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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Pinch-hit grand slam propels Twins
TORONTO Matthew LeCroy had Minnesota's first pinch-hit grand slam in seven years in the ninth inning Wednesday, giving the Twins a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Johnson hits on perfection
ATLANTA Randy Johnson had pretty much done it all Cy Young Awards, a no-hitter, strikeout records, a World Series championship.

Blue Jays nip Twins
TORONTO Miguel Batista, Jason Frasor and Terry Adams combined on a five-hitter, and the Toronto Blue Jays handed Johan Santana his first loss in 20 starts with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Berkman, Astros overpower Marlins
MIAMI Lance Berkman homered for the second straight night, and Morgan Ensberg drove in three runs and Jeff Kent two to lead the Houston Astros over the slumping Florida Marlins 10-2 Wednesday.

Women recruited into engineering field
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. Liz Bartell thought she would major in Spanish or another of the liberal arts when she arrived at the all-women Smith College.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleTourism conference scheduledNominations for older workers sought

States plan to sue over cigarette advertisements
WASHINGTON More than two dozen states, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho, say they plan to sue Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp., accusing the company of targeting young people with its Kool cigarette marketing campaign.

Alaska jobs grow slow, but steady
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jobs in Alaska are predicted to grow steadily by 1.5 percent this year and 1.3 percent in 2005, according to the state Department of Labor's annual economic forecast.

Soldotna store co-manager given young retailer award
Life may have its rewards, but after the gold stars handed out indiscriminately in kindergarten, there's a definite drop off in prizes. Every once in a while, however, a job well-done gets noticed and the responsible party gets awarded the grown-up equivalent of a gold star.

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

Pilot pens warning tales of aviation crashes
Alaska's extensive aviation history has not always been a happy one. Many fine pilots and ill-starred passengers have fallen from the sky, and only a few of those have survived unscathed.

Group brings great music to Alaska
ANCHORAGE At a time when most boys were playing hoops or flirting with girls, Mike McCormick was sipping colas and listening to jazz greats Charles Mingus and Miles Davis.

Art Briefs
Writers' conference coming upPoetry contest being heldKids' summer art workshops plannedArt scholarships to be awardedOutdoor art exhibition accepts entriesKids' summer theater camp slatedLogo design contest announced

Author lands her writing in 'Chicken Soup' book
When it comes to telling fish stories, making them entertaining is the easy part. Making a story sound believable, however, takes a little more finesse.

Soccer season scores big when it comes to support
The Boys and Girls Club's Indoor Soccer Program has concluded another fun-filled season. More than 600 kids on 62 teams from all over the central Kenai Peninsula had the opportunity to be part of a team, get a little exercise and have some fun.

Nikiski law enforcement should not cost this much
Am I reading this correctly: "1.2 million Nikiski taxpayer dollars to bring law to Nikiski"? Are you kidding?

Recent events make area veterans feel appreciated
The performance of the U.S. Army Band in Kenai last week had to be one of the many outstanding events on the peninsula this year.

Nikiski much cleaner, thanks to those who gathered garbage
The Nikiski Community Council would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for donations of money, food, goods and services that made the annual Nikiski community cleanup effort a success and memorable event.

U.S. should end war in Iraq swiftly with nuclear weapons
This war is a war apparently thrust upon us by the Arab world that exists in a Muslim religion that recognizes not the fact that without 20th century technology it would not exist.

Newsmaker: Mark Martin
CONCORD, N.C. Mark Martin won the 1998 Nextel All-Star Challenge, and it was part of a season that included a career-best 22 top-five finishes. Although he's only won two races since then, he still gets excited about racing. The 45-year-old driver talked about this Saturday's all-star race and the rest of the NASCAR season.

This Week: Nextel All-Star Challenge (Non-points event)
Where and when

Tony Stewart's rough racing rubbing other drivers the wrong way
CONCORD, N.C. As the twisted fenders mount in the Nextel Cup Series garage area, so does the angry finger-pointing.

NASCAR Notes - Ford finally unveils new-age racing engine
CONCORD, N.C. -- Ford unveiled its new cylinder head last Saturday night at Richmond, and now Ford teams are lining up for the new engine piece that's supposed to help them catch up to the Chevrolets and Dodges on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Candidates line up peninsula support staff
With the election season shifting into high gear, at least some of the candidates seeking open U.S. House and Senate seats have added campaign staffers to coordinate efforts on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fire destroys home near Soldotna
Fire destroyed a $240,000 home north of Soldotna off the Sterling Highway on Monday night, despite firefighters putting more than 30,000 gallons of water on the blaze.

Positive energy: Bids reveal largest lease sale
After all the bids were opened Wednesday, state resource officials were calling it the largest state oil and gas lease sale since 1986, as energy companies had bid more than $2.7 million on some 363,000 acres of mostly onshore land stretching from the Matanuska Susitna Borough to Anchor Point.

Counterfeit $50s being passed in area
Fake $50 bills have shown up at businesses in Soldotna and Kenai in the past week, according to police.

Digging in
Dandelions and other weeds stand their ground as Bob Frates tills the earth at the Kenai community gardens on Main Street Loop on Tuesday afternoon. Many gardeners will hit the dirt in a few days. "Memorial Day weekend i

Skyview's Pothast earns recognition with dedication
It's no surprise to staff at Skyview High School that Principal John Pothast is gaining some extra attention this year.

KPC diving into new class: seafood
Fishers looking to become entrepreneurs may want to sign up for a seafood processing and business development training program that will be offered free of charge at Kenai Peninsula College in the fall.

Nikiski voters could see full ballot
Nikiski residents are likely to face choices at the ballot box this fall that have everything to do with the quality of life the community will offer in the future, assembly member Gary Superman said at the tail end of Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Health center plans to expand services, construct new facility
The Cottonwood Health Center will begin offering limited behavioral health services and is seeking to build a new facility, its executive director told Soldotna business people Tuesday.

Kay Francis Lane
Longtime Ninilchik resident Kay Francis Lane died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. She was 70.

Rose Lee Moseley (Billings)
Nikiski resident Rose L. Moseley (Billings) died Thursday, May 13, 2004, at her home in Nikiski. She was 49.

Russians don't treasure democracy
WASHINGTON The United States spends about $80 million each year in Russia attempting to promote democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Candidates should share vision for jobs of future
The ''jobless'' recovery is likely over. ...

Soaring costs not shaping up as major issue in presidential race
Have you wondered why the Democrats are so quiet on the seemingly tempting issue of sky-high gas prices during the current political season?

Clandestine warrants getting out of bounds
Taking advantage of the relaxed standard for secret foreign intelligence searches it gained with the USA Patriot Act in 2001, the Justice Department has steamed forward in its use of clandestine surveillance warrants.

Other nations should worry about what U.S. thinks of them What others say
There has been enough far too much, actually talk in this nation about how Americans are perceived by people in other lands.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimist to meetDisabled veterans schedule meetingCesarean awareness meeting plannedKenai River advisory board sets meetingCIRCAC meeting slatedUSAF Band to perform at air fairFootball camp scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Kenai, Soldotna airports plan air show Agrium schedules fire training in May Head Start taking enrollment Sterling Community Club sets meeting NES plans pancake fund-raiser Basketball teams to hold fund-raiser Brain awareness walk, barbecue scheduled Running club forming

Mountain View Elementary
All library books are due Thursday.

Sterling Head Start
Head Start had its end of the year celebration Friday at the Sterling Senior Center, where 42 parents attended to watch students perform their graduation and Mother's Day songs.

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the Class of 2004, which graduated Sunday afternoon. These students worked hard to achieve this honor and have left behind many memories throughout their time at CIA.

Tustumena Elementary
The school's lost and found has quite a variety of clothing items. Parents are urged to stop by the school and check out those items on display in the front foyer. Items not claimed will be donated to The Salvation Army after school dismisses for the summer.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The sixth-graders have been involved in a study of marine biology and beach ecology. Next week, each sixth-grade class will visit the Center for Coastal Studies at Peterson Bay for an overnight learning extravaganza.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
After five months of planning and organizing, the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences charter school now has 88 students enrolled for the 2004-05 school year. Applications for a wait list are being accepted for first- and second-graders.

North Star Elementary
Renowned children's book author David Greenberg is visiting North Star Elementary School at 9 a.m. today. Greenberg is the author of various rhyming books such as, "Slugs," "Bugs!" and "Skunks!"

Connections
Connections is enrolling kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2004-05 school year. For an enrollment appointment, call 714-8880.

Engineering educators reaching out to females
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. Liz Bartell thought she would major in Spanish or another of the liberal arts when she arrived at the all-women Smith College.

Kenai Middle
Kenai Middle School boys took second place overall and second place in the 1,600-meter race at the borough track tournament. The Kenai girls took fifth overall and in the 1,600- and the 800-meter races.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Now that school is coming to a close, many different events are coming around fast.

Redoubt Elementary
The school picnic is the last day of school, May 27. Students need to bring $2 for the picnic. Parents wishing to attend should send their name and $2 to school in an envelope.

Check it out
A herd of cackling elementary school kids stampeded through the aisles and checkout stands of Safeway in Soldotna earlier this month.

Soldotna Middle
Students who have medications in the nurse's office are asked to take them home.

Kenai Central High
Thursday is the last day of school for seniors.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary is designating May 25 as Don Weller Day in celebration of his 24 years of service to the students and families at the school.

Ninilchik
The Ninilchik High School drama class will perform the play, "Stormin' the Teachers' Lounge," by Shirley Ullom, at 7 tonight.

Grace Lutheran
The students enjoyed field trips last week. Grades three through eight traveled to Anchorage for an overnight stay and a full day of touring Earthquake Park, the Anchorage Daily News, the Anchorage Museum, the FBI building and Alaska Wild Berry Products.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The Mother's Day tea last week was lovely. Thanks to the moms who attended.

Reading rewards
Students from North Star Elementary School enjoy ice cream Thursday at the Blue Grouse after riding in "cool" cars as a reward associated with the school's reading program. Throughout the program, students were read a medieval themed script called "As the Castle Turns," written by fourth-graders Kayleen Hansen. They also kept track of their reading times and reading test scores. Three students from each class the child who read the most minutes, the one with the most improved test score and a randomly-selected student got to ride in "cool" cars, including an emergency vehicle and a Corvette, for a cold treat last week.

Soldotna High
Thursday is check-out day for seniors.

KPC to host 7th annual Arts Education Institute next month
KPC's Kenai River Campus once again will host the Arts Education Institute from June 7 to 11. This year, the institute will focus on integrating arts with integrity with the unifying theme of "Faces and Facades."

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's class enjoyed a fire safety program and learned what to do in case of a fire, how to check smoke alarms and the importance of a family escape plan. They currently are learning about the continent of South America and are working on a book containing all they've learned.

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to Master Sgt. William Hall and the personnel from the Army National Guard who visited Soldotna Elementary on Monday with a Black Hawk helicopter.

Skyview High
The last day of school for seniors is Thursday. The annual scholarship and awards banquet will be held at 7 that evening in the commons.

Kenai Central High
Thursday is the last day of school for seniors.

KPC to host 7th annual Arts Education Institute next month
KPC's Kenai River Campus once again will host the Arts Education Institute from June 7 to 11. This year, the institute will focus on integrating arts with integrity with the unifying theme of "Faces and Facades."

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the Class of 2004, which graduated Sunday afternoon. These students worked hard to achieve this honor and have left behind many memories throughout their time at CIA.

Reading rewards
Students from North Star Elementary School enjoy ice cream Thursday at the Blue Grouse after riding in "cool" cars as a reward associated with the school's reading program. Throughout the program, students were read a medieval themed script called "As the Castle Turns," written by fourth-graders Kayleen Hansen. They also kept track of their reading times and reading test scores. Three students from each class the child who read the most minutes, the one with the most improved test score and a randomly-selected student got to ride in "cool" cars, including an emergency vehicle and a Corvette, for a cold treat last week.

Soldotna Middle
Students who have medications in the nurse's office are asked to take them home.

Engineering educators reaching out to females
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. Liz Bartell thought she would major in Spanish or another of the liberal arts when she arrived at the all-women Smith College.

Skyview High
The last day of school for seniors is Thursday. The annual scholarship and awards banquet will be held at 7 that evening in the commons.

Aurora Borealis Charter
Now that school is coming to a close, many different events are coming around fast.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The Mother's Day tea last week was lovely. Thanks to the moms who attended.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
After five months of planning and organizing, the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences charter school now has 88 students enrolled for the 2004-05 school year. Applications for a wait list are being accepted for first- and second-graders.

Kenai Middle
Kenai Middle School boys took second place overall and second place in the 1,600-meter race at the borough track tournament. The Kenai girls took fifth overall and in the 1,600- and the 800-meter races.

Mountain View Elementary
All library books are due Thursday.

Tustumena Elementary
The school's lost and found has quite a variety of clothing items. Parents are urged to stop by the school and check out those items on display in the front foyer. Items not claimed will be donated to The Salvation Army after school dismisses for the summer.

North Star Elementary
Renowned children's book author David Greenberg is visiting North Star Elementary School at 9 a.m. today. Greenberg is the author of various rhyming books such as, "Slugs," "Bugs!" and "Skunks!"

Ninilchik
The Ninilchik High School drama class will perform the play, "Stormin' the Teachers' Lounge," by Shirley Ullom, at 7 tonight.

Redoubt Elementary
The school picnic is the last day of school, May 27. Students need to bring $2 for the picnic. Parents wishing to attend should send their name and $2 to school in an envelope.

Soldotna High
Thursday is check-out day for seniors.

Sears Elementary
Sears Elementary is designating May 25 as Don Weller Day in celebration of his 24 years of service to the students and families at the school.

Grace Lutheran
The students enjoyed field trips last week. Grades three through eight traveled to Anchorage for an overnight stay and a full day of touring Earthquake Park, the Anchorage Daily News, the Anchorage Museum, the FBI building and Alaska Wild Berry Products.

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to Master Sgt. William Hall and the personnel from the Army National Guard who visited Soldotna Elementary on Monday with a Black Hawk helicopter.

Sterling Head Start
Head Start had its end of the year celebration Friday at the Sterling Senior Center, where 42 parents attended to watch students perform their graduation and Mother's Day songs.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Larned's class enjoyed a fire safety program and learned what to do in case of a fire, how to check smoke alarms and the importance of a family escape plan. They currently are learning about the continent of South America and are working on a book containing all they've learned.

Connections
Connections is enrolling kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2004-05 school year. For an enrollment appointment, call 714-8880.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The sixth-graders have been involved in a study of marine biology and beach ecology. Next week, each sixth-grade class will visit the Center for Coastal Studies at Peterson Bay for an overnight learning extravaganza.

Check it out
A herd of cackling elementary school kids stampeded through the aisles and checkout stands of Safeway in Soldotna earlier this month.

Philadelphia smote by Lightning again
TAMPA, Fla. One more victory and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be bound for the Stanley Cup finals.

Skyview, Homer kick it up a notch
When the Skyview High School boys and the Homer High School girls soccer teams take the pitch today at the state soccer championships, both will be looking for more than a "just happy to be here" experience.

Kenai course enjoys green-up
Kenai Golf Course is in full swing. The range is open, the carts are out and all 18 greens are in play. The crew has been busy seeding, fertilizing and getting everything up for another year of golfing. The greens and fairways are looking great and will only get better with each day.

Birch Ridge Report: Birdies, bogeys and bemoaning the weather at Birch Ridge Golf Course
In glancing over last year's Birch Ridge golf articles for May, I noticed a slight discrepancy; I had not yet started my perpetual weather whining. I am here today to remedy that error.

Europe, New York hunt for Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland It's the United States vs. Europe for the right to host the 2012 Olympics.

Timberwolves close out Kings
MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett jumped atop the scorer's table and made a huge footprint in the chalk dust before saluting a screaming sellout crowd.

Pacers finally pack antifreeze
MIAMI The Indiana Pacers wanted desperately to avoid a pressure-packed Game 7 against the scrappy Miami Heat.

Flames sink Sharks
CALGARY, Alberta The pandemonium began while the puck was still in play, sliding alone toward the tranquility of the San Jose Sharks' unguarded net.

Sports Briefs
Jody Henson camp hits NinilchikKelli White accepts two-year ban for drug use

Out of touch with reality
If Kevin Garnett had halted his ready-for-war rant right after he talked about loading a shotgun, it would have been bad enough.

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