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Monday, June 20, 2005

Guerrero walk-off homer wins it for Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guerrero hit his second home run of the game in the 10th inning, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Yanks top Chicago
NEW YORK — Mike Mussina won his third straight start, Alex Rodriguez got a big hit with the bases loaded and the suddenly surging New York Yankees polished off a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 6-3 victory Sunday.

NOW PLAYING: Batman Begins
The Batman franchise is a tried and true commodity for a huge studio like Warner Brothers, so it might seem like no-brainer to do another one. But on the other hand, a re-imagining is always a risky proposition, and this latest Batman fits that bill to a tee. Gone are the gothic trappings of Tim Burton's Gotham City, as well as the neon lunacy of Joel Schumacher's vision. In their place lie the humanist realism favored by today's superheroes. And it's a change for the better.

Article not the whole story
I find it somewhat disturbing that (Layton) Ehmke would take the half-baked stories of a disgruntled former employee and try to harm an organization that helps to protect the life of every Alaskan, and I feel it only appropriate that they print this as either a letter to the editor from myself, or as a free standing article.

Fund-raising efforts big hit with volunteers
Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance Service President Michelle Stewart would like to thank all those who helped with the CLVAS concessions at the softball tournament. Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer, as well as the people who walked in and donated their time. A very special thank you to all the local companies who donated items for us to raffle off for our fund-raising efforts and to the food and beverage distributors in Anchorage who generously donated goods to supply the concessions. Thanks to Cooper Landing Community Club for the use of the building and kitchen facilities.

Closing highway sometimes too much
We have all sat in our cars for long periods while the police and safety officials close the highways here on the Kenai Peninsula whenever there is an accident.

Scoreboard makes points with principal
It won't be long until we are gathering again for fall sports activities. If you happen to attend a football game at Kenai Central High School you will not doubt be impressed with our new scoreboard.

Teacher housing on tap in Tyonek
The poor condition of two aging trailers used as teacher housing has contributed to teacher turnover in the remote Cook Inlet village of Tyonek, but all that may be about to change, thanks to a $235,000 grant from the Denali Commission Teacher Housing Program.

Capital project spending gets hearing
An ordinance that could affect the future of major capital improvement projects in the North Peninsula Recreation Area will get a public hearing at Tuesday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Kenai River opens for bait
The Kenai River is open for bait. Saying it's likely the early run of Kenai kings will exceed escapement goals, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists on Saturday issued an emergency order opening the Kenai to bait from the mouth upstream to a point 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers.

Firefighters focus on blaze near Fort Yukon
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A fire 15 miles northeast of Fort Yukon has grown steadily and is the top priority for forest firefighters in Alaska.

Filing campaign info gets easier
As the 2005 municipal election season approaches, the Alaska Public Offices Commission is readying a beta version of a new Internet-based electronic filing system that the office hopes one day will become the principal method by which future candidates and others will file campaign disclosure documents required by Alaska's campaign disclosure statutes.

Weather damp, spirits not
Plenty of family fun made up for a lack of sun Saturday, as central Kenai Peninsula residents gathered under umbrellas, tarps and inside hockey rinks to make the best of what turned out to be a watered-down summer solstice weekend.

Commercial boats float
With the first eastern Cook Inlet commercial fishing opener set for today, area commercial fishers are busy getting nets mended and engines tuned in preparation for what is shaping up to be a solid season.

Modernizing program runs into difficulties
The move to modernize handling of the flood of campaign disclosure documents state law requires of candidates, lobbyists and groups promoting ballot propositions has faced a variety of difficulties. That's what Brooke Miles, executive director of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, says.

Agrium overtime adding up
According to some employees, the staff at Agrium is getting thinner. After months of anticipating losing their jobs, many employees have voluntarily quit to take new jobs, which has led to increased overtime and left some remaining workers short of help and concerned about future loss of co-workers, some have said.

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Oilers split series with Running Birds
The Peninsula Oilers won the first game of a two-game series against the visiting Southern California Running Birds Friday night by a score of 6-2 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

Oilers take first ABL game of season
The Peninsula Oilers won the first game of a three-game series against the Athletes in Action Alaska Fire 5-1 in the Oilers' first Alaska Baseball League game on a windy Father's Day Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

Voices of the Clarion: Learning to compete
In February the Alaska School Activities Association board of directors voted to overhaul its athletic and academic eligibility rules, and in early June the Kenai Peninsula Borough District board of education voted to support those changes.

In the flow ...
Work continues in the effort to get the gas line project flowing from the North Slope.

Unanimous decision key to all juries
America is a 50-50 nation, political analysts say. Red state, blue state, Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative: We're split just about down the middle, and the partisan wars in Washington and elsewhere show it.

Costs just another reason to re-examine session process
Now that the figures are out, it goes without saying: Our state representatives need to find a better way of doing business in Juneau.

Around the Peninsula
Blood donations needed Group to discuss children's issues Soldotna chamber meeting planned Quilting show set ICAN to meet Group celebrates hope Renaissance fair slated

Community Events
Volksmarch 10K set Ink cartridges fund-raiser continues Swim team tryouts begin Cheerleader tryouts, workshops set Cell phone recycling available Hearing, vision screening available Nutrition classes scheduled Baseball series seeks sponsors Respite services available NPRSA June events set Parade entries and vendors sought Volunteers needed Community race set to go

Fund-raiser raffle flies high
Woodcarver John Nelson, left, Heritage place resident Ginny Arnold, center, and nurse Gemma Smith are shown with Nelson's hand-carved swan. The swan was raffled off as part of the Heritage Place annual Relay for Life fund-raising efforts. The raffle raised $1,000 and helped Heritage Palace take first place in team fund-raising, with an amount in excess of $6,000.

A new Family tradition
"Once a upon a time ..." is how Dan Martin — 52, father of four, husband of Suzanne, and voracious reader — would begin many of the thousands of stories he has spent telling or reading to his children, Kennison, Kristoffer, Kimberly, Karalee and Kamala (Kami), as a stay-at-home dad for the past 19 years.

Hero's of the Week
Resident grateful for response Kindness makes lunch easier to digest

Around the Peninsula
Burn permit suspension lifted Cheerleader tryouts, workshops set Nutrition classes scheduled Swim team tryouts begin UCIDA membership meeting slated Baseball series seeks sponsors

Peninsula People
Fosters attend college Area students honored

Airlines must tally pet casualties
WASHINGTON — Plenty of vacation guides list camps that allow dogs or rank pet-friendly hotels, but until now there's been no way to know which airlines are safest for four-legged travelers.

My best friend
Billy Bubba found Don Snyder's beard to be a warm place to snuggle up. The kitten is owned by Don and Peg Snyder of Kenai.

The Goose cuts loose
PINEHURST, N.C. — This might seem hard to believe, but Retief Goosen can get ruffled. Kids keeping him awake at night. Someone who cuts him off on the highway. The dog barking next door.

Tulane wins at CWS
OMAHA, Neb. — The lone holdover from Tulane's last College World Series trip four years ago, Scott Madden knew what to expect Saturday when he was summoned to pinch-hit.

Biffle skips pits, wins at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle never considered pitting during the last caution period Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Kiwi wins U.S. Open
PINEHURST, N.C. — Michael Campbell answered every challenge Tiger Woods threw his way Sunday until a U.S. Open full of surprises got the biggest one of all.

Lighter sides of Brown, Popovich emerge
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — To keep the mood light Saturday, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich showed a clip from the 1979 Maine high school basketball championship game starring assistant coach Brett Brown in all his short shorts glory.

Sports views: '%& yeah!': Gore the best story of the Open
Inspector No. 54 must have been on a coffee break when Jason Gore rolled off the PGA Tour assembly line. Flat-bellied and unsmiling the man is not.

Good but not so clean family fun
More than 200 riders in 16 different divisions converged at Twincities Raceway as the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions hosted the Motocross State Series race No. 3 Saturday.

Clutch shot seals Game 5 for Spurs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Big Shot Bob did it again. Robert Horry, the veteran player whose clutch postseason 3-pointers have defined his career, knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining in overtime Sunday night to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

U.S. Grand Prix anything but grand
INDIANAPOLIS — One by one, 14 Formula One cars ducked off the race track and parked in a unified protest over safety concerns at the United States Grand Prix.

Tarver wins title with victory over Johnson
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Antonio Tarver vowed to be in better shape this time, and he was Saturday as he took the IBO light heavyweight title from Glen Johnson.

Ready, set, mow: Not just for chores anymore
OREGON, Ill. — That riding lawn mower may not look like much sitting in the back of the garage, crammed between bikes and shovels and rakes. Even when it's out in the yard, puttering along, it seems more Forrest Gump than Mark Martin.

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