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Wednesday, May 5, 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.

Cardinals slow down Phillies
PHILADELPHIA Mike Matheny saved St. Louis with a super play behind the plate, and the Cardinals held off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Tuesday night.

Red Sox keep sliding vs. Indians
CLEVELAND Jason Davis gave up a long homer to Manny Ramirez, then got his second victory in 17 starts as the Cleveland Indians held on for their fourth straight win, 7-6 over the reeling Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LIO schedule
Today 3:30 p.m.

National Day of Prayer events scheduled for Thursday
Kenai Peninsula residents are invited to participate in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday at the Soldotna Church of God.

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.

No clowning around in central peninsula?
The carnival may not be coming to town.

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.

Program's fate still uncertain
Despite outcry from the public, Quest, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's talented and gifted program, may be trimmed down next year due to budget cuts.

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.

Peninsula legislators disgree on POMV
State lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula are divided over the appropriateness and efficacy of the proposed percent-of-market-value approach to managing the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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.

Photo op
A cow moose concentrates on lunch as Lisa Thompson photographs her son with Marsha Guthrie on Monday afternoon at the state office building in Kenai. "I feel like a tourist," Guthrie said. "I've been in Arizona for the winter and this is the first moose I've seen since I got back."

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.

Billy Marie Schefers
Kenai resident Billy Marie Schefers died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 37.

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

Peggy J. Smith
Longtime Nikiski resident Peggy J. Smith died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 64.

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

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

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

Charles Eugene Crapuchettes
In Tuesday's obituary for Soldotna resident Charles Eugene Crapuchettes, an incorrect address was printed for Cook Inlet Academy. The correct address for all correspondence and donations is: Cook Inlet Academy, 45872 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Sen. Murkowski right to take on breakup of Ninth Circuit Court What others say
Common sense has long been absent among those who defend the size of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They refuse to acknowledge that the court is far too big, its case load far too large, most of its judges too far removed from the real life of much of the area they are supposed to serve.

U.S. loses moral high ground in Iraq
WASHINGTON The reported abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers threatens to undermine part of President Bush's rationale for unseating Saddam Hussein: that the United States had ended a regime that was torturing and abusing Iraqis.

Prosperous times, but ...
Summer is swiftly approaching and, with it, a yearly barometer of the public's confidence in both its nation's pocketbook and its own. Will the coming months persuade the public that past economic woes are truly past, or will American consumers remain cautious about their personal finances and the amounts they can safely spend in these uncertain times?

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
National forest motorized use updated Nikiski senior board to meet Nikiski community clean up set Pottery guild to hold fund-raiser Social Security reps to visit area NES plans pancake fund-raiser

Dena'ina Language Institute scheduled this summer
For the second consecutive year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Native Language Center will host the Dena'ina Language Institute at KPC's Kenai River Campus in Soldotna in June. The Dena'in

Kalifonsky Christian
This week, the kindergarten through second-graders made butterflies and bugs in art class.

Tustumena Elementary
Yearbooks were distributed last week to those families who ordered one. The initial supply was sold out, but there may be another order placed if there are enough unfilled orders on the waiting list. Contact the school if you want to be placed on the waiting list.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Tobin's class will visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and Pratt Museum in Homer and the beaches and tidepools of Seldovia in May. Later in the month, the class will visit Solid Rock for the annual fourth-grade Outdoor Education Camp.

Graduation season approaches
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will celebrate the completion of high school this month at graduation ceremonies.

Soldotna Middle
The bands and choirs will combine for their final concert of the year at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium.

Redoubt Elementary
Teacher Appreciation Week is this week. Special activities are planned to express appreciation for the outstanding teachers.

Kenai Central High
The choir's 33rd annual "POPs" concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Kenai Middle
The following students placed in last week's track meet:

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The junior varsity soccer team will play at home today, Thursday and Saturday. The team will travel to Seward on Friday.

Wings Christian Academy
With only eight days of school left, students are hard at work and have lots of last-second activities planned.

Soldotna Elementary
The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in room 208. The public is invited to attend.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Student artists finished painting their canvases. They will be exhibited at an art show at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Fine Arts Guild. The annual raffle will be at 8 p.m. at the show.

Soldotna High
The eighth-graders will visit from 8 to 11 a.m. today.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The students enjoyed a field trip to the farm recently. Thanks to the Martin family for showing students around.

Camera action: Festival features student films
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg once said, "Failure is in-evitable. Success is elusive."

Some urban systems embrace K-8 schools
BALTIMORE Ten years ago, this city embarked upon a quiet but ambitious quest to reshape the school environment for children in the middle grades, 6 through 8.

Half-century later Are schools more separate or more equal?
WASHINGTON Mildred Wright saw only black faces in her school in Charlotte, N.C., when she began teaching in 1957. Back then, segregation was supposed to be on the way out.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Ms. Sotelo's third- through sixth-graders held their Wildlife Fair with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where the students shared their projects and their animal signatures books (scat and tracks). Soon they will be off to Otter Cove to culminate their studies in marine biology for this school year.

Cook Inlet Academy
Charles Crapuchettes, Cook Inlet Academy's beloved "Mr. C" passed away Thursday.

Grace Lutheran
After having a two day vacation last week because the teachers attended a pastor-teacher conference in Wasilla, the students at Grace Lutheran are back at the books finishing up the school year.

Sears Elementary
Sears' artist in residence program began this week. Natasha Ala-Johnson will work with students in acrylics and collages on canvas. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, call the office at 283-4826. Students' finished artwork will be displayed in an exhibition from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 21

Wings Christian Academy
With only eight days of school left, students are hard at work and have lots of last-second activities planned.

Kenai Central High
The choir's 33rd annual "POPs" concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Kenai Middle
The following students placed in last week's track meet:

Dena'ina Language Institute scheduled this summer
For the second consecutive year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Native Language Center will host the Dena'ina Language Institute at KPC's Kenai River Campus in Soldotna in June. The Dena'in

Grace Lutheran
After having a two day vacation last week because the teachers attended a pastor-teacher conference in Wasilla, the students at Grace Lutheran are back at the books finishing up the school year.

Some urban systems embrace K-8 schools
BALTIMORE Ten years ago, this city embarked upon a quiet but ambitious quest to reshape the school environment for children in the middle grades, 6 through 8.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
The students enjoyed a field trip to the farm recently. Thanks to the Martin family for showing students around.

Half-century later Are schools more separate or more equal?
WASHINGTON Mildred Wright saw only black faces in her school in Charlotte, N.C., when she began teaching in 1957. Back then, segregation was supposed to be on the way out.

Soldotna Middle
The bands and choirs will combine for their final concert of the year at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium.

Graduation season approaches
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will celebrate the completion of high school this month at graduation ceremonies.

Cook Inlet Academy
Charles Crapuchettes, Cook Inlet Academy's beloved "Mr. C" passed away Thursday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Tobin's class will visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and Pratt Museum in Homer and the beaches and tidepools of Seldovia in May. Later in the month, the class will visit Solid Rock for the annual fourth-grade Outdoor Education Camp.

Kalifonsky Christian
This week, the kindergarten through second-graders made butterflies and bugs in art class.

Soldotna Elementary
The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in room 208. The public is invited to attend.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Student artists finished painting their canvases. They will be exhibited at an art show at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Fine Arts Guild. The annual raffle will be at 8 p.m. at the show.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Ms. Sotelo's third- through sixth-graders held their Wildlife Fair with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where the students shared their projects and their animal signatures books (scat and tracks). Soon they will be off to Otter Cove to culminate their studies in marine biology for this school year.

Camera action: Festival features student films
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg once said, "Failure is in-evitable. Success is elusive."

Tustumena Elementary
Yearbooks were distributed last week to those families who ordered one. The initial supply was sold out, but there may be another order placed if there are enough unfilled orders on the waiting list. Contact the school if you want to be placed on the waiting list.

Soldotna High
The eighth-graders will visit from 8 to 11 a.m. today.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The junior varsity soccer team will play at home today, Thursday and Saturday. The team will travel to Seward on Friday.

Sears Elementary
Sears' artist in residence program began this week. Natasha Ala-Johnson will work with students in acrylics and collages on canvas. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, call the office at 283-4826. Students' finished artwork will be displayed in an exhibition from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 21

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

Senior Menus
What's on the menu 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?

Sports Briefs
Singh wins HP Classic with birdieBobcats officially join NBA

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

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.

Kings quiet Garnett's MVP thunder
MINNEAPOLIS Mike Bibby had another big postseason performance, Kevin Garnett was not up to his MVP standard and the Sacramento Kings started the second round with an impressive win.

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.

Roenick puts Philly past Leafs
TORONTO When coach Ken Hitchcock told the Philadelphia Flyers to go for it in overtime, Jeremy Roenick pictured how he'd score the winning goal.

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

Homer boys shut out Kenai
The Homer boys soccer team defeated Kenai 5-0 Tuesday in Homer in Region III Southern Division action.

Season heats up for SoHi, SkyHi track teams
Members of the Soldotna and Skyview track and field teams finally got a nice day to show their stuff, and the two teams responded.

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