Thursday, March 25, 2004

A-Rod bruises cheek on tag play at third
Alex Rodriguez left the New York Yankees' exhibition game against Boston on Wednesday night after being hit in the face by a deflected ball at third base.

EU fines Microsoft $613 million, orders changes
BRUSSELS, Belgium The European Union slapped Microsoft Corp. with a $613 million fine Wednesday for abusively wielding its Windows software monopoly and ordered sanctions that go well beyond the U.S. antitrust settlement setting up what could be another lengthy court battle.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleWeb site development workshop offeredWeb site design seminar scheduledShelter receives grantArea businesses sponsor food drivesGrocer offers tax refund check cashing serviceBank hires new contributions managerContest to reward business ideas

New deli offers culinary styles from across the globe
For a taste of cuisine from around the world, you have only to travel as far as the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road.

Alaska passengers may increase, profit may not
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska can expect more cruise ship passengers this year but that may not mean bigger profits for the industry, said a Holland America executive.

Art Briefs
Assault awareness writing contest heldChurch soliciting for religious art entriesSelf portrait show open for entryStatewide poetry contest announcedOilers hold mascot naming contestPhoto contest announced

Exhibit traces troubled era of artist
NEW YORK Like a star burst in the gathering gloom, modern artist Paul Klee painted some of his most luminous works on the eve of World War II, as Europe drifted into catastrophe and his death approached from a crippling disease.

No practice makes band perfect
"I can count on one hand the number of rehearsals we've had," said Hal Spence, the band's lead vocalist, who also plays guitar and keyboards.

Shy woman stars in poignant adventure
Ada Blackjack was not a typical celebrity. A petite Inuit with a third-grade education, she hid from the paparazzi of the 1920s who put her name on the front pages of newspapers around the world. The adventure that caused her notoriety was so traumatic she wanted only to forget it.

'Ladykillers' doesn't die despite slow spots
''The Ladykillers'' looks like a Coen brothers movie, with its inventive camera angles and magical imagery from Roger Deakins, the genius cinematographer who also shot the Coens' ''Fargo,'' ''O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' and ''The Man Who Wasn't There,'' among many others.

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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.

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.

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.

Special interest groups love sound science when it supports their side
I would like to respond to Ken Tarbox's letter to the editor on Jan. 14, 2004. His letter basically attempted to announce to the world that the Kenai River Sportfishing Association is a less than informed entity which is out to destroy our local community by allowing too many sockeye salmon into the Kenai River.

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.

District 33 Democrats support 'yes' vote on Proposition No. 1
District 33 delegates to the Democratic Caucus passed a unanimous resolution at their caucus meeting on March 20 inviting all Kenai Peninsula residents to support and vote for Proposition No. 1 which would encourage and facilitate the Kenai Peninsula Borough to fund cocurricular activities for students attending the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Qualifications of those running for HEA board should be studied
Before we know it, it will be time for the Homer Electric Association (HEA), annual meeting and election of three people to the board of directors. Ballots will be on the way soon.

Raffle provides help to veterans
Chapter No. 5 Disabled American Veterans wishes to thank all the people that purchased tickets in our successful raffle to provide assistance to veterans in need. We especially thank the Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council for sponsoring the raffle, and to all that helped with the sales of tickets and promotion.

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.

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.

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.

Carr, Van Meter recount Iron Dog win at Kenai chamber
Snowmachines are used by residents all across Alaska for everything from hauling freight to recreation. But when it comes to going fast, it's becoming apparent that the Kenai Peninsula has the need for speed.

LIO Schedule
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Work continues to aid peninsula homeless
A group of dedicated Kenai Peninsula residents still is working to find a way to meet the needs of the area's homeless population. Though progress isn't coming overnight, potential organizers of the Kenai Interfaith Shelter Services are moving forward with plans for a network of agencies to serve those in need of housing.

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."

As spill anniversary marked, world looks to Alaska for best practices
In my job, I frequently point out perceived shortcomings of the oil industry, but this time I want to recognize how much better the industry performs in Alaska than in many other parts of the world.

Voters deserve thorough debate on critical issues
At the rate that President Bush and John Kerry have been duking it out lately with personal and nasty exchanges, the 2004 presidential campaign could wear out voters long before the Nov. 2 election.

Polls show it's anyone's race
The latest results of our InsiderAdvantage national poll in the presidential race show President George W. Bush back on top in a tight race against Sen. John Kerry. The same survey offers a glimpse into why Kerry has fallen from the wide lead he enjoyed over Bush just last month. Following are the poll results:

Stage set for big battle over tax cuts, spending
There's good news and bad news from Capitol Hill.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Quilting guild plans open sewKenai Lions to meetCPGH board schedules meetingBoy Scout awards dinner plannedPublic health center closed MondaySeniors to hold bazaar, bake saleDessert show, auction slatedLa Leche League meeting setPop Warner to hold membership meetingKennel club offering dog classesClarion seeks information on military members

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

NCAA hoops teams don't make grade
If your kids brought home the same lousy report cards that two-thirds of the 65 teams in the NCAA men's tournament did, they'd be grounded for months. Instead, the teams are all going to get new sneakers and fistfuls of cash.

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

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.

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

Lakers drub Kings
LOS ANGELES The Lakers turned what had been billed as a Western Conference showdown into a blowout.

Paul, Nelson to clash at point guard
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. If Chris Paul wants to see his future he needs only to look across the court at Jameer Nelson on Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B takes third at stateWhalers continue successHockey showcase comes to SoldotnaKwan falls, Cohen soars at skating worlds

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.

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.

Ninilchik seeks fifth straight title
The Ninilchik girls lost their official game winning streak and their District 3/2A tournament winning streak Friday, but the Wolverines have a chance to continue an impressive streak today, Friday and Saturday at the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Service High School in Anchorage.

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

Seattle signs Taylor
Bobby Taylor agreed to a four-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, reuniting with former Eagles coach Ray Rhodes.

Sabres edge Montreal, pursue playoff position
BUFFALO, N.Y. J.P. Dumont and Adam Mair both scored in the second period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

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