Friday, March 19, 2004

Baseball bans recently unmasked steroid
NEW YORK Major league baseball has banned THG, the recently unmasked steroid at the center of the case against the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

Parents, teachers and students can get breaks at tax time
NEW YORK (AP) Teachers, college students and parents footing hefty tuition bills might find they're eligible for money-saving education credits and deductions when they fill out their federal income tax forms this year. But it's going to take some work to figure out which ones are appropriate for a given taxpayer.

What mergers and IPOs mean for Wall Street
NEW YORK (AP) The rise in merger and IPO activity is only good news for the stock market or so investors may mistakenly think.

Nigerian credit card scam hits home for Kenai business
If you own a small business and receive a call from a potential customer in Nigeria, just hang up.

Lack of clarity in energy industry accounting
NEW YORK (AP) Energy companies announcing big reductions in their oil and gas reserves have left many investors wondering what happened did the oil suddenly disappear or was it never there in the first place?

RV rovers on the rise
INDIANAPOLIS With customers like Mary Jo Athman, it's easy to see why RV makers and sellers see a bright future.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleEntrepreneurship and banking workshop scheduledTourism marketing seminar offeredWeb site development workshop offeredWeb site design seminar scheduledContest to reward business ideasArea businesses support blood bank

Alaska oil may impact imports only a little
WASHINGTON Opening an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil development would only slightly reduce America's dependence on imports and would lower oil prices by less than 50 cents a barrel, said an Energy Department analysis released Tuesday.

Steeling their resolve
FORKS, Wash. This is a fish story, but not about the one that got away. It's about the fish you catch, and whether you should put them gently back in the river or whack 'em on the head and take 'em home for dinner.

You say your plants are ailing? Try giving them some aspirin
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Caught the common cold? Then take a common aspirin.

Seavey credits dog team for victory
NOME Even as Mitch Seavey sped into the winner's chute with his eight dogs, he had a little difficulty believing he'd won the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.

Giving digital its due
More and more often in recent years, a new trend has been cropping up in area art shows. In some cases, examples of this trend are unmistakable, while in others it is only given away by words like "manipulated" and "inkjet print" on the artwork's labels. Some read those terms and view this trend with disdain, seeing it as a hobby at best or a corruption of art at worst, while others see it as a new frontier in art and especially photography.

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Art Briefs
Solstice festival T-shirt design wantedContest entry deadline coming upArt workshops offeredAssault awareness writing contest heldChurch soliciting for religious art entriesSelf portrait show open for entryStatewide poetry contest announced

Illustrated autobiography illuminates science, glaciers
The title "With a Camera in My Hands" doesn't explain what this book is about. But coming up with a better title to describe William O. Field's multifaceted life would be difficult.

'Lost' private papers by creator of Sherlock Holmes to be auctioned
LONDON It was a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes himself.

District can save money by not filling assistant superintendent job
It has come to my attention that the assistant superintendent vacancy is being advertised for the 2004-05 school year. Wouldn't it be more prudent to take the money saved by not filling this position and apply it to programs that directly benefit students which have been targeted for cuts or elimination like music, dance, drama, debate, art, physical education, Quest, etc.? Or maybe use the money saved to hire teachers to relieve overcrowded classrooms?

Students enjoy ice-fishing trip
The eighth grade from Kenai Middle School would like to thank Three Bears, IGA Country Foods and Wally Martin for their donations to the KMS eighth-grade annual ice-fishing trip on Johnson Lake.

'Yes' vote on Proposition No. 1 will show community commitment
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Legislators watching outcome of vote on cocurricular activities
A special election ballot has been mailed out to all borough voters at great expense to taxpayers. At least the last time, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had the decency to boost us during a regular election!

Committee asks state officials for more enforcement on river
Editor's note: This letter was sent to the director of State Parks from the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee and submitted for publication.

Did administration deliberately mislead nation about Iraq's threat?
On the anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, we should all remember the more than 500 families of American soldiers who have lost a loved one.

Sterling senior complex gets borough boost
A Sterling senior citizens group cleared a giant hurdle Tuesday in its drive to create a senior housing complex when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to authorize purchase of three lots near the existing Sterling Senior Center as a future housing project campus.

Photo feature: A splash of Irish green
Hannah Ellison, above, is garnished in green as she waits with other first-graders from Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School for the St. Patrick's Day parade to begin in Soldotna on Wednesday afternoon.

Assembly tinkers with tax on planes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved amendments to a proposed aircraft flat tax ordinance that would create a taxing schedule based on weight.

Gas authority's main hurdle: funding
The head of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority said Wednesday that the corporation's primary mission is finding a way to get North Slope natural gas to market at the lowest possible cost to both producers and consumers.

Education rule change will mean little for local district educa
The Department of Education announced earlier this week it will give rural schools some additional leeway in meeting the federal No Child Left Behind Act's requirements for "highly qualified teachers."

Photo feature: Scrounging for food
A young bull moose is enticed by exposed grass next to a home at the corner of Tern Avenue and Portlock Street in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

Fate of Tustumena Lake salmon fry will be left in hands of Alaska judge
Both sides in a legal dispute over a fisheries enhancement program in Tustumena Lake are applauding a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to leave the fate of 6 million salmon fry up to an Alaska District Court judge.

Elta Ione Smith
Kenai resident Elta Ione Smith died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Steven Jerrald Smith
Lifelong Nikiski resident Steven Jerrald Smith died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

Republicans should borrow a page from playbook of '96 Clinton campaign
As the battle of TV commercials heats up in the 2004 presidential race, I can't help but be reminded of a similar situation eight years ago when President Bill Clinton was challenged for re-election by Republican Bob Dole. Like this election, the airwaves heated up early in that campaign. Unlike this one, the ads eight years ago seemed to all come from the Democratic side.

Tribute to daughter in military
My husband and I live in and raised our children on the Kenai Peninsula. Our daughter Senior Airman Sarah (Peter) Goodman graduated from Kenai Alternative School in 1997. She has been serving in the U.S. Air Force for the past five years.

Congratulations, Mitch Seavey
"If you race, you race to win, and my goal is to win the Iditarod."

Madrid attacks show terrorism's complexity
The terrorist bombings in Madrid ... are another indication of how murky and complex the web of terror has become all over the world. ...

College official plans assault on Everest
WALLA WALLA, Wash. Tibetans call Mount Everest ''Chomolungma,'' meaning ''mother goddess of the universe.''

Breakup means it's time for refuge crews to gear up for summer projects
We are seeing more and more of the sun, temperatures are rising and snow piles are shrinking. Everyone on the Kenai Peninsula is eagerly anticipating another Alaska summer. For the staff at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, this is the time of year when we begin to get very specific about summer work projects.

Frozen walls of falls make good test for new climbers
TWO HARBORS, Minn. What is usually a raging torrent of water cascading over rock is quiet now, frozen in time and hanging in midair.

Around the Peninsula
Sterling seniors to serve dinner Historical society meeting scheduled KCHS students plan blood drive Wrestlers team up with food bank for CANstruction District 33 Democratic caucus to meet Community danced planned AARP of Alaska to offer tax assistance Davis to speak at Kenai library Senior service board to meet April 7 Little League to begin registration

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist organization to meetCoal-bed methane to be discussedDAV to meet todayBuilders association meeting scheduledDancing, dessert fund-raiser setJohansen to discuss hydroponicsKRSMA board meeting scheduledFish and game advisory group to meetRepublican Party convention planned

Jewish advocacy group warns against travel to Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) A Jewish human rights group said it would not lift a travel advisory to Greece unless the new government takes steps to condemn what it called ''anti-Semitic expression.''

Brazil's pop star priest takes his message to the movies
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) He's had a No. 1 record, won a Latin Grammy and now has a hit movie all aimed at revitalizing the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.

Christian radio, NPR battle for radio signals as listeners complain
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) One morning last month, WJTM-FM began the day with its usual fare of Christian preaching and prayer. But that afternoon, the programming changed to something that some longtime listeners find offensive National Public Radio.

Buddhist monk sentenced in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) A Vietnamese Buddhist monk considered a victim of religious persecution was sentenced to jail on charges he tried to undermine the communist government, state-run media reported.

Church Briefs
Lenten breakfasts discontinued Spring break day camp slated Passion week events listed Womens Aglow plans events Anniversary celebration planned Sterling Bible class begins Life class underway Easter program practice held Nikiski women hold Bible study Religious art sought

Planned Parenthood appoints first chaplain
NEW YORK (AP) Planned Parenthood Federation of America has appointed its first chaplain, who will be a national spokesman on the ''theological justification'' for abortion rights and contraception, the agency said.

2004 yearbook charts trends in U.S., Canadian churches
NEW YORK (AP) An annual statistical report on the strength of North American churches found membership has increased in some of the largest denominations and among some smaller Pentecostal churches.

Billy Graham home to be moved to his new headquarters
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The childhood home of Rev. Billy Graham will soon be moved to the new North Carolina headquarters of his evangelistic association and will be opened to visitors.

Adult film director records anti-porn spot for Christian campaign
LOS ANGELES (AP) A veteran director of adult films has made a public service announcement for a Christian anti-porn campaign that warns parents to bar children from watching what he produces.

Every phone call is an opportunity to put faith on the line
Last week, my e-mail program started having problems.

Skiing hangs on as spring sport begin
As high school track and soccer teams began practice this week on the Kenai Peninsula, and with baseball's opening day a little over two weeks away, peninsula cross-country skiing trails remained in great shape.

Local trail conditions
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Nikiski, Homer, Seward girls set for state
When the state Class 3A-4A basketball championships tip off today at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula will be represented by a trio of teams: the Homer High School girls will compete in the 4A tournament while the Nikiski and Seward girls will battle in the 3A bracket.

Cook Inlet girls open with victory
The Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team recorded a victory to open the District 3/2A basketball tournament Wednesday, defeating Nikolaevsk 37-18 at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

Peninsula teams lose at state
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team opened the 3A state championships with a loss, dropping a 42-31 decision to the Monroe Catholic Rams Thursday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Manhattan rips Florida in first round of NCAA tourney
RALEIGH, N.C. The little team from the Big Apple was every bit as good as promised.

Lightning top Sabres, rebound from two-game losing skid
TAMPA, Fla. Tim Taylor snapped a tie 52 seconds into the third period, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 Thursday night.

Rahlves, Miller bring talents to Girdwood
GIRDWOOD, Alaska Daron Rahlves is plenty familiar with the skier that finished just ahead of him in the World Cup standings. After all, they're teammates.

CIA boys make finals
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team took another step toward defending its District 3/2A title Thursday, defeating Bristol Bay 52-38 in district tournament play at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

King's 44 saves lift UAA in WCHA play-in game
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Trailing by a goal in the second period, Alaska Anchorage scored twice in 50 seconds en route to a 4-1 win over Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five play-in game Thursday.

Some things to look for as NCAA tournament gets rolling
Every team has been broken down and every matchup has been analyzed. Still, there might be some things about the first round of the NCAA tournament that have been overlooked:

Sports Briefs
Chavez nears contract extensionSources: O'Neal, Garnett invited to play for U.S.Davenport, Roddick win in straight sets

On boys side, Eagles also pick up win
The Cook Inlet Academy girls high school basketball team recorded a victory to open the District 3/2A basketball tournament Wednesday, defeating Nikolaevsk 37-18 at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

Bay Hill plays easy on first day
ORLANDO, Fla. Soft greens and benign conditions must have made players wonder if they were really at the Bay Hill Invitational on Thursday. All it took was Tiger Woods near the lead to remind them.

Nikiski, Homer, Seward girls set for state
When the state Class 3A-4A basketball championships tip off today at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula will be represented by a trio of teams: the Homer High School girls will compete in the 4A tournament while the Nikiski and Seward girls will battle in the 3A bracket.

Pistons keep up defense
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Detroit Pistons gave another stifling defensive effort Thursday night, following coach Larry Brown's instructions to perfection in an 89-71 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Legion ballclub schedules final sign-ups
The final sign-up session for the American Legion Twins baseball team will be Sunday at 2 p.m. on the top floor of the Kenai American Legion Hall located at 901 Cook Avenue in Kenai, across from the Peninsula Oilers building.

Bartlett boys start title defense by topping Kings
The Bartlett boys basketball team began the quest for a third straight Class 4A basketball title Thursday with a 77-42 victory over Ketchikan at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Alaska's largest caribou herd still growing
JUNEAU Alaska's largest caribou herd, the Western Arctic Caribou herd, has grown to at least 490,000 animals, according to a census completed this week by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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