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Thursday, September 9, 2004

Yankees blow past slumping Devil Rays
NEW YORK Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui each hit two-run doubles, and Jon Lieber struck out a season-high nine to lead the New York Yankees past the slumping Tampa Bay Devil Rays 11-2 on Tuesday night.

Santana dominates opposition again
BALTIMORE Johan Santana pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for his 10th straight victory, and Matt LeCroy homered to cap a seven-run second inning that carried the Minnesota Twins past the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Astros pound way to 12th straight victory
HOUSTON Roger Clemens got his 326th win to tie Eddie Plank for 11th on the career list, and the Houston Astros hit four first-inning home runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Wednesday and take over the NL wild-card lead following their 12th straight win.

Bush pilot culture targeted in reducing plane crashes
ANCHORAGE Freedom to Joe Darminio is landing on a 200-foot sandbar as easily as a paved runway, deep in Alaska's wilderness where the twisted hemlocks and the occasional brown bear are the only company to be found.

Technology meets up with fast-food lane
PITTSBURGH Do you want fries with that? Never mind, we already know.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleWells Fargo renews donations program

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleWells Fargo renews donations program

Technology meets up with fast-food lane
PITTSBURGH Do you want fries with that? Never mind, we already know.

Juneau businesses want tax break
JUNEAU (AP) Most business owners in Juneau would escape paying personal property tax under a proposal floated by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Juneau businesses want tax break
JUNEAU (AP) Most business owners in Juneau would escape paying personal property tax under a proposal floated by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Bush pilot culture targeted in reducing plane crashes
ANCHORAGE Freedom to Joe Darminio is landing on a 200-foot sandbar as easily as a paved runway, deep in Alaska's wilderness where the twisted hemlocks and the occasional brown bear are the only company to be found.

'Jeopardy' regular wins big
NEW YORK (AP) ''Jeopardy!'' master Ken Jennings has advanced his winning streak to 39, picking up another $10,001 and bringing his total money won to $1,331,661.

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

Entertaining saga stars Ninilchik elder
"Any Tonnage, Any Ocean" is a biography of Captain Walter Jackinsky Jr., age 88, a retired master mariner for the Alaska Marine Highway System and patriarch of one of Ninilchik's founding families. His life story shows how seemingly ordinary people can lead extraordinary lives.

Trump is fired up for 'Apprentice' return
NEW YORK With a new round of ''The Apprentice'' ready to go, Donald Trump is fired. Fired up, that is. Maybe even more fired up than usual.

Opera gets political in search for new audiences
LONDON Puccini's ''Madama Butterfly'' tackled interracial love and U.S. imperialism in Asia; Verdi's ''La Traviata'' put a tubercular prostitute center stage.

Art Briefs
Art scholarships awardedPhoto submissions wantedBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredFavorite poem project solicits submissionsResource for artists announced

Court rules 'sampling' may violate law
NASHVILLE, Tenn. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that rap artists should pay for every musical sample included in their work even minor, unrecognizable snippets of music.

Unstructured jam sessions lead to creative bluegrass music
The people who spend several evening hours together at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna the first Thursday of every month are a diverse bunch old and young, men and women, college kids and retirees, an art teacher, environmentalist, electrician, music teacher, orthodontist, airplane mechanic, bed and breakfast owner, government workers and others. Though quite different in many respects, they all share at least two commonalities an interest in bluegrass music and a desire to jam.

DC comics have 'Identity Crisis'
LOS ANGELES Superheroes die all the time.

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

Art Briefs
Art scholarships awardedPhoto submissions wantedBallroom dancing classes slatedArt classes for home-schoolers to beginArt funding awards offeredFavorite poem project solicits submissionsResource for artists announced

Entertaining saga stars Ninilchik elder
"Any Tonnage, Any Ocean" is a biography of Captain Walter Jackinsky Jr., age 88, a retired master mariner for the Alaska Marine Highway System and patriarch of one of Ninilchik's founding families. His life story shows how seemingly ordinary people can lead extraordinary lives.

Unstructured jam sessions lead to creative bluegrass music
The people who spend several evening hours together at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna the first Thursday of every month are a diverse bunch old and young, men and women, college kids and retirees, an art teacher, environmentalist, electrician, music teacher, orthodontist, airplane mechanic, bed and breakfast owner, government workers and others. Though quite different in many respects, they all share at least two commonalities an interest in bluegrass music and a desire to jam.

Sponsors help Skyview grads party safely with friends
The Skyview After-Graduation Party Committee of the class of 2004 would like to express our appreciation to all the businesses and individuals that made our after-graduation party a huge success. We had more than 150 kid

Sexy Seniors keeping busy with cleaning projects
The Cooper Landing Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners had several projects going on this year dealing with trash and litter.

Resident found singing contest biased, unfair
I am writing this article in regards to the Sing From The Heart contest recently held by The Peninsula Center Mall merchants. The procedures that were used were unethical and in very poor taste, from the judges that were asked to participate, clear down to the way the contestants were judged.

Sterling community rolls out carpet for Cinderella
I moved from Sterling to Soldotna recently. I moved our bodies but my wife and my hearts will always remain in old Naptown Sterling.

Organizers appreciate support for contest
Sue Gill with Alaska's Hairlines, Karen Cowan with Crosshairs of Alaska, Glen and Becky Martin and the Peninsula Center Mall merchants would like to thank our community, contestants, judges, volunteers and sponsors for making our nonprofit-sponsored Sing From the Heart contest a wonderful success.

Residents enjoy 'toys' at Industry Day event
I want to add my appreciation for the Industry Appreciation Day and all those who worked to put the event together. The "Big Tonka Toys on the Bluff" was a particular favorite event for us to watch.

Orchestra appreciates community support
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra most gratefully acknowledges our major sponsors of the Summer Music Festival held Aug. 2 to 15: Unocal Oil and Gas Co., The Homer Foundation, ConocoPhillips Alaska and Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Republican favors Knowles for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat
I am a Republican who plans to vote for Tony Knowles for U.S. Senator for several reasons.

Newsmaker: Bill Elliott
FONTANA, Calif. Bill Elliott doesn't spend a lot of time at the racetrack these days, now that he's retired from a full-time schedule on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

This week: Chevy Rock 'N Roll 400
(Race No. 26 of 36)

Stakes on the rise, as are concerns about fairness
RICHMOND, Va. The talk going into Saturday night's Chevy Rock 'N Roll 400 at the Richmond International Raceway is about the new Chase for the Championship, and how nine drivers will be fighting for the final four qualifying spots to compete for the series championship.

NASCAR Notes - Drivers on the 'Chase' bubble ready for Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- As far as Ryan Newman is concerned, the only way to guarantee his spot in the Chase for the Championship at the Richmond International Raceway is to win Saturday night's race. Anything else is too risky.

Photo feature: Rolling into fall
Fog blankets the Kenai River Flats on Monday morning. Cooler overnight temperatures and morning frost means Labor Day weekend is over and fall is here.

Ceremony marks FAS Awareness Day
Bells traditionally have been rung to mark all kinds of occasions. At one time, a bell was rung to announce a death.

Byway plan falls by the wayside
By a 4-5 vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly failed to reconsider its earlier decision not to back a plan to designate the Sterling Highway between Cooper Landing and Homer as a state Scenic Byway.

Troopers seek info in moose poaching
Bureau of Wildlife En-forcement Troopers are seeking the public's help in solving a moose poaching in Kenai.

Students score above national SAT average
Kenai Peninsula high-schoolers scored above the state and national averages last year when taking the SAT tests.

Shelter program slated for October
Organizers of a network to serve the needs of homeless people on the Kenai Peninsula hope to have services available to those in need by next month before the snow flies.

Money key issue as school board candidates spar
Money was the question of the day Wednesday, as two candidates for a seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District met in a debate before the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Too many?
Having to turn away an overabundance of volunteers will be the biggest challenge facing the 2006 Arctic Winter Games planned for the Kenai Peninsula, according to the games general manager.

Maynard Manuel Tompkins Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Maynard Manuel Tompkins Jr. died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from a heart attack. He was 63.

Harry W. Casebeer II
Soldotna resident Harry W. Casebeer II, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 63.

Dorothy 'Dottie' Ann Phillips
Former Soldotna resident Dorothy "Dottie" Ann Phillips died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, in Payson, Ariz. She was 73.

Sharon Georginna Knackstedt
Anchorage resident Sharon Georginna Knackstedt died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after a long illness. She was 56.

Doris M. Day
Kenai resident Doris M. Day died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage following a lengthy illness. She was 81.

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

Sharon Georginna Knackstedt
Anchorage resident Sharon Georginna Knackstedt died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after a long illness. She was 56.

Doris M. Day
Kenai resident Doris M. Day died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage following a lengthy illness. She was 81.

William 'Bill' Francis McGahan
Longtime Nikiski resident William "Bill" Francis McGahan died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Humbolt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nev. He was 62.

Maynard Manuel Tompkins Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Maynard Manuel Tompkins Jr. died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from a heart attack. He was 63.

Shelia Grace Brewington-Harper
Kenai resident Shelia Grace Brewington-Harper died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004. She was 31.

Harry W. Casebeer II
Soldotna resident Harry W. Casebeer II, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 63.

Shelia Grace Brewington-Harper
Kenai resident Shelia Grace Brewington-Harper died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004. She was 31.

Community will pause in awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
At the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month, nine bells will ring to signify the nine months of pregnancy when it's crucial that a woman not consume any alcohol.

Beslan again proves the need to fight terrorism worldwide
The bloody outcome of the hostage crisis in Beslan, North Ossetia, has united not only Russia but the entire free world in grief. ... The horrific tragedy should leave no doubts even among "human rights" do-gooders about the savage nature of Chechnya's so-called "war of independence."

Alaska gets due attention in GOP national platform
Republicans adopted their national platform last week, and the 92-page document includes several items of interest to Alaska and its residents. The Alaska items, many of them long-expected, should do the state well when they come to fruition.

Homelessness is real on peninsula; but so is assistance
Stereotypes of the homeless drum up images of grizzled Vietnam veterans sleeping on park benches in big cities.

KRSA director apologizes for confusion regarding Fish Board security
As I just recently returned from the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Wisconsin and did not have the opportunity to do so earlier, I would like to apologize for the recent misunderstanding regarding KRSA's stance as to where the January Board of Fish meetings should take place. As explained in Matt Tunseth's article last week, the BOF voted last month to uphold and be consistent in their two-year-old policy of only holding the meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau. In relation to this issue, some letters to the editor and a Clarion editorial blamed KRSA for confusing the issue by citing security concerns based upon past meetings. I would like to take a moment to personally apologize for that confusion.

A home worth fighting for
The two Russian passenger planes blown out of the air the other day was another reminder that in today's war on global terrorism free nations face a ruthless and savage enemy.

Photo feature: Wisps of fall
Now that all the fireweed on the Kenai Peninsula has bloomed to the top and gone to seed, like this Sterling specimen, can winter be far behind?

Photo feature: Wisps of fall
Now that all the fireweed on the Kenai Peninsula has bloomed to the top and gone to seed, like this Sterling specimen, can winter be far behind?

Cool view
Bob and Sacha Harris on vacation from West Palm Beach, Fla., take in the sight o Exit Glacier last month while halfway through their climb to the Harding Ice Field overlook near Seward.

Fair weather bolsters West's summer tourism
DENVER Camping in forests free of wildfires for the first time in years. Boating on lakes crippled by drought. Driving to see spectacular scenery despite frustratingly high gasoline prices.

Carving life out of wood and birds
MINNEAPOLIS Pat Meneely is in his element, whether hunting over a spread of decoys on a half-frozen slough or hunkered in his dusty garage workshop transforming a block of cedar into a handsome canvasback.

Loose llama surprises Interior hikers
FAIRBANKS (AP) Hikers in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks have been bumping into a loose llama and authorities are trying to figure out where it belongs.

Around the Peninsula
Multiple sclerosis group to meetSquare dances plannedWRCC in need of volunteersNikiski seniors show appreciationGenealogical society to meetAuction fund-raiser setSeniors plan fall fund-raiserHope comes to central peninsula

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support meetings slated Shelter network meeting slated College council to meet Center plans 20th CoastWalk Kenai River Working Group meets Monday Hope comes to central peninsula Nikiski seniors show appreciation

Federal court clears the way for South Dakota teacher's involvement with Bible club
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A federal appeals court ruling further clears the way for teacher Barbara Wigg to participate in an after-school children's Bible club held in city public schools.

Baptist pastor's comments spur move of Illinois polling place
ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) A suburban Chicago church whose pastor suggested that even moderate Muslims fund terrorists will no longer be a polling place for the Nov. 2 election.

Nationalist Turks clash with police in protest at international Orthodox patriarchate
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Police clashed with hundreds of rock-throwing nationalist Turks at a protest outside the seat of the spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians.

High Holy Days time for cantors to shine
It's an overwhelming annual challenge, both musically and spiritually. For Jewish cantors, the High Holy Days are a tense time.

Pastor of prominent North Carolina church resigns, admits he plagiarized sermons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Rev. E. Glenn Wagner, senior pastor of Charlotte's prominent Calvary Church and former minister-at-large with Promise Keepers, has resigned after admitting parts of some sermons were stolen from other preachers.

Church Briefs
Clothing to be given away Bible study schedule announced Back-to-school service planned Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered

Republicans' platform mentions God less often than Democrats'
NEW YORK (AP) Sidelight on the political conventions: God is mentioned in the recently approved Republican Party platform four times, compared with seven mentions in the Boston platform of the Democrats.

Looking for happiness? Shoot for the bronze
Few things stir the heart like the Olympics. There, a lifetime of tra

California parishes defy Episcopal bishop, hold services
LOS ANGELES (AP) Three breakaway Episcopal parishes held services last Sunday despite moves by the local bishop to regain control after the congregations affiliated with an Anglican diocese in Uganda.

Presbyterian Church's controller challenges dismissal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A man who was fired after 16 years as controller of the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plans to challenge his dismissal.

Former nuns start retirement community for spiritual exploration
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) When she was a nun, Dene Peterson had expected to grow old in the convent, in the care of her other Roman Catholic sisters.

Soldotna High
The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the staff room. Work will focus on developing the "SoHi for a Safe Community Program" in partnership with the Soldotna Police Department. Community attendance and participation are greatly appreciated.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Yearbooks are on sale for $35. Parents wishing to place a "baby ad" will receive a discount of $5 if the ad is placed before Christmas. For more information, call Paul Morin.

Skyview High
The 15th annual Skyview Cross Country Invitational was held on Aug. 28 with 28 teams and over 800 runners competing. This is one of the largest competitive high school events in the state.

Kenai Central High
School pictures are today.

Kenai Middle
This week's Agrium "Character Counts!" students are

Connections
Space is available for new students in kindergarten through 12th grade. To schedule an appointment, call 714-8880 .

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to music teacher Erin Southwick for receiving a grant award from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which will purchase a selection of band instruments.

Districtwide events planned
Kindergarten through second-grade students are taking the DIBELS-CBM assessments, which evaluate basic reading skills, through Sept. 17, while many kindergartners also are being evaluated with the Kindergarten Development Profile through Oct. 15.

Redoubt Elementary
Parents are invited to meet with Superintendent Donna Peterson informally in the library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Scholarship opportunities available for area college hopefuls
Believe it or not, there often is unclaimed cash that the financial aid office at Kenai Peninsula College has available in scholarships that don't get awarded.

Mountain View Elementary
The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Handling homework
Does your kid need a place to go after school? A little help with school work?

Soldotna Middle
After the Bell at SMS will begin Monday. Students who are registered should be in Portable No. 6 by 2:30 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Furlong's class will travel to Anchorage for a guided tour of the Anchorage Zoo and to participate in a workshop at the Imaginarium on Monday.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Thanks to all the moms and dads who attended the parents' meeting last week. The school is off to a great start, and your involvement is what makes the Kenai Cooperative so successful.

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.

Wings Christian Academy
Each month, the students are required to memorize a selected Scripture.

Lunch menu
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Cook Inlet Academy
This week is Spiritual Emphasis Week. Various activities are planned to help students focus on God in their lives and to start the school year out on a positive note.

After the Bell program details
Soldotna Elementary Redoubt Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna High Skyview High

Tustumena Elementary
Open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The PTO will conduct a drawing for a bike. Students whose parents are present and have placed their name on the PTO volunteer list are eligible. A potluck dinner will conclude the evening's festivities.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The first week of school was a great success. Students had fun getting to know each other. They played with blocks and the workbench and played ball.

Sterling Elementary
The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The phone number for the school has been incorrectly listed in one area of the ACS phone book. It should be 283-0804.

Sears Elementary
There will be a back-to-school barbecue, sponsored by the Sears and Kaleidoscope PTA groups, on Saturday. Families are invited, and the cost is $1 per person for a hot dog meal.

Tkachuk leads U.S. hockey past Russia
ST. PAUL, Minn. The United States again went with a younger lineup, but it was the veteran line of Keith Tkachuk, Mike Modano and Bill Guerin that played ageless hockey.

Capriati rolls into semifinals
NEW YORK Unfairly, unbelievably, Serena Williams was robbed of a point by an umpire's mistake at the U.S. Open, just like her sister was at Wimbledon.

Greens getting better
Thank you for your patience while the greens have been plugged and sanded. Soon after starting the yearly maintenance process the heavy rain hit and brought the project to a halt, which extended the time the greens were sandy.

Panthers, Stars lose to Juneau
The Juneau-Douglas volleyball team is efficient in both its scheduling and play.

Volleyball coaches expect nip-and-tuck season
With the high school volleyball season under way, one thing already had been made clear: There will be no easy matches on the Kenai Peninsula this season.

Sports Briefs
Johnnie takes IHRA Ironman TrophyCanada shuts out SlovakiaMutombo coming to HoustonU.S. soccer ties Panama

Area motocross racers earn state titles
Four racers from the Kenai Peninsula wrapped up season titles Sunday at Twin Cities Raceway in the final day of racing of the Alaska State Motocross and Quad Championship.

Patriots should have enough to edge Colts
Bill Belichick won't let his team get cocky.

Nikiski netters sweep Soldotna
The Nikiski High School volleyball team was able to talk a good game Tuesday, handing Soldotna its first loss of the season in three games in a nonconference match at Nikiski.

NFL starts with rematch of AFC championship game
FOXBORO, Mass. Forget last season's win over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game. Don't focus on the Super Bowl title two weeks later. Block out Elton John's pregame performance Thursday night.

Volleyball coaches expect nip-and-tuck season
With the high school volleyball season under way, one thing already had been made clear: There will be no easy matches on the Kenai Peninsula this season.

Davenport rips into semifinals
NEW YORK With win after win, all of Lindsay Davenport's talk about retirement sounds more and more premature.

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