Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Rincon gets 10 games
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins pitcher Juan Rincon, who emerged last season as one of baseball's top setup men, became the highest-profile violator of Major League Baseball's new policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Tigers stay hot, top Boston
DETROIT — Carlos Pena broke a tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning and added a solo shot in the eighth to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Monday night for their sixth victory in eight games.

Selig's proposal interests Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of Congress' look at steroids in sports said Monday that work on drafting legislation is moving forward and added that he wants to know more about commissioner Bud Selig's proposals to toughen baseball's drug policy.

Smoltz gets second win
ATLANTA — John Smoltz scattered nine hits for his second straight win, and the Braves made the most of their four hits off Jeff Suppan for a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Baseball's big test
NEW YORK — Now comes the hard part for Bud Selig, who must convince players that longer suspensions for using steroids is in their own interest and that banning amphetamines would be good for the game.

Cards win with seven-run ninth
CINCINNATI — Jim Edmonds considered bunting, then changed his mind and hit a three-run homer. John Mabry just tried to put the ball in play, but put it over the center-field wall for the go-ahead runs.

Drumming up support for Workman's Compensation reform
Former legislator Dave Donnelly who is currently the Chief of Adjudication for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development visited the Peninsula recently to bring Commissioner Greg O'Claray's message of support for Governor Murkowski's proposed legislation to reform workman's compensation law.

Outdoors by John Perkovich
Several of my phone calls this spring to places in the northern lower 48 states indicated that the weather was much colder there then here on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

KPC Professor headed to Guam
Former Guam resident Janice Maloney High is returning to the South Pacific Island next week to trace the similarities between Guam and Alaska.

Extreme efforts to make a life saving point
The only special effects were make-up which reminded observers of how bloody and ugly a crash scene is when emergency responders arrive at a crash scene.

Official Red Hat day in Kenai...
If there were any ladies in Monday's parade wearing pink or lavender hats, it was due to the fact that they were not old enough to be wearing the red and purple, according to the Queen Mother of the local Red Hat Society Marlene Duffy.

NOW PLAYING: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"The best laid plans of mice," mutters Slartibartfast, knowingly. "...and men, " adds Arthur, helpfully. "hmmm?" "...and men. The best laid plans of mice and men. That's how the saying goes." "Oh, men," chuckled Slartibartfast. "I don't imagine they had anything to do with it..." If only.

Work session appreciated
On behalf of the Fireweed Academy Charter School in Homer, we would like to thank the school board of the Kenai Peninsula Borough for its ongoing support and hosting a work session April 18 to discuss Fireweed's facility needs. We also would like to thank the staff and parents from West Homer Elementary for participating in the work session and providing valuable information and perspectives.

Reader upset with legislators' behavior
Ever since I came to Alaska I have not understood how or why the Alaska people allowed your government to hide in Juneau. Further more I never understood how anyone running for public office would even want to be at a place that is virtually impossible for the average person to get into.

Alaskans don't need Outside groups telling them how to think
There may be some folks around the peninsula who might agree with Texas representative Tom DeLay. But it took an out of state based organization, "Focus on the Family Action," of Colorado Springs, Colo., to place a huge ad in Wednesday's Clarion attacking Sen. Lisa Murkowski for supporting the filibuster in the Senate, urges us to call her offices to complain, and then goes on to attack sitting judges for recent decisions, all in the name of the president's mainstream American values.

Ordinance comments deserve response
I read John Hedges comments on April 19 regarding what he thought of the Soldotna City Council passing Ordinance 2005-09. The ordinance basically involved zoning "adult businesses" into their own little area, thus forcing them to contain their social destruction to their own neighborhood instead of an entire city. Mr. Hedge commented that he believes adult businesses are somehow protected within U.S. Constitutional First Amendment protections.

Cancer victim has great support team
Let me begin with you could not have picked a better person to do an article on.

Unveiling keeps food bank fresh
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, I wish to thank and express our gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula College's intermediate painting class, taught by Celia Anderson, for the beautiful mural that now hangs on our facility at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna. The artwork is a result of the Kenai Peninsula College Student Service Learning Program Partnership with the food bank.

Highway cleanup efforts just left blowing in the wind
While driving home from Soldotna on April 23, I was angered to see the Sterling Highway at Skyview High School littered with large bags of trash being blown about by the wind. They had been out there for days.

Unexpected middle school concert fee hits sour note
As a grandmother to a Kenai Middle School student, I was pleased to be invited to attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Middle School Mass Choir Festival. I always enjoyed such festivals when my children were in school. The music tonight (April 25) was wonderful. The children were delightful. The guest director was enjoyable.

Now not the time to raid the fund
Doing things "for the children" is a tried-and-true method for getting more money from taxpayers. It should not be a successful ploy to raid the permanent fund earnings. We already spend more than $1 billion a year on education in this state.

Gordon breaks away for Talladega win
TALLADEGA, Ala. — There was a time when Jeff Gordon didn't like restrictor-plate racing. No more.

Hi, neighbors. Fourteen years ago I wrote my first Neighbors column. Today I write my last. Vicky and Abigail Daniels, my daughter and granddaughter, will take my place.

Hi, neighbors. On Saturday, the Sterling Relay for Life team will host its second annual fund-raiser breakfast. The breakfast will be served from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. The suggested donation of $10 will go to support cancer research and aid cancer patients.

Cooper Landing
Hello from Lake DuBay. Community cleanup began Monday and runs through Sunday. For more information, call Mayme Ohnemus. Ginny Faye from HDR Inc. will speak at the chamber today for people wanting to share their concerns regarding the Sterling Highway Mile 45 through Mile 60 upgrade.

Hi. The new bridge and road construction seem to take on a totally different look each day, especially when all the trees came down. Thursday afternoon about 4 traffic was backed up beyond the troopers on Kalifornsky Beach Road and then an accident had one lane of the Sterling Highway blocked off in front of Soldotna Hardware and Fishing (Trustworthy.)

Greetings from a greener, leafier Kasilof. News from the Kasilof Public Library and Tustumena Elementary library: Students need to return checked out books by May 17.

Hello, neighbors. Could it truly be an early spring in our fair country? Lots of clues allude to that possibility. For instance, there are tulips blooming on the south end of First National Bank. Mine are up and growing about two inches a day, and Connie Nelson's were producing buds until the neighborhood moose decided they would make a good breakfast. Will nipped off tulips come back again?

Good morning. Something to think about: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." —Unknown

Homer fire nears Anchor River
Raging through dry grass and beetle-kill spruce, the major wildfire currently burning northeast of Homer consumed more than 4,000 acres and at least one unoccupied cabin by 5 p.m. Monday and was taking dead aim at the banks of the Anchor River, according to state fire officials.

Homer charter school seeks new home, meets resistance
Teachers at Fireweed Academy in Homer want to expand their school into a bigger building — something with running water and more space than the two portables it occupies today. The most attractive option they have considered is West Homer Elementary but they are meeting strong opposition.

Kenai man burned
A 50-year-old Kenai man was flown to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of second-degree burns he received in an accidental backyard fire Saturday. David Goggia, a homeowner from the VIP subdivision, reportedly used an accelerant to burn a brush pile when the fuel flashed, burning his face, arms, torso and upper legs.

Greenpeace trial begins in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Lawyers selected a jury Monday that will decide whether Greenpeace and its contract ship were criminally negligent by failing to have the proper oil spill response paperwork during an anti-logging campaign.

Cities courting Couric
An on-air statement by "Today Show" host Katie Couric that she wants to visit Alaska to catch a salmon spurred invitation packages to the television personality from communities across the Kenai Peninsula.

Spring takes wing
Herald moths, like this one resting under a porch light in Kasilof, are among the first moths flying in the spring since they overwinter in their adult form. This has earned them the title "the herald of spring" in some circles of entomology.

Lawn chair spins scary tale
When Zeb Brophy was growing up in California, he used to seek out and collect black widow spiders. After he moved to Alaska, the Kenai man figured his days as a deadly spider collector were over. Not quite.

Firefighters try for uphill wildfire battle
Fire crews fighting a 3,270-acre fire near Homer were aided by cooler weather and rising humidity Sunday, but still had not brought the blaze under control. "It's growing," Sharon Rousch, with the Alaska Division of Forestry, said Sunday.

Hospital to increase trauma capabilities
The Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. Board of Directors have authorized hospital administrators to proceed with an application for Level 3 trauma designation. Chief Executive Officer David Gilbreath told the board Thursday that, had the hospital not been preparing to move to the next level of trauma readiness, CPGH may not have been able to save the life of a recent bear mauling victim.

Murkowski: Judicial fight could affect ANWR deliberations
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A rancorous fight with Democrats over President Bush's judicial nominations could clog up other business, including measures to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to petroleum drilling, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.

Robert Eugene 'Bob' Evans
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert Eugene "Bob" Evans died Saturday, April 30, 2005, of natural causes at his home. He was 78.

Robert Eugene 'Bob' Evans
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert Eugene "Bob" Evans died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at his home. He was 78.

Vietnam vets deserve thanks
In contrast to the proud anniversaries of World War II by the greatest generation, their children, the baby boomers are not clamoring to celebrate the anniversaries of the Vietnam War.

Courts to play key role in terror war
It's safe to say the war on terror will require more criminal prosecutions than any war in history.

Ethics legislation falling short of what's necessary
Almost three months to the day after a glaring loophole in state ethics law came to light, the Legislature has finally stirred into action. Senate Judiciary Chairman Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, has trotted out an ethics ''reform'' bill, and the issue got some play in committee last week. The Seekins bill is hard to take seriously as anything other than political damage control. It came with less than three weeks left in the session and includes plenty of extraneous mischief.

Around the Peninsula
HEA meeting today Council on Aging meeting canceled Soroptimist business meeting set Fire training scheduled Volunteer clothing store opens Car and bike show planned Kasilof cleanup day to get cranking Foster family picnic slated

Community Schools
Soldotna Homer

Peninsula people
Bolt graduates college Swain, Taylor join Navy Martin returns from Iraq

Heather and Mark Knudsen of Kenai

Special radio will help 'weather' an emergency
What is the best disaster preparedness tool you can have? Is it your first aid kit or fire extinguisher? No. It's information.

Club News
The Kenai Peninsula Football and Cheer Association will meet at 7 p.m. May 12 at Soldotna Middle School. The topic will be the upcoming football and cheerleading season. All members are encouraged to attend.

Community Events
Community race set to go Dinner, auction benefit slated Gardening classes continue Community wildfire planning meetings set School carnival fund-raiser set Krispie Cremes sold for kicks Lace up for WalkAmerica Peace, justice group forming Birds of a feather watch together Overboard for rafting

Around the Peninsula
Fire training scheduled Health care coverage to be discussed Day of prayer slated School carnival fund-raiser set Seniors to hold garage, bake sales Food program offered

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Santana stellar in first loss
MINNEAPOLIS — Bartolo Colon bested Johan Santana, ending the Minnesota ace's 17-game winning streak by allowing just two hits in 7 1-3 scoreless innings Sunday to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Twins 2-1.

Phoenix rises to the occasion
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Forget slowing down in the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns sprinted right into the Western Conference semifinals.

Sports views: Selig's next move: plastic forks in the clubhouse
Just wait until the crusader in Bud Selig finds out how popular this latest ''tough love'' campaign proves to be. From that day forward, ballplayers and even the owners who promoted him from their ranks will be lucky to find a moment's peace.

Mavs hustle past Rockets
DALLAS — With a chance to finally pull ahead in their first-round playoff series, the Dallas Mavericks refused to let anything stop them.

Special delivery
AVONDALE, La. — Draped in purple and gold Mardi Gras beads and clutching his silver trophy, Tim Petrovic was still in shock.

Wallace wins Defensive Player of the Year
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Most of the Detroit Pistons showed up for work Monday driving luxury sport utility vehicles and exotic sedans.

Heat sweep New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Until Shaquille O'Neal's sore thighs get better, Dwyane Wade is quite capable of leading the Miami Heat past anyone in the playoffs, even sweeping them.

Drug testing beefed up at Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thoroughbred racing is joining the crackdown on drug cheats.

Catch me if you can
Whether its running or academics, Seward senior Matt Adams is usually ahead of the game. Though he will not turn 18 until next fall, Adams has already signed a scholarship to run at Montana State University, a Division I outfit in Bozeman, Mont. Running, where Adams won the Class 1-2-3A state cross country title last fall, and school, where Adams has a 3.93 grade-point average, only scratch the surface of why Seward cross country coach Dan Marshall says Adams is as good as gold.

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