Sunday, June 12, 2005

Johnson, Yankees play like millionaires vs. Cardinals
ST. LOUIS — Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees responded to Joe Torre's tongue-lashing with a performance worthy of a $200 million team.

Kenai River celebrated
The Kenai River embodies many values. It's a source of food for the salmon that swim in it and a source of food and commerce for the commercial, sport and tourist fishing industries that pursue them.

Stabbing lands Seward men in jail
A Seward man was stabbed in the arm and he and another man were arrested for assault following an altercation among three roommates early Monday morning.

Tax stance unchanged
A controversial ordinance adopted by a narrow 5-4 vote last month sending the question of a boroughwide bed tax to the October municipal ballot was brought back to the table Thursday for further consideration by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

City council cash sends cop to school
As the Soldotna City Council was about to approve its 2005-06 budget, council slipped in another $63,000 for an additional full-time Soldotna police officer who will act as a school resource officer.

ACT files anti-tax petition
Opposed to a Kenai Peninsula Borough As-sembly vote Tuesday to increase the borough sales tax to 3 percent effective in October, the group Alli-ance of Concerned Taxpayers, or ACT, filed two initiative petitions with the borough clerk's office Wednesday aimed at reversing that decision at the ballot box.

Nina A. Robinson
Longtime Sterling resident Nina A. Robinson, 80, died Friday, June 10, 2005, at her home.

Koi Ella Clark
Soldotna resident Koi Ella Clark died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Oilers open season with a win
The start of the Peninsula Oilers' 2005 season was delayed briefly by rain, but for the nearly 800 fans that turned out for the event, the home team didn't disappoint, defeating the visiting Stockton, Calif., Senators 4-3 Friday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Staying in bounds ...
The decision by the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission not to rezone Lawton Acres for limited business development makes sense.

Voices of the Clarion: Lessons from Dad
Sometimes growing up, my father had some interesting life lessons for me. One of them was about fine china. One time, in my early high school years, he told me about the months leading up to his wedding. When it came to making decisions about the wedding, it is really the bride and her mother who call the shots, he told me.

Assembly decisions are good choices
Despite all the grief Kenai Peninsula residents give our borough assembly, it can't be easy to toe the line with so much pressure looming overhead these days.

Around the Peninsula
Lessons going swimmingly Swim team tryouts begin Unserviceable American flags sought Hearing, vision screening available Clothes Closet plans closure Baseball series seeks sponsors

Puppies can be perfect additions
Raising puppies can be a joyful experience. There never seems to be a dull moment as the mischievous nature of the young rapscallions provide hours of fun and entertainment. As such, many believe the experience of raising puppies is best when shared with others, and one local animal lover is hoping do just that.

My best friend
Charlie Safeway Smith, a 13 1/2-year-old black Lab, sits on the step to his ramp. Charlie lives with Scott and Lucki Smith of Soldotna.

Tyson's career may be over after loss
WASHINGTON — Mike Tyson's career apparently ended in yet another shocker Saturday night when he quit on the stool after taking a beating in a foul-filled sixth round against unheralded Kevin McBride.

Hooked: Program introduces kids to golf
Consider 11-year-old Ashley McCamon hooked. McCamon is one of 16 kids ages 8 to 13 who participated in a Hook A Kid On Golf Tee Level Clinic Monday through Friday at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna. It was the first Tee Level Clinic ever held in Alaska.

Brown's history in San Antonio messy at times
SAN ANTONIO — Back in the days when he coached in overalls, Larry Brown was pelted with avocados on 10-cent beer night at the old HemisFair Arena.

Gordon, Stewart temper acrimony, prepare for Pocono Raceway
LONG POND, Pa. — Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have tempered the anger that followed a crash the last time they raced.

Arena Bowl has NFL ties, but with attitude
LAS VEGAS — The Arena Football League heads into its 19th championship game Sunday as a younger, hipper protege of the older, more staid NFL.

Sports views
She was the show all day long, just like every other day leading up to this race at the Texas Motor Speedway. Then the green flag dropped and Danica Patrick became something she hasn't been for the last month and a half:

UAA hockey loses coach to Gophers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Anchorage hockey coach John Hill has resigned after four seasons and will return to Minnesota as an assistant coach.

Afleet Alex soars to Belmont victory
NEW YORK — This ride was as smooth and impressive as his Preakness win was harrowing.

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