Saturday, April 3, 2004

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.

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.

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."

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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