Friday, April 30, 2004

Indians fall victim to big Chicago rally
CHICAGO Sandy Alomar Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to cap a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox startled the Cleveland Indians 9-8 Wednesday.

Astros' Pettitte shows Pirates he's healthy
PITTSBURGH Andy Pettitte needed only six exceptional innings to go from the disabled list to midseason form, getting his first NL victory for Houston in a 2-0 win.

Florida ace Beckett puts down Rockies
DENVER After appealing his suspension, Alex Gonzalez homered and Josh Beckett pitched seven innings Wednesday, leading the Florida Marlins to a 9-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Jeter snaps out of slump, Yankees win
NEW YORK Derek Jeter broke out of an 0-for-32 slump with a leadoff home run, Miguel Cairo hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 7-5 victory Thursday night.

As MCI chirps about the future, questions persist: How much was the fraud?
NEW YORK (AP) No one can blame MCI for being eager to change the subject after a wrenching 21-month trip through scandal and bankruptcy.

New e-book catches wave of tourism's future
A new electronic book, or "e-book" for short, has just come out and is promising to make things a whole lot easier for those planning a summer vacation anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula.

Immigrants may become more important to work force as boomers retire
NEW YORK (AP) Born in Calcutta, not far from where Mother Teresa ministered to India's needy, Saswati Koya understands poverty. But she never imagined there were American neighborhoods as poor as the one where she now teaches high school.

Business students compare prices at area supermarkets
The question has been around since someone first stamped a lump of metal with an off-center image of an emperor, goddess or other sacred cow and called it money: Where can people go to get the best deal for their hard-earned cash?

Consumers should heed warning signs of debt overload
NEW YORK (AP) You're fighting with your spouse over money. Or you're waking up at night worrying about the bills. Or you're taking cash advances on one credit card to pay the minimum due on another.

Small change lands couple big Alaska business award
ANCHORAGE It took a love for what they do and a melding of talents for Mike and Michele Robuck to grow the Alaska Mint from a one-coin operation to a diversified and thriving business.

Business Briefs
National leadership seminar offered in SoldotnaArea chambers set scheduleTire service offers free inspections

Cashing in
Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Coordinator Linda Winter pulls in a halibut Saturday during the 19th annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Tagging Cruise. Th

Springing into fishing season
JUNEAU Juneau resident Don Vanderheyden has changed the oil, checked the belts and is gearing up his 34-foot boat, The Roter Koter, for the monthlong eighth annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

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

Art Briefs
Acrylics workshop planned for TuesdayOilers hold mascot naming contestPhoto contest announcedArtists in Schools program to be discussedArt scholarships to be awardedWriters' conference coming upKids' summer theater camp slatedLogo design contest announced

Blondie not yet going gray
NEW YORK The members of Blondie admit it's a bit weird to be on the music scene again when bands like the Rapture are named for one of their songs, and '80s fashion is so hip that girls shamelessly wander the streets in hot-pink leg warmers.

Historian reassesses Russian Alaska
Lydia Black, Russian-born professor emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is one of the world's leading scholars of Alaska's Russian-American period. Taking advantage of new access to Russian sources and decades of research, she now has written an iconoclastic overview of this colorful epoch of the state's history.

Writers express themselves in 'Driftwood' magazine
A surprising number of productive and otherwise respected members of society lead secret, double lives.

Saturday night special
Movies, art, food and music what more could you want? Kenai Peninsula College is offering an evening of entertainment Saturday with enough different attractions that there's sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

House OKs fund plan
JUNEAU Three days of sometimes bitter debate ended in the House on Wednesday with lawmakers agreeing that it's time to spend part of the permanent fund for government.

Volunteers provide far more than breakfast for students
Dating back to the 1999-2000 school year, a selfless and compassionate group from the Soldotna United Methodist and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic (Kenai) churches have been providing breakfast for the students of Kenai Alternative High School.

Peninsula gas prices shouldn't be higher than Anchorage's
In Kenai and Soldotna, consumers are paying 28 to 34 cents more per gallon of gasoline than Anchorage. Other places on the Kenai Peninsula are paying far more than that.

Judges for patriotic art program appreciated
I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to three ladies who volunteered their time and expertise to serve as judges for this year's Creative Patriotic Art program sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Public hearing set for May 12 on proposed Nikiski fire station
We would like to take this opportunity to inform Nikiski Fire Service Area residents about our first public hearing on the proposed Fire Station No. 3 in the Douglas Lake, Holt-Lamplight area, held on April 14 at Nikiski Fire Station No. 1.

Alaskan Independence Party denies affiliation with candidate
Fraud is being perpetrated on the Alaska voters by Daniel DeNardo, Alaska candidate for the U.S. Senate, by pretending to be affiliated with the Alaskan Independence Party.

NASCAR: From joystick to gearshift
FONTANA, Calif. Bobby Hamilton never paid much attention to video games until his son needed help beating a racing game.

Extra Newsmaker Q&A

NASCAR Notes Nextel All-Star Challenge changes format
FONTANA, Calif. -- NASCAR has changed the rules for next month's Nextel All-Star Challenge to expand the starting lineup and do away with the eliminations after the first two segments.


Fast Facts
Auto Club 500

2004 NASCAR Craftsman Trucks schedule and standings
Feb. 13 Florida Dodge Dealers 250, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Carl Edwards)

2004 NASCAR Busch schedule and standings
Feb. 14 Hershey's Kisses 300, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)

2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup
Feb. 15 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)

Animal control has city howling
It's a scenario all too familiar to animal control workers in Soldotna: Someone calls the animal shelter asking about the city's animal drop-off policies.

River pollution study lacks info on effects
Representatives from various government agencies came prepared with answers to many of the questions area residents had at a meeting regarding petroleum pollution in the lower Kenai River, including how much pollution was found and what the likely source of that pollution is.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:15 p.m.

Burn permits needed starting Saturday
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry will begin requiring burning permits for any new or continuing open burning starting Saturday.

Homer hot for ice
Packing the kids and gear into the back of the van and setting out for the central Kenai Peninsula or Anchorage in search of ice has been a weekly ritual during the past several seasons, say the parents of young Homer hockey players weary of having to travel just to practice, much less to play.

AWG staff grows
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's loss will be the Arctic Winter Games Host Society's gain.

Walk America set for Saturday
The March of Dimes will hold its 34th annual Walk America at 11 a.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The two-mile course will begin and end at Lorenzo's Restaurant at 10352 Kenai Spur Highway. A barbecue and music will follow.

Area high schools big winners
Soldotna High School freshman Marit Hartvigson took top honors at the 14th annual Caring for the Kenai competition Friday night. But Hartvigson was just one of several students who helped make SoHi a big winner in the program.

Former school head dies in China
Former Cook Inlet Academy principal Chuck Crapuchettes died Wednesday of a heart attack while in China. He was 68.

U.S. Navy band to perform today
The U.S. Navy's rock band "Passage" currently is touring high schools in Alaska and will perform for students at 11:30 a.m. today at the Renee C. Hender

Youth create prospects for better future
Marit Hartvigson's winning Caring for the Kenai entry has been a long time coming. But the Soldotna High School freshman said she hopes it also will last a long time into the future.

John Jason 'Jake' Ketscher
John Jason 'Jake' Ketscher died Friday, April 9, 2004. He was 31.

Tax returns of Kerry's spouse relevant to his presidential campaign
Several months ago, John Kerry solemnly vowed that openness would be the hallmark of his presidency. Now, it's time to show his sincerity by disclosing all of his family's dealings with the Internal Revenue Service.

Students provide inspiration with their acheivements
Want to know the recipe for success?

Sept. 11 panel threatens Bush's re-election theme
WASHINGTON President Bush is centering his re-election campaign on his leadership of the war against terror, and that's why the stakes were so high for him and Vice President Richard Cheney in their three-hour-plus session with the Sept. 11 commission.

Advice on foreign policy
WASHINGTON Sandy Berger, a top Clinton-era National Security Council aide, has written a long essay on President Bush's foreign policy. It's friendly but only for the first few paragraphs.

Reintroductions have Gould's turkey comeback on course
TUCSON, Ariz. After nearly two decades of work, a native turkey appears to be taking hold in southern Arizona.

Grizzlies in southwest Alberta, Canada, awake to roadkill feast
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Hungry after months of winter slumber, grizzlies in southwestern Alberta are waking up to find a feast of deer and elk roadkill.

Juneau Raptor Center plans to construct new building
JUNEAU Justice is half blind.

Sharp shots hone talents
Although some waterfowl and upland game bird hunters may not begin thinking about shooting sports until late October, the truly dedicated know there is a lot of time and preparation that goes into each season starting in spring.

Peninsula's past, present predicts future impacts on environment
We all know that the Kenai is a wonderful place to live. We've got salmon, moose and bears, campgrounds, hiking trails, the Kenai River, Cook Inlet, the Kenai Mountains and lakes of all sizes for boating.

Creepy, yet constructive, crawlers
Ladybugs crawl over the hands of Patty Wolczko before being released onto begonias at the Plant Kingdom greenhouse April 21 in Fairbanks. Once a week, employees distribute five different kinds of predators and parasites to battle aphids and white flies which damage greenhouse plants.

Around the Peninsula
Homer community cleanup under wayCPGH to hold board meetingBoys and Girls Club registration beginsGarage sale fund-raiser slatedCommunity council to meetRed Cross training availableSoldotna Community Patrol resumesTree sale, planting seminar plannedTaste of Kenai needs vendors

Around the Peninsula
Gala event planned Area scouts to gather Book sale planned Asthma care training offered Nikiski senior service board to meet Agrium schedules fire training in May KPC plans one-day shut down Army band to perform Indoor garage sale fund-raiser slated Outdoor education center closes

Some American Muslims may put aside anger at Bush and vote for him
It was just a throwaway line, an aside in a speech to some fellow American Muslims that Muqtedar Khan considered a surefire crowd-pleaser. But when he criticized President Bush over the war on Iraq, Khan was surprised by the response.

Missouri Polish parish votes to protect itself in standoff with archdiocese
ST. LOUIS (AP) A Polish parish at odds with the St. Louis Archdiocese voted overwhelmingly Sunday to release its assets to a Roman Catholic charity not the archdiocese if the parish ever dissolves.

Church briefs
Thursday is national prayer day Homeless shelter group to meet Sterling Bible classes continue Clothes2Go open

The peril of public pessimism can be overcome with faith
"When a politician or an activist or a television commentator tells us the land is actually a mess, that things are getting worse, we perk up and listen, for a distinct public pessimism is the mark of our era. Good news we greet with skepticism. Bad news we believe at once."

North Carolina's largest black church group tries to weather upheaval
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's largest group of black churches is looking for answers as its top administrator remains on paid leave and related agencies lack needed funds.

Woman named to highest position yet in Vatican bureaucracy
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II named Salesian Sister Enrica Rosanna to the highest position ever held by a woman in the Vatican, the No. 3 post in the congregation that governs religious orders worldwide.

Pennsylvania borough tries to skirt 10 Commandments lawsuit
HANOVER, Pa. (AP) To avoid a lawsuit, York County's Hanover borough hopes to sell a 15-foot-square plot in a municipal park under a Ten Commandments monument to a nonprofit group.

Dissenters in gay Episcopal bishop's diocese form breakaway parish
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Conservatives in the diocese led by the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop have left to form a breakaway parish.

God and games mix in youth ministry some say is too much about entertainment
TULSA, Okla. (AP) It's Wednesday night, and the hottest teen hangout around is packed and throbbing with what seems an unholy beat.

Skiers send winter off in masterful style
The recent annual event drew 40 or so winter party-sport enthusiasts to the back side of Lookout Mountain near Homer. John Fowler, last year's Mountain Master, was in charge of setting up the slalom and cross-country course. He also built a "nice little kicker jump" where "people could fly a ways, if they were so inclined," he said.

Sport Briefs
Birch Ridge Golf Course opensJockeys hint they might not ride at DerbyNicklaus nearly done with competitive golfU.S. men's soccer tops Mexico

Sakic keeps Avalanche alive
DENVER David Aebischer played like Patrick Roy. Joe Sakic played like himself.

Los Angeles nixes Rockets
LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant looked exhausted before and after the game.

Sauers, Azinger lead at HP Classic
NEW ORLEANS Gene Sauers and Paul Azinger who between them have just two victories over the last decade shared the clubhouse lead in Thursday's rain-delayed first round of the $5.1 million HP Classic.

Mariners mop up Panthers
The Homer High School girls soccer team put on a clinic Thursday, defeating Skyview 7-0 in a Region III Southern Division match at Skyview.

NCAA ushers in new reform for academics
INDIANAPOLIS The NCAA approved a sweeping package of academic reforms Thursday that will penalize schools starting in 2006 if athletes perform too poorly in the classroom.

Bryant to enter plea in May 10-12 hearing
EAGLE, Colo. The judge in the Kobe Bryant case said Wednesday the NBA star will formally enter a plea in his high-profile sexual assault case during a three-day hearing that starts May 10.

Lightning move on
MONTREAL Brad Richards finished what Vincent Lecavalier started and the Tampa Bay Lightning swept their way to the conference finals for the first time.

Jockeys get to wear advertising
LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Twin Spires. Mint juleps. Thousands of fans singing ''My Old Kentucky Home.''

Celtics court Rivers
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics are negotiating with former Orlando Magic coach Doc Rivers to become the team's next head coach, according to media reports.

Pistons bottle up Bucks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Tayshaun Prince may not be one of the biggest names associated with the Detroit Pistons unless it's the playoffs.

Trainers gamble with long layoffs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Friends Lake won the Florida Derby seven weeks ago, and he hasn't run a race since. Neither has Read the Footnotes, who finished fourth there.

Juneau-Douglas shuts out Homer
For those who say the people of Juneau can never work together and get things done, I give you the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team.

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