Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Martinez pitches Sox past Padres
BOSTON Pedro Martinez outpitched David Wells with eight innings of two-hit ball to help the Boston Red Sox beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 Tuesday night.

Rangers open interleague play with win
ARLINGTON, Texas Hank Blalock hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Monday night in the first interleague game of the season.

Padres select high school shortstop first; Weaver, Drew slip in draft
NEW YORK The San Diego Padres' decision to make hometown high school shortstop Matt Bush the No. 1 pick in Monday's draft came down to overall talent and more importantly, money.

Outdoors: Tribute to Rosie
I'm not sure when I first met Rosie Drew but I do know that shortly afterwards she married Billy Spires. Billy and Rosie teamed up to have the biggest garden by far on the north road. Rosie would start all her cabbage, tomato, broccoli, and cauliflower plants in her home under growing lights each spring. Their home looked like a commercial greenhouse, she also had a deck full of beautiful flowers.

Taste of success
A new spring event seems to have gotten off to a great start last month according to sponsors and organizers of the first ever "Taste of the Kenai," at the Soldotna Sports Center. There were tons of door prizes at the food show, and an opportunity to taste unique Alaskan recipes and products.

Nikiski Elementary becomes history
The community of Nikiski bid farewell to their first elementary school last month with a community event that was filled with nostalgic memories as well as hope for the future. When the school opened its doors in 1963 it was known as North Kenai Elementary, the name was officially changed to Nikiski Elementary in 1982.

Creating Successful Entrepreneurs in the Professional Beauty Industry
Long before January 2004, Abbie McGahan knew what she wanted to do with her degree in cosmetology. She saw a need for her business and pursued her goal. It took her almost four years, but she succeeded. The results have been spectacular. She is a successful business owner in Kenai operating Anew Salon and Renew U Hair Design Academy in the old Carrs Mall next to Sears.

Remembering, not just for Memorial Day
Memorial Day 2004 itself is now a memory.

Kasilof River action starting to heat up
Crowds of anglers bumped elbows, as the Kasilof River continued to be the hot spot for landing sea bright chinooks this past weekend.

Bill to elect vacant seats becomes law
JUNEAU A bill that would prevent Alaska governors from making any more long-term appointments to the U.S. Senate became law over the weekend without Gov. Frank Murkowski's signature.

North Star PTO says thanks for school picnic donations
North Star PTO would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions that helped make our end of the year school picnic a success: ConocoPhillips Petroleum for the use of the barbecue; Safeway in Kenai, Three Bears and McDonald's for the contributions of food products.

Reagan's presidency was lost opportunity to kill abortion
Unlike most prolifers, I have found the passing of Ronald Reagan a time for lamenting a lost opportunity, rather than thanking God for sending us a champion.

Helping commercial fisheries would benefit entire borough
From the May 4 Peninsula Clarion, "Borough budget faces lean times": The value of a diversified economy is self-evident. In February, board members from Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund made a presentation to the borough assembly. Wasteful fisheries management plans cost the local economy $8.5 million last year.

Tony Knowles will take up fight for veterans as U.S. senator
Alaska needs a U.S. senator who will stand up to the Bush administration and fight for the rights of veterans.

Society should consider hidden costs of same-sex marriages
Much has been written about homosexual marriages; however, one important point which has not been discussed like it should is what it would cost all of us.

Firefighters tackle burning issues
From the number of emergency responders at the Soldotna Sports Center and Skyview High School this week, it would appear the central Kenai Peninsula is ready for just about any disaster.

Federal offices to close Friday
Federal offices will be closed Friday in honor of the National Day of Mourning for former President Ronald Reagan.

3 hurt in head-on collision
A head-on collision on the Sterling Highway near the Soldotna landfill Saturday afternoon resulted in serious injuries to a woman and a 5-year-old girl and moderate injuries to a 2-year-old boy, according to Central Emergency Services.

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Building costs nearly double
Lumber and plywood prices have nearly doubled since hitting seasonal lows last fall, the increase in the cost of many steel products has reached double digits, and the prices on finished products are rising as well, say Alaska building materials suppliers.

State funds ease school woes
Increases in state spending for education approved by the Alaska Legislature last month were folded into a revised schools budget document at Monday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education.

Photo feature: Having a ball
A newborn moose calf runs circles around balls in a Kenai yard recently. This year's crop of young moose are starting to make appearances around the central Kenai Peninsula.

Photo feature: Fun in the sun
Rachel Haddad and Jeremiah Barton soak up Tuesday's sun from a perch on playground equipment at Sears Elementary School.

Biologist settles in to new position
There's a new fish swimming around the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's offices on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Richard M. Hetzler
Soldotna resident Richard M. Hetzler died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home. He was 61.

Patricia Ann Bronner
Former Kenai resident Patricia Ann Bronner died Sunday, May 31, 2004, at her home in Central Point. She was 74.

Richard M. Hetzler
Longtime Soldotna resident Richard M. Hetzler died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 61.

Former Peninsula Oilers selected in the Major League Draft
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Alaska should bank on oil with caution
(Last) Tuesday's announcement of the total revenue from the latest lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska certainly is beneficial to the state. Alaska's share, taken in a 50-50 split with the federal government, will amount to nearly $27 million and should be in the bank in the next couple of months.

Retirement system for public employees now headed for big trouble
It is well beyond time for Alaska to establish another tier in its employment scheme, one with a different approach to health and retirement benefits.

Reagan and politics today
This column is devoted to reporting and analyzing the results of our InsiderAdvantage national polls. The format requires that I routinely remove myself from partisan politics. But Ronald Reagan's influence transcends the everyday political. I feel compelled to reflect on the impact of his passing.

Reagan edged nation to right
WASHINGTON Ronald Reagan told Americans that government was the problem. They haven't been quite the same since.

Around the Peninsula
Soccer coaches needed Pilots asked to use caution JA to hold roll-a-thon fund-raiser Skyview pool plans closure Art and music festival planned God and Country rally slated

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meetCPGH auxiliary to meetFetal alcohol training slatedFund-raiser for fire department setRiver festival set for this weekendKenai pool offers swim lessonsKHLT to hold Geocaching classHelp for home daycare providers

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Making up for lost time
The Kenai Golf Course is looking super and the crew is working hard to keep it in shape. The golfers are enjoying themselves as many who show up for nine holes end up playing 18 holes instead.

Impropriety ruins O'Brien at OSU
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State fired basketball coach Jim O'Brien on Tuesday after he admitted giving a recruit $6,000 five years ago.

USADA puts Montgomery on notice
Tim Montgomery and three other U.S. track athletes were notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that they may have committed drug violations that could keep them from the Athens Olympics.

Sources: Boozer added to U.S. Olympic team
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer has been added to the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, an NBA source told The Associated Press on Monday.

Clutch Kobe
LOS ANGELES In a performance that cemented his status as one of the great performers in NBA history, Kobe Bryant pulled off one of his most stunning displays on the sport's biggest stage.

No easy feats
In the realm of tough things to do in sports, capturing the Triple Crown of horse racing ranks right up there with winning the Triple Crown of baseball.

Sports Briefs
Palmer No. 1 on Giants' depth chartBecks will look good for Euro 2004

Tampa Bay wins Game 7 to claim first Stanley Cup
TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Bay Lightning became one of the most unlikely Stanley Cup winners ever and kept the Calgary Flames from an even more improbable championship.

Lakers are loose after Game 1 loss to Pistons
LOS ANGELES Leave it to the Lakers to make light of a loss.

Dragila sets world record
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Stacy Dragila broke the world outdoor record in the pole vault and Kenenisa Bekele set the mark in the 10,000-meter race at an IAAF meet Tuesday.

Senators hire Murray as coach
OTTAWA (AP) Bryan Murray was hired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, leaving as general manager of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to run a team that was ousted in the first round of the playoffs.

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