Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Minor leaguers suspended over steroids
SEATTLE — Seattle's Damian Moss and Ryan Christianson were among 38 players suspended Monday for violating baseball's minor league steroids policy, a group that included eight players from the Mariners' organization.

Jeter one-ups Varitek, Boston
NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera picked up right where he left off last October, blowing another lead against the Boston Red Sox. This time, Derek Jeter bailed him out.

Baseball fans say sport is pricey
WASHINGTON — For all the talk about steroids, as baseball begins its new season more Americans think players' high salaries are the sport's biggest problem, according to an Associated Press-AOL poll released Monday.

Nationals debut with exciting loss
PHILADELPHIA — If any of the Washington Nationals looked up while walking toward the visitors' dugout for their regular-season debut, they might have noticed the framed uniforms of NL teams lining the walls.

Reds hammer Mets' bullpen
CINCINNATI — Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran made impressive debuts with the New York Mets, but Adam Dunn and Joe Randa homered off Braden Looper in the ninth to give the Cincinnati Reds a dramatic 7-6 victory Monday.

Young, Tigers blow past Royals
DETROIT — Dmitri Young became the third player to hit three homers on opening day, and Jeremy Bonderman won as the youngest opening-day starter in the major leagues since 1986 to lead Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 11-2 Monday.

Young Marines credit their program
The men and women of Peninsula Moose Lodge No. 1942 and No. 1120 wish to sincerely thank the Kenai Young Marines for the services they provided during the recent Alaska-Hawaii Mid-Year Convention. Their color guard was terrific, and they served dinner to several hundred people.

Easter story should not be forgotten
The Bible is the story of God redeeming his chosen people for the praise of his glory. The story began in eternity past when God made a plan that his son, Jesus Christ, would suffer, die on a cross and be resurrected as an act of divine justice to secure the salvation of chosen people by forgiving their sins without compromising his own perfect holy standard for humanity.

Community's green pride shows through
The 14th annual Soldotna St. Patrick's Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by the community.

Reader upset with representatives
Eighty-three percent of Alaska taxpayers voted not to touch the permanent fund on Sept. 14, 1999. Today, Senate Bill 98 is on the way for the governor's signature.

Staff says hunt was 'egg'cellent
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center staff would like to thank the area community for participating in our Easter egg hunt and making it a wonderful success.

Good morning. A thought to pounder: "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it."Unknown

Cooper Landing
Cheerio. The new snow won't last long in this sun. A herd of turkeys is making the rounds from Bean Creek Road to the lake shore near the bridge, several people have reported.

Hello, neighbors. Have you made the transition into daylight-saving time yet? It might take a few days to lose that "out of sync" feeling.

Hi , neighbors. It looks like spring has finally arrived. I'm looking forward to getting into the garden and checking on some new plants that I am hoping survived the winter.

Dusty greetings from Kasilof. Thanks to the crews working to remove the accumulation of road sand off the highways and byways. Many of us just shrug off the irritation and poor visibility of roiling plumes of particulates in the air but for other, it is a health risk.

Hi, neighbors. We definitely have more snow on the ground than either our neighbors to the north or south. Have you noticed in past years that we seem to be the last for our landscape to change from white to brown?

The Soldotna neighbors column was not available at deadline.

Fort Knox offers possible preview of Pebble Mine
As Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. continues planning for what would be the largest open-pit mine in North America, officials with the Alaska Division of Mining, Land and Water have a wealth of information from which to draw as they consider the extent and limits of NDM's future mining permits.

Hitchhiker Holt agrees to plea in murder trial
The man accused of fatally shooting a Soldotna man along the Seward Highway nearly four years ago and stealing his pickup truck entered a plea Monday of "no contest" to murder. In exchange for having several other felony charges dropped, Robert Owen Holt Jr., 22, agreed to plead no contest to one count of first-degree murder.

ChevronTexaco to buy Unocal
ChevronTexaco Corp. announced Monday it will acquire Unocal Corp., leaving some to question the future of Unocal's assets in Cook Inlet.

Posting bonds gets even harder for mine operators
Posting financial assurances, or bonds, is becoming ever more costly for mine operators these days said Ed Fogel, mining coordinator for the state of Alaska.

Man found dead on Petersburg street
JUNEAU (AP) — Petersburg police are investigating as a homicide the death of a 29-year-old man whose body was found on a one-way street in the middle of town.

New Fish and Game head finds favor
Area fishing groups are taking an optimistic approach to Gov. Frank Murkowski's appointment of McKie Campbell as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Two timing
Dylan Zoske and Brady Targonsky share the work as they peddle their way to the store Tuesday afternoon in Kenai. Bicyclists are taking advantage of recent spring weather.

Gravel pit plan spurs court case
A group of Anchor Point residents, who say they have witnessed the serious impacts on drinking water supplies caused by gravel mining operations in their area, have filed a suit they hope will eventually stop another pit from starting up.

Face forward
Freelance photographer Bill Heath photographs a mask depicting Native facial tattoos at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Monday. Heath's photographs will be published in a catalog of artwork for the summer art show, "Alaska 2005 — Native Arts Now" opening May 2 with a First Thursday reception May 5 and a gala reception May 13.

Initiatives aim to give voters more say in borough finances
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers, which last week filed an initiative they say would give voters more control over capital spending by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, filed a second volley at borough financial policy Monday with another initiative that would prevent increases in property taxes without approval of 60 percent of voters.

Northern Dynasty ownership complex
Just who owns major blocks of shares in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and would have a measure of influence over the proposed Pebble Mine project is a bit of a moving target. Another question is who might ultimately operate the mine once development actually begins.

Education plan deserves a look
Ben Stevens may have shocked the Capitol with his idea for financing school construction through Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, but he's on to something. Best of all, he's willing to make an investment decision.

Governor's tax bill reflects values of Republicans
Gov. Frank Murkowski took action — and criticism from fellow party members — last week for being true to his Republican roots.

Around the Peninsula
Driver safety class scheduled Nikiski chamber to meet Child Find screening available Rowing presentation set Dog classes available

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meet Family resource workshop slated Genealogical society to meet Garage, baked sale fund-raiser planned Track and field meet set Dinner, auction benefit slated

Ninilchik School
The sophomore class is sponsoring a ralent show April 15 at 7 p.m. If you are interested in showing off your talent, call Jamie Leman at 567-3722 or 567-3361 to sign up.

Soldotna Montessori
The lottery has concluded, results will be posted today. Parents who wish to enroll their children can go on a waiting list.

Skyview High
PProm is Saturday. The annual talent show is April 13. Applications are available from Mr. Holt or Mrs. Raemaeker. Deadline for applications is Monday. Mandatory practice for the show will be Tuesday.

Free developmental screening available
Frontier Community Services Early Intervention, Kenai Public Health and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will offer free developmental screenings for children up to age 5. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Public Health office, 630 Barnacle Way in Kenai.

Mountain View Elementary
Student of the month lunch is at 11:35 p.m. Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's field trip to Anchorage leaves at 6 a.m. Thursday and returns approximately at 5:30 p.m.

KPC: Around Campus
Kenai Peninsula College is hosting a statewide workforce development conference this week to bring leaders from the oil, gas and mining industries together with the state's education and training providers.

Sears Elementary
The students in Ms. Ralston's class are learning about how to do research for their zoo animals. The students have picked an animal that they would like to become the expert on for their trip to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. Students have been doing research on the Internet, using encyclopedias, books, handouts, etc. The students also are learning about the process of taking notes, writing a rough draft and how to publish a report.

KPC Kachemak Bay offers nursing program
The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College presents a series of career and degree program information meetings in April on human services, psychology, education, nursing and office management and technology. Current students and the public are encouraged to attend.

Soldotna Elementary
The school honored Sheila Barbour this week for her commitment to kindness.

Chapman School
The sixth- through eighth-graders had a late night event last Friday. The students played toe tag, dodge ball and basketball. Seventh-grade student council representative Allyx Barron is collecting clothes for Helping Hands in Anchor Point. Donations may be dropped off at the school.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

Fall enrollment has begun. Call 714-8880 for an appointment.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Students and staff celebrated Character Counts for January, February and March.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the varsity boys' basketball team for winning state. The parents thank those who helped with the basketball programs.

Redoubt Elementary
Fall preregistrations are due back to the school as soon as possible. Registration continues today for kindergartners.

Grace Lutheran
Monday through Wednesday students in grades four through eight will spend the morning working on standardized tests. The school reminds parents to have their student get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast

Seward High
Students of the Month for February are David Apperson for academics, Matthew Blair for achievement, Chelsea Pullins for appreciation and Alicia Monnier for attitude. The Employee of the Month is Gary Benson, special education instructor.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Furlong's class finished a mini-unit on inventions. Parents are invited to stop by and take a look. The reading challenge continues and students are reminded to turn in a reading log every Thursday. Students will travel to Anchorage on April 13 to participate in art and history lessons at The Anchorage Museum. They also will visit H2Oasis.

Soldotna High
Student government elections are scheduled for May. Students wishing to run for a student government office must meet minimum grade point average requirements. Forms are available in room 74.

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to the members of the choir who performed on a recent trip to Europe.

Soldotna Middle
In Mr. Hagen's students have been learning the importance of staying in school through economics. Volunteers were Kathy Sullivan, Lisa Roberts, Jason Carroll, Febra Hensley and Robyn Sullens.

Tustumena Elementary
Class pictures were taken March 29. The school will send home an individual photo proof for each student this week. Parents may view the proof (including pricing information) before determining whether to purchase an individual picture packet. The class photo also may be ordered at that time. Parents are asked to return their picture orders by Tuesday.

Sterling Elementary
The school has received the first classroom set of handheld computers in the district. Over the coming weeks fifth- and sixth-graders will learn to use the computers to write, edit and illustrate stories, use spreadsheets, to store and analyze scientific data and keep a daily planner and to-do lists. Eventually, the school will expect to use the computers schoolwide as a portable computer lab. The school is thankful for supporters for allowing it to bring this cutting edge technology to the Falcons.

KMS opens shop
The basement walls of Kenai Middle School once enclosing old and unused sports equipment until a recent reformation thanks to the eighth-grade leadership class.

Kenai Middle School
Students of the Month are Shaele Bryant, Kammi Carlson, Jacob Daniel, Audrey Forrest, Alexandria Kiel, Chad Middick, Tim Saner, Alysha Shaginoff, Kendall Soares, Leah Stephens and Kristin Williams.

Kenai Cooperative
Monday the students planted grass and flowers, made a diorama of a farm and a pig mask.

Kenaitze Head start
Tuntaz'un (breakup or spring) is coming.

Poetry winners announced
Students from six area schools participated in the American Flag Poetry Program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046, Soldotna.

NHLPA rejects two league proposals
TORONTO (AP) — The NHL players' union rejected two league proposals Monday during a seven-hour meeting aimed at trying to end a lockout that shut down the season.

Lawmakers ask NBA, NHL for drug-testing info
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressmen looking into steroids in sports sent letters Tuesday to the heads of the NBA, NHL and five other groups asking for information about their drug-testing policies.

Mickelson wins BellSouth in a playoff
DULUTH, Ga. — Phil Mickelson is headed to Augusta with a win, his usual smile and the proper mind-set.

Nicklaus grieves for his grandson — and still wants to play at Augusta
They began playing a few weeks ago, a famous father and son using time on the golf course to help deal with their grief. The conversation came later, after two trips to a place they both love.

Phelps wins two more races at U.S. trials
INDIANAPOLIS — Two more races, two more wins, and Michael Phelps finally had enough.

Lady Bears take crown
INDIANAPOLIS — Baylor now has a basketball team it can celebrate. And oh, what a celebration it was.

MSU, Baylor ready to battle
INDIANAPOLIS — Steffanie Blackmon saw a challenge at Baylor and jumped at it. Kristin Haynie was told she could win championships at Michigan State and believed it.

Panthers make most of trip
The Skyview boys soccer team lost all three games at the Spring Fever tournament Thursday through Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in Juneau, but Panthers coach Dave Carpenter couldn't be happier.

Tar Heels take title
ST. LOUIS — Finally, Roy Williams had a good reason to cry.

Pacers take it to Knicks in New York
NEW YORK — Stephen Jackson scored 33 points on his 27th birthday, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 97-79 Tuesday night despite poor shooting from Reggie Miller in his final appearance at Madison Square Garden.

Williams enjoys victory
Roy Williams started walking slowly up the sideline as the longest three seconds of his life ticked off the clock. Instead of jumping, shouting or even pumping a fist, he calmly reached up to make sure his glasses sat squarely on the bridge of his nose.

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