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Tuesday, May 4, 2004

White Sox surge past Orioles
BALTIMORE Scott Schoeneweis pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, and the surging Chicago White Sox scored three runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Padres open new park with 11-5 record at home
SAN DIEGO All along, the San Diego Padres planned for a big start in their new ballpark.

Maddux leads Cubs to win over Cardinals
ST. LOUIS Greg Maddux pitched seven strong innings, stole a base and scored twice, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 Monday.

Garcia homer boosts Mets
SAN DIEGO Former Peninsula Oilers star Danny Garcia hit his first major league homer in the ninth inning for the New York Mets, who avoided a three-game sweep and completed a 3-6 road trip with a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres Sunday.

Mussina, Yanks toss Torre 800th win
NEW YORK Mike Mussina pitched seven innings, Hideki Matsui hit a go-ahead single and the New York Yankees won their sixth straight game Sunday with a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Hobo Jim returns from Afghanistan
Ever since 9-11 Alaska's official balladeer Hobo Jim, has wanted to be part of the war against terrorism. Last month Jim got his wish and with help from officials at Ft. Rich in Anchorage he obtained permission to travel to Afghanistan at his own expense to entertain the fighting men and women of the U.S. Army 501st Parachute Infantry.

Community turns out for Mitch Seavey Day
It's been twenty years since a Peninsula musher has made it first through the burled arches in Nome to win the "Last Great Race." The last Peninsula musher to win the famous Iditarod 1049 mile trek to Nome was Dean Osmar, of Clam Gulch. Dean, his son Tim, and his granddaughter Nicole, the 2004 Jr. Iditarod champion, were all on hand last week along with a host of other Peninsula mushers and supporters to celebrate the officially proclaimed Mitch Seavey Day, in honor of the 2004 Iditarod Championship run of Sterling musher Mitch Seavey. Seavey's lead dog Tread also made an appearance.

SoHi regains CFK Championship in 14th "Caring For The Kenai" environmental competition
Marit Hartivigson seized the coveted "Caring For the Kenai" (CFK) trophy last week and a $1,500 cash prize by taking top honors in the 14th annual CFK environmental competition sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium.

Canady and Moore join 2006 AWG Staff
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society announced last week the addition of Kathy Moore and Colleen Canady, of Kenai, to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games Staff. Kathy will be filling the position of Volunteer Manager and will be responsible for recruiting and training the 3,000 volunteers that will be needed to host the games in 2006. "We have a tremendous pool of talented volunteers on the Kenai Peninsula and as Volunteer Manager I'll be working with the committees to be sure the volunteer needs are met. We'll be focusing on quality and training of volunteers not just quantity, and especially that the needs of each volunteer are met," said Moore.

NOW PLAYING: Envy
What do you get when your best friend finds fabulous fortunes after designing an amazing spray that , inexplicably

Legislature hires gas consultant
JUNEAU (AP) A legislative committee hired a consultant to advise lawmakers on any contract reached between Gov. Frank Murkowski and groups interested in building a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Alaska parties ponder primary ballots as deadline lies ahead
FAIRBANKS (AP) Leaders of the five political parties in Alaska have a June 1 deadline to declare whether their candidates will appear on a closed primary ballot or one shared by several parties.

New version of casino bill passes
JUNEAU A casino could eventually open in Anchorage under a bill that passed the House on Monday, but first Anchorage voters would have to approve an ordinance allowing gambling there.

Bill for Anchorage casino fails on close House vote
JUNEAU A bill that could lead to a casino opening in Anchorage narrowly failed in the House on Saturday, but it could come up for another vote today.

What are politicians teaching children during campaigns?
As I watched the current White House administration officials get paraded before the partisan panel known to us Americans as the 9-11 commission, I was disappointed. Disappointed but not surprised.

Time for borough residents to change form of government
While attending the April 6 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, I witnessed the most arrogant display of disrespect and disdain for our representative form of government by an elected official, since President Nixon was forced to resign after the Watergate scandal.

Many contribute to great evening for senior citizens
"Let me call you sweetheart" were the words of the beautiful and timeless song welcoming senior citizens to the 15th annual Senior Sweetheart Dinner on Feb. 28 hosted by Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ.

U.S. needs to let military do its tough job in Iraq
I support President Bush's ideas for Iraq, but I think a harder line must be drawn in the sand. This is beginning to smell like Johnson and McNamarra during the Vietnam war. Let the military do its job, be decisive and follow through.

Permanent fund should be used to finance natural gas line
New taxes and user fees have either already happened or are being considered to balance the great Alaska budget. Meanwhile, a pipeline from Prudhoe Bay gas fields to Midwest customers is looking likely.

Kudos to Clarion photographer
I would like to thank the Peninsula Clarion's photographer M. Scott Moon for the wonderful color pictures on the front page of the Clarion.

Soldotna seniors appreciate generosity of businesses
Soldotna area seniors would like to recognize and greatly thank Gary Foster and Lynden Transport Inc. for their generous transportation donation of the center's new ADA vehicle from Washington to Alaska.

Gordon wins second straight
FONTANA, Calif. No flying beer cans and jeers for Jeff Gordon on Sunday at California Speedway. It was all cheers and smiles as the California native won his second straight NASCAR Nextel Cup race.

Rolling along
Lorie and Steve Baggett in-line skate on the Unity Trail with their dog Bandit on Saturday afternoon. Nice weather was an excuse for many people who chose to stretch their legs last weekend.

Budget, school funds top assembly agenda in Seward
Running the Kenai Peninsula Borough in fiscal year 2005 could cost $57 million, according to an ordinance scheduled for introduction today at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Seward.

Soldotna soldier gets unexpected view
Soldotna's Sierra Mello joined the Army Aug. 22, 2001, in hopes of seeing Germany and France and to get money for college tuition.

Budget talk expected to be absent from school board meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will have a brief reprieve from budget talks and an opportunity to get back to the business of education today.

Soldotna soldier gets unexpected view
Soldotna's Sierra Mello joined the Army Aug. 22, 2001, in hopes of seeing Germany and France and to get money for college tuition.

Superior Court judge sets Forster trial for November
The murder trial of David S. Forster, the Kenai man accused of killing Kenai Police Officer John Watson, on Monday was set to begin the first week in November.

Budget, school funds top assembly agenda in Seward
Running the Kenai Peninsula Borough in fiscal year 2005 could cost $57 million, according to an ordinance scheduled for introduction today at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Seward.

Bikers bid farewell to slain Kenai officer
With the exception of the more than 100 long-haired, leather-clad, tattoo-brandishing bikers rumbling in on their motorcycles, it was pretty much like any other Sunday service at the Kenai Christian Church.

Dispute heading to arbitration
At least parts of a complex legal dispute between Agrium Inc. and Union Oil of California over critical natural gas supplies to Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer plant heads for arbitration later this month.

Photo feature: Play ball!
Patrick R. Sterling walks to the Kenai Little League fields Saturday for some preseason practice. Summer sports enthusiasts have started to dust off their equipment as the days get longer.

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Photo feature: Play ball!
Patrick R. Sterling walks to the Kenai Little League fields Saturday for some preseason practice. Summer sports enthusiasts have started to dust off their equipment as the days get longer.

Superior Court judge sets Forster trial for November
The murder trial of David S. Forster, the Kenai man accused of killing Kenai Police Officer John Watson, on Monday was set to begin the first week in November.

Jack Edward Kinsfather
Nikiski resident Jack Edward Kinsfather died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 55.

Gerald E. Foster
Nikiski resident Gerald E. Foster died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 67.

Charles Eugene Crapuchettes
Soldotna resident Charles Eugene Crapuchettes died Thursday, April 29, 2004, in Kunming, China, of a heart attack. He was 68.

Frank Richard Moore
Houston resident Frank Richard Moore died Friday, April 30, 2004, in Sterling. He was 54.

Legislature should do right thing, act to close budget gap
With the May 11 end of the legislative session looming, and with the odds looking long for a legislative solution to the state's chronic budget gap, Gov. Frank Murkowski has hit the road to win public approval for his fiscal plan.

Airport security still must be improved
An investigation by the Homeland Security Department has uncovered shocking facts: Government workers aren't more efficient than private sector employees.

Democrats fear deja vu
WASHINGTON It's a recurring n

Cargo containers pose threat to U.S. security
The 6 million cargo containers that are shipped to the United States each year represent an enormous soft spot in our nation's security.

Homer Community Schools
Personal Protection-Alaska Concealed Carry with Pat Johnson, NRA certified instructor

Community news
Shot shell, ballistics seminar slated Army band to perform Summer clubhouses slated in Kenai Host family needed Kenai class to celebrate 40-year reunion Class of 1984 to hold reunion Navy reunion planned

Around the Peninsula
lifeguard class begins today Kenai council final work session set Husband-coached child class set Gardening class to cover edibles Boys and Girls Club registration set Relay for Life information available Kenai Performers to hold theater camp PenDOG offers videos

Around the Peninsula
Training availableSalmon celebration set for Johnson LakeUry's latest book focus of discussionCleanup scheduledMother's Day breakfast setInterfaith shelter meeting scheduledAwareness workshop slated

Innes passes on medical training in Africa
A 1991 graduate of Kenai Central High School recently had the opportunity to work in Ethiopia after being awarded a traveling fellowship by Or-thopaedics Overseas.

Births
Mystie Falconer and Mark Gattenby of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Faith-Lynn Rose Gattenby, Sunday, March 21, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Peninsula People
Area youth awarded scholarships Sizemore earns scholarship Kenai man completes basic training University of Idaho graduates area students Vadla wins VFW art program

Nikiski senior named Youth of the Year
If 18-year-old Kristofer "Kris" Dent is any indication of the quality of young people today, then Alaska's future is secure.

Senior Briefs
What's activities are available for our area seniors.

How does creativity affect older brains?
WASHINGTON It's an odd medical meeting that features Rodgers & Hammerstein and brilliantly colored paintings rather than, say, X-rays. What does belting out ''Oklahoma'' or putting oil to canvas have to do with brain health?

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Mickelson closing in on another win
NEW ORLEANS Phil Mickelson stayed away from golf for two weeks after winning the Masters. He wanted to have some fun before returning to work.

Calgary eliminates Detroit in overtime
CALGARY, Alberta Overtime was Martin Gelinas' time yet again.

Smarty Jones gives Philly a champion to cheer
BENSALEM, Pa. Stewart Elliott had trouble describing how it felt to dart across the finish line aboard Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby.

Tillman, killed in Afghanistan, remembered in hometown
SAN JOSE, Calif. Pat Tillman was remembered Monday as an honorable man who overachieved on the football field then became a war hero when he died in Afghanistan after walking away from a multimillion-dollar contract to join the U.S. Army.

Undefeated Derby winner moving on
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones licked up his tub of feed, smacked around a net full of hay, looked ''great'' on Sunday, and is likely headed to the Preakness is two weeks.

Spurs sink Lakers in Game 1
SAN ANTONIO The Los Angeles Lakers had a fourth-quarter plan: Get the ball inside to Shaquille O'Neal. The San Antonio Spurs answered with a better idea: Get the ball outside to Tim Duncan.

Primeau lets his stick do the talking
PHILADELPHIA Keith Primeau backed up his challenge and prediction.

Goldstein doubles at Bartlett Chaos
Soldotna High School's Ari Goldstein built upon her solid 2004 track and field season with wins in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs Saturday at the Bartlett Chaos Meet in Anchorage.

Garnett seeking bigger trophy
Seven years later, The Deal is looking smarter all the time.

Sports Briefs
Singh wins HP Classic with birdieBobcats officially join NBA

Nets tangled by Pistons D
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Detroit's defense was so dominant, it was almost offensive at least to those who believe basketball should be about scoring points.

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