Sunday, September 19, 2004

Yankees rout Red Sox, even series
NEW YORK Jon Lieber no-hit the Red Sox until David Ortiz's two-out home run in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees beat up on Derek Lowe in a 14-4 win Saturday that stopped Boston's momentum.

Cardinals clinch spot in NL playoffs
ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals became the first major league team to clinch a playoff spot this season, winning the NL Central for the third time in five seasons.

Bonds free to focus on hunt for playoffs
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds' black leather clubhouse chair was fully reclined, and the San Francisco slugger leaned back in it with a rare moment to relax after joining the 700 home run club.

Stars roll over 'Dawgs
It took just under two minutes of football for the Soldotna Stars to send the Nikiski Bulldogs back to the dog pound Saturday.

Kards' defense stifles Homer
For a quarter and a half Friday night, the Homer Mariners played like a team fighting for its playoff life.

SkyHi wallops Kodiak
Although the 2004 season has been an often-bitter one for the Skyview Panthers, homecoming proved to be mighty sweet as the Panthers mauled the Kodiak Bears 38-0 for their first win of the season Saturday.

Woman takes aim at place in hunting world
Although they had only been in Kodiak less than 24 hours, things weren't looking good for Marnett Love-Hamrick and her husband, Mike Hamrick of Kenai of Kenai.

Assembly member deserves thanks for stopping byway
By a 5-4 vote the Kenai Peninsula Borough stopped a push by the city of Homer to designate the Sterling Highway from Skilak Lake Road to Anchor Point as a state Scenic Byway. Led by Grace Merkes and Paul Fischer, the citizens of Sterling and Kasilof realized their road was in jeopardy of being controlled by outside interests and put a stop to the proposed measure.

Gordon out front for start of 10-man title chase
LOUDON, N.H. If experience counted for everything, Jeff Gordon would win NASCAR's first 10-man, 10-race championship playoff.

Prosecutor paints chilling picture
Jurors were shown graphic photos of an assault victim and heard a bone-chilling tape recording of a 911 call for help, as the trial of the 23-year-old man charged with the attack got under way in Kenai Superior Court on Friday.

Clam Gulch couple offers chance to see animals up close, personal
For the "city folks" of the central Kenai Peninsula, a Saturday afternoon trip to run errands doesn't typically involve seeing a duck and rabbit, much less a Nigerian dwarf goat and miniature donkey.

Teachers bid students farewell, heading to Iraq
Two school teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are trading classroom lessons for camouflage clothing.

Soldotna chamber touts city as safe place to meet
Upset over a recent decision by the Alaska Board of Fisheries, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has passed a resolution touting the city of Soldotna as an attractive meeting destination.

Man dies from knife wound in fight in Sterling
A man is dead and his brother charged with stabbing him after an altercation between the two occurred Friday night in Sterling.

Jeffrey Allen Couture
Soldotna resident Jeffrey Allen Couture died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 51.

J. VonBergen Phillips
Longtime Kenai resident J. VonBergen Phillips died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at home in Kenai. He was 77.

Clyde Spencer Johnson Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident Clyde Spencer Johnson Sr. died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, while going hunting with his sons at their cabin in Nikiski. He was 74.

Debates present pitfalls, opportunities for Bush, Kerry
WASHINGTON Because John Kerry is the challenger and lags President Bush in most national polls, he seems to have the most to gain from a strong performance in the upcoming fall debates. Some Democrats see the faceoffs as the last chance for a Kerry breakout.

Un-dream jobs create unique resume
Lately, I've been wondering how it is a person ends up doing whatever it is they do for a living.

Dividends provide opportunity to look at state's finances
Drum roll, please.

'Da Vinci Code' launches tourism fad
PARIS It began with a prophecy at Paris' Saint-Sulpice church. An American visitor pressed a thick volume into the pastor's hands and said, "My father, this book is going to cause you many troubles."

Around the Peninsula
Phone card donations soughtJunior Achievement schedules meetingRC and D to meetCandidate forum plannedPenDOG to start classes

Mountains, monasteries of 'Little Tibet' attract visitors
LEH, India They are trekkers and seekers, backpackers and Buddhist followers, and they come here for both spiritual sustenance and for rugged hikes amid ancient monasteries and snowcapped mountains.

Modzelewski, Samples plan Florida ceremony
Eve Modzelewski and Scott Samples plan to be married Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sandford, Semmens have beach wedding
Julie Sandford, formerly of Spearfish, S.D., and Thomas Semmens, formerly of Soldotna, were married Saturday, July 24, 2004, on the beach in Kasilof.

My best friend
Skeezix, an Australian shepherd and husky mix, belongs to Rhoda A. Turinsky of Kenai.

Treats: Pets can improve health
You've had a horrible day. You missed a deadline at work, you got a speeding ticket on the way home and you're starving for dinner. With arms full, you juggle your keys to open the front door, and when you do, a familiar face is waiting for you your dog.

Pup shoots man, saves litter mates
PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) Nice shootin', Rex!

Culpepper nearing peak form
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Dallas defense hinted at an all-out blitz early in the second quarter, and Daunte Culpepper saw it coming. He alerted his Minnesota teammates, stepped back into the shotgun and calmly threw a soft pass over the line for a 63-yard touchdown that put the Vikings ahead for good in Sunday's season-opening victory over the Cowboys.

Tennessee tops Florida in a thriller
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. James Wilhoit kicked a 50-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to give No. 13 Tennessee a 30-28 victory over No. 11 Florida on Saturday night.

Beeson takes second at Su-Valley Invitational
Cook Inlet Academy's Brian Beeson placed second at Saturday's Su-Valley Cross Country Invitational in Talkeetna. Beeson's time of 16 minutes, 47 seconds over the 5-kilometer course put him just eight seconds back of race winner Austin Ellis of Valdez.

Nikiski stays perfect by defeating Homer
A scary Nikiski volleyball team is getting a whole lot scarier to opponents because sophomore Hannah Thompson is starting to hit well again.

Homecoming party: SkyHi sweeps Kenai
The Skyview High School volleyball team netted a big win Friday, defeating the visiting Kenai Kardinals in three games to kick off the Panthers' homecoming weekend.

Third time a charm for SoHi girls, Kenai boys
The Soldotna High School girls and Kenai Central High School boys continued their runs atop the Kenai Peninsula Borough cross country championships while a pair of runners Soldotna's Ari Goldstein and Seward's Matt Adams won their first individual borough meet titles Saturday at the Nikiski Community Trails.

Hopkins stops De La Hoya, retains title
LAS VEGAS Oscar De La Hoya thought he could trade punches with a bigger and stronger fighter. Bernard Hopkins made him pay for his mistake with two body shots that left De La Hoya pounding his gloves on the canvas in bitter frustration at a career opportunity lost.

Europe on the verge of record rout
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) Sergio Garcia removed the flag from the 18th hole and waved it over his head. Padraig Harrington tossed his glove and cap into the crowd that draped itself in European flags and sang ''Ole, Ole!'' from the top of its lungs. Darren Clarke lit up another cigar.

Homer boys take Kenai Invite
Kenai's Landon Mishler, Soldotna's Eve Green and Tory Coursen, Seward's Jacqueline Van Driessche and Homer's Jamey Smith each won individual titles at the Kenai Invitational swimming and diving meet Saturday in Kenai.

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