Monday, May 16, 2005

White Sox trail, fall to Orioles
CHICAGO — The White Sox didn't lead for the first time this season, as Sal Fasano and David Newhan hit their first home runs in Baltimore's victory.

Rogers shuts out Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — Kenny Rogers pitched a six-hitter and ran his scoreless streak to 30 innings, leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Mabry dealt in; Cards win
NEW YORK — Matt Morris pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and John Mabry homered and drove in three runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the New York Mets 4-2 Sunday.

Walker sac fly wins it for Cards
NEW YORK — Larry Walker pinch-hit in the eighth inning and had a go-ahead sacrifice fly against Roberto Hernandez, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-6 victory Saturday over the New York Mets.

NOW PLAYING: Kicking and Screaming
I'll be the first to admit that a movie about precocious pee-wee soccer players would not generally be on my radar screen. I usually avoid cutesy kids movies like the plague, unless they're Pixar, or have some other connection to my childhood, like the upcoming Chris Van Allsburg adaptation Zathura.

Fireweed Academy debate more complex than it appears
A quiet war about education has been waged under the radar of most people in Homer. One battle just ended when the school board allowed Fireweed Academy to move into the West Homer Elementary school building. Most people don't seem to know that both of these schools are publicly funded schools, although Fireweed operates under a charter which allows them some discretion in educational approach. Fireweed has been in portable buildings at Paul Banks Elementary without many amenities enjoyed at other public schools. They worked hard to find a home for their students and at first glance it's easy to be sympathetic. Their story is only one part of the picture however, and the circumstances and fair trade-offs that accompanied the start of the charter school seem to have been forgotten.

Hockey tournament's success scores lots of points
KPHA PeeWee Tier IV hosted our state hockey tournament the week of March 17-20 with teams from Fairbanks, Healy, Homer, Delta, Big Lake, Talkeetna and two from Anchorage participating. The tournament was a huge success.

Murkowski should not help Democrats stop judges
For the first time in 200 years, Democrats in the U.S. Senate are promising to filibuster presidential candidates for the judiciary. The Constitution requires that the Senate has the responsibility to have judicial selections voted on after being passed out of the senate judicial committee. The Democrats have chosen an obstructionist path that is against a long tradition and is contrary to the Constitution.

Tax measures likely to draw attention to borough budget
The proposed $60.2 million fiscal year 2006 borough spending plan gets its final scheduled public hearing at Tuesday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Soldotna.

Soldotna honors record king catch
While Clara Anderson remembers the countless times her husband, Les Anderson, was asked to retell the biggest fishing tale of his life, she is looking forward to hearing it again. After all, her husband holds the record for catching the world's largest king salmon.

Agrium won't seek state gas
A governor-appointed task force charged with helping Agrium find ways to stay open decided to drop the issue of selling state-owned gas as a short term solution to supplying the fertilizer plant with more natural gas.

Firefighters respond to fire near border
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Seven firefighting crews were assigned to an Interior Alaska forest fire about seven miles from the U.S. Customs station on the Alaska Highway.

Cooks' farewell fits to a 'Big T'
John and Suzie Cook, owners of the Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof for the last 16 years, are hoping today will be a day for patrons to cheer rather than cry in their beers as they celebrate the final days of their ownership. "It's gonna be hard to say goodbye. This place has been our life for 16 years," Suzie Cook said.

Group stoked for new strokes
A committee made up of Kenai River Special Management Advisory Board members and representatives from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe will look at how to best manage a program that will provide cash incentives for boaters to trade in old two-stroke motors for more environmentally friendly four-stroke models.

Fire destroys trailer
A fire in Soldotna on Friday afternoon destroyed a mobile home, but the three people inside escaped without injuries. According to Central Emergency Services Fire Marshall Gary Hale, the trailer fire at 44720 Knight Drive in Soldotna was reported by Mike McConahy, an off-duty CES firefighter, at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday.

Crash spurs search of Sixmile Creek
A man so drunk he couldn't remember if he had passengers in his car caused Alaska State Troopers to prepare for the worst when responding to his wreck on the Seward Highway early Sunday morning.

On track: Oil, gas representatives see what peninsula offers
Former Alaska Gov. Steve Cowper, who now lives in Austin, Texas, is back in Alaska this week. Not as a politician, however, but as a representative of a company with ties to the oil industry.

'Mayor' makes stink over jet
Even though he's known as the self-proclaimed "Mayor of Clam Gulch," "Brother" Tom Patmor has little love for political types. "I don't even think twice about embarrassing politicians," Patmor said from a street corner in downtown Kenai on Wednesday.

Varble R. 'Ted' Darrow
Former Kenai resident and resident of Logan, Utah, Varble Ralph "Ted" Darrow died of an aneurysm Wednesday, May 11, 2005. He was 67.

Arlene M. 'Pat' Davis
Clam Gulch resident Arlene M. "Pat" Davis died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Ruth Wynkoop
Kasilof resident Ruth Wynkoop died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at her home. She was 71.

Voices of the Clarion: Everything's relative
First, synchronize your watches and then head off on a walk to the store with your daughter, but tell her to run and you'll catch up later.

Special sessions getting tiresome
Here we go again. It seems that the special session is becoming less and less special every year. In fact, it might be considered more special if the state legislators didn't have to be called back or asked to stick around so they could do what they were there to do in the first place.

Congress should make income tax fair, simple
Every time Congress "simplifies" the tax system, it seems to get longer, like a corollary to Murphy's Law.

Eagle project takes flight
Homer resident Kyle De Vaney, 17, completed his Eagle Scout leadership service project April 30. The project is just one step on a lengthy journey to the Eagle Scout rank, the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve.

Cultured display
For thousands of years, artwork has been an integral part of the lives of Alaska Natives and it was incorporated into all aspects of their lives — from sacred clan objects to ornately designed houses, utilitarian tools, equipment and clothing.

Around the Peninsula
Women's run seeking volunteers KPC looking for council representatives Safety Day plannedNikiski fire chief to retire Goggia fund-raiser planned Ice cream reward for dead dandelions Child birth class offered

Katrina Nelson and Eric Nelson of Nikiski Andrea Goodman and Mathew Goodman of Kenai

Community events
Track and field meet set Gardening classes continue Refuge plans spring cleanup and green up day

Community news
Red Cross moves to Kenai Community patrol resumes Interfaith schedules meetings Torch Run set Pets pound pavement for charity FCS baseball world series seeks sponsors

Around the Peninsula
Skyview after-graduation committee to meet Gardening classes continue Law enforcement memorial service set Retirement open house planned Garden plots available

Club news
Rowing classes set Military support group forming Tree sale takes root

Peninsula people
Area students win poster contest Turnbull awarded scholarship Area students makes dean's list

DeShong, Johnson marry in Texas Dobson, Edmunds plan wedding Hadden, Kaser announce engagement

Dog saves abandoned baby
NAIROBI, Kenya — Police arrested the suspected mother of an infant girl — dubbed "Angel" by hospital officials — who was abandoned in a Kenyan forest and reportedly rescued by a stray dog, officials said.

My best friend
Abby, a 3-year-old Yorkie, gets a ride in a Barbie car by Mariesha and Makayla. She is owned by G. Derkevorkian of Soldotna.

Feline catches wild ride
INKOM, Idaho (AP) — Torri Hutchinson's cat might just have one less life to live. Hutchison was driving along Interstate 15 one day recently when a motorist kept trying to get her attention and pointing to the roof of her car.

Golden goal propels Panthers into title tilt
The Skyview boys soccer team rested soundly and easily Friday night. The Panthers earned their second straight trip to state Friday by beating Grace Christian 4-2, then topping Wasilla 2-1 in overtime in the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Colony High School.

Canada edges Russia at worlds
VIENNA, Austria — Canada nearly blew a four-goal lead before hanging on to beat Russia 4-3 Saturday and reach its third straight final at the world hockey championships.

Skyview finishes second
PALMER — The Colony boys soccer team was dialed in for Saturday's Northern Lights Conference championship match, defeating Skyview 2-1 in a golden goal overtime game at Colony High School.

KABUL, Afghanistan — I am not a golfer, but that didn't stop me from having a memorable day at the Kabul Golf Club. You see, the Kabul Golf Club is not much of a course.

Nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon: A new world for Tiger
IRVING, Texas — Don't expect anyone to feel sorry for Tiger Woods, not even his friends.

Purdy plays way to first PGA prize
IRVING, Texa — Ted Purdy made sure this one didn't get away from him. Heartbroken by two close calls last year, Purdy had a birdie putt on every hole and closed with a 5-under 65 to win the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.

Homer girls defend title
PALMER — The Homer High School girls soccer squad claimed its second consecutive Region III title, but to do so, the Mariners had to defeat the hottest team in the conference.

Germany beats U.S.; Chileans top Czechs at tennis World Team Cup
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The United States lost to Germany 2-1 Sunday in the World Team Cup after dropping both singles matches.

Kards, Stars take region meet crowns
Soldotna track coach Mark Devenney finished up with something that's been done often, while Kenai Central coach Liz Burck left with something that hasn't been done in a long time.

Pacers fit to be tied
INDIANAPOLIS — Just when the Indiana Pacers thought they couldn't possibly shoot any worse, the Detroit Pistons proved them wrong.

Sorenstam in line for 60th LPGA win
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Annika Sorenstam finally had a few slip-ups, but they were hardly enough to stop the inevitable.

Heat put away Wizards in Game 4
WASHINGTON — While Shaquille O'Neal sat, the phenom-on-the-rise had a dazzling coming-out party.

Sonics soar without star
SEATTLE — The Seattle SuperSonics pulled off another surprise, this time without any help from All-Star Rashard Lewis.

Czech Republic wins world championship
VIENNA, Austria — Martin Rucinsky made sure the Czech Republic wouldn't need overtime or a shootout to win the world hockey championship.

Pole-sitter Kahne gains first career victory on Richmond track
RICHMOND, Va. — Kasey Kahne had been so close so many times in his first 46 races in NASCAR's premier series, it was starting to hurt.

Cook Inlet boys, girls second at Region II meet
The Susitna Valley boys and girls track teams swept the Region II track and field championships Saturday at Susitna Valley Junior-Senior High School.

Mavericks snap shooting slump
DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki finally had the kind of shooting night the Dallas Mavericks had been waiting for, and Josh Howard did more than pitch in.

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