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Friday, May 13, 2005

Garland becomes AL's first seven-game winner
CHICAGO — Jon Garland became the AL's first seven-game winner, allowing eight hits in eight innings Thursday night and the Chicago White Sox beat Baltimore 3-2 to run their record to 26-9.

Big fish: Willis goes 7-0
MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis improved to a major league-best 7-0 by allowing one run and six hits in eight innings, and Damion Easley's two-run homer sent Florida to a 2-1 victory over Houston on Wednesday night.

Heat seekers: Company sells infrared services
Helicopter pilot Ken Deyoe remembers soaring over Kenai Peninsula forests in a helicopter a number of years ago searching for a missing man near Skilak Lake.

Volunteers give up time to work on hiking trails
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Vacations are about getting away.

White moose gets extreme makeover
FAIRBANKS — When Ray Hollinrake of the Fairbanks Moose Lodge showed up at Charlie Livingston's taxidermy shop in North Pole with a 30-year-old tanned white moose hide and told him he wanted to have a full-body mount made, it almost blew Livingston's suspenders off.

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Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Conventional comedy killers
If the only definition you know for the term "PC" has to do with computers, then the Rebels of Comedy have a show for you. Morgan Preston and TK, a duo stand-up comedy act, will be in Kenai at George's Casino on Sunday and Monday to share their observations on what they think is messed up and funny about the world today —whether it's considered "politically correct" to talk about or not.

Art Briefs
Writers conference slated Peninsula Art Guild announces scholarships Submissions wanted from women writers Student artwork wanted for book cover

Small shots
As with diamond rings, keys to a new car and plane tickets to Bermuda, the exhibition at the Kenai Fine Arts center shows good things come in small packages — or frames, in this case.

From the bookshelf: Powerful novel portrays cultures' collision
Flight of the Goose: A Story of the Far North

Reader passionate about allowing right to choose
My name is Megan Stacey, manager and co-owner of Passions Too in Soldotna. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Passions, we are an adult boutique, catering to those in our community who are over the age of 18.

Bumper sticker language tough to explain to kids
Have you ever driven up behind a car at a stop light or maybe when driving through a parking lot and had one of your children blurt out the filthy language he-she read on some one's bumper sticker? It's instantly repeated by the others, asking "What does that mean, Mom?"

SB 141 needs changes
Public Employee Retirement in Alaska is being systematically dismantled by the Legislature. The state Senate, against the advice of their retirement boards and the consultants they hired, ran Senate Bill 141 through the Senate in record time.

Retirement bill a solution or costly mistake?
The retirement bill (SB 141) under consideration in the House is being trumpeted as a solution to retirement system shortfalls. But more realistically, it would create a huge financial mess that future lawmakers would have to deal with.

Old DW: Waltrip has found whole new audience to entertain
When Cale Yarborough dubbed Darrell Waltrip ''Jaws,'' it certainly was not meant as a compliment.

Funds sought for final stretch
With less than a year to go before the Kenai Peninsula hosts the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, officials with the local host society have begun a final push to secure the last bits of funding needed to make sure the international sporting and cultural event goes according to plan.

Local legislators toil away
If things had gone as planned, the Alaska Legislature's adjournment Tuesday night would have meant boarding plans and jetting home for most of the 60 lawmakers and their staffs.

Caution: Flaggers see red
Looking for a job and a big paycheck, Lacy Ledahl, 19, took a class in Soldotna a couple years ago to become a certified flagger.

Human remains found in Sterling
Hikers out for a walk stumbled across human remains in a wooded area in Sterling on Sunday eve-ning.

Ninilchik to host spring carnival
The Kenai Peninsula State Fair isn't until August— so help has arrived for those who can't wait three months to cut loose. Fair officials announce Gettin' Jiggy for the Halibut, the first carnival at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds featuring Golden Wheel Amusement rides, games and vendors to the area in years. The carnival is today through Sunday.

Peninsula legislators ready to come home
Their computers and files are boxed for shipping and their staffs have been pared to skeleton crews, but the lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula in Juneau have no idea when they'll be leaving the capitol for home.

Kasilof man gets one more opportunity to fly
Ernest "Jim" Montgomery was diagnosed with metastasized cancer from his lungs earlier this year and realized he had little time to do the things he did not do enough of in his youth.

Fire causes minor damage at North Kenai Tesoro plant
A fire at Tesoro's North Kenai refinery Wednesday night did some minor damage at the plant, but it resumed normal operations Thursday.

Sterling blaze burns barn
A small brush fire caused by careless burning destroyed a hay barn in Sterling Tuesday before crews from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Central Emergency Services could bring the blaze under control, officials said.

Too early for Pebble conclusions
Of course, there will be impacts.

Senate ethics reforms criticized
How quickly the Senate majority has forgotten what reform of state ethics laws is all about. The whole idea — after the debacle with former Attorney General Gregg Renkes — is to restore the people's faith in state government with an ethics law that works.

Climber first American to scale 14 highest peaks
KATMANDU, Nepal — Climber Ed Viesturs reached the summit of Nepal's towering Mount Annapurna on Thursday, becoming the first American to scale all the world's tallest peaks, reports from the mountain said.

Around the Peninsula
Nursing home to celebrate residents, staffVeterans appreciation dinner todayOpen-pit mining presentation scheduledSCS dance fund-raiser setCommunity cleanup continuesDinner, auction benefit slatedCommunity patrol to resumeClass of '95 reunion slatedDunn to retireRowing classes setCleanup, green up day announced

Around the Peninsula
Tree sale takes root Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday Volunteers for cemetery cleanup sought Museum to dust off cobwebs Foster family picnic slated Genealogical events scheduled Water safety instructor class set Montessori open house planned Torch Run set for May 21 Class of '95 reunion slated

Church Briefs
Gorman to speak at New LifeDrama troupe to meetBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openInterfaith schedules meetingsAddictions group to meet

Focus on the Family leader in policy fight
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — To millions of conservative Christians, James Dobson and his Focus on the Family ministry have emerged as a life preserver in an American culture, fending off assaults from popular culture and liberals.

Buildings not the only things that need earthquake proofing
"At a quarter past five came the earthquake. A minute later flames were leaping upward. The streets were humped into ridges and depressions and piled with debris of fallen walls. ... All the shrewd contrivances and safeguards of man had been thrown out of gear by 30 seconds' twitching of Earth's crust."

Pacers bounce back, tie series with Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again.

Tourney has quick hook
Kenai Peninsula high school soccer teams are coming off a regular season during which many squads had to squeeze eight or 10 games — many of them with postseason implications as only the top four squads make the conference tournament — into the space of two weeks.

NBA mulls limit on age
NEW YORK — After a collective bargaining session ended Thursday without a written proposal changing hands, the head of the NBA players' union said he remains unconvinced of the need to raise the minimum age.

Sports views: Casual Sunday: NFL becomes the Not (so) Formal League
Either way, what should have been a neat little story is already well on its way to becoming a marketing rollout.

SoHi girls, Kenai boys hunt region titles
The Soldotna girls will be looking for a repeat performance Friday and Saturday at the Region III track and field championships at Skyview High School.

Appleby takes lead with 7-under 63
IRVING, Texas — Stuart Appleby got behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo two weeks ago for a five-day road race in Tasmania, where his team finished 10th. John Daly got on stage with his acoustic guitar and belted out ''Knockin' on Heaven's Door'' before a packed house.

Birch Ridge Report: Time for tee at Birch Ridge
Okay, I'm ready — I bought a gallon of SUNBURN BITES sunscreen, subscribed to Golf for Women, started a new strength training program, and learned some fairly new yet convincing whining strategies that are sure to wow my golf buddies. Ah, summer in Soldotna!

O'Neal is out, Heat is on vs. Wizards
WASHINGTON — Knowing his bad leg would keep him out of the game, Shaquille O'Neal pulled Alonzo Mourning to the side during the Miami Heat's morning shootaround.

Kenai Watershed Forum sponsors birding celebration
The Kenai Watershed Forum is encouraging anyone who knows about birds, or is interested in learning more about them, to grab their binoculars, field guides and a good pair of walking shoes for the Kenai Shorebird Celebration and Workshop.

Spring is a great time to get out and see wildlife
As I look out my office window I am pleased to see the snow gone, leaves starting to emerge, and the grass starting to turn green. The real joy, however, is getting out and taking a walk through the woods. I just returned from a 45-minute stroll around Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Keen-Eye and Centennial Trail loop and thought I would share the experience in prose. The trail is dry and the whole surrounding area is alive with the sights and sounds of spring. Most enjoyable is that those sounds do not yet include the buzzing of very many mosquitoes!

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