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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

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.

Bonds blasts No. 660
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run to match godfather Willie Mays for third on baseball's career list and help the San Francisco Giants defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 on Monday.

Retro is becoming old in ballpark construction
PHILADELPHIA Barry Larkin is a big fan of ballparks. Heck, he even named his oldest daughter after a favorite place to play she's Brielle D'Shea, as in Shea Stadium.

Future Problems Solvers prepare for statewide competition
As courts, jurors, and the best minds in the country debate the impact of the media and its industries on society and its behavior, Quest students from across the State of Alaska will gather next week to offer their solutions to this year's scenario.

Nikiski forensic champs entertain School Board
It was the bright spot, the comedy relief, of an otherwise intense School Board meeting last week, as Board members wrestled with the difficulties of passing a balanced budget without being certain of State funding allocations. Ramona Baker, a senior, and Josh Ball, a sophomore at Nikiski High School, performed a hilarious duet, a piece from Neil Simon's "A Prisoner on 2nd Avenue." Their skit brought laughs and a standing ovation from those assembled at Borough Hall to deal with the hard core budget process.

Laurine Maxwell finds life after retirement
Two years ago Laurine Maxwell officially retired from the Kenai Peninsula School District, today she is busier than ever pursuing another avenue of life that she is passionate about; sculptured-beaded jewelry.

NOW PLAYING: The Alamo
In Texas, as well as elsewhere, but mostly in Texas, the Alamo has taken on mythic proportions. Though it occurred just over 160 years ago, the small battle for Texas Independence might as well be the Battle of Troy for all the drama and importance it has become imbued with. This kind of aura is exactly what draws filmmakers, and exactly what makes such filmmaking such a daunting task. In it's current filmic incarnation, The Alamo strives too far for seemingly opposing goals, historical accuracy and high drama, and achieves only weak versions of either.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Holding dividends punishes Alaskans serving in military
I'm a member of the military and I am on active duty stationed in Texas. I am also an Alaska resident. Did I ask for my family and I to be sent to Texas? No, I go where I am told. So does that mean that since I am outside of Alaska with my family, I don't plan to ever come home again?

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.

Engineer, earthquake survivor disagrees with new information
As a survivor of the 1971 earthquake in Sylmar, Calif., I offer the following suggestion: Page 1 of the "Earthquake in Alaska" reference document is in error in its statement that doorways are not good places to stand during an earthquake.

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.

Old chairs get new life through fund-raising art endeavor
The After the Bell Program and 4-H recently cooperated in a wonderful art project that involved middle school students, teachers and community volunteers. Recycled wooden folding chairs were given new life with the addition of vibrantly painted copies of famous works of art.

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.

Photo feature: Peeking out
Crocus blossoms rise above last fall's dead leaves in front of Soldotna Elementary School on Saturday. The tiny flowers are among the first to sprout each spring. The Kenai Peninsula's spring thaw is expected to continue, as forecasters call for highs in the mid-40s through the weekend.

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.

Late tax filers need to watch for errors
JUNEAU Shopping for a tax preparer isn't like shopping for Christmas presents.

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.

HEA elections heat up
Diminishing supplies of natural gas, the future of alternative energy sources, union influence on board decisions and the bottom line of the budget are issues being discussed by five candidates for three open seats on the Homer Electric Association board of directors.

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.

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.

Jake Ketscher
Kenai resident Jake Ketscher died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 31.

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. ...

Proposed legislation not best way to keep U.S. waterways clean
Alaska has led the nation in getting the cruise ship industry to clean up its act. And we've done it without going to extremes, as a new federal proposal does.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Connections continues meetingsKCHS after-graduation meeting plannedPFLAG to meetRowing club to give presentationRiver issues topic for Fish and Game groupTree care class offeredKennel club offering dog classesRefuge sponsors bird sightings hot line

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

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

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

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

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.

Bentz, Boozer are good athletes, citizens
For the past two years, Alaska sports fans have been able to watch Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer play basketball with the best in the world as a power forward for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

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.

Unusual upbringing helps Cousins excel
Homer senior Chantrelle Cousins did not have a typical upbringing. This goes a long way toward explaining why Cousins is not a typical athlete, or a typical high school student.

Elias, Gomez pace Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Patrik Elias scored two goals and Scott Gomez had three assists for the New Jersey Devils, who got back into their first-round playoff series with a 4-2 victory Monday night over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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.

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