Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Bonds belt beats down D-Backs
PHOENIX Barry Bonds hit his 699th home run, and the San Francisco Giants regained the NL wild-card lead with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Bonds belt beats down D-Backs
PHOENIX Barry Bonds hit his 699th home run, and the San Francisco Giants regained the NL wild-card lead with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Filling the "Boot" to overflowing
For the last decade Central Emergency Service personnel and volunteers have spent their Labor Day weekend collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and this year that effort raised a record total of $16,128. Each year the Fill the Boot team has either equaled or broken their previous year's total, and this year they squeaked past last year's record of $16,100 by $28. "We would like to thank the local citizens of the Kenai-Soldotna area for their great generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy Fill the Boot fund raising effort. The community support was overwhelming. We inaugurated some of our new personnel this year, we call them our street walkers for MDA, we give them the boot and have them ask the community to dig deep to help MDA find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy," said CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, alias Captain Burn-E the fire prevention clown.

Hitching up the Wells Fargo team for Alaskan schools...
As the school bells ring out once again through out Alaska, the Wells Fargo stage is planning a run to local schools with a strong box full of cash and supplies. The program now in its second year is called "Team Up For Our Schools," and gives customers the chance to earn up to a $40 contribution for their local schools.

Outdoors
I just arrived home from taking my oldest daughter Jessie to Baypath College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. This trip required 5,150 miles of driving and covered three Canadian Provinces and eleven states. We drove through smoke from the forest fires here in Alaska and a whole lot of rain in the lower 48. We saw a moose that got hit by a truck in Tok but other than that we never saw an accident of any kind.

A tribute to our heroes...
Soldotna Mayor David Carey with assistance of volunteers is repainting the City's fire hydrants red, white, and blue, "Three years ago we painted all the hydrants in the City red, white, and blue to remember the emergency service heroes after the 911 attack.

Alaska's Senior Senator remembers 9/11
Last week Senator Ted Stevens made the following statement on the eve of the third anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Food Bank Soup Super served at Kenai Landing...
Eight years ago the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (KPFB) teamed up with Kenai Potters Guild to hold a soup super for the community as a fund raiser. The Potters Guild donated original hand made ceramic bowls to serve the soup in and take home as a reminder that no one should go hungry.

Photo feature: Ripe for the picking
Debbie Allen of Kenai harvests some of the last peas she grew this season from the Kenai Community Garden on Sunday afternoon. "It's about that time of the year," she said, having already harvested the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli she grew.

Schneider has talent, work ethic to lead Stars
Soldotna High School senior Cameron Schneider has all the traits of a good high school quarterback -- good size, good mobility, a good arm, good leadership qualities and a knack for understanding the offensive schemes he's asked to run. So, with all that going for him, he's been groomed for the position since he first walked through the doors at Soldotna, right?

NOW PLAYING: Napoleon Dynamite
Nearly all Hollywood movies that deal with teenagers take place in one centralized location that I like to call "Hollywood High." You know the place, though the high school you attended was certainly a far cry. In Hollywood High, the volume, as it were, is turned way up. The nerds are nerdier, the jocks are crueler, and the girls are prettier. Those who smoke, drink and have sex do so in grand fashion, throwing block parties that put P. Diddy's to shame. Those who abstain wear their purity like a badge and travel in nice, clean packs. I bring this up because this week's film is indeed a teen movie, however, (shocker!) it does not take place at Hollywood High. Napoleon Dynamite is a film that breaks any number of conventions, the least of which is this lazy Hollywood standard. That is not to say that this movie takes place in your high school, either. Napoleon Dynamite really takes place somewhere in the Wes Anderson district - Melancholy High, maybe.

NOW PLAYING: Napoleon Dynamite
Nearly all Hollywood movies that deal with teenagers take place in one centralized location that I like to call "Hollywood High." You know the place, though the high school you attended was certainly a far cry. In Hollywood High, the volume, as it were, is turned way up.

Public input needed on aquatic farming regs
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposed revision to regulations 5AAC 95.300 and 5AAC 95.610, which will repeal current regs prohibiting on-bottom aquatic farming within Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat area.

Public input needed on aquatic farming regs
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposed revision to regulations 5AAC 95.300 and 5AAC 95.610, which will repeal current regs prohibiting on-bottom aquatic farming within Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat area.

Homeowners worry about impact of local excavation
Attention Ciechanski area homeowners:

Homeowners worry about impact of local excavation
Mercedes Gibbs has once again applied for a borough permit to dig gravel from her existing pit located at the corner of Ciechanski-Virginia Drive-Canvasback. She is now claiming that the water table is at 42 feet, which those of us with wells at 34 to 37 feet know is a false statement. She is planning to excavate down to 34 feet, which is an additional 4-plus feet from where the deepest part of the pit floor stands currently. Our water table has been breached already, and this planned excavation would leave our aquifer open over the entire pit floor resulting in an 18-acre lake that would be even more susceptible to pollutants and waste dumping.

Soldotna officer gets bitten by dog
A Soldotna police officer was bitten in the neck by a dog while investigating a criminal mischief incident on Lilly Drive on Thursday morning.

School board continues to look at after-school programs for youth
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education members today will continue work to evaluate the district's cocurricular activities programs.

Subdivision gets OK for rural-residential zoning designation
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved a local option zone designating a new subdivision in Cooper Landing as a rural-residential district.

New look for classifieds
The Peninsula Clarion is in the process of making improvements to its classified advertising system. The first test of that new system is in today's newspaper. Not only has the look of classified ads changed, but the headings also are different.

Soldotna officer gets bitten by dog
A Soldotna police officer was bitten in the neck by a dog while investigating a criminal mischief incident on Lilly Drive on Thursday morning.

State sees increase in jobs
A quickening Alaska economy is expected to produce 43,000 new jobs by 2012, according to an analysis by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. However, that prediction is tied to the construction of an Alaska gas pipeline actually beginning by that year.

National Geographic quotes refuge ecologist
Ed Berg has been quoted in numerous scientific journals, magazine articles and newspaper stories while serving as the ecologist for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for the last decade, and this month he adds one more to the list: National Geographic.

School board continues to look at after-school programs for youth
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education members today will continue work to evaluate the district's cocurricular activities programs.

National Geographic quotes refuge ecologist
Ed Berg has been quoted in numerous scientific journals, magazine articles and newspaper stories while serving as the ecologist for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for the last decade, and this month he adds one more to the list: National Geographic.

Clam Gulch man killed
A Clam Gulch man was killed Sunday evening when the motorcycle he was driving clipped a travel trailer being pulled by a pickup on Echo Lake Road in Soldotna.

Subdivision gets OK for rural-residential zoning designation
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved a local option zone designating a new subdivision in Cooper Landing as a rural-residential district.

Truth about terrorism realistic if not popular
President Bush created quite a stir when he said on NBC's ''Today'' show, ''I don't think you can win it'' meaning the war on terrorism.

World watching U.S. presidential election closely What others say
A bullish George Bush has given the Republican convention in New York the message that delegates wanted to hear. Now the big test will be whether he will find it equally easy to convince the U.S. that he is the man who can keep America safe. ...

Presidential race now a matter of character, perceived arrogance
Several weeks ago, our InsiderAdvantage national presidential survey showed George W. Bush retaking the lead in the race for president. Now it appears that Bush has enjoyed far more of a "bump" in support from the Republican convention than Sen. John Kerry did from the Democratic convention.

Wilderness Act important but needs scrutiny
The Wilderness Act of 1964 didn't rate much mention on the news pages in Fairbanks when it was approved first by the U.S. Senate, then the House and subsequently signed into law by President Johnson.

Truth about terrorism realistic if not popular What others say
President Bush created quite a stir when he said on NBC's ''Today'' show, ''I don't think you can win it'' meaning the war on terrorism.

Women can speed progress for gender at the voting booth
I was registering people to vote this spring when I called an apparently disadvantaged young woman over to my table to talk about voting. As she balanced her toddler on her hip, she told me, "I don't really know much about politics. I always vote for who my dad says I should vote for." I wondered if her dad advised her based on his political needs or hers, if he was into patriarchy, if he liked women systematically weakened, or if he was the kind of dad who wanted equal opportunity for self-sufficiency for his daughter?

Study shows profiling is growing problem in United States
WASHINGTON -- Authorities' targeting of people because of their racial background or religious affiliation is a deep-rooted problem in the United States, with nearly 32 million people reporting they've been racially profiled, a human rights group said Monday.

World watching U.S. presidential election closely
A bullish George Bush has given the Republican convention in New York the message that delegates wanted to hear. Now the big test will be whether he will find it equally easy to convince the U.S. that he is the man who can keep America safe. ...

Presidential race now a matter of character, perceived arrogance
Several weeks ago, our InsiderAdvantage national presidential survey showed George W. Bush retaking the lead in the race for president. Now it appears that Bush has enjoyed far more of a "bump" in support from the Republican convention than Sen. John Kerry did from the Democratic convention.

Around the Peninsula
WRCC fund-raiser today PSDRA schedules meeting Subsistence issues to be discussed Community dance planned Watershed Forum to hold appreciation party Genealogical society to meet

Peninsula People
Miss Alaska receives award Dale joins Peace Corps Calloway receives award for service

Red Cross: Preparation saves lives, property in times of disaster
September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross is spending the month reminding Americans how they can work in advance to keep themselves, their families and their property safe in an emergency or disaster.

Births
Kelly (Wadsen) and Scott (Yamamoto) Henderson

Red Cross: Preparation saves lives, property in times of disaster
September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross is spending the month reminding Americans how they can work in advance to keep themselves, their families and their property safe in an emergency or disaster.

Community News
Homer center offers educational sessions Fashion show planned Aviation scholarships available Kenai Public Health offers extended hours GI Bill benefits increased

Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps to visit areaHistorical society to meet WednesdayKenai chamber changes speakersHope comes to central peninsulaGirl Scouts to host roundupGenealogical society to meetCandidate forum plannedPenDOG to start classesPhone card donations sought

Community News
Homer center offers educational sessions Fashion show planned Aviation scholarships available Kenai Public Health offers extended hours GI Bill benefits increased

Peninsula People
Miss Alaska, Christina Reasner, center, receives the President's Volunteer Service Award at a White House reception Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C., from Desiree T. Sayle, left, deputy assistant to

Births
His father is a former Kenai resident, as are his great-grandparents, Floyd and Jean Henderson. Quintin's grandparents are Don and Susan Wadsen and Colette Jensen.

Around the Peninsula
WRCC fund-raiser today PSDRA schedules meeting Subsistence issues to be discussed Community dance planned Watershed Forum to hold appreciation party Genealogical society to meet

Senior Briefs
Social Security reps to visit area Dinner, pie auction slated Area senior center activities this week.

Senior Menus
Senior menus this week at area centers.

Detroit ends historic streak with 20-16 win
CHICAGO Bracy Walker got one of the game balls and rightfully so.

Alvarez, Crowley win combined tourney
Rene Alvarez fired a 158 to win the open divition of the two-day Combined Kenai and Birch Ridge Golf Associations Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Kenai and Birch Ridge Golf Courses.

Alvarez, Crowley win combined tourney
Rene Alvarez fired a 158 to win the open divition of the two-day Combined Kenai and Birch Ridge Golf Associations Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Kenai and Birch Ridge Golf Courses.

Early bird special: Life left in old legs in Week 1
The best belonged to the 31-year-old Martin, who had 196 yards for the Jets against the Bengals; the most curious to Bettis, 32, who had 1 net yard in five carries in Pittsburgh's 24-21 win over Oakland, but scored all three of the Steelers' touchdowns.

Roger that: Open title is Federer's
NEW YORK Roger Federer is at his best against the best, when it counts the most, and he was pretty much perfect in the U.S. Open final.

Vikings out-gun Cowboys
MINNEAPOLIS Daunte Culpepper threw a career-high five touchdown passes, two to Randy Moss, to lead Minnesota.

Singh plays Canadian spoiler
OAKVILLE, Ontario Vijay Singh won another dramatic duel, beating Mike Weir on the third playoff hole at the Canadian Open on Sunday.

Detroit ends historic streak with 20-16 win
CHICAGO Bracy Walker got one of the game balls and rightfully so.

Vikings out-gun Cowboys
MINNEAPOLIS Daunte Culpepper threw a career-high five touchdown passes, two to Randy Moss, to lead Minnesota.

Singh plays Canadian spoiler
OAKVILLE, Ontario Vijay Singh won another dramatic duel, beating Mike Weir on the third playoff hole at the Canadian Open on Sunday.

Ryder Cup will feature lost of cheering -- good and bad
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Vijay Singh and Mike Weir provided a preview of the Ryder Cup, even though neither will be playing at Oakland Hills this week.

Roger that: Open title is Federer's
NEW YORK Roger Federer is at his best against the best, when it counts the most, and he was pretty much perfect in the U.S. Open final.

Packers thump Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Green Bay Packers dealt the Carolina Panthers the kind of defeat now familiar to Super Bowl losers.

500 feet sounds just about right
For the sake of argument, here's hoping Barry Bonds' next home run ball travels 500 feet, minimum.

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