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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

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.

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.

A-Rod amasses four home runs, 10 RBIs
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in his first three at-bats and became only the 11th major league player with 10 or more RBIs in a game, leading the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 12-4 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Food bank thanks those who help make changes
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors, I wish to thank all the many volunteers, donors, businesses and other individuals who help us make our job easier to feed hungry Kenai Peninsula residents.

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.

'Former punk' advises current ones to grow up
As a former "young punk" or youth of bad intentions, I firsthand experienced and participated in crimes against society and personal property, like vandalism and destruction.

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.

Ninilchik
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.

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof.

Kenai
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."

Sterling
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.

Nikiski
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

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

Hip hopper
Rita Lindow watches as Mr. Bun Bun explores the surroundings at Skyview High School last weekend during a track and field meet. "The kids say he's eagle bait," Lindow said. "He's totally loving the fresh air, open space and grass, though."

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.

Suspects identified in rash of burglaries
Alaska State Troopers and Soldotna police are investigating a number of business burglaries reported in the Sterling-Soldotna area over the past weekend. No arrests have been made, but suspects have been identified, according to Capt. Tom Bowman, commander of the trooper's E Detachment headquartered in Soldotna.

Lieutenant governor turns down video gambling initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Lt. Gov. Loren Leman has rejected an application for a ballot initiative seeking to legalize video gambling at a South Anchorage location.

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

Getting wired: Kasilof store will offer visitors Internet
Mary Lambe knows that many Kenai Peninsula businesses cater to people who come to Alaska to fish in abundant Alaska salmon streams, hug the earth and find themselves in nature. But Lambe, owner of Kasilof Mercantile, has taken a new direction with her business to appeal to tourists' modern side.

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.

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.

Tax initiatives turned down
Citing ambiguities and errors in their texts and noting they likely would violate state law and the Alaska Constitution, the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk on Monday rejected two more initiative petitions submitted by the group Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers.

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.

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.

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.

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

Methods of funding state's public works budget considered
In the continuing debate over the public works budget for the coming fiscal year, legislators and the governor have been in general agreement that the time is right for Alaska to have a fairly substantial one.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Landing is topic at chamber SoHi after-prom committee to meet United Way board meeting planned Food program offered KCHS after-grad meeting set Preschool fund-raiser slated Sears to host carnival Krispie Cremes selling for kicks WalkAmerica to benefit March of Dimes Peace, justice group forming Pop Warner huddle planned

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

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to the school's Future Problem Solving team of Hannah Cristiano, Christina Tachick, Angela Ramponi and Cody Vandehey. They placed second at the FPS State Bowl on April 19. They competed against six teams from around the state. Stop by to see their new trophy.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The soccer team will travel to Seward on Thursday, host Palmer on Friday and Colony on Saturday at 11 a.m. They also will host Homer on Monday at 3 p.m. Check the school calendar for possible changes to this schedule.

Kenaitze Head Start
The school is accepting 2005-06 enrollment applications. Stop by the center at 130 N. Willow St., Kenai or call 283-0707.

School board meets Monday
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Redoubt Elementary
The library will host a Scholastic Book Fair on Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book fair will feature hardback books priced at $3 each and all paperback books at $1 each. The book fair is offered as a service to the children of the community. The school will not make any profit.

Connections
The science exam for ninth grade will be Monday through May 6. Call your adviser for further information.

World Champs
ATLANTA — Anyone who thinks of those little plastic building bricks that snap together as only toys hasn't seen what the kids from Aurora Borealis Charter School can do with Legos.

Cook Inlet Academy
The National Honor Society chose sixth-grade teacher, Mary Rowley, as staff member of the year. She was honored for her humbleness, heart for service and strength in overcoming illness and chemotherapy treatments. NHS students said, "Mrs. Rowley strongly affects their lives at CIA. Her relationship with Christ shines in everything, and she always gives God the glory." Congratulations to Mrs. Rowley.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Keating's students are immersed in their Explorer projects including making a life-size model at home and a report and map at school.

Grace Lutheran School
The fourth- through eighth-graders took a field trip to ConocoPhillips and Galary 25 April 20. They learned how liquid natural gas boils at minus 258 degrees F, burns cleanly and is shipped from the Kenai Peninsula to Japan. Thanks to Jay McKee for arranging the tour. Thanks to Ron Goeke of Gallery 25 for demonstrating the matting and framing process.

Reads Primary
The summer reading program registration and fall 2005 kindergarten registration are going on now. Call the school for information at 283-2848.

Sears Elementary
The kindergarten classrooms have been studying dinosaurs. Miss Fischer's class also experienced flying kites and discovered how important wind can be.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

KPC around campus
KPC/UAA anthropology student Brett Encelewski said he is passionate about his Alaska Native heritage; especially the re-vitalization of the Dena'ina language. Currently Encelewski is the archivist for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Culture and Education department, an intern and lab assistant in the anthropology department at the college and a journalism student. The following information about the annual Dena'ina Language Institute was provided by him.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The life skill of the week is sense of humor — to laugh and be playful without harming others.

Soldotna High
The advanced placement calculus exam will be given Tuesday, English on May 5, U.S. history on May 6 and biology May 9.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Heather Cline, a Connections and Kalifornsky Beach Quest student, won first place in the junior division of the Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing Contest for her short story "Business Fiasco." Her scenario has been entered into the international competition, which will be held June 2 in Lexington, Ky.

Skyview High
Graduation day is May 24 and senior parents are organizing the after-graduation party. The intent of the party is to provide a safe and drug-free place for the grads to celebrate. Last year the parents put on a party with many games, prizes and a DJ.

Kenai Central High
Student body elections will be May 4. Elections will determine the officers for next year's student council. Class elections will begin after the student body offices are decided.

Sterling Elementary
Friday will be Hawaiian Day, and treats will be sponsored by PTA for the class with the most participating students. There also will be a concert performance Friday by all students and Mike Morgan, musician in residence, to celebrate the culmination of the Morgan's work with the students. Watch the reader board for concert time.

Kenai Montessori
The students are studying Europe this month. Ithaca Bergohltz has shared story books written in German. Each student is invited to bring in any souvenirs or items that they may have from any European country.

Wings Christian Academy
On Wednesday, students will have a special presentation during weekly chapel. A representative from the Pensacola Christian College will speak to students about the college

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer Kenai

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Seward Homer Soldotna HSterling

Skyview boys get first win
The Skyview High School boys soccer team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, defeating Nikiski 2-0 in a Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division match at Nikiski. The Nikiski girls also picked up a victory, edging the visiting Panthers 3-1 on the strength of two goals from Clare Bennett.

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

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.

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

Wallace fires up Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Rasheed Wallace untucked his jersey and flailed his arms at the officials, picking up the 228th technical foul of his notorious career.

The end of an era for 1-irons
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The club stands out only because there is no other like it on the shelves at the David Gates Golf Superstore. Amid neatly arranged rows of drivers, fairway metals, the new craze of hybrids and an assortment of wedges, is a Top-Flite X2000 iron with a ''1'' printed on the sole.

Nationals finally get to Lieber
WASHINGTON — Brad Wilkerson connected off previously unbeaten Jon Lieber for the first upper-deck home run at RFK Stadium in 34 years, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

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