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Monday, June 7, 2004

Marlins use late rally to escape Mets
NEW YORK Pinch-hitter Damion Easley hit a tying three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Alex Gonzalez had a two-out, RBI single in the eighth to give the Florida Marlins a 7-6 win over the New York Mets on Saturday.

Mauer's first homer helps Twins win
MINNEAPOLIS Joe Mauer hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot with two outs in the eighth inning to help Minnesota beat Detroit.

Griffey two home runs short of 500
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice to increase his career total to 498, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied with three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Montreal Expos 6-5 Sunday.

East pitcher punctuates sweep by striking out 16
East pitcher Anton Maxwell gave the Kenai American Legion Twins a glimpse of perfection Saturday, striking out 16 Twins hitters on his way to retiring all 18 batters he faced in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rangers shut down Yankees
NEW YORK Juan Dominguez shut down the New York Yankees for his first major league win, and Brad Fullmer homered and scored a career-high four runs in the Texas Rangers' 8-1 victory Saturday.

Anglers land legal trouble during weekend
Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement Troopers from Soldotna and Homer stepped up their sportfishing patrols on the Deep Creek, Ninilchik and Anchor rivers over Memorial Day weekend, contacting 750 fishers and issuing 40 citations.

NOW PLAYING: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
It's been more than once that I've heard Harry Potter referred to as the exception to the rule. It's a seasonal blockbuster with real heart and actual characterizations. It's an FX-heavy film driven by, gasp, the story, and not the eye candy. And, as evidenced by this third installment, a sequel can match up to, and even surpass the joy of the original.

Murkowski calls Legislature back
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski issued a proclamation Friday calling the Legislature to a June 22 special session for a final attempt to fix the state's budget woes this year.

Martin comes through
DOVER, Del. Mark Martin attributed his victory to good fortune and he wasn't about to apologize.

School board to focus on old issues
Classes have dismissed for the summer; the May graduation season is at an end; and the Legislature has adjourned its regular session.

Advocacy groups hit Juneau Access
JUNEAU A taxpayer watchdog group along with local and national environmental organizations issued a report this week declaring the Juneau Access road project one of the nation's top highway boondoggles.

Former Alaskans make unique donation
The Soldotna Historical Museum recently received a donation of gifts from two longtime Alaskans, whose collection of artifacts spans across both the state's lengthy history and its diverse cultures.

School board to decide where the money goes
Most families operate on budgets.

Cheek named new trial clerk at courthouse
Deirdre Cheek has been named to replace Robin Andree as clerk of trial courts in Kenai.

Young HEA members learn electrifying lessons on safety
A small group of Homer Electric Association's youngest members were treated to an educational presentation on electricity Friday at the Church of Christ in Soldotna.

Hope carries Relay for Life
From the newly diagnosed to long-term survivors to caregivers and friends, there was something for everyone at the fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life held at the Skyview High School track in Soldotna on Friday and Saturday.

Ann K. Lawrence
Longtime Soldotna resident Ann K. Lawrence died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage due to complications from diabetes. She was 67.

Alaska should be wary of Lower 48 leagues
Only time will tell if the Summer Collegiate Baseball Association has the potential to do to the Alaska Baseball League what farmed salmon did to Alaska commercial salmon fishing, but it would be wise to assume the SCBA has that potential.

Oilers baseball gets down to business
Dennis Smith, the president of the Peninsula Oilers Board of Directors, was staffing a booth at the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Sport, Recreation and Trade Show in late April at the Soldotna Sports Center when he received a shock.

Murkowski showing leadership in calling June special session
When it comes to politicians, the public more often than it should be tempted just wants to say, ''grow up,'' especially at the end of a legislative session when lawmakers failed to tackle the state's most important issue.

By most measures, Americans participating less in civic life
PHOENIX They used to gather in a cavernous hotel ballroom, tables packed with bankers and shopkeepers rubbing elbows with politicians. Those were the days when downtown Phoenix was booming, and the Downtown Lions Club boomed right along with it.

Around the Peninsula
Basketball camps slatedSoHi pool swim lessons availableHarbor commission to meetPenDOG offers videosTrails Day at Kachemak Bay slatedHistorical society to meetSocial Security reps to visit areaBoys and Girls Club plans golf tourney

Dehlbom, Winona announce engagement
Amanda Dawn Dehlbom of Soldotna and Lucas Paul Winona of Almira, Wash., have announced their plans marry Friday, July 23, 2004, in an evening ceremony at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Spokane, Wash. Pastor Homer Todd will officiate. A reception will follow at Mukogawa Fort Wright Commons in Spokane.

Soroptomist International awards given
Dawn Daris, left, and Dale Kelly, right, receive awards from Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
DePasquale to lead hikePFLAG to meetCPGH auxiliary to meetFetal alcohol training slatedOutdoor education center closes River festival seeking runners, volunteersAlaska delegation continues tourKenai Performers to hold camp

Targonskys celebrate 50th anniversary
Father Macarius and Yvette Targonsky of Kenai celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, June 6.

Peninsula People
Becker completes basic trainingFord graduates from collegeNikiski student selected as pageCPGH auxiliary announces scholarship winners

Plenty to Sea
Walk past the right side of the information desk at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and you'll be greeted by a small podium displaying a pair of women's clear, plastic, high-heeled ankle boots filled with what looks like red peas suspended in see-through Jell-O.

Community News
Running club formingSummer camp planned in NikiskiKetchum art featured at SeaLife CenterKenai performers plan fund-raiserFund-raiser for fire department setWatershed June activities setCollege funding presentation plannedSeniors host luauVolleyball camps setImmunization clinics availableHost families needed

Skyview High honors students with end-of-year awards ceremony
The following Skyview High School students received certificates and scholarships at the school's award night in May:

Contest celebrates food from the sea
JUNEAU Rose Gerber tastes black seaweed the way some people taste wine.

Helping out the Food Bank
Mary Wendel, Angela Ramponi and Mariah Henson, members of Girl Scout Troop No. 618, carry boxes at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Boyd, Reynolds plan September ceremony
Leslie Boyd and Jerrod Reynolds of Eu-gene, Ore., plan to be married Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.

June offers glimpse of rare event
Dark nights are virtually nonexistent, though some bright stars and planets can be seen, especially around local midnight which is at 2 a.m. when our sun is lowest beneath the horizon and the sky takes on its darkest blue hue.

Betta abodes
With their brilliant colors and flowing veil-like fins and tails, it's easy to see why bettas are a tropical fish staple in most pet stores. Yet, many pet owners remain unaccustomed of how to properly care for this popular species.

My best friend
Trooper, a 14-year-old yellow Lab, takes a rest after a snowshoe outing. He sometimes tries to hitch a ride on the the showshoes of his owner, Holly Campbell of Soldotna.

Easy Oven Fried Chicken
Delphia Nelson, Kenai

Myskina captures Open title
PARIS Anastasia Myskina knows how it feels to fight herself more than her opponent. She knows how it feels to get so frustrated that the urge rises to toss a racket or scream or even just give up.

Flames fail to get Cup for Canada
CALGARY, Alberta Maybe it was the phone call from Ray Bourque, maybe it was their coach's psychological ploy to tilt the pressure Calgary's way.

Birdstone abruptly ends Smarty party
NEW YORK Belmont, that ol' heartbreaker, did it again.

Els holds lead at the Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio Ernie Els came out firing and never let up Saturday until he had a 6-under 66, an immaculate round that gave him a two-shot lead in the Memorial.

Kupets, Patterson tie for national title
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Americans are so deep they have not one, but two national champions.

Gaudio wins duel with countryman
PARIS Even one point from defeat, Gaston Gaudio just kept telling himself to enjoy the moment, to cherish the chance to play in a French Open final.

Gritty Pistons grind down L.A.
LOS ANGELES Forget about the NBA Finals being a mismatch or a walkover.

Els putts way to Memorial victory
DUBLIN, Ohio Ernie Els always wanted to win Jack Nicklaus' tournament. He made sure no one else had a chance Sunday at the Memorial, taking only 11 putts over the final nine holes for a 6-under 66 and a four-shot victory.

Hopkins, De La Hoya win, set up big fight
LAS VEGAS Oscar De La Hoya thought he had it all planned out. The only thing he didn't plan on was Felix Sturm putting up such a fight.

Anything goes in today's Cup finale
TAMPA, Fla. In Game 7 of a Stanley Cup finals, anything can happen. A winner emerges from the opportunistic bounce of a puck, a loser spends years replaying mistakes that occur in a millisecond yet alter the outcome of a nine-month season.

Lakers' soap opera nears climax
LOS ANGELES The final juncture of the Los Angeles Lakers' soap opera season has arrived, a tense and troubled journey that began in jubilation almost a year ago about to culminate with a championship, a breakup, neither or both.

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