Thursday, April 14, 2005

Sosa helps Orioles block Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Sammy Sosa hit his 575th career homer and first for Baltimore, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-6 Tuesday night.

Closers serve as early season misnomer
Mariano Rivera blows two saves against Boston, Keith Foulke gives up a game-ending homer to Derek Jeter.

LA swamps Giants
LOS ANGELES — Milton Bradley hit a tying two-run single off Armando Benitez and left fielder Jason Ellison's error on the play allowed the winning run to score, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 9-8 victory over the San Francisco Giants in their home opener Tuesday.

Mariners top Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Aaron Sele allowed three hits in 6 1-3 innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Wednesday for Mike Hargrove's 1,000th victory as a major league manager.

Marlins topple Phillies
MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis threw a three-hitter for his second consecutive shutout, and the Florida Marlins used another pitching gem to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 Wednesday.

Got beer?
Some people are passionate about their beer and wine. Rod Matson is passionate about beer and wine supplies.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules O'Claray to visit Kenai

Art Briefs
Artists and crafters sought Award open to young Alaskans Vendors wanted for Saturday markets Peninsula Art Guild announces scholarships Submissions wanted from Alaska women Student artwork wanted for book cover

From the bookshelf: Feisty rower's tale a charming adventure
In the spring of 1937, the economy was in the doldrums, Europe was descending into turmoil and Amelia Earhart set out to fly around the world. In such times, young people got strange ideas. Betty Annette Lowman, for example. Traveling mostly alone, she rowed 1,300 miles along the Pacific Northwest coast in two months.

Music to the eyes
When Jim Evenson poises over blank paper with paintbrush in hand, no one can guess what the finished product will look like — sometimes not even Evenson himself.

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

Bringing out the beauty
Though her character has been feared by generations of kids watching Disney's rendition of the "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale, Kathleen Knowlton says she loves playing Carabosse, the evil fairy who everyone hates for putting Aurora to sleep.

Head Start fund-raiser meets with success
Sterling Head Start had there second annual fund-raising dinner, show and auction April 2. It was a huge success! It couldn't have happened without the tremendous support of many individuals, businesses owners and the community.

Reader opposes any proposed censorship
I am not against the ordinance on adult stores proposed by the city of Soldotna but feel it comes close to censorship. I am writing this letter because of the recent comments printed in the paper and my objections to them. I don't believe that adult businesses are "garbage," or that they promote bad morals and poor family values. Everyone has a different idea of what morals are — good or bad — and I find it hard to say what our "public" morals are.

Shadow dance
A shadow cast by a windmill gambols across the front of a garage at the Arthur Foss residence in Kenai earlier this week. The central Kenai Peninsula is gaining more than five minutes of sunlight a day as the summer months approach.

Biggs to fill shoes of borough clerk
Borough Deputy Clerk Sherry Biggs will replace retiring Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk Linda Murphy beginning May 1. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted unanimously April 5 to elevate Biggs to the clerk's position. She will make $67,623 a year. Biggs has been deputy clerk since April 1999, a position she assumed a little over a year after she began working for the clerk's office in January 1998.

Corrosion blamed for Kuparuk spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Pipeline corrosion was the cause of an oily water spill in the Kuparuk oil field, officials said.

McCants among four more who declare for NBA draft
North Carolina found out about the first of its four underclassmen who could leave school early.

Skyview's Karnikis competes in biathlon
Taylor Karnikis, who just completed his sophomore season for the Skyview High School ski team, competed in the North American Biathlon Championships in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, from March 30 to April 3.

Nike sees dollar signs in magical shot
For Woods, it was a triumph. For Nike, it was a marketing coup — and a lucky one. Some 2,750 miles away from the 16th hole at Augusta National, Nike Golf's director of marketing Chris Mike was scrambling for the phone. Nike, he suggested to a colleague, had the makings of its new ad campaign.

Studded tires need to be off on south peninsula
Motorists are reminded that studded tires must be removed by Friday from vehicles driven south of 60 north latitude, a line that runs just north of Happy Valley and south of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula.

Wizards clinch playoff berth
WASHINGTON — Larry Hughes scored 23 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 93-82 on Wednesday night to earn their first playoff berth since 1997.

Saturday shoppers get new destination
Beginning next month, gardeners, crafters and artisans from the central Kenai Peninsula will help greet newly arrived visitors in Kenai.

Students, teachers faced tough tests
Last week, students across Alaska successfully completed federally mandated standardized tests designed to gauge progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. But following the completion of the tests, many educators on the Kenai Peninsula were left wondering if too much of students' time and effort went into the testing process itself.

Fire burns Regal Interiors attic
Thanks to a call from a passing motorist, a fire at Regal Interiors on the outskirts of Soldotna early Tuesday morning was contained to the attic area of the business. Damage to the building was estimated at $80,000, nonetheless.

Guide regs moving forward
A group originally tasked with finding ways to limit the number of Kenai River guides has come up with a proposed set of regulations that calls for strict new requirements on anyone wanting to take anglers fishing on the state's most popular river.

Man eludes rap for Nikiski thefts
A Kenai jury found a man accused of two 2004 Nikiski burglaries not guilty on one count, and the jury was deadlocked on four other counts in the case. The panel of eight men and four women on Friday found Ronald R. Billings, 23, not guilty on one count of first-degree burglary and could not agree on an additional charge of first-degree burglary, a consolidated charge of second-degree theft, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of third-degree criminal mischief.

Era adds 2 new planes; sale nears completion
In an effort to signal company's health, Paul Landis, senior vice president for Era Aviation, said the regional airline is about to purchase two new airplanes, and that a deal to sell the airline is almost complete.

Borough sales top $2 billion
Business was good in the Kenai Peninsula Borough last year, a period in which gross sales grew by 7.3 percent over 2003 and broke the $2 billion mark, and taxable sales jumped 6.1 percent, according to the latest borough quarterly economic report.

Berlusconi threatens crackdown on violent fans
ROME — Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday that ''drastic measures'' may be needed to stem the rise of violence at Italian soccer stadiums, a day after a fan hit a goalkeeper with a flare in a European Champions League quarterfinal.

'Worthy' of the wait
Shoppers line up Tuesday afternoon to get in the door at Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing's grand opening. The store relocated several blocks south from its previous location on the Sterling Highway. People were lined up starting early in the morning — long before the doors were opened. Parking was at a minimum in the area as the lines fishtailed around the building most of the day. At right, Nancy Stamper and Dave Riley cross the highway with their arms full of purchases.

Edgar 'Bud' J. Best
Wasilla resident Edgar "Bud" John Best died Friday, April 8, 2005, at his home. He was 81.

Public needs to remain alert with 1 month left
Just one month remains in the first session of the 24th Alaska Legislature. Several major items that have been brought to the foreground seem, from the outsider's view, to be a good ways from conclusion. But judging from past Legislatures, just when it looks like an issue won't get resolved, the barriers can suddenly fall away and congratulatory handshakes are seen in front of the camera.

On Patriot Act provisions...
... Past American statesmen ranging from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Robert F. Kennedy have pointed out the temptation to combat deplorable practices by adopting them. It's a warning we've been slow to heed, though, as certain Patriot Act provisions demonstrate, not to mention the embarrassing disclosures at Abu Ghraib ...

Effect of first combat death felt statewide
The combat death of a young U.S. Marine from Salcha brought to life an occurrence that many, whether to slight or great degree, likely suspected would happen at some point during the war in Iraq. Until Lance. Cpl. Jeremiah Kinchen died in an explosion during combat activities on Monday, no Alaska resident had died in battle in Iraq.

Around the Peninsula
Head Start open house today Nikiski chamber to meet Assistant principal interview set KPC council to meet Relay for Life meeting set YRC fund-raiser slated Elks fund-raiser set Dinner, auction fund-raiser planned Conservation fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Assistant principal interview today Awards banquet set Community dance planned Garage sale fund-raiser slated Taco feed fund-raiser planned Parade scheduled T-200 seeking board members Dinner, auction benefit slated

There's absolutely nothing wrong with spacing out
Astronauts who train at the Johnson Space Center in Houston have access to cutting-edge technology developed by top engineers and scientists. Two peninsula schools are anything but light years behind that training — and they have the enthusiasm that goes with it.

Students debate formation of borough
Should the southern Kenai Peninsula, from Ninilchik to Nanwalek, pull out of the Kenai Peninsula Borough in favor of a more localized form of government? That was the question argued Friday by two-member drama, debate and forensics teams from Homer and Nikiski high schools. Homer's Whitney Cushing and Adrian Ryan took the affirmative, while Tatiana Butler and Sharon Miller of Nikiski opposed Homer's secession. After 90 minutes of intense debate, the Nikiski team emerged victorious, but not without a fight.

KPC: Around campus
KPC's campus in Homer will host the annual Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference from June 10 to 14 at Land's End Resort. The conference is a statewide, nationally-recognized writing conference featuring workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Soldotna soccer splits with Grizzlies
The Soldotna soccer teams started their seasons by splitting games against Grace Christian Tuesday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Tyson promises 'train wreck' for June fight in D.C.
WASHINGTON — Mike Tyson hunched in his chair and tapped his 9-year-old daughter's hand while she rested her head on Daddy's ample shoulder. Later, the heavyweight once called ''the baddest man on the planet'' cuddled his napping son.

Nikiski wrestlers compete in tourneys
The Nikiski Panthers Freestyle Wrestling Club competed at the Anchorage Christian Schools Lions' Greco-Roman and Freestyle Tournaments on April 1 and April 2 and the Homer Tournament on Saturday.

Radcliffe burning to silence doubters
LONDON — Paula Radcliffe looked untouchable when she set the world record in the London Marathon two years ago.

Celtics close in on Atlantic title
PHILADELPHIA — Paul Pierce scored 27 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and Boston moved closer toward clinching the Atlantic Division title with a 105-98 victory over second-place Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

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