Thursday, August 4, 2005

Twins open tourney with win
The American Legion Twins baseball team of Kenai opened the Alaska state tournament with a 10-2 win over West Anchorage Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Manny being Manny knocks in three more
BOSTON — Manny Ramirez hit his AL-leading 30th homer then left the game after a collision with teammate Edgar Renteria, and Boston kept on winning, beating Kansas City 8-5 on Wednesday night.

East drops Twins at state tourney
The American Legion Twins baseball team from Kenai was knocked from the winners' bracket at the Alaska State Tournament by East Anchorage Wednesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Ramirez drives in four for Red Sox
BOSTON — Manny Ramirez added to his major league-leading RBI total with a three-run homer and a run-scoring single, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Double pleasure: Rookie helps Pirates past Padres
PITTSBURGH — Rookie Brad Eldred's third consecutive double drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Pittsburgh overcame three San Diego homers for a 9-8 victory Wednesday night.

Risky business: Supplements a dicey choice for ballplayers
BALTIMORE — Depending on whom you ask, Rafael Palmeiro's claim that he unwittingly took something to cause a positive test for steroids is either plausible — or laughable.

Sports Briefs
The All-Alaska Baseball League team, as compiled by the Mat-Su Frontiersman newspaper and the Anchorage Bucs, was announced Wednesday. Peninsula Oilers pitcher Ty Davis made the roster as did Nick Kliebert, who was voted on as a utility player.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Business counseling available Expo comes to peninsula Riddell transfers to Kenai Industry nominations sought

From the bookshelf: Aviation daredevils star in illustrated history
Vagabonds of the Sky: A Photographic History of America's Barnstorming

Art Briefs
Art workshops offered Watercolor workshops planned Art classes for kids set to start Art scholarship contest held Editors Day scheduled in September

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Sounds like summer
With a 25th anniversary only two years away, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is hosting its summer music festival, filled with two weeks of classes, rehearsals and entertaining concerts.

Library program gets backing from many sources
We'd like to thank all the children, teens, parents and volunteers who made the Soldotna Public Library's summer reading program a great success this year. Thank you to the Kenai Performers for their production of "The Ugly Duckling," by A.A. Milne, and the generous loan of the king's throne for the story time sessions; program volunteers, Kerri Burns-Norris, Pat Gilbreath, Jenni Larsen and Brenna Talbot; and Marti Wilkison for the loan of her dragon art for our special dragon display.

Earl Rodney Lovejoy Jr.
Kenai resident Earl Rodney Lovejoy Jr. died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

Furniture business helps set the stage
I would like to thank Bailey's Furniture for its continuing support of local theater. For the third summer running, Bailey's has graciously loaned the Triumvirate Theatre furniture for sets. Our production of "Little Nell," the Progress Days melodrama, was greatly enhanced by the loan of the furniture. The folks at Bailey's are always friendly and helpful, and they truly supports the arts in our community.

Randall Martin Walstrand
Randall Martin Walstrand of Eureka, Calif., died Sunday, July 24, 2005, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Homer. He was 17.

Performance was positively medieval
You have a wonderful group over on that side of the peninsula. The Kenai Peninsula branch of the Society of Creative Anachronisms, the Shire of Hrafnsfjordr, recently traveled all the way over to Seward to appear at the final program of the Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds children's summer reading club.

Stewart heads back to Indy searching for elusive win
Tony Stewart isn't kidding when he says he'd trade every win and every trophy for just one victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a budding young racer growing up in Indiana, it was the only track that really mattered.

Kenai scores goal with soccer grant
The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department received approval of its grant request for new soccer fields proposed for vacant land adjacent near the borough solid-waste transfer facility.

School board hears proposal to cut $4.6 million in 7 years
Add up seven years of nickel and dime savings and what do you get? More than $4 million, said Ed Graff, president of Energy Education Inc.'s Rocky Mountain Division, in a presentation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board work session Monday.

Bridge will go to vote
The entire Kenai Peninsula Borough will have the chance to advise the borough through a vote on whether it should build a bridge over the Kenai River connecting the communities of Funny River and Sterling.

Hammond dies
JUNEAU — Jay Hammond, a rugged bush pilot and hunting guide who served two terms as Alaska's governor and helped create the Alaska Permanent Fund, died in his sleep at his Lake Clark home at 83.

Man gets stung by counterfeit $100 bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) — When James Sweeney cashed a large check at KeyBank after selling a trailer, it didn't occur to him to check the bills. The money had come straight from the bank's vault, he said.

Soldotna will sport new road
At a glance, it would appear the city of Soldotna is planning to thumb its nose at a half million federal dollars, and instead pay $317,000 in city money for a new road into the Soldotna Sports Center.

Kids show their caring side
Pink-and-white candy-striped outfits have given way to bright blue polo shirts and smocks, and some of the work methods have changed, but the mission of young hospital volunteers continues to be helping those who help people in need.

Barrow sees first sunset in 3 months
BARROW (AP) — Residents of the northernmost community in the U.S. saw their first sunset in almost three months.

Sockeye season 9th biggest
The 2005 Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishing harvest is shaping up to be one of the strongest on record.

United States needs to rethink its homeland security
At a time when once improbable suicide bombings in this country are now believed by many to be inevitable, it's unsettling how critical homeland security policy decisions are still being made. ...

Decision on phones in planes up in the air
Let's hope the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission get the message.

World's Muslim population faces tough challenges
After every suicide bombing, there is a ritual. We search for meaning, the reasons that the bombers have left behind in their trail of human misery and destruction. ...

Around the Peninsula
4-H work days set Clothes give away planned Auction, dinner fund-raiser set Golf tourney fund-raiser planned Garage sale fund-raiser slated Safe sitter classes slated

Around the Peninsula
Internet class offered Groundbreaking ceremony slated Child birth class offered Homer immunization clinics set Weed pull scheduled Community meeting planned Shooting, hunting seminar on target EMS benefit dinner set

The International: A dandy tournament in search of a niche
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Some think it's goofy golf. Others find it to be a refreshing change.

Kenai Golf Report
July has up and gone, and I don't know if anyone else has noticed that things are already starting to change color — the grass in the river flats, the rhubarb in my garden, and I am in denial, and I am not talking about a river in Egypt.

Atlanta, Columbus join busy free agent action
The new-look NHL has some brand new players in the free agent market. Dishing out big contracts to big players is no longer a summertime activity limited to large-market teams. Welcome to the party, Columbus and Atlanta.

Sports views: Enough with the 'shocked' when it comes to steroids
Enough with the ''shocked'' already. The next person who says he was shocked that Rafael Palmeiro got busted should be forced to read excerpts from Jose Canseco's book, ''Juiced'' aloud while sitting in Bud Selig's outer office and watching replays on C-SPAN of the congressional hearings in March.

Blockbuster: Busy day in NBA
The NBA was back in business Tuesday following a one-month moratorium, and the biggest deal in league history — a five-team, 13-player trade sending Antoine Walker from Boston to Miami — was pulled off by Jerry West, Pat Riley, Danny Ainge and others.

Takin' it to the streets
LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Yeah, it took some guts to jump over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard. You'll just never convince Donny Duhadway that pro skater Danny Way's leap last month was anything more than a stunt.

Jones, Seymour make it to camp
The Jacksonville Jaguars sure hope it doesn't take Matt Jones extra time to learn his new position.

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