Monday, July 12, 2004

Yankees bedevil Rays
NEW YORK Derek Jeter's three-run double snapped a seventh-inning tie, Alex Rodriguez homered into the left-field upper deck and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-3 on Saturday.

Cardinals get eighth straight
ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds homered for the fourth straight game and Jeff Suppan worked six strong innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday for their eighth consecutive victory.

Hernandez returns to old form
NEW YORK Orlando Hernandez reintroduced himself to the Yankees on Sunday, pitching New York to a 10-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and a four-game sweep.

Reds win without Jr.
MILWAUKEE Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning and Wily Mo Pena followed with his second of the game, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-6 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Landscaping Awards
Gene and Velda Gellar's Fourth Avenue home was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Student proficiency should not be determined by single test
Fair testing in Alaska is going the same route as in the Lower 48. There is opposition to the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam, or HSGQE, and also inequity in it. Here is what the Lower 48 has learned.

Murkowski ads misleading, do nothing but alienate voters
After Sen. Lisa Murkowski's recent attack on Tony Knowles and his employment of ignorant "Outsiders," one would think that her cronies from down in Washington would ensure that they didn't make the kind of mistakes that only an "Outsider" would.

Hospice of Homer says thanks
Hospice of Homer would like to acknowledge the Kenai Peninsula United Way for its ongoing support, especially in these lean fund-raising times.

Dedicated volunteers make Classic terrific fund-raiser
On behalf of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, we would like to thank the tremendous effort put forth by the more than 150 volunteers who make the Kenai River Classic an annual success. Through their continuing dedication, the Classic has become one of the largest volunteer-driven fund-raising events of its magnitude in the country.

Bite serves as reminder: Public events no place to bring dogs
The number of dogs at this year's Independence Day Parade in Kenai was unbelievable. This became even clearer to me when I was bitten by one as I walked through the crowd.

Challenger Learning Center great resource for Alaska kids
Re: Unidentified Challenger center camper

Tropicana has Kahne's crew sour
JOLIET, Ill. Tony Stewart's first victory of the year didn't have much drama. His crew took care of that in the pits.

Heat strains Kenai's water system
Unseasonably warm weather on the Kenai Peninsula has placed a big burden on Kenai's most abundant natural resource.

Guide plucks piece of missing Taurus out of Kenai River
Kenai River fishing guide "Swiftwater" Bill Toppa has caught a lot of whoppers in his day, but none quite like the one he picked up this year.

Colorado couple ties knot in dipnet-themed wedding
Gene Nuanes and Danielle Smoot each took home a keeper.

Looking back, planning ahead all on agenda
Though classes won't start for more than a month, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will look ahead tonight in what is the first board meeting of the 2004-05 school year.

State officials say judge's decision confirms current Fish and Game practices
A Kenai Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday saying the Alaska Board of Fisheries may not interpret regulations in such a way that they restrict the power of the commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game to open Cook Inlet commercial salmon fisheries by emergency order.

Reynolds moves from Kenai to EDD
Casey Reynolds, who for the past year has served as Kenai's economic development director, is leaving the city but he's not going far.

Fire danger remains high on peninsula
The 46-acre fire that broke out along the Kenai River Trail on Monday evening was been officially declared ontained by the Alaska Division of Forestry, but much work is still being done in the area.

Thomas H. Wardleigh
Longtime Alaska pilot Thomas H. Wardleigh died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, of cancer at his home in Anchorage. He was 78.

O. Wendell Honea
Former Kenai resident O. Wendell Honea died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003. He was 81.

Dwight 'Lee' Cooper
Anchorage resident Dwight "Lee" Cooper died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, as the result of complications from surgery. He was 61.

Oilers fly past Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers overcame an early deficit Saturday to defeat the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 6-4 in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Minaker's clutch hit leads Oilers into first
An eighth inning single by Peninsula Oilers shortstop Chris Minaker spoiled a fine pitching performance by Pilots starter Eric Werdekemper, and the Oilers swept their weekend series with the Pilots with a 5-4 win Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Citizens who want change should take lead role in process
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members who believe a move to change the way the borough is governed should be led by citizens and not the assembly are correct.

Is U.S. planning exit strategy?
WASHINGTON President Bush's words about the war in Iraq have moderated since the feisty ''Bring 'em on!'' directed at those who would attack U.S. forces and undermine creation of a free government.

'Donor states' tired of footing bill for others' transportation projects
There's a fight shaping up in Washington between Congress and the Bush administration over how much to spend on the nation's highway and mass transit needs.

Following rules one way to reduce danger of fire
The perfect weather the Kenai Peninsula has been experiencing also provides the perfect recipe for a fire to get out of control.

Celebrating lives well lived; Deaths of elderly aunts prompt reflection on past and future
In the past several weeks, one side of my extended family reached a poignant, if inevitable, milestone.

Photo feature: Far from home
Major Tom O'Reilly, on bottom step, and two other pilots sit next to their C-130, which was the first aircraft to fly into Iraq after sovereignty

Around the Peninsula
Wildlife refuge hosts nature walks, filmsRunning club to meetSummer camp continues in NikiskiHealth services collaborative to meetNeighborhood watch meeting setLangdon basketball camp set for SewardLow cost helmets available

Photo feature: Kickin' it
At top, members of the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club's U-12 girls Crossfire team placed first in the Ina Kristiansen Memorial Cup tournament in Anchorage on June 4 to 6. Team members Amber Chapman and Kaitlyn VanMeter shared the tournament game ball for outstanding play.

Peninsula People
Ehrhardt graduates Stanford with honorsKloote attends medical leadership forumMcAuliffe qualifies for laureate societySturm makes dean's list, releases CDKenai parade winners announced

Alaska wildlife center allows easy viewing of rare wildlife
PORTAGE Travelers interested in a good look at Alaska wildlife but not interested in hiking or camping out can find grizzly bears, musk oxen, moose, caribou and much more at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Community News
Challenger center sets camp scheduleCoastal studies center plans summer activitiesLibrary sponsors writing, recipe contestsWildlife refuge sets summer scheduleWatershed July activities slatedKenai class to celebrate 40-year reunionClass of 1984 to hold reunionAffordable helmets available

Couple finds message in bottle from Japanese fisher
ANCHORAGE The bottle, a small squat one with a short, narrow neck and a screw-on cap, was wedged in a knot of drift logs high on a beach on Afognak Island.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes slatedSwim lessons offeredBlood donations neededWRCC fund-raiser slated

Young felons take advantage of second chance at education
Kristopher Panichello doesn't have to imagine the world in his poem.

Fairbanks man takes on dirty job
FAIRBANKS It's a pretty basic business that doesn't require a lot of expertise.

My best friend
Christina Johnstone of Soldotna loves giving the family dog, Molly, lots of love.

Canine companions, humans strut their stuff at annual event
Rebecca Brandon of Anchorage rhythmically brushed out the glossy black coat of her Affenpinscher as it stood as motionless as a statue.

Government approves first insulin for diabetic dogs
WASHINGTON (AP) Diabetic dogs are about to get their own insulin.

Sports Briefs
Twins split Saturday with WestBrent Barry signs deal with San AntonioAli to throw out All-Star first pitchRubin earns Fed Cup tie for United StatesDetroit, Charlotte, L.A. pick up WNBA wins

Anchorage racer sprints to victory Friday
John McDonald was the fastest man in town Friday, clocking a track-record time in qualifying, then going on to take top honors in the 410 sprint car class in racing action at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai.

Armstrong speaks out
SAINT-BRIEUC, France Lance Armstrong believes Tour de France organizers could do more to calm nervous riders and avoid spills that could ruin his bid for a record sixth straight victory.

O'Neal trade talks Heat up
MIAMI Expect to see Shaquille O'Neal in a Miami Heat uniform next season.

Montgomery joins Jones on sidelines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Tim Montgomery, the world's fastest man but also a suspected steroid user who faces a lifetime ban, saved the U.S. Olympic Committee from a huge headache by failing to qualify for the Athens Games in the 100 meters.

James crosses pond for major win
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Mark James shot a 1-over 73 and held off Jose Maria Canizares for a one-stroke victory Sunday at the Senior Players Championship.

Jones fails to qualify in 100
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Perhaps it was the stress of fighting doping allegations. Maybe it was the physical and emotional strains of motherhood. Or perhaps time, and a new generation of sprinters, are finally catching up with her.

Englishman can smell major Champions Tour victory
DEARBORN, Mich. Mark James has played for the European Ryder Cup team seven times, captained it once, and won 22 tournaments overseas.

Sports Briefs
Campbell, Goldstein take Unity Trail titlesHensby gets first win in John Deere playoffAustria upsets U.S. in Fed Cup tennisDay off gives Armstrong, leaders time to rest

MetroStars stop streak
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J John Wolyniec and Amado Guevara scored second-half goals and the MetroStars broke a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

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