Monday, June 14, 2004

Giants, Orioles split doubleheader
BALTIMORE Barry Bonds hit his 675th homer and capped a four-run 11th inning with an RBI single, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Baltimore Orioles 9-6 on Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Griffey hits No. 499 in Reds defeat
CLEVELAND Ken Griffey Jr. moved within one swing of history with his 499th career home run, but the Cincinnati Reds' losing streak reached season-high six games with a 10-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Twins struggle on weekend road trip
The Kenai American Legion Twins had a hard time finding runs Sunday against Chugiak, dropping two games by a combined score of 25-1 to the Mustangs.

Treat trick? Candy slims down
CHICAGO Call it Candy Lite.

Moms on the move: Pregnant women encouraged to stay fit
ALBANY, N.Y. The last thing Rachel Pisciotta wanted was to be a couch potato during her pregnancy. So with her doctor's support, the three-time marathon runner tweaked her workout routine to accommodate her growing belly.

Driving longer means larger waistlines, report concludes
ATLANTA The amount of time people spend in their cars affects their weight more than their income, education, gender and ethnicity, researchers have found.

Students could do more in less time than elected legislators
With the deplorable track record and attitude of the elected Alaska Legislature, it might be better to send the participants of Alaska Boy's State and Girl's State to Juneau.

VFW donation appreciated
The Soldotna VFW Post No. 10046 was mistakenly left off the list of local individuals, organizations and businesses who were thanked for making the Soldotna High School After-Graduation Party an enormous success.

Here's a plan that will create long-lasting jobs for Alaskans
My guess is the governor and his political pals are secretly hoping the marijuana initiative will pass. Only a stoned population could believe that the plan they are floating for resource development could possibly benefit the average Alaskan and bring more jobs to our state.

Hot Johnson keeps cool at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. Jimmie Johnson was the picture of cool after his trip to Victory Lane, mugging for cameras, swigging champagne and using a little math to figure out how close he was to the points lead.

Gordon coming off bumps in the road
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon puts the discouraging finishes in his rearview mirror as easily as he does his victories.

Power pole fire results in outage
About 250 people lost electricity in Kenai for about three hours Friday after a power pole caught fire at 6 p.m. at the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Airport Way.

Cost of living gap closes for Alaskans
It costs less to live in Alaska today, relative to living Outside, than it once did, according to data analyzed by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Starving stray dogs rescued in Soldotna
Marianne Clark, an animal control officer with the Soldotna animal shelter, has seen a lot of abused and neglected dogs in the close to 30 years she's worked with animals, but a call she responded to early last Saturday morning was unlike anything she had seen before.

Fund appropriations top assembly agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider several measures proposing to appropriate funds or proposing changes in borough law at Tuesday's meeting.

A world away ... Family trades Nikiski for Indonesia
Five years ago, the Linegar family was doing well in Nikiski, living pretty much an ordinary life with Ron in a banking position, Kim teaching and helping with children's programs at a Christian church and their 8-year-old son, Clayton, and 7-year-old daughter, Kelsey, moving along through the primary grades.

Photo feature: Learning experiences
Above, Gloria Beckman and a 1-year-old bald eagle named Leuco entertain the crowd Saturday at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center's booth at the Kenai River Festival on the green strip along Main Street Loop in Kenai.

Woman charged with DUI again
A woman convicted of killing a Soldotna woman in a drunk-driving crash 10 years ago has been picked up again on drunk driving charges.

Musher missing, dogs left behind
The disappearance of a Funny River musher has led to 15 of his sled dogs being confiscated by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) of Anchorage last Friday.

Kenai teen killed in collision
A Kenai teen was killed in a car accident on the Seward Highway on Friday when he was ejected from the car he was riding in.

Assembly to tackle final budget
Weeks in the making, the draft fiscal year 2005 borough budget is expected to become law Monday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gathers for a special meeting devoted almost entirely to decisions on the $57.2 million spending plan.

Paul Charles Mettille
Soldotna resident Paul Charles Mettille died of natural causes Saturday, June 12, 2004, with his children by his side at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 86.

Laila Hazel Korpi
Laila Hazel Korpi of Sparta Location, Minn., died Thursday, June 10, 2004, in St. Michael's Health Care Center in Virginia. She was 82.

Gary Lindstrom
Soldotna resident Gary "Big Dog" Lindstrom died Sunday, June 6, 2004, after a battle with cancer. He was 63.

Charles Quarre
Soldotna resident Charles Quarre died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Nicky R. Sacaloff Kirkpatrick
Lifelong Nikiski resident Nicky R. Sacaloff Kirkpatrick died Monday, June 7, 2004, in Eugene, Ore. She was 33.

Dean J. Mitchell
Soldotna resident Dean J. Mitchell died Friday, June 11, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 58.

Nicky R. Sacaloff
Lifelong Nikiski resident Nicky R. Sacaloff Kirkpatrick died Monday, June 7, 2004, in Eugene, Ore. She was 33.

Oilers pick up first win
Peninsula Oilers manager Aric Thomas would like the first victory of the season to be the model of many Oilers victories this season.

Oilers earn doubleheader split with Governors
Baseball is a game of inches, and sometimes close just isn't good enough.

With U.N. resolution, U.S. cannot be called occupying force in Iraq What others say
Nothing the Bush administration does will satisfy the anti-war zealots, but what happened Tuesday at least deprives them of some of their most telling ammunition namely that the United States is basically an "occupying" power in Iraq, going it alone without the support of the Iraqi people or the United Nations.

Protecting fund should be priority Voices Of Alaska
Carl BradyAlaska's state legislators soon will begin a special session to consider several items, including a constitutional amendment to move the permanent fund to a percent of market value payout method (POMV).

On-the-job life lessons provide some heart-stopping moments
A little over a year ago, I likened my joining the "outside" work force after a 15-year absence to that of a mole coming out of its hole.

Bush follows Kerry playbook on Iraq
WASHINGTON For days, President Bush has been performing on the world stage and trying to meet, one by one, the criticisms of Democratic rival John Kerry.

Stars and Stripes should be treated with loving respect
"A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that sets it forth."

Liam Reilly Babitt Rhys Gabrielle Cannava Riley Grace Hibpsham Adrienne Michelle Seaman

Community Schools sponsors Youth Arts
The Soldotna Community Schools is sponsoring the seventh annual Youth Fine Arts Institute a program recognized by the Kennedy Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Kenai Peninsula College. A showcase of the young artists work for family and friends will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Community news
Boys and Girls Club plans golf tourney Challenger Center sets camp schedule Drama camp slated for Nikiski Tourette syndrome support group forming Seniors host luau Art and music festival planned God and Country Rally slated Watershed Forum plans June activities KHLT begins summer program Council on Arts announces grant winners Pools offer swim lessons

Around the Peninsula
Challenger Center sets camp scheduleRed Cross tournament set

Honor rolls
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Cook Inlet Academy

Peninsula people
Area students make honor lists Area students graduate Eveland receives scholarships

Learning the art of teaching
If Patti Jolin's elementary school students had seen her trying to hit a note by blowing in water-filled beer bottles or free-handing a portrait of herself meant to represent the mood of a certain style of music, they probably wouldn't think her activities had anything to do with them.

Around the Peninsula
National flag disposal planned today Running club meets Mondays Basketball camps slated Kenai Wild training planned Bug walk set Hobo Jim concert schedule changed

Man's best friend also listens up, study shows
BERLIN Everyone knows dogs can fetch and sit on command, but they have the brains to do more: A study published Friday indicates they can remember the words for dozens of objects, some of them for weeks.

Greece, Spain pick up Euro 2004 victories
PORTO, Portugal (AP) In the biggest opening game upset in European championship history, Greece beat host Portugal 2-1 Saturday to mark the start of the three-week soccer showcase.

Veteran riders keep ripping it up well into their 30s and 40s
This ain't your father's motocross. Then again, maybe it is.

Huggins on paid suspension for DUI arrest
CINCINNATI Bob Huggins is getting a second chance.

France stuns England at Euro 2004
LISBON, Portugal Defending champion France surged back in stunning fashion with two goals by Zinedine Zidane during second-half injury time to beat England 2-1 Sunday at the European Championship.

Surging Sergio set up for Open
HARRISON, N.Y. Sergio Garcia made a good argument Sunday that he's the best player never to win a major championship, a backhanded compliment that he might not have to worry about for long.

Gordon coming off bumps in the road
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon puts the discouraging finishes in his rearview mirror as easily as he does his victories.

Greeks bask in last-minute glories
ATHENS, Greece The city's main square is torn up. Marble tiles sit in stacks and barricades block all entrances.

U.S. diver's family overcame WWII struggle
ST. PETERS, Mo. Gary Hirai has never been to Japan. He doesn't speak Japanese. He nicknamed his daughter ''Kimiko,'' but has no idea what it means in the language of his ancestral land.

Pistons lack a Hall of Famer
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Go ahead, try to remember an NBA champion that didn't have a Hall of Famer. Anyone younger than 40 will have a hard time with the answer.

Detroit grabs 3-1 lead
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Poised and primed for a title, the Detroit Pistons took care of business while the Lakers lost their tempers.

Roberts takes lead with round of 7-under
HARRISON, N.Y. Loren Roberts left the kids behind in the Buick Classic.

Sports Briefs
Pearson, Bird take Run for the RiverService sweeps TwinsThorpe, Hall swim to victories at Evans meetUCLA women, Arkansas men win NCAA titlesRoddick to meet Grosjean Queen's finalFederer, Fish to meet in Weber Open final

Goldstein deserves award
Saturday, Dimond's ZeeZee Young was chosen for the 2004 Anchorage Daily News Girls High School Athlete of the Year Award. The selection is wrong. The best girls athlete in the 2003-04 prep season is Soldotna's Ari Goldstein.

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