Saturday, May 8, 2004

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 General Hospital with her special family, Bill Childers and Nita Young, at her side. She was 37.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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!"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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