Thursday, March 24, 2005

Dodgers' Gagne rounding back into form
There was no protective hop, no tentativeness in Eric Gagne's delivery — just strikeouts.

Injury stalls Bonds' pursuit
Barry Bonds might not resume his pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record this season.

Home is where the 'Yurt' is Company offers portable, alternative structures
Jane Tollefsrud recalls seeing yurts popping up over the years in Homer where she lives.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Job, career fair slated

Morgan takes last in Last Great Race
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A man who normally captains jet airliners for Alaska Airlines was awarded the Red Lantern for being the last musher to get his dog team across the finish line in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Anchorage events

From the bookshelf: Oil spill controversies still fester
Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the "Exxon Valdez" Oil Spill

In the mix
Tradition meets contemporary, demonstrating the range of interests of area artists in the Biennial Juried Exhibit on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Art Briefs
Latin dance workshop planned Photography exhibition solicits entries Directing workshop offered Human-nature poetry wanted Actors wanted for one-act plays Concert series seeks musicians Acts wanted for Homer concert Vietnam vets, families asked for art Award open fto young Alaskans Writers conference slated Summer arts camp planned

Questions about area gasoline prices remain unanswered
The Clarion article, "Businesses feel gas price bump" in the March 18 paper has left me with more questions than answers. A local gasoline retailer claims that the high prices are hurting her business because, "People aren't moving as much, they're not driving as far, they're not buying gas as often" (demand going down).

Social Security 'fix' could leave future generations in debt
Have administration advisers focused President Bush on privatization so closely he overlooked serious costs and potential damage to Social Security? It needs to be strengthened, but the "solution" should not lower future benefits. Current Social Security funding allows 100 percent of benefits to 2052, according to the Congressional Budget Office — a nonpartisan agency.

Pebble gold mine project should employ Alaska workers
Agrium is closing and scores of workers will be unemployed, yet across the Inlet, the Canadians are fully employed. How many Alaska millwrights, pipe fitters, mechanics and machinery operators will Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. employ?

Many helped Kenai family deal with traumatic accident
Our family would like to send a huge thank you to those near and far from us. We are very fortunate to have received such immediate responses, prayers, support and donations when we needed it the most. In October 2004, a traumatic accident affected our family, and many devoted friends, family and Alaska communities entered our lives. Many people came to comfort us through our medical emergencies, caring for our children and securing our home. We are forever grateful and honored you have entered our lives.

New club director is all about the kids
The new executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula brings what she calls an adventurous spirit to the position and hopes the community will come to recognize the organization as something children can depend on.

No rest for bed tax debate
The proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough bed tax issue was brought to the Kenai and Soldotna chambers this week.

House nixes PERS money
The Alaska House Finance Committee voted Tuesday to cut a proposed $37.5 million appropriation that was to help local governments meet increases in their employee retirement programs over the next two years.

Natural gas find may pay off soon
A gas find by Marathon Oil Company in a well at West Fork north of Sterling may start bringing gas to the Kenai Peninsula later this year.

Change in the weather
Snow covers the thawing Kenai River by Porcupine Court in Soldotna on Wednesday morning. Soldotna received about 2 inches of snow, most of which melted when the sun came out shortly after noon.

Coast Guard slowly pulling processor toward Juneau
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter slowly towed a large commercial fish processing ship that was adrift in the Gulf of Alaska toward a safe harbor Wednesday.

Lawmakers at odds over linking education, retirement funding
An Senate version of an education spending bill tying more than half the proposed $70 million increase for schools to adoption of reforms to public employee retirement programs headed back to the House on Monday, where those Senate changes could meet significant opposition, Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, predicted Tuesday.

Nikiski volunteer firefighter honored
A 21-year-old Central Emergency Services on-call volunteer firefighter has been selected to receive the American Red Cross Fire Rescue Award.

Thief sneaks off with snake
A python and its thief are loose in Alaska. According to reports, a man stole a young ball python from Our Best Friends pet store in Soldotna on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Edward (Ed) Eugene Daly
Longtime Soldotna resident Edward "Ed" Eugene Daly died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at his home of pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

Wanless Jorgensen
Longtime Nikiski resident Wanless Jorgensen died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at his home. He was 77.

Lillian Kay Fitzpatrick
Kenai resident Lillian Kay Fitzpatrick died Friday, March 18, 2005, of unknown causes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 3 1/2 months old.

Wanless Jorgensen
Longtime Nikiski resident Wanless Jorgensen died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 78.

Lesser-known crises deserve global attention
A survey ... has cited 10 significant crises that aid experts said had been neglected by the world media.

Anti-disclosure legislation heads in wrong direction
Kodiak state Sen. Gary Stevens, a generally thoughtful and moderate member of the Senate Republican majority, offers a perplexing proposal for more government secrecy.

Around the Peninsula
After prom committee to meet Autism support group to meet Applications for visitor services available Public radio fund-raiser set YCC applications available Crafters, artists sought

Around the Peninsula
Help for home day care providers Parker to speak at chamber Spring bazaar set Red Cross offers renewal classes Flyball seminar slated

Romar faces tough coaching matchup in Pitino
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — To learn more about the coaching icon his team will face next, the only thing Washington guard Will Conroy had to do was turn on the TV.

Summitt climbs past Smith
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt stands alone at the top of NCAA basketball.

Davis to return to Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Mike Davis will remain Indiana's basketball coach, resolving doubts that persisted throughout the Hoosiers' disappointing season.

Duke, UNC, N.C. State converge at Sweet 16
RALEIGH, N.C. — Reaching the round of 16 is nothing new for Duke and North Carolina, two programs that have a total of six national championships between them. North Carolina State? That's a different story.

Utah's Bogut leads All-America team
Andrew Bogut was just another international player when the college basketball season started, not even meriting an honorable mention in the preseason All-America balloting.

LSU star heads women's All-America team
Seimone Augustus plays with dazzling skill, a crowd-pleasing flair and, according to her coach, plenty of smarts.

James, Cavs stop Pistons
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 29 and got some sorely needed help from the Cavaliers bench to give interim coach Brendan Malone a win in his first game, 91-76 over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Scott says he's equipped for a major
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Adam Scott already has one PGA Tour trophy this year, just not a victory.

Super Bowl closer to NYC
KAPALUA, Hawaii — New York moved a step closer to getting the 2010 Super Bowl on Tuesday when an NFL committee approved the Jets' bid to get the game — contingent on the construction of a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan.

Suns remain scorching hot
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shawn Marion had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help Phoenix win a franchise record 28th road victory by beating the Charlotte Bobcats, 120-105 on Wednesday night.

Tuter named head coach at UC Irvine
Molly Tuter, a 1993 graduate of Soldotna High School, has been named the head coach at the University of California Irvine, athletic director Bob Chichester announced Wednesday.

Don't cry for Bonds
We've laid him low, pushed him off a bridge, even made his kids cry. And we're just the batting-practice pitchers. So imagine how Barry Bonds would have handled some high heat from Congress last week, or from prosecutors in the BALCO case somewhere down the road.

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