Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Abreu shatters derby records
DETROIT — Bobby Abreu has always been one of baseball's most unheralded stars.

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.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Fantastic Four
Have you ever heard the expression that goes, "a day late and a dollar short"? I was sitting here trying to find the words that could sum up the mess that is Hollywood's big budget version of the classic comic, Fantastic Four, and nothing else seems quite so appropriate. But it's even worse than that. These guys showed up late to their own party. Marvel Comics has been the toast of the town lately, and the Fantastic Four are the company's first super-group; really the first superheroes at all, at least in Marvel's current incarnation. It's a sad fact that the team that preceded Spiderman and the X-Men, that started it all, is now hopelessly out of date.

Golf classic, pig roast give scholarships a boost
The annual Ray Husby Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic was recently held at the new Bird Homestead Golf Course out in Funny River and it was a great success. Our annual pig roast was held following the tournament and also was a great success.

Return of flowers puts color back in summer
Alaskans herald our summers by planting flowers. Soldotna residents plant flowers at the four corners of their streets, have hanging baskets, garden boxes and window boxes and flowers are blooming everywhere.

Gas prices hurt fishing charters, too
Like the major airlines, fishing charter companies' largest daily operating expense is fuel cost. Also like the airlines, a fishing charter company can not raise fares fast enough or high enough to offset the ever increasing cost of fuel, as well as other expenses, without causing "sticker shock" to prospective customers. Unlike the airlines, fishing charter companies cannot appeal to the U.S. Congress to bail them out before going bankrupt. The fishing charter industry can not support a "tourist tax."

Seeing the sign cause to stop, think
Thank you (to) the stranger on the corner. As I drove through town Wednesday morning, there was a solitary man with a sign, standing on the corner. I only got a glance at the words on his sign, but it said something like "A Veteran for Peace."

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.

Water taxi
Trevor Kimbal carries his wife Sheri across the Russian River during a recent fishing trip. Trevor avoided mishap from the stream's rocky bottom and Sheri got to keep her feet dry.

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.

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.

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.

Building will facilitate safety
A local construction company broke ground on a new multimillion dollar emergency response center Friday in Soldotna.

Who bears the blame?
Living in a big city, there are certain precautions that must be taken in order to stay safe — latching doors before going to bed, setting car alarms and any number of other measures to prevent crime.

Water watch grows
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the national Waterkeeper Alliance, will join Alaskans later this week in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cook Inlet Keeper program, and to mark the launch last year of a new keeper organization in Prince William Sound.

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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.

Constance Wilson
Kenai resident Constance Wilson died unexpectedly Monday, July 11, 2005 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 52.

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.

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.

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

Panners shut out Oilers
The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks defeated the Peninsula Oilers 1-0 Monday night in 11 innings in Alaska Baseball League action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Parents don't get break from worry when soldiers get break from war
News about the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Wainwright has been scant of late, and for good reason. Its members are enjoying some leave time before their scheduled deployment to Iraq next month.

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.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meet Social Security reps to visit area Class of 1985 reunion planned Parade applications available Garage sale fund-raiser planned Women's run seeks volunteers

Community Events
Parade winners announced

Senior Menus
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Soldotna

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

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

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.

Homestead Golf Report
Ladies Night last week was canceled due to Fourth of July celebrations here at the Bird Homestead Golf Course on Funny River Road, but I did get the opportunity to play a few holes with Jackie Risch and daughter, Megan. Jackie is one of our regulars and Megan is brand-new to the game.

BCS creates a new poll
NEW YORK (AP) — The Bowl Championship Series has created a new college football poll with a unique twist — games will be played before ballots are cast.

Wie fades down the stretch
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Michelle Wie faded down the stretch again and shot a 6-over 76 on the first day of stroke play at the men's Amateur Public Links on Monday.

Grimes wins All Alaskan Skins Game
Tony Grimes birdied the 17th hole to earn $1,250 and win the Ninth Annual Wells Fargo All Alaskan Pro Skins Game at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna Monday.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna softball team wins district Twins sweep West

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

Old Course gets a little more length
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The last time Tiger Woods played at St. Andrews, he went back 100 years in time by hitting a replica of the gutta percha golf ball during a practice round. Despite a mighty drive on the 352-yard ninth hole, he still had a 5-iron left to reach the green.

Tour cream will rise to top in mountains
GRENOBLE, France — For Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France challengers, the true test begins now — in the thin air of the Alps, on snaking climbs lined by screaming fans.

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