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Saturday, June 12, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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