Monday, June 6, 2005

Twins earn split in season opener
The American Legion Twins baseball team started its season strong Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial park in Kenai, backing up a solid pitching performance with an early 3-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Twins defense did not hold up as the visiting Bartlett Bears posted three unearned runs in the ninth inning to swipe a 4-3 win.

Cardinals hold off Astros in slugfest
HOUSTON — Reggie Sanders hit a grand slam and pitcher Jason Marquis added a two-run homer during an eight-run third inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Houston Astros 11-9 Saturday.

Late offensive flurry by Angels overwhelms Red Sox
BOSTON — Garret Anderson homered and drove in four runs, Darin Erstad added four RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels scored 11 times in the final three innings to rally past the Boston Red Sox 13-6 Saturday.

Ninilchik graduates look ahead
Letting pictures and song lyrics say what emotion-filled voices could not, photos of Ninilchik's graduating high school seniors flashed on a screen during the May 22 commencement exercises.

KCHS kids kick status of 'senior'
Some graduates, fresh out of high school and with a seemingly endless supply of lazy summer days ahead of them, want nothing more than to hang out — chill with friends, spend some time at the beach, maybe do a little fishing. Bodey Winningham wants to go to work.

Razdolna class of 2005
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Nikiski grads 'go out with nothing'
In the spirit of the tradition of graduations, Nikiski High School graduates were given a message Tuesday night: GOWN — go out with nothing. The message was delivered by keynote speaker Lee Moore, who told the graduates this would help them keep their life priorities straight.

Nikolaevsk Class of 2005
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Seward seniors mark graduation
Sixty-one seniors earned diplomas from Seward High School on May 26.

KPC sends off fresh grads
Kenai Peninsula College celebrated 35 years of commencement ceremonies May 3 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium with the acknowledgement of the 2004-05 graduating class — an event KPC Director Gary Turner said is a time to hear words of wisdom and words from the heart.

Homer Flex Class of 2005
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Christian grads gather to praise
For Travis Tutt and his wife, Jerilynn, graduation was only half of their new beginnings. The couple is enjoying a whole new experience with the latest addition to the Tutt family, a newborn girl named Arrius.

Home-schooled honored
Amanda Andrews is looking forward to moving to Palmer to pursue a career in child development with Job Corps. However, looking to the immediate future, she said she is more focused on spending time with family and friends this summer.

Panthers punch clock
Just a few weeks after the Skyview High School class of 2005 entered as freshmen, terrorists hurled jetliners into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., launching a United States-led global war on terrorism.

Nanwalek Class of 2005
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Homer seniors free to run
Successfully moving on to life's next step was a common thread at Homer High School commencement exercises Monday, as tribute was paid to retiring faculty and well-wishes were given to graduating seniors. For some seniors, those words herald the future. Others, like Neese, already have incorporated hard-won success into their lives. In May, Neese completed the certified nursing assistant program at Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College.

Susan B. English Class of 2005
The following is the Susan B. English class of 2005:

CIA students set sail
One of the primary objectives of educators is to facilitate life change, as well as to empower each student with a foundation of knowledge to carry them through their lives, but that duty once again came to an annual end on May 15 for educators at Cook Inlet Academy.

Soldotna High gives its 'Stars' final farewell
Graduation was a little difficult for Soldotna High graduate Tina Powers, who said academics has always been a big part of her life — especially because of her father, the late Dr. Timothy Powers, who lost a long fight with lymphoma in 2003.

Voznesenka Class of 2005
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NOW PLAYING: Cinderella Man
There is one scene in particular in this week's Cinderella Man that highlights the fact that Ron Howard has moved beyond his glossy, entertaining, but ultimately popcorn past to a more dramatic and mature future.

Biffle baffles field again
DOVER, Del. — Greg Biffle says taming The Monster Mile is no easy chore — even though it appeared that way as he cruised to his fourth victory of the season Sunday in a crash-littered MBNA 400.

Blood bank van bought with area fund raising sent to Anchorage
A van, formerly known as the Kenai Peninsula Express, was adopted recently due to mechanical problems — but there was nothing wrong with the van itself.

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. The jury, which Superior Court Judge Donald Hopwood sent into deliberations just after noon, reached its verdicts at about 4:30 p.m.

Gamers get wired in tourney
Nearly 100 brave teen-agers, armed only with controllers in one hand and cans of energy drinks in the other, stepped up to the challenge of saving the planet on Saturday during the Halo 2 Team Slayer Tournament at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

Relaying the message of hope
Lee Bowman walks with his friend Sara Loehr during a lap for cancer survivors that kicked off Friday and Saturday's Relay For Life at Skyview High School.

Kucinich touts new health care system on Alaska tour
U.S. Representative and 2004 presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich promoted a plan to create a universal health care system at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Royal roundup
Michelle Schade, a senior from Homer High School, rides carrying the American flag during the Alaska High School Rodeo Association state finals held Saturday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds.

Activity rules changes face school board
Changes in the Alaska Schools Activity Association handbook will mean adjustments in eligibility requirements for Kenai Peninsula high school students, especially athletes. The Kenai Peninsula Borough District board of education will likely will support the state changes at its meeting Monday. If it does not, peninsula high school students will miss out on competing at the state level.

Kenai's budget back in black
The Kenai City Council is comfortable with its budget numbers for fiscal year 2005-06. The budget is $20,000 in the black. While the city appropriates more than it takes in, there is an estimated 7 percent of those funds it historically does not spend, which equates to the roughly $20,000 surplus in the budget. The approved general fund is now $9,687,890.

Borough budget up for a vote
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is set to vote Tuesday on a proposed $60.2 million fiscal year 2006 budget, as well as on a resolution setting borough and service area mill rate levies on real and personal property.

Subdivision could bring more than 2,000 to the Mat-Su
WASILLA (AP) — A subdivision more than 20 years in the planning is poised to be launched outside of Wasilla that could bring 2,000 new residents to the fast-growing area north of Anchorage.

Lawmakers tout shorter sessions
A bipartisan trio of state lawmakers has applied to petition for a ballot initiative to limit legislative regular sessions to 90 days.

Pamela Mary Bradbury
Kenai resident Pamela Mary Bradbury died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at her home. She was 76.

Marcia Lynne Carter
Kenai resident Marcia Lynne Carter died Saturday, May 28, 2005, of natural causes at her home in Kenai. She was 60.

Warren Moore
Soldotna resident Warren Moore died at Heritage Place on Tuesday, April 5, 2005. He was 102.

On the filibuster agreement ...
After several weeks of hypocritical bipartisan bombast, an eleventh-hour agreement was reached by 14 senators — seven Republicans and seven Democrats — to move away from the brink of the ''nuclear option'' to end filibusters.

New concepts: Shorter sessions, working together
It's hard to believe Alaskans would be against anything that would save us money. That's a good reason to listen to what Sens. Thomas Wagoner, R-Kenai, and Gretchen Guess, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, are proposing.

Niche marketing praised for making salmon competitive
Alaska's Copper River salmon are making their usual spring splash in places where fine fish are sold. It's the most famous example, but not the only one, of how Alaska fishermen can compete against the cheaper, lower-quality farmed fish that has flooded world markets.

Making the most of Compost
To the misinformed, backyard composting can seem like a rotten time, but to those in the know, it can be an easy way of turning garbage into gold — black gold, that is, since the end result is real pay dirt.

Around the Peninsula
Players looking to clean up Search on for SMS principal Multiple sclerosis group to meet Historical society meeting set Soldotna chamber to meet Pet benefit slated in Homer Luau fund-raiser planned Used book sale set UCIDA membership meeting slated

Peninsula People
Area students make dean's list Nikiski Quest students top market Doty to serve two-year mission Todd deploys Walker wins state honors Knudsen graduates Students awarded scholarships

Club News
Rowing classes set Ink cartridges recycling continues Cell phone recycling available

Community Events
Guitar concert planned NPRSA plans June events Watershed forum plans events Community race set to go Space camp for girls set

My best friend
Shyann, an American bulldog, loves to play with her friend Annastashia. Shyann is owned by Nancy and Paul Wilson of Kenai.

Dragons not as scary as they seem
Although many may think dragons are the stuff of fairy tales and folklore, they are mistaken. Dragons are alive and well and quickly becoming one of the most popular reptiles in the pet trade. Dragons, or bearded dragons to be specific, are a type of small lizard native to arid, rocky, semi-desert regions of the Land Down Under — Australia.

Finally, a U.S. crowd
SALT LAKE CITY — Landon Donovan, Brian McBride and Kasey Keller gave a rare pro-American soccer crowd a lot to cheer about.

Henin-Hardenne wins French Open title
PARIS — Grand Slam, indeed! Justine Henin-Hardenne slammed Mary Pierce grandly in the French Open final on Saturday, reducing the Frenchwoman to tears and an apology to fans after the most lopsided title match at Roland Garros in 17 years.

Twins rough up scuffling Yanks
MINNEAPOLIS — Carlos Silva pitched seven strong innings, a diluted Minnesota lineup knocked out Kevin Brown during a five-run sixth and the Twins beat the New York Yankees 9-3 on Sunday.

Rafael's strokes of genius
PARIS — Rafael Nadal, the new king of clay, put on a show worthy of the royalty watching him.

Sports views
If only life did imitate art. Boxing could use some story lines as good as those in theaters these days.

Nadal, Puerta to slug it out for men's crown
PARIS — In French they're ''les deux gauchers'' — the two left-handers. At the French Open, one of them will become ''le champion.''

Pistons force Game 7 on Heat
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The bus carrying the losing team pulled away from the loading dock exactly 48 minutes after the final buzzer sounded, the mood of the Miami Heat as foul and their answers as pithy as their exit was hasty.

Brown's fate may be tied to Wade's
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade's health could play a part in Larry Brown's immediate future.

Nationals go to Sunday Church
WASHINGTON — Ryan Church hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 6-3 win Sunday that completed a sweep of the Florida Marlins.

Newman confident about racing at Dover
DOVER, Del. — Ryan Newman believes he has the answers when it comes to racing at Dover International Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is trying to regain the advantage he once had on The Monster Mile.

Four tied for lead at the Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio — David Toms put a week's worth of excitement into one round Saturday. He had a hole-in-one, made another eagle the conventional way with a brilliant 3-iron into 12 feet and saved par at the end with a 6-iron that smacked into a pine tree after he made contact.

Twins sweep Service
Last year, the American Legion Twins usually let runners on base, then panicked.

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