Friday, April 1, 2005

Gonzalez once again hit hard by injury bug
Juan Gonzalez will miss the start of the season, and Dave Roberts probably will, too.

Wood returns to mound for Cubs; Red Sox ship Kim to Colorado
Kerry Wood was back on the mound, right where the Chicago Cubs need him. Byung-Hyun Kim is headed to Colorado, the last place a struggling pitcher needs to be.

Yanks return to form
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — At this rate, Eddie Johnson will put the United States into the World Cup by himself.

Business Briefs
Area Chambers set schedules Job and career fair slated

Montana packmaker focuses on 'beefy' frame
BOZEMAN, Mont. — At a time when backpacking gear companies are counting ounces to cater to a lightweight trend, Bozeman's Dana Gleason is building the Humvee of packs — stout, durable and expensive.

Tradition of talent
As the saying goes, breaking up is hard to do, and so is getting together, in some cases. But when watching these scenarios play out on stage, the couple's misery becomes the audience's entertainment.

Art Briefs
Directing workshop offered Human-nature poetry wanted Actors wanted for one-act plays Acts wanted for Homer concert Award open to young Alaskans Vietnam vets, families asked for art Young writers' workshop slated Writers conference planned Summer arts camp sets schedule

From the bookshelf: Women pilots' flying tales inspiring
Much has been written about Alaska's pioneer flyers and the unique role aviation plays in the state. Not all the daring "airmen" have actually been men, even if the males have gotten most of the ink. Sandi Sumner, a pilot and writer from Eagle River, set out to give the ladies of the air their due. In "Women Pilots of Alaska" she profiles 38 female flyers on the Last Frontier.

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Removing tax exemptions hurts those who need help the most
Folks, quite a few years back, we people of the borough voted, overwhelmingly, to not tax senior citizens and disabed veterans on their homes that they live in. This was done by a vote of the public, who realized the disabled and elderly could not work to make money to pay the taxes on their homes and, if they didn't, the borough government would take their homes away from them.

Citizens file tax control initiative
A group of borough residents have filed with the Kenai Peninsula Borough's office an initiative they say would give voters a greater voice in decisions over borough capital projects.

Springing up
Melting snow in Sterling reveals all things green sprouting below. Whether it's winter or breakup seems to change from day to day, but Mother Nature appears to be ready for spring to arrive.

Kenai courts busier than ever
Many people hope they never have to go to the Kenai Courthouse, but those who do go often find themselves waiting in line to see a court clerk.

Photo feature: Truckin'
Huey Winston catches air on his skateboard by jumping off the back of a flatbed trailer as Sonny Ogle catches the action on video Thursday afternoon in Kenai. Skateboards are replacing snowboards as spring's sunny days continue.

Whittier pulls out of prison plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The city of Whittier has dropped its efforts to secure state money to build a large, privately run prison.

Statewide tsunami test wasn't all smooth sailing
Depending on what you were listening to Wednesday morning, you may have heard the tsunami warning test through the Emergency Alert System. The trial run of the new code was supposed to trigger an EAS warning all over the state, but due to unknown errors, some TV and radio stations did not broadcast the message.

Young to seek Agrium help
Addressing a crowd at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Alaska Rep. Don Young said he will pursue a change in federal law in an effort to help Agrium's North Kenai plant stay open.

Kenai police, FBI look into letter threat
Kenai Police Chief Chuck Kopp and Lt. Kim Wannamaker were the targets of a death threat Tuesday morning as they received a letter that contained a powder and claimed it was the deadly toxin anthrax meant for the men.

Josephine 'Jo' Seelinger
Longtime Kenai resident Josephine "Jo" Seelinger died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

Josephine 'Jo' Seelinger
Longtime Kenai resident Josephine "Jo" Elizabeth Seelinger died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

Oceans hold key to global warming
As the world marked the World Meteorological Day, serious questions continued to emerge as to the state of world climate. The weather patterns seem to have changed so drastically that the rainy seasons have become virtually unpredictable and droughts have become more sporadic.

ANWR oil must stay in country
If President Bush and the Republican Congress succeed in opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling, they ought to be willing to at least make two concessions to reality.

Education is key to teaching responsibility
Responsibility is a big word. It means being reliable, trustworthy and accountable. When you're irresponsible, you are none of these things.

Looking beyond the snow berms, there are new things to see and hear
Another day of forecasted snowfall, and it is tough to believe that some Kenai Peninsula residents are singing about spring. It may be easier to notice the potholes and rock chips, or the dirty berms of snow still lining the highway, but close your eyes and listen carefully, and you, too, might hear these spring songs, and see why they are being sung.

Note to self: Dry tend makes for better pondering
When I was forced to read Henry David Thoreau's Walden in college, I remember being inspired the the way he found peace, contentment and enjoyment in the solitude of the woods.

Next stop: Russia
WALES (AP) — Two men began skiing to Russia on Wednesday from the icy shores of Alaska, dragging on sleds the 250 pounds of gear they hope will help keep them alive. The solid surface they scraped across disappeared after about a mile and dropped to water.

Around the Peninsula
Wildfire protection meetings continue Historical society to meet Donations for tsunami relief sought Pop Warner registration set Dinner, auction benefit slated

Around the Peninsula
Spring bazaar continuesFAS training plannedCommunity dialogue meeting slatedPublic radio fund-raiser setQuilters guild to meetRodeo association meetingAuxiliary hosts bazaar

Fool who trusts in self, says there is no God
April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is the first day of April. On this day, it is customary to play practical jokes on people, causing them to believe something that isn't true or to go on a fruitless errand.

Taxes: Chastened pastor practices what he preaches
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With April 15 looming, the Rev. Larry Miles is advising colleagues that failure to file federal income tax returns could land you in jail.

Church Briefs
Bible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openMarriage seminar plannedRelationship seminar setAddictions group to meet

Homer, Seward improve on past success
The Homer and Seward girls basketball teams will once again represent the Kenai Peninsula at the state basketball tournament at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Mavs send Celtics to fourth straight loss
BOSTON — Dirk Nowitzki had 36 points and Keith Van Horn added 21 points off the bench to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-100 victory over Boston on Wednesday night, sending the Celtics to their season high-tying fourth straight loss.

Bulldogs put last year's finish behind them
Petersburg, Nikiski's opponent in the opening round of the Class 3A girls state basketball tournament at 1 p.m. today at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, is a long plane ride away from the Kenai Peninsula, so a detailed scouting report is hard to come by.

Committee asks NFL, other sports for steroid policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — The same Congressional committee that conducted hearings into steroids in baseball has asked NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue for information about how football regulates the performance-enhancing substances.

Defense, rebounding carry Nikiski
According to coach Ward Romans, the Nikiski girls basketball team has been focusing on defense and rebounding during the homestretch of the season.

Sharapova tops Venus
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams reached a crescendo in the final game, swapping shrieks that accompanied their shots in a series of furious exchanges.

Final Four: Three will leave St. Louis heartbroken, one won't
One is a 48-year-old newcomer. Two have rings, two don't. Three will leave St. Louis heartbroken, one won't. Crunch the numbers any way you want. What they guarantee is a very intriguing Final Four.

Ready Freddy
WASHINGTON — Freddy Adu's smile shone through the rain as he stretched with his D.C. United teammates. He directed traffic during one drill, looking older than 15. Later, he turned and predicted victory in a post-practice sprint. ''Right here, baby, right here!'' he said, tapping his chest. ''Watch this!''

Can Final Four add to an already thrilling NCAA tournament?
ST. LOUIS — Rick Pitino and Roy Williams. Overachieving Michigan State and almost-undefeated Illinois.

South Carolina nips Saint Joseph's for NIT title
NEW YORK — Tarence Kinsey was a timeout away from being a spectator instead of the hero.

Pacers topple Miami
INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Jackson was having an awful night, missing 10 consecutive shots at one point, before everything took a sharp turn for the better.

Monterey aquarium releases great white shark
SALINAS, Calif. — A great white shark that survived longer than any other in captivity was returned to the wild early Thursday because it was growing too large and beginning to prey on other fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Projects in two states bring back scarce mountain quail
LEWISTON, Idaho — Like miniature rockets, about 70 mountain quail burst from manmade plastic crates into wild new habitat Saturday.

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