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Monday, April 19, 2004

Home-run Cards tap the Rockies
ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals celebrated Mark McGwire's return with a few home runs.

Yankee pride restored
BOSTON Even without any help from Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees got back to beating the Boston Red Sox.

New Houston 'Rocket' goes to 3-0
HOUSTON Roger Clemens looked as dominant as ever Sunday in pitching the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Schilling pitches Red Sox to another victory over Yankees
BOSTON Curt Schilling swung his arm in the air, angry when his manager came to the mound to give him the hook.

NOW PLAYING: Kill Bill Vol. 2
Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein, the head of Miramax, made a big deal about the "last-minute" decision to break Tarantino's fourth film, Kill Bill into two parts. At the time, the reason seemed to be that the au

Founding fathers intentional in where they referred to God
Separation of church and state is a gift of God if ever there was one. Nowhere in the Constitution, the document that prescribes how we are governed, is there any reference to God, Creator, Divine Providence or any other reference to the supernatural.

Tobacco tax increase doesn't help prevent costly addiction
I am a third-year veteran worker for controlling tobacco use. And I am against the recent call for an increase in tobacco taxes. Why, when that weed is the worst product that the United States ever legalized and subsequently chose not to regulate?

Predator control requires monitoring of ecosystems
I am a moose biologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and former vice chair of the Board of Game. Mike Fleagle stated that Defenders of Wildlife misled us about moose calf hunting and predator management.

IBEW official stands by recent action on HEA board candidates
I was deeply disappointed to read Ron Rainey's recent letter to the editor. Ron Rainey approached me several weeks ago regarding IBEW's support for his re-election campaign to the Homer Electric Association board. The IBEW declined to endorse his candidacy.

Wallace's patience pays off finally
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Rusty Wallace held off Bobby Labonte for the last 30 laps Sunday to end his 105-race winless streak and more than five hours on the track at Martinsville Speedway under a blazing sun.

Fishing guide academy gets closer to reality
Kenai River fishing guides are leading an effort to bring professional standards to the way business is done on the state's most popular sport fishery.

Ideas rewarded
The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District announced the winners Friday of its economic "Bright Ideas" contest, which challenged area residents to come up with innovative business and economical ideas that can be implemented on the Kenai Peninsula.

Wagoner bill gets KRSMA backing
Something's better than nothing.

Funds mean tough choices
Supplies, cocurricular activities or smaller class sizes?

Economic forum: Success lies in peninsula communities
The same message was stressed over and over again Friday at the Kenai Peninsula Economic Opportunities Forum: Home is where the money is.

Photo feature: Taking the scenic route
Hara Hansen and the Hansen girls walk down the Unity Trail to the Soldotna Sports Center to participate in the 4-H booth at the Home Show on Saturday. The Home Show also took place

Working group process updated
During Thursday's Kenai River Special Management Advisory meeting, Alaska State Parks Area Superintendent Chris Degernes gave an update on the Kenai River Working Group process and also released the names of the 14 representatives picked by Alaska State Parks Director Gary Morrison to serve on the panel.

Job market better than most
Alaska registered its 16th consecutive year of employment growth in 2003, even as much of the rest of the nation struggled to create jobs, say analysts with the Alaska Department of Labor.

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m.

Soldotna event teaches ways to make life easier
Saturday's dark skies and wet weather weren't enough to keep hundreds of people from attending the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association's 25th annual Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Michelle Ann Moorcroft
Former Kenai resident Michelle Ann Moorcroft died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Harbor View Hospital in Seattle after a long illness. She was 40.

Melissa Ann Davidson
Former Soldotna resident Melissa Ann Davidson died Sunday, March 28, 2004, in a plane crash in the Cascades near Salem, Ore. She was 24.

Blame game will not prevent terrorist acts
Robert Mueller, FBI director, made a strong point when testifying before the 9/11 commission. Contrary to the opinion of one partisan commissioner, Mueller said public confidence in the agency has not waned.

Can you turn off TV for a week?
This is National TV-Turnoff Week, and many Kenai Peninsula residents are participating in the annual challenge.

Time for legislators to ante up with plan to solve fiscal woes
Last week was full of tax talk.

Time for fiscal fix now, not later
Currently, Alaska crude oil prices exceed $35 per barrel, which keeps declining state oil revenues relatively high.

Doctor's suggestion turns into reality check on how to deal with bad news
Here's a fun trick to play on someone:

Births
Leah Rose Dillingham Mollie Isabelle Petrey Trenton David Powell

Pittsburgh: Will tourists find charm in historic steps?
PITTSBURGH Bob Regan is out to save part of Pittsburgh's history one step at a time.

Gunfight at the Pa. corral: Mayor wants to bring the Old West east
HARRISBURG, Pa. Stephen R. Reed had a dream, unbridled by geography.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai council work sessions continue Track and field meet entries available Gardening classes offered Blood bank plans area drives Free vision photoscreens available Disabilities forum scheduled Fish and Game bear baiting clinic set Boys and Girls Club begins registration

Peninsula People
Proclamation declares April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month Twins honored with Eagle Scout badges Nikiski resident becomes Phi Theta Kappa Sturm makes the grade

Secretary performs many duties for school, students she loves
Phyllis Halstead's job title may be school secretary, but anyone who knows her will confess there's much more to her work than typing and filing.

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
Teen center seeking camerasSamoan church featured at serviceProm committee to hold final meetingAlliance to discuss permanent fundGarden brunch scheduledMaster gardeners to finish lecture seriesNew charter school accepting applicationsKKC offering puppy, agility classes

Community News
Disabilities forum scheduled Relay for Life information available Watershed to focus on hydrocarbons Air Force reunion planned Kenai class to celebrate 40-year reunion Class of 1984 to hold reunion

When you're away, where will your pet stay?
Although summer is still weeks away, it's getting close enough that many people are already starting to plan their vacations. Where to go, what to do and what to bring are all important questions to answer, but one important question often goes unasked until the last minute: Where will pets go while you are away?

Tips for helping pets lose weight
Weight loss and fitness are not only important to people's good health, but to pets' as well. Humans can determine if their pet is overweight by:

My best friend
Julie, a two-year-old Bichon Frise, loves to play in the snow with her owner, Lilly McCauley and family of Kenai.

Beer Cheese and Broccoli Soup
This recipe came from a restaurant in Colorado, but I use less chicken base and added finely chopped broccoli. The beer definitely sets the flavor for this soup.

NFL parity forgot all about Chargers
SAN DIEGO Standing at a podium in a party tent six years ago, San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos gushed about the team's new quarterback, obtained with the second pick in the draft.

O'Neal helps lackluster Lakers defeat Rockets
LOS ANGELES The playoffs arrived and the Los Angeles Lakers hardly looked like championship material.

Byrd draws, Ruiz gets win
NEW YORK Andrew Golota kept his hands up and his wits about him. Chris Byrd did even better, keeping his heavyweight title in a draw that gave Golota another bad moment at Madison Square Garden.

Philadelphia nixes Devils
PHILADELPHIA Robert Esche stood in the crease, raised his arms and jumped while teammates mobbed him. Martin Brodeur put his head down and slowly skated off the ice.

AP Source: James to win rookie of the year
LeBron James, the super-hyped phenom who went from high school to the pros and kept the Cleveland Cavaliers in playoff contention until late in the season, has beaten out Carmelo Anthony in voting for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.

SkyHi blanks Colony
The Skyview boys soccer team set a new high mark and a new low mark Friday at Colony High School.

Adu scores, United loses to MetroStars
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Freddy Adu's first professional goal didn't help D.C. United win.

Kerr holds on for win at Takefuji Classic
LAS VEGAS Cristie Kerr rolled in a 3-foot par putt on the seventh playoff hole Saturday to beat South Korean rookie Seol-An Jeon in the Takefuji Classic.

Senators set up game seven showdown
OTTAWA (AP) Daniel Alfredsson delivered on the first part of his guarantee. Now he and the Ottawa Senators have a chance to fulfill their promise.

Timberwolves take first step
MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves might have finally found their formula for postseason success in a clutch, savvy point guard named Sam Cassell.

Sports Briefs
Track meets canceledTaurasi selected by Mercury with No. 1 pickRoddick reaches Clay finals

King tabs Tyson for comeback bid
NEW YORK Don King had so many heavyweight champions clustered around him early Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden that even he couldn't keep them straight.

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