Friday, May 27, 2005

Schilling to miss up to 12 weeks
TORONTO (AP) — Curt Schilling's return from an injury to his surgically repaired right ankle could take up to 12 weeks.

Yankees leapfrog Boston
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 17th home run Thursday night to help the New York Yankees rally for a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Rockies rock Cubs, snap three-game losing streak
CHICAGO — Jason Jennings pitched seven strong innings, and Preston Wilson and Todd Greene hit solo homers as the Colorado Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

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

Royal weekend: Kings flooding peninsula streams
Current weather patterns, favorable tidal fluctuations, and new changes to the sportfish regulations should all combine to produce plenty of king salmon to go around during the Memorial Day weekend opener.

Kasilof woman remembers catching fish of a lifetime
Editor's note: Anyone who has spent much time fishing has a big fish story to tell, whether it be about the one they caught or the one that got away. This one was submitted by Kasilof resident Debbie Holle Brown.

Copper River dipnet opening set for June 4
FAIRBANKS (AP) — The date has been announced for dipnetters to start scooping salmon out of the Copper River.

Minnesota sturgeon might be a record
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — Dave Grashorn and fishing partner Cory Miggins were excited when they hooked into their first lake sturgeon of the season. But 25 minutes later, they landed and later released what is likely to be an unrecognized state record.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Donations give students chance of a lifetime
Our fifth-grade class at Mountain View Elementary School would like to thank Unocal for its generous donation toward our end-of-the-year field trip to the Kachemak Bay Learning Center.

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.

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.

Art exhibit gets show of support
The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau's Board of Directors would like to thank all who attended and supported the gala reception for the "Alaska 2005: Native Arts Now" summer exhibit. Friday night's opening was a success because of the hard work and support of Charlotte's, Snug Harbor Seafoods, Virgil Mosiman of Odom Corp. and the Back Door Lounge, Penny and her crew from Heavenly Delights, Bill Zumwalt, Bill and Dorothy Fry with Bear Creek Winery, and the Kenai Central High School football and basketball players.

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.

New totes will help branded fish chill
Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc., the company shepherding the Kenai Wild brand salmon, purchased about 400 insulated totes that will be used to stockpile ice throughout the season and also distributed to Kenai Wild trained fishers.

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.

Anchorage mayor says Southcentral can work together
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich said Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula have shared interests and should work together to promote Southcentral Alaska as a region at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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.

Graphic testimony comes out at trial
As the state medical examiner described in graphic detail what caused the death of slain Kenai Police Officer John Watson, Watson's widow had to get up and leave the Kenai courtroom where David Forster is on trial for the murder.

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.

Capital budget includes $66 million for peninsula, Kodiak projects
The $2.16 million fiscal year 2006 state capital budget adopted Wednesday by Juneau lawmakers eager to go home apparently made winners out of the Kenai Peninsula's three major legislative districts, where a host of nuts-and-bolts public facilities projects will share just over $66 million.

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.

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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.

What we're celebrating
Although it's what many people on the Kenai Peninsula associate it with, Memorial Day weekend isn't just about fishing. It's a time to remember those who have died in battle for this country.

Play it safe this weekend
At the stroke of 12:01 Saturday morning, many lines will dip into the cold waters of the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek. That process will repeat itself a thousands times before the weekend is over.

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.

Red Cross helping on peninsula
Its reach is nothing short of amazing. The American Red Cross of Alaska touches one-third of Kenai Peninsula residents each year, providing life-saving training, disaster relief, education and counseling services.

Study suggests aspen stands in the West are facing slow decline
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — In a tangle of snowberry brush, vine maple, and bitter cherry, and under a canopy of ancient towering aspens, Heather Kranz searched for clues to a disappearing species.

Nevada tourism officials hope outdoors reality TV show will lure visitors to state
LAS VEGAS — Come to Las Vegas and rock climb?

Around the Peninsula
Pancake breakfast fund-raiser plannedHigh school rodeo SaturdayVolunteer needed to plant flowersDog classes availableDisk golf park to openBrain injury awareness walk setAging brain seminar scheduled

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

Memorial Day: A time of sadness, joy, reflection
Every now and again, the thoughts of sharing an awesome inspirational message overwhelm me.

Church briefs
Agajanian to performDrama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openAddictions group to meetVBS safari adventure setVBS planned in Sterling

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.

Coaches' final vote is public
California coach Jeff Tedford got what he wanted: From now on, balloting in the final regular-season coaches poll will be made public.

Leonard's 62 leads St. Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Justin Leonard took advantage of his early tee time, shooting an 8-under 62 Thursday in unusually calm conditions at TPC at Southwind to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.

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.

Roddick bows out on clay
PARIS — Andy Roddick failed to make it through the opening week at the French Open for the fifth time in as many tries, blowing a two-set advantage Thursday and a fifth-set lead against Argentine Jose Acasuso.

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.

Ginobili steps up game
SAN ANTONIO — The fastball-like pass that set up a series-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left was gutsy. The 52-foot bank shot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was impressive. The behind-the-back reverse layup in the closing minutes of Game 2 was mind-boggling.

Champ drivers dwarfed at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS — Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira are outsiders of sorts among the 33 starters in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

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.

Newman takes pole
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman's latest qualifying effort was impressive even by his own standards.

The Next Level
Zobeck earns letter for RamsCIA's Beeson signs with Corban CollegeFormer SoHi skater signs with UAA

Brown may leave at year's end
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — An unspoken secret seems to envelop the Detroit Pistons, the expectation that Larry Brown won't be around next season.

Wildflower feared extinct discovered
SAN FRANCISCO — A flower called the Mount Diablo buckwheat, long thought to be extinct, has been discovered in a California state park — almost seven decades after it was last seen.

Birth of white buffalo thought to be omen
FORT ST. JOHN, British Columbia (AP) — The birth of a white buffalo, an event viewed as a prophetic omen in traditional Plains Indian cultures, has been reported at a northeastern British Columbia bison ranch.

Snipe: First birds to arrive are true harbingers of spring
Although some consider the sight of a robin to be one of the first signs spring has arrived, my favorite harbinger of spring is a bird that I often hear before I actually can see it circling high overhead. Although it may take a moment of carefully scanning the sky I eventually can locate the bird with its long bill circling high overhead. Its characteristic winnowing sound is a sure sign spring has finally arrived.

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