Monday, April 11, 2005

Lean on me
PHOENIX — They were always there for each other, J.J. and Logan Hardy.

Yankees storm back from four down to top Orioles
NEW YORK — Ruben Sierra snapped a seventh-inning tie with a three-run homer, and the New York Yankees rallied from four runs down to get Randy Johnson off the hook and defeat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Saturday.

Cubs' Zambrano shuts down Brewers
CHICAGO — Carlos Zambrano pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning and had two singles and an RBI to help the Chicago Cubs hand the Milwaukee Brewers their first loss of the season, 4-0 Saturday.

Pedro pitches Mets past Atlanta
ATLANTA — Pedro Martinez pitched a two-hitter and the New York Mets finally got their first win of the season Sunday, overcoming John Smoltz's 15 strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Finalists selected for 15th Caring For The Kenai
A panel of eight judges from the professional community spent all day Tuesday reading, scoring, and viewing graphic supplements in the 15th annual Caring For the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness contest.

Soldotna Bridge construction gets underway...
After addressing the Kenai Chamber of Commerce last week, U.S. Congressman Don Young paid a quick visit to the Soldotna Bridge construction site.

Learning to Cheer...
There is always something in life to cheer about, and without a doubt competitive team successes are proportionate to those who cheer them on.

Easter Bunny makes a hop at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center
While children in most parts of the lower-48 donned Easter Bonnets and spring apparel to hunt their prized Easter eggs, kids in Kenai went hunting in the snow covered woods behind the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center (KVCC)in their bunny boots and parkas.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
As many of you already know I just returned from an ice fishing trip in the Lake Louise area near Glenallen, Alaska. This whole area is covered with lakes that provide pretty good fishing and also have an abundance of snow machine trails that enable the outdoorsmen plenty of ways to access this wilderness area. We found the normally groomed trails a little rougher then they were in other years but never the less we managed to get in to our fishing sights without too much trouble.

Now Playing: Sin City
Try as I might, it is difficult to describe the way I felt upon leaving Sin City Saturday afternoon. Revved up? Repulsed? Worn out? Ready for more? How about all at the same time?

As Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn watch their speedboat blown to bits, foiling the bad guys in the process, I half expected McConaughey's Dirk Pitt to gleefully announce, "I love it when a plan comes together!" The writing on the A-Team could easily compete for subtlety points with the new Clive Cussler adventure, Sahara, a vacant, if enjoyable, movie.

Alaskans should be willing to part with some of fund
I find it a sad statement about today's society that so many people are so unwilling to give up a tiny piece of their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend for the greater good of our state.

Adult bookstore will only serve o hurt society as a whole
News of the desire by some to establish an adult book and toy store in Soldotna has come to me.

Gordon grabs first win of year
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon showed that he might be the new king of short-track racing Sunday, coming from four laps down early on to win his sixth NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

Gas storage plan gains support
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge may soon see a new industrial use. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given the rubber stamp approving a request from Unocal Corp. to store natural gas in the Swanson River oil field.

Bills aim to spark interest in inlet
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, chair of the Senate Resources Committee, introduced legislation and resolutions through the committee last week that would give companies tax credits and other incentives to explore for oil and gas in the Cook Inlet basin.

Assembly told not to change property tax exemptions
A parade of senior citizens and disabled veterans spoke out Tuesday against a proposed reduction in the borough's currently unlimited property tax exemption extended to those groups and their qualifying surviving spouses.

Bearly noticed
No news is good news, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, as there have been barely any nuisance bear calls for them to respond to so far this year.

Mining taxes under microscope as Pebble project moves ahead
As Northern Dynasty Mineral's Pebble Mine project gathers steam, state officials and members of the public are raising questions about whether the state's mining tax laws should be revised to give Alaska a bigger piece of the minerals pie.

Helping homes show off
From cabinets to floors, from windows to doors, the 26th annual Kenai Peninsula Builders Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center on Saturday, and continuing today, offers a wide variety of useful products, creative ideas and expert advice.

Ketchikan increases cruise ship head tax
KETCHIKAN (AP) — The city of Ketchikan will charge cruise lines $2 more per passenger this season under a measure unanimously approved by the city council.

Cat goes up, has help coming down
Steve Judge, a local Good Samaritan recently did something that several professional agencies either couldn't or wouldn't do — he rescued a cat that had been stuck in a tree for more than 73 hours. Kitty, an all black 10-month-old kitten, used up one of its nine lives in a saga that began March 31 when the indoor animal slipped past its owner.

Middle school bands join in massive event
Monday marks a massive day for area middle school musicians, as concert bands merge for the Mass Band festival.

Northern Dynasty not only one with interest in Pebble
The huge open-pit mine planned by Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. may be further along the road to reality, but other mining corporations also are eyeing a slice of the porphyry pie beneath Southwest Alaska.

Hilma Herman
Longtime Soldotna resident Mrs. Hilma Herman died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at The Stone Brook Inn II assisted living home in Soldotna. She was 93.

Anna Emma 'Goose' Herrmann-Stroman
Nikiski resident and lifelong Alaskan Anna Emma "Goose" Herrmann-Stroman died Monday, April 4, 2005, at her home in Nikiski. She was 50.

Dolly Spencer
Lifelong Alaskan and longtime Homer resident Mrs. Dolly Spencer died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 75.

UA doing OK: University funds being well used
People who associate universities with academics sitting in ivory towers more than a notch or two away from reality might be in for a pleasant surprise if they studied the University of Alaska, including its Kenai Peninsula College campuses in Soldotna and Homer.

Voices of the clarion: Tripping on democracy
Approaching the Beitbridge border crossing on the South Africa and Zimbabwe border two years ago in a bus, a headline in a newspaper I was reading caught my eye. It said certain areas of the country only had supplies of fresh water to last for a couple of days. The country needed help. Why did I decide to come here, I wondered?

Time to take a stand against damaging trade
A growing number of our elected leaders appear to be waking up to the fact that a large portion of the sky has, indeed, fallen.

Peninsula People
Sawyer, Cummings honored Students win conservation prizes Area students make honor lists

Heather and Sarge Truesdell Sarah Martinusen and Shane Michael

Club News
Lacrosse club forming Pop Warner registration set Flyball seminar slated

Community Events
Host families needed Head Start open house set Dinner, auction benefit slated Class reunion planned Community race scheduled

In all directions
As eclectic as the musical direction styles of Arthur Fiedler, Arte Shaw, Aaron Copland and Cottonmouth Darcy, so are the musical preferences of Kenai Peninsula director and conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro.

Around the Peninsula
Photographers guild to meet Respite services available YCC applications available Flyball seminar slated Artists and crafters sought

Gensel, Frey announce engagement Isaak, BeDunnah announce engagement Mahan, Priest announce engagement

Around the Peninsula
Domestic violence workshop set Blood drive scheduled Rotary rose sale begins Soldotna chamber to meet PFLAG meeting planned Skyview after-prom committee to meet YRC fund-raiser slated

My best friend
Heidi Watkins, of Kenai, enjoys taking her 2-year-old lop-eared rabbit, Bun Bun, out for a hop.

Tips for a 'purrfect' upbringing
Kittens are well adapted to learning from their mother and show a strong interest in, and ability to learn from, the behavior of other cats. This is a normal part of their socialization. Kittens will often mirror their mother's attitude toward people, and calm, trusting, well-socialized cats are more likely to have kittens that turn out the same way.

Community Schools
Volleyball First aid Rowing presentation set Public speaking Fitness workshop Aerobics for everyone

Denver beats Sioux for national title
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Denver made sure the biggest celebration was the last one. Freshman Paul Stastny scored two goals and Peter Mannino made them stand up with an almost flawless performance in goal to help Denver successfully defend its national title with a 4-1 victory over North Dakota on Saturday night.

Gabriel nabs coach of year
The Gabriel family's reputation for producing fine hockey coaches and players just took another hit.

Upstaged by Ruiz, Gareau finally gets her glory
BOSTON — The cheers had died down by the time Jacqueline Gareau reached the finish line of the 1980 Boston Marathon. On the podium, Rosie Ruiz already was accepting the winner's wreath.

Can DiMarco hold on?
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Chris DiMarco knows what it takes to win the Masters. Phil Mickelson showed him the way last year, making birdie on five of the last seven holes as DiMarco played alongside in the final group.

Shin shelves Magic's Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Grant Hill's comeback season is over, cut short by a sore left shin.

Arena Football League player dies from spinal cord injury
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL defensive lineman Al Lucas died Sunday from a presumed spinal cord injury sustained while trying to make a tackle for the Los Angeles Avengers during an Arena Football League game, the team said.

Hawks beat Timberwolves, end long skid
ATLANTA — Tyronn Lue scored 23 points, including 12 straight in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Hawks beat Minnesota 105-98 Saturday night to end a 14-game losing streak and hand the Timberwolves a devastating blow to their dwindling playoff hopes.

Older drivers desire respect
Hmiel had caused an accident that knocked Jarrett out of the short-track race at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend. An angry Jarrett confronted him, and Hmiel replied with an obscene gesture. He later intimated that Jarrett's opportunities to exact revenge were growing shorter.

Sports views: Mickelson, Singh battle at more than game of golf
Not all the mud being splattered around Augusta National this week has been caused by rain. Anybody who thought feuds like Shaq and Kobe were too raw for the polite world of golf had better think again.

Pistons cool down hot Heat
MIAMI — The Detroit Pistons ended the Heat's franchise-record 18-game home winning streak, holding off a late Miami charge to win 80-72 Sunday.

How Woods got back in the swing
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The lesson doesn't begin until the pupil has hit two dozen or so full shots down the range, two pairs of eyes tracking the flight of each ball as one.

He's back
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is the Masters champion once again, turning back a surprising challenge Sunday with a shot of sheer magic and a birdie putt to win a playoff he never expected.

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