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Thursday, April 8, 2004

Look what Brown can do for Yankees
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Kevin Brown pitched seven sharp innings for his 199th victory and Jason Giambi snapped a sixth-inning tie with an RBI single Wednesday, helping the New York Yankees beat Tampa 3-2.

Baseball salaries suffer rare drop
NEW YORK Just a few days into the season, baseball already has produced a startling statistic: The average salary dropped for the first time in nearly a decade.

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.

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.

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.

Houston, we have liftoff for the Rocket
HOUSTON Looking nothing like a guy who had called it quits, Roger Clemens dominated Barry Bonds and the Giants, holding them to one hit over seven scoreless innings in his Houston debut and pitching the Astros past San Francisco 10-1 Wednesday night.

AOL brings business reality to Internet
NEW YORK It's a lot like ''The Apprentice,'' except nobody gets fired.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleGrant money availableEconomic forum set for HomerBusinesses sponsor food drivesRefund check cashing offeredContest to reward business ideas

Oil prices take unexpected jump
WASHINGTON (AP) Oil and gasoline futures prices shot up more than 3 percent Wednesday after the government reported a decline in supplies, surprising energy traders.

Enron wife backs out of plea deal
HOUSTON The wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow backed out of a plea bargain Wednesday after a federal judge refused to go along with a sentence of five months in prison and five months of confinement at home.

Grandma tells stories through her painting
HOMER There are some things that cannot be controlled, according to artist Pat Kennedy, who prefers being known as "Grandma Pat." But paintin

Professional comedians to perform KPC show
This is a switch. For someone in the central Kenai Peninsula to see a performance by professional stand-up comedians, they usually would have to get on a plane and go to New York, Los Angeles or wherever the performance is.

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Art Briefs
Ballroom dancing offeredSymphony offers music scholarshipOilers hold mascot naming contestPhoto contest announcedWriters' conference coming up

Death row redemption focus of movie
LOS ANGELES Can a man escape the villainy of his past through his good works?

Insider sheds new light on WWII conflict
During the Second World War, the Aleutian Islands were so remote and operations there so secretive that participants called it "the forgotten war." In the decades since, veterans and historians have worked to reveal the story of the grueling campaign on American soil.

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.

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.

Wolf's priority on school funding in the right place
At the last town hall meeting on March 13, held by Rep. Kelly Wolf, there was a considerable amount of time discussing the funding of K-12 and the university. Several members of our community asked about educational funding.

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.

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.

Safety, protection of all should be law's priority
I recently wrote an editorial concerning my view on the "law" around here and was happy to receive so many positive responses! First, I never expected that so many people feel the same as I do.

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.

KSRA not focusing enough on mission of conservation
From the Peninsula Clarion on March 29, Rep. Kelly Wolf asks many questions of KRSA. There has been no response. Recently they gave the stamp of approval to a new fish board appointee, a Bristol Bay lodge owner. In the Peninsula Clarion on March 31, Ricky Gease talks about genetic diversity yet KRSA endorsed slot limits on early Kenai kings, targeting one age group or genetic component of these declining stocks.

Comments cause sparks between assembly, mayor
Mayor Dale Bagley on Tuesday accused members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly of grandstanding when he was asked to provide additional information during a segment of the assembly meeting set aside for the mayor's report.

Construction crews making Kenai Landing come together
If the construction crews working at the old Kenai Ward's Cove cannery which is being transformed into a resort known as Kenai Landing were cosmetic surgeons, they would have some unhappy customers on their hands.

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.

Group files to revoke Unocal permit
Four Cook Inlet villages, along with a Homer-based environmental group, have petitioned the federal government to revoke Unocal's Clean Water Act general permit for oil and gas operations in Cook Inlet.

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.

Borough tax rate for aircraft hovers at new level
Once soaring in the stratosphere, the personal property tax rate applied to aircraft based in the borough is now cruising at tree-top level thanks to an ordinance adopted Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

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.

Steven Craig House
Anchorage resident Steven Craig House died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 51.

Charles Leon Shaver
Longtime Nikiski resident Charles Leon Shaver died Saturday, March 6, 2004, while vacationing in Las Vegas. He was 78.

Charlotte Simonds
Longtime Ninilchik resident Charlotte Simonds died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at her home in Ninilchik. She was 88.

George R. Callison
Longtime Kenai resident George R. Callison died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at his home after a long illness. He was 66.

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.

Performance-enhancing drugs likely won't become political issue
The 2004 Major League Baseball season starts this week with the knowledge that a bare minimum of 5 percent of players were caught last season using performance-enhancing drugs. The overall issue of banning steroid use was elevated when President George W. Bush made it a part of his State of the Union address to Congress earlier this year. Congressional hearings followed.

June deadline, uncertain future root of violence
It is a testament to what the coalition has achieved that the principal Shi'ite cleric in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Sadr to ''stop resorting to violence'' and to turn away from a ''course that could destroy the nation.'' But just because Iraq's nominal future leadership favors a course of moderation doesn't mean that's the course Iraq will take. Moderation is a virtue, but its defect is its reluctance to confront extremism with anything but moderation. In Iraq today, this will not do.

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

Around the Peninsula
Interfaith shelter meeting setCPCS to hold board meetingKPBSD to display students artworkParent organization to discuss gangsPop Warner to hold membership meetingWagoner to hold public meetingsEaster carnival to benefit daycare

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Red Wings overcome Predators
DETROIT The story line was not lost on Manny Legace.

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.

Knicks return to postseason
NEW YORK Dikembe Mutombo neutralized Knicks nemesis Eddy Curry while grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking four shots, and New York returned to the playoffs for the first time in three years with a 96-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Warren Miller film to benefit KCHS skiersTwins put Mauer on DL with injured kneeBrowns CEO Carmen Policy stepping asideStern believes Jordan will become an owner

Will it finally be time for Phil?
AUGUSTA, Ga. The man in the green jacket raved about Phil Mickelson's record at the Masters seven times in the top 10, no worse than seventh since 1999. Mickelson saw what was coming and beat everyone to the punch.

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