Wednesday, June 30, 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.

Johnson strikes out 4,000th batter
PHOENIX The word ''bittersweet'' kept coming up when Randy Johnson talked about reaching 4,000 career strikeouts.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai River Classic brings anglers to town
The relative calm of June on the Kenai River will be broken later this week when a contingent of lawmakers, corporate executives and celebrities descend on the river for the 11th annual Kenai River Classic fishing tournament.

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."

Sen. Murkowski's campaign strategies unsavory
Why didn't Lisa Murkowski denounce the negative outside ads that slammed Knowles unfairly? If she doesn't have the power to stop these ads from her own party, does she think she will have the power to convince anyone in the senate to open ANWR? She now has a phone survey that asks quite a few questions. It doesn't say who is sponsoring the survey until the very end. I think she is being deceptive; just like her father.

Sen. Murkowski needs to make decision on stem cell research
A bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate has paid tribute to Ronald Reagan in the best possible way: They have called for stem cell research to help combat Alzheimer's disease. They have answered the call of Nancy Reagan to urge President Bush to drop restrictions on this life-saving research. Alaska's Ted Stevens was one of 58 senators who signed the joint request. Tony Knowles supports it. Lisa Murkowski hasn't decided where she stands.

Kenai could do better to serve seasonal guests
It is time to bring up the annual issue of dipnetting. The city of Kenai needs to address this growing issue. The main problem that the community faces is the lack of parking and camping facilities. There are less than 400 total available spaces in the private campgrounds and public fee parking areas.

Sen. Murkowski's stance on stem cell research off base
We have always been under the impression that we put the people in power that we do because they know what they believe, they have strong ideological compasses, and they will fight for what is in the best interests of their constituents. Time after time, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has flip-flopped on key issues and, more egregiously, has co-sponsored legislation that hinders the progress and development of new medical treatments for Alaska's ill and elderly.

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.

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.

Junk cars a problem? Keep your eyes to yourself
Given enough time, the junk car issue is sure to generate blight ordinances. Once begun, blight will be defined as whatever doesn't appeal to the fragile sensibilities of "proper" citizens. Egads! What's become of "live and let live"? First, it will be the old cars and then they'll be telling us what color to paint our house.

Voice of NASA past set to outline agency's future
Former space shuttle pilot Michael J. McCulley is in Kenai today to discuss the future of space exploration in the United States.

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.

Effects of Interior fires keep Kenai Peninsula cloudy and cool
Wildfire smoke is partly to blame for the ash-gray skies over much of the Kenai Peninsula this week, according to a National Weather Service representative.

Firefighter alerts women to house fire
Quick action by a Central Emergency Services volunteer Tuesday morning alerted two sleeping women to a house fire on Even Lane off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Traffic ticket prices to rise
Motorists who violate traffic laws in much of Alaska will face stiffer penalties beginning Thursday.

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.

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

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

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 'Butch' Poissant
Longtime Soldotna resident Paul "Butch" 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 hold off Goldpanners
The Peninsula Oilers got a big win Tuesday, beating the Alaska Baseball League-leading Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 4-3 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Alaska Reserves, Guard sharing risk, burden abroad
Day after day now, Alaskans hear the reports out of Iraq U.S. forces under attack in this town, fighting back in that town. Soldiers injured and killed.

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.

Parks, schools, nation need action from concerned citizens
July 4, 2004, finds the nation returning our flags to full staff after the 30 days of official mourning for President Reagan, which ends July 5. As we remember President Reagan's optimism and move ahead on our nation's birthday, we as a community have three self-evident truths that we should address with optimism. These self-evident truths include decisions regarding the expansion of Soldotna Creek Park , the condition of our public school system and our need to fully participate in our democratic institutions.

Photo feature: In the air
Like snow in June, cottonwood seed fills the sky below a cottonwood tree in Soldotna last weekend.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Homer Spit to open to snagging kingsYouth behavior meeting plannedChamber seeking parade entries, vendorsSalmon canning class availablePhone card donations soughtNutrition classes slatedWRCC fund-raiser slated

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Rockets deal for McGrady
HOUSTON Tracy McGrady is leaving his hometown team for Houston in a blockbuster trade that sends Steve Francis to the Orlando Magic and gives the Rockets one of the NBA's most intriguing duos.

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
KPSC sends 10 teams to FairbanksMidnight Sun volleyball competes in RenoBorgman moves closer to Olympic berthYoung should forfeit gold, court rulesRaptors hire Sam Mitchell as head coach

Kenai Golf Report: Kenai Golf Course could use showers
Kenai Golf Course fairways are getting mighty thirsty and some rain during the nights would be simply perfect. It seems like everything else, it is difficult to have a balance of everything. The watering crew certainly soaks the greens during the night. They usually start at 10 p.m. and put in their day of work in the middle of the night.

126 mph ace leads Williams to victory
WIMBLEDON, England Pow! A 104 mph ace. Crack! A 113 mph ace. Wham! A 126 mph ace, the fastest serve ever hit by a woman at Wimbledon.

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