Saturday, May 21, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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