvement in their performance Friday.

Ravens wrap up Bulldogs
Eielson is not about to let smoke keep it from defending its Great Land Conference title.

Alaskans headed to Florida to help hurricane victims
As Hurricane Frances thrashes Florida with more than 90 mph winds in what emergency officials there have said could be a "marathon of anxiety and devastation," three members of the American Red Cross of Alaska are on their way to help.

Project GRAD earning support
Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula, a reform program working to improve student achievement at 12 area schools, has received grants to help send program graduates to college.

Law enforcement adds Labor Day weekend patrols
Alaska State Troopers and police have extra officers on the roads during the Labor Day weekend patrolling for drunk drivers in an attempt to prevent accidents.

Blaze presents challenges for permit hunters
Activity remains quiet on the 8,600-acre Glacier Creek Fire and Bear Creek Trail is open again to the general public, putting to rest the fears of hunters lucky enough to be drawn for permit DM538 in Game Management Unit 15B who believed they would be unable to hunt.

Photo feature: Fill 'er up
Captain Burn-ee is reflected in a van as he and others associated with Central Emergency Services solicit donations for the Alaska chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual Fill the Boot fund drive in Soldotna on Saturday.

Small businesses get help reaching big market
From Native drums to bottled water, a new Web site is looking to help market products made on the Kenai Peninsula.

Lynn Alan Holmes
Kenai- and Nikiski-area resident Lynn Alan Holmes died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, after a battle with cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

Carl Anderson Dennis
Carl Anderson Dennis of Kenai died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with his wife, "Dodie," by his side. He was 86.

George W. Zimmer Sr.
Cooper Landing resident George W. Zimmer Sr. died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, in Cooper Landing. He was 76.

Carl E. Tyger
Longtime Sterling resident Carl E. Tyger died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at his home in Sterling. He was 80.

Christopher James Robinson
North Pole resident Christopher James Robinson died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at his home. He was 21.

Thumbing a ride proves to be most difficult part of weekend adventure
For anyone who has never tried it, hitchhiking requires a whole lot of creativity, spontaneity and an insatiable appetite for adventure. It's fun, cheaper than driving and is good for the environment.

Glacier Creek Fire benefits outweigh its inconveniences
It's hard to think of fire as being beneficial, especially when you're breathing smoke as Kenai Peninsula residents have been.

Be prepared: Taxes going up
NEW YORK At their national convention, Republicans were long on rhetoric and short on specifics on how to pay for an economic agenda in a second Bush administration.

For 1 survivor, sorting remains gives solace, pain
NEW YORK Thousands of lives were shattered on Sept. 11, and for three years one woman was the guardian of the traces they left behind.

Photo feature: Back to black
The aurora borealis fills the sky between the Big Dipper and the Chugach Mountains and reflects in the still water of Harriman Fjord recently. The aurora, or northern lights, is always present but it takes the dark skies of winter to set the stage for its late-night performance. At top, A meteor cuts a path across streaks left by stars during a long time exposure. The night sky offers an ever-changing panorama and is filled with interesting objects for careful observers.

Sept. 11 still a problematic date for couples planning weddings
NEW YORK Rich Rowland Jr. and Kim Terhune wanted to get married in September and settled on the second Saturday of the month: Sept. 11.

September: Some planets, constellations swing into view
Uranus and Neptune are the evening planets this month, appearing very low in the south to southeast in the late evening. To find Uranus, binoculars are advised. Also, check out or similar observing Web pages or the April through September issues of Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines at the Kenai, Soldotna and KPC libraries. They feature charts and information that is easier to follow than I could describe here.

Couple who met as Seahawks fans wed at 50-yard line
SEATTLE (AP) Alexis Russo and her father advanced from the 20-yard line to midfield at Qwest Field without anybody even thinking of a tackle.

Briton pauses in Anchorage on global bike quest for kids' charity
ANCHORAGE Alastair Humphreys sat in a respectable downtown Anchorage cafe wearing a wrinkled yellow T-shirt and faded shorts, sunglasses tucked cozily atop his scruffy blond hair.

Around the Peninsula
Library commission cancels meetingShelter network meeting slatedFox Island cruise fund-raiser setWRCC fund-raiser setHelp available for home daycare providers

Birthday includes wild leap
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) A woman who has six children, 35 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren jumped from an airplane to celebrate her 93rd birthday.

Center offers support for people who lost loved ones
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. Margie Miller knew the look.

Man is Interior's Johnny Appleseed
FAIRBANKS Clair Lammers strolls through his Fairbanks fruit orchard like a man visiting his children.

Adopting abused pets takes extra care
Animal cruelty takes on many forms and can be found virtually everywhere, but fortunately there are laws to protect creatures mistreated by their human care givers.

U.S. soccer team beats El Salvador
FOXBORO, Mass. Brian Ching got another big goal, and the United States received the gift of jewelry.

Freshman leads Michigan to victory
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Freshman Chad Henne threw two touchdowns in a surprising start for Michigan, helping the eighth-ranked Wolverines to a 43-10 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday that ended the nation's longest winning streak.

Motocross keeps getting bigger on Kenai Peninsula
The surging popularity of motocross and quad racing, and the reasons behind it, were on display on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at Twin Cities Raceway.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls tops at Skyview swim meet
The Skyview High School swim team hosted Kenai Central, Soldotna and Seward for a day of dual-meet competition Saturday at the Skyview pool.

Sports Briefs
Faulkner, Wythe take Mariner TriathlonSeward slips past Skyview

Sharapova takes U.S. Open upset in stride
NEW YORK Maria Sharapova and her father often trade glances between points. In the stands, Dad pounds his fist on his chest, and she mimics the signal.

Goldstein, Adams win at Seward Invitational
Soldotna's Ari Goldstein and Seward's Matt Adams both won the Seward Invitational by sizable margins Saturday at Seward.

Kenai takes home debut
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team defeated the visiting Homer Mariners in four games in its first home match of the season, but the Kardinals also saw a lot of room for improvement in their performance Friday.

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