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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Cheap hit, good value for A-Rod
It was half-price ticket night at the ol' ballpark. That might be as good an explanation as any why Alex Rodriguez resorted to a cheap hit to start digging out of the most-publicized slump of his career.

Marlins make it eight straight over Phillies
PHILADELPHIA Mike Lowell became the first Florida player to hit three homers in a game, and the Marlins won 8-7 in 12 innings Wednesday night beating the Philadelphia Phillies for the eighth time in a row.

Martinez wins battle with Jays' Halladay
TORONTO Pedro Martinez beat Roy Halladay for the second time this month in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Tuesday night.

National leaders seminar offered in area
Thanks to satellite technology, Kenai Peninsula residents next week can participate in a national seminar on leadership featuring renowned leaders from a variety of fields.

Overtime overhaul still would mean pay cuts for workers
WASHINGTON Democrats are challenging the Bush administration's overtime pay overhaul, saying many white-collar workers will lose premium pay despite election-year promises that the effects will be minimal.

Homer limits building size
HOMER (AP) The Homer City Council has voted to fend off a feared invasion of big box stores by setting a size limit on new retail construction.

Bad knees, exercise yen get boomers on bicycles
NEW YORK It's a sound dreaded by baby boomers the creaks and pops that can emanate from knees after years of running, skiing and other strenuous exercise.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleGrant money for drivers training availableGrocer offers tax refund check cashing service

GCI, ACS reach agreement about disputed markets
ANCHORAGE Alaska Communications Systems said Tuesday it has abandoned its claim that it should be exempt from competition in the Juneau and Fairbanks markets.

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

Art Briefs
Community conversation slatedMovie making contest heldOilers hold mascot naming contestPhoto contest announcedWriters' conference coming upLogo design contest announced

Peninsula musicians, singers prepare to play Orff's 'Carmina Burana'
Before the musicians rehearsing at the Mariner Theatre last week emitted a single note, drama resonated from the stage as the 150-plus-member chorus stood up on cue with military precision.

Food Network serves up several shows
NEW YORK So much to gain! So little to lose! That's the message at Food Network, which promotes cooking and eating as a source of rich reward with negligible risk.

Garner silly, not severe, in new film
Jennifer Garner goes big in her first starring role in a comedy and it pays off big-time in ''13 Going on 30.''

Book reflects on Alaska's climate changes
A generation ago, scientists examining worldwide temperature trends predicted the first place to feel the heat of climate change would be the arctic. So Alaska finds itself on the front line of this unprecedented environmental challenge.

Senate backing governor's budget
JUNEAU State Senate Republicans have allied with Gov. Frank Murkowski in his fiscal 2005 spending plan, dismissing millions in proposed changes by House GOP lawmakers.

Permanent fund deal in works
JUNEAU House Democrats and Republicans are trying to negotiate a deal on a constitutional amendment that could lead to Alaska Permanent Fund earnings being spent on government.

Tourney sportsmanship wins KPHA Ice Hawks new fan
I just wanted to tell you what a great experience it was playing in the state hockey tournament in Kenai in March.

HEA consumers better off with current board members
If at first you don't succeed quit! Looks like Ron Rainy and Pat Cowan don't adhere to that particular philosophy.

Smokers pay more than their fair share into the system
If people would read Mr. Stinson's letter to the editor closely, they would find that he has a government mentality. Mr. Stinson, you try and make it sound like you are against an increased cost to smokers, through sin taxes.You seem to blame the tobacco growers, not us that smoke. You are sure off base; if we didn't buy it, they wouldn't sell it! We smoke because we enjoy it.

Terrific school performance tops off wonderful year
What a way to finish off the school year! The Kaleidoscope and Discovery classrooms at Sears Elementary School held their transportation performance on Tuesday. The children are of a combination of first- and second-graders.

Good question
How can Sen. Lisa Murkowski run for re-election when she has never been elected in the first place?

K-Beach students enjoy Homer performer in school
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary recently completed its sixth year of participating in the Artist in Schools Program. This year's artist was Eddie Wood from Homer.

Letter's intent was about flying Old Glory with respect
In response to: "Letter seen as personal attack on those serving in Iraq"

Masons' tradition of honoring peninsula students appreciated
April 15, the Masons recognized some of the Kenai Peninsula's finest students at their annual Masonic Award Ceremony at Kenai Central High School. I would like to commend the Masons for carrying on this tradition and for honoring and recognizing the achievements of the students.

Mountain View students say thanks to teachers, staff
This week is teacher and staff appreciation week, and we just wanted to tell you how much the kids at Mountain View Elementary appreciate our teachers and staff.

NASCAR Notes - Car owner Ganassi blasts NASCAR for inconsistencies
TALLADEGA, Ala. NASCAR's practice of enforcing some rules and not enforcing others and issuing varying degrees of penalties for the same violations sent one prominent car owner into a rage this week.

Newsmaker Q&A - Sterling Marlin
TALLADEGA, Ala. Five of Sterling Marlin's 10 career wins have come at the two race tracks that require the use of a restrictor plate to reduce speeds for safety reasons, including a pair of wins at the Talladega Superspeedway. Marlin talked about Talladega, NASCAR's rules and the future of the sport.

Fast Facts - Aaron's 499
Where and When

Hendrick's driven to succeed
TALLADEGA, Ala. Twenty years ago Rick Hendrick was no better than a field filler in NASCAR.

Fire season heats up; officials urge caution
Kenai Peninsula firefighters thought they had their first brush fire of the year last week.

Borough's bark beetle battle gets new ammo
Continuing its effort to reduce hazards posed by dead and dying spruce trees, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly accepted and appropriated a $929,000 federal grant Tuesday to be used to further its plan for managing the spruce bark beetle outbreak.

School budget debate goes on
The Alaska Legislature may grant more money to the state's schools this year, but without a long-term fix, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be back in the red by fiscal year 2006.

Formidable Don Young faces no competition yet
As campaigns for seats in the U.S. House shift into high gear across the nation, Alaska's lone representative is facing no serious challenger.

Borough may up incentive to pave roads
A road improvement program launched by a 1997 ordinance that permits the borough to cover up to a quarter of the cost of paving gravel roads has so far been applied only once.

School board weighs in on grading system
David Hoisington has excelled in school. As a sophomore at Kenai Central High School, Hoisington already has taken geometry and plans to tackle trigonometry next year. He works hard to take advanced classes, looking forward to college.

Warming the bones
Scott Feik, Loco Miller, Mo Monette and C.J. William enjoy a game of bones in the sun Tuesday afternoon at Kaknu Manor in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for more sunshine today and partly to mostly cloudy skies through the weekend with highs around 50 degrees.

Helping hand gets pat on back
For Kenai's Jim "Monty" Montgomery, volunteering is simply a way of life.

Money matters in Legislature races
Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her challenger, Democrat Tony Know-les, are locked in a battle for her U.S. Senate seat, a battle in which money and the access to it are likely to play a critical role.

Gloryann Glo Marie Baily
Gloryann Marie Baily, formerly of Kenai, died peacefully at home in Anchorage on Monday, April 19, 2004, of cancer. She was 53.

Gloryann 'Glo' Marie Baily
Gloryann 'Glo' Marie Baily, formerly of Kenai, died peacefully at home in Anchorage on Monday, April 19, 2004, of cancer. She was 53.

Lisa Danette Bird
Soldotna resident Lisa Danette Bird died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at her home in Soldotna. She was 36.

Lloyd 'Scott' Netherton
Kenai resident Lloyd "Scott" Netherton died Sunday, April 18, 2004, of natural causes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 43.

Rueben Rudy
Longtime Nikiski resident Rueben Rudy died Monday, April 19, 2004, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 70.

Bertha Kristina Glud
Longtime Ninilchik resident Bertha Kristina Glud died peacefully Monday, April 12, 2004, at Main Street Assisted Living Home in Homer. She was 81.

Marvin 'Smitty' Kleinberg
Ninilchik resident Marvin 'Smitty' Kleinberg died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after spending the day with his daughter. He was 71.

Good grades degraded when they're common
Take out your pencils. Time for a quick Ivy League spelling quiz. The question: How many As in Princeton?

Spain's withdrawal from Iraq too hasty
Although his decision to withdraw troops from Iraq comes as no surprise, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero nonetheless acted with unexpected swiftness in ordering the troops home ''as soon as possible.'' Moreover, his justification for wasting no time he issued the order barely 24 hours after his swearing-in ceremony strains credulity.

Earth Day 2004 reflections
"Observe and contemplate," says Madeleine L'Engle, and so did a small band of planet-gazers on March 25, shivering around two telescopes positioned in the parking area of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

Arab allies under pressure
WASHINGTON Egypt's president says Arabs hold a ''hatred never equaled'' toward America. Jordan's king abruptly postpones a visit to the White House. And those are among the United States' best friends in the Arab world.

Around the Peninsula
Garden brunch scheduled Disabilities forum scheduled KDLL to hold board meeting

Around the Peninsula
Earth Day celebration plannedNew charter school accepting applicationsKPBA to hold membership meetingMaster gardeners to finish lecture seriesNikiski drama show slated for SaturdayPop Warner to hold registrationWatershed to focus on hydrocarbonsCo-ed soccer registration being held'Plant a row for the hungry' campaign beginsRelay for Life information available

Partners to bring processing class to commercial fishers
KPC and the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Community and Economic Development Division (CEDD), in collaboration with Cook Inlet Salmon Brand Inc (CISB), are bringing a three-week intensive seafood processor business development training program to the central peninsula Sept. 27 through Oct. 15.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)
Graduating seniors' grades are due no later than May 1. Turn them in at the office or directly to your contact teacher.

Judge: Montana not footing education bill
HELENA, Mont. (AP) A district judge on Thursday threw out Montana's system of financing schools, saying state government fails to provide enough money to meet education standards guaranteed in the state constitution.

Sterling Elementary
Mrs. Martin's kindergartners did an incubator investigation and learned what it does and what all the parts are called. Now, they are anxiously waiting for quail, chicken and duck eggs to hatch. They should begin arriving around April 28.

Kenai Central High
KCHS celebrated its prom Saturday. Thanks to all the people who helped make the prom and after-prom activities a huge success. Individuals and local businesses generously donated time and resources to make everything possible. The junior class, responsible for all the planning and work, should be commended for its extraordinary efforts.

Cook Inlet Academy
Preschool and kindergarten visitation day is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Contact the school office at 262-5101 for reservations.

Art classes give kids outlet for creativity
They're pretty, silly, quirky.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The counseling office handed out course request forms to students in grades eight through 11 last week. Parents are asked to double check that their student handed the form in.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to Fun Buck winners for this week for their good deeds: Devon Brooner, Shawna Ashmore, Jessica Madson, Rebecca Morehart, Sarah Mohorcich, Haley Cunningham, Justin Alvey, Paige Gaswint, Kyra Price and Joseph Harris.

Grace Lutheran
This week at Grace Lutheran, the children are continuing their study of God's chosen people, the Children of Israel. In this week's lesson they are hearing how wicked King Ahab killed Naboth in order to get Naboth's vineyard instead of being content with the material blessings that God had given him.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary will thank volunteers at a luncheon Tuesday.

Kenai Middle
The annual volunteer luncheon was last week. There was entertainment, door prizes and a lunch provided by the staff. The KMS staff welcomes this opportunity every year to show our appreciation to all of the special people who helped in so many ways. Thanks again.

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

Mmmmmm ... College student takes on 'The Simpsons'
NEW YORK It doesn't sound all that exciting: another college student writing about Homer's odyssey until you realize this trip ends not with Penelope in Ithaca, but with Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the third quarter at Skyview High School:

Kalifonsky Christian
This week, the kindergarten, first- and second-grad students are enjoying the swings and the warm weather.

Extras, new editions drive up college textbook costs
PORTLAND, Ore. College freshman Amy Connolly knows not to judge a book by its cover.

The sky's the limit
The solar system dropped to a Soldotna street last week, but the only screams to be heard were shouts of glee from a group of children.

Swinging success
Members of the Soldotna High School Swing Choir, above, recently returned from a national show choir competition in Branson, Mo. School choirs from 26 states including more than 1,000 students participated in Fame's American Show Cup competition, and SoHi's Swinging Stars received a standing ovation for their 22-minute show.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's class is getting ready for the Family Fun Night with art and Earth Day activities. Participants will make and take home lots of different projects.

Survey: High school seniors need help in with finance
WASHINGTON They say money talks, but it seems young people in this country are not listening very well.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Brenda Trefon of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe will visit Thursday.

Council on the Arts to meet
The Alaska State Council on the Arts annual funding panel for the Artists in Schools program will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 in the small conference room at the Alaska Talking Book Center, 344 W. 3rd Ave., Anchorage. Applicnts are welcome to attend and observe, but no public comment will be taken.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Last week, students learned about butterflies. They studied the lifecycle, made books and did symmetrical paintings.

Wings Christian Academy
The Lower Learning Center students have finished their studies of Africa and are learning about Australia. Part of this study will include making a tri-fold travel brochure containing interesting facts about the country. This project must be completed by May 10.

Mountain View Elementary
Friday is Crazy Hair Day.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Blossom was the super preschooler of the week.

Skyview High
Parents of Skyview seniors meet every Tuesday evening in the commons at 6:30 p.m. Senior parents are reminded to send in their $25 to: Skyview Senior Parents, c/o Linda Gephardt, P.O. Box 911, Soldotna, AK 99669. This year's theme is "Run for the Border."

Soldotna High
The prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Promenade begins at 8 p.m.; admission is $2.

North Star Elementary
Nikiski-North Star Elementary (the new name for the consolidation of Nikiski and North Star elementary schools) is holding its kindergarten registration and orientation at 10 a.m. April 28 in room 25 at North Star.

Redoubt Elementary
Students are selling biomats as a spring fund-raiser. A biomat is two layers of wood fiber mulch with flower seeds sandwiched between, which are rolled out and watered. Proceeds from this fund-raiser will be used for a new computer lab.

Tustumena Elementary
The band will participate in the mass band concert at 7 p.m. May 3 at Skyview High School. Inspirational musicians from Tustumena, Kalifornsky Beach and Sterling elementary schools will integrate their talents into this melodious performance.

SkyHi boys soccer cruises past Nikiski
The Skyview High School boys soccer team notched its second win of the season in as many tries Tuesday, defeating Nikiski 5-0 in a Region III Southern Division match at Skyview.

Pacers show great depth
INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Pacers proved they're more than Ron Artest and Jermaine O'Neal on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Grizzlies' Brown named Coach of the YearSharpe will play at least one more seasonArchie Manning doesn't want Eli in San Diego

First-round quarterbacks aren't sure things in the NFL draft
NEW YORK This year's draft has three ''can't miss'' quarterbacks: Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.

Maple Leafs claim bragging rights
TORONTO The Ottawa Senators still haven't figured out how to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bucks hold off Pistons, tie up series in Detroit
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Michael Redd scored a career playoff high of 26 points as the Milwaukee Bucks posted a 92-88 win to even their series with the Detroit Pistons. It was the first win by a road team in this year's playoffs.

Track finally gets started
After a couple of false starts, the track season on the Kenai Peninsula finally got under way Tuesday afternoon at Skyview High School with a quad meet featuring Skyview, Soldotna, Nikiski and Cook Inlet Academy.

NHL regroups for round two
As soon as Toronto forward Joe Nieuwendyk slipped two long shots past Ottawa's Patrick Lalime, the transformation of the Stanley Cup playoffs was complete.

Armstrong focuses on Tour de France
MACON, Ga. Lance Armstrong isn't getting too worked up about another chance at Olympic gold.

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