Saturday, May 22, 2004

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai Peninsula State Track and Field Qualifiers
Track and field qualifiers

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

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.

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.

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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