Sunday, July 3, 2005

Phillies regain winning edge
PHILADELPHIA — Brett Myers took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the slumping Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Saturday.

Orioles blank Indians
BALTIMORE — Daniel Cabrera pitched seven innings of four-hit ball and Jay Gibbons capped a sixth-inning rally with a three-run homer, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Saturday.

Twins notch sweep of Dimond
The American Legion Twins baseball team found some creative ways to score runs to support pitcher Alex Johansen in a 6-3 win over the Dimond Lynx Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Stewart wins at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After numerous frustrating finishes, Tony Stewart finally won at NASCAR's most famous track.

Fire cools down
Calm air and high humidity assisted nine ground crews making progress against the wildfire near Skilak Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Friday and Saturday. "It's been a quiet day," said Kevin Koechlein, fire information officer on Friday.

Community spirit, kazoos ready to go on parade
It's horses, it's a dancing group — no, wait! It's a kazoo band. Or maybe it's all three. Really, it's the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's Fourth of July Parade coming to Kenai on Monday.

Support for veterans hallmark of yearly rally
Fourteen years ago, Jim Duncan, pastor at Peninsula Christian Center, had a desire to find a way to bring the community together to celebrate the freedoms Americans have and to honor former Soldotna resident David Douthit, 24, who was killed in the Persian Gulf War. Out of that desire the God and Country Rally was born.

Gas prices don't scare off tourists
Alaskans and visitors from Outside may be grumbling at the high price of gasoline and diesel, but it appears they remain perfectly willing to top off those RV tanks and hit the highways in search of nightless summertime adventure and fish without bound.

John A. Yeager
Kenai resident John A. Yeager died Saturday, June 25, 2005, in his sleep at the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, where he was working. He was 55.

Oilers, AIA split doubleheader
The Oilers split a doubleheader with the Athletes in Action-Alaska Fire Saturday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Voices of the Clarion: Moooving into summer
It must be summer on the Kenai Peninsula. There are definite signs, anyway. Mother Nature is more fickle during summer. Haven't you noticed how it's mostly nice weather on the days you're working? When you have something special planned for a day outing, she turns on the rain.

Holiday a good time to reflect on history, freedom
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ..."

Simpson, Reinhardt announce engagement

Around the Peninsula
Reminder: Fireworks are illegal Senior celebration set God and Country Rally slated Public health plans one-day closure Nutrition classes continue Swim lessons available Writers sought River Quest land owners meeting set

Fishing frenzy
It's around 11 a.m. on a sunny, hazy summer afternoon, and at Alaska's premier wilderness theme park, things are in full swing.

My best friend

Little pets spur big health scare
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A man whisked his 11 pet gerbils to a local animal shelter after hearing reports that a virus from a hamster killed three transplant patients.

Sorenstam blows lead, falls out of Women's World Match Play
GLADSTONE, N.J. — Candie Kung had a simple explanation for her quarterfinal victory over Annika Sorenstam in the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.

Williams edges Davenport in a classic
WIMBLEDON, England — Venus Williams leaned against the wall behind the baseline for several seconds, gasping for air. At the other end of the court, Lindsay Davenport doubled over, using her racket like a cane to rest a bothersome back.

SoHi coaches have long history with All Alaska Football Camp, Valley City State University
The cycle continues for the All Alaska Football Camp, Valley City State University in North Dakota and Soldotna High School football coaches Sarge Truesdell, Galen Brantley and Jeff Baker.

Litzenberger ready to tackle Mount Marathon
Doing the Mount Marathon race is a pretty formidable obstacle for most people, but Soldotna's Spencer Litzenberger, 19, has faced bigger obstacles than the 3,022-foot mountain in Seward.

Armstrong off to good start in Tour
NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France — No easing up for Lance Armstrong in his last Tour de France.

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