Monday, April 4, 2005

Giants put Bonds on disabled list
The San Francisco Giants placed Barry Bonds on the 15-day disabled list Saturday as they finalized their roster for opening day, the third time the slugger has been on the DL in his career.

New faces, steroids top issues as baseball begins 2005 season
Pedro Martinez has a new league to torment, Washington fields a new team and baseball has a new statistic to track — violators of a toughened steroids policy.

A place to play with clay
Making pottery can be an exacting artistic endeavor or simply an experience of playing in muck —and sometimes a little of both.

A fine history
If the walls of the Kenai Fine Arts Center could talk, they would tell a very disjointed story.

Kenai Peninsula Borough's lack of animal control a disgrace
Is it not past the time for the Kenai Borough to take on their responsibilities of animal control? As a second class borough, they should be doing so and enough is enough. They have the reputation of letting someone else take care of their messes. For shame!

All who helped with record clover collection appreciated
I would like to thank everyone involved with the counting and verifying of 76,899 four-leaf clovers I collected, which will qualify for recognition in the Guiness Book of Records. I would also like to thank the cities of Soldotna and Kenai for their part, Mayor Carey for his help and encouragement, and for the participation of the all the young folks who were involved — and there were so many; i.e. the Boys and Girls Clubs, students of our schools, and the Boy Scouts of Sterling. I hope I didn't miss anyone!

United Way donations important for community
The Kenai Peninsula United Way has been given an incredible opportunity. Currently, the 2004 campaign is well under way. Our goal is $600,000. To date, we have raised $542,000. To reach that goal, we need to raise $58,000 by April 15.

Wallace desires respect
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Nothing makes Rusty Wallace angrier than being written off as a has-been. In his final season as a driver, Wallace is determined to go out a winner.

Hard luck comes to end for Harvick
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick's crew chief was sulking at home, forbidden by NASCAR from coming to the track after he was caught cheating.

Residents charge mine owners are digging up trouble
Come 2007, the earth will move at Northern Dynasty Minerals' Pebble mine site 17 miles northwest of Iliamna if company plans proceed apace, and life may never be quite the same for the quiet rural region of southwest Alaska.

School board holding off on final budget
Due to a gap between proposed state education funding and the financial needs of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Chief Financial Officer Melody Douglas will recommend the board remain in a budget "holding pattern" until state legislators reach a funding outcome.

Scratching the surface: Pebble Mine
Hard-rock mining has had a long and often alarming history in the United States and around the world. Even modern mines built to meet stringent regulations and promising "zero" pollution have failed to deliver on those assurances.

Refuge renegades
Parts of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are beginning to resemble war zones, with bullet-ridden signs, restrooms and informational kiosks standing out as ugly outposts in an otherwise pristine wilderness environment.

Winter wrangling
After reading an announcement in the Peninsula Clarion and hearing about it elsewhere, nearly 100 people took part in a workshop held at the Soldotna Sports Center on Thursday afternoon to give their ideas on the subject of winter access to Chugach National Forest Systems lands.

Hospital expansion plan to proceed with contractor
Alcan General Inc. has been awarded the $31 million contract to build the new wing of the hospital, the Central Peninsula General Hospital director of support services told the CPGH Inc. Board of Directors on Thursday.

Marriage Savers seeks to reduce divorces
The clergy of nearly 30 churches from Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof, Nikiski and Sterling are gathering together and cutting across denominational lines this weekend in an attempt to decrease the high divorce rate on the Kenai Peninsula.

Lake and Peninsula Borough gives cautious approval to Pebble Mine
The Lake and Peninsula Borough government has officially endorsed Northern Dynasty Minerals' proposed Pebble mine project, but that support is qualified by demands that the mine be operated safely, according to Jeff Currier, borough manager.

Pebble mine developers weigh profits, concerns
That riches await entrepreneurs willing to excavate tons of earth to extract its ores has supported the dreams of miners since humans first learned to burn coal and smelt metals.

Alicia Gail Corner
Kasilof resident Alicia Gail Corner died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Heritage Place with her son, Dan Galloway, and a close friend by her side. She was 59.

Margaret Rose (Jung) Kivi
Longtime Nikiski resident Margaret Rose (Jung) Kivi died Friday, April 1, 2005, at her home in Nikiski. She was 90.

Felicia Annette Bussing
Former Soldotna resident Felicia Annette Bussing died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at her home in Wasilla as the result of an accident. She was 13.

Lilalee Allen
Kasilof resident Lilalee Allen died at her home Tuesday, March 29, 2005. She was 74.

Margaret Rose (Jung) Kivi
Longtime Nikiski resident Margaret Rose (Jung) Kivi died Friday, April 1, 2005, at her home in Nikiski. She was 90.

Murkowski's AG choice looks sound
Gov. Frank Murkowski should be applaud-ed for his choice of David Marquez as the state's new attorney general. By all accounts, Marquez appears to be a sound choice who is likely to win overwhelming support from legislators on both sides of the aisle.

John Paul II far more than just a pope
Pope John Paul II, who died at 84 (on Saturday), was more than the leader of one of the world's major religions. He was a world figure. As the first non-Italian pope in centuries, John Paul was involved in the collapse of atheist Communism and was able to witness the free exercise of religion in his native Poland.

Community Schools
Volleyball Fitness workshop Hunter education-home study Aerobics for everyone CPR Basic woodworking Beginning fly tying Bow hunter education

April night sky offers eclipse view
Find Orion in the southwest with Sirius, the brightest star, to its lower left, Procyon and Castor and Pollux (the twin stars in Gemini) to its upper left, Taurus with orange-tinged Aldebaran and the star cluster Pleiades above it, as well as Capella in its pentagon of Auriga very high in the west.

Peninsula People
Gensel named to dean's list CANstruction awards given

Around the Peninsula
Tsunami relief wanted Artists and crafters sought Driver safety class scheduled Pop Warner registration set

Preparedness key to remaining calm in case volcano erupts
If you lived on the peninsula or along Turnagain Arm in 1990 and 1992, you might remember mounts Redoubt's and Spurr's eruptions and the impact they had on daily life.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to meet Beekeepers meeting slated Skyview after-prom committee to meet Caregiver support meeting set SoHi after-prom committee meeting planned

Club News
Rowing presentation planned Flyball seminar slated Pop Warner registration set Crafters, artists sought Table tennis results announced Lacrosse club forming Dog classes available

Good pet care about more than just food
We've all seen flyers up in the post office and ads in the newspaper that read something like this: "Puppies — free to a responsible owner" or "Kittens free to a good home." But what exactly makes a responsible pet owner or a home a good one?

My best friend
Clover, a half Chesapeake, half chocolate Lab mix was 2 months old in this photo and belongs to Katie J. Heazlett, 14, of Nikiski.

No such thing as a 'must win'
ST. LOUIS — There is no such thing as a must-win game. Keep that in mind when somebody carries on about how much Roy Williams needs to win the national championship when his North Carolina team faces Illinois. By the same token, nobody who's owned a television set the past 15 years should question how much Williams wants to win.

Williams, Heels close out MSU
ST. LOUIS — For a while there, Roy Williams must have had flashbacks of Final Fours past.

Clijsters beats Sharapova in Key Biscayne final
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — From corner to corner Kim Clijsters ran, sliding into the splits with a cheerleader's zeal as she retrieved shot after shot, keeping alive yet another rally — and her comeback.

Baylor back in business
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan State's climb to national prominence took the Spartans all the way over Rocky Top. Down by 16 points in the second half, Michigan State rallied — tying the largest comeback in Final Four history — then finished off Tennessee with a pair of fast-break baskets to complete the 68-64 upset Sunday night. The win sets up Tuesday's title game with Baylor, another unlikely championship contender.

Homer claims fourth
The Homer High School girls basketball team has started a new tradition. Rebounding from an opening-round loss, the Mariners won their final two games to claim fourth place at the Alaska School Activities Association Class 4A State Championships Saturday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Streaking Wolves sink Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kevin Garnett had 30 points and 13 rebounds, Latrell Sprewell added 23 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves got another big victory for their playoff hopes, beating the Sacramento Kings 112-100 Sunday.

Rain continues to mess with Bell-South Classic
DULUTH, Ga. — Cold, wind, rain and a sprinkling of snow left players scrambling for winter clothing in the BellSouth Classic.

MSU, Baylor to play for title
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan State's climb to national prominence took the Spartans all the way over Rocky Top. Down by 16 points in the second half, Michigan State rallied — tying the largest comeback in Final Four history — then finished off Tennessee with a pair of fast-break baskets to complete the 68-64 upset Sunday night. The win sets up Tuesday's title game with Baylor, another unlikely championship contender.

Pope John Paul II known as avid hiker, skier, soccer player
VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II was an avid sportsman, and perhaps the most athletic pontiff in history.

Nikiski, Seward fall in semifinals
The Monroe Catholic girls basketball team once again ended Nikiski's chance at a Class 3A state basketball crown.

Illini continue dream season
ST. LOUIS — Staring into the sea of orange in the stands, the Illinois players raised their forefingers high above their heads. The No. 1 team in the country needs just one more win, and 100 years of waiting for a championship will be over.

WCHA rules Frozen Four
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gophers forward Danny Irmen couldn't help but smile at the thought of East Coast hockey players having to watch the NCAA Frozen Four next weekend from their couches.

Bulldogs take third at state
The Nikiski High School girls basketball vanquished a familiar foe Saturday, defeating Seward 37-30 to claim third place at the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Championships at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Sports views: These Illini have few rules — and no conscience
Anytime. Anywhere. Against any opponent. In any situation. By anyone on the floor.

Magic battle to victory over Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Refusing to quit despite all sorts of adversity, the Orlando Magic mounted several comebacks and defeated the New Jersey Nets 103-102 Saturday night to clinch the tiebreaker between the teams.

Illini guards, UNC big men will be key
ILLINOIS (37-1) vs. NORTH CAROLINA (32-4) BACKCOURTS: The three-guard system has been Illinois' strength all season and it will be tested by the Tar Heels. The point guard matchup of Deron Williams of Illinois and Raymond Felton of North Carolina should be a classic.

Mickelson in running at BellSouth
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Tuning up for his Masters defense, Phil Mickelson shot a 7-under 65 on Sunday to move within a stroke of leader Scott McCarron with one round to play in the rain-delayed BellSouth Classic.

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