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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Jeter returns to lead Yankees to victory
NEW YORK Derek Jeter returned from a three-game absence to hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees overcame the loss of Kevin Brown by rallying past the Colorado Rockies 7-5 Wednesday night.

Martinez pitches Sox past Padres
BOSTON Pedro Martinez outpitched David Wells with eight innings of two-hit ball to help the Boston Red Sox beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 Tuesday night.

Last Alaska diaper service folds
JUNEAU When Britt Constantine gave birth to her son, Canyon, five months ago, she liked the thought of soft cotton diapers on his bottom.

Juneau airport eases travel for disabled passengers
JUNEAU Back in the 1970s, the Juneau International Airport was a nightmare for travelers with disabilities. The sidewalk was not wide enough for a wheelchair. The whole airport had one Telecommunications Device for the Deaf and it was in the security office. There were no reading boards for the hearing-impaired to know if their flights were delayed.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleVendors and parade entries soughtFinancing workshop scheduledKPFA to celebrate 50th anniversaryGreat Bear Ford awards scholarship

Puffing new life into old furniture
An oversized sofa chair covered in green and pink plaid fabric sits on a raised platform in The Poofy Puffin Upholstery Place. Ginger Wik recently re-covered the chair and is inspecting her handiwork.

What's Happening
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Talented terrier
NEW YORK You think Eddie, the Jack Russell terrier from ''Frasier,'' was talented? Ha! All he had to do was sit there and look cute on cue and his show isn't even on television anymore.

'Stepford Wives' starts with sparks, fizzles out by the ending
Faith Hill's character in ''The Stepford Wives,'' a beautiful Barbie doll of a suburban housewife, spins wildly out of control while square dancing at a Fourth of July celebration in the idyllic Connecticut town that gives the film its title.

If it ain't pro-war, it ain't gonna be heard on country music radio
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Country music artists are hardly united in their support of the war in Iraq but you'd never know it from listening to the radio.

Clam Gulch fisher hooked on poetry
Brent Johnson has a thing for rhymes. He's taken the publishing plunge and issued his first book of poetry, "Ricochet Rhyme." He subtitles it "Poetry that abounds in binary sounds with memoirs."

Art Briefs
Logo design contest announcedOutdoor art exhibition accepts entriesWriters' conference coming upKids' summer art workshops plannedKids' summer theater camp slatedWatercolor workshop offered

Sarah Jessica Parker helps boost fund-raising drive for New York public schools
NEW YORK (AP) A drive to raise funds for public schools got a boost from ''Sex and the City'' star Sarah Jessica Parker, who joined Caroline Kennedy and other officials in announcing plans for a huge tag sale in Central Park.

Organizers finalize details for quilt show
For 10 years now, the annual Quilting on the Kenai event has been keeping area sewers in stitches.

Watchdog group decries workers' compensation bill
JUNEAU A sweeping rewrite of the state's Workers' Compensation law could make an already dysfunctional and underfunded claims process worse, a labor watchdog group said Wednesday.

Bill to elect vacant seats becomes law
JUNEAU A bill that would prevent Alaska governors from making any more long-term appointments to the U.S. Senate became law over the weekend without Gov. Frank Murkowski's signature.

Community gives Nikiski's Class of 2004 great send-off
The Nikiski High School Class of 2004 and their parents would like to thank the following volunteers and local businesses for their support in making the graduation ceremony and after graduation party a great success: Debbie Falk, Greta Cox, the Nikiski Middle-High School staff, Lisa and Brian Quesnel, Karen Kester, Pam Lettington, Jim Colburn, Anna and JW and Sabrina Johns, Patty Gallien, Joanne Love, Tesa and Steve Sturman, Lena Flensburg, Aaron Russell, Shannon Swanson, Karen Ellis, the Jorgensens, the Huhndorfs, Julie Best, Joanne Hardesty, Leslie Baker, Anita Oliva, Kim Cowie, Jerry Thompson, Lidda Hunter, Mary Kennedy, Steve and Carol Strickland, Debbie Womack, the Copelands, Danita Parrish, Jake Doth, Nan Weaver and Debra Little.

Society should consider hidden costs of same-sex marriages
Much has been written about homosexual marriages; however, one important point which has not been discussed like it should is what it would cost all of us.

Equestrian group appreciates work of many volunteers
Soldotna Equestrian Association would like to thank the following volunteers. With the help and hard work of these individuals and their families our Cowboy Round-Up Series Rodeo No. 1 was a great success.

Many work together to make community safer place for kids
I want to express my gratitude to Ron Delaney and the Fred Meyer Corp. for allowing the 2004 Soldotna Safety Day to take place in their parking lot. Having such an excellent location and support helped make the difference.

Good manners always in style, never too late to learn them
How many times have you started to enter a door behind a man and found the door closing in your face? How many times have you had to stop and wait to allow a man to pass you by? How many times have you been the one to say "

Reagan's presidency was lost opportunity to kill abortion
Unlike most prolifers, I have found the passing of Ronald Reagan a time for lamenting a lost opportunity, rather than thanking God for sending us a champion.

Helping commercial fisheries would benefit entire borough
From the May 4 Peninsula Clarion, "Borough budget faces lean times": The value of a diversified economy is self-evident. In February, board members from Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund made a presentation to the borough assembly. Wasteful fisheries management plans cost the local economy $8.5 million last year.

Newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson
LONG POND, Pa. -- Despite trouble last Sunday at Dover, Del., Jimmie Johnson remains vigilant in his pursuit of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Nextel Cup Series points race.

NASCAR Notes - Will shorter races make fans, race crews happier?
LONG POND, Pa. -- Last Sunday's race at the Dover International Speedway took nearly 4 hours, 50 minutes to complete, prompting both fans and race teams alike to be thankful that track officials reduced races from 500 miles to 400 in 1997.

Souvenir sales speed to success
CONCORD, N.C. -- Seth Schaneman looked like a confused boy walking around Lowe's Motor Speedway last month. He was wearing a Casey Mears jacket, a Jeff Gordon T-shirt and an Elliott Sadler cap.

This Week: Pocono 500
(Race No. 14 of 36)

Bridge plans back on track
After running into a couple snags, the state's Kenai River bridge replacement project in Soldotna appears to be back on track.

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Firefighters tackle burning issues
From the number of emergency responders at the Soldotna Sports Center and Skyview High School this week, it would appear the central Kenai Peninsula is ready for just about any disaster.

Event marks salmon's return
Fishing guides, sport fishers and commercial fishers don't always see eye to eye, but when it comes to supporting a good cause, those groups showed this past weekend that what's most important is supporting the community that supports them.

Photo feature: You want fries with that?
Robin chicks crane their necks for a meal in a nest near the Soldotna Animal Shelter on Tuesday afternoon. Both parents took turns delivering meals and cleaning the nest.

State funds ease school woes
Increases in state spending for education approved by the Alaska Legislature last month were folded into a revised schools budget document at Monday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education.

Federal offices to close Friday
Federal offices will be closed Friday in honor of the National Day of Mourning for former President Ronald Reagan.

Photo feature: Fun in the sun
Rachel Haddad and Jeremiah Barton soak up Tuesday's sun from a perch on playground equipment at Sears Elementary School.

School board opts for 5-point grading system for classes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education has adopted a new, five-point grading system for advanced placement courses that will bring borough students in line with those in many other school districts across the country.

Richard M. Hetzler
Longtime Soldotna resident Richard M. Hetzler died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home in Soldotna. He was 61.

Marion Emily Delahay
Former Kenai resident Marion Emily Delahay, died Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Carson Tahoe Hospital in Carson City, Nev. She was 87.

Former Peninsula Oilers selected in the Major League Draft
(Day 2)

New Oilers manager was a player on 1993 NBC championship squad
As much as the Peninsula Oilers have talked about remaking the organization with a mascot and a more fan-friendly atmosphere, there is a history the area's entrant in the Alaska Baseball League would love to cling to.

Reagan and politics today
This column is devoted to reporting and analyzing the results of our InsiderAdvantage national polls. The format requires that I routinely remove myself from partisan politics. But Ronald Reagan's influence transcends the everyday political. I feel compelled to reflect on the impact of his passing.

Governor seeks fiscal solution to protect services, dividends
I have called a special session of the Alaska Legislature to fix the state's long-term fiscal problem while oil prices are high and while we have the luxury of not being in an economic crisis.

Nation pays tribute to its 40th president
Like most of us, Ronald Reagan had no voice in choosing the moment of his death. But after appearing in 54 films, he surely appreciated that in matters that touch the heart drama, tragedy, comedy timing is as crucial as content. He'd likely have spent one last, luminous smile on the fact that, if he had to leave, his departure ... Saturday could not have been a better scripted flourish.

Retirement system for public employees now headed for big trouble
It is well beyond time for Alaska to establish another tier in its employment scheme, one with a different approach to health and retirement benefits.

Around the Peninsula
Interfaith network to meetAWG schedules board meetingKPC to show earth-friendly building videosSeniors host luauBoys and Girls Club plans golf tourneyVolksmarch 10K planned

Around the Peninsula
Soccer coaches needed Pilots asked to use caution JA to hold roll-a-thon fund-raiser Skyview pool plans closure Art and music festival planned God and Country rally slated

Impropriety ruins O'Brien at OSU
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State fired basketball coach Jim O'Brien on Tuesday after he admitted giving a recruit $6,000 five years ago.

Senators hire Murray as coach
OTTAWA (AP) Bryan Murray was hired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, leaving as general manager of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to run a team that was ousted in the first round of the playoffs.

Bourque, Coffey, Murphy make Hockey Hall
DANVERS, Mass. Ray Bourque was on the 13th hole when his cell phone rang with the good news. He then proceeded to mess up his chip shot.

USADA puts Montgomery on notice
Tim Montgomery and three other U.S. track athletes were notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that they may have committed drug violations that could keep them from the Athens Olympics.

Birch Ridge Report: These can't be my clubs
More often than not, this article begins with a sidesplitting anecdote or a colorful quip. At this deadline, however, my sense of humor is bone dry. I just finished my second cup match. (Luckily for you, I don't walk around with a video camera.)

Making up for lost time
The Kenai Golf Course is looking super and the crew is working hard to keep it in shape. The golfers are enjoying themselves as many who show up for nine holes end up playing 18 holes instead.

Dragila sets world record
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Stacy Dragila broke the world outdoor record in the pole vault and Kenenisa Bekele set the mark in the 10,000-meter race at an IAAF meet Tuesday.

Sports Briefs
Source: Browns to release CouchDragila's vault not a world recordRoyals sign first-round pickFigure skating gets a new judging system

Clutch Kobe
LOS ANGELES In a performance that cemented his status as one of the great performers in NBA history, Kobe Bryant pulled off one of his most stunning displays on the sport's biggest stage.

Pistons try to shake off Bryant's shot
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) One shot has drastically changed the dynamics of the NBA Finals. The question now for the Detroit Pistons is whether they'll let it affect them in Game 3 the way it did in overtime of Game 2.

Beckham looks for big things in Euro 2004
LISBON, Portugal The fashion, the marketing, the big money, the rock-star aura they are all put aside now.

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