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Thursday, July 8, 2004

Twins don't let Big Fish get away
The American Legion Twins baseball team played to another exciting finish Wednesday, defeating the visiting Dimond Lynx 8-7 with a run in its final at bat at the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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.

Perez, Pirates outduel Pavano, Marlins
MIAMI Oliver Perez outpitched All-Star Carl Pavano, and the Pittsburgh Pirates played outstanding defense in a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Florida Marlins.

Tigers beat up on Yankees
NEW YORK The Detroit Tigers beat up New York pitching for the second day in a row and won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 1996.

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.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleGuide service to donate proceedsPostal service seeks phone cardsYard, business contests begin

Retailers say customer not always right; some costly
MINNEAPOLIS So much for the customer always being right.

Avgas price spikes have pilots griping
ANCHORAGE Grumbling about gasoline prices as you fill up your car? Better watch your language around pilots.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Poet relishes bush country for inspiration
On a recent visit to her in-laws' house in Anchorage, Anne Coray found herself spending a lot of time in the back room trying to escape the drone of traffic from the street and the blare of commercials from the television in the front room.

Choreographer to bring dance troupe home
Sterling's Emily Johnson will return to her home state for "One Night Only" this month.

Art Briefs
Kids' summer art workshops plannedFarmer's market offers arts, craftsLibrary sponsors contestsKids' summer theater camp slatedWatercolor workshop offeredResource for musicians announced

Essays give personal look at anthropology
Generations of anthropologists have appeared in Alaska Native villages and attempted, with varying degrees of tact, naivete or insight, to explain the villagers' lives. These efforts have produced many books, likewise varying in their validity and accessibility.

History class aside, 'King Arthur' is summer fare
There's no Camelot, no Excalibur. There is a table, and it's round, but nobody really sits at it for too long. And nobody ever, ever bursts into song though it might be sort of fun if they did, if only to break up the intensity of the battle scenes, and to brighten the literal and thematic sludge through which the film's warriors valiantly slog.

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.

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?

Knowles' record as governor proves he's right candidate
I am writing in response to: Donald Szepanski's letter of June 28 concerning the record of Tony Knowles' years as governor. All I can say is in the words of the late, great Ronald Reagan "There you go again, Don!" Facts are a funny thing. They can be twisted and used to present truth or non-truths, and maybe we should look at Gov. Knowles' record just one more time.

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.

Cooper Landing shantytown not way to keep area pristine
For those of you who have not traveled between Soldotna and Anchorage lately, you have a treat in store for you.

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.

Frank, Lisa Murkowski misusing public money
I cannot believe that people have not been more up in arms about the fact that the Murkowski family, whether it be Lisa or Frank, is spending our money left and right without any checks or balances.

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.

Responsible use of forests can reduce risk of wildfires
As I write this, the wildfires raging across hundreds of thousands of acres throughout Interior Alaska are a poignant reminder that our forests can be one of our greatest assets or one of our greatest liabilities.

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.

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.

Gordon a threat to win fifth NASCAR championship this season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. In any other season, Jeff Gordon would be a long shot to win the championship.

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.

Fire keeps Kenai River closed
The wildfire burning along the Kenai River Trail has charred 50 acres above the Kenai River canyon. But firefighters hoped to have the fire contained Wednesday evening.

Ceremony, sign, game set to honor softball supporter
In the late 1970s, softball on the Kenai Peninsula was a pretty loose affair, with local bar teams getting together every so often for a few unorganized games.

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.

Eateries required to ID farmed fish
JUNEAU By this fall, all Alaska restaurants will have to say on their menus whether the fish they serve is farmed or wild.

Photo feature: Slinging dirt
Jeff Lee "top dresses" fresh dirt on the soccer fields at Kenai Middle School on Wednesday afternoon. The dusty job will lead to greener grass later this summer.

Assembly OKs staff contracts; Scenic byway approval put on hold
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a new contract between the borough and the union representing 243 of its 275 employees.

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.

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.

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.

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

Oilers earn split with Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers earned a split of a two-game series with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage Wednesday, defeating the host Pilots 3-0 in an Alaska Baseball League game.

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.

Greenpeace's reasons for Southeast Alaska campaign confusing
Southeast Alaska doesn't want any trouble if that's what Greenpeace is planning for the Tongass National Forest this summer.

Kerry's running mate may appeal to low-, middle-income voters
WASHINGTON John Kerry chose John Edwards for the Democratic ticket to put the South in play, ease President Bush's grip on rural America and counter his own stuffy, rich-guy image with blue-collar voters. Nobody, not even the Democrat's advisers, are certain it will work.

Around the Peninsula
Airport commission meeting canceledSalmon canning class todayFirefighters to hold golf tourneyRotary clubs to host Unity RunHistorical society to meetSoHi pool offering swimming lessonsProgress Days parade applications available

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for area seniors

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.

Phelps breaks world record at Olympic trials
LONG BEACH, Calif. Look out, Mark Spitz. Michael Phelps has you in his sights.

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

Sports Briefs
Oilers fall to Glacier PilotsFootball referee meeting scheduled

Birch Ridge Report: Bonjour from Birch Ridge
Have you been watching Lance Armstrong on his road trip to Paris? Mon dieu, non? After years of French lessons, usually all I remember is combien vous dois-je, and je le prends, which translates to (and you would know this if you knew me) how much is it and I'll take it.

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.

USPS team wins stage, Armstrong dons yellow
ARRAS, France It's the jersey Lance Armstrong covets and works so hard for: garish yellow and awarded daily to the leader of the Tour de France.

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.

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