Sunday, April 25, 2004

Red Sox continue to pound on rival Yankees
NEW YORK Manny Ramirez's liner leading off the 12th inning hit the wall in right-center with such a thud it knocked the energy out of the sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd.

Wolf shuts out Expos, homers, doubles in Phillies victory
MONTREAL Randy Wolf homered, hit an RBI double and pitched a four-hitter for his seventh career shutout, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Montreal Expos 7-0 Saturday.

Permanent fund vote put off until Monday
JUNEAU The state House has delayed until Monday a vote that could lead to tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for state government in future years.

Waltrip, Earnhardt a daunting duo at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. walk with a little swagger and a knowing smile when they are at Talladega Superspeedway.

Alaska makes major progress after Exxon spill, says Phillips
Fifteen years after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil that contaminated more than 1,300 miles of shoreline in the Gulf of Alaska, the effects of the worst spill in United States history still are being felt.

Bridge work won't slow traffic soon
Motorists in Soldotna won't have to face any more than the usual gridlock this summer at the David Douthit Memorial Bridge.

Getting taste of outdoor fun
The dozens of pop-up campers, travel trailers and full-sized RVs easily could lead someone to believe the salmon were running early this year, but in actuality it was people preparing for fishing, hunting and numerous other outdoor activities, all part of the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Sports Rec and Trade Show being held this weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center.

2 million acres slated for federal lease sale
A month from now, the U.S. Minerals Management Service will put 2 million acres of offshore Cook Inlet territory on the auction block hoping Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale 191 will attract bids from the oil and gas industry.

Thomas A. Leslie
Longtime Alaska resident Thomas A. Leslie died quietly due to a terminal illness with his wife by his side on Sunday, April 18, 2004.

Maxwell R. Dederick
Longtime Kasilof resident Maxwell R. Dederick died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 76.

House hunt, work on hold, but addiction to dog agility gets new fix
Despite the fact that I only write a column once every couple of months, I cannot believe how difficult it is for me to find something to write about.

Legislators make real progress on state financial plan
Legislators often are under fire for what they do or don't do.

Permanent fund change holds potential to produce bigger dividends
The acceptable solution to the state's chronic fiscal problem is finally solidifying.

Platt, Patton-Wilshusen to marry
Jessica Platt and Justin Patton-Wilshusen of Kenai became engaged Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004.

Value in eye of beholder when touring garage sales
At 8:59 a.m. Terri Congdon stepped out of her Soldotna home and dragged to the end of her driveway a sign she'd made that read "Garage Sale" in large fluorescent letters

Around the Peninsula
Performers to stage Carmina Burana todaySkyview to hold talent showWeed awareness presentation slatedClub begins summer registrationGarage sale fund-raiser slatedGala event plannedArmy band to perform

Hispanic girls connect with their heritage through Quinceanera
NAMPA, Idaho The pastel dresses were altered and carefully pressed, and the wax flowers were twisted into delicate coronas. The dance had been choreographed, the invitations sent and hours of practice ensured everything would run smoothly.

To do: wash car, rob bank ...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A man who added ''rob bank'' to his to-do list pleaded guilty to robbing six banks in suburban Kansas City.

Mystery bones laid to rest in ceremony
MORTON, Texas Shrouded in mystery for at least a half-century, the person remains faceless and nameless but still has a history.

Thieves pick wrong gator to tangle with
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Would you upset an alligator named Mr. Cranky Pants? Some thieves who chanced it soon changed their minds.

Pick and chews: Proper dental care important for animals, too
Dental care for your dog is as important as dental care of your own teeth. Just like humans, dogs are vulnerable to periodontal or gum disease, infections and tooth problems.

My best friend
Buddy went camping with Jasmine Clock and family of Soldotna and had to stay outside over night, but he found a spot in the fire pit to stay warm. Though he objected to having his picture taken, he immediately left the pit once the family got up.

Man's best friend, new dance partner
PORTLAND, Ore. The music swells and Annie Schlaff and her yellow Lab Danny slip into a lively cha-cha-cha.

Four tied for lead at Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas Patrick Sheehan birdied his first hole of the third round Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead in the rain-delayed Houston Open.

Kenai girls pick up loss, two ties in Valley
The Kenai girls soccer team picked up a loss and two ties on a season-opening trip to the Matanuska-Susitna valleys Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Red Wings draw even with Flames
DETROIT Steve Yzerman pumped his fist and screamed with joy as his adoring fans went wild.

Chargers draft Manning, then trade for Rivers
NEW YORK After a tense hour in which Eli Manning was a prospective law student, the NFL's first family of quarterbacks got what it wanted.

Sports Briefs
U.S. pulls even with SloveniaKlitschko stops Sanders to win WBC title

Desperation lifts Dallas past Kings
DALLAS Playing with the desperation of a team facing elimination, even though they weren't, the Dallas Mavericks climbed back into their first-round series against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls take crowns
It takes both speed and strength to win a track meet, and after Saturday's Skyview Invitational, it appears the Kenai boys and Soldotna girls will be among the strongest, fastest squads in the state this season.

Tillman lived life to its fullest
TEMPE, Ariz. Pat Tillman overachieved in football, and just about everything else.

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