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Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Yankees show no mercy
NEW YORK After a daylong wait for an afternoon doubleheader that got turned into a single night game, the New York Yankees found their 1-2 punch.

Astros keep winning
HOUSTON Astros pitcher Brandon Backe hit his first career homer, a two-run shot, and allowed one run in seven innings to keep Houston in the thick of the NL wild-card chase with an 11-5 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

No losers at 4-H Market Livestock Auction
It wasn't just the 4-H members and families that benefited from this year's record results at the 4-H Junior Market Livestock (JML) Auction, indeed the success of the event will spin-off into local community and even global good will all year long.

Industry Appreciation Day draws thousands
After heavy rains throughout the Central Peninsula soaked many events last Friday night, the storm clouds parted Saturday over Kenai for the 12th Annual Industry Appreciation Days.

Outdoors
Well, since John is off traveling to far points to the south and east, I (Taby) thought I would sneak a few words in. It has been a tremendously hectic summer as I am sure it has been for all of you.

Private DMV services available in Soldotna
A visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may no longer mean taking a day off from the job. According to DMV Director Duane Bannock, the first private non-state operated DMV alternative in Alaska is now operating in Soldotna.

Sheilah-Margaret wants you as a mentor
School is back in session and so is the call for Aspirations Advocates (mentors) to participate in this year's program.

NOW PLAYING: Wicker Park
Josh Hartnett is fast becoming the poster child for deep, heart-wrenching angst. Remember his tortured love affair with Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor? Remember how much fun that was? Ok, turn the volume way down and add a couple hundred more pounds of baggage and you'll be approaching the pathos he achieves in this week's romantic "thriller," Wicker Park.

Assembly should not pass up scenic byway opportunity
As an exiled Alaskan currently living in Texas, I was dismayed and appalled by Grace Merkes' prejudiced and narrow-minded comments regarding the National Scenic Byway status up for vote at the most recent assembly meeting for the Sterling Highway.

'Road rage' article left wrong impression; no names used
The Aug. 29 front page article "Road rage" created some unfortunate impressions which I wish to correct. Although the article was factually correct, it gave the impression that individual members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly were mentioned by name in my comments to the Soldotna City Council on Aug. 25. This is not correct as Assembly President Pete Sprague and the Clarion reporter, who were present at the council meeting, can verify.

More people to be thanked for help with WRCC run
The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center would like to apologize for omitting the following names in the Applause letter that ran Aug. 26.

Help with old-timers' luncheon appreciated
Our special thanks to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center staff and volunteers who helped to make our annual old-timers' luncheon such a success. We realize this is a lot of extra work, and we really appreciate the effort.

Sadler looking good for spot in playoffs
FONTANA, Calif. Elliott Sadler has an appointment to be fitted for a tuxedo.

Victims identified
Two Anchorage men who died Saturday in a boating accident in Resurrection Bay have been identified by Alaska State Troopers.

Trial in brutal assault to start
The trial of a man charged with attempting to murder a Soldotna woman in February 2002, is set to get under way in Superior Court in Kenai this week.

Kenai River project designed to catch information on cohos
By their very nature, coho salmon are an elusive bunch.

Schwarzenegger's speech deserves special mention
It should be mandatory viewing for students in civics class. It should be played in a loop at Ellis Island.

Research shows marriage good for kids, communities
Since I announced the creation of a healthy marriage initiative in Alaska, there has been considerable interest and discussion throughout the state.

Republicans hear from philosopher, researcher, visionary
What made the Republican National Convention unique was the cohesiveness of three speeches that were written separately and delivered by different men. Taken together, they dovetailed nicely.

Births
Crista and Rusty Hippchen of Funny River announce the birth of their son, Tyler Ray Hippchen, at 4:28 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 1.5 ounces and measured 20.75 inches.

Community News
CARTS provides rides for vetsLibrary plans September eventsFashion show planned

Horse show offers 4-H'ers chance to show off skills, earn awards
The following 4-H members received horse show awards :

4-H youth clean up at Kenai Peninsula State Fair
The following is the second half of a list of 4-H members who were honored with awards at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik:

Around the Peninsula
Library commission cancels meetingMeeting on on-bottom aquatic farming setFish and Game advisory to meetGenealogical society to meetCampfire ban liftedPhone card donations sought

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

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

Davenport eclipses Venus
NEW YORK Venus Williams was grunting loudly, Lindsay Davenport was muttering to herself, and about 20,000 fans were jumping out of their seats after each point.

New attitude has CIA senior cruising
A new outlook has Cook Inlet Academy senior Brian Beeson clocking his fastest times on the cross country trails.

Singh takes over No. 1 ranking
NORTON, Mass. Vijay Singh has been playing the best golf in the world for a long time. Now he has Tiger Woods' No. 1 ranking to prove it.

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