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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Has spring sprung on the Kenai?
Compared to a year ago, spring seems only to have sprung a little leak regardless of what the calendar has officially declared. Loons that had found small openings along the Kenai River disappeared as Old Man Winter challenged Old Man River to break his icy grip on the mighty Kenai.

Entries are in for 2004 Caring For The Kenai
The Ides of March brought good news for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula. March 15th was the deadline this year for high school students and teachers within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) to turn in their Caring For The Kenai (CFK) entries.

Cold weather has little effect of 14th St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wednesday was a great day for the Irish, a little bit on the chilly side, but a great day for the 14th Annual St. Patrick's Day parade down the Spur Highway in Soldotna.

4-H Artist's chairs going up for bid
You don't see many wooden folding chairs any longer, they have long since been replaced by metal and plastic chairs at most meeting places.

Twisting balloons and making smiles
There's a new clown in town. Laurie Netschert has moved to the Central Peninsula from Colorado and has brought with her talents for making children from 1 to 101 crack a smile and have some fun.

Village Fair shares healthy ideas
Nine years ago it was a good idea that resulted from a community questionnaire, people getting together to share information about health and safety resources that are available in the local area. Today the annual Village Fair has become a community tradition. A model that has been exported to Russia through the efforts of Rotary International where health fairs continue to grow as an effective means of improving peoples health and well being.

Opinion piece about gay marriage refreshing, intelligent courageous
Thank you, Jenni Dillon. Your opinion about George Bush and gay marriage is refreshing, intelligent and aware. You're very courageous to voice it in such a small community, as well.

Mentors talk, make connections, establish friendships with students
Over the past few years, the Aspirations Advocate Program has made a positive impact in the lives of local students. Begun at Skyview High School in 2000, the program brings community volunteers and students together for weekly meetings that last throughout the school year.

Teen's perspective: 'Yes' vote good for students, economy, community
I have lived in Homer all my life. During these 17 years, the community has been very generous in supporting students like me. I sincerely thank you all for what you have done for us.

What does this quote have to do with Proposition No. 1 on cocurricular activities?
Simple. Every family has a limited amount of resources, whether you are in the highest tax bracket or on welfare. You m

Freedom natural consequence of Christian roots of nation
In response to Jenni Dillon's column "In not

Vote 'no' on Proposition No. 1; parents should take responsibility
" If you subsidize wheat, you get more wheat. If you subsidize rice, you get more rice. If you subsidize irresponsibility, you get more of THAT too."

Kids enjoy safe mission to Mars at Challenger Learning Center
Mr. Miller's sixth-grade class at Sterling Elementary would like to thank Zada Friedersdoff and Tamra Waer for giving us a great day at the Challenger Center. As flight directors, they do a really good jobs with kids.

People of Alaska deserve better than they are getting
Wow! Has Mr. McBride got it figured out or what. (See Letter to the Editor, Peninsula Clarion, March 19.) Definitely.

First Senior Olympics successful; next year's event now in the works
We would like to thank the Peninsula Central Mall Association for hosting the first Kenai Peninsula Senior Olympic games. The Olympic games were so successful that next year's games are already in planning.

Alaska legislators should learn alesson from Seavey's Iditarod win
Mitch Seavey's win of the Iditarod deserves

Head Start's daily activities reflect concern of caring community
Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start would like to thank the following local agencies for volunteering their services and time. Jane Fellman and Safety Seal did a presentation on winter safety. Thank you, Mr. Alan, for your superb performance.

Martha Stewart, Halliburton cases reveal ironic double standard
A couple of weeks ago Martha Stewart was judged g

Cross-country ski season ends with appreciation for support
Now that the high school cross-country ski season has come to a close, I would like to publicly thank the parents and organizations that have contributed greatly to our programs and to the young people who take part in this very Alaskan sport.

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m.

House OKs new tax bill on branding
JUNEAU Fishers could tax themselves to pay for development and marketing of regional brands of seafood under a bill approved Tues-day by the House Finance Committee.

CPGH takes on new philosophy for caring
Central Peninsula General Hospital's top executive told a group of Soldotna business leaders Tuesday he wants the implementation of a new health care philosophy to make the hospital "the Mayo Clinic of Alaska with better service."

Upcoming season has peninsula beekeepers all abuzz
Kenai Peninsula beekeepers are a diverse bunch, but currently they all have something in common they're all buzzing with activity as they prepare for the upcoming beekeeping season.

Photo feature: Been there, done that
Rick Winings makes a pass on a well-traveled hill in Turnagain Pass on Monday during an outing with his family. Winings, of Anchorage, said he was happy with the weather. "It's gorgeous. I can't believe how hot it is," he said.

College Day provides glimpses of future
Travel, technology and transmissions. Homer business professionals visited Voznesenka School on Thursday to talk to high school students about the importance of post-secondary education and the breadth of career opportunities available after high school.

Unocal pushing ahead on wells
Unocal is working fast to produce gas discovered at its Happy Valley test wells in Ninilchik and bring it to market on the Kenai Peninsula by the end of the year, a company official said Tuesday.

Program begins implementing elements
Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula is off and running, hiring staff, implementing programs and reaching out to students in seven "at risk" schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, organizers said Thursday.

Photo feature: fill 'er up
Bobbie Eide loads up on sand for her slippery walkway last weekend at a pile of sand the city of Kenai maintains across from the airport control tower on Willow Street. Spring conditions have left many areas slick.

Charles Leon Shaver
Longtime North Road resident Charles Leon Shaver died Saturday, March 6, 2004, in Reno, Nev. He was 78.

Public's interests not currently represented at state negotiations
Despite the howls and distortions from unions that want to continue to be represented on both sides of the table when negotiating state labor contracts, Gov. Frank Murkowski is on the right track in trying to end the practice.

Fiscal action cannot wait
It was just a little more than six weeks ago when the Conference of Alaskans completed its work in Fairbanks. I remain proud of the group's thoughtful debate and have been working since then with the Legislature on legislation that reflects the spirit of the resolutions the conference adopted.

Therriault's proposal deserves Alaskans' support without bribe
Alaskans should consider this: Do they really want this state to be known as the one that couldn't balance its budget until it paid off its citizens?

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game bear baiting clinic set KPHA plans dinner, auction fund-raiser Fish and Game meeting slated Senior service board to meet April 7 AARP of Alaska to offer tax assistance

Around the Peninsula
WRCC to hold board meetingQuilting guild plans open sewCPGH board of directors to meetSafety Day meeting scheduledDavis to speak at Kenai libraryBoy Scouts to hold food driveHelp available for home day-care providersPreschool to hold fund-raiser

Common antibiotic slows knee cartilage loss among older women
INDIANAPOLIS A study led by Indiana University scientists found that a common antibiotic appears to reduce cartilage loss and pain in women whose knees show early signs of the crippling effects of osteoarthritis.

Senior Briefs
What's activities are available for our area seniors.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Packer, St. Joe's still joined
Hardly anyone gets in a last word against Saint Joe's yapping pit bull of a coach, Phil Martelli.

Okafor, Nelson honored
There's no debate when it comes to Emeka Okafor and Jameer Nelson. They're unanimous All-Americans.

Devils' Brodeur becomes youngest goaltender to reach 400 victories
SUNRISE, Fla. Martin Brodeur became the youngest goaltender to win 400 games when Scott Niedermayer scored with 1:05 left in overtime Tuesday night, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Ludlow wins giant slalom
GIRDWOOD, Alaska Libby Ludlow was cut, scraped, bruised and sick. But she wore the grin of a winner.

In good hands
If you're going to be playing in the toughest district in boys Class 2A basketball, it's good to have a point guard who knows his way around a basketball court.

Cochran upsets Miller in giant slalom
GIRDWOOD, Alaska Jimmy Cochran knew he was getting a break when race favorite Bode Miller slipped on the opening run of the giant slalom Monday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

Sports Briefs
Thome cleared to returnWeir has problems in worlds debut

Another Sweet 16
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Tennessee cruised into the NCAA's round of 16 for the 23rd straight year with a 79-59 victory over DePaul on Monday night in the Midwest Regional.

Coyotes get rare win
ST. PAUL, Minn. Mike Comrie snapped the Coyotes' 15-game winless streak when he put back his own rebound with 24 seconds remaining in overtime, giving Phoenix a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Old Bucs stalwarts find new homes
It hasn't taken long for the old Buccaneers to find new homes.

Pacers rip Bulls, snap two-game skid
INDIANAPOLIS Reggie Miller scored 17 points and Ron Artest and Al Harrington each added 15 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 101-77 Monday night.

Surfer returns to water after shark attack
KAHUKU, Hawaii With a surfboard tucked under her right arm and securely leashed to her ankle, Bethany Hamilton paused before stepping into the churning Pacific.

Hornets snap Pistons' win streak
NEW ORLEANS Jamaal Magloire's last-second jumper gave the New Orleans Hornets an 82-81 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night, snapping the Pistons' eight-game winning streak.

Top-seeded Duke downs Marquette
DURHAM, N.C. Alana Beard and reserve Brittany Hunter carried Duke into the round of 16.

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