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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Sabathia shuts down White Sox in Indians win
CHICAGO C.C. Sabathia allowed one run in eight impressive innings, and Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake homered in the first inning of the Cleveland Indians' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Homers push A-Rod past DiMaggio
BALTIMORE Alex Rodriguez passed Joe DiMaggio on the career home run list, connecting twice and driving in five runs Tuesday night in the New York Yankees' 10-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Healthy, happy Griffey back on top of his game
ST. LOUIS If Ken Griffey Jr. can stay in the lineup, the next 100 home runs might come a lot easier than his 500th.

Titans roll in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. Ricky Romero threw a nine-hitter, and Felipe Garcia went 4-for-4 to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 6-3 victory over Miami in the College World Series on Monday night.

Marlins snap skid with win over Braves
MIAMI Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris walked and scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning Tuesday night, giving the Florida Marlins a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves that stopped a three-game losing streak.

Twins split doubleheader vs. Wasilla
It wasn't pretty, but it was competitive.

SoHi grad to compete for Miss America title
The titles to the two most prestigious scholarship programs for young women in Alaska, the Alaska Junior Miss Program, and the Miss Alaska pageant both are held this year by former Soldotna High School graduates.

Celebrating the River
Fourteen years ago, Peggy Mullen and a small group of volunteers decided our community should take a day to celebrate and appreciate the mighty Kenai River that has given human communities so much for so many millenniums.

Fall Hunting Permits
Each year about this time I anxiously await for the hunting permits to come out so I can plan my fall hunts.

Local Quest students take international honors
When the Redoubt Elementary Future Problem Solving (FPS) team, coached by Cyndi Romberg, won the statewide competition this spring along with the state championship title they earned the right to represent all of Alaska at the International FPS competitions in Lexington, Kentucky.

Showin' off the Shine
The Central Peninsula's first Show & Shine at Harley Davidson of the Kenai Peninsula turned out a variety of locally owned prize possessions, and a lot of motor loving visitors.

Anchor River fishery extended
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced additional king salmon fishing in the Anchor River this weekend.

Photo feature: By any other name
A wild rose blooms in the woods alongside Skyline Trail in the Kenai Mountains last week. Wildflowers are at their peak around the central peninsula.

Special session starts today
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski is hoping public pressure and the lure of a major bond package will persuade lawmakers to accomplish in a special session what they did not address in their regular session a long-term fix for the state's chronic budget problems.

Governor sends mixed messages regarding permanent fund vote
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski sent mixed messages Tuesday on whether he is still insisting on a vote of the people before allowing Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to be spent on state government.

Reagan struggle highlights need for Alzheimer caregiver support
Nancy Reagan is best known for her role as America's first lady. But just as important was her role of family caregiver. In 1994, Ronald Reagan publicly announced that he had Alzheimer's. For the next 10 years, Nancy Reagan cared for her husband.

Onlookers helpless as moose calf swept to sea
Mother nature is not always motherly; sometimes she treats her offsprings as indifferently as stepchildren in a marriage of inconvenience.

Man dies after jumping from car
A 21-year-old Kenai man died of injuries early Tuesday morning after reportedly leaping from a moving sport utility vehicle at Mile 8.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway shortly after midnight.

Ball event expected to be a hit
It may not be the Major Leagues, but a World Series Baseball Event planned this weekend still is expected to provide a thrill for a group of Frontier Community Services clients.

1 dead, 1 missing in separate weekend boating accidents
A Kasilof man drowned and another is missing in two separate boating mishaps over the weekend.

Borough to get federal funding
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is in line to receive more than $133,500 in federal funds to further activities of the Community Emergency Response Teams program.

Photo feature: Supper in a snap
As per the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations, Candace Roetman of Soldotna clips the tips of the tail fins from a red salmon netted in her family's personal-use set gillnet near the mouth of the Kasilof River on Sunday. The fishery opened last week and runs until Thursday.

HEA expected to raise prices, manager says
The general manager of the Homer Electric Association told Soldotna business leaders Tuesday the utility has the lowest rates among Alaska providers, but he warned that an increase is on the way.

Gas prices drain tourists' pockets
Record high gas and diesel prices may keep some vacationers home and off the highways this summer, but there are plenty of other motorists willing to siphon the necessary cash out of their wallets and into their tanks to keep their vacation plans rolling.

Gordon Sledge
Longtime Alaska resident Gordon Sledge died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at his home in Kenai of leukemia with his wife, Wiona, and son, Joe, by his side. He was 75.

Kathryn E. Doyle
Longtime Fairbanks and Anchorage resident Kathryn E. "K" Doyle died in Hilo, Hawaii on March 31, 2004 following a lengthy illness.

Albrey 'Al' Mooney
Albrey "Al" Mooney died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Elmendorf Hospital in Anchorage. He was 77.

Lukas Fox Spruill
Lukas Fox Spruill died Friday June 18, 2004, in a fishing accident in Bristol Bay. He was 27.

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

Richard 'Dick' H. Blakeslee Sr.
Kasilof resident Richard "Dick" H. Blakeslee Sr. died Sunday, June 20, 2004, in a boating accident while fishing on the Kenai River. He was 64.

Mike J. Tanape
Nanwalek resident Mike J. Tanape died Friday, June 18, 2004, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 66.

George T. Hayden
Longtime Trading Bay resident George T. Hayden died Thursday, June 17, 2004, in Plattsmouth, Neb. He was 85.

Oilers douse AIA Fire
The Peninsula Oilers played an all-around solid game Tuesday to defeat the Athletes in Action Fire 5-2 in Alaska Baseball League play at Growden Memorial Field in Fairbanks.

Legislators, just say no
Until we get our fair share from oil, no, no, no and again, no. If we voters let the governor raid the fund, the pressure for the Legislature to do the right thing with oil will be gone. Another 25 years will go by and another $60 billion, which should have gone into our permanent fund, will be out the window.

Murkowski's special session worth the attempt What others say
Gov. Frank Murkowski's call for a special session on June 22 was a bold attempt to force legislators to deal with important business left undone when they adjourned on May 11.

Community center idea nothing new
Where do you start and whom do you believe?

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Wild training correction Distance education consortium to meet ICAN to promote caesarean awareness Homer Spit run set to go Crescent Creek trail project planned Safe Sitter course offered

Around the Peninsula
Open burning banned on peninsulaCommunity workshop plannedCPHC to discuss new medical facilityNikiski seniors to meetPhone card donations soughtSquare dance club to meetNutrition classes slated

Senior Briefs
Peninsula senior picnic set Salmon count classic announced Anchor Point Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Social consciousness is in 93-year-old volunteer's blood
YORKTOWN, N.Y. Throughout his long, left-leaning life, Leon Sverdlove has been guided by one idealistic principle ''the idea that by helping our fellow man, we can have a better world.''

Senior Memus
This weeks menus for Senior Centers around the Peninsula

Sports Briefs
Johnnie on the spot at Alaska Raceway ParkBoonstra, Craig tops in Midnight Sun RunGeorgia, South Carolina still alive at CWS

U.S. Open isn't about fair, it's about shooting the lowest score
Something strange happened the day after the U.S. Open. A black round cap about the size of a hockey puck mysteriously rose from the ground and started spraying water over Shinnecock Hills. In the golf industry, they call this a sprinkler.

Blast from the past
WIMBLEDON, England The woman Martina Navratilova beat in her 1973 Wimbledon debut was back at the All England Club on Monday to watch her daughter's first-round match.

Kenai Golf Report: Great days for golfing
Golfers at Kenai Golf Course have been enjoying the warm, sunny, long days for the past week. Yours Truly has never seen so many knees out on the course in Kenai. The course is busy with golfers taking advantage of the incredible weather and long days. Let's hope it continues! Yours Truly enjoys checking in visiting or local golfers who are enjoying the long days as late as 9 p.m. or even later.

Bobcats select few veterans in expansion draft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. One by one, the Charlotte Bobcats announced their selections in the NBA expansion draft. To each name, the small crowd reacted with silence.

France, England advance to quarterfinals
COIMBRA, Portugal (AP) Defending champion France and England reached the quarterfinals of the European Championships on Monday, joining Portugal, Greece and the Czech Republic.

Serena loves the All England Club
WIMBLEDON, England Serena Williams loves Wimbledon. Marat Safin hates it.

Trade talk abounds in NBA
A blockbuster trade involving Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis dominated the NBA rumor mill Monday while the Los Angeles Lakers waited to learn whether Shaquille O'Neal was serious about demanding a trade.

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