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Friday, April 23, 2004

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.

Vizquel hits milestone, Indians win
CLEVELAND Omar Vizquel's 2,000th career hit helped set up Cleveland's three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday, giving the Indians a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.

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 sweep Phillies again
PHILADELPHIA Mike Lowell homered again and Mike Redmond also connected, helping Florida beat Philadelphia 9-7 Thursday in a game that featured a bench-clearing brawl.

Watercooler
INTERNAL HIRES: You're burned out and angling for a new job. Good news 60 percent of executives surveyed recently said they're more likely to promote from within than they were three years ago.

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.

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.

Inflation mounting, but where is the Fed?
NEW YORK (AP) Federal Reserve officials keep talking about how inflation isn't a threat. But if you're buying a cup of coffee or shopping for new clothes, you might see things differently.

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

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.

Exploring your options for entrepreneurship
NEW YORK (AP) Gig Wilkowsky decided it was time to change his life. A veteran sales executive, he left a job that kept him on the road five days a week and started his own business, joining a growing number of baby boomers who have become entrepreneurs.

High gas prices can hit consumers' pocketbooks hard
NEW YORK (AP) Robert Smith wanted to take his children to Walt Disney World in Florida this summer, but a recent trip to the gas station in the family's SUV made him reconsider his travel plans.

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.

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.

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.''

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

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.

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.

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.

Oil industry workers watch out for health of Cook Inlet
I have worked as an offshore platform operator in California and Alaska for over 20 years. I am a person just like you.

School nurses say thanks for support during conference
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District School Nurses would like to thank the following community businesses and organizations for their wonderful contributions to our Alaska School Nurse Conference April 16 and 17.

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.

Anti-TV crowd missing lots of learning opportunities
Can you turn off TV for a week? The ignorance of the anti-TV crowd stuns me. TV used to be referred to as a vast wasteland. Now the wasteland is in the skulls of the anti-TV people. Not one person in this article has the vaguest idea what TV is available. They are not alone.

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

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.

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.

Fast Facts - Aaron's 499
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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.

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.

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.

Kenai's east side may open to development
The future of Kenai's business community could lie to the east.

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.

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.

Sport, trade show starts today
Further proof that summer is just around the corner arrives this weekend, when the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Sport, Recreation and Trade Show comes to the Soldotna Sports Center.

Sippin' in the sun
Gulls calling on the beach and Ozzie Osbourne serenading from the stereo are the soundtrack Luke Ciufo listens to Thursday as he takes a break from work to have lunch on the beach in Kenai.

School board awards extra efforts of volunteer
Budget cuts have been at the forefront of many minds when it comes to education, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District had some good news at Monday night's school board meeting, as well.

Speaker predicts progress on natural gas pipeline
Speaking as a trustee of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., the state's attorney general told Kenai members of the oil and gas supply industry that the state is going to see forward movement on its proposed natural gas pipeline within 1 1/2 years.

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Careful consideration
Participants in the Caring for the Kenai program have come up with some amazing ideas for protecting the environment of the Kenai Peninsula in the past 14 years.

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.

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

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.

Maxwell Dederick
Longtime Kasilof resident Maxwell Dederick died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 76.

U.N.'s record in Iraq raises doubts about ability to handle job What others say
Critics of Bush administration policy in Iraq repeatedly implore the president to hand off the responsibility of shepherding that nation toward democracy to the United Nations. But the U.N.'s track record in Iraq hardly inspires confidence in its ability to get the job done.

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.

State must look ahead, act on budget plan now
I was born and raised in Alaska and have a varied work background that includes oil field worker, truck driver and home builder. Since 1985, I've been in the real estate business full time. I also have spent a good deal of my life being involved on various boards and in municipal and state government.

Denali fees to double
ANCHORAGE The National Park Service next January plans to double the price of entry to Denali National Park and Preserve, with the extra money to be used for backlogged maintenance and other projects.

Diehard skiers milk the season's last runs
FAIRBANKS They are the Nordic farmers of Fairbanks, trying to milk every ounce out of winter and spring that they can before surrendering to that wretched, godforsaken, snowless season known as summer.

Happy trails to you, made possible by summer of hard work
"The road was like that of yesterday, along steep hillsides, obstructed with fallen timber and a growth of eight different species of pine, so thickly strewed that the snow fell from them as we passed," wrote Capt. William Clark on Sept. 14, 1805, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Anglers puzzled over pike disappearance
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) The sudden disappearance of northern pike from Watson Lake remains a mystery, says a Yukon fishery technician.

Thrills and chills
Luke Thomas plunges into the icy water during the 27th annual Alyeska Spring Carnival and Slush Cup in Girdwood on Sunday.

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

Around the Peninsula
White to talk at CPGH luncheon Seniors to hold sale Fish and Game bear baiting clinic set Kids competitive soccer tryouts planned Quilters yard sale planned Wolf to hold town meeting KPEA to hold school funding rally Little League umpires sought Nikiski drama show slated for Saturday Water safety class scheduled ABATE to hold bike show

Vatican conferences raise questions about church teaching on life and death
VATICAN CITY (AP) Roman Catholic teaching on life and death is drawing renewed scrutiny as a result of meetings hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Life, a Vatican think tank that counsels Pope John Paul II.

Romanians protest at Orthodox cathedral construction site
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Up to 1,000 Romanians formed a human chain Sunday around a site in a park where a large Orthodox cathedral is to be built.

Don't hesitate, improve your faith today
Arriving at the rural church where I was to be the speaker for a week-long Bible conference, I was immediately impressed. The parking lot was nearly full and even there, enthusiastic singing could be heard, accompanied by a fine orchestra.

Head of exile Russian Orthodox church to visit Moscow over rift
MOSCOW (AP) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, which broke with Moscow-based Orthodoxy in 1920, will visit Russia May 14-28 hoping to mend the rift, the Interfax news agency reported.

Two quiet ministers at intersection of church and state
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) They speak softly. One quotes Camus from the pulpit, the other cites Tolkien. They are in their 60s. One is straight, the other gay.

Imprisoned China Protestant reported in poor health
SHANGHAI, China (AP) The imprisoned pastor of a banned Protestant group in China is in failing health, a monitoring report said.

Religion Briefs
Motivational preacher to speak Sterling Bible classes continue Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Woman is among nominees to lead Anglican Church of Canada
REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) The four nominees for new leader of the Anglican Church of Canada, announced by the nation's bishops Sunday, include a woman, Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton, Alberta.

Blessing of bikes, memorial planned
Between 100 and 120 motorcycles are expected to participate in the 11th annual Bike Blessing on May 2 at the Kenai Christian Church on McKinley Street in Kenai.

Episcopal Church report sees ''mixed signals'' in Africans' money protest
NEW YORK (AP) Africans in the Anglican Communion have given ''mixed signals'' on whether they will refuse money from dioceses in America's Episcopal Church that favor gay clergy, Episcopal News Service said.

Federal judge outlaws San Diego lease; Boy Scouts are too religious
SAN DIEGO (AP) A federal judge outlawed the Boy Scouts' use of public land because a lease implies the city endorses the group's ''inherently religious programs and practices.''

Defying Lutheran teaching, three congregations hire homosexual clergy
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) Defying Evangelical Lutheran Church in America teaching, two California congregations and one in Minnesota have hired openly homosexual pastors.

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.

SoHi boys soccer ties Wasilla
The Soldotna High School boys soccer team played to a 2-2 draw at Wasilla Thursday to kick off its three-game swing through the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

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.

Eli bolts from idea of playing for Bolts
NEW YORK Eli Manning is trying to pull a John Elway on the San Diego Chargers.

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

Court stops Clarett short of NFL draft
WASHINGTON Maurice Clarett's bid to enter this weekend's NFL draft was turned down by the Supreme Court on Thursday, delaying his attempt to bypass the league's eligibility rule.

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.

Nets' Martin backs up talk
NEW YORK After spending the morning taking trash talk to a new level, Kenyon Martin made a bigger statement on the court.

Flames consume Red Wings in OT
DETROIT The Calgary Flames proved there's more to their offense than Jarome Iginla.

Barely there
SEATTLE Grizzly bear populations are on the rebound in some of the recovery zones the federal government mapped out after listing the animal as threatened nearly 30 years ago. But not in Washington's North Cascades.

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