Saturday, May 15, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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

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?"

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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