Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Blast off: Bonds goes yard in Giants victory
HOUSTON Say hey, Willie. Barry is about to catch you.

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

Tigers thump Jays in season opener
TORONTO Ivan Rodriguez and Rondell White homered in their Detroit debuts to back the pitching of Jason Johnson, another new addition, and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0 on Monday.

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

30 years later, Hammerin' Hank remembers No. 715
ATLANTA Thirty years later, Hank Aaron is a bit fuzzy on the pitch Al Downing threw that night in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

April 24th Proclaimed Mitch Seavey Day on the Kenai Peninsula
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley announced last week that he will proclaim April 24th as Mitch Seavey Day on the Kenai Peninsula. "To acknowledge the first Iditarod Champion from the Kenai Peninsula in twenty years, I'm proclaiming April 24th as Mitch Seavey Day and inviting the community to join us for a special celebration that afternoon at the Soldotna Sports Center to honor the 2004 winner of the Last Great Race," said Bagley.

KPC receives another $10K from Kenai Chrysler Open
Vocational education at Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) got another boost recently from one of its favorite supporters Bob Favretto of Kenai Chrysler Center. The most recent contribution came in the form of a $10,000 dollar check presented to UAA President Mark Hamilton and KPC Director Gary Turner during Hamilton's visit to the Kenai Peninsula.

Meeting future demand for gas
Supply and demand seems to be human society's food chain. So it is with the energy industry and the projected demand for natural gas in South Central Alaska during the next decade.

A Birthday jam session and celebration at Auntie's Cantina
When Bunny Swan was trying to figure out how to get her great-aunt Nancy to exercise, she turned to a time-honored Athabascan tradition: drumming. "I noticed whenever I played guitar, Aunty would be keeping time, with conviction!" said Bunny. "She still plays guitar and used to play stand-up bass, with no lack of rhythm."

Emergency information
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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

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

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."

Current HEA board more responsive than past ones
In reference to Jim Carter's letter to the editor on March 24, I find it ironic that Mr. Carter is speaking against one of his own candidates. Ron Rainey, who was defeated in 2003, was a member of the Homer Electric board for 12 years. The only incumbent with nearly 20 years on the board is the one from Homer who is running unopposed.

HEA board working good now; incumbents deserve re-election
Over the past 26 years, I have seen a lot of people come and go at Homer Electric Association employees and board members alike. Some of these changes were good and some were bad. I've seen board members that have had good intentions for Homer Electric members and employees only become frustrated by other board members with an ax to grind, intent on causing trouble, being divisive and doing no good.

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?

Pat Cowan has knowledge, understanding for HEA post
It is once again election time at HEA. This year, members of Homer Electric Association have the good fortune and opportunity to vote for Pat Cowan for District 2.

There's a way to eliminate budget gap without taxes
Here's a way to make up our state's budget deficit that would achieve the following:

Nikiski initiatives raise more questions than they answer
Your lead article (Nikiski residents file to stop center) in the March 24 Clarion has confused me.

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

Conference praises charter efforts
About 40 Alaskans met Friday and Saturday in Kenai to discuss challenges and successes related to the state's charter schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moose carcasses starting to pile up
Moose carcasses tend to litter the ditches of back roads this time of year, often with ropes still cinched tightly around their necks.

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.

Aircraft tax issue coming in for a landing
A proposal to apply a flat property tax to aircraft based in the Kenai Peninsula Borough is scheduled to get the last of five public hearings and a final vote tonight at the borough assembly meeting.

Photo feature: Not-so-warm fuzzies
Pussy willows collect new snow last weekend in Kenai. The buds were high enough to avoid hungry moose.

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.

Out-of-state residents shouldn't get dividend
Alaska residents who live Outside face the threat of losing one of the sweetest deals ever. They are in jeopardy of no longer receiving Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, which they can collect for 10 years after leaving the state.

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. ...

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

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

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."

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.

Around the Peninsula
Genealogical society to meetConnections continues meetingsPFLAG to meetRiver issues topic for Fish and Game groupGarden brunch scheduledChildren's water safety carnival plannedTrack and field meet entries available

Janell and Byron Grenier

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Older Americans losing homes after struggling to settle unpaid tax bills
PITTSBURGH Joan Ivey worries about her mounting tax bills. After borrowing money to keep her home from auction last year, the 69-year-old worked out a payment plan on her unpaid taxes of more than $8,000.

Senior Briefs
What's activities are available for our area seniors

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.

Nikiski's Taylor picks up new sports with ease
Nikiski soccer coach Jim Coburn still remembers the first time he taught senior Jeremiah Taylor how to drive a shot into the net.

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.

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.

'Will they know you out on the street?'
On the day he won his second national championship in five years, the Hall of Fame said ''no'' to Jim Calhoun.

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

'The Glide' leads new hoops hall inductees
SAN ANTONIO Nicknames have followed Clyde Drexler throughout his basketball career.

UConn takes title
SAN ANTONIO Best at the beginning, even better at the end, the Connecticut Huskies closed out the season by easily winning the title they expected all along.

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