Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Red Sox win wild one in Tampa
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jay Payton hit a grand slam and Manny Ramirez homered one pitch after nearly being hit by a pitch as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with an ejection-filled 11-3 victory over the Devil Rays on Sunday.

Pirates' Perez finds his good form against Astros
PITTSBURGH — Oliver Perez allowed four hits over 7 2-3 mostly dominating innings, outpitching Roy Oswalt and leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to only their second home victory, 2-0 over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Singh outlasts Daly
HUMBLE, Texas — Vijay Singh waited patiently for a break in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. John Daly finally gave him a big one on the first extra hole.

Orioles rough up Wells, Red Sox
BOSTON — B. J. Surhoff hit a two-run homer and Bruce Chen pitched effectively into the seventh inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Boston Red Sox 8-4 Monday night.

Sweeney takes State Body Building championship...
Brian Sweeney of Soldotna is one of those gentle, inspirational giants that people like to be around, especially those who work out regularly at Brian's home gym.

April declared Sexual Assault Awareness month...
At last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting, Kenai Vice Mayor Joe Moore read an official proclamation from Mayor Pat Porter declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Two Weeks of One-Acts come to Old Town Theatre...
After their successful run of Brigadoon at the KCHS auditorium, the Kenai Performers are back at their Old Town Playhouse, cooking up a veritable theatrical smorgasbord of entertainment with "Two Weeks of One-Acts!" Coming April 29th - May 8th.

Outdoors by John Perkovich
How many well-planned out hunting or fishing trips was altered because on that very day we were supposed to leave we were greeted with rain.

KCHS takes 1st CFK Championship in 15th Annual CFK competition...
For the first time in the 15 year history of the "Caring For The Kenai" (CFK) environmental awareness contest, a student from Kenai Central High School has captured the coveted CFK trophy. Last night Hannah Watkins from Chris Bergholtz's science class won the $1,500 cash prize by taking top honors in the 15th annual CFK environmental competition sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium. Watkins wrote and illustrated a series of natural disaster preparedness books for pre-schoolers, and said she will save the money for college.

NOW PLAYING: The Interpreter
Sydney Pollack is a master of the tense political thriller, though it's a genre we saw much more in the eighties and early nineties than we do now. But, maybe with all the political wrangling we see between Republicans and Democrats, and more relevantly, between the U.S. and the rest of the world, the time is ripe for a resurgence. If so, The Interpreter, a solid, if somewhat predictable, tale of intrigue within the hallowed halls of the U.N., is the perfect forbearer.

Kenai-area hunters should oppose proposed moose hunt
Most Kenai/Soldotna residents probably don't realize that there is a proposed subsistence moose hunt to take place in our local area by other south Peninsula residents from qualifying subsistence areas. Please see my attached letter of opposition for details:

Cesarean awareness critical to moms, babies
April is Cesarean Awareness Month as proclaimed by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and Gov. Frank Murkowski and recognized by the National Institutes of Health.

Chamber's parade theme hurts Cook Inlet commercial fishers
I am sorry to say that I am a commercial fisherman who takes offense at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's theme for this years parade which is "Dip Netting on the Kenai."

Welder's success sparked by KPC program
One of KPC's 2004 GED graduates, Alan Bunker, recently sent a letter to the KPC Learning Center with his permission to print it.

Hi neighbors,. Our little town is beginning to awaken—not that it's been soundly asleep. Plenty has been going on, but there is a marked difference in our seasons here.

Greetings from Kasilof.

Hello, neighbors. If it's raining today, it's supposed to. Remember that old Irving Berlin song, "April Showers?" The lyrics go "Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May."

Hi, neighbors. Congratulations to Madeline Fox and Olivia Fair for their performances in North Star Studio's "Sleeping Beauty" ballet, which played at the Soldotna High School auditorium the last two Saturdays. I think Norma Cooper did a great job putting this extravaganza together. It's is always fun watching the prince wake up Sleeping Beauty.

Cooper Landing
Greetings from Wisconsin. Ladonna Herbert called to report the Community Church was changing to summer hours, which means starting Sunday services begin at 8 a.m. at the Catholic church on Snug Harbor Road.

Hi. Just a reminder that the Soldotna Community Library volunteers will hold their monthly used book sale Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Good morning, Something to think about: "We cannot know what our dreams really mean until we mix them with those of someone we love." Author Unknown

Vested interest
Nikiski resident David Shoemaker and his family have a vested interest in the safety and well-being of the Kenai Peninsula's only law enforcement dog. Shoemaker recently donated more than $1,200 to purchase a bulletproof and stab-resistant vest for K-9 officer Kazan, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois that has been stationed at the Soldotna E Detachment post of the Alaska State Troopers since 2001.

Seeing reds
Norm and Kathryn MacLeod cheer on the Kenai Peninsula Red Hat Society parade Monday afternoon down Frontage Road in Kenai. The local Kenai River Reds, Some Pinks and We Ain't Salmon chapter of the national society welcomed Kenai Mayor Pat Porter as the grand marshal.

Seeing Reds
Norm and Kathryn MacLeod cheer on the Kenai Peninsula Red Hat Society parade Monday afternoon down Frontage Road in Kenai.

Retirement change under fire
JUNEAU — Future Alaska police and firefighters would lose their death and disability benefits under proposed changes to the state's retirement systems, officers from across the state told lawmakers Saturday.

Mock emergency makes real point
The mood changed dramatically outside Soldotna High School on Monday afternoon when a woman came running hysterically toward a mock car crash, screaming that her daughter was one of the victims. At once, the 120 students watching the Central Emergency Services responders attending to the dead and injured in a staged drunk driving accident stopped giggling and playfully jostling each other and focused their attention on the woman.

Hospital looking for new blood in junior volunteers
High school students looking for something to do this summer may find the answer at Central Peninsula General Hospital. The hospital is beginning a junior volunteer program for youths ages 14 to 18, who will be trained to work alongside adult volunteers in helping make patient stays a bit more pleasant.

Kenai Landing barges in hotels
Some hotels were floating in Cook Inlet on Monday. There were no guests in them, but there will be soon.

Winner shows caring through teaching kids preparedness
For 14 years, the Caring for the Kenai competition has encouraged Kenai Peninsula students to think up and act on ideas promoting environmental awareness. In all those years, no Kenai Central High School student has nabbed the championship — until Thursday night.

Fairbanks targets black spruce
FAIRBANKS (AP) — The Fairbanks North Star Borough is planning to thin out stands of fast-burning black spruce as a way to cut down on summer wildfires.

In the news: Crewman dies after fishing vessel sinks
JUNEAU (AP) — A crewman died after a fishing vessel sank south of Sitka, Coast Guard officials said.

Center has arms full with octopus babies
Earlier this month, scientists at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward became the proud stewards of octopus hatchlings and await an explosion of new hatchings expected shortly.

Borough faces adult decisions
Selling adult books, videos and assorted playtime paraphernalia may promise lucrative returns for entrepreneurs, but such stores often can be problematic for public safety and property values, say supporters of a proposed borough ordinance that would regulate sexually oriented businesses.

Tom Schoder
Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident Tom Schoder died Sunday, April 24, 2005, surrounded by his family at his residence. He was 80.

What others say: Corporations not always the bad guy
The world's leftist agitators love to rail against corporations, delighting in throwing objects through fast-food windows during their occasional violent tirades.

What others say: House's energy bill makes a lot of sense
The energy bill passed Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives included a few common-sense provisions that deserve to become law.

Club News
Parade scheduled Beta Sigma Phi to host luncheon Crafters, artists sought Dog classes available

Around the Peninsula
CES hold mock accident today SoHi principal interview set Middle school mass choir slated ICAN celebrates first anniversary Cinco de Mayo celebration set Health care coverage to be discussed Dinner, auction benefit planned

Around the Peninsula
Sodotna Chamber to meet Gardening classes offered Poker tourney set Forestry announce trail closures Community wildfire planning meetings set

Ginger Ludy Bouton and Bj Bouton, Jr. Lisa and Alec Crabb Jody King and James King Heather and Mark Knudsen Tesa Allemann Sturman and Steve Sturman

Peninsula People
4-H display awards presented

Community Events
Class reunion planned Host families needed Community race set to go

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer Kenai

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Seward Homer Soldotna HSterling

Davenport, Venus Willimas lead U.S. into Fed Cup semis
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams won in singles and the United States claimed the doubles match to sweep Belgium on Sunday and advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup.

Kentucky Derby tough to handicap
NEW YORK — One final audition demonstrated how quickly fortunes change on the always unpredictable road to the Kentucky Derby.

Pacers take down Celtics
BOSTON — Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers climbed out of another hole, just as they've done all season.

Day 2 full of intrigue
NEW YORK — Kyle Orton certainly looked like a first-round NFL draft pick when he was tossing touchdowns at a torrid pace and leading Purdue to a 5-0 start.

Cubs' Wood gets painful first win
CHICAGO — Kerry Wood left early with tendinitis in his right shoulder but still got his first win of the season, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Sunday.

Skyview swept on road trip
Palmer scored twice in a 32-second span to down the visiting Skyview Panthers 3-1 in Northern Lights Conference play.

On football: Patriots are draft masters
Matt Cassel threw a total of 33 passes in four years as the backup to Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at Southern Cal. Yet he still got drafted — in the seventh round by the New England Patriots, who five years ago found a guy named Tom Brady in the sixth.

Snowstorm saves Minnesota relievers
DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota's overworked bullpen got a couple days off, and the Twins' starters never had to throw a single pitch.

Down and dirty 'Dawg
Nikiski senior Travis McGahan is the type of football player who's always diving for passes in practice.

Shooting woes doom San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs couldn't stop missing, and the Denver Nuggets walked off as winners.

Singh outlasts Daly
HUMBLE, Texas — Vijay Singh waited patiently for a break in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. John Daly finally gave him a big one on the first extra hole.

The Heat are on
MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal didn't put up his customary big playoff numbers. Dwyane Wade and Damon Jones made sure it wasn't necessary.

Red Sox win wild one in Tampa
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jay Payton hit a grand slam and Manny Ramirez homered one pitch after nearly being hit by a pitch as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with an ejection-filled 11-3 victory over the Devil Rays on Sunday.

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