Thursday, June 9, 2005

Jays submit to Cubs' Mitre
CHICAGO — Sergio Mitre allowed two hits over seven shutout innings and added an RBI double off Roy Halladay to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0, avoiding a three-game sweep.

More famous names taken in draft
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Mesa might play with his son in the majors some day. Ron Gardenhire and Mike Hargrove could get the chance to manage theirs.

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

Art Briefs
Council on the Arts to meet Sing from the Heart audition Saturday Actors wanted for play Art workshops offered Singers wanted Kids' theater, art workshops slated nai Performers plan kids' workshops

From the bookshelf
The Klondike Gold Rush inspired legends about fabulous fortunes, desperate privations and the howling wilderness of the far north. Chronicling its excesses made the reputations of literary lions such as Jack London and Robert Service.

Without further ado ...
The Bard is back. Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre is returning to Kenai this weekend to perform "Much Ado About Nothing." Now in its 13th year, the group hadn't done this play before, which is widely acknowledged to be Shakespeare's finest comedy. Graham Watts, the group's director, said it was about time. He said the play will be a nice fit for outdoor venues — which the group typically performs in while on tour.

Family, friends search for missing man
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Anchorage developer missing for a week is the subject of a search by family and friends.

School district tackles hiring crunch
"Out with the old and in with the new" could be the battle cry for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, as nearly 9 percent of its staff has opted to resign or retire this year. The phenomenon leaves an extensive cavity in teaching staff as the district makes a flurry of hirings — something that could continue for several years due to an aging work force.

Railroad employee hurt by falling debris
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A supervisor for the Alaska Railroad was injured Wednesday after being struck by falling debris during work to repair the Moody Tunnel near Healy.

Assembly pushes to finish budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Community and Economic Development Division narrowly escaped an effort Tuesday to eliminate all its funding from the proposed fiscal year 2006 borough budget.

Steve Sampson and Jeff Wilson of McKinley Fence Co. put finishing touches on the pedestrian walkway spanning the new temporary bridge in Soldotna Wednesday afternoon. Workers switched traffic to the temporary bridge early this morning and will start demolishing the old bridge today.

Angry confrontation lands man in prison
Soldotna police were called to the Timber Wolf Lodge on Saturday afternoon to quell a disturbance in the parking lot.

Borough sales tax raised to meet budget shortfall
Goods and services in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will be a bit more expensive starting in October.

Peninsula wild for Hakkinen
The Kenai Wild logo will appear at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.

CES prepares for emergencies with Arctic Winter Games buses
As a part of the preparations for the upcoming 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula, Central Emergency Services will conduct bus-extrication training for emergency responders this weekend.

School district: More money needed
While state funding will help keep the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District afloat, district officials will be kicking to keep their heads above water.

Fishing for a place to park
The Kenai city planner has recommended that a business owner be allowed to build a 70- to 100-unit recreational vehicle park on the same property as the old Dragnet cannery on Bridge Access Road.

Margaret Maxine Kline
Margaret Maxine Kline died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, in her sleep from natural causes in her home in Reno, Nev. She was 82.

Cast vote for less posturing, shorter Legislative sessions
With one legislative gathering down and another yet to come, it's time again to say changes are needed in the way Alaska handles its lawmaking needs.

Deep Throat: Is Felt vilified or vindicated?
... High drama and mystery. The revelation of W. Mark Felt as Deep Throat tantalizes because it creates so many new mysteries.

Around the Peninsula
Multiple sclerosis group to meet Tribe offers cultural sharing LeeShore seeking volunteers PFLAG to meet Parade applications available

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts begin Players looking to clean up Multiple sclerosis group to meet KPC council meeting slatedGolf tournament set Home school book sale slated Unserviceable American flags sought Hearing, vision screening available

Browne fires 59, makes U.S. Open
Olin Browne sought out a USGA official to ask him the proper way to withdraw from U.S. Open qualifying, figuring his 73 over the first 18 holes left him no chance. Good thing he changed his mind.

Kenai Golf Report: Tourney schedule rolling
This Friday is the 14th annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Classic. Registration and continental breakfast are from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. Many people have been working hard to get ready for this very popular and worthwhile tournament.

NBA Finals match coaching pals
SAN ANTONIO — Rasheed Wallace gained a full realization of the depth of the friendship between coaches Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich when the Detroit Pistons were trying to come up with a strategy to stop a specific opponent.

Birch Ridge Report
You're not going to believe this but I talked three friends into playing with me in the June Scramble this Saturday. Oh, I know what you're thinking. What is June going to do with her life at the end of the day when all her friends have deserted her? Does she realize the chance she's taking?

Sheets gives Yanks no rest
MILWAUKEE — Ben Sheets won for the first time since opening day and the Milwaukee Brewers again held off Derek Jeter and the punchless Yankees, sending New York to its ninth loss in 10 games with a 2-1 win Tuesday night.

Arizona makes Upton top pick
NEW YORK — Justin Upton was simply too good for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pass up.

U.S. men to face Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama — Even Mariano Rivera knows there's been a change back home in Panama.

ESPN pulls out of college football coaches' poll
ESPN withdrew from the college football coaches' poll Tuesday, the second major news organization to say it didn't want to be a part of the Bowl Championship Series' weekly rankings.

U.S. picks up qualifying victory over Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — The United States cut through Panama's defense like the canal that divides the isthmus.

Sports views: The kinder, gentler Mike Tyson looks a lot like the old Tyson
Mike Tyson seemed to be sweating from every pore. The moisture beaded up on his bald head, streamed down his still bizarre facial tattoo, covered his upper body and eventually drenched his black boxing trunks.

Action sports move into mainstream as tour kicks off
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Once dismissed as nuisances far removed from mainstream sports, skateboarders, off-road bikers and motocross riders have hit the big time. And now they have their own league to prove it.

Sanderson unsure if he'll wrestle again
DES MOINES, Iowa — Cael Sanderson figures his future always will involve something around the wrestling mat.

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