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Monday, June 28, 2004

Mets bash Yanks' rookie Halsey in Subway Series
NEW YORK On the opening day of this year's Subway Series, Al Leiter and the New York Mets were the top team in town.

Schilling beats old teammates
BOSTON Curt Schilling beat his former team for his 10th win of the season, and David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs to lead the Red Sox, who took two of three from the Phillies.

Free agent Boone signs with Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) Aaron Boone promises he's finished with basketball, and eager to help the Cleveland Indians rebuild.

Alaskans trying to earn some clams with shellfish
JUNEAU Tom Manning paws through the sand at North Bridget Cove and happily pulls out five little geoduck clams, each no more than about 2 inches long.

Sockeyes, anglers return to popular fishing site
Hundreds of tiny white puffs, the products of cottonwood trees dispersing their seeds, drifted by on the light breeze.

Kasilof offers mixed bag for dipnetters
Sometimes it pays to be an early bird, as the few people who took advantage of the 12:01 a.m. opening of the Kasilof River dipnet fishery well know.

Peninsula legislators: Session wasn't worth it
Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai, who only reluctantly flew to Juneau in response to some serious cajoling by party leaders, may have summed up the feelings of many of his Legislative colleagues regarding the value of last week's special session.

Governor says he did his part for fiscal fix
JUNEAU The Legislature's failure to approve a long-range fiscal plan during the special session wasn't for lack of trying on his part, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Friday.

Tony Knowles the wrong candidate for U.S. Senate
As a very liberal candidate for U.S. Senate, Tony Knowles leaves a legacy as one of the most divisive and inept governors in the history of Alaska. This is especially seen by looking at his past failures and his present statements in areas like fisheries, education, social services, insurance reform, the economy and terrorism protection.

Gordon: NASCAR's road warrior
SONOMA, Calif. Jeff Gordon wrapped up a near perfect weekend Sunday, starting from the pole and racing to an overpowering victory in the NASCAR race at Infineon Raceway.

CPGH board OKs operating budget
A $398,000 expenditure for nuclear medicine imaging equipment was among items in a $1.7 million capital budget approved by the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. board of directors Thursday.

Officials dig in at CPGH groundbreaking ceremony
Hot sunshine and clear blue skies Friday welcomed the crowd of more than 300 people attending the Central Peninsula General Hospital groundbreaking ceremony, which signaled the start of construction work on the hospital's $49.9 million expansion.

Centennial celebration
Esther Tyler-Peteet feels like she's 80, which isn't bad for a woman who turns 100 today.

DMV: Save time, go online
Despite long lines, the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles is making efforts to reduce the amount of time residents spend in its offices. In fact, according to DMV Director Duane Bannock, the department is trying to make it easier for people to forgo a trip to the DMV altogether.

Peninsula nips Pilots
Down 5-0 after the first inning to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in Anchorage Saturday and coming off a 7-0 loss Friday night, it did not look like the Peninsula Oilers would end their first Alaska Baseball League road trip of the season on a positive note.

Future Oilers help Titans gain edge in CWS
OMAHA, Neb. A pair of players on the Peninsula Oilers roster keyed Cal State Fullerton's 6-4 victory over Texas in the first game of the College World Series finals Saturday night.

Oilers drop first home ABL game of the season
The Peninsula Oilers returned to Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai for a Sunday matinee after a six-game road trip, but the visiting Anchorage Bucs spoiled the homecoming, saddling the Oilers with a 2-1 Alaska Baseball League loss.

Clinton's book sure to stir pot on debates past
If the weeklong memorial leading up to the funeral of former President Reagan marked a return to the '80s, then the rush of news and comment in recent and coming days over the release of former President Clinton's memoir represents a return to the '90s. With that return comes a resurgence of all the familiar debates.

Special session a disappointment for many reasons
For years we have waited for the Legislature and governor to come up with a long-term fiscal plan. Our wait appears to continue.

Bring 'em on, Governor; Keeper welcomes debate on environmental enforcement
The Murkowski Administration's environmental enforcement record to date speaks for itself: Punish the little fish and let big corporate fish off the hook. When the largest toxic spills, repeated spills and spills in sensitive areas receive little or no attention by the state's environmental police, what's to stop them from recurring?

Presidential election is up for grabs and both camps could use help
The advent of summer signals warmer temperatures and a hotter phase of presidential politics, as well. Let's take a moment to consider the Bush-Kerry race.

Supreme Court took easy road on Pledge
The Supreme Court copped out. Rather than taking the opportunity to rule, once and for all, on the constitutionality of the phrase ''under God'' in the Pledge of Allegiance, the court took a pass. It instead ruled 5-3 that the plaintiff, atheist Michael Newdow, could not legally represent his daughter because he lacks full custody.

Where the stress is; Want to raise your heart rate? Pick up a box and start packing
Top Ten Stressors

Photo feature: Diving into summer
Mary and Paul Greeno launch Antheny Slater into a swan dive at a swimming pond off Marathon Road in Kenai last weekend. Temperatures in the 70s have made the water warm and the beach popular.

Community News
Challenger Center sets camp scheduleWatershed July activities slatedKHLT summer programs continuePostal service seeks phone cards

Peninsula People
Nikiski resident returns home from abroadSoldotna sportsman elected to SCI leadershipNikiski resident serving in Peace CorpsNelson serves as intern for YoungRussell joins Merchant MarinesArea students make deans' listsArea students graduate collegeBP principals scholarships announced

Around the Peninsula
Sterling youth theater to meetRed Cross golf tourney setSen. Stevens to be Homer's grand marshalKenai chamber sponsoring pie contestYard, business contests beginHomer public Health plans one-day closureOutdoor education center closed

KKC members shine at Fairbanks dog show
Several Kenai Kennel Club members participated in the Tanana Valley Kennel Club's Dog Show and Obedience Trials held over Memorial Day weekend in Fairbanks, where dogs participated in American Kennel Club sanctioned events.

Births
David and Danielle Jackinsky

Benson, Kesmodel marry in Belize
Tanya Benson and David Kesmodel of Denver were married Friday, March 19, 2004, at Ambergris Caye, Belize. The Rev. David Simpson officiated.

Heroes of the week: Area residents appreciated
The friends and family of Susan Peterson of Kenai are pleased to announce that we have a genuine heroine in our midst.Thank you so much to the three ladies who found my purse in the aisle at Fred Meyer, Soldotna, and turned it into the customer service desk.

Child remembrance ceremony planned
Hospice of the Central Peninsula will sponsor a remembrance candlelighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cannery Road Beach in Kenai to honor and remember children who have died.

Resler, Jones marry in Washington
Gwen Resler of Tacoma, Wash., and Joe Jones of Nikiski were married Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in an evening ceremony at South Hill Christian Church in Tacoma, Wash. Pastor Mike Thorley officiated.

Survey studies if men are the marrying type
NEW YORK While most single young men aspire to marriage, about one-fifth are deeply skeptical of the institution and their prospects of making it work, according to a new national survey which closely links men's marital outlook to their upbringing.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi pool offering swimming lessonsBritish soccer camp slatedSafe sitter course offeredKenai Performers to hold campNeighborhood watch meeting slated

Canines 1 big hairy family
WASHINGTON The tail-wagging, stick-fetching family pooch may be more closely related to Lassie, Rin Tin Tin or even White Fang than its human companions think.

My best friend
Keeneye, a 12-year-old "grandpa" retriever, hangs out with the new kid on the block Wishbone, an Australian heeler. The two belong to James Kufhta of Kenai and are inseparable.

More rain forces People's Sunday
WIMBLEDON, England With time to fill during two all-day rainouts that forced Wimbledon's third People's Sunday in 127 years, the BBC showed old matches from such rivalries as John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors, and Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova.

Sunday best at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England The sounds of People's Sunday rang through Centre Court.

Russians top NHL draftees
RALEIGH, N.C. History replaced mystery as top-rated forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin became the first Russian duo to be chosen with the first two picks in the NHL draft.

Botelho, Matarrese win Pen Am titles
A pair of Kenai golfers stole the show in Soldotna.

Dutch beat Sweden to reach semifinals
LOULE, Portugal The Netherlands reached the semifinals of the European Championships, defeating Sweden 5-4 on penalty kicks Saturday and avoiding the fate that has claimed a host of soccer powers.

Marion Jones fighting for reputation
She was the darling of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, capturing five medals and a pocketful of endorsements. Her quest for more gold this summer, barely a year after having a baby with the world's fastest man, was sure to be the feel-good story of the Athens Games.

Wie wins, moves on at Publinx
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Michelle Wie played her best two rounds of the week to get where everyone expected her to be playing Sunday for her second straight U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links title.

Sports Briefs
Motocross Division holds city raceTwins drop two to BartlettWheldon wins wild finish at RIRHornaday wins at Milwaukee Mile

Golfers soak up hot temps
The only thing hotter than the weather Saturday at Birch Ridge Golf Course was Matt Matarrese.

Wie upset on final hole of Public Links
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Ya-Ni Tseng of Taiwan made a 12-foot birdie put on the 36th hole Sunday, capping a dramatic comeback to beat Michelle Wie and win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Sports Briefs
Twins fall to East in doubleheaderFullerton wins College World Series

Four make Olympics, wait for company
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Paul Hamm and Brett McClure earned automatic spots onto the men's Olympic gymnastics team Saturday, and Jason Gatson and Hamm's brother, Morgan, were added on by the selection committee.

Covering Olympics not for those that will scare easily
Going to Athens for the Olympics and worried about terrorism? Join the crowd.

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