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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Injury stalls Bonds' pursuit
Barry Bonds might not resume his pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record this season.

Parading the green in Soldotna for St. Patrick's Day...
St. Patrick's Day is always a great day for the Irish and everyone else who enjoys shamrocks and drinking green beverages.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
It had been close to 40 years since I last put on a pair of snowshoes and ventured out across the snow. The last time I put snowshoes on was as a young man in Wisconsin while I was hunting fox. Oh how well I remember that day you see besides Wisconsin also having a lot of snow it is also the dairy state. And part of dairy farms is the many fences that are also found throughout the farming countryside. You're not going to crawl through a 4 or 5-wire fence with 3 to 4 ft. snowshoes strapped to your feet so that means either you find a gate or climb over the top. So if you're fortunate enough to find a fairly low spot that you can crawl over easily you're in luck. However if you get one snowshoe over the fence and now have one on each side of the fence and the snow suddenly settles under one snowshoe or bothyou can be in a predicament that I think we men may understand a little more easily than the girls out there. Sometimes you will break through the four to six inch crust on the snowdrifts exposing soft fluffy snow underneath that basically will support no weight at all. Often times we wore wool pants that are not really easy to untangle from sharp barbwire prongs that are embedded in hopefully only your pants!

W.O.W. Extreme makeovers aid local cancer patients...
Kathy Lopeman, an oncologist at Central Peninsula General Hospital, has been taking the Polar Bear plunge in Seward to benefit the American Cancer for the last eight years.

A decade of Village Fairs equals healthier/safer community
Ten years ago a group of individuals interested in building a healthier community decided to organize a fair that would feature all the health care opportunities available to local residents here on the Peninsula. "It became evident to us that there was a lot more available in our local area than people were aware of, so awareness became our original goal and of course now it's the Village Fair, Safe Kids Fair, and Health Fair all in one. It's marvelous to get together and check out what's happening within our lives and what's available in our local community to make our lives better," said Jane Stein, one of the original organizers.

Kenai River Guide offers Costa Rica fishing adventures
As some anglers await the breaking of the ice and the first salmon runs on the Kenai River, other fishers are joining Captain Mel Erickson, Soldotna Kenai River guide, in Costa Rica for a Central American fishing adventure.

Morgan takes last in Last Great Race
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A man who normally captains jet airliners for Alaska Airlines was awarded the Red Lantern for being the last musher to get his dog team across the finish line in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Time for borough residents to stand up against politicians
Ouch. The "conservative" borough politicians just stuck the knife in a little deeper. They threw us a bone with a small increase in residential exemption, immediately erasing any tax relief with a whopping 15 percent increase in assessments. Very clever. I was heartened to hear Mayor Bagley endorse a $150,000 cap on seniors' exemptions. I prefer a cap at $50,000 (more than twice what us legitimate year-round citizens get) with an arbitration board empowered to increase that cap to protect the truly needy. The other wealthy seniors can and should pay their fair share.

Participants, helpers made Halo 2 tournament a success
I would like to thank all the players and spectators who turned out for the Halo 2 Tournament held at the Aspen Hotel March 11 and 12. I was somewhat apprehensive to bring together such a wide range of ages and attitudes. However, the cooperation and respect shown to myself, other players, and hotel staff (with a few exceptions) was very encouraging.

Kenai chamber appreciates U.S., Alaska flag donations
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and myself, a big thank you to the American Legion for the generous donation of two new flags for the chamber cabin, one Alaska flag and one U.S. flag.

Senior games a golden event thanks to all who helped out
Congratulations to all the medal winners in the second annual Kenai Peninsula Senior Olympic Games. A huge thank you to Central Peninsula Mall Merchant's Association, Hooligan's Lodge, Alaska Lanes Family Bowling Center; the Alaska National Guard Armory in Kenai for hosting the games; and the Soldotna Sports Center for use of their equipment. Another big thank you to the Peninsula Clarion, as well as KSRM, KWJG and KBAY radio stations for their great coverage. Special thanks to Marty Hanson, Glen Martin, Eric Yarns, Ken Losser, Mary Bondurant, Mary Lou Diamond, Mickey Endsley, Loretta Cook and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly for the success of the games, as well as all the prize donors and Scentsations, GNC, Martin Mines, Gingers's and Alaska Hair Lines. Thanks to the wonderful entertainers Silver Belles, Golden Girls and Na Maun Olu Hula troupe. Again, thank you all.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Thanks to Tom Hodel who came and talked to the seniors at the Sterling Senior Center last week. He discussed medications and over-the-counter remedies.

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. It's official — Spring has arrived. As Jedi Yoda would say: "Never mind that all is still and mostly brown. Pay no attention to puddles and dust, it's think of green, you must."

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." Colin L. Powell.

Soldotna
Hi. Sounds like not everyone is aware of the Bridges move. No, I'm not talking about the bridge in town but the organization, Bridges Community Resource Network Inc.

Cooper Landing
Good morning. Kenai Lake Baptist Church is hosting an Easter breakfast for the community at the community hall on Bean Creek Road at 8 a.m. Easter morning.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Wow, when Mother Nature starts shaking her apron, she really shakes it. Seems like two weeks ago we were having to deal with blowing snow whenever a car passed us on the road and wearing cleats on our shoes to get around on the ice.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. The Iditarod is over, the high school basketball championship tournament is history, the calendar says it is spring and students are on spring break. From here on out, things will escalate toward the busiest time of year.

New club director is all about the kids
The new executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula brings what she calls an adventurous spirit to the position and hopes the community will come to recognize the organization as something children can depend on.

Thief sneaks off with snake
A python and its thief are loose in Alaska. According to reports, a man stole a young ball python from Our Best Friends pet store in Soldotna on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Making waves
High winds whip waves along a beach in Kenai on Monday. Wind gusts up to 50 mph and daytime temperatures below freezing reminded peninsula residents that spring is still a couple weeks off. A National Weather Service wind advisory is in effect through this morning. In addition, a winter storm watch is in effect through Thursday morning, with forecasters predicting more wind — and possibly snow — could be on the way.

Agrium seeks gas proposals
Agrium submitted a request for proposals to all seven gas producers in the Cook Inlet Basin on Thursday offering a higher price for gas to continue operating its plant at half capacity.

Natural gas find may pay off soon
A gas find by Marathon Oil Company in a well at West Fork north of Sterling may start bringing gas to the Kenai Peninsula later this year.

United Way names Herford director
A born and raised Californian, Tina Herford's family and friends never thought she would make it here.

Area students have big, small plans for break
Spring break for Kenai Peninsula Borough schools and Kenai Peninsula College officially began Monday, and students were planning to take advantage of the week off before the final push to summer.

Lawmakers at odds over linking education, retirement funding
An Senate version of an education spending bill tying more than half the proposed $70 million increase for schools to adoption of reforms to public employee retirement programs headed back to the House on Monday, where those Senate changes could meet significant opposition, Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, predicted Tuesday.

Robert B. Blair
Former Kenai resident Robert B. Blair died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2005, at his home in Florida. He was 91.

Lillian Kay Fitzpatrick
Kenai resident Lillian Kay Fitzpatrick died Friday, March 18, 2005, of unknown causes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 3 1/2 months old.

Eric (Eddie) Cooper
Former Anchor Point resident Eric "Eddie" Cooper died Friday, March 18, 2005, in Longview, Wash. He was 58.

Wanless Jorgensen
Longtime Nikiski resident Wanless Jorgensen died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 78.

Liberty should not be sacrificed in name of security
Muslim Americans did not participate in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, yet almost half of Americans in a new poll believe their civil liberties should be sacrificed.

Anti-disclosure legislation heads in wrong direction
Kodiak state Sen. Gary Stevens, a generally thoughtful and moderate member of the Senate Republican majority, offers a perplexing proposal for more government secrecy.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meet Car seat inspections planned Builders association meeting slated Community Easter egg hunt set KPBBA to meet Ducks Unlimited fund-raiser set Artists, crafters sought Respite services available

Around the Peninsula
Help for home day care providers Parker to speak at chamber Spring bazaar set Red Cross offers renewal classes Flyball seminar slated

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Davis to return to Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Mike Davis will remain Indiana's basketball coach, resolving doubts that persisted throughout the Hoosiers' disappointing season.

Utah's Bogut leads All-America team
Andrew Bogut was just another international player when the college basketball season started, not even meriting an honorable mention in the preseason All-America balloting.

Summitt climbs past Smith
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt stands alone at the top of NCAA basketball.

New York throttles Spurs
NEW YORK — Malik Rose knocked down a pair of 18-foot jumpers to complete a 14-0 run to start the fourth quarter, getting a measure of revenge against the team that traded him last month as the New York Knicks defeated the San Antonio Spurs 88-75 Monday night.

Duke, UNC, N.C. State converge at Sweet 16
RALEIGH, N.C. — Reaching the round of 16 is nothing new for Duke and North Carolina, two programs that have a total of six national championships between them. North Carolina State? That's a different story.

Super Bowl closer to NYC
KAPALUA, Hawaii — New York moved a step closer to getting the 2010 Super Bowl on Tuesday when an NFL committee approved the Jets' bid to get the game — contingent on the construction of a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan.

Scott says he's equipped for a major
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Adam Scott already has one PGA Tour trophy this year, just not a victory.

Michigan State escapes upset with late layup
MINNEAPOLIS — Rene Haynes saved top-seeded Michigan State from an embarrassingly early exit from the NCAA tournament.

James, Cavs stop Pistons
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 29 and got some sorely needed help from the Cavaliers bench to give interim coach Brendan Malone a win in his first game, 91-76 over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

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