Saturday, July 2, 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

'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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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