Saturday, February 7, 2004

Baby boomers getting finances in order for retirement
NEW YORK (AP) As baby boomers approach retirement, many are taking steps to ensure they're ready financially.

Is corporate spending finally poised to accelerate?
NEW YORK (AP) Now that corporate America's profits have bounced back, will companies finally loosen their purse strings and start spending again?

New service helps savers get federal insurance protection on deposits above $100,000
NEW YORK (AP) There are times when consumers want to put a lot of money into a bank but hesitate because the amount exceeds the federal deposit insurance limit of $100,000.

House OKs tougher initiative measure
JUNEAU (AP) Legisla-tion that could make it more difficult to get voter initiatives on the ballot passed the House on Thursday.

Democrats want to hike taxes on oil companies
JUNEAU Four House Democrats want to rewrite the state's oil tax laws to bring in more money for the state budget.

Kids, dogs have great time, thanks to dedicated mushers, handlers
I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the Al York Peninsula Winter Games dog mushing event run so smoothly. Events like this don't get done without a dedicated bunch of mushers and handlers.

Trooper's action likely saved life of suspect or officer or both
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the aid of Trooper Sgt. Craig Macdonald on the morning of Jan. 30. With decisive action in defending a Soldotna police officer, who was under attack by a suspect who was aggressively trying to wrestle away a handgun, Sgt. Macdonald most certainly prevented serious injury to the officer and/or to the suspect and, in all probability, saved the life of one or both of them.

'Rowdy Readers With A Cause' help make community better place
I am writing to say "thank you" to a local book club for its generous donations to the Kenai Peninsula United Way. "Rowdy Readers With A Cause" have donated an estimated $5,000 in clothing, food, toys, money and miscellaneous items to our local United Way office.

Returned letter shows Kenai becoming just like other places
I want to offer my condolences for the demise of the "Alaska spirit" in the postal system in Kenai. Having lived there for a short time, I just hoped the "outside" attitude would not creep in, but so much for that idea.

Nonprofit group should be created to help fund state's school districts
I think there should be a nonprofit organization created, called the KPBPSF, for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Permanent School Fund. This would allow the people on the Kenai or companies or the state of Alaska to donate to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board without being in conflict with Alaska state laws. Some benefits:

Musician appreciates community support at recent CD release party
As I sit here and reflect on the wonderful time we had at my CD release party at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds, I feel I must, again, give my heartfelt thanks to all who braved the minus 20 degree weather to come out.

Guides creating hostile place for resident sports anglers
In reference to no nonresident anglers allowed on Sundays: This is clearly guide motivated and furthers their hold on the river. The Kenai is becoming a hostile place for resident sports anglers and their families.

Pricey move?
The price of buying back eight lower Kenai Peninsula shallow gas leases the state sold to a developer last year for $500 each could

Panel hears pleas for school funds
Quality education in the state of Alaska cannot continue without more funding for school districts.

Murkowski proposes veterans' home plan
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Mur-kowski wants to convert the 82-bed Pioneers' Home in Palmer into the first state-run veterans' facility.

Nikiski debates options
Nearly 150 Nikiski residents upset over a rash of recent break-ins in their community gave Alaska State Trooper E Detachment commander Capt. Tom Bowman more than an earful during a heated public meeting Wednesday night.

Frances D. Frazier
Sterling resident Frances D. Frazier died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at her niece's home in Anchorage due to natural causes. She was 80.

Super Bowl reveals more than expected Editorial
Enough already.

Snowshoes offer outlet for winter enthusiasts
LEWISTON, Idaho Snow-shoeing has evolved from a pragmatic means of winter transportation into a sport that celebrates simplicity.

Interesting creatures prowl, protect, study Kenai Peninsula waterways
They're out there. Eeks, you might see them. Sometimes they're in the water. Other times, they gather around the banks.

Sculptor teaches frozen forms of art
FAIRBANKS Mary Ann and Vic Miller move around a lot, so they figure their time in Fairbanks might be their only chance to learn ice sculpting.

Around the Peninsula
Subsistence management nominations due today La Leche League to meet Wine tasting, gourmet appetizer fund-raiser Saturday SoHi parents of juniors to discuss after-prom party Drivers safety course offered Kenai chamber plans Job Shadow Day Parent awareness forum slated

TV evangelist in rural Illinois hopes cable will take him national
THOMPSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) Danny Shelton leaned into a speaker phone toward the end of talks with a satellite company promising to sell his Three Angels Broadcasting Network to thousands of cable operators across the country.

Student who used 'God bless' signoff is back on school TV
DUPO, Ill. (AP) A high school senior who was suspended from his daily school TV newscast for saying ''God bless'' is back on screen.

Major black Baptist leader marks retirement
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Hundreds of friends, preachers and politicians crowded a hotel ballroom to mark the Rev. T.J. Jemison's retirement from Mount Zion First Baptist Church after 54 years.

Caught in Episcopal dispute, Kentucky parish loses most of its members
VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) Only 60 people attended the three services at historic St. John's Episcopal Church on Sunday, while some 180 departing members held the first formal service of their new conservative congregation, St. Andrew's.

Priests forum struggles to define itself in the wake of scandal
BOSTON (AP) It began as a way for Roman Catholic priests to support each other in what is a tough vocation at the best of times.

Russian president emphasizes tolerance in holiday message to Muslims
MOSCOW (AP) President Vladimir Putin greeted Russia's large Muslim minority Sunday in a message for the Feast of Sacrifice, emphasizing that religious tolerance and peaceableness in ''our multinational homeland'' are ''true values of Islam.''

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leader nominated for a third term but faces challenger
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A nominating committee has decided unanimously to put the denomination's stated clerk (chief executive) the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick up for re-election to a third four-year term at a summer church assembly.

Scandal-plagued Boston Archdiocese reports 15 percent drop in Mass attendance
BOSTON (AP) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said Mass attendance for a typical week has dropped 15 percent since the clergy sexual-abuse crisis hit two years ago.

Church Briefs
Matrix features valentine songs LDS temple to be rededicated Easter practice begins Nikiski women begin Bible study Poetry contest announced

No more ice is nice for area skiers
With snow falling across the central Kenai Peninsula on Thursday afternoon, and more snow in the weekend forecast, skiers should have plenty of fresh powder to play with this weekend.

Local trail conditions
Skiing conditions on local trails.

Hard work, strict safety lead to sweet powder skiing
OGDEN, Utah Northeast facing slope. Thirty-two degree angle. 7,826 feet above sea level. The perfect place for a 4.5-foot snow pit. Lee Fortin dug one last week in the same spot, but a week's a long time out here.

Skyview, Soldotna gain semis
The Skyview Panthers opened the Region III/4A North Star Conference hockey tournament with an upset, defeating the Colony Knights 4-2 Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Boozer doing Alaska proud
CLEVELAND Kneeling at the scorer's table waiting to get into a game last week, Cavaliers point guard Jeff McInnis looked up just as Carlos Boozer streaked by.

Panthers hunting for fifth state championship
Not all wrestling championship teams can be like Skyview's squad of 1996-97, when Neldon Gardner's squad scored 233.5 points to top runner-up Service by more than 100 points.

Sno-Cross results announced
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions hosted a State Sno-Cross snowmachine race Saturday at Twin City Raceway in conjunction with the Peninsula Winter Games.

Judge says Clarett ready for NFL draft
NEW YORK A federal judge opened the door for Ohio State sensation Maurice Clarett and teenage football stars to turn pro, declaring Thursday that an NFL rule barring their eligibility violates antitrust law and ''must be sacked.''

CIA sweeps Nikolaevsk
The Cook Inlet Academy girls picked up a District 3/2A victory Thursday, winning at Nikolaevsk 38-34.

Soldotna to show off wax shack
There will be an open house to show off the new wax shack of the S

Hull leads Red Wings past Avs in extra time
DENVER Brett Hull scored 57 seconds into overtime after two Colorado players were hit with penalties at the end of regulation to give Detroit a 3-2 victory over Colorado.

Sixers beat up Lakers
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson played one of his best offensive games of the season Thursday night, scoring 39 points to lead the struggling Philadelphia 76ers past the weary and depleted Los Angeles Lakers 96-73.

Duke tops Tar Heels in overtime thriller
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Top-ranked Duke treated Roy Williams the same as the last two North Carolina coaches: The Blue Devils won again in the Smith Center.

Bears mean big business
MISSOULA, Mont. More people are living and playing in bear country in the West, and some entrepreneurs are turning a profit by keeping the two safely apart.

Photo feture: Taking flight
A bald eagle takes off from its perch in a spruce tree above Kenai City Hall on Thursday afternoon.

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