Sunday, July 18, 2004

Garcia keeps winning for White Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. Freddy Garcia won for the third time in four starts since his trade to the White Sox, leading Chicago over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Service sweeps Twins
The Service American Legion baseball team swept the Twins by scores of 13-3 and 13-7 Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Dipnetters flood the water in search of salmon
"You should have been here a few days ago," was the mantra on the waters of both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers Saturday morning, as dipnetters were glum over the dramatic decline in sockeye salmon.

Where does catch-and-release fit with human responsibility?
The editorial in Friday's Peninsula Clarion is titled "Alaskans should strive for more than minimal animal care standards." The editorial notes legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Chenault and passed by the Legislature that establishes minimum standards for animal care.

Cemetery selection in borough's hands
Plans for a Soldotna cemetery may be nearing completion after the Soldotna City Council passed a resolution Wednesday asking the Kenai Peninsula Borough to convey a parcel of borough land for use as a memorial park.

Peninsula tops Bucs
Coming off a 2-0 loss to the Mat-Su Miners Friday, the bats of the Peninsula Oilers awakened Saturday in Anchorage as the Oilers notched an 8-7 victory over the Bucs.

Is economy really an issue?
WASHINGTON When it comes to voters' anxiety about the economy, this election year is a far cry from 1980, when Ronald Reagan famously asked: ''Are you better off today than you were four years ago?''

Alaska needs to market itself to young people
Alaska isn't the only state worried about the "brain drain," the migration out of the state of its young people.

Last refuge of wild mullet; Alaska may offer best protection for endangered hairstyle
Last fall, I had just moved to Alaska and was cleaning my windshield at the gas station while waiting for my tank to fill, when a strange and exotic creature slid out of the driver's seat of the giant red 4 x 4 pickup that pulled up on the other side of the pump.

Around the Peninsula
Low-cost helmets availableNutrition classes scheduledHealth center board to meetNeighborhood Watch meeting plannedCampground construction slatedKCHS plans reunionsPop Warner still accepting registrations

Alaska pilots volunteer to provide transportation for people in need
ANCHORAGE Stuart Goering landed his four-seat airplane at Merrill Field on a busy Thursday morning.

Wiggins, Veihdeffer plan wedding
Aimee Wiggins and Anthony Veihdeffer of Kasilof have an-nounced their plans to marry Saturday, July 31, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony on the bluff outside the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Pastor Kelley of Les Cheneaux Christian Fellowship in Cedarville, Mich, will officiate.

Harbormaster wants boat owners to keep vessels 'seaworthy'
JUNEAU When he took his new job as Juneau's harbormaster this year, Lou McCall was surprised to find that Sitka and Juneau residents view people living on boats very differently.

Son pursuing racing career is chip off dad's ol' engine block
Since Kenai's Cameron McGahan was born 18 years ago, his father, state champion sprint car driver Jackie McGahan, has always had a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass on to Cameron about racing.

My best friend
Travis Verkuilen of Nikiski looks forward to building a long friendship with his new puppy Gunner.

Little dogs, big attraction
For the 11th year in a row, Soldotna Progress Days parade watchers Saturday will have the opportunity to view dozens of wiggling bodies and wagging tails of the dachshunds taking part in Weenies on Parade.

Canine searches for dangerous mercury
BRAINERD, Minn. Clancy's not a drug-detection dog, but he sure has a way with chemicals.

It's Lance's Tour to lose
PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France Start icing the champagne.

Jones won't defend title in 200 meters
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A couple of sprinters who may be barred from the Athens Games because of positive drug tests sped into the men's and women's finals in the 200 meters Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Steroid sleuths always busy
The group responsible for keeping America's Olympic team drug free could be easily confused with a police force this summer.

Tiger no longer a reference point for other golfers
He couldn't get hold of the lead and he has yet to prove he can win a major without it.

Sports Briefs
Soldotna High School to host volleyball campByrd leads B.C. OpenEstill shares Giant Eagle LPGA Classic leadVenus, Davenport to meet in Stanford finalKanaan wins third race of season

Heat's Jones reunited with his biggest critic Shaq
MIAMI Few NBA players who lead their team in scoring four years in a row have endured more criticism than Miami Heat guard Eddie Jones.

Formidable group set to chase Hamilton
TROON, Scotland Todd Hamilton is used to feeling out of place.

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