Friday, May 21, 2004

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.

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.

Boomers seeking ways to help fund care needs for aging parents, relatives
NEW YORK (AP) As their parents and other relatives age, many baby boomers are struggling to help finance their care at home or in institutions.

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.

As visions of handcuffed CEO's and settlements fade, will scandal return?
NEW YORK (AP) Right now, with visions of handcuffed executives and billions in scandal settlements still fresh in their memories, executives and corporations have ample reason to avoid misbehavior.

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.

Identity thieves, con men turn to 'phishing' to get consumer information
NEW YORK (AP) Beware of phishermen!

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.

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.

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

Catching on
It was a little after 9 a.m. Sunday morning on the Kasilof River when Lance Kitchen, a 12-year-old Tustumena Elementary School student, became the envy of every other kid on the water.

Homer resident takes derby lead
Homer resident Orman Marquarot took the overall lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby after landing a 203.6-pounder while fishing with Capt. Scott's Sportfishing on Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

Fund-raiser puts preschool in bright spot for next year
Soldotna Cooperative Preschool would like to say "thank you" to our local businesses and community members for making our first spaghetti feed and auction a huge success. Because of your generosity and support for our preschool, we will continue to shine in the 2004-05 school year.

Donation helps kids, families
Frontier Community Services Early Intervention-Infant Learning Program would like to thank the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for the $200 donation that we received to maintain our lending library of toys.

An open letter to the Kenai community:
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, with the entire week being National Police Week. During this time the nation pays tribute to those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and Washington, D.C., plays host to a two-day Survivors Conference and numerous other honorary events.

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.

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.

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

Getting green
Fresh green leaves and temperatures in the high 60s herald spring Thursday afternoon near the Kenai River flats. Forecasters are calling for cloudy but warm weather today.

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.

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.

Council improves lot for new carrier
Much of the Kenai City Council's marathon meeting Wednesday evening was spent hashing out the details of a complicated lease deal between the city and Bellair Inc., the airline company owned by Mike Spisak.

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.

Alaska Democrats, Republicans meet
ANCHORAGE Alaska Republican and Democrats are holding their state conventions this weekend, with the spotlight on the U.S. presidential campaign and partisan issues.

Work begins on senior housing
Construction has begun on new independent living apartments for senior citizens in Sterling.

Soldotna hosts state convention
Between 350 and 450 Republicans from across Alaska are expected to descend on the central Kenai Peninsula this weekend for the 2004 State Republican Convention.

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.

Plans for new air carrier take wing in Kenai
There's a new kid on the tarmac.

Fish fry fate no longer in limbo
U.S. District Court Judge James Singleton on Tuesday permanently enjoined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing further permits to operate the Tustumena Lake Sockeye Salmon Enhancement Project.

Florence D. Walker
Former Kenai resident Florence D. Walker died Friday, May 7, 2004, in Yuma, Ariz., after a prolonged illness. She was 67.

Eva Renate Asbury
Homer resident Eva Renate Asbury died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at the South Peninsula General Hospital, Long-Term Care in Homer. She was 76.

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

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

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

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.

Legislature almost did Alaskans in
New York Judge Gideon Tucker was strikingly correct in his famous 1866 aphorism, but no more than what almost happened during the 23rd Alaska Legislature, which ended May 11.

Congratulations to Class of 2004
'Tis the season for graduations. A time for some reflection, but mostly a time to look ahead to limitless possibilities. A time to dream big. A time to be on the receiving end of lots of advice. A time to take some of that advice and leave some behind.

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.

Kayak fest to return to Homer
The third annual Kachemak Kayak Fest will return to Homer for a 10-day run, from May 28 through June 6.

Chugach planning Trails Day events
Chugach National Forest staff are planning events to coincide with National Trails Day on June 5.

Work slated for Kachemak Bay park
The eighth annual Trails Day at Kachemak Bay State Park will be June 12. The day will trail work and hiking in the company of friends and family.

Trails Day hike planned for Juneau Falls
The Alaska Center for the Environment, the Sierra Club Alaska Chapter and the Anchorage Audubon Society will celebrate the trails of the Chugach National Forest with a hike on the Resurrection Pass Trail to Juneau Falls on National Trails Day, June 5.

Fabulous fungus
DAYTON, Ore. Jack Czarnecki raked away a layer of pine needles to expose chocolate-brown earth, in search of the Oregon white truffle.

Forget the road less traveled, Ski Hill Road tops among popular paths
If you live or work on the central Kenai Peninsula, you may well have a favorite walking or hiking place on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Fabulous fungus
DAYTON, Ore. Jack Czarnecki raked away a layer of pine needles to expose chocolate-brown earth, in search of the Oregon white truffle.

Around the Peninsula
Head Start plans fund-raiser Introduction to rowing set in Homer Kenai, Soldotna airports plan air show Cemetery cleanup scheduled Habitat to hold ground breaking ceremony Flea market fund-raiser set Ground breaking ceremony slated Skyview after-grad party scheduled Brady to speak at Alliance meeting Outdoor skills club starting Conservation and Development meeting set Hope plans family forum, meetings Soccer, basketball camps slated Diabetes support group forming

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

Explanation continues on the first Episcopal bishop to wed a same-sex partner
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bishop William Swing of the Episcopal Church's Diocese of California says he suspended Bishop Otis Charles from clergy functions because he broke Swing's directive when he spoke publicly about entering a same-sex marriage.

Indiana state trooper seeks reinstatement in religious flap
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A Baptist state trooper, fired after refusing a casino assignment that he said violated his religious beliefs, wants the Indiana Supreme Court to reinstate him.

Grease and God: Mechanics resurrect cars, jump-start spirituality
BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) Slumped over the wheel of a stubborn car that just won't start, many a desperate person has pleaded with God for help.

Turkey's parliament approves controversial Islamic education bill
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Parliament passed legislation to help graduates of religious high schools enter universities, despite strong opposition from the deeply secular military and a likely veto by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.

Catholic college rescinds honorary degree promised to White House official
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) Mount St. Mary's College said it withdrew an honorary degree promised to its commencement speaker, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, amid a faculty-led protest over his support for the death penalty.

Heads of Orthodox churches attend liturgy for Communist terror victims
MOSCOW (AP) In a symbolic move to mend an old rift, Russia's Orthodox patriarch and the visiting head of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia worshipped together at a site where tens of thousands of people were executed by Soviet secret police.

Gay crisis fallout: Major changes proposed for 77 million Anglicans and Episcopalians
LONDON (AP) A written constitution, new powers for the archbishop of Canterbury, a looser federation of national churches these ideas reportedly are among proposals being considered by a commission that is seeking a way to hold the Anglican Communion together.

Mormon church president urges men to shun tattoos
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) President Gordon B. Hinckley urged priesthood holders most male members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to honor women, live clean lives and not get tattoos.

Church Briefs
Study takes summer vacation Children to perform Sunday Destiny coming to North Kenai Church conducts Bible school Vacation Bible school slated Construction INC plans Bible school Womens prayer group to meet Clothes2Go open

Turkmenistan president eases restrictions on religious groups
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov abolished a law intended to limit religious freedom, amid strong international criticism of abuses against minority faiths in the former Soviet republic.

There are no winners when playing the blame game
When I visited a doctor to check out symptoms commonly associated with cancer, I asked the respected specialist what I might have done to cause this condition.

Stars searching for a state title
Coming off a dominating win at the Region III track and field championships, the Soldotna girls will set their sights on their first state crown since 1997 today and Saturday at Bartlett High School.

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.

On the prowl
For the first 18 minutes of Skyview's 2-1 state tournament soccer victory against Dimond Thursday at Colony High School, things not only looked bad for the Panthers, things looked bad for Kenai Peninsula soccer in general.

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.

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.

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.

ASAA/First National Bank
Alaska State Soccer Championships

Flyers win in overtime
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Keith Primeau saved the Philadelphia Flyers' season. Simon Gagne gave them at least one more game.

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

A fun one to watch
I was talking with former Clarion sports editor and former Anchorage Daily News prep writer J.R. Rardon at the 2000 state track and field meet in Palmer when East High's Kikkan Randall toed the starting line for the 800-meter dash.

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.

Homer girls stumble in opening loss to Knights
The Colony girls received a pair of goals from sophomore Megan Pfile Thursday to defeat Homer 2-1 in the opening round of the state soccer tournament at Colony High School.

Kenai Peninsula State Track and Field Qualifiers
Track and field qualifiers

Bryant may be many things, but a hero isn't one of them
Mark the date on your calendar. The Minnesota Timberwolves probably already have. Sometime early next Thursday, Kobe Bryant will stumble out of bed, get on a private jet and fly to Colorado to face his day in court. Later that day, he'll jet back for his night on the court.

Pistons down Nets in Game 7
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Detroit's rout ended New Jersey's reign in the Eastern Conference.

Mother moose soon will produce
The landscape of the Kenai Peninsula is turning from brown to green, fish are beginning to return to streams and calves are beginning to show up among the peninsula's moose population.

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