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Monday, July 25, 2005

Lee homers again as Cubs put down Cardinals
ST. LOUIS — Derrek Lee hit his major league-leading 32nd homer, and Jeromy Burnitz and Aramis Ramirez also connected for the Chicago Cubs in a 6-5 victory Saturday over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Devil Rays' Kazmir quiets bats of Orioles
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Scott Kazmir pitched seven strong innings and Alex Gonzalez hit a solo homer off Sidney Ponson, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

Twins win
Hopefully, state will be just as easy. The American Legion Twins scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to steam rolling the Alaska Road Warriors of Wasilla 13-1 on Sunday.

Twins topple Road Warriors

Red-hot Athletics sweep Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas — Scott Hatteberg drove in three runs, and the streaking Oakland Athletics finished a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with an 8-3 victory Sunday.

Wallace hopes to retire on top
LONG POND, Pa. — Rusty Wallace has a to-do list as long as a 2.5-mile track once he retires after this season.

Green takes Busch Series race
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — David Green grabbed the lead on the second-to-last lap and held off polesitter Clint Bowyer to win of the NASCAR Busch Series' ITT Industries 250 on Saturday. The ninth Busch win of Green's career was his first since Oct. 4, 2003 — a span of 60 races.

Caribou crossing
A caribou darts across the Kenai Spur Highway between Kenai and Soldotna recently — despite the two-way traffic. Motorists should always keep a wary eye for caribou, moose and other wildlife while driving anywhere on the peninsula.

Ready to run
With a little more than a week to go before the candidate-filing period officially opens Aug. 1, the competition for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough remains an unofficial four-way race.

Historic site lands tourist buses
Four tour busses stopped in the city of Kenai on Wednesday — a move that area tourism supporters hope is only the beginning of increased tourism traffic to the city.

Enjoy the ride
Nine Alaska high school cowboys and cowgirls were in Gillette, Wyo., last week, competing in the 57th annual National High School Finals Rodeo. Jackie Rainwater, Jennifer Murray and Paul Campbell of Soldotna; Sierra and Rhianna Carr, Amanda Merchant and Michelle Schade of Homer; Josh Rappelea of Palmer; and Ray Smith of Anchorage put their skills to the test in competitions of barrel running, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying and bull riding.

Keep an eye on fishing safety
Several anglers have had eye-opening experiences this fishing season, but the staff at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna is more concerned about all the eye-injuring experiences they've been seeing as of late.

Former area cop heads state investigations
An Alaska State Trooper who began his career as a Soldotna police officer has been named to head the Alaska Bureau of Investigation. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.

Sonar glitch miscounts Kenai kings
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced some bad news and good news late Friday.

Games gaining on money goal
With the 2006 Arctic Winter Games less than a year away, the host society still needs to raise about $1.5 million.

Building on a tradition
There's no shortage of things to do in the river city this weekend, as Soldotna celebrates what makes it great with the return of Progress Days.

Fisheries advocate Scalzi dies
Homer residents along with countless others across Alaska who knew him are mourning the death of former Alaska House member Drew Scalzi, who died Thursday night at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle following a long battle with cancer. He was 53.

Oilers win, lose on road
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 7-0 Friday in Anchorage before falling to the Mat-Su Miners 5-3 Saturday in the Mat-Su valleys.

Scalzi loss hurts peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula has had a difficult week. After the loss of two powerful peninsula allies — Don Gilman and Charles Cranston — we are once again mourning one who has had a hand in making our existence better from his presence.

Berries could leave mark on area economy
More and more companies are seeking a "Made in Alaska" stamp of approval these days. That's a mark that bears a lot of weight, especially with Alaskans. We take pride in being able to say "We made it here," without the help of anyone else. We are powered by the fact that we are pioneers on the Last Frontier.

Awareness not enough to fight drunk driving
From May 21 through June 16, (Fairbanks) law enforcement officers made 45 alcohol-related driving arrests, 14 of which involved repeat drunken driving offenders, according to a list compiled by a local researcher.

Voices of the Clarion: Staying closer to home
Whether fighting directly in gun battles against insurgents in Iraq or helping care for wounded soldiers at the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, members of America's military find personal strength in the support they are shown by family and friends and others back home in the United States.

Kenai garden shines
Becky Jackson's home at 1528 Toyon was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week for July 11.

Around the Peninsula
Football officials meeting planned Bazaar fund-raiser set Kids invited to 'jungle adventures' Childbirth class available Soldotna chamber seeks beauty Safe Sitter classes slated Montessori presentation slated

Weddings
Crouse, Taylor plan August nuptials Rouggly, Drew marry in Kenai

Peninsula People
Kraxberger graduates Area students make dean's list Fredrickson promoted

Soldotna yard is pick of the lot
Savica Dalkovski's home at 304 Sunrise received the Beautiful Yard of the Week award from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. To nominate a home, call Robyn Sullens at 262-9814.

Peninsula fair begins to gear up
It is not too early to think about the Kenai Peninsula State Fair held in Ninilchik each August, and not too late to get involved or to enter any of its many categories.

Community Events
Fitness survey in progress Challenger Center sets June events Women's run seeking volunteers Dog classes available Volksmarch 10K set

Working the burn
Specialized fire crews working the perimeter of the Fox Creek Fire must hack and cut their way through remote forest by hand — and make it look like they weren't even there. That's because managing a fire is much different from fighting a fire, especially one contained within a national wildlife refuge.

Around the Peninsula
Christian Center frying fish today efuge hosts films, nature walks Nutrition classes continue

Feline physics
Cats can do some pretty amazing things. They seem to have a propensity for dogging death by a whisker, often leaving their owners and any onlookers wondering, "How'd they do that?"

My best friend
Joee, an 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is the lovable baby of the Chaffin family of Kenai. He loves to play with his food and throw it around the kitchen. Joee belongs to Adeline Chaffin.

Senior Activities
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Armstrong makes a family affair of winning one last time
SAINT-ETIENNE, France — For one final time, Lance Armstrong fastened his feet on the pedals and faced the road ahead. He wasn't thinking about championships or his place in history, he said later, but about his three young children waiting at the finish.

China's Hu wins 10-meter platform; Cuba earns first world medal
MONTREAL — The Chinese finished in their usual top spot at the diving pool. The surprise? Cuba was second, earning its first medal of any kind at the World Swimming Championships.

Newbould, Goldstein claim wins
On a pleasant summer evening, Soldotna's Brandon Newbould toasted the field to win the fourth annual Everything But the Red Run Friday at Tsalteshi Trails.

Senior Amateur basks in sun
While many golfers groused about their scoring on the second day of the Peninsula Senior Amateur Grainge Memorial Golf Tournament, they couldn't complain about the weather. Most still enjoyed the two days of sunshine on Thursday and Friday and the well-kept greens at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Area Sports Briefs
Volunteers needed for Chrysler golf event KPHA starts early registration Hockey camp offered Nikiski volleyball starts Aug. 8 Wildlife Rescue Run is Aug. 6 Clinic to focus on flip turns

Watson takes one-shot lead at Senior British Open
ABERDEEN, Scotland — Tom Watson matched the course record at Royal Aberdeen set only hours earlier Saturday with a 7-under 64, taking a one-shot lead over Craig Stadler into the final round of the Senior British Open.

Sports views: 'Vive le Tour'
PARIS — He stood stock still, right hand covering his heart, and listened to his national anthem being played along the wide boulevard of the Champs-Elysees for a seventh and final time. And just like that, it was over.

Iron Dog moves finish to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks has been reinstated as the last stop of the world's longest snowmachine race.

Lucky 7
PARIS — One last time, ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' rang out over the Champs-Elysees in honor of Lance Armstrong.

U.S. limps to Gold Cup title
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brad Davis ended a long day and a long tournament, regaining the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a depleted U.S. soccer team that will limp into its next World Cup qualifier.

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