Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Met's mastery undone
NEW YORK — After Pedro Martinez dominated his old nemesis, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams rallied the New York Yankees to victory in the first Subway Series of the season.

Willis hits eight wins
MIAMI Dontrelle Willis became the first eight-game winner in the National League, and Carlos Delgado and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive homers Monday night to carry the Florida Marlins to their season-high fifth straight victory with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

A Day Fit For A King
Tuesday, May 17 was indeed a day fit for a king, with sunshine and great spring weather, the first-ever "Les Anderson Day" hosted by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce was a well attended community event.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
This past week I have spent helping many of my Alaskan neighbors with their lawn work, garden preparation, and tree removal. I even helped build a spruce tree revetment on the end of Funny River Road.

Soldotna Elks Bring Poker to the Peninsula
It has been the subject of movies, TV dramas and too numerous to count TV shows. It is known as No Limit Texas Hold-Em Poker and the Soldotna Elks brought it to the Peninsula on April 30th.

NOW PLAYING: Revenge of the Sith
George Lucas is Darth Vader. Yeah, I said it. You want proof? In the seventies, a hero emerged on the Hollywood scene. He was young, brash - an idealist, and the movies he made spread his fame across the galaxy (presumably. The world, at least.)

Coverage on holdover beds needs explaining
This is in response to the April 28 Peninsula Clarion news article regarding a reported budget cut in the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice program for nonsecure shelter beds.

Information on mining should come from experts
On May 11 on Homer's KBBI Round Table, three opponents of Northern Dynasty's Pebble gold project treated Kenai Peninsula listeners to riveting radio programming rivaling Orson Well's production, "War of the Worlds." Sadly, their doomsday predictions concerning the Pebble project were as firmly rooted in science as Well's cruel joke on the American public.

Bunny breeders need wake-up call
Wake up bunny lovers. G'day bunny lovers of Soldotna. Wake up! Do your bunny breeding research, or one morning you will realize that your beautiful city gardens have been decimated by your furry friends.

Cooks leaving affects reader
Our son lives in Kasilof. We have become friends of John and Suzie Cook through the years that our son has lived there. I have your paper online in my "favorites" list so I can keep up with things.

Let governor buy his own jet
Let the governor have his jet, but let him buy it. In response to a letter in the Clarion (May 19), I say if he is determined to get a jet, he can use his own money to buy it and then he wouldn't have to share it with state troopers.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "To get the full value of joy, you must have people to divide it with." Mark Twain

Kasilof
Greetings from a verdant Kasilof. Well, summer is finally here. Congratulations to graduating seniors and their parents. For those students not graduating, the last day of school is Thursday.

Ninilchik
Memorial Day weekend in Ninilchik brings a variety of annual activities to our community. Gardens will be planted, pancakes will be served at the fairgrounds, and many students will rejoice that school is finally out.

Cooper Landing
Moose Pass plays Alaska Wildland Adventures at 7 p.m. Friday May 27 for the first game of the annual softball tournament held at the community center on Bean Creek Road.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Thanks to all of you who took the time and effort to help improve the looks of our environment by picking up trash along our thoroughfares.

Soldotna
I'm surprised that our areawide cleanup was not as successful as is the norm. I saw many areas that had a few bags but they didn't even stretch out a half of a mile long.

Wainwright soldiers hurt in Iraq crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) Five Fort Wainwright soldiers were injured when their helicopter crashed in Iraq after losing power in both engines, military officials said Monday.

Doggone good race
Release the hounds! And the huskies, retrievers and terriers, too. Not even potential wet weather could hold back the energetic purebred pooches and mixed-breed mutts that showed up to participate in the second annual Dog Jog at Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic in Soldotna on Sunday afternoon.

Liberty starts field work on prospect near Pebble site
Liberty Star Gold Corp., which has claims on roughly three times the territory controlled by Northern Dynasty Mines Inc. northwest of Iliamna, announced Friday it has begun field work on its "Big Chunk" project.

Rough roads to get work
Motorists are nearing the end of bone-jarring, hubcap launching trips along three notoriously bumpy Kenai Peninsula state roads. Repaving is expected to begin during summer 2006 on Kalifornsky Beach Road from Kasilof to Bridge Access Road, on the first three miles of North Fork Anchor River Road in Anchor Point and on the first 5 1/2 miles of Oilwell Road in Ninilchik.

Wildfire is hot topic of contest
Accidental forest fire is a plight ardently recognized on the Kenai Peninsula due to the amplified danger of dry, volatile Canada blue grasses this time of year and continuing spruce beetle killed trees.

Final jury selection begins
After four days of questioning candidates, a pool of 55 potential jurors was developed Friday, paving the way for final jury selection today in the murder trial of David Forster, the man accused of killing a Kenai police officer 1 1/2 years ago.

Forster trial paints odd picture

Council takes shot at gun bill stepping on municipal rules
A bill disallowing restrictions on firearms overwhelmingly passed in the Alaska House and Senate on May 7, and awaits the signature of Gov. Frank Murkowski to take effect. Though few, the bill has dissenters. Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker took issue with the bill at the Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday. Council members requested Boedeker contact the governor's office to express dismay.

Borough smoothing out problem spots
Now that breakup is past and Kenai Peninsula back roads are drying out, the borough roads maintenance contractors are on the lookout for problem spots to repair.

Kenai budget health in hands of Legislature appropriations
Depending on how things shake out in the Alaska Legislature, the city of Kenai will either be operating slightly in the black or a bit in the red next year.

Clarence Beauchamp Ladd
Kenai resident Clarence Beauchamp Ladd died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at his home. He was 84.

B.C. gold mine delay a chance to discuss options
This week's announced stall in plans to develop the Tulsequah Chief mine in the Taku River watershed offers a welcome respite in a process that has pressed forward with little regard for other economic interests.

Was state asleep when it came to base closures?
All along, as the days passed toward the time when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was to announce his recommendations for military base closures and realignments, we had an uneasy feeling that the state government and the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks were taking things all too casually. No need to worry, seemed to be the feeling.

Community events
Quilters 'foster' love Rowing classes set Immunization clinic moves Garden plots available Parade entries and vendors sought

Around the Peninsula
Planning group to meet for relay Tourette Syndrome workshop set Swim lessons available Disk golf park to open Parade entries, vendors sought Baseball series seeks sponsors

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board to meet Pancake breakfast fund-raiser planned KPH plans one-day closure Lifeguard training, swim lessons available Soccer camp set for kickoff Brain injury awareness walk set Aging brain seminar scheduled

Peninsula people
Kier sisters graduate Main joins Army KCHS grad receives promotion Jackson graduates Skyview seniors garner awards

Births
Rebecca and Jesse Spurgeon of Nikiski Jamie and Burr Maly of Kenai

Senior Briefs
Memorial Day to be observed Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Detroit rocks Miami
MIAMI The mismatches favored the Detroit Pistons, and the defending champions kept finding and exploiting them.

Perry all alone at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kenny Perry understands he will always have to share his first Colonial victory with Annika Sorenstam. And that's OK with him.

Selling out
BARCELONA, Spain — FC Barcelona, the last major European soccer team without advertising on its shirts, is about to sell out. And the message sewn into its uniforms will be uncommon.

Spurs get offensive
PHOENIX — Although they're still known for defense, the San Antonio Spurs might soon start convincing people to respect their offense, too.

Myskina makes early exit
PARIS A sprinkle of rain, like soft tears, fell in the final game on one more day of sadness and frustration for Anastasia Myskina, the first defending French Open champion, male or female, ever to lose in the first round.

Douglas, Sun outshine Washington
WASHINGTON — Katie Douglas scored 16 points, including four free throws in the final 38 seconds, to help Connecticut hold off Washington.

Sixers cast lot with Mo
PHILADELPHIA Maurice Cheeks is running the show again for the Philadelphia 76ers. In a surprising move nearly three weeks following the end of their season, the Sixers fired Jim O'Brien on Monday after one season as coach and replaced him with Cheeks, one of the most popular players in franchise history.

Oh baby! Giaffone goes from diaper shopping to Indy field
INDIANAPOLIS — Felipe Giaffone went from shopping for baby clothes to the starting lineup of the Indianapolis 500 in less than four hours.

Sports views
For the 27th straight year, thoroughbred racing will have to make do without a Triple Crown winner.

Graf represents a different era at Roland Garros
PARIS — Steffi Graf brought back a flood of memories for French Open fans on Sunday when she returned, racket in hand, to the scene of her most emotional, and final, Grand Slam triumph.

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