Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Sox rebound vs. Athletics
BOSTON Tim Wakefield pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for his first win in six weeks, and Johnny Damon singled five times Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a horrible trip to rout the Oakland Athletics 11-0.

Twins scratch out Big Fish tourney win
After surrendering four runs in the first inning, the American Legion Twins baseball team scrambled back to defeat a visiting squad from South Kingston, R.I., 9-8 on the opening day of the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai Tuesday.

Gagne start new streak in 4-1 win
LOS ANGELES One night later, Eric Gagne started a new streak, pitching a scoreless ninth to save the Dodgers' 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Streak ends at 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) Eric Gagne's streak of 84 consecutive saves ended against the same team he couldn't hold off two years ago: the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Schilling would get $50,000 bonus for All-Star game start
NEW YORK For Curt Schilling, starting next week's All-Star game would be a bonus a $50,000 bonus.

Outdoors: Competitor
Everyone who knows me knows very well that I am a competitor and that I like a good challenge as well as anyone! I found myself in a very unique situation on June 29th while spending the late afternoon fishing on Elephant Lake. There I was sitting in my 16-foot Jon boat and relaxing on a beautiful summer afternoon. The lake was as calm as I've ever seen it and the temperature was very warm and it was one of those great days just to be out there fishing. I really don't know of any therapy that relaxes me more then a nice quiet leisurely fishing trip.

Summer sessions at B&G Clubs are a blast
Summer is not just a time for vacations and goofing around for kids on the Kenai Peninsula. It's a time for having fun and learning new skills as well, thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. "We have so many fun events and activities planned. We have scheduled nature walks, arts & crafts, and field trips. We are having an Art Specialist coming in to teach different art techniques. Geologist Ray Hamby will again take us on a hike in Anchor Point to gather fossils and on top of all this we will play many sports and games too!" said Club Director Karen Strash.

As American as apple pie and baseball
It was a day that reminded even the most seasoned of baseball fans what the game is really all about; it was the first ever World Series baseball game for people with disabilities held on the Kenai Peninsula.

NOW PLAYING: Fahrenheit 9/11
I know what you're thinking. A. "Why is he reviewing a movie that has about as much chance of playing on the Kenai as Rush Limbaugh does of getting elected head of the Democratic Convention?" and B. "Isn't every movie lovin', summer blockbuster-o-phile film critic worth their salt reviewing Spider-Man 2 right about now?"

Abandoned vehicles could be used for rescue practices
In regards to the comment of cleaning up the city: I think it is a good idea. Then our city will look a 100 percent better. We will not have to look at the disgrace. I would be willing to help in the effort to clean up.

Governor, Ruedrich not best associates for Sen. Murkowski
Why did the governor waste our money on the special session? Randy Ruedrich recently got off with a slap on the wrist for illegally using our money. How can we trust Lisa Murkowski given her present and past associates?

KCHS grads make his day
I want to say a hearty thank you to the Kenai Central High School Class of 2004 for the plaque you presented to me at your graduation. It was an honor to receive it for the years of service to the education of students to the school district. You all made my retirement meaningful. My wife and I appreciate all you've done for me, too.

Story could have better ending if AKSPCA would return dogs
Our family and friends here on the Kenai Peninsula are absolutely appalled at the AKSPCA's hypocritical attitude concerning Sig Stormo's dogs.

Death of Lukas Spruill felt throughout Alaska
To the Lukas Spruill family: Our sympathies and prayers go out to the Spruill family and close friends. We also will miss him greatly. The Alaska wrestling community has lost a true champion, not only as a wrestler, but as a coach and fine young man.

Steve Shearer to be honored Friday at Kenai Softball Fields
On Friday, a dedication ceremony honoring Steve Shearer will take place at the Kenai Softball Fields. Steve was successful as the early founder and organizer of the men's softball league. He volunteered much of his time to the organization and the continued growth of the league. His love of baseball and unyielding commitment go without saying.

HEA scholarship appreciated
I'd like to express my deep gratitude to Homer Electric Association for awarding me a $2,000 academic scholarship. I truly appreciate HEA's involvement in our community and its support of education and students.

NASCAR Notes - Recent ratings sag due to caution-flag finishes?
JOLIET, Ill. -- With declining television ratings and rising discontent among fans, NASCAR is expected to change its rules to guarantee a green flag finish on the Nextel Cup Series.

This Week: Tropicana 400
(Race No. 18 of 36)

Nextel shadow irks smaller teams
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mike Wallace struggled to find the words that described his victory last Friday night in the Busch Series race at the Daytona International Speedway.

Newsmaker: Richard Petty
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Last Saturday's race at the Daytona International Speedway marked the 20th anniversary of Richard Petty's 200th, and final, victory on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit. President Ronald Reagan was in the stands when Petty beat Cale Yarborough by a couple feet racing back to the caution flag with two laps to go.

Klondike Girls star at Soldotna chamber
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Riverside House. The Klondike Girls will perform Hooligans' Alaska Show.

Program to help fight OxyContin problems considered
After listening to a 2 1/2-hour long drug company presentation on how to rid communities of drug-abuse problems, members of the Kenai Peninsula Prescription Drug Task Force and civic leaders edged a little closer to action in the war against OxyContin abuse.

Torgerson leaves DNR
John Torgerson has left his job with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, where he was manager and acting director of the Division of Agriculture, and taken a temporary position with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' Marine Highway System, where he will help develop a new business plan.

Photo feature: Touching down
A small plane leaves a wake as it breaks the mirror surface of Upper Russian Lake while landing last week. Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies for the rest of the week and temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s on the coast. Inland, nearer Upper Russian Lake, temperatures could reach the 80s.

Homer center opens; Champagne, collaboration officially open islands project
The buzzword of the day was collaboration, and fittingly so, as many speakers noted the recently constructed $18 million visitor center and research facility in Homer couldn't have come to be without a lot of it.

Sign sparks fire awareness
Motorists heading south out of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway may have noticed a new sign with a familiar face waving at them Smokey Bear.

Enthusiasts prepare for KKC shows, trials
Dog fanciers throughout the Kenai Peninsula and beyond are bathing, blow-drying and brushing their canine companions in preparation for the Kenai Kennel Club's annual mid-summer dog show Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Skyview High School in Soldotna.

Photo feature: Giving it the once over
Ethel Riley and Edith Wessinger, both of South Carolina, use binoculars Saturday evening to watch commercial fishing boats in Cook Inlet from a bench in Kenai's Erik Hansen Scout Park. They said they've been in Alaska since mid-June and will stay until late July.

Sandra 'Sandy' Lee Hankins
Kenai resident Sandra "Sandy" Lee Hankins died unexpectedly Thursday, July 1, 2004, at her home in Kenai. She was 28.

Larry K. Smart
Soldotna and former longtime Anchorage resident Larry K. Smart died Monday, June 28, 2004, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Soldotna, due to lung cancer. He was 67.

Oilers win wild one over AIA Fire
The Peninsula Oilers won a wild game Monday, defeating the visiting Athletes in Action Fire 10-3 in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Paperless voting machine fiasco will dwarf hanging chad debacle
SAN JOSE, Calif. Bev Harris didn't set out to become a muckraking voting technology expert.

Parents remain best protection kids have against Internet porn
Remember when avoiding pornography was just a matter of walking past that seedy-looking magazine rack at the corner store?

Alaska cannot count on oil prices staying at $30-plus per barrel
Nearly lost in the wildfire smoke this week was the news that the state of Alaska has ended the fiscal year with a financial surplus. Really, you ask? The important story got crowded off the front page of this newspaper by the fires scouring the Fairbanks area and other parts of the Interior, so some people may have missed it.

Around the Peninsula
Airport commission meeting canceledBlood donations neededYard contest to beginNikiski drama camp slatedLangdon basketball camp set for SewardProgress parade applications availableOutdoor education center still closed

Around the Peninsula
Pop Warner still accepting registrationAirport commission meeting canceledNinilchik center offers square dancingFriends' book sale plannedMemorial ceremony, game, barbecue setSeniors plan bazaar, classicFarmers' market open Saturdays

94th birthday marked with skydive
SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) Once was not enough for Steven Eastman. After leaping out of an airplane with a parachute on his 94th birthday, he was ready to go skydiving again.

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Sports Briefs
Oilers fall to Glacier PilotsFootball referee meeting scheduled

Is Woods about to break out?
The driver was new and his attitude decidedly more fan-friendly. There were familiar flashes of the old brilliance, too, especially during a third round when he flirted with the course record and played his way into contention.

Kenai Golf Report: All kinds of critters enjoying all Kenai Golf Course has to offer
The ducks and moose are enjoying the Kenai Golf Course as much as the golfers.

Please still be my coach: Coach K touched by student's e-mail
DURHAM, N.C. Andrew Humphries was distraught when he heard Mike Krzyzewski might leave Duke to coach the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hasek signs on with Senators
OTTAWA (AP) Dominik Hasek is thinking Stanley Cup again, and that's exactly why the Ottawa Senators signed one of the game's top goaltenders.

Armstrong frets cobblestones
NAMUR, Belgium (AP) Lance Armstrong has no doubts about the risks that lurk in the next stage of the Tour de France: If luck goes against him, he says, his drive for a record sixth straight win could be over almost before it's begun.

Rival falters on cobblestones
WASQUEHAL, France One key rival down for Lance Armstrong, at least four others to go.

Coach K turns down 'Showtime'
DURHAM, N.C. Mike Krzyzewski has spent 24 years building a legacy at Duke that no current men's college basketball coach can rival.

2004 Mt. Marathon Results
Sunday in Seward

Sports Briefs
Twins host Big Fish TournamentIndy 500 winner Rodger Ward dies at 83

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