Monday, August 29, 2005

Kards trample Seahawks 61-6
Kenai Central posted a 61-6 nonconference victory Saturday over the Seward Seahawks in a game that featured 46 penalties, four lost fumbles, three interceptions, a mid-game coaches conference and an ejection.

Now Playing: The Brothers Grimm
Terry Gilliam is an interesting study in filmmaking. He is at once extravagant in his storytelling and production design, and strangely uncommercial in his subject matter. The man who directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail is also the man whose career was nearly ruined with the disastrous Adventures of Baron Munchausen. People who loved The Fisher King didn't know what to do with 12 Monkeys or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. One thing you can say for the man, he never does anything small - the same of which can be said for his latest The Brothers Grimm. This movie that delights in a kind of dark humor as it chronicles the travels of two con men in search of a happy ending.

Former mayor favors Soldotna cemetery
As a former mayor of Soldotna, I would like to see the city have it's own cemetery. It is my plan to return to Soldotna, and when I die I would be honored to be buried in the Soldotna cemetery.

Kards will come back
For three years running Kenai Central High School has been spoiled with a strong team of "veteran players," this is a year of adjustment. To think that the team could just walk on the fields and not feel the loss of some of the "star players" is just not right.

Resources still in good hands
Ken Merrill's letter of Aug. 17 regarding fish and wildlife enforcement requires comment. Mr. Merrill is correct that the state no longer has "game wardens" or "wildlife protection officers." Instead, we have professionally trained Alaska State Troopers who specialize in fish and wildlife enforcement.

Reader upset with fair vendor accessibility
My wife and I attended the Kenai Peninsula State Fair on Aug. 20. We started on the left and tried to visit all the booths and items to be judged, also the poultry and livestock barns and stopped at the auction for a few minutes.

Two to go: Chase for the Championship heats up after Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Jeff Gordon is in, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out and Matt Kenseth suddenly is knocking on the door.

Kenseth wins to stay alive in Nextel Cup Chase
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Kenseth used his first victory in over a year to strengthen his frantic push to make NASCAR’s playoffs, winning at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night in dominating fashion.

State health officials find Heritage a nice place to live
Vince O’Reilly, the 78-year-old former mayor of Kenai, thinks Heritage Place is a nice place to live. Last week, inspectors from the state Division of Public Health agreed.

Area moose hunters swamp skiff on Kalgin
Three moose hunters were rescued from Kalgin Island Friday morning after their skiff swamped on the beach leaving them stranded.

Toddler survives night in the woods
A 3-year-old Seward boy is home safe after spending a night in the woods near his home.

Celebrating industry
From oil company executives and board-room big wigs to blue-collared buoy and net-pulling fishermen, everyone was welcome at Industry Appreciation Day held Saturday at the Kenai Green Strip.

Task force looks into costs of education
A new government task force established to review the cost of educating Alaska students and make recommendations for revamping the way state funding is distributed among rural and urban districts is scheduled to hold its first meeting Monday in Anchorage.

Moving target
Since moose hunting season opened on the Kenai Peninsula on Aug. 20, spike-fork antlered bulls — such as this one spotted south of Kasilof recently — have become fewer and further between. Hunting season continues through Sept. 20.

Safety program could get boost from state grant
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council is in line for $280,000 state grant meant to continue its multifaceted Cook Inlet marine transportation and oil facility operation safety program.

Heritage Place asking price could go lower
Banner Health Systems hopes to have a resolution by year end regarding the proposed sale of Heritage Place nursing facility in Soldotna.

Keep on truckin’
Zach Burns, 3, enjoys a ride on a bulldozer with Harry Mead Saturday afternoon during the Kenai Rotary Club's Big Tonkas on the Bluff event near the Kenai Senior Center. Youngsters had opportunities to ride on a heavy construction equipment.

Ronald Arthur Roderick
Longtime Ninilchik resident Ronald Arthur Roderick died, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

Turnaround a good sign for peninsula
Just when we think we could lose one of the Kenai Peninsula’s major employers, the Agrium Task Force announces the company is seeking bids on a $2 million “turnaround” maintenance program planned for this winter.

Timing poor for pay raises
It is hard to understand how an administration that has consistently championed a long-term fiscal solution could heap lavish salary raises on its own leaders at the same time that it tightens the belt on benefits for workers whose wages are stagnating.

Voices of the Clarion: Dog’s life a better choice
I’ve had some days off this year, but they’ve always revolved around dog events. If you aren’t familiar with what there is of my life outside of work, I can tell you in one word: dogs.

Wildfire proofing your home
Do you know how to protect your home year-round from wildfire? If you live in a wooded area, there are no guarantees that your home will never be threatened by wildfire, but there is a lot you can do to make your home as safe as possible from the threat.

Community Events
KPC seeks council reps EMS benefit dinner set Diner, auction fund-raiser set Fall dinner, raffle fund-raiser slated LeeShore radiothon slated Dog training seminar set

Around the Peninsula
Pool available during school hours Community choir rehearsals begin Basketball registration deadline looming Kennel club agility trials slated AWG dancers, actors sought CPHC seeks board members

Births: Cox, Dunagans celebrate
Stephanie and Tyson Cox of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Andrew Bennett Cox, at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Rec center offers activities Drivers’ safety class scheduled Fall dinner, raffle fund-raiser slated

Way to go
Members of the girls U12's soccer team are pictured during the Far North soccer tournament held in Anchorage this summer.They won the tournament.

Driven to sail
It might not be the open ocean, but a lake near Larry and Toni Adams’ Sterling home has kept their love of sailing afloat. Norm McCall of Soldotna learned to sail on reservoirs in Utah.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna Sterling

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

Mariners pen up Bulldogs 35-6
The Nikiski High School football team took one on the chin, dropping a nonconference game to Homer 35-6 Friday in Nikiski. “It was a tough game. I felt like there was a part when we had just about lost heart, but we came back and fought,” said Nikiski head coach Ned Clooten.

Federer is ‘The Maestro’ as he heads into U.S. Open as favorite
NEW YORK — Everything seems to be clicking for Roger Federer. He’s won an Open-era record 22 straight finals, is 64-3 in matches this year, and has been No. 1 for 82 consecutive weeks. Some have dubbed him ‘‘The Federer Express,’’ others ‘‘The Maestro.’’

South, Service harriers win at Skyview
Service High’s Jackie Holt and South Anchorage’s David Bondi spent a good deal of Saturday’s 5-kilometer Skyview Cross Country Invitational trying to break away from the lead pack.

No. 1 up for grabs at Open
NEW YORK — Women's tennis and the NFL have one thing in common: injuries galore.

Trojans try to three-peat, Leinart goes for Heisman repeat
What’s new in college football in 2005? Plenty, starting with nearly 20 percent of Division I-A head coaches.

Hawaii team wins Little League title
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — With the game tied in extra innings, a tiring reliever on the mound and the Little League World Series championship on the line, Michael Memea had a simple plan: make contact.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls make splash
Kenai Central, Skyview, Seward and Soldotna high school swimming teams opened their season Friday with a four-way meet at Soldotna.

Eskelin, Morgan tops in KGA tournament
Todd Eskelin posted a tournament-low round of 6-over-par 78 on the second day of the Donald R. Morgan Memorial Kenai Golf Association Fall Classic to win the men's competition by two strokes Sunday at Kenai Golf Course.

Stars pound Houston with ground attack
Hoping to get a good start in the second half, the Houston Hawks elected to kick after winning the coin toss Saturday evening at Soldotna High School. Bad idea.

Faxon wins Buick Championship in playoff
CROMWELL, Conn. — Brad Faxon rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the Buick Championship over Tjaart van der Walt, his first victory since 2001.

Yankees rally past Royals with five-run ninth inning
NEW YORK — Reliever Jeremy Affeldt threw away a potential game-ending double play, and the New York Yankees rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Saturday.

Willis notches 18th win in matchup with Maddux
CHICAGO — Dontrelle Willis beat Greg Maddux to tie for the major league lead with his 18th win, driving in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the Florida Marlins’ 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Saturday.

Griffey moves up on career home run list
PITTSBURGH — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 534th career home run to tie Jimmie Foxx for 13th place on the all-time list, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Skyview gridders fall short in Kodiak
The Skyview High School football team came up just short Saturday in Kodiak, dropping a 22-14 Northern Lights Conference game to the Bears.

Patriots overshadowed by player death, T.O.’s antics
This should be a glorious year for the NFL. So far, it’s been anything but. The death of San Francisco’s Thomas Herrion after an exhibition game in Denver on Aug. 20 put football in perspective.

Sports Briefs
Legion baseball fall season planned

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