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Thursday, July 7, 2005

Anderson, Angels get to Santana, Twins for win
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer off Johan Santana in the seventh inning and threw out the potential tying run at home in the eighth Wednesday, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Twins advance to Big Fish title game
The American Legion Twins baseball team eked out a 1-0 win over the Napoleon, Ohio, River Bandits Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, advancing to a rematch with the State Farm of Colorado Niwot-Boulder team in the championship game of the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Free vendor spaces offered Summit Cleaners expandsInsulated totes ready Dealerships get new managers Streiff receives award

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

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Stained glass workshop offered Poetry workshops slated Young writers sought Singers wanted Art workshops offered Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Arts, humanities awards seeking nominations Art scholarship contest announced Editors Day scheduled in September

From the bookshelf
Alaska inspires great books for readers who fall into the vague category publishers call "young adult." Several recent titles from that category share dark subject matter and bright storytelling.

In the Market for variety
Alaskans tend to be a crafty lot. It may be an inherent interest in utilizing the land's resources or perhaps the long, dark winters inspire hobbies. Whatever the reason, it seems most everyone has something they like to cook, craft or otherwise create.

Independence Day has different meaning in Iraq
Editor's note: The following letter was not received in time to be printed before Independence Day.

Helen Pope
Soldotna resident Helen Pope died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at her home. She was 83.

Caroline G. Kleineick
Former Cooper Landing resident Caroline G. Kleineick died Saturday, July 3, 2005, at her home. She was 100.

Reader wants to know where Bush will draw line
President Bush says that the sacrifice we are making to fight the war in Iraq is "worth it." I wonder how big the sacrifices would have to be in order for him to decide that it is no longer worth it. Already more than 1,700 American troops have died. How many more would have to die for it not to be worth it? Five thousand? Ten thousand?

Luau fund-raiser feasts on success
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank Hawaiian Vacations, Tesoro, Mike Moore, Trinity Greenhouse, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, the Kenai and Soldotna Safeways and Poppy Lane Flowers for their wonderful donations for the center's at-capacity Hawaiian luau fund-raiser.

A twist in the weather
John Rysdyk Sr. knew be-fore he arrived in Alaska two weeks ago that the state had some funny natural phenomenons. But there were some things he did not expect to see — like a funnel cloud.

Man indicted in roommate's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A grand jury indicted a North Pole man on a charge of manslaughter this week in connection with the fatal shooting last year of his roommate.

Threat of wildfire to homes lessens
The King County Creek Fire is about 35 percent contained and crews are now focusing on containing the southern end of the fire, according to a press release issued by fire managers Tuesday.

Early birds
One charter float plane takes to the sky as another revs up to takeoff speed on Longmere Lake on a recent morning. When the salmon are in, two or three charters take off daily at 7 a.m. like clockwork, temporarily interrupting the quiet tranquility of the inland Sterling lake.

Motorcyclist dies in crash
A Sterling man died of injuries he received Monday after the off-road motorcycle he was riding struck a dog and flipped several times in the air.

Lease sale put off
A lack of industry interest in the Cook Inlet offshore area has led the U.S. Minerals Management Service to postpone a lease sale scheduled for next spring until 2007, the service announced Tuesday.

Plane found; search team recovers bodies
A U.S. Coast Guard search team Tuesday morning located what was believed to be the wreckage of a Cessna 207 airplane on the north side of West Amatuli Island in the Barren Islands. The Cessna with three men on board was reported missing out of Homer on Sunday. Pararescuemen from the Alaska Air National Guard climbed to the crash site at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and confirmed the tail number on the crashed plane was that of the missing Cessna. There were no survivors.

Dog days of summer
Where can you find about 650 dogs in one place on the Kenai Peninsula? Well, at least this weekend they can be found at Skyview High School.

Fading blaze still provides fireworks
Despite being approximately 70 percent contained, the King County Creek Fire managed to provide some fireworks Tuesday evening.

Cold feet
Bailey Beeson and Stormi Backus cool their heels in Beaver Creek during a hot day last week. "The water is not that cold," Beeson said, but "It's not too warm," Backus said. Todayforecasters are calling for some sun with a chance of rain in the evening.

Frank 'Mike' Gardner
Former Sterling resident Frank "Mike" Gardner died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 47.

Oilers drop fifth straight
The Peninsula Oilers suffered their fifth straight loss Wednesday, losing 4-2 in Alaska Baseball League play to the Mat-Su Miners at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Decision to seize property frightening
The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision allowing government broad power to seize homes and businesses for more lucrative redevelopment is disappointing — and frightening.

Flag issue draws fire
Are you a tried and true patriot? Then surely you support an 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution: ''The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.''

Comprehensive energy bill a must
It's been said time and again during the

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers sought to track weeds Caregiver support group to meet Prescription medication seminar set Baseball series seeks sponsors Writers sought

Around the Peninsula
River Quest land owners meeting set Raffle fund-raiser, golf tourney set Instructional shooting clinic on target Toyz for Totz poker run scheduled FCS baseball world series set

Birch Ridge Report:
Can you believe it — it's July and the weather could not be any better. This is the best time of year for doing those nagging little summer chores. You know the ones: the continual lawn mowing; the yet again unsuccessful experiment to get rid of the horsetail that grows up through the (paved) driveway; and building a new deck! WORK — a four-letter word if there ever was one. It's time to ditch the hammer and trade it out for golf clubs.

Sorry guys, it's all about Wie this week
SILVIS, Ill. — Sorry defending champion Mark Hensby, Nick Price, David Toms and everyone else here, it's not about you this week.

Twins go 1-1 at Big Fish Tourney
The American Legion Twins opened up the Bill Miller-Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament with a win and a loss Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Soldotna swimmer sets state record
Area swimmer Olivia Bowen broke the Alaska state 50-meter short course butterfly record for 11- to 12-year-old girls on June 5. Her time was 32.46 seconds, eclipsing the old record of 33.69 seconds set in April 1994. Bowen swims for the Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Club. She also is the 2005 Alaska Junior Olympic champion in the 50-yard butterfly.

Kenai Golf Report: Griffin sixth at Alaska Masters
Hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend! We attended the parade in Kenai and had some lunch at the park strip afterward. The choices of cuisine were plentiful. The crowd was huge and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves — seniors, couples, singles, teens, parents, children and pets. We weren't able to stay for the entertainment, but looking at the list of performers, it would have been worthwhile to stay.

Poker championship makes millionaires and megastars
LAS VEGAS — The World Series of Poker creates legends and changes lives, makes instant millionaires and megastars, pits world-class rounders against online amateurs, brings together Hollywood celebrities and red-eyed denizens of backroom games.

Reluctant leader: Armstrong hangs on to yellow jersey
MONTARGIS, France — No yellow jersey Wednesday. No race Thursday. It didn't take Lance Armstrong long to make up his mind. The six-time defending Tour de France champion tried to start the day without the leader's yellow jersey on his back, a gesture of sportsmanship to honor the former bearer, who lost it when he crashed a day earlier.

Armstrong has yellow jersey
BLOIS, France — Lance Armstrong is wearing his favorite Tour de France outfit again — the yellow jersey.

2005 Mount Marathon Race, at Seward Monday
Race Results for the 2005 Seward Mount Marathon Race

Nats' Loaiza beats Mets' Martinez in pitching duel
WASHINGTON — Esteban Loaiza outpitched Pedro Martinez, throwing eight strong innings to lead the surging Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the New York Mets.

Goldpanners complete sweep of Oilers
The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks completed a three-game sweep of the Peninsula Oilers with a 4-3 victory Tuesday in Fairbanks.

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