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Friday, March 4, 2005

Rollicking crowd sees Nationals' first game
The Washington Nationals played their first game with all the fanfare of opening day — not an exhibition opener.

Yanks' Giambi begins comeback
On the first day of baseball's new era of drug testing, Jason Giambi began his comeback from a season wrecked by injury and an offseason marred by steroid controversy.

Changes shoot down biz Gun laws make staying open tough for Soldotna man
Rod Christopher, owner of Nordic Trading and Loan, remembers days standing around and talking with old-timers about the way Alaska used to be.

Fraud prevention workshop slated
Don Krohn has seen a lot fraud throughout his career.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Nonprofit workshops to be held Job center to host workshop

Dog sledding moves south of Mason-Dixon line
DEER PARK, Md. — Dog sledding has moved south.

Poisoning planned to rid lake of pike
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State wildlife officials plan a second attempt in 2007 to poison a Sierra Nevada lake to eradicate voracious nonnative northern pike before the fish can invade other state waters.

Hiking group offers fitness, friendship
JUNEAU — Skis on their feet and poles in their hands, they are ready to brave wind, snow and rain.

Hunting groups work to keep youth involved
SMITHFIELD, Utah — It's hard to miss the romance in Bruce Schoniger's description of his first time in the wilderness — the warm crackle of the campfire, the smells of frying bacon and meat roasting, and of course, the excitement of the kill.

Big bear a bad fit for hunter's home
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — There he was, bigger than Osama bin Laden, almost as scary, and moving fast.

Musicians string audiences along
Judging by the group's name, if you thought a concert featuring the Turtle Island String Quartet would entail an evening of classical music, you'd be partially right.

From the bookshelf: Thoughtful Alaskans share their wisdom
Nobody's Perfect! How to Improve Your Life The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning

Swept up
It isn't every day you can hang out at a rollicking swing dance hall, attend a boisterous church service and get a close-up look at the smaller inhabitants of the animal kingdom in just two hours.

Art Briefs
Kenai Juried Art Exhibit nears Tile-making workshop slated Writers' group to meet Theater workshops offered Students invited to enter contest Money available for artistsLatin dance workshop offered in Homer Student art classes slated Actors wanted for one-acts Human-nature poetry wanted from Alaskans Homer concert series seeks musicians

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Down the Road Anchorage events

O'Neill's Social Security plan would ensure benefits in future
Social Security is one of many forms providing financial help in old age. Contributing to it is obligatory for most everyone. It is an implement introduced by the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s. It is not intended to be welfare, rather an aid to those who have little financial resources when they become old. My dad paid in 30 years and got back $250 a month. Yep. That'll getcha two weeks of groceries. It is not a retirement check.

Retail theft hurts small business, entire community
I opened a small business here on the Kenai Peninsula called Hawks Games. We specialize in selling new and used video games and accessories.

Outdoors woman workshop a success thanks to businesses
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently hosted a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop at Solid Rock Bible Camp in Soldotna. The three-day workshop was attended by 120 participants, which included classes taught by over 50 volunteer instructors from Soldotna, Anchorage and Fairbanks. Many thanks to all the volunteers who put in long hours preparing information and teaching classes.

Area businesses help schools with daily special deliveries
As a high school English teacher, I employ several forms of instructional materials in my classroom. While all are important, one is available only through the sponsorship of a few very generous businesses and organizations who value education and our students on the Kenai Peninsula. The Newspapers In Education Program provides newspapers to our school each and every day, allowing teachers of all disciplines to use them according to their own curriculum.

Many to thank for writers night, all who helped were out of sight
Eighth annual Nights, area writers have shone

Central peninsula should begin working to move capitol here
Considering the economic difficulties ahead for the central Kenai Peninsula, are our local leaders going to act or just continue to dither? The Arctic Winter Games is not economic development. Is this the best all the high-paid people in the borough building and the Economic Development District can do?

Good ol' boys head south of the border
The good ol' boys have already broken free of their Southern roots. Now, they're eyeing a potentially booming market south of the border.

Quick thinking cuts fire damage
A direct attack by a homeowner with a fire extinguisher, a call to 911 by his son and a quick response by Kenai firefighters contained a house fire to one bedroom Tuesday afternoon.

Proposed tax gets no rest
At its first formal public hearing, a controversial proposal to impose a special tax on hotel, motel and bed-and-breakfast accommodations, commonly called a "bed tax," got a mixed review at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Nikiski fire chief plans retirement in May
The search has begun for a new fire chief in Nikiski to replace the retiring Dan Gregory. Gregory will leave May 31 after serving the Nikiski Fire Department for more than 30 years, three as its chief.

Schools back on the table
Kenai Peninsula College had the intent to take over the Soldotna and Homer Community Schools program but officially backed out of the plan this week, leaving the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District looking for another entity to adopt the education program.

In the cold: Let there be ice!
Dogged determination, sweat equity and the generous donations of corporations, foundations, local business and hockey enthusiasts are making a dream come true in Homer.

Buser injured in table saw accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser underwent a partial amputation of his middle finger after he injured it in a table saw accident at his Big Lake home, Iditarod officials said Wednesday.

Kenai OKs new zone
A newly created zone in the city of Kenai is designed to bridge the gap between the city's residential and commercial areas.

New York Times puzzle included
The New York Times crossword puzzle omitted from the Clarion's Sunday paper can be found on page A-3 of today's paper.

Driver leads police on chase through Kenai
While most Kenai residents were still asleep Thursday morning, Kenai police were busy chasing a reckless driver through town after he narrowly missed colliding with a police car.

Rally aims to protect funding
Three dozen central Kenai Peninsula friends of developmentally disabled people rallied near Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday afternoon calling for the state to forestall budget cuts that would adversely affect agencies that help the disabled.

Peter Bush
Kenai resident Peter Bush died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 65.

Richard W. Smith
Former Alaska resident Richard W. Smith died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at Sheridan Manor in Sheridan, Wyo. He was 87.

Peter Marvin Bush
Kenai resident Peter Marvin Bush died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at home surrounded by his family after a gallant and long fight with cancer. He was 65.

Daniel Francis Murphy
Soldotna resident Daniel Francis Murphy died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at his home. He was 64.

Economic development up to all of us
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

London conference a good first step
Tony Blair struck an optimistic note at

Jerusalem should pay close attention to Syrian situation
The fall of the Lebanese government in the wake of mass protest demonstrations against the ongoing Syrian occupation was a refreshing surprise. Israel cannot be indifferent to the developments in the region, which could have an enormous influence on its national security. The developments over the northern border oblige Jerusalem to reconsider its policy of many years that silently agrees to Syrian control of Lebanon. ... The Golan Heights remain a 'deposit' for a future peace agreement, in which the final border between Israel and Syria will be determined and the two states will have normal relations. That would be Israel's contribution to the new order in the north.

Western writer finds literary fame in the outdoors
ALBANY, N.Y. — She was a New Jersey girl who went west in the '80s and associated with hunters, whitewater guides, cowboys and the like. People mentioned her in the same breath as Hemingway after her first collection of stories came out, and she rode that pony some distance.

Ecologist will use computer maps to track refuge landscape and wildlife
We were on a ferry christened with the same name as the largest lake on the Kenai Peninsula: The Tustumena. A crew member had told us that the seas can be a bit "chippy" crossing the Gulf of Alaska. My wife had spent 6 weeks living and working on a 125 ft sailboat, so she knew what she was in for. I had never been on the open ocean. I thought, "How bad could it be?"

Around the Peninsula
Deadline for HEA nominations todayGrandparent support group to meetRestorative justice to be discussedDance concert setBoot camp slatedAWG to host auction fund-raiserHistorical society to meetBirding club to meet

Around the Peninsula
ACT deadline Friday Dance concert set Little league begins registration Photo guild to meet SoHi after-prom meeting set Spaghetti feed benefit planned Family dog class offered

Teaching by example, best way to lead children
Titus is one of those people I can truly identify with. He was a pastor, young in the ministry and left to shepherd the believers on the island of Crete.

Religious group called a gang by state of Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state is seeking to overturn a 1974 federal court ruling that gave formal religious status to a prison group that officials say is nothing more than a front for a white-supremacist group.

Church Briefs
Drama troupe formingMOMS to meetBible study group to meetChurch production slatedClothes 2 Go openClothing available

Wildcats hold off Vols
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Senior forward Chuck Hayes, playing his last home game for Kentucky, scored nine of his 13 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes as the third-ranked Wildcats held off upset-minded Tennessee 73-61 on Wednesday night.

A record that better not be broken
There's one baseball record that better not be broken this season. That's the number of major leaguers who tested positive for steroids last season: Zero.

Louisville gets share of Conference USA title
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Larry O'Bannon scored a career-high 33 points — 26 in the first half — and No. 9 Louisville clinched a share of the Conference USA regular-season title with a 94-82 victory over No. 18 Charlotte on Thursday night.

NFC urgency marks free agency in NFL
NFC teams were busy trying to catch up with the Philadelphia Eagles on the second day of free agency.

Celtics beat Bryant, Lakers
BOSTON — Kobe Bryant's problems have moved back to the basketball court.

Shaq's return helps Heat to win vs. Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Shaquille O'Neal returned from a three-game absence and had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade led a third-quarter surge that sent the Miami Heat past the New Jersey Nets 106-90 Thursday night.

NHL gets $3 billion offer for entire league
BOSTON — Two Boston companies have offered NHL owners a way out of their labor woes: Sell the entire league — pucks, Penguins and penalty boxes — for more than $3 billion.

Lefty holds lead at Doral
MIAMI — Phil Mickelson started making birdies and figured he better not stop, not with so many world-class players taking aim on a Blue Monster that lost its bite Thursday in the Ford Championship at Doral.

Cook Inlet senior now has love for basketball
In the Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team's game against Ninilchik Tuesday, Alyse Bell scored 13 points from her point guard position as her Eagles nearly picked off the the defending state champion Wolverines.

Schumacher waits for new Ferrari
MELBOURNE, Australia — Michael Schumacher must wait for a new Ferrari, a delay that will hardly distress rivals looking for some way to beat the driver who ruled Formula One last season.

Agassi to return to Davis Cup
CARSON, Calif. — When he was just an impressionable teenager, Andy Roddick was thrilled with his duty as a Davis Cup practice partner for Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

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