Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Twins hit five dingers to beat Devil Rays
MINNEAPOLIS Corey Koskie hit two of Minnesota's five home runs to lead the Twins over the error-prone Tampa Bay Devil Rays 16-4 on Tuesday night.

Reds defeat Marlins 7-6 in extra innings
MIAMI Adam Dunn homered twice, including a tiebreaking drive in the 10th inning, and Ken Griffey Jr. homered for the third time in five games to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the Florida Marlins 7-6 Tuesday night.

How Alaska's costs for its #1 industry rank globally
The most recent multi-client study undertaken by Wood McKenzie, an international consulting firm with offices in Edinburgh, Scotland, London, Houston, Boston, Moscow, Sydney, Tokyo, and Beijing, provides a global comparison of relative attractiveness for future investment by the oil and gas industry.

Keeping kids safe on the Kenai
It was a great success for a cooperative event that was aimed at keeping kids safe when enjoying Alaskan waters.

Outdoors: Grumpy Old Men
How many of you have ever seen the movie Grumpy Old Men? Even though the movie was quite humorous and very entertaining, could you imagine actually fishing with these two characters? Throughout my life I have been in the boat with several of our senior citizens. I have yet to encounter anyone quite like Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

Alaska's Senior Senator honored with UCLA'S highest Alumni Honor
U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was recently honored with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)'s Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year Award.

Graduations, the large and the small of it
In the same amount of time it took the Soldotna High School graduating class of 2004 to enter and be seated at the Soldotna Sports Center, the Connections home school graduating class of 2004 had already heard their speeches received their diplomas and were enjoying cake and ice cream with family and friends at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Annual Safety Day was held at local Fred Meyers
It was another sunny day in Soldotna for the annual Safety Day event held at Fred Meyer May 22.

Sterling students clean up litter in the rain
It was a rainy wet Monday, but the students of Terri Hoffman's sixth grade class at Sterling Elementary School were undeterred by the elements as they headed out Swanson River road for their annual highway clean up sponsored by Unocal.

NOW PLAYING: The Day After Tomorrow
What is it about Americans that we so love disaster movies? Maybe it's hubris, the idea that overblown pride always gets its just reward.

Legislators face challenges
JUNEAU Dozens of Alaskans signed up for federal and state legislative races by the 5 p.m. filing deadline Tuesday.

Constitution, logic prohibit creating special class of anglers
I would like to address the local vs. non-local or guided vs. non-guided issue. Some of our public committees are at this time attempting to address this important issue, so I have painted a watercolor painting regarding the issue. It is located at http://www.alaskadons.com/images/busnonresident2.gif.

Stamp Out Hunger drive donations appreciated
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, we wish to express our thanks and gratitude to the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service as they collected nonperishable food items May 8. Thank you to all of you who left canned goods by your mailbox.

Nuking Iraq untenable, not way to bring peace
A letter by a Mr. Wyka appearing in the May 19 edition of the Peninsula Clarion advocated ending the Iraq war with the use of nuclear weapons, a proposal rooted in madness. Rather than "bringing a swift and justifiable end" to the war, it would result in catastrophic consequences for the planet.

Move to privatize flight stations should concern all Alaskans
The government has spent millions of dollars on a study to privatize Flight Service Stations in the Lower 48, currently under government control, part of the Federal Aviation Administration. This privatization was scheduled to occur after November's presidential election, but currently has been proposed to occur before the presidential elections.

Senseless act of vandalism disrespectful beyond words
On May 17, 2003, my daughter, Heather Faeo, was hit by a car in Kenai while crossing the street between McDonald's and Blockbuster Video. She was seriously injured and died later from those injuries. A memorial sign was installed on a light pole at the site of this accident in April 2004. On the anniversary of the accident, May 17, 2004, I placed a cross and some flowers at the site to honor her memory.

Photo feature: Hanging out
Oralee Nudson takes in the view from the boardwalk on the Kenai River flats alongside Bridge Access Road last week. "I'm just killing time before going to work," she said.

Bagley proposes slight tax increase
Running the Kenai Peninsula Borough will cost real and personal property taxpayers slightly more in tax year 2004 starting July 1, as Mayor Dale Bagley has asked the assembly to consider increasing the boroughwide mill rate by three-tenths of a percent.

Residents pay respects to fallen heroes
Military service is a lifestyle few experience, Soldotna's Charles Carrico said Monday.

Chenault: Sky isn't falling on state
Saying he's still opposed to using new taxes or tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund, Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, told the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce last week he believes the state will eventually need to find additional revenue to pay for state government.

Shop destroyed by fire
A workshop was destroyed by fire Sunday night, Central Emergency Services reported Monday.

Soldotna finances passed with ease
With little debate and nothing controversial to discuss, the Soldotna City Council unanimously passed the city's fiscal year 2005 annual budget at Wednesday's council meeting.

Woman finds herself hip-deep after ground caves in at cemetery
Hazel Felton did not have a near-death experience over the weekend, but she did have one foot in the grave -- literally.

Peninsula candidates file for races
As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the state Division of Elections reported the following candidates had filed for Kenai Peninsula legislative seats and Alaska's U.S. Senate and House seats:

CPGH cash flow improving
After three consecutive months of low patient census, Central Peninsula General Hospital financial numbers looked brighter for board members meeting at the end of May.

KPB budget up for debate
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's proposed $57.2 million budget gets a second public hearing today when the assembly meets in Soldotna.

Henri W. 'Hank' Maillard III
Sterling resident Henri W. "Hank" Maillard III died Friday, May 28, 2004, at his home in Sterling after a long-term illness. He was 66.

Debby Best
Debby Best died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, after a battle with cancer at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She was 68.

Franklin D. 'Frank' Meinhardt
Kenai resident Franklin D. "Frank" Meinhardt died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 70.

Clifford 'Cliff' L. Haas
Soldotna resident Clifford "Cliff" L. Haas died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at his Drift River cabin of natural causes. He was 59.

Robert 'Bobby' Lance Bushnell
Kenai resident Robert "Bobby" Lance Bushnell died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, due to injuries sustained while he was riding his bicycle in Kenai on May 21. He was 10.

Oilers ready to take the field
Two dozen Soldotna business leaders got a firsthand look at "Scoop," the new Peninsula Oilers' mascot who made a surprise appearance during the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting Tuesday.

Is following orders excuse for military law violations?
The movie "A Few Good Men," which starred Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson, may well be played out in real life in the next few weeks. Those who recall the movie will remember that characters played by Cruise and Moore have the difficult duty of defending two Marines accused of hazing a fellow soldier. The crux of their defense: They were ordered by higher-ups to harass their comrade, accidentally leading to his death.

Unnecessary waste now in food chain
A recent study of ocean water around Great Britain showed that microscopic plastics are building up on the coastline and inside plankton, the tiny water-dwelling organisms at the bottom of the food chain.

Lack of legislative action behind call for special session
After saying he would and then saying he wouldn't, Gov. Frank Murkowski ... said he will call a special session of the Alaska Legislature to focus on pressing issues, such as the state's fiscal gap, increased tobacco taxes, worker's compensation laws and capital projects.

Better to err on side of caution when it comes to terrorism
The Bush administration says credible new information indicates terror attacks by al-Qaida in the United States are likely in the coming months.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi pool offering swim lessonsBaseball competition plannedSeward ranger district plan trail celebrationsNikiski Seniors Service Area to meetBasketball camps slated

Peninsula People
Ruffridge to become pharmacistArea students named to dean's, president's listsFarren continues trainingHamman completes Navy trainingHistead receives Fulbright scholarshipJenckes graduates from collegePattison earns bachelor's degree

Club News
Square dances plannedSafari Club to break for summer

Community Schools
Soldotna camp registration deadline extendedHomer classes, activities planned

Births
Daedra Dorcas and Kevin Doyle Rhonnie and Bill Edmondson Desiree and John Houser Ann and Mark Restad Margaret and Marcus Mueller

Around the Peninsula
Hunger Awareness Day set for ThursdayMissions fund-raiser setFrontier Community directors to meetMasons to hold charity golf tourneyRiver festival seeking artists, runnersKenai pool offers swim lessonsLangdon basketball camp set for Seward

Community News
Rasmunson Foundation awards grantsOilers seeking jobs, hosts for playersLibrary plans June eventsLibrary to kick off summer reading programSeward ranger district plans trail celebrationsSea Grant College seeking inputWatershed activities set for JuneChallenger Center sets camp schedule

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Woman recognized as world's oldest dies in Puerto Rico at 114
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Ramona Trinidad Iglesias Jordan, who at age 114 was recognized as the world's oldest person, has died after a bout with pneumonia, her family said Monday.

Who cares about the Cup?
Outside of Canada and Tampa Bay, is anyone talking about the Stanley Cup final?

American winner hoping to start Indianapolis 500 trend
INDIANAPOLIS Raise the Stars & Stripes. Sing the ''The Star-Spangled Banner.'' There's an American champion at the Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500-Coca-Cola 600 double not as smooth as driver was hoping for
As an experienced race car driver, I feel confident in my ability to control most situations on the racetrack.

Johnson makes the most of fast a car in Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. Jimmie Johnson took off at the start and hardly slowed down. Less than halfway through the race, only 13 other drivers were left on the lead lap.

Lakers polish off Minnesota
LOS ANGELES This was why Karl Malone and Gary Payton signed on: The chance to play for a championship with the two guys who know all about it.

Rams release two-time NFL MVP Warner
ST. LOUIS Kurt Warner's storybook stay with the St. Louis Rams ended Tuesday, but he's unlikely to be out of work for long.

Lightning level series
CALGARY, Alberta The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't ask goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for much in the biggest game in their history, only perfection. He delivered it, too, by all but saving their season.

Smarty Jones' real life better than fiction
NEW YORK It's a tale as remarkable as any soap opera: murder, a star who almost dies, bit players who become celebrities.

Flames, Lightning both looking to extend Game 5 success
TAMPA, Fla. Three times before in these Stanley Cup playoffs, the Calgary Flames were 2-2 in a series. Three times they went on the road and won, then took the series.

Kenai Golf Report: In the swing of things at Kenai Golf Course
Things are really looking great at the Kenai Golf Course. The fairways are getting thick and lush. It's super to have the course in this shape so early in the season.

Pistons clinch series with win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. When a bad game turned ugly, Richard Hamilton was infuriated enough to make the shot of the night.

Wallace says yes, O'Neal declines Olympic invitation
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace expects to play for the U.S. men's basketball team at the Olympics in Athens.

Capriati moves on in surprising French Open
PARIS Venus Williams peered through the rain drops at the Day-Glo yellow letters and numbers dotting the black scoreboard.

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