Friday, April 9, 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.

Juneau's Bentz has successful major league debut with Expos
MIAMI Jim Abbott made Chad Bentz's road to the major leagues a little easier. Bentz grew up watching Abbott play without a right hand and always believed he could do the same. He proved it Wednesday night.

Tigers open 4-0
DETROIT Fernando Vina scored the go-ahead run on Brad Thomas' wild pitch in a five-run seventh, and the Detroit Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win their home opener 10-6 over the Minnesota Twins Thursday and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1985.

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.

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.

Casey, Acevedo lead Cincinnati to win over Chicago
CINCINNATI Sean Casey had three hits, including a two-run double, and Jose Acevedo pitched six solid innings Thursday to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 5-3.

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.

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.

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

Boomers are much like younger adults online
NEW YORK (AP) When Barbara Sloan needs directions to a friend's house, she doesn't consult the Rand McNally map sitting in the car.

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

Parents can teach their children a lot about personal finance
NEW YORK (AP) One of the most important skills parents can teach their children is how to manage money. And, fortunately, life often provides plenty of opportunities to do so.

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.

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

What's Happening
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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.

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

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

HEA candidate encourages questions from member voters
Questions for HEA Members:

Allegations against priest bear further investigation
Last week, I was among the many dismayed by an allegation of sexual misconduct by my dear, departed friend and spiritual mentor, the Rev. Robert J. Wells.

Don't take dividends away from military
This is in response to the letter about out-of-state residents losing their permanent fund dividends.

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.

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.

HEA board needs independent leadership, not union reps
The HEA board election will most likely already be decided by the time this appears in print but everyone should know what has happened at Homer Electric. I'm sure many of you are wondering why the HEA board elections have turned high profile and very competitive.

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.

Racing Facts
Racing Facts for Pepsi 300 for the NASCAR Busch Series (Race No. 7 of 34)

Gordon's not winning so what's the matter?
[EDNOTE]ATLANTA Jeff Gordon hasn't been oblivious to the rumors and criticism about his slow start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. In fact, he agrees with most of it.[EDNOTE]

Is expansion in the works for Nextel series?
ATLANTA Expansion to the regular season, including races on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, remains a way for stock car racing to keep up with demand from major markets to expand their presence on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Elliott Sadler
FORT WORTH, Tex. It took three years for Elliott Sadler to back up his first win on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series with a close victory over Kasey Kahne last Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway.

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.

Asset to ash family loses home
The McCurdy family used to live in a two-story log home with a basement. For nearly a month now, the family of four has been living in a shack behind the charred pit where their house used to be.

Whopper eyesore irritates council
A dilapidated Buick Riviera is causing a whopper of a problem for the city of Kenai.

Group gearing up for games
With the experience of traveling to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Canada behind them, area organizers for the Kenai Peninsula's 2006 Games have settled into the business of preparing locally for the event.

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.

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.

Identity theft threatens teachers
Social security numbers belonging to several Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees inadvertently were posted to the World Wide Web, putting the school workers at risk for identity theft, the district announced Monday.

The hunt is on for eggcellent activities
Every spring, colored eggs and chocolate bunnies awake from their year-long hibernation, go forth and multiply, until they become as inescapable as death and taxes.

Groups discuss work toward healthy community
Bounding to the fore like a gazelle wearing winter boots a mediator for the Kenai Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue practiced what she was about to preach about respecting others to resolve conflict.

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.

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

Aaron L. 'Cutty' Sarks
Aaron L. 'Cutty' Sarks died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Phoenix. He was 73.

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

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.

Gas prices not as bad as could be
Reports that a leading analyst doesn't expect the price of gasoline to fall any time soon probably are not what Alaskans want to hear as the summer vacation season approaches. Few things upset the people, and make politicians nervous, like a sharp and sustained rise in gasoline prices.

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.

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.

10 years later: Rwanda inaction was U.N. failure
Yesterday, on the 10th anniversary of the worst episode of racially motivated killing since World War II, the United Nations, which ignored the massacre when it occurred, sponsored a function in Geneva to discuss how to respond to such events in future. At that event, the Secretary General Kofi Annan proposed a plan of action to prevent them.

Fowled up
JUNEAU (AP) A bird beak deformity first recorded among black-capped chickadees near Anchorage has been increasingly seen in crows in Southeast Alaska, broadening an already mysterious phenomenon.

Canoe carved by Seattle students arrives in Hydaburg
KETCHIKAN (AP) A Haida war canoe made by Native students at a Seattle school has arrived in Hydaburg.

Alternative therapy for winter blues
Waiting for the snow to melt seems to have given birth to quite a few eccentric hobbies here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Boarder gets new outlook on life after fall
JUNEAU There's an old Taoist saying about a thousand-mile journey beginning with one step. For 32-year-old Russian expatriate Pasha Chernyakov, that step was a hard fall.

When it comes to fire management, several options are available
In my last Refuge Notebook article I wrote about the Alaska Interagency Wildland Fire Man-agement Plan (AIWFMP) and how it provides a fire management fram

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

Around the Peninsula
Wagoner to hold public meetings Knowles to speak on peninsula Genealogical society to meet Garden brunch scheduled Master gardeners to finish lecture series

U.S. Catholicism expects to add 150,000-plus adult converts this Easter
WASHINGTON (AP) America's Roman Catholic parishes expect to more than 150,000 new adult members to join the church this Easter season, the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Evangelism estimates.

Church briefs
Gospel sing starts Easter services Holy Week services listed Good thief to speak Weekend begins with Communion service Group to perform resurrection story Good Friday service tonight Sonrise service slated Community Easter service planned Matrix plans egg hunt, Easter drama Womens Aglow plans events Anniversary celebration planned Sterling Bible class begins Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Episcopal Church's leader explains disputed gay policy to world panel
LONDON (AP) Answering to a panel working to close a rift in Anglicanism over homosexual clergy, the leader of the Episcopal Church said his denomination has accepted gay clerics and an openly gay bishop because it is open to varying scriptural views on the issue.

First Catholic university in 40 years has conservative values and big plans
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) The nation's first new Roman Catholic university in four decades, Ave Maria University only has 122 students now. But its leaders are aiming high.

Mormons celebrate church's continuing growth
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reached a world membership of just under 12 million last year, a Mormon conference was told. The church is the fifth largest U.S. denomination, with 5.3 million members.

LA couple suing IRS to win deduction for religious school tuition
LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal tax case quietly working its way toward trial could have financial implications for many families, as an Orthodox Jewish couple sues the Internal Revenue Service to try and win a deduction for their children's religious education.

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

Peninsula cagers enjoy last hurrah
If the high school basketball season were a series of family portraits, the annual Kenai Peninsula All-Star Games would be the goof-off picture at the end where players simply do whatever they want.

Denver, Maine advance to Frozen Four championship
BOSTON (AP) Lukas Dora scored the game-winner with 11:35 left Thursday as Denver rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Minnesota Duluth 5-3 in the NCAA hockey semifinals and advance to the Frozen Four championship game.

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.

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

Lightning strike Islanders
TAMPA, Fla. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 30 shots, and Tampa Bay shut down the New York Islanders to take the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series opener 3-0 Thursday.

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.

Mavericks beat Jazz for sixth straight win
DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Antawn Jamison added 25, sending the Dallas Mavericks to their sixth straight victory and 50th of the season 117-94 over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

A tear and a smile
AUGUSTA, Ga. Back-to-back birdies brought out that boyish smile in Justin Rose. The loss of his longtime looper brought a tear to Tom Watson. A suspect swing made Tiger Woods look as vulnerable as ever.

Knicks are in, but can they compete?
NEW YORK Not since Luc Longley manned the middle and Glen Rice was griping about playing time have the New York Knicks been a playoff team.

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