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Friday, September 10, 2004

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 split twin bill with Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH Jeff Bagwell, Brad Ausmus and Lance Berkman drove in two runs each and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Thursday night for their 13th victory in 14 games and a doubleheader split.

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.

Royals waste all their runs in first game
DETROIT The Kansas City Royals scored a team-record 26 runs in the first game of their doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, winning 26-5, then went scoreless in a 8-0 loss in the second game.

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

Older workers and retirees wonder about pensions' security
CHICAGO (AP) Older workers and retirees who have toiled for their companies for decades have long viewed their pensions as money in the bank, even years before the checks arrived.

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.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleWells Fargo renews donations program

Mutual fund proxy votes tell all
NEW YORK (AP) We finally get to know some of the deep, dark secrets of the mutual fund business: Are funds really protecting shareholder rights or just rubber-stamping the agendas of corporate leaders?

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

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.

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.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleWells Fargo renews donations program

Kayaking offers angling access
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. Kayak fishers are a stealthy bunch.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula High School Football STATS
Through Sept. 4

Rivalry weekend also features Kardinals looking to ruin Nikiski's homecoming
When Soldotna takes to the field at rival Skyview at 2 p.m. Saturday, Panthers coach Phil Sheridan will be entering unchartered waters.

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

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.

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.

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.

Vandalism threatens city skate park
Soldotna City Council members don't want skate park vandals to get a free ride.

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.

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.

Shelter network to open shortly
If all goes as planned, Kenai Interfaith Shelter Services could have a network of volunteers serving homeless people on the central Kenai Peninsula by the end of the month.

Nikiski rec area board hopefuls face off
Candidates for Seat A on the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board sparred Wednesday over whether the board has been fiscally responsible enough.

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.

Photo features:Healthy beat
Heartbeat of Mother Earth drummers perform Thursday morning at a ceremony marking I

Crime Stoppers seeks information
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a burglary at a Nikiski convenience store on Sunday.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Cabin restoration efforts help preserve history in the hinterlands
Waking to the sight of hundreds of mosquito proboscises jutting hungrily through the mesh netting of your tent is enough to make anyon

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.

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.

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
Donor appreciation day, blood drive scheduled PenDOG gearing up for classes Oktoberfest fund-raiser planned Fox Island cruise fund-raiser set WRCC fund-raiser set Kenai River Working Group meeting canceled Social Security reps to visit area Top 40 Under 40 nominations sought Disaster response group seeking volunteers

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Agassi, Roddick tossed from Open
NEW YORK Andy Roddick ran into a bold, bigger version of himself at the U.S. Open, and 6-foot-6 Joachim Johansson sent the defending champion home.

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

Patriots nip Colts
FOXBORO, Mass. In a game in which the offenses seemed to move at will, defense saved the New England Patriots.

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

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

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

Bring on a lockout: NHL labor talks die
The NHL and the players' association appeared headed toward a lockout when talks broke off Thursday after the union's first new proposal in nearly a year.

Chiefs, Broncos square off in pivotal game
After finishing 13-3 last season, the Kansas City Chiefs are thinking Super Bowl.

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.

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