Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Bizarre injury sidelines rookie
DENVER — Clint Barmes went out to the grocery store and came home with a spot on the disabled list.

Arizona picks first in baseball draft
NEW YORK — The Arizona Diamondbacks are certain that their first No. 1 draft pick will be a major success.

With less on line, Cardinals top Red Sox
ST. LOUIS — If only the St. Louis Cardinals played this way last October. Matt Morris (7-0) pitched his first complete game of the season and contributed a squeeze bunt to help St. Louis beat Boston 7-1 Monday night in a World Series rematch. The Red Sox swept the Cardinals last fall for their first championship since 1918.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Mike Kunz once told me that you could start a new adventure in Alaska every day and never live long enough to do everything that there is to do here. And you know, he was right! The variety of things to do right here on the Kenai Peninsula is enough to provide you with years and years of enjoyment. Besides the fantastic fishing opportunities here we also have camping, clam digging, gold panning, bird watching, whale watching, big game animals of all kinds and a great place to grow a nice garden. We also have an abundance of athletic events to watch here as well as an occasional rodeo.

Hali's is a DRIVE THRU success!
In every person's future is a dream that they create for themselves. Some see visions of being firemen, nurses, doctors, clowns, lawyers or business owners.

A sacrifice never to be forgotten...
A nation at war since the 911 terrorist attack that took thousands of innocent lives, paused Monday to remember all those patriots over the last two centuries who have answered our Country's call to arms and laid down their lives for the principles that unite us as, "one nation under God." Locally, hundreds gathered with dignitaries and veterans under drizzling skies at Leif Hanson Memorial Park to honor the fallen and in tribute of those who are in harms way 24 hours a day to preserve our liberty.

Which came first the Attorney or the Doctor?
That could depend upon which side of the bed you're on and may be as jokingly debatable as the chicken and the egg, however for Nathan Schlicher, of Seattle, Washington, "The doctor definitely comes first, the law is a fun experience and I enjoy doing the type of law I do representing physicians and hospitals, but I'm a doctor at heart and enjoy caring for my patients," says Dr. Nathan Schlicher. Schlicher is in his third year of medical school doing an internship with local physicians on the Kenai Peninsula as well as being a practicing attorney in the State of Washington. Schlicher is part of the WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE), WWAMI an acronym for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho educational exchange program and selected Alaska for one of his intern rotations.

Sweeney's Warehouse opening sure sign of summer...
For the last fourteen years family, friends and visitors have found that Sweeny's Warehouse is the place to find those summer Alaskan essentials at especially low prices. "It's almost become a travel destination. If you haven't checked out Mike's warehouse you haven't visited the Kenai Peninsula," commented a shopper from Michigan. Another local resident said that his father who visited occasionally from Florida bought his boots and rain gear years ago at the warehouse sale and just left them here in the closet so he'd have them for his next visit, "Can't find 'em this cheap in Florida!" he said. "Dad passed away a couple of years ago, but I still keep his rain boots in the closet for his next visit."

Nanwalek Class of 2005
The following is the Nanwalek class of 2005:

Homer Flex Class of 2005
The following is the Homer Flex class of 2005:

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

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.

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.

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

Nikolaevsk Class of 2005
The following is the Nikolaevsk class of 2005:

Voznesenka Class of 2005
The following is the Voznesenka class of 2005:

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 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.

Razdolna class of 2005
The following is the Razdolna 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hello, neighbors. It's here at long last. With exactly two weeks to summer solstice, we have begun what is showing indications of being one of the best summers ever on the Kenai.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Life begins the day you start a garden." Chinese Proverb

Hi, neighbors. It was a great Memorial Day weekend for me. My grandson graduated from the new South Anchorage High School so I spent a few days in Anchorage celebrating.

Cooper Landing
A sunny good morning.

Greetings from Kasilof. Lately the weather has been nicer and the fishing is getting better in our little burg.

G'Day from Mavis. Retired dentist John McCarthy must be so proud of his daughter. Sarah is a chip off the ol' block and has decided to start a career as a dental hygienist. Her first job is working with Dr. Jay Rohloff.

Hi neighbors. Has anyone noticed the eagles soaring around Ninilchik? It seems that they like our neighborhood as much as I enjoy seeing them hang around.

Shaping up
Heavy rain in Soldotna did not hinder carpenter Dan Piatt from working on a brace supporting the concrete mold for the foundation of the Central Peninsula General Hospital addition Monday. CPGH Cheif Executive Officer David Gilbreath said the contractor, AlCan General Inc., is making "good progress," as the foundation is roughly 35 percent finished.

Keystone Drive paving, bus purchases on assembly agenda
A $2 million federal grant has been earmarked for improvements to three dirt miles of Keystone Drive east of Soldotna.

Kenai faces growth spurt
Kenai, the "village with a past, city with a future," may look more like a city after discussing the rezoning of Lawton Acres near Kenai Central High School for limited commercial development.

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.

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.

Inlet won't get jack-up rig yet
Money to partially finance the cost of bringing a portable drilling rig to spur offshore oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet did not make the final cut of the state's capital budget.

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.

Hospital's infection prevention lauded
While the rate of health-care associated infections is on the rise in hospitals in America, the rate has been in steady decline at Central Peninsula General Hospital, according to the hospital's top executive.

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.

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.

Canadian woman killed by grizzly bear
CANMORE, Alberta (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked and killed a woman jogging on a hiking trail near this Canadian Rockies resort town, just days after authorities moved the animal from another neighborhood for threatening humans, authorities said Monday.

James E. Glass
Anchor Point resident James E. Glass, known to many as "Boudreau," died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at his home. He was 63.

Pamela Mary Bradbury
Kenai resident Pamela Mary Bradbury died in her sleep Thursday, June 2, 2005, of natural causes at her home. She was 76.

Deep Throat no hero — yet
The left's rush to lionize former FBI official Mark Felt after he stepped from the shadows this week and outed himself as the Watergate era's Deep Throat is at once predictable and pathetic.

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.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Home school book sale slated Swim lessons available Barbecue fund-raiser cooking Dog classes available

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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

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.

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

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.

Motocross Division kicks off season
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Motocross Division held its first city race of the year Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway. The results follow:

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

Sports views: A true love of the game
Love of the game means many things to many people, but more to Max McLeary than just about anybody else.

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

Heat can't stop Pistons' steam
MIAMI — Larry Brown walked through the front door of the Detroit Pistons' packed locker room, scanning the celebration with his eyes aglow and his smile wide.

New York's 2012 bid takes a hit
LONDON — Paris remains the city to beat in the race for the 2012 Olympics, while New York's chances took a hit when a powerful state board rejected funding for a proposed stadium.

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