Thursday, May 13, 2004

Royals nip Blue Jays
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Sweeney's two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning skidded past Toronto third baseman Eric Hinske, giving the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Clemens runs record to 7-0 with Astros
HOUSTON Roger Clemens remained unbeaten and struck out a season-high 11, leading the Houston Astros over the Florida Marlins 6-1 Tuesday night.

Pinch-hit triple sends Red Sox to win
BOSTON Pinch-hitter David McCarty had a two-run triple that broke an eighth-inning tie, and Pedro Martinez struck out 11 to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Tuesday night.

Cards top Braves for third straight win
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris pitched eight solid innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

Area M fishers offer to pay for chum salmon study
ANCHORAGE -- Badgered by claims of overharvesting chum salmon destined for subsistence users, fishers at the tip of the Alaska Peninsula are offering to help pay to show it's not true.

Taste test: Peninsula offers home cooking
If you're hungry for something different this weekend, you may want to swing by the Soldotna Sports Center for the kick off of Taste of the Kenai. The event, which is being held for the first time, will showcase food and beverages produced on the Kenai Peninsula.

Spokesperson touts cruise ship industry, rails against head tax
According to John Shively, government and community relations officer of Holland America Cruise Lines, the cruise ship industry pumps millions of dollars into Alaska -- dollars that float far beyond the coastal ports visited annually by the ships.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleWork site posters availableOlder worker nominations soughtExposition offers business workshopsInsurance agents honored

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

Commercial fishing primer handsome, helpful
Commercial fishing always has been a pillar of Alaska's economy and a way of life for many of its citizens. Sea Grant, a government program designed to foster fisheries, has published "Ocean Treasure: Commercial Fishing in Alaska" to inform the public about this vital industry.

Mystery shrouds Vermeer painting
DELFT, Netherlands -- No one knows who she is, whether maid or mistress.

John Ondrasik follows tough 'Superman' act with '100 Years'
LOS ANGELES -- For the past few years, it wasn't easy being John Ondrasik.

Art Briefs
Writers' conference coming upArt workshop slatedArt guild meeting this weekendPoetry contest being heldKids' summer art workshops plannedArt scholarships to be awardedKids' summer theater camp slatedLogo design contest announced

Self-portraits let artists represent themselves
When appointments with models fall through and sketching random people on the street just isn't working out, there's one person an artist can turn to who's always a reliable subject in a pinch -- themselves.

Session ends with no fix
JUNEAU The Alaska Legislature pumped $82 million more into Alaska schools, added 20 new state troopers and will send millions back to their districts in construction projects.

Tobacco tax dies in Legislature
JUNEAU A proposed $1 increase in the state tax on cigarettes died Tuesday night in the final moments of the legislative session.

Governor asks for voluntary special session
JUNEAU -- Gov. Frank Murkowski is asking lawmakers to voluntarily return to a special session and again take up a raft of his bills that died when the Legislature finished its business.

Alaska Senate OKs in-state 'no-call' list
JUNEAU (AP) The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill that extends the national ''no-call'' list to telemarketers making calls only in Alaska.

Nikiski students, staff walk the talk of including everyone
My son Elijah goes to Nikiski High School. He is in the special education classroom.

Tax cut should not cost Americans more money
Such a responsibility! The U.S. Senate is in the process of giving us our tax cut for the next number of years. In return for this, we have the privilege of paying our required Social Security taxes and having our employers pay their fair share to assure us and our children of working age of a modicum of security in our old age.

Parent appreciates business leaders' support for education
As a parent of a child attending Redoubt Elementary School, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both Kathy Gensel at Wells Fargo Bank in Soldotna and Mic Galic at Soldotna Safeway.

Crawfish story entertains those who live in 'mud bug' country
As a former Alaskan and Kenai Peninsula reporter (Clarion 1985, KCSY 1986-87, KSRM 1987-88) now living in Baton Rouge, La., I just wanted to let Peninsula Clarion readers know that the crawfish story got a lot of play down here in the Deep South.

What's junk to one person may mean survival to another
In response to Coleen Bowers' letter of May 7, I would like to say that it is sad to see such an attitude bordering on arrogance. A self-admitted "recent transplant" moves here, and the first thing she wants to do is tell us how to live.

Junior Achievement says thanks to area sponsors
Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank all of our sponsors for making the raffle such a success. The funds raised help pay for materials taught in 21 classrooms this year, teaching economics to students from second grade at K-Beach Elementary up through the middle schools and high schools.

Students hold bake sale to help support hospice
On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers at Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we appreciate this opportunity to recognize four special students in our community.

'Carmina Burana' brings out best in musicians, audience
Recently the Kenai Peninsula witnessed a watershed event in the arts: the live performance of Carl Orff's monumental "Carmina Burana" by the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and the Homer High School Concert Chorus.

Literacy volunteers helping to make community better place
This week Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center is celebrating the extraordinary contribution that our literacy volunteers make to our community.

Nikiski's Junior Prom an evening to remember
Nikiski Middle-High School enjoyed a fabulous Junior Prom earlier this month. Promenade began in the auditorium of Nikiski High promptly at 5 p.m., followed by a spectacular dinner and dance within the beautiful Old Town Kenai Restaurant. The event ran smoothly, and everyone enjoyed the evening immensely.

Many contribute to success of Head Start programs
To Kenaitze Head Start families, friends and community members:

Community's help allows water quality monitoring to continue
On April, 23, the Kenai Watershed Forum received a signed grant agreement from the state of Alaska that provides financial support to a broad partnership that will continue water quality monitoring of the Kenai River and selected tributaries. This good news would not be the case without public engagement and your willingness to voice an opinion last July on the attempted change in use of federal Clean Water Act funding.

This week: Chevy American Revolution 400 (Race No. 11 of 36)
Where and when

NASCAR's biggest stars dominating minor league series
Imagine opening the newspaper one morning to find Barry Bonds among the Class AAA home run leaders.

NASCAR Notes: N.C. lawmakers to invest millions in test track
RICHMOND, Va. After losing three NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in the last eight years, state lawmakers in North Carolina are willing to spend millions to maintain the state's status as the heart of stock-car racing.

IRL struggling to fill 33-car field for Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS There are plenty of cars at the track and several drivers looking for jobs. Still, the Indianapolis 500 might not have a full field for the first time since 1947.

Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray
RICHMOND, Va. Jamie McMurray has four top-10 finishes in his last five races, allowing him to move from 19th to 12th in the Nextel Cup Series standings. The 27-year-old former go-kart champion talked about his success and what he expects in the future.

'Grieving' Native villages add to students' struggle
Schooling in the Native village of Nanwalek has changed quite a bit since Pauline Demas started school.

Village schools challenged
Children bustle in and out of the small classroom, chattering to one another and working intently. Some sit at desks or spread out in the hallway, designing

Gas spur may become reality
State lawmakers have broadened the scope of work for the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, currently charged with investigating the feasibility of a gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

Jonrowe gives nurses due credit
Celebrated Iditarod musher and cancer survivor Dee Dee Jonrowe compared the necessity of teamwork in sled dog racing to the teamwork required in health care as she addressed area nurses on National Nurses Day at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Friday.

Peninsula legislators mixed on results
State lawmakers representing parts of the Kenai Peninsula Borough were expressing mixed emotions the morning after the 23rd Legislature was gaveled to a close late Tuesday night.

Who should call the shots?
An effort has been launched to change the way the Kenai Peninsula Borough is managed.

Ellen Marie Shettlesworth
Clam Gulch resident Ellen Marie Shettlesworth died Sunday, May 9, 2004, in Biggs, Calif., with her family at her side. She was 88.

Marie Alicia Scouler
Soldotna resident Marie Alicia Scouler died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at the Sun Health Hospice in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 81.

Hilton C. Marchant
Longtime Soldotna resident Hilton C. Marchant died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

Alternative minimum tax snares too many; it should be repealed
Government actions meant for a single group of people sometimes can affect many others.

Election crystal ball cloudy
It's rare for an organization that conducts nonpartisan political polling to even acknowledge another pollster, much less to question their results, analyses or predictions. I'm certainly out on a ledge by choosing to challenge someone with the name identification and skill of pollster John Zogby.

Pogo mine lessons can find application in other big projects
Big problems often warrant big solutions, and that's what happened with the positive outcome of the dispute over the Pogo gold mine's federal wastewater permit. All those involved deserve applause for finding a solution that allows the project's owner to resume construction.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist to hold recognition programLPN graduation planned in HomerWatershed to host bird identification classSoccer, basketball camps slatedArea seniors to hold talent showFun run for Special Olympics plannedKennel club offering agility classSoHi pool sets summer hours

Around the Peninsula
CARTS advisory partners to meet Police officers memorial service today Fish and Game committee to meet Club registration deadline looming 4-H to sell trees Fun run for Special Olympics planned Teen club to hold car wash fund-raiser Volunteers needed to plant flowers, gardens Kayak festival planned NES plans pancake fund-raiser

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
Students' final field trip to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's educational beach set net site on Cannery Road will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's and Ms. McCabe's classes enjoyed their field trip last week to the Alaska SeaLife Center, while Mrs. Sotello's class visited Otter Cove.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High
The PTSA will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Mountain View Elementary
The Excellent Eagle and student council sleepover will be Friday.

Aurora Borealis Charter
The second-graders are learning about "fractured fairy tales." They read many of these stories, such as "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig."

Colorado governor OKs first college vouchers
DENVER Gov. Bill Owens signed Colorado's first-in-the-nation college voucher plan into law Monday, calling it a landmark step that will empower thousands of students.

Wings Christian Academy
The debate class will have its final debate Thursday. The topic will be required military service. Kaylee Burger and Julianne Pettey will debate against Jeremy Thompson and Jacob Sutton.

Kenai Central High
Congratulations to the new student body executive board: president, Rocky Ward; vice-president, Jonathon Sanchez; treasurer, Dusty Ward; and secretary, Elana Bird. The newly elected activities chairs are Aarick Carlson and Eric Cox.

Soldotna High
Dates to remember are:

Tustumena Elementary
There will be an opportunity to purchase school jackets through Monday for the upcoming year. Jackets will display school colors and have the school's mascot, the Lynx, imprinted on the front. A deposit of $20 is required for those families wishing make this purchase.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Thanks to Salamatof Native Association for being an incredible supporter of education and for helping so many children.

Soldotna Elementary
The Title I program is offering a read aloud workshop at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Kalifonsky Christian
The kindergarten through second-grade students are learning about cowboys. The students are creating brands using their initials made with popsicle sticks.

Redoubt Elementary
All library books need to be returned by today.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Happy birthday to the summer birthday students, Hannah, Katie, Jacob, Ethan, Curtis, Jillian and Hayden.

Old or new? Students must choose SAT test
As they look for a college admissions edge, soon-to-be high school juniors face a unique dilemma: Should they take the old SAT in the fall, or wait for the new version, with a timed essay, in the spring of 2005?

Sears Elementary
The last PTA meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers for the 2004-05 school year will be elected.

Send your visitors to school ... fishing school
KPC's Kenai River campus is preparing for the second year of the Kenai Fishing Academy (KFA), the only anglers "college" in Alaska.

Cook Inlet Academy
The missions team returned from Sun Valley Indian School in Arizona with servants' hearts and many fond memories.

The key to reading
It's no secret that putting information to music helps people remember it. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Soldotna Elementary School music teacher Erin Southwick is finding success in using music to teach early reading skills.

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

End of school year approaches
The last day for school-provided hot lunch at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools will be May 20. Stu

Sterling Elementary
The spring carnival was a big event and had something fun for everyone.

Grace Lutheran
This week at Grace Lutheran, the children will enjoy the Bible story of King Hezekiah. In this story, King Hezekiah is ill and, although the illness should have taken his life, he prayed to God, who added 15 years to his life.

All Square
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jason Kidd's series-long slump came to an end, Kenyon Martin was slap-happy with energy and the New Jersey Nets evened things up with the Detroit Pistons in yet another lopsided game.

Birch Ridge Report: Course springing to life
Besides chirping squirrels, foraging moose and munching caribou present on Birch Ridge Golf Course this past week, the bespectacled, golf-cap-headed senior was seen Monday morning around 9 a.m., lustily swinging arms in what must be an annual golfing ritual. (Obviously, I've spent too long watching nature programs this last winter.)

Time to tee it up
It's tee time once again at Kenai Golf Course. There is much excitement around the clubhouse as golfers gear up for another season. The greens wintered well and all regular greens are in play.

Bryant plays best on his longest days
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant wore a look of exhaustion Wednesday, some 15 hours after a most amazing performance.

Take me home: NBA teams 37-14 at home in playoffs
MIAMI Home is where the wins are in the NBA playoffs.

The Games still have some value
Staging the Olympics is going to cost billions, and there's scant evidence it will bring the nations of the world closer together. The opposite is more likely to happen, given the headlines of the day.

Flames singe Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. Marcus Nilson's shot would have made a pinball wizard proud.

Olympics get IOC vote of confidence
ATHENS, Greece -- The last-gasp work to prepare Athens for the Summer Games got a vote of confidence Wednesday from the International Olympic Committee's chief inspector.

Sports Briefs
Bigger league means bigger money for ACCSuns coach gets two-year extensionSouth Africa favored to land 2010 World Cup

Tempers flare as Miami evens series with Indiana
MIAMI -- Lamar Odom asked for a show of hands from the room full of reporters and television cameras.

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