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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Bonds' trainer among those fingered by grand jury for drug distribution
WASHINGTON Barry Bonds' personal trainer, a track coach and top executives of a San Francisco-area nutritional supplements lab were charged Thursday with running an illegal drug distribution operation.

Hints of stock market rotation appear
NEW YORK (AP) Boring may be in. Daring may be out.

Opposites can attract and work things out when it comes to love and money
NEW YORK (AP) Jamie Diaferia had always assumed he and his wife would split financial chores, but it didn't work out that way.

Over-50 boomers a rich, mostly untapped market
CHICAGO (AP) Grandmother or not, Ann Dickerson isn't interested in prescription drugs, medical insurance, RVs or the other products aimed at over-50 consumers.

The winter's (fish) tale
Never let it be said the Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai Fishing Academy doesn't know how to show someone a good time.

Percent of market value approach, income tax would solve problem
This year the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation will receive a projected $300 million to add to the $27.5 billion principal of the fund. This is a constitutional requirement.

Story mentioned James Price's political failures, not his successes
I'm writing to point out and amend an oversight in reporter Hal Spence's story on the Gov. Frank Murkowski recall campaign ("Group starts effort to recall governor," Jan. 29).

Earnhardt, Sadler win qualifiers at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Jr. sent a message Thursday to the rest of the field for the Daytona 500 look out for Junior.

Seniors face final chance to pass test
About 56 high school seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are expected to sit next week for their last chance to pass all three portions of the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam in order to receive diplomas this spring.

Photo feature: Chippin' away
Fred Murdaugh gets help from his daughter Makayla, 3, as he chips ice from his driveway in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. The forecast is for sleet and icy conditions today and Saturday.

Captain Cook park may be privatized
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued a request for proposals to turn the management of Captain Cook State Recreation Area over to a private operator.

Delegates want dividends kept safe
FAIRBANKS Delegates to the Conference of Alaskans recommended spending some Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for state services, but not without strong protection for the dividend.

Crime Stoppers offers reward for information
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the theft of a mounted king salmon.

Hazel Nadine Burch
Anchorage resident Nadine Burch died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at her home of natural causes. She was 86.

Wanda June Kennedy
Wanda June Kennedy died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at her home in Nikiski, with her daughter and friends at her bedside. She was 71.

Students, employers benefit from events like Job Shadow Day
Older Alaskans worry about younger Alaskans seeking their fame, fortune and future some place other than here. They agonize about ways to stop exporting "our future" and "our greatest natural reso

In love with the Last Frontier
Why do I love Alaska and Alaskans? Let me count the ways:

Plant fossils tell of a warmer Kenai Peninsula 10 to 20 million years ago
My geology students and I have long enjoyed collecting plant fossils from the eroding bluffs along Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi cheerleaders hold fund-raiser Basketball teams to hold fund-raiser Genealogical society to meet Womens group plans brunch Women voters to meet SPCA to hold fund-raiser Dance classes offered

Affiliation with conservative Episcopal network protested by group in leader's diocese
PITTSBURGH (AP) As a network for conservative Episcopalians opposed to gay clergy was winning support from overseas bishops, its leader came under new attack at home.

Church Briefs
Dyson to speak to Soldotna Aglow Easter program practice held Nikiski women hold Bible study Poetry contest announced Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Ceremony celebrates a decade of women priests in Church of England
LONDON (AP) Music by an all-female choir filled St. Paul's Cathedral as more than 100 women priests and 1,000 others marked a decade of women clergy in the Church of England.

Students want to drop 'Christian' from Vermont constitution
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont's state constitution says ''every sect or denomination of Christians ought to observe Sabbath or Lord's Day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which, to them, will seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.''

Christian Science church considering cuts because of ailing finances
BOSTON (AP) Officials at Christian Science headquarters told employees that troubled finances will force restructuring and an undetermined number of layoffs.

Priests in South Dakota give part of their pay to abuse victims fund
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) Six months after waves of sex abuse allegations against Roman Catholic priests began hitting dioceses across the country, clergymen in South Dakota decided to do something to help heal both victims and the church.

Scholars find a unique and varied 'American' Jesus
BOSTON (AP) There's Jesus the distant symbol, and Jesus the gentle friend. There's Jesus the pacifist and caregiver, and Jesus the gruff, muscular warrior.

Florida Salvation Army contract challenged on religious freedom grounds
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) Florida county contracts in which the Salvation Army monitors people convicted of misdemeanors while they're on probation have been challenged on grounds of religious freedom.

Groomers make best of slippery situations
Groomers across the Kenai Peninsula were battling icy conditions on the cross-country ski trails late in the week.

Kenai Peninsula Ski Trails
Conditions on the peninsula ski trails.

Henson showcases football skills for scouts
HOUSTON Drew Henson tried to show NFL scouts Thursday he can hit a receiver better than he could hit a curveball.

Hawks upset Homer
The Kenny Lake hockey team upset Homer 3-1 Thursday in the opening round of the Greatland Hockey Conference Tournament at the Brett Memorial Arena in Wasilla.

No. 7 Gonzaga rolls to 13th straight victory
SAN FRANCISCO Cory Violette had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 7 Gonzaga win its 13th straight game, 71-48 over San Francisco on Thursday night.

A young Walrus takes spotlight from Tiger, Vijay
SAN DIEGO Kevin Stadler can't waddle far without being reminded how much he looks like his father.

Late goal lifts West past Kardinals
The Kenai Central High School hockey team played to a raucous, standing-room-only crowd at the Soldotna Sports Center Thursday, and the Kardinals put on quite a performance in the opening round of the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships.

Lightning come back to topple Canadiens
TAMPA, Fla. Vincent Lecavalier scored the go-ahead goal with 5:04 left, and the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Thursday night.

NHL report: Teams lost $273 million last season
NEW YORK Painting a gloomy financial picture that could lead to a lockout, the NHL released a report Thursday that its 30 teams combined for $272.6 million in operating losses last season.

Bulls' guards click in victory over Celtics
CHICAGO Kirk Hinrich either got a wide open shot or found someone with a better one, and often it was Jamal Crawford.

Brand acts quickly to tighten recruiting rules
FORT WORTH, Texas Stories of high school football stars having wild recruiting trips on college campuses have been around forever. Recently, those whispers have turned into front-page news.

Sports Briefs
SoHi girls lose at Barrow Tournament Homer boys, girls split at Valdez Elks Tournament Nikolaevsk sweeps Fort Yukon

Dimond comes back to edge West Valley
The Wolfpack and the Lynx opened the tournament with a dandy of a game as West Valley scored first, then did all it could to try to hold off the powerful Dimond squad before falling 2-1 at the Soldotna Sports Center in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Dividends need to be reported as 'Other Income'
Due to changes in federal tax codes, it makes a difference where Alaskans report their permanent fund dividends this year. Taxpayers should report their dividends as "Other Income" on their federal tax returns, not as dividend income.

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