Saturday, May 28, 2005

Yankees leapfrog Boston
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 17th home run Thursday night to help the New York Yankees rally for a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Schilling to miss up to 12 weeks
TORONTO (AP) — Curt Schilling's return from an injury to his surgically repaired right ankle could take up to 12 weeks.

Rockies rock Cubs, snap three-game losing streak
CHICAGO — Jason Jennings pitched seven strong innings, and Preston Wilson and Todd Greene hit solo homers as the Colorado Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Copper River dipnet opening set for June 4
FAIRBANKS (AP) — The date has been announced for dipnetters to start scooping salmon out of the Copper River.

Minnesota sturgeon might be a record
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — Dave Grashorn and fishing partner Cory Miggins were excited when they hooked into their first lake sturgeon of the season. But 25 minutes later, they landed and later released what is likely to be an unrecognized state record.

Kasilof woman remembers catching fish of a lifetime
Editor's note: Anyone who has spent much time fishing has a big fish story to tell, whether it be about the one they caught or the one that got away. This one was submitted by Kasilof resident Debbie Holle Brown.

Royal weekend: Kings flooding peninsula streams
Current weather patterns, favorable tidal fluctuations, and new changes to the sportfish regulations should all combine to produce plenty of king salmon to go around during the Memorial Day weekend opener.

Art exhibit gets show of support
The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau's Board of Directors would like to thank all who attended and supported the gala reception for the "Alaska 2005: Native Arts Now" summer exhibit. Friday night's opening was a success because of the hard work and support of Charlotte's, Snug Harbor Seafoods, Virgil Mosiman of Odom Corp. and the Back Door Lounge, Penny and her crew from Heavenly Delights, Bill Zumwalt, Bill and Dorothy Fry with Bear Creek Winery, and the Kenai Central High School football and basketball players.

Donations give students chance of a lifetime
Our fifth-grade class at Mountain View Elementary School would like to thank Unocal for its generous donation toward our end-of-the-year field trip to the Kachemak Bay Learning Center.

Capital budget includes $66 million for peninsula, Kodiak projects
The $2.16 million fiscal year 2006 state capital budget adopted Wednesday by Juneau lawmakers eager to go home apparently made winners out of the Kenai Peninsula's three major legislative districts, where a host of nuts-and-bolts public facilities projects will share just over $66 million.

Graphic testimony comes out at trial
As the state medical examiner described in graphic detail what caused the death of slain Kenai Police Officer John Watson, Watson's widow had to get up and leave the Kenai courtroom where David Forster is on trial for the murder.

New totes will help branded fish chill
Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc., the company shepherding the Kenai Wild brand salmon, purchased about 400 insulated totes that will be used to stockpile ice throughout the season and also distributed to Kenai Wild trained fishers.

Anchorage mayor says Southcentral can work together
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich said Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula have shared interests and should work together to promote Southcentral Alaska as a region at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Play it safe this weekend
At the stroke of 12:01 Saturday morning, many lines will dip into the cold waters of the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek. That process will repeat itself a thousands times before the weekend is over.

What we're celebrating
Although it's what many people on the Kenai Peninsula associate it with, Memorial Day weekend isn't just about fishing. It's a time to remember those who have died in battle for this country.

Red Cross helping on peninsula
Its reach is nothing short of amazing. The American Red Cross of Alaska touches one-third of Kenai Peninsula residents each year, providing life-saving training, disaster relief, education and counseling services.

Nevada tourism officials hope outdoors reality TV show will lure visitors to state
LAS VEGAS — Come to Las Vegas and rock climb?

Study suggests aspen stands in the West are facing slow decline
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — In a tangle of snowberry brush, vine maple, and bitter cherry, and under a canopy of ancient towering aspens, Heather Kranz searched for clues to a disappearing species.

Around the Peninsula
Pancake breakfast fund-raiser plannedHigh school rodeo SaturdayVolunteer needed to plant flowersDog classes availableDisk golf park to openBrain injury awareness walk setAging brain seminar scheduled

Church briefs
Agajanian to performDrama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openAddictions group to meetVBS safari adventure setVBS planned in Sterling

Memorial Day: A time of sadness, joy, reflection
Every now and again, the thoughts of sharing an awesome inspirational message overwhelm me.

Leonard's 62 leads St. Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Justin Leonard took advantage of his early tee time, shooting an 8-under 62 Thursday in unusually calm conditions at TPC at Southwind to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.

Champ drivers dwarfed at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS — Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira are outsiders of sorts among the 33 starters in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

The Next Level
Zobeck earns letter for RamsCIA's Beeson signs with Corban CollegeFormer SoHi skater signs with UAA

Ginobili steps up game
SAN ANTONIO — The fastball-like pass that set up a series-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left was gutsy. The 52-foot bank shot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was impressive. The behind-the-back reverse layup in the closing minutes of Game 2 was mind-boggling.

Brown may leave at year's end
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — An unspoken secret seems to envelop the Detroit Pistons, the expectation that Larry Brown won't be around next season.

Coaches' final vote is public
California coach Jeff Tedford got what he wanted: From now on, balloting in the final regular-season coaches poll will be made public.

Roddick bows out on clay
PARIS — Andy Roddick failed to make it through the opening week at the French Open for the fifth time in as many tries, blowing a two-set advantage Thursday and a fifth-set lead against Argentine Jose Acasuso.

Newman takes pole
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman's latest qualifying effort was impressive even by his own standards.

Wildflower feared extinct discovered
SAN FRANCISCO — A flower called the Mount Diablo buckwheat, long thought to be extinct, has been discovered in a California state park — almost seven decades after it was last seen.

Birth of white buffalo thought to be omen
FORT ST. JOHN, British Columbia (AP) — The birth of a white buffalo, an event viewed as a prophetic omen in traditional Plains Indian cultures, has been reported at a northeastern British Columbia bison ranch.

Snipe: First birds to arrive are true harbingers of spring
Although some consider the sight of a robin to be one of the first signs spring has arrived, my favorite harbinger of spring is a bird that I often hear before I actually can see it circling high overhead. Although it may take a moment of carefully scanning the sky I eventually can locate the bird with its long bill circling high overhead. Its characteristic winnowing sound is a sure sign spring has finally arrived.

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