Thursday, June 16, 2005

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.

Arroyo pitches Sox to sweep
BOSTON — Bronson Arroyo gave the Red Sox their fourth straight strong performance by a starter and David Ortiz drove in three runs to lead Boston to a 6-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Plenty of playtime
Local talents, Anchorage favorites and a singer from as far away as Florida will help while away the ample hours of daylight Saturday during the fourth annual KDLL Art and Music Festival, held at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

From the bookshelf
Many a mystery fan has fantasized about writing their own tale of corpses and clues. Fairbanksan Susan Hudson Johnson has made that fantasy itself a piece of "Alaskans Die Young" her homegrown detective yarn.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Art Briefs
Kenai Performers plan kids' workshops Art workshops offered Singers wanted Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Kids' theater, art workshops slated Art scholarship contest announced

Sale fund-raiser makes a difference
A big thank you to Moose Lodge No. 1942 for the loan of tables for our yard sale and for the donation from split the pot. Thank you to all the people who donated money and items and to those who bought items at the sale and all the co-workers who assisted.

Reader suggests evolution debate
Who doesn't know evolution is a joke, a hallucination of education, a charade by the ignorant upon the ignorance of tolerance and a manifestation of a much bigger problem that contributes significantly to youthful suicide rate?

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.

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.

Scholarship help allows students to succeed
Nikiski High School would like to thank the local businesses and agencies that so graciously gave scholarships to our students this year and their representatives who attended Nikiski Awards Night on May 17.

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.

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.

Last respects

Anchor Point man delivers crushing blow to autos
For annual cleanup days on the lower Kenai Peninsula, bands of Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, church groups and other civic-minded individuals scour the highways, picking up the winter's trash.

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.

Mayor: Kenai's outlook is great
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said the city of Kenai is projecting record sales tax revenues and has a $20,000 surplus in its fiscal year 2006 budget, which she attributed to strong economic growth when she spoke at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Burn ban in effect
The Division of Forestry Kenai office has suspended open burning. The suspension prohibits open burning of brush, grass and yard de-bris.

Russian red returns open up sanctuary

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.

Oilers record win vs. Omaha team
The Peninsula Oilers rebounded from Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Fubon Bulls of Taiwan with a 5-3 win in the first game of a two-game series against the Omaha, Neb., Strike Zone Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

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.

GAO should be watched, as well
Supporters of keeping Eielson Air Force Base open and active could have an ally — or not — in a government agency that so far has gained little public attention in the debate over the Defense Department's plans to close or downsize several major military installations across the country.

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
DAV to meet

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.

Sports views: Stern's plan for world domination stays on schedule
Though he's only been back in the fold for a day, attempts to clone Phil Jackson are proceeding apace.

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.''

Birch Ridge report: Right brain, left brain, too much brain
Dr. Jonathan Schooler pioneered the study of left brain, right brain theory, and the habit of over thinking or over analyzing a situation. He discovered that when people who play sports become "reflective about the process" they lose the flow and the intuitiveness of the nonverbal aspect that made them successful in the first place. (Whew! And I have not made him up.)

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.

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.

Finals first: Three games decided by 15 points
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — One of these days, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons will bring their ''A'' game to the NBA Finals on the same night. It hasn't happened yet, but there are still as many as four chances left for the teams to click at the same time.

A tough test awaits U.S. Open competitors at Pinehurst No. 2
PINEHURST, N.C. — Balls that land in the rough can't be seen 5 feet away. Shots that land on the domed greens at Pinehurst No. 2 don't stay there very long. The U.S. Open is supposed to be the toughest test in golf, and Vijay Singh found it to be every bit of that.

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