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Thursday, May 26, 2005

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.

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.

Orioles keep on winning; Jays, Yanks post victories
BALTIMORE Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight innings of five-hit ball, and Rafael Palmeiro homered to lead the Baltimore Orioles over Jamie Moyer and the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Wednesday night.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Fish quality training to be held Business counseling available

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

From the bookshelf
"A long time ago, on a big mossy log, on the floor of a forest all covered in fog, a seed from a cone fell onto the wood and reached for the sun just as fast as it could." The school year is winding down, the snow is gone and the season is ideal for playing outside. But if rain falls, mosquitoes pester, vacation palls or drowsy heads nod, families and young readers can snuggle up with a good book for quiet summer fun.

Funding ruins summer fun
As the school calendar ends its inexorable grind toward summer freedom, students and teachers alike are setting their sights beyond end-of-the-year grade tallies to what they'll do on vacation.

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.

Bed tax to pay for general government?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has decided to plan to spend more revenue than it is capable of generating within its coming 2006 borough budget. In most cases, a borough would see this kind of a situation as being unworkable, but not the KPB. The KPB took a look at cutting its budget and decided that budget reduction is not possible even as it is spending large amounts of cash on things that the borough could live without.

Prom party donators shine for the 'Stars'
The after-prom committee and the 2005 junior and senior class of Soldotna High School would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to the after-prom party. Your generosity and support helped provide a memorable, safe environment for the "Stars" of Soldotna: Alaska Peace Officers, Wells Fargo, Tomco Ind., Children Medical Center, RJ Charters, First National Bank, Quality Electric, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Unocal, Manny's Drivers Training, Mark Tuter, Tom and Diana Osland, Astar Reflection, Orca Theatre, Froso's, Marathon Oil, Kaladi Bros., Zenys, Credit Union 1, Alyeska Tire, The Hair Force, Clark's Espresso, CarQuest, Signatures, Vaughn's, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Pizza Boys, Subway, Pepsi, Audio concepts, Tina's Too, Arby's, Mallards, Dr. James Julian, Cozy Cushions, Donna Miller-Ron Moore Co., The Fitness Place, Kenai Fjords, Inner Peace Outer Beauty, Blockbuster, Claudette's, Soldotna Y Chevron, Acapulco Restaurant, Ultimate Tan, Odie's Coffee Cabin, Short Stop and The Hair Force.

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.

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.

Swift movement
Just a short comment to see if anyone else has noted how long it has taken the Legislature to figure out their pensions and how swiftly they were able to dispose of the Longevity Bonus, which was set up to be the retirement pension to their parents and grandparents.

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.

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.

Contributors help keep prom, promenade in step
Soldotna High School would like to formally thank the following contributors for helping to make this year's SoHi prom and promenade a huge success. We could not put on the show without all of your gracious donations of time, money and gifts: Beth Cortney, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Carmen Magee, Sonoma Florist, Duck Inn, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, Spenard Builders Supply, JoAnn Fabric, parents of Soldotna High School juniors, Soldotna High School junior sponsors and Home Depot.

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.

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.

Pastor recalls events at trial
Jurors in the David Forster murder trial in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday learned in detail about police equipment and heard from a church pastor who spoke with Forster about two hours before he allegedly shot and killed Kenai Police Officer John Watson 1 1/2 years ago.

TSA imposes mandatory fingerprinting
Effective Tuesday commercial truckers hauling hazardous materials in Alaska will be required to complete background checks and be fingerprinted by a federally approved agency as part of the new federal security requirements implement by The Transportation Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Oversight for the state will be provided by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

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.

North recreation area fees policy questioned
A member of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area board has questioned the legality of a service area policy granting property taxpayers and their families free access to the Nikiski pool while charging other service area residents a fee.

Grand entrance
A wild rose blooms in the Kenai Mountains near Skilak Lake Road earlier this week. Other species of wild flowers are starting to show in the area.

Mediation next step for Agrium
Looking for tools to access more natural gas on the west side of Cook Inlet, Agrium will enter a mediation session today with inlet gas producers and the state of Alaska on whether to regulate a pipeline key to obtaining additional gas for its operations.

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.

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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.

Anthony Richard Iliuqhutaq Bright
Ninilchik infant Anthony Richard Iliuqhutaq Bright died Monday, May 23, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 3 months and 3 days 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.

Initiative to impose tax on natural gas garners support
It's no surprise that this year's Legislature never seriously considered passing a reserves tax on North Slope natural gas. A reserves tax reflects a mind-set that's mostly foreign to those in charge in Juneau.

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai wildfire meeting today High school rodeo planned Help for daycare providers offered Developmental screening offered

Gifted teens set up French Open showdown
PARIS One charismatic teen bludgeoned the ball, the other stroked it elegantly. The first showed off sculpted biceps with a sleeveless neon green shirt, the other motored around court on muscle-bulging legs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wade turns up the Heat
MIAMI After returning home from a late-night joyride with teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning, the phone rang inside Dwyane Wade's home as the dawn of a new day was drawing near.

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.

Birch Ridge report
Have you noticed the vast majority of people around you coughing and sneezing? Have you noticed a particularly attractive specimen of womanhood at the market or the post office clearing her throat and blowing her nose? Well, yes, that's me and that's why you haven't seen me on the golf course making my normal winning shots. In fact, I think I've blown my sense of humor out onto my hanky. But as soon as I get better, I'm going to be out there with the best of them and the following just better watch out.

Rickey Henderson rambles on, this time as a Surf Dawg
SAN DIEGO Rickey Henderson is getting all revved up, and he's not even on first base yet.

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