Friday, June 24, 2005

Florida eliminates Arizona St.
OMAHA, Neb. — Florida got a power boost after a fan interfered with a foul ball. And now the Gators are headed to the championship round of the College World Series.

Twins snap four-game skid
MINNEAPOLIS — Carlos Silva pitched his second complete game, working around nine hits and spurring the Minnesota Twins out of their slump with a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Stellar umpire? Go West
NEW YORK — Joe West was selected Thursday to umpire behind the plate in next month's All-Star game.

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.

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.

Ishii, Reyes help Mets extend Phillies' tough stretch
PHILADELPHIA — Kazuhisa Ishii pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and Jose Reyes had three hits and stole three bases, leading the New York Mets past the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Thursday.

Fishing for kings, reds picking up
Midweek showers created a temporary lull in the Kenai River king salmon fishery, but as the clouds blew off, the bite picked backed up.

Kodiak bear lands hunter in elite club
GREEN BAY, Wis. — On May 1, Ron Smits of Green Bay killed a Kodiak Island brown bear off the coast of Alaska. In doing so, he became one of the few hunters in Wisconsin to qualify for membership in the North American 29 Club, an elite group within Safari Club International, so named because eligibility requires a member to have taken 29 species of big-game animals found on the North American continent.

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.

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

Businesses earn bouquet for helping veterans out
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046 membership and ladies auxiliary wish to thank all the business that displayed our poppy donation cans.

Reader wants war to end
Each and everyone of us has as much blood on our hands as Bush and the government. The reason is we have done nothing to stop this war.

'Memo' needs explanation
We have just completed our Memorial Day celebrations, which includes honoring the 1,584 men and women killed in the current war in Iraq. We are told that it is "a tough situation," and that we have no idea when it will be over so our troops can come home.

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.

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:

Support makes projects happen
The support for our community makes it possible for our school to have special projects and events with students. Our annual spring carnival is a community event that raises funds for our Halibut Cove and Anchorage Zoo trips.

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.

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.

Osmar to lead musher on trail
Rachael Scdoris, known as the first blind musher to compete in the Iditarod, is hoping to change that title to the first blind musher to complete the Iditarod. Only this time, the 21-year-old from Bend, Ore., will get a little local help on her second attempt to make it to Nome.

Spending limit law passes
Future capital improvement projects costing more than $500,000 proposed in the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area will be submitted to voters even if an Alaska court should rule a proposition approved by service area residents last fall imposing just that ballot requirement is invalid.

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.

Enstar hopes for Nenana gas
Enstar Natural Gas Co. is looking at natural gas from the Nenana Basin near Fairbanks as a way to bring some more natural gas to Southcentral Alaska.

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

Roland Lynn
Former Kenai resident Roland Lynn died Sunday, May 29, 2005, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 62.

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

George C. Muoio
Former Kenai and Auburn, Wash., resident George C. Muoio died Monday, June 20, 2005, in Seattle. He was 75.

Survey shows tourism's role on peninsula
Tourism is a big deal on the Kenai Peninsula. Much of our economy is derived from those willing to spend their time and money in our neck of the woods.

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.

Juneau camp melds Native ways with Western science
JUNEAU — The eight boys couldn't get far down the nature trail near the Mendenhall Glacier without science teacher Topaz Shryock pointing to a plant.

The unexpected makes a trip an adventure
LOGAN, Utah — Lori Lee doesn't guarantee that by using her guide book you'll avoid lightning or flash floods or suffocating hoards of flies.

Photo feature: Different strokes
Karen and Jim Hurd, and Tiger and Judy Demers row a quad scull across North Mackey Lake earlier this week while practicing for the World Master Games in Edmonton, Alberta, next month. About 30 Alaskans will compete in rowing events at the games, according to Judy Demers.

Aphids form 'oil slick' on Cook Inlet waters
On June 1 Erik Huebsch and Dr. Stephen Okkonen spotted what appeared to be an oil slick a few miles offshore from the mouth of the Kenai River in Cook Inlet. Dr. Okkonen, a University of Alaska Fairbanks physical oceanographer, was returning from a routine survey of the Inlet water temperatures and salinities between the Forelands.

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

Around the Peninsula
Ham radio club tunes inSwim lessons availableSearch on for assistant principalsBaseball series seeks sponsorsParade applications availableWriters sought

Retail and religion: God at the mall
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Amanda Zkiab visits The Citadel Mall four or five times a week, but the 25-year-old isn't there to scour the sale racks, stuff herself with food-court goodies or cruise for a date.

Church Briefs
Drama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetFamily night continuesClothes Quarters openClothing availableDay camp slated

Group findings could split church
While the Episcopal and United Methodist churches have struggled over homosexuality, another mainline Pro-testant denomination — the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — has been relatively quiet. But that's changing.

Yale severs centuries-old tie with church
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Founded by Congregational ministers in the 18th century, Yale University's Battell Chapel was this nation's first college-run church and, as recently as the Vietnam era, a Sunday morning gathering point.

When grace meets guilt, past shame is forgotten
Following his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, King David felt miserable.

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.

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

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.

Nadal bows out early at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England — By the end, the joy was gone from Rafael Nadal's game. All those uppercuts, hops and yells of ''Vamos!'' he normally displays were replaced by the serious look of someone taking mental notes.

Elite coach guides rowers
Imagine wanting to learn the game of baseball, and having Joe Torre available to give a tutorial. Or Phil Jackson on hand for a basketball clinic. Or Bill Belichick in town for a football camp.

Mack fails to make team in pole vault
CARSON, Calif. — Olympic gold medalist Tim Mack failed to make the U.S. team in the pole vault and Miguel Pate beat Athens champion Dwight Phillips in the long jump Thursday on a breezy, chilly opening night of the U.S. track and field championships.

Sorenstam trails by two
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — No stranger to pressure, Annika Sorenstam had to cope with jangled nerves as she stood on the 10th tee Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open, the snowcapped Rockies and a chance to make history both on the horizon.

San Antonio rules NBA
SAN ANTONIO — Spurred by the will and wonder of Tim Duncan, San Antonio is an NBA champion again.

Sports Briefs
Birch Ridge holds junior tourneyOilers lose to Bucs

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