Thursday, April 1, 2004

Devil Rays upend Yankees
TOKYO Fans in the Tokyo Dome seemed surprised. The ones back in New York must have been shocked.

Red Sox start minus Garciaparra
The Boston Red Sox will start the season without Nomar Garciaparra, after all.

Yankees get back to .500
TOKYO Hideki Matsui stood at home plate, received a samurai helmet called the Kabuto, and raised the gold-and-red armor high for the crowd to see. The New York Yankees' traditional domination had been restored.

Chambers highlight lighter side of year
Veering from its usually businesslike agenda, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce took time to focus on the lighter side of things Wednesday at its weekly luncheon at Paradisos Restaurant, presenting slide shows from the year that was in both Kenai and Soldotna.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleWeb site design seminar scheduledSon takes over as chefJob fair scheduledEconomic forum set for HomerShelter receives grantArea businesses sponsor food drivesGrocer offers tax refund check cashing serviceContest to reward business ideas

Processors might not be ready for big salmon run
ANCHORAGE (AP) Some commercial fishers fear they will be forced to ignore millions of returning salmon because seafood companies may not have the capacity to process the predicted bounty expected in Alaska this summer.

Past Skyview students open Rhino Lining service in Kasilof
People discover jobs and potential careers in all kinds of ways, but few, it's safe to say, stumble into a business while searching for an alternative to noxious, spray-on septic tank liner.

What's Happening
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Dark novel explores inner demons
"Lizard Dreaming of Birds" begins the night a Seattle commune comes to an abrupt and bloody end. Jesse, a charismatic young seeker who managed to combine heady theological debates with head-trips of drugs, alcohol and group sex, dies in what appears to be a messy and odd suicide.

High-caliber performers aim to develop interest in chamber music
When talking about chamber music concerts, saying a group will perform pieces by Dvorak, Shostakovich and Haydn may sound impressive, but just because composing masters are on the program doesn't necessarily mean the performance level will live up to those lofty standards.

'Simpsons' star Smith speaking for herself now
NEW YORK Yeardley Smith almost turned down the audition for a role that changed her life.

Art Briefs
Ballroom dancing starts tonightSymphony offers music scholarshipOilers hold mascot naming contestPhoto contest announcedWriters' conference coming up

Committee spares Medicaid funds
JUNEAU The House Finance Com-mittee restored money previously cut by a subcommittee in the proposed state budget for Medicaid, a program that provides health care to low-income Alaskans.

Hockey players appreciate support for youth activities
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B Team, I would like to thank the sponsors who generously supported this group of 10- and 11-year-old players.

Fund-raiser support appreciated
We wish to thank Fred Meyer, Country Foods, Safeway, Peterkin Distributors and Three Bears for food donations; Charlotte's and River City Books for selling tickets; senior volunteer servers and anyone who in any way contributed to the success of the Central Peninsula Writers Group and Kenai Senior Connection Inc. fund-raiser held recently.

Wrestling club appreciates strong support of community
Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club (formally known as North Road Wrestling) would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to our local communities and businesses for their once again wonderful support of our taco feed fund-raiser.

Who's doing Rep. Wolf's writing, research on sportfishing group?
I read Rep. Kelly Wolf's article about the Kenai River Classic. My real interest is in who is his ghost writer? Based on e-mails I have received from him, and what others have told me about e-mails they got from Wolf, the article was not written by Wolf. It is too well done to have been written by Wolf.

Great people, attitudes, dedication prove to be team's winning formula
I would like to personally thank the players, parents and fans of the seventh-eighth grade boys Tustumena Thunder Championship basketball team.

Halliburton improving lives of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis
This is a reply to Michael Gustkey's bashing of Halliburton on March 23.

Nugent, Debnam deserve chance to continue working on HEA board
I will be referring to Jim Carter 's letter of March 24 to the Peninsula Clarion concerning qualifications for the HEA board.

Cheers for Dillon's column
I have not read a clearer, better stated argument in favor of the civil rights of homosexuals to be married than Jenni Dillon's article. It gives me hope that, in our lifetimes, my partner of 20 years and I will be able to enjoy those rights.

HEA members should make most of opportunity to vote
We write this as members of Homer Electric Association for more than 40 years and Ken a board member for more than 20 years.

Basketball league would not be possible without help of many
The Boys and Girls Club's seventh-eighth grade basketball league recently concluded its season. Boys and girls from throughout the central Kenai Peninsula area had the opportunity to be part of a team, improve their basketball skills, get a little exercise and socialize with friends.

Photo feature: Quoth the raven
A raven calls out while it scavenges a snowbank in Kenai on Tuesday.

KRSA points out need for health
In order for Alaska to maintain its status as the world's last bastion for a prolific wild salmon fishery, conservation of the resource is paramount, the executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Associa-tion told Soldotna government and business leaders Tuesday.

Other peninsula areas pick up business after Big Kmart closes
According to figures recently released by the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kenai's losses seem to be the rest of the central peninsula's gain.

Job fair adds interview workshop
More than 30 employers plan to attend this year's Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair.

Stevens helps get funds for Arctic Winter Games
Sen. Ted Stevens' office announced Wednesday that $3.35 million has been set aside in the 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula.

Archbishop says he'll help with grief process
The Archbishop of Anchorage apologized to Catholics from Kenai Peninsula parishes Tuesday evening for failures of leadership in conjunction with the sexual abuse case involving a former Kenai priest.

Winter Games move ahead
After nearly a month of rest and reflection, organizers of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are back at work, moving forward with plans for the event to be held on the Kenai Peninsula.

Outside residents' dividend on the line
Almost 17,000 Alaskans living outside of the state received dividends from the Alaska Permanent Fund last year removing about $19 million from the state's economy and many may never return to live here.

Jack Austin III
Ninilchik resident Jack Austin III died Monday, March 29, 2004, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 46.

Jack Austin III
Ninilchik resident Jack Austin III died Monday, March 29, 2004, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 46.

State moves ahead on gas line
It is important for everyone to understand that, despite MidAmerican's decision not to invest in the natural gas pipeline project at this time, we are making significant progress toward the eventual commercialization of our gas resources.

Poll suggests stalemate
Each month, InsiderAdvantage surveys likely voters on their thoughts and feelings about two broad issues that dominate the current

Free press vital to democracy in U.S. and Iraq
The closing of the Baghdad newspaper, Al Hawza, is a case of egregious bad judgment by the American occupation authority; it should be reversed. The Bush administration wants to create democracy in Iraq. Democracies include newspapers of all stripes, good and bad, those that support governments and those that don't.

Where was Legislature when Ketchikan lost more than 1,000 jobs? What others say
The Murkowski administration is moving the Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters to Ketchikan. Juneau doesn't like that decision.

Refuge cabin plan calls for upgrades
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's public-use cabins may get some upgrades and additions, if a new management plan is approved.

Around the Peninsula
Awards banquet planned Church of Christ to host lectureship Historical society meeting scheduled River issues topic for Fish and Game group Track and field meet entries available Input on hazard mitigation sought

Around the Peninsula
Boy Scouts food drive begins todaySeniors to hold bazaar, bake saleSoroptimists to meetDessert show, auction plannedDisabled Veterans to hold conventionLa Leche to discuss pros of breast feedingHistorical society meeting set

Grace Lutheran
As part of their study of Alaska, the students enjoyed a visit from long-time Alaskans Joe and Betty Cloud.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
March 19 marked the end of the third quarter grading period. Report cards will be mailed the first week of April.

Sterling Head Start
This week was celebration theme week. The morning class went to the post office, where the students received cards in the mail for St. Patrick's Day.

Area business, organizations offer scholarships
KBEA DKG Sonoma Florist Labor Council

Soldotna High
The staff and students congratulate the cheerleaders for winning first place in their division.

Skyview teacher earns national recognition
Troy Minogue, a math teacher at Skyview High School, recently received a 2004 RadioShack National Teacher Award. He was among 110 educators to receive the award, which honors commitment to academic excellence in mathematics, science or technology. He will receive $3,000.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
The children returned from spring break this week to discover that their three classrooms had been transformed for spring and summer, including a new coat of paint.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Dates to remember:

Caring for the Kenai proposals on display
Caring for the Kenai semifinalists' entries will be on display Saturday at Gottschalks in the Peninsula Center Mall. KSRM Radio will provide live radio broadcasts throughout the day, featuring interviews with students and teachers participating in the annual contest.

Redoubt Elementary
Kindergarten registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday. This registration is for children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 15 and will begin kindergarten this fall.

Skyview High
Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Students can purchase tickets for the prom during lunch in the commons.

Sears Elementary
Kindergarten parent night will be April 13. Parents considering enrolling kindergarten children for the 2004-05 school year are invited to attend the presentation by Sears' kindergarten staff.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the varsity basketball teams for an outstanding season. Thanks to coaches Greg Bell and Max Vavilov and assistants Pixie Smith, Bruce Gabriel and Chet Nettles for their hard work and dedication.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
The flower bulbs that were planted near the back entrance are trying to break through the snow. Students, be sure to check them this week to see if they are showing.

Wings Christian Academy
The Lower Learning Center students have finished their study of Asia and now are learning about Africa.

Sixth-graders document neighborhood
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Twelve-year-old Jared Martinez photographed gang insignia sprayed on a basketball court next to his school. A classmate snapped the familiar figure of a homeless woman sitting and smoking on a curb outside an abandoned building.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Happy March birthdays to Ronnie, Pat, Kendra, Megan and Blossom.

No school April 9
Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed April 9 for Good Friday. Classes will resme April 12.

VFW poetry contest winners announced
First- through eighth-grade students from eight area schools, plus three home-schooled students participated in this year's American Flag Poetry Program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial, Post No. 10046 in Soldotna. The winners are:

KPC Showcase presents spring lecture: 'Connected to the Tundra'
KPC anthropologist Dr. Alan Boraas wants to encourage the community to come out for an interesting lecture and slide

Program opens college doors to autistic
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Andrew Reinhardt is an 18-year-old college freshman who aspires to study math and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technol-ogy, yet his mother is afraid to let him cross a busy street by himself.

Hands on and in
Mountain View Elementary students in Dave Knudsen's third-grade class dissect a pink salmon. The class is participating in a salmon incubation project sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Kenai Middle
Yearbooks are available to purchase for $30. Call the office at 283-4896 for availability.

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to the following students for their participation in the All-Northwest Honor Choir: Elena Bird, Audrey Coon and Lydia Link were chosen to be in the select 110-voice ACDA Women's Honor Choir, and Ryan Dykowitz, Sovala Kisena and Adam Nath were selected to be in the 110-voice ACDA Men's Honor Choir in Boise, Idaho. Kenai Central had never participated in the ACDA Honor Choirs before this year.

Tustumena Elementary
Parent permission forms were issued March 18 for the third-quarter Lynx Tracks activity today. The event for students in good standing will be a movie, complete with treats. Permission forms must be returned by today.

Fall enrollment for the 2004-05 school year begins Thursday. For more information or an appointment, call 262-6315.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper 03/31/04
PHOENIX (AP) Fourteen state education chiefs want the federal government to defer to state school accountability standards instead of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Sitting in with the masters
Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claude Monet and Wassily Kandinsky.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) is a new public charter school established to offer educational choice for students and parents in the community. The arts and sciences are the focus of the curriculum, and the vehcile through which much of the curriculum is studied.

Lady Vols advance to Final Four
NORMAN, Okla. Tasha Butts wants the ball with the game on the line for the Tennessee Lady Vols.

Final Four star power on sidelines, not court
Looking at Duke's roster, it's easy to find a number of good players, but only one household name.

Pacers win Central Division
INDIANAPOLIS Ron Artest had 21 points and nine rebounds, Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and seven assists and the Indiana Pacers clinched the Central Division title with a 111-78 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Venus gets hurt, eliminated
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Tape took care of Venus Williams' sprained right foot. There was no remedy for her shaky serve and late fade.

Michigan dumps Oregon in NIT semis
NEW YORK Michigan coach Tommy Amaker was worried about Oregon's offense. The Ducks should have concerned themselves with the Wolverines' attack.

Sports Briefs
Ice Hawks lose to PhoenixSenior All-Star Games slated for April 8Hornung regrets racist comments

Is Game 2 'Must win?'
When he sent his team to Japan, George Steinbrenner wanted his players to bring back just two presents: a pair of wins.

U.S. soccer team slips past Poland
PLOCK, Poland (AP) The United States tuned up for World Cup qualifying by beating Poland 1-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday on DaMarcus Beasley's goal, ending the hosts' seven-game winning streak.

76ers snap Golden State win streak
PHILADELPHIA Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Kenny Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 95-71 win over Golden State on Tuesday night, snapping the Warriors' seven-game winning streak.

NFL rules changes will lengthen games
PALM BEACH, Fla. The NFL's new emphasis on improving offense will come with a cost: longer games.

NFL owners extend replay
PALM BEACH, Fla. The NFL once again compromised on instant replay, deciding Tuesday to keep it for five more years rather than putting it in permanently.

Canady makes All-WCHA Academic Team
Brian Canady, a native of Kenai and the son of Randy and Colleen Canady, has been named to the 2004 All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association Academic Team. Canady is a junior at the University of North Dakota, where he is on scholarship.

Gomez paces Devils in win over Flyers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Gomez and Eric Rasmussen had two goals apiece, Martin Brodeur got his 75th shutout and the New Jersey Devils tied Philadelphia for the lead in the Atlantic Division with a 5-0 victory Tuesday night over the New York Rangers.

Amputee wrestler inspires others
SUWANEE, Ga. When Kyle Maynard started wrestling in the sixth grade, he just wanted to win one match. He wasn't daunted by his limitations: He was born with stumps for arms and legs.

Red Wings wrap up top seed in West
COLUMBUS, Ohio Robert Lang scored his first goal in a Detroit uniform, jamming in a loose puck in the third period to lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

It's down to four top-tier teams in college basketball
Based on pedigree, this should be a great Final Four.

Bears rising, if not shining
The days are growing longer, the snow is melting and the pussy willows are about to bloom spring is here, and with it comes the awakening of the Kenai Peninsula's resident population of roughly 300 brown bears and 3,000 black bears.

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