Saturday, June 4, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Forster found guilty
David Forster was convicted by a Kenai jury Friday of murdering Kenai Police Officer John Watson in the Kenai VIP Subdivision on Christmas 2003.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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