Friday, July 1, 2005

Rangers leave yard often to rout Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kevin Mench hit a career-high three homers and Mark Teixeira homered twice as the Texas Rangers matched a club record with eight home runs in an 18-5 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Red Sox back up Wakefield for win
BOSTON — Doug Mirabelli and Mark Bellhorn hit consecutive homers in a four-run sixth inning that backed Tim Wakefield, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Wednesday.

Mets' Martinez keeps on winning
NEW YORK — Pedro Martinez won for the seventh time in his last eight decisions, and Jose Reyes drove in two runs with his major league-leading ninth triple to lead the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Thursday.

Twins make short work of Warriors
The American Legion Twins baseball team swept a doubleheader with the visiting Wasilla Road Warriors Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Plunk!: Biggio sets record for Astros
DENVER — Craig Biggio homered and set the modern record for being hit by pitches, and Roy Oswalt pitched seven scoreless innings for his fourth straight win to lift the Houston Astros over the Colorado Rockies 7-1 Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Vendor spaces available

Thai fishers catch world's largest freshwater fish
BANGKOK, Thailand — This big one did not get away.

Anglers catch their breath for Round 2
This week might best be described as the calm before the storm as peninsula anglers prepare for the later, and much larger, second runs of both king and red salmon on the Kenai River.

Capital city boasts world-class trail system
JUNEAU — For a city where roads don't offer many places to drive, Juneau has plenty of places for people to walk, run, bicycle and — when the ground is buried under snow — even cross-country ski and snowmobile.

Wisconsin Senate passes ban on Internet hunting
MADISON, Wis. — Hunting via the Internet would be banned in Wisconsin under a bill the state Senate approved Thursday.

Art Briefs
Student artwork wanted for book cover Kenai Performers plan kids' workshops Art workshops offered Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Arts, humanities awards seeking nominations Art scholarship contest announced

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

From the Bookshelf: High points fill adventurous autobiography
Bradford Washburn and his wife, Barbara, have been called the most famous Alaskans who never lived in the state.

Naturally interesting
According to Damon Bowen, the variety of stink beetle that calls Alaska home survives the winter thanks to its blood antifreeze proteins. A patent has been taken out to possibly use those proteins as a way to preserve the consistency of Alaskan's favorite treat — ice cream.

World watching borough, state
It appears our borough and the state are working at cross purposes on opening ANWR. Money and efforts made at lobbying the U.S. Congress are wasted by the failures made in dealing with other mineral issues.

Relay raises funding for fight against cancer
More than $67,000 of life-saving funds were raised at the Kenai Peninsula's Relay for Life event June 3 and 4. Six hundred twenty-one registered participants raised money, taking turns walking or running around the Skyview High School track for this overnight event, because cancer never sleeps.

Anchorage reader not thrilled with required info
I tend to agree with Joe Brindley's point of view ("Web site registration loses former resident," June 27). I really didn't like the required tracking info either. However, I felt that was the price to be paid in order to get something I don't have to subscribe to. I almost declined to go through with it, though, and am not sure if I will continue.

Fairbanks banker pays $453,808
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A former pharmacist and banker from Fairbanks paid close to a half million dollars in restitution and interest to help satisfy his sentence for bank fraud, prosecutors said Wednesday.

HEA takes hit in capitol funding
Gov. Frank Murkowski has vetoed a $250,000 state capital budget appropriation that Homer Electric Association expected to use to clear dead trees and brush from its power line right of way linking McKeon Flats and Seldovia, a stretch that helps supply power to Kachemak Bay's south shore communities.

Weather impedes fire
The wildfire burning near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula stopped moving Thursday and the huge plume of smoke that was seen the day before was no longer visible.

Bears eat 4-H poultry, goat; spare the pigs
Many children across America spend the first half of the year learning about raising farm animals and preparing farm products for market through 4-H clubs. The youth learn to feed and care for livestock and small animals such as chickens, rabbits and ducks, and they learn animal first aid, how to give shots and where their food comes from.

Fire fight is on
Kenai Peninsula residents watched and hoped for the best Wednesday as a huge column of smoke from a growing wildfire near Skilak Lake rose to more than 8,000 feet above the peninsula. Meanwhile, fire managers began an aerial assault on the blaze, hoping to trap the flames between the lake and nearby rivers.

Homer bluff erosion studied
As anyone who has walked the beaches of Kachemak Bay knows, the forces of nature have changed Homer's coastline. June 16, scientists from Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Coble Geophysical Services presented studies looking at how the coast has changed, and some of the natural processes involved, as well as human changes that might have contributed to bluff erosion.

Kenai dock could grow
A plan to trade city-owned wetlands for dry property needed to build a second access road at the Kenai City Dock is nearing the final stages of completion.

Winter sales strong across peninsula
Winter's chilly months may mark the slow times on the Kenai Peninsula, but that apparently didn't dampen the buying mood of local shoppers who this year posted much improved first-quarter sales figures over those of 2004, according to the latest Kenai Peninsula Borough Quarterly Report of Key Economic Indicators released this month.

Bruins nosing around cities
A recent disturbance involving bears in the central Kenai Peninsula is only one of several bear problems reported to police in urban areas. On Tuesday, Soldotna police locked the gates and posted warning signs at the city's skate park after receiving a complaint of a brown bear in the tree line next to the facility. Plans to reopen the park were not immediately known.

Pipe could help plant
After mediation that took almost a month, Agrium will have access to a pipeline that is critical in the company's ability to purchase more natural gas to keep the plant running.

Oilers post dramatic win over AIA
Jared McGuire put the Peninsula Oilers ahead with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning as the Oilers defeated the Athletes in Action-Alaska Fire 5-3 Thursday at Growden Park in Fairbanks.

Getting around in nature means playing it safe
Once again, Mother Nature is shaking her finger at Kenai Peninsula residents and sending the unmistakable message that she is the one in control of our environment.

Results not always predictable
WASHINGTON — From his May 2003 ''Mission Accomplished'' speech aboard an aircraft carrier, to a Thanksgiving dinner in Baghdad, to Tuesday night's speech to troops in North Carolina, President Bush has had no shortage of telegenic moments on Iraq — amid a nearly unrelenting string of bad news from the region.

Supreme Court's ruling on eminent domain blasted
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision undermining the Fifth Amendment to expand governments' powers of eminent domain as a way of generating jobs and tax revenue can only be described as shameful.

Montana Silversmiths, Big Sky Carvers announce merger
Montana manufacturers best known for their etched silver belt buckles and wooden wildlife figures have merged, ending negotiations that spanned nearly seven years, officials announced June 23.

Denali to charge fees for fall drive
ANCHORAGE — Denali National Park and Preserve will again be collecting fees from people wanting to take a fall drive in the park after the tourists have mostly gone home.

Visitors remind author of how great the Great Land really is
My older brother, the minister from Georgia, brought his new wife for a visit last month. He has come to see our family at least twice before, and now believes himself an expert on Alaska and how best to visit the Last Frontier. My parents' rule of never arguing with my brother resurrected itself, and I prudently avoided correcting his inaccuracies on various topics. I certainly did not miss playing the travel agent role. The best part of their visit was watching my new sister-in-law taking in everything; this was her first time in Alaska, and the sheer size of our state and its wonders were nearly overwhelming for her.

Around the Peninsula
KWF goes buggyFish fry, auction fund-raiser setFly-in barbecue ready for take-offRenaissance fair plannedGod and Country rally schedule for SundayChamber sets Kenai parade schedule

Church Briefs
Drama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters openClothing availableTeacher installation plannedVBS trip set to travelDay camp slatedVBS planned in SterlingAddictions group to meet

'O God, try me and know my thoughts'
The other day, I was walking along Kalifornsky Beach Road for my constitutional, as some would say.

On the rebound
NEW YORK — Before Brittney Kroon could become an inspiration, she first needed a chance. The 6-foot-4 high school center from Wasilla, Alaska, looked like everybody's All-American on the outside — tall, talented, intelligent. But inside, Kroon was fighting a losing battle with liver disease.

Venus storms into Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, England — Venus Williams traded loud shrieks and powerful shots with Maria Sharapova as flash bulbs popped in the fading light, and when it was over, Williams celebrated her Wimbledon semifinal victory as if the title were hers again.

Roddick in Wimbledon semis
WIMBLEDON, England — Chasing down shots all over the court, Roger Federer was rewarded with another berth in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Cycling's barrier breaker
Every other great cyclist's career ended badly. Lance Armstrong knows that.

Birch Ridge Report: Just call her 'Ace'
I possess a Duffer's Dictionary that describes a hole in one as a "ball hit directly from the tee into the hole on a single shot by a golfer playing alone." (You can bet on it that if I stormed the pro shop with that personal euphoric news, it would have transpired during a solo game.)

Wechter keeps Highland title
2004 Alaska Scottish Highland Games champion Eric Wechter left little doubt in defense of his title, winning all seven events along with the open Farmer's Walk at the 24th annual competition at Lion's Club Park in Eagle River Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Oilers thump AIA-Alaska Fire North wins Par-3 Shootout Funk, DiMarco take CVS Charity Classic

Still the Golden Eagles: Marquette finally settles on a nickname
MILWAUKEE — Marquette will keep its Golden Eagles nickname after all. Following months of controversy, the school said Wednesday that 54 percent of voters picked the Golden Eagles while 46 percent chose the Hilltoppers, the school's old nickname. About 23,000 Marquette students, alumni and staff voted.

Sport Briefs
Rotary Unity Run slated for July 9Alaska cyclist finishes coast-to-coast race

Curtis, Furyk, Fischer in lead at Western
LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ben Curtis' game is starting to come around, just in time for the British Open.

Transplanted goats thrive in mountains
SALT LAKE CITY — There was, in the beginning, some doubt whether Rocky Mountain goats would ever take to Utah's mountains.

Northwest Montana's wolves generally behaving
POLSON, Mont. — The Cessna banks hard, turning tightly with a wing pointed down toward the signal emanating from a radio collar on one of the wolves in Northwest Montana's Hog Heaven Pack.

Walrus pup finds new home at SeaLife Center
ANCHORAGE — Word spread fast in the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina: a baby walrus was sitting on the beach, alone, apparently abandoned.

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