Saturday, March 20, 2004

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.

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?

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.

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.

'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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Local trail conditions
Local trail conditions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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