Thursday, June 24, 2004

Texas, South Carolina pick up Series wins
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Carson Kainer, the last regular player in Texas' lineup without a hit at the College World Series, got the most important one of his young career and the Longhorns advanced to the finals.

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.

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.

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

Thome tears it up for Phillies
MONTREAL Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 24th home run and Kevin Millwood won for the first time in eight starts, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

Tampa's streak stopped at 12
TORONTO Tampa Bay's team-record winning streak ended at 12 games when Reed Johnson hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Devil Rays.

Young Americans likely to shun U.S.-made goods
WASHINGTON Fresh concerns about U.S. jobs being shipped overseas are not being turned into renewed public sentiment to buy American, an Associated Press poll found.

AIDEA turns down offer for coal plant
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority rejected an offer from Golden Valley Electric Association to purchase the Healy Clean Coal Plant.

Japanese economic recovery can benefit Alaska
ANCHORAGE Alaska may be benefiting from a Japanese economic recovery, trade officials and economists said Tuesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleCity of Kenai hosts mine project developersLeadership forum scheduledGuide service to donate proceeds to land trustPostal service seeks phone card donationsVendors and parade entries soughtFinancing workshop scheduledClarion reporter honored at fellowship

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.

Real cool cats the stars of 'Two Brothers' movie
Instead of taking the kids to ''Garfield: The Movie,'' consider ''Two Brothers,'' starring real cool cats.

Alaska writers provide summer fun
What to do when the thrill of vacation fades, the rain falls and the mosquitoes bite? Never fear, parents: Alaska writers offer an array of new books this summer to cure the what-will-we-do blues.

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' heats up terrorism debate
LOS ANGELES Michael Moore is not known for restraint, yet when it came to showing the Sept. 11 attacks in "Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore opted for moderation: The screen fades to black and the audience hears the engine roar and explosions of the jets that crashed into the World Trade Center, and the screams of witnesses.

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Art Briefs
Kids' summer art workshops plannedFarmer's market offers arts, craftsKids' summer theater camp slatedYouth play auditions coming upLibrary sponsors contestsWatercolor workshop offeredResource for musicians announced

AFI goes 'Over the Rainbow' to find top American movie tune
LOS ANGELES There's no song like "Over the Rainbow."

Visitors center offers variety of summer interpretive programs
Ken Waldman, known as "Alaska's Fiddling Poet," says of his time spent in Alaska that he never thought he would be up here, living like he does.

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.

Bill including peninsula gas line terminus awaits signature
A bill expanding the focus of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority to include tidewater at Cook Inlet as a possible terminus for a main gas line delivering North Slope gas to market is awaiting Gov. Frank Murkowski's signature.

Senate approves tobacco tax; Measure to fix long-term fiscal plan stalls in Finance Committee
JUNEAU House Speaker Pete Kott said Wednesday the special session of the Legislature will be over by the end of the week if not sooner and the only bill with any chance of passing is a tobacco tax increase.

Ward supporter sees 'political motives' in opposition as well
I know Jerry Ward can defend himself; he's a big boy I've known him for several years. But it gets to me when somebody says things that are not quite the truth.

Something's wrong in the state of Kenai fishing tournament
Such a thorny rose that stinks by any other name is still a derby. Buying rooms and meals and drinks to promote a kill-and-release derby where fish spawn is only the good science of the darkest Danish prince. That these of hook-and-wound mortality are second-run kings because they came for a tournament after July 1 and what of their first-run brothers and sisters who are already in residence; river presence.

Ward's efforts to honor Reagan should be appreciated
This letter is in response to "Ward's timing inappropriate" letter by Porter Pollard. I would like to applaud Jerry Ward for his paying for an ad so local citizens could show their respect for the passing of President Ronald Reagan.

Legislature should do work of the people during time limit
The legislative session, set out by the Alaska Constitution, is 120 consecutive days. It may be extended once by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for 10 additional consecutive days. The Legislature is given this period of time to conduct our business. The Legislature met and then they adjourned.

Newsmaker: Klaus Graf
SONOMA, Calif. Klaus Graf, 32, tried his hand at Formula One and sports car racing, and now the German is hoping to make his debut this Sunday on the Nextel Cup Series in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway.

NASCAR Notes - Rudd shows off fancy footwork on road courses
SONOMA, Calif. Some stock car drivers have strange ways of getting around road courses. Some take it slow and easy; some attack each corner. Some cut the corners by driving through the dirt; others just try to hang on.

Whine-ding around the track
SONOMA, Calif. The Napa Valley is known throughout the world for its wine. But one weekend each year, when the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series comes to town, it's more like whine country.

This Week: Dodge/Save Mart 350
(Race No. 16 of 36)

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.

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.

Cook Inlet tops toxic list
Cook Inlet led all of Alaska in nonmining, manufacturing-related toxic discharges in 2002, according to the latest Toxics Release Inventory issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo feature: On the lookout
The Bennett family glasses Cook Inlet for wildlife Wednesday afternoon at the beach in Kenai during a visit to the area from their home in Idaho. Forecasters are calling for partly cloudy skies for the rest of the week. High temperatures on the coast are expected to reach the high 60s and low 70s, while inland areas may reach the low 80s.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Allan Lenard Lageson Jr.
Kenai resident Allan Lenard Lageson Jr. died Monday, June 21, 2004, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 21.

George Paul Sterbenz
Soldotna resident George Paul Sterbenz died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 60.

Anna Christine Moles Chieslak
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Anna Christine Moles Chieslak, known to many as "Chris," died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, in Fresno, Calif. She was 62.

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.

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.

Oilers suffer first ABL defeat
The Peninsula Oilers suffered their first Alaska Baseball League loss of the season, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Athletes in Action Fire Wednesday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

State department's number mix-up becoming typical
The U.S. State Department put out a report a couple of months ago ... that the number of terrorist incidents has dropped steadily from 2001 through 2003, reaching a 34-year low.

Troop deployment should be based on current situation
Details are lacking, but the Pentagon's plan to redeploy forces now stationed in former hot spots from the Cold War is at least sensible and possibly urgent.

Test punishes youth; High-stakes exit exam keeps deserving teens from future
My fellow Alaskans, we are in an 11th hour in education because 707 to 1,160 students this year are being denied diplomas and many of them have fulfilled their school's requirements. I met one of those students and cannot keep silent.

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

Around the Peninsula
Open sew plannedBug walk set for todayCPGH to break ground on extensionSoroptimist plans garage sale fund-raiserSquare dance slated this weekendGod and Country Rally on tap for SundaySterling church to hold celebration

Trade talk heats up as NBA draft nears
NEW YORK Emeka Okafor sat inside a hotel ballroom completely unaware he was setting a record for most shoulder shrugs. On the day before the NBA draft, Okafor still had no idea where he'll be headed or whether he'll be chosen first or second.

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

Sports Briefs
Goldstein nabs Gatorade honorPlay washed out at WimbledonGermans eliminated, Dutch advanceOkafor could get final spot on U.S. teamLakers' Fisher becomes free agentWie falters, but looks forward to match play

USADA seeks to ban Montgomery for life
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to seek a lifetime ban against 100-meter world record holder Tim Montgomery for alleged drug violations, The Associated Press has learned.

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.

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

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Peninsula Amateur set to go
Men's Night (out) was another Wednesday's usual suspects gathering. Winning team members Joey Hensley, Josh Lansing, Mike Hollingsworth and Gerald Winkler beat out second placers Guy Hayes, Jay Kriner, Pete Wolfe and Dennis Cork. Ol' Wink was closest-to on No. 6 and won hands down for long drive.

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.

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