Friday, June 3, 2005

Clutch hit saves Boston
BOSTON — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer on a full count with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

Play ball: Twins open season Saturday
The Twins American Legion baseball team will open the summer season this weekend with a pair of home doubleheaders at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, and the team will be taking the field with high expectations.

Take a kid fishing on the Homer Spit
Spring season is king season virtually everywhere, with lower peninsula rivers nearing their peak, and northern peninsula rivers not far behind them.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Submissions wanted from women writers Art workshops offered Acting workshop planned Singers wanted Writers conference slated Council on the Arts to meet Artwork wanted for cover Scholarship contest announced

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

From the bookshelf: Unusual voyages probe Alaska issues
In 1899, Edward H. Harriman decided to take an Alaska cruise. As one of the world's richest and most powerful men, he could do whatever he wanted. He assembled one of the most odd, inspired and extravagant expeditions ever to sail the North Pacific.

On the wall
If Chris Jenness were writing this story, it might go something like this: "The artist paused, reluctant to shepherd his work into the world. There was no telling the consequences that would follow."

Outdoor camp successful because of community
Once again, the parents of Kenai Middle School made it possible for our students to enjoy a classroom without walls. Their willingness to chaperone our annual Outdoor Interdisciplinary Unit at Camp Carlquist in Eagle River allowed KMS sixth-graders to enjoy three days of lessons in the great outdoors. They practiced first aid, orienteering, building shelters and roasting biscuits on their survival fires.

Help is something center banks on
The Forget-Me-Not Center would like to thank the staff at Credit Union 1 for sponsoring our annual garage sale.

Bristol Bay resident against mine development
As a mother and resident of the Bristol Bay area, I think that the proposed Pebble Mine is a terrible idea. We have been blessed in the Bristol Bay with the world's largest natural red salmon run.

Family grateful for community support
The family of David Goggia would like to thank all those who attended the fund-raiser May 21 to benefit expenses incurred during his recent burn accident. A special thank you to the very generous donations given during the dessert auction. And most of all, a huge thank you to Joe Rizzo for organizing the fund-raiser and his Drop of the Hat Players for their extremely funny and talented Readers' Theatre renditions.

Indecision upsets Ninilchik reader
Agrium representatives stated last January that there was nothing we could do to keep them here; they gave us a closing date.

Derby winner releases applause
I was the 12-year-old boy who won the king salmon derby with my 36.7-pound king salmon on Les Anderson Day.

Mentoring program finds lot of support
There was a pilot program in the Kenai-Soldotna area the second semester of the school year called the Customized Employment Grant Mentorship Program. It was a cooperative effort between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the Peninsula One Stop (Kenai Peninsula Job Center) and area businesses to assist students' transition from school to work.

Soccer sponsors help team score
The Skyview High School boys soccer team would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors for their generous donations for travel expenses for the boys trip to the Juneau Spring Fever Tournament in Juneau: Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, H and E Partnership, Spenard Builders Supply, VFW Post No. 10046, Short Stop, Soldotna Computers, Soldotna Chiropractic Clinic, Kaladi Brothers, Lambe Tuter and Wagner, Arkeys Locksmith, Vaughn's Mini-mart, Dr. Thomas Kobylarz, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 10046, Airport Rental, Sundog Graphics and Design, Juneau Soccer Club Inc. and other anonymous sponsors.

Service tax idea brought to light
With the bed tax ballot measure awaiting an assembly reconsideration vote Tuesday, a Homer hotelier has proposed creation of a task force to look into a different kind of tourist tax, one he said he believes would tap a broader tax base, be perceived as fairer and help fill borough coffers faster than a bed tax.

Alaska bikers roll along
A motorcycle owner for 27 years, Greg George remembers the first time he rode on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. "It was a friend's bike," he recalled as he dusted some shiny new Harleys at Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson in Soldotna.

Timber consultant: plant will re-open
KETCHIKAN (AP) — A timber consultant who is working to reopen the veneer plant at Ward Cove said it should be up and running by September with two shifts of workers.

State rests in Forster trial
Through tears and sobbing, David Forster's fiancee told jurors Thursday, at one moment she saw Kenai Police Officer John Watson trying to handcuff Forster and the next moment she saw Watson on his knees with Forster in front of him.

Stepping out for a cure: Relay rallies support
Tonight, 41 teams consisting of family members, co-workers and community members will join forces and kickoff the Kenai Peninsula seventh annual Relay for Life — a 24-hour journey toward what many hope will bring a cure for cancer.

Virus stings Borough Building
The Borough Building in Soldotna was having complications with its information systems as a result of a computer virus Thursday.

Era sold to group of West Coast investors
A group of five West Coast investors, including former National Football League football player Willie Gault have signed an agreement to purchase Era Aviation's fixed wing operations.

Experience leads to defiance
An investigator who interviewed David Forster the day after he allegedly shot and killed Kenai Police Officer John Watson 1 1/2 years ago, told a Kenai jury on Wednesday Forster said he failed to stop when Watson tried to pull him over because of a bad experience he had earlier with another officer.

Efforts to prevent Eielson closure arrive far too late
Here comes Fairbanks, the Legislature and a lot of other forces pouring on the afterburners in a last-ditch fight to keep Eielson Air Force Base fully operational, and off the Defense Department's base closure list.

Temporary fix: Education funding works — for now
A temporary fix is better than no fix at all.

Volunteers, staff make refuge a cleaner, greener place
On May 20, about 50 dedicated community volunteers helped the employees of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge kickoff our first Spring Clean-Up, Green-Up Day. The cooperative work project focused on gathering more than 2 tons of debris from roadways, parking lots, campgrounds and trail heads within the refuge boundaries.

Around the Peninsula
Brain injury awareness walk setDisk golf park to openArchers plan work dayFish fry slatedAging brain seminar scheduledWomen's run seeking volunteersSwim lessons availableRowing classes set

Around the Peninsula
Comments for new principal sought Archers plan work day Summer reading program planned Bird set to take off Home school book sale slated

Church Briefs
Drama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetClothes Quarters openSummer family nights plannedDrama production set to runClothing availableVBS safari adventure setChristian conference setSummer Bible school slatedRoad trip set for VBSSolar Express planned

Graduates: Avoid dream killers, believe in yourself
When I graduated from high school, the commencement speaker predicted our children and grandchildren would go on dates to the moon and stars in spaceships. His Star Trek dream was off the beam, but give him credit for dreaming.

Birch Ridge Report: Mirror, mirror ... how's my swing?
I began this golf season reading a myriad of articles on how one could improve one's golf game by merely concentrating on the fundamentals. The best way, supposedly, is to use a mirror to check the position of your body at key points of the back swing on into the follow-through (if one actually has a follow-through).

Rice gets acquainted with new team
DENVER (AP) — Jerry Rice began his first day as a Denver Bronco doing something unheard of for a player of his stature: he walked around the locker room and introduced himself.

Royals get to Johnson, beat Yankees
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emil Brown hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat Randy Johnson for the first time in 12 years, handing the New York Yankees their fourth straight loss with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

Strong field, impressive roll of Memorial winners
DUBLIN, Ohio — The framed pictures of past champions that hang on the wall represent an All-Star collection of major champions, a testament to how Muirfield Village brings out the best at the Memorial.

Spurs take care of Suns
PHOENIX — The San Antonio Spurs are excited to be going back to the NBA Finals. They're even happier about not having to see Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns until next season.

Once banned, Puerta reaches French semis
PARIS — Shouts of bravo mingled with expressions of surprise as unseeded Mariano Puerta, an Argentine back from a nine-month drug suspension, and Nikolay Davydenko, a Russian on the rise, set up an unlikely French Open semifinal.

Sluman gets a grip at the Memorial; Nicklaus holds his own
DUBLIN, Ohio — Even after Jeff Sluman polished off his best round of the year, a 7-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Memorial, he was quick to ask the question on just about every player's mind Thursday.

Heat take 3-2 series edge
MIAMI — The look on Dwyane Wade's face was one of pure pain, the discomfort from a strained rib muscle contorting his features as he motioned to the bench.

Calves that appear to be abandoned usually aren't
Every year, especially during spring and early summer, many moose calves are born — singly, in pairs or occasionally in triplets — across Alaska.

Research center gives scientists a chance to study moose in their natural environment
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE — The moose were impatient for their supper.

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