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Saturday, April 24, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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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