Sunday, May 16, 2004

Arroyo pitches Red Sox past Blue Jays
TORONTO Bronson Arroyo allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings, Kevin Youkilis homered for his first major league hit and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Saturday.

St. Louis locks down Marlins
ST. LOUIS Chris Carpenter allowed four hits in 7 1-3 scoreless innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals used a three-run fourth to beat the Florida Marlins 4-0 Saturday.

Gamble pays off as Earnhardt earns third victory of year
RICHMOND, Va. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team are making all the right calls and showing why he's NASCAR's biggest star.

Annual food show draws hungry crowd
The wet weather didn't stop people from whetting their appetites at the Taste of the Kenai food show Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Law enforcement service area ordinance sought for Nikiski
A public hearing in Nikiski to gather input from citizens on whether to create a law enforcement service area was attended by 16 people, and all agreed that something must be done to increase a police presence in the community.

Residents question board's authority
A group North Peninsula Recreation Service Area taxpayers is circulating a pair of petitions for initiatives they say would clarify service area powers, limit the activities of the service area board, prohibit a planned community center and cut by two-thirds the amount the board may appropriate for capital projects without a public vote.

Debby Best
Debby Best died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, after a battle with cancer at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She was 68.

George T. Gray
Longtime Ninilchik resident George T. Gray died Monday, May 10, 2004, of natural causes at his home in Ninilchik. He was 79.

Legislators still have time to do right thing
It would be unfair to say nothing was accomplished during the second session of the 23rd Alaska Legislature.

White House at stake in war
WASHINGTON The turmoil in Iraq is changing the political equation for President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry.

Peninsula schools capture attention of federal official
A federal education official left a clear message during her recent visit to the Kenai Peninsula: Good things are happening in public schools here.

'Freaks and Geeks' truly portrays awkward high school
Last month, possibly the best television series that never was came out on DVD.

Bountiful bivalves draw droves of clammers
Standing up straight for the first time in over an hour, Wasilla resident Will Sena took a long stretch and rubbed out some of the tightness that had started to build in his lower back.

Miller, Walker plan July wedding
Kimberly June Miller of Beaverton, Ore., and John Philip Walker of Sparks, Nev., have announced their plans to be married Sunday, July 11, 2004, in an evening ceremony at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach, Calif., with a reception following. The Rev. Jim Jeffers will officiate.

Octopuses find love at long last
ANCHORAGE It looks like J-1 is in love.

Kumpes renew vows
Ashley Nicole Kumpe of College Station, Texas, and Johnny Dewayne "J.D." Kumpe of Fort Hood, Texas, celebrated their marriage with a renewal ceremony before friends and family Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Edy the Bates Old Chapel at Festival Hill in Round Top, Texas. Judge J.D. Langley of College Station officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist to meetEmotional recovery topic of cesarean networkKenai River advisory board sets meetingRowing intro class offered in HomerAir fair set for take offCemetery cleanup scheduledGroundbreaking ceremony slatedConservation and development meeting setNational Trails Day hike scheduled

Saxman totem poles get facelift
SAXMAN The Chief Ebbits totem pole in Saxman was surrounded by scaffolding as Marshall Smith and Andrew Kahklen repainted a wolf figure halfway up.

Cliffords celebrate 50th anniversary
Glenn and Patsy Clifford of Kenai will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, May 22, 2004, in an evening ceremony at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Outdoors is not so great for cats
Many cat owners believe it is important to allow their pets the freedom to roam outside the home, and it is true that cats are creatures with sharp senses that delight in the sight, sounds, smells and tastes of the outdoors. However, allowing cats to roam outside can be inherently dangerous.

Pet puppy's police call probably a wrong number
OSLO, Norway (AP) An emergency services switchboard couldn't understand a word the caller was saying, so they sent a crew to investigate.

My best friend
Itty-Bitty, a puppy adopted form the Extended Life Sanctuary in Nikiski, is all caught up in what it decides is a new toy. Itty-Bitty belongs to Kim Alman of Nikiski.

Smarty Jones takes Preakness
BALTIMORE Eight-for-eight and one to go!

Su Valley sweeps Region II meet
The Susitna Valley boys and girls teams swept the team titles Saturday at the Region II Track and Field Championships under sunny and Denali-filled skies at Susitna Valley High School.

ASAA gets mixed review
The meeting of the Alaska School Activities Association Board on May 2, 3 and 4 in Anchorage featured the good, the bad and the ugly.

Long day leaves eight teams alive
Of the 16 squads that started the Region III soccer tournament Friday morning, just eight four boys teams and four girls teams were left standing when play wrapped up Friday night.

Goldstein leads SoHi to Region III title
Led by first place finishes in nine events, the Soldotna girls track and field team won its eighth Region III title in the past 12 years Saturday at Palmer High School.

Homer girls take first region crown
Led by a powerful young gun, the Homer girls outlasted the competition.

Grizzlies out-claw Panthers
In a game befitting of two teams called the Panthers and Grizzlies, Grace Christian clawed its way past Skyview Saturday to claim the Region III boys soccer championship.

Philadelphia defends home ice
PHILADELPHIA Keith Primeau isn't thinking about missing the World Cup of Hockey. He's doing his best to get the Philadelphia Flyers into the Stanley Cup finals.

This time, Lakers end championship reign of Spurs
LOS ANGELES The Lakers completed an improbable comeback Saturday night, sending the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs home for the summer.

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