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Saturday, February 21, 2004

More baseball teams start spring workouts
Greg Maddux met his new teammates, Jim Thome surveyed the scene and Barry Larkin opened his final spring training camp.

Employers redefine retirement as exodus of boomer workers looms
His wife had a long list of household chores ready for Bob Briggs when he retired from his government job in 1999. Fix a few loose door knobs. Paint a few rooms.

Tough choice between saving for retirement, kids' college educations
NEW YORK (AP) One of the toughest dilemmas parents face is how to save for their children's college educations and, at the same time, for their own retirement.

Design of possible Google IPO closely watched
NEW YORK (AP) It's not just when Google's much-anticipated IPO will take place that's got investors crazed. They're also clamoring to know how the deal will be done.

Ice fishers get nipped over regulation abuse
Two weeks ago, a Kenai man was cited for failing to log a 27 1/2-inch rainbow trout he caught, an angler from Sterling was pinched for using three lines and a Soldotna man netted a citation for using four lines.

Oregon grower looks to Russia and other locales for new and obscure fruits
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Jim Gilbert is trying to change the face of America's orchards. Do you remember Johnny Appleseed? His 21st Century equivalent could just as easily be Mary Medlar, Kenny Kiwi or Julie Goumi.

Clarification on restriction on Kenai River fishery
In reference to Mr. Pennino's letter about no nonresident anglers allowed on Sundays, he stated that "this is clearly guide motivated."

One person's kind act changes tone of unpleasant incident
The picture on the front page of Monday's Clarion of vehicles splashing their way through the puddles prompts me to share an incident that happened Saturday afternoon in Soldotna. I had gone into Safeway to pick up a couple of items and was on my way back to my car.

Now Junior will show how good he really is
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. is close to unbeatable in restrictor-plate races.

Community musical opens today
The Kenai Performers will stage the musical "My Favorite Year" at the Renee C. Hend-erson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School at 7

Fishers want borough backing for suit
A Cook Inlet commercial fishing organization wants the Kenai Peninsula Borough to help finance a lawsuit it plans to file against the state seeking compensation for revenues lost due to regulatory decisions that have impacted salmon harvests in recent years.

Free bird
As Keith Nushart's feathered friend extended its coal-colored wings and took flight toward the sky Thursday, he saw a happy end to what began as a tragedy several weeks prior.

Parties settle sex abuse case
A confidential, out-of-court settlement was reached late Tuesday evening in the Kenai Superior Court case involving The Salvation Army, former Kenai minister Troy Trickel and his wife, Debbie, and four girls who claimed the minister abused them sexually.

Clayton Earl Richardson
Anchor Point resident Clayton Earl Richardson died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at his home, with his family by his side singing "Amazing Grace." He died from mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. He was 44.

Visitor industry should unite Big part of funds raised from bill should be returned to local areas
Everyone involved in the visitor industry in Alaska agrees we need a more effective and better funded marketing program. Independent visitor counts have been in decline for five years or more.

Cheap prescription drugs from Canada won't last What others say
The free lunch crowd never gives up until the roof caves in. We may be seeing the first signs of cracks in the ceiling when it comes to the reimportation of prescription drugs.

Furthering her skills
There's no denying it, Alaska winters can be harsh. As such, clothing worn by people who are frequently outdoors must protect against severe cold, high winds and moisture.

Gun-firing moose to snatched decoys: Commentaries of a game warden
have worked on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for the past 14 years as a law enforcement officer. My actual title is Refuge Officer but I prefer to call myself a "Game Warden."

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank to extend its hours KPC Showcase to present Irish music Historical society to meet Snowmobile fun run planned Basic skills program offered to families PFD town hall meeting slated Sterling to hold winter fun day Dinner, auction to benefit After the Bell program 10-Dog Classic Sprint Race set for this weekend Winter Family Fun Day set for Sunday

Biggest black denomination defies Cincinnati boycott
CINCINNATI (AP) A major black religious body said Tuesday it will bring its 2008 annual session to Cincinnati despite a boycott of downtown businesses that black activists started after 2001 race riots.

Kansas archbishop: No speeches in Catholic institutions by abortion rights advocates
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Archbishop James Keleher asked Roman Catholic institutions in the 200,000-member archdiocese to halt invitations to politicians and others who favor abortion rights.

Presbyterians order reinstatement of minister ousted over same-sex marriages
CINCINNATI (AP) A religious court reinstated the Rev. Stephen Van Kuiken, who was ousted from ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for marrying same-sex couples.

At broadcasters' meeting, Israel honors Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham boosts Bush
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) An Israeli cabinet member honored evangelist Pat Robertson for steering evangelical Christians to visit his country, and both men criticized the morality of Mideast Muslims.

Despite downsizing, Florida revival keeps on going after nearly nine years
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) The nation's longest-running Pentecostal revival which attracted throngs of crying, singing and shaking believers at its height is rumbling on these days, but at a slower pace than it once did and now without the preacher who had led it since the beginning.

Southern Baptists end endorsement of female military chaplains
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) A Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board decided to no longer endorse women for military chaplain positions because the denomination reserves such pastoral roles to men only.

Catholic Church committee examines religion textbooks, finds them wanting
NEW ORLEANS The Roman Catholic Church is handing out failing grades to most of the religion textbooks used to instruct the country's 680,000 Catholic high school students.

Discouragement from criticism an all too common problem
While the speaker at a Wisconsin church Bible conference, I met a discouraged visiting minister who said he had just resigned as pastor of a church he had served for 11 years.

Indiana opponents of gay Episcopal bishop want to join Illinois diocese
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Some parishioners in the Episcopal Church's Indianapolis Diocese, upset over the denomination's approval of openly gay bishop, want to affiliate with a neighboring Illinois diocese.

Church Briefs
Worship leader to speak Shrove Tuesday supper slated Lenten breakfasts announced Easter program practice held Nikiski women hold Bible study Religious art sought Clothes2Go open

Skiers enjoy prime trails conditions
It's a good time of the year to be a cross-country skier on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Capitals' Kolzig stays hot against Devils
WASHINGTON Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig continued his recent strong play with 43 saves, and Mike Grier, Matt Pettinger and Robert Lang each scored as the Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 Thursday night.

Micheel, Maruyama share Nissan Open lead at 7-under 64
LOS ANGELES PGA champion Shaun Micheel holed a 30-foot eagle putt and a couple of other long birdie tries for a 7-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the Nissan Open.

Stanford keeps perfect record
LOS ANGELES Josh Childress scored a career-high 36 points and top-ranked Stanford rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit to beat Southern California 76-67 on Thursday night for its school-record 22nd consecutive victory.

Redskins reach deal with QB Brunell
WASHINGTON (AP) Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell agreed to a seven-year, $43 million deal with the Washington Redskins late Thursday, clearing the way for a trade next month.

Region III skiers ready to tackle a bear of a loop
Life will be full of ups and downs for competitors at the Region III ski meet at Tsalteshi Trails today and Saturday.

Timberwolves win showdown with Kings
MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 24 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 92-75 victory over Sacramento on Thursday night in a matchup of the Western Conference's top teams.

Players rally in support of embattled Barnett
BOULDER, Colo. A half-dozen former Colorado football players defended their suspended coach Thursday, saying Gary Barnett has provided discipline and morality despite accusations that recruits were lured with sex and alcohol.

Wallace packs bags again, this time to Detroit
The Detroit Pistons got a lot better without giving a lot away, getting Rasheed Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in the most significant deal before the NBA trading deadline.

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