Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Contreras beats former team
NEW YORK — Jose Contreras pitched shutout ball against his former team, and the Chicago White Sox got home runs from Paul Konerko and Tadahito Iguchi in a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the New York Yankees.

Burnett blanks Arizona
MIAMI — A.J. Burnett threw a three-hitter to win his career-high fifth straight start, and even added an RBI single to help the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Yankees, Mussina get best of White Sox
NEW YORK — Mike Mussina outpitched former teammate Orlando Hernandez, and Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer that sent the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory Monday night over the Chicago White Sox.

Peninsula gets Alaska’s first Lacrosse Club
It may be new and exciting for kids on the Kenai Peninsula, but the sport of Lacrosse was actually one of America’s first sports tracing its history in the U.S.A. back to North American Natives and French pioneers who played the game avidly in the early nineteenth century. A cross between soccer, basketball and hockey, Lacrosse is now said to be the Nation’s fastest growing sport with 6 professional major league Lacrosse teams in the Lower 48 and 4 expansion teams being planned for the western U.S. The Central Peninsula Lacrosse Club is the first such program in Alaska, according to Scott Cunningham, president and booster of the new organization which concludes its first season this week.

Alaska’s last Junior Miss...
Elena Bird takes great delight in fulfilling the duties of Alaska’s Jr. Miss. Bird has had a whirlwind summer of activities fulfilling the duties of her statewide title. She has sung the National Anthem and rode in more parades than she can remember, including Kenai’s 4th of July Parade and Soldotna Progress Days. A distinction however she is not so pleased to have is being Alaska’s last Junior Miss. After nearly half a century the National Junior Miss program has been canceled. In June, Elena had the once in a lifetime experience that many other Kenai Peninsula girls have had over the years of representing Alaska at the National Junior Miss Competition in Mobile, Alabama, “It was an absolutely incredible educational experience, it was amazing to be among all those talented and very bright young women,” commented Bird when she returned.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Well, well, well, guess what...............John didn’t get a story to me. I am very sorry because I am not very good at this. I have a question for anyone. Why do some people get seasick and some don’t? Why do I get sea sick out of Homer but not out of Deep Creek or Anchor Point? It has always amazed me how my dad never seems to get sick even when the water is horrible. Well just a question to ponder. Travis (our youngest) and Brad (our oldest) just got back from halibut fishing with our friend Jim Ries and Brad’s girlfriend Mandy. Brad caught the first fish and promptly got so sick he laid down for the rest of the trip. See what I mean-he got sick when no one else did, well I guess Travis was feeling a little ill after eating a few too many donuts. They brought home a nice bunch of halibuts and now we all have a little fuller freezer.

Bikers ride again to beat Muscular Dystrophy...
The 7th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Live Ride brought some 300 motorcyclists, pets, family and friends to Soldotna last week. The participants started at the House of Harley in Anchorage and rendezvoused at the weigh station in Sterling where they rode in parade formation with police escort to the Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson store. The unique fund raiser was the creation of Barry Madison, owner of the House of Harley in Anchorage, Wasilla and Soldotna, and is the only event of its kind in the nation, “Harley Davidson has been a corporate sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1984 and in Alaska we have done an event every year since then and 7 years ago we put the Live Ride idea together with an Anchorage radio station where we usually have an announcer broadcasting live from one of the bikes as we motor to Soldotna,” said Madison. According to Madison over the years the bikers efforts have raised nearly half a million dollars for MDA.

Up Up an’ Away on a beautiful day...
Parasailing is commonly associated with sunny beaches and sultry weather. Yet on a beautiful Alaskan day Chuck Kneeland was found practicing landings and ground control of his parasail at Skyview High School. Parasailing has become very popular in Europe where climbers modify parachutes to fly down cliffs after hiking up mountains. The sport however is milder than say compared to hang gliding with average speeds of eighteen mph creating a gentle glide towards earth. Kneeland says he actually does more parasailing in Maui, Hawaii and southern California than the arctic north. Here in Alaska he enjoys the slopes at Alyeska for parasailing. Compared to a parachute Kneeland says a parasail actually lets you gain altitude. The idea is to take off into the wind where you can catch an updraft and then stay up for as long as possible and enjoy the view, which in some cases may be as long as an hour.

Photo feature: A cut above
Mike Lohmann processes red salmon on a cleaning table at Kenai RV Park recently. Fishers are starting to look for silver salmon now.

Trail of 'fun' no fun for those following it
I am responding to the paper's write up regarding all the trash from people doing their annual fishing on the Kenai beaches (Clarion, Aug. 5).

Spoof targets oil platforms
Ever wonder what happened to Cook Inlet’s penguins? Ask Cook Inlet Keeper Bob Shavelson and he’ll probably tell you how the oil platforms wiped them out.

Golf matches covered
A special thank you to the staff at the Clarion for their coverage of the inaugural matches at the Birch Ridge Golf Course on July 25, 26 and 29. Also, to Tim Navarre and Arby’s for the food.

Scouted trip worth every cookie
Studio 2B Girls No. 618 would like to thank the following for providing a memorable destination trip to Cooper Landing on July 13-16. Thank you, Gabe, our river-rafting guide with Alaska Rivers Company, for being so charming, funny and cute. The scenic float was fun, too.

Support for support group makes annual event a success
On June 4, the ninth annual Brain Awareness Walk and barbecue was a success. We enjoyed a beautiful day in Kenai. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and her friend, Ranger, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and assembly President Gary Superman were on hand to help support group founder Richard Warrington and lead the walk.

Records plus tax bad for camel
New all-time record fuel prices, plus new all-time record high sales tax rates, plus new all-time record high fishing charter rates being set for next year equals a new all-time high record low forecast for next year's tourism season.

Cup champion Busch leaving Roush Racing
Reigning Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch is changing teams, moving from Roush Racing to Penske Racing South. The only question is when.

No rush as filing deadline approaches
With the candidate filing deadline still a week away, there has, as yet, been no great rush to formally enter races for Kenai Peninsula Borough seats open for the Oct. 4 municipal election.

Doctor returns from scouting Jamboree
A Soldotna physician said he was helpless to do anything when four Boy Scout leaders from Alaska electrocuted at the national jamboree in Virginia.

Natural gas coming to Ninilchik
Though the resource apparently is abundant enough to generate drilling activity by major energy players literally next door, the small Cook Inlet coastal community of Ninilchik has no access to natural gas.

Trooper: Watch not suited for Sterling
Members of the Sterling Community Coalition Group were told by Alaska State Troopers that a Neighborhood Watch would not be effective in the rural community.

Tesoro, KPB spat continues
After a dispute that has cost the Kenai Peninsula Borough $60,000, Tesoro may have to pay the borough more taxes this year than it originally hoped. And the issue isn't resolved yet.

Merit Inn to close
Citing bad business, the Merit Inn in the city of Kenai will shut down Sept. 1, leaving the city with 60 less hotel rooms.

Grant boosts Winter Games
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is poised to receive a $650,000 state grant authorized by the Alaska Legislature earlier this year in Senate Bill 46.

Thea Louise Zumwalt
Longtime Soldotna resident Thea Louise Zumwalt died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, at her home. She was 50.

Memorable ‘Progress’; Annual event is great in Soldotna, just don’t change it
Our community recently celebrated one of our family’s favorite occasions of the whole year —Soldotna Progress Days. We were so pleased a few years ago when the parade route was moved to Binkley Avenue and the vendor and game booths were located on Park Avenue. It allowed all of us to either walk, bike or drive to the parade route, leave our vehicles parked and proceed down to Park Avenue for the Progress Day festivities.

State needs more junkets
We’re pretty confident that Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez would not describe his recent trip to Alaska as a junket. That would be bad form back in Washington, D.C., and would subject him — and probably the Bush administration — to searing criticism from the liberal media pundits.

Energy bill has benefits, but not enough
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman speaks for many critics when he says the energy bill that just passed Congress is ''simply an exercise in corporate welfare, full of subsidies and targeted tax breaks.''

Around the Peninsula
Toddler hour setFlag football sign-up kicks offSafe Sitter classes slatedGarage sale fund-raiser plannedMontessori presentation slatedCommunity meeting plannedShooting, hunting seminar on target

Around the Peninsula
Homer immunization clinics set Weed pull scheduled Kenai immunization clinics slated Agency appreciation picnic planned Historical society to meet Dog training seminar set Keeper plans appreciation party Bridge project to be discussed EMS benefit dinner set

‘The Great One’ will coach Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Great One isn’t promising great things right away from the Phoenix Coyotes. Merely contending for the Stanley Cup would be fine for a start.

Bears rookies steal the show
CANTON, Ohio — Two Bears rookies stole the show from Ricky Williams.

Williams wins as U.S. sweeps 100 meters
HELSINKI, Finland — All 5 feet, 2 inches of her soaking wet, Lauryn Williams stood before the Finnish crowd with an American flag draped around her shoulder and didn’t even notice the rain.

Jamal Lewis returns to Ravens
Jamal Lewis was back at Baltimore Ravens training camp, talking about ''moving forward'' and looking fit enough to do it — through linebackers.

Stewart can return to his home
The racetrack didn’t owe him anything. If anything, it was the other way around.

First Food Bank event a success
On Sunday August, we held our first and hopefully annual Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tournament. Close to $350 was raised and we hope to do even better next year.

Kenai Golf Report: Sun shines on Chrysler tournament
What a perfect four days of weather for the Chrysler Golf Championship. I was out there on Thursday and Saturday and couldn't believe the great weather. And the course was in the absolutely best condition ever.

Sports Briefs
Area drag racers burn rubberArea athletes compete in Hershey’s meetLundahl, Matarrese take long drive

'Batman' Jackson splashes to victory in 400-meter hurdles
HELSINKI, Finland — Batman didn't let a little rain slow him down.

Rogers reinstated
NEW YORK — Kenny Rogers was reinstated Tuesday when an arbitrator ruled that commissioner Bud Selig went too far by suspending the Texas pitcher for 20 games and fining him $50,000 for shoving two cameramen.

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