Thursday, May 19, 2005

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.

White Sox pound Rangers 7-0
CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle won his sixth straight decision and Jermaine Dye doubled three times, once with the bases loaded, to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-0 Wednesday.

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.

Greene day: Padres slugger collects six RBIs
SAN DIEGO — Khalil Greene hit a pair of three-run homers off Horacio Ramirez (2-3) for a career-high six RBIs, and Adam Eaton won his fourth consecutive start to lead the surging San Diego Padres to an 8-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Business briefs
Area chambers set schedules EDD to hold economic outlook forum

Soldotna turns out for Anderson
More than 350 people flooded the front lawn of the Soldotna Visitor Center on Tuesday to pay homage to the late Les Anderson and his world-record king and to eat lunch.

In his bones
When Brandon Newbould started out in fifth grade band at Tustumena Elementary School, he wanted to play piano.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events FilmsDown the Road Anchorage events

Many help to keep peninsula clean
Since the mid-1980s, many companies, organizations and individuals have contributed to cleaning up the Kenai Peninsula roadways when the spring weather gives way to daylight and the roadside trash that has collected all winter.

Let governor have his plane
On June 15, 2004, I personally heard Gov. Frank Murkowski's reasoning behind needing a new plane. He was straightforward and did not appear to be a brat to me, as so stated in the story about a mayor of Clam Gulch protesting.

Reader has plan for state legislators
Would someone correct me if I am wrong. I was under the impression our governor and the majorities in the state Senate and House were all fiscal conservatives. All of them ran under that banner. I thought being a fiscal conservative meant you would be very careful in how you spent the public's funds. Obviously, I am wrong, or all of them were never what they claimed to be! Maybe any fairy tale to get you in control of the money pot.

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.

Busch league: NASCAR tired of behavior not 'befitting of a champion'
CONCORD, N.C. — Kurt Busch has been ordered by NASCAR to start behaving like a champion. His first test will be the All-Star race, an event at which Busch has struggled to stay out of trouble.

Bed tax going to voters
Over the objections of nearly everyone who testified on the ordinance Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted 5-4 in favor of a fall ballot measure asking voter approval of a bed tax on hotel, motel and bed-and-breakfast accommodations within the borough.

Quake shakes Kenai Peninsula
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

Memorial pays tribute to officers
Law enforcement officers gathered Wednesday for a memorial service in remembrance of fellow Alaska officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony commemorated 42 officers who have died since Alaska's statehood, especially the last name added to the list in 2003 — Kenai Police Department Officer John Watson.

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.

Bears waking up, moose calves dropping
A string of chicken killings allegedly caused by a sow and her cubs between Soldotna and Kasilof caused Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials to warn people about wildlife safety in the spring.

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

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

Voices of the Peninsula: A real bird's-eye view
It is that time of year again. Those who know me may think I am talking about the arrival of spring migrant birds; the welcome calls of songbirds wafting through the dewy morning air, the aerobatic contest of swallows catching mosquitoes around the yard or the plaintiff calls of loons as they court on that small pond down the road. Not!

Rolling Stones still gathering ticket sales
It's official: The fountain of youth does exist — and it's rock''roll. How else to explain how sixty-something rock stars are still able to howl into a microphone and leap athletically about stage at an age when many others are contemplating dentures and assisted living?

Newsweek claim intentional or error?
Newsweek's retraction of its story that U.S. investigators found evidence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Holy Quran has put a big question mark on the credibility (if any) of media giants. Responsibility, honesty and fairplay are necessary pillars for sensible journalism. If any of these elements is missing in the profession, the results may be disastrous — for the public and the country. ...

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.

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

Ready for 'Wars'
A collection of Star Wars figurines, light sabers and carefully laid plans for a Star Wars camp at the Kambe Theatre in Kenai set the tone for some Nikiski Middle-Senior High School students Wednesday.

Around the Peninsula
Montessori open house planned Cleanup, green-up day Friday Dunn to retire Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday Torch Run set for Saturday Nikiski fire chief to retire KPC looking for council representatives

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.

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.

IDEA
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ninilchik
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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.''

Afleet Alex tabbed Preakness Stakes favorite
BALTIMORE (AP) — Afleet Alex was made the 5-2 favorite for the Preakness Stakes on Wednesday, while Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo was the fourth choice at 6-1 and drew the ominous No. 13 post.

Pheonix takes 3-2 series lead
PHOENIX — If Steve Nash needed any more proof that he deserves to be MVP, his show-stopping performance Wednesday night ought to do it.

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

Birch Ridge Report
Its somewhat damp out there on the fairways, but that still wont stop our own Birch Ridge Seniors from starting the first of their weekly Monday 9 a.m. tee times. First day out saw winner Jo Brisco with a score of 30; Don McGhee was closest-to on hole six; Jerry Norris had the same honors on hole eight.

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.

Skyview, Homer booters set for state
The Skyview boys and Homer girls soccer teams are having little trouble finding motivation heading into the state soccer tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium and Dimond High School.

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.

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