Monday, April 5, 2004

Cold, steroids dominate opening day talk
Forget those games in Tokyo last week. They didn't matter much to most fans, anyway.

Retooled Red Sox, optimistic Orioles get started
BALTIMORE The first game of the 2004 baseball season on American soil features the debut of two managers, the unveiling of the Baltimore Orioles' overhauled lineup and the start of another quest by the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.

Orioles get 2004 off to a flying start
BALTIMORE One bad inning did in Pedro Martinez, just like last October.

Mets' Leiter hit in head by line drive
Al Leiter and the New York Mets got a scare when the left-hander was hit in the head by a line drive Saturday.

Kenai Peninsula Facts
Size of the Kenai Peninsula in square miles: 25,600, of that only 15,600 is land.

Something for everyone
Events keep folks on the move

Emergency information
Medical assistance Police and fire Hospitals

When is good enough not good enough? This is the question I've been asking myself ever since I walked out of the theater after watching this season's new

Nursing students say thanks
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Soldotna are pillars of support!

Palmer's column misrepresents work of advisory committee
Les Palmer's column, "Plenty of Proposals," Clarion, March 26, begs clarification and correction. Les begins by noting that Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kenai-Soldotna Advisory Commit-tee Chairman Kramer, "unlike past chairs of this committee, has encouraged members to submit proposals."

HEA board not broken; incumbents doing great job
I have to admit that I don't know much about politics, but I do know that if something isn't broken, why would you try and fix it? Common sense, right?

Old NASCAR guard ready to shine
FORT WORTH, Texas Move over ''Young Guns,'' some of those old NASCAR drivers aren't done yet.

DAV says services available for vets
Military veterans trying to get veteran health care and other earned benefits often find themselves bogged down in the morass known as government bureaucracy, but a group conducting its state convention in Kenai can cut through some of the muck.

Photofeature: Keeping a watchful eye
Samantha Hall and Patrick Michels watch waves in Cook Inlet from a perch on ice stranded on the beach Saturday as Lilly the dog plays nearby.

Voters narrowly reject funding
A proposition to provide borough funding for cocurricular school activities narrowly failed, officials announced Friday. What that means to the future of the student programs remains to be seen, though.

Lecture combines unlikely subjects Anthropologist entertains with artistic talent
Art and anthropology are two subjects that couldn't be more unrelated in many people's eyes, but for Joan Tenenbaum, the two share a common theme a sense of place and that place is Alaska.

Iditarod winner gets his own special day
There an old saying that "every dog has its day," but that saying may soon need to be amended to "every dog driver has their day" on account of Mitch Seavey.

Peninsula servicemen glad to be back after representing country
When Roland Rea joined the Army, he thought little of the possibility of being sent to a war zone.

Photofeature: Keeping a watchful eye
Samantha Hall and Patrick Michels watch waves in Cook Inlet from a perch on ice stranded on the beach Saturday as Lilly the dog plays nearby.

Opportunity comes knocking
Employers and employees got together under one roof Friday for the annual Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair, held at the Kenai Mall.

School budget on the table tonight
The 2004-05 budget for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will go before the school board for approval tonight. The total proposed operating budget is about $77 million, requiring some $6.7 million in expenditure cuts and revenue adjustments.

Helene M. Rust
Kenai resident Helene M. Rust died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.

Gladys Leonard
Gladys Leonard, mother of longtime Kenai area educator Betty Leonard, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in Lecanto, Fla. She was 94.

Gas prices could be higher
When you buy gasoline, keep in mind that these ''all-time-high'' prices really aren't record highs at all, if you consider the effect of inflation. In 1981, the price of gasoline, adjusted for inflation, was $2.94 per gallon.

Building natural gas highway
There is no more cheap natural gas to be found in Cook Inlet. Over the next few years, the remaining cheap gas is going to be replaced proportionately by newly discovered, but much more expensive gas. There is very little disagreement that this is the current situation.

Public needs to know complete cost of new Medicare drug benefit
The investigative arm of Congress should look into whether administration officials intentionally withheld the correct figures on the cost of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. ...

Election season in the air
Like professional golf, lost puppies and wintertime in Alaska, the political campaign season never really goes away. Instead, it simply hibernates for a few weeks each year, only to emerge more surly and stinky than the previous fall.

Despite grisly attack, Bush says there will be no retreat from Iraq
WASHINGTON The murder and mutilation of four American contractors near Baghdad and the grinding death toll of American soldiers put a grisly face on the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Ad campaign should be dropped; POMV plan should not be
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. officials are correct to drop their plans for a $1.4 million media campaign aimed to drum up support for a change in the way the fund is managed and dividends are calculated.

Schools need more money from Juneau
Now that Kenai Peninsula voters have said no to a measure which would have allowed the borough to fund school activities, the big questions are: What does it mean? and What next?

Davis, Presley marry in Soldotna
Deborah L. Davis and Sean R. Presley were married Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Kalifonsky Christian Center. Pastor Steve Toliver officiated.

Nenana Ice Classic grows as ice flows out of Tanana
ANCHORAGE Tom Waters saves all year to indulge in his only hobby: guessing when ice will melt.

Seward, Yale announce engagement
Melissa Seward of Mishawaka, Ind., and Robert Yale of Colombus, Ohio, were engaged Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, and plan to be married in October in Colombus.

Peninsula students excel in contests
Kenai Peninsula students earned a number of awards in recent contests sponsored by the Alaska Association of Conservation District. The district sponsored a speech contest and a poster contest with the theme "The Living Soil."

Best, Hunt plan April wedding
Lisa Ann Best and Lance Hunt of Soldotna plan to be married Friday, April 30, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Trinity Christian Center in Soldotna.

Janell and Byron Grenier

Fields, Cordle have November ceremony
Cristel Lee Fields and Sheath Talon Cordle of Kenai were married Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, in an afternoon ceremony at First Baptist Church of Graham, Texas.

Community News
ICAN to promote cesarean awareness Kenai library plans April events

Planets make appearances this month
Even though the nights are getting considerably shorter, we'll still have a great planet show going on this month.

Around the Peninsula
Little League umpires sought Skyview after-graduation committee to meet AARP of Alaska to offer tax assistance Water safety class offered Head Start to hold fund-raiser Kennel club offering dog classes Teen center seeking cameras

Around the Peninsula
Dog mushing fun run, barbecue todaySoHi after-prom committee to meetPark board to discuss reduction to budgetsKPSD to display students' artworkParent organization to discuss gangsGenealogical society to meetPreschool to hold fund-raiser

Elks table tennis results announced
Gary Brumley and Dale Bagley won the Soldotna Elks Lodge's doubles table tennis tournament Wednesday. Wayne Brooks and Chad Botirius placed second, and Joe Szczesny and Matt Faris placed third.

4-H leader recognized for hard work
A common perception of 4-H clubs is that they're all about livestock, so you must own or buy a steer, sow, goat or another animal to join.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminded to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Holy whah! Some Yoopers fear their colorful dialect may be fading
HOUGHTON, Mich. Dan Junttila is a proud Yooper, spun from the same rich tapestry as the fathers, husbands, brothers and sons before him who came to America and forged a close-knit community around the copper and iron ore mines in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Peninsula people
Kenai woman accepted at medical school Smith named coach of the year Wohlers learns damage control Area residents make deans lists

My best friend
Beagles Hannah and Rudy can't resist begging for a little snack when owners Aaron and Lillian Bucholz of Kenai make toast.

Park plagued by drugs and hookers goes to the dogs to clean up
SEATTLE (AP) A park known for open drug use and prostitution has gone to the dogs for a cleanup.

For ferrets, entertainment is key
All pets require a tremendous amount of stimulation and interaction in their daily lives, and ferrets are no exception. In order to stay mentally and physically healthy, ferrets need more than just food, water, a litter pan, bedding and a bedroom. Of course, single ferrets also will need much more attention than a pair or a group of ferrets will need.

Kenai harbors historic beginnings
With more than 7,000 residents, the city of Kenai is the largest city on the Kenai Peninsula and offers many opportunities to appreciate wildlife, art and the area's far-reaching history.

Small communities have big charm
From sportfishing centers to idyllic mountain retreats, the Kenai Peninsula offers a variety of small-town experiences away from its hub cities.

Volcanoes: The fire beneath the ice
The western shore of Cook Inlet offers one of the most dramatic and potentially lethal views from the Kenai Penin-sula. Some of the world's most active volcanoes face the penin-sula, just across the waters of the inlet.

Preserving the peninsula's pristine views
Residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of Alaska's environment. Keep-ing the state clean for years to come takes the cooperation of both.

Where streets meet
The city of Soldotna straddles the Kenai River at the junction of the Kenai Spur Highway and the Sterling Highway, called the "Y."

Writers celebrate peninsula's history
Alternative tours of the Kenai Peninsula, past and present, can be had at your bookstore or library.

Senior centers offer activities for visitors
Traveling senior citizens are welcome to stop by one of the seven senior centers on the Kenai Peninsula for lunch or a visit.

Homer excels at expanding views
It can take your breath away on any day, but when the sun is high and the sky a brilliant blue, it's almost blinding.

Churches represent historic significance
Their onion-shaped domes are unmistakable as they rise above the surrounding linear architecture, and when visitors spy one of the Kenai Peninsula's Russian churches, they often find a short visit irresistible.

Peninsula provides 'berry' good time
Food in Alaska doesn't necessarily come only from the grocery story. In late summer, Mother Nature dishes up a variety of wild berries perfect for making pies, jams, jellies or just for munching as you hike through the wilderness.

Summer color: wonderful wildflowers
Winter is long in Alaska, but summer compensates with glorious exuberance. Wildflowers flood the landscape white so much of the year with color.

Seward highlights life by the water
Killer whales leaping out of the water, porpoises playing in the wake of tour boats and sea otters munching on clams are among the teeming sea life visitors to Resurrection Bay in Seward may see.

Fish on! Anglers vie to land lunkers
For anglers looking for more than just bragging rights, the Kenai Peninsula offers a number of wa

Fish finding how to know where to go
In fishing, success is mainly a matter of being in the right location at the right time, and with your line in the water.

Size really does matter for many peninsula anglers
Size isn't everything, but it's a large part of what makes fishing exciting.

The Kenai has interesting past, present
Geologists say the Kenai River's glacier-sculpted valley, as we see it today, is 16,000 to 17,000 years old.

The Kenai 1 river, many uses
The Kenai River is many things to many people. People float down it in rafts and zoom up it in motorboats. People build houses on its banks.

The search for fresh(water) salmon
All Pacific salmon stop eating before entering saltwater, and they all die soon after spawning. All are good eating, but they are at their best in saltwater.>

It's caught! Now what?
The fish you catch deserve tender loving care, whether they are harvested or released. The following are tips for both scenarios.

'Unwritten' rules of fishing the river
Most activities have their "unwritten" rules. In fishing, these can be every bit as im-portant as the written ones.

Getting tired of town? Take a hike
Perhaps the best way to truly experience the Kenai Peninsula is on foot. From rugged mountain day hikes to quiet strolls along city streets to walks along the beach, there's something for anyone wishing to stretch their legs and catch a glimpse of Alaska from the ground up.

Spots abound to make, break camp
The Kenai Peninsula is host to a full range of camping amenities, from RV parks to cabins to wilderness campsites.

Get your motors started
The roar of stock car engines, the thrill of open-wheel sprint cars and the excitement of motocross all will be available this summer at Twin City Raceway.

Golfers enjoy long Alaska summer days
Alaskans have a shorter summer in which to golf, but longer summer days in which they can golf.

Biking offers more leisurely look at life
Whether it be for the joy of fresh air, the solitude of the outdoors, the surge of adrenaline from the exercise or for the beauty of traveling pollution free, biking on the Kenai Peninsula offers an alternative way to view the majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, rushing rivers and many species of wildlife that make up the great outdoors of Alaska.

Where the wild things roam
The Kenai Peninsula is home to many animals that can be exciting for visitors and locals alike to see. However, keep in mind that while wildlife viewing is fun for humans, it is not usually for animals.

Visitor centers & chambers
Visitor centers and chambers of commerce have brochures, pamphlets and books on lodging, restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities.

Runners head off to peninsula's races
Salmon will not be the only thing running on the Kenai Peninsula this summer. Pen-insula residents and visitors to the peninsula also have a number of chances to keep moving at fun runs.

Refuge exemplifies peninsula wilderness
For wilderness adventure on the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai National Wildlife Ref-uge is the place to go.

Bountiful bivalves: Clammers clamor for treats
The quickest way for an Alaska visitor to get a feel for and a taste of Alaska is to hit the beach on a good clamming tide. You can hobnob with the locals, and for very little money walk away with a tasty treat and a great memory of your trip.

State park fun begins where highway ends
Captain Cook State Rec-reation Area is one of the best-kept secrets on the Kenai Peninsula.

Clams from the sand to the pan
After taking the time to dig them up, now what do you do with those clams?

Recreation area is short drive to big fun
The North Peninsula Rec-reation Area at Mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski is a fun and conven-ient place to get some exercise while passing through the north Kenai Peninsula, in any season.

Inlet's west side a wilderness adventure
Across the murky waters of Cook Inlet from the Kenai Peninsula lies a slice of untapped wilderness that re-mains much as it has been for thousands of years.

Peninsula Oilers call Kenai home
After a day of flipping flies on the Kenai River, what could be better than an evening watching some of the nation's top collegiate baseball talent chasing down flies at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai?

Parker spurs San Antonio victory
LOS ANGELES Tony Parker had 29 points and nine assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 95-89 Sunday for their sixth straight victory, moving them within 1 1/2 games of the Western Conference lead.

Player, coach continue tradition of excellence for Ninilchik girls basketball
The Ninilchik Wolverines girls basketball team, which last weekend won their fifth consecutive Alaska class 2A state title, swept the individual state 1A/2A Anchorage Daily News/Alaska Media All-State awards announced Saturday.

UConn comeback nixes Blue Devils
SAN ANTONIO With a stunning end to a game that looked lost, Connecticut added another twist to an already impressive season. The Huskies proved they can win the close ones, too.

Sports Briefs
Ice Hawks suffer loss at NationalsMitchell retains interim IBF crownSerena Williams wins Key Biscayne finalKenseth takes lead just in time to win BuschBeard, Curl win awards in women's basketball

Area bodybuilders earn awards at state event
A handful of residents from the central Kenai Peninsula recently made the trip to Anchorage for the 2004 National Physique Committee Alaska State Body-building, Fitness and Figure Championships and returned home with proof that the area has plenty of flex appeal.

Marbury stars as Knicks rock Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 12 assists in the New York Knicks' 86-75 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Flyers clinch Atlantic Division title with tie
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Kim Johnsson scored 4:20 into the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers got the point they needed to clinch the Atlantic Division title by tying the New York Islanders 3-3 on Sunday.

Blues make playoffs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Brian Savage scored the tiebreaking goal at 2:43 of the third period, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Saturday, clinching their 25th consecutive playoff berth.

Adu makes debut
WASHINGTON Chants of ''Freddy, Freddy'' echoed throughout the stadium Saturday whenever a D.C. United player missed a scoring chance early in the second half.

Sorenstam scrambles, stays in front at Office Depot Championship
LOS ANGELES Annika Sorenstam is where she's tough to catch in front.

Bynum's late layup wins game for Tech
SAN ANTONIO In an NCAA tournament full of late misses, Will Bynum made the shot that kept Georgia Tech's surprising run going.

Sorenstam wins landmark 50th LPGA title
LOS ANGELES Sinking a couple of pressure-packed birdie putts, and knocking her approach shot near the pin on another green, Sorenstam birdied three of the final five holes Sunday to win her 50th LPGA Tour title.

UConn, Tennessee do it again
NEW ORLEANS With one final swat, Diana Taurasi secured Connecticut's place in another national championship game.

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