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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Ichiro, Moyer power Seattle to win
CLEVELAND Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a home run, and Jamie Moyer and Seattle sent Cleveland Indians to its season-high seventh straight loss with a 7-3 win Wednesday.

Athletics no match for Schilling, Sox
BOSTON Mark Bellhorn homered and drove in five runs, and Boston backed Curt Schilling with its top offensive performance of the year in a 12-2 rout of Oakland and Tim Hudson on Tuesday night.

Griffey makes Florida pay for intentional pass
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. glared into the Florida Marlins' dugout as he rounded the bases on his 492nd career homer Tuesday night, a three-run shot that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 victory, their seventh straight.

Marlins snap Cincinnati winning streak
CINCINNATI Tommy Phelps limited Cincinnati to one double over seven innings Wednesday, leading the Florida Marlins to a 3-0 victory that ended the Reds' seven-game winning streak.

Family builds business around love of cars
The two critters parked along the Kenai Spur Highway on the outskirts of Soldotna in front of AAA Auto are not gargantuan ladybugs recently landed from the planet Retro, they're 1960s era Subarus recently arrived from the Lower 48.

Shipping company changes hands again
ANCHORAGE (AP) Horizon Lines, one of the biggest shipping companies operating in Alaska, has been sold for the second time in 17 months.

Clout of Native groups recognized
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Native corporations continue to pack a significant economic punch, according to a new report.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleVendors and parade entries soughtEra Aviation adds amenities to Internet bookingAspen Hotels installs wireless InternetCreative Memories consultant advancesEdward Jones representative honored

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

'Harry Potter' stars grow up, so do films
NEW YORK The boy wizard of ''Harry Potter'' is growing up and so are his fans, many of whom have replaced their old capes and wands with declarations of undying love.

Fine writing elevates scientist's biography
"The Last Giant of Beringia" is an odd title that only hints at Dan O'Neill's new book's subject matter.

Art Briefs
Kids' summer art workshops plannedArt scholarships to be awardedOutdoor art exhibition accepts entriesMuseum plans plant saleAlaska Arts Institute slatedWriters' conference coming up

Basket maker on the lookout for decorative final touches
An evening walk on the beaches of Cook Inlet is typically a chance for residents to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery, view avian and aquatic wildlife or indulge in some quiet contemplation.

It's the accomplishment, not the venue that counts
As a former KCHS graduate and parent of a 2004 KCHS graduate I feel compelled to write a letter concerning my opinion as to why I feel the KCHS graduation should have been at the Soldotna Sports Center instead of the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at the school.

Many came together to honor veterans at annual dinner
On Friday, May 14, the fifth annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner was hosted at the Soldotna Sports Center. More than 400 veterans and family members were fed as a result of a mini-grant from the city of Soldotna and a donation made by the Soldotna Elk's Lodge No. 2706.

Bike rodeo sends Sears students off for safe summer
Once again, the children at Sears Elementary enjoyed an exciting and educational bike rodeo.

This week: Coca-Cola 600
Where and when

Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
CONCORD, N.C. Dale Earnhardt Jr. grew up in a racing family that was obsessed with winning championships. His father, Dale Earnhardt, won seven championships, and now it's the son's turn. His focus never wanders from the big picture. Every race is a chance to stockpile points and move a little closer to his first title.

Robby Gordon: Doing the 'double' more mental than physical
When I try to win both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 this Sunday, I'll be depending on my own ability, plus two cars, two pit crews, one doctor and a time machine.

NASCAR Notes - Next generation of drivers to debut in Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. The next generation of drivers on the Nextel Cup Series will make their first steps in big-time stock-car racing this week at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

O. Bruton Smith turned racing into a spectacle
CONCORD, N.C. Before it was built, architects and engineers said the Lowe's Motor Speedway wasn't possible.

Soldotna to make budget adjustments
Cutting costs doesn't always mean saving money.

Wagoner frustrated by Legislature's work
It was a frustrating year in Juneau, Sen. Tom Wagoner told Soldotna area business leaders Tuesday afternoon.

Photo feature: Art project
Soldotna High School student Makena Roesch points at a feature on the mural that she and fellow student Molly Eastham recently finished and had hung by the faculty in an upstairs corridor of the school.

Nikiski Elementary gets ready for closure
Thursday afternoon, students at Nikiski Elementary School will gather a year's worth of papers and pencils, round up lost jackets and boots and say goodbye to school for another summer.

Mediation with union approved
Alaska's largest labor union and the Murkowski administration have agreed to bring in an outside mediator to help hammer out labor contracts for some 8,000 state workers.

Grant gives law agencies equipment
Local government entities on the Kenai Peninsula will share in more than $1 million in state homeland security grants this year, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

State to get better tag on salmon
Anglers lucky enough to catch a Kenai River king salmon this season also might get a side of spaghetti.

Nikiski man killed in accident
A Nikiski man was killed Monday evening when his car crashed into a ditch near Nikiski.

Candidates indicate where campaign funds coming from
All 40 Alaska House seats and 11 in the Senate are up for grabs in the November general election, including all three House seats and both Senate seats representing the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Anchorage Crime Stoppers seeks man in area
The Alaska Fugitive Task Force is looking for Monty Alan Cutsforth who is wanted on a felony warrant for probation violation stemming from several theft convictions.

George P. Sterbenz
Soldotna resident George P. Sterbenz died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Elmendorf Hospital surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness. He was 60.

Wrongly accused in terrorism war need apologies
Brandon Mayfield is out of jail, now that Spanish authorities seem to have turned away from him as a suspect in the Madrid bombings. He deserves an apology from U.S. authorities.

POG takes on new twist
OLYMPIA, Wash. Around the arcane and sometimes perplexing world of Olympia, POG isn't a children's game or a tropical fruit drink.

Jr. Miss program: Not typical pageant
Some of you may have heard of a program called America's Jr. Miss. Perhaps you even saw the Alaska Jr. Miss program in Soldotna about three months ago on Feb. 7.

Grounding of nation's air tankers creates wildfire season crisis
(The recent) decision by federal officials to ground the nation's air tankers just as the wildfire season gets under way is, in the words of an Oregon congressman, ''a crisis.'' Alaskans share in the concern since the grounding affects two of the four tankers that operate in the state.

Ghandi's grace good sign for Indian politics
What India's Sonia Gandhi did is unthinkable for a modern politician: With the prime minister's post hers for the taking, in response to what she called ''her inner voice,'' Gandhi turned it down.

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold board meetingStallion parade setPenDOG offers videosSoHi pool offering swim lessonsNikiski Seniors Service Area to meetBoys and Girls club plan golf tourney

Around the Peninsula
Agrium schedules fire training in May Conservation and Development meeting set WRCC meeting slated Quilt guild to host open sew Rifle raffle, gun show on target CIA teams to hold fund-raiser Brain awareness walk, barbecue scheduled Fund-raiser for fire department set

Photo feature: Guarding the future
A class at Soldotna Elementary School gather around an Army UHL60 Blackhawk helicopter May 17 as Master Sgt. William Hall, right, and Spc. Wanda Solomon talk about the importance

Military Youth Academy recruiting for fall
The Alaska Military Youth Academy, the state's only military-based high school, is accepting applications for its fall 2004 class. The academy's ChalleNGe course is a 22-week program for 16- to 18-year-olds who have not graduated from high school or who have dropped out.

Mountain View Elementary
The PTA picnic lunch is Thursday, the last day of school. The staff wishes everyone a wonderful summer vacation and looks forward to seeing everyone in August.

Connections
Connections' second graduation ceremony was held May 20. Congratulations to seniors Annalise Arnold, Gloria Cho, Catherine Coursen (valedictorian), Dustin Boeshart and Jeff Rice.

School ends Thursday
Classes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will dismiss Thursday for the summer. The district no longer is serving hot lunch, but many schools will have picnics or other lunch-time activities Thursday. Check with your school for lunch and activity schedules.

Skyview High
Anchorage hosted the State Solo and Ensemble Band Festival on May 8. The following Skyview students received "superior" ratings at the festival:

Tustumena Elementary
The staff and students thank Homer Electric for once again sending a bucket truck for the annual "Egg Drop" for Mrs. Knobf's and Mr. Records' classes last Friday. The weather cooperated and the engineering by the students continues to improve with each passing year.

Cook Inlet Academy
Several seniors earned scholarships this year, including:

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The school has hired Mrs. Knudsen and Mrs. Lafferty to teach the two first-grade classes. Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Shelden will teach a second- and third-grade split class. The teacher for the other second- and third-grade split class is to be announced. Class lists will be posted June 1 on the doors of Sears Elementary.

Grace Lutheran
The last week of the 2003-04 school year is upon us. A lot of learning has occurred this year, and the students at Grace Lutheran School are eagerly awaiting summer.

Host families needed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's CASTLE Home Program is looking for families in the Soldotna and Ninilchik school areas to provide homes for 11th-grade student

Kalifonsky Christian
This week, the kindergarten through second-graders made pictures to go with the song they will sing for the awards presentation Thursday. Graduating kindergartners are Liam Floyd, Lindsay Floyd and Anna Feucht.

Rockets, planes, blimps help youngsters study physics
A group of students stood atop a hill behind their school, flying paper airplanes unlike any common design. Made of a straw attached to two or three paper rings, the planes soared on the day's slight breeze, hovering their way to the bottom of the hill.

Kenai Montessori Preschool
Last week, the students visited the Diamond M Ranch, where they were able to learn about farm animals and life on a farm. The weather was beautiful, and Mr. Blair and his family were excellent and informative hosts. Dr. Maria Montessori strongly believed that nature should play a large part in every child's education.

Students go homeless to raise funds
FAIRBANKS Five North Pole High School girls emerged from large cardboard appliance boxes in a downtown park to welcome a breezy, overcast May Day.

Sears Elementary
The staff would like to thank artist in residence Natasha Ala-Johnson for her three-week residence at the school. Thanks also to librarian Laurie Cowgill for all the work she put into writing the grant to make it possible.

Redoubt Elementary
Today is sport spirit day.

Soldotna Montessori Charter
Mrs. Overturf's kindergarten class went on a field trip to the Kenai beach to complete its study of the ocean. The children had a list of items to collect, which they brought back to class and labeled. Hopefully, this will be one of many "collections" they will acquire through the years.

Minnesota students donate books for Honduras schools
BRAINERD, Minn. What started out as a mission trip to build two classrooms in Honduras ended up becoming a special mission for Whittier Elementary School.

Graduation season continues
The final graduation of the year will be Soldotna High School's ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The end-of-the-year all-school picnic will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The PTA will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. Families whose last name starts with the letters A through M should bring a side dish, while last names N-Z are asked to bring a dessert.

Shaq too much for T-Wolves
LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal waded toward the basket with Mark Madsen draped across his shoulders like a Minnesota winter coat. Shaq looked to the officials, his eyes bugging with frustration and disbelief.

Navratilova ousted at French Open
PARIS Trying desperately to keep her first Grand Slam singles match in 10 years competitive, Martina Navratilova was racing to hit a ball when she stumbled, landing on her knees behind the baseline.

Sports Briefs
Tsalteshi Triathlon a no-go this yearTrack meet for home-schoolers June 3Panthers' hire Martin, Keenan back as GMU.S. coach says McGrady will miss OlympicsOrlando wins NBA Lottery and No. 1 pick

More top seeds drop in Paris
PARIS Rusty, rattled and still recovering from a viral ailment, top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne lost Wednesday in the second round of the French Open.

Hot start
TAMPA, Fla. The Calgary Flames, about the last team anybody picked to win the Stanley Cup, turned a first-shot goal and second effort from Jarome Iginla into yet another postseason surprise.

Iginla has Flames three wins from Stanley Cup
TAMPA, Fla. Jarome Iginla is approaching one of those career-making moments when a player's talent and tenacity turns an average team into a champion, when a star transforms himself into a superstar.

Rain tempers golfers' spirits
Anyone have any idea how we could get the sun to shine on the Kenai Golf Course? Yes, I know we need the rain, but it could rain during the night. The golfers have been dampened the last few days.

Pistons swat Pacers 85-78
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Rasheed Wallace walked off to a standing ovation rather than exiting with a stream of expletives.

Birch Ridge Report: It raineth every day
A little known factoid for you to chew on: On May 26, 1583, Shakespeare's daughter Susanna was christened. At this point in the narrative, you may be thinking that Susanna perhaps went on in history to become the first woman to play golf, or that Daddy Will didn't show up for the happy event because he had a tee time at the exact same moment of baptismal.

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