Wednesday, June 8, 2005

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Kenai
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.

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

Sterling
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.

Ninilchik
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.

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

Soldotna
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.

Cooper Landing
A sunny good morning.

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.

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.

Family, friends search for missing man
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Anchorage developer missing for a week is the subject of a search by family and friends.

Fishing for a place to park
The Kenai city planner has recommended that a business owner be allowed to build a 70- to 100-unit recreational vehicle park on the same property as the old Dragnet cannery on Bridge Access Road.

School district tackles hiring crunch
"Out with the old and in with the new" could be the battle cry for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, as nearly 9 percent of its staff has opted to resign or retire this year. The phenomenon leaves an extensive cavity in teaching staff as the district makes a flurry of hirings — something that could continue for several years due to an aging work force.

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.

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.

Angry confrontation lands man in prison
Soldotna police were called to the Timber Wolf Lodge on Saturday afternoon to quell a disturbance in the parking lot.

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.

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.

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.

Cast vote for less posturing, shorter Legislative sessions
With one legislative gathering down and another yet to come, it's time again to say changes are needed in the way Alaska handles its lawmaking needs.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts begin Players looking to clean up Multiple sclerosis group to meet KPC council meeting slatedGolf tournament set Home school book sale slated Unserviceable American flags sought Hearing, vision screening available

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

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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.

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.

Sports views: The kinder, gentler Mike Tyson looks a lot like the old Tyson
Mike Tyson seemed to be sweating from every pore. The moisture beaded up on his bald head, streamed down his still bizarre facial tattoo, covered his upper body and eventually drenched his black boxing trunks.

Sheets gives Yanks no rest
MILWAUKEE — Ben Sheets won for the first time since opening day and the Milwaukee Brewers again held off Derek Jeter and the punchless Yankees, sending New York to its ninth loss in 10 games with a 2-1 win Tuesday night.

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.

Kenai Golf Report: Tourney schedule rolling
This Friday is the 14th annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Classic. Registration and continental breakfast are from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. Many people have been working hard to get ready for this very popular and worthwhile tournament.

Sanderson unsure if he'll wrestle again
DES MOINES, Iowa — Cael Sanderson figures his future always will involve something around the wrestling mat.

Arizona makes Upton top pick
NEW YORK — Justin Upton was simply too good for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pass up.

U.S. men to face Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama — Even Mariano Rivera knows there's been a change back home in Panama.

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:

Browne fires 59, makes U.S. Open
Olin Browne sought out a USGA official to ask him the proper way to withdraw from U.S. Open qualifying, figuring his 73 over the first 18 holes left him no chance. Good thing he changed his mind.

ESPN pulls out of college football coaches' poll
ESPN withdrew from the college football coaches' poll Tuesday, the second major news organization to say it didn't want to be a part of the Bowl Championship Series' weekly rankings.

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