Monday, April 12, 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.

Ortiz powers Boston past Blue Jays
BOSTON Mark Bellhorn hit a tying single in the ninth inning and David Ortiz had a two-run homer in the 12th, giving the Red Sox a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

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.

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.

Competition a good thing for HEA election process
This is the second and sanitized version of my first draft in speaking my mind about the cooperative's election of directors this year. Snooks Moore is a smart lady, she deserves the right to run again, but a little competition would be more exciting.

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.

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.

Rainey knowledgeable enough to deal with HEA administration
When asked about the HEA board candidates I indicated I intended to vote for Ron Rainey. It was suggested that as a retired management employee he would side only with management.

U.S. flags should be lit if flown during nighttime
Every night when the McDonald's restaurant closes, the outdoor lights are turned out and the United States flag is left flying in the darkness. I called and talked with a manager and she stated that she "knew this was not good" and "would leave a note with the night shift." This was about a month ago, so I'm not inclined to believe they are going to make any changes. Maybe if they see this in print, they will stop disrespecting our flag.

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.

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.

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.

Newspaper court reports leave wrongly accused unsatisfied
After reading your newspaper on March 22 of this year, it has come to my attention that the wording used in your court reports seems to be very biased. After my own experience being involved in the court system (over eight months) and later leading to a jury trial in which I was found not guilty, very misleading and derogatory terms were used to describe my situation.

Newspaper headlines mislead, help media distort the truth
I have a hard time believing the national news media is as anti-American as their editorials and headlines portray. Their headlines don't even come close to matching the subject matter of the article.

'Dude' fishers won't work; try 'dude' lawmakers
"Dude" legislators would add a new brand of legislation. Maybe we should try licensing tourists to enact legislation.

Tobacco tax unbalanced, won't fix budget problem
What group of people in Alaska pay the most taxes? The answer: Smokers! Currently, a one-pack-a-day smoker pays at least $365 a year in cigarette taxes. At two packs a day, a smoker pays $730 in cigarette taxes each year. With the additional cigarette and tobacco tax that Gov. Mor-tax-ski is pressing on our Legislature, a two-pack smoker will pay $1,460 a year in cigarette taxes. Hey, why not just take the permanent fund dividend away from smokers? They don't dare to suggest that, but in effect, that's exactly what they're going to do.

Temps kick breakup into action
The Kenai River is not in imminent danger of flooding from snowmelt. In fact, all signs point to a normal, uneventful breakup.

Wagoner bill passes easily
Last year, 41 correctional officers faced the potential for exposure to blood-borne pathogens, in most cases because of intentional actions taken by prisoners in their charge, Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, told the House State Affairs Committee during a hearing Friday.

Kenai church marking anniversary on Sunday
Often the stuff of the heaviest school books history over the years has drawn yawns and nodding heads from many a pupil. Much is to be learned from the subject, though, and some Kenai Peninsula church women have set upon the task of making it interesting, at least for those attending the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai.

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.

Peninsula stores gear up for fishing
With fishing season just weeks away, central Kenai Peninsula businesses already are stocking their shelves in preparation for the shopping frenzy that occurs annually as anglers begin to make preseason purchases.

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.

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

Ordinance would restrict plaza use for skateboarders
JUNEAU Skateboarders will have to leave Juneau's Marine Park Plaza to the tourists in summer when vans or buses are present, if a proposed city ordinance passes.

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.

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.

Attack on wildlife group unfounded, not supported by the facts
Alaska Board of Game Chair Mike Fleagle's complaints about a newspaper advertisement by Defenders of Wildlife on aerial wolf killing simply don't hold water.

Unattractive U.S. options the result of bad decisions
The panoply of bad choices facing the U.S. occupation in Iraq is the result of the larger dubious choice to invade the country in the first place.

U.S., NATO summit could help salvage situation in Iraq
The latest events in the Shiite centers of Iraq could turn out to be a political catastrophe for the Bush Administration. For this could lead to the escalation of a smoldering revolt that until now had been limited to the Sunni areas and with it the danger that the planned handover of power to Iraqi authorities at the end of June might have to be postponed. ...

Soldier carries Alaska with him
It's been a while since Todd Gray has seen his native Alaska, but the state is never far from the soldier's memory.

Area residents serving country in military
Last week, the Peninsula Clarion ran a list of area residents serving in the military. The following is a list of soldier information submitted to the Clarion in the past week.

Around the Peninsula
Rowing club to give presentationPreschool to hold fund-raiserMeeting set for historical society boardCPGH to offer childbirth classesSunday last day to snowmachine in refugeSeniors to hold saleRep. Wolf plans town meetingKayak festival scheduled

Peninsula People
Area students named to honor rollHomer man completes Marine training

Community News
Auction fund-raiser plannedRelay for Life information availableHost family neededOilers seeking jobs, hosts for players

Jaime June (Johnson) and Burr Joseph Maly Binget Sue (Hansen) and Mats Stefan Patrik Nilsson Lynette and David Saldivar

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

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.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminded to preregistered participants. Anyone interested in a class or activity should call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Caribbean Black Bean Chili

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.

Mickelson earns first major title with dramatic putt
AUGUSTA, Ga. Phil Mickelson in a green jacket. Even he had a hard time believing it.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Nashville feasts on Red Wings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Nashville Predators made the first home playoff game in their six-year history a day to remember.

Kings sink Lakers to end late-season slump
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Chris Webber had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Doug Christie added 21 points to his superb defense and the Sacramento Kings halted their late-season skid with a 102-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

First time's a charm
AUGUSTA, Ga. Phil Mickelson gathered up his oldest child in his arms and held on tight, as though he needed reassurance that everything he was feeling was real.

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.

Davenport wins 40th career title
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. You don't collect 40 titles on the WTA Tour without knowing how to size up an opponent.

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

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