Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Ex-Oilers player Reed gets chance with Mariners
PEORIA, Ariz. — Rookie Jeremy Reed of the Seattle Mariners realizes the opportunity of a lifetime is waiting.

Ankiel throws wildly in BP
Rick Ankiel's comeback hit another rough patch on Monday as the St. Louis left-hander threw just three strikes in 26 batting practice pitches.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Yes I finally recovered from the flu and bronchitis enough to get out of the house and enjoy the Alaska outdoors. After being stuck in the house for about ten days I was determined not to let anything stop me from getting out. On Friday, February 11, I was loading up my camping gear to take my children Alea and Travis plus family friend Sierra Scott camping out on the ice of Hidden Lake. As I walked out of my garage to the shop located behind my garage where my camping gear is stored I noticed water sitting on top of the ground! Water on top of the ground in the wintertime generally means only one thing, a broken or leaking water pipe. A pipe that has to be dug up and repaired... What did I choose to do you ask? I went camping anyway!

Rotary begins 2nd Century locally and around the world
What started with Paul Harris and a small group of businessmen one hundred years ago has now officially begun its second century. It's known around the world today as Rotary International, but known better by local Rotarians as fun. Some 25 years ago Fred Chambers, a retired American Airline pilot and long time Rotarian, decided to retire in Soldotna. There were no Rotary clubs on the Kenai Peninsula, so Chambers had to fly to Anchorage to attend meetings. The downtown Anchorage Rotary Club challenged Chambers to start a club in Kenai/Soldotna and with the help of 20 some local businessmen the first Rotary club on the Peninsula was chartered in the spring of 1979 with Chambers as the Club's first president. The philanthropic concept of service above self and weekly luncheon meetings to keep abreast of community happenings became so popular that within a few years the original Kenai/Soldotna Club that met in Soldotna was able to split and sponsor another Rotary Club in Kenai. As both clubs continued to grow, the Soldotna Rotary Club sponsored a Homer club and a few years later a Seward Rotary club. Today there are four Rotary clubs on the Kenai Peninsula with over 200 members.

Ninilchik holds Project GRAD College Days
Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula hosted its second annual College Day at Ninilchik School last week. "This has a very positive impact on our students. It exposes the students to college information and the expectation that all kids can go to college and that Project GRAD will help get them there. The day was a tremendous success and we look forward to doing it again next year," said Ninilchik principal Terry Martin. The entire day was geared toward getting and keeping students on the college bound pathway, "Project GRAD College Day works with the entire school to strengthen the culture of college within the school population," said Heather Pancratz, Project GRAD executive director based in Homer.

The re-opening of Kids Korner
Keeping your kids in clothes is a daunting task of parenting regardless of how much money or relatives you have. So many times before a child grows into its baby shower gifts Mom or Dad has forgotten where they stored them until they have become too small. That task and the expense of clothing children is what prompted Season Silba to start a previously owned children's clothing store about six years ago. "We closed down for awhile, but due to popular demand we are back in the same location and I am very excited to be open again," said Silba. The Kids Korner is located in Soldotna next door to the Music Box and is a special place for kid's sizes zero up size 7. "Our goal is to clean and wash each of our items. We double check them for spots and tears and make sure our toys all have working batteries. We try our best to be sure our items are clean and like new and most importantly priced mostly under $6.00 dollars," explained Season.

Curtain falls on Brigadoon, but the magic remains
Brigadoon may be the town that time forgot, but the romance and magical music brought to our community by the Kenai Performers will be long remembered. Once again residents of the Kenai Peninsula have been treated to a tremendous effort by the Kenai Performers. The cast of some 80 performers, not including numerous support and back stage crew, invested their time and talents to bring to life the meaningful fantasy created by Alan Lerner and put to music by Broadway legend Frederick Lowe.

A friend of mine recently blurted in exasperation, "They just don't make good movies anymore!" This is, I think, a tad harsh. After all, watching the Oscar telecast Sunday night, we were reminded of dozens of well-made films, each worthy of the accolades they were being afforded.

Governor's coastal management stance erodes Alaska's rights
Frank Murkowski came into office and immediately set out to remove Alaskans from decisions affecting coastal communities. Now, after bungling the process to revise the Alaska Coastal Management Program, he's blaming the federal government and claiming he's defending "states rights." But once again, Frank misses the mark. The federal coastal zone management law actually grants states more rights then they otherwise have without it. How? First, it provides money to state and local communities to implement their own local standards. By attacking this program, Frank is attacking decisions made by Alaskans, for Alaskans — not decisions made by faceless bureaucrats in D.C. or Juneau. Second, the federal law provides a powerful appeal process where states can challenge federal decisions affecting state and local interests. California used these very provisions last year to protect its coastal communities from federal intrusion.

Palmer wrong to criticize AC members for resignining
Ah so, Grasshopper, you see only the world you wish to see. For a story teller that can be an advantage, but not seeking the truth can bring shame and distrust when your story is told to those that know of the truth.

Coke helped make wallyball tournament a sweet success
The Kenai Recreation Center/Boys and Girls Club staff would like to extend a big thank you to this year's wallyball tournament sponsor, Coca Cola of Kenai!

Bed tax proposal would drive away summer visitors
I see that Kenai Peninsula Borough Representative Betty Glick has proposed a bed tax for our Kenai Peninsula Borough. I have a few questions which require answers.

School's sign going up thanks to help from Tesoro
The Soldotna Elementary PTA would like to thank Tesoro Alaska for its generous donation of $500 to our school sign fund.

Biffle skids, scrapes way to NASCAR win
FONTANA, Calif. — Somehow, Greg Biffle kept his car pointed in the right direction long enough to take the checkered flag.

Do you realize that this month marks the halfway point between winter and summer solstice?

Hi, neighbors. Attention Ninilchik young women: Soroptimist International is the world's largest service organization for business, executive and professional women.

Cooper Landing
Cheerio. Anna "Perky" Head, taught school here in the 1960s and cheerio was her word for hello and goodbye.

Greetings from Kasilof. Welcome to March. March is Reading in Schools month and Wednesday is International Woman's Day. Love the woman in you and in your life, whether she's your wife, your granny, your sister, your mother or your lover. Show her you think she's the "bomb."

Hi, neighbors. It's that time of year again. The Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its 10th annual Young Women's Conference Saturday at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

Hi. Congratulations to Amber J. Hall, an 11th-grade home school student,who won first place and $1,200 in the state National Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program. Amber's essay was titled, "Celebrating Our Veterans' Service."

Good morning, "May you always have work for your hands to do. May your pockets hold always a coin or two. May the sun shine bright on your windowpane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you." Irish blessing

Snowy slumber
A couple of moose choose the frozen Kenai River as a place to take a mid-morning snooze recently near the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna.

Off and running
At right, Josh Hudson and Heath Strausbaugh hold back the sled of Sterling musher Gail Hoekman at the starting line of the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association's annual 10 dog classic sprint race held Saturday and Sunday on the trail network next to Soldotna Airport. Hoekman is recovering from a recent battle with cancer, yet still placed second overall in the 14-mile, two day race.

Council sees red flag over subdivision technique
The Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday temporarily banning the creation of flag lots in subdivisions until clearer guidelines are established for regulating them.

City rejects helmet statute
Riding a bicycle in Soldotna without a helmet won't cause you to get a citation or fine, but may invite the people of Soldotna to tell you to get an education on bicycle safety.

Sergeant status: Troopers promoted
In a word, Capt. Tom Bowman, commander of the Alaska State Troopers "E" Detachment in Soldotna, described the work of two troopers being promoted to the rank of sergeant — "outstanding."

Grant makes hospital less scary for kids
Central Peninsula General Hospital received a $700 grant for its Pediatrics in a Box Program from the Fred Meyer Foundation, according to the hospital's chief executive.

Jumbo squid appear off California shore
BODEGA BAY, Calif. (AP) — Jumbo squid are appearing by the thousands off California's coast from San Diego to Bodega Bay.

Care to share? Program readies to reward service
Marit Hartvigson, a sophomore at Soldotna High School, is excited about a contribution she made to the community.

Tanner crab fishers hold to price demand
KODIAK (AP) — Tanner crab fishers are holding fast to their plea for higher prices.

Carroll Russell Raney
Longtime Anchorage resident Carroll Russell Raney died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, with his family by his side at Providence Alaska Medical Center, due to complications from surgery after slipping on the ice and fracturing his hip. He was 69.

Information about abortion options should be availible
It's quite possible, says columnist Cal Thomas, that women get more information at the supermarket, the bank and the automobile showroom than they get at most abortion clinics.

United Nations has lost its way
Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece last week that the United Nations was "of vital importance to humanity." Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.

Community Schools
Soldotna Community Schools Homer Community Schools

Kelly and Galt de Sieyes of Soldotna Tamara and Jesse Miller of Soldotna

Peninsula People
Hall wins scholarship Area students receive honors

Club News
Boot camp slated Pop Warner registration begins KCHS class reunion planned Soccer registration begins

Area residents and groups give generously to food bank
Linda Swarner, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, received the following donations from area groups and businesses on behalf of the food bank.

Community Events
Dinner fund-raiser set Kenai field office expands area Respite services available Landry to be installed Grandparent support group to meet Used car fund-raiser set

Around the Peninsula
Fishermen's coalition to meet Marketing workshop slated Livestock breeding workshop set Restorative justice to be discussed HEA seeks director nominations AWG to host auction fund-raiser

Around the Peninsula
KPBSD honor band concert scheduled Ford to perform at library Food bank plans events Volunteers for wildlife education sought SoHi after-prom meeting set

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Chicago releases Terrell
Wide receiver David Terrell, the eighth pick in the 2001 draft, was released by the Chicago Bears as NFL teams prepared for the start of free agency Wednesday by paring veterans to get under the salary cap.

Nikiski girls rebound from loss
Nikiski's Sarah Herrin equaled the Heritage Christian girls team's entire scoring output Saturday, scoring a team-high 18 points as the Bulldogs rebounded from Friday's loss to Grace Christian with a 53-18 mauling of Heritage in Southcentral Conference play in Anchorage.

Pitt hurts BC's Big East hopes
BOSTON — Chris Taft had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 24 Pittsburgh to a 72-50 victory over No. 5 Boston College on Monday night that snapped the Panthers' three-game losing streak.

Toms takes match play tournament
CARLSBAD, Calif. — David Toms played some of his best golf to reach the final of the Match Play Championship.

Duncan's late shot nips Cavs
CLEVELAND — Tim Duncan made a 19-foot jumper just before the final horn sounded, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 94-92 victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who dropped their third straight.

Sports Briefs
Irwin wins rain-delayed Outback Pro-Am Venus Williams ousted in first round

Xavier's nun is second to none
CINCINNATI — When he became Xavier's coach, Sean Miller quickly discovered who had the most clout in the school's high-profile basketball program — a 72-year-old nun.

Chaney benches himself for league tourney
PHILADELPHIA — John Chaney benched himself again.

More than 400 teams fail NCAA test
INDIANAPOLIS — More than 400 sports teams at the nation's Division I schools could lose scholarships next year under the NCAA's new academic standards, according to a report released Monday.

Tar Heels escape Terrapins
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Raymond Felton made the tiebreaking layup with 19 seconds left and Sean May blocked a shot just before the buzzer as No. 2 North Carolina weathered a furious comeback bid by Maryland before escaping with an 85-83 victory Sunday.

Kidd, Carter combine to crush Cavs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter had 34 points, 11 rebounds and combined with Jason Kidd to make all the key plays down the stretch as the New Jersey Nets held on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-98 after squandering a 21-point lead on Sunday.

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