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Friday, April 22, 2005

Wells, Varitek lead Red Sox to win over Orioles
BALTIMORE David Wells allowed three hits in eight innings, and the Boston Red Sox got a three-run homer from Jason Varitek in an 8-0 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Carpenter, Cardinals shut out Cubs
ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter pitched a seven-hitter, and Scott Rolen homered, doubled and had three RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Thursday.

Twins nip Royals in extra innings
MINNEAPOLIS — Lew Ford hit a one-out single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning Thursday, leading the Minnesota Twins past the Kansas City Royals 10-9.

Who's the master?
Russ Robinson, an East Coast native, comes from a long line of doughnut makers. Ron Epperson has spent years behind his personal grill searing burgers, chicken and other foods to his liking.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Agrium hosts overview Contracting help available

Salmon fishing closed on Columbia River
PORTLAND, Ore. — Salmon fishing guru Buzz Ramsey was waiting for the weather to get milder to take his two sons salmon fishing on the Columbia River, but a mysterious collapse in spring chinook returns means their fishing season may be over before they even get out on the water.

Juneau Creek Falls: Trail with a view
Tucked away at the southern end of the Resurrection Pass Trail System in the Chugach National Forest, Juneau Creek Falls is a short hike with a tall reward of tumbling water at the end.

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

From the bookshelf
A Prehistory of the North: Human Settlement of the Higher Latitudes

Nothing sad about Ten Cent Zen
Contrary to the words that may come out of their mouths while in bars on weekends, David Boyle and Ray Bacon aren't depressed.

Conference helps build mine relations
The people of Bristol Bay have a great deal at stake when it comes to the Pebble Project.

Community's help aids stewardship program
As the executive director of Youth Restoration Corps, I would like to thank all those people who helped out the YRC Stewardship Ranger Program. As a new arm of YRC, this program is about supporting those in grades kindergarten through 12 in interpretive, hands-on education about Earth's environment.

Marines lend a hand — in more ways than one
April 16, while returning from our Soldotna-Kenai loop shopping trek, my wife and I stopped to help two ladies in a pickup truck with a poorly arranged and nonsecured load of remodeling supplies, purchased at one of the local building supply outlets. The truck was on a steep grade and its fragile contents were about to fall on the ground and be destroyed or badly damaged.

Tax exemption should be established for all residents
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has two classes of senior citizens and disabled veterans when it comes to the state mandated $150,000 property tax.

Learning Center works with help of volunteers
A middle-aged gentleman with only an eighth-grade education comes to the Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center for advice. He has been fishing all of his life and realizes fishing will no longer support him. He would like to find a new profession. He knows in order to do so, he must further his education.

Reader: Again, don't touch permanent fund
I am still in bit of a shock. I can only assume that a majority of the Alaska State Senate must have an electoral death wish. How many ran with a "I will never touch your permanent fund."

Legislature not listening
The Senate votes to use the fund. The worst part of this situation isn't the admission of the inability to balance a budget, the worst part is the amendment that was rejected to hold an advisory vote by the public.

Time for peninsula attitudes to change
At the last meeting, I thought I heard somebody ask if we thought that if somebody was to build a million dollar home and they were a senior should they be exempt?

School support appreciated
Thank you to the following business for their continuous community support for Soldotna High School qualifying exams, Parents for Safe Communities and the student mentor program: Coca Cola of Kenai, Country Foods, Dr. Jerry Hu, Fred Meyer, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Alaska, Safeway Food and Drug-Kenai and Soldotna, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Unocal and Wells Fargo.

Work comp change gets push
In an effort to promote workers' compensation reform being pushed by Gov. Frank Murkow-ski, an Alaska Department of Labor employee said reform is needed to ensure the health of Alaska's economy.

Small refinery fire quickly contained
A fire at Tesoro Alaska's Nikiski oil refinery left one production unit that produces jet fuel shut down.

Teen allegedly threatens students
PALMER (AP) — A 17-year-old Palmer High School student was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot students Wednesday on the sixth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

Pets on thin ice during breakup
When a family's pet pooch wanders onto a frozen lake this time of year and becomes stranded as thinning ice begins to break, the dog's cries can tear at the pet owner's heart.

Proposal draws more fire
A controversial borough proposal to cap the currently unlimited property tax exemption enjoyed by seniors and disabled veterans drew still more fire from the public Tuesday, and some members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are expressing doubts that the idea has enough support to pass.

Clerk rejects tax initiatives
Recently filed initiative applications seeking to make all projects costing more than $1 million subject to approval by more than 60 percent of borough voters, and which would have taken decisions on future property tax mill rate levies out of assembly hands have been rejected by the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk on constitutional grounds.

Sticking together
When bus driver Colleen Puch found out she had cancer, she may not have known the lengths her friends would go to show their support. She's not going through treatment alone — not by any stretch of the imagination. The day she took up bus driving on the Kenai Peninsula is the day she met one of her closest friends, Tanny Miller, who started work that day in 1985, too.

Photo feature: Last glimpse
The northern lights boldly make one of their final appearances of the season over Sterling this month. As days become longer and nights all but disappear, the aurora won't be as visible again until fall.

Bear attack victim in fair condition
The 51-year-old Soldotna man attacked by a brown bear near Mackey Lake on Monday morning was listed in fair condition at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Tuesday.

Vern William 'Bill' Slayton
Wasilla resident Vern William "Bill" Slayton died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at his home of lung cancer. He was 78.

Jean C. White
Longtime Nikiski resident Jean C. White died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 72.

Donald C. Fitzpatrick
Longtime Nikiski and Kenai resident Donald C. Fitzpatrick died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at his home in Kenai. He was 43.

Bear and human combination only funny in cartoons
Two bears run through a cartoon landscape carrying a couple of recently stolen picnic baskets. Close on their heels is an annoyed park ranger, upset that the resident clowns of his nature preserve have again pulled a fast one.

Bush questions passport policy
President Bush has expressed concern over a new security policy that would require U.S. citizens to have a passport in order to re-enter our country from Canada and Mexico. He has a legitimate concern that we share. ...

Rainier guiding opened to competition
YAKIMA, Wash. — The National Park Service will divide guided climbs of Mount Rainier among three mountaineering companies beginning in 2006, effectively ending a near-monopoly one company has held at the peak for more than 30 years.

Spring harvest: Digging for clams in Ninilchik awakens author's senses
There will be some good minus tides for the next few mornings on Cook Inlet beaches. Here's an adventure story that should remind readers of the joys of pursuing the ever-vanishing razor clams.

Bicyclists get down, dirty in McMud race
SPOKANE, Wash. — The path loomed ahead a narrow, gritty trail pockmarked with roots, rocks and tree branches.

Park Service, history buffs seek to buy wagon train route landmark
CITY OF ROCKS, Idaho — More than a century ago, wagon train travelers scrawled names, dates, even ''Wife Wanted'' in axle grease on the granite pinnacles lining this popular stopover on the trail to California's gold fields.

Around the Peninsula
Social Security to be discussedSoHi Swing Choir concert setWellness walk plannedMural unveiling, fund-raiser setLittle League registration extendedBike show plannedDinner, auction fund-raiser plannedSkyview after-graduation committee to meetUnited Way meeting set

Around the Peninsula
Food bank seeking donations

Church Briefs
40 Days campaign continuesDrama troupe to meetBible study group to meetClothing availableClothes Quarters openSportsmen's banquet setVBS, children activities sought

Trash talk: People become what they think
The troubled grandmother who called was alarmed about a decision by a major television station in her area to start airing a tabloid-type talk show known for showing people at their worst, at a time when children were likely to be watching.

Pope's brother worries about burdens of the office
REGENSBURG, Germany — The older brother of Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday he is worried about the burdens of the office on the pontiff and complained he won't get to see him so often.

Sports views: Why the face of the franchise doesn't smile much anymore
The night began promisingly enough, with LeBron James dunking at the end of a well-worked play off the opening tip.

Long wait just about over for Mike Williams
LOS ANGELES — A year later than originally hoped, Mike Williams finally gets a shot at NFL stardom and the big bucks that go with it.

Armstrong third in second stage in Georgia
ROME, Ga. — Lance Armstrong was edged at the line in the second stage of the Tour de Georgia. No problem. His strongest part of the race is still to come.

NBA playoffs lack regulars
Before the NBA playoffs begin, a little pop quiz:

Nets claim last spot in playoffs
BOSTON — Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets clinched the NBA's last playoff berth with a shaky start and a strong finish — the same way the team's season went.

ECHL names Aces' Gomez as MVP
ANCHORAGE (AP) - Scott Gomez' experiment with minor league hockey has won him an individual award.

Singh leads at Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas — Fresh from inclusion in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Vijay Singh tied the course record with an 8-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead Thursday after the first round of the Houston Open.

Soccer schedule shuffle continues
The soccer games between Soldotna and Skyview were postponed Thursday due to unplayable fields. There is no makeup date scheduled for the games yet.

Drafters play damaged-goods game
Nearly every draft features at least one. They're damaged goods, real or imagined, players who tumble down the board at great personal expense and get picked up by teams at bargain prices. They're an agent's nightmare and a general manager's fantasy.

Armstrong labors at Tour de Georgia
ROME, Ga. — Lance Armstrong has plenty of work to do if he wants to win a seventh straight Tour de France.

Paxson canned
CLEVELAND (AP) — Their shocking collapse complete, the Cleveland Cavaliers began to rebuild on Thursday — from the top.

Proposed wildlife overpass near Vail a first in Colorado
VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Plans are underway to build a wildlife overpass to help elk, lynx and other mountain-dwelling animals avoid the heavily traveled Interstate 70 east of Vail.

Moose restoration in Michigan yields success, disappointment
MICHIGAMME, Mich. — Known only as Moose No. 173, she wandered for years in the swamplands and forests of Michigan's far north before dropping dead at the foot of a black spruce tree and disappearing over the next week beneath a blanket of snow.

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