Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Boggs, Sandberg enter Hall
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Wade Boggs cried when he acknowledged his father, who turned a scrawny kid into one of the game's toughest outs by teaching him that inside-out swing.

Report: Bonds says he doesn't expect to return until 2006
SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds doesn't expect to play this season because of his injured right knee, putting the San Francisco slugger's quest for the career home run record on hold until at least 2006.

Ramirez wins game, stays put
BOSTON — Manny Ramirez began his new life with the Red Sox on Sunday with a go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, thrilling the Fenway crowd that thought he might be traded and giving Boston a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Palmeiro suspended for steroids
NEW YORK — Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused.

Braves continue current tear
ATLANTA — Rafael Furcal homered from both sides of the plate, John Smoltz won his eighth straight decision and Marcus Giles had four hits, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Sunday to cap a successful July.

White Sox topple Orioles
BALTIMORE — Hours after Rafael Palmeiro was suspended for violating baseball's steroid policy, the Chicago White Sox capped a miserable day for Baltimore by sending the Orioles to their 12th loss in 13 games and completing a four-game sweep.

Pirates defeat Braves
ATLANTA — Zach Duke pitched into the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got home runs from Jose Castillo and Chris Duffy to snap a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Monday over the Atlanta Braves.

Last chance to see Wait Until Dark at SoHi auditorium
The Triumvirate Theatre Group will be doing their last run of Wait Until Dark, the popular Broadway show about a blind woman who finds herself in a life and death battle of wits with three ruthless conmen.

Mary, Mary! See how her garden grows
Mary Bell says that she is, “Just someone who likes to grow plants.” Yet, a walk through “Mary’s garden” at Bob and Jeannie Penny’s home on the Kenai River is like opening an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The terraced array of flowers, vegetables, berries, and fruit trees echoes the creativity of an agriculture and landscape architect. Mary has been gardening at the Penny’s for 14 some years, “When Bob put in this place I helped him put in all the landscaping,” said Bell. Mary’s father, Oscar Vogel, was one of the early big game master guides on the Kenai Peninsula, so Mary comes by her love of the Alaskan outdoors naturally. Likewise she has developed her horticultural talents naturally, with no formal training, “I get help, I ask a lot people for their advice and ideas on what works best and I listen to just about anybody who will share their knowledge with me and it’s paid off,” said Mary.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
OK OK, I am really sorry that John has to work so much, I promise to get him a laptop someday so he can write these stories from work. John works a 12 and 12 shift across the inlet. He has never been one to sleep much so on his hours off he finds time to fit in some Pike fishing, berry picking, and bear spying. Right now he is so busy on his time off while he is across the inlet picking berries and scoping out the bears, I am not sure he would have time to write a story even if he could, oh yeah he would. So here we go again!! Each year about this time, it seems the population of the Kenai Peninsula really swells. The number of residents at the Perkovich house also increases. Funny how that happens. Each year we have a special guest that comes from California to enjoy our splendid fishing. Last year he brought his son and this year he brought his 4 delightful brothers. These types of guests are great, no entertaining needed, they had all their trips planned out and we barely saw them enough to say good night. Well we did enjoy some meals with them and they did take Travis with them to help fish for reds a couple of days.

Grand opening for new family business
Anthony Pisa has been working with automotive drive trains for some 17 years and has now decided to use his expertise to open his own family business to be known as Anthony’s Transmission and Drivetrain.

The Market at Kenai Landing offers Unique Shopping
As you stroll through The Market at Kenai Landing you will enter a warehouse full of surprises.

How often is it that a movie completely meets your expectations? How often does it happen that your preconceived notions about a film turn out to be completely correct? Almost never.

Task force mission clarified by member
As an Agrium Task Force participant, I take exception to the comments expressed by Lois Epstein of the Cook Inlet Keeper (Clarion, July 28.) The task force was charged by the governor to determine what could be done to keep Agrium up and running after Nov. 1. Simply put, the employees of Agrium and the Kenai Peninsula need those jobs.

Sponsors shore up support for restoration
In the sprit of collaborative support, "we" with the Youth Restoration Corps would like to thank the following contributors who became our partners in an effort to support YRC's promotion of stewardship as we continue our restoration program here in Southcentral Alaska and begin the world class Resurrection Creek restoration project.

Reader says peaceful solutions the best approach
I'm pleased to see there are veterans advocating for peace in Kenai, as well as Soldotna. Given the pervasive power over mentality of our cultural context, it is sometimes difficult to see that there are almost always, if not always, nonviolent solutions to problems. As I know from my own life's experience, we all have things to learn about how we perpetuate violence in the world and in our personal lives.

Well-picked view
A small crew of fishermen pick salmon from their setnet during a terminal fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River recently. Sockeye salmon have been returning for the Kasilof River in record numbers.

Sterling bridge issue raised
Residents will have the opportunity to speak about gravel pits, fire stations and a new bridge at tonight's Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly meeting.

Sterling woman faces arson, assault charges
A distraught Sterling woman who allegedly tried to burn down her house with herself inside was charged Friday with arson and assault.

Former Alaska Gov Hammond dead at 83
JUNEAU — Jay Hammond, a bush pilot and hunting guide who served two terms as governor during the pivotal years that helped define modern Alaska, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Staying in the driver's seat: Classes help seniors
JUNEAU — Gen Dickey said she dreads the day she will have to give up her driver's license.

Pretty deadly
One of the more colorful mushrooms commonly found on the Kenai Peninsula is the amanita muscaria, or fly agaric, such as these popping up in Sterling on Thursday morning. Though appealing to the eye, amanitas are not recommended for consumption. Some deliver fatal results.

Petition issues
JUNEAU — When Alaskans last November narrowly approved a constitutional amendment changing the state's initiative process, opponents of the measure shook their heads and lamented that democracy would be that much further out of reach.

Alaska gets roads money
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage and Ketchikan will not be the only Alaska cities to see construction projects from a new federal highways bill.

Protester signs his disapproval of war
At this time of year, it's not unusual for folks to wake up early and don their rubber waders, fishing vest and a floppy-billed hat festooned with colorful flies and lures. But for Ralph Van Dusseldorp of Kenai, there is one exception that makes him stand out like a fish out of water.

Lightning strike causes power failure
A lightning strike at 3:48 p.m. Sunday caused a power outage to about 7,000 Homer Electric members from Soldotna to Homer.

Rodeo kids ride out new experiences
Rodeos can teach children many life lessons, such as the rewards of being responsible, working hard and overcoming adversity, and all three of these were demonstrated by the nine youths representing Alaska at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyo., last month.

Juneau contractors fear asbestos in rock from city quarry
JUNEAU (AP) — The discovery of asbestos in rock at a city quarry has slowed work on construction projects.

Voters to decide taxing power
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have the chance in October to decide if the assembly should increase the borough sales tax without a vote of the people.

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W.I. 'Bob' Palmer
Former Ninilchik resident W.I. "Bob" Palmer died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at his home in Juneau. He was 78.

Margaret Ann Nyland
Soldotna resident Margaret Ann Nyland died Sunday, July 24, 2005, in Hawaii in her sleep. She was 40.

W.I. 'Bob' Palmer
Former Ninilchik resident W.I. "Bob" Palmer died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at his home in Juneau. He was 78.

Alaska roadblocks to new highway not foreign to states
Occasionally we can see the great humor involved in much of the rhetoric that cascades forth every time a major highway project is proposed in Alaska. You just have to laugh, in other words, when you think about the opposition that unfortunately is common throughout the nation.

Celebration of scouting turns tragic in seconds
No Alaskan can hear about this week's Boy Scout tragedy without feeling the pain shared by all who know the victims. What was a routine camp activity — setting up a pavilion-style tent at a national jamboree in Virginia — turned deadly when a tent pole hit an overhead power line

Around the Peninsula
Kids invited to jungle adventures Toddler hour slated Kids' celebration set Golf tourney fund-raiser planned Soldotna chamber seeks beauty Garage sale fund-raiser set ommunity meeting planned CES seeks volunteers

Kenai home a bloom
Don and Birlene Driskill's home at 750 Set Net Drive was named the Garden of the Week for July 18. To nominate a home, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation office at 283-3692.

Peninsula People
Eveland awarded scholarship Benson graduates Progress Days winners announced

Heather Elisabeth Voss Dunn and Joshua James Dunn Ericka and Russell Thomas Alecia and Jon Gottlob Tatiana Batson and Ken Enders Angel Hollers Jackson and Ross Jackson Katie Lee and Beto Cazares Susan and Patrick Houlihan

Around the Peninsula
KCHS cheerleading meets today Social Security to be discussed Food bank seeking volunteers 4-H work days set Kids' celebration set KCHS swim, diving set to begin Swim clinic planned Women's run seeks volunteers

Soldotna yard a winner
Mary and Sara Koch's home at 131 Shady Lane was selected by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce as the Yard of the Week for July 25. To nominate a home call, 262-9814.

Community Events
Library plans August events Citizen scientists sought Space camps available Womens' run seeking volunteers

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Hackett wins fourth straight 1,500 title
MONTREAL — Grant Hackett swam to a historic victory, then picked up a well-deserved trophy as top man at the world championships.

Bird Homestead Golf Report
The Funny River Festival Golf Tournament was a big success. The winning team consisted of Mike Chenault, Vern Hamm and Tim Dipple. Long drive for the men went to Mike Chenault. Mike also received closest to the pin honors.

Sports Briefs
Homer football, cross country news Barrel horse racing held in Soldotna

Carlyle takes over as Mighty Ducks coach
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Randy Carlyle was hired Monday as the new coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, completing the makeover of a team that also has changed owners and general manager this year.

Tiger can't catch Singh
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Vijay Singh followed up three spectacular rounds with an average one and it was enough to hold off a surging Tiger Woods and win the Buick Open on Sunday.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski volleyball starts Monday Kenai volleyball info released

Owens reports to camp on time
For once, Terrell Owens had nothing to say. The disgruntled wide receiver showed up at Philadelphia Eagles training camp on Monday night, but declined to speak to reporters who chronicled his every move.

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