Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Yanks top Chicago
NEW YORK — Mike Mussina won his third straight start, Alex Rodriguez got a big hit with the bases loaded and the suddenly surging New York Yankees polished off a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 6-3 victory Sunday.

Nationals stay red hot behind Hernandez, Guillen
PITTSBURGH — Livan Hernandez induced four double-play grounders in winning his ninth consecutive decision, and Jose Guillen homered twice as the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 on Monday night.

Twins go 3-1 in Anchorage
The American Legion Twins improved their record to 7-3 over the weekend with a 3-1 trip to Anchorage.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
There I was standing patiently in the wilderness of Alaska thinking how lucky I am for having the chance to live and work in this great state. Even though I never spotted a bear my mere presence here reminded me just how lucky I am to be here. Forget about the cool weather we have endured the past couple of weeks and all those nasty bugs that have attacked us relentlessly all summer. Forget about all the traffic delays due to road construction and the bridge construction in Soldotna. Don't let all the tourists that invade our state each summer and cause traffic congestion or long lines at the grocery stores get you down. Just be thankful that you live here year round and can really reap the benefits of being an Alaska resident.

Motown style Show & Shine at Peninsula Harley Davidson...
It's common to think of an Alaskan trophy as a bear, moose, sheep, mountain goat, or gigantic fish, but for a growing number of Alaskans their trophies have wheels and they enjoy a chance to show them off.

Grant Aviation offering service to Kenai from Anchorage...
Since May 15th Kenai has had a new commercial carrier providing service between Anchorage and Kenai. According to Grant Aviation controller Jeff Taggart, they are offering 8 flights a day between 5:45am and 10:25pm. "We're flying a 9 passenger Cessna 208 Grand Caravan with a pay load of about twenty eight hundred pounds that offers about 100 pounds for each passenger," said Taggart.

The Old Grey Mare ain't "where" she used to be
The Old Grey Mare may not be "where" she used to be, but she certainly is a lot "more" than she used to be. Carole and Carl Bear have moved their "Old Grey Mare" antique and gift store from its former location near the Soldotna Bridge to a new stable on Warehouse Ave. in Soldotna, where they have more space for their array of collectables. They are now in the same strip mall as Papa Murphy's and just next door to Wells Fargo Bank. Carl and Carole hale originally from Hillsdale, Michigan and retired here on the Kenai Peninsula. Their new store is loaded with antiques and gifts from all over the country and items that they have been collecting, "Me and my wife have been fooling with antiques about all of our life, but we both worked full time so we never had time to open a store, but then we both retired and now here we are buying and selling the things we love," said Carl in a recent interview.

River Festival celebrates the mighty Kenai
Two days of family fun, food, and festivities highlighted the 15th Annual Kenai River Festival. According to Kenai Watershed Forum Executive Director Robert Ruffner there were more vendors, educational booths, music groups, runners, and visitors than ever before. Some 30 vendors and exhibitors filled the green strip with wares and educational materials pertinent to the Kenai. Kids saw puppet shows, live birds of prey, met Caring For the Kenai contest winners and made painted fish models, hats, and had their faces painted. Carrie Henson, a Studio 2B advisor for young women 11 to 17 years of age and her club members helped kids make and paint more than 600 fish hats. In one way or another all the activities pointed to appreciation of the mighty Kenai River, "I was surprised at how educational making fish hats became, some of the kids wanted to paint their hats in the actual colors of the salmon and knew what that really looked like," said Henson.

NOW PLAYING: Batman Begins
The Batman franchise is a tried and true commodity for a huge studio like Warner Brothers, so it might seem like no-brainer to do another one. But on the other hand, a re-imagining is always a risky proposition, and this latest Batman fits that bill to a tee. Gone are the gothic trappings of Tim Burton's Gotham City, as well as the neon lunacy of Joel Schumacher's vision. In their place lie the humanist realism favored by today's superheroes. And it's a change for the better.

Scoreboard makes points with principal
It won't be long until we are gathering again for fall sports activities. If you happen to attend a football game at Kenai Central High School you will not doubt be impressed with our new scoreboard.

Trash enemy is all of us
I don't read every issue of your paper line by line, nor do I read it every day. More often than not, I do read the letters to the editor.

Fund-raising efforts big hit with volunteers
Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance Service President Michelle Stewart would like to thank all those who helped with the CLVAS concessions at the softball tournament. Thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer, as well as the people who walked in and donated their time. A very special thank you to all the local companies who donated items for us to raffle off for our fund-raising efforts and to the food and beverage distributors in Anchorage who generously donated goods to supply the concessions. Thanks to Cooper Landing Community Club for the use of the building and kitchen facilities.

Article not the whole story
I find it somewhat disturbing that (Layton) Ehmke would take the half-baked stories of a disgruntled former employee and try to harm an organization that helps to protect the life of every Alaskan, and I feel it only appropriate that they print this as either a letter to the editor from myself, or as a free standing article.

Usage increasing at peninsula food bank
On June 7, while in Washington, D.C., I participated in a National Hunger Awareness Day with five other Alaskans visiting our Congressional delegation and lobbying for the Hunger-Free Communities Act of 2005, which fights hunger in the United States.

Closing highway sometimes too much
We have all sat in our cars for long periods while the police and safety officials close the highways here on the Kenai Peninsula whenever there is an accident.

Hi, neighbors, Will Josey says to remind you that the Sterling senior citizens' 15th annual barbecue will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the center on the Sterling Highway. Food, entertainment and door prizes are some of the planned activities.

Hello, neighbors. If you've been out and about the Kenai area, you might have noticed that our ranks have swelled. It's summertime in Alaska, and we welcome back our summer people, those who are only here for a short time, and those who return each summer to be part of our communities.

Cooper Landing
Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance Service President Michelle Stewart said their first time handling concessions during the recent softball tournament was a successful fund-raiser and they look forward to doing it again next year.

Greetings from Cohoe once again. It's Amanda Chesley again and I am pleased to be filling in for Shawna while she enjoys a bit of family time. I hope everyone enjoyed Father's Day and got their week off to a pleasant start.

Honoring their former member Charles Quarre, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, the Cancer Society, Emmaus, Kenai Watershed Forum and the protection of brown bear groups planted a May Day tree on the anniversary of his death, June 12.

Neighbors taking break
Effective July 5, the Neighbors page will go on a six-month hiatus. In an effort to update the look of the Neighbors page, the Clarion is giving our columnists a well-deserved break as we rebuild our columns to provide a better way for readers to get to know their neighbors.

Good morning. Something to think about: "Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back." Babe Ruth

Hi, neighbors. When I first moved to Ninilchik I was amazed at the abundance of wild edibles that were just waiting to be discovered and harvested right in my own backyard. My mother, Marlene Blough, used to make salads out of wild cucumber (also known as twisted stalk) dandelion greens and fireweed shoots.

Filing campaign info gets easier
As the 2005 municipal election season approaches, the Alaska Public Offices Commission is readying a beta version of a new Internet-based electronic filing system that the office hopes one day will become the principal method by which future candidates and others will file campaign disclosure documents required by Alaska's campaign disclosure statutes.

Firefighters focus on blaze near Fort Yukon
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A fire 15 miles northeast of Fort Yukon has grown steadily and is the top priority for forest firefighters in Alaska.

Anglers — bear safety in mind
It's barely a week since the opening of the Russian River fishery and already bears — brown and black — have made their presence known. "It's in the middle of bear country, so they can and will show up," said Alaska Department of Fish and Game area manager Jeff Selinger.

Sprague calls for new appeals boards
Among the many duties of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members are hearing citizen appeals of property tax assessments and resolving conflicts arising from decisions made by the borough planning commission.

Modernizing program runs into difficulties
The move to modernize handling of the flood of campaign disclosure documents state law requires of candidates, lobbyists and groups promoting ballot propositions has faced a variety of difficulties. That's what Brooke Miles, executive director of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, says.

Fragile Kasilof dunes in danger
As the Kasilof River personal-use set gillnet fishery continues in full swing and the personal-use dipnet fishery prepares to open, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hoping fishery participants remember their "dunes" and don'ts.

Teacher housing on tap in Tyonek
The poor condition of two aging trailers used as teacher housing has contributed to teacher turnover in the remote Cook Inlet village of Tyonek, but all that may be about to change, thanks to a $235,000 grant from the Denali Commission Teacher Housing Program.

Unocal pursues gas storage
To help prevent brownouts in Southcentral Alaska and to manage gas contracts, Unocal Corp. wants to store natural gas on state lands on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Commercial boats float
With the first eastern Cook Inlet commercial fishing opener set for today, area commercial fishers are busy getting nets mended and engines tuned in preparation for what is shaping up to be a solid season.

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Diana Lynn Zimmerman
Ninilchik resident Diana "Lady Di" Lynn Zimmerman died Sunday, June 19, 2005 surrounded by her family at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She 40.

Oilers' bats douse AIA Fire
The Athletes in Action Alaska started hot with a home run in the first inning, but the Peninsula Oilers quickly doused the Fire with a 10-hit barrage, including a three-run double from David Newby and a three-run homer by Jake Kahaulelio for an 11-4 win Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers take first ABL game of season
The Peninsula Oilers won the first game of a three-game series against the Athletes in Action Alaska Fire 5-1 in the Oilers' first Alaska Baseball League game on a windy Father's Day Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

Unanimous decision key to all juries
America is a 50-50 nation, political analysts say. Red state, blue state, Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative: We're split just about down the middle, and the partisan wars in Washington and elsewhere show it.

Fee for spill response fund worth a look
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has the right idea in trying to replenish the federal government's oil spill response fund. He wants to renew the 5-cents-per-barrel fee that originally built up the fund in the early 1990s.

Hero's of the Week
Resident grateful for response Kindness makes lunch easier to digest

Around the Peninsula
Blood donations needed Group to discuss children's issues Soldotna chamber meeting planned Quilting show set ICAN to meet Group celebrates hope Renaissance fair slated

Fund-raiser raffle flies high
Woodcarver John Nelson, left, Heritage place resident Ginny Arnold, center, and nurse Gemma Smith are shown with Nelson's hand-carved swan. The swan was raffled off as part of the Heritage Place annual Relay for Life fund-raising efforts. The raffle raised $1,000 and helped Heritage Palace take first place in team fund-raising, with an amount in excess of $6,000.

Community Events
Volksmarch 10K set Ink cartridges fund-raiser continues Swim team tryouts begin Cheerleader tryouts, workshops set Cell phone recycling available Hearing, vision screening available Nutrition classes scheduled Baseball series seeks sponsors Respite services available NPRSA June events set Parade entries and vendors sought Volunteers needed Community race set to go

Peninsula People
Fosters attend college Area students honored

Around the Peninsula
Players looking to clean up LeeShore seeking volunteers Sterling group to meet AYEA summit planned Parade entries, vendors sought Chamber seeks beauty

Senior Briefs
Homer senior, Friendship centers Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Nikiski Seward Sterling

Kiwi wins U.S. Open
PINEHURST, N.C. — Michael Campbell answered every challenge Tiger Woods threw his way Sunday until a U.S. Open full of surprises got the biggest one of all.

Biffle skips pits, wins at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle never considered pitting during the last caution period Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Homestead Golf Report
Many Funny River residents, including Daniel Smith, Sissy Bird, Corky Moore, Robert Partin and Larry and Dianne Hamilton, have helped a homesteader's golf dream come true.

U.S. Grand Prix anything but grand
INDIANAPOLIS — One by one, 14 Formula One cars ducked off the race track and parked in a unified protest over safety concerns at the United States Grand Prix.

Clutch shot seals Game 5 for Spurs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Big Shot Bob did it again. Robert Horry, the veteran player whose clutch postseason 3-pointers have defined his career, knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining in overtime Sunday night to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Davenport cruises at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England — Twelve months ago, Lindsay Davenport was so unsure whether she'd ever play again at Wimbledon she cried as she left.

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