Wednesday, April 7, 2004

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.

Marlins begin title defense with win
MIAMI Hee Seop Choi homered and tied a career high with three RBIs, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead the World Series champion Florida Marlins over the Montreal Expos 4-3 Tuesday in their season opener.

Expos keep Juneau pitcher on roster
Chad Bentz was a little nervous when he got to the Montreal Expos' spring training camp Saturday morning.

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.

Schilling gets Sox in victories column
BALTIMORE Curt Schilling allowed one run over six innings to win his Boston debut and Kevin Millar homered, leading the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Tuesday.

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

Soldotna's Mabeus still chasing dream
Soldotna product Chris Mabeus, 25, got a taste of the major leagues this season while playing for the Texas Rangers in spring training.

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.

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.

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."

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.

House approves budget
JUNEAU The House approved a fiscal 2005 operating budget Tuesday that cuts where Gov. Frank Murkowski didn't want to cut, spends more than Senate Republicans wanted to spend and doesn't balance itself.

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.

Voters made right choice in saying no to more taxes
Voters on the Kenai Peninsula indicated their displeasure with a borough assembly tax and power grab by voting down a school issue.

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.

Cutting dividends for college students makes little sense
There is no logic in Paul Seaton's proposal to put a hold on college students' permanent fund dividends while they attend school Outside. Mr. Seaton proposes holding up these Alaska residents' PFD until after they finish school and they return to Alaska and live here again for a year. Even a cursory examination of this proposal shows that it is fatally flawed.

People saw through politicians' 'sham' of an election
Kenai Peninsula Borough Proposition No. 1 failed by 76 votes. The 76-vote loss is ironic in that our Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Taxation was part of the problem then as it is today.

Carbon monoxide detector law would create undue burden
A sincere thanks to the six legislators Reps. John Coghill, R-North Pole; Jim Holm, R-Fairbanks; Kelly Wolf, R-Kenai; Bill Stolze, R-Chugiak; Beverly Masek, R-Willow; and Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla who were aware enough to vote against a bill that has taken away yet another personal freedom. The freedom to choose whether to place a carbon monoxide detector in my house or cabin.

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.

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.

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.

Highway may get scenic status
Recognizing the magnificent beauty to be found on those parts of the Kenai Penin-sula, two short stretches of the Sterling Highway earned designation as State Scenic Byways in the late 1990s.

School budget OK'd; changes still anticipated
After hours of discussion, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday approved a balanced budget for the 2004-05 school year.

Law enforcement service area sought by Nikiski residents
The number of people attending meetings on police protection options for Nikiski continues to plunge, but a glimmer of success appeared to be on the horizon Monday even-ing as two dozen Nikiski Com-munity Council members voted unanimously to pursue creating a law enforcement service area.

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.

POMV plan has potential
For the past six years, the trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund have advocated for changes to the fund's management system

State needs leaders to solve budget gap What others say
It's ironic that the goose that lays this state's golden eggs oil money is also one of the biggest hindrances as the Alaska Legislature wrestles with what could become a $700 million budget deficit in the next five years.

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.

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

Mountain View Elementary
The Student of the Month luncheon is at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to the Sterling students who were honored at the awards assembly Friday.

No school Friday
Schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. Classes will resume Monday as scheduled.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
The Wednesday activity is computer games and begins at 2:30 p.m. today at the IDEA office. This is for students in fifth through 12th grade.

Redoubt Elementary
The site council meets today at 3:45 p.m. in the conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

Soldotna Elementary
Students competed in the district forensic competition March 13. The staff congratulates Hannah Morgan, Miranda Zuflet, Erica Byerley, Kali Sholin, Mary Wendel, Dawson Shangin, Tatyana Stott and Angela Ramponi, who placed first in the fifth-grade multiple prose category and Jenna Jensen, Emily Rich, Linnea Powers and Kailey Mucha, who placed first in the multiple poetry category.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
The Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences, a public charter school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, is slated to open in the fall at Sears Elementary School.

Kenai Central High
There will be a site council meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday.

School board honors 2, approves schedules, assignments
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Edu-cation on Monday honored two district employees for years of service "above and beyond the call of duty."

Skyview High
Congratulations to Troy Minogue, a Skyview math teacher, for receiving a 2004 Radio Shack National Teacher Award.

Connections is enrolling kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2004-05 school year. Call 262-6315 for an enrollment appointment.

Sterling Head Start
The students learned about poison prevention this week. Informational pamphlets were sent home to parents concerning the importance of keeping dangerous items locked up and out of reach to children.

Soldotna High
Registration forms for the 2004-05 school year are due Thursday.

North Star Elementary
North Star will host a special event Tuesday called Family Night. All families are encouraged to attend. The night will include student performances and dessert.

Cook Inlet Academy
The preschoolers practiced their culinary skills at Pizza Boys and had fun creating their own personal pizzas. Ms. Becky and the students thank Rob Smithwick and all the volunteers for the cooking adventure.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Math-a-thon information went home with students last Friday. Families are reminded to return permission slips and start collecting pledges.

Kalifonsky Christian
The kindergarten through third-grade students were hoping for warmer weather while assembling spring paper flowers that were mounted on cards for an art project.

Businesses, organizations offer scholarships
DKG Sonoma Florist Labor Council

Wings Christian Academy
Jessie Sutton is teaching the Lower Learning Center to play soccer during their physical education class this quarter. The students will need to purchase shin guards, and they will be allowed to wear knee-length shorts for the class.

Comedy Showcase sure to raise the roof with laughter
The buzz at KPC these days centers on the upcoming Comedy Showcase. KPC volunteer press corps member Jeremy Brantley brings the following information to the Around Campus column this week, in his own words:

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
This week the preschoolers were busy graphing bugs, counting lady bugs and making butterflies with their handprints.

Stunning success
When 11-year-old Walker Boyle of Nikiski set out to collect books for children in a small Papua New Guinea village, he had high hopes.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
April skills to be studied include the letters S, R and Z; the number 10; the color blue; the oval shape; and themes of caring for the earth and stewardship.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Last week, students worked on spring activities such as painting flowers to hang on the wall for the park scene, reading stories and working on puzzles.

Tustumena Elementary
The Skyview High School swing choir and drama class will entertain students Thursday. There will be two shows beginning at 1p.m. in the gymnasium. Parents are welcome to attend.

Sears Elementary
Parents of students who will be in kindergarten for the 2004-05 school year are invited to attend an orientation night from 6:30 to 7:30 April 13. Parents will schedule their child for a classroom visitation the week of April 19 through 23.

Soldotna Middle
Cornelius Johnson, a former NFL player, spoke to the student body about respect and life choices. The staff and students appreciated his words of wisdom.

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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.

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.

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

'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 does it again
NEW ORLEANS A triple for the women, a double for the school. Connecticut's championship sweep is complete.

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.

Pistons drop-kick Orlando
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Rasheed Wallace had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons hand the Orlando Magic their 11th straight loss, 102-86 Tuesday night.

Nikiski Freestyle wrestlers fare well
Members of the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club fared well at the Homer Tournament Saturday. The squad racked up 148 total points to finish second in the team standings.

Skyview shuts down gymnasium
As the athletic director at Skyview High School, Matt Widaman expects to have water interfering with sporting events during breakup in April and early May.

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