Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Gonzalez conks four homers for Arizona
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks went going, going, Gonzo over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Pettitte, Astros add to Atlanta's woes
ATLANTA Andy Pettitte won a pitching duel with Russ Ortiz and the Houston Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday, scoring the tiebreaking run when backup Orlando Palmeiro walked with the bases loaded.

Kansas City stops streaking Red Sox
BOSTON Darrell May earned his first victory since Sept. 21, Carlos Beltran had three hits with four RBIs and the Kansas City Royals snapped the Boston Red Sox's five-game win streak with an 8-4 victory Sunday.

Homer Hockey Association breaks ground for new ice
Golden shovels grazed the soggy earth of the beautiful Hamlet by the Sea last week as Homer City Officials joined directors of the Homer Hockey Association and the 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society for the official ground breaking for the new Homer Hockey Rink.

Access Alaska expands to the Kenai Peninsula
Alaskans love their independence and right to make their own life choices and as the Alaskan population ages it doesn't want it's independence to wane.

Your log home for all those Alaskan formal events
It may have been Alaska's Bushrat Governor Jay Hammond who described the Alaskan tuxedo as a plaid wool shirt and blue jeans, but with no official data available it's reasonable to believe that the 49th state ranks 50th in black tie events.

Trinity Greenhouse
When peninsula gardeners gear up towards another season of growing, many envision colorful masses of wildflowers, meticulously tended planter boxes or even giant heads of cabbage tagged with a state fair blue ribbon. Whichever growing season area they pursue, any gardener will admit that despite the kaleidescope of colors or expanses of garden green they desire, their pursuit has a definite "dark side". Essentially, one of the key components to their ability to grow things - dirt.

Country Corner Soup and Sandwich shop is open for business
The menu consists of fresh homemade sandwiches and soups along with salads and wraps.

NOW PLAYING: Van Helsing
My question is, when did the moviegoing public give the cinema over to the theme-park people? Because that's what it is becoming, and fast. This summer's first blockbuster out of the box is no exception. Van Helsing is a rollercoaster; one series of long climbs, followed by breathtaking falls, loop-the-loops, and hairpin turns. And in the end? Why, you're right back where you started, wondering if you really waited in line for this.

Education funding deal close
JUNEAU -- Senate Democrats were close to agreement on an end-of-session deal to boost K-12 education funding by $82 million late Monday.

Moose get OK to be moved
JUNEAU -- Nuisance moose could get an airlift out of Anchorage under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

Senate nixes tax measures
JUNEAU It's official.

Salmon labeling makes menu
JUNEAU Alaskans eating out in restaurants will know whether the salmon on the menu is wild or farmed under a bill that's passed the Legislature.

Measure advances for initiative change
JUNEAU (AP) A proposed amendment to the Alaska Constitution requiring ballot initiative sponsors to collect signatures from a wider range of voters will head to the ballot in November.

Law should be left behind so schools can move forward
Dear Editor: And, of course, all of the wonderful readers who can and do read these notes. How fortunate you are to have the skill that allows you to decipher these strange marks and turn them into ideas.

Skyview talent show highlights student stars
The Skyview National Honor Society, Mock Trial Team and Community Schools would like to thank the local businesses and community members for their generous contributions and time in helping to make this year's talent show a wonderful success.

D.A.R.E. support appreciated
Mrs. Matson's fifth-graders and Mrs. Zimmerman's fourth- and fifth-graders from North Star Elementary School would like to extend a big thank you to their D.A.R.E. officer, Trooper Stanton. His time and energy were greatly appreciated by parents, students and staff. A thank you also goes out to the Kenai Elks Lodge and Bear Paw Deli in Nikiski for their continued support of the D.A.R.E. Program.

Money won't eradicate smoking or make Alaska students smart
When politicians use children to make new taxes more palatable, would it be politically correct to call that child abuse?

Governor, senator not doing right by people of Alaska
I just received a phone call from the Republican Party asking me to send money for the war chest of Lisa Murkowski to support her United States Senate campaign.

No Child Left Behind Act is train wreck in progress
We must all be concerned about the ramifications of the No Child Left Behind Act. In many, many instances, it leaves more children behind than helps them and costs unnecessary budget drains from school districts and teachers.

Governor's plan will allow him to raises taxes, avoid fallout
I believe Gov. Frank Murkowski came to the personal realization a long time ago that Alaska has built up such a monstrous governmental bureaucracy that it would be much too politically painful to attempt to decrease it by reducing state spending. Too many friends and loyal political allies would be put out of work and that would take a heavy toll on both the governor and his political party.

Personal info to stay that way
Personal information Alaskans are required to supply on their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend applications will be kept confidential by state law, providing Gov. Frank Murkowski signs a bill recently passed by the Legislature.

Miller claims he can beat Knowles
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miller, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the likely Democratic Party nominee, former Gov. Tony Knowles, agree on so much that the race would turn into a referendum on nepotism over her appointment to the Senate by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Alaska's rural schools struggle with NCLB
Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage, Kenai and Seldovia. These communities are about as different as one could imagine. Yet they all have one thing in common: They are home to public schools that serve to educate the next generation of Americans.

Schools adjusting to new law, but not without growing pains
When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law in 2002, educators across the country reacted with worry and protest. Many said the nationwide standards for education were unrealistic and that the federal government was overreaching its authority.

Truck, boat a loss after catching fire in accident
Alaska State Troopers and a number of other government agencies responded to a fiery motor vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing on Sunday afternoon.

Student drama exposes issues of violence
School violence may not be a pleasant topic to think about, but ignoring the problem doesn't mean it will go away.

Rayder M. Ursin
Rayder M. Ursin of Ninilchik died Sunday, May 2, 2004, in Anchorage. He was 78.

Hattie Ahtuangaruak Miller
Kenai resident Hattie Ahtuangaruak Miller died Sunday, April 25, 2004. She was 65.

George T. Gray
Longtime Ninilchik resident George T. Gray died Monday, May 10, 2004, of natural causes at his home in Ninilchik. He was 79.

Patriot Act needs some unhurried examination What others say
The so-called Patriot Act was whipped through Congress in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, and signed a month and a half after the terrorist attacks as an answer to that threat.

Education will pay dividends for those entering job market
What are young people to do these days in deciding on careers? That has always been a problem, but with many good-paying technical jobs being moved to places like India and China, such decisions have become even dicier.

Sales tax not way to go
The Alaska Conference of Mayors has taken a long and steadfast stand on the issue of Alaska's fiscal problem. The mayors strongly support the percent of market value or endowment solution that balances the budget, continues permanent fund dividends and better protects the permanent fund.

Continuity in leaders now emerges in Asia What others say
In the rough-and-tumble world of Asian politics, there seems to be a common theme this spring continuity.

Club news
Table tennis to resume in fall Boys and Girls Clubs begin summer registration

Peninsula people
Area students receive scholarships Soldotna resident recognized for excellence Spiroski to graduate with distinction Junior duck stamp winners announced Redmond recognized for excellence

Community News
Interfaith shelter meeting slated Police memorial service set Community cleanup slated Indoor garage sale fund-raiser slated Community awareness workshop planned Volunteers needed to plant flowers, gardens Kenai pool sets summer hours Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign begins Host families needed

Around the Peninsula
KCHS to hold 'Pops' concertSoroptimist to hold recognition programVeteran's appreciation dinner setSocial Security reps to visit areaCruise fund-raiser slated

Photo feature: Well served
Tony Bannock, a Boy Scout with Troop No. 357, plates up some breakfast in the kitchen, during the Mother's Day Breakfast at the Elks Club on Sunday morning in Kenai. Bannock, a veteran of breakfasts from years past, was invaluable at leading younger scouts through his good example and hard work.

Around the Peninsula
Lifeguard class begins today Interfaith shelter meeting slated Gardening class to cover pests CARTS advisory partners to meet LPN graduation planned in Homer Recreational swap meet scheduled Walk for MS seeking walkers, volunteers Kennel club offering agility class Cruise fund-raiser slated Kenai performers plan fund-raiser

No need to face loss alone
People who are grieving the loss of a loved one often feel alone in their grief. Some people desire time alone, but others prefer to talk about their feelings and memories.

Births
Levi Thomas Bowman Kennedy Mae

Seward teacher earns inspirational award
Seward Middle School teacher Laura Beck was presented with an award from Eastern Oregon University during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District meeting May 3.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Flames cook Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. Overtime suits the Calgary Flames particularly when their goalie seems determined to show his former teammates exactly what they gave up.

Sports Briefs
NCAA alleges violations by MissouriNew book, same candor from Johnny Miller

Shaq, Lakers block Spurs' run
LOS ANGELES Don't count the Lakers and their Fab Four out just yet.

Flyers rip into Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Flyers made Nikolai Khabibulin look ordinary, maybe even worse.

Accuser appears at Bryant's trial
EAGLE, Colo. -- The 19-year-old woman accusing NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape slipped into the courthouse through a fire exit Monday, appearing in court for only the second time since the case began.

Well-rounded Pitts picks up speed at end of prep career
Over the next two weeks, Tracy Pitts will be defending her region title and looking to improve on last year's fourth-place state meet finish in the 100-meter hurdles, as well as bettering her region meet runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles.

Sindelar's waiting game finally ends
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Fourteen years and 370 tournaments removed from his last victory, Joey Sindelar made it worth the wait Sunday in the Wachovia Championship with an improbable rally and a playoff victory over fast-fading Arron Oberholser.

Spartans sweep borough track meet
The Soldotna Middle School boys and girls track teams amassed identical 167-point totals to outpace their Kenai Peninsula rivals at the 2004 Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Track and Field Meet Saturday at Skyview High School.

Heat rookie Wade burns up Pacers
MIAMI -- Rookie guard Dwyane Wade sliced down the lane, took a pass from Lamar Odom and dunked over Jermaine O'Neal -- one of the league's best defenders.

SkyHi boys finish perfect region season
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team got itself back on target Monday, pumping in six goals while holding host Skyview to two in a Region III Southern Division match.

Homer girls top SoHi, earn No. 1 seed
The Homer girls soccer team earned the No. 1 seed from the Region III Southern Division Monday with a 2-0 victory over Soldotna at Justin Maile Field.

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