Wednesday, May 4, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parents should know what kids are up to
I had the opportunity to take my mother and my four young children to a local fast food restaurant in Soldotna on Saturday. We were enjoying our lunch and three of the children were sitting in the kid room.

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

Democrat happy with filibuster
I agree with William Phillips in the Letters to the Editor from April 28 ("Sen. Murkowski should hold out"), but for different reasons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.)

Mobile base not yet ready
Delivered quickly and on target, a drenching cascade of fire retardant chemicals can spell the difference between deliverance and destruction at the front of raging wildland fire.

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.

Questions about platform removal to get attention
Removing offshore platforms from Cook Inlet received some attention from legislators.

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.

Police palm antler bandit
Soldotna police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon in connection with the theft of nearly $70,000 in moose, caribou and elk antlers stolen from a residence off Brooks Avenue. The man's name was being withheld pending charges being filed with the Kenai District Attorney.

Lifelong resident to share love of peninsula with visitors
Shanon Hamrick was tickled when she successfully taught her two children, both age 10, how to ski earlier this winter.

Spring in their steps
Gus and Heather Colberg and their dog Dreyfuss hike through a still-naked forest on their way to the summit of Skyline Trail above Jean Lake last weekend. Skyline and some of the Kenai Peninsula's other trails have started to dry out, leaving appealing paths for spring hikers.

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.

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.

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.

Geraldine Rouswell
Kenai resident Geraldine Rouswell died Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle. She was 63.

Royal Gerald 'Gary' Clack
Longtime Soldotna resident Royal Gerald "Gary" Clack died Monday, May 2, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 79.

Alice Rubena 'Beanie' McGrady
Longtime Kenai resident Alice Rubena "Beanie" McGrady died Sunday, May 1, 2005, from lymphatic leukemia and cancer at her home with her family by her side. She was 77.

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.

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.

ANILCA will mark anniversary with gift of ANWR opening
Later this year, the 25th anniversary of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act will be marked by various people and groups proclaiming its significance. Of course, it will be proclaimed as a significant achievement by some and a significant abomination by others.

Around the Peninsula
Community wildfire planning meetings set Day of prayer slated Mother's Day breakfast planned Treasure sale coming up

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

Students at Kaleidoscope and Sears Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart and raised $2,539.71 for the American Heart Association. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Skyview High
The student council thanks everyone involved with the blood drive. People still may donate blood at the blood bank in the Soldotna Blazy Mall this week and have it count toward Skyview's total count.

Sears Elementary
The last day for study buddies is today.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Furlong's class will travel to Homer today to take part in the Homer Shorebird Festival.

Soldotna Elementary
Second-grader Colton Herrick has been a mediator between students when problems arise and is honored this week with a school T-shirt and a pass to the Orca Theater.

Kenai Middle School
The school will collect minicourse fees and permission slips this week. All fees and permissions are due Thursday unless prior arrangements have been made. No refunds will be issued.

Cook Inlet Academy
The school welcomes new track coach Heath Fulk. Mr. Fulk's experience is in 100 meter 4 by 1 and pole vaulting, and he is currently using his expertise to train the high school and junior high sprinters. His goals for the track team are to keep practices Christ-centered and focused on mechanics. He is proud of the students for coming together well as a team and happy with their performances and attitudes. Mr. Fulk is grateful for support from Trish Kopp with middle and long distance running, from Ray Rowley and Shawn Taplin with shot put and discus and from Greg Bell with overall help. The next high school and junior high meets are Friday at Skyview High School.

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

Seward High
Students and staff of the month are: Academic — David Apperson, son of Rawlins and Bonnie Apperson; Achievement — Matthew Blair, son of Larry and Carol Harmon and David Blair; Appreciation — Chelsea Pullins, daughter of Ralph and Ruth Pullins; Attitude — Alicia Monnier; and Employee of the Month — Gary Benson, special education instructor.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Jackson's and Mrs. Heath's classes took a field trip to Anchorage last week. They visited the Wildlife Conservation Center, the Imaginarium and H2Oasis. Thanks to all the parent helpers.

Soldotna High
The advanced placement English exam is Thursday; U.S. history is Friday.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Congratulations to all the fifth- and sixth-grade Quest students who participated in the Future Problem Solving program this year. Several students were recognized at the Future Problem Solving state bowl competition in Soldotna April 18 and 19. Ari Bennett tied for third in futuristic story writing, and Tanner Thompson was awarded second.

Soldotna Montessori
The school is having a hanging flower basket fund-raiser. The proceeds fund the school's field trips. For more information, contact SMCS at 260-9221.

Tustumena Elementary
The Hanshew Middle School band program will present a concert Thursday. This group put on a performance each year for the students.

IDEA is accepting enrollment for the 2005-06 school year. IDEA can be reached at 260-7555, at or by coming by the office in the Red Diamond Center off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Maureen McCombs won third place and claimed an $800 prize in the Caring for the Kenai competition. Her project was a program to increase public awareness of flooding by using volunteers to warn of impending floods. Kit Hall came in fifth and claimed $450 with her idea to combine recycled plastic and the chips from beetle-killed spruce trees to produce extruded lumber products. John Chihuly was one of 40 semifinalists with his project that addressed the need for restrooms along the upper Kenai River.

Graduation ceremonies scheduled
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will celebrate the completion of high school this month at graduation ceremonies.

Help is on the way!
An associate's degree program in paramedic technology came one step closer to reality last week when the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. board of directors agreed to the use of the hospital as a clinical education site for Kenai Peninsula College. Classes for the EMT-paramedic program are scheduled to begin Aug. 29, according to KPC's paramedic coordinator Paul Perry.

ACT registration deadline nears
The nationwide ACT date for college-bound high school students is June 11. Registrations must be postmarked by Friday. Late registration postmark is May 20 and an additional fee is required for late registration.

Reads Primary
Congratulations to students of the week Sarah Pugh, Jessie Metz, Adaya Pollock, Andi Reilly and Josiah Luze.

Bus drivers get day of appreciation
Friday has been proclaimed School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Drivers and attendants are trained professionals to whom the community entrusts the safety and well-being of children. The drivers are in charge of the bus and the students during their rides to and from school. They often are called on to make decisions that affect the health and safety of their passengers, sometimes in life-threatening situations. Laidlaw depends on the drivers to deliver students safely in snow, sleet, rain and storms.

Redoubt Elementary
Teacher appreciation week ends Friday. PTA has special activities planned for the staff.

After the Bell
The last day of After the Bell programs will be at Thursday at Soldotna High, May 19 at Redoubt Elementary and Soldotna Middle, May 20 at Soldotna Elementary and May 24 at Skyview High.

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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.

Devil Rays drub Brown, Yanks
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New look, same result for the overhauled Yankees.

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.

Tourney to honor Botelho
The Kenai Golf Course has announced a tournament to honor Rita Botelho and her constant concern for the greens on the course. On July 31, the Rita Botelho Greens Tournament will be held at the Kenai Golf Course. The proceeds of the tournament will go to green covers that will help preserve the putting surface over the course of the winter. For more information, stop by the pro shop or call 283-7500.

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

Cards send Reds to sixth straight loss
CINCINNATI — Jason Marquis gave up only three hits while taking a shutout into the ninth inning on Tuesday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over Cincinnati, the Reds' sixth straight loss.

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.

Kenai golf report: A fresh season, a lost friend
It has been my privilege to write the Kenai Golf Report. I would like to thank those who have read it and expressed their enjoyment in keeping up with it each week. The positive comments from the nongolfers, too, were especially appreciated. Those comments kept me writing each week for several years during the short but long golf season we enjoy in Alaska.

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.

Pistons stuff 76ers' season
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The defending NBA champions were at their best when it mattered most.

On the fringe: Sorenstam streaking into history
Annika Sorenstam was in South Korea six months ago when something strange happened.

Kenai soccer sides sweep SoHi
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team kept rolling while the Kenai boys got rolling as both teams posted victories over the visiting Soldotna Stars in Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division matches Tuesday.

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