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Friday, March 26, 2004

A's Ellis injures shoulder
The Oakland Athletics lost their starting second baseman.

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.

In giving to charity, boomers like to do more than just write out a check.
NEW YORK (AP) While they may not have $26 billion to sock away into a foundation like Bill Gates, many of his fellow baby boomers won't settle for just writing checks to their favorite charities.

Americans find that e-filing makes taxes less taxing
NEW YORK (AP) Jenniffer Scheideler filed her income taxes electronically for the first time this year and found it fast and fun.

Bonds rally, but will the gains last?
NEW YORK (AP) So much for the bond market rally being last year's news.

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

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.

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.

Photo feature: In search of rainbows
The Kenai Mountains dwarf Bob Shafer and Carl Locke as they fish for rainbow trout in the headwaters of the Kenai River earlier this week. They said fishing has been slow but they were happy to be there nonetheless.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

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.

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

Donated Dumpster provides prop, collection center for festival trash
I would like to thank Waste Management-Peninsula Sanitation and their dispatcher Dennis Smith for providing a Dumpster at the Cooper Landing Community Center during the Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce Winter Festival March 12-14.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Funding vote due Tuesday
Kenai Peninsula voters have just a few more days to weigh in on the question of borough funding for cocurricular activities for students.

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.

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.

Troopers consider options in Nikiski
The Kenai Peninsula's top state trooper told Nikiski civic and business leaders Thursday that troopers are looking at creating a substation at the Nikiski Community Center and assisting residents with a citizens' patrol, and that one trooper now resides in their community.

Soldotna saves Kenai from skating on thin ice
Although their high school hockey teams may be fierce rivals on the ice, the cities of Kenai and Soldotna see no reason why the two towns shouldn't help each other out -- well -- on the ice.

David Yancey
David Yancey died Thursday, March 18, 2004, in Marysville, Calif. He was 82.

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

Mark these dates on your calendar
There are three important dates coming up next week. Consider this the string around your finger to remind you of them.

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:

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.

No Child Left Behind hindering Alaska's progress on education
The next generation of leaders are enrolled in Alaska schools today.

House antes up for education
An $84.5 million increase in education funding is a lot of money,

Snowshoeing can be as easy as you want it to be
JUNEAU Early on any given morning, you might see people hiking up Eaglecrest Ski Area, eager to get a taste of the solitude and the fresh snow that enrobes the mountain when the lifts are closed.

Moving on: Departing biologists head off to greener, likely hotter, pastures
The time has suddenly arrived for us to bid farewell to the Kenai Peninsula, our home for the last 10 years. Bot

Homer considers regulating nontraditional eagle feeding
HOMER (AP) The Homer City Council is considering playing a role in prohibiting nontraditional eagle feeding.

Around the Peninsula
KPHA plans dinner, auction fund-raiser Seward chamber to host Mitch Seavey Safety Day meeting scheduled Little League to begin registration Park advisory board to discuss budget reductions Genealogical society to meet Clarion seeks information on military members

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

Church Briefs
Passion week events listed Group to perform resurrection story Womens Aglow plans events Anniversary celebration planned Sterling Bible class begins Easter program practice held Religious art sought Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Orthodox Christian leader plans interfaith conference in Istanbul
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians has announced plans for an interfaith conference and endorsed a proposed U.N. resolution that would condemn anti-Semitism.

Feeling lost lately? Look to God, scripture for direction, guidance
My friend Wayne is the skipper on a trawler fishing in the Gulf of Alaska. His boat has a pilothouse full of gadgets for finding the exact location for fishing. Along with the standard compass and depth finder, he uses LORAN and GPS with other computerized high-tech electronics.

Alabama Methodist bishop found change in Cuba
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A United Methodist bishop who recently returned from a visit to Cuba said he saw proof that the communist government of Fidel Castro was easing restrictions on churches.

Pakistan's city of culture whirls with fervor of Islamic mystics
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Whirling in a ritual reverie, the Sufi drummer looks toward the sky and knocks out a feverish beat. The bearded men in bright traditional robes dance and shout around him each frantically following his own path to enlightenment.

Parishioners want photos of molester bishop removed from walls of schools
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Two years after the resignation of a Roman Catholic bishop in a sexual misconduct scandal, one of his former dioceses is still struggling with whether to remember him or take his photo out of church-owned buildings.

Belarusian Protestants appeal for change in law banning worship in homes
MINSK, Belarus (AP) Four Protestant churches in Belarus are asking the constitutional court of this former Soviet republic to repeal a law that forbids religious groups from worshipping in private homes.

70-year-old widower and grandfather ordained to priesthood
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) A 70-year-old widower with 10 children and nearly two dozen grandchildren has started a new career as a Roman Catholic priest.

Pope puts new candidates on road to sainthood
VATICAN CITY (AP) An Italian priest forced to quit a political post because of Fascist violence, an Italian nun and two Spaniards are among the latest faithful put on the road to sainthood by Pope John Paul II.

U.S. Muslims form anti-alcohol alliance with prohibitionists
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) American followers of Islam, which forbids all consumption of alcohol, are working with a veteran, Christian-based temperance group to fight against drinking.

Peninsula trail conditions
Skiing conditions on the Peninsula ski trails

Winter skiing: 4 months and still counting
The good conditions of the ski trails on the Kenai Peninsula are ready to roll into their fifth month.

Making high marks
SPOKANE, Wash. Justin Frederickson was gunning his snowmobile up a 50-degree slope in the Sawtooth National Forest near Ketchum, Idaho, part of a competition with fellow riders to see who could ride his machine highest.

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

Woods has rough day, Scott tops TPC field
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Tiger Woods and Adam Scott have such similar swings, it's often tough to distinguish them. That was hardly the case Thursday in The Players Championship.

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

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

Steroids a problem in high schools, too
SACRAMENTO, Calif. High schools nationwide are struggling with rising steroid use, not just among football linemen battling for college scholarships but also among non-athletes who think bigger biceps will make them more popular.

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.

Thriller
The Ninilchik girls basketball team defeated Point Hope 48-44 in overtime in the first round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Thursday at Service High School in Anchorage.

Spurs take out Pistons
SAN ANTONIO Manu Ginobili scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and the San Antonio Spurs pulled away following the late ejection of Ben Wallace to defeat the Detroit Pistons 84-75 Thursday night.

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.

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.

Lightning nip Devils on Richards' goal
TAMPA, Fla. Brad Richards scored with 4:58 left to give the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

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.

Saint Joseph's silences Wake, Packer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jameer Nelson, Delonte West and Saint Joseph's put on quite an eye-popping performance for Billy Packer.

Jessica Anton Gregory and Julian Alexander Wells
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 Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gretna. Pastor Gary Werling will officiate.

Angela D. Bartolini and Earl L. McElmurry
Angela D. Bartolini and Earl L. McElmurry have announced their plans to marry at 1:30 in the afternoon, on August 1st, 2004 at O'Malley's on the Green. Alaska State Trooper and Minister Charlie Tressler will officiate.

Johanna Gray and Doc Burger
Johanna Gray and Doc Burger of Big Lake have announced their plans to marry in the summer of 2005 in Big Lake.

Brittany L. Swanson and Evan R. Guido
Brittany L. Swanson and Evan R. Guido were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The Rev. Charles Thornton officiated.

Anne Lee Holle Dubber and Shad Benjamin Barnett
Anne Lee Holle Dubber and Shad Benjamin 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.

Stephanie Rickabaugh and Andrew DeVolder
Stephanie Rickabaugh and Andrew DeVolder of Kasilof plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony on the bluff in Kenai with a reception to follow at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

The Changing Face of Being Single Today's Lifestyle Leads Singles to The Internet In Search Of Love
Cindi Filipek, 29, is a single mom raising her 4-year-old daughter in a small, quaint town in West Virginia. Juggling work and raising a child on her own, Cindi simpl

Jessie Sutton and Justin Ruffridge
Jessie Sutton and Justin Ruffridge have announced their plans to marry at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenai. Pastor Ray Boutwell will officiate.

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

Hiding Taboo Tattoos
When it comes to walking down the aisle, the last thing a bride wants is for people to be staring at her tattoo-bold fashion statement though it might've once been-or any other "skin imperfection."

Chelsey Renee' Phillips and Benjamin Lee Swank
Chelsey Renee' Phillips and Benjamin Lee Swank of Kenai have announced their plans to marry at in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, April 24, 2004, at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Sterling with a reception following at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

Casey Lynn Nichols and Daniel William Chappell
Casey Lynn Nichols and Daniel William Chappell plan to be married Friday, May 14, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Open Door Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. Pastors Dean Nichols, the future bride's father, and Milioni will officiate.

Kelly Mason and Jon Panamaroff
Kelly Mason and Jon Panamaroff have announced their plans to be married Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Spokane, Wash.

Kristin Gebhardt and Tony Gillham
Kristin Gebhardt of Kasilof and Tony Gillham of Soldotna were engaged Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, and plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at the Nazarene Church. Pastor Bruce Hardesty will officiate.

Great Guides Can Save You More Money
If you're trying to get your travel dollar to stretch further these days, you're not alone. According to recent research conducted by Lieberman Research Worldwide, 68 percent of Americans want to see a range of budgets in the travel guides they buy.

Raenell Johnson and Matthew Franklin
Raenell Johnson and Matthew Franklin plan to be married Saturday, May 22, 2004, in an afternoon outdoor ceremony at the Double Tree Resort in Phoenix.

Alita A. Laughead and Robert E. Mahan
Alita A. Laughead and Robert E. Mahan were married Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, in Las Vegas.

Wedding Cake Traditions
There are few ceremonies in our culture as steeped in tradition as weddings.

Kate Marie Finley and Joel James Barthalomew
Kate Marie Finley and Joel James Barthalomew plan to be married Sunday, May 23, 2004, in Cozumel, Mexico. They became engaged in November in Boise, Idaho.

Jacqueline Marie Gerhauser and Rone Marcus Middler
Jacqueline Marie Gerhauser and Rone Marcus Middler of Pawtucket, R.I., were married at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church in Cranston, R.I. Tim Adams officiated.

Amanda Tisdale Carter and Anthony Hannevold
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.

Sweet Treats For The Bride-To-Be
Legend has it that the first bridal shower was given in honor of a Dutch bride intent on marrying a poor miller. The bride was refused a dowry but opted to marry despite the threat of poverty.

How to announce your marriage in the Clarion
The Peninsula Clarion wants to help newlyweds share the news of their marriage with others in the community.

Kimberly Morgan and Curtis Haas
Kimberly Morgan and Curtis Haas of Soldotna plan to be married Friday, May 14, 2004, in Las Vegas.

Olena Kot and Avery Rogers
Olena Kot, originally of Kiev, Ukraine, and Avery Rogers of Soldotna were married Saturday, March 20, 2004,in an evening ceremony in Soldotna.

Whittney Nicole Hallmark and Joshua Lafayette
Whittney Nicole Hallmark and Joshua Lafayette Tapley were married Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at Kalifonsky Christian Center. Pastor Steve Toliver officiated.

Protecting Your Honeymoon
Most happy couples planning a honeymoon seem willing to invest significantly in the trip. In fact, honeymoons account for a $7 billion-a-year industry, with newlyweds spending an average of $3,719 on a honeymoon, according to Cond Nast Bridal Infobank.

Surviving The Wedding Of Your Dreams
(NAPSI)-You've found the perfect partner, you have the perfect ring, now all that's left is planning the perfect wedding. From favors, flowers, and food to the dress, ring, and honeymoon, the average wedding can cost upwards of $20,000-more than enough to make most couples want to elope.

Sahar (Mim) Zakikhani and Nathon L. Stonecipher
Sahar (Mim) Zakikhani and Nathon L. Stonecipher of Kenai were married Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at the Kenai Court House.

Scientists say diet substance may be culprit in elk deaths
CHEYENNE, Wyo. Usnic acid, a substance found in some weight-loss diet supplements, is suspected as the natural ingredient in lichens that may have caused the deaths of more than 300 elk in Wyoming in recent weeks, scientists say.

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