Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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

Griffey leaves game with strained calf
Ken Griffey Jr. was hoping to stay healthy all spring. He didn't quite make it.

Ryan Kapp attends meeting with one of the nations's largest money managers
Ryan Kapp, of the financial-services firm Edward Jones, recently traveled to St. Louis, MO, to meet with representatives from Amercian Funds.

Finding a way to get North Slope gas to market
Due to the massive amounts of natural gas on the North Slope, in 1976 there were those who predicted a trans Alaska gas line would begin construction as soon as the oil pipeline was completed. Tired of waiting for a gas line to happen on its own, Alaskan voters in 2002 said yes to creating the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

2004 Iron Dog champs tell their story
Snow machine drivers from the Kenai Peninsula have dominated the longest, toughest snowmachine race in history ever since it's inception in 1984. The grueling Tesoro Iron Dog. A race that covers 2000 miles of the most rugged terrain on earth at speeds up to 100 miles per hour in temperatures that can reach -60 below.

Spaghetti feed raises funds for KPHA State Hockey Champs
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association (KPHA) State Champion Midget U-16 AA Hockey team is on their way to Florida to compete with the best U-16 AA Hockey teams in the country.

Rowdy Readers with a cause
It all started back in 1999 when a few friends who loved to read decided it would be fun to all read the same book, "We decided to form a little group and read the same material and then to get together to talk about it.

UAA President says KPC has it right
Six years ago when UAA hired retired U.S. Army General Mark Hamilton to lead the University his orders were to stop the brain drain in Alaska.

NOW PLAYING Go Rent
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.

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.

Many contribute to fun-filled St. Patrick's Day celebration
The 13th Annual Soldotna St. Patrick's Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by many in the 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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Photo feature: Out of season
Josh Brittin of Christmas Decor works Saturday to remove lights from trees at Wells Fargo Bank in Kenai.

Last day to vote on activity funding
All ballots for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's special election on cocurricular activity funding are due by 5 p.m. today.

LIO Schecule
Today 9 a.m.

Nikiski residents file to stop center
A group of Nikiski residents has filed proposed initiatives with the Kenai Peninsula Borough to limit the powers of the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board and halt plans to convert Nikiski Elementary School into a community center.

Former peninsula priest accused of sexual abuse
Just two days before a planned visit to Soldotna by the Catholic Archbishop of Anchorage, a letter from him about a sexual abuse case involving a Kenai Peninsula resident was read to all parishioners at church services during the past weekend.

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.

Legislative majority being held hostage by three-quarters rule
By all the legislative hubbub over providing additional money for education, you'd think the arguing is about making sure students are learning all they can.

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

Senate has proposed improved measure for funding education
I want to let the many supporters of education know what the Alaska State Senate is proposing as a revised education-funding package.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Charter school convention planned in KenaiTeen center seeking camerasRefuge sponsors bird sightings hot lineWater safety class offeredSocial Security reps to visit areaKayak festival planned

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

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

Club News
Elks table tennis results announced

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 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

Births
Calvin Wayne Fertig lll Amelia Rae Feucht Isabella Dolores Rodriguez

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Study seeks to curb hospital visits
ADEL, Iowa (AP) A health care model being tested at a nursing home in central Iowa may hold the key to alleviating overcrowded hospitals and reducing costs while improving long-term health care for frail seniors, doctors say.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Colleges recycle coaches
There never was much doubt that Larry Eustachy, Mike Price and George O'Leary would slip back into the college coaching ranks, despite their transgressions.

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.

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.

Coach K knows 'fortunate' when he sees it
In their respective bids to grab the last spot in the Final Four, Xavier started three seniors and Duke started one. Yet each had a kid in the lineup whose road had started, improbably enough, in Africa.

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

Senators sweep season series from Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. Chris Phillips scored four minutes into overtime Monday night, giving the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a season sweep of the Eastern Conference leaders.

Key injuries could affect Final Four
ATLANTA Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warmups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech's first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.

Huskies return to Final Four
HARTFORD, Conn. Diana Taurasi has been through this so often she didn't even bother with the cap, instead just flinging it into the stands.

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.

Baker plays key role as Knicks dump Blazers
NEW YORK Vin Baker make a jump hook over the outstretched arm of Theo Ratliff, the league's leading shot blocker, with 38 seconds left to give the New York Knicks' a three-point lead that held up Monday night in a 92-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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

Tagliabue gets new contract
PALM BEACH, Fla. NFL owners are ready to give commissioner Paul Tagliabue a new contract and keep instant replay.

Moore says Bertuzzi hit has no place in hockey
DENVER Wearing a brace from his chin to his chest, Steve Moore walked into a news conference Monday and said he doesn't remember the hit that knocked him out for the season and might have ended his NHL career.

Serena Williams gains quarterfinals at Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Serena Williams made her latest fashion statement and offered some eye-popping tennis as well Monday.

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