Monday, July 11, 2005

Mets' Martinez shuts down Pirates
PITTSBURGH — Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Pedro Martinez the only runs he needed, and the New York Mets avoided a sweep by beating the outmatched Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Sunday.

Halladay to miss a month
ARLINGTON, Texas — Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay will miss at least a month because of a broken bone in his left leg, spoiling his shot to start next week's All-Star game.

Phillies edge Nationals on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly
PHILADELPHIA — David Bell's sacrifice fly off Hector Carrasco in the ninth inning snapped a rare pitcher's duel at Citizens Bank Park and lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Twins sweep Dimond
The American Legion Twins defeated Dimond by scores of 13-2 and 16-1 Saturday in Anchorage. The Twins are now 19-9 overall and 17-7 in league play.

Hot Palmeiro keeps O's winning
BALTIMORE — Rafael Palmeiro and Jay Gibbons hit solo home runs to back a strong pitching performance by Rodrigo Lopez, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Sunday.

Rogge tells baseball, softball to change their lineup
SINGAPORE — The IOC has two suggestions for baseball if it wants to return to the Olympics after the 2012 Games: Put in place tougher doping rules, and put major leaguers on the field.

Palmeiro leads Orioles' rout of Red Sox
BALTIMORE — Rafael Palmeiro homered, drove in six runs and moved within three hits of 3,000 for his career, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 Saturday.

Earnhardt breaks out of slump
JOLIET, Ill. — The roar from the crowd told the story after Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back.

Stewart looks to keep winning streak alive
JOLIET, Ill. — Tony Stewart is pleased to have won twice in a row after nearly a year without a victory. He still believes, however, he's got plenty to prove before he becomes a true contender for NASCAR's Nextel Cup championship.

Council considers new ideas
Kenai's town clock idea is alive and ticking, while talk of re-naming the city's ice rink is heating up. A plan to use city funds to erect a clock tower fell through earlier this year, when council members balked at spending large sums of money on such a project.

Cost of living on the rise
Last year, it cost Alaskans nearly twice as much as it did in 1980 to buy the same amount of goods and services, according to an analysis in the latest issue of Alaska Economic Trends published by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Skilak fire close to contained; burn ban issued
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The more than 10,000-acre King County Creek Fire near Skilak Lake has reached 97 percent containment and most crews are pulling out this weekend, fire officials said Saturday.

Kasilof woman's murder trial postponed until August
The trial of a Kasilof woman charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend in 2003 has been postponed until August.

Gifford goes to England
Thursday's fatal bombings in London have not altered travel plans of former Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford, who is slated to speak at a police women's conference north of the capital city.

Assembly to consider putting bridge to vote
An advisory proposition concerning a proposal to build the Funny River Bridge may be added to the fall municipal ballot if a resolution going before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passes on Tuesday.

Human remains found near Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Investigators began scouring missing persons records after human remains and clothing were found in the Moose Creek area this week, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Dip friendly
With the Kenai River dip net fishery now open, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hoping personal use fishers remember to follow the regulations.

Players step up for unique baseball event
On Saturday, the sun was shining high overhead in a cloudless sky of blue. Underfoot, the grass was green and smelled freshly cut. And the sound of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and salmon could be heard sizzling in the distance — it was a perfect day for a ball game.

Going to the dogs
Paula Lovett had her Australian shepherd puppy at Skyview High School on Friday. But her puppy — Medalion Sagebrush Annie, or Sage — was not there for the same reason the other 650 or so dogs were. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Helen Louise Pope
Soldotna resident Helen Louise Pope died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at home after a lengthy illness. She was 83.

Nadine Betty Jo Hollis
Longtime Soldotna resident Nadine Betty Jo Hollis died Friday, July 8, 2005, at Nicholson's Assisted Living in Kenai after an extended illness. She was 77.

Richard J. Hill
Soldotna resident Richard J. Hill died Friday, July 8, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 56.

Frank 'Mike' Gardner
Sterling resident Frank "Mike" Gardner died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near his home in Sterling. He was 47.

John S. Pittsenbargar
Wasilla and former Kenai resident John Scott Pittsenbargar died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at Valley Hospital in Palmer from malignant melanoma. He was 40.

Caroline G. Kleineick
Cooper Landing and longtime Kenai resident Caroline G. Kleineick died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at her home in Cooper Landing. She was 100.

Beverly Leach
Former longtime Soldotna and peninsula resident Beverly Leach died of cancer Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at home with her family by her side. She was 58.

Tracy sparkles in debut
Chad Tracy announced his presence with authority Friday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. With the Peninsula Oilers tied with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the bottom of the ninth inning, Tracy calmly strode to the plate, watched the first pitch, then smashed the second pitch he saw over the left-field fence to give the Oilers a 10-9 win in Alaska Baseball League play.

Oilers win a weird one
The wind whipped up a bizarre game and an Oilers victory Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Attacks expose terrorism as a losing cause
Another reminder that we're living in a world at war erupted Thursday with the news that bombings in the heart of London had killed more than 50 early morning commuters.

Voices of the Clarion: Not exactly sanctuary
Recently, while in the Kenai River just downstream of the Russian River, I was struck by a bit of irony.

Short session makes sense for entire state
Juneau streets may be filled with suits and ties for fewer days each year if an initiative to limit legislative sessions makes it on the state ballot.

Beiswenger, Shea announce engagement Hobbs, Cushway announce engagement Leman, Boin marry in Ninilchik Seal, Miller marry in Hawaii Waters, Straw announce engagement

Around the Peninsula
Volleyball courts open Writers sought Basketball camps slated Kennedy Jr. to celebrate Keeper anniversary Israel alliance seminar set Nutrition classes continue Toddler hour set Soldotna TOPS turns 40

Senior Activities
Garage sale fund-raiser set Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Soldotna

Oh so vain
ulling up at a stop light, your eyes wander to the license plate on the vehicle in front of you. But, rather than the usual meaningless jumble of six letters, this plate is carrying a message.

Peninsula People
Brogan elected to national council Glad joins the Army Sterchi receives teaching degree Williamson gets cooking Hayes makes dean's list Sizemore graduates with honors

Senior Menus
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Soldotna

Community Events
Parade winners announced

My best friend
Abba has been Brenda Manka's companion and "child" for 15 years. Abba was named after the Gaelic word for "river." Abba is full of attitude and spirit, even at 15, said Manka, of Soldotna.

Deployment desperation
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Spouses and kids are not the only ones affected when troops are sent overseas. Life also changes for dogs and cats when military humans are mobilized.

Runners blaze Unity Trail
Soldotna High School alumni Ryan Walton, Ari Goldstein and Brandon Newbould showed they still know the way to their alma mater Saturday in the second annual Rotary Unity Run.

West wins WNBA All-Star game
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The sixth WNBA All-Star game had something for everyone: off-the chart scoring, a dunk, horseplay and even a tearful reunion.

Prep players struggle with NBA's new rule
INDIANAPOLIS — Vernon Macklin thought his toughest decision as a high school senior would be choosing whether to play college basketball or jump to the NBA. At 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, Macklin has the athleticism and potential that make pro scouts drool.

Armstrong yields lead
MULHOUSE, France — Lance Armstrong is content to let someone else wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France — for now.

Wie's time still a ways off, but it will get here eventually
SILVIS, Ill. — Sometimes it takes a good cry for Michelle Wie to get over a disappointment. Other times, punching something does the trick.

Sports views: This Series is more carnival than sport
Elvis was in the building, though the King would have been horrified to have this kind of entourage in his prime. There were cheerleaders, too, 10 in all, dressed in little black skirts and plunging orange tops.

Lewis fires 2-under 69 to take three-stroke lead
SILVIS, Ill. — J.L. Lewis has the lead — and the attention — all to himself in the John Deere Classic.

Armstrong's team falters on climb
GERARDMER, France — Lance Armstrong looked around for help and found none. He was alone, on a Tour de France climb, his rivals swarming all over him.

O'Hair notches first victory in 18th career PGA start
SILVIS, Ill. — Sitting behind a trophy, his wife and in-laws in front of him, Sean O'Hair was very much a man at peace.

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