Friday, May 14, 2004

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.

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.

Lots of rental units available, but tenants need to shop carefully
NEW YORK (AP) As the weather warms up and the school year ends, it's time to start hunting for a new apartment.

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.

Age discrimination a looming boomer issue; hard to prove
CHICAGO (AP) The youngest baby boomers turn 40 this year, leaving an entire generation not only in the throes of middle age but protected by federal law from age discrimination in the workplace.

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

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.

Well-diversified mutual fund investors have little to fear from interest rate rise
NEW YORK (AP) The prospect of higher interest rates has many on Wall Street wringing their hands, but most mutual fund investors should have few reasons to panic.

KRPGA taking kids fishing
The Kenai River Professional Guide Association's fourth annual Take a Kid Fishing day is scheduled for Sunday morning on the Kenai River.

Forbidden fillets
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order prohibiting anglers from filleting Kenai River king salmon until the fish have been offloaded from a boat or removed from the shoreline fishing site.

Living large outdoors is very much in
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Landscape designers are busy these days turning things inside out for many of their clients people interested in spending more leisure time with nature.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Bill adds land to Kenai River Special Management Area
A bill passed during the last few hours of the 23rd Legislature adds 550 acres of critical habitat lands along the lower Kenai River to the Kenai River Special Management Area.

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.

Peninsula Legislators' Bills: At a glance
Here is a look at legislation sponsored by Kenai Peninsula Borough state lawmakers that passed in the 23rd Legislature.

Bear baiting is fair chase, valid tool for wildlife management
In 55 years of hunting, fishing and trapping as an avid outdoorsman, I find bear baiting is as enjoyable as any hunting experience I've ever had.

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.

Professional manager would move borough in new direction
We think the borough voters should have the opportunity to vote up or down the proposed borough professional manager type of government.

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.

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.

Sounds of small aircraft squelch Upper Trail Lake quality of life
Well, today, Tuesday, all the birds went away. The sounds of their breeding calls and fledgling whispers are erased for yet another tourist season.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Slain officers honored
The annual Police Memorial Ceremony in Soldotna took on a special meaning this year as Kenai Peninsula law enforcement officers paid tribute to Kenai Police Officer John Watson, who was killed in the line of duty last Christmas.

Bill defines animal care requirements
Alaska's cruelty-to-animals statutes are tightened in a bill passed Tuesday by the Alaska Legislature.

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

District looks ahead
From accessibility issues to language barriers, no one can deny the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District faces some challenges as it tries to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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.

Goodbye, Nikiski El
Nikiski Elementary School will see its final days later this month, but area residents are determined to send the school out in style.

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.

District's finances brighter
The Legislature's $82 million increase to state education funding could add about $7 million to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's cash-strapped 2004-05 budget.

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.

Patricia Mary Gerondale
Anchorage resident Patricia Mary Gerondale died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Alaska Regional Hospital. She was 72.

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.

'Taste of Kenai' event offers something new
If you're looking for something different to do this weekend, you're in luck. The first "Taste of the Kenai" will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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

Local governments, taxpayers will pay for legislative inaction
With the proposed elimination of state revenue sharing for municipalities looming, and no state fiscal plan in place, the proverbial "buck" will stop at the doorstep of municipal government and local taxpayers.

Community looking for appropriate way to honor slain officer
The annual Police Memorial Ceremony hit close to home this week, as Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula community paid tribute to Kenai Officer John Watson, who was killed in the line of duty Christmas night. He is among 42 law enforcement officers who have died in Alaska since statehood.

Chugach planing Trails Day events
Chugach National Forest staff are planning events to coincide with National Trails Day which is June 5.

View from the top
An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter from the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment "Arctic Eagles" lands atop the 17,400 foot-high summit of Mt. Foraker on May 7 as they conduct high altitude training on Mt. Denali and Mt. Foraker. The Arctic Eagles crews from Anchorage and Juneau set a new world altitude landing record for the Black Hawk helicopter during the exercise. Such landings are hazardous and only a handful of U.S. military and civilian units are capable of such operations.

Mighty mothers
ANCHORAGE If his wife had not stopped at three children, Kevin Loan wonders if she might have just evaporated into thin air.

Naughty and nice: With proper care, nettles can be springtime treat
Spring has arrived in full force and it's time to enjoy some nettles. "Enjoy some nettles?" you ask. "Isn't that like enjoying poison ivy or the seven-year itch?"

Manufacturers gear up to fight
GRANTS PASS, Ore Arguing that leaving forests standing is good for their business, major manufacturers of outdoor gear, including footwear giant Nike, are urging the Bush administration to drop efforts to open roadless areas of national forests to logging.

It's time to bid bird feeders bye-bye
JUNEAU (AP) Mary DeSmet was on the phone when she saw the bear through the kitchen window, headed for the woods. She wasn't alarmed at first then she noticed he had her bird feeder in his mouth.

Around the Peninsula
Veterans appreciation dinner set Boys and Girls Club registration deadline today PenDOG offers videos 4-H to sell trees Community cleanup slated Car show, recreational swap meet scheduled Walk for MS seeking walkers, volunteers Developmental screenings offered Teen club to hold car wash fund-raiser Elementary closing ceremonies slated

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

Church Briefs
Vacation Bible school slated Womens prayer group to meet Sterling Bible classes continue

Reform Jews, progressive on women's issues, worried that men have been sidelined
NEW YORK (AP) The branch of American Judaism that pioneered elevating women to leadership positions is now wrestling with an uncomfortable issue: Where have the men gone?

School board settles lawsuit over Christian prayers
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Manatee County School Board has settled a federal lawsuit against its practice of saying Christian prayers before meetings.

New Swiss Guards sworn in to guard the pope
VATICAN CITY (AP) Thirty-three Swiss men have pledged allegiance to the pope, becoming the newest members of the Swiss Guards in a ritual-filled induction ceremony held inside the Vatican walls.

Nation's first faith-based prisons seek to reduce recidivism
LAWTEY, Fla. (AP) For 22 years, Curtis Cason has been unable to shake the cocaine demons he blames for putting him behind bars six times.

Jews say Belarus violating agreement on former Jewish cemetery
MINSK, Belarus (AP) Authorities in Belarus have violated an agreement to stop excavations on the former site of a Jewish cemetery and have even expanded the work, Jewish community leaders say.

Fallen apostle Judas: The man money made mad
Shortly after "The Passion of the Christ" began surprising people with huge crowds and enthusiastic reviews, ABC presented a fictionalized life of Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, making his name go down in infamy.

Muslim families to sue over alleged mistreatment of pupils
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Families of 14 Muslim middle school students who say a bus driver insulted their religion as he removed them from a school bus have filed official notice that they will sue over the case.

Evangelical Lutheran leader proposes delaying vote on homosexuality
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A local leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is trying to convince denominational leaders to delay a divisive final vote on homosexuality next year.

Ivory Coast denomination becomes part of United Methodist Church
PITTSBURGH (AP) A Christian denomination in West Africa that has about 1 million members has joined the United Methodist Church.

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.

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.)

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.

Racing Lions to hold swap meet
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will hold a recreational swap meet Saturday at the Kenai McDonald's parking lot.

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

Fisher one-ups Duncan in dramatic Lakers win
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan threw the ball up, fell down and heard the cheers. From his hands and knees, he looked to the San Antonio bench with wide eyes and asked, ''Did it go in?'' Told that it did, he ran to the sideline and was mobbed by teammates.

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.

Lightning strike in Philly
PHILADELPHIA Even Philadelphia's notoriously hostile crowd didn't bother the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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.

Peninsula teams enjoy home cookin'
When the Region III soccer tournament kicks off today in Kenai, the peninsula's qualifiers will be defending their home turf a welcome change after seven of the eight Southern Division participants were eliminated in the first round at last season's tournament in Palmer.

Homer baseball sweeps Valdez
The Homer baseball team notched 8-0 and 13-3 victories over Valdez in Homer Thursday.

Peninsula squads shoot for titles at region track meet
As the freshly crowned borough champions, both the Soldotna girls and Kenai Central boys track and field teams head to the Region III track and field championships at Palmer High School Friday and Saturday with shots at the team crown.

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