Tuesday, April 12, 2005

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.

The new era of Tiger: Nothing seems to come easily
AUGUSTA, Ga.— All the images paint a picture of Tiger Woods returning to the pinnacle of golf.

Mets take home opener vs. Astros
NEW YORK— Kaz Matsui hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning, and the New York Mets won their home opener by rallying past the Houston Astros 8-4 on Monday.

On baseball
For 34 minutes, the cheers rang out in Fenway Park, from the old, from the young, from the true believers who never gave up hope and, yes, from the New York Yankees, too.

Boston stomps Yanks
Tim Wakefield pitched seven strong innings and Doug Mirabelli homered to give the Red Sox an 8-1 win over the Yankees, who played compliant guests by watching and clapping during the hourlong ring ceremony and then fumbling away the game.

Piedra suspended for violating policy on drugs
NEW YORK (AP)— Colorado Rockies outfielder Jorge Piedra was suspended 10 days Monday for violating baseball's new policy on performance-enhancing drugs, becoming the second player to be publicly identified under the major leagues' tougher rules.

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?

Nary a thorn among them...
For the last 15 years, members of the Soldotna Rotary Club have been offering a dozen roses to anyone willing to contribute $20 to their annual scholarship fund.

Looking forward to spring
As the snow cover of winter slowly recedes even the sight of dead grass is a welcome sight to local residents of all kinds eager for the appearance of spring vegetation.

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.

New Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware opens for business
It's been an exciting and challenging year for the Paul Miller family, owners of the Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
We have all had those really good hunting or fishing partners in camp or our everyday lives and through the years have learned to appreciate a really good and helpful partner. My last fishing trip once again reminded me of the importance of having good people along on your wilderness adventures. The kind of people who step forward and are always doing something to make the time there easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

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!"

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.

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.

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.

Crime Stoppers get new logo...
After a decade of service Barbara Ruckman is stepping down from the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.

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.

Mayor's decision gets reader's backing
I wish to applaud Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey and the Soldotna City Council for their pursuit of regulatory guidelines restricting the locations of so-called "adult businesses."

Bookstore not wanted
I further state, if we're trying to promote good morals and family values for our children and grandchildren, we need to stand up against this kind of business being opened here and let our voices be heard. I hope if enough people speak up, it can be stopped.

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.

Postal Service should save its money on ads
The U.S. Postal Service has launched its usual trial balloon indicating that the price of a first-class stamp may rise two cents (to 39 cents, for those of us scoring at home). This, of course, will leave the door open for the inevitable penny rise to a convenient 40 cents in a year or so from now.

Plea agreement not fair justice
As a close friend of the Sipray family, I am disturbed by the recent news article concerning the plea agreement in the murder of Harold Sipray. After reading the story, and then the statement made by the D.A. saying "satisfactory conclusion to the case for everyone involved," what about the victim's family and friends?

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.

Greetings from homey Kasilof. Wow, the snow; it melted away while I was gone. I spent a week with 18 librarians from White mountain, Point Hope, Port Lions, Ouzinkie, Takotna, Trapper Creek, McGrath, Pilot Point, Nuiksut, Moose Pass, Nenana, Koyuk, Anvik, Seldovia, Healy and Unalakleet attending a small library management seminar for rural librarians at the Alaska state library offices in Anchorage.

Hi, neighbors. April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because it's the month that buds and blossoms begin opening in warmer climes. Although it's too early here, at least it is about time for us to be seeing some pussy willows.

Hi, neighbors. Sterling Head Start had its second annual fund-raiser dinner, show and auction April 2. I was told it was sold out and was a huge success.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Each family grows out of a unique and meaningful history and each family is growing into a unique and meaningful future."— L. Richard Lessor

Hello, neighbors. There is so much daylight left after 5 p.m. that I don't exactly know what to do with it all. It seems rather wasteful to not do something productive with it. I could justify being an after-dinner slug when it was dark by that time, but now the guilt kicks in and I remember how we all whined about the darkness.

Cooper Landing
Good morning. Today is community hall and grounds cleanup at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help with this work.

The Soldotna Hardware and Fishing (Trustworthy) reopens today in its new location with those neat carved bears. I'm told it will still have the nostalgic flavors of the old store — wood floors and friendly people.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Halibut, sablefish IFQ program more costly than thought
Administering, managing and enforcing the Alaska halibut and sablefish Individual Fishing Quota program costs more today than managing those fisheries did in the days before the IFQ program was created, according to a report issued this week by the federal Government Accountability Office.

Tesoro planing pipeline repairs
Tesoro Alaska will conduct "proactive maintenance" on its under water pipeline that transports jet fuel, diesel and gasoline to the Port of Anchorage this summer, said Steve Hansen, vice president of refining for Tesoro Alaska.

Temporary bridge taking shape
The Kenai River Bridge project crews have made more visible headway in the past week as the temporary bridge moves closer to the southern side of the river.

Hilma E. Herman
Longtime Soldotna resident Hilma E. Herman died Saturday, April 9, 2005, of congestive heart failure at Stonebrook Inn II assisted-living facility in Soldotna. She was 93.

Mary Louise Cartee-Stevens
Former Alaska resident Mary Louise Cartee-Stevens died Monday, April 4, 2005, in Boise, Idaho. She was 75.

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.

What others say: Passport idea could do more harm than good
To many Alaskans, Canada seems more like the neighbor next door than it does a foreign country. But if U.S. citizens want to drop in on that neighbor, they're going to have start carrying a passport.

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

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

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

Heather and Sarge Truesdell Sarah Martinusen and Shane Michael

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

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Search for outstanding worker starts
Experience Works, a training and employment organization for mature workers nationwide, is searching for Alaska's outstanding older worker. For the eighth year, outstanding older workers from every state and the outstanding employers of older workers will be honored in Washington, D.C., and also in their home states, for their contributions to the workforce and communities.

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.

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.

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.

Miller moves past 'The Logo'
TORONTO— Reggie Miller scored 19 points to pass Jerry West for 12th on the all-time scoring list and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-90 Monday night.

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.

The new era of Tiger: Nothing seems to come easily
AUGUSTA, Ga.— All the images paint a picture of Tiger Woods returning to the pinnacle of golf.

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