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Monday, April 26, 2004

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.

Clement, Cubs stay hot against Mets
CHICAGO Matt Clement took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 13, leading the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 4-1 Sunday for their sixth straight victory.

Sox sweep Yanks
NEW YORK Pedro Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees 2-0 Sunday for their first series sweep of New York since Sept. 10-12, 1999.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Man On Fire
It could be the war in Iraq. It could be the worsening economy. It could be, I suppose, simple coincidence, but however you look at it, Hollywood has produced an inordinate number of rampaging revenge flicks lately.

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.

Community shows support at Head Start fund-raiser
The first dinner-auction-show for the benefit of Sterling Head Start was a dazzling success. Comments from the attendees of the sold-out event were heard of what a fun time they had supporting a great cause.

Gordon sneaks past Earnhardt
TALLADEGA, Ala. Jeff Gordon seized the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. with six laps remaining and barely beat him in a controversial finish Sunday, ending DEI's winning streak at Talladega Superspeedway.

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.

Subsidy OK'd to help Homer hospital meet fund shortfall
The South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board has approved a $585,000 operating subsidy to help the hospital meet a serious shortfall in its budget.

Crime Stoppers asks for info on 3 incidents
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in a robbery in Kasilof, a burglary at Tustumena Elementary School and vandalism at a Skilak campground.

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.

Peninsula's Iditarod champ gets own day
It's official. April 24 is now "Mitch Seavey Day" on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

Low fish prices play into hatchery decision
The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has suspended year-round operations at its Tutka Bay Lagoon hatchery south of Homer, citing low salmon prices and a need to conserve funds for other projects.

Documenting history
Students taking a "Fundamentals of Archaeology" class at Kenai Peninsula College got some hands-on experience on a field trip Friday by participating in a preliminary archaeological assessment at the old Ward's Cove cannery in Kenai.

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.

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.

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

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

Pat Tillman reveals true meaning of hero What others say
In the dark days that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that took nearly 3,000 lives, many more young Americans no doubt thought about enlisting in the war on terror than actually did.

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.

Seismic shifts in alliances
WASHINGTON Across the world, it seems that U.S. diplomacy is breaking down.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Homer youth to attend USAFA science program Brantley awarded scholarship Soldotna resident makes deans list Clark graduates college

Community News
Plant a row for the hungry campaign begins Relay for Life captains meeting today Skyview to hold talent show Area scouts to gather Community clean-up slated Army Field Band to perform Oilers seeking jobs, hosts for players Kenai Performers to hold theater camp

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.

Around the Peninsula
New charter school accepting applications Watershed to focus on hydrocarbons WRCC to hold board meeting Navy band to perform Refuge sponsors bird sightings hotline Refuge sponsors bird sightings hotline Book sale planned Asthma care training offered Salmon celebration set for Johnson Lake Kayak festival planned

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminded to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Some NYO teens eye bigger games
ANCHORAGE Adolph Paul of Kipnuk had won the past two years, and he knew the competition would be gunning for him.

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

Births
Leah Rose Dillingham Bryce Mabon Williamson

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.

Bulldog boys bear down on Hawks
The Nikiski boys soccer team picked up a win Friday at Houston, downing the Hawks 3-1 behind second half goals from Israel Blatchford and Nick Russell.

Lecavalier strike puts Tampa up 2-0
AMPA, Fla. Cory Sarich flicked the bouncing puck into the neutral zone, hoping to keep it away from the Montreal Canadiens. He wound up giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a whole lot more.

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.

Malone delivers Game 4 win
HOUSTON A stubborn old man put the Los Angeles Lakers within one victory of the second round.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Busy draft wraps after second day
NEW YORK Right from the beginning, it was one of the busiest NFL drafts.

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