Monday, May 17, 2004

Arroyo pitches Red Sox past Blue Jays
TORONTO Bronson Arroyo allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings, Kevin Youkilis homered for his first major league hit and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Saturday.

St. Louis locks down Marlins
ST. LOUIS Chris Carpenter allowed four hits in 7 1-3 scoreless innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals used a three-run fourth to beat the Florida Marlins 4-0 Saturday.

Halladay wins showdown with Martinez
TORONTO Roy Halladay outpitched Pedro Martinez after losing their first two matchups this season, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 Sunday.

Brewers' Sheets fans 18 Atlanta batters
MILWAUKEE Ben Sheets struck out a franchise-record 18 the most in the majors in three years to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Atlanta Braves 4-1 Sunday.

More than 3,000 years ago, an epic story was written down and passed on through the generations. It was a story of love, murder, revenge, war, gods, goddesses, and heroes. It was

Family Fun
There are lots of special events kids and adults can enjoy together all summer long. Here's a look at a few of them, broken down by the community in which they take place. Kenai Soldotna Moose Pass Ninilchik Nikiski Ssterling Homer Seward

Pepsi's Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
Description: The pitch, hit and run competition is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of baseball competition. It will allow youngsters to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

Art, design, pottery classes
Sponsoring organization: Arts Ex-press

Vacation Bible School
Sponsoring organization: Abundant Life Assembly of God Sponsoring organization: Grace Lutheran Church and School Sponsoring organization: Immanuel Baptist ChurchSponsoring organization: Immanuel Baptist Church Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Bible Chapel Sponsoring organization: Star of the North Lutheran Church

Nikiski Pool
A variety of swimming classes will be offered at the Nikiski pool beginning in June.

Wilderness Journey
Sponsoring organization Immanuel Baptist Church

About This Section
Kenai Peninsula kids can't get away with that old summer chant that goes "There's nothing to do around here" this summer.

Theater Camps, Shows
Sponsoring organization: The Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts Sponsoring organization: Kenai Performers Sponsoring organization: Bridges Community Resource Network Inc.

Flag Football
Sponsoring organization: North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

Driver's Education
Sponsoring organization: Manny's Driver's Education

Winning with Christ Sports Camps
Volleyball Camp Basketball Camp Elementary basketball camp Junior basketball camp

Grief Support for Teens
Sponsoring organization: Hospice of the Central Peninsula

Soldotna Pool
The Soldotna High School Swimming Pool has something for all ages and abilities. For those wanting to learn how to swim, lessons are available for children as young as 3. Group or private lessons are available with an American Red Cross certified instructor.

Marine Environment Camps
Sponsoring organization: Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward Discovery Day Camps Coastal Careers Camp Waves and Whales Weekend Camps Ocean Adventures Field Camp

'I'm bored': What's it really mean?
Did you ever consider the possibility that when your child mutters "I'm bored," he or she is really trying to tell you something else.

Preschool Age Summer School
Sponsoring organization: Sterling Head Start

Band Camp
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community Schools

Safe Sitter Courses
Sponsoring organization: Central Peninsula General Hospital

Reading Programs
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Community Library Sponsoring organization: READS Primary School Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Public Library

Space Camps
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has four opportunities for science and technology education this summer. Space Odyssey Week Space Science Camp Flight Overnight Young Astronauts Program

Northern Lights Football Camp
Description: This camp will focus on conditioning, fundamentals and skills. It will be instructed by Ned Clooten and company.

4-H has a variety of summer activities planned, including:

North Peninsula Recreation Running Club
Description: Beginner, in-termediate and advanced runners are encourage to participate. The goals of the club are to famili

Girl Scout Camp
Sponsoring organization: Central Peninsula Girl Scouts

Kenai Pool
The Kenai High School swimming pool's summer hours will begin June 1. Lap swim will be from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Kenai Summer Clubhouse
Sponsoring organization: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula

Skyview Pool
Three sessions of Ameri-can Red Cross swim lessons will be offered at the Skyview pool. Session 1 will be July 5-16; Session 2 will be July 19-30; and Session 3 will be Aug. 2-13. Registration begins June 1.

Chess, Cribbage
Sponsoring organization: Kaladi Brothers

South Central Aquatics
Description: The swim club focuses on technique and endurance as a lifelong wellness activity or competitive swimming. Dennis Reger is the coach.

Nikiski Clubhouse
Sponsoring organization: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula

Some ABCs of summer fun
Are you prepared for when your children chant the dreaded "I'm bored" mantra just as summer begins? The following includes some wisdom for coping with summer and a houseful of kids.

Art, music classes
Sponsoring organization: Kipp's Music and Art

Youth Fine Arts Institute
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community Schools

Soldotna Clubhouse
Sponsoring organization: Boys and Girls Club

Kids Camps
Sponsoring organization: Abundant Life Assembly of God Sponsoring organization: Peninsula Christian Center Sponsoring organization: Peninsula Grace Brethren Church

Junior Golf Clinics
Sponsoring organization: Birch Ridge Golf Course

North Peninsula Recreation Day Camp
Sponsoring organization: North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

Great Alaskan Outdoor Camp
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community Schools

Legislature adjournment end of road for many bills
JUNEAU Dancers will keep stripping at clubs without any new state regulations or protections. And gamblers still can't roll the dice legally in Alaska.

City of Soldotna shows support for students' grandiose plans
Thinking up big ideas can often be a hassle, especially if those ideas require the assistance of others to bring them to fruition. However, our latest large-scale scheme was able to come together, in large part, due to the generous help of the city of Soldotna.

Maybe legislators are actually listening to their constituents
Why shouldn't the high oil prices "bail out" the government again? The state and federal government aren't supposed to make a profit! It's the responsibility of the legislators to keep the revenue to the state of Alaska to a bare minimum (on a year to year basis).

Beware: Standard for U.S. soon may be 'whatever Bush says'
Lest we forget, in April 2003, it was Rumsfeld, not a 21-year-old private, who authorized troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to strip prisoners naked before questioning, and it was Bush who defended chaining Guantanamo Bay prisoners to stakes in unsheltered cages for months on end "to soften them up."

Praise about 'Carmina Burana' performance keeps coming
It is several weeks since "Carmina Burana" was performed on the the peninsula as a collaborative effort of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, Homer High School Choir and the adult Community Chorus.

Letter writer right on in his assessment of Murkowskis
I applaud Mr. VinZant's article on the Murkowskis. How true! How true! On all fronts!

Phyllis Halstead guided by students' best interests
What a delight it was to read your recent article about Phyllis Halstead's role at Kenai Alternative High School. She deserves every word of praise and recognition and more.

Gamble pays off as Earnhardt earns third victory of year
RICHMOND, Va. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team are making all the right calls and showing why he's NASCAR's biggest star.

Additional fire station discussed in Nikiski
To improve firefighter response time and reduce home insurance costs to people living in the Escape Route-Holt Lamplight Road area, the Nikiski Fire Service Area is looking to build a third firehouse.

Personal-use permits available
The Cook Inlet personal-use salmon permits are available at more than 60 licensed vendors in the Southcentral area, as well as from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices in Soldotna, Homer and Palmer.

Homeless shelter plans finding support
Tentative plans to create a homeless shelter system on the central Kenai Peninsula are promising and will have national support, a Family Promise representative told organizers last week.

Is there a need on the peninsula?
A group of central Kenai Peninsula residents has been working for several months to organize a network of churches to provide shelter and services for area people experiencing homelessness, and plans are moving forward.

Law enforcement service area ordinance sought for Nikiski
A public hearing in Nikiski to gather input from citizens on whether to create a law enforcement service area was attended by 16 people, and all agreed that something must be done to increase a police presence in the community.

Residents question board's authority
A group North Peninsula Recreation Service Area taxpayers is circulating a pair of petitions for initiatives they say would clarify service area powers, limit the activities of the service area board, prohibit a planned community center and cut by two-thirds the amount the board may appropriate for capital projects without a public vote.

Every nook and cranny
Matthew Titus explores a culvert for trash with help from his brother, Isaac, as his dad, Jim, sister, Julia, and mom, Sarah, scour the grass behind them alongside the Kenai Spur Highway during community cleanup day last weekend. Another sister, Lydia, not pictured, was working the tree line for hidden garbage.

Annual food show draws hungry crowd
The wet weather didn't stop people from whetting their appetites at the Taste of the Kenai food show Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

Debby Best
Debby Best died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, after a battle with cancer at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She was 68.

White House at stake in war
WASHINGTON The turmoil in Iraq is changing the political equation for President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry.

Higher-ups must be called to answer for prisoner abuses What others say
Congress has been holding hearings ... on abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and, so far, no one's been able to answer the key question: Who in the chain of command gave the orders to use humiliation as a means of torture to get the Muslim prisoners to talk?

'Freaks and Geeks' truly portrays awkward high school
Last month, possibly the best television series that never was came out on DVD.

Legislators still have time to do right thing
It would be unfair to say nothing was accomplished during the second session of the 23rd Alaska Legislature.

Peninsula schools capture attention of federal official
A federal education official left a clear message during her recent visit to the Kenai Peninsula: Good things are happening in public schools here.

Bountiful bivalves draw droves of clammers
Standing up straight for the first time in over an hour, Wasilla resident Will Sena took a long stretch and rubbed out some of the tightness that had started to build in his lower back.

Saxman totem poles get facelift
SAXMAN The Chief Ebbits totem pole in Saxman was surrounded by scaffolding as Marshall Smith and Andrew Kahklen repainted a wolf figure halfway up.

4-H students win competitions, prepare for state fair
Area 4-H participants competed in several contests April 24 at the Kasilof Community Church.

Community News
Community awareness workshop planned Groundbreaking ceremony slated Food bank honored, supported Healthy Communities camp slated Oilers seeking jobs, hosts for players Boys and Girls Club begins summer registration MDA camp counselors needed

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist to meetEmotional recovery topic of cesarean networkKenai River advisory board sets meetingRowing intro class offered in HomerAir fair set for take offCemetery cleanup scheduledGroundbreaking ceremony slatedConservation and development meeting setNational Trails Day hike scheduled

Octopuses find love at long last
ANCHORAGE It looks like J-1 is in love.

Cliffords celebrate 50th anniversary
Glenn and Patsy Clifford of Kenai will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, May 22, 2004, in an evening ceremony at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Kumpes renew vows
Ashley Nicole Kumpe of College Station, Texas, and Johnny Dewayne "J.D." Kumpe of Fort Hood, Texas, celebrated their marriage with a renewal ceremony before friends and family Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Edy the Bates Old Chapel at Festival Hill in Round Top, Texas. Judge J.D. Langley of College Station officiated.

Maccoy Edward Castillo Gerhard Jakits III

Miller, Walker plan July wedding
Kimberly June Miller of Beaverton, Ore., and John Philip Walker of Sparks, Nev., have announced their plans to be married Sunday, July 11, 2004, in an evening ceremony at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach, Calif., with a reception following. The Rev. Jim Jeffers will officiate.

Club News
Corvette club forming

Peninsula People
Reemtsma earns Bible degree Webster receives second medal Area residents graduate from UAA Fucci continues to advance military training Taylor makes deans list Nelson scholarship winners announced Flag poetry contest winners announced Myers to intern in Washington Peace officers award scholarships Beck awarded inspirational teacher award Williams certified for spinal trauma care

Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps to visit area CPHC to meet Graduation committee sets final meeting Womens club to host brunch Disable veterans schedule meeting Dog agility class offered Outdoor education center closes

My best friend
Itty-Bitty, a puppy adopted form the Extended Life Sanctuary in Nikiski, is all caught up in what it decides is a new toy. Itty-Bitty belongs to Kim Alman of Nikiski.

Pet puppy's police call probably a wrong number
OSLO, Norway (AP) An emergency services switchboard couldn't understand a word the caller was saying, so they sent a crew to investigate.

Outdoors is not so great for cats
Many cat owners believe it is important to allow their pets the freedom to roam outside the home, and it is true that cats are creatures with sharp senses that delight in the sight, sounds, smells and tastes of the outdoors. However, allowing cats to roam outside can be inherently dangerous.

Grizzlies out-claw Panthers
In a game befitting of two teams called the Panthers and Grizzlies, Grace Christian clawed its way past Skyview Saturday to claim the Region III boys soccer championship.

Kings push past Wolves
SACRAMENTO, Calif. The second-round series between Sacramento and Minnesota is becoming as much about bad tempers as it is great basketball.

Homer girls take first region crown
Led by a powerful young gun, the Homer girls outlasted the competition.

Goldstein leads SoHi to Region III title
Led by first place finishes in nine events, the Soldotna girls track and field team won its eighth Region III title in the past 12 years Saturday at Palmer High School.

Panthers draw Lynx in first round of state
The Skyview boys soccer team, fresh off a second-place finish in the Region III Tournament, will face the Dimond Lynx in the first round of the Alaska State Soccer Championships Thursday at Colony High School. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

ASAA gets mixed review
The meeting of the Alaska School Activities Association Board on May 2, 3 and 4 in Anchorage featured the good, the bad and the ugly.

Su Valley sweeps Region II meet
The Susitna Valley boys and girls teams swept the team titles Saturday at the Region II Track and Field Championships under sunny and Denali-filled skies at Susitna Valley High School.

Sharks even series with Flames
CALGARY, Alberta With Mike Rathje dispensing the punishment this time and Evgeni Nabokov stopping everything he could see, the San Jose Sharks evened the Western Conference finals.

Long day leaves eight teams alive
Of the 16 squads that started the Region III soccer tournament Friday morning, just eight four boys teams and four girls teams were left standing when play wrapped up Friday night.

Garcia rolls away with Nelson title
IRVING, Texas Sergio Garcia retooled his swing so it would hold up under the intense pressure of the final round. On Sunday, he only had to let the other guys fall apart at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Smarty Jones takes Preakness
BALTIMORE Eight-for-eight and one to go!

This time, Lakers end championship reign of Spurs
LOS ANGELES The Lakers completed an improbable comeback Saturday night, sending the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs home for the summer.

Philadelphia defends home ice
PHILADELPHIA Keith Primeau isn't thinking about missing the World Cup of Hockey. He's doing his best to get the Philadelphia Flyers into the Stanley Cup finals.

Alaska State High School Soccer Tournament
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