Thursday, April 15, 2004

Bonds passes Mays
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds outdid his godfather and he has just two more baseball giants to chase.

Astros sweep series from Cardinals
ST. LOUIS Wade Miller won his fifth consecutive start against St. Louis and Lance Berkman homered for the second straight game, leading the Houston Astros over the Cardinals 11-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

Konerko dinger helps White Sox triumph
CHICAGO Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer to help Esteban Loaiza get his second win, and the White Sox beat the Kansas City 12-5 in Ozzie Guillen's Chicago debut as manager.

Airport project nearing finish
ANCHORAGE After years of delays and cost overruns, construction of a new concourse at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will be completed in time for the bulk of this summer's tourist traffic.

Railroad records strong profits
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Railroad Corp. is reporting much stronger-than-expected revenues of $127 million last year, resulting in a sizable profit for the state-owned railroad.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleHospital earns recognition for second yearMoney for commercial drivers training availableArea businesses sponsor food drivesGrocer offers tax refund check cashing service

Store owner specializes in custom undergarments
Size matters. Make that sizes plural. For a bra to fit, both the cup and band size matter. But what does a woman do if she isn't built to slip into the off-the-rack models offered by department and lingerie stores?

Rare 'Hamlet' edition fails to sell at auction
NEW YORK (AP) A rare edition of William Shakespeare's ''Hamlet,'' valued at well over $1 million, failed to sell at auction when the bidding fell short of the seller's minimum.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Ballroom dancing offeredCommunity conversation slatedOilers hold mascot naming contestPhoto contest announcedWriters' conference coming up

Memoir ponders Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound, famed for its wild beauty, suffered its own day of infamy March 24, 1989, when the "Exxon Valdez" oil spill made it a symbol of manmade environmental catastrophe.

New SoHi play offers escape from ordinary
A domestically challenged housewife with an overactive imagination, a henpecked husband embarrassed about his bald spot, a fancy dessert seldom made in Alaska, a nun with a taste for drambuie and a gigantic ape.

Sales tax proposal blasted
JUNEAU State Sen. Ben Stevens sparred with local government officials on Wednesday over his plan to impose a statewide sales tax in Alaska.

Governor backs fund plan
JUNEAU As time begins to run out on the Legislature, Gov. Frank Murkowski called on lawmakers to let voters decide whether to use a portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund to balance the state budget.

Letter seen as personal attack on those serving in Iraq
This is in response to the gentlemen who was attacking the establishment on flag display. Sir, no one knows respect or patriotism more than my family. I have a son in the Marines in the Fallujah and Ramadi area, you are attacking every single person there, without all the facts. Perhaps there was a more courteous way to handle your concern. I took your comments very personally.

Big oil firms get away with whatever is in their interest
It's been 15 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill blow-off and the mighty Exxon still has no double-hulled tankers in which to carry the revered, yet damaging, oil through whatever waters it chooses in Alaska. Other oil companies have accomplished this goal, and it isn't as if the Exxon got fined into bankruptcy. It stil doesn't pay taxes.

Holding dividends would help those currently in military
Rep. Paul Seaton's proposal is an excellent idea. One, it holds military personnel accountable for returning to the state. If you don't return, you will not receive your dividends.

Current HEA board members have positive momentum going
I'd like to thank Ron Rainey for his letter published in last Thursday's paper. No one wants to work with a negative, meanspirited, closed-minded personality and Ron's letter reflected just that!

Soldotna community enjoys family-friendly day of science
Soldotna Community Schools and Redoubt Elementary send a big thanks to Unocal and Mr. Allan Miller for their help with our recent Science Festival.

HEA members should take time to re-elect Nugent, Debnam
This is a reminder to strongly encourage members of Homer Electric Association to re-elect Debbie Debnam and Mike Nugent to the board of directors.

State's ecosystems should not be destroyed for more money
For Alaska's future, I write this letter. As a graduate in natural resources, I've found myself a conservationist at heart. A lot of Alaskans are preservationists, wanting absolutely no change in Alaska's wild frontier. Gov. Frank Murkowski and his political party are exploiters, wanting to take from the wilderness for the pure purpose of money.

New strategy likely needed to fix state's budget problem
The Legislature's attempts to fix the state's budget problem are going nowhere.

Business forum slated for Friday
The best and brightest in local business ideas will be discussed Friday at Kenai Peninsula College during the annual Kenai Peninsula Opportunities Forum, sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District.

Girl, 16, rescued from ice
A 16-year-old runaway was rescued from an ice floe bobbing in the mouth of the Kenai River on Wednesday evening by the very official personnel she was trying to evade.

Pet owners find rescuing cat not so easy
In a calculated move of desperation, Mickey leapt from the top of the spruce tree the cat had been stuck in for nearly a week to the tree's twin, a couple yards away.

Foul play ruled out in Kenai man's death
Foul play has been ruled out in the death of an assistant district attorney in Kenai who was found in his home early Saturday morning.

Murkowski, Knowles make stops on Kenai Peninsula
Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her likely Democratic Party challenger, former Gov. Tony Knowles, recently kicked off their campaigns for the U.S. Senate, including visits to the Kenai Peninsula in search of voter support.

Soldotna man, 12 others get dubious 'Muzzle' recognition
RICHMOND, Va. CBS Television, which passed on the miniseries ''The Reagans'' amid conservative pressure, and the Martha Stewart trial judge are among this year's winners of the dubious Jefferson Muzzle awards for suppression of free speech.

Kenai Post Office open for late filers
Central Kenai Peninsula residents planning to wait until the last minute to file their 2003 federal income tax returns are in luck.

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Looking for solutions
Kenai Peninsula teachers are taking a stand this week in an effort to urge lawmakers to improve education funding.

Photo feature: Dusting off the city
Kyle Wisnewski clears winter gravel from the lawn in front of Kenai Veterinary Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. He said he was doing the work as a community service project for the Civil Air Patrol.

Borough shows mixed results in gross sales
Gross sales recorded in the 10 business sectors measured by the Kenai Peninsula Borough showed a mixed bag of results, but overall, produced a decline of 1.6 percent during the fourth quarter of 2003 compared to the fourth quarter of 2002, according to the latest figures released in March by the borough's Community and Economic Development Division.

Daniel Leland Knackstedt
Longtime Alaska resident Daniel Leland Knackstedt died Monday, April 12, 2004, in Sparks, Nev., from cancer with his family at his bedside. He was 52.

9th Circuit Court should be divided What others say
Is it possible for a single circuit among the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals to effectively serve one-fifth of the nation's population?

Outsourcing not key issue
The continuing media symposium on the exportation of American jobs overseas may actually have intensified in recent days. While there are intriguing arguments both pro and con for so-called "outsourcing," the real issue in this election season is whether the American people personally know anyone who has lost his or her job to a worker in a foreign land.

Athens may need other nations' help for Games' security
The Olympics in Athens this summer were always going to be a difficult enterprise. The city was selected for the 2004 Games in part out of guilt that it had been rejected in favor of Atlanta for the centenary event in 1996, more than absolute confidence that it could manage efficiently. ...

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimists meeting slatedKCHS to hold spring concertBlood Bank to hold couples day

Around the Peninsula
DAV to hold first nominations of officers Kenai River advisory board meeting set RCAC meeting agendas available Little League registration deadline looms Master gardeners to finish lecture series Church to celebrate 50th anniversary Track meet entries needed by Monday Genealogical class scheduled Social Security reps to visit area

Redoubt Elementary
Blaine Carver will represent Redoubt at the Masonic Outstanding Student Award Night on Thursday. All Redoubt Masonic nominees and their parents are invited to a pizza lunch at 11:10 a.m. today in the library.

Kenai Middle
Seventh- and eighth-grade borough forensics competition results are as follows:

Kenai Montessori Preschool
This month at Kenai Montessori School, the main theme is spring. Students are studying animal and plant life cycles and growing vegetables, plants and flowers from seed for gardens.

Soldotna Middle
The seventh-grade counselor for next year, Mrs. Dougherty, will visit the elementary schools on the following dates:

KPBSD Student Art Show winners announced
The following students received awards for their entries in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's 15th annual Student Art Show, now on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center:

Sears Elementary
The PTA will meet at 5 p.m. April 22 in the library. The PTA is looking for new board members for next year. Anyone interesting may call Sears at 283-4826.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Super preschoolers last week were Noah and Drake.

Kenai Masons plan award night
The Masonic Lodge of Kenai will hold its annual Outstanding Student Award Night at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kenai Central High School. The award focuses on academic excellence, student leadership and character traits. Awards are given to one student from the highest grade at each area public school.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The preschool will host visitation for the 2004-05 school year from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. This is a time for parents and students ages 3, 4 and 5 to visit the facility, review the curriculum and meet with teachers. A registration packet will be available at visitation. For more information, call 262-1284.

Sterling Head Start
The children learned about weather this week and also had pictures taken by Magic Moments.

Connections
Connections currently is enrolling kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2004-05 school year. Call 262-6315 for an enrollment appointment.

Student of the Month
The following students were named Students of the Month at Sterling Elementary School:

Soldotna Montessori Charter
SMCS will host a family fun activity night on Earth Day, April 22. Activities will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. There will be many fun activities featuring arts and crafts, Earth Day activities and math estimation activities.

Registration for summer classes under way
Kenai Peninsula College will be busy this summer with 21 classes on the schedule that include a Dena'ina language institute, an arts institute for both adults and youth, and four sessions of the Kenai Fishing Academy. Registration is available to the public via the KPC Web site at www.kpc.alaska.edu or from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily in the KPC Bookstore.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the third quarter at Kenai Middle School.

Soldotna High
The drama department will present the comedy "The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Friday. Admission is $5.

Nikiski debate team makes history at state
The Nikiski High School debate team talked circles around the competition earlier this month, earning the top three spots in the state drama, debate and forensics tournament in Anchorage.

Cook Inlet Academy
Orders for 2003-04 yearbooks are being taken at the office. The price is $18 until Friday, then it increases to $23.

Art show celebrates talents of peninsula youth
The Kenai Fine Arts Center always is dedicated to celebrating the artwork of the community, but this month, it will focus on a slightly younger set of artists than normal.

Grace Lutheran
This week at Grace Lutheran, the children are studying a few of the Old Testament kings of Israel.

Mountain View Elementary
The 2004 D.A.R.E. class held a graduation ceremony April 6. Officers George, Louthan and Langseth shared the history of the program and the new changes in the curriculum with a maximum-capacity audience.

Wings Christian Academy
The students who made the honor roll last quarter will have an honor roll trip Monday. They will ride up to the Anchorage Mall for the day.

Kenai Central High
Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Promenade lineup will begin at 6:50 with the promenade at 7:30 p.m. There is a $2 donation requested to watch the promenade.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library to elect new officers.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences
Kaleidoscope School is taking applications for students entering first and second grade for the 2004-05 school year. Several informational meetings for parents already have been held and applications have started to come in.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The first-graders are making progress with their reading skills. The final district testing will be next week. The goal is to have all first-graders reading at least 40 words per minute by the end of the year. Families are reminded to keep practicing at home with the take-home books and the Sunshine-Moonbeams-Skylights book.

Tustumena Elementary
Alaska State Trooper Vic Aye will conclude D.A.R.E. instruction for the fifth- and sixth-graders this week. A graduation ceremony date will be announced next week. Thanks to Trooper Aye for his services to Tustumena students.

Mavs defeat Grizzlies
DALLAS Rookie Marquis Daniels continued his recent roll with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, helping the Dallas Mavericks secure the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 110-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

Mickelson still basking in the glow of victory
SAN DIEGO Back in his hometown, Phil Mickelson walked into an exclusive country club looking a lot like he did at dusk two days earlier at Augusta National.

Sports Briefs
Whalers take third at HomerAFC West will be active on ChristmasBarnett says those at 2001 party share blameRoddick wins 10th straight match

Flyers close to eliminating Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Move over Martin Brodeur. There's a new unflappable goaltender in the NHL.

Part of the game: Sura not the first to try to pad his stats
ATLANTA Bob Sura didn't make any pretense about it.

Lakers clinch Pacific crown
PORTLAND, Ore. Shaquille O'Neal says the turmoil has been set aside. The Los Angeles Lakers are in playoff mode.

Vokoun impressive in Predators win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tomas Vokoun continued his suffocating play, stopping 41 shots and shutting out the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Tuesday night as the Nashville Predators evened their first-round series 2-2.

UConn's Gordon goes pro
STORRS, Conn. Ben Gordon always expected to be in the NBA next season. The national title he helped Connecticut win made his decision even easier.

SoHi girls, boys draw with Grace
The Soldotna boys and girls soccer teams started their season Tuesday by tying Grace Christian in a pair of games at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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