Thursday, January 22, 2004

Orosco retires 25 years after reaching majors
Jesse Orosco had enough.

Tips for smart shoppers
There is no shortage of scams out there today. Consumers of all ages and nationalities are targeted by con artists whose primary goal is to part you from your money. The best way to avoid being taken advantage of is to become a smarter consumer.

Longer halibut season nixed
A 10.5-month halibut fishing season would be easier to implement than a year-round season, according to a study presented Tuesday at the International Pacific Halibut Commission's annual meeting.

Biotech insects may fight disease, but at what cost?
SAN FRANCISCO Some high-tech insect experiments soon may be flitting out of the laboratory: Mosquitos genetically modified to eliminate malaria. Silk-worms engineered to produce bulletproof vests. Bollworm moths designed to self-destruct before they can wipe out cotton crops.

Record industry files 532 suits against illegal music downloaders
WASHINGTON The recording industry on Wednesday sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet, the first lawsuits since a federal appeals court blocked the use of special copyright subpoenas to identify those being targeted.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleIncorporation workshop slatedJob Shadow hosts wanted

'Thanks for the Memories' opens today in Nikiski
As a form of theater, musicals are adored by many for the lively spectacle of singing and dancing they typically entail, and disliked by others for the very same reason.

Military memoir gives likeable look at Alaska
Cheechakos. Alaskans apply that term to those new neighbors whose car went in the ditch the first day it snowed and to those blue-haired tourists who back up traffic with their land yachts.

New version of book reignites old debate
NEW YORK ''The Story of Little Black Sambo,'' a tale about a boy who outwits four fierce tigers by giving up his new clothes, has been reprinted with new illustrations to replace the condescending renderings of its young black protagonist.

Art Briefs
Quilt guild meeting slatedPainting group to meetCommunity choir holds rehearsalsJuried show open for entryPratt Museum closed for maintenanceKids' art classes offeredArt guild to meetTalent show applications availableWriting submissions accepted for annual eventArtists soughtLogo design contest announcedStudents' stories, photos wanted

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Governor, legislators should not get exorbitant retirement plans, big pay
Dear Gov. Frank Murkowski and legislators, I voted for you, Gov. Murkowski, and many in the Legislature. I thought you'd be a good governor for Alaska, but I find that I made a mistake. I am so saddened by your uncaring manner that I will not vote for you again.

Historical perspective will shed light on permanent fund proposal
A historical perspective for discussing permanent fund use is the dynamic between Thomas Jefferson (the people's man) and Alexander Hamilton (the brilliant banker of the north).

Community's generosity makes new year brighter for children
To: Credit Union One members, employees and the community

Resident will gladly give dividend to re-acquire gas leases near home
Sen. Tom Wagoner's sermon on coal-bed methane development illustrates how out of touch some legislators are with their constituents on the subject. The Kenai senator, not unlike our Sen. Scott Ogan, seems outraged that others do not share his vision. He fails to recognize that policies developed exclusive of and contrary to one's constituency discourage public confidence.

Congress should defend gun control laws in effect
Even if you believe that freedom is meaningless unless you are armed, you should still support gun control. And you should tell Congress to defend our nation's gun laws, which are under attack by the gun lobby.

Commercial fishing shows signs of aging
In its three years of existence, Cook Inlet Salmon Branding Inc. has enjoyed some modest success and is seeing encouraging signs that its Kenai Wild products may be gaining access to Outside markets.

Assembly votes 5-4 to wait on POMV pending conference
By one vote, the nine-member Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided Tuesday night not to oppose a resolution being considered by state lawmakers that would amend the Alaska Constitution to establish a percent-of-market-value system for handling the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Sterling, Nikiski team up in effort to work with NASA
Sterling Elementary and Nikiski Middle-Senior High schools are teaming up in an effort to be selected to participate in a unique partnership with NASA.

PFD in good shape, says board trustee
Continuing the Alaska Perman-ent Fund Corp. board of trustees' campaign for a percent of market value (POMV) spending formula, one board member told the Kenai Rotary Club on Monday that at $27.6 billion in assets, the fund is in healthy shape.

Forster's hearing postponed
A court hearing to decide who will represent David S. Forster was postponed again Wednesday until Jan. 28.

Mark Barnette Sr.
Kenai resident Mark Barnette Sr. died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Freda K. (Peters) Marchant
Soldotna resident Freda K. (Peters) Marchant died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 82.

For better or worse, U.S. doesn't need program to tout marriage benefits
President George W. Bush ... (recently) announced a program through which the federal government will promote marriage, particularly among low-income couples.

Gas line route: Alaska's future at stake
Don't be fooled again.

Heyday of railroad not over
As an Alaskan and especially as a parent and grandparent I believe the time has come to build the Alaska, Pacific and Canada Railroad, first envisioned by a wealthy New Yorker named Asa Whitney in the 1860s.

Alaska must consider using portion of fund to pay for government
Gov. Frank Murkowski took an important first step in his State of the State message by launching a

One more reason nation needs new fuel standards
Subaru's decision to transform its Outback sedan into a light truck in an effort to avoid tougher fuel economy and air pollution standards is just one more reason for a national policy that would prevent such conversions.

Around the Peninsula
Flu shots available for general publicRep. Wolf to hold town meetingSki team plans fund-raiserHolle to hold community meetingsSoHi to host dance showWinter fun day planned

Around the Peninsula
Lions selling Sees candy Womens club plans brunch KPC to show film Gandhi GT-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduled KDLL to hold elections Annual reading carnival seeks vendors Subsistence management accepting nominations

Kenai Central High
The Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday.

Cook Inlet Academy
Drivers are reminded that CIA needs to maintain emergency access to all parts of the school buildings at all times. It is required that clear access is available completely around each building.

Skyview High
Skyview will host the annual Skyview Invite wrestling tournament this Saturday.

Wings Christian Academy
Wings Christian Academy is proud to have a cheerleading squad this year. The cheerleaders are Leah Howell, Cassie Sutton, Elisabeth Wood, Lindsay Thompson, Melissa Newton, Rebekah Wood and Alisha Thompson. Mrs. Thompson is the cheerleading coach. Special thanks to Mellie Cronce and Mrs. Howell for making and decorating the girls' uniforms.

Science emporium gives students a look at college
FAIRBANKS (AP) A pair of forks with wires extending from their ends was the centerpiece of the ''electrifying glowing pickle'' display at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Kenai River Sportfishing Association to award $28,000 in scholarships
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association recently announced the establishment of two scholarship programs aimed providing full-tuition scholarships for students pursuing studies in biology, fisheries management and other conservation-related fields.

Soldotna Middle
The physical education classes will start the country line dance unit next week.

Lessons well in hand
Students mill around the classroom, paper, pencil and Palm Pilot in hand, chatting with classmates and testing their response time on a game on their handheld computers.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Congratulations to Stacey Groeneveld for her selection as the Elks Club Student of the Month in December, and to Ben Quesnel for the month of January. The December Student of the Month for the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce was Nick Russell. Christine Strickland is the January Student of the Month.

Mountain View Elementary
Congratulations to all the participants in the 16th annual National Geographic Bee. Competitions were held in the fourth- and fifth-grade classes to determine who would represent the class at the schoolwide bee.

Soldotna High
Beginning Tuesday, the first of three important assessment tests will be administered. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) runs Tuesday through Thursday, and the Terra Nova achievement test and the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam are scheduled for Feb. 17 to 19. The Terra Nova is required of all ninth-graders.

North Star Elementary
Congratulations to North Star's 2004 geography bee champion, Ari Bennett.

Grace Lutheran
The kindergartners at Grace Lutheran have been busy constructing Abraham Lincoln's log cabin, drawing Frosty the Snowman and singing his famous song, and learning two-letter phonograms.

Redoubt Elementary
Report cards will be sent home today.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The preschoolers at Kenai Co-op are becoming world travelers. This month, they have enjoyed tea and scones while learning about Britain, created the Eiffel Tower with toothpicks while studying France, constructed their own African drums and found the United States and Alaska on a map and a globe.

Soldotna Elementary
The Fred Meyer Foundation has awarded the Soldotna Elementary Title I program a community grant to help with the after-school reading program.

Tustumena Elementary
The following students participated in the school spelling bee Thursday: fourth-graders Jared Duncan, Phoebe Napolitano, Keana Gauss, Joe Saunders and Elizabeth Schoessler; fifth-graders Dallin Carlson, Jason Johnson, Brittany Russell, Cassie Sheridan and John Stenglein; and sixth-graders Kaile Duncan, Ryan McMaster, Sarah Mallette, Emily Culhane, Kris Klunder, Shayna Mullins, Serena Marquis, Cameron Harvey, Chris Closson and Derek Pace.

Accidents drop with graduated licenses
WAUSAU, Wis. The number of crashes involving 16-year-old drivers and related fatalities dropped significantly in Wiscon-sin after the state placed new restrictions on beginning drivers, an Associated Press review found.

Art part of everyday life at charter school
JUNEAU Students at Juneau Community Charter School sat in a semicircle as art specialist Dianne Anderson showed them a reproduction of Van Gogh's ''Starry Night.''

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The Caribou Crafters Club starts its second session Tuesday. The club meets from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and is open to students in fourth through sixth grades.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
The Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll as compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, with first-place votes in parenthesis, record and total points awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Two-week break great for coaches to plan, networks to hype big game
Bill Belichick is pleased his New England Patriots have two weeks to prepare for the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. Even though he won a title two years ago with a short break.

Wildcats take Vols 69-68
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Chuck Hayes scored off his own miss with 3:49 left in overtime to lead ninth-ranked Kentucky to a 69-68 victory Tuesday night over Tennessee.

Nets reach deal to sell team to Brooklyn, N.Y., developer
TRENTON, N.J. The New Jersey Nets' owners have agreed to sell the team to a New York City real estate developer, a move that could bring Brooklyn its first major sports franchise since 1957.

Canadiens thump Flyers in Philly
PHILADELPHIA Jose Theodore made 22 saves, and Richard Zednik scored two power-play goals to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Leafs skate past Caps on Ponikarovsky goals
WASHINGTON Alexei Ponikarovsky, who has scored four of his seven NHL goals against Olaf Kolzig, beat the goaltender twice in the third period Wednesday night to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Williams struggles, advances at Open

Cassell's double-double leads Minnesota to win
TORONTO Sam Cassell had 30 points and 13 assists to lead Minnesota to a 108-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, the Timberwolves' seventh win their last eight games.

Pacers snap Detroit's win streak
INDIANAPOLIS The best team in the Eastern Conference kept the Detroit Pistons from establishing two historical bests.

State of the Union anti-drug appeal welcomed by sports officials
President Bush's call for athletes and pro sports leagues to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing drugs was welcomed by a number of sports officials.

Roddick, Agassi win Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia Top-ranked Andy Roddick and defending champion Andre Agassi breezed into the third round of the Australian Open by winning in straight sets Wednesday over Czech rivals.

Houston sports scene sizzles
HOUSTON Roger Clemens will play for the Astros, the Spurs are NBA champions, Bill Parcells has the Cowboys on the rise and the Super Bowl is coming to Houston.

Kenai cagers edge Bulldogs
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team faced off against the Nikiski Bulldogs for yet another gritty game Tuesday, and the Kardinals won the nonregion affair 39-35 at Kenai.

Redick paces Duke against Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. J.J. Redick scored a season-high 26 points, and No. 1 Duke used a solid defensive performance to beat Maryland 68-60 Wednesday night.

Wie might be better off without free lunch
The golf was brawny, business was brisk, and the tournament made for good TV all four days, even if you occasionally had to turn down the sound.

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