Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Yanks, A-Rod avoid Rangers' sweep
ARLINGTON, Texas Enrique Wilson homered and drove in three runs, sparking the Yankees to an 8-3 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers and helping New York avoid a three-game sweep in Alex Rodriguez's return to Arlington.

Glavine barely misses first Mets no-no
NEW YORK Tom Glavine came within four outs of the first no-hitter in New York Mets history Sunday, blanking the Colorado Rockies 4-0 with his first career one-hitter.

Marlins sting Diamondbacks 13-5
MIAMI Juan Pierre drove in four runs, Ramon Castro broke out of a season-long slump with three RBIs and the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-5 Monday.

Local students selected for Congressional Intern positions
After an application process that included an essay on "Why you want to serve in Washington D.C," two local high school seniors have been chosen for internships with Alaska's Congressional delegation in the Nation's Capitol.

Local residents demand less talk, more action on No Child Left Behind
Concerned for the future of Alaska schools, a group of Kenai Peninsula citizens gathered recently at a Soldotna pre-school to call on Washington D.C. to quit talking about fixing No Child Left Behind legislation and get down to the business of actually fixing it.

New handicapped boat wants more power
For the last few years Dan McDowell, know on the Kenai River as the Last Frontiersman, has been providing handicapped guided fishing trips in his specially designed river boat.

Lions honor 2003 Citizens of the Year
Members of the Soldotna Lions Club are not only dedicated to serving the community through a myriad of projects and programs, but they also watch for other members of the community that are devoted to helping others and then nominate them for their annual Citizen of the Year award.

City of Soldotna awards 1st Scholarships
The City of Soldotna awarded two $1,500 scholarships last week at their regular City Council meeting. The new scholarships are the result of an endowment to the City from an anonymous individual to further educational opportunities for local graduating high school seniors.

Now playing Shrek 2
I have to admit: I was not particularly jazzed when I saw that they were making a Shrek sequel. Yeah, the first one was funny, but the years in between h

What side of abortion issue is Sen. Murkowski really on?
So, if you're pro-life do you support Roe v. Wade? It should be a simple question to answer, right? Apparently not so simple for Lisa Murkowski. She keeps sidestepping the issue.

Scholarships provide incentives for students to pursue goals
On behalf of the students, staff and administration at Nikiski High School, we would like to sincerely thank the businesses and organizations that generously gave scholarships to Nikiski High School seniors. Contributions like yours help ease the financial impact of a college education and give students the incentive to pursue their goals.

Kenai parents, students thank community for after-prom event
The parents and students of Kenai Central High School would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals who so generously contributed to making this year's After Prom Activities such a great success:

Community comes together to help keep kids safer
Community kids splashed into safety with the Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Water Safety Carnival on May 8.

Boy Scouts of America appreciates generous gift
The Boy Scouts of America wishes to thank the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10046 (Soldotna) for its generous gift to the 2004 Friends of Scouting campaign. This contribution will help bring scouting to many more youth on the Kenai Peninsula, while also helping to maintain summer camps and a local Scout Service Center in the town of Kenai.

Businesses' generosity makes region soccer tourney possible
Kenai Central High School hosted the Region III soccer championships the weekend of May 14-15. Eight boys' and eight girls' teams competed for the chance to represent Region III in the State Soccer Championships.

Nikiski wrestling club expresses its appreciation
The coaching staff and parents of the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club would like to offer a special thank-you to three dedicated individuals within our organization.

Kenai boy remains in critical condition
A 10-year-old Kenai boy who was hit by two vehicles Friday remains in critical condition, according to a spokesperson at the Children's Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Gravel pit stirs dusty
Travis and Crystal Penrod moved to the Kenai Peninsula from Anchorage a decade ago and built a home with their own hands a short distance off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Grant funds awarded for flood damage near Ninilchik
A $100,000 federal grant has been awarded to repair flood damage along Silver Salmon Creek, a tributary of Deep Creek near Ninilchik that suffered damage when severe floods ripped through the area in 2002.

Change of venue causes fuss
Kenai Central High School is following the lead of two other area schools this week, moving its graduation ceremony to the Soldotna Sports Center.

CIA valedictorian stands out among 2004 grads
Saturday afternoon at Kaladi Brothers is quiet. The whir of the espresso machine and a steady stream of customers provide a background din, while customers chat on the couch, face off over chess boards and hunch over books, their sipped coffee drinks secondary to the atmosphere of the Soldotna coffeehouse.

Seniors used to computers, CNN, Diet Coke
Cook Inlet Academy valedictorian Thomas Adams speculates that his generation is one of little patience, used to a computerized, instant-gratification world.

Better roads ahead
Borough coffers will start kicking in larger matches for certain road improvement projects because of an ordinance passed unanimously at last Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

U.S. right to evaluate troops in South Korea in light of war in Iraq What others say
Discussions with South Korea are under way regarding the proposal to shift some of the 37,000 U.S. troops in South Korea to Iraq, a move that fits within President Bush's previously stated plans to reduce troop strength on the divided Asian peninsula.

Holding a special session has merit
The Alaska Legislature's top leaders are in the midst of polling members on the question of whether to hold a special session to consider a handful of issues that were not resolved during the just-concluded regular session.

Alaska's future in food
Alaska: Food Producer for the World I don't claim to have come up with this moniker for Alaska. In fact, it was the title of a talk given by Dr. Glenn Olds, former Alaska Pacific University president and former commissioner of the state departments of Commerce and Economic Development and Natural Resources. Anyone who has been exposed to Dr. Olds know he's a big picture kind of guy.

NRA takes aim at Kerry
WASHINGTON John Kerry owns a shotgun and a rifle, has taken time from the campaign trail to go hunting and relied on firearms during the Vietnam War. But the Democratic presidential candidate's fondness for his guns will not save him from a political assault by the National Rifle Association.

Around the Peninsula
Brady to speak at Alliance meetingOutdoor skills club startingSterling Community Club sets meetingDisabilities forum setSeaLife Center takes wingRunning club formingKenai performers plan fund-raiser

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold board meeting Summer clubhouse extends deadline Baseball competition slated Ranger district plans trail celebrations Trails Day at Kachemak Bay slated Red Cross golf tourney set

Community News
Boys and Girls Club accepting applications Disabilities forum set Area pools plan summer events Hunger awareness day planned Brain awareness walk, barbecue scheduled Summer food program offered Watershed June activities set Kenai Performers to hold theater camp SoHi class reunion set Peninsula students seek places to stay Host families needed for international youth USS Sperry to hold reunion

Rebecca Edwards and Matthew VanHoose of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Alice Rose VanHoose, at 11:28 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Peninsula People
Area residents graduate from college Students named to deans list Central peninsula students earn scholarships Palm to intern for Sen. Murkowski Barnette graduates from naval training Crawford completes leadership training Kenai man joins Marines McCusker finishes communication school Torch Run results announced

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Study: Treatment should start before full-blown osteoporosis
CHICAGO A study suggests some women might benefit from taking bone-boosting drugs earlier than many doctors recommend, because they can break bones well before they develop full-fledged osteoporosis.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Wolves come snarling back
MINNEAPOLIS Even without injured Sam Cassell, the Minnesota Timberwolves had the energy and attitude to even the Western Conference finals.

Agassi upset at French Open
PARIS With sagging shoulders and head bowed, Andre Agassi left the French Open through a courtside doorway Monday, uncertain if he'll return next year.

The old guys still have it
Anyone who remembers Willie Mays stumbling around the outfield in the 1973 World Series knows how cruel advancing age can be to a great athlete.

Jones confronts antidoping agency
SAN FRANCISCO Marion Jones was presented with evidence of her possible steroid use by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Monday, but none of it was compelling enough to ban the star sprinter from the Olympics, her lawyer said.

Fresh Flesch fantastic
FORT WORTH, Texas Another lefty won the Colonial on Sunday, and it wasn't the Masters champion.

Detroit ties series with defensive effort
INDIANAPOLIS Tayshaun Prince was several steps behind Reggie Miller as the play of the game unfolded. The Indiana Pacers had just come up with a steal, and Miller was about to drop in a game-tying breakaway layup.

O'Donnell an Olympian
Next stop: Athens.

Jackson, Saunders share CBA background
MINNEAPOLIS Phil Jackson has collected nine championships and won at a higher percentage than any other NBA coach, using his mastery of motivation, Zen philosophy and mediation.

Stanley Cup: Similar teams, same goal
TAMPA, Fla. Their aggressive styles are so similar, their coaches so alike, their players so interchangeable, the Tampa Bay Lightning probably could swap jerseys with the Calgary Flames midway through the Stanley Cup final without the casual fan realizing it.

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