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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Ramirez sparks Boston to win
BOSTON — Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Matt Clement rebounded from his only loss of the season to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 Monday night in the first meeting of the teams since the 1975 World Series.

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!''

The Fish Are Biting and Now There is Good Reason to Bite Back
In its 2000 dietary guidelines, the American Heart Association recommended two fish meals per week with three to four ounces of fish per meal. This recommendation echoed by numerous health groups, is based on many years of research into the health benefits of fish.

Alaska's Junior Miss Elena Bird heads for Alabama...
Since February Kenai Central High School senior Elena Bird has been the reigning Alaska Junior Miss. The last five months have been a whirlwind of essay writing, paperwork, shopping, scrapbook making, and community service all in preparation for next weeks national Junior Miss Competition in Mobile, Alabama. She has sung the National Anthem at community events more times than she can count and recently returned from a trip to California where she focused on elements of poise, posture, interviews and fine tuning her vocal talent for her big week in Alabama. "I've been told that it's not worth doing unless you're willing to give it your all, so that's what I've been doing, working hard, and I'm ready to go thanks to my family, coaches like Mary Green and Reann Pitts, and angelic supporters like Alaska Wedding Brokers in Sterling who have helped me a lot with my wardrobe," said Bird in a final interview before departing for Mobile.

Out with new in with the temporary
Not to be historically confused the temporary Soldotna Bridge that is now carrying traffic along the Sterling Highway replaces the new Soldotna Bridge that replaced the original Soldotna Bridge in 1965, according to long time Peninsula resident Al Hershberger.

June 7th proclaimed Bob Sizemore Community Parent Day...
Since 1992 or earlier the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has been recognizing outstanding youth from Soldotna Middle, Skyview, and Soldotna High School, as students of the month and honoring them at a regular Chamber luncheon.

Relay For Life sets record pace...
A new record number of dollars, musicians, laps, fun, teams and tears, were all set last week at the 7th Annual Relay For Life at Skyview High School. At the end of the 24hour marathon of community caring $65,000 dollars and counting had been raised to aid the effort to find a cure for cancer, according to 2005 Relay For Life co-chairperson Lisa Parker. "It'll take awhile for the final tally from Anchorage and outlying areas to be completed, but we just might meet our goal of $70,000 and we have already exceeded our last year's total by some $2,000," smiled Parker after 36 continuous hours without sleep, "Our theme this year was Cancer Doesn't Sleep, and neither have I for the last 36 hours, and this awesome community came together to support each other, fund the fight, and celebrate living through it," admitted Parker. In the heated team competition this year the winners were the Heritage Place Heroes & Heroines raising $6,500.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Many years ago, in a land far far away. Oh wait that is a different story. Really, several years ago, John wrote a story that took the place of the then "Outdoors" writer, Spence DeVito, talking about what a special person and friend Spence is. That letter was a surprise for the then writer of this column and I hope this one is a surprise for the current writer. As a family we would like to thank everyone for the encouraging words and comments we receive about John's writing. Happy Father's Day, my dear husband.

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.

Soldotna
G'day from Mavis. Dr. Byron McCord will close of his orthopedic office practice June 27, in order to work part-time at Alaska Native Medical Center and pursue volunteer goals in Uganda South Africa.

Sterling
Hi Neighbors, The Sterling Senior Center will host its 15th annual barbecue June 25. A menu of ribs and chicken, numerous salads, baked beans, garlic bread, beverages and desserts will be served.

Cooper Landing
Congratulations to the TelAlaska team for capturing the 11th annual softball tournament trophy after two games June 5. Alaska Rivers Co. beat the previously unbeaten TelAlaska team in the first game that evening. It looked like it was going to be ARC all the way, but TelAlaska managed three runs to make the final score 4 to 3. TelAlaska caught fire the second game and closed the tournament with a score of 12 to 0.

Kenai
Hello neighbors. Happy Flag Day. Something to think about: It is summer in Alaska and along with the beauty and the fun of summers come not only the mosquitos, but many road construction and sightseers, also. They are here to marvel at the wonders that many enjoy all year long.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. Horse camp was sponsored by the Trail Blazer's horse club has concluded. I was able to attend advanced camp, and I enjoyed helping out, as well as learning a lot.

Kasilof
Hello from the Cohoe side of Kasilof. This is Amanda Chesley filling in for Shawna while she is on vacation, taking a break and spending some quality time with her family.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people." Ken Blanchard

Women still fall short in wages
Despite some progress over the past couple of decades, on average the women of Alaska's labor pool still earn only two-thirds the annual income of men.

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.

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.

Youth system opens options
Detention is not always the right answer when dealing with juvenile offenders. A juvenile might be a habitual runaway because of the need to escape abuse in the home. Committing the crimes of petty theft or spray-painting graffiti doesn't always warrant institutionalizing youths, especially if it's their first offense.

Rare bloom
Although numerous wildflowers are currently in bloom, wild iris, such as these off of Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kasilof, are a little fewer and farther between than some species due to their preference for extremely moist habitats.

Construction worker numbers drop
Construction is the fastest growing employment market in Alaska, and the amount of skilled workers in the state may not keep up with growth, said Richard Cattanach, executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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.

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 edge visiting Taiwanese squad
The Peninsula Oilers overcame a slow start through the first few innings to beat the Fubon Bulls of Taiwan 4-3 Monday night 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.

Education does right thing on evolution stand
Without much fuss, the Alaska Board of Education put an essential bit of science back into the state science standards last Friday. That was thanks to more than a bit of civil discussion that took place the day before.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Flag Day ceremony today Players looking to clean up LeeShore seeking volunteers Solstice celebration planned AYEA summit planned

Club news
Military support group forming Recycling fund-raiser continues

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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

Patriots' Bruschi is patient about his future
BROOKLINE, Mass. — Tedy Bruschi flashed his three Super Bowl rings, an honor achieved by few NFL players.

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.

Kenai skater taking his skills overseas for European tour
Cody Carver will have a chance to see the world this summer after participating in a hockey showcase in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Pistons worrying about more than just the Spurs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons are renowned for their resilience.

Beavers, Bears return to CWS
The College World Series is practically an annual destination for Texas and Arizona State. For most of the other six teams in college baseball's championship round, Omaha is largely unfamiliar territory.

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.

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.

Boyle top finisher at Run for the River
Mick Boyle was the top male finishers and Kaycie Schmelzenback was the top female finisher at the Run for the River 5-kilometer race held in conjunction with the Kenai River Festival Saturday in Kenai.

NYC Olympic hopefuls work on new-look bid
NEW YORK — Their Olympic dream suddenly revived and drastically revised, New York planners were immersed Monday in the tedious work of putting together technical proposals for the 2012 Games centered on a stadium in Queens.

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

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