Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Devil Rays run win record to 16 straight
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Victor Zambrano pitched six solid innings to win his fifth straight decision, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-2 on Monday night for their 16th win in 18 games.

Phillies' Bell rings up Expos for cycle
PHILADELPHIA David Bell hit for the cycle and drove in a career-high six runs, powering the Philadelphia Phillies to a 14-6 victory over the Montreal Expos on Monday night.

Schilling beats old teammates
BOSTON Curt Schilling beat his former team for his 10th win of the season, and David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs to lead the Red Sox, who took two of three from the Phillies.

Nikiski grad takes over Coffee Concepts
There's a new dcor, new menu, new drinks, new atmosphere, and a new owner at Coffee Concepts on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. The new homegrown entrepreneur from Nikiski is Sarah Superman.

Hot Fun in the summertime
Break out the sun screen and mosquito repellant it's summer in Alaska. On the cusp of summer solstice, Father's Day welcomed summer sunshine and warm temperatures to the Kenai Peninsula.

Nikiski Days have early beginnings
For almost two decades, Nikiski residents have been celebrating the beginning of summer with family fun in the land of the midnight sun that they call Nikiski Days.

Outdoors: Some changes just don't make sense
Funny how some things change from time to time and in some cases for no real apparent reason. I'm sure each one of you can think back how you used to be able to hunt or fish without any restrictions regardless of what part of the country you are from.

Long summer solstice shadows mark 2004 world famous golf scramble
Playing golf at midnight under sunny skies with long shadows cast across the putting greens is said to be a must have experience among lovers of the links. Thus the famous world renowned Midnight Sun Golf Scramble draws duffers from around the globe according to the events originator Sam Best.

Kasilof offers mixed bag for dipnetters
Sometimes it pays to be an early bird, as the few people who took advantage of the 12:01 a.m. opening of the Kasilof River dipnet fishery well know.

NOW PLAYING: Dodgeball
Who doesn't share this gem of a memory? A whole gymnasium full of 10-year-olds. A big wire hopper full of bouncy red balls. The grim assurance that you, despite the presence of a cornucopia of athletically inept fourth-graders, are definitely getting picked last. Top it all off with the inevitable whistling smack as the balls repeatedly careen off your skull, followed by the gentle reprimand of the coach: "Hey guys, no head shots." And to you? "C'mon, walk it off! Be a man!" In this week's new film, Dodgeball, you can revisit these memories over and over, only without quite as much "fun."

Wolf's comments disservice to hardworking state employees
Every year, the Kenai River Sportsfishing Association (KRSA), a nonprofit organization, hosts the Kenai River Classic to raise money for their efforts on behalf of sportsfishing on the Kenai River. The 2 1/2-day event hosted by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens features flightseeing, entertainment, fishing and the chance to meet a variety of special guests, including members of Congress and the Alaska Legislature. Trophies or mounted fish are awarded to participants who catch the most fish, the longest fish and the largest fish. No cash prizes are awarded.

Resident tired of being designated pooper scooper
For those of you who walk your dogs around the community, I have a warning for you. You may be getting your picture taken and-or be videotaped when you allow your dogs to defecate on property not owned by yourselves.

Time has come for Ruedrich to step down
Alaskans deserve credible leadership in the Republican Party. It is time for Randy Ruedrich to resign as Alaska Republican Party chair.

Gordon: NASCAR's road warrior
SONOMA, Calif. Jeff Gordon wrapped up a near perfect weekend Sunday, starting from the pole and racing to an overpowering victory in the NASCAR race at Infineon Raceway.

Peninsula celebrates God, country at annual rally
A circus-style revival tent and a 21-gun salute were all that was missing from a gathering this weekend that blended religion and patriotism. More than 200 turned out for the 13th annual God and Country Rally at the Soldotna High School Auditorium on Sunday evening.

FCS baseball event home run for area players
After a hearty swinging of the aluminum bat, Cindy Wood took off from the home plate on a direct path to first base, leaving a wake of dust behind her.

DMV: Save time, go online
Despite long lines, the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles is making efforts to reduce the amount of time residents spend in its offices. In fact, according to DMV Director Duane Bannock, the department is trying to make it easier for people to forgo a trip to the DMV altogether.

CPGH board OKs operating budget
A $398,000 expenditure for nuclear medicine imaging equipment was among items in a $1.7 million capital budget approved by the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. board of directors Thursday.

Colleen Gordon
Soldotna resident Colleen Gordon died Monday, June 28, 2004, at her home. She was 74.

Evelyn Bass
Kenai resident Evelyn Bass died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 63.

Mary Zumwalt
Soldotna resident Mary Zumwalt died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Providence Extended Care Center in Anchorage. She was 77.

Paul Poissant
Soldotna resident Paul Poissant died Monday June 28, 2004, at his home. He was 63.

Oilers can't get out of hole vs. Bucs
The good news for the Peninsula Oilers is that starting pitcher Steve Morlock recovered from a rough first inning Monday and struck out nine Anchorage Bucs batters.

Oilers drop first home ABL game of the season
The Peninsula Oilers returned to Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai for a Sunday matinee after a six-game road trip, but the visiting Anchorage Bucs spoiled the homecoming, saddling the Oilers with a 2-1 Alaska Baseball League loss.

Legislature's failure to act disappointing, though not surprising
The Legislature has adjourned once again without taking action on a long-term solution to the state's fiscal gap.

Supreme Court took easy road on Pledge
The Supreme Court copped out. Rather than taking the opportunity to rule, once and for all, on the constitutionality of the phrase ''under God'' in the Pledge of Allegiance, the court took a pass. It instead ruled 5-3 that the plaintiff, atheist Michael Newdow, could not legally represent his daughter because he lacks full custody.

Clinton's book sure to stir pot on debates past
If the weeklong memorial leading up to the funeral of former President Reagan marked a return to the '80s, then the rush of news and comment in recent and coming days over the release of former President Clinton's memoir represents a return to the '90s. With that return comes a resurgence of all the familiar debates.

Presidential election is up for grabs and both camps could use help
The advent of summer signals warmer temperatures and a hotter phase of presidential politics, as well. Let's take a moment to consider the Bush-Kerry race.

Bring 'em on, Governor; Keeper welcomes debate on environmental enforcement
The Murkowski Administration's environmental enforcement record to date speaks for itself: Punish the little fish and let big corporate fish off the hook. When the largest toxic spills, repeated spills and spills in sensitive areas receive little or no attention by the state's environmental police, what's to stop them from recurring?

Photo feature: Diving into summer
Mary and Paul Greeno launch Antheny Slater into a swan dive at a swimming pond off Marathon Road in Kenai last weekend. Temperatures in the 70s have made the water warm and the beach popular.

Births
David and Danielle Jackinsky

Child remembrance ceremony planned
Hospice of the Central Peninsula will sponsor a remembrance candlelighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cannery Road Beach in Kenai to honor and remember children who have died.

KKC members shine at Fairbanks dog show
Several Kenai Kennel Club members participated in the Tanana Valley Kennel Club's Dog Show and Obedience Trials held over Memorial Day weekend in Fairbanks, where dogs participated in American Kennel Club sanctioned events.

Around the Peninsula
Sterling youth theater to meetRed Cross golf tourney setSen. Stevens to be Homer's grand marshalKenai chamber sponsoring pie contestYard, business contests beginHomer public Health plans one-day closureOutdoor education center closed

Around the Peninsula
Skyview pool to extend closureMcCulley to speak at Challenger CenterWRCC board meeting slatedLa Leche to meetFarmers market opens

Heroes of the week: Area residents appreciated
The friends and family of Susan Peterson of Kenai are pleased to announce that we have a genuine heroine in our midst.Thank you so much to the three ladies who found my purse in the aisle at Fred Meyer, Soldotna, and turned it into the customer service desk.

Crime Stoppers Alert
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects involved in a number of recent thefts and vandalism incidents.

Community News
Challenger Center sets camp scheduleWatershed July activities slatedKHLT summer programs continuePostal service seeks phone cards

Peninsula People
Nikiski resident returns home from abroadSoldotna sportsman elected to SCI leadershipNikiski resident serving in Peace CorpsNelson serves as intern for YoungRussell joins Merchant MarinesArea students make deans' listsArea students graduate collegeBP principals scholarships announced

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Classes give elderly men confidence in the kitchen
LACONIA, N.H. Frank Binette didn't realize just how ill-prepared he was for life without his wife until he stepped up to the stove for the first time after her death.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Wie upset on final hole of Public Links
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Ya-Ni Tseng of Taiwan made a 12-foot birdie put on the 36th hole Sunday, capping a dramatic comeback to beat Michelle Wie and win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

The Big Agitator
He called his employers fat, dumb and dishonest.

Botelho, Matarrese win Pen Am titles
A pair of Kenai golfers stole the show in Soldotna.

Czechs' next goal: Beat the Greeks
LISBON, Portugal The Czech Republic has more goals than any team at the European Championships and is the only one to have won all its games. That would appear to put the Czechs in good position to beat Greece and play for the title.

Sports Briefs
Twins fall to East in doubleheaderFullerton wins College World Series

Surprise! 25-year-old not done in Olympic quest
ANAHEIM, Calif. At 25, Mohini Bhardwaj should have long ago hung up the leotard. Clearly, though, she had different thoughts about a sport that spits most girls out while they're still in their teens.

Sunday best at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England The sounds of People's Sunday rang through Centre Court.

Montgomery, others contest USADA bans
SAN FRANCISCO Tim Montgomery will go to an international arbitration panel to contest a possible lifetime ban sought by U.S. doping officials. Montgomery's legal team informed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of its decision Monday to appeal to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. A decision by CAS' international arbitrators is final and can't be appealed.

Roddick, Schalken to meet again
WIMBLEDON, England It had to happen sometime, at some tournament. Their lives intersected under dire circumstances off the court, and Andy Roddick and Sjeng Schalken were bound to face each other on one, sooner or later.

Armstrong ready to ride into history
PARIS Lance Armstrong hopes to do what no other cyclist has done, a test so demanding it has blocked the four great champions before him.

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