Sunday, April 11, 2004

Reds' hot start burns Pirates
CINCINNATI D'Angelo Jimenez drove in a pair of runs and the Cincinnati Reds extended their best start in 10 years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Saturday.

Gardeners share tips for getting plants growing
As springtime brings longer days and warmer temperatures, gardening enthusiasts in many parts of the country look out their kitchen windows at the plot of spare ground that soon will become this year's garden.

Nurse shortage a health hazard
Becky Hartman will tell you how crucial it is for a hospital to have enough nurses.

Soldotna Middle School pie auction a sweet success
Soldotna Middle School PTSA recently held a pie auction. The auction was held in conjunction with a wonderful choir and band concert. We would like to thank the members of the PTSA for helping organize this event.

Seniors appreciate support for Meals-on-Wheels program
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank Credit Union 1 and its staff for their generous donation to help support the Meals-on-Wheels program for area seniors. Your support is truly appreciated.

Community support makes AMVETS benefit a success
AMVETS Post No. 4 would like to thank the entire community for the unselfish support and donations given for our recent benefit for the Marquis family.

Tenenbaum, college serve Dena'ina culture well
Last night (April 1), it was such an honor to meet anthropologist and artist Dr. Joan Tenenbaum at Kenai Peninsula College's spring lecture as a featured speaker for the "Connected to the Tundra" presentation. To hear her speak of how she melded her past experiences living in villages in rural Alaska with her current work as a jewelry maker was so inspirational. Her book the Dena'ina Sukdua'a and her dissertation regarding the Dena'ina language have been books that have been invaluable resources to me for 20 years now as I travel around Cook Inlet teaching the Dena'ina language, history, stories, songs and dances.

Author thanks area residents for supporting book
There's been considerable interest in a book I published, "Umnak: The People Remember," since Shana Loshbaugh's wonderful review appeared in the Clarion.

Radio pledge drive shows support of local listners
Well, things here at the station have finally calmed down a little now that the winter fund drive is over. We've managed to catch up some of the other stuff that we let slide during the fund drive, and most of the reminders have been mailed, so I thought now is a good time to thank everybody for calling in their pledges of support for local public radio on KWJG 91.5 FM and KMJG 88.9 FM.

River Watch program suggested
Fully enforcing fishing, boating safety and other rules and regulations on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers has, in the past, proven to be not just difficult, but virtually impossible.

Trooper patrol vessel christened in Homer
Light rain and champagne fell on the Homer Harbor last Monday afternoon. Tracy Quance, an eighth-grader at Homer Middle School, shattered a bottle of bubbly on the side of the troopers' new patrol vessel, formally christening the P/V Augustine and lightly splattering a group of government officials, Alaska State Troopers and well-wishers.

Dock expansion planned in Kenai
A Kenai fish processor believes a major expansion at his Kenai River dock will enable his company to catch a new wave in the commercial fishing industry.

Assistant DA found dead in home
An assistant district attorney in Kenai was found dead in his home early Saturday morning.

J. Patrick Sullivan
Soldotna resident J. Patrick Sullivan died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna surrounded by family and friends. He was 57.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi after-prom committee to meetBoy Scouts food drive continuesKenai council schedules work sessionsPhotographers guild to meetAuction fund-raiser setSoroptimists meeting slatedPenDOG offers videosFish and Game bear baiting clinic set

Photo feature: Bonnets on parade
Lily Johnson, Sylvia Johnson and Rose Clement sport spring bonnets at an Easter luncheon Friday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Henderson, Chapman plan ceremony
Alicia A. Henderson and Phil Chapman plan to be married in October.

Volunteering takes toll on family
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, a time set aside to thank the community members who have given their time and talent to make a community a much better place.

Thief gets guilt trip over cell phone from stolen car's owner
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) A distraught woman used cell phone text messages to persuade a thief to return her car.

Activities funding vote sent the wrong message
Kenai Peninsula Borough residents had a chance to send a message last week at the ballot box, and in fact, they did.

My best friend
Charlie, a golden retriever, is known to many as a friendly and happy dog. His owners, Greg and Verda Benson, consider themselves fortunate to have him as their best friend.

CPR, rescue breathing for pets
As much as we try to protect our pets from harm, accidents occur. As such, it is important to be prepared for accidents before they happen, and one way to be prepared is to know how to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or what is commonly referred to as CPR.

Pet duck turns out to be not so lucky
RACINE, Wis. (AP) Jeremy Peterson sure was glad when his pet, Joe, came home until health officials told the teenager the duck had to go.

Caribbean Black Bean Chili

Late magic propels Wings past Preds
DETROIT Mathieu Schneider's slap shot went off the boards, off goalie Tomas Vokoun's skate and trickled into the net late in the third period Saturday to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Tigers' perfect year wrecked
DETROIT Minnesota set a Comerica Park record with six home runs, including two by light-hitting catcher Henry Blanco, and the Twins handed the Detroit Tigers their first loss of the season, 10-5 Saturday.

Snow keeps soccer teams in gymnasiums
Coaches across the Kenai Peninsula are taking a wait and see approach to this year's high school soccer season they need the snow to melt before they can figure out just what they've got in terms of talent.

Mickelson poised to nab Masters title
AUGUSTA, Ga. The guy with no majors suddenly has no worries.

Hawks stall Celtics' playoff drive
ATLANTA Bob Sura had his second straight triple-double and the Atlanta Hawks prevented the Boston Celtics from clinching a playoff spot with a 110-99 victory Saturday night.

Sports Briefs
Kenai's Nicholas sweeps Thrower's MeetKlitschko stopped by Brewster

Homer's Borgman eyes Summer Olympics
The Olympic torch was lit in late March and began its journey throughout Greece en route to Athens for the 2004 Summer Olympics. But for Homer native Stacey Borgman, like many Olympic hopefuls training throughout the world, the dream of competition began many years before.

Seavey wins regional title in wrestling
Sterling's Dallas Seavey dominated the 130-pound, Greco-Roman style bracket at the U.S.A. Wrestling Western Region Junior National Championships over the weekend, scoring a 14-4 technical fall over Vance Beeson of Eagle, Idaho, in the finals to claim the region title.

Nikiski's Hall back on track following surgery on heart
Zach Hall, a Nikiski High School graduate currently in his sophomore year at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., put together a solid season competing as a member of the Big Green varsity cross-country ski team.

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