Monday, March 29, 2004

'Godzilla' homers in Japan homecoming
Yankees 6, Yomiuri 2

Will this be the year Boston overtakes Yankees?
Derek Jeter seemed puzzled.

Cubs, Astros roll out stellar pitching staffs in NL Central
It's easy to envision the marquee matchups: Roger Clemens vs. Greg Maddux, with first place on the line.

I was especially excited to go to the movies this weekend. Tom Hanks and the Coen Brothers have put together what looks like a classic in The Ladykillers, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is supposed to be incredible.

Alaskans should hiss loudly if they want to keep dividends
The Legislature's current shenanigans are nothing new. J.B. Colbert made this observation in 1665:

Community's help needed to help homeless with housing, skills
It is safe to say that this winter's homeless problem escalated about two-fold over last year, as I have seen this personally while working the long quiet nights at the Kenai Merit Inn, checking those in whom were brought via the Kenai Police Department or otherwise.

Buyer beware: Professional hair care products found only in salons
I need to tell you about a very disturbing trend that is on the rise in our community.

Cocurricular activities don't count for much in real world of work
For many years in management in corporate America, I was the final authority in matters of hiring, salary setting and reduction in force of personnel in numerous categories.

Busch's bold bet bags Bristol win
BRISTOL, Tenn. Kurt Busch turned a bad decision and an underpowered, ill-handling car into another victory.

Spitting image Soldotna woman, singer share same face
Soldotna, there's a rising star in your midst or at least a woman who bears a striking resemblance to one.

Large gold deposit discovered across inlet
Buried in the foothills of the picturesque mountains jutting above the western shore of Cook Inlet lies a potentially multibillion dollar secret: there's gold in them there hills and lots of it.

LIO Schecule
Today 9 a.m.

Coal bed group drafts Bill of Rights, presents it to legislators
The Kachemak Bay Property Owners Alliance symbolically presented the state with a Property Owner's Bill of Rights on March 18.

CPGH board backs fed application for health centers' grant
The Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. Board of Directors on Thursday decided to support Central Peninsula Health Centers' application for a federal grant to pay for health care for Kenai Peninsula residents who have little or no insurance.

Photo feature: One last time?
Wesley Shuler, Brandon Fowler, Kyle Shuler and Ty Shuler lose formation while sledding behind Sears Elementary

Plans for bridge run into roadblock
Soldotna's new $28 million bridge is too far behind schedule, that is.

Legislator still questions KRSA
As your legislator, my job is to represent the constituents of District 33 on the Kenai Peninsula. I have worked to do that to the best of my ability, taking into consideration all the different interactions of our somet

Those who cross Bush face payback
WASHINGTON President Bush is playing supercharged hardball in going after his own former anti-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke. It's a risky strategy that shows the single-mindedness of Bush and his re-election team in trying to deflect politically damaging criticism.

Remembering lessons of past
Two key anniversaries in Alaska's history passed last week with little fanfare: the 15th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the 40th anniversary of the Good Friday earthquake.

Americans need to focus on building united future, not rewriting their history What others say
In Iraq, they're fighting for freedom and security. In China, they're fighting for freedom and private property rights. All over the world, people are fighting for freedom and basic human rights.

Those returning from war find new battles at home, including tight job market
A year or so ago, when America's soldiers went off to war, boy, was there ever a clamoring about the "red-white-and-blue."

Around the Peninsula
Davis to speak at Kenai libraryLittle League umpires soughtFish and Game bear baiting clinic setFood bank holding nutrition classesConnections plans informational meetingsBanquet fund-raiser to benefit fairHead Start to hold fund-raiserKennel club offering dog classes

Lopez, Smiley plan April ceremony
Crescent Lopez and Dustin Smiley plan to be married Saturday, April 24, 2004, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Petersburg.

Lifelong fan still entranced with Disneyland's magic
ANAHEIM, Calif. The Disney empire has struggled recently with attacks on CEO Michael Eisner, an unsolicited takeover bid, sour ratings at ABC and complaints that the theme parks are falling into disrepair.

Nichols, Chappell announce engagement
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.

Calvin Wayne Fertig lll Amelia Rae Feucht Isabella Dolores Rodriguez

Juneau's mountain rescue team earns national certification
JUNEAU Juneau Mountain Rescue team members do things that many only dream of in nightmares.

Monterey Bay Aquarium shows there is more to sharks than 'Jaws'
MONTEREY, Calif. There is more to sharks than the menacing creature that terrorized swimmers in the 1970s movie ''Jaws.''

Myers, Taylor exchange vows in January
Chantel Rae' Myers and Russell John Taylor were married Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at the bride's parents' home in Kenai. Dane Myers officiated.

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

Community News
Boy Scouts to hold food drive Dessert show, auction slated Plant a row for the hungry campaign begins Kenai class to celebrate 40-year reunion Class of 1984 to hold reunion Clarion seeks updates on military members

Soares, Purcell wed in Kenai
Ashliey Re'ne Soares and Matthew David Purcell were married Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in an evening ceremony at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Father Clem officiated.

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

Hero of the week
My hero is my fiance, Alan Leslie. On Feb. 25, we went up to Crescent Lake snowmachining with two other friends of ours. We were all having a great time, then we got into high-marking on this very steep mountain.

Peninsula People
SoHi cheerleaders win Powerade Cheerleading competition Area students make deans lists McCard inducted into honor society Ford serves as humor editor Panamaroff graduates from college

Around the Peninsula
Public health center closed today After-graduation committee to meet Food bank holding nutrition classes Dessert show, auction slated Input on hazard mitigation sought Park advisory board to discuss budget

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants.

City league b-ball a test of speed, skill but mostly showing up
In city league basketball, talent often takes a back seat to just showing up.

Persistence pays off with potty training
House breaking a puppy can be a challenging process, but knowing what to expect and having a plan of action can make the process easier.

My best friend
Peaches has been loved and spoiled for all its 15 years of life by owners John and Helen Baranger of Kenai.

Red Wings, Legace show up Avalanche again
DETROIT Manny Legace made 27 saves, and Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider scored in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

LeBron goes off for 41
CLEVELAND The Chosen One picked the perfect night to play the best game of his career.

Kwan's wild week at worlds ends with bronze, 6.0s and streaker
DORTMUND, Germany Michelle Kwan has seen a lot in her 11 world championships but nothing like this: a fall during qualifying, a timing penalty in the short program, a streaker in the free program.

Duke, Georgia Tech fight way into Final Four
ATLANTA Too much history. Too much Duke.

Devils close in on Philly
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The New Jersey Devils narrowed their focus and took a step toward catching the Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia Flyers.

Jackets, Jack outlast Jayhawks
ST. LOUIS Even if it takes a little something extra, Georgia Tech finds a way to get it done.

Cowboys put end to St. Joe's dream
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The kid with the famous NBA name showed college basketball's player of the year how to do it.

Mazzante's offense, defense lead Penn State to regional final
HARTFORD, Conn. Penn State relied on Kelly Mazzante's offense throughout the season. On Saturday, the Lady Lions needed her defense, too.

Alabama no match for UConn guards
PHOENIX The NCAA tournament is bringing out the best in Connecticut.

Sports Briefs
Garciaparra expected to miss opening dayThorpe back in pool after disqualification

Ninilchik garners fifth straight title
They're on fire.

Minus McGrady, Magic can't match Mavs
ORLANDO, Fla. Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 118-88 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic, who were without Tracy McGrady and have lost eight straight games.

Stanford survives Vanderbilt scare
NORMAN, Okla. Kelley Suminski hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 left on the clock to give Stanford a 57-55 victory over Vanderbilt and advance to the Midwest regional finals.

Hot Scott closes with three birdies for lead at The Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Adam Scott used to sit in the back of a golf shop in Australia and watch countless video replays of his idol, Greg Norman, winning The Players Championship with a record score 10 years ago.

Swimmers hot over decision to scrap Olympic pool roof
Erik Vendt plans to dive into the Olympic pool in Athens five months from now and swim harder than most people ever will for nearly a mile. He can only hope he makes it.

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