Saturday, June 11, 2005

Where is A-Rod headed?
The career of just about every great slugger traces the arc of a home run: It takes off with breathtaking power and swiftness, levels off late in flight and then falls precipitously.

Eaton does it all for Padres
SAN DIEGO — Adam Eaton played stopper again for San Diego, pitching seven strong innings and driving in a run as the Padres beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Thursday to snap their four-game losing streak.

Curses! Red Sox, Cubs to face off
CHICAGO — The black cat wandered from one dugout to the other and made its way toward the Chicago Cubs' bullpen before disappearing into the Wrigley Field stands.

Door closed? Try using the window
It's often said that when a door of opportunity closes, a window opens and that's just the case in regard to this weekend's fishing opportunities.

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.

Community plays important role in helping make kids safe
Kenai Peninsula SAFE KIDS held a children's water safety event at Skyview High School on April 30 to celebrate National SAFE KIDS Week. The event provided the opportunity for children and parents to learn about safety practices around water. More than 100 parents and children participated.

Many contribute to PTSA success
The 2004-05 school year has ended and the Soldotna Middle School PTSA would like to thank the following businesses and community members for their support in all of our endeavors this year.

Annual Kenai River Festival marks start of summer celebrations
There's no shortage of festivals, parades and celebrations in summer, and although many incorporate the Kenai River in some capacity, none solely focus on the life-giving body of aqua-marine water itself as much as the Kenai River Festival.

Assembly leaves property tax levy untouched at 6.5 mills
Following hours of debate Thursday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopted a $60 million fiscal year 2006 budget and voted to keep the current borough property tax levy at 6.5 mills.

Kenai area development nixed
The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted against allowing commercial development on Lawton Acres at Wednesday's hearing.

Photo feature: Getting a grip on trash
Reed Ehrhardt strains under the weight of a discarded barrel as he carries it to a trailer while cleaning a park in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. He was working with other members of the Alaska Litter Patrol and Recycling project from the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula. "We go wherever on the peninsula and cleanup whatever needs to be be done," ALPAR supervisor Debby Hansen said. "We have a great crew of kids here."

Harold Jesse McGrady
Longtime Kenai resident Harold Jesse McGrady died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at his home. He was 80.

Denise Marie Miller DePriest
Former Soldotna resident Denise Marie Miller DePriest died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in a Minot, N.D., hospital, due to complications from fibromyalgia. She was 35.

Oilers open 32nd season tonight
The Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League open their 32nd season of collegiate summer baseball tonight at 7 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Mayor's message makes sense for Kenai Peninsula
Some may have suspected ulterior motives — Is Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich running for governor? — but the mayor's recent visit to the Kenai Peninsula had little to do with politicking and lots to do with sharing common sense.

On Deep Throat ...
More than three decades after Watergate, some of the president's men still show an extravagant and illogical loyalty to their former boss.

20-year-old youngest to climb Seven Summits
SEATTLE — Danielle Fisher has been climbing mountains for nearly a quarter of her lifetime. Of course at 20, that's only been about five years.

Magazine heralds Yakutat as one of country's best surf scenes
JUNEAU — Outside magazine named Yakutat one of the five best surf towns in America in its June issue, and that's just the latest honor for the Southeast town of 680 people northwest of Juneau.

Kayakers flock to Utah 'wave'
RIVERDALE, Utah — The Riverdale Wave — despite its industrial location and a lack of trash cans, parking and landscaping — is a hit.

Refuge planning effort continues to progress
As we approach the end of the second year of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's efforts to revise its Comprehensive Conservation Plan, I'm pleased to report that our interdisciplinary planning team has made substantial progress.

Parks superintendent is 'unshakable'
FAIRBANKS — Whether it's presiding over an angry mob of riverboaters, harnessing the wrath of mad mushers or juggling the demands of raising twins, Anna Plager somehow always manages to keep her cool, most of the time with a smile on her face.

Around the Peninsula
Rowing class to go with the flowHistorical society meeting plannedMutts to be strutted in HomerCowboy shoot slatedSummer reading program continuesRace Unity Day activities setSwim lessons availableSolstice celebration plannedParade entries, vendors soughtTemporary shelter available

Forgiveness suggested as antidote for anger
Stepping up to the counter in a fast food restaurant, I found myself face to face with a smiling middle-aged woman.

Religion Briefs
Church celebrates anniversaryMatrix Church to gatherKenai Aglow meeting slatedDrama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetSummer family nights continueClothes Quarters openClothing availableChristian conference continuesSolar Express plannedAddictions group forming

Sorenstam one shot off pace at LPGA
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — Cool and precise on the outside, Annika Sorenstam felt a battle brewing inside her head Thursday in the LPGA Championship.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions Motocross to hold city raceRacing Lions Circle Track to race

Ginobili leads Spurs to win
SAN ANTONIO — Already a hero back home in Argentina, Manu Ginobili made himself pretty popular in this big ol' Texas town.

IRL returns with attention on Patrick
FORT WORTH, Texas — Dan Wheldon can become the first driver to win four consecutive IndyCar Series races, and match the season record for victories less than halfway through the schedule.

Derby-winning trainer prefers quiet approach
NEW YORK — If trainer John Shirreffs was looking for a ''quiet place'' for Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, he found it.

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