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Thursday, May 5, 2005

Baseball's steroids rules tripping up players from Latin America
NEW YORK — Players from Spanish-speaking countries are getting tripped up by baseball's steroids policy at a disproportionate rate, raising concerns that they don't understand the rules on banned substances — including over-the-counter supplements bought back home.

Sosa propels Orioles to victory
BALTIMORE — Sammy Sosa ended Baltimore's drought of 22 scoreless innings with a two-run double in the eighth inning, and Javy Lopez added a three-run homer to lead the Orioles past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Government contracting help available Leadership workshop to be held KPTMC to hold regional tourism conference

Picking for profit
With a downturn in the fishing industry, Lloyd Stiassny has been looking for some additional economic opportunities for the village of Port Graham.

Warming up
For the third year in a row, Melissa Bledsoe Fischer and fellow musicians from Anchorage will kick off May by heading south — not to a warmer climate, but to a warm reception by a Kenai audience.

From the bookshelf: Kayak book a technical, impressive read
When Europeans first penetrated the arctic reaches of the New World, they learned they could only survive by adopting technologies from the region's indigenous people. One item that particularly impressed them was the kayak. Today, the kayak has become the Inuit gift to the world. An Internet search brings up more than 5 million hits for the word. People around the globe paddle kayaks made of space-age materials but modeled on ancient prototypes.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

Many individuals, businesses helped make dance a success
Kenai Merit Inn, Fred Meyer, Peninsula Clarion, Soldotna Safeway, Espresso Barn, Frontier Auto, B&C Auto Supply, Echo Lake Meats, Haircutters, Paradisos, Coca-Cola, Kenai Mail Station, Rosita's, Radio Shack, Kenai River Nursery, McClure's Guide Service, Linn Plous, Miracle Women Soaps and Lotions, IGA Grocery, Ultimate Tan, Dreyer's Ice Cream, Salvation Army, Good Books and More, Copy Cats, Michael Keeney, A1 Video, Mr. Dukowitz and Bargain Basement.

Article on jazz concert failed to recognize key team member
Recently, the Clarion did a wonderful cover story on the Nikiski North Star sixth grade musical, "We Haz Jazz." The school was thrilled with the publicity because the kids had worked so hard to create such a delightful performance. The reporter, Layton Ehmke, asked interesting questions and responded enthusiastically to the responses.

Parents should know what kids are up to
I had the opportunity to take my mother and my four young children to a local fast food restaurant in Soldotna on Saturday. We were enjoying our lunch and three of the children were sitting in the kid room.

Assault on senior benefits appears to be in vogue
There seems to be a generation out there that wants to take all senior benefits away.

Democrat happy with filibuster
I agree with William Phillips in the Letters to the Editor from April 28 ("Sen. Murkowski should hold out"), but for different reasons.

NASCAR prepares for different Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Dale Jarrett shrugs his shoulders when he looks at what has become of the old country track he used to visit when his daddy went racing.

Adult business ordinance tabled
At its meeting in Seward on Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly postponed Ordinance 2005-11, a measure restricting sexually oriented businesses in the rural district. That ordinance will be taken up again June 21.

Spring in their steps
Gus and Heather Colberg and their dog Dreyfuss hike through a still-naked forest on their way to the summit of Skyline Trail above Jean Lake last weekend. Skyline and some of the Kenai Peninsula's other trails have started to dry out, leaving appealing paths for spring hikers.

House OKs card rooms
JUNEAU (AP) — The House on Wednesday tentatively approved expanding gambling in Alaska to include ''card rooms'' in cities larger than 30,000 people.

Graduation ceremonies get started on peninsula
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will celebrate the completion of high school this month at graduation ceremonies. So are area colleges.

Murkowski says Alaska oil key to nation's energy policy
Citing the importance of opening up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, passing comprehensive energy legislation and bringing North Slope gas to Lower 48 markets, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Alaska's energy issues are important to the entire country.

Exemptions remain in place
A proposal to reduce the unlimited property tax exemption on primary residences enjoyed by the borough's senior citizens and disabled veterans is dead.

Police palm antler bandit
Soldotna police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon in connection with the theft of nearly $70,000 in moose, caribou and elk antlers stolen from a residence off Brooks Avenue. The man's name was being withheld pending charges being filed with the Kenai District Attorney.

Mobile base not yet ready
Delivered quickly and on target, a drenching cascade of fire retardant chemicals can spell the difference between deliverance and destruction at the front of raging wildland fire.

Questions about platform removal to get attention
Removing offshore platforms from Cook Inlet received some attention from legislators.

Lifelong resident to share love of peninsula with visitors
Shanon Hamrick was tickled when she successfully taught her two children, both age 10, how to ski earlier this winter.

Royal Gerald 'Gary' Clack
Longtime Soldotna resident Royal Gerald "Gary" Clack died Monday, May 2, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 79.

Chun Rye Cho
Soldotna resident Chun Rye Cho died Saturday, April 30, 2005, from cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 48.

Geraldine Rouswell
Kenai resident Geraldine Rouswell died Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle. She was 63.

Alice Rubena 'Beanie' McGrady
Longtime Kenai resident Alice Rubena "Beanie" McGrady died Sunday, May 1, 2005, from lymphatic leukemia and cancer at her home with her family by her side. She was 77.

ANILCA will mark anniversary with gift of ANWR opening
Later this year, the 25th anniversary of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act will be marked by various people and groups proclaiming its significance. Of course, it will be proclaimed as a significant achievement by some and a significant abomination by others.

England case leads to other questions about Abu Ghraib
... The sentencing phase for Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England, who became something of a poster girl for purposeful humiliation at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, could be the occasion for a certain amount of soul-searching among American policymakers. ...

GOP House members did the ethical thing
The solution may be more political than principled, but House Republicans did the right thing last week in agreeing to scrap controversial rules changes that had blocked any work by the House Ethics Committee. Whatever the reasons for their reversal, we applaud the change.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life planning event scheduled College closed Friday Support group gathering planned Graduation meeting set Refuge announces cleanup, green-up day

Around the Peninsula
Community wildfire planning meetings set Day of prayer slated Mother's Day breakfast planned Treasure sale coming up

Soldotna Montessori
The school is having a hanging flower basket fund-raiser. The proceeds fund the school's field trips. For more information, contact SMCS at 260-9221.

Seward High
Students and staff of the month are: Academic — David Apperson, son of Rawlins and Bonnie Apperson; Achievement — Matthew Blair, son of Larry and Carol Harmon and David Blair; Appreciation — Chelsea Pullins, daughter of Ralph and Ruth Pullins; Attitude — Alicia Monnier; and Employee of the Month — Gary Benson, special education instructor.

Redoubt Elementary
Teacher appreciation week ends Friday. PTA has special activities planned for the staff.

Kaleidoscope
Students at Kaleidoscope and Sears Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart and raised $2,539.71 for the American Heart Association. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Soldotna High
The advanced placement English exam is Thursday; U.S. history is Friday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Furlong's class will travel to Homer today to take part in the Homer Shorebird Festival.

Reads Primary
Congratulations to students of the week Sarah Pugh, Jessie Metz, Adaya Pollock, Andi Reilly and Josiah Luze.

Kenai Middle School
The school will collect minicourse fees and permission slips this week. All fees and permissions are due Thursday unless prior arrangements have been made. No refunds will be issued.

Sears Elementary
The last day for study buddies is today.

After the Bell
The last day of After the Bell programs will be at Thursday at Soldotna High, May 19 at Redoubt Elementary and Soldotna Middle, May 20 at Soldotna Elementary and May 24 at Skyview High.

Skyview High
The student council thanks everyone involved with the blood drive. People still may donate blood at the blood bank in the Soldotna Blazy Mall this week and have it count toward Skyview's total count.

Tustumena Elementary
The Hanshew Middle School band program will present a concert Thursday. This group put on a performance each year for the students.

Soldotna Elementary
Second-grader Colton Herrick has been a mediator between students when problems arise and is honored this week with a school T-shirt and a pass to the Orca Theater.

Bus drivers get day of appreciation
Friday has been proclaimed School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Drivers and attendants are trained professionals to whom the community entrusts the safety and well-being of children. The drivers are in charge of the bus and the students during their rides to and from school. They often are called on to make decisions that affect the health and safety of their passengers, sometimes in life-threatening situations. Laidlaw depends on the drivers to deliver students safely in snow, sleet, rain and storms.

IDEA
IDEA is accepting enrollment for the 2005-06 school year. IDEA can be reached at 260-7555, at www.ideafamlies.org or by coming by the office in the Red Diamond Center off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Ninilchik
Maureen McCombs won third place and claimed an $800 prize in the Caring for the Kenai competition. Her project was a program to increase public awareness of flooding by using volunteers to warn of impending floods. Kit Hall came in fifth and claimed $450 with her idea to combine recycled plastic and the chips from beetle-killed spruce trees to produce extruded lumber products. John Chihuly was one of 40 semifinalists with his project that addressed the need for restrooms along the upper Kenai River.

Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Jackson's and Mrs. Heath's classes took a field trip to Anchorage last week. They visited the Wildlife Conservation Center, the Imaginarium and H2Oasis. Thanks to all the parent helpers.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Congratulations to all the fifth- and sixth-grade Quest students who participated in the Future Problem Solving program this year. Several students were recognized at the Future Problem Solving state bowl competition in Soldotna April 18 and 19. Ari Bennett tied for third in futuristic story writing, and Tanner Thompson was awarded second.

Kenaitze Head Start
The school is accepting applications for the 2005-06 school year. Stop by the center at 130 N Willow St. in Kenai or call 283-0707.

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

ACT registration deadline nears
The nationwide ACT date for college-bound high school students is June 11. Registrations must be postmarked by Friday. Late registration postmark is May 20 and an additional fee is required for late registration.

Help is on the way!
An associate's degree program in paramedic technology came one step closer to reality last week when the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. board of directors agreed to the use of the hospital as a clinical education site for Kenai Peninsula College. Classes for the EMT-paramedic program are scheduled to begin Aug. 29, according to KPC's paramedic coordinator Paul Perry.

Cook Inlet Academy
The school welcomes new track coach Heath Fulk. Mr. Fulk's experience is in 100 meter 4 by 1 and pole vaulting, and he is currently using his expertise to train the high school and junior high sprinters. His goals for the track team are to keep practices Christ-centered and focused on mechanics. He is proud of the students for coming together well as a team and happy with their performances and attitudes. Mr. Fulk is grateful for support from Trish Kopp with middle and long distance running, from Ray Rowley and Shawn Taplin with shot put and discus and from Greg Bell with overall help. The next high school and junior high meets are Friday at Skyview High School.

Kenai soccer sides sweep SoHi
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team kept rolling while the Kenai boys got rolling as both teams posted victories over the visiting Soldotna Stars in Northern Lights Conference-Southern Division matches Tuesday.

Kenai golf report: A fresh season, a lost friend
It has been my privilege to write the Kenai Golf Report. I would like to thank those who have read it and expressed their enjoyment in keeping up with it each week. The positive comments from the nongolfers, too, were especially appreciated. Those comments kept me writing each week for several years during the short but long golf season we enjoy in Alaska.

Arenas basket wins Game 5 for Wizards
CHICAGO — Gilbert Arenas hit a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer to foil a remarkable comeback by the Chicago Bulls and give Washington a 112-110 victory Wednesday night that pushed the Wizards within one victory of their first playoff series win in 23 years.

Nikiski clinches NLC berth
The Nikiski High School girls soccer team claimed a berth in the Northern Lights Conference tournament, defeating Soldotna 3-0 Wednesday in a key NLC-Southern Division match at Soldotna. We're going to regions for sure — that's nice, said Nikiski midfielder Whitney Hitchcock following the match.

Pistons stuff 76ers' season
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The defending NBA champions were at their best when it mattered most.

On the fringe: Sorenstam streaking into history
Annika Sorenstam was in South Korea six months ago when something strange happened.

Cards send Reds to sixth straight loss
CINCINNATI — Jason Marquis gave up only three hits while taking a shutout into the ninth inning on Tuesday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over Cincinnati, the Reds' sixth straight loss.

Tourney to honor Botelho
The Kenai Golf Course has announced a tournament to honor Rita Botelho and her constant concern for the greens on the course. On July 31, the Rita Botelho Greens Tournament will be held at the Kenai Golf Course. The proceeds of the tournament will go to green covers that will help preserve the putting surface over the course of the winter. For more information, stop by the pro shop or call 283-7500.

Devil Rays drub Brown, Yanks
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New look, same result for the overhauled Yankees.

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