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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mussina picks up as Yankees rout Tigers 12-3
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each homered twice, and the surging New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Tuesday night behind Mike Mussina to move three games over .500 for the first time this season.

Marlins take Phillies in 10 innings
MIAMI — Damion Easley tied the game with a two-out homer in the ninth inning, and Carlos Delgado's RBI double in the 10th gave the Florida Marlins a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cleanup takes efforts of many
We want to thank all of the businesses, adults, parents and kids who turned out for cleanup day on May 7. It was great day seeing all the folks who make our community the great place it is out picking up our roadsides so we can leave a good impression on those who drive through.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shorebird celebration deserves applause
The Kenai Watershed Forum deserves a great deal of credit for organizing the Kenai Shorebird Celebration on May 13 and 14. The speakers were excellent and the field trips enlightening.

Business step in to help students
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many business who came alongside my fourth- and fifth-grade class from Sterling Elementary to help raise money for our field trip to Whittier.

Protection standards need to be watched
Last year, when Alaskans were distracted by the business of summer, the Murkowski administration proposed new rules to allow toxic pollution in salmon streams. The proposed rule — to allow "mixing zones" in fish streams — embraces the long-discounted notion that dilution is the solution to pollution.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Perceived lack of support could scare mine investors
Questions surrounding Northern Dynasty Mines' plans for its giant Pebble mining project northwest of Iliamna may be serving to coalesce organized opposition, and investors should take a more cautious approach to the Alaska venture, according to the Internet mining newsletter Resource Investor.

Salmon season returns
On his first experience fishing for king salmon, which was Sunday, 11-year-old Billy St. Clair clearly remembers the specifics of the monster he reeled out of the Kenai River.

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.

Pebble stock downturn doesn't show progress
In recent months, even as Northern Dynasty Mines was acquiring sole control over Pebble Mine claims previously held by partners and pushing forward with a project feasibility study, the price of stock in its publicly traded parent, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., was dipping sharply.

Forster trial paints odd picture

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.

Dozing jury may result in mistrial
After two jurors in the David Forster murder trial in Kenai Superior Court Tuesday nearly fell asleep, the jury was admonished by Judge Donald Hopwood to stay awake to prevent needing to restart the trial. "I need to encourage all of you to stay awake during all of the trial," Hopwood said midway through the second day of what is expected to be a two- to three-week trial.

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.

Anthony Richard Bright
Ninilchik resident Anthony Richard Bright died unexpectedly Monday, May 23, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 3 months old.

Flying safely is serious business
Small aircraft are nearly as common a sight in Fairbanks' skies as ravens over the landfill. Ours is a region that has long been tied to individual air travel and we celebrate our history and the heroics of bush pilots who found their way across Alaska many times by the seat of their pants.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Learn and Serve funding available Community wildfire planning meetings set Fire training continues Rowing classes set

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

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

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Jackpot: Milwaukee wins NBA lottery, No. 1 pick
SECAUCUS, N.J. — After a season of injuries, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the odds and won the NBA lottery on Tuesday night, creating exciting possibilities for next month's draft.

Agony of defeat
PARIS — His back rigid, his feet shuffling in stutter steps, his face contorted from a burning pain down his leg, Andre Agassi arrived at a crisis in his career.

Sports views
Before this week, this was hardly shaping up as the summer of love for those tainted by the BALCO scandal.

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

Spurs go up 2-0 on Suns
PHOENIX — As postseason regulars, not much fazes the San Antonio Spurs. Certainly not fourth-quarter deficits against the less-experienced Phoenix Suns.

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.

Kenai golf report
Another week and the golf just keeps getting better, that is to say the course keeps getting better. I was out several times this past week and each time the greens and fairways had more green on them. The improvement after the one day of rain was remarkable.

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.

Clean Sports Act goes to Congress
WASHINGTON — Athletes in the four major U.S. professional leagues would be subject to two-year bans for a first positive drug test under legislation proposed Tuesday. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined House Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., and ranking Democrat Henry Waxman of California in introducing the Clean Sports Act of 2005.

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

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