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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Reds top Cubs as homers fly
CINCINNATI — Adam Dunn hit two solo homers off Kerry Wood, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 7-6 victory Monday night.

Tejada's blast powers Orioles past New York
BALTIMORE — Miguel Tejada hit his eighth career grand slam, and the Baltimore Orioles roughed up Kevin Brown and completed a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-4 victory Sunday.

Nationals' pastime
WASHINGTON — Just 12 games into the season, the Washington Nationals are more than merely ex-Expos.

By George! Yanks back on track
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez, Tino Martinez and the Yankees broke out for 13 runs in a record-setting second inning Monday night on the way to a 19-8 rout of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Wow! Can you believe this weather? It is truly fantastic to say the least. Each spring I find myself in a real turmoil trying to figure out just what I should do here first. We have our sunroom stocked full of plants we have started which we can hopefully turn into food for next winter. Then there are the many chicken and turkey raising buildings that need to be cleaned out and repaired to get ready for this years birds.

Men that make the Woman's Knife...
Long before there were roses, chocolates, and fine restaurants on the Kenai Peninsula for men to please their wives, it was the crafting of a good Ulu, so that she could get her work done, that kept a wife content.

Trombonist Newbould plans local recital...
While growing up in Soldotna may not have offered equal opportunities to become a world performer as other places, Newbould feels he was well prepared to pursue his passion for music, "Maria Allison is as fine an accompanist as you'll find anywhere, and she has been gracious enough to accompany me for the recital. Yes, it's different here and while it may not offer the same opportunity for performance and the level of competition as other places, there really is tremendous talent in our community and I'm grateful for the educational programs here, the preparation of teachers like Dave Schmidt and others definitely prepared me to continue into higher musical education," said Newbould.

Knowledge to build on at 26th Home Show..
There was something for everyone at the 2005 Home Show presented by Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) and Spenard Builders Supply (SBS). True to the theme of this year's show, "Knowledge You Can Build On," there were informational booths of all kinds from recycling and worm composting to the latest insulation methods and custom log homes.

Soldotna Alaska USA gets new branch manager...
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has been doing so well that they are planning an addition to their Soldotna location, according to Becky Hutchinson, Regional Vice President for the Kenai Peninsula. "We will be adding some 2,800 square feet to our Soldotna branch, and it will be our new financial services center. Our growth has been great in Soldotna, and we see a great deal of potential in the area," said Hutchinson.

NOW PLAYING: The Amityville Horror
By all rights, any remake of a 1970's horror classic that involves Michael Bay should be a recipe for disaster. Surprise, surprise, however, Bay appears to be two for two. First, the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre turned out not to be total junk. (or so I hear. I didn't actually watch it, as I'm deathly afraid of chainsaws, a device which reportedly plays a central role in the film. It's ok, I'm not ashamed of my phobia. I'm secure in my manhood, and I get to keep all my limbs intact.) And now, his remake of the "true" story of the ultimate haunted house, The Amityville Horror, fails to suck as well.

Businesses appreciated for allowing mentors to help
Dunkin and Bush, Inc. and Offshore Systems Kenai (OSK) are providing release time for mentors to volunteer at Nikiski Jr/Sr High School; the Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Fire Department of providing release time for mentors to volunteer at Kenai Central High School; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula and Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church are providing release time for mentors to volunteer at Kenai Middle School; Sweeney's Clothing is providing release time for a mentor to volunteer at Soldotna High School; Arby's of Soldotna is supporting a mentor volunteering at Soldotna Middle School; Kenai Auto is providing release time for a mentor to volunteer at Skyview High School; the City of Homer is providing release time for a mentor to volunteer at Homer High School; the City of Homer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chain Reaction/Ulmer's Drug and Hardware, Haas and Spigelmyer Attorneys at Law, Homer Electric Association, and Big Mountain Builders are all providing release time for mentors to volunteer at Homer Middle School.

Book store decision best left to people
I'm writing in response to the comments in the article published April 15, concerning the Soldotna City Council's passing of the Ordinance 2005-09.

'Extension' of an invitation
The Kenai Peninsula is full to bursting with business people who care!

Kudos to ConocoPhillips for helping with Mars mission
ConocoPhillips recently sent Cooper Landing youths, several parents, and seniors to Mars via the Kenai Challenger Learning Center. Teacher Joyce Koppert prepared the students very well for this great experience. The adults were impressed and relieved to be in such good hands on the mission. Several emergency situations occurred in flight, but the crews quickly made the proper adjustments and saved the mission and the crew from certain disaster.

Plenty of places to look if borough needs more money
Folks, the next Borough Assembly meeting is the 19th of April in Soldotna at which assemblyman Sprague's ordinance to lower the exemption to $300,000 for senior citizens will come up. The ordinance introduced by Mayor Bagley would, as it stands now, lower the exemption to $200,000 and would include disabled vets as well as senior citizens.

BOG experience leaves reader trapped
I'm writing in response to the recent incidents that have occurred on public lands between recreational users, their dogs and trapping.

Nadal cashes in at Monte Carlo
MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Rafael Nadal thrived on clay again Sunday, winning the Monte Carlo Masters against defending champion Guillermo Coria in four sets and honing his game as he awaits his French Open debut.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors.

Cooper Landing
Good morning.

Kenai
Hello neighbors.

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof.

Soldotna
Hi.

Nikiski
Good morning,

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors.

Plea agreements a versatile tool of district attorney's trade
When criminals accept a plea agreement from state prosecutors, the person charged generally has some charges dismissed and others reduced in severity. But what does the state get in exchange? Kenai District Attorney June Stein recently answered that question.

Planning for Kenai airport taking off
What will the Kenai Municipal Airport look like in 50 years? Will it be a regional center for cargo airplanes? A commuter base for Anchorage workers? A commercial center around which the rest of the city is built?

Fire safety is burning issue again
At least two small brush fires have already flared up on the Kenai Peninsula this spring. Sharon Rousch, a fire prevention officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry, spends each summer trying to spread the word that fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula is always something to be aware of. This spring she said she's trying to get the word out especially early, as dry and sometimes breezy conditions have combined to turn the forest floors and open fields of the area into a virtual blanket of fuel waiting to be ignited.

Getting snowed
Raymond Trigg of Kenai looks to hitch a ride out of the surprising snow Monday afternoon on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai, a day he'd hoped to be walking in sunshine. Trigg said April is supposed to bring showers, not "April snow showers." The national weather service predicts snow and rain through Tuesday as the area breaks 15 hours of daylight.

Area doctors enlist high-tech X-rays in hunt for health
In addition to eliminating the need for film and developing chemicals, high-tech electronic X-ray equipment affords an orthopedic surgeon enhanced diagnostic abilities. In conjunction with its move into a brand new building on Fireweed Avenue in March, Kenai Peninsula Orthopaedics in Soldotna decided to go with the latest in technology, wiring the clinic with its own intranet, incorporating electronic charting and switching to electronic X-rays — the first medical practice on the Kenai Peninsula to do so.

Residents say don't touch PFD
A bill passed Friday by the Alaska Senate proposing to tap the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund for $344 million to pay for school projects around the state got a less than favorable review by residents of the Kenai Peninsula. Those who spoke testified Monday before the House Finance Committee, which held a hearing on the bill.

Bear mauls jogger
A 51-year-old man who was jogging near Mackey Lakes was mauled by a brown bear Monday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers. Scott MacInnes was being treated at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Monday afternoon for injuries to his head and abdomen. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to troopers.

Borough faces budget choices
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley will officially introduce the administration's fiscal year 2006 budget ordinance at Tuesday's assembly meeting, a spending plan that relies on boosting the borough sales tax to 3 percent to make ends meet.

Howard Herrington
Kenai resident Howard Herrington died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 75.

Time for governor to support keeping capital in Juneau
Last week's revelation and rejection of a state allocation to help Juneau design a controversial new capitol illustrates the mighty sales job ahead for the city.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to meet Food bank seeking donations Child development workshop set Genealogical society to meet 'Dunker' training available Safety day scheduled

Community News
Hospital seeking historical photos Host families needed Respite services available Head Start accepting applications Help for home day care providers T-200 seeking board members

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meet Extension service open house slated DAV meeting planned Seniors focus on Social Security Dinner, auction fund-raiser set Garage, bake sales to benefit seniors

Peninsula People
McMichael receives scholarship Area students graduate college Edward graduates with honors

Community Events
Sportsman banquet set Garage sale fund-raiser slated Wellness walk planned Dinner, auction benefit slated Community race set to go Class reunion planned

Club News
Lacrosse registration begins Wrestling club fund-raiser set Safari Club fund-raiser slated Red hat parade planned Crafters, artists sought Dog classes available

Community Schools
Spring Fishing Garage sale basics

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Activity Center

Too young to play?
NEW YORK — Andray Blatche of South Kent Prep in Connecticut believes it would be a good idea for the NBA to raise the minimum age to 20. He just doesn't think it's a good idea for him.

Catherine the Great
BOSTON — Twenty-five years after Rosie Ruiz came out of nowhere to ''win'' the Boston Marathon, Catherine Ndereba staged a rally almost as improbable.

Sixers nail down spot in playoffs
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson had 39 points and 12 assists, and Kyle Korver scored 19 points to lead Philadelphia back into the postseason for the first time in two years with a 122-106 victory over Milwaukee on Monday night.

Biffle has a ball at Radio Shack
FORT WORTH, Texas — It took Greg Biffle a little while to overcome the mental and physical discomfort from a crash in practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sports views: Armstrong's next move is everybody's guess
One of the greatest athletes of this era, or any other, ended months of speculation Monday by announcing his retirement. Staying in character, Lance Armstrong saved the biggest mountain to climb for last.

Carter and Kidd stymie 'Sixers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter had 43 points, Jason Kidd registered his 67th career triple-double and the New Jersey Nets took control of their playoff destiny with a 104-83 win over Philadelphia on Sunday that prevented the 76ers' from clinching a postseason berth.

Despite free agency, draft rules as way to build
NEW YORK — Three years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles had the best draft in the NFL and the New England Patriots did pretty well, too, getting wide receivers Deion Branch in the second round and David Givens in the seventh.

Injury ends season for NHL All-Star Gomez
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A fractured pubis bone suffered by National Hockey League All-Star Scott Gomez could take up to three months to heal.

Finally at the finish line
BOSTON — He will be there at the start of the Boston Marathon, his face stenciled on the starting line. He will be there at Heartbreak Hill, young and old in a bronze handshake spanning almost eight decades of tradition.

Hamilton banned for doping
DENVER — Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was suspended Monday from competitive cycling for two years for a blood-doping violation discovered at a race in September.

Big Apple offers bigger slice of Olympic pie
BERLIN — Sweetening its bid with financial and promotional incentives, New York promised Sunday to market every Olympic sport — for free — in the seven years leading up to the 2012 Summer Games.

Darren Clarke comes apart
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Darren Clarke needed just four words to sum up his Sunday collapse in the MCI Heritage.

ESPN is ready for football
NEW YORK — ''Monday Night Football,'' a television institution that over 35 years has helped transform the NFL into a prime-time ratings draw, is leaving ABC and moving to ESPN beginning with the 2006 season.

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lance Armstrong is retiring after this year's Tour de France, ending a cycling career in which he inspired millions by overcoming testicular cancer to win his sport's signature event a record six straight times.

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