Friday, April 8, 2005

Chest pains sideline Red Sox manager
NEW YORK — Chest pains forced Terry Francona into a hospital Wednesday. How soon the Boston manager returns to his team remains to be seen.

Francona doing better
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not have a heart attack and results of medical tests on him ''are very good,'' Boston's team doctor said Thursday.

Baseball's average salary at record $2.6 million
NEW YORK — Baseball's big-money boom pushed the average salary to a record $2.6 million on opening day, and the New York Yankee' payroll of just under $200 million topped five teams combined.

Big rally pushes Indians past White Sox
CHICAGO — Casey Blake, Coco Crisp and Ronnie Belliard hit ninth-inning homers off Shingo Takatsu, and the Cleveland Indians rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 11-5 Thursday behind Victor Martinez's go-ahead single in the 11th.

Boston avoids broom in Bronx
NEW YORK — Playing without ailing manager Terry Francona, the Boston Red Sox rallied for five runs against Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning and beat the New York Yankees 7-3 Wednesday to avoid a season-opening sweep.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Job and career fair slated Homer chamber mixer set

Moving in! Trustworthy Hardware reopening
Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware owner Paul Miller remembers when he told his wife, Sherril, he wanted to move his store into a larger building.

A dog's life: Warrior still running strong
Editor's note: Since first appearing in the Peninsula Clarion in 2001, a photograph of the dog Warrior, then a part of Jon Little's team for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, has run several more times in the paper, most recently on the cover of the Clarion's Iditarod special section. Warrior has retired from competitive distance racing, but his current owner, Mitch Michaud, submitted the following column to update readers on the sled dog's career.

Whats happening
Best Bets Events and exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

From the bookshelf
Alaska and contemporary musicology have little in common. Yet they intersect in the person of John Luther Adams. The Fairbanks-area resident (who uses his full name to avoid confusion with fellow composer John Adams) works at the fringe of experimental art music. Most such creative efforts survive only in major cities, but Alaska is so central to his inspiration that he elects to remain here.

NOW PLAYING: Sin City
Try as I might, it is difficult to describe the way I felt upon leaving Sin City Saturday afternoon. Revved up? Repulsed? Worn out? Ready for more? How about all at the same time?

Comedy's history
The Soldotna High School drama department is undertaking an impressive task this weekend — presenting the history of humanity. The abridged version, at least.

Marijuana far less harmful than prescription drugs, tobacco
Senate Bill 74 versus a public opinion of 138,000 yes votes for marijuana.

Borough budget proposals should match revenue — period
Is anyone out there wondering why the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is having such a hard time balancing its 2006 budget? This question was bothering me until I attended its meeting Tuesday. I now believe I understand why the assembly is having such a hard time.

Hockey tournament brought out the best in community
As the winter comes to a close, I would like to point out some events and happenings that had great economic impact to our area but go unnoticed, to some, as an economic benefit.

Help installing new chamber toilet much appreciated
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce we would like to thank John McGee, assistant manager of Home Depot, for the bighearted gift of a new toilet for the Chamber Cabin and to Dream Team member Glenn Clifford for removing the old one and installing the new one.

Individuals, businesses helped make women's ride a success
The Way Out Women of the Kenai Peninsula extend a huge thank you to all who participated, donated and just plain supported the first Kenai Peninsula Way Out Women's ride.

There's no place for an adult bookstore in Soldotna
Please print my letter concerning the "adult bookstore-peep shows," that we do not want this kind of business in our towns.

School board: State should be sued for defraud
Frustration with the budget was apparent at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting, as the topic drifted to inadequate state funding.

Bill would take Permanent Fund money for hatcheries
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A new proposal has surfaced in the Legislature for how to fund construction of a fish hatchery in Fairbanks along the Chena River and improve two hatcheries in Anchorage.

Dirty work
Morgan Burdick sweeps winter's dirt from a sidewalk in Soldotna on Wednesday afternoon. City workers in Soldotna and Kenai have been working on the spring cleaning project.

Plenty of risk associated with mine project
Even as the sweet smell of success urges Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. forward toward development of its Pebble Mine site northwest of Iliamna, a company report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suggests Americans suing mine managers might not find justice or compensation for wrongs in U.S. courts should things turn sour.

Conference aims to bring reps together on Pebble Mine topic
Along with scores of students expected to attend, residents of Bristol Bay communities eager to hear from mining and state officials about plans for a huge open-pit mine northwest of Iliamna will crowd into the limited space of an Iliamna village teen center Friday for the opening of a two-day educational event sponsored by the Bristol Bay Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Conference seeks answers to jobs question
With all the talk in Alaska about new mines and pipelines, people are starting to wonder where all of the workers will come from.

Mine infrastructure needs are many
Building and operating a mine on the Pebble porphyry northwest of Iliamna isn't a matter of opening the earth and extracting its wealth. The mine's future location is miles from a port capable of handling its output for shipment out of Alaska.

Council: Water, sewer rates rising in Kenai
It's that time of year again. For the third year in a row, Kenai water and sewer users will soon see an increase in the rates they pay for city utilities.

Assembly's veto override fails
An attempt to override a mayoral veto of an ordinance requiring summarized estimates of the anticipated economic effects of future proposed ordinances, commonly called fiscal notes, failed at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting when veto opponents could muster only five of the six votes needed.

Bed-tax change proposed
Following a lengthy and often impassioned public hearing Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to reduce the tax levy in the proposed bed tax from 8 percent to 4 percent, and then scheduled at least two more public hearings for the controversial measure before final action would be considered.

Paul Kim
Longtime Alaska resident Paul Kim died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 87.

Anna E. Stroman
Longtime Nikiski resident Anna E. Stroman died Monday, April 4, 2005, at her home. She was 50.

Mary Louise Cartee-Stevens
Former Soldotna resident Mary Louise Cartee-Stevens died Monday, April 4, 2005, in Boise, Idaho. She was 75.

James 'Jim' H. Jenkins
Former Kenai resident James "Jim" H. Jenkins died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, in Tucumcari, N.M. He was 81.

Dolly Spencer
Longtime Homer resident Dolly Spencer died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 75.

Paul Kim
Longtime Alaska resident Paul Kim died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 87.

Warren Moore
Longtime Soldotna and Kasilof area resident Warren Moore died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 102.

Oney Pearl 'Cookie' Stuefloten
Longtime Ninilchik resident Oney Pearl "Cookie" Stuefloten died Monday, April 4, 2005, at her home. She was 86.

Cheney nepotism has no place in U.S. government
The nomination of Vice President Dick Che-ney's son-in-law as top lawyer at the Department of Homeland Security, coupled with the appointment of Cheney's daughter to a senior State Department post, are a strain of nepotism not usually seen in American government.

Home show, airport worth getting out for
This week's more spring-like weather is making Kenai Peninsula residents want to get out and about, and there are two good reasons to do that.

Outdoor Briefs
Clarion collecting duct tape tales

Wildland fire behavior prediction is both science and art
Predicting wildland fire behavior is somewhat like predicting the behavior of a wild animal. Wildlife biologists or behavioral scientists may study a species or observe the individual activities of an animal over a period of time, and become somewhat proficient at predicting behavior.

Courses prep wilderness first-responders
JUNEAU — Several agencies in town are training people to treat trauma and other medical situations in the middle of nowhere.

'Mother' Boyle builds global gear company
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gert ''Mother'' Boyle has lived her life and built Columbia Sportswear into a billion-dollar global business guided by a few simple rules, rugged determination and a playful wit.

Officials brace for mushroom boom in areas impacted by wildfires
ANCHORAGE — Alaska has a history of booms — fur, gold, oil. This summer could see another — a 'shroom boom.

Around the Peninsula
Family resource workshop slated Domestic violence workshop set Reads begins registration

Around the Peninsula
Blood drive setLittle League registration continuesGenealogical society to meetRotary rose sale beginsCity council work session slatedKPC council meeting plannedDinner, auction benefit scheduled

Cardinals sworn to secrecy for vote
VATICAN CITY — Excommunication. ''Grave penalties'' meted out by the pope himself.

Web search yields pews for Funny River church
For less than the price of the lumber alone, the newly built Lutheran Community Church in Funny River now has 21 like-new white oak pews, thanks to an Internet search that directed the faithful to www.usedpews.org.

Networks placing new faith in religious shows
LOS ANGELES — The Gospel according to Mel, as the TV industry views it, is that religion sells.

Resurrecting church attendance after Easter
After Easter, some pack away their religion until Christmas or even the next resurrection celebration, but an annual dressed-up trek to church on Easter Sunday, without allowing this miracle to radically change our lives, misses the significance of the resurrection and is a far cry from what happened following the first Easter.

Religion Briefs
Missionary league to meet40 Days of Purpose campaign setMatrix to meetDrama performance setClothing availableBible study group to meetClothes Quarters openRelationship seminar set

Masters starts wet, wacky
AUGUSTA, Ga. — What started as a wet Masters soon turned into a wacky one.

Grizzlies roar past Raptors 104-74
TORONTO — Pau Gasol scored 26 points to lead to the Memphis Grizzlies to 104-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Woods the main attraction, but no longer the main event
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is still the main attraction at the Masters.

Hagen-Lillevik throws many irons in the fire
Kenai Central senior Synneva Hagen-Lillevik does not know what her major in college will be yet, but she will have a bunch of recreational pursuits and hobbies to help her relax as she pursues that major.

Knicks beaten by Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jason Kidd had 28 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 66th career triple-double, and the New Jersey Nets kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Knicks 110-98 Thursday night in a physical game that sent New York to its season-high eighth straight loss.

NHL GMs, players discuss rules changes
ROMULUS, Mich. — Even with NHL ice empty for nearly seven months, general managers and players are trying to find better ways to fill the net.

Kenai's Canady helps Sioux reach finals
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Erik Fabian is rounding into form, just in time for the North Dakota's final game.

Photo feature: Bull ... twinkle?
A yearling moose browses alongside Kalifornsky Beach Road on Thursday morning. Spring weather means easier meals for the large animals.

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