Saturday, May 29, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Nikiski Valedictorians
Ramona Baker

Skyview Valedictorians
Emily Berezin Kimberly Martin Mista Sando Michelle Trumpler

Kenai Valedictorians
Heather McIntyre Amy Rask

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.

CIA Valedictorians
Thomas Adams

Homer Valedictorians
Ellen Bauer David Moore Adrian Raymond Renae Rykaczewski

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

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.

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.

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

Seward Valedictorians
Johanna Margaret Glaser

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

State Soccer Awards
Awards for State Soccer teams

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.

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.

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.

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.

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