Wednesday, June 15, 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.

Cardinals down Blue Jays in interleague play
TORONTO — Chris Carpenter pitched a one-hitter against his former team, and Larry Walker homered twice to the lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0 on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wrong kind of rod lands in Kenai River
While observing some of the temporary bridge construction in Soldotna a month ago, I observed one of the welders throw his spent welding rod into the Kenai River. I immediately conjured up the image of hundreds if not thousands of welding rods being cavalierly disposed of into the river during the course of this construction job. I didn't like that image at all.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carlile expands operations
After 25 years of providing shipping service between Alaska and Washington, Carlile Transportation Systems, which has a terminal on Bridge Access Road in Kenai, is building a new 65,000-square-foot terminal at the Port of Tacoma in Washington.

Bail now $1 million for man accused in fatal crash
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Bail has been reset to $1 million for a Fairbanks man who is accused of fatally striking a 13-year-old bicyclist in a drunken driving accident, then leaving the scene.

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.

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.

Institute strives to save Native language
Dena'ina language instructor Donita Peter was chosen as the child of her generation to be the carrier of culture in the Tyonek village.

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.

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.

List grows in borough mayor race
With a term limit law in place and his own desire to return to private life about to end Mayor Dale Bagley's tenure in office, the way is clear for a spirited campaign for borough mayor this summer.

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

Koi Ella Clark
Soldotna resident Koi Ella Clark died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 64.

Bulls hand Oilers first defeat
Like Monday's game, the visiting Fubon Bulls from the National Taiwan College of Physical Education struck first by scoring two runs in the top of the second inning to kick off the final match between the Bulls and the Peninsula Oilers Tuesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park 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.

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.

Can we learn from Outside critiques on treatment of kids?
Are we failing? Recent Outside reviews of Alaska's child-welfare system and its science education standards make the state look less than enlightened on both counts.

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

Senior Menus
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Senior Briefs
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Kenai golf report: A splendid week of golf
A couple of weeks ago Ron Wilson was our "Person of the Week." This week we want to wish him a belated happy birthday. Ron turned 82 on Sunday. He plays a round of nine holes every weekday. I think we all hope we will be doing just that when we turn 82.

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.

100-meter record falls at Athens meet
ATHENS, Greece — Asafa Powell broke the world record in the 100 meters Tuesday with a 9.77 clocking at Olympic Stadium, where the Jamaican didn't fare nearly as well during the Athens Games last summer.

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

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.

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

Reunited: Jackson back to coach Bryant, Lakers
LOS ANGELES — Phil and Kobe, together again. Phil Jackson is back with the Los Angeles Lakers following a breakup that took a year to mend, and back to coaching Kobe Bryant — a player he once called ''uncoachable.''

Tuned up
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Three games into the NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons finally figured things out: With some energy and aggression, they can actually play with the San Antonio Spurs. Not only play with them, but soundly defeat them.

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.

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.

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