Friday, April 15, 2005

Mariners top Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Aaron Sele allowed three hits in 6 1-3 innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Wednesday for Mike Hargrove's 1,000th victory as a major league manager.

Marlins topple Phillies
MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis threw a three-hitter for his second consecutive shutout, and the Florida Marlins used another pitching gem to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules O'Claray to visit Kenai

Got beer?
Some people are passionate about their beer and wine. Rod Matson is passionate about beer and wine supplies.

Anglers enjoy all upper Kenai has to offer
Open water, pleasant weather and rumors — some of them even substantiated — of big rainbow trout have been drawing anglers jonesing for the first bite of the season to the upper Kenai River in recent weeks.

New set of rules: Regulation changes take effect today
Time to check the rule book. As of 12:01 a.m. today, a number of sport fishing regulation changes that apply to Kenai Peninsula anglers are in effect. The changes were passed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries at meetings held earlier this year in Anchorage.

Cheap thrills come from short climbs in bouldering
ALBANY, N.Y. — Greg Beaudet drives into upstate New York's Shawangunk Mountains on weekends, meets up with a partner and climbs boulders all day. They don't go much higher than 20 feet, a far piece from the storied cliffs that surround the boulders and draw alpinists from around the world. But they do face difficulties that would make some traditional climbers cringe.

Art Briefs
Artists and crafters sought Award open to young Alaskans Vendors wanted for Saturday markets Peninsula Art Guild announces scholarships Submissions wanted from Alaska women Student artwork wanted for book cover

From the bookshelf: Feisty rower's tale a charming adventure
In the spring of 1937, the economy was in the doldrums, Europe was descending into turmoil and Amelia Earhart set out to fly around the world. In such times, young people got strange ideas. Betty Annette Lowman, for example. Traveling mostly alone, she rowed 1,300 miles along the Pacific Northwest coast in two months.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Bringing out the beauty
Though her character has been feared by generations of kids watching Disney's rendition of the "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale, Kathleen Knowlton says she loves playing Carabosse, the evil fairy who everyone hates for putting Aurora to sleep.

Music to the eyes
When Jim Evenson poises over blank paper with paintbrush in hand, no one can guess what the finished product will look like — sometimes not even Evenson himself.

Reader opposes any proposed censorship
I am not against the ordinance on adult stores proposed by the city of Soldotna but feel it comes close to censorship. I am writing this letter because of the recent comments printed in the paper and my objections to them. I don't believe that adult businesses are "garbage," or that they promote bad morals and poor family values. Everyone has a different idea of what morals are — good or bad — and I find it hard to say what our "public" morals are.

Politicians don't need access to Alaska Permanent Fund
We don't part with the fund because it would further enable the state to misuse funds. It would act as a reward for an inability to keep a balanced budget. The only pro in the situation is that it would put off the problem (of keeping within a budget) to some later date.

Head Start fund-raiser meets with success
Sterling Head Start had there second annual fund-raising dinner, show and auction April 2. It was a huge success! It couldn't have happened without the tremendous support of many individuals, businesses owners and the community.

ConocoPhillips, teachers and parents help D.A.R.E. succeed
The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 14 years to teach fifth-grade students the D.A.R.E. program at the Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai. Through hard work and dedication, the School District and the police department have graduated well over 2200 students since the beginning of the D.A.R.E. program in Kenai.

Man charged with burning son
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been charged with burning his 9-year-old son on the face and inside his mouth with a hot butter knife.

Skyview's Karnikis competes in biathlon
Taylor Karnikis, who just completed his sophomore season for the Skyview High School ski team, competed in the North American Biathlon Championships in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, from March 30 to April 3.

Berlusconi threatens crackdown on violent fans
ROME — Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday that ''drastic measures'' may be needed to stem the rise of violence at Italian soccer stadiums, a day after a fan hit a goalkeeper with a flare in a European Champions League quarterfinal.

Peninsula officials meet with Dow Chemical
Kenai Peninsula Borough and state officials met with a delegation from Dow Chemical Co. on Thursday to have a "preliminary conversation" with the company about possibly starting operations on the Kenai Peninsula.

Students, teachers faced tough tests
Last week, students across Alaska successfully completed federally mandated standardized tests designed to gauge progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. But following the completion of the tests, many educators on the Kenai Peninsula were left wondering if too much of students' time and effort went into the testing process itself.

Not here
A proposed adult book and novelty store in Soldotna city limits resulted in overwhelming public outcry in an emotionally emphatic city council meeting Wednesday.

Era adds 2 new planes; sale nears completion
In an effort to signal company's health, Paul Landis, senior vice president for Era Aviation, said the regional airline is about to purchase two new airplanes, and that a deal to sell the airline is almost complete.

Special goggles give students new vision on alcohol influence
Soldotna High School students on Wednesday got a glimpse of what it looks like to drive under the influence of alcohol. A Soldotna police officer and an Alaska State Trooper also were on hand to run the students through a field sobriety test administered to people who are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving.

Wizards clinch playoff berth
WASHINGTON — Larry Hughes scored 23 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 93-82 on Wednesday night to earn their first playoff berth since 1997.

Coming together
Since the consolidation of Nikiski Elementary and North Star Elementary schools this year, teachers and students have come a long way to make the school one population instead of two who just happen to share a building.

Corrosion blamed for Kuparuk spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Pipeline corrosion was the cause of an oily water spill in the Kuparuk oil field, officials said.

Nike sees dollar signs in magical shot
For Woods, it was a triumph. For Nike, it was a marketing coup — and a lucky one. Some 2,750 miles away from the 16th hole at Augusta National, Nike Golf's director of marketing Chris Mike was scrambling for the phone. Nike, he suggested to a colleague, had the makings of its new ad campaign.

Guide regs moving forward
A group originally tasked with finding ways to limit the number of Kenai River guides has come up with a proposed set of regulations that calls for strict new requirements on anyone wanting to take anglers fishing on the state's most popular river.

McCants among four more who declare for NBA draft
North Carolina found out about the first of its four underclassmen who could leave school early.

Borough sales top $2 billion
Business was good in the Kenai Peninsula Borough last year, a period in which gross sales grew by 7.3 percent over 2003 and broke the $2 billion mark, and taxable sales jumped 6.1 percent, according to the latest borough quarterly economic report.

Shadow dance
A shadow cast by a windmill gambols across the front of a garage at the Arthur Foss residence in Kenai earlier this week. The central Kenai Peninsula is gaining more than five minutes of sunlight a day as the summer months approach.

On Patriot Act provisions...
... Past American statesmen ranging from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Robert F. Kennedy have pointed out the temptation to combat deplorable practices by adopting them. It's a warning we've been slow to heed, though, as certain Patriot Act provisions demonstrate, not to mention the embarrassing disclosures at Abu Ghraib ...

Students get to learn 1 last valuable lesson
With so many of our Kenai Peninsula seniors nearing the end of their high school careers, it would be a tragedy for any of them to finish it this way. But the possibility is there.

Passport plan should be sent packing
A plan by the Department of Homeland

Effect of first combat death felt statewide
The combat death of a young U.S. Marine from Salcha brought to life an occurrence that many, whether to slight or great degree, likely suspected would happen at some point during the war in Iraq. Until Lance. Cpl. Jeremiah Kinchen died in an explosion during combat activities on Monday, no Alaska resident had died in battle in Iraq.

An outdoor view: Improving the sports shows
Things would be a little different if they'd let me organize the outdoor sports shows in Soldotna and Anchorage.

All types: Moab Easter Jeep safari lures four-wheel drivers
OGDEN, Utah — Moab gets a little crazy on Easter weekend. Nowhere else will you see a Hummer towing a trailer containing another Hummer. On no other Main Street in America are hoodless Jeeps and beefed-up, rusted-out Toyotas considered common sights. Nowhere else will you see so many trucks completely mud-covered other than the smeared paths of two windshield wipers.

Refuge notebook: Refuge ecologist awed by visit to Costa Rica's forests
A visit to the tropics is as close as ecologists ever get to heaven during their mortal lifetimes. Only in the tropics can you see the full splendor of plant and animal life — the brilliant birds, the flowers, the little frogs and lizards, and amazing bugs of all sizes. And of course only in the tropics can you find yourself hosting the greatest variety of microorganisms that you would just as soon leave inside the medical textbooks.

Around the Peninsula
Assistant principal interview today Awards banquet set Community dance planned Garage sale fund-raiser slated Taco feed fund-raiser planned Parade scheduled T-200 seeking board members Dinner, auction benefit slated

Around the Peninsula
YRC fund-raiser today Relay for Life meeting set Historical society meeting scheduled Poetry party slated Track and field meet set Take a break to meet Hospital seeking historical photos<

Sixers top Heat in overtime
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson again is leading Philadelphia upward in the Eastern Conference standings.

Judge strikes down FDA ban on ephedra
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge Thursday struck down the FDA ban on ephedra, the once-popular weight-loss aid that was yanked from the market after it was linked to dozens of deaths — including that of Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler.

Track season will be a sprint
"We just want to be ready for regions." It's a cliche that can be uttered by any coach at any time in any sport. But rarely, with the exception of spring-sport partner soccer, is it spoken with as much urgency in the preseason as it is in track.

Capital back in the game
WASHINGTON — Vinny Castilla's triple rattled around in the right-field corner, bringing home the first major league runs in this city in 34 years. Most of the 45,596 fans rose and jumped in place, making ol' RFK Stadium sway once again.

Deacons guard turns pro
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chris Paul got advice from his coach, his teammates and his family. He even talked with former Wake Forest stars Tim Duncan and Josh Howard.

Lonard shoots stellar round at MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Peter Lonard flirted with a 59 and finished with a two-stroke lead after Thursday's opening round of the MCI Heritage.

Red Sox, their fans beat up New York
BOSTON — Jason Varitek had a homer and a two-run triple to lead the Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 8-5 Thursday night in a game marred when fans scuffled with Gary Sheffield in right field.

Sports views: Washington hopes wait was worth it
Love makes the world go 'round, but it still takes cash to make the turnstiles spin.

Refuge notebook: Refuge ecologist awed by visit to Costa Rica's forests
A visit to the tropics is as close as ecologists ever get to heaven during their mortal lifetimes. Only in the tropics can you see the full splendor of plant and animal life — the brilliant birds, the flowers, the little frogs and lizards, and amazing bugs of all sizes. And of course only in the tropics can you find yourself hosting the greatest variety of microorganisms that you would just as soon leave inside the medical textbooks.

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