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Monday, March 22, 2004

Wood shows power at the plate, too
Kerry Wood is more than just a power pitcher. He can swing the bat, too.

NOW PLAYING: Hidalgo
The words "based on a true story" have a special, almost magical resonance for some moviegoers. Take my mother-in-law, for example. She'll have nothing to do with fiction - it's a waste of her time. Ah, but true life? Real drama?

Courts sending wrong message by reducing, suspending fines
The troopers and law enforcement officers have a tough job with lots of paper work. Their time is reflected back as citations and violations written to the people who break the law. We call it billable time, justification of state payroll.

Companies' assistance appreciated in getting van to Soldotna seniors
Soldotna area seniors would like to recognize and greatly thank Gary Foster and Lynden Transport Inc. for their generous donation of the center's new ADA vehicle from Washington to Alaska.

Republicans pushing regressive taxes, not downsizing government
We get the Legislature we vote for, or we got this Legislature because some of us failed to vote. As a group, the Alaska legislators are a pretty sorry lot. They are totally ineffective in dealing with the long-term financial health of the state.

Don't be fooled; there is plenty of money to fund school activities
Stand up, citizens of the Kenai Peninsula Borough! We are being led to tax slaughter by the school district administration via the Board of Education and the Borough Assembly.

Pit crew gets it done
DARLINGTON, S.C. The NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Darlington Raceway was decided by inches for the second straight year. This time, though, it was on pit road and not the racetrack.

Labonte needs a victory
DARLINGTON, S.C. Terry Labonte has a chance to make history at Darlington Raceway, and put some life into his season.

No Bluffing
When in Homer, do as the Romans do.

Wagoner: Education bill has too much pork in it
Sen. Tom Wagoner on Friday accused the House of sending a Senate bill meant to increase funding for education back to the Senate accompanied by $15 million in pork that has no business being attached to the education bill, he said.

Seavey soaks in role of victor
Just about everyone who has ever stepped foot on the back of a dog sled has at one time or another wondered what it would be like to win the Iditarod. Mitch Seavey now knows what it's like, and it's everything he thought it would be and more.

Peninsula case may set precedent
As the U.S. Court of Appeals studies the issue of random DNA testing of parolees, a Kenai Peninsula case may determine the constitutionality of requiring prison inmates to provide samples of their DNA.

Kenai Peninsula lawmakers differ on what solution will help state's budget problem
A percent-of-market-value approach to managing the Alaska Permanent Fund and the proposed use of a portion of that value each year to help fund state government may have its supporters in Juneau and among the electorate, but lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula said Friday they doubt the idea has enough votes in the Legislature to make it to the fall ballot.

Dissolving winter
Ice melts into the sand on the beach in Kenai last weekend. Forecasters are calling for temperatures to climb into the mid-40s for most of the week, which should help get rid of more ice.

Bear cubs still in area of den
Seismic workers have reported seeing signs that two yearling brown bear cubs have returned to their den near Ninilchik, the site of a bear mauling that injured a Soldotna man Tuesday morning.

Kenai mulls change on tax
City of Kenai Finance Director Larry Semmens thinks decreasing taxes on charter aircraft could give a big lift to the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Lack of food thins out moose numbers
Spring is officially here, yet nature is still several weeks away from showing the first signs of any fresh, green foliage. As such, emaciated moose are becoming a common sight around the peninsula, with an unfortunate few succumbing to starvation.

Photo feature: Pool of shadows
Pool players at the Kenai Teen Center form shadows on a window as the sun sets Friday night. The sun is now above the horizon longer than it is below, and the daylight continues to grow by about five minutes each day.

Presidential candidates try to shift focus to what's safe ground for them
WASHINGTON When facts don't cooperate with rhetoric, candidates can change their position or change the subject. As they square off for this year's presidential election, President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry seem to be doing both.

Legislators need to be encouraged on budget solution
Legislators last week focused their attention on ways to close the state's budget gap.

Appeals Court decision keeps Cook Inlet sockeyes wild
For years there has been conflict over what uses are permitted in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Activities permitted in its management are contained in the "enabling legislation" of the National Wildlife Refuge Administrative Act of 1966 (the Refuge Act).

In not-too-distant past, traditional marriage more about money than love
My cousin. One of my favorite college professors. My high school friend. These are the people whose weddings I will never get to attend, if President George W. Bush gets his way with a proposed constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage.

Best way to reduce jobs outsourcing is by better education
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's call for long-term vision in dealing with the economy shows, again, the chairman's wisdom.

Hulien, Overhuls get engaged
Inger Hulien and Chris Overhuls were married Friday, March 19, 2004, at Kenai Christian Church. Lee Moore officiated.

Births
Gage Wyatt Davis Faith Merie Braud Samiel Kayson Wilson

Community News
Blood bank plans drives in Homer Boy Scouts to hold food drive Girl Scout cookies are available Air Force reunion planned United Way seeking volunteers

Gregory, Wells set wedding date
Jessica Anton Gregory of Gretna, Neb., and Julian Alexander Wells, formerly of Kenai, were engaged Friday, Oct. 3., 2003, and plan to be married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Good Shep-herd Lutheran Church in Gretna. Pastor Gary Werling will officiate.

Peninsula People
Brooks graduates from Nukes SWohlers learns damage control Haring to study at Oxford Sisters garner top honors Nelson named to deans list Area students receive scholarships Showin Off the Kids winners announced

Bierdeman, Jones marry in Kenai
Jessica Nicole Bierde-man, formerly of Kenai, and Kevin Alexander Jones were married Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in a candlelight ceremony at First Baptist Church of Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Seward chamber to host Mitch SeaveyKPHA plans dinner, auction fund-raiserUmpires, scorekeepers soughtFood bank holds nutrition classesConnections to hold informational meetingsBanquet fund-raiser planned to benefit state fairRefuge sponsors bird sightings hot lineKayak festival planned

Dubber, Barnett plan to be married
Anne Lee Holle Dubber and Shad Ben-jamin Barnett of Anchorage have announced their plans to marry Sunday, June 6, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at Solid Rock Bible Camp Chapel in Soldotna. Pastor Paul Kupferschmid of the Kasilof Community Church will officiate.

Around the Peninsula
The Alliance to meet Little League to begin registration Kennel club offering dog classes Head Start to hold fund-raiser Help available for home day-care providers Safety day scheduled

Accompanist's love of music a boon to others
For a community with, in relative terms, such a small number of residents, the Kenai Peninsula has a burgeoning music scene.

New postmaster's dreams of living, working in Alaska delivered
FAIRBANKS Keith Coleman has come a long way from walking from door-to-door delivering mail along his roughly seven-mile route in Kansas City, Mo.

Love monkeys: Men write about their experiences with women
NEW YORK Will Leitch was 21 and in love with a woman who was ''blond and beautiful, sleek and refined.'' He gave her his grandmother's engagement ring and set the date.

Baby boy born same day as his father, grandfather
JUNEAU Jennifer and Matt Wolcott's newborn son, Morgan, will always have a reason to celebrate his birthday.

Carter, Hannevold announce engagement
Amanda Tisdale Carter and Anthony Hannevold were engaged Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, and plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at the Decanter Inn in Kasilof.

My best friend
Eight-year-old Simba has become a true Alaska cat, says her owner, Carole Medina of Kenai. Before moving to Kenai 2 1/2 years ago, Simba was an inside cat, but now she loves to go hunting outdoors and even likes to walk in the snow up to her belly.

What to do when Muffy is missing
Few things are as frightening to a pet owner as having an animal run away or get lost. It can be a terrifying experience wondering if you'll ever get your canine companion or feline friend back, and the sad truth is not every one does get their pet back.

Tips for finding lost pets
Keep current identification on the pet.

Seahawks take fourth
The Seward girls woke up just in time to claim fourth place Saturday at the state 3A basketball tournament, notching a 42-10 win over Dillingham at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Kildow, Rahlves win super G at Alpine Nationals
GIRDWOOD, Alaska Once Lindsey Kildow's head cleared and she quit worrying, she concentrated on what came naturally: Go really fast down a mountain.

Bruins top Tampa, heat up race in Eastern Conference
BOSTON Michael Nylander scored his first goal of the season 2:52 into the third period Saturday, lifting Boston over Tampa Bay.

UAB sends No. 1 Kentucky home
COLUMBUS, Ohio The NCAA tournament's top seed got sent back to its ol' Kentucky home.

Seawolves get beaten for third
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Duluth showed flashes of the offensive depth that helped them finish near the top of the WCHA, scoring four unanswered goals to beat surprising Alaska Anchorage 4-2 Saturday.

Blue Devils show no mercy in first round
DURHAM, N.C. Reserve Jessica Foley scored 18 points to lead top-seeded Duke to a 103-51 victory over Northwestern State on Sunday in the first round of the Mideast Regional.

Bristol Bay snaps Wolverines' streak
Like all good things, Ninilchik's winning streak had to come to an end sometime.

Top-seeded Tennessee advances in NCAA women's tourney
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Ashley Robinson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in 22 minutes, helping top-seeded Tennessee begin its quest for a seventh national title with a 77-54 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament Saturday.

Ninilchik girls earn state tourney berth
The Ninilchik girls basketball team isn't going anywhere except for next week's state tournament, that is.

Sapp agrees to seven-year deal with Raiders
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp agreed to terms on a seven-year, $36.6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, ending his nine-year relationship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Alabama shocks top-seeded Stanford
SEATTLE Josh Childress watched from the end of the bench as Stanford's latest comeback attempt came up just short, bouncing off the rim.

Appleby tears it up at Bay Hill Invite
ORLANDO, Fla. Stuart Appleby drove his yellow Lamborghini to the Bay Hill Invitational and played like he never got out of the car.

Valdez boys top Barrow in thriller
After losing in the championhip game last year, the Valdez boys came back to claim their second title in three years by defeating Barrow 70-65 in overtime in the Class 3A state tournament Saturday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Nash's dishes help Dallas down Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Steve Nash had 15 points and a season-high 16 assists and the Dallas Mavericks came up with two big defensive plays in the final 18.8 seconds to post a 101-98 win over the undermanned New Jersey Nets on Sunday.

Campbell evokes Arnie at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. Playing with Arnold Palmer for two days must have rubbed off on Chad Campbell.

Dillingham ends Nikiski's season
Winners of three of the past four Class 3A state basketball tournaments, the Nikiski girls basketball team is without question one of the premier programs in the state.

Barkley enters Suns' Ring of Honor
PHOENIX (AP) Charles was in charge and in complete control Saturday night at America West Arena.

Islanders' two late strikes doom Lightning
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Michael Peca and Adrian Aucoin scored 2:46 apart late in the third period and Rick DiPietro made 29 saves in the New York Islanders' 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Grizzlies hold off gritty Pacers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. James Posey scored 16 points, including seven in the closing two minutes, to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 99-95 victory Saturday night over the Indiana Pacers.

West boys win OT thriller to earn first title since '88
Brian Hurn nailed a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the West High Eagles a stunning 70-69 win over Bartlett Saturday night in the state 4A boys basketball championship game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

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