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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Cal State Fullerton eliminates South Carolina
OMAHA, Neb. Vagabond pitcher Scott Sarver looked right at home in Cal State Fullerton's most important game of the season.

Houston acquires Beltran
Star center fielder Carlos Beltran was traded from Kansas City to the Houston Astros on Thursday night as part of a three-way deal that also sent reliever Octavio Dotel to Oakland.

Cameron's glaring error helps Reds top Mets
NEW YORK Mike Cameron lost Ken Griffey Jr.'s bases-loaded fly ball to center field in the sun, allowing three runs to score in a five-run seventh inning as the Cincinnati Reds rallied past the New York Mets 6-2 Thursday.

Twins best Red Sox in 10th inning
BOSTON Lew Ford hit a sacrifice fly following a two-base error by Nomar Garciaparra in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Thursday.

Howard taken first by Orlando in draft
NEW YORK Emeka Okafor tried masking his displeasure about being chosen second rather than first in the NBA draft. Instead, his sarcasm made it clear who he believed should have been No. 1

Sunshine makes for happy anglers
Continued sunny skies across the peninsula have contributed to a marked improvement in the Kenai River king salmon fishery in recent days.

Lawmakers raise tobacco tax, don't vote on Murkowski's budget fix
JUNEAU The Legislature passed a tobacco tax increase and then adjourned Thursday without voting on Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to fix the state's chronic budget deficit.

Sponsors provide hockey players invaluable experience
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Midget U-16 team would like to thank Alaska for your support and enthusiasm when we won the Alaska state title and moved forward to the national competition. We went to Nationals in Ellenton, Fla., and competed against the best.

Summer lessons
Read silently.

Borough wrestles with junk vehicle disposal problem
Abandoned vehicles, many reduced to scrap heaps after successive attacks by vandals, have become glaring eyesores in parts of the Kenai Peninsula, even in areas that otherwise comprise some of the prettiest portions of the borough.

Accused murderer implicated in another homicide
A man charged with murdering a Soldotna woman nearly 20 years ago was arraigned Thursday as a fugitive from justice in Kenai District Court in connection with a 1984 Kansas homicide.

Tourist sought due to medical emergency
Alaska State Troopers are asking for the public's assistance in locating Johnny Provine, 62, of San Clemente, Calif., regarding a family emergency.

Soldotna council studies smoking ordinance effects
According to a report compiled by two University of Alaska Southeast graduate students, the city of Soldotna's restaurant smoking ban appears to be having little economic impact on Soldotna businesses although businesses outside of town are reporting an increase in traffic.

Aubrey L. 'Al' Mooney
Soldotna resident Aubrey L. "Al" Mooney died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Elmendorf Air Force Hospital in Anchorage. He was 77.

Ray Woodrow 'Cubby' McCubbins
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Ray Woodrow "Cubby" McCubbins died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 90.

Water safety key to enjoying Alaska summer
With more miles of coastline than the entire continental United States, more than a million lakes and thousands of fish-filled rivers and streams, Alaska is a state made for boating. Too often, however, these wild waterways can turn deadly for those who work and play on our most abundant natural resource.

Future of natural gas, oil bright but fiscal plan still needed
People say you can't get where you're going unless you know how to get there. Clearly, Alaskans want to get to a point where they don't have to worry every day about the price of oil and its effect on public services. And they want to get to a prosperous long-term future for their children.

River rafting addictive for guides and clients
WENATCHEE, Wash. Shelby Scott swore he wasn't coming back.

Restoration project promises big return on funds invested
The Kenai Watershed Forum's restoration project on Silver Salmon Creek in Ninilchik won't include an anglers' boardwalk or a shiny plaque to dedicate the site. Heck, you can't even fish there, and once the project is completed, the hope is that it will eventually be impossible to tell that a restoration project was ever necessary.

Juneau outfitter launches Bike & Brew tour
JUNEAU (AP) In Juneau, beer and bicycles have more in common than just the letter B.

Water, water, everywhere, and mine was bottled in California to drink
I recently found myself sitting on the shores of Skilak Lake about lunchtime. Reaching into my pack I pulled out a sandwich, an apple and a bottle of water.

Silver Salmon Creek project hike Saturday
This spring and summer, the Kenai Watershed Forum will be restoring a major section of Silver Salmon Creek near Ninilchik. The floods in the fall of 2002 completely destroyed the area where Oilwell Road crosses Silver Salmon Creek. Join Kenai Watershed Forum executive director Robert Ruffner to visit the site and hike the section downstream from the culvert failure.

Ancient Indian villages found in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and the secret under wraps: a string of ancient Indian settlements so remarkably well-preserved that arrowheads and beads are still lying out in the open.

Risky spacewalk quickly aborted
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The two men aboard the international space station embarked on an unusually risky spacewalk Thursday, but had barely floated outside when Mission Control ordered them back in because of dropping pressure in one of their oxygen tanks.

German doctor: Super-strong 5-year-old boy just a normal kid
BERLIN A genetic mutation made a Berlin 5-year-old extra strong, but the German doctor who has been studying the boy since just after his birth says he's just a regular kid.

Around the Peninsula
Rummage sale fund-raiser planned in HomerLocal radio club to take part in national eventHomer Spit Run set to goCrescent Creek trail project planned

Church Briefs
Youth director to speakGod and Country Rally plannedChristian song and dance slated

Some things must be done to keep faith fresh, growing
The dictionary defines "musty" as: "adj. must-i-er, must-i-est

Church institutions must be genuinely Catholic, pope tells Western U.S. bishops
VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II told a group of American bishops Thursday that church institutions in the United States universities, schools and hospitals must be ''genuinely Catholic'' and conform to the church's moral teaching.

Howard taken first by Orlando in draft
NEW YORK Emeka Okafor tried masking his displeasure about being chosen second rather than first in the NBA draft. Instead, his sarcasm made it clear who he believed should have been No. 1

Leak of Montgomery testimony creates uproar
SAN FRANCISCO When Tim Montgomery appeared before a federal grand jury and reportedly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs he probably expected his testimony to stay secret until the case went to trial.

On-ice punch could result in jail sentence
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi was charged with assault Thursday for a sucker-punch that broke Steve Moore's neck and left him in a pool of blood, an attack that prompted an outcry about hockey violence.

Williams beaten in second round
WIMBLEDON, England With all her injuries and mediocre play of late, the last thing Venus Williams needed was for her opponent to be awarded an extra point.

Howell fires course record to take lead
POTOMAC, Md. Charles Howell III shot a course-record 10-under 61 including a 28 on his final nine holes to take a three-stroke lead Thursday in the Booz Allen Classic.

Beckham's botched penalty costs England
LISBON, Portugal David Beckham sent his shot into the crowd, and Portugal went on to beat England 6-5 in sudden-death penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie Thursday night, advancing the hosts to the semifinals of the European Championship.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula Amateur set for the weekendMotocross Division to hold city raceWilson, Gatson look good in returns

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