Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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.

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.

Building from the ground up
NEW YORK Several of the biggest beneficiaries of baseball's revenue-sharing plan have among the lowest payrolls in the majors, spending the money on prospects, not stars.

The write stuff: Reds' Todd Jones doubles as columist
CINCINNATI At this moment, Reds reliever Todd Jones is facing a different kind of pressure.

Muscling their way to the top
World record King Salmon, 2004 Iditarod Winner, Future Problem Solving champs, Alaska State Jr. Miss, High School Basketball, Football, Track, and Wrestling championships, are just a few of the competitive titles deservingly claimed by athletes from the Kenai Peninsula.

Calving season is here
One of the wonders of living in Alaska is upon us, the frequent opportunities to view wildlife as we go to work or pick up the kids from school.

Yes Emily a dime can change the world
It all started on the Redoubt Elementary School playground earlier this year when Grace Valencia told her friend Emily that, "A dime could change the world." Grace went on to say that if rather than saving a dime and putting it in your pocket, if you gave that dime to an organization and got other people to give a dime, it could support programs that are changing the world one dime at a time.

Mayor Carey commends U.S. Army Spc. 4 Sierra Mello
Sierra Mello decided to serve her country, earn some money for college tuition and hoped to experience Europe after she graduated from Soldotna High School.

Kaleidoscope focuses on the arts
In an effort to provide choices for parents of elementary school age children, Sears Elementary School introduced two magnet classroom models last year.

Photo feature: Cast away
Randall Spencer gets a start on the fishing season Saturday afternoon by trying out a new rig at Cunningham Park in Kenai. "I'm just getting ready," he said.

NOW PLAYING: Troy
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

Youth Fine Arts Institute
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community Schools

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.

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

Preschool Age Summer School
Sponsoring organization: Sterling Head Start

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

Safe Sitter Courses
Sponsoring organization: Central Peninsula General Hospital

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.

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

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

Chess, Cribbage
Sponsoring organization: Kaladi Brothers

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

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

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

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

Girl Scout Camp
Sponsoring organization: Central Peninsula Girl Scouts

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Soldotna Clubhouse
Sponsoring organization: Boys and Girls Club

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.

Junior Golf Clinics
Sponsoring organization: Birch Ridge Golf Course

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

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.

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.

Wilderness Journey
Sponsoring organization Immanuel Baptist Church

'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.

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

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

Flag Football
Sponsoring organization: North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

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.

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

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

Band Camp
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community Schools

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.

Nikiski should know options, vote on various proposals
On Feb. 16, 2004, the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area board held a meeting to discuss converting Nikiski Elementary School into a community center.

Food bank says thanks for work of many on dishwasher project
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, we wish to thank Paul Newman for the $5,000 donation he provided for us to purchase and install a commercial dishwasher and side tables and make the necessary remodeling adjustments.

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).

Community's support for safe, fun after-prom party appreciated
Soldotna High School held its prom dance April 24. When the prom dance ends, most students are not ready to end their celebration of this long-awaited event. This period of time is of concern to parents, teachers and local law enforcement officials.

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.

Service area board trying to add value to community
In regard to the flyer: "If facing a layoff would you buy a new pleasure boat?"

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.

Kenai Crewsers appreciate storage space and other help
The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club would like to thank Alan Norville for the donation of warehouse space at ACS over the winter. Because of Alan's generosity, we were able to keep six very large rowing shells out of the weather for eight months and were able to conduct maintenance on them in a heated area.

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!

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.

Dogs jog for charity
Runaway retrievers, twinkle-toed terriers and huffing hounds were just a few of the breeds in attendance for the Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Dog Jog held Sunday afternoon in Soldotna.

Out of the frying pan, into the mire
The mystery of the Kenai crawfish has been solved sort of.

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.

Carnival spins back into town
After searching far and wide, the Golden Wheel Amusements carnival has found a home in Kenai.

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.

Assembly: Will law come to Nikiski?
The first of two public hearings on a proposal to create a Nikiski Law Enforcement Service Area will be held at tonight's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

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.

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?

Denali lottery fees are not necessary, deny access to poor What others say
Those who want to enter the annual lottery for a coveted permit to drive along the Denali Park road in mid-September now must pay $10 just to enter the drawing.

Around the Peninsula
Grief support group to meet CHead Start plans fund-raiser Salamatof stockholder meeting slated Cruise fund-raiser set Community awareness workshop scheduled Baseball competition planned Alaska delegation continues mobile tour Kenai performers plan fund-raiser

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

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

Club News
Corvette club forming

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

Births
Maccoy Edward Castillo Gerhard Jakits III

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

Senior Briefs
Social Security reps to visit area Groundbreaking ceremony slated Anchor Point Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer senior and Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
This weeks menus for area Senior Centers

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.

Jones never saw it coming
Roy Jones Jr. never saw it coming. Most fighters, even the great ones, never do.

T-Wolves, Kings try to settle down
MINNEAPOLIS Bodies are aching, tempers are flaring and elbows are flying. At least the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves have two days to settle down, forget the fighting and focus on Wednesday's Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals.

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.

Calgary takes 3-2 series lead
SAN JOSE, Calif. According to the schedule, the Calgary Flames are headed home with a chance to close out the Western Conference finals.

Alaska State High School Soccer Tournament
Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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.

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.

Team 'Dawg
During his junior year, Nikiski senior Nicholas Russell netted seven goals in soccer to tie the school record.

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