Sunday, June 20, 2004

Cubs top Athletics on ninth-inning comeback
CHICAGO Michael Barrett's two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Fairbanks takes two from Twins
The American Legion Twins dropped a pair of games to Fairbanks Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai and saw their overall record drop to 1-11.

Nurses help bridge culture gap in Iraq
FAIRBANKS Triple-digit temperatures and wearing damp, sticky clothes had taken their toll on Melody Simmons.

Specialists work together to improve salmon sonar's accuracy
In the murky world of underwater fish imaging, things aren't always as they seem.

Juneau office established to aid immigrants
JUNEAU It took about 10 minutes for Nenelyn Benalosa to take her citizenship tests, but it cost her a $500 trip to Anchorage to do it.

Photo feature: Fun in the (Midnight) Sun
Above, Mark Powell instructs his daughter Chryssola on how to bowl a strike during Family Fun in the Midnight Sun event held in Nikiski on Saturday at the multipurpose field behind the pool.

State: Claims against KRSA unwarranted
The state of Alaska has cleared the Kenai River Sportfishing Association of any wrongdoing in connection to how the organization handles revenues from its annual Kenai River Classic fishing event.

Marylin Tanner
Longtime Nikiski resident Marylin Tanner died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at her home with her family by her side. She was 53.

Richard 'Ric' Williams
Soldotna resident Richard "Ric" Williams died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 48.

Gordon Sledge
Longtime Kenai resident Gordon Sledge died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at his home in Kenai with his family by his side. He was 75.

Oilers' offense sputters in defeat
Five Peninsula Oilers pitchers combined to two-hit the visiting Michigan Monarchs Friday, but an error that led to an unearned run proved costly as the home team dropped a 1-0 decision at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Newby gets chance to play pro ball
Joey Newby, a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School, was still dreaming when the phone call he's been dreaming about came in Friday morning.

It's time to quit talking and act on financial plan
As legislators prepare for the special session, which begins Tuesday, they should carefully consider some points made by Gov. Frank Murkowski in a speech to a central Kenai Peninsula audience last week:

Sizing up Bush: 'He is what he is'
WASHINGTON While Democrat John Kerry struggles to define himself to Americans, President Bush is encountering image troubles as well.

In this particular circle of hell, even boiling pitch sounds good
I hate to quibble with the treatise of such a morbid and anal literary master, but Dante missed a circle in his description of hell.

Around the Peninsula
Phone card donations soughtCommunity workshop plannedSoHi pool offering swim lessonsKenai Performers to hold campVolksmarch 10K plannedRed Cross golf tourney setWRCC fund-raiser slated

Host family meeting players' needs for 25 years
For 25 years running, Kenai's Don and Nina Pearson have provided college baseball players from around the nation with the ultimate home (away from home) field advantage.

J-1 had the right stuff; Aurora lays her eggs
ANCHORAGE J-1 was doing more than whispering sweet nothings to Aurora as the two clutched each other in a deep embrace in a secluded corner last month.

Cooke, Kellum announce engagement
Natalie Gayle Cooke of Cleveland, Tenn., and Darin Edward Kellum, originally of Soldotna, plan to be married Saturday, July 31, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Horns Creek Cabins in Cleveland.

Orphaned bear cubs treated to culinary eats
ANCHORAGE Fatty sauce, bananas, salmon, rice, kibble. Four orphaned brown bear cubs eat well and often at the Alaska Zoo.

Keeping pets cool key to dog days of summer
The "dog days" of summer are here, but with the long days of warm weather and bright sunshine come additional responsibilities to our furry friends.

My best friend
Rosey loves to do tricks for treats from her owner, Steve Croft of Nikiski, and goes everywhere with him. She can play dead, speak softly and loudly, give high fives, shake paws, sit up, roll over and fetch the paper on command.

Halibut pie
Nancy Naylor, Plain City, Utah

Montgomery responds to USADA notice of inquiry
Tim Montgomery, the world's fastest man, told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency he's done nothing wrong and ridiculed possible drug evidence against him.

Jones beaten in 100
EUGENE, Ore. Marion Jones finished a distant fifth behind winner Inger Miller in the women's 100 meters, then came back to win the long jump at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet on Saturday.

Sprint-car driver OK after vehicle ends up in dirt pile
Kenai's Elton McGahan won the Sprint Car Division Trophy Dash, Heat I and Heat II Friday night in Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Circle Track Division racing at Twin Cities Raceway, but that's not why McGahan was involved in the night's most chilling moment.

Area skaters keep cool in summer
For the past two weeks, hockey players from around the peninsula and the state have gotten out of the sun and onto the ice.

Goosen holds U.S. Open lead
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. The brittle grass played like concrete. Then the wind showed up at the U.S. Open, and Shinnecock Hills was scarier than ever.

O'Neal wants to join Jackson as ex-Laker
LOS ANGELES The NBA trade market has one huge addition: Call him The Big Commodity.

Sports Briefs
Cal State Fullerton tops South CarolinaLatvia, Germany tie; Czech Republic winsArmstrong, McCartney win cycling berthsBarrichello rallies to take poleBusch rallies from last to win Meijer 300

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