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Friday, May 6, 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.

Red Sox shut down Tigers
DETROIT — Bronson Arroyo took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and David Ortiz's tiebreaking double in the ninth sent the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Brewers club Cubs, win seventh straight
MILWAUKEE — Carlos Lee's bloop single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers their seventh straight victory, 6-5 over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

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.

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.

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

Sterilization program protects wild fish stocks
MACKAY, Idaho — At the foot of a high Central Idaho mountain, a half-million baby kokanee salmon dart back and forth in a concrete raceway like flashing silver arrows.

Still some winter out there
Itching for a way to get into shape for the summer hiking season? Got the shakes for an outdoor adventure without a lot of traffic on the trails? Craving one last chance at some winter recreation before all the white stuff disappears? Then perhaps an overnight snowshoe excursion to Lost Lake in the Chugach National Forest is a prescription that needs to be filled.

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

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.

Peninsula businesses make mission happen
Recently, LuvaChild, a local mission organization, got involved with the staff at Heritage Place to facilitate the donation of used medical equipment from Heritage and clothing gathered by several area church communities to the mission work of Eleanor Workman in Haiti.

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.

Old folks should stand together
Bill is right on target. The seniors are being exploited by repeated attacks on the few benefits they enjoy.

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.

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.

Foster Parent Appreciation Month should be every month
As proclaimed by Gov. Frank H. Murkowski, May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Although we may not always take the time to show our gratitude to the several hundred foster parents we have in Alaska, the Department of Health and Social Services knows the importance of the care a foster parent gives to children who need to live in an alternative setting.

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.

Homer fire contained
With containment lines completely surrounding the Tracy Avenue Fire in Homer, crews are working to secure the lines by mopping up hot spots.

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.

City, host society reach agreement on multipurpose facility
As any couples therapist can tell you, good communication is key in any relationship. On Wednesday, the city of Kenai and the Arctic Winter Games were able to straighten out a misunderstanding that had threatened to slow progress on one of the 2006 international winter sporting event's venues.

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.

Charter school to move
Students at Fireweed Academy, a Homer charter school, will finally have the luxury of running water and bathrooms as the school moves from its current modular housing and into West Homer Elementary.

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.

Insurance forum reveals variety of coverage issues
A man with a pre-existing health condition said insurance companies won't even consider giving him coverage.

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.

National Day of Prayer draws the spiritual from around peninsula
The sacred and the secular met in Kenai for the annual National Day of Prayer, held at the Legislative Affairs Building on Main Street Loop on Thursday.

Rev. Joseph G. Oskolkoff
Anchorage resident the Rev. Joseph G. Oskolkoff died Monday, May 2, 2005, of natural causes at Alaska Native Medical Center. He was 86.

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.

State needs solution before it gets burned
A family plans a camp-out weekend. As soon as night falls, they start a fire. The wind picks up.

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.

Local heroes: A story about a caring family and a boat rescue
In my four years experience in law enforcement I have run across every type of person imaginable. Whether serious criminal or menial violator, I've met them all. However, every once in a while another type of person comes along and leaves a distinct impression — the caring person. I had the opportunity to meet a family of caring people last October, and it's a shame that this family's recognition took so long to come about.

Kasilof boat ramp to open next week
Anglers hoping to drift the Kasilof River have just five more days to wait.

Kenai refuge taking cabin reservations
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has instituted a reservation system for public-use cabins on the 2 million-acre refuge. The new reservation system became effective this week.

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
First Friday Dialogue scheduled for tonightChristi Crux Vocal Ensemble to tour AlaskaHam dinner planned for SaturdayKasilof cleanup day slatedFamily fair set for SaturdayCar, bike show plannedWalkAmerica aims to fight premature birthsLibrary group to meet Tuesday

New tune: Faith of Our Mothers
"An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy."

Church Briefs
Vocal ensemble to tour areaSingapore minister to speakMatrix plans Mother's Day serviceDays of Purpose campaign continuesDrama troupe seeking membersBible study group to meetAWANA student laudedClothing availableClothes Quarters open

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.

Kardinals sweep Bulldogs
The Kenai Central girls soccer team kept right on rolling Thursday night.

Skyview, Wasilla trade wins
The Skyview High School boys soccer team found its scoring touch in the second half of its match with Wasilla Thursday, connecting for five goals after halftime in a 6-3 Northern Lights Conference win at Skyview.

Rockets force seventh game
HOUSTON — Tracy McGrady shouldered the burden of doing it all in Orlando, and had no playoff success to show for it.

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.

Forget history, Sorenstam now chasing cut
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — There's a Swede in the lead at the Michelob Ultra Open.

Hutchison earns national championship
In late April, Eli Hutchison, a junior who is home schooled and takes classes at Skyview High School, was busy collecting national and regional wrestling honors in Las Vegas.

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