Monday, August 1, 2005

Ramirez wins game, stays put
BOSTON — Manny Ramirez began his new life with the Red Sox on Sunday with a go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, thrilling the Fenway crowd that thought he might be traded and giving Boston a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Boggs, Sandberg set to enter Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Growing up, Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were just like any other kids in love with baseball, playing imaginary games and dreaming.

Burress gives Giants a scare in first practice
The New York Giants got a scare Saturday when Plaxico Burress, one of their main offseason acquisitions, injured a knee 30 minutes into the team's first preseason practice.

Old-timers earn split with Twins
The American Legion Twins polished off their regular season with a split of a two-game series against a team of Twins alumni Friday and Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Boggs, Sandberg enter Hall
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Wade Boggs cried when he acknowledged his father, who turned a scrawny kid into one of the game's toughest outs by teaching him that inside-out swing.

Ramirez sits while trade talks continue
BOSTON — Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez got the night off to clear his head while the team attempts to trade him and shed his salary. He will also miss Sunday's game, manager Terry Francona said, meaning the World Series MVP wouldn't take the field again until after the trading deadline passes.

Braves continue current tear
ATLANTA — Rafael Furcal homered from both sides of the plate, John Smoltz won his eighth straight decision and Marcus Giles had four hits, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Sunday to cap a successful July.

Yankees pull off comeback on Angels bullpen
NEW YORK — Hideki Matsui's two-run double in the ninth inning capped a big comeback, and the New York Yankees took advantage of four walks by an exhausted Francisco Rodriguez to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-7 Saturday.

Burnett increases trade value by dominating Nationals
MIAMI — Making his final start before Sunday's trade deadline, A.J. Burnett pitched seven dominant innings to win his third start in a row and the Florida Marlins extended their winning streak to four games by beating the slumping Washington Nationals 3-0.

How often is it that a movie completely meets your expectations? How often does it happen that your preconceived notions about a film turn out to be completely correct? Almost never.

Sorenson gets Busch event win
MADISON, Ill. — At an event honoring the Wallace racing family, Reed Sorenson stole the show. The 19-year-old rookie took control with 33 laps to go and pulled away to win the NASCAR Busch Series Wallace Family Tribute 250 on Saturday night.

Well-picked view
A small crew of fishermen pick salmon from their setnet during a terminal fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River recently. Sockeye salmon have been returning for the Kasilof River in record numbers.

Voters to decide taxing power
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have the chance in October to decide if the assembly should increase the borough sales tax without a vote of the people.

Bearing it: Man recovers from 2 brushes with bruins
It takes a certain amount of luck to survive being attacked by one of Alaska's famed brown bears, but to survive two such attacks takes a lot of luck and more. Soldotna resident Scott MacInnes can attest to that.

Festival offers Funny River fun
Above, Gerry and Lou Jean Tullos, right and left respectively, watch the Funny River Festival parade with their grandchildren Kellsi and Zachary Ulrich on Saturday morning. The parade kicked off an afternoon of family fun at the annual event. At left, decorated as a family of eagles, Elijah Stafford pushes Savanah Hutchens with help from Audrey Helgevold, left, as they represent the Funny River Community Center in the parade.

Protester signs his disapproval of war
At this time of year, it's not unusual for folks to wake up early and don their rubber waders, fishing vest and a floppy-billed hat festooned with colorful flies and lures. But for Ralph Van Dusseldorp of Kenai, there is one exception that makes him stand out like a fish out of water.

Petition issues
JUNEAU — When Alaskans last November narrowly approved a constitutional amendment changing the state's initiative process, opponents of the measure shook their heads and lamented that democracy would be that much further out of reach.

Rodeo kids ride out new experiences
Rodeos can teach children many life lessons, such as the rewards of being responsible, working hard and overcoming adversity, and all three of these were demonstrated by the nine youths representing Alaska at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyo., last month.

Teen fished from river after falling off boat
When young adults come to Alaska for summer fishing work, few come only for a paycheck. Many come looking for excitement on the high seas and adventure in the salty air. They don't come looking for a near-death experience.

Juneau contractors fear asbestos in rock from city quarry
JUNEAU (AP) — The discovery of asbestos in rock at a city quarry has slowed work on construction projects.

Fox Creek fire remaining quiet
The Fox Creek Fire on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge below Tustumena Lake has been quiet for the past few days, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Unocal spills oil in Cook Inlet
Unocal Corp. spilled about 84 gallons of crude oil and produced water from an oil platform into Cook Inlet on Thursday in the biggest spill from industry in the inlet this year.

Troopers searching for missing man
Searchers from Alaska Mountain Rescue using dogs failed to find any sign of a Nikiski man in the vicinity of the Resurrection Pass trailhead near Cooper Landing on Thursday. - - - - - - - - -

W.I. 'Bob' Palmer
Former Ninilchik resident W.I. "Bob" Palmer died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at his home in Juneau. He was 78.

Voices of the Clarion: Vacation no time for sleep
My uncle values his sleep. So when he decided to come visit me in Alaska in June, I wondered how the long days would affect his sleep patterns and his mood. It turned out to affect a lot more than I expected.

Voices of the State: PERS-TRS reform: How will it work?
Gov. Frank H. Murkowski has signed landmark legislation reforming the Public Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System. The legislation repairs a retirement system that was underfunded by $4 billion in 2002, a shortfall that has grown to about $5.7 billion today.

Alaska roadblocks to new highway not foreign to states
Occasionally we can see the great humor involved in much of the rhetoric that cascades forth every time a major highway project is proposed in Alaska. You just have to laugh, in other words, when you think about the opposition that unfortunately is common throughout the nation.

Agrium task force aims to help entire oil, gas industry
It may be only two syllables, but "goodbye" can be one of the hardest words to say. The central Kenai Peninsula has been finding that out since Agrium first warned in December 2004 that a shutdown of its North Kenai facility was on the horizon.

Kenai home a bloom
Don and Birlene Driskill's home at 750 Set Net Drive was named the Garden of the Week for July 18. To nominate a home, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation office at 283-3692.

Soldotna yard a winner
Mary and Sara Koch's home at 131 Shady Lane was selected by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce as the Yard of the Week for July 25. To nominate a home call, 262-9814.

Heather Elisabeth Voss Dunn and Joshua James Dunn Ericka and Russell Thomas Alecia and Jon Gottlob Tatiana Batson and Ken Enders Angel Hollers Jackson and Ross Jackson Katie Lee and Beto Cazares Susan and Patrick Houlihan

Going for a dip
aFor the final three weeks of July, the sleepy beach at the mouth of the Kenai River transforms from a laid-back, kite-flying, beach-combing, dog-walking kind of place into a slaughterhouse.

Community Events
Library plans August events Citizen scientists sought Space camps available Womens' run seeking volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Kids invited to jungle adventures Toddler hour slated Kids' celebration set Golf tourney fund-raiser planned Soldotna chamber seeks beauty Garage sale fund-raiser set ommunity meeting planned CES seeks volunteers

Peninsula People
Eveland awarded scholarship Benson graduates Progress Days winners announced

Around the Peninsula
Flag football registration set Social Security to be discussed Child protection topic set Safe Sitter classes slated Vendors, bands wanted for festival Soldotna chamber seeks beauty Women's run looking for volunteers Montessori presentation slated Citizen scientists sought

My best friend
Angel, a 6-month-old Manx kitten, was a gift for owner Danielle DeShong's 15th birthday in November. She was named Angel because she looked so sweet, but now likes to harass DeShong's adult cat and husky, tears up house plants and is always into something.

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Walker Cup ends all square
A more perfect ending to the inaugural Twin Cities Walker Cup couldn't have been scripted: After three days of competition and 24 matches, the tournament ended all square Friday night at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna.

Crocker sets world record, tops Phelps
MONTREAL — For the last two years, everyone at the pool was chasing Michael Phelps.

Crosby era in NHL begins
OTTAWA (AP) — Welcome to the NHL, Sidney Crosby. As expected, the Pittsburgh Penguins took the teenage phenom from Canada with the No. 1 pick on Saturday.

Hearns wins after five-year layoff
DETROIT (AP) — Thomas Hearns scored an eighth-round knockout of John Long on Saturday night in his first fight following a five-year layoff.

Area fighter wins crown
Soldotna's Charles "Superman" Karron defeated Kevin "The Bulldog" Barber Wednesday at the Sullivan Arena to win the Middleweight Championship at the Alaska Fighting Championship.

Sports briefs: Ninilchik runners start Monday
The Ninilchik high school cross country team will begin practice Monday at 10 a.m. at Ninilchik School. Remember, fee, forms and a physical are required. For more information, contact Penny Vadla at 567-3301.

Old-timers earn split with Twins
The American Legion Twins polished off their regular season with a split of a two-game series against a team of Twins alumni Friday and Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Tiger can't catch Singh
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Vijay Singh followed up three spectacular rounds with an average one and it was enough to hold off a surging Tiger Woods and win the Buick Open on Sunday.

Falcons' Vick ready to prove critics wrong
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Michael Vick's goal is the same at the start of every training camp: he will run less, throw more and give the Atlanta Falcons a balanced attack.

Hackett wins fourth straight 1,500 title
MONTREAL — Grant Hackett swam to a historic victory, then picked up a well-deserved trophy as top man at the world championships.

MLS All-Stars defeat Fulham FC by three goals
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Columbus Crew striker ran wild in Major League Soccer's All-Star game, but it wasn't the one everyone expected.

Sports Briefs
Homer football, cross country news Barrel horse racing held in Soldotna

Jang takes five-stroke lead into final round
SOUTHPORT, England — Jeong Jang has played with Annika Sorenstam before — but never with this much at stake.

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