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Thursday, May 6, 2004

Wells, Blue Jays thump Royals
TORONTO Vernon Wells homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs, and Roy Halladay pitched a strong game to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-3 victory Wednesday night over the hapless Kansas City Royals.

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.

Penny becomes Florida's career wins leader
MIAMI Brad Penny pitched 7 2-3 shutout innings to become the Florida Marlins' career leader in victories, and they broke a four-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Wednesday 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.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesState, federal work site posters availableNominations of older workers soughtExposition offers free business workshops

Salmon prices boosted by campaigns
CHARLESTON, Ore. Sitting on his boat, the Dragnet, Loren Dixson had to think back to when his daughter was a baby to remember a time when prices for his salmon were this good.

Paper pushing enters new era
Visit the basement or back room of many private medical practices and you're likely to be confronted with rows of cardboard boxes or filing cabinets filled with patient records.

Interest rates head higher not waiting for formal Fed shift
WASHINGTON Consumers won't have to wait until this summer to see what kind of impact a Federal Reserve decision to move to higher interest rates would have on their pocketbooks. The Fed's policy of telegraphing its intentions already has sent consumer rates higher.

Art Briefs
Food, beverage vendors wantedArtists in Schools program to be discussedPoetry contest being heldArt scholarships to be awardedWriters' conference coming upKids' summer theater camp slatedLogo design contest announced

Getting jazzed
The sun is shining and the snow has all but disappeared, meaning many area residents are itching to get outdoors after a winter of inside activities. But the Performing Arts Society is hoping people will delay scratching that itch this weekend by offering an opportunity to indulge in something that's even more rare around here than good weather in May: a quality, professional jazz performance.

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

'Van Helsing' is new take on old ghouls
''Van Helsing'' is the guy Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's monster whisper about around the campfire. He's the thing that goes bump in the night for ghouls, the hunter of the hunted.

Kayaker takes readers through Inside Passage
Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States and, although its shores can be treacherous, miles of gorgeous waterways are relatively placid in the lee of sheltering islands. The largest and, for many, most accessible of these waterways is the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. The region is a magnet for cruise ships and tour boats, but kayaking is the best way to get close to wild sea and shore.

A salute to concert music
Kenai Peninsula residents will have a rare opportunity to experience the varied talents of the U.S. Army firsthand Saturday, without having to enlist.

Senate takes dim view of House package
JUNEAU A late-night spending frenzy by House lawmakers that led to a $236 million school and road construction bond package may have been for nothing, Senate President Gene Therriault said Wednesday.

Bill would loosen penalties for some repeat DUIs
JUNEAU A lawmaker who sponsored legislation that cracks down on drunken drivers three years ago is now trying to give some of them a break.

State income tax best way to raise more revenue
A statewide sales tax is the worst possible choice for more state revenue. It is regressive and would hit resident Alaskans the hardest.

State officials should consider this idea to wipe out deficit
I am a resident of the state of Alaska. I am a registered voter who chooses to exercise my privilege to do so. That being said, I would like to voice my opinion. It is not something I do as often as I should. I am usually the kind of person that follows the newspapers, radio, etc. in regards to the workings of our government, try to have intelligent dialogue regarding the issues that face our state and vote my conscience. One of the things that gets under my skin is the people (and you know who you are!) who complain and complain, but will not even register to vote. Unless you have had your right to vote taken away from you, put up or shut up. But I digress.

Full day ahead for Busch Series
ATLANTA Saturday night's Charter 250 at the Gateway International Raceway is unique for the NASCAR Busch Series because practice, qualifying and the race all happen on the same day.

Newsmaker: Ricky Rudd
ATLANTA Ricky Rudd drove his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in 1975 and hasn't slowed down since. His streak of 726 consecutive starts is a NASCAR record, and at age 47, he's still not afraid to tell people what he thinks. As the series takes Mother's Day weekend off, Rudd still had time to talk about his career past and future.

NASCAR trying to get minorities in cars, stands
ATLANTA The checkered flag, an equal mixture of black and white, is racing's symbol of success. It doesn't, however, reflect the sport's ability to attract minorities.

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.

Weighted discussion continues
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education remain conflicted about the possibility of introducing weighted grades in the district, but they're ready to make a decision.

Borough looks to extend permit use
An ordinance introduced at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting would extend the effect of some conditional-use permits issued for projects around specific anadromous streams to accommodate larger and lengthier projects.

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 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."

LIO schedule
Today 3:30 p.m.

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

Kenai man discovers crawfish in unlikely place
On Wednesday afternoon, a group of Alaska Department of Fish and Game employees waded into a swamp between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Kenai. Armed with fine mesh nets and chest waders, the four state workers scoured the area in search of crawfish, a lobster-like crustacean most people associate more with gumbo than tundra.

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.

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

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.

Billy Marie Schefers
Kenai resident Billy Marie Schefers died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Central Peninsula Hospital of a chronic illness with her special family, Bill Childers and Nita Young, at her side. She was 37.

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

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.

Increases discussed by Legislature would only maintain status quo
Children have only one shot at a good education. We, as parents, expect the Legislature to rise to the challenge of fully funding a high quality education for each and every child in Alaska.

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.

Abuse of Iraqi prisoners no way to set example for rest of world to follow
There is no excuse for the abuse of Iraqi detainees by U.S. military police in the notorious prison near Baghdad, as a military investigation uncovered recently.

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?

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimists to meetUry's latest book focus of discussionWatershed to host bird identification classSoccer, basketball camps slatedKennel club offering dog classesVolunteers needed to plant flowers, gardensTree sale, planting seminar plannedCIA basketball teams to hold fund-raiser

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Homer girls notch region win
The Homer girls soccer team has two kinds of losses to worry about games and players.

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.

U.S. itinerary for Athens Olympic Games hasn't changed yet
A few prominent Americans already have announced plans to stay home and watch the Olympics from the comfort and safety of their couches. So far, athletes aren't among them.

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.

Parker leads Spurs to victory
SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker gave the San Antonio Spurs a big cushion early, and when the Los Angeles Lakers made a move it was Parker who snuffed it out.

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

Newcomers join Flyers in conference finals
When the Philadelphia Flyers last won the Stanley Cup in 1975, there were 18 NHL teams in the league and none in Tampa, Fla., San Jose, Calif., or Calgary, Alberta.

Sports Briefs
Kenai golf tourney slated for FridayU.S. upsets Czech Republic in shootoutCanisius basketball player dies suddenly

Birch Ridge Report: Time to think golf at Birch Ridge
It seems like just yesterday, doesn't it, that I signed off 2003's golf articles for Birch Ridge Golf Course? (Yeah, right ... seems like what five-to-10 must feel like.)

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