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Friday, April 2, 2004

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.

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.

Boomers' love of wine propels U.S. industry
NEW YORK (AP) When Gregg Wurdeman wants a glass of wine with dinner, he has a big selection at his fingertips. His new custom-built house includes a special wine refrigerator that holds up to 175 bottles.

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.

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.

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

What should consumers do with those tax refunds?
NEW YORK (AP) A lot of Americans think of their tax refunds as ''found money,'' similar to a windfall they'd get by winning a lottery or being named in the will of a long-lost relative.

Option expensing reveals other business issues
NEW YORK (AP) Now that it's more likely companies will have to deduct the cost of stock options from earnings as soon as next year, a big question looms: Will investors even care?

In the long run
For Jane Faulkner, 43, waking up comfortable in a soft bed under layers of warm blankets in her heated Soldotna home is quite a contrast to the typical morning routine she had just a few weeks back.

You want old? Try some dry bean varieties that arrived on the Mayflower
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Before you casually throw another handful of dry beans into your next batch of simmering chili, consider how far the little legumes may have come.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Polar Bear Stomp helps KDLL, Habitat for Humanity
The third Polar Bear Stomp was a lot of fun and the staff and boards of directors of KDLL and Habitat for Humanity would like to thank each and every one of the volunteers and businesses that helped out!

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.

Wolf's time would be better spent on education funding
On March 29, Kelly Wolf had an "Update from Juneau" that I was eager to read for a couple of reasons. For one, our representative rarely commits himself to print. For another, let's just say I'm always interested in what my representatives have to say.

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

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.

Donation helps students soar
Sterling sixth-grade students from Mr. Miller's class want to thank Conoco Phillips for giving us a donation that made it possible to go to the Challenger Center.

Wolf has priorities wrong; he should focus on fiscal woes
I read Rep. Kelly Wolf's "opinion" the other day (March 29) which tells us all what he thinks about the Kenai River Sportfish-ing Association and its "fishing derby."

Alaskans will change clocks this weekend
There's a good chance some Kenai Peninsula residents will find themselves running a little behind schedule this weekend, as daylight-saving time is set to chop its annual hour off Americans' Sunday slumber.

Voters fail to approve Proposition No. 1
In a neck-and-neck race, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters have failed to approve borough funding of cocurricular school activities outside the school district's general operational budget, the borough clerk's office announced Friday.

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.

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.

Results of special election delayed due to number of ballots
Results in the Kenai Peninsula Borough mail-in special election regarding cocurricular activities funding were not available by the Clarion's press time.

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.

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

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.

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.

Holiday acquires Williams stations
Customers soon will see a change at a couple local convenience stores. Oklahoma-based Williams Express -- which until midnight Wednesday operated a store each in Kenai and Soldotna -- announced Thursday that is has sold its Alaska gas stations to Holiday Stationstores of Bloomington, Minn.

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

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.

Don't feed the wildlife
While the temperatures still feel too chilly for spring, it's not too early to start thinking about the return of a warmer season.

Time springs ahead, but switch is more than clock change
Like it or not, the nation springs forward into daylight-saving time this weekend. The time switch officially occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday so move your clocks forward an hour before going to bed Saturday.

Defenders of Wildlife wrong
In recent newspaper and Internet advertisements, the Defenders of Wildlife is misleading the public about predator management in Alaska as part of an "emergency" national fund-raising campaign.

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.

Pair scout Bering Strait for 2005 expedition
ANCHORAGE A Belgian and an Alaskan are scouting the ice conditions on the treacherous Bering Strait for an expedition across it next year.

Refuge takes new look at cabin program, considers changes
Cabins of various shapes and sizes have existed on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for all of the 60-plus years it has been part of the National Wildlife Refuge System and for many years before.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game meeting slated Nikiski track and field on a roll Connections continues informational meetings Little League to begin registration Banquet fund-raiser planned to benefit fair Eagles national leader to visit area Pop Warner to hold membership meeting

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

Pope recalls Rwanda genocide, prays it will never happen again
ROME (AP) Pope John Paul II called for greater international efforts to bring peace to Africa's Great Lakes region as he marked the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.

Brazil's Catholic Church fights back against materialism, evangelicals and indifference
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) For the first time in 500 years, Brazil's Roman Catholic Church is fighting for its turf. Materialism is one rival, an energized evangelical movement another. But the worst enemy is an increasingly indifferent population.

Christ's suffering was for all
"The Passion of the Christ."

Former seminary student organizes gay-rights rally at Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) Nearly 200 people attended a gay rights rally organized by a former Baylor University seminary student who lost his scholarship to the Baptist university because he is homosexual.

Church Briefs
Church basketball under way Church hosts state lectureship Gospel sing starts Easter services Passion week events listed Good thief to speak Resurrection story to be performed Sonrise service slated

Muslims accuse former Anglican leader of prejudice
LONDON (AP) Muslim leaders have accused former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey of religious prejudice after he criticized their faith and said it had contributed little to world culture for centuries.

Evangelical Methodists demand changes after lesbian pastor acquitted
WILMORE, Ky. (AP) United Methodists who oppose ordaining gay clerics feel a jury in a church trial ignored the denomination's law by acquitting a lesbian pastor and want church leaders to take action at an upcoming national meeting.

Jehovah's Witnesses join the U.S. religions facing key molestation cases
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) They're an all-volunteer organization with little money, and could only muster two dozen attendees to their first national meeting last weekend. But a group called silentlambs has still gained visibility in its campaign to change the sexual abuse policies of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Going to extremes the norm for some skiers
LOVELAND PASS, Colo. The four skiers emerged from vehicles at the side of a highway high in the Rockies and headed up a steep, tree-covered slope into the wilderness.

Trails still good but change is coming as spring nears
Due to the midwinter weather of the last week, it may be a little hard to believe the transition is soon coming from skiing to the summertime activities of running and biking.

Peninsula trail conditions
Trail conditions acrosss the peninsula.

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

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

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

Raptors fire general manager Grunwald
TORONTO (AP) Glen Grunwald was fired as the Raptors' general manager Thursday with two weeks left in a second straight losing season in which he clashed with the coach.

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.

Smashing return
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. A serve by Serena Williams nearly hit Eleni Daniilidou in the face. A point-blank exchange at the net left Daniilidou looking like a dodge-ball target. And so when she handed her racket to a ball boy in mock surrender, he quickly gave it back.

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.

Tambellini, Olazabal tied for BellSouth lead
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) The tee shots found the fairway, the approach shots nestled close to the hole and the putts rolled smoothly.

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.

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.

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.

Whalers compete in Wasilla
The Soldotna Whalers Freestyle Wrestling Club attended Wasilla's Tournament recently, with 10 of 19 wrestlers placing.

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.

Hutchison wins third Tanana title
Kenai Peninsula wrestler Michaela Hutchison won the 100-pound weight class at the Tanana Invitational Wrestling Tournament in early March. The Tanana Invitational is the unofficial middle school state championships.

Lakers catch Sacramento
LOS ANGELES Shaq won his matchup with Yao this time.

KPHA drops Nationals game
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks lost 7-4 Thursday to the Hollydell Hurricanes at the Under-16 Tier II Nationals in Ellenton, Fla.

Hornung's heresy on Irish
A great running back ran off at the mouth and got a fight from the Fighting Irish.

Sutton serves as sentimental favorite in this year's Final Four
Sentimental favorites at the Final Four are usually old or recovering from a serious setback. This year, Eddie Sutton has no competition. He qualifies on both counts.

Lightning top Panthers, clinch top seed in East
TAMPA, Fla. Martin St. Louis scored twice in the third period, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 Thursday night and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Photo feature: Foraging for food
A young moose keeps its eyes and ears alert as it browses in fresh snow in Kenai Thursday.

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