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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

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.

Arctic Winter Games are closer
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) Board of Education has changed their 2006 calendar for spring break to March 3rd 10th, to coincide with the new dates for the Arctic Winter Games (AWG), adopted by the AWG Host Society Board of Directors at their meeting March 11th.

Spring benefit concert planned for Cook Inlet Academy
It's been 20 years since popular local gospel vocalist Krissi Painter performed a concert in Kenai. Her last performance was a benefit for her alma mater Cook Inlet Academy, known locally as the CIA.

Finalists prepare for CFK oral presentations
For this year's 12 Caring For The Kenai (CFK) finalists it all comes down to the Oral Presentations Friday night at KCHS Little Theatre.

Scott Davis contributes his hair to the cause
A dedicated group of family, friends, and community members turned out last week at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on K-Beach Rd, for a cancer fighting benefit for Crystal Sholin.

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

Please, no more 'sin taxes'
Not another "sin tax" on cigarettes! Why are these governor's friends singling out certain groups of people (smokers, drinkers, tourists) to impose extra tax burdens on?

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.

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?

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.

Adversity just one more hurdle for Shields to clear
It would have been easy for Skyview High School's Kaleb Shields, after back-to-back track seasons marred by injury, to have lowered his expectations.

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.

Deadline to remove studded tires nears
As lawns begin turning green and rural driveways start resembling mosh pits, Alaska State Troopers remind motorists that it's also the time to remove studded tires from cars and trucks.

Photo feature: Faster approach
Cary Bierdeman gets a head-start on his yard work last weekend by blowing the remains of a snow berm into the street in front of his home in Kenai. Warm, rainy weather is helping to speed spring along.

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

Funds for projects up for borough approval
Ordinances proposing to appropriate funds to a variety of projects from removing dead trees and site design for a new multi-use emergency building to road projects and developing community emergency response teams are up for public hearings at today's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m.

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.

Peninsula residents need more positive changes in lifestyles
Though a recently released survey points out some negative health trends among central Kenai Peninsula residents, there is an upside to the findings. The report will be used by health care industry leaders to identify and combat those negative trends to improve the overall health of the peninsula's population.

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.

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

'Just Say No' group hurts its cause with hip-shooting antics
Once in a while the debate over how best to, or even whether to, use permanent fund earnings to fund state government gets nastier than it really needs to be. The most recent foray over the line came in a release from ''Alaskans, Just Say No,'' a group of disparate political folks who believe any use of the earnings, no matter how responsible, would be a ''raid'' on the permanent fund. They fired off their missive last week after the House Finance Committee passed a resolution dealing with one aspect of the percent of market value approach to using the fund's earnings.

Europe works to find common ground
TRIESTE, Italy From the battles of ancient Greece to the violent dismemberment of Yugoslavia, Europeans have generally seemed more intent on clubbing each other than on clubbing together.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Alliance to discuss permanent fundGenealogical class scheduledHomer band, choir to perform todayFishermen's coalition to meetWhite to talk at CPGH luncheonKids competitive soccer tryouts setWater safety class scheduledQuilters yard sale plannedSeniors to hold saleWolf to hold town meeting

Births
Leah Rose Dillingham Mollie Isabelle Petrey Trenton David Powell

Nikiski, Skyview booters play to draw
A summer of hard work and some halftime advice from a coach led to a 1-1 tie Monday afternoon in a Region III girls soccer match between Nikiski and host Skyview.

Kenyans sweep men's, women's races in Boston
BOSTON Weakened by the heat and a mile-long sprint to the finish, Catherine Ndereba had to receive her winner's medal and olive wreath in a wheelchair.

Kiffmeyer signs with Purdue
The 2003 state swimming and diving championships continue to pay dividends for Soldotna senior Abby Kiffmeyer.

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.

Defense spurs San Antonio to win
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Spurs went on a 14-0 run early in the final period, and their defense held Memphis without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes in a 87-70 win Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

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.

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.

Garnett's clock is ticking
The Kid is practically an elder statesman now.

Canadiens put Bruins on ice
BOSTON Richard Zednik scored midway through the third period and the Montreal Canadiens capped a comeback unprecedented in their rich history, beating the Boston Bruins 2-0 Monday night to win the first-round series in seven games.

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