Saturday, June 25, 2005

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Birch Ridge holds junior tourneyOilers lose to Bucs

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