Sunday, July 17, 2005

Cardinals continue to own Astros at Busch Stadium
ST. LOUIS — Jason Marquis pitched eight sharp innings to earn his first victory in more than a month, and Larry Walker hit a three-run homer to help the St. Louis Cardinals continue their dominance of the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium with a 4-2 win Saturday.

Yanks' Johnson comes through against Sox
BOSTON Randy Johnson struck out 10 in 6 1-3 innings to rescue the injury-depleted Yankees rotation, and Alex Rodriguez homered to lead New York to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Gordon confronts worst season of his career
LOUDON, N.H. — Jeff Gordon is in the midst of his worst season, and hardly has the look of a contender for NASCAR's Nextel Cup championship.

Cemetery land swap hits snag
As the ages old joke goes, the sexton needs a fence around the cemetery because people are dying to get in. In Soldotna, it seems the fence won't be needed any time soon.

Fox Creek Fire up to 31,100 acres
Fire suppression efforts continue on the Fox Creek Fire, which has transformed more than 31,100 acres of beetle-killed and black spruce forest to scorched earth within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Swimming in sockeyes
Commercial fishers have harvested 1.6 million sockeye salmon so far this summer in Upper Cook Inlet — with more on the way. "The indications are there are plenty of fish," Alaska Department of Fish and Game commercial fisheries area biologist Jeff Fox said Friday.

Harry Potter mania invades peninsula
It's not magic that has books disappearing from the shelves of local bookstores and libraries. Rather, fans are once again going wild for Hogwort's boy wizard — Harry Potter.

Teen reels in big king
The Priest family had a great trip to the Kenai Peninsula this week, taking in the sights and catching a few fish. Oh, and finishing up their week in Alaska by catching an 88-pound Kenai River king salmon Friday was pretty nice, too.

Oilers' arms, gloves blank Bucs
The Peninsula Oilers got some solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting to defeat the Anchorage Bucs 3-0 in Alaska Baseball League action Friday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers topple Bucs in 10th
Matt Inouye crossed the plate with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Peninsula Oilers picked up their third straight win, beating the Anchorage Bucs 6-5 in Alaska Baseball League play Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Voices of the Clarion: Getting ready to move
In less than two weeks I'll be doing something I once thought I might actually avoid, at least until I was ready for long-term care.

State should take lead on new energy sources
A massive energy bill passed by the U.S. Senate late last month didn't include opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but it did include something that should spark Alaskans' interest just as much: incentives for developing renewable energy projects, including harnessing ocean waters.

Seniority at work
Whether it's to supplement Social Security retirement income, to continue contributing to society or just to get out of the rocking chair, many older Kenai Peninsula residents are signing up with the state-run MASST program.

Around the Peninsula
Keeper to celebrate PHC board to meet Toddler hour set CPHC expansion to be discussed Israel alliance seminar set

My best friend
Cinder likes to investigate everything, including the barrel stove — even the one owners Travis and Jacqui Stanley of Sterling use when they clean out the ashes. Cinder also likes to shower with the Stanleys and take foot baths.

Pet emergency planning
Emergencies and unplanned events, such as the wildfires near Skilak and Tustumena lakes, remind pet owners how vulnerable their animals can be. A few simple preparations can literally make the difference between life or death for a pet.

Isolated Armstrong fights back for second in epic stage
AX-3 DOMAINES, France — As the Pyrenean peak loomed, the assault Lance Armstrong was bracing for finally came. Here, the six-time champion knew, was a Tour de France moment of truth.

College coaches debate merits of recruiting 'one-year' players
INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Williams spent three years recruiting Marvin Williams, but coached him for just one season before the freshman forward left Chapel Hill, N.C., for the NBA.

Hachem wins $7.5 million
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The sun set, the sun rose and still they played, caution trumping bravery, adrenaline fighting off fatigue, rare moments of drama breaking through the tedium, the chip lead shifting for nearly 14 hours at the 36th World Series of Poker — the longest final table in tournament history for the richest prize.

Sports views
He brought the cigarettes along, but left the motorhome behind. The nearest Hooters is 340 miles away in Nottingham, meaning dinner consists mostly of what they call takeaway over here.

Williams responds to Kansas report on violations
Roy Williams said he made a ''mistake'' when he approved gifts to graduating players and others who had used up their eligibility while coach at Kansas, but denied there was any intentional wrongdoing.

Woods leads field by two
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods hit the ball so hard that he felt the shaft in his putter flex ever so slightly. Standing 50 paces away on the 18th green, his caddie removed the flag, backed away from the cup, then turned and raised his fist in a rare celebration Saturday at the British Open.

Twins split with Chugiak
The American Legion Twins finished up a 10-game road trip by splitting with Chugiak Saturday in Anchorage.

Taylor takes split decision
LAS VEGAS — Jermain Taylor stepped into the ring with the master and taught Bernard Hopkins a lesson.

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