Wednesday, June 1, 2005

White Sox win behind unlikely hero
CHICAGO —Timo Perez, a replacement for the injured Frank Thomas, singled in two runs in the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Reds clobber Astros' relievers
HOUSTON — Joe Randa homered and had three RBIs, and Aaron Harang struck out 10 Monday to spoil a solid effort by Roger Clemens and help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 9-0.

Brightening up the Family Room at OCS...
For families facing difficult times life can seem sterile and boring enough without having to sit for long periods of time staring at blank walls. Brightening up the Alaska Office of Children Service's (OCS) family room in the old Kenai Court House building was the idea of Patti Truesdell, a social services associate at OCS.

Soldotna Safety Day
2005 Soldotna Safety Day was wet, wild and wonderful. The circling of the Alaska State Troopers Search and Rescue helicopter and the releasing of State Farm bright red balloons signaled the start of the event!

Clarion's Scramblr Contest Wildly Popular!
Over 10,000 entries have been received in the Peninsula Clarion's recent word contest called the "Scramblr". Vying for the chance to win the daily prize of $15 or the Grand Prize jackpot of $500, local residents have been flocking to the Peninsula Clarion with their entries in hand over the past several weeks.

Defining the Alaska blueberry rush...
Alaska's next economic gold rush may be blue as in berries, according to data provided at a recent informational meeting sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough regarding the development of a wild berry, gathering/ranching cooperative. The event drew a couple dozen interested people to the Alaska Christian College for a presentation by representatives of Denali BioTechnologies L.L.C. and Robin Richardson, M.A., President of Global Food Collaborative.

Outdoors with John Perkovic
I finished my night shift of working in Beluga at 6 A.M. and slept till 11:30 and decided to hike into Three Mile Lake to do some Pike fishing before having to go back to work at 6 that night. The trail into the lake was still flooded by the spring thaw that saw a lot of snow disappear in a very short time. With the extra water also came an abundance of very aggressive mosquitoes. These bugs were so bad that sometimes I was swatting four and five at a time off my arms! The three mile hike from our camp to the lake is also a type of aerobics, as you not only are hiking at a fast pace but also swatting bugs with both hands. I saw several swans on the lake and an occasional eagle drift by overhead. I picked out my Johnson Silver Minnow bait and cast along the weed beds but never had any pike pay attention to it at all, so I dug out a old Musky favorite of mine called a Hog Wobbler. A short time later I boated my first pike of the day. I switched to a gray rubber mouse and caught two more of these toothy predator fish before having to hike back out to return to work. A six-mile hike and a couple hours on one of my all time favorite lakes to fish all before work—one of the reasons I love fishing and working in the Beluga area of Alaska. I hiked into this lake on three different occasions but found the pike still not biting very well after their spring spawn. While at work we had frequent visits from a spruce hen that would walk within two feet of us on the rig— the tamest bird I have ever seen in the wild.

Finding the perfect job/employee simplified with high-tech
The Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development proclaims that "Jobs are Alaska's future," and helping to bring the future here today is Harry Lockwood's job.

Celebrating Nursing Homes & the returning of Salmon...
It's been an eventful spring at Heritage Place in Soldotna. The month of May ushering in National Nursing Home Week and the annual Return of the Salmon Celebration held at Heritage Place. In conjunction with national Nursing Home Week, Heritage Place hosts several community events such as the Mayors luncheon where municipal officials are invited to dine with residents. Highlighting this year's Mayors lunch were proclamations from the Borough and cities of Kenai and Soldotna presented by Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and Assemblymen Pete Sprague in celebration of the participation of the local nursing facility. "I'm proud to join with the other mayors of our area to recognize the special work and love that come from this Banner facility throughout the year," said Mayor Porter. Former Kenai Mayor, longtime public servant, and current resident at Heritage Place Vince O'Riley was honored at the luncheon and commented, "I've really had my eyes opened by living here, I didn't realize what a large part of the community they served, and how much good they do for the 60 plus residents that are here and there families. The dedication of the staff here is amazing to me and their commitment to maintaining the quality of life for those who have spent their time in the trenches serving our community," said O'Riley.

NOW PLAYING: The Longest Yard
I think Adam Sandler is getting progressively less funny with every movie. As is oft pointed out, he really only has one character, the sweet man-child with a barely controlled explosive temper, and each film gives us a variation on the theme.

Ohio woman pleased with story on friend
I have followed the stories on Colleen Puch in your great newspaper. I am so grateful to you folks there at the paper for all your caring and support. I want to thank Tanny Miller, and all the folks who have been friends and co-workers of Colleen since she moved away from all of us here in Ohio. You guys are good people, the kind I would want for my friends, also.

Surprise visit worth more than any letter
I recently went through the process of getting a passport and traveling to South Korea. Our daughter is stationed there in the U.S. Army. She has not been able to come home for more than a year.

Soldotna
G'day from Mavis. I'm delighted to announce that, for the next two weeks, I'll be writing as a guest columnist while Joyce is on vacation. My first big announcement is about my daughter, Kelly, and wonderful son-in-law, Chuck. They made me a proud grandmother to a bouncing baby boy, Benjamin Reed Royce. He was born in Seattle.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun." Katharine Graham

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. An advanced horse camp sponsored by the Trailblazers 4-H club begins today and runs through June 11. So, if you see a string of horses going on a trail ride along the road, the club asks that you take extra caution and be careful not to scare the horses.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Hope all of you enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. Probably more people spent the weekend working in their yards than in hauling their boats to Homer but it was a good time to do all those early summer chores, for sure.

Kasilof
Greetings. I hope everyone's Memorial Day was memorable. Typically, the last weekend in May is transplanting time for Alaska gardening enthusiasts and this past weeks' weather has been fairly ideal for hardening off starts with partly sunny and warm days and cloudy yet above freezing evenings.

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Tommy and Helen Ware want Sterling neighbors to know that their daughter, Patty Bennett opened a coffee shop May 21. The new place is called Jitters Espresso and is located in the parking lot next to the Sterling Auto Parts on the Sterling Highway. Patty opens at 6 a.m. seven days a week, except on Sunday when she opens at 7 a.m.

Cooper Landing
Good morning. Kent and Melanie Bowman hosted the Pinochle Club at Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge and Cafe on the Hope Road on May 20. Fifteen members and guests met at Bowman's for the dinner and awards night. J.B. Weber and Gladys Nichols are club managers.

Forster: It was kill or be killed
An Alaska State Trooper investigator, testifying in the murder trial of David Forster on Tuesday, told jurors Forster said he felt if he didn't kill Kenai Police Officer John Watson, Watson was going to kill him. Forster, 35, is accused of murdering Watson on Christmas 2003 in the driveway of Forster's residence on Watergate Way in the Kenai VIP Subdivision.

Out to sea
A sea otter swims on its back in the waters just outside of China Poot Bay recently. Otters frequently are encountered in Kachemak Bay throughout the spring and summer.

Reasons to remember
In 137 years of laying down flowers and tributes to fallen soldiers, the tradition carries through to a new generation exposed to its own war. Those who give their service and who have given their lives in this and previous wars were honored Monday in Kenai.

Berry good?
An Anchorage company has applied for land use permits on "big swaths" of state land, which includes the Kenai Peninsula, to commercially harvest wild Alaska blueberries.

Family has ship named after elder
A U.S. Coast Guard vessel in Yorktown, Va., recently was named in honor of an Alaska Native with kinship ties to a Kenai family. Ned Nusunginya, grandfather of Kenai resident Vern Nusunginya and great-grandfather of Vincent, Justin and Bryan Nusunginya, had a C-Port Marine Services Motor Vessel named after him in March.

Coastal plan changes elicit chilly remarks
Officials with Alaska's Department of Natural Resources got an earful May 20 during a statewide teleconference called to elicit public comment on proposed changes to the Alaska Coastal Management Program.

Bridge up for debate
A bridge connecting Sterling and Funny River would cost between $10 million and $20 million to build and could leave the Kenai Peninsula Borough with the job of maintaining a span far larger than anything it maintains today, according to the borough roads director.

Fire chief to blaze new trails
Dan Gregory remembers how much help he needed when he built his Nikiski home in 1984 and 1985.

Bethel man charged with murder of wife
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A Bethel man shot and killed his wife during a domestic dispute in the couple's home, according to the Bethel Police Department.

Quakes jolt Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The western Aleutians region was jolted by a series of mostly light earthquakes that struck within minutes of each other early Sunday.

Legislative delegation touts work in session
With the legislative session finished, the central Kenai Peninsula state legislative delegation reported back to their constituents Tuesday at a panel jointly hosted by the Kenai, Nikiski and Soldotna chambers and the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

Marcia L. Carter
Kenai resident Marcia L. Carter died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at her home. She was 60.

Richard Michael 'Mikey' Romer
Alaska Native and lifelong Alaskan Richard Michael "Mikey" Romer died Thursday May 26, 2005, in Kenai. He was 20.

Mary Mae Mack
Kenai resident and Alaska Native Mary Mae Mack died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at her home. She was 38.

Base closing choices — it's all in the details
Frustration is building in several communities and states that will be affected, in a bad way, by the decision of the Pentagon and the Department of Defense to close or scale back dozens of major military installations and hundreds of smaller ones around the nation.

Special session not squandered money in long run
News stories about the Legislature's special session have usually included a mention about the daily cost, estimated at about $30,000. That puts the final bill from the just-concluded 15-day overtime period at about $450,000.

Peninsula People
Skyview seniors honored Area students receive scholarships VFW scholarships announced Knight joins Peace Corps Janota receives Bronze Star Area students make honor roll Nursing degrees awarded Eagles leave the nest

Community news
Respite services available

Around the Peninsula
Search on for Skyview principal Seniors plan garage sale Peace, justice group to meet KPC council meeting slated Unserviceable American flags sought Baseball series seeks sponsors

Community events
KHLT plans June events Watershed plans June events Parade entries and vendors sought Baseball series seeks sponsor Community race set to go

Births
Jenn McCarthy Kreske and Chuck Kreske of Riverton, Conn., announce the birth of their son, Caven Jakob Kreske, at 10:09 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2005 in Farminton, Conn. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Lifeguard training, swim lessons available Swim lessons available Relay for Life bank nights set Brain injury awareness walk set Aging brain seminar scheduled Hearing, vision screening available

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Wheldon cashes in after win
INDIANAPOLIS — Dan Wheldon has four victories this year — including a win in the Indianapolis 500 that earned him the winner's share of $1.53 million.

Kenai golf report: Kenai Cup starts today
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. With the many activities available (attending events honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, fishing, clam digging, gardening, golf), there was something for everyone.

Pistons pull even with Heat
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Larry Brown's uncertain future was not a distraction to the Detroit Pistons. On the contrary, it was barely in their thoughts.

Phoenix avoids sweep
SAN ANTONIO — Amare Stoudemire was tired of hearing how Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs were using their experience to teach the young Phoenix Suns a lesson in playoff basketball.

Sources: Brown offered Cavaliers' job
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indiana Pacers assistant coach Mike Brown was offered Cleveland's head coaching job, two sources within the NBA told The Associated Press on Monday.

Beckham's last frontier: America
NEW YORK — In America, David Beckham can walk the streets in relative peace.

Rangers rip Tigers for eighth straight
DETROIT — Kenny Rogers allowed three hits in seven innings, setting a team record with his sixth win of the month, and the Texas Rangers stretched their winning streak to nine games with an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Earnhardt Jr. has image trouble
CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was jeered by the fans, criticized by his fired crew chief and ripped by his uncle, the man who typically has been his most loyal supporter.

Nadal, Federer to clash
PARIS — Imperious and nearly impervious, Roger Federer plays the beautiful game. Muscular and macho, Rafael Nadal is, like the uncle who inspired him, ''The Beast.''

Adu has cure for those teenage blues
WASHINGTON — Just in time for his 16th birthday, Freddy Adu has the perfect cure for his teenage blues — getting away from adults.

Royals hire Bell to replace Pena
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buddy Bell faces a daunting rebuilding project with a team that could be headed for record losses, and he's promising no quick turnaround for the Kansas City Royals.

Nationals edge Braves
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals' slumping offense really got going once it got a chance to face the Atlanta Braves' bullpen.

Brown's future still an issue
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Larry Brown made a hasty exit at practice Monday before anyone asked him about the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are eager to become Brown's next employer.

Leonard avoids huge collapse
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Leonard didn't fret despite nearly blowing the PGA Tour's biggest lead this year.

Sharapova gains quarters
PARIS — Maria Sharapova slugged her way into the French Open quarterfinals Monday, and one of the first questions she was asked was about her makeup, her dresses and feeling beautiful.

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