Saturday, May 14, 2005

Garland becomes AL's first seven-game winner
CHICAGO — Jon Garland became the AL's first seven-game winner, allowing eight hits in eight innings Thursday night and the Chicago White Sox beat Baltimore 3-2 to run their record to 26-9.

Volunteers give up time to work on hiking trails
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Vacations are about getting away.

White moose gets extreme makeover
FAIRBANKS — When Ray Hollinrake of the Fairbanks Moose Lodge showed up at Charlie Livingston's taxidermy shop in North Pole with a 30-year-old tanned white moose hide and told him he wanted to have a full-body mount made, it almost blew Livingston's suspenders off.

Retirement bill a solution or costly mistake?
The retirement bill (SB 141) under consideration in the House is being trumpeted as a solution to retirement system shortfalls. But more realistically, it would create a huge financial mess that future lawmakers would have to deal with.

Bumper sticker language tough to explain to kids
Have you ever driven up behind a car at a stop light or maybe when driving through a parking lot and had one of your children blurt out the filthy language he-she read on some one's bumper sticker? It's instantly repeated by the others, asking "What does that mean, Mom?"

Peninsula legislators ready to come home
Their computers and files are boxed for shipping and their staffs have been pared to skeleton crews, but the lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula in Juneau have no idea when they'll be leaving the capitol for home.

Caution: Flaggers see red
Looking for a job and a big paycheck, Lacy Ledahl, 19, took a class in Soldotna a couple years ago to become a certified flagger.

Funds sought for final stretch
With less than a year to go before the Kenai Peninsula hosts the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, officials with the local host society have begun a final push to secure the last bits of funding needed to make sure the international sporting and cultural event goes according to plan.

Kasilof man gets one more opportunity to fly
Ernest "Jim" Montgomery was diagnosed with metastasized cancer from his lungs earlier this year and realized he had little time to do the things he did not do enough of in his youth.

Fire causes minor damage at North Kenai Tesoro plant
A fire at Tesoro's North Kenai refinery Wednesday night did some minor damage at the plant, but it resumed normal operations Thursday.

Too early for Pebble conclusions
Of course, there will be impacts.

Climber first American to scale 14 highest peaks
KATMANDU, Nepal — Climber Ed Viesturs reached the summit of Nepal's towering Mount Annapurna on Thursday, becoming the first American to scale all the world's tallest peaks, reports from the mountain said.

Around the Peninsula
Nursing home to celebrate residents, staffVeterans appreciation dinner todayOpen-pit mining presentation scheduledSCS dance fund-raiser setCommunity cleanup continuesDinner, auction benefit slatedCommunity patrol to resumeClass of '95 reunion slatedDunn to retireRowing classes setCleanup, green up day announced

Focus on the Family leader in policy fight
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — To millions of conservative Christians, James Dobson and his Focus on the Family ministry have emerged as a life preserver in an American culture, fending off assaults from popular culture and liberals.

Buildings not the only things that need earthquake proofing
"At a quarter past five came the earthquake. A minute later flames were leaping upward. The streets were humped into ridges and depressions and piled with debris of fallen walls. ... All the shrewd contrivances and safeguards of man had been thrown out of gear by 30 seconds' twitching of Earth's crust."

Church Briefs
Gorman to speak at New LifeDrama troupe to meetBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openInterfaith schedules meetingsAddictions group to meet

O'Neal is out, Heat is on vs. Wizards
WASHINGTON — Knowing his bad leg would keep him out of the game, Shaquille O'Neal pulled Alonzo Mourning to the side during the Miami Heat's morning shootaround.

Appleby takes lead with 7-under 63
IRVING, Texas — Stuart Appleby got behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo two weeks ago for a five-day road race in Tasmania, where his team finished 10th. John Daly got on stage with his acoustic guitar and belted out ''Knockin' on Heaven's Door'' before a packed house.

Tourney has quick hook
Kenai Peninsula high school soccer teams are coming off a regular season during which many squads had to squeeze eight or 10 games — many of them with postseason implications as only the top four squads make the conference tournament — into the space of two weeks.

NBA mulls limit on age
NEW YORK — After a collective bargaining session ended Thursday without a written proposal changing hands, the head of the NBA players' union said he remains unconvinced of the need to raise the minimum age.

SoHi girls, Kenai boys hunt region titles
The Soldotna girls will be looking for a repeat performance Friday and Saturday at the Region III track and field championships at Skyview High School.

Kenai Watershed Forum sponsors birding celebration
The Kenai Watershed Forum is encouraging anyone who knows about birds, or is interested in learning more about them, to grab their binoculars, field guides and a good pair of walking shoes for the Kenai Shorebird Celebration and Workshop.

Spring is a great time to get out and see wildlife
As I look out my office window I am pleased to see the snow gone, leaves starting to emerge, and the grass starting to turn green. The real joy, however, is getting out and taking a walk through the woods. I just returned from a 45-minute stroll around Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Keen-Eye and Centennial Trail loop and thought I would share the experience in prose. The trail is dry and the whole surrounding area is alive with the sights and sounds of spring. Most enjoyable is that those sounds do not yet include the buzzing of very many mosquitoes!

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