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Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Rangers open interleague play with win
ARLINGTON, Texas Hank Blalock hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Monday night in the first interleague game of the season.

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.

Padres select high school shortstop first; Weaver, Drew slip in draft
NEW YORK The San Diego Padres' decision to make hometown high school shortstop Matt Bush the No. 1 pick in Monday's draft came down to overall talent and more importantly, money.

Taste of success
A new spring event seems to have gotten off to a great start last month according to sponsors and organizers of the first ever "Taste of the Kenai," at the Soldotna Sports Center. There were tons of door prizes at the food show, and an opportunity to taste unique Alaskan recipes and products.

Nikiski Elementary becomes history
The community of Nikiski bid farewell to their first elementary school last month with a community event that was filled with nostalgic memories as well as hope for the future. When the school opened its doors in 1963 it was known as North Kenai Elementary, the name was officially changed to Nikiski Elementary in 1982.

Remembering, not just for Memorial Day
Memorial Day 2004 itself is now a memory.

Creating Successful Entrepreneurs in the Professional Beauty Industry
Long before January 2004, Abbie McGahan knew what she wanted to do with her degree in cosmetology. She saw a need for her business and pursued her goal. It took her almost four years, but she succeeded. The results have been spectacular. She is a successful business owner in Kenai operating Anew Salon and Renew U Hair Design Academy in the old Carrs Mall next to Sears.

Outdoors: Tribute to Rosie
I'm not sure when I first met Rosie Drew but I do know that shortly afterwards she married Billy Spires. Billy and Rosie teamed up to have the biggest garden by far on the north road. Rosie would start all her cabbage, tomato, broccoli, and cauliflower plants in her home under growing lights each spring. Their home looked like a commercial greenhouse, she also had a deck full of beautiful flowers.

Kasilof River action starting to heat up
Crowds of anglers bumped elbows, as the Kasilof River continued to be the hot spot for landing sea bright chinooks this past weekend.

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.

Tony Knowles will take up fight for veterans as U.S. senator
Alaska needs a U.S. senator who will stand up to the Bush administration and fight for the rights of veterans.

North Star PTO says thanks for school picnic donations
North Star PTO would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions that helped make our end of the year school picnic a success: ConocoPhillips Petroleum for the use of the barbecue; Safeway in Kenai, Three Bears and McDonald's for the contributions of food products.

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.

Building costs nearly double
Lumber and plywood prices have nearly doubled since hitting seasonal lows last fall, the increase in the cost of many steel products has reached double digits, and the prices on finished products are rising as well, say Alaska building materials suppliers.

Photo feature: Having a ball
A newborn moose calf runs circles around balls in a Kenai yard recently. This year's crop of young moose are starting to make appearances around the central Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Biologist settles in to new position
There's a new fish swimming around the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's offices on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

3 hurt in head-on collision
A head-on collision on the Sterling Highway near the Soldotna landfill Saturday afternoon resulted in serious injuries to a woman and a 5-year-old girl and moderate injuries to a 2-year-old boy, according to Central Emergency Services.

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.

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.

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

Patricia Ann Bronner
Former Kenai resident Patricia Ann Bronner died Sunday, May 31, 2004, at her home in Central Point. She was 74.

Richard M. Hetzler
Soldotna resident Richard M. Hetzler died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home. He was 61.

Reagan edged nation to right
WASHINGTON Ronald Reagan told Americans that government was the problem. They haven't been quite the same since.

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.

Alaska should bank on oil with caution
(Last) Tuesday's announcement of the total revenue from the latest lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska certainly is beneficial to the state. Alaska's share, taken in a 50-50 split with the federal government, will amount to nearly $27 million and should be in the bank in the next couple of months.

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.

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:

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

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

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meetCPGH auxiliary to meetFetal alcohol training slatedFund-raiser for fire department setRiver festival set for this weekendKenai pool offers swim lessonsKHLT to hold Geocaching classHelp for home daycare providers

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

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.

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Sports Briefs
Palmer No. 1 on Giants' depth chartBecks will look good for Euro 2004

Sources: Boozer added to U.S. Olympic team
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer has been added to the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, an NBA source told The Associated Press on Monday.

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.

Lakers are loose after Game 1 loss to Pistons
LOS ANGELES Leave it to the Lakers to make light of a loss.

Tampa Bay wins Game 7 to claim first Stanley Cup
TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Bay Lightning became one of the most unlikely Stanley Cup winners ever and kept the Calgary Flames from an even more improbable championship.

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.

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.

No easy feats
In the realm of tough things to do in sports, capturing the Triple Crown of horse racing ranks right up there with winning the Triple Crown of baseball.

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