Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Pedro just misses no-hitter, victory
LOS ANGELES — Pedro Martinez took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Antonio Perez's triple and Jayson Werth's two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out a 2-1 victory Sunday over the New York Mets.

Palmeiro gets mixed reactions in return to lineup
BALTIMORE — Rafael Palmeiro went 0-for-4 in his first game since returning from a 10-day suspension for using steroids, making the final out with two runners on Sunday in the Baltimore Orioles' 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

United Way team meets goal
The Kenai Peninsula United Way Board of Directors and 2004 Campaign Chair, David Gilbreath, formerly congratulated major contributors and campaign volunteers at the regularly scheduled Kenai Chamber luncheon August 3rd.

French TV shoots cultural documentary
European interest in Alaska seems to be increasing as evidenced by a recent French TV documentary intended for international viewing on worldwide Channel 5 later this year.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Despite the fact that I have been away from home more this summer then any time in my life, I am surviving and making the most of it by occupying my free time with fishing, berry picking and chasing the bears in the Beluga area.

Rotary Indonesian group friendship exchange visits Kenai Peninsula
Rotary Clubs on the Kenai Peninsula through international service programs have been touching lives around the world for over 25 years. Last February Rotary celebrated its first century of service which began in 1905 as the idea of a Chicago attorney by the name of Paul Harris.

AWG Athletes may feast on homegrown 4-H meals...
As the countdown to the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) gets closer and closer, community members and organizations are coming up with creative ideas to make the Games a unique Alaskan experience for participants and visitors.

NOW PLAYING: March of the Penguins
I must admit, I have been more than a little discouraged by the Hollywood fare offered at the theatres this summer. Granted, they started strong with Star Wars and Batman, but since then it’s been one disaster after another. And they wonder why ticket sales are down.

Don't trash the Kenai — put butts where they belong
After a brief walk near Bridge Access Rd. and the Spur Highway, I noticed a big problem that needs to be addressed. There were numerous cigarette butts lining the sidewalk and road. Why is it that smokers can't seem to use their ashtrays? The ground is not the place to be disposing your garbage. This is littering and there are fines for this, even though I doubt people get fined very often for this careless act of disrespect to the environment.

Nighttime river closure a safe solution for all
The human and bear situation at the Russian River fishing area is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Community pulls together to help build men's mission
We want to thank and acknowledge the many individuals and groups that have been contributing their time and monetary donations to getting Friendship Mission ready to serve the peninsula.

Reading program was bound to be fun with volunteer help
This year a great group of volunteers made it possible for more children to enjoy the Kasilof Public Library's summer reading program than ever before.

Stewart keeps on winning
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — A broken alternator couldn't keep Tony Stewart from blowing away the field one more time.

Borough: Keep off private land
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Gary Superman wants borough code amended to prevent the exercise of eminent domain where that power could take property from one private owner for the exclusive use by another private party.

Neighbors express fears over Soldotna cemetery
Residents near the proposed site for a Soldotna city cemetery may not be afraid of spirits or zombies wandering the neighborhood, but they are expressing fears of the possibility of embalming fluids leaking from caskets into the ground water.

Sales tax rates, gravel pits up for discussion
An ordinance that would clarify conditions for material site permits heads a long list of measures up for public hearing at today's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Earthquake strikes Cook Inlet region
An earthquake Monday rocked the Kenai Peninsula but apparently caused no damage.

Games plans moving ahead
With seven months remaining before the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, the event's general manager presented a comprehensive report to the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday laying out plans for meeting fund-raising goals and pointing out intangible gains the city will realize.

Harder than oak
Carpenters Bob Flanders, left, and Dan Piatt insure that reinforcing bars have clearance for column structural steel. The local 1281 carpenters will install wooden forms around the steel re-bars, which are part of the new entrance to the expanded Central Peninsula General Hospital. Construction is moving along on schedule.

Funding means freedom
Kathleen Muller believes life is about choices, and she does not want to be told what to do. Because she was born with cerebral palsy, the 50-year-old Kenai woman does not have good use of her hands. She is confined to a wheelchair, cannot cook or feed herself and cannot use the restroom or bathe herself. But she can think as well as anyone and right now, she is not thinking too highly of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Coast Guard rescues man outside Homer
A crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory plucked a man from the water who was clinging to an overturned sailboat in Kachemak Bay on Wednesday.

Borough mayor: 6 hopefuls
Voters won't want for choice when it comes to this year's race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor.

Feeling batty?
Hate annoying in-sects? Then you ought to love bats because just one of these flying mammals can consume 5,000 bugs in one night, according to studies.

Cushy conversation
Ava Buffington, Crystal Walsh, Amanda Hudson, Allison Ralston and Hannah Hutchison use a blocking sled to chat during a football game at Skyview High School last weekend. The unconventional seating was more comfortable than the metal bleachers.

Audrey Springer
Soldotna and Heritage Place resident Audrey Springer died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 81.

Voices of the State: Almost the same as TV
Is there public interest in crime fighting and the forensic work associated with it? One only has to check TV listings to realize what a hot topic this is.

Transportation bill great for state, but worth the price?
When Don Young took over the U.S. House Transportation Committee, he promised to do what every chair of that committee has done: bring home the bacon to his district. And boy, did he deliver.

Bridge projects will cost Alaska plenty
Alaska Congressman Don Young was mighty proud of the big federal earmarks he put into the transportation bill, especially for two big Alaska bridge projects. With help from U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Young bagged $229 million for the Knik Arm Crossing and almost as much for a project connecting Ketchikan to Gravina Island.

Community Events
Lodge plans garage, bake sale 'Old Timers' to meet Food bank seeking volunteers Citizen scientists sought

Around the Peninsula
Homer immunization clinics set CPHC board meeting slated Blood Bank seeks donors Flag football registration set CES seeks volunteers LeeShore radiothon fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Federal programs informational meeting set 'Old Timers' to gather DAV to meet Benefit dinner planned

House has a lot going for it
Michelle and Howard Koenig's home at 1602 Woodside Ave. was selected as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a home, contact the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692 or the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna

Senior Activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Steelers' Ward ends holdout
Wide receiver Hines Ward ended his 15-day holdout and reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, without the new contract he wants or a promise he'll get it.

Lightning postpones PGA finish
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Phil Mickelson soared and then stumbled, and somehow finished ahead of everyone else Sunday in the PGA Championship. But thanks to a band of storms that rolled into Baltusrol, his work is not done.

Americans take 14th gold
HELSINKI, Finland — Fittingly, the last event of the world track and field championships went to the Americans.

Steelers defeat Eagles in preseason
PITTSBURGH — Hard to blame this on Terrell Owens.

State Am eludes Matarrese
Matt Matarrese, representing Birch Ridge Golf Course, highlighted a solid showing by area golfers at the Alaska State Amateur Championship by losing in the match-play finals to Anchorage's Greg Sanders Sunday at Eagleglen Golf Course.

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racing results announced

Grace rules Nikiski Class Races
Anchorage's Grace Christian School was the class of the Nikiski Class Races Monday at the Nikiski Community Trails.

Lefty corrals major No. 2
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — His spirits soared when Phil Mickelson realized a birdie on the par-5 18th hole at Baltusrol would allow him to win the PGA Championship and validate him as a major force in golf.

Bird Homestead Golf Report
The winning team from last week's Ladies Night consisted of Kathy Herring and Marilyn Eskelin. Kathy Herring also got closest to the pin on No. 6. If you're a lady golfer and have not been out to our course for Ladies Night, for whatever reason, I would like to let you know that you are missing out on a great time with a great bunch of ladies.

Tigers pull off comeback against Red Sox, Schilling
DETROIT — Pinch-hitter John McDonald's two-out single in the ninth capped a comeback against Curt Schilling, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

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