Monday, June 13, 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.

Players, fans bask in Nats' success
WASHInGTOn — When the 37,170 fans rose to stretch in the middle of the seventh inning Sunday at RFK Stadium, many altered the lyrics of the traditional sing-along, proudly belting out ''Root, root, root for the nationals!''

NOW PLAYING: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are the epitome of the word "movie star." So it's no wonder that they've been as thoroughly worked over by the tabloid media as they have.

Dandelions and Republicans
There has been some discussion in the media lately about invasive species. I thought perhaps the use of an analogy would help some people realize what a serious problem they are.

Where's the help from tobacco settlement?
I thought that the purpose of the megazillion dollar "Tobacco Settlement" was to "help individual states recover the cost of caring for smokers who had succumbed to cancer." This conjured up images of seriously ill people finally being given better care in new hospitals with more doctors and nurses, better equipment, etc.

Safety message gets across with lots of help
A hearty thanks to all who made the 2005 Soldotna Safety Day one of the best ever.

Edwards zones out for second nextel win
LONG POND, Pa. — Carl Edwards turned his first laps at Pocono Raceway playing a video game.

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.

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.

Fishing fever!
Although the old saying is that the early bird gets the worm, scores of early anglers were hoping to get the fish during opening weekend on the Russian River and the upper Kenai River from the ferry crossing downriver to the power lines.

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.

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.

Bridge talks tabled again
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly tabled a resolution Thursday that would have lent municipal support for a Funny River bridge project.

Cemetery discussion resurrected
Benjamin Franklin said, "Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have." If Franklin were to visit Soldotna today, he would think the town never had any people at all.

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.

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

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

Lillian Zimmer
Former longtime Cooper Landing resident Lillian Zimmer died Friday, June 10, 2005, in Clarksville, Ark.

Oilers get best of Twins
The Peninsula Oilers scored six runs in the first inning to cruise to a 8-3 victory over the Peninsula Twins Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Ballpark in Kenai.

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.

Tongass user fees supported
A new fee for users of the Tongass national Forest has drawn a predictable round of criticism for a predictable reason: People want government services, but they don't want to pay for them.

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.

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.

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

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

Peninsula people
Reynolds has 'photo finish' Poetry winners announced Perkovich walks tall Moiles, Epps graduate Annapolis KPC student named state speaker Hutto makes dean's list Area students graduate

Club news
Military support group forming Recycling fund-raiser continues

Community Events
Volunteers needed Challenger center sets June events Volksmarch 10K set

Births
Tiffney and Lyle Garner Junior of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Jaden Vance Garner, Monday, May 2, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Health center directors to meet Quilters group plans session nutrition classes scheduled Annual luau gets cooking Blood donations needed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Sorenstam hits Grand Slam halfway mark
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.

Former teammates take Run for River
Kenai's Mick Boyle and Trevor Baldwin ran away with the Run for the River 5-kilometer race held Saturday as part of the Kenai River festival in Kenai.

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

Racers adapt to shifting conditions
Despite losing a tire in the first race, Frank Soares rallied to edge his late-model division competition by totaling 90 points through four races Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai.

Spurs shine, Pistons sputter
SAN ANTONIO — Two steps quicker, two games ahead. The San Antonio Spurs were at their best Sunday night in Game 2 of the nBA Finals, speeding out to a big early lead and frustrating the Detroit Pistons the rest of the way in a 97-76 victory for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship round.

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