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Thursday, May 15, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Steese fire chief fired amid allegations
FAIRBANKS (AP) The volunteer fire chief in the Steese area has been fired over allegations he misrepresented his job experience and forged signatures in an employee disciplinary case.

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.

Juneau flasher faces another exposure charge
JUNEAU (AP) A 42-year-old state worker who completed a sentence for indecent exposure is again accused of exposing himself.

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.

Woman severely burned after catching nightgown on fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage woman was being treated at an Oregon hospital with severe burns suffered after she caught her nightgown on fire while smoking.

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.

Family of missing woman increases reward to $40,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) The family of a 21-year-old woman who disappeared from her Anchorage apartment has increased the reward for her safe return.

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.

Akiak man dies of apparent hypothermia at fish camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 59-year-old man was found dead at a fish camp near the Kuskokwim River village of Akiak, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Panel concludes Fur Ball ruckus a riot
ANCHORAGE (AP) A citizens panel investigating a ruckus at a February teen dance in Anchorage has concluded there were four core causes of the riot.

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 Republicans appeal to Democrats to end session peacefully
JUNEAU (A

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.

Democrats lose effort to curb lobbying bill
JUNEAU (AP) House Democrats failed Wednesday to curb a bill that would relax state lobbying laws.

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.

Recreational liability bill passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to help shield Alaska sports and recreational companies and operators from liability lawsuits.

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

Democrats lose effort to curb lobbying bill
JUNEAU (AP) House Democrats failed Wednesday to curb a bill that would relax state lobbying laws.

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.

Murkowski oil tax credit moving quickly in Senate
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed tax credit for oil exploration could come up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, just three days after it was introduced.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reed hurls a gem as Twins scrap for win
MINNEAPOLIS Rick Reed pitched a three-hitter and the Minnesota Twins got into yet another scrap, clearing the benches late in their 7-0 win Wednesday night over the Kansas City Royals.

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.

Schilling strikes out 14 Phillies in Arizona victory
PHILADELPHIA Curt Schilling pitched a two-hitter for his second consecutive shutout, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Wednesday night.

EPA fines Unocal for clean water violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Cali-fornia-based oil company Unocal Corp. has agreed to pay $370,000 in penalties for Clean Water Act violations at its Cook Inlet operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week.

UAA soars with aviation additions
ANCHORAGE The Avia-tion Technology Division at the University of Alaska Anchorage has a new $2.5 million simulator and is leasing two new training airplanes, worth $134,000 each.

Business Briefs
Resource transportation forum set for June 2

Declining dollar likely to boost U.S. economy
WASHINGTON Americans planning for European vacations should be braced to pay more. Ditto for people eyeing European cars. The reason: The dollar's value has hit a four-year low against the euro.

Alaska Pulp settles unfair labor case for $11.5 million
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.

Memoir shows challenges of fishing families
"Surviving the Island of Grace"

Art Briefs
Pattern designer has new book

Milestone - for the 'Milepost''Alaska bible' publishes 55th anniversary edition
Every summer the swarms of tourists head north for an Alaska adventure. They are a diverse lot, from RV nomads to backcountry hikers to Harley bikers. But one thing that unites them is they probably carry a copy of "The Milepost."

'Highways of the Kenai Peninsula'
The new Kenai Highway, now under construction, will eventually connect Anchor-age, Seward, Homer, Kenai and intermediate points.

'The Matrix Reloaded' shoots blanks
Andy and Larry Wachowski should double-check their ammo. The brothers behind 1999's visionary The Matrix'' are shooting blanks with The Matrix Re-loaded,'' the first of two sequels due this year.

What's Happening
Best Bets

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

Pop Warner Football
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner Football

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.

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

Pitch, Hit and Run
Run Competition

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.

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

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

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

Swimming
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Pool Sponsoring organization: Nikiski Pool

4-H Activities
Sponsoring organization: 4-H

Summer Camps
Sponsoring organization: North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Pop Warner Cheerleading
Sponsoring organization: Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner

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.

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 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 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.

Many make 'Midnight in Paris' prom memorable event for SoHi students
On behalf of the Soldotna High School Class of 2004, we would like to thank the following people for their help and support in making SoHi's "Midnight in Paris" prom an enjoyable and memora

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.

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.

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.

In fairness to buyers, Kenai Wild label should exclude hatchery fish
I read with great interest Don Johnson's recent piece on deceptively labeling Alaska salmon as "organic." He is absolutely correct in his analysis. This is not the first time this "organic" authenticity issue has been raised against the

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.

To politicians, cutting state spending will be last resort
I find it very disturbing that

Work of many make Nikiski prom evening to remember
The Nikiski High

All-star race gives drivers a million reasons to win
CONCORD, N.C. If baseball really wants to spice up its all-star game, it should follow in the steps of stock car racing. Instead of offering home-field advantage to the winning league during the World Series, just offer $1 million to the players on the winning team.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,312,2012. Kurt Busch 2,172,4113. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,975,228

This Week's Race: The Winston
Where and When

Newsmaker: Jay Frye
Jay Frye, general manager of MB2/MBV racing teams, which include driver Jerry Nadeau, talked about the injuries to his driver and his prognosis.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,6192. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,5993. Kurt Busch 1,452

Daisy not ready for Winston
CONCORD, N.C. Ryan Newman won't have the same car he drove to win The Winston all-star race last year. Instead, he will drive a Dodge that hasn't been good enough to earn its name.

Bail lowered for Kenai man
Bail was changed to $25,000 in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday for Erwin J. Petterson Jr., the Kenai man charged with four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of an Anchorage couple killed in a motor-vehicle accident last fall.

Program cuts will affect area
A cost-cutting measure passed Tues-day by the Alaska House that is estimated to save the state $1.6 million will compel nonprofit drug and alcohol programs to raise more than twice what they do now to be eligible for vital state grants.

Weber State nursing program graduates 13
Fate played its hand in the life of Syerenna Van Bruggen this week as she and 12 other students graduated from Weber State University's extension nursing program in Soldotna.

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.

Kenai teacher earns top BP award
They are teachers at schools small and large, instructing students in everything from general studies to math and science and from health to home economics. They span the Kenai Peninsula, teaching everywhere from Nan-walek to Homer and from Seward to Kenai.

Ceremony to honor fallen police officers
There will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. today at the Soldotna Police Department as part of National Police Memorial Day. The names of Alaska police officers killed in the line of duty will be called and roses will be laid in their memory.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Timothy B. Powers
Soldotna resident Dr. Timothy B. Powers died Saturday, May 10, 2003 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 48.

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.

Roger Bernard Haselow
Sterling resident Roger Bernard Haselow died Sunday, May 11, 2003, near his home in Sterling. He was 63.

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.

Security measures mimic McCarthyism
People were interrogated in secret, asked if they were a member of the Communist Party or a Communist sympathizer. Those who crumbled, or took the Fifth Amendment, were often brought back in public sessions to be openly challenged.

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.

Federal agencies still failing to communicate
One critical breakdown exposed by the

Summer youth programs planned through Community Schools
A number of summer youth programs will be offered in the coming months. Registration forms have been delivered to all schools in the Soldotna area and more forms are available at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District central office or the Soldotna and Kenai libraries.

Around the Peninsula
Carter to speak at North Peninsula chamberAARP plans meeting todayParks and Rec Commission plans special meetingFAS workshop planned

Photo feature: Unloading the trunk
Jason Tallman prepares a ride Wednesday at the Golden Wheel Amusement of Alaska's carnival in Three Bear's parking lot in Kenai. The attraction opens this evening and will run until about 6 p.m. Sunday.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

School Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

ACC expansion plans have ripple effect across country
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. Intending to shape the next generation of college sports instead of getting swept up in it, the Atlantic Coast Conference is moving forward with its aggressive expansion plan.

Nikiski grad O'Donnell has eyes on Athens
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.

Make my words tender and precious today, for tomorrow I may have to eat them
Two questions immediately came to mind after reading Vijay Singh's she-doesn't-belong-out-here'' rant about Annika Sorenstam.

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.

Wild just can't get Jiggy
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jiggy and those amazing Mighty Ducks are one win away from the Stanley Cup finals.

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.

Pistons take 3-2 edge vs. 76ers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chucky Atkins won a game the Detroit Pistons could not afford to lose.

Sports Briefs
U.S. favored to host Women's World Cup

Birch Ridge Report: Birch Ridge golfer makes hole in one
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