Friday, March 25, 2005

Survey shows McGwire lacks Hall votes
NEW YORK : Mark McGwire could miss out on making the Hall of Fame because of baseball's swirling steroids scandal, heightened by his refusal to answer specific questions before Congress, an Associated Press survey showed Thursday.

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

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Job, career fair slated

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.

Kline wins derby with 35.32-pounder
Keith Kline : an employee at Agrium's soon-to-be-closed Kenai fertilizer plant : caught a 35.32-pound salmon, and $21,819 worth of much-needed unemployment insurance Saturday, during the 12th annual Winter King Salmon Tournament in Homer.

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.

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

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).

Booster club thanks all who helped with basketball tourney
The Soldotna High School Boys Basketball Booster Club would like to send out a special thank you to the many parents, community members, announcers and businesses who helped make the 2005 Region III basketball tournament at Soldotna High School a big success. The donations of food, time and commitment from the parents and volunteers was amazing. It couldn't have happened without you. We would like to also congratulate all of the teams, players, cheerleaders, managers and coaches throughout Region III on a great season. Your many hours of dedication and hardwork truly paid off with the finale of excellent tournament games.

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.

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?

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.

ANGDA hopes right-of-way application will move project forward
Bringing North Slope gas to the Cook Inlet basin is about to take the next step.

Carey pushes strict adult ordinance
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey wants to uphold public morals in the city. As a result, the city council is considering an ordinance that would place heavy regulations on possible adult businesses in town.

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.

Photo feature: 'Sale'ing into spring
Ruth Haring hangs banners Thursday afternoon to call attention to a yard sale her family plans today at their home on Walnut Avenue in Kenai. "This is the first garage sale we've had this early," she said. "It's kind of a pre-moving sale."

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.

Efforts to support military personnel still going strong
Now that it's been two years since the United States sent troops into Baghdad to oust Saddam Hussein, many of the yellow ribbons in front of people's houses and "Support the Troops" placards in car windows around the Kenai Peninsula have disappeared.

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.

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.

Mickey F. Mathis
Former Soldotna resident Mickey F. Mathis died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 83.

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

Michael Oberts
Longtime Sterling resident Michael Oberts died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at the Pioneers Home in Anchorage. He was 80.

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

Soccer fields a good idea for Kenai's future
Anyone who has witnessed the human and automobile gridlock that clogs streets in the vicinity of the Kenai Middle School soccer fields during the summer knows how popular soccer has become.

Airplane helps man in recording outdoors tales
FOSSTON, Minn. : Bud Johnson has had a fascination with airplanes since the first time he remembers seeing one fly overhead near Gonvick. The year was 1933, and he was 5 years old.

Outdoor Briefs
Chugach seeks advice on Summit LakeBackcountry medical seminar offered

Invasive plants: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Maybe it's a little early to start thinking about summer landscaping projects and gardening. Nonetheless, here is something to consider when you slip on your gloves and knock the dirt off your gardening tools. Many invasive plants that now wreak havoc in natural settings were introduced as ornamentals or for gardening.

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
Subsistence fish deadline todayAmVets to host egg huntCommunity Easter egg hunt setKPBBA to meetDucks Unlimited fund-raiser setPublic health plans one-day closureFAS training plannedLittle League registration continuesChildcare workshop plannedAARP tax help availableLacrosse club forming

Love: A uniting theme that connects religions
The principle of the unity of religion is at the center of Baha'i teachings.

Church Briefs
Easter services scheduledBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters open

Alyeska festival celebrates telemark turn
ANCHORAGE : Tim Charnon zigzagged gracefully across the finish line, a smile on his face. There was no tension in this race.

McGrady celebrates birthday by blowing out Cavs
HOUSTON : Tracy McGrady scored 31 points and Bob Sura had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists on his 32nd birthday, leading the Houston Rockets over the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-80 Thursday night.

Cardinals rip Washington
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. : Rick Pitino pushed all the right buttons, while Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean made all the tough shots.

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.

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.

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.

Field can't keep up with Jones
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. : There's more than the Big Four at The Players Championship.

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.

Pearl not a crowd favorite
Bruce Pearl knows it's just as easy to scorn the accuser as the accused, a lesson he learned the hard way Thursday night.

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