Friday, May 7, 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.

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.

Spider-Man picked off base
NEW YORK Spider-Man ads on bases didn't fly with baseball fans.

Boston's Martinez finds winning ways
CLEVELAND Boston's Pedro Martinez settled down after a shaky start, pitched seven strong innings and reached 11-1 lifetime against the Cleveland Indians when the Red Sox rallied for a 5-2 victory Thursday night.

Cubs scale down Diamondbacks
CHICAGO Derrek Lee went 5-for-5 and drove in five runs and Matt Clement became the team's first five-game winner, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-3 Thursday.

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.

Boomers eyeing ways to put college money aside for grandchildren
NEW YORK (AP) Hard as it may be to believe, the baby boom generation now has its fair share of grandparents.

Federally backed insurance can protect homeowners from flood losses
NEW YORK (AP) Spring rains may be good for lawns and gardens, but they're not necessarily beneficial to all homeowners.

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.

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

Despite anti-establishment message, Google rewards top IPO offender
NEW YORK (AP) With all the anti-establishment, 'power-to-the-people' refrains sounded in its IPO manifesto, it's curious that Google Inc. chose to reward the most notorious investment bank of the IPO boom to spearhead the initial public offering.

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.

Analyzing the ooligan
KETCHIKAN Andy Taylor walked slowly along the edge of the Unuk River's Landing Slough, scanning the current for any sign of the small fish called ooligan.

Some clammers not digging rules
All this week hundreds of people have headed to the surf-swept beaches bordering Cook Inlet in the pursuit of that beloved bivalve the razor clam. As a result, regulatory agencies have already had to establish their presence.

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.

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.

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.

Legislators approve bill offering some tax relief
Provided the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and voters approve, property taxpayers soon may enjoy an added measure of tax relief thanks to a bill passed by the Alaska House on Wednesday.

Nikiski volunteer leaves mark with example of servant's heart
On April 19, Nikiski lost a true, longtime friend in Rueben Rudy. I have worked and lived here for only two years, but in that time I was able to see what a wonderful man he was.

Honoring Mitch Seavey easy, thanks to his many local fans
On April 24, at the Soldotna Sports Center, the crowd was excited watching the video of the finish to the 2004 Iditarod, even though we all knew the outcome.

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.

Peninsula's junk soon will overshadow pristine views
I'm a recent transplant to this wonderful state from the Lower 48. I've asked myself dozens of times in the past year why it took me so long to make the move up to the "Last Great Frontier."

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.

Master gardeners say thanks to winter lecture speakers
The Central Peninsula Master Gardeners would like to thank all who participated in making the 2004 Winter Lecture Series a success.

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.

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.

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.

Legislators approve bill offering some tax relief
Provided the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and voters approve, property taxpayers soon may enjoy an added measure of tax relief thanks to a bill passed by the Alaska House on Wednesday.

Crime Stoppers seeks information about rifle in lake
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a rifle reportedly seen in Kenai Lake.

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.

School district considers adding to its anti-discrimination policies
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is unlikely to add sexual orientation to a list of characteristics protected under anti-discrimination and harassment policies, the board implied in a work session Monday. However, additional wording to cover a range of traits may be added.

Kenai nixes property taxes on planes
There is such a thing as free parking, at least at the Kenai Airport.

Nugent, Debnam win HEA election
Three incumbents retained their seats as directors of Homer Electric Association following membership balloting at the utility cooperative's annual meeting Wednesday evening at Kenai Central High School.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Caribou crossing
A caribou scurries across Kalifornsky Beach Road in front of alert motorists Thursday afternoon. The animals have been in the area near Mile 10 of the road, and they've also been seen near Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna recently.

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

Carole Marie (Lokken) Zietlow
Former Alaska resident Carole Marie (Lokken) Zietlow died Sunday, April 18, 2004, surrounded by her children at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was 71.

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.

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.

CPGH honors commmunity's nurses with special activity
All across America, our nation's 2.7 million registered nurses are being saluted during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

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.

Prescription for disaster What others say
How widespread the atrocities are in the Iraqi penal complexes is of course impossible to say. U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at first that it was all about a handful of bad apples, but later admitted that he does not know the extent.

Chain of command failed miserably in informing president What others say
Unforgettable. Inexcusable. Unforgivable.

Volunteers join maintenance projects in forests, parks
PHOENIX Massages, 400-thread-count sheets and the finest cuisine

Many area campgrounds already open
As temperatures continue to climb and the last of the snow melts away, public campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula are beginning to open for the season.

Bear-scaring dogs used in Washington for first time
KANASKAT, Wash. These are not your average Fidos.

Captain Cook State Park under new management
When Captain Cook State Recreation Area opens for camping later this month, it will be under new management, but the parties involved are hoping that won't change the atmosphere of the quiet spot at the end of the road.

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

Around the Peninsula
Agrium schedules fire training in May KPC plans one-day shut down La Leche League to meet Hospice to hold widows support group Postal service to hold food drive Pottery guild to hold fund-raiser Museum cleanup scheduled Nikiski community cleanup set Army band to perform Mothers Day breakfast set Police officers memorial service planned Taste of Kenai needs vendors

Positive change does not have to be fleeting
Sunday, May 2: 1st Lt. Joe Merrill is on patrol in Iraq when he spies an Iraqi farmer running towards his unit at top speed. The man is waving his shirt over his head. And the man, interestingly enough, is shouting "I'm an American! I'm an American!"

Church briefs
Matrix features Dr. Phil Shelter group to meet Bible classes continue Clothes2Go open

Church votes to forgive, hold job for pastor serving molestation sentence
SHARON, S.C. (AP) Faced with a shattering scandal the conviction of their pastor on sexual assault charges the congregation at St. John Baptist had a difficult choice: Throw out the Rev. John T. Brown or allow him to return after he finishes serving a four-year prison sentence

Catholic bishops get confrontational about abortion this election season
From John Kerry to the governors of Indiana and New Jersey, Roman Catholic politicians are being challenged by bishops in a new and tougher way this election season over their stance on abortion.

Soldotna soccer sweeps Kenai
The Soldotna High School soccer teams doubled up against Kenai Central Thursday as the boys and girls posted matching 2-0 wins in a pair of Region III Southern Division matches at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

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.

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.

Whalers also bring home state titles
Members of the Soldotna Whalers Freestyle Wrestling Club competed at the Alaska Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Championships April 30 and Saturday, bringing home 18 state titles.

ACS sweeps Seward Tri-Meet
Anchorage Christian Schools swept the Seward Tri-Meet Tuesday at Seward High School. Seward and Ninilchik also participated at the meet.

Nikiski grapplers fare well at state tourney
Members of the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club competed at the Alaska Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Championships April 30 and Saturday, with plenty of great results at the meet held in Eagle River.

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

U.S. officials remain committed to Greece
The question hasn't come up since President Carter angered the world and his nation's athletes by keeping the U.S. Olympic team home from Moscow. Even now, there are just whispers and speculation, though they grow louder with every bombing and passing day.

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

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.)

Course record puts Triplett out in front
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Kirk Triplett closed with three straight birdies for a course-record 8-under 64 Thursday and took a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Wachovia Championship.

Rusty Pacers beat tired Heat
INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Pacers' long wait for the second round was well worth it.

Piranhas host sprint meet
The Peninsula Piranhas Swim Team hosted the South Central Sprint Championships Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

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