Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Griffey finally gets 500th homer
ST. LOUIS Ken Griffey Jr. trotted around the bases as if it were just another home run. It was anything but that.

Twins take doubleheader from Fairbanks
The Kenai American Legion Twins finally put everything together Sunday, getting back-to-back wins against Fairbanks at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Sabathia shuts down White Sox in Indians win
CHICAGO C.C. Sabathia allowed one run in eight impressive innings, and Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake homered in the first inning of the Cleveland Indians' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Healthy, happy Griffey back on top of his game
ST. LOUIS If Ken Griffey Jr. can stay in the lineup, the next 100 home runs might come a lot easier than his 500th.

Moises saves the day
CHICAGO Moises Alou hit a two-run homer and Carlos Zambrano won his fourth straight decision, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Titans roll in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. Ricky Romero threw a nine-hitter, and Felipe Garcia went 4-for-4 to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 6-3 victory over Miami in the College World Series on Monday night.

SoHi grad to compete for Miss America title
The titles to the two most prestigious scholarship programs for young women in Alaska, the Alaska Junior Miss Program, and the Miss Alaska pageant both are held this year by former Soldotna High School graduates.

Celebrating the River
Fourteen years ago, Peggy Mullen and a small group of volunteers decided our community should take a day to celebrate and appreciate the mighty Kenai River that has given human communities so much for so many millenniums.

Local Quest students take international honors
When the Redoubt Elementary Future Problem Solving (FPS) team, coached by Cyndi Romberg, won the statewide competition this spring along with the state championship title they earned the right to represent all of Alaska at the International FPS competitions in Lexington, Kentucky.

Showin' off the Shine
The Central Peninsula's first Show & Shine at Harley Davidson of the Kenai Peninsula turned out a variety of locally owned prize possessions, and a lot of motor loving visitors.

Fall Hunting Permits
Each year about this time I anxiously await for the hunting permits to come out so I can plan my fall hunts.

Anchor River fishery extended
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced additional king salmon fishing in the Anchor River this weekend.

NOW PLAYING The Terminal
I hate getting stuck in the airport. Airports in general, though they serve their purpose well, are not particularly enjoyable. They're loud, crowded, uncomfortable, and imbued with just the slightest hint of panic. "What if I miss my flight?" "

Special session starts today
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski is hoping public pressure and the lure of a major bond package will persuade lawmakers to accomplish in a special session what they did not address in their regular session a long-term fix for the state's chronic budget problems.

Legislators should adopt POMV plan to manage permanent fund
Dear Senators and Representatives:

People don't want negative ads
It is too bad that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has already started with the negative ads. Not only is it negative, it's stupid, too.

Reagan struggle highlights need for Alzheimer caregiver support
Nancy Reagan is best known for her role as America's first lady. But just as important was her role of family caregiver. In 1994, Ronald Reagan publicly announced that he had Alzheimer's. For the next 10 years, Nancy Reagan cared for her husband.

Special Olympics reveal amazing acts of kindness
Our State Special Olympic Games took place in Anchorage recently with many of our local athletics participating. As a father of a special Olympian it was good to see this event take place.

Knowles understands issues, has experience for Senate job
I recently went to a town meeting held by Tony Knowles at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. I was impressed with Tony's presentation and his grasp of the important issues that will face him in the U.S. Senate. He's obviously got the background and the experience to represent Alaska in Washington.

Ward's timing inappropriate
Recently while at work I heard an announcement on the radio made by Mr. Jerry Ward regarding the passing of our 40th President Ronald Reagan.

Support for student appreciated
To the many of Jose Araya's friends who took the time to see him off at the Kenai airport headed for Costa Rica, we thank you.

Newman back on track in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. Ryan Newman finally got his first victory of 2004, making up a lost lap to win Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Caution: Road work lies ahead
Fittingly as summer begins, orange safety cones are expected to be arriving along Island Lake and Miller Loop roads in Nikiski this week when road construction work there gets under way.

Work in progress
Kenai Landing has a new opening date: the Fourth of July weekend.

Iraq war draws mixed reviews
WASHINGTON Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Gov. Tony Knowles agree on one thing about Iraq. Given the information presented by the Bush administration in the fall of 2002, war was justified.

Gas prices drain tourists' pockets
Record high gas and diesel prices may keep some vacationers home and off the highways this summer, but there are plenty of other motorists willing to siphon the necessary cash out of their wallets and into their tanks to keep their vacation plans rolling.

Man dies after jumping from car
A 21-year-old Kenai man died of injuries early Tuesday morning after reportedly leaping from a moving sport utility vehicle at Mile 8.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway shortly after midnight.

Governor: Keeper report 'rubbish'
Gov. Frank Murkowski has labeled as rubbish recent assertions by a Homer-based environmental watchdog group that his administration has been too lax on enforcing state anti-pollution laws against large corporations.

1 dead, 1 missing in separate weekend boating accidents
A Kasilof man drowned and another is missing in two separate boating mishaps over the weekend.

Photo feature: Supper in a snap
As per the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations, Candace Roetman of Soldotna clips the tips of the tail fins from a red salmon netted in her family's personal-use set gillnet near the mouth of the Kasilof River on Sunday. The fishery opened last week and runs until Thursday.

Albrey 'Al' Mooney
Albrey "Al" Mooney died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Elmendorf Hospital in Anchorage. He was 77.

Ray W. McCubbins
Longtime Kenai resident Ray W. McCubbins died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 90.

Alec R. Wik
Longtime Kenai resident Alec R. Wik died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at the Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. He was 62.

Mike J. Tanape
Nanwalek resident Mike J. Tanape died Friday, June 18, 2004, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 66.

Gordon Sledge
Longtime Alaska resident Gordon Sledge died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at his home in Kenai of leukemia with his wife, Wiona, and son, Joe, by his side. He was 75.

Oilers open league play with a win
The Peninsula Oilers got off to an exciting start in Alaska Baseball League play Suunday, holding off Athletes in Action Alaska by the score of 5-4 in Fairbanks. With the win, the Oilers moved to 1-0 in league play, and are now 7-3 overall.

Thank you, Charles Quarre
Charles Quarre is away. This simple rhyming message many of us knew from Charlie's answering machine took on new meaning with his passing on June 12. Since moving to the Kenai Peninsula 12 years ago, Mr. Quarre dedicated his time to many community organizations to help make the central peninsula a better place.

Community center idea nothing new
Where do you start and whom do you believe?

Poll shows importance of transferring power to interim government What others say
A comprehensive poll of thousands of Iraqi people commissioned by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority is terribly discouraging. The results weren't supposed to be made public and it's easy to understand why but The Associated Press got hold of the survey, and it is devastating.

Legislators, just say no
Until we get our fair share from oil, no, no, no and again, no. If we voters let the governor raid the fund, the pressure for the Legislature to do the right thing with oil will be gone. Another 25 years will go by and another $60 billion, which should have gone into our permanent fund, will be out the window.

Tobacco tax should pass
Alaskans, it's time again to turn the tides on the influence the tobacco industry has in our state. The welfare of our youth, the health of Alaska adults, the cost of smoking-related health care issues and our determination to shape policies for the good of all our people are the issues at hand.

Murkowski's special session worth the attempt What others say
Gov. Frank Murkowski's call for a special session on June 22 was a bold attempt to force legislators to deal with important business left undone when they adjourned on May 11.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Wild training correction Distance education consortium to meet ICAN to promote caesarean awareness Homer Spit run set to go Crescent Creek trail project planned Safe Sitter course offered

Births
Eimi and Aaron Brown of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Trever Dawson Brown at, 11:51 a.m., Friday, May 28, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.75 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Bug walk happening Wednesday CPGH board meeting set for Thursday Cook Inlet Keeper plans fund-raiser Bake sale fund-raiser slated British soccer camp scheduled Kenai pool offers swim lessons

Peninsula People
Area residents graduate from college Area students make honor lists

Community Events
Volksmarch walks planned Youth theater opportunities abound Kenai Wild training planned Watershed activities set ICAN to promote caesarean awareness KHLT begins summer program Farmers market opens Homer Spit run set to go God and Country Rally set for Sunday Challenger Center sets camp schedule Red Cross golf tourney set Postal service seeks phone cards Langdon basketball camp set for Seward Kenai class to celebrate 40-year reunion Volleyball camps set Class of 1984 to hold reunion Salmon count classic announced WRCC fund-raiser slated Food bank receives grant Diabetes support group forming Family law self-help services available

Senior Memus
This weeks menus for Senior Centers around the Peninsula

Social consciousness is in 93-year-old volunteer's blood
YORKTOWN, N.Y. Throughout his long, left-leaning life, Leon Sverdlove has been guided by one idealistic principle ''the idea that by helping our fellow man, we can have a better world.''

Senior Briefs
Peninsula senior picnic set Salmon count classic announced Anchor Point Forget-Me-Not Activity Center Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

U.S. soccer slips past scrappy Grenada
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada The United States advanced in World Cup qualifying Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Grenada on a soggy field.

Blast from the past
WIMBLEDON, England The woman Martina Navratilova beat in her 1973 Wimbledon debut was back at the All England Club on Monday to watch her daughter's first-round match.

Goosen good enough
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Retief Goosen didn't get the cheers, just the U.S. Open trophy.

Trade talk abounds in NBA
A blockbuster trade involving Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis dominated the NBA rumor mill Monday while the Los Angeles Lakers waited to learn whether Shaquille O'Neal was serious about demanding a trade.

France, England advance to quarterfinals
COIMBRA, Portugal (AP) Defending champion France and England reached the quarterfinals of the European Championships on Monday, joining Portugal, Greece and the Czech Republic.

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