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Friday, January 23, 2004

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

Rodriguez, Maddux still not close to deals
NEW YORK Less than four weeks before the start of spring training, Ivan Rodriguez and Greg Maddux are still looking for the right deals.

Rose headed to casino for book-signing gig
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) A few weeks after admitting he bet on baseball, Pete Rose is going to a Connecticut casino to sign his new book for some high-rollers.

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.

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.

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.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleIncorporation workshop slatedJob Shadow hosts wanted

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.

Soaring energy prices could hurt economy
NEW YORK (AP) The troubled labor market might not be the only thorn in the economy's side. Surging energy prices could also do their part to throw the recovery off its course.

Health-conscious boomers request screening once widely avoided
NEW YORK (AP) Michele St. Martin, still in her mid-40s and without a family history of illness, seemed an unlikely candidate for worry.

Money Clubs aim to educate women on personal finance
NEW YORK (AP) The Savvy Women meet monthly at a suburban Chicago library, while the Money Master$ gather at a cafe in Oceanside, Calif.

Development hinders urban mushing life
ANCHORAGE If it weren't for dogs, Jenny Zimmerman's husband once joked, the couple would have a decent life.

Finding your own firewood can be profitable for families without money to burn
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Woodstoves are regaining their appeal as home heating prices continue climbing, and families who don't have any spare money to burn are finding it profitable to gather their own firewood.

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.

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

'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.

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.

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.

Former Fish and Game employee corrects record on his performance
Former Board of Fisheries member Dan Coffey states (Peninsula Clarion, Jan. 20) that the Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Model was not presented for peer review by scientists or the public prior to just before the Board of Fish meeting in 1999. This is not correct.

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.

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.

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).

Burger Kings on peninsula up for grabs
The two buildings, food service equipment and sundries that were once Burger King restaurants in Kenai and Soldotna are up for sale.

Evensons give land for senior housing in Nikiski
A project to build a housing complex for seniors in Nikiski moves one step closer to reality with the donation today of the land the units will be built on.

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.

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.

Aircraft flat tax delayed
Pilots who use their planes and helicopters in business ventures like air taxi and charter services turned out in force at

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

Going to extremes
When Amber Spaulding of Soldotna went on vacation about two weeks ago, she was expecting to do some skiing, spend some quality time with her mom and enjoy a break from high school.

Crime Stoppers seeks burglary information
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in burglaries in the Old Town section of Kenai.

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.

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

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.

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.

Weighing costs, benefits
There's no doubt that the proposal before the legislature (CSHB240) that would allow electronic gaming machines in licensed beverage dispensary locations continues to be a contentious issue.

There's got to be better way; Alaska still can do it right
A number of recent news stories bring to mind that old definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results.

Tenacity counts
The popularity of bird watching has soared in recent years, but observing birds in below freezing temperatures isn't for everyone.

Outdoor Briefs
Critter Tales to open Jan. 30 Ski and skijor races rescheduled for Sunday Volunteers needed for Tustumena 200 Homer winter king tourney March 20 Kayak fest to return to Homer Refuge to host Winter Fun Day Mt. Marathon race applications available

The subnivean A vibrant bustling world beneath the snow
Beneath the thick snow exists an active world that is unseen by our human eyes. Called the subnivean, meaning "under the snow," this area exists as an air space above the ground's surface and below the snow pack.

Bird Count
Bird count for the Peninsula

Around the Peninsula
KPC to show Gandhi T-200 volunteer dinner, orientation scheduled li> Sprint, skijoring races slated SoHi prom planning meeting se Homer chamber to meet Fishermens coalition to meet

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

Ministers, marathoners clash in city of clustered spires
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) Pealing bells are at odds with pounding feet in the city of clustered spires.

Church Briefs
LDS temple open to public Nikiski women begin Bible study Poetry contest announced Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Massachusetts Catholic bishops announce gay marriage initiative
BOSTON (AP) The four Roman Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are taking their fight against same-sex marriage directly to parishioners, with a direct-mail campaign targeting nearly 1 million families.

Muslim youths plan second football tournament open to other religions
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Organizers of a Muslim football league that drew protests over team names such as ''Mujahideen'' and ''Soldiers of Allah'' are planning a second tournament open to all religious groups.

Traveling to the hajj an emotional experience for U.S. Muslims
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) At an airline ticket counter in Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a man drapes his arm around his elderly father's shoulder. A smile radiates from the older man's face.

Jordanian experts fix bulge in wall at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Jordanian experts have completed a yearlong renovation project on the southern wall of Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound to fix a bulge caused by centuries of erosion, the minister of religious affairs said.

Pastors get four-week booking of Gibson's Jesus film in Great Falls
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) A group of Great Falls pastors have succeeded in bringing Mel Gibson's movie about Jesus' last hours to Great Falls, starting on Ash Wednesday and continuing for four weeks.

Ohio asks churches to help campaign against smoking
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio is recruiting churches for an anti-smoking campaign funded by the money the state received from a legal settlement with tobacco companies.

Weather hasn't rained on skiing parade
Despite a little bit of warm, wet weather, cross-country ski trails on the Kenai Peninsula are holding up well.

Local Ski Trail conditions
Tsalteshi Trails Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty Trails for all levels.

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.

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.

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.

Messier, Nash named to NHL All-Star teams
NEW YORK New York Rangers captain Mark Messier was added to the NHL's Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday, four days after his 43rd birthday.

Manning soaking up Super Bowl spotlight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Ricky Manning Jr. stepped out of the sauna and into the locker room, pausing to flex like a bodybuilder.

Williams struggles, advances at Open
MELBOURNE, Austra

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.

Winter X goes prime time
DENVER Snowboarders will slide off rails, motorcyclists will flip over a 70-foot gap, and snowmobilers will trade paint on Aspen's slopes.

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.

Two close calls
The Kenai Central High School hockey team skated to a win Thursday, narrowly defeating Palmer, 7-5, in a North Star Conference game at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

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.

Flyers have Primeau night vs. Rangers
NEW YORK Keith Primeau had two assists just hours after being selected to the All-Star game, and the Philadelphia Flyers snapped out of a power-play slump in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

No. 2 Stanford remains unbeaten
STANFORD, Calif. Justin Davis made his first nine shots on the way to 21 points, and No. 2 Stanford stayed unbeaten with a 67-52 victory over UCLA on Thursday night.

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.

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.

Top-seeded Henin-Hardenne advances
MELBOURNE, Australia Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne rallied from a break down in the second set to beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 7-5 Friday and advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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