Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Obermueller snaps Brewers losing streak
WASHINGTON — Wes Obermueller took a perfect game into the seventh and limited Washington to two hits in eight innings, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night.

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.

Garland first in majors to eight wins
CHICAGO — Jon Garland became the first eight-game winner in the major leagues, and A.J. Pierzynski homered for the third straight game to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Tuesday night.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

REAL ID Act of 2005
President George W. Bush said he would sign a new $82 billion bill for war operations into law and praised Congress for showing bipartisan support for the troops and anti-terrorism efforts.

Successful fund-raiser gets reader's heart going
This year's Jump Rope for Heart fund-raiser for the American Heart Association was a hopping success. Four hundred and fifty-eight kids participated, raising a total of $3,700.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Upwardly mobile
Brady Perkins gets a leg up at Skyview High School on Saturday during a track and field meet.

Law enforcement holds torch for Special Olympics
Organizers in Homer are coordinating Special Olympics Torch Run activities with the U.S. Coast Guard this year as the date of the event — May 21 — coincides with Armed Forces Day.

New date set for temporary bridge use
When Kenai River bridge project manager Chuck Swenor presented the plans of the new Kenai River bridge in a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting in February, he said the proposed construction schedule looked, "kind of ambitious."

Missing man may be in Southcentral
Alaska State Troopers have issued a missing persons report for Clyde Bifelt. Bifelt, 41 of Fairbanks, is thought to have traveled or hitchhiked to the Anchorage or Kenai Peninsula area. He requires medication and does not have any with him.

Jury selection inching along
Concern for the comfort of potential jurors appeared foremost in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday as jury selection began in the David Forster murder trial.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ruth Victoria Wagner Wynkoop
Kasilof resident Ruth Victoria Wagner Wynkoop died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at home into the arms of our Lord. She was 71.

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

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

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

Lawrence R. 'Larry' Thoma
Anchor Point resident Lawrence R. "Larry" Thoma died Monday, May 9, 2005, at his home. He was 51.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Guidelines save feds from making decisions
The National Academy of Sciences recently came out with ethical guidelines for research involving embryonic stem cells. It was a needed move that may give some direction to scientists exploring cures for a myriad of diseases.

Flood of people brings issues of water shortages
Newspapers across the west covered the latest release of information from the U.S. Census Bureau with great interest. The states of the West will be among the fastest growing in the nation during the next 25 years.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Fire training continues Soldotna immunization clinic moves DAV to meet RFL planning meeting scheduled Cleanup, green up day announced Dunn to retire Teen dance slated Tree sale takes root Rowing classes set

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

Soldotna Montessori
Ninety-three parents voted in the annual Academic Policy Committee elections May 9. Congratulations to the new members Lynn Carter, Dawn Edwards-Smith and Brenda Johnson.

Skyview High
Congratulations to May Rotary students Taylor Karnikis, Becky, Kilfoyle, Britton Anderson, Marshall Mills, Jordan Grant, Ashley Darris, Chucky Meyers, Archie Thompson, Kristy Lloyd, Danya Radish-Smagge, Ariel Mercier, Nicole Van Ryzin, Tasha Brown, Kelsey Skolnick, Chelsea Kassel and Shelly Heffner.

Cook Inlet Academy
First-place finishers at the borough track meet were junior high runners Kyle Wood, Michael Bauder and Holly Kopp. High school first-place finishers were Andy Hall, Alyse Bell, Stephanie McNutt, Sharon Lindow and Brooke Forsi. Final track events are the state track meet on Thursday and Friday in Fairbanks and Hershey Track and Field on Friday.

Kenai Middle
Congratulations to Dakota DeVolld for being selected by his peers to be the eighth-grade farewell speaker. The farewell ceremony is at 8 a.m. Monday.

Soldotna High
Yearbooks will be distributed today. Senior check out is Thursday.

Kenai Montessori
There will be an extra violin practice today from 4 to 5 p.m. to help prepare for the spring performance. The performance and graduation ceremony will be at the Soldotna Sports Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by a potluck dinner.

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to next year's student body executive board. The recently elected members are president Siri Larson, vice president Dusty Ward, secretary Hannah Watkins, treasurer Kendra Stiener and activity chairs Les Krusen and Kelsey Brewer. These are the students who will set the tone and do much of the work related to student

Kenaitze Head Start
The school welcomes a group visiting from Lee University in Tennessee. They are here to observe and teach classes and will join the school in a field trip to the Kenaitze Educational fishery site.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The school will accept applications throughout summer. There are open positions in first grade. Second- and third-graders will be placed on a waiting list.

Mountain View Elementary
The retirement and open house for Mrs. Jackson is tonight from 4 to 6 in the school library.

Soldotna Elementary
Michael Alvey helped a fellow student and was honored for his deed with a T-shirt and a pass to the Orca Theater.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Student teams participated in the third annual district math bowl competition in Seward on May 5. With nearly 30 teams from around the district, the Nikiski sixth-grade team tied for first in the Lightning Round Competition and placed second overall. Fourth-grade team members were Rebecca Wheeler, Annaleah Ernst, Lacey Elsey and Lincoln Johnson. Sixth-grade team members were Caty Reid, Tanner Thompson, Ari Bennett and Sebastian Strickland. Both teams used practice, teamwork, multiple strategies and determination to tackle a mixture of multi-step word problems, math puzzlers and speed math questions.

Soldotna Middle
Thanks to "Tall Steve" Dahl who came to the school and told tall tales to Ms. McIndoe's social studies classes. The classes have been writing tall tales in conjunction with their early American history unit. The stories were told in the oral tradition as they originally were shared.

The girls basketball team is selling tickets to raise money. Tickets are $10 and only 300 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held May 31 and the winner will receive $1200.

Tustumena Elementary
Intermediate assembly for grades four to six is at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Primary assembly for grades kindergarten through three is at 10 a.m. May 25.

Wings Christian Academy
Today, after chapel and hot lunch, Mrs. Newton's Spanish class will make a special presentation of "Los Tres Osos." Afterward, the students who are finished with their work will have Popcorn and Movie Day. The movie will be "National Treasure" and popcorn will is for sale at 100 merits.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided. PTA will serve the students a hot dog lunch on the last day of school. Parents will not need to send a lunch that day. Bring any type of cookies May 25. To help with either event, contact Donna Burcham at 262-2516.

Raven Correspondence and Alyeska Central
Students who need to make up or obtain credit during the summer may take tuition courses with Alyeska Central School. Contact Kathy at 262-2735 for additional information on enrollment, classes and tuition.

Room for change
Sixteen Kenai Alternative High School students are in their fourth week of painting a mural to liven up the waiting-room walls in the state Office of Children's Services in Kenai. The blank pale yellow room that once welcomed families and children already has begun to live up to its role of "welcoming" as the mural has progressed.

Enrollment is available for the 2005-06 school year by calling 260-7555 or stopping by the IDEA office in the Red Diamond Center off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The last day for parents to submit teacher-student placement requests for the 2005-06 school year is Thursday.

End of school approaches
The last day of school for area high school seniors is Thursday. The last day for all other Kenai Peninsula Borough School District grades is May 26.

Sears Elementary
The first- and second-graders will learn bike safety with Officer Kelly George on Monday, followed by a bike rodeo on Tuesday.

Redoubt Elementary
The last day for parents to submit teacher/student placement requests for the 2005-06 school year is Thursday.

Ridgeway Montessori School
Information on the summer camp and fall preschool program is available at an open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Call Ms. Keene at 262-2699 for more information.

Aurora Borealis Charter School
Eighth-grade graduation is 7 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna Bible Chapel. Congratulations to Maya Chay, Masonic Student of the Year.

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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.

Pistons roll over Pacers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons played like champions with swarming, relentless defense and unselfish offense.

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.

Wizards' Dixon to appear before Congress
WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard Juan Dixon will testify before Congress on Thursday, the only athlete slated to appear when two House committees hold separate hearings on steroid use and testing in major pro sports.

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.

Kenai golf report: Spring swing
Golf at the Kenai Golf Course is in full swing. The beautiful weather has enabled the golfers to get out earlier than usual. Rita Botelho would be excited and encouraging all to "get out and play." Yes, Rita will be a part of this report for some time to come, as Shelley and I will draw inspiration from her.

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.

Derby winner gets no respect
BALTIMORE — Giacomo isn't the only Kentucky Derby winner to ever enter the Preakness with plenty to prove.

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."

With golden egg on its face, Marquette searches for new nickname
MILWAUKEE — Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was stumped, along with thousands of other outraged Marquette fans, students and alumni, when the university declared it was ditching the Golden Eagles moniker and forever burying the old Warriors nickname in favor of ''Gold.''

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.

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