Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Mets clobber Reds
NEW YORK — Cliff Floyd hit another home run and Kris Benson allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings of his third start, helping the Mets to a 9-2 victory over the Reds on Monday night.

Angels, Byrd quiet Indians
CLEVELAND — Paul Byrd pitched seven shutout innings and remained perfect in five career decisions against Cleveland, leading the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Monday 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.

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.

A day to stay safe...
Safety Day has become a spring tradition for the Central Peninsula thanks to dedicated folks like Nancy Mitchell of State Farm Insurance in Soldotna, "It would be wonderful if accidents didn't occur and there was no need to work to pay out claims, especially when it comes to bike safety and injuries that can be so easily prevented.

Kenai opens new Disc Golf Course...
There is a new golf course in Kenai and you don't need a putter or golf cart to play, it's a disc golf course and all you need is a Frisbee or golf disc to play.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
I found myself working in Beluga, Alaska in what seemed to be an unbelievable chain of events that took place. I was attempting to sneak out of our camp and hike the three miles into Three Mile Lake to do some Pike fishing but was caught by one of my co-workers Romey Newton who decided he wanted to go with me too.

12-year-old takes State Bowling Championship
While the Kenai Peninsula is known internationally for its outdoor sporting activities, some of Alaska's youth are rediscovering the challenges of bowling, a popular indoor sport from an earlier generation.

KPTMC gets new director...
A popular Visitors Services Coordinator at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and a life long resident of the Kenai Peninsula is taking over the reigns of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council (KPTMC).

Not your typical airport food
Nestled in a corner of the Kenai Municipal airport sits one of the towns best kept secrets. Wings Family Diner is a little slice of heaven when you're looking for great tasting food.

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.

Dangerous road in need of attention
In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed an appropriations bill that included $1 million to be used to pave Jones Road — a state road — in Soldotna. According to Gary Davis, Kenai Peninsula Borough roads director, the road is poorly built. Well, that was two years ago. We're still waiting!

Sterling bridge necessary?
The debate over another bridge on the Kenai River has been going on for more than 30 years. It now has come up again and will be on the Kenai Borough Assembly agenda tonight.

Community efforts a sign of the times
Thanks to everyone who had a part in the creation of the Soldotna Elementary School sign. The PTA raised the funds and others contributed their expertise, labor or support toward the beautiful sign that was dedicated last Monday.

Cancer victim's friend grateful for support
I have read the article about Colleen Puch and her fight against cancer so many times. Colleen and I have been best friends since first grade. We lived in Ohio less than a mile from each other on a country road.

Indianapolis 500 drivers get a grip
INDIANAPOLIS — Speeds are up, tire wear is down and things are finally getting back to normal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sterling
Hi neighbors. North Star Dance Studio had its spring recital last Saturday night and my granddaughter, Madelyn Fox, danced in four of the performances.

Nikiski
Good morning, Something to think about: "The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway." Henry Boye

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. I hope your week is off to a grand start. Activities abound for those looking for something special to do this weekend.

Cooper Landing
Chugach Electric Assoc. Inc. will host a meeting at Kenai Princess Lodge on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and the community is invited to attend. Chugach is in the process of relicensing the Cooper Creek Dam built in the early 1960s.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. Did anyone wonder what all the squealing was about at the fairgrounds last Saturday? Members of the 4-H Junior Market Livestock from all over the peninsula brought in their hogs, sheep and steers to get weighed so records could be kept in order to reach market weight by the auction.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Even though we have lived in Kenai for 16 years, we never get used to the onset of all the daylight. It's always a surprise to find it still light outside after the 10 p.m. news.

Troopers identify human remains found in Sterling
Alaska State Troopers have identified the human remains found by hikers in Sterling last week as those of Brian Sponsel, a 33-year-old Sterling man who died nearly two years ago.

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.

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.

Flocking to the view
John Wenger shows bird watchers where to look to see shorebirds at the Kenai Flats on Saturday as part of the Kenai Shorebird Celebration and Workshop presented by the Kenai Watershed Forum.

Juror pool cut by 21 in Forster murder trial
Twenty-one potential jurors in the David Forster murder trial scheduled to start in Kenai on May 23, were excused Monday by Judge Donald Hopwood with mutual agreement of attorneys in the case, before the jurors even showed up in court.

Enstar eyeing imports
At an Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority board meeting Monday, Enstar president Tony Izzo said importing liquefied natural gas may be a solution to dealing with projected shortages of gas in Southcentral Alaska.

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.

Borough could seek legal answer to initiative's validity
The Kenai Peninsula Borough may be planning legal action challenging the effects of an ordinance passed last fall by North Peninsula Recreation Service Area voters limiting the size of capital expenditures that could be made without a service area election.

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.

Brian Craig Sponsel
Sterling resident Brian Craig Sponsel died in August 2003. He was 33. There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Sterling Senior Center. Pastor James Pearson will officiate. Cremation will be at a later date.

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

Kenneth M. Street
Kenai resident Kenneth M. Street died Monday, May 9, 2005, at his home. He was 57.

Frank Hunsaker Jr.
Soldotna resident Frank Hunsaker Jr. died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, in Anchorage. He was 80.

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

Bob McKean
Seward resident Bob McKean died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 77.

Don E. Dablemont
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Don E. Dablemont died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 50.

Voices of the Peninsula: Putting Alaskans first
I want to thank the good people of the Kenai Peninsula who sent me back to Juneau to work for them. With your vote of confidence, I have been given an opportunity that seldom presents itself.

Recommendations on Alaska base closings shocking
We never expected the severity of the recommendations made yesterday by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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.

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

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Skyview after-graduation committee to meet Soldotna city council to meet Senior housing meting planned Law enforcement memorial service set Class of '95 reunion slated Retirement open house planned

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

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

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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.

Berg succeeds in class, sports
After Ginny Berg went to a learn-to-skate class when she was 7, she told her parents, Randy and Karen Berg, that she wanted to play hockey. "My initial reaction was that I didn't think girls should play hockey," said Karen, who had figure skating in mind for her daughter. "She proved me wrong."

Seattle looks to keep momentum
SAN ANTONIO — This time last year, Ray Allen and several buddies were watching television in a Las Vegas hotel room when they came across Game 5 of the Spurs-Lakers series. Allen doesn't like watching playoff games he's not in, so he went into another part of the room and began ironing his clothes.

Despite past, O'Hair has bright future
IRVING, Texas — In what might have been the harshest part of a ''60 Minutes II'' interview, Marc O'Hair bragged about knowing how to make a buck in the business world. It was always about material, overhead and labor.

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.

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.

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.

Fore!
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.

Billups can score, pass
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — When Detroit's Chauncey Billups played for Rick Carlisle two years ago, he was told to do what came naturally.

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.

Selig to support federal legislation if union balks
NEW YORK — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Monday he would support federal legislation calling for two-year bans for first-time steroid offenses unless the Major League Baseball Players Association agrees to toughen the sport's drug policy.

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

Sports views
Brace yourself. A Yank has taken control of Manchester United, the richest, most storied football team not just in all of England but around the globe.

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