Thursday, June 23, 2005

Devil Rays bounce back against Yanks
NEW YORK — Nick Green hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, Scott Kazmir pitched seven solid innings and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays rebounded from an embarrassing defeat with a 5-3 victory Wednesday over the New York Yankees.

Narron wins debut with Cincinnati
CINCINNATI — Backup catcher Javier Valentin had a three-run homer and four RBIs to help Cincinnati to an 11-4 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jerry Narron's debut as interim manager of the Reds.

Dunn polishes off Cardinals for Reds
CINCINNATI — Adam Dunn led off two straight innings with home runs and the Cincinnati Reds overpowered slumping Mark Mulder before holding on for a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

From the Bookshelf
You Wouldn't Do It For The Money!: Tales from an Alaskan Bed and Breakfast

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

In stitches
To some, fabric is a utilitarian commodity — as long as it covers what it needs to, that's good enough. On the other end of the spectrum are quilters, for whom fabric and the countless ways it can be embellished is an art form.

Gesture nets big praise
My hat is off and in the air for the Alaska Peninsula fishermen who pulled their nets because they were catching too many chum with the sockeye that would perhaps, cause more restrictions on another fishing areas that depended upon the chum numbers.

Legislative action 'raises' concerns
With the legislative session finally over, I would like to express my disappointment. This session would have been more productive had it not taken place at all. Look at the accomplishments:

Dow Chemical meeting makes reader nervous
The purpose of this letter is to put local elected officials, regulators and Dow Chemical on notice that at least one citizen vigorously objects to having Dow locate here ("Peninsula officials meet with Dow Chemical," April 15). Certainly, there are many who share this objection to turning the Kenai Peninsula into "Chemical Alley-Far North."

Complaint makes reader fit to be tied
I was in the Soldotna Post Office (June 13) and an employee there who always entertained the patrons with his fun neckties was standing at the counter in a plain gray tie. People in line where razzing him about it.

Missing Shungnak girl found in river
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 15-year-old Shungnak girl missing for six weeks was found dead at the bottom of the Selawik River, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Bad checks lead to woman's arrest
For one Anchorage woman, even the bargain prices offered at area garage sales weren't low enough.

Fertilizer fears
Chris Rainwater needed to get back to his ranch on East End Road in Homer to check on one of his bulls earlier this month. But before he made the 20-mile trip from the Down East Saloon, some doctor work was needed on his truck's carburetor.

Views draw visitors repeatedly
Almost 55 percent of all visitors to the Kenai Peninsula are repeat visitors, according to a tourism survey completed last winter.

Borough assembly rejects ban on adult businesses
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has rejected an ordinance that would have placed restrictions on sexually oriented businesses such as adult bookstores, video stores, arcades, theaters and motels.

Kenai cops deploy new traffic safety sign
Contrary to rumors spreading through the community, the new electronic safety sign deployed on arterial streets by Kenai police is not taking photos of passing motorists or their license plate numbers. The new 4-foot by 8-foot sign, used mostly along the Kenai Spur Highway, is serving as a warning to motorists to slow down and obey posted speed limits.

Fishing a new lure for school fund-raising
Forget trays of cookies and brownies. Forget boxes of candy bars. Forget soap-soaked car washers. Ninilchik School is hosting a fund-raiser that reaches outside the school, beyond the community and blasts past state boundaries.

Rocking the boat
Kenai City Council members on Wednesday decided to allow a 50-year-old wooden boat to remain high and dry at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The K-6, a wooden commercial fishing boat built in 1950 and donated to the city by the law firm of Nordstrom, Steele and Jefferson, has sat next to the center since 1993.

Eugene Martin 'Gene' Effler
Longtime Alaskan Eugene Martin "Gene" Effler died October 18, 2004. He was 80.

Nina A. Robinson
Sterling pioneer Nina A Robinson died Friday, June 10, 2005, at her home with her family. She was 80.

Davis dominates, Oilers sweep
Ty Davis pitched eight shutout innings Tuesday to lead the Peninsula Oilers to a 6-0 victory over the Athletes in Action Fire at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Eielson's future still a long shot
Despite the very effective presentation made Wednesday at Fairbanks, it's still a long shot that Eielson Air Force Base can be saved as an active part of the military forces in Alaska.

Retirement system meetings should answer questions
The special session of the Alaska Legislature last month did produce a bill that aims to help stabilize the finances of the state-run Public Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System.

Around the Peninsula
Auction fund-raiser slated UCIDA membership meeting slated Annual sale 'booked' Swim lessons available

Around the Peninsula
Summer reading program continues Sterling group to meet Barbecue fund-raiser set Group celebrates hope Swim lessons continue

Serena tops childhood neighbor Haynes
WIMBLEDON, England — The asphalt courts at the public park where Serena Williams and Angela Haynes learned to swing a racket and the patch of grass where they engaged in a riveting Grand Slam match Tuesday are separated by thousands of miles and so much more.

Kenai Golf Report
There was great golf weather for most of the week, but not when it came to Saturday morning. That was the day that the much-needed rain came to the Kenai Golf Course and surrounding area.

Pistons display Motor City mettle
SAN ANTONIO — Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich met at midcourt as the final buzzer sounded to exchange handshakes and a hug. Never before has there been an NBA Finals moment quite like it, and another rarity — a Game 7 for the championship — will unfold next.

Journeyman upsets Olympic champ
WIMBLEDON, England — Justin Gimelstob keeps falling into what he calls tennis ''oblivion,'' losing more than he wins, dealing with injuries, then doing whatever it takes to get back on the scene, whether it's crisscrossing the globe for minor events to raise his ranking or taking a dangerous number of painkilling injections.

Sports Briefs
Krusen, Peterson win Midnight Sun Run

Blackhawks hire new general manager, who fires old coach
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager Tuesday, and he wasted no time firing coach Brian Sutter.

Horry beckons spirit of Starks
SAN ANTONIO — One of the most vivid memories Robert Horry has from the last Game 7 in NBA Finals history was New York Knicks guard John Starks firing up shot after shot after shot after shot — almost none of which went in.

Birch Ridge Report: Showers postpone scramble
If you think you missed out on the Best/Rotary Midnight Scramble, think again. That rain we had last Saturday that left you without having to water the lawn, but deterred you from playing golf, caused a rescheduling of the event. It's now slated for July 9.

Bucks unload Porter
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Terry Porter on Wednesday, two months after finishing their worst season in almost a decade.

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