Friday, May 28, 2004

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.

Tigers pound out 27 hits vs. Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Detroit Tigers smacked 27 hits to tie a team record, with Carlos Pena going 6-for-6 with two home runs in a 17-7 rout over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

Rolen powers Cardinals to win over Pirates
ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen homered and drove in four runs, giving him a major league-leading 49 RBIs, in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

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.

Companies grumbing at regulatory reforms and costs, so maybe they're working
NEW YORK (AP) With the next wave of regulatory reforms due to hit later this year, many companies are bristling at the burdens of the sweeping changes brought on by scandal.

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.

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

Students, parents can refinance college loans at low rates
NEW YORK (AP) Low mortgage interest rates sparked a boom in home refinancing. Now low short-term interest rates could do the same for college loans.

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

New types of surgery for age-old vision problems seek market in boomers
NEW YORK (AP) It got to where Ray Bergey kept one pair of reading glasses alongside the television remote, another on his bedside reading table, still another in the car, and at least one more at the office. Pairs piled up as he repeatedly upgraded lenses to keep pace with increasingly blurry near vision.

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.

Emergency order opens river longer
For all those king salmon anglers who annually wish something would change to improve their success their wish has been granted. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order that will open up the Ninilchik River for a lot more angling opportunities this year.

Hatchery system changing
FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- People haven't done many things right over the years at this steel-and-concrete pool, where finger-sized coho salmon wait for their journey to the sea.

King season kicks off on peninsula
There's good news and bad news for anglers hoping to wet a hook this weekend in one of the many salmon streams of the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Seward Valedictorians
Johanna Margaret Glaser

Kenai teens celebrate time of their lives
Time was of the essence at Kenai Central High School's graduation May 25.

Soldotna seniors say goodbye with fond memories
Ask most graduating seniors what they'll miss most about high school, and you're not likely to hear many fond recollections of chemistry tests and English homework.

Small schools honor seniors
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's small, outlying schools graduated a number of seniors this year as well.

Voice of the past helps Nikiski grads move on
Nikiski High School graduates looked to the past for direction for their future this month.

Small School Valedictorians
Danikt 'Danny' Kuzmin

Homer students take final walk
One by one, the 87 Homer High graduates of 2004 strolled into the school gym May 24, shod in rubber boots, ratty running shoes and in some cases, nothing but bare feet.

Seward 12th-graders graduate
Seward High School graduated its class of 2004 on May 27.

Kenai Valedictorians
Heather McIntyre Amy Rask

Flex grads persevere through challenges
For your average teen, graduation is a big deal, symbolizing accomplishment as well as new beginnings. But for the students of Homer Flex High School, who have faced challenges most won't see for years to come having children, living on their own, holding down jobs graduation is a personal victory of mammoth proportions.

Nikiski Valedictorians
Ramona Baker

Graduation 2004
This graduation special section highlights the academic accomplishments of students on the Kenai Peninsula. More comprehensive than previous years, this year's special section includes stories from many of the peninsula's graduations, as well as lists of graduates and profiles of valedictorians.

Ninilchik turns out to support students
The tiny coastal town of Ninilchik was a hub of activity as several hundred family members and friends turned out to see the commencement exercises for the 15 individuals of the graduating class of 2004.

KPC celebrates lifelong learning
Graduation always is about students reaching life milestones, but at Kenai Peninsula College are the achievements more varied.

End of high school music to Skyview seniors' ears
The muses of singing and music must have been smiling May 24 as a number of gifted seniors performed original songs and personal arrangements of standards during the 2004 Skyview High School graduation ceremony at the Soldotna Sports Center.

ACC grads get spiritual send-off
The May 2 graduation of Soldotna's Alaska Christian College Class of 2004 was an emotional event with tears of joy running down their faces, students and staff alike shared testimonies of what the last year was like for them.

2 graduate from Wings
Wings Christian School, a private school on Kalifornsky Beach Road, graduated two students this year.

Skyview Valedictorians
Emily Berezin Kimberly Martin Mista Sando Michelle Trumpler

Home-schoolers receive diplomas
Connections - Class of 2004 Interior Distance Education of Alaska - Class of 2004

Homer Valedictorians
Ellen Bauer David Moore Adrian Raymond Renae Rykaczewski

CIA Valedictorians
Thomas Adams

Kenai Alternative High students triumph
There's no question that high school is a bit daunting these days. For every student, completing high school is something of a milestone.

Christian school celebrates education of 14 seniors
Bursts of laughter punctuated the graduation ceremony at Cook Inlet Academy on May 16.

Soldotna Valedictorians
Tess Caswell Jacquelyn Cowan Jeremy Kauffman Andrea Annie Penner Amy Shoemaker Kaitlin Brett Vadla Sierra Williams Sarah Youngren

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.

'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.

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

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.

Volunteers backbone of annual track and field meet in Nikiski
Running, jumping and throwing was the name of the game on May 21. North Peninsula Recreation held its annual Hershey Track and Field Meet at Nikiski High School for boys and girls 9-14 years old.

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.

Ninilchik students raise $1,000 for American Heart Association
Ninilchik School held its annual Hoops for Heart fund-raiser for the American Heart Association. The students were able to reach a goal of $1,000!

Eagles need help to protect their wild, free character
On Memorial Day, when we remember the sacrifice made to protect our liberty, we should also remember the symbols of that liberty the flag and the bald eagle. The image of the soaring eagle says it all. As we consider an amendment to protect our flag, we also need to protect our eagles' wild and free character.

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.

Borough budget contains many questionable items
Borough Ordinance 2004-13 was introduced by Mayor Dale Bagley to raise the sales tax cap from its current ceiling of $500 to $1,000.

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

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.

Foyt IV hoping for smoother ride in second Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Foyt IV is fortunate -- there are no lasting scars from his first Indianapolis 500.

This week: Coca-Cola 600
Where and when

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Girl 'scoops' up contest award
Mandee Jackson is having a pretty good year.

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.

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.

Mine project getting to know the drill
Drill holes are being sunk in thousands of acres of land northwest of Iliamna where Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. hopes to build its Pebble mine project later this decade.

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.

Alaska highest in oil, gas production costs
Alaska is the most costly place on the planet to produce oil and gas.

2 arrested for sexual abuse of minors
Two Nikiski men were arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday afternoon in separate cases involving sexual abuse of minors.

Clean break
The tests have been taken and the bell has rung for the last time this year. Students at Kenai Central High School -- and throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District -- finished up another school year Thursday, and teachers will wrap up their work today.

Cliff Haas
Soldotna resident Cliff Haas died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at his Drift River cabin across Cook Inlet. He was 59.

Paul Stuart Neff
Nikiski resident Paul Stuart Neff died Monday, May 24, 2004, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Nikiski. He was 38.

Dorothy 'Dot' Mae Gaines
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Dorothy "Dot" Mae Gaines died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, of cancer at a rest home in McKinney, Texas.

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.

Failure to buckle up may mean ticket or worse
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 2 and 20. When examining the fatalities, it is apparent that a large number of these deaths could have been prevented if drivers and passengers had simply buckled their safety belts.

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.

Playing it safe takes planning
School's out.

Failure to buckle up may mean ticket or worse
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 2 and 20. When examining the fatalities, it is apparent that a large number of these deaths could have been prevented if drivers and passengers had simply buckled their safety belts.

Non-native species can be harmful to resident critters' health
The recent discovery of crawfish in a local stream stirred quite a reaction from concerned citizens. It exposed how easily threats can occur to the fish and wildlife that populate our watersheds. The

Climber recovers after McKinley rescue
ANCHORAGE A Korean climber injured while descending Mount McKinley had to be lowered by rope from an icy, treacherous pass in a multi-day rescue involving dozens of searchers.

Kite skiers find wind-powered fun on Juneau Icefield
JUNEAU Tim Arness likes kites. And he likes skiing. So when he read about kite skiing in a magazine last year, it didn't take him too long to decide it was something he wanted to try.

Around the Peninsula
Kayak festival planned Summer clubhouse deadline today NES plans pancake fund-raiser Rifle raffle, gun show on target Volksmarch 10K planned SeaLife Center takes wing Football camp scheduled

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

Rural churches struggle to maintain congregations in old churches
SPRING MILLS, Pa. (AP) -- The stained glass windows are being removed from the old First Pentecostal Church, now falling apart in this central Pennsylvania village. Less than a mile away, a ''For Sale'' sign sits outside the century-old St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Congressman tells U.S. Muslims he regrets vote on Iraq war
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn told a group of American Muslims that a congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq, a measure he voted for, was a mistake.

Plenty of insights into character of John Paul II in pope's new book
VATICAN CITY (AP) Ever since communism came crashing down in his native Poland and across Soviet-dominated eastern Europe, Pope John Paul II has been thanking God for ending a dark era for believers.

Canadian woman bishop withdraws from race for Anglican leader
TORONTO (AP) A female bishop who was a candidate for head of the Anglican Church of Canada has withdrawn from the election after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Memorial Day also a time for remembering Jesus
A few years ago, I went back home for a high school reunion. Home for me is Forestville, Conn., a small town abutting Bristol, where I lived until I left for college.

Church briefs
Destiny performs tonight Rummage sale to help mission Leadership founder to speak Church conducts Bible school Vacation Bible school slated INC plans Bible school Noted Jewish speakers to visit Womens prayer group to meet

Home to Army unit in prisoner abuse scandal holds prayer service
CRESAPTOWN, Md. (AP) The horror of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal and a locally based Army Reserve unit's alleged role in the crisis drew people together for a quiet prayer service for peace.

Texas reverses tax decision on Unitarians based on church beliefs
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The state has reversed an earlier decision to deny tax-exempt status to a Unitarian Universalist church because of its teachings.

Catholic, Jewish leaders discuss impact of Gibson movie
WASHINGTON (AP) A panel of U.S. Jewish and Roman Catholic leaders said this month that religious educators should not use Mel Gibson's ''The Passion of the Christ'' alone to teach young people about the Crucifixion.

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.

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

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.

Smarty Jones boosts racing
Smarty Jones is the people's horse. He has an undefeated record, modest pedigree and a trainer, jockey and owners who are regular Joes.

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.

Lightning strike back, even series
TAMPA, Fla. Calgary captain Jarome Iginla disrupted and distracted Tampa Bay throughout Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final with his physical play and offensive creativity.

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

Lakers take Game 4
LOS ANGELES Only Karl Malone saw the wink.

State Soccer Awards
Awards for State Soccer teams

You gotta have heart
Make no mistake about it. The Skyview soccer team finished third at the state soccer tournament Saturday due to its emotion and energy, not its skill.

Less than perfect Williams sisters manage wins at French Open
PARIS With favorites falling all around, Serena Williams talked herself out of a loss. Her sister Venus spoke French more fluidly than she played.

Bruin deaths can stop year's hunting season
Although the Kenai Peninsula's population of bears both black and brown is believed to be strong, peninsula brown bears are listed as a "population of special concern" by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Nuisance problem tough to bear
Peninsula residents have been having problems with hungry bruins during the last few weeks, and as a result the number of bears killed in defense of life and property (DLP) has jumped from two to six animals.

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