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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

House resolution seeks fix to Patriot Act
JUNEAU (AP) The state House is asking the federal government to fix parts of the USA Patriot Act that may infringe on civil liberties.

Proposed Anchorage law would ban curbside panhandling
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage Assembly member wants to outlaw curbside begging in the city.

Senate approves timber as No. 1 use of state forests
JUNEAU (AP) The state Senate has approved a bill that would change the primary purpose of state forests from multi-use to timber harvesting.

Hunters illegally take sows, leave orphaned cubs
KODIAK (AP) In what authorities are calling an unprecedented number of illegal shootings, two Kodiak brown bear sows with cubs were killed this month and Alaska State Troopers are investigating a possible third.

Bill calls for revised disciplinary rules for doctors
ANCHORAGE (AP) A bill introduced in the state House calls for significant changes in how the Alaska State Medical Board investigates doctors accused of violating the law.

Usibelli says it plans to build new power plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. has announced a proposal for a $421 million, 200-megawatt power plant at its mine near Healy, about 80 miles south of Fairbanks.

House committee votes to extend life of RCA
JUNEAU (AP) A House committee backed away from several amendments aimed at the state agency that regulates utilities Monday and instead voted to simply extend the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for another four years.

Former Fairbanks mayor gives U.S. Senate invocation
WASHINGTON (AP) A former Fairbanks mayor served as guest chaplain on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday.

Barrow man dies in snowmachine crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Barrow man has died in a snowmachine crash, North Slope Borough Police said Tuesday.

Former Alaska Pulp workers win back pay settlement
SITKA (AP) Former employees of the Alaska Pulp Corporation mill have won a settlement for back pay and benefits worth almost $12 million dollars.

Knik River search yields no sign of missing woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) Volunteers searched the Knik River for a missing 21-year-old woman but found no sign of her.

Gray whale remains stranded in Turnagain Arm
ANCHORAGE (AP) A gray whale that for two days fought to free itself from treacherous mud flats near the head of Turnagain Arm has died.

Holiday murder trial begins
KETCHIKAN (AP) A man accused of beating another man to death during the holidays two years ago begins his trial Tuesday.

Alaskan hopes to wrestle in Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) When the Olympics roll out the welcome mat for women wrestlers next summer, Tela O'Donnell hopes to be among the first to walk across it.

Murkowski backing oil tax break
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski said Monday he's backing a tax break intended to encourage new oil exploration.

Alaska Pulp settles labor case
ANCHORAGE (AP) Some 95 ex-pulp mill workers will split $11.5 million now that the Alaska Pulp Corp. and the National Labor Relations Board have settled an unfair labor practices case stemming from a 1987 strike at the defunct Sitka plant.

Feds make another multimillion dollar pink salmon buy
ANCHOR

House passes teacher, nurse housing bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to provide housing loans without a down payment to Alaska teachers, school personnel and registered nurses through the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. unanimously passed the state House on Tuesday.

House measure would repeal Chitina dipnet fee
JUNEAU (AP) Dipnetting at Chitina shouldn't mean a dip into your wallet, the state House has concluded.

Brown bear mauls Kasilof teen
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Kasilof teenager is recovering from a broken hand, puncture wounds and gashes after he was mauled by a brown bear Sunday.

Murkowski going to Seattle for heart treatment
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski, who underwent an angioplasty last month to clear a blocked artery, is going to Seattle for additional tests on his heart, he said Tuesday.

Fairbanks boy dies of injuries from bike accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) A 12-year-old Fairbanks boy died Tuesday from injuries sustained when he crossed a South Fairbanks road on his bicycle and was struck by a truck.

Energy Department to discuss plans for Amchitka
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Department of Energy will discuss its long-term plans for Amchitka Island at meetings in Dutch Harbor and Anchorage this week.

Yukon Quest leader dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) A longtime volunteer for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race died Tuesday.

Asbestos found at Anchorage construction site
ANCHORAGE (AP) Construction workers have discovered buried asbestos at the site where the new Alaska Psychiatric Institute is being built.

Fairbanks man sentenced for abuse conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) A 29-year-old Fairbanks man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for his second conviction of sexual abuse of a minor.

Slashed ferry fund worries Southeast mayors
JUNEAU (AP) Sout

Gray whale remains stranded in Turnagain Arm
ANCHORAGE (AP) For the second day in a row, a gray whale fought to free itself from treacherous mud flats near the head of Turnagain Arm.

Man dies in early morning fire at home
NOME (AP) A 53-year-old Nome man died Monday as he was being medivaced to Anchorage following an early morning fire at a home.

Bill limiting rescue workers' liability passes House
JUNEAU (AP) The House approved a bill Tuesday that would limit the right to sue the government over its responses to fires and disasters and its searches for missing people.

Senate approves Permanent Fund formula bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to redirect back into state coffers millions in oil revenues bound for the permanent fund was approved by the Senate on Monday.

Senate rejects recreation and sports liability bill
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate narrowly rejected a bill Tuesday that would have shielded Alaska sports and recreational companies and operators from liability lawsuits. The measure could be reconsidered.

Senate moves bill forward to discourage lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill moved forward Monday in the Senate to discourage lawsuits from people injured in sports and recreational activities.

Senior groups agree to phase-out of longevity bonus
JUNEAU (AP) Senior citizens groups have agreed to a five-year phase-out of the longevity bonus program. The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday incorporating that proposal.

House committee passes sales tax, sends to joint committee
JUNEAU (AP) A co-chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee says the odds are in favor of the Legislature enacting a sales tax this session.

Village appears safe as floodwaters recede
HUGHES (AP) The Koyukuk River village of Hughes is recovering from flooding that tipped over two oil tanks, according to state emergency workers.

Young wants changes in Patriot Act
WASHINGTON (AP) Rep. Don Yo

Senate approves more money for airport makeover
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers approved more bond money Tuesday to complete a huge makeover of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Senate approves Permanent Fund formula bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to redirect back into state coffers millions in oil revenues bound for the permanent fund was approved by the Senate on Monday.

Flags lowered in honor of former Fairbanks senator
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski ordered state flags lowered to half staff Tuesday in honor of former state Sen. Bill Waugaman of Fairbanks.

Kenai man charged in fatal highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Kenai man is charged with second degree murder in the highway deaths of an Anchorage couple last fall.

Anchorage removes homeless camps
ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 50 homeless camp sites have been cleaned up by Anchorage police, government officials and community leaders.

Knapp says economy explains Bristol Bay prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) A University of Alaska resource economist said Tuesday that world market forces were the culprit in driving down prices Bristol Bay fishermen received for their sockeye salmon harvest.

UAA add aircraft simulator, aircraft
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Aviation Technology Division at the University of Alaska Anchorage has added a new $2.5 million aircraft simulator and is leasing two new training airplanes worth $134,000 each.

Cartoon fox helps promote responsible ATV riding
KODIAK (AP) To protect salmon streams from damage by all-terrain vehicles, the Kodiak Island Borough is turning to Lester Lightfoot.

Bill reduces state share of alcohol treatment grants
JUNEAU (AP) Some alcohol and drug treatment and prevention programs would lose part of their state funding under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday.

Jeter returns as Angels rout Yankees
NEW YORK Derek Jeter returned to a familiar sight: the Anaheim Angels beating up on the New York Yankees.

Reds defeat Cardinals; Griffey gets pinch-hit at-bat
ST. LOUIS Ken Griffey Jr. grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his first game since dislocating his right shoulder on April 5 as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Tuesday night behind two-run homers from Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn.

Berkman leads Astros past Pirates
PITTSBURGH Lance Berkman hit one of Houston's three solo homers and drove in three runs to lead the Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 Monday night.

Wildlife Art celebration opens at KCVB
The anticipated grand opening reception of the Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art drew over 800 local community members last Saturday.

May is Proclamation Month
May is a busy time for local elected officials, the Borough budget was introduced at the Assembly meeting last week in Seward, along with five proclamations designating official purposes for specified days and weeks for the entire "Lusty month of May."

Umpires Association ready to play ball
As the baseball season gets underway on the Kenai Peninsula, a new group has been organized to enhance professionalism on our local diamonds at all levels of the game.

UAA President Hamilton visits Peninsula
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was on the Peninsula last week for commencement exercises in Homer and other Kenai Peninsula campuses, but he wasn't here only to congratulate and speak to those graduating.

Summer Camps
Sponsoring organization: North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

Pitch, Hit and Run
Run Competition

Fun-Plus
Activities to get the Sterling area youth involved in their community and to learn leadership and teamwork skills. the Kenai Summer Clubhouse will include various mini-courses to promote character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation. The Soldotna Summer Clubhouse's educational and recreational mini-courses will allow children to explore many activities.

Drama
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts Description of event: Drama camp; production of play, video production, improv, rehearsal, staging and performance

Gymnastics and Tumbling
Melissa Daugherty will teach gymnastics and tumbling every Tuesday for students ages 4 and older.

Basketball
Sponsoring organization:The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai PeninsulaDescription of event: Molly Tuter will lead Gym Rats Basketball Camp for girls in third through 12th grades. Scholarships are available.

4-H Activities
Sponsoring organization: 4-H

Flag Football
Sponsoring organization: North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Description of event: Flag football; Nikiski teams will interleague with teams from the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai

Music
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community Schools Description of event: This program is for first- and second-year band students. Students will participate in like-instrument lessons with high school students and prepare two- to four-part ensembles for a final performance.

Pop Warner Cheerleading
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner

Golf
Sponsoring organization: Birch Ridge Golf Course The Junior Golf Programs will teach all aspects of golf, including swing, chipping, putting and etiquette. There will be lots of fun and prizes each day.

Miscellaneous: Family Fun
A variety of events are planned throughout the summer that will be fun for the entire family. A sample:

Environmental Camp
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community Schools An outdoor-oriented exploratory (day) camp for students who have completed the fifth through eighth grades.

Sports Camps
Sponsoring organization: Winning with Christ Sports Camps; Rob Dimick, director

About This Section
Kenai Peninsula kids can't get away with the old whine that goes "There's nothing to do around here" this summer.

Arts
Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Community SchoolsDescription of event: Exposure to all arts education and experiences. Prekindergarten through kindergarten students in self-contained art and music-rich instructional environment. First- through sixth-grade students choose four classes.

Aviation
Sponsoring organization: University of Alaska AnchorageDescription of event: This summer UAA is offering teens the opportunity to explore careers in aviation. Coinciding with the centennial anniversary of the first powered flight, UAA is offering "ACE Camp," an Aviation Career Education summer camp.

Vacation Bible Schools
Sponsoring organization: First Baptist Church of Kenai Sponsoring organization: Kenai Bible Church Sponsoring organization: Kenai Christian Church Sponsoring organization: Nikiski Church of ChristSponsoring organization: Peninsula Grace Brethren Sponsoring organization: Soldotna Bible Chapel Sponsoring organization: Star of the North Lutheran Church Sponsoring organization: Sterling Lutheran Church

Reading
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Community Library Sponsoring organization: Sol-dotna Public Library Sponsoring organization: READS Primary School

Swimming
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Pool Sponsoring organization: Nikiski Pool

Preschool
Sponsoring organization: Sterling Head Start Sponsoring organization: Ridgeway Preschool; Erin Keene

Horse Camp
Sponsoring organization: 4-H Horse Camp; participants do not have to belong to 4-H to attend

Pop Warner Football
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner Football

Strength, Endurance Camp
Sponsoring organization: North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

Bill reduces state share of alcohol treatment grants
JUNEAU (AP) Some alcohol and drug treatment and prevention programs would lose part of their state funding under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday.

House committee votes to extend life of RCA
JUNEAU (AP) A House committee backed away from several amendments aimed at the state agency that regulates utilities Monday and instead voted to simply extend the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for another four years.

Senate rejects recreation and sports liability bill
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate narrowly rejected a bill Tuesday that would have shielded Alaska sports and recreational companies and operators from liability lawsuits. The measure could be reconsidered.

Bill calls for revised disciplinary rules for doctors
ANCHORAGE (AP) A bill introduced in the state House calls for significant changes in how the Alaska State Medical Board investigates doctors accused of violating the law.

Senate approves more money for airport makeover
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers approved more bond money Tuesday to complete a huge makeover of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

House resolution seeks fix to Patriot Act
JUNEAU (AP) The state House is asking the federal government to fix parts of the USA Patriot Act that may infringe on civil liberties.

Bill limiting rescue workers' liability passes House
JUNEAU (AP) The House approved a bill Tuesday that would limit the right to sue the government over its responses to fires and disasters and its searches for missing people.

Senate approves Permanent Fund formula bill
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to redirect back into state coffers millions in oil revenues bound for the permanent fund was approved by the Senate on Monday.

Senate moves bill forward to discourage lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) A bill moved forward Monday in the Senate to discourage lawsuits from people injured in sports and recreational activities.

House committee passes sales tax, sends to joint committee
JUNEAU (AP) A co-chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee says the odds are in favor of the Legislature enacting a sales tax this session.

Businesses, KCHS staff make work experience program possible
The students and coordinators of the Kenai Central High School Work Experience program would like to thank the community businesses and the administration of KCHS for their support in the 2002-03 year.

Joint effort prevents big fire in Clam Gulch-Ninilchik area
On May 7, a fire broke out in a shop next to a residence and adjacent to extensive wild lands at approximately Mile 120 of the Sterling Highway near Clam Gulch. There were many miles between this fire and the nearest fire department with fire suppression capabilities.

Classics concert gives musicians chance to do what they love to do
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, I would like to thank everyone who supported the Evening of Classics concert that was held last Saturday night at the Christ Lutheran Church. We had a wonderful audience and the performers all played and/or sang their hearts out.

Democrats forcing Republicans to live up to conservative label
It's often confusing to understand the source of proposed legislation. Are the interests of our state and society at stake, or are the

Support makes field trip possible
The students in Ms. Hoffman's class at Sterling Elementary would like to recognize and thank all of those groups and individuals who contributed to help make their end of the year field trip across Kachemak Bay possible.

More on dousing; dictionary lists 43 definitions, uses term for 'water'
Having stood by since April 1

Redoubt Elementary appreciates support throughout school year
Once again another school year is quickly coming to an end and again Redoubt Elementary would like to express its appreciation to the businesses and community members who continue to support our educational endeavors.

Despite what governor says, income tax fairest way to tax
I will say this for Gov. Murkowski, he is not content to rest on his laurels. The mushroom farmer got elected by feeding us bull pucky. Now he is trying to convince us that an income tax (the fairest tax of all) is a bad tax for Alaska,

What would it take to turn Kmart into Home Depot?
The clock is ticking as national home improvement retail chain Home Depot determines whether it will move into the now-empty Big Kmart building in Kenai. A decision will be made by June 5.

Home Depot visits; Business signs 30-day lease to check Kenai spot
ATLANTA Home Depot has less than a month to decide whether to bring its home improvement retail brand, and possibly more than 120 skilled jobs, to the Kenai Peninsula. But officials must mull the details of the lease price and decide whether the peninsula customer base will generate enough revenue to support the store.

Teen bear-ly escapes attack
As Mother's Days go, Sunday wasn't the greatest for one Kenai Peninsula mother. And another mother nearly paid the price for that misfortune.

Groups question CIRCAC actions
A coalition of environmental organizations has asked the U.S. Coast Guard to investigate what it says are improprieties and conflicts of interest within the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council that are preventing that council from fulfilling its federal mandate to be a citizen watchdog over the inlet's petroleum industry.

Soldotna man receives Coast Guard award
The U.S. Coast Guard presented its Meritorious Public Service Award to Soldotna business owner Doug Green on Friday for his help in rescuing a woman from the rushing waters of the Kenai River in 2000.

Kenai man facing charges of murder from fatal crash
A 28-year-old Kenai man pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday in connection with a head-on collision last fall that left an Anchorage couple dead. A bail review hearing is set for 10 a.m. today.

Hunters most likely bear victims
Following Sunday's bear attack, the first reported this year on the Kenai Peninsula, where a brown bear attacked a hunter, Alaska Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials noted the circumstances made for a mostly unavoidable incident.

Festival to celebrate Dena'ina
Dena'ina Un. Although it sounds like Greek to many peninsula residents, it's actually an Athabascan phrase which translates to, "Come here Dena'ina."

Cooper Landing museum finally coming to life on Thursday
For more than 30 years, Mona Painter has dreamed of a museum someday opening in Cooper Landing. Now that dream will become a reality.

Verla Spaulding
Soldotna resident Verla Spaulding died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage due to a brain hemorrhage. She was 80.

Joshua James Moore
Joshua James Moore died Monday, May 5, 2003, due to premature lungs at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 6 days old.

Frank E. 'Ed' Carreiro Jr.
Soldotna resident Frank E. "Ed" Carreiro Jr., died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 47.

Loveda Louise Hobbs
Kenai resident Loveda Louise Hobbs died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

Tide may be changing for better for those in wild-salmon industry
The marketing war between Alaska's wild salmon and farm-raised salmon has taken some interesting twists of late.

Peninsula benefits from EDD
Looking south from my office on the 38th Floor of 345 Park Ave., I sat transfixed on the horrific scene unfolding before my eyes. A plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center, and an eerily straight tendril of smoke stretched horizontally from lower Manhattan out over the Brooklyn skyline.

Alaskans soon will pay for some state services
As the close of the 23rd legislative session looms ominously near, lawmakers are scrambling to build support for passage of a measure to levy a state sales and use tax.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meet tonight

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hear speech on customer serviceHospice offers community orientationHomesteader village, museum opens ThursdayNikiski track team to sell toilet paperParks and Rec Commission plans special meetingDisabled American Veterans to meetBuilders association plans membership meetingSquare dance lessons offeredCIRCAC board to meet in HomerHazard tree workshop slated for FridayBarbecue to raise funds for Heritage Place gardenSterling seniors host roast and auctionTeen center plans May eventsSoldotna seniors to hold trash and treasure sale

Schwarzenegger opposes cuts to after-school program
WASHINGTON Arnold Schwarzenegger says he couldn't have become all he has become championship bodybuilder, presidential fitness adviser, The Terminator'' without mentors early in life.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
Preschoolers had a fun-filled field trip to the Kenai Vi

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

Cook Inlet Academy
High school graduation will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the gym.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Chelsea Hardcastle is the recipient of this year's Masonic Outstanding Student award. She is deserving of this due to her hard work and model citizenship. Way to go Chelsea.

Soldotna High
In schoolwide elections last week, the following students were elected to student government: Clyde Folley, president; Ryan Walton, vice president; Natashia Seguin, secretary; and Kaitlin Vadla, treasurer.

Suit: District's ties to crusade harms kids
MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. Every year, hundreds of Union County students take a field trip for the soul. Children are excused from class, loaded onto school buses with teachers and sent to a three-day Christian revival.

Skyview High
Thanks to all of the borough teams who participated in last weekend's track meet. Thanks also to the players from the football team and girls junior varsity soccer team who helped out with clean up day last week.

K-Beach students produce student newspaper
Zack Misner is not a kid who waits for opportunity to find him. He goes out looking for it.

Kenai Central High
The last school day for seniors is today. Graduation is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mountain View Elementary
Fifth-grade Excellent Eagles will go to H2Oasis today for their celebration.

Soldotna Middle
About 15 yearbooks are left for sale. The cost is $25. Yearbook companion CDs are $6.

Body art or mutilation? Tongue-splitting makes piercing look tame
CHICAGO Ears with two, three, even five piercings are ancient history. Studs in tongues and navels are, for many, no big deal. And who doesn't have a tattoo? These days, the attention-grabbing look is tongue-splitting: cutting the tongue to make it forked.

Kenai Middle
The raffle for the 15-foot kayak started May 1 with only 100 tickets available for $10 per ticket. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. These tickets will sell out fast, so

With money on line, schools say prayer OK
WASHINGTON Threatened with the loss of federal money, the vast majority of the nation's schools have declared that they allow prayer wherever and however the Constitution permits.

Connections
Families interested in the home school program for next fall should call 262-6315 for more information or an enrollment appointment.

Students of the Month
The following students were named April Students of the Month at Seward Middle-Senior High School or Rotary Students of the Month at Soldotna High School

Tustumena Elementary
As a class project, the students in Ms. Sinnott's room have adopted the flowerbox in front of the school. Students have studied plants and trees, grown flowers

Around the District
End of school year approachesClarion Schools section takes hiatus

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool
The preschoolers are enjoying the wonders of spring. The caterpillars will be butterflies any day now. Thanks to all who helped with the preparation of Mother's Day Tea. It was a special event for everyone.

Aurora Borealis Charter
There only are a few days left in the school year, and those days are packed with events. Parents are reminded to look for announcements coming home with their children or to call teachers for details.

Peninsula Grace Preschool
Friday was the last day of school for the preschoolers. The students went roller skating, then had a potluck luncheon and received their graduation certificates.

Wings Christian Academy
This week, Kaylee Burger and Megan Ruffridge received the cleanest desk of the week awards. Leah Howell earned three high school credits for completing biology, English II a

Redoubt Elementary
The 2002-03 yearbooks have arrived. Copies are available in the school office for $20.

Sterling Elementary
On Monday, Ms. Hoffman's class cleaned up Swanson River Road. This is the class's way of thanking Unocal for its donation to the class's field trip to Peterson Bay. T-shirts were donated by Greg and Sharon Merle.

Sears Elementary
A huge thanks to Mrs. Larson for a great kindergarten program.

Summer sizzles with education opportunities
Summer 2003 will be one for the record books for KPC. The college is looking forward to more summer activities than seen at any time in recent memory. In addition to all the summer classes being offered, check www.kpc.alaska.edu for the schedule, as there will be a variety of short term "institutes" and "academies" offering a little something for everyone.

Senior Briefs
AARP to hold meeting

Senior Menus
Kenai

Nets complete Celtics sweep
BOSTON Jason Kidd swished a 3-pointer with a second left and the sweep assured a little highlight for the Boston Celtics to remember what a great player he is.

Case in point: Derby-winning jockey proves we're always ready to believe the worst
Admit it: The first reports of jockey Jose Santos' funny'' ride on Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide sounded almost too familiar to NOT be true.

Woods skipping Colonial, will play twice before U.S. Open
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. Tiger Woods is skipping the Colonial, and will likely go to the U.S. Open having played only two tournaments since the Masters.

Iraq begins rebuilding national soccer squad
BAGHDAD, Iraq Weakened by years of neglect and intimidated by an oppressive government, Iraq is getting a soccer team back together to chase an improbable dream qualifying for next year's Olympics.

Sports Briefs
Skyview football booster club meets today

Lakers on the brink
SAN ANTONIO Open from behind the 3-point line in the closing seconds, Robert Horry let sail what looked like another incredible game-winning shot.

Mighty Ducks show plenty of spunk
ST. PAUL, Minn. Anaheim didn't need overtime to beat Minnesota this time, just an opportunistic penalty kill, strong defense and another outstanding performance by its unflappable goalie.

Vetoed: Devils beat Senators to even series
OTTAWA Tired of hearing all the accolades directed at the Ottawa Senators, Scott Stevens and the New Jersey Devils responded with a near-perfect performance.

Coin toss bounces for Stars
Both the Soldotna and Nikiski high school boys soccer teams would have preferred

Soldotna's Wolfe helps Stars keep it together
The Soldotna High School girls soccer team has been dominant in the midfield this season, with attack after attack generated off nice one- and two-touch passes that split opposing defenses and open up shots on goal.

Kenai Golf Report:It's a great time for golf
The golfers at Kenai Golf Course are excited about the condition of the course this early in the season. The greens have been slit seeded and sanded and are coming along. The watering crew is pouring it on and it is obviously working.

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