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Monday, June 21, 2004

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.

Moises saves the day
CHICAGO Moises Alou hit a two-run homer and Carlos Zambrano won his fourth straight decision, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

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.

Griffey finally gets 500th homer
ST. LOUIS Ken Griffey Jr. trotted around the bases as if it were just another home run. It was anything but that.

Twins take doubleheader from Fairbanks
The Kenai American Legion Twins finally put everything together Sunday, getting back-to-back wins against Fairbanks at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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

NOW PLAYING The Terminal
I hate getting stuck in the airport. Airports in general, though they serve their purpose well, are not particularly enjoyable. They're loud, crowded, uncomfortable, and imbued with just the slightest hint of panic. "What if I miss my flight?" "

Ward's timing inappropriate
Recently while at work I heard an announcement on the radio made by Mr. Jerry Ward regarding the passing of our 40th President Ronald Reagan.

Legislators should adopt POMV plan to manage permanent fund
Dear Senators and Representatives:

Knowles understands issues, has experience for Senate job
I recently went to a town meeting held by Tony Knowles at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. I was impressed with Tony's presentation and his grasp of the important issues that will face him in the U.S. Senate. He's obviously got the background and the experience to represent Alaska in Washington.

Support for student appreciated
To the many of Jose Araya's friends who took the time to see him off at the Kenai airport headed for Costa Rica, we thank you.

People don't want negative ads
It is too bad that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has already started with the negative ads. Not only is it negative, it's stupid, too.

Special Olympics reveal amazing acts of kindness
Our State Special Olympic Games took place in Anchorage recently with many of our local athletics participating. As a father of a special Olympian it was good to see this event take place.

Newman back on track in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. Ryan Newman finally got his first victory of 2004, making up a lost lap to win Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

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

Iraq war draws mixed reviews
WASHINGTON Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Gov. Tony Knowles agree on one thing about Iraq. Given the information presented by the Bush administration in the fall of 2002, war was justified.

Work in progress
Kenai Landing has a new opening date: the Fourth of July weekend.

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.

Caution: Road work lies ahead
Fittingly as summer begins, orange safety cones are expected to be arriving along Island Lake and Miller Loop roads in Nikiski this week when road construction work there gets under way.

Governor: Keeper report 'rubbish'
Gov. Frank Murkowski has labeled as rubbish recent assertions by a Homer-based environmental watchdog group that his administration has been too lax on enforcing state anti-pollution laws against large corporations.

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.

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

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

Ray W. McCubbins
Longtime Kenai resident Ray W. McCubbins died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 90.

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.

Alec R. Wik
Longtime Kenai resident Alec R. Wik died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at the Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. He was 62.

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.

Oilers open league play with a win
The Peninsula Oilers got off to an exciting start in Alaska Baseball League play Suunday, holding off Athletes in Action Alaska by the score of 5-4 in Fairbanks. With the win, the Oilers moved to 1-0 in league play, and are now 7-3 overall.

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.

Tobacco tax should pass
Alaskans, it's time again to turn the tides on the influence the tobacco industry has in our state. The welfare of our youth, the health of Alaska adults, the cost of smoking-related health care issues and our determination to shape policies for the good of all our people are the issues at hand.

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:

Poll shows importance of transferring power to interim government What others say
A comprehensive poll of thousands of Iraqi people commissioned by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority is terribly discouraging. The results weren't supposed to be made public and it's easy to understand why but The Associated Press got hold of the survey, and it is devastating.

Thank you, Charles Quarre
Charles Quarre is away. This simple rhyming message many of us knew from Charlie's answering machine took on new meaning with his passing on June 12. Since moving to the Kenai Peninsula 12 years ago, Mr. Quarre dedicated his time to many community organizations to help make the central peninsula a better place.

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.

Community Events
Volksmarch walks planned Youth theater opportunities abound Kenai Wild training planned Watershed activities set ICAN to promote caesarean awareness KHLT begins summer program Farmers market opens Homer Spit run set to go God and Country Rally set for Sunday Challenger Center sets camp schedule Red Cross golf tourney set Postal service seeks phone cards Langdon basketball camp set for Seward Kenai class to celebrate 40-year reunion Volleyball camps set Class of 1984 to hold reunion Salmon count classic announced WRCC fund-raiser slated Food bank receives grant Diabetes support group forming Family law self-help services available

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.

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.

Births
Eimi and Aaron Brown of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Trever Dawson Brown at, 11:51 a.m., Friday, May 28, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.75 inches.

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

Peninsula People
Area residents graduate from college Area students make honor lists

Around the Peninsula
Bug walk happening Wednesday CPGH board meeting set for Thursday Cook Inlet Keeper plans fund-raiser Bake sale fund-raiser slated British soccer camp scheduled Kenai pool offers swim lessons

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.

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.

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

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.

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 good enough
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Retief Goosen didn't get the cheers, just the U.S. Open trophy.

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.

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

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.

U.S. soccer slips past scrappy Grenada
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada The United States advanced in World Cup qualifying Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Grenada on a soggy field.

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

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