Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Cubs' Maddux lets no Mets cross plate
CHICAGO — Greg Maddux struck out 10 in his best outing of the season, and Corey Patterson hit two solo homers to lead the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 7-0 Tuesday night.

Baltimore shuts out Minnesota
BALTIMORE — Daniel Cabrera outpitched Carlos Silva, Miguel Tejada homered and drove in two runs, and the Baltimore Orioles ended the Minnesota Twins' four-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory Monday night.

Pena steps down as Royals manager
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tony Pena resigned as manager of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, less than two seasons after he was the American League Manager of the Year.

Clemens shuts down Marlins
MIAMI — Roger Clemens allowed four hits in seven shutout innings to win for the first time since April 8, and the Houston Astros broke an 11-game road losing streak by beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 Monday night

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Longer days, more sunshine and continued warmer weather seem to be the pattern our spring has taken this year. Despite a real need for rain to cut down on our fire risk this will be remembered as one of our mildest springs on record.

Focus on the uninsured...
About 50 people representing a broad cross section of the Central Peninsula community turned out for a public forum at the Soldotna Sports Center last week in honor of national Cover the Uninsured Week.

Mobile Aquatic Classroom inspires Sterling students...
With the final countdown to summer vacation underway, students across the Kenai Peninsula are taking advantage of the spring weather to take their classroom curriculums into the great outdoors of Alaska.

Alaska Balladeer Hobo Jim produces theme song for 2006 Arctic Winter Games...
The Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society recently announced the official theme song of the upcoming Games.

Helping Mom May 11th...
May 11th may not be Mother's Day, but it is the day the Ramos family, owners of Don Jose's in Soldotna, is dedicating to help Helena Ramos raise funds to help offset the expense of a kidney transplant she will be having in September.

Clarion misses boat on Red Hatters parade
On April 25, the Kenai Chapter Kenai River Reds (Some Pinks) ... And We Ain't Salmon Red Hatters held a parade to celebrate the birthday of the Red Hat Society. It was to be a fun event — a parade with honorary Red Hatter Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, a potluck at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Oh what a grand time they had, as only a Red Hatter can have.

Foster parents play vital role for children
May is National Foster Care Month, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Office of Children's Services is taking this opportunity to thank foster parents for working every day to care for Alaska children and families. By opening their homes and hearts, foster parents play a vital role in healing children and families in crisis.

Hello, neighbors. Funny how fast our opinions and priorities change, isn't it? For instance, just a month ago we were wanting the snow to all melt away so we could see the grass and the thawed countryside again. Then last week we were all tsk-tsk-tsking because of the forest fires and the litter everywhere. Here is a chance to help with the latter.

Cooper Landing
Hello. The Cooper Landing Advisory Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community hall. Member Jon James said they'd like to see more people come to their meetings.

Greetings from busy Kasilof. A tip for folks traveling through Kasilof: Construction zone signs where up by the Kasilof River Park and boat launch last week, alerting motorists of slow moving trucks entering the roadway. It is hard to miss all the heavy equipment at the park.

Good morning. Something to think about: "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." Walter Cronkite

Hi, neighbors. As I gleaned news from around town for my first column, I realized more than ever what great neighbors Ninilchik has. I feel blessed to have been a part of this community for the past 10 years, and I'm looking forward to meeting new neighbors as I get to know more of you through writing this column.

Hi, neighbors. Betty Hendricks tells me she and her husband, Dick, have two grandsons serving in the Marine Corps. L/Cpl Ross St. John is serving in Iraq with the 4th Recon Battalion. Ross is a graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage and is the son of Alan and Jeanine St. John of Anchorage.

Ah, spring. It's time to clean up again and the Soldotna seniors will give out cleanup bags from 1 to 3 p.m. all this week at the Soldotna Safeway store. Our seniors have been doing this for over 10 years now at that location.

Troopers release name of man found dead near Houston
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A homicide victim found in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough near Houston has been identified.

Economic development group enters new stage
A program to promote economic development in the city of Kenai entered a new phase Monday. A newly formed steering committee for the Kenai Economic Development Strategy started meeting to execute an economic development plan that has been in the planning stages for more than a year.

Pebble Mine developers face mountain of logistical issues
Carving riches out of a remote Alaska wilderness may be the dream of distant wealthy investors with bullion in their eyes, but any returns are still a long way off.

Green grass or green cash?
Kenai residents will soon have a chance to weigh in on whether to allow limited commercial development on a prime piece of real estate just east of the city's main business district.

Digging in
Jeff Hanson, foreman and track hoe operator for North Star Paving, excavates behind Central Peninsula General Hospital on Friday. NorthStar Paving and Construction, subcontractor to Alcan General Inc., is doing the final detail excavation for the hospital addition, which will include surgery suites, a clinical laboratory, sleep study labs and an intensive care unit. The expansion will add approximately 82,000 square feet to CPGH.

Homer blaze flares again
Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters contained the Tracy Avenue Fire last Wednesday, but the fire leapt outside the fire break Monday, burning 300 acres on the north side of last week's containment line on the west side of Bald Mountain before being stopped. No structures were in danger from the flare up.

Man charged for trying to kill estranged wife
A Soldotna man was indicted by a Kenai Grand Jury on Friday for allegedly attempting to murder his estranged wife. Arne K. Tikka, 44, was charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and one count of third-degree assault, allegedly committed May 2.

Kenai Wild brand hitting the road
Kenai Wild brand salmon will travel to Anchorage this summer. It received the title sponsorship for the weekly Anchorage Market and Festival and will make its first appearance Saturday. The market takes place on Third and E streets in Anchorage from Thursday to Sept. 11.

Partial upgrades launched
An improved boat launch at the Kasilof River will open today — but anyone expecting to camp at the state recreation site will have to go elsewhere, as a lack of funds forced officials to scale back the work that was planned for the project. "There were some cost overruns," Parks area Superintendent Jack Sinclair said. "... It's not going to have the campsites."

Sun won't set again in Barrow until Aug. 2
BARROW (AP) — When the sun rises today in the continent's northernmost community, it will stay up for nearly three months.

Employment keeps rising
Annual net job increases have been a feature of the state's economy since 1988, and short of a major crisis, that isn't going to change, say analysts with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Ronnie E. Longan
Nikiski resident Ronnie E. Longan died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 64.

Kenneth M. Street
Kenai resident Kenneth M. Street died Monday, May 9, 2005, at his home. He was 56.

Ruby Hales
Kenai resident Ruby Hales died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, April 30, 2005. She was 57.

Voices of the State: Squishy or thoughtful?
The use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate and the president's judicial nominations certainly have been popular topics of conversation in recent weeks. Print ads, radio spots and television commercials have all highlighted the irrefutable harm — or unquestionable good, depending on your point of view — that the filibuster represents. What often is not mentioned is the impact this debate could have on other items of importance to the country and Alaska, such as ANWR, the Energy bill, health care and the highway bill.

Make legislative salaries simple, generous, clear
The larger issue is whether Alaska pays its citizen legislators wisely and whether the public is getting good value for its money. The squawks could be reduced, and the public better served, with a simpler and more honest system.

Lisa's reluctance to ban filibuster tactic applauded
What's so distasteful about trying to reach a compromise, about trying to work out a problem so as to avoid an outcome that will give immediate satisfaction to one group but that might cause long-term damage overall? Nothing.

Around the Peninsula
TES kindergarten visitation Thursday Nikiski senior center activities, menus set Airport planning takes flight Veterans appreciation dinner planned Community schools dance fund-raiser set

Around the Peninsula
'Pops' concert today Fire training scheduled Women voters to discuss health care Multiple sclerosis group to meet Relay team captain meeting slated Trash-treasure-bake sale set Community patrol resumes Retirement open house planned

Soldotna Middle
Alaska Future Problem Solving hosted a state competition at Soldotna High School on April 18 and 19. The team of Theresa Ramponi, Monica Maryott and Mark Youngren placed third in of intermediate presentations of action plan. Hannah Romberg placed third in the individual category.

Sears Elementary
The last day to borrow lunch money from the office is today. If your child owes lunch money, please pay as soon as possible.

Aurora Borealis Charter School
Congratulations to the Polar Bears Robotics Team. they competed in the No (Physical) Limits First Lego League World Festival in April in Atlanta. Mrs. Phillips and Mr. Chadwick coached Alex Kaufman, Logan Haralson, Zac Kooly, Maya Chay, Marquee Lucas, Dillon Ball, Delissa Severson, Jacqueline Pepper and Renetta Hensler.

Instructional variation defines Mrs. Demers fourth- and fifth-grade field trip to Peterson Bay. Students enjoyed forest ecology, tide pool inquiry and bird species identification during this two-day trip. Mrs. Windows music students will have a spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Soldotna Elementary
Parent Sheila Pothast has been teaching Spanish to Mrs. Vasilie's first- and second-graders this year. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the class presented a fiesta and feast program to parents and friends. Muchas gracias to all parents for their support and especially to Mrs. Pothast for her weekly Spanish activities with students.

Final Scholastic book orders are due in by May 20.

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to the Sterling Elementary band students who performed Tuesday with the Skyview band. The school staff is proud of the time and effort put into preparing.

Cook Inlet Academy
Music awards were presented at the "Tales and Top Hats" concert. Congratulations to Female Vocalists of the Year, Jenna Zufelt and Tanna Alsworth; Male Vocalist of the Year, Spencer McAuliffe; and Praise and Worship Jazz Band Musician of the Year, Zack Cialek. The choir presented Mrs. Rehm with "funny glasses" to help her sing the correct notes during practices, and a scrapbook that included notes of thanks and encouragement from preschool through high school students. Also recognized was choir accompanist, Mrs. Nesbitt, for her talent and devotion. The parents and staff thank Mrs. Rehm, Mrs. Nesbitt and those who assisted with the music programs this year.

Redoubt Elementary
Extra copies of the 2005-06 yearbook are available at the school office for $18.

Thanks to the families who participated in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Remember to sign up to walk with the IDEA team for Relay for Life.

Skyview High
Juniors in Mr. Carey's U.S. History classes were presented a program by Chuck Stauffer regarding his tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Stauffer shared a Power Point presentation of his experience as a combat soldier in the U.S. Army. Sixty-five students learned from and asked questions about Mr. Stauffer's experience.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
All second- and third-grade parents whose children will attend Mountain View Elementary in the fall are invited and encouraged to attend a lunch at Mountain View today at noon to meet the teachers and learn about the school.

Soldotna High
Senior finals are Thursday through May 18. Senior awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Yearbooks will be distributed May 18.

School board to meet in June
The next Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board meeting will be June 6. A board planning session will be held June 7.

Soldotna Montessori
The first- through third-graders in Mrs. Larned, Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Holt's classes continue their studies of life on Earth. All three classes are studying and comparing creatures of today to ancient creatures. The students still are working on the large mosaic of Earth. Stop by the school and take a look.

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

Tustumena Elementary
The school thanks Jacqui Erion of the Alaska State Parks for providing its boating safety program for students. This annual program is educational for children as the summer recreation season approaches.

Wings Christian Academy
The winners for the first day of spirit week, fashion disaster day, were Melissa Newton, Naomi Pettey and Chase Miller; garbage bag and duct tape day — Joel Consiel, Kaylee Burger, Amy Wood and Cassie Sutton. Caden MacLellan, Jesse Puletau and Amy Wood came to school the most beat up on fake an injury day. Amy Wood, Julianne Pettey, David McGee and Jared Wood won cowboy and Indian day.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Kenaitze Head Start
The classes are learning the letters Q and X. The color for May is purple. The theme is bones and fossils. The value is honor and respect.

Mountain View Elementary
Sears second-grade parents and Kaleidoscope third-grade parents are invited to a luncheon at noon on Wednesday. Come to meet the teachers and tour the school.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The school raised $7,000 for the tsunami relief effort. Thanks to local businesses and Tustumena and Nikiski North Star elementary schools, Nikiski Middle-Senior High School and Kenai Middle School for their partnerships.

Kenai Central High School
There will be an assembly honoring the soccer and track and field programs today.

KPC around campus: KPC offers summer school opportunities for students
Kenai Peninsula College/UAA offers a variety of summer classes every year referred to as general education requirements. These courses are the backbone of most college degree programs and offer students the skill sets needed to complete the remainder of courses in any degree track.

Branching out
Some kids have their own cell phones, ponies and Playstations, but that's no comparison to the kids at Mountain View Elementary. They have their own forest.

Last hot meal approaches
The last hot lunch to be served in district schools this school year is May 19.

Last hot meal approaches
The last hot lunch to be served in district schools this school year is May 19.

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Seward Soldotna Sterling

NBA refs feel too vulnerable
NEW YORK — Whether Jeff Van Gundy is retained as Houston's coach is up to the Rockets, but the league needs to do a better job of defending its game officials from criticism by coaches, the spokesman for the National Basketball Referees Association said Tuesday.

D'Antoni named top bench boss
PHOENIX — After directing the Phoenix Suns to a 33-win turnaround and installing a fast-paced, high-scoring style praised throughout the league, Mike D'Antoni was rewarded as the NBA's coach of the year on Tuesday.

Heat put Wizards in a bind
MIAMI — The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O'Neal with another ''M-V-P'' chant.

SoHi girls earn berth in conference tourney
The Soldotna girls soccer team defeated host Skyview 3-1 Monday in a crucial Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division matchup.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski club competes at Avalanche tourney Soccer club to host camps Soldotna Middle wins track titles

Millar's dramatics deflate Athletics
BOSTON — Kevin Millar homered off Octavio Dotel on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

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