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Friday, May 20, 2005

Brewers fizzle against Hernandez
WASHINGTON — Livan Hernandez won his sixth straight start and the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday to cap an impressive homestand.

White Sox pound Rangers 7-0
CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle won his sixth straight decision and Jermaine Dye doubled three times, once with the bases loaded, to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-0 Wednesday.

Greene day: Padres slugger collects six RBIs
SAN DIEGO — Khalil Greene hit a pair of three-run homers off Horacio Ramirez (2-3) for a career-high six RBIs, and Adam Eaton won his fourth consecutive start to lead the surging San Diego Padres to an 8-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Twins' Mays pitches complete-game shutout vs. Blue Jays
MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mays scattered seven hits in his first complete game since 2002, pitching the Minnesota Twins past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Thursday.

Soldotna turns out for Anderson
More than 350 people flooded the front lawn of the Soldotna Visitor Center on Tuesday to pay homage to the late Les Anderson and his world-record king and to eat lunch.

Business briefs
Area chambers set schedules EDD to hold economic outlook forum

Dentist gets tryout for national fly-fishing team
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Grand Junction dentist who fills his time with fly fishing has a shot at representing the U.S. against the world.

Anchor River opens this weekend
With the punishing power to snap rods, melt reels and crush lures, few spring fish are as exciting to feel at the end of a rod as the mighty chinook, and area anglers are hoping to get in on that excitement this weekend as the Anchor River will be opening a week early this year.

Ninilchik charter boat lands whopper
The talk of the town around Ninilchik this week has been of the 342-pound halibut landed Tuesday by a party fishing with skipper Chris Smith of Rod 'N Real Charters.

Fairbanks man has close call on Baranof Island hike
FAIRBANKS — When the wind snatched his empty tent and it sailed away ''like a kite,'' a wet and hypothermic Schaeffer Cox figured he might die.

Fuller Lakes Trail: Spring is in the air
Spring is a time of migration. Flocks of birds fly in from the south, caribou herds make their way to their calving grounds and salmon head up river to spawn. So why not follow nature's example and do some migrating of your own?

Illegal hunting nets Alabama man $13,000 fine, probation
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $13,000 after pleading no contest in state court to illegally hunting grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep and moose from 2001 to 2003.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events FilmsDown the Road Anchorage events

In his bones
When Brandon Newbould started out in fifth grade band at Tustumena Elementary School, he wanted to play piano.

Seniors really know how to clean up
The Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners took on the responsibility of cleaning 3 miles of highway in the Adopt A Highway Program.One mile each for Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. Inc., Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners and Unocal.

Wrestling club knows who to pin thanks on
Once again, the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club would like to give an enormous thank-you to the local communities, individuals and business who aided us in having a successful fund-raiser for the team at our annual Fiesta Feed.

Donation will go far to hook kids on fishing
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association would like to take a moment to thank Mr. Vince Spady and friends for donating to the Hooked On Fishing program.

Let governor have his plane
On June 15, 2004, I personally heard Gov. Frank Murkowski's reasoning behind needing a new plane. He was straightforward and did not appear to be a brat to me, as so stated in the story about a mayor of Clam Gulch protesting.

Many help to keep peninsula clean
Since the mid-1980s, many companies, organizations and individuals have contributed to cleaning up the Kenai Peninsula roadways when the spring weather gives way to daylight and the roadside trash that has collected all winter.

Reader has plan for state legislators
Would someone correct me if I am wrong. I was under the impression our governor and the majorities in the state Senate and House were all fiscal conservatives. All of them ran under that banner. I thought being a fiscal conservative meant you would be very careful in how you spent the public's funds. Obviously, I am wrong, or all of them were never what they claimed to be! Maybe any fairy tale to get you in control of the money pot.

Busch league: NASCAR tired of behavior not 'befitting of a champion'
CONCORD, N.C. — Kurt Busch has been ordered by NASCAR to start behaving like a champion. His first test will be the All-Star race, an event at which Busch has struggled to stay out of trouble.

Benefit slated for Kenai man
The Drop of the Hat Players, a local drama troupe, is attempting to use its theatrical talents to aid a Kenai family that recently endured somewhat of a trial by fire.

Alaska, Hawaii gassed
Alaska is one of two states in the country where gasoline prices continued to rise in the last month. The other state is Hawaii.

Air fair takes flight
Aviators from around the peninsula will be buzzing around the Twin Cities on Saturday for the fifth annual Kenai Peninsula Air Fair, an event that's grown from an informal gathering of local pilots into a community event for both land- and air-based aviation enthusiasts.

Bears waking up, moose calves dropping
A string of chicken killings allegedly caused by a sow and her cubs between Soldotna and Kasilof caused Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials to warn people about wildlife safety in the spring.

Trooper fires on out-of-control Nikiski dogs
While investigating a report of a possible drunk driver in Nikiski on Wednesday night, an Alaska State Trooper was forced to fire two rounds from his handgun to fend off three attacking pit bulls.

Memorial pays tribute to officers
Law enforcement officers gathered Wednesday for a memorial service in remembrance of fellow Alaska officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony commemorated 42 officers who have died since Alaska's statehood, especially the last name added to the list in 2003 — Kenai Police Department Officer John Watson.

Kenai teacher tops statewide
The first year of Kaleidoscope School of the Arts and Sciences Charter School, housed within Sears Elementary in Kenai, has been a year of success for at least one teacher

Quake shakes Kenai Peninsula
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday afternoon.

Bed tax going to voters
Over the objections of nearly everyone who testified on the ordinance Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 5-4 in favor of a fall ballot measure asking voter approval of a bed tax on hotel, motel and bed-and-breakfast accommodations within the borough.

Newsweek claim intentional or error?
Newsweek's retraction of its story that U.S. investigators found evidence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Holy Quran has put a big question mark on the credibility (if any) of media giants. Responsibility, honesty and fairplay are necessary pillars for sensible journalism. If any of these elements is missing in the profession, the results may be disastrous — for the public and the country. ...

Voices of the Peninsula: A real bird's-eye view
It is that time of year again. Those who know me may think I am talking about the arrival of spring migrant birds; the welcome calls of songbirds wafting through the dewy morning air, the aerobatic contest of swallows catching mosquitoes around the yard or the plaintiff calls of loons as they court on that small pond down the road. Not!

Rolling Stones still gathering ticket sales
It's official: The fountain of youth does exist — and it's rock''roll. How else to explain how sixty-something rock stars are still able to howl into a microphone and leap athletically about stage at an age when many others are contemplating dentures and assisted living?

Getting to the point
Legislative special sessions. Assembly tax measures. Celebrity trials.

Secure our pets; protect our wildlife
Anyone who's spent much time outdoors recently has likely been lucky enough to spot some of the cutest critters around, newborn moose calves.

The ups and downs of dandelions, an invasive weed
One of the first signs of spring is the prolific bloom of bright yellow dandelions along roadsides and in our lawns. As a child, can you remember the joy of blowing dandelion seed heads into the wind? As an adult do you dread uprooting hundreds of these weeds with your root fork each spring?

Ace American climber says he is retiring from high peaks
KATMANDU, Nepal — One of the United States' most accomplished climbers is coming down from the death zone.

Around the Peninsula
Montessori open house planned Cleanup, green-up day Friday Dunn to retire Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday Torch Run set for Saturday Nikiski fire chief to retire KPC looking for council representatives

Around the Peninsula
Refuge cleanup, green-up day todayTeen dance slatedTorch Run set for SaturdayLittle League set to play ballKasilof cemetery cleanup setSafety Day plannedSenior center fund-raiser scheduledDucks Unlimited banquet slatedFund-raiser for burn victim setNikiski fire chief to retireSkyview plans party for retiring teachers

Ready for 'Wars'
A collection of Star Wars figurines, light sabers and carefully laid plans for a Star Wars camp at the Kambe Theatre in Kenai set the tone for some Nikiski Middle-Senior High School students Wednesday.

Divine power of Jesus gives everything needed for life
Life is interesting. In life, we have wonderful things to celebrate like graduations, weddings and new beginnings.

Church Briefs
Drama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openInterfaith meeting setVBS safari adventure set

Amish community builds home for members with mental illness
MOUNT GRETNA, Pa. — On the grounds of a private psychiatric center, Amish carpenters are at work on a modest, two-story house with light gray siding — a place that will serve members of their faith who are afflicted with mental illness.

Maki does in Skyview again; Homer loses
Too much Teemu. Again.

Sheehan fires 62 at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas — Patrick Sheehan wasn't driving the ball well, and his approach shots weren't getting close to the pins.

Pistons end Miller's career
INDIANAPOLIS — The Detroit Pistons didn't feel like celebrating after knocking the Indiana Pacers out of the playoffs and sending Reggie Miller into retirement.

Athletes hunt state track titles
Alaska's fleetest high school runners, highest and longest jumpers and strongest throwers will converge on West Valley High School in Fairbanks beginning today to determine who exactly is the best of the best.

Afleet Alex tabbed Preakness Stakes favorite
BALTIMORE (AP) — Afleet Alex was made the 5-2 favorite for the Preakness Stakes on Wednesday, while Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo was the fourth choice at 6-1 and drew the ominous No. 13 post.

Birch Ridge Report
Its somewhat damp out there on the fairways, but that still wont stop our own Birch Ridge Seniors from starting the first of their weekly Monday 9 a.m. tee times. First day out saw winner Jo Brisco with a score of 30; Don McGhee was closest-to on hole six; Jerry Norris had the same honors on hole eight.

Pheonix takes 3-2 series lead
PHOENIX — If Steve Nash needed any more proof that he deserves to be MVP, his show-stopping performance Wednesday night ought to do it.

NBA's drug policy takes heat from Congress
WASHINGTON — The NBA's steroids policy was branded ''pathetic'' and ''a joke'' by lawmakers Thursday, and the head of a congressional panel said he will propose a law creating drug-testing standards for the four major professional sports leagues.

Skyview, Homer booters set for state
The Skyview boys and Homer girls soccer teams are having little trouble finding motivation heading into the state soccer tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium and Dimond High School.

Zito has three bids to win Preakness
BALTIMORE — Nick Zito is back for another classic try. The trainer who couldn't win this year's Kentucky Derby with five horses has three chances to win Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

NBA labor picture grows more murky
One day after the NBA suspended collective bargaining talks with the players' union, each side had a different take on how grave the situation has become.

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