Friday, June 11, 2004

Yankees sweep Colorado
NEW YORK John Flaherty hit a grand slam and Jose Contreras got through seven shaky innings to lead the New York Yankees past the Colorado Rockies 10-4 Thursday.

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.

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.

Congress threatening to derail stock options reform again
NEW YORK (AP) A stock option is a stock option, whether it's granted to the CEO or a mail room clerk.

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.

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.

Boomers should look for deferred vested pensions for retirement income
NEW YORK (AP) Millions of Americans have changed jobs at least once in their careers, and many have left behind pensions that can help support them in retirement.

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

Halibut derby gets new leader
Leroy Miller of Fruitland, Idaho, is the new Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader after landing a 240.6-pound fish Thursday while fishing with North Country Charters.

Options abound for angling enjoyment
The lower Kenai Peninsula will offer several productive fishing options for anglers again this weekend, according to The Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Boy gets fish wish
A year ago, 14-year-old Tyler Daniels was hospitalized with a life-threatening brain injury. Tuesday morning he pulled a 35-pound king salmon out of the Kenai River.

The show begins after sunset when you plant a moth garden
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Any one working the night shift knows it can be an out-of-sight, out-of-mind kind of experience. You sleep when you can and socialize as you can. And so it is with many insects, like the much-maligned moth.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

'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.

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.

Nikiski business, churches support school programs
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bear Paw Coffee Shop and Deli and the Nikiski area churches for their support of two programs held at North Star Elementary this past school year.

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.

Stallion owner appreciates horse sense exhibited at event
On May 28 at 7 p.m., the Soldotna Equestrian Association and SEA member, Mary Rainwater, presented SEA's third annual Horse Sale and Parade of Stallions. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Mary Rainwater and the individuals who helped her for all their hard work.

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 "

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.

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.

Senator's prompt help wins this Alaskan's confidence
I wanted to let your readers know about my experience with Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Parents of SoHi's graduating seniors say thanks for support
Parents of Soldotna High School Seniors would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for helping to make the after-graduation party an overwhelming success:

Stewart looking to win again at Pocono Raceway
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Tony Stewart shouldn't be worried if 2004 begins to look a lot like last year, despite a problem off the racing surface that kept him from winning a week ago.

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.

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

Indy gets safe walls in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas Kenny Brack's car disintegrated as it pinwheeled through the air after crashing near the end of the IndyCar Series finale last fall.

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.

Flags dip, disappear for Reagan
In honor of President Ronald Reagan, flags around the nation will remain at half-staff through July 5. But in Soldotna, many flags won't be flying at all.

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 told to clean up act
A report issued Tuesday by a Homer-based environmental organization slams the environmental enforcement record of Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration, saying it appears more willing to punish individuals for their poor vehicle emissions than to go after corporate polluters with histories of ecological damage.

Project GRAD students kick off summer studies
The 24 "guinea pigs" of Project GRAD's summer program heard a lot of advice Monday morning as the two-week program kicked off.

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.

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.

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.

Gov. Murkowski to speak in Soldotna
Gov. Frank Murkowski will visit the Kenai Peninsula next week, making a stop at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon at noon Tuesday.

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.

Rozella (Rosie) Drew Spires
Longtime Alaska resident Rozella (Rosie) Drew Spires died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was 81.

Nicky Sacaloff Kirkpatrick
Former Nikiski resident Nicky Sacaloff Kirkpatrick died Monday, June 7, 2004, in Eugene, Ore. She was 33.

Oilers drop season opener to Dons
The Peninsula Oilers opened the season with a 9-6 loss to the visiting California Dons Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, but the home side did show flashes of the type of play fans can expect this season.

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.

Remembering Ronald Reagan
40th president of the United States: 1981-1989

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.

Rainier alluring despite danger
SEATTLE On clear days the mountain seems to float above this city, almost close enough to touch, beckoning hikers and climbers to its snowy peaks.

Warm and wet: Skeeters enjoying weather
If it you've spent any time outside this spring and have felt that there's just more mosquitoes than there ought to be in any given year, well, you're right. As it turns out, there's two or three seasons' worth of some species of those pesky little insects buzzing about right now.

Cow parsnip soon to decorate peninsula fields and scorch the uninitiated
The huge lush leaves of cow parsnip (pushki, Heracleum lanatum) are beginning to festoon Kenai Peninsula roadsides, especially south of Ninilchik and around Homer. In another few weeks the flat-topped heads of white flowers will be showing their faces, and unwary hikers and gardeners will be salving their rashes and blisters from too much pushki and sunshine.

Unfortunate encounter spoils a perfectly good day
Summer is almost here on the Kenai Peninsula, and with it comes the great migrations.

Crescent Creek work outing planned
In support of the Living in Harmony with Bears program, the Sierra Club has planned an outing on June 26 to mountain bike the Crescent Creek trail near Cooper Landing and work with the Seward Ranger District to install a bear box and perform other campground maintenance needs. Camping options are available. To register for this free outing, call Josh at 276-4088.

Tourists to stay closer to home as national parks open
WASHINGTON High gasoline prices are expected to keep vacationers closer to home this summer, with more visits expected to national parks nearer to cities and fewer trips to ''destination'' parks like Yellowstone and Glacier, the head of the National Park Service says.

Around the Peninsula
Federal, state offices closed today Fund-raiser for fire department set Kenai performers plan fund-raiser Trails Day at Kachemak Bay slated Historical society to meet Motocross races planned JA to hold roll-a-thon fund-raiser River festival set Knowles to host community barbecues Sterling sign to be placed Sterling sign to be placed Race unity celebration planned

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

Church Briefs
Church group garage sale slated Race unity day planned Matrix meeting coming up Noted Jewish speakers to visit Music of India to be featured God and Country Rally planned Judaism workshop planned Womens prayer group to meet

Will India's religious minorities gain from having Sikh prime minister?
NEW DELHI (AP) For the first time in the 57-year history of its democratic government, Hindu-majority India has a member of a minority religion Manmohan Singh, a Sikh as its prime minister.

Wisconsin fairs work with churches to boost attendance
MILWAUKEE (AP) Some Wisconsin festival organizers are turning to religious groups as a way to boost attendance.

Mahony protests removal of cross from LA County seal
LOS ANGELES (AP) Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony has asked county supervisors to reconsider their decision to remove a tiny cross from the county seal. He said the image reflected the importance of Catholic missions in the county's early history.

Vatican Library going high-tech, though bugs and mystery manuscripts still a problem
VATICAN CITY (AP) Dealing with bug infestations, normal wear and tear and even the occasional thief, keepers of the 15th century Vatican Apostolic Library face an ever-challenging task. Their latest step to keep their invaluable collection intact has been to employ some 21st century technology.

Louisville archbishop focuses on healing after abuse settlement
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Kelly, who approved settlements a year ago with 243 clergy sex abuse victims, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he felt a duty to move his archdiocese beyond the crisis before he retires.

Thinking about afterlife eternity is time well spent
Are we having fun yet?

Largest UCC church in New England votes to become independent
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) Citing differences over homosexuality and other issues, the largest United Church of Christ congregation in New England has voted to break away from its denomination.

Conservatives protest Canadian Anglican support for gay relationships
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario (AP) Nine conservative bishops from the Anglican Church of Canada have denounced the church's new policy affirming ''the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same-sex relationships.''

Liberal Catholic theologian says pope is center of 'personality cult'
BERN, Switzerland (AP) Hans Kung, a liberal Swiss Roman Catholic who was stripped by the Vatican of his right to teach theology, said Pope John Paul II's visit reflected a ''personality cult'' in the church.

Singh leads Buick Classic by a stroke
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Vijay Singh took the pressure off his shaky putting game with solid driving and pinpoint short-iron play.

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.

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.

Tampa adds to trophy haul
TORONTO (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have a few more awards to go with their Stanley Cup.

ASU freshman wins heptathlon
AUSTIN, Texas Arizona State freshman Jacquelyn Johnson used a burst of energy down the stretch of the 800 meters to win the heptathlon Thursday at the NCAA track and field championships.

Haiti's World Cup dream littered with obstacles
MIAMI Haiti's national soccer team knows plenty about overcoming obstacles.

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

BCS adds game, but still shuns a playoff
NEW YORK (AP) The Bowl Championship Series added a game without adding a bowl but is no closer to a playoff than before.

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.

Pistons rip Los Angeles
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) When the entry pass floated inside to Shaquille O'Neal, Elden Campbell knocked it away and dashed downcourt. Richard Hamilton picked up the loose ball and flung it forward.

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.)

Racing Lions hold first motocross race
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Motocross Division had their first city race of the season Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway.

British soccer camp comes to Kenai
The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club is bringing a British soccer camp to Kenai, with professional coaches from Great Britain. It will be a five-day camp, running from June 28 to July 2 at the Kenai Middle School fields. The camp includes a ball and T-shirt.

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